Monthly Archives: January 2012

Pesticides in Farmed Fish

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!  Half of the fish eaten today comes from fish farms. Aquaculture is the fastest growing…

Omega-3s and Heart Health

  A recent study published in the journal Diabetes Care has found that low doses of the omega-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), docosaheaxaenoic acid (DHA), and alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) reduced the risk of heart arrhythmia-related events in diabetic patients who had previously suffered a heart attack. 1,014 diabetic patients, aged 60 to 80 years old, were randomized into four…

Increase Fiber for Teens and Don’t Worry So Much About the Fat

  A recent study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found a three-fold increase in the metabolic syndrome in children eating the least amount of dietary fiber when compared to the group eating the most. There were no differences when consumption of saturated fat or cholesterol was analyzed however. The researchers recommend focusing on increasing fiber in…

Pesticides Linked to Irregular Menstruation

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!  Atrazine is the most widely used herbicide in the United States. Over 75 million pounds…

Diet Affects Changes in the Gut Microbiota

  A new study, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, demonstrated a connection between diet, and stool pH and bacterial levels in adults.1 The researchers studied stool samples from vegetarians, vegans, and omnivores. They found lower levels of potentially pathogenic bacteria, like E. coli, in people consuming the vegan or vegetarian diets. What they also found, in conjunction,…

“Wheat Belly” author comments on yet another weight loss study yielding ‘limited insight’

  Last week the WSJ reported the latest in a string of studies to challenge claims that the secret to healthy weight loss lies in adjusting the amount of nutritional components of a diet – protein, fat, and carbohydrates. http://on.wsj.com/xM9s5d Of course, these are unveiled “en masse” in January, when weight is an issue that we are seemingly ready and…

Arsenic in Rice

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!  A recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) has…

Antibiotic Overuse in Children

In pediatric medicine, antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed medications, with more than 30 million prescriptions written each year. A recent study analyzed antibiotic prescribing patterns in outpatient visits in the United States between 2006 and 2008. Antibiotics were prescribed in 21 percent of visits. Respiratory conditions accounted for most of the prescriptions (72 percent). Prescriptions for broad-spectrum antibiotics,…

State Health Rankings

  Every year, the United Health Foundation publishes its state health rankings, a report of data collected on 23 measures of health compiled by different federal agencies. The rankings take into account behavioral, socioeconomic, and other factors that predict good health of a state, like rates of binge drinking, smoking and obesity, and factors like air pollution, violent crime, childhood…