2018 Health News Articles:
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December 10, 2018
All animals and plants appear to establish symbiotic relationships with microorganisms, and, within us, the trillions of good bacteria in our gut can be thought of as a forgotten, additional organ—metabolizing, detoxifying, and activating many crucial components of our diet.
December 4, 2018
The Gladiator Diet: How Vegetarian Athletes Stack Up
Recently, the remains of dozens of Roman gladiators were discovered in a mass grave. You can look at carbon isotopes and see what kinds of plants they ate; “nitrogen isotopes…reflect [any] intake of animal protein.” You can also look at the sulphur in their bones and the amount of strontium, leading commentators to submit that the best athletes in ancient Rome ate largely plant-based diets.
November 27, 2018
How Not to Die from Heart Disease
The most likely reason most of our loved ones will die is heart disease. It’s still up to each of us to make our own decisions as to what to eat and how to live—but, we should make these choices consciously, educating ourselves about the predictable consequences of our actions.
November 15, 2018
We Have Specific Fruit and Vegetable Receptors
According to a recent survey, the number of Americans adults who say they are eating ‘pretty much whatever they want’ is at an all-time high, which unfortunately includes “too few fruits and vegetables,” as well as “too little variety.”
November 6, 2018
The Best Diet for Chest Pain
The Dean Ornish program led to improved arterial function and a 91 percent reduction in reported frequency of angina.
November 1, 2018
Ground Ginger to Reduce Muscle Pain
A study of thousands of marathon runners showed“five times” the incidence of “organ damage” among those taking over-the-counter painkillers before the race. Nine were hospitalized: three with kidney failure after taking ibuprofen, four with gastrointestinal bleeding after aspirin, and two heart attacks, whereas none of the control group not taking painkillers ended up in the hospital.
October 16, 2018
Raisins and Dental Health
Raisins have a long-standing reputation as a food that promotes dental cavities. But is it true?
October 8, 2018
Urinary Tract Infections from Eating Chicken
Only about one in four people have heard of Campylobacter, compared to 90% familiar with Salmonella. Although the incidence of these two gastrointestinal infections is amazingly high, infecting more than a million Americans every year, it is outranked by the incidence of” a bug even fewer people have likely heard of: ExPEC–extraintestinal athogenic E. coli.
October 2, 2018
Raw vs. Cooked Garlic and Onions for Blood Thinning
Those who consume garlic—less than a quarter teaspoon of garlic powder a day—appear to have less stiffness in their aortas.
September 26, 2018
Don’t Be Confused by Big Salt
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, and direct damage to our kidneys, arteries, and heart.
September 24, 2018
How to Reverse Type 2 Diabetes
Diabetes reversal, not just treatment, should be a goal in the management of type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can be reversed not only with an extremely low calorie diet, but it can also be reversed with an extremely healthy diet.
September 21, 2018
Dietary Supplements for Autism
Dietary supplements are commonly given to children with autism. Do they do any good?
September 17, 2018
The Best Advice on Diet and Cancer
We all have to make dietary decisions every day.
August 28, 2018
Is It Healthier to be Happier?
In one third of the bummed-out folks, their immune systems failed to fight off the virus and they came down with a cold. But only about one in five got a cold in the happy group.
August 27, 2018
Signs you have an underactive thyroid
Low levels of thyroid hormone production result in a decreased capacity to turn food into energy.
August 23, 2018
How to Activate Appetite-Suppressing Hormones
With so little fiber in the American Diet we’re always hungry. If we haven’t eaten our 100 grams of fiber for the day, our body may wonder if we’re starving.
August 17, 2018
Benefits of Blueberries for the Brain
Blueberries can significantly improve cognitive performance within hours of consumption.
August 10, 2018
The Best Diet for the Inflammation of Aging
One of the most recognized consequences of aging is a decline in immune function. But 20 years ago a report showed that immune cells of 80-year-olds produce significantly more pro-inflammatory signals.
August 6, 2018
CHIP: The Complete Health Improvement Program
The CHIP program may be the most well-published, community-based, lifestyle intervention in medical literature. And, one of the most effective...
July 31, 2018
How to Protect the All-Important Lymphatic System
What is the lymphatic system? It’s a critical part of the immune system, vital for protecting us from illness and damaging, disease-causing inflammation.
July 12, 2018
The Eskimo Fish Oil Myth
Fish oil appears useless in preventing heart disease—in both heart patients and those trying to prevent heart disease in the first place.
July 5, 2018
Carcinogens in Meat
What are some of the ways we can decrease our exposure to the “carcinogenic substances in meat [that are] formed during cooking”?
June 26, 2018
Diet Can Trump the Alzheimer’s Gene ApoE
Back in the 1990s, a major susceptibility gene was discovered for Alzheimer’s, called ApoE4. If we have one ApoE4 gene, either from our mom or dad, our risk of getting Alzheimer’s is tripled.
June 19, 2018
Does an Apple a Day Really Keep the Doctor Away?
That’s “a public health message” that’s been around since 1866, but is it true?
June 6, 2018
Foods to Improve Athletic Performance & Recovery
Higher fruit and vegetable consumption was found to be “positively associated with muscle power” in adolescents and the elderly.
May 18, 2018
Benefits of Blueberries for Artery Function
A single serving of blueberry can help mediate arterial dysfunction...
May 15, 2018
Were We Wrong About Fiber?
Eating the whole plant foods may be superior to consuming fiber as supplement.
May 8, 2018
Best Food for Hay Fever (Seasonal Allergies)
A great deal is asked of our immune system. On one hand, it has “to respond rapidly and violently to invaders, but at the same time limits both the response and the collateral damage to the host.
May 1, 2018
What’s Your Enterotype?
The human gut has “a diverse collection of microorganisms making up some 1,000 species, with each individual presenting with their own unique collection of species.”
April 10, 2018
How to Prevent Alzheimer’s with Diet
What is behind the dramatic increase in dementia in Japan over recent decades? Maybe it’s rising obesity rates or the “increases in cholesterol, saturated fat, and iron from increases in [meat and other] animal products.”
April 6, 2018
How Big Wireless Made Us Think That Cell Phones Are Safe: A Special Investigation
The disinformation campaign—and massive radiation increase—behind the 5G rollout.
March 26, 2018
Apple Peals for Chronic Joint Pain
Regular apple intake is associated with all sorts of good things, like living longer—particularly a lower risk of dying from cancer.
March 21, 2018
Lead in Organic Chicken Soup
Lead poisoning still occurs the United States despite extensive prevention efforts and strict regulations.
March 16, 2018
BPA on Receipts: Carcinogens Absorbed thru Our Skin
The plastics chemical BPA was banned from baby bottles in Canada in 2008, in France in 2010, in all of Europe in 2011, and in the United States in 2012. But in 2015, France forbid the use of BPA “in any food or beverage packaging”—something the U.S. FDA decided was not warranted.
February 22, 2018
Amazing Benefits of Turmeric
In recent years, more than five thousand articles have been published in the medical literature about curcumin, the pigment in the Indian spice turmeric...
February 13, 2018
Health Benefits of Laughter, Tears, and Kisses
In my video, Music as Medicine, I explored a study about how listening to Mozart can reduce allergic reactions. This reminded me of a similar study on humor...
February 6, 2018
How Healthy is the Mediterranean Diet?
The heart of a traditional Mediterranean diet is mainly vegetarian—much lower in meat and dairy than a standard Western diet—and uses fruit for dessert!
January 31, 2018
Should Women get Mammograms?
Various health organizations offer clashing recommendations” that range from annual “mammograms starting at age 40, to eliminating routine mammograms altogether. It’s hard to know who to trust, given all the various conflicts of interest...
January 23, 2018
Cholesterol & Alzheimer's
Millions suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and the available and foreseeable treatments are disappointing at best. Given the absence of disease-modifying treatments, there has been growing interest in effective strategies for the prevention of the disease in the first place.
Janurary 18, 2018
The Salt Debate
For decades, a sometimes furious battle has raged among scientists over the extent to which elevated salt consumption contributes to death, with one camp calling it a “public health hazard that requires vigorous attack” and another claiming the risks of dietary salt excess are exaggerated. Guess who's lying.
January 16, 2018
How to Treat Ulcerative Colitis with Diet
Rotten egg gas, hydrogen sulfide, is one of the main malodorous compounds in human flatus, but the larger concern is that it may be responsible for relapses of inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis.
January 11, 2018
What Do the Longest Living People Eat?
The dietary guidelines recommend that we choose meals or snacks that are high in nutrients but lower in calories to reduce the risk of chronic disease. By this measure, the healthiest foods on the planet—that is, the most nutrient dense—are vegetables.
January 9, 2018
Meditation connects your mind and body
Since the body and mind are inextricably connected, every time you have a thought, you set off a cascade of cellular reactions in your nervous system that influence all the molecules in your body.
January 2, 2018
Best Supplements for Prostate Cancer
Pomegranate pills appeared useless in the treatment for prostate cancer. And, the same disappointing results with a “pomegranate beverage”—but that was just a “pomegranate extract” as well. So, maybe the pomegranate [itself] cannot be blamed for the ineffectiveness seen in the study.