From eNewsletter 5/13/2019
DID YOU KNOW that acupuncture administered in the emergency room is feasible and beneficial as a non-opioid, non-pharmacologic option for treating pain?
According to new research presented at the American Pain Society 2019 meeting, patients who used it saw pain reductions of up to 50% and stress and anxiety were reduced up to 60%.
Steve and Bonnie: If you are a long time reader of this eNewsletter, you'll know that our stance on the fermented beverage kombucha has been, to put it nicely, unenthusiastic.
The way kombucha is made is disgusting. It contains a small of amount of naturally-occurring alcohol. For those with mold or yeast issues, it is poison. And please do not even put it in the same universe as the fermented food sauerkraut.
Research on kombucha has been nonexistent until recently. The findings from three recent studies all conclude that kombucha does not have a defined health benefit. However, there was one discovery that warranted our attention because it was emphasized in all three studies. The increased risk of metabolic acidosis.
The risk of excess acidity is common with kombucha because of the insanely high amounts of lactic and acetic acids it contains. But metabolic acidosis is not just being a little acidic.
Metabolic acidosis is a condition that occurs when the body produces excessive quantities of acid or when the kidneys are not removing enough acid from the body. This condition can create a host of adverse effects. The fact that this appeared in the research is concerning.
We are already overtly acidic because of our diet and beverage choices, and the high amounts of stress of every day life. Do we really need to consume a beverage marketed as healthful, but is really as acidic as soda?
THE PERILS OF NAIL SALONS
Steve: Nail salon employees face increased health risks due to high levels of indoor airborne pollutants...this article is reserved for NCI Well Connect Members. You can get this article by signing up here. You can get our free eNewsletter by signing up at the top of our website.