Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder 

Millions of American children and approximately 3% of the adult population have been diagnosed with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. The main symptoms are reduced attentiveness and concentration, hyperactivity, distractibility and impulsiveness. Recently, researchers found subtle differences in the brain structure and metabolism between children with and without ADHD. Can diet trigger worsening symptoms? Methylphenidate, more […]

Bone Health 

Foods to Maintain Strong Bones: • Calcium works in conjunction with magnesium and vitamin D. Foods with high calcium levels are milk, almond milk, yogurt, cheese, spinach, kale, broccoli, collard greens, beans, figs, tofu, sardines, almonds and calcium-fortified orange juice. • Magnesium, in addition to calcium and vitamin D, works to maintain strong bones. Foods […]

Cancer 

One-third of all cancers are diet-related. Foods can help a person cleanse the body and keep the immune system and the body strong. Wholesome foods like whole grains, fruits, vegetables and legumes can accomplish this. Foods laden with chemicals, artificial sweeteners, like fat-free or sugar-free foods, offer the body an unnatural environment that may encourage […]

Cholesterol 

What is cholesterol? Cholesterol is a white, waxy substance made by the liver that is only found in animal products. Is all cholesterol bad? HDL or high-density lipoproteins are good for the heart. If above 50 mg/dL, they protect the heart by helping to clear plaque out of your arteries. LDL or low-density lipoproteins are […]

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a respiratory disease. Emphysema and chronic bronchitis are two respiratory diseases with which you are probably already familiar. Respiration is the complete cycle of breathing in and out. When you breathe in (inhale), oxygen enters the lungs. When you breathe out (exhale), carbon dioxide leaves the lungs and the […]

Coumadin 

There are many misconceptions about what to do when a person needs to take this drug. Coumadin is a blood-thinner. It’s not the only blood-thinner that you can take: garlic, vitamin E, Ginkgo Biloba, aspirin and fish oil are just a few others. The main concern of many people on Coumadin is eating certain vitamin […]

Cirrhosis 

Cirrhosis is a progressive liver disease that’s usually brought on by alcoholism. Still, malaria, syphilis, viral hepatitis, drugs, blocked bile ducts or even malnutrition also can cause the disease. Cirrhosis causes the liver cells to die and be replaced by scar tissue. This scar tissue does not enable the liver to function properly. The liver […]

Esophageal Reflux (GERD) or Heartburn 

Esophageal Reflux refers to the regurgitation of stomach acids into the esophagus. The most common symptom is heartburn. Esophageal reflux is usually a mild condition that can be managed medically or nutritionally. In chronic cases, however, it may lead to esophagitis, ulceration, or hemorrhage. The esophagus is usually protected from reflux of stomach contents by […]

Eating Out: Yes, You Still Can, with a Conscience 

When you dine out, please continue to use your common sense. Make reasonable choices for continued success. Take a moment to consider all the foods that will have the most impact on your blood sugar and be moderate with them. Also, think heart health! Here are some suggestions: Chinese Food: Shrimp, chicken, pork or beef […]

Glycemic Index 

The glycemic index is a system in which a number is given to a particular carbohydrate food to determine how quickly or slowly the food breaks down into sugar in the bloodstream. This number is important since people tend to consume many high-glycemic index foods – refined carbohydrates (white pasta, white bread, white rice) that […]