Monthly Archives: June 2011

The top-ranked diet may be one you’ve never heard of — but one I recommend often

US News & World Report ranks the DASH Diet Plan as BEST overall diet plan. If you’ve never heard of the DASH diet, you’re not alone. Continue reading

Flaxseed does not help reduce hot flashes

A new study is showing that flaxseed is NOT associated with a significant reduction in hot flashes for women with menopausal symptoms or breast cancer survivors taking anti-estrogen drugs. Continue reading

MEDIA ALERT: Barb and I were featured on “Your Family Live”

Today, Barb and I were interviewed on the Internet TV show, Your Family Live, about our book, His Brain, Her Brain: How divinely designed differences can strengthen your marriage. Continue reading

US replaces food pyramid with nutrition plate

The US Department of Agriculture recently unveiled the long awaited replacement for the food pyramid, the triangle of nutrition introduced back in 1992. And I, for one, think it’s a great change! Continue reading

Report recommends most children avoid sports drinks

In a new report, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), representing most of the nation’s pediatricians, is advising children and teens NOT to down sports drinks like Gatorade and Powerade unless they’re actually playing sports and to forgo energy drinks like Java Monster, Red Bull and Full Throttle altogether. Continue reading

Shingles and pneumonia vaccines may be given together

In a recent blog, (If you’re 50 or older, get the shingles vaccine) I told you the good news that the shingles (herpes zoster) vaccine is now available to those 50 and older. In addition, the pneumonia vaccine (pneumoccal vaccine) is now also indicated for many adults younger than 65 (i.e., smokers and those with diabetes, asthma, COPD, lung disease, cardiovascular disease, and a number of high-risk factors). But, can these immunizations be given together? Continue reading

A well-loved child more likely to be a loving spouse

The ability of men and women to have staying power and a strong level of commitment in their romantic relationships and marriage can be traced back to their early childhood and adolescence, a new study reports. Continue reading

Some NSAIDs potentially dangerous for heart attack survivors

When heart attack survivors or those with heart disease take certain pain relievers it puts them at higher risk for heart attack or death according to a new study in Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Association. Continue reading

Burning the midnight oil may lead to weight gain

‘Night owls’ take in an average of 248 more calories per day, a recent study found. As such, folks who consistently stay up late may be putting themselves at higher odds for weight gain and obesity. Continue reading

Pediatric society rejects ‘personal belief’ exemption for vaccination of kids

Research has shown that children who are exempted from vaccinations have a 35-fold higher risk for measles, a 23-fold higher risk for pertussis and a nine-fold higher risk for varicella than do vaccinated children. Continue reading

Feds issue warning to makers of unproven STD treatments

The AP reports, “Federal health officials are cracking down on bogus pills and supplements that their makers claim will cure or prevent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) like HIV, herpes and genital warts.” Continue reading

People who let go of regrets are happier and more satisfied with life

The Bible teaches, “‘In your anger do not sin’: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry …” (Ephesians 4:26). In other words, let go of your anger, regrets, bitterness, sorrow, etc. Why? Wallowing in these emotions is always harmful to our physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual health.  Continue reading

The list of long- and short-term benefits of breastfeeding continues to grow

Long-time readers of this blog know I’m a big, big fan of encouraging, equipping, and enabling new moms to exclusively breastfeed their infants for at least six months. Here’s a summary of some of my reasons for this: Continue reading

Breastfed babies have better head growth and lower blood pressure

Breastfeeding is universally recommended as the superior method for feeding infants because it’s linked to prevention of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and long-term prevention of various illnesses including asthma, diabetes,and obesity … and even behavioral problems. Now a study is showing that breastfed babies have improved head (and presumably brain) growth and lower blood pressure. Continue reading

Breast-feeding reduces later behavior problems

A recent British study finds more behavioral issues among kids who were formula-fed, as compared to kids who are breastfed. In fact, breast-fed children are significantly less likely to have behavioral problems at age 5 than are those who were given formula as infants. Continue reading

Prolonged bottle feeding boosts kids’ obesity risk: study

Nearly one-quarter of 2-year-old babies who are still drinking from a bottle at 2 years of age may be prone to obesity by the time they turn 5, a new study suggests. Continue reading

Daycare centers purposely flout TV guidelines

A shocking study has reported that media, such as just turning on the TV, is used far too often as a replacement for adult-child interaction. In fact, the study showed that, “More than two-thirds of daycare centers included in a new U.S. study have TVs available for children to watch, and nearly 60 percent of the centers ignored the American Academy of Pediatrics’ guidelines for television exposure in young kids.” Continue reading