Cardiovascular Disease Death Correlated Statistically with Vitamin K2

Nutrition researchers recently recognized that deficiency of vitamin K2 (menaquinone: MK-4–MK-13) is widespread and contributes to cardiovascular disease (CVD). The deficiency of vitamin K2 or vitamin K inhibition with warfarin leads to calcium deposition in the arterial blood vessels.

Worldwide dietary vitamin K2 data derived from food commodities add much understanding to the analysis of CVD risk factors and the etiology of CVD. Vitamin K2 in food products should be systematically quantified. Public health programs should be considered to increase the intake of vitamin K2-containing fermented plant foods such as sauerkraut, miso, and natto.

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High-Protein Low-Carbohydrate Diets Enhance Weight Loss in Dogs

The number of obese and overweight people is of growing concern in the human population. Estimates of the incidence of obesity of dogs in the United States are as high as 25% of the dog population (1). Current weight loss regimens for pets often involve a severe calorie restriction that is many times coupled with high intakes of dietary fiber. Either alone or combined with an increase in physical activity, these diets are efficacious when strictly followed. Unfortunately, they are often not followed. In addition to the reduced palatability and increased stool volume commonly associated with high-fiber diets, the strict calorie restriction required for weight loss often leaves an animal hungry. Aggression and begging in a hungry pet stresses the pet owner who will dramatically increase the pet’s caloric intake by offering the pet numerous treats in an attempt to decrease the begging and alleviate the owner’s concern that the pet remains hungry after a meal.

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GARY FETTKE TURNS INTO ‘AUSTRALIA’S TIM NOAKES’!

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has banned orthopaedic surgeon Dr Gary Fettke from giving his patients nutrition advice. It has done so after a two-year “investigation” into Fettke’s qualifications.

Overnight they’ve turned him into “Australia’s Tim Noakes”.

Elements of this case mirror the  Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) case against Prof Tim Noakes, a world-renowned scientist who is also a medical doctor. There are  big differences, but both the AHPRA and the HPCSA cases open up a medical Pandora’s box. Both go to the heart of what it means to be a real “doctor of medicine”, and who is best qualified to give advice on nutrition:

Both these cases boil down to a medical and dietetic battle for territory. In both cases, the regulatory agencies take up cudgels on one side of that battle. They support powerful vested interests propping up the territories.

Read Article By Marika Sboros

McDonald’s Tweaks Its Recipes: Now, Real Butter in the McMuffin

McDonald’s long shied away from talking about how it makes the food on its menu and what is in that food. The company is now being open and loud about it.

At an event Monday at its headquarters here, McDonald’s announced several changes to its ingredients, including eliminating artificial preservatives from some breakfast foods and Chicken McNuggets, its most popular food item, and removing high-fructose corn syrup from its buns.

Such changes, together with its decision in 2015 to buy only chicken raised without antibiotics used to treat humans, affect almost half of the food on McDonald’s menu, the company said.

Read Article By Stephanie Strom (NYT)

Antibiotics – Less is More

I’m going to talk about something completely different than the usual obesity, insulin and type 2 diabetes stuff – antibiotics. This is another area where current medical teaching is completely logic-free. In many ways it reminds me of the entire ‘Type 2 diabetic patients have too much insulin. So, let’s give them more insulin and see if it helps’ argument. Logically it makes no sense. So, instead the medical establishment adopts a ‘I’m the expert so don’t bother trying to talk sense into me. Just do what I say’ attitude.

Antibiotic treatment regimens are largely the same. Suppose you go to your physician for a bacterial infection. Viruses, like most common colds, are not affected by antibiotics, so therefore should not be prescribed. However, because many bacterial infections have the same symptoms, antibiotics are often prescribed ‘just in case’. This leads to antibiotic overuse.

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REAL-WORLD SCIENCE: FAT PATH TO DIABESITY ‘CURE’

Obesity and diabetes are so common these days, doctors often refer to them as diabesity. Her’e’s a small Canadian study in the SAMJ that posits a whole new paradigm in research to treat diabesity. It’s a path filled with life-saving promise of ‘a ‘cure’ for obesity and diabetes.  In Part 1 of a two-part series, Foodmed.net looks at why this study by Canadian and ex-pat South African doctors just may live up to the authors’ hopes and dreams of a real breakthrough. We also look at why establishment doctors and dietitians are resisting the study’s message with all their might.

Read Article By Marika Sboros (Foodmed.net)

Another Misguided Attack on Paleo in Australia

Paleo diets do not help people with type 2 diabetes, according to Australian news:

All this is based on the opinions of the infamous researcher Sof Andrikopoulos. Yes, the same one who “proved” Paleo diets cause diabetes and obesity in humans, by feeding mice sugar and canola oil.

So how can you prove that humans are harmed by Paleo, by feeding mice something that is not Paleo? Beats me. You’ll have to ask Andrikopoulos, because it makes zero sense to me.

Anyway, now Andrikopoulos is again claiming Paleo is bad, as it does not have enough long-term evidence for a positive effect in diabetes type 2. And obviously more scientific backing would be great. But conventional treatment does not just lack the same evidence, what evidence there is shows it works really badly, and the track record is abysmal.

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