Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Apple Berry Crisp

Sometimes life calls for dessert, and sometimes you just have to answer that call. Today I unveil one of the most sought after dessert recipes from my book, The Empty Medicine Cabinet.

Apple Berry Crisp

This recipe is filled with flavor, spice, and a whole lot of love. Love for your heart that is. It’s the perfect way to get your sweets on without compromising your health. This berry-rich dessert is loaded with fiber and contains absolutely no cholesterol. It’s also full of disease-fighting antioxidants and has a little bit of apple pie to it with the cinnamon and nutmeg spices added in.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Gout - Prevention and Treatment Options

Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis mostly affecting joints of the periphery (feet, knees, hands, and elbows).1 The big toe is the most common and notorious site of acute gout attacks, and these attacks are extremely painful. Some have said the pain is on the same level of order as childbirth. Needless to say, gout is no fun ordeal to deal with.

With that being said, my goal is to help you understand how gout develops, and show you what you can do about it in order to prevent or treat it.

The Development of Gout

Gout results from a multi-step process that ultimately ends in the formation of uric acid crystals that are deposited into the joint spaces. Joint inflammation and pain then ensues leading to what is commonly called a ‘gout attack’.

Where do these uric acid crystals come from? And how do they form in the first place?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Health Hawk Hour Radio Show Features The Empty Medicine Cabinet

Recently, I had the honor of joining Joel Chudnow on his long-running radio show, Hawk Health Hour. Joel and I discussed my newly published book, The Empty Medicine Cabinet. We talked about safe and alternative forms of treating chronic health conditions like our number one killer - heart disease. I also mention some of my favorite recipes from the book too!

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the archived show of Hawk Health Hour recorded on 2/4/15.

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by Dustin Rudolph, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

Check out Dustin Rudolph's book The Empty Medicine Cabinet to start your journey towards better health. This step-by-step guide leads you through many of today's common chronic diseases (heart disease, obesity, diabetes, cancer, and more), giving you the facts on foods versus medications in treating these medical conditions. The book also contains an easy-to-follow guide on how to adopt a whole foods, plant-based diet as a part of an overall lifestyle change, producing the best possible health outcomes for you and your family. Hurry and get your copy today!

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Plant-Based Meals Delivered To Your Doorstep

You've all heard it before, maybe you're the one even saying it - "I don't have time to eat healthy." This is one of the number one excuses for avoiding a switch to a healthier lifestyle. But it's not valid anymore because now there are plenty of businesses that cater to the needs of busy on-the-go types.

I've always said you either have time for sickness or you have time for health, one of the two is going to be the result of how you prioritize your time (and money) in life. So why not make life healthy, and therefore happier by being able to partake in the things you love to do because you are physically well.

That's where the following venues come in. For a reasonable cost, you can get 100% homemade, plant-based meals delivered right to your front doorstep. Easy as that! Some meal services below offer fully prepared meals, while others provide ready-made ingredients with an easy-to-follow recipe. Not all services are SOS (salt, oil, sugar) free, but you can easily modify the meals that are not ready-made to suit your tastes with these requirements in mind.

If you know of other plant-based meal delivery services not listed here please feel free to comment and leave them below. Now time to click away!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Why You Should Stop Counting Calories To Achieve Long-Term, Permanent Weight Loss

It’s January, which means millions of people are looking to shed unwanted pounds. Gym memberships have been bought, diets have been started, and resolutions are in full swing. These are all the things determined to make this year THE year to finally lose weight and keep it off for good.

With America’s overweight and obesity rate reaching 68.5% in adults (33.6% overweight, 34.9% obese), these much needed and well-intentioned weight loss efforts are a welcome site.1 However, if history plays out like it has, then we’re not likely to see any real progress in our bid for slimmer waistlines, as evidenced by this 2014 global systemic analysis report on obesity published in the Lancet: “Not only is obesity increasing, but no national success stories have been reported in the past 33 years.”2

That’s over three decades of failure, enough to make anyone want to quit even before getting started. All hope is not lost though. What we need to do is re-evaluate how we approach weight loss in the first place. We can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Advocacy for Good Health in 2015

by guest blogger Jody Perrecone

Last month I was at Mayo Clinic with my sister. While she was having some tests, I had time to go to the Patient Resource Center, a library of medical information located in the clinic.

Upon entering the resource center, painted in big letters on the wall was the following quote, “The object of all health education is to change the conduct of individual men, women, and children by teaching them to care for their bodies well, and this instruction should be given throughout the entire period of their educational life.” — Charlie H. Mayo

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Blueberry-Banana Oatmeal Pancakes (Oil-Free)

Lazy off-day mornings are meant for sleeping in and for putting the worries of your week behind you. They’re also meant for whipping up your favorite homemade pancake recipe and enjoying a nice, relaxing breakfast to start off the day.

With that in mind, I’d like to share with you my favorite pancake recipe that’ll surely have you coming back for seconds. The recipe below is a slight variation from the recipe included in my latest book, The Empty Medicine Cabinet. The only difference is the type of flour being used. Here, I use oat flour, and in my book, I use whole-wheat flour. Nevertheless, both versions are the perfect way to start off your morning.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Off The Reservation Book Review and Giveaway Contest

I hate politics, but I loved this book.

Off The Reservation is the fictional account of 16-year Congressman Evan Gorgoni as he reaches a breaking point in his own political career: continue fighting the traditionally backed, corporate-funded, do-nothing American political system, or give up hope and walk away from politics forever?

Gorgoni chooses the latter, but then something miraculous happens. Gorgoni not only doesn’t walk away from politics, his career actually takes an unexpected turn for the better (or worse, depending on how you look at it). No one could’ve predicted what would happen next.

So what took place and how did it all unfold?

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Diverticular Disease and Diet

It is an all too often occurrence in my line of work as a hospital pharmacist that I see patients coming into the Emergency Room doubled over with abdominal pain. This isn’t your typical upset-stomach-because-you-ate-something-spicy kind of pain, but rather a severe give-me-morphine-now type pain. The pain is obviously bad enough to land someone in their local ER, otherwise they’d just pop some Tums and call it a night.

What’s happening here? Why are these patients in so much pain?

While many different medical conditions can cause abdominal pain diverticulitis is one of the common culprits in cases like the one described.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Thanksgiving - Food Traditions Revisted

by guest blogger Jody Perrecone

Thanksgiving - it’s a feeding frenzy and a day of guilty pleasures. We eat more than we should - and oh my - the calories!

Here’s how to have an epic Thanksgiving dinner with a nutritional boost, and save on the waistline at the same time.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

5 Tips to Eating Healthy During the Holidays

by guest blogger Holly Yzquierdo

We are all adults here so I'm going to go ahead and say it. You can't let a couple of holidays completely derail your health or your goals. Now I know that was a little harsh but let's think about it objectively. Depending on your traditions you probably only really celebrate a few days between now and the end of the year. Why does that usually turn into a junk food fest for a month and a half? Are those few days worth the downward spiral that usually follows poor food choices. I'm not saying you can't indulge a bit but let's be smart about it. The following tips will help you celebrate without derailing your health.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Back Pain – Taking a Natural Approach to a Painful Condition

by guest blogger Jody Perrecone

Nearly  80% of Americans will have back pain in their lifetime. Americans spend at least $50 billion a year on back pain. Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability according to the Global Burden of Disease 2010. Various back disorders include sprains, strains, herniated disc, sciatica, spinal stenosis, and degeneration of disc.

The spine consists of 30 vertebrae and is the body’s main support structure. The vertebrae protect the spinal cord running through the central opening of the vertebrae called the vertebral canal and the nerve roots that extend from the sides of the vertebrae to various areas of the body. Muscles and ligaments that move and stabilize the vertebrae attach to the spinous process located at the backside of each vertebrae and to the transverse process located on the side of each vertebrae. Discs are flexible cushions located between each vertebra and hold the vertebrae together. They allow the vertebrae to bend and twist and minimize stress on the spinal column.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Breast Cancer Survivors Benefit From Healthy Lifestyles

by guest blogger Jody Perrecone

The World Cancer Research Fund International released its Continuous Update Project(CUP) in October of 2014. WCRFI gathers scientific research from around the world. An independent panel of scientists evaluate the data and publishes their conclusions in CUP. The CUP report on breast cancer looks at research on diet, weight, and physical activity. It involves 165,416 participants diagnosed with breast cancer and 85 studies. This is the first report that has linked lifestyles with breast cancer survivorship. Here are their conclusions.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

3 Questions to Always Ask Your Doctor (or Pharmacist)

Chances are, at some point in your life, you’ve seen the inside of a doctor’s office (or pharmacy) while seeking medical care for a health issue. We are human after all, living inside a human body, and our bodies eventually break down.

Even the most health-conscious individual will end up needing medical care at some point in their life. If this weren’t the case then we’d all live to infinity, without a worry in the world, living in perfect health. But that’s not how the world works. People get sick, accidents happen, and individuals find themselves in the waiting room of their doctor or hospital.

So now what? What do you do when a problem arises? How do you figure out what’s the best treatment option for you? Where do you turn for answers?

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Not Even a Stroke Could Keep Me Down - My Whole Foods, Plant-Based Comeback

by guest blogger Gary Wilkerson

Gary before his whole food,
plant-based lifestyle change
In April 2004, I was working in my shop when my left arm went numb. Someone suggested I go take a nap. Shortly after, I just collapsed. I had been vegetarian since the mid 90s. I heard a friend calling 9-1-1. The fire station was across the street. A young helper soon said, "Here they come! They're here!" I never saw them. I was out. Gone. That is until 2 weeks later when I awoke in a hospital downtown Fort Worth, Texas with tubes everywhere. One doctor had written: "Prognosis: POOR" on my record.

The stroke occurred on April 16, 2004, I awoke on April 30; and on May 10 I was transferred to a horrid nursing home in Arlington, TX. Fortunately for me, the friend who called 9-1-1 visited me almost every evening or else I would have never made it. She worked hard to get me accepted by Veterans Affairs into the Transitional Care Unit, Dallas VAMC. There, the dietician said I needed dairy to replace the protein if I didn't eat meat. I agreed. I was still vegetarian at the time, but soon started giving most of it away to other veterans. I was there nearly two months from Dec 30th to late February 2005. And what about the nursing home food before that? Well, unfortunately, I wouldn’t call it food. On most days I was brought meat on a plate when I requested not to have meat.
Gary at Canyon Lake, Texas Hill Country