The Roundup

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 42, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! Blast from the Past Bill Lagakos (of the site Calories Proper) recently wrote an article on the “essential” fatty acids found in vegetable oil, and how they’re not really essential when DHA intake is adequate. Omega-3 fats like DHA and EPA cannot be synthesized by the body and thus we must consume them to prevent a… Read More

RHR: Does early introduction of gluten prevent Celiac disease in kids?

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We have a fantastic question this week. Very recently, I saw two new studies that are related to this topic come out. I read a couple of commentaries about them and then when I was reviewing questions that we could cover this week, I heard this question and thought, “Well, this is perfect timing.” It’s true that early studies indicated that it might be possible to reduce the risk of developing celiac disease by introducing… Read More

The Roundup

Roundup

Here is The Roundup, Edition 41, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! Blast from the Past There has been a great deal of back and forth about celiac disease and the benefits (or lack thereof) of a gluten-free diet. On one hand, several news outlets have jumped on the story that non-celiac gluten sensitivity is a myth, and that the true culprit for these digestive disorders is the… Read More

RHR: Is it Possible to Get Off Thyroid Medication?

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As is often the case, when we look at a question like this, it becomes a lot more complex and it may seem initially, on the surface.  Let’s tackle issues number two through four first, because they’re actually going to inform the answer to the first question, which is, is it possible to get off thyroid medication?  In terms of diagnosing Hashimoto’s, it’s actually not quite as straightforward as just doing an antibody test and… Read More

RHR: Methylation—What Is It and Why Should You Care?

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Methylation is a vital metabolic process that happens in every cell and every organ of our body.  Life would simply not exist without it.  It takes place more than a billion times per second in the body. That should give you some idea of how important methylation is.  Anything that’s happening a billion times per second is probably pretty crucial to our survival and well-being.  It happens when one molecule passes a methyl group, which is… Read More

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