August 7, 2011 by  
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July 20, 2011 by  
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Vitamin C 101 (Health Guru Tip)

May 29, 2011 by  
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You’ve certainly heard of Vitamin C, but do you know why you need so much of it? VITAMIN C CURES CANCER? – news.healthguru.com

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Whole Grains May Reduce Hypertension in Men ~ Nutrition & Health Tip

May 29, 2011 by  
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Visit savantmd.com formore health tips and videos or follow us on http Here’s another good reason to eat breakfast and to include a whole grain cereal. A preliminary report of a study presented at an American Heart Association’s meeting suggested that eating a whole grain cereal at least twice a week resulted in an 11% reduction in risk for hypertension in men. Eating cereal everyday had a 19% reduction. These results came from a review of the data from the long-running Physicians Health study that had over 13000 participants. As you know, having hypertension increases a person’s risk for heart attack, stroke, and kidney disease. The researchers could only give the results for men since there was not enough data for women, although previous studies have shown that whole grains also benefit a woman’s heart health. A key point to remember is that the cereals were whole grains and not refined grains. Make sure you keep that in mind when choosing your next breakfast cereal. Dr. Mark Savant is a General Internist. He has been in practice for over 12 years. received his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin www.savantmd.com www.savantmd.com This video was produced by SavantMD Inc. © Copyright 2009 -2013 SavantMD Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Holistic Health Tips

March 22, 2011 by  
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Natural Approaches to Eating Healing and Living

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What you drink affects what you eat

June 17, 2010 by  
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There is nothing like alcohol to ruin one’s diet. Alcohol is rich in calories. But that is not all. Aside from loading you up on calories, alcohol actually puts you off the healthy stuff like fruit and cereals. This is according to a study by researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), National Cancer Institute (NCI), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

According to NIAAA Acting Director Dr. Kenneth R. Warren:

“Heavy drinking and dietary factors have independently been associated with cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, and other chronic health problems. This finding raises questions about whether the combination of alcohol misuse and poor diet might interact to further increase health risks.”

The researchers study looked at more than 15,000 American adults who are participants of the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). The drinking and dietary habits of the participants were analyzed, in particular alcohol consumption and how close do these people’s diets conform to the 2005 U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Theirs results showed that people who consume more alcohol are also more likely to eat more fatty and sugary foods and less likely to eat fruit.

According to lead author Dr. Rosalind A. Breslow, an epidemiologist in NIAAA’s Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research:

“We found that as alcoholic beverage consumption increased, Healthy Eating Index scores decreased, an indication of poorer food choices. It’s important to note that our study did not determine the cause of these associations.”

This is not the first study to indicate that the worst drinkers have the unhealthiest diets. However, the current study went into detail about finding out what specific aspects of the diet are affected by alcohol consumption as well as gender differences. In both men and women, consumption of fruit is reduced and calorie-rich food consumption is increased with increasing alcohol intake. However, men are even worse than women in that aside from fruit, they also tend to forgo the milk and the whole grain food stuffs.

The health hazards of excessive alcohol consumption are quite well-documented: important body organs such as the liver, the heart, and the kidneys are affected. Excessive alcohol consumption is also linked to increased risk for certain cancers.

“The 2005 U.S. Dietary Guidelines define moderate drinking as no more than one drink on any day for women and no more than two drinks on any day for men. It is important for people to consume nutrient-dense foods, like whole fruits and whole grains, that provide substantial amounts of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, and relatively few calories, while limiting the consumption of alcohol, unhealthy fats, and added sugars, which provide calories but few essential nutrients.”

5 servings of fruit & veggies each day: is this possible?

May 27, 2010 by  
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Health and nutrition experts believe that obesity can be prevented through proper diet and exercise. And 4 to 5 servings of fruit and vegetables each day is what we are supposed to eat. But hey, can we really consume that many servings each day? And even if we manage to do it, how do we pass on this practice on our little children?

I remember when growing up that I hated vegetables. My mom was a fish-and-vegetable person and we resented that we didn’t get meat as often as we wanted. Looking back now, my aversion to vegetables then was due to how they prepared (boiled!) and presented (eat it or else!). But to be fair, there were not that many resources to help moms 30 years ago. Growing up in a tropical country, it was a common belief that veggies (there weren’t that many available then) could not be eaten raw or half cooked or else you’ll get ill. Times have changed and luckily, we have more resources on our hands now, from fridges and freezers to a wide range of fresh produce at the supermarket. In other words, we have room for creativity in preparing and presenting nutritious food. I want to share here with you some tips.

Serving # 1: Breakfast

Cereals (low sugar, low fat) with topped with sliced soft fruit such as banana, kiwi, or oranges. My kids love watching me slicing bananas or kiwis over their bowl of cereal. “Thin slices, please!” And they’d count how many slices a banana can have. The record so far is 46 slices.


Crepe or pancakes topped with fruit such as strawberries or raspberries. But only on weekends when there is no need to rush.


Cereal or pancakes with apple sauce. Choose the sugar-free kind of apple sauce or make your own.

You can add raisins, prunes, fresh nuts, and pumpkin seeds.


Serving #2: Morning snack

Sliced apples, pears, cucumbers, or carrots. For their snack box, it’s slices of firm fruit or vegetables. It’s usually apples although firm, crunchy pears are also great. To top it up, I insert a small cheese sandwich or a granola (preferably whole grain) bar.

Serving #3: Lunch

Stirred fried veggies plus rice. Veggies would include carrots, broccoli, bell peppers, zuchini, beans or peas. Another variation would be fried rice with veggies with a dash of soya or oyster sauce. A small amount of cube ham or bacon pieces can make it more appealing.


Baked vegetables. This could be broccoli, zucchini, tomatoes and potatoes topped with cheese. Another variation is baked veggies with macaroni and ground beef.


Pasta with spinach cream sauce. My kids love this, with macaroni or penne and fresh or frozen spinach. You can add small pieces of smoked salmon and cheese on top.

Serving #4: Afternoon snack

Sliced fruit/fruit salad. If good mangoes are available, I invest in this expensive as my kids love it. I also buy seasonal like melons, pineapples, strawberries, and cherries. If you use canned fruit, choose the sugar-free kind.


Cake with fruit and nuts. I like to bake apple cake, banana bread, carrot cake and other fruity cakes on weekends or when the kids have company.


Apple sauce or fruity yoghurt and whole grain cookies. My kids love apple sauce and yoghurt and I try to buy the ones with low sugar and low fat.

Serving #5: Evening supper

True to the tradition of many European countries, only 1 warm meal is eaten in our family each day. Evening supper would consist of dark bread, cold cuts, and cheese. To go with it:

Mixed salad. Lettuce, tomatoes, and other fresh veggies with Italian dressing (olive oil and vinegar) topped with nuts and seeds (pumpkin, sunflower)


Veggie cuts with dip. I use low-fat yogurt or vinegar for a dip although the kids would eat the cuts without dip.


Vegetable soup. I sometime prepare vegetable soup during the cold months. This could be pumpkin, broccoli, zuchini, or pea soup, with a sprinkle of cheese and crouton on top.

Let me tell you that I am not a good cook and I don’t like spending so much time in the kitchen. Yet I manage to give myself and my kids the needed nutrition each day. 4 to 5 servings seem much but if you sit down and really think about it, it’s doable. 2 to 3 servings are not ideal but would also do, with focus on fresh produce. But how much is a serving? The CDC has a nifty tool to calculate your needs according to your age, gender, and physical activity.

It’s not easy but the important thing is to try. And in case of kids, you should start them young. I did, and I’m happy to say I am reaping the benefits now.

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Fighting prostate cancer with power food

September 23, 2009 by  
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beansSeptember is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and this week, September 21 to 27 is the Prostate Cancer Awareness Week.

Prostate cancer is a big big thing nowadays. Just look at the statistics as to the number of men diagnosed with prostate cancer (overdiagnosed?). Just look at the number studies focused on this type of cancer.

That’s why scientists at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center give us a list of power fruits and vegetables to help prevent and fight prostate cancer.


Beans come in all shapes, sizes. They also come in different colors – black, white, red or green. Beans are rich in proteins, fiber, and flavonols which are also antioxidants, and are said to have anti-cancer properties.


Brobroccoli_vegetablesccoli is a well-known cancer-fighting vegetable. Together with its cruciferous relatives Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower, it is a rich source of vitamins A and C, fiber, calcium and folate. However, the phytochemicals which give broccoli its strong anti-cancer properties are sulforaphane and glucosinate.


As a traditional remedy, garlic is on top of the list. It is good for the heart and the immune system. Aside antibacterial properties, it is also able to repair DNA. It has been shown to be effective against colorectal cancer as well as prostate cancer.

Green tea

Tea, especially green tea is a potent weapon against cancer and cardiovascular disorder. Green tea has more antioxidants than black tea, wine or dark chocolate. A recent study showed that daily consumption of green tea decreased the levels of prostate cancer biomarkers in patients scheduled for radical prostatectomy.


Soy or soya is a rich source of isoflavones, which are plant phytochemicals. Isoflavones contain estrogens and can serve as hormone therapy to lower levels of testosterone. Soy is also supposed to be good for the heart andgarlic the vascular system and has been a popular alternative to meat and dairy protein sources. Caveat: the health benefits of soy have been a subject of controversy lately. I will write more about the pros and cons of soy in another post.

Sweet potatoes

They are not only sweet, they are also healthy. Sweet potatoes are rich in B-carotene (hence the yellow color) and vitamin A. Just the kind of food you’d want to add to your armory of anti-cancer agents. According to the American Cancer Society, one medium-sized sweet potato is enough to provide the recommended daily allowance of vitamin A. Recently, researchers developed a purple type of sweet potato which contains anthocyanin, another antioxidant compound.


Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, a natural phytochemical with power antioxidant properties. According to the American Association for Cancer Research, lycopene helps to fight cell damage that may lead to prostate cancer. Tomatoes are also special because they do not lose their nutrients and antioxidants even with processing and cooking. Thus, it is not only fresh tomatoes but tomato sauce and tomato soup that can help fight cancer.


watermelon_slicesWatermelons are always thought be mostly water. However, it owes its red coloring to lycopene, the same cancer-fighting phytochemical found in tomato, and also in other red or pink-colored fruoits like guava and grapefruit. In addition, watermelon is also rich in vitamin C and beta-carotene.


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Fruit and veggies and cancer prevention

November 20, 2008 by  
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Bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics. And tumor cells develop resistance to chemotherapeutic drugs. This resistance to chemotherapy is the leading cause of death in cancer patients.

There’s some good news though. Researchers at the University of California at Riverside may just have found the way to beat chemotherapy resistance in a very simple way – by sticking to a healthy diet!

The researchers report that intake of apigenin, a naturally occurring substance found in fruit and vegetables makes cancer cells more susceptible to chemotherapy.

Here is how apigenin works:

Normally, cells have low levels of p53 diffused in their cytoplasm and nucleus. When DNA in the nucleus is damaged, p53 moves to the nucleus where it activates genes that stop cell growth and cause cell death. In this way, p53 ensures that cells with damaged DNA are killed. In many cancers, p53 is rendered inactive by a process called cytoplasmic sequestration. Apigenin is able to activate p53 and transport it into the nucleus, resulting in a stop to cell growth and cell death.

Apigenin occurs naturally in your common fruit and vegetables, such as:

  • Apples
  • Cherries
  • Grapes
  • Parsley
  • Artichoke
  • Basil
  • Celery

It is also found in nuts and plant-derived drinks such as fruit juices and wine.

However, you may ask, what can a cancer patient do when the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy unable him/her to take in healthy solid food?

This time it is researchers at the University of California at Davis which give the answer. If can drink your fruit in the form of fruit juices, why not drink your vegetables? The study indicates that “drinking your vegetables may be a solution to bridging the vegetable gap.”

This recommendation is not only for patients but for everybody who wants to stay healthy. According to the American Dietitic Association, 7 out of 10 adults do not meet the daily recommended vegetable intake as recommended by the U.S. Dietary Guidelines.

Does drinking vegetables help?  Well, the study suggests it does. The most common barriers to vegetable intake are:

  • Convenience – buying, peeling, slicing vegetables are not so convenient for people constantly on the move. That’s why people tend to opt for vitamin supplement pills whose health benefits are controversial.
  • Portability – now, who would carry a cucumber or carrot in his/her laptop bag? And what about shelflife?
  • Taste – Not all vegetables are palatable to everybody. Ask any mom with littke kids.

The researchers believe that drinkable vegetables might overcome these barriers. “Changing dietary behavior is much more effective when dietary advice is complemented with tangible, real, easy and convenient solutions.

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Forbidden Fruit?

July 17, 2008 by  
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Nothing is forbidden to a diabetic. The mantra continues to be all about wise choices.

A recent question and answer in the L.A. Times discusses whether diabetics can eat fruit.

Dr. Adrienne Youdim, medical director of the Cedars-Sinai Center for Weight Loss, disses the idea that diabetics should avoid fruit, instead encouraging it as being part of a healthy daily meal plan, but with the awareness that some fruits have a higher glycemic index.

Ann Albright, president of healthcare and education for the Alexandria, Va.,-based American Diabetes Association further discusses fruit. “A diabetic’s response to eating fruit and other carb-rich foods will vary depending on time of day, current glucose levels, what else is or was being eaten, how the food was prepared and any medications being taken.”

She further states, “Be a bit more careful about non-fresh fruits, such as ones that are dried and canned in syrup — both have higher sugar contents. Unsweetened fruit juice is fine, but again, keep portion size in mind. Juice is not verboten, but don’t think that drinking a 32-ounce glass is OK because it’s healthy. The carb content is not that far off from a soda.”

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THE HART-SERIES: January 21, 2008

January 24, 2008 by  
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Day Twenty, trying to lose weight … (Monday)

It’s Pasta Salad Week!

Last night, While pigging out on mini donuts .. I made a new batch of HART’s FAMOUS PASTA SALAD .. counting as 3 points per cup. Hopefully it should last me the week!


Today I had:

Coffee – 1 poiint
Breakfast Pasta Salad – 4 points
Thinsations Oreo cookies – 2 points
(all day) Mini Donuts – balance from yesterday – 24 points
Lunch Pasta Salad – 6 points
Dinner – 4 Weight Watchers Toasted w/100g turkey sandwiches – 4 points
Dinner Pasta Salad – 6 points
4012 Orange – 1 point

Picture of my dinner


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