Myth-Melting Study Finds Chocolate Burns Belly Fat, Improves Cholesterol

Myth-Melting Study Finds Chocolate Burns Belly Fat, Improves Cholesterol

A study published in the European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences has revealed something quite counterintuitive about chocolate, one of the world’s most prized ‘high-fat’ foods.  This strangely medicinal ‘sweat treat,’ which ironically you find in the candy aisle at the pharmacy, improved markers of cardiovascular disease, including the reduction of belly fat, and only after one week of consumption.

Researchers from the Department of Neuroscience, Division of Human Nutrition, University of Tor Vergata, Rome, in a paper titled ‘Effects of dark chocolate in a population of Normal Weight Obese women: a pilot study,’ describe the effects of 100 gram of dark chocolate taken for one week (approximately a 3 ounce bar) in so-called ‘normal weight obese (NWO)’ syndrome subjects.

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Sweden Becomes First Western Nation to Reject Low-fat Diet Dogma in Favor of Low-carb High-fat Nutrition

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Swedish meatballs now “OK”

Brian Shilhavy
Health Impact News Editor

Sweden has become the first Western nation to develop national dietary guidelines that reject the popular low-fat diet dogma in favor of  low-carb high-fat nutrition advice.

The switch in dietary advice followed the publication of a two-year study by the independent Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment. The committee reviewed 16,000 studies published through May 31, 2013.

Swedish doctor, Andreas Eenfeldt, who runs the most popular health blog in Scandinavia (DietDoctor.com) published some of the highlights of this study in English: (more…)

Study: Higher Cholesterol Levels Associated with Longer Life – Statin Drugs Useless

fat and cholesterol are good for you Study: Higher Cholesterol Levels Associated with Longer Life   Statin Drugs Useless

by Dr. Brownstein

If you have high cholesterol levels you should take a statin right? That is the mantra promoted by conventional medicine. In fact, statins have become the most profitable class of medications sold by The Big Pharma Cartel.

I have seen countless patients who have been told by their doctor that if they don’t take a statin drug they are putting themselves in line for heart attack. (more…)

Debunking Cholesterol Myths

Flickr - Cholesterol - euthmanRaluca Schachter, Guest Writer
Waking Times

When a big, fat lie built around such a sensitive and health threatening issue becomes way too widespread, that even the authors start to believe it, it is really hard to turn the tide without major consequences.

We live in a time where we have GMO producers who won’t touch their food, but eat only organic instead, vaccine promoters and producers who won’t vaccinate their own kids or themselves, and of course, cholesterol lowering medication producers and promoters who won’t take their statins or give them to their family. It makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

So what kind of cholesterol “myths” has the population been fed all this time through heavy marketing? Let’s take a look!

Myth #1 : High LDL Causes Atherosclerosis and Heart Disease (more…)

Debunking Cholesterol Myths

Flickr - Cholesterol - euthmanRaluca Schachter, Guest Writer
Waking Times

When a big, fat lie built around such a sensitive and health threatening issue becomes way too widespread, that even the authors start to believe it, it is really hard to turn the tide without major consequences.

We live in a time where we have GMO producers who won’t touch their food, but eat only organic instead, vaccine promoters and producers who won’t vaccinate their own kids or themselves, and of course, cholesterol lowering medication producers and promoters who won’t take their statins or give them to their family. It makes you wonder, doesn’t it?

So what kind of cholesterol “myths” has the population been fed all this time through heavy marketing? Let’s take a look!

Myth #1 : High LDL Causes Atherosclerosis and Heart Disease (more…)

Eating Staturated Fats Does Not Cause Heart Disease

For many years we have been told that the saturated fats eaten by our ancestors are behind heart disease.  The answer was substitution of highly processed polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs), the most common of which are the vegetables oils, shortenings and margarine.  During the 50 years that we embraced this advice, incidence of heart disease has skyrocketed. Now a new study from Australia has produced some stunning conclusions about saturated fats and heart disease — conclusions that say it’s time to start eating real fats again. (more…)

Vitamin B-3: Niacin and Its Amide

The first water soluble vitamins were numbered in sequence according to priority of discovery. But after their chemical structure was determined they were given scientific names. The third one to be discovered was the anti-pellagra vitamin before it was shown to be niacin. But the use of the number B-3 did not stay in the literature very long. It was replaced by nicotinic acid and its amide (also known medically as niacin and its amide). The name was changed to remove the similarity to nicotine, a poison. 

The term vitamin B-3 was reintroduced by my friend Bill W., co-founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, (Bill Wilson). We met in New York in 1960. Humphry Osmond and I introduced him to the concept of mega vitamin therapy. We described the results we had seen with our schizophrenic patients, some of whom were also alcoholic. We also told him about its many other properties. It was therapeutic for arthritis, for some cases of senility and it lowered cholesterol levels.  (more…)

The Lipid Panel Is No Longer Enough

HDL vs LDLDespite being a mainstay of cardiovascular disease risk assessment for many years, the standard lipid panel—total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL), high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and triglycerides—provides only limited insight into a few heart disease risk factors. Advanced cholesterol measuring techniques allow for more in-depth measurement of parameters that, in turn, reveal previously hidden risk factors.

The need for more detailed information regarding cholesterol and heart disease risk is necessary when we consider that one of every three adults in the U.S. has cardiovascular disease,1 and that it accounts for 25 percent of all deaths.2 Furthermore, standard lipid panels don’t reveal the full extent of cardiovascular risk in everyone.

For example, half of those hospitalized with coronary artery disease symptoms had normal LDL levels (under 100 mg/dl), while 75 percent of those suffering myocardial infarction also had normal guideline-recommended LDL levels.3 Another study published in 2004 showed that 50 percent of people having a cardiovascular event had normal cholesterol levels.4

More detailed analysis of the cholesterol picture reveals an expanded subset of parameters gives an even more detailed picture of your cardiovascular risk.

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