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Eat Better South Africa: Call For Community Coaches

About Eat Better South Africa:  Eat Better South Africa is a community-based non-profit organization working to improve the nutritional education of local community members in South Africa, through advocacy, activism, and the implementation of nutrition education programmes that empowers community members to improve their health by making the best dietary choices available to them. Our [...]

August 22nd, 2022|

World Health Day: We Need Healthier People To Live On A Healthier Planet

Celebrated on April 7th each year, World Health Day is an initiative by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other organizations to raise awareness of people's overall health and well-being around the world. This year's theme is "Our Planet, Our Health" therefore, to be able to inhabit a healthy planet, healthier people are needed and [...]

April 7th, 2022|

Ancel Keys’ Cholesterol Con. Part 11. 1979-1984 

1979. The first results of the Helsinki Policemen Study are published.   The goal of this novel study which began in 1971, was to determine whether or not insulin resistance can be used to predict those who will develop CHD in the future. Recall that up until 1965 there was real interest in the role of [...]

February 3rd, 2022|

Ancel Keys’ Cholesterol Con. Part 10 – 1978-1979

1978. The identification of dietary trans fats as uniquely damaging to human health. When in 1 Proctor and Gamble employed the German chemist E.C.Kayser to produce the hydrogenated “vegetable” oil from cotton seeds, a product that would become known as Crisco (1), they had no legal requirement to prove that their novel industrially-produced food product [...]

December 6th, 2021|

Low Carb and Low-Processed Food: Health impact of 100 Days of Dietary Change. A personal journey (Part I)

Summary In this document I describe how, over a period of just over 100 days, I lost 14% of body weight and improved key blood measures, on a low-carb, low-processed food diet. This document covers the period of June 5th 2021 to Oct 3rd 2021. I describe the food intake, model calorie consumption vs weight [...]

November 17th, 2021|

Ancel Keys’ Cholesterol Con. Part 9 – 1976-1977

1976-1977. The McGovern US Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs releases its Dietary Goals for the United States. A key event that drove the global adoption of the Diet-Heart hypothesis was the 1972 US Presidential election in which the incumbent Richard Nixon was confronted by a losing war in Vietnam, rising food prices, [...]

October 11th, 2021|

Ancel Keys’ Cholesterol Con. Part 8: 1970-1974

1970. Report of the Inter-Society Commission for Heart Disease Resources relating to the Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease and the Primary Prevention of the atherosclerotic process.  At the same time that the NHLBI Task Force on Atherosclerosis was meeting under the chairmanship of Fredrickson, Keys’ principal acolyte Jeremiah Stamler was convening another Commission to address the [...]

September 29th, 2021|

World Alzheimer’s Day 2021

  Source of infographic information: https://www.brightfocus.org/alzheimers/article/alzheimers-disease-facts-figures Alzheimer’s is a severe neurological disease that can cause impairment of normal daily functions. The disease has been showcased in numerous films over the years, think of The Notebook, Aurora Borealis or the newly released The Father with Anthony Hopkins. Hollywood movies tend to dramatise situations and evoke emotion [...]

September 20th, 2021|

#NoakesDay 2021

Every year on the 8th of June, The Noakes Foundation commemorates and honours the inspiring legacy of Prof Tim Noakes and his contributions towards the LCHF mandate to reverse years of improper nutritional teachings, insufficient treatment, and outlook on Type 2 diabetes globally, along with other non-communicable diseases of lifestyle. #NoakesDay is a significant occasion [...]

June 8th, 2021|

Ancel Keys’ Cholesterol Con, Part 5

1957: First Results From Framingham Reported The first findings in the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) were reported nine years after the study had been initiated as a result of President Truman signing the U.S. National Heart Act into law. I’ve presented some of those findings in an earlier column (1); here I review the important [...]

May 27th, 2021|
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