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Junk Science and research fraud



  • MIT scientists Dr. Stephanie Seneff (a computer scientist with a biology background who has switched her research focus to human biology) lectures about the connection between Monsanto’s roundup (glyphosate) and autism.  She starts with the shikimate pathway in the gut bacteria, then connects autism with aluminum, mercury, lack of sunlight, and various nutrient deficiencies and biochemical reactions that are blocked by glyphosate.  This is a long and very science nerd talk.


High Fat/Low Carb


Bone Broth in the News

Feb has been big month for bone broth




Obesity, Weight Loss and Body Composition

  • Mercola discusses some recent research on the chemistry of fat metabolism. Most of the end products of the chemistry exit the body through respiration.  He also discusses brown fat, a type of fat that is involved in metabolizing the white fat into heat energy which is radiated from the body.
  • Gary Taubes explains the concept of energy balance and its application to weight loss.  Everyone agrees that the energy from weight change (more or less stored fat) is equal to the differential between food intake and energy expended.  However, this relationship says nothing about the direction of causality.  Most people think that the cause is (eat more than expended) and the effect is weight gain.  Taubes explains why causality goes in the other direction: a positive energy balance at the physiologic level is the cause, and some combination of eating more and expending less is the effect.
  • From the Daily Mail, research shows that brown fat, which is stored in the neck, helps regulate the metabolism and the storage of white fat (the more visible kind). “A new study has revealed for the first time, those people with higher levels of brown fat have better blood sugar control, higher insulin sensitivity and a better metabolism for burning white fat stores”




Mental Illness



  • A great interview from Mercolafeaturing André Leu, author of the book The Myths of Safe Pesticides on the subject of the book.   Discussion includes: the pervasiveness of pesticides, they don’t break down, they are not tested for safety, they are in everything.







  • According to HeartAttackNew, heart attacks may not be caused by rupturing arterial plaques.   If true, this would be the last nail in the lipid hypothesis.  The article says that blood flow can be routed around arterial blockages, and proposes an alternate mechanism for heart attacks. The entire site can be downloaded as PDFs, or, read this summary on Mercola’s site.
  • Listen/watch this Ivor Cummins lectures on The Cholesterol Conundrum(slides).  This is an excellent lecture covering: the physiology of cholesterol and lipo-proteins.  Where this lecture differs from other similar talks is the examination of the relationship between multiple lab values: for example, high LDL is not a risk factor if insulin is low and HDL are high.


Exercise and Fitness


Gut Biome

  • From Eurekalerts: The many ways gut bacteria can impact normal brain activity and development, affect sleep and stress responses, play a role in a variety of diseases, and be modified through diet for therapeutic use are described in a comprehensive Review article in Journal of Medicinal Food



  • I have posted some content by Dr. Devra Davis, a medical researcher on the effects of low-intensity electromagnetism on the body.  It is her view that bluetooth devices are ok.  Ben Greenfield interviews two guests, the first Christian Johan Smith, the founder of a BT device company, who thinks that BT is ok, and the second Dr. Jack Kruse, a paleo/neurosurgeon who raises some questions.


Conspiracy Theories

  • Corbett Report: Episode 286 – Rockefeller MedicineAs Americans fret about the Obamacare website and wonder how the country became enslaved to the highest healthcare costs in the world, we turn back the pages to look at how the modern medical paradigm came together in the early 20th century, courtesy of the Rockefeller Foundation and their cronies. Join us this week as we explore the real history of modern healthcare and the real motivations behind the family that brought it to you
  • The movie Bought: the Truth Behind Vaccines, Big Pharma, and your Food, has been released and is available on DVD.