Gardening as preventive medicine

It goes without saying that gardening has substantial health benefits. In previous posts I discussed insulin resistance and how this condition leads to type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Putting the physical work in to grow vegetables burns fat and works the muscles to increase insulin sensitivity. And obviously the return, quality food produced, helps […]

Will you be gardening this year?

I just began seriously gardening last spring, and I found it to be the total package for overall health. I wish I’d started sooner. I like it so much, and find it so effective, that I turned gears last summer and made it the focus of my diabetes prevention efforts. Here’s the garden project I’ve […]

What I wish everyone was really talking about in the healthcare debate

By 2025 it’s estimated half of the American population will have some kind of chronic disease. People suffering from chronic diseases are the most frequent users of healthcare, accounting for about 80 percent of hospital admissions, 90 percent of prescriptions filled, and 75 percent of all physician visits. $1 out of every $5 spent in […]

Americans eat about 22 teaspoons of sugar daily, how much are you eating?

This past week the federal government’s new dietary guidelines were released, making the recommendation to limit sugar to 10 percent of one’s daily caloric intake or about 12.5 teaspoons. There are 4 grams in a teaspoon, so that’s roughly 50 grams of sugar per day. That’s still a ton of sugar in one day if […]

You can make great sauerkraut at home, cheaply, and your gut will thank you

Some researchers believe that the increase in autoimmune diseases in the West, like rheumatoid arthritis, stem from the disruption in the relationship between the body and its microbiome—trillions of microorganisms, mainly bacteria. Recent research has shown that gastrointestinal microbiota can affect resting metabolism, decreasing the body’s ability to burn calories, increasing the likelihood of developing […]

Can low sodium pretzel buns reduce high blood pressure?

A recent NIH study suggested that aggressively lowering systolic blood pressure below current guidelines of 120 mg—by aggressively they meant giving more medications—could reduce deaths from cardiovascular disease. Around the time the study came out I was in a hospital cafeteria getting something to eat when I noticed two ladies standing behind a table. On […]