59 children (aged 4-18 years; mean, 12.5 years) with IBS were randomly assigned to receive, in double-blind fashion, (a probiotic) VSL#3 or placebo for 6 weeks. After a 2-week washout period, each child received the alternate treatment for an additional 6 weeks.
Ages 4 through 11 were given 1 sachet of VSL#3 per day and ages 12 through 18 were given 1 sachet twice a day. Compared with placebo, active treatment resulted in a significant improvement in symptoms, as measured by the global assessment of relief (p < 0.05). Read more
Omega-3 fatty acids can help prevent retinopathy, which is an eye disease that can lead to blindness in people with diabetes and premature babies. Retinopathy causes abnormal blood vessels to grow in the retina, the light-sensitive tissue lining the inner surface of the eye.
This growth can cause the retina to detach from the back of the eye leading to vision loss. Dr Lois Smith, a professor of ophthalmology at the Harvard Medical School, says "For people who have had diabetes for 25 years, more than half of them will have retinopathy. It is a extremely common disease that's getting even more common because it increases with obesity."
Previous studies had shown that eye diseases, such as retinopathy, are slowed down in people who eat a lot of fish. In their study, which appears in the journal Science Translational Medicine, Dr Smith and her colleagues looked for the specific metabolic process that produced this protective mechanism. Read more
Pamela Nathan recommends that pregnant women take prenatal vitamins, as its difficult to get all the necessary nutritional support from food alone during pregnancy. Don't think that it's a replacement for a healthy diet.
When choosing a supplement, look for a brand that is free of artificial sweeteners, coloring, and other additives. Also consider choosing a multivitamin that is sourced from organic, whole foods, which is the next best thing to getting the nutrients directly from your food. Read more
Focus on the finish
Immediate desires typically govern our actions, so know that skipping your daily exercise will always be a temptation. When your resolve wavers, leapfrog your inertia with this pep talk: "Twenty-five minutes from now, I'm going to feel amazing".
Also, share fitness goals with friends. It's harder to wimp out when someone else can 'hold you to your word'.
If weight loss is your goal, expect to plateau weeks or months into your routine. When that happens, try switching things up: If you turn from swimming to running, for instance, 'the weight will come off as your body rises to the challenge'.
If child-care duties prevent a trip to the gym, join the kids in a game of soccer or tag. On rainy days, stage a dance parry.
Remember: There's no such thing as "too busy" to work out.
A client remarks: Regarding GERD, I would recommend cutting out caffeine rather than just coffee.
I noticed that when I gave up coffee, my pain didn't go away completely, as I continued to drink tea. It was only when I gave up caffeine altogether that I had complete relief from my GERD symptoms. I am hoping that this information may help others like me who are sensitive to caffeine, but don't realize it.