Monthly Archives: August 2012

Banned Antibiotics Found In Chicken

In 2005 the FDA banned the use of a particular broad-spectrum (meaning effective against a broad range of microbes) antibiotic class—the fluoroquinolones—due to an alarming increase in the rate of resistance to Campylobacter bacteria. Yet, “In recent years, we’ve seen the rate of fluoroquinolone resistance slow, but not drop. With such a ban you would expect a decline in resistance…

Environmental Estrogens Affect Women’s Health

Environmental estrogens are those chemicals that mimic estrogen in the body when ingested from outside sources. Chemicals that mimic estrogen—and there are many—are known as endocrine disrupting chemicals because they interfere with hormone (endocrine) function. Examples of estrogen mimicking chemicals include many pesticides, herbicides, and fungicides, plasticizers like bisphenol A (BPA) and phthalates, certain pharmaceuticals, and industrial chemicals.1 Heavy metals,…

Stand Up!

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right! Here is your newest 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!  The average adult spends 90 percent of his leisure time sitting down,…

Up With Your Vitamin D Level

In 2010 the Institute of Medicine updated the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of vitamin D from 400 IU to 600 IU per day for adults up to age 70, and 800 IU per day for adults 71 years and older. While this update was a (tiny) step in the right direction, many experts think it comes up far too short.…

Chemical Sensitivity Often Overlooked

Chemical sensitivity or chemical intolerance is the hallmark of multiple chemical sensitivity, a condition which elicits a range of symptoms that affect many different body systems (including cognitive, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and cardiovascular systems). Chemical sensitivity has recently been the subject of a study published in the journal Annals of Family Medicine. “Between 13 and 33 percent of people in…

Start the Day with a Healthy Breakfast

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right!  Here is your newest 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!  The first meal of the day is considered the most important because…

Hidden Chemicals

A recent report published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) has uncovered the truth about hidden chemicals in everyday personal care and cleaning products, even those products claimed to be “natural.” An array of chemicals has been found in our homes and in our bodies yet little is known about the safety of these chemicals or even where they…

Omega-3s During Infancy Reduces Allergic Response

The modern-day diet, also known as the Standard American Diet (SAD), is full of nutrient-poor processed foods. The recent increase in allergy prevalence in developed countries has been attributed, at least in part, to this decline in diet quality. Consumption of inflammation-promoting foods has gone up while that of anti-inflammatory foods has gone down.1 Particularly, the decrease in anti-inflammatory omega-3…

Special Viewing of My New PBS Special

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT ONE DAY ONLY! One day only, exclusively in the Atlanta area, there will be a SNEAK PREVIEW of my new PBS television health special: Watch LIVE on your Local PBS Affiliate Station (PBA30) Heart of Perfect Health The Startling Truths About Heart Disease And The Power You Hold To Stop It Friday, August 17th 7:00 – 8:30 PM…

Omega-3 Fish Oil Protects Against the Harms of Air Pollution

Here I am blogging about the benefits of omega-3s again. It seems that every week more research is published on the health protecting effects of omega-3s. This week is no exception. In a study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, twenty-nine healthy adults were given either 3 grams daily of fish oil (containing about 2 grams EPA + DHA)…