Monthly Archives: January 2010

Finally! The Appendix Gets Recognition

Notable News – I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that we don’t need our appendix and that it has no function. Now don’t get me wrong, I understand removing the appendix if someone has appendicitis (a potentially fatal inflammation of the appendix) but the appendix isn’t completely useless! Did you know that it actually plays an important…

How to Find a Natural Health Practitioner

Health Links – Searching for a local natural health practitioner but don’t know where to start? Check out this great link I found! Natural Solutions magazine offers a natural health practitioner locator right on their website—just type in your zip code or city and state, and they provide a complete list of practitioners in your area, including acupuncturists, chiropractors, integrative/holistic MDs,…

Bad Habit? Cut it Out!

‘Renew You’ Challenge – We all have bad habits…you know, those little things we do every day that we know we shouldn’t do, but sometimes we just can’t help ourselves? So what’s yours? Smoking? Dairy foods? A nightly dessert indulgence? This week, the Renew You Challenge is to cut out something from your life that is getting in the way…

Gluten-free Diet Affects Gut Bacteria

Notable News – A few months back a study came out that found that the two most common (not to mention the most important!) types of healthy gut bacteria—Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli—were decreased in people on a gluten-free diet. My first thought was, “Oh great, now everyone is going to think the gluten-free diet is bad for you.” Not true! The…

Discovery Health’s Digestive Machine: Fun Learning for Kids!

Health Links Wednesday – Getting kids interested in their digestive health is about as easy as getting them to choose cauliflower over cupcakes, but thanks to Discovery Health’s “Digestive Machine”, now they can get an inside look at just what happens after every mouthful! This interactive diagram (complete with gurgling, sloshing sounds!) is such a great idea, even I had…

What’s the Scoop? My New Online Talk Show!

I’m so excited! Last week was the first-ever episode of my new online talk show, Brenda’s Poop Scoop, and it was a huge success! My first guest was Katie, my good friend and personal trainer. Katie had been having problems with her health and was feeling tired and worn out all the time… so tired that she would want to…

Bring on the Beans!

‘Renew You’ Challenge – I heard recently that eating beans on New Year’s Day brings good luck for the coming year, but I say that eating beans at least once or twice every week will bring good digestion for the coming year—which might come in more handy than luck! Now I know what you’re thinking (we’ve all heard the rhyme),…

Gut bacteria linked to breast cancer and other diseases?

Notable News – You know how I’m always saying that everything comes back to your gut? Turns out scientists at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago are thinking the same thing! In an upcoming study funded by the U.S. Department of Defense (as in, the big guys), researchers are going to look into whether the bacteria in our gut are…

Keeping Your Gut in Good Shape

Health Links Wednesday – We’re always being told to do things like watch our weight, take care of our heart, and even protect our skin—but what about taking care of that part of our bodies where more than 70 percent of our natural immune defenses are? That’s right—the gut is like the body’s good health powerhouse, so doesn’t it deserve…