Evolving Health

Monthly Archives: January 2011

Gallstones are estimated to affect 1 in 10 people in North America. Those who are obese have a higher likelihood of developing gallstones. Most at risk of gallstones as a result of obesity are Native Americans, the elderly, and Caucasian women in their forties who haven’t yet reached menopause. Gallstones are so named because they develop in the gallbladder, a small organ that stores and releases the bile made by the liver…. Read More

New research has once again confirmed after systematically analyzing 17 studies that there is simply no evidence to substantiate claims of a link between dairy and higher risk of cardiovascular disease or death. The evidence, in fact, shows just the opposite—drinking milk slightly reduces the risk of coronary heart disease (1). In addition, multiple studies show that milk and dairy proteins (whey and casein) may actually protect the heart by helping to… Read More

Elderly men and women who supplement Mediterranean-style meals with coenzyme Q10 (coQ10) enjoy greater antioxidant protection and could slow aging, a Spanish study finds (1). In a randomized crossover trial, University of Cordoba researchers assigned 20 healthy adults (ages 65 and older) to one of the three dietary protocols for the duration of four weeks: a traditional Western-style diet rich in saturated fats, a Mediterranean-style diet rich in olive oil, or a… Read More

You’ve probably noticed sugar alcohols before in chewing gum, candies, baked goods, ice cream and diet drinks. These products are also often labeled “sugar free”, “low in calories”, “diabetic-friendly”, and even “tooth-friendly”. Suspicious? We don’t blame you—when you see the words sugar and alcohol together, there’s plenty of reason to start asking questions. However, upon learning a little about these ingredients you’ll find they have unique benefits. Sugar alcohol sounds worse than… Read More

For some fun, I’ve decided to take pics of some foods I eat and write a bit about them. For example, these Brussels sprouts in olive oil. I made a bunch of them for my family and me. They all declined, even my grandma. So I ended up eating them for dinner and for breakfast! But seriously, they’re not only delicious (an acquired taste, I guess), but they’re also packed with fiber,… Read More

People who are overweight or obese are more likely to have lower circulating levels of vitamin D and may have trouble with conversion to its hormonally active form, a Norwegian study suggests. These findings, published in the Journal of Nutrition, may partially explain why carrying extra pounds raises risk of several poor health outcomes linked to low vitamin D. The hormonally active form is critical for maintaining cell health, strong bones, a… Read More

I am deeply shocked and saddened as I know many of you are by the news of the senseless shooting that happened in Tucson. As a resident of Chandler, Ariz., I also found that the incident hit a little too close to home; so, admittedly, I was quick (as many others were) to turn to news reports that offered possible reasons for the heinous act — politics of the day often pointed… Read More