Monthly Archives: May 2008

“Make big money fast with CT scans”

Rather than the headline New Study Could Change Heart Disease Diagnosis And Treatment being run in Utah TV and newspapers, instead it should read: Make big money fast with CT scans!Is your bottom line shrinking? Have you fallen on hard … Continue reading

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Is DHEA dangerous?

The Fountain of Youth, Louis Cranach the Younger (1546) In the Track Your Plaque program, we sometimes use the adrenal hormone, DHEA. It is a fascinating and–surprisingly–an over-the-counter hormone that can be useful and safe when used properly. DHEA can … Continue reading

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Wheat addiction: 140 lbs lost

Here is detailed comment from a reader who figured out the wheat (and dairy) issue on her own with impressive results. Though it seems an unpardonable over-simplification of diet, this concept of eliminating wheat-based products (along with obvious unhealthy foods … Continue reading

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Diet: Don’t be angry, be GRATEFUL

Given the confusion over what constitutes the “ideal” diet, a discussion that has been hotly debated for decades, some people become very angry that we still don’t agree on what is truly healthy. “Why should I even try if the … Continue reading

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HDL for Dummies

I frequently peruse conventional health websites to keep track of their message. One painfully conventional (read “drug company-supported”) website that echoes the standard advice on heart disease and heart health is Everyday Health . Since I subscribe to the newsletters … Continue reading

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“I gained 30 lbs from one cracker”

Let me tell you a story, a tale of a woman who gained 30 lbs by eating one cracker. At age 50, Claire’s health was a disaster. Her initial lipoprotein patterns were a mess, including HDL 36 mg/dl, triglycerides 297 … Continue reading

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Wheat-free is not gluten-free

Eliminate wheat from your diet and wonderful things happen: –Lose 15-20 lbs, sometimes in the first 1-3 months. (More or less, depending on your prior dietary habits, weight, age, etc.)–HDL cholesterol goes up, triglycerides go down–Blood sugar drops–Small LDL is … Continue reading

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Death to chelation?

Does chelation work? It’s a question I get asked fairly frequently. Although I have never performed chelation, IV or oral, and therefore have no direct experience, my concerns for this purported therapy have included: 1) The concept of extracting calcium … Continue reading

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American Diabetes Association

These are actual quotes from the American Diabetes Association website: Myth #2 (from list of Diabetes Myths): People with diabetes can’t eat sweets or chocolate.If eaten as part of a healthy meal plan, or combined with exercise, sweets and desserts … Continue reading

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A tan does not equal vitamin D

The sun is getting stronger and the days are getting longer, even here in Wisconsin. Some people are coming to the office with nice tans obtained by sunning themselves for several hours. Others have come back from winter getaways to … Continue reading

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