Our mission is to inform you about foods and nutrients that rejuvenate you AND fake foods and substances that may have a detrimental effect on your longevity. This story concerns the latter.
The New York Times is reporting today that “a large study has linked several common anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills to an increased risk of death.” A simple Google search on “effective anti-anxiety nutrients” turns up 9,120,000 results. This is where we would start if we had an anxiety problem. But we aren’t millions of patients who go to their doctor for instant pharmaceutical relief, such as it is.
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For more than seven years, researchers followed 34,727 people who filled prescriptions for anti-anxiety medications like Valium and Xanax, or sleep aids like Ambien, Sonata and Lunesta, comparing them with 69,418 controls who did not.
After adjusting for a wide variety of factors, the researchers found that people who took the drugs had more than double the risk of death. The study appears online in BMJ.
Read the NY Times article here and the study itself here.
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Let it be known you can go back to butter (if you have not already). So says a new article in the NY Times. Beware of labels on fake food items proclaiming “low-fat” “non-fat” (and for that matter “low carb.”) These are likely fake foods, processed, chemical-laden junk full of manufactured ingredients that your body does not want. Your body DOES want good, healthy fats like BUTTER from grass fed cows. In fact, grass fed butter is a superfood for the heart! So thank God it is “back.”
“That the worm is turning became increasingly evident a couple of weeks ago, when a meta-analysis published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine found that there’s just no evidence to support the notion that saturated fat increases the risk of heart disease. (In fact, there’s some evidence that a lack of saturated fat may be damaging.) The researchers looked at 72 different studies and, as usual, said more work — including more clinical studies — is needed. For sure. But the days of skinless chicken breasts and tubs of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter may finally be drawing to a close. . . . Read more...
Another great health story from Business Insider which, to me, is a new resource. Based on the health-related stories I have seen there lately, I will be checking back often. Today’s post is about a story that is just oh-so politically IN-correct. Your mainstream doctor, your registered dietician, your government dictocrat — all will dismiss this article. That, to me, is reason enough to give it a good reading. And Weston Price himself would certainly approve.* Our summary follows but please go here to read the whole thing.
The “13 Lies,” in a nutshell, are:
1. Lie: Eggs are bad for your health; Reality: Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet and do not raise your risk of heart disease. Eggs for breakfast can help you lose weight.
2. Lie: A calorie is a calorie; Reality: All calories are not created equal. Different foods go through different metabolic pathways and have varying effects on hunger, hormones and health.
3. Lie: Saturated fat is unhealthy; Reality: New studies show that saturated fat does not increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. It raises the good cholesterol and changes the “bad” cholesterol to a benign subtype. Read more...
So says Katrina Plyler in a welcome new article.
She flashes back: “I will NEVER go Paleo.”
“Those are the words I repeated over and over to my CrossFit coach, members in my morning class and anybody else who found success with the highly controversial diet that is a throwback to the Paleolithic days.”
“If cavemen had access to corn, potatoes and dairy, they would have eaten it!” I believed every word of what I shared with people. She says she laughed at people who at such a diet. THEN, her celiac disease symptoms ramped up to life-threatening proportions. The laughter came to a halt. She went paleo, her symptoms disappeared, she’s not looking back.Read the whole thing here.
It’s well written and should be read by everyone seeing this post. She offer 5 points on how the paleo diet works for her, one of which is a focus on getting calcium through rotating calcium-rich greens. That’s fine but it brings up the only caveat I really need to mention: WE NEED MAGNESIUM AS MUCH AS WE NEED CALCIUM. And most of us are getting too much calcium and not enough magnesium.
In our next post, why magnesium IS so important and three highly bio-available you need to know about.
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The Wonderful World Within You: Your Inner Nutritional Environment
by Roger J. Williams, Ph.D. (1998)
Understanding your individual differences can be the key to a healthier, more vigorous life. This 21st century edition neatly summarizes Dr Roger J. Williams’ lifetime of wisdom about many topics: nutrition, wholesome foods, nutritional supplements, our individual differences, preventing alcoholism, and finding a healthy and satisfying life.
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Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, June 14, 2011
Commentary by Andrew W. Saul and Jagan N. Vaman, M.D.
(OMNS, June 14, 2011) Over a twenty-seven year period, vitamin supplements have been alleged to have caused the deaths of a total of eleven people in the United States. A new analysis of US poison control center annual report data indicates that there have, in fact, been no deaths whatsoever from vitamins . . . none at all, in the 27 years that such reports have been available.
The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) attributes annual deaths to vitamins as:
2001: zero 2000: zero
1992: zero 1991: two
Even if these figures are taken as correct, and even if they include intentional and accidental misuse, the number of alleged vitamin fatalities is strikingly low, averaging less than one death per year for over two and a half decades. In 19 of those 27 years, AAPCC reports that there was not one single death due to vitamins.  Read more...
Study shows heart disease is absent in coconut eating population.
Go ahead and eat your coconuts! Good news for those of you who love coconuts and bad news for the rest of you who insist that coconuts have “dangerous” saturated fat and therefore “cause” heart disease. Here’s the story:
“A study published in the medical journal Tropical and Geographical Medicine found that coronary heart disease, the world’s number one cause of death, is virtually unknown in a coconut eating population of Sri Lanka.”
“At the beginning of the 20th century there were still many Vedda communities in the South Eastern jungles of Sri Lanka, existing as they have for thousands of years, living in huts constructed of mud bricks and eating wild fruit, yams, and coconut, and hunting for game using bows and arrows. Over time, the Vedda communities gradually adapted the modern culture of the expanding Sinhalese population. By the 1980s there were only two traditional Vedda communities remaining, isolated from the general population deep in the jungle.”
“The coconut palm is very important to the Veddas…The coconut palm, however, produces coconuts year round, providing them with an unending supply of food. The majority of dietary fat in the traditional Vedda population comes from coconut and wild game, both high in saturated fat. Researchers at the University of Sri Lanka department of medicine were interested in how their high-fat diet affected their health, particularly their cardiovascular health.” Read more...