Suffer from chronic pain? Will a low carb diet help?

There are many good reasons to adopt a low carbohydrate diet and this may be another very good reason to do so.  Two doctors discuss the positive pain outcomes for patients with conditions like Ankylosing Spondylitis, Osteoarthritis, Fibromyalgia, Diabetic Neuropathy, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.

Worth watching if you suffer from chronic pain, as there is little that a traditional medical approach can do for you.

Dr. Evelyne Bourdua-Roy and Dr. Hala Lahlou are both family physicians based in Montreal, Canada. Dr. Bourdua-Roy came in contact with low carb when she was …

 

 

Inquiry into the role of diet in type 2 diabetes prevention and management

I have taken the opportunity to provide a submission to the WA government “Inquiry into the role of diet in type 2 diabetes prevention and management “.  The submission is based on an earlier submission to the Queensland government.

“nothing ventured, nothing gained” comes to mind,   or maybe … “small-steps” …

Submission for Inquiry into T2DM WA Government – RW Bareis, Sept’18

Ketogenic diets and protein intake

I watched a powerful (for me) video today by Dr Benjamin Bikman where he discusses how many keto practitioners are missing the picture with regards to protein intake.  It highlights that you need to take information in the right context for it to be relevant or else you risk making bad decisions.

It is well worth watching the video though it does require you to absorb some limited technical content.

The bottom line is that you don’t need to fear protein in a ketogenic or low-carb diet. Continue reading “Ketogenic diets and protein intake”

Aluminium and your brain

A 2014 article has reignited the concerns about aluminium’s affect on your health with potential to cause neurological damage and Alzheimer’s.

Given that there do not appear to be any normal biological processes that require aluminium, consumption of aluminium should probably be strictly avoided.  It is probably worth Googling and getting your own view.

A quick summary of direct sources of aluminium ‘poisoning’ include:

  • Vaccines – many vaccines contain aluminium as an ‘adjuvant’ to help boost the immune response.
  • Antacids – Aluminum Hydroxide, Magnesium Hydroxide are antacids used together to relieve heartburn, acid indigestion, and upset stomach [ref]
  • Food additives – many processed foods contain stabilizers such as Sodium Aluminium Phosphate and/or Sodium Aluminium Sulphate.  Salt may contain Sodium Aluminosilicate. [ref1, ref2] – Cheeses and baked goods appear particularly bad.
  • Public water supplies.  As well as a small amount of aluminium from natural sources, Aluminium Sulfate (alum) may be added to drinking water to ‘clarify’ or coagulate solids.

Indirect sources include skin-care products, moisturizers, face powders, deodorants, anti-antiperspirants and anti-fungal treatments, some ear drops [ref].

 

 

 

Sugar is under attack

The tactics of the sugar industry are slowly being exposed (and about time too).

Twenty-eight countries have a sugar tax but powerful interests are standing between Australia and a healthier future in the face of an obesity epidemic, public health advocates say.

 

While today’s obesity problem may not be all the result of sugar, it is a major contributor and should help pay for the problem it has created.

The importance of Vitamin D cannot be over emphasized

The importance of Vitamin D cannot be over emphasized.  This vitamin is Important with a capital ‘I’.  The best source is via sunlight and we have created a special page just to emphasize the importance of sunlight and the effect it has on the human body – see our Sunlight page.

We have added a link to the Science Daily Vitamin D index so you can browse the articles – it gives you an idea of just how widespread the actions of Vitamin D are.

Bottom-line:  Make sure you get enough sunlight.

 

Read the latest research on the importance of vitamin D for health, symptoms of vitamin D deficiency, suggested dosages and more.

 

The cholesterol and calorie hypotheses are both dead — it is time to focus on the real culprit: insulin resistance

Maryanne Demasi lost her job at the ABC when she tried to convey this message…

Emerging evidence shows that insulin resistance is the most important predictor of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

Fructose and the Liver

Some recent science helps us better understand why consuming a lot of sugar (50:50 fructose+glucose) is not good for us.

While glucose is able to be absorbed directly by nearly all body tissue, fructose needs to be first converted and the highlighted study shows that fructose is processed by the small-intestines and converted into glucose.  However, the small-intestines are adapted to only receive small doses of fructose and any excess is shunted to the liver where it is largely converted to fat.

While further experiments need to be conducted, it appears that the human small-intestine may max out with less than 5 grams of fructose.

In mice, fructose gets processed in the small intestine before getting to the liver.

 

Protein: The most dangerous Thing In the World?

If you want to consider an alternative view, have a look at this video put out in support of veganism.  It is full of “science” that supports the view of why protein is bad for you, in fact, “The most dangerous Thing In the World“.

If you still believe that cholesterol causes heart-disease then you might buy into the message.  If still you believe that “associated with” is actually science, then you might buy into the message.

I think that the video is a great example of why it is so hard to get a consistent message out due to how “science” is manipulated to support a cause.  However, you might watch it and decide that you want to live a vegan lifestyle.

Our obsession with protein kills more people than anything else. This video explains why this is true and what you can do about it. Esselstyn TED talk: https…

 

Sugar industry withheld evidence of sucrose’s health effects nearly 50 years ago

A U.S. sugar industry trade group appears to have pulled the plug on a study that was producing animal evidence linking sucrose to disease nearly 50 years ago, researchers argue in a paper publishing on November 21 in the open access journal PLOS Biology.