Blood pressure medications — friend or foe?

The medical world experienced yet another guideline update in 2018 telling doctors more medication is better. This guideline for treating hypertension was put out by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, and effectively lowered the definition of hypertension from 140/90 down to 130/80. The organizations also recommended drug treatment for all individuals with…

High LDL cholesterol may protect against dementia – don’t tell the statin pushers!

Don’t tell the statin brigade, but elevated LDL cholesterol may actually help us as we age! A new study from China suggests that those with higher levels of LDL-C have a lower incidence of dementia. They evaluated 3,800 subjects with a mean age of 69 years, performing extensive neuropsychological and cognitive ability testing. They found that the…

New Major Study: A Calorie Is Not A Calorie

Despite what the sugary beverage and processed snack food companies want us to believe, all calories are not created equal. A new study from Harvard shows that individuals following a low-carbohydrate (20% of total calories) diet burn between 209 and 278 more calories per day than those on a high-carbohydrate (60% of total calories) diet. So the…

Management of blood cholesterol just got personal

Don’t look now, but the updated clinical practice cholesterol guidelines from the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association and others are getting personal. Although the guidelines still contain their familiar approach — that I consider too aggressive with drug therapy — the latest 2018 version of the guidelines now includes an impressive update to emphasize…

Does Eating Fat Make Us Fat?

Does eating fat make us fat? According to a new article in The New York Times, it just might. With a heavy emphasis on “might.” The New York Times: Which kinds of foods make us fat? (Paywall) The article is based on a trial published in Cell Metabolism over the summer, which concluded that feeding mice up to 80% calories from fat…

Why a Fasting Mimicking Diet (FMD) is the Key to Longevity

I found it! I found the one thing vegans, vegetarians, carnivores, paleo and keto enthusiasts can all agree with. Fasting is possibly the most important intervention for longevity.  The science supports it, and now it is gaining popularity among the masses. Yet the question remains, how do we best accomplish fasting? What’s the best duration,…

Low Carb and Intermittent Fasting Make Traveling a Breeze!

It’s challenging enough to stick to your health, fitness, and dieting goals when you’re at home. When you’re traveling, it can be even harder. Nothing’s worse than going on vacation only to be frustrated that you’ve gained back weight you worked so hard to lose. Let’s be honest. When you travel, it’s harder to pay attention to what…

A Guide to Keto-Friendly Meal Prep

Let’s be honest. Changing our eating habits is hard. No matter how inspired and gung-ho we may feel when we first decide to go keto, inevitably, we will face temptations and frustrations. Whether you’re brand new to the low carb or ketogenic diet or you’ve been following it for ages, adopting a meal prep habit can help…

Food Appreciation through Fasting on Yom Kippur

I still remember Yom Kippur 2013. The year I had to fast. I know I am “supposed” to fast every year, but in my mind that ship had sailed long ago. I am not the best rule follower, especially when I don’t see the purpose of the rule. What does not eating have to do…

Is Aspirin Dangerous? New Evidence Sheds New Light

Is Aspirin Dangerous? No medication is sacred. Doctors have long regarded Aspirin as an easy “no brainer” for potential benefit with minimal downside. Many of us don’t even notice when Aspirin is on a patient’s medication list. It hardly warrants our attention. Now that needs to change. Aspirin had a bad week earlier last month.…