Dr. T's Health Blog (Recent Posts)

B Vitamins May Help Prevent Alzheimer's

Published: July 9, 2012
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In a randomized study of 299 older men, daily supplementation with 2 mg folate, 25 mg vitamin B6, and 400 microg vitamin B12 for a period of 2 years was found to be associated with a significantly lower increase in the amyloid beta protein 1-40 found in tangles/plaques in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's disease--as compared to subjects who received a placebo. While A beta 40 increased by an average of 18.5% (26.8pg/ml) among subjects who received a placebo, it increased by an average of only 4.9% (7.0 pg/ml) among those who received supplementation with B vitamins.

Antioxidants Help Mental Function

Published: July 9, 2012
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If you are getting forgetful as you get older, then a research team from the University of Reading and the Peninsula Medical School in the southwest of England has good news for you. Antioxidant-rich foods, such as blueberries, are effective at reversing age-related deficits in memory. The researchers supplemented a regular diet with blueberries over a 12-week period, and found that improvements in spatial working memory tasks emerged within three weeks and continued throughout the period of the study.

Help for Zombies: A Special Report

Published: July 3, 2012
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Fibromyalgia represents a cellular energy crisis with many causes. Taking steps to increase energy production can often be helpful. One such method is outlined by the "SHINE Protocol" (Sleep, Hormones, Infections, Nutrition, and Exercise) which was shown to be highly effective in an earlier pilot and placebo-controlled study. A new just-published multicenter study of 257 people with CFS/FMS at 53 health clinics showed that d-ribose supplementation increased energy an average of 61% at three weeks, while also improving sleep, cognitive function, pain, and overall well-being.

XMRV Not Connected to CFS

Published: July 3, 2012
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As just about anyone with CFS/FMS knows, a study in the journal Science in 2009 launched a lively medical debate about the role of the XMRV virus in CFS/FMS, with at least 20 subsequent studies exploring it.

Unfortunately, for everyone hoping to have found a breakthrough, it's starting to look like the XMRV virus may have no connection to CFS/FMS. It appears instead to have simply been a contaminant in the lab chemicals used to measure the amount of the virus.

Low Morning Cortisol in CFS

Published: June 17, 2012
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Below is another new study showing decreased morning adrenal cortisol and elevated evening cortisol levels in CFS (which suggest an alteration in day/night rhythms and which would also disrupt sleep). This is on the heels of a recent study showing low morning cortisol in women with CFS and an excellent review article by Dr. Kent Holtorf on the need for and safety of adrenal support in CFS. For a summary of Dr. Holtorf's article see "Adrenal problems in CFS."

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