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null | PUFA, lipid peroxidation processes, and the implications for atherosclerosis and diet Part III

Out of curiosity, using cronometer, I decided to see how much PUFA I was eating on a daily basis for a week. It was tedious but, on average, I had consumed about 5 grams of PUFA a day, and substantially greater amounts of monounsaturated and saturated fats. An essential fatty acid (EFA) deficiency is out of the question at this level, at least per the clinicial signs and symptoms, but I

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null | 'Smart Drugs' Are Stupid

Smart drugs, or “nootropics,” are a topic I’ve stayed cleared of until now because, well, the idea of using them was stupid. Not only is the research on those so-called smart drugs severely deficient and inadequate; but also the evidence on which people make their decision to use them or not derive largely from anecdotes found on Internet forums, which are fishy to me and notoriously unreliable

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null | Straight Talk on Fats, Metabolism, and Body Temperature

It’s popular to talk about certain foods that stimulate thermogenesis, or heat production, as a means to aid in weight loss – the most fashionable of which is probably coconut oil. While that’s all good and desirable, the heat generated upon eating makes a relatively small contribution when compared to all the heat generated by all the reactions in the body, including the process of keeping the

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null | Lipid peroxidation, acne, and the complexity of nutrient interactions

Introduction: I’m probably treading on thin ice here, but I’ve been thinking about why milk would cause acne in some people. I have not the means of forming a solid judgment but initially, I was thinking offhand that the high calcium content in milk could be a factor. Excess calcium impairs the absorption of zinc and a zinc deficiency depletes vitamin E and thus vitamin A. Zinc and vitamin A

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null | Preserving Brain Function: Principles, Pitfalls, and Practical Conclusions

INTRODUCTION I recently had the opportunity to attend a physician-only-lecture at a hospital about the use of ketogenic diets for the treatment of epilepsy in children. If you at least casually follow the discourse on this dietary approach on the interwebz, especially with regard to the interest of effecting cures, you’d probably think that not only should all children with epilepsy be placed

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null | Food Intolerances, Allergies, and Stress: An Overview

Of all the stimuli that we’re constantly adapting to, whether well or not so well, food is without question the most significant. Think about it: There’s nothing that we’re exposed to as frequently, as intimately, as long as, or as much as in shear bulk as food. What’s more, food, namely natural food, is highly complex chemically. As such, food, like any other potential stressor, can elicit

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null | Diet Dogma Rears Ugly Head Again: Become a Fat Burner, Eat Your Own Crap, and Live Longer

Holding my dog up against my chest moments before he had peacefully taken his last few breaths this past Saturday evening, I thought about how cold his hands and feet were; how slow his heart beat and breathing were; and just how much he had shrunk and atrophied. Of course, these are all the consequences of aging, a topic that I try to avoid thinking about as all get out because thinking about

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null | PUFA, lipid peroxidation processes, and the implications for atherosclerosis and diet

I recently read on the interwebz that fish oil lowers triglyceride levels in the blood by depositing them in the arteries. I have known about this triglyceride lowering effect, and whether I should be taking fish oil as a supplement as is recommended by major health organizations, alternative health practitioners, and my mom. As a whole, I think the clinical trial evidence for fish oil for

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null | Formulate Your Own Supplements

Generally, I don’t take supplements. But when I do, I buy them in their pure, powdered form and encapsulate them myself. A supplement company does the same thing, only on a larger scale. It acquires pure, powdered supplements from one of the few supplement manufacturers and packages them into dosage units (e.g. capsules or tablets). Then, it bottles those dosage units into containers that

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null | What I learned from the red meat-carnitine study (plus what I ate today)

The red meat-carnitine study1 has made the rounds on the interwebz and many a blogger has had an opportunity to thoroughly deconstruct it, and, as usual, the data presented in the study did not, in any way, warrant the sensationalism and conclusion—that the consumption of red meat could lead to heart disease on the basis of its carnitine content—drawn by the press and media. (Though, the

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null | My Guest Post for 180 Degree Health Newsletter

Dear reader, My guest post for Matt Stone’s January newsletter has just gone live. You can get to it from here. One of my main purposes for writing about physical attractiveness was to create awareness, generate interest, and initiate a dialogue on the topic – a topic that I think most people have at least thought about, but rarely in an organized or practical way. By no means is the

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null | Bad sugar or bad journalism? An expert review of “The Case Against Sugar”.

http://www.stephanguyenet.com/bad-sugar-or-bad-journalism-an-expert-review-of-the-case-against-sugar/

Taubes implies that sugar was unjustly given GRAS status by the FDA due to food industry influence, but this reveals a lack of understanding of the GRAS designation (he repeated this claim in a recent article; 2). The purpose of the FDA is not to be a nanny that prevents us from eating food that has long-term health consequences, and consequently GRAS status doesn’t imply that a substance supports leanness or health when consumed regularly. You can eat your way to obesity and heart disease on an all-GRAS diet: Everything in pizza, white bread, French fries, soda, ice cream, potato chips, and bacon is GRAS. By all logic, sugar should be GRAS, but that doesn’t make it healthy.

Jan 26, 2017