Eating Disorders: Effects of Eating Fresh Lean Pork on Cardiometabolic Health Parameters.

Effects of eating fresh lean pork on cardiometabolic health parameters.

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Nutrients. 2012 Jul; 4(7): 711-23
Murphy KJ, Thomson RL, Coates AM, Buckley JD, Howe PR

High protein meat-based diets are commonly promoted for weight loss, supposedly by increasing satiety and energy expenditure. Pork is a good source of protein however little information on the metabolic effects of pork consumption exists. This pilot study aimed to examine whether regular consumption of fresh lean pork could improve body composition and cardiovascular risk factors in a 6 month parallel intervention trial. 164 overweight adults (mean BMI 32) were randomly assigned to incorporate up to 1 kg pork/week by substituting for other foods or maintain their habitual diet (control). Plasma levels of lipids, glucose and insulin, BMI, waist/hip circumference, blood pressure, heart rate and arterial compliance were measured at baseline and 3 and 6 months. Body composition was determined using dual energy X-ray absorptiometry. A total of 144 volunteers completed and volunteers in the pork group increased their intake 10 fold by substituting pork for mainly beef and chicken. After 3 months, there were significant (p ? 0.01) reductions in weight, BMI, waist circumference, % body fat, fat mass and abdominal fat in the pork group relative to controls, which persisted for 6 months. There was no change in lean mass, indicating that the reduction in weight was due to loss of fat mass. There were no significant effects on other metabolic parameters. Regular consumption of lean fresh pork may improve body composition.
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Television Watching, Diet Quality, and Physical Activity and Diabetes among Three Ethnicities in the United States.

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J Environ Public Health. 2012; 2012: 191465
Huffman FG, Vaccaro JA, Exebio JC, Zarini GG, Katz T, Dixon Z

Diabetes is a world-wide epidemic associated with multiple environmental factors. Prolonged television viewing (TV) time has been related to increased risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes in several studies. TV viewing has been positively associated with cardiovascular disease risk factors, lower energy expenditure, over-eating high-calorie and high-fat foods. The objective of this study was to assess the associations of hours of TV viewing with dietary quality, obesity and physical activity for three ethnic minorities with and without type 2 diabetes. Diet quality and physical activity were inversely related to prolonged TV viewing. African Americans and participants with type 2 diabetes were more likely to watch more than 4 hours of TV per day as compared to their counterparts. Diet quality was inversely associated with physical activity level. Future studies are needed to establish the risk factors of prolonged TV watching in adult populations for the development of diabetes or diabetes-related complications. Although strategies to reduce TV watching have been proven effective among children, few trials have been conducted in adults. Intervention trials aimed at reducing TV viewing targeting people with type 2 diabetes may be beneficial to improve dietary quality and physical activity, which may reduce diabetes complications.
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Direct Recording of Renal Sympathetic Nerve Activity in Unrestrained, Conscious Mice.

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Hypertension. 2012 Jul 30;
Hamza SM, Hall JE

Renal sympathetic nerve activity (RSNA) has been measured in anesthetized mice. However, anesthesia and acute surgical preparation cause poor cardiovascular stability and unphysiological blood pressures. This compromised physiological state confounds proper interpretation of experimental results considering the inseparable link between cardiovascular status and autonomic nervous tone. We, therefore, developed a surgical and experimental protocol for measuring RSNA in conscious, unrestrained mice. Male C57Bl/6J mice were chronically instrumented with blood pressure radiotelemeters, an indwelling jugular venous catheter and a bipolar electrode for recording RSNA. Mice were placed in a home cage and left to recover for 48 to 72 hours. Survival rate was 100%; all of the mice exhibited normal behavior with no sign of distress 24 hours after surgery. RSNA was successfully recorded in 80% of the mice at 48 and 72 hours postsurgery; viable RSNA was reduced to 70% and 50% at 4 and 5 days postsurgery, respectively. Mean arterial pressure (116±2 mm Hg; n=10) was consistent with values reported previously for conscious mice. RSNA increased with the normal physical activities of eating and grooming and was validated by ganglionic blockade and pharmacological manipulation of blood pressure; reduction in blood pressure to 62±3 mm Hg with nitroprusside increased RSNA by 77±9% above baseline (n=5; P<0.05), whereas an increase in blood pressure to 137±6 mm Hg with phenylephrine reduced RSNA by 79±2% compared with baseline (n=5; P<0.05). Thus, we demonstrate an accessible and effective method for direct assessment of RSNA in conscious, unrestrained mice. HubMed – eating


Investigation of heavy metal pollution of trees in contaminated industrial area in the north of Iran.

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Toxicol Ind Health. 2012 Jul 30;
Hashemi SA

Phytoremediation is the technology of purging soils and water systems from heavy pollutant metals. Cadmium is one of the heavy elements, which is environmentally important due to its toxicity to humans and animals. Toxicity and accumulation of cadmium in body organs through eating contaminated food has an important role in endangering human’s health. To this end, trees of buttonwood were prepared and irrigated with nutrient solution containing cadmium chloride in 10, 15 and 20 mM for 12 months. Then the root, stem and leaf samples were harvested and the amounts of cadmium element in stem, root and leaf organs together with the growth parameters were measured. This study determined the amount of cadmium accumulated by Platanus occidentalis. Furthermore, the comparison between accumulation and transfer of cadmium in the study showed that absorption of this metal by the root is more than its amount in stem and leaf. The result of this research shows that buttonwood has the potential for cadmium accumulation without any serious damage to its growth. Regarding the extent of contaminated industrial areas, petrochemical industry, power plants and vast contaminated municipal areas, there is a great need for planting fast-growing and tolerant plants like buttonwood.
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The Female Body & the Psychology of Eating Disorders Part 2 – Dr. John Breeding, Ph. Psychologist discusses eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, and over-eating. Dr. Breeding discusses how problems w/ eating are the norm in American Society. He makes mention of movies like Super Size Me, The Future of Food and Fast Food Nation as examples of just how messed up the American diet is. He also talks about women and body image and how socially women are expected to look like skinny fashion models in order for them to feel sexy or attractive. Visit Dr. Breedings Website at This video was produced by Psychetruth http Copyright © John Breeding 2007. All Rights Reserved.


Kirtland native pens book about her eating disorders (video)

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… the same moon. "I love you to the moon and back," Karen often reminded her daughter. The message meant so much to Meggie that she made it the title of her book, "To the Moon and Back, a Daughter/Mother Journey Toward Eating Disorder Recovery." …


How to build a positive body image in your child

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And it's no surprise that children who have a negative view of their bodies are at increased risk for low self-esteem, eating disorders, and other destructive behaviors down the line. But there's good news. There are strategies you can take to build …
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Mental health first aid for eating disorders: pilot evaluation of a training

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The aim of this research was to examine whether specific training in mental health first aid for eating disorders was effective in changing knowledge, attitudes and behaviours towards people with eating disorders, Methods: A repeated measures …
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