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Why Is Pain Relief So Elusive?

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 With Bonnie.
The Vitamin Controversy Pt 2 
The Vitamin Controversy Pt 1 
Grilling Man 
of Mystery
Food Intolerance: the Silent Assassin
Food Intolerance: 
the Silent Assassin
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June 11, 2012
Dear Valued Subscriber,

Why is it so hard for us to stay at our normal weight once it has been reached? Curious as to how Big Food tricks us into craving junk? Why does protein wake us up and sugar makes us sleepy? Answers to these questions and more can be found in this week's issue of NCI Well Connect. We will email today's issue if you subscribe today (49.99 down from 79.99 for one year or 42 issues). Order here.


Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky

5 Public Health Alerts
Medication, Screenings, and Supplements

In recent weeks, there have been several important public health messages you may have missed.


Another Acne Medication Warning
The class of medication consisting of Accutane or Roaccutane can cause eye infections such as conjunctivitis (pink eye) or sties. While not as serious as suicide risk, it is the accumulation of side effects that make these meds dangerous. Published in Archives of Dermatology, researchers looked at 15,000 adolescents divided into three groups: those who were acne-free; those who had acne but did not take oral medication; and those who had acne and were prescribed a medication. 1,791 people developed inflammatory ocular diseases, including 991 in the medicated group, 446 in the acne group, and 354 in the acne-free group.


Accurate About Aspirin?  

While the media was keen on a recent study showing aspirin's protective effect on skin cancer, another study came out last week stating that the bleeding risk of low dose aspirin outweighs any potential benefits. We have always been an opponent of aspirin prophylaxis, and will continue to be, especially with so many natural, safer alternatives available.


Hep C Tests for Boomers?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has proposed expanded hepatitis C virus (HCV) testing recommendations, calling for all baby boomers in the United States (individuals born from 1945 through 1965) to get a 1-time test for the virus. The proposed new recommendations could identify an additional 800,000 people living with HCV infection and prevent more than 120,000 HCV-related deaths (mostly liver related).


A recent study from Journal of Viral Hepatitis has suggested that certain neurological symptoms reported in Hep C patients, the recent observation that HCV virus can replicate in brain endothelial cells, and that neuroinflammation is a feature of HCV infection, makes screening that much more crucial.

More than 75% of American adults infected with HCV are baby boomers. Most were infected with the virus when they were in their teens or twenties through blood transfusions or experimentation with injection drugs, but most do not know they have it.


Bonnie: this may be a ruse to put more people on meds. Ruling out the virus cannot hurt, however. There are numerous nutritional ways to nourish the liver and address liver-related disorders if you test positive.

Herbs, Certain Supplements Can Affect the Liver
According to data presented at 2012 Digestive Disease Week, the Drug Induced Liver Injury Network evaluated patient information from eight sites across the U.S. from 2003 to 2011. Of 679 cases of liver injury (symptoms of jaundice, nausea, itching, abdominal pain, no deaths), 93 were attributed to herbal or dietary supplements. Among patients that had used supplements, 33% used them for body building, 26% for weight, and the remaining 31% used a variety of other types of herbs.


Steve: most of these case were individuals using questionable supplements without the assistance of a health professional, which of course, is a big no-no.


Oral Contraceptives, HRT, and IBD
Oral contraceptives and hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be associated with a heightened risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease. Researchers found an association between oral contraceptives and Crohn's disease. A related study of postmenopausal women found an association between HRT and ulcerative colitis. The results, taken from approximately 230,000 women, were also presented at the 2012 Digestive Disease Week conference.


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  • Healthy Frying Pan
  • Googling Your Symptoms
  • Power Plant Fruits and Veggies
  • Are Playground Games Still Relevant?
  • Natural Migraine Therapy
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