Ripples of Coca-Cola’s Recent Disclosures

“Last week Coca-Cola disclosed its practice of paying researchers and health professionals millions of dollars. It spent $21.8 million to fund pro-industry research and $96.8 million on partnerships with health organizations, including $2.1 million directly paying health experts… I wanted to dig deeper into this network of influencers to learn more about the strategy. Why …

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Embarrassingly Bad Research: Canola Oil and Type 2 Diabetes

I’ve endeavored to keep my writings positive, adhering to the “if you can’t say something nice, say nothing” philosophy. I’ve made no secret that, despite the best intentions of some very intelligent and hard working researchers, the quality of┬áhealth related research in the US generally ranges from poor to terrible. However, sometimes a research article …

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Research Collected: February 2014

Diet rapidly and reproducibly alters the human gut microbiome Diet rapidly and reproducibly alters the human gut mi… [Nature. 2014] – PubMed – NCBI “Here we show that the short-term consumption of diets composed entirely of animal or plant products alters microbial community structure and overwhelms inter-individual differences in microbial gene expression…┬áthese results demonstrate that …

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Mark Sisson’s fictional dialogue about macronutrients

I think writing a fictional dialogue can be a useful exercise to explore ways of better presenting information. There were 2 passages in Sisson’s piece that stood out to me as being similar to conversations I’ve had as of late and thus worth quoting: Actually, you know how you asked how I never quite need …

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60 Minutes: Is Sugar Toxic?

This is a 14 minute report from April 2012 that interviews Dr. Robert Lustig and other professionals about the connection between sugar and diseases including type 2 diabetes (sugar diabetes), heart disease, and cancer. It also briefly addresses the addictive nature of sugar. This piece is obviously an oversimplification of the processes involved but worth …

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Best to avoid “Agave Nectar” aka High Fructose Agave Syrup

One seemingly endless market is for “healthy sugar”. There is a lot of money in the marketing of various products as “healthy sugar” and “Agave” is certainly one of the success stories. The most important thing to understand about High Fructose Agave Syrup is that it is made in an almost identical way to High …

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