7 Things Everyone Should Know About Low-Carb Diets

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Last week, my staff nutritionist Laura Schoenfeld wrote a guest post for my blog called “Is a Low-Carb Diet Ruining Your Health”. Perhaps not surprisingly, it has caused quite a stir. For reasons I don’t fully understand, some people identify so strongly with how many carbohydrates they eat that they take offense when a suggestion is made that low-carb diets may not be appropriate for everyone, in all circumstances.  In these circles low-carb diets have… Read More

Is Depression a Disease—or a Symptom of Inflammation?

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The idea that depression and other mental health conditions are caused by an imbalance of chemicals (particularly serotonin and norepinephrine) in the brain is so deeply ingrained in our collective psyche that it seems almost sacrilegious to question it.  Of course Big Pharma has played a role in perpetuating this idea. Antidepressant drugs, which are based on the chemical imbalance theory, represent a $10 billion dollar market in the U.S. alone. According to the CDC,… Read More

Is All Sugar Created Equal?

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You’ve probably heard it countless times, especially in low-carb circles: sugar is sugar is sugar. This is true in principle – the glucose, fructose, and sucrose found in table sugar or high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are the same molecules as the glucose, fructose, and sucrose in honey, fruit, and starchy vegetables. But when it comes to the way your body uses these sugars, these foods are hardly comparable. In this article, I’ll show you… Read More

The Roundup

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 33, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! Blast from the Past Those of us who recommend alternative nutrition strategies are often fighting against the larger cultural viewpoint that certain foods are unhealthy at best, and dangerous at worst. Foods like egg yolks, bacon, butter, and red meat are constantly considered to be “artery clogging” foods that doctors and conventional nutritionists warn their patients… Read More

The Roundup

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 31, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! Blast from the Past While most of us focus on diet and exercise when attempting to get healthier, lose weight and prevent chronic disease, we may be missing an extremely important piece of the wellness puzzle that might completely derail our efforts: adequate, good quality sleep. In an article by BBC News, one professor at Oxford… Read More

The Roundup

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 27, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! Blast from the Past A new study has found that the number of salivary amylase gene copies appears to be strongly associated with obesity risk in humans. Those who had less than four copies of the AMY1 gene, which is fairly common, were at 8 times higher risk for obesity than those with more than nine… Read More