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What’s Wrong with Talking About “Food as Medicine”

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 19 May 2022
What’s Wrong with Talking About “Food as Medicine”
Some credit Hippocrates with the saying, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” With the spread of messages and health promotion programs using the food as medicine slogan, you may have seen an uptick in headlines and social media posts with a contrary message: “No, food isn’t medicine. It’s food.” When you read a little further, most of these articles don’t dispute that nutrition contributes to health. The disagreement is over how the...
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Risk Factors for Colorectal Cancer Rising

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 11 May 2022
Risk Factors for Colorectal Cancer Rising
A new review article discussed how early onset colorectal cancer – defined as being diagnosed at age 50 and younger – continues to steadily rise and that public health measures need to address the increased risk factors. The article was written by Frank Sinicrope, MD, an oncologist and gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic Cancer Centre  and was published in The New England Journal of Medicine. While the research emphasised an increase in early onset colorectal cancer diagnosis...
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Flaxseed Helps Reduce High Blood Pressure

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 24 April 2022
Flaxseed Helps Reduce High Blood Pressure
Flaxseed: What is it? Flaxseed is a grain that contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids (so-called “good fat”), and fibre. For the study, 110 patients with high blood pressure and peripheral artery disease added 30 grams of milled flaxseed to their diet each day for six months. Results were compared to a similar group of people who added a placebo to their diets. The group with the flaxseed in their diet showed a measurable decrease in blood pressure. Lowering blood pressure...
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Healthy Living Tied to a Longer Life and Dementia-Free Old Age

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 23 April 2022
Healthy Living Tied to a Longer Life and Dementia-Free Old Age
A healthy diet, physical activity, and cognitive training help extend life expectancy — and those extra years are more likely to be dementia-free — new research suggests. An analysis of nearly 2500 participants in the Chicago Health and Ageing Project (CHAP) showed those who had a healthy diet, got plenty of physical activity, and took part in cognitive exercises lived longer than those following a less healthy lifestyle. In addition, the number of years living with dementi...
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Ideal Weight Loss Eating Times & Potential Benefits For Breast Cancer

Posted by Manuela Boyle on 19 April 2022
Ideal Weight Loss Eating Times & Potential Benefits For Breast Cancer
Three recent fasting studies lend clarity to the timing of fasting for weight loss and benefits of fasting diets for breast cancer patients. STUDY ONE/ A study, in Cell Metabolism, compared the timing of two daily fasting diets, also known as time-restricted feeding diets, for weight loss. The study, published by researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago, compared a 4-hour time-restricted feeding diet and a 6-hour time-restricted feeding diet to a control group. Partic...
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