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Coconut Oil & the Boost in HDL “Good” Cholesterol

The effects of coconut oil are compared to butter and tallow. Even if virgin coconut oil and other saturated fats raise LDL “bad” cholesterol, isn’t that countered by the increase in HDL “good” cholesterol?

Olive Oil & Artery Function

Does extra virgin olive oil have the same adverse effect on arterial function as refined oils and animal fats?

Does Coconut Oil Clog Arteries?

Sellers of coconut oil use a beef industry tactic to downplay the risks associated with the saturated fat in their products.

Does Coconut Oil Cure Alzheimer’s?

Though there have been more than a thousand papers published on coconut oil in medical journals, there is little evidence it helps with Alzheimer’s disease.

Is Fish Oil Just Snake Oil?

Advice to eat oily fish, or take fish oil, to lower risk of heart disease, stroke, or mortality is no longer supported by the balance of available evidence.

Flax Seeds for Sensitive Skin

Instead of treating sensitive skin topically, with lotions and creams, why not treat it from the inside out—with diet?

Lavender for Generalized Anxiety Disorder

In a double-blind study, lavender oil worked as well as the valium-like drug lorazepam (Ativan) for relief of persistent anxiety, though there are concerns about estrogenic effects.

PREDIMED: Does Eating Nuts Prevent Strokes?

A randomized controlled trial found that a Mediterranean-type diet can dramatically lower the risk of subsequent heart attacks. How does it compare with plant-based diet data?

Extra Virgin Olive Oil vs. Nuts

The short-term effect of replacing refined olive oil with extra virgin olive oil, walnuts, or almonds on cardiovascular risk factors.

What to Take Before a Colonoscopy

By preventing colon spasms, peppermint oil can both reduce the pain and discomfort of colonoscopies for the patient, as well as make insertion and withdrawal of scope easier for the doctor.

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