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About Inflammation

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
Inflammation as a cause of chronic diseases is described and defined.  The roles of cytokines and brown fat are explained.  A lifestyle that includes exercise, stress reduction, sleep, weight management, and a healthy diet is a powerful antidote. Cholesterol is a marker of inflammation, not the cause of it. Addendum: This is an excellent review...

Adverse Effects of Atypical Antipsychotics in Children

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
The side effects of these very powerful medications are serious. They predispose to substantial weight gain and to type 2 diabetes. Indications for their usage must be very carefully considered.          

Americans are Sicker and Die Sooner than all Other Industrialized Countries

submitted by: admin on 05/12/2015
  Overall, Americans die sooner and have higher rates of disease and injury from birth to age 75 than all other industrialized countries! Included are infant mortality, birth weight, injuries and homicides, teen pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS, drug deaths, obesity and diabetes, chronic lung disease and generalized disability. Over...

Are Carbohydrates Important When Losing Weight?

submitted by: admin on 05/16/2015
When we're young we handle carbohydrates better than when we're older. However, excessive carbohydrate intake even in childhood is a bad idea. The risk for metabolic syndrome goes up proportionately as we consume more carbs, especially simple sugars.                

Belly Fat is Dangerous in People with a Normal Weight

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  Even people with a normal weight who have excess belly fat are at 2.75 times the risk for cardiovascular death and 2.1 times the risk of all cause mortality according to researchers at the Mayo Clinic. Information from the NHANES study showed that an abnormal waist to hip ratio is a powerful predictive statistic. Abdominal fat is correlated with the...

Body Image and our Weight

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Ideal body weights vary with societal norms, and they immensely in different eras and locations. Commonsense has been lost. We are all different and so is an ideal weight. Ideal body image is defined from our uniqueness and from the inside.      

Both Diet and Exercise are Helpful in Weight Loss Programs

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Both exercise and dieting are helpful in weight loss programs. Being thin is insufficient in maintaining good health; exercise is also necessary. Fitness is still possible for people who are overweight. Even relatively thin people who do not exercise can have a high percentage of body fat.      

Breast Cancer Treatment Side Effects Last for Years

submitted by: admin on 06/26/2016
More than 60% of breast cancer survivors report at least one treatment related complication even 6 years after their treatment. Thirty percent are dealing with two issues such as lymphedema, skin reactions to radiation, upper pody symptoms and functional limitations, weight gain, fatigue, and peripheral neuropathy from chemotherapy. Fragmented care leads...

Can Antibiotics Cause Weight Gain in Infants?

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  Treating infants with antibiotics may predispose them to being overweight later in childhood according to an article published in August 2012 in the International Journal of Obesity. When treated in the first 5 months of life, the risk among 10,000 infants of being overweight was 22% higher than those not treated with antibiotics. The type of microbes...

Can Being Slim be Harmful to Your Health

submitted by: admin on 04/30/2014
Being underweight has a higher risk for dying than being overweight in older healthy people according to an article published in the March 2014 issue of the Journal  of Epidemiology and Public Health. This conclusion was based on a review of 51 studies that reviewed the links between body mass index (BMI) and death from any cause.  Results...

Cancer Prevention

submitted by: admin on 02/16/2015
The early detection of cancer is often confused with cancer prevention. It is far better to not get cancer than to deal with even the very earliest of cancers. A healthy lifestyle is the most powerful medicine in the universe and it is within our power to pay attention to the style in which we live our lives! We know what causes cancer and it is straightforward...

Cancer Prevention and Options for Treatment

submitted by: admin on 06/19/2016
The definition of cancer means that cancer cells don't die as they are programmed, they lack apoptosis. The reasons for this range from genetic defects to overgrowth of chromosomes. Cancer is believed to be caused by genetic and epigenetic factors that include poor lifestyle, radiation exposure, infections, pollution, and more. The spread of cancer is complicated;...

Cancer Treatment Options

submitted by: admin on 06/16/2015
  The treatment of cancer today is limited to mainstream therapies that include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. In some states like California it is a felony to use integrative CAM therapies. Often times patients have to travel to other states or countries to obtain the treatment they want. Living a healthy lifestyle is usually more powerful...

Cancer: Managing it with Lifestyle

submitted by: admin on 06/24/2016
Lifestyle is the most potent treatment we have for cancer. Exercise, weight control, and vitamin D levels may lower the risk for getting cancer and also prolong life. Increasing our "wellness buffer" is one of the best kept secrets in cancer prevention and treatment.              

Connection of Low Birth Weight and Obesity

submitted by: admin on 08/22/2017
Research continues to show just how important it is for pregnant women to eat a healthy diet and live a healthy lifestyle.  An article in the journal "Brain Research" states: Nutritionally deprived newborns and fetuses have less neurons in the region of the brain that controls food intake.  Because of the lack of neurons these babies are programmed...

Cruciferous Veggies Linked to Breast Cancer Survival

submitted by: admin on 06/26/2016
  Consuming cruciferous vetetables after a diagnosis of breast cancer was associated with improved survival in Chinese women, as reported in the Shanghai Breast Cancer Survival Study in April 2012. Nearly 5000 breast cancer survivors with stage 1-4 cancer were followed prospectively over three years. Comparing the highest quartile with the lowest with...

Designs For Health: Weight Loss Support Packets

submitted by: admin on 08/22/2017
  Improved – now with CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) to provide a more effective weight loss support product. Our Weight Loss Support Packets provide support to help the body: use fat for fuel improve insulin sensitivity modulate cortisol reduce cravings improve metabolism increase energy  improve...

Diagnosing Hypothyroidism

submitted by: admin on 08/22/2017
Do you feel tired, or are you a little overweight, maybe constipated or maybe your skin is a little too dry? Perhaps your hair is getting a little thin and brittle. Is your cholesterol up? You may not have thought of it, but you might possibly have low thyroid.  One of the most common complaints patients have is that they are fatigued. For years doctors...

Do MDs Manage Obesity Well?

submitted by: admin on 08/22/2017
Two-thirds of Americans are over weight.  Many of those are obese or morbidly (over 100 pound over weight) obese.  It is well documented that obesity causes a number of chronic diseases, and even death.  The medical costs due to obesity is enormous.  Many people use food as a way of coping, including children.  It is not uncommon for...

Do Universities Abuse Their Athletes

submitted by: admin on 03/31/2014
A study done at Indiana University and published in the March 2014 issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine tracked 232 university elite athletes when they were between 40 and 65 years of age and found that many of them had sustained injuries during their athletic careers that led to having difficulty staying physically active. They also found that...