Category Archives: Nutrition

Is Salt Good for You?

The question, “Is salt good for you?” is one that I doubt many nutritionists, cardiologists, or self-respecting family doctors would dare answer, “Yes.”  Even answering a more conservative, “We don’t really know for sure,” would be sacrilegious.  For the whole of my time in medicine it has been dogma that salt is a well known and… Continue Reading

Vegetables Debate: Fresh, Frozen, or Canned

By Brooke Douglas. Vegetables are an essential part of a healthy, well-balanced diet and are the body’s last defense mechanism against diseases and illnesses. They are low in fat and calories, cholesterol free, and excellent sources of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. Furthermore, they are rich in antioxidants or disease-fighting plant substances that protect against… Continue Reading

Obesity, Smoking, Death and Medication Use

Somehow I was not in the least surprised when I came across a Huffington Post article showing which states in the US have the highest rates of medication use.  Why am I not surprised?   Intuitively I suspected that these are the states with the highest rates of obesity and smoking.  Look back to a prior… Continue Reading

The Gluten Free Marketplace Explodes

The Gluten Free Marketplace Explodes Gluten Enteropathy, or celiac disease (sometimes called celiac sprue), is a condition where the lining of the small bowel is damaged by antibodies to gluten found in wheat, rye, barley, malt and some other grains.  When people who are gluten sensitive eat food containing gluten their small bowel becomes inflamed,… Continue Reading

Omega-6 Fatty Acids-Good Fat or Bad Fat?

by Brooke Douglas RD Omega-6 fatty acids are considered essential fatty acids: They are necessary for human health but the body can’t make them — you have to get them through food. Along with omega-3 fatty acids, omega-6 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development. Also… Continue Reading