Do Saunas Help You ‘Detox’?

While saunas are known to be beneficial to health (by inducing ‘heat shock proteins’) and might even aid hypertrophy (muscle growth), the evidence for a ‘detox’ effect is less clear. It is plausible, as the skin is a major excretory organ and can help the body to eliminate toxins, and the increased metabolic activity and catabolic processes initiated by heat-shock proteins may amplify this. Research is lacking although a few studies have shown some isolated findings for an effect of saunas on detox At this stage though, research is lacking although a few studies have shown some isolated findings for an effect of saunas on detox, including improved healthy questionnaire scores and reduced neurotoxicity findings.1, 2 References 1.         Lennox RD, Cecchini-Sternquist M. Safety and tolerability of sauna detoxification for the protracted withdrawal symptoms of substance abuse. Journal of International Medical Research. 2018;46(11):4480-99. 2.         Ross GH, Sternquist MC. Methamphetamine exposure and chronic illness in police officers: significant improvement with sauna-based detoxification therapy. Toxicology and Industrial Health. 2011;28(8):758-68.

The Brain and Nootropic Issue: The Carb-Appropriate Review

Issue 3 | Volume 2 | March 2020 In this issue: This month, Cliff looks at the evidence behind diet and lifestyle for reducing the risk of dementia and other neurodegenerative disorders and how you can boost brain-power right now. Also this month, research commentary on a recent systematic review and meta-analysis on carbohydrate intake and metabolic syndrome risk, along with short research ‘bites’ on evening primrose oil, saunas and detox, and the paleo-keto diet. Featured article How to Optimise Brain Health & Reduce the Risk of Age-Related Cognitive Decline Brain health now and impending cognitive decline are two of the most pressing health considerations for people nowadays. In this review, Cliff looks at lifestyle, diet, and supplement interventions to help keep your brain healthy. Read the article here Articles All About: Nootropics Nootropics are supplements that purport to boost your brain-power and improve your cognition and mental performance. There are a lot of claims but many of these supplements lack research-backing. Find out what the evidence says about the most common and most studied nootropics. Read the article here Research Commentary Mini-research-reviews on: Is Evening Primrose Oil Worth Taking? What is the Evidence Behind the Palaeolithic Ketogenic Diet? Do Saunas Aid Detoxification? Does the Amount of Carbohydrate in the Diet Affect Metabolic Syndrome Risk? Members can download this month’s full issue below:

Is Evening Primrose Oil Worth Taking?

Reviews of the evidence have shown that there is little meaningful evidence to support the use of evening primrose oil (EPO) for breast tenderness or dermatitis.1, 2 But one review has suggested a benefit (versus drugs used for treatment) for breast pain. It should be noted that the studies cited within these reviews still offer many conflicts.2 There is only limited data on the use of primrose oil for schizophrenia but a Cochrane review of this application found no clear effect of EPO supplementation on schizophrenia.3 Primrose oil is probably not worth taking References 1.         Stonemetz D. A Review of the Clinical Efficacy of Evening Primrose. Holistic Nursing Practice. 2008;22(3):171-4. 2.         Sarayloo K, Najmabadi KM, Ghazanfarpour M. EFFECTS OF THE EVENING PRIMROSE OIL ON WOMEN’S MASTALGIA: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW OF RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIALS. The Malaysian Journal of Nursing. 2017;9(2):28-35. 3.         Joy CB, Mumby-Croft R, Joy LA. Polyunsaturated fatty acid (fish or evening primrose oil) for schizophrenia. The Cochrane database of systematic reviews. 2000(2):Cd001257.

All About Sweeteners: The Carb-Appropriate Review

Issue 2 | Volume 2 | February 2020 In this issue: This month, Cliff delves into the evidence behind the health effects of sweeteners. This issue includes a general review on non-nutritive sweeteners and then in-depth reviews of the human health effects of stevia and erythritol. Also this month, a look into recent controversy on the benefits and harms of a ketogenic diet for Ovarian Cancer. Featured article The Impact of Non-nutritive Sweeteners on Health Many people think that artificial or non-nutritive sweeteners increase the risk of microbiome damage, obesity, and cancer. In this overview, Cliff looks at the evidence for the impact of sweeteners on health. Read the article here Articles Is Erythritol Safe to Use? Erythritol is becoming commonly used as a sweetener added to supplements, foods, and drinks. There has been some concern about the health effects of erythritol and in this article, Cliff looks at the evidence for the impact of erythritol on health. Read the article here All You Need to Know About Stevia Stevia is now one of the most common natural non-nutritive sweeteners. There has been some concern about the potential for harm from stevia. In this article, Cliff looks at the evidence for the impact of stevia on health. Read the article here Are Low-Carb and Keto Diets ‘Bad’ for Ovarian Cancer? There has recently been significant discussion in clinical circles about the appropriateness of the ketogenic diet for the treatment of ovarian cancer. In this article, I summarise the available research…

Detox Diets, Toxins and You: The Carb-Appropriate Review

Issue 1 | Volume 2 | January 2020 In this issue: This month, Cliff presents introductory articles on whether detox diets really work, and how to support your body’s own detox systems. This months research reviews focus on the human health effects of bisphenols (i.e. BPA) from plastics, and the health implications of the common herbicide glyphosate (Roundup). Featured article The Impact of Plasticisers on Human Health Bisphenol chemicals from plastics are found in increasing levels in our food, water, and beverages, and are common in many of the products we use daily. In this article, Cliff Harvey PhD thoroughly reviews the scientific evidence on the human health implications of bisphenols, BPA, BPAF, BPF, and BPS. Read the article here Articles The Impact of Glyphosate on Human Health Glyphosate or ‘Roundup’ is a common herbicide used in horticulture, agriculture, and around the home. Exposure to this chemical is rising and yet, there is considerable debate around whether glyphosate is toxic or innocuous to humans. In this article, Cliff delves into the analyses of the published research to look deeper into the human health implications of glyphosate. Read the article here Detox Diets – BS or Legit? and How to Support the Body’s Detox Systems In this two-part series, Cliff asks the questions: Do detox diets really work?How can you support your body’s natural detox processes? Read Part 1 Read Part 2 Members download the full review below: