Phillip Minton M.D.

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Ways You Can Maximize Healthfulness of Hot Chocolate

In Uncategorized on January 3, 2015 at 10:56 am

Cocoa powder and cocoa oil are unusually healthy products of the cocoa bean. Based on all the research I have done, it seems evident that cocoa is so loaded with healthful ingredients that even heating or processing it to various extents leaves it as a very powerful health food. Still, I cannot help but admire those who seek to obtain an even more powerful “health hit” from cocoa and chocolate. Many chocolate manufacturers and wholesalers are working on various ways to maximize the healthy nature of chocolate. One group of healthful components found naturally in the cocoa bean that they try to preserve or enhance are the many antioxidants in cocoa. Perhaps the most common way they do this is to minimize the processing of the cocoa bean. Some interesting articles on ways to boost the natural healthiness of hot chocolate ( hot cocoa ) have been published lately.


Chocolate Fights Dementia – Study

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2013 at 9:55 pm

Amazingly, even simple, common, everyday forms of chocolate may measurably improve brain function and fight dementia. Yet another study is in linking chocolate to improved mental functioning. Alzheimers and vascular dementia are two types of cognitive impairments that experts think are related to the brain cells not getting enough oxygen and nutrients. Chocolate is known to improve blood flow in the general circulation. So the study tried something simple to see if common chocolate could improve cognitive function in older test subjects. The answer was yes, it did. Simply two servings of hot cocoa daily measurably raised brain function in the test subjects. Amazing!

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. 

The Obesity Paradox

In Uncategorized on March 17, 2013 at 8:22 pm

A recent study suggests that obese patients respond better to heart disease treatment than do the non-obese. This is a paradox as it is the opposite to what we might have expected.

Since obesity is a proven risk factor for heart disease, we would have supposed that the obese would respond less well to treatment than the non-obese. This study suggests that this expectation is false.

What could explain the paradox? In my view, we need to explore more fully the possibility that cardiovascular disease may have various sub-groupings, based on the cause and genetic factors. In other words, cardiovascular disease that looks the same when viewed from a superficial perspective may actually be subtly different. One person’s atheroma may not be the same, or respond the same to treatment, as another persons does.

Could it be that obesity as a primary risk factor for cardiovascular disease causes a subtype of the disease that responds better to therapy than, say cv disease whose main promoting factor was heavy cigarette smoking? Time will tell.

Acceleration of Metastatic Breast Cancer in Young Women

In Uncategorized on March 2, 2013 at 8:24 am

The incidence of serious, metastatic breast cancer is accelerating among women under 40 years of age, according to a new study. This recent research, published in JAMA, has revealed the alarming and disconcerting fact that more younger women are being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer than ever before

Furthermore, the speed at which the rate is increasing is accelerating. Since the mid-1970s, more and more women under age forty are being diagnosed with cancer of the breast that has already spread to other areas of the body.

Why is this, and what can be done about it? Surely we need to understand the underlying causes of breast cancer development much better. But it can also have t do with surveillance. It may be that we are not looking for breast cancer in younger women, thinking that it occurs more frequently in women over forty. By failing to watch younger women as closely as possibly they should, have, medical profession may be failing to diagnose their breast cancer at early stages. It is well known that later stages of breast cancer, such as when it has become metastatic, are much more difficult to successfully treat. Understanding and correcting the underlying reasons for the accelerating rate of younger women being diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer may help us to reach a positive treatment conclusion in those young women where breast cancer develops. Even better would be achieving a much greater level of prevention of breast cancer development in these younger women.

A Unique Search for Healing in Brain Cancer

In Uncategorized on November 26, 2012 at 2:04 pm

an Italian man, recently diagnosed with glioma, is trying a novel approach to finding the right therapy for himself. He is engaging in open-source healing. Glioma is a primary cancer of the brain that is quite difficult to effectively treat using conventional medical and surgical techniques. Surgery can often remove large portions of these tumors, and radiation may also stunt it, but the long term survival rate is low – in advanced stage cases the average survival is only one to two years with treatment, and only a few months without treatment.

Given this bleak prognosis, it is not surprising that patients with glioma search for novel sources of therapy. By posting his case history and test results online, Salvatore Iaconesi hopes to find the best ways forward in his personal battle with glioma.


In Uncategorized on November 10, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fattest of them all? As far as the countries with a larger population, its the USA! As a matter of fact, almost no other nation on earth bests us in girth. A sedentary lifestyle yoked to a diet rich in unneeded calories seems to have landed the USA third in the world in a recent analysis of BMI. It seems we come in third. We really need to reconsider our lifestyle habits.

What can we do about this? Sit less, walk more. Eat less, and consume healthier foods. These are  simple facts we all know, but seldom act on these days.


Synergy Likely Important for Dietary Cancer Prevention

In cancer, Uncategorized on October 19, 2012 at 8:53 pm

New studies of the anti-cancer effects of green tea extracts point not only to some of the most significant probable mechanisms of action of green tea against cancer but also seek to ascertain required dosages to attain cancer-stunting results from green tea or its extracts. Thus far, the required dosages seem quite high. Evidently you would need to drink high quality green tea all day and night to reach therapeutic levels. The obvious alternative, at first blush, seems to be to consume the active compounds in a purified and concentrated nutritional supplement form. But perhaps there is an alternative.

It will not surprise me that future studies will show that achieving the required therapeutic dose is best achieved by consuming several food types each day that all contribute to reach the required dose. A prime example of this may be to consume chocolate and green tea to reach the bioflavonoid dose needed to attain anti-cancer effects. 

Even more intriguing is the possibility that synergy will be found between active beneficial compounds in various foods that act on each other to lower the total dose of any one of them required to achieve a health goal. Let’s see what science reveals. Meanwhile, it seems wise to enjoy an array of healthy foods and drinks each day.


A New War On Cancer?

In Uncategorized on September 21, 2012 at 7:26 pm

We are becoming a society of never-ending wars. The decades-old war on drugs, the decade-old war in Afghanistan, and last but not least, the “war on cancer”are but a few. It was begun if I remember correctly, when I was a child by President Nixon.

Why do these wars never end? It seems to be because we begin them with a predetermined strategy, and if it fails, we continue that failed strategy indefinitely. Medical scientists were certain that surgery, chemotherapy and radiation, the treatments available in the 1970’s, would eventually result in a “cure” for cancer. They have, for the most part, failed to significantly impact death from the deadly malignancies.

We learn now that the MD Anderson Cancer Center is starting its’ own “war on cancer”.  We can only hope that they will succeed where the national “war on cancer” and their own efforts in that battle have failed over the many decades. My hope is that they will look “outside the box” of chemo, radiation and surgery. If not, I predict continued failure to make any monumental inroads in their continuing “war on cancer” .

Obesity and Cancer: Is Insulin the Link?

In Uncategorized on August 27, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Studies continue to link obesity with cancers of many types. The question is, what is the linkage? Could it be elevated levels of insulin? If we look at the chemical structure of insulin, it is remarkably similar to growth hormone. Chemicals and hormones that stimulate cancer cells to grow are thought o play a role in the development of recurrence of cancers. Perhaps the fact that most obesity is associated with elevated insulin levels allows the insulin to hyper-stimulate cancer cells, allowing them to flourish?

Alternatively, perhaps it is the elevation of other hormones that stimulates cancer in the obese.A recent study discusses these possibilities in the recurrence of treated breast cancer.