- Cholesterol drugs don't help the healthy
- Consumer Reports: Statins may not help healthy people
- The Cholesterol Myth that Could be Harming Your Health
I recommend reading:
I just received press release about diabetes. It's very sad. The reason that it's so sad is because type 2 diabetes is almost always a preventable disease. From the press release:
If you have diabetes, these are some of the complications:
If you have it, I certainly recommend that you read Dr. Neal Barnard's book about reversing diabetes.
Read Jack Lalane's quote below. It says it all.
Got milk? Got confusion? Nowadays, milk cartons will state this: "Our farmers pledge not to treat their cows with rbST - (it is a growth hormone used to increase milk production.)
That wording seemed vague to me. So, I emailed three experts in the health and nutrition field about it.
My question: I see this verbiage on my milk carton and it seems very vague.
“Our farmers pledge not to treat their cows with rbST.” The word ‘pledge’ implies to me that they may or may not do what is stated above. I’m interested in your input.
The answers that I received:
However, it still seems confusing to me. How 'bout you?
On the main street by my home, there are approximately thirteen fast-food joints. Interestingly, on that same street, there are three (yes, three) CVS drug stores - within one mile of each other.
Seems to me, we are over-medicated. Any chance the Western diet is a reason for so many drug stores?
Recently, a friend of mine gave me that line of bull. However, it is unknown what percentage of our life's outcome can be applied to genes versus our lifestyle.
I agree with Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn's quote: "Gene's load the gun, but lifestyle pulls the trigger."
In the olden days, prior to the use of antibiotics, a chicken looked like the one on the left. Today's chicken is fed a "healthy" dose of antibiotics and looks like the feller on the right. By they way, today's chicken cannot walk.
To learn about the origins of antibiotics in our food system, watch this video. It's fascinating.
Feeling hungry? Have a sweet tooth? Try this Pure Protein bar. What are the benefits? It taste great. It has very little sugar. It has a tremendous amount of protein. It has about 190 calories and unlike candy bars - it will make you feel full.
Here are a couple of tips: put some in the refrigerator and purchase them at Target or Costco. At those locations, the bars are about $1 each.
I keep a jar of peanut butter in my car. If I have a hunger pang ... boom ... I take a hit of peanut butter. I have done away with eating protein bars. This tastes better and is a lot cheaper.
This is an interesting list of organizations that sponsor the ADA. Would you believe some of the sponsors are Hershey, Coca Cola, and PepsiCo? Oh, I almost forgot Mars (think Milky Way and Snickers).
Here's the complete list.
So, when you get diet and health advice from its members - dietitians/nutritionists, keep in mind who sponsors the ADA.
I thought this was an interesting statistic:
Two percent of the livestock companies in the United States are responsible for 40 percent of the country’s cattle, poultry, and pigs.
Bottomline: Our food supply is no different than a manufacturing plant. I'll have a Ford with a side of bacon please.
I'm re-reading Michael Pollan's book: In Defense of Food.
There's a tremendous amount of confusion about what to eat. Should I eat meat? Should I be a vegetarian? Am I getting enough Omega 3? How 'bout vitamin D? Should I eat organic food? What about pesticides? What about genetically modified foods. Seafood - should I purchase farm raised or wild Salmon? What about the mercury? Oh yeah, is milk good for me or not?
The list of "things" to know or worry about is mind-boggling.
Here's the scoop: In his book, Pollan quotes Gyorgy Scrinis, the person who coined the term nutritionism. Scrinis states: "Whole foods and industrial foods (processed) are the only two food groups I'd consider including in any food pyramid."
That's pretty simple and should be the guiding light ... eat whole food not processed food.
When I give presentations, I use my "Food House" instead of the "Food Pyramid".
It's a great experience walking into your garden and picking the ingredients for your meal. I used the squash, peppers, and tomatoes for an amazing omelet.
If you don't have a garden, try growing one next year. Easy items include tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, and basil. I tried sweet potatoes this year, however, the rabbits got to it before I did.
If you've never had a garden before, I can guarantee this: no green thumb required!
That's the question that today's Duke Diet Center newsletter asks. Here's your answer.
While the answer to that question might appear obvious, far too many people are purchasing "fat free" and "reduced fat" products thinking that they help when dieting. They don't!
It has been ruled that the controversial diabetes drug Avandia should stay on the market (FDA experts say Avandia should stay on market but with serious restrictions).
When it comes to my own health, the answer to the above question is . . . me. Candidly, even though everyone talks about losing weight, my decision to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle is so I can stay away from our "health care" system. Hopefully, forever. Only time will tell.
What's it? It knows about calories and that most of the food we consume has far too many of 'em.
Take a look at its ad campaign. You might think that this is an example of the "nanny state" (city), however, NYC understands the problem.
When it comes to our good health, there are no guarantees. However, you are in control of many health outcomes. Personally, I've made a decision to keep doctor visits to a minimum and prescription drugs out of my "medicine" cabinet.
My decision is constantly reinforced by learning about the drug industry. Here are two examples. I'm sure there are many more.
Here's an article that appeared in U.S. News and World Report. Based on first-hand experience, I have found most of the information in this article to be accurate.
If you are trying to reduce the amount of processed food that you consume, I recommend reading this article.
He accurately states that we are always fighting the evil nutrient. In the recent past, it was trans fats. Now it's salt and sugar.
What will be next?
While The Daily the Beast calls them deadly salads (typical media hyperbole), I'd rather call them unhealthy. You'll learn a lot by viewing the details. Take a look.
Food marketers have done to the potato and the ear of corn what British Petroleum did to the gulf: They took a great source of natural food, and covered it in oil. - Eat This, Not That
Welcome to my blog about diet, health, and lifestyle issues. You'll find snippets and tidbits to assist with living a healthier lifestyle. Enjoy. - Ken Leebow
I'm a professional speaker. If your organization would like someone to speak on the subject of diet, health, and lifestyle issues, please contact me.