Michael T. Murray, N.D., is widely regarded as a leading authority on natural medicine. He is co-author of A Textbook of Natural Medicine, the definitive textbook on naturopathic medicine for physicians, as well as the consumer version - the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. He has also written over 20 other books including What the Drug Companies Won't Tell You and Your Doctor Doesn't Know. Dr. Murray is a graduate, former faculty member, and serves on the Board of Regents of Bastyr University.
Eczema is an allergic disorder of the skin, although the underlying allergy is often difficult to determine, as in atopic dermatitis or atopic eczema. In allergic contact dermatitis, eczema occurs as a response to an allergen touching the skin. Poison ivy would be a severe case of this condition....
Osteoarthritis (OA) is divided into two categories, primary and secondary. In primary OA, the degenerative "wear-and-tear" process occurs after a person turns 40. The cumulative effects of decades of use lead to the degenerative changes by stressing the collagen matrix of the cartilage. Da
Abundant evidence suggests that rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune reaction, in which antibodies formed by the immune system attack components of joint tissues. Yet what triggers this autoimmune reaction remains largely unknown. Speculation and investigation have centered around genetic fact
Symptoms of nonulcer dyspepsia (NUD) include symptoms of GERD (heartburn and/or upper abdominal pain), as well as difficulty swallowing, feelings of pressure or heaviness after eating, sensations of bloating after eating, stomach or abdominal pains and cramps, and all of the symptoms of irritable bo
Diarrhea is the excretion of extra fluid with a bowel movement. Diarrhea is usually a mild, temporary event. However, it may also be the first suggestion of a serious underlying disease or infection. Diarrhea typically presents with loose or watery bowel movements that may be accompanied by undigest
Sleep apnea is most often caused when an excess amount of fatty tissue accumulates in the airway and causes it to be narrowed. With a narrowed airway, the person continues his or her efforts to breathe, but air cannot easily flow into or out of the nose or mouth. This narrowing of the airways result
Mineral salts that can conduct electricity when dissolved in water are called electrolytes. For example, potassium, sodium, and chloride are electrolytes. Electrolytes are always found in pairs. A positive molecule, such as sodium or potassium, is always accompanied by a negative molecule, such as..
Portion control can take some time to master, but it is a skill that is completely necessary for long-term weight control. If you balance your food selections correctly, you will never have to feel hungry, even when you are losing weight. If you significantly increase your vegetable and fruit intake
Gout is a common type of arthritis caused by an increased concentration of uric acid in biological fluids. Uric acid is created from the breakdown of purine, a molecule found in DNA and RNA. In gout, uric acid crystals are deposited in joints, tendons, kidneys, and other tissues, where they cause co
Constipation is the inability to defecate. The frequency of defecation and the consistency and volume of stools vary so greatly from one individual to another that it is difficult to determine normal function. In general, most nutritionally oriented physicians recommend at least one bowel movement..
There appear to be four main causes of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): stress, insufficient intake of dietary fiber, food allergies, and meals too high in sugar. Stress increases the motility (the rhythmic contractions of the intestine that propel food through the digestive tract) of the colon and..
Osteoarthritis (OA), also known as degenerative joint disease, is a form of arthritis (inflammation of a joint) caused by degeneration of cartilage. Cartilage serves an important role in joint function. Its gel-like nature provides protection to the ends of bones by acting as a shock absorber. Witho
Psoriasis is caused by a pileup of skin cells that have replicated too rapidly. The rate at which skin cells divide in psoriasis is roughly 1,000 times as great as in normal skin. This high rate of replication is simply too fast for the cells to be shed, so they accumulate, resulting in the chara...