Diseases and Conditions

Can It Be True That Eating More Vegetables Does Little to Reduce Heart Risks?

March 11, 2022 |

Did you hear on the radio or read on-line about a new study that found little evidence of any link between higher vegetable intake and reduced risk of major cardiovascular disease?  The study was published on February 21, 2022 (1).  Its headlines were astonishing to say the least and were understandably the subject of much…

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The Dangers of Fat Stored Where It Is Not Meant To Be

February 25, 2022 |

Recently, the results of a new study were published.   This research scrutinized the benefits of eating less fat in reducing the levels of fat stored in the body and especially in places never intended for fat storage.  The human body contains tissues specialized for the storage of fat.  These tissues, known as adipose tissues, are…

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Does Alcohol Offer Any Real Health Benefits?

January 28, 2022 |

Some interesting and useful background information before we start:    There is no clear consensus among countries on what constitutes one “standard drink” of alcohol.  For example, here is a sample of the number of grams of alcohol considered to be 1 standard alcoholic drink in countries around the world (1,2). 8 grams in the…

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Can a Healthy Gut Microbiome Prevent and Alleviate Diabetes?

December 3, 2021 |

The Human Genome Project is one of the most impressive exploration achievements in human history.  And yet it did not involve travel to distant territories.  Instead it was an inward quest to map out all of the genes of the human species.  The project began on October 1, 1990 and was completed in April 2003. …

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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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