Monthly Archives: September 2008

Are humans meant to be omnivores?

Are humans meant to be omnivores? Does the ideal human diet include animal products like meat, fish, cheese, eggs, and dairy products? Or should the ideal diet be devoid of all animal products?a vegetarian diet? Though the argument is distorted … Continue reading

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Are you wheat-free?

According to the recent Heart Scan Blog poll, Are you wheat-free?, the 173 respondents said: Yes, I am free of wheat products. 87 (50%) No, I include wheat products in my diet. 73 (42%) I’m not sure. 1 (0%) I … Continue reading

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No more canned foods

If you haven’t already caught the news, it’s time to eliminate canned foods and exposure to plastics that contain the chemical, bisphenol A (BPA). A worrisome and unexpected association with heart disease and diabetes has been found. This issue has … Continue reading

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Add Boston Globe to the list of heart scan blunders

Yet another piece of mass media misinformation hit the airwaves today. This time it’s not from the New York Times or the LA Times, both of which have previously mangled the issues surrounding heart scans. This time it’s from the … Continue reading

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What’s worse than sugar?

There are a number of ways to view the blood sugar-raising or insulin-provoking effect of foods. One way is glycemic index (GI), simply a measure of how high blood sugar is raised by a standard quantity of a food compared … Continue reading

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Are sterols the new trans fat?

By now, I’m sure you’re well-acquainted with the hydrogenated, trans fat issue. Hydrogenation of polyunsaturated oils was a popular practice (and still is) since the 1960s, as food manufacturers sought a substitute for saturated fat. Bubbling high-pressure hydrogen through oils … Continue reading

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The Diabetes Gold Rush

Lou came into the office. Clearly, his program had gone sour. Lou had initially obtained wonderful control over his heart scan score of 1114, having reversed modestly in his first three years of effort through correction of his multiple causes … Continue reading

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What else is there?

This question comes up frequently: Aren’t there any alternatives to heart scans performed on a CT or EBT device? Yes, there are. First of all, heart scans are performed best on an electron-beam CT device (EBT) or a 64-slice multi-detector … Continue reading

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Let’s gamble with your health

Let’s play a game. I’m going to list some lipid patterns and you tell me whether or not the person with these values has heart disease. Patient 1 Total cholesterol 150 mg/dlLDL cholesterol 75 mg/dlHDL 50 mg/dlTriglycerides 125 mg/dl Patient … Continue reading

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Who knows what

You know that cynical old saying: It’s not what you know, it’s who you know. In other words, knowing the right person provides you strategic advantage in business, social advancement, etc. In health, it was often true. Knowing who the … Continue reading

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