Blog Posts by Jim Healthy

  • Healthy Versions of Thanksgiving Favorites

    You can have your Thanksgiving feast without spiking your blood sugar and sparking inflammation by substituting these easy, semi-traditional and above all healthy variations on old standards. All recipes tested and measured for glycemic index, calories, etc.

  • Carb-Friendly -- and Healthy! -- Thanksgiving Menu and Recipes

    Thanksgiving is traditionally the start of Extreme Eating season in the US.

    Indulge in a healthy way with this rich-tasting sweet potato chiffon pie.
    This period usually lasts until the day after New Year's Day (just to make sure all the holiday leftovers and goodies have been polished off in time for New Year's Resolution Week).

    I call it Extreme Eating season because one of two eating extremes can be observed.

    Extreme Eater #1

    This is the extreme eating style practiced by Aunt Bertha and your loud-mouthed brother-in-law, who resemble a pair of those robot vacuum cleaners gone wild, whirling around out of control.

    They bounce from room to room, sucking up everything in sight as soon as they pull their coats off, even licking the whipped cream off the beater blades the moment Mom ejects them into the sink.

    It doesn't matter that they're both on "special diets" - or that one looks like the Pillsbury Dough Boy and the other, the Michelin Man. Each has diabetes and the cholesterol level of a Paris cheese shop. And your brother-in-law's blood Read More »from Carb-Friendly -- and Healthy! -- Thanksgiving Menu and Recipes
  • Is the Low-Fat Fad Causing the Alzheimer's Disease Epidemic?

    Folks, we are in the midst of a full-fledged epidemic of Alzheimer's disease.

    Don't believe the pundits and apologists who try to play this down by saying that we're seeing more Alzheimer's because our population is aging. This is pure baloney.

    Alzheimer's barely existed before 1960

    Although Alzheimer's is now one of the most common diseases of the elderly, the condition barely existed before 1960.

    "I looked everywhere. I looked on three continents and in every medical library I could find, including the Library of Congress and the British Museum library," said Alzheimer's specialist Murray Waldman, MD, from St. John's Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto, Canada.

    "No matter where I looked, I couldn't find anything that indicated there was very much Alzheimer's prior to the 1960s."

    Epidemiological data collected over a 25-year period shows the incidence of Alzheimer's in the 1960s was 2% in people over the age of 85 years. Today, it's incidence in this population is 50% or Read More »from Is the Low-Fat Fad Causing the Alzheimer's Disease Epidemic?
  • Can Eating Sugar and Starch Give You Alzheimer's Disease?

    Amid all the dire warnings from doctors and health officials about the triple-crisis of obesity, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, the scary statistics about the explosion of Alzheimer's disease in the US seem to be getting lost.

    But it now appears that all four of these serious conditions may have a common cause: our current consumption of sugar, sodas, sweets, and refined carbohydrate foods.

    Is a sweet tooth worth losing your mind over?

    New studies are finding stronger-than-ever links between Alzheimer's and diabetes. (So strong, in fact, that Alzheimer's is now being called "Type 3 Diabetes.")

    Research studies conducted over the last 7 years and recently reported on in The New Scientist and by New York Times' food writer Mark Bittman are now indicating that Alzheimer's could be another form of diet-linked diabetes.

    Alzheimer's is the most feared medical condition among seniors, even more so than cancer. But this news about its connection to insulin and

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  • 5 Reasons to Break Up with Bread

    Thank goodness the word is finally getting around about how much sugar we Americans consume these days (would you believe, 175 pounds per person per year?) - and how terrible it is for our health (obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney disease, Alzheimer's, and more).

    But there's another dietary bad guy flying under the radar that's almost as bad for us: Bread.

    Like most Americans, I was once an enthusiastic bread eater. I loved a crunchy French baguette. I swooned for chewy, dark, whole-grain bread. I'd wrap anything in a warm tortilla. And I was hooked on the morning muffin that accompanied my first latte of the day.

    But no more. I've given up bread and baked goods - and I'm slimmer and better off for it.

    Once I bagged the bread, I noticed a quick improvement in my health. Why? Because bread was damaging my body on a daily basis. Here are just 5 of many good reasons to stop eating this wildly popular food….

    1. Bread spikes

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  • Six Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

    Are you wheezing and sneezing like crazy these days?

    You're not alone. Studies show that allergies are on the rise in developed countries all over the globe.

    Here in the US, more than half of our population (54% to be exact) have nasty reactions to at least one allergy-inducing substance, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). That's a 500% increase since 1980 -- and those numbers continue to shoot up every year.

    What the heck is going on?

    "There have been significant increases in allergies and asthma in recent decades, which obviously cannot be explained by any change in genetics," says Christine Rogers, a research associate in Environmental Science and Engineering at Harvard University.

    So if genetics aren't to blame, what's causing this epidemic of seasonal allergies?

    More pollen, for one thing. A 2005 study found that plants are flowering earlier every year and total pollen production is increasing as a result.

    A more recent Italian study

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  • Should You Have Surgery to Prevent Diabetes?

    It's getting to be more than a little ridiculous, folks.

    Bariatric surgeons are chomping at the bit to cash-in on a procedure that reduces the size of the human stomach as the solution to our current Type 2 diabetes epidemic. First they labeled it as an instant "cure" for Type 2. Now it's being pushed as way to prevent diabetes.

    Here's the "research"…

    In April 2012, two studies reported that bariatric surgery was more effective than the standard drug treatment in obese and overweight diabetics. Now, four months later, another study reports that bariatric surgery can prevent or dramatically delay the onset of Type 2 diabetes in obese people.

    Folks, there's gold in them thar studies! Considering that the average cost of gastric bypass ranges from $18,000 to $35,000 (and these studies have convinced most health insurance providers to pay), surgeons stand to make a small fortune from this new "treatment." After all, nearly 36% of US adults are obese - and more than 11%

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  • 10 Healthy Reasons to Eat Eggs

    Why do researchers love to beat up on eggs? This off-on relationship has been going on for decades, but this newest attack takes the cake.
    Canadian researchers at the University of Western Ontario now claim that eating three or more egg yolks per week is as bad for your arteries as smoking. Seriously? Seriously.
    Last week, the medical journal Atherosclerosis published "Egg Yolk Consumption and Carotid Plaque," a study led by neurologist J. David Spence. In the study, researchers used ultrasound to measure carotid artery plaque levels in more than 1,200 patients. (Arterial plaque is a buildup on the inner walls of arteries and can reduce or block blood flow, leading to heart attack or stroke.) The patients also filled out questionnaires on their lifestyle, medication use, smoking, and egg yolk consumption.

    Are they "eggs-agerating?"

    The researcher reportedly found that plaque accumulation increased exponentially as smoking and egg yolk consumption increased. Dr. Spence concluded: Read More »from 10 Healthy Reasons to Eat Eggs
  • Vitamins Making a Comeback

    Several recent studies provide compelling evidence that certain vitamins can provide long-term protection against chronic illnesses - or even help heal and reverse existing conditions. In recent years, the reputations of some time-tested vitamins have taken hits as doctors and scientists warned against consuming what they erroneously consider "too much of a good thing."

    They opined that some extremely beneficial vitamins - especially C and D - are fine in minimal doses - but that we shouldn't take more until "further studies" confirmed their value.

    But those studies already existed. Lots of them. The medical community has consistently chosen to ignore them.

    Newer studies are being conducted, however, and they confirm the earlier reports of the therapeutic power of vitamins. And while I have no doubt that doctors will continue to ignore them, you certainly shouldn't. For example…

    A new look at vitamin C

    Researchers at Oregon State University analyzed a bevy of

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  • Belly Fat Linked to Alzheimer's Disease

    There's a new reason to get your weight under control.

    And, as far as I'm concerned, it's the most important reason of them all.

    New studies show that bigger bellies create smaller brains. And smaller brains are far more likely to develop memory problems, dementia, Alzheimer's, and other cognitive dysfunction.

    This means that slimming your belly isn't just about slipping into a pair of skinny jeans. It's about saving your brain (and your life) from one of the most devastating, destructive diseases that threatens your very future. Here's the story…

    A surprising study conducted by researchers at the University of California, Davis found that being overweight is linked to dangerous blood flow changes in the brain that actually shrinks its size.

    The bigger the belly, the smaller the brain

    This is just one of a dozen studies recently published in major medical journals that lead to the same conclusion: A big belly creates a smaller brain - and all the terrible

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