Friday, January 22, 1999

Kenwood doctor shares tips on living

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        She started on a mission to feel and look better.

        Along the way, Dr. Denise Davis of Kenwood learned some life-changing information about diet and health and discovered a few more tidbits by accident.

        She started offering advice to her patients and friends, and when people started asking for a copy of her book, she decided to write one, Health, Wellness & Restoration: The Complete Guide for Restoring Your Health the Natural Way (Davis Medical Group, P.O. Box 43264, Cincinnati 45243; $28).

        The book recommends a variety of approaches to better health, including a daily skin-care routine using natural stimulating brushes and peppermint soap, baths instead of showers, daily stretches and a diet nearly free of complex carbohydrates and sugars and focused instead on lean protein, fresh fruits and vegetables.

        Dr. Davis is a private-practice obstetrician/gynecologist at Davis Medical Group in Kenwood. She began her medical career in 1985 and has been interested for years in alternative and self-help approaches to good health.

        The dietary recommendations in her book dovetail with those of other authors, including Dr. Robert Atkins and Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo's eating plan based on a person's blood type.

        Dr. Davis urges people to cut back on or eliminate what many Americans regard as dietary staples: bread, pasta, potatoes, carrots and beets, rice, corn, cereals, bananas and carbonated sodas (including the artificial sweetener aspartame), all foods that are either high in sugar, empty in calories or cause insulin levels to soar in the blood.

        Bananas, more than any other fruit, raise insulin levels and keep them high for long periods, she says.

        Foods like pasta, rice and bread can be eaten in small quantities at the end of the day — when the body is naturally slowing down.

        In their place, she recommends a variety of foods and fruits that provide energy, burn calories and don't raise sugar levels as high: kiwi, melon, strawberries, blueberries, grapefruit, lean meats and poultry, soy products, cheese, eggs, yogurt, fish, plenty of water and herbal teas.

        “It's hard for anybody to give up sandwiches and french fries and pastas and bread because we're so accustomed to those foods,” Dr. Davis says. “But once people have an explanation of what those foods do on a cellular level, they buy into it because they can see the effects.”

        The book also includes information on vitamins and minerals, exercise, herbs and stress management tips.

        “I think people are looking for information that's easy to understand,” says Dr. Davis, 44, a mother of three. Her goal was to write for an audience aged 9-90.

        “If you can understand it, you can probably make some changes,” she says. “Many of the books out there are so technical that they're beyond the grasp of the average person.”

        Her book also is printed in large type so older people can read it without difficulty. All the books have been blessed in different Tristate churches.


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