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Diet Away Erectile Dysfunction

By Neal Barnard M.D. ecomii.com
May 9, 2015
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Vegan

Between 18 and 30 million men in the United States have erectile dysfunction. It’s certainly a topic everyone’s familiar with – the image of a little blue pill or two outdoor bathtubs is practically iconic.

But most people don’t know that ED isn’t usually caused by stress, alcohol, or performance anxiety, it’s a result of blocked arteries. The cholesterol and saturated fat in animal products can lead to vascular problems, which in turn impede blood flow. Gorge on chicken wings and steak, and the only thing that will grow is your waistline. …read more of Diet Away Erectile Dysfunction here

 
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Taking the ‘Angelina Jolie Effect’ a Step Further to Prevent Cancer

By Neal Barnard M.D. ecomii.com
April 24, 2015
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Vegan

In late March of this year, Angelina Jolie wrote movingly of her decision to reduce her risk of cancer by opting for preventive surgery. While few of us will ever have to stare an 87 percent risk of cancer in the face, as Jolie did, the unfortunate truth is that at some point in our lives, many of us—nearly one in two men and one in three women—will develop cancer.

Whether we carry the BRCA1 gene mutation or not, we can all learn from Jolie’s thoughtful, proactive approach. …read more of Taking the ‘Angelina Jolie Effect’ a Step Further to Prevent Cancer here

 
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How Fatty Foods May Affect Your Love Life

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
December 2, 2014
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Vegan

The food industry, like tobacco companies and other drug lords, has come up with products that tap into the same dopamine reward system that keeps people smoking cigarettes, using marijuana, and eating candy bars. Are Sugary Foods Addictive?.

Recent research highlighted in the video, Are Fatty Foods Addictive? suggests that fat may have similar effects on the brain.

When people are fed yogurt packed with butterfat, within 30 minutes they exhibit the same brain activity as those who drink sugar water.

People who regularly eat ice cream (sugar and fat) have a deadened dopamine response in response to drinking a milkshake. It’s similar to drug abusers who have to use more and more to get the same high. …read more of How Fatty Foods May Affect Your Love Life here

 
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Breast Cancer on the Rise in Young Women – Is it Preventable?

By Christine Horner M.D.
November 11, 2014
File under: Health Concerns

Since the inception of “Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” the message has been about reminding women 40 years of age and older to get mammograms. But, in this country incidences of breast cancer are still on the rise in women under 40, an age when mammograms are not effective. Mammograms will never stop the breast cancer epidemic; however prevention will.

Research shows that lifestyle choices made during the pre-teen and teen years are the most influential to your overall health as an adult.

Simple Tips to Lower the Risk of Early Breast Cancer …read more of Breast Cancer on the Rise in Young Women – Is it Preventable? here

 
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Multiple Sclerosis Linked to Saturated Animal Fat

By Michael Greger M.D. ecomii.com
August 25, 2014
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Multiple Sclerosis, Vegan

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, degenerative autoimmune disease of the central nervous system in which the body attacks its own nerves. MS often strikes in the prime of life and can cause cognitive impairment and painful loss of vision, as well as tremors, weakness, loss of bladder control, muscle pain, and fatigue.

The most frequently prescribed drug for multiple sclerosis is interferon beta, which can make one feel lousy and cost $30,000 a year, which might be OK if it actually worked. We have recently learned that interferon therapy doesn’t seem to prevent or delay long-term disability. That leaves chemo drugs like mitoxantrone, which causes irreversible heart damage in one out of every eight patients and causes cancer (leukemia) in nearly 1 percent of those who take it. But MS is no walk in the park either.

Dr. Roy Swank was a distinguished neurologist who authored over 170 scientific papers died recently at the age of 99.  Dr. Swank, who was interviewed by Dr. John McDougall when he was 84, believed that MS is related to diet. He said, “it seemed possible to me that this could be a matter of food, because the further north you go the less vegetarian a life is led and the more people are carnivores, you might say – they spend a lot more time eating meat.” …read more of Multiple Sclerosis Linked to Saturated Animal Fat here

 
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