Author Archives: Jennifer Rooke, MD
Prevent heart attacks – unclog your arteries
Prevent heart attacks – unclog your arteries By Jennifer Rooke, MD, MPH One of my Facebook friends died from a heart attack last week. Although he was a virtual friend my sadness was real. We know what causes heart attacks and we know how to prevent them. Yet, every 34 seconds someone in the US […]read more
Remembering Nikolai Anichkov
(Dr. Anichkov, in his office in 1945, (Courtesy of the Anichkov family.)This image is from Konstantinov IE, et. al, Nikolai N. Anichkov and his theory of atherosclerosis, Tex Heart Inst J. 2006; 33(4): 417–423. with permission) Heart attacks and strokes are the most common causes of death worldwide, we think of them separately, but they are not actually […]read more
Do you need a B12 supplement if you eat meat?
People who defend eating animal products as necessary for health have two swords, protein and Vitamin B12. We are getting smarter about protein and many people now accept that plant foods are a healthier source of protein, but most people including health care professionals are confused about B12. It is true that animal products contain […]read more
USDA says don’t wash chicken before cooking, but is cooked bacteria good for you?
USDA says don’t wash chicken before cooking, but is cooked bacteria good for you? Click to read post in the Baltimore Post Examinerread more
Should We All Be Vegetarians?
“Should we all be Vegetarian?” This was the title of an “invited commentary” that accompanied the recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA-Internal Medicine) which showed that people on any type of “vegetarian” diet lived longer than non-vegetarians. The author of the commentary subtly answered the question in the first paragraph […]read more
How to Reduce Hypertension Globally
Please check out my new blog post on hypertension in the Baltimore Post Examinerread more
What is a Good Cook?
I recently gave a talk about lifestyle changes to prevent heart attacks and afterwards a pleasant man came up to speak with me He said that he had a heart attack last year and a friend gave him “Forks over Knives,” a movie about the health benefits of a plant-based diet. He said that after […]read more
Is a Vegetarian Diet the New Hand-washing Disease Prevention?
I recently read a medical journal article that reviewed the strong scientific evidence linking animal products – meat, chicken, fish, dairy and eggs – to an increased risk of death from heart attacks, strokes, cancer and diabetes. The authors concluded that eliminating these foods would prevent these diseases and save lives, but asking people to […]read more