Sweet, Sweet Nutmeg...

Hey all. I’m still off for the holiday. So, while I’m away. Enjoy this non-denominational carol about nutmeg, sung by R&B star, turned forest ranger, John Legend on A Colbert Christmas.

“Nutmeg. Sweet, sweet nutmeg…My sweet brown nutmeg…You need my nutmeg…Just grab my seed and grate it.” It’ll be stuck in your head for hours!

And thanks for telling we what you ate yesterday, very cool. Oh, and my 5k was great!

Happy Thanksgiving!

The lovable goofballs at The Onion came up with that list of Thanksgiving Day turkey alternatives. As for me, no turkey for me! I’ll be eating fish and a whole bunch of vegetables. After I run a 5k!

So, what will you be eating today?

Via Serious Eats.


 

Research: Breast Cancer May Disappear Without Treatment

Editor’s Note: Dr. Fuhrman responds to a recent study in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggesting breast cancer screening, i.e. mammography, has lead to an over-diagnosis of cancer. The research, which took 4 years to get published, claims 22% of cancer cases do not need treatment and will resolve on their own.

It’s easy to understand why this study was so hard to get published and the stranglehold the drug companies and the medical profession has on the status quo in disease-care. It should not even be called health care!

It has been known for years that a large percentage of the so-called diagnoses of cancer are not really cancer. The movement of cells toward more and more abnormalities that eventually get diagnosed with cancer is not a black and white line that they cross. Some cells are clearly normal, other cells may be clearly cancerous, but many fall into a grey area, where the state of cancer (uncontrolled cell replication) is not 100 percent clear.

In this range, many of these so-called cancers are the most likely to reverse, or not really manifest cancerous properties after diagnoses. Additionally, these earlier and less definitive or early cancers are more likely to respond to nutritional interventions. In other words, the most likely scenario where a cancer disappears from nutritional interventions is in those cancers that are comprised of cells that are not as cancerous, if we could measure cancerous properties on a continuum.

Lastly, one of the reasons why mammograms have such a small, almost worthless impact on reducing deaths from breast cancer in so many medical studies is because, many of the so-called cancers that are then treated with chemotherapy or radiation are conditions that would never have progressed to a metastatic or life threatening condition, so the risks from the treatment were more significant than from the native disease.

This is especially concerning because belief in the success of chemotherapy for estrogen positive post-menopausal breast cancer is so ubiquitous, but the true benefits are miniscule. The point is that this is a confusing and complicated issue that we are only in the infancy of understanding and our present screening and treatment of most cancers is barbaric, ineffective and leaves much to be desired.

Superior nutrition and a healthful lifestyle is still the best way to win the war on cancer in the modern world, but these protective nutritional changes must taken throughout society, including children when the dividing cells are most susceptible to damage.

Via CBS News.

Avandia Linked to Congestive Heart Failure and Death

In 2007 researchers believed the diabetes drug Avandia might triple heart risks. And now they know for sure! A new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine reveals elderly diabetics taking rosiglitazone, the other name for Avandia, were more likely to suffer congestive heart failure and more likely to die; The New York Times reports.

The Baobab Fruit is Coming!

That’s baobab fruit, from the giant baobab tree, and apparently it’s amazing! In fact, its dried pulp, which is loaded with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and twice as much calcium as milk, is poised to become 2009’s newest super fruit; FoodNavigator explains.

Like the mysterious black garlic, I’ve never tried it. Have you?
 

Healthcare Workers Don't Get Flu Shots...

People think flu shots are heaven sent. They’re not. Many of our flu shots are outmatched and flu strains are gaining new resistances. Maybe that’s why 60% of American healthcare workers do not receive the flu vaccine; The Washington Post investigates.

But remember, a healthy diet, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, and good hygiene, specifically hand washing, are great defenses against flu cells!
 

Green-News: Wednesday 11.26.08

Kids of Centenarians Live Longer, Healthier Too...

Bad news for me! My family knocks off early. New research in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society claims children of centenarians have greater longevity and 78% lower risk of heart attack, 83% lower risk of stroke and 86% lower risk of diabetes; Reuters reports.

Well, for those of us with short-lived elders, this is NOT a death sentence. Eating a healthy diet will boost your longevity, so will staying busy and independent and health guru and near-centenarian, Jack Lalanne, insists enjoying all the wonderful things we have helps too.

Health-Points: Tuesday 11.25.08

  • Having no stress would be great! And there’s an added perk for cancer patients. New research in Cancer claims reducing stress, by exercising and eating healthfully, can help prevent relapses and fight cancer; via NewScientist.
  • China’s food safety has drawn intense scrutiny, prompting the FDA to open an office in Beijing. According to a spokesperson it will enhance the regulatory cooperation between the United States and China; CNN reports.

Type-1 Diabetes: Control Blood Sugar, Save Eyes and Kidneys

According to Dr. Fuhrman, eating a vegetable-based diet can help type-1 diabetics reduce their insulin requirements and keep glucose levels under excellent control. Good thing! Because a new study in Diabetes Care reveals strict blood sugar control staves off diabetes-related eye and kidney disease; via Reuters.

 

Green-News: Tuesday 11.25.08

  • You could buy an expensive filter to clean your air or you could buy a plant. House plants like peace lily and Chinese evergreen help remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and other toxins from the air; via Huddler.
  • Environmentalists hate President Bush’s environmental record. But in one last hurrah he plans to create the largest marine conservation area in the world. Meaning he’d be protect more of the earth’s surface than anyone else in history; NewScientist explains.

On Manager's Special 11.24.08

 

Nice looking broccoli $0.60.

 

 

More awesome broccoli $0.60.

 

 

Some apples and persimmon $0.72.

 

A fantastic haul for just $1.92!

Black Garlic

That’s black garlic. Ancient mystics claim it grants immortality. I don’t know about that. But BlackGarlic.com says it has twice as many antioxidants as raw garlic and contains a cancer-preventing compound called S-Allylcysteine.

It’s made using a special heated fermenting process. After 1 month the garlic turns black and the flavor changes. It becomes sweeter with a molasses-like richness that melts in your mouth and doesn’t stink up your breath. Very cool.

I’ve never had black garlic. But now I’m intrigued. Have you eaten it? Do tell, do tell!

Via Slashfood.

Smoking Parents Hurt Kids' Hearts

Smoking is bad. Don’t do it. And here’s more reason not to smoke. Scientists claim parents who smoke can cause vascular damage in their children.

The study appears in Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. HealthDay News reports:

The inner lining of the carotid arteries was thicker for the young adults who had both parents smoking during pregnancy, a sign of potential danger in the years ahead. The thickening was strongest for maternal smoking.

"We believe that our findings with regard to fetal exposure may serve as a first signal which will have to be confirmed by other research in this area," Dr. Cuno S.P.M. Uiterwaal, an associate professor of clinical epidemiology at the University Medical Center in Utrecht said.

Who would smoke around a kid! In fact, Ontario is so against it, they’ve proposed fining drivers who smoke in their cars when children are present.

And if California quits smoking they can save $86 Billion! Smoking ups heart disease risk too.
 

Autumn Ups Asthma Risk...

A new study in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine claims babies born in the fall have a 30% greater risk of developing asthma than babies born at some other time. Researchers blame winter viruses, like respiratory syncytial virus; HealthDay News reports.

And a previous report suggests over-stressed moms can increase their baby’s likelihood of developing asthma or allergies later in life. So can public swimming pools. But according to Dr. Fuhrman breastfeeding reduces the risk of asthma in children. It works in mice too!
 

Green-News: Tuesday 11.24.08

 

Eat for Health: Fighting Cardiovascular Disease

This is an excerpt from Dr. Fuhrman’s book Eat For Health.

The dietary recommendations contained in this book and the elements that make a diet cardio protective have been tested in multiple studies. The evidence here is overwhelming. Let’s first look at the LDL cholesterol lowering effects of various dietary plans, as documented in published medical journal articles.

Eat for Health puts together many different qualities that make a diet cardio-protective and cholesterol-reducing. It’s not just a low-fat or vegetarian way of eating that makes a diet ideal. This eating-style has such dramatic benefits because it is very high in mixed fibers and vegetables and has sterols and other compounds from beans and nuts. This is the only dietary intervention shown to lower cholesterol as effectively as cholesterol-lowering medications. Though the low-fat vegetarian diet did lower LDL cholesterol 16 percent, triglycerides were actually 18.7 percent higher and the LDL/HDL ratio remained unchanged. The results of the study that patterned the recommendations of Eat for Health differed in that the LDL cholesterol was more significantly lowered without unfavorable impact on HDL or triglycerides, reflecting sizable improvement in cardiac risk factors. I have hundreds of patients in my medical practice who have witnessed dramatic reductions in their blood lipids, especially LDL cholesterol, without drugs.

Keep in mind that cholesterol lowering does not adequately explain the protective effect of Eat for Health in cardiovascular disease since the diet has powerful anti-inflammatory and other beneficial biochemical effects. Even though drugs may lower cholesterol, they cannot be expected to offer the dramatic protection against cardiovascular events that nutritional excellence can. The aggressive use of cholesterol-lowering drugs does not prevent most heart attacks and strokes and does not decrease the risk of fatal strokes.7 That is, in clinical trials a significant percentage of patients on the best possible statin therapy still experience events; however, lowering cholesterol with nutritional excellence can be expected to offer dramatically more protection and disease reversal compared to drug therapy, without the risk or expense of prescription medication.
 

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Greener Kids are Slimmer Kids

A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine reveals city kids living in greener neighborhoods were thinner. Researchers found a relationship between “greenness” and slower increase in body mass index over time; HealthDay News reports.

Putting kids to bed helps too. Oh, and keep them away from cockroaches!
 

The President Exercises, So Can You!

Barack Obama, like presidents before him, exercises regularly, even on Election Day! Nowadays, Obama, a former smoker still trying to quit, and his wife, future First Lady Michelle, are both avid gym rats, playing basketball, lifting weights and doing cardio; The NY Daily News investigates.

Obama’s lead is perfect for our chronically sedentary nation. And actually, his predecessor George W. Bush also fought hard for exercise, recently unveiling a presidential fitness test for adults.

Now, Dr. Fuhrman insists regular exercise is an important part of longevity. Even centenarians urge staying active. So get out there and move, running, Yoga, Tai Chi, whatever!

Via That'sFit.
 

Super Bug in Supermarket Meat...

Bad news for meat mongers! Clostridium difficile, a bacteria normally linked with severe hospital infections, was found in 40% of meat products tested from 3 national supermarket chains and ground beef, pork, turkey and sausage contain a “super” strain of the bacteria; via MSNBC.

Gross! And previous reports have linked deli meat with listeria, that killed 12 people, and meat and poultry have been blamed for a lot of foodborne infections. Okay, now I’m going to puke.

Green-News: Friday 11.21.08

 

U.S. Cholesterol: LDL Down, Triglycerides Up

At the American Heart Association's annual meeting researchers revealed LDL cholesterol levels in U.S. adults have dropped since 1980, but triglyceride levels are 5 times higher. Scientists cite increased awareness of the dangers of high-fat diets and statins for the drop in LDL and the surge in obesity for the jump in triglycerides; Reuters reports.

Okay, it’s good to hear people are getting wise to high-fat diets. Diets rich in saturated fat are linked to heart disease, but statins are no saving grace. They have serious side effects and only offer a band aid solution. However, plant-based diets lower cholesterol, improve triglycerides, reverse cardiovascular disease and promote healthy bodyweight.

Chocolate Craving, Walk it Off...

Chocolate is my weakness. Sometimes I need it! But next time a craving hits, I’ll try walking it off. A new study in Appetite claims a brisk 15-minute walk can halt chocolate cravings. And short spurts of exercise, like walking, might help improve mood and alertness too; Reuters reports.

For a healthier chocolate alternative, give my chocolate pudding a try!
 

Depressed Diabetics Struggle to Control Symptoms

A study of depressed type-2 diabetics revealed they had a higher than average hemoglobin A1C level, an indicator of long-term blood sugar control. Published in General Hospital Psychiatry researchers suggest the pangs of depression may impede them from making necessary lifestyle changes to control their diabetes; via Reuters.

Dudes, Do You Yoga?

I’m a guy. I watch football. I curse. I spit. And I’ll say it, I’m downright manly. But I also do Yoga. And I’m cool with it! But apparently a lot of men aren’t. Some say it’s too girly. Others claim they’re not flexible enough. Phooey!

Okay guys, I’m a proud yogi. Are you? Stand up and be counted. Om shanti damn it!

Via That’sFit.
 

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Green-News: Thursday 11.20.08

Cancer and Depression: Too Little Sleep, Too Much Television

About 40 million Americans don’t get enough sleep. Not cool, especially when you consider a recent report linking insufficient sleep with greater risk of cancer. Even when adjusted for age and exercise of level of participants, sleep played an important role in cancer; Reuters explains.

Skipping sleep is a nasty habit too, I’m guilty of it, but I don’t watch very much television. Good thing, because a new study in Social Indicators Research claims people that watch a lot of TV are unhappy. Unlike people who don’t and are involved in activities, they’re happier; via LiveScience.

Obesity is also a major risk-factor for both cancer and depression.
 

England Must Grow More Fruit...

Britain imports 90% of its fruit. That’s a problem. As world oil production peaks (i.e. transportation) and populations grow, England could be choked out of the market for fresh fruits and vegetables. Authorities insist only a domestic farming revolution can save England from possible food shortages; The Guardian reports.

Maybe lifting the ban on ugly fruits and vegetables will help!

Cockroaches Cause Asthma and Allergies, Eek!

And not just roaches. Mice too! New research in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology claims antibodies developed to cockroach and mouse proteins increase the risk of wheeze, hay fever and eczema in young children; from Eurekalert.

That’s creepy. Even ickier than likening trans-fat to rat poop. More reason to be mindful of your child’s living space. Dr. Fuhrman insists it’s the parent’s responsibility to ensure a safe and toxin-free environment. Eating organic food helps too!

Via TreeHugger.
 

Going MySpace!

Here’s another nifty gadget. Check out Dr. Fuhrman’s official MySpace page.

And don’t forget about these too:

I’m the admin, so start friending today!
 

Green-News: Wednesday 11.19.08

  • Pollution has plateaued, following 6 years of growth, says a new report by the United Nations report, but there’s a catch. Data for the previous 2 years has not be announced; via The New York Times.

Low Vitamin D Linked to Hypertension, Sudden Cardiac Death

The Healthiest City in America...

That’s Burlington, Vermont and it’s the healthiest city in the United States. The CDC reports Burlington, with 95%, has the largest percentage of people in good or great health. The population is younger, more affluent and very active in outdoors. They eat better too, enjoying plenty of vegan restaurants and co-ops; from the Associated Press.

Seems to agree with other reports, previously researchers from Harvard University's School of Public Health in Boston determined people living in neighborhoods with good walking environments and easy access to healthy foods were leaner than those living in less desirable communities. I guess Las Vegas is bad then. Because it was named the fattest city, twice!
 

Cutting Cow Flatulence

I don’t eat meat. Mostly for health reasons, but nowadays, I think about the environment a lot. Livestock and meat production sap natural resources. And the all the methane gas, produced by farting cows, contributes mightily to global warming.

But experts predict eating less meat could help lower rising temperatures. Although some scientists have taken a different approach, they’re trying to engineer less flatulent bovine diets, like high-tech grass and food additives; via Plenty Magazine.

Calories on Menus Could Go Nationwide...

We’re a fat country. We love horrible food! We eat it blindly. So to buck the trend, New York City started requiring fast food joints to post calorie-content on their menus. And it helped, New Yorkers like it. As a result, the legislation is gaining popularity in congress. Soon, calories-on-menus laws could be national; Reuters reports.

Green-News: Tuesday 11.18.08

  • Times Square is getting the first eco-friendly billboard, above the Chase sign. It’s powered by the sun and wind. But here’s the kicker, if there’s no sun or wind, it goes dark. No back generator; The New York Times reports.
  • Speaking of New York, even though Mayor Bloomberg’s attempt to require hybrid taxis was shot down, he hasn’t given up. Now he wants to offer financial incentives for taxi owners to buy hybrid; more from the New York Times.
  • Composting isn’t just a summer thing. Good winter composting tips include saving fallen leaves, not turning the pile to preserve heat and getting a bigger bin for under your sink and emptying it bin more often; via Stream of Consciousness.

Saturated Fat Linked to Small Intestine Cancer...

A new study in Cancer Research claims eating foods high in saturated fat, like red meat, may heighten the risk of cancer in the small intestine. HealthDay News Reports:

Previous research had identified a link between red and processed meats and cancer of the large intestine, but this is the first prospective study to examine the association between meat and fat intake and cancer of the small intestine.

During the study, 60 adenocarcinomas and 80 carcinoid tumors of the small intestine were diagnosed among the participants, and an elevated risk for these cancers was associated with saturated fat intake.

Saturated fat is a health-destroyer. Previous reports have associated saturated fat with both prostate and ovarian cancer, not to mention heart disease and hypertension.
 

On Manager's Special 11.17.08

 

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Awesome broccoli and mystery pepper $0.90.

 

 

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All that great stuff for just $2.29.

Very cool. Marked down produce is a freaking goldmine! 

Viva Ugly Veggies!

Sometimes when I go shopping. I look like hell. Sweaty gym clothes and five o'clock shadow. But despite appearances, there’s nothing wrong with me—I think—and that’s the same reason why European food advocates wanted selling restrictions on “ugly” fruits and vegetables removed

Previously, bizarre-looking produce, like forked carrots, crooked cucumbers and blemished bananas, were banned from markets, but now citing economic tough times and utter stupidity and wastefulness, the European Union has lifted restrictions on odd-looking produce; via DiscoBlog.

Kids and Soda, Can't Stop It

Districts have tried to stop kids from drinking soda by eliminating it from schools, but a new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior reveals nixing sugar-sweetened beverages and diet soda, does little to stop kids from drinking them; via A Better Life.

Clearly, kids are finding a way to get their soda fix. And a recent report found not only are children’s diets getting worse, but consumption of sugary drinks is up 15%. That’s why San Francisco’s governor wanted a surcharge on drinks sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup.
 

Green-News: Monday 11.17.08

  • Waste paper is piling up. No one wants it. China used to buy it and recycle it. But they’ve stopped. Now, at great cost, it’s being stored. It could also end up in landfills; via TreeHugger.

 

Dr. Fuhrman on Studio 10 TV

This Thursday Dr. Fuhrman stopped by Studio 10 TV in St. Petersburg, Florida to talk health and nutrition with hosts Jerome and Holley.

Here’s the video: Dr. Joel Fuhrman Shows Us How to Eat for Health!
 

The Colbert Report on Taking Statins for No Reason

A new study in the New England Journal of Medicine claims taking statins preventively can dramatically reduce the risk of heart attack in men and women with no history of heart disease, the research was funded by Crestor; PBS reports.

Then on his show, comedian Stephen Colbert ripped the study calling it, “A great breakthrough in the battle to find things to prescribe to people who don’t need them.” Although, he admits to crushing statins on his bacon chili cheese corndogs. Eek!

All joking aside, this seems pretty shameless to me. Taking pills just because! Listen, statins aren’t wonder drugs. They carry heavy side effects, like hepatitis and jaundice. Besides, the best preventative medicine for heart disease is a vegetable-based diet.

Waist-to-Hip Ratio Better than Body Mass Index

New research in the New England Journal of Medicine claims waist-to-hip ratio is better at predicting obesity-related death than body mass index (BMI). Reuters explains:

When they calculated the waist-to-hip ratio by dividing a person's waist size, measured at the navel, by the biggest part of their hips, the team led by Dr. Tobias Pischon of the German Institute of Human Nutrition Potsdam-Rehbruecke found that the risk of death increased by 34 percent for men and 24 percent for women every time that ratio increased by 0.1.

This backs up previous reports highlighting BMI’s inaccuracy in evaluating obesity in older folks and people with a lot of muscle, like me! My BMI says I’m a dead man.

Fat Pregnancy, Tubby Teenagers...

Let’s see. A mother’s diet can affect the sex of her baby. Exposure to BPA during pregnancy can up the kid’s chance of becoming obese. And now, a new study in Obstetrics & Gynecology claims women who gain too much weight while pregnant may have fat teenagers; Reuters reports.
 

 

Green-News: Friday 11.14.08

  • I’m not a car guy. If the thing runs, I’m cool! But some people obsess over cars. And at the 2008 SEMA car show someone whipped up that teeny-tiny eco-friendly Batmobile; from Green Stumbler.

Young Kids, Old Arteries

It’s a tough time to be a kid! Seriously, more and more kids have food allergies. Children are sicker and fatter and taking lots of pills for hypertension and high cholesterol. And now, the American Heart Association claims obese kids have middle-aged arteries; the Associated Press reports.

What’s next? No Santa Claus! Maybe all the heavy metal music, which I love, is what's harming our whippersnappers’ hearts; via HealthandMen.

Nanotechnology Not Tested Enough, Experts Worried...

The UK’s Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution urges more assessment of nanomaterial’s impact on the environment and health. Nanotechnology-based products are flooding the market, but without sufficient safety testing; NewScientist reports.

Actually, previous reports have warned against using nanotechnology in things like food packaging, due to health concerns. Others claim carbon nanotubes act like asbestos if inhaled. Even Dr. Fuhrman wants more testing on nanotechnology.

Corn in the Hamburgers...

A recent chemical analysis of fast food from 6 major U.S. cities revealed corn molecules turned up in almost everything; from hamburgers to chicken sandwiches. Via National Geographic News:

Out of the hundreds of meals that we bought, there were only 12 servings of anything that did not go straight back to a corn source," said study lead author Hope Jahren, a geobiologist at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu.

Corn's dominance in the nation's fast food is well known, "but the [chemical analysis] really bring it home in a way that hasn't been brought home before," said Craig Cox, Midwest vice president for the nonprofit Environmental Working Group.

More reason to avoid fast food! Now, corn is cool, but don’t base your diet on it. Humans should eat a biologically diverse diet, lots of DIFFERENT fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and beans.

Green-News: Thursday 11.13.08

  • Iceland's Geir H. Haarde, Germany's Angela Merkel, Australia's Kevin Rudd, South Korea's Lee Myung-bak and U.S. President-elect Barack Obama are the new green leaders; via TreeHugger.
  • Speaking of our president-to-be, alternative energy companies, like solar and wind, are thrilled with Obama’s energy plans, but oil companies are worried; The San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Research: Eat Peanuts Early, Avoid Allergies Later

Last year a report claimed peanut allergies were up in children and then, just last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that 3 million children have food allergies

Now, amidst nut-phobia, new research in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology claims eating peanuts in infancy is associated with a lower instance of peanut allergy; Reuters reports.

I asked Dr. Fuhrman. He said the mother has to be eating peanuts, while nursing, at the same time the food is first introduced to maximally prevent allergies. The mother’s antibodies are key!
 

10 Healthiest Supermarkets

Did your grocery store make the cut? Health magazine lists America's top 10 supermarkets:

  1. Whole Foods
  1. Safeway
  1. Harris Teeter
  1. Trader Joe's
  1. Hannaford
  1. Albertsons
  1. Food Lion
  1. Publix Super Markets
  1. Pathmark
  1. SuperTarget

By me, Wegmans is the healthiest dog in the fight. It's where I buy all my bananas!

Mexican Diet Program, Muy Mal...

A new study in the Journal of Nutrition reveals Mexico’s attempt to encourage citizens to lose weight by paying them to attend annual medical check-ups and nutrition classes is actually causing them to pack on the pounds; via Reuters.

 

Heart Health: Get to Bed!

Okay, you might be able to “get by” on a little sleep. But new research in the Archives of Internal Medicine has determined getting less than 7.5 hours of sleep each night, increases risk of heart attack and stroke; Reuters reports.

Green-News: Wednesday 11.12.08

  • Global investors, holding more than $6 trillion in assets, want to stop climate change. Calling for an agreement to cut greenhouse gas emissions, promote green technology and expand the global carbon market; Reuters reports.

Kids Sicker and Fatter...

Not good. New research in Pediatrics claims more and more kids are taking medications for chronic conditions, like hypertension, diabetes, depression and high cholesterol. No surprise, but childhood obesity is being blamed; via Booster Shots.

Actually, we’ve seen this before. In fact, some people want to prescribe statins to kids. Sure, heart disease starts in youth, but instead of stuffing pills down their throats. Why not teach kids the importance of healthy eating and NOT the easy way out!
 

On Manager's Special 11.11.08

 

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Super ripe bananas $0.38.

 

 

A bunch of apples $1.74.

 

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Vitamins Don't Prevent Heart Disease

Yeah, you’ve got to eat healthy to prevent heart disease! A new study in Journal of the American Medical Association reveals taking vitamins C and E do nothing to prevent heart disease in men; the Associated Press reports.

Bad times for pills and heart disease, beta-blockers can CAUSE heart attacks and Vytorin is going swiftly down the toilet. Meanwhile, a nutrient-dense diet still reverses heart disease and lowers cholesterol, naturally!
 

Going FaceBook!

Hey all. Check this out. Dr. Fuhrman’s official FaceBook page!

Yours truly is the admin, so login and add yourself as a fan. Oh, and don’t forget our other gadgets too:

More to come, stay tuned!
 

Green-News: Tuesday 11.11.08

  • Do you have a root cellar? Arguably, my entire apartment is a cellar. But root cellars are making a comeback! Cool dark rooms are excellent for storing and extending the life of fresh fruits and vegetables; from The New York Times.

 

Gene Mutation Linked to Seasonal Depression

I’ve had my bouts with depression. So I can totally relate to people that get seasonal affective disorder, getting depressed in the fall when sunlight is fleeting, it really sucks!

Even Dr. Fuhrman acknowledges how tough it can be, that’s why he prescribes light therapy. Using therapeutic lights to get your sunshine and boost your vitamin D.

And now, no pun intended, a new study in the Journal of Affective Disorders sheds light on the disorder. A gene mutation in the eye could be to blame; HealthDay News reports.
 

Stay Fit, Healthy, Sexy!

Sex, if we didn’t do it, we wouldn’t exist! So for those you not getting any, myself included, here are some great tips for boosting your sex drive, like exercising, relaxing and adding a little romance; from On Women.

I guess we can add sex as an AWESOME motivation to keep exercising. And, the sexed and non-sexed alike could always relax more—try yoga! As for the romance part, healthy emotions keep us healthy too.

Via That’sFit.
 

Overeating Eating and Substance Abuse, Similar...

I know, sounds weird. But a new study in Psychiatric News claims compulsive eating and substance abuse share the same neurological pathways and chemicals in the brain. Analyzing this relationship could yield better treatment options for both; via Booster Shots.

No doubt, we’ve all had moments where overeating, or eating something we shouldn’t, made us feel better. Dr. Fuhrman calls this emotional eating and it’s a serious impediment to health. Good news, cutting junk foods and eating healthier can eliminate the problem. Hooray!
 

Girls are Yucky!

Ha! Sorry ladies. You’re ickier than guys. According to a new report women have MORE germs on their hands than men; the Associated Press explains.

And they say I’m a filthy pig! Other germy surfaces include yoga mats and shopping carts. Good a healthy diet offers great defense against creepy-crawlies.
 

Green-News: Monday 11.10.08

Diabetes: Fish Prevents Kidney Trouble

A new study in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases claims diabetics eating fish twice a week have less risk of kidney disease because they excrete less protein in their urine, a common indicator of kidney trouble; Reuters reports.

Here’s what Dr. Fuhrman said about it:

Anytime you add fish, fish oil, DHA supplements, flax or walnuts to a diet you will see dramatic health benefits for a variety of illnesses. This is consistent with other studies, so in that context it is reasonable to advise people to include sources of omega-3 and even DHA in their diet. This can be met with plant sources of omega-3 and a vegan DHA supplement such as DHA Purity or this need can be met with fish or fish oil.

Other foods, like green vegetables, beans, raw nuts and seeds, actually help prevent and reserve diabetes. Now, DHA deficiency has been linked to depression, dyslexia, aggressiveness, alcoholism and even reduced intelligence.

But, before you go fish crazy, be mindful of seafood’s pollution issues.
 

Exercise, Stay Motivated!

New research in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine reveals sedentary people can start exercising, but struggle to stick with it. Even if they have home equipment; Reuters reports.

Okay, if you need motivation, consider this. Previous reports suggest runners live longer, Tai Chi helps fight arthritis and diabetes and exercise makes it easier to poop, reason enough!
 

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Live Long and Happy...

Want a long, healthy life? In a study in the Journal of Gerontology, older folks recommend staying positive and stress-free and not drinking or smoking; HealthDay News reports.

Great advice! And a recent survey of centenarians showed staying active, maintaining a sense of independence and having lots of friends and family helps too. Very cool!

Green-News: Friday 11.7.08

  • That’s an axolotl. It’s a salamander! Part of Aztec legend and diet, water monsters are now in danger. Invasive species, like African tilapia, and Mexico’s polluted canals THREATEN their survival; the Associated Press reports.
  • Norwegian lemmings are also at risk. As temperatures heat up, snow is not stable enough to provide them adequate shelter during the winter. Less lemmings mean predators, like foxes and owls, are in trouble too; BBC explains.
  • Lots of amphibians are turning up deformed, with extra limbs and the inability to reproduce. Scientists are worried. Animals like frogs and salamanders are indicator species for the health of the environment; via LiveScience.
  • Japanese scientists have cloned a mouse. Here’s the kicker. They used a cell that had been DEAD for 16 years! And mice are only the beginning. Scientists are eyeing a bigger prize, resurrecting the mammoth; the AFP reports.
  • Good idea! Especially since methane gas emissions are making a comeback, researchers reveal methane gas levels SHOT up in 2007, this after a steady period, about a decade, where atmospheric gases held stable; via ENN.

 

Dairy Council Says Dairy Burns Fat...

Apparently, the news that milk does NOT work for weight-loss really peeved the National Dairy Council. Because they’ve just unleashed a new study, that they funded, claiming dairy foods boost fat-burning.

The “research” appears in the journal Nutrition & Metabolism. Reuters reports:

The study didn't find that eating the recommended three servings of dairy food each day made any difference in helping people keep off the weight that they had lost, but it did show that they were able to consume more calories without gaining weight compared with people who consumed less than one dairy serving daily.

Wow! Eat MORE dairy and you’ll be okay. Clever ploy National Dairy Council, if that is your REAL name! That’d be like Atkins publishing a study saying their dangerous diet is healthy. Oh wait, that happened.

So I guess we’re supposed to ignore the fact that dairy promotes Crohn’s disease and cancer, burdens the environment and harbors deadly bacteria!

Soybeans, Heart Health

Edamame beans rock! You should LOVE them too. Previous reports have linked edamame or soybeans with artery health and reduced risk of heart disease. But some question soy's MIGHT versus against cholesterol; The New York Times investigates.
 

 

Kids Eat like their Parents

A new study in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine claims children mimic their parents’ diet. Leading researchers to suggest using the supermarket to teach kids to choose fruits and vegetables OVER snack and desserts; Reuters reports.

Makes sense, growing up my mom always ate a TON of vegetables. And as I got older, I quickly realized I was the only one of my friends who knew what broccoli rabe was. That’s why Dr. Fuhrman believes healthy eating is for the WHOLE family, not just the kids!
 

Walnut Lentil Veggie Burgers

Ingredients

2 cups onion, diced
2 carrots, diced
1/2 bell pepper, diced
5 large cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons VegiZest
2 teaspoons Italian Seasoning
3 tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
1-1/4 cup water
4 tablespoons no-salt added tomato paste
2 cups cooked lentils, drained
1-1/2 tablespoon ground flax seed
1-1/2 tablespoon raw sesame tahini
1-1/2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon no-salt mustard
1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1/4 cup oatmeal, ground
2 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour
2 tablespoons parsley, minced

Directions

  • Sauté onion, carrots, bell pepper and garlic in a large pan until softened, adding water, if necessary, to prevent sticking, about 5-6 minutes.
  • Add VegiZest, Italian seasonings, balsamic vinegar, water, tomato paste, and stir well. Simmer, covered, for about 5-7 minutes. Uncover and cook an additional 5 minutes until thick.
  • Transfer to a mixing bowl and let cool a few minutes. Add lentils and remaining ingredients and mix well by hand. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes, or until ready to bake.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a baking pan with oil. Take about a rounded 1/3 cup of the mixture, form into balls, and place on baking sheet. Using a moistened flat bottomed glass or jar, flatten balls into a burger shape. Bake for 12 minutes, turn over and bake an additional 12 minutes until lightly browned.
  • Serves 8.
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Eco-PRESIDENTIAL-News: Thursday 11.6.08

  • Barack Obama is proposing a $150 BILLION "Apollo project" that’ll bring energy security and 5 million new green jobs to the United States. In fact both candidates promised “millions” of green jobs; from The Independent.

Deadly Bacteria Loves Meat and Dairy

Research by the University of Adelaide claims a bacterial toxin, named Subtilase cytotoxin, targets human cells that express the sugar Neu5Gc, found in animal foods.

The study appears in October 30th edition of Nature, Newswise reports:

Remarkably, humans cannot make Neu5Gc, and so we should all be resistant to the toxin,” Professor James Paton says. “However, consuming foods that have high levels of Neu5Gc, such as red meat and dairy products, leads to uptake of the sugar by human cells and this makes them susceptible to attack by the toxin.

Of course the veggie-haters will say, “What about the spinach-E. coli scare.” Sorry, the spinach didn’t make the bacteria. It was pooped on by pork products.

And let’s not forget, milk and beef are CONSTANTLY being linked with harmful bacteria.
 

Coffee Shrinks Breasts...

A pandemic is upon us, much worse than famine, drought and locusts, combined. The world’s boobies are SHRINKING! The cause, ordinary coffee.

A new study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, examined 300 coffee drinkers, obviously women, asking them how much coffee they drink per day and then measuring their bust size.

The data showed women who drank MORE than 3 cups of coffee a day had an average breast size 17% smaller than women who consumed LESS than 3 cups per day.

In general, women with BIGGER breasts are at higher risk.

"However, anyone who thinks they can tell which women are coffee drinkers just from their bra measurements will be disappointed,” Helena Jernstrom, from Lund University in Sweden, who led the study, told The Telegraph.

Scientists believe coffee’s impact on estrogen causes the shrinkage. And, it might affect testosterone too. Eek!

Listen, coffee isn’t healthy. Among other things, it raises blood sugar and contributes to arteriosclerosis. So ditch the coffee and SAVE the boobies!
 

Going Reddit!

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I’ll be adding to it frequently. So start voting for DiseaseProof posts today!

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Cheesy Election Art...

Artist Esteban Pulido uses cheese as his canvas. It’s not much to look at, but it's certainly better than eating it. Yuck!

Via Serious Eats.
 

Green-News: Wednesday 11.5.08

  • Bad news for Canada! Experts claim Canada’s environmental record ranks among the WORST in the industrialized world. Poor efforts to fight global warming are to blame; Reuters reports.
  • But China faces a heart-breaking eco-problem. The effects of climate change could WEAKEN bamboo crops and put the giant panda, a national symbol, in further peril; ENN reports.
  • With lithium gone, we could always switch to FUNGAL fuel! Scientists claim a fungus from leaves of the ulmo tree could convert plant waste into usable biodiesel; the NewScientist reports.

 

Election Day, Health Race...

At first, doctors called McCain’s health robust and Obama’s excellent. And now, at the end of the presidential race, how are they doing? Well, John McCain’s taking it easy, not exercising and eating candy, while Barack Obama’s hitting the gym; The New York Times investigates.

Okay, no matter what happens today. It’s important to note, Americans want healthcare FIXED and each candidate offers different solutions; like guaranteed access plans versus national health insurance exchanges. So, make your choice and get out and vote!

Via Vegan Lunch Box.
 

Obesity: Put the Kids to Bed!

Because a 32-year study has concluded children consistently getting a good night's sleep were LESS likely to become obese as adults.

The research appears in the October 31st issue of Pediatrics. Reuters reports:

Even with a range of other factors considered -- like childhood weight and TV habits, and adulthood exercise levels -- there remained a link between sleep deprivation during childhood and obesity risk later in life.

All of this supports the idea that early sleep habits have a direct effect on weight in the long term, according to Dr. Robert John Hancox, the study's senior author.

This supports a previous study revealing sleep helps LOWER body mass index (BMI) in children.

Clearly, sleep is important. Even an extra hour once a year can save your life!

More Beta-Blockers, More Heart Attacks

A recent study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology shows beta-blockers, used to lower blood pressure, actually INCREASE heart attack-risk.

Dr. Fuhrman's thoughts:

Patients should be given the clear facts that medications do not have a significant impact on reducing heart attacks, the leading cause of death in people with high blood pressure. In fact, because of their negative effect on lipids and glucose levels, drug treatments such as beta-blockers and diuretics may even increase the risk of heart attacks in some individuals.

Instead, Dr. Fuhrman recommends exercise and dietary intervention, like avoiding salt and eating more fruits and vegetables, to treat hypertension.

Pomegranates are particularly AMAZING for blood pressure!

Pom-O-Lantern?

I bet it’s healthier than a jack-o-lantern. It’s certainly not as scary. But it sure is creepy looking.

Via Serious Eats.
 

 

Green-News: Tuesday 11.4.08

  • Now, if a putt-putt car isn’t your thing. Consider BMW’s GREEN super car! It’s only in the idea phase, but it’d be a 2-seat vehicle that adheres to emission and fuel standards, while still looking sleek and cool; via forecast earth.
  • New York has 450 wind turbines, with 900 more planned. But before they get too carried away, state officials are setting up measures to ensure companies play by the rules, calling for CLEAN government; Reuters reports.

U.S. Diabetes Doubles, More Expensive Too!

According to the CDC the rate of new diabetes cases in the United States nearly DOUBLED over the last 10 years. West Virginia has the highest rate, 13 in 1,000 adults, while Minnesota boasted the lowest rate with 5 in 1,000 adults having diabetes; the Associated Press reports.

And, to make matters worse, new studies in Archives of Internal Medicine show U.S. diabetics have doubled their spending on diabetes-related drugs. Posting a total bill of $12.5 BILLION! Experts suggest finding ways to drive down the cost; via the Associated Press.

Now, a more frugal option would be HALTING the spread of diabetes! A vegetable-based nutrient-dense diet can prevent and reserves the effects of diabetes. So does exercise, like Tai Chi. And previous research shows eating more green veggies helps lower diabetes-risk too.
 

Healthy Hearts: Did You Set Your Clocks Back?

Hopefully you did! Because new research in the New England Journal of Medicine reveals 20 years of turning the clocks back has caused a DROP in the number of heart attacks on the Monday following the time switch, the extra hour of sleep could be why; via the Associated Press.

Sleep is good? Wow, who would have thought! A healthy diet and plenty of exercise are also smart ways to SUPERCHARGE your heart. And remember, things like diabetes, asthma and even erectile dysfunction have the opposite effect, they INCREASE heart disease-risk.

Visa Discoblog.
 

On Manager's Special 11.03.08

 

Apples and pears only $1.52.

 

 

Just $1.66 for those apples.

 

 

Very ripe bananas for $0.58.


Grand total only $3.76.

I gave my mom some apples and the bananas are GREAT for my pudding!

Green-News: Monday 11.3.08

  • Many people in the United Kingdom are going green, even in death! As funeral space becomes scarce, more and more Britons are looking for GREEN burial plots, like natural farmland and woodland areas; the AFP reports.
  • The Bush administration continues to force legislation that will weaken government rules protecting consumers and the environment, putting drinking water and emissions standards at risk; The Washington Post reports.
     

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Eat for Health: Cut Back on Grains

This is an excerpt from Dr. Fuhrman’s book Eat For Health.

As you well know by now, to eat healthfully, fruits and vegetables should form the base of your food pyramid. That means that grains should be consumed in a much smaller amount than you were most likely eating before you began this plan. Grains simply do not contain enough nutrients per calorie to form a substantial part of your diet.

Many scientific studies show a strong association between the consumption of white flour products, such as pasta and bread, with diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.1 Refined carbohydrates are also linked to enlargement of the prostate.2 These results continue to show that eating white flour and sweeteners is nutritional suicide that will undermine your health. Whole grains are the least nutrient-dense food of the seed family, and they do not show the powerful protection against disease that is apparent in the scientific studies of fresh fruit, vegetables, beans, raw nuts, or seeds. Just because a food is called “whole grain” or “organic” does not make it a good food. Many whole-grain cold cereals are so processed and overly cooked that they have lost most of their nutritional value. Because these foods were dry-baked to make them crisp, they are also generally high in acrylamides and other toxic compounds. Soaking, sprouting, or cooking grains in water, instead of eating pre-cooked breakfast cereals, is a much healthier and more nutritious way to eat them. Some of the healthier grains to consume include barley, buckwheat (kasha), millet, oats, quinoa, and wild rice. As a minor part of your diet, they can be water-cooked and used as a breakfast cereal with fruits and nuts or a dinner side dish.

White potato is also not a high-nutrient food, and many studies reveal an association between a diet high in white potato and obesity and diabetes.3 Granted these studies may be biased by the way potatoes are consumed, often fried or loaded with butter or sour cream, but, nevertheless, because of their relatively low-nutrient density and their high glycemic index they should play a minor role in your diet. Sweet potatoes, carrots, and peas are much healthier options.

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