Saturday, August 30, 2008
Researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, published a study in the journal Arthritis Research and Therapy showing that eating a vegan, gluten-free diet may reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes in rheumatoid arthritis patients, as well as reducing the severity of the disease.
Rheumatoid arthritis is considered a significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
The researchers studied 66 adults with rheumatoid arthritis, averaging 50 years in age. Thirty-eight of the adults were placed on a vegan, gluten-free diet in which carbohydrates provided 60 percent of daily calories, fat provided 30 percent and protein provided 10 percent.
A vegan diet is one free of any animal products, including flesh, dairy and eggs. In addition to omitting animal products, the study participants also eschewed gluten, a protein found in wheat, barley, oats and rye.
Instead, participants in the vegan, gluten-free group began with a one-day, low-energy diet of berry juice and broth. Starting on the second day, they were fed grains such as buckwheat, corn, millet and rice, as well as ample quantities of nuts, sunflower seeds, vegetables and fruits. Calcium was provided with a daily serving of sesame milk.
The 28 participants in the control group were fed a diet including both animal products and gluten with a similar carbohydrate-fat-protein breakdown to the vegan diet. They were encouraged to eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day and to eat complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains and potatoes, over simpler sources.
In both diets, saturated fat was kept to a maximum of 10 percent of daily energy intake.
After three and 12 months, the researchers measured several biomarkers in all the participants. Only 58 percent of the people in the vegan, gluten-free group completed the study.
The researchers found that participants in the vegan group experienced a drop in their body mass index, total cholesterol and LDL ("bad") cholesterol. Triglyceride and HDL ("good") cholesterol levels did not change. There was also an increase in the levels of antiPC antibodies, which are believed to help protect the body against cardiovascular disease.
None of these markers changed in the control group.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
New Cancer Cure Natural Vitamin C ?
Reports of Vitamin C as a cancer cure abound again as new scientific research comes to light.
A cancer treatment pioneered by Nobel Prize Winning Linus Pauling over 30 years ago has recently gained favour again. Doctors in London's Harley Street are administering the intravenous Vitamin C treatment for only £100 a shot.
London Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston says "It is currently against UK law for Nutritionists to treat cancer but there are certainly many things we can do to support and bolster your immune system and antioxidents such as buffered vitamin C are one of many tools we use"
Nutritionists can work with your doctor of health professional to maximise your body's potential to thrive.
Friday, August 15, 2008
A Steady Diet of Medals and Fast Food - 2008 Olympics – Sports and News from China – The New York Times - Michael Phelps High Calorie fast food Diet
The papers recently are full of stories of olympic swimmers living off a diet of fast food but Ryan Lochte and multi gold medalist Michael Phelps are both only 23. The worry is the effects on their bodies in later life.
Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte's high calorie fast food diets are similar to american footballers high in saturated animal fat dripping with cholesterol there's no doubt you need those extra calories andprotein to feed those muscles that burn calories faster than fat and also to fuel all that extra energy expenditure but it could be plant based instead.
Former champion weightlifter now Foods for life Sports nutritionist Gareth Zeal used to lift more than weight lifters twice his size. The beauty about plant based protein and plant based fats is that they can provide real power without the bulk and without the detrimental ramifications on long term health.
Many American footballer find themselves crippled in later life and their average life expectancy can be 20 years lower than the American average.
But what young man wouldn't want a body like Michael Phelps??
London nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston says "So many kids will be influenced by this very talented and driven gold medalist and no doubt there will be many that use this extreme case to try to justify high fat fast food is good for you. If only they could see 20 years into the future they might think again. The English Ruby team have been using organic conconut fat to achieve power and energy with great success. Our nutritionist Gareth is living proof you can have pure power on plant based protein and essential fats and grow old gracefully without aches and pains and the after effects of mutating your body. I sincerely hope it inspires many more kids to get excited about exercise and swimming rather than burgers and cheese"
London Nutritionists Yvonne Bishop-Weston and Gareth Zeal can be contacted via www.optimumnutritionists.com
Thursday, August 14, 2008
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Wednesday, August 06, 2008
As well as a concerted effort by industrial and commercial interests to discredit nutrition therapy and ban vitamins and minerals there is now also a mounting campaign to ban homeopathy too.
If you have ever been successfully helped by homeopathy or know someone close to you who has please sign this declaration >> Homeopathy
Homeopathy to me is like TV would be to a neanderthal - I don't know how it works but it does - I had a skin condition for over 10 years that cleared within 2 weeks of visiting a homeopath. I've seen amazing results on children who are uncontaminated by modern medicine, heard many first hand anecdotal tales and I am as 'sold' as the many farmers who use homeopathy to cure their animals ills (you can't even use the placebo excuse on that one)
The worst they can argue is that it doesn't work - they can hardly argue it's dangerous if they don't believe there is enough of an active ingredient in homeopathic medicine to provoke an immune response.
We would have a problem on our hands if the government believed in homeopathy. Think of the consequences for London. London water is in homeopathic terms a homeopathic toxic poison, a cocktail of drugs, hormones (from the contraceptive pill), and various diseases.
Perhaps the ramifications are just too frightening to allow them to accept it??
Monday, August 04, 2008
This study had escaped our eye until now - just catching up -
The study was led by physician and nutrition specialist Bess Dawson-Hughes at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston, Mass.
The typical American diet is rich in protein, cereal grains and other acid-producing foods. In general, such diets generate tiny amounts of acid each day. With aging, a mild but slowly increasing metabolic "acidosis" develops, according to the researchers.
Acidosis appears to trigger a muscle-wasting response. So the researchers looked at links between measures of lean body mass and diets relatively high in potassium-rich, alkaline-residue producing fruits and vegetables. Such diets could help neutralize acidosis. Foods can be considered alkaline or acidic based on the residues they produce in the body, rather than whether they are alkaline or acidic themselves. For example, acidic grapefruits are metabolized to alkaline residues.