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Tweaking Our Lifestyle to Reduce Stroke Risk

October 14, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

I was reading a new study that has been published on line for free in Neurology. At first I would say that there were no surprises; but on second look, I feel that the size of the stroke risk reduction is pretty amazing – 54%. The researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden found […]

A Pageant of Supplements or a Healthy Diet and Exercise

July 22, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

Have you seen the pageant-like procession of claims, that supplements and processed foods with certain additives can prevent cognitive impairment? Or have you heard any of the FTC’s precedent-setting crack down on those inflated claims? What are we supposed to believe? Can we do anything to decrease our risk of cognitive decline? I’ll admit right […]

Staying Hydrated

July 15, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

During the past couple of weeks we moved from a home of twenty-three years to the new home that we just finished building. During that time I learned many things; one is that moving during July is the busiest time of year. I think July is so busy because the children are out of school. […]

An Ounce of Prevention

June 24, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

Do we want to embrace prevention?  Sometimes it seems not. How much motivation is necessary to encourage us to improve our prevention habits? I don’t know the answer to these questions, but I do know the numbers tell us that it’s worth our efforts to choose preventive practices. The other day I was on the […]

Not a Colossal Shocker

April 15, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

It seems pretty clear that eating more fruit and vegetables is a very important part of keeping humans healthy. It’s not a colossal shocker when we read headlines notifying us that eating seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day will reduce our risk of death by 42 percent. The latest headlines based […]

Phytonutrients – Hooray for a Plant-Based Diet

October 22, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

When you see the word phytonutrients or phytochemicals, does it just look like a scientific word and your eyes roll back a bit? In September’s issue of RD Today’s Dietitian, Denise Webb PHD RD has written an article called Phytochemicals’ Role in Good Health. The article has given me the impetus to write a short […]

Red Meat and Energy Supplements – Ouch!

April 16, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

If like me, you enjoy cutting-edge science, you may enjoy the publication in Nature Medicine (doi:10.1038/nm.3145) by Robert A. Koeth et.al. just published on line on April 7, 2013. If science is not your thing, but you do like to know what’s happening in science, I’ll translate the results into non-scientific terminology. Knowing the gist […]

Hitting the Sack

February 12, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

By now, most everyone knows that sleep deprivation interferes with hunger and satiety hormones crucial to regulating appetite.  Perhaps you know some night owls who are also plump owls. We envision them mindlessly snacking their way through fatigue to keep going. Research has gone deeper than the snacking, and revealed a chain of hormonal effects […]

Getting on Your Nerves?

February 5, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

I periodically talk to people and they tell me that they don’t like vegetables. It seems to me that more often the ‘people’ are men, but sometimes they’re women; and, of course, it’s almost classic that kids frequently don’t like veggies. If you’re one of those who don’t really like veggies, is the constant reminder […]

Avoiding the Train Wreck

December 18, 2012 by Joyce Bunderson

Public heath in this country has been likened to two freight trains headed directly at each other. One is loaded with epidemic cases of obesity, diabetes, and other preventable chronic diseases.  The other is freighting the rising costs of medical care and lost productivity because of the illnesses. This is the metaphor used by Reed […]