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December 13, 2016
Optimal Cholesterol Level
No matter where we live, how old we are or what we look like, health researchers from the Institute of Circulatory and Respiratory Health have discovered that 90% of the chance of having a first heart attack “can be attributed to nine modifiable risk factors.” The nine factors that could save our lives include: smoking, too much bad cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, abdominal obesity, stress, a lack of daily fruit and veggie consumption, as well as a lack of daily exercise.
December 8, 2016
Aspirin to Prevent Heart Disease?
Salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin, has been used for thousands of years as an anti-inflammatory painkiller in the form of willow tree bark extract, which Hippocrates used to treat fever, and to alleviate pain during childbirth.
November 30, 2016
Does Cow's Milk Cause Type 1 Diabetes?
The avoidance of cow’s milk protein…may reduce…or delay [the onset of type 1 diabetes],” yet, another reason to emphasize breast is best.
November 23, 2016
Salt of the Earth: Sodium and Plant-Based Diets
Reduction of salt consumption by just 15% could save the lives of millions. If we could cut our salt intake by a half teaspoon a day, which is achievable by avoiding salty foods, and not adding salt to our food, might prevent 22% of stroke deaths, and 16% of fatal heart attacks.
November 10, 2016
The Value of Gut Bacteria & Whole Grains
People tend to fall into one of two groups: those who have lots of different types of bacteria in their gut (so-called high gut “bacterial richness”), and those with relatively few types. And, those with low bacterial richness had more overall body fat, insulin resistance (the cause of type 2 diabetes), high triglycerides, and higher levels of inflammatory markers, like C-reactive protein, compared to high bacterial richness individuals.
November 1, 2016
Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease With Plants
Intake of saturated fats and added sugars, two of the primary components of a modern Western diet, is linked with the development of Alzheimer's disease.
October 25, 2016
Why Salt is Bigger Business Than You Think
Why is the salt industry so powerful? They have their own PR and lobbying firms to play tobacco industry-style tactics to downplay the dangers. But salt is so cheap. How much money are they really making?
October 20, 2016
Prevent High Blood Pressure
One reason why plant-based diets can save so many millions is because the #1 killer risk factor in the world is high blood pressure, laying to waste nine million people, year after year.
October 19, 2016
Eat Butter? Really?
Time magazine’s recent cover exhorting people to eat butter could be viewed as a desperate attempt to revive dwindling print sales...
October 6, 2016
Bovine Leukemia Virus in Milk
Decades ago, concern was raised that the milk of dairy cows frequently contains a leukemia-causing virus. But they were talking about bovine leukemia, the leading cancer killer among dairy cattle. Most U.S. dairy herds are infected with the bovine leukemia virus; thus, the question of whether they’re releasing infectious virus into milk is an important public health consideration.
October 4, 2016
How Not to Die from Cancer
After Dr. Dean Ornish conquered our #1 killer, he moved on to killer #2. What happens if you put cancer on a plant-based diet? Ornish and colleagues found that the progression of prostate cancer could be reversed with a plant-based diet and other healthy lifestyle behaviors.
September 13, 2016
What About the Paleo Diet?
There have been about a half-dozen studies published on Paleo-type diets, starting around 20 years ago.
September 7, 2016
Disclosing Conflicts of Interest in Medical Research
One of the critical questions to ask when reading a medical journal article is: Who funded the study?
August 30, 2016
Paleo Diets May Negate Benefits of Exercise
Much of the low carb and paleo reasoning revolves around insulin. To quote one random blogger, “Carbohydrates increase insulin, the root of all evil when it comes to dieting and health.” So because carbs increase insulin, we should stick mostly to meat, which is fat and protein—no carbs, so no increase in insulin, right? Wrong.
August 25, 2016
Increasing Protein Intake After Age 65
Recent studyshowing that diets high in meat, eggs, and dairy could be as harmful to health as smoking supposedly suggested that people under 65 who eat lots of meat, eggs, and dairy are four times as likely to die from cancer or diabetes. But if you look at the actual study, you’ll see that’s simply not true. Those eating lots of animal protein didn’t have four times more risk of dying from diabetes; they had 73 times the risk.
August 22, 2016
Animal Protein Compared to Cigarette Smoking
Only about one in 10,000 people make it to be 100 years old. What’s their secret? Well, in 1993, a major breakthrough in longevity research was published: a single genetic mutation that doubled the lifespan of a tiny roundworm.
July 28, 2016
How Much Added Sugar is Too Much?
In 1776—at the time of the American Revolution—Americans consumed about 4 lbs of sugar per person each year. By 1850, this had risen to 20 lbs, and by 1994, to 120 lbs, and now we’re closer to 160.
July 26, 2016
Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease with Diet
Up to half of Alzheimer’s cases may be attributable to just 7 risk factors, and that’s not including diet, just because there are so many dietary factors that scientists couldn’t fit them into their model, but they acknowledged that diet might be another important modifiable risk factor for AD.
July 15, 2016
Can Obesity be Reversed with Diet?
One important fact to be gained from this study is that, despite the misconception to the contrary, massive obesity is not an uncorrectable malady. Weight loss can be achieved, massive obesity can be corrected, and it can be done without drastic intervention.
June 13, 2016
White Rice or Brown?
Regular consumption of white rice was associated with higher risk of type 2 diabetes, though brown rice was associated with lower risk, and that was after controlling for other lifestyle and dietary factors, such as smoking, and exercise, and meat, fruit, and vegetable consumption.
June 8, 2016
Boosting Gut Flora Without Probiotics
Obesity is so rare among those eating plant-based diets, nutrition researchers have been desperate to uncover their secret. Yes, they tend to eat fewer calories, but not that many fewer.
June 6, 2016
Citrus Peel Fights Cancer
So, do people who eat more fruit walk around with less DNA damage? Yes, particularly in women. Does this actually translate into lower cancer rates? Yes, citrus alone is associated with a 10% reduction in odds of breast cancer.
May 16, 2016
Fruits-Veggies Help DNA Repair
In light of strikingly consistent observations from many population-based studies, there can be little doubt that the habitual consumption of diets high in fruits and vegetables helps to reduce the risk of development of degenerative diseases, including many types of cancers.
May 10, 2016
Optimal Vinegar Dose
Consuming vinegar with a meal reduces the spike in blood sugar, insulin, and triglycerides. And it appears to work particularly well in those who are insulin resistant, on their way to type 2 diabetes; no wonder the consumption of vinegar with meals was used as a folk medicine for the treatment of diabetes before diabetes drugs were invented.
May 5, 2016
Importance of Fiber
Fiber, the non-digestible material in a plant, is great for both your gut and heart health. Study after study has shown that it reduces the risk of heart disease , diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, colon and breast cancer, and digestive diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease and diverticulosis.
April 20, 2016
Turmeric for Alzheimer's
The spice turmeric may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease, but what about treating Alzheimer’s disease with turmeric? An exciting case series was published in 2012: three Alzheimer’s patients were treated with turmeric, and their symptoms improved.
April 4, 2016
Regenerate Co Q10 Naturally
Chlorophyll in our bloodstream after eating greens may react with wavelengths of sunlight that penetrate through our skin to reactivate the antioxidant Coenzyme Q10 (ubiquinol).
March 29, 2016
90% reduction in angina attacks with plant-based diet
Endothelial dysfunction is the initial step in the development of peripheral artery disease, heart disease, and stroke. The remarkable finding that progressive endothelial dysfunction (the decline in the functioning of our arteries), is not an inevitable consequence of aging, demonstrates that we can retain the arterial function we had in our 20’s into our 60’s, like the elderly Chinese.
March 21, 2016
Do Raisins Cause Cavities?
Raisins have a long-standing reputation as a food that promotes cavities, based on decades-old studies on rats that ranked raisins up there with cupcakes as among the most cavity-promoting foods. And to this day, you’ll see dental authorities advise against eating dried fruit, like raisins. But more recent evidence—studies done on actual people—casts some doubt on the role of raisins with regards to tooth decay.
March 8, 2016
Drugs vs. Lifestyle for Preventing Diabetes
In just one decade, the number of people with diabetes has more than doubled. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, by 2050, one out of every three of us may have diabetes. Diabetes is the number one cause of adult-onset blindness, the number one cause of kidney failure, and the number one cause of surgical amputations.
What can we do to prevent it?
February 22, 2016
Right Foods Increase Happiness
The rising prevalence of mental ill health is causing a considerable burden. And so, inexpensive and effective strategies are required to improve the psychological well-being of our population, and now, we have a growing body of literature suggesting that dietary intake may have the potential to influence psychological well-being. Dietary intake of what? Well, given the strong evidence base for the health benefits of fruits and vegetables, researchers started there.
February 18, 2016
In 1980, researchers reported a series of women with no evidence of celiac disease (the autoimmune disorder associated with gluten intolerance), who nevertheless resolved their chronic diarrhea on a gluten-free diet.
February 10, 2016
Salt: Good or Bad?
High blood pressure is not the only harmful effect of too much salt—it’s also been tied to stomach cancer, kidney stones, bone loss, obesity even, and direct damage to our kidneys, arteries, and heart. But as I reviewed before, there is a consensus that dietary sodium plays a significant role in raising people’s blood pressure, a dispute that has now finally been resolved.
February 3, 2016
The Problem with Diabetes 2 Prescription Drugs
A study was designed in which 10,000 diabetics were randomized into an intensive blood sugar lowering intervention, where they put people on 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 different classes of drugs, with or without insulin, to drive blood sugars into the normal range. The intensive blood sugar lowering with drugs increased mortality.
January 28, 2016
Can Nuts Ward Off Cancer?
Those eating more peanut butter, nuts, beans, lentils, soybeans, or corn were found to have just a fraction of the risk for fibrocystic breast disease, which places one at higher risk of cancer. The protective effects were found to be strongest for those most at risk, such as those with a family history of breast cancer.
January 27. 2016
Benefits of Walnuts
Walnuts are commonly found in our diet and have been recognized for their nutritious properties for a long time. Traditionally, walnuts have been known for their lipid profile which has been linked to a wide array of biological properties and health-promoting effects.
January 12, 2016
What Explains the French Paradox?
Fact is, France has about four times the fatal heart attack rates as Japan due to animal fat consumption.