The Pegan Diet – More Problems Than A Simple Misnomer?

The Pegan Diet, developed by Dr. Mark Hyman in 2015 is a combination of the meat-laden Paleo diet and the word vegan. It is also a misnomer since the diet is certainly not vegan. Between half and three-quarters of your menu will consist of plants on this diet, but small amounts of grass-fed, organic, and…

Beyond REM – The Science of Chronobiology

Chronobiology is the study of time rhythms and how they affect our behavior and functioning. One hundred fifty messenger substances constantly circulate through your body and update your organs about the current environment – your body temperature, your blood pressure, etc. There are three primary rhythms of chronobiology: Infradian Rhythms– these are rhythms that last…

Free Handout: The Good Mood Grocery List

Foods That May Alleviate Depression Several B vitamins, including folate, B1 (thiamin), B6, and B12, are essential to emotional wellness. The best source if these vitamins are animal-based foods – meat, poultry, and fish, as well as dairy products.  These vitamins are also found in a wide range of beans, nuts, whole grains, fruits, and…

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

I am a huge proponent of both the Mediterranean Diet and the Nordic Diet, which have slight differences although they have many more similarities. Both plans emphasize a plant-based diet (high in fruits, veggies, nuts, and legumes) and include moderate amounts of fish (two to three servings a week), and eggs, as well as a…

Why the Term “Anti-Nutrients” is More Than A Little Misleading

A lot of people are eating white bread and white rice, refined low-nutrient foods, while avoiding healthful foods like legumes because they are afraid of the “anti-nutrients” in whole grains, beans, certain types of nuts, etc. This is upsetting because it’s entirely unnecessary to avoid these foods; the notion is an absurdist interpretation of food…

How Much Will Medical and Drug Price Transparency Help?

The truth is that there is no clear and concise way to explain how hospitals determine prices and negotiate with individual insurance companies. What you end up paying out of pocket has little to do with what price hospitals charge your insurer and more to do with the way that your insurance plan is built…

Pumped Up on Amino Acids or Just Hot Air?

You’ve probably heard people talk about taking amino acid supplements, but what are they, and are they good for anything? Essential amino acids can only be acquired by eating protein; these include histidine, lycine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, isoleucine, leucine, and valine. If you’ve ever heard the term “complete protein,” it means that a food…

20 Little-Known Facts About Diabetes

Diabetes – so many misconceptions, so little time! This complicated health problem is made even more challenging to understand because it often travels with friends – 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 complications…

Making Sense of Medicare

Medicare is extraordinarily complex, and the rules seem to change all of the time. However, learning to make smart choices can save individuals a lot of money and unnecessary stress, and can mean better healthcare in some circumstances. whatthewell medicare newsletter This newsletter covers basic information regarding Medicare options; for more in-depth knowledge, I recommend…

Free Handout: Understanding Health Insurance

 More than 50% of Americans are unable to understand the complicated materials provided by insurers and the medical explanations offered by healthcare professionals. When people avoid medical care because they don’t know why it’s needed or are fearful of the potential costs, their delay in care leads to the development and exacerbation of chronic conditions. This…