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  • Metabolic Risk Factors: Five Numbers You Need to Know

    by Neal Barnard, MD | April 28, 2015

    vegetable-basketA new study shows statins may increase the risk of type 2 diabetes by up to 46%. That’s especially worrisome, considering this cholesterol-lowering drug nets blockbuster sales and remains a widely popular prescription. The good news is there is an option that not only rivals its pharmaceutical competitors, but tackles symptoms of both heart disease and type 2 diabetes: it’s called a low-fat, vegan diet.

    The “side effects” you’ll see with a plant-based prescription – vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes – are all good. Instead of narrowing arteries and insulin resistance, you’ll see improvements in arterial plaque, improved blood flow, and stabilized blood sugar. These three biometric markers, combined with waist circumference and body weight, hold the key to a clean bill of health.

    With a dietary intervention, you’ll see results in just a matter of weeks.

    Here are five numbers concerning metabolic risk factors that you (or your patients) need to know: Read more

  • 3 Simple Steps for an Allergy-Free Season

    by Margo Gladding | April 21, 2015

    SS-A-1-breathing-in-natureExperts predict this allergy season to be particularly bad. If you are an allergy sufferer, then you know just how awful the symptoms can be. Fortunately, I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Rob Ivker, the leading authority on sinus health, author of the best-selling book SINUS SURVIVAL: The Holistic Medical Treatment for Sinusitis, Allergies, and Colds, and the creator of the Sinus Survival Allergy Treatment Program. Dr. Ivker gave me some great advice that I want to share with you.

    Dr. Ivker’s 3 simple steps for an allergy-free season:

    1. Consider food allergy testing – Food allergies and food sensitivities can contribute to allergy and sinusitis symptoms. Especially for individuals who experience chronic sinusitis, Dr. Ivker highly recommends looking into whether certain foods such as dairy, wheat/gluten, corn, soy, and eggs could be making your symptoms worse. Foods that you are either allergic to or sensitive to can cause inflammation in both your GI tract as well as your respiratory tract and result in more severe allergy symptoms. By identifying and eliminating problematic foods, you can reduce your body’s inflammatory burden and help ease your allergy symptoms.

    2. Take 3 key supplements to build natural immunity to airborne allergies – Dr. Ivker’s favorite allergy protocol includes the following: Read more

  • A Green Light for Healthful Eating: Is 2015 the Year for Preventive Medicine?

    by Neal Barnard, MD | April 13, 2015

    farmers-marketThe Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans encourages consumers to follow a plant-based template to reach and maintain optimal health. This method of healthful eating is the easiest way to increase consumption of vitamins and minerals that we often fall short on. A plant-based model also serves as a guide for how to curb intake of saturated fat, cholesterol, sugar, and salt.

    How do we get there? First, let’s start an open dialogue with patients, family, and friends about foods to favor: nutrient-dense, plant-based varieties.

    Here is a list of dietary staples that fit in with almost every age group, budget, and season.

    Whole Grains

    Steel-cut oats, brown rice, quinoa, and pasta are naturally low on the glycemic index scale and provide a healthful source of B vitamins, iron, magnesium, and selenium. Due to their high fiber content, whole grains help reduce the risk of early death from chronic disease. Whole grains double as a prebiotic and work with probiotics, such as kimchi and tempeh, to help stabilize insulin, turn off ghrelin, the “hunger hormone,” and strengthen the immune system. Instead of thinking “low carb,” go for whole grain. Read more

  • Tips for Allergy Season

    by Paula Gallagher | March 31, 2015

    allergies2One day there was snow and the next day there were allergies. If you struggle with sneezing, runny nose, or itchy eyes because of seasonal allergies, take a look at the following blogs we have posted in the past.

    Five Tips for Allergy Season: From supplements to timing, a comprehensive guide to tackling spring allergies.

    Homeopathy for Allergies: If you want a gentler approach, homeopathy may be the answer.

    Children and Allergies: It can be especially challenging to deal with children and allergies. This blog gives great tips to help little ones.

    Building Your Immune System: This blog gives you tips to target the root cause of allergies as opposed to just dealing with symptoms.

    Sinus Survival: Dr. Robert Ivker wrote the book on treating sinusitis... literally!  The book helped pave the way for the Sinus Survival program.

    Photo from here, with thanks.

  • Prenatal Health Series: Morning Sickness

    by Paula Gallagher | March 30, 2015

    morning-sickness"Morning sickness" can affect up to 90% of pregnant women in their first trimester and unfortunately it is usually not relegated to just mornings. Luckily though, for many, morning sickness is limited to the first trimester. If it continues after the first 3 months and is debilitating, please consult with your primary healthcare practitioner.

    Researchers believe that nausea and vomiting are results of the many physical changes that occur in early pregnancy, including higher levels of hormones.

    Thankfully, there are many natural and effective remedies for pregnant woman to help ease the discomfort of morning sickness.

    Supplements

    Ginger: A study in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2001) reported that 28 of 32 pregnant women supplementing with ginger had improvement in nausea symptoms compared with 10 of 35 in the placebo group. Researchers found no adverse effect of ginger on pregnancy outcome. Drink a fresh cup of ginger tea two to three times daily or take 300 mg of the capsule form three times daily. Read more

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