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Self-Reported Food Intolerance in Chronic Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology: Vol 32, No 6 | https://www.tandfonline.com/
Background: Although suggested, it has never been convincingly documented that food sensitivity is of pathogenetic importance in chronic inflammatory bowel disease. However, many patients may relate their gastrointestinal symptoms to specific food items ingested and may restrict their diet accordingly. Methods: A questionnaire was sent to all patients with chronic inflammatory bowel disease who attended the outpatient clinic, Medical Dept., Roskilde County Hospital in Køge, Denmark, in the year 1993. The patients were asked whether they had problems with any particular food item and, if so, to describe the symptoms experienced from it. A control group of 70 healthy persons were included. Results: Among 189 patients, 132 (70%) responded. One hundred and thirty had completed the questionnaire, 52 males and 78 females aged 13-89 years (median, 43 years). Fifty-three (41%) had Crohn's disease (CD), 69 (53%) ulcerative colitis (UC), and 8 (6%) unclassified colitis. Forty-one patients (31 CD, 10 UC) were operated on; 51 (19 CD, 32 UC) had disease activity. Sixty-five per cent of the patients and 14% of the controls reported being intolerant to one or more food items (P < 0.0001). The intolerance covered a wide range of food products. The commonest symptoms among patients were diarrhoea, abdominal pain, and meteorism and among controls, regurgitation. Food intolerance was equally common in CD (66%) and UC (64%) and was not related to previous operation, disease activity or disease location. Conclusion: Most patients with chronic inflammatory bowel intolerance disease feel intolerant to different food items and may restrict their diet accordingly. The frequency and pattern of food intolerance did not differ between patients with CD and UC. The food intolerance was probably unspecific rather than of pathogenetic importance.
crohns  ibd  uc  diet  health  research  paper  paywall 
december 2018 by kme
GAPS Diet: How Good Is It? - Ask Dr. Weil | https://www.drweil.com/
Dr. Mullin explains that the GAPS diet is an offshoot of the earlier Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), developed in the 1920’s to treat patients with celiac disease and still promoted as an alternative treatment for a number of digestive disorders. The SCD diet eliminates all grains, dairy products, processed sugars and canned vegetables. I’ve seen no studies indicating the SCD diet to be effective for any of the disorders for which it is promoted.

The GAPS diet eliminates dairy products and all sugars, is low in fruits and grains and includes broth made from fish and meat bones to help restore gut barrier function, as well as probiotic foods to restore a healthy mix of gut flora. Dr. Mullin tells me that he has patients who have tried this diet but so far, the results have not impressed him.
gapsdiet  scd  glutenfree  diet  nutrition 
september 2018 by kme
Why I am Not a Vegetarian | https://www.quackwatch.org/
The term "vegetarian" is misleading, for it is not a name for people who favor vegetable consumption, but a code word for those who disfavor or protest the consumption of animal foods. The neologism anticarnivorist better characterizes the majority of those who call themselves vegetarians. I call myself a "vegetable enthusiast," because I strongly encourage eating lots of vegetables, including legumes, whole grains, and fruits. I believe that these foods are desirable not only because of their high nutrient density and low caloric density, but also because of aesthetic and gustatory factors. Being a vegetable enthusiast doesn't entail rejecting the use of meat or animal products.

The idea that animal-raising is an inefficient way to produce food is half-baked. Animals pull their weight when it comes to land-use and food-production efficiency: They graze on lands unsuitable for crop-growing, eat those portions of plants that are considered inedible (e.g., corn stalks and husks), and provide byproducts and services that ease human burdens [2]. Many nomadic populations survive on lands that lack farming potential by feeding on animals whose nourishment is coarse vegetation humans can't digest.

Because they consider themselves morally superior, many vegetarians exhibit no reservations against using mind-control techniques or terrorism to actualize their agenda. Mind control includes using information selectively to "educate" people about the alleged superiority of vegetarianism. It may also include traumatizing people emotionally to condition them against the use of animal foods. Early in my teaching experience, I attended a meeting of SDA secondary school health teachers where many said that they converted students to vegetarianism by taking them on field trips to slaughterhouses to witness the bloodshed. This strategy offended me even though I was a practicing vegetarian at the time. Having studied for years how people have been manipulated by cults and quacks, it is now clear to me that the slaughterhouse tactic is a form of mind control-that it is as unethical as discouraging little girls from having sex by inducing them to watch a difficult childbirth.

Terrorism involves trying to coerce people to behave in ways the perpetrators desire. In December 1994, to keep people from having turkey for Christmas dinner, self-described animal-rights terrorists claimed they had injected rat poison into supermarket turkeys in Vancouver, British Columbia. The scare caused the destruction of more than $1 million in turkeys. Apparently, the activists had not foreseen the ensuing slaughter of turkeys as replacements.
vegetarianism  veganism  diet  nutrition  health  skeptic 
september 2018 by kme
GAPS Diet – Science-Based Medicine | https://sciencebasedmedicine.org/
Red Flags

There are plenty of red flags here: the “lone genius,” the “one cause” of most disease, the die-off and “wait a while and try again” explanations to keep patients on the diet when it is making them worse, the unvalidated sensitivity and diagnostic tests, the detoxification language, the bold but unsubstantiated claim of total reversal of autism, the dangerous recommendations for raw eggs, raw milk, and saturated fat and against vaccines and cholesterol testing, and more. Birds of a feather: she is associated with the Weston Price Foundation and was featured on Mercola’s website (both notorious sources of misinformation).
skeptic  pseudoscience  health  nutrition  diet 
september 2018 by kme
Why vegetarians should be prepared to bend their own rules | Aeon Ideas
Did not even mention how wasteful and dishonorable it would be to waste the meat of the animal that had already died to be our food. Disappointing.
vegetarianism  veganism  isms  diet  morality  ethics 
august 2017 by kme
The Hippies Have Won (the Plate, at Least) - The New York Times
(For the record, Mr. Katz bristles at the association of fermentation with hippiedom. “In terms of countercultural movements, I feel like punk is much more resonant,” he said. “The punk movement was all about D.I.Y. and publishing your own zine, and figuring out how to make things yourself and improvise.”)
hippiecrap  hippies  food  diet  lifestyle  greens 
april 2017 by kme
Sugar is a toxic agent that creates conditions for disease | Aeon Essays
If we accept von Bergmann and Bauer’s thinking that obesity is a hormonal/regulatory disorder and combine it with the revelations of the 1960s about the hormonal regulation of fat accumulation and the insulin resistance that is associated with obesity and diabetes, then the result is a very simple hypothesis that explains not just obesity but also the current epidemics and our failures to curb them. The sugars and refined grains that make up such a high proportion of the foods we consume in modern Westernised diets trigger the dysregulation of a homeostatic system that has evolved to depend on insulin to regulate both fat accumulation and blood sugar.
sugar  diet  obesity  horomones 
january 2017 by kme
Is Sugar Toxic? - The New York Times
In a 2010 review of the relevant science, Luc Tappy, a researcher at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland who is considered by biochemists who study fructose to be the world’s foremost authority on the subject, said there was “not the single hint” that H.F.C.S. was more deleterious than other sources of sugar.

When Glinsmann and his F.D.A. co-authors decided no conclusive evidence demonstrated harm at the levels of sugar then being consumed, they estimated those levels at 40 pounds per person per year beyond what we might get naturally in fruits and vegetables — 40 pounds per person per year of “added sugars” as nutritionists now call them. This is 200 calories per day of sugar, which is less than the amount in a can and a half of Coca-Cola or two cups of apple juice. If that’s indeed all we consume, most nutritionists today would be delighted, including Lustig.

But 40 pounds per year happened to be 35 pounds less than what Department of Agriculture analysts said we were consuming at the time — 75 pounds per person per year — and the U.S.D.A. estimates are typically considered to be the most reliable. By the early 2000s, according to the U.S.D.A., we had increased our consumption to more than 90 pounds per person per year.

At the moment, the National Institutes of Health are supporting surprisingly few clinical trials related to sugar and high-fructose corn syrup in the U.S. All are small, and none will last more than a few months. Lustig and his colleagues at U.C.S.F. — including Jean-Marc Schwarz, whom Tappy describes as one of the three best fructose biochemists in the world — are doing one of these studies. It will look at what happens when obese teenagers consume no sugar other than what they might get in fruits and vegetables. Another study will do the same with pregnant women to see if their babies are born healthier and leaner.
sugar  fructose  diet  nutrition  hfcs 
june 2016 by kme
Being Happy With Sugar - The Atlantic
Not everyone who juices will spiral into technophilic romantic turpitude, but from an overall health standpoint, it can’t hurt your odds to stop. Though it definitely does take eating a lot of fresh fruit to consume the amount of sugar that’s in fruit juice. “Nobody has shown that we have any reason to worry about the fructose that naturally occurs in fruit,” Stanhope told me. It’s true that the fiber that comes along with the sugar in fruit slows its sugars’ digestion to a “natural” rate. It’s extremely difficult to eat enough fruit for the sugar to become nutritionally consequential. Dr. David Katz, director of Yale’s Prevention Research Center, wrote in a 2012 U.S. News and World Report column, “You find me the person who can blame obesity or diabetes on an excess of carrots or apples, and I will give up my day job and become a hula dancer!” He is still director of Yale’s Prevention Research Center.

Even looking back, the basic tenets of the original 1980 USDA nutrition guidelines really do seem to hold up: “Eat a variety of foods; avoid too much fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol; eat foods with adequate starch and fiber; avoid too much sugar; avoid too much sodium.” And, of course, “Food alone cannot make you healthy.”

Rhetorical questions are the currency of extraordinary implications in documentaries. What if our whole approach to this epidemic has been part of an ongoing investigation into understanding the complex nature of human metabolism and nutrition, and it's all building on itself, and there’s some validity to most of it?
sugar  hfcs  diet  nutrition  obesity 
may 2016 by kme
About One Part Plant and Jessica Murnane | Jessica Murnane
Five years ago, my major food groups were as follows: Sour Patch Kids, Diet Coke, and Whatever Lean Cuisine Has Cheese On It.
aboutpages  diet  health 
april 2016 by kme
Specific Carbohydrate Diet: Diet Review
This can be a very challenging diet to follow because there are a limited number of foods allowed. The SCD eliminates many of the foods in a typical American diet, including all simple sugars, grains, starches, most dairy, and more.

Not only is the SCD difficult to follow, it may also be risky for your health. When you eliminate whole food groups like dairy and grains, you significantly reduce the nutritional quality of the diet, which may result in nutritional deficiencies.

Multivitamins and minerals can fill in the gaps, but they fall short when compared to the nutritional goodness of foods. “You can’t get in a pill all the phytochemicals, fiber, and synergy (foods working together) that foods provide. Supplements are designed to supplement the diet, not replace nutritious foods,” says American Dietetic Association spokeswoman Dee Sandquist, MS, RD.
diet  health  uc 
april 2014 by kme
Gluten-free diet fad: Are celiac disease rates actually rising? - HealthPop - CBS News
jeffreydachmd says:
Modern wheat was genetically modified in the 1970's by Norman Borlaug, a plant geneticist who won the Nobel Prize and Congressional Gold Medal for developing a high yield dwarf wheat which was a blessing because it saved two or three billion people from dying of starvation. The "curse" is the magnified adverse health effects. Changes to the gliadin protein in the new wheat have quadrupled the incidence of celiac disease and auto-immune disease. Opiate activity of semi-digested peptide fragments from the gliadin protein stimulate the appetite causing increased caloric intake and obesity. Amylopectin component causes hyperglycemia and insulin resistance diabetes, now reaching epidemic proportions in our population. For genetically susceptible people with celiac or autoimmune disease, eliminating wheat from the diet is curative. Your mainstream rheumatologist, gasteroenterologist or endocrinologist will deny or reject this connection, even though it is now published in mainstream medical journals.
interesting  health  glutenfree  diet 
february 2013 by kme

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