Artificial Food Colors and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Symptoms: Conclusions to Dye for
Artificial food colorings have not been conclusively proven to cause ADHD or other behavior problems, but there seems to be a deleterious effect that needs more research. From the conclusion: “Until safety can be determined, we suggest minimizing children’s exposure”.
Melatonin is a hormone produced in the brain at night, and it helps promote sleep (and many other aspects of health). Natural sources of melatonin include milk, raspberries, almonds, goji berries, cranberries and other foods.
Is insulin resistance the cause of fibromyalgia? A preliminary report
This study suggested that insulin resistance from chronically high blood sugar may help drive fibromyalgia.
It found that treating the insulin resistance with the drug Metformin reduced pain levels. The study was later retracted, but not for any problems with the findings or conclusion. It was retracted because the authors didn’t follow proper procedures to obtain ethics approval and permission to use medical records. Shame on the authors, but I’m still interested in their hypothesis: That high blood sugar can cause insulin resistance and damage to small blood vessels in the brain, causing widespread pain. If they are correct, in addition to medicines for blood sugar control, lifestyle changes to reduce insulin resistance may help. This would mostly mean reducing the intake of carbohydrates, especially processed or high-glycemic carbohydrates.
Weight-loss surgery may release toxic compounds from fat into the bloodstream
Weight loss surgery may release toxic compounds into the body. The rapid loss of fat after surgery may release high levels of environmental pollutants that your body had been accumulating and sequestering in fat cells:
General practice consultations: is there any point in being positive?
Your doctor’s attitude and positivity may affect your recovery. In this study, 64% of patients who had a supportive and upbeat doctor felt better after 2 weeks, whereas only 39% of patients felt better after seeing a doctor who was grumpy or dismissive.