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March 02, 2015

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1:42 PM | DNews: Why Coconut Oil Isn't All It's Cracked Up to Be
Coconut oil seems to be all the rage these days. Is there nothing it cannot cure or help? But, sadly, it turns out the wonder oil from this hard-shelled palm tree adornment may be more fad than fantastic.

February 27, 2015

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5:17 PM | Common food emulsifiers may be linked to metabolic syndrome
Increase inflammation in the intestines and alter the microbial community there.
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12:03 AM | The Newest Big Thing From Coke Is… Premium Milk??
Over the years, Coke has tried out a number of creative ideas aimed at growing their customer base. Some ideas, like Cherry Coke, enjoyed long-term success. Others, like coffee-flavored Coca-Cola BlāK, didn’t go so well. But Coke’s newest product is pretty out there – even for the makers of the “OK Soda“. This past December, Coke stepped into the dairy industry, rolling out a “premium milk” called Fairlife. What makes […]

February 26, 2015

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12:30 PM | Are We Suppose to Eat a Paleo Diet?
Fact or Fiction? The Paleo Diet is the Way Humans are Suppose to Eat The “Paleolithic Diet”, or “Paleo Diet” for short, is a dietary fad that has gained rather significant popularity over the last few years, mostly due to promotion by several high-profile celebrities (such as Megan Fox and Miley Cyrus). Like vegetarianism and veganism, The paleo diet restricts or prohibits access to certain kinds of foods while emphasizing others. However, unlike veganism and […]
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12:30 PM | Are We Suppose to Eat a Paleo Diet?
Fact or Fiction? The Paleo Diet is the Way Humans are Suppose to Eat The “Paleolithic Diet”, or “Paleo Diet” for short, is a dietary fad that has gained rather significant popularity over the last few years, mostly due to promotion by several high-profile celebrities (such as Megan Fox and Miley Cyrus). Like vegetarianism and veganism, The paleo diet restricts or prohibits access to certain kinds of foods while emphasizing others. However, unlike veganism and […]

February 25, 2015

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8:32 PM | More Evidence That Gut Microbes Exacerbate Severe Childhood Malnutrition
Humans have about 100 trillion microbes in their intestines, and scientists are constantly finding that these gut microbes can play a huge role in our lives, potentially…

February 23, 2015

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4:14 PM | Quality vs Quantity: A Paleo Review That Doesn’t Quite Add Up
Not too long ago I came across NutrionFacts.org. Led by Dr. Greger, the organization’s goal is to “present you and your doctor with the results of the latest in peer-reviewed nutrition and health research, presented in a way that is easy to understand.” We certainly need more people out there doing this. The videos the … Continue reading »
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10:00 AM | When the methodology fails
An op-ed piece by Nina Teicholz in Friday's NYTimes lays it on the line, chastising the government for its regular bulletins on dietary advice that, for 50 or so years have altered what we eat, what we fear to eat, and what the risks are.  Now, new studies tell us that what was bad is good and what was good is bad, and that the prior half-century of studies were wrong.  We've eliminated fats and cholesterol, and replaced them with carbohydrates, but, as Teicholz […]

February 18, 2015

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4:53 PM | Exercise Guidelines in Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease
A series of seven guidelines for the prevention of Alzheimer's disease (AD) has recently been published.These guidelines resulted from a conference of experts in nutrition and the brain.The guidelines included a recommendation for 40 minutes of aerobic exercise three times a week.Support for this exercise recommendation by experts was linked to 2 areas of research:Observational studies show lower rates of AD in regular exercise groups compared to sedentary groupsA single clinical trial found […]
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8:59 AM | Autism and the inter-pregnancy interval (again)
The paper from Maureen Durkin and colleagues [1] adds to something of a growing research evidence base suggesting that the temporal spacing between pregnancies / births - the inter-pregnancy interval (IPI) - may have something of an effect on the risk of receipt of a diagnosis of autism or autism spectrum disorder (ASD).We've been here before. In fact, a couple of times I've talked about the IPI in relation to autism risk (see here and see here) not including other, similar research findings in […]

Durkin MS, DuBois LA & Maenner MJ (2015). Inter-Pregnancy Intervals and the Risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder: Results of a Population-Based Study., Journal of autism and developmental disorders, PMID: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25636677

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12:48 AM | Nutritional epigenetics, exercise, and immune system integrity
Anti-inflammatory mechanism of dieting and fasting revealed Summary: Researchers have found that a compound produced by the body when dieting or fasting can block a part of the immune system involved in several inflammatory disorders such as type 2 diabetes,...Read more

February 17, 2015

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1:06 PM | Yoga Mat for Your Mouth
Yoga is union. Mindful eating is also yoga — in the sense that eating unites your body and mind’s intention through a moment of eating presence. Create an eating mindfulness placemat that you could carry with you like a yoga mat, from table to table, from setting to setting, whether you are eating in or […]

February 16, 2015

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4:00 AM | The Food Babe’s war on “chemicals” heats up again
[Note: This is an extra bonus post. Because The Food Babe has been in the news and I couldn’t wait until today, I discussed it at a certain not-so-super-secret blog. If you’ve read it before, it’s only somewhat modified and updated. If you haven’t, it’s news to you. Either way, feel free to comment. Completely […]

February 14, 2015

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9:53 AM | Nutritional medicine as mainstream in psychiatry
Have you remembered? Flowers from the nearest petrol / gas station or something a little more amorous for February 14th?So as not to take up too much of your time today, I want to briefly draw your attention to the paper (personal view) from Jerome Sarris and colleagues [1] carrying the same title as that of this blog post: 'Nutritional medicine as mainstream in psychiatry' published in The Lancet Psychiatry.Aside from applauding the notion that nutrition is potentially of some importance to […]

Jerome Sarris, Alan C Logan, Tasnime N Akbaraly, G Paul Amminger, Vicent Balanzá-Martínez, Marlene P Freeman, Joseph Hibbeln, Yutaka Matsuoka, David Mischoulon, Tetsuya Mizoue & Akiko Nanri (2015). Nutritional medicine as mainstream in psychiatry, Lancet Psychiatry, Other:

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February 12, 2015

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6:46 PM | What's a 'healthy diet' anyway?
A nutrition advisory panel is convened by the US Department of Agriculture every five years to review recent research in the field, make sense of it, and offer recommendations about what Americans should be eating for optimal health.  Those food pyramids, MyPlate, decades of advice to limit our cholesterol, saturated fat and salt intake?  All the work of these panels of experts who scoured the data and told us what it meant.  And as a result, from the 1960's onward, good, […]

February 11, 2015

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6:00 PM | The sugar in one 12-oz soda is as much as the sugar in 1 orange...
The sugar in one 12-oz soda is as much as the sugar in 1 orange + 16 strawberries + 2 plums. Most people have no problem drinking one (or even three) cans of soda per day, but wouldn’t be able to eat the equivalent amount of fruit. Chances are, you’re not going to be able to overeat fruit to the point you’re going to have a high sugar diet just from fruit. Unless you eat a lot of honey, it’s actually heard to be on a high fructose diet if you are depending on nature […]

February 09, 2015

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9:00 PM | Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease: America’s Greatest Health Risk of 2015?
Today, up to 25 percent of people in the U.S. are living with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), according to the American Liver Foundation. NAFLD is a medical condition associated with... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

February 06, 2015

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1:28 PM | Fish oil capsules probably won’t boost your brain
My mum and dad are troopers. Every morning, they down a tablespoon of fish oil in an effort to stave off old age and dry rot. And they do it without any obvious signs that swallowing a few millilitres of … Continue reading →

Albert, B., Derraik, J., Cameron-Smith, D., Hofman, P., Tumanov, S., Villas-Boas, S., Garg, M. & Cutfield, W. (2015). Fish oil supplements in New Zealand are highly oxidised and do not meet label content of n-3 PUFA, Scientific Reports, 5 7928. DOI: 10.1038/srep07928

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February 05, 2015

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6:33 PM | Reducing Lifestyle Diseases Means Changing Our Environment
I’ve always found gyms a bit strange. Think about it: Dozens of people sweating in close proximity, running on conveyor belts going nowhere, lifting and dropping heavy objects for no reason.... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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11:45 AM | Good Nutrition is Important in Depression, but Often Overlooked
As anyone who has had depression can attest, your mood isn’t just created by circumstances. How you feel is the result of neurotransmitters sending information through your neurons by binding to receptors. Each neurotransmitter is made of amino acids that are either obtained through food or created by the body. Deficiency in proper nutrients is […]
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