The (Surprising) Connection between Seasonal Allergies and Food Allergies

The (Surprising) Connection between Seasonal Allergies and Food Allergies

Many people suffer from seasonal allergies and experience a myriad of symptoms from sniffles to a stuffy head and headache. However, what they don’t know is that often times, they have these symptoms as a result of other, less widely known reactions to many foods, which can create a never-ending cycle of misery in the spring and autumn that can stretch to encompass the entire year. (more…)

The Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Neurotransmitter (Dys)Function

The Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Neurotransmitter (Dys)Function

Aspartame is a widely used artificial sweetener. Since its discovery in 1965, it has been used in thousands of food products as a non-caloric sweetener. Aspartame is about 200 times sweeter than sucrose (table sugar). However, aspartame is not the only artificial sweetener found in foods; others include saccharin, neotame, acesulfame potassium, and sucralose. More than 6000 new products that contain artificial sweeteners were launched in the United States between 1999 and 2004, including soft drinks, baby food, Pedialyte, frozen foods, chewing gum and many (many) foods aimed at weight loss and blood sugar management (see other posts on the effects of artificial sweeteners and blood sugar and weight gain). (more…)

Cardiovascular Disease Risk: What Cholesterol Does and Does NOT Tell You

Cardiovascular Disease Risk: What Cholesterol Does and Does NOT Tell You

Cardiovascular disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the United States. In fact, more than 1 person dies every 38 seconds in the US from cardiovascular disease (CVD). The conventional approach to assessing and treating CVD is to measure and treat high cholesterol. However, research has shown that while cholesterol certainly plays a role in CVD, it likely does not cause it. So what is this approach missing? (more…)

Decreasing Cholesterol Does NOT Reduce Your Risk of Dying from a Heart Attack

Decreasing Cholesterol Does NOT Reduce Your Risk of Dying from a Heart Attack

You may want to read that title again just to make sure you read it correctly. Clearly, you shouldn’t take my word for this; I know I couldn’t believe it when it first hit me. However, the growing mountain of data shows that statin medications and lowering cholesterol does not reduce a person’s risk of dying from a cardiovascular event but is associated with a whole host of side effects. (more…)