New Research: Omega 3’s May Protect Against Osteoathritis

In September, I wrote a post on using an anti-inflammatory diet to improve health and reduce joint pain and stiffness associated with arthritis.  Incorporating omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish, flaxseed, walnuts, etc.) has been known to be a key component of an anti-inflammatory diet for some time, and has been recommended for joint health. […]

Prenatal Vitamins May Help Protect Against Autism

This week, in the New York Times, there was an interesting article about emerging research which suggests that prenatal vitamins could potentially help reduce the risk of Autism.  Over the past decade, the rate of Autism has been on the rise and it is still unclear why this is the case.  There has been speculation […]

Supplements: Helpful or Harmful? Learn to Recognize the Difference

Americans’ spend 10’s of billions of dollars each year on dietary supplements.  Often, supplements are purchased based on exaggerated marketing claims made by the supplement manufacturers.  Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that the supplement industry is not regulated and that manufacturers do not have to prove that there is research to support the claims that […]

Is “Alli” Really Your Foe?

A new report came out today that states that Alli, the only over-the-counter weight loss medication approved by the FDA, may be linked with liver disease.  Although the association has not been proven, there are 27 reported cases of liver damage and 6 cases of liver failure from patients taking this medication and Xenical (the […]

How to Choose a Sports Drink

Sports drinks can help improve performance for athletes who participate in endurance sports lasting > 1 hour.  The primary functions of sports drinks are that they help to hydrate athletes, they provide carbohydrate energy and they replace electrolytes lost in sweat.   But with all of the beverages out there, how do you know which one […]