Canola oil has practically taken over as the food processing industry’s oil of choice. Whether it’s mayonnaise, chips, or salad dressings, canola oil is usually the first, second or third ingredient on the list. Unfortunately, the health dangers of canola oil are far beyond what we’ve been led to believe. So if there aren’t any actual health reasons to use it, why would it be so widely used throughout the food industry? As with most reasons certain ingredients are used over others – the price. Canola oil is extremely inexpensive to grow and harvest. It is also very easy to grow, due to its genetic modifications and the fact that insects won’t go near it.
Canola oil was first created in the early 1970s as a natural oil. But in 1995, Monsanto created a genetically modified version of canola oil. By 2009, over 90 percent of the Canadian canola oil crop was genetically engineered.
Vitamin D isn’t a magic panacea, but it has been implicated as one factor in many serious health conditions.
What does vitamin D deficiency look like? In its most extreme form, prolonged and severe vitamin D deficiency during childhood, known as rickets, can delay growth and lead to visible skeletal deformities.
Today, rickets is relatively rare, but that doesn’t mean that vitamin D deficiency is—more than 40 percent of Americans are deficient. The potential health consequences of this epidemic are serious, as vitamin D deficiency is linked to osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases, high blood pressure, and poor pregnancy outcomes. Continue reading →
It appears connected to almost every known chronic disease—from heart disease to cancer, diabetes to obesity, autism to dementia, and even depression.
Other inflammatory diseases such as allergies, asthma, arthritis, and autoimmune disease are increasing at dramatic rates. As physicians we are trained to shut off inflammation with aspirin, anti-inflammatory medication such as Advil or Motrin, steroids, and increasingly more powerful immune suppressing medication with serious side effects.
But we are not trained to find and treat the underlying causes of inflammation in chronic disease. Hidden allergens, infections, environmental toxins, an inflammatory diet, and stress are the real causes of these inflammatory conditions. Continue reading →
Americans spend $13 billion a year on over-the-counter and prescription proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), the most popular anti-reflux medications on the market
Acid reflux, also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), is a condition affecting about 20 percent of the U.S. population
Consuming a Mediterranean diet may be as effective as PPIs in treating acid reflux symptoms; a Mediterranean-style diet focuses on fruits, healthy fats, lean meats, nuts and vegetables
Often, you can restore your body’s acid balance simply by avoiding processed foods and sugar, eating real food and infusing your gut microbiome with beneficial bacteria from fermented foods or a high-quality probiotic
A number of natural remedies, including apple cider vinegar, baking soda, ginger and slippery elm, can be useful to address occasional reflux problems and, in conjunction with diet changes, may eliminate the need for PPIs and other medications
Did you know that pharmaceuticals used to treat heartburn actually increase gastrointestinal problems? Fortunately, there are natural ways to fight off acid reflux.
Do you suffer from heartburn? If so, you are among the millions of Americans with chest discomfort that occurs after a meal. Contrary to what you may believe from watching television, this is not normal. Common, but not normal. The good news is, there is cause and there is a cure.
Poor nutrition is the number one factor when it comes to heartburn. Unfortunately, this starts in childhood and even infancy. We are noticing an ever-increasing number of babies with reflux who are put on pharmaceuticals. The issue in most cases is an infant who doesn’t tolerate formula or reacts to contaminants in mom’s breast milk. I have seen baby reflux resolve when mom adheres to a strict Paleo diet. It’s just common sense.
As a cardiologist, I have diagnosed 1000’s of patients with heartburn or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in medical speak. It is a very common cause of chest pain. If the pain is not cardiac, it is typically GERD or musculoskeletal. Both of those diagnoses are much more prevalent than true cardiac pain. But the good news is, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) can be easily prevented with good nutrition and natural supplements. More on natural treatments in a little while.
If you or someone you love suffers from heart failure, I bet it’s been a while since you got good news.
You’ve probably been told that the breathing problems… the constant fatigue… the feeling like your heart is beating out of your chest… are going to be with you for the rest of your life. And that they’re only going to get worse.
But some exciting new research out of the UK may be turning that all on its head. Because researchers say they’ve discovered a powerful natural remedy that can actually reverse some of the damage of heart failure, and get your ticker pumping better than it has in years. And this life-saving treatment isn’t just dirt cheap — it’s practically free. Continue reading →
Laropiprant is the Bad One; Niacin is/was/will always be the Good One
by W. Todd Penberthy, PhD
Niacin has been used for over 60 years in tens of thousands of patients with tremendously favorable therapeutic benefit (Carlson 2005). In the first-person NY Times best seller, “8 Weeks to a Cure for Cholesterol,” the author describes his journey from being a walking heart attack time bomb to a becoming a healthy individual. He hails high-dose niacin as the one treatment that did more to correct his poor lipid profile than any other (Kowalski 2001). Continue reading →
High blood pressure can have potentially serious, even fatal, consequences. The good news is that there are scientifically proven changes to one’s diet which can be made to help deal with this condition. Continue reading →