Phillip Minton M.D.

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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!.

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

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…