Entries by drweitz

The Plastic Code

The Plastic Code   Plastic bottles and containers are categorized based on what they are made of and how they can be recycled. This is given a number contained in a triangle on the bottom. This code allows us to know which ones are unsafe and to avoid.   1 (PET) Polyethylene terephthalate is used in many […]

Reduce Toxins in Your Home

We should reduce or eliminate toxic chemicals in our homes, since these chemicals may cause birth defects and increase our risk of chronic diseases such as autoimmune diseases, allergies, asthma, diabetes and cancer.  In addition, many of these toxic chemicals are endocrine disruptors.  Endocrine disruptors interfere with hormones and have many potentially negative effects. In fact, […]

Prescription Drugs Kill

For the first time in history in the United States, drugs exceeded car accidents as a cause of death in 2009.  ( see http://www.latimes.com/health/la-me-drugs-epidemic-20110918,0,3886090.story)  This increase in drug deaths is fueled mainly by an increase in deaths cause by prescription narcotics.  Some of the prescription drugs being abused the most are pain killers and drugs […]

Portfolio Diet Reduces Cholesterol

A new paper in JAMA demonstrates that placing individuals who have high cholesterol on a  diet that includes .94 grams of plant sterols/1000 calories, 22.5 grams of soy protein/1000 calories, 9.8 grams of viscous fibers/1000 calories from oats, barley, and psyllium, 22.5 grams/1000 calories of nuts and seeds per day.  (http://jama.ama-assn.org/content/306/8/831.short)  They were also encouraged to […]

Fiber Reduces Breast Cancer

A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating more fiber reduced the risk of breast cancer.  This is because women who eat more fiber have lower circulating levels of estrogen, which reduces the risk of breast cancer.  This also adds to other research on the benefits of fiber, including […]

Multivitamins Reduce Heart Attack Risk

A recent paper in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (Multivitamin use and the risk of myocardial infarction: a population-based cohort of Swedish women) demonstrated that women who took a daily multivitamin/mineral had a 27% lower risk of a heart attack over a 5 year period. I think it is prudent for everyone to take […]