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Dean Ornish: Unrelenting Healthcare Disruptor

Guest post courtesy of Glenn Sabin, FON Consulting

 

No one has been a greater force than Dr. Dean Ornish in proving the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of ‘lifestyle over procedures’ for chronic disease. His seminal work, designing whole systems research models and documenting remarkable outcomes—for reversing heart disease and early stage prostate cancer—has been extraordinary.
Most impressive has been Ornish’s unwavering determination and skill over three decades to effectively translate scientific findings to practical clinical program models; thereby disrupting the healthcare status quo.

Dean-Ornish-300x277Tipping Point Reached—Finally

After almost two decades waiting in the wings, his scientifically proven program, Dr. Ornish’s read more…

New Article Demonstrates Daily Use of Certain Supplements Can Decrease Health Care Expenditures

Use of specific dietary supplements can have a positive effect on health care costs through avoided hospitalizations related to Coronary Heart Disease (CHD), according to a new article published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements1. The article, “From Science to Finance—A Tool for Deriving Economic Implications from the Results of Dietary Supplement Clinical Studies,” published by Christopher Shanahan and Robert de Lorimier, Ph.D., explores a potential cost-benefit analysis tool that, when applied to a high-risk population (U.S. adults over 55 with CHD) who take dietary supplements, specifically omega-3 fatty acid or B vitamin dietary supplements, can read more…

Vitamin D and Heart Health

Article presented by Labrix Clinical Services, LLC

Our grandmothers understood the significance of vitamin D. At the turn of the 20th century, more
than 80% of children living in industrialized cities in North America and Europe developed rickets. In
response, many households turned to cod liver oil supplementation for the vitamin D they knew it
contained. We often hear of this former practice from our patients, who are surprised to learn that it
held a purpose beyond their perceived torment.

Fast forward one century later; vitamin D is the darling of nutritional investigation. A growing body of
evidence has identified  read more…

CRN Responds to New Study on Omega-3s, Lutein and Zeaxanthin for Cardiovascular Outcomes —Key to supplementation may be starting earlier in life—

Washington, D.C., March 17, 2014In response to a study published today, “Effect of Long-Chain Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Lutein + Zeaxanthin Supplements on Cardiovascular Outcomes—AREDS2,” in JAMA Internal Medicine, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association representing the dietary supplement industry, issued the following statement:

Statement by Duffy MacKay, N.D., senior vice president, scientific and regulatory affairs, CRN: 

“Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish and in dietary supplements, promote better health by helping to reduce the long-term risks of cardiovascular disease; this study demonstrates exactly these positive results with certain populations in the study. read more…

PureHeart Probiotic: An Evidence-Based Probiotic for Heart Health*

The estimated 10-100 trillion bacteria that inhabit the digestive tract express an array of genes exceeding the human genome by a magnitude of 150.1,2 Collectively known as the microbiome, these genes endow bacteria with metabolic capabilities that influence nutrient absorption, energy balance, body composition, lipid and lipoprotein homeostasis, and other factors related to cardiometabolic health.*

A novel strain for heart health*

The confluence of the microbiome and cardiometabolic health has intrigued scientists for several decades. Over the past two years, several recent randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trials have investigated a unique strain of Lactobacillus reuteri known as NCIMB 30242. read more…

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