The Roundup - Edition 32

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 32, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks!

Blast from the Past

Last week, The Economist reviewed the much buzzed about book, The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet by Nina Teicholz.

In this book, Teicholz covers decades of nutrition research and government policy, and pokes holes in the major studies that have often been used to justify the American Heart Association’s policy on dietary fat intake. She points out that at this point, the science is no longer supporting this viewpoint; rather, it is “generations of bias and habit” that keeps Americans stuck in their animal fat-phobia.

Those of you who have been long-time blog readers are no strangers to my perspective on saturated fat, dietary cholesterol, and their dubious connection to heart disease. It excites me to see this information becoming more and more mainstream as time goes on, and I’m hoping it will reach a tipping point soon. There are far too many people out there strictly avoiding meat, eggs, and animal fats due to unfounded fears over heart disease and other chronic conditions that have been falsely attributed to animal product consumption.

I’ve written an eBook about the Diet-Heart Myth, and have covered this myth extensively in my book, Your Personal Paleo Code (published as The Paleo Cure in paperback). It may be one of the most important nutrition topics at the moment, and one that needs to be better understood by doctors and patients alike.

If you have a family member or friend who thinks you’re killing yourself slowly by eating meat, butter, and eggs, I strongly recommend buying The Big Fat Surprise for them and letting them learn for themselves the truth about the role (or lack thereof) of dietary fat in causing heart disease. (And if you’re short on cash, you can always direct them to my free eBook on the topic!)

Research Report

  • This awesome study shows that herbal therapy is as effective as (and safer than) antibiotics for SIBO. Matches my experience!
  • Conventional wisdom says “we don’t know what causes IBS”. This study demonstrates that 73% of IBS patients tested were shown to have gut dysbiosis.
  • Marijuana shows potential in treating autoimmune disease in a new study. The active ingredient THC has been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects.
  • The prevalence of global obesity continues to rise; 1 in 3 people around the world are now overweight or obese.

Worth a Look

  • I’ll be speaking at the Wise Traditions conference this year on the acid-alkaline myth. Get your tickets now!
  • Time to get playing! People’s attitudes toward physical activity can influence what they eat afterward, and whether they lose weight.
  • f you’re confused about the conflicting info on calories, carbs and fat, this article by Stephan Guyenet should help clarify things.
  • Do you hate your job? The New York Times explains how the way we’re working isn’t working.
  • People love to hate on vitamin A, but Suppversity explains how 25,000 IU per day may reduce progression of heart disease.

For the Foodies

  1. Chris: while it is exciting to see this study. Please know the Study was a retrospective chart review and the doses of Rifaximin were inferior (1200mg daily). Not exactly a great design. Rifaximin is typically used at 1650mg daily. A retrospective chart review is not the same as a controlled study.

  2. I have to take a 2 month course of low-dose antiobiotics to prevent recurring UTIs. ( I have had 4 since February and can’t stand the thought of another one) As much as I dread what the antibiotics are doing, does anyone have any suggestions on how to keep as much good gut flora as possible during this 2 months. I tried D Mannose but it did not prevent the UTIs. I drink milk keffir, kombucha and take 2 probiotic pills a day. Thoughts!

  3. CNN did a total hatchet job on the Teicholz book, making it sound like she was a lone voice in the wilderness citing 2 famous doctors who completely disagree with her, one of whom cured Bill Clinton with a vegan diet, and one or the other also stating very calmly and smugly that a diet high in animal protein automatically increases your risk of death. It was sad to read so many commenters saying that there’s so much confusion on the subject so you can just eat anything that’s for sale you want as long as it’s in moderation.

  4. I’d like to hear Dr. Kresser’s opinion on this recent news item:
    “In the first evidence of a natural intervention triggering stem cell-based regeneration of an organ or system, a study shows that cycles of prolonged fasting not only protect against immune system damage — a major side effect of chemotherapy — but also induce immune system regeneration, shifting stem cells from a dormant state to a state of self-renewal.”

    • They used FC Cidal and Dysbiocide from Biotics in one group of patients, and Candibactin and Candibactin CR from Metagenics in the other group.

      These have the typical anti-microbial herbs in them: Pau D’Arco, artemesinin, sida, yarrow, oregano oil, coptis, barberry, berberine, etc.

      I don’t think the particular formulas were crucial; you’d be likely to see this effect with any broad-spectrum anti-microbial formula from a reputable provider.

      • Chris, I do not know where to post this, but I am terribly worried about my daughter … She is suffering from extreme anxiety and stress, and has paranoia because of this .. She thinks that people at her work are conspiring against her, and that she is going to get arrested … It hurts my heart, because what she perceives to be true, isn’t .. I do not know how to help her .. Can you suggest anything please ?
        Thank you so much!

  5. It’s a shame that almost nobody will notice that their multivitamin (or even carrots) don’t contain the right type of vitamin A–the study mentioned above is about RETINOL and not CAROTENE.

    Yes, we may do a little converting, but we’re not so hot at absorbing–to obtain that many units of retinol from produce alone means you would have to eat a pickup truck bed full of carotene-containing foods each and every day just to come close!

    Readily-absorbed RETINOL can be easily found in meats and dairy products. Here is a list of the foods with the highest amounts of retinol:

    • Re: marijuana–I’ve been reading in passing (through mostly news articles) that marijuana has been used effectively in the fight against cancer and HIV. It might turn out to be that marijuana is a damn-near cure-all.

      I’m wondering if it would do anything against MERS and Ebola…if so, then it IS a cure-all.

      • The big problem with marijuana is the effect on the lungs. My friend now has COPD and did not smoke cigarettes. Better to crush it up and eat it in honey or some food.

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