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Today My Little Man Is Four Years Old!

Happy Birthday, Brady! Daddy loves you!

Dr. Mary Ruth Swope

"Regardless of the extent or length of time you have had sick cells, they will make a Herculean effort to improve when given the right nutrients." - Dr. Mary Ruth Swope, Ph.D., nutrition educator

Does It Help to Count Calories?

"Calorie counting has become unhelpful. When we have a 100-calorie apple in one hand and a 100-calorie pack of cookies in the other, and we view them as being 'the same' because the calories are the same, it says everything that needs to be said about the limitations of just using calories in guiding food choices." - David Kirchoff, President of Weight Watchers

Would You Give Your Child A Cigarette? This May Be Worse

How Much Daily Fruit Should You Consume?

One of my favorite blogs to read is HeartScanBlog.com, by Dr. William Davis, a cardiologist in Wisconsin.

Dr. Davis is a big advocate of eliminating wheat from your diet, in order to have a healthy heart and minimize the risk of diabetes, among other things.

One of his older blog posts I recently read talks about the consumption of fruit and diabetes:
While fruit is certainly better than, say, a half-cup of gummy bears (84.06 g carbohydrates, 50.12 g sugars), fruit is unavoidably high in carbohydrates and sugars.

Take a look at the carbohydrate content of some common fruits:

Apple, 1 medium (2-3/4" dia)
19.06 g carbohydrate (14.34 g sugar)

Banana, 1 medium (7" to 7-7/8" long)
26.95 g carbohydrate (14.43 g sugar)

Grapes, 1 cup
27.33 g carbohydrate (23.37 g sugar)

Pear, 1 medium
25.66 g carbohydrate (16.27 g sugar)

Source: USDA Food and Nutrient Database

Fruit has many healthy components, of course, such as fiber, flavonoids, and vitamin C. But it also comes with plenty of sugar. This …

Flu Season Is Here

I've noticed quite a few people around me have been getting sick. So I took a look at Google Flu Trends. Yep, the United States is peaking in regards to flu incidence for the 2010-2011 season.

The image above is a graph from Flu Trends. Notice the trend this year is in dark blue.

Flu Trends also has data for individual U.S. states and a number of other countries.

To avoid the flu this year, tighten up your diet and lifestyle. Personally, I feel that eating well, managing stress, and taking BarleyLife Xtra have helped me and my family avoid colds and the flu.

Do You Have A Metabolic Advantage?

So what is a metabolic advantage? Dr. Michael Eades explains it this way:
When two groups of subjects both eat the same number of calories (but provided by diets of different macronutrient compositions) and maintain the same activity level, yet one group loses more weight than the other, the group losing the greater weight is said to have a metabolic advantage. Or, more specifically, the diet driving the weight loss is said to provide a metabolic advantage. Dr. Eades further explains metabolic advantage in his blog post.

The literature does show an apparent metabolic advantage in studies.

The evidence continues to grow, that lower carbohydrate diets result in greater weight loss and less hunger, than calorie reduced diets.

Is Your Tap Water Loaded with Drugs?

Do You Drink Soft Drinks?

"Cancer is like a plant cell; it can't live in an oxygen-rich environment. Cola drinks make our bodies poor in oxygen. Cancer is the second cause of death in America. The average American is consuming 800 or more soft drinks annually. Be more responsible for your own life; doctors have no responsibility for another's health." - Dr. Francisco Contrares, M.D., of the Contrares Cancer Clinic