Holistic Nutrition Digital/DVD Topics covered:
- Red Meat vs. White Meat
- Formula for Childhood Obesity
- Antioxidants and Depression
- How to Prevent High Blood Pressure
- Are Organic Foods Healthier?
- Turmeric, MGUS, and Multiple Myeloma
- Dietary Pollutants and Testosterone
- How Many Glasses of Water a Day?
- Can Oatmeal Reverse Heart Disease?
- Physicians Missing the Most Important Tools
- The Safety of Meme vs. Non-Heme Iron
- Peppermint Oil for Irritable Bowel
- Prevent Brain Loss with B Vitamins?
- Can Dehydration Affect Our Mood?
- Losing Weight Through Thermogenesis
- Boosting Brown Fat Though Diet
- Does Chocolate Cause Weight Gain?
- Why Is Meat a Risk Factor for Diabetes?
- How Plants Protect Against Diabetes
- The Science of Green Smoothies
- Plant-Based Diets for Improved Mood
- Anti-Inflammatory Foods and Pregnancy
- Alzheimer’s May Start Decades Before
- Ulcerative Colitis and Diet
- What Are the Healthiest Foods?
- Omega 3s and Prostate Cancer
- Which Protein Is Better for Our Kidneys?
- Microbiome: The Inside Story
- Prebiotics: Tending Our Inner Garden
- Are Calcium Supplements Effective?
- Industry Response to Plants Not Pills
- Does Your Doctor Take Drug Money?
- Boosting Immunity of Athletes
- Reducing the Risk of Sudden Death
- Evidence-Based Nutrition
- Health Food Movement Unity
- Lead Contamination of Tea
- Foods with Negative Calories
- The Role of Vitamin C in Treatment of Cancer
- Heat Disease May Start in the Womb
- Omega 3s and the Eskimo Fish Tale
- Fennel Seeds for Menstrual Cramps/PMS
- Preventing Skin Cancer from the Inside
- Acne and Barberries
- Paleopoo: Learning from Fossilized Feces
- Which Foods Increase Happiness?
- Preventing Gout Attacks with Diet
- Plant-Based Treatments for Angina
- How to Regenerate Coenzyme 10
- Specific Receptors for Fruits and Veggies
- Lead Contamination in Bone Broth
- The Protein Combining Myth
- Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss?
- Citrus Peels and Cancer: Zest for Life?
- Slowing Metabolism with Nitrates
- Wheatgrass Juice for Ulcerative Colitis
- Natural Treatments for Morning Sickness
- Gut Dysbiosis: Starving Our Microbial Self
- Dietary Changes After Prostate Cancer
- Turmeric or Curcumin? Plants vs. Pills
- The Risks and Benefits of Sun Exposure
Why Do Plant-Based Diets Help Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Plant-based diets have shown that rheumatoid arthritis may be triggered by autoimmune-friendly fire against a urinary tract infection bacteria called Proteus mirabilis, which could help explain why sufferers randomized to a plant-based diet experience showed that it helps significantly lessen the symptoms of RA. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic systemic autoimmune disease affecting millions, characterized by persistent pain and stiffness, and progressive joint destruction, particularly in the hands and feet, leading to crippling deformities. What can we do to prevent it and treat it?
What Percent of Americans Lead Healthy Lifestyles?
Where are people falling down the most? If you look at heart disease risk factors, most people don’t smoke. About half are exercising. But check out the healthy diet score, which gives folks points for drinking less than four cups of soda a week. On a scale of zero to five, only about 1% score a four or a five. So the American Heart Association's aggressive 2020 target to improve that by 20% would bring us up to 1.2% of men and women.
The Best Kept Secret in Medicine
Even though the most widely accepted, well-established chronic disease practice guidelines uniformly call for lifestyle change as the first line of therapy, physicians often do not follow these guidelines. Yet lifestyle interventions are often more effective in reducing heart disease, hypertension, heart failure, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and deaths from all causes than almost any other medical intervention.
What Causes Diabetes?
Saturated fat can be toxic to the insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas, explaining why animal fat consumption can impair insulin secretion, not just insulin sensitivity.
Ginger for Migraines
Many successful herbal treatments start like this. Some doctor learns that some plant has been used in some ancient medical tradition, like ginger for headaches and figures that since it's just some safe, common spice, they advise one of their migraine patients to give it a try.
The Okinawa Diet: Living to 100
The dietary guidelines recommend that we choose meals or snacks that are high in nutrients but lower in calories to reduce the risk of chronic disease. By this measure, the healthiest foods on the planet, the most nutrient-dense, are vegetables, containing the most nutrient bang for our caloric buck. So, what would happen if a population centered their entire diet around vegetables? They might end up having among the longest lives in the world.
Whole Beets vs. Juice for Improving Athletic Performance
Nitrates, concentrated in green leafy vegetables and beets, underwent a great makeover a few years ago from inert substances to having profound effects on the power plants within all of our cells, reducing the oxygen cost during exercise—meaning we can bust out the same amount of work with less oxygen.
Coffee and Mortality
Do coffee drinkers live longer than non-coffee drinkers? Is it, “Wake up and smell the coffee” or “Don’t wake up at all?” The largest study ever conducted on diet and health put that question to the test, examining the association between coffee drinking and subsequent mortality among hundreds of thousands of older men and women in the United States.
High Blood Pressure May Be a Choice
For the first 90% of our evolution, we ate diets containing less than a quarter teaspoon of salt a day, because for the first 90% of our evolution, we ate mostly plants. We went millions of years without salt shakers, and so our bodies evolved into salt-conserving machines, which served us well—until we discovered salt could be used to preserve foods.
Plant-Based Diets for Diabetes
Plant-based diets not only appear to guard against getting diabetes in the first place, but they may successfully treat the disease better than the diabetic diets patients are typically placed on, controlling weight and cholesterol.
Anti-inflammatory Diet for Depression
Depression affects more than 150 million people worldwide, making it a leading cause of losing healthy years of life as a result of disability. In fact, by 2020, depression may be the second leading cause of healthy years of life lost, second only to heart disease. Why is depression so common?
Mediterranean Diet and Atherosclerosis
The heart of a traditional Mediterranean diet is mainly vegetarian, much lower in meat and dairy, and uses fruit for dessert. So, no surprise that those eating that way had very low heart disease rates compared to those eating standard Western diets. This landmark study, though, has been cited to suggest that all types of fat (animal or vegetable) are associated with the appearance of new atherosclerotic lesions in our coronary arteries, feeding our hearts.
Everything in Moderation? Even Heart Disease?
What if we don’t just want low risk for a heart attack, but no risk? One great stumbling block has been that government and national health organizations appear to have taken the patronizing view that the public can’t handle the truth and would rather the science be watered down.
Chronic kidney disease is a major public health problem affecting about one in eight Americans, increasing the risks of disease and death even among those with only mild decreases in kidney function. So low cost, low risk preventive strategies that anyone can do are needed to address the epidemic of kidney disease.
Eating More to Weigh Less
What happens if you have people add fruit to their regular diet? Three apples or three pears a day as snacks between meals on top of whatever else they were eating. Fruit is low in calories, but not zero; so, if you add food to people’s diets, even healthy foods, won’t they gain weight? No, they lose a couple pounds. Maybe it's all that fiber?
What Explains the French Paradox?
The so-called French Paradox is a term coined back in the '80’s by three Frenchmen to explain a curious finding. If you chart death from heart attack versus the amount of saturated fat and cholesterol countries consume, there appears to be a straight line.
Preserving Athlete Immunity with Chlorella
Sedentary women who start walking briskly on a treadmill 45 minutes a day for a few months may cut their risk of upper respiratory tract infections in half. But how does exercise improve our immune system? Approximately 95% of all infections are initiated at the mucosal surfaces (our eyes, nose, and mouth, which are protected by antibodies like IgA) that provide an immunological barrier by neutralizing and preventing viral pathogens from penetrating the body. The IgA in our saliva, for example, is the first line of defense against respiratory tract infections such as pneumonia and influenza.
Almonds for Osteoporosis
Currently, an estimated ten million Americans suffer from osteoporosis, causing more than a million fractures, including hundreds of thousands of hip fractures, a common reason people end up in nursing homes. Many older women say they’d rather be dead than break their hip and end up in a home.
The Palatability of Cancer Prevention
The most extensive report on diet and cancer in history is constantly being updated with all the new research. In their update on colorectal cancer a few years ago, they implicated various meats (including processed meat) as a convincing cause of colorectal cancer, their highest level of evidence, effectively meaning beyond a reasonable doubt. More recently, processed meat was confirmed as a carcinogen by the World Health Organization.
Alzheimer’s Disease, Copper, and Saturated Fat
Though the underlying cause of Alzheimer’s disease has yet to be found, there is an increasing burden of proof on the role of metals in the development of the disease. Iron and copper, for example, are strongly concentrated within the plaques and tangles that represent the hallmarks of the Alzheimer’s brain.
How to Counter the Inflammation of Aging
One of the most recognized consequences of aging is a decline in immune function, illustrated by vulnerability to dying from the flu and poor response to vaccinations. But, about 20 years ago, a paper was published showing that the immune cells of 80-year-olds produced significantly more pro-inflammatory signals, suggesting the worst of both worlds, a decline in the part of the immune system that fights specific infections and an aggravation of nonspecific overreactions that can lead to inflammation.
How to Prevent Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
In the documentary Super Size Me, Morgan Spurlock eats exclusively at McDonald’s for a month, and predictably his weight, blood pressure, and cholesterol go up—but so do his liver enzymes, a sign his liver cells are dying and spilling their contents into the bloodstream. His one-man experiment was actually formally replicated.
Which Fruits and Vegetables Boost DNA Repair?
In light of strikingly consistent observations from many population-based studies, there can be little doubt that the habitual consumption of diets high in fruits and vegetables helps to reduce the risk of development of degenerative diseases, including many types of cancers. Not satisfied with just telling people to eat their fruits and veggies, scientists want to know the mechanism.
Vinegar and Artery Function
There was a famous study from Harvard published back in ’99, which found that women who used oil-and-vinegar salad dressing about every day went on to have fewer than half the fatal heart attacks compared to women who hardly ever used it—less than half the risk of the #1 killer of women.
Peppers and Parkinson’s: The Benefits of Smoking Without the Risks?
Parkinson’s disease is a movement disorder striking 1% of our older population and is the 14th leading cause of death in the United States. We don’t really know what causes it, but we do know that people with a smoking history only appear to have about half the risk.
What’s the “Natural” Human Diet?
There are three broad theories about evolution and food. One is that humans have become adapted to the products of the agricultural revolution over the last 10,000 years. Two is the Paleo view, that 10,000 years is just a blink of an evolutionary eye, and that humans have adapted to Paleolithic diets with lots of lean meat. But why stop there? The last 200,000 years, as mostly Stone Age humans, represent just the last 1% of 20 or so million years we’ve been evolving, since our common great ape ancestor.
Can Morbid Obesity Be Reversed Through Diet?
Dr. Walter Kempner introduced the first comprehensive dietary program to treat chronic kidney disease, and in doing so, also revolutionized the treatment of other disorders, including obesity. Kempner was Professor Emeritus of Medicine at Duke, where he came up with the so-called “rice diet,” which basically consisted of rice, sugar, fruit, and fruit juices. Extremely low-sodium, low-fat, no animal fat, no cholesterol, no animal protein. The sugar was added as a source of calories so people wouldn’t lose too much weight. But some people need to lose weight, so he started treating obese patients with a lower calorie version of the diet.
Changing a Man’s Diet After a Prostate Cancer Diagnosis
A cancer diagnosis is seen as a teachable moment where we can try to get people to eat healthier, but research suggests that male cancer patients in particular may be reluctant to introduce dietary modifications. This has been attributed to dietary modifications often being viewed as mimicking “feminine” eating behaviors, such as emphasizing an increase in fruit and vegetables.