Dean Ornish

The Threat From Within

This may be the first generation in which children live a shorter life span than their parents. If this were caused by a new virus or pathogen, or if some madman was harming our children, there would be a call to action from most parents, an uprising and an uproar.

Please Hold the Bacon

An article published in The New England Journal of Medicine last week concluded that "diets lower in carbohydrate and higher in protein and fat are not associated with increased risk of coronary heart disease in women." Woo-hoo!

Guest Column: Statins

What can you do to improve your cholesterol level besides taking drugs? You have a spectrum of choices. Here are some proven approaches:1: Begin by making moderate changes in your diet; if that's not enough to lower your cholesterol level sufficiently, you can make progressively bigger changes until it does.2: Eat less saturated fat, found predominantly in animal products such as red meat, butter and cream, and in tropical oils.3: Cut back on trans-fatty acids, found in most fried foods and...

Guest Column: How To Stress Less

Middle East meltdown. Global-warming meltdown. Nuclear meltdown. You can't always change what's going on in the world, but there is a lot you can do about how it affects you: Exercise: Physical exercise is a great way to discharge stressful feelings that accumulate during the day.

Smarter Choices

For the past 30 years, my colleagues and I at the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute and the University of California, San Francisco have conducted research showing that comprehensive lifestyle changes may reverse the progression of coronary heart disease, prostate cancer, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, elevated cholesterol and other chronic conditions.

Globalizing Health

The United States spends considerably more on health care (actually, disease care) than any other country in the world.  So, is all this money buying us the best health in the world?No.Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report showing that recent immigrants reported significantly better physical and mental health (such as lower rates of obesity and high blood pressure) than their U.S.-born counterparts, despite having limited access to health care and little...