Current Health Articles

Ever since this site began in March 2007, I’ve sought to publish current health articles which deal with the health issues of our day.

There’s a lot of noise out there, and the Internet can sometimes make life more difficult as you try to weed through the myriad of sites dealing with heath conditions.

Some of these articles take me a lot of time to prepare, as I always seek to present current health articles which are scientific, and not just based on assumption or even experience.

They’re all listed below, but I’ve shortlisted three of the more popular articles…

How to Maintain Your Bone Health For Life

New Guidelines on Peanuts During Pregnancy

How to Prevent High Blood Pressure

Those with excess weight often suffer from depression.

That’s no secret.

What we’re unsure about, though, is which comes first.

Does being seriously overweight directly lead to depression in some people?

Or, does depression cause excess weight gain?

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Saturated fat good or bad


What does bloodletting, scurvy, and our understanding of saturated fat have in common?

Before I share the answer with you, allow me to say that while we live in an era of unparalleled educational opportunities, there are some things that are still undervalued, and often unappreciated.

Skepticism, curiosity, and the ability to think and research for oneself, are not always met with enthusiasm.

Even when there’s concrete evidence to support the view of the minority, popular opinion is not something that likes to go away without a fight.

Take, for example, the advice, “Eat less saturated fat.”

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Selenium is a trace mineral, which is essential to good health. However, it is only needed in small amounts.

Some of the functions of selenium include, protecting our cells from free radical damage. It also helps to regulate thyroid function. And, plays a role in the immune system.

The selenium content of plant foods in our diet, is directly related to the soil concentration of selenium where the food was grown.

Selenium Deficiency

Selenium deficiency is rare, but it may be seen in countries where the soil concentration of selenium is low, for example China.

A prolonged and severe selenium deficiency may lead to Keshan disease, which can be prevented by increasing selenium intake. Another disease, called Kashin-Beck’s disease, has been identified, where selenium deficiency is the primary cause. Click to read more…

Most of us have heard that probiotics are “good” for us. But why? And what are the best sources?

Down through the years, people around the world have used fermented foods to promote their health. Whether it’s fermented vegetables, fermented yogurt or kefir, it’s been known for centuries that good bacteria is, well, good for us!

So, you might be wondering just why probiotics are so vital to your health.

Well, let me tell you a little miracle that happens to babies at birth.

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Please welcome Registered Nutritionist, Nicola Graham from Eat Well NZ, to Dietriffic today, by leaving her a comment below and getting involved in the discussion ~ Melanie

Organic, raw food, gluten free, vegan and low sodium. Is this just a super healthy diet, or is it something else?

While it’s great to be into healthy eating, like everything, you can take it too far. When healthy eating becomes an unhealthy obsession, it’s bad for your body, mind and relationships.

Orthorexia is a condition where healthy eating becomes an obsession, and eating healthy food becomes the key thing in determining your self worth. Often, eating becomes extremely rigid, and only a limited number of foods are acceptable to eat.

In orthorexia, healthy eating isn’t healthy any more because the diet becomes so restricted, that a number of essential nutrients are lacking. Relationships can suffer, too, as orthorexics often avoid socialising because it may interfere with their dietary regimen.

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If you’re like most people, you probably assume that the normal “diabetes lifestyle” must include glucose monitors, lancets, blood pressure cuffs, medications, and related supplements.

I mean, once you have diabetes, you’ve got it for life… right?

It’s then a life of meeting blood sugar targets, blood pressure checks, eye appointments, foot exams, and more trips to see doctors and specialists.

But, have you ever considered the possibility that type 2 diabetes could be completely reversed?

What if it wasn’t — at least for some people — an unstopped, progressive disease that has to be better “managed” with drugs, surgery, and a whole host of medical care?

What if intensive dietary and lifestyle changes could completely reverse diabetes?

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If you suffer from gout, you’ll know exactly how painful it can be. Gout is actually a type of arthritis, which causes stiff, swollen and painful joints; it happens when uric acid levels build up in your blood.

Uric acid is the waste product formed from the breakdown of food and the body’s cells. What you eat plays a hugely important role in both causing gout, and in reducing your likelihood of suffering from these painful symptoms.

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