New research into the discovery of a cure for HIV has revealed the disease has a voracious sweet tooth, which may turn out to be its Achilles’ heel. After the virus invades an activated immune cell, it craves sugar and nutrients from the cell to replicate. This poses the question; could a Ketogenic Diet aid in slowing the spread of HIV throughout the body?
New research led by Harvard Medical School investigators has looked at the role of bacteria living in the gut remotely influencing the activity of cells in the brain involved in controlling inflammation and neurodegeneration. “This opens up an area that’s largely been unknown until now: how the gut controls brain inflammation”.
Written by Sam Apple for the New York Times Magazine, this article looks at the life and work of German biochemist Otto Warburg who believed that certain cancers could be treated by disrupting their source of energy – Glucose. Forgotten or ignored for many years, new studies into ‘The Warburg Effect” is triggering a cancer-metabolism theory revival.
Researchers at the University of California in Los Angeles have found that fructose damages brain cells and can lead to a wide range of diseases, from diabetes and heart disease to Alzheimer’s. The study is the first to examine all of the gene networks affected by fructose that result in changes to brain function and metabolism.
Christopher Ramsden of the National Institutes of Health has unearthed raw data from a 40-year-old study that challenges the dogma that eating vegetable fats instead of animal fats is good for the heart. The Randomised Controlled Trial was unpublished and recorded 9,423 study participants, ages 20 to 97, all living in state mental hospitals or a nursing home. “It tested the [diet-heart] hypothesis and rejected it.”
Professor Grant Schofield and George Henderson take a look at a new analysis on the correlation between fat intake and cholesterol levels published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. They conclude that the study has gone way beyond what the data says and in fact makes claims that the data does not say. The data certainly says nothing about the possible benefits or harms of people eating paleo or LCHF.
Two Professors from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in the United States have turned to crowdfunding in their efforts to fund research on the benefits of ketogenic diets in inhibiting cancer growth. Professor Eugene J. Fine and Professor Richard D. Feinman believe that while insulin supports growth of normal cells, it also supports the growth of cancers. The effects of a very low carbohydrate diet has the potential to inhibit cancer growth without harming normal tissues.
A new study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism has found that a diet high in fructose increases liver fat more than a calorie matched control diet.
This new study out of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center suggests that consuming a diet with a high glycemic index was independently associated with an increased risk of developing lung cancer. This epidemiologic study, although limited and retrospective, identifies most significant associations in those who had never smoked.