What’s the new rage? Omega-3 Index

Blood omega-3 oils could be just as or more important than blood LDL cholesterol levels. Last week I attended a conference in Las Vegas where I heard a cardiologist say bluntly that doctors need to be retrained to stop limiting their focus to blood LDL cholesterol for preventing heart disease and start using the novelContinue reading “What’s the new rage? Omega-3 Index”

Promoters say cholesterol is a nutrient – not true

I am a bit stunned by argument for consuming cholesterol by cholesterol-promoterscholesterol-and-health.com because the body makes all the cholesterol it needs (about a gram a day)and a dietary amount is unnecessary.(1) For this reason, I’m not sure I can bring myself to call the lipid a nutrient. While it is true that cholesterol-rich foods suchContinue reading “Promoters say cholesterol is a nutrient – not true”

3 reasons to still avoid cholesterol (even though it’s not bad for you)

More than 50 years have gone by since it was first discovered that too much LDL cholesterol in the blood is linked to heart disease, and, in response, healthcare professionals of all kinds have provided a simple message: “cholesterol is bad”.(1) More recent research, however, tells a different story — that eggs, liver, shrimp andContinue reading “3 reasons to still avoid cholesterol (even though it’s not bad for you)”

Take Tylenol not Aspirin (unless you have osteoporosis, in which take fish oil and glucosamine)

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 theContinue reading “Take Tylenol not Aspirin (unless you have osteoporosis, in which take fish oil and glucosamine)”

Want a reason to get drunk?

An incredibly risky one? If you happen to drink methanol, then you’ll end up in the emergency room with an IV intended to get you drunk as fast as possible.1 2 If the treatment isn’t applied immediately you could end up blind or worse.1,2p426 Methanol may be good for certain racing cars, but it’s toxicContinue reading “Want a reason to get drunk?”

Women and Asians can’t hold their alcohol as well as European men

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 areContinue reading “Women and Asians can’t hold their alcohol as well as European men”