Nutrition / Research / November 5, 2013

Sugar, one of the most enjoyable items to eat, is also arguably the most unhealthy for us. It is because it tastes so good that we eat as much of it as we do – which makes it hard to curb. And the volume we swallow every year seems to increase, along with a whole host of health problems that go along with it. The statistics say that we’re eating a half pound of it every day, double the amounts of 100 years ago! Believable when you snoop around and learn all the places that sugar is hidden in large amounts: pasta sauce, bologna, bagels, cheese spread, baked beans, yogurt, granola bars and many many other places. (1) Have You Ever Said “I Can’t Stop Eating It”? Probably. We all have. But don’t beat yourself up too much about it.…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / October 29, 2013

Notice the many people claiming to be ‘health experts’ these days, all with varying advice? It’s exhausting knowing who and what to believe, as they seem to present equally compelling evidence for their case. So in the rare moment they agree on one thing, I take note because I think it may be an example of that elusive thing we call ‘The Truth’. Vegetables: The One Thing All the Experts Agree On Have you ever heard any diet plan, or person recommending that you stop, or even moderate your consumption of broccoli, kale or collard greens? 

 No, but the merit of steak, rice, bread, cheese, fish and more, is always being debated, with even the advocates advising to limit your amounts.(1) 

 That vegetables are just good for you is unanimous even amongst the most opinionated nutritional authorities.

 And…

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Nutrition / Nutrition / Vitamin D3 / October 4, 2012

Can The Sun Make You Slim? It’s well known that vitamin D is important for fighting depression, strengthening bones, and boosting immunity. But if that’s not enough of a resume for one single letter, recent evidence suggests that vitamin D can also affect your weight. Though it can be had for free, 77 percent of Americans are vitamin-D deficient, according to a recent study reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine. (1) Interestingly, a similar number of Americans are also overweight. Cause or coincidence? Read on, then decide. Is Made in the Shade Worth the Weight? As you know, Vitamin D is produced in your body when sun exposure is adequate. We can get a smattering of D from other sources such as salmon, tuna and eggs.  But hide in the shade from the super doses the sun provides, and science…

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Not Enough Minerals Essential Trace Minerals and Mineral Deficiency Explained by Dr Robert Thompson M.D. – Watch this video to find out why everyone needs to supplement in order to obtain the minerals our body needs! Video Transcription We have a health crisis that’s been determined by the Surgeon General of the United States with regards to our bones and the lack of minerals that exists. We’ve also known for over 70 years that the agricultural mineral content of our soil has been severely depleted and it’s gotten worse over the decades as we’ve over-fertilized, over-farmed, not rested the soil, and not subjected our land to natural flooding, which certainly redistributes minerals. This process and the fact that our foods are very rarely vine-ripened, which is a huge aspect with regards to mineral absorption; 80% of the minerals are absorbed…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / May 30, 2012

Oral bisphosphonates have some more flak to fend off with findings of a new study coming in from Canada pointing that usage of the drug class puts the osteoporosis patients at an increased risk of developing serious inflammatory eye diseases that have the potential to cause serious vision impairment. (1) Oral bisphosphonates are commonly prescribed class of drugs by orthopaedists to post menopausal women as an osteoporosis treatment. Bisphosphonates work by binding to the bone calcium and inhibiting the production of osteoclasts or cells responsible for bone breakdown and resorption. They are also prescribed for other conditions such as Paget’s disease, multiple myeloma, bone metastasis as well as to those suffering from hypercalcemia (excessive calcium deposition in bones) etc. Some popular bisphosphonates brands are Fosomax, Boniva, Reclast, Actonel, Zometa, Didronel, Aclasta and Skelid. The findings of the current studies which…

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Nutrition / Nutrition / December 13, 2011

Americans spend $27 billion on dietary supplements, according to the Council for Responsible Nutrition, and supplement use is on the rise.  According to the CDC between 1988 and 1994 one third of the population took a supplement.  By 2006, over half the population was taking a supplement. In women over aged 60, calcium supplement usage has increased exponentially.  Between 1988-1994 only 28% of women aged 60+ were taking calcium, but between 2003 and 2006 that percentage had grown to 61%. Supplements can be an excellent way to fill in dietary gaps and imbalances, as long as they are high quality.  Buying the cheapest supplement on the shelf will likely backfire, as many nutritional supplements use the lowest cost ingredients, or are lacking the necessary co-factors for absorption. The cheapest calcium supplement at the drugstore will probably be a form of calcium that is not…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / November 16, 2011

Stem cells are biological cells that may develop into many different types of cells in the body in its early stages of development. They are known to serve as a sort of internal repair system, dividing without limit to replenish other cells as and when required.(1) Now a study conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology shows that it is possible to ‘induce’ stem cells to develop into a certain specific type of cell just by controlling their shape. This has immensely beneficial implications in the field of osteoporosis treatment as it points at designing material which will help regeneration of lost or damaged tissues in the body.(2) It is known that in the realms of tissue-engineering, the primary objective is to repair as well as regenerate partially lost or damaged body tissues. This is done using stem…

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