Monthly Archives: February 2010

Cigarettes Loaded with Harmful Bacteria

As if smoking isn’t bad enough for your health, researchers recently discovered that cigarettes are “widely contaminated” with hundreds of species of infectious bacteria… yuck! Not only that, but they think those bacteria are somehow able to survive the smoking process, which means it’s not just smokers who are affected, but people exposed to secondhand smoke may be at risk too.…

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…

Learn Something Healthy

‘Renew You’ Challenge – Being as passionate as I am about healthy living, I love it when I see people making positive changes to improve their well being. And one of the most impressive things I’ve noticed in these folks is that they’re constantly seeking information about how to live better. Knowledge truly is power, and taking charge of your…

The Fattening of America

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I think seeing really is believing, like when I found this link recently from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control). It’s an animated map that shows the increase in obesity rates across America from 1985 all the way to 2008. It’s one thing to hear about our obesity problem on the news or…

Wednesday, 2/17/10 on the Poop Scoop – Integrative Medicine: Combining the Best of Both Worlds

Is your doctor missing important clues about your health status? Do you have certain health issues that always seem to come back no matter what you try? Integrative medicine may be the answer. Integrative doctors combine the best parts of modern and alternative medicine to get the whole scoop about what’s really going on with your body—kind of like filling…

Poo Bacteria in Your Soda Pop?!

As if you need another reason to not drink soda, now scientists tell us there’s poop bacteria in those fizzy beverages Americans love so much! I thought this story was just plain gross, but it’s definitely one that a lot of readers need to hear (you know who you are, soda drinkers!) A recent study found fecal bacteria in 48…

Kick the Sugar Habit!

Notable News – In August the American Heart Association presented new recommendations about how much added sugar Americans should be eating, and all I can say is it’s about time! For decades we’ve consumed way too much sugar, resulting in higher rates of obesity and related conditions like high blood pressure, high triglycerides, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, and that’s…