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A Nutty Way To Control Your Appetite And Lose Weight

Date: November 2, 2017 | Time: 2:25pm | Posted By: Jay Cullinane

If you want to control your appetite and lose weight, eat nuts.

I know you're thinking, "Wait a second. Aren't nuts full of fat? Won't they make you gain weight?

Well, that has always been the assumption.

A five year study of 373,000 Europeans between the ages of 25 and 70 found that people who ate nuts (peanuts, almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios and/or walnuts) were more likely to reduce their weight and were more likely to reduce their risk of being overweight or obese by 5 percent.

Nuts are high energy foods. They contain protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. Nuts have been associated with many health benefits including healthy aging and memory function in seniors.

Nuts' ability to reduce weight gain has been assumed to be due to their satiety. They make you feel full.

In a study done at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's Clinical Research Center, 10 obese volunteers lived at the Center for two five day sessions. They were given all of their meals. In one session, their meals included a smoothie that contained 48 grams of walnuts. In the other session, their meals included a nutritionally comparable smoothies without walnuts. The volunteers reported feeling less hungry when they had the walnut containing smoothies. Functional MRI imaging showed that the area in the brain associated with regulating hunger and cravings was more active after they had the walnuts.

So despite the assumptions that eating nuts can make you fat, eating the recommended servings for nuts will help reduce your weight.

Another tip for helping with weight loss is to drink tea. Both green and black teas have been shown to change the bacteria in the gut. They decrease the bacteria that are associated with obesity and increase that bacteria associated with lean body mass. Polyphenols in green tea alter energy metabolism in the liver. The polyphenols in black tea are broken down by the bacteria in the gut and increase the amount of short chain fatty acids they produce. Those short chain fat acids also alter energy metabolism in the liver. Both green and black teas are prebiotics that promote the growth of good bacteria in the gut. Mice given extracts from green or black tea and fed a high fat, high sugar diet had their weight dropped to the same level of mice fed a low fat, high sugar diet.

On the flip side, the type of oil used in your food may increase your weight gain. A study on mice compared conventional soybean oil (the most commonly used oil in restaurants and processed foods), Plenish(R) (a genetically-modified (GM) soybean oil), coconut oil, and olive oil. Conventional soybean oil induced more weight gain than Plenish or olive oil. Coconut oil produced the least weight gain. Conventional soybean oil was also found to induce diabetes, insulin resistance and fatty liver. The study found that conventional soybean oil increases cholesterol levels in the liver and blood. Coconut oil produces the fewest negative metabolic effects of the oils tested in this study.

The most important key to reducing your weight is to reduce the amount of sugar and starch in your diet. Sugar is half fructose and half glucose. Starch is all glucose. Glucose is your blood sugar. Glucose increase your insulin levels which gets the glucose into cells to be used as fuel. When there is enough fuel, the glucose will be turned into fat. When we started eating a low fat diet in the 1980s, we started eating more sugar and starch. That is what started the obesity epidemic.

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Don't Become A Victim Of The Opioid Epidemic

Date: September 28, 2017 | Time: 8:33am | Posted By: Jay Cullinane

The class of drugs known as opioids are used medicinally to reduce pain. A few of the common opioids are codeine, Demerol, fentanyl, hydrocodone, methadone, morphine, oxycodone, OxyContin and tramadol. They are called opioids because they are derived from opium just like heroin. And just like heroin, they are addictive. There are reasons these drugs are being prescribed despite their risks, but, you have to understand the history behind it.

As recently as the 1980s, bedrest for a week or more was a common medical recommendation for severe back pain. Then research showed it was ineffective and sometimes made the pain worse. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and muscle relaxants were the next best medical option. They gave only temporary relief. Inflammation does produce pain. Unfortunately, these drugs did nothing to stop the inflammation at its source.

The most overlooked factor in people's pain is the diet. A diet that contains grains (even whole grains), starch from other sources than grains and sugar is pro-inflammatory. It increases your inflammation and pain. In 1980, US Dietary Guidelines for Americans advocated the adoption of a low fat diet. That dietary change increased the amount of grains, starch and sugar in the food making it more pro-inflammatory. Not only that, the low fat diet started the obesity epidemic. Fat cells also release chemicals that increase inflammation. So, it is no surprise that the number of people experiencing pain and the intensity of the pain has increase over the last few decades.

In 1993, the Clinton administration tried to reform healthcare. The idea was to review all available research and recommend the most cost effective care for each condition. It took a great deal of effort to get everyone, especially the American Medical Association (AMA), to agree to this approach. Panels of medical doctors were created to study the most costly health problems first. The first two panels were to review research on acute low back pain and headaches, the two most costly health issues at the time.

The results of the acute low back pain recommendations were the first to be completed. The results were the recommended use of ice, heat, NSAIDs and spinal manipulation by an experienced practitioner (95% of all spinal manipulations are performed by chiropractors). All other therapies were deemed ineffective and not recommended. The AMA was appalled by this surprising (to everyone except chiropractors) result. The notion of sharing healthcare funding with anyone especially chiropractors was unthinkable. They had two reactions. First, they threatened all members of Congress that they would heavily lobby against the reelection of anyone who voted for reform. Thus ended the Clinton health reform efforts. Second, the AMA changed the rules. Treating pain was no longer appropriate. The goal became improving activities of daily living. When that found to be insufficient, pain management clinics came into existence.

Private funding completed the review of research on headaches and once again chiropractic care was recommended.

Since government failed to reform healthcare, business said it could do it and do a better job. Thus managed care came into existence. This is how we got to where we are now with healthcare in this country. Isn't it great!

Then another blow came to the medical approach to pain management. 90% of all NSAIDs were found to increase the risk of heart attack or stroke. This became unacceptable because 80% of all cardiovascular deaths are due to heart attacks and strokes. Even medical doctors had to admit the risk outweighed the benefits of NSAIDs.

The pharmaceutical industry needed another option to make money off of your pain. And thus opioids were pushed as the answer with assurances that they were safe. It would be nice if we could call that wishful thinking. It was willful deception.

Opioids are addictive. Opioid abuse among adults aged 50+ has doubled. Opioid abuse is a significant factor in auto accident deaths. Every 25 minutes a baby is born suffering from opioid withdrawal. 91 American die every day from an opioid overdose.

Pain is not your enemy. It is your warning that something is wrong. NSAIDs and opioids only turn off the alarm. They do nothing to treat the pain. The two most successful ways to reduce pain are to remove grains, starches and sugar from your diet thereby reducing the inflammation that causes pain. Chiropractic care works by reducing mechanical dysfunction that produces the imbalance in the nervous system that causes the over active signals from nerves that sense pain. Both approaches normalize the cause of most pain. Research has backed the effectiveness of chiropractic care for pain for decades. It does not matter where in your body you feel pain, chiropractic can most likely help. It is not just for neck and back pain.

Just in case you need more convincing, the American College of Physicians issued new guidelines for the treatment of low back pain in 2017. For new low back pain (lasting less than 12 weeks), heat, massage, acupuncture and spinal manipulation (chiropractic care) are recommended for initial treatment. Only if these options fail are NSAIDs or a muscle relaxant to be tried. Other options for low back pain lasting more than 12 weeks include exercise, physical therapy and mindfulness-based programs intended to cope with or reduce stress. They suggest that even tai chi, yoga, or progressive relaxation techniques may also be helpful. The American College of Physicians recommends that opioids should be considered only if other measures have failed. Is your medical doctor following their advice? If your medical doctor does not refer you to a chiropractor for your pain, go to one on your own. Otherwise, you may fall victim to the risks of NSAIDs and opioids.

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The statements in this article have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information provided is not a substitute for medical counseling. The information provided is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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