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By now, pretty much everyone is dialed in to the message that sugar threatens health. No doubt, this is a powerful and motivating bit of information for people to adopt dietary strategies that limit sugar exposure. Unfortunately, because of this information, we are seeing a surge in the consumption of artificially sweetened foods and beverages.
In this video, I explore the fallacy and misconception of the health benefits related to non-caloric artificial sweeteners. I explored the research that actually demonstrates a dramatic increase in risk for weight gain as well as type 2 diabetes in those individuals who favor the consumption of these foods and beverages. Continue reading
I’ve been posting over the past several years about the relationship of Alzheimer’s disease to inflammation, and the process of inflammation in general. More recently we’ve seen information relating LPS, a chemical in the gut, also being related to inflammation. Interestingly, LPS is elevated Alzheimer’s disease as well. Continue reading
History provides valuable lessons. In fact, it is often said that if we aren’t sure where we have been, we will have a tough time figuring out where we are going.
I have written extensively about the current state of microbiome research, with regard to where we are in our understanding of the role of the hundred trillion microorganisms living within us play in our health, as well as our resistance to disease. Researchers around the globe are aggressively categorizing various arrays of gut organisms and studying how these organisms differ in their representation in various cultures, locations, as well as changes that are noted in correlation with disease states. Continue reading
As many of you will note, I have blogged quite a few times about the health virtues of kale. This is truly one on the healthiest food choices you can bring to your table.
Kale, a member of the cabbage family, is power packed with vitamins A, K, C, with meaningful amounts of B vitamins as well as trace minerals. It’s low in carbs and calories.
But there another attribute that I think is important to share in our discussion of kale. Like broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bok choy and cauliflower, kale is a cruciferous vegetable. That means that the flowers of these vegetables take the form of a cross. More importantly, it means that like other cruciferous vegetables, kale is rich in a chemical called sulforaphane, and this may be one of kale’s most important health attributes.
The data being generated by scientists involved in microbiome research is truly mind-boggling in its scope. The good news is that some of the world’s most talented data scientists are now involved in this research as well. One such individual is Professor Larry Smarr, at the University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Smarr is a physicist, specifically an astrophysicist, and he is clearly one of the world leaders in the science of computing and super-computer applications.
Dr. Smarr has more recently begun exploring the human microbiome, using his own medical situation as a test case, in terms of applying super computer technology to the analysis of data he is generating. He has now extended this endeavor, looking at data generated from hundreds of other individuals as well.
Because of the aggressive application of data analysis in looking at a vast array of biometric markers that Dr. Smarr has accumulated, he has been described as personifying the “patient of the future”, as is described in his TedMed lecture that I would encourage you to review.
I want all of you to know that I was overwhelmed by my recent visit with Dr. Smarr at UCSD and what his work predicts for the future of healthcare.
I’ve been receiving a lot of questions lately about the effects of chemotherapy on the gut microbiome. What I’ve discovered is that there is, in fact, very little literature that explores this information. In reading that, we must recognize that about 90% of all the published literature dealing with the microbiome has been published only in the last 5 years.
Chemotherapy as a term actually encompasses a broad array of interventions. Various chemotherapeutic agents are used to target particular diseases. Related to cancer in general, about 650,000 Americans get chemotherapy, in one form or another, each year.
One recent study, looking at the effects of chemotherapy on the microbiome, evaluated patients who were receiving chemo to prepare them for stem cell therapy. These were patients with a form of blood cancer called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Continue reading
In this week’s video, I had the pleasure of interviewing medical researcher and journalist Gary Taubes. Notably, Gary wrote both “Why We Get Fat” and “Good Calories/Bad Calories”, and is a pioneer of the idea that it isn’t fat that makes us fat, but simple sugars and carbohydrates. Join us for an in-depth discussion on nutrition, obesity, health, and more.