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Egg White Protein May Help Lower Blood Pressure

Egg White Protein May Help Lower Blood Pressure

Commented Apr 15, 2013 at 09:16:36 in Healthy Living

“Here's a really nice summary of the different definitions of eggs -- there are so many now! http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/egg-types-benefits-facts
Egg White Protein May Help Lower Blood Pressure

Egg White Protein May Help Lower Blood Pressure

Commented Apr 15, 2013 at 09:07:02 in Healthy Living

“Yep, it's hard to mess up an egg, lol!!”
Egg White Protein May Help Lower Blood Pressure

Egg White Protein May Help Lower Blood Pressure

Commented Apr 14, 2013 at 10:15:18 in Healthy Living

“Isn't it crazy that we have to "discover" that eggs are good for you? We've been eating eggs forever, and all healthy cultures eat eggs. In fact, the heart-healthiest people on planet earth eat eggs, to the tune of about 1 every single day. And it's not JUST the egg whites, they eat the yolks too. Healthy people.
Crazy right? Haven't those heart healthy people read our theories about how eggs -- and especially their yolks -- are actually harming their hearts? In stead of being so heart healthy all the time, they should hop on the newest trends and start eating Egg Beaters.
I actually like this article because it validates the observations we can all see are true. Egg whites are good for you. Just note, however, that just because egg whites are good for you doesn't mean the whole egg is not.”

audioknot1 on Apr 14, 2013 at 20:13:53

“Eggs/time= Clogged arteries.”

Hobay on Apr 14, 2013 at 10:58:17

“It's the one food we haven't yet figured out how to fully corrupt.”
The Healthy Foods This Nutritionist Eats Every Day

The Healthy Foods This Nutritionist Eats Every Day

Commented Apr 14, 2013 at 10:00:50 in Healthy Living

“Foods to eat every day. The little "champagne" mangoes are out now!! If you want someone to add to your life, which will make you happy every. single. time. it happens, get these little mangoes and slice them up every chance you get.
Just take the skin off with a potato peeler. Then, you can cut the meat off with a knife, along the long edge of the seed (it's oblong, that's wide on one side and skinny on the other). After you've carved off the mango meat off the front and the back side of the seed, you have two choices:
1. trim the bit of meat that remains around the outside of the seed.
2. just chew on it ... for quality control, you know, to, um, make sure it's safe for everyone else, you know.
Use mango as a dessert, use it as an addition to your salad, or add it to avocado/lime/cumin to make the best salsa on the planet!!”
Healthy Breakfast Ideas: What Nutrition Experts Eat In The Morning

Healthy Breakfast Ideas: What Nutrition Experts Eat In The Morning

Commented Apr 13, 2013 at 15:17:29 in Healthy Living

“Peanut butter is like blood type O, it goes with everything. It's awesome for breakfast, along with a piece of fruit: banana, apple, or even a pear (orange is the exception to THAT little rule). The nice thing about the peanut butter, too, is that it helps lower the glycemic index blabbitty blah of the fruit, so your insulin/blood sugar balance stays balanced!!
If I'm not hungry, though, I just have my coffee. Listen, adults shouldn't eat breakfast when they're not hungry, just because someone told them to. Listen to your body.”
Chocolate Made With Fruit Juice Has Half The Fat Content Of Conventional Products

Chocolate Made With Fruit Juice Has Half The Fat Content Of Conventional Products

Commented Apr 11, 2013 at 08:15:02 in Healthy Living

“Why mess with my chocolate? Sure you CAN do it, but why?
The cocoa butter they are trying to eliminate helps control cravings by stimulating satiety hormones. That same fat turns out to be heart healthy! See this article from the Cleveland Clinic (http://bit.ly/EpneD)
Better Living Through Chemistry definitely doesn't apply in this case. Just have your solid dark chocolate, have it in control, and your heart (and mouth!!) will be happier for it :)”
Diabetes Research Focuses Heavily On Treatments, Not Prevention, Study Finds

Diabetes Research Focuses Heavily On Treatments, Not Prevention, Study Finds

Commented Apr 9, 2013 at 07:26:05 in Healthy Living

“Diabetes prevention strategies. Check out the things in this article associated with diabetes prevention -- like, cheese, nuts, wine, a walk. Sounds a lot like the Mediterranean dietary approach. Interesting, too, that those who live a lifestyle close to this pattern tend, statistically, to have a reduced risk of getting diabetes.
Within the corporate wellness programs I run, even those participants who aren't living in Spain or Italy or Greece can still learn to eat well, manage their blood sugar, control eating volume and add activity to their daily lives.
We can do this. We can reverse the curse. I believe the population-wide slide into overweight, diabetes, and heart disease can be overcome. But, honestly, it requires improving our disordered Culture of Health by educating people -- at a grassroots level of normal people living everyday lives. The change must come from us, from below.”
Healthy Breakfast Roundup: Your Favorite Morning Eats (PHOTOS)

Healthy Breakfast Roundup: Your Favorite Morning Eats (PHOTOS)

Commented Apr 9, 2013 at 04:11:31 in Healthy Living

“On my way!!”

marinemomof3 on Apr 9, 2013 at 09:10:48

“Thank you......:)”
Healthy Breakfast Roundup: Your Favorite Morning Eats (PHOTOS)

Healthy Breakfast Roundup: Your Favorite Morning Eats (PHOTOS)

Commented Apr 8, 2013 at 07:12:19 in Healthy Living

“Best breakfast ever? Southwestern huevos.
Start with a bed of black beans, steaming hot and spiced with some chili powder, cumin, S&P. On top of this is placed, with love, crumbled feta to give it a little salty somthin somethin. Next in this pile of wonderfulness is your egg, which should honestly be is done over easy so you get that nice yellow yolk of yumminess throughout.
Now, top the egg with a salsa made with a lovely duo of diced tomatoes and diced onions. But they're made even tastier by bathing them in a basic salad dressing mix of EVOO and balsamic vinegar. Finally, you'll need a little green snap to round things out. So, if you have them, add a sprinkle of either scallions or chives.
You're going to love this!”

marinemomof3 on Apr 9, 2013 at 01:25:30

“Do you deliver?”
National Walking Day: 5 Ways Walking Helps To Relieve Stress

National Walking Day: 5 Ways Walking Helps To Relieve Stress

Commented Apr 4, 2013 at 08:53:59 in Healthy Living

“I love it that we have a National Walking Day. It's crazy, though, that every day is National Drive To Work And Sit In Your Car day.
This article is a good summary of some benefits of walking. And the bottom line is that walking can seem for some people like something they HAVE to do, rather than a gift, a miracle, that they GET to do.
But as soon as you can't walk any more, as soon as you have to be cared for by your family and friends because you can get your self, under your own power, from A to B ... you are going to miss this most pedestrian (pun entirely intended) activity.
If you want to be able to walk when you're old, to be in charge of your own movement. Walk now. Walk often. The more you walk, the more you can walk.
That would make every day National I Am Blessed To Be Able To Walk day.”
Health Benefits Of Eggs

Health Benefits Of Eggs

Commented Apr 2, 2013 at 08:57:55 in Healthy Living

“Eggs are good food! The idea that they are not good for you came from nutritional theory about the effect of cholesterol, not from an observation that egg-eating leads to heart attacks (see my interview re: eggs www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuvdNoV79Hc).

For example, the culture with the healthiest hearts on Earth are, in this order, Taiwan, China, Japan (#heart attack deaths/100,000 people).

The culture which eats the most eggs per person per year is, in this order, Taiwan, China, Japan (363/person/yr, 360/person/yr, 358/person/yr). That's approximately 1 egg per day, which agrees with the recommendations from the Nurses Health Study from Harvard.

With all your leftover eggs from this past weekend, you should make deviled eggs -- they're "angelic"!!”
Stress Research: 10 New Things We Learned This Year, For National Stress Awareness Month

Stress Research: 10 New Things We Learned This Year, For National Stress Awareness Month

Commented Apr 2, 2013 at 08:15:34 in Healthy Living

“The solution to stress isn't necessarily giving up our to-do list. Sometimes we can trim it down, but it seems that the best solution is to look inward, as you have done here, and have hope!!

In the subjects we work with, we find that structured breathing practice helps a great deal, especially when done in the midst of the craziness of the everyday.

The thing I like about that practice, too, is that it can be effective in a matter of minutes, it's cheap, and without side effects, lol. Of course, more focused meditation is better, but even a few minutes taken to "clear your mental desktop" can help shift your stress levels into a healthier direction at least. Thank you for your post!”
Savory Coconut Milk Recipes To Spice Up Winter's End (PHOTOS)

Savory Coconut Milk Recipes To Spice Up Winter's End (PHOTOS)

Commented Apr 2, 2013 at 08:08:22 in Taste

“Coconut milk is amazing. And if you read the research on its health effects, well in can be all things to all people.

For example, this research (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10948851) showed how terrible it is for your lipid profile and therefore your heart. "the possible negative effects of the saturated fatty acids ... from all coconut constituents suggest that the coconut milk, oil and cream should not be used on a regular basis in adults."

And, because objective science always makes sense, this research (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15329324) showed just how wonderful that very same coconut oil is for you lipid profile, and therefore your heart. "The results demonstrated the potential beneficiary effect of virgin coconut oil in lowering lipid levels in serum and tissues and LDL oxidation by physiological oxidants."

It's good for you, it's bad for you. How confusing!

So, while they're figuring out who's study beats who's ... just take the coconut milk and use it to make polenta. It's amazing, and dirt simple. Use a ratio of coconut milk to corn meal of 1:3. Bring the milk to a simmer, sprinkle in the corn meal, stirring, a little at a time until it's all in. Add a little butter, salt, pepper, and if you have peppered salami, chop it up in there and your heart will be truly happy indeed!!”
Oleocanthal, Compound In Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Could Protect Against Alzheimer's Disease

Oleocanthal, Compound In Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Could Protect Against Alzheimer's Disease

Commented Apr 1, 2013 at 13:12:03 in Healthy Living

“Hi RedRat, totally agree with you. And, to expand on your point, you cannot logically abstract one single molecule from olive oil (oleocanthal) or wine (resveretrol) and expect it to act the same way inside the body as it would in its natural state.

Likewise, on a cultural level, one "magic item" -- be it wine or olive oil or whatever -- is also not meaningful or relevant if abstracted from the context of the entire culture. To your point, "there are very important social and life style factors that play a role in their health, these may be far more important that oleocanthal or resveratrol present in their foods."

Do these molecules contribute in some way? Maybe to some small degree. It's just not known.

Do they act alone? Certainly not.

Good post, redrat.”
Oleocanthal, Compound In Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Could Protect Against Alzheimer's Disease

Oleocanthal, Compound In Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Could Protect Against Alzheimer's Disease

Commented Apr 1, 2013 at 08:41:57 in Healthy Living

“I love this study showing that the phenols in EVOO may be protective against Alzheimers. And NO, this study is not definitive proof, and YES there is more research work to be done. That said, this report is pretty good, and supports other research saying the same thing.

Nice summary here: "Olive oil phenols and neuroprotection." www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23406576

In the recent research showing that adherence to a Mediterranean Diet lowered your risk of stroke and death by ~30% (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23432189), participants were to consume 4 extra tablespoons of EVOO every day (or an ounce of nuts, such as walnuts and hazelnuts). Every day!

Again, there is a very strong association between EVOO consumption and optimal health. And I am well aware that these data are all correlations, and not shown to be causal yet. But it does seem that there are so very many accumulating data points showing a relationship between extra virgin olive oil and good health ... just do a quick pubmed search and prepare to be inundated.

I believe we should do what healthy people do -- those who commonly consume EVOO, for example -- and not wring our hands in worry over it, just because it doesn't fit someone's theoretical models about fat consumption.

The bottom line is this: find success. Do that. Because if you do what healthy people do, you will get their results. Even if those healthy people are taking EVOO every day.”

Lane Simonian on Apr 1, 2013 at 17:11:16

“Good article on olive oil phenols and neuroprotection. The phenols in a Mediterranean diet may not only delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease, they may also slow down the progression of the disease.

http://www.neurology.org/content/69/11/1084.short

Phenolic compounds inhibit the formation of peroxyntrites, scavenge peroxynitrites, and repair part of their damage. They add hydrogen back to receptors invovled in short-term memory, smell, sleep, alertness, social recognition and brain growth and convert peroxynitrites into water and a nitrite anion. Water in turn partially reverses the nitration of NMDA receptors and thus reduces inflammation by limiting the efflux of glutatmate and protects neurons against death by inhibiting the influx of calcium. Water also partially reverses the nitration of tau proteins allowing for better neurotransmission. Indeed almost every aspect of Alzheimer's disease is potentially reversible.

I like to point to the studies on aromatherapy with rosemary essential oil and heat-processed ginseng because they provide two cases in which compounds containing high levels of methoxyphenols (which are excellent peroxynitrite scavengers) have partially reversed Alzheimer's disease in human clinical trials. Eugenol in essential oils, however, can potentially increase agitation in some Alzheimer's patients whereas the ferulic acid in heat-processed ginseng (and also in coconut oil) may reduce agitation. Heat-processed ginseng is patented and expensive but steaming ginseng for 3 hours may produce similar results. Most essential oils cost about $10 a bottle. They both provide an effective treatment for Alzheimer's disease.”
Oleocanthal, Compound In Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Could Protect Against Alzheimer's Disease

Oleocanthal, Compound In Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Could Protect Against Alzheimer's Disease

Commented Apr 1, 2013 at 08:13:50 in Healthy Living

“My reading of this report was that they were not looking a populations within the Mediterranean region, but of experimental animal models. Your point is fair enough, but in this case they were looking at in vivo and in vitro models, to see how the protective effect of this molecule might work. (by clearing the beta amyloid, for example). I agree with you that, just because there's a protective effect of oleocanthal -- and oleocanthal is found in olive oil -- and the Mediterranean people have olive oil as a staple fat ... doesn't prove olive to be effective in helping to prevent Alzheimer's. It does, however, provide a pathway whereby it might. I thought this article's language was reserved, and didn't actually overstate the point.”

RedRat on Apr 1, 2013 at 12:35:10

“Here's my gripe with these kind of stories. What is needed is to take the active ingredient, oleocanthal, and try it in test animals and find the dose that it can actually produce the desired effect. Usually, one finds that the required blood levels of these "miracle chemicals" is so high that it would mean consuming gallons or pounds of the original food to achieve even a modicum of improvement. We saw this with the red wine hullabaloo a few years back.

Yes, there are compounds in wine and olive oil that can be beneficial but we cannot hope to achieve the necessary protection levels unless we are interested in living a life where we are drunk or consuming so much oil that we die of obesity. There are a lot of natural products out there that can and do have beneficial effects in humans, but they also have some nasty side-effect too. I suspect that with looking at Med society, that there are very important social and life style factors that play a role in their health, these may be far more important that oleocanthal or resveratrol present in their foods.”
L-Carnitine, Nutrient In Red Meat, Linked With Heart Disease

L-Carnitine, Nutrient In Red Meat, Linked With Heart Disease

Commented Apr 11, 2013 at 09:43:00 in Healthy Living

“Totally agree, arunsjunk. Our use of science as a guide must be just as nuanced and thoughtful as you describe.
Thank you for the post!!”
Healthier Taco Bell: Chain Hoping To Re-Cast Greasy Food Image

Healthier Taco Bell: Chain Hoping To Re-Cast Greasy Food Image

Commented Apr 11, 2013 at 05:58:37 in Healthy Living

“Taco Bell to boost its image? I can't get past the smell, much less the Day-Glo "cheese".”
L-Carnitine, Nutrient In Red Meat, Linked With Heart Disease

L-Carnitine, Nutrient In Red Meat, Linked With Heart Disease

Commented Apr 10, 2013 at 09:05:35 in Healthy Living

“Nooo, lol, that wasn't what I was saying. We'll figure out why things work as they do over time, as you say, over the next 100 years or so! In the meantime, as you point out, we have to shop, eat, feed our family.
To make those dietary decisions, though, that means you have a choice. You can just go with the most recent research -- eat hydrogenated oil margarine (1970s), eat low fat food products with high fructose corn syrup (1980s), do not EVER eat eggs (1990s), and on and on.
If you choose this strategy for food selection, you end up reversing yourself every time science says, "sorry that margarine is actually killing your heart, oops", "sorry, that low fat HFCS product line is actually making you fat, oops", "sorry, eggs are actually awesome for you after all, oops".
The alternative strategy is to find success. Do that. Find what healthy people eat, eat that. How healthy people eat. Eat that way. Because, if you do what they do, you'll get their results. You can see with your own eyes that it works. All the reasons WHY it works are, truly, academic explanations that the academics can sort out over the next 100 years.
Make sense?”

arunsjunk on Apr 11, 2013 at 09:03:12

“I agree. Waiting for academic consensus on our day-to-day dietary choices is silly, because that process will (and should) never end.

However, dietary habits should change if there are conclusive causal studies that point in a wrong direction. For example, if a study published in a reputed journal suggests that rice from China is contaminated with lead, then considering lead poisoning, my diet will no longer include rice made in China. I will take the Chinese rice producer's report on safety with a grain of salt.

The same holds for meat consumption. If several causal (not just statistical) links are found relating meat to disease and cancer, then I may change my diet accordingly. I go by Occam's razor, so I'm going to be extremely careful adding things to my diet, e.g., drugs, supplements, etc., however eliminating items should not be a problem, as long as there exists an causal link.

The Nature study and other recent studies involving cancer are causal, so they have a definite physics-based meaning that one could always look up and take the time to understand. You don't need to be a biochemist and get mired in the details. However, it does take curiosity to understand how the body works as a complex input-output system to survive in this competitive-cooperative world, where bacteria can help/hurt us by its own input-output behavior.

TL;DR. Minimizing risk is minimizing ignorance.”
L-Carnitine, Nutrient In Red Meat, Linked With Heart Disease

L-Carnitine, Nutrient In Red Meat, Linked With Heart Disease

Commented Apr 10, 2013 at 08:30:21 in Healthy Living

“Does red meat cause heart disease? Who knows? There are associations between high red meat consumption and heart disease, but there could be reasons for that correlation -- it's not so simple to proclaim or even implicate that "Red meat causes heart disease."
All this article does (http://huff.to/10LnQiP) is give a molecular pathway to explain how L-carnitine could, hypothetically, harden your arteries. Whether it's a dietary darth vader for your heart, in vivo, for a person eating a nice filet mignon once per month or even once per week as a part of a normal dietary mix of veg/fruit, is not explored at all. In fact, another weakness in this article is that they talk about high consumption of red meat, but don't say what "high consumption" even means.
The more worrisome part to me is that the mice given the same kind of supplements we sell in, quote, health food stores produced hardening of the arteries -- not some metabolic bi-product that could have a downstream effect if all the variables of all their theories turn out to be correct. Actual hardening of the arteries, to the tune of double, 2x, twice, 100% more actual arterial effects. ... "We saw that carnitine supplements doubled the rates of atherosclerosis in the mice"
I think that if we just ate food, and ate small, the impact of the carnitine on actual artery hardening might not be an issue. But again, that study hasn't been done.”

arunsjunk on Apr 10, 2013 at 08:42:11

“In other words, we should probably wait till ALL the results are in 100 years from now, so that we can make informed dietary decisions today. Makes sense.”
Stress and Disease: It's Personal

Stress and Disease: It's Personal

Commented Apr 7, 2013 at 08:37:27 in Healthy Living

“Totally agree, Runey. And the physiology response is just as strong when the stressor is internally generated as it is when externally generated. Thanks for the reply!!”
Stress and Disease: It's Personal

Stress and Disease: It's Personal

Commented Apr 6, 2013 at 10:08:55 in Healthy Living

“Stress comes from the outside (events, accidents, etc). But it's effect is on your inside (cortisol, getting sick, and on and on). However, an event can be stressful or not, depending on whether the person lets it get to them.
Granted, keeping external events, stupid drivers, and rampant hormonal teenagers with attitude on your outside, and not letting them affect you, is not always easy. But we have to start thinking about stress in an empowered way -- that the stress I feel is to some degree under my control -- and not in a passive way -- this stress is happening to me and I am powerless to stop it.
When we do that, we will be more likely to adopt some measure of control over events, start taking time for ourselves, seeking (as pointed out in this article) stress counseling, and owning our own health again.”

Runey on Apr 6, 2013 at 16:49:38

“it doesn't always come from the outside. anxiety disorders produce stress from within. The brain is an extremely powerful aggressor in terms of creating stress from nothing or very little, for some people.”
9 Amazing Benefits of Coffee

9 Amazing Benefits of Coffee

Commented Apr 5, 2013 at 07:31:05 in Healthy Living

“Good morning!! Time for coffee, your favorite hot, black, addictive, acidic diuretic. That said, it happens to be wicked good for you. It's funny too, because I don't think health authorities wanted coffee to be good for you. Forever, we were told that it caused cancer, and you should avoid it. Now we're learning that all that advice was hoo ha.
The thing to remember about coffee is this ... coffee itself is amazingly excellent for you. It's the crap that's added to the coffee is what turns a raging health food into an awful thing to put in your body. It's kind of like chocolate. The cocoa in chocolate is awesome. But it gets perverted by nougat and caramel
and wafer and the other junk they put in there.
The same thing happens w your coffee. So leave the caramel out, you'll get plenty of that at Halloween. Leave the the syrups and powdered faux food "creamers" and "whiteners" in their little dishes. They'll be fine where they are. In fact, they'll be JUST fine because they'll never go bad: bacteria won't even eat them.
The closer you are to having coffee, just coffee, the better it is for you.”
9 Amazing Benefits of Coffee

9 Amazing Benefits of Coffee

Commented Apr 5, 2013 at 07:07:14 in Healthy Living

“Exactly, and it's the coffee itself, not the caffeine that is so good for you. So if you're made jittery by coffee, drink decaf.”
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Autism and the Hypothetical Child

Commented Apr 26, 2012 at 09:04:11 in Healthy Living

“HI Fran, thank you for this post :).

I agree! A segment on which set of politics (right or left) will lead to better support is an awesome suggestion. For example, the recent change to a more narrow classification for ASD may impact how much support is allocated. Unfortunately, the needs are exactly the same ... it's just the classification that has changed.

So, if that classification change is used as a pretense for pulling out funding, there will have to be even more adjustments "on the ground". And which party is more likely to allow funding to lapse? Hmmm, I have my suspicions. But something I would like to better understand is what kind of support military ASD kids need that they aren't getting.

Okay, at the risk of rambling on too much (which, I guess is what the radio show is for, lol), I want to let you know that I do try to stay positive always, never be incendiary or inflammatory, and assume the very best about people. That's just who I am, and I do hope that comes through in the show.

Thanks again, Fran, for your candor and good thoughts!!
Will”
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