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Book Review of LIFE: The Epic Story of Our Mitochondria

Cover of Life: The Epic Story of Our Mitochondria
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Found; a superbly informative book that explains in practical language how to care for and nurture your mitochondria. If nutritional biochemistry is not your bag, you may ask what are mitochondria, and why would I want to care for and nurture them?

The first part of the question is easy to answer for readers who vicariously make periodic visits to the planet Tatooine in a “galaxy far, far away.” There, “intelligent microscopic life forms called Midi-chlorians live symbiotically inside the cells of all living things.” In that far away galaxy, midi-chlorians are essential for life and provide communication with the pervasive energy field known as the Force. High amounts of midi-chlorians are possessed by the Jedi, warrior monks who serve as guardians of peace and justice in the galaxy that includes Tatooine. The higher the midi-chlorian content the greater the link to the Force. Readers who know of midi-chlorians will find that mitochondria are familiar creatures.
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The Stonehenge Builders Ate Meat

There’s a lot to like about the paleo movement. Lauren Cordain’s work has been been tremendously informative, and Robb Wolf’s book delivers some fierce insights on healthy (and unhealthy) eating.

And so it comes as no surprise that I keep my eyes open to new research and data from this domain. Today’s news comes from Durrington Walls, a late neolithic site of peoples though to be the builders of Stonehenge. Of interest (to me, and presumably the archeologists) is the following:
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How Can Aspirin Help to Cure Cancer?

How can aspirin help to cure cancer?(1) This question is a consequence of long out-dated dogma of the medical establishment. The truth that puts a lie to this worn-out dogma has been available in the public domain for more than ten years.(2) The truth has been ignored, inadvertently or deliberately, by the medical establishment and by nutrition academia, which is medicine’s principal authority for nutritional ignorance and pseudoscience.
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Lowly Aspirin Versus NSAID Challengers

Introduction

In 1982, the Nobel Prize in Medicine was granted jointly to Sune Bergstrom, Bengt Samuelsson, and Sir John Vane, which, in essence, explained the mechanism for the analgesic effect of aspirin.

The Nobel Summary pointed out that prostaglandins and related substances constitute part of a new biological system formed from unsaturated fatty acids, primarily arachidonic acid.  It further noted that the Nobel Laureates had made fundamental contributions to the elucidation of the significance of this new biological system in which aspirin was shown to block the synthesis of the prostaglandins.

“Thanks to this important discovery [of] the mode of action of aspirin, the most frequently used drug all over the world, was clarified. It also provided the prostaglandin researchers with a useful tool in their analyses of the role of these compounds in various biological processes”(1).  Thus began a new chapter in the century-old saga of aspirin.

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A Tale of Two Truths

Herein you will find an account of two truths of optimum human nutrition that are slowly emerging from a huge mix of nutrition literature that clouds rather than clarifies a fundamental field of study.  These two truths, also known as natural laws, evolved in the Beginning together with prehistoric Man.  Through this bond between diet and Man was forged the dietary pattern that established Man’s basic requirementsh for optimum health.  These tales of truth have been passed on to us through contacts from sundry sources.
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Diabetics – Listen Up!

Update:
Ellen’s new book “The Ketogenic Diet for Type 1 Diabetes” is now available.
In response to reader requests, here is the information on how to order both
of these books:


Photo of the cover of the book, Conquer Type 2 Diabetes with a Ketogenic Diet.
Diabetics, listen up! You now have available a new and important book authored by Ellen Davis and Keith Runyan, M.D. entitled Conquer Type 2 Diabetes with a Ketogenic Diet. It is second in a promising series of ketogenic diets for special conditions.(1)

Ellen has a Master of Science degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition, and Dr. Runyan is a practicing physician specializing in obesity, kidney disease, and diabetes who is himself a type-1 diabetic. Despite their expertise and personal knowledge, they strongly advise that your personal physician be involved in review and application of information in this book.
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Of Mice and Men – Part II, and Red Meat! The Hype, the Horror!

Although in the past I confessed to and made amends with mice research in obesity, I still have harbored skepticism. Mice are the gold standard! They reproduce quickly, live just long enough for experiments, and are all around a model organism.

Much model. Wow.

But… they are not humans. Genetically similar, but still a rodent. Right? No no, now I am sounding scientifically illiterate. You’re right, they’re good. Are they? Yes. Yes?

Well finally it comes to the day where my misgivings may be vindicated. I feel a little relieved honestly. I hate being at conflict inside but I think it may be common among anyone with critical thinking capacity.
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John Oliver on Sugar – More Evidence of a Growing Cultural Awareness?

You may be familiar with John Oliver from his previous contributions to The Daily Show. He’s since moved on to host his weekly news and commentary show on HBO: “Last Week Tonight.” In time for Halloween, he covered the subject of sugar.

From a science perspective, there’s nothing new in his coverage. But the fact that he’s bringing to the public eye the gross over-consumption of sugar in our diet and the concomitant health issues…well this suggests a growing cultural awareness of the problem we’re all facing. That this is now the subject of public discourse and not just the domain of research science and health practitioners…well that’s a sweet development indeed.

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Are Artificial Sweeteners to Blame?

Are artificial sweeteners to blame for the obesity epidemic? From ScienceDaily:

Artificial sweeteners — promoted as aids to weight loss and diabetes prevention — could actually hasten the development of glucose intolerance and metabolic disease, and they do so in a surprising way: by changing the composition and function of the gut microbiota — the substantial population of bacteria residing in our intestines. (source)

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The Perfect Teeth of Prehistoric Humans

Various scholars of prehistory have given us photographs of prehistoric skulls with sets of perfect teeth in place. The degeneration in dental health that has occurred over the many centuries from the hunter-gatherer people to the current American population is truly appalling. Today, an adult with no or few dental problems is a rarity. Are there some dental-care lessons to be found in a study of prehistoric skulls? The following overview of a series of episodes from recent history suggests that the answer is “Yes.”
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