Nutrition and Health – Just the Facts

I have been involved in the nutrition movement since my graduate days in the mid-1980s.  When you take into account my reading of over 25 years of Prevention Magazine starting in junior high school in the 1970s (when the magazine had some of the top researched articles on health of any publication in America) – then I’ve been interested in nutrition for a long time.  Since 2001 I have spoken on medical nutrition to the Medical Wellness Association, and written about many types of nutrition issues in national publications.  So – I want you to know that I am very interested in nutrition – from a farming perspective, from a production perspective, and from an eating perspective. 

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The Rise and Fall of the Scientific Foundation

In the winter of 2014, a professor from the University of Michigan retired after 41 years on the job.  This professor, Dr. Victor Katch, is widely known in the fields of exercise physiology and pediatric cardiology.  He is the author of many science publications, and one of the top textbooks in exercise physiology over many years.  He is also author of a 1986 review paper entitled:  The Burdon of Disproof.  In this report Dr. Katch looks into the writings Dr. Karl Popper, JR Platt, and others who state that many people need to understand the tenets of science in general.  One tenet is that science doesn’t “prove” anything, as a number of papers can show one argument, but it takes just one report to “disprove” that hypothesis.  This is a central theme of today’s research – as with anything (like is coffee good for you, or bad?) – there are arguments for either side.  One needs to read all sides of the debate, and make an educated decision.

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Losing the War that Never Was

I love Dr. Samuel Epstein.  He is the Senior Director of the Cancer Prevention Coalition in Chicago, and the author of the push-back book - “The Politics of Cancer” back in 1979.  Dr. Epstein is one of my favorites because, like another Chicago-based cancer prevention man – Dr. John Bailar, he looks the cancer establishment in the eye, and says, “You’re friggin' wrong”.  

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Looking for a Sea of Change in the Oncology Community

 It may have started in the mid 1990s when I purchased a book called:  The Cancer Wars.  As much as I hate the connotation that everything is a “War”, when it’s not – this was a very eye-opening book.  The Cancer Wars spent a lot of time looking at the political side of the cancer industry, but from a scientific standpoint.  Author Robert Proctor from Penn State is a history professor – so he doesn’t have a political axe to grind, like Samuel Epstein’s important book – The Politics of Cancer.  Both will give you perspective about an industry that was built on deception, and continues unabated - fueled by the ever increasing funding by the pharmaceutical industry.  Here are, however – my levels of frustration.

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Ten 20 Minutes Ab Workouts At Home with No Equipment

How many times did you include exercising or losing weight, getting tight abs into your New Year’s resolution? Too many times. We have all been there. We always choose winter to work on our body in order to be in the best shape for the summer. However, we always give up. The reason people give up easily is because they either don’t do adequate exercises, and they don’t see any progress or they don’t have time.

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A Perspective on 20 years of Cancer and Exercise Programs

In the mid 1980s Dr. Meryl Winningham was the first sports medicine professional who pushed the envelope on the topic of exercise and cancer.  She developed interval training program for cancer patients (the WAIT protocol), and even though many in the oncology profession were not amused by her research, none the less admitted over time that the premise of exercise showed promise for improving quality of life in cancer care.

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Exercise & The Immune Response - Implications for Cancer

One of the most important areas of sports medicine research in the late 1980's was the application of immune system markers to exercise and conditioning programs. This has been seen as a "validation" of sorts as to the efficacy of exercise programs to a biological response from the body.  This article will concentrate on the effects of exercise on immune function, and let the reader decide as to how exercise can play a role in helping the body fight disease and improve general health.

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Uncharacteristic Psychology – Positive or Negative

Blogging allows writers to explore a bit. One of my favorite writers is columnist Jon Rappaport – who has some brilliant things to say about many esoteric things. As an athlete – we look to the positive in order to enhance performance.  Many people however, are stuck in negative thoughts. Jon had a recent column about psychology that I thought would be well worth putting in a blogspot (with my editorial, of course).

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The Fraud on Science

This is a tough blog for me to write.  I believe that science has been one of the only forms of thought process that allows us as a civilization to move forward.  Over the centuries persons with creative and scientific minds have shown that the earth revolves around the sun, that microbes to exist, and that applying a “method” to situations allows us to better understand our physical world.

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A Series of Exercises to Re-Align the Spine - A Postural Correction Perspective

I have worked over the past decade with a lot of people (workers / friends) who have had car accidents, or other types of accidents or just poor posture over time that have left their spine crooked, muscles imbalanced, and levels of pain higher than they should be.  Most of this is because people they don’t exercise at all or not the correct way when it comes to training for IMPROVED POSTURE vs. getting bigger biceps.  They exercise wrong, so may be actually worsening their condition. 

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The ACA and Wellness – Another Reason to Dump Obamacare

The Republicans are trying to find a way to remove most or all of the provisions of Obamacare since its inception in 2010.  Never mind that you can’t keep your doctor – your monthly premiums are too high for basic services, and the entire program is nothing more than a “gift” to health insurance companies.  Is there any other reason to get rid of this monstrosity and get to the business of real healthcare reform?

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Web Talk Radio - Interview on Exercise and Cancer

A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to do an interview with web talk radio on one of my favorite subjects - Exercise and Cancer.  In this interview, I discuss the relevant issues that make exercise the best type of integrative therapy for patient survivorship.  If you have time - take a listen.  I think you will find some great information "nuggets" that could help your wellness practice. 

http://webtalkradio.net/Shows/EatExerciseLive/052311.mp3