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shellfish for other reasons, plan to either eat seaweed several times per week, as in a cup portion of seaweed salad, or take a seaweed DHA supplement daily.


MYTH #4. All cheeses (and yogurts) are created equal Treating pasteurized cheese as a go-to food--compared, for


example, with raw, probiotic-rich and vitamin K2-loaded cam- embert--is a mistake. The same goes for yogurt and kefir. Many patients are shocked when I explain that fruit-flavored yogurt has more sugar than ice cream. As with so many components of the Mediterranean diet, when choosing your foods, simple and un- sweetened is best. If you avoid dairy products, you still need some source of probiotic food source, which can easily be obtained by using coconut yogurt sources, and other pickled foods, such as sauer- kraut, olives, capers, and Asian foods such as miso and kombu- cha.


MYTH #5. You can skip the beans Don't miss out on this fiber-packed superfood that is one of the best foods for controlling blood sugar, and it's the #1 all-time top food for blocking disease-causing oxidation. They are also loaded with fiber, protein, B vitamins, and calcium. In Mediter- ranean cuisine, beans are the healthy foundation for countless meals and are used often as a side dish as well. However, 10% of people appear to be lectin intolerant--they


develop major gastrointestinal symptoms when they consume beans. The process of soaking (so called sprouting) appears to help, but if you have a lectin intolerance, just like any food in- tolerance, then avoid beans.


MYTH #6. You can use extra-virgin olive oil for all your cooking needs Don't use extra-virgin olive oil for high-heat cooking, or even


medium-high heat. Once it reaches 400ºF--its smoke point, the maximum temperature it can reach before it breaks down and becomes a damaged fat--extra-virgin olive oil starts losing nutri- tional value, not to mention its complex and delicate flavors. For medium-high heat cooking, use avocado and/or almond oil) instead. Save flavorful extra-virgin olive oil for drizzling over foods, making dressings, and for low or medium heat cooking.


Adapting the Mediterranean Diet to the 21st Century Despite all these clear health benefits, there are some limita-


tions related to the Mediterranean diet that should be applied to living in the 21st century. First, the original Mediterranean diet was followed by farm-


ers, fisherman, and herders--men and women who were physi- cally active for 6 to 10 hours per day. Very few can achieve this much movement today. We therefore need to modify an eating plan with a lower glycemic load to match our activity level. Second, studies that have evaluated the Mediterranean diet


have also assessed what components of the traditional eating plan had the most and least health benefit. Results from the EPIC trial showed that consuming vegetables, fruit, beans, nuts, and olive oil provided the greatest benefit, and eating whole grains


atural hormone replacement therapy corrects the loss of our hormones that comes through aging and menopause. The term "natural hormone" means the bioidentical hormone our bodies make, and not synthetic ones made by the pharma- ceutical industry, which can be harmful as well as helpful. With replacement, patients report an increase in their psy- chological well being. PMS symptoms can be resolved, not uncommonly, in weeks. The medical benefits are a decrease in cardiac and vascular disease, strokes, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and even cancers. Because our goal is to return hormone levels to an optimal range, we test the following for any deficiencies: Thyroid hormone, which regulates temperature, metabo-


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lism, cerebral function, and energy levels. It can protect against cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's disease, memory loss, fatigue and weight gain. DHEA, which stimulates the immune system, can restore


sexual vitality, improves moods, and decreases cholesterol and body fat. It improves memory, increases energy, and has anti- cancer properties by enhancing the immune system. Melatonin, which influences the quality and quantity of sleep, is also an energizer, a mood enhancer, and an antioxidant. It has also been shown to decrease the incidence of nocturia (getting up at night to urinate). Estrogen, has been proven to reduce the effects of heart


disease, stroke, high cholesterol, Alzheimer's disease, memory loss, menopausal symptoms, osteoporosis, skin thinning, the incidence of depression, and reverse the lack of libido. Progesterone, which acts as an antidepressant, mild tranquil-


izer, and natural painkiller. Bioidentical progesterone can elimi- nate symptoms of menopause, PMS emotional instability, headaches, and mood swings. Testosterone, which drops significantly in men over age 50.


This lowered level accounts for a loss of a man's sense of well- being, decrease in sex drive, loss of general muscle mass, in- creased abdominal obesity, osteoporosis, decrease in mental acuity, and decreased strength and endurance. And, yes, tes- tosterone levels should be tested in women, as well. Testoster- one therapy can reverse the gradual sexual apathy that occurs over time, while also increasing energy, and strength.


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