Monthly Archives: June, 2012

The Affordable Care Act is upheld by the Supreme Court.

The Affordable Care Act is upheld by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court declared the entire Affordable Care Act to be constitutional, thus enabling easier access to healthcare for many Americans. How do you think this ruling will affect healthcare and your patients’ access to care?

All calories are not created equal

New research from the New Balance Obesity Prevention Center at the Boston Children’s Hospital published in the Journal of the American Medical Association assessed how low-glycemic index (40% carbohydrate, 40% fat and 20% protein),low-fat and low-carbohydrate diets affected weight loss and maintenance. The diets mainly containing low-glycemic index or low carbohydrate foods were more effective for patients who tried to keep their weight off. What are your thoughts?

Daffodils may be useful in treating depression

A new study published in the Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology looks at ways in which daffodils may help to treat depression. One of the most difficult aspects of psychopharmacology is discovering compounds that can pass the blood brain barrier. A scientific research group from the University of Copenhagen has discovered that compounds from Crinum and Crytanthus from a South African species of snowdrops and daffodils can effectively pass the brain’s defensive barrier. What are some of your recommendations for someone with symptoms of depression?

Avian Flu Viruses Have Potential To Evolve In Nature To Become Transmissible Between Humans

A new research conducted at the University of Cambridge and published in the journal Science suggests that only a few key mutations could cause the avian H5N1 influenza virus, also known as bird flu, to become airborne and transmissible among humans.Learning how to boost immune system is among leading factors in decreasing mutation. There are many immune-boosting foods and herbs. What are your favorite recommendations for patients who would like to enhance their immunity?

Could apples help you keep your blood sugar in check?

Could apples help you keep your blood sugar in check?  A new study published in PLoS ONE, found a compound called ursolic acid, which is naturally found in apples, helped mice to gain less weight and to keep their blood sugar levels more stable. What dietary and lifestyle recommendations do you make to your patients to help them maintain a healthy weight and blood sugar?

Antibiotic-free Meat Absent in Specific Stores

Purchasing meat products containing antibiotics has negative consequences on your health –  they may lead to increased antibiotic resistance and decrease immunity. A Consumer Reports study released yesterday looked at 136 stores, and 36 store chains.Stores with high amounts of antibiotic-free meat include Trader Joe’s, Publix, Giant, Shaw’s,Stop & Shop and Whole foods. There are 4 chains that do not sell any antibiotic-free meat products. What are your thoughts about this report, and will this affect your shopping decisions?


Are you aware of importance of vitamin B6 in your diet?

A new study published in the Journal of Nutrition, has linked low levels of vitamin B6 to a multitude of chronic inflammatory indicators. How do you advocate healthy sources of vitamins and minerals to your patients?

Are some fruits better than others?

Are some fruits better than others? Researchers from Texas AgriLife Research have found that certain stone fruits, including peaches, plums, and nectarines, have specific bioactive compounds which can help fight obesity, inflammation, and diabetes. How do you help your patients incorporate fruits and vegetable into their diet?

Is coconut water worthy of all the hype

Coconut water is being hailed as a great source of potassium and sodium. However, getting your electrolyte sources from fresh fruits and vegetables also provides you with other valuable nutrients that coconut water does not. What are you main dietary sources of potassium?

Can Seaweed Really Help You Lose Weight?!

A seaweed fiber supplement taken daily before meals helped people loose weight in a recent study. These results were only seen in patients taking the supplement for several months, and might be linked more with appetite suppression. The product expands in the stomach to mimic a large meal. To find out more visit Reuters. Are Seaweed supplements the right choice to help your patients lose weight?