Diet and Inflammation Part 4

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By Joel Brind, Ph.D. My last post focused on the propagation of the inflammatory signal, and how nutrients such as omega-6 PUFAs and the lack of salicylic acid results in amplification of that signal, thus contributing to the overall increase in inflammation-related disease we currently experience. But what about the initiation of the inflammatory signal in the first place? That often turns out...

Diet Psychology and the Case of “Delicate Debra”

Diet Psychology
By Scott Abel In terms of knowing, accepting and understanding that diet-psychology is ALWAYS going to be more important than “nutrition knowledge and information” -> Take a real client of mine, Debra for instance: Her story follows. And I offer it because it is a common story for ladies, although there may be subtle variations for each individual of course. Debra’s first memories of being...

Intuitive Eating–Getting Past the Initial Hurdles

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The idea of intuitive eating is becoming more widely accepted, and more and more when I speak to people it is where they are aiming to be. The basic premise is to become in tune with your body so that you eat what it’s telling you it needs. Rather than eating with your intellect or eating what you ‘believe’ is healthy, you listen to your body. It is an idea that is at the heart of 180D, and it...

Diet and Inflammation Part 3

salicylates
In my last post—Part 2 of this diet and inflammation series—I discussed the cells—called macrophages—which actually affect the inflammatory response, and how the amino acid glycine is crucial in regulating the activation of the macrophages at the level of the cell surface membrane. In the present installment, I’ll be discussing the propagation and amplification of the inflammatory...

Calorie Restriction – Fact from Fiction

calorie restriction
Here’s the story. Some wonks in a lab starved some yeast and found that the yeast seemed to live longer than well-fed yeast. “Hey!,” they said, “That must mean that if we starve mice, monkeys, and humans, they’ll live longer, too!” Fast forward a few years and some other scientists tested the hypothesis in mice and rats and got…mixed results. Some rodents just wouldn’t live longer...

Diet and Inflammation Part 2

Pac man
My last post—part 1 of Diet and Inflammation—left off with my conclusion that the answer to the widespread prevalence of chronic inflammation was a nutritional imbalance incurred by the typical Western diet, specifically deficiencies or imbalances in 3 key nutrients: omega-3 (v. omega 6) fatty acids, salicylic acid and glycine (v. methionine). What exactly happens in inflammation? Inflammation...
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