Important Update on Selenium Supplementation

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A while back I wrote an article on the role of selenium in autoimmune thyroid disease. I summarized several studies which found that selenium supplementation reduced inflammation and damage to thyroid tissue, lowered thyroid antibody levels in the blood, and improved the conversion of T4 to T3. However, I also sounded a note of caution when it comes to selenium supplementation: “These preliminary studies show the positive effects of selenium supplementation on inflammatory activity in… Read More

Do High-Protein Diets Cause Kidney Disease and Cancer?

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It seems like every other week there is a media uproar about the dangers of any number of foods. Lately, the target has been meat – specifically high-protein diets – and its supposed connection to a range of chronic diseases and early death. I’ve discussed high-protein diets a couple times on my podcast (here and here), but with the recent press surrounding a new study on high-protein diets and cancer risk, there’s been yet another… Read More

Harmful or Harmless: Carrageenan

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Carrageenan, a heavily discussed additive in the world of alternative health, is an indigestible polysaccharide that is extracted from red algae, and is most commonly used in food as a thickener or stabilizer. Carrageenan-containing seaweeds have been used for centuries in food preparations for their gelling properties, but the refined, isolated carrageenan found in modern processed foods has raised concerns in the health-conscious online community. (1) Carrageenan is especially common in non-dairy milks such as… Read More

The Roundup

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 16, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! Blast from the Past A new study was published this week reminding us that sleeping in on the weekends doesn’t fix all the deficits caused by workweek sleep loss. This is a serious issue because as we know, inadequate sleep is linked to a variety of negative health outcomes, including obesity, cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance, inflammation,… Read More

The Roundup

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 10, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! Blast from the Past You may have seen media headlines claiming that omega-3 fats found in fish and fish oil increase prostate cancer risk by 71%. As usual, there’s much more to the story than meets the eye. This concise analysis of the study in question explains why you probably don’t want to stop eating cold-water,… Read More

The Acid-Alkaline Myth: Part 2

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In Part 1 of this series, I talked about why the basic premise of the acid-alkaline theory is flawed, and I showed that the evidence doesn’t support the idea that a net acid-forming diet is harmful to bone health. Now I want to look at the effect of dietary acid load on other health conditions. Can the acidity or alkalinity of your diet affect your risk for muscle loss, cancer, and more?  Muscle Wasting There… Read More