Can MCTs from Coconut Oil Help You Lose Weight and Trim Belly Fat?

A recent meta-analysis published in the March-April 2015 issue of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that the replacement of long-chain saturated fats (mostly animal fats) with 5 grams of Medium Chain Triglycerides (found in coconut and palm oil) over at least four weeks led to a statistically significant loss of 1.5lbs of total weight, 1.96lbs of body fat, and 0.7 inches in waist circumference (1)

Saturated fats are highly diverse, contrary to historical coverage by researchers and the media. There are over thirty different saturated fats that are sub-categorized by the length of carbons in their chemical structure. They are segregated into short-chain, medium-chain, and long-chain fatty acids.

Long-chain saturated fats are what we typically think of […]

Scientists Study The Gut and Skin Microbes From the Yanomami – An Amazon Tribe Isolated From Outside Contact For Over 11,0000 Years – Here’s What They Found

The gut ecosystem should look like a rainforest – rich with diversity with numerous species scattered about.  Without such diversity, research suggests that you may be at higher risk for allergic and autoimmune disorders.

Just as in the rainforest, when we lose diversity of plants and animals, we not only lose the organisms themselves, we lose out on research opportunities to discover new drugs or new solutions to old problems.

The data trend is relatively clear – the more Westernized the population, the less microbe diversity found on their skin and in their gut. Western diets and modern hygiene practices have been wiping out species of bacteria in our digestive tracts.

The long-term consequences are still unclear – but the findings have experts concerned.

Why the Focus on Gut […]

Epstein-Barr Virus: Understanding Its Role in Autoimmunity and Cancer

epstein barr virus and autoimmune diseaseMost of us know about Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) as the “kissing disease” and cause of infectious mononucleosis.

While we know a lot about the heavy fatigue, the lost school days, the swollen tonsils and the body tenderness that can last for days and weeks with mononucleosis; the conversation tends to stop there.

But for some, the conversation doesn’t stop there. EBV can become reactivated later in the life, and you may not even know it.

EBV is a gamma-herpes virus also known as human herpesvirus 4 and is estimated to infect as much as 98% of the world’s population (1). While the history […]