The U.S. government recommends that men and women between the ages of 31 and 50 get two and a half to three cups of vegetables a day, a goal that many nationwide are failing to meet. The nutrient content of vegetables provides a variety of benefits, from maintaining immune health to potentially lowering the risk of stroke and certain cancers (1). If you want to reach the vital recommended daily amount of veggies or simply want to increase vegetable content in your diet, there’s an option that may be flying under your radar: green superfoods. These powdered mixtures of healthy greens boast the nutritional content of the healthiest vegetables available, all in a simple, versatile package.

Please take a careful look at the photo nearby. Notice the not-so-subtle LARGE numbers for the produce this conventional supermarket carries, and the teeny-weenie numbers for its “competitors.”

If you are focusing on the wrong thing, then you can’t focus on the right thing. If you were falsely told your entire life to focus on something, then you have been misled and your health may suffer. The “Great American Diet Experiment” may be nearing its final stage, now that the facts are finally allowed to reach all scientists and the public. As discussed later in this column, at least some American scientific journals are now allowing the full facts to be published rather than having the “reviewers” insist that certain true—but embarrassing to the Heart–Diet establishment—data be removed. Yes, the suppression of scientific facts that contradict or question the dogma of the controlling establishment still occurs.

Jonny Bowden

Can protein powders help you lose weight? Can they help you build muscle? And does it matter which kind you buy?

­­Let’s say you traded your quiet ho-hum life for one filled with fame and glory. Sure, the dollars that come with prominence in our society are bountiful, but after a while, thorns would start to grow. Lost quality time with those who knew you from the beginning would weigh heavily, intense pressure to excel would build, and even the simple pleasure of “being yourself” would become a distant memory. And then, there’s the unsettling feeling of knowing that one day, you could fall out of favor with the public. Picking up the pieces after such rejection would be crushing.

Retailers and their staff need to be prepared to reassure shoppers that USA Today and Dr. Cohen have it wrong.

In “Ask the Doc,” I hope to take on all of your food and dietary supplement related questions or entertain whatever you’ve always wanted to ask your primary care physician.

The thyroid is a body part that is easy to forget about. If it’s healthy, you can’t even feel it! Despite its relatively low profile, the thyroid has a very important role, influencing nearly every metabolic process in the body (1).

We have been discussing bone and artery health with Leon Schurgers, Ph.D. In June, we discussed why vitamin K2 was essential for bone health and in July, we examined why vitamin K2 is also essential for healthy arteries. Both involve keeping calcium in the bones and out of the arteries. Even Time magazine is now reporting that calcified arteries are a major risk factor in heart disease. New research indicates that there is more to the vitamin K2 story. Let’s continue our chat with Dr. Schurgers with a discussion about vitamin K2’s role in brain health.