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

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

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

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

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

Gluten and Weight Gain Study Part III: The Wrap Up

It is time for part 3 and to bring a close to the gluten free diet and weight gain paper. Part 1 and 2 discussed the results of the paper in regards to weight gain, adiposity, insulin resistance, glucose homeostasis, hormonal responses (i.e. leptin, resistin, and adiponectin, LPL, and HSL), along with nuclear receptor activity … Continue reading

Gluten and Weight Gain: Part 2

Unfortunately, I do not have a witty, well crafted introduction for this post so we might as well dive right into it.  I planned on making this a two part series but after re-reading the paper I decided I wanted to give this section and the very last section careful and thoughtful attention as there … Continue reading

The Role of Gluten in Weight Gain: Part 1

If you have read the book “Wheat Belly” you are likely familiar with the idea that wheat is a cause of weight gain and that it is “as sugary as a Snicker’s Bar” metabolically speaking. While I believe there are some interesting points in that book I do not agree with everything stated in it. … Continue reading

Statins: Deus Ex Machina Solution for Heart Disease? Or is it a Can of Worms for More Health Issues?

I want to start this post off with a personal story. I recently had a family member have a knee replacement and I volunteered to run to the pharmacy and pick up their prescriptions for them. When I left the pharmacy with what I thought was the entire pharmacy (I picked up 18 different medications) … Continue reading

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