The hot health stories of 2013

Here are what I think were the big developments in health and nutrition this year.

It’s sugar NOT fat that’s the baddy

2013 really was the year that the world started to sit up and take notice that sugar is behind many of today’s health problems. It is sugar primarily (and high fructose corn syrup in particular) not fat that’s caused the obesity epidemic. The average person is 3 stone (42lbs/20kg) heavier today than we were back in the 1960s – mainly due to increased sugar consumption. Not only is sugar making us fatter but it’s affecting our memory and mood. The trick to maintaining or losing weight, improving memory and mood is to balance your blood sugar and keep sugar intake low by following a low GL diet. If you take anything from my messages this year then remember this – that cutting down on sugar promises to make a huge difference to your health.

Dementia is preventable

One of our biggest health issues today is dementia. But the great news is that it’s preventable and I hope 2013 was the year this message started to come out. A recent study by Peter Elwood and colleagues from Cardiff University found that people who exercise regularly, don’t smoke, drink lightly or moderately, eat plenty of vegetables and fruit and are not overweight, cut their risk of dementia by a staggering 64%. But less than 1 in a 100 people were achieving this. However, you could become one of them and dramatically reduce your risk. That’s the power of prevention. There has been a ton of research about preventing dementia this year – visit my blog if you have missed any of my reports.

Antiacid drugs are bad news

PPI antiacid drugs work by suppressing the formation of stomach acid (betaine hydrochloride), which is absolutely vital for digesting protein into amino acids, killing off bacteria in food, and absorbing vitamins, especially B12, and minerals, especially magnesium. By simply suppressing acid formation you can get temporary relief but at quite some considerable cost. After all, the body doesn’t produce stomach acid for no reason. The worrying risks of long-term use include a greater risk for infections and cancer, as well as all the side-effects of chronic B12 and magnesium status, which include high blood pressure and memory loss. There are far more effective natural solutions that help with indigestion which you can learn about in this report.

My overriding message of this year is that taking steps to prevent ill health is far safer and more effective than taking drugs. That’s why I’ve written my new book Good Medicine in which I offer simple, safe and natural things you can do to prevent or reverse over 75 common health problems.