Functional Foods for Childhood Development*

Jason Barker, N.D., and Chris D. Meletis, N.D. Preventive medicine has undergone great advances, in the last decade alone demonstrating the crucial role of nutrition for preventing diseases, especially those related to diet. The philosophy that food has health-promoting effects beyond its nutritional value has gained considerable acceptance in recent years and the specific disease-preventing effects of nutrition have even led…

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Optimizing Female Fertility*

Chris Meletis N.D., and Jason Barker, N.D. Once a subject that was paid relatively little regard, fertility has become increasingly popular, as the wear and tear of modern living has altered fertility levels. Various sources cite differing statistics surrounding this phenomenon: 1 • Some sources report that 1 in every 6 couples may be infertile. • Other sources…

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Mental Health Not All in the Mind—Really a Matter of Cellular Biochemistry*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D., and Jason Barker, N.D. The adage of “the mind is a terrible thing to waste” is especially true when it comes to nutrition and its effects on mental disease. The literature has numerous studies that indicate multiple nutritional deficiencies as contributors to mental illnesses and their symptoms. From this research, we can extrapolate that fueling an…

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Natural Treatments for Metabolic Syndrome Using Nutraceuticals to Thwart a Deadly Trend*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D., and Jason Barker, N.D. Metabolic syndrome, also known as syndrome X or cardiovascular metabolic syndrome, is comprised of hyperlipidemia (elevated triglycerides and low levels of high-density lipoprotein [HDL] cholesterol), central (abdominal) obesity, hypertension, and concomitant insulin resistance/glucose intolerance. Although no specific cause-and- effect relationship has been established, the outcomes of these associative factors are significantly…

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Natural Approaches to Controlling Inflammatory Disease*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D., and Jason Barker, N.D. Inflammation is simply a physiologic response process generated by the body in response to injury, infection, or irritation. In acute stages, the inflammatory process is vital to the healing process; however, chronic inflammation can increase disease-associated morbidity. New insights into the chronic inflammatory process now provide evidence that…

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Cardiovascular Disease Phytochemical and Nutritional Prevention and Treatment*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D. Estimates from the year 2000 reveal that approximately 61,800,000 Americans had one or more forms of cardiovascular disease (CVD). These CVDs include hypertension, stroke, and coronary heart disease, including angina pectoris and myocardial infarction.1 Individually, 50,000,000 people had hypertension; 7,600,000 suffered from acute myocardial infarction; 6,600,000 people experienced angina pectoris; and 4,700,000 people had cerebral vascular…

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State-of-the-Art Complementary Therapeutics for Asthma*

Published in: ALTERNATIVE & COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES—JUNE 2003 by: Chris D. Meletis, N.D., and Jason Barker, N.D. Statistics indicate increasing prevalence of asthma in industrialized nations, particularly in the United States in the last 20 years. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported increasing asthma prevalence since 1980, including increased mortality and racial and…

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Delayed-Onset Food Allergies*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D., and Jason Barker, N.D In 1906, Clemens Von Pirquet, M.D., the noted Austrian pediatrician, coined the term allergy from the Greek “allos” (meaning changed or altered state) and “ergon” (meaning reaction or reactivity) to describe patients with excessive physiologic responses to substances in their environment. Currently, 50 million Americans suffer from allergies on a yearly…

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