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Preview of Peter Attia’s TEDMED 2013 Talk

Peter Attia’s TEDMED 2013 talk has been given some great reviews, but we’re going to take some time before it’s available on video. Until then, we have a teaser video that covers his own prejudism against the overweight and obese as a young(er) doctor. He tended to blame his overweight patients for their weight related diseases, and he remarks how fundamentally different this was to how he treated his other patients.

At any rate, here’s a couple minute of what looks to be a very engaging talk. Let’s see if it tides us over…


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NuSi Awarded $40-Million In Research Funding

The Arnold Foundation, which previously granted NuSi $5-million in seed money, has donated an additional $40-million to conduct three experiments examining the relationship between nutrition and disease. According to a press release not (yet?) available on the NuSi site, these experiments will be run across six universities/research institutions over the next three years.

Can’t wait to read about the study designs here…
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Former Brand Manager for Kraft Breaks Down In Tears At Lustig Presentation

There’s no doubt that Robert Lustig has a powerful (though not new) message, and he’s gaining an increasingly broad audience for his message. More and more people are making the connection between excess sugar (carbohydrate) consumption and obesity, disease and ill health.

Still, what happens at this event is striking. Lustig takes a question from a woman who claims to be a former brand manager for Kraft1 who worked on Fruity Pebbles cereal. She breaks down in tears as she confesses to sitting in focus groups and hearing parents of children report that they feed their kids Fruity Pebbles in the morning because they feel good about giving their children fruit first thing in the morning.

Ahhh, marketing…
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More Research On Fish Oil

This is just going to be a quickie, but I need to get to it before I lose it: New research out of the Harvard School of Public Health finds that,

Older adults who have higher blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids—found almost exclusively in fatty fish and seafood—may be able to lower their overall mortality risk by as much as 27% and their mortality risk from heart disease by about 35%, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the University of Washington. (HSPH News)

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Aspirin: A Unique Remedy

Abstract

In the course of research into the biochemistry and physiology of the endpoints of essential fatty acid metabolism known as eicosanoids, the mechanism by which aspirin exerts its analgesic effect was revealed. It is now known that aspirin does not prevent the COX enzyme from converting arachidonic acid to pain-producing proinflammatory eicosanoids as had long been assumed, but rather it modifies the COX enzyme by acetylating it thereby making it convert arachidonic acid to antiinflammatory eicosanoids. During these same research activities, hitherto unknown classes of naturally occurring, anti-inflammatory, pro-healing eicosanoids known as lipoxins, resolvins, protectins, neuroprotectins, and maresins were discovered. Aspirin was found to multiply many times the healing power of these natural lipid mediators by creating aspirin-triggered counterparts to all.
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Welcome ISS Vistors!

Noticed this while looking at the site analytics… Do they eat Keto on the International Space Station?

Photograph of Google Analytics showing traffic from the International Space Station
Google Analytics Reveals Visitors To Ketopia From The International Space Station

Yeah, I’m guessing Google is having fun with us on April 1st…. But it made me laugh, so I’m sharing…