Plant-Based Solutions for Better Bones

Article by Vesanto Melina, RD, author of Becoming Vegan Express Edition
1. Eat dark green vegetables daily. Put broccoli, kale, collard greens, bok choy and Chinese (napa) cabbage on your shopping lists. Grow kale late into the fall; request greens in your weekly organic produce delivery. Learn delicious ways to prepare greens. (See Cooking Vegetarian by Forest and Melina). Steam vegetables for minimal mineral losses; use the cooking water in soups. These greens give you bone-building vitamin K, too.

Tell Congress to Pass the EAT for Health Act and ENRICH Act

A Call to Action from PCRM, Physicians' Committee for Responsible Medicine. If your doctor is like most, he or she likely knows very little about nutrition—a troubling fact considering seven out of every ten deaths are now caused by chronic diseases that can be prevented and treated through diet and other lifestyle changes. Fortunately, two new bills will provide a much-needed prescription for doctors' deficiency in nutrition education. Urge your Representative to co-sponsor the EAT for Health Act and ENRICH Act today.

Prostate Trouble: Steps to Improving the Flow

Article by John McDougall, MD. The prostate, a gland the size and shape of a kiwifruit, is hidden from sight within the lower pelvis of a boy and a man, causing no notice until the later years of life. With the onset of puberty, male hormones, especially dihydrotestosterone, cause the prostate gland to grow and produce a slightly alkaline white fluid within which sperm live and swim until ejaculated through the urethra. This short tube, the urethra, passes from the bladder through the prostate gland and then into the penis. Overgrowth of this gland’s cells as a man ages constricts the urethra and results in problems in passing urine.

Colorectal Cancer: Raise Awareness of the Solution, Not Just the Problem

From the Neal Barnar, MD author of The Cancer Survivor's Guide
March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, but just because March is ending, doesn’t mean that colorectal cancer will simply disappear. To raise awareness one month out of the year, some folks will buy rubber wristbands. Others will put magnetic ribbons on their car or wear dark blue on Tuesdays. While the intentions are noble, they won’t actually decrease anyone’s risk of colorectal cancer.

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