Physical Activity as Preventive Medicine & Other News of Note

Physical Inactivity Poses Greatest Health Risk to Americans (PhysOrg) Speaking at APA’s 117th Annual Convention, Steven Blair, PED, called Americans’ physical inactivity “the biggest public health problem of the 21st century.” * * * Research has shown approximately 25 percent to 35 percent of American adults are inactive, Blair said, meaning that they have sedentary …

Fast DNA Damage from Particulates and Other News of Note

  Environmental Exposure to Particulates May Damage DNA in as Few as Three Days (ScienceDaily) Exposure to particulate matter has been recognized as a contributing factor to lung cancer development for some time, but a new study indicates inhalation of certain particulates can actually cause some genes to become reprogrammed, affecting both the development and …

Relief vs. Healing: Getting to the Root Cause of Illness and Dysfunction

The word “acupuncture” can make a good number of people flinch as they think of needles piercing the skin – though, truly, one rarely feels more than the slightest pinch when the needles are placed by an experienced acupuncturist. This anxiety may become less of an issue, though, as some practitioners, such as this Oregon …

Research or Marketing? Merck’s Use of Seeding Trials – plus, New Acupuncture Study

Just when we thought we’d heard it all… A 1999 Merck & Co. study of its since-withdrawn painkiller Vioxx, touted to participating doctors and patients as meant to show whether Vioxx caused fewer stomach problems than another drug, was primarily a stealth marketing strategy, researchers report. The true purpose was to get lots of doctors …

Video: Intro to Traditional Chinese Medicine

As part of the “UCSF Mini Medical School for the Public” series, Beverly Burns of UCSF’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine discusses traditional Chinese medicine including acupuncture, meridians and chi.