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Steve Blake, ScD

Steve Blake, ScD lectures at Stanford University, the Commonwealth Club, McLean Hospital, University of Hawaii Medical School (John A. Burns), and Smart Life Forum in Palo Alto.

These Lectures and slide shows are available:

The Hawaii Dementia Prevention Trial
Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. This class and slide show is based on the just-completed Hawaii Dementia Prevention Trial. The lead author of this clinical trial will tell you about the dietary changes and supplements that resulted in memory improvement, rather than memory loss. He will teach you how to lower your risk of memory loss by increasing your intake of antioxidant fruits and vegetables. You will learn how to improve blood flow to the brain for brighter mental activity. Find out which three nutrients are crucial for lowering the buildup of Alzheimer's plaques. Hear about which supplements, dietary changes, and medical plants have been shown to be effective in reducing the risk and progression of this common dementia.

Mastering Migraines. True migraines involve not only pain, but often nausea and light sensitivity. They may occur many times each month. To reduce the frequency and severity of migraines, we can identify the most common food and non-food triggers. You can avoid your personal triggers. We will explore many scientific approaches that may help to reduce our reliance on migraine drugs. For example, ginger root tea can not only help with nausea, but was found to lower the pain of migraines as well as the powerful drug sumatriptan. You will learn many ways to lower excitability in the brain, potentially reducing migraine attacks. From ice packs on the back of the neck to coenzyme Q10, I will outline some of the many safer, natural remedies for migraine headaches. Our goal is for you to become free from migraine pain.

Strokes-How to Avoid Them. Come and learn how to reduce your risk of getting a stroke. Strokes can be deadly or lead to long-term disability. Discover which food can more than double your risk of stroke. See which food can lower stroke risk by 80%. Find out how to lower blood pressure to reduce stroke risk. Learn how to reduce arterial clogging with food. Which spices, herbs, and supplements can help?

Neuroscience Nutrition in Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's disease involves a deficiency of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Symptoms can include tremor, rigidity, difficulty thinking, and slow movements. Diet can have an impact on our ability to make dopamine. Find out how to adjust a diet to improve dopamine production. We will explore how to avoid the foods and toxins that may deplete the brain cells that make dopamine. We will learn about certain foods that help protect brain cells and slow degeneration. Since symptoms do not often show up before half of the dopamine-producing brain cells are gone, all of us can benefit from proactive risk reduction.

Defeating Diabetes Learn how to defeat diabetes and pre-diabetes with diet and lifestyle changes. See how a successful program resulted in weight loss, freedom from insulin, and a reversal of diabetes. Participants experienced pain reduction, blood sugar reduction, cholesterol reduction, and results started in only two weeks!
Understand how to rate food for blood sugar control. What diets cause diabetes? Learn more about how food affects diabetes. What about sat fats, trans fats, and omega-3s? How are antioxidants helpful in protecting eyes, arteries and kidneys? Learn how to take control of your own health.

Arthritis, A Natural Approach. One in five adults and half of those over 65 have arthritis. Learn why certain foods aggravate inflammatory joint conditions. Food fats can reduce or increase our risk of arthritis pain. Reducing inflammation is the key to reducing pain. See how we can use spices and herbs to reduce inflammation. Which supplements can be helpful? Learn which vitamins and minerals help build collagen to support healthy cartilage. Find out more about foods that support the lubrication of joints. This class is designed to teach how to retain healthy cartilage and regain mobility.

Epilepsy: 18 Flavonoids To reduce seizures and protect brain neurons. Steve Blake, ScD will discuss the triggering of the benzodiazepine receptor by certain flavonoids to increase GABA, the principle inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. He will also discuss research showing that certain flavonoids block glutamate NDMA receptors to quench seizures. This prevents excess excitation of brain cells from calcium influx into brain cells. He will briefly discuss increased oxidative stress from epileptic seizures along with the role of flavonoids to reduce oxidation and inflammation.

Coconut to Canola oil, Good Oils and Bad Fats. Steve Blake, ScD, a nutritional biochemist, will answer your questions about oils in food and oils in bottles. He has recently written a comprehensive book on dietary fats and oils. Find out how pain and inflammation are influenced by the balance between omega-3s and omega-6s. Learn more about heart disease and dietary oils.

Bone Up On Osteoporosis. We all know that calcium and vitamin D are needed for strong bones. Let's take a look at calcium in different foods. How much vitamin D do we really need? Even more important than building bones is stopping bones from dissolving. See how diet and exercise can strengthen bones.
What are the healthiest sources of calcium? Which forms of calcium supplements are helpful? How do excess protein and sodium erode bone mass? Have you heard that vitamin K and magnesium are essential for bone strength? Learn which foods have these vital bone nutrients.

A Nutritional Approach to Alzheimer's. Alzheimer's disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. This class and slide show is based on the latest scientific research from leading journals worldwide. The lead author of the Hawaii Dementia Prevention Trial will teach you how to lower your risk by increasing your intake of antioxidant fruits and vegetables. You will learn how to improve blood flow to the brain for brighter mental activity. Find out which three nutrients are crucial for lowering the buildup of amyloid plaques. Frying and broiling can result in Advanced Glycation Endproducts that are a major problem in Alzheimer's disease. Hear about studies that show which supplements and medical plants have been shown to be effective in reducing the risk and progression of this common dementia.

Nutrition for Learning and Health. We want our children to be healthy and to do well in school. Come learn about which foods keep students sharp in the classroom by continuously refueling their brains. Colds and flu can lower grades. Discover which foods to avoid and to include for fewer colds and flu. Teens need a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals to support learning. Which teen eating habits provide all these necessary nutrients? Find out which food contaminants, such as mercury, can degrade learning. We would also like our teens to be slim. We will explore which types of food contribute to or decrease teen obesity. Let's not forget that exercise improves our appetite for healthy food and sharpens the mind.

Boosting Immune Power: A focus on antioxidants and Dietary Fat. Americans are facing epidemics of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis. Rather than spending trillions on treatments, why not address the causes of these modern scourges? This slide show explains the roles of antioxidants and dietary fats in health and disease. You will learn how easy it is to get your antioxidant vitamins from food. Find out which antioxidant supplements are valuable and which ones are of low quality. Our bodies make antioxidants internally, but we need four minerals for maximum immune strength.
Both the quantity and balance of dietary fats and oils influence our immune response and inflammation. This is mediated through eicosanoids, for example leukotrienes and certain prostaglandins. Should we add marine oils to our diet? The best oils are rich in the antioxidant vitamin E and are balanced in essential fatty acids. This talk and slide show is based on two of Dr. Blake's books, Vitamins and Minerals Demystified (McGraw-Hill, 2008) and Understanding Dietary Fats and Oils (2010).

Choosing the Perfect Herbs for You, with Steve Blake, ScD. This course introduces you to the entire process of choosing and preparing herbal remedies. Herbs can be powerful allies with minor ailments and chronic conditions. Come see what Steve Blake has learned from developing a worldwide database for the last 27 years. You will gain some tips on making herbal formulas. Learn how to prepare and apply these medicinal plants. You will be able to ask about specific complaints and find out what the herb doctors of the world recommend.

Vitamins and Minerals Demystified, a class by Steve Blake, ScD, author of Vitamins and Minerals Demystified (McGraw-Hill, 2008)
This informative slide show will show you:
* How to get more energy and burn more fat.
* How to pick good vitamin supplements.
* Which foods have the most vitamins and minerals?
* What are the special vitamin needs of older people?
* How to analyze your own diet for vitamins and minerals.

Choosing Supplements Wisely, Steve Blake, ScD. Which supplements do you really need? Save money by knowing what you do not need. Which vitamins are easy to get in food? How can you choose a healthy multivitamin? Are you getting enough calcium, iron, and zinc? Supplements for arthritis, weight loss, bone density and more. Come and learn more about healthy supplements and how to choose them. Dr. Blake is the author of Vitamins and Minerals Demystified (McGraw-Hill, 2008).

Nutrition for Menopause: Special needs for special women. Menopause can become the healthiest years of your life. We will explore the special nutritional needs required for the body to keep the right balance. We will also discuss which foods keep your bones strong and healthy and which foods weaken your bones. You will learn how to: adjust your diet to minimize hot flashes; restore moisture to dry skin; choose special supplements which might be needed after age 50; and, use medicinal plants to help with hormone balance. This class will provide tips and tools to promote self-healing, avoid inflammation, and live a full and graceful life.

Defensive Medicine, a talk and slide show by Steve Blake, ScD, doctor of holistic health and author of Healing Medicine. This informative slide show will show you how you can improve your resistance and prevent disease. A complete medical system includes prevention and natural remedies. Learn the four foundations of health. Find a deeper diagnosis that looks at the life habits that precede disease. Look beyond germs to discover the true causes of disease. See how to prevent health problems from infections to heart disease.

How you CAN get all your nutrients from raw vegan food, a lecture by Steve Blake, ScD, doctor of holistic health. Raw vegan diets abound in many nutrients, but there are a few dietary needs that are harder to fulfill. Steve will give some practical tips on which raw foods are nutrient powerhouses - on any type of diet. Steve is author of Vitamins and Minerals Demystified, McGraw-Hill, 2008, and he will be happy to answer your questions about nutrition. Come hear this exciting talk and learn how to take better care of yourselves and your loved ones!

All you want to know about Omega-3. Come to an informative presentation on Omega-3s and why you need them. Find out more about how dietary fats affect arthritis, heart disease, and skin. We will compare cooking oils to see which are healthy and which are deadly. Learn more about Omega-3s, Omega-6s, and Omega-9s. What is the real story about lowering blood cholesterol? You will also learn which oils have been ruined by greedy oil processors. The slide show and talk is presented by Steve Blake, ScD, doctor of holistic health. He is a prolific author and frequent lecturer. Dr. Blake has just completed a textbook on micronutrition for McGraw-Hill and a handbook on dietary fats and oils.

Rejuvenation Secrets of European Spas. A colorful slideshow and lecture will show rejuvenation secrets from Switzerland, Austria, Germany, and Romania. Discover how to look and feel younger. Learn the value of hydrotherapy and get tips for improving circulation. See how European spas pamper and rejuvenate their wealthy clients. Rejuvenation recipes will be presented. It takes only a few minutes a day to look and feel better.

Making Medicine Safer. Modern medicine saves lives, but it also can cause side effects. Drugs can be the right choice, but there may be other, safer ways to deal with some health problems. Learn tips for a safer and more comfortable hospital stay. Which pain drugs are less dangerous? Learn more about how drugs are tested and how you can avoid drug side effects. Can we avoid drugs by improving our health?

Figuring out Dietary Fats. Americans are facing epidemics of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis. Rather than spending trillions on treatments, why not address the causes of these modern scourges? This is an explanation of the roles of cholesterol, omega-3s, saturated fats, and trans fats in health and disease. The quantity and balance of dietary fats influence immune response and inflammation through eicosanoids and prostaglandins. The best oils are rich in vitamin E and contain the healthiest ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 essential fatty acids. Modern research is helping us find the best and worst dietary fats and oils. Doctor Blake has just finished a book on dietary fats.

Chocolate, Coffee and Antioxidants. This two-hour workshop will look at two of our favorite stimulating substances. Are these fun foods good for us? This is a colorful slide show showing how coffee beans and cacao pods are made into all the products we know and love! Come explore the different healthful qualities of chocolate and coffee. We will look at how these stimulants trigger the “fight or flight” reaction. We will look at other plant stimulants, such as ginseng, that have different actions and health effects.

Comparing Popular Diets. A talk and slide show by Steve Blake, ScD, doctor of holistic health and author of Healing Medicine and the Diet Doctor. We are all (hopefully) moving towards a healthier diet. You will learn how nutrition changes as we move away from a standard American diet. Sample diets will be displayed all the way from the Atkin's diet to the Paleo diet, to a raw food diet. The connection between disease and diets will be explored. With more information you can choose where to eat on the spectrum of diets.

Perfect Food. Have you ever wondered which types of food are the healthiest for people to eat? If we eat Perfect Food, then we can have perfect health! This slide show explores different animals and what they are designed to eat. We will look at carnivorous tigers, omnivorous wolves, and vegetarian animals to see where people fit in. Colorful photos show the differences in teeth and nails. What are humans adapted to catch and eat? We can match our food to our digestive system for perfect digestion. Where can people get enough quality protein? Which food types have antioxidants? You will see colorful graphs of nutrients to help find your way to optimum health.

How to build your own solar and wind power systems, a half-day workshop by Steve Blake. The class will be offered at a solar-powered organic farm on Maui. This class will give you the knowledge to understand how solar and wind power systems can run your home. You will see how to set up the photovoltaic solar panels and wire them to produce power. A colorful slide show will survey the various types of wind turbines. We will look at the latest in charge controllers and inverters, the electronic boxes that control and convert the power. You will see how much power is available and learn how to adapt your home to become more energy efficient.

Ten Ways To Beat The Cycle of Stress, A talk and slide show by Steve Blake, ScD, doctor of holistic health and author of Healing Medicine and the Diet Doctor. We will explore what stress is and how to avoid it. Learn autogenic relaxation and other techniques to relax. These are practical techniques to reduce the impact of stress on your health and happiness.

Healthy Hearts: How NOT to get a Heart Attack by Steve Blake, ScD. Heart attacks are the number-one killer in the United States, but that doesn't have to be true. The latest research shows that diet is strongly linked to heart attacks. Steve Blake suggests that there are plenty of fun, healthy foods that you can add to your diet to reduce your risk of a heart attack. He also discusses how vitamin D deficiency is linked to heart attacks, and how certain oils can reduce risk and certain fats can increase risk. Through this inspiring discussion, you can learn how to implement heart-safe lifestyle options.



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