What Is High Cholesterol?

While most people of a certain age are generally aware that standard blood tests measure cholesterol, it’s worth understanding a more about what is being measured and why. What is Cholesterol? Cholesterol is a fatty substance created in the liver, and its presence is required throughout the human body to make vitamin D, hormones, and[…]

How to Deal with a High Cholesterol Reading

After receiving a high cholesterol reading from my doctor, I put together a plan to lower my cholesterol to a healthy level naturally, without medication. Understanding of my own health Prior to my high cholesterol reading, I was never conscious of nor did I care about connections between cholesterol and blood pressure with heart disease.  As I[…]

Flexitarianism: Meal Plans and Diet

More and more people who are concerned with losing weight, reducing the risk of heart disease, or who simply want to eat better and healthy are incorporating Flexitarianism in their meal plans and diet.  Flexitarian advocates eat a primarily vegetarian diet; meat may be included occasionally – say, in social situations or when it’s otherwise[…]

Do Brain Trainer Games Work?

A friend has looked for ways to improve his memory capacity and cognitive response, and thought that brain trainer games and software might work. As we get older, our brains decline in operating speed and performance. He’s been playing brain trainer games at Lumosity, which advertise that their subscription game service will “improve your brain[…]

How to Reduce the Risk of a Heart Attack

The Wall Street Journal published an article about how to reduce the risk of a heart attack entitled “The Guide to Beating a Heart Attack”.  It’s well known that most of the risk of a heart attack is associated with factors that are within a person’s control, including cholesterol, blood pressure, physical activity, smoking and[…]

Statins and Cholesterol: New Drug May Enhance or Replace Statins

Recently, I wrote about the negative side effect of statins on memory.  Researchers announced a new drug, early in the clinical testing stages, that may enhance the cholesterol-lowering benefits of statins or replace them entirely.  The new drug is an antibody called REGN727.  REGN727 works by blocking the action of a protein produced in the[…]

Study Confirms that Colonoscopy Reduces Death Rate

This article from the NY Times describes the results of a 20 year study published by the New England Journal of Medicine, which confirms that the death rate from colorectal cancer was cut over 50% in those who had a colonoscopy and whose doctors removed precancerous polyps.  Previously, it was assumed that removing precancerous polyps[…]

Updated: Alternatives to the Komen Race for the Cure in the US, Canada and the UK

Updated on Feb 18th: Added information about additional breast cancer and research fundraising walks and runs around the world. The Susan G Komen for the Cure charity sponsors races around the country to raise money in the fight against breast cancer.  I have sponsored a few racers and walkers myself and have donated directly to[…]

Japanese Coffee Enthusiast’s Hope Cafe

I’m posting this not because coffee is in itself good for you, but because, in this particular instance, it’s being used to bring hope and purpose to people displaced by the tsunami in Japan. Japanese coffee enthusiast Yoshi Masuda drives through the stricken countryside with his old 78s, gramophone, ancient hand-grinders and water kettles, making[…]