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  • Nutrition Nuggets: Multivitamins – Are They Protective?

    Annual sales of supplements in the United States (U.S.) are now topping $23 billion. The majority are vitamins and minerals which are taken by more than half of American adults. For most users, multivitamin/mineral (MVM) supplements represent a magic bullet – lending hope for more energy, health improvement and disease prevention.

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  • Nutrition Nuggets: Dry and Sore Mouth

    These are two conditions that are very prevalent at end of life and in those undergoing chemotherapy. A sore mouth, a sore throat and a lack of saliva can make many foods difficult to chew and swallow. Care must be taken to ensure the patient is getting an adequate diet.

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  • Nutrition Nuggets: Dysphagia - When Eating is a Trial

    Eating and drinking are basic pleasures and swallowing is almost automatic. We don’t even think about it. However, for many of the elderly and especially at end-of- life, the ability to swallow can greatly diminish and normal nourishment may become increasingly difficult.

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  • Nutrition Nuggets: Nutritional Care for COPD

    Most adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder (COPD) have some degree of both chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Airflow obstruction due to excess mucus causes shortness of breath and chronic cough. A highly nutritious diet increases immune response and can result in less infections and improved quality of life.

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  • Nutrition Nuggets: Bowel Retraining

    More than 5.5 million Americans have fecal incontinence which can range from occasionally leaking a small amount of stool while passing gas to serious loss of control. Bowel training helps people relearn how to control their bowels.

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