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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

Refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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What are the diet guidelines for a 22 year old male?

What are the diet guidelines for a 22 year old male?

Depends: Do you have any medical problems? Low cholesterol and low fat is recommended. ...Read more

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What are some common diets that people go on to lose weight?

What are some common diets that people go on to lose weight?

Nutrient dense foods: Eat foods that are nutrient dense (like meat, fish, poultry, eggs, cheese, low starch vegatables and water) avoid foods that are not nutrient dense (like starches and sugars, including fruit)
nutrient dense foods will increase your basal metabolic rate. On the other hand, starches and sugars impair thyroid metabolism via affects on your liver (which helps activate thyroid hormone). ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are some common everyday foods that I should cut off of my diet to lose weight?

Could you tell me what are some common everyday foods that I should cut off of my diet to lose weight?

High fat: Most americans have too much fat in the diet, especially saturated fat from animal products. Cutting fat in the diet can significantly reduce calorie intake and help you to lose weight. Good fats are polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. ...Read more

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Is it common to get gastrointestinal pains from quitting diet?

Is it common to get gastrointestinal pains from quitting diet?

It's possible...: ....But unlikely, unless you quit a healthy diet and started eating an unhealthy one. Unless you are specifically sensitive to something you are eating, or you are eating something to excess, it's unlikely that good, fresh, healthy food is going to cause abdominal pain. ...Read more

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Is it common for a type 2 diabetic to have a change in bm's and diet changes?

Is it common for a type 2 diabetic to have a change in bm's and diet changes?

Depends: With diabetic pts, if they change their diet, eating better and more healthy, then their bm would change. ...Read more

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Is it true that your blood type affects the diet you should be eating? If so, what are the guidelines?

Is it true that your blood type affects the diet you should be eating? If so, what are the guidelines?

No: We believe the healthiest diet is a diet consisting of a well balanced mix of proteins, carbohydrates, fats, minerals, vitamins and water. Most if not all of this can be obtained by eating a vegetarian diet. An infant should not be on a vegan diet as they might develop rickets. Otherwise, as an adult a vegan diet is fine. Tying your diet to your blood group has no basis to it. There are some disea ...Read more

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I'm a borderline diabetic and my cholesterol levels are on the high side. Any recommended diet guidelines?

I'm a borderline diabetic and my cholesterol levels are on the high side. Any recommended diet guidelines?

Yes: Start learning about food with low glycemic index (scale indicating how high a food can raise your blood sugar level). Start eating more vegetable and fruits. Non-starchy vegetables are best: spinach, carrots, broccoli or green beans. Eat whole grain foods instead of processed food (whole wheat over white breads). Add fish to your meals 2-3 times per week. Dry beans & lentils are good protein... ...Read more

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Why do I get the cold so easily? I always seem to get the common old easily than others... I eat fruit and vegetables and I have a balanced diet.

Check thyroid: The common identifiable cause of cold intolerance is hypothyroidism, which your physician will probably screen for if you mention it to him/her. Many people develop cold intolerance without any identifiable cause, and a few people develop visible skin changes due to cold allergy or proteins and precipitate in the cold. ...Read more

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What would be the most common low carb foods and is low carb the best way to go on a diet?

Veggies and nuts: Veggies except porato and cirn, nuts, wild fish, beans, seeds are all low carb. Don't obsess on avoiding any healthy non-processed foods. Avoid fried foods, sweetened food, or any food that barely resembles the natural ingredients from which it originally started. Eat whole grains, fruits, and other healthy carbs. ...Read more

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How common are diet-related health problems like binging?

How common are diet-related health problems like binging?

Binge eating: The prevalence of binge eating disorder (bed) is estimated at 1-5% of the general population -- with women comprising 60% of these, men 40%. (all types of eating disorders are more common in women, though.) bed is often associated with depression; people also feel a lot of shame about it, which can delay getting help. Bed may be more common than other eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, etc). ...Read more

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Help please! Is fatigue common when following the 4 hour body diet?

Help please! Is fatigue common when following the 4 hour body diet?

Fatigue: Faitgue is common whenever the body runs out of essential nutrients. There is no perfect diet except for the one where your calorie expense is more than intake, a usual balanced diet should be fine. ...Read more

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Can extremely painful defecation (with any diet) be the symptom of prostatitis, is it more common to acute or chronic prostatis?

Can extremely painful defecation (with any diet) be the symptom of prostatitis, is it more common to acute or chronic prostatis?

Dyschezia/painful: Defecation can b due to constipation/tumor or prostatitis (acute more likely in your age group). Hemorrhoids (internal)also a possibility. Suggest see urologist/pcp for tests, evaluation, treatment. Keep stool soft with added fiber & fluids &/or stool softener. May also need sigmoidoscopy/colonoscopy. ...Read more

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What are considered the common vegetarian food/ food products for the Atkins diet?

What are considered the common vegetarian food/ food products for the Atkins diet?

Any of....: Morning star farms meat substitutes (griilers-sausage, etc without excessive carbs. This canrivore likes their products! Eas and atkin's shakes and protein bars (do contain whey-so not for vegan). ...Read more

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Why is thyroid disease common in a population which takes enough iodine in diet?

Why is thyroid disease common in a population which takes enough iodine in diet?

Other causes.: Iodine deficiency may disturb thyroid function but there are many other reasons for thyroid disease. Genetic abnormalities may produce hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism amongst other factors. ...Read more

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I've been eating healthy for about 3 1/2 weeks now. Watching nutrition and cut out processed. Is frequent urination common with diet change?

I've been eating healthy for about 3 1/2 weeks now. Watching nutrition and cut out processed. Is frequent urination common with diet change?

It is not uncommon!: The thing that seems to cause diuresis (increased urination) for most people with diet change is the significant reduction in sodium that comes with eating healthier/avoiding more processed foods. Often, when people lose more weight the first week or so on a "diet", it is chalked up to "water weight." Your body soon equilibrates. Remember, healthy drinking of more water also leads to more urine:) ...Read more

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Few months now I notice armpits smell more than ever before in my life. Diet has not changed. Is this normal/common? They don't smell through clothes.

Few months now I notice armpits smell more than ever before in my life. Diet has not changed. Is this normal/common? They don't smell through clothes.

Armpits: When you shower you no doubt take care of your armpits.
Once you have dried off you can put some cream (or similar) under your armpits.

They are inexpensive, many options, and available at any pharmacy or food store. ...Read more

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What is the primary reason for the weight loss seen on common high-protein diets?

What is the primary reason for the weight loss seen on common high-protein diets?

Protein: This is usually because the carbohydrate content is usually lower. It is the high glycemic index, sugar laden foods that are so unhealthy and fattening. Sugar is the addiction causing ill health today. ...Read more

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Can you please describe common natural treatements (diet, vitamins) I can take increase my progesterone?

Can you please describe common natural treatements (diet, vitamins) I can take increase my progesterone?

None: There are no vitamins or supplements that can increase progesterone, other than healthy lifestyle with weight loss if necessary, good nutrition and exercise. Check w/your doctor. Why do you think you need your Progesterone increased? ...Read more

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I have just had my appendix removed. Do I need to change my diet until the post-surgery pain improves? Is 'gurgling' or trapped wind common post-op?

I have just had my appendix removed. Do I need to change my diet until the post-surgery pain improves? Is 'gurgling' or trapped wind common post-op?

Very common, post op: Your diet post appendecomy should be soft and bland with slow advancement to a more normal diet. Post surgery 'gas' and 'gurgling' is normal. Surgical removal of the appendix causes the rest of the small/large bowel to act irregular and irritable. This should slowly regain a normal flow pattern. Avoid heavy foods with high bulk. Avoid gas forming foods. Add probiotics, yogurt. Avoid constipation. ...Read more

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What are common symptoms of allergy or intolerance to wheat (not celiac disease)? How is allergy/intol determined - thru testing or elimination diet?

What are common symptoms of allergy or intolerance to wheat (not celiac disease)? How is allergy/intol determined - thru testing or elimination diet?

Intolerance/immune: Intolerance consists of any undesired effects from from wheat and there is no definite test for it (other than a double-blind food challenge). Allergy to wheat often affects the guts but may cause hives, swelling, nasal congestion, and even rarely anaphylaxis. Allergy can be detected by skin testing or allergy blood test but double-blind food challenge remains the gold standard. ...Read more

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Is it common to have loose stool or diarrhea when I go on a diet?

Yes: Yes, often as the body adjusts to a new diet, diarrhea, constipation or increase in flatus. ...Read more

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Is it common to have positive urine ketone after lar surgery while on full liquid diet? I have ifg & igt & fam history of diabetes I & ii. When to recheck?

Is it common to have positive urine ketone after lar surgery while on full liquid diet? I have ifg & igt & fam history of diabetes I & ii. When to recheck?

Not unusual: A number of patients (15-20%) will have urine ketones in response to the stress of surgery alone. In addition, the post op period is commonly one of relative starvation in which your body utilizes ketones as an alternate source of fuel. Consider rechecking your blood sugar and ketones after you have been on a regular diet for 72 hours or more. ...Read more

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Are constipation and kidney pain common side effects of a liver detox diet?

Are constipation and kidney pain common side effects of a liver detox diet?

Wouldn't surprise me: "liver detox diets" are widely varied and are not evidence-based medicine. Use them at your own risk -- they have landed people in the intensive care unit. Your personal physician -- who unlike an internet "independent thinker / persecuted humanitarian" is obligated by law to tell the truth -- is your best guide to health, be it liver function, diet, or whatever's troubling you now. Cheers. ...Read more