Research Round Up: January 17, 2020
Enjoy this week’s round-up of interesting peer-reviewed published articles and my comments on them:
This study measured blood levels of nutrients in cord blood and followed subjects to see who developed asthma and autoimmunity nearly a decade later. They found the mother’s nutritional status (via cord blood) predicts risk of developing autoimmunity issues in offspring nearly a decade later, strongly suggesting that nutrition and diet quality are huge factors in the development of autoimmune issues. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31888790
This is another reason to implement the Wahls™ diet–to protect your future health and that of your family.
This study examined change in health behaviors over time. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31886931
Its key finding is that it is difficult for patients to change their health behaviors, in this case adolescents with type 2 diabetes. I am not surprised by these results; I saw it for years in my clinical practice, and eventually, it led me to modify my approach to treating patients. As I adopted the Wahls Protocol® and transformed my life, I changed the way I interacted with my patients. I became much more effective at helping people understand the links between their health behaviors and their energy, mood, discomfort, and overall well-being. My patients were increasingly able to make big changes and experience remarkable improvements in health and function.
I have since created a more detailed and robust structure to teach these concepts to the public, which I present at my annual seminar https://terrywahls.com/seminar/.
I also teach health professionals https://terrywahls.com/certification/ how to incorporate these concepts into their clinical practices and their patients’ lives.
What you feed your children impacts their brain health. In this study, children with hyperactivity and attention issues were given a dietary intervention (Mediterranean diet) and additional omega-3 fatty acids. The additional omega-3 fatty acids improved attention, and the additional vegetables reduced impulsivity. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31883771
Have your children adopt the Wahls™ diet right along with you and see how much better they feel, think, and act.
This study used a supplement formula containing a variety of nutrients important to brain health to try to https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31616139 slow cognitive decline, as measured by neuropsychological testing.
No difference was found in the composite score of neuropsychological testing between the intervention group and control group. Subscales did show benefits, but I find supplement studies are often disappointing. Food is much more complex than supplements.
The Wahls™ diet is designed to provide a rich supply of nutrients key for brain health, in a form your body can digest and utilize more effectively than supplements.
This is why I stress food over supplements.
Here’s one page summary of the Wahls™ diet, which feeds your brain what it needs to thrive. https://terrywahls.com/diet/
This study looked at vitamin D supplementation across 11 trials and observed that vitamin D supplementation was associated with a slight decrease in body mass index.
I do recommend everyone know their vitamin D level and get enough vitamin D through sunlight exposure or supplemental vitamins to keep their levels in the appropriate range. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31336940
This study protocol will examine what impact taking a probiotic (S. Boulardii) has on quality of life of patients with multiple sclerosis. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31234904 It’s great to see these studies being done, so we can continue to learn more about relationship between the microbiome and overall health. While we wait for the results, consider eating more fermented vegetables to boost your microbiome.
Here’s a one page summary of the Wahls™ diet, which is designed to support a healthier brain, body, and microbiome. https://terrywahls.com/diet/
In this study, whole-body vibration was well tolerated and improved core strength and quality of life in multiple sclerosis patients. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31071658. Exercise is key to healthy aging and improving function. Anyone with a health challenge would likely benefit from the addition of vibration plate training to their workouts.
In this small study, adding functional electrical stimulation of muscles to the exercise program improved quality of life and thinking ability in patients with progressive multiple sclerosis. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31889930 Electrical stimulation increases the work muscles do; when added to an exercise program, it can help increase gains in muscle strength and stamina.
Electrical stimulation is a useful way to improve your exercise and work out effectiveness. In this study, it also led to improved quality of life and better thinking.
Learn more from our e-course about exercise and electrical stimulation of muscles https://terrywahls.com/estimcourse/