Modern fruits and vegetables descended from wild plants identified by our ancestors as edible. The fruits and vegetables most commonly consumed today ― potatoes, sweet corn, head and Romaine lettuces, onions, apples, bananas, and tomatoes ― have little resemblance in appearance, taste, and nutritional value to the wild plants that grew, and continue to grow in some cases, all over the globe.
More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) which ranks as the sixth leading cause of death in the US.1 Research into the prevention of AD ranges from diet and exercise, to dietary supplements, the microbiome, cognitive training, hypertension control, and the most recent and novel approach, utilizing body composition analysis to reverse or prevent brain changes. No cause has been identified to date.
We spend a third of our life in bed, but unfortunately, that does not always mean restful or sufficient sleep. Sleep deficiency is a major factor in health status. Lack of sleep has been linked to increased obesity due to lower leptin levels which control the appetite, it lowers immunity, interferes with cell repair, and increases cognitive and emotional impairment.
Enteral nutrition feedings (EN) save lives and help patients maintain their weight and nutritional status when eating by mouth is not possible, sometimes for long periods of time. However, many patients complain about the flavor (when regurgitated) and the medicinal nature of the feedings. Mark was a patient at our local cancer center who was unable to take foods orally, and he asked for alternatives to the typical processed tube feeding. He wanted meals with his family and similar foods to what they ate, so his wife considered blending home meals.
Forty years ago, most physicians believed autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, fibromyalgia, and Graves’ disease were incurable, irreversible, potentially debilitating or life-threatening, and progressive once they began. Today, we know that although genetics plays an estimated 25 percent role in their development, environment and lifestyle play larger roles in both triggering and reversing the autoimmune continuum.1