Female sexual dysfunction (FSD) is a medical condition affecting thousands of women. Women with FSD experience problems with sexual desire or response that can occur at any time in life.

Several factors contribute to this condition, including physical, hormonal, and psychosocial. One common cause not often discussed is oral contraceptive pills (OCPs). Read More…

http://www.townsendletter.com/April2015/oral0415.html

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Sunlight and Health; More Than Just Vitamin D

by drsjbecker on January 27, 2015

sunlight 1One of the most important aspects of life on earth is the sun. It provides warmth and energy, making life as we know it possible. Humans have evolved to live with the sun. It not only supports the plants and vegetation that feed and shelter us, but it is also an integral part of our physiology.

Vitamin D synthesis is a well known by-product of sunlight exposure. It helps regulate a number of genes and hormonal reactions in the human body. It also plays a role in bone health, immune system function, inflammation, etc.

However, a number of other beneficial reactions also occur. Melatonin is produced when it is dark and stops when daylight reaches our eyes. This helps to regulate our sleep-wake cycle, and plays an important role in countering cancer, auto-immunity and inflammation.

Read the rest of Dr. Brian Casteel’s article to discover more amazing benefits of sunlight exposure.

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Can the Probiotics You Need Be Found In Soil?

by drsjbecker on January 26, 2015

 

For years, pharmacists have focused on lactic-acid based probiotics to ensure the health of our guts. However, in her recent article, Dr. Chris Decker is shining a light on other strains that may be helpful in certain cases. Dr. Decker suggests that we might be a little too clean for our own good!

The Earth’s soil is filled to the brim with microorganisms, some of which are beneficial to our health. Today, most of us in the Western world have considerably less contact with nutrient-rich dirt, which deprives our systems of these microscopic buddies.

For 2.4 million years, the bacteria in soil most likely played an essential role in preparing our hunter-gatherer ancestors’ bodies for attacks against their immune systems. This in turn would have provided an environment for gastrointestinal well-being. Today, we know that a lack of probiotic bacteria has a hand to play in a wide variety of disorders, including type 1 diabetes, autism, and cardiovascular disease.

Read all about these new discussion on the NDNR website.

Please note that Dr. Stephanie Becker recommends probiotics for all patients as part of her wellness protocol. Ask us about recommended brands and dosing.

 

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In the nearly 11 years since researchers first rang alarm bells that women on hormone replacement therapy faced an increased risk of breast cancer, some have suggested that taking estrogen and progestin to treat symptoms of menopause might not be so dangerous after all.

Though it was generally agreed that woman who took the two hormones to curb their hot flashes and night sweats upped their chances of developing the disease, many studies suggested that the cancers the women developed were less likely to be deadly.

A new analysis of data from the Women’s Health Initiative now casts doubt on those findings. The study, published Friday by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, concludes that the prognosis for cancers related to hormone replacement therapy is just as dire as for other breast cancers. As a result, women who turn to the treatment are more likely to die of breast cancer than their peers who don’t take hormones.

Los Angeles Times (latimes.com) – By Eryn Brown – (Saturday, March 30, 2013)

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Culprit in Heart Disease Goes Beyond Meat’s Fat

by drsjbecker on April 16, 2013

It was breakfast time and the people participating in a study of red meat and its consequences had hot, sizzling sirloin steaks plopped down in front of them. The researcher himself bought a George Foreman grill and the nurse assisting him did the cooking.

For the sake of science, these six men and women ate every last juicy bite of the 8-ounce steaks. Then they waited to have their blood drawn.

Dr. Stanley Hazen of the Cleveland Clinic, who led the study, and his colleagues had accumulated evidence for a surprising new explanation of why red meat may contribute to heart disease. And they were testing it with this early-morning experiment.

The researchers had come to believe that what damaged hearts was not just the fat on steaks, but a little-studied chemical that is burped out by bacteria in the stomach after people eat red meat. It is quickly converted by the liver into yet another little-studied chemical called TMAO that gets into the blood and increases the risk of heart disease.

The New York Times (nytimes.com) – By Gina Kolata – (Monday, April 08, 2013)

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Gut Bacteria and Childhood Eczema

February 26, 2013

Gut bacterial balance affects many different areas of health, but one of the most important to consider is the establishment of healthy gut bacterial balance during infancy. This is a topic Brenda Watson and I have covered many times. Brenda has blogged on this topic a few times, and we cover it in our bookThe […]

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– Avocado Lovers Likely To Be Slim And Healthy, With Lower Cholesterol, Research Suggests –

February 26, 2013

  Avocado addicts are likely to have a healthier diet and slimmer waistlines than the rest of the population, according to new research. They also have better cholesterol readings and are less at risk of heart disease, strokes and diabetes, it is claimed. The findings, published in the Nutrition Journal, emerge from a large US […]

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Want to Lose Fat? Count Your Hormones, Not Your Calories

January 22, 2013

In part one and part two of this blog series, I explained that the calorie model of weight loss has failed miserably as a strategy for long-term body change. I have argued that it does not work, not because it is wrong, but rather because it is incomplete. Calories matter, but hormones matter more. Calories don’t control metabolism — […]

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Exercise can extend your life, even if you’re overweight: study

January 22, 2013

Yet more evidence to inspire you to get moving — new research shows that people who do regular physical activity, such as brisk walking, live longer than those who lounge in front of the television or computer, regardless of weight. “This finding may help convince currently inactive persons that a modest physical activity program is […]

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Eating Meat Linked To Breast Cancer Risk In White Women

January 22, 2013

Scientists have found an association between the odds of a white woman developing breast cancer and her consumption of red meat and poultry, but this association was not found among black women. Among white women, those who ate the most unprocessed red meat and poultry seemed to have a higher breast cancer risk than those […]

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