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Got Proof? Lack of Evidence for Milk's Benefits

Got Proof? Lack of Evidence for Milk's Benefits

Commented Jul 12, 2013 at 15:19:48 in Healthy Living

“Thank you Mark.. This is completely accurate and I have had the same experience when talking with policy makers. They care more about the money from the dairy industry than the harmful health effects of consuming milk products.. would you consider writing an article on the Beef Ass.??
The largest organization and educating body for physical fitness trainers and teachers IDEA - is letting the National Cattleman's Beef Ass. start to offer educational courses and CEC's through their organization. They sent an email to all fitness coaches, trainers and class teachers offering --
Free Webinar: The Hunger Games - Applying the Science of Satiety to Fuel Health...”
huffingtonpost entry

New Science Behind Kicking Those Stubborn Food Cravings

Commented May 22, 2012 at 13:51:57 in Healthy Living

“This is really important information for everyone that is trying to lose weight.. Great article. Thank you”
Understanding The Science Of Gratitude

Understanding The Science Of Gratitude

Commented Jul 2, 2011 at 20:06:15 in Healthy Living

“Aloha Joel and Michelle Welcome to the Huff Post community. and thank you for this beautiful article. I am on island and would love to hear from you.
Jay
JayWilliamsPhD.com”
The Biggest Risk Factor For Top-Killing Diseases

The Biggest Risk Factor For Top-Killing Diseases

Commented Mar 20, 2011 at 21:09:09 in Home

“Aloha Dr Besdine I agree with you - this is an important approach. And there are people living to 85 and 90 without health problems. Fortunately there are many scientists looking at health from this perspective and we should hear more very soon. In the meantime, there is no question that age related diseases can be prevented with lifestyle modification. A good place for people to learn about healthy old people is Blue Zones. We are huge advocates of looking and feeling good at all ages. (not just living a long life but that is a side effect). Here is a great way to get started:
www.24HourTurnaround.com
Jay Williams, PhD.”

WhatTheHolyHeck on Mar 21, 2011 at 11:30:09

“I really wish you could have made your very good point without the self-promotion.”
Restricting Calories to Live Longer: Does it Work?

Restricting Calories to Live Longer: Does it Work?

Commented Feb 14, 2011 at 00:11:06 in Home

“I sincerely hope that the message in this information is about being healthy and active as you age - a far cry from just living as long as you can.”
Restricting Calories to Live Longer: Does it Work?

Restricting Calories to Live Longer: Does it Work?

Commented Feb 14, 2011 at 00:08:40 in Home

“Exactly! This article and this information is NOT just about living longer, it is about being healthy and active as we age.”
Restricting Calories to Live Longer: Does it Work?

Restricting Calories to Live Longer: Does it Work?

Commented Feb 14, 2011 at 00:05:34 in Home

“Aloha and thank you for your comments. The restriction of calories in the actual scientific studies in the article (not observational) had nothing to do with restriction of CHO. To date the research on restricting whole food, unrefined CHO is not positive. If you want to reduce your weight and be healthy you need to eat plants. The longest living, leanest, healthiest populations eat a plant based diet. Reversing heart disease and cancer does not happen on the Atkins plan. You might want to read the Dr. Ornish studies.”

NoSillyName on Feb 16, 2011 at 23:36:29

“Been there, done that. No Ornish for me. Very low carbs all the way. Better lipid profiles and other tests have all improved as well as weight loss, more energy, almost no more IBS problems.”

DrP on Feb 15, 2011 at 20:31:12

“I was an Ornish-type diet follower for 20 years. I nearly destroyed my health and that of my children.
Thank God I "got educated" 11 years ago and have successfully reversed the steady progression to "diabetes" and who knows what other horrific complications of my misguided diet. My children are also much healthier since having adopted a similar diet.
So, I credit Ornish with almost destroying my health and with actually destroying my childrens' childhoods. I credit Robert Atkins with saving our lives.
It will be curious to see if this post makes it past the filters. I'll check back.”

Fred Butters on Feb 14, 2011 at 17:26:38

“Let's not confuse the Atkins diet with a non-calorie restrictive diet. Caloric intake is almost a moot point when looking at quality of ingredients which is something Atkins doesn't focus on last I checked. Let's also not confuse restricting whole food carbs with restricting something like vegetables. Sure, someone who cuts vegetables is going to have a harder time getting nutrients, but cutting out whole grains and reducing unrefined sugars from fruit is highly beneficial.

So who are the longest, leanest, healthiest populations? I know that Massai and Inuit didn't show any signs of the diseases that we see in the U.S. until they started eating like us and have found sources citing the Massai averaged 4,000 cals per day and around 75% fat from animal sources.

Macronutrient intake percentages, and total caloric intake simply cannot compete with eating quality, whole foods. One thing I'd bet all the cultures to which you refer have in common is a diet of low sugar, no seed oils, no grains.

Please post this. I also see my comments disappear when they mean challenge the Ornish philosophy.”

Canuck1950 on Feb 14, 2011 at 10:34:28

“My point is that when you cut back on calories, you are reducing the amount of food you eat and that means reducing one or more macronutrient. Since the amount of protein we need is fairly fixed, a low-cal diet, to be healthy would mean reducing fat or CHO, or both. Are you suggesting that the only reduction was in fat calories? Not too likely. Therefore you would also be reducing CHO calories.

I am familiar with the Ornish studies - of course removing sugar and highly refined carbohydrates will generate a benefit. The issue is that when this type of diet is compared to a very low-carb diet, low-carb does better. Most the studies on low-carb did a poor job of administering the diet. See the work of Jeff Volek et al, published in Lipids to understand the actual benefits that low-carb can deliver. Also, see the work of Ron Krauss et al who has, over the past few years, been showing that it is carbs not fat, or saturated fat, that drives an atherogenic lipid profile.

Can you please provide the evidence for this statement: "The longest living, leanest, healthiest population s eat a plant based diet."”

eLucida on Feb 14, 2011 at 08:56:08

“>"If you want to reduce your weight and be healthy you need to eat plants."

This makes no sense.

Humans are animals. We are composed of Animal-stuff -- not Plant-stuff.

>"Reversing heart disease and cancer does not happen on the Atkins plan."

This is not true.

* Saturated fats increase HDL and increase 'fluffy' LDL.

* Cutting dietary carbohydra­­tes lowers plasma triglyceri­­des, i.e. fat in the blood.

* Cutting dietary carbohydra­­tes lowers blood glucose levels, and consequent insulin secretion. (Good treatment for T2 diabetes and prediabete­­­s.)

* Cutting dietary carbohydra­­tes lowers sdLDL.

You might want to read Gary Taubes' "Good Calories Bad Calories" for the facts and references­­.”

Alvarask on Feb 14, 2011 at 04:16:23

“Yikes. Some seriously bad info there.”

SaveWillowpark on Feb 14, 2011 at 01:40:24

“I have to agree with you. My husband and I starting eating a plant based diet after having been lacto-ovo vegetarians for the past year and not loosing weight. Since dropping dairy, and sugar in all of its forms (including bread and pasta) and only eating fruits, veggies and good oils and real butter we have started shedding weight like crazy. It is effortless. He has lost 25 lbs and I have lost around 15 and we haven't even added exercise to our new lifestyle yet. It is like our bodies want to be healthy and now that we're not loading it down with processed foods and sugars everything seems to be equalizing. I have heard great things about Dr. Ornish, my dad actually follows him to reverse heart blockage.”
Restricting Calories to Live Longer: Does it Work?

Restricting Calories to Live Longer: Does it Work?

Commented Feb 13, 2011 at 23:51:50 in Home

“It sounds like you are doing a great job of maintaining a caloric balance. You are clearly eating at least 20% less calories than the average person in this country. If you look at the oldest and healthiest people on the planet that have a great quality of life they eat to maintain a lean body. Small meals of high quality whole food.”
Restricting Calories to Live Longer: Does it Work?

Restricting Calories to Live Longer: Does it Work?

Commented Feb 13, 2011 at 17:17:46 in Home

“Aloha tehixe.. As I mentioned to the 20 year old below - In the article above I collaborat­ed with a 20 year old physiology and nutri science student at Berkeley, Riley Rearden. Her interest as a 20 year old is looking and feeling good in your 20’s, 30’s and as you age. Eating a low calorie high nutrient diet will do just that. Something to consider.”

tehixe on Feb 14, 2011 at 01:07:51

“Yes, but reducing calories isn't the only way to do that. I think lowering calories to an extent is probably something many people would benefit from, but the supposed miracle life extending diets I've heard about are something along the lines of 1200 calories. I don't know if that's the level you're talking about, but it's just not worth it to me. Eating is part of life, too. If all you get to eat is healthy low calorie stuff, you might live longer, but are you actually living?

Thanks for taking time to respond to the comments though, that's pretty cool!”
Restricting Calories to Live Longer: Does it Work?

Restricting Calories to Live Longer: Does it Work?

Commented Feb 13, 2011 at 15:47:21 in Home

“Aloha and I really appreciate your observation. In the article above I collaborated with a 20 year old physiology and nutri science student at Berkeley, Riley Rearden. Her interest as a 20 year old is looking and feeling good in your 20’s, 30’s and as you age. Something to consider.”

mnwildfan on Feb 13, 2011 at 20:12:57

“I really felt good in my 20's and 30's. It's the 50's and now heading this summer to the 60's seems a lot different.”
Restricting Calories to Live Longer: Does it Work?

Restricting Calories to Live Longer: Does it Work?

Commented Feb 13, 2011 at 15:40:04 in Home

“Aloha Groko and thanks for your comments. The "Theoretical Biology" is an interesting notion - however no research. I suggest you read the first research article in the story and more importantly look at the pictures of the subjects. This is not a new concept. If you look at the longest living people on the planet who are very healthy, they eat low calorie diets. Blue Zones. And we are talking people here. More info at JayWilliamsPhD.com”
Restricting Calories to Live Longer: Does it Work?

Restricting Calories to Live Longer: Does it Work?

Commented Feb 13, 2011 at 15:34:42 in Home

“Aloha Singermuse and thank you for your comments.. I agree, one has to be very careful when they restrict calories. Being lethargic, depressed, and unable to focus is a result of lack of nutrients, NOT lack of calories. That is why I suggest “eating smaller meals with a lower caloric density and high nutrient density”. We have some great suggestions to do this at JayWilliamsPhd.com”
Restricting Calories to Live Longer: Does it Work?

Restricting Calories to Live Longer: Does it Work?

Commented Feb 13, 2011 at 11:56:25 in Home

“Aloha Roy and thank you for your comments.. I, for one, am all for skipping the toxins.. Please read more at JayWilliamsPhD.com for some great tips on a diet that "Defines" good health personally and for the planet. You might also read Dr. Ken's comments below.
Be well. Jay”

RMankovitz on Feb 13, 2011 at 16:24:59

“Aloha to you too (I used to live at Kahala Beach).

I took a look at your Definition Diet and in my opinion, while it may work well for a small portion of the population, I do not consider it an eating plan that is in close alignment with our evolutionary heritage.

For that type of eating plan, I suggest you take a look at “The Original Diet.” You can read much of it for free, courtesy of Google Books. From my decades of research on the subject of nature-based illness prevention, I find it is supported by the largest clinical trial in the history of our species – about 2.5 million years.

I wish you the best of health with your dietary choices”
huffingtonpost entry

Understanding Oprah's Mac-and-Cheese Binge From an Evolutionary Perspective

Commented Jan 21, 2011 at 23:44:07 in Home

“Great article Thea.and I loved your book as well.
Dr. Jay Williams”
Soy: When It's Good, When It's Bad, And How To Tell

Soy: When It's Good, When It's Bad, And How To Tell

Commented Nov 1, 2010 at 16:09:36 in Home

“Aloha Craig and thank you for your informative article. As we can see from some of the comments below, there is still a lot of education that is needed around the subject to counteract the misinformation that has been put out there by the meat and dairy industry. One of the problems we face is the research done on animals with isolated parts of the soy plant as in the study you quoted first in the article. There are NO studies done showing negative responses to soy using ingestion of tofu, tempeh, or edamame beans. None. And as any intelligent person could determine – feeding animals substances removed from a plant doesn’t vaguely resemble humans eating a whole food plant product.

I wrote a similar article regarding soy on Huff Post weeks ago talking about this.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/katherine-nichols/the-soy-controversy_b_689459.html

Phytic acid and inhibitors are also a big negative in the anti- soy community. Everyone fails to mention that they are also in many other foods that we eat. They are not exclusive to soy. And the thyroid “research” has again not been done on humans eating the soy plant.

I would love to connect with you. Please email me at my website?
Jay@JayWilliamsPhD.com

Keep up the good work”

entreMundo on Nov 2, 2010 at 12:49:55

“Thanks for this post, Dr. Williams.”

Last Gasp on Nov 2, 2010 at 02:49:29

“thats why soy has been traditionally fermented and eaten in small amounts as a side dish. All the other foods with phytic inhibitors like beans and stuff are traditionally fermented as well. you need to read WAPF for the REAL information on whats healthy for human beings to digest.”

hp blogger Craig Cooper on Nov 1, 2010 at 16:25:44

“Jay, will do and great article btw.”
Don't Like to Workout? Try a Different Approach

Don't Like to Workout? Try a Different Approach

Commented Oct 27, 2010 at 17:02:03 in Home

“Thank you Doctor - great advice. The social aspect can be huge for many people - that is why we offered the six suggestions in the article for finding an activity buddy. Routine/consistancy is key. If you can just get yourself to 21 days you might find it is your routine to include activity. The audiobook idea is fantastic. If you can't afford a gym membership then you can listen while walking outside.”
Don't Like to Workout? Try a Different Approach

Don't Like to Workout? Try a Different Approach

Commented Oct 27, 2010 at 13:23:26 in Home

“Thank you for sharing and congratulations on an excellent 5k. This article was written to encourage people that do not exercise to start. That type of exercise perscription has nothing to do with someone that is your fitness level. That being said, we are now adjusting competitive workouts as well. There is very new information about to become public regarding overexericsing and it's negative effects. Stay tuned. Omega 3's should be taken by everyone but be very careful with your dietary fat. A good resource for you could be some of the studies done by Dr, Dean Ornish. He is way ahead of the curve and has proven that a low fat diet can not only prevent certain disease conditions but actually reverse them. Be Well.
Dr. Jay Williams www.JayWilliamsPhD.com
Number Of Diabetic Americans Could Triple By 2050

Number Of Diabetic Americans Could Triple By 2050

Commented Oct 23, 2010 at 03:04:47 in Healthy Living

“This condition is NOT about the way you look. This is a serious deadly disease. As a parent you do not want to watch your child suffer or god fobid die at a young age. Start today to make some simple lifestyle changes that can help prevent diabetes or reverse it if you have it. Encourage the people you love to do the same. There are many great programs out there.. You can come to our website and find lots of easy great tips. www.24HourTurnaround.com
The Huffington Post has great authors and doctors with great advice. We are all in this together. Let's start today on a road to better health.
Jay Williams, PhD”
Does Stress Make You Ugly?

Does Stress Make You Ugly?

Commented Oct 16, 2010 at 14:42:49 in Healthy Living

“In fact, there are new studies done by the Nobel Prize winner, Dr Elizabeth Blackburn, that show that the damage from stress can be reversed by using lifestyle techniques. Stay tuned. practicing meditation most definitely helps.”
President Clinton's Intervention in the Health Debate Is Momentous

President Clinton's Intervention in the Health Debate Is Momentous

Commented Oct 4, 2010 at 13:42:27 in Healthy Living

“Thank you for this article Dr. Campbell. As many of you have read or personally experienced, this type of diet combined with exercise and stress reduction can reverse heart disease and prevent many others. Dr. Dean Ornish has proven this and his program is now approved by not only several insurance companies, but Medicare aswell. None of this is fiction - all fact. All of these philosophies have been combined in The 24 Hour Turnaround. www.JayWilliamsPhD.com

Vickster on Oct 4, 2010 at 22:16:47

“Most diets can reverse heart disease when combined with adequate exercise and little stress.”
huffingtonpost entry

Science for Sale: Protect Yourself From Medical Research Deception

Commented Oct 2, 2010 at 14:53:25 in Healthy Living

“Great article I agree. And the emphasis should most definitely be on prevention. There are many simple lifestyle changes that can be made to improve health.
www.JayWilliamsPhD.com
huffingtonpost entry

Science for Sale: Protect Yourself From Medical Research Deception

Commented Oct 1, 2010 at 17:32:26 in Healthy Living

“Love this article.. Thank you Mark. Unfortunately these same "sensationalism" tactics are used to talk about studies that look at exercise, alcohol, vitamins, etc. Reader beware.”
Ben & Jerry's No Longer Fudging the Truth

Ben & Jerry's No Longer Fudging the Truth

Commented Sep 30, 2010 at 20:33:56 in Healthy Living

“The Center for Science in the Public Interest is an amazing organization. I would encourage everyone to pay attention to what they are working on. They are watching after the health and safety of all of us.
Thank you for all of the great work you are doing Michael.”

thereisonlyoneparty on Oct 4, 2010 at 20:10:13

“Amazing, huh?

Because people like Mikey here believe that moral choices should be legislated by the government and that rights do not matter when it comes to those moral issues?

How is that amazing unless it is followed by "-ly arrogant"?

People are not healthy in their eating habits.  That is their decision.  It is no one else's place to make sure that people do not take on risk.

If it was just about misinformation and deception then maybe they would be amazing.  But it is not about that.  It is about a desire to be moral authority.  If that is the goal, then Mikey would be better off starting a church.”

hp blogger Michael F. Jacobson on Oct 3, 2010 at 10:46:49

“Thanks! We try to be a vigorous watchdog---so if you and others see dishonest marketplace practices, let us know. Also, people can sign up for our "action alerts" by visiting www.cspinet.org.”
Hormone Healthy Food Choices

Hormone Healthy Food Choices

Commented Sep 25, 2010 at 03:52:32 in Healthy Living

“Dear Reader Yes, these principles apply to people of all ages, men and women. Research has shown the sooner the better when it comes to healthy lifestyle. There is some great information at Balancing Hormones Naturally http://www.24hourturnaround.com
Hormone Healthy Food Choices

Hormone Healthy Food Choices

Commented Sep 25, 2010 at 03:48:41 in Healthy Living

“Thank you - we do like to stick with authentic research from people like Elizabeth Blackburn Nobel Prize, Dean Ornish Reversing Heart Disease, Sapolsky Neuroscience Stanford, etc.”

Alvarask on Sep 25, 2010 at 15:47:35

“You mean you like to cherry pick the "authentic" research from those whose opinions already agree with yours. There's plenty of superb "authentic" research out there that presents a far more convincing platform for health than the one you're presenting here. Surely you at least "consider" some of it.”
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