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RESEARCH SUMMARIES
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This page provides up-to-date, leading-edge medical and scientific research from multiple disciplines that support the natural health evidence-based paradigm. You’ll find short summaries that don’t require a medical or scientific education to understand. Whether you are experiencing a health-related issue or are looking to understand the best approach to improving your overall health this can be useful.

A note on science and research:
Contemporary societies look to science as the principal authority and arbitrator of truth, especially when it comes to understanding nature, the physical and biological world, and medicine. Conventional or Biomedicine is not the same as science, but uses science and technology to support its approach to disease and illness.

Science is a social and intellectual activity that is based on a materialism (matter being the fundamental substance of nature) and the scientific method, which seeks to understand the world through the analysis of objective data. Facts and evidence are obtained through this method and interpreted according to a particular paradigm and theory. The scientific method is meant to account for bias. However, pure objectivity, separate from subjects, does not actually exist. The most developed science, physics, considers objectivity impossible to achieve.

If science is made into a philosophy or is considered the final arbitrator of “truth”, about how the world functions and what its meaning is, it distorts and limits both what we can know about the world and what is possible. Science imposes presumptions on the world and therefore prejudices our ability to understand and picture the world. 

I include scientific research not because science is the ultimate authority on matters of truth, because science is the most effective method we have for obtaining facts and determining the validity of claim and in determining based on evidence what is . But I don’t leave the final interpretation to science.

I take a pragmatic, realistic, and phenomenological approach (study of experience) to understanding and knowledge. I assume that all theories, practices, and systems of knowledge can be tested against experience in order to verify “truth” claims, legitimacy, and utility.

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Categories:
– Aging
– Biomedicine
– Behavioral Issues
– Brain Function
– Cancer
– Chinese Medicine
– Critiques of Biomedicine
– Diabetes
– Diet and Nutrition
– Disease
– Emotional life, Mood and Depression
– Exercise
– Environmental
– Heart Health
– Health Policy
– Health Modalities
– Inflammation
– Longevity and Aging
– Learning
– Mind
– Musculoskeletal Pain
– Vitamins, Micronutrients, and Nutraceuticals
– Weight Gain and Obesity
– Women’s Health


Health Policy
An evaluation of acupuncture’s health and economic effectiveness
10 Medical Myths
Broad racial disparities seen in Americans’ ills
Doctors criticize flu vaccine, citing less effectiveness and more side effects than CDC claims
Documentary highlights problems within for-profit ‘disease care system’, suggests alternatives
Economic inequality and health
Following ‘disturbing’ findings, journalists increase transparency of physicians’ drug prescription practices
Herbal Supplement and Labeling
Malnutrition, Obesity and Climate Change
New Type Of Vaccine for COVID-19
Sugar: The Bitter Truth
Technological advances affect Medicare treatments
Uncovering The Truth behind Medical Myths
When Evidence Says No, But Doctors Say Yes



Heart Health
A randomized controlled trial on effects of the Transcendental Meditation program on blood pressure, psychological distress, and coping in young adults.
Acupuncture improves Exercise Tolerance
B12 deficiency and health
Back Pain, Blood Flow, Cholesterol
Benefits of fish consumption
CRP shown to predict heart disease among patients with metabolic syndrome
Dark Chocolate and Cardiovascular Disease
Dietary Acid Load and High Blood Pressure
Doctor encourages a “heart-attack proof diet” instead of pills and procedures
Effects of the brown rice diet on cardio-visceral system
Health Heart
Iron and Cardio-vascular Health
Is sugar toxic?
Kale juice linked to reduced risks of coronary artery disease for men
Low carbohydrate diet linked to adverse vascular effects
Medication, Diet and the Modern Quest to Reduce Cholesterol
Meditation prescribed more often as alternative to conventional medicine, study finds
Plant-based Diet and Cholesterol
Protein Sources makes a difference
Rarely studied chemical holds answers for relationship between red meat consumption and heart disease
SALT!
Sitting poses greater risk than pesticides, radiation and plastic chemicals combined
Thickness of artery wall may help predict cardiovascular events
What food choices are a matter of life and death?
White bread, rice, and other carbs boost heart disease in women
Why our salt addiction is hard to kick



Inflammation
Acupuncture shown to improve symptoms, overall wellbeing in Crohn’s patients
Exercise builds brain health: key roles of growth factor cascades and inflammation
Exercise reduces overall inflammation in the body
Nuts, inflammation and insulin resistance
Origins of inflammation: microbial exposures in infancy
Review explores effects of Qigong, Tai Chi on participants’ health



Longevity and Aging
A vegetarian diet could add years to your life
Americans dying younger when compared to other nations
Can exercise keep you young?
Common Questions on Health and Environment
Eat alkaline for longevity
Life expectancy declining in 85% of US counties
Push-up Found to be a useful Predictor of Cardiovascular Disease
Red meat associated with increased mortality rates
Scientists probe the benefits of exercise and the dangers of sloth
Technological advances affect Medicare treatments
The new age: So big and healthy grandpa wouldn’t even know you



Learning
Elite schools prioritizing strong character alongside good grades see improvement in students’ self control
Experiments explore children’s sense of fairness
Infants display sense of morality, justice, and bias
Researchers explore unique aptitudes of those with dyslexia
Study explores relationship between children’s cartoon consumption and attention, cognition



Mind
A randomized controlled trial on effects of the Transcendental Meditation program on blood pressure, psychological distress, and coping in young adults.
Acupuncture linked to improved memory and test taking, reduced anxiety
Acupuncture treatment linked to reduced stress levels
Breakthrough Brain Research on Memory
Eight weeks to a better brain: Meditation study shows changes associated with awareness, stress
Happiness is contagious in social networks
How changing habits can end destructive cycles in our lives
Infants display sense of morality, justice, and bias
Keep Motivation in Mind
Making a Healthy Brain
Meditation found to increase brain size: Mental calisthenics bulk up some layers
Meditation prescribed more often as alternative to conventional medicine, study finds
Mental Health Treatment: A Worldwide Moral Challenge
Obesity, politics, STDs flow in social networks
Pesticide influence on IQ
Review explores effects of Qigong, Tai Chi on participants’ health
Study: Changes in environment can reverse chronic pain’s effects on the brain
Transforming Habits, Understanding Addiction
Understanding Depression
Understanding how meditation changes the brain
Understanding the benefits of acupuncture, counseling in the treatment of depression
Understanding the complex mental experience of pain
What’s Meditation About?
When self-knowledge is only the beginning
Where psychiatry fails to improve well-being, an integrated approach offers promise



Musculoskeletal Pain
Back Pain Exercises
Back Pain, Blood Flow, Cholesterol
Pain in the Back
Posture analysis and Back pain
Posture analysis and pain front view
Posture analysis and pain side view
Study analyzes effectiveness of acupuncture treatment for chronic pain treatment
The Spectrum of Bodywork



Traditional Chinese Medicine
An evaluation of acupuncture’s health and economic effectiveness
A Guide to Understanding Acupuncture? – Keyvan Golestaneh
Acupuncture for Stroke Rehabilitation
Acupuncture: A Connective Tale
Study analyzes effectiveness of acupuncture treatment for chronic pain treatment
The effectiveness of Chinese herbal medicine on cancer
What is Holistic Natural Medicine?



Vitamins and Micronutrients
B12 deficiency and health
Maternal health and vitamins
Researchers stop diabetes damage with high Vitamin C
The Benefits of Vitamin D are Complex
To Supplement, or not to Supplement?



Weight Gain and Obesity
Study identifies specific foods, behaviors most likely to contribute to weight gain
Artificial sweeteners linked to weight gain, increased BMI, and increased sugar cravings
Cost comparison between healthy and unhealthy foods
Effects of the brown rice diet on cardio-visceral system
Experiment explores effect of dietary protein on weight gain, energy expenditure, and body composition
Fat and Getting Fatter: Worldwide Obesity
Fat-storing protein predicts development of metabolic syndrome independent of obesity
Fruit and vegetable prescription program nudges participants toward better diet choices
Increased warnings about heartburn and reflux medication go unheeded
Is sugar toxic?
Long-term practice of a ketogenic diet for obese populations shows health benefits, yields no harmful side effects
Nuts and healthy body weight
Obesity, politics, STDs flow in social networks
Sitting poses greater risk than pesticides, radiation and plastic chemicals combined
Study finds surge in knee replacement surgeries for those older than 65
Sugar: The Bitter Truth
The challenge of accurate calorie counting
The fraction of cancer attributable to lifestyle and environmental factors in the UK in 2010
To walk or to run? Understanding the differing, but significant, health benefits of different workouts
Waist-to-height ratio trumps BMI as measure of cardiometabolic risk


Women’s Health
Diet and Breast Cancer
Fat, fiber and estrogen
Innate immunity and human milk
Maternal health and vitamins
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine linked to improved pregnancy rates among women managing infertility



Health Modalities
A ‘winding’ response: The relationship between connective tissue, acupuncture, and reduced tissue tension
A Guide to Understanding Acupuncture? – Keyvan Golestaneh
Acupuncture and Brain Activity
Acupuncture for Stroke Rehabilitation
Acupuncture linked to improved memory and test taking, reduced anxiety
Acupuncture shown to improve symptoms, overall wellbeing in Crohn’s patients
Acupuncture treatment linked to reduced stress levels
Acupuncture treatment reduces seasonal allergy symptoms
After tonsillectomy, acupuncture provides pain relief for children without side effects
An introduction to Cranio-sacral Therapy
Crowdsourced health studies lead to positive health outcomes, shift focus from treatment to prevention
Documentary highlights problems within for-profit ‘disease care system’, suggests alternatives
Meditation, gene expression, and the relaxation response
Meta-review highlights preliminary evidence of advantages of structural integration
Qigong practice linked to decreased blood pressure
Tai Chi improves muscle strength in elderly
The anatomical relationship between acupuncture points and connective tissue
The healing power of music therapy
The Spectrum of Bodywork
Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine linked to improved pregnancy rates among women managing infertility
Understanding the benefits of acupuncture, counseling in the treatment of depression
Understanding the extracellular signalling system associated with acupuncture
Where psychiatry fails to improve well-being, an integrated approach offers promise



Exercise
Increased cellular cleaning from exercise produces health benefits
The specific ways exercise helps a body fight cancer cells
8 Treasury Qi Gong
Aerobic exercise reverses age-related memory loss among subjects in trial
Back Pain Exercises
Back Pain, Blood Flow, Cholesterol
Can exercise keep you young?
Exercise and Lifestyle
Exercise builds brain health: key roles of growth factor cascades and inflammation
Exercise is medicine: Yoga’s influence on cortisol and the cancer patient
Exercise linked to reduced stress, decreased anxiety-related brain interference
Exercise offers advantages over drugs and surgery for managing back pain
Exercise reduces overall inflammation in the body
For cancer survivors
Pain in the Back
Perfect landing: Study finds barefoot runners have less foot stress than shod ones
Push-up Found to be a useful Predictor of Cardiovascular Disease
Qi gong practice linked to decreased blood pressure
Review explores effects of Qi gong, Tai Chi on participants’ health
Scientists probe the benefits of exercise and the dangers of sloth
Sitting poses greater risk than pesticides, radiation and plastic chemicals combined
Studies show exercise may not be enough for weight loss
Study finds yoga to be effective for healing back pain in adults
The 10 factors associated with 90% of stroke risk
To walk or to run? Understanding the differing, but significant, health benefits of different workouts
What’s the single best exercise?



Environmental
An evaluation of acupuncture’s health and economic effectiveness
Beyond BPA: Could ‘BPA-free’ product be just as unsafe?
Broad racial disparities seen in Americans’ ills
Combat drug resistance: no action today means no cure tomorrow
Common Questions on Health and Enivornment
Doctors criticize flu vaccine, citing less effectiveness and more side effects than CDC claims
Documentary highlights problems within for-profit ‘disease care system’, suggests alternatives
Economic inequality and health
Following ‘disturbing’ findings, journalists increase transparency of physicians’ drug prescription practices
Healthy farm soil as key to healthy bodies
Is Oversensitivity Towards Microbes Actually Hurting Us?
Malnutrition, Obesity and Climate Change
Study finds extensive evidence of fecal contamination in ground turkey samples
Sugar: The Bitter Truth
The perils of plastic



Aging
Increased cellular cleaning from exercise produces health benefits
A vegetarian diet could add years to your life
Aerobic exercise reverses age-related memory loss among subjects in trial
Americans dying younger when compared to other nations
Economic inequality and health
Exercise and Lifestyle
How doctors choose to die: a peaceful, unmedicated death
Insulin improves memory performance among people with varying levels of dementia
Life expectancy declining in 85% of US counties
Making a Healthy Brain
Push-up Found to be a useful Predictor of Cardiovascular Disease
Restricted calorie diet linked to decrease in disease risk, lower body fat and slower aging
Study finds surge in knee replacement surgeries for those older than 65
Study links aspirin use with age-related macular degeneration
Tai Chi improves muscle strength in elderly
The new age: So big and healthy grandpa wouldn’t even know you
Transplant Rejection Drug Benefits



Behavioral Issues
ADHD linked to pesticide exposure
Elite schools prioritizing strong character alongside good grades see improvement in students’ self control
Experiencing power without status increases individuals’ odds of demeaning others
Experiments explore children’s sense of fairness
Fat and Getting Fatter: Worldwide Obesity
How changing habits can end destructive cycles in our lives
Infants display sense of morality, justice, and bias
Study explores relationship between children’s cartoon consumption and attention, cognition
Study suggests childhood neglect can be damaging to brain development
Study: Gluten-free diets do not improve autism behavior
Transforming Habits, Understanding Addiction
Understanding Depression



Biomedicine
Antibiotics no more effective than placebo in treating sinus infections, study finds
Cancer experts recommend sweeping changes to detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer
Doctors criticize flu vaccine, citing less effectiveness and more side effects than CDC claims
Documentary highlights problems within for-profit ‘disease care system’, suggests alternatives
Exercise offers advantages over drugs and surgery for managing back pain
Faulty research, biased studies may have helped fuel lax painkiller policy — and resulting addiction epidemic
Feeding livestock antibiotics and the rise of drug-resistant bacteria: understanding the connection
Following ‘disturbing’ findings, journalists increase transparency of physicians’ drug prescription practices
How doctors choose to die: a peaceful, unmedicated death
Increased warnings about heartburn and reflux medication go unheeded
Is Oversensitivity Towards Microbes Actually Hurting Us?
Millions using prescription sleep aids each month despite lack of research on long-term risks
New Type Of Vaccine for COVID-19
Study links aspirin use with age-related macular degeneration
Tracing the rise of ‘the nightmare bacteria’ in a post-antibiotic era
Uncovering The Truth behind Medical Myths
What’s the evidence for evidence-based medicine
When Evidence Says No, But Doctors Say Yes



Critiques of biomedicine
10 Medical Myths
Critique of Contemporary Biomedical Health Care by Ivan Illich—Key Points
Mental Health Treatment: A Worldwide Moral Challenge
Michal Foucault and Medicine
Philosopher Ivan Illich on the medicalization of life and death
Uncovering The Truth behind Medical Myths
What’s the evidence for evidence-based medicine



Brain Function
Acupuncture and Brain Activity
Acupuncture linked to improved memory and test taking, reduced anxiety
Acupuncture treatment linked to reduced stress levels
Aerobic exercise reverses age-related memory loss among subjects in trial
Antidepressants and placebos show minimally different effects
B12 deficiency and health
Breakthrough Brain Research on Memory
Cognitive function can begin to decline as early as age 45
Discovery of a ‘missing link’ will change approach to neurological diseases
Eight weeks to a better brain: Meditation study shows changes associated with awareness, stress
Exercise builds brain health: key roles of growth factor cascades and inflammation
Exercise linked to reduced stress, decreased anxiety-related brain interference
How the bacteria we ingest in food affect brain function
Insulin improves memory performance among people with varying levels of dementia
Making a Healthy Brain
Meditation found to increase brain size: Mental calisthenics bulk up some layers
Meditation, gene expression, and the relaxation response
Nutrients and the brain
Researchers explore role of “second brain” on mental states, diseases
Study: Changes in environment can reverse chronic pain’s effects on the brain
The healing power of music therapy
Toddlers’ junk food diet may lead to lower IQ
Understanding Depression
Understanding how meditation changes the brain
Understanding the complex mental experience of pain
What’s Meditation About?



Cancer
Increased cellular cleaning from exercise produces health benefits
The specific ways exercise helps a body fight cancer cells
Cancer experts recommend sweeping changes to detection, diagnosis and treatment of cancer
Exercise is medicine: Yoga’s influence on cortisol and the cancer patient
Exercise reduces overall inflammation in the body
Fat, fiber and estrogen
For cancer survivors
Scientists probe the benefits of exercise and the dangers of sloth
Sitting poses greater risk than pesticides, radiation and plastic chemicals combined
The fraction of cancer attributable to lifestyle and environmental factors in the UK in 2010
Transplant Rejection Drug Benefits
Understanding how meat consumption relates to cancer risk
Western diet pattern associated with higher mortality in prostate cancer patients
What food choices are a matter of life and death?



Diabetes
Increased cellular cleaning from exercise produces health benefits
Unprocessed and processed red meat intake positively associated with Type 2 diabetes risk
Effects of the brown rice diet on cardio-visceral system
Is sugar toxic?
Low-carb diets linked with Type 2 diabetes
Nuts, inflammation and insulin resistance
Researchers stop diabetes damage with high Vitamin C
Scientists probe the benefits of exercise and the dangers of sloth
Sugar: The Bitter Truth
What food choices are a matter of life and death?



Diet and nutrition
Unprocessed and processed red meat intake positively associated with Type 2 diabetes risk
A doctor’s personal reflections on 50 years of the “diet-heart” hypothesis
A relationship between Parkinson’s Disease and nutrition
A vegetarian diet could add years to your life
ADHD linked to pesticide exposure
All highly processed carbs, not just sugar, contribute to obesity and other diseases
Are multivitamins a waste of money?
Artificial sweeteners linked to weight gain, increased BMI, and increased sugar cravings
B12 deficiency and health
Back Pain, Blood Flow, Cholesterol
Benefits of fish consumption
Can a mother’s pregnancy diet influence her child’s future weight?
Cost comparison between healthy and unhealthy foods
Dark Chocolate and Cardiovascular Disease
Diet and Breast Cancer
Dietary Patterns Compared
Doctor encourages a “heart-attack proof diet” instead of pills and procedures
Doubt cast on many reports of food allergies
Eat alkaline for longevity
Effects of the brown rice diet on cardio-visceral system
Evolutionary Discordance and Diet
Experiment explores effect of dietary protein on weight gain, energy expenditure, and body composition
Fat and Getting Fatter: Worldwide Obesity
Feeding livestock antibiotics and the rise of drug-resistant bacteria: understanding the connection
For long-term weight loss and improved health, avoid fad diets
Fruit and vegetable prescription program nudges participants toward better diet choices
Getting Back to Basic in diet
Health Heart
Healthy farm soil as key to healthy bodies
High Salt Diet Weakens The Immune System
How the bacteria we ingest in food affect brain function
How the Mediterranean diet may reduce children’s risk for asthma
How You Cook Makes a Difference
Increased warnings about heartburn and reflux medication go unheeded
Is it safe to eat lettuce amid E.coli outbreak?
Is sugar toxic?
Just how real is the Paleolithic Diet?
Kale juice linked to reduced risks of coronary artery disease for men
Keep Motivation in Mind
Long-term practice of a ketogenic diet for obese populations shows health benefits, yields no harmful side effects
Low carbohydrate diet linked to adverse vascular effects
Low-carb diets linked with Type 2 diabetes
Malnutrition, Obesity and Climate Change
Medication, Diet and the Modern Quest to Reduce Cholesterol
Nutrients and the brain
Nuts, inflammation and insulin resistance
Plant-based Diet and Cholesterol
Protein Sources makes a difference
Rarely studied chemical holds answers for relationship between red meat consumption and heart disease
Red meat associated with increased mortality rates
Researchers stop diabetes damage with high Vitamin C
Restricted calorie diet linked to decrease in disease risk, lower body fat and slower aging
SALT!
Some Plant Based Diets are Healthier
Studies continue to demonstrate the health benefits of a Mediterranean diet
Studies show exercise may not be enough for weight loss
Study finds extensive evidence of fecal contamination in ground turkey samples
Study: Gluten-free diets do not improve autism behavior
Sugar: The Bitter Truth
Tea, anyone?
The 10 factors associated with 90% of stroke risk
The Benefits of Vitamin D are Complex
The challenge of accurate calorie counting
To Supplement, or not to Supplement?
Toddlers’ junk food diet may lead to lower IQ
Tree nut consumption improves nutrient intake
Understanding how meat consumption relates to cancer risk
Western diet pattern associated with higher mortality in prostate cancer patients
What food choices are a matter of life and death?
What type of sugar addict are you?
White bread, rice, and other carbs boost heart disease in women
Why compare?
Why our salt addiction is hard to kick



Disease
Increased cellular cleaning from exercise produces health benefits
A relationship between Parkinson’s Disease and nutrition
A vegetarian diet could add years to your life
Acupuncture improves Exercise Tolerance
Acupuncture shown to improve symptoms, overall wellbeing in Crohn’s patients
All highly processed carbs, not just sugar, contribute to obesity and other diseases
Antibiotics no more effective than placebo in treating sinus infections, study finds
Are multivitamins a waste of money?
CRP shown to predict heart disease among patients with metabolic syndrome
Dietary Acid Load and High Blood Pressure
Discovery of a ‘missing link’ will change approach to neurological diseases
Doctors criticize flu vaccine, citing less effectiveness and more side effects than CDC claims
Economic inequality and health
Effects of the brown rice diet on cardio-visceral system
Fecal matter transplant cures bacterial infection
Following ‘disturbing’ findings, journalists increase transparency of physicians’ drug prescription practices
Harmless bacteria on the skin linked to heightened immune response
Health Heart
How skin communicates with the liver
Iron and Cardio-vascular Health
Kale juice linked to reduced risks of coronary artery disease for men
Long-term practice of a ketogenic diet for obese populations shows health benefits, yields no harmful side effects
Meta-review highlights preliminary evidence of advantages of structural integration
New T-cell, New Cancer treatment
New Type Of Vaccine for COVID-19
Origins of inflammation: microbial exposures in infancy
Plant-based Diet and Cholesterol
Red meat associated with increased mortality rates
Researchers explore role of “second brain” on mental states, diseases
Restricted calorie diet linked to decrease in disease risk, lower body fat and slower aging
The 10 factors associated with 90% of stroke risk
The effectiveness of Chinese herbal medicine on cancer
The fraction of cancer attributable to lifestyle and environmental factors in the UK in 2010
Thickness of artery wall may help predict cardiovascular events
To walk or to run? Understanding the differing, but significant, health benefits of different workouts
Tracing the rise of ‘the nightmare bacteria’ in a post-antibiotic era
Understanding Depression
Understanding how meat consumption relates to cancer risk
Understanding the benefits of acupuncture, counseling in the treatment of depression
Waist-to-height ratio trumps BMI as measure of cardiometabolic risk
Western diet pattern associated with higher mortality in prostate cancer patients



Emotional life, Mood and Depression
A randomized controlled trial on effects of the Transcendental Meditation program on blood pressure, psychological distress, and coping in young adults.
Antidepressants and placebos show minimally different effects
Happiness is contagious in social networks
Study: Changes in environment can reverse chronic pain’s effects on the brain
Sufi music as a method of relaxation
The healing power of music therapy
Transforming Habits, Understanding Addiction
Understanding Depression
What type of sugar addict are you?
What’s Meditation About?
When self-knowledge is only the beginning