Nutrition

What Produce is the Dirtest (PDF and App)

I recently became aware of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) and have been very impressed with their work.  The first iPhone application that I downloaded from them was a list of the best to least healthy sunscreens and now they've added another app that will help you decide which foods to buy organic.  There is [...]

Is The Boost From Coffee All In Your Head?

I'm not a coffee drinker, but I've been around enough coffee drinkers (especially living in Portland) to know that people are a lot happier after their morning cup of joe.  For many people coffee is a necessity for survival, but a new study out of the University of Bristol found that the energy boosting effects [...]

Romaine Recall — Avoid Fresh Way Foods due to E Coli

Romaine lettuce that was sold in 23 states  may be contaminated with dangerous E. coli O145 bacteria and has been recalled. Authorities have reported 19 cases of E. coli O145  in Michigan, Ohio, and New York. Twelve people have been hospitalized, including three with life-threatening hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) caused by the bacterium. Several lines [...]

Vitamin D Improves Asthma

Not getting enough vitamin D  may make asthma worse, according to a new study. Researchers found that low vitamin D levels were associated with worse lung function compared to higher vitamin D levels in people with asthma. In addition, the study showed that people with low vitamin D levels didn’t respond as well to asthma [...]

Organics – The Most and Least Important Foods to Choose Organic

It would be wonderful if all our food could be pesticide-free, but organic food isn't cheap and we have to be selective with our grocery selections.  In this blog post we will look at the foods that contain the most and least pesticides as they reach your neighborhood grocery store.  The D.C. based non-profit Environmental [...]

Supplement Spotlight – Natural Calm

Natural Calm is a isotonic form of Magnesium that is absorbed into the body at a higher rate than tablets.  The body needs a balance between Magnesium and Calcium in order to function properly.  Magnesium's role is to relax muscles, while Calcium's role is to contract muscles.  Due to the foods we eat, the majority [...]

Avocado Soybean Unsaponifiables (ASU) for Osteoarthritis

I feel like I have been living under a rock lately.  Some how I have missed all the hype about ASU, which is a supplement used for osteoarthritis (OA).  ASU is an extract from the oils of avocado and soy, which has been shown in studies to decrease pain and regenerate cartilage in patients who [...]

New Study – Pycnogenol Reduces ADHD Symptoms in Children

A new study out of Switzerland shows that Pycnogenol (pic-noj-en-all), an extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, reduces ADHD in children.  These findings will be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Nutritional Neuroscience. In this study stress hormones where monitored in the urine of children who took the Pycnogenol [...]

Denny’s sued over salty food

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) filled a lawsuit agianst Denny's restaurant chain for the sodium content in their food.  CSPI had been in negotiations with Denny's since the end of last year regarding this salt issue.  CSPI is pushing Denny's to list the sodium content on their menus and label certain [...]

Alzhiemer’s linked to pesticides

A recent study suggests that there is a link between occupational exposure to pesticides and Alzhiemer's disease. At first glance we might think, "I don't work in the fields, therefore this study does not pertain to me."  It is true that the people in this study were subjected to more pesticides than the average person, [...]