Turmeric or Curcumin? The Best Natural Remedy for Pain (and So Much More!)
If for some unfathomable reason I lost my mind and decided to join the cast of Survivor, and they allowed me to take just a handful of supplements with me for the season, one of them would definitely be curcumin. Curcumin has anticancer activity, it supports liver...
SEVEN PART LIFESTYLE PLAN – STEP SEVEN: Breathe!
You know why they tell you to take a deep breath when you’re piping mad and ready to explode? It’s because deep breathing is incompatible with anger. Anger—and frustration, and annoyance, and irritation, and all the other negative toxic emotions—are little factories...
SEVEN PART LIFESTYLE PLAN – STEP SIX: Take a walk!
The debate on whether walking is an effective fat burning exercise has been going on for decades, and shows no sign of abating. But that debate is irrelevant for our purposes. I don’t recommend walking for weight loss, I recommend it for mental health. Physiologically...
Ghee vs. Butter: Is it Really a Slam Dunk?
If you’re trying to figure out whether to use ghee or butter, and you go online looking for information, you’ll easily find a million posts arguing that ghee is superior. Fair enough—I’m a big fan of ghee. But I’m also a big fan of butter. And I don’t think you should...
Should You Do A Liver Detox? Yes, and here’s why.
The liver is ground zero for detoxification in the body. It’s also the body’s main fat-burning organ. If it’s not working right, you’re in big trouble. What kind of trouble? Well, fatty liver disease for one. Known as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), about...
SEVEN PART LIFESTYLE PLAN-STEP FIVE: Celebrate the Awesome
Our thoughts and feelings have a profound effect on our physiology. You may have heard said, “what you think about expands?” All that really means is that what you pay attention to, what you spend psychic energy on, has resonates deeply in your body and has a...
SEVEN PART LIFESTYLE PLAN – STEP FOUR: Upgrade your sleep
Sleep is the ultimate anti-aging strategy. Anyone remember from the old movies how people who were stressed out and experiencing what was then quaintly called a “nervous breakdown” were sent away to a sanitarium for the “rest cure”? Makes sense when you think about...
SEVEN PART LIFESTYLE PLAN – STEP THREE: DOUBLE YOUR WATER INTAKE
Years ago, I participated in a panel at a health and wellness fair sponsored by the Los Angeles Times. On this panel were a number of practitioners, many of them forward-thinking specialists in integrative and functional medicine. I don’t remember who I shared that...
Seven Part Lifestyle Plan – STEP TWO: Front Load Your Calories
Most of you probably never heard of Adele Davis, but back in the 60’s and 70’s she was the most recognized nutritionist in the country. And she had one piece of brilliant advice that I still remember to this day. Here’s what she said: “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch...
Seven Part Lifestyle Plan- STEP ONE: Eat Real Food
Whenever someone tells me how confused they are about diet—which is pretty much every day of my life—this is what I tell them to do. It’s the simplest, easiest “intervention” you can do. It doesn’t require counting grams, calories, ounces. It doesn’t require that you...
Autism, Politics, Vaccinations and Cytochrome P450
Spoiler alert: I’m going to talk about vaccinations. This subject has become so polarizing that any slight deviation from the establishment line on this—no matter how nuanced or reasonable—gets you lumped in with the antivaxxers, widely derided as crazies,...
THE REAL DEAL ON FIBER: It’s way more important than we thought
When I was a kid, my grandmother was always trying to get me to eat a lot of foods you had to chew a lot. “Gives you roughage”, she’d say wisely. “Keeps you regular”. Well, that was then, this is now. Our prune-eating grandmothers were onto something, but they had...
The Sugar Deception: How Long Has This Been Going On?
The saddest thing about this week’s “shocking” revelations regarding the sugar industry is not what the sugar industry actually did but; what’s really sad is that this is the first time most people are learning about it. If you happened to miss the headlines of the...
Watermelon: Truth and Mythconception
Watermelon owes its claim to fame as one of the world’s healthiest foods to three facts: One, its high water content (about which, more in a moment); two, its high content of lycopene; and three, its high levels of vitamin A and carotenoids, including the important...
Grass-fed meat: Hype or Hope?
This is a fact: Cows weren’t meant to eat grain. Seriously. It’s just not their natural diet. You can make them eat it, just like you can make lions in the zoo eat Cheerios, but it’s not what they normally eat, and they won’t do well on it. And you won’t do well if...
The Bulletproof Coffee Phenomena
This last weekend I attended a seminar in San Diego, and one of the sponsors was Bulletproof Coffee. What is bulletproof coffee, you ask? The short answer is that it’s coffee with butter in it (more on that in a moment). The long answer is that it’s the brainchild of...
Sweeteners: The good, the bad, the ugly
When it comes to natural sweeteners—at least the ones that have calories--- there’s really only two choices: Raw, unfiltered honey, and blackstrap molasses. Both are real foods with actual nutritious compounds in them, like enzymes and minerals. Yet they’re still...
Can Whey Protein Help You Lose Weight?
Whey protein may be a great weapon in the fight against type 2 diabetes. And it may also help you lose weight. We’ve actually known this for a while-- just last year, in the world Journal of Diabetes, researchers published a paper entitled Whey Protein: The “whey”...
My Homeopathy Dilemma
I’ve always been skeptical about homeopathy. Sorry. I know it’s not politically correct to say that, but it’s the truth. I can kind of see it on some energetic or metaphorical level—especially when I get all What The Bleep Do We Know about it, thinking about water...
What’s the Deal With The New FDA Nutrition Labels?
On May 20, 2016, the FDA announced that the familiar Nutrition Facts label found on every food
BE DO HAVE: Wisdom of the 70’s deserves another look.
If you go to any motivational speaking events you’ve probably heard some version of the BE/DO/HAVE
Life Lessons From The Tennis Court
True confession time: I hate sports. I never got bitten by the “sports” bug, never played them as a kid, wasn’t any good at them.
Tiger’s Milk and Tiger Nuts, Oh My!
Before “Tiger’s Milk” became famous as a punch line in a Woody Allen movie*, it was the iconic “health food” of my youth, one of the most popular items
Coffee — Health Benefits or Hype?
First they said coffee protects against cancer. Read what happened next
Grilling Your Way to Cancer? You don’t have to.
There is a smart way to grill, and a dumb way to grill. The first helps protect your health, the other does exactly the opposite.
The term “detoxification” has been around forever, but it remains a
What We Can Learn About Diabetes From Fish
Diabetes, inflammation and Jonny’s fish tank I’ve been making the case for a long time that inflammation is probably the most important contributing factor to degenerative disease. There’s an inflammatory component to cancer, to obesity, to diabetes, to heart disease...
Wine Benefits For Non-Drinkers
Let’s talk about wine. Now, if you know my work, if you’ve read anything I’ve written over the last decade, or you’re at all familiar with my story, you know that I haven’t had a drink since,
Conscious consumers are known to be label readers. Which is definitely a good thing
Why I Hate the New Dietary Guidelines, Part Two
Last month I told you why I think it’s very hard to take the USDA dietary guidelines very seriously.
The Mediterranean Diet vs. The Smart Fat Program
A lot of people have asked me a really interesting question: How does the Smart Fat Program differ from
Whenever I think of turnips, I can’t help recalling that line in Tennessee Williams’s famous play Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, where Big Daddy calls the little kids “no-neck monsters”! That’s because turnips have no necks and the fact that they grow just about anywhere---...
A digital prescription for the pharma industry
Supported by a robust sales force and tight cost controls, Pharm Ltd. experienced sustained double-digit growth over a number of years, only to find that their supply chain struggled to keep pace. In particular, the initial state of the company’s sales.
SMART FAT: The Book.
If you work at Whole Foods, sooner or later someone is going to ask you about Smart Fat. And I, for one, think that’s a very good sign.
Seven Spices that Can Improve Your Life
I know that it may sound like a little bit of hyperbole but I think by the time you finish reading this, you will agree that these are probably some of the most under-rated substances in the entire world.
5 Ways To Health Up Your Holiday
Holiday season is generally joyous– but it has a dark side.
Bacon, Bacon, Who’s Got the Bacon?
By Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS aka “The Nutrition Myth Buster”™. I’m tempted to start this article with the words, “Here we go again”.
Omega-7 for Inflammation?
I would like to talk to you about the reason why I recently added Omega-7 to my daily supplement regimen.
Drink Green Tea for Supreme Health
I’m a huge fan of tea for its health and revitalizing properties. All tea is great, but green tea stands out for one particular compound, EGCG.
Is a Vegan Diet Healthy For You?
Dr. Oz’s “home for your health”, is a platform where experts will answer user-generated
Should You Be Worried About Antibiotics?
The World Health Organization calls Antibiotics a major threat to public health. Should you be
Weight Loss Tips That Work.
This is Dr. Jonny, and I want to talk to you about weight loss tips that can work with any diet.
8 Glasses of Water a Day—Fact or Fiction?
A myth that I myself have subscribed to for most of my professional career is that you have to drink
5 Easy Changes for Better Eyesight for Life
You probably know that sugar is death to the eyes, and that using vegetable oils is bad.
The Better to See You With!
In the last decade or so, I’ve definitely noticed a lessening of sharpness in my vision. I use contact lenses already, but I set out the past few weeks to know what
The Cereal Killer
Imagine you’re about to eat a bowl of typical American breakfast cereal. You cover it with some milk
Eat more Nuts and Chocolate?
I’m going to tell you about two foods I want you to eat more; the first food is nuts, and the second is chocolate.
Demystifying Vitamin K: What do all those numbers mean, anyway?
For years, Vitamin K was the Rodney Dangerfield of vitamins. You can almost picture it sitting
Top Five Healthy Habits for Extending Your Life
Let’s be honest- if you could find the recipe for a long, robust life of optimal health and vibrant energy, you’d probably discover that it has a lot more than five ingredients.
Protein: What’s Best and Why?
Can protein powders help you lose weight? Can they help you build muscle? And does it matter which kind you buy?