Apple Munching Worms in Love

This is really cool. Check out these tiny little inchworms eating apples and falling love. Watch as they’re nearly separated forever, until one lover goes on a rescue mission:

 

 

Okay, now I feel bad. I feed my pet gecko worms, but don’t worry. She also eats apricots and bananas, and the crickets I give her are on a steady diet of fresh broccoli.

Via Serious Eats.

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Angioplasty and Stent Placement is Worthless

In the most recent study, investigators reviewed 61 trials, involving 25,388 patients, in a meta-analysis comparing angioplasty and stent placement with no treatment or medications alone. A meta-analysis pools numerous studies on the same subject. The findings indicated that there was no evidence that angioplasty and stent placement for coronary artery disease resulted in fewer heart attacks or deaths when compared to patients with the same level of disease who were not treated in this manner.

Interventional cardiology and cardiovascular surgery is basically a scam based on a misunderstanding of the nature of heart disease. Searching for and treating obstructive plaque does not address the areas of the coronary vascular tree most likely to rupture and cause heart attacks. If there was never another CABG or angioplasty performed or stent placed, patients with heart disease would be better off. Doctors would be forced to educate our citizens that their heart disease risk is determined by what they place on their forks. Millions of lives would be dramatically extended. To abandon the theory of stretching and cutting out areas with plaque would shut down interventional cardiology, nearly all cardiovascular surgery, and many suppliers of the biotechnology. In many cases, interventional cardiology is the major income generator to hospitals. The ending of this ill-conceived, out-dated and ineffective technology would dramatically downsize hospitals in the United States and free up over $100 billion annually in medical care costs. Besides being ineffective, interventional cardiology places the responsibility in the hands of the doctor and not the patients. When patients finally realize they must take control of their heart problems with aggressive dietary modifications (and when needed medications for temporary periods) we will essentially solve the health crisis in America.

The sad thing is surgical interventions and medications are the foundation of modern cardiology and both are relatively ineffective compared to nutritional excellence. My patients routinely reverse their heart disease, and no longer have vulnerable plaque or high blood pressure, so they do not need medical care, hospitals or cardiologists anymore. The problem is that in the real world cardiac patients are not even informed that heart disease is predictably reversed with nutritional excellence. They are not given the opportunity to choose and just corralled into these surgical interventions.

Trying to figure out how to pay for ineffective and expensive medicine by politicians will never be a real solution. People need to know they do not have to have heart disease to begin with, and if they get it, aggressive nutrition is the most life-saving intervention. And it is free.

Representative Case Studies

The interesting part of the results achieved with excellent nutrition is that lots of these individuals were already on “healthy diets” and getting worse, before following my nutritional protocols to reverse heart disease. Some were even worsening on vegetarian diets. The other notable achievement is they do not get a small amount of reversal of atherosclerosis, they get a dramatic amount of reversal:

  • Case 1: 60 year old male, with chest pain. Height 5’ 8” weight 158. This 60 year old male had read “Fit For Life” over 10 years ago and was following a healthy “starch-based Mediterranean-type diet.” He ate mostly vegetarian foods with brown rice, potato and whole wheat, fruits and vegetables, chicken only a few times a month, fish once or twice a week and some olive oil on salads. He began an exercise program in June of 2006 and surprisingly found he had chest pain with exertion. His weight was stable at 158 for years. A stress thallium test indicated a significant coronary artery disease with an LDL cholesterol of 126. And Lipo (a) of 202. His CT angiogram done on 6/30/06 showed near total obstructive disease in the proximal LAD (left anterior descending artery) due to low density plaque. He began my careful dietary protocol for the reversal of heart disease and did not have angioplasty or bypass as was suggested by the cardiologists. After following my nutritional advice for one month the chest pains resolved and his weight dropped to 140 in the first 8 weeks (loss of 18 pounds). One year later a repeat of the CT angiogram showed the LAD with a non-obstructive mixed density plaque with a stenosis estimated at 50 – 70 percent estimated. His weight has remained around 138 – 140 since following my dietary suggestions. In August of 2008 the last evaluation of his coronary arteries was performed showing normal cardiac blood flow and no evidence of heart disease.
  • Case 2: 44 year old male weight 240 height 5’ 9” high cholesterol. Carotid artery 60 -80 percent as measured by carotid ultrasound. First year after reading Eat To Live and then following the high nutrient protocol he lost 80 pounds. His repeat carotid ultrasound in one year showed no visible plaque.
  • Case 3: Middle age male on the strict version of the Pritikin program for over 3 years while his carotid artery disease as measured by ultrasound, continued to worsen. "After a year on Pritikin, the results were same or very slight improvement. I went on very strict Pritikin for 2 years, to improve it. After 2 years on very strict Pritikin, significantly worse! The radiologist said "The lesion on the left side is stable, there is some early buildup on the right side. I got a nice picture of a lipid (fat) inclusion in the artery wall. I was recommended to Dr. Fuhrman by Jeff Novick, at the Pritikin Center. After 20 months of Fuhrman program, great results. Thinner artery walls. Radiologist comments: "Borderline evidence for evidence of atherosclerotic burden" No longer talking about a lesion or early buildup!! Barely any sign of atherosclerosis. In the 20 months, following my dietary protocol this person, Lost 10 pounds, to pinch 1/2 inch to 6'0" 157 pounds. Last 5 months no snacking, eating 3-4 oz seeds and nuts daily. Ran 2 miles/day, whereas he was running 4 miles/day during the last 2 unsuccessful years on Pritkin. Pritikin was different in that I was living on lots of whole grains, and ate 6+ meals. Much less high nutrient food.
  • Case 4: 66 year old male with a history of Wolfe Parkinson White Syndrome, which was responsible for his sensitivity to develop a rapid heartbeat with the ingestion of caffeine, alcohol and sometimes even heavy exercise. He changed his diet first to vegetarian and then to low fat vegan. After a little more than one year on the very low fat vegan diet his irregular heart beat (arrthymias) worsened and he then developed atrial fibrillation. In June of 2008 he changed his diet to my nutritional recommendation, high micronutrient intake, strict salt avoidance, but not low fat, with the liberal use of nuts and especially seeds and within three months his cardiac arrhythmias completely disappeared. Since then he has religiously kept to this program with no further heart evidence of atrial fibrillation.

Conclusion

Come to your own conclusion.
 

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Food Face Off: Pollan vs. Colbert

Last week, Michael Pollan, New York Times journalist and natural food advocate, stopped by The Colbert Report to discuss his book In Defense of Food and went one on one with high-fructose corn syrup addict Stephen Colbert. It got ugly:

 

 

Michael Pollan is a really cool guy. I haven’t read his book yet, but it’s on my list, along with Marley and Me. Now, if you don’t know who Michael Pollan is, check out this awesome interview with him from Democracy Now.

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Last Anchovies on Earth!

In future, the world will be a very different place. Aside from mechanized bending robots and a purple-haired Cyclops, anchovies will be extinct. And while some will offer millions for the last remaining can on earth. One humanoid from the past will put them on pizza:

 

 

Actually, anchovies—not the ones in the can—are a very low-contamination fish. I was surprised to see that. Now, no one is saying to put them on pizza, but the Environmental Defense Fund calls anchovies an Eco-Best. Go figure!

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What Vegans May Be Missing...

Certainly a plant-based diet which minimizes animal products is the best approach for losing weight, preventing and reversing disease, and optimizing health. However, those following a vegetarian or vegan diet, and those not consuming fatty fish like salmon each week, should be aware of recent studies that suggest they may be deficient in a critical and essential nutrient, especially EPA & DHA, the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids.

Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) is an omega-3 fat and is the precursor of the longer chain omega 3 fats eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). EPA and to a lesser extent DHA can be made in the body from ALA. Primary sources of these fatty acids are certain fish and seafood.

As a result, vegetarian, and especially vegan, diets provide little EPA and DHA directly. A recent study reviewed the varying dietary fat intake across vegetarians, vegans, omnivores, and semi omnivores and its impact on essential omega-3 fatty acid availability in tissues. It concluded that vegetarians were left with reduced levels of omega-3 and recommended that they consume additional direct sources of EPA and DHA, regardless of age or gender, for physical, mental and neurological health benefits.1

In addition, ALA, EPA, and DHA are especially important for the prevention of certain cancers, particularly those of the breast and colon, and possibly of the uterus and the skin, and are likely to reduce the risk of postpartum depression, manic-depressive psychosis, dementias, Parkinson's, hypertension, toxemia, diabetes, and to a certain extent, age-related macular degeneration.2

Although vegetarian diets are generally lower in total fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol than are non-vegetarian diets and may appear to offer cardiovascular health benefits due to higher intakes of antioxidants and fiber, the lack of direct EPA or DHA dietary sources may cause an adverse effect.3,4

With all of this documented research, it is not surprising that when I draw blood for fatty acid analysis on many of my patients, I find that a large percentage of individuals who do not eat fish or seafood regularly do not have optimal levels of DHA, even those eating walnuts and flaxseeds on a regular basis. I often see patients eating otherwise excellent diets with itchy dry skin, seborrheac dermatitis and other signs of DHA deficiency.

Although, there are some vegans and vegetarians regularly consuming walnuts and flaxseeds (which supply adequate ALA) may produce enough DHA on their own and may not require supplementation. However, because this issue is so imperative to their health it should be confirmed with a blood test before assuming that the conversion level is adequate. In order to assure optimal production of DHA fat, without recommending that the consumption of fish or refined fish oils, I recommend taking a vegetable sourced DHA supplement. DHA alone can deliver the same benefits of fish oil, since the intake of DHA can cause a natural retro-conversion to EPA internally.

Laboratory cultivated DHA is made from microalgae and is a pure form of DHA without environmental contamination. It is grown in the laboratory, not collected in the wild. It has no mercury or other toxins, which is a concern even for non-vegans who are cautious about eating fish or seafood.

DHA has been shown to protect against dementia, depression, inflammatory diseases, attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), allergies, and to offer significant benefits for overall cardiovascular health.

There are other problems with consuming fish oils. The main problem is that the fat turns rancid as it sits on store shelves. As a result, many people complain of burping, indigestion, a foul taste, and long lasting fish-breath. I have also observed that rancidity of this fish fat can place a stress on the liver. Patients of mine have had blood tests showing abnormal liver function when consuming fish oil in significant amounts and then have had these tests return to normal when the fish oils were stopped.

Fortunately, vegetable derived DHA, from microalgae, is an alternative. However, even algae derived DHA can become rancid if not cared for properly. We go through great lengths to deliver the purest and freshest DHA product available on the market today. My DHA Purity is manufactured under strict conditions to ensure purity. Every step of the way, from production to packaging, transportation and storage, this product is kept refrigerated and handled to ensure optimal freshness.

In conjunction with a high nutrient, plant-based diet, I advise all people take a daily DHA supplement from a clean source. Early in life, DHA is supplied via the placenta and from breast milk. While adequate DHA is particularly important for pregnant and nursing women and young children, it is beneficial for all ages!

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Chewing Almonds May Suppress Hunger

New findings in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition claim chewing almonds increases the absorption of unsaturated fat and reduces hunger. For the study, 13 participants, average age of 24, chewed 55 grams of almonds 10, 25 or 40 times and were monitored over the next four days.
Results showed masticating almonds 40 times suppressed hunger the most and levels of an appetite-stifling hormone were the highest among the 40-chew group; Nutra Ingredients reports.

Nuts are great! Previous reports show eating nuts prevents metabolic syndrome and pistachios help lower LDL, or bad, cholesterol. In the March 2007 edition of Dr. Fuhrman's Healthy Times newsletter, he explains nuts contain nutrients and antioxidants that protect against heart disease.

Now, this is nutty. Last year, German police warned thieves NOT to eat the 660 pounds of hazelnuts they stole. The nuts were treated with hydrogen phosphate gas, making them toxic!

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Q & A: Men, Soy Does Not Lower Testosterone

Soy gets a bad rap, people associate it with being a hippie and tree hugging, even though soy is a very healthy food, like edamame beans, but there is this silly notion that eating soy lowers testosterone and is bad for men. Not true. From his member center, Dr. Fuhrman talks about soy and manliness:

Question: My husband and I just started your plan, but recently my mother-in-law said that I was hurting my husband by making him eat more soy. She said that soy is not good for men because it contains phytoestrogens. Is what she is saying true? She cited an article in Men's Health that mentioned lower testosterone and sperm counts.

Dr. Fuhrman: Totally untrue, that is a biased, meat-promoting article written to bash soy. Men's magazines are not the place for reliable information about complicated health issues. If soy did lower testosterone it might be good because the high-meat American diet causes an excess of testosterone, leading to higher prostate cancer risk. Nevertheless this is not true anyway. See this study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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Citrus Fruits Help Stave Off Vision Loss

Its not just citrus fruits, new findings in the journal Ophthalmology suggest older adults eating a lot of leafy greens, citrus fruits and fish are less likely to develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a major contributor to vision lose. Studying the diets of 4,000 adults, experts claim foods rich in omega-3s, vitamin C and E, zinc and antioxidants lower the risk of AMD. These low-sugar foods do not cause surges in blood pressure, which may harm retinas; Reuters reports.

Actually, last year researchers determined plant nutrients lutein and zeaxanthin, found in foods like spinach, kale and collard greens, promote eye health and prevent cataracts, while eating red meat 10 times week increases the likelihood of age-related macular degeneration by 47%.

In related news, a recent study showed vegetable-based diabetes offer superior diabetes control and omega-3 fatty acids, like those contained in walnuts, reduce inflammation linked to heart disease.

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Rocking Out to Food Safety!

Food safety is a serious matter. Between salmonella and E. coli, we’ve got our hands full, but that doesn’t mean we can’t rock and roll! Check out Salmonella and the Pathogens belting out a silly version of "Heartache Tonight” by The Eagles:

 

 

I’m an Eagles fan, so my heart is with the original, but food music is pretty popular nowadays. For example, this funny looking guy can make wind instruments out of carrots, asparagus and broccoli. Clearly, he has way too much time on his hands.

Via SeriousEats.

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Vegetable Diets Better for Diabetes

Appearing in the journal Nutrition Reviews, new findings suggest vegetarian and vegan diets offer significant benefits for diabetes control, more so than non-vegetarian. Clinical trials show individuals with type-2 diabetes on low-fat vegan diets had improved glycemic control, compared to conventional diets. Weight-loss is part of the explanation why, but reduced consumption of saturated fat and increased intake of fiber and plant nutrients offer additional advantages; Unbound Medline reports.

Plant foods, like green veggies, garlic and nuts, are potent diabetes-fighters, helping to keep glucose levels within normal range and eventually allowing people to kick their diabetes for good, unlike taking insulin, which can actually make things worse!

And last month, a report claimed Hispanic teenagers who started eating more fruits and vegetables and less sugar, lowered their risk of type-2 diabetes.

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Vegetables Boost Cancer Risk in Smokers?

Time for a crazy report! New findings in the American Journal for Clinical Nutrition, claim smokers my increase their chances of developing colon cancer by eating fruits and vegetables. For the study, 500,000 people in 10 European countries were surveyed on their eating and smoking habits over 8.5 years and data suggests normally healthful substances in fruit and vegetables may enhance carcinogenic potential of tobacco smoke. However, in nonsmokers high intake of fruits and vegetables reduced risk; the AFP reports.

Listen, smoking is a bad idea. Here are a few reasons why. Reports have shown parents who smoke risk harming their kids’ hearts, secondhand smoke leads to allergies and can also increase risk of head and neck cancer. As for veggies, they are potent cancer-fighters.

In related news, after Pueblo, Colorado passed a municipal law banning smoking from work environments and public places the rate of heart attacks dropped 40%.

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Q & A: Being a Fruitarian is Not the Most Healthy

Fruit is great. Foods like blueberries and pomegranates are known cancer-fighters and help prevent cardiovascular disease, but should you only eat fruit and nothing else? Here’s a brief discussion from Dr. Fuhrman’s member center about fruitarianism and longevity:

Question: I have been exposed to the ideas fruitarians and raw foodies. I always figured that if I had enough self-discipline to practice these dietary philosophies. I would experience superior longevity, but a while back I learned popular fruitarian advocate T.C. Fry died at age 70. What gives?! If these dietary practices reap nothing in longevity beyond age 75, what hope is there for someone who doesn’t have a family history of longevity and is by no means as dedicated as prominent fruitarians and raw foodists?

Dr. Fuhrman: Being a fruitarian diet is not most healthful! I have seen lots of fruitarian, raw foodists in poor health, including one who died in his forties because he refused to take an antibiotic for his severe pneumonia. T.C. Fry died of severe Vitamin B12 deficiency, with resultant hyper-homocystiene causing vascular disease. I saw his hospital records before he died. He taught people they did not need to take B12. There are no guarantees, in life, but fruitarianism is not the answer.

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Donkey Boy Goes to Town on a Carrot

Scrubs might be the greatest show on television. In fact, Dr. Cox is my favorite doctor. Now, in this clip the gang is confronted with a carrot devouring donkey boy:

 

 

For more veggie-based hilarity, check out John Legend and Stephen Colbert singing about nutmeg, sweet, sweet nutmeg! Oh, and don’t forget the Christmas pickle.

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Introducing Dr. Fuhrman's Healthy Additions

Looking for healthy convenience in a fast food world? The choices are typically limited and compromised with high sodium and fat while offering little substance. I have created 3 high nutrient products to make healthy eating convenient, great tasting, and satisfying!

VitaBeanaVegaMin Soup

  • Contains the full spectrum of vitamins, minerals, carotenoids and phytochemicals from carefully selected, natural, nutrient-rich foods. These disease-fighting foods may be the most powerful medicine to extend human lifespan and to prevent cancer, heart attacks, strokes and dementia.

Supreme Greens

  • Kale and mustard greens are two cruciferous vegetables loaded with disease-protecting nutrients. Supreme Greens combines kale and mustard greens with a creamy tomato-cashew sauce for a delicious dish that tastes great.

Moroccan Chickpea Stew

  • This flavorful, sweet and spicy stew is distinguished with a mix of both light (Kabuli) and dark (Desi) chickpeas. Desi chickpeas have markedly higher fiber content. The combination adds a mild, nutty-flavor to the vegetable stew to offer heart-healthy nutrients and a powerful protein punch.

Scientific studies reveal colorful, natural foods contain thousands of health protective nutrients, including phytochemicals, which are essential for excellent health. All of my Healthy Additions products contain a variety of phytochemical filled natural plant foods to create the healthiest and most nutritious products that also taste great.

Each can is like a meal by itself, packed with hearty ingredients, nutrients, and flavor! Visit www.DrFuhrman.com/HealthyAdditions to learn more about Healthy Additions. Stay tuned, for Healthy Additions Salad Dressings coming soon!!


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Omega-3 Fatty Acids Lower Inflammation

New findings in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition show high blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids result in less inflammation associated with cardiovascular disease. For the study, experts divided 124 adults into groups based on the amount of C-reactive protein, a marker for inflammation linked to heart disease, in their blood and found an inverse relationship between fatty acids and C-reactive protein, greater levels of omega-3 fatty acids like DHA and EPA helped reduce the risk of inflammation; Nutra Ingredients reports.

Walnuts a great source of omega-3 fatty acids. I eat some everyday. Actually, omega-3’s also help prevent stroke, lower the incidence of prostate cancer and reduce risk of type-1 diabetes in children. Dr. Fuhrman sells his own fatty acid supplement, DHA Purity.

In February, a study showed omega-3 fatty acids help protect the liver from damage caused by obesity, reducing inflammation and improving insulin tolerance.

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Q & A: Balancing Your Omega Fats

We all know fat can be bad, like trans-fat. Trans-fat raises LDL or bad cholesterol and also lowers HDL or good cholesterol, but still, many fats are very healthy, like omega fats, found in stuff like avocados. Here’s a quick Q & A about balancing omega fats from Dr. Fuhrman’s member center:

Question: My dim understanding is that our diet and consequently our blood and our tissues should contain some ideal ratio of omega-6 fats and omega-3 fats, such as a 1 to 1 or 1 to 2 ratio of ecicosapentanoic acid (EPA) to arachidonic acid (AA). So the fact that a blood test would detect some AA is not necessarily bad, so long as the test detects a roughly equal amount of EPA, is this correct?

Dr. Fuhrman: Yes, you need some AA. Only in excess is it a problem. Some of fats are more pro-inflammatory, but it is a question of balance. When you eat a diet rich in greens with about half seeds and nuts in a 1 to 1 ratio, with some supplemental DHA if you do not eat fish regularly, then you get the right balance of fatty acids, obsessing to get a 1 to 1 or even a 2 to 1 ratio results in food paranoia.

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Futuristic Bending Robot Makes Salad

I’m a huge Futurama fan and I love salads. So this is the perfect combination! Watch my favorite character Bender Bending Rodriguez light-saber some potatoes, fart out black pepper and chop up an awesome salad:

 

 

Too bad Bender is a beer swilling cigar smoker. No worries, he still cracks me up. Hey, for more veggie animation, don’t forget Krypto the super dog battling the evil Eggplant King and Bunnicula the tomato draining vampire bunny.

Via Serious Eats.

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Cancer in Minorities to Skyrocket in 20 Years...

According to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology cancer cases among Hispanics and African Americans could reach 157 million by 2030, up from 46 million in 1980. For the study, scientists analyzed information from a national health database and projected Hispanics will experience the highest increase in cancer incidence with 142%. Now, these figures may be higher than what will actually happen, but researchers warn the trends are very clear and strong; HealthDay News investigates.

Actually, many experts believe these trends can be reversed with better diet, i.e. more fruits and vegetables, and more exercise. Plant foods are potent cancer fighters. Just yesterday pomegranates were shown to improve prostate cancer recovery. Also, switching to a diet including more fiber and less sugar can stave off diabetes in Latinos.

In related news, recent studies show foods like green vegetables and nuts help prevent ovarian cancer, while stuff like charred meat raises the risk of pancreatic cancer.

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