Got Joint Pain? How to Treat and Prevent Orthopaedic Injuries

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Ever wonder what that aching pain in your elbow or shoulder is? Orthopaedic injuries are more common than you think and you don’t have to play a sport to suffer one. It’s important to get smart about injury prevention and treatment. In this episode, Dr. David Neuman, a NYC based Orthopaedic Surgeon shares his expertise and insight.


White Rice may Raise the Risk of Diabetes

white-riceAccording to a new study, eating white rice regularly may increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In this study the researchers analyzed data presented in four studies – two from Asian countries, China and Japan, and two from western countries, U.S and Australia.

The results of the study, published in the journal BMJ, showed that people who had more servings of white rice per day increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Each serving of white rice was associated with a 10% increase in the risk of this type of diabetes.

Although the study has shown a link between increased risk of diabetes and intake of white rice, it does not explain how the two are connected. According to researcher Qi Sun, MD, an instructor in medicine at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, “this may be due to the sudden increase in the blood sugar levels as white rice has a very high glycemic index”. Sun says that “white rice is very low in fiber content which might add on to the risk”. “This increase in risk is applicable to other starchy carbohydrates like white bread, white pasta, and white potatoes”, he adds.

According to him, “one need not avoid white rice totally, but can have it in moderation. However, it is always better to chose whole grains than white varieties. One can have white rice once or twice in a week”. Spyros Mezitis, MD, an endocrinologist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, also agrees with the fact that all starchy foods increase the risk of diabetes when had in excess. He says that “people who are at risk of developing diabetes should reduce the amount of calories, lose excess weight and substitute white carbohydrates with whole grain foods”.

Tracy Breen, MD, director of diabetes care for North Shore-LIJ Health System in Great Neck, feels “what and how much you eat may not be the only factors in developing the disease”.” Genes also matters while considering the risk of the disease. Since genes cannot be changed it is better to think about how food plays into the culture”, she adds. According to Connie Diekman, RD, director of university nutrition at Washington University in St. Louis, “the observational nature of the study is the major drawback to present a cause and affect relationship”. In her opinion, “controlled studies are required to prove that the risk of the disease increases by the intake of white rice”.

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The End of Cancer is Near! An Interview with Dr. Garry Gordon

TopDoc Radio Logo PSDRenowned physician Dr. Garry Gordon shares his insight into a world without cancer. These days you can find countless foods with anti-cancer properties, but none of them will eradicate the disease. Leading a healthy lifestyle will help you prevent cancer, but sometimes it’s just the lay of the land. In this episode, host Kathryn Zox discusses an interesting supplement that may be better at preventing cancer than we think! Dr. Garry Gordon shares his insight into Salvestrols – natural dietary compounds from fruits that have the power to destroy cancer cells. Listen in to find out the details!

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About Dr. Garry Gordon:
GARRY F. GORDON, MD, DO, MD(H), received his Doctor of Osteopathy in 1958 from the Chicago College of Osteopathy in Illinois. He received his honorary MD degree from the University of California Irvine in 1962 and completed his Radiology Residency from Mt. Zion in San Francisco, California in 1964. For many years, he was the Medical Director of Mineral Lab in Hayward, California, a leading laboratory for trace mineral analysis worldwide.

Dr. Gordon is on the Board of Homeopathic Medical Examiners for Arizona and is Co-Founder of the American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM). He is Founder/President of the International College of Advanced Longevity (ICALM) and Board Member of International Oxidative Medicine Association (IOMA).

With Morton Walker, DPM, Dr. Gordon co-authored The Chelation Answer. He is advisor to the American Board of Chelation Therapy and past instructor and examiner for all chelation physicians. He is responsible for Peer Review for Chelation Therapy in the State of Arizona.

Currently, Dr. Gordon is a consultant for various supplement companies. He is responsible for the design of many supplements, which are widely used by alternative health practitioners around the world.

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Hot Coffee or Tea may reduce the Risk of MRSA

1393520490-9149551668_60a0060bc4A new study has shown that drinking hot tea or coffee provides antimicrobial properties and reduces the risk of carrying methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in the nasal passages. The results of the study published in the Annals of Family Medicine says that people who have hot beverages like coffee or tea are  50% less likely to have MRSA in the nasal passages when compared to people who do not have hot tea. The risk does not reduce with soft drinks and iced tea.

Eric Matheson, MD, an assistant professor of family medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, reports that the more tea or coffee they drank, the lower the risk of MRSA. These bacteria are resistant to most antibiotics and can cause illness when they come in contact with an open skin. The risk of illness and infection increases in people who have a weak immune system. The most fatal infections are noted in people who have acquired MRSA from hospitals.

Although the study shows that drinking hot coffee or tea is associated with lower chances of having MRSA it does not show a cause and effect relationship. According to Matheson, the next study should focus on the effects of coffee or tea on people who have MRSA. Some of the compounds in the tea or coffee may have antimicrobial properties which may help to weaken or destabilize the bacteria, adds Matheson. When the beverage is iced the compound loses its property as they are more soluble in higher temperatures. “It is also possible that these antimicrobial compounds are inhaled through the vapors of hot coffee or tea”, says Matheson.

For people who are working in the healthcare setting and do not have the habit of drinking tea or coffee, it would be better if they started using it, suggest researchers. According to Bruce Hirsch, MD, an infectious disease expert at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, this is a very interesting finding and should be explored further. He says that one cannot change the habits or recommend a change with this one finding. Philip Tierno, PhD, director of clinical microbiology and immunology at the New York University Langone Medical Center in New York City, is not very convinced with the effect of hot coffee and tea in reducing the number of MRSA. He agrees that tea and coffee has antimicrobial properties, but MRSA does not respond to antibiotics which has massive microbial properties.

A Good Look at Cataract Surgery and Eye Health with Dr. George Waring IV

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Cataracts has become the leading cause of blindness in aging adults over 40 in the United States. Cataracts is a gradual opaque cloud that forms over the eye, causing vision to seem foggy. This mist is a result of proteins in the lens clumping together. Unfortunately there are no natural ways to fight cataracts, but a healthy diet and exercise can safeguard you against the disease. The best way to rid yourself of Cataracts is surgery, when a prescription doesn’t help. In this episode, expert cataract surgeon Dr. George Waring IV shares his insight into cataracts and cataract surgery and how to avoid it all!

Healthier Lifestyle in Family after Weight Loss Surgery

According to a new study published in the Archives of Surgery, family members of people who had weight loss surgery adopted healthier lifestyle and eating habits. All the members in the family were active for over a year after the surgery and moreover, overweight members in the family lost an average of 8 pounds during the same period.

In Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery, the stomach is reduced into a small pouch and connected to the middle of the small intestine, bypassing the rest of the stomach and the anterior parts of the intestine. Gavitt A. Woodard, MD, and colleagues from Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, says that bypass surgery for one person provides additional benefits to the family members by improving their weight, eating habits and activity levels. This may be very significant in containing childhood obesity, say researchers, as having an obese parent is one of the biggest risk factors for childhood obesity. The obesity rate in children whose mother had Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery reduces by 52% when compared to children born to mothers before having the surgery.

In this study, 35 people who had gastric bypass surgery and their family members were observed for their lifestyle changes. They also recorded the lifestyle habits of 15 children below the age of 18 among the family members. The weight loss of the participants who underwent the surgery was typical of those who had a gastric bypass. Researchers noted that the weight loss among the obese adult family members were also significant – from 234 to 226 pounds. The waist circumference decreased considerably in the obese family members.

The results also show that the growth curve of the obese children in the family had a lower BMI than expected during the first year after the surgery. This was not very significant when compared to the adults. The lifestyle habits of the participants and their family members also improved considerably after the surgery. This includes:

  • Uncontrolled and emotional eating was reduced considerably among the people who had the surgery.
  • Emotional eating and overeating reduced among the adult family members also.
  • Children of the people who had the surgery had more chances of being on diet.
  • Physical activity of the children in the family of the people who had the surgery increased considerably.

Researchers feel that when one member in the family takes up a healthy lifestyle others follow automatically which helps to improve the overall health in the family.

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