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All The Blogs -- December 2011

J Morris Hicks

In the quest for "vibrant health," weight-loss is just a bonus

J Morris Hicks | December 29, 2011 | Health

Read More: home A1C test for diabetes, home cholesterol test

  We have begun conducting "4Leaf Challenges" for clients such as businesses, clubs or churches. The challenge consists of a group of ten or more participants who agree to eat at the 4Leaf level (over 80% of their daily calories...

Sarah Taylor

The UNITED NATIONS Advocates a Vegan Diet!

Sarah Taylor | December 29, 2011 | Health, International

Read More: UN, United Nations, unsustainable, Vegan

While the US leads the world in many things, we seem to be sadly behind in the area of food.  Huge corporate interests lobby hard to keep the public from seeing just how gruesome the slaughterhouses are (if you knew,...

Walter Jacobson, M.D.

Why Should I Forgive? The Origin of a New Year's Resolution

Walter Jacobson, M.D. | December 28, 2011 | Lifestyle

Read More: acceptance, Bible, forgiveness, God, love, New Year's Resolution, religion, spirituality, success

I’ve been asked why I’m passionate about teaching forgiveness. It’s because all religious, spiritual and metaphysical roads I’ve traveled have led me here, to this one Truth borrowed from A Course In Miracles: I forgive others for my own peace...

John Davis

The Year of the Veg

John Davis | December 27, 2011 | International

2011 was the Year of the Rabbit in the Chinese calendar - but for IVU it was the year of the first ever veg congress in China. A brief look back at some international veg events of the year: The...

Michael Greger MD

Aortic aneurysm prevention: Jeff Green and his aorta

Michael Greger MD | December 27, 2011 | Health

Read More: abdominal aortic aneurysm, aneurysm, aorta, Boston Celtics, cardiovascular disease, diet, fruits, Jeff Green, meat, Mt. Sinai, plant-based diet, prevention, risk, screening, smoking, symptoms, treatment, vegetables

Last week the Boston Celtics announced that forward Jeff Green will miss the 2012 season due to an abdominal aortic aneurysm, set to be operated on next month. Jeff is lucky. An estimated million other Americans have aortic aneurysms, but...

Dr. Will Tuttle

The Five Universal Taboos

Dr. Will Tuttle | December 25, 2011

Read More: vegan

Built-in Fairness Meters The more biologists and psychologists delve into understanding innate behavioral drives, the more they find that we humans seem to be hard-wired to be highly sensitive to fairness in social interactions. Interestingly, this universal taboo against unfairness...

Michael Greger MD

Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (Week 14)

Michael Greger MD | December 25, 2011 | Health

Read More: amia, cancer, garlic, gooseberries, kale, nutrients, onions, vitamin B12, vitamin C, vitamin D

This is another sampling of the more than 750 comments and questions I’ve responded to on NutritionFacts.org (so far!). Please feel free to leave any follow-up questions here or on any of the hundreds of videos on the more than a thousand topics covered on NutritionFacts.org....

J Morris Hicks

Happiness = Healthy Body + Healthy Mind

J Morris Hicks | December 23, 2011 | Health

Read More: aristotle, happiness, healthy body healthy mind

And this post is all about the "mind" part of the equation. While visiting in Florida last week, my girlfriend Ruth shared a book with me that I read while I was there: What Happy People Know, How the new...

Michael Greger MD

Generic Lipitor is not the answer to our heart disease epidemic

Michael Greger MD | December 23, 2011 | Health

Read More: American Journal of Cardiology, cancer, cholesterol, cigarettes, diabetes, dietary cholesterol, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. William Clifford Roberts, eggs, fast food, Happy Meal, heart attack, heart disease, LDL, Lipitor, meat, muscle damage, obesity, plant-based diet, polypill, poultry, saturated fat, statins, trans fat

The cholesterol-lowering drug Lipitor (atorvastatin) is the best-selling drug on the planet. Nearly a million Americans filled their prescriptions the first week after it went generic this month. Over the past 25 years, this one drug raked in $100 billion...

Sarah Taylor

Heroin and Chocolate

Sarah Taylor | December 22, 2011 | Health

Read More: Addiction, Food Addiction, Health, Vegan

We are often told that “all things are okay in moderation.”  A little bit of chocolate, a couple of glasses of wine, a small piece of cake… As long as we eat and drink in moderation, all is well.  But...

John Davis

Lewis Gompertz - Jewish 'vegan' and co-founder of the RSPCA in 1824

John Davis | December 20, 2011 | International

Lewis Gompertz (1783/4–1861) appears on the scene in 1824, at the age of 40, as the author of a significant book promoting an early prototype of what we now call animal rights and veganism; and in the same year he...

Michael Greger MD

Latest in Nutrition vol. 7 DVD now available (proceeds to charity)

Michael Greger MD | December 19, 2011 | Health

Read More: diabetes, disease, doctor, emphysema, heart disease, hospital, Jesse and Julie Rasch Foundation, medical school, medicine, NutritionFacts.org, public health, science

The current batch of videos from volume 6 are set to run out before Christmas, and so starting December 26, and running through March here on NutritionFacts.org, I'll be rolling out the videos off my new Latest in Nutrition DVD, volume 7....

Janice Stanger, PhD

The Perfect Formula Diet Top 10 List of Plant-Based Happenings in 2011

Janice Stanger, PhD | December 18, 2011 | Health

Read More: EarthSave, Forks Over Knives, green smoothies, kale, Meals for Health, Sea Shepherd, Top 10 list, whole foods plant-based diet

Actually Eleven of the Top Good, Bad, and So-What Legacies of 2011 As 2011 speeds to its end, it’s time to reflect on the top events, organizations, trends, and people that will have a lasting impact on American food...

Michael Greger MD

Ask the Doctor: Q&A with Michael Greger, M.D. (Week 13)

Michael Greger MD | December 18, 2011 | Health

Read More: AMD, baking soda, beans, fructose, fruit, gas, genetic engineering, GMO, lentils, neti pot, nosewashing, raffinose, vinegar

This is another sampling of the more than 750 comments and questions I’ve responded to on NutritionFacts.org (so far!). Please feel free to leave any follow-up questions here or on any of the hundreds of videos on the more than a thousand topics covered on NutritionFacts.org....

Jess Parsons

Christmas wrapup - frugal and ecofriendly

Jess Parsons | December 17, 2011 | Green

Read More: environment, frugal, holiday, kids, money, waste

My three (almost four) year old daughter loves to paint.  She brings her paintings home for me and tells me all about them. You get the picture.  She can draw people and things, but she's still a creative abstract...

J Morris Hicks

Off his meds for Christmas...a heartwarming story from Florida

J Morris Hicks | December 17, 2011 | Health

Read More: reversing heart disease with diet

Living proof that chronic heart disease can be reversed in weeks Earlier this week, I received a note from a reader who wanted to share the wonderful disease-reversing experience of her 56-year-old husband, Mark. She planted the seeds of...

Benjamin Eksouzian

Cooking Healthy Food Takes WayToo Much Time, Right?

Benjamin Eksouzian | December 16, 2011 | Food, Health, Lifestyle

Read More: healthy cooking, time suck, vegan

                        Why is this guy smiling? He just found out he's lost 70 pounds since adopting a healthy vegan diet in March of this year!   One of...

Sarah Taylor

Why I'm So Mad ...

Sarah Taylor | December 15, 2011 | Green

Read More: Environment, plastic, Sarah Taylor, vegan

I’m really, really mad. Most people can tell you how many days Kim Kardashian was married, yet hardly anyone I ask has heard about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.  Google it.  It will freak you out. In the middle of...

Michael Greger MD

Vitamin D: Shedding some light on the new recommendations

Michael Greger MD | December 15, 2011 | Health

Read More: American Endocrine Society, bone health, Institute of Medicine, vitamin D

Earlier this year, the U.S. Institute of Medicine upped their official vitamin D recommendation for most adults from 200 to 600 IU a day. Where did they get the original number, why did they triple it, and why are there...

Janice Stanger, PhD

Ten Ways Mint Helps You Thrive

Janice Stanger, PhD | December 14, 2011 | Food

Read More: candy canes, mint, whole foods plant-based diet

Enjoy the Refreshing Herb Mint During the Holidays – And Year Round You may think of mint as a common herb that you casually use for its flavor and aroma. Minty candy canes symbolize the winter holiday season. Iced mint...