Best Health Articles — August 21st, 2016

by Dr. Allison Galan ND and Dr. Louise Wilson ND (inactive)

From Alison: Each Sunday theNDDC publishes a list of the top articles from around the web in 5 different health categories to help you stay up-to-date on the latest information.

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The Top Article of the Week

Why Reinventing Hospital Food Isn’t As Easy As It Sounds – Gigen Mammoser

It’s a question many of you have maybe wondered; “why is hospital food often so unhealthy?”

As major institutions of healthcare our hospitals and medical facilities should be at the forefront of knowledge concerning nutrition. Establishing dietary supports should be a no-brainer in these institutions as we are all aware of the benefits that come with healthy eating. Unfortunately, like most things in life, this may be easier said than done.

Our “Best Article of the Week” comes to us from Gigen Mammoser at Vice and explains some of the limitations that hospitals, and those looking to make change, face when it comes to what’s served up on patient’s plates. From a lack of cultural options to procedural restrictions there are many roadblocks to serving up healthy options in our hospitals that need to be addressed.

Nonetheless, “our institutions are a reflection of who we are as a society, [they] should be more than that. [They] should be more aspirational,” and overcoming these limitations is of the utmost importance, especially when it comes to one of the most important contributors to our health.


General Health

Modern Medicine Is Too Reliant on Short-Term Studies – Jessa Gamble: The Atlantic

Fluoride: Good or Bad? – Hrefna Palsdottir, MS

Forest Bathing Boosts Health – Dr. Verna Hunt, BSc, DC, ND



The 17 Best Protein Sources For Vegans and Vegetarians – Alina Petre, MS, RD

Thumbs Down On Low-Fat Diets – Dr. Andrew Weil, MD

Beyond Eating Less And Exercising More: This Is Everything – Dr. Alethea Fleming, ND: Natural Path

Americans Should Eat Less Meat, But They’re Eating More And More – Eliza Barclay: Vox

I asked 8 researchers why the science of nutrition is so messy. Here’s what they said. – Julia Belluz



The Futility of the Workout-Sit Cycle – James Hamblin: The Atlantic

Why Grok Didn’t Have Work-Life Balance and Neither Will You – Mark Sisson

The One Thing Women Need to Stop Eating – Kelly Coffey: Girls Gone Strong


Specific Health Conditions and Treatment Protocols

Is It Your Adrenals? Thyroid? Or Both? – Dr. Aviva Romm, M.D.

Using Ultrasoud To Lower Blood Pressure? – NDNR: Razi Berry

Start Of School Can Worsen Bedwetting In Children – NatPath: Razi Berry

Autism Healing Begins In The Gut – Dr. Kendra Becker, ND: Natural Path

Osteoarthritis: Diabetes of the Joint? – Carolyn Dolan PT, DPT, Cert MDT


Novel Research

Music Demonstrated To Alleviate Cancer Patients’ Symptoms – Drexel University: Science Daily

How Are Labor And Delivery Triggered? – Razi Berry: NDNR

How A Protein Could Become The Next Big Sweetener – American Chemical Society: Science Daily

A Molecular Alarm Clock Awakens Resting Ovules – Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência (IGC): Science Daily

About the Author
Dr. Allison Galan ND and Dr. Louise Wilson ND (inactive)

Dr. Allison Galan, ND is a graduate from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Alberta. In her practice, she focuses on empowering her patients to be their own catalyst for change, in order to optimize their health. Dr. Louise Wilson, ND (inactive) is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a specialist honors degree in psychology in 2006. In 2010 she graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Since graduation she has been in private practice in Bolton, Ontario, with a clinical focus on establishing the foundations of health.