Monthly Archives: October 2007

The battle for asymptomatic disease

The heart disease revenue pie is shrinking. So is the “serving size” being shared by competing hospitals. In other words, as more hospitals open heart programs, there is more competition for the same heart patient. Throw into the mix the … Continue reading

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The case builds against wheat

Looking back over the past few posts I’ve made about the adverse health effects of wheat, I was surprised to see just how many people have posted descriptions of their dramatic experiences following this route. While I’ve seen it in … Continue reading

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Cheers to flavonoids

The case in favor of healthful flavonoids seems to grow bit by bit. Flavonoids such as procyanadins in wine and chocolate, catechins in tea, and those in walnuts, pomegranates, and pycnogenol (pine bark extract) are suspected to block oxidation of … Continue reading

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Wheat and the hunger factor

Low carbohydrate diets are becoming increasingly popular. In my experience, they also work exceptionally well. However, I have observed a specific aspect of low-carb diets that deserves special attention: When wheat products in particular are eliminated, hunger plummets enormously. It … Continue reading

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Our friends at Liposcience

A number of Track Your Plaque Members are still outraged at LabCorp’s failure to convey the results of page 2 of the NMR Lipoprofile, as provided by Liposcience, Inc., the testing laboratory that actually performs the test. We’ve gotten an … Continue reading

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Condensed Taubes

For anyone looking for a quick glimpse at Gary Taubes’ provocative arguments on the detrimental health effects of the current carbohydrate-crazed world, take a look at the CNN post of an interview of Taubes at CNN. (Thanks, Fanatic Cook, for … Continue reading

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Fast-forward information

The internet has accelerated the conversation in health . . . enormously. The discussions we have in Blogs, places like the Track Your Plaque Forum, and websites have accelerated the exchange of information and ideas so much that it is … Continue reading

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America: The world’s diet laboratory

Low-fat, low-carb, high-protein, Pritikin, Ornish, Atkins, South Beach, Sonoma, Sugar-Busters, Weight Watchers, vegetarian . . . Have Americans tried them all? We’ve witnessed the relative success of diet habits in selected regions world-wide: the longevity of the Japanese on a … Continue reading

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Dr. Jarvik, is niacin as bad as it sounds?

A popular health newsletter, Everyday Health, carried this headline:A Cholesterol-Busting Vitamin?Did you know that niacin, one of the B vitamins, is also a potent cholesterol fighter?Find out how niacin can help reduce choleseterol. At doses way above the Recommended Dietary … Continue reading

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Is niacin as bad as it sounds?

A popular health newsletter, Everyday Health, carried this headline:A Cholesterol-Busting Vitamin?Did you know that niacin, one of the B vitamins, is also a potent cholesterol fighter?Find out how niacin can help reduce choleseterol. At doses way above the Recommended Dietary … Continue reading

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