In this program, we discuss where fat goes when you lose it. An article in Men’s Journal summarizes this very clearly, relating the findings that were published first in an article by Brittany Smith in the British Medical Journal
“The more you exercise, the better off you are health-wise and mind- and body-wise, but you already knew that. What you might not know is 80 percent of the fat that leaves your body is expelled through your lungs. That’s right. You’re breathing away those pounds, according to recent research published in the British Medical Journal. Ahhh, science. You see, human fat cells store triglyceride—a type of fat in the blood—which is made up of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. These atoms are released through oxidation and when that happens, fat is burned off… Scientists from the University of New South Wales in Australia did some math. When 22 pounds of fat is oxidized, 18.5 pounds leave the body through the lungs as CO2. The remaining 3.5 pounds becomes water.”
Dr. Rodier comments that this doesn’t mean that you should do deep breathing exercises to lose weight- you still have to do exercise to make it all work in your fat-burning favor.
Weight loss can be important for many reasons. As one of many reasons, we found research originally published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute that sustained weight loss for 180,000 women over 50 years old in the United States, Australia and Asia led to serious reduction in breast cancer risk. We discuss this fascinating fact in relationship to the work of Dr. Warburg which showed, in 1937- that’s right all the way back then- that consumption of refined sugar depressed the immune system and fed the cancer cells. He won the Nobel Prize for that. Doctor Rodier also points out how sugar also curtails the detoxification of xenoestrogens like BPA, a known cause of breast cancer. Adipose (fat) tissue stores these endocrine disruptors. And this is true of prostate cancer as well.
We also discuss some medical research in Italy that claims that regular chili pepper consumption may reduce the risk of death from heart attack and stroke.
“CNN (12/16, Guy) reports research in adults in Italy indicates that “eating chili peppers regularly can cut the risk of death from heart disease and stroke.” For the study, investigators “compared the risk of death among 23,000 people, some of whom ate chili and some of whom didn’t.” After monitoring “participants’ health status and eating habits…over eight years,” investigators “found that the risk of dying from a heart attack was 40% lower among those eating chili peppers at least four times per week,” and “death from stroke was more than halved.” The findings were published online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.”
We also discuss why Dr. Rodier and many other doctors don’t recommend taking a baby aspirin daily to reduce the risk of heart attack. Tumeric is another good alternative to prevent heart attack and strokes as well as omega oils.
We also have a significant conversation about psychoactive drugs, including some of the legal, health and social benefits and ramifications of their use- and look at some research into the negative effects of psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms on the emotions and on cognition. We discuss the importance and value of consciousness research and the protections needed to prevent callous and dangerous use of psychoactive substances.
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