Quality Counts!

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According to reports from the Congressional Quarterly, there may be some well needed changes coming to the nutritional recommendations for Americans. As outlined in my new book, The Fallacy of the Calorie: Why the Modern Western Diet Is Killing Us and How to Stop It; for years there has been an ineffectual, misdirected and potentially…

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Winning the Battle of the Bulge – With Fat?

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In my latest book, The Fallacy of the Calorie: Why the Modern Western Diet Is Killing Us and How to Stop It, one of the topics that is covered in depth is the relationship between the type and quality of the food we eat, our gut microbiome, and how the interaction impacts our health. It…

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Nothing Like The Real Thing

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While little has changed in terms of data regarding omega-3 supplementation for the prevention of heart disease since I wrote about it over two years ago (Dr. Mike’s Outside Magazine article), there remains the truthful essence that was touched upon then: there ain’t nothing like the real thing. A recent meta-analysis examined almost twenty studies…

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Move It, Move It

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While more and more Americans continue to hit the drive thru as their primary source of sustenance, it seems fewer and fewer are even willing to make the effort to walk from the fast lane into these fortresses of fast food. Currently almost 30% of US adults register as obese while almost 25% “report doing…

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Sotto il cielo di Roma

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Italy is known for many things; among them are exotic cars, high fashion, beautiful people, fine wine and food to tempt the senses. All of which lends itself to romance, passion and love. And now the secret is out, it is the diet that keeps these Latin Lotharios primed throughout the evening. A small study…

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False Data, Again-The latest FDA mandate!

Well here we go again! After missing the mark with dietary sodium restriction, the latest misguided government mandate to improve our health is the expanded nutrition guidelines enacted by the FDA as required under the community and preventive care portion of the Affordable Care Act. These expanded nutrition guidelines apply to restaurants and vending machines and…

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Weight Loss Diets-Is there a better fat-trap?

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Weight Loss Diets-Is there a better fat-trap? When it comes to the multitude of weight loss diet options out there, is there clearly a superior option? A recent study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality Outcomes (November 11, 2014) examined several of the more popular diets including Atkins, Weight Watchers, South Beach and The Zone. The…

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Question Everything-But the Wine!

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Way, way, way, back in the day when I was in medical school things seemed a bit easier because it seemed we knew so much. Those were times of simple truths. Among those was the universal principle that oxygen is good. Based on that unyielding truism, for decades when patients present with a heart attack…

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The Fat Fallacy

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In my upcoming book, The Fallacy of the Calorie: Why the Modern Western Diet Is Killing Us and How to Stop It, ( www.cardiochef.com) I address the inherent flaws in approaching the relationship between food and health from a purely quantitative approach. Germane to such a discussion, and covered in detail in the book, is…

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Talking Turkey

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Let’s talk about the turkey. There are a lot of different terms being thrown around out there when discussing the birds. Know the lingo so you don’t get a jive turkey. As I’ve discussed before, I am not a believer in mass-produced industrial factory farmed birds that grow up crammed into gobbler ghettos. I realize most…

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