Cholesterol is a molecule required by every cell of the body in fairly large amounts. It can be easily synthesised by these cells, or taken up by them from LDL and other ApoB lipoproteins, but cannot be broken down. Cholesterol is not soluble in water, and thus must be carried through the blood on lipoprotein […]

We’re recruiting participants for a research study about low carbohydrate diets. The study “How low do you need to go? Comparing symptoms of diet induction and mood with outcomes from diets containing differing levels of carbohydrate restriction” seeks to help us understand the effects of differing types of low-carb diets on symptoms of carbohydrate withdrawal […]

These days most people associate the word “Presidential” with a lot of bluster that tends to disguise real problems and do more harm than good, as well as a partisan approach to any question. In the US at least, being “presidential” means a pathological inability to admit error, and a cavalier approach to the evidence […]

Our last post which questioned in passing aspects of the plant-based position on climate change caused quite a fuss in some circles. We were accused of being science-deniers, on a par with Trump and the anti-vaxxers, by some. There’s a recent blog about us here. The atmosphere is warming, the sea levels are rising, species […]

By George Henderson and Grant Schofield Disclaimer – we’re not recommending that people eat red meat in preference to white meat, anymore than we think people should eat red peppers instead of onions. A mixed diet of various types of animal and plant foods, as close to nature as is consistent with good hygiene, good […]

The case study is a very important type of medical publication that’s overlooked in this age of big data. Unlike large statistical studies, which tell you the probability of something happening, the case study tells you whether something CAN happen at all, and under exactly which circumstances it has happened. Case studies answer questions like […]

By George Henderson and Grant Schofield In today’s Guardian, there’s a report on the backlash against an editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine entitled “Saturated fat does not clog the arteries: coronary heart disease is a chronic inflammatory condition, the risk of which can be effectively reduced from healthy lifestyle interventions”.[1] The authors are cardiologists […]

Ivor Cummings latest talk is worth a watch. He basically does my entire third year “Lifestyle Disease” class in a single lecture. So you can save taking that and just watch this. I don’t buy the whole “you have to be an engineer to have a problem solving brain” line Ivor.  I’ve heard enough of […]

By George Henderson and Grant Schofield There are few diet trials published from New Zealand, so we’re always keen to see them; and there are even fewer vegan diet trials. We are even more interested when they go beyond their data, and start in on a sort of zealot approach to running down low carb diets […]

In our last post, we went into a lot of detail about specific types of saturated fat and their effects on HDL. Here, we’ll try to summarise that information, and highlight some interesting conclusions, in simpler language. But first, a short chemistry lesson. Nothing too hard, hopefully – we’ll just focus on the main dietary […]

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