|Mother''s milk triggers baby''s allergies |
Tracey Delamarter studies food labels like textbooks, searching for ingredients that could sicken her 10-month-old daughter, Maggie.
Like a rising number of children, Maggie suffers from severe food allergies, a condition that causes her to have an allergic reaction to her mother''s milk after her mom has eaten certain foods. So until Maggie is weaned, Delamarter has to be careful what she eats - really, really careful.
Delamarter is among an increasing number of new breast-feeding mothers to discover that their own diets cause symptoms in their babies, everything from eczema and hives to vomiting and diarrhea to potentially fatal breathing problems. And like many in her situation, Delamarter has found the best source of information and guidance is other mothers - a growing community of women in her situation who meet in person and online.
CREDENTIALS: DesMaisons, PhD, is president and CEO of Radiant Recovery, an online treatment program that uses nutrition to heal addictions, including sugar sensitivity. CELEBRITY EDGE: DesMaisons has a following that numbers in the tens of thousands. Her books on sugar sensitivity include Potatoes Not Prozac, The Sugar Addict''s Total Recovery Program, Your Body Speaks and Little Sugar Addicts. CLAIM: Some people are born with a biochemistry that makes them more vulnerable to becoming addicted to sugar. DesMaisons claims that sugar addicts have lower levels of brain chemicals that create a "feel-good" state. That''s why, she says, sugar addicts use sugary foods and "white things" or foods made with refined flours to comfort themselves and to feel happy. Sugar addicts will fail on diets that focus on reducing calories and increasing exercise, rather than on healing sugar sensitivity.
WHO considering global phase-out of partially hydrogenated oils
The World Health Organization (WHO) has suggested that it might step up its strategy to combat global diet-related disease by recommending that governments around the world phase out partially hydrogenated oils.
The WHO has proposed an action plan for its food standards rulemaking body, the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex). The sweeping move would come if the current strategy of trans fat labeling alone does not spur significant reductions in the use of hydrogenated oils. .
Medical Edge: Diet soda an indirect factor in esophageal cancer
Answer (from Dr. Claude Deschamps, Thoracic Surgery, and Jennifer Nelson, dietitian, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.):
The quick answer is no. But the quick answer doesn''t tell the whole story. There are interconnections between soda, obesity, gastroesophagel reflux disease and esophageal cancer that may indicate it''s best to go easy on soda.
The incidence of esophageal cancer continues to increase, and so far, researchers can''t pinpoint a single reason for the increase. But there are two important risk factors associated with soda consumption.
First, frequent or constant heartburn is the most common symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease. While heartburn seems like just a nuisance, about 5 percent of people with GERD will develop Barrett''s esophagus, a condition that occurs when acid reflux stimulates changes in the lining of the lower esophagus.
Osteoporosis: Gear up and Fight it Now!
One bright, sunny day, you lose your balance and fall from a ten foot ladder. You land on the ground with a thud and hear a sickening crunch. You''ve fractured your legs. That''s awful for you, but considered normal, after all you fell from such a great height, didn''t you?But when you slip over the loose edge of a rug inside your house and put your hand out to steady yourself and end up with a wrist fracture? That''s not normal. While you may call it a freak accident, in reality it''s a red flag for a condition called osteoporosis or porous bone.Dr. Alan Froehling, orthopedic surgeon, at the Nueromuscular Orthopedic Institute in Mt. Vernon says he''s been a real champion of getting the word out there and helping in the fight against osteoporosis."The tragedy is that most people aren''t diagnosed with osteoporosis until they fracture something and are debilitated in some way.
The Most Nutrient-Dense Diet Is Low-Carb
I like to blow popular myths about livin'' la vida low-carb to smithereens here at my "Livin'' La Vida Low-Carb" blog and today I''ve got a little help from Jacqueline Eberstein, RN, a friend and long-time medical assistant with the late Dr. Robert C. Atkins.This Diabetes Health column she wrote about how nutrient-dense the low-carb lifestyle is makes a lot of valid points that are worthy of special attention.Contrary to common belief, low-carb living as prescribed by the various proven and effective plans out there such as Atkins, Protein Power, etc. is extremely healthy because it gives you all the nutrients your body needs despite the fact that you are reducing the number of total carbohydrates in your diet.Eberstein is quick to point out that "carbohydrates are not all bad" as long as you eat the right kind of carbs that will give you the fiber and nutrients you need without unnecessarily raising blood glucose or insulin levels.One of the problems that Eberstein points out about livin'' la vida low-carb is the fact that it is not well-defined."When talking about a lower-carb plan, one must define just how low it is," she remarked.