Recent DiseaseProof Highlights
If you haven’t noticed, we do a lot blogging—don’t blink! You might miss something. In case you did, here are some highlights from the past couple of months:
- Do you remember Canto and Owen? You don’t? What if I said healthy monkey, grumpy monkey? Still no? Okay I’ll remind you. They're the two monkeys helping scientists determine the benefits of a calorie restrictive diet. It appeared in The New York Times about a week ago:
The New York Times introduces us to Canto and Owen, two rhesus monkeys on totally different sides of the calorie restriction spectrum. Canto who eats 445 calories a day is healthier and much younger looking than his buddy Owen who consumes 885 calories daily—Owen doesn’t appear happy about it. Some scientists believe the plight of Canto and Owen sheds serious light on the benefits of calorie restriction for humans.
- Here’s another one from The New York Times. I was very alarmed to read that more and more children are going through puberty earlier and earlier. Puberty in preschool is pretty hard to believe, but according to Dr. Fuhrman a vegetable-based diet can help buck this trend:
Fat cells produce estrogen, so excess fat on the body during childhood results in more estrogen production. A large volume of high fiber from fruits and vegetables in the gut serves to lower circulating estrogen naturally. The high fiber and the resultant healthy bacteria that colonize the gut of a person consuming a high produce diet conjugates (binds together) estrogens so they are more readily excreted in the stool. As estrogen cycles into and out of the digestive tract, a person eating more animal products and less high-fiber vegetation reabsorbs more estrogen from the digestive tract, rather than losing more in the stool.
- Sometimes you’ve just got to stick with what you’re good at—someone should pass on this bit of knowledge to Chicago Bears wide-receiver Bernard Berrian. Last month he talked to school children about the benefits of eating bacon and maple syrup. No, I’m not joking:
What ensued was a melee of animal fat drizzled in hearty helpings of liquid sugar. Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t these the types of things school food reforms are trying to knock out? It gets worse, here’s my favorite—well not-so-favorite—quote from Bernard:
It’s the perfect combination, you should eat it everyday and you’ll be in the NFL too.
- This next post really got the low-carb loonies in a twist. According to The Washington Post many adults still embrace childish reasons why they won’t eat their veggies. In fact, one low-carber even had some pretty cockamamie thoughts on the importance of vegetables:
Who the hell cares about the veggies anyway? You don't need them and there is absolutely nothing essential about them. Don't let the acculturated veggie sympathizers tell you otherwise.
- After a hard fought day of soccer what would you reach for, water, orange slices, how about some chips and Ho Ho’s? In this New York Times Op-Ed piece author Harlan Coben rails against soccer moms and dads who serve up junk-food after the big game:
Are none of us reading about the obesity of our young people? Do you think it helps their well-being that after every sporting event our children gorge themselves Fall-of-Roman-Empire style on extra calories, extra sugar, extra hydrogenated fat? I recently sat down with Annette O’Neill, a registered dietitian and bona fide nutritionist, and asked her, “Do you think it’s a good idea for our kids to have Cheetos and Kool-Aid after a sporting event?” Her response: “Uh, no.”
- I admit I don’t blog about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) very often, but in this post fellow doctor blogger Dr. Flea discusses the over-diagnosis of ADHD:
In Disease-Proof Your Child Dr. Fuhrman says, “The diagnosis and treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder has skyrocketed in recent years, with a tremendous increase in the percentage of our elementary school children who are taking amphetamines and stimulants such as Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta, Cylert, and others.” So as a layman, I wonder—what's going on here? Is this some kind of epidemic?
- This might be the most alarming news item I’ve read over the past few months. Back in October the FDA rejected a petition to further limit the use of mercury in vaccines—pretty unnerving. Dr. Fuhrman is equally concerned because mercury is one bad mama-jama:
The injection of even this small amount of mercury repeatedly year after year from multiple vaccines can cause neurotoxicity (brain damage). The American Academy of Pediatrics and the US Public Health Service have issued a joint statement calling for the removal of mercury from vaccines. Chronic low dose mercury exposures may cause subtle neurological abnormalities that rear their head later in life.
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