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Sugar – the most common reason kids get a general anesthetic in New Zealand

The most common reason children get a general anesthetic in New Zealand is to pull out painful rotting teeth, costing the taxpayer $5000.00 per operation. Back in 2012 I worked as the researcher on a programme fronted by Nigel Latta, a popular psychologist in New Zealand, as part of ‘The Hard Stuff’ series. It was […]

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Why I won’t take statins for my high cholesterol

The latest New Zealand Listener magazine has a feature article on statin drugs, I feature saying I wouldn’t touch them personally – here is why: When my total cholesterol hit 10 about 18 months ago it gave me a fright. My LDL was up to 7.5 mmol/L. My HDL is around 2 and my triglycerides […]

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Pre-European Hawaiian high carb diet trial (paleo) reverses Lupus, obesity and diabetes

This is a clinical study from 1989 In 1989 a native pre-Western contact diet was fed to a group of Native Hawaiians with risk factors for heart disease. The programme was called the Waianae Diet Programme. Twenty people were placed on the diet for 21 days. Native pure Hawaiians have a rate of obesity second […]

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‘Caveman’ or Paleo diet in the news in New Zealand

(Paleo Nutrition Seminar: 10th April 2014, Grey Lynn Community Centre, Auckland; More info) Both the New Zealand Herald and National Radio (Government funded radio station) in New Zealand picked up onĀ  recent study showing post-menopausal women lost more weight, more fat from their waist and had better triglycerides (part of your cholesterol measure) than the […]

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Beef and butter, a bad combination for your heart?

In this interesting study – beef was eaten with either saturated fat from dairy or monounsaturated fat, in the context of a low carb diet. Blood lipids were measured to see what difference the fat type made. In nutrition studies we used to hear all about saturated fat, and the positive effect of low saturated […]

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