Archives for December 2021

Covid-19 & Health Update: Resolution Revolution Time Once Again

Hello again everyone:  Yes, it is once again that time of year when we consider what we can do to improve our life for the coming year. For many of us, that question may be easy to answer: we need to upgrade our food choices and improve our health. However, when we try to find out what the best food plan might be, we are confronted with a bewildering array of dietary programs all claiming to be THE answer, from WW to Jenny Craig to food delivered to the door ready to cook and on and on. What may surprise you is that there is a decent consensus of what constitutes the best all-around food plan and that is the plant-based approach. In my last newsletter and blog, I posted a link (it is also posted below again) where you can read what an army of food scientists have figured out: going plant-based will improve your health and save the planet too. If there was one upgrade to your ... Read more

Covid-19 & Health Update: Lifestyle vs. Life Expectancies in the U.S.

Hello everyone:  Merry Christmas to you and sincere best wishes for a healthy, peaceful, and prosperous 2022. One of the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves, our loves ones, our friends, our community, and the planet (yes…even the planet) is to life a lifestyle that promotes health and wellbeing. The results of this conscious effort lead to improvements in mental and emotional, physical, spiritual, and planetary health. It is an old bit of wisdom that acknowledges the fact that to help others, we must first ourselves be healthy and that health comes from a lifestyle that optimizes multiple domains of life. It is simpler than it sounds. Take a look at this resource: “BACKGROUND: Americans have a shorter life expectancy ... Read more

Plant-Based vs. Covid…to the Rescue (Again)!

Hello everyone: Here is some new research on diet and Covid-19 outcomes, and once again food plans that are primarily plant-based show real world positive effects on our immune system functionality and outcomes directly related to Covid-19. In other words, this applies to you unless you are already primarily plant based. What this paper adds

  • In 2884 front-line healthcare workers from six countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, USA), individuals who reported following plant-based diets and plant-based diets or pescatarian diets that were higher in vegetables, legumes and nuts, and lower in poultry and red and processed meats, had 73% and 59% lower odds of moderate-to-severe COVID-19, respectively.
  • Plant-based diets or pescatarian diets are healthy dietary patterns, which may be considered for protection against severe COVID-19.
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Multi-Vitamins and Minerals Bolster Brain & Immunity

Hello again everyone: Multi-Vitamins and Minerals are not generally thought of as being hot news, but now we have some science that this combination of nutrients not only slows age-related cognitive aging, but also significantly improves immune function. Check it out: “Taking a daily multivitamin for 3 years is associated with a 60% slowing of cognitive aging, with the effects especially pronounced in patients with cardiovascular (CVD) disease, new research suggests.  The findings "may have important public health implications, particularly for brain health, given the accessibility of multivitamins and minerals, and their low cost and safety," said study investigator Laura D. Baker, PhD, professor, Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.” Read more