Individualized Nutrition, Pharmacy and Healthy Living

  • Increased ADHD if Mom Overweight?

    by Paula Gallagher | January 6, 2010

    A study out of Europe, published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, looked at 2000 Swedish kids and found that there was a reduced ability to pay attention in school or preschool among those whose mothers had been overweight.

    Some possible reasons given:

    • Excess weight might disrupt mothers' metabolism, making it harder for nutrients essential to brain development to reach the fetus
    • Pregnancy puts huge stress on the metabolism, and excessive weight gain might throw it out of balance - perhaps by raising mothers' levels of blood glucose, or of the hormone leptin
    • Inadequate vitamin D, which is linked to mental development and is known to be present in lower levels in overweight women
    • Greater exposure to damaging chemicals, which accumulate in body fat. Read more
  • Obesity Beats Smoking as Top Health Risk

    by Paula Gallagher | January 6, 2010

    Researchers from Columbia University and the City College of New York say that obesity causes as much or more disease than tobacco. One of the reasons is that while smoking rates are beginning to decline, obesity is on the rise and actually shortens as many or even more lifespans than smoking.

    The study, conducted over 15 years, was based on interviews with more than 3.5 million people and calculations of the number of "quality-adjusted life years" (QALYs) lost to obesity and smoking. Between 1993 and 2008, smoking in American adults declined by 18.5 per cent, while the proportion of obese people increased by 85 per cent, the study says. Read more

  • Men's Health - Pathway Saw Palmetto Pygeum Plus

    by Paula Gallagher | January 4, 2010

    Prostate health is a common health concern for both middle-aged and elderly men. Hormonal changes can cause enlargement and inflammation of the prostate gland, resulting in uncomfortable urinary symptoms. Studies support the use of natural ingredients such as saw palmetto, pygeum, nettle root, zinc, and lycopene for supporting prostate health. Saw palmetto, pygeum, and pumpkin seeds contain beta-sitosterol, a healthy fat that has been shown in clinical studies to support urinary flow in men. Read more

  • Happy New Year's Eve!

    by Paula Gallagher | December 31, 2009

    Village Green wishes everyone a happy and healthy 2010.  It is hard to believe that 10 years ago we were stockpiling water  and canned goods in preparation for Y2K.  It is a good time to reflect, not only on what happened in 2009, but the whole decade.  I hope that we all strive for happier and healthier lives, and that we achieve that as well.  I also hope that Village Green continues to be a resource for your compounding, supplement, hand and body and prescription needs, as well as a place that provides information and knowledge. 

    Please feel free to share with us a memory of the last year. 

    Happy New Year everyone..See you next year!

  • Keeping your New Year's Resolutions: Gender-Based Strategies

    by Paula Gallagher | December 30, 2009

    What? Men and women think differently! No way. Well, apparently it also holds true for keeping your goals. According to Professor Wiseman, a psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire in the U.K., successful strategies for keeping resolutions are often gender dependent. He found that by using gender-specific methods, an extra 22% of men kept their goals, while an additional 10% of women stuck with theirs. Read more


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