Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Altzhiemers Poor Diet Links

Will Russell Brand escape Altzhiemer's after adopting a vegan diet?
George Monbiot – The Mind Thieves

We cannot yet state unequivocally that poor diet is a leading cause of Alzheimer’s disease, though we can say that the evidence is strong and growing. But if ever there was a case for the  precautionary principle, here it is. It’s not as if we lose anything by eating less rubbish. Averting a possible epidemic of this devastating disease means taking on the bullies: those who mock people for their pathologies and those who spread the pathologies by peddling a lethal diet. 
George kindly trawls through the studies and research to see if the argument that Altzhiemer's disease is Diabetes type 3 and the links between Altzhiemers and diet or rather poor diet hold up. Great article, great links.

It's not a new idea of course, lack of zinc, b vitamins (especially vitamin B12) essential fats, vitamin D, C and E and a host of other micronutrients have been linked to an increased risk of Altzhiemers for sometime.

Now we have research to suggest why, that insulin in the brain is needed for a variety of protective functions and thus more evidence it's not necessarily another pill we need but better diets.

More vegetables and less meat and cheese

More essential fats ad less saturated animal fat

More complex , b vitamin rich carbohydrates and less sugar

More water and less cola and alcohol

It seems Altzhiemer's disease could be yet another self inflicted preventable disease to add to the list of Heart Disease, Diabetes, Stroke, and some cancers that are primarily caused by inappropriate high calorie low nutrient diets

Will the likes of Russell Brand, Mike Tyson and Bill Clinton escape the tentacles of Altzhiemer's after adopting a vegan diet? Could this be the subject of the next China Study *?

* China Study, The: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health

Friday, May 18, 2012

Half Price Omega 3 DHA Offer for National Vegetarian Week

National Vegetarian Week - The Vegetarian Society

Special offer deal Vegetarian Omega 3 DHA
If you haven't seen or read anything about the benefits of fish oil the what do you read?

Omega 3 rich fish oil has been credited with curing almost everything except a cure for the common cold - diabetes, heart disease, altzhiemers, ADHD, Autism, depression, weight loss, even improving sports performance.

There are however a number of drawbacks with fish oil, particularly cod liveroil that you normally find on the high street shelves.

  1.  Toxins - Because the seas and oceans are now so contaminated toxins such as mercury and PCBs and a host of other chemicals regularly feature as a hazard in fish and in fish oil. It's a few years since products were removed from shelves for illegal levels of mercury, but who's checking? Have the seas got betteror worse?
  2. Purity - Cod liver oil is mostly mono and saturated fats not omega 3 DHA so most of what you are paying for is more of the oils that we typically we have an eccess of.
  3. Sustainability - International fish stocks are now at a record low and marine biology and various oceanic ecosystems are facing collapse.
  4. Ethics - You may not care about cod but it's not just fish that get caught in massive modern factory fishing methods. Dolphins, whales, sharks, turtles are all at risk from modern industrial fishing methods.
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Friday, May 11, 2012

Time Magazine Mother Breastfeeding baby son, 3

Babies and Children

London Nutrition expert Yvonne Bishop-Weston says "It's absurd the fuss made over breast feeding whilst adults think nothing of happily drinking suckling milk of another species, perhaps time out should make their next cover a man crouching down under a lactating cow and suckling on the cow's udder to highlight the ludicrous and warped double standards"

Perhaps it's more to do with jealous husbands and farmers who envy their children extra access to their wife's body?

Yvonne says "an infant needs omega 3 DHA up until the age of 5 for optimum development - breast milk is a good source of essential fats, it makes sense. If you can't face the social stigma try omega 3 DHA from algae"

Mad Cow Disease

Most of us would do much better without dairy and dairy products. There is now a wealth of scientific study that implicates milk and cheese as a contributory risk factor in many of the major preventable diseases that plague our society and kill people younger than necessary.

Congratulations to Time Magazine for opening this debate and confronting people's hypocrisy head on, in their face, on the newsstands.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

How To Get Pregnant Fast With Your Diet (Conception)

How To Get Pregnant Fast With Your Diet (Conception) 
With London Nutrition expert Yvonne Bishop-Weston

Nutrition advice from Heart Research UK for 9 to 5

News | Heart Research UK

Heart Research UK seem to finally waking up to the full impact on heart health of a nutritionally inadequate diet.

Following results of a survey that found that only 11% of people in England considered the nutritional value of their lunch to be of importance, they released a 9-5  press release advising;

" a healthy balanced diet, low in fat and high in fibre and vitamin-rich fruit and vegetables could be just what you need.  It will boost energy and concentration levels, and keep your heart healthy.

It’s sometimes a struggle to eat well during the week, and we tend to resort to quick fix lunches bought on the high street.
  • eat a good breakfast to set you up for the day and keep you feeling full until lunch-time.  If time is tight, keep some cereal, fruit, yogurt or toast in the office. 
  • ban the biscuits, crisps and chocolate - keep fresh or dried fruit, seeds and nuts in your desk instead
  • pack a healthy lunch - make it the night before so you can ‘grab-and-go’

 London Nutrition expert Yvonne Bishop-Weston says "It's very encouraging that they are encouraging people to eat more nutrient packed fruit and vegetables nuts and seeds and beans and cut back on nutrient poor sugar and saturated fat rich snacks. Perhaps their next press release could be not 9 to 5, but 5 to 9 - swap 5 a day for 9 a day as research shows benefits to reduce risk of heart disease start to have a real impact once you reach 8 a day. At least eight portions (handfuls ) of fruit and vegetables per day."

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Omega 3 DHA EPA Study + Research - Brain + Heart Health and Fats NuIQue Omega 3 DHA EPA

Omega 3 DHA EPA Study + Research - Brain + Heart Health and Fats NuIQue Omega 3 DHA EPA

 Brain Fats vs Bottom Fats
Fats for our brains not more fats for our bums needed

A review of the article in the Daily Mail that looks at a number of studies on Omega 3 essential fats DHA and EPA and their role in brain health

Leading health consultant and Nutritionist in London Yvonne Bishop-Weston reveals “It’s not just transfats that make it difficult to attain the optimum balance of omega 3 fats from our diet. We need a number of vitamins and minerals such as b vitamins and zinc to process basic omega 3 fats into longer chain EPA and DHA. The modern half food diet of junk food rather than whole food is deficient in these nutrients. The balance and ratio of tryglycerides and omega 6 and omega 3 plays a part too as they need similar nutrients and enzymes to be processed. If your little bit of omega 3 is crowded out and last in the queue at the bus stop it won’t get to your brain where its’ needed. If you get tested and find you have insufficient DHA for optimal health and reduced risk of disease , combined with a healthier diet, a very pure EPA/ DHA supplement is the most reliable to get you back on track
A special offer on sustainable, mercury free, very pure omega 3 DHA EPA suitable for vegetarians and vegans and fish allergy sufferers can be found here

See also a review of Fish oil / Cod Liver oil vs Vegetarian Omega 3 DHA supplements

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Cocoa may enhance skeletal muscle function

Cocoa may enhance skeletal muscle function

Healthy Dark Chocolate

"More evidence that dark chocolate is good for you" says London Nutrition expert Yvonne Bishop-Weston (with a smile)

Dark Chocolate Flavanoids good for bones and heart

A clinical trial led by researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine and VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) found that patients with advanced heart failure and type 2 diabetes showed improved mitochondrial structure after three months of treatment with epicatechin-enriched cocoa. Epicatechin is a flavonoid found in dark chocolate.

The results of this initial study has led to the implementation of larger, placebo-controlled clinical trial at UC San Diego School of Medicine and VASDHS to assess if patients with heart failure and diabetes show improvement in their exercise capacity when treated with epicatechin-rich cocoa.

The results, which mimicked earlier studies showing improvement in skeletal and heart muscle function

University of California, San Diego Health Sciences (2012, March 2). Cocoa may enhance skeletal muscle function. ScienceDaily.

Pam R. Taub, Israel Ramirez-Sanchez, Theodore P. Ciaraldi, Guy Perkins, Anne N. Murphy, Robert Naviaux, Michael Hogan, Alan S. Maisel, Robert R. Henry, Guillermo Ceballos, Francisco Villarreal. Alterations in Skeletal Muscle Indicators of Mitochondrial Structure and Biogenesis in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes and Heart Failure: Effects of Epicatechin Rich Cocoa. Clinical and Translational Science, 2012; 5 (1): 43 DOI:

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Faulty fat sensor implicated in obesity and liver disease

Faulty fat sensor implicated in obesity and liver disease

More research that shows a link between lack of Omega 3 fats and obesity

Public Sector - Lifestyle - Lifestyle - Why are Brits not as healthy as they think?

Public Sector - Lifestyle - Lifestyle - Why are Brits not as healthy as they think?

This time it's not London Nutrition expert Yvonne Bishop-Weston but Tony who gets quoted for a change

Tony also argues that we are not being given the right guidelines to live by. “The first thing that the health professional decision makers have to understand is that all calories are not equal”, he says. “500 calories of sugar, simple carbohydrates and saturated animal fat has a totally different effect on the body as 500 calories of antioxidant, fibre, essential fat, vitamin and mineral rich foods.

“The Oxford study on heart health suggests we don’t reap any meaningful benefit from fruit and vegetables until we reach eight portions of fruit and vegetables per day, not five.”

“The obvious solution would be to remove subsidies on foods rich in saturated animal fats and sugar so that it reflects its’ true cost”, he says. “Fast food restaurants would have no option but to be more creative with fruit and vegetables as in Thai, Chinese and Indian cuisine.”

Save the NHS

38 Degrees | Donate to buy NHS billboard ads

Do you think the NHS will be improved by being turned from a not for profit organisation to one run by profit motivated companies legally obligated to make as much profit as possible for their shareholders? Should money be plowed into investment to help the UK be more healthy or line the pockets of investors?

In the USA the stranglehold on health by pharmaceutical companies, Insurance companies and Hospitals has meant that US businesses can no longer afford healthcare for their employees - people can't afford to be ill, they have no choice but to sue someone.

You choose. New more expensive NHS based on US insurance run system run by supermarket managers and catering companies or a system run by health professional experts who understand about health. The more polititians tinker with things they know nothing about the worse it will get.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

McDonalds Spotlight by Frugal Dad

How Happy is the Meal You’re Paying For (Infographic) | Frugal Dad

You could argue that McDonalds are only providing customers what they want, if they provide fruit kids don't eat it. But this is about what is the acceptable norm. Our culture has become at odds with nature, instead of survival of the fittest it's survival of the sickest. McDonalds should take responsibility for the part they've played in the obesity, heart disease, diabetes and altzhiemer's epidemics of this and the next generation. McDonalds should use their awesome marketing skills and powers of persuasion to save our children from the preventable chronic diseases that blight the world - they need essential fats, vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants - not sugar and fat.

More and more parents are bringing up their children to think that McDonalds are evil. With knowledge comes responsibility, the facts and research is out there, the libel cases being fought- if McDonalds don't now take responsibility sooner or later they will be held responsible and no amount of nifty lobbying and devious state legislation will save them.


Friday, February 24, 2012

Vitamin D and Health - Havard Advice

Vitamin D and Health - What Should I Eat? - The Nutrition Source - Harvard School of Public Health

More on Vitamin D

If you live north of the line connecting San Francisco to Philadelphia and Athens to Beijing, odds are that you don't get enough vitamin D. The same holds true if you don't get outside for at least a 15-minute daily walk in the sun. African-Americans and others with dark skin, as well as older individuals, tend to have much lower levels of vitamin D, as do people who are overweight or obese.

Worldwide, inadequate vitamin D is common, and deficiencies can be found on all continents, in all ethnic groups, and across all ages. Some surveys suggest that perhaps half of the world’s population has inadequate blood levels of vitamin D. (1-3) Indeed, in industrialized countries, doctors are even seeing the resurgence of rickets, the bone-weakening disease that had been largely eradicated through vitamin D fortification. (4-6)

Vitamin D and Health - What Should I Eat? - The Nutrition Source - Harvard School of Public Health

Vegan Vitamin D3

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Study: Tryglycerides cut by Omega 3 DHA

Harvard meta-analysis supports benefits of algal DHA omega-3   . As reported on
Too Many Tryglycerides ?
Tryglycerides cut by omega 3 DHA

Algae-derived docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) supplementation may boost levels of HDL (good) cholesterol and cut levels of triglycerides, says the first systematic review and meta-analysis of on lipid levels.  

A Meta-Analysis Shows That Docosahexaenoic Acid  from Algal Oil Reduces Serum Triglycerides and Increases HDL-Cholesterol and LDL-Cholesterol in Persons without Coronary Heart Disease
Adam M. Bernstein, Eric L. Ding, Walter C. Willett  and Eric B. Rimm


Certain algae contain the (n-3) fatty acid DHA, yet the relation between algal oil supplementation and cardiovascular disease risk factors has not been systematically examined. Our objective was to examine the relation between algal oil supplementation and cardiovascular disease risk factors. We conducted a systematic review of randomized controlled trials published between 1996 and 2011 examining the relation between algal oil supplementation and cardiovascular disease risk factors and performed a meta-analysis of the association between algal oil DHA supplementation and changes in the concentrations of TG, LDL-cholesterol (LDL-C), and HDL-cholesterol (HDL-C). We identified 11 randomized controlled trials with 485 healthy participants that evaluated the relation between algal oil DHA supplementation and TG, LDL-C, and HDL-C. The median dose of algal DHA was 1.68 g/d. The pooled estimate for the change in TG concentration was −0.20 mmol/L (95% CI: −0.27 to −0.14), 0.23 mmol/L (95% CI: 0.16–0.30) for LDL-C, and 0.07 mmol/L (95% CI: 0.05–0.10) for HDL-C. DHA supplementation from algal oil, a marine source of (n-3) fatty acids not extracted from fish, may reduce serum TG and increase HDL-C and LDL-C in persons without coronary heart disease.
Read more at The Journal of Nutrition by The American Society for Nutrition

An imbalance of tryglycerides has been implicated in heart disease, diabetes and a host of other diseases. Too much alcohol is a factor as it not only encourages the storage of tryglycerides in the body but also hinders the conversion of tryglycerides into energy.

Leading London Harley Street Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston says "Alcohol is like super fertiliser for tryglycerides causing the double trouble of both enhancing loading and thwarting burning. Even vegans who avoid animal fat have been seen to have high tryglycerides as they can easily be made by the body from sugar and nutrient depleted simple carbohydrates."

"This meta research proving tryglycerides can be reduced by increasing omega 3 DHA from algae is very welcome"

See - High Tryglycerides

Monday, February 13, 2012

Processed meat cancer link

BBC News - Processed meat 'linked to pancreatic cancer'

A link between eating processed meat, such as bacon or sausages, and pancreatic cancer has been suggested by researchers in Sweden.

The study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, analysed data from 11 trials and 6,643 patients with pancreatic cancer.

Prof Susanna Larsson, who conducted the study at the Karolinska Institute, told the BBC eating an extra 50g of processed meat, approximately one sausage, every day would increase a person's risk by 19%.Increased risk

It found that eating processed meat increased the risk of pancreatic cancer. The risk increased by 19% for every 50g someone added to their daily diet. Having an extra 100g would increase the risk by 38%.

Eating red and processed meat has already been linked to bowel cancer. As a result the UK government recommended in 2011 that people eat no more than 70g a day.

Leading London Nutrition Expert Yvonne Bishop-Weston said "There is now mounting evidence that eating meat, especially factory farmed processed meat can increase risks of chronic disease. Oxford university has also shown us that eating more than 8 portions of fruit and vegetables can reduce the risks of disease."

"It seems clear that eating less meat and dairy and that eating more fruits and vegetables is a logical inexpensive health insurance step, and that combined with regular exercise sensible advice for anyone who wants to reduce the risks of chronic preventable diseases"

Man Made Trans Fats More Dangerous

Natural Trans Fats Less Unhealthy Than Manmade Variety

Research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition has shown that man made trans fats, chemically altered vegetable fats, are more harmful than trans fats found naturally occuring in nature such as in nuts.

Women in the study did not see any effect in their total blood cholesterol levels, low-density lipoprotein or “bad” cholesterol, dangerous blood fats called triglycerides, and other blood indicators of heart risk when they ate diets high in these naturally occurring trans fats. The trans fats in their diet came from enriched butter.

Leading UK Nutritionist Yvonne Bishop-Weston said "Nutritionists have long pointed out that these man-made frankenstein mutant fats are the worst of all for your body. Although animal trans fats get off relatively lightly in this study that doesn't mean they are safe to eat just that the man made ones are even worse."

Some women did see a small decrease in their high-density lipoprotein or “good” cholesterol levels when they ate a diet rich in naturally occurring trans fats. This was more pronounced in women who were overweight, the study showed.

Animal fat and cholesterol diabetes risk: Study

Animal fat and cholesterol may increase gestational diabetes risk: Study

A pre-pregnancy diet that is high in animal fat and cholesterol could almost double the risk of pregnancy related diabetes, says new research.

‘Water apple’ may help diabetics

‘Water apple’ extract may provide dietary support for diabetes

Extracts of a Malaysian medicinal plant known locally as the ‘water jambu’ or ‘water apple’ could provide bioactive compounds that help to support people suffering from diabetes by reducing lowering blood sugar levels, suggest researchers.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

War Against Sugar Begins

War Declared on Sugar Mountain of Death
Sugar is as damaging and addictive as alcohol or tobacco and should be regulated, claim US health experts. (BBC)

Finally the War against SUGAR , the silent evil killer on our streets, has begun. Governments and polititians, even dieticians have always been wary of pointing their finger at the sugar industry the way they eventually did at the tobacco industry. The sugar industry is so powerful and many of the hereditary richest families in the world have their fingers in the slave trading sugar industry somewhere along the line. People have allegedly mysteriously died for speaking ill of the white stuff in the not too distant past.

Anyway you can imagine the cheer amongst nutritionists to see the start of an international nutritional lynch mob starting to gather and pin the blame of all the world's preventable health woes from infertility to obesity, heart disease to diabetes, arthritis, osteoporosis, dementia and even the common cold and cancer firmly at the door of the world sugar mountain.
In a comment in the journal Nature, Prof Lustig, a leading child obesity expert, says governments need to consider major shifts in policy, such as taxes, limiting sales of sweet food and drinks during school hours, or even stopping children from buying them below a certain age.
The professor of paediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, told the BBC: "It [sugar] meets all the criteria for societal intervention that alcohol and tobacco meet."

The researchers acknowledge that they face "an uphill political battle against a powerful sugar lobby".

Daily dose of diet soda may increase heart attacks ( Re drinks with artificial sweeteners)
The new findings have suggested that just a couple of daily cans of the supposedly 'healthier' (sic) diet artificially sweetened carbonated drinks, such as lemonade or cola, can raise the risk of liver damage, as well as potentially causing diabetes and heart damage. Researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center claim those who drink diet soft drinks are 43 per cent more likely to have heart attacks, vascular disease or strokes than those who have none.The latest study appears in the Journal of General Internal Medicine

Read more:

But a Danish study suggest non diet soda drinks are just as leathal

Researchers, led by Dr. Bjrn Richelsen at Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark asked people to drink either a liter of water, milk, diet cola or regular cola each day for six months.At the end of the study the regular cola drinkers ended up with 25 percent more fat surrounding their organs, and just about doubled the amount of fat in the liver and muscle.

"This study suggests that the adverse effects of sugary beverages go beyond just weight gain or fat gain. It's the gaining of the wrong fat in the wrong places," said Dr. Frank Hu, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health
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Oh and after many years of rediculousness in the US and UK/ Europe The sweet herb Stevia is now available for sale as a sweetener - get it raw and unadulterated here

Friday, January 27, 2012

Vegans Low Cholesterol High In Triglycerides ?

Foods High In Triglycerides | ** The guide to triglycerides **
Gin - Vegan Mother's Ruin ?

Plantarians, Vegetarians who avoid dairy and vegans should all enjoy lower than average cholesterol levels but it seems that vegans are not necessarily immune to high trigyceride levels which can be just as damaging. Alcohol, sugary foods and a diet rich in simple carbohydrates, as well as a lack of sufficient exercise, all contribute to higher tryglyceride levels.

London Nutritionist from Foods for Life Health and Nutrition clinic in London's Harley Street and author of The UK Vegetarian Society's V Health program says "Vegetarians and Vegans should never be complacent, better than average is no guarantee of optimal health and vegans are equally bound by the rules of 'whole food not half food, slow food not fast food' like the rest of us. A diet of vegan beer, vegan wine, vegan cupcakes, vegan ice cream, veggieburgers, chips, pizzas and sugar and fat drenched Chinese food will have almost as many detrimental effects to the body as a meat eaters' equivilent diet."

"We don't have to worry about sources of vegetarian omega 3 DHA and EPA essential fatty acids anymore as these are now abundantly available made from sustainably farmed algae but supplements can never match the benefits of a good diet. Vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibre essential fats all work in such an interactive synergystic way it's generally better to leave it up to nature, just remember variety is the spice of life."

"There's some evidence to suggest that a little red wine is less harmful than other alcohol but all alcohol is a toxin to the body and while the liver is dealing with alcohol it can't be processing fats so  fats are even more likely to be stashed as body fat

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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

UK children and adults lack Vitamin D

Yvonne Bishop-Weston Nutritionist London: 25% UK toddlers lacking Vitamin D

Lack of of Vitamin D linked to depression by Bristol University study.

Ain't no sunshine? Then she's gone! Vitamin D deficiency rocks Britain's health

The Independent - BBC News

Government advice to take supplements? I think you'll find we told you so, many times, but just in case we'll tell you again about the importance of Vitamin D...

Back in 2009 we blogged about a study linking vitamin D to increased health risks , and on numerous other occasions including this one about Nutrients Men aren't getting enough of .

We reported
Vitamin D is Great for bone health but it's so much more: A study in Circulation found that people deficient in D were up to 80 percent more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke. Ask your doctor to test your blood levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D. "You need to be above 30 nanograms per milliliter," said Michael Holick, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of medicine at Boston University, in the report. If you come up short, Holick recommends taking 1,400 IU of vitamin D daily from a supplement and a multivitamin.

Vitamin D is one of the most important vitamins, especially for your immune system and for building and maintaining bone health.

Meanwhile Bristol University revealed new research from the Children of the 90s study at the University of Bristol, which has been charting the health of 14,500 children since their birth in the early 1990s, shows that the link between low levels of vitamin D and depression is established in childhood and that ensuring children have a good intake of vitamin D could help reduce depression in adolescence and adulthood.

Your body makes vitamin D from sunshine - as the song goes (ish) "If there ain't no sunshine, then she's gone, there ain't no vitamin D when she goes away."

"If you spend your time playing nintendo or computer games instead of running about outside, riding in a car instead of on a bike, taking the tube / bus instead of walking through the park, thinking you look cool always wearing dark glasses or if you have dark skin to genetically protect you from a hot equatorial sun and you live in northern Europe or north America then you are going to benefit from a vitamin D supplement. A vitamin D deficiency leaves you with a greater risk of a number of different diseases not just bone problems such as rickets." says Nutritionist in London Yvonne Bishop-Weston

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