Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Summer School

What was I thinking?

Not wanting to lose momentum as I plow through classes towards a master's in biotechnology, I signed up for two classes this summer: Pre-clinical & Clinical Research and Bioprocessing and the Business of Biotechnology. Sound exciting? Actually, not too bad. Just finishing up week 1, so I thought I'd give ya'all an update.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Got Milk? Part 5: Conclusions?

Where do we go from here?  We hope that a brilliant researcher reads this and looks into lactose as a cause of modern diseases and writes about it. The purpose of this series was not to scare you away from ever touching dairy again, but to show some correlations and possible causation. Obviously since not every single person that drinks milk also has an AI disease, there is more to the story. Could it also be the fact that we wean babies onto a low-fiber diet and at the same time give them immune stimulating lactose? All of the 'baby antibiotics' surely don't help, either. We singled out MS in this series, but we've also seen a nearly identical correlation to Type 1 Diabetes, and possibly with many other auto-immune diseases that are thought to be gut-related.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Got Milk? Part 4: Into the Rabbit Hole!

A genetic trait, known as lactase persistence (LP), allows carriers of the gene to drink milk after they are weaned. The 'dairy councils' of the world, with the backing of the medical profession, want everyone drinking MOAR MILK. Our very own Gabriella Kadar, DDS, made the connection that possibly this lactase persistence gene was the root cause, or co-factor of a modern disease, multiple sclerosis.

Gabriella recently discussed this phenomenon with Gemma. Gemma, per usual, dug up many good papers and connected some dots that got Gabriella really scared! Possibly there's even more to the story than MS...


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Got Milk? Part 3: The MS Connection

Part 3 is from Gabriella Kadar, DDS, a practicing dentist from Toronto. Over her many years seeing patients, she put together a working hypothesis about a connection between lactose intolerance and multiple sclerosis (MS). The connection between lactose and MS has never been explored before.  Gab promises she will continue writing about this, here, as she finds the time.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Got Milk? Part 2

As we learned in the previous post, the lifelong ability to digest lactose is actually a genetic "defect". Could there be adverse consequences to consuming milk despite the benefits? If lactose reaches the colon whole, doesn't that make it a prebiotic fiber?

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Got Milk? Part 1

Not sure if you all have been keeping up with the recent comments, but Gabriella Kadar and Gemma have been digging into some pretty heady stuff.  I asked them if they minded if, instead, we wrote a couple posts about what they have been finding.  Here's part 1 of 5 (so far).

Monday, April 27, 2015

Resistant Starch Studies

It's been a while since I've written anything about RS. Today, I found the full-texts of a couple of new research articles on RS and thought I'd share. The first paper is about RS3, from tapioca starch as compared to a seaweed-derived fiber . The second is about the benefits of green banana flour. Let's dig in.