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

The HCG Diet: A House of Horrors

We have all survived the end of the world! I guess the Mayan’s were off by a little bit. It is a great thing that we are all still alive; however, unfortunately New Years is just around the corner and that means your health and fitness goals are going to start all over again.  If … Continue reading

Why The Glycemic Index Is Misleading

  You have heard of it, I have heard of it, even your mom has heard of it. Men’s Health talks about it every month. Shape, Self, Women’s Health, Men’s Fitness, and virtually every health and fitness magazine discusses it and preaches its universal wisdom. In most of our minds, the glycemic index (GI) is … Continue reading

MSG: The Shortcut to Gross Organs and an Early Grave

This is one area of health and nutrition that is universally agreed upon. Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) is a devil in the world of nutrition. It is seductive, addictive, and will ruin your health.  That being said, how many people actually understand why it is bad, how bad is it, or what exactly does it do … Continue reading

Carbohydrates and Type II Diabetes

 Carbohydrates and Type II Diabetes (Image c/o olympichottub.com) This week in one of my courses, we discussed a research study that examined the effects of exercise on type II diabetes.  During the discussion, we examined the dietary recommendations in the study.  The recommendations followed the standard diet prescription of high carb, low fat, low protein … Continue reading

CrossFit: Is it Really Forging Elite Fitness?

CrossFit: Is it Really Forging Elite Fitness?  We have all seen it. The commercials, the YouTube videos, The Games. Over the past decade CrossFit and its many “offspring” have taken the fitness scene by storm with the tagline of “Forging Elite Fitness”. In essence, the real of CrossFit promises to turn you one into a … Continue reading

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