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Matti Narkia

The Heart Scan Blog: This is your brain on wheat - 0 views

    "Here's just a smattering of the studies performed over the past 30 years on the psychological effects of wheat consumption.

    Oddly, this never makes the popular press. But wheat underlies schizophrenia, bipolar illness, behavioral outbursts in autism, Huntington's disease, and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

    The relationship is especially compelling with schizophrenia:

    Opioid peptides derived from food proteins: The exorphins.
    Zioudrou C et al 1979
    "Wheat gluten has been implicated by Dohan and his colleagues in the etiology of schizophrenia and supporting evidence has been provided by others. Our experiments provide a plausible biochemical mechanism for such a role, in the demonstration of the conversion of gluten into peptides with potential central nerovus system actions." "
Matti Narkia

The Heart Scan Blog: Small LDL: Perfect index of carbohydrate intake - 0 views

    "Measuring the number of small LDL particles is the best index of carbohydrate intake I know of, better than even blood sugar and triglycerides.

    In other words, increase carbohydrate intake and small LDL particles increase. Decrease carbohydrates and small LDL particles decrease.


    Carbohydrates increase small LDL via a multistep process:

    First step: Increased fatty acid and apoprotein B production in the liver, which leads to increased VLDL production. (Apoprotein B is the principal protein of VLDL and LDL)

    Second step: Greater VLDL availability causes triglyceride-rich VLDL to interact with other particles, namely LDL and HDL, enriching them in triglycerides (via the action of cholesteryl-ester transfer protein, or CETP). Much VLDL is converted to LDL.

    Third step: Triglyceride-rich LDL is "remodeled" by enzymes like hepatic lipase, which create small LDL"
Matti Narkia


    "While research in lectinology is in its infancy this information is critical to your health and it is important to begin to understand lectins NOW. Read the following report carefully. I'll get specific about how this all applies to you. ALL foods contain lectins. Some are your friends, others neutral, and others may be your enemies. Know your lectins. Avoid your enemies.

    Protein or glycoprotein substances, usually of plant origin, of non-immunoglobulin nature, capable of specific recognition of and reversible binding to, carbohydrate moieties of complex glycoconjugates without altering the covalent structure of any of the recognized glycosyl ligands. This group includes monovalent lectins (i.e. bacterial and plant toxins). These lectins bind to sugar moieties in cell walls or membranes and thereby change the physiology of the membrane to cause agglutination, mitosis, or other biochemical changes in the cell. (agglutination- clumping; mitosis-multiplication or division of a cell forming two daughter cells)

    High levels of lectins (specialized proteins) may be found in grains (also known as cereals or pulses), legumes (that is 'beans' including peanuts), dairy and plants in the nightshade family. Many other foods contain lectins but are less well studied and the amounts of lectins present are not thought to be as high or as potentially toxic.!
Matti Narkia

Whole Health Source: Wheat is Invading China - 0 views

    "Tuesday, July 8, 2008
    Wheat is Invading China
    Dr. Michael Eades linked to an interesting study yesterday on his Health and Nutrition blog. It's entitled "Vegetable-Rich Food Pattern is Related to Obesity in China."

    It's one of these epidemiological studies where they try to divide subjects into different categories of eating patterns and see how health problems associate with each one. They identified four patterns: the 'macho' diet high in meat and alcohol; the 'traditional' diet high in rice and vegetables; the 'sweet tooth' pattern high in cake, dairy and various drinks; and the 'vegetable rich' diet high in wheat, vegetables, fruit and tofu. The only pattern that associated with obesity was the vegetable-rich diet. The 25% of people eating closest to the vegetable-rich pattern were more than twice as likely to be obese as the 25% adhering the least.

    The authors of the paper try to blame the increased obesity on a higher intake of vegetable oil from stir-frying the vegetables, but that explanation is juvenile and misleading. A cursory glance at table 3 reveals that the vegetable-eaters weren't eating any more fat than their thinner neighbors. Dr. Eades suggests that their higher carbohydrate intake (+10%) and higher calorie intake (+120 kcal/day) are responsible for the weight gain, but I wasn't satisfied with that explanation so I took a closer look.
Matti Narkia

Schizophrenia and Gluten - NephroPal: Schizophrenia - 0 views

    I have been reading a case report by Kraft, Westman, 2009 of a 70 year old obese, Caucasian female who was suffering from Schizophrenia since the age of 17. Her symptoms included paranoia, hallucinations (auditory and visual), and many hospitalizations for psychosis and suicide attempts. Her daily diet included "egg and cheese sandwich, diet soda, water, pimento cheese, barbecued pork, chicken salad, hamburger helper, macaroni and cheese, and potatoes." Instead, she was asked to follow a low carbohydrate diet of: "unlimited meats and eggs, 4 ounces of hard cheese, 2 cups of salad vegetables, and 1 cup of low carbohydrate
    vegetables per day. This diet restricts carbohydrate intake to fewer than 20 grams per day." The diet was also grain free.
Matti Narkia

The Heart Scan Blog: Beating the Heart Association diet is child's play - 0 views

    In response to the Heart Scan Blog post, Post-Traumatic Grain Disorder, Anne commented:

    While on the American Heart Association diet my lipids peaked in 2003. I even tried the Ornish diet for a short time, but found it impossible.

    Total Cholesterol: 201
    Triglycerides: 263
    HDL: 62
    LDL: 86

    After I stopped eating gluten (I am very sensitive), my lipid panel improved slightly. This past year I started eating to keep my blood sugar under control by eliminating sugars and other grains. Now this is my most recent lab:

    Total Cholesterol: 162
    Triglycerides: 80
    HDL: 71
    LDL: 75
Matti Narkia

Animal Pharm: Benefits of High-Saturated Fat Diets (Part III): My Paleo Peeps With High... - 0 views

    It is not difficult to raise HDLs.

    This is observed at TYP and in clinical practice ALL THE TIME.

    Eliminating wheat/d*mn-dirty-GRAINS/carbs, adding some vitamin D, omega-3s, Taurine, and Slo-Niacin 1-2 grams/day. Throwing away the Mazola and any packaged food items. Oh yeah, and add some fat. Individuals may continue their EVO (but not too much b/c it cranks up hepatic lipase, see HERE) but they increase eggs 2-6 daily, add some (organic nitrate-free preferably) bacon and some coconut oil.
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Animal Pharm: Wheat: Is It Evil Or Just in the Context of Vitamin D and EPA+DHA Deficie... - 0 views

    Does having enough sunlight and vitamin D give us more power to tolerate gluten and not develop damaging self-destructive auto-antibodies? It's unlikely we'll know in any good RCT (randomized controlled trials). No drug company will put up lettuce $$ to determine that good ol' cheap FREE UVB unblocked-sunshine is going to trump their $2-3/day drug (or super-sized vitamin D analogue) in a head-to-head trial. That's just absurd. And they're not stupid... because they pay staticians a lot of lettuce to figure that out for them.
Matti Narkia

Mushrooms are top source for one antioxidant, ergothioneine - 0 views

    Using a new, more sensitive-testing approach they developed for fungi, Penn State food scientists have found that mushrooms are a better natural source of the antioxidant ergothioneine than either of the two dietary sources previously believed to be best.

    The researchers found that white button mushrooms, the most commonly consumed kind in the U.S., have about 12 times more of the antioxidant than wheat germ and 4 times more than chicken liver, the previous top-rated ergothioneine sources based on available data. Until the Penn State researchers developed their testing approach, known as an assay, there was no method employing the most sensitive modern instrumentation and analytical techniques to quantify the amount of ergothioneine in fungi. The researchers say that their assay can be used for other plants, too, not just mushrooms.
Matti Narkia

The Heart Scan Blog: Can millet make you diabetic? - 0 views

    If wheat is so bad, what about all the other grains?

    First of all, I demonize wheat because of its top-of-the-list role in triggering:

    --Appetite--Wheat increases hunger dramatically
    --Blood sugar--Wheat is worse than table sugar in triggering a rapid, large rise in blood sugar
    --Small LDL particles--the number one cause for heart disease in the U.S.
    --Reduced HDL
    --Autoimmune diseases--Most notably celiac disease and thyroiditis.

    Most other "healthy, whole grains" aren't quite as bad. It's a matter of degree.
Matti Narkia

The Heart Scan Blog: Wheat hell - 0 views

    Can including wheat in your diet create hell on earth?

    Was The Inferno nothing more than Danté's prediction for the state of the U.S. diet circa 2009?

    I'm kidding on The Inferno allusion, but the American diet nonetheless sure does create an inferno of unhealthy phenomena.
Matti Narkia

The Heart Scan Blog: Dr. Michael Eades on the Paleolithic diet - 0 views

    Dr. Michael Eades on the Paleolithic diet\nDr. Michael Eades has posted an absolutely spectacular commentary on the Paleolithic diet concept: \n\nRapid health improvements with a Paleolithic diet
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