And Why Certain Oral Bacteria May Improve Health

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Many people may be increasing their use of mouthwash during Covid-19, as major mouthwash brands are trying to make the case that mouthwash kills the virus that causes Covid-19.

Their claim? According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, these brands say that “mouthwashes dissolve the outer protective layer of virus particles, preventing them from attaching to cells.”

While that may be true in some sense, the use of mouthwash may be a risk factor for COVID-19 and also for several chronic diseases and conditions, which I’ll talk more about in this article.

Before I continue, however, I’d like…


And Why Using Mouthwash is a Risk Factor for Hypertension

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Approximately half of the adult population in the United States has high blood pressure, otherwise known as hypertension.

High blood pressure is a strong predictor of heart disease and stroke, even more so than the risk factors of being a smoker or having high cholesterol.

Blood pressure numbers of less than 120/80 mm Hg are in the normal range.

The first and the higher number is the systolic blood pressure, which measures the pressure in the arteries when the heart contracts. …


A Look at the Science

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It was the 1960s when Clint Ober got involved in the TV cable industry. He and a crew would go into a town, lay cable, and run a wire into homes.

Before wiring a home, the crew would first need to ground a cable. This was because a lightning strike could easily hit outdoor electrical cables, and voltage from that could potentially blow up a TV or create a fire. Grounding creates a path for voltage to enter the Earth, and for the excess charge to disperse instead of build-up.

One day as Ober was relaxing on a bench, he…


Even with diets high in salt and low in leafy greens

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The Kuna Indians living on a group of islands off the Caribbean Coast of Panama have a reduced incidence of stroke, diabetes, cancer, and heart attacks. They live longer than other people living in Panama.

Kuna islanders over the age of 60 experience low blood pressure, which on average is below 110/70 mm Hg.

This prompted a research team led by Dr. Norman Hollenberg in the 1990s to take a closer look:

“While we know a large number of potential contributors to blood pressure from the diet, including intake of sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, soluble fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids, alcohol…


While Plant-Based or Pescatarian Diets have Lower Odds

Red meat
Red meat
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A new study published in the BMJ Journals, found that people who eat a plant-based diet had a 73% lower chance of getting moderate-to-severe COVID-19 compared to their meat-eating counterparts.

Pescatarians (people who do not eat meat but eat fish) had 59% lower odds.

These diets were higher in vegetables, legumes, and nuts, while low in poultry, red, and processed meats.

The study was done among 2884 front-line healthcare workers (physicians and nurses) from six countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK, and the USA). More than 70% of the study participants were men.

The study criteria required participants to have…


A Look at the Research— by a Nutritionist

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Many people choose to supplement with iron because they think that it may be a healthy thing to do.

Other people may not even realize that they are supplementing with iron, as iron is often included in many multivitamins.

I’m a nutritionist who has spent thousands of hours reading research studies on health and nutrition, and I’ve come to realize that we do need to be careful with iron, as it’s an underlying issue in many chronic diseases.

In this article, I’d like to share some science-based research that you may want to consider if you are supplementing, or thinking…


A look at the research — by a nutritionist

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Many people think of potatoes as an unhealthy food because they see them as nothing but a starchy carbohydrate. Many people believe that a diet with minimal carbohydrates leads to better health.

However, the nice thing about potatoes is that they can be part of many diet philosophies … even as part of a low-carb diet — depending on how the potato is prepared.

I’m a nutritionist who has spent thousands of hours reading scientific studies about health and nutrition to form my own opinions about food, as there tends to be a lot of dogma surrounding diets and nutrition.


A fresh look at the current research — by a nutritionist

Eggs on toast
Eggs on toast
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I’m a nutritionist geek who has spent thousands of hours researching and reading scientific studies in various journals. There is still so much yet to be learned about both health and nutrition.

Understandably, there are mixed perspectives on whether or not eggs cause heart disease, which I’ll explain in this article.

In my opinion, based on my research, I believe eggs are a very healthy food and do not cause heart disease as long as they are a part of a low-fat diet with limited red meat.

I’ll make a science-based case in this article on why I think eggs…


A surprising look into fasting, famine, and the 1944 Minnesota semi-starvation experiment.

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I’m a nutritionist and I have spent thousands of hours digging deep into scientific studies to find out the cause or causes of obesity and insulin resistance, as the two are strongly associated.

Unfortunately, Western medicine currently has no cure. The cause of insulin resistance remains largely unknown.

The standard approach for those suffering from insulin resistance is to lose weight and maintain a healthier lifestyle.

That, however, is easier said than done.

People with insulin resistance have a very difficult time losing weight, even with increased exercise, and reduced-calorie diets.

Even low-carb diets can make insulin resistance worse.

From…


GARDENING

My Experiment Using the Kratky Method, and the Lessons Learned

Tomato plants using the Kratky Method — Image made by the author

I love running experiments and wanted to see if I could grow tomato plants hydroponically, without the use of expensive hydroponic equipment.

For those of you who don’t know what hydroponics is, it is a technique of growing plants in a water solution rather than in soil.

Hydroponically-grown tomatoes are now seen in most grocery stores, although most tomatoes are still grown in the field. The benefit of hydroponics is that conditions can be controlled and tomato production per acre can be quite high.

Most of these hydroponic systems, however…

Rita Wilhelm

Nutritionist, Researcher, and Gardener

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