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Author Archives: Nan Windmueller

Nan Windmueller is a nutritionist in Albany, NY.

Ultra-Processed Foods Present Health Risk

An article in the European Heart Journal’s November 2021 issue described a study of the diets of people who had already had one heart attack or stroke. As the patients were followed over time, it was noticed that an increased risk of a second, more likely to be fatal, heart attack or stroke was associated […]

6 Super-foods for Our Good Health

Certain foods, deeply colored and richly nutritious, are commonly consumed in the Mediterranean, Asian, and Blue Zone diets. The people living in those locations, eating selected foods, tend to avoid developing the diseases of affluence: heart disease, lifestyle-driven cancers, obesity, and Type II diabetes. They live longer with a better quality of life than many […]

Fast Food in Hospitals, a Question of Ethics

Recently, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine [PCRM] announced findings, in the journal Circulation, that people consuming fast food once a week increase their risk of dying from heart disease by 20%. Two to three such meals a week increase the risk of premature death by 50%, and four or more fast food meals a […]

Reducing Menopausal Hot Flashes with Diet

The October 2021 issue of the journal Menopause reported menopausal hot flashes could be reduced by more than 80% by implementing a plant-based diet, including one or two servings of soy products daily. The study, conducted by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, randomly assigned postmenopausal women, with two or more hot flashes per day, […]

A Diet that Promotes Brain Health

This is the time of year when some may be thinking about New Year resolutions. Commonly, people focus on losing weight rapidly as their goal. But, what if there were evidence that eating certain foods more often, and reducing the amounts of others, could not only lead to weight loss, but also preserve brain health […]

Plant Based Diets & Immune Response to COVID-19 Vaccines

I planned to write my preholiday season article about reducing fat and animal protein intake during our holiday feasts. Putting an emphasis on dishes made mostly of vegetables, starches, and fruits -while reducing portions of animal products and alcohol- can go a long way toward reducing caloric intake while enjoying a satisfying meal. But, this […]

Keto Diet…Questions of Safety

In a study published recently in Frontiers in Nutrition, researchers with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine concluded the risks of keto [ketogenic] diets include: heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and dementia. With the emphasis of keto diets being reducing the intake of carbohydrates, the researchers also concluded that these diets may be especially unsafe for […]

Enjoying Food While Reducing Sodium

A reduced sodium diet is often prescribed as part of a treatment plan for serious medical conditions like hypertension [high blood pressure], heart conditions, and kidney disease. Some people decide to reduce their sodium intake on their own because they “retain fluid” after eating salty foods, and they do not like the way fluid retention […]

More Good News for Vegetarians

As reported at the European Congress on Obesity, May 2021, nearly 180,000 British people aged 37-73 were recently recruited to evaluate their dietary habits. The object of the study was to produce an analysis of how eating patterns affect the number of serum [blood], and urine biomarkers indicating subjects’ risks for cancers, heart disease, diabetes, […]

N.J. Hospital Ends Ties to Burger King

The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine publishes Good Medicine, an informative magazine. In its Summer 2021 issue an article heralded the end of a business relationship between University Hospital in Newark, NJ and Burger King which had been serving “…artery-clogging cheeseburgers and milkshakes to visitors, patients, and staff for about 25 years.” In 2017 the […]