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Individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) often have severe muscle weakness and fatigue as a result of this autoimmune inflammatory condition. Finding ways to improve this common symptom is important to the quality of life of these patients. A 2015 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicates that epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a catechin found in green tea, may help improve muscle metabolism in people with relapsing MS.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the most common disorder seen by gastroenterologists in the Unites States and United Kingdom. Its prevalence is also increasing in other countries as well. Abdominal pain is a hallmark symptom in most cases of IBS. Acupuncture, specifically electroacupuncture (EA) and moxibustion (Mox) can provide relief in patients with IBS.

Numerous studies to date have clearly demonstrated that there is a correlation between vitamin D deficiency and an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. A 2015 review featured in BioMed Research International set out to evaluate those studies to determine the mechanism(s) that shed light on this association. As it turns out, there are several key pathways impacted when the body doesn’t have enough vitamin D.

According to the American Society of Nephrology (ASN), kidney disease has been steadily rising with more than 20 million Americans now having some level of chronic kidney disease (CKD)—that’s 1 in 10 Americans! Based on two 2015 studies presented at the ASN Convention, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may be contributing to the increase.

The most common form of cancer—by a large margin—is nonmelanoma skin cancer. There are about two million new cases of nonmelanoma skin cancer diagnosed each year, whereas there are about 1.7 million diagnoses of all other types of cancer combined.

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of traits that includes abdominal obesity, glucose intolerance, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. According to the American heart association one in three US adults—approximately 34% of the population—have metabolic syndrome. Metabolic syndrome significantly increases the risk of atherosclerosis, peripheral vascular disease, coronary heart disease, heart attack, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

Previous studies have demonstrated that vitamin K2 menaquinones, specifically menaquinone-4 (MK-4), benefit people diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In this 2015 study, Egyptian researchers postulated that MK-7 could also benefit people with RA. And they were correct!

The Alzheimer’s Association reports that 1 in 9 Americans over the age of 65 has Alzheimer’s disease. Presently there is no cure and treatment options are limited. Altering the trajectory of the illness by slowing its progression remains a key clinical goal.

It has now been firmly established that gut microbiota intimately and powerfully influence cognitive function. This influential gut-brain axis provides novel ways to positively impact childhood neuropsychiatric disorders such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Asperger syndrome (AS).

Tamiflu ® (oseltamivir) is a popular prescription antiviral drug used to treat influenza; however, a 2014 systemic review in the British Medical Journal found only modest benefit and that it can cause nausea, headaches, and renal and psychiatric syndromes. A 2015 study featured in Current Therapeutic Research compared an Echinacea purpurea extract to Tamiflu and found that the echinacea was just as effective without the side effects.

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