Evolving Health

Monthly Archives: October 2008

Alpha tocopherol is a type of vitamin E that exists naturally as d-alpha tocopherol, but supplement manufacturers also market synthetic “mirror image” l-alpha tocopherol as well as a mixture of d- and l-alpha tocopherol. The synthetic kind and the mix are cheaper, but l-alpha tocopherol has little or no actual vitamin E activity in the body. It may interfere with d-alpha tocopherol activity and there’s no long-term safety data. When buying vitamin… Read More

You may or may not remember last year’s landmark four-year study related to Alzheimer’s disease sponsored by the Italians. The study appeared in December’s issue of Neurology. I found a link to an article about it below. In summary it showed that elderly people (over 65) who regularly walk significantly lower risk of vascular dementia.(1) Thus there is a lot of talk about physical activity, like walking, as having a potential effect… Read More

Many of us will remember the scene in Kindergarten Cop when detective John Kimble (Arnold Schwarznegger) said he had a headache. “It might be a tumor,” said Lowell, one of the kids. “It’s not a tumor!” said John. Actually it may have been a tumor, or more correctly a brain tumor, since one of the symptoms is a headache.(1) Other symptoms would be poor balance and coordination, dizziness, double vision, slurred speech… Read More

According to an article in the Scandinavian Journal of Nutrition (Scandinavia being where much of our purified fish oil supplements comes from), there is “mounting evidence” showing that fish oil DHA/EPA omega-3 fatty acids can be used in clinical treatment of ADHD.(1) Several studies have reported that supplementation with fish oil at high dosages (16g per day – that’s really high) was shown to provide significant results in behavioral patterns.(2) References 1…. Read More

Aspirin (acetylsalicylic acid) is a carboxylic acid derivative while Tylenol (acetaminophen) is an amide derivative.(1p478, 506) Both act as analgesics for relieving pain and reducing fever. By inhibiting the enzyme cyclooxygenase in prostaglandin synthesis, aspirin reduces inflammation making it a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug.(1p478) In the stomach environment, the carboxylic acid derivative reacts directly with the stomach lining and can potentially cause bleeding.(2 & 3) Tylenol acts on nerve endings to suppress pain,… Read More

Pregnant women need additional iron intake, but if the body controls absorption and uptake, then why is diet not enough? While it may be true that the diet doesn’t provide enough, it may also include other factors beyond iron intake that may also affect women pre- and post-pregnancy. There are many dietary factors that can inhibit iron absorption.(1) Among these factors are: – polyphenols of gallic acid that are found in coffee… Read More

I couldn’t imagine why anyone would supplement with sodium. We do so much “supplementation” already with our salt shakers. All that shaking is linked to hypertension, but overall, when food is salted lightly, the salting may not be all bad. When you eat salt, it guards you against sodium deficiency. The deficiency is not as likely now, but in earlier days it may have been an issue and continues to be a… Read More

Vitamin supplementation may have its place in clinical nutrition, but confusion of how or when to supplement can ultimately harm the consumer.(1) The confusion arises from “extreme” views of healthcare practitioners who say supplementation is not necessary at all and those who push for too much supplementation.(1p119) Non-credentialed experts and vitamins manufacturers interested in making profits may also lead consumers in the wrong paths.(1p119) Pros of Supplementation As a person ages or… Read More

Going in with the gut, I’m led to deduce that health begins exactly there. The gut and other parts of the gastrointestinal system make up the basic conduit of nutrition.(1) Food eaten is broken down by the system into simpler substances, nutrients are absorbed and transported to cells, and then are metabolized for creation of new body substances or for energy. (1p58) Clinical Applications of Digestion, Metabolism and Absorption Clinical application begins… Read More

If you thought it interesting that women have less of aldehyde dehydrogenase, then you’ll no doubt be interested to know that many Asians have a deficiency.(1) This is why Chinese, Japanese and Koreans can be much more sensitive to alcohol than Europeans and Americans of European ancestry.(1) You’ll notice that Asians with this deficiency are susceptible to alcohol-induced flushing.(1) The adaptation that those of European ancestry have to be able to handle… Read More