Old Fox Blog

Fas2016 300x300The Old Fox Blog contains the inspiration the editor of the site (see image taken in September 2016) receives, whilst being on the look-out in further improving his health. Some posts will be excerpts from articles he has read and of which he thinks that they are worth sharing, others simply stem from his own pencil. 

There are many things coming my way, which I find highly interesting, but there is not enough time in the day (on top of all other activities) to share them all.  Therefore- a hap hazard selection is about to be coming your way, which however clearly will support the views and opinions you can read in other sections of this site.

Sugar Industry Role in Cardiac Research

Sugar- Pure, White, but ultimately rather Deadly
Sugar- Pure, White, but ultimately rather Deadly
Consumer advocates, nutritional geeks and Atkins freaks really love to speculate about how the "evil industry" influences with lobbying and dubious financial subsidies in politics, science and society in order to maximize their profits at the expense of consumers and their health.
Unfortunately, such machinations are often very difficult to prove or understand: By its nature, these kind of manipulations are kept very secret and happen in the background.

Recent Study from Archival Documents

A significant amount of fuel, was dumped on the fire of such conspiracy theorists on September 13 2016, since a study was  published on that day, which suggest just that: Conspiracy and Manipulation by the Sugar Industry.  The authors of that study have compiled a number of documents from the 60s and 70s, which show in detail how the Sugar Industry in the United States systematically downplayed the risks of sugar for cardiovascular disorders and at the same time upgraded the role of cholesterol and saturated fat in cardiac research in order to promote their interests and profit making.
The paper published in the „Journal of the American Medical Association“ (JAMA) called, "Sugar Industry and Coronary Heart Disease Research – A Historical Analysis of Internal Industry Documents" (download below) reads like a Agatha Christie thriller: like detectives, the authors scrambled through the archives of the Sugar Research Foundation (SRF) and accumulated hundreds of documents and correspondence to re-construct in acribic detail how the SFR influenced scientific research in the sixties and seventies in a systematic fashion to promote their own interests.
Things kind of started in the fifties with the fact that the incidence of cardiovascular diseases was rapidly increasing and therefore science research was highly interested to deal with the issue and find the cause thereof.
Read more: Sugar Industry Role in Cardiac Research

Testosterone Replacement Therapy- Cardio Protective

Always Consult your Doctor for Hormone Replacement Therapy
Always Consult your Doctor for Hormone Replacement Therapy
On January 31 2014, the FDA issued a safety warning on the off-label use of testosterone in men, due to old age and required a labeling change to warn for the use of testosterone, due to an increased cardiovascular- and stroke risk. 
The wording of that announcement included the following lines:  link here
 
Testosterone is FDA-approved as replacement therapy only for men, who have low testosterone levels due to disorders of the testicles, pituitary gland, or brain that cause a condition called hypogonadism. Examples of these disorders include failure of the testicles to produce testosterone because of genetic problems, or damage from chemotherapy or infection. However, FDA has become aware that testosterone is being used extensively in attempts to relieve symptoms in men who have low testosterone for no apparent reason other than aging. The benefits and safety of this use have not been established.
In addition, based on the available evidence from published studies and expert input from an Advisory Committee meeting, FDA has concluded that there is a possible increased cardiovascular risk associated with testosterone use. These studies included aging men treated with testosterone. Some studies reported an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, or death associated with testosterone treatment, while others did not.
 That "advice" was dissappointing since several studies published before the warning had already shown a positive correlation to reduced risk for cardio events after therapy and subsequently even in August 2015 a very large study by the Veterans Administration concluded that successfull hormone replacement therapy has a very positive impact on cardiavascular outcomes for the patients involved- 
Read more: Testosterone Replacement Therapy- Cardio Protective

Ancel Keys´ Cholesterol Hypothesis dismantled

Debunking the Cholesterol Hypothesis
Debunking the Cholesterol Hypothesis

Introduction- About Ancel Keys

Ancel Keys was a US scientist, who mainly worked and lived in Minnesota and managed to become a 100 years old (respect!). He reached early international fame by doing the Minnesota Starvation Study to aid the populations on the globe hit by famine after WW II. Later on, he did the Seven Countries Study, for which study he however had data from 20 nations/populations, but only used the seven, which seemed to support his hypothesis.
From Wikipedia: After observing in southern Italy the highest concentration of centenarians in the world, Keys hypothesized that a Mediterranean-style diet low in animal fat protected against heart disease and that a diet high in animal fats led to heart disease. The results of what later became known as the Seven Countries Study appeared to show that serum cholesterol was strongly related to coronary heart disease mortality both at the population and at the individual level. As a result, in 1956 representatives of the American Heart Association appeared on television to inform people that a diet, which included large amounts of butter, lard, eggs, and beef would lead to coronary heart disease. This resulted in the American government recommending that people adopt a low-fat diet in order to prevent heart disease.
Keys had concluded that saturated fats as found in milk and meat have adverse effects, while unsaturated fats found in vegetable oils had beneficial effects. This message was obscured for a 20-year period starting around 1985, when all dietary fats were considered unhealthy. This was driven largely by the hypothesis that all dietary fats cause obesity and cancer.
Read more: Ancel Keys´ Cholesterol Hypothesis dismantled

Introducing Zoe Harcombe

Zoe Harcombe
Zoe Harcombe

In the past few years I have read a lot- and listened many hours (Youtube) to folks, who had a message, which appeared to make sense and were congruent to the experiences I noted, whilst going through change processes myself and at the same time were debunking "myths" from the "science based medical industry" i.e. the Ancel Keys myth of substituting saturated fats, like butter and palm oils, with omega 6 polyunsaturated linoleic products, like margerine and sunflower seed oil. And whats even more important, the assumption that a high diet in saturated fats implies a higher risk for major cardiac adverse events compared to substitution those to linoleic oils, which proved exactly to be the other way round and caused major health damage to global humanity, due to the defunct cholesterol hypothesis.

Those "debunkers" which have been important to me, include Joseph Mercola on a general level and Robert Lustig on a scientific basis, but also Zoe Harcombe was really good to listen to. Today- I passed her website on my web journey of the day- and impulsively decided to subcribe to her newsletter so I contribute a bit to her research. You probably will hear more from her through my own writings as what usually happens with "disciples" LOL.

She lives in Newport, in beautiful South-Wales, where I had the pleasure to also spend quite a few months of my life.

Read more: Introducing Zoe Harcombe

Olive Oil- Optimizing its Benefits

Olive Oil Brands
Olive Oil Brands from California
You’ve probably heard about the benefits of the Mediterranean diet and one of its primary components — olive oil. The Mediterranean diet offers an array of health benefits, and research is finding that olive oil plays a major role in those benefits — particularly in reducing the risk of cardiovascular problems such as heart attack and stroke and possibly increasing length of life. Buying, storing and using olive oil in a way that takes maximum advantage of flavor and health benefits takes a little know-how. But with a few simple steps, you can be on your way to a flavorful experience. 

Increasing benefits 

A large randomized, controlled study in Spain showed that adding olive oil to a diet resulted in a decreased incidence of cardiovascular disease. Olive oil helps reduce cardiovascular risk in a number of ways, including by helping to improve your cholesterol levels and blood pressure, helping to control blood sugar in those with type 2 diabetes, and helping to reduce risk of blood clots that cause sudden heart attacks or stroke. There’s also evidence that olive oil is related to a reduced risk of cancer, primarily breast cancer. Factors behind these benefits include: 
Read more: Olive Oil- Optimizing its Benefits

"Amazing" results in CHF study with Vit D3

Vitamin D Chart Info
Vitamin D Information
A University of Leeds study found that a daily intake of the supplement can improve the cardiac function of those with heart dysfunction. Dr Klaus Witte, from the School of Medicine and Consultant Cardiologist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, led the study, known as VINDICATE.
He said: “This is a significant breakthrough for patients. It is the first evidence that vitamin D3 can improve heart function of people with heart muscle weakness – known as heart failure. These findings could make a significant difference to the care of heart failure patients.” 
Vitamin D3 can be boosted by exposure to sunlight, but heart failure patients are often deficient in it even during the summer because older people make less vitamin D3 in response to sunlight than younger people. Vitamin D3 production in the skin is also reduced by sunscreen.  Actually it is estimated that over 75% of the British population has deficient D3 levels.
The study, which was funded by the Medical Research Council, involved more than 160 patients from Leeds who were already being treated for their heart failure using proven treatments including beta-blockers, ACE-inhibitors and pacemakers. Participants were asked to take vitamin D3 or a dummy (placebo) tablet for one year. Those patients who took vitamin D3 experienced an improvement in heart function which was not seen in those who took a placebo. 
Read more: "Amazing" results in CHF study with Vit D3

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