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Breast Cancer, Cholesterol, and Reductionism

According to a journalist for the prestigious journal Science (November 29, 2013), “Cholesterol....when metabolized by the body...turns into a potent estrogen-like molecule that spurs the growth of breast cancer in mice, and perhaps in people.
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    Dementia and Diabetes News: (Mis)Adventures in Nutrition in Medicine

Dementia and Diabetes News: (Mis)Adventures in Nutrition in Medicine

A recent review found a growing body of literature showing decreased risk of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s dementia with greater adherence to plant-based diets.

Abolishing Heart Disease

The truth be told, coronary artery disease, the most common form of heart disease which is responsible for heart attacks need never exist and if it does exist, it need never progress.

How can one make that statement when coronary disease is the leading killer of women and men in western civilization?

Battle casualties from the Korean and Vietnam conflicts yielded an 80% incidence of coronary heart disease at autopsy despite an average age of 20 years. Hardly a family in this country does not have an immediate or distant relative or friend who has experienced heart disease. A study of civilian casualties between the ages of 16 and 34 who die from accidents, homicides and suicides reveal coronary heart disease in every person. Dr. Lewis Kuller, a professor of public health from the University of Pittsburg from his 10 years cardiovascular health study made the following statement in April 2006: “All males who are 65 years of age and older who have been exposed to the traditional western diet have cardiovascular disease and should be treated as such.”

Does this mean we are all destined to become ill from coronary heart disease? Not so fast. Dr. William Castelli, who directed the world famous NIH Framingham study in the mid 1980′s stated of the 5.5 billion people on earth, 4 billion will never have heard of heart disease. He meant at that time it was limited to persons living in western civilization and those populations who could afford to eat milk and dairy products, eggs, meat, chicken, white flour and processed oils on a regular basis.

World War II provided a graphic example of how the ravages [...]

Conservative Management of Diabetes

Powerful Steps You Can Take

THERE IS GENUINE HOPE for those suffering from diabetes. In a great many cases, unnecessary suffering and premature death can be prevented. This is especially important information because diabetes mellitus is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

Diabetes is a disorder of carbohydrate metabolism. In simple terms, the body cannot deal with sugar in the normal way due to a lack of insulin. Insulin is a hormone, produced by the pancreas, which allow cells to absorb sugar. If there is not enough insulin, or if the body fails to respond to its insulin, sugar builds up in the blood. This is called hyperglycemia, and it can do great damage to many areas of the body, especially to blood vessels and nerves. It leads to blindness, kidney failure, sexual dysfunction, and increased risk of heart attack and stroke, nerve damage (neuropathy), and many other problems.

Type I is commonly called “juvenile onset diabetes” or “insulin dependent diabetes” because it often begins when an individual is a child or young adult and insulin injections are required to control blood sugar levels. In Type I diabetics, the pancreas cells that produce insulin are destroyed, and the body produces little or no insulin. These people must receive insulin injections in order to live. About eight percent of all diabetics are Type I.

Type II is called “adult onset diabetes” or “non-insulin dependent diabetes” because it most often [...]

How Does Animal Protein Affect Bone Mass?

The effect of animal protein on loss of bone calcium and its consequences for osteoporosis has been extensively shown for more than 2 decades. Animal protein intake as strongly associated with bone fracture rate for different countries [Abelow, B. et al. Calcif. Tissue Int., 50: 14-18, 1992] and unlike plant proteins, animal protein increases the acid load in the body [1. Wachsman, A. and Bernstein. Lancet, May 4, 1968: 958-959, 1968; Brosnan, J. T. and Brosnan, M. E. In: H. H. Draper (ed.), Advances in Nutritional Research, pp. 77-105. New York: Plenum Press, 1982; Frassetto, L. A., et al. Am. J. Clin. Nutri., 68: 576-583, 1998]

How Does Animal Protein Stress the Kidneys?

Answer to a Reader’s Question:

Animal protein-based foods show a strong relationship to the formation of kidney stones. Here is a quote from the leading research investigator in the world on this topic:

“Urolithiasis [kidney stone formation] is a worldwide problem which appears to be aggravated by the high dairy-produce, highly energy-rich and low-fibre diets consumed in most industrialized countries…Evidence points, in particular, to a high-meat protein intake as being the dominant factor [Robertson, W. G. Miner Electrolyte Metab., 13: 228-234, 1987]“.

There is a huge amount of other evidence supporting this finding. For example, Professor Robertson showed a stunning relationship between animal protein consumption and the formation of kidney stones [Robertson, W. G. et al. Chron. Dis., 32: 469-476, 1979].