Nearly two years ago, residents of the city of Flint, Michigan had lead in their water and were misled by officials who claimed the water was safe to drink. We’ve seen photos of rashes and have heard of children who developed lead poisoning after the city switched the water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Even after the city required that residents use bottled water and kitchen sink filters, we are still seeing consequences of the unclean water crisis.
Your favorite summertime fruit may not even really be a fruit! Many sources report that watermelon is really a vegetable that is part of the cucumber family. Fruit or vegetable, watermelon is a delicious and popular food around the world. There are more than 1,000 varieties of watermelon grown worldwide, and watermelon is grown in more than 90 countries worldwide.
I was both shocked and saddened when a friend’s mother recently passed after developing sepsis from a urinary tract infection – a common and treatable bacterial infection. Prior to this incident, sepsis just seemed somewhat remote to me and nothing that I should be overly concerned about. And I wasn’t alone – almost half the people in the U.S. have never even heard of sepsis. Indeed, most people have heard of much rarer diseases like Ebola.
Antibiotic use in the United States is among the highest in the world. In fact, this class of drugs is prescribed to four-out-of-five Americans every year. They are an effective treatment and prevention for a variety of bacterial infections ranging from pneumonia to UTIs. And most of us have taken antibiotics at some point in our lives.
Life with diabetes can be complicated. Having to keep track of how much medication you take with food, making time for exercise, preparing a healthy meal for yourself and something the kids will like and scrutinizing nutrition labels in the grocery store can be draining. On top of that, some medications can have unwanted side effects.
Recently, actor and filmmaker Stephen Furst, whose breakthrough role was playing Flounder in the classic 1978 frat film “Animal House,” died of complications from diabetes. He was just 63-years-old.
Both fruits and vegetables are critical for a healthy life. But sometimes I think we over-emphasize vegetables at the expense of fruits.
The proof is in the pudding, and in this case the pudding may be baby teeth! A study conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) discovered that baby teeth from children with autism contained higher levels of toxic lead and lower levels of the essential minerals zinc and manganese, compared to baby teeth from children who did not have autism.
I will always have fond memories of my visit to Thailand. It is a beautiful country with delicious food. But what stood out to me the most was my daily supply of sapodilla at my hotel.
Maybe you know of a friend or family member who complains of sore or stiff joints from osteoarthritis. After all, one in five adults in the United States reportedly is having doctor-diagnosed arthritis. Though osteoarthritis is usually seen in older people, 27 million people age 25 and older also have the condition. The good news is that there may be a way to lower the risk of developing knee osteoarthritis, and surprisingly it involves your fiber intake.
Hypertension and vascular stiffness are inevitable as you get older—or so we thought. But a new study found these problems may not be as present in hunter-gatherer populations that walk and run to get their food from nature. This means there is hope for keeping the vascular system healthy as we age despite living in a society where our food is often delivered to us.
You’ve read it on the sides of yogurt containers, or maybe you’ve heard it from your doctor: probiotics or good bacteria are good for your gut. Now, research suggests that they may also help you maintain a healthy weight.