Entries by drweitz

Diversity of Gut Bacteria is a Key to Health

A number of recent scientific studies have concluded that having more diversity in the bacteria in your gut (microbiota) is important for your overall health.  And we tend to lose bacterial diversity in our colons and a number of factors in modern life contribute to less diversity, including low fiber intake, c-section births, the use […]

Coffee Drinkers Have Clearer Arteries

We tend to think of coffee as harmful to our health, but yet another study shows the benefits of moderate coffee consumption. A recent study published in Heart, part of the British Medical Journal group of journals, found that those who drank three to five cups of coffee per day had less calcification of their arteries […]

Cancer-Fighting Cruciferous Salad

The following recipe is from the American Institute of Cancer Research web site and it is both healthy and yummy: Of all the cruciferous vegetables, broccoli may be the most famous for its cancer-preventive compounds. Its cruciferous relatives cauliflower and cabbage (green, red, Chinese, Savoy, Napa, etc.) share those protective compounds – as do Brussels […]

Bisphosphonates and Atypical Fractures

          Bisphosphonates are a classification of drugs to treat or prevent osteoporosis and include Fosamax, Actonel, Reclast, and Boniva.  They have been shown to reduce fractures in the short term, but they may not be effective for long term use and may actually result in more fractures.  In particular, they have been associated […]

Using a Green Powder

Is there value in using a Green powder? Can’t I just make a green smoothie by putting some green vegetables like spinach into a Vitamix with some frozen fruit? Sure, you can make a great smoothie with just real food and not add any powders and you can get lots of great nutritional value.  And there […]

Statin Drugs Should be Used Sparingly

    Cholesterol lowering drugs like Lipitor, known as statins, are prescribed when patients present with high cholesterol, esp. elevated LDL, the so-called bad cholesterol.  The thought is that they will prevent heart attacks and strokes, and heart disease is clearly the number one killer in the US.  Unfortunately, while statins have some strong evidence of benefit […]

Resveratrol has no benefit? Wrong!

Once again we have another study that supposedly shows no benefit to nutritional supplementation.(1) We are told that this should shut the book on the idea that resveratrol supplementation has any benefit. What about the hundreds of other studies that have shown cardiovascular, anti-ageing and other benefits?(3,4,5) And once again, we have a study did […]

Tocotrienols (subgroup of Vitamin E) Have Anti-Cancer Effect

Tocotrienols Have Anti-Cancer Effect  A new study confirmed earlier research and revealed some of the precise mechanisms of how tocotrienols have an anti-cancer effect.(1) Vitamin E is actually a group of vitamins that includes both the tocopherol subgroup and the tocotrienol subgroup, each of which have an alpha, beta, gamma, and delta form. It has been common to only refer […]

Probiotics may Assist in Weight Loss.

Recent research indicates that having the right mixture of healthy bacteria (probiotics) may assist in weight loss. The gut bacteria can be grouped according to whether they are firmicutes or bacteroides. Obese individuals have a higher amount of  bacteroides than firmicutes.  Firmicutes can secrete a compound that results in increased activity of lipoprotein lipase in fat cells, resulting in […]

Safe Grilling

Grilling makes food taste good and is fun to do in the summer, but it may increase the risk of certain cancers. This is because grilling at high temperatures can convert proteins in red meat, pork, poultry, and fish into heterocyclic amines (HCAs). HCAs are chemicals that have been linked to a number of cancers […]