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Q&A With Pediatrician Jay Gordon MD

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What Makes Us Sick?

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Meat Increases Risk of Diabetes

Meat Increases Risk of Diabetes
A new study conducted in Taiwan involving over 4,000 participants revealed a higher risk of diabetes in those that consumed even modest amounts of animal products in their diets.  This was reported by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, February 13, 2014.  "Vegetarians are less likely to have diabetes, compared with non-vegetarians, according to a...
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Food Guidelines = Conflict of Interest

Food Guidelines = Conflict of Interest
Stop what you're doing for a moment and take some time to think about how you would answer the following question. What guidelines do you use when making food choices for your family's nutritional needs? Do you consider news reports to be a reliable source?  What about the USDA recommendations?  Our food choices are most...
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Diet Linked to Heart Disease Reduction During War

Diet Linked to Heart Disease Reduction During War
Wartime history provides us with important information regarding the correlation between animal-based diets and morbidity-mortality rates as documented in the references below. The first reference highlights Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Jr. He explains how deaths from coronary artery disease plummeted during World War II, from 1939-1945. The Germans confiscated all of the livestock and farm animals...
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Tuesday, November 24 2015 00:40
30 deaths per 10,000 people? 0.3% down to 0.24% Am I reading that right? Seems insignificant either way.And what about a loss o... Read More
Thursday, April 26 2018 09:31
Sean Carney
Hello John, Can you tell me which page you are reading from? I am not finding the numbers you are quoting in this blog post. Tha... Read More
Thursday, April 26 2018 09:50
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What Your Arteries Want You to "NO"

What Your Arteries Want You to "NO"
Heart disease kills one out of every 3 Americans. Will you or your family members be one of them? Chances are, if you consume the typical American diet, you could very well be at high risk for a fatal heart attack. Educating ourselves is the first step towards reducing our risk for cardiovascular disease. As...
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Vegans Have Lower Cholesterol

Vegans Have Lower Cholesterol
Vegans have lower body weights as well as cholesterol levels, according to a recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition and reported by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine:   "Those who consume vegan diets have better cholesterol levels than people who eat meat, fish, dairy, and/or egg products, according to a...
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Bypass-Angioplasty Procedures Not Effective

Bypass-Angioplasty Procedures Not Effective
Chances are, several of your friends or family members have heart disease. Sadly, heart disease is our nation's leading cause of death for both men and women. Eighty-one million Americans suffer from cardiovascular disease, with 831,000 deaths each year, resulting in a heart attack every 34 seconds. You may have heart disease as well and...
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Are You "Dying" to Lose Weight?

Are You "Dying" to Lose Weight?
High-protein, low-carbohydrate diets, such as the Atkins diet, have become very popular, but is it possible to safely lose weight on such a diet without damaging our health? Dr. Joel Fuhrman addresses this concern in his article, The Atkins Cancer Revolution, and convincingly argues: "You can lose some weight on the Atkins diet plan, but...
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Meat Consumption = High Risk of Disease

Meat Consumption = High Risk of Disease

Studies continue to demonstrate potential health risks associated with eating animal products, as shown below - written by the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine. (PCRM)

"Red and processed meat products increase women's disease risk, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers from Harvard analyzed the diets and blood of 3,690 participants from the Nurses' Health Study and found that as total red meat consumption increased, C-reactive protein (CRP, a biomarker of infections and diseases including heart disease and cancer), hemoglobin A1c (an indicator of diabetes risk), and stored iron (a mineral which in excess is associated with heart disease, cancer, and diabetes) also increased. Weight and calorie intake also increased with increased intake of red and processed meat products."

"Consumption of red and processed meat products is associated with increased risk of death, according to a new review published by the American Journal of Epidemiology. Researchers looked at nine studies with years of follow-up ranging from 5.5 to 28 years to calculate a 23 percent increase in mortality risk for those consuming the most processed meat and a 29 percent increased risk for those consuming the most total red meat, compared with those who consumed the least. Other studies have shown a similar link with red and processed meat products and mortality as well as links to heart disease, cancer, and diabetes."

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This is Your Brain - On Pork Tapeworms

This is Your Brain - On Pork Tapeworms
Do you know of someone that needs a good reason to switch to a whole-food, Starch-Smart® diet? If so, you may want to share the two videos below with them featuring Dr. Michael Greger. This information may motivate your bacon-loving friends to reconsider their disease promoting diets! A review by the Mayo Clinic describes how...
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Eva Ort
Do you think that armour thyroid would increase the risks as well. I wonder if this was ever studied.
Thursday, February 02 2017 16:15
Linda Carney MD
Eva, great question. Thanks for posting it. The reason I do not prescribe Armour Thyroid is not because of pork tapeworms, which... Read More
Thursday, February 02 2017 19:58
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How do You Spell Relief?

How do You Spell Relief?
How do you spell relief? Many people would respond by singing their answer, "R-O-L-A-I-D-S" to the tune of the famous 1970's advertising slogan which sold Rolaids, a popular antacid tablet. But, as you can see in the illustration above the best way to fight acid indigestion is to only eat in the blue zones.  Taking antacids...
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Lauren Erin Lawson
Can a person who has had an ulcer (H.pylori) discontinue using omeprazole if eating only from the blue zones?
Friday, February 03 2017 20:09
Linda Carney MD
It depends. If a person is on prednisone, they need omeprazole no matter how small the dose of steroid. Also, 6 weeks of omepraz... Read More
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Christine Marie Scalfo
Do you have any recommendations for GERD that persists on a plant-based diet?
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