Pesticides and Alzheimer’s Disease

Several studies have shown that individuals regularly exposed to pesticides and herbicides are more likely to develop Parkinson’s Disease (PD), which makes it difficult for people to control their movements and can cause emotional changes. Now, there is reason to believe that pesticide exposure can also increase a person’s chances of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. Continue reading

Metal Hypersensitivity to TMJ Implant Materials

Hypersensitivity to TMJ implant materials is an issue that we are frequently hearing from TMJ patients. Metal hypersensitivity (or metal sensitivity) can be defined as an immune reaction that is triggered by specific cells of the body’s immune system in response to certain metals (like: nickel, cobalt, and chromium). Continue reading

Avandia: What’s Known and Not Known

Since heart disease is the #1 cause of death among diabetics, it is reasonable to ask why a diabetes drug that possibly increases rather than decreases the risk of heart disease should remain on the market. Are warnings enough to keep patients safe? After looking at the study results, many experts are urging that patients and doctors consider whether older drugs for diabetes may be safer and more effective–as well as much less expensive. They are asking: should Avandia remain on the market? Continue reading

Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Military Veterans: When Two Problems Collide

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur as a result of experiencing a traumatic event. One of the largest groups of people who are diagnosed with PTSD consists of recent members of the U.S. military forces. Members of the military are also at risk for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). A recent study in JAMA Psychiatry, a publication of the American Medical Association, found a connection between TBI and PTSD. Continue reading

Another reason to keep the weight off: knee pain and the risk of surgery

December 2013. When it comes to knees giving out or having problems, it turns out that excess weight is just as bad as or maybe worse than getting older. Changes in diet and exercise can reduce your pain and help you avoid or delay surgery. Continue reading