Diseases and Conditions

It May Be Possible to Eat Your Way Out of Asthma

December 18, 2020 |

Asthma is a common chronic disorder. Its symptoms include uncomfortable breathing difficulties such as wheezing, coughing and chest tightness which can escalate to shortness of breath (intense tightening in the chest, difficulty breathing, breathlessness or a feeling of suffocation) and even death.   Asthma is caused by inflammation and swelling in the bronchial tubes that carry…

Read More...

The Fishy Dilemma of Omega-3s

October 23, 2020 |

Omega-3 fatty acids are a hot topic of conversation among those interested in nutrition these days.  Over the past few decades the scientific world has cycled through several different recommendations for Omega-3s.  During the 1980s, studies found that eating fatty fish seemed to cause a 29% reduction in cardiovascular death (1).  Subsequent studies refuted this…

Read More...

Milk – Does It Really “Do A Body Good”?

September 25, 2020 |

We’re all familiar with food advertising and perhaps especially as it pertains to milk.  Milk campaigns have been plentiful over the past decades and many of its slogans are very memorable.   Do you recall some of these classics? “It Does a Body Good” “Got Milk?” “Dairy for Strong Bodies and For Strong Minds” “Make…

Read More...

Is the Health of the Gut Microbiome Linked to the Severity of Covid-19?

June 12, 2020 |

On April 25, 2020, the results of a study looking at the connection between the gut microbiome and Covid-19 were published.  This research adds depth to the new discovery that an unbalanced, unhealthy gut microbiome promotes inflammation that may result in higher susceptibility to Covid-19 and a greater risk of progression into more severe disease,…

Read More...

Can Eating Fruits and Vegetables Help Preserve a Healthy Immune System?

May 15, 2020 |

The competence of immune systems, like most other biological systems, tend to decline with age. This shows up as increased vulnerability of individuals 70 years of age and older to viral infections and poor antibody response to vaccination (1). However, emerging evidence is indicating that this loss of immune capability is not inevitable. In these…

Read More...

Promoting a healthy adventurous lifestyle powered by plants and the strength of scientific evidence.

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.