Are Statins the Best Means of Preventing Heart Disease?

6 Ways to Reduce Your Cardiac Risk without Prescription Medication Odds are, you or someone you know is currently taking a “statin,” a category of cholesterol-reducing medications commonly prescribed to decrease the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Usually recognized by the brand names “Crestor” and “Lipitor,” statins are a multi-billion dollar industry, with [...]

Dark Chocolate: A Super Food

Good news! Giving your sweetheart a gift of dark chocolate on Valentine's Day is not only romantic, it's also heart-healthy! Dark chocolate is known as a "super food," because it is chock-full of antioxidants that fight dangerous free radicals in your body. In addition, dark chocolate reduces blood pressure, increases the elasticity of the blood [...]

What Food Labels Mean

When we see the label "free-range" or "free-roaming" on poultry, we may picture an idyllic scene with chickens walking around on a grassy field, stretching their wings, getting sunshine and exercise, pecking on tasty "organic" feed, and in general living happier, healthier lives. But did you know that in order to use the label "free-range" [...]

Food and Mood

Most of us have learned the hard way that what we eat and how we feel are closely intertwined. Just think back to the holidays and how overeating often leads to sluggishness, fatigue, and feelings of physical distress. But now there’s scientific proof! A large study reported in the American Journal of Psychiatry showed that [...]

Celiac Disease and Autoimmunity

Celiac disease (CD) is a genetically-linked autoimmune condition, which means that although “CD genes” are present in nearly everyone who has the disease, the genes alone do not tell the whole story.1 For example, some babies show signs of CD from the first introduction of gluten, but most people with Celiac develop it much later [...]

Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin

In the winter months, most of us aren't getting much sunlight. It's still dark when we leave our houses and often dark by the time we get home. When we go outside, we're usually bundled up from head to toe. Even in summer months, we’re working all day and it’s often dark before we leave [...]

Vitamin D and Cancer Prevention

Taking a Vitamin D supplement is certainly one of the cheapest, easiest, simplest ways to improve your health and quality of life. Many people are deficient in Vitamin D, and the evidence is mounting that deficiency is linked to cancer, osteoporosis, joint pain, and autoimmune diseases like MS and lupus. And yet, curiously, the National [...]