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J Morris Hicks

Does Bill Clinton really "need" that protein shake?

J Morris Hicks | March 15, 2011 | Celebrities, Health, Lifestyle

Read More: plant-based nutrition, protein, protein shakes

 Where do you get your protein? The question most often heard by those of us who eat no meat. The word protein is synonymous with meat in our western world, and it will probably be a very long time before the...

Joel Fuhrman MD

Red meat consumption increases ischemic stroke risk

Joel Fuhrman MD | March 9, 2011 | Food, Health

Read More: Food, heart disease, stroke

Stroke is the leading cause of disability in the U.S., and the third leading cause of death, killing 137,000 Americans each year.[1] There are two types of stroke – ischemic and hemorrhagic.  Most strokes (about 85%) are ischemic strokes, in...

J Morris Hicks

The "Dollars and Sense" of eating...

J Morris Hicks | March 7, 2011 | Food, Health

Read More: cost of food, food subsidies, healthy eating, healthy food

  Some good news and bad news Many people have the idea that it costs much more to eat a healthy diet. Well, yes and no. Unfortunately, if you compare the cost of a calorie of fast food fare with...

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D.

Acai Berry - Packing A Powerful Punch

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D. | March 2, 2011 | Health

Read More: acai, antioxidant, Phytonutrients

We all know that the berry family gets two thumbs up when it comes to your health.  You've probably heard that blueberries are great for your memory and cranberries are good for a urinary tract infection but what about this...

J Morris Hicks

Healthy Dining in Texas...during Rodeo Week

J Morris Hicks | March 1, 2011 | Food, Health, Lifestyle

Read More: health-promoting diet, healthy eating, ordering in restaurants, whole plants

Even during Rodeo Week, it is possible to order a healthy meal in almost any restaurant in Texas. I didn't say the healthy meal would be listed on the menu, I said that you could order one. And that's what we...

Jess Parsons

Natural weaning and healthy vegan kids

Jess Parsons | February 28, 2011 | Health

Read More: alternatives, breast milk, breastfeeding older children, dairy, Klaper, Mary and Jesus, myths, natural weaning, vegan children, vegan mothers, vegan pregnancy, WHO recommendations

How long should a child breastfeed? The World Health Organization recommends 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding and continued breastfeeding with the addition of appropriate complementary foods until at least 2 years of age. Most women in Western societies do not...

J Morris Hicks

Why do some vegetarians get fat?

J Morris Hicks | February 26, 2011 | Health, Lifestyle

Read More: obesity, vegan, vegetarian

The "V" words and why I don't like them  Vegetarian and Vegan. Those words are all about what they don't eat. For example; they don't eat meat, they don't eat cheese, they don't eat eggs, etc. So if they're not...

J Morris Hicks

Michelle Obama...coming up short on healthy eating

J Morris Hicks | February 24, 2011 | Celebrities, Food, Health

Read More: cost of health care, Michelle Obama, obesity, weight-loss

She's doing some good things...but she could do So Much More First lady Michelle Obama's Super Bowl Party made the news a few weeks ago...focusing on the not-so-healthy food that she served her guests. While starting a vegetable garden...

Joel Fuhrman MD

A child needs a healthy diet to build a healthy brain

Joel Fuhrman MD | February 24, 2011 | Health

Read More: children nutrition, intelligence, Omega-3 fatty acid, parenting

A nutrient-rich diet is essential for children to develop optimal brain function. A recent study published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health followed the dietary patterns of nearly 4,000 children from birth for over eight years. The study...

J Morris Hicks

Cancer Screening...a very big business

J Morris Hicks | February 22, 2011 | Health

 Extensive screening gets patients in the door Screening for cancer in the U.S. and other western countries has become a very big business...that's often followed by an even bigger business -- surgery, chemo and radiation. Take the ubiquitous colonoscopy for example,...

Janice Stanger, PhD

How We Can Eat Our Way Out of the Deficit

Janice Stanger, PhD | February 21, 2011 | Health

Read More: Congressional Budget Office, deficit, health insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, Warren Buffett, whole foods

Surging Health Care Costs Come Right Out of Your Pocket The health care costs draining your personal budget come in two pieces: the amount you see directly as health care, and the hidden costs embedded in taxes, salary you don’t...

Bryanna Clark Grogan

TWO MORE DELICIOUS, NUTRITIOUS SOUTH AMERICAN GRAIN BEVERAGES

Bryanna Clark Grogan | February 21, 2011 | Food, Health, International

Read More: apple, beverage, hot chocolate, hot chocolate with oats, Latin American, Peru, Peruvian, quinoa, Quinoa and apple drink, South American

Last May I experimented with a Latin American fruit and oat "smoothie", and we really enjoyed it. I began researching and discovered a myriad of Central and South American beverages made with grains. Indeed, South Americans seem to love grain drinks, and...

Gail Davis

Book Review: Asian Fusion~A Culinary Odyssey of Vegan Recipes by Chat Mingkwan

Gail Davis | February 20, 2011 | Food, Green, Health, Lifestyle

Read More: Asian Fusion, Book Review, Gail Davis

I'm a huge fan of Chat Mingkwan's earlier book, Buddha's Table: Thai Feasting Vegetarian Style. Its pages are well-worn and separating from the spine, because it's been propped open with weights on my kitchen counter so often. I seemed to...

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D.

Energy Drinks - A Quick Fix Cover Up

Dustin Rudolph, Pharm.D. | February 16, 2011 | Health

Read More: artificial sweeteners, caffeine, energy drinks, Sugar

Six in the morning comes way too early for that annoying alarm clock when all you want to do is sleep another 15 minutes.  But, unfortunately, that's the last thing you can afford to do at least if you want...

Vegparadise Blog

Houston Suffers Fat Fit; Clogged Artery Causes Turmoil

Vegparadise Blog | February 15, 2011 | Health

Clogged Artery. That dreaded phrase usually indicates a condition that could result in a massive heart attack or stroke. Clogged arteries result from a diet loaded with saturated and trans-fats. But how could a city possibly end up with a...

Jeff Nelson

How to tell if someone has had a stroke -- before it's too late

Jeff Nelson | February 6, 2011 | Health

Read More: prevention, signs, stroke

This is from one of those widely-circulated emails, you may have already seen it, but it's valuable (and accurate) information. We've probably all heard something like this -- during a BBQ, Jane stumbled and took a little fall.  The hosts...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Eleven Risky Mistakes the USDA Makes About Plant-Based Diets

Janice Stanger, PhD | February 5, 2011 | Health

Read More: Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010, protein, USDA, weight loss, whole foods

You’ll Need Bigger Clothes If You Follow the Government’s Advice   The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched their Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010 with great fanfare. Mostly, the Guidelines are more of the same wimpy advice that has been...

Jess Parsons

Veg*ism and eating disorders

Jess Parsons | February 3, 2011 | Health

Read More: anorexia, bulimia, compulsive eating, control, eating disorder, orthorexia, vegan, vegetarian, weight loss

What's the connection? Search the web for "vegetarian eating disorder" and choose from millions of entries. Doctors have it on their risk checklists: vegetarianism or a sign of an eating disorder? Is that fair, or is it outrageous to...

Joel Fuhrman MD

The human mind prefers a healthy carotenoid glow over a suntan

Joel Fuhrman MD | February 3, 2011 | Health

Read More: carotenoids, nutrient dense, Phytonutrients, skin

In spite of the well-known damaging effects of the sun on our skin, many of us still perceive a tan as healthy-looking.  But you don’t need to risk the health of your skin in the sun or a tanning bed...

Julieanna Hever, MS, RD

10 Reasons to Just Do It! An Homage to Jack LaLanne

Julieanna Hever, MS, RD | January 24, 2011 | Celebrities, Health

Read More: diabetes, disease management, endorphins, erectile dysfunction, exercise, fitness program, immunity, Jack LaLanne, libido, lymphatic system, osteoporosis, sleep, weight loss

“Exercise is king, nutrition is queen, put them together and you have a kingdom!” Jack LaLanne 1914 – 2011 Jack LaLanne passed away yesterday at the ripened old age of 96. In honor of his infinite ability to inspire, I...