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More Proof: Dark Chocolate Is Good for Your Heart!

Dark Chocolate Helps Heart Health

Scientists say they have discovered the reason for the health benefits of dark chocolate. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times / May 24, 2010)

Originally published in the Los Angeles Times
Chemists discover secret to dark chocolate’s health benefits

By Monte Morin/March 18, 2014, 6:25 p.m.

For years, chocolate lovers have remained blissfully unaware of the precise reason bittersweet dark chocolate seems to improve cardiovascular health. At least until, now that is.

On Tuesday, researchers at meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Dallas said they had solved the confection conundrum: Specific chocolate-loving microbes in the gut convert an otherwise indigestible portion of the candy into anti-inflammatory compounds, they said.  [Read more…]

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Chelation therapy in TACT: Daring to challenge dogma (and suspend disbelief)

By Eric J Topol MD
Director, Scripps Translational Science Institute
The Gary and Mary West Chair of Innovative Medicine
Chief Academic Officer, Scripps Health
La Jolla, CA

Originally posted at theheart.org on May 26,2013

Although suffering from significant imperfections, the TACT trial is a daring step toward a better understanding of how chelation therapy might affect heart disease. It seemed like a crazy notion in 2003—when the NIH invested $31 million to fund the research—but the consistent and notable reduction of a spectrum of clinical end points indicates that maybe something important—and controversial—is happening.

I’d like to review with you one of the most controversial trials in cardiovascular medicine that has been published in a long time: the TACT trial of over 1700 patients who had a prior myocardial infarction and then were getting chelation therapy.

The chelation therapy was given over 30 weeks, every week. It wasn’t just EDTA but also a mixture of various vitamins, potentially what you could consider antioxidants, that were added to the solution. It was given for 30 weeks consecutively, with another series of infusions given several weeks after that. And this was conducted at various sites. It took from 2003 to 2011—eight years—before it was completed.

Read the rest of this transcript or listen to Dr. Topol discuss the TACT trial…….

Look for upcoming articles by Gordon Medical practitioners on chelation as practiced at GMA.

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Why Might You Want to Use Hormone Replacement Therapy?

Elizabeth Large, NDBy Elizabeth Large, ND

You have probably heard a lot about hormone replacement therapy, both good and bad. Let’s look at some of the details of why you might consider using hormone replacement therapy as part of comprehensive, effective, and safe support for your overall health.

It could lengthen your healthy, functional life span.
It can help retain physical vigor, mental clarity and youthful appearance.
It has anti-aging effects on:

  • Skin
  • Hair
  • Sexual health
  • Brain function
  • Bone health
  • Maintaining ideal body weight/weight loss
  • Blood sugar control

It helps relieve menopausal symptoms: [Read more…]

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Metabolic Syndrome: What Is It, and What Can You Do About It?

Elizabeth Large, NDBY Elizabeth Large, ND

Metabolic syndrome is called a syndrome rather than a disease because it refers to a group of risk factors that occur together and which increase the risk for coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke.  It is believed to effect approximately 25% or 47 million of the US population.  Risk factors for metabolic syndrome include: genetics, hypertension, insulin resistance, hyperlipidemia and obesity, especially increased abdominal girth. To determine if you suffer from metabolic syndrome, most doctors look for the presence of three or more of these components:

  • Central or abdominal obesity (measured by waist circumference):
    • Men – Greater than 40″
    • Women – Greater than 35″
  • Fasting blood triglycerides greater than or equal to 150 milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dL)
  • Blood HDL cholesterol:
    • Men – Less than 40 mg/dL
    • Women – Less than 50 mg/dL
  • Blood pressure greater than or equal to 130/85
  • Fasting glucose greater than or equal to 100 mg/dL [Read more…]