Researchers at Japan’s giant telecom, NTT Docomo, recently created a smartphone ketone (acetone) reader that may help low carb and ketogenic dieters stay aware of how their food choices affect their nutritional ketosis. Currently, the best approach for doing this is quite expensive: serum ketone monitoring.
It’s always a joy to hear from Jimmy Moore. He does a tremendous service to the low carb community through his blogging
, his podcasts (here
), and other works. So it was with no small amount of excitement that I recently received a review copy of Cholesterol Clarity, the latest collaboration between Jimmy Moore
and Dr. Eric Westman
I’ve not had a chance to dig in to it yet, but what little I’ve seen thumbing through it has me excited to dig and review. I’ll post a review as soon as I have the chance!
Robert Lustig just announced that he’s launching a new initiative, responsiblefoods.org. This new non-profit is dedicated to raising awareness of the added sugar problem, and is looking for help. From his Facebook Post:
If you haven’t heard, we’re starting a non-profit dedicated toward raising awareness of the added sugar problem in our diets, as well as doing more research, and advocating for a reduction in these poisons in our foods. It’s called the Institute for Responsible Nutrition and it’s going to be world-changing.
Right now we’re on the look-out for social media experts who are passionate about this cause, and are willing to invest a few hours of their time to helping us improve our website, as well as to help drive more followers to the cause.
Interested? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info (Or head over to www.responsiblefoods.org to see what might be improved)
Also, if you aren’t knowledgable in social media and want to help in some other way, via donations of monetary or professional value, please get a hold of us anyhow!
Yours in health,
Right now there’s not much to the site except for a MailChimp signup form to subscribe to their list and a News section. But given the cause and the man behind it, expect great things to come.
We’ve discussed Metformin a number of times before, so the news from this latest research caught my eye:
long-term treatment with metformin (0.1% w/w in diet) starting at middle age extends healthspan and lifespan in male mice, while a higher dose (1% w/w) was toxic. Treatment with metformin mimics some of the benefits of calorie restriction, such as improved physical performance, increased insulin sensitivity, and reduced low-density lipoprotein and cholesterol levels without a decrease in caloric intake.
This isn’t the first time researchers have witnessed such beneficial effects, but the challenge is, of course, in understanding what significance this recent mouse study has for humans.
In this fascinating interview with Ed Bradley, Eric Clapton says his pattern of addiction started with sugar.
It [the pattern of addiction] started with sugar. When I was 5 or 6 years old I was cramming sugar down my throat as fast as I could get it down. Sweets, you know, sugar on bread and butter…I became addicted to sugar because it changed the way I felt.
No doubt you’ve heard the sensationalism: “Fish oil causes prostate cancer!”, “Taking fish oil increases your risk of developing prostate cancer by over 70%!”, and “Fish oil’s going to kill you!”
Sadly, this is what happens when the media gets ahold of bad research that makes outrageous claims.
A new article on sugar toxicity is published in Scientific American (and syndicated in Salon) the other day. It starts off strong with a recapitulation of the familiar:
Today, we add sugar in one form or another to the majority of processed foods we eat—everything from bread, cereals, crunchy snacks and desserts to soft drinks, juices, salad dressings and sauces—and we are not too stingy about using it to sweeten many raw and whole foods as well.
If you can’t read Cancer as a Metabolic Disease, this might be the next best thing. It’s an interview with Thomas Seyfried, in which he covers much of the material in his book (albeit at a more approachable level for the average Joe).
I know I just published my review of Cancer as a Metabolic Disease
, but I stumbled across some news that I thought was worth relating.
One of the most beautifully written and compelling parts of Seyfried’s exhaustive hypothesis is the idea that metastasis is too complex of a process to be accounted for by random genetic mutation. The idea that many different types of cancer cells would all somehow collect the right genetic mutations that would make them able to enter and exit tissues, evade detection by the immune system, and spread throughout the body seems ludicrous. From the very beginnings of Cancer as a Metabolic Disease, Seyfried begins to question this and show how the process of metastasis involves abilities already present in some macrophages and leukocytes:
I have many reasons for wanting to read this book:
- non-hodgkins lymphoma
- merkel cell carcinoma
- breast cancer
- liver cancer
- pancreatic cancer
- bladder cancer
- lung cancer
- colon cancer
- more (sadly)