and Harry G. Preuss, MD

Garcinia cambogia is no stranger to the pages of TotalHealth magazine—it was discussed in 2010 under the title, "Insulin, the Real Cause of Weight Gain."1 However, few researchers on Garcinia extracts were prepared for the soaring increase in popularity of this item and its active ingredient, (-)-hydroxycitric acid (HCA), sparked by its late 2012 featuring on the Dr. Oz TV Show. The subsequent demand for Garcinia products has been plagued by two major issues. First, the quality of many or even most of the products being sold is questionable. Based solely on the total HCA content in capsules and tablets judged in relation to label claims, recently Consumerlab.com found that among 11 Garcinia supplements selected for testing, only five contained their labeled amounts of HCA. If the nature of the stabilization is taken into account, a topic discussed below, the number of acceptable products is even lower. Last year, Harry Preuss, MD (Georgetown University Medical Center) and I initially addressed the issue of HCA quality in an essay hosted by the Alliance for Natural Health, parts of which are reproduced in the current article.2

It is estimated that about 100 new people in the USA are diagnosed with oral cancer every day and a person dies from oral cancer every hour of every day (Oral Cancer Foundation. org). In 2013 over 42,000 Americans were newly diagnosed with oral and throat cancer.

Abnormal or changes to normal cells, can result in cancer. Oral cancer can form in any part of the mouth or throat, such as:

When it comes to carbohydrates, opinions abound. They have been both vilified and promoted as essential dietary components. This dichotomy, however, does not reflect the fact that all carbohydrates are not created equal. Gastroenterologists have coined the term FODMAPs to encompass specific carbohydrates found within many different foods that have greater potential for causing gastrointestinal distress. These carbohydrates can contribute to symptom causation in patients with gastrointestinal disorders such as bloating, irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease.

Toxins are stuff that your body can't use and that can cause health problems if they hang around and gunk up cells. They include formerly good stuff (such as hormones) that have done their job and been broken down for disposal. They also include bad stuff (such as pollutants and pesticides) that in an ideal world wouldn't have ended up in your body in the first place.

Normally, your body knows how to avoid excess toxins—you take in what you need, and you get rid of what you don't.

In order to understand efficient exercise we need to first become acquainted with the fact that our bodies developed many thousands of years ago. Back then, we walked, ran, and climbed to get where we were going and to secure what we needed. We fought for food alongside the many animals that shared our home. Today, it’s a different story. We take our car to work, sit at a desk for hours, and then slump in front of the television each night. Boy, is life tough! It may well be mentally tough, but physically tough is another thing. We actually have to go out of our way to get physical.

Many skin disorders and premature aging are the outward manifestation of a body attempting to reduce its overall internal toxic burden as a result of accumulated by-products from multiple sources. What most people forget is that our skin is the largest organ of absorption and elimination—what goes on the skin goes into the body, as well as what's inside manifests outside.

What is Anxiety?
Technically, there are several different types of anxiety disorders. However, for the purposes of this article we will look at anxiety in very general terms that could encompass most of the individual types. In this respect, anxiety can be thought of as an emotional imbalance where lingering feelings, emotions, and mental energy are unresolved and thus staying in the body. However, unlike depression disorders, anxiety disorders manifest as hyperactive symptoms as opposed to depressed symptoms.

Natural Treatments for Anxiety
The natural treatments for anxiety are designed to treat the underlying causes and mechanisms contributing to the anxiety. In most cases there are underlying emotional issues that need to be identified and worked with to truly treat and overcome anxiety. However, there are many other non-emotional factors that may perpetuate anxiety and these factors can be addressed with natural treatments.

In order to achieve a state of fitness, a healthy weight must be maintained. For many people, however, weight maintenance is a long way off, and can only occur after a significant amount of weight is lost in the first instance. The fact is, losing weight and keeping it off is not a simple or consistently successful process as evidenced by the fact that the majority of persons who lose weight regain the weight within one to five years.1 Frequently, a gross oversimplification of the problem is the proffered solution to "just eat less." While eating less will indeed result in weight loss, it is difficult to eat less when your appetite is telling you to eat more. The real trick then, is figure out a way to reduce your appetite so that eating less is easier to do, allowing you to lose the weight and keep it off. That's where 5–HTP may be able to help.

How many times have you heard —"I can't exercise today because I hurt my?" ( Take your pick of back, neck, knee, shoulder, hip.) These are all valid reasons because we certainly don't want to exercise and injure ourselves further, right? Well, yes and no. When an injury to a joint becomes chronic, often the body itself will limit the joint's motion even after the initial injury has healed.

For example, let's say you injured your lower back last year. Ever since then, you have been unable to bend down to tie your shoes without pain. It's gotten to the point that you'd rather wear slip-on shoes than lace-ups to avoid feeling the back pain. Your initial injury and inflammation is long-gone yet you continue to suffer the consequences.

Many people know me as the "Doctor of the Seasons," mainly because my first book—Staying Healthy With the Seasons—focuses on the natural cycles in the Earth, Sun and Moon, and how we might align ourselves more with these cycles to achieve optimal health.

I will never forget my first Spring after discovering the essential truth about cycles and health. That season took on a special new meaning for me since it was no longer simply a time for the melting of snow or shift from damp and cold with the greening and gradual warming toward the heat of Summer. Spring for me became a season of true renewal and cleansing— both inside and out. It came to symbolize the time of change for me, clearing past patterns and a few pounds of Winter to lighten up and create space for fresh and new ones to emerge and bring greater vitality and health.

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