Our team has looked throughout several expert health sites to find notable research and insights in integrative health. Here’s a snapshot of news that’s been trending on some of our favorite sites.

 Dr. Andrew Weill—Middle-Aged Women and Diet Drinks

Consuming more than 2 diet drinks a day may predispose middle-aged women for cardiovascular events, such as stroke, heart attack, or other problems. This research, coming out of the Scientific Meeting of the American College of Cardiology, found that consuming diet drinks increased heart disease risk of 30 percent and cardiovascular fatalities by 50 percent.  You can read more about the research here.

 

Dr. Joseph Mercola: It Really Is Better With Butter

While saturated fats and cholesterol have gotten a bad rap for many years, it’s the refined carbs, sugars, and trans fats that are the real enemy. Butter from grass-fed cows contains important nutrients such as vitamins, essential fatty acids such as CLA, and “good” fats. A recent study debunked the belief that unpolysaturated fats can lower your cardiac risk.

 

 

 

Yahoo! Health: Can Broccoli Wash Away the Effects of Pollution?

A new study published in Cancer Prevention Research examined the effects of broccoli sprouts and found that they can actually filter out harmful pollutants such as benzene, which is emitted by cigarette smoke. The sprouts are more effective than “mature” broccoli, the kind sold in stores, containing larger concentrations of the pollutant-fighter glucoraphanin. However, any kind of broccoli has health benefits, and the article goes on to list some brocco-licious sounding recipes.

 

Medical News Today

Shiatsu Can Help You Sleep

Sufferers of chronic pain face a double whammy—insomnia. The chronic pain keeps them awake depriving them of the sleep they so badly need to recover. A new study conducted by the University of Alberta found that shiatsu, a form of acupressure, helped patients fall and stay asleep. The pilot was small, but showed promising results.

A Native American Ceremonial Treatment for PTSD

A Native American ceremonial treatment can help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A study conducted at the Spokane VA Hospital found that a treatment called the Sweat Lodge ceremony provided benefit to Native American veterans, many of whom were not helped by standard PTSD treatments. The results will be presented at the American Psychological Association conference this August.

 

 

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