It had been a while since my BFF (Best Friend Forever) had come out for a visit. Terry and I met long ago when we were silly eighth-graders. Now we have silly memories of those days and all the years between.
I picked her up at the airport late Friday night. As she climbed in my car, I asked if she'd had a chance to eat before she left Phoenix....Read more
A client told me she Is allergic to mangoes and takes special precautions to avoid them. And did you know," she continued, "that mangoes are related to poison oak? So if you are sensitive to poison oak, you might also be sensitive to mangoes ... but not always."
That was news to me. I've been sensitive to poison oak ever since I chopped down ...Read more
A friend and I were talking about our families and how our parents fared in their later years.
"My mom was doing great," my friend said. "Then she fell and broke her hip...."
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), one in two women and up to one in four men over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis in their ...Read more
During a recent trip to Boston for the scientific sessions of the American Diabetes Association, we had the opportunity to meet fellow patriot Samuel Adams, circa 1773. Dressed in his fine tailored waistcoat and breeches and staying totally in character, Adams asked us, "What brings you to our fine town?"
We explained that we here for a ...Read more
According to the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP), what group of Americans comes closest to following a high quality diet? a) actors in Hollywood; b) people who are 71 years of age or older; c) farmers in Nebraska. Answer: b. Measured by the Healthy Eating Index (HEI), people in the 71 years and older category tend to have...Read more
What's the best diet for people with diabetes? It's not an easy one-size-fits all, we were told at the scientific sessions of the American Diabetes Association in Boston recently. In fact, many of the experts at this meeting said the answer may not be in one specific diet. Instead they point us to well-studied "patterns" of eating. Evidence is...Read more
What have I learned at these 75th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association? First, that they weren't kidding when they said this is the world's largest meeting on the subject of diabetes. Among the more than 14,000 researchers, clinicians and educators in Boston this week, I heard almost every language on earth, including a ...Read more
Headlines scream it. Alarmists teach it. The default message: Processed foods are bad for us. Is it true?
Let's look at the definition. Any food that has been altered from its original state is considered "processed," according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. That means a food that...Read more
Vitamin D seems to be the darling nutrient these days. And probably for good reason. This nutrient is critical for the growth and maintenance of sturdy bones. Without it, calcium -- the body's primary mineral -- cannot be absorbed. Yet vitamin D does more than that, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Dietary ...Read more
According to my dictionary, to "sustain" means to supply with nourishment; to support; to preserve. "Sustainable" refers to something that helps maintain or conserve our energy and resources. My morning coffee and granola come to mind.
Relationships can sustain us as well. Recently co-workers and I participated in an event entitled "...Read more
What do we know about vegetarian diets? Here is a quiz based on the latest position paper on this topic by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND):
In general, vegetarians a) eat plant-based diets; b) live in Big Sur; c) do not eat animal flesh; d) may or may not eat eggs or dairy products. Answers: a,c,d.
Because my friend Michelle ...Read more
Reader GW asks: "What can I do to stop or prevent nails from splitting? Is the old remedy of gelatin just a myth?"
According to dermatology experts, nails can split for a variety of reasons. Nutritionally, protein may be the most critical for strong nails. Amino acids from foods such as fish, chicken, soy, beans, eggs, yogurt and ...Read more
I once chuckled over a bumper sticker that read, "Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most." Later on, it was not so funny when my dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, a disorder that destroys cognitive functions of the brain.
Several factors influence who will eventually develop this devastating disease, say researchers. One...Read more