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700 Doctors, Health Professionals, Including the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Support Dietary Guidelines Message to Eat Less Meat, More Plants


Nashville, TN (PRWEB) May 26, 2015

Over 700 doctors, nutritionists, nurses, and public health professionals sent a letter to the secretaries of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services urging them to embrace the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s recommendations to eat less meat and more plants for human health, economic prosperity, and our nation’s food security.

Leaders in lifestyle and preventive medicine signed the letter, including: Dr. David Katz, founding director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center and president of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine; Dr. Walter Willet, chair of the department of Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health; and Dr. Dean Ornish, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.

In the letter, doctors and others “strongly endorse the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s recommendations to reduce consumption of animal foods and shift toward a more plant-based diet, both for the health of people and the planet.” The letter reaffirms the overwhelming scientific evidence for eating less meat and more plants clearly delineated by the committee.

One of the letter’s initial signers, Dr. David Katz, summarized why sustainability is important to nutrition: “If, in an age when we know that food and water shortages are clear and present dangers, we choose to ignore them in our dietary guidelines, then these are not dietary guidelines for Americans…They are, instead, dietary guidelines for the current generation of American adults, and at the obvious expense of all subsequent generations of American (and planetary) adults including of course, our children.”

Dr. Dean Ornish, known as the, “Father of Lifestyle Medicine,” and Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco added: “What’s good for you is also good for our planet. Although heart disease and diabetes kill more people each year worldwide than all other diseases combined, these are completely preventable and even reversible for at least 95% of people today by changing diet and lifestyle. Federal dietary guidelines as recommended by the scientific advisory committee would play a vital role in moving more people toward this goal.”

The letter further highlights how “a shift toward more plant-based foods will save the nation billions of dollars in health care costs and is essential to our nation’s health and economic prosperity,” because “chronic, preventable diseases are estimated to account for 75 percent of all healthcare costs.” Also, “heavy meat consumption, especially red and processed meat, is associated with increased risks of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers, while plant-based diets are associated with decreased risks of all three.”

In its comment submitted to the federal government, the American Public Health Association, representing over 30,000 public health professionals commended the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee for, “setting a priority of sustainability as an important component of the 2015 federal dietary guidance.” APHA praised the quality of the science relied upon by the committee and noted the committee’s conclusions on sustainability “… are important given the high level of resources used as inputs for food production in the U.S. – including 50 percent of the total U.S. land area, 80 percent of the fresh water and 10 percent of the fossil energy – and the importance of these resources for future food security.”

The inclusion of sustainability in the Dietary Guidelines recommendations has sparked tremendous interest, with more than 29,000 comments submitted to USDA and HHS by the May 8 deadline. The agencies plan to review comments and finalize the 2015 guidelines by the end of the year.

About the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM):

ACLM is a professional association of physicians and clinicians dedicated to the advancement and practice of Lifestyle Medicine as the foundation of a transformed and sustainable healthcare system. Lifestyle Medicine is a branch of evidence-based medicine in which comprehensive lifestyle changes (including nutrition, physical activity, stress management, social support and environmental exposures) are used to help prevent, treat and even reverse the progression of many chronic diseases by addressing their underlying causes. Visit http://www.lifestylemedicine.org, and learn more about ACLM’s annual conference, Lifestyle Medicine 2015, set for November 1-4, 2015 in Nashville, TN at http://www.lifestylemedicine2015.org.







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Leah G. Knights New Cookbook Brings Fresh Tastes to Dietary Realm


FARGO, N.D. (PRWEB) May 08, 2015

Author Leah G. Knight and her husband, Jason, were frustrated. After routinely suffering from a variety of mysterious symptoms and discomforts, they decided to embark on a diet free of gluten, dairy, soy and all processed sugars. Unbeknownst to them, this dietary change would not only result in the elimination of their frustration, but would also result in the writing of a cookbook.

After much experimentation and research, Knight created more than 130 recipes that adhere to her diet plan. She now offers these recipes to others in her new cookbook, “Free Indeed: A Guide to Cooking Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free and Free of All Processed Sugars” (published by AuthorHouse).

“This cookbook is written for those who are searching for ways to expand a focused diet,” Knight says. “Within its pages, they will find healthy and delicious recipes for themselves and their families.”

In “Free Indeed,” readers will find that each recipe adheres to a diet free of gluten, soy, dairy and all processed sugars. Knight assures readers that the recipes are not only nutritious, but also delicious.

Knight hopes that her new book will help those who are suffering from food sensitivities or chronic disease to find recipes that work for them. She invites readers to visit her at freeindeedcooking.com.

“Free Indeed”

By Leah G. Knight

Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 204 pages | ISBN 9781496944931

Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 204 pages | ISBN 9781496944917

E-Book | 204 pages | ISBN 9781496944924

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Leah G. Knight is a freelance writer, skilled culinary innovator, classically trained professional singer and private music teacher. When faced with challenging health issues, Knight and her husband, Jason, began following a strict dietary regimen. This diet caused her to create a series of recipes that adhered to her new meal plan and resulted in the publishing of her first book, “Free Indeed.”

AuthorHouse, an Author Solutions, LLC self-publishing imprint, is a leading provider of book publishing, marketing, and bookselling services for authors around the globe and offers the industry’s only suite of Hollywood book-to-film services. Committed to providing the highest level of customer service, AuthorHouse assigns each author personal publishing and marketing consultants who provide guidance throughout the process. For more information or to publish a book, visit authorhouse.com or call 1-888-519-5121. For the latest, follow @authorhouse on Twitter.







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Forbes: New Dietary Guidelines on Cholesterol Suggest that 50 Years of Medical Advice Was Wrong; The Center for the Biology of Chronic Disease (CBCD) Reviews the Report


Rochester, NY (PRWEB) February 17, 2015

Cholesterol in the diet or in the blood does not increase risk of heart disease, according to new research. In fact, shocking new cholesterol guidelines have been released by the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee based on this new data. There is a paradigm that has been accepted by the medical community regarding cholesterol since 1961. This standard stated that there is both “good” and “bad” cholesterol, and when an individual eats certain foods, it increases “bad” cholesterol in the blood, which in turn can lead to heart disease. This paradigm has been shattered by new research.

A summary of the committee’s December 2014 meeting says “Cholesterol is not considered a nutrient of concern for over consumption.” (See Harvard.edu, from February 12, 2015) (2) In other words, “You don’t need to worry about cholesterol in your food.” (2)

Professor Dan Rader said that “most of the cholesterol in our blood is not derived from our diets. Every cell in your body makes cholesterol. The old guidelines were based on a wrong assumption. We now know that cholesterol in the diet makes very little difference in terms of bad cholesterol in blood.” (1) He continued, saying that “the scandal here is that it’s taking so long for science to get incorporated into nutritional guidelines.” (1) Professor Rader is a professor of molecular medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

But, if cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease, what is?

According to the CBCD, the answer is latent viruses.

More than one study has linked viruses to heart disease. In fact, both the human papillomavirus (HPV) and the varicella zoster virus (VZV) have been linked to cardiovascular disease. For instance, “Women infected with the human papillomavirus, or HPV, are two to three times as likely as uninfected women to have had a heart attack or stroke, according to a report published in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology.” (See the New York Times, from October 24, 2011) (3).

Another study found that VZV “is an independent risk factor for vascular disease.” (See the journal Neurology, from January 21, 2014) (4).

The Epstein Barr Virus (EBV), which is more common than HPV or VZV, is also linked to heart disease. “Looking at blood samples from 299 heart patients, researchers at Ohio State University found that those who had suffered a heart attack were the most likely to have inflammatory proteins circulating in their blood compared to patients with less acute symptoms. And having more of one of these proteins in the blood was linked to the presence of antibodies that signal a latent Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) reactivation.” (See News-Medical.net, from January 23, 2013) (6).

CMV is another common virus, which is linked to heart problems. “Cytomegalovirus was found to be the most common specific finding in immunocompetent patients (people with healthy immune systems) with fatal myocarditis.” (See Clinical Infectious Diseases, from March 1, 2005) (7).

“The new dietary recommendations, based on new research that shows no association between cholesterol and heart disease, should be no surprise to those who read Dr. Hanan Polansky’s book entitled ‘Microcompetition with Foreign DNA and the Origin of Chronic Disease.’” – Greg Bennett, CBCD

According to Dr. Polansky, the cause of heart disease, and other major diseases, is a latent infection with common viruses, including HPV, VZV, EBV, and CMV. Moreover, this theory also explains why the HPV study reports that “about 20 percent of patients with heart disease lack obvious risk factors (such as levels of saturated fat in the bloodstream).” (3)

How do latent viruses cause heart disease?

According to Dr. Hanan Polansky’s theory, these viruses are genetic parasites. In high concentrations, they microcompete with the human genes, “starve” these genes, and force them to behave as if they’ve been mutated, that is, to behave as if they are broken.

The Theory of Microcompetition is far-reaching. It applies to many viruses, many genes, and many diseases.

The CBCD encourages doctors and other healthcare professionals to read Dr. Polansky’s book, which predicted that viruses would be the cause of most major diseases, including heart disease, more than ten years ago. “The concept of Microcompetition (or Starved Gene) will change our approach in the study of chronic diseases and will furthermore give scientists a higher level of understanding in biology.” – Dr. Marc Pouliot, PhD (See more reviews of Dr. Polansky’s book at: http://www.cbcd.net/reviews.htm )

For a free copy of Dr. Polansky’s book, and to learn more about the Theory of Microcompetition, visit http://www.cbcd.net and click on free download.

References:

(1) Faye, F. “Why Eggs And Other Cholesterol-Laden Foods Pose Little Or No Health Risk.” Published on February 12, 2015. Forbes.com.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/fayeflam/2015/02/12/why-eggs-and-other-cholesterol-laden-foods-pose-little-or-no-health-risk/

(2) Skerrett, Patrick J. “Panel suggests that dietary guidelines stop warning about cholesterol in food.” Published on February 12, 2015. Harvard Health

http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/panel-suggests-stop-warning-about-cholesterol-in-food-201502127713

(3) The New York Times – Troubles With Heart Are Linked to HPV. Published on October 24, 2011.

nytimes.com/2011/10/25/health/research/25theory.html?_r=0

(4) Herpes zoster as a risk factor for stroke and TIA: a retrospective cohort study in the UK. Published on January 21, 2014.

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24384645

(5) Polansky, H. Itzkovitz, E. Gene-Eden-VIR Is Antiviral: Results of a Post Marketing Clinical Study. Published in September 2013.

http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperInformation.aspx?PaperID=36101#.U-s9ouOSz90

(6) News Medical – EBV reactivation can increase risk of heart disease.

Published on January 23, 2013

news-medical.net/news/20130123/EBV-reactivation-can-increase-risk-of-heart-disease.aspx

(7) Cytomegalovirus infection of the heart is common in patients with fatal myocarditis. Published on March 1, 2005.

ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15714413







Nutritionfamily.com to Launch Comprehensive Dietary and Supplement Guide Roadshows


Singapore (PRWEB) December 31, 2014

One of the main segments in Nutritionfamily.com is in dietary supplements. Members are now able to find out all the different types of ingredients, types of best supplements in the market and how they can benefit health in general. As part of this expansion exercise, Nutritionfamily.com will be offering more information and resources so that members can be more well-informed.

In offering the best products and services to members of Nutritionfamily.com, there will be new and attractive new products available. Nutritionfamily.com will be embarking into a smart partnership program with top supplement companies.

This membership is designed to provide members with the opportunity to promote vitamin products through various methods.

Such methods are all specially designed for effectiveness which includes roadshows, online campaigns and many others. There will be occasional promotions which can help members to learn more about vitamins as well.

Members who join the website and will be able to start promoting vitamin products as early as the first week upon registration. On top of that, they are encouraged to find others to join Nutritionfamily in order to enjoy rebates.

This roadshows are designed specifically for members of Nutritionfamily.com in which the can plan their health programs based on their own convenience. This is because this plan is designed to be extremely flexible where members can decide and plan what supplements they want to start with, what they want to achieve and when they want to improve their body in terms of health.

Meanwhile, members can enjoy the benefits of promoting the dietary supplements. This will enable them to be the walking testimonies of the products which will help them in garnering the portal more members. In others words, members of Nutritionfamily.com can enjoy great health while acquiring more health knowledges.

In this launch, distributors are invited to join Nutritionfamily.com and be part of its worldwide network of consumers. This will help members to expand their reach and become part of this health conscious network that runs across the country, region and globally as well. Besides being able to reach more customers and network, members can now enjoy the benefits of health sciences with access to all the research and development information of the supplements.

Through this new network, associates can now interact with other members and share resources in terms of disease facts, medicines and surgeries. On top of that, they can learn more about the traits and characteristics of each of the products of the health sciences which will complement them in promoting the dietary supplements.

A comprehensive and reliable online system will be made available for the members who join Nutritionfamily.com. For new members, they can register through Nutritionfamily.com at no charge. They can choose to be a consuming customer and start promoting health products in order to enjoy rebates and vouchers. Additionally, the online system is an ordering system which will allow distributors to lock-in their products either for single purchases of monthly auto-orders. The auto order function ensures that distributors receive their ordered vitamins and supplements on a 4-weeks cycle which helps them to stay eligible for rebate. Besides that, it ensures that they will continuously receive their supply of the dietary supplements without having to worry about stock and inventory shortage.







Connie Casad, MD, Now Accepting Test Participants for January Dietary Detoxification Study

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) December 24, 2014

Connie Casad, MD, a well-known and respected gynecologist, bioidentical hormone specialist and functional medicine advocate with 30 years of practice experience in Dallas, Texas, has announced a second trial to evaluate the health benefits of dietary detoxification. The second study is scheduled to begin in January with new participants following excellent results from test patients who just completed a 21-day detoxification regimen.

When asked to explain her interest in conducting the study, Dr. Casad said, “About 10 years ago, I realized I could no longer consume beverages or foods with caffeine after about 4 p.m. without having sleep problems. As I set out to understand why this happens, I learned a lot about food and environmental toxins and the effect they have on human health. What I discovered was that over time our livers do not work as well as they once did. One of the ways we determine that the liver function is not as efficient is if we cannot tolerate caffeine well. This discovery was an important factor in my decision to re-educate myself about human health and wellness so I could offer patients preventative solutions instead of just treating disease with medicine.”

After years of specialized training and advanced medical education, Dr. Casad conducted her first study program in November. Thirty of her patients entered the study designed to evaluate the health benefits of a 21-day regimen of dietary detoxification. Twenty-seven of the participants completed the process. More than 80 percent reported excellent results, including improved sleep, more energy, fewer aches and pains, and most importantly, individual weight loss from 5 to 14 pounds depending on the individual.

“We live in an environment with increased exposure to toxins much more abundant than even 30 years ago,” said Dr. Casad. “The list includes pesticides, herbicides and industrial chemicals that can infiltrate the human body through food, water and the air we breathe. Constant exposure leads to these unwanted elements becoming trapped in the body’s tissues which has been shown to negatively impact health and wellness and is believed to contribute to the development of chronic disease. I am not at all surprised at the quality of the results we saw.”

She continued, “A medically planned and supervised body cleanse can allow our systems to burn fat that stores unwanted compounds that affect our health. As we oxidize toxins, they become water soluble allowing the liver to process and eliminate them. Our study program included three meals a day, two of which were medically supported shakes. The third meal came from dietary choices rich in protein, foods without any sugar, and gluten-free grains in moderation. Individuals were encouraged to drink lots of fresh water, eight to 12 glasses a day. Snacks were allowed as long as they met the previously mentioned conditions. During the cleanse, we supported the body with selected supplements under my supervision.”

“I have done this program myself with noticeable benefits. I now will encourage my patients to consider doing this once or twice a year. An elimination cleansing diet of 21 days helped study participants to feel better, sleep better, eliminate headaches, lessen bloating and other intestinal conditions, improve joint health, and restore overall vitality while helping their bodies withstand all of the internal and external stressors we experience in our daily active lives.”

Those interested in joining the January dietary detoxification study program should contact Dr. Casad at her office by calling (972) 566-5335.

About the practice:

Dr. Connie Casad is the medical director of a restorative wellness practice based in Dallas, TX, offering personalized attention and care that patients will not always find at other medical practices. Dr. Casad focuses on improving the health and wellness of women using Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT). She specializes in creating integrated, comprehensive and individualized programs for her patients to resolve age-related diseases in addition to stress and weight management issues. Focusing on prevention, Dr. Casad encourages her patients to preserve and promote long-term wellness by taking proactive measures towards achieving health and beauty from the inside out. For more information, visit http://www.bio-identicaldoctors.com/.