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Do mobile phones cause cancer?

Current research has found that long-term use of both mobile and cordless phones is associated with an increased risk for glioma, the most common type of brain tumor.

A new study shows that the risk for glioma was tripled among those using a wireless phone for more than 25 years and that the risk was also greater for those who had started using mobile or cordless phones before the age of 20.

Comment: Given that may of us have children that use cell phones on a regular bases, this is something to be concerned about. Texting and using the speaker phone can help to reduce exposure.

Can yogurt help prevent Type II Diabetes?

A high intake of yogurt has been found to be associated with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to research published in open access journal BMC Medicine. This highlights the importance of having yogurt as part of a healthy diet.

It has been shown that probiotic bacteria found in yogurt improves fat profiles and antioxidant status in people with type 2 diabetes

Comment: The gut has extraintestinal relationships that can impact or prevent many illnesses. Yogurt is a good source of probiotics. For people who cannot tolerate dairy or who want higher doses of probiotics, a probiotic supplement can also be beneficial. A diet high is prebiotics (which feed probiotics in the gut) is also important. Prebiotic foods include sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchee, miso and other fermented foods.


The effect of vegetarian and vegan diets on sperm

Men who avoid meat may have more trouble fathering children than non-vegetarians, according to a new study by the Loma Linda University Medical School.  The study showed that vegetarian and vegan men have a significantly lower sperm count than those who eat meat, and the motility of their sperm is about half that of non-vegetarians. Members of the research team suspect that the reason is due to the use of soy-based meat substitutes and a deficiency of vitamin B12, which is found in meat. In addition, non-organic produce has a higher level of pesticides, which have endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Comment: Diet has a significant influence on endocrine function and can not only affect fertility in men and women,  but also menopause, andropause and libido.

Got GERD? You might want to think twice about using proton pump inhibitors

People who regularly use proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) have less diversity among their gut bacteria, putting them at increased risk for infections like clostridium difficile (C. diff) and pneumonia, in addition to vitamin deficiencies and bone fractures.

Comment: Many patients with GERD respond favorably to a low carbohydrate diet. Because carbohydrates can ferment in the stomach, the gas produced from that fermentation pushes the lower esophageal sphincter open, allowing acid to move from the stomach to the esophagus.


Is Roundup (Monsanto) causing Gluten Intolerance?

Gluten intolerance is a growing problem worldwide, but especially in North America and Europe, where an estimated five percent of the population now suffers from it. Symptoms include nausea, diarrhea, skin rashes, macrocytic anemia and depression. It is a multifactorial disease associated with numerous nutritional deficiencies as well as reproductive issues and increased risk to thyroid disease, kidney failure and cancer. Some research suggest that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup,  is the most important causal factor of this epidemic.

Glyphosate (Roundup) has also been shown to have adverse effects on gut bacteria.

Comment: More on this topic to come (it will have its own blog entry soon)


Milk- Does it really do the body good?

A study in the BMJ suggests that the beneficial effects of milk are not what we have been led to believe.

In fact, a diet higher in milk was associated with higher mortality in one cohort of women and in another cohort of men, and with higher fracture incidence in women.


Comment: Despite what the Dairy Council wants you to believe, milk is not a whole food (unless it’s raw, unpasteurized and from the tap!). There are, however,  many other nutritious foods that supply the nutrients found in milk when part of a balanced diet.


Transcendental Meditation

Regular practice of this technique led to changes in baseline levels and acute responses in cortisol, growth hormone, thyroid-stimulating hormone and testosterone, in  a prospective, random assignment study. The result is a reduction in many somatic and mental disorders.

Comment: Technology has enabled us to stay “connected” 24/7. Take some time to connect with yourself. The implications to your health will be worth the investment.


Chocolate- Is it really good for your health?

Cocoa exerts beneficial effects due to its polyphenols, a group of molecules found primarily in fruits and vegetables. These effects are in part due to an increased bioavailability of nitric oxide (NO). Improvements have been shown in blood vessel function, platelet function, blood pressure, insulin resistance, and blood lipids. In addition, some studies show a benefit for migraine sufferers.

Comment:  I use organic, non-dutch processed cocoa in smoothies, mixed with coffee and in my almond cookie recipe. If you prefer chocolate, make sure it has at least 70% cocoa content.

I hope you had a healthy Thanksgiving.

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Dr. Geoff LecovinNaturopathic Physician/Chiropractor/Acupuncturist/Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist/Corrective Exercise Specialist/Performance Enhancement Specialist/Certified Sports Nutritionist/View all posts by Dr. Geoff Lecovin