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Author: Ronald L. Hoffman

What are EPA and DHA?

EPA and DHA are an essential fatty acid which stands for docosahexaenoic acid and eicosapentaenoic acid. This essential fatty acid is an Omega 3 fat, which is found in cold water fish. EPA DHA are highly unsaturated fat because of they contain 6 and 5 double bond s on their long structural chain. These polyunsaturated fats play a very important role with the function of our bodies. EPA and DHA are vital nutrients and may be taken to maintain healthy function of the following: Brain and Retina- DHA is a building block of tissue in the brain and retina of the eye. It helps with forming neural transmitters, such as phosphatidylserine, which is important for brain function. DHA is found in the retina of the eye and taking DHA may be necessary for maintaining healthy levels of DHA for normal eye function. Cardiovascular system – EPA and DHA are converted into hormone like substances called prostaglandins, and they regulate cell activity and healthy cardiovascular function. Human growth and intellectual development – DHA plays a very important role during fetal development, early infancy, and old age. High concentrations of DHA are found in the brain and increases 300-500% in and infant’s brain during the last trimester of pregnancy. Adding DHA to a pregnant mothers diet may be beneficial for the fetus’s brain development. Elderly people should also take EPA DHA,...

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Help For Headaches

headaches are among the most common causes of disability in the U.S., necessitating 50 million doctor visits per year and costing 50 billion dollars in lost productivity. Four billion dollars are expended annually on over the counter (OTC) pain relievers alone. Many OTC drugs are minimally effective and, worse yet, have harmful side effects. Aspirin and newer non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDSs) like ibuprofen and naprosyn carry the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding. Too-great dependence on these pain relievers can result–albeit rarely–in kidney failure. And acetaminophen (Tylenol) burdens liver function and depletes the critical antioxidant glutathione. Worse than their side effects,...

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Healthy Sleep: Recharging Your Batteries

Sleep is a universal phenomenon. Every living thing must rest, whether it’s the bear hibernating all winter, or the deer sleeping only two hours at a time. Even unborn babies sleep — about sixteen hours a day in the womb. Some scientists believe sleep is a time for the body to repair and balance itself — yet the body also does this while awake. Sleep is in many ways a mystery. It’s like a balanced diet: it occurs in different stages and proportions. It is not just simple “rest.” During deep sleep, the body releases most of its growth...

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A New Look at Wellness

The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patient in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of human disease. –Thomas A. Edison Something interesting happens when I take a family medical history from some of my patients. They will talk about their grandparents from Russia, or the Caribbean, or rural America — grandparents who often lived into their 90s. What’s more, they stayed pretty active and healthy into old age. Were they wealthy? No, they were farm people, or working people; they did hard physical labor all their lives. What did they die of? No one really knows. It seems they died of old age — simple as that. But my patients’ parents, of the same genetic stock, are encountering all kinds of problems: they have cancer in their 50s or heart attacks in their 60s. They develop diabetes. The parents are usually better off financially than the grandparents. They haven’t had to work as hard, and they retire when they’re 60 or 65. Yet, they have more serious health problems than the grandparents, who perhaps lived through deprivation or poverty and perhaps never had the opportunity to retire. My patients are reflecting on this and asking, “What is it about my parents’ lifestyle that has put them in jeopardy?” This is a typical experience, and...

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Natural Treatments For Autism

Autism is a mysterious mental disease that effects 400,000 children in the U.S. alone. It develops insidiously in toddlers after deceptively normal infancies, free of the developmental abnormalities that are early and obvious hallmarks of severe mental retardation or cerebral palsy. Around the age of 18 months or two years, developmental milestones are not attained. Normal communication between parents and children lapses. Autistic children often fail to make eye contact and their speech is rudimentary. They may be prone to explosive tantrums or engage in repetitive mechanical behavior, like rocking or shutting off all the lights in a room...

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