This Week in Science for Holistic Health – 12Dec2015

This Week in Science for Holistic Health

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Welcome to the new This Week in Science for Holistic Health update!

I scour the science sites for new, interesting and relevant information that applies to a holistic approach to health.


Food and Eating just released their new book!

I love this site, and it’s definitely one of my “go-to’s” when it comes to nutrition and health information
How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Greger, MD
Part 1 includes chapters for “How not to die from:” heart/lung/brain, etc. diseases with almost 3,000 scientific references; Part 2 has Dr. Greger’s favourite recipes, kitchen gadgets, brands, etc..  I’m looking forward to reading this!

Watch the trailer here:

Buy the book here:

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Smaller dishes, smaller portions, smaller intake

I know this might seem obvious in hindsight, but it’s always nice to see theories proven scientifically:

…”found significant evidence that people consume more food or non-alcoholic drinks when offered larger sized portions or when they use larger items of tableware.”


Food/emotion link – more evidence

Food doesn’t have to be bad to be comforting, reveals research.  A new study shows how emotion can effect our choice of dessert.

…”We make choices every day about what to eat, some of them conscious and others less so.  Foods can elicit different emotional responses, such as vanilla yogurt making us happier, as shown in the new study. Conversely, research has suggested that our emotions feed into our food choices, with feelings of sadness making us choose less healthy options, for example.”…


Observational Case-Control Clinical Study(1) – Mortality in vegetarians and comparable nonvegetarians in the United Kingdom

United Kingdom–based vegetarians and comparable nonvegetarians have similar all-cause mortality. Differences found for specific causes of death merit further investigation.
Note: Vegetarians and vegans were considered together as the “vegetarian” group.


Experimental Clinical Trial(1) – The impact of sugar sweetened beverage intake on hunger and satiety in minority adolescents

The higher the intake of sugar sweetened beverages, the lower the fullness/satiety was in this study.  So, it seems that people who drink fever sugar sweetened beverages feel fuller faster.


Diseases and Treatments


New Book: The Cochrane Collaboration: Medicine’s Best-Kept Secret

If you need to look up credible health information online, please try Cochrane before Google.  This website is full of great medical information without the medical jargon!
“Though largely unknown to the public, the Cochrane Collaboration is made up of more than 30,000 medical researchers and consumer representatives from more than 100 countries – unbiased experts and investigators who parse the science of modern health care and delve deep into the evidence (or lack thereof) to determine what works and what doesn’t.”

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Here is the link to the Cochrane Site.

This Cochrane link, as well as several other science-based online resources (plus a PubMed tip sheet) is downloadable from the NutritionInteractions site here (see “Science-based health information).


Experimental Clinical Trial(1) – Clinical Application of Probiotics in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: a Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study

Probiotic milk improved glycemic control more than conventional fermented milk for people with Type 2 DM.  But, conventional fermented milk tended to have other effects as well.


Anatomy & Physiology


Immune cells make appendix ‘silent hero’ of digestive health

New research confirms the important role of the appendix for immune cells that play an important role in digestive health.


Health Associations – Australia


Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Health Check left Canada last year, and is now leaving Australia – good riddance?

After 26 years as an industry leader, driving healthier food choices and reformulation in Australia, the National Heart Foundation Board has decided to retire the Tick:

This happened in Canada last year:


Did I miss any amazing and relevant science-based holistic health news?  Share in the comments below.  🙂



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Leesa Klich lives at the intersection of science and holistic health (it’s really, really interesting here!) 🙂 At NutritionInteractions she helps holistic-minded people taking medications maximize the benefits of good nutrition. She also helps holistic health professionals find and understand science-based health information. She has a Master of Science degree in Toxicology and Nutrition and is currently studying to be a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. For a list of free health resources, click here.

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2 thoughts on “This Week in Science for Holistic Health – 12Dec2015

  1. Thank you Leesa for your “science based holistic approach to health”! It is very refreshing in a sea of overwhelming anount of information that is just not backed up by science, nor is it patient-centric – with the individual in mind.
    As a health clinician, I’m am always looking for reputable sites and yours is one of them, so thank you! Keep it up!!

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