Health Update: Higher Dietary Inflammation Associated with Brain Aging

Hello to all: In a study from May of this year, we learn that the higher the dietary inflammatory index of the food we consume, the more our brain deteriorates. “Discussion Our findings showed associations between higher DII (Dietary Inflammatory Index) scores and global brain MRI measures. As we are one of the first groups to report on the associations between higher DII scores and brain volume, replication is needed to confirm our findings.” Bottom Line: Poor food choices will certainly destroy our brain, plus most other aspects of health. You might say, well, DUH, and that would be appropriate. However, currently the average citizen is consuming a bit over 50% of their daily calories from ultra-processed foods. Ugh. Want to know more? Read more

Health Update: For Longevity: More Healthy Carbs, Less Protein & Fasting!

Hello to everyone: Articles like this one are very helpful to reduce confusion about what to eat and when. Here are the main findings: “Recently, researchers reviewed hundreds of nutrition studies from cellular to epidemiological perspectives to identify a 'common denominator nutrition pattern' for healthy longevity. In the end, the researchers found that the ‘longevity diet’ includes:

  • A legume and whole grain-rich pescatarian or vegetarian diet
  • 30% of Read more

Nature Walks are Truly Healing More Than You Might Think

10.31.2022                  Hello everyone: We all have stress and many of us are looking for ways to lower stress and improve our health. It looks like walking does it again (please recall my last newsletter/blog) as now we know that it helps take us out of stress mode. Here is a little information to help clarify the quote from the article: The amygdala is primarily involved in the processing of emotions and memories associated with fear, in other words, the stress response also known as fight, flight or freeze. Here is the definition of salutogenic: a 'salutogenic' approach is one that focuses on factors that support health and wellbeing, beyond a more traditional, 'pathogenic' focus on risk and problems. This is the type of healthcare that we offer in our practice. Now as you read the quote below it becomes clear that going outside is an essential ... Read more

Health Update: Walking, the New Medicine to Reduce Dementia Risk 50%

Hello everyone: Here is a new bit of research on findings that are important to all of us. Some of the findings included:

  • People who took 9,826 steps per day were 50 percent less likely to develop dementia within seven years.
  • People who walked more than 40 steps per minute cut their dementia risk by 57 percent while walking only 6,315 steps per day. (This means walking quickly is best)
  • People who walked 3,800 steps per day at any speed cut their risk of dementia within seven years by 25 percent.
  • People who walked at the brisk pace of 112 steps per minute for 30 minutes per day reduced their risk of dementia by 62 percent. (Walking faster is more effective)
  • This research is the latest in a series of studies this year that promote exercise as a way to boost brain health.
  • Experts say you can also lower your risk of ... Read more

Children and Chronic Disease? Worse Than You Might Think!

10.17.2022                                    Hello again everyone: I found this information particularly disturbing for many obvious reasons. Why on earth would a child have a chronic condition? Let’s dig in: Over the last century, the primary burden of disease in children and young people has shifted from infectious diseases towards chronic conditions.1 Improvements in neonatal and pediatric care for chronic conditions mean more children with previously lethal conditions are now surviving into adulthood.2 3 Depending on the definition used, 13–27% of children are affected by chronic conditions.4        https://adc.bmj.com/content/archdischild/101/10/881.full.pdf The most natural question is: where is this coming from??? The answer, at least it seems this way ... Read more

Health Update: Ultra-Processed Foods Are Killing Us!

Hello again everyone:   More news about the disease – food connection. It is straightforward: “Regular consumption of ultra-processed foods was associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer, all-cause mortality, and cardiovascular mortality, according to findings from two studies published in The BMJ.” https://www.medpagetoday.com/gastroenterology/coloncancer/100495?xid=nl_mpt_DHE_2022-09-01&eun=g1207968d0r&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20Headlines%20Evening%202022-09-01&utm_term=NL_Daily_DHE_dual-gmail-definition “Consumption of ... Read more

Health Update: Round Up Causes Brain Inflammation (Really NOT Good!)

10.03.2022  Hello again everyone: Recently there has been a great deal of news in the medical press about pesticides and endocrine disrupting plastics and other chemicals. Over the next few weeks, I will be sending you a lot of links about this for several reasons:

  • It is real but invisible, tasteless, odorless, and damages us slowly but surely
  • Exposures are usually chronic and cumulative and build up in our tissues
  • These chemicals distort cellular, hormonal, immune and neurologic function
  • What you don’t know can hurt you, so take steps to reduce your exposure
  • You may think that you are not exposed to Round Up, but over 80% of us have detectable amounts in our urine. This info does apply to you!
In fresh evidence of the pervasive nature of pesticides, more than 80 percent of urine samples drawn ... Read more

Health Update: Artificial Sweeteners Harmless?? Ask Your Gut!!

09.26.22   Hello again everyone: Here is a new article that reveals how artificial sweeteners can damage our health. It appears that the artificial sweeteners alter our gut microbiome that then has a negative influence on blood sugar control which induces insulin resistance. This is not a good or health building result as insulin resistance causes or leads to: type 2 diabetes; weight gain; inflammation; cardiovascular disease; high blood pressure; kidney damage; nerve damage; dementia; brain fog and more. Here is what one study said: Results: The HOMAIR values for Group A and B ranged from 0.9–24.33 and 0.12–10.83 with mean values 7.39 and 2.6, respectively, showing that the ones who used AS had a higher insulin resistance. The study also showed that the duration of use of artificial sweeteners had a direct impact on insulin resistance. Read more

Health Update: The Western Diet is Killing Us!

9.19.2022 Hello once more everyone:  This is a very good article from Medscape.com that highlights how the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.), also known as the Western Diet, is just killing us. Here is what a noted gastroenterologist has to say: “The Western diet has really cannibalized the health of the United States and Western civilizations.  This diet is typically characterized by high intakes of processed and prepacked food items, red meat, dairy, and grains, consisting of high-fat, high-protein, and low-fiber components. These food items have become diets of convenience as opposed to diets potentially promoting health.  They've led to an associated increase in so-called "diseases of civilization," including cardiovascular diseaseRead more

Health Update: Multivitamins Slow Brain Aging (Prevents Other Diseases Too!)

9.12.2022 Hey there everyone: Here is some good news on a very simple way to protect your brain and cognitive health as we age. Just take a multivitamin, please! The underlying hypothesis for multivitamins being a benefit for cognition stems from evidence that essential nutrient deficiencies in B12, folate, vitamin D, and other micronutrients have been linked to accelerated cognitive decline and dementia in observational studies. But there have been few randomized trials of these micronutrients and they have mostly tested individual micronutrients and not a comprehensive multivitamin supplement. The one previous large-scale trial of a multivitamin supplement began cognitive testing 2-3 years into the intervention, so it wasn't a full test of the hypothesis.”  “They found that over the 3 years of treatment, participants who were randomized to ... Read more