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Intermittent Fasting

Does the idea of fasting sound like another fad that will be shown to be no better than so many fads that preceded it?  Interestingly, one type of fasting called intermittent fasting has been practiced since at least the beginning of recorded history.  With credentials like that, intermittent fasting can hardly be called a fad. […]

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Diets Nature

The Fate of Food

            In the book, “The Fate of Food,” the author poses an interesting question. “What will we eat in a hotter and more populous world of the future?”             With soil quality rapidly decreasing from poor farming practices and freshwater supplies stretched to their limit in much of the world, what will be the fate […]

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Can Plants Make You Smarter?

If you have an interest in how lifestyle and, in particular, how nutrition affects brain health, the book “Smart Plants’ by Julie Morris is an enjoyable and informative place to begin your discovery. The book begins with a reminder that what’s good for the body is also good for the brain.  As you might expect, […]

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The End of Over Eating

            The book, “The End of Over Eating,” begins with this thought, “Most of us know what it feels like to fall under the spell of food – when one slice of pizza turns into half a pie, or a handful of chips leads to an empty bag. But it’s harder to understand why we […]

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How to Quench Your Thirst

Being adequately hydrated is essential to optimum health.  Curiously, in a country that offers so many convenient sources of water, I still encounter many patients that are not adequately hydrated.  This state of low-grade dehydration is more common than you might suspect – especially in the elderly. Many factors contribute to our being dehydrated even […]

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What’s the Healthiest Beverage?

            Plant-based whole foods are typically 95% to 98% water. As a plus, they include essential micronutrients.  In effect, plant-based whole foods are nature’s way of providing bottled water.             When blended into smoothies or made into soups, plant-based whole foods can also provide excellent hydration.  As a bonus, soups and smoothies can be part […]

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Diets Germs Public Health

The Breakfast of Champions

You are probably familiar with the breakfast cereal Wheaties, “The Breakfast of Champions.” Amazingly, that tag line must have worked pretty well given that Wheaties are still on grocery shelves 85 years after being introduced to America. Over the years, many athletes have been featured on the box.  The first athlete was Lou Gehrig, featured […]

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Germs Public Health

COVID-19 Update #10

            No matter how prudent a lockdown may have been as a precautionary measure, COVID-19 isn’t going away and smarter ways of living with the virus will have to be used.  A continued lockdown of activity only moves the country toward economic collapse.  Without economic activity businesses bankrupt, retirement savings disappear, and eventually, governments collapse. […]

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Germs Public Health

COVID-19 Update #9

By one recent estimate, over three billion people are currently under some type of lockdown and yet in some countries like Sweden, elementary schools, businesses, and restaurants are open. In Belarus, it’s business as usual with the President showing up at hockey games.  You might wonder, why such a difference in strategies? Indeed, there continue […]

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COVID-19 Update #8

When the potential effects of the COVID-19 pandemic became widely understood, a near worldwide decision was made to “flatten the curve” as a strategy for keeping the health care systems from being overwhelmed.  Although the total number of infections was expected to ultimately be the same either way, the health care system could hopefully meet […]