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The Anti-Wrinkle Diet

By Michael Greger M.D.
June 27, 2013
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Skin Care


The skin is the largest organ in the body, about 20 square feet and the most vulnerable organ in the body. It is exposed to both the oxidizing effects of UV radiation from the sun and the oxidizing effects of oxygen in the air and oxidant stress can take a toll.

As we age, our skin becomes thinner and more easily damaged and loses volume and elasticity.  These age-related factors are what cause the skin to sag and wrinkle. So what can we do about it?

Three things contribute to the aging of the skin, oxidative stress induced by sun-damage, inflammation and ischemia or lack of adequate blood flow.

Oxidative stress means we need antioxidants so one might predict plant foods would help (see Antioxidant Power of Plant Foods Versus Animal Foods). …read more of The Anti-Wrinkle Diet here

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Men’s Health – An Ayurvedic Perspective

By Lissa Coffey
May 30, 2013
File under: Ayurveda, Health Concerns, Natural Remedies

Prostate health can be a serious issue for men in middle age. Half of men in their sixties and up to 90 percent of men in their seventies and eighties are found to have enlarged prostates in America.

Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in men, with about 80 percent of all cases occurring in men over sixty-five.

Even though the prostate seems to be an older man’s health issue, these imbalances begin much earlier in life. The good news is that following an appropriate diet and taking appropriate herbal supplements can help keep the prostate healthy and functioning well.  …read more of Men’s Health – An Ayurvedic Perspective here

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Should Jews Be Vegan?

By Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D
May 15, 2013
File under: Agriculture, Environmental Impact, Health Concerns, Vegan


There is a widely accepted aspect of modern life that contradicts many Jewish teachings and harms people, communities, and the planet – the mass production and widespread consumption of meat.

Here is how the production and consumption of meat and other animal products conflict with six fundamental Jewish teachings:

1. While Judaism mandates that people should be very careful about preserving their health and their lives, numerous scientific studies have linked animal-based diets directly to heart disease, stroke, many forms of cancer and other chronic degenerative diseases. …read more of Should Jews Be Vegan? here

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Aspartame: Fibromyalgia and Preterm Birth

By Michael Greger M.D.
May 13, 2013
File under: Diet, Drinks, Health Concerns


Aspartame may be the reason that diet soda consumption during pregnancy has been linked to premature birth.

When we learned how bad butter was for us, the food industry responded by giving us margarine, which turned out to be even worse.

When the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) dietary guidelines directed us to lower our fat intake in hopes that we would pick up an apple, the food industry gave us fudge drizzled Snackwell cookies.

That is precisely reasoning like this that has led to the billion-dollar diet soda industry. …read more of Aspartame: Fibromyalgia and Preterm Birth here

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Imagining a Vegan World

By Richard H. Schwartz, Ph.D
May 6, 2013
File under: Environmental Impact, Health Concerns, Vegan


“Some see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not.” Robert Kennedy

Yes, why not? Why not a vegetarian world, or even better, why not a vegan world? What would a vegan world be like?

It would be a world with far healthier people. Numerous studies show that a plant-based diet can sharply reduce the risk factors for heart disease, various types of cancer, stroke and other chronic degenerative diseases.

Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn and others have shown that a well-planned vegetarian diet, along with other positive lifestyle changes, can reverse severe heart-related problems.

It would be a far more humane world. We could eliminate the abuse of 10 billion animals in the US and 65 billion worldwide raised for slaughter every year. Animals would no longer be bred and genetically programmed to produce far more flesh, milk and eggs than is natural. …read more of Imagining a Vegan World here

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