Homocysteine levels, not cholesterol, are a critical risk factor for heart disease. Howeve, homocysteine isn’t the complete evil that it is made out to be. It is a naturally occurring amino acid that plays an important role in many aspects of good health. Chronically high homocysteine levels are the problem. [Read more…]
Eating is wonderful. Except when it isn’t. Such as when it exposes you to the monumentally dangerous substances that scientists call advanced glycation end products (AGEs). AGEs speed up aging and underlie many degenerative diseases, including diabetes, atherosclerosis, chronic renal failure, Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure, stroke, osteopenia, and generation of epithelial cancers.
Unfortunately, scientific jargon about AGEs has kept this all-important topic from becoming a popular subject on social media and at parties, picnics and family gatherings. We clearly need a new term that the public can understand and talk about intelligently.
Since AGEs represent oxidation gone amok, and since oxidation is a burning of sorts, I propose that we refer to AGEs as Burnt Crap in Foods (BCFs). There, isn’t that better? Now let’s delve into BCFs to see what they do, where they are, and how to minimize damage to your health from them. [Read more…]
Smart people like Dr. Oz can sure say some dumb things that can be downright scary. His latest diatribe against red meat warns about yet another heart risk in this food. As usual, he cites weak or nonexistent science to support his view. [Read more…]
Why would anyone want to eat a fish head? If you aren’t too culturally isolated, you might be surprised by how good it can be. Besides, fish heads are a phenomenal health food, especially for brain health. Gee, who wouldn’t want that? My first experience cooking it was quite an adventure. Here are a few of my personal discoveries that you might benefit from when you make your first foray into this wonderful delicacy. [Read more…]
The Tabata workout might just be what you are looking for when time is short. This is where science offers some good answers. Unfortunately, fitness trainers are generally clueless about the science of fitness. Most workouts are over done and cause more harm than good. What you really should know is the exercise ‘sweet spot’ – i.e., the frequency, intensity, and duration that provide optimal fitness. [Read more…]
Does saturated fat really ruin your health? Not really. Modern medical advice to avoid it is just plain wrong. Curious? Read on. [Read more…]
You will never be healthy by following the latest federal dietary guidelines. They are a mixed bag of advice – some good, some bad, some ugly. Although the feds purport to use scientific research as the basis for their guidelines, nothing could be further from the truth. Lobbyists for agribusiness have more sway than science. Let’s take a look at some of the highs and lows of the latest federal recommendations. [Read more…]
Calorie counting is simplistic, weak-minded, thoughtless, and dogmatic. Gee, I hope I am not being too wishy-washy about what I really think here. [Read more…]
If you haven’t heard of PQQ yet, then take a look at why some scientists want this substance to be classified as a vitamin. It is a remarkable modern discovery that can perform miracles. [Read more…]
Every part of every cell is important for good health. One part, though, has recently risen to the forefront in research on health and longevity – mitochondria. Everything works better and longer when you are good to them. If you don’t, well … good luck with that. Here are some crucial pointers on what you can do to make sure that your mitochondria are all they should be. [Read more…]