Category Archives: Nutritional Health

Go healthy, not hungry for Thanksgiving dining

The holiday season means you’ll be faced with a seemingly endless buffet of food temptation. While some people simply give in and eat too much, others deny themselves any holiday treats. But there are ways to navigate between overindulgence and … Continue reading

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Go healthy, not hungry for Thanksgiving dining

The holiday season means you’ll be faced with a seemingly endless buffet of food temptation. While some people simply give in and eat too much, others deny themselves any holiday treats.

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New Year’s Resolution #3 – Adopt and apply some highly healthy habits

My long-time readers know I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions. But, considering your overall health, here are some items you might want to consider in 2016:

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New Year’s Resolution #2 – Have a small piece of dark chocolate daily

In the past I’ve blogged on How to Make Chocolate a Healthy Indulgence and on the Largest Study to Date Links Chocolate to Lower Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Risk. Now comes another study about the healthful benefits of chocolate.

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New Year’s Resolution #1 – Take the kids out for fast food less often

A highly healthy resolution for your family in 2016 would be to slowly reduce the number of trips you make to fast food restaurants. Why?

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Warning Signs of Quackery and Fraud – Part 5

Here’s Part 5, the last of a series from an excerpt from my and Donal O’Mathuna’s book, Alternative Medicine: The options, claims, evidence, how to choose wisely. You find the book here. 21. Does the product you’re considering require advance … Continue reading

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Warning Signs of Quackery and Fraud – Part 4

Here’s Part 4 from an excerpt from my and Donal O’Mathuna’s book, Alternative Medicine: The options, claims, evidence, how to choose wisely. You find the book here. 16. Is a therapy encouraged simply because it’s been used for centuries by … Continue reading

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Encourage your kids to choose healthy snacks

Kids may crave chips and sweet treats, but parents should encourage their children to choose healthier options.

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Meeting heart-health guidelines dramatically reduces risk of early death

HealthDay reports, “People who follow seven recommended cardiovascular health behaviors are much less likely to die than those who follow few or none of the behaviors, according to a study that included nearly 45,000 US adults.”

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White rice consumption linked to increased risk of diabetes

In continuing coverage, the Time “Healthland” blog reports, “When it comes to your risk of diabetes, a new study by Harvard researchers suggests that eating less white rice could make a difference.”

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Blueberries, apples linked to reduced risk of diabetes

Fox News reports that, according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, increased intake of blueberries, apples and pears may be associated with a reduced risk of diabetes.

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Group recommends screening for vitamin D deficiency

The New York Times “Well” blog reports that “the Endocrine Society recommends that people at risk for vitamin D deficiency be screened to determine their serum levels.”

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Fruits, veggies can be beauty tools, study says

The key to a rosy, healthy-looking complexion may be as simple as eating more fruits and vegetables, researchers say.

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Sugary drinks linked to increased heart attack risk

The CBS Evening News reported that research published in Circulation suggests that “men who drink soda or other sugary beverages greatly increase their risk of heart attack.”

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Red meat consumption linked to increased risk of premature death

A study linking red meat to a higher risk of early death generated significant coverage online and in print, and was also featured on ABC World News, which reported that a “major medical study from the Harvard School of Public … Continue reading

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Clinical trial finds childhood obesity can be controlled through portion size, carb cutting

Reuters reports on a Journal of Pediatrics study, which shows that parents can manage their children’s obesity by cutting portion sizes, as well as cutting carbohydrates, although the low-carb method was found to be the toughest for kids to follow.

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Study shows sleep deprivation leads to increased calorie consumption

ABC World News reported, “And in Healthy Living tonight, news for the sleep-deprived that will add insult to injury. Word that it’s not just that you’ll be squeezing into your clothes, but squeezing in while yawning. A study at the … Continue reading

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FDA cites misleading statements from inhalable caffeine manufacturer

Bloomberg News reports that the FDA has cited Breathable Foods Inc. for placing misleading labels on canisters dispensing caffeine. According to Bloomberg, the FDA notes that the manufacturer describes its AeroShot Pure Energy inhaler as “breathable energy,” and so “encourages consumers … Continue reading

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Vitamin D linked to fewer stress fractures in girls

Reuters reports that according to a study published in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, young women and girls consuming high levels of vitamin D were less likely to suffer from stress fractures than women who did not consume … Continue reading

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Coke, Pepsi change their practices in response to California law on caramel coloring

The AP reports that “Coca-Cola Co. and PepsiCo Inc. are changing the way they make the caramel coloring used in their sodas as a result of a California law that mandates drinks containing a certain level of carcinogens come with … Continue reading

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Desensitization therapy helps some children with milk allergies

The CNN “The Chart” blog reports, “Researchers at Johns Hopkins University and Duke University are working on a treatment that may one day allow kids with allergies to safely eat the foods that cause them life-threatening reactions.”

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CSPI urges ban on caramel coloring in soft drinks due to alleged cancer risk

The Los Angeles Times “Booster Shots” blog reports, “In a letter to the US Food and Drug Administration, the consumer watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest [CSPI] called on officials to ban the use of caramel coloring … Continue reading

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Trans fat consumption linked to stroke risk in women

Medscape reports, “Postmenopausal women whose diet is high in trans fats, found in fried foods and packaged products, are at higher risk for certain types of ischemic stroke,” according to research published in the Annals of Neurology.

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Update on Vitamin D and calcium supplements for fracture and cancer prevention

Vitamin D and calcium supplementation may lower fracture risk and improve bone health in many individuals, but data regarding its effects on cancer are far from conclusive.

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Ten foods provide half of sodium eaten in US

New figures from a US food survey detail that nine out of ten adults in the US consume more sodium than is recommended. See if these data hit home at your house.

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Selenium supplements raise risk for type 2 diabetes

Bloomberg News reports, “Supplements of selenium, a trace mineral that may help prevent some cancers, might increase the risk of type 2 diabetes if taken in large quantities, according to a review of existing studies” published in The Lancet.

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Citrus fruit consumption linked to reduced stroke risk in women

The ABC News “Medical Unit” blog reports, “Eating citrus fruits can be considered a marker of healthy living, and may lessen the risk of stroke, according to research published in the journal Stroke.”

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How concerned should you be about the statin warnings?

This morning I had a detailed post on the FDA warnings on statins. Let me explain why this will NOT change my prescribing habits.

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FDA adds new safety warnings to statins

Coverage of the FDA’s decision to add warnings to the labels of statins was widespread and presented the warnings as acknowledging a serious danger, while repeating that statins are still useful and effective medications.

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Pediatric group says women should breastfeed at least one year

The Baltimore Sun “Picture Of Health” blog reports, “The American Academy of Pediatrics” has “reaffirmed its position that women should breast feed for at least a year to get the best health benefits for their babies.

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