Monthly Archives: December 2012

Good Fats, Bad Fats

Although many people consider all fats as bad fats, this simply is not the case. Certain types of fats have been linked to the development of chronic diseases, and other fats have been linked to good health. It is clear that not all fats are created equal. But why is that? What happens in the body that produces such a…

Heart of Perfect Health Fish Oil Recommendations

In my new PBS special, Heart of Perfect Health, I tell viewers to look for four things in a fish oil supplement: 1000 mg of Omega-3 per softgel Enteric coating IFOS (International Fish Oil Standard) seal for purity, potency, and freshness Added Vitamin D 1000 mg Omega-3. There are many fish oil products on the market and many of them,…

Altered Gut Microbiome Linked to Heart Disease and Stroke

The gut connection to overall health, a connection Brenda and I have been exploring and educating about for many years, is growing stronger every day. Week after week, researchers around the world are linking digestive function—usually gut bacterial balance—to a range of health conditions in many different areas of the body. Particularly interesting have been the links between heart health…

Altered Gut Microbiome Linked to Heart Disease and Stroke

The gut connection to overall health, a connection Brenda and I have been exploring and educating about for many years, is growing stronger every day. Week after week, researchers around the world are linking digestive function—usually gut bacterial balance—to a range of health conditions in many different areas of the body. Particularly interesting have been the links between heart health…

Get Your Antioxidants from Fruits and Veggies

As often as I can, I try to emphasize that diet is 80 percent of the battle when you are dealing with health issues. In fact, diet is 80 percent of the battle always. Whether you are healthy, on the road to health, or seemingly so far from health you can’t even fathom it—diet is 80 percent of the battle.…

Obese Children and Teens Have Higher Levels of BPA

I blog often about the chemical bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA, because it is a harmful toxin found just about everywhere. Sure, the FDA has succeeded in removing it from baby bottles and sippy cups, but what about the effects of this toxin on older children and even adults? A recent study published in the Journal of the American…

Krill Oil – Are We Being Misled?

The other day I was so pleased to see the message that I share on Heart of Perfect Health, my new PBS special, discussed from a different angle on the Dr. Oz Show.  The more this heart healthy message is broadcast, the healthier Americans will be! Dr. Sinatra, the cardiologist who wrote the book The Great Cholesterol Myth stated clearly…

Omega-3s for Memory in Young People

A recent study published in the Public Library of Sciences journal sought to determine the effect of omega-3s on memory function. Healthy young subjects were supplemented with 2 grams of omega-3 EPA + DHA daily (930 mg EPA + 750 DHA) for six months. Over six months levels of the omega-3s in red blood cell membranes (the best measure of…

Antibiotic Resistance—Down to the Last Straw

Antibiotic resistance, which I blog about often, is one of the major problems facing the medical world today. Earlier this year, you may have heard about a pathogenic bacteria that struck at University of Virginia Medical Center, a National Institutes of Health hospital, killing seven people. This bacteria was found to be resistant to carbapenem antibiotics—the last antibiotic left to…

Omega-3 Fish Oil Links Brain Health to Heart Health

Two of the most well-known beneficial effects of omega-3 fish oils are the improvements of cardiovascular and cognitive (heart and brain) health. These two benefits are usually investigated separately in studies, but a recent study published in the Nutrition Journal1 evaluated both together. They investigated the effects of fish oil supplementation on cognitive performance in healthy individuals, and related that…