Monthly Archives: August 2010

Your enlarged aorta

The thoracic aorta lives happily within the chest. The aorta is the main artery of the body that emerges from the heart, located just under the sternum. It is the “tree trunk” from which all the major arteries branch off … Continue reading

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Extreme carbohydrate intolerance

Here’s an interesting example of what you might call “extreme carbohydrate intolerance.” May is a 44-year woman who has now had her 7th stent placed in her coronary arteries. She lives on a diet dominated by breads, breakfast cereals, muffins, … Continue reading

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What’s for breakfast? Egg bake

Heart Scan Blog reader and dietitian, Lisa Grudzielanek, provided this recipe in response to the post, What’s for breakfast? Lisa, by the way, is one of the rare dietitians who understands that organizations like the American Dietetic Association have made … Continue reading

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What’s for breakfast?

If you eliminate wheat from breakfast and otherwise adhere to a low-carbohydrate dietary approach, what is there to eat for breakfast? If you take out English muffins, bagels, all breakfast cereals, pancakes, waffles, and toast, what’s left to eat? Actually, … Continue reading

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Wheat hip

You’ve heard of wheat belly. How about wheat hip? Recall that the innocent appearing wheat belly is actually a hotbed of inflammatory activity beneath the surface. The visceral fat of the wheat belly, i.e., fat kidneys, fat liver, fat intestines, … Continue reading

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Men’s lingerie is on the second floor

Consume wheat products, like poppyseed muffins, raisin bagels, and whole grain bread, and you trigger the 90- to 120-minute glucose-insulin cycle. Blood glucose goes way up (more than almost any other known food), triggering insulin release from the pancreas. Glucose … Continue reading

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10,000 units of vitamin D

Joanne started with a 25-hydroxy vitamin D level of 23 ng/ml–severe deficiency. What made this starting value even worse was that it was drawn in August after a moderately sunny summer spent outdoors. (Last summer, not this summer.) It therefore … Continue reading

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