Health Notes

Warming Foods for Winter

Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

By Robert Luby, MD

Advances in agriculture, transportation, and the food industry have made it possible for Vermonters to consume nearly any food from any part of the world year-round. But is this optimal for our health? While conventional western nutritional sciences concern themselves primarily with nutrient quantities and ratios, the principles of non-western medical paradigms, most notably Chinese medicine, place a high priority on eating optimally for the season.

February's Health Genie: Romantic Valentines

Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

Dear Health Genie,

I want to make a romantic Valentines Day for my significant other.  What are some foods, flavors or fragrances that are appropriate for the occasion?

Co-op Cupid

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Fiber: The Fourth Macronutrient?

By Robert Luby, MD

Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

“Fiber” may be the most underappreciated “nutrient”.  The trio of fat, carbohydrate, and protein are traditionally considered to be the three “macronutrients”.  However, it could easily be argued that fiber is so important for human health that it might be considered the fourth macronutrient.  There are two types of fiber, soluble and insoluble, and they both impart a variety of health benefits.

Fine-Tuning the Mediterranean Diet

Note: This article is not meant as a substitute for proper medical advice. Please consult with your medical practitioner before using any type of remedy, herbal or otherwise.

Asparagus

By Robert Luby, MD

From a scientific point of view, the Mediterranean Diet (MD) is the most-studied of any dietary plan. Research has shown that adherence to the MD may reduce the risk of cardiovascular mortality (death from heart disease), the incidence of cancer and cancer mortality, and the risk of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases. All told this leads to lower overall mortality, or stated positively, a longer life expectancy.

April's Health Genie: Sunscreen

Dear Health Genie,

SunEvery year I buy several different sunscreens thinking one may be better than the other. Even though I work outside, I end up with extra tubes left at the end of the summer. Some sunscreen has irritated my face but I didn’t have any way of knowing this until I’d purchased it. Now I choose a baby sunscreen because it doesn’t make me itchy or one for faces or one that sprays on because those feel lighter. I enjoy being tan so I choose a low or medium SPF, skip sunscreen some days, and around midsummer I stop using sunscreen except on the very brightest days. Is that ok once I am tan? Sometimes people who see my dark tan warn me that I should always cover up even if I don’t think I am getting burned. Is it safe to continue using the sunscreens I bought last year, this year? Will you advise me about what to look for on the label? I know about SPF. What else should I know? 

Thanks,
Outdoorsy Sun Lover

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