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Carbs Create Hunger

Have you been having trouble with appetite control?

You want to stay on your diet, but you just get so hungry.

We now know that carbohydrates create hunger, and this makes it harder and harder to control your appetite.

A Monash University scientist has discovered key appetite control cells in the human brain degenerate over time, causing increased hunger and potentially weight-gain as we grow older.

The research by Dr Zane Andrews, a neuroendocrinologist with Monash University’s Department of Physiology, has been published in Nature.

Dr Andrews found that appetite-suppressing cells are attacked by free radicals after eating and said the degeneration is more significant following meals rich in carbohydrates and sugars.

“The more carbs and sugars you eat, the more your appetite-control cells are damaged, and potentially you consume more,” Dr Andrews said.

Dr Andrews said the attack on appetite suppressing cells creates a cellular imbalance between our need to eat and the message to the brain to stop eating.

“People in the age group of 25 to 50 are most at risk. The neurons that tell people in the crucial age range not to over-eat are being killed-off.

“When the stomach is empty, it triggers the ghrelin hormone that notifies the brain that we are hungry. When we are full, a set of neurons known as POMC’s kick in.

“However, free radicals created naturally in the body attack the POMC neurons. This process causes the neurons to degenerate overtime, affecting our judgement as to when our hunger is satisfied,” Dr Andrews said.

The free radicals also try to attack the hunger neurons, but these are protected by the uncoupling protein 2 (UCP2).

Dr Andrews said the reduction in the appetite-suppressing cells could be one explanation for the complex condition of adult-onset obesity.

“A diet rich in carbohydrate and sugar that has become more and more prevalent in modern societies over the last 20-30 years has placed so much strain on our bodies that it’s leading to premature cell deterioration,” Dr Andrews said.

Dr Andrews’ next research project will focus on finding if a diet rich in carbohydrates and sugars has other impacts on the brain, such as the increased incidences of neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease. (

What can you do?

Reduce your grains and sugar right down, the only carbs you should be eating are vegetables and fruit and wholegrains. Avoid anything white or processed. For the rest of the story please see the book, Sick, Tired and Overweight.

live a balanced life…

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August 25, 2008 Posted by | General, Wellness | , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Excess Sugar Linked To Male Infertility

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Excess sugar is being linked to so many different symptoms and diseases now that it should serve as a warning to everyone. Sugar means anything that has a high glycemic index: sugar itself and; white flour,  white rice, bread, pasta, biscuits, cakes, ice cream, soda, cola, candy, pastry, etc… Now scientists are telling us it can also lead to male infertility, perhaps this might be why the y chromosome is shrinking too? I guess they will let us know when they have it all figured out.

“Sperm DNA quality is known to be associated with decreased embryo quality, low embryo implantation rates, higher miscarriage rates, and some serious childhood diseases, in particular some childhood cancers. Over the years possible causes for sperm DNA fragmentation have been suggested but to date the exact mechanism for the damage remains unknown, say the scientists.

“We found a class of compounds known as advanced glycation end products (AGEs) in the male reproductive tract. These are formed as the result of glycation (the addition of sugar),” said Dr. Mallidis, “and accumulate during normal ageing. They are dependent on life style – diet, smoking etc – and in many diabetic complications are centrally implicated in DNA damage. We believe that they play a similar role in the male reproductive system.”

The scientists intend to follow up their work by trying to determine how AGEs cause and contribute to DNA damage. They believe that they may have uncovered a new role for AGEs, and that their influence goes far beyond diabetes and its complications.

“We must now try to develop strategies to protect sperm, and to diminish the accumulation of AGEs,” said Dr. Mallidis. Such strategies could involve changes in diet, disrupting a step in the formation of AGEs, or increasing the body’s protection against AGEs, possibly through the use of dietary supplements”

Sugar and starchy over processed grains have become one of the major causes of our modern diseases and it’s time for us all to realise that we must start thinking about what we eat and get back to basics. Prescriptive treatment protocol for the modern day epidemics: lots of vegetables, good quality protein, good fats and oils, wholegrains (in that order) and lots of fresh, clean air, exercise and movement on a daily basis.

When we look at the way all animal life has evolved, we were meant to take advantage of the fruits of the earth and move, not to sit in out over-processed offices, in over-processed lighting, breathing over-processed air and eating over-processed foods. Get out and…

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July 12, 2008 Posted by | Health, Nutrition, Wellness | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Belly Fat May Affect Your Liver

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Look down… is your belly fat or flat? If all you see is a rounded ball where your abs ought to be you might want to consider doing something about it. A new study has found that abdominal fat, which is called WAT or while adipose tissue, is something worth shedding. Among its many other disagreeable effects on the body these researchers have found:

“A study by the University of Southern California (USC) suggests the release of lipids from abdominal fat, which drains directly to the liver, increases overnight, providing additional insight as to how abdominal fat is associated with type 2 diabetes risk. The results of the study were presented at an oral session Monday, June 9 at the American Diabetes Association 68th Scientific Sessions held in San Francisco.

“It has been shown that people who store body fat in their abdomens are at greater risk to develop diabetes and other chronic illnesses, but why this happens has remained unclear,” says Lisa Nicole Harrison, B.S., Master’s candidate, at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and lead author on the study. “Our study found lipid release from abdominal fat was substantially elevated during the night, which may be a primary mechanism leading to insulin resistance, a strong risk factor for type 2 diabetes.”

The observed lipids drain directly to the liver, a key center of glucose and insulin metabolism, where they may accumulate as triglyceride and cause dysregulation of these important metabolic processes, Harrison says. The results highlight the importance of abdominal obesity in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes.”

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What can you do about it? The book “A Rainbow on My Plate” might have some of the answers.

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June 11, 2008 Posted by | Health, Nutrition, Wellness | , , , | 2 Comments

Cinnamon Amazing Defence Against Diabetes and Insulin Resistance

Did you know that just by putting a little Cinnamon on your Capaccino will give your body more control over it’s blood sugar? I have been telling people for years about this great little spice, i love Cinnamon. Researchers have actually proved what we have been saying for years about Cinnamon:

“Scientists from the US Department of Agriculture and several universities are confirming the effectiveness of a treatment for high blood sugar; the key factor in Syndrome X that dates back almost 4,000 years. They have isolated compounds in cinnamon bark that have been proven to lower blood sugar levels significantly in rat blood studies and in human subjects. The human research study also showed considerable improvements in glucose and fat metabolism in volunteers. Blood glucose dropped 18% – 29%. Triglycerides, total cholesterol, and LDL (bad) cholesterol also decreased between 7% and 30%. ”

This study does not include ‘table cinnamon’ at this point so break out the old fashioned cinnamon out of your pantry and sprinkle daily for blood sugar and lipid control, and help with, diabetes, insulin resistance, and high blood sugar or blood sugar dips.

May 8, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 4 Comments

Is Cholesterol Really the Bad Guy?

Cholesteral has been given a bad rap for years and yet the medical research tells us that we need cholesterol and that some of the native people with seriously high cholesterol live long and healthy lives, how can this be? for more information on this topic please checkout my article called, “Fats Myths, Facts and Fallacies.”

After you have watched the video below by Dr Rosedale who is on the cutting edge of the research into insulin resistance, leptins, heart disease and obesity.

You have got to wonder why these medical fallacies are perpetuated for years and years, could it be that there is such an investment in the food and health industry in products biased toward these unproven medical myths that they dare not tell the truth or they might lose some of their profits?

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May 7, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment