Articles of the Week

Every week I post an interesting article about health or nutrition. Just in case you missed them, here are the links.

Emulsifier Chemicals Are Everywhere in Foods. Could They Raise Diabetes Risk?
This is preliminary data about a possible connection between emulsifiers in packaged foods. An Emulsifier is something that keeps two ingredients together. An example is mayonnaise. The protein in an egg yolk keeps the oil and any water [like from pickle relish in tartar sauce] together. My take from this is to minimize your intake of emulsifiers. As the data comes in from other researchers, we may find than it is dose dependent, meaning, a couple of times a month is fine, but not on a daily basis. There are some common emulsifiers that you can see on the ingredient labels listed in the article.

The impact of non-nutritive sweeteners on fertility, maternal and child health outcomes: a review of human and animal studies
Most of us know about sugars not being great during pregnancy, but with the maternal and birth mortality rates soaring, maybe we need a refresher course.

Weight loss, bariatric surgery, and novel antidiabetic drugs effects on diabetic retinopathy: a review
With Type 2 Diabetes and bariatric surgery, we are looking to lower A1c levels. But another thing that occurs with T2D is the eye condition Diabetic Retinopathy, or damaging the vessels in the eye. Bariatric surgery may exacerbate decrease risk for this.

Women Are More Prone to Autoimmune Disorders Than Men, and Scientists May Know Why
Do you know any women having Lupus, Rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and scleroderma or another autoimmune disease? This may be important research demonstrating a contributing factor as to why women are affected at a higher rate than men. Remember, it’s just another book in the library of better understanding how the body works. It is NOT the complete answer. Lifestyle still has determinants on disease progression.

The anabolic response to protein ingestion during recovery from exercise has no upper limit in magnitude and duration in vivo in humans
This article has promise and problems. I am writing a blog about it. Two main points – 1) If protein absorption is higher than thought, this could be good news for people who need to build tissue. 2) They use a product that increases risk of prostate and breast cancer.

Adding key foods to a diet will help restore gut health
This gives a little more depth as to which foods FEED the gut biome. FYI – tempeh and shelf stable pickles in the US are pasteurized or put through a heat processing, so the microbiome promoting bacteria are killed. Pickles found in the refrigerated section Do have the goodies your gut loves.

Public health history course holds lessons for today
Think the debate about COVID vaccines is new? Nope. This sheds light on health issues throughout history.

Why weight loss drugs stop working and how to break past the Ozempic plateau
You may get the weight loss you need, but you are going to need to keep taking these drugs to maintain it. If you need to talk about your goals, contact me. Sometimes we just need a sounding board.

Could coffee grounds be the key to preventing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s?
I’m posting this to make you read the article and better understand how research works. The researchers are very clear that this is in the works and has a long way to go to move from research to clinical use by people.

New Study Shows That Fish Oil Can Help Women 60+ Build Muscle
This study says NOTHING useful. The number of participants is 20. What does 20 people really show? Also, you can get Omega-3 oils from the original, non-contaminated source – microalgae. Fish DO NOT make O-3. They eat microalgae and store it in their flesh. And just in case you miss it, the website has a number of ads to purchase fish oil and physical activity training through them. We have NO idea how the fish oil increases anything. The researchers state that they did not test O-3 levels or body composition. So how do we know that the participants were not simply low in O-3 and taking a supplement increased their level to a point that helped their overall health. Absurd article purported to be science-based. This is an ad. Don’t be fooled.

Researchers Say Ammonium Is the Sixth Basic Taste: Here’s What to Know
This new discovery of another basic taste may have helped us stay alive as a species.

This isn’t NEW material, but it may be new to you. The European Commission, Directorate-General for Health and Consumers is clear that fluoridated water is not safe, especially for pregnant women, but fluoride toothpaste is due to not being ingested. Read it for yourself. This is support by a LOT of research, but best explained in their review.

Plant-Based Diets Rich In Vegetables, Nuts, And Tea Lower Risk Of Parkinson’s, Study Finds

This is an article for the average reader about how adding nuts and tea decreased Parkinson’s Disease risk by 18-25% in older adults.

Click here is the original article.

Abdominal Fat Linked to Lower Brain Volume in Midlife
What is new in this study is the look at specific types of body fat that appear to increase risk for volume decrease. The article also mentions an on-going Alzheimer’s study that may prove very useful for lifestyle protocols.

Constipation linked to higher risk of cognitive decline
If this is you, eat more fiber to make you #1 at #2 and Metamucil will not feed the gut biome to decrease the risk.

Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report 2023
During the summer many kids go hungry for a number of reasons including lack of transportation to a school where lunch is served or states, such as Idaho, turning down federal funds to provide it. Read up on the results of the study and how your state is doing.

Health and Economic Impacts of Implementing Produce Prescription Programs for Diabetes in the United States: A Microsimulation Study
Getting a produce prescription instead of a pharmaceutical prescription is having some big changes in the cost of health. Look at the numbers for yourself.

None of the world’s top industries would be profitable if they paid for the natural capital they use
We are living in bizarre weather patterns due to climate change. Our food systems are in danger. What is the true cost top industries send on to the public to pay by raising the cost of basic public health.

Almond yogurt is the dairy alternative with the most nutrients, study finds
Plant-based yogurts are more sustainable, but how healthy are they? My only caveat for the yogurt you choose is to check out the protein amount if that is one of the main reasons you are chowing down on the yogurt.

What to know about the latest erythritol study.
My clients have had varying opinions of the sweetener, Erythritol. [FYI-Your body naturally creates erythritol.] This is a review of a study from the Cleveland Clinic with human participants, not other mammals. It explains the problems with the researchers’ conclusions. Another example of needing to read more than just the headline of new research.

Are telomeres really the key to living longer, youthful lives?
There is good research showing that longer telomeres, which are at the end of chromosomes [think caps on shoelaces], lead to extended healthy longevity. However, this article shows that longer telomere lengths may not always create this scenario. But here is what I want you to look for in the article: The base of the “longer telomeres may not be as wonderful as we thought” comes from a study on people with a gene defect that maintains long telomeres. Well, are we basing our hopes on a gene defect?
We see that lifestyle maintain its status as the key to a longer, healthier life. On the other hand, please check it out yourself and tell me your thoughts.

Black, Hispanic Americans More Likely to Have PFAS Chemicals in Drinking Water
Military communities and communities of color have this type of ecological problem in common.

Fructose could drive Alzheimer’s Disease
AD is a harmful adaptation of an evolutionary survival pathway used in animals and our distant ancestors during times of scarcity

Role of the gut microbiota in nutrition and health
Want to know why the bacteria, fungi and yeasts in your intestine are so important? Check this out. I know it is a little wonky, but the gut graphic puts it in perspective.

BPA and BPS in thermal paper
If you don’t know Bisphenol-A can be hazardous to the reproductive systems in humans and animals. Well, you may buy the cans of food that are BPA-free, but you can get a heavy dose when you pay for the groceries. Check this out!

The Role of Bisphenol A in the Risk for Developing Type 2 Diabetes
The pollutant Bisphenol A, found in plastics, has been linked to many aspects of compromised health. This latest article shows how it is connected with diabetes. It also helps detail the difference between women’s and men’s health.

Not Sleeping Enough? You Could Be Seriously Messing Up Your Vision
One of my favorite topics – Sleep, is shown how it effects vision. Read to find out important tips on how to know if your sleep is affecting your ability to see. I understand it is not from a medical site, but think the info is still useful.

What are the different stages of diabetic retinopathy?

Diabetes have a number of comorbidities including stroke, blindness and amputations.
Yes, avoiding retinopathy completely is best. However, this is a good article describing the stages of this condition.

Are we “Brain Washed” during sleep?
During sleep the cerebral spinal fluid clears the Amyloid-Beta plaques that contribute to dementia. This is a hot research topic. Keep your eyes open for more info.

Healthful and Unhealthful Plant-Based Diets and the Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in U.S. Adults
Are you a plant-based eater? Well, great! Well, except for those on the beer and potato chip diet or those chowing down on a lot of fake meats and refined carbohydrates. Check out the healthy index in this study.

Infographic: Plant-based food alternatives – Future or Present?
What is going on in the plant-based marketplace? Major increases in product sales and consumer awareness.

Dietary acid load and bone turnover during long-duration spaceflight and bed rest.
Ever wonder what kind of testing they do to astronauts? Here’s a nutrition one testing what animal products do to potassium. Potassium has a lot of jobs including bone health. This article shows that, again, resistance exercise is vital for bone health as well as nutrition.

Omega-3 may provide a brain boost for people in midlife.
Study that shows how we need O-3’s for long-term brain health. It doesn’t tell you where to get it or how much you need. Check that out in my article, Why do I need Omega-3 Fatty Acids?

Beyond Meat Loses Its Sizzle
A great Wall Street Journal article and podcast on the financial downturn for Beyond Meat

Beyond Meat Loses Its Sizzle
A great Wall Street Journal article and podcast on the financial downturn for Beyond Meat

This is short review from Harvard of some of the latest in genetics and disease treatment.

Associations of Omega-3 Fatty Acid Supplement Use With Cardiovascular Disease Risks
Meta-analysis of 10 Trials Involving 77 917 Individuals

Omega-3 supplements from fish showed NO benefits for heart health.

Masks Cut Covid Spread in Schools, Study Finds
What happened with COVID infections when kids decided to wear and not wear masks in school

Effects of the COVID-19 lockdown on human sleep and rest-activity rhythms
A short article of study results on what happened with length of sleep versus the quality of sleep.

Outcomes among confirmed cases and a matched comparison group in the Long-COVID in Scotland study
The actual paper and results from the Scottish study about long COVID

We are in trouble’: Study raises alarm about impacts of long COVID
Long COVID is just beginning to be studied. Here is what they found in Scotland using the national health records.

Thiazolidinedione Monotherapy for T2DM Tied to Lower Dementia Risk
Different type 2 diabetes medications can lead to increased or decreased risk of dementia in the long term.

The War on Prediabetes Could be a Boon for Pharma – But is it good medicine?
This article explains where the term “prediabetes” was coined and used to sell medications for the newly diagnosed type 2 diabetics.

World’s Largest Mycoprotein Production Facility Marks Beginning of New Era for Protein
Want to know what Cargill and other livestock raising companies are looking to do next?