So there is a new health documentary out on Netflix called What the Health and it is meant to be a treatise on the importance of diet for health. It’s not exactly that. It is more accurately a beautifully done vegan propaganda film with shoddy science and even worse knowledge of how statistics work. I do need to give the filmmakers prop, What the Health is very effective at evoking an emotional response. I’m going to take my time here and do a mini series wherein I interpret every important claim made in the movie and see if it valid. Continue reading “Calling Bullshit: What the Health Part 1”
We have already done a good job of analyzing many of the potential health and physiological effects of intermittent fasting, but what we have yet to address is whether or not it may have any effect on what may be the scariest disease of them all, cancer. Even with the advancements in care, cancer is still a terrifying and often confusing disease, however it is possible that intermittent fasting may have beneficial effects. Continue reading “Cancer Fasting: Could Fasting Prevent Cancer”
We have already shown some of the interesting features of intermittent fasting. However, we are now trying to assess whether or not it may be beneficial for the long term health of your brain. Whether or not there may be a special fasting brain. With the incredible prevalence and destructive ability of neurodegenerative diseases it is important to look for methods and techniques that can promise an improved long term mental health deserves consideration. The problem with any potential fasting brain is that it is hard to test in humans due to the length of study that would be necessary. So we are going to need to look at studies done on other mammals, always remember these are not a perfect analogue, but still could give us a useful view into the fasting brain. Continue reading “The Intermittent Fasting Brain”
We have already established that intermittent fasting seems to have some interesting effects. The new question we must consider is whether or not is has the potential to stop the number one killer in the United States cardiovascular disease. Millions of people suffer from this disease, and it is one of the single largest contributors to emergency room visits. If there was evidence that intermittent fasting could help with this disease it would make a massive difference in terms of lives saved. Continue reading “Intermittent Fasting and Cardiovascular Health: Can IF help your heart?”
Type 2 Diabetes is an incredibly damaging disease that causes a huge amount of damage to both life and to our national healthcare expenses. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. It has annual costs of $245,000,000,000. This is a huge problem for our nation and for 29.1 million people. There was early on some evidence in rats and mice that intermittent fasting could help with insulin sensitivity and potentially with diabetes, and the question is whether or not that same effect is seen in humans. Continue reading “Intermittent Fasting and Diabetes: Can IF improve insulin sensitivity?”
There is a lot of debate about the potential health benefits of intermittent fasting. There is a certain group of people who have become extraordinarily passionate about this technique and now believe it to be an almost universal cure-all. With one of their most oft-cited claims being that intermittent fasting has special benefits for weight loss. I have previously addressed intermittent fasting here and here. Continue reading “Intermittent Fasting as a Strategy for Weight Loss”
Alcohol has been demonized as a poison with no benefits, but the truth seems to be much more complex, and it may actualy be good for your health.
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When you first start to lose weight, one of the most common pieces of advice is to completely eliminate it from your diet, that it does nothing for your health, and will only serve to stall your weight loss. However, what if alcohol actually was not as bad for you as is often described? And what if even more shockingly alcohol was associated with a lower incidence of obesity? Continue reading “Alcohol and your Health: The Boozy Truth”
Intermittent fasting is a shocking at first, but perhaps very effective weight loss technique
So like I mentioned I have recommitted myself to losing weight and this has included doing some new research into diet techniques. One that I found really interesting was Intermittent Fasting. The concept behind intermittent fasting is really quite simple. At it’s core it is simply alternating periods of fast (no eating) with periods of eating. However it has been shown to have some truly interesting health effects.
Sometimes you set out to lose weight, and find the scale just does not work in your favor. This past week that was me.
Okay weight loss is hard. Everyone who has ever done it before knows this. Last week was a huge weight loss week for me, however the combination of stress, and a different schedule meant this week I rebounded a little bit. However, this gives me a chance to pontificate for a minute about some of the interesting things I have observed at this point. (Remember you can track progress here) Continue reading “Weight Loss Update”