Chronic Inflammation Removes Motivation by Reducing Dopamine in the Brain

Why do we feel listless when we are recovering from an illness? The answer is, apparently, that low-grade chronic inflammation interferes with the dopaminergic signaling system in the brain that motivates us to do things. This was reported in a new paper published in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences. The research carried out at Emory […]

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Low Serum Concentrations of Vitamin B6 and Iron Are Related to Panic Attack and Hyperventilation Attack

Patients undergoing a panic attack (PA) or a hyperventilation attack (HVA) are sometimes admitted to emergency departments (EDs). Reduced serotonin level is known as one of the causes of PA and HVA. Serotonin is synthesized from tryptophan. For the synthesis of serotonin, vitamin B6 (Vit B6) and iron play important roles as cofactors. To clarify […]

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Why We Get Fat

Gary Taubes is an award-winning journalist and author of “Why We Get Fat: And What to do About It.” Here, he speaks on “Good Calories, Bad Calories: Challenging the Conventional, Wisdom on Diet, Weight Control, and Disease” at The Ohio State University’s Ohio Union on April 12, 2011.  

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Why You Got Fat

For decades we’ve been told gaining and losing weight is all about the calories. Just one little problem: the research says otherwise. Diabetics undergo dramatic weight changes when they adjust their insulin levels — and so do you. Your diet determines how much insulin your body will produce over time. From the documentary “Fat Head.” […]

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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 equal […]

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The Sugar-Cancer Connection

Nuclear accumulation of β-catenin, a widely recognized marker of poor cancer prognosis, drives cancer cell proliferation and senescence bypass and regulates incretins, critical regulators of fat and glucose metabolism. Diabetes, characterized by elevated blood glucose levels, is associated with increased cancer risk, partly because of increased insulin growth factor 1 signaling, but whether elevated glucose […]

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Is The “Obesity Crisis” Just a Disguise For a Deeper Problem?

What if obesity has nothing to do with eating too much? Peter Attia, MD, President and co-Founder of the Nutrition Science Initiative, says we don’t know enough about the science of weight gain, and that clinicians — and society — should stop blaming the victims.  

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What If We’re Wrong About Diabetes?

As a young ER doctor, Peter Attia felt contempt for a patient with diabetes. She was overweight, he thought, and thus responsible for the fact that she needed a foot amputation. But years later, Attia received an unpleasant medical surprise that led him to wonder: is our understanding of diabetes right? Could the precursors to […]

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Dietary Carbohydrate Restriction As the First Approach in Diabetes Management

The inability of current recommendations to control the epidemic of diabetes, the specific failure of the prevailing low-fat diets to improve obesity, cardiovascular risk, or general health and the persistent reports of some serious side effects of commonly prescribed diabetic medications, in combination with the continued success of low-carbohydrate diets in the treatment of diabetes and metabolic syndrome without significant side effects, point […]

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