Why can’t we convert fat to glucose?

As evident by many sugar-laden soda pop “potbellies” of North America, lipogenesis can obviously occur from drinking and eating too much sugar (1). Wouldn’t it be just grand to reverse the process and be able to lose all that fat via gluconeogenesis? Unfortunately mammals do not have the ability to synthesize glucose from fats (1).Continue reading “Why can’t we convert fat to glucose?”

Is your pernicious anemia due to lack of or mutated intrinsic factor?

Do you feel tired and weak all the time? You should find out if you have pernicious anemia. The blood disorder occures when you can’t make enough red blood cells to take oxygen to your cells due to lacking B12. Lack of B12 in the diet may be due to lack of intrinsic factor. ToContinue reading “Is your pernicious anemia due to lack of or mutated intrinsic factor?”

Hocus pocus cancer healing?

A review published in 2000 of four spontaneous cancer healing reports offered that the most likely event that occurred was immune modulation (1). Although mention was made of other factors such as “genetic therapy, withdrawal of carcinogens, infection, fever and vaccine roles, apoptosis, antibody, antiangiogenesis and maturation mechanisms, withdrawal of therapy, natural killer activity, endocrine,Continue reading “Hocus pocus cancer healing?”

How to recognize diabetic ketoacidosis

Diabetic ketoacidosis occurs when glucose rises in the blood and there’s too little insulin (1). The hyperglycemia is accompanied by breakdown of fats producing ketones (1). Diabetics can quickly recognize the problem due to excessive thirst and frequent urination (2). The increased urine production can potentially cause electrolyte disturbances (1-3). High ketone levels in theContinue reading “How to recognize diabetic ketoacidosis”

Cause of Heart Disease: Inflammation? Yes, but don’t forget cholesterol’s role

The medical establishment in the U.S. has been professing benefits of controlling cholesterol since 1985, because of research linking cholesterol to atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease (1). Short sighted, however, is the regard to these diseases as based completely on excess cholesterol as often assumed (2-3).  New research has proved that an assay of C-reactiveContinue reading “Cause of Heart Disease: Inflammation? Yes, but don’t forget cholesterol’s role”

Don’t mix Tylenol and Motrin

I’ve got a fever right now that’s driving my head crazy. After reading my Pathophys chapters I’ve got a wet cloth on my forehead. But still it’s making it very difficult to take the dive into my exam.  Pain stinks. I’m strongly considering that Tylenol/Motrin combination. But, no…  While multimodual analgesic combinations such as TylenolContinue reading “Don’t mix Tylenol and Motrin”

Don’t drink and eat french fries

A high-fat diet and alcohol may lead to a harmful combination. A proposal in Am J Clin Nutr in 2006 proposed that cells containing extra fat made them more susceptible to lipid peroxidation. The hypothesis is because of a tie between elevated levels of the detox enzyme GGT and obesity. Elevated levels of GGT may be aContinue reading “Don’t drink and eat french fries”

Fish oil for joint pain

An effective natural treatment for joint inflammation such as that occurs with rheumatoid arthritis may be high-dose fish oil, according to a study published in 1995 in Arthritis Rheumatology. The study had patients on NSAIDs take up dietary supplementation of fish oil. The patients taking the fish oil showed improvement including a reduction innumber ofContinue reading “Fish oil for joint pain”

Future of Nutrition and Chronic Disease

As another keynote lecture at American College of Nutrition Conference, David JA Jenkins of St Michael’s Hospital discussed how nutrition could have a role along with powerful drugs in the future in chronic disease. – Recent hard end-point trials and cohort studies in diabetes have indicated deficiencies in drug therapies and unintended consequences in termsContinue reading “Future of Nutrition and Chronic Disease”

Recalls and enhancing food safety

To kick off our first local Cactus International Food Technologists (IFT) chapter meeting in Tempe, Arizona, we were treated to a talk by food safety pioneer Gale Prince, the “Dean” of safety recalls. He began his talk by introducing us to the growing number of recalls in the United States. “Food safety has become aContinue reading “Recalls and enhancing food safety”