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What Is AFib?

            It’s likely that someone you know has experienced atrial fibrillation or AFib as it’s more often called.  The symptoms vary and may include heart palpitations as a flutter in your chest, pain, and pressure in your chest, a confused feeling, dizziness, shortness of breath, or general weakness.  As you likely noticed, the symptoms of […]

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How Not To Die

The Role of Diet in Preventing, Arresting, and Reversing Our Top 15 Killers – A Book by Dr. Michael Greger             The book “How Not To Die” is a reminder that lifestyle matters.  As Dr. Michael Greger takes the reader through the 15 most likely causes of death in America, it becomes clear that something […]

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What is Normal Blood Pressure?

            The American Heart Association (AHA) estimates that 46% of the adult U.S. population has some form of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD).  In part, this estimate is the result of redefining high blood pressure as a reading of 130/80 mmHg, a lower threshold than the previous standard of 140/90 mmHg.             This new standard is because […]

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Eat More, Weigh Less

            It’s hard to imagine a more suspicious sounding diet than one called “Eat More, Weigh, Less” and yet that’s the title of a book published some 40+ years ago by Dr. Dean Ornish.  Interestingly, Dr. Ornish had no particular interest in weight loss diets until he noticed that patients on his heart healthy plant-based […]

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The Protein Combing Myth

An understanding that proteins play a part in our health has been available for over 100 years.  Unfortunately, much of the original work was based on growth rates for rats.  As you might suspect, a rat that grows twenty times as fast as a human has significantly different nutritional needs. In the 1950s science took […]

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Why Oats?

            If oats haven’t become a popular food in your life, then it’s time to reconsider the benefits it offers.  Oats have the best amino acid balance of all the cereal grains and contain more soluble fiber than any other grain.  While getting the right balance of amino acids is rarely a dietary concern, soluble […]

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Are You a Proteinaholic?

While food controversies over the last few decades tainted public opinions about carbohydrates and fats, protein survived with reputation intact.  With help from food marketing, protein has arguably achieved rock star status as the macronutrient of choice.  It’s noticeable how many foods promote their protein content as if it should be our most important concern. […]

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The Lifestyle Medicine Revolution

We live in an age of amazing medical technologies that help with a wide range of circumstances.  Still, it’s hard to not be disappointed with the high cost and the notion that very few of these technologies address the root causes of disease.  This isn’t a surprise given that what most people suffer from is […]

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Moderate exercise helps reduce blood pressure

            In a large study of people with a high-normal resting heart rate of 80 to 99 beats per minute (bpm) it was found they had a 40% shorter lifespan than those with a desirable heart rate of 60 to 69 bpm.             The good news is that moderate exercise (such as brisk walking) can […]

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An Easy Exercise Lowers Blood Pressure

            Spending a few minutes three times a week squeezing spring-loaded handgrips can reduce systolic blood pressure by up to fifteen points in less than ten weeks.  Typically the diastolic number (the pressure in between beats) will fall by three points.             While handgrips are not a cure for hypertension, they are a nice way […]