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Rational Wellness Podcast 034: Maximizing Fitness with Nutrition with James LaValle

James LaValle discusses how to maximize your fitness levels by following the optimal nutrition program with Dr. Ben Weitz. I started the discussion by asking James LaValle to comment about high intensity forms of exercise, such as Tabatas, which…
Roasted Carrot and Red Quinoa Salad Ingredients 2 teaspoons sweet paprika 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon ground ginger 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2…

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is Treatable

  For many years, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) has been thought of as a condition that is stress related and can only be managed with drugs that reduce symptoms. But most cases of IBS are caused by an infection in your small intestine, known…

Fish Oil Supplements Help Stabilize Chronic Kidney Disease

Patients with both diabetes and coronary artery disease often develop chronic kidney disease. Increasing levels of a protein, albumin, in the urine is one of the key indicators of the development and progression of chronic kidney disease.…

Statins (cholesterol lowering drugs) Not Effective for Those Over 65 Years Old

Statin drugs, such as Lipitor and Pravastatin, have been recommended to prevent heart attacks in patients with elevated cholesterol. Some cardiologists have touted the benefits ot these drugs and have even suggested putting it in the water supply. …

Response to American Heart Association Paper that Saturated Fat and Coconut Oil are Bad

You've probably seen the headlines like "Coconut Oil is Actually Terrible For You" that were seen after the American Heart Association (AHA) paper was published in the medical journal, Circulation, on June 15, 2017 that argues that saturated…

Broccoli Prevents Cancer

Broccoli Prevents Cancer   In the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, a new study shows that sulforaphane from broccoli may have a positive impact on genetics and prostate cancer risk.(1)  Prostate cancer is the second leading…

Removing Toxins With Proper Liver Support

Our modern world is awash in toxins, including heavy metals (lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic), herbicides, pesticides, teflon pans, BPA from plastic, pthalates and sodium laurel sulfate in personal care products, flame retardant chemicals found…

Omega 3, Vitamin D, and Resveratrol Supplements May Benefit Preclinical Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's Disease is a neurodegenerative disease where the patient experiences progressive loss of normal brain function and it is the cause of 60 to 70% of cases of dementia. After the diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease, the average patient…

Calcium Supplements Do Not Cause Heart Disease

I was very skeptical of the studies that seemed to show that taking calcium supplements or consuming calcium would lead to calcium buildup in the arteries and contribute to heart disease. Calcium is an essential mineral in the body that is…

How to Avoid a Food Hangover on Thanksgiving

Of course, Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and enjoy a good meal. But that's no reason to eat yourself to oblivion to where you can barely move for hours and to where you have a food hangover. So here are some common sense tips for under-indulging…

Healthy Thanksgiving Side Alternatives

Cranberry Sauce with Apricots, Raisins, and Orange Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 15 Minutes Ready In: 8 Hours 25 Minutes Servings: 24 "Dried apricots are a great addition to this holiday favorite!" INGREDIENTS: 1 cup orange juice 1…

Healthy Alternatives to Traditional Thanksgiving Stuffing

1. Eggplant and Mushroom Casserole: Eggplant and mushrooms are not only rich in fiber, therefore helping to make the casserole a very filling side dish, but also contain a number of healthful vitamins and nutrients that make this dish…

Larger Lunch, Smaller Dinner, Better for Weight Loss

It is common in US culture for people to consume their largest, most calorie rich meal for dinner, once they are done with work.  However, this may not be as good for your health as when you consume more calories at lunch or breakfast and fewer…

Fish Oil for Concussion and Brain Injury

The aggressive use of omega 3 fish oil after a traumatic brain injury may be very beneficial.  There are several cases of patients who have suffered severe brain trauma being given high dosages--up to 20,000 mg per day of EPA and DHA--recovered…