Posts Tagged ‘Women’s Health’

Vitamin K Question

September 10, 2012 Written by JP

In a recent conversation, I was asked about the safety of Vitamin K supplements in relation to cardiovascular health. The gentleman I was speaking with brought up the possibility of excessive blood clotting or coagulation. The basis for his concern is that some “blood thinning” medications, such as coumadin (Warfarin), work by antagonizing Vitamin K. What’s more, physicians often recommend limiting Vitamin K consumption via food and supplementation in patients using Vitamin K antagonists. But, what about the majority of the population that isn’t using coumadin or related drugs?

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Whole Body Vibration

November 30, 2011 Written by JP

Exercising is considered an effective means of preserving bone mineral density as part of a comprehensive bone health regimen. In recent years, some medical experts have begun to recommend a more passive strategy to accomplish this same objective. Whole-body vibration (WBV) is a practice in which you lie down, sit or stand on a vibrating platform that sends waves of energy throughout your body. In some instances, specific forms of exercise including squats are integrated into the vibrating experience. In either case, this active or passive activity causes muscles to contract in a manner that is similar to a physical workout. Proponents of whole-body vibration often claim that the physiological response to WBV provides as good or greater health benefits than more traditional forms of physical exertion in less time.

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Yogurt News You Can Use

September 26, 2011 Written by JP

Yogurt is a historically revered food that I recommend to virtually all of my clients, family and friends. The primary reason is that the scientific literature consistently reveals varied health benefits associated with the use of this cultured, probiotic-rich product. In the past several months alone, peer-reviewed studies report that the regular use of yogurt reduces:  a) the levels of harmful bacteria that promote dental decay and periodontal disease in the mouths of children; b) the risk of premature birth in women with bacterial vaginosis and preeclampsia (high blood pressure) in first time mothers; c) the likelihood of diarrhea and other gastrointestinal complaints relating to antibiotic use; d) the incidence of type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome according to intervention trials and large population studies.
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Stuffed Mushroom Recipe

October 5, 2010 Written by JP

This week’s recipe was a surprise to me, literally. One evening I was writing away in my office and an enticing aroma caught my attention. I thought to myself, “That’s odd. I thought we were having leftovers for dinner”. So, I walk into the kitchen and find Mrs. Healthy Fellow removing a pan from the oven. On it is an armada of stuffed mushrooms. Immediately, there’s a conflict going on in my head. Part of me thinks, “Ugh. Mushrooms!”. But my senses and stomach are singing a different tune. Whatever this creation was smelled absolutely fantastic. Could this be, at long last, the mushroom dish that converts me from a a mushroom-avoider to a mushroom-lover?
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