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Magnesium-Rich Foods Prevent Sudden Death

By Michael Greger M.D.
November 26, 2012
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Nuts, Seeds, Vegetarian, Whole Grains

Most men and women who succumb to heart disease die suddenly without any known history of heart problems. As noted in my three minute video How Do Nuts Prevent Sudden Cardiac Death?, up to 55 percent of men and 68 percent of women have no clinically recognized heart disease before sudden death.

They obviously had rampant heart disease, however it just wasn’t recognized until they were lying on a slab in the morgue. So if there was ever a case to be made for primary prevention, the determination to start eating healthier right now – tonight – before the symptoms of sudden cardiac death arise is it. Especially since that first symptom is often the last. So how do we do it?

Our story begins 43 years ago with a fascinating paper in the New England Journal of Medicine entitled, “Sudden Death and Ischemic Heart Disease: Correlation With Hardness of the Local Water Supply.”[1]

There appeared to be “an increased susceptibility to lethal arrhythmias [fatal heart rhythms] among residents of soft-water areas.” So maybe one of the minerals found in hard water is protective, but which one? Researchers decided to cut some hearts open to find out. …read more of Magnesium-Rich Foods Prevent Sudden Death here

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Going Gluten-Free

By Christie Nash
February 27, 2010
File under: Health Concerns, Healthy Eating, Whole Grains


Fourteen years ago, I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).  Doctors told me that there was nothing they could do to help ease my discomfort and pain, except that I should watch my diet, reduce stress, and get lots of exercise.

I attempted numerous alternative therapies and cut out meats, fermented foods, hot and spicy foods, and dairy products.  However, it took three years ago before someone recommended that I eliminate wheat from my diet.  Until this time, it had never occurred to me that wheat, or gluten, could be the source of my ailments.

I have been wheat-free for over ten years now, and gluten-free for about seven.  My “IBS” is all but gone and I lead a very healthy and normal life.  My story isn’t uncommon; in fact, it has become increasingly common for people who suffer from a broad range of symptoms from lethargy to liver disease. …read more of Going Gluten-Free here

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4 Simple Steps to Healthy Eating

By Edward Ebbert
September 29, 2009
File under: Healthy Eating, Organic, Produce, Snacks, Whole Grains


You are what you eat. Problem is, it’s hard to know what you’re eating these days – not to mention where it came from. That’s why we have to get smarter about what we’re putting in our bodies if we want to stay healthy.

Luckily, It’s not that hard to eat better: you just have to pay attention to what you eat! A good diet has many benefits: Choosing foods that are good for your body can help you live longer and avoid health problems, and it can help protect the planet.

Below, we’ve compiled a short list of the best ways to eat healthy and save money doing it – all while curbing the environmental impact of your diet. …read more of 4 Simple Steps to Healthy Eating here

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Why “Enriched” Flour is Such a Poor Choice

By Andrea Moss
March 2, 2009
File under: Healthy Eating, Whole Grains


Imagine if someone stole your wallet that was filled with hundreds of dollars, but then they felt guilty so they decided to give you 5 bucks back. And then they expected you to jump up and down and be grateful! That, in a nutshell, is what happens with the enriched flour process.

Food manufacturers take whole grains such as wheat and rice and remove the outer kernel, the bran and the germ in order to process the flour into a finer texture, to increase shelf life, and discourage bugs from eating it (that’s right – even insects don’t like enriched flour!). The problem is that when you remove all of these vital layers of a whole grain, …read more of Why “Enriched” Flour is Such a Poor Choice here

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