Joint pain continued: Is gout the worst pain on earth?

    Before I get started on gout, a quick update to my June 29 column about joint pain and osteoarthritis. One reader commented that injected oxygen-ozone (ozone gas injections), is a recognized and unrestricted therapy for osteoarthritis in some countries including Spain, Russia, Cuba, and Germany, where ozone was first discovered and isolated. The research is […]

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    Vitamin D deficiency & toxicity: Where to draw the line?

    Just because a little of something is good, is more of it even better? What should we do with the new research showing that vitamin D3 supplements are twice as effective as vitamin D2? Should we all take “more?” How much is enough? When does too much become dangerous? First, what exactly are vitamins and […]

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    Busting sugar myths: Facts, fallacies, and recipes

    Many of my column topics are inspired by statements made by clients and by posts that I see in social media websites.  Recently I’ve heard that “sugar is bad, but fructose is good.”  Also, sugar has been blamed for the explosion of obesity around the world. There’s some truth to these statements…what do you think? […]

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    More fake health and nutrition news: Alkaline water

    There’s no shortage of fake messaging, claims, myths, and propaganda surrounding health and nutrition. As defined by DifferenceBetween.net, the basic difference between fact and myth is … the ability to gather scientific evidence to support a fact. As an example they cite the relationship between lung cancer and smoking. Why, although there was conclusive medical […]

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    The ‘real’ fake health and nutrition news: Everyone should go ‘gluten-free’

    In a sign that consumers are appreciating the research that supports the health benefits of plant foods, the Washington Post says that the biggest food trends for 2017 will be plant proteins, healthy fats, and whole foods. But gluten-free foods (manufactured, processed foods) maintain a top spot on the popular food trends list. Global sales […]

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    Chia seeds: Truths and myths

    Why do chia seeds top the Global Food Forums 2017 Food Trends? When I was growing up, “Chia Pets” were all the rage … I think they still sell them! You’d buy a clay figurine, water it, and be infinitely entertained as the thing started to grow fur. It was fun, but you wouldn’t eat […]

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    Wonder why you have high blood pressure? The reason may surprise you!

    No doubt you know that high blood pressure is creating a global health crisis. But, until relatively recently, infectious diseases were a bigger annual killer. Today, ‘non-communicable diseases’ have become more deadly, and most are associated with ‘modifiable causes’, including being overweight and obesity.  Processed foods and a boatload of sugar in everything, fried foods […]

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    Valentine’s Day: What’s on your aphrodisiac menu for February 14?

    When did Valentine’s Day become all about food?  Isn’t it a celebration of love? Well…not really! The origin of Valentine’s day is attributed to an early Christian martyr named Valentine, who, after Emperor Claudius II had banned marriages, was executed for performing the ceremonies in secret. But, we enjoy Valentine’s Day, February 14 as a […]

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    When suppressing a cough is a bad idea

    A recent discussion on an expat social media website had me worrying.  One expat asked where they could find a certain cough suppressant for a chronic cough that had lasted a “few weeks.” Another expat recommended honey and herbs. I added my two cents and said that honey, while it could be soothing, is not […]

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    Drink to your health? Healthy or hype?

    As a registered dietitian, I occasionally receive unsolicited emails from advertisers, including one recent offer of a free sample of a popular nutritional shake.  I clicked on the offer: Nutrition Made Simple. BOOST® Simply Complete™ 9 ingredients + 25 Vitamins and Minerals  10 g Protein. Two flavors, vanilla bean and dark chocolate. Oh boy. My B.S. […]

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