Should You Be Taking Supplements?

More and more studies are showing that vitamin, mineral and other supplements do not help prevent acute or chronic disease and do not increase longevity.  In fact, many of the new studies and even more that have resulted from the review of other large studies show that supplement use may even be harmful.  There are […]

More than 25% Americans Have High Blood Pressure

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality estimates that over 25% of American adults have high blood pressure in 2008. The total treatment expenses exceed $50 billion: $22 billion on prescription medications; $15 billion on doctors’ office and outpatient visits; and another $15 billion on hospitalizations, emergency room visits and home health care. This number is […]

Potassium and Your Health

A potassium-rich diet was associated with lower stroke risk in a study that involved more than 200,000 middle-aged and older adults.  The conclusion was that people who eat plenty of high-potassium fruits, vegetables and dairy products may be less likely to suffer a stroke than those who get little of the mineral. This is not the first […]

High Blood Pressure in Children

As you know, we recommend that everyone should monitor their blood pressure.  It need not be too often, but you should know what it is and if it is in a healthy range.  A study out of the Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock, AR found that as many as 25% of teenagers may be […]

Are Vitamins and Supplements Necessary?

You probably have a bottle or two in your kitchen cabinet.  Maybe you take one or more everyday or perhaps just once in awhile.  You believe or have been told that they provide some insurance in case your diet is missing something. The question is:  Do you really need to take supplemental vitamins and minerals?  […]