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January 10, 2018

Diet Wars

https://www.olivetomato.com/flawed-rating-system-for-ranking-of-best-diets-by-us-news-a-mediterranean-diet-without-olive-oil/

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January 5, 2018

More Research on the Mystery of Sleep

http://neurosciencenews.com/falling-asleep-8273/

January 4, 2018

Onions and the Flu

I got the following in an email this morning from one of my sisters. I have no idea if any of it is true.

ONIONS! I had never heard this!!!
PLEASE READ TO THE END: IMPORTANT

In 1919 when the flu killed 40 million people there was this Doctor that visited the many farmers to see if he could help them combat the flu…
Many of the farmers and their families had contracted it and many died.

The doctor came upon this one farmer and to his surprise, everyone was very healthy. When the doctor asked what the farmer was doing that was different the wife replied that she had placed an unpeeled onion in a dish in the rooms of the home, (probably only two rooms back then). The doctor couldn’t believe it and asked if he could have one of the onions and place it under the microscope. She gave him one and when he did this, he did find the flu virus in the onion. It obviously absorbed the bacteria, therefore, keeping the family healthy.

Now, I heard this story from my hairdresser. She said that several years ago, many of her employees were coming down with the flu, and so were many of her customers. The next year she placed several bowls with onions around in her shop. To her surprise, none of her staff got sick. It must work. Try it and see what happens. We did it last year and we never got the flu.

Now there is a P.S. to this for I sent it to a friend in Oregon who regularly contributes material to me on health issues. She replied with this most interesting experience about onions:

Thanks for the reminder. I don’t know about the farmer’s story…but, I do know that I contacted pneumonia, and, needless to say, I was very ill… I came across an article that said to cut both ends off an onion put it into an empty jar, and place the jar next to the sick patient at night. It said the onion would be black in the morning from the germs…sure enough it happened just like that…the onion was a mess and I began to feel better.

Another thing I read in the article was that onions and garlic placed around the room saved many from the black plague years ago. They have powerful antibacterial, antiseptic properties.

This is the other note. Lots of times when we have stomach problems we don’t know what to blame. Maybe it’s the onions that are to blame. Onions absorb bacteria is the reason they are so good at preventing us from getting colds and flu and is the very reason we shouldn’t eat an onion that has been sitting for a time after it has been cut open.

LEFT OVER ONIONS ARE POISONOUS

I had the wonderful privilege of touring Mullins Food Products, Makers of mayonnaise. Questions about food poisoning came up, and I wanted to share what I learned from a chemist.

Ed, who was our tour guide, is a food chemistry whiz. During the tour, someone asked if we really needed to worry about mayonnaise. People are always worried that mayonnaise will spoil. Ed’s answer will surprise you. Ed said that all commercially-made mayo is completely safe.

“It doesn’t even have to be refrigerated. No harm in refrigerating it, but it’s not really necessary.” He explained that the pH in mayonnaise is set at a point that bacteria could not survive in that environment. He then talked about the summer picnic, with the bowl of potato salad sitting on the table, and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when someone gets sick.

Ed says that, when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the officials look for is when the ‘victim’ last ate ONIONS and where those onions came from (in the potato salad?). Ed says it’s not the mayonnaise (as long as it’s not homemade mayo) that spoils in the outdoors. It’s probably the ONIONS, and if not the onions, it’s the POTATOES.

He explained onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion.. He says it’s not even safe if you put it in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator.

It’s already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit, that it can be a danger to you (and doubly watch out for those onions you put in your hotdogs at the baseball park!). Ed says if you take the leftover onion and cook it like crazy you’ll probably be okay, but if you slice that leftover onion and put on your sandwich, you’re asking for trouble. Both the onions and the moist potato in a potato salad, will attract and grow bacteria faster than any commercial mayonnaise will even begin to break down.

Also, dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions.

Please remember it is dangerous to cut an onion and try to use it to cook the next day, it becomes highly poisonous for even a single night and creates toxic bacteria which may cause adverse stomach infections because of excess bile secretions and even food poisoning.

January 3, 2018

Is it safe to take Vitamins?

There was a time when a lot of us felt that taking vitamin supplements were at best a very good idea, and at worst, not going to hurt anything. That time has passed and I have shared here and in the office, with anyone who would listen, the developments of the past 10-15 years on that subject.

Now we know that, first off, when ever possible and practical we should be taking whole food supplements: no man-made formula will ever come close to having the same qualities. So while it might work to treat some diseases with some formulas some of the time for some people, our focus of promoting health is best done with whole food supplements – for almost everyone, almost all of the time. Secondly though, we have been seeing more and more evidence that two things we thought were probably true of the individual and multivitamin formula supplements, may not be true at all: namely, that what they claim to have in them may not be there; and what should not be in them sometimes is.

Lastly, and the point of this Post, is that even if the supplements have what they claim in the bottle, and there are no contaminants, the individual vitamin approach is flawed.

Stick with whole foods in your diet; stick with whole foods in supplementing your diet.

You already know what I recommend on both scores if you have been reading this Blog for very long (search JuicePlus+, Blue Green Algae, Bee Pollen, Vitamin C, etc. in the search box).

December 27, 2017

‘When you want to know, ask the organ grinder, not the monkey.’

Under the influence of Linus Pauling, I began taking very large doses of Vitamin C in the mid 70’s: still do. (I know, all day I also make the argument for eating whole foods, and taking whole food supplements, but… there are exceptions and this is one of them.)

These days people think that I am kidding when they ask me about what they should do for their current disease presentation, whatever that is, and I respond by saying that, if it were me I would double my Vitamin C every day until I was well again. People always think that I am kidding; I rarely do.

It is interesting to see how much things have changed – and how much they have stayed the same. (https://wholefoodsmagazine.com/columns/vitamin-connection/oral-high-dose-vitamin-c-major-diseases/)

December 26, 2017

Evidence From Prospective Cohort Studies Does Not Support Current Dietary Fat Guidelines A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Zoë Harcombe; Julien S Baker; Bruce Davies DISCLOSURES Br J Sports Med. 2017;51(24):1743-1749.

Abstract and Introduction

Abstract

Objectives National dietary guidelines were introduced in 1977 and 1983, by the US and UK governments to reduce coronary heart disease (CHD) mortality by reducing dietary fat intake. Our 2016 systematic review examined the epidemiological evidence available to the dietary committees at the time; we found no support for the recommendations to restrict dietary fat. The present investigation extends our work by re-examining the totality of epidemiological evidence currently available relating to dietary fat guidelines.

Methods A systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies currently available, which examined the relationship between dietary fat, serum cholesterol and the development of CHD, were undertaken.

Results Across 7 studies, involving 89 801 participants (94% male), there were 2024 deaths from CHD during the mean follow-up of 11.9±5.6 years. The death rate from CHD was 2.25%. Eight data sets were suitable for inclusion in meta-analysis; all excluded participants with previous heart disease. Risk ratios (RRs) from meta-analysis were not statistically significant for CHD deaths and total or saturated fat consumption. The RR from meta-analysis for total fat intake and CHD deaths was 1.04 (95% CI 0.98 to 1.10). The RR from meta-analysis for saturated fat intake and CHD deaths was 1.08 (95% CI 0.94 to 1.25).

Conclusions Epidemiological evidence to date found no significant difference in CHD mortality and total fat or saturated fat intake and thus does not support the present dietary fat guidelines. The evidence per se lacks generalisability for population-wide guidelines.

Introduction

US public health dietary advice was announced by the Select Committee on Nutrition and Human needs in 1977[1] and was followed by UK public health dietary advice issued by the National Advisory Committee on Nutritional Education in 1983.[2]Dietary recommendations in both cases focused on reducing dietary fat intake; specifically to (1) reduce overall fat consumption to 30% of total energy intake and (2) reduce saturated fat consumption to 10% of total energy intake.

The recommendations were intended to address mortality from coronary heart disease (CHD). In 2015, we published a systematic review and meta-analysis,[3] which reported that evidence from randomised controlled trials (RCTs), available to the dietary guideline committees, did not support the introduced dietary fat recommendations. In 2016, we published a systematic review and meta-analysis,[4] which reported that RCT evidence currently available does not support the introduced dietary guidelines. In 2016, we published a systematic review,[5] which reported that epidemiological evidence, available to the dietary guideline committees, did not support the introduced dietary fat recommendations. The aim of these systematic reviews has been twofold: to examine the epidemiological and RCT evidence base for the dietary fat guidelines to assess if they were justified at the time of their introduction and to review if the evidence currently available supports the extant recommendations. This systematic review and meta-analysis completes this work by examining the totality of epidemiological evidence currently available.

December 24, 2017

Multiple Independent Threshold Units

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You probably don’t want to read the review of the Study, but…Things have changed… Again.

“Using new types of experiments on neuronal cultures, a group of scientists, led by Prof. Ido Kanter, of the Department of Physics at Bar-Ilan University, has demonstrated that this century-old assumption regarding brain activity is mistaken.”

December 20, 2017

Sometimes Opposites Are Not Attractive

research worth reading…

December 15, 2017

Memory: As with everything else, is better with Olive Oil!

https://www.olivetomato.com/olive-oil-good-brain-not-canola-oil/

December 12, 2017

What to eat, when, is related to how old you are… new research.

http://neurosciencenews.com/aging-diet-mood-8176/

October 14, 2017

The Godfather of Fitness

I was just looking for a Jack LaLanne quote, which I found at Wikipedia, of course.

Reading the story on Jack LaLanne (a Chiropractic Doctor, by the way), I am just struck by what an amazing example he was. I remember as a child in the 60’s doing the floor exercises with my mother… In the 70’s his name and story were there as I read the works of Paul Bragg. In the 80′ his name always came up in the bodybuilding, muscle and fitness magazines that I read. I think it was the 90’s that he was famous as the juicing celebrity – not to mention the feats of strength that he would perform as he celebrated each decade of life – stunts that no one attempts to duplicate (that I know of).

He was something.

Oh, and the quote that I was looking for? It is the last sentence of this longer quote of his:

“Dying is easy. Living is a pain in the butt. It’s like an athletic event. You’ve got to train for it. You’ve got to eat right. You’ve got to exercise. Your health account, your bank account, they’re the same thing. The more you put in, the more you can take out. Exercise is king and nutrition is queen: together, you have a kingdom.”

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.

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