Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Candida Hoax Part 2

"Man is a rational animal who always loses his temper when he is called upon to act in accordance with the dictates of reason." - Oscar Wilde

A lot of fuss has been made over the diagnosis more commonly handed out in the natural healing community known as candida overgrowth. It is the it "diagnosis" of the last couple years.

Thus, the reason I am writing about this yet again is because of all the posts on my blog, the one that has gotten the most views and attention is related to candida and the many symptoms it is associated with causing. Based on the traffic towards this page, I have decided for once to cater towards my readers/ future readers and expand upon my views on this diagnosis that gets so liberally tossed around like a throw pillow in a high rise Manhattan apartment.

First off, Is their Validity to these claims about candida and weight? How about the the evil toxins it produces that cause headaches, muscle aches, Acne, bad breath, brittle hair and nails, sluggishness fatigue and just an overall feeling of malice and these really hold any weight?

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Carbohydrate Monster Under your Bed Part 7

Beta Cell Function, Amylin carbohydrates, Insulin resistance, protein misfolding, amylin protein misfolding, Carbohydrates and weight gain
Jaws Hates Carbs, loves People
"Destruction of the pancreatic beta cells results in decreased insulin production and manifests as type II diabetes, a condition that is characterized by excess extracellular glucose with an intracellular deficit"

In the last section we discussed a couple concepts and studies. The most notable being:
  • Increased Fatty acids in the plasma can lead to their subsequent storing in vital organs when beta oxidation has been "maxed out"
  • This overflow of fatty acids can inhibit glucose utilization and lead to lipo-toxicitiy 
  • This impairment could then potentially lead to beta cell dysfunction and what we know as "Diabetes"
While all of this is important, I have to add in this section because I feel like it will become more relevant in future posts. This section is about a concept known as Protein mis-folding. Don't be afraid!! this concept is new to me as well so as usual I will go over the basics core concepts first and then lead into the studies and their various implications. 

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Diet Fails and The Backhanded Low Metabolism

Diet Fail, Scott Abel, Scott Abel metabolism, Weight loss Trouble, weight regain dieting, Eat more look better, Gain weight look better
"People often ask me, 'Kenny, what are your weaknesses? Do you have any?' I would say that my biggest flaw, my achilles heel, is my tireless work ethic." - Kenny Powers

Do you feel like you are suffering the effects of metabolic damage? Is your healthy diet making you feel not so healthy?

You are not alone. You are among a collection of people who lost weight in a way that caused more harm than good and you are now feeling the repercussions. The weight is slowly creeping back up, the diets are becoming harder to follow etc but we will get into the symptoms later.

Much like you ,except about Three years ago, I had no idea that dieting could cause ANY harm. Call me naive at the time but it seemed like the majority of people I talked to had no clue that losing weight in a way that does not coincide with your bodies biological systems to maintain homeostasis can lead to some nasty symptoms and possible complications.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Embrace the Chaos

Nassim Taleb, Anti Fragile, Fragile Diet, Scott Abel Fitness, Gain weight look better, body composition fallacy, Scott Abel Diet, Anarchy Burger
Anarchy Burger
"Randomness means different things in various fields. Commonly, it means lack of pattern or predictability in events."

"Chaos - Complete disorder and confusion"

Embrace the chaos? What does that mean in this post? It doesn't mean chaos in the sense of anarchy ( Anarchy Burger... Hold the Government!), and it's not related to market volatility. What we are discussing here is the chaos of life. More specifically, the chaos of eating and stress and how it relates to our health and Overall Fitness.

Friday, December 27, 2013

The Carbohydrate Monster Under your Bed Part 6

Jason is really just on a carb binge...poor misunderstood monster.
"The (mis)information age: Dietitians report that most (67%) of nutrition information is based on personal beliefs and half-truths rather than published peer-reviewed research. And, 75% say that there will be a preponderance of misinformation to digest in 2014." - (74)

In this section we will continue to evaluate and analyze more evidence surrounding the "carbohydrate controversy" and if the first couple sections of the series were not enough to drive thoughts of the Potato Killer out our heads than hopefully this next bit of information will help expose the validity of the flying spaghetti monster as nothing more then a figment of one's imagination.

We are now going to go over the pathology of Lipo Toxicity and the possible subsequent harm it can cause to the pancreas and other vital organs so fasten your seat-belts as we continue on down this long road of carbohydrate shaming propaganda.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Carbohydrate Monster Under your Bed Part 5

Carbohydrates weight gain, Insulin resistance, Paleo carbohydrates, low carb Diets, Insulin paleo, Glycogen, LIRKO, MIRKO, Knockout Mice, Nutrition, Carbohydrate Nutrition, Carbohydrate health, Blood sugar control, ketosis Carbohydrates
Flying Spaghetti Monster
"Fear is the enemy of logic" - FRANK SINATRA, quoted in The Way You Wear Your Hat

In this section we will again just look at very small slice of evidence: Understanding the mechanisms of insulin resistance and how it relates to glucose intolerance, high fasting glucose, and fatty acid disruption. 

-->The Actions of Insulin and Insulin resistance

Lets first begin this discussion with a quick history lesson. Insulin appears to be have been first discovered back in 1916 by Sir Edward Schafer. He wrote in his book, The Endocrine Organs :

"The results of pancreas extirpation and pancreas grafting are best explained by supposing that the islet tissue produce an Autacoid which passes into the blood stream and effects carbohydrate metabolism and carbohydrate storage in such a manner that there is no undue accumulation of glucose in the blood. provisionally it will be convient to refer to this hypothetical substance as insuline."-(41)

Insulin was officially discovered 8 years later in 1921 and Schafer also hypothesized that insulin was created by an inactive precursor which was also discovered 50 years later and is known today as??/ that's right.. Pro- Insulin. Schafer was truly a man ahead of his time...