Dr. Ruscio’s Weekly Wrap Up – #19

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In case you missed it

On Monday, Dr. Ruscio discusses using caution in treating chronically low vitamin D levels with the drug Olmesartan.

In Wednesday’s podcast, Dr. Ruscio explores the cause and effect relationship between obesity and the microbiota.


Latest Research

Treatment of subclinical hypothyroidism Trusted SourcePubMedGo to source decreased miscarriage.

Curcumin Trusted SourcePubMedGo to source might be an effective anti-depressant.

Resistant starch Trusted SourcePubMedGo to source increases digestive tract inflammation.

Just a couple more hours of sleep can make a big difference. A Medline study reported: Cold risk was 4.2 times greater for those who slept fewer than six hours a night, and 4.5 times greater for anyone grabbing five hours or less of slumber a night, when compared with those getting more than seven hours a night.

More H. Pylori infections Trusted SourcePubMedGo to source correlated with less food allergy in a Korean observational study.

Non-responsive Ulcerative Colitis Trusted SourcePubMedGo to source could be caused by Epstein Barr virus.

A universal diagnostic protocol Trusted SourcePubMedGo to source for Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity was recently proposed.

 


Laugh a Little!

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Healthy Foodie

Against All Grain: Almond Cherry Power Cookies (egg-free)

PaleOMG: Caramel Apple Pancakes

Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind: Vanilla Chai Pancakes

Grassfed Girl: Low-Carb Kale Chicken Caesar Salad

 


Happiness Homework

Keep a gratitude journal. Each day, write down at least one thing you are grateful for.

 


Ruscio’s Quotable

If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn’t have opened for anyone else.
– Joseph Campbell

 

 

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Discussion

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4 thoughts on “Dr. Ruscio’s Weekly Wrap Up – #19

  1. Hi Michael,

    I was intrigued by the link to the report that a test of adding RS to the diet of children increased intestinal inflammation.

    So I looked up the original paper. Here’s what the RS intervention consisted of: “The free-living Malawian children enrolled in the study consumed about 8.5 g of RS in addition to their habitual Malawian diet, using locally produced doughnuts, known as mandasis, for 4 weeks [13]. Mandasis were typically consumed once per week by these children in their habitual diet. Mandasis for the study were made of white wheat flour, whole fluid milk, eggs, baking powder, salt, sugar, and RS (Hylon VII, HAMS 70 % amylose, National Starch and Chemical Company, Bridgewater, New Jersey) and fried in soybean oil. Each mandasi was 40 g and provided approximately 150 kcal, of which had 4 % protein, 26 % fat, 49 % digestible carbohydrate, and 10 % resistant starch. A study aid delivered the mandasis twice daily to each participant and observed the consumption of the doughnut.” (http://microbiomejournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40168-015-0102-9#CR13).

    Yikes! Wheat flour, sugar, and fried in soybean oil! The RS component of each “doughnut” was only 10%, while the digestible carbohydrate made up 49% of each doughnut. This does not sound like a reasonable intervention to me. A proper experiment would ONLY add the RS without all the other crap, otherwise the experiment would be riddled with confounding factors!

    Thus, this is not a fair test of RS as other ingredients that were changed between the experimental and control groups could be driving the differences in gut microbiome.

    Keep up the great work on the Friday Wrap-ups!

    Ciao,
    Aaron

  2. Hi Michael,

    I was intrigued by the link to the report that a test of adding RS to the diet of children increased intestinal inflammation.

    So I looked up the original paper. Here’s what the RS intervention consisted of: “The free-living Malawian children enrolled in the study consumed about 8.5 g of RS in addition to their habitual Malawian diet, using locally produced doughnuts, known as mandasis, for 4 weeks [13]. Mandasis were typically consumed once per week by these children in their habitual diet. Mandasis for the study were made of white wheat flour, whole fluid milk, eggs, baking powder, salt, sugar, and RS (Hylon VII, HAMS 70 % amylose, National Starch and Chemical Company, Bridgewater, New Jersey) and fried in soybean oil. Each mandasi was 40 g and provided approximately 150 kcal, of which had 4 % protein, 26 % fat, 49 % digestible carbohydrate, and 10 % resistant starch. A study aid delivered the mandasis twice daily to each participant and observed the consumption of the doughnut.” (http://microbiomejournal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s40168-015-0102-9#CR13).

    Yikes! Wheat flour, sugar, and fried in soybean oil! The RS component of each “doughnut” was only 10%, while the digestible carbohydrate made up 49% of each doughnut. This does not sound like a reasonable intervention to me. A proper experiment would ONLY add the RS without all the other crap, otherwise the experiment would be riddled with confounding factors!

    Thus, this is not a fair test of RS as other ingredients that were changed between the experimental and control groups could be driving the differences in gut microbiome.

    Keep up the great work on the Friday Wrap-ups!

    Ciao,
    Aaron

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