Friday, December 29, 2006

A sharp decrease in breast cancer incidence in the United States in 2003.

Hey I was just posting this abstract on my forum and thought I'd share here, its not low carb but certainly interesting, especially for the ladies!


From Abstracts2view

A sharp decrease in breast cancer incidence in the United States in 2003.

Ravdin PM, Cronin KA, Howlander N, Chlebowski RT, Berry DA.. MD Anderson; National Cancer Institute; Harbor UCLA Medical Center

Introduction: The epidemiology of breast cancer may provide useful insights into risk factors for this disease, and the impact of various interventions on this disease's incidence and mortality. Modeling efforts, such as those of the Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET) have provided insight into the relative impact of screening and adjuvant therapy on these endpoints (NEJM 353:1784-1792,2005). Although randomized clinical trials such as those investigating the impact of hormone therapy, diet, and exercise provide the strongest evidence as to the influence of these factors, epidemiologically based models, particularly when there is a large change in these factors, may allow additional insights.

Methods: SEER public use data from 1990 to the end of 2003 was used in these analyses.

Results: Breast cancer incidence in the United States gradually increased at 1.7% per year from 1990 to 1998. Between 1998 and 2003 incidence began to decrease at 1% per year. In 2003 there was a 7% decrease in incidence within a single year. This marked decrease was seen both for in situ cancers (5.5%) and malignant cancers (7.3%). In order to gain additional insight as the possible reasons for the decline in incidence of breast cancer we conducted further subset analyses. The steep decline seemed to begin in early 2003 with relative rates (compared to a 2000/2001) showing a 1% decline in the first and second halves of 2002, 6% in the first half of 2003, and 9% in the second half of the year. The decline in incidence in 2003 relative to 2000/2001 was most evident in patients older than 50 (a 1%, 11%, 11%, and 7% decline in incidence for women in their 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s respectively). The decline in incidence in ER positive invasive tumors was greater than ER negative tumors (8% versus 4%). When the analysis was restricted to patients 50-69 years of age this difference in decline in the incidence by ER was more striking (12% versus 4%).

Conclusions: In 2003 a steep decrease in the incidence of breast cancer occurred in the United States. This decrease was most evident in patients older than 50, and largely occurred because of a decrease in the incidence of estrogen receptor positive breast cancer. Trends in use of hormone therapy (which decreased markedly in late 2002 following the publication of Womens Health Initiative results) and other medications potentially linked to breast cancer risk will be discussed in this context.

Thursday, December 14, 2006 10:45 AM

Sunday, December 24, 2006

I'm still here :)

Sorry its been quiet but things have been very full on and then to top it off Ryan's school sent him home with a lovely christmas present.... a horrible bug that has made us all sick! :(

Too sick to host christmas tommorrow like planned, so have had to postpone it. Oh well it happens!

Merry Christmas Everybody !!!


This is a cute stock photo I found and thought I'd share :)

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

What The World Eats

I have been looking through all the recent articles on a particular set of photos and this one would have to be my favourite:

What The World Eats

What this is about, is a photographer travelled all over the world taking family portraits of different families and what they eat in a week. It is really good, you have to check it out. This one isn't in english but, the photos don't need translation. I would LOVE to see an english version of this particular article though, as it does look like an interesting read...

If anyone knows of one let me know!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Important: Save the Burrup Peninsula



Save Dampier rock art


This was originally meant for just my forum then I realised this is important for everyone not just Australians.

I know this isn't related to low carb, weight loss or health, but to me atleast this is much more important. I hope no matter where you reside, you sign this petition, send a personal message with your petition as well as show everyone you know this so they can too, sign the petition.

I think it would be great if people from other countries signed the petition too:


I meant to write this a week ago after researching it but I have been so caught up with personal stuff I havn't been able to.

This is really important, I petitioned when I first heard of this including sending a nice email to the powers that be but YOU need to do it too!

You may be busy but this is very important and will only take a minute to do!

The petition is here: Save Our Heritage

You will see there is also an option to send a message directly to Federal Environment Minister, the WA Premier, the WA Aboriginal Affairs Minister and Woodside. Please do that as well!

For those that don't know what I am talking about I will explain...

First a quote from the petition page:

Imagine a cultural icon six times older than the Pyramids, eight times older than Stonehenge. Imagine probably the earliest surviving rock carvings on this planet. Most Australians have never even heard of these rock carvings on the Burrup Peninsula, and have no idea this silent world treasure is at risk of being needlessly pulled apart and destroyed from blind industrial development.


Burrup Peninsula is estimated to have almost 1 million images as petroglyphs (pre-historic rock engravings or carvings), of our most ancient faces and fauna, including the Tasmanian Tiger. Remember those cave paintings I put up in my gallery from the Flinders Ranges?

Well these are much better then that, these are actual carvings in rocks, making them much, much more older and longer lasting but not just that there are hundreds of thousands of them spread across a group of small islands along the northern coast of Western Australia.
Despite the fact that these are actual rock carvings we have still managed to have already lost around 10,000 of them...

And yet Burrup is not heritage listed...

Why???

Well it just so happens it is also the site of a liquified natural gas (LNG) plant... owned by the largest petrochemical companies in the world...

But not only that... Woodside Energy LTD who manage this plant wish to expand by constructing a new LNG facility for themselves there which will result in the destruction of 40% of the remaining rock art...

There are other solutions to this so we both win by proccessing the gas in a different solution, it has being shown to be possible and agreed on by the experts so there really is no excuse.

The best way to get started on protecting this icon is to get Burrup heritage listed, something that has been blocked for far too long.

For those of you who want to read up some more on Burrup and check out some cool pics I have including some good links I found (there were some more but I have lost them and don't have time to find them yet and wanted to put this up now):


History of the Dampier issue

The Burrup Peninsula

Forum 2006


I wanted to do a quick quote from the 2006 forum as I find this really drilled things home for me and by simply telling you to just read the PDF you will most likely not see it and close the page:


Heritage and history are the DNA of human character.” Dr Marian R. Bukhari, Saudi Arabia

Destruction of cultural heritage is a crime!” Dr Dirk Huyge, Belgium

Dr Huyge from Belgium from the National Museum in Brussels has this to say and he is also written an article in a Belgium Newspaper but I can assure you it doesn’t say good things about us. I should warn you that this presentation is M rated, it’s for mature people only. Some of the comments made here are confronting. I’ve have to emphasise that the comments that I have selected were not only selected on the basis merit and relevance and of importance but they are all of people of some substance, eminent people, people who are decision makers, people who form opinions around the world and some of them are quite outspoken.

Failing to save this cultural treasure would perhaps lend credence to the notion that you’re all still just a bunch of yodels and thieves.” Professor Robert Johnston, Canada

Professor Abbott from the US talks about history and indeed if you look at the image some of us believes that it might be an image of a Tasmania tiger which became extinct we believe on the mainland about two thousand years ago so indeed yes this is about history.

Without our history we have no soul.” Professor Maggie Abbott, U.S.A.



Again some of the images are sacred. You are permitted to look at them but not to know their meaning. I draw your attention to the names of persons that made this comment.

Losing our history for profit will only serve to bring us nothing, and nothing will be all we'll have left!” Robert Dampier, U.S.A.

It’s very hardening to see that Professor Bolando from Santa Domingo in the Caribbean he knows what the main reason it is so important, we don’t seem to know it and the Professor Bolando has never been to this country.

Australian rock art is the most important in the world, because the people that made it are alive and they can explain to us the significance.” Professor Adolfo Lopez Belando, Dominican Republic

It is of course inevitable that there would be a comparison with the Taliban but I would argue that we are doing far worse than the Taliban blowing up a few statues.

It's as bad as what the Taliban did to the statues!” Dr Lauren Fureymoore, U.S.A.

Taliban did it with explosives; cowards do it with acids.” Professor Per Hagelia, Norway

My favourite comment is this one. I need to perhaps explain a little about what Professor Hagelia from Norway means what he talks about acids. You may have noticed that all of the petroglyphs have been produced by hammering through the dark brown patina that covers all rock surfaces in areas of Australia. If somebody was to come along and pour acid over this surface it would remove the mineral creation in the process it would also remove any petroglyphs that happen to appear on the surface. It would effectively destroy the rock art. I would like you to look very closely at this photograph. [Fig 7]



You will notice that the original rock colour, this rock is actually coloured grey. It’s coated by this deposit which we call patina but under the shrub it’s all been removed. It has actually been removed by acid. The massive emissions, eleven thousand tonnes of nitric oxides per year, that’s a quarter of a million tonnes since the plant came into operation is blanketing the surface with these emissions. What goes up has to go down and comes down everywhere within about a hundred kilometres radius. You will find that all vegetation has caused this effect. What happens is that the acidic materials are deposited on all of the surface but on the rock the deposit over a two dimensional surface in the canopy, in the foliage of the tree, deposited in three dimensional space when it has become activated by precipitation, they’re projected onto a two dimensional space, a two dimensional surface, in other words become quite concentrated. So what we have here is actually an advance warning of what’s going to happen to the rock surfaces. The concentration of acidity is about six times the strength here as it is on the rest of the rock surface. This has happened in twenty years as it looks now. In a hundred years from now all of these rocks are going to be grey and so there will be no rock art on them. Measurements of the deterioration of the patina show that in the 1980’s the acid deterioration became quite severe and if it continues at the present rate we will lose the rock art by the end of the century but if the state government has its way increasing the size of emissions at Dampier then we predict that we will lose the rock art by about 2030.


Friday, November 24, 2006

Breast cancer link to diet rich in meat

We (Australia) just had a local celebrity die of breast cancer the other week (well it was secondary bone cancer she actually died of but yes it was from her previous breast cancer that was removed), her name was Belinda Emmet.

Anyhow, like always with these things and the media, there is now breast cancer related articles popping up every where, including this one:

WOMEN who eat red meat more than once a day double the risk of getting the most common form of breast cancer, doctors have found.


Breast cancer link to diet rich in meat

As we all know, the media tend to twist and over sensationalise things, which brings me to ask does anyone know more about this? as I have no doubt this is going to come up a lot for a while!

I will have a look around and see what I can find, but I thought I'd mention it here too...

I assume it is more to do with nitrates and how we feed and treat our livestock. But of course, people would rather just tell you to limit your meat intake, rather then actually stop doing all this crap to our meat that causes it!!!

Yet another good reason to go local and organic!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Guess What's Coming to Dinner

I was just reading this article and all I can say is OMG what next...

Guess What's Coming to Dinner

Very scary!

High-Protein Diets

Oh dear have a squizz of this pro low fat article.

My favourite quote from the article:

These proponents take a complex series of events (human metabolism), highlight the portion that supports their claim and ignore the big picture.


Enjoy :)

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Does a Low-Carb Diet Really Work?

Hey just wanted to share, a small but positive article on low carb for a change:

In the 1970s the low-carb diet was made famous by Dr. Robert Atkins, but at the time was rejected by most dieticians as dangerous nonsense. Now, 30 years later, millions are turning back to this effective, yet controversial, weight-loss program.

The Epoch Times

Sunday, November 19, 2006

That Heart Disease And Low Carb Study Everybody Keeps Talking About.....

This heart/nurse study sure is making the rounds, articles on it are pouring out from all over the world and fellow low carber's are singing praise...

Am I the only one out there that doesn't think it is that great?

I know, I know, it is said to show that there was no increase in cardiovascular disease for the low carber's and in fact according to Regina a slight decrease in risk (6%) in comparison to the low fat participants. This is good right?

Well yes, I think so, but the participants consuming the lowest carbohydrate intake averaged 116g a day. That is not very low, especially considering it is the much lower intakes that are often being slammed. I guess my main question is how much fat were these low carb participants eating?

Were they eating a high fat intake and heck what is considered a high fat intake and what is considered low?

This I am yet to find out, though Regina was kind enough to find out for me what the average calorie intake was, which was just over 1500 calories a day in another one of her great posts on this topic here.

I ask this because, I have never even thought about my fat intake in actual grams until I was low carbing. During strict low carbing averaging 1500 calories a day, I found close to 120g of fat to be a good amount, I never felt that it was high as I never ate huge amounts of animal fats to reach that (Not that animal fat bothers me). Though, I guess people doing low fat would gasp at that amount of fat? Oddly enough, if that fat intake of mine is high and it is so bad well it certainly didn't stop me from reaching a goal weight of 55kg, gaining a good increase in muscle mass and my triglycerides after 2 years were a mere 0.5 ...

Another thing I wonder about this study is how accurate were the participants food questionnaire's? How likely would it be for these people to underestimate their fat intake or any other significant factor?

But I guess the biggest thing about this study that concerns me the most is these articles that are pouring out everywhere and the message they are bringing with them for example;

A couple of quotes form this article.

Indeed the rate of heart disease among women who follow a low carbohydrate diet is no higher than it is among women who eat foods that are low in fat and high in carbohydrates, researchers at Harvard School of Public Health found. The study tracked 83,000 female nurses. “It’s not that the two diets are equally good,” Harvard’s Thomas Halton said. “In fact, they’re both equally bad,”
The only diet that reduces the risk of the disease — and does so dramatically — is one where the fat and protein come from vegetable sources, the researchers found.

Or this one:

"Neither a very low-fat diet or a very low-carbohydrate diet proved to be ideal," he says. "There were pros and cons to both of these diets."

Low-fat diets are by definition low in saturated fats, which is good for the heart, Halton says. But they also tend to be higher in refined carbohydrates like sugar and white flour, which spike blood sugar levels.

"Americans tend to pick the wrong carbohydrates," he says. "So the benefits of eating lower amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol are offset to some degree by the poor quality of the carbohydrates they eat."

The most protective diet, in terms of heart disease risk, was a low-carbohydrate that was also low in saturated fats and cholesterol where vegetables were the main sources of fats and protein. "The vegetable-based low-carbohydrate diet combined the best features of low-fat and low-carbohydrate eating," Halton says. Following this diet was associated with a 30 percent reduction in heart disease risk over 20 years.

"The quality of fat and carbohydrate is more important than the quantity," says study researcher Frank Hu, M.D., Ph.D. "A heart-healthy diet should embrace healthy types of fat and carbohydrates."


Another one:

"This study doesn't mean that you should load your plate with steak and bacon," said the study's senior author, Dr. Frank Hu, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard.

There was no increase or decrease in the risk of heart disease among low-carb eaters in the study.

Healthy fats, carbohydrates

As for why, it could be that the side-effects of animal protein are countered by eating fewer refined carbohydrates, Hu said.

"The quality of fat and carbohydrate is more important than quantity," he said. "A heart-healthy diet should embrace healthy types of fat and carbohydrates."

Women who chose fat and protein from vegetable sources were the exception, showing a 30 per cent lower risk of heart disease, the team found.


Two of the study's authors reported receiving grants from food companies or growers.


(Heh I wonder who these food companies and growers were?)


Now if I remember right according to Reginas interpretation of the full study, the participants who fell into this category were not eating low carb at all (over 202g a day). Not only that they actually ate less fruit and vegetables and ate more saturated fat then the higher carbohydrate participants (242g) that they were compared against. Also according to Regina the most significant change in their diet compared to the others was that they ate more nuts.

According to Regina what they did find was:

The researchers did indeed find there was no risk to following a low-carbohydrate diet in the long-term; they even found that high intakes of animal fats and protein wasn't going to increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. What they didn't find is that vegetable fats and protein are protective in the context of a low-carbohydrate diet.

Instead they found, in the context of an intake range of 202g to 240g carbohydrate, when subjects are consuming similar intake of red meat, chicken, fish - a higher consumption of nuts, coffee, saturated fat and whole grains with less fruits and vegetables may provide a benefit in the context of such a dietary pattern higher in carbohydrate. Just don't expect them to tell you that - instead they'll continue to perpetuate the myth that animal foods and saturated fat is detrimental to your health.

Yet according to these articles popping up everywhere we should become a vegetarian?

Or atleast, thats how I interpret the message, what do you think other folks will get from this message?

What do you think even fellow low carbers who don't know of great blogs like Reginas get from this message?

Of course the good thing about this study is that though obviousely trying as hard as they could, the researchers don't seem to have been able to find anything bad about low carb over the long term...

Saturday, November 11, 2006

International campaign aims to save Philippines baby milk marketing law - and infant

I was posting this on my forum and thought I should put this here too. Now regardless on your views on breastmilk versus formula I think we can all agree on this being very important:



Just saw this on Belly Belly and wanted to share this here as well for anyone interested.

First a quote to highlight why this is important:


The Philippines is amongst the 42 countries accounting for 90% of under-5 deaths. 82,000 children die each year before their 5th birthday. Improving breastfeeding rates is the single most effective action that can be taken to prevent these deaths, with the potential to save 1.3 million lives every year across the 42 countries (Ref: Black et al. Where and why are 10 million children dying every year? Lancet 2003;361:2226-34).

Amongst the 56 countries where National Demographic and Health Survey are available the Philippines ranks lowest for figures of children ever breastfed and only 16% are breastfed exclusively at 4-5 months. The World Health Assembly recommendation is exclusive breastfeeding until 6 months of age, followed by continued breastfeeding to 2 years of age and beyond.


Unfortunately despite all this, baby food manufacturers go all out to prey on these countries and vulnerable mothers who regardless of the nutritional benefits of breast milk versus formula are the very mothers who can't even afford their products which leads to disastrous consequences. For example imagine what happens to the mother and child when she runs out of free formula and her milk has dried up...

For a background on this check out this article suck on this.

Anyway this is the email on bellybelly that I wanted to pass on:

Details at http://www.babymilkaction.org/CEM/cemnov06.html

We are working closely with our partner organisation ARUGAAN - a member of the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN), who are asking for international support.

You can help.

The Philippines government has introduced strengthened regulations for the marketing of baby foods. Practices recently reported in the Philippines allege that baby food company practices include targeting mothers with 'mothering classes', offering financial incentives and travel tours for health workers (one newspaper report refers to health centre staff members receiving 500 pesos for every 10 infants converted to use a particular brand of breastmilk substitutes). Community health workers (known as Barangay health workers), pediatricians and other health workers are provided with gifts such as t-shirts and jackets.

The regulations are the culmination of many years of campaigning by IBFAN nationally and internationally. Baby Milk Action - and supporters such as you - have played their part. For example, people have written letters after we have exposed Nestlé staff posing as community health workers to promote formula and its targeting of mothers with direct mail.

The new regulations are under attack, with US companies filing a legal action in court. IBFAN has exposed that the US Chamber of Commerce recently wrote to President Arroyo suggesting that she interfere in the court case for the benefit of future investment in the country. It appears this may have been successful as on 15 August 2006 the court reversed an earlier ruling and blocked the new marketing regulations from coming into force.

The Government and campaigners in the Philippines are simply implementing international marketing standards adopted by the World Health Assembly and closing the loopholes in existing legislation to protect their infants.

We are asking for people and organisations around the world to sign a petition of solidarity, publicly declaring their support for the efforts being made to protect infant health.

You can also write to the companies to ask them to stop opposing the regulations and to stop their aggressive marketing.

Please see our Campaign for Ethical Marketing action sheet at http://www.babymilkaction.org/CEM/cemnov06.html

This includes pictures of community activists in the Philippines, the people who are asking for our help. It also links to a recent German TV programme graphically showing that regulating the marketing of baby foods is a life and death issue.

Please help. It will only take a few minutes.

This type of action has worked in the past.

Feel free to pass this email on to others. If you have received it from mikebrady@babymilkaction.org and do not wish to receive future alerts, please reply with 'delete' as the subject. If you have a new email address, please give the details in an email with the subject 'change'.

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Best wishes,

Mike Brady
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Thursday, November 09, 2006

The Drought

In Australia, we have a pretty big drought going on at the moment. In fact, it is estimated to be our biggest drought in 1000 years. Over here in South Australia, we have had water restrictions since 2003 which were tightened again last month...

Obviously I knew our rainfall wasn't too crash hot, but I never realised the full impact of it until we visited the Flinder's Ranges a month ago which was extremely dry even though it was only one month into spring (some photos here) . Last time we were down that way in October a few years ago we weren't able to get to the Finders due to flooding as we didn't have a four wheel drive, big difference!

And then after returning, I spoke to a lady I buy regularly from at a nearby farmers market and she was about to cull one hundred of her remaining sheep that have been diminishing over the years. She said they have a beautiful wool, almost like silk but she can't afford to maintain them any more and is forced to sell some to be canned as pet food... I felt very sad for her.

I remember around 10 or so years ago one summer, there was a bit of a drought and all the wombats on my mums property were dying. I remember she tried to save one but no matter how much he needed water and food, he just wasn't interested and continued to waste away. She had him put on a drip at the vets, but he died a few days later... I would hate to think how they will go this summer...

The River Murray, which flows through 3 states is part of South Australia's main water supply. On average each year the River Murray receives 11,000 gigalitres. Guess how much we have received in the past 5 months?

Only 600 gigalitres... and we are yet to enter summer, summer in South Australia is our driest time of the year.

It is pretty bad huh?

But, it gets much worse, I was reading just now about a city in NSW called Goulburn. These people are only allowed to use 150 litres of water per person per day and they are not allowed to use water outside at all, can't even use a bucket outside...

here is the article

But you know, as I was looking for figures on capacities of our reservoir's and Murray I came across other articles that shed a different view on why this is happening for starters this one.

I wonder how much of this is climate change from carbon dioxide emissions and how much of this is actually from our own wastage of our precious water, be it our own personal use and even farming practices.
Did you know that here in Australia we grow cotton and rice? And I am not speaking of growing it right up in the north either... what the heck are we doing growing cotton and rice in a climate which clearly doesn't support it?
Here we are in a pretty bad drought and gawd knows how much water which would be put into much better use in the Murray, is instead used to grow cotton and rice...

Then you have all that water in the eastern states being wasted through evaporation by irrigation... I guess that is one good thing South Australia had the foresight to do by installing pipes.

Maybe its about time us Australians started to show a lot more respect to our climate and start living within our means!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Children's Belly Fat Increases More Than 65 Percent Since 1990s

Wowee take a look at these alarming figures!

Taken from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) quoted from this article:

According to data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) between 1999 and 2004, the percentage of 6- to 11 year-old children with high BMI scores rose about 25 percent (15.1 percent in 1999-2000 to 18.8 percent in 2003-04). But the increase in abdominal obesity of the same group over the same period was even more dramatic, more than 35 percent (14.2 percent in 1999-2000 to 19.2 percent in 2003-04).

"Those increases only grow more alarming as you tease out specific age groups over longer periods of time," Cook said. "For example, between the 1988-1994 data and the 1999-2004 data, the largest relative increase in the prevalence of abdominal obesity occurred among 2- to 5-year old boys -- 84 percent -- and 18- to 19-year-old girls -- 126 percent."


Geewiz!






Friday, November 03, 2006

Putative contributors to the secular increase in obesity: exploring the roads less traveled

I was just reading a review published in the November issue of the International Journal of Obesity and thought I'd share, the paper is titled, Putative contributors to the secular increase in obesity: exploring the roads less traveled (full paper) .

The reason I found it interesting was because it explores other possible contributions to our obesity epidemic other then just the big two, reduced physical activity and food marketing practices.

What the paper does is explore ten putative additional explanations though not conclusive, which may contribute to our current obesity crisis. The ten explanations cover:

  1. Sleep debt: Evidence that less sleep can cause increased body weight and that average sleep debt has increased.
  2. Endocrine disruptors: Evidence that endocrine disruptors can increase adiposity and that our exposure has also increased.
  3. Reduction in variability in ambient temperature: Evidence that remaining in the thermoneutral zone promotes adiposity and our time in thermoneutral zones has increased.
  4. Decreased smoking: Evidence that smoking reduces weight and that smoking rates have decreased.
  5. Pharmaceutical iatrogenesis: Evidence that certain pharmaceuticals increase weight and usage has increased.
  6. Changes in distribution of ethnicity and age: Evidence that some age and ethnic groups have higher prevalence of obesity than others and they have increased in relative frequency.
  7. Increasing gravida age: Evidence that greater gravida age increases risk of offspring obesity.
  8. Intrauterine and intergenerational effects: Influences on obesity in utero and even as far back as two generations when oocytes are formed in the grandmother.
  9. Greater BMI is associated with greater reproductive fitness yielding selection for obesity-predisposing genotypes: Proposition that individuals with a genetic predisposition for a higher BMI reproduce at a higher rate then individuals who are genetically predisposed to a lower BMI.
  10. Assortative mating and floor effects: Humans assortatively mate for adiposity.
They also mention but don't go into, other factors such as reduction in breastfeeding, childhood depression, hormones in agricultural species, shift work, reduced calcium or dairy consumption etc.

Anyway I thought some of these explanations were interesting for example a quote from their explanation on endocrine disruptors:


Evidence that endocrine disruptors exposure has increased

Endocrine disruptors have increased in the food chain.39, 40 One example indicator is that polybrominated diphenyl ether concentration in Swedish women's breast milk almost doubled every 5 years from 1972 to 1998.39"


Anyway have a read and let me know what you think...

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

BULLSH*T ALERT: Low-carb diets - some dangerous truths uncovered

Okay I just came across a lovely article on *gasp* the dangers of low carb fad diets. And to think, here I was thinking this previous article on ketosis was bad...

Now according to Vee Jefferson, a registered nurse with more than 10 years experience, low carb diets like Atkins are very dangerous. She has read many articles on why low carbohydrate diets are bad, which according to her, do not specifically explain why. As a result, she decided to enlighten us on why this is so...

Well not only that, she though she would "tear down low-carb dieting" *wink*

Check it out here but please make sure you are sitting down first with a candy bar on hand as those low blood sugar and potassium levels you have from being in ketosis, may kill you...

In the future, before spouting such nonsense on low carbohydrate diets she should look at the numerous low carbohydrate and ketogenic research that is coming out now, some of which we have listed here: Research on Low Carbohydrate Diets

Patient groups special: Swallowing the best advice?

I was just reading this article on a survey conducted by New Scientist looking at the financial relationships between drug and medical companies and patient groups. All I can say is no wonder antidepressants are so common place these days. I know some of you, might feel a little defensive on that, but think about it, prescriptions for antidepressants are pretty much handed out like a common vitamin pill...

Anyway with that said, I thought you might find this graph interesting as well as this quote from the article:

One of these groups, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, said it received more than half of its 2005 funding from industry. The group did not provide an exact percentage, but combined information from its annual report and tax return reveals that 77 per cent of its revenue for 2005 came from 15 major donors, 12 of which are drug or device companies.


And for the ladies I thought this was an interesting peice at the end of the article:


Virtuous but poor

Just two groups identified in New Scientist's survey - the National Women's Health Network (NWHN) and Breast Cancer Action - refuse to accept donations from pharmaceutical or medical device companies. "We want women to know that when they come to us, they are getting independent information," says Amy Allina, the network's programme director. "We think of ourselves as virtuous, but poor."

The NWHN was a prominent advocate of one of the clinical trials in the Women's Health Initiative, the largest-ever study of post-menopausal women, which investigated the use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT). The trial was halted in 2002 after finding that HRT increased women's risk of heart attack, stroke and breast cancer. "We have been very active critics of the ways drug companies have promoted HRT," says Allina. On its website, the NWHN stresses that women who choose to have HRT should take the lowest dose possible for the shortest time.

The same basic information is also posted on the website of an organisation not included in our survey, the Society for Women's Health Research (SWHR), but its position on HRT seems more ambiguous. The society's president and chief executive officer, Phyllis Greenberger, told The Washington Post in September 2005 that she believed the risks of the treatment had been exaggerated, and described her own experience with HRT over more than 10 years. "I feel better, I have no side effects and in my case I see no downside," she told the newspaper. SWHR does accept funding from the drug industry - including from Wyeth, a manufacturer of the hormones used in HRT.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

What The....

I have seen some pretty stupid descriptions of ketosis in regards to a low carbohydrate diet over the years but this one beats them all...


If the body doesn't receive sufficient carbohydrate, it breaks down muscle and other tissue to produce glucose.

This causes a build-up of waste products called 'ketones'. This is, known as 'ketosis' and is common in people who are starving, suffering from anorexia nervosa or who have insulin-dependent diabetes.

Ketones makes the blood acidic, in severe cases Ketosis can be fatal, particularly for pregnant women, unborn babies, and for people who have diabetes.

Finally, the heart may not be able to function to its full ability as ketone bodies are its main source of fuel.

So, not eating carbohydrates is bad for you.


Sigh...

Monday, October 16, 2006

Organic Food *updated*

One of the best things that low carb has taught me is about fresh, local and organic foods... Since then, I try really hard to replace foods with organic and local foods whenever possible. It can be very expensive though, in Australia, meat for example is very expensive, and organic meat much, more expensive again. This is such a shame as meat and dairy are probably one of the first foods you should watch out for, being higher up in the food chain.

One of the best ways I have found to source local foods, is by going to local farmers markets in the Adelaide hills. I have also found some sources just by driving around, some farms will have an un-manned stall out the front of the farm where they rely on your honesty or you may find a farmer pulled up at the side of the road selling produce in their ute. We bought some great home-made olive oil and passata this way!

Farmers markets are starting to become popular, this has a good and a bad side. The good side is you get to find some really good fresh and local produce as well as get to speak to the farmer directly. The bad side is some may try to take advantage of the fact people are willing to pay more for such produce. Mind you, the quality is usually very good, it's just that the price can make it more unobtainable for the people who probably need it the most. To get around this, you need to shop around and compare.

This month, we had a big farmers market open up at the Adelaide Showgrounds. I went there for the first time yesterday and there was lots there, but it was also very busy so I am sure I missed a lot.

I did spot this stall named Limestone Coast Lamb it is not organic but looks quite good. They sell 1/2 or whole lambs in a box for $10 per kg. I read up on them on their website and they sounded good, so I dropped them an email to find out a little bit more.

Because I like farmers markets so much, I have been collecting information on them, and putting it up to share with others in the organic and whole food resources section in our forums, as well as in a thread on the forums called Australian Farmer Markets. Naturally, because I am in South Australia most of the information so far is South Australian related, though I do plan on putting up information for all places in Australia. If you know of any farmers markets in your state I would love to hear about them so please feel free to share them in our thread on the forums and I will be happy to put the information up in the resources section.

Also I want to note I am happy to have a thread etc going for international visitors as well, so please feel free to share information there for other international visitors.

The main point of this is to spread the word on the value of and encourage interest in local, fresh food and even when applicable growing/raising your own. Eventually Garry and I plan to be self sufficient.

*update* Just added a little to this as I forgot some of what I planned to say yesterday after being interrupted way too many times... Ahhh the joys of motherhood! :)

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Flinders Ranges

Last weekend, we went away for a few days to the Flinders Ranges in South Australia which is situated just before the desert. Its quite remote and very dry but very interesting. It was very dry and warm and we were only one month into spring, couldn't imagine what it will be like this summer!
We were quite suprised to see many herds of cattle and sheep, lots of sheep actually, feeding from salt bushes. Some were in quite barren paddocks and looked quite scrawny, alot were allowed to roam accross the road, it was very cool.

There were numerous ruins and I guarantee tons yet for us to discover next time we visit. It really was a fascinating place to visit, we quite enoyed it.

In Wilpena Pound, we really wanted to do the walk up St Mary's Peak but Maya had other ideas. I have a really good carrier to do hikes with that allow front, back and hip positions but Maya just didn't want to have a bar of it. I guess she just wanted to run around and explore. There were many Kangaroos and Euros there which suprised us as they would get quite close. We even saw the odd goat which was a bit strange.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Low Fat Diets & Very Low Calorie Diets

Okay rant coming on....

This is really bothering me lately, why?

Most low carbers are aware by now that low carb isn't politically correct. A lot will say it is because people don't want to give up carbs and while I think that is partly true, I do believe lowering carbohydrates like starches and sugars is becoming more trendy as time goes on. What I think is the biggest problem is fat and calories...

Yes, you're right, you won't lose fat without burning more calories then you take in but by golly that does not mean starving yourself and it does not mean eating no fat. I don't care how many carbs you are eating, severely restricting your fat intake is not healthy.

I don't know how it is in other countries, but over here in Australia we have a bunch of what I like to call fad low carb diets gaining huge popularity. Not only are these diets getting on the low carb bandwagon which in itself is not a bad thing, they are also very low in fat and calories. This is not good!

Firstly there were diets like cohens, that while low carb are almost no fat and limited protein. I have not been a big fan of this diet but this is peanuts to what is coming out now...

Now we have protein shake diets, that are really becoming popular. These diets consist of protein shakes that you buy for a pretty penny but not only that they are very low calorie, hardly any fat and replace 2 meals a day!

Are these even monitored under medical supervision? No, the closest they come to that is a particular protein shake diet (there's a few!) is sold over the counter of a particular chemist. The most popular and heavily advertised one out at the moment is known as The Tony Ferguson Diet or Tony Ferguson Shakes sold online at their website and over the counter at Terry White Chemists. We have a thread going on it here: The Tony Ferguson Diet

The most appealing thing about them seems to be that the shakes mean that there is very little preparation involved. Whilst I can understand the appeal in that, keep in mind it is this 'convenience' factor that everybody craves that got us into all this mess in the first place AKA the processed foods we know of today!

These shake diets do nothing to teach us healthy eating habits over the long term. Even if they are low carb they still keep this whole fat phobia and the belief that you need to eat very little to lose weight and this whole reliance on processed foods alive.

The worst thing is every Australian parenting forum I go to I see long threads on this diet. It seems to be very popular amongst mums who have recently had a baby and that worries me. Not only that quite a few times I have seen them talk about their husband doing it as well.

This diet is very low calorie, originally when I first looked into this diet on their website they stated:

" The program is a combination of VLCD (Very Low Calorie Diet) and the ketogenic principle. VLCDs include prepared food formulas and a carbohydrate and calorie reduced diet, of approximately 800 calories per day"

Since then they have changed their wording to say 1000-1200 calories a day but other then that still being way too low I did the maths myself and I couldn't get it up to 1000 calories per day. This leads me to think, if I can't, then what calories for the day is a typical dieter who thinks less is better going to reach?

On the thread I linked to above we discussed the details of the diet as in what you can eat, what's in the shakes etc. This week I am planning on collecting up some research on this to add to the thread to back me up.

THIS IS NOT A HEALTHY LOW CARB DIET IT IS A VERY LOW CALORIE DIET

If your on this diet please don't think I am having a shot at you because of this post or what I post on my forum. It is nothing personal, I just can't sit here and not say anything in order to be politically correct or popular and not offend anyone. I don't want to offend you and I am most certainly not trying to insult you, all I want is for you to be aware of not only the pros but the cons. If after researching and weighing up the pros and cons you decide to go down this path then so be it, it is your body and if you need me for anything I'm more then happy to help.

This is just something that I cannot encourage and by not saying anything that's what I feel I'm doing. This is not a diet that should be used without caution if at all.

UPDATE:

I have put up a page on research of the risks of very low calorie diets: Very Low Calorie Diet (VLCD) Research

Also due to the kimkins controversy which is also a VLCD diet I have put up a few more posts discussing the dangers of VLCDs as well, you can find all these by doing a search for kimkins on my blog: kimkins

In particular check out my two latest blog posts:

Gallstones

Rabbit Starvation, Sudden Death and Resting Metabolism.

Saturday, September 30, 2006

Agriculture and Food Processing

Hey Everyone :)

I'm actually on my way out on hols to the Flinders Rangers but wanted to quickly show you something I was just reading. Its a peice by Regina on agriculture and what that means in the world today. I thought her corn example explained quite well one reason why we moved out of the suburbs and try to shop locally at farmers markets and such. Of course we still use our local supermarkets, down here at least farmers markets are often more expensive so we just do the best we can and go to a few different ones for different things.

Anyway enough blubberring here's the article I am talking about:

Value Added Agriculture or Added Calorie Agriculture?

Monday, September 25, 2006

Chia Seeds




Pretty much everyone who is interested in their health knows all about the benefits of flax seeds but what about chia seeds? Anyone using them?

From what I have been reading, though a touch higher in carbohydrates chia seeds are very similar to flax seeds but much, much better!

Heres some of the benefits that I have been reading about:

  • Richest plant source in Omega 3.
  • Chia seed oil contains around 60% alpha linolenic acid and has a 3:2 omega 3 to omega 6 ratio.
  • Once fibre is deducted chia seed contains around 6 grams of carbohydrates per 100g.
  • They are high in antioxidents making them a much more stable omega 3 source.
  • High in flavanols.
  • A good source of B vitamins, boron, calcium and other minerals.
  • Rich in mucilloid soluble fiber which retains around 7 times its weight in water and is said to slow the absorbtion down of carbohydrates into your blood stream.
  • Is 20% protein which contains all essential amino acids.
  • Apparently does not contain any anti nutrients or toxins.

I have started a thread called Chia Seeds for gathering information on them if you have anything to share or would like to know more.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Some more menus...

Hey I found some more menus on my computer :)

These ones wern't mine but ones I did for one of the ladies 2 or 3 years ago. I think she was around 130kg at the time and stuck for ages despite being so good. She said she needed something boring and rigid like this so I gave it a go. This was 1,700 calories a day and she wasn't exercising to my knowledge other then working alot. For those who lose fine without counting feel free to ignore the calories :)

I cut right down on her dairy at the time but let her have a limited amount of cream. She went on to start losing weight again after this, I have no idea how long she did it for. She used to have a muffin for a snack by the same people who made the cereal I used so I have substitued that for almonds or cheese of similar values.

I should say please don't think I am telling everyone to count calories and restrict them. My main aim is to give an example for people who do this especially as I want to show that calorie amounts like 1,200 calories a day shouldn't be necassary on Atkins in order to lose weight. I should note when I was eating 1,500 calories a day and exercising, looking back, I feel that I could've got away with eating more and in fact needed more to fuel the exercise I was doing.

Also I just did this for her as a friend, I have no experience in this, I was just helping her plan her menu to a set calorie limit etc. This is for purely unproffesional and informational purposes only.

Anyway, here are a few examples, its a bit monotomous but thats what she wanted and suggested salad and vegies were just examples, it was up to her to experiment. You could skip snacks and have bigger meat portions for dinner and lunch. If your eating more then this and losing weight don't lower it to this!


Menu 1

Breakfast: 2 large eggs, 50g bacon (with fat), 100g spinach, 1/2 small tomato (50g) ad 10g butter.
Lunch: salad consisting of 100g of cooked chicken breast, about 200g of greens such as celery, lettuce and cucumber, 100g tomato and 20g egg mayonaise.
Dinner: 100g pork chop w/fat, 100g broccoli, 100g zucchini, 200g spinach and 10g butter
Snacks: 20g vintage cheddar cheese, protein shake with 20ml cream and 15ml flax, 2 decaff with 20ml cream and 2 tsp splenda each.

Total: 1,735 Calories 118 gms Protein 137 gms Fat 18 gms Carbs


Menu 2

Breakfast: 2 large eggs, 50g bacon (with fat), 100g spinach, 1/2 small tomato (50g) ad 10g butter.
Lunch: salad consisting of 100g of cooked chicken breast, about 200g of greens such as celery, lettuce and cucumber, 100g tomato and 20g egg mayonaise.
Dinner: chicken breast (200g when raw), 100g broccoli, 100g zucchini, 200g spinach and 10g butter
Snacks: 15g almonds, protein shake with 20ml cream and 20ml flax, 2 decaff with 20ml cream and 2 tsp splenda each.

Total: 1,744 Calories 148 gms Protein 121 gms Fat 20 gms Carbs


Menu 3

Breakfast: 2 large eggs, 50g bacon (with fat), 100g spinach, 1/2 small tomato (50g) ad 10g butter.
Lunch: salad consisting of 100g of cooked chicken breast, about 200g of greens such as celery, lettuce and cucumber, 100g tomato and 20ml flax oil.
Dinner: beef fillet (200g when raw), 100g broccoli, 100g zucchini, 200g spinach and 10g butter
Snacks: 15g almonds, protein shake with 20ml cream and 10ml flax, 2 decaff with 20ml cream and 2 tsp splenda each.

Total: 1,713 Calories 145 gms Protein 118 gms Fat 20 gms Carbs


Menu 4

Breakfast: 2 large eggs, 50g bacon (with fat), 100g spinach, 1/2 small tomato (50g) ad 10g butter.
Lunch: Salad consisting of 100g of cooked chicken breast, about 200g of greens such as celery, lettuce and cucumber, 100g tomato and 20g egg mayonaise.
Dinner: Salmon (200g raw), 100g broccoli, 100g zucchini, 200g spinach and 10g butter
Snacks: 15g almonds, protein shake with 20ml cream and 15ml flax, 2 decaff with 20ml cream and 2 tsp splenda each.

Total: 1,657 Calories 142 gms Protein 118 gms Fat 19.5 gms Carbs

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Some of my old low carb menus

Through my low carb website I am often getting emails from people asking about my old menus from when I lost my weight and menu ideas with calorie and PFC information. Usually I email out old examples of mine from 2002 in fitday, rinse and repeat but this time I thought I would share some here too.

Even for those that aren't counting it will give you an idea on what 1500 calories on low carb looks like.

Keep in mind in the beginning of my real strict calories counting days I was still a bit fat phobic and I kept saturated fat low and used a little milk, light cream, lean meat and replaced with flax oil. Not something I worry about now, nor is counting calories, but having a fair idea on exactly how much your eating not only helps with eating too much but also helps with eating too little which is easy to do when in ketosis.

*The low carb cereal you will see in most of these was a mixture of flax, coconut, WPC and psylium husks. This one was good in that it was perfect for Atkins induction, you can't buy one with just these ingredients in Australia anymore. But, from what I have learn't since then, I don't think it would be a great idea to buy already ground flax seeds due to how easily flax oil goes rancid. If I was to have this cereal now I would make my own each day with freshly grounded flax seeds. I avoid flax now due to the plants hormones in it.

*By memory back then my cheesecake usually consisted of 500 to 750g of cream cheese, 1 cup of light cream, splenda, vanilla, sachet of diet jelly and a base using the cereal mix. I would set it in the fridge and divide into 7 pieces. You'll find I often had it for lunch, I would always find cheesecake very satisfying, much more then other meals. Here's the link to a thread with some of our old low carb cheesecake recipes

1500 Calorie Menus

You'll find some menus may be around 1300-1400 calories, I always aimed for 1500 calories at the time so it most likely means I forgot to go back to it and add something like say a serve of cream, butter used during cooking etc. At the time I would've known what was missing but that was 4 years ago now so I don't remember.


Menu 1

  • Breakfast:1/3 cup of low carb cereal, 15ml flax oil, 50ml milk, 1 tsp splenda
  • Lunch: piece of cheesecake
  • Dinner: Chicken and Mushroom Paprika served with 150g broccoli and 100g brussel sprouts
  • Snacks: 1 protein shake with 15ml flax oil, 2 decaff with 20ml milk and splenda.
Totals: 1483 calories 122 gram protein 98 gram fat 27 gram carbohydrates


Menu 2

  • Breakfast: slice of cheesecake
  • Lunch: taco mince (using 100g mince) with salad and 1/2 cup cheese
  • Dinner: scrambled eggs (3 or 4 large eggs) with bacon (2 rashers, fat trimmed), mushroom and tomato
  • Snacks: 1 decaff
Totals: 1320 calories 88 gram protein 97 gram fat 20 gram carbohydrates


Menu 3

  • Breakfast: 1/3 cup of low carb cereal, 15ml flax oil, 50ml milk, 1 tsp splenda
  • Lunch: piece of cheesecake
  • Dinner: Taco mince (using 200g mince) with salad and 1/2 cup cheese
  • Snacks: 2 decaff with 20ml milk and splenda
Totals: 1423 calories 100 gram protein 106 gram fat 18 gram carbohydrates


Menu 4


  • Breakfast: 1/3 cup of low carb cereal, 15ml flax oil, 50ml milk, 1 tsp splenda
  • Lunch: piece of cheesecake with cream
  • Dinner: 2 jumbo eggs scrambled with 1/2 cup cheese, bacon and spinach
  • Snacks: 2 decaff with cream and splenda, protein shake with 15ml flax
Totals: 1513 calories 99 gram protein 115 gram fat 21 gram carbohydrates


Menu 5

  • Breakfast: 1/3 cup of low carb cereal, 15ml flax oil, milk, 1 tsp splenda
  • Lunch: piece of cheesecake with cream
  • Dinner: Lamb casserole using cabbage, green beans, leftover roast lamb, mushies and tomato served with cauli mash and brocolli
  • Snacks: 1 decaff with cream and splenda, protein shake with 15ml flax, cream and strawberries
Totals: 1480 calories 104 gram protein 105 gram fat 26 gram carbohydrates


Menu 6

  • Breakfast: 1/3 cup of low carb cereal, 15ml flax oil, milk, 1 tsp splenda
  • Lunch: protein shake with 15ml flax and scoop of LC ice cream
  • Dinner: 3 lamb loin chops, butter, 1 cup cabbage, 1/2 cup green beans and 100g brocolli
  • Snacks: 2 decaff with cream and splenda
Totals: 1461 calories 80 gram protein 122 gram fat 15 gram carbohydrates


Menu 7


  • Breakfast: 1/3 cup of low carb cereal, 15ml flax oil, milk, 1 tsp splenda
  • Lunch: piece of cheesecake
  • Dinner: 200 chicken breast, butter, 50g broccoli, 150g mixed cottage veg, 200g brussel sprouts
  • Snacks: 2 decaff with cream and splenda, 2 muffins using mix like cereal, cream cheese, half and half and flavouring, protein shake with scoop of LC ice cream
Must have been that time of the month LOL


Totals: 1649 calories 130 gram protein 107 gram fat 37 gram carbohydrates

*edit, 21st september* clarified a little on the cereal I used to eat and edited out the word 'large' when describing a slice of cheesecake so as to avoid confusion (large slice = 1 seventh of a cheesecake I used to make).

Friday, September 15, 2006

Fast food not to blame for fat kids

We all know fast food is bad for kids, I'm not posting this article to argue that and I am certainly not sticking up for how childrens diets are today.

This article is basically saying that kids are eating less fat and calories then they were 30 years ago... For example 2 year olds apparently now eat 16% less and here we have all this media attention towards obese infants and their diet... You know what that means, don't you, that they will no doubt encourage cutting down on the calorie and fat intake of infants too...

Just visit any parenting forum or look at the baby food labels in your local supermarket to see what a 'healthy' diet is for infants even though it is well known how important fats and dare I say cholesterol is for an infant!

Of course this article goes on to blame activity and in some ways it could be correct in that it would be a contributing factor but I wonder how much of it is due to food composition such as excessive carbohydrates and NOT ENOUGH fats and protein!

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Jamie Oliver

Garry and I absolutely love this guy. Ever since I watched his first series of Jamie's School Dinners on TV he has been my hero. I think we have almost all of his books now. I wish we had someone high profile like that here championing the cause...

Anyway it turns out he has a brand new series out shortly to follow up from where he left off called Back to School Dinners which I am really looking forward to.

If you didn't see the first series, I highly reccomend it, for you and your kids. But you might want to watch it first in case theres any swearing in it thats not beeped out. Don't worry its not as bad as you think, but there is a couple of moments behind the scenes where he vents a little. Towards the end of the series is a really good bit that you have to show the kids. It's where he demonstrates to a classroom of children how the overly processed foods like chicken nuggets are made. Very gross!

What amazed me most though is what these kids in the UK are eating, not just at school but at home too... is it really that bad there?
When I was a little tacker in primary school I had a best friend from the UK, she only stayed for a short time because her parents couldn't handle our heat and they moved back home. I can only remember a couple of conversations we had, one being about how they would have hot lunch served to them at school, a yummy sheppards pie... I thought they were so lucky over there and ever since wished I lived there, heck it sure beat my mum's soggy over ripe tomato sandwhich...

Imagine my suprise watching this show, when I saw that there were no sheppards pie... infact there was not one thing that looked even remotely appetising. Instead there was the typical rubbish you find in the frozen section of your supermarket, such as curley fries, chicken nuggets, some type of crumbed processed turkey or what I call regurgitated turkey and pizza. This was the food the schools were serving their students, ACK!

But you know what? This is the same food their parents would serve them for dinner... In one of the episodes, Jamie showed a classroom of kids various different common and fresh vegetables for them to identify, do you think they knew what most of them were? Nope...

It was quite an eye opener, you really should see it.

Last night I was reading another article which I posted about where he talks about his next series and comes out with a classic...

In the programme Oliver says: "I've spent two years being PC about parents, now is the time to say, 'If you're giving your young children fizzy drinks you're an a**hole, you're a tosser. If you give them bags of crisps you're an idiot. If you aren't cooking them a hot meal, sort it out.' If they truly care they've got to take control."

I can't wait to see the next series, I hope they air it in Australia soon.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Go Get Em Dave!



While I am here I want to add a quick congratulations to Dave for making it to the short list for The Biggest Loser. How cool would it be, to have someone we know on there. Oh and only 350 Australians made the short list, good luck Dave!


Daves post about it on his blog

I havn't forgotton about this blog!

Sorry for being so slack!

On the 1st of September my grandmother who was just 3 weeks away from her 94th birthday died in her sleep. She had been in hospital for a few weeks after sufferring a major stroke.

Still, I thought she was going to pull through just fine. She is a very strong lady and the last time I saw her in the hospital, she was so alert and determined. This made it, that more shocking for me... When my dad called to tell me she had been given 1 - 2 weeks within an hour at most before she died I did not believe it.

But whats happenned has happenned, she has led a good life and can now reunite with my grandpa who died in september, 20 years ago.

I think its quite nifty she chose the 1st day of spring, it was a beautiful spring day outside too!

And if that wasn't enough my daughter Maya decided it was teething time again but this time added croup to the mix, gawd its scary when they have croup. After my doctors advice, I had the heater on all night and there was a huge improvement. It was just congestion that troubled her after that which was easily fixed with Demazin. My only problem was that I would get too hot and be up after only a few hours but it was much better then the alternative.

Needless to say I didn't get much sleep at all last week and thus, my concentration has been poo!

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Getting the best out of your food

Since I was diagnosed with a goiter a few years back (don't notice it now so hopefully its gone) I have been reading up on the foods we eat, their anti-nutrients (such as phytates and oxalates) and other negatives and ways to combat it. It can be quite confusing let me tell you!

Anyway I was just reading an interesting article which I thought was a good appetite wetter for this topic so thought I would share.

Just click on the heading of this post to go to the article.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Tuna....

Sorry I have taken so long but I have been busy and my daughter Maya who is 16 months is being a real pain.. To top it off, the other half was home sick all last week so I havn't had a moment to concentrate on anything!!!

I have a couple of posts that have come to mind this morning that I want to rant about!

First one is canned tuna...

A bit of background, my other half suffers from depression and has been taking anti-depressants for the last few months and his doses were progressively getting higher until it clearly was doing more harm then good. Then, the weekend before last he finally came to the conclusion on his own that atleast for him that he had to pay more attention to his diet, in particular sugar, caffiene, preservatives and additives. So, since then he has weaned himself off over the last week and a bit.

Now his diet is pretty good with me on his case but its not perfect, especially since he has been on the anti depressants.

*ah now that Maya has finally got sick of spinning me around in my computer chair I will continue...*

This morning he saw his doctor and filled her in on whats been happening. His doctor is a general practitioner but she does training in depression. Anyway, she then went on to reccomend some supplements he should take with one of them being fish oil, but get this... she told him that there is no point eating canned tuna for omega 3 because they barely have any. Her reasoning was that the omega 3 in canned tuna is taken out to make fish oil capsules!

Now okay we don't eat canned tuna very often, maybe once every few weeks at most but alot of dieters do... especially low carbers and, for the reason being that canned tuna is a good source of omega 3, so I found this very interesting...

I go have a look in my pantry to find a can of Greenseas Tuna in springwater, and on the label they state:

"Your body cannot make omega-3 fatty acids, so it is essential to eat foods containing them for a balanced diet. Give your omega-3 intake a real boost with Greanseas Tuna."

"Good source of Omega 3" and then "98% fat free"

I proceed to the nutritional label and for 100g of tuna there is a measly 0.3 grams of omega 3...

But get this... there is 0.6grams of saturated fat, since when did tuna have twice as much saturated fat of what it has in omega 3? Remember this tuna is in springwater so no fat has been added...

The mind boggles...

Monday, August 14, 2006

Hello and welcome to my little corner of the world!

Hey guys and girls :)

Your probably wondering what this blog is about? Well I am not sure!!!

I am totally new to all this blog stuff, so please forgive me if I do anything silly :)

I am an honest person and will say first up I have my own website A Pinch of Health , and I do hope to help our community grow through this blog. But, I also would like to use this blog for me and to also meet and learn from more people here as well!

Generally I rant and rave about things in my diary on my forum or sometimes in other peoples diaries haha, but I was thinking that this would be a much better place for it!

I could talk about a news article I see that grabs my interest, a study, maybe even just an opinion or thought I want feedback on. I love feedback, giving and receiving, bouncing of ideas...
I like being able to discuss and share all sorts of things as I find it to be a huge platform for learning, growing and understanding.

Ever since I began this low carb journey in 2002, I have learn't an awful lot about what I put in my mouth and my health, yet still have so much to learn. I have also became quite skeptical, no longer do I believe someone purely because they are an authoritive body, especially if they have something to gain like $$$
Rather, I like to form my own opinions by pooling other peoples experiences together, researching, what makes sense/logic and hopefully at the same time keeping an open mind.

Topics can be about anything really. I am interested in a few things like low carbohydrate diets, organic and whole foods, health, parenting especially since having another child recently and web stuff. Hence why I decided to call this blog Pinch of ...

For those that would like a little background on me and my website, it is primarily an Australian based low carb website. Originally just a forum (under a different name) that I used to moderate and a shopfront for an Australian couple selling low carb diet plans and low carb mixes and bodybuilding products. It was a good forum, where they were once quite active and contributed alot of experience and knowledge there. Since that time alot of things have changed, they no longer have a shop front, the forum was hacked and we lost alot of content including some precious diaries of ours!
The owners decided to move on and in doing so asked me if I would like the forum. At the time I had no idea on how to look after a web site and had just had a baby but I didn't want to lose the community that I had grown to love so much and hey what the heck, I love a challenge!

Since then I have been learning all this web stuff, building content on the website and forum, building a web presence ( with the name change came a new domain which meant starting from scratch), as well as trying to keep current with everything, then theres my life outside of this like my family and now little toddler. Sometimes I am like a chook with its head cut off haha but I am getting there!

The website is just that a website or what I like to call it, a community... no product or service is being sold, no advertisements. It is just a website for people to learn from each other and share experiences and ideas. It is primarily a low carbohydrate website but, I would like it to be more then just that. To me low carb means health, environment, getting back to the basics and eating real food not some overly processed bar full of soy and sugar alcohols!
I don't care if your eating 20 grams, 50 grams or 100 grams, If your cutting out or reducing your sugars and starches (especially processed ones) then chances are your low carbing in my book. No one has the right to judge you based on a number or a macronutrient ratio, we are all so different. Not only that the amount of carbs you eat is just part of the picture...

This site isn't about telling you what to do, it is about awareness, learning and sharing!