Nutrition Health Review

Health magazine (tabloid).

Articles from No. 99, Fall

Beta-Carotene: More Than a Nutrient, More Than an Antioxidant, More Than a Defense against Night Blindness, Could Be a Potent Weapon in the War against Cancer
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Few people have known about beta-carotene until recently Even scientific researchers looked upon it as merely a substance interchangeable with vitamin A. Recent discoveries herald the substance as a possible weapon against...
Blending the Benefits of Flavor and Health through Herbs and Spices
"A[n] herb is a friend of physicians and the praise of cooks." Charlemagne, 9th century [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] With an increasing interest in "functional foods" among scientists and health professionals, herbs and spices have been receiving greater...
Can Your Friends Make You Fat?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Over the last 25 years, the incidence of obesity among adults in the United States has more than doubled, shooting from 15 to 32 percent. Whereas obesity has been stigmatized in the past, attitudes may be changing. To the...
Childhood Obesity Epidemic
Childhood obesity is characterized by a weight well above the mean for a child's height and age, and obesity reflects a body mass index above the 85th percentile for a child's age and sex. The array of complications in children that are associated...
Cranberry Juice Promotes Cancer-Killing Power of Drugs
Cranberries are nontoxic, and the compounds they contain are part of the family of flavonoids found in grape seeds, which have been shown to be potentially beneficial in breast cancer. Compounds isolated from cranberries can kill human ovary, brain,...
Dietary Fats and Red Meat
The so-called "Western-style diet," generally high in red meat and animal fats and low in fiber, fruits, and vegetables, has been implicated as risk factors for obesity, heart disease, and some cancers. Most people set an upper limit on the quantity...
Does Global Climate Change Have Natural Causes? an Interview with Kenneth L. Verosub, Ph.D
Q: What is global warming? A: Many people do not even like the term "global warming"; they like "global climate change," meaning that the climate is changing. Some of the effects suggest that the world is getting warmer, ice sheets are melting,...
Eating "Green" for Good Health
Clinical nutritionists and dietitians at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas recommend a sampling of some green foods, as follows: * Avocado: Also known as an alligator pear, avocados are a good source of monounsaturated...
Fast Facts about Phytochemicals, Herbs, and Nutrients
Americans consume 130 pounds of potatoes per person annually. Several potato varieties are packed with health-promoting phytochemicals. All potatoes have carotenoids, called xanthophylls, in the flesh. Scientists have identified 60 different kinds...
Fear the Next Ice Age
Contemporary fear of warm weather is in dramatic contrast to our forebears--who loved warming climates and hated the mini-ice ages. It was during the cooling Dark Ages that the Roman and Mayan empires collapsed, after they had thrived during a warming...
Green Tea Extract Helps Remove Genital Warts
The human papillomavirus (HPV) comprises a group of difficult-to-treat viruses that can produce warts on the skin and on the membranes that line body passages. Genital warts are spread by sexual contact. Approximately 40 types of HPV can infect the...
Health Benefits of Apple Peel
An apple a day may help keep you out of the doctor's office, and scientists are just beginning to find out why. Plenty of vitamins and minerals, as well as plant nutrients, are packed into this fruit. Considerable research is being centered on the...
Not So Harmless? Today's Marijuana Has Highest Levels of THC
Marijuana is the most widely used illicit substance in the United States. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the active chemical in cannabis and is one of the oldest hallucinogenic drugs known. The amount of THC determines potency, and causes mind-altering...
Persistence of Childhood Asthma
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Researchers in Ontario, Canada examined patterns of the children's use of health services as a predictor of asthma persistence, because children with previous significant morbidity for are at increased risk for future illnesses....
Phytochemicals and Antioxidants
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] We have all heard about the antioxidant potential of dozens of foods, such as artichokes, blueberries, green tea, pomegranate juice, and tomato sauce. Examples of foods with antioxidant properties include: lycopene and lutein...
Saving the Planet by Contaminating the Environment
The incandescent light bulb has had a long history, with the technology little changed since 1879, when Thomas Edison produced light with a carbonized thread from his wife's sewing box. His invention was considered to be one of the most acclaimed scientific...
Substance Abuse: Nature or Nurture?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Illicit psychoactive substance use, abuse, and dependence are major public health problems. Several genetic risk factors contribute to dependence on both lawfully prescribed medications and illicit psychoactive substances....
The Amazing World of Phytochemicals: An Interview with Victoria J. Drake, Ph.D
Q: What are phytochemicals? A: Phytochemicals are chemicals produced by plants. The term is usually used to describe plant derived chemicals that are not required nutrients but that may nevertheless affect health. Q: Do phytochemicals differ...
The Mulberry Leaf: One of Nature's Answers to Type 2 Diabetes
According to government data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of people living with diabetes in America is growing at an alarming rate, up by three million cases, from 21 million to 24 million, in the past two...
Tree Bark Substance May Lead to Therapy for Cancer
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Researchers have determined how a substance derived from the bark of the South American lapacho tree kills certain kinds of cancer cells. The compound, called beta-lapachone, has shown promising anticancer properties. Until...