Thursday, February 24, 2005
It may not be the chocolate and pizza that threatens many teenage girls' complexion. Milk -- skim milk, in particular -- may be the more likely culprit in teenage acne, new study findings suggest.
"The message is that milk is a biological fluid, the consumption of which may have effects on consumers beyond its nutrient contents," study author Dr. Clement A. Adebamowo, of Harvard University told Reuters Health.
Those who reported drinking more than three servings of any type of milk each day were 22 percent more likely to report having had severe acne than those who drank only one or fewer servings per week, the researchers report in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.
Women who consumed two or more daily servings of skim milk, in particular, were 44 percent more likely to say that a physician had diagnosed them with severe acne during their teen years than those who drank one or fewer servings per week.
Monday, February 21, 2005
Another story attacking vegan diets rather than poor nutrition has proven the need for much more work educating health professionals who have such a limited knowledge of basic nutrition.
Lindsay Allen, of the US Agricultural Research Service, attacked vegan parents and falsely suggested that Animal source foods have some essential nutrients not found anywhere else, at a Washington science conference.
"There's absolutely no question that it's unethical for parents to bring up their children as strict vegans," she said at the American Association for the Advancement of Science meeting.
Years and years of lobbying and propaganda by the meat and dairy industry still fly in the face of evidence that proves a vegan diet can be one of the healthiest around and even add an extra 10 years of healthy living to the life of an average westerner.
There are hundreds of studies that prove the average meat eater would benefit greatly from moving towards a vegan diet.
The American Dietetic Association agree “Well-planned vegan diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle”
See full abstract - Position of The American Dietetic Association on Vegan Diets
"Well-planned vegan and other types of vegetarian diets are appropriate for all stages of the life cycle, including during pregnancy, lactation, infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Vegetarian diets offer a number of nutritional benefits, including lower levels of saturated fat, cholesterol, and animal protein as well as higher levels of carbohydrates, fiber, magnesium, potassium, folate, and antioxidants such as vitamins C and E and phytochemicals."
The story featured by The BBC follows other misleading stories blaming vegan diets rather than poor nutrition. One story claimed veganism was responsible for a rise in rickets rather than a lack of sunshine and another badly researched story claimed “vegan parents” had killed their baby by feeding it nothing but cod liver oil (neither vegans nor vegetarians eat fish)
Top vegetarian nutrition expert Yvonne Bishop-Weston BSc Dip ION says ”the problem is there are good and bad possibilities with every diet it is not the vegan diet that is to blame it’s simply poor nutrition – all the key nutrients are easily available in a vegan diet”
“Some health professionals will claim that vegetarian women have low iron when the truth is MOST women have low iron levels. The western diets generally, not vegan diets, are often low in iron, selenium, zinc, magnesium, vitamin c, vitamin B12 or essential fats such as omega 3”
Nutrition Consultant and author Yvonne Bishop-Weston BSc Dip ION won an award for her research on “Essential Fatty Acid Status in Vegan Women and Implications in Pregnancy” She says that “big baby sizes often aren’t the best marker for long term health that they are thought to be.”
Bishop says “There’s no reason why with a bit of planning and ensuring a good sources of essential fats, especially omega 3, that vegan babies can’t grow up to be among the healthiest and smartest people on the planet. There is still some research needed on cognitive function to prove this to the sceptics but the evidence is already stacked up.”
Friday, February 18, 2005
Who's going to win the war against obesity? The nutritionists? or the purveyors of sugar and fat? The trouble is healthy eating education isn't profitable unless you are in charge of a comprehensive national health service and can smell the escalating healthcare costs.
There is LOTS of profits to be made hawking addictive sugar and fat products and then the expensive drugs to keep you alive in the aftermath (and then the drugs to treat the side effects of the drugs).
The wildly popular cartoon character Spongebob has become a symbol of the forces in deep conflict over how food is being marketed to kids.
Anyone who watches the Nickelodeon (VIA ) cartoon SpongeBob Squarepants knows that the cute title character is absorbent and bright yellow. But how flexible is he? That question is being put to the test these days as his valuable brand equity is stretched between those who want the popular character used to promote health, fitness, and nutrition to children, and those who see him as the perfect pitch-sponge for fatty, salty, sugary food that kids love to eat. Advertisement
The Center for Science in the Public Interest says SpongeBob contributes to childhood obesity by hawking Kellogg's (K ) Pop Tarts, Kraft (KFT ) Macaroni & Cheese, Oscar Meyer Lunchables, in addition to cookies and fast food. Yet his Nick-masters are busy enhancing Spongey's pro-fitness image. And these efforts are rightly drawing barbs that SpongeBob, or at least his handlers, are trying to straddle both sides of the obesity debate and sending mixed messages to kids.
'NICKTRITIONAL' LABELS. SpongeBob and his fellow cartoon stars are being used to promote better eating habits and exercise by way of programming, public-service style ads, and Web-site content. But Nickelodeon has been simultaneously benefiting from the royalties derived from SpongeBob, as well as Dora the Explorer, touting the high-fat, high-salt, and high-sugar stuff that nutritionists say is contributing mightily to the obesity and type-2 diabetes swamping young kids. "
Wednesday, February 16, 2005
The Soil Association has welcomed the Government's announcement to introduce new nutritional guidelines in schools in England from September this year. Education secretary, Ruth Kelly, announced the launch of a schools trust - made up of representatives from the food industry, nutritionists, schools, caterers and parents - which is designed to advise cooks and head teachers how to make meals healthier. Other measures to improve the quality of meals include giving Ofsted inspectors a role monitoring healthy eating in schools. "
Food made from cereals, particularly wholegrain, are likely to become the functional foods of the 21st century, according to David Hughes, professor of food marketing at Imperial College, who is speaking at a free seminar this week hosted by the Home Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA). "
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Source: The Times
No wonder they are trying to ban high doses of vitamin C - the drugs don't work.
Nigel Hawkes, health correspondent in The Times, reports that a new study published in Archives of Internal Medicine has concluded that flu vaccinations have little impact on deaths among the elderly, with the increasing rates of vaccination since 1980 not being accompanied by declines in flu-related deaths. This conclusion contradicts claims that vaccination campaigns have a dramatic effect, cutting the risk of death among the over-65s by 50 per cent. The researchers say that following increased vaccination the number of flu-related deaths has actually increased. "
Source: Daily Express
The Daily Express reports that two new studies show that people with depression can treat their condition just as effectively with natural remedies as with antidepressant drugs. The first study, published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, found that a combination of omega-3 fatty acids and uridine, which is naturally present in most foods, was as effective against depression as three of the leading antidepressants. A second study, published in the British Medical Journal, found that an extract of St John's Wort was actually better at treating depression than paroxetine. "
Source: Daily Mail
It seems crazy that health proffessionals still advise dairy to fight osteoporosis. See earlier article about milk.
Roger Dobson, health correspondent in The Daily Mail, reports that nitroglycerine is being used in research as an ointment to treat osteoporosis. Researchers in America are using the ointment on a group of women aged 40 to 65, and they believe that it will slow down the bone-thinning process by preventing natural bone loss. The doctors believe the ointment could be an alternative to Hormone Replacement Therapy, and claim it has little or no side-effects. The ointment is called Nitro-Bid and is the same type of product as that used for angina. "
Yet another good reason to stop the decimation of The Rainforest to raise beef and grow soya to feed animals.
"Rare plant offers hope
Source: Daily Express
The Daily Express reports on a compound found in a rare Amazonian rainforest plant which could be an effective new treatment for breast cancer. Researchers from the University of Virginia Cancer Centre discovered that Forsteronia refracta, which grows in certain areas of the rainforest, contains a compound called SL0101, which appears to stop the growth of human breast cancer cells. In laboratory tests the SL0101 compound killed cancer cells without affecting healthy cells. "
Friday, February 11, 2005
"An edited version of the filmmaker's movie, 'Super Size Me,' could be a breezy, hip educational tool in more than the handful of Connecticut classrooms that already use it. One state lawmaker, Rep. Michael Cardin, D-Tolland, already shows the film in class at Tolland High School, and more may welcome it. "
Previously, nutrition labelling was voluntary and wasn't standardized, making comparisons between products more difficult.
Ottawa announced the mandatory nutrition-labelling program in January 2003, but gave food companies until the end of this year to make the changes.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - More women may want to develop a taste for seaweed, if this latest research is any indication of the food's potential cancer-fighting ability.
The findings, according to lead author Christine F. Skibola, support an earlier pilot study involving women with abnormal menstrual cycles. In that study, brown kelp seaweed lowered the women's estrogen levels and increased the number of days between their menstrual periods. "
Thursday, February 10, 2005
Scandinavian researchers show that high UV radiation exposure is associated with a reduced risk of lymphoma, while another team reports that sunlight-related melanoma skin cancers appear to be inherently less aggressive than those that arise in non-exposed areas.
Dr. Karin Elkstrom Smedby, from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, and colleagues investigated ultraviolet radiation exposure as a possible cause for the increasing rates of malignant lymphoma seen in recent decades.
Instead, the researchers found that high UV radiation exposure, as measured by frequent sunbathing and sunburns, cut the risk of the non-Hogkins type of lymphoma by up to 40 percent depending on the level of exposure.
The study involved 3740 patients with malignant lymphomas who were compared with 3187 matched 'controls' from the general population. High UV radiation exposure also seemed to protect again the Hodgkin's type of lymphoma, but the association was weaker than with non-Hodgkin's disease. "
According to Dr. Mary Cushman, associate professor of medicine and pathology at the University of Vermont, iron deficiency is the most common. Those at highest risk include infants, teenage girls, pregnant women and the elderly. Iron is a mineral necessary for the formation of hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in the blood, and myoglobin, which carries oxygen in muscle tissue.
In general, dietary iron is absorbed poorly.
Plant sources include dried fruits, leafy green vegetables, nuts, legumes and whole-grain products."
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A diet rich in fiber and vegetables lowered cholesterol just as much as taking a statin drug, Canadian researchers reported on Monday.
They said people who cannot tolerate the statin drugs because of side-effects can turn to the diet, which they said their volunteers could easily follow.
David Jenkins of St. Michael's Hospital and the University of Toronto and colleagues created what they called a diet "portfolio" high in soy protein, almonds, and cereal fiber as well as plant sterols -- tree-based compounds used in cholesterol-lowering margarines, salad dressing and other products.
The portfolio was rich in soy milk, soy burgers, almonds, oats, barley, psyllium seeds, okra and eggplant. The Almond Board of California helped fund the study, as did several food makers and the Canadian Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
High lignan flax seed and flax oil could be the answer to many of the western world's health ills according to Herb Joiner and Dr Andy Thompson....
Wednesday, February 09, 2005
In the midst of the eat more fruit and vegetable campaigns comes a new cookbook from Hamlyn co written by Food Doctor Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop Weston BSc.
A rare find dairy free healthy and nutritious recipes that taste delicious. With Hamlyn behind it there is no doubt that healthy vegan food is going to be put firmly on the map and given all the other research being done on the health properties of fruit and veg it's no doubt this will be a best seller.
Ulster University find Tasty new weapon in fight against disease
A few forkfuls of sprouted vegetables could help protect against cancer, new research by Professor Ian Rowland and Chris Gill has shown.
Eating just over 100 grams of tasty sprouted vegetables every day for a fortnight has been shown to have clear protective effects against DNA damage in human blood cells, according to the researchers.
“DNA damage is associated with cancer risk. Sources of DNA damage include diet-related carcinogens, and bodily processes like oxidative stress – and the raw sprouts protect against this kind of damage.
“And just a portion – 113 grammes - per day of a mix of broccoli, radish, alfalfa and clover sprouts was enough in our tests to show the protective effect,” said Professor Rowland.
Professor Rowland’s research is to be published this summer in Cancer, Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, a respected academic journal of research in the field.
The findings were presented today at BioIreland 2004, – Stepping Stones To Success, a major all Ireland biotechnology conference being held at the University’s of Ulster’s Coleraine campus from June 20-22.
Scientists, politicians, enterprise agency representatives and venture capital finance experts from the US, Europe and beyond are at the University of Ulster’s Coleraine campus for the conference, showcasing the strengths and business opportunities opening up for the island’s burgeoning biotechnology sector.
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• The ONUK survey of 37,000 people is more than twenty times larger than the Food Standards Agency’s National Diet and Nutrition Survey on 1,724 people, published 2003.
• The scientific board of advisors include professors of medicine, nutrition and clinical science.
• All results reported are highly statistically significant at the 95% level of confidence
OPTIMUM NUTRITION UK SURVEY
ONUK Survey Redefines Healthy Eating
Britain’s Largest Ever Health Survey shows that the majority of people in Britain today are ‘vertically ill’; they are living in a grey area between diagnosed disease and true wellness. They think it’s all part of 21st century living, but it needn’t be. Simple diet changes would give them optimal health.
We are all told to eat a ‘well balanced’ diet but what does this actually mean? The shocking results of Britain’s largest ever survey of over 37,000 people’s health and diet, conducted by the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION) and presented to Government at the House of Commons on Wednesday 27 October, shows just how many people are literally digging their own graves with a knife and fork and have little idea what a well balanced diet really means.
The first part of the ONUK study, based on a comprehensive web-based MyNutrition questionnaire, investigated the state of people’s health in Britain.
Only 6% were in ‘optimal health’, while 44% were in poor health, with frequent low energy (80%), constipation (81%),high stress (75%), PMS (women 64%), abdominal bloating (64%), frequent colds (50%), headaches or migraine (46%) and depression (46%) and other common symptoms.
“The survey shows that most people are ‘vertically’ ill. Still upright, but not feeling great”, said Patrick Holford, founder of ION. “Doctors deal with sick people, the ‘horizontally ill’, but what the ONUK survey shows is that most people are living with low energy, aches and pains attributing them to 21st century life when they are preventable with simple diet changes.”
What makes a diet unhealthy? The second part of the ONUK survey defined what kind of diet was associated with health. The results, shown overleaf, show that the worst foods for health are sugar and caffeinated drinks (tea, coffee and cola), followed by red meat, wheat and dairy products (milk and cheese). The best foods for health were fruit and veg, nuts and seeds, oily fish and drinking water. People who drank eight glasses of water a day were twice as likely to be in optimal health. While the report endorses the Government’s ‘5 a day’ campaign, it found that the healthiest people ate 8 or more servings of fruit and vegetables.
What makes a well balanced diet? The negative effects on health of eating sugar and sugary snacks was five times worse than the positive effects of eating fruit and vegetables. “The ONUK survey shows that government campaigns to curb sugar and caffeine consumption will do much more for the nation’s health than just eating more fruit and vegetables. It also shows that the conventional wisdom that a well balanced diet should contain plenty of dairy products and bread, is wrong” said Holford, whose survey found that the healthiest people were the lowest consumers of wheat and dairy products. Amidst growing fears that high dairy consumption is linked to increased rates of breast and prostate cancer, and recent discoveries that 1 in 100 adults are seriously allergic to gluten in wheat, the ONUK survey results confirm what nutritionists have been saying for years. Holford’s book, corroborated by the survey results, the New Optimum Nutrition Bible, extols a diet closer to that consumed in Asia, where breast and prostate cancer are virtually unheard of, with less meat, more fish and very little milk and wheat, substituting oats, rice, plus other grains. He also recommends eating more beans, lentils, nuts and seeds.
What results can be achieved by changing your diet? While the survey showed an immensely strong association between diet and health, this is not the same as proving that poor diet causes poor health. So, the third part of the survey set out to change people’s nutrition and measure the results. Twenty nine members of the public, who had taken part on the ONUK survey, attended a two day 100% Health Workshop, learning all about what optimum nutrition really means, while twenty two senior managers received one-to-one consultations with a nutritional therapist. Three months later their health was reassessed and showed a massive improvement. Energy levels had gone up by 25%, the majority of women no longer reported PMS and most of those who were overweight lost weight without trying.
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What's Wrong With Milk?
• Half the world don’t drink it.
• 70% of people don’t have the enzyme to digest it.
• All of us produce an antibody against it.
• It’s the top allergy provoking food, linked to asthma, ear, sinus and throat infections.
• The largest ever UK health and diet survey involving over 37,000 people, found the more milk a person drinks the worse their overall health, their digestion and immunity.
•Milk is not recommended for babies. Early feeding creates allergy in one in ten babies resulting in diarrhoea, vomiting, colic, eczema, catarrh, bronchitis, asthma, sleeplessness.
• A protein in milk, BSA, that dramatically increases the risk of child-onset diabetes, is an infant is given milk before the age of 4 months. 100% of newly diagnosed IDD children have antibodies to BSA, compared to 2 per cent in normal children.
• It is linked with autism, ADHD and possibly cot deaths.
• at least 5% of milk on shop shelves is reportedly contaminated with Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosis (MAP), a bacterium linked to Crohn’s disease.
• The higher a country’s milk intake, the higher its incidence of cardiovascular disease.
• Milk consumption is strongly linked with breast and prostate cancer. For example, the chances of women in China dying from breast cancer are 1 in 10,000, as opposed to close to 1 in 10 for the UK. For prostate cancer the difference is even greater. In rural China the incidence is 0.5 in 100,000, yet it is estimated that, by 2015, 1 in 4 men in the UK will have a diagnosis of prostate cancer at some point in their lives. It is obviously not genetics since Chinese men emigrating to Europe soon end up with similar risk. The likely major candidate is milk. Why?
• Milk contains Insulin Growth Factor (IGF). IGF-1 is very rich in milk. It’s doubly rich in modern milk, partly because cows have been selectively reared to produce milk during pregnancy. This milk is especially rich in oestrogen. On top of that, in the US cows are treated with bovine growth hormone (BGH), which is a growth hormone capable of further increasing milk yield by about 12 per cent. All this means a cow’s daily milk production has gone from 3 to 30 litres. Not surprisingly, this milk has two to five times the amount of IGF-1, while the beef from a BST treated animals has about double the IGF. Casein, the protein in milk, helps to carry the IGF into us. The more milk you drink the higher your blood level of IGF-1.
The higher a woman’s IGF-1 levels the higher her risk for breast cancer. One study found that women in the top 25 per cent of IGF-1 scores had two to three times the risk of women in the bottom 25 per cent of IGF-1 levels. A study from York University in the UK on the link between IGF and prostate cancer risk in men found a similar result. Men in the top 25 per cent of IGF levels had three times the risk of prostate cancer. These are just two of a dozen trials finding a strong link between circulating levels of IGF-1 and breast and prostate cancer.
Despite all this negative evidence, the Government still tell us to drink it every day. Most people believe it’s essential during pregnancy, breastfeeding and for infants. It isn’t. The most of humanity’s history we haven’t drunk milk. Our ancestors weren’t milking buffaloes. Sure, you need protein, you need calcium and vitamin D, but there are many other foods that provide these better than milk. Who exactly does need milk?
Source: Daily Telegraph
It has emerged that scientists at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and the Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences believe from studies that a chemical found in carrots, falcarinol, may reduce the risk of cancer. Scientists tested food supplements containing the chemical on rats with pre-cancerous tumours, discovering that it reduced the development of tumours by a third. The chemical is also present in other carrot-related vegetables, as well as ginseng.