How do you lose weight? Substitute diet drinks for sugary drinks. Eat low fat foods. Just eat less of the bad foods – it’s all about the calories. We are told, “Just have more willpower”. These ideas are false. They are food and diet industry propaganda that make and keep us fat and sick. Lies by the food industry combined with bad government policy based on food industry lobbying are the major cause of our obesity and diabetes epidemic. Now over 35 percent of Americans are obese, and almost 70 percent are overweight. This is not an accident but the result of careful marketing andRead More →

Long article in the NYT about the journalist’s 3 you child who suffers from arthritis and who is significantly helped by nutritional interventions. This paragraph is on page 5. I don’t think I knew about antibodies in the gut vs antibodies in the blood. Fascinating!   A small, 2006 study published in the journal Gut you probably subscribe points to a possible yes. The researchers found significantly elevated antibodies to various foods in the digestive tracts of rheumatoid-arthritis sufferers but not in their blood. So not only were many of the arthritis patients found to have some level of intolerance to certain foods, but itRead More →

Publish date: JUN 28, 2012 Print By: Contemporary Pediatrics Staff Exposure to antimicrobial agents commonly used in personal-care products may increase children’s risk of food and environmental allergies, a study of a large, nationally representative sample suggests. The endocrine system regulates hormone production in the body from conception through old age, and science suggests that chemical exposure could disrupt endocrine functioning and affect immune response. Some endocrine-disrupting compounds (EDCs) are used as antimicrobials and preservatives in food, medications, and hand sanitizers. Researchers from Johns Hopkins Children’s Center investigated the relationship between EDCs contained in common household products and allergic sensitization in children. Using data onRead More →

One of my favourite definitions of (romantic) love is from His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, he once translated it very simply as “closeness-feeling”. Now neuropsychologist Barbara Fredrickson has researched love and seems, to my reading, to have come up with very similar conclusions. My favourite quote from the article is also a definition of love, which she has discovered occur in micro-moments not lifetimes or even hours, between people but not necessarily in ongoing relationship. “a micro-moment of love, which “is a single act, performed by two brains,” “To understand why, it’s important to see how love works biologically. Like all emotions, love has aRead More →

More interesting research into soy products. Unfortunately the journalist has not been clear in distinguishing tempeh which is fermented soy and tofu, which is not. This backs up my belief that soy is not a healthy food product unless it has been fermented like Tamari, miso and tempeh and natto.   “Eating tofu and other soy foods may lead to memory loss, but one soy product may have the reverse effect, a British study has found.The study by researchers at Loughborough University and the University of Oxford examined the effects of soy consumption in 719 Indonesian people, between the ages of 52 and 98, andRead More →