avocadoes
Health & Nutrition

Are Avocados a Weight Loss Food?

Studies funded by the Avocado Board suggest avocados may facilitate weight loss, but compared to what? What are the effects of avocado on metabolic syndrome, “a clustering of risk factors”—high blood sugars, high blood triglycerides, high blood pressure, and obesity—that...
Breast exam
Health & Nutrition

Why Doctors Should Not Encourage Breast Self-Exams

Various health organizations offer clashing mammogram recommendations that range from annual mammograms starting at age 40 to eliminating routine mammograms altogether. Who can you trust? Clashing mammogram recommendations ranging from annual mammograms starting at age 40 to eliminating routine mammograms...
Children
Health & Nutrition

How Real Is the Rise in Autism Rates? 

Before speculating about the reason for the “explosive” increase in autism, one has to make sure the explosion is real.  In 1943, a famous paper was published in which Leo Kanner, a child psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins, described a series of children with “fascinating peculiarities.” He thought that “these characteristics form...
Mammogram
Health & Nutrition

Why Are Mammogram Guidelines Conflicting? 

When women are fully informed about the risks and benefits of mammograms, 70 percent may choose not to get screened. You may be in that 30 percent who opts to get a mammogram and absolutely have the right to decide for yourself.  “For nearly a century, public...
Healthy Eating Guide on blue and gray background
Health & Nutrition

Free Resource for Health Professionals

Are you a medical professional interested in sharing resources on healthy eating with your patients or clients? To support your important efforts, we invite you to apply to receive free copies of our Evidence-Based Eating Guide by completing this form. ...
Mammogram
Health & Nutrition

90% of Women Appear Misinformed About Mammograms 

Most women are just being told what to do, rather than being given the facts needed to make a fully informed decision.   “Selling cancer screening can be easy,” begins an editorial in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. “Induce fear by exaggerating risk. Offer hope...
Calcium pills
Health & Nutrition

Lead Contamination in Calcium Supplements 

Do calcium citrate and calcium carbonate have as much lead as calcium supplements derived from dolomite and animal bone?  You may remember I’ve explored the role calcium supplements may play in reducing lead exposure during pregnancy and breastfeeding, but that assumes the supplements themselves are not contaminated. Supplements with lead?  It all...
Nutritional yeast on a spoon
Health & Nutrition

The Effects of Nutritional Yeast for Cancer 

How can the beta glucan fiber in brewer’s, baker’s, and nutritional yeast improve wound healing and, potentially, anti-cancer immunity?  My video Benefits of Nutritional Yeast for Cancer opens with an image of an article titled “The Treatment of Inoperable Cancer.” It noted that “200 years ago it was...
Coconut oil in a bowl
Health & Nutrition

Does Coconut Oil Help with Abdominal Fat?

What does a review of the evidence on the effects of coconut oil on weight loss and belly fat find?  I begin my video Flashback Friday: Coconut Oil and Abdominal Fat with a popular infographic that surprised me by showing that, evidently, there is promising evidence that coconut oil could help with obesity. Well, if you fill the...
Vegetables
Health & Nutrition

Countering Stress-Induced Immune Suppression with Diet

How might we improve immune function in children and adults under physical or psychological stress?  “Natural immunomodulators”—compounds that might regulate our immune systems naturally—"are getting more and more popular. The popularity, however, often brings over-optimistic claims and mediocre effects.” Such mythical beasts have been sought after for centuries....

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