Hey kids, get dirty to prevent cancer, diabetes and allergies

We don’t get dirty anymore. We live in a society that has declared war to germs, in a simplistic way to fight disease without realizing (or realizing it too late) that at the core of our defenses there must be a strong immune system. We human beings evolved in contact with germs, both benign and pathogen. The human body, which contains about 100.000.000.000.000 cells, normally harbors about ten times bacteria. To protect ourselves from infections, we have a few physical barriers in place, like the skin but also the mucus in the nose. But when for example the skin is broken, let’s say fighting a wolf with a stone axe… Read More

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Is ketosis dangerous?

“My GP told me that ketosis is dangerous”. It’s not uncommon to hear this from someone who asked his doctor information about a ketogenic diet, and the cause of this mistaken answer is a confusion between ketosis (technically called nutritional ketosis, or NK) and ketoacidosis (diabetic keto acidosis DKA). And while it’s not only safe ofr human beings to be in a state of nutritional ketosis, it’s very true that diabetic ketoacidosis is a pathological state that can be very dangerous if not deadly. Both names come from ketone bodies, a number of molecules produced by our body: acetone, acetoacetone, and beta-hydroxybutyrate (don’t worry, you don’t need to know their… Read More

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Keto diet helps protecting eyesight

One of the common misconceptions about a low carb diet is that it can be useful to just lose weight. While it’s very true that ditching the carbs can is probably the easiest and healthiest way to lose fat, and makes keeping your ideal weight very easy, many choose to follow a ketogenic, Paleo or generically a low carb diet as a long term lifestyle, to stay healthy and active. A new research from he Northeast Ohio Medical University in the US now shows that a ketogenic low carb diet can also be beneficial for patients with glaucoma, a condition can cause vision loss or even blindness. This is because… Read More

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Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution, the video

Life is short, and you don’t have time to read all those books. too bad, books are one of the pleasures of life, but to get all the information you need about diabetes, you can simply watch this short video. In less than ten minutes, the video explain what’s in the book Dr. Bernstein’s Diabetes Solution, a must read book for everyone with type 1 or type 2 diabetes but also for everyone who want to understand the risks of a high carbs western diet.

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Why you need Vitamin D

I’m not a big fan of vitamins and other supplements, I believe that a proper diet can supply almost all the micronutrients needed for a healthy life. Fatty cuts of grass fed beef are one of the most nutrient dense food on Earth, liver once a week is a great way to add all the vitamin B12 you need, plus the best possible form of vitamin A (no, carrots don’t have any vitamin A), folic acid and iron. But when our ancestors moved from the sunny savannah to different latitudes, they started suffering from the lack of vitamin D. Vitamin D is produced by our body through exposure to the… Read More

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A ketogenic diet is good for your sex life

Let’s be honest: changing lifestyle is difficult, especially for many middle age males that train regularly in the gym and don’t have any weight issue. Yes, there are the added benefits of a better health, but they are not easy to quantify if you already are in a reasonable shape and good health. But if we talk about sex life and performances, immediately you get the attention of all those men, believe me! One of the reasons of declined muscle mass and sex drive in many adult males is the reduced testosterone production. After reaching it’s peak at about age 20, testosterone production slowly decreases, and many researches point to… Read More

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Build more muscles to live longer

As we often point out, causation does not mean correlation. That’s why epidemiologic studies quite often have nothing to do with science and reality. One of the often reported piece of data when talking about obesity is that people with higher BMI seem to live longer, and by many is considered the proof that being fat isn’t actually unhealthy. Now, BMI as we know is not a very good index of anyone body fat percentage, since it’s only based on height and weight. A bodybuilder has a very high BMI even the day of a contest with 6% body fat, while a sedentary man with very little muscle mass could… Read More

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Fight autoimmune diseases with baking soda, a research

Drinking baking soda could be an inexpensive, safe way to combat autoimmune disease. This is the sum of a new research published by the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University, and it brings justice to all the nonnas that used to drink a glass of water with half a spoon of bicarb soda every night. Not only baking soda is a great alternative to antacids, it’s extremely cheap and has no sugar, but a daily dose may help reduce inflammation and thus improve the condition of people with rheumatoid arthritis. The sodium bicarbonate seems to stimulate the mesothelial cells in the spleen to signal the organ that the body… Read More

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Your body needs salt!

I’m a lucky guy. I was born in Tuscany, and when I was a kid skipping school meant walking around the streets of Florence or hanging on the Ponte Vecchio, admiring the lazy Arno river and having some merenda at one of the many local delis. Now, you should know that Tuscany if famous for two things (food wise, I’m not talking about art and culture here!): bread without salt and smallgoods made with very liberal amount of salt. OK Marco, stop reminiscing and go straight to the point: is salt important on a keto diet? no, it isn’t just important, it’s paramount! And yet, many people – especially in… Read More

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Medical students learn nothing about nutrition

It won’t be a surprise for many, but a journalist from BBC radio transmission has interviewed some medical students in the UK, discovering that they learn almost nothing about nutrition and that what they are taught is often not practical or relevant to most of the medical problems they see in GP surgeries, clinics and hospitals. Even if most medical conditions are related to what we eat, there is no training at medical schools about how to make lifestyle changes to address these issues. Would you take advices from a doctor who smokes a pack of cigarettes a day? Probably not, so why should you take any advice from overweight… Read More

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