For Better or For Worse: To Healthcare We Are Wed

With this union comes newlywed jitters, a combination of hope and fear: Will this healthcare overhaul prove a fiscal boon or blunder?  Will we end up increasing or decreasing the overall quality of care available as a whole?  Will we be able to provide health coverage for all without creating a bureaucratic, anti-competitive healthcare system? 

Will the Health Reform Bill Reform the Health of the Nation?

Now that the ink is dry on the healthcare-reform bill, the pundits are scrutinizing the language. I’ve read bits and pieces of the document, but I may be on Medicare by the time I get through it all.

From what I’ve gleaned thus far, while there a number of outstanding issues such as cost, implementation and whether the bill is even constitutional, one provision of the Act, Title Four, is a plus. It could move the country toward disease prevention rather than disease retention, i.e. illness maintenance. It could also improve access to alternative practitioners.

Alternative Sweeteners ... Are They Worth Trying?

Have you noticed there is a sweetener revolution going on? A friend stopped by my office recently and asked, “Have you heard about the controversy about agave – that it might not be as healthy as we thought?” Another friend emailed me about stevia, Reb-A, asking me if I thought it is safe to eat.

Study Says Vitamin D Shows Promise for Staving Off Seasonal 'Flu

Increased intakes of vitamin D may reduce the incidence of seasonal ‘flu, according to results of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial from Japan.

Here it is:

Vitamin D shows promise against seasonal ‘flu: Study

Recipe for Change: Get Rid of That Butter!

Back in 2007, I wrote this in my book, Eating Between the Lines:

Scientific Enlightenment of Vitamin D for Consumers

The science supporting the muscle function of vitamin D, as well as the vitamin’s role in immune health, is sufficiently robust to have merited a positive opinion from the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA). Read more.

Vitamin D, Yes, But Do We Know Enough?

"There's overwhelming evidence ... that increasing your vitamin D intake can make substantial improvement in your overall health and welfare," says Dr. Michael Holick of Boston University. "And there is no downside to increasing your vitamin D intake. As a result I think that most people are now getting on the bandwagon." Read more.

How do dietary fats change brain receptors?

Obese people often say they'd like to eat less but feel almost powerless to stop indulging, and now new research suggests that explanation might be all too true. Read more.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D: no end to its benefits?

There's a reason why vitamin D now outsells vitamin C in some stores. Starting in 2008, a corona’s worth of research began showing vitamin D is good for most everything under the sun. Study after study has come out documenting vitamin D's benefits on everything from colon, prostate and breast cancer to blood pressure and heart disease to insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance to psoriasis and dermatitis.1-4

Supplements: Til Death Do Us Part

The unveiling of the proposed McCain-Dorgan Bill (S.

Furor Eases Over McCain Bill

The supplement industry has made a little peace with Sen. John McCain, it would appear, over his on-again, off-again support of a piece of legislation that could easily have made it difficult for most everyone to obtain dietary supplements.


UK Study: Omega-3s make for flexible arteries

Study finds that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid-rich meal consumption can improve arterial stiffness after meals. Read more.

Coenzyme Q-10

Coenzyme Q-10: Energy for mitochondria 

Coenzyme Q-10 is more than the energy nutrient. It’s more than the heart-health nutrient. It’s also involved in a crime – the crime of mainstream American doctors not recommending their patients take it with the cholesterol-lowering statin drugs the doctors prescribe like so much candy.

Green Tea

Green tea, the healthy sip

Aside from herbal teas, there are three classic types of teas: the Chinese-style green tea, the run-of-the-mill black tea, and the delicate oolong tea. But one thing links all these traditional teas: They all come from the leaves of the same Camellia senensis bush. The distinguishing factor is how they are processed. Green tea is unfermented, black tea is fully fermented, oolong is partially fermented. Each tea type possesses unique beneficial compounds.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C: all hail the king

C is for citrus, and also for common cold, and also for King, as vitamin C has been known as the king of vitamins since Linus Pauling started preaching the gospel of megadoses of vitamin C to cure the common cold. 

There’s no question vitamin C is a first-rate, water-soluble antioxidant. It works in a network with the fat-soluble vitamin E in that they both quench free radicals, but in so doing, they themselves become inactivated. But vitamin C regenerates vitamin E and vice versa. As if by design!

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