Monday, June 29, 2009

Swine Flu Mutates - H1N1

Swine Flu mutates - Terminator 10 - H1N1
Twitter / Yvonne Bishop-Weston: Swine Flu Mutates

Scientist's predictions have come true. They predicted that this Autumn / Fall Swine Flu would begin to mix with other flu strains and mutate into something more virulent.

"However the nightmare scenario of a Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator 10 style virus seems to becoming a reality ahead of time" says nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston "with our the integrity of our immune systems compromised by our poor diet and lifestyle this was inevitable"

The Adolfo Lutz Institute in Sao Paulo Brazil Have claimed the prize as the first to spot Swine Flu H1N1 mutating into a genetic variant of the disease.

Bishop-Weston, Nutritionist London warns "It takes a few months to optimise a body's immune system so it's now or never if you want to maximise your chances of surviving this winter. Book an appointment with an experienced qualified professional clinical Nutrition therapist now"

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

BSE in Fish??

Farmed Fish May Pose Risk For Mad Cow Disease -

University of Louisville neurologist Robert P. Friedland, M.D., questions the safety of eating farmed fish in today’s Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, adding a new worry to concerns about the nation’s food supply.

"The fact that no cases of Creutzfeldt Jakob disease have been linked to eating farmed fish does not assure that feeding rendered cow parts to fish is safe. The incubation period of these diseases may last for decades, which makes the association between feeding practices and infection difficult. Enhanced safeguards need to be put in place to protect the public," Friedland said.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Meat Free Monday

meat free monday Meat Free Monday - Launch Sir Paul McCartney andhisfamily and over 40 celebrities today celebrate the official meat free lunch launch of Meat Free Monday at Inn the Park in St James's Park today.

Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston says "After many years of helping people to get better in my harley Street and Croydon Nutrition Clinics there's no doubt in my mind that it's not more meat and fish we need in our diets, it's more fruit and vegetables, seeds and their oils that we need in our diets for greater optimal health"

"In the spirit of 5 a Day, Meat Out Mondays will touch more hearts with the general public rather than the present all or nothing ideology that they have to go 100% vegan or not do anything at all"

"In my experience, once you have all the facts, doing something is always better than doing nothing" says Yvonne.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Change your Tuna | Mail On Sunday

tuna - sustainable alternatives to fish Change your tuna | Mail Online: "Harley Street nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston says that the best alternative to tuna is herring.

'MCS-approved herring from Hastings, where the fishermen have used the same methods for hundreds of years, is as good as it gets,' she says.

'There are health risks associated with big predator fish, such as swordfish, as the industrialised nations have been using the world's oceans as a toilet for many years - the higher up the food chain they are, the more likely they are to be contaminated with toxins such as mercury. It's best to eat lower down the food chain, such as herring.'"

Oh really ? Once again the Editor is a little economical with the quote. What London nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston actually said was...

MOS 1 In light of Pret A Manger's decision to take tuna out of its stores from July (following the founder being shocked by the film), nutritionally, what would be the best fish to replace tuna which is so high in omega-3 fatty acids?

YBW There is no truly, fully ecologically friendly, commercially viable, sustainable source of fish, as even farmed fish have other fish fed to it. I believe food manufacturers are going to have to be more innovative and look at seed oils such as Echium (Vipers Bugloss in the UK Paterson's Curse in Australia) that converts to the long chain omega 3 fatty acid EPA five times more efficiently than flax oil. MSC approved Herring from Hastings where the fishermen have use the same methods for 100's of years is probably as good as it gets but even they use modern monofilament 2" drift nets , so bycatch will still be an issue.

MOS 2 Nobu restaurant refuses to stop selling the endangered bluefin tuna. It has the highest EPA and DHA per portion than any other fish. Again what is the best alternative nutitionally.

YBW Nobu provide what their wealthy clients want. They'll stop selling it if their clients stop asking for it. There are newly discovered strains of algae that provide both DHA and EPA, admittedly not as tasty as Tuna, but pioneers are developing ways this can be added to bread or ice cream so that everyone can enjoy the health benefits of essential fats, not just the wealthy few.

MOS 3 More people are eating sustainable pollack and whiting instead of the unstainable cod and haddock. And likewise mahi mahi instead of endangered swordsfish. Will this have any effect on their health, or are they similar nutritionally?

YBW There are health risks associated with big predator fish such as swordfish as the industrialised nations have been using the world's oceans as a toilet for many years - the higher up the food chain the fish are the more likely they are to be contaminated with toxins such as mercury, xenoestrogens and other pollutants. If you are going to eat fish then it's best to eat lower down the food chain - fish such as herring.

4 Finally, the new film could put people off eating fish altogether. Why would this be bad for their health?

YBW We don't need more fish in our diets we need more essential fats - hempseed oil, fresh flaxseed oil, even a good cold pressed virgin rapeseed oil provides omega 3 fats. If we had healthier diets, ate less meat and more fruit and vegetables, research suggests we'd be better at converting these short chain oils to longer chain EPA and DHA needed by our brain and all cell membranes for optimal function.

Monday, June 08, 2009

More Swine Flu H1N1 Cases

BBC NEWS | UK | More UK swine flu cases confirmed

swine flu, h1n1, pig flu

Total now at 664 swine flu cases with a further 500 cases in laboratories being analysed.

London nutritionist YvonneBishop-Weston says "Do everything you can to optimise your immune system before this autumn."

"People think about exercising their heart and low cholesterol diets but think nothing about what your immune system needs to stay fit"

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Sleep to lose weight? Insomnia makes you fat?

New Research Confuses Experts - UKMedix Health News

Sounds far fetched we know , but this study suggests the more you lounge in bed and sleep the less likely you are to be obese.

Nutritionist London Yvonne Bishop-Weston says "It's a very small study on a very select group (nurses). We know that stress can contribute to thwart weight loss, it could simply be the nurses who were sleeping less were more adrenally stressed."

Dr Eliasson, of the Integrative Cardiac Health Project at Walter Reed Army Medical Centre, Washington DC, said: "When we analysed our data by splitting our subjects into 'short sleepers' and 'long sleepers', we found that short sleepers tended to have a higher BMI (28.3) compared to long sleepers, who had an average BMI of 24.5.

Health Challenge to find Croydon's Top Healthy Offices, Restaurants and Shops

Health Challenge to find Croydon's Top Healthy Offices, Restaurants and Shops

Is there any hope for the health of a town whose Hospital boasts Burger King provides the catering? A town that despite having one of the UK's original Vegetarian groups (est 1886)still doesn't have a vegetarian restaurant.

A town that has 3 McDonalds in the centre and deep fried chicken opportunities at every tram stop, Croydon with it's high rised buildings has been likened to Manhatten.

London Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston hopes there is hope and is determined to try to make a difference to Croydon's worker's health.

Food Standards Agency - Arsenic in rice research published

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Food Standards Agency - Arsenic in rice research published: Nutritionist warns "the bigger problem is water"

UK Rice Milk Manufacturers Response - FSA Rice and Arsenic Statement

Further to the publication of the Food Standards Information Sheet on arsenic levels in rice products, including rice grains, rice food stuffs and drinks, we confirm that all of our rice drinks have been tested by both the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and an independent laboratory and both testing results are below the legal limits for levels of arsenic in foodstuffs.

The current UK legal limit for arsenic in non-alcoholic beverages is 100 parts per billion 0.1mg/kg). The results of the FSA and independent tests confirmed that none of our products exceeded 20 ppb for inorganic arsenic which is considerably lower than in other foodstuffs.

The European Food Standards Agency (EFSA) is reviewing its advice on arsenic levels, which may result in revised legal limits being set for all food stuff later this year. In the interest of consumer clarity, we had requested that the FSA await the final ruling from EFSA before publishing their statement. We will continue to cooperate with the FSA to ensure the highest level of food safety for our products.

Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston says "Quite frankly this is yet more proof that variety is the spice of life. This could potentially be a problem if your child is only drinking rice milk. The levels measured by the FSA are one 5th of the recommended limits on drinks and that limit is one 10th of the amount allowed in food. The problem is that there are many other potential sources of arsenic in our diets and the problem will ultimately be the cumulative effect.If you are worried a simple hair mineral test can look for potentially toxic minerals building up in the body."

In the UK, there is a general limit of 1 mg/kg (milligram per kilogram) 1,000 parts per billion for arsenic in food 10 times more than is allowed in drinks.

Water contamination with arsenic was flagged as a problem 2 years ago The EU has set a maximum limit of 10 micrograms per litre (10 parts per billion) for arsenic in drinking water

The main sources of arsenic poisoning include:
• Contaminated drinking water
• Some ayurvedic medicines and Chinese herbal medicines
• Pesticides
• Herbicides
• Fungicides
• Wood preservatives
• Ceramic enamels
• Paints
• Tobacco (there may be as much as 6 mcg per pack)
• Burning of fossil fuels as arsenic is a contaminant
• From the diet, as organic arsenic from fish and seafood
• In the USA, illicit whiskey ('moonshine')

Arsenic Level in Tap Water --- *Approximate Total Cancer Risk
(in parts per billion, or ppb)- *(assuming 2 liters consumed/day)

0.5 ppb - * 1 in 10,000
1 ppb - * 1 in 5,000
3 ppb - * 1 in 1,667
4 ppb - * 1 in 1,250
5 ppb - * 1 in 1,000
10 ppb - * 1 in 500
20 ppb - * 1 in 250
25 ppb - * 1 in 200
50 ppb - * 1 in 100

Monday, June 01, 2009

Tomato pill 'beats heart disease'

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BBC NEWS | Health | Tomato pill beats heart disease

Why would you want to eat more fruit and vegetables a day when you can just take a pill?

Because there's not £££ millions of pounds to made from eating more fruit and vegetables?

Fresh fruit and vegetables have a multitude of immune boosting nutrients in them all working in synergy and with very few, if any detrimental side effects.

Science is restricted by the the obcession to isolate one chemical, to find the one silver bullet. Consequently they still really don't don't 'know' why people who eat more fruit and vegetables are far healthier than average.

To get a sensible answer to that question you'd probably be better off speaking to a good nutritionist