Monthly Archives: June 2013

Fish Oil Curbs Harmful Effects of Mental Stress

For many people who experience mental stress, the body responds by raising heart rate and blood pressure, as well as increasing nerve activity of muscles. This phenomenon is believed to be one way in which stress leads to high blood pressure, which has implications for heart disease development. These days, most people experience mental stress on a regular basis, which…

Heavy Metals in Your Lipstick

Here we go again. Not only does lipstick contain lead, which I have reported on a couple times, but a new study by researchers at the University of California-Berkeley’s School of Public Health tested 32 commonly sold lipsticks and lip glosses and found they contain lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum, and five other metals. Not all the metals were at levels…

High Carb Intake during Infancy

The Standard American Diet (SAD) is notably a high-carbohydrate diet (among its many other unhealthy features), which is a big reason why I advocate against this diet. Many people are reducing carbohydrate intake from sugars and starchy foods such as breads, pastas, and cereals. But are we taking a close enough look at infant diets? A recent study published in…

Vitamin D and Diabetes Risk in Obese Children

Childhood obesity is one of the greatest health challenges in today’s world. Over one third of children and adolescents are obese or overweight according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The obesity rate has more than doubled in children and tripled in adolescents in the past 30 years. Obese children are at increased risk of having prediabetes,…

Don’t Dwell on It

Just as it is important to attain—and maintain—physical health, we also need to work on our mental health. After all, each is related to the other. When one is out of balance, the other is affected. Just think about what happens when you are not well—it affects your emotions and thought processes, right? Well the same thing happens when you…

Fish Oil Blood Sugar Benefits

We now know that fat tissue is not simply a storage unit for fat, but is considered to be an organ in its own right. Fat tissue, or adipose tissue, has hormonal, metabolic, and inflammatory functions that play a role in many different areas of health and disease. The fat cell, or adipocyte, secretes a number of proteins including adiponectin,…

LDL Cholesterol Levels Not Giving an Accurate Picture of Heart Health

The cholesterol story is getting interesting. It used to be that “high cholesterol”—meaning high total cholesterol—caused people to worry about heart health. Then they realized it was more important to look a little closer at the two types of cholesterol—the “good” and “bad” cholesterol, which actually refers to the carriers of the cholesterol rather than the cholesterol itself. LDL cholesterol…

Gut Health, Bone Health

Our understanding of the gut connection to overall health is always expanding. From the gut-brain and gut-skin connection to the gut-joint and gut-immune connection, it’s obvious that gut health is crucial for overall health. A new study published in the Journal of Cellular Physiology is helping to solidify yet another gut connection: the gut-bone connection. Using an animal model, the…