Saturday, May 22, 2010

Topics for Dr. Will's Radio Program Today!!

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Bariatric Surgery: Where do you draw the line?

Your 2 cents -- when (if ever) do you think this is a good idea? Call me to comment: 412-333-1360.


Crappy bacteria: Where to shop if you want a good e.Coli salad

Your 2 cents -- are you any BETTER off with locally grown veggies? Call me to comment: 412-333-1360.


The Gulf of Texaco: A real oil slicker

Your 2 cents -- who is accountable? Call me to comment: 412-333-1360.


The bad boys of the meat counter: What to fear and why

Your 2 cents -- but isn't bacon the candy bar of meats? Call me to comment: 412-333-1360.


Soap in your Supplements: Just when you thought life couldn’t get weirder

Your 2 cents -- the FDA said it's okay ... do you believe them?? Call me to comment: 412-333-1360.


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Friday, May 21, 2010

Conviviality Now!

Conner Middelmann WhitneyThis is an article by a wonderful woman, Conner Middelmann Whitney. She explores, quite thoroughly, the notion of conviviality as a HUGE missing piece to our new eating patterns.

It's also assumed in the Mediterranean traditions. Please read this and Bon Appetit!!

Conviviality Now! | Psychology Today

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How to lower cholesterol WITHOUT killing your liver


(Reuters) - People using cholesterol-lowering statins -- like Lipitor -- have a higher risks of liver dysfunction, kidney failure, muscle weakness and cataracts and such side effects of the drug should be closely tracked, doctors said on Friday.

Great.

But I want you to take a look at OUR data from a group at Vail Valley Medical Center. We ran the docs, nurses, and staff through the Mediterranean diet and got this level of cholesterol reduction -- without drugs, without giving them cataracts, without causing even ONE kidney failure or liver dysfunction.

A 13.3 point reduction in cholesterol, over 8 weeks. We did this by teaching people how to eat REAL food, and how to eat it using the behavioral habits of healthy eating. That's it.

Look, drugs are easy because they come in a pill and are pushed by a multi-billion dollar industry. But if you want to do the same thing, without the nasty side effects, change your behaviors.

These data show that our program does just that.

Antibiotic Overload

Too much is too much. And you and I should take an active role in making sure our doctors aren't over-prescribing antibiotics -- because WE lose in the long term!!

If you want to create, on purpose, bacteria that can't be killed by our anti-biotics, a great way to do that is to throw our antibiotics at everything. Natural selection will do what it does, and you'll have a huge problem on your hands. Congrats.

In fact, patients whose doctors over-prescribe antibiotics can develop drug resistance that lasts up to a year, putting them and the population at risk when more serious treatment is needed, scientists said this Wednesday.

"But the more we prescribe, the more the bacteria become resistant. And really the only way of turning that vicious cycle into a virtuous circle is to only prescribe when it is absolutely necessary in the first place."


Experts say the annual cost in the US of treating infections from drug-resistant bacteria is more than $1.87 billion -- more than the yearly cost of treating flu.


| Reuters

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

How to Get Your Children to Play Outdoors

I remember my mom ... "Go outside, you're driving me crazy!!" Then, we'd bolt for the door, and go hang with our friends, in the woods, in the yard, in the little swatch of woods in the back.

"Playing Outside" is an indicator of how our Culture of Health is not helping us. Kids are, less and less, playing outside. Plus, if you tell your kids to go out on a beautiful day, that turns out to just be a code for, "Go play video games and eat nastiness at your friends' house."

I think that, in addition to parents looking at school districts when deciding where to buy a home, they ask about the number of kids who play outside. If you have THAT neighborhood, you'll have a better chance of having a more active child.

How to Get Your Children to Play Outdoors

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Toxic Fruit & Veggies: "100% more risk"

Put something toxic on fruits and veggies ... what did you THINK was going to happen.

Researchers looked at our children to see if eating pesticides for breakfast, lunch, and dinner made those same kids more likely to develop cognitive disorders like ADHD.

For me and you, it's a no-brainer. Of course they'll find this and -- lo and behold -- the more organophosphate pesticide you eat, the more likely you are to have trouble thinking. It affects your cognitive ability!

Nice.

Organophosphates are "designed" to have toxic effects on the nervous system, says the lead author of the study, Maryse Bouchard. "That's how they kill pests." But our kids are not pests (most of the time), and they certainly don't need to be eating pesticides.

Compared with kids who had consumed the lowest levels, the kids whose levels were 10 times higher were 55 percent more likely to have ADHD. In addition, children with higher-than-average levels were nearly twice as likely to have ADHD.

"It's not a small effect," says Bouchard. "This is 100 percent more risk."

Get this: In a representative sample of produce tested by the USDA, 28% of frozen blueberries, 20% of celery, and 25% of strawberries contained one type of organophosphate. Other types of organophosphates were found in 27% of green beans, 17% of peaches, and 8% of broccoli.

What's the solution?
You don't have to resort to pesticide-free Ho Hos, PopTarts, or Jolly Ranchers for dinner. One solution is to eat those veggies organically. Another is to Buy Local.

"Organic fruits and vegetables contain much less pesticides, so I would certainly advise getting those for children," according to Dr. Bouchard. "National surveys have also shown that fruits and vegetables from farmers' markets contain less pesticides even if they're not organic. If you can buy local and from farmers' markets, that's a good way to go."

Study: ADHD linked to pesticide exposure - CNN.com:

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Bad Boys of the Meat Counter

It's not meat, per se, that makes meat bad for you ... it's the crap they put in them to extend the shelf life.

Beef ... fine. Pork ... fine. Lamb ... fine. But you might want to think about cutting down on your Slim Jim fetish.

"Processed meats such as bacon, salami, sausages, hot dogs and processed deli meats may be the most important to avoid," said the lead author of a new study. They found that, on average, one to two slices of deli meats or one hot dog per day was associated with a 42 percent higher risk of heart disease and a 19 percent higher risk of developing diabetes.

The meat industry said ... I'll let you guess what they said ... something on the order of

"oh, this isn't really true; and oh you shouldn't stop buying and eating our crap just because it is associated with heart attacks; and in the mean-time, why don't you just relax with one of our new bacon wrapped salami dog pressed wonder meat stick food products!!"

Or something similar.

Reuters: Study suggests processed meat a real health risk


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Monday, May 17, 2010

In the Womb or in the Home?

Here's the headline: If mom develops diabetes while she's pregnant, the kids are more likely to be overweight by the time they're 11 years old.

They're suggesting that there's a link between the womb, and childhood obesity 11 years later.

Really?

It's hard to know what to make of this headline: Does that mean that the mom is causing Johnny to be fat ... 11 years later? I don't think so.

It more likely means that, on average, if mom develops diabetes she probably has the eating habits and behaviors that produce that condition.

Right? That's a no brainer.

But if she has that tendency, she'll still have it after she's delivered the baby. The fact that the child tends, statistically, to get overweight and obese like the parent, says less about the womb than the home -- less about biochemistry than psychology.

Our kids watch us, learn from us, model their behavior after ours. That's why it's so important to eat well, be active, blah blah, blah.

Combating childhood obesity may start in the womb
| Reuters


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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sun Day

It was supposed to be cloudy and gross today, but it's sunny and
beautiful, and there us something restorative about warming yourself
on the blanket of warmth of the sun. Especially the PA sun that is not
so stinging hot as you find in other places.

Got to say. It's a brilliant day.

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