American Health Perceptions

A study conducted by Catalyst Healthcare Research (CHR) found that most Americans who are overweight or obese see themselves as being in good health.  These same people are often well educated and are aware of the health risks related to obesity. The study found that 60% of Americans believe obesity is the number one threat […]

Building Better Bones

Most of us think of our bones as a solid, static mass that is hard and unchanging.    The fact is our skeletal structure is replaced approximately every ten years. Bones are dynamic, living tissue that consists of about 25% water, 25% protein and approximately 50% mineral salts including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and potassium. Bone […]

Body Composition

Most people keep track of their weight using a common bathroom scale. Doctors take it one step further by recording weight and height measurements to determine a persons body mass index or BMI. The problem, as more and more studies are pointing out, is that weight or BMI are not always a good indicator of […]

Is it a Disease to Want to be Healthy?

Orthorexia, a phrase coined in 1996 by physician Steven Bratman is referred to as a “fixation of righteous eating” or in English, an obsession with eating only healthy foods.  This thinking is now getting some attention as a cousin to serious illnesses like anorexia and bulimia. Are people who make healthy choices a priority, whether […]

Quinoa: Is it a Grain?

Although often called an ancient whole grain, quinoa is actually a gluten-free seed that originates from the chard and rhubarb family.  It comes in a variety of colors including golden, red and black varieties. Quinoa is not simply tasty.   It is bursting with all nine essential amino acids, making it complete protein.   Although […]