Phillip Minton M.D.

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SALT: Getting the humble miracle mineral right

In cardiovascular, diet, Uncategorized on May 16, 2013 at 11:13 pm

Our common, humble table salt is much more important to our health and well-being than we can imagine. Getting sodium-chloride right can make or break our health, just as it does to the palatability of a great chef’s cuisine.

An overabundance of salt in our diet acts as a poison. It can destroy healthy organ functioning and raise the blood pressure to damaging extremes.

On the other hand, this humble mineral, in the right amounts, is essential to life. A review of all the amazing life processes in which sodium-chloride is involved easily leads us to conclude that, although humble, it is a miracle mineral.

The essential thing is for us to have the right intake amount of salt – not too much or too little. Knowing that number has recently become a little easier. The most recent research suggests it is about one and a half teaspoons a day. Consumption less than this 2300mg per day does not seem to benefit most people, and extended periods of extremely low salt intake can be dangerous. 


When is Alcohol a Health Tonic?

In cancer, cardiovascular, dementia, diabetes on July 28, 2012 at 10:17 pm

We are all very well aware of the risks of over-imbibing with alcohol. It can poison our heart muscles, pickle our livers and baste our brains. It can cause dementia, cirrhotic liver disease, and alcoholic cardiomyopathy, just to name a few.. Alcohol is obviously a dangerous “poison” in high and frequent doses. But can it be a health tonic in lower doses? The scientific evidence is that it indeed can act to better our health and longevity when enjoyed in moderation.

What is moderation? This is a very important question because the immoderate consumption of EtOH causes so many diseases and social ills worldwide. Experts generally classify the consumption of 12 fluid ounces (355 milliliters) of beer,5 fluid ounces (148 milliliters) of wine, or 1.5 fluid ounces (44 milliliters) of 80 proof distilled liquor as constituting moderate consumption on a daily or less basis.

The types of health benefits are wide ranging. They include lowered diabetes risk, less heart disease, fewer gallstones, and a lowered risk of strokes.

Male vs female differences may exist. Some studies show an elevated risk of cancer in women, particularly breast cancer, for women with any degree of alcohol consumption. Further research should give us a more definite take on this. Folate supplementation may help to counteract negative breast effects of alcohol consumption.

In summary, my opinion is that moderate alcohol intake for males is beneficial, but if I were a woman, I might try to avoid it altogether, at least until more facts are known about the effects of alcohol on the female body.

Dedicated to mon sherrie!.

Artificially-Sweetened Soft Drinks Linked to Surprising Medical Problems

In cardiovascular, diabetes, prevention diet on May 20, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Are you one of the huge numbers of diet soda drinkers? Many of us (sometimes we seem like the minority) never got started with artificially sweetened soft drinks. We didn’t like the taste and were not concerned about calories or our weight. But there are many of us who drink so much diet soda that they seem addicted.

Why did they begin drinking it? The reason, most likely, was to lose weight and avoid sugar-related diseases like diabetes and heart disease. It makes sense. If there is no sugar, surely you will lose weight and not develop diabetes or high blood pressure, isn’t that true? Maybe not. Keep reading

Health Chocolate versus Chocolate Candybars

In anti-aging, cardiovascular, chocolate, diabetes, diet, health food, low carb diet, prevention diet on May 4, 2012 at 4:37 pm

It may be apt to say that for many people, perhaps even most, who do not have a major health problem such as diabetes, chocolate itself is so healthful that even consuming chocolate in the form of candy may be better than eating none at all. The reason is that cocoa solids, the raw material from which all chocolate confections must, at least in part, be made is so very healthful.

Let’s think about it. What are the main differences between the common chocolate candy bar and health chocolate? Keep reading…

Make A Delicious New Year’s Resolution

In anti-aging, cardiovascular, dementia, diabetes, diet, health food, immune system, low carb diet, prevention diet on December 31, 2011 at 11:15 am

At this time of year we often determine to do better in life. We determine that this new year will be a better year. We will end it looking better, feeling better and having improved our life over the course of the year. These aspirations are laudable, but are they realistic? Are they achievable?

Let me tell you about one resolution that you will love to keep, and that will truly be likely to improve your quality of life and well-being. Keep reading


In anti-aging, cardiovascular, chocolate, prevention diet on October 2, 2011 at 9:27 am

The maintenance of pliable, resilient, supple body tissue is essential to good health, longevity, and a youthful appearance. It is well known that adding moisture to the skin via hydrating creams and living in a reasonably well humidified environment reduces the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles, and makes the skin appear more youthful. The other tissues of our body also respond in a positive fashion to efforts to retain their suppleness. Keep reading

Chocolate, Healthfood of the Gods, a new book by Phillip Minton, M.D.

In cardiovascular, dementia, diabetes, food and sex, low carb diet on May 25, 2011 at 7:00 pm

I’m very excited to announce that my new book Chocolate, Healthfood of the Gods is going to be released early June, 2011. Let me introduce this labor of love.

The title of my book, Chocolate, Health Food of the Gods is taken from the Greek name for chocolate which can roughly be translated as “God’s food”, “the divine food”, “food for the gods”, or “food of the gods”. Any way you translate it, the meaning is clear: this foodstuff chocolate is special. Really special and valuable to our health and our taste buds. Keep reading…