7 Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally

Two new studies suggest that people with high blood pressure may do an even better job than their doctors at lowering it, especially if insurance would pay for a good blood-pressure monitoring kit to use at home. One study, published Aug. 27 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that older patients in England who monitored their own blood pressure at home and adjusted their medication as needed had lower blood pressure levels after a year than those who …

Should Everyone Cut Salt Intake? Study Says No

A large international study questions the conventional advice that all people should cut their salt intake to the bone. Too much salt is bad, especially for those over 60 or those who already have high blood pressure, but too little salt may be just as bad, the scientists said. The findings are the latest in a decades-long controversy over whether health officials have gone too far in urging everyone to reduce the amount of salt in their diet. The new research suggests …

Danger: The Power of Salt, the Allure of Sugar

I apparently have had diabetes for many years but haven’t paid much attention to it other than maybe not eating the third slice of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving and using less than a cup of salt on my french fries. Today, I know better. Now if Señor Salt rides into our dining room like a South American gaucho, I am to ride my own horse the hell out of there. If Mademoiselle Sugar, the enticing French beauty, were to step …

After 58 Years, Shouldn’t Green Bean Casserole Retire?

Some people claim it’s not Thanksgiving without a mushy green bean casserole on the table, but others – myself included – say it’s time to dump this 50′s era corporate concoction and come up with something healthier and better-tasting. Back in 1955, the home economists at the Campbell Soup Company were asked to create a recipe that used the company’s products for a fall food story to be published by the Associated Press. The result was the now famous (or …

Worst Restaurant Meal in America? Something Fishy

Too much unhealthy trans fat, too little healthy fish – that’s basically the reason a Washington nutrition action group has named Long John Silver’s “Big Catch” the worst restaurant meal in America. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) called the meal of fried fish, hush puppies and onion rings “a heart attack on a hook.” In its report, CSPI says lab tests showed the fried fish meal not only contains an “astonishing” amount of trans fat and …

Salt Shake-Up: Low-Salt Push May Be Unhealthy

For years we’ve been told to slash our sodium consumption to protect against strokes, heart attacks and high blood pressure. But now an influential committee says there’s no scientific evidence that a very low-salt diet cuts the risk of heart disease. In fact, the new Institute of Medicine report says that cutting sodium to 1,500 milligrams (mg) daily – the current government recommendation for older adults (ages 51 and up), African Americans and those with diabetes, high blood pressure and …