One in Five Deaths, 11 Million Annually, Associated with Poor Diets, says Lancet study

People in almost every region of the world could benefit from rebalancing their diets to eat optimal amounts of various foods and nutrients, according to the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study tracking trends in consumption of 15 dietary factors from 1990 to 2017 in 195 countries, published in TheRead …

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Moderate Carbohydrate Diet Extends Longevity by Four Years, says Lancet Study

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Low or moderate carbohydrate intake, which is better for overall health? For the past decade, Americans have touted the benefits of a low-carbohydrate diet, among them the Atkins, Paleo and Ketogenic. While shunning highly processed carbohydrates is always recommended, strict adherence to these diets also snubbed certain complex carbohydrates suchRead …

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Sustainable Diet Mirrors Anti-Inflammatory Diet

By Kimberly Lord Stewart At the 2015, Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives (HKHL) conference at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, St. Helena, health care providers learned the benefits of healthy diets and the pleasure of culinary arts to inspire their patients to lead a healthier life. No matter theRead …

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High-Protein Animal Diets as Risky as Smoking for Longevity

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High protein diets are more popular than ever for satiety and weight loss. But do they help us live longer? This new study may surprise you. Read commentary from Today’s Practitioner editor on why Got Protein? may need some life-stage instructions and why Micheal Pollan’s advice to eat mostly plants is spot on. Study by Morgan E Levine et al, Low Protein Intake Is Associated with a Major Reduction in IGF-1, Cancer, and Overall Mortality in the 65 and Younger but Not Older Population, published in Cell Metabolism, Vol. 19, Issue 1, March 2014.

HealthyKitchens HealthyLives: Disruptive Wellness

“What if medical schools and schools of public health partnered with culinary and behavioral change experts to create new curricula for both health care providers and chefs? Might this novel strategy ultimately benefit both patients and the general public?” — David Eisenberg, MD at HealthyKitchens HealthyLives conference, March 14, 2014

This was the opening statement at the recent HealthyKitchens HealthyLives conference at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in St. Helena. Is Eisenberg an idealist or realist? Had I not seen it myself, I might have used the “i” word, with a capital I. As with any disruptive innovation, idealism is one part of the energy quotient that drives change. This conference explored the hands-on reality of how to affect lasting behavior change starting in the kitchen.

Chronic Inflammation and the Western Diet

Chronic inflammation is the 21st century’s leading health epidemic. It is the single common factor that contributes to the development and progression of chronic illnesses, many of which can be caused and modified by diet. As seen in this commentary by John Neustadt, ND, pathologies once viewed as unrelated are

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Culinary Nutrition Kitchens: Where the Docs Wear a Different Sort of White Coat

Primary care is shifting from solely the doctor’s office to culinary nutrition kitchens. Why? Health and wellness and even disease therapies are much more than prescription medicine. Among medical professionals who get this, hundreds of hospitals and clinics across the country have been adding teaching kitchens to their square footage.Read …

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Organic dairy gets a healthy nod, more work ahead

By now you may have heard about a study from Washington State University that reports organic milk contains significantly higher concentrations of essential-fatty acids, compared to milk from cows on conventionally managed dairy farms. While this is not news to some, it is the first large-scale study of its type.Read …

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Postnatal supplementation and early life infant stress

Postnatal supplementation with micronutrients could play a role in countering the negative effects of early life stress (ES) for infants. The significance of this recent study shows that when lactating mothers receive adequate essential miconutrients their children are less likely to suffer from cognitive problems later in life as aRead …

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