Nearly every day I am anxiously asked whether or not our young patients can have rice “milk,” almond “milk,” soy “milk” or coconut “milk” instead of the whole milk that is on our menu. These inaptly named “milks” are about as related to milk as cheese whiz is to cheese, and although not harmful (and even delicious), should not be mistaken for the white beverage given to early mankind by dairy animals as a source of protein, fat, calcium and vitamins. They are perhaps more properly…Read More
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Approximately 1.25 million American children and adults have type 1 diabetes (T1DM), according to the American Diabetes Association. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune process whereby the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas are irreversibly destroyed and the ability to use food as energy is impaired. It can lead to growth stunting, intellectual impairment, blindness, vomiting, poor circulation and even limb amputation. It is not the kind of diabetes that you read about in the press…Read More
When I was first introduced to the Minnesota Semi-Starvation Study (MSSS), published in 1950 by Ancel Keys and his team, I was overwhelmed by the sheer volume of data they were able to accumulate about the physical and psychological ramifications of semi-starvation in humans.
It was mind-blowing. Then I came across the graph on page 106 of the hardbound edition called “Over-all Changes in Body Weight in the Minnesota Experiment” with the subtitle: “Expressed as a percentage of the…Read More
Over the next few weeks I am going to do a series of blogs on food. No surprise, I imagine, but by “food” I mean “ingredients”.
At Kartini Clinic we spend our lives restoring the health of our young patients. Their families look to us for advice, sensible advice, about food and eating and this series is part of that. Our therapists turn out to be (almost) as interested in food and good food as our kitchen crew, and our parents often equally so. But in the case of our parents they…Read More
It still happens all the time. I go to see a family in the hospital (and they can be from anywhere) and as I take their history, the parents begin their recitation of what brought their son or daughter to this juncture in the first place.
It often starts subtly: increased alone time as a result of less interest in social activities, more time spent on homework and “fitness” or sport. Eating “healthy”. Who can argue with eating healthy and homework? Then the vegetarianism.…Read More
I can’t tell you how often a look of horror and surprise crosses parents’ faces when I explain to them that Kartini Clinic’s Meal Plan, in our spirit of real, undoctored (no pun intended) food, uses only full fat dairy products: whole milk, whole milk yogurt, whole milk cottage cheese, etc. “But doctor,” more than one father has said, “I have high cholesterol!”
“How high?”, I ask. Usually they don’t know, but sometimes say that their doctor told them their cholesterol was “kind of…Read More