November 2002 - Health Sciences Institute - Official Site

Zzzzzz inducing

You've probably heard the widely accepted "fact" that a natural chemical in turkey meat called l-tryptophan triggers the drowsiness that so many experience after Thanksgiving dinner. But if you go looking for the details behind this fact, you'll find evidence that both supports it, and debunks it as a myth. So is the truth somewhere in the middle?

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Chocolate as a health food?

Will eating chocolate promote cardiovascular health? That's what one study presented at last week's American Heart Association annual meeting would have us believe.

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St. John's wort for depression

In treating mild to moderate depression, St. John's wort performs as well as or better than Prozac and other antidepressant drugs, according to a recent review of 34 clinical trials that tested 3,000 subjects.

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Still booming

An HSI member named Elizabeth prompted today's e-Alert topic with this question: "I want to ask what you think of the large advertising campaign and increasing usage of baby aspirin as a prevention for cardiovascular problems. Do stomach problems possibly counter-balance any benefits from this therapy?"

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Rolling back the red

Last week I sent you an e-Alert ("Burst of Inflammation" 11/21/02) about a major new study that showed how a marker for inflammation called C-reactive protein (CRP) may be a far more accurate risk assessment for heart attack than elevated LDL cholesterol levels.

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Support Atkins with fish oil

I have a number of friends who did well in losing weight with Atkins, however none of them observed the fish oil requirement. I feel you owe it to your readers to point this out – i.e.: the fish oil part of the diet is essential for good health.

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Your real risk

Dr. Milner’s complete approach also measures C-reactive protein and fibrinogen (a globulin that affects blood coagulation), as well as homocysteine, total cholesterol, HDL and LDL. That may seem like a lot of tests, but Dr. Milner has found one comprehensive test that can assess all these important heart health predictors from just one blood sample.

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