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How fad diets could be doing more harm than good

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The placebo effect is particularly significant in areas such as pain relief and stress, and is therefore best at overcoming aches and pains, headaches, stress-related conditions including recovery from stomach ulcers 10 and skin rashes. But, because there is no link between chiropractic theory and actual disease, the diagnoses are basically random. Many tell of starting or restarting a diet, hoping their intentions do not fail again. According to the authors this should result in a 6- to pound 2. Herbal Remedies herbalism USA Herbalism is also called 'botanical sciences', 'herbalism' and 'herbal supplements'. And Chinese astrology has a long history, but, they group the stars into completely different constellations and give prominence to the lunar mansions "a sign lunar zodiac" All are published in respected, peer-reviewed journals.

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There is a controversy, however, surrounding the alleged existence of so-called non-celiac gluten sensitivity NCGS. This is a hypothetical condition in which people may have a sensitivity to gluten without forming antibodies to gliadin or meeting the diagnostic criteria for celiac disease. Discovering a new disease is always complex, and requires the identification of something definitive and discrete. We either need to identify a clear clinical syndrome, or some new specific pathology. For NCGS there is no clear pathology.

If, however, we are going to base a new disease purely on clinical history, we need to make sure that the history is accurate and that we are not simply overinterpreting non-specific symptoms or falling victim to confirmation bias. For example, there are people who feel they have a specific syndrome of sensitivity to electromagnetic waves, despite the absence of any identifiable pathology.

However, properly blinded studies show that self-identified sufferers of EM sensitivity cannot tell when they are being exposed to EM waves in a blinded condition. For alleged NCGS the most salient evidence of its existence as a clinical entity are rechallenge studies. In these studies subjects are challenged with either gluten or placebo, then the gluten is removed, and then they are later rechallenged.

If NCGS is a real entity then their symptoms should resolve when gluten is removed and then return when rechallenged, at a higher frequency when the same is done with a placebo. A recent systematic review of gluten rechallenge studies did not find significant evidence for NCGS. The prevalence of NCGS after gluten re-challenge is low, and the percentage of relapse after a gluten or a placebo challenge is similar. This is a pattern of evidence that is consistent with the null hypothesis, that NCGS does not exist — results are all over the place, with better-controlled studies tending not to show an effect, and on average there is only a tiny signal that does not reach statistical significance.

The most parsimonious interpretation of available evidence, therefore, is that NCGS does not exist. Despite this fact, roughly one third of the population report that they are trying to avoid gluten.

What, then, is the potential harm from restricting gluten from the diet in the millions of people who do not have gluten sensitivity? Potentially, all of the things I listed above may contribute to harm. For many people they have settled on gluten sensitivity to explain real symptoms they may be having.

In this case they may be missing the real cause of their symptoms. There is therefore an opportunity cost of making a false diagnosis. Perhaps most significantly, a gluten-free diet is very difficult.

You have to eliminate all wheat and similar grains from the diet. This has become somewhat easier recently as industry is cashing in on the gluten-free fad, but it is still a significant inconvenience and expense and therefore drain on quality of life.

Further — a gluten free diet eliminates a major category of food from the diet. People on a low or gluten-free diet tend to also be low in whole grains. They risk being deficient in iron and folic acid. A recent study linked low-gluten diets to a higher risk of type-II diabetes. Avoidance of gluten may also result in a heavy reliance on rice as a staple grain, and this might increase the risk of heavy metal exposure.

Again — having a varied diet spreads out exposure to contaminants and toxins as well as maximizing exposure to needed nutrients. The recruiting programs of the healthy-diet cults consist almost entirely of efforts to convince prospective followers that their diet is the One True Way to eat for maximum physical health The specific cult whose "science"-backed schtick a person finds most convincing usually depends on his or her identity biases.

The modern fad diet originated in the s. Such diets are often endorsed by celebrities or celebrity doctors who style themselves as "gurus" and profit from sales of branded products, books, and public speaking. These diets attract people who want to lose weight quickly and easily and keep that weight off [10] or who want to be healthy and find that belonging to a group of people defined by a strict way of eating helps them to avoid the many bad food choices available in the developed world.

Fad diets may be based completely on pseudoscience e. Healthy eating is simple, according to Marion Nestle , who expresses the mainstream view of nutrition: The basic principles of good diets are so simple that I can summarize them in just ten words: For additional clarification, a five-word modifier helps: Follow these precepts and you will go a long way toward preventing the major diseases of our overfed society—coronary heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes, stroke, osteoporosis, and a host of others Although you may feel as though advice about nutrition is constantly changing, the basic ideas behind my four precepts have not changed in half a century.

And they leave plenty of room for enjoying the pleasures of food. Katz , who reviewed the most prevalent popular diets in , noted:. The weight of evidence strongly supports a theme of healthful eating while allowing for variations on that theme. A diet of minimally processed foods close to nature, predominantly plants, is decisively associated with health promotion and disease prevention and is consistent with the salient components of seemingly distinct dietary approaches.

Efforts to improve public health through diet are forestalled not for want of knowledge about the optimal feeding of Homo sapiens but for distractions associated with exaggerated claims, and our failure to convert what we reliably know into what we routinely do.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Crash diet. Not to be confused with Healthy diet or Medical nutrition therapy. The 4-Hour Body [13] 5: Retrieved 12 December Fear of Fatness and Fad Slimming Diets. Ethics, Science, Technology, and Engineering: A Global Resource, Vol. Even in developed countries, citizens have the right to be provided with good food, but in the United States, for example, many consumers have either wasted their money or harmed their health by various food and diet fads.

Boston University School of Medicine. Archived from the original on 20 December In the summer of , when the low-carbohydrate diet craze was nearing its peak but nobody knew that yet , I attended a meeting in Aspen, Colorado, sponsored by Fortune magazine. At dinner one night, I was seated next to a healthy-looking and only slightly overweight business executive whose table behavior reminded me of my kids during the worst of their picky eating phases.

Only then did he dig into the buttered filet mignon. Just my luck, I thought, another Atkins dieter. In a minute he will be telling me how much weight he has lost eating this way.

Pleased as could be, he said he had just lost eleven pounds in two weeks on the Atkins diet. Off duty as I was trying to be, I did not point out that his vegetables had only tiny amounts of sugars, too little carbohydrate to make any difference.

I also did not point out that there was no way he could have lost that weight as body fat. From Alien Abductions to Zone Therapy. Retrieved December 21, James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture Ed.

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