Monthly Archives: April 2011

Gluten Sensitivity—Not Just a Fad

I’m really excited about a couple of new studies on gluten sensitivity. I have been talking about this condition for so long, knowing that it contributes to many different health conditions in the body. The science is only beginning to scratch the surface of what clinicians have been seeing for years in patients who suddenly feel better after removing gluten…

Dietary Supplement Safety

The American Association of Poison Control Centers recently published their annual report—174 pages documenting 2009 data from all 61 poison control centers across the U.S. In this report, there were no deaths reported from any vitamin, amino acid, herb, or dietary mineral supplement. And the dietary supplement industry has been touted as “dangerous and unregulated.” Ha! Let’s take a closer…

Score Your Local Pollution

Here is a cool site that will give you tons of information on local pollution. Just enter your zip code to see how your county and state stack up to others in terms of air and water quality. Check out your in-home lead risk and look for local superfund sites. Find the top polluters in your community and learn about…

High Fiber Intake and Longevity

A very interesting study was just published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine documenting the association between high dietary fiber intake and lower risk of dying from some of the most common killers—heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. This was a huge study with over 388,000 participants aged 50 to 71. The nine-year study looked at dietary fiber intake and…

Toxicity, Take Two: It’s in the Air We Breathe

Brenda and I have been talking for years about the toxic soup that we all live in. It’s in our food, in the water, in the air and in our own bodies. It’s impossible to completely avoid toxins, and that’s a problem, especially in light of the scientific evidence that shows environmental toxins are destroying our health. Many recent studies…

Standard American Diet in Toddlers = Lower IQ

As it turns out, 3-year-old children who consume a diet high in processed foods are more likely to have a lower IQ by the age of 8 when compared to children who eat either a traditional meat and potatoes diet, or a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, salads, rice and pasta. A recent study tracked almost 4,000 children from…

Diet and Behavior in ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or ADD as it used to be called, affects 5% of children worldwide. A recent study published in the journal Lancet evaluated the effects of a restrictive elimination diet on ADHD symptoms in children aged 4–8. The diet consisted of rice, meat, vegetables, pears and water for five weeks. Symptoms improved in 78% of the…

Celiac Increasing in Elderly

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease involving a reaction in the gut to gliadin, the gluten protein found in wheat, barley and rye. This gut reaction destroys the body’s own intestinal lining cells, a process known as autoimmunity. The treatment of celiac disease is complete avoidance of gluten and gluten-containing foods. If not treated properly, the autoimmunity can manifest in…

Don’t Forget Your Exercise!

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right! Weekly challenge (I mean, opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us! For a long time it was thought that once the brain degrades with age, it’s not…

Ultra-Processed Food is Making Us Fat and Sick

We often think of processed food, in general, as being not as healthy as fresh food.  But unfortunately, it is becoming increasingly difficult to see processed foods as unhealthy with labels like, “reduced fat,” “natural,” or even “organic.” The truth is, while organic processed foods may be a little better for you than traditional processed foods, it’s better to minimize…