Research has consistently shown that consumption of fruits, particularly citrus, and cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and cabbage) has repeatedly been associated with a reduced incidence of heart disease and stroke, according to Dr. Franks Speizer of the Harvard Medical School. While several of these studies looked at the nutrients in orange juice, (potassium, folic acid, and vitamin C), I wouldn’t start consuming large quantities of juice. Why? Juices contain large amounts of sugars, which go quickly┬áinto the bloodstream, triggering a burst of insulin. Higher levels of insulin are now known to be one of the greatest threats to health. Instead of fruit juices, eat the whole fruit (and vegetables) in their natural state, the way nature designed. You will still get the beneficial protective effects without the spike in blood sugar and insulin. Remember, high insulin means more fat stored, which equals weight gain. In addition, eating the whole food will supply fiber, which most Americans are sorely lacking in.

A couple of curious natural remedies I came across in the Bottom Line Personal magazine, 6/15/2014. If you’re trying to get rid of a wart(s), dab some of your own spittle on the wart (but don’t lick it) first thing in the morning. Don’t brush your teeth first. Researchers don’t know why it works, it just does. For leg cramps: The second you get a cramp in your leg, use your thumb and index finger to pinch your philtrum the skin between your nose and upper lip. Pinch it for about 20 seconds until the pain and the cramp disappear. I know this works, I tried it myself for hamstring cramps after a hike in the Grand Canyon. It took about 15 seconds.

Stay well, John R Blilie, M.S.