High-Protein Diet Could Be Harmful, Even for Healthy Kidneys

A high-protein diet, often recommended as a way to lose weight and stay healthy, appears to be harmful to the kidneys in individuals with apparently normal kidney function. Many previous studies have shown that a high-protein diet may harm kidney function, and this is why nephrologists recommend patients with known early stage chronic kidney disease… Read More

PAIN… and The Role of nutrition

Chronic pain can be debilitating and have a significant socioeconomic impact. Beyond surgery and other interventions, both prescription and nonprescription medications have been standard protocol to help mitigate chronic pain. Pain is one of the leading reasons Americans turn to complementary healing modalities including diet and nutritional supplements. Many individuals with chronic pain have elevated… Read More

THE PUZZLE OF PLATEAUS

Hitting a slump can happen but there are things you can do to get back on track You’ve started a new healthy eating plan to attain your optimal weight but at some point, you find you just can’t lose more weight.  Though common to happen it is unnecessary.  Before you get so frustrated you want… Read More

HEART DISEASE ROARS BACK

Younger people and women are more often stricken: obesity and diabetes stall the decline One of America’s greatest achievements over the past century has been a huge decline in death rates from heart disease and strokes. However, progress has stalled which is helping to drive down life expectancy. The death rate for CVD has fallen… Read More

THE SKINNY ON FATS: How Dietary Fats Influence Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Poor diets are a key risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD), the leading cause of death among adults in developed countries.  While there is no doubt that poor diets contribute to CVD, precisely what constitutes a poor diet in terms of cardiovascular risk is still a matter of debate.     The dietary fats at… Read More

FOODS AND INFLAMMATION: COOLING THE FIRE WITHIN

How dietary patterns can influence our inflammatory response Inflammation can be a positive reaction of fighting bacteria or viruses, or of bringing blood flow to an injured area to help the healing process. However, not all inflammation is beneficial. Often, undetected low levels of inflammation can remain for an extended period of time, wreaking havoc… Read More

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Can Diet Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease? As the American population ages, the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease also continues to rise.  Recent studies suggest diet may play a role in its prevention or delayed onset. A plant based eating program that focuses on foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains while including healthy fats such as… Read More

The Human Microbiome

  Each human body has a unique array of microorganisms, collectively called the “microbiota”. There may be 1000 different species and over 100-fold more genes that are in the human genome.  Studies have demonstrated a symbiotic relationship between the human host and the bacterial microbiota of the gut.  The education and maturation of the intestinal… Read More

Cardiovascular Disease – What YOU Can Do

  Cardiovascular disease encompasses a broad spectrum including stroke, coronary artery disease, heart failure, and cardiac arrest.  The majority of cardiovascular-related disease is not restricted to the heart, but rather is of the vascular system. This ultimately leads to the development of clinical cardiovascular disease. Several dietary patterns, foods, bioactive food components, nutraceuticals, and dietary… Read More

Cancer Risks

  Excess body weight may be as dangerous as smoking when it comes to cancer.   Recently published reviews report that excess body fatness raises the risk of at least 14 kinds of cancer: Brain/Meningioma Breast Blood/Multiple Myeloma Colon and Rectum Esophagus Gallbladder Kidney/Renal Cell Liver Ovaries Pancreas Prostate Stomach/Gastric Cardia Thyroid Uterus Maintaining a… Read More