Monthly Archives: March 2013

Did You Take Antibiotics for a Cough this Season?

This past winter I noticed a lot of people were sick with a cold, flu, or cough (or a combination). Unfortunately, what ends up happening is that a lot of people take antibiotics unnecessarily for such illnesses. I’d like to share an interesting study that will hopefully help educate us on this important topic. The Annals of Family Medicine journal…

A Dream Come True! Renew H.O.P.E!

It’s been fifteen years now since Stan and I founded ReNew Life, our digestive care supplement company. From the start, struggling on the road and working out of the trunk of my car, my mission has been to help people achieve optimal health. My greatest joy comes from realizing that the products we manufacture have helped millions of people regain…

What You Should Know About Sugar

In my new PBS special, Heart of Perfect Health I talk a lot about sugar. By the way, it’s airing through the month of March nationally. I hope you catch it! Most of us don’t link heart and cardiovascular disease risk to our sugar intake, but it turns out that blood sugar levels affect far more than just your risk of diabetes.…

Early Infections May Increase Risk of Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive condition in which the body’s immune system damages the villi (fingerlike projections) of the small intestine in response to the presence of gluten, found in wheat, barley, rye, and oats. This intestinal damage prevents the absorption of key nutrients important to health, eventually leading to malnourishment in untreated individuals. One in every 133 people…

Have we Been Misled? What you Should Know about Dietary Fats

Have you been given the advice to substitute vegetables oils high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) for animal fats high in saturated fats? Sure you have—if you have been listening to worldwide dietary guidelines since the 1960s. The basis of this advice relates to studies that found diets high in PUFAs are associated with lower levels of cholesterol. So a…

EPA to Take a Closer Look at Risk of Low-level Toxin Exposure

Last March, a group of scientists published a report calling for more investigation into the potentially harmful effects of exposure to low levels of endocrine disruptors, such as bisphenol A (BPA). “Current testing paradigms are missing important, sensitive endpoints” for human health, stated the report. “The effects of low doses cannot be predicted by the effects observed at high doses.…

Silent Inflammation Linked to Depression

Silent inflammation is a chronic, low-grade inflammation that exists in the body in such a way that you don’t really see it or feel it. When silent inflammation persists it can trigger a host of negative health effects. In fact, inflammation is involved in most, if not all, chronic disease. A relatively recent discovery is the role silent inflammation plays…

The Stress Factor and Your Heart

It’s true that just about everyone is stressed these days. Our lives are packed with things to do, places to be, and then more things to do. We are constantly on the move with little down time to help us recuperate. And sleep? It’s usually cut short to make time for something else seemingly “more important.” This current pattern of…

Lower Blood Pressure in People Who Eat Gaspacho

High blood pressure is a major risk factor for the development of heart disease—particularly heart attack and stroke—nd is a sign of an underlying process known as silent inflammation, as I talk about on my new PBS show and book of the same name, Heart of Perfect Health. About 25 percent of the adult population has high blood pressure. Have…