I have been on the sidelines for years….watching, hearing, and reading various reports about the benefits of eating a gluten-free diet. I finally decided to try it and have been doing it consistently for the past month. Judging by how much of the food at markets and restaurants these days is labeled “GF”, it’s obvious that I am late to the gluten-free party. The primary reason I hesitated to try it was simple. I viewed gluten-free as yet another version of a low-carb diet in disguise. Well I’m here to report that I was wrong….potentially very wrong.
I often wonder if chronic illnesses, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, are man-made. I know this is a bold thought, but it’s really hard for me to believe that we were created with the intention to suffer from disease. Unfortunately, there is no way we will ever know the answer to this notion, as it is beyond the scope of recorded medical history. At minimum, I believe there is enough current scientific evidence to suggest that the prevalence and increasing rate of chronic illness is attributable to mankind….that is, lifestyle and environmental conditions. Continue reading
I believe that there is a connection between doing the right thing and living a healthy life. As it pertains to eating, I believe that an association exists between making responsible food choices and being physically fit, preventing disease and living longer. I truly believe we have the power to manifest these things through the food choices we make. Continue reading
This year’s football season is now in full swing. If you are like me, you are celebrating this time of year by participating in NFL survivor pools, fantasy football leagues, etc. These weekly wagering moments can be awfully challenging, because they pose multiple difficult decisions. Invariably, the safest thing to do each week is to use the established odds to your advantage. In the survivor pool, I typically pick the team that is favored to win by the greatest margin, based on the Las Vegas point spread. In the fantasy league, I routinely start the players who are projected to score the most points, based on the analysis and opinions of the professionals. Once in a while I will deviate from this strategy, but this is a rare occurrence and it is the exception to the rule. More often than not, I choose to go with expert opinions.
Now consider this very same scenario as it pertains to eating. I believe that there is a strategy to eating and I believe that there is such a thing as eating with the odds, so to speak. Continue reading
Water is one of our most precious resources and it is critical to our survival on earth. I believe that water is the healthiest liquid that a person can drink. Thankfully, many of us live in conditions where access to pure clean fresh drinking water is plentiful. With that being said, however….why is it that every time I go to a fast food restaurant and choose to drink water with my meal, they give me a tiny plastic cup as if I am 3 years old? Continue reading
If you live in the United States, there is no doubt that you have seen the seemingly never-ending rotation of 1-800-BAD-DRUG commercials on television. These advertisements claim that you may be entitled to financial compensation if you experienced a serious adverse event as a result of taking a pharmaceutical product.
There is so much talk about managed care these days and how every American citizen needs to have a health plan. It is a rather complex and controversial topic. But amidst all of this talk, are we really focused on true “health plans”? What is the definition of a health plan anyway? Is it a product of an insurance company that is ultimately responsible for your well-being? At the end of the day, aren’t you the one managing your care? Shouldn’t your true health plan be a set of guidelines that you follow to keep yourself healthy? Managed care, as we know it, would be a far less controversial topic if all Americans had an established health plan that guided their actions and behavior.