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

Does Eating Red Meat Increase the Risk of Diabetes?

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No matter how often I write articles defending the place of red meat in a healthy diet, there are always people who get bent out of shape whenever a new study is published with a different twist on the same old “red meat is killing us” story. Although I can’t say addressing these (often ridiculous) studies is the most exciting undertaking, I wanted to write about this one because it’s a prime example of the… Read More

The Roundup

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 24, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! Blast from the Past Recently, a blog called SuppVersity explained that overtraining is a real phenomenon, and that it leads to significant changes in muscle hormones and proteins. The author explains how during the early phases, sympathetic overtraining may feel like being overstimulated, which leads to serious fatigue, episodes of hypoglycemia during (and after) exercise, and… Read More

The Roundup

Roundup

Here is The Roundup, Edition 22, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! Hot Topic Recently, US News and World Report released their annual Best Diet rankings, and the Paleo diet ranked dead last. This kind of mainstream media report doesn’t surprise me, and neither does the amount of concern that comes from my followers on Twitter and Facebook, who ask for my opinion on the rankings, and wonder… 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