If you follow me on Facebook (you really should, I post lots of interesting things there) you'll know that I post a lot of articles that tout the connection between a healthy gut microbiome and our health. Often, there's an explanation of how we came to have the particular microbial makeup that we do. Whether … Continue reading The care and feeding of your microbiome – a quick guide
A few years ago, I had a truly dreadful battle with some kind of gastrointestinal virus. It attacked me suddenly and within a few hours I found myself puking up blood into a garbage can at the triage desk of my local emergency room. It provided rather dramatic evidence that something was very wrong. I received some … Continue reading On quitting a club I never wanted to join; and is it better when a nurse feels sorry for you, or not?
Everybody knows that lung cancer patients with cirrhosis of the liver rank lower on the disease hierarchy scale than little kids with genetic illnesses like cystic fibrosis. There's an unspoken rule that the more self-inflicted your sickness is, the less sympathy you get from society at large. You've got the flu? Poor you. The clap? … Continue reading The double edged sword of being able to reverse chronic disease with diet
Many years ago, before the Food Network was really a thing, I used to watch a program on television called Two Fat Ladies. Every episode they would prepare a lavish meal for a group of nuns or gamekeepers or the officer's mess. Each dish was more decadent than the next and involved multiple kinds of … Continue reading Give yourself the gift of loving whole plant foods.
A year ago today, I jumped into the whole food, plant-based (wfpb) lifestyle. I'm excited about this anniversary because it was literally a life-changing event for me. I've written before about how I completely reversed my debilitating angina and lost weight, but I thought I'd show my progress over the last year by the numbers. … Continue reading Happy Plantiversary to me!
Pity the nutrition scientist. Everyone lies when they tell them what they ate. Even registered dieticians can't accurately recount what they ate for a week. People are just terrible at it.¹ So when scientists try to compare the effects of various dietary patterns to health outcomes they often get a foggy picture. Sometimes scientists don't just … Continue reading How you can donate your body to science, right now
Maybe you’ve read some of the great success stories of people who have turned their health around by eating a whole food, plant-based (wfpb) diet. Maybe you even feel like you might try it if you are ever diagnosed with heart disease or diabetes, but for now it seems far too austere. http://www.forksoverknives.com/category/success-stories/ I’m afraid I … Continue reading Why the best time to eat plant-based is now, especially if you feel fine.
When I switched to a plant-based diet, I was interested in curing my debilitating microvascular angina. The diet worked exceptionally well for that and within 4 weeks my angina was completely gone. I was thrilled to be back to my old self, but I was surprised to find that I seem to have gone back to a … Continue reading 3 ways eating whole plant foods will make you feel younger
Have you ever had a conversation about whole food plant-based eating and the health benefits with someone who has a serious chronic health issue? By which I mean anyone in middle age or older, pretty much. DIY Plant-Based Cardiology for Women They’ll usually start off with something like “Well, it’s obviously easy for you, but … Continue reading Well, I don’t eat that much meat anyway, and other conversation enders
Disclaimer: Please do not construe anything I say here to mean that you should not seek timely medical care from an appropriate medical professional. And especially do not attempt cardiac surgery on yourself. Heart disease is the main killer of women and more women than men die of it Some sobering facts about women and heart … Continue reading DIY Plant-Based Cardiology for Women