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The High Protein and Bone Health Debate Laid to Rest

One of the common arguments I hear against high-protein diets, specifically those high in animal protein, is that they are detrimental for bone health. In fact, many nutritional textbooks published in the 1990’s and early 2000’s adopt this stance. Unfortunately, this viewpoint is based upon a handful of research studies with 1) an inadequate understanding … Continue reading

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Treating Diabetes: Does it Start in the Gut?

Treating Diabetes: Does it Start in the Gut? Type II Diabetes (T2DM) can be described as a disorder of metabolism and the endocrine system. Put simply, our the signals sent by chemical messengers (hormones) are not functioning properly. This results in poor glucose control, lipid control, appetite control, and body fat regulation.  For the past … Continue reading

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A Gut-Heart Connection: A Different View on Eggs, Red Meat, and Heart Disease

  A Gut-Heart Connection: A Different View on Eggs, Red Meat, and Heart Disease Eggs and red meat cause heart disease according to recent posts by popular media (1, 2). Both articles state that ingestion of either eggs or red meat result in increased TMAO which causes heart disease. The egg specific article suggests that gut … Continue reading

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Exercise in a Pill: Not so Fast

Exercise in a Pill: Not so Fast I just returned from the American College of Sports Medicine conference in which the theme was “Exercise is Medicine”.  I would argue that exercise is indeed medicine and that diet and exercise are the most powerful “medicines” to combat the current epidemic of modern chronic diseases such as … Continue reading

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Reactive Oxygen Species and Antioxidants: An Alternative View

Antioxidants have been peddled as a cure-all for many pathological conditions including cardiovascular disease, diabetes and cancer. Additionally, there is a current theory that antioxidants can aid in forestalling aging as they directly inhibit the “Free Radical Theory of Aging.   The concept of antioxidants as efficacious aids in battling the aforementioned diseases and slowing the … Continue reading

Magnesium: A Key Player In Tissue Health, Inflammation, and Insulin Sensitivity

I have recently been focusing my research on the role dietary minerals play in maintaining health as I feel it is an overlooked aspect of nutrition. The last few weeks I keyed in on the role protein plays in calcium homeostasis and bone health and the potential dangers of high vitamin d and calcium supplementation. … Continue reading

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A Critical Perspective on Vitamin D and Calcium Supplementation

Vitamin D and calcium supplementation are two heavily touted and prescribed supplements with ample epidemiological evidence to back their efficacy in reducing bone fracture and cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk (1,2, 3,4,5). Furthermore, deficiencies in either calcium or vitamin D are associated with a host of pathological conditions including: osteoporosis, neoplastic colonic growth, rickets, and dental … Continue reading

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High-Protein Diets Do Not Worsen Bone Health

One of the common arguments I hear against high-protein diets, specifically those high in animal protein, is that they are detrimental for bone health. In fact, many nutritional textbooks published in the 1990’s and early 2000’s adopt this stance. Unfortunately, this viewpoint is based upon a handful of research studies with 1) an inadequate understanding … Continue reading

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Way More to Whey Than Big Muscles: Glutathione Status, Immune Function, and Gut Health

Whey protein (WP) supplementation has recently gained popularity amongst athletes as it is reported to improve athletic performance. WP is a popular dietary protein supplement purported to provide improved muscle strength and body composition due to greater a compliment of essential amino acids and branched chain amino acids and to result in greater biological value … Continue reading

Nutrition and Epigenetics

What is the “Epigenome”? Our cells execute distinct patterns of gene expression that are highly responsive to developmental, physiological, pathological and environmental cues. The combination of mechanisms that confers long-term programming to genes leading to a change in gene function without a change in gene sequence is termed epigenetics. The epigenetic programming of gene expression … Continue reading

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