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Coffee provides a natural multitarget pharmacopeia against the hallmarks of cancer

Despites its simple appearance, a cup of coffee is in fact a complex mixture that contains hundreds of molecules, the composition and concentration of which vary widely and depend on factors including the origin of the coffee tree or its metabolism. Although an excessive consumption of coffee can be harmful, many molecules that are present in this black decoction exert anticancer properties. This review aims to describe the different primary coffee-containing substances that exert chemopreventive and bioactive activities against the different hallmarks and enabling characteristics of cancer, thus explaining the anticancer health benefit of black coffee.

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Lettuce is ‘three times worse than bacon’ for emissions and vegetarian diets could be bad for environment

Eating a healthier diet rich in fruit and vegetables could actually be more harmful to the environment than consuming some meat, a US study has claimed.

Is the reduced consumption of meat really going to help our environment? As is so often the case, nutritional science contradicts itself and confuses us all. Happy reading!

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On Addiction: a different perspective

It is not the chemical but the cage we are in

Why Most Published Research Findings Are False

Summary from the essay

There is increasing concern that most current published research findings are false. The probability that a research claim is true may depend on study power and bias, the number of other studies on the same question, and, importantly, the ratio of true to no relationships among the relationships probed in each scientific field. In this framework, a research finding is less likely to be true when the studies conducted in a field are smaller; when effect sizes are smaller; when there is a greater number and lesser preselection of tested relationships; where there is greater flexibility in designs, definitions, outcomes, and analytical modes; when there is greater financial and other interest and prejudice; and when more teams are involved in a scientific field in chase of statistical significance. Simulations show that for most study designs and settings, it is more likely for a research claim to be false than true. Moreover, for many current scientific fields, claimed research findings may often be simply accurate measures of the prevailing bias. In this essay, I discuss the implications of these problems for the conduct and interpretation of research.

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Effect of low-fat diet interventions versus other diet interventions on long-term weight change in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Here is brand new article from The Lancet claiming that, yet again, it is demonstrated that low-carb diets are more effective than low-fat diets for weight loss.

Conclusion

These findings suggest that the long-term effect of low-fat diet intervention on bodyweight depends on the intensity of the intervention in the comparison group. When compared with dietary interventions of similar intensity, evidence from RCTs does not support low-fat diets over other dietary interventions for long-term weight loss.

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Article: Association of Maternal Report of Infant and Toddler Gastrointestinal Symptoms With Autism

***Too much evidence is mounting regarding Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and GI disturbances. Please, if you have a child that is on the spectrum, or are worried that you do, do your research and help your child. ASD can be treated through diet: see the GAPS Diet***

Below is part of the Abstract of the article:

Importance  Gastrointestinal (GI) comorbidities are frequently described in association with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, the prevalence of GI disturbances and the age at which such problems first appear are unclear, and their specificity for ASD compared with other neurodevelopmental disorders is uncertain.

Objective  To compare maternal report of GI symptoms during the first 3 years of life in children with ASD, developmental delay (DD), and typical development (TD).

Conclusions and Relevance  In this large prospective cohort, maternally reported GI symptoms are more common and more often persistent during the first 3 years of life in children with ASD than in children with TD or DD.

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New Evidence of Coffee’s Many Benefits

Below is a link to some new evidence from Harvard that roughly 2 cups of coffee is good for us! Coffee contains chlorogenic acid, a potent and naturally occuring derivative of caffeic acid, found in the coffee bean. Coffee has also been shown to prevent brain degeneration (Parkinson’s Disease, dementia, etc.) and certain cancers (see link). I love the research that says coffee is healthy. And oddly enough I seem to always find a flaw in the research that says coffee is bad for us. Imagine that!

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Diet fads are destroying us: Paleo, gluten-free and the lies we tell ourselves

The author of “The Gluten Lie” on our fruitless search for clean living, and why we’re so quick to scoff at science

This is a great article regarding nutrition and mis-placed moral effort. I can’t wait to read his book!

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Study Reveals Sizable Increase in Diabetes Among Children

“For years doctors have warned of a rising epidemic of diabetes among children. Yet there has been surprisingly little firm data on the extent of this disease among younger Americans. Now a nationally representative study has confirmed that from 2001 to 2009 the incidence of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes drastically increased among children and adolescents across racial groups.”

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