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The Huffington Post - by Meryl Davids Landau
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
When you have secondary progressive multiple sclerosis, you’re not supposed to get better. No one knows that better than Dr. Terry Wahls, the assistant chief of staff at the Iowa Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Wahls herself was diagnosed with MS in 2000 and watched her physical abilities steadily decline. Several years later, when she found herself unable to walk or even sit up in a wheelchair, Walhs became determined to improve. Having already seen the best doctors at the renowned Cleveland Clinic and taken the state-of-the-art drugs, she knew she had to do something radical.
Wahls turned to the ancient healing remedy of food, completely transforming her diet. Remarkably, her fatigue lessened, and she was soon sitting up — and walking. Five months later, she got on a bicycle, eventually riding for long distances.
The Philadelphia Inquirer by Beth Wallace
Friday, December 14, 2012
In my quest to make the world of pediatric nutrition less confusing for parents, sometimes the simplest information is left out. Sometimes it seems like all you hear is, “Try this!” or “cook it this way instead.” I know you get a LOT of information about what, when, and how you should feed your kids.
I also know that sometimes you just want to cut through all of the mumbo-jumbo and know what NOT to feed your family. I am certain that there are several things that you don’t give your kids because you think they are too unhealthy. So, in a very fun experiment, I asked twenty well-respected, experienced, pediatric nutrition experts what foods they refuse to provide to their own children. The children range from 18 months to 20 years old, and each list I received seemed better than the next.
The Wall Street Journal – by Sue Shellenbarger
Tuesday, Oct. 16th, 2012
Many parents know the scene: The groggy, sleep-deprived teenager stumbles through breakfast and falls asleep over afternoon homework, only to spring to life, wide-eyed and alert, at 10 p.m.—just as Mom and Dad are nodding off.
Fortunately for parents, science has gotten more sophisticated at explaining why, starting at puberty, a teen’s internal sleep-wake clock seems to go off the rails. Researchers are also connecting the dots between the resulting sleep loss and behavior long chalked up to just “being a teenager.” This includes more risk-taking, less self-control, a drop in school performance and a rise in the incidence of depression.
Health Day – by Alan Mozes
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Prostate cancer patients who, before their diagnosis, routinely consumed hefty helpings of the flavonoid compounds found in plant-based foods and drinks may be at lower risk for the most aggressive form of the disease, new research suggests.
But the research has significant limitations, the study authors noted, so it’s too soon to say that a plant-based diet protects against prostate cancer.
Flavonoids are found in vegetables and fruits, as well as in tea, wine, juices and cocoa. Researchers have long theorized that these particular antioxidants may help reduce cancer risk by fighting inflammation, oxidation, cell death and tumor cell growth.
|Health Day -by Robert Preidt
Friday, October 12, 2012
People who eat seven servings of fruit and vegetables a day have the highest levels of happiness and mental health, according to a new study.
In a joint effort with Dartmouth University, researchers at the University of Warwick examined the eating habits of 80,000 people in England and found that mental well-being rose with the number of daily servings of fruits and vegetables, peaking at seven servings a day.
|The Huffington Post - by Frank Fitzpatrick
Thursday, October 11, 2012
“A song will outlive all sermons in the memory.” – Henry Giles
Music is like a mega-vitamin for the brain. Music can increase receptivity and retention of information, aid in the cognitive development of our children, shift our perceptions and emotional states, and inspire creativity and innovative thinking. Playing music, which we will cover in our next chapter, simultaneously engages more areas of the human brain than any other known activity. How do we tap into this wealth of neural activation? Let’s start with what I call “active listening.”
The Huffington Post - by Michael Stanclift, N.D.
Tuesday October 9, 2012
“Wait, you’re what kind of doctor? A nat-uro-pathic doctor? What’s that?”
I get this question all the time. It’s not so surprising when it comes from someone I meet in a coffee shop or on an airplane, but I still hear it from other doctors, too. In fact, it’s more surprising when someone (outside of Seattle or Portland) has actually heard of what I do. To be fair, I’d never heard of an audiologist until one moved in as a housemate.
My profession is rather small, and we’re yet to be licensed in every state. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are currently licensed to practice as medical professionals in 16 states, and two U.S. territories, and five provinces in Canada.
The Huffington Post – by Susan B. Dopart, MS, RD, CDE
Friday, September 28, 2012
Remember the days when your mother said too much sugar would cause cavities? Well, not only was she right, but today’s moms have more to be concerned about than just cavities. Multiple sugars and sweeteners abound in foods and maneuvering the maze of sweeteners is a far cry from a time when the only real two sources of sweetener were honey from bees and sugar from fruit.
Granulated sugar was invented in the 18th century. By comparison, sweeteners and non-nutritive sweeteners are relativity new. Today, it’s challenging to keep up with all the new sweeteners in our food supply. It’s even a hidden game to recognize their names.
The Washington Post (DC) – by Carolyn Butler
Monday, September 24, 2012
Every time I pass by that colossal bag of kale at the grocery store or our local farmers market, I have the distinct feeling that I should be eating more of the dark, leafy green. But I’m not sure if that’s because celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Ryan Seacrest say I should, or because the trendy veggie has any real, exceptional health benefits.
Turns out there’s quite a bit of science behind this super food hype: “Kale is rich in so many different things,” says registered dietitian and nutritionist Cheryl Harris, of Harris Whole Health in Fairfax, who notes that the cruciferous veggie – which is in the Brassica family, along with broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage – is an excellent, potent source of Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, fiber and carotenoids, and that’s just to start. Research has also shown that kale contains 45 – count ‘em, 45 – different flavonoids with a variety of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.