On July 30, David Dimond shared a podcast on the “People’s Pharmacy” with Dr. Steven Nissen, in which they discussed research on diet, heart disease, cholesterol and statins. There has been a firestorm of controversy in response to his remarks on the program, including accusations by Dr. Navar in an op-ed and by Dr. Wachter at the podcast website that he made “dangerous claims about cholesterol and heart disease” and that the “misinformation” he conveyed to patients “will increase their chances of having a heart attack or stroke”. Here is his amazing rebuttal to those claims.
Georgia Ede, MD
If you don’t know, you’re not alone. This is perhaps the single most important question any of us can ask about our physical and mental health—yet most patients, and even many doctors, don’t know how to answer it.
McMaster Optimal Aging Team
The many positive health impacts of vitamin D have dominated the supplement world in recent years. Similarly, the growing worldwide epidemic of type 2 diabetes has also been in the spotlight – with an estimated 400 million people affected currently, and this number expected to be 642 million by 2040. As type 2 diabetes rates continue to soar, there is an urgent need to find effective ways to tackle this disease. Vitamin D supplementation has emerged as a possible solution. But how effective is it really?
Paul Clayton; and Judith Rowbotham
Analysis of the mid-Victorian period in the U.K. reveals that life expectancy at age 5 was as good or better than exists today, and the incidence of degenerative disease was 10% of ours. Their levels of physical activity and hence calorific intakes were approximately twice ours. They had relatively little access to alcohol and tobacco; and due to their correspondingly high intake of fruits, whole grains, oily fish and vegetables, they consumed levels of micro- and phytonutrients at approximately ten times the levels considered normal today. This paper relates the nutritional status of the mid-Victorians to their freedom from degenerative disease; and extrapolates recommendations for the cost-effective improvement of public health today.
Maryanne Demasi; Robert H Lustig; Aseem Malhotra
Emerging evidence shows that insulin resistance is the most important predictor of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
New York Times (Anahad O’Connor)
The standard approach for people with Type 1 diabetes is to match carb intake with insulin. But the argument for restricting carbs is that it keeps blood sugar more stable and requires less insulin, resulting in fewer highs and lows. The approach has not been widely studied or embraced for Type 1 diabetes, but some patients swear by it.