The persistent myth that cholesterol causes heart disease has scared many of us away from eating eggs on a regular basis. But there is absolutely no research that links egg consumption to heart disease.
A recent review of the scientific literature published in Current Opinion in Clinical Nutrition and Metabolic Care clearly indicates that egg consumption has no discernible impact on blood cholesterol levels in 70% of the population. In the other 30% of the population (termed “hyperresponders”), eggs do increase both circulating LDL and HDL cholesterol. Continue reading
When it comes to food labels, manufacturers are very good at finding the loopholes in labeling laws and requirements, and subsequently very good at pulling the wool over YOUR eyes. One such loophole is the manufacturer’s ability to claim “zero” grams of fat, or zero grams of trans fat, or zero calories on the label, when in fact the product does indeed contain plenty of fat, trans fat, and/or calories.
Here’s the law, and how food manufacturers get around it:
Avocado eaters weigh seven pounds less than non-avocado eaters
Researchers looked at data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) between 2001 and 2008 and found that those who indulged in a daily serving of avocado weighed less than non-avocado eaters (on average, seven pounds less!).
The avocado eaters also had smaller waistlines and lower BMIs…
So, will eating more avocados have you slipping into your skinny jeans in no time? Well, not necessarily… Turns out the avocado eaters also ate better diets (more fruit and veggies, more fiber, and fewer added sugars) than those who didn’t eat the green stuff.1 Continue reading
Low cholesterol, especially in older people, correlates with an increased risk of death. People suffering from diseases like AIDS, chronic fatigue, and cancer very often have very low cholesterol readings. It is now indisputable that for those people approaching old age—75 years and older—low cholesterol is a very, very bad finding. This seems unbelievable because doctors, even at these later ages, still continue to try to lower cholesterol with drugs.
If lowered cholesterol in older ages carries a higher risk of death, doesn’t it make sense that the earlier you start on drug-therapy to lower cholesterol the higher your risk of death would be? My experience definitely shows this, but the Honolulu Heart Program study truly makes it clear. Published in the August 2001 issue of The Lancet, Vol. 358. No. 9279, this quote from the program really sums it up:
Have you noticed lately some of the medical news that is actually making the mainstream news? Stories like, Properly Prescribed Drugs Are Causing 200,000—300,000 deaths annually? And that these prescription drugs plus all medical and surgical practices combined are the number one cause of death in America.
Today everyone feels that his or her diagnosis is critical. Yet diagnoses are simply medical names put on a set of symptoms. They have nothing to do with treating the cause of the problem, because all medical treatment by definition is symptom treatment based on the diagnosis. And half the time you will get at least a partially incorrect diagnosis. Medical experts admit that you stand a 50% chance of being misdiagnosed in a hospital. 1
Today scans and screenings are part of the modern medical era of early diagnosis. And they are making a lot of news lately as a real secret—is leaking out.
In 2007, a cell biologist by the name of Bruce Blumberg from the University of California, Irvine introduced a new word into our vocabulary.
It all started with a chemical called tributyltin. Used as a fungicide in paints to keep fungus from growing on various surfaces, Dr. Blumberg discovered tributyltin was making animals fat.
After uncovering more chemicals that appeared to stimulate fat-cell activity in both animals and humans, Dr. Blumberg introduced a new villain in our war against fat.
He called these fat-triggering chemicals “obesogens”… and the rest is history.