Nutrition

Nutrition and the Brain Part 2 – Sleep and Vegetables!

Much of the conference I attended last weekend, titled Nutrition and the Brain, was about Alzheimer’s dementia (AD). There are genetic factors for AD which we’re handed at birth, like it or not, and environmental factors, which we can control. The latter include exercise, sleep and nutrition. We covered exercise in detail in Part One, so…

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Kale the Powerhouse Vegetable

In the Health and Sciences section of the Washington Post this week, I read a brief article about the benefits of kale.  Last year, Anderson Cooper from CNN admitted that he had never had kale before and had to taste a kale leaf in front of an audience.  It was entertaining to see Mr Cooper…

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Add some more SPICE – cardamom and ginger – to your recipes

Add some more SPICE – cardamom and ginger – to your recipesfeaturing Teriyaki Flank Steak and Mashed Sweet Potatoes and Pears In the first spice article, we were roaming through the spice market in Istanbul. When we were there, we learned how to choose ‘true’ cardamom pods, which are actually from India. They should be…

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Sugar Can Be Your Friend

It seems we’re always being told not to eat sugar, but actually, sugar is essential for us — it is the primary fuel source for our cells.  However, there is certainly a point when too much sugar can overwhelm the body.  What if we could determine the perfect amount we need to help us perform…

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Happy Father’s Day – have some delicious salmon

Hi all, Happy Father’s Day to all of you who might be celebrating.  We started our celebration last night with an impromptu dinner.  We had a great but overly filling dinner at a great Latin restaurant in Annapolis – Palandar.  Then we took a delightful siesta, and a long walk along the bay.  My daughter…

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Food for Vision

According to a report published in February, 2012, Americans spend more than $25 billion a year on dietary supplements. However, as Linda pointed out in her previous blog, what to take and how much to take is unclear, and the evidence often contradictory. Millions of Americans take dietary supplements for eye health, weight loss, joint…

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A calorie is not just a calorie, and a pound is not just a pound

For years, the mantra has been “a calorie is a calorie” Eat 3500 fewer calories or burn 3500 more calories or some combination of these two, and you will lose a pound. There is now a growing movement afoot that takes issue with that. Here’s my take on it. To some extent, the mantra is…

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Add some SPICE to your life

Prompted by my visit to the intriguing Spice Market in Istanbul, I started to research the true health value of spices. In the realm of boastful claims, spices are right up there with other supplements you see on the shelves of health food stores. It always comes down to the same question – what should…

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To Take or Not to Take: Supplements?

“So tell me what kind of medicines you are taking?” I looked at my patient across the desk while she pulled out a long list. “Vitamin E, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, multivitamin, Zinc, Acai Berry, Coenzyme Q10, fish oil, Selenium, flaxseed, calcium, ginseng, rhubarb…” She proceeded to pull up multiple bottles that soon filled the…

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Have a cake and eat part of it too

Several weeks ago after Easter, I came back to the office and found all these plates of sausages,salami, deviled eggs, rolls on our kitchen’s table. Roxanne, my nurse, had her annual Easter Brunch at her house and brought the leftovers to work. Roxanne has always been a generous hostess. Her Easter brunches, with more than…

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