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…

Research Fast Five for January 2021

Cardiology Not surprisingly, eating fried food is now unquestionably linked to an increased risk of major heart disease and stroke, according to a pooled analysis of data published online in the journal Heart. The researchers concluded that the risk increases with each additional 114 g serving per week.  The researchers pooled data from 17 studies…

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…

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…

Gout and Diet

You probably know someone who “has the gout” as I’ve heard it said dozens of times. If you have gout, you have a painful form of arthritis that develops when uric acid in the blood crystallizes, and these crystals then infiltrate and surround the joints. Uric acid is usually transported by the blood to the…

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…

Ten Questions About Alcohol

While much ado has been made recently about adults adopting mindful drinking philosophies or giving alcohol up completely, recent figures estimate that 17.6 million Americans, or one in twelve, struggle with alcohol abuse disorder. Among nutrition-related topics, alcohol is one of the most confusing for many people because it is often depicted as something very…

HDL Cholesterol – Not Always Healthy

When it comes to HDL cholesterol, most people think, “more is better.” After all, it’s been drilled into us that HDL (“good”) cholesterol removes LDL (“bad”) cholesterol from the blood vessels so that it can be excreted from the body, thereby protecting against heart disease and stroke. The relationship between HDL and heart disease is…

Pumping Iron – Why This Mineral Matters to Your Heart

When people think of heart-health, they generally think of three things: dietary fat, exercise, and sodium. Those things are probably the most important for your ticker’s well-being, but there are lots of other small things that might add up over the years. Unless you’re a vegetarian or have had a blood test showing a deficiency,…