Friday, February 23, 2007

Hospitals More Dangerous Than Traffic!

Folowing an expose in The Guardian Nutrition Expert Yvonne Bishop-Weston says 'It's now more important than ever to take the responsibility for your own health into your own well washed hands. Hospitals are now more dangerous than traffic with the superbugs MRSA and C.difficile killing more people than road traffic accidents. Eat more fruit and vegetables and phytonutrient rich foods, drink plenty of water and ensure an adequate supply of essential fats to protect and support your immune system.'

Deaths caused by two superbugs soar as health inspectorate accuses government | Health | "The number of deaths caused by two superbugs soared in 2005, raising new concerns over the standard of hygiene at hospitals across the country. According to government statistics, the number of deaths linked to MRSA rose by 39% in 2005 and deaths linked to a second superbug, Clostridium difficile, increased by 69%.

The head of the health inspectorate accused the government yesterday of failing to give enough priority to patient safety while Age Concern accused it of shirking responsibility for cleaning hospitals.

Levin Wheller of the Office for National Statistics said cases of superbugs had increased dramatically since MRSA emerged in the 1990s. C. difficile is now recorded as the cause or a factor in more than twice as many deaths as MRSA: 1,629 people died after contracting MRSA and 3,807 after C. difficile in 2005.

The new figures show that C. difficile-related deaths now outnumber deaths on UK roads. In 2005, 3,201 people were killed in road accidents, a 1% fall on 2004."

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Coke is next on Health Hit List for Harvard Nutrition Experts

Share the health - Food - The Phoenix

Dan Coudreaut, director of culinary innovation at McDonald’s, is groaning. He’s sitting in a large auditorium on the Culinary Institute of America’s (CIA) Greystone campus in Napa Valley, listening carefully as Dr. Walter Willett, chairman of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health, presents his recent findings. Willett has the lulling, comforting tone that scientists use when standing at a podium, confidently armed with PowerPoint slides and regression analyses. “The scientific community has no choice but to label trans fats ‘metabolic poisons,’ ” Willett is saying. (Metabolic poisons?, you can almost hear Coudreaut thinking.) Indeed: it’s strong language for the product formerly known as margarine. “We’ve concluded that there is absolutely no safe amount of trans fats in the human body,” Willett continues, almost apologetically. Coudreaut’s breathing is shallow. He’s the guy charged with ridding McDonald’s of trans fats, and developing a new recipe that doesn’t make the famous fries taste like cardboard. By many estimates, it’s an effort that has cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars in the past year. (In fact, it was at this meeting, the annual CIA–Harvard Medical School retreat for the corporate food world, that Willett first broke the definitive news about trans fats last year, starting a national cascade of alarm that no sane corporation could ignore.)

Coudreaut, his Golden Arches in danger of tarnishing, raises his hand. “I just gotta know: what’s the next ‘trans fats’? What’s coming at me next?” Willett smiles and waves his hands for a second or two, considering the impact his answer will have on the 300 chefs at the conference — corporate executive chefs from companies such as Red Lobster, Magic Kingdom, Hyatt, Starbucks, and Au Bon Pain, as well as the dining-services directors from Harvard, Stanford, UMass, and Boston College, among others, and representatives from major food distributors, grocery chains, and produce growers.

“Coke,” Willett says. “Sugared beverages are the number-one preventable cause of obesity among young adults. We don’t have to go to zero, but we have to go way down.” The corporate types in the auditorium take a moment to think about what their bottom lines would look like if the revenue from Coke and other sugared sodas suddenly disappeared.


London Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop Weston says "Coke can hinder your ability to absorb calcium, mess with your metabolic rate, help increase risk of diabetes, provide you with unnecessary calories increasing the risk of obesity. The sugar free versions are little better as artificial sweeteners have a mounting amount of evidence reporting on their detrimental effects. I suspect the best thing to do with coke is use it for cleaning metal but it's probably best to rinse it off afterwards!"

Saturday, February 17, 2007

London Nutritionist Challenges BBC Over Use Of Protein In Vegan Diet by Foods For Life London Nutrition - Yvonne Bishop-weston

London Nutritionist Challenges BBC Over Use Of Protein In Vegan Diet by Foods For Life London Nutrition - Yvonne Bishop-Weston

A Harley Street Nutrition expert has challenged a BBC experiment that fed athlete Colin Jackson a vegetarian diet that was lower in protein than neccesary. Jackson complained he lost power but London nutritionists Yvonne Bishop-Weston and Gareth Zeal say it may have been good TV but it wasn't sound science.

Read More - Protein sources in Vegan Diets

Friday, February 16, 2007

South London Nutritionist Up for Awards

Tough Competition (from Croydon Guardian)

nutrition expert Yvonne Bishop-Weston

Food for Life's founder, Yvonne Bishop-Weston, is now in line to win three of the eight trophies available at the inaugural South London Business Awards, sponsored by the Croydon Guardian. Yvonne started Foods for Life three years ago and now has clinics in Croydon, Balham and Harley Street.

Monday, February 05, 2007

UK Bird Flu Outbreak at Bernard Matthews Turkey Factory

UK Bird Flu Outbreak at Bernard Matthews Turkey Factory

Did we really need any more evidence that the true cost of cheap meat is too high a price to pay - it endangers health and the sustainability of the planet.

Over 2000 turkeys in Suffolk died of bird flu in just four days?