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A Low Fat Diet Food Will Make You Fat

Date: July 1, 2017 | Time: 8:47am | Posted By: Jay Cullinane

Yes, you read that correctly. Eating low fat food will make you fat. How can that be? That's not what medical doctors have been telling you for the past 40 years!
To make sense of this paradoxical statement, we need to take a step back in time.

For centuries, the scientific method has been used to increase our understanding of how things work. The standard used was creating experiments where only one factor was changed and the results of that change were measured. If the experiment could be repeated and the same results duplicated, then, it was proved that changing that factor would always have that same result and only that result. This worked very well for physic problems. It is how the acceleration of gravity was determined. This works for some simple health issues, such as the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria causes tuberculosis.

Medical science has advanced by using the scientific method. There is a major drawback to this approach. When one answer is found, such as Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria causing tuberculosis, humans tend to stop asking questions. Health is a complex system. Simple answers are rarely the complete answer. Medical science has never answered... How come everybody that is exposed to the Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria does not get full blown tuberculosis? A doctor may say that one person's immune system protected them from getting tuberculosis and another's did not. But, they never explain why someone's immune system failed to protect them. They found an infectious bacteria and know what antibiotic to prescribe and that is all they need to know. Their paradigm creates a tunnel vision.

You also have to keep in mind that the vast majority of medical doctors have not studied any nutrition. That is slowly changing, but, it is still only a small part of the education of those medical doctors. In the first half of the 20th century, many medical doctors belittled the importance of nutrition in health.

In the early investigations of heart disease, the plaques in the arteries of people who died of heart attacks were found to contain cholesterol. Cholesterol is found in fatty foods. Medical doctors without training in nutrition and with the tunnel vision of the scientific method assumed that the cholesterol in the plaques was coming from the cholesterol in the diet. What else could it be?

When the results of the decades long Framington Heart Study was released, it was found that a higher than average serum cholesterol level was associated with a higher than average risk of heart disease. It did not claim that cholesterol caused heart disease. It was only an association. The study coined the phrase risk factor to describe the association. The medical establishment with the scientific method tunnel vision assumed that this was proof that it was the dietary fat and cholesterol that was causing heart disease. They ignored that the Framington Heart Study also found that the more saturated fat one ate, the more cholesterol one ate, the more calories one ate, the lower the person's serum cholesterol.

The statin drugs used to lower cholesterol work by blocking an enzyme that leads to the production of cholesterol. That enzyme is stimulated by insulin. Insulin increases when your blood glucose (blood sugar) increases. Blood glucose increases when you eat sugar which is half glucose and half fructose or starch which is all glucose. It is sugar and starch that increases you cholesterol.

When a new medical treatment is proposed, studies are first done on an animal model of the disease. If those studies are successful, ethically designed human trials are done. If those studies are successful, the treatment can be approved for the general population.

In the 1970s, the medical establishment started advocating the adoption of a low fat diet to reduce the risk of heart disease. In 1980, the first US Dietary Guidelines for Americans was published. It advocated a low fat diet. Because of the medical establishment's tunnel vision and belittling of nutrition, no animal or human studies were done on this proposed diet change. It's only food. What could happen? A giant experiment began on the entire population.

When food manufactures removed fat from their products, they also removed most of the taste. To compensate for that (and to be able to sell low fat food) sugar and taste enhancers were added.

What was the result of this grand experiment?

The obesity epidemic began. Type 2 diabetes skyrocketed. Type 2 diabetes, of course, raises the risk of heart disease. Isn't that what the medical establishment was trying to decrease?

In May 2017, a study was published that compared rats fed a balanced diet to rats fed a high fat, high sugar diet and rats fed a low fat high sugar diet that was meant to imitate popular diet foods. Where was this study 40 years ago?

Compared to the balanced diet rats, both the high fat high sugar rats and the low fat high sugar rats had significant increases in body fat and liver fat. The rats fed a low fat high sugar diet were twice as efficient at storing fat as the balanced diet rats. The low fat high sugar rats also had more liver damage and brain inflammation.

Doing simple experiments like this 40 years ago would have halted the low fat diet advice of the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans, prevented the obesity epidemic, stopped the rise of type 2 diabetes and save untold pain and suffering.

Low fat foods will not help you lose weight. They will make you fat. It's time to stop being a guinea pig of the low fat diet!

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A Safe Long Term Treatment Option for Arthritis in the Knees

Date: June 1, 2017 | Time: 6:42am | Posted By: Jay Cullinane

There is good news and bad news for people wth painful knees due to arthritis. When compared to the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug celecoxib (Celebrex), a pharmaceutical grade chondroitin sulfate reduced pain and improved function just as well. The celecoxib worked faster, but, the end results were the same. Well, except for the side effects caused by celecoxib. But here's the bad news. The study used a pharmaceutical grade chondroitin sulfate. Most supplement companies in the United States do not make pharmaceutical grade chondroitin sulfate. You never know what you are going to get. A few supplement companies do make pharmaceutical grade chondroitin sulfate and they typical sell their products only through healthcare providers. One of my suppliers has a pharmaceutical license and their chondroitin sulfate is pharmaceutical grade.
In the European study that this conclusion can from, 199 patients were given one 800 mg tablet of chondroitin sulfate and one 200 g tablet of fake celecoxib, 200 patients were given one fake chondroitin sulfate tablet and one capsule of celecoxib; and 205 patients were given two fake tablets. They were followed for 182 days.

Pain and joint function improved as soon as 30 days into the trial with the group taking celecoxib having the quickest average response. At the end of six months, there were no differences in the improvements between the celecoxib and chondroitin sulfate.

So if you have painful arthritic knees, you have two choice. First, you find a healthcare practitioner that can prescribe a pharmaceutical grade chondroitin sulfate.

Second, you can go to a medical doctor and get celecoxib and probably get quicker relief. But you will also increase your risk of gastrointestinal ulceration, bleeding, and perforation. You will also increase your risk of major cardiovascular problems by about 37%. Both of these side effects of celecoxib can be fatal.

The authors of the study concluded that pharmaceutical grade chondroitin sulfate should be considered first.

Of course an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.

An article published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, that looked at two long term observational studies found that dietary fiber consumption made a difference in the risk of having painful arthritic knees. The subjects in the study were split into four groups based on how much dietary fiber they consumed. The people who had the most dietary fiber consumption had a significantly lower incidence of painful arthritic knees compared to the people who ate the least amount of dietary fiber.

Your best sources of fiber are fruits and vegetables.

Increasing the fruits and vegetables in your diet also decreases your risk of hypertension and systemic inflammation. It also improves your blood glucose levels.

So, help your knees and the rest of your body by eating more fruits and vegetables. If you knees are already painful, find a healthcare practitioner that can prescribe a pharmaceutical grade chondroitin sulfate.

Please feel free to share the health with your friends and family.

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The statements in this article have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information provided is not a substitute for medical counseling. The information provided is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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