The wildly popular cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins must carry new warnings, the FDA said today. Users need to be alerted about risks of blood sugar or diabetes problems as well as potential memory issues related to use of the drugs.
If your cholesterol numbers aren’t perfect, don’t forget that there are drug-free ways to push them in the right direction. Meryl Davids recently wrote this helpful piece that I edited for Whole Living Magazine, Foods that Fight Cholesterol, highlighting the heart-healthy benefits of delicious foods such as almonds, eggplant and soy.
.…Scientists have discovered that certain foods — dubbed “the portfolio diet” for its array of benefits — act like cholesterol-sucking vacuums, removing the excess from the body before it lodges dangerously in artery walls. In fact, when people in studies ate a diet rich in these foods, their LDL levels plummeted 35 percent on average.
“The results are as dramatic as if they had been on a first-generation statin drug,” says Cyril Kendall, Ph.D.,…MORE
I’m an NYC cyclist, but I hadn’t seen Casey Neistat’s clever cycling video until today. Make sure you watch the first 90 seconds of bike lanes
Related alternahealthgrrrl stories:
Naked Cycling & Bike Share Systems
Michael Pollan’s Food Rules
has been translated into visual art once again. Check out this short entered into the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce
‘s film competition
to illustrate and enhance big-idea talks.(RSA is something like a British version of TED, Ideas Worth Spreading) This cool video interpretation of a talk Pollan gave about the food industry, which we found on Brainpickings
by way of Katherine Lanpher
, is by Marija Jacimovic
and Benoit Detalle
Here’s the next big nightcap: Tart cherry juice cordials. A new study published in the European Journal of Nutrition says two glasses a day could add up to 40 minutes more sleep. You can learn more on Pill Advised. Sweet dreams!
More proof that holistic is the way to go when it comes to feeling good and maintaining good health: Integrative medicine is effective for treating everyday problems, according to a national survey by the Bravewell Collaborative.
Some 75 percent of integrative health centers said they had successfully treated chronic pain. And more than half reported positive results for treating gastrointestinal conditions, depression and anxiety, cancer and chronic stress. Food and nutrition, supplements, yoga, meditation, traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture, massage and pharmaceuticals were among the most cited approaches.
What’s more, the multidimensional team approach is cost-effective, personalized and empowering for patients. To learn more about the results, check out Integrative Medicine in America: How Integrative Medicine Is Being Practiced in Clinical Centers Across the United States.
Could be. New research suggests that drinking green tea keeps you spry and sharp. Older Japanese people who drank a lot of the antioxidant-rich brew were less likely to suffer disabilities than those who didn’t sip as much. The more they drank, the more likely they were to be mentally and physically able to take care of themselves as they aged.
Researchers suspect that green tea consumption protects against disabling diseases such as stroke, cognitive impairment and osteoporosis. Chock full of nutrients, the tea contains catechins and other polyphenols, phytochemical compounds and other vitamins and minerals associated with anti-aging.
The results were published in the March issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Read more details on Medical News Today.