13 Healthy Reasons to Eat More Walnuts

walnutWalnuts benefit your heart, brain, bones and more.  Here’s why you need to eat more of them.

Researchers from the University of California Davis say the U.S. government is all wet when it comes to demonizing high fat foods.  In fact, a new study shows eating high fat whole walnuts or walnut oil can slow prostate cancer growth. Continue reading

Beginners Guide to Strength Training

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Strength training is an integral part of any well-rounded exercise program, regardless of your age or gender, and you’re never too old to begin Strength training produces significant Continue reading

The Trouble Seniors Face Today with Their Health

healthy seniorsToday I’ll finish off this three-part series on the troubles seniors face with nutrition. I’ll be covering what your primary needs are, how your nutrition needs change as you age, and where you can go for assistance.

Seniors have different nutritional needs than other people. Even if you’re in great shape, it’s still important Continue reading

Heavy Metal Toxicity May Lead to High Blood Pressure

chelationThe heartbreak of heavy metal

Q: A friend recently mentioned “heavy metal toxicity.” What is that, and what does it do?

Dr. Wright: For one thing, heavy metal toxicity is Continue reading

Reverse Aging With Organic Sulfur

No one ever talks about the health benefits of organic sulfur.

It truly is the forgotten mineral – yet the third most abundant in your body. Only phosphorous and calcium can be found in higher quantities. Did you know that sulfur is present in every living organism?

Even the United States Food and Nutrition Board has neglected sulfur; its last update on organic sulfur’s recommended daily allowance (RDA) was more than twenty years ago.

Why is this a concern? Because your body needs organic sulfur, Continue reading

What You Need to Know About Vitamin K2, D and Calcium

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  • Vitamin      K2 is an important fat-soluble vitamin that plays critical roles in      protecting your heart and brain, and building strong bones. It also plays      an important role in cancer protection
  • The      biological role of vitamin K2 is to help move calcium into the proper      areas in your body, Continue reading

ATiny Red Solution for Arthritis Pain

Did You Know…

… that pomegranate can help alleviate the pain and discomfort of arthritis and other rheumatoid conditions?

For the 50 million Americans who suffer from arthritis, the pain and stiffness that affects joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones can severely limit the ability to enjoy life and live it fully.  Many conventional treatments for arthritis come with worrisome risks and side effects—but the good news is that natural and proven solutions do exist! Continue reading

Ideal Exercise Details Finally Revealed

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The 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans detail the types and amounts of physical activity needed for maintenance of good health. A new paper has broken them down into what we all need to know about exercise:

— Adults should do at least 150 minutes a week of moderate- intensity exercise, 75 minutes a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic exercise, or a combination of both. For greater health benefits, increase levels to Continue reading

Is Carbonated Water Bad for You?

Although I don’t drink much soda (or, as they call it where I grew up, “pop”), I do enjoy drinking sparkling, or carbonated, water and often recommend it as a healthful alternative to soda.  But several of you have written with concerns that drinking carbonated water might be bad for you.

Is Carbonated Water Bad for You?

Sure enough, I did a quick Internet search and found several websites warning Continue reading

The Most Critical Nutrient in Your Body

Magnesium makes more than 300 chemical reactions in the body occur, and the importance of which stretches to all corners of the body.

Your body contains about 25 grams of magnesium and more than 60% of that is found in your bones, while nearly 30% is housed within your muscles. Magnesium is one of the few essential nutrients in which we are often deficient — particularly older adults. For this reason, Continue reading

The Truth about Salt

The never-ending advice to cut back on salt fails to give the whole story on this misunderstood substance. In fact, if you don’t get enough of the right kind of salt, you may be sowing the seeds of your own health destruction.

Salt Tales

A nightly newscast recently carried a report on the most recent Food and Drug Administration (FDA) initiative beginning a public campaign (propaganda) to further persuade Americans to cut back on salt.

Well, we have to remember that Americans think that salt is salt. Not so at all. Everyday salt that we consume is sodium chloride. This is a bad salt because it is processed salt. That means it is heated and the mineral value is diminished. Continue reading

The Myth of the ‘Low-Fat’ Diet, and Why Consuming Healthy Fats Is Vital to Your Health

Many people today still adhere to the misguided belief that nearly all fats are bad, and that the best way to stay slim and healthy is to cut fats, whenever possible, from your diet. On the contrary, fats are an absolutely vital component of any healthy diet as they aid in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and minerals, as well as feed the brain, heart, liver, lungs, bones, cells and nervous system the nutrients they need to function properly.

It is widely assumed that, because they are called “fats,” these substances must contribute to obesity and obesity-related illnesses like heart disease that afflict millions of people today. This is true for trans fats and certain other unhealthy fats, of course, but there are all kinds of healthy fats as well, such as coconut oil, for instance, or even animal-based fats like grass-fed butter Continue reading

Breast Cancer and Heart Attacks: A Deadly Side Effect of Calcium Supplements?

Calcium is one of the most popular dietary supplements on the market, largely because of the widely circulated mantra that mega-doses of this mineral are essential for building and maintaining healthy bones.

As a result, many people believe that taking a calcium supplement is a simple way to prevent bone fractures associated with osteoporosis.

What they have not been told is that while you can force increased bone mineral density with calcium supplements, you cannot be sure that this will result in greater bone strength.

Be Careful In Interpreting Bone Tests Results

Bone density, Continue reading

Height Loss Increases Risk for Fractures and Death in Older Women

Kaiser Permanente study suggests significant height loss may indicate more serious health problems

Older women who have lost more than two inches in height face an increased risk of breaking bones and dying, according to a new study published in the January issue of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research and funded by the National Institutes of Health.

The study found that women 65 and older who lost more than two inches over 15 years were 50 percent more likely to both fracture a bone and to die in the subsequent five years, compared to women who lost less than two inches in height.

“Most women do lose height as they age, but we found that those who lost more than two inches were at higher risk of breaking a bone and of dying,” said lead author Teresa Hillier, MD, MS, an endocrinologist and senior investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research in Portland, Ore. “These women were at higher risk of dying from a fracture, but they were also at higher risk of dying from more common causes, including heart disease.” Continue reading

Eat Fewer Tomatoes to Reduce Arthritis Symptoms

“If nightshades can be eaten or used sparingly, arthritis can be slowed in developing.” The Arthritis Nightshades Research Foundation

Summer gardens are bringing forth an abundance of nightshade foods destined for your dinner plate, your fresh tomato salad, or scattered across a slice of hot cheesy pizza with peppers. Nightshades or the Solanaceae family, cover some 2,800 species of plants, herbs, shrubs and trees, but the nightshade foods you most often consume include: Continue reading