Issue 4 | Volume 2 | April 2020 In this issue: This month The Carb-Appropriate Research Review goes deep on MCTS. Find out what medium-chain triglycerides are, how they work, what conditions and outcomes they may help, and how to use them most effectively. Featured article All About Medium Chain Triglycerides Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are becoming increasingly popular for use in both keto and non-keto diets. In this review, Cliff Harvey PhD (who incidentally has conducted several studies in the use of MCTs for ketogenesis) delves into what they and how to best use them. Read the article here Members can download this month’s full issue below:
Medium chain triglycerides offer the potential to elevate ketone levels and have a number of evidence-based application. In this post, Dr Cliff Harvey looks at the evidence behind the use of MCTs.
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.
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:
The ‘paleo-keto’ diet, which combines two of the most popular diets is becoming more commonly used, but is the additional restriction necessary? What does the evidence tell us?
Nootropics are supplements that improve cognition and mental performance to better-than-normal levels. In this review, Cliff Harvey PhD looks at the evidence behind some of the most common and most-studied nootropics.
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.
Whether the carbohydrate content of the diet affects metabolic risk or not is hotly debated. A recent systematic review and meta-analysis sheds some light on this topic. In this research commentary, Cliff Harvey PhD delves into this study and its implications.
Brain health, mental performance, and reducing the risk of diseases like dementia and Alzheimer’s are key aspects of health that are highly sought after. In this review, Cliff Harvey PhD looks at some of the diet, lifestyle, and supplement interventions that might boost brain-power and protect the brain.
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…
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 on ketogenic diets and ovarian cancer to shed some light on whether it is or isn’t appropriate…
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.
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.
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.
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:
There is a lot of confusion about whether the commonly used herbicide glyphosate (“Roundup”) is safe. In this review, Cliff Harvey PhD looks at the evidence from reviews of the literature on the health effects of glyphosate.
In the first part of a two part series on detox, Cliff Harvey PhD looks at the evidence to answer the question, ‘Do Detox Diets Really Work’?
The bisphenol family of chemicals in plastics are common in our food and beverage supply (and in many other products) and have been implicated in many health conditions. In this article, Cliff Harvey PhD reviews the research on the implications of BPA and related chemicals on health.
Issue 7 | Volume 1 | December 2019 In this issue: This month, we have another massive review! This time, Cliff thoroughly reviews the research to help you discover the true, evidence-backed benefits of fasting. We also have a simple, ‘how to’ guide to applying fasting and a review of a recent groundbreaking study on fasting, autophagy, and inflammation. Feature article All You Need to Know About Fasting Fasting has been used for millennia for the improvement of physical, mental, and spiritual health but the benefits have largely been researched only in the past few decades. In this article, Cliff Harvey PhD thoroughly reviews the scientific evidence to help you answer the question “should I fast for health and performance?” Read the article here Articles How to fast Find out answers to the most common fasting questions such as: How long should I fast?When should I fast?What ‘type’ of fasting should I do?How can I adapt fasting to suit me and my goals? Read the article here In the Literature Fasting, inflammation, and autophagy A recent study was conducted in both humans and animals to identify the mechanisms by which fasting helps to reduce and modify inflammation. In this article, Cliff Harvey PhD explains the study and its implications for health. Read the article here Members download the full review below:
A recent study sheds light on the mechanisms by which fasting reduces and modifies inflammation. In this article, Cliff reviews and explains the implications of the study.