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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Meat heads? For how many MORE years will this be the case?

Dietary Fatty Acids and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Men

The Kuopio Ischemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study


Objective—The epidemiological evidence of the role of dietary saturated fatty acids (SFA) in the development of coronary heart disease (CHD) is inconsistent. We investigated the associations of dietary fatty acids with the risk of CHD and carotid atherosclerosis in men with high SFA intake and high rates of CHD.
Approach and Results—In total, 1981 men from the population-based Kuopio Ischemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study (KIHD), aged 42 to 60 years and free of CHD at baseline in 1984 to 1989, were investigated. Food consumption was assessed with 4-day food recording. Multivariate nutrient-density models were used to analyze isocaloric replacement of nutrients. CHD events were ascertained from national registries. Carotid atherosclerosis was assessed by ultrasonography of the common carotid artery intima-media thickness in 1015 men. During the average follow-up of 21.4 years, 183 fatal and 382 nonfatal CHD events occurred. SFA or trans fat intakes were not associated with CHD risk. In contrast, monounsaturated fat intake was associated with increased risk and polyunsaturated fat intake with decreased risk of fatal CHD, whether replacing SFA, trans fat, or carbohydrates. The associations with carotid atherosclerosis were broadly similar, whereas the associations with nonfatal CHD were weaker.
Conclusions—Our results suggest that SFA intake is not an independent risk factor for CHD, even in a population with higher ranges of SFA intake. In contrast, polyunsaturated fat intake was associated with lower risk of fatal CHD, whether replacing SFA, trans fat, or carbohydrates. Further investigation on the effect of monounsaturated fat on the CHD risk is warranted.

Quote of the day

I have nothing to sell, does that make me or what I believe less valid ? Eddie Mitchell

Broccoli Protein Bread "It's amazing"

Check this bread out, simplicity itself to make and should become a low carb star in our house. Eddie

100 year old diabetic cook book still hits the spot !

Diabetes is now a run away train. It’s out of control, around the world hundreds of millions of people have joined the club, no one wants to join. The epidemics of type two diabetes and it’s often linked obesity are going to get far worse the experts tell us. Big pharma knows this, big pharma can hear the big cash register ringing. My opinion on big pharma and many of it’s drugs is well known. Many have proved to be useless and others banned for killing people. There was a time when no drugs were available for the control of diabetes, and many type two diabetics lived long and active lives. Many feel Dr. Atkins was the start of the lowcarb diet, but lowcarbing for improved health goes back to the days of William Banting.

The link below will take you to a free of charge read on line digitalized book, on the best diet for diabetics before big pharma loaded the dice, and diet and exercise kept people healthy and in control of their diabetes. I urge you to take a look. I have left the book open at pages 12 and 13, foods of great value and foods to avoid. Many will not be surprised to see, nothing has changed in almost a hundred years, in the best way to control diabetes. Diet and exercise and nil/minimal medication.

Check this link out, a fantastic read and well worth your time.

Diabetic Cookery Recipes And Menus by Rebecca W Oppenheimer printed 1917

Link to the book here.


Monday, 29 September 2014

Questioning the Cholesterol Treatment Guidelines, Part I

Dr. Sam Eggertsen another in a long line of doctors questioning the cholesterol guidelines, check out part 2 here


Low carb lunch ideas

Check out the mega Ditch The Carbs site here.

Heart disease warning factors 'missed by many adults'

Many adults in the UK are unaware of the risk factors for heart disease, according to a new poll.

While a third of people are worried about getting dementia or cancer, only 2% are afraid of coronary heart disease, a survey by the British Heart Foundation has found.

And one in ten adults confessed to not knowing how to look after their hearts.

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is responsible for about 74,000 deaths in the UK each year.

The British Heart Foundation has issued 10 tips to prevent heart disease:

Give up smoking
If you're over 40, take up your free NHS health check
Maintain a healthy weight
Lead an active lifestyle
Ditch the salt
Eat your "five a day" of fruit and vegetables
Cut down on saturated fat
Read food labels to find out if something is healthy for you
Don't drink too much alcohol
Watch food portion sizes.

More on this story here.

Still going after saturated fat and ditch the salt, when even their financial backers Unilever (Flora) have thrown in the towel regarding margarine and no mention of vegetable oils, sugar and HFCS. Is it any wonder this sort of outfit is going nowhere fast.


Sunday, 28 September 2014

Statin standoff: Does rosuvastatin tip the balance in diabetic patients?

When it comes to cholesterol-lowering statin medications for patients with type 2 diabetes, rosuvastatin may be a better choice than atorvastatin, according to the findings of a new study presented today at ESC Congress 2014.
"Statins have been shown to slightly increase the risk of new-onset  but few studies have been done to investigate their impact on existing diabetes. Such data would greatly contribute to decision-making when these  are treated in routine clinical settings," said Hisao Ogawa, MD, PhD, investigator of the LISTEN (LIpid lowering with highly potent Statins in hyperlipidemia with Type 2 diabetes patiENts) trial.
Results of the trial, presented as an ESC Hot Line, suggest rosuvastatin may have an initially more favourable effect on  compared to , making it a wiser choice especially in  who struggle to keep glucose levels down, said Professor Ogawa, from the Graduate School of Medical Sciences at Kumamoto University in Kumamoto, and Deputy Director General of the Hospital, National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center, Suita, Osaka, Japan.
The study randomised patients with  and  to either 5mg of rosuvastatin daily (n=514) or 10mg of atorvastatin daily (n=504) for a year.
An increase in statin dose was allowed only if a patient's  were not controlled adequately according to Japanese guidelines, but decisions about adjusting diabetes medication were left to the treating physicians' discretion.
The primary endpoint of the trial was the change from baseline in non-HDL (total cholesterol minus HDL or "") and glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), an indication of blood glucose.
At the end of the study both groups had a reduction in non-HDL cholesterol, with non-statistically significant difference between the rosuvastatin and atorvastatin groups (-32.86% and -31.01%, respectively).
Similarly, the reduction in LDL ("bad cholesterol") was not significantly different between the groups at one year (-34.79% and -32.78% mg/dL respectively).
However, at three months, LDL reduction was significantly greater in the rosuvastatin group (-39.38% vs -36.39%, p=0.0106).
Blood glucose levels increased in both groups, with no significant difference between them at 12 months (mean change of 0.11% and 0.12% in the rosuvastatin and atorvastatin groups respectively).
However, the initial increase in blood glucose was more abrupt in the atorvastatin group (121.4 and 126.0 mg/dL at 3 and 6 months) compared to the rosuvastatin group (118.8 and 122.9 mg/dL at 3 and 6 months), a difference that was statistically significant (p=0.0104).
"This would have influenced physicians' behavior to change the intensity of diabetes treatment more significantly in the atorvastatin group," noted Professor Ogawa. In fact, more patients on atorvastatin were given an increase in their diabetic therapy to control their initial abrupt rise in glucose (64 vs. 45 subjects; HR 1.46, p=0.05).
There was a similar rate of adverse and serious adverse events in both groups (20.7% and 3.7% in the rosuvastatin group and 20.0% and 2.8% in the atorvastatin group), with 4.5% and 5.9% respectively deemed connected to the study drug.
"A statin's impact on glucose metabolism should also be considered along with its cholesterol-lowering potency when making treatment choices for diabetic patients with high cholesterol," said Professor Ogawa. "Our results suggest rosuvastatin might be more preferable to atorvastatin due to its different influence on glucose levels."
He noted that the study used Japanese-approved dosages of rosuvastatin (5 mg) and atorvastatin (10 mg), which are small compared to standard North American or European doses (10-20 mg and 20-40 mg respectively). "Therefore our results might have underestimated the effects of statins."

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Saturday, 27 September 2014

Scala: The Eve Of War

Chyi Yu - C'est La Vie

Chill out time  with  Taiwanese songstress  Chyi Yu

For Eddie and Graham

Eric Clapton - Layla

Again the Gad on drums Eddie

Michel Petrucciani with Steve Gad:Take The A Train

Steve Gad the best drummer that ever lifted a drum stick bar non. Eddie

Davy Spillane - Caoineadh Cu Chulainn Uilleann Pipes.

Every Grain Of Sand

A powerful Dylan song covered by Emmylou Harris. John

Etta James

Best band for Chuck Berry since his early Chess years. John


This one is for Jan because Saturday night is music night on this blog. Her favourite film and she has always loved Roy's music.

Hazelnut Chocolate Chip Scones

Yield: 12 scones
Serving Size: 1 scone
A great new low carb scone recipe with the delicious combination of hazelnuts and chocolate. Move over, Nutella, there's a healthier option in town.


  • 2 1/2 cups hazelnut meal
  • 1/2 cup golden flax seed meal
  • 1/3 cup Swerve Sweetener
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup hazelnut oil
  • 2 tbsp cream
  • 1/2 tsp hazelnut extract or vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp stevia extract
  • 1/3 cup sugar-free chocolate chips, such as Lily's
  • Chocolate Drizzle (optional)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 oz dark chocolate, such as Lily's, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 325F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together hazelnut meal, flax seed meal, sweetener, baking powder and salt. Add eggs, hazelnut oil, cream and extract and mix well until dough comes together. Stir in chocolate chips.
  3. Turn dough out onto prepared baking sheet and pat into a rough rectangle, about 1 inch thick (it should be about 6x8 inches). With a sharp knife, cut into 6 even squares, then cut each square diagonally into two triangles.
  4. Carefully separate and lift scones and place them around the baking sheet, leaving about 1 inch between them. Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until just firm to the touch and lightly browned.
  5. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  6. Chocolate Drizzle
  7. In a small bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, melt butter and chocolate together until smooth. Drizzle over cooled scones and let set, at least 20 minutes.


Serves 12. Each serving has 11.77 g of carbs (with the glaze) and 6.52 g of fiber. Total NET CARBS = 5.25 g.
Food energy: 323kcal Saturated fatty acids: 5.23g Total fat: 28.43g Calories from fat: 255 Cholesterol: 37mg Carbohydrate: 11.77g Total dietary fiber: 6.52g Protein: 7.01g

All the above taken from the mega site All Day I Dream About Food which can be found here. Why not hop over and find some fabulous recipe's and great food ideas.

All the best


Twitter still the most fun around !

  1. Slideshow: Celebrities With Diabetes – Bret Michaels, Halle Berry, and More
  2. Halle Berry low carbing diabetic.Low carb you know it makes sense, why fight it !

More great grub

Statin Scam: People with Higher Cholesterol Live Longer than People with Low Cholesterol !

Here is a fact that has been known for quite a long time, but it is still news to many people:
People with higher cholesterol levels live longer than people with lower cholesterol levels.
Read that again, slowly, and no, it is not a typo.
The reason why this fact is not well-known in the general public is because it would put a huge dent into a $100 BILLION drug market for statin drugs – drugs that lower your cholesterol. With approximately one out every four Americans over the age of 50 currently prescribed a statin drug, a drug with very serious side effects, this is certainly one issue you should investigate yourself. Please don’t take my word on it, nor anybody else’s.
The statin scam has been exposed, but there are powerful sources at work in the medical system to keep it going.
One of the best documentaries exposing the statin scam and interviewing doctors in the industry who have exposed it, was published last year on ABC in Australia. The medical authorities were not successful in preventing it from being aired on TV, but they have removed almost all copies from YouTube now, and forced ABC to remove them from their website.
We currently are using copies by Dr. Eades posted on his Vimeo account. Take some time to watch these important documentaries produced by medical doctors on the statin drug scam, and be informed!

Check out the full article here.


Nothing wrong with you ?

Fatty Acid Facts with Franziska Spritzler RD

Friday, 26 September 2014

Vitamin D danger of our indoor lives: Lack of sunlight increases risk of heart disease and cancer

  • Study found found that 1 in 10 men and women aged 40 to 80 were deficient
  • Research also found that adults with the highest levels of vitamin D were least likely to die

  • Thousands of middle aged adults could be at higher risk of fractures, heart disease, cancer and diabetes due to a lack of vitamin D, research shows.

    It found that an average 1 in 10 men and women aged 40 to 80 were deficient – probably because they were spending too much time indoors.

    But the study by Cambridge University also found that adults with the highest levels of vitamin D were least likely to die

    The vitamin is thought to play a key role in several chemical reactions and has been shown to protect against cancers, heart disease, diabetes and boost fertility.

    Researchers looked at 14,641 men and women aged 42 to 82 from 1997 to 2012.

    They found that 9 per cent of men and 13 per cent of women did not have enough vitamin D.

    The greatest source of vitamin D comes from a reaction of sun on the skin but in the UK and other countries in the Northern Hemisphere, this can only be made in the summer sun.

    It is also found in oily fish such as salmon and mackerel and milk.

    The ideal levels of vitamin D in the blood are somewhere between 50 and 90 nanmoles per litre, with less than 30 nanomoles per litre being considered deficient.

    But the study found that for every 20 nanomoles per litre the vitamin D levels went up, the chances of dying reduced by 8 per cent.

    Professor Kay-Tee Khaw from the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge, said: ‘Our data suggest that a modest increase in vitamin D in the general population may minimise the number of people with very low levels of the vitamin and may have some benefits even for those whose levels are acceptable.

    ‘This could be achieved by taking modest daily vitamin D supplements or eating oily fish two or three times a week and increasing physical activity as we are more efficient at producing vitamin D if we are physically active.

    ‘We only need around 20 minutes a day of sunlight in summer to ensure that we have sufficient levels to see us through the winter and must be careful as we know that over-exposure to sunlight – particularly if we burn – raises skin cancer risk.’

    Professor Nick Wareham, Director of the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit at the University of Cambridge said: ‘We know that vitamin D deficiency can be detrimental to health, but until now there has been no clear answer as to what is actually the ideal amount of the vitamin.

    ‘Outside of those whose levels are extremely low, we’ve had no way of knowing how many people are actually getting less vitamin D than they need.’


    Obesity could bankrupt NHS if left unchecked !

    The chief executive of NHS England has warned that obesity will bankrupt the health service unless Britain gets serious about tackling the problem.
    "Obesity is the new smoking, and it represents a slow-motion car crash in terms of avoidable illness and rising health care costs," Simon Stevens told public health officials at a conference in Coventry.
    "If as a nation we keep piling on the pounds around the waistline, we'll be piling on the pounds in terms of future taxes needed just to keep the NHS afloat."
    Stevens, who took up the post this year, said the health of millions of children, the sustainability of the NHS and the economic prosperity of Britain all now depend on a radical upgrade in prevention and public health.
    Local authorities have been given responsibility for tackling obesity, as part of their new public health remit. Money for public health has been ringfenced by the government, but individual authorities are free to spend it according to the needs and priorities in their own area. Some experts fear that obesity, which is hard to tackle and needs the involvement of town planners and education departments as well as health, may not get the funding it needs.
    More on this story here.
    Meanwhile the NHS and BDA doll out lamentable dietary advice. They just don't get it, nothing will change, until they change the broken record, that fails time, after time, after time.

    $even Billion Dollar$ did you fall for it ?

    Soda fight’s last stand !

    BERKELEY, Calif. — Here in one of the most liberal corners of the nation, health advocates are preparing for what could be their last stand in the battle over taxing soda.

    Voters in San Francisco and Berkeley will consider a 1 or 2 cents per ounce sin tax on sugar-sweetened drinks on the ballot in November.

    If the tax passes in one of the two cities, as polls show it might, it’ll be the first loss for the beverage industry, which has emerged undefeated in more than 30 similar fights in states and cities, from Maine to El Monte, California in recent years.

    The industry is all in, pouring at least $2 million into the fight already, to hold its perfect record. If it can beat back this latest threat in a liberal haven, it could very well kill soda taxes, once and for all, by discouraging other cities and states from even trying.

    The No campaign’s San Francisco TV ads were made by Goddard Gunster — a creative firm well-known for the Harry and Louise spots attacking health care reform in the 1990s — which also produced ads in opposition to Bloomberg’s soda size crackdown. Election filings show the firm has been paid nearly $950,000.

    All of the TV and radio ads use female narrators and focus on prices.

    “Two pennies per ounce on sugar sweetened beverages can really add up,” the narrator says in one of the ads running in San Francisco. “A 12-pack of soda would cost $3 more. Some beverages could go up 75 percent. Businesses would lose $60 million in revenue and nearly $6 million dollars of the tax would be paid by families with an annual income of less than $20,000.”

    But Tramutola notes that Berkeley’s Measure D also has “unprecedented” local political support. All eight city council members support the measure, along with the mayor and all of the political candidates, he said. Around town, you can’t miss the orange “Berkeley vs. Big Soda” signs dotting lawns.

    And pro-tax organizers think the flood of cash has backfired in some cases. As Berkeley voters have been bombarded with phone calls and canvasser visits, more have also been stopping into the Yes campaign headquarters on the main drag downtown asking for yard signs, according to Sara Soka, campaign manager for the Yes on Measure D, which calls itself “Berkeley vs. Big Soda.”

    “People are upset that Big Soda is knocking on their door,” said Soka, who added that the money coming in is overwhelming. “It’s like they’re dumping soda on us, trying to wash us away.”

    Read more on this story here.


    Thursday, 25 September 2014

    Health: Normal weight? You can still get diagnosed with type 2 diabetes

    One in every 10 people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes is a normal weight, new figures show.

    The figures from charity Diabetes UK show that 11.3% of people diagnosed with the condition are deemed to have a normal weight.
    And a small number – 0.4% – are even underweight.
    The figures show that being overweight is not the only risk factor for the condition, the charity said.
    People can be more likely to develop type 2 diabetes if they have a family history of the condition or if they are from a black, South Asian or Chinese background. A person’s risk also increases as they get older, Diabetes UK said.
    There are around 3.2 million adults in England who are thought to have the diabetes – including around 850,000 who have not yet been diagnosed.
    NHS officials estimate that the figure will soar to 4.6 million by 2030 due to increasing levels of obesity, a lack of exercise, an increase in unhealthy diets and an ageing population.
    Diabetes is a lifelong ailment that causes a person’s blood sugar level to become too high. It can lead to serious complications including blindness or limb amputation, and those with the condition are five times more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke. Type 2 diabetes accounts for 90% of cases of diabetes.
    Diabetes UK analysed information on more than 200,000 patients from the National Diabetes Audit and found that almost nine out of 10 people with type 2 diabetes have a body mass index score of more than 25 – meaning they are classed to be overweight. And more than half of people newly diagnosed are obese.
    The charity said the figures show that the majority of cases could be prevented or delayed through lifestyle changes.
    Diabetes UK chief executive Barbara Young said: “The fact that so many of those diagnosed with type 2 are overweight clearly shows how closely the sharp rise in type 2 diabetes is linked to obesity.
    “Diabetes has now become a national health emergency. These new findings show that we will only ever begin to turn back the rising tide of type 2 diabetes if we finally get to grips with the obesity epidemic.
    “We urgently need to do more to reduce the proportion of us who are overweight. Firstly, we need to send a strong message to people that type 2 diabetes is an extremely serious condition that can lead to early death, and so it’s important to take action if you are overweight. Even losing a few pounds can make a significant difference to your risk.
    “But equally, a significant reduction to the weight of our nation will not happen just by telling people to be thinner. The Government needs to introduce policies and legislation that make it easier for people to make healthy choices and we need to make sure the NHS Health Check, which assesses people for risk of Type 2 diabetes, is properly implemented.
    “Crucially, we need to make sure that people identified as being high risk are then given the support they need to make the lifestyle changes that can help prevent it
    It's a pity DUK don't give the support to T2's who like me were normal weight at diagnosis and losing weight is not an option but given their high carb low fat dietary advice maybe were best left to our own devices.

    Check these pics out, it's a crazy world, what genius come up with this idea.

    See what I have to put up with !

  • Great low carb food ideas can be found here. Please note we are totaly non commecial.
  • Thank you for correcting my poor spelling, maybe you can summon up the energy to post on our forum you lazy bastard !