Nutrition & Health – Archive

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What we can learn from the 20th century history of the Inuit (6/Oct/18) - Over the last 100 years the Inuit have transitioned from hunter-gatherer to a largely Western diet. We look at some of the historical and contemporary evidence to see what we can learn about nutrition.
A guide to choosing seafoods: nutrients vs contaminants (16/Aug/18) - Many people are concerned about mercury and other contaminants in seafood, but if you know which species are safest and which contain the most nutrients you can make better choices and maximise the health benefits.
Gluten-Free Diet effective in Tourettes (2/Jun/18) - In this landmark study researchers demonstrate that this major neurological disorder, affecting up to 1% of UK school children, may be largely a manifestation of Non Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity.
Eggs – Not just for Easter (24/Mar/18) - Brits are eating more eggs following a half century of unfounded fears. Here's the lowdown on these nutritional super-foods.
Folic acid in pregnancy increases allergies (10/Mar/18) - New study finds that unmetabolised artificial folic acid in pregnancy is linked to allergy in offspring whilst levels of natural folate are not.
How vegetarians bad-mouth themselves! (16/Feb/18) - A study into the prevalence of oral species of Candida yeasts discovered that vegetarian diets encourage the growth of some pretty ugly critters with health consequences far beyond thrush.
Dietary guidelines are a disaster: here’s ten principles to fix them (20/Jan/18) - Nutritional research is increasingly challenging Government Guidelines on what constitutes a healthy diet. We present 10 important evidence based principles that get to the heart of the problem.
Brussels sprouts – Not just for Christmas (9/Dec/17) - This lowly seasonal vegetable punches well above its weight nutritionally. Everything you ever wanted to know, but were too afraid to ask...
Fasano – short video on Zonulin, gut permeability and chronic disease (9/Dec/17) - A brief video from the world expert on gut barrier function is totally relevant to the way I work with my patients, across a wide range of chronic diseases.
Carbohydrates, not animal fats, linked to heart disease across 42 European countries (19/Nov/17) - Lower cardiovascular disease and mortality among countries that consumed more fats and animal protein. Another nail in the coffin for the diet-heart hypothesis?
Cholesterol and CVD – How reliable are the risk calculators? (22/Oct/17) - The SCORE (Systematic COronary Risk Evaluation) model for predicting CVD deaths can over-estimate risk by 500%.
Cholesterol and CVD – putting the risks into perspective (14/Oct/17) - “Heart disease risk”, “raised cholesterol”, “Statins” – these six words are guaranteed to strike fear into almost anyone who has been unfortunate enough to be
How can bitter foods be good for us when they taste so bad? – Resolving the paradox (28/Jul/17) - Keir Watson presents his carefully argued hypothesis based on evolutionary considerations of hunter-gatherer feast-famine cycles, that explains why bitter foods stimulate cellular functions essential for health.
The bitter truth is sweeter than we thought (23/Jul/17) - Cocktail bitters started out as Victorian patent medicines, yet their health credentials are being confirmed as researchers discover that bitter taste receptors affect cells throughout the body.
Even in the land of barbies and beer vegetarians DON’T live longer (25/Jun/17) - A second big study finds no all-cause mortality benefit of vegetarian diets, among the general population.
Gary Taubes on American Heart Association confirmation bias (21/Jun/17) - Gary Taubs provides some insight into the apparent intransigence of public health authorities when it comes to diet and heart disease.
Low fat (but not full fat) dairy associated with increased risk of Parkinson’s disease (10/Jun/17) - A new study gets me considering the role of diet and uric acid in Parkinson's disease. Yet again full fat dairy comes out on top.
Amazing results challenge guidelines in new study (22/May/17) - American Heart Association: "Replace saturated fat with PUFA and MUFA"; Recent study: "No. This advice needs revising"
Know your fats (infographic) (20/May/17) - A helpful little graphic reference for the different fatty acid groups: MUFAs, PUFAs and Sat Fats.
Gluten Update April 2017 (28/Apr/17) - Gluten disrupts microbiome; Relatives of coeliacs often gluten sensitive; NCGS persists after 8 years on gluten-free diet + more
Salt and cardio-vascular disease: Policy and Science clash (19/Mar/17) - Salt recommendations - way out of step with the science
Salt vs sodium measurements (12/Mar/17) - Confusing sodium and salt measurements - it happens to the best of us.
Cardiologist attacks diet dogma at 2017 Symposium (3/Mar/17) - MUST WATCH - Cardiologist Dr Salim Yusuf presents findings from the PURE study which challenge fat, carb, meat, salt and 5-a-day dogma
Gluten – what we learned in 2016 (part 2) – the Great Imitator (7/Feb/17) - In part 2 of our gluten update we look at 20+ conditions that were linked to gluten in 2016. Essential reading for understanding this multifaceted toxin.
Gluten – what we learned in 2016 (part 1) (22/Jan/17) - A summary of key developments in our understanding of grain related disorders.
Heart disease trials: Low-fat diet fails. Nuts and olive oil succeed. (10/Dec/16) - Two of the largest intervention trials ever undertaken demonstrate that nuts and olive oil beat low fat diets when it comes to heart disease prevention.
5 everyday ancestral foods with proven health benefits (25/Oct/16) - Our ancestors developed complex methods for turning inedible seeds, leaves and fruit into nutritional powerhouses. Five of them made it into modern life.
Male fertility ~ a fishy business (14/Sep/16) - The 20th century saw a huge decline in male fertility, and a huge increase in omega 6 oil consumption. Are the two connected? We fish out the latest research on seafood for semen.
The Microbiome on BBC Radio 4 (2/Jul/16) - Listen again to these two excellent radio broadcasts from BBC Food Programme on the micobiome. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Vegetable oils losing their halo (14/Apr/16) - Just published: A US research group has recovered raw data from a large scale study from the 1970's and finds no evidence for benefits from switching butter for vegetable oils.
“The sugar conspiracy” – recommended read (7/Apr/16) - A rollicking read about how for decades nutritional science ignored the dangers of sugar whilst needlessly demonising saturated fat.
Behind a healthy eating quiz – Australia’s nutritional mafia (6/Mar/16) - Why was a healthy lifestyle quiz in the Independent quietly linked to an Australian government funded researcher? We dig into the murky world of nutrition politics.
Processed food, obesity and flagella (15/Feb/16) - Food additives and obesity, flagellated bacteria and TLR5... Where will the amazing human microbiome take us next?
UK vegetarians DON’T live longer than meat eaters study finds (18/Jan/16) - The Oxford EPIC study finds that vegans and meat eaters have similar all cause mortality. No evidence that red meat causes bowel cancer.
Coffee – its light and dark side (20/Dec/15) - How much coffee is good for you? Regular coffee consumption is associated with a longer, healthier life, but there are a couple of important caveats.
Omega-6 and Omega-3 PUFAs: Five recent research papers (11/Nov/15) - Are you getting enough omega 3 PUFAs? or are you blowing out on omega 6's? We discuss five of the latest papers that show why it matters.
Why no one should eat grains. Part 3: Ten more reasons to avoid wheat (30/Oct/15) - Beyond coeliac disease and NCGS – we look at the many ways that wheat can affect everyone. Includes new groundbreaking research.
More Evidence William Davis Was Right: Wheat Does Increase Obesity According to New Study (12/Oct/15) - SCOOP: new trial demonstrates that gluten increases weight gain via suppression of thermogenesis
“Scientists claim Paleo diet is nonsense” is nonsense (19/Sep/15) - Did our brains evolve on a high-carb diet of spuds? or are the newspapers turning our heads to mash? We respond to misleading headlines.
Why no one should eat grains. Part 2 – The definitive guide to Non Coeliac Gluten Sensitivity (27/Aug/15) - A detailed examination of the current science on this recently recognised gluten pathology. Includes new videos from world class researchers.
Seafood, Sex and Evolution (3 videos) (24/Jul/15) - Watch our recent public talk on the role of seafood in brain health, evolution and female sexiness. (Three videos)
VIDEO: Harvard Scientist Supports U-Turn on Dietary Fats (26/Jun/15) - It looks like 40 years of advice to limit fat consumption to less than 30% of calories has been quietly retired! A Harvard scientist explains why it's a good move.
Why no one should eat grains. Part 1 – The tip of the Iceberg (23/Jun/15) - Understand coeliac disease and you will know why eating gluten is playing Russian roulette with your health.
The chemical warfare on your plate (7/Jun/15) - The fascinating story of how natural insecticides in plants can be good for us, but how wheat has evolved the ability to turn an insect's immune system against itself... oh, and us.
Adventures in mushroomland (7/May/15) - A wide range of exotic mushrooms is now available in UK supermarkets, but which are the best?
Sleep & Health – Sleep’s central role (26/Apr/15) - Why sleep quality is one of the most significant health factors within your control.
The Balanced Diet Argument – Just Another Straw Man (30/Mar/15) - Why paleo, primal and gluten-free diets are actually re-balancing British nutrition.
Pannage pig in the New Forest Pork – tradition and nutrition (8/Feb/15) - Following her appearance on BBC4's Any Questions, Afifah looks at the nutritional value of pork. She reports on little-known health benefits, even for bacon.
Why we pass on the semi-skimmed and low-fat dairy (26/Nov/14) - Recent study finds that full-fat dairy products are associated with reduced obesity.
Animal products that protect you from UV damage (2/Nov/14) - Evidence that compounds in a range of animal products can protect the skin from UV damage and cancer.
Gluten and Schizophrenia – does it all start in the womb? (12/Oct/14) - Research is now identifying how schizophrenia starts in the womb Maternal infections and dietary antigens such as gluten are implicated A key immune molecule C1q
Dr Malcolm Kendrick – Autumn Seminar – Tickets now available (7/Aug/14) - . For our 2014 Autumn Seminar we are very pleased to present Dr Malcolm Kendrick, author, speaker and blogger, who will expose the myths and misunderstanding around cholesterol
Vitamin A from animal sources – more good news (27/Jun/14) - Studies show vitamin A may prevent obesity, diabetes, and protect the heart - but Beta-carotene may counteract vitamin A health benefits.
Raw milk risks – putting them in perspective (15/Jun/14) - So straight up: there are risks of consuming raw milk. Lets not pretend otherwise. Raw milk may contain pathogens which can cause pretty unpleasant infections including Salmonella
Milk & Alcohol – was the good Doctor on to something? (27/May/14) - Milk and alcohol - which featured in Dr Feelgood's 1978 hit of the same name - have opposing effects on gut health.
Why were ancient teeth healthier than ours? (3/May/14) - Unpicking the complexities of how human oral health changed with the advent of agriculture.
Is Low-Carb really Normo-Carb? (25/Feb/14) - Looking at the effects of high and low-carb diets on glucose, insulin and free fatty acids suggests low carb diets are normal.
New Study Vindicates William Davis: Modern Wheat is more Toxic than Ancient Varieties (16/Feb/14) - Study shows modern wheat aggravates IBS more than ancient strains.
Sugar on Trial on Trial (2/Feb/14) - When it comes to nutrition it seems once again that TV's mantra is "Never let facts get in the way of a good story"
The Now Show – Sugar Lobby sketch (25/Jan/14) - Radio 4's The Now Show, poke fun at Big-Sugar's lobbying of Government food policy... Brilliant! Give it a listen!
Ketogenic Diet and Cancer (24/Jan/14) - I came across this neat little report on the ketogenic diet in cancer about a year ago, but it has just cropped up again so I thought
New study vindicates Weston A Price (20/Oct/13) - Scientists identify Price's 'Displacing Foods of Commerce' as ideal for inducing full-blown metabolic syndrome in rats.
Calorie Counting vs Meal Timing (31/Aug/13) - Why a high protein breakfast might work better than calorie counting.
Mistletoe in Cancer (20/Aug/13) - This legendary herb of the druids has been shown to have anti-cancer properties in multiple studies.
Fifth Food & Health Group Meeting – Sugar (17/Apr/13) - 30th March, 2:30pm – 40 attendees The reason for covering the subject of sugar on this occasion was partly due to the recent visit of Professor Robert Lustig to England,
Cholesterol – Sunny Side Up (21/Feb/13) - The good side of the bad stuff. Cholesterol ain't what we were all led to believe.
3:1 Keto Lunches (10/Feb/13) - If you are eating low-carb then these lunch suggestions are easy-peasy and can be modified any way that fits your diet preferences. However, if you need
Eating well needn’t cost a fortune (22/Jan/13) - How a quality animal based diet can feed the family without breaking the bank.
Third Food and Health Group Meeting – Grains (20/Jan/13) - Our third meeting was on the topic of cereal grains, such as wheat, rye, oats, rice, corn and barley. Unfortunately, due to a mix up with the
Kombucha Brew Success! (22/Dec/12) - Our first attempt at making this fermented beverage went well.
Salt of the Earth (21/Dec/12) - Key article & video: Scant Evidence That Salt Raises BP, Review Finds During our second Food and Health Group meeting, Caroline was demonstrating how to
Second Food and Health Group Meeting – Fermented Foods (17/Dec/12) - Our second local food group meeting took place on 2nd December 2012, with 35 people attending.  The wrist bands worn by these tribal elders are
Listen to lard (4/Nov/12) - Today's Food Programme on Radio 4 was all about lard! Includes interviews with Stephanie Seneff and Gary Taubes.
West Sussex local animal food producers list (2/Nov/12) - Below is a list of our local animal food producers. Local food is food you can trust, animals that you can see grazing, farmers you
First Food and Health Group Meeting (30/Oct/12) - The first of the Food and Health Group meetings was held on Sat 27th Oct and was a huge success. Thank you to all those