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Resistant Starch is NOT Futile

Resistant Starch is NOT Futile The Borg Potato Proves that Resistance is Not Futile

The phrase "resistance is futile" entered the pop-culture lexicon in 1989 when The Borg appeared on an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. The show's creators probably had no idea that somewhere in a laboratory in England, scientists were making bold, new discoveries about how simple foods battle the diseases threatening the health of...

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Chew Chew Training for Improved Digestion

Chew Chew Training for Improved Digestion

There's an ancient story of a military commander who came down with the deadly disease leprosy. Hearing that there was a healer in a neighboring country, he set off with a contingent of soldiers. Finding the healer in a small, unassuming house, the commander made his request. "Go wash seven times in our river, and...

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Blending Up the Smoothie Controversy

Blending Up the Smoothie Controversy

Stick it in the blender and give it a whirl — everything will come out mixed up. That's what seems to be happening to the advice on blending our produce. Suddenly, there's a vortex of controversy swirling around smoothies. Some health advocates recommend smoothies, others are saying, "Maybe we should rethink our drink." Increasing our...

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Can Weight Loss Increase Heart Attack Risk?

Can Weight Loss Increase Heart Attack Risk?

When we decide to "get healthy," losing weight is usually at the top of our "to do" list. And while exercise definitely helps, our eating habits usually need an overhaul if we plan to shed pounds.  So the search is on for the "right" weight-loss plan. We research diets on the internet, read magazines from...

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Crunching the Science on Juicing

Crunching the Science on Juicing

Juicing fruits and vegetables was once considered the healthiest of the health trends. Many of us have invested in a juicer, and if we haven't, we probably know friends, family members, or coworkers who have. Those "into" juicing talk about all the fresh vitamins, antioxidants, and enzymes swirling in a richly colored glass of freshly...

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Diet for a Cancer Diagnosis

Diet for a Cancer Diagnosis

Some of the scariest words we can hear are, "You have cancer." When we or a loved one receive these words, we immediately begin looking for the hope and the help in this situation. At home, the big question often becomes, "What should I eat now that I've been diagnosed with cancer?" While I can't...

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Animal Protein Damages Kidney Function

Animal Protein Damages Kidney Function

We hear it all the time: protein. If we're hungry midafternoon, our coworker wonders if we didn't include enough protein in our lunch. If we say we're feeling tired lately, our sister asks if we're eating enough protein. If we twist our ankle, our neighbor wants to know… Okay, that's an exaggeration, but you get...

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Believe It or Not: How to Evaluate a Medical Study

Believe It or Not: How to Evaluate a Medical Study

It sounds pretty impressive to hear, "A new study suggests . . . ."  We perk up our ears and open our minds. After all, "science" has discovered something new! Proteinaholic, a recently published book authored by Garth Davis, MD, with Howard Jacobson, PhD, highlights the difference between how news reporters and scientists react when...

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Is Weight Watchers Good for Your Health?

Is Weight Watchers Good for Your Health?

"This is the joy for me. I love bread," declares Oprah, her arms open wide to the possibilities of her Weight Watcher's Plan. "I have lost 26 pounds, and I have eaten bread every single day." The commercial's emphasis on bread is a visceral call to a nation convinced that the hunger-satisfying power of starch...

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But Doctor, Do I HAVE to Eat Kale?

Lacinato Kale is Nutritious and Delicious Lacinato Kale is Nutritious and Delicious

The environmental movement isn't the only one to advocate "going green;" physicians, nutritionist, and medical researchers are all trumpeting the benefits of "going green" at mealtimes, and kale seems to be the focus of all the buzz. But just exactly how much kale should we be eating? And how much kale do those physicians, nutritionists,...

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Opiate-Like Chemicals in Cheese are Physically Addictive

Opiate-Like Chemicals in Cheese are Physically Addictive

If you eat a diet based on whole plant foods, what food item was the most difficult for you to give up? Although most people assume that meat would be difficult to leave off of their plates (especially for men), nearly everyone says that cheese was actually much more difficult to eliminate than meat. It's...

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Can Diet be Used to Treat Autoimmune Conditions Like Psoriasis?

Can Diet be Used to Treat Autoimmune Conditions Like Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a prevalent and serious inflammatory skin condition caused by an overactive immune system that attacks healthy cells within the body, believing that they are foreign substances. It is just one of 80+ autoimmune conditions. Psoriasis alone affects approximately 7.5 million out of the 23.5 million Americans with autoimmune disorders. Autoimmune disorders can affect...

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