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Porcine epidemic diarrhea (PED)

Jun 17, 2014 - 0 comments

Over the past year, nearly 10 percent of the entire pig population in the US has been wiped out by a highly lethal virus. No interstate or trade restrictions in place within the US pertaining to PEDv. It’s also not considered a food safety concern, as it is not transmissible to humans. The virus, called Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus (PEDv), has been traced back to pig’s blood used in piglet feed to promote growth and enhance immune function.
PED virus has traditionally been a relatively mild pathogen. Only recently did it suddenly evolve into a far more aggressive version with a mortality rate of nearly 100 percent among affected animals.

Dr. Michael Mosley Eat, Fast, and Live Longer

Jun 14, 2014 - 2 comments

Dr. Michael Mosley Eat, Fast, and Live Longer

Fasting has a number of health benefits, including improved cardiovascular health, reduced cancer risk, gene repair, and increased longevity.
Research shows that you can get most if not all of the same benefits of severe calorie restriction through intermittent fasting, where you feast on some days and cut calories on others.
One of the primary mechanisms that makes intermittent fasting so beneficial for health is related to its impact on your insulin sensitivity.
Intermittent fasting helps reset your body to burn fat for fuel.
Mounting evidence shows that when your body becomes adapted to burning fat instead of sugar as your primary fuel you dramatically reduce your risk of chronic disease.
People that would be best served to avoid fasting include those living with chronic stress (adrenal fatigue), and those with cortisol dysregulation. Pregnant or nursing mothers should also avoid fasting!

Antidepressants, Pregnancy, and Autism: Time to Worry?

Jun 13, 2014 - 0 comments

Antidepressants, Pregnancy, and Autism: Time to Worry?

Does antidepressant use during pregnancy lead to autism in the exposed children? This is a very important question, which new research is beginning to address—and the findings are concerning.

How Does Eating Too Much Sugar Affect Your Brain?

Jun 09, 2014 - 0 comments

Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a neurosurgery professor at UCLA, studied the role of high-fructose corn syrup on memory and learning processes in the brain. In his 2012 study published in the "Journal of Physiology," he reported that rats that consumed a high-fructose corn syrup diet experienced memory impairment and cognitive issues. However, a review of studies on this topic, published in the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" -- which included studies on humans and on rats -- concluded that specific doses of glucose may positively affect memory in humans, especially in the elderly. However, the study did not include any research investigating the long-term effects of high sugar intake on the human brain.