Q:  My doctor diagnosed me with COPD and said I’d need to take steroids the rest of my life.  I don’t know what this means and there must be a better treatment.  Help! A: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a group of lung problems that make normal breathing more difficult.  The best known of these lung problems is asthma — on the rise at a rapid rate in particular among inner city children.  The combination of rising pollution in cities and non-food quasi-edible items increasingly landing in the grocery store cart is noxious.  Asthma is caused by two major factors: constriction of the micro-units of the lungs, calledalveola, which pick up oxygen from the air and transfer oxygen to the blood stream, and inflammation.  Both aspects need to be addressed by therapy.  Other diseases under the COPD umbrella include chronic bronchitis, brochiectasis, emphysema and cystic fibrosis.  Typically, a conventionally trained doctor or nurse will have only one solution: a steroidal inhaler.  Long term steroids are best avoided: they destroy normal tissue over time, increase cancer risk and often cause diabetes. ...

Q: I have bad psoriasis but don’t want to take prescription medication.  What else can I do to clear up my skin?  Thank you! Julia M, Florida A: Hi, I’m going to talk first about the difference between eczema and psoriasis, because sometimes patients get those mixed up.  Eczema is an adjective – not a diagnosis.  Eczematous skin is red, flaky, often itchy – in general, skin that’s irritated.  The diagnosis is “atopic dermatitis.”  What that means is skin reacting to some kind of offending substance.  “Derm” is the root word for skin, in Greek, and “itis” means inflammation.  The “atopic” part refers to an inappropriate immune response. The challenge with almost all skin concerns is to find out what creates irritation to the skin, and then avoid the offending substance.  The vast majority of skin complaints are not cancer, and not life threatening.  But they can be severely compromising. If you have eczema, or atopic dermatitis, you have a sensitive immune system and you’ll have to manage this condition life long.  Drugs are not the answer, because they suppress...

Community Gardeners Less Likely To Be Overweight 22 Apr 2013 People who are involved in community gardening tend to have a considerably lower body mass index than their non-gardening counterparts, a team from the University of Utah reported in theAmerican Journal of Public Health. Previous studies had shown that community gardeners provide both nutritional and social benefits to neighborhoods, lead author CathleenZick explained. “But until now, we did not have data to show a measurable health benefit for those who use the gardens.” The Utah team used BMI (body mass index) to measure how close or far people were to their ideal body weight.

By MICHAEL MOSS Published: February 20, 2013   On the evening of April 8, 1999, a long line of Town Cars and taxis pulled up to the Minneapolis headquarters of Pillsbury and discharged 11 men who controlled America’s largest food companies. Nestlé was in attendance, as were Kraft and Nabisco, General Mills and Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola and Mars. Rivals any other day, the C.E.O.’s and company presidents had come together for a rare, private meeting. On the agenda was one item: the emerging obesity epidemic and how to deal with it. While the atmosphere was cordial, the men assembled were hardly friends. Their stature was defined by their skill in fighting one another for what they called “stomach share” — the amount of digestive space that any one company’s brand can grab from the competition.       

Huffington Post (huffingtonpost.com) – 6 Foods That Fight Pain – By Grandparents.com – (Friday, March 1, 2013) When you get out of bed in the morning do you make a sort of “oyyyyyyy…aaaagggh” groan that goes with an achy pain in your back and knees? Welcome to the world of getting older. (Your first impulse might be to take some ibuprofen. Recent studies, however, have shown a possible link between longterm-use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) and increased risk of heart disease and gastrointestinal bleeding–so talk to your doctor.)  What you can do right now is incorporate certain foods into your diet that have been shown to reduce pain and may take away some of that achy feeling.

This has some good info, however if you do eat tuna, make sure it’s young tuna (Carvalho Tuna out of the Portland OR area provides this) because the old tuna are full of mercury.  Also “beets” is misspelled as “beats” in the article and these MUST be organic.  Most of the white sugar available in the US is made from GMO beets.  That’s right.  GMO sugar.  Check the preview for “Genetic Roulette” on youtube.com:  A chilling and importunate expose of Monsanto’s monster. The Huffington Post (huffingtonpost.com) –

NY Daily News (NY) – Does eating junk food make your skin break out? Diet may help control acne after all, say researchers – By Tracy Miller – (Wednesday, February 20, 2013) – For decades, the connection between diet and acne has been dismissed as an old wives’ tale. But now researchers are revisiting the subject — and a new review of studies finds evidence that what you eat may have a bearing on the severity of your acne after all. About 17 million Americans, and 80 to 90 percent of adolescents, experience acne, according to the paper, which appears in the March issue of the Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The Huffington Post (huffingtonpost.com) – The Many Health Benefits of Avocado – By Dr. Joseph Mercola – (Tuesday, February 19, 2013) –   You probably know that avocados are an excellent source of healthful fats, but this whole food may also have other unique health benefits. To learn more, the Hass Avocado Board (HAB) is supporting clinical research to investigate various health effects of avocado consumption, particularly its benefits for cardiovascular disease, weight management, diabetes, and its ability to enhance your body’s absorption of nutrients.   The first of these HAB-supported studies was published in November 2012. The small UCLA-led pilot study found that eating one-half of a fresh medium Hass avocado with a hamburger (made with 90 percent lean beef) significantly inhibited the production of the inflammatory compound Interleukin-6 (IL-6) compared to eating a burger without fresh avocado.