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Just Say No. I Repeat, Just Say No…

Aug 10 | 2014

In the context of last week’s post, I submit to you the following summary of a study published in the latest volume of Spine (2014;39:1433-1440). Summary of Background Data: Guidelines advise against MRI for acute uncomplicated low back pain, but is an option for persistent radicular pain after a trial of conservative care.  Yet, MRI has become frequent and often nonadherent. Methods: A longitudin...

Genes for Jeans

Jul 20 | 2014

I recently received this comment from a reader of Get Serious: “I recommended your book to a friend and a potential client of mine and his upping the omega-3 intake to your recommended levels has had significant effects in reducing his body fat levels. He is ecstatic and called on me to thank him for the recommendation. Does upping the omega-3 intake have such a profound effect on reducing body fa...

Increasing Adiposity… Further

Jul 6 | 2014

In last week’s post, I discussed the “role” of dietary fat in the process of adiogenesis (fat synthesis). Forever vilified, fat, specifically its consumption, has little if anything to do with bodily fat.  More simply put, eating fat does not make you fat. Surprised? Don’t be. Scientists have known this for years. Dr. Robert Atkins for example introduced his wildly successful high fat, high protei...

Increasing Adiposity

Jun 29 | 2014

This is the title of a recent (June 2014) JAMA entry. I suspect the editorial was published in the wake of recent media hysteria regarding dietary fat. Long time vilified, fat has again come to the forefront not by virtue of its sinister effects, but quite the opposite. Yes, visceral fat (that which surrounds the internal organs) secretes inflammatory mediators known as cytokines which accelerate...

Red Wine Anyone?

Jun 1 | 2014

Chapter 8 of Get Serious details my top ten nutritional supplements, one of which is resveratrol. Present in red wine, it is thought to confer protection against coronary events in people consuming a high-fat diet (French Paradox) and has recently been shown to have potential neuroprotective effects as well. Go figure! It is well known that the diseases which kill the majority of people worldwide...

Don't Forget Your Curcumin

May 14 | 2014

Indians are known to have a markedly reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease relative to Americans. This phenomenon may be explained by their abundant usage of the spice turmeric as a food additive.  Curcumin, the active component of turmeric extract, possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant capacity and has been proven to be a neuroprotective agent. This has been further bolstered by recent data...

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