Monthly Archives: May 2013

My Public Television Specials Are Airing in June!

I’m excited to announce that my Public Television shows—Heart of Perfect Health and The Road to Perfect Health—will be airing again this month from June 1st through June 16th. You’ll find a wealth of surprising and life-changing information on how Americans can live longer, healthier and more productive lives. For the past 20 years, many of you have been with…

Air Pollution and Children

Air pollution is a big problem. Increased exposure to air pollution has been linked to so many health conditions, some of which Dr. Smith and I have blogged about in the past. A number of studies have come out recently about the harmful effects of air pollution on children, in particular. Children are at greater risk of exposure to toxins…

Eat Your Greens for Better Gut Health

We all know we’re supposed to eat our greens. Broccoli, kale, collards—these dark green vegetables are part of the cruciferous family, and have been linked to a number of beneficial effects on health. A recent study published in the journal Nature Immunity found that a particular gene (T-bet) controls the development of recently discovered immune cells in the intestinal lining…

Chemical Exposure during Childhood

Have you ever wondered about what chemicals might be present in the products your children use every day? Do you ever think about what might be in clothing, bedding, accessories, furniture, toys, household items, and personal care items? If you are reading this, you have probable thought about some of these items, but the fact is we still know relatively…

The Omega-3 Controversy Continues

Here we go again. Another study that attempts to show omega-3 fish oil supplements are not beneficial for heart health has been published in the major medical journal New England Journal of Medicine. The study appears to be sound from the outside: double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial with over 12,000 participants followed over five years. But when we take a closer…

The Sugar-Leads-to-Diabetes Myth Debunked

For some—let me add crazy—reason the concept that sugar leads to type 2 diabetes has long been controversial. I suspect the food industry (which pushes a whole lot of sugar!) is partly responsible for perpetuating this myth, but it looks like we may be able to finally put it to rest. A recent study published in the Public Library of…

Prenatal DHA Linked to Decreased Premature Birth and Low Birth Weight

The omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) is most concentrated in the brain. This nutrient is well known to be important for brain development of infants. DHA is most rapidly accumulated in the brain during pregnancy, which is why prenatal DHA intake is widely recommended. Despite these recommendations, however, American women are not getting enough. “US women typically consume less…

No Link between Eggs and Heart Disease—Shocked?

I was pleased to learn about a recent meta-analysis published in the British Medical Journal that will hopefully put to rest one of the biggest diet myths—that eggs are bad for your heart. The analysis analyzed data from eight clinical studies involving almost half a million people, and found no association between high egg consumption and risk of heart disease…

Beet Juice for Blood Pressure

High blood pressure is a common condition affecting 1 in 3 adults in the United States. Many people have high blood pressure for years without even knowing it. That’s why it’s called the silent killer. High blood pressure is one of the signs that you have silent inflammation—the underlying feature of most, if not all, chronic disease. High blood pressure…