Monday, March 31, 2008

The Bitch Doctor

Nutritionist hit man?. Dr Ben Goldacre - is he GSK's Bitch Doctor?
The Bitch Doctor has won a number of awards for his services rendered - particularly GSK and syngenta

Struggling to achieve anything of any real life changing worth himself, the pseudo professional big pharma / agro chemical lobbyist Bitch Doctor has piggybacked the careers of successful TV nutritionists such as Patrick Holford and Gillian Mckieth to carve a moaning little career for himself as a hit man.

'Dr' Ben Goldacre has secured a slot on Radio 4 in a vain attempt further his quest for the same celebrity status as his targets.

Like the snakeoil salesmen the Bitch Doctor professes to uncover there is an element of truth in some of what he says - enough to get the the likes of Radio 4 to grant him airtime.

But unlike the targets of his huge chip on shoulder uncontrollable ravenous jealousy he offers few solutions for improved health and wellbeing. Whereas others travel the country trying to improve people's lives and educate them about things they can do for free to improve their health he just moans and whines like a little spoilt boy.

It's easy to imagine the Bitch Doctor whimpering to the mirror mirror on the wall "It's not fair that these people are so much more successful than me - I trained to be a proper doctor you know.... they are nasty, there's no evidence they are telling the truth"

Sorry Ben - there are millions of people out there with evidence - such as a recent Food for Life client who'd been suffering for 13 years with IBS and was cured within a few weeks with nutrition therapy.

Whilst Doctors stop people dying nutritionists can stop people suffering. Yes if you suspect you have a life threatening disease then call NHS direct and rush yourself to the nearest hospital. If the MRSA doesn't get you first you've a better than good chance they'll save your life.

If your Doctor says there's nothing much more he can do then call a nutritionist there's always a chance they can help especially with fertility, digestion,Irritable Bowel Syndrome / IBS, hormonal health, stress, skin problems, acne, asthma, eczema, weight management and a host of other conditions they may have told you you'll just have to put up with.

If the Pooh Doctor, The Diet Doctors, the Food Doctor or The Baby Doctor decide they can actually be bothered to sue the Bitch Doctor after all then we suspect his demise won't be mourned by many apart from the 'quackbusting' pharmaceutical industry

Interesting reading about Ben Goldacre here. Ben Goldacre

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Gluten-free vegan diet Rheumatoid Arthritis

It appears a Vegan diet may help reduce suffering in inflamatory diseases according to a new Swedish study

A vegan and gluten-free diet may protect be beneficial for the heart in people with rheumatoid arthritis, Swedish researchers report.

In 66 patients, randomised to a vegan diet without gluten or a balanced normal diet for a year, researchers found the diet was associated with lower levels of LDL cholesterol.

The vegan volunteers also had a lower BMI at the end of the 12-month period and raised levels of some anti-inflammatory markers.

Arthritis Research & Therapy | Abstract | ar2388 | Gluten-free vegan diet induces decreased LDL and oxidized LDL levels and raised atheroprotective natural antibodies against phosphorylcholine in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: a randomized: "A gluten-free vegan diet in RA induces changes that are potentially atheroprotective and anti-inflammatory, including decreased LDL and oxLDL levels and raised anti-PC IgM and IgA levels."

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Stress causing pupils to commit suicide

stress in kids, stressed children Stress causing pupils to commit suicide, says union | News crumb | EducationGuardian.co.uk: "Phil Walley, of Hardenhuish school in Wiltshire, said social dysfunction had potentially disastrous effects on pupils' education achievement.
He said: 'Those who underachieve in their education are much more likely to go on and live dysfunctional lives and be unable to support a stable family life for their own children.
'As a society we are in danger of creating an expanding, perpetuating and toxic circle. If we are not careful we could reach that crossover point where no matter how hard schools and teachers try, they will not be able to overcome the negative impact of broken and dysfunctional families.'"

Yvonne Bishop-Weston Nutritionist, London says "Stress can have many profound effects on optimal health and potentially lead to long term damage if not treated. It is a particularly viscious circle to get trapped in but there's many things you can do nutritionally to help the body deal with it"

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Monday, March 17, 2008

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Thursday, March 06, 2008

Eat More - Lose Weight

Eating breakfast helps teens lose weight, says US study - Health News, Health &Wellbeing - Independent.co.uk

Another study backs up the ethos that you should breakfast like a king as it is the most important meal of the day.

Nutrition expert Yvonne Bishop-Weston from Foods for Life Nutritionists London said today " It's good to see more research that vindicates our successfull weight management methods. Often you have to eat more not less to lose weight, up to five times a day. Breakfast really is the most crucial meal of the day to ensure you are relying on fuel rather than hormones to kickstart your day and balance your metabolism"

The study showed that those who tuck in to a healthy breakfast – and therefore end up with a higher calorie intake – still tend to have a lower body mass index than those who skip the first meal of the day.

The research was conducted at the University of Minnesota and published in the Paediatrics journal.

Dr Mark Pereira, who led the research, admitted the study could paint a confusing picture for those who believe that the less you eat the less you weigh.

"It may seem counterintuitive," he said. "But while they ate more calories, they did more to burn those off, and that may be because those who ate breakfast did not feel so lethargic."

Dr Peraira added that even cooked breakfasts were better than missing out on food altogether. "While it's best to go for a healthy option – a wholegrain cereal for instance – the evidence does seem to suggest that eating anything is better than eating nothing."

The research is one of a number of recent studies that give credence to the theory that breakfast is not only a crucial component of a healthy diet but also encourages the body to stay toned.

A recent French study found that men and women who ate breakfast at least 10 out of 12 days tended to have lower waist to hip ratios than those that who did not. And a study of nearly 7,000 middle-aged adults in Norfolk revealed that those who ate the most in the morning put the least amount of weight on overall.

Anna Denny, a nutritional scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation, said: "There have been quite a few studies now that show eating breakfast is a crucial part of keeping a healthy weight. The key concept is those who eat breakfast tend to be less likely to snack on high-fat foods before the lunch period and therefore have a much healthier diet."

Dr Pereira said: "This study clearly supports what other studies have shown: kids who skip breakfast tend to gain more weight, and therefore would be at a higher risk for obesity."