Nutrition & Lifestyle

Fish Oils May Reverse Diabetic Autonomic Dysfunction

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 2, No. 1. February, 2001

Diabetes is characterized by chronic overactivity of the sympathetic nervous system, and concurrent loss of parasympathetic balance. This results in high heart rates and low heart rate variability, which increases risk of heart attack. Omega-3 fatty acids, from seafood and supplements, appear to reverse these risk factors.

Eskimos Discover Sat-Fats Grease the Wheels of Disease

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 2, No. 1. February, 2001

Heart disease and diabetes were virtually unheard-of among Alaskan Eskimos, until the 1970s, when they abandoned their hunting and fishing lifestyle, and their marine diet. They began eating a lot of processed foods and saturated fats, and living in more sedentary ways. Thirty years later, these diseases are rampant. Dr. Sven Ebbeson is working with Eskimo communities to reverse these deadly trends.

Highlights of the International Workshop on Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Risk

By Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 1. February, 2001

Omega-3 researchers from around the world gathered in Bethesda to present the latest findings from clinical studies on the effects of omega-3's in preventing and treating heart disease, diabetes and other conditions. A review of some of the most compelling presentations.

Increasing Dietary Omega-3's Takes "Fishful" Thinking

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 2, No. 1. February, 2001

Most people know that fish is "healthy" food, but many people do not like it, and it is a challenge for them to get healthful omega-3s into their diets. Sonja Connor, RD, a nutrition counselor, offers tips for demystifying seafood for landlubbers, and making it palatable for fish-phobes.

Blood Type Diet Pioneer Urges "Go-Slow" Approach to Nutritional Change

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 2, No. 2. April, 2002

BELLEVUE, WA—The surging popularity of "Eat Right 4 Your Type," the book by Peter D'Adamo, ND, outlining the theory and practice of the so-called "blood type diets," has a growing number of people making sudden alterations in their habitual eating patterns.

"Food as Medicine" Conference Offers Practical, Experiential Nutrition Training

By Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 2. April, 2002

The Center for Mind-Body Medicine's innovative "Food as Medicine" conference provides physicians with a comprehensive, scientifically-sound education in the application of nutrition for the management of a wide range of common, chronic disorders.

Lowering CVD Risk: Are Doctors Selling Wine Before Its Time?

By Todd Zwillich | Contributing Writer - Vol. 2, No. 2. April, 2002

Epidemiological data suggests that moderate alcohol consumption, particularly red wine, can reduce risk of heart disease, leading some doctors to recommend wine drinking as a preventive measure. But some experts caution that there are no controlled clinical trials to confirm wine's alleged heart benefits.

Challenging Medicine's Blind Eye on Dairy-CHD Link

By Janet Gulland | Staff Writer - Vol. 2, No. 2. April, 2002

Cardiologist Steven Horowitz believes that medicine has largely ignored the substantial science linking increased dairy consumption and cardiovascular disease. On a population basis, cardiovascular risk is lowest in countries that consume the least amount of dairy. Dr. Horowitz challenges the prevailing view that milk and milk products are essentially healthy foods.

Novel Imaging Technique Reveals Breast Benefits of Soy Supplementation

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 3, No. 1. April, 2002

A new imaging technique called Breast Enhanced Scintigraphy Testing has provided the first visual evidence that routine supplementation with soy isoflavones can reduce the size of pre-malignant breast lesions in women at increased risk of breast cancer.

Functional Medicine: Nutrition's Info Revolution

By Erik L. Goldman | Editor in Chief - Vol. 3, No. 1. April, 2002

The core tenet of the emerging discipline of functional medicine is that nutrition is the major determinant of gene expression, and therefore of health and disease. Functional medicine pioneer Jeff Bland, PhD, explains how, in a sense, food is information that tells the genes what to do. Depending on the signals we send our genes, they can produce health and happiness or depression and disease.