The nutritional myth that saturated fat is bad for you continues to fall apart as a steady stream of new books and studies on this topic hit the media. The latest work to challenge the old dogma is a book called
The Big Fat ...
The FTC’s latest report on food marketing to kids: glass half full or empty?
Last Friday was a big day for releasing reports that federal agencies would rather keep quiet. As I discussed in my previous post, the FDA released its long overdue environmental impact report on GM Salmon. Today, let’s take a look at the FTC’s latest report on the state of food and beverage marketing aimed at [...]
Q. I hate having to get up three or four times a night to urinate. Around 3 or 4 in the morning I have trouble getting back to sleep. I have discovered that when I take ibuprofen for post-exercise soreness...
Whole wheat pastry flour is seasoned with cinnamon, vanilla extract and sugar before being cooked on the stove. These whole wheat pancakes are punctuated with sweet tart blueberries, but try these flexible flapjacks with any of your favorite fruit baked in.
Sharon Palmer is a Registered Dietician and Editor of an award-winning health and nutrition newsletter. Her new book, The Plant-Powered Diet, is the perfect Meatless Monday companion, offering simple suggestions and recipes to help people of all culinary persuasions add more whole foods to their diet.
This veggie stir fry is as simple as sautéing the harvest from your late Summer garden (or your late Summer CSA box!) When vegetables are that fresh, their natural sweetness shines through, seasoned with nothing more than a touch of garlic, salt and pepper.
(Serves 30) Ingredients: 1 cup olive oil 1 quart chopped onions 1 quart vegetable broth 6 ½ quarts water 10 pounds zucchini 5 cups small pasta for soup Fresh lemon juice 1 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper ½ cup chopped fresh chervil Directions: Sauté onions in olive oil. Cover and cook gently for about 20 [...]
The Lerner Center Ushers in New Era of Public Health Promotion
The man behind the Meatless Monday movement is working with Syracuse University to educate the next generation of public health experts. The Lerner Center will examine health communications best practices and spread Meatless Monday throughout the Syracuse community.
Originally published June, 2004. Updated October, 2012
Prickly pear cactus (Opuntia spp), called nopal in Spanish, is a plant native to Mexico and the American southwest that is now widely cultivated in many parts of the world, especially the Mediterranean regions. I've long recommended prickly pear extract as a supplement to help control blood sugar levels in those with diabetes or pre-diabetes, as does my friend, colleague, and fellow desert-dweller, Tieraona Low Dog, M.D., an expert in botanical medicine and Director of the Fellowship at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Low Dog routinely recommends prickly pear to patients, as food, in capsules, or as a pulp-rich juice. She also teaches the Fellows how to prepare simple dishes using both the succulent cactus leaves (pads) and the fruit. (She even makes an amazing prickly pear Margarita!)
Dr. Low Dog tells me that prickly pear is popular in Mexico for preventing hangovers, a folk remedy that proved effective in a Tulane University study published in the June 28, 2004 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine. Researchers found that volunteers who took a prickly pear extract five hours before consuming five to 7 alcoholic drinks had significantly less nausea, dry mouth and loss of appetite the following day compared to those who took a placebo. (The extract did not prevent hangover-related headaches and dizziness, however.) The researchers suggested that the benefits were related to prickly pear's strong anti-inflammatory effects. The juice contains betalains, a rare class of antioxidants that is responsible for the rich color of beets and red Swiss chard. Prickly pear juice also contains vitamin C.
Some research suggests that prickly pear may also help control cholesterol levels. In 2003, a small Italian study (only 10 patients participated) indicated that prickly pear extract might lower LDL ("bad" cholesterol) but had no effect on levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol or triglycerides. Results of the study were published in Nuclear Medicine Review of Central and Eastern Europe. Another small study (24 participants) at the University of Vienna in Austria found that prickly pear decreased total cholesterol (by 12%), LDL (15%), triglycerides (12%), blood glucose (11%), insulin (11%) and uric acid (10%), while body weight, HDL and other lipid measurements did not change. If you're concerned about your cholesterol, I suggest reading the high cholesterol article in the Condition Care Guide on this site, which will give you my recommendations for dietary changes, exercise and supplements that can help you get it under control.
In addition to its popular use for hangovers, prickly pear remedies have been used traditionally in Mexico for a wide variety of disorders. The heated cactus pads have served as poultices for rheumatism, and the fruit of the plant is consumed as treatment for diarrhea, asthma and gonorrhea. Mexicans also consume prickly pear to address high blood pressure, gastric acidity, ulcers, fatigue, shortness of breath, glaucoma, and liver disorders.
Cremini mushrooms are sautéed until golden, then tossed with spinach, Swiss cheese and whole-wheat bread. This egg white breakfast casserole is perfect for busy group brunches, as the convenient assembly occurs the night before serving, so when morning comes, simply take it out and bake it until browned.
Rather than putting your body through harsh fasts or detox programs, take a gentle approach to cleansing and detoxifying your body with an herbal fiber supplement. Fiber works to slowly yet thoroughly cleanse the digestive system without disrupting daily life.
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Histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, theronine, tryptophan, and valine are considered essential amino acids because they must be supplied by your diet.
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A simple mnemonic to remember signs and symptoms of scurvy is "EFGH", representing ecchymoses, fatigue, gum bleeding and tenderness, and hyperkeratosis.
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Prescription for Nutritional Healing By Phyllis A. Balch, CNC
Prescription for Nutritional Healing is the most thorough drug-free guide to managing chronic conditions I have ever come across. It is an 800 page, A to Z, guide providing alternative and holistic approaches to almost every common disease. I highly recommend this book to anyone, especially practicing dietitians, looking to expand their holistic knowledge. If you, like me, consistently counsel patients not responding to or interested in Western Medicine, then this is your answer.