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Dr. M’s SPA Newsletter Audiocast Volume 12 Issues 14 and 16

SPA Audiocast Newsletter Volume 12 Letters 14 and 16

In issue 14, we look at carbs and exercise. We take a deep look at how carbohydrates are utilized by our muscle cells and what the science says about optimization.

In issue 16, we discuss hydration and sport. What is optimal for hydration? Is thirst the key signal for hydration? Are sports drinks useful? And more….


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Dr. M’s SPA Newsletter Audiocast Volume 12 Issues 10 and 12

SPA Audiocast Newsletter Volume 12 Letters 10 and 12

In issue 10, we look at effort and resilience. We take a look at non nutritive sweeteners and the microbiome. And finally, sugar and the risk of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.

In issue 12, we discuss trauma and the epigenetic realities that follow these events. We look at some new research related to type 1 Diabetes following Covid infection as well as the effects that Maternal Gestational Diabetes on newborn offspring.


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Putting It All Together #3 – Dr. Rick Johnson and the Fructose Story

Putting It All Together #3 – Dr. Rick Johnson and the Continued Fructose Story

In this podcast, we go deeper into the amazing “Survival Switch” research of Dr. Johnson and his team. The evolutionary realities that are at play here are nothing short of astounding for every human alive. To understand this research is to understand a major piece of human disease etiology where the rubber meets the road. Please listen to Dr. Johnson’s podcast #14 – link. before listening to this podcast if possible as they are reinforcing of each other.


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Dr. M’s SPA Newsletter Audiocast Volume 12 Issues 4,6 and 8

SPA Audiocast Newsletter Letters 4, 6 and 8

In this issue we discuss the story of fructose, letting go and forgiveness and preparation for allergy season. There is a lot of news to use in this audiocast for allergy season preparation and how to release emotional hurts.


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Dr. M’s Women and Children First Podcast #14 – Dr. Richard Johnson, Nature Wants Us To Be Fat

Richard J. Johnson, M.D. is the Tomas Berl Professor of Medicine and the Chief of the Renal Division and Hypertension at the University of Colorado since 2008. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Madison, with a major in Anthropology, and a graduate of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, he is a physician and nephrologist whose research has focused on the role of sugar, and especially fructose, in driving obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney disease. Much of this work has explored the role of fructose metabolism, especially the generation of uric acid, in driving this phenotype, and his work has included studies ranging from molecular biology, integrative physiology, and evolutionary biology. He is the author of The Sugar Fix which introduced the first low fructose diet, and also The Fat Switch which explores the role of fructose in driving the obesity epidemic. His newest book, Nature Wants Us To Be Fat, is a tour de force of the entire pathway of survival via metabolic events in the body related to fructose and the polyol pathway. This is a must read book. This podcast will introduce you to the exceptional work of Dr. Johnson and how we are now mismatched metabolically for the environment of modern America and our food systems.

Please enjoy this wide ranging conversation.

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From the desk of Doc Smo: Not all sugar is the same! (Article)

I was browsing some recent medical articles the other night, and I came across one that I found particularly interesting about the metabolic effects of glucose and fructose on our brains. Sounds boring, right? WRONG. This study may provide part of the answer to why Americans are getting so fat. Up until recently, the sugar we ate came in the form of cane sugar. Cane sugar is a mixture of two simple sugars called glucose and galactose. Food scientists back in the 60’s discovered that sugar derived from corn syrup was much sweeter and cheaper to produce than cane sugar; consequently, in came the high fructose corn syrup that is so ubiquitously used by the food industry in America. The combination of cheap and satisfying fructose based sugar was just what the processed food industry had been looking for.

I have written before about the tremendous increase in sugar consumption by much of our population during the 20th century. Sugar consumption of all sorts has gone from an occasional treat to the mainstay of our diets. We can all see the results: 60% of Americans being overweight and 30% considered obese. Sugar consumption, especially in the form of liquid beverages, is thought by many experts to be at the heart of much of this obesity. Unbelievably, one in four adults in America is now a diabetic.

Back to the study I was reading this week: the researchers found that fructose, the sugar derived from corn, biochemically reacts differently with our brains than does glucose, the sugar in cane sugar. These researchers concluded from their data that our brains are not as “satisfied” by fructose ingestion and therefore hunger is not reduced by fructose (corn sugar) as with glucose (cane sugar). Could it be that by going back to old fashioned sugar, our obsession with sweets in America might begin to go away? If something simple like putting babies to sleep on their backs can dramatically reduce crib death, why couldn’t an equally simple thing like changing the ingredients of sweetened beverages end the obesity epidemic? Something to think about.

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