August 2014

Active ImageWalking may be just as good for your mind as it is for your body.

A new study from Italy finds people age 65 and older who regularly walk and do other kinds of moderate exercise seem to greatly lower their risk of vascular dementia
Active ImageNovel Solutions to Combat Holiday Weight Gain

"Did you get fatter again?" one of my clients told me she asked her husband as he put on a newly purchased pair of pants for the office.

Yes, some of us try to sneak new clothes in after the holidays so that others don't notice our latest indulgence in food. That can be one strategy.

To read the full article Worried About Holiday Weight Gain?, click here.

Active ImageDangerous Diabetes: Affliction of the Stars
From Oscar winners to an "American Idol" judge, Celebs Manage Diabetes

This has been quite a year for Halle Berry. Not only did the 41-year-old actress achieve a long desired pregnancy, but she stirred up a storm of controversy when she claimed that she had cured herself of type 1 diabetes -- a claim refuted by many doctors and the diabetes community. Berry is the latest example of the many stars, alive and dead, who have waged a battle with diabetes.

To read the full article Dangerous Diabetes: Affliction of the Stars, click here.

Active ImageRichard Roundtree Speaks Out About Breast Cancer
'Shaft' Star Battled Male Breast Cancer, Now Raises Awareness

When Richard Roundtree was diagnosed with cancer in 1993, he was bowled over.

"The doctor told me, 'You have breast cancer,'" recalls Roundtree, who played John Shaft in the iconic 1971 film "Shaft." I heard the cancer part first -- it was only later that I heard the breast part. I couldn't believe it."

To read the full article Richard Roundtree Speaks Out About Breast Cancer, click here.

Stress Reduction Programs

Stress is a major cause of illness. Stress-Related illnesses often referred to as Stress-Related Disorders (SRD) represent 70% to 80% of all complaints seen in medical practice. Whether stress is caused by an illness or causes the illness is important, but in either case reduction of stress is essential to healing. Notice here we did not say treatment, today most physicians treat the symptoms of the illness and ignore the cause and effect of the illness. Because of this the individuals ability to
Positive Thinking-Positive Energy Treatment

Both our body and our soul, and for that matter most everything in our universe is ultimately energy. Illness and disease, no matter what its cause, is merely a blockage or disruption or aberrance of this energy. We know from physics that there are two types of energies positive (often represented by a plus + sign) and negative energy (often represented by a minus - sign).

This is true of our body and within our life. We two are a balance of + and - energy. When there is more positive + energy we fell healthy, happy alive and good, when there is more negative energy - we fell down, disrupted, unhealthy and ill.

As both a religious and mental health construct thinking positive creates more positive energy and healing while negative thinking undermines positive energy and when held to an extreme can lead to illness.

Negative energy is not bad as we require a certain amount of it to balance our positive energy charge, hence the concept of harmony and balance. Negative energy only becomes bad for us when it takes precedence over positive energy, when it is feed with more negative energy to overwhelm the harmony and balance of the body, the mind, the emotions and the spirit. When this happens the resulting situation is most commonly referred to as illness, when taken to an extreme we think of it as disease.

When creating a healing program this balance of negative and positive energy must be taken into account. Negative energy can be created in a number of different ways including but not limited to toxic chemicals with negative electric charges, inadequate diet with too much processed and refined foods creating a vitamin, mineral and electrolyte imbalances, lack of exercise to burn energy in a positive way, and negative thinking. While none of these on their own is more powerful, and in every case each must be considered in creating a healing program, we believe that negative thinking is the most important factor . Negative thinking undermines will power, intent to survive and live and hence leads to a poor or inadequate diet, lack of exercise and creation of illness. The first step in any healing program is to create a positive and healthy healing environment, recognition and transformation of negative thinking into positive healing thoughts.

If you are considering healing an illness, any illness, this is an essential factor in getting positive results. In the Bible it is clearly stated,

There is a new treatment now being utilized for cardiovascular protection that is similar to EDTA called Plaquex. The Plaquex program involves administration of a phospholipid to help reduce plaque build up in the walls of arteries. The essential phospholipid is called phosphatidylcholine or lecithin. Dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons have recently started using phosphatidylcholine injections to selectively break down fat deposits under the skin. However the idea has been around for years and used extensively throughout Europe where studies first indicated it would remove fat from the inside of blood vessels. This therapy is becoming more popular in chelation clinics where it is now being used in conjunction with EDTA chelation

EDTA chelation is important for many reasons but primarily for removing the metals and minerals that oxidize cholesterol (damage the cholesterol and allow it to become harmful). It is the oxidized cholesterol that causes inflammation of the blood vessel wall that causes plaque to form. Chelation also shrinks established plaque which is how it improves symptoms. Therefore chelation should be thought of more as a preventive treatment. The Plaquex is synergistic with chelation, that is it helps to remove established plaque as opposed to being preventive. The Plaquex helps to remove fat deposits in the blood vessels by its effect on the lipid membrane of the cells in the arteries. This lipid membrane is where the plaque forms and this plaque is increased by deposition of abnormal fats or trans fatty acids. The Plaquex allows for an exchange of good fats for bad fats which tends to smooth out or shrink the plaque. Therefore the Plaquex is more useful for patients that have symptoms of angina, leg claudication, or heavy plaque buildup seen on x-rays. Plaque is a complex substance that is impossible to entirely remove, however it be decreased and prevented from increasing.

Plaquex is administered in an IV as is chelation and the treatment typically takes 2 hours. The number of treatments depends on symptoms and disease severity, but averages between 20 to 30, as does chelation. The improvement is a slow proves and related to changes in the lipid composition of cells and blood vessels. Chelation and Plaquex cannot be administered together and therefore require administration in different days. If patients have no symptoms of angina or pain, then we recommend a chelation series first followed by a series of Plaquex treatments. If one does have symptoms, then we recommend one treatment of each per week For severe symptoms we recommend 2 Plaquex treatments per week along with one EDTA.

In summary, Plaquex has been shown to reduce plaque that causes:

  • Coronary artery disease
  • Heart attacks
  • Strokes
  • Angina
  • Leg claudication pain
  • Diabetic complications
  • Neuropathy Hypertension

Plaquex involves administration of essential phospholipids (phosphatidylcholine) by IV infusion to reverse the plaque build up in blood vessels by a lipid exchange mechanism of good fats for bad fats in lipid membranes.

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Nutritional-Dietary Therapy

The basis of Nutritional and Dietary Therapy is the recognition that the symptoms and illness the individual is suffering from or that prevention of illness is intimately related to the quality of nutrients and foods eaten. Many medical conditions seen in medical practices are in fact nutritional and dietary deficiency syndromes. Conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke, obesity, some cancers, low blood sugar, hyperactivity, macular degeneration to name only a few are created because of either lack of specific nutrients in the diet, poor choices of foods eaten (diet that is overwhelmingly made up of processed and refined foods) and is hence deficient in some important vitamins, minerals or micronutrients.

While nutritional deficiencies may trigger these medical conditions the real problem is often a lack of knowledge of proper nutrition, their body
Nutritional Supplementation

Immune System Revitalization

The immune system is the stress mechanism and it is also a main component of the healing and repair systems of he body. While we tend to separate these systems to discuss them within the body there are essentially one immune, protection, healing and repair system and part of the stress mechanism. What affects one, effects the others. Hence, optimizing these systems is not just an optional choice it is a requirement of good health, wellness and healing.

The process of revitalization of the stress-immune-defensive, repair and healing system requires a
Immune Infusions 
Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Program

Heart disease and heart attacks are the #1 killer of adults in the U.S. Stroke is the #3 killer. If you are a diabetic your risk is even higher than the general population. The good news is that heart disease, heart attack and stroke are often easy to prevent. The problem is that if you wait until you have symptoms of heart disease, high blood pressure, chest pain, angina or heart attack you have waited much too long.

Currently the allopathic medical profession concept of heart disease and heart attack prevention is statins and eating a low salt diet. To date we have some evidence that some of the statins actually do work, but only in 10% to 50% of the people who use them. This leaves 50% to 90% of you vulnerable to heart disease, heart attack and stroke. Many people either do not want to take statins or cannot take statins due to severe and problematic side effects. What do these people do to help themselves? The answer is simple, you use the basic concepts your grandparents did to protect you from heart disease, heart attack and stroke, healthy foods and exercise. To this prescription we can add supplements and nutritional products with a proven protective effects.

The problem with is that many people really do not know what to eat or avoid, they have no idea what nutritionals to use and what kinds and amounts of exercise to perform. They also do not know how to protect themselves against stress, increase the essential antioxidants which can reduce hardening of their arteries. Simply said they do not have the right information and support to do the job effectively.

My Metamorphosis Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Program can provide all the information you need to help yourself, the highest quality nutritional and supplements and the support to persist and maintain your prevention, recovery and healing.

We provide evaluation, diagnosis, nutritional and lifestyle counseling, counseling in stress reduction and most important support in making these work for you. If you want to save your life and preserve your well-being call 760-320-4292 and set an appointment for starting the  Metamorphosis Heart Attack and Stroke Prevention Program.

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Conflict Resolution - Healing

While we rarely think of it but constantly see all around us healing always occurs with conflict resolution. Whether the individual get what he or she thinks they want is not the issue, what is fact is that healing cannot occur without resolving the conflicts which cause problems, imbalances and illness in our life.

It has long been our belief that most illness, that not caused by poor diet, toxic chemicals or pure genetic problems is caused by unresolved conflicts. In our work on Body Symptom Language and Stress-Related Disorders it became obvious and clear that most of the illnesses my patients suffered were triggered and caused by one or more unresolved conflicts and more importantly if they could resolve those conflicts healing occurred. This can be true on a superficial or deep level for minor illnesses or for chronic debilitating illnesses. One has only to sit or step on a tack to realize that the pain that occurs is caused by the puncture of the skin not simply because pain fibers exist in th skin. The conflict here is pin versus person and is simple and easily resolved. It is harder to recognize that cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, allergies or most other acute and chronic diseases are caused each buy their own unresolved, physical, mental, emotional or spiritual conflict or conflicts.

While we may vehemently argue with this concept down deep we all know it is true. We know this from living life and from watching the people around us and their struggles, successes and failures. This is the stuff of movies, plays and art. They are almost always about conflict. The conflict may be subtle or may stand out like the proverbial sore thumb. If this were not true we would not be looking for answers and if understood we would more than likely look for answers in a different way.

In creating a healing program looking for, finding and resolving unresolved conflicts is essential. Healing cannot occur or be permanent without it. If you are unaware that you have unresolved conflicts or if you are aware but do not know what to do about them, talk with us. We can help you to understand the importance of resolution, how to recognize your conflicts and what to do about them. If you need more proof that conflicts cause imbalance and illness then ask yourself the following question,
Body Dialoging

Over the past 40 years in the practice of medicine it has become clear to me that our body is very intelligent and often even wiser than we are selves are. In the Bible it says,
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is a medical treatment in which the entire body is placed under increased atmospheric pressure and the patient breathes 100% oxygen. This treatment is administered in a pressurized chamber which causes a 10 fold increase in plasma oxygen concentration with a resulting increase in oxygenation of the cells, organs and tissue of the body.

Typical capillary oxygen measurements in skin tissue is between 70-80 mm of Hg. In hyperbaric therapy oxygen measurements will rise to 1400 mm Hg under two atmospheres of pressure while breathing 100% oxygen. This hyperoxygenation allows tissues throughout the body, especially those tissues that might not heal at all, to heal rapidly. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is used to treat a diverse group of conditions. It may be the primary treatment for some conditions, or it may be used as part of a combined program involving antibiotics, other therapies and/or surgery.

The concept hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is simple. The air that we breathe contains 21% oxygen. Breathing 100% oxygen while an individual is at normal barometric pressure has limited benefits. However, by breathing pure oxygen in an increased pressure environment, we are able to deliver 3-4 times the amount of oxygen to those tissues with good blood circulation and as much as 100 times more to tissues with poor circulation (such as brain tissue damaged by stroke or head injury). This hyperbaric (above normal pressure) delivery of oxygen offers many unique therapeutic benefits that cannot be achieved by any other method.

In order to provide individuals with HBOT, a pressurized environment is required. The patient is placed within a spacious chamber, which is then pressurized to the level ordered by their physician. Each treatment takes approximately one hour and is closely supervised by our highly trained and experienced Hyperbaric Technologists.

What Conditions Are Effectively Treated With Hyperbaric Oxygen?

There are one hundred and ninety conditions that are effectively treated with HBOT. We have seen remarkable results in patients with the following health concerns:

●    Stroke and complications of stroke
●    Head and spinal cord injuries
●    Crush injuries
●    Poor circulation and vascular problems (often eliminating the need for amputation)
●    Diabetic wounds and peripheral vascular disease
●    Slow-healing wounds (noninfectious)
●    Multiple sclerosis
●    Chronic fatigue syndrome
●    Wound and skin infections including flesh eating bacterial infections and gangrene
●    Burns and complications of burns
●    Blood poisoning
●    Acute rheumatoid arthritis
●    Carbon monoxide poisoning
●    Lymes disease
●    Radiation necrosis and radiation cystitis and intestinal problems
●    Macular degeneration
●    Brown-recluse spider bites
●    Silicone implant rejection
●    Recovery from plastic surgery and skin grafts
●    Many other health concerns

What Are The Benefits Of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

Oxygen, when delivered to a patient in a hyperbaric chamber, greatly increases the amount of oxygen that can be delivered to the body. All of the benefits provided by this therapy are the result of this extra oxygen being carried within the bloodstream and diffusing into the tissues and fluids of the body. Under the increased oxygen pressure of HBOT, sufficient oxygen can be dissolved in plasma to meet all tissue oxygen requirements. This effect allows oxygen to be delivered to tissues that red blood cells can't reach and maintains tissue viability in compromised circulation conditions.
HBOT provides many health benefits including:

●    Increased oxygen delivery to
What is Chelation Therapy?

Chelation Therapy is the administration of a synthetic amino acid, EDTA, which binds heavy metals in the body. EDTA removes heavy metals such as iron, copper, lead which cause heavy metal poisoning and toxic symptoms, and calcium, which have been shown to be associated with the formation of plaque in the blood vessels. The formation of plaque causes heart attacks, strokes and vascular disease. By chelating these minerals out of the body, it softens and reduces the amount of plaque in the system. It also lessons hardening of the arteries and makes them more elastic, resulting in better circulation.

In the 1940's. People working in shipyards often developed heavy metal poisoning from large amounts of lead in the paints and buildings. The government developed the process of chelation to remove these heavy metals form the body. Incidentally it was discovered was that chelation also improved the conditions such as heart disease, angina and a number of other problems. This how it was discovered that chelation was useful in treating hardening of the arteries. To this day it's still approved by the FDA for removal of heavy metals.

What Conditions Is Chelation Therapy Used To Treat?

Individual with heart problems, vascular disease, diabetes who are at risk for heart attacks and strokes. Those who have already had a heart attack or stroke can also benefit from chelation. In addition individuals with family histories of heart disease or stroke may wish to use chelation as a preventative to avoid problems later.

Does Chelation Therapy Help Everyone?

Chelation doesn't help everyone, but 95% success rate is common. As with any medical treatment, results vary from person to person.

What is a typical treatment schedule?

The EDTA chelation is administered intravenously. It takes about 2 to 2
Alternative Medicine

Wikipedia defines alternative medicine as

Standard Western

Allen Lawrence, M.D. and
The Preventive Medicine Clincs of the Desert

In 2007, after many years in solo practice, Dr. Lawrence  joined with Neal Rouzier, M.D. and the Preventive Medicine Clinics of the Desert (PMC) in Palm Springs California. Dr. Rouzier, is a Family Practitioner and Specialist in Emergency Medicine and the Medical Director of the Preventive Medicine Clinics of the Desert. Dr. Rouzier is also a nationally known expert in Natural Hormone Replacement, Hyperbaric Medicine and working with techniques such as chelation, vitamin immune drips, Plaquex and Hydrogen Peroxide and prevention.

The Preventive Medicine Clinics of the Desert is well known for the quality of their medical care and for their commitment to both standard western medicine and alternative therapies. Dr. Rouzier is highly acclaimed and well loved and appreciated by his patients.

Dr. Lawrence along with Dr. Rouzier approaches patient care by considering not only what medical program is best for their patients, but also on what type of care their patient’s desire. There is no stock approach to any person nor to any health problem. Each person is a unique individual and their return to health, their need for preventive treatments or a therapeutic care program, is based equally on what they need and what they want. They tell their patients, “As a physician we need to give our patients what is their best interest.” Care at PMC is a shared responsibility where the patient has an equal role in making all decisions.

With Dr. Lawrence’s long history and experience working with stress related illnesses, nutrition and healthy diets and healing. Dr. Lawrence has added a new dimension to PMC. For more than 20 years PMC doctors have worked with patients exposed to toxic substances, particularly heavy metals as well as patients with heart disease, elevated cholesterol, atherosclerosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, cancer, diabetes problems causing negative life altering problems for their patients. Through treatments such chelation, hyperbaric oxygen, and the prescription of appropriate supplements and medications, along with using exercise, positive thinking, positive energy and positive lifestyle changes they help their patients to regain their vitality and optimal health.

Dr. Lawrence often tells his patients, “I have believed that illness is not a deficiency of one or another medication or drug, nor is it simply, a problem of genetic. Each illness has its unique cause, and more often than not, poor health is due to a combination of reasons. Finding the specific cause or caused of your illness will allow us to help you heal your self fully and forever.”

Illness, Dr. Lawrence says, often they rotate around four basic factors: 1) Inadequate diet (what you eat and you do not eat, not ingesting certain essential nutrients, vitamins, minerals and micronutrients that your body needs to function properly, or over eating harmful or negative nutrients), 2) Stress (physical, emotional and spiritual stress), 3) Toxic chemicals that get into your body from the environment (coming from the foods you eat, the liquids you drink, the air you breath, and the substances and products you use and are exposed to, on a daily basis), and 4) Lifestyle conflicts (recurring injuries, not doing the work you need to do, emotional distress, unresolved conflicts, lack of meaningful support systems).

While genetics may play a role in many illnesses, they often play a secondary role. For example, an individual may have a gene or complex of genes that increase his or her risk for becoming a diabetic, but he may not become a diabetic until these genes are triggered by a poor or inadequate diet, nutrient deficiencies, weight gain, lack of exercise, stress or heavy metals which activate these genes and cause the individual to become a diabetic. By understanding this and undoing the triggering factors which have activated the illness, we can undo the illness and return the person to optimal health and well-being.

Therapeutic Options Available at PMC

High Fiber Diet

If your doctor has placed you on a high fiber diet, or if you want to be on a high fiber diet then you will want to know what you can and should eat to maintain a high fiber diet. When eating out it is essential to know how to order and what to order in order to maintain a high fiber diet. The problem you will face is that most foods sold or prepared in restaurants are pre-processed and there is a preponderance of white flower and low fiber types of foods that are usually on the menu.

Soluble and Insoluble Fibers

Sources of dietary fiber are usually divided according to whether they are water-soluble or not. Both types of fiber are present in all plant foods, with varying degrees of each according to a plant plant’s characteristics. Insoluble fiber possesses water-attracting properties that help to increase bulk, soften stool and shorten transit time through the intestinal tract. Soluble fiber undergoes metabolic processing via fermentation, yielding end-products with broad, significant health effects. For example, plums (or prunes) have a thick skin covering a juicy pulp. The plum's skin is an example of an insoluble fiber source, whereas soluble fiber sources are inside the pulp. Other sources of insoluble fiber include whole wheat, wheat and corn bran, flax seed lignans and vegetables such as celery, green beans and potato skins.

Whole grains, seeds and nuts are now known to reduce risk of some of the world’s most prevalent diseases:

Obesity, diabetes, high blood cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, and numerous gastrointestinal disorders. In this last category are constipation, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, and colon cancer--all disorders of the intestinal tract where fermentable fiber can provide healthful benefits.

Insufficient fiber in the diet can complicate defecation. Low-fiber feces are dehydrated and hardened, making them difficult to evacuate -- defining constipation and possibly leading to development of hemorrhoids.

What Exactly Is Dietary Fiber?

In June 2007, the British Nutrition Foundation issued a statement to define dietary fiber more concisely and list the potential health benefits established to date:

‘Dietary fiber’ has been used as a collective term for a complex mixture of substances with different chemical and physical properties which exert different types of physiological effects. The use of certain analytical methods to quantify ‘dietary fiber’ by nature of its indigestibility results in many other indigestible components being isolated along with the carbohydrate components of dietary fiber. These components include resistant starches and oligosaccharides along with other substances that exist within the plant cell structure and contribute to the material that passes through the digestive tract. Such components are likely to have physiological effects. Yet, some differentiation has to be made between these indigestible plant components and other partially digested material, such as protein, that appears in the large bowel. Thus, it is better to classify fiber as a group of compounds with different physiological characteristics, rather than to be constrained by defining it chemically.

1.    Improvements in gastrointestinal health
2.    Improvements in glucose tolerance and the insulin response
3.    Reduction of hyperlipidemia, hypertension and other coronary heart disease
        risk factors
4.    Reduction in the risk of developing some cancers
5.    Increased satiety and hence some degree of weight management

It is important to recognize that effects of fiber are dependent on the type of fiber in the diet. The beneficial effects of high fiber diets are the summation of the effects of each of the different types of fiber present in your diet. Hence the goal is to order foods with many different types of fiber, or maybe we should say ordering many different foods that are high in fiber. By doing this you increase the overall benefits of fiber, create a more varied and interesting diet and allow a broader selection of foods, tastes as well as nutrients from these foods.

Guidelines on Fiber Intake

The American Dietetic Association (ADA) recommends a minimum of 20-35 g/day for a healthy adult depending on calorie intake (e.g., a 2000 cal/8400 kJ diet should include 25g of fiber per day). The ADA's recommendation for children is that intake should equal age in years plus 5 g/day (e.g., a 4 year old should consume 9 g/day). No guidelines have yet been established for the elderly or very ill. Patients with current constipation, vomiting, and abdominal pain should see a physician. Certain bulking agents are not commonly recommended with the prescription of pain medications because the slow transit time mixed with larger stools may lead to severe constipation, pain, or obstruction.

Current recommendations from the United States National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine, suggest that adults should consume 20-35 grams of dietary fiber per day, but the average American's daily intake of dietary fiber is only 12-18 grams. The American Dietetic Association recommends consuming a variety of fiber-rich foods.

Soluble fiber is found in varying quantities in all plant foods, including:

•    Legumes (peas, soybeans, and other beans)
•    Oats, rye, chia, and barley
•    Some fruits and fruit juices (particularly prune juice, plums and berries)
•    Certain vegetables such as broccoli and carrots
•    Root vegetables such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, and onions (skins of these
      vegetables are sources of  insoluble fiber)
•    Psyllium seed husk (a mucilage soluble fiber).

Legumes also typically contain shorter-chain carbohydrates indigestible by the human digestive tract but which may be metabolized by bacterial fermentation in the large intestine (colon), yielding short-chain fatty acids and gases (flatulence).

Sources of insoluble fiber include:

•    Whole grain foods
•    Bran
•    Nuts and seeds
•    Vegetables such as green beans, cauliflower, zucchini, and celery
•    the skins of some fruits, including tomatoes

The five most fiber-rich plant foods, according to the Micronutrient Center of the Linus Pauling Institute, are legumes (15-19 grams of fiber per US cup serving, including several types of beans, lentils and peas), wheat bran (17 grams per cup), prunes (12 grams), Asian pear (10 grams each) (3.6% by weight), and quinoa (9 grams).

Notes and interesting Facts regarding fiber and high fiber diets:

The soluble fiber in oats binds some of the cholesterol in your digestive tract. This cholesterol is "trapped" and some of it is removed from your body naturally. Oats contain more soluble fiber than whole wheat, rice or corn. In addition to soluble fiber, oats contain vitamins, minerals and unique antioxidants, which help make oats healthy.

Remarkable among plant foods, the Amazonian palmberry, açaí (Euterpe oleracea Mart.), has been analyzed by two research groups reporting its content of dietary fiber is 25-44% of total mass in freeze-dried powder.

Rubus fruits such as raspberry (8 grams of fiber per serving) and blackberry (7.4 grams of fiber per serving) are exceptional sources of fiber.

Fiber sources improve absorption of minerals, especially calcium.

Soluble fibers yield the important short-chain fatty acids that affect blood glucose and lipid levels, improve the colonic environment and regulate immune responses.


When dining out make sure that you have at least 4 to 6 portions of vegetables, raw or steamed, soups can provide some fiber but generally cooked or especially overcooked vegetables have less valuable fiber and while they do not have to be avoided, the you should make sure that they do not represent the bulk of your fiber intake.

A salad before or after dinner, one or two vegetables with dinner and fruit for desert is an excellent way to get a good deal of fiber in your  diet. Portions should be between 4 to 6 ounces of cooked or steamed vegetables, a normal or large salad and one or more pieces of fruit daily.


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Active ImageMy husband, at 74, is the baby of his bridge group, which includes a woman of 85 and a man of 89. This challenging game demands an excellent memory (for bids, cards played, rules and so on) and an ability to think strategically and read subtle psychological cues. Never having had a head for cards, I continue to be amazed by the mental agility of these septua- and octogenarians.

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Active ImageThe Giving Itself

When my mom died a few years ago, my siblings and I were discussing the many ways life would be different without her.
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Active ImageRed Meat and Processed Meats Linked to Cancer

You may want to hold the bacon and skip the steak at your next meal. A new study find people who eat a lot of red and processed meats have greater risk of developing bowel and lung cancer. The research adds to the growing evidence that less red meat and processed meats is better for your health.

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Active ImageFindings stress the need to remove stigma from condition
One in four U.S. adults will experience incontinence at some point, a surprisingly high toll, and the condition is so embarrassing that many suffer silently, a government panel said Wednesday.

Women are most prone to incontinence, which is the inability to control urination or bowel movements. But everyone's risk rises as they get older. Being overweight and a couch potato adds to the risk.

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Active ImageFinding love, joy and peace of mind after a devastating loss

Like many single thirtysomethings, Elly Trickett had been through her share of dead-end relationships. So in February 2002, when Trickett, then 30, flew from New York City to Houston to meet David Monroe, a man she'd gotten to know through an online forum for public relations executives, she was hopeful but cautious.

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Active ImageExperts Attribute The Drop To Increased Use Of Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs

Americans may be too fat, but at least their cholesterol is low.

For the first time in nearly 50 years, the average cholesterol level for U.S. adults is in the ideal range, the government reported Wednesday.

Results from a national survey, which includes blood tests, found the total cholesterol level dropped to 199. Doctors like patients to have total cholesterol readings of 200 or lower.

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Active ImageHarvard Researchers Discover Key to Balance While Pregnant

With all that growing weight up front, how is it that pregnant women don't lose their balance and topple over? Scientists think they've found the answer: There's are slight differences between women and men in one lower back vertebrae and a joint in the hip, which allow women to adjust their center of gravity.

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Active ImageHow Fit You Are May Help You Live Longer than How Fat You Are

A new report from the University of South Carolina, Columbia, looked at the associations between cardio respiratory fitness, body fat, and death in older women and men. 2,603 adults age 60 and older took part in the study. Researchers determined fitness levels using a treadmill exercise test, and body fat using body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, and percent body fat. 450 participants died during an average follow-up of 12 years.

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Active ImageSuccess is proof that technique has potential to cure disease, experts say

U.S. scientists have the first evidence that those "reprogrammed stem cells" that made headlines last month really have the potential to treat disease: They used skin from the tails of sick mice to cure the rodents of sickle cell anemia.

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Active ImageOfficials credit better treatment for 20 percent decline from 1990 to 2004

The cancer death rate for children in the United States has declined sharply
Active ImageEating Certain Fruits And Vegetables May Decrease Cancer Risk And Even Stop Its Growth

Certain fruits and vegetables may reduce your risk of cancer and may even help stop cancer in its tracks, according to new research.

While there's not really an "anticancer diet," eating plenty of certain fruits and vegetables can help reduce your risk of getting cancer, researchers reported today at the American Association for Cancer Research's Sixth Annual International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research in Philadelphia.

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Active ImageDopamine, A Brain Chemical, May Play A Key Role In Learning From Mistakes

Learning from mistakes may be, in part, a matter of genetics. New research shows that a certain gene glitch may make it harder to learn from negative feedback. That gene glitch affects the number of receptors for the brain chemical dopamine.

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Active ImageResearchers Point to Degradation in Communication Pathways Between Brain's Different Regions

Forgot where you put your keys? Or your car?

If you are over 60, it may just be a normal part of aging, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday in a study that suggests brain structures deteriorate with age in otherwise healthy people.

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Active ImageCDC Reports That US Teen Births Are on the Rise for First Time Since 1991

The nation's teen birth rate has risen for the first time in 14 years, according to a new government report. The birth rate had been dropping since 1991. The decline had slowed in recent years, but government statisticians said Wednesday it jumped 3 percent from 2005 to 2006.

"It took us by surprise," said Stephanie Ventura of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a co-author of the report.

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Active ImageOverweight Kids More Likely to Experience Chronic Health Problems as Adults, Study Finds

Being overweight or obese as a child increases the risk of heart disease in adulthood, a new study suggests.

Children who are overweight are more likely to be diagnosed with coronary heart disease as adults compared with their skinnier counterparts, researchers from Denmark report in a study to be published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Active ImageAfter waiting a month, Democratic leaders in Congress said on Friday they would formally send a bill expanding a popular children's health-care program to the White House despite a veto threat.

The bill would provide health insurance to about 10 million children in low-income families unable to afford private insurance but who earn too much to qualify for the federal Medicaid program for the poor. It would raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco taxes to pay for the aid.

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New Test Places the Rate Of Infection 50 Percent Higher

New government estimates of the number of Americans who become infected with the AIDS virus each year are 50 percent higher than previous calculations suggested, sources said yesterday.

For more than a decade, epidemiologists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have pegged the number of new HIV infections each year at 40,000. They now believe it is between 55,000 and 60,000.

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Active ImageFinding may offer happy medium between embryonic and other adult cells

While the excitement continues to swirl around the recent breakthrough of converting skin cells to stem cells, other researchers are quietly pursuing a new type of stem cell discovered in menstrual blood.

These menstrual stem cells could offer several advantages. They come from a source that's easy to obtain from women, they could be used to treat patients without the fear of tissue rejection, and they avoid the ethical questions associated with embryonic stem cells.

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Active ImageStudy Could Be "A Bag Of Gold Nuggets" On Why Some Are Prone To Disorders

Remember biology class where you learned that children inherit one copy of a gene from mom and a second from dad? There's a twist: Some of those genes arrive switched off, so there is no backup if the other copy goes bad, making you more vulnerable to disorders from obesity to cancer.

Duke University scientists now have identified these "silenced genes," creating the first map of this unique group of about 200 genes believed to play a profound role in people's health.

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Active ImageWhat High-Sodium Foods Lurk in Your Cabinets?

Physicians recommend limiting your daily salt intake to below 2,300 milligrams -- that's about 1 teaspoon of salt a day.

Most Americans consume about twice that amount -- 2 teaspoons a day. According to the American Medical Association, halving Americans' salt intake could save 150,000 lives every year.

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Active ImageMedical Groups at Odds Over Proper Solution to Sodium Problems

Public health experts urged regulators Thursday to consider instituting tighter restrictions on salt content in processed and prepared foods, claiming that limiting sodium could save more than 150,000 lives annually.

The call for salt limits and beefed-up warning labels on packaging came during a U.S. Food and Drug Administration public hearing. And the public advocacy group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) was at the forefront of the charge.

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