Nutrition / Research / May 8, 2014

What difference has it made that we humans pulled a huge dietary and lifestyle switch on cattle? Cows used to graze freely and eat various types of grasses (cereals, bamboo, grassland grass etc) as well as shrubs, clover and hundreds of species of sedges (a well known sedge for example is papyrus). Created by American Grassfed Association Yet since about 1950 we’ve fed them mostly corn and corn byproducts like husks, cobs, along with a minority of soy and soy hulls, spent brewery grain and some other cereals. Most cows spend the first 12 months of their lives eating grass, but after the first year the mass majority are moved to feedlots where they eat corn in order to fatten them up to 1200 lbs and beyond. They say ‘you are what you eat’. And the same is true for…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / April 14, 2014

Guest Author : Dr. Karen Wyatt is a hospice and family physician who writes extensively on spirituality and medicine, especially at the end-of-life. She is the author of the award-winning book “What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying.” Connect with her at karenwyattmd.com, on Facebook at fb.com/WhatReallyMattersWithKarenWyatt and on Twitter @spiritualmd.     In my work as a hospice physician I found that most of my patients desperately needed to talk about life and whatever meaning it holds, as they looked back from the vantage point of their last days on this planet. For many of them it was very important to know whether or not they had fulfilled a purpose through their existence here or if they were leaving behind anything by which to be remembered. For some the search for meaning was…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / April 7, 2014

Guest Author :John La Puma MD is a practicing physician, board-certified in internal medicine and nutritionist. His latest publication is REFUEL: A 24 Day Eating Plan to Boost T and Stamina Naturally. For more from Dr. John La Puma, please visit drjohnlapuma.com.   Everyone is short on sleep these days, but women suffer more mentally and physically than men if they get fewer Zs. That’s even more true in perimenopause and menopause, because as estrogen and progesterone drop, their sleep-inducing abilities go away too. Having trouble staying asleep is an early warning sign for menopause, and postmenopausal women are at risk for hypothyroidism, weight gain and sleep apnea…but you already knew that. The good news? Both men and women can turn down the blue wavelength light from LED screens earlier before bed, and help the pineal gland in your brain…

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Recipes / Research / April 4, 2014

I must confess that before 6 months ago, I had never tried brussels sprouts in my life! The first time was at the famous Jean Georges Steakhouse in Las Vegas. I remember the flavor and texture being enhanced by a balsamic reduction and chopped walnuts – I was in love. Who thought the star of a meal could be a side of brussels sprouts?! After that night, all I could think about was recreating my own version and fortunately, it only took me a couple of tries to perfect it. This dish is simple, has little prep time, and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

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Magnesium / Nutrition / Research / April 2, 2014

It must be tough living in the shadow of a giant – but that is what magnesium does every day. The need for calcium has been drummed into us since childhood, but almost to the exclusion of magnesium. The result is 57% of Americans do not meet the US RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowances) for magnesium intake! And if you’re in the majority who fall short on magnesium, it explains why you are more stressed and have less energy than you feel you should. Just as one missing mini microchip will prevent your computer or phone from working, your body without magnesium will prevent you from operating too. Why Magnesium Is Critical Magnesium is essential for hundreds of biochemical reactions in the body. It helps: regulate muscle and nerve function; support a healthy immune system; keep bones strong; keep your heart…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / April 1, 2014

Guest Author : Dr. Karen Wyatt is a hospice and family physician who writes extensively on spirituality and medicine, especially at the end-of-life. She is the author of the award-winning book “What Really Matters: 7 Lessons for Living from the Stories of the Dying.” Connect with her at karenwyattmd.com, on Facebook at fb.com/WhatReallyMattersWithKarenWyatt and on Twitter @spiritualmd. The word resilience technically describes the ability of an object to return to its original form after being bent, compressed or stretched. For us human beings resilience is a quality that determines how well we cope with adversity in life, whether it comes to us as physical, emotional or spiritual difficulty. This is an important subject for all of us right now because life on planet earth is becoming more and more precarious, exposing each of us to new difficulties all the time.…

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Nutrition / Research / March 3, 2014

Did you know the FDA banned aspartame twice – due to it causing brain tumors. Yet somehow it is still for sale?! The appeal of it, despite the risks is its low caloric content. Being approximately 60 to 220 times sweeter than sucrose, very small amounts of aspartame are needed for sweetening. So we’ve been sold that we can have our cake and eat it – and stay slim. Too good to be true? The studies say yes. Because research on this controversial sweetener led me to headlines like “European Safety Review of Aspartame a Whitewash, Says CSPI”. And ten different study paper summaries said aspartame “induces cancers of the liver and lung in male Swiss mice”, leads to “urinary tract tumors” “kidney function decline in women” “leukemia in men and women” “oxidative stress in the brains of rats” “associated…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / February 18, 2014

Menopause is the absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. It is the time life when the ovaries cease to function. It doesn’t happen overnight; the onset is a gradual process. It usually begins at 51 years on average, but menopause can occur in the 30s or as late as the 60s. For most women menopause lasts approximately 2 to 10 years, usually from their mid-forties to mid-fifties. There is no way to reliably test to know when a woman will experience menopause. Vaginal bleeding, hot flashes, vaginal and urinary symptoms, and mood changes are just some of the symptoms, along with nervousness, irritability, insomnia and headaches. Estrogen, the primary “female” hormone, prompts the health and growth of the female reproductive organs, and keeps the vagina moisturized, well supplied with blood and elastic. During menopause, estrogen levels generally decline but…

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Exercise / Research / February 5, 2014

Guest Author : Lorena Santacruz is a Yoga Teacher, Holistic Nutrition Consultant, and Fitness Instructor at FitGa   The benefits of regular exercise (reducing your risk of chronic and debilitating illness such as diabetes and arthritis while at the same time increasing your cardiovascular health and lung function) far outweigh the excuses for not adding it to your life! Unfortunately for older adults and the elderly dealing with osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic pain and other ailments can make staying strong, healthy, motivated and physically active quite a challenge! Older adults should start slowly. Try adding just five minutes of exercise into your daily routine and gradually increase the time to 30 minutes a day. It’s also important to add strengthening exercises twice a week to reduce muscle and bone loss and increase your flexibility and strength. My two recommended go…

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Bone-Healthy Living / Research / January 30, 2014

Have you heard the term “off label use” in passing, or in the news or from a friend? It refers to medications your doctor may be prescribing to you that have not necessarily been studied for that particular condition or disease. The manufacturers of the medicines, and their agents argue that the ability to make off label claims is a benefit to the end consumer as costs are reduced. But the flipside is that it can be dangerous for the consumer who becomes the guinea pig, and some argue, simply because it’s profitable for the producers. As well, the dollars you think you’re saving can vanish as health insurers often wriggle out of covering off label prescriptions. Many times this off label feud has ended up in federal court, with hundreds of millions of dollars in fines being levied against…

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