SCOTTSMYO's SparkPeople Blog SCOTTSMYO's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community The Satiety Index --> The Satiety Index <BR> <BR> What is the Satiety Index and what does it aim to do? The satiety index, not to be confused with the glycemic index and the Lipemic index, is aimed at finding foods that best satisfy your hunger in order to obtain your weight lose goals. <BR> <BR> "The quest is to find slimming foods with the best ability to satisfy your hunger for as long as <BR> possible." <BR> <BR> Here is the Abstract from the study: <BR> <BR> "OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to ... Sat, 28 Dec 2013 01:09:38 EST The Carbohydrate Monster Under Your Bed "Fear doesn't exist anywhere except in the mind." - Dale Carnegie <BR> <BR> Fear is defined as a distressing emotion that is brought on by an impending danger, evil or pain whether or not the threat is real or imaginary. The imaginary fear being the most trifling in this instance because we are not even sure if this so called "threat" exists in the first place. For example: When I was a child, I watched the movie Halloween (one of my favorite movies to this day) and from that point onward I... Thu, 26 Dec 2013 01:57:26 EST Thyroid Hormones and Heart Disease A couple of my blog posts got mentioned in this Comprehensive essay. Enjoy... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>hormones-heart-disease </link> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 01:50:11 EST The Future of Diabetes Treatments Found this video today on TED and now I have hundreds of papers to read through concerning the bioengineering of bioartificial endocrine glands like the pancreas. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ting_a_human_kidney.html </link> <BR> <BR> Here is a nice summary from another paper with Dr. Atala as co-author: Porcine pancreas extracellular matrix as a platform for endocrine pancreas bioengineering <BR> <BR> "The treatment of diabetes mellitus remains inadequate. Al... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 21:23:03 EST Children and The Diet Mentality Warning these are some sad statistics: <BR> <BR> "When traditional values of self-acceptance come up against modern demands of contemporary beauty-roles and the constant bombardment of ideal female beauty roles of “youth, face, thinness” = beauty – Then these contemporary forces and images win – out of sheer infinite exposure of the young girls to its message: A message of cultural pressure that beats in their brains like a drum. And what is becoming increasingly evident is that eating diso... Sun, 17 Mar 2013 13:30:10 EST Over Hydration and Cellular Fluidity One of the main regulatory actions in our boides is to maintain cellular balance between water and substance like salt, potassium, calcium etc. Too much of one or of the other brings about an imbalance...seems easy enough right? <BR> <BR> Well for some reason we as humans decide to make our lives that much more difficult for ourselves and the way we do this is by over hydrating. Although it is rare to over hydrate to the point of vomiting and is possible to over-hydrate to the poi... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 19:30:35 EST Denialism and Nutrition New Post up on the blog: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>12/11/denialism-versus-skepticism-in.html </link> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 06:16:19 EST Why Do We Eat? A Neurobiological Perspective An awesome article from a great researcher <BR> <BR><BR>12/10/why-do-we-eat-neurobiological_13<BR>.html <BR> <BR> "The satiety system is designed to make sure the body gets enough energy from an individual meal, without overdoing it. The primary variable it responds to is calories. The more calories you eat, the more full you feel. Eating a huge bowl of lettuce with no dressing may have a lot of volume, but it won't really make you feel full, in ... Thu, 25 Oct 2012 13:01:14 EST Articles read today... Insulin stimulates human skeletal muscle protein synthesis via an indirect mechanism involving endothelial-dependent vasodilation and mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 signaling. <BR> <BR><BR>484 <BR> <BR> Mechanisms of nutritional and hormonal regulation of lipogenesis <BR> <BR><BR>/PMC1083868/?tool=pubmed <BR> <BR> The Hawaii Diet: ad libitum high carbohydrate, low fat multi-cultural diet for the red... Thu, 18 Oct 2012 02:43:14 EST 10 Good Reasons Not To Exercise? Nice perspective and citations in this article. <BR> <BR><BR>od-reasons-not-to-exercise.html Sat, 13 Oct 2012 22:22:31 EST Critical Analysis on Fructose I'm finally done...for the most part. It took me 2 months but I have compiled quite a lengthy post on just the subject of fructose consumption and metabolism. I suggest reading it more then once and looking at all the citations listed <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 03:53:32 EST 8 Reasons People Do Dumb Things #4 -- Monkey See Monkey Do <BR> <BR> "It's no accident that health, fitness, and nutrition companies use celebrity endorsements to help market their products. Our brains are more irrational than they are rational, and even the most cynical among us are swayed by an athlete who looks like you want to look or perform like." <BR> <BR> Just 1 of the 8 reasons presented by Charles Staley in this witty and extremely relevant article. Enjoy.... <BR> <BR> <BR> <link> Wed, 19 Sep 2012 12:43:17 EST Roundtable Interview with Layne Norton PhD, Eric Helms and Alan Aragon Great interviews from some of the best... <BR> <BR><BR>ble-interview-with-layne-norton-phd-er<BR>ic-helms-and-alan-aragon/ Mon, 10 Sep 2012 19:51:32 EST The Terrible Tragedy of the Healthy Eater This article is very clever and well written. Enjoy: <BR> <BR><BR>healthy-eater.html Thu, 6 Sep 2012 02:47:41 EST Alan Aragon Research Review Highlights - Fat loading over carbohydrate loading before workout did not improve performance and actually caused gastro intestinal discomfort during workouts for cyclists. <BR> <BR> In the latest trial to use this type of combination protocol, Havemann’s team observed better sprinting performance after 6 days of 68% carbs than on 6 days of 68% fat prior to the carb- load day (8-10g/kg).7 The sprints were interspersed at several points throughout a 100 km course, mimicking real-life competition conditi... Sat, 1 Sep 2012 00:35:21 EST Been Busy... But new Post on Blog Just finished reading what feels like the millionth meta analysis on Fructose ingestion and its metabolic effects. I Will have that post done by late September. In the mean time, I have written a post on dietary extremism and the illuminati..enjoy <BR> <BR> <link><BR>12/08/its-extreme.html </link> <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Sep 2012 00:27:29 EST The Overweight Anthem part 2<BR>012/06/overweight-anthem-part-2.html <BR> <BR> (I dislike Spark blogs formatting and 1999 set up) Sun, 5 Aug 2012 03:33:15 EST Metabolically Peaking vs Cosmetically Peaking We all know the famous saying, "beauty is on the inside." but what few of us fail to recognize is that this holds true for health and nutrition and not just facial perfection. <BR> <BR> I see this argument championed a lot: <BR> <BR> If I physically look good then I MUST be Healthy on the inside. <BR> <BR> Do you see the problems with this Fallacy? If not I will point them out: <BR> <BR> The first logical error is that physical health/BMI, some how has a direct correlation on mortality ... Sat, 4 Aug 2012 16:51:31 EST Paul Campos Quotes Conditional Chain of inferences with BMI and health: <BR> <BR> There is a strong correlation with BMI and Health - > The Correlation is Causal -> Because of this we should and can make people thinner -> Thus by doing so we can improve their health <BR> <BR> What happens when the first link in the chain is false? or even the second link, third or fourth? What if all of them are wrong, independently of each other? In an interview with Truth Driven Thinking ,Paul Campos, Author of The Obesity ... Sat, 21 Jul 2012 00:18:23 EST Critical Thinking and Nutritional Bias When I started writing my post on cognitive bias and perception, I began thinking really hard about self interest, motivational psychology, and self accepted truths we have come to believe. How do we arrive at these conclusions? Well for the most part we have been influenced by a well crafted augment from a nutritional source to adopt a set of beliefs based on what we perceive as a logical conclusion. The focus of this blog post is to examine the art of arguments in nutrition. How to sniff ou... Tue, 17 Jul 2012 15:30:17 EST The Body Temperature Revisited "The 'fire' present in our body helps in keeping us alive. Therefore, to maintain the required body-temperature, it is important that we nourish our body with nutritious food." <BR> <BR> It's time to go back and upgrade the body temperature talk beyond just low thyroid and metabolism so as to further understand said mechanism's function and relativity to overall health and wellness. The reason I find this aspect of health so intriguing is mainly because it gets overlooked so often. Someone ... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 15:53:09 EST The Weight Set Point Weight Set Point <BR> <BR> According to the weight set point theory, there is a control system built into every person which dictates how much fat they should carry...much like a thermostat for adipose fat. Originally developed in 1982 by Bennit and Gurin to explain why repeated dieting was so unsuccessful. Going on restricted diet to alter the bodies weight set point has been shown to be a tireless effort. <BR> <BR> The key would be to alter the set point in a safe and effective manner, a... Fri, 6 Jul 2012 15:44:30 EST Breaking Calorie Restriction "You know the business. And I know the chemistry," Walt tells Jesse upon proposing a business partnership in meth. He isn't kidding either. After schooling his former student on the difference between a boiling flask and a volumetric one, Walt cooks up the most chemically pure, stable batch of crystal the Southwest has ever seen. "You're an artist," Jesse exclaims. Walt replies, it's just "basic chemistry." <BR> <BR> If you have not seen the show Breaking Bad on AMC I highly encourage you to... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 12:50:23 EST Restriction and Reward "In short, good values have to be grown from the inside out. Attempts to short-circuit this process by dangling rewards in front of individuals are at best ineffective, and at worst counterproductive. Individuals are likely to become enthusiastic, lifelong learners as a result of being provided with an engaging activities; a safe, caring community in which to discover and create; and a significant degree of choice about what (and how and why) they are learning." ERIC/EECE. Publications. Diges... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 18:42:18 EST Nutrition Thoughts Like the progression of music for the last 100 years, I have experienced the progression of my thought process regrading nutrition and food. <BR> <BR> Led Zeppelin is one of the heaviest progressive folk bands of all time that is categorized with blues guitar riffs and synchronized drumming to boot. All things progress overtime and some people(like Jimmy Page and Robert Plant) were ahead of their generation. Their music was new, different, and influential on many bands to form. The influence... Wed, 23 May 2012 20:53:15 EST Overweight and Healthy? "Drs. Jules Hirsch and Rudolph Leibel at Rockefeller University, for example, performed rigorous clinical experiments with tightly calorie-controlled liquid formulas for the subjects to consume, while their metabolisms and activity levels were precisely monitored. With each experiment, the fat people would initially lose weight and their metabolisms would drop by as much as a quarter, only to regain the weight again no matter how strong their willpower." <BR> "The Rockefeller University resea... Thu, 10 May 2012 22:55:56 EST Adrenal Fatigue... The Fake Disease "Selye's discovery of the stress response was an accident. He was doing research on the effect of hormone injections in rats. Initially he thought he detected a harmful effect from the hormones, because many of the rats became sick after receiving the injections. But when Selye used a control group of rats, injected only with a neutral solution containing no hormones, he observed that they became sick, too. <BR> As it turned out, the rats responded more profoundly to the trauma of being injec... Sat, 5 May 2012 15:04:05 EST The Hypothyoird Connection to Weight Regulation The thyroid gland which is located right below your larynx normally produces a hormone called thyroxine. This hormone controls the body's metabolism as I have explained on many occasions, but just to refresh: <BR> <BR> "Metabolism is the set of chemical reactions that happen in the cells of living organisms to sustain life. These processes allow organisms to grow and reproduce, maintain their structures, and respond to their environments. The word metabolism can also refer to all chemical re... Thu, 3 May 2012 01:56:01 EST Forced Weight Lose may increase risk for CVD “…there is a great deal of evidence that weight LOSS increases the risk for cardiovascular disease among ‘overweight’ individuals, and some studies suggest that obesity actually protects against vascular disease.” <BR> <BR> “The case against fat proceeds on the assumption that if a fat person becomes thin, that person will acquire the health characteristics of people who were thin in the first place. It also assumes that there is some reasonably safe and reliable method for producing this r... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 22:07:12 EST Super Fruits...Super Bogus "Superfruit, a marketing term first used in the food and beverage industry in 2005, refers to a fruit which combines exceptional nutrient richness and antioxidant quality with appealing taste that can stimulate and retain loyalty for consumer products. "Superfruit" has no official U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) endorsement." <BR> <BR> "Although used increasingly in new food and beverage products, superfruits have not been defined by scientif... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 17:28:15 EST Ethan Sims and Overfeeding "Permission was obtained to recruit volunteers for these experiments at the Vermont State Prison. Here it was not only possible to measure exactly how much was eaten, but also to monitor daily physical activity." <BR> <BR> "During the Next 10 years Sims and his co-workers studied 19 men in the prison. Each subject was studied for an initial period of 6 weeks while he ate his normal 7-8 MJ/day prison rations. After it was established that their weights were constant on this diet, the subjects... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 14:34:01 EST Recovering From Dietary Extremism It's funny when you go the vegan/fruititarian or low carb/zero carb sites how many successful people there are yet it never ceases to amaze me how they never post the failures.. o wait this is bad marketing. Nobody wants to buy a product or diet philosophy that could result in lowered sex drive, increased cortisol, hair loss, and numerous other systems all stemming from what can only be described as malnutrition? of coarse not, we want rainbows with sunshine and of coarse the ever so popular ... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 01:03:57 EST Juice Fasting...a serious waste of time and libido "A juice fast is potentially dangerous if taken to the extreme, or not done in a prudent manner. Read the safety of juice fasting first. The human body has minimum requirements, and your health may be compromised if you don’t pay attention to the signals your body is giving you and respond accordingly. You know your body better than anyone: if you are sensing that it isn’t functioning properly during a prolonged juice fast, and simple changes aren’t making a difference, do be afraid to stop t... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 19:31:41 EST High Body Temperature and Fat Burning Ola, <BR> <BR> I have talked about this many times but I was just like to reiterate this point for those with the myopic view of "lose weight to get healthy." <BR> <BR> My stance is the complete opposite: Get healthy to lose weight...what exactly does that mean? <BR> <BR> - Body temperature is 98.6 upon waking (or close to it) <BR> - Blood glucose and lipid metabolism is and efficient <BR> - Hands and feet are nice and toasty <BR> - Energy levels are stabilized through out the day ( prop... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 01:29:08 EST Can Dieting Make You Fatter? This may seem redundant but the relevancy of this topic to our ever increasing obesity problem needs to be reiterated. <BR> <BR> "One third of all women and one quarter of all men in the U.S. are on a diet." ~Colorado University <BR> <BR> Eating less and exercising more to become "healthy and lean" is the complete opposite of what you want to do if you are overweight with a low body temperature and under-active thyroid gland. I know it seems strange but we have been trying this for years wi... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 02:41:25 EST Hypothyroid: The Unsuspected Illness "Dr. Broda Barnes, called low thyroid function, "The Unsuspected Illness", <BR> because the usual blood tests can be completely normal and the diagnosis can be easily missed. The correct diagnosis depends on noticing symptoms such as low energy, fatigue and tiredness. Other symptoms include: weight gain, cold hands and feet, depression, slowness of thought, headaches, facial swelling, fluid retention, dry skin, brittle nails, constipation, irregular menstrual cycles, and fertility problems. T... Thu, 5 Apr 2012 02:17:17 EST High Metabolism and Henry Bieler "Metabolism is the set of chemical reactions that happen in the cells of living organisms to sustain life. These processes allow organisms to grow and reproduce, maintain their structures, and respond to their environments. The word metabolism can also refer to all chemical reactions that occur in living organisms, including digestion and the transport of substances into and between different cells." <BR> <BR> "The chemical reactions of metabolism are organized into metabolic pathways, in wh... Tue, 3 Apr 2012 19:35:12 EST Scott Abel and Metabolic Damage Scott Abel is truly a master at his craft, not sure how many people know about his programs or expertise but his overall knowledge of human biology and psychology surrounding food is very compelling. I would encourage those of you who are interested in more then just the "calories in calories out Run till you die" mentality to watch his videos on proper healthy lifestyles free of marketing hype and dogma. <BR> <BR> The Realities of Metabolic Damage: <BR> <BR> Tue, 3 Apr 2012 19:31:13 EST Body Temperature and Weight Loss "Normal human body temperature, also known as normothermia or euthermia, is a concept that depends upon the place in the body at which the measurement is made, and the time of day and level of activity of the person. There is no single number that represents a normal or healthy temperature for all people under all circumstances using any place of measurement." <BR> <BR> There was recently an article that came out in the New York Times titled " Rethinking 98.6" where the author describes the... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 16:54:36 EST Heart Disease and Blood Lipids Disclaimer: The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this web site is for general information purposes only. <BR> <BR> Yea just thought I would post that first because out of all the things that people debate about surrounding health...Heart disease and CVD are the probably the most argued topics with each ... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 06:04:28 EST Do you Suffer From "Dietitis" The Statistics are in and Americans have just been getting fatter despite our best efforts to educate consumers about choosing "healthy" options. At this point we must declare a state of emergency: Dietitis is spreading faster then a syphilis outbreak on a college campus. <BR> <BR> "Dietitis is described as prolonged calorie restriction with mediocre results despite methodically counting calories (and can also be associated with doing long lengthy cardiovascular exercise everyday or overuse ... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 05:48:29 EST Why Dieting Doesn't Work Looking at some people you would say to yourself, "wow he looks great that diet worked like a charm I can do it to!" What all of these diet fads ignore is the real life consequences that come from prolonged calorie restriction and over exercising. As I mentioned in previous posts, Obesity is starvation. Your body has become insulin and leptin resistant, your metabolism and thyroid function have slowed down, you have a low body temperature and you might have other health problems to boot. The... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 05:34:52 EST Metabolic Harm from Dieting Ok Boys and girls Gather round its time to talk about a Topic that has had people baffled for the last, how do we get so fat and how do we fix it. Well the first step is stop dieting in any form: <BR> <BR> “There is no good evidence that significant long-term weight loss is beneficial to health, and a great deal of evidence that short-term weight loss followed by weight regain (the pattern followed by almost all dieters) is medically harmful. Indeed, frequent dieting is perhaps the sing... Mon, 2 Apr 2012 05:21:23 EST