Diseases and Conditions

Twenty Years of Studies Confirm the Power of Eating Plants

June 7, 2024 |

A comprehensive review of meta-analyses that were published between 2000 and 2023 was released in May 2024.  It evaluated the impact of vegan and vegetarian diets on the risk factors associated with the development of cardiometabolic diseases and cancer in adults, children and pregnant women.  (1) This review was a joint undertaking between researchers from…

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What Happens When One Twin Goes Vegan and the Other One Keeps Eating Meat?

March 29, 2024 |

In November 2023 an interesting study from Stanford University selected pairs of twins to test the health effects of different types of food.  This was a randomized controlled trial encompassing 22 pairs of healthy identical twins 18 years of age or older (44 participants) who had signed up in the Stanford Twin Registry database in…

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The Effects of Eating Red and Processed Meats on Type-2 Diabetes

February 2, 2024 |

The objective of a recent study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, published in October 2023, was to confirm the relationship between eating meat and type-2 diabetes.  The analysis revealed associations between the consumption of red and/or processed meats and the development of type-2 diabetes.  (1) Each daily serving of processed red…

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Vegetables and the Risk of Parkinson’s Disease

January 19, 2024 |

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a disorder that shows its symptoms gradually, increasing in severity over time.  It causes neurons (nerve cells in the brain and nervous system) to break down and die, affecting the function of the nervous system and body parts controlled by nerves.  Tremors are often the first symptoms noticed.  Other outward signs…

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Holiday Hacks and Hints Part Three: Food Coma – Is It Real?

December 22, 2023 |

Imagine you’ve just finished enjoying a large meal such as a traditional holiday meal, say at Christmas, Thanksgiving or Easter.  You get up from the table and then quickly find yourself a comfortable place to relax…because all you want to do is rest and maybe even take a good nap.  This is the state of…

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My name is Debra Harley (BScPhm) and I welcome you to my retirement project, this website. Over the course of a life many lessons are learned, altering deeply-rooted ideas and creating new passions.