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abc herbalgram

The American Botanical Council publishes HerbalGram every month. I encourage my students as well as other health care professionals to join the ABC
This month there was a review of Ginkgo. Dr Peter Bonjourno and I published a review about ginkgo years ago.

From this  current review –
08-15-2017 HC# 021753-574

Re: A Systematic Review of Published Ginkgo Systematic Reviews

Zhang H-F, Huang L-B, Zhong Y-B, et al. An overview of systematic reviews of Ginkgo biloba extracts for mild cognitive impairment and dementia. Front Aging Neurosci. 2016;8:276. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2016.00276.
Reprinted from the article :
The conclusions:

Eight systematic reviews evaluated safety. All of the studies concluded that ginkgo had a similar frequency of adverse effects (AEs) or significantly fewer AEs compared with placebo.

The authors state that to their knowledge this is the first systematic review of systematic reviews evaluating the efficacy and safety of ginkgo for the treatment of dementia and MCI. Overall, the authors conclude (1) there was a dose-dependent effect of ginkgo, with the higher dose (240 mg) being more effective; (2) compared with placebo, ginkgo-treated patients had fewer AEs in the subgroup of patients with AD; and (3) the effect of ginkgo on the progression of AD pathology has not been studied. A limitation of this article is that detailed analyses of optimal doses, durations, and treatments were not provided. Since this was a review of reviews, it is possible that randomized, controlled studies that could have potentially been included were not. There was no conflict of interest.
—Heather S. Oliff, PhD
Until tomorrow…


runkeeper sworkit habitbull

WE LIVE in a world of technology and computers.  WE spend too much time on our phones . I am not saying this is bad, but we have lost the essence of human kindness, direct discussions and values. Do you ever write a greeting card  or a letter today ? Or do you send a text or an eCard.
There are great meditation apps as Calm and Head Space. There are a few healthy apps that need to be mentioned and downloaded on ytour phone. One of RunKeeper. It tracks your runs as well as giving you rewards for your efforts. Ingenious ! You might even develop a craving for running and NOT sugar
The second app is Sworkit. Other than running this is the best app for exercise. It is NOT as analytical as other apps but who needs statistics. You just need to exercise.
The third app is Habitbull. It prides itself on other things that can make you healthy as eating less carbohydrates, less sugar and skipping the beers at the happy hour. Sure we know that better sleep is better It is the best habit tracker for the healthy habits we all need to develop.

Take a closer look at APPS- not the games. Find healthy APPS

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I had a great mentor/friend and boss. His name was the late Robert Atkins, MD He was executive director of the Atkins Centers for Complimentary Medicine on East 55th street and I was the Medical Director/Director of Cardiology He was my friend and my patient
It was a unique time in my life. I learned a lot about a ketogenic dietary lifestyle, and low carbohydrates lifestyle – both of which are valid today for a multitude of pathogenic diseases. I also learned about which foods are high and low glycemic index.
We didn’t have the term microbiome for the guy flora in the 1990’s, but we do use it today to describe one’s intestinal flora
Each patient must add a microbiome supporting food to their regimen on a daily basis. You want to add low glycemic foods which will NOT promote yeast development . an acidic environment nor cancer
Some of the foods that have a low glycemic index include

1. Leeks
2. Artichokes
3. Black Raspberries
4. Radishes
5. Ume Plum Vinegar
6. Fermented foods

Add these to your daily dietary lifestyle

Until tomorrow…


bookadoctor'sconfession whenbreathbecomesair spiritofahorse

There are many ways to exercise your brain. I discuss Luminosity with some patients as well as books. There are a great many books that can stimulate your brain to possibly change. Change creates fear –don’t I know it !
I could list 10 books that I have recently read that deal with herbs, botany and the history of …. I always read biographies because I felt ‘ less than’ in a crowd only knowing medicine and not life. So I erad biographies of movie stars, presidents, world leaders and much more

Here is a list of books that encompass a wide range of topics which I have read half of them

1. A Dog’s Purpose

2. Spirit of a Horse

3. Money , Murder and Dominick Dunne

4. Choosing Hope

5. The Book of Joy

6. The Cancer Revolution

7. When Breath Becomes Air

8. F*ck Feelings

9. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success

10 AND

A Doctor’s Confession

Until tomorrow…


maitake shitake liionsmane

Maitake                                                      Shitake                                                       Lion’s Mane

As a professor at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine I am always reading new studies on herbs and supplements for cancer. The healing power of mushrooms has been known for centuries. I teach Oncology again this Fall for the third consecutive year. Individuals with cancer are researching more plants for cancer- mushrooms are not exception.

The term is mycotherapy- use of medicinal mushrooms. There are two lectures in my course dealing with mushrooms. The active component responsible for the immune enhancing effects in the form of a complex polysaccharides known as beta glucans. Each beta glucan isolated from a mushrooms has a particular name. For example the beta glucan isolated form Shitake is called Lentinan . The beta glucan isolated from Maitake ( Grifola frondosa) is called Grifolan.

There are many medicinal mushrooms. One of the most interesting is Lion’s Mane and Trametes ( Coriolus ) versicolor – Turkey Tail . The two beta glucans isolated from Turkey Tail are PSK and PSP. There are clinical trials with these two beta glucans for esophageal, lung, breast and colon cancer

Until tomorrow…


the book of tea tea1


Do you make your tea drinking special ? Do you make it like a ceremony ?
When he Book of Tea was first published in 1906 , it described a ritual of Japanese tea drinking. It combined descriptions of Taoism and Zen with such disciplines as flower arranging and architecture.

From the time of the ancient Chinese Dynasty to our present, tea has showed us its power and the fact that it has a lot to do with relaxing and sacred rituals.

Every country has different ways of serving tea and the meaning of tea being served. I can relate to most traditions although impractical to do during the busy New York City day. I admire anyone who practices such a ritual

I responded to the tea served in Morocco. It is almost impossible to spend 24 hours in a Moroccan city and to not be served hot tea. Touareg tea, or Moroccan mint tea is literally the heart of their culture. Strongly linked to the act of hospitality, the mint tea is served to guests three times with each glass meaning a different thing- Life, love and death.

Until tomorrow….