2017 Health News Articles:
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October 12, 2017
What a Single Fatty Meal Can Do to Our Arteries
The phenomenon of postprandial angina was described more than 200 years ago: chest pain that occurs after a meal, even if you’re just sitting down and resting.
September 25, 2017
Fighting Autism Brain Inflammation with Food
Already, up to one and a half percent of American children have autism, and it appears to be on the rise. Well, what about fever’s dramatic effect?
September 15, 2017
The Most Nutritious Foods We Can Eat
Some plants are healthier than others! For example, sulforaphane, the amazing liver-enzyme detox-boosting compound, is derived nearly exclusively from cruciferous vegetables.
September 12, 2017
Can Dehydration Affect Our Mood?
Water is by far the number-one nutrient in our diet. Studies have suggested that proper hydration may lower our risk of heart disease and cancer, and may even make us better kissers.
September 1, 2017
Does Sugar Cause Diabetes?
The recent film What the Health raised the question as to whether sugar or other carbohydrates cause diabetes. Because blood sugar levels are high in diabetes, a common notion has held that eating sugar somehow triggers the disease process.
August 23, 2017
Treating Advanced Prostate Cancer with Diet: Part 1
Dr. Dean Ornish showed that a plant-based diet and lifestyle program could apparently reverse the progression of prostate cancer by making men’s bloodstreams nearly eight times better at suppressing cancer cell growth, But, this was for early-stage, localized, watch-and-wait prostate cancer. What about for more advanced stage life-threatening disease?
August 15, 2017
Assessing Arsenic in Rice
For all these years, warnings about the arsenic levels in U.S. rice potentially increasing cancer risk, but it had never been put to the test, until this study...
August 1, 2017
Plant-Based Diets as the Nutritional Equivalent of Quitting Smoking
Despite the most widely accepted and well-established chronic disease practice guidelines uniformly calling for lifestyle change as the first line of therapy, doctors often don’t follow these recommendations.
July 13, 2017
Carbs that are Good for Your Gut
Celebrity nutritionists are becoming fans of a class of carbohydrates called “resistant starch” (RS). Research is now showing they have a positive impact on our gut microbiome.
July 5, 2017
What to Eat to Cure High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure ranks as the number-one risk factor for death and disability in the world.
June 28, 2017
What Does a Low White Blood Cell Count Mean?
Red blood cells carry oxygen. White blood cells are our immune system foot soldiers. We may churn out 50 billion new ones a day. In response to inflammation or infection, that number can shoot up to a 100 billion...
June 19, 2017
Controversy Over the Trans Fat Ban
In 1993, the Harvard Nurses’ Study found that high intake of trans fat may increase the risk of heart disease by 50%. That’s where the trans fat story started, in Denmark, ending a decade later with a ban on added trans fats there in 2003. It took another 10 years, though, before the U.S. even started considering a ban.
June 9, 2017
How Much Nutrition Education Do Doctors Get?
In the United States, most deaths are preventable and related to nutrition. Given that the number-one cause of death and the number-one cause of disability in this country is diet, surely nutrition is the number-one subject taught in medical school, right? Sadly, that is not the case.
May 30, 2017
Can Oatmeal Reverse Heart Disease?
Fiber continues to be singled out as a nutrient of public health concern. We’re getting only about half the minimum recommended intake on average. There is a fiber gap in America.
May 26, 2017
How Much Water Should We Drink Every Day?
More than 2000 years ago Hippocrates (460–377 BCE) said, “If we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment and exercise, not too little and not too much, we would have found the safest way to health.” What does that mean when it comes to water?
May 23, 2017
Best Foods for Acid Reflux
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is one of the most common disorders of the digestive tract. The two most typical symptoms are heartburn and regurgitation of stomach contents into the back of the throat
April 27, 2017
10 Health Benefits of Asparagus You Need to Know
Asparagus tends to be forgotten about when it comes to looking for healthy and nutritious foods. It’s a shame because it is packed with vitamins and minerals that can be sometimes difficult to get hold of.
April 21, 2017
The Best Way to Wash Fruit and Vegetables
How might we reduce our exposure to pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables? What about staying away from imported produce? Well, it turns out domestic produce may be even worse...
April 17, 2017
How to Block Breast Cancer’s Estrogen-Producing Enzymes
The vast majority of breast cancers start out “hormone-dependent,” meaning the primary human estrogen, called “estradiol plays a crucial role in [breast cancer] development and progression.”
March 16, 2017
Milk & Obesity Linked?
We’ve known that breastfed infants may be protected against obesity later in life for more than 30 years, but why? It may be the formula. Giving infants formula based on cow’s milk presents an unusual situation.
March 15, 2017
What part of cow intestines are good for food and cosmetics?
The Food and Drug Administration recently reopened comments about their policy of allowing some intestines, but not others, into the U.S. food supply. When the first few cases of mad cow disease started popping up, the FDA’s gut reaction was to ban all guts from food and personal care products. But, in 2005, USDA and FDA amended their draft rule to “permit the use of the entire small intestine for human food” if the last 80 uncoiled inches going to the colon was removed.
March 9, 2017
How to Develop a Healthy Gut Ecosystem
As I’ve explored before, whether you’re young or old, male or female, smoker or non-, high blood pressure, low blood pressure, high cholesterol or low, having high levels of a toxic compound called TMAO— trimethylamine oxide—in your bloodstream is associated with a significantly higher risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or dying over a three-year period.
How Exactly Does Type 2 Diabetes Develop?
Insulin resistance is the cause of both prediabetes and type 2 diabetes. Ok, so what is the cause of insulin resistance? Insulin resistance is now accepted to be closely associated with the accumulation of fat within our muscle cells.
March 1, 2017
White Meat May Be as Cholesterol-Raising as Red
In light of recommendations for heart healthy eating from national professional organizations encouraging Americans to limit their intake of meat...
January 18, 2017
Healthy Ways to Avoid Temptation and Stick to Your Health Goals
We know it. You know it. Eating healthy is a state of mind as much as a journey. Each day, you make good-for-you decisions and take small steps toward your goals. Little by little, you create healthy habits that stick.
Exercise at Home
Everybody’s trying to get into or stay in shape. Ironically, today’s frequently high-paced lifestyle leaves little time to get that all-important cardio workout.
January 9, 2017
What Causes Insulin Resistance?
Studies dating back nearly a century noted a striking finding—If you take young, healthy people and split them up into two groups, half on a fat-rich diet, and the other half on a carb-rich diet, within just two days, this is what happens: the glucose intolerance skyrockets in the fatty diet group.
The Role of Poultry Viruses in Human Cancers
The incidence of cancers has been rising for the last half-century, and the question is, why? Well, up to 20% of all cancers are caused by “infectious agents, chiefly viruses”—something we’ve known was a possibility for a century, when a cancer-causing virus was discovered in chickens.