Saturday, September 19, 2015

I Have a New Website to Call Home

If you've followed my work and blog for a long time... Thank you! It is readers and followers like yourself that motivate me to keep producing quality health information and articles.

With that being said, I'd like to announce my new website that will contain all my future articles and announcements going forward. I will continue to keep this site as an archive for my previous content to refer back to. Please visit my newly renovated website at:

Thank you for stopping by! I wish you all a lifetime of health and happiness. And don't forget to eat your veggies!

In health,

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Talking Plant-Based Nutrition in Hawaii

I just got back from a trip of a lifetime! My adventures took me to the lush, tropical islands of Hawaii. I was fortunate enough to speak twice while there, thanks to the Vegetarian Society of Hawaii.

My first talk was on the island of Oahu, home of the capital of HawaiiHonolulu. My next presentation was on the second largest of the Hawaiian Islands—Maui. Both events were received with open arms and enthusiasm by everyone in attendance. You can watch my presentation at the end of this article too, but before that a quick recap of my trip.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hypertension – Overview and Treatment Options

Hypertension, commonly known as high blood pressure, can be defined as an elevated force of pressure against the artery walls as the heart pumps blood to the rest of the body. It can eventually lead to various health problems if it becomes chronic in nature. 

Stroke is one of the most concerning health consequences that can occur due to chronic high blood pressure. Other ill health effects include heart attacks, kidney disease, peripheral vascular disease, heart failure, retinopathy (damage to the retina of the eye leading to possible blindness), dementia, and premature death.1

Needless to say, hypertension should be taken seriously by anyone suffering from it. Sadly, sometimes this isn’t the case because high blood pressure is known as the “silent killer”, manifesting no feelings of “sickness” by those suffering from it.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Body by Plants Founder, Elena Wilkins, Tells All in Exclusive Interview with the Plant-Based Pharmacist

Elena Wilkins
Founder of Vega-licious and Body By Plants
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing the founder and creator of Vegalicious and Body By PlantsElena Wilkins—about her story and life's work, and she did not disappoint!

Elena has spent years researching and developing her lifestyle program Body By Plants, which includes a whole foods, plant-based diet at its core. She's helped numerous people regain their health and get their life back after doing the same for herself prior to starting her business.

She even surprised her doctors by conceiving a beautiful little girl after being told she was infertile, and she's never looked back.

Please read on as her engaging interview provides hope, inspiration, and a passion for life filled with vibrancy and health that anyone would be jealous of.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Making Sense of Medical Studies and Getting the Most Out of Them for Your Health

Recently, I wrote an article detailing the studies on coconut oil and heart health and was flooded with feedback. A lot of feedback was positive, leaving many individuals enlightened on a topic they may not have known about, some was neutral (or positive) showing reinforcement for what readers already knew, and some was filled with uncertainty, confusion, or even downright disdain for the write-up.

Below, I share a couple of the comments received, both positive and negative, to set the stage for this article:

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Coconut Oil Increases Cardiovascular Disease Risk and Possible Death Due to Heart Attacks and Stroke

If you do a Google search for “Coconut Oil Health Benefits” over four million results will pop up. Coconut oil has been made out to be a miracle cure for everything from heart disease to Alzheimer’s disease in our culture, but is it really true? What evidence do we have to support these claims?

The best way to evaluate any claim for any health product is to find peer-reviewed controlled interventional studies testing the use of that product on morbidity and mortality (i.e. disability and death) rates for the disease in question. Unfortunately, for coconut oil, there are no such studies. Without this data we’re left with testimonial stories of one miracle after another happening from those making coconut oil a popularized “health” product.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Curing Migraine Headaches With Diet

According to the National Headache Foundation 29.5 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches, with women being affected three times more then men.1 Migraines can be debilitating and often lead to the inability to perform normal everyday activities, especially if they become full-blown.

The burden of migraines isn’t just physical pain and suffering. These headaches carry an enormous amount of financial strain on both the patients who suffer from them and on our country as a whole. Recent data has shown that the direct costs of treating migraines—including doctor visits, medications, emergency room visits, diagnostic tests, etc.—is over $11 billion a year in the United States.2 This works out to an average of $2,571 annually for each individual. Indirect costs—due to things like decreased productivity and absenteeism from work—are estimated at nearly $12 billion annually.3 Needless to say, migraine headaches are more than just a pain in the neck.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Apple Berry Crisp

Sometimes life calls for dessert, and sometimes you just have to answer that call. Today I unveil one of the most sought after dessert recipes from my book, The Empty Medicine Cabinet.

Apple Berry Crisp

This recipe is filled with flavor, spice, and a whole lot of love. Love for your heart that is. It’s the perfect way to get your sweets on without compromising your health. This berry-rich dessert is loaded with fiber and contains absolutely no cholesterol. It’s also full of disease-fighting antioxidants and has a little bit of apple pie to it with the cinnamon and nutmeg spices added in.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Gout - Prevention and Treatment Options

Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis mostly affecting joints of the periphery (feet, knees, hands, and elbows).1 The big toe is the most common and notorious site of acute gout attacks, and these attacks are extremely painful. Some have said the pain is on the same level of order as childbirth. Needless to say, gout is no fun ordeal to deal with.

With that being said, my goal is to help you understand how gout develops, and show you what you can do about it in order to prevent or treat it.

The Development of Gout

Gout results from a multi-step process that ultimately ends in the formation of uric acid crystals that are deposited into the joint spaces. Joint inflammation and pain then ensues leading to what is commonly called a ‘gout attack’.

Where do these uric acid crystals come from? And how do they form in the first place?

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Health Hawk Hour Radio Show Features The Empty Medicine Cabinet

Recently, I had the honor of joining Joel Chudnow on his long-running radio show, Hawk Health Hour. Joel and I discussed my newly published book, The Empty Medicine Cabinet. We talked about safe and alternative forms of treating chronic health conditions like our number one killer - heart disease. I also mention some of my favorite recipes from the book too!

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the archived show of Hawk Health Hour recorded on 2/4/15.

If you're having trouble with the audio then click here to download the mp3.

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by Dustin Rudolph, PharmD
Clinical Pharmacist

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Why You Should Stop Counting Calories To Achieve Long-Term, Permanent Weight Loss

It’s January, which means millions of people are looking to shed unwanted pounds. Gym memberships have been bought, diets have been started, and resolutions are in full swing. These are all the things determined to make this year THE year to finally lose weight and keep it off for good.

With America’s overweight and obesity rate reaching 68.5% in adults (33.6% overweight, 34.9% obese), these much needed and well-intentioned weight loss efforts are a welcome site.1 However, if history plays out like it has, then we’re not likely to see any real progress in our bid for slimmer waistlines, as evidenced by this 2014 global systemic analysis report on obesity published in the Lancet: “Not only is obesity increasing, but no national success stories have been reported in the past 33 years.”2

That’s over three decades of failure, enough to make anyone want to quit even before getting started. All hope is not lost though. What we need to do is re-evaluate how we approach weight loss in the first place. We can’t keep doing the same thing and expect different results.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Advocacy for Good Health in 2015

by guest blogger Jody Perrecone

Last month I was at Mayo Clinic with my sister. While she was having some tests, I had time to go to the Patient Resource Center, a library of medical information located in the clinic.

Upon entering the resource center, painted in big letters on the wall was the following quote, “The object of all health education is to change the conduct of individual men, women, and children by teaching them to care for their bodies well, and this instruction should be given throughout the entire period of their educational life.” — Charlie H. Mayo