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Cutting Back on Sodium Can Solve More than One Problem

November 1, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

Last week I wrote about the risk of death and high sodium intake; I mostly concentrated on the risk of stroke and other cardiovascular events. I made one little mention that Alzheimer’s disease risk is also associated with high blood pressure; but I don’t want to pass over this issue too quickly. It seems to […]

Sodium and Death Risk

October 25, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

I’m well aware that many self-proclaimed experts say that salt/sodium is not a problem in health. But my advice is to stick with the Surgeon General, the American Heart Association, and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; which all advise us to cut back on salt intake. In addition, I like the results of […]

Beef and Dairy Using Tobacco’s Playbook

October 4, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

It seems as though we are going to have to recognize and combat the “tobacco industry playbook” for each and every Big Food Industry. Sugar, processed foods, dairy, beef and other red meat, processed meat all seem to be using THE playbook. It worked like magic for tobacco; many extra decades of disability and early […]

A Bizarre Awakening

September 13, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

Life is so complex today. Years ago I had dismissed ramen as a low-cost junk-food, high-calorie, palatable because of cheap additives, but except for calories, nutritionally impoverished. Now I am awakened to the bizarre finding that these shelf-stable bricks of twisted noodles are near the top of the food chain in two significant populations. One […]

Two New Items in Our Mediterranean Lunch

August 30, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

Two new items impacted one of my famous salads today. One, for sure, I hope will become a long-term habit. This salad was lettuce, cucumber, sliced radishes and green onions, yellow and red cherry tomatoes, avocado, sliced hard-boiled egg, and the hoped for long-term habit? – topped with sliced fresh basil. This tasty salad was […]

The Mediterranean Diet Has Fat – Good Fat

August 23, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

The Annals of Internal Medicine published a review of 56 previously conducted studies that looked at the effects of health outcomes of a Mediterranean diet (MedDiet) with no restriction on fat intake. Hanna E. Bloomfield, MD, MPH and others found some evidence that the MedDiet may reduce the incidence of cardiovascular events, breast cancer and […]


August 16, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

While reading the July 23, 2016 issue of Science News Magazine, which features Aging’s Future: Special Report – New Insights into life’s battle against time, a few thoughts came to my mind for sharing with you. If you read it at the library or have a subscription, you’ll notice on page 21 that there is […]

B-12 Deficiency – A Nasty Problem

August 9, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

As you know, if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, I’m not a proponent for relying on supplements to make an unhealthy diet healthful. First, it’s just not possible to get all the nutrients to maintain vigorous health in a handful of supplements. Science knows enough to keep a person alive without real […]

Food Bourne Illness – Not a Trivial Matter!

August 2, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

This past spring I received an email and a letter in the mail from Costco letting me know that I had purchased CRF Frozen Vegetables from them and that they were being recalled. I was a little tempted to keep them, because they were frozen green beans and I had already used some and had […]

A Solution That We Enjoy

July 5, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

A study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association in August 2011 gave us all a heads-up; that is, if we just happen to have the kind of body that efficiently produces too much LDL- Cholesterol (the undesirable stuff.) The study found that if both cutting saturated fat and eating a diet high […]