Diseases and Conditions

Should You Be Worried About Insulin Resistance?

October 8, 2021 |

If you are one of the many North Americans who fear high-carbohydrate foods, you may be moving to a diet lower in carbohydrates and higher in fats and proteins.  It may even be your own physician who is sending you in this direction. When blood glucose (sugar) levels rise, you are said to be prediabetic.…

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Cocoa and the Brain

September 24, 2021 |

Cocoa….the word conjures up the beloved treat, chocolate, of which cocoa beans are the main ingredients.  Sadly, most chocolates are not healthy.  This is largely due to their added ingredients such as sugar, fat and milk ingredients.  But the healthfulness of chocolate also depends on the amount of unprocessed cocoa in the chocolate product.  Researchers…

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The Foods You Eat Shape the Performance of Your Brain

September 10, 2021 |

It is becoming increasingly clear that the food choices we make every day can alter the way we process information about the world around us.  Perhaps this shouldn’t be a big surprise.  We know now that the human adult brain, which constitutes only about 2% of our body weight, uses 20% of our total oxygen…

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What You Eat May Protect You From Covid-19

August 27, 2021 |

 The experience of Covid-19 varies widely among people.  It can range from little to no symptoms at all to mild symptoms for a short period of time to full-blown life-threatening illness.  The possible reasons for this enormous variation in disease process are still not clear.  However, two new research studies are indicating that the difference…

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The Quest for Sweeter Breath

May 21, 2021 |

The problem with halitosis, aka bad breath, is that it is devious.  You can have it and not know it.  It is difficult to smell your own breath and the people you encounter in your daily activities may be too kind or embarrassed to alert you to the problem.  Halitosis can also be challenging to…

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