Sunday, January 31, 2010

Click to Help

Child Health Site graphicThe Child Health Site provides help for children in need and all you have to do is Click.

Another place where your click makes a donation is Click to Help Haiti. These sites work because they have advertisers who pay for donations in return for internet exposure.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

The Endobarrier May Reverse Diabetes and Obesity

An amazing medical device is being tested and shows great promise as a non-surgical alternative for weight-loss surgery: The Endobarrier Gastrointestinal Liner. Read about it and see what you think.

I'm a bit put-off by the fact that it's inserted through the mouth, but that's much safer than surgery. Also, the photo suggests a lengthy cellophane condom topped by barbed wire... they really need a better illustration!

Does low-fat food cause weight gain?

Nutritionist Jonny Bowden contends that low fat diets caused the obesity epidemic. I suspect he's right on some counts. He goes back to the start of the low-fat craze.
"The race was on to produce low-fat and no-fat foods, and to engineer the saturated fat out of everything. This, in turn, led to a slew of "food-like" products, manufactured and processed edible substances bearing little resemblance to whole foods, and to idiotic experiments like margarine. Add to this witches' brew the invention of high-fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils (to replace saturated fat) and you had the perfect dietary storm."
Sally Fallon wrote about the fallacies of low-fat cooking in her book Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats. She tells us how
  • Your body needs old-fashioned animal fats.
  • New-fangled polyunsaturated oils can be bad for you.
  • Modern whole grain products can cause health problems.
Disclosure: If you buy her book from the link above, I get a small credit from Amazon which I can eventually use for buying my own books.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Experts Say a Big Butt is Healthy!

Having a big bum, hips and thighs 'is healthy' reports on the BBC. Here are highlights from the report:
  1. Hip fat mops up harmful fatty acids and contains an anti-inflammatory agent
  2. Having too little fat around the hips can lead to serious metabolic problems, as occurs in Cushing's syndrome.
  3. "Fat around the hips and thighs is good for you but around the tummy is bad."
  4. Fat around the thighs and backside is harder to shift than fat around the waist.
Ha, tell me about it!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Can Stevia Help Fight Osteoporosis?

A self-healing website published a page on stevia as a fighter against brittle bones. Japanese researchers have found that the herb stevia increases calcium density in animals. It also decreases body fat. Whether this translates to a medical use in humans remains to be proven. But as a stevia user, I find it intriguing.

By the way, always read the labels on sugar substitutes. The inactive ingredients (fillers) can be a problem for some people.