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Presentation 1:

  • Getting Under Our Skin: BPA on Receipts
  • Checking Children’s Cholesterol
  • LDL Cholesterol and Heart Disease
  • Black Raspberry Supplements Tested
  • Animal Protein and Stress Hormones
  • Is Obesity Infectious?
  • How to Reduce Stroke Risk with Diet
  • Donating Blood to Prevent Heart Disease
  • Donating Blood to Prevent Cancer
  • Is Soy Good or Bad for Breast Cancer
  • Breast Cancer Risk and Soy
  • Treating Endometriosis with Seaweed
  • Milk & Type 1 Diabetes
  • Meat & Type 1 Diabetes
  • Paratuberculosis in Meat
  • Miso Soup: Soy vs. Sodium
  • Marjoram for PCOS
  • Treating PCOS with Diet
  • Strengthen the Mind-Body Connection
  • Do Vitamin C Supplements Prevent Colds?
  • Does Aspartame Cause Cancer?
  • Can Green Tea Help Prevent Cancer?
  • Can Green Tea Help Treat Cancer?
  • Supplement Industry & Carnitine/TMAO

Checking Children’s Cholesterol

Risk factors that correlate with the extent of such early lesions are the same risk factors that correlate with [heart attacks] later in life.” In other words, it’s the same disease, just in the early stages. Pathologists are seeing all this coronary artery disease in younger people and children.

Animal Protein and Stress Hormones 

A single meal high in animal protein can nearly double the level of stress hormone in the blood within a half hour of consumption—much more than a meal closer to the recommended level of protein. Give someone a meal of crabmeat, tuna fish, cottage cheese, and the stress hormone levels shoot up.

Breast Cancer Risk and Soy

Eating soy foods appears to protect against the cancer coming back. Women who ate the most soy had a 29% lower risk of dying from breast cancer, and a 36% lower risk of cancer recurrence. Soy food intake is associated with longer survival and lower recurrence among breast cancer patients. With an average intake of soy phytonutrients above 17 milligrams a day, which is about what’s found in a single cup of soy milk, the mortality of breast cancer may be able to be reduced by as much as 38%.

Treating PCOS with Diet

The highest AGE levels are found in broiled, grilled, fried, and roasted foods of mostly “animal origin,” is it possible that this causal chain starts with a bad diet—like lots of fried chicken—which leads to obesity, which then, in turn, leads to PCOS

Meat & Type 1 Diabetes

Studies that have followed thousands of “mother-child pairs,” found that eating meat during breastfeeding was associated with an increased risk of both preclinical and full-blown type 1 diabetes by the time their child reached age 8. They thought it might be the glycotoxins—the AGEs found in cooked meat, which can be transferred through breastfeeding.

Presentation 2:

  • Don’t Wait Until Your Doc Kicks the Habit
  • Benefits of Ginger for Menstrual Cramps
  • Which Intestines for Foods and Cosmetics?
  • Vitamin D Supplements to Prevent Falls?
  • Green Tea for Boosting Immune Function
  • Dangers of Supplement Deregulation
  • Become a Fecal Transplant Super-donor
  • Benefits of Rosemary for Brain Function
  • Treating Asthma with a Low Salt Diet
  • Sodium and Autoimmune Disease
  • Do Men Who Have More Sex Live Longer?
  • Best Foods to Improve Sexual Function
  • Chia Seeds or Flax Seeds?
  • Wakame Seaweed & Immune Function
  • Are the BPA-Free Alternatives Safe?
  • Blood Pressure and Brain Shrinkage
  • Block Breast Cancer’s Estrogen Enzymes
  • Prevent Blood Sugar & Triglyceride Spikes
  • Avocados, Red Wine & Inflammation
  • How to Counter Effects of Air Pollution
  • Advise More Plants or Less Junk?
  • How Much Should You Exercise
  • Antiperspirant and Breast Cancer
  • Treating Bacterial Vaginosis with Vitamin C
  • Sodium to Potassium Ration & Stroke Risk
  • Gut Flora Uses Eggs to Accelerate Cancer

Treating Asthma with a Low Salt Diet

The reason sodium may be a risk factor for another for both asthma and another inflammatory disease—rheumatoid arthritis—may be that sodium intake is just a marker for increased meat and fish intake, or decreased fruit and vegetable intake.

Best Foods to Improve Sexual Function

The largest study on diet and erectile dysfunction found that “each additional daily serving of fruit [s or] vegetable[s]” may reduce the risk by 10%. It may be due to the anti-inflammatory effects. Two years on a healthier diet resulted in “a significant reduction [in] systemic inflammation, as indicated by…reduced levels of C [-reactive protein].

Do Men Who Have More Sex Live Longer?

Sexual activity seems to have a protective effect on men’s health.” But not, it appears, if you cheat. “Unfaithfulness in men seems to be associated with a higher risk of major cardiovascular events,” like heart attacks and strokes. “Extramarital sex may be hazardous and stressful, because the lover [may be] younger” and more exuberant, and “secret sexual encounter[s]” may be more stressful. 

Benefits of Ginger for Menstrual Cramps

A quarter-teaspoon of ground ginger—ginger powder—given three times a day during the first three days of menstruation, and pain dropped from like a seven on a scale of one to ten, down to a five—whereas, in the placebo group, there was no significant change.

Presentation 3:

  • Best Supplements for Prostate Cancer
  • How Lead Pain Industry Got Away with It
  • Lead in the Drinking Water
  • How Lead Gas Industry Got Away with It
  • “Normal” Blood Lead Levels Can Be Toxic
  • Effects of Low-Level Lead Exposure
  • How to Lower Lead Levels with Diet Part 1
  • How to Lower Lead Levels with Diet Part 2
  • Best Foods for Lead Poisoning Part 1
  • Best Foods for Lead Poisoning Part 2
  • Can Vitamin C Help with Lead Poisoning?
  • Yellow Bell Peppers for Male Infertility?
  • The Role of Burger Viruses in Cancer
  • Microbiome: We Are What They Eat
  • Best Aromatherapy Herb for Alzheimer’s
  • Natural Treatment for Ace
  • Controversy Over the Trans Fat Ban
  • Banning Trans Fat in Processed Foods
  • Best Food for Sexual Dysfunction
  • Food Industry Wants Public Confused
  • What Does Low WBC Count Mean?
  • What is the Ideal WBC Count?
  • Best Supplements for Fibromyalgia
  • Fermented or Unfermented Soy Foods?
  • Soy Foods for Prostate Cancer Prevention
  • Treating Heart/Kidney Failure with Diet

Best Supplements for Prostate Cancer

Pomegranates and prostate cancer, gave a bunch of cancer patients some pomegranates to eat, and the cancer slowed down, 

Yellow Bell Peppers for Male Infertility?

Is the vitamin C just lowering the oxidative stress from the lead, or actually lowering the level of lead? Sure, antioxidant supplementation can have antioxidant effects, but may fail to actually lower lead levels in the blood. Now, this was in a group of lead workers that were breathing the stuff day in and day out, and the way vitamin C may work is to just block the “intestinal absorption of lead.

Best Supplement for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia patients were given up to 2400 units of D a day for 20 weeks; and their D levels rose up to about 50 and then, once they stopped the vitamin D, levels came back down to match the placebo. That was reflected in their pain scores, a significant drop in pain severity while they were on the D and then, back to baseline when they came off of it. 

Soy Foods for Prostate Cancer Prevention

Prostate cells carry beta type estrogen receptors, which appear to act as tumor suppressors, kind of a “‘gatekeeper’…inhibiting invasion [and] proliferation,” and preventing the prostate cells from turning cancerous in the first place. And, those are the receptors targeted by the phytoestrogens in soy, like genistein, which inhibits prostate cancer cell invasion and spread in a petri dish at the kinds of levels one might get consuming soy foods. The prevention of metastases is critical, as death from prostate cancer isn’t caused by the original tumor, but its spread throughout the body, which explains recommendations for men with prostate cancer to consume soy foods as well.

Presentation 4:

  • Antioxidants Effects of Acai vs. Apples
  • Acai vs. blueberries for Artery Function
  • Origin of Arsenic in Chicken
  • Arsenic in Rice, Mushrooms, and Wine
  • Effects of Too Much Arsenic in the Diet
  • Cancer Risk Rice/Seaweed Arsenic
  • Which Type of Rice Has Less Arsenic?
  • How to Cook Rice to Reduce Arsenic
  • Arsenic in Infant Rice Cereal
  • Arsenic in Rice Milk and Other Products
  • How Risky is the Arsenic in Rice?
  • How Much Arsenic is Too Much?
  • Is White Rice a Yellow or Red Light Food?
  • Pros of Brown Rice vs. Cons of Arsenic
  • Saffron for Erectile Dysfunction
  • Coconut Oil & Boost in HDL Cholesterol
  • Coconuts and Coconut Oil MCTs
  • Advanced Prostate Cancer & Diet Part 1
  • Advanced Prostate Cancer & Diet Part 2
  • Lead Contamination in Hot Sauces
  • Does Nutritional Yeast Trigger Crohn’s?
  • Is Candida Syndrome Real?
  • Nutritional Yeast Healthy for Everyone?
  • Fermented or Unfermented Soy Foods?
  • Dietary Cure for Hidradentis Suppurativa
  • Hot to Reduce Your TMAO Levels

Where Does the Arsenic in Chicken Come From?

Arsenic-containing drugs are fed to chickens, which grows out into their feathers (which can then be fed back to them as a slaughterhouse byproduct), the arsenic can get into their tissues, and then get into our tissues, explaining why national studies found that those who eat more poultry have tended to have more arsenic flowing through their bodies.

Which Rice Has Less Arsenic: Black, Brown, Red, White, or Wild?

The arsenic found in a daily serving of white rice carries a hundred times the acceptable cancer risk—136 times to be exact. But brown rice is even riskier. Brown rice averages two-thirds more toxic arsenic than white rice. But is that just because brown rice tends to be a different strain, or grown in different places? No. If you take the exact same batch of brown rice, and measure the arsenic levels before and after polishing it to white, you do get a significant drop in arsenic content.

Best Supplement for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia patients were given up to 2400 units of D a day for 20 weeks; and their D levels rose up to about 50 and then, once they stopped the vitamin D, levels came back down to match the placebo. That was reflected in their pain scores, a significant drop in pain severity while they were on the D and then, back to baseline when they came off of it.

Soy Foods for Prostate Cancer Prevention

Prostate cells carry beta type estrogen receptors, which appear to act as tumor suppressors, kind of a “‘gatekeeper’…inhibiting invasion [and] proliferation,” and preventing the prostate cells from turning cancerous in the first place. And, those are the receptors targeted by the phytoestrogens in soy, like genistein, which inhibits prostate cancer cell invasion and spread in a petri dish at the kinds of levels one might get consuming soy foods. The prevention of metastases is critical, as death from prostate cancer isn’t caused by the original tumor, but its spread throughout the body, which explains recommendations for men with prostate cancer to consume soy foods as well.

Presentation 5:

  • Dr. Gundy’s The Plant Paradox is Wrong
  • How to Avoid Lectin Poisoning
  • Are Lectins in Food Good or Bad for You?
  • Benefits of Turmeric for Arsenic Exposure
  • Fever Benefits for Autism in a Food
  • Fighting Autism Brain Inflammation
  • Best Foods for Autism
  • Is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate Safe?
  • Is CAPB in SLS-Free Toothpaste Better?
  • Does Cell Phone Radiation Cause Cancer?
  • Cell Phone Brain Tumor Risk?
  • Worth Getting Annual Health Check-Ups?
  • Worth Getting an Annual Physical Exam?
  • Different Oils for Eczema Treatment?
  • Eczema Treatment with Coconut Oil
  • The Best Diet for Fibroids
  • The Best Food for Fibroids
  • Are Avocados Healthy?
  • Efficacy and Safety of Probiotics
  • Best Food for High Cholesterol
  • Amla vs. Drugs for Cholesterol
  • Lycopene Supplement vs. Prostate Cancer
  • Saffron vs. Memantiine for Alzheimer’s?
  • Prevent Common Childhood Infections
  • Lead Contamination in Fish and Game

Dr. Gundy’s The Plant Paradox Is Wrong

If lectins are bad, then beans would be the worst, and so bean counters would presumably find that bean eaters cut their lives short, whereas the exact opposite may be true with legumes (beans, split peas, chickpeas, and lentils)—found to be perhaps the most important dietary predictor of survival in older people in countries around the world. As Dan Buettner points out in his Blue Zones work, lectin-packed foods “are the cornerstones of” the diets of all the healthiest, longest-lived populations on the planet. Plant-based diets in general, and legumes in particular, are a common thread among longevity Blue Zones around the world—the most lectin-lush food there is.

Fighting Autism Brain Inflammation

Sulforaphane is not made in chemical plant; it’s made by a plant. Sulforaphane is made by broccoli, kale, cabbage, collards, and cauliflower—in other words, cruciferous vegetables. So, maybe if we give some broccoli to those with autism, it will make things better by boosting the heat shock proteins.

Does Cell Phone Radiation Cause Cancer?

Cell phone radiation isn’t like nuclear radiation; it doesn’t damage DNA directly, like gamma rays from an atomic bomb or something. Ah, but it does appear to be able to damage DNA indirectly by generating free radicals. 

Efficacy and Safety of Probiotics

What about probiotic supplements? I’ve talked about the potential benefits, but there appears to be publication bias in the scientific literature about probiotics. This is something you see a lot with drug companies, where the sponsor, the supplement company paying for their own probiotic research, may not report negative results—not publish it, as if the study never happened. And so, then, we doctor just see the positive studies. 

Prevent Common Childhood Infections

A half-teaspoon of nutritional yeast worth of beta-glucan in children who suffered from like repeated respiratory infections, and after a month, found a significant increase in salivary lysozyme levels, compared to control.

The researchers conclude that by giving kids the yeast beta-glucans, we “could decrease the incidence and severity of infectious illness during the cold [and] flu season,” and thereby benefit the parents as well. 

Presentation 6:

  • Autism and Casein from Cow’s Milk
  • Does A2 Milk Carry Less Autism Risk?
  • Gluten-Free Casein-Free Diets for Autism Put to the Test
  • Are Autism Diet Benefits Just a Placebo Effect?
  • Double Blind Clinical Trial of Diet for Autism
  • Pros and Cons of Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Diets for Autism
  • Topical Honey for Canker Sores
  • Best Foods to Avoid Eczema
  • Exclusion Diets for Eczema
  • Does Oil Pulling Help with Cancer?
  • Oil Pulling Benefits for Plaque and Gingivitis
  • Oil Pulling for Teeth Whitening and Bad Breath Tested
  • The Risks of Oil Pulling
  • Dr. Greger’s Daily Dozen Checklist
  • Are Avocados Good for Your Cholesterol?
  • Avocados Lower Small Dense LDL Cholesterol
  • The Institute of Medicine Report on the Health Effects of Marijuana
  • Researching the Health Effects of Marijuana
  • Talcum Powder and Fibroids
  • The Rise in Blood Lead Levels at Pregnancy and Menopause
  • Should Pregnant Women Take Calcium Supplements to Lower Lead Levels?
  • Ow to Convert Into an Equol Producer
  • Best Food to Counter Stress-Induced Immune Suppression
  • Are Microwaves Safe?
  • The Effects of Radiation Leaking from Microwave Ovens

Autism and Casein from Cow’s Milk

Human milk has 15 times less casein than bovine milk, and differs sequence-wise by about half, and so breaks down into peptides differently. Twenty-one bioactive peptides have been recovered from cow casein, including multiple casomorphins, compared to only five active peptides identified in human milk, and only one casomorphin. And, the casomorphins “from bovine casein are more potent.” This is a graph of opioid activity, where lower means more potent. Here’s the potency of straight morphine. And, here’s bovine casomorphin—significantly more potent than the weak opioid peptide from gluten, which is more comparable to the human casomorphin from breast milk.

Best Foods to Avoid Eczema 

About 40% of kids with eczema have some form of food allergy. And, the more food allergies they have, the more likely it appears they’re going to suffer from eczema— and, make it worse. Those who react to cow’s milk protein are significantly more likely to suffer severe eczema, showing the important role cow’s milk proteins may play “in the induction and increased severity of eczema in children.”
Often, parents switch from cow’s milk to goat’s milk, in an attempt to improve their children’s eczema. But goat’s milk should never be given to kids with a cow’s milk allergy, because they often cross-react with one another, which has been confirmed with double-blind, placebo-controlled food challenges.

Are Avocado’s Good for Your Cholesterol

There are studies dating back more than a half century that appear to show that if you add an avocado to people’s daily diets, their cholesterol drops, and then goes back up when you remove the avocados, then goes back down again. Pretty convincing data—until you see how the study was done. They didn’t just add an avocado, they swapped out animal fat. No wonder their cholesterol went down! So, this may have just as well read: on lard, off lard, on lard, off lard. And, that’s what nearly all avocado cholesterol studies are like.

The Institute of Medicine Report on the Health Effects of Marijuana

When some misinformed people hear of the grand opening of a new plant-based medical practice, one plant in particular may come to mind. Over the years, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about cannabis, and I figure it’s high time to try to clear the haze. I didn’t want to just take a pot shot, tokin’ effort, and end up with some half-baked puff piece. There are burning issues about a growing industry, with so much buzz and smoke and mirrors, the science can really take a hit. I mean, are there acute chronic effects? Blunt trauma from impaired driving, perhaps? I wanted to give the straight dope; weed out any dubious research, and it’s been quite a trip. 420 articles published within just the past few months! 

Best Food to Counter Stress Induced Immune Suppression

Individual’s taking about a teaspoon of nutritional yeast a day worth of beta-glucans for 12 weeks were 60% less likely to report experiencing symptoms, like sore throat, stuffed or runny nose, or cough—strongly suggesting that baker’s, brewer’s, and nutritional yeast “beta-glucan is able to counteract the negative effects of stress on the immune system.” And, they experienced 41% greater vigor (which is a measure that encompasses “physical energy, mental acuity, and emotional well-being”). So, they just felt better, too.

Presentation 7:

  • Coconut Oil and Abdominal Fat
  • Benefits of Nutritional Yeast and Cancer
  • Lead in Calcium Supplements
  • 9 out of 10 Women Misinformed about Mammograms
  • Mammograms Recommendations: why the Conflicting Guidelines?
  • Is Autism Really on the Rise?
  • The Role of Pesticides and Pollution in Autism
  • Should Women Get Mammograms Starting at Age 40?
  • Do Mammograms Save Lives?
  • Are Avocados Fattening?
  • Consequences of False-Positive Mammograms Results
  • Do Mammograms Hurt?
  • The Role of Dairy and Gluten in Canker Sores
  • Can Mammogram Radiation Cause Breast Cancer?
  • Understanding the Mammograms Paradox
  • Is Marijuana Addictive?
  • Does Marijuana Cause Health Problems?
  • Overtreatment of Stage 0 Breast Cancer DCIS
  • Women Deserve to Know the Truth About Mammograms
  • Do Cell Phones Lower Sperm Counts?
  • Breast Cancer and the 5-Year Survival Rate Myth
  • Why Mammograms Don’t Appear to Save Lives
  • Why Patients Aren’t Informed About Mammograms
  • The Pros and Cons of Mammograms
  • Dining by Traffic Light

Benefits of Nutritional Yeast for Cancer

There was evidently a study on taking a yeast beta-glucan supplement to help “cancer relapse after surgery. There were no relapses in the treated group compared to [about one in five] in the control group.” Even more intriguing, yeast beta-glucans for inoperable cancer patients—end-stage cancer, since only about one in 20 patients made it three months. And by six months, they were all dead, “whereas in the treated group, [most] survived for more than 3 months”—not one in 20, but most, “and 43% were still alive after 6 months.”

Is Autism Really on the Rise

Autism is currently “considered…a multi-factorial disorder resulting from [both] genetic and non-genetic risk factors…” Yes, it can run in families, but “genetic factors [may] account for only 10 to 20% of…[autism] cases.” This is based in part on the fact that you can have identical twins, with identical DNA—the same genes, and one identical twin may have autism, and the other not. So: “While genetic susceptibility may be a key contributor to [these autism spectrum disorders], it may…just ‘load the gun’ so to speak, with prenatal, perinatal, and…postnatal environmental exposures [some kinds of exposures during, around, or after pregnancy] being the events that ‘pull the trigger’ and may [actually] give rise to [the disease].”

Do Mammograms Save Lives?

Basically, mammograms have “been promoted to the public with three simple promises that all appear to be wrong: Screening does not seem to make the women live longer; it [instead may unnecessarily] increase…mastectomies; and cancers are not caught early…” It may take decades for a tumor to grow large enough to be picked up on a mammogram. And, even when they are, they may not grow any further; that’s the concern we’re catching too many. “There is so much over-diagnosis that” if a woman really doesn’t want to become “a breast cancer patient,” maybe they should “avoid [mammogram] screening” altogether.  

Breast Cancer and the 5-Year Survival Rate Myth 

So, that’s the second way how changes in survival rates, with screening, may not correlate with changes in actual cancer death rates. And, in fact, the correlation is zero. There is no correlation at all between “increases in survival rates,” and “decreases in mortality rates.” That’s why “[i]f there were an Oscar for misleading statistics, using survival statistics to judge the benefit of screening would win a lifetime achievement award hands down. There is no way to disentangle [the] lead time [bias] and [the] overdiagnosis [bias] from screening survival data.” That’s why “these statistics are meaningless” when it comes to screening. Yet, that’s what you see in the ads and the leaflets from most of the cancer charities. That’s what you hear coming from the government. Even prestigious cancer centers, like M.D. Anderson, have tried to hoodwink the public like that. 

Why Patients Aren’t Informed About Mammograms

“Only 12% of [thousands of OB-GYN] residents were able to correctly answer 2 simple questions on medical statistics.” “What will the uninformed 88% of these residents say when their first patient asks about her chance of truly having breast cancer given a positive mammogram?” And, what’s particularly frightening is that in some studies, “those [doctors] most confident in their estimates were furthest away from the correct response.” So, they didn’t even know that they didn’t know. “All of these studies document the same phenomenon: A considerable number of physicians are statistically illiterate, that is, they do not understand the statistics of their own discipline.”

Presentation 8:

  • Does Chocolate Cause Acne?
  • Does Cocoa Powder Cause Acne?
  • How Much Lead Is in Organic Chicken Soup (Bone Broth)?
  • Is Aloe Effective for Blood Pressure, Inflammatory Bowel, Would Healing and Burns?
  • Apple Peels Put to the Test for Chronic Joint Pain
  • Can Alcohol Cause Cancer?
  • The Best Source of Resveratrol
  • Is It Better to Drink Little Alcohol Than None at All?
  • Don Any Benefits of Alcohol Outweigh the Risks?
  • How to Prevent Alzheimer’s with Diet
  • Heavy Metal Urine Testing and Chelation for Autism
  • Are Avocados Good for You?
  • Does Marijuana Cause Permanent Brain Damage in Teens?
  • Does Marijuana Cause Permanent Brain Damage in Adults?
  • Do Mobile Phones Affect Brain Function?
  • The Risks of Shark Cartilage Supplementation
  • Shark Cartilage Supplements Put to the Test to Cure Cancer
  • Should Women with Fibroids Avoid Soy?
  • Don Natural and DIY Tea Tree Oil Cleaning Products Disinfect as Well as Bleach?
  • Coconut Water for Athletic Performance vs. Sports Drinks
  • Are Sports Drinks Safe and Effective?
  • Best Food for Hay Fever (Seasonal Allergies)
  • The Benefits of Kale and Cabbage for Cholesterol
  • How to Access Research Articles for Free
  • Sci-Hub Opens Up a World of Knowledge
  • Benefits of Blueberries for Artery Function

How Much Lead Is in Organic Chicken Soup (Bone Broth)?

These researchers were concerned that the boiling of farm animals’ bones might release lead into the broth. So, they made three types of organic chicken broth—one with the bones, one with just the meat, and one with the skin and cartilage. All the soups exceeded the maximum allowable dose level for lead, even the boneless. Surprisingly, the skin and cartilage was the worst, exceeding the safety level per one cup serving by like 475%.

How to Prevent Alzheimer’s with Diet

If you look across multiple countries, you see a similar pattern, with “[t]he most important dietary link to [Alzheimer’s appearing] to be meat consumption, with eggs and high-fat dairy also [maybe] contributing.” There appears to be a really tight correlation between Alzheimer’s and per capita meat supply. And, then, studies within countries uncover similar findings, with Alzheimer’s and cognitive decline associated with meaty, sweety, fatty diets, whereas most plant foods are associated with risk reduction.

Should Women with Fibroids Avoid Soy?

Soy intake was only associated with 27% breast cancer risk reduction in people with normal BRCA genes, but a 73% risk reduction in carriers of BRCA gene mutations. So, a healthy diet may be particularly important in those at high genetic risk. Meat consumption, for example, was linked to twice as much risk in those with BRCA mutations—97% increased risk, instead of just 41% increased risk of breast cancer in those with normal BRCA genes. 

Are Sports Drinks Safe and Effective?

The adage “drink according to thirst.” So, these “don’t wait until you feel thirsty” statements you hear may actually be doing more harm than good, and this has been known since the early 90’s.” The American College of Sports Medicine instead started telling athletes they should drink ‘as much as tolerable’ during exercise. And, what followed was an epidemic of cases of hyponatremia. 

The Benefits of Kale and Cabbage for Cholesterol

Kale is a best-of-all-worlds food, low in calories and packed to the hilt with nutrition—vitamins, minerals, anti-inflammatory compounds, antioxidant phytonutrients—you name it. No surprise, then, given its “high antioxidant capacity… kale showed a protective effect on the oxidation of [LDL] even at low concentrations

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