A new study may make you think twice before adding Splenda to your coffee.
Published in the journal Diabetes Care, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis researchers found that sucralose, most popularly known by the brand name Splenda, has effects on the body’s responses to sugar (glucose) — which could thereby affect diabetes risk — despite the fact that it has zero calories.
“Our results indicate that this artificial sweetener is not inert — it does have an effect,” study researcher M. Yanina Pepino, Ph.D., research assistant professor of medicine at the university, said in a statement. “And we need to do more studies to determine whether this observation means long-term use could be harmful.”
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It’s one of the first questions asked by many women hoping to get pregnant: “What should I eat in order to boost my fertility?”
A new study offers up one possible answer, claiming that women who ate a diet rich in protein and low in carbohydrates while undergoing in vitro fertilization had higher pregnancy rates than those whose ratio of protein to carbs was the inverse.
But the findings, while provocative, are highly preliminary.
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Women have another reason to exercise: It may help prevent kidney stones. You don’t have to break a sweat or be a super athlete, either. Even walking for a couple hours a week can cut the risk of developing this painful and common problem by about one-third, a large study found.
Read more at Associated Press
The health benefits of a diet rich in fruits and vegetables outweigh the risks of pesticide exposure. Use Environmental Working Group’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides™ to reduce your exposures as much as possible, but eating conventionally-grown produce is far better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all. The Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ will help you determine which fruits and vegetables have the most pesticide residues and are the most important to buy organic. You can lower your pesticide intake by avoiding the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables and choosing the least contaminated produce.
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Out-of-shape postal workers who saw a naturopathic doctor seven times over the course of a year were more likely to lose weight and lower their blood pressure than a control group taking a business-as-usual approach, according to a new study.
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It is that wonderful time of the year again—Farmers Markets in Indiana are opening all over! A simple visit to your local market (or a market nearby) can do so much to support your health and well-being. Buying and enjoying fresh organic produce, herbs and spices, might do more good to support your overall wellness from a nutritional perspective than you can imagine. As an added bonus, your visit supports the health and wellness of our Indiana environment. Dollars spent at the market often support ideals such as improving soil health so that plants can naturally and richly thrive without chemicals, horticultural practices, the preservation of local economies, and the health and connection of your local community. You’ll likely hear/see local musicians and performers, say hello to your neighbors, learn about what is “in season” in your region, and enjoy seeing so many of the children, adults and elders of your community, all of which might nourish your spirit. You may get inspired to purchase some garden starts and grown some of your own food at home, or a “mushroom log” to nuture for the coming months so that it can nuture you back nutritionally with fresh shiitakes. You might decide to join a local CSA which could help you to increase your intake of fruits, vegetables and more every week, or purchase some plants to help make an “edible landscape” at home after talking to the farmer selling berry bushes and persimmon trees. You may have the opportunity to try some local honey and nourish your mind by learn a little bit about bee keeping, or see photos of your neighbor tapping maple trees for syrup as you taste the results for yourself. You’ll likely feel refreshed after walking outdoors for an hour and making a little bit of your own personal vitamin D supply using our local Indiana rays of sunshine. Overall, it is a simple, yet profoundly healthy thing to do.
Google “Indiana Farmers Markets” to find one nearby, and enjoy the season!
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The abundance of nutritional research available certainly gives us food for thought when making decisions regarding diet and nutritional supplementation. It can also lead to confusion due to misleading headlines and questionable interpretations of studies.
If you’ve come across headlines such as ”Are Eggs As Bad As Smoking?,” ”Are Our Vitamins Killing Us?” and”Fish Oil No Lifesaver?,” you can’t but help feeling puzzled as to how to separate the truth from the hype.
Read more at Huffington Post.
“The Physicians’ Health Study II is the first clinical trial to test the affects of multivitamins on a major disease such as cancer,” said lead author J. Michael Gaziano, MD, chief of the Division of Aging at BWH and an investigator at VA Boston. “Despite the fact that more than one-third of Americans take multivitamins, their long-term effects were unknown until now.”
Researchers had nearly 15,000 men over the age of 50 take either a multivitamin or a placebo every day for more than 10 years. (From the monthly multivitamin packs pictured here.) The men self-reported a cancer diagnosis, and researchers confirmed the diagnosis through medical records. Researchers found the group taking a daily multivitamin had an 8 percent reduction in total cancer compared with the group taking the placebo. They also found a multivitamin was associated with an apparent reduction in cancer deaths.
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“Wait, you’re what kind of doctor? A nat-uro-pathic doctor? What’s that?”
I get this question all the time. It’s not so surprising when it comes from someone I meet in a coffee shop or on an airplane, but I still hear it from other doctors, too. In fact, it’s more surprising when someone (outside of Seattle or Portland) has actually heard of what I do. To be fair, I’d never heard of an audiologist until one moved in as a housemate.
My profession is rather small, and we’re yet to be licensed in every state. Naturopathic doctors (NDs) are currently licensed to practice as medical professionals in 16 states, and two U.S. territories, and five provinces in Canada.
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