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May 11, 2009 | Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon
I suffer from allergies and asthma. I started taking 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily several months ago. I am also taking turmeric capsules. This spring I have had no allergies, sinus infections and asthma problems. Perhaps these supplements are keeping my immune system from overreacting to pollen. In animal studies, turmeric prevents the release of histamine from mast cells (Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, September 2008).
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April 4, 2014 | By Dana Sullivan Kilroy
Not milk? Choosing milk for your morning cereal or coffee used to be pretty simple: skim, low-fat or whole. These days, though, market shelves and refrigerators are crowded with an array of alternatives: soy, almond, rice, hemp and more. While some people opt for these beverages because they're vegan, they have allergies or because they're lactose intolerant, the beverages are increasingly popular for another reason too. "We're all being encouraged to eat a more plant-based diet, and some of these products fit that category," says Andrea Giancoli, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a policy analyst at the Beach Cities Health District Blue Zones Project in Hermosa Beach, an initiative to develop healthier communities.
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SCIENCE
December 3, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Canadian researchers have identified a mutant gene that impairs the body's ability to handle vitamin B12, producing diseases that are accompanied by an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and dementia. The team reported this week in the journal Nature Genetics that a defective form of a gene called MMACHC interferes with the vitamin's ability to help synthesize red blood cells and maintain the nervous system.
HEALTH
May 11, 2009 | Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon
I suffer from allergies and asthma. I started taking 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily several months ago. I am also taking turmeric capsules. This spring I have had no allergies, sinus infections and asthma problems. Perhaps these supplements are keeping my immune system from overreacting to pollen. In animal studies, turmeric prevents the release of histamine from mast cells (Molecular Nutrition and Food Research, September 2008).
NEWS
April 8, 1998 | From the Washington Post
The National Academy of Sciences recommended for the first time Tuesday that large segments of the population take vitamins. All women of childbearing age should take a daily folic acid supplement to cut the risk of serious birth defects, and all older adults should take daily vitamin B12 supplements to guard against anemia, the academy recommended.
HEALTH
April 4, 2014 | By Dana Sullivan Kilroy
Not milk? Choosing milk for your morning cereal or coffee used to be pretty simple: skim, low-fat or whole. These days, though, market shelves and refrigerators are crowded with an array of alternatives: soy, almond, rice, hemp and more. While some people opt for these beverages because they're vegan, they have allergies or because they're lactose intolerant, the beverages are increasingly popular for another reason too. "We're all being encouraged to eat a more plant-based diet, and some of these products fit that category," says Andrea Giancoli, a spokeswoman for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a policy analyst at the Beach Cities Health District Blue Zones Project in Hermosa Beach, an initiative to develop healthier communities.
HEALTH
April 13, 1998 | LESLIE KNOWLTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The National Academy of Sciences last week recommended that large segments of the population take vitamins because even people who eat well may not be getting all the nutrients they need from food alone. In particular, the academy cited folic acid for women of child-bearing age--to reduce the risk of serious birth defects--and vitamin B12 for older Americans in their fight against anemia. Here is a guide to the vitamins, from A to K: Vitamin A * What It's for: Tissue maintenance.
HEALTH
November 6, 2000 | JOE GRAEDON and TERESA GRAEDON, Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist. Teresa Graedon holds a doctorate in medical anthropology and is a nutrition expert
Question: Last year, I got so weak I couldn't walk. I was hospitalized, diagnosed with severe vitamin B12 deficiency and given cobalamin injections. I am now able to walk again, and I keep the B12 deficiency at bay by taking a tablet of 1,000 micrograms a day. I feel quite strong, but I urge everyone to take vitamin B12 deficiency seriously. Answer: Your experience is extreme, but vitamin B12 deficiency is not as rare as some might think. Memory and nerve function can be affected.
BUSINESS
June 2, 2000 | Dow Jones
Sicor Inc.'s Italian unit acquired nonexclusive licensing rights to the active pharmaceutical ingredient for vitamin B-12 for resale in Europe. Financial terms weren't disclosed. Irvine-based Sicor said its Sicor-Societa Italiana Corticosteroidi S.p.A. unit will purchase the active pharmaceutical ingredient from Aventis Co. S.A.'s Hoechst Marion Roussel for several years, until it is in a position to manufacture the vitamin B-12 ingredient in its Italian plants.
HEALTH
March 1, 2010 | Joe Graedon, Teresa Graedon, The People's Pharmacy
My mother has Type 2 diabetes and has had a terrible time controlling her blood sugar, even taking metformin and Actos. I suspect that the risperidone and Lipitor she takes might be making this harder. Many drugs can make blood-sugar control more difficult. Diuretics such as hydrochlorothiazide, certain beta blockers such as Coreg, the arthritis medicine Celebrex and the antipsychotics Risperdal (risperidone), Seroquel and Zyprexa can raise blood sugar. It also has been reported as a side effect of Lipitor.
SCIENCE
December 3, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Canadian researchers have identified a mutant gene that impairs the body's ability to handle vitamin B12, producing diseases that are accompanied by an increased risk of heart disease, stroke and dementia. The team reported this week in the journal Nature Genetics that a defective form of a gene called MMACHC interferes with the vitamin's ability to help synthesize red blood cells and maintain the nervous system.
HEALTH
November 6, 2000 | JOE GRAEDON and TERESA GRAEDON, Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist. Teresa Graedon holds a doctorate in medical anthropology and is a nutrition expert
Question: Last year, I got so weak I couldn't walk. I was hospitalized, diagnosed with severe vitamin B12 deficiency and given cobalamin injections. I am now able to walk again, and I keep the B12 deficiency at bay by taking a tablet of 1,000 micrograms a day. I feel quite strong, but I urge everyone to take vitamin B12 deficiency seriously. Answer: Your experience is extreme, but vitamin B12 deficiency is not as rare as some might think. Memory and nerve function can be affected.
HEALTH
April 13, 1998 | LESLIE KNOWLTON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The National Academy of Sciences last week recommended that large segments of the population take vitamins because even people who eat well may not be getting all the nutrients they need from food alone. In particular, the academy cited folic acid for women of child-bearing age--to reduce the risk of serious birth defects--and vitamin B12 for older Americans in their fight against anemia. Here is a guide to the vitamins, from A to K: Vitamin A * What It's for: Tissue maintenance.
NEWS
April 8, 1998 | From the Washington Post
The National Academy of Sciences recommended for the first time Tuesday that large segments of the population take vitamins. All women of childbearing age should take a daily folic acid supplement to cut the risk of serious birth defects, and all older adults should take daily vitamin B12 supplements to guard against anemia, the academy recommended.
HEALTH
February 14, 2011 | By Chris Woolston, Special to the Los Angeles Times
The average man produces hundreds of billions of sperm cells in his lifetime. Only a minuscule fraction of those little guys ever manage to swim far enough and fast enough to fertilize an egg. Successful sperm must be strong. It stands to reason then that they also must be well-nourished. Several nutritional supplements purport to help men take a big step closer to fatherhood. FertilAid for Men, manufactured by Fairhaven Health, contains megadoses of antioxidant vitamins and B vitamins.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 1991 | JOE GRAEDON AND TERESA GRAEDON
Question: As a mother of a 5-month-old, I need advice on liquid Tylenol. Is there any danger in using it when my baby isn't sick, but very cranky? I know you shouldn't give aspirin to children, but I thought Tylenol would be all right. Answer: In general we caution against giving medicine to anyone who isn't ill. This is especially true for babies, who may not be able to eliminate drugs as efficiently as adults.
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