High cholesterol may protect against infections and atherosclerosis

According to the modified ‘response to injury’ hypothesis of atherogenesis, there are at least two pathways leading to the inflammatory and proliferative lesions of the arterial intima. The first involves monocyte and platelet interaction induced by hypercholesterolaemia. The second pathway involves direct stimulation of the endothelium by a number of factors, including smoking, the metabolic consequences […]

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Substantial and Sustained Improvements in Blood Pressure, Weight and Lipid Profiles from a Carbohydrate Restricted Diet: An Observational Study of Insulin Resistant Patients in Primary Care

Hypertension is the second biggest known global risk factor for disease after poor diet; perhaps lifestyle interventions are underutilized? In a previous small pilot study, it was found that a low carbohydrate diet was associated with significant improvements in blood pressure, weight, ‘deprescribing’ of medications and lipid profiles. We were interested to investigate if these […]

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Bread and Other Edible Agents of Mental Disease

Perhaps because gastroenterology, immunology, toxicology, and the nutrition and agricultural sciences are outside of their competence and responsibility, psychologists and psychiatrists typically fail to appreciate the impact that food can have on their patients’ condition. Here we attempt to help correct this situation by reviewing, in non-technical, plain English, how cereal grains—the world’s most abundant […]

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Dr. David Diamond – ‘An Assessment of Cardiovascular Risks of a Low Carbohydrate, High Fat Diet’

David. M. Diamond received his Ph.D. in Biology in 1985, with a specialization in Behavioral Neuroscience, from the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory at the University of California, Irvine. He is a professor in the Departments of Psychology and Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida, where he has […]

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Fasting and Its Impact on Skin Anatomy, Physiology, and Physiopathology

Skin serves as the first protective line and barrier of the body. Like many other organs, skin can be affected by several disorders in response to external factors such as pathogens, ultraviolet light, and pollution, as well as endogenous alterations related to aging and/or oxidative stress disturbance. Researchers have reported new insights into how skin […]

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Sugar: The Bitter Truth

Watch “The Skinny on Obesity” with Dr. Lustig: http://www.uctv.tv/skinny-on-obesity Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin. Series: UCSF Mini […]

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Dr Zoe Harcombe – Nutritional Nuggets to Combat Conventional Dietary Guidelines

Thermodynamics – what the laws actually say; how they have been misapplied to weight loss; the thermic effect of macro nutrients (the work of Jequier 2002, Feinan and Fine2005) and the isocaloric advantage this gives. • The origin of the calorie formula; the fact that 1lb does not equal 3,500 calories and what it could […]

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The Impact of Dietary Changes in the Context of Modern Medicine

Medical talk will be around diet in the context of treatments of heart disease. Main topics to be covered: 1. Coronary stents, 2. Statins (primary and secondary prevention) 3. Communication of risk/informed consent 4. WHO figures on CVD 5. Smoking and heart disease 6. Saturated fat and heart disease 7. Tom Frieden’s CDC-health impact pyramid […]

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