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July 16, 2017

Coffee in the Blue Zones

https://bluezones.com/2017/07/science-confirms-coffee-can-add-years-life/?utm_source=Blue+Zones+Newsletter&utm_campaign=6809f19f61-COFFEE_2017_07_10&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9642311849-6809f19f61-198896425&mc_cid=6809f19f61&mc_eid=0d9ed4d239

 

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June 7, 2017

Today Show covers the Blue Zones

The Blue Zones are now all over the networks news apparently. I was told today about the coverage on the Today Show – the person who told me knew about the Blue Zones because her and I talked; she wanted me to know that it is now on The Today Show all week. Here is the link: notice the Ad that comes first!

If you have followed this Blog at all you know that I am a big fan of the Blue Zones. Here are a few Posts on the subject.

September 14, 2016

The Blue Zones: National Geographic Special Publication

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It is upsetting to spend 43 years studying a subject and trying to figure stuff out and then have National Geographic publish one issue that beautifully summarizes almost all of the main truths of how to live a healthy and long life. But Dan Buettner, a National Geographic writer, and New York Times Best-Selling author, has done just that!

Comprehensive yet concise, well organized and systematically laid out, this one issue simplifies the entire subject. And he is a thinker: he has anticipated the next steps for anyone who takes it seriously enough to want to pursue a Blue Zoner agenda for themselves, and he gives you the resources to make your next move.

So, mad as I am (joke), I can not recommend this Publication enough. I found it at the Safeway check out stand. It cost a fortune. But it’s worth every cent if you read it deeply and use it as a guide to how to be healthy. And, for those who need to, you can argue a few details if you like, but the over arching truth is that these folks live a very long time and they are very healthy: it makes sense to do what they do if you want what they have!

Here are just a couple of the highlights from the issue. First he gives you food lists from each Blue Zone, making it easy to see what you need to add to your diet (if you are like me you already eat most of it but these list end giving you a sense of what is on the DO LIST that still need doing). He recommends starting with ‘Simple Food Guidelines’ and gives you two lists: the Four Always, Four to Avoid. I love that, and I could easily see that there are a couple of healthy habits that I have known about all along but haven’t quite gotten into a habit with. And the Avoids stick out like a sore thumb (probably time to get on that too:-). Finally, he covers beverages. There aren’t any surprises here but, again, he lays it out so everything is in one place, organized and easy to dive into further if you care to.

Please get a copy. Read deeply and underline, highlight, and dog ear the pages as needed. Then go to work. It isn’t hard. It isn’t expensive (these Blue Zone folks are some of the poorest of the poor after all). And reap the benefits of being healthy. Others have, you can too!

August 23, 2017

Blood Pressure & The Mediterranean Diet

News from a new study from Australia. Think Blue Zones!!

 

 

July 24, 2017

The Fat Wars, by Dr. George Lundberg

This Post is something that I got from Medscape. I can’t just paste it here because you have to be registered on their site to get it. And, I am probably violating some promise to secrecy – or some internet copyright arrangement – so don’t tell anyone that you got it here.

That said, this is a useful example of forces behind “official” recommendations: it can be a mix of facts, fiction, and fantasy. But, because if comes from what is supposed to be a credible source, we tent to give it a lot of weight. (It falls under the “be careful who you listen to” category, as far as I am concerned.

It is also an example of how things can become very complicated, but they can also be simplified (at least I will offer what I consider a simple solution).

Here is the quote from Dr. Lundberg:

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

COMMENTARY

The Fat Wars

 

“Hello and welcome. I am Dr George Lundberg and this is At Large at Medscape. I am about to fix my dinner and I do not know what to eat. Can you help me?

You probably saw the official American Heart Association’s (AHA) “Presidential Advisory” on dietary fats and cardiovascular disease, by 12 distinguished authors.[1] It was published in the AHA’s own journal, Circulation, on June 15, 2017, with much public relations hoopla. The authors ignored the world literature and cherry-picked four studies they considered the best, and pronounced that lowering the intake of saturated fat, coupled with a higher intake of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat, would reduce cardiovascular disease by about 30%.

Never mind that on March 18, 2014, a systematic review and meta-analysis[2] of many observational studies and clinical trials by six authors from Cambridge, England, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found no evidence that low consumption of total saturated fats and high consumption of polyunsaturated fats affected relative risks for coronary artery disease. Never mind that on Aug 12, 2015, 11 authors from Hamilton and Toronto, Ontario, Canada, reported, in a systematic review and meta-analysis of many prospective cohort studies,[3] that intake of saturated fats was not associated with all-cause mortality, cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, ischemic stroke, or type 2 diabetes, although trans fats, especially of industrial origin, were.

Once upon a time, in 1982, JAMA published an early paper by the Multiple Risk Factor Intervention Trial Research Group from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.[4] Back then, I was so naive that I believed that high serum cholesterol caused atherosclerosis.

David Cundiff is studying 19 different relative risk factors for cardiovascular diseases in 168 countries. They include consumption of animal products; refined carbohydrates; alcohol; tobacco; vitamin K2 intake; exercise level; body mass index; fasting blood sugar/hemoglobin A1c; blood pressure; medication for hypertension; cholesterol/HDL ratio; personal income; education level; gender; age; ethnicity; vitamin D level; air pollution; and fetal, infant, and childhood stress. That sounds pretty complicated. Results are published in Cureus.[5]

Finally, we have the great anecdotal case report of Fred Kummerow, who died on May 31, 2017.[6] Illinois professor Kummerow was born in Germany, moved to Wisconsin between the wars, and became a PhD biochemist. He never did believe much about cholesterol, saturated fats, eggs, meat, and butter having anything to do with heart disease. But from 1957 on, his research demonstrated big-time vascular damage from trans fats, margarine, and fried foods.[7,8] Four hundred Kummerow research papers later, the US Food and Drug Administration finally moved against the practice of adding manufactured trans fats to processed food.

Did I mention that he was 102 years old when he died this year? He practiced what he preached.

Meanwhile, back to the 19 risk factors. I am in good shape on 13 of them; there is nothing I can do about four; so I guess I will fix myself some beans and carrots, an apple, and one hard-boiled egg.

That is my opinion. I am Dr George Lundberg, at large at Medscape.”

So how do you simplify? Easy. The healthiest, longest lived, and happiest people on earth do things a certain way; do it that way. See Blue Zones Posts on this Blog for more information.

June 30, 2017

The “Mediterranean Diet” – When Details Are Important

Keep it simple: but be clear.

What is “The Mediterranean Diet?”

Does it matter how you define it?

I like this woman’s answer: it is specific (and it is a specific pattern).

She raises an important point that should not go without saying. Namely, that two out of the five Blue Zones are from countries that comprised the original researched sources of the “Mediterranean Diet”, Greece and Italy. There is a connection. Interestingly, the original research was specific as to time period: the diet of the folks (predominately poor) during the 1960’s in certain countries, bordering the Mediterranean.

Details matter until you get the context and understand the pattern, then they don’t matter so much.

If you fail to understand, you become gullible for all kinds of silliness that will be peddled in the name of health. This applies to all kinds of things, btw.

August 4, 2017

I just mentioned this two days ago…

There is something about nuts. Here are a few things that you might want to know.

July 28, 2017

File Under: It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This!

The Blue Zone newsletter…

February 25, 2017

It Is Just Nuts

From BottomLinePERSONAL, March 1, 2017

(Nuts have been on my mind since the BlueZone awareness was raised again recently – I Blogged about it here. It is weird: I always loved nuts but, when I looked at my habits, they were not prevalent – I have fixed that. Here is why you should too! )

This is from a review of data from 20 prospective studies leg by researchers at Imperial College London, UK, and Harvard T. H. School of Public Health, Boston, published in BMC Medicine.

Here is what they had to say:

Just a few nuts a day may lower disease risk. In a review of studies, people who ate nuts had a 29% lower risk for coronary heart disease… 21% reduced risk for cardiovascular disease…and 15% lower risk for cancer. Nut eaters also had a 52% lower risk for respiratory disease…39% lower risk for diabetes…and 75% lower reduced risk for infectious disease. Most risk reduction for all diseases occurred in people who ate just one once of nuts per day-about two dozen almonds or 15 pecan halves.

(If you like nuts, it shouldn’t be too hard to get more of them into your life. Then you will get into the whole issue of soaking the nuts before you eat them… but that is different story. No wise cracks now from the peanut gallery, Ok? Restrain yourselves, please…:-)

February 2, 2017

More On The Mediterranean Diet, This Time As It Relates to Mood

What’s not to like. Here is a Blog Post by one of my favorite Greek writers on a Study that shows just one more reason to eat like the Greeks. I recommend her Blog whole-heartedly if you want to learn how to cook like the Greeks (for the purposes of health – Note: she adheres precisely to the recommendations of the BlueZone folks; I don’t think that that is an accident).

http://www.olivetomato.com/mediterranean-diet-may-be-able-to-improve-your-mood-here-is-what-you-need-to-eat/

DrD

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