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    Steve ParcellSteve Parcell

Two large-scale clinical trials completed within the last seven years have shown that drug therapy works just as well as stents in preventing heart attacks. Former President George Bush, Jr.  had a stent placed recently to clear a blocked artery, despite no symptoms. This has put the stent debate back in the news.
The stent debate has been ongoing since 2007, when the Courage trial first found that less costly drug therapy averted h...

Kelly Parcell, ND

10 Reasons Naturopathic Medicine Lowers Health Care Costs

1. Offers more treatment options. 
Naturopathic doctors provide consumers with a broader range of safe, cost effective care.

2. Offers less expensive treatment
Naturopathic treatments are inherently less expensive than those conventional and many naturopathic treatments incur no cost whatsoever.

3. Reduces need...

According to a study supervised by Ithaca College's Exercise and Sport Sciences Chair Thomas Swensen, betaine—a nutrient found in shellfish and beets—boosts athletic performance by nearly six percent when added to a sports drink. Published in the "Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition," the study is available at

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"Betaine may contribute to creatine synth...

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    Steve ParcellSteve Parcell

A large French retrospective analysis provides good news for caffeine lovers: investigators showed that drinking tea or coffee was associated with a small but statistically significant reduction in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. In addition, drinking tea and coffee was also associated with a significant reduction in pulse pressure and heart rate, although the heart-rate reductions were greater with tea.

Unfortunately, the resear...

Patients with celiac disease may be more likely to develop early atherosclerosis, but a gluten-free diet has the potential to mitigate this increased risk, according to recent results.

In a pilot study, researchers assessed the risk for atherosclerosis in 20 adults with celiac disease, at diagnosis and after 6 to 8 months of a gluten-free diet with mucosal recovery. Evaluated factors included total, HDL and LDL cholesterol, C-reactive p...