In a fast paced world where novelty drives our appetites, the typical American spends a lot of time and money eating out. Staying home for a home cooked meal takes time and can seem mundane. Going out for the latest new dish from restaurants offering endless variety draws us as does the need to get a meal done and move on to the next task.
I have said a million times that there is no perfect diet for everyone. Each person begins life wired differently, and individual persons need individualized nutrition. For that reason, I have not jumped on the ketogenic bandwagon like many who sound like it fixes everything. However, I have to admit this research is pretty intriguing.
In functional medicine circles, I have heard many anecdotes about patients who got tipsy with sugar intake. While not necessarily common, auto-brewery syndrome is not uncommon either. In these patients, sugar intake appears to feed yeast in the colon which convert the sugar to alcohol. Even conventional medicine had to recognize this entity given the multiplicity of case reports which had been tested and proven true.
Did you feel the earth quake on April 3rd, 2019? Well, that was the date the prestigious journal, The Lancet, published one of the most important studies of the year. Their findings? Simply their conclusion that medical students need more education in nutrition during their training.
Most of you who are reading this are likely unimpressed,
The debate over cholesterol intake rages on in the world of cardiovascular medicine. After years of “fat is evil” propaganda, the tide turned to acknowledge that some fat is better than others. We even recognize that fat can be a good thing. A question however continues to plague each of us as we sit down at the dinner table or walk through the grocery aisles,
Come on… don’t we all already recognize that eating lots of fried food is bad for you? Just in case you don’t, here is one more study to add to your list. Researchers studied the effects of adding canola oil cooked at 325 F in a local eatery’s commercial fryer to the diet of lab mice.
The internet buzzes with fad diets
claiming amazing results for all-comers even to the extreme of becoming a
Breatharian (eating only air and light).
While I profess no interest in giving up food for a breakfast of air and
light, I do strive to guide others in finding an optimal nutrition plan for
them. Several factors go into my
patient’s optimal nutritional approach.
Guest Blog by Dr. Potter’s Wife, Jennifer
There it is again. That old saying, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade”. Well, as I have said before, sometimes it takes awhile to get to the lemonade stage. Sometimes the sugar is in short supply and you are doing good to decrease the tartness of the lemon by making lemon water.
Have you ever wanted to be a fly on the wall of some conversation, listening in? Well, researchers are trying to do just that as your sweet little baby’s poop sends messages to his or her developing brain.
Research methods over recent decades have allowed scientists to “see” so many more bacteria in our guts and how they interact with our bodies.
Autism – its one of the day’s great debates.
Many spend their time arguing about whether vaccines or some toxin has created the epidemic. Others search for the magic gene convinced that genetics or epigenetics can explain it all. None of these avenues are wrong or fruitless as understanding origins may lead to therapies.
Numerous supplements are proving to benefit diabetics and pre-diabetics in controlling their glucose control, however a list of supplements which might worsen glucose control garners little press. Maybe the good guys need to step back for a moment and allow the guilty parties to stand alone in the spotlight. Let’s take a moment to examine our lineup.
Prooftexting is the act of taking a verse out of context to prove a doctrine or practice.
We are all guilty of prooftexting from Scripture on occasion. We are also all guilty of accusing others of this splinter while we have a beam in our own eye.
Consider snake handling churches as a possible example of prooftexting.
For those who deal with histamine excess, Yasmina offers many helpful tools and recipes to manage the histamine overload which produces migraines, palpitations, rashes, and many other symptoms. I look forward to reading more about the connection between histamine blockers and heart health she describes below.
Sanctuary Functional Medicine,
As is often the case, an elaborate scientific study must occur for scientists to better understand something that we all recognize with a “Duh?”. In this case, researchers from the University of Zurich devised an experiment to study how people (test subjects) come to prefer tasty foods over healthy foods while under some form of stress.
With all the nutritional challenges living in today’s world, dinnertime often brings practical questions of what to put on the table. Most families can’t afford to pay 3 to 5 times the conventional price for everything to be organic, non-GMO, or whatever label du jour. Choices must be made. If something doesn’t “need” to be organic,
Scientists as the 67th American Academy of Neurology Annual Meeting heard some intriguing study results just last month. Papers are pending from some of the discoveries, but presentations regarding links between vitamins and multiple sclerosis have doctors’ more than a little excited.
In one study Stephanie Tankou, MD, and colleagues looked at how vitamin D levels interact with the gut microbiome to influence multiple sclerosis symptoms.
(the opening paragraphs of my recent seminary paper on Food Theology)
The Church is mostly silent while its members suffer not only the same lifestyle related physical consequences of the world, but also succumb to the legalistic false teachings of today’s diet prophets. Some estimate that 350000 people die every year from obesity related disease (Soza 1999,
Pudgy, one of our three little pigs, is caught again rooting around for midnight snacks in the garden. His brothers have been working with him at mealtimes to keep his portions under control, but Pudgy, his nickname, kept growing more rotund until they realized where his extra calories were coming from. He has long known that gluttony is a sin,
(An Excerpt from my seminary paper called Food Theology)
(From a section addressing normative principles in the Bible regarding how we eat)
The Bible also stresses the importance of fellowship which was primarily in the context of sharing meals. In one example of endangered table fellowship, Paul confronted Peter in Galatians 2:11-14 about Peter’s not eating with Gentiles (Chester 2011,
Researchers in China recently released findings from a large study of 20,000 patients looking at whether folic acid (yes, the synthetic form) affected the stroke risk in those with high blood pressure. Several of the findings underscore the importance of the methylation cycle in cardiovascular health. Both individuals with MTHFR 677 mutations and those without should take notice of this study.