Category Archives: Nutritional Health

Should you eat walnuts?

It turns out eating walnuts may improve longevity while cutting the risk of premature death.

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Do you need to be screened for diabetes?

If you or someone you love is overweight or obese and age 35 or older, there’s a simple, inexpensive, and potentially lifesaving test you need.

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Why diabetics should drink coffee

If you or a loved one has diabetes, you likely know that diabetes dramatically increases one’s risk of cardiovascular disease and premature death. There’s a surprising intervention to reduce that risk that diabetics may wish to consider every morning.

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Eat one hot dog and your life could be 36 minutes shorter

Researchers at the University of Michigan evaluated more than 5,800 foods and their impact on human health and the environment. Among their surprising discoveries was that eating a single hot dog could cost you thirty-six minutes of your life.

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Children Eating Too Many Dangerous Foods

I’ve told you before about the dangers of too much ultra-processed food in your diet. A new study reports that  “ultra-processed foods made up two-thirds of the average American kid’s diet.”

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Sugar can increase dementia and Alzheimer’s risk

A study presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference reported that “Total sugar intake may affect cognitive function over time, with higher amounts potentially increasing the risk for Alzheimer’s disease.”

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Who has lower cardiovascular risk, teetotalers or light drinkers?

Light alcohol consumption has been reported to be cardio-protective among apparently healthy individuals; however, it is unclear whether this association is also present in those with cardiovascular disease.

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Increased risks identified from red and processed meats

New research reveals that eating processed or red meats can increase your risk of heart disease, one of the leading causes of death and disability.

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Fake Beef

The latest fad in the “vegetarian” and “healthy food” categories involves a slew of so-called “plant-based fake meats” that purport to be healthier for people and the planet. But, are they?

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Whole grains reduce waist size, blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol

A study in The Journal of Nutrition found that older adults who consumed at least three servings of whole grains every day had a reduced waist size, lower blood pressure, and lower blood sugar compared with those who eat less … Continue reading

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Nordic Diet Lengthens Survival with Improved Mental and Physical Function

Adults with higher adherence to a Nordic diet (also known as NDDP, the Nordic Prudent Diet Pattern) had greater odds of prolonging survival with optimal physical and mental function.

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Can you get too much vitamin D from the sun?

Tod Cooperman, MD, the founder and president of ConsumerLab.com, one of the most trusted sites on the internet for information about natural medicines (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) has this to say about that:

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Is it safe to order supplements by mail in the summer?

If vitamins, minerals, and nutritional supplements can lose effectiveness with exposure to high temperatures, is it safe to order supplements by mail in the summer?

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Skipping breakfast leads to clear nutritional gaps

A study in the Proceedings of the Nutrition Society​​​ found that adults who regularly skipped breakfast were more likely to miss out on a number of important nutrients.

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Most Americans do not adhere to diets that prevent cancer

HealthDay reports, “The eating habits of most American adults aren’t in line with dietary guidelines that can reduce the risk of cancer, a new study finds.”

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Southern-style diet associated with higher odds for sudden cardiac death

I love my wife’s “GRITS” T-shirt. “GRITS” stands for “Girls Raised in The South.” We were both born and raised in the south, so we’ve also followed the data on what we were fed growing up!

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What’s the best diet to lower blood pressure?

A recent study found that the DASH (Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension) diet was the best.

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Weight-loss supplements a waste of money?

A new scientific review of 315 randomized-controlled trials of weight-loss supplements or alternative weight-loss therapies has been released. What did it show?

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Weight-loss supplements contain hidden prohibited stimulants

You may be surprised to learn that in the United States, natural medicines (herbs, vitamins, and supplements) are virtually unregulated substances. As a result, consumers beware!

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Coming in One Week — The National Release of “The Natural Medicines Handbook”

Launching across the U.S. on Tuesday, April 6, is my 38th book, The Natural Medicines Handbook: The Truth about the Most Effective Herbs, Vitamins, and Supplements for Common Conditions.

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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. 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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