Planting our Fall Garden

It’s mid-August and still hot in San Antonio, but I started planting our fall garden this week. By the time the seeds sprout in September, the weather will be moderating. Growing conditions will be ideal for many plants for the next few months. So, what did I plant? Mustard greens…

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HealthFest 2016

Historic Courthouse in Marshall

I had the privilege of attending HealthFest 2016 in Marshall, Texas on the weekend of April 1-3. I had not heard about this annual event in a small Texas city until a few weeks before I attended. It sounded promising, and it proved to be a superb event. Let me…

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News Flash about Healthy Eating!

The editorial in the March 2016 American Family Physician, which I received yesterday, states: “Consistently strong evidence supports the benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables; in addition, moderate to strong evidence indicates the consumption of whole grains should be increased.” The editorial goes on to say: “Moderate to strong…

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Valuable Food Fiber Facts

Food fiber is truly valuable for lifelong health. Yet most Americans don’t get enough fiber. Only three in 100 get the recommended amount in their food. Why is this? Basically it’s because most people don’t eat enough whole grains and veggies. Is it hard to boost food fiber to desirable…

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The Amazing Benefits of Fiber in Food

Food fiber has amazing benefits for health. We began learning about some of its benefits about 50 years ago. Previously it was thought to be of no nutritional value because we can’t digest it, and it doesn’t provide any calories or nutrients to humans. Thanks to Dr. Burkitt’s observations in…

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Confessions of a Proteinaholic

Garth Davis

Garth Davis, author of Proteinaholic, was a self-confessed protein addict. His professional background makes his story especially compelling. He is a top-rated surgeon who specializes in bariatric surgery, doing stomach bypass operations to help morbidly obese people lose weight. In the early years of his surgery practice, he strongly promoted…

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Are Carbs Good or Bad for You?

Carbs (short for carbohydrates) are an essential fuel for the human body. There was a time when “carb-loading” was recommended to help athletes prepare for endurance contests. Data suggested this would help them perform better over the long haul. When carbs became vilified as a cause of our growing obesity…

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Why are Plant-based Foods the Best?

Why are plant-based foods so good for health? The answer is not simple. Many factors are involved and no single factor is a magic bullet. Vitamins were once thought to be almost miraculous health boosters. They’re important, but not a panacea. Then there was a wave of enthusiasm for antioxidants.…

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