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October 2005 after the first frost and summer grasses had turned brown.  The growth of winter grasses was delayed by the drought.


This is the Home Page for our quick-read nutritional health column for regional newspapers. If you have a local publication that might want to carry it, let us know or pass the link onto them.

Feeding People Like Livestock

Column #10

Marketers and commentators have changed the original meaning of the “Paleo Diet.” It never meant one should exercise, hunt, or eat exactly like a caveman. Nutritional scientists originally used it to describe the chemistry of man’s diet prior to grain farming. They would say the “Paleo Diet” differed from the chemistry of today’s modern diet and then explain the negative impact those changes have had on health. The Paleo emphasis today is more on lifestyle than food chemistry.

Crohn’s Disease: Diet Dominates

Column #9

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) says medication and a five-food-group diet can help control these diseases leading to “a full and rewarding life.”  Then it says 70% of Crohn’s victims will require surgery which initially makes symptoms disappear. But 30% of them experience recurrence of their symptoms within three years and up to 60% within ten years, so surgery is not a cure. That’s “a full and rewarding life”?

Reversing Cognitive Decline

Column #8

This column is about reversing, not just preventing, cognitive decline!

I’ve been ridiculed by nutritionists, medical professionals, and the media for suggesting Alzheimer's Disease (AD) victims could improve their mental function with diet. They say it’s impossible and not appropriate to give false hope to people who are already suffering.

The medical community has spent billions and has not yet developed a treatment protocol for AD. Its work has mostly focused on single pathways, and targeting one pathway can show change, but in human studies, these limited approaches do not work.

In September 2014 Dale E. Bredesen, MD released a paper titled Reversal of cognitive decline: A novel therapeutic program. It’s an open access article available online. Dr. Bredesen is an expert in the mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases such as AD. He is associated with both the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research, Department of Neurology, University of California and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging.

Fat or Sugar?

Column #6

Sugar, “How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.” America’s love affair with sugar is unprecedented. In 1822 per capita consumption of sugars was five pounds per year. Today it’s 150 pounds because of the ubiquitousness of sugar, corn syrup, other syrups, and honey. This is deplorable yet some researchers claim sugar has benefits!

Fungus Among Us

Column #5

Few people read the Journal of Clinical Microbiology. That’s unfortunate because it publishes important research related to human and animal infections and their consequences for health and well-being.

Solution to Obesity: Let’s Eat

Column #4

Obesity is a chronic disease. Its underlying cause is not laziness, overeating, or the consumption of fat. Although nutritional scientists have recognized this for a long time, it wasn’t until 2013 that the American Medical Association finally designated obesity as a chronic disease. Now we know obese people are sick!

Are We What We Eat?

Column #3

Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote, in Physiologie du Gout, ou Meditations de Gastronomie Transcendante, 1826: “Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are.” He was saying “you are what you eat.”

Mammals require many elements and compounds to “manufacture” tissues, nutrients, and chemical messengers. But some required nutrients cannot be fabricated by the body. These “essential nutrients” (minerals, many amino acids, most vitamins, and a few fatty acids) must be eaten.

A Nutritional Scientist’s Take

Column #2

The public discussion of a proper diet is mostly confusion and delusion. It consists of USDA recommendations, medical profession suggestions, stories regarding poorly crafted reports in the media, and fads. Yet under the public radar there is a highly complex science. So let’s examine a nutritional scientist’s take on how diet impacts health.

Nutrition: The Green Leaf

Column #1

This is the age of chronic disease.  Children are overweight, maturing earlier, have asthma, allergies, mental disorders, and more while sometimes contracting what were once only adult diseases.  Many in their late thirties, for sure their forties, are under a doctor’s care.  Most over 60 take drugs, endure operations, and an alarming number die prematurely.  The answer in a Center for Disease Control study regarding prescription drug use “in the prior month” by age was: 0-11: 22.4%; 12-19: 29.9%; 20-59: 48.3%; 60+: 88.4%.