Free Handout: Peripheral Artery Disease

This month’s free health handout explains the risks, symptoms, treatment, and prevention of Peripheral Artery Disease in honor of American Heart Month.

Is Your Funny Bone Broken?

In the past year, laughter has seemed a little harder to come across for most of us. Yet, laughter is precisely what we need when the going gets tough. Besides lightening a dark mood, making difficult conversation more comfortable, and inducing a sense of ease with people we don’t know well, laughter also increases the…

Quick Question: What Foods Contain the “Good” Cholesterol?

Most people need a quick refresher on the cholesterol in food and blood cholesterol. Some cholesterol is necessary to make hormones, vitamin D, bile acids, and the membranes that line your cells. Since a specific amount of cholesterol is needed for good health, the liver manufactures 2 ½ to 5 times as much as we…

Is Canola Oil Really Toxic?

Canola oil is second in terms of monounsaturated fat in oils, bested only by olive oil. Alzheimer’s Disease The newest nail in canola oil’s undeserved coffin are reports that it increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The study popularly referred to by the media was done on six-month-old mice that were genetically engineered to develop…

Yes, Breakfast Still Matters

The Problem With Research Is breakfast truly the most important meal of the day? Unfortunately, many studies carried out to answer this question have different definitions of what constitutes breakfast and skipping breakfast. The methods used to correlate nutrient consumption and breakfast with overall diet quality are also inconsistent. However, the evidence remains strong that…

Brush Up On Your Oral Health

Most everyone knows that poor oral care can result in tooth decay and gum disease, but did you know that your oral health is linked to your diabetes and heart disease risk? Plaque is a bacteria-laden film that can accumulate on your teeth and gums if you aren’t diligent about brushing and flossing. This plaque…

The Essential Guide to Zinc

In 1963, zinc was officially designated as an essential nutrient. It sure is! Our bodies can’t store zinc, so we have to consume enough zinc-rich food every day. Perhaps best known for it’s importance to the immune system, zinc is also involved in hundreds of enzymes needed for regulatory and metabolic functions. This handout about…

Intermittent Fasting

I get asked a lot about intermittent fasting these days, and for good reason – there is a ton of research being done on this subject, and the science is sure to continue evolving for some time. The first step to getting a grasp on the science behind intermittent fasting is to get familiarized with…

The Nordic Diet vs. The Mediterranean Diet: Two Peas in a Pod

I am a huge proponent of the Mediterranean Diet and the Nordic Diet, which are quite similar. Both plans emphasize a plant-based diet (high in fruits, veggies, nuts, and legumes), moderate amounts of fish (two to three servings a week), eggs, and a small amount of dairy foods. Both plans also limit processed foods, sweets,…

20 Little-Known Facts About Diabetes

Diabetes – so many misconceptions, so little time! This complicated health problem is made even more challenging because it often travels with friends – other conditions, including kidney disease, heart disease, neuropathy, etc. How many of the facts below did you already know? By sharing what we learn, we can help others to avoid common…