April 2007 - Health Sciences Institute - Official Site

Nearly Normal

As I've noted in previous e-Alerts, celiac disease (CD) is an autoimmune disorder in which gluten (a component of grain) obstructs absorption of nutrients in the small intestine. Untreated, chronic CD can lead to malnutrition, cognitive decline, poor blood sugar management, headaches, fatigue, and severe gastrointestinal problems.

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Lollypops Dump?

Apparently consumers are turned off by product labels that indicate the food has been irradiated. So the proposed rule would allow some foods to use the word "pasteurized" instead of "irradiated," even though the pasteurization process is completely different than the process of exposing food to radiation.

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Early Bird

The enzyme – known as CYP 3A4 – may also be affected by apple juice, lime juice and orange juice made from Seville oranges. These juices should also be avoided with cholesterol lowering statin drugs (such as Lipitor), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (such as Prozac) and, as mentioned above, drugs that manage blood pressure.

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You can always count on drug companies for spontaneous, unintentional humor.

The enzyme – known as CYP 3A4 – may also be affected by apple juice, lime juice and orange juice made from Seville oranges. These juices should also be avoided with cholesterol lowering statin drugs (such as Lipitor), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (such as Prozac) and, as mentioned above, drugs that manage blood pressure.

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"We caught it early."

Researchers from three universities in the Northeastern U.S. recently reported on the results of a trial that tested an electroencephalogram (EEG) procedure in more than 70 subjects – some with AD and some without. Their EEG examination clearly demonstrated that the brains of Alzheimer's patients react differently than the brains of healthy subjects when given a series of auditory stimuli. The accuracy rate of the EEG test was more than 80 percent overall.

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Grapefruit Overdose

The enzyme – known as CYP 3A4 – may also be affected by apple juice, lime juice and orange juice made from Seville oranges. These juices should also be avoided with cholesterol lowering statin drugs (such as Lipitor), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (such as Prozac) and, as mentioned above, drugs that manage blood pressure.

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This is Your Brain on Groceries

I told you about the FDA plan to impose harsh new regulations on dietary supplements (vitamins, minerals, and herbs), and even food products that might be used to treat health problems.

The proposed guidelines appear in a document posted on the FDA web site. And here's what the document has to say about vegetable juice: "If the juice therapy is intended for use as part of a disease treatment regimen instead of for the general wellness, the vegetable juice would also be subject to regulation as a drug."

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