Last week, Bloomberg.com posted an excellent article on rising obesity rates across the globe and the possible contributing factors to it. Being overweight or obese increases the risk factors for just about every disease. If you're struggling to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight, your local naturopathic physician has a plan for you!
In 2011, Dr. Mercola posted an excellent article what flavor enhancers are, how the affect the body, and why you should be concerned about them. I'm re-posting this here in case you haven't seen it yet.
On January 7th, Bloomberg.com posted an excellent article on the dangers of high salt intake and the fight to get limits placed on the salt content of foods. Worth the read!
Here at the Arizona Wellness Foundation, we are extremely passionate about helping people get healthy, stay healthy, and live their lift to its fullest. Unfortunately we live in sad times where not everyone is able to afford the medical treatment they so desperately need.
In an effort to bridge this gap between medical needs and medical costs, we have created a non-profit organization called Caring For Humanity. We belive that access to quality medical care is a human right, and it is our desire to ensure everyone has access to it regardless of economic status.
If you feel moved to help us, we would love to have you on our team. You can learn more about our organization at www.caringforhumanity.org.
In February of this year a jury awarded a 20 year old autistic man $2.5 million claiming that Johnson & Johnson, the makers of Risperdal, failed to adequately warn doctors and the public about side effect risks.
The side effect that won the man his court case is called gynecomastia, which is an enlargement of male breast tissue. The plaintiff in the case began taking Risperdal at age 8 for irritability associated with autism and developed size 46 DD breasts in his early teens.
What was at issue here was not that the side effect was possible, but that the prescribing doctor was not made aware of the possible risk even though one study showed gynecomastia as a potential side effect. This was the first case involving the condition that went to a jury trial, but there are others lined up in several states.
You can read more about this case here at philly.com.
The Arizona Wellness Foundation has recently launched a new program to help people who are struggling to lose weight and get in shape. We call our program Eaters In Crisis.
In the coming weeks, we will be taking on patients and walking them through how to transform their bodies and achieve their best, healthiest versions of themselves. Check out our website at www.eatersincrisis.com and enjoy the video below to learn more about our program.
After posting yesterday's blog on dietitians suggesting Coke as a healthy snack, I found enough research and articles on soda's effects on the body to do several more blog posts. Today I'm going to focus on soda consumption and osteoporosis.
In 2006, an article was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition on The Framingham Osteoporosis Study. This study was testing the effects of cola intake on bone mineral density in both men and women. Bone mineral density was measured in the spine and at three points in the hip. Soft drink intake was measured through a food-frequency questionnaire. Once the data was collected and analyzed, the researchers discovered the following results:
While other research needs to be done, this study shows that intake of cola is associated with lower bone mineral density in older women. If you needed an additional reason for yourself or the women in your life to avoid colas (above and beyond the lack of nutrients and effects of sugar/HFCS on the body), here it is.
If you are a regular soda drinker and are looking to improve your health but need help, call our office at 602-559-4064 to schedule your initial consultation.
No, your eyes have not deceived you. Dietitians are now suggesting that Coke can be a healthy snack between meals. It should come as no surprise to learn that those making such ridiculous claims are being paid by Coca-Cola. It is incredibly saddening to hear stories people who are supposed to be educating the public are instead in the pockets of companies that make products void of any nutritional value.
Let me be clear on this: Soda of any kind is not a healthy snack ever. With its high sugar content and lack of any nutrients, it is essentially liquid candy. If you are craving something sweet, soda is not the answer. Instead try a piece of fruit, yogurt with berries & granola, or a small amount of the many foods being made that are sweetened with stevia instead of sugar.
If you are looking for more directed help making dietary changes, call our office at 602-559-4064 to schedule your initial consultation.
Thanks to your donations, we have been able to continue treatment with our patient last week. He wanted to thank everyone who's donated for their generous support. With permission, his letter reads:
"Thank you for donating money so I'm able to get treatment for my feet. I was able to get another treatment and am able to get my feet together and back up and working. Now I'm able to try and live my dream of becoming a basketball player. Thank you for all your support."
Thank you to all who have donated. Your money will continue to help this patient and others like him. If you haven't donated yet, please consider doing so. Every dollar counts.
Bloomberg.com reported on Tuesday about healthcare spending habits over the next decade, and it's going up. If you're interested in seeing what the projections are and why, you can read the article Health Spending to Gobble Up More of U.S. Economy in Next Decade on Bloomberg Business.
Dr. Andria Orlowski has been in practice as a Naturopathic Physician for over two decades. She is accomplished in a variety of wellness treatments that have helped her patients achieve true healing.