The Roundup - Edition 4

The Roundup


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Here is The Roundup, Edition 4, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! This week, I’m focusing on articles that address diabetes, obesity, and related metabolic disorders.

Blast from the Past

In 2011, I wrote an article explaining the many factors affecting the development of diabetes and obesity, and how many of the proposed mechanisms could conceivably contribute to the development of the disease. As obesity and diabetes research advances, however, the interconnection between these proposed mechanisms is becoming more clear, yet no primary treatment protocol has been established. And as I’ve mentioned before, I doubt one single treatment will ever be devised; after all, we’re not robots!

Recently, two studies were published suggesting alternative treatments that could help obese and diabetic patients lose weight and improve metabolic function. One study found that intermittent fasting (IF) may be a possible treatment protocol to help with weight loss and recover metabolic function, as IF has been found to limit inflammation, boost pancreatic function, and decrease levels of sugars and lipids in circulation. Another study demonstrated that intestinal parasites may be a potential diabetes and obesity treatment, as certain parasites may be able to mitigate inflammation, improve glucose tolerance, and prevent excess weight gain. Perhaps in the future, the recommendation to “eat less and exercise more” will be a distant memory, and these novel treatments will be considered the norm!

Research Report

  • Fossil record shows early hominids hunted animals and ate their brains as early as 2 million years ago.
  • A psychiatrist says that ADHD might actually be a misdiagnosed sleep disorder
  • A study shows that increased efforts are needed to regulate the supplement industry.
  • A small clinical trial suggests that fecal transplantation may help reduce or eliminate symptoms of ulcerative colitis in most children and young adults.
  • Collaboration between veterinary and human medicine offers a cross-species perspective on a range of human health problems.
  • Research by the NIH finds that women with sufficient amounts of vitamin D have a 32% lower risk of developing uterine fibroids.

Worth a Look

  • My interview with Dr. Mercola on one of the most important tests for heart disease you can get.
  • Krista Scott-Dixon explains hormones, homeostasis, and why you (probably) need carbs.
  • Ancestralize Me: A young woman shares her experience with using ancestral nutrition to manage her autoimmune condition.
  • Rodale: Carageenan hides out in a lot of your favorite foods, causing inflammation, gut irritation, and potentially even cancer.

For the Foodies

  1. Of course Intermittent Fasting can help with weight loss and decreasing the amount of sugars and lipids in the bloodstream. When you aren’t eating, there won’t be those things to circulate in your blood. Just your liver depositing glycogen into your system every five hours.

  2. Your mention of parasitic nematodes made me think of this.

    For years I’ve been hearing about resistant starch and it’s effect on beneficial gut bacteria, the studies all use 20-50g/day of RS and see amazing results in blood glucose regulation, weight loss, lipid and cholesterol lowering, and protection from colon cancer. The trouble is, a normal diet only provides 3-5g/day and a diet targeting RS can only get 5-10g/day.

    This guy has finally cracked the code!

    It appears the answer is raw starches, mixed in cold food and drinks! 4TBS of dirt cheap potato starch mixed in a smoothy tastes great and provides 32g RS! Special corn starches provide 20-25g for 4TBS. Now it’s easy to get your RS and people are seeing almost instant results!