Farm to Hospital: How the Way We Farm Makes Us Sick

Written by: Ron Weiss, MD

Given the recent turn of events, it is unclear whether the Affordable Care Act really has been given a reprieve, or whether millions still risk losing their current health insurance benefits. Regardless, it is critical for the politicians in Washington to understand that the primary cause of America’s health care crisis is not a lack of health insurance. It is not rising drug costs or insufficient access to primary care medicine. It is federal agriculture policy.


Which Nutrients Best Support Healthy Vision?

woman eye laser

Written by Austin Winegar,

Eye health is an often-overlooked aspect in our journey to overall health, but there are some important nutrients out there that can help support healthy vision.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an antioxidant found in fruits and vegetables. It supports healthy capillaries, gums, teeth, and cartilage. Vitamin C can be found in virtually every cell in the body, and its concentration is significantly higher in the retina than in the blood. Since the human body does not make vitamin C, it must be consumed as part of the diet.*

Zinc is a trace mineral that is found in high concentrations in the eye. It plays a critical role in transporting vitamin A to the retina.*

Lutein & Zeaxanthin
Lutein and zeaxanthin are carotenoids and both serve as antioxidants, which help to neutralize free radicals and reduce oxidative stress.*

Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Fats are an essential part of the human diet. The two families of essential fatty acids are omega-3 fatty acids and omega-6 fatty acids. Most individuals get enough of the essential omega-6 fatty acids; however low intakes of omega-3 fatty acids is common, particularly Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). These fatty acids are important in many aspects of health, including: membrane structure, neural development, supporting cardiovascular health, and providing a healthy inflammation response in connection with exercise.*

DHA is found in high concentrations in the retina and it has been shown that DHA helps maintain the health of the retina.* Read more  »

The Many Benefits of Omega-3s


Written by Brian Dixon, PhD

No nutritional program is complete without a high-quality source of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids.

Fats are an essential part of our diet. However, we should limit unhealthy fat intake and encourage consumption of healthy fats. Saturated fats found in meat, milk, and cheese help to promote the formation of artery-clogging fatty deposits. The trans-fatty acids (found in partially hydrogenated vegetable oils) are even more harmful to our health. Monounsaturated fats found in vegetable oils do not promote arterial fat deposits and polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as the omega-3 fatty acids, are the most beneficial to overall health. Read more  »

How Diet Plays a Role in Disease Prevention


heart-healthy diet

This morning, Dr. Oz visited the Today Show to talk about an important new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) by researchers at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition. Scientists looked at data regarding what Americans eat and what they die from and found a clear relationship between certain foods and the risk of disease. The researchers discovered that they could attribute almost half (45%) of the more than 700,000 deaths from heart disease, stroke, and diabetes to just 10 dietary factors.


My Father is the Happy Face Killer


Rejection and Self Love

I am the daughter of a serial killer.

My suffering and self-inflicted guilt and shame went beyond my father’s name in national news, his creepy smiley faces left on letters to the detectives who were looking for the crazed murderer. They would find out later all of it was unmotivated by money, greed, jealousy, or passion. All murder is senseless, but without any motive, the trail of women’s bodies found along wooden paths didn’t add up to much of a pattern that could help detectives determine if the murders were linked. Finally, their work would become a lot easier. The authorities had the wrong people in custody for one particular murder, and my narcissistic father just couldn’t take it. He wrote letters to authorities begging them to notice him. Who knows, if his ego didn’t get in the way, maybe he’d still be driving his truck on long-hauls, dropping into my house to rustle the hair of his grandkids.

In 1995, my father was arrested and is now serving multiple life sentences at the Oregon State Penitentiary.


The Dangerous Spread of Fake Ads

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Cowritten with Robert Glazer, Founder and Managing Director of Acceleration Partners.

Did Fake News Sneak up on America?

A recent Pew Research Center study reports that two-thirds of American adults get their news on Facebook, yet our legal and law enforcement systems have not kept up with the dramatic advances in communication technology. Just as these tools have the power to bring us together and enhance our lives, we are beginning to realize they also have a dark side. The speed and anonymity of the Internet have led to the development of a phenomenon that challenges the foundation of our society: the rapid creation and sharing of scams and fake news. This problem has reached such epic proportions that many fear the rapid spread of fake Internet news actually affected our presidential election. Now we are left trying to understand how this tsunami hit us seemingly without warning.


Can Fake News Change Your Brain?

Digital Health Headlines

Cowritten with Dr. Daniel Amen

The ill effects of fake news on both our health and the health of our society has been on my mind. So, earlier this year, I called my colleague neuropsychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen with an unusual question. Could the human brain be hacked by fake news? I had just seen fMRI images in a Nature Scientific Reports article by Kaplan and colleagues from University of Southern California, which showed that politically challenging statements activated the parts of our brains associated with self-identity and emotion, like the amygdala.