Monday, 27 February 2017

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Statins: good for the heart?

there are quite few different readings of this graph...
One can claim that statins save 19,200 lives pa, which is great!
Another can claim that 98% of people without known heart diseases and 96% of people with known heart disease do not get any benefit...
In fact, 10% in both groups of people face the risk of diabetes and 2% in both groups risk muscle damage...

So... do we need to re-evaluate?

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Sutton pies and bets: what the FA should really ask?

This story is so entertaining! [btw, this photo is a photo of a goalkeeper, believe or not...]

The story goes on and we now know that the
Football Association and Gambling Commission are investigating after Sutton United’s reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw admitted that he knew a betting company was offering odds of 8-1 against him eating a pie on the bench during the club’s 2-0 defeat by Arsenal in the FA Cup.

“I went and got it at half time from the kitchen, I had it all prepared and ready to go. It was meat and potato,” added Shaw.

However, from a sports nutrition and food science point of view, the real questions here:

1. is a pie with meat and potato a nutritious one?

2. why are footballers allowed to eat such low quality food on camera?

The issue here is not about betting...but about athletes eating junk food in public.

But yet again, we all remember A-class footballers or ex-footballers advertising junk food, as crisps, soft drinks (photo above) etc...


Monday, 20 February 2017

Τρόφιμα: Ο δούρειος ίππος για την καινοτομία και την ανάπτυξη

30 ευρώ το κιλό...
Η πλειονότητα του λεσβιακού ελαιολάδου πωλείται «χύμα» έως και προς 2 ευρώ / κιλό σε Ιταλούς και Ισπανούς, οι οποίοι το συσκευάζουν και το μεταπωλούν (ως ιταλικό ή ισπανικό, φευ!) με τελική τιμή για τον καταναλωτή έως και 30 ευρώ / κιλό (ναι! Το είδα με τα ίδια μου τα μάτια σε μια κωμόπολη έξω από το Παρίσι πριν από λίγες εβδομάδες).

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Με την ευχή να βρεθούν λίγοι τολμηροί να αναπτύξουν τις εξαγωγές τροφίμων!
Με την ευχή μέσα στο 2017 να έρθουν ελιές και κρασί από την Πατρίδα εδώ στην Ιρλανδία!

Dum spiro spero...


a new book!

Last semester I was teaching FT4457 at UL


and the essay that my students had to write and present was on

"Statins vs Dietary Interventions: a true dilemma?".

I had the opportunity to read some exciting and provoking essays from my students.

This year, I am going to take this further and I am going to write a book for a top publisher on statins and nutrition and cardiovascular diseases (CVDs).

With some many news and much information on statins and their side effects on one hand and nutrition on the other hand, I think that this book would be a great chance to provide a food chemical/biochemical insight into these issues.

watch this space as the book is being written.


Friday, 17 February 2017

managing - teaching - coaching - mentoring

The scene is taken from "Dead Poets Society" where the students tribute to their teacher Mr. Keating (Robin Williams) who taught them think different, to seize the day (carpe diem) and to stand up for what is right.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

let's talk about Cancer

Different faces of inflammation and its role in tumorigenesis

Inflammation and cancer: How hot is the link?

Food, stress and environment can actually cause inflammation and ...cancer.

Related reading : Cancer death rate in Mulhuddart ‘nearly three times’ higher than Castleknock

Nine “myths” about cancer, according to Dr Robert O’Connor

1 – Modern life

“That modern life is toxic and causing cancer and that modern life and the things in our environment are causing cancers – it’s not. Mankind has always had cancer and it’s a fact that as we live longer there is a greater risk of developing any form of cancer.”

5 – Superfoods

“There’s no such thing, they’ve no relevance in terms of preventing or treating cancer.”

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there is plenty of scientific evidence that 1 and 5 are not "myths" actually!

for 1, have a look here. (e.g. air pollution)
 the list here is endless, from heavy metals in food to water and sea pollution, food contact materials (FCM) migrating to food etc...

For 5, have a look below and here


Foods that fight inflammation

Doctors are learning that one of the best ways to quell inflammation lies not in the medicine cabinet, but in the refrigerator.