Posts for: November, 2012

November 26, 2012
Category: Nutrition
Tags: Calcium  

An estimated 55 percent of men and 78 percent of women over the age of 20 are not getting enough calcium in their diets.

The following are a few strategies and tips to help you meet your calcium needs each day:

  • Use low-fat or fat-free milk instead of water in recipes such as pancakes, mashed potatoes, pudding and instant, hot breakfast cereals.
  • Blend a fruit smoothie made with low-fat or fat-free yogurt for a great breakfast.
  • Sprinkle grated low-fat or fat-free cheese on salad, soup or pasta.
  • Choose low-fat or fat-free milk instead of carbonated soft drinks.
  • Serve raw fruits and vegetables with a low-fat or fat-free yogurt- based dip.
  • Create a vegetable stir-fry and toss in diced calcium-set tofu.
  • Especially for lactose-intolerant patients: Complement your diet with calcium-fortified foods such as certain cereals, orange juice and soy beverages.

November 19, 2012
Category: Uncategorized
Tags: Untagged

People fear the dentist more than any other medical professional. There’s something about the sharp tools and high-pitched hum of the drill that makes us dread those biannual visits. But recent reports suggest your dentist can offer you far more than a great smile. Those teeth cleanings also may help prevent diabetes, stroke, low birth weight in babies and heart disease.

A recent study in The New England Journal of Medicine estimated that as many as 80 percent of American adults have some form of periodontal (gum) disease. Researchers found that, like obesity, inflammatory periodontal diseases may increase insulin, which is a major issue for diabetics. Proper dental care can combat complications of diabetes and may reduce inflammation throughout the body associated with various health problems.

Here’s the science: If people fail to brush their teeth or floss, bacteria build up between the teeth, migrate into the bloodstream and clog arteries. By improving the expansion of the blood vessels and allowing better blood flow, treating gum disease may diminish the risk of heart attack and cardiovascular disease.

You already know going to the dentist is essential for healthy teeth and gums. Now that good dental health also means full-body health, you have two good reasons to overcome your fears and schedule regular checkups with your dentist.


November 12, 2012
Category: cancer
Tags: Untagged

10 Ways to Prevent Cancer

1. Food supply/eating habits:
Consume a plant-based diet rich in fruits and vegetables; minimize starchy foods.

2. Vegetable and fruit intake:
Eat five or more servings of fruits/vegetables per day (excluding beans, lentils, chick peas, etc. and starchy vegetables).

3. Consumption of other plant foods:
Eat seven or more daily portions of a variety of cereals, roots, tubers, plantains, etc.; minimize intake of processed foods and refined sugars.

4. Alcohol consumption:
Alcohol intake is discouraged; if at all, limit to less than one drink per day.

5. Meat consumption:
If consumed at all, limit to 3 ounces daily.

6. Total fats and oils:
Limit consumption of fatty foods; use moderate amounts of appropriate vegetable oils when necessary.

7. Salt and salting:
Limit consumption of salted foods and use of cooking/table salt; use herbs and spices as alternate seasoning options.

8. Food storage:
Do not eat food subject to contamination due to long storage at ambient temperatures. Preserve perishable food appropriately via refrigeration, freezing, etc.

9. Additives and residues:
Minimize levels of additives, contaminants and other residues in food sources.

10. Food preparation:
Consume grilled or broiled meat and fish occasionally, avoiding burning of meat juices and charring.


Believe it or not, kids are developing high cholesterol these days, and they’re actually being put on medication to help reduce it. Funny thing is, research suggests it may go down naturally – without the need for drugs.

High cholesterol is no laughing matter, whether you’re an adult or a child, but cholesterol-lowering prescription medication doesn’t need to be the stock solution, particularly when an abundance of research indicates that lifestyle modifications such as exercise and diet can make a significant dent in the problem. Add to that the results of a recent study which suggests children with even very high cholesterol levels may experience a drop over time – without drugs or other interventions.

The study, published in Pediatrics, found that some children with high cholesterol levels at baseline (and warranting drug intervention according to guidelines) had levels after four years that no longer would require intervention. As the study authors concluded: “There can be large changes in extreme levels of LDL [low-density lipoprotein or 'bad'] cholesterol … and practitioners should be aware that very high levels may decrease substantially in the absence of any intervention.”

Some children (and adults) with a genetic predisposition to high cholesterol or who fail to improve after conservative interventions (diet, exercise) may need to take cholesterol-lowering medication, but it’s important to understand that the majority develop high cholesterol as a consequence of poor diet or obesity, both of which can be modified.

Consider this recommendation from the American Academy of Pediatrics on how to manage children with cholesterol (courtesy of WebMD): “For kids who are overweight or obese and who have a high blood-fat level or low level of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol, weight management is the primary treatment. This means improved diet with nutritional counseling and increased physical exercise.” Drug management should be considered only in children ages 8 or older who have extremely high cholesterol and a family history of early heart disease.




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