5 Ways to Combat Heartburn Without Pharmaceuticals

heartburnDid you know that pharmaceuticals used to treat heartburn actually increase gastrointestinal problems? Fortunately, there are natural ways to fight off acid reflux.

Do you suffer from heartburn? If so, you are among the millions of Americans with chest discomfort that occurs after a meal. Continue reading

Olive Oil Compound Kills Cancer Cells in 30 Minutes

olive_oil_cancer_greenmedinfoExtra-virgin olive oil may rapidly kill off cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact. 

Extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) already has a reputation as a superfood.  It contains an abundance of antioxidants that are proven to confer health benefits. Continue reading

Mediterranean Diet Linked to Healthier Brain

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In a recent study, people eating a low-fat diet had a significant decrease in memory and cognitive function over the course of four years

Those following a Continue reading

Afraid of Alzheimer’s Disease? Eat your Berries

berriesFear of Alzheimer’s disease is rampant. But there is berry good evidence that a particular food significantly decreases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

Dementia and other neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease have Continue reading

How to Avoid Cataract Surgery

cataract_avoid_preventAge-related cataracts are the leading cause of low vision and blindness throughout the world.  Up to 30% of people over the age of 50 will develop them.  By age 75, about 70% will have cataracts.  Surgery to remove cataracts has become almost routine.  

Cataracts develop when proteins build up in the lens of the eye making it cloudy.  It happens with age and is primarily due to oxidative damage.  Age-related cataracts are the result of a lifetime of molecular damage Continue reading

Research: Foods/Spices Slow, Perhaps Reverse Alzheimer’s

aging wellDid you know that so-called “incurable” neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease can be slowed, if not also partially reversed? Regeneration, after all, is the default state of the human body.

This may sound all the more surprising when you consider that Continue reading

Every Single Junk Food Meal Can Hurt Your Body

junkA new study has found that eating even a single junk food meal damages your arteries. Once again, we find that saturated fat is a formidable enemy to our overall health. And, once again, we find that sticking to a Mediterranean diet is the best health option.

Junk food meals are, by definition, high in saturated fat, which is detrimental to many of the body’s processes, especially the cardiovascular system. Meanwhile, Continue reading

Does a Healthy Diet Prevent Chronic Disease? CME/CE

Introduction

While overweight and obesity affect 70% of adults in the United States, only a minority of individuals report receiving dietary advice from a healthcare provider. In part this may be due to the myriad diet plans available. The current review provides a succinct and evidence-based analysis of different dietary plans Continue reading

The Two Things You Need to Cure Sleep Apnea

A new study has found a two-pronged approach to battling sleep apnea symptoms. Its health tip: combining a Mediterranean diet and regular physical activity could help you improve your night time rest.

The study looked at how the Mediterranean diet could help obese adults with sleep apnea Continue reading

The Two-Day Diet That Works

If you’ve been struggling to lose pounds, wondering how you’ll get through week after week of dieting, there’s good news on the weight loss front: Dieting for just two days a week and eating normally for the rest of the week may actually help you lose more weight than trying to diet every day. It may also cut your risk of cancer.

Another advantage of this new style of dieting: It seems to easily fit into a busy lifestyle while trimming your waistline and improving health.

Intermittent Dieting, Steady Benefits

An expanding collection of research is showing the benefits of what is called “intermittent dieting.” What these studies have demonstrated is that you don’t have to diet every day of your life to lose inches around your middle and maintain your weight, you merely have to watch what you eat for just two days a week. And the weight loss that results from intermittent dieting has been found to lower levels of insulin, a cancer-promoting hormone.

In the most recent study, scientists at the Genesis Prevention Center at University Hospital in South Manchester, England found that eating a restricted, low-carb diet for two days a week helped women lose more weight over a period of four months than did restricting calories seven days a week. Continue reading

The Two Things You Need to Cure Sleep Apnea

A new study has found a two-pronged approach to battling sleep apnea symptoms. Its health tip: combining a Mediterranean diet and regular physical activity could help you improve your night time rest.

The study looked at how the Mediterranean diet could help obese adults with sleep apnea compared to those with a typical diet. This health condition causes frequent pauses of breathing to occur during sleep. It can be dangerous over the long term, and is one of the most prevalent sleep-related breathing disorders. Two to four out of every 100 adults experience sleep apnea. But that rises 20% to 40% among obese individuals.

Here is how the Mediterranean diet differs from the typical one: three servings of red meat a week (compared to nine); three servings of fish a week (compared to one); Continue reading

Salk Scientists Say: It’s not an Apple a Day after all – It’s Strawberries

A recent study from scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies suggests that a strawberry a day (or more accurately, 37 of them) could keep not just one doctor away, but an entire fleet of them, including the neurologist, the endocrinologist, and maybe even the oncologist.

Investigations conducted in the Salk Institute’s Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory (CNL) will appear in the June 27, 2011, issue of PLoS ONE. The report explains that fisetin, a naturally-occurring flavonoid found most abundantly in strawberries and to a lesser extent in other fruits and vegetables, lessens complications of diabetes. Previously, the lab showed that fisetin promoted survival of neurons grown in culture and enhanced memory in healthy mice. That fisetin can target multiple organs strongly suggests that a single drug could be used to mitigate numerous medical complications.

“This manuscript describes for the first time a drug that prevents both kidney and brain complications Continue reading