Anatomy of a Hot Dog

What’s in a hot dog, and why does it pose serious health risks? By Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

  • Nitrates and Nitrites produce carcinogenic compounds. They also cause the hardening of arteries and may increase risk of diabetes.
  • Heme Iron is related to the formation of N-nitroso compounds that may lead to colorectal cancer.
  • Heterocyclic Amines (HCAs) are carcinogens formed by cooking and grilling at high temperatures.
  • Saturated Fat and Cholesterol lead to LDL deposits in arteries, causing narrowing and blockage which can result in heart attacks or strokes.
  • Salt is linked to both high blood pressure and stomach cancer.
  • Trimethylamine N-oxide (TMAO) is a chemical compound that increases the risk of heart disease.

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2017 AAHP Community Day: Building Bridges

2017 AAHP Community Day: Building Bridges

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Prevent Heart Disease!

Atherosclerosis often starts in childhood, 20 years before a formal diagnosis. Vascular physiologist Michael Skilton, Ph.D., with the University of Sydney’s Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise, and Eating Disorders, suspects it starts in utero, based on the effect parents’ dietary choices have on the development of endothelial function, or development of cells that line the arteries.

Eat smarter people including the increased intake of whole grains, fiber, fruits, veggies, seeds, beans (legumes), nuts, and water. And of course eliminate or reduce foods that destruct like soda, fast foods, enriched foods, alcohol, saturated fats and cholesterol infused foods.

According to the American Society of Nutrition, 97 percent of adults fall short on recommended dietary fiber intake, a nutrient only found in plants, with adults and teens consuming roughly half of the government’s recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables each day.5 Only 13 percent of adults consume 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit, and just 9 percent eat 2 to 3 cups of vegetables each day. Our nation’s dietary patterns help illustrate why one-third of adults have elevated cholesterol and high blood pressure, and why two-thirds struggle with excess weight, three leading risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

The good news is that a plant-based dietary intervention is even more effective than today’s leading medications to treat and prevent heart disease, thanks to a high intake of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, soy products, fiber, and phytochemicals and a reduced intake of saturated fats and cholesterol. About half of Americans, even those who maintain a healthful weight, still have at least one modifiable risk factor, such as high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol, for chronic disease. Integrating diet and other lifestyle changes—exercise, maintaining a healthful weight, avoiding tobacco, and limiting alcohol consumption—leaves consumers with only desirable side effects and can prevent around 80 percent of all premature heart disease cases.

It’s never too late to start: Studies show heart-attack survivors who adopt a high-fiber diet reduce the risk of a recurrence by about 40 percent, compared to survivors who make no dietary changes.

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Food Facts on Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables help prevent heart disease by preventing plaque build-up, improving blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, and increasing intake of antioxidants.

Neal Barnard, M.D.


Barnard Medical Center Is Now Open

Barnard_Medical_CenterFor all the patients who have complained that their doctors know nothing about nutrition, all the medical students who have had nowhere to see plant-based diets in action, all the people following vegan diets who could not find a doctor who understands their choices, all the enlightened but overly busy doctors who have had no time to counsel patients on food choices, and, most of all, all the people suffering with diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, and weight problems who are taking one prescription after another and have never been able to tackle the cause of their problems, we have opened the Barnard Medical Center. You can download the special Barnard Medical Center excerpt from the winter 2016 issue of Good Medicine to find out more. [Read more…]

Office of Men’s Health


Hello Fit Fathers, mothers and friends. We wanted to share with you an important campaign we are spearheading to the urge the creation of a federal Office of Men’s Health which would emulate the great work being done by the offices of women’s, children’s, and minority health and focus on critical health issues facing men.

Our goal is to gather 100,000 signatures on a public petition at by December 16. If we reach that threshold, the petition (below) is guaranteed a review and response.

We petition the Obama administration to create and fund a federal Office of Men’s Health dedicated to addressing health problems and risks faced by men

Fit Fathers and Men’s Health Magazine are calling on all men—and those who love them—to urge the creation of a federal Office of Men’s Health. This office would join existing federal offices tasked with safeguarding the health of women, children, and minorities. Men are in need of similar attention because of critical health issues specific to their gender: a higher risk of premature death from stroke, heart disease, and diabetes; heightened odds of addiction; and a higher risk of harming themselves and others. The Office could also create messaging about the importance of nutrition and physical fitness and address social issues such as men’s access to paid family leave in the workplace. Addressing these problems will improve the lives of everyone, and the economy as a whole.

You’re probably thinking, “Sounds great, —how can I assist?” Excellent question! Step 1: Sign the petition. Step 2: Help us spread the word on your social channels and various platforms. Some options:

* Link directly to the petition:  ( will redirect)

* Link to our story:

* Post our video message on Facebook: with a link to the petition

* Tweet the petition link ( ) and ask, “Who are you signing for? Tell us using #forallmen or #officeofmenshealth.”

Thanks in advance for any and all support!

Rewind the Future — Stop the Cycle


By now, you’ve met Jim—the character in our Rewind the Future video. As a parent, you might be thinking “I’ve done some of those things!” Don’t worry; we didn’t create the video to make you feel guilty. We created it to fast-forward to the year 2030 to show you what the future might look like for Georgia’s kids if we don’t act now.

The good news: it’s not 2030 and it’s not too late to rewind your child’s future.

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The China Study

chinastudyEven today, as trendy diets and a weight-loss frenzy sweep the nation, two-thirds of adults are still obese and children are being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, typically an “adult” disease, at an alarming rate. If we’re obsessed with being thin more so than ever before, why are Americans stricken with heart disease as much as we were 30 years ago?

In The China Study, Dr. T. Colin Campbell details the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. The report also examines the source of nutritional confusion produced by powerful lobbies, government entities, and opportunistic scientists. The New York Times has recognized the study as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology” and the “most comprehensive large study ever undertaken of the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease.”

The China Study is not a diet book. Dr. Campbell cuts through the haze of misinformation and delivers an insightful message to anyone living with cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and those concerned with the effects of aging.

Do the Monday Mile

Fit_Fathers_Independence_Day_Social_Workout...14Do the Monday Mile!

The Monday Mile is a fun way to jump-start your week with a healthy dose of physical activity. Do the Monday Mile with friends, family and co-workers, and enjoy positive health benefits while socializing with others and making a commitment to stay fit throughout the week.

Monday Mile 101

Starting your own Monday Mile walking group is easy. Here’s everything you need to do to get going:

1. Map your Monday Mile route

Pick a starting point where your group will meet. Easily create a mile-long walking route using Nike GPS Plus, MapMyWalk or Gmap-Pedometer.

2. Announce your Monday Mile

If your school or workplace allows it, send an announcement via interoffice or school-wide email. Also consider creating a Facebook group for your Monday Mile group and encourage participants to join. [Read more…]

Disease Potential begins During Childhood with Bad Eating Habits

Eat To LiveEat To Live by Joel Fuhrman, M.D.

Most Americans are not aware that the diet they feed their children guarantees a high cancer probability down the road. They don’t even contemplate that eating fast-food meals may be just as risky (or more so) as letting their children smoke cigarettes.

You wouldn’t let your children sit around the table smoking cigars and drinking whiskey, because it is not socially acceptable, but it is fine to let them consume cola, fries cooked in trans fats, and a cheeseburger regularly. Many children eat doughnuts, cookies, cupcakes, and candy on a daily basis. It is difficult for parents to understand the insidious, slow destruction of their children’s genetic potential and the foundation for serious illness that is being built by the consumption of these foods.

The 1992 Bogalusa Heart Study confirmed the existence of fatty plaques and streaks (the beginning of atherosclerosis) in most children and teenagers!

 Please, let’s break bad eating habits and stop the progression of cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart disease and more