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Dietary Choices Linked to Loss of Brain Volume

From 1990-2016, the world-wide incidence of dementia increased by 117%. This alarming statistic has stimulated many scientists to look for possible causes of this life-altering condition- affecting patients, families, and governments. With inflammation being a suspected initiator of many of our chronic, debilitating illnesses, there have been many studies focused on the influence of diet […]

What We Can Learn From the French

Many years ago, I read an article in the New York Times, written by Karen Le Billon, an American university professor who divided her time between teaching assignments in the US and France…taking her two daughters with her. The subject of this article had a powerful effect on me, influencing the way I approached the […]

Nitrate-Rich Vegetables & Heart Health

In April of last year, the European Journal of Epidemiology reported the results of a 23 year Danish study of 53,000 subjects evaluating who among them had a lower rate of hypertension [high blood pressure], and heart disease, and how their diets might have influenced the findings . It was discovered that those who consumed […]

Plant-Based Diets Linked to Better COVID-19 Outcomes

On June, 7, 2021 an online article in the BMJ’s [British Medical Journal] Nutrition, Prevention & Health, reported the health outcomes of health care workers in six countries, with high exposure to patients suffering from COVID-19. Participants who followed plant-based diets had a 73% reduced incidence of moderate to severe COVID-19. In contrast, those who […]

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 […]