Archive for the ‘Diet’ Category

Study: The impact of iron and selenium deficiencies on iodine and thyroid metabolism: biochemistry and relevance to public health.

Friday, July 1st, 2011

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Thyroid. 2002 Oct;12(10):867-78.

The impact of iron and selenium deficiencies on iodine and thyroid metabolism: biochemistry and relevance to public health.

Zimmermann MB, Köhrle J.

Laboratory for Human Nutrition, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zürich, Switzerland. Michael.zimmermann@ilw.agrt.ethz.ch
Abstract

Several minerals and trace elements are essential for normal thyroid hormone metabolism, e.g., iodine, iron, selenium, and zinc. Coexisting deficiencies of these elements can impair thyroid function.

Iron deficiency impairs thyroid hormone synthesis by reducing activity of heme-dependent thyroid peroxidase. Iron-deficiency anemia blunts and iron supplementation improves the efficacy of iodine supplementation.

Combined selenium and iodine deficiency leads to myxedematous cretinism. The normal thyroid gland retains high selenium concentrations even under conditions of inadequate selenium supply and expresses many of the known selenocysteine-containing proteins. Among these selenoproteins are the glutathione peroxidase, deiodinase, and thioredoxine reductase families of enzymes.

Adequate selenium nutrition supports efficient thyroid hormone synthesis and metabolism and protects the thyroid gland from damage by excessive iodide exposure.

In regions of combined severe iodine and selenium deficiency, normalization of iodine supply is mandatory before initiation of selenium supplementation in order to prevent hypothyroidism.

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Study: Fat maintenance is a predictor of the murine lifespan response to dietary restriction

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

This article archives the study titled: Fat maintenance is a predictor of the murine lifespan response to dietary restriction:

1) Article

Article: Mouse study turns fat-loss/longevity link on its head – Science Daily, 5/3/11

“studied the effect of food restriction on fat and weight loss in 41 genetically different strains of mice. The scientists then correlated the amount of fat reduction to life span … The answer: Mice that maintained their fat actually lived longer. Those that lost fat died earlier … People are best advised to adopt a moderate approach, not losing all fat but definitely not keeping unhealthy amounts of fat, either … None of the mice in this study were what we would consider to be obese”

Archived article: Mouse-Study-Turns-Fat-Loss-longevity-Link-on-Its-Head.pdf

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2) Journal reference:

Chen-Yu Liao, Brad A. Rikke, Thomas E. Johnson, Jonathan A.L. Gelfond, Vivian Diaz, James F. Nelson. Fat Maintenance Is a Predictor of the Murine Lifespan Response to Dietary Restriction. Aging Cell, 2011; DOI: 10.1111/j.1474-9726.2011.00702.x

Journal Summary:

Fat maintenance is a predictor of the murine lifespan response to dietary restriction     1. Chen-Yu Liao1,2,    2. Brad A. Rikke3,    3. Thomas E. Johnson3,4,    4. Jonathan A. L. Gelfond2,5,    5. Vivian Diaz2,    6. James F. Nelson1,2  Article first published online: 25 APR 2011  DOI: 10.1111/j.1474-9726.2011.00702.x
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Fermented Cod Liver Oil, Vitamin Butter Oil and Coconut Ghee

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Green Pasture makes three products that are worth trying. These are popular with the people who like to eat traditional diets..

They are created in the traditional foods method, similar to what Dr Weston Price found the ingenious communities eating in his research.. If you want that X-Factor (vitamin K2) Weston Price talked about go for the Butter Oil, if you want vitamins D3 and A in a traditionally-prepared non-processed fish oil go for the Fermented Cod Liver Oil.. If you love coconut oil checkout the coconut Ghee..

Fermented Cod Liver Oil:
“Many of the great historical cultures had one sacred food which they relied on to ensure strong mind, body, and spirit; fermented fish/fish liver oil. The Might Roman Soldier was given a daily ration of fermented fish oil. The Stoic Scandinavian Viking had a drum of fermenting cod livers outside the door of his home. Grandma always had a bottle of cod liver oil in the back cupboard.”

High Vitamin Butter Oil:
“Combines X-Factor™ Gold High Vitamin Butter Oil with Blue Ice™ Fermented Cod Liver Oil to provide our community with a pure, clean and nutrient rich sacred food.”

Organic Coconut GHEE:
“A perfect blend of non-heated butter wax extract and organic, virgin coconut oil will make this the family favorite for all your cooking, baking and nutritional fat needs. Casein and lactose free”

What is Ghee any way?
Ghee is widely used in Indian cuisine. However, it is mentioned in the Epic of Gilgamesh, and is probably Akkadian in origin. In many parts of India and Pakistan, especially in Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Bengal, Orissa and many other states, rice is traditionally prepared or served with ghee (including biryani).

In the Bharuch district of Gujarat, Ghee is served with kichdi, usually an evening meal of yellow rice with curry, a sauce made from yoghurt, cumin seeds, kari leaves, ghee, cornflour, tumeric, garlic and salt. Ghee is also an ingredient as well as used in the preparation of kadhi and used in Indian and Pakistani sweets such as Mysore pak, and different varieties of halva and laddu. Punjabi cuisine prepared in restaurants uses large amounts of ghee. Naan and roti are sometimes brushed with ghee, either during preparation or while serving.

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Got The Sugar Blues? Duffy Has Good News!

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

I recently completed reading a book titled Sugar Blues by William Duffy, I picked it up at a closeout sale at a Borders bookstore for half price. I like this one, learned a few things from it and have since recommended it to a few friends. I also have largely gone on a sugar-free experiment. I also recommend you read this book, it’s a classic diet book, yet it sounds as if it was written a couple years ago, there might be a few outdated bits and pieces but again, this is a classic worth reading and has a wealth of insight to offer you. I had reduced my sugar intake for a few years, seeking to be “moderate”, this book is actually helping me far “very easily” resist sugar. I am almost sugar free these days. I appreciate the history in this book, you will learn about the history of sugar, and other things like fermenting, sauerkraut and beer. You will learn how sugar was invented, and you will be reminded that unlike salt (so essential people used it as currency in the past) sugar is a relatively new addition to our diet. This book touched me in a positive way, and I feel it will do the same with you. You just might never look at food and eating the same way again! all good positive things!

Well, what else does the book talk about? Duffy makes it clear how he dislikes how sugar is labeled (or not labeled) on products and how it is inaccurate to lump refined sugar with other healthy carbs under the same label name. See, not all carbs are the same, but a food label doesn’t tell you that, nor does it say how much added sugar is in a product. You might be surprised to learn what I learned about brown and raw sugar products, and what they put sugar in (ketchup, mayo, dressing, etc), you’ll read about sugar and the persians, indians, crusades, and even slavery! The book is easy to read as well, well documented and sourced.

Knowing what I know now, it is difficult to allow myself to eat sugar, and I have this book to thank. This books acts as an anti-sugar vaccine or an anti-sugar booster shot. If you crave sugar simply read this book and you will no longer crave it!

Sugar is not a nutrient, it is not empty calories either, it is actually an anti-nutrient, when you eat it you are eating something that takes away vitamins from your body to rid itself of sugar.. thus Duffy defines it as a poison, and I see why.

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Food Irradiation Research

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

There is no direct scientific link between food irradiation and hair loss (yet). I avoid all food that has been cold pasteurized (irradiated). We simply do not know enough about the safety. My logic? Unless proven safe, irradiation is not. Food irradiation is being shoved down our throats (similarly to Fluoridation and Pasteurization). For years, food irradiation has been promoted as a simple process that can be used to effectively and significantly reduce food-borne illnesses around the world.

A thorough review of the literature reveals a paucity of adequate research conducted to specifically address health concerns that may directly result from the consumption of irradiated food. Here’s some info so you can learn what the FDA, corporations and their scientists deem good for you (and their wallets).

 

-:: Note: This article serves to archive research and articles written on food irradiation for archival, preservation, dissemination and educational purposes ::-


PDF Document Archive:

Below you see attached PDF documents relating to food irradiation

Top 10 Problems with Irradiated Food (Top10.pdf) – Public Citizen

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Sugar is a Poison “The Bitter Truth” by Robert Lustig Lecture

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011


I highly recommend you watch this, it’s a must watch.

If this video is no longer on youtube email me, I have saved a copy of this for my personal archive.

It’s About Insulin Control

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Insulin has been dubbed the “hormone of death” by Life Extension Foundation.

Insulin/IGF signaling itself may mediate communication among various tissues to influence organismal longevity.

Not fat, neither calorie restriction per se, insulin is what matters when it comes to longevity.

Reduction of fat mass without caloric restriction can be associated with increased longevity in mice, possibly through effects on insulin signaling. In the Insulin Levels and Life Span Studies article below, you will see a study titled “Extended Longevity in Mice Lacking the Insulin Receptor in Adipose Tissue”, the genetically altered mice (with fat cells unresponsive to insulin) ate all they wanted (55 percent more food than the control mice) and remained thin, they had 70 percent less body fat than the control group.

The genetically altered mice lived 18 percent longer than the control mice.

I found two main camps, one in favor of fat restriction the other calorie restriction. What is at play in my opinion is insulin. When calorie restriction helps with life extension it is actually the insulin control that is increasing longevity.

Insulin release is stimulated in response to grain, starch and sugar consumption.

I’ve posted various articles here on the harmful effects of sugar you might want to check out.

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Trace elements content and hormonal profiles in women with androgenetic alopecia

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

J Trace Elem Med Biol. 2010 Dec 15.
Trace elements content and hormonal profiles in women with androgenetic alopecia.
Skalnaya MG, Tkachev VP.

Russian Society of Trace Elements in Medicine, Zemlyanoy Val str., 46, Moscow 105064, Russia; ANO “Centre for Biotic Medicine”, Zemlyanoy Val str., 46, Moscow 105064, Russia.

It is well-known that some trace element imbalances play a significant role in the pathomechanism of many forms of alopecia. Androgenetic alopecia, however, is a specific local sensitivity of hair follicle receptors to androgens.

In a clinical and laboratory study, 153 women with androgenetic alopecia (AGA) and 32 control women were examined. In AGA patients telogen hair and vellus hair (miniaturization, D<30μm) significantly differed in frontal and parietal hair comparison with occipital area (20±0.9% vs. 12±0.5% and 33±0.9% vs. 12±0.6% respectively).

In the AGA group levels of androstenedione and dihydrotestosterone were higher than in the control group. Hair elemental content, analyzed by ICP-MS, demonstrated a lowered Cu and Zn content in the frontal area in comparison to the occipital area. It is important to note, that the AGA patients with elevated levels of androstenedione and dihydrotestosterone presented an increased Cu content and decreased Mn, Se, Zn contents in the occipital area of scalp. The occipital level of Cu positively correlated with the concentration of free testosterone in the serum.

A negative correlation between the Zn content in the occipital area and the dehydroepiandrosterone level in the blood was found.

Unfortunately, a routine treatment course of AGA patients, including topical inhibitor of 5-alpha-reductase and minoxidil, had no effect on the Cu hair content in occipital and frontal areas.

However, there were positive changes in the morphological structure and other trace element contents. These data led us to hypothesize a key role of Cu metabolism disturbances in the AGA onset, development of AGA, and potential pharmaceutical targets for the treatment of AGA.

Folic Acid & Folate Absorption

Monday, May 9th, 2011

Folate is a water-soluble B vitamin that occurs naturally in food. Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate that is found in supplements and added to fortified foods [1].

Folate gets its name from the Latin word “folium” for leaf. A key observation of researcher Lucy Wills nearly 70 years ago led to the identification of folate as the nutrient needed to prevent the anemia of pregnancy. Dr. Wills demonstrated that the anemia could be corrected by a yeast extract. Folate was identified as the corrective substance in yeast extract in the late 1930s, and was extracted from spinach leaves in 1941.

Folate helps produce and maintain new cells [2]. This is especially important during periods of rapid cell division and growth such as infancy and pregnancy. Folate is needed to make DNA and RNA, the building blocks of cells. It also helps prevent changes to DNA that may lead to cancer [3]. Both adults and children need folate to make normal red blood cells and prevent anemia [4]. Folate is also essential for the metabolism of homocysteine, and helps maintain normal levels of this amino acid.

Those who have an enzyme defect may not be helped by folic acid. Folic acid may impede folate absorption on some individuals according to a study titled “The prevalence of folate-remedial MTHFR enzyme variants in humans”:

Read this publicly available document here: The-prevalence-of-folateremedial-MTHFR-enzyme-variants-in-humans
Or here http://www.scribd.com/doc/3222775/The-prevalence-of-folateremedial-MTHFR-enzyme-variants-in-humans

 






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Edgar Cayce’s Hair Loss Remedies – Pt. 1 – Crude Oil, Castor Oil etc.

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

I have not tried the crude oil method.. But I was intrigued by the Edgar Cayce’s methods and regimen suggestions, that I compiled some of the info I have below. Please note, lots of the advice is in-line with other good advice that I came across and share here, however I would not use the crude oil topical, crude oil contains benzene which is a known carcinogen.  I am not sure why crude oil would work at all… if you know more on this please contact me.

Please note, Cayce’s advice is not medical advice.. Do not apply crude oil on your scalp it contains benzene which is a known carcinogen.

Quote:

 

“To his credit, Cayce recommended a healthy diet plus herbal and vitamin supplements to encourage hair growth. He also encouraged scalp massage to promote circulation. But his first rule of hair growth was to massage pure crude oil into the scalp. Cayce said that this treatment would ‘improve both the circulation of the scalp and the tone, luster and thickness of the hair.’

Following the crude oil application two or three times a month, Cayce recommended rinsing the hair with 20% grain alcohol to make the oil easier to wash out. The final step included rubbing Vaseline into the scalp to complete the hair rejuvenation process.

Cayce was careful to recommend only pure, unrefined crude oil ? no gasoline, kerosene or motor oil – and created his own brand that he named ?Crudoleum®.? Cayce?s Crudoleum® came from Pennsylvania and was said to have the mildest odor and the easiest texture to rinse out of hair. The reason, he said, is that Pennsylvania crude is paraffin-based. Darker oil is asphalt-based and, according to Cayce, more difficult to use.

The crude oil concept has since spawned an entire line of Crudoleum® hair products, including a hair rinse, hair conditioner and hair cream.

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