Shark Liver Oil

Words: Dr Richard FIRSHEIN Nutraceutical-based medical care is the future of medicine, and I’m proud to be a part of it. Typically, patients come to see me after meeting several other physicians without satisfactory results. I put them on a programme of supplements, adjust their diet, and watch their lives change. At such times, I

Phytonutrients For Menopause

Words: Dr Richard FIRSHEIN Julie Thomas was a fifty-seven-year-old actress who visited my office to rid herself of postmenopausal symptoms. She’d suffered from premenstrual syndrome [PMS] throughout her life, and she was now experiencing crippling joint pains, stiffness, and alternating chills and hot flashes due to menopause. She also noticed swelling in her legs and

Reversing Vision Loss

Words: Dr Richard FIRSHEIN Scientists and doctors alike will tell you that there is no real cure for AMD [age-related macular degeneration], an eye disease that can blur your central vision. Muriel Ganz knew nothing about medicine, but she can now tell you that while there’s no definitive cure for AMD, there’s at least a way to

The Tyrosine Factor

Words: Dr Richard FIRSHEIN The evidence of stress-induced chemical cascades that Dr Hans Selye, PhD, known as the founding father of stress studies, proposed in 1936, hold up even today. He suggested that when we’re stressed, neurotransmitters caused a part of the brain known as the hypothalamus to produce a substance called corticotropin-releasing factor [CRF].

Glutamine For Gut Health

Words: Dr Richard FIRSHEIN Glutamine is the most profuse and multipurpose amino acid in the body. The rate of glutamine consumption by immune cells, in health and illness, is similar to, or greater than, glucose. The amino acid’s immune system support mechanism is  closely connected to its ‘bustle’ in the intestines. It not helps to

Lutein For Eye Health

Words: Dr Richard FIRSHEIN Eye problems are the most feared medical diagnosis. Macular degeneration, a process that obstructs vision by initially damaging fragile capillaries in the eye, is the leading cause of blindness among Americans over age 50. Approximately 25 million adults currently suffer from age-related macular degeneration [AMD]; up to 37 per cent of

PS: The Brain Nutrient

Words: Dr Richard FIRSHEIN It may seem incredible that you can safely boost mental clarity by consuming a little-known nutrient with a long-winded moniker. Phosphatidyl serine [PS] has rapidly been gaining notice and credibility over the past 30 years. More clinical trials have been run on PS than on any other nutrient targeting the brain.

Supplements For Diabetes

Words: Dr Richard FIRSHEIN I have, as a practicing physician, increasingly found that the role of nutrition and nutritional supplementation is a key factor in creating health and preventing disease. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, reported a study performed at the Centre for Metabolic Disease and Atherosclerosis, in Italy, that the worldwide incidence of

CoQ10 For Low Energy & Asthma

Words: Dr Richard FIRSHEIN Herbalist James Karon advised customers on the uses and benefits of plants and herbs, working out of his Greenwich Village brownstone and growing his products in his own backyard. James was both an avowed plant lover and a vegetarian, and his nutritional know-how kept him looking much younger than his sixty-seven

Probiotics: Safe & Handy

Words: Dr Richard FIRSHEIN A key characteristic of healthy bacteria is their ability to antagonise unhealthy, or pathogenic, bacteria. Pathogenic organisms are dangerous because they either cause infection or release harmful substances as a by-product of their natural digestive processes. Probiotics work in a variety of ways to keep unhealthy bacteria in check. Some crowd

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