Does Moringa Oleifera Have Health Benefits? The Research Examined

Introduction I am on holidays in the beautiful Sonoran desert, Arizona, and was told by the hotel gardener that many of the locals eat Moringa leaves to manage pre-diabetes and diabetes. Always the researcher (even on vacation), I had to try the leaves for myself. The leaves tasted pleasant enough, but do they actually have… Continue reading

Is Oxygen Therapy Effective for Anything? The Research Reviewed

Introduction The “oxygen bar” phenomenon is touted as the health-conscious alternative to shisha/hooka (or any other illegal substances that one might choose to inhale for fun). An “oxygen bar” is a free-standing booth that you can rent and sit/stand in to inhale over 90% pure oxygen and aromatherapy via disposable nasal cannula. Regular room air… Continue reading

Does Skullcap Have Health Benefits? A Scientist Explains

Introduction Scutellaria baicalensis, also known as “Chinese skullcap” or “Huang Qin,” is a root extract that has been used in both traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine for centuries. Skullcap is also widely used as a backbone in herbal formulas in the western world, where it is often referred to as “scute.” Skullcap is believed to… Continue reading

Does Lavender Oil Do Anything? We Review the Research

Introduction There are over 250,000 lavender-related products for sale on Amazon. That sure is a whole lot of lavender. These range from essential oils, teas, car fresheners, chocolates, perfumes, and cosmetics to religious crosses. Lavender is believed to offer a wide range of health and wellness benefits. Purported uses include relief and treatment of anxiety,… Continue reading

Does Spikenard Have Health Benefits? We Ask A Scientist

What Is Spikenard? Spikenard, also known as nard, nardin and muskroot, is an essential oil derived from the rhizome (root) of Nardostachys jatamansi (N. jatamansi). N. jatamansi is a plant of the Valerian family and grows from the northern alpine to the sub alpine area of the Himalayan region, at high altitudes of 3,000 to… Continue reading

Does Pine Bark Extract Have Health Benefits? A Look At The Research

Pine bark extract must be the secret ingredient in the mythical elixir of life considering the fact that it is touted as an anti-infective, anti-cancer, anti-ageing, anti-hypertensive, anticoagulant, anti-diabetes, anti-erectile dysfunction, anti-allergy, anti-PMT, anti-endometriosis, anti-diabetic foot ulcer, pro-circulation, pro-analgesic, pro-stamina, and AHDH remedy (to name just a few). It supposedly brings us all the benefits… Continue reading

Hyperlipidemia: The Best Treatments According To Research

What is Hyperlipidemia? Hyperlipidemia is a key preventable risk factor for the number one cause of death and disability in the developed world – heart disease. Hyperlipidemia refers to high levels of lipids in the blood. Hyperlipidemia (also called dyslipidemia) can be asymptomatic (until you get really sick or it kills you) but can be diagnosed… Continue reading

Do Natural Laxatives Compare To Regular Ones? The Evidence Reviewed

Living in today’s fast-paced society can mean our bowel motions slow down to a halt. Literally. We all know the effects of travel, stress and poor eating habits…. Constipation! Constipation, infrequent bowel movements or difficulty in passing stools, is a common and uncomfortable complaint. It is suspected to affect upwards of 15% of all Americans… Continue reading

IVF Treatment Proven To Increase Risk Of Birth Defects In Children

Claim IVF treatment proven to increase risk of birth defects in children. Verdict Clinical studies do not support the claim that assisted reproductive technology has been proven to increase the risk of birth defects. Origin An article in Time Health Land entitled ‘IVF Linked to More Birth Defects’ interprets the findings of a seminal research… Continue reading

Do Insulin Injections Double The Risk Of Death In People With Type 2 Diabetes?

Claim Insulin injection more than doubles the risk of death in type 2 diabetes. Verdict Scientific studies do not support the claim that insulin injections increase the risk of death in people with diabetes. Origin Websites such as claim that a clinical research study ‘clearly’ shows that insulin injections increase the risk of death… Continue reading

Does Ginko Really Help Reduce Brain Damage From Stroke?

Claim Ginko Reduces Brain Damage From Stroke Verdict A Comprehensive Cochrane meta-analysis failed to show any quality evidence to support a role for Ginkgo bilboa in the management of acute ischemic stroke. Origin Ginkgo bilboa is believed to have a neuroprotective effect and is widely used in the management of acute ischemic stroke in China…. Continue reading

Does Dry Needling Work? The Current Research Reviewed

An increasing number of physical therapists (PTs), in the United States and throughout the world, are incorporating the dry needling (DN) technique to treat mainly musculoskeletal pain (MSP). So much so, the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), in their most recent DN resource paper (1), dated July 2013 (pp2), state that “The volume… Continue reading

Bee Venom Therapy Is Not A Safe Alternative Health Treatment

15 Second Summary While it may seem a natural and safe alternative, there is limited quality research on the effectiveness of apitherapy treatments, and there is the potential for associated adverse events. The scientific community is divided on the effectiveness of apitherapy, and although there is enthusiasm surrounding its potential medicinal uses, until there is… Continue reading