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28 Sep

Rethinking Diabetes and Cholesterol

fish 1Two new studies add an interesting dimension to our dietary debates!

1. Omega 3’s Fight Diabetes

Reinforcing the ongoing evidence that diabetes is an unnecessary epidemic borne of misguided dietary guidelines, a new study shows that simply eating “smart fats” can help reduce the risk of diabetes. But there’s a twist: we’re not talking about type 2. The study shows that children who eat a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids are less likely to develop type 1 diabetes – even with a family history of the disease. The epidemic of type 2 already has an established link to diet. JAMA reports; scientists participating in the study say the implications are big. Might early dietary interventions prevent both types of diabetes?

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28 Sep

The Unforseen Health Benefits of Scarcity, the Right to Die, and Health Care

Hey, it’s Friday all. I hope your week has gone well. Scanning the headlines this morning a few particularly controversial pieces caught my eye. Both studies are a bit of a testament to the fact that truth isn’t always comfortable – in health or any other area of human endeavor. Add politics into the mix as happens with public health issues and it really gets interesting. So I’d like to hear what you have to say (don’t tell me don’t have an opinion).

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27 Sep

The 10 Rules of Aging Well

aging1. Eliminate Self Destructive Behaviors

This is the first step in preventing disease and meeting your later years with vitality and good health and it almost goes without saying – almost. The health toll of destructive behaviors such as smoking and excess drinking do not necessarily manifest for many years, thus discouraging motivation to stop. It’s natural to forgo making changes when the results are seemingly intangible or minimal at best. Smokers, of course, often report almost immediate improvements in breathing, sleep, and general health, but even so, indulgent habits are difficult to break. Do it now anyway. Whether it’s nicotine or sugar or drugs, don’t let your “vice” become your master. In time it will not only rule your life; it will destroy your body.

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26 Sep

Fennel and Avocado: A Match Made In Heaven

Mark’s friend Chef Oren is back with another savory recipe this week in which he features the oft-neglected fennel bulb. Fennel has a mildly sweet licorice flavor and a wonderful crunch in every bite. It is a good source of vitamin C, folate, potassium and dietary fiber. I’ve had this recipe twice in the last week and love it. Sometimes it can be a little difficult finding fennel, but if you can get your hands on it be sure to give it a try.

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