Tuesday, June 14, 2016

NuSI Hall Study: No Ketogenic Advantage (ICO 2016)

"Dr. Yoni Freedhoff interviews Dr. Kevin Hall at #ICO2016 in Vancouver, 1 May 2016.  First presentation of "definitive" NuSI (Gary Taubes) metabolic ward results. Conclusion: no metabolic
advantage to ketogenic diet. Carb-Insulin theory of obesity falsified.  Study was funded jointly by Taubes's NuSI and the NIH." 

Note that Hall found that the rate of fat loss was slower during the ketogenic phase than during the previous high carbohydrate phase although both phases were equally hypocaloric.  Dr. Hall has performed previous research on this topic.  As I explain in the following video, the slower rate of fat loss is predictable and expected on a higher fat intake, because the daily intake of fat is continuously partially replacing fat being expended due to the hypocaloric condition.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Vegan Female 6th Decade Fitness Journey and Motivation

Tracy's getting stronger as she ages.   A couple of years ago she could only do regular floor pushups without full range of motion or control.  Now she's doing decline pushups with control.  Where does she get her protein?  Plants-only for five years now.

Fruit-Eating Moms Birth Smarter Children

New research suggests that women who eat more than 6 small servings of fruit daily during pregnancy birth infants who have advanced cognitive abilities at 1 year of age.  The frugivorous primates have the most advanced cognitive development of all non-human land animals, far superior to carnivorous species.  This supports the evidence I cited in Powered By Plants which supports the hypothesis that humans evolved as advanced frugivores and that the alleged brain evolution of human ancestors was enhanced by consumption of carbohydrate and phytochemical-rich botanical fruits.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Can We Prevent ALL Myopia by Eating Colorful Plants?

A 2015 study compared the visual acuity of isolated South American foragers and subsistence farmers.  As briefly reviewed in this video, the researchers found that myopia was rare in individuals less than 40 years of age in both of these groups, and also rare among the foragers aged more than 40 years, but increased in the farmers as they aged.  The starch-based farming diet prevented early-onset myopia that is so common in Westernized nations, but it did not prevent aging-related myopia. 

The difference was unrelated to animal-source omega-3 fatty acid intake (insignificant difference between the groups due to similar fish consumption, and n-3 intake is not experimentally related to myopia or ocular diseases), nor to exposure to outdoor lighting or close work.  The only really significant dietary difference between the groups was consumption of phytonutrient-rich wild plants.  Foragers consumed 80 different wild plants and 76 different wild fruits on a regular basis, compared to 4 and 2 (respectively) for the farmers.  Phytonutrient intake – particularly of anthocyanins from berries – has been experimentally shown to benefit myopia and other ocular diseases.  This body of research is lending support to the centuries-old Chinese medical practice of using certain herbs, such as gou qi zi (goji or wolf- berries, lycium fruit) to prevent and treat loss of visual acuity.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Calisthenics Progression Update

"I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well. Unfortunately, I am confined to this theme by the narrowness of my experience."  ~H.D. Thoreau