Letter to the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP)

Dear Senator Alexander: We are writing on behalf of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) in response to your request as Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) to medical and healthcare experts for specific recommendations to help address America’s rising healthcare costs.  The ACLM is the world’s flagship […]

Whole Grains

           Whole grains are a healthy addition to almost any diet.  In varying amounts, they provide healthy proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and micronutrients.  As a bonus, whole grain oats help reduce blood fats (LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, etc).  This ability to lower LDL without changing HDL is believed to result from the viscous beta-glucan fibers in oats.  […]

Is Breakfast Important?

For most, the foods they choose to eat come from habits learned in childhood.  Unfortunately, many of these food choices were influenced by commercials that promised ever tastier and easier ways to prepare meals rather than evidence about nutrition. Complicating the development of healthy taste preferences was the food industries’ influence over Federal food guidelines […]

Should You Stretch Your Hamstrings?

This week we have a health topic from Casey Westbrook, with Austin Physical Therapy, that should interest anyone getting started with an exercise program and might be inclined to overdo it.  For the couch potato suffering from back pain he also offers a word of caution.  As you will learn, the conventional recommendation for stretching […]

Calorie Density – What is it and why does it matter?

            Almost everyone finds it difficult to lose weight by eating less.  Fortunately, there is a solution to this vexing problem on the produce aisle.  By substituting the appropriate low caloric density foods for foods with a high caloric density, calories intake decreases.  This strategy has the advantage of allowing you to eat all you […]

How Primary Care Affects Health Care Costs and Outcomes

Want to know what the Government is doing to improve primary care? A peek into the testimony at congressional hearings might give you a clue. You might be surprised to learn the Government has a few questions they are still puzzling over. Fortunately, a Kansas primary care physician has some nice answers. Alas, Senators are […]