Diabetes and CVD: Sometimes You Don’t Want A Sweet Heart

Jay Cutler, Chicago Bears. Nick Boynton, Blackhawks. Kelli Keuhne, LPGA. Sean Busby, snowboard. Scott Verplank, PGA. Jay Leeuwenburg, NFL. Bobby Clarke, Flyers. Cory Vaughn, Mets (who plays with an insulin pump in his pocket). What do these athletes have in common?  Diabetes. You know, that group…


Liquid Minerals

Getting right to the bottom line, if the soil in which our food grows is not in balance, neither will be the food. Modern agriculture is in such disarray that plants don’t stay in the ground long enough to completely develop their nutrient potential because they have to be shipped across the…


Diabetes: An Integrative Approach

Diabetes has been around for ages. It used to be called “sugar diabetes,” but modern times have changed that to “diabetes mellitus.”  The “diabetes” part dates to ancient Greece, and indicates “one who straddles” or goes to the bathroom a lot. The “mellitus” part is kind of new—only about four…


Probiotics and Blood Pressure

Maybe what happens in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas, but what happens in your gut doesn’t stay in your gut, the place we think of as the processing plant that makes nutrients available for use by the body and wastes available for disposal. That part’s correct, but recent interest in the…


Gut Bacteria And The Brain

They’re called flora. Their name comes from the Roman goddess of plants, flowers and fertility, and refers to the plant life occurring in a particular region. The region in this case is the intestine, and the florae that occupy it are micro-organisms that total almost a hundred trillion, a number…


Seeing Eye To Eye?

The world of conflicting information is still doing well, thanks. In the 1950’s, doctors who smoked, smoked Camels. By the 1990’s, many of those doctors had passed away. A few decades back, headlines announced that black pepper caused cancer. Then, miraculously, it didn’t. Conflicting stories…


The Eyes Ought Not Have It

We humans anticipate that certain things will happen at specific times of the year. Flowers are supposed to bloom in spring and summer; snow is supposed to fall in winter. Unfortunately, certain physical conditions follow a similar timeline. We might get athlete’s foot in the summer from walking…


Do You Want What You Want When You Want It?

Is it O.K. to talk about addiction in the context of food consumption? Because some people believe that foods high in fats or carbohydrates might be addictive, does it mean that foods should be regarded in the same way as alcohol or cigarettes? Or is there confusion among the terms addiction,…


When Does Old Age Begin?

<The boundary between seniors and old people has shifted over the years. Some people are deemed old because they are grandparents—even at forty-five. Others become old when they retire, regardless of age or circumstance. Despite getting a seniors’ discount at age 50, or 60 or 65, some folks…


Taste Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

Do you realize how much and how often we put our faith and trust in other people? You trust that the car coming the other way won’t cross into your lane, and that the waiter washed his hands at least once before coming to your table. And you trust that your food is clean, whether from the…