An Apple a Day Keeps the Cardiologist Away


Last week I shared with you a study suggesting that eating more  fruits and vegetables makes you happy. One reason these people  may be happier may be that they are also healthier.  For example, today’s study (Crowe et al, Am. J. Clin. Nutr., doi: 10.3945/ajcn.112.044073) shows that vegetarians have a 32% lower risk of developing heart disease. […]

Folic Acid Does Not Increase Cancer Risk


You’ve seen the headlines. “Folic Acid Supplements May Increase Colon Cancer Risk in People Over 50” and “Folic Acid Supplements May Increase Prostate Cancer Risk in Men”. And I’ve seen articles telling people over 50 that they should take their multivitamin tablets every other day to avoid getting too much folic acid. Similarly, I’ve heard […]

Can Folic Acid Prevent Autism?

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Author: Dr. Stephen Chaney Could something as simple as adding adequate folic acid to her mother’s diet reduce the risk of autism in her children? According to a recent study (Surenet al., JAMA, 309: 570-577, 2013), the answer may be yes. The data for this study were derived from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort study. It […]

Nuts for Coconuts


 Author: Dr. Steve Chaney Many of you have been asking me about the latest craze-taking coconut oil as a remedy (or even a preventative) for Alzheimer’s.  Most of the hype originates from a book written by Dr. Mary Newport about her use of coconut oil to help reduce her husband’s Alzheimer’s symptoms and subsequent news […]

Do Diet Sodas Cause Weight Gain?


Diet sodas are in the news again. You’ve probably seen the headlines questioning whether diet sodas actually help you lose weight. In fact many of the headlines imply the diet sodas will cause you to gain weight. Two of the more sensational headlines I came across said “Think diet sodas help you lose weight? Not so, Purdue study finds”, and “Can […]

Want Cancer With That Burger?


Author:  Dr. Steve Chaney, Professor Nutrition & Biochemistry UNC Independence Day is just around the corner and backyard cookouts are in full swing.  One question that you probably won’t hear from your host or hostess is “Would you like some cancer with that burger?”  But, perhaps that is exactly the question that they should be asking. You probably […]

DHA for Smart Babies


Author: Dr. Steve Chaney Every mom wants the best for their kids. Every mom would like to be able to give their kids an edge in life if they could.  According to a recent study there is one very simple thing that every mom can do to give her kids an edge. A study published […]

Folic Acid and Colon Cancer Revisited

Author: Dr. Stephen Chaney For years we have been told that adequate folic acid intake is important for decreasing the risk of colon cancer.  That is why some of you were so surprised last year when you began reading warnings that folic acid supplementation might actually increase the risk of colon cancer in older people. Some […]

Folates & Colon Cancer

Author: Dr. Stephen Chaney There has been a lot of confusion about the effect of folates (folic acid and all of its naturally occurring metabolites) on colorectal cancer.  There have been a number of studies showing that increased folate intake was associated with a lower risk of developing colorectal cancer.  However, mandatory folic acid fortification of […]

Vitamin D & Cancer

Author: Dr. Stephen Chaney This is the final installment of my “Tips” based on Dr. Michael Holick’s book, “The Vitamin D Solution”. The connection between vitamin D and reduced cancer risk is certainly one of the most controversial chapters in his book. There is certainly ample reason to suspect that vitamin D reduces the risk of […]