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Can Probiotics Help Prevent Heart Attacks?

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
  Research in the prestigious FASEB Journal suggests that the types and levels of microbes in the intestinal tract may predict a person's chances of having a heart attack. It further suggests that modifying this microbial flora may help reduce the likelihood of having a heart attack. This is a revolutionary milestone in the prevention and treatment...

Can Your Shower Curtain Make You Fat?

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
A NY study published in Environmental Research found that among overweight kids that the higher the phthalate concentrations in their body, the higher their weight up to about 10%. Phthalates are plasticizers that make plastics like PVC flexible. They likely also disrupt the endocrine system and may well cause reduced sperm counts, testicular atrophy and an increased...

Designs For Health: Metabolic Synergy™ ® Nutritional Support for Optimal Glucose, Insulin & Leptin Levels

submitted by: admin on 03/25/2019
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Diet Pills For Dogs: Have We Gone too Far?

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Big Pharma has gone too far! The solution is to not feed our pets so much. Do we really need a pill for this, and if we do, who would it be for...the dog or the feeder of the dog! It is important to search for the underlying cause The underlying cause of being overweight needs to be addressed; this is discussed. The physiology of leptin, insulin, and grehlin...

Diets: Which One is Right For You?

submitted by: admin on 10/29/2017
There are so many diets out there that it is very confusing to know which diet is right for each of us. We are all different and we have different metabolic needs. In general we eat too many carbohydrates, especially high fructose corn syrup and it leads to obesity and diabetes. Your needs depend on who you are and what your health issues are. You may need to...

Does Smoking Cause Weight Gain

submitted by: admin on 11/24/2014
Many people fear quitting smoking because they fear gaining weight. We've all seen this happen. But, does smoking cause weight gain?  To the surprise of many, smoking does cause weight gain. Quitting smoking also causes weight gain!  A study from BYU published in the November 2014 issue of the American Journal of Physiology documents...

Food Addictions in Kids, Are They Related to Hormonal Imbalances?

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
Foods can be addictive and a key reason for pediatric obesity is related to high calorie, low fiber diets that promote changes in hormones. Sugar addiction underlies many of the hormonal changes that lead to the metabolic syndrome.            

How the Sun Can Help You Lose Weight

submitted by: admin on 05/28/2014
Can the morning rays keep the pounds off? You bet! According to an article out of Northwestern University Medical Center published in the April issue of PLoS ONE, morning sunlight for 20-30 minutes between 8 am and noon can lower our body mass index by 20% over time! This means, according to this scientific study, that a 150 pound person would lose about...

How to Lose Weight on a High Fat Diet

submitted by: admin on 02/19/2015
  Research from the University of Jerusalem published in FASEB shows that a scheduled high fat diet leads to weight loss because of increased fat burning. Snacking upsets this process. A previous study published in Cell Metabolism in early 2012 showed that feeding rats the same number of calories over 24 hours rather than over 8 hours also led to weight...

Importance of Sleep

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
Lack of sleep leads to chronic inflammation that puts us at risk for many chronic diseases that are discussed. It also has profound effects on our stress hormones as well as insulin and leptin. We need 7-8 hours of sleep.          

Insomnia as a Cause Of Diabetes

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
Lack of sleep leads to a rise in cortisol and insulin resistance, which leads to the development of type 2 diabetes. We know that just missing one night's sleep can increase insulin resistance and if we miss a week of sleep most of us develop type 2 diabetes. Lack of sleep also leads to leptin resistance and nocturnal feeding.

Intestinal Microbes and Obesity

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
The importance and function of our gut microbial ecosystem in our body's biochemistry and physiology is discussed. The mechanism of how bacteria can drive obesity are discussed in terms of leptin and insulin sensitivity.

Is Sugar a Poison?

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
  The rise of obesity is not just from eating too much and lack of exercise. Our consumption of sugar has increased over the past century from 15 to 75 grams a day. This translates to about 150 lbs of sugar a year! Fructose is one of the components of table sugar, or sucrose, and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and is the culprit that leads to insulin...

Lack of Sleep and Risk for Aggressive Breast Cancer

submitted by: admin on 06/30/2016
  Getting less than 6 hours a night of sleep is a risk factor in postmenopausal women with stage 1 or 2, estrogen positive, node negative breast cancer using the Oncotype DX tumor test. It measures the risk of tumor recurrence based on the expression of 21 oncogenes. Lack of sleep causes inflammation in the body that increases the risk for obesity,...

MDs admit being unqualified to deal with obesity

submitted by: admin on 10/10/2013
  An article In the December 2012 issue of the British Medical Journal reports that 56% of MDs felt they could not help obese people lose weight. They felt that measuring the body mass index (BMI) and putting people on low calorie diets would be a major step forward. For the time being they felt that dieticians and nutritionists would be better at helping...

Never Be Fat Again

submitted by: admin on 10/29/2013
Raymond Francis wrote the book, Never Be Fat Again, and explains why being overweight is a symptom, not a cause for this disease. Much of the cause of obesity is related to inflammation in the body caused by an unhealthy lifestyle that includes a poor diet, lack of exercise and sleep, too much stress, and exposure to environmental chemicals. There is a lot...

Never Be Fat Again with Raymond Francis

submitted by: admin on 10/12/2013
There is a pandemic of obesity and diets will not solve the problem because they are not scientifically sound. Our cells know what they need in our diet and if they don't get it they send messages to our appetite center saying eat. However, what we eat is not what we need; it is fast food that is relatively devoid of the nutrients we need. Environmental toxins...

Night Shift Working is Not Healthy

submitted by: admin on 03/25/2019
Night shift work leads to disturbed sleeping patterns that can increase risk for osteoporosis, hypertension, diabetes, heart attacks, etc. Dfferences between acute and chronic stress are explained. Vitamin D production is compromised.

Optimal Nutrition in Preparation for Surgery

submitted by: admin on 03/25/2019
  An article published in the journal, Surgery, in March of 2013 showed that what you eat before surgery may affect your recovery. They demonstrated that in mice consuming a high fat diet that there was more inflammation in the body. These authors also pointed out that when fat tissue is traumatized at surgery that there is a flaring of inflammation...

Pollution and Obesity

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
Environmental pollutants can cause obesity! Toxic chemicals cause inflammation and inflammation causes insulin resistance and leptin resistance. This combination increases our appetite and our tendency to store fat, and that leads to gaining weight.