Category Archives: Scientific Research

Do Our Genes Load the Gun, and Our Lifestyle & Environment Pull the Trigger?


Gene Linked to Obesity Hasn’t Always Been a Problem, Study Finds

“It’s important to understand that genes work in many different ways. Certainly, some genes are dictators–the genes for hair or eye color for example. If they call for you to have blonde hair or brown eyes, that’s it. Those dictator genes won’t take no for an answer. But, the genes for cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and a host of other illnesses are like committees. They don’t give orders, they make suggestions. And research suggest that changes in diet and lifestyle can keep those genes from expressing themselves. Like dry seeds on a desert floor, they simply lie dormant. If you don’t water them, they’ll never sprout.”–Dr. Neal Barnard

Protein–How Much is Too Much?


The RDA for Protein is 8-10% of total diet calories.

The Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for protein was established in the early 1940’s and has been officially sanctioned ever since. RDA is NOT a minimum requirement (minimum requirement is 5-6% total diet calories). It is the average requirement that has already been adjusted upwards. We do not need protein in excess of the RDA. Protein deficiency does not exist without calorie deficiency.

As demonstrated by the chart below, a 8-10% protein diet is easily provided by a whole food, plant-based diet.


This chart is done by weight. Other charts measured by % of calories can be found at:

RDA = 0.8 g protein/kg body weight = 8-10% of total diet calories

To calculate how much you need on average (not minimum):

Body Weight (BW) x .37


Body Weight of 132 lbs. x .37 = 48 grams, average

Body Weight of 150 lbs. x .37 = 56 grams, average

Body Weight of 180 lbs. x .37 = 66 grams, average

“Excess animal protein not only raises cholesterol, but also leeches calcium from our bones (resulting osteoporosis and bone fractures), inflames arteries, puts a tremendous burden on kidneys and liver (resulting in kidney stones and gallstones), and ignites tumors and cancer.”–Rip Esselstyn, of the book Engine 2, during an interview with University of California, Davis Integrative Medicine Program

*Note: Plant protein does NOT affect the body in the same ways (listed in above quote) as animal protein.


Building Bone Vitality, Amy Joy Lanou, PhD

Remer, T. and F. Manz, “Potential Renal Acid Loads of Foods and It’s Influence on Urine pH

T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies, Nutritional Fundamentals

Neal Barnard, MD, Cancer Survivors’ Guide



We Choose, Every Day, With Our Forks


CDC hasn’t released more current figures. These were from 2010. Today, they are considerably higher. Sobering to think, we have a choice in this.

Strong Bone Health Article from Local Professor at UNC-Asheville

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For those of us–especially women–concerned about bone health as we age, this is a good piece. The author, Amy Lanou, PhD, is Department Chair of Health and Wellness at the University of North Carolina Asheville and serves as the Senior Nutrition Scientist for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Pretty cool that she’s local!

Why Babies & Children Should Not Be Given Cow’s Milk

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I have a lot of family members and friends with new babies and children. Here’s a 7 minute video that explains why feeding your kids cow’s milk has the potential to lead to type 1 diabetes. Worth watching.

Low-Carb Diets Can Be Dangerous

A couple of people recently asked me about low-carb diets, especially for diabetics. I shared that studies have shown this is not a healthful option for anyone. Here’s the latest research on LC diets released by the Journal of the American Heart Association.

It concludes that a low-carbohydrate diet high in animal products is associated with an increased risk for dying. Researchers analyzed the diets of 4,098 women and men who had previously had heart attacks and found they were 33 percent more likely to die from any cause and 51 percent more likely to die from heart disease if following a low-carbohydrate diet high in animal sources of protein and fat. A previous publication following this same population showed that a diet lowest in red and processed meat products and sugar and highest in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables lowered the risk of death from heart disease by 40 percent, compared with no dietary changes.–PCRM

CBS NEWS Coverage of the Fact That MILK does NOT do the Body Good!


FINALLY! CBS mainstream media coverage on the fact that MILK does NOT do the body good! Doing the happy dance here!

That ‘Milk Isn’t Good for You’ Thing?


Here’s the latest study out of Sweden in the British Medical Journal, September 2014. “High milk intake was associated with higher mortality in one cohort of women and in another cohort of men, and with higher fracture incidence in women. Given the observational study designs with the inherent possibility of residual confounding and reverse causation phenomena, a cautious interpretation of the results is recommended.” Here’s the link to BJM study for those nerds like me that want to read it for themselves.

Amazing Stuff! The Patient Gets Up Off Table and Refuses By-Pass Surgery…


WOW! I’ve read a lot of cases, but this is the first one where the patient, just hours from bypass surgery, gets up off the table, hands the begging nurse his hospital gown, and leaves the hospital. This story is terrific! And the author–cardiologist, Dr. Robert Ostfeld– is one of the speakers I’ll be hearing at UNC-Asheville’s conference for physicians (and other medical professionals) continuing education credits conference in two weeks. Speakers from Harvard, Cornell, George Washington University, Montefiore Einstein, University of Rochester, Cleveland Clinic (one of the top cardiac hospitals in the US), University of Washington, and more. To say that I’m excited about this is a gross understatement!

Eat Your Medicine!


Some evidence suggests that women with breast cancer, whose diets are richer in vegetables and fruits, tend to survive longer. In a study of 103 women in Australia, who were followed for six years after they were diagnosed with breast cancer, those who consumed the most fruits and vegetables rich in beta-carotene or vitamin C had the best chance for survival. The researchers divided the group into thirds based on how much beta-carotene they got each day in the foods they chose. It turned out that in the group getting the least beta-carotene, there were twelve deaths over the next six years. In the middle group, there were eight deaths; and the high-beta-carotene group, there was only one death.

In the digestive tract, beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A. In turn, vitamin A is converted to a compound called retinoic acid, which has a demonstrable anticancer effect on cells in test-tube studies. A Swedish study found much the same thing.

Similarly, a study of Canadian women with breast cancer found that those getting the most beta-carotene and vitamin C had significantly better survival odds. –The Cancer Survivor’s Guide

(This information came from 5 different studies from 1994-2006 and was printed in JAMA, as well as other scientific journals. I’ll be glad to send links to these studies to anyone who is interested. Just message me at

What better way to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness month than provide some useful, possibility life-saving information. Also, VERY important: Just taking vitamin C and beta-carotene supplements does NOT have the same effect as getting these from whole foods.

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