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Show 1045: How to Design Your Diet for Better Health

Is your diet doing all it can to support your good health? Learn about food and drug interactions, spices for healing, and non-celiac gluten sensitivity.
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How to Design Your Diet for Better Health

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Montmorency cherries are rich in polyphenols. Scientists in England have been studying their ability to help athletes recover more quickly from strenuous exercise. The latest research was conducted with soccer players and published in Nutrients (online July 22, 2016).

Do you ever get muscle cramps, either during athletic activity or in the middle of the night? A Nobel Prize winning scientist has come up for a new explanation for the cause of cramps, and it helps explain why some implausible home remedies (swallowing a spoonful of yellow mustard or a jigger of pickle juice, for example) actually work. We found this in the Wall Street Journal (July 11, 2016).

When a Gluten-Free Diet Can Really Help:

You may think you know how to eat, but does your diet lead to optimal health? Some people who don’t have celiac disease still need to avoid bread, cereal, crackers and other foods made with wheat barley and rye. What is the story on non-celiac gluten sensitivity? The research was published in Gut (online July 25, 2016).

How much protein is there in your diet? Does it matter for your health? And what difference does it make whether it comes from hot dogs or lentil soup? We unravel the complexity of a Harvard-based study on protein. The study was published in JAMA Internal Medicine (online Aug. 1, 2016).

Food and Drug Interactions:

Are your medications incompatible with your diet? You may not be aware of the food and drug interactions that could affect your health. You’ve probably heard that grapefruit juice doesn’t mix well with certain medicines. But what about apple juice, tea or coffee? The study on tea polyphenols slowing the absorption of atenolol was published in Frontiers in Pharmacology (June 29, 2016).

Some of the spices in your kitchen pantry, such as cinnamon, ginger or turmeric, have healing properties. Which ones do you use as remedies?

The Low-Down on Fish Oil:

Fish oil has gotten a lot of bad press in the past year. Now scientists say it can be helpful for people recovering from a heart attack. The research on the benefits of supplemental omega-3 fatty acids (prescription strength) was published in Circulation (online, Aug. 1, 2016).

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We are interested in your stories and questions about gluten, protein, interactions and spices. Ask your question or share your story: Call 888-472-3366 between 7 and 8 am EDT on August 6, 2016 or email

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About the Author
Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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I moved from England to Provence a year ago. This region of France is ‘No GMO, no pesticide’. We now eat seasonally, hardly any beef at all, some bio pork and the amazing local lamb from Sisteron, which grazes on thyme/rosemary. Mostly, we eat a lot of fish and the local olive oil. We buy from local markets, not always bio but close to it and fresh. Goat cheese is local and delicious and the fruit – cherries, strawberries, melons, tomatoes – are out of this world. We only use the supermarket for paper products, washing powder etc. In other words, we don’t eat processed and are not part of the corporate food industry.

This is why we live here. I’m originally from the US and when I return to visit family, I don’t know what to eat. The children come and are amazed at the taste of food; they can’t believe that the cheese, even in Wholefoods, is nothing like it’s supposed to be.

Yes, we’re lucky that the farming industry resists and there are people here who are committed to eating healthily. The US has a huge problem and it seems so much harder to stay healthy, which is why this site is so valuable, even here, for me! thanks, Jan

Hi! I am a senior who, until 4 years ago, had excellent health but presently I am in my 3rd cancer. Two of those are now in remission due to immediate, and I repeat immediate, visits to a specialist in the field of my ailment. My 3rd cancer is poly vera (incurable), which is very rare for a woman.

I believe in knowing my body, and I am a firm believer of a good diet and low medicine. I have phlebotomies when needed (only source of help) except for a med that I refuse to take (side effects). I always look for information to help me make the right decisions, and I am happy that I found this site. Since my disease comes from my bone marrow, I manufacture too many red blood cells. I take daily baby aspirin and drink at least 50cc of water daily to prevent high clotting, which is the dangerous side effect of this present disease.

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