Monthly Archives: January 2011

Trans Fats—Is Your Label Lying to You?

For this week’s ‘Renew You’ Challenge, I want to talk about the bad fats in your diet. Since trans fat amounts have appeared in Nutrition Facts panels on packaged foods, food processors have been trying to lower or eliminate trans fats from many foods. But did you know that if a food contains less than 0.5 grams of trans fat…

Where Do Those Eggs Come From?

Here is what I found: The Cornucopia Institute has put out a very informative report entitled “Scrambled Eggs: Separating Factory Farm Egg Production from Authentic Organic Agriculture.” This 72-page report investigates different forms of egg production, explains the many definitions of the term “organic” and animal welfare standards, as well as shares information on the viewpoint of industrial organic egg…

IBS & IBD—Mind, Body or Both?

There is still a general belief with medical doctors and the public as well that Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) are mostly stress-related psychological disorders. I have personally had many patients who were reluctant to discuss their bowel problems for fear of being labeled a “psych” case. Many practitioners still aren’t aware there can be legitimate…

Practice What You Preach (or at least what you know)

For this week’s Renew You Challenge, I wanted to challenge you to put your knowledge to work for you. Health tips abound in today’s world. In magazines, newspapers, on the Internet, and on TV—we are faced with ‘low fat,’ ‘low calories,’ exercise and dieting ads and advice, usually on a daily basis. Some of us even take up the subject…

Celiac Disease May Show Up Later in Life

Celiac disease involves an autoimmune gut reaction to gluten proteins found in wheat, barley and rye. This reaction destroys the intestinal villi. Villi are the finger-like projections that line the small intestine, increasing the surface area of the intestine so that absorption of nutrients can be maximized. When the villi are destroyed, nutrient absorption is hindered, which can lead to…

Dangerous Pesticide Phase-Out Takes Eight Years!

After the Environmental Protection Agency put out a study on the pesticide aldicarb (brand name Temik) that found it posed a safety risk to infants and young children, the company producing it, Bayer, decided to phase it out. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it will take eight years before the chemical is no longer used on…

Have IBS? Write Away Your Symptoms

Ok folks, my weekly challenge involves a very interesting study from Boston University that I came across the other day that I want to share with you. The study looked at a technique known as expressive writing, which involves writing one’s thoughts and feelings about a certain issue. In this study, participants with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) expressed their thoughts…

Seven-year-old Girls Becoming Women

Girls are hitting puberty at an increasingly younger age. A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics found that about 15 percent of girls studied had already begun breast development by age seven. The median age for breast development has dropped from age 10.9 years in 1991 to 9.9 years in 2006. What makes young girls mature? Hormones. Yet, hormone…

Healthy Weight Management for the New Year

We have survived another big holiday season! Unfortunately, we may find an unfriendly scale when we return the gym. For many the scale can reveal a five- or even 10-pound weight gain. January is a time for many people to restart a diet program, but most diet seekers don’t understand that calorie reduction alone is a recipe for failure—even damaging…