- All coffee beans, decaf included, contain an enzyme that irritates the entire digestive tract.
- Drinking coffee first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, offers absolutely no buffer for the acid, irritant, and stimulant effects of the beverage.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
"Coffee contains several hundred different substances (in addition to well-known caffeine) and many of these have powerful pharmacological effects on the human body. Two cholesterol-raising substances – cafestol and kahweol – are found in coffee beans. Not only do they raise total cholesterol, but also “bad” LDL-cholesterol and triglycerides, too."Fortunately, using a paper filter will save your cholesterol levels from this effect.
"Both regular and decaffeinated coffees cause indigestion by reducing the function of the lower esophageal sphincter – a valve that prevents the stomach acid from refluxing up into and burning the esophagus.4-6 Regular coffee and decaffeinated coffee both stimulate acid production in the stomach by similar amounts."Read Coffee Pleasure and Pain. Author John A. McDougall, MD has been writing about the effects of nutrition on disease for over 30 years.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
The present method of producing erythritol by fed-batch and repeated fermentation of sugars by microorganisms which produce erythritol.As the writer at the Golden Spiral says, "I’m sorry… does that sound natural?"
By fed-batch fermentation is meant a fermentation in which microorganisms are fed by the successive addition of substrates, and in which the product and the co-products of the fermentation remain in the medium until the end of fermentation.
By sugars is meant in the present invention all the carbonaceous sources which may be directly assimilated by the microorganisms which produce erythritol. Such sugars are chosen for example from the group consisting of glucose, saccharose, fructose, maltose, xylulose and maltulose, on their own or in a mixture. By extension, sugars also means certain sugar alcohols (or polyols) such as mannitol or sorbitol which, being assimilated by said microorganisms, will also lead to the production of erythritol.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
"Hiring a gardener or commercial company to apply insecticides also resulted in a doubling of risk, but only if they were used long-term."
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Even more information is at the Radiation.org (Radiation and Public Health) website.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Yes, they can resist bleach and iodine! Read this: Killing Germs: Are You Winning the Battle with Biofilm? - HousekeepingChannel.com.
Scientific American Magazine reports that bacteria communicate to build "microcolonies within a sophisticated architecture" that protects the organisms in a kind of walled — if somewhat slimy — city.
According to Science News Magazine, scientists report that, "Pseudomonas [the bacterium that causes cystic fibrosis pneumonia] … [in a biofilm can] survive in bottled iodine solution for up to 15 months." Based on another study, Scientific American reported that harmful microbes suspended in a biofilm were still alive and well after 60 minutes exposure to bleach.
Stanford University researchers reported that the germ that causes cholera (Vibrio cholerae) forms a biofilm that enables it to survive in the presence of chlorine in concentrations 1000 to 2000% higher than that found in chlorinated drinking water. Washington DC’s water supply was compromised by biofilms in 1996 for this very reason.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
- The primary food sources of fructose are fruits, vegetables, and honey.
- Apple and pear juices [have] the high concentrations of free fructose, and these juices can cause diarrhea in children.
- Studies indicate that fructose is not completely absorbed in the small intestine... it is transported into the large intestine, where it is fermented by the colonic flora... The presence of gases and organic acids in the large intestine causes gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloating, diarrhea, flatulence, and gastrointestial pain. Exercise can exacerbate these symptoms by decreasing transit time in the small intestine, resulting in a greater amount of fructose being emptied into the large intestine.
- It is suspected that eating large amounts of fructose increases the likelihood of weight gain.
- Excessive fructose consumption is also believed to contribute to the development of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
- Even in healthy people, only about 25-50 g of fructose per sitting can be absorbed.
- Foods with a high glucose content actually help sufferers absorb fructose.
- Fructose malabsorption is common in patients with symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. A small proportion of patients with both fructose malabsorption and lactose intolerance also suffer from celiac disease.
- Patients with fructose malabsorption may need to avoid inulin, FOS, sorbitol, and xylitol.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Read the article.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Read the article here.
"Tobacco smoking ranked as the highest risk factor with 436,000 to 500,000 attributed preventable deaths, followed by high blood pressure (372,000 to 414,000), obesity (188,000 to 237,000), physical inactivity (164,000 to 222,000), high blood glucose (163,000 to 217,000), high LDL cholesterol (94,000 to 124,000) and high salt intake (97,000 to 107,000)."
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
The list of ingredients for the Colonel's grilled chicken not only includes beef fat, but also MSG, maltodextrin, bleached wheat flower, partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oil, soy sauce, autolyzed yeast, and more. Since I don't tolerate wheat, yeast, or soy, I certainly won't try this grilled chicken!
I don't like KFC's fried chicken either; it tastes like oil and stale pepper. Yuck!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
- Tongue and pharyngeal exercises may benefit patients with obstructive sleep apnea!
- Playing the didgeridoo may be helpful! Watch the video and be convinced.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
At about 4 a.m., the technician came in and sent him home because there was no way they could get sufficient data to diagnose sleep apnea, even though he might well have it. He just wasn't sleeping.
He's supposed to see if the doctor will order another test.
Friday, April 17, 2009
- Flax seed oil
- Coconut oil
- Green tea
- Rooibos tea
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Here's what I wonder: if Teflon and self-cleaning ovens produce fumes that kill birds, aren't they a teensy bit harmful to people too? And what about other pets?
Thursday, March 26, 2009
REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD)Follow this link for an indepth article from National Sleep Foundation:
People with rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder act out dramatic and/or violent dreams during REM sleep. REM sleep usually involves a state of sleep paralysis (atonia), but people with this condition move the body or limbs while dreaming. Usually, RBD occurs in men aged 60 and older, but the disorder also can occur in women and in younger people. In the diagnosis and treatment of RBD, potentially serious neurological disorders must be ruled out. Polysomnography (sleep tests) and drug treatments also can be involved in the diagnosis and treatment of this disorder.
REM Behavior Disorder and Sleep
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Yet as I read the report, it was obvious that it did not really compare low-fat, low-carb or high-protein diets, at least not what most of us believe those terms mean. Anyone who has tried the Atkins diet knows what low-carb really involves and it does not allow the "healthful grains" that all participants in the study ate daily.
So don't believe the AP headline, it is just hype! Read the actual report if you want, or just save time and read the NEJM Editorial. It points out that
- The dietary goals were only partly achieved.
- After 12 months, subjects started to regain weight.
- Although the participants were highly motivated and intelligent AND were coached by expert professionals, they did not achieve the weight losses needed to reverse the obesity epidemic.
- We do not need another diet trial; we need a change of paradigm; ie, ways to encourage exercise.
For those that believe that "different" diets were used, read this from the NEJM report: The four diets also allowed for a dose–response test of carbohydrate intake that ranged from 35 to 65% of energy. Other goals for all groups were that the diets should include 8% or less of saturated fat, at least 20 g of dietary fiber per day, and 150 mg or less of cholesterol per 1000 kcal. Carbohydrate-rich foods with a low glycemic index were recommended in each diet.
You can download a PDF of the actual plan. Actual meal plans are included. NONE OF THEM CLAIMS TO BE LOW-CARB, although two are High Protein. All four diets include bagel, egg, and milk for breakfast, but with different serving sizes. DUH! It's basically the same diet, just varying whether you can eat half a bagel or a full one, etc.
I don't blame the medical guys for the false headline, it is the fault of AP reporter Alice Chang or her editor. Unfortunately she continues the misinformation throughout the report .
Never trust the media on science or medical reports; always go to the source or look it up on Google Scholar or Unbound Medicine.
Monday, February 23, 2009
It caught my eye in the National catalog because I needed a front-closing model that was easy to put on, having injured my shoulder.
Monday, February 2, 2009
Then he started having "accidents" - needing to urinate more often and, if we didn't rush him outside immediately, piddling on the carpet. On the second day as I was cleaning up after him, I realized that the 5-HTP might be causing the problem. I stopped adding it to his food and he immediately stopped having accidents.
I could relate to his problem because some supplements make my urine burn. I've wasted a good bit of money on supplements that were supposed to be good for you but then gave me symptoms similar to a urinary tract infection. The last one that did that was HCA. Since then I have avoided most supplements that have "acid" in their name.
Moral: When taking supplements, watch for changes that indicate possible side-effects.
Articles: 5-HTP Toxicosis in Dogs
Effect of Tryptophan on Canine Aggression (PDF)
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Then yesterday I tried a Seattle's Best Decaf for the first time. (It was at least "fair trade.") I bought it at a store which did not have an organic brand.
Big mistake. First of all, the coffee was bitter. Although it was not labeled French Roast, it had that burnt taste. And a few hours later, I started having chest pain. At first I did not relate the pain to the coffee. I didn't even remember that I had just opened a new kind of coffee yesterday evening until I woke up this morning and thought about fixing coffee.
"Oh, no. All I have is that bitter stuff," I thought. Then I made a connection. The chest pain was like I have had before, usually after drinking flavored coffee or some restaurant coffee.
And last night I lay in bed in with my chest hurting. Then the pain moved into my left side, inflaming an area from my rib cage to my waist. In order to relax in hopes of going to sleep, I entertained myself with trying to imagine what color the sore area was, and then changing the color. Eventually I slept.
In the morning, I still felt some pain but it disappeared after I got up and moved around. I still don't know why some coffee gives me chest pain.
Articles that may have clues:
Today I read that Seattle's Best is one of the brands that still contains caffeine even though it is labeled decaf.
Read about Decaffeination methods at Go Ask Alice or Wikipedia.
A 1985 article says that General Foods used methylene chloride to remove caffeine from its Sanka, Brim, Maxwell House and Yuban brands; Procter & Gamble used ethyl acetate to decaffeinate its brands: Instant High Point, Decaffeinated Folgers Crystals and Decaffeinated Vacuum Folgers. This may have changed.
Another article: Decaffeinated not Decapitated.
FDA says furan and acrylamide are found in many foods including coffee.
Sunday, January 11, 2009
The doctor sent my a prescription for an antibiotic, but unfortunately it's one I'm allergic to so I've got to get a different prescription. (Obviously this gastroenterologist does not read the forms I filled out in his office. Either he's stupid or not very caring... I suspect the latter.) Meanwhile, I looked up natural treatments to consider as extra help since the prescription treatments are pretty inconsistent in their results. I've been through treatment for SIBO before, taking Flagyl, which only helped for a while.
Here's a list of some supplements that are said to help. I'll try them along with the new prescription. I started taking garlic capsules already.
- Grapefruit seed extract
- Oregon grape root