Is there hope for Multiple Sclerosis patients to improve?

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a dreaded disease that reduces life expectancy and quality of life. Conventional medical wisdom is that there is no cure. The available medications can have adverse effects and not be well tolerated. Many people seek alternative treatments out of a sense of desperation. MS is a neurological disorder caused by...
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What is Calorie Density and Why is it Important?

" Calorie density " is a term that describes a common sense dietary approach that not only ensures excellent nutrition, but also promotes lifelong weight management . When using this approach, we can increase the amount of food on our plates while the caloric content decreases. This optimizes the nutritional value of our meals,...
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What are the benefits and risks of taking statins to lower high cholesterol?

Although statins can benefit those high risk patients with significant history of coronary disease; for the majority of patients, a Starch Smart diet proves to be just as effective at lowering cholesterol. High risk patients that would benefit from statin lowering medications are those that have had a previous heart attack, stroke, or an...
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Do I need to supplement vitamin B12?

It is recommended that most adults take a 500 mcg sublingual daily, or take 1,000 mcg swallowed, to ensure that they don't develop a vitamin B12 deficiency. Nutritional yeast and enriched non-dairy milks do have B12, but the amount may not be sufficient for those with absorption issues, or for those over age 50,...
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What should my cholesterol numbers be?

Unfortunately, most physicians today still consider a "normal cholesterol" level to be under 200. The average American's cholesterol is 210-220. However, these levels predict a 50% chance of dying prematurely from strokes or heart attacks due to atherosclerosis and diseased arteries. Heart disease is very rare in patients who have cholesterol levels below 150 and...
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Can dietary choices help relieve menstrual cramping and heavy periods?

According to a research study presented in the February 2000 issue of Obstetrics & Gynecology, a low-fat, vegan diet "significantly reduced pain and PMS for many women."  Painful menstrual cramping and heavy periods can be largely attributed to chemicals called prostaglandins which promote inflammation. Prostaglandins are also associated with the constriction of blood vessels,...
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Can a Starch-Smart® diet help to reduce menopause symptoms?

One of the many benefits of consuming a Starch Smart diet is its ability to reduce and perhaps even prevent many menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, food cravings, depression, irritability and anxiety. This is due to reduced estrogen levels circulating in women who consume a Starch Smart diet. The typical American diet, which...
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Can a Starch-Smart® diet help me lose excess weight?

Although there are many ways to lose weight, a Starch-Smart® diet has been proven to be the safest and most healthful way to achieve permanent weight loss without having to count calories, measure portions, or adding points . Replacing animal products, oils, and refined processed foods with whole, nutrient-dense, plant foods, results in remarkably...
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Is it true that eating carbohydrates will make me gain weight?

Whole plant foods, which are rich in both complex and simple carbohydrates, do not promote weight gain and are an essential component of a Starch-Smart® diet. Whole plant foods are low in calories and nutrient-rich. The weight and volume satisfies our appetites, prevents cravings, & sustains human life. Carbohydrates (starches such as rice, corn,...
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Can a Starch-Smart® diet meet the nutritional needs of an athlete or improve their performance?

According to the American Dietetic Association, "Vegetarian diets are nutritionally adequate for all stages of life and for athletes." Evidence demonstrates that diets such as a Starch-Smart® diet, provides many health benefits for athletes. It also may lessen exercise-induced oxidative stress, and shorten recovery time. When vegan athletes focus on eating micronutrient rich foods,...
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