Last month I had the privilege of attending a wonderful
conference on nutritional medicine. The information presented
went way beyond the "eat organically and locally" stuff that we
always hear about, though that of course still remains valid.
Several researchers presented on the biochemical nitty-gritty
mechanisms about why antioxidants and fish oils are good for
you. Being a more broad stroke and big picture person, at
times I have to admit that it was a bit tortuous to be dissecting
a tiny biochemical pathway, I realized that the biochemistry I
learned in classrooms or yore (many many years ago!)is the
basis of science based nutritional medicine.
month's issue I will present some compelling research findings
on fish oil. I am so impressed by the vast amount of
conditions that fish oil improves that I feel compelled to share
it with my patients and friends. And please enjoy the
remainder of official "summer" which ends in a few short
weeks for everyone in school themselves or with school aged
We reported recently that several organic contaminants
occurred at elevated concentrations in farmed Atlantic salmon
compared with concentrations of the same contaminants in wild
Pacific salmon [Hites et al. Science 303: 226-229 (2004)]. We
also found that polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), toxaphene,
dieldrin, dioxins, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers occurred
at higher concentrations in European farm-raised salmon than
in farmed salmon from North and South America. Health risks
(based on a quantitative cancer risk assessment) associated
with consumption of farmed salmon contaminated with PCBs,
toxaphene, and dieldrin were higher than risks associated with
exposure to the same contaminants in wild salmon. From
This summer my garden is exploding with tomatoes. It's
probably due to the hot summer and the fact that I went on
the garden wasn't watered enough. Tomatoes are a rich source
of the antioxidant lycopene which has been shown to aid in
caner prevention. Here is a link to the top 10 tomato recipes
apart from the usual marinara sauce fare. Enjoy!
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What I learned at the Antiaging Seminar, in a Nutshell.
As the human body gets older, there is increased oxidative
damage and mitochondrial decay. This causes an increase in
tissue breakdown and a slower rate of tissue repair causing
what we know as aging. Recent studies from the University of
California at Berkeley have shown that supplementing rats with
Alpha-R-Lipoic acid reduced the levels of specific metabolic
markers that normally increase with age and oxidative stress.
There haven't yet been any in-vivo studies in humans but the
research looks promising.
Also L-Carnitine improves
glucose metabolism and cognitive function in rats in other
studies , as well as reducing metabolites that are indicative of
cellular damage along with helping to modulate weight due to
its effect on carbohydrate metabolism. This means that L-
Carnitine also is an ingredient in antiaging medicine.
Another big culprit the increase in chronic disease in our
modern society is the high carbohydrate diet. Many years of
eating breads, starches , and refined sugars causes acne and
an increased level of insulin-resistance which can eventually
lead to Type II diabetes, obesity, arthritis, cardiovascular
diseases and hypertension. Indigenous hunter/gatherer tribes
that had no contact with these foods did not have any of these
diseases. If members of that population survived dying from
an infection , they lived long, healthy vigorous lives free of
many modern diseases. Once they were introduced to these
foods they experienced all of the same modern western
diseases that we have in Western civilization. Add our modern
stressful lifestyle to the mix and you have increased cortisol
levels which impairs carbohydrate metabolism, increasing
weight gain and oxidative stress and it is no wonder that
obesity and all of its associated ills run rampant in our society.
The good news is that with proper diet and lifestyle, many
of these diseases can be prevented. So in short, take your
antioxidants, supplement with alpha-r-lipoic acid and L-
Carnitine, eat more protein and less carbohydrates, exercise
and take high quality purified fish oils. Also it is beneficial to
learn a way to destress yourself such as meditation, prayer,
yoga, breathing exercises and an optimistic outlook on life.