The Role of Stress and Sleep in Obesity

Chronic stress, combined with positive energy balance (accumulation of body fat because energy is stored as fat), may cause an increased risk of obesity and other metabolic diseases like diabetes. The prevalence of obesity has increased dramatically in the US in the last several decades. The American Medical Association and the US Federal Drug Administration


The Role of Toxins in Obesity

In medical school, future doctors are taught that obesity is simply an imbalance of calories consumed and calories burned. In other words, if we don’t burn the same or more calories than we consume, the better becomes our chances of gaining weight. If this imbalance continues for a long time, we may become obese. This


"Weighing In" on Obesity

Recently, both the American Medical Association (AMA) and the US Federal Drug Administration have declared obesity a “disease.” Doctors and researchers have known for some time that obesity has a morbidity (causes other diseases) and a mortality (causes death). So how prevalent is obesity and how dangerous is it? The following facts adapted from the


Vitamin D Supplementation Helps Patients With Heart Failure

Vitamin D is called the “Sunshine Vitamin” because it is naturally made in our skin when we are exposed to ultraviolet B rays found in sunlight. Heart failure patients are often deficient in this vitamin even during the summer months. A new five-year study investigated the potential benefits heart patients experienced when they took vitamin

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Air Pollution – A Toxic Exposure That Can Lead to Ill Health

It comes as no surprise that air pollution is a source of toxic exposure that can lead to ill health. In fact, it’s estimated that 5.5 million people die of diseases attributed to breathing polluted air. I grew up in Los Angeles, California in the 50’s and 60’s when the quality of air in Southern


Jouve Given Prestigious Designation

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to get safe products into the hands of the consumer and to create organizational accountability. They do this by stringently inspecting products beyond their label and awarding the EWG VERIFIED™ status to those that qualify as safe, pure, and eco-friendly. Recently, the EWG


We Are What We Eat

We have all heard the expression: “We are what we eat.” In my physiology and nutrition classes I teach at the university, I have, over the years, changed this to “We are what we don’t eat.” This is because the standard American diet is so poor due to our lifestyles, we do not get the


Vitamin D – More Important Than Just For Bones

Several years ago, I wrote an article about the famous composer Mozart and a possible cause of his premature death – vitamin D deficiency. Basically, a number of physicians have proposed that Mozart actually died of “darkness.” He slept all day long and composed at night. In the long Austrian winter nights with shortened days


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