Entries by drweitz

Using a Green Powder

Is there value in using a Green powder? Can’t I just make a green smoothie by putting some green vegetables like spinach into a Vitamix with some frozen fruit? Sure, you can make a great smoothie with just real food and not add any powders and you can get lots of great nutritional value.  And there […]

Statin Drugs Should be Used Sparingly

    Cholesterol lowering drugs like Lipitor, known as statins, are prescribed when patients present with high cholesterol, esp. elevated LDL, the so-called bad cholesterol.  The thought is that they will prevent heart attacks and strokes, and heart disease is clearly the number one killer in the US.  Unfortunately, while statins have some strong evidence of benefit […]

Resveratrol has no benefit? Wrong!

Once again we have another study that supposedly shows no benefit to nutritional supplementation.(1) We are told that this should shut the book on the idea that resveratrol supplementation has any benefit. What about the hundreds of other studies that have shown cardiovascular, anti-ageing and other benefits?(3,4,5) And once again, we have a study did […]

Tocotrienols (subgroup of Vitamin E) Have Anti-Cancer Effect

Tocotrienols Have Anti-Cancer Effect  A new study confirmed earlier research and revealed some of the precise mechanisms of how tocotrienols have an anti-cancer effect.(1) Vitamin E is actually a group of vitamins that includes both the tocopherol subgroup and the tocotrienol subgroup, each of which have an alpha, beta, gamma, and delta form. It has been common to only refer […]

Probiotics may Assist in Weight Loss.

Recent research indicates that having the right mixture of healthy bacteria (probiotics) may assist in weight loss. The gut bacteria can be grouped according to whether they are firmicutes or bacteroides. Obese individuals have a higher amount of  bacteroides than firmicutes.  Firmicutes can secrete a compound that results in increased activity of lipoprotein lipase in fat cells, resulting in […]

Safe Grilling

Grilling makes food taste good and is fun to do in the summer, but it may increase the risk of certain cancers. This is because grilling at high temperatures can convert proteins in red meat, pork, poultry, and fish into heterocyclic amines (HCAs). HCAs are chemicals that have been linked to a number of cancers […]

Flouride and Neurobehavioral Problems

Neurobehavioral problems such as autism, attention-deficit disorder, and dyslexia are on the rise in children in the US. Could fluoride ingestion be contributing to this? Flouride has been added to the water in many cities and to toothpaste and mouthwash to reduce dental carries, but increasing evidence points to fouride as a potential neuro-toxin. Arguably, […]

Improved Mental Capacity and Long Term Brain Health

How do you keep your brain healthy and maximize your mental capacity as you age?  Some of the following recommendations are from an article in the Jan/Feb issue of Nutrition Action Letter:   1. Manage your blood pressure.  People who have high blood pressure have a higher risk of dementia and cognitive decline as they age. There […]