~ A good and brief interview of Good Calories, Bad Calories author, Gary Taubes in Testosterone Muscle. "The argument I'm making is that [obesity is] a disorder of excess fat accumulation, not of sloth and gluttony. Overeating is the side effect of the disorder, not the cause. What you want to know is, what regulates fat accumulation?"
~ The Vitamin D Council has released their June Newsletter, replete with information about vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women, the risks of such deficiencies, as well as potential problems with gestational deficiency. "Dr. Dijkstra and colleagues studied 70 pregnant women in the Netherlands, none had levels above 40 ng/mL and 50% had levels below 10 ng/mL. Again, prenatal vitamins appeared to have little effect on 25(OH)D levels, as you might expect since prenatal vitamins only contain 400 IU of Vitamin D."
~ Good advice from Mark Sisson on evaluating your blood pressure. This is especially true if you've been prescribed medication based on only a few readings. And, while you're at it, you might want to check out Mark's Definitive Guide to Fish Oils.
~ Looks like Stephan is beginning another series. Here's his first go at the Lyon Diet-Heart Study. He prefaces this with a look at MRFIT: "After 6 years, 46% of the intervention group had quit smoking, compared to 29% in the control group. The intervention group reduced their cholesterol intake by 40% and their saturated fat intake by more than one-fourth, and increased their consumption of polyunsaturated fat (omega-6) by one third relative to the control group. The results? After seven years, total mortality was 41.2 per 1,000 in the intervention group and 40.4 in the control group, a difference that was not even close to statistically significant. There were also no significant differences in heart attack rate or heart attack death rate."
~ Low-carb wins again. Effects of a popular exercise and weight loss program on weight loss, body composition, energy expenditure and health in obese women; Nutrition & Metabolism, 2009.
~ A Primal Donut, anyone?