Best Health Articles — August 28th, 2016

by Dr. Allison Galan ND and Dr. Louise Wilson ND (inactive)

From Alison: Each Sunday theNDDC publishes a list of the top articles from around the web in 5 different health categories to help you stay up-to-date on the latest information.

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The Top Article of the Week

In The Lancet, Kevin Hall and I Call Out Weight Loss Studies – Dr. Yoni Freedhoff: Weighty Matters

The opening paragraph in this week’s “Best Article of the Week” by Dr. Yoni Freedhoff is as follows:

Over the past several decades, dozens of randomised controlled trials have compared various diets for the treatment of obesity. Ideally, such studies should have provided strong evidence for clear clinical recommendations and also put a stop to society’s endless parade of fad diets. Unfortunately, the evidence base remains contested and the “diet wars” continue unabated

For anyone who has tried to lose weight, or for those practitioners who aim to help others on their quest to shed the pounds, you know the struggle that can ensue. While fad diets may work in the short term, it’s the long term that really counts.   Many of our clients might be tempted to latch on to the latest diet craze, however, what does the research says about their proposed diet strategies and long-term weight loss success?

Fortunately, Dr. Freedhoff has done the work for us, examining the research and evaluating the effectiveness of several diet plans and their long term success. You’ll definitely want to have a read; the results just may surprise you.


General Health

6 Bad Habits That Prevent You From Seeing Results – Abbie Smith-Ryan PHD, CSCS*D

Harmful Chemicals and Little Bodies – Dr. Olisa Mak, ND

Exercise: Is A Lot More A Lot Better? – Zoë Harcombe

Mental And Physical Exercise Provide Different Benefits For Our Brain – Razi Berry: NDNR



Replacing Just One Sugary Drink With Water Could Significantly Improve Health – Razi Berry: NaturalPath

16 Studies on Vegan Diets: Do They Really Work? – Alina Petre, RD

Coffee Drinking Habits Can Be Written In Our DNA, Study Finds – University of Edinburgh: Science Daily



How Caring Less Can Help You Accomplish More – Mark’s Daily Apple

The No. 1 Lie That’s Stopping You From Going for It – Susie Moore: Greatist

Not Getting What You Want From 1 Person? – Dawn Fletcher: Mentality WOD


Specific Health Conditions and Treatment Protocols

Should You Take Tylenol, Advil, Or Aspirin For Pain? Here’s What The Evidence Says. – Julia Belluz: Vox

Whats You Really Need To Know About Your Child’s ADHD Diagnosis – Dr. Carly Polland, ND

15 Remedies For Sore Throat – Franziska Spritzler, RD, CDE: Authority Nutrition


Novel Research

Scientists Challenge Recommendation That Men With More Muscle Need More Protein – University of Stirling: Science Daily

Investigating The Relationship Between Low Physical Activity And Psychotic Symptoms – Oxford University Press USA: ScienceDaily

Scientists Shed New Light On The Role Of Calcium On Learning, Memory  – The Scripps Research Institute: ScienceDaily

About the Author
Dr. Allison Galan ND and Dr. Louise Wilson ND (inactive)

Dr. Allison Galan, ND is a graduate from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Alberta. In her practice, she focuses on empowering her patients to be their own catalyst for change, in order to optimize their health. Dr. Louise Wilson, ND (inactive) is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a specialist honors degree in psychology in 2006. In 2010 she graduated from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Since graduation she has been in private practice in Bolton, Ontario, with a clinical focus on establishing the foundations of health.