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The traditional wisdom preached inter alia at medical school and in dietetics courses is that “if you lose it fast, you regain it quickly”. Recent research have, however, proven the opposite:   "Surprisingly, and against current beliefs, this study shows rapid weight loss appears to be superior to gradual weight loss in achieving target weight," she said of the study conducted on subjects weighing around 100 kilos.   There is of course also the notion that if you “starve” your body by losing weight quickly, “the metabolism rate slows down”.. and this has been repeated so many times that even scientists started believing it.   In reality, though, the ‘rapid weight loss’ group did better. 78 per cent of this group achieved a loss equating to at least 15 per cent of their body weight. In the slow-losing group, less than half (48 per cent) achieved this...
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Diet and exercise.. they are equally important. But likely nothing on planet earth is more contemplated, considered, debated and disagreed upon than diet. I’ll try to address this topic “piecemeal” over many posts. This is but one and focused on Dopamine, which is once again implicated in eating disorders   In summary, recent research suggests that overeating and obesity cause greater desire for palatable food, but diminished reward from consuming palatable food - resulting in a progressively worsening addiction.   and on   According to a study by scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, obese people have fewer receptors for dopamine, a neurotransmitter that helps produce feelings of satisfaction and pleasure.   whilst the pharmaceutical industry literally pounced on this finding to develop drugs that enhance the dopamine effect, things are just not that simple. :   However, one dopamine expert...
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    I hadn't realized the connection between food and dopamine. Because of chronic back pain I have used tramadol. It's a weak narc
The traditional wisdom is that the Appendix (in nomina anatomica terms: Appendix Vermiformis, literally “looking like a worm”) is a vestigeal organ, a remnant of our evolutionary past and only good to keep the surgeons working. They would typically say: “I don’t know who put it in there, but I sure know who’s going to take it out!”   When however we consider the latest research,   it is now known inter alia   “The appendix ... acts like a "good bacteria factory" that "cultivates and preserves" good bacteria nutrition to help keep your body healthy.”   whilst on   “The appendix, they said, is a safe haven where good bacteria could hang out until they were needed to repopulate the gut after a nasty case of diarrhea, for example.”   and on   “According to the researchers, the appendix's job is to "reboot" the digestive system when...
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About “supplements” such as “vitamins”.. I have stopped routinely using any of these decades ago. Many marketers have tried to persuade me since to either use, or better still, prescribe or sell their products. Most often there’s quite an incentive to do so. You can make a lot of money, they say...   Of course, like in any industry, the manufacturers and marketers need to get a return on their investment. Overt and covert advertising therefore consumes a large portion of the eventual price you pay. No one derives financial benefit from NOT selling something. Thus I had to look far and deep to find a few scientifically verified articles with objective information.   For some decades now I have advocated * a healthy, natural diet, * regular fasting and to * not “take vitamins” or “supplements” other than for the shortest possible...
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There are so many issues associated with health, it is almost impossible to know where to begin. But we should start somewhere so here goes:   Dorland’s Medical Dictionary: “Health is a state of Optimal Physical, Mental and Social well-being and Not merely the Absence of disease and infirmity.”   It is thus a fallacy to say “I am healthy” when in essence you are just “not ill”. That would be similar to saying you are wealthy if you are not poor or bankrupt.   A great new year’s resolution would be to try and improve a little bit on our health status every day.   But: There are SO many facets involved that it is impossible to achieve really optimal health. Yet that need not be a distraction: Like a beacon guiding a ship through treacherous waters, a goal that cannot be achieved serves to perpetually maintain direction. Remember, our...
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