Neuroscientist Nicole Avena, who specializes in diet and addiction, tells Tremonti that research going back 15 years shows how the brain reacts when a person consumes an excessive amount of sugar.
“There’s activation in areas of the brain that are similar to what you see with an addiction to a drug abuse.”
It also means sugar withdrawal can have similar symptoms to nicotine or morphine withdrawal such as irritability, tremors and shakes.
Avena says addiction treatment follows different approaches that work for different people but suggests using a harm reduction model: cutting out the problematic food can help control intake over time and slowly reduce it.
Here’s a book on cancer that really is a game changer. Or rather, it will be if the medical establishment were to allow it to be. It is The Cancer Revolution: integrative medicine – the future of cancer care by Patricia Peat.
This book is ‘no eccentric view from a lone maverick’ , says British health writer Jerome Burne. It contains contributions from 38 doctors, clinicians, researchers and practitioners. It doesn’t suggest conventional treatment is irrelevant. It looks at why, despite billions spent on cancer research, improvement in survival rates has been pitiful: specialists have been looking in the wrong place for better survival outcomes. Here’ a shortened version of Burne’s brilliant review with a link to the full version. – Marika Sboros
“The China Study”, by T. Colin Campbell, is the bible of veganism. It is a huge book which covers a lot of ground and makes many valuable points. The name of the book comes from a series of observational studies done in 69 counties in China called the China-Oxford-Cornell Project. Dr. Campbell himself led two of these studies, and from this project, he concludes that “plant-based foods are beneficial, and animal-based foods are not.” This conclusion has been disputed. See, for instance, Minger here, or Masterjohn here. OR see for yourself.
We found data for the 1989 study and and have cooked up an app that allows you to quickly see the association between any of dozens of dietary items versus several dozens causes of death.
Dieting doesn’t cure obesity. That’s not news, although it was reconfirmed last week in a particularly mediagenic fashion in a study published by National Institutes of Health researchers. The researchers followed contestants from the “The Biggest Loser” television show as these formerly obese contestants proceeded to regain most of the massive amounts of weight they had lost on the show.
Doctors and dietitians wedded to old nutrition paradigms and dietary guidelines want you to believe that obesity is the result of gluttony and sloth; that all you have to do to shed adipose tissue (the medical profession’s euphemism for excess body fat) is to eat less and move more. Canadian nephrologist Dr Jason Fung says that’s a recipe for starvation. Fung joins growing numbers of doctors and scientists who don’t have links to vested interests in food and drug industries and who say the science is there to show that you really can’t outrun a bad diet. They aren’t saying exercise isn’t important. Of course it is for stamina, toning and cardiac fitness. It just isn’t an effective weight loss tool.
The doctors’ crimes (they were independent, but the same) were to mention that statin side effects might affect approximately 18-20% of takers. Both doctors referenced a peer reviewed article, which said that “the rate of reported statin-related events to statins was nearly 18%.”(The researcher demanded a retraction of both articles and continues to want the journal editor’s head on a plate, so to speak.