Friday, December 31, 2010

Endurance exercise increases stem cells

New research shows endurance exercise creates new stem cells.  This can decrease the muscle wasting found in all of us as we age.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Acupuncture, Pain Management & Back Pain

I recently gave a lecture with another doctor, a pain management specialist, at Jupiter Medical Center. Many of the areas I treat with acupuncture are the same areas used for pain management procedures. Intervertebral discs, for example, are common sites for both  disciplines. Most interestingly, acupuncture affects the same nerve receptors as opioid medications.  As a result, acupuncture can help to reduce the amount of these strong pain mecications. Acupuncture is synergistic with pain management procedures.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Anti-aging and Energy

Just attended A4M conference on anti-aging.  Met with experts, other doc's and even Suzanne Somers! Tip- if you are over 50, should be taking 100 mg Co-Q10 daily.  Additional 100 if you are on statins as well as certain other drugs.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Testosterone and anti-aging

Increased use of testosterone for libido and strength raising concerns about long term use.  I will attend A4M conference today to get more answers.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Anti-aging Research

"Secrets" of aging, cancer and dying have been identified by UCLA biochemists.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Turkey sleepiness

Getting tired after the Thanksgiving feast is not due to tryptophan, an amino acid in turkey.  Primarily due to overeating!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Dietary counseling and weight loss

Dietary counseling leads to 10-15 lb weight loss/year.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Exercise can reduce appetite for weight loss

Exercise not only burns calories but helps one to feel full; another way that helps weight loss.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Probiotics and Kidney Health

Recent study shows that probiotics can actually improve removal of waste and acids as well as increase production of kidney derived hormones in people with kidney disease.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Chocolate Dark or Milk

Dark chocalate is heart healthy, milk chocolate is not- contains more fat.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

chakra balance

If chakras are unbalanced it will affect external physical balance.  Correctable w acupuncture. Helps golf.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Chakra Balance

I have started to use a great Chakra Balancing technique.  It employs traditional Chinese techniques including sliding cups as well as acupressure and Chakra palpation methods.  It is quite powerful and have had great results.  I learned this when I studied in China.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Weight Loss with Vitamin D, Calcium

Recent study shows increased calcium, vitamin D improves weight loss. Read about it here.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Herbal Weight Loss

New study shows combo of pepper/caffeine burns 100 calories per dose

Thursday, September 16, 2010

X rays miss fractures

Recent study shows 35 out of 92 pelvic fractures missed on Xray

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Water Diet

2 8oz glasses of water before meals helps to lose weight.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Acupuncture to Prevent Miscarriage

Acupuncture can raise HCG levels in pregnancy and help prevent miscarriage.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Acupuncture and Pain Meds

New U Michigan study shows chronic pain treated w/ acupuncture more responsive to opioid meds.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Vitamin D

Half the world gets insufficient levels of vitamin D.  .

Friday, August 20, 2010

Robotic Knee Replacement

Robotic arms resurface knees b4 doing total replacement, Discoveries and Breakthroughs in Science

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Fertility and Stress

Healthy females trying to have a baby may have decreased chances of becoming pregnant due to stress.  Go to

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Cell Phone Use and Brain Tumors

Most recent study on cell phones (International Journal of Epidemiology) states "overall, no risk (of tumor) was observed with the use of mobile phones."  2,708 patients with tumors were studied.  Also, there was no relationship, left or right, to the location and the ear most commonly used for cell phone use.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Robots with Emotions

Scientists have finally been able to program robots with emotions.  For full text, go to

Monday, August 9, 2010

Cholesterol and Children

A new study reveals that young people with elevated cholesterol will have increased coronary calcium as adults.  Coronary calcium is a strong predictor of heart attack and stroke.  To see more go to

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Gluten Intolerance

Scientists have discovered a more complete picture of what triggers the immune response in gluten intolerant individuals.  There is now a "universal toxic peptide" that explains gluten intolerance to a much greater degree.  Going forward, it seems we are much closer to possibly discovering a treatment that could actually prevent celiac disease.  To view the full text go to http:/

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Obesity and Memory

Interesting link between Obesity and Memory Loss. So we need to get healthier and thinner not only for health reasons now, but also to avoid memory loss. The detail article can be found at the link below. Be Safe, Be healthy, eat right, exercise right ... that is the key to overall wellness.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Obesity and Inflammation

A recent University of North Carolina Medical School study reports obese children as young as 3 years of age show inflammatory responses that are linked to heart disease in later life.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Indoor Tanning

A recent study by the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis showed indoor tanning raised the risk of contracting melanoma and should be avoided.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Inflammation toxicity and Depression

Recent findings reported in the British Medical Journal report that higher levels of inflammation (cytokines) are found in people suffering with depression. By extension we may see that toxic diets, environment and lifestyles are responsible, in part, for depression. The role of natural medicine, healthy lifestyle and diet may be even more important than previously thought. I have found that detox diets, massage and various supplements can and do help enormously with the treatment of depression and related disorders. We now may have proof as to why.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Depression and Inflammation

A recent study showed that people suffering with depression have higher levels of inflammation in their bodies. It may mean that certain foods can have a direct effect on the way we feel. There seems to be a direct relationship that can now be explained scientifically. There is a group of both vegetabes as well as meats that have known inflammatory responses in the body.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Antibiotic Resistance

Resistance to antibiotics used in primary care may last a whole year as per Online First, 5/19/2010, BMJ. We are running out of antibiotics that me be used for resistant infections.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Viagra and Hearing Loss

Most recent study on Viagra and other ED meds including Levitra reveals increased incidence of hearing loss. Previous studies and current product info provided by the manufacturers themselves cite sudden loss of vision as well. See my Facebook page, Richard Tiegen for more detail.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Red Meat and Cardiovascular Disease

Latest study shows increase in heart disease is linked not specifically to eating red meat but rather to processed meats. Possibly it is the high levels of chemicals and salt that are responsible for this. Read article on my Facebook page, Richard Tiegen.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Herbal scares

Only too often do we hear yet another warning about some herb or supplement. Ever wonder where this comes from? How's this for for an example? I recently attended a nephrologist's (kidney doctor) lecture on chronic kidney disease (CKD). In it he warned against taking Chinese herbs for CKD. Now understand, there are thousands of Chinese herbs, everything from Chinese cinnamon to ginseng. We know from centuries of experience that most of these herbs have a safe profile and have been effective in treating many common disorders. Most nephrologists know nothing about herbs except for what they may occaisonally come across in one of their journal articles. Generally, the only thing that gets printed about herbs in these journals is bad news. Now don't misunderstand. If there is a real problem, and this goes for pharmaceuticals as well, we should be informed. It's only when just the problems are discussed that we wind up giving the whole topic a bad name. There was in fact a Chinese herbal formula that was prescribed for weight loss. The formula contained a substance called aristolochic acid (occuring naturally in some herbs). When prescribed in high enough dosage to people with CKD the results can be potentially harmful. This is why it is important to work with a licensed herbalist who is trained properly and gets herbs from a supplier that is recognized by the FDA. Reputable suppliers and doctors follow any warnings, recalls or advisories published by the FDA.

The previous scenario is no different for pharmaceutical prescription. Quite often, drugs are recalled or even taken off the market entirely. Viox is one example where people were actually dying from heart attacks before the drug was recalled. Recently, certain vitamins have come under attack. Currently, there are two batches of H1N1 vaccine that are being recalled for being too weak and possibly ineffective.

Don't be fooled. Work with a reputable herbalist, ask questions and above all, don't be scared of herbal medicine on the say so of one who is misinformed or uneducated on the subject. For information on herbs and Chinese medicine go to