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Vol III January 2005

Village Green Apothecary is committed to guiding you on your journey to optimal wellness by providing the latest research on health, nutrition and lifestyle. Read on to learn more about the following health topics...

Overreaction to Vitamin E Study Could Cause Increased Health Risk

A vitamin E study released by the American Heart Association created news last month by suggesting that high doses of vitamin E “may increase risk of dying” among older, high-risk patients. A new poll commissioned by the Dietary Supplement Information Bureau (DSIB), found that 10 percent of people who recalled the study said they are less likely to take a dietary supplement as a result of recent news coverage.

Elliott Balbert, president of the Dietary Supplement Education Alliance, and other experts are concerned that the study released last month may lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, cancers and macular degeneration, as consumers become less likely to take the beneficial antioxidant—vitamin E. According to C. Wayne Callaway, MD, Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Clinical Nutrition, one study does not outweigh the many studies that document the benefits of vitamin E.

Dietary Insurance: A Daily Multivitamin

If you eat a healthy diet, do you need to take vitamins? Not long ago, the answer from most experts would have been a resounding "no." Today though, there's good evidence that taking a daily multivitamin makes sense for most adults. What's changed? Not only have scientists determined why we need pyridoxine (vitamin B6), but they are also accumulating evidence that this vitamin and others do much more than ward off scurvy and rickets. Intake of several vitamins above the minimum daily requirement may prevent heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and other chronic diseases.

Study Shows Direct Link Between Psychological Health and Biological Age

According to the Washington Post (11.30.04), scientists have identified the first direct link between stress and aging. A team of researchers found that severe emotional distress - like that caused by divorce, the loss of a job, or caring for an ill child or parent – may speed up the aging of the body's cells at the genetic level.

Blood cells from women who had spent many years caring for a disabled child were found to be, genetically, about a decade older than those from peers who had done much less caretaking. The study, which appears in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, also suggests that the perception of being stressed can add years to a person's biological age. While doctors are still trying to understand how tension damages tissue, there are early findings that open the possibility of the process being reversed.

Complimentary Therapy Eases Fatigue in Cancer Patients

A conference on the role of alternative health treatments used alongside traditional medicine at St. Andrews University will focus on a yoga and stress reduction program that reduced fatigue in a group of breast cancer sufferers. Dr Gunther Spahn, the head of integrative oncology at a department of Duisburg-Essen University , near Cologne , which specializes in combining homeopathic and conventional medicine, said the average fatigue score for the patients dropped by 1.1cm on a 10cm scale during the project. The study does not question conventional treatment, but emphasizes the benefits of integrative medicine.

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