Monthly Archives: February 2013

Diet Drinks No Better (Maybe Worse?) than Sugary Drinks

The consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages has long been associated with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, weight gain, obesity, metabolic syndrome, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, and heart disease. There are three main ways in which sugary drinks are thought to be responsible for these associations: The inability of sugary drink consumption to reduce subsequent food intake. That is,…

Toxins in Women of Childbearing Age

A recent study published in the journal Environmental Perspectives found that over half the women of childbearing age have higher levels of two out of three major pollutants: lead, mercury, and PCBs. Almost 23 percent of the women met or exceeded median levels of these three common toxins, known to potentially harm fetal and infant brain development. These toxins are…

Dysbiosis in IBD—Nitrates the Culprit?

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) involves dysbiosis, or an imbalance of beneficial to harmful bacteria in the intestines.1 Specifically, obligate anaerobic bacteria are depleted and the facultative anaerobic bacteria Enterobacteriacea increase. A recent study has found one way in which this dysbiosis develops.2 Researchers from UC Davis discovered that the potentially harmful Enterobacteriacea—specifically, E. coli—use nitrate to grow. Nitrate is formed…

An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away

The old proverb, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” rings true when you consider the healthy attributes of the apple. Apples are rich in antioxidants—nutrients that protect against the harmful effects of oxidative stress—especially when you include the peel. Also, the high fiber content of apples gives this fruit its digestive and heart health benefits. A recent study…

Another Organic Foods Study—With Children in Mind

I recently blogged about a review of studies on organic foods put out by Stanford University that spurred misleading headlines which surely sent a few shoppers back to the conventional produce aisle. Well, another report has been published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), in the journal Pediatrics, and their findings were similar, but aimed at children.  But the…

Diet High in Carbs Increased Risk of Cognitive Impairment

For years I have been recommending to people with intestinal imbalance—especially Candida overgrowth—a diet that avoids sugar and starchy carbohydrates. As it turns out, this diet is beneficial for much more than intestinal imbalance. A diet low in starchy carbohydrates and sugars has been found to be protective against certain conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and, according…

Obesity and Heart Disease—Good News and Bad News

Which do you want first, the good news or the bad news? I’ll start with the bad news and finish with the good so that you end up with some hope in your heart. The American Heart Association (AHA) recently published their “Heart Disease and Stroke Statistical Update 2013” in the journal Circulation. In 2010 the AHA set a goal…

GM Crops Found to Use More—Not Less—Herbicides

We’ve all been duped. Back in 1996 when genetically modified (or genetically engineered) seeds hit the market, we were sold on the idea that these technologically-advanced crops would reduce the need for chemical herbicides, thereby lessening the cost and environmental damage caused by these chemicals. And we bought this story. So much so that about 90 percent of soybean and…

Gut Bacteria and Childhood Eczema

Gut bacterial balance affects many different areas of health, but one of the most important to consider is the establishment of healthy gut bacterial balance during infancy. Healthy gut balance during early life is associated with protection against a range of health conditions, most notably the atopic diseases of childhood—asthma, eczema, and allergies.1 Gut balance during infancy is dependent on…