Tag: Lifestyle medicine

Why is Nutrition so Commercialized?

“Why is Nutrition So Commercialized?” The prevalence of chronic diseases like diabetes has skyrocketed, as have the number of articles published about diabetes in medical journals. Why does our wealth of academic knowledge not translate more directly into making things better? Maybe it’s our over-attachment to the reductionistic mindset that proved so successful with ACUTE…


Plant-Based Diets for Improved Mood and Productivity

“Plant-Based Diets for Improved Mood and Productivity” A 2014 systematic review and meta-analysis of dietary patterns and depression concluded that a healthy diet pattern was significantly associated with the reduced odds of depression. But out of the 21 studies they could find in the medical literature, they were only able to find one randomized controlled…


Behind the Scenes at NutritionFacts.org

“Behind the Scenes at NutritionFacts.org” I’m often asked how long it takes me to come up with one of my daily videos. Once the script is done, it doesn’t take more than like ten hours to create and record—it’s the research phase that takes the most time. I don’t think people understand how much work…


How Many Glasses of Water Should We Drink a Day?

more than 2,000 years ago Hippocrates said if we could give every individual the right amount of nourishment next size not too little not too much we would have found the safest way to health what does that mean when it comes to water water has been described as a neglected underappreciated and under research…


Spin Doctors – How the Media Reports on Medicine

“Spin Doctors – How the Media Reports on Medicine” In a study of the dietary advice given by newspapers in the UK, no credible scientific basis was found for most claims. The misreporting of dietary advice was found to be widespread and may contribute to public misconceptions about food and health. And potentially not just…


Should We All Take Aspirin to Prevent Heart Disease?

“Should We All Take Aspirin to Prevent Heart Disease?” Salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin, has been used for thousands of years as an anti-inflammatory pain killer in the form of willow tree bark extract, which Hippocrates used to treat fever and to alleviate pain during childbirth. It became trademarked as a drug in…


Why You Should Care About Nutrition

“Why You Should Care About Nutrition” Does it really matter what we eat? Well, the good news is, we have tremendous power over our health destiny and longevity— the majority of premature death and disability is preventable with a healthy enough diet. It’s. . . the. . . food. Most deaths in the United States…


How Not to Die from Cancer

“How Not to Die from Cancer” After Dr. Dean Ornish conquered our #1 killer, he moved on to killer #2. What happens if you put cancer on a plant-based diet? Ornish and colleagues found that the progression of prostate cancer could be reversed with a plant-based diet and other healthy lifestyle behaviors. And no wonder….


Lowering Our Sodium to Potassium Ratio to Reduce Stroke Risk

[Music] more than a thousand years ago an ancient Persian medical text advised for the treatment of hypertension lifestyle interventions such as avoiding meat and pastries and recommended eating spinach a thousand years later research discovered that a single meal containing spinach could indeed reduce blood pressure thanks to its nitrate content all green leafy…


Lifestyle Medicine: Treating the Causes of Disease

[Music] though I was trained as a general practitioner my chosen specialty is lifestyle medicine yes most of the reasons people go to see their doctors is for diseases that could have been prevented but lifestyle medicine is not just about preventing chronic diseases but also about treating them and not just treating the disease…