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Flu Shot: Do I Need One?

Posted 09/23/2008 The quick answer is, probably yes. Influenza (Italian: influence, a reference to the fact that the disease has always occurred in recognizable epidemics) makes its appearance virtually every winter and may last as long as spring. The biggest believers in flu immunization are those who’ve been through one bad flu episode. No one […]

Vitamin D and Pain Control

Posted 08/08/2008 It wouldn’t surprise me if you deleted this newsletter, muttering “Not another Vitamin D article. I’ll just wait for the next healthy recipe instead.” But bear with me on this. Its conclusion surprised even me. In a study performed at the Mayo Clinic, evaluating people who were using the opioid family of medications […]

Q&A: Vitamin E and Heart Attacks

Click here for the original post. Q: I just read in Consumer Reports that vitamin E doesn’t help prevent heart attacks. Is this true? If so, is there any reason to take E? A: As early as 2001, clinical studies around the world were beginning to cast some doubt on the effectiveness of vitamin E […]

Another Reason You Need Vitamins

During my now rather lengthy professional career, I’ve been hearing the same song-and-dance from conventional physicians about vitamins. It’s a variation on the theme “our food is plenty nutritious by itself” (now proven untrue) or “you just end up having nutritious urine” (the B vitamin riboflavin colors urine a dazzling yellow).