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Archive Year: 2013

It’s the Sugar . . .

December 20th, 2013

Food cravings?  Research is revealing it’s the sugar content more than the fat content of foods. This is both a addictive response as well as a satiety response. Fats tend to cause a sense of “fullness”. Sugar tends to cause elevations then crashes of blood sugar–then the desire (“need”) for more food/sugar. In addition, they mapped areas of the brain that were triggered . . . . Click here for more info.

FDA to Phase Out Use of Antibiotics in Meats

December 20th, 2013

It’s a start. Antibiotics have been used to increase the growth rate of animals. But their use has been linked to  antibiotic resistance and implicated in illnesses in humans. There is a long way to go to get them out of our food chain, but this is a beginning. My recommendation remains to do all you can to eat healthfully raised animals only–even if it means limiting how much meat you eat.

Exercise Vs. Drugs–Exercise Wins!

December 20th, 2013

OK–so the research only goes as far as to say that the risk of death using exercise or using pharmaceuticals is the same, but to me, that means exercise wins!! I was just telling a patient today that there are not supplements nor medications that will ever replace the value of healthful exercise. So let’s get moving–for our health!!

Avoid BPA

December 20th, 2013

We’ve heard more and more frequently about the dangers of BPA. Hormone disruption is high on the list–and researchers are finding that the changes can be hereditary. In other words, changes in a mother may cause changes in her babies! So, please avoid plastics, use electronic receipts, avoid canned foods, and use glass storage containers (including your water bottle!). Read more here.

Organic Milk Found To Be More Nutritious

December 20th, 2013

Way to go, WSU! While we know that organic produce will expose us to fewer pesticides and therefore be better for our overall health, the research kept stating no difference between nutrient value. That has been busted for milk! Organic milk is found to contain healthier fatty acids–and that can translate to healthier brains, heart, etc. Read more here.

Genes and Need for Vitamins

December 20th, 2013

This is a fun and interesting historical article on our need to consume vitamins–not necessarily the pill form, but those that are in our food and why we need them. I wish we all could get all our nutrient needs in foods alone (they’ve become depleted of nutrients) so sometimes supplementation is very necessary. But, read on, for some interesting history!  And keep eating a variety of veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, and healthfully-raised meats and healthy fats. 🙂

Restless Leg Syndrome

December 20th, 2013

This condition is often under-diagnosed and is frequently linked with mineral deficiency, particularly iron or magnesium. If you notice leg discomfort that is relieved by walking or moving about, please schedule an appointment–let’s get those legs relaxing, minerals restored (if needed), and improved sleep achieved!  Read more here.

Anti-bacterial Soaps Aren’t

December 19th, 2013

FDA has recently issued a report that anti-bacterial soaps may not do the job. And, even worse, may be compromising our health. Please stick with soap and water. Avoid triclosan (see previous articles on triclosan and endocrine dysruptors)!!

ADHD Diagnosis and Prescriptions

December 19th, 2013

This is a halting article on the impact of marketing of pharmaceuticals–specifically ADHD medications in this case. While I’ve seen patients respond quite favorably to the medications, diet and lifestyle typically allow management in most cases without the use of pharmaceuticals. If you’re concerned about ADD/ADHD for yourself or your family, please schedule an appointment to discuss effective treatment options.

An Apple A Day–Instead of Statin!

December 19th, 2013

Love this report from AANP!  Read on, and grab and apple!!

AN APPLE A DAY AS GOOD AS A STATIN A DAY: New research shows prescribing an apple a day to all adults aged 50 and over would prevent or delay 8,500 deaths from vascular deaths in the UK annually, which is similar to the effect of giving statin drugs to every person over age 50 who is not already taking them. In other words, this one piece of advice would match the benefits of a widespread medical practice, although it would likely have fewer side effects. (Vascular deaths are those caused by events such as heart attacks and strokes.) Scientists found that offering a daily statin to 17.6 million more adults would reduce the annual number of vascular deaths by 9,400 while a daily apple consumed by 70 percent of the total UK population over age 50 (22 million) would avert 8,500 vascular deaths. However, statin side effects would mean that prescribing statins to everyone over 50 would lead to over a thousand extra cases of myopathy (muscle disease) and over 10,000 extra diagnoses of diabetes. This study was published in the Christmas issue of the British Medical Journal and is now online in its entirety at without charge.


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