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Duke University Research Study on the Atkins Diet  July, 2002 DURHAM, N.C. – The high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet popularized by Dr. Robert Atkins Diet Revolution has been the subject of heated debate in medical circles for three decades. Now, preliminary research findings at Duke University Medical Center show that a low-carbohydrate diet such as the Atkins Diet can indeed lead to significant and sustained weight loss. .... patients’ cholesterol levels improved by the end of six months ....

What If It's All Been A Big Fat Lie?  July, 2002, New York Times Gary Taubes questions weather the Atkins Diet and Low-Carb Plans have been right all along.  "I have been impressed,’’ he said, ‘‘with the anger of academicians in the audience. Their response is ‘How dare you even present data on the Atkins diet!’ ’’ "In all five studies, cholesterol levels improved similarly with both diets, but triglyceride levels were considerably lower with the Atkins diet"....

Cancer Risk Found in French Fries, Bread and other Carbohydrates  April, 2002 STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Basic foods eaten by millions around the world such as bread, biscuits, potato chips and french fries contain alarmingly high quantities of acrylamide, a substance believed to cause cancer, Swedish scientists said on Wednesday. The research carried out at Stockholm University in cooperation with experts at Sweden's....

Dr. Atkins Did Not Suffer A Heart Attack  April, 2002 NEW YORK, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- On Thursday April 18, Dr. Robert C. Atkins, the well-known nutrition expert and best selling author, did, in fact, experience cardiac arrest during breakfast. He was quickly revived by an associate and taken to the hospital. As this was not a heart attack (or myocardial infarction), but a ....

Our Chef in the News: Karen Barnaby on Low-Carbing  April, 2002 Anyone who knows Vancouver chef Karen Barnaby can attest that her generous laugh was once matched by her proportions. She's not a tall woman, but three years ago she tipped the scales at 235 pounds. Today, she weighs 165, and joins a growing list of celebrities -- including Jennifer Aniston -- who credit low-carb eating for the dramatic change. ....

New Studies Validate Benefits Of Atkins & Low-Carbohydrate, High-Protein Diets February, 2002 February, 2002: New Studies Validate Benefits Of Atkins & Low-Carbohydrate, High-Protein Diets. San Diego, 2002 is the First Annual Nutrition Week, February 23 - 27 by the NAASO. Four new clinical studies presented in favour of the Atkins Diet and Low-Carb diets. Researchers concluded that the Atkins Diet produced favorable effects on weight, HDL, triglycerides, and retention compared with a conventional....

Low-Fat Author Leads "Objective" Study against Low-Carb Diets
 October, 2000 In a study sited as "proof" of how unhealthy the Atkins Diet, Protein Power and low-carb diets are in the long-term, the author of "High-Fiber Fitness" Leads a "research" team in a study published by the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. Instead of using clinical data, the research emplyed computer software simulation to "prove" that low-carb diets are not healthy, while the the diet of the rearch leader is
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Scientists Find Protein That Turns Carbs Into Fat Thursday August 2, 2001By Emma Hitt, PhD Researchers have identified a small protein in liver cells that may help convert excess dietary carbohydrates into fat stores. They hope that the finding will lead to the development of obesity-fighting drugs that inhibit the actions of this protein.

Harvard Study Food Pyramid is wrong Thursday July 26, 2001 According to a story by USA Today, opponents of the food pyramid -- which advises eating six to 11 servings of bread, cereal, rice and pasta a day; two to three servings of meat, poultry, fish, dry beans, eggs and nuts; and fats, oils and sweets sparingly -- claim it is too general, puts too much stress on carbohydrates and

Omni Hotels goes Low-Carb Tuesday May 1, 2001 Unlike other healthy menus that offer only low-calorie choices, the Ideal Nourishment selections are designed to appeal to a variety of dietary needs. The menu includes entrees in several categories for guests to select from, including heart-healthy, high-protein/low-carbohydrate, low-sodium and vegetarian, as well as sugar-free desserts.

Scientists back concept of glycemic index June 25, 2001 New research at Harvard University shows low-carb, high-protein diets help shed pounds when people cut way down on certain culprits such as potatoes, white bread, white rice and pasta. NBC’s Robert Bazell reports.

Atkins Responds to American Heart Association's Claims About High-Protein, Low-Carbohydrate Diets The American Heart Association's announcement to issue a position paper against high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets, such as the Atkins Diet, seems to have sidelined state-of-the-art science and has done nothing but further confuse the American public.

The Trick to Counting CarbsThursday November 09By Paul Wolf, From myprimetime.com Bob Haber had done the dieting thing — always with the same so-so results. But earlier this year the 43-year-old television station director lost an impressive 23 pounds.

Success of Atkins diet is in the calories Oct. 29, 2000 By Nanci Hellmich, USA TODAY. People on the Atkins diet slash their calories by more than 1,000 a day, which may partly explain why some report dramatic weight loss with the low-carbohydrate diet, a study says.

New Look at Dieting: Fat Can Be a Friend. By JANE E. BRODY, New York Times. Now hear this: avocados, walnuts, salad dressings with oil, sautéed vegetables, fatty fish and some kinds of margarine may be back on the menu for health-conscious Americans, even for those trying to lose weight, if the findings of recent studies are to be believed.

New Research Examines Effectiveness And Weight Loss Maintenance of the Low Carbohydrate Diet Studies  LONG BEACH, Calif., Oct 30, 2000 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Clinical studies presented today at the annual meeting of the North American Association for the Study of Obesity (NAASO), show that most obese people who are able to achieve successful long-term weight loss eat a low-fat, high carbohydrate diet. However, a low-carbohydrate, high-protein/fat diet can also help people lose weight.

High Protein Diet Found Beneficial. Contrary to what many conventional medical authorities, vegetarians, and other promoters of low-fat diets say, consumption of very high levels of protein may not have adverse effects and may in fact boost antioxidant levels, new research from Germany has found.

Flax  San Francisco, CA, USA -- Canadian scientists say a common seed is proving uncommonly good at helping women battle breast cancer. Healthbeat team doctor Kim Mulvihill reports.

Fish Oil Lowers Triglycerides With Little or No Glycemic Effect in Type 2 Diabetics. WESTPORT, CT (Reuters Health) Oct 2 - The results of a meta-analysis of 18 trials conducted over a 10-year period show that fish oil supplementation for patients with type 2 diabetes lowers triglycerides but has no statistically significant effect on glycemic control.

Findings concerning Protein Diet : 02 November, 2000 Eating Proteins Helps To Feel More "Full" Than Carbohydrates  (and other studies) A study has found that eating a meal high in protein content leaves subjects feeling more satiated. It seems that foods that a higher in their protein content produced the highest sensations of fullness when compared high-fat and high-carbohydrate meals. The nutrient composition of higher protein meal seems to influence physiological as well as physiological sensations that occur while you eat.

Why Low Carbohydrate Diets are Correct and theUSDA Food Guide Pyramid is Wrong  GUAYNABO, Puerto Rico--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 18, 2000--Whilecontroversy continues between low carb diet advocates and nutritionexperts, one physician claims to have found the answers we seek.

Diet doctors chew fat over obesity.   DENVER (Oct. 23, 2000) -- Two of America's leading diet doctors faced off recently in a sometimes acrimonious debate over the best way to solve one of the nation's most vexing medical problems: the country's staggering rate of obesity.

A prospective study of dietary glycemic load, carbohydrate intake, and risk of coronary heart disease in US women 2001: From the Departments of Epidemiology and Nutrition, the Harvard School of Public Health; the Channing Laboratory; and the Division of Preventive Medicine, the Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Eat Fish, Feel Better Tuesday October 03 2000 Eat Fish, Feel BetterBy Lauren Long, From myprimetime.com It turns out Grandma was on to something, pushing all that cod-liver oil. At least nobody has to chase Harvard researchers around with a teaspoon of the stuff anymore. Earlier this year, they became so impressed by the health benefits of fish oil that they shut down their study on its effects.

Protein in Muscle Lets You Eat More, Weigh Less Monday October 2 2000 Protein in Muscle Lets You Eat More, Weigh Less NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Imagine a diet of juicy steaks, creamy desserts and heaps of buttery snacks. While this diet may cause a host of medical problems, it may not lead to obesity, preliminary study findings reveal.

Potential Memory Retention and Vision Benefits Found in Eggs October 2, 2000: NEW YORK, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- A scientific review article published in today's Journal of the American College of Nutrition supplement reports that the nutrient choline, when taken during pregnancy, may be key in the development of an infant's memory function and may improve memory capability later in life. In another paper published in the JACN supplement, research shows two antioxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin, may significantly reduce the risk of cataract and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Eggs are cited as an important dietary source of choline as well as lutein and zeaxanthin and, in the case of the latter two, research shows eggs to be a more highly bioavailable form than other food sources.

Eating Olestra Linked to Lower Cholesterol and Fat Intake Sunday September 24,2000 SEATTLE, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Frequent consumption of potato chips, tortilla chips or other savory snack foods made with the fat substitute olestra is associated with a significant reduction in serum cholesterol levels and dietary fat intake, according to researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

Shaman Senior Vice President Receives Distinguished Novartis Award in Diabetes SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.--(BW HealthWire)--Sept. 22, 2000-- Shaman Pharmaceuticals, Inc.  today announced that Gerald M. Reaven, M.D., Shaman Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs and Professor Active Emeritus at Stanford School of Medicine, is the recipient of the distinguished second annual Novartis Award for Long-standing Achievement in diabetes, presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes Annual Meeting in Jerusalem on September 20, 2000.

Life Without Carbohydrates?  Sept. 11, 2000 Sharon Howard, R.D. drkoop.com Health Columnist

University Study Finds Soy Isoflavones Reduce Bone Loss, Can Cut Lifetime Osteoporis Risk September 27, 2000 SOURCE: Foods for the Future WASHINGTON, Sept. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientists at Iowa State University, working with a Japanese laboratory, have determined that soy isoflavones can reduce bone loss in perimenopausal women -- women in the menopausal transition -- who otherwise could be expected to lose two to three percent of bone annually.

Whole Grain Diet Can Ward Off StrokeWednesday September 27 2000: Whole Grain Diet Can Ward Off Stroke By Ed Edelson
TUESDAY, Sept. 26 (HealthSCOUT) -- A single slice of whole wheat bread a day can be a lifesaver, says a report on a long-term study showing that a higher intake of whole grain foods reduces the risk of stroke by more than 40 percent.

Protein and the Lean Machines Sep. 23, 2000 : Proteins are the workhorses in the human body, and a better understanding of exactly how they work could lead to better health care. But one of the stiffest challenges facing the new science of proteomics is developing tools to analyze proteins much more quickly than the current technology -- and making those tools economically viable.

Two Studies Suggest Link Between Insulin Signaling and Diabetes, Appetite, Obesity and Infertility Sept. 21, 2000 /PRNewswire/ -- Two research studies being released this week by scientists at Joslin Diabetes Center and their colleagues suggest two locations in the insulin signaling system that may result in type 2 diabetes and several conditions frequently associated with this form of diabetes, namely the inability to control appetite, obesity and even infertility.

More Olive Oil, Please Sept. 22, 2000 (HealthSCOUT) -- A diet rich in olive oil may help stave off intestinal cancer.

Insulin receptors tied to appetite, weight gain  September 21, 2000. NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In a study that suggests the brain could be a prime target in treating obesity and type 2 diabetes, researchers have found that insulin receptors in the brains of mice are involved in appetite, weight gain and fertility.

 

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