Natural Approaches to the Prevention and Management of Diabetes Mellitus*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D., and Ben Bramwell According to facts and figures provided by the American Diabetes Association, there are an estimated 15.7 million people in the United States with diabetes. Approximately 5.4 million of these people have not yet been diagnosed.1 The hyperglycemia resulting from types I and II diabetes mellitus can lead to multiple challenges for the person with diabetes. Patients…

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Helping Patients to Age Well Applying the Free-Radical Hypothesis*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D., and Ben Bramwell According to th e U.S. Census Bureau, by 2030, 20 percent of the U.S. population will be over 65, compared to just 4 percent 100 years ago.1 This means that we, as practitioners, shall be called upon increasingly to help our patients optimize their health as they get older. This can be achieved with careful and appropriate…

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Natural Therapies for Treating Multiple Sclerosis*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D., and Shannon Braden, N.D. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic degenerative condition that affects more women than men, with a ratio of 60 percent women to 40 percent men afflicted. This autoimmune disease attacks the nervous system. Specifically, the myelin sheaths, consisting of cells that surround nerves in the brain and spinal cord, are damaged. When the myelin sheaths are attacked they scar,…

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Nature’s True Aphrodisiacs Vital Health Factors For Men and Women*

It is estimated that more than 10–20 million American men suffer from erectile dysfunction. This equates to approximately 1 man in 10, with that number becoming even larger by age 50, at which time, 1 man in 4 is believed to be affected.1,2 Such statistics are not as readily available for women, probably because of the previous lack of research into the field of…

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Natural Relief for Inflammation of Sprains, Strains, and Arthritis*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D. Natural medicine can provide dramatic relief for patients who suffer from the aches and pains associated with sports-related injuries, other minor traumas, and chronic inflammatory conditions. The natural bounty of potential treatments runs the gamut from Lyprinol (a stabilized green-lipped mussel extract) (Tyler Encapsulations, Gresham, Oregon) to bromelain (a popular proteolytic enzyme derived from pineapple plants). Regardless of how…

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Natural Approaches to Sinusitis Relief*

Chris D. Meletis, N.D. It is estimated that 50 million Americans are plagued with symptoms of sinusitis and related allergic conditions. At first glance, the potential severity, chronicity, and dramatic effect on an individual’s quality of life is often discounted. Yet, as reflected in a recent study reviewing 120 individuals seen in a community-based otolaryngology practice, it was discovered that the mean length of being…

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Interactions Between Natural and Rx Immune-Active Medicines*

At least once a year on average patients suffer from the afflictions accompanied by the common cold. Whether it is a cold or another immune challenge, we have all seen patients that are virtually willing to take anything to eliminate their symptoms, such as nasal congestion, dry and sore throats, inflamed nasal passages, achiness, swollen lymph nodes, and, all too often, sleepless nights. It…

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