Sugar and starch drive obesity and disease

Dr Paul Clayton’s Health Newsletter March 2014 “Added refined sugars and starches in the daily diet are undoubtedly contributing to obesity and disease.” Sugar has been getting a bad press lately, with a series of books and articles telling us how it contributes to problems with insulin, weight gain and diabetes. I go along with … Read more

Omega 3 in wild and farmed fish

Dr Paul Clayton’s Health Newsletter March 2014 “Wild fish are high in omega 3 because of the marine algae they eat; farmed fish contain few, if any, omega 3s.” According to the Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO), we are consuming an average of 17 kg of fish per person per annum (FAO#1), and the figures … Read more

Heart disease driver is not cholesterol

Why is it that some 50% of people who have a heart attack have a cholesterol level in the normal range? Many of these are people who know, and have followed, the basic advice – reduce overweight, build in 30 minutes of exercise at least 5 times a week, restrict your intake of saturated fats … Read more

Homocysteine – more important than cholesterol?

Dr Paul Clayton 2006 Several years ago the first edition of Health Defence reported on the importance of homocysteine as probably a more important marker for heart disease than LDL cholesterol. Since then it is exciting a flurry of medical research, with over 8,000 papers published on the subject during 2004 alone. Research has shown … Read more

Heart health – Betaine, the latest 'B vitamin'

Dr Paul Clayton 2003 Betaine, sometimes known as Vitamin B10, is increasingly in the limelight. Elevated levels of homocysteine in the blood (homocystenaemia) are strongly linked to increased risks of heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis and other diseases(1). Vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid are often used to lower homocysteine levels, but this combination is not … Read more