Our body chemistry is a couple of million years old and it is not compatible with the modern diet of refined grains, high sugar and salt intake and minimal physical activity. All of the so-called diseases of aging are actually lifestyle diseases.
The media are becoming crowded with commercials about diabetes-related products and services. Type 2 diabetes was almost unknown less than a century ago but it threatens our economy as well as the lifespan of the youngest generation.
Experts in the management of type 2 diabetes refer to it as an exercise-deficiency disease, which is only a mild exaggeration. It is 100 percent avoidable but once established it is not curable. With the proper steps it’s possible to slow the onset of complications and persons with prediabetes can avoid them altogether.
The growing epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes threaten the fiscal solvency not only of the healthcare industry but of the nation. Politicians fail to address the root causes and actuaries are oblivious to changing disease patterns.
Ethnic restaurants seldom serve the kind of food that comprises the menu of the original country. Learn what foods they really eat in the old country and how to make wise choices when dining out.
Exotic travel sometimes results in exotic diseases. Almost all can be avoided with careful planning.
Most forms of age-related dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, can be avoided or delayed by following a prudent lifestyle. Ten simple measures will preserve brain function and even improve it.
Humans evolved without artificial lighting and we are still subject to the day-night and seasonal rhythms to which we have adapted. Diseases and conditions that never affected our Stone Age ancestors are now common thanks to Thomas Edison.
We can avoid several major diseases if we take advantage of the screening procedures that are commonly available.
The advantages of regular physical activity go far beyond maintaining a healthy weight and a strong cardiopulmonary system. There are reasons why the human body is designed for more exercise in a day than most people perform in a week.
Learn what the numbers mean and which ones you can ignore. Knowing the meaning of certain code words can make you more healthy.
When a person collapses bystanders provide CPR only about 20 percent of the time. Some persons are reluctant to provide mouth-to-mouth breathing but it is not always necessary, or even helpful. This presentation will explain how to anticipate, recognize and handle a medical emergency, as well as how to perform hands-only (compressions-only) CPR.
Osteoporosis is not an inevitable consequence of aging and taking calcium will not postpone its onset. Learn the single most important thing that you can do to maintain a healthy skeleton.
Not all dietary fats are harmful. Some are critical to our survival. Most of us have reversed our fat priorities.
Shopping at the local food market and dining out offer opportunities that are either beneficial or disastrous. Learning the differences can add years to your life.
Muscle does not turn into fat, you can't get the flu from the flu vaccine and several other myth-reversals can take the stress out of your life.
There are reasons why we have eyebrows, toenails, underarm hair and appendixes. Learning why is an interesting experience.
Your local pizza parlor serves dishes that don't come close to the true Mediterranean diet. Learn why the dwellers of the Mediterranean area are among the world's healthiest and how you can follow their example.
Some vitamins are oversold but many Americans, especially seniors, have serious but not obvious vitamin deficiencies. Learn how to find the best sources of these important nutrients.
Okinawa has the largest percentage of centenarians on the planet and it has nothing to do with their genes, or luck. Their diet is not as hard to imitate as it might seem.
Our Stone Age ancestors were healthier than most Americans. We only have to learn what worked for them in order to live to grow older free from disease. There are living examples of the Stone Age lifestyle that we can use as role models.
Vaccines have been around for centuries and they are responsible for the eradication of several deadly diseases. They are not entirely benign, however. Immunization is no longer only for children. There are at least two adult vaccines that can save your life.
The modern diet is not always adequate in its content of minerals, some of which are needed in only tiny amounts. Find out which ones you are most likely to lack.
Cancer is a leading cause of death in Americans, second only to heart disease. Most cancers are lifestyle-related, not age-related and they are therefore avoidable. These ten steps are simple and will add to overall good health.
Wine and chocolate are derived from plants and thus contain nutrients that have specific health benefits. Not all forms of these pleasurable foods are healthy, however. Learn which claims are legitimate and how to select the healthiest forms of wine and chocolate.
It is possible to avoid or postpone the major causes of impaired vision that are usually blamed on aging. Learn how to avoid the leading cause of blindness.
Most Americans are overweight and more than one third are obese. Heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and other chronic, debilitating diseases are the result. It is possible to develop a simple yet effective strategy for losing weight in order to become leaner, livelier and longer-lived.
Cereal grains provide most of the food energy of the world but the human metabolism is poorly suited to them. Dependence on grain products leaves individuals subject to several diseases and nations vulnerable to famine.
Beneficial bacteria populate the outside and inside of our bodies, improve our immunity, lower cholesterol and provide energy. Learn how to safeguard this critical resource.
Learn how cardiopulmonary resuscitation has developed over the past century, how recent advances have dramatically increased survival from sudden cardiac arrest and how ordinary citizens can help to prevent nearly a half-million deaths per year.
It’s location, location, location. Fat behaves differently depending on its location in the body and it’s not the same for men and women. Find new insights into weight loss, the genetics of weight gain and why baby fat is dangerous.
Chocolate is reported to have health benefits but how much is hype and how much is real? It affects brain cells and fat cells and there is a reason why the Aztecs called it “The gift of the gods.”
Antioxidants are critical for survival but which ones do you need? Modern medicine is learning much about some of the oldest nutrients in the universe. We’ll sort out the confusing names and ridiculous claims.
Infectious diseases have always been a part of human existence but man has manipulated his environment to allow new patterns of disease to emerge. We no longer fear The Black Death or smallpox but terrorism has brought them to our attention. Can these terrible plagues return? Should we worry about Ebola and anthrax? Learn the real story of influenza, how to ensure safe travel to exotic places and how to avoid the nastiest germs.
A historical period that has been described as the making of modern man was also the making of modern medicine. This presentation provides an overview of the Renaissance with particular emphasis on medical practices of the day and how they influenced today’s physicians.
Almost everyone eats eggs but hardly anyone has experienced any but supermarket chicken eggs. Learn about the true anatomy of eggs, why wild bird eggs vary in color and shape, surprising nutrients, whether raw eggs are nutritious and other interesting facts. You’ll never look at an egg the same way again.
Natural or man-made disasters are inevitable but unpredictable. You may have to provide your own shelter, water, food and medical care when public systems are overwhelmed. A few simple steps today could prevent catastrophe tomorrow.
Only three generations of humans have lived during the antibiotic era. This presentation describes how antibiotics were discovered, how they work, why they are becoming less effective and how we can protect ourselves from antibiotic-resistant microorganisms.
Humans have followed the Paleo diet for more than two million years but the media discovered it only recently. Is it possible to re-create our ancestral diet in a modern world? Are the health benefits of the Paleo Diet real? Learn how to sort out facts from fiction.
We can hardly remember a world without computers. The benefits have been enormous but unforeseen consequences are emerging. Our brains and our behavior are literally changing in the span of a single generation. Learn how to avoid the physical and the mental consequences of use and overuse of computers.
Events that occurred more than 10,000 years ago affect our health today. Six major man-made epidemics threaten human survival. With creativity, will and resolve we can eliminate these as surely as we eliminated the Black Death of medieval times.
Accidents happen but the outcome is not always bad. Scientific breakthroughs from the Big Bang theory to cataract surgery, from penicillin to post-it notes, from vaccines to Viagra, have come from efforts directed to a different objective. Simple mistakes have led to miraculous discoveries, several of which affect each of us every day of our lives.
Human existence during the Stone Age was hardly a bed of roses but it allowed mankind to become the dominant species on the planet. Creature comforts are relative and prehistoric people were probably happy in their circumstances. In fact, there are valuable lessons for us in the Stone Age lifestyle.
Salt is a critical nutrient whose availability we take for granted; it has not always been so. It has a colorful history that includes politics and art, heroes and villains. Even the American Revolution and the Civil War were influenced by salt. It has shaped literature and language, and even the course of our roads and highways.
It began with a nugget no larger than a thumbnail but it transformed the United States. Physician-adventurers followed the gold, bringing old ideas as well as newly-emerging medical discoveries. It was a unique period in history that tested a physician’s skills and stamina.
A visitor from the Stone Age would recognize almost no food item in a supermarket. GMO, irradiated food, organic vegetables and high-fructose corn syrup are only the beginning. Factory farming, hormones, pesticides, sugar aliases and immortal Twinkies (now resurrected) are but a few of the factors that have challenged our nutritional blueprint.