Friday, July 31, 2009

Organic Foods - TheTruth on Health

organic food- truth about health and the Food Standards Agency ReportSoil Association response to the Food Standards Agency's Organic Review

I'm still at a loss at how the FSA reached their decision when you read their report carefully, despite the biased nature of the report, it still manages to identify major benefits of organic foods.

Obviously a major concern amongst consumers buying organic is to avoid xenoestrogens, toxins and other potential residue contaminants in conventional crops

The FoodStandard's Agency study on Organic Foods admits

1. This review does not address contaminant content (such as herbicide, pesticide and fungicide residues) of organically and conventionally produced foodstuffs.

It is well proven that (most probably due to modern conventional farming and harvesting methods) average nutrient levels in food have reduced in recent years. It's suspected that the McCance and Widdowson data that nutritionists use could be hopelessly out of date for use as a therapeutic tool. Despite this studies as early as 1958 have been used by the FSA in the meta study.

The FSA study on Organic Food admits

2. Based on 162 relevant articles published, in peer-reviewed journals since 1st January 1958

The FSA meta study did find differences in important nutrient values The FSA study on Organic Food admits

3. Significant differences in content between organically and conventionally produced crops were found in some minerals (nitrogen higher in conventional crops; magnesium and zinc higher in organic crops),phytochemicals (phenolic compounds and flavonoids higher in organic crops)

London Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston says "We have many clients in clinic displaying symptoms of magnesium deficiency and Zinc is very important for helping with infertility problems which are on the increase. It's been shown anti oxidants such as flavonoids have an important role to play in protecting the body. It's misleading for the FSA to suggest food with higher amounts of these nutrients is of 'no importance' for optimal health."

In adition to disqualifying a major new EU study on organic foods the FSA also admits

4. Studies were also disqualified from inclusion if they were primarily concerned with non-nutrient contaminant content (cadmium, lead and mercury)

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Female drivers are skipping meals, driving on an empty stomach

yvonne nutritionist, Niki Sheilas wheels talking healthy diets for safer drivers on UK radio
Female drivers are skipping meals and driving on an empty stomach | Sheilas' Wheels

Can a better diet help your concentration and mood? Nutritionist, London Yvonne Bishop-Weston says "yes"

Yvonne is on the Radio today talking about how better nutrition can help you be a safer more considerate driver.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Truth on Swine flu - Man Made

YouTube - WARNING! Truth behide Swine flu! ~ Do NOT take Vaccines! ~

More Videos accusing biochemical companies of genetically engineering SwineFlu from 1918 human Spanish Flu, Avian Flu and Swine Flu to concoct a new virus that only they have a vaccine for.

The vaccine is also alleged to be dangerous attacking our own immune system

How much pressure is there on these companies to make profits for the shareholders andhow far will they go? or have they gone?

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Lack of sleep could be more dangerous for women than men

Lack of sleep could be more dangerous for women than men

sleeping woman - women who have more sleep are healthier Research by the University of Warwick and University College London has found that levels of inflammatory markers vary significantly with sleep duration in women, but not men.

The study, published in the American journal SLEEP, found levels of Interleukin-6 (IL-6), a marker related to coronary heart disease, were significantly lower in women who reported sleeping eight hours as compared with 7hours.

A second marker, High-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), is predictive of future cardiovascular morbidity. Levels of hs-CRP were significantly higher in women who reported sleeping five hours or less.

Lead author of the study, Associate Professor of Biochemical Medicine at Warwick Medical School Michelle Miller said short-term sleep deprivation studies have shown that inflammatory markers are elevated in sleep-deprived individuals, suggesting that inflammatory mechanisms may play a role in the cardiovascular risk associated with sleep deprivation.

She said: “Our study may provide some insight into a potential mechanism for the observation in previous studies which indicates an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease in individuals who have less than five hours sleep per night.”

The study involved more than 4,600 white participants from the University College London-based Whitehall II cohort study; 73% were men. Participants between the ages of 35 and 55 years were recruited between 1985 and 1988 from 20 London-based civil service departments. Data for this study is from the phase 3 follow-up (1991-1993). Sleep duration was determined by subjective questionnaires, and general health was assessed during a screening examination.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Swine flu will kill 40 Britons a day

Swine flu could kill 40 Britons a day by end of summer, says chief medical officer | Mail Online

We can look forward to 100,000 new cases a day and 40 deaths a day from swine flu H1N1 by the end of August predicts the UK Chief Medical Officer.

"There are a number of things we can test to see how strong your immune system is and based on those tests things we can help improve such as your essential fatty acid levels that you need for healthy membranes and cell structure" says London Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston " and test your cortisol levels which would give us some idea of how your body would cope with this kind of stress"

"We can also test for swine flu now that the Govt has stopped testing if you want to be sure that's what you've got" adds Yvonne

Swine Flu Test

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Meat + dairy cuts needed says research

Meat and dairy cuts again urged to save the planet - Food Manufacture

More Evidence to support Meat Free Monday Solution

London Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston says "The evidence is mounting from every angle. Meat and dairy reduction is the only clear solution for improved health, environmental and socio-economic problems. How much more evidenceis needed before the Government and health professionals put their weight behind this logical solution"

This latest research is by London's Imperial College.

The research, ‘‘Strategies for reducing red meat and dairy consumption in the UK’’, has been compiled by London University’s Imperial College. It is supported by WWF UK (formerly World Wildlife Fund UK) and includes input from bodies such as consulting, technology and outsourcing group Accenture, Cranfield University and English Farming and Food Partnerships. The finished report is expected to be published in early autumn after it's gone throughg peer review.

The draft report highlighted 5.7Mt of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions unaccounted for by the food and drink industry’s existing reduction work that would have to be eradicated to meet the government’s 2050 targets for reducing GHGs. It argues the gap has to be bridged by changing consumer behaviour.

Imperial said the largest portion of emissions in the food and drink supply chain comes from the farming sector and acknowledges processors are already making substantial progress on emissions reduction.It suggested food and drink contingency plans should focus on the meat and dairy sectors, because they generate the biggest slice of GHG emissions in the food industry – 31%.

In addition to estimated savings from initiatives already underway, Imperial said slashing red meat and dairy consumption should reach the 5.7Mt shortfall, achieving a 6.2Mt GHG emissions cut by 2050.

Food Standards Agency nutrition guidelines have shown room for reducing consumption in these areas while safeguarding recommended protein intakes, said the report’s contributors. And further findings claimed shoppers were over-consuming red meat and dairy products.