Northern Exposure (or Lack Thereof)
Northern retailers take note—too little sunlight may result in vitamin D deficiencies. The research, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (June 2002), found that 97 percent of blood samples taken from 188 randomly selected Calgary residents was deficient in vitamin D at some point during the year. The researchers believe that the problem may be worse in other northern areas because Calgary's high altitude gives it long hours of sunlight. Long-term vitamin D deficiency causes rickets in children and may explain the high incidence of osteoporosis among people living in northern latitudes, the researchers said.
Have It Your Way With Vitamin C
Eating a fast-food meal rich in fat and calories can trigger inflammation that can damage blood vessel linings. But recent research at the University of Buffalo has shown that the antioxidant vitamins C and E can nullify this inflammatory response. When eight subjects took 1,200 IU of vitamin E and 500 mg of vitamin C before a high-glucose meal, results showed that the levels of free radicals and proinflammatory markers did not increase. The researchers believe that the macronutrients—calories, fat, carbohydrates and water—present in most fast food might trigger the body to produce free radicals that may damage the blood vessel linings.
At 1,200 pages, Alternative Medicine: The Definitive Guide (Celestial Arts, 2002), is a useful reference for anyone interested in alternative therapies. The revised and expanded edition features new chapters on topics such as vaccination, natural hormone therapy and fibromyalgia, as well as new treatments for arthritis, depression and other health problems. The book was compiled by the by the Burton Goldberg Group. Goldberg is the publisher of Alternative Medicine magazine, and this edition was put together with the cooperation of more than 400 physicians.
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