Do we know what is a health promoting diet & life style?

The medical facts of what is a healthy diet and life style have never been stronger than today. We can measure the relevant inflammation biomarkers and our microbiome and see for ourselves; did my diet and life style change / improve my health or not?

In the old days we were trained by nature to listening better to our bodies, but today the many signals we receive from our body is cancelled out by our industrial high-tech life style and food intake.

Experts in natural medicine find it mind-boggling how we put the label “new” on a range of old diets, e.g. keto diet , as the diet has been known for more than half a century if not for 1000s of years and always should be personalized to the individual constitution and situation. The same goes for experts in clinical nutrition, that also for more than a century have had access to an excellent well-controlled human test model: the patients on 100% intravenous or enteral nutrition. From an MD perspective, it’s like none of all this extensive knowledge never reached the general public.

Novel coronavirus complete genome from the Wuhan outbreak now available in GenBank

Posted on January 13, 2020 under https://ncbiinsights.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2020/01/13/novel-coronavirus/, quoted here: "The complete annotated genome sequence of the novel coronavirus associated with the outbreak of pneumonia in Wuhan, China is now available from GenBank for free and easy access by the global biomedical community. Figure 1 shows the relationship of the Wuhan virus to selected coronaviruses.

Mediterranean diet as prevention and treatment of Crohn’s disease

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease, is thought to be related to an immune response towards the diet, via an interaction with the gut microbiome and gut barrier function. Current treatments includes dietary strategies such as enteral nutrition, special diet, monoclonal antibodies and even stem cells.

Brain Health: Stem cells can re-juvenate brain function

Stem cells are constantly re-juvenating our body including the brain, but as we age, our pool of stem cells declines, leading to poor mental and physical performance. A new study demonstrates the positive effect of increasing the number of stem cells in the brain. We already know that a healthy lifestyle reduces inflammation and improves circulation and leads to better brain and body performance. What is new is that this study (full article here) demonstrates that increasing the number of stem cells leads to better mental performance - thus pointing to a future treatment for e.g. dementia.

Reduce consumption of soybean oil

"In this study, we hypothesized that a soybean oil-rich diet, such as that currently consumed in the U.S., impacts hypothalamic gene expression and oxytocin peptide levels differentially from other high-fat diets, that those changes correlate with obesity and/or diabetes and that they involve one or both of its major components, linoleic acid and stigmasterol".

Alcohol dependence results in brain-wide remodelling of functional architecture

New study demonstrate for the first time that alcohol addicted mice have their brain’s functional architecture remodeled. If confirmed in humans, this should lead to better monitoring and treatment of people with addiction. Maybe we finally will understand why some never get rid of their addiction while others do - their brain may simply not be able to rewire during the time they are clean or may even be permanently remodelled. “Research groups have been fighting for years about whether ‘their’ brain circuit is the key to addiction. Our results confirm these regions are important, but the fact that we see such a massive remodeling of the functional brain architecture was a real shock. It’s like studying the solar system and then discovering that there is an entire universe behind it.

Your baby is reading your mind

”Have you ever played with a baby and felt a sense of connection, even though they couldn’t yet talk to you? New research suggests that you might quite literally be “on the same wavelength,” experiencing similar brain activity in the same brain regions”. The discovery may explain how we learn and connect, and why some do not.