Archives for May 2023

Health Update: Ultra-processed Foods Kill 678,000 U.S. Citizens Each Year!                       

Hello everyone: You simply need to read this article and if you need to make changes then do so now. Here are some truly awful facts: “About 678,000 Americans die each year from chronic food illness. That toll is higher than all our combat deaths in every war in American history—combined. That’s right: there are more deaths each year from our food than all the combat deaths from the Revolutionary War through the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.” “In addition to deaths, poor diet causes tremendous suffering. For instance, two-thirds of severe COVID cases resulting in hospitalization have been attributed to ... Read more

Health Update: Diets Found to Lower Alzheimer’s Risk

Hello everyone: Here is some good news showing that those that followed a Mediterranean or MIND diet pattern had healthier brains. Specifically, they stated that these food patterns can result in a significant delay in the onset of cognitive decline: “Conclusion: The MIND and Mediterranean diets are associated with less postmortem AD pathology, primarily beta-amyloid load. Among dietary components, green leafy vegetables inversely correlate with AD pathology.” Bottom Line:  It is now well known that there are multiple drivers of cognitive decline and dementia. It turns out that food choices are one of the most important risk factors. Commenting on this study from ... Read more

Health Update: This News Should Scare You

Hello again friends: Here is some grim news that is relevant to way too many of us. The first link shows the scope of the problem, and the second link gives you an idea about why it is so critical that we fix our food choices. Global study predicts that more than half the global population will be living with overweight and obesity within 12 years if prevention, treatment, and support do not improve.

  • The World Obesity Atlas 2023, published by World Obesity Federation, predicts that the global economic impact of overweight and obesity will reach $4.32 trillion annually by 2035 if prevention and treatment measures do not improve. At almost 3% of global GDP, this is comparable with the impact of COVID-19 in 2020.
  • The majority of the global population (51%, or over 4 billion people) will be living with either overweight ... Read more

Health Update: Forever Chemicals Damage Children

Hello again everyone:  This news is frightening, but at least we can do something about it. The news is that there is a class of chemicals called Forever Chemicals because they do not degrade much at all and seem to last forever. They have been found to significantly harm us and they have also been found everywhere and in everyone (99% of us!). You need to keep them out of your immediate environment. This quote from Medscape sums it up: “Exposure to "forever chemicals" widely used in consumer products disrupts important biological processes in children and young adults, a new study says. One key finding was that per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, hurt thyroid hormone function, which affects growth and metabolism, said the study published in Environmental Health Perspectives. That could leave children vulnerable to numerous diseases later in life, ... Read more