Monthly Archives: July 2013

Sucralose (Splenda®) Raises Blood Sugar and Insulin

Many people try to cut back their sugar intake by replacing sugar with artificial sweeteners such as aspartame (NutraSweet®) and sucralose (Splenda®), sweet-flavored chemicals that do not introduce sugar into the blood stream (and thus, should not raise blood sugar levels). Doctors widely recommend these sweeteners as a way to help control calorie intake and reduce sugar intake. You may…

Lectin-Restricted Diet plus Antioxidant Supplements Reverses Artery Damage

Lectins are carbohydrate-binding proteins found in foods such as grains, beans, seeds, nuts, and potatoes. Also, grain-fed meats (which would be all meats except grass-fed) contain lectins due to their grain-based feed. Lectins, although found in what many people consider “healthy” foods, are known to have detrimental effects, including gastrointestinal and immune dysfunction, and the triggering of leptin resistance, implicated…

Omega-3 Lessens Damage of Junk Food on the Brain

A diet high in saturated fat and refined sugars is known to disrupt the development of nerves in the brain, which can negatively impact brain health. In a recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition, researchers reviewed 185 studies from around the world to determine whether omega-3 fatty acids had a protective effect against weight loss by reducing…

Fish Oil and Prostate Cancer – The Whole Story

It seems the misinformation about fish oil supplementation has reached a new (low) level. You may have read the recent media headlines purporting that fish oil supplements increase the risk of prostate cancer. Once again, they have it wrong, and this time, terribly so. Let’s take a look at the whole story. The study in reference1 was a case-controlled study…

Fermented Milk with Probiotics Affects Brain Function

What happens in your gut affects what happens in your brain (among other things). The gut-brain connection was once thought to travel in one direction—from the brain to the gut. The most obvious brain-to-gut manifestation of this connection is the stomach ache you experience during a stressful event. But we now know that the gut-brain connection is bidirectional. Your digestive…

Phthalate Exposure Linked to Increased Blood Pressure in Children and Teens

Phthalates (pronounced THAL-ates) are chemicals added to plastics used in a wide array of household items from flooring to furniture, plates to plastic wrap, and kids’ toys to tubing. It’s everywhere. While once thought a harmless chemical, studies are continually linking this chemical to negative health effects. A recent study published in The Journal of Pediatrics found that dietary exposure…

More Negative Effects of Statins Revealed

Statin drugs are the most widely prescribed drugs worldwide. Many experts believe statins are overprescribed, however, and studies continue to find that statins are not the miracle heart drugs they are painted to be. Two recent studies add to the evidence that statins are not for everyone. Here’s why. The first study, published in the Journal of the American College…

Low Vitamin D Leads to Weight Gain

Vitamin D is one of the most important nutrients that most people do not get enough of. Low vitamin D levels have been linked to a wide range of negative health conditions, and, on the flip side, adequate vitamin D levels have been linked to a wide range of health benefits. Not only is vitamin D good for healthy bones,…

The Vicious Cycle of High-Sugar Intake

Do you experience sugar cravings? Do you eat sweets or sugary beverages on a regular basis? Do you want to know why this might be? A recent study helps explain it. Researchers presented a study at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s 2013 annual meeting that found that sugary drink intake in people with insulin resistance—the precursor to…

Gut Bacteria Balance Affects Response to Vaccination

As we have seen over the last few years, our gut microbes (also called gut microbiota or microbiome) impact our health in multitudinous ways, from gut health to brain health, immune health to heart health, and everything in between. Recently, researchers conducted two studies that identified a link between gut microbiota composition and response to vaccination. The studies were a…