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At first you probably thought I did one of my not so uncommon misspellings. But if IntRest got your attention make sure you tune in to the upcoming Telecon Tuesday July 12.

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Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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The internet and other information sources are swamped with information on healthy Omega 3 fats. Sometime the terminology can be really confusing, especially when it’s attached to marketing hype. The truth is there are pro’s and con’s to what type or “format” the Omega 3 is in. There are the basic formats, Triglyceride, Phospholipid and Ethyl Ester.

So what is the difference in all these different forms, and more importantly what does this mean for you.

The triglyceride is often called “natural” because it exactly what comes out of the fish.  It is minimally processed other than being pressed in a cold environment.omega-3_1

Triglyceride simply means three things attached to a central single chain. Think of a coat hanger with three belts hanging from the bottom left, center, and right.

What should you know:  The fact that it is natural and unprocessed means that only one of these is actually a useful Omega 3 fat. The other two can pretty much be any other fat including the not so healthy Omega.  In addition toxins tend to accumulate in these areas as well. That said if the ocean is as clean as it can be where these fish come from, you will not face immediate issues with toxins.  Long term can be another matter.

The other issue mentioned above, only one of the three fat is in the useful Omega 3 format.  For this reason the absolute theoretical maximum concentration of essential Omega 3 fats in this kind of fish oil is 33%. In practice it varies between 25% and 30%.  If you are trying to get to a higher level of Omega 3 in your body this is a tough way to do it. The human gut efficiently absorbs all fats over a 24 hour period of time no matter which format you are taking.

The Phospholipid form is next and it is often called the “membrane” form because human cell membranes store essential fats and other fats this way. Using the hanger analogy from above, this hanger only has a left and right chain.

What you should know: This type of Omega 3 is usually restricted to shellfish and crustacean types of seafood rather than fish.  In terms of human consumption and supplement marketing this is currently the least common.  It is however considered natural since it does come from a sea creature.

While it may be slightly better absorbed than the other formats it, like the natural triglyceride format provides a limited amount of Omega 3 and retains toxins found in the oceans where it is fished.  In certain areas the primary source called krill is endangered. Krill remain a primary food source for many types of fish and whales.  Fish will take the phospholipid form of Omega 3 and convert it to the triglyceride form naturally. Some marketers argue that since phospholipids do not require enzymes to convert to the membrane format, they are superior to other forms. This has not been proven to be the case in studies where clinical outcomes are measured. Processing of this kind of Omega 3 must be minimal to retain the natural format.

Ethyl Esters: These are the most common form of fish oil and by far the most often consumed in human populations and human studies on fish oil

What you should know:  Some marketers claim they are not really even fish oil since they rarely occur naturally in fish. They do however occur naturally in the billions of Calanus shrimp found in the North Atlantic. In addition once Omega 3’s are released from cell membranes (remember the storage form is phopsholipid) they usually pass through the ester stage and sometimes remain that way as a very potent anti-inflammatory derivative of fish oil. So in a very real sense they are natural to the human body and its enzyme system.

In addition because they do not have extra molecules (like the hanger in the above analogy) they can be packaged much tighter with concentrations of essential oils reaching 90%. This is often referred to as “Pharmaceutical Grade” because it is exactly the potency drug companies use in their versions of fish oil. The high potency of these oils makes them ideal for people who need or want to increase their Omega 3 levels quickly and easily. You have to be careful though because “Pharmaceutical Grade” has no legal meaning and the term can be used by anyone selling fish oil.

Finally because of their purity and potency they have almost no measurable toxins and minimal fish burp that is sometimes seen with lower potency non distilled oils.

All across the world people are consuming each of these types safely and effectively.  This information is presented so you know what to expect and how to use the brand of your choice.

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Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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I have used the terms Pharmaceutical Grade and even Weapons Grade to describe the potency of our fish oil products. In one of my recent posts I described the real meaning of Pharmaceutical Grade for you.Super Omega 3

But there is so much more to the creation of fantastic supplements whether they are marine Omega 3 oils or they are naturally derived herbals. It starts with the raw materials manufacturers and audits we personally do of their facilities and packaging plants. Next come the storage facilities- what is the temperature and humidity and how is it graphed and documented.

Anything we make bottle or package at our own plant has to have the same level of detail and accountability. Since Dr Dave’s Best/ BioStem Technologies has the capability to store, create and package pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals we have to follow the same rules regulations and be able on demand to produce the same graphs of temperature, humidity, weight and sterility where needed as recommended by all the alphabet agencies with NIST (National Institutes of Standards and Technology) calibrated equipment.

And we have on site staff that double checks those numbers twice a day at minimum so there is no significant variation.

We also run accelerated degradation studies to make sure the products are stable under the worst conditions they are likely to experience in the back of a delivery truck on their way to you.

We keep this watchful eye on all our processes to minimize the possibility of oxidation of your product. This is especially relevant for our Omega 3’s which could otherwise be damaged. Finally we start off with the lowest total oxidation values in the industry- far below the GOED and other standards.

So even though the term Pharmaceutical Grade has no strictly enforced legal definition for supplements, we take it very seriously. And when it does become a legal or other reality they will probably come to us to establish the standard!
After all you and me put this in our bodies on a daily basis in hopes of the best help and longest life!!!!

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Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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The term sticky wicket refers to a wet playing field in the sport of cricket.  This makes the ground difficult for play. The phrase as you may know has been generalized to mean “a difficult situation”.

And so it is for the effects of stress on health.

A couple of things to understand:

Stress is not always easy to quantify. The words “perceived stress” are the most important. A classic example of this comes from my own patient files. One day near the Christmas Holidays a young woman came into my office distraught.  It actually took about 15 minutes to calm her down from her crying fits to find out what was going on.  I expected something like, “someone I love died!” or “my husband is cheating on me!”  Instead the answer was, “My work is so stressful!!!”  When asked what she did she fairly bawled out to me in between sobs, “I am a part time gift wrapper!”

Now understand I am a compassionate man.  Also understand that this was the end of a long day and I honestly could not find any other things she would admit as the source of her stress.  Once we established that she did not need the money quitting became a viable option.

In spite of my compassion I could not resist coining the term “gift wrapping” in my inner circle to refer to complaining about something tiny in an overly dramatic fashion!

On the other side of the fence was one of my family members who recited a litany of really tough things, a nasty divorce, a custody battle, a dying mother and genuinely difficult financial events. “But you know, that’s life!  By the way can you pass the salt?”

Again a new phrase was born. “Passing the salt” to mean being tough in the face of stress.

So stress is a perceived thing that hits people very very differently.

This is true of the response to stress as well from a physical standpoint.  If you measure things like oxidative stress and telomere length you get the same variability.

There are of course some major events that seem to affect people in the same fashion.  Examples of this are chronic stress such as a sick loved one, divorce, a dying or recent death of a beloved, job stresses that are ongoing such as lousy business relationships, frustrations with work, family discord, and things like being incarcerated whether its jail, an institution.

It’s also beginning to look like city life may be more damaging than rural or suburban life although as you can imagine financial aspects play a big role here.  As a matter of fact education level and finances, which generally correlate with each other, also play a role in this mix.

There is also a study done some time ago that looked at how social support systems affected disease outcomes. In particular the outcomes in people with cancer were studied in depth.  Interestingly enough the final conclusion was, the reason people did better was because they were more compliant with their meds and keeping their chemo appointments!

Now that flies in the face of every New Age theory I have heard about. It’s supposed to be the energetic benefits of love not the boring adherence to schedules! Then of course we all have to decide what we believe.

So, the bottom line with stress is that it affects us all differently. It can be a positive thing but more likely a negative thing.

Also we do live in a sound byte society.  We don’t like to have to wait for resolutions of our problems.  The concept that time will show us the way does not fit with the speed of an internet down load!

But the sage advice of the Immortality Edge to meditate daily takes on a new importance.

So do things that might help you maintain balance in anti-oxidant stress  and telomere health.

Remember staying young and healthy is multi-factorial. You can and should do as much as you reasonably can from supplements to lifestyle.

This will help you “Pass the Salt” when you have stress in your life!

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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There are some years I just can’t bring myself to write this kind of email.  It’s not that I am so devastated by the loss of my dad well over a decade ago.  It’s mostly that I have nothing to say beyond what I have said in the past.  But with each passing year of my own life I come to understand my dad’s life a little better.

And so today I want to remember him and in kind, and wish you personally a wonderful day with your father whether he is on this planet or not.  And if you are a dad, I hope you enjoy the unique position you are in.

One of the things I was fortunate enough to realize while my dad was still with us is I had a very special father. Same goes for my mom who was with us until last year.

When I went to college I remember a fair number of kids had lousy relationships with their parents.  I saw some of the interactions.  Often the dad was doing his best to provide an education and stable situation for his kid.  It didn’t always work out that way.  I never understood how these parents could be paying so very much money for a college education and have an ungrateful kid.

In some cases I began to realize that both parents and children judged each other by their own standards and had at that point,  some serious disappointments with behaviors, actions or decisions that each had made.

I was blessed that my dad somehow had the wisdom to step back and watch and not judge.  His basic parameter was as long as I was not doing bad things and I was at least pursuing something with a basic goodness about it he would be thankful.

Something to think about if you are a dad!

I eventually came to my own conclusions and created my own life.  It included some of the things my dad had wished for me but it went much farther.  My dad never got to see how much I changed the basic paradigm of “being a doctor”.

He never got to physically witness the advances and impact I have had on thousands more lives than he could have imagined.

But I do know he is proud of me!

I will never forget the day my dad died.  The cause of his death is something you may have heard in my stories before so I will save that for another day.  One thing I learned when my brother passed at a young age is there really are greater powers at work than us.

My dad started his career at a Jesuit hospital.  The system changed over the decades he worked there but some of the people where there when he was an intern in the 1950’s were still at this hospital.

When he was a young doctor Sister Josephine was the boss and actually to a large degree his boss. Again that all changed over the many decades but the night it was clear my father was dying, Sister Josephine, then 86, kept vigil and prayed by his bedside the entire night. When I was walking in to say my good byes she simply smiled at me and touched my hand.  In a very real sense she ushered him into the world as a young doctor and ushered him out when his time had come.

One of the young cardiologists that my dad had befriended and helped get started came in and started bawling his eyes out. When he could speak he said, “It’s not that he’s gone, it’s that we will never see his kind again.”

When I left the hospital that April day the sun was warm, the sky was clear. Somehow on the way home one single small isolated thunder cloud appeared and I heard a one loud thunder clap.

Spontaneously I said the words, “ Good Job Dad!”

My father led an amazing life. A life to which I can only aspire to in grace, equanimity and love. I have a lot to do and hope to have time to do it all, but when its time to go I hope I can say the same thing to myself.

I can wish the same for you.

And remember if you are a dad, have a dad or miss your dad, there are always lessons to learn and love to give.

I hope there are lessons and love in your day today.

I will continue to do my Best to help make it so you always have that chance!

Dr Dave

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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If you missed the Sleep Seminar the other night you missed one of our all time greats.

I established what will become at least an “occasional precedent” in that we had a guest expert, Dr.  Michael Breus, on board for part of the talk. If you were on you know he did an outstanding job!

You also know about of special on Sleep Wizard.

If you missed the party, fear not!  We have a recorded version that is almost as fun and just as informative:
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Now we covered a ton of super useful info but here are a couple of expansions and recaps.

Sleep, specifically proper or improper sleep is a function of both quantity and quality.  The whole talk is loaded with both reasons and ways to improve the way you sleep.

For instance did you know the half life of coffee is 12 hours?  That means that it will still be hanging around many hours after you drink it.  Same with caffeine in energy drinks.

I can’t tell you the number of times I hear people say, “Nah Doc, coffee doesn’t affect me!  I can drink it at 8 at night and still get to sleep.”  They then go on to wonder why they wake up at 3 am feeling wired.

Food and drink absorption has a lot to do with what else you eat and drink. A higher fat meal say at 7 or 8 at night can delay the absorption and thus the metabolism of caffeine.  It peaks in your blood stream hours later than it would on an empty stomach and boom!- you’re awake in the middle of the night.

We also talked about fertility and sexual rhythms, all of which are affected by sleep patterns. You’ll fare better if you can at least match your “awakeness” with that of your partners!

What about creativity?

Well, just like sex rhythms and sleep rhythms, there will be times when you are more creative and functional with ideas and associations. If you pay a little more attention and maybe keep a journal you can find out when those are pretty quickly and easily.

Dr Breus and I went into great detail about the evils of prescription sleep drugs and how they actually dull certain parts of the sleep cycle by narcotizing you when you should be in deep or REM (rapid eye movement sleep).

The truth is most of us could use a little or a lot of help with our sleep habits. Doing so would help so many other aspects of our health and our lives it’s not funny.

The other truth is that drugs are not the answer but many people need SOME kind of help.

Here is a non drug suggestion.

And here is another, listen to the talk if you missed it!

 

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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So I wanted to step off my soap box for Part 2 and review some very important telomere based stuff in the news. This stuff is brand new so here goes.

My friend and super scientist in Madrid Maria Blasco just released a very interesting article. Now in the past I have teased Maria about making a Methuselah mouse that lives to 1000 years old while people are still dying at 80.  But in truth her mouse studies are the most important, let me say that again, the MOST important studies on telomeres as they relate to aging, disease, health span, and life span! I mention some of them in a moment but the latest thing from Maria’s lab involves the creation of what are known as “chimeric” mice.

Using special stem cells with very long telomeres and mixing them with normal cells at the very beginning of development she created mice that were a mix of cells with very long telomeres and average telomere length. She was able to follow the fate of both the cells with long telomeres and the mice themselves using various special marker tests.

Now why would this be important? Well much as I might like to tout The Immortality Edge as the first book on real human longevity, the truth is I was then, and am now a nobody. In the world of scientists I am viewed with amusement or skepticism until they actually talk to me.  In the world of medicine most docs only know me from my anti-aging presentations. Since Anti-aging and regenerative medicine is still considered fringe, I will let you insert whatever adjective you want to describe me in their eyes.

Hey but don’t cry for me!  I love my life and don’t give two hoots what most people think of me as long as I achieve what I was put here for!

But when someone like Maria speaks, the world actually listens. And every time she releases a study that furthers the scientific veracity of telomeres and aging we are all one step closer to understanding the process and modifying it to our liking!

So here is a summary of what she found – most of it will sound familiar if you have been reading my stuff.

  • Mice with a mix long telomeres are perfectly healthy. There was NO INCREASE in cancer. This might be important to the scientific world since it persists in using the words cancer and telomerase in the same sentence as if one caused the other. In Maria’s mice they did not increase telomerase expression, the telomeres were longer to begin with.  So if you like, long telomeres do not lead to cancer or health issues.
  • The wound healing in these mice was more rapid than there non chimeric counterparts.
  • The cells that had the hyperlong telomeres showed less accumulation of DNA damage than “normal cells” with aging. Remember DNA damage accumulates as cells divide and ages them or perhaps leads to cancer if the “shut off” valves that stop this from happening are overcome.
  • Now here is the kicker. It does not appear that these chimeric mice lived longer.  This will no doubt be jumped on by critics of the telomere theory of aging. But it actually makes perfect sense.  The senescent activated phenotype (called senstatic activation by its originator Mike West) is driven by the accumulation of the shortest telomeres.  These are the ones that do the damage and drive aging. Just because 50% of your cells do not have them does not mean the other 50% don’t.  Those “normally aging cells” are accumulating damage and driving aging in spite of having some compatriots that are not.  While its too early to really stretch this into a full blown hypothesis, Maria will be doing this when she creates an entire strain of mice with nothing but hyperlong telomeres. You could however guess the following: having some longer telomeres probably improves health span if not life span. As a corollary you would probably also have to say that having a mix will not lengthen life span.  Therefore the experiments Maria did with the AAV9 virus where telomerase was turned on in almost all the cells of her mice, and did show increased longevity AND healthspan, argues that you must have a large majority of cells with longer telomeres to make a difference.
  • Right now that means that Liz Parrish is most likely on the right path since she chose to use the AAV vectors to increase her telomerase and now her telomere length.
  • It also means or at least suggests that my 1200 base pair increase is not too shabby

So keep singin’ the telomere song!  While telomeres may not be the only way to improve longevity and health span its getting hard to ignore the signs. Clearly they are one way to modify the aging process.

Yours in health and wellness,

Dr Dave

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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My friend Muhammad Ali passed away on June 3rd at the age of 74.

When I was a pudgy early teen I went to see Muhammad Ali. Accompanying me were my trusty Mamiya Sekor SLR camera and my wonderful grandfather who once served as a corner man for boxing legend Willie Pep.

I never thought of my grandfather as racist in any way but he had real trouble calling Cassius Clay Muhammad Ali.  Truthfully he was never quite sure that Sonny Liston didn’t take a dive when Ali first won the championship. I think that is why he begrudged Ali the name change, but that all changed too the day we visited Deer Lake to watch Ali train for the “Rumble in the Jungle”.

It was a magical time for heavyweight boxing and boxing in general.  Thanks to Ali’s showmanship the prize money went way up and some incredibly talented athletes focused on boxing. I don’t think we’ll ever see the like again.

Personally Ali was larger than life to me.  I am not sure which one of my friends in Southeastern Pa -where I grew up arranged for me to be there- but there I was in the presence of a hero of mine. I had then as now no concept of the color of his skin any more than I knew Bruce Lee was Chinese. Heroes take the nonsense out of life don’t they!!!

Expecting to be ignored and ecstatic to be able to snap away at will I was happy to make myself as small as my just about ready for puberty body would let me.  Ali was not alone.  Angelo Dundee was there overseeing things.  Drew Brown Bundini was exhorting and building up the champ jab by jab.

The atmosphere was electric!

Try as I might to remain invisible Ali came over and shook my hand and welcomed me.  He chatted briefly about some of the great old timers white and black with my Grand pop.

I got 2 or 3 rolls of black and white film that contains shots no one else on the planet has.

I got and autographed “Float Like a Butterfly Sting Like a Bee- Thrilla in Manila” T shirt that I have been offered thousands for.

Far more valuable, I got to be in the presence of greatness and a true gentleman, and an athlete who still inspires me today to be better than my average white genetics would ever suggest I could be.

I saw Ali workout.

I saw Ali the man, the leader, the true spirit of what a man could rise to.

To me he was indeed “The Greatest”!

My grandfather became a huge fan.  He never called Ali Cassius Clay again. He was Muhammad Ali.

Somehow every person in that room felt the same way from their own perspective. I am certain the black people in the room felt that he was their champion.  I am certain that the Muslims in the room felt he was their champion.

Yet for a small white boy and his elderly grandfather he was our champion as well!

For a while I actually felt sorry for George Foreman until of course he came back and set his own record straight.

I thought long and hard about Ali’s ability to transform everyone into a true fan.  It was not his stature as an athlete. It was not his willingness to stand for his own truths at a time when persecution would surely follow.

No, I imagine I got a very small glimpse into the man himself. An amazing and surprisingly humble and ingratiating symbol of the true potential for greatness.

Ali had it.

He was loved by so many because he allowed each of us to see our own potential for greatness and made us believe it was possible to overcome anything. He gave all men and women hope in their struggle.

I think that is why so many loved him.

He will remain an inspiration to be great for me and millions of others. If President Obama meant he fought for everybody when he said “Ali fought for us!” I agree with him wholeheartedly. While he gracefully shouldered the burdens of social injustice and racism then and now he was everyone’s champion.  And he had a capacity for graciousness and kindness that I saw firsthand. It was completely unpretentious as was he. He showed us what we could be.

Of this I am certain.

I will miss him as a friend because for that moment, for the handshake and the smile, he was totally there in front of me.*

 

 

Dr Dave

*Ironically I went back to Deer Lake many years later to attend a seminar put on by my friend and mentor Matt Furey. My original karate sensei George Dillman was there as well as the grandson of the great wrestler Farmer Burns.  I would not be surprised if somehow someday I wound up back there where I first met Ali. The circular nature of life never ceases to astound me!

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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I wrote my portion of the Immortality Edge months before its release in late 2010. It was an interesting experience as no one really knew what to do with the information-even though we spelled it out!

My co authors Mike Fossel and Greta Blackburn gave exercise recommendations. Subsequently the positive effect of exercise on telomere length was demonstrated multiple times.  We told you what to eat.  Subsequently the positive effect of diet was demonstrated many times.  We told you what supplements to take including one I developed specifically from my research during the writing of the book.

We also told you to keep your eye on this space because amazing things would be happening and that we were for the first time in human history really on to something.  I showed you how I grew my own telomere length over 1200 base pairs in 2-3 years and validated it with 3 separate telomere tests including the most valid.

Other things I told you about were high fat low carb diets, fish oil and telomeres and longevity, stem cells and inflammation modulation sleep and its effect on your cells and how you age.

Now I am not going to stomp my feet and cry out loud that no one is listening to me but I will say this: all the people who wrote negative reviews of our book on Amazon never came back and admitted we were right.

Not one.

And since then I have seen the emergence of tons of “new thought leaders” who I never heard of.  Of those I did know of beforehand, more than one of them were critical of my writings over the past years in public.

Now they all seem to be singing the “Telomere Tune”.  I gave a recent speech at the A4M Orlando on lifestyle and its effect on telomere length.  Do you realize it has been 7 years since they asked me to speak on this topic?

I have my theories on why that is related to the fact that I “sell things on the internet” but let me tell you something.  Selling those things on the internet has put me into a position where I can now afford to do some studies and research that I have not been able to do in the past including working with BioStem Technologies. So for all of you who have been loyal supporters over the past decade and a half and of course my new friends, I thank you.  I make the same promise I made back then- I will continue to bring you what really works. I will continue to be a guinea pig so you don’t have to and I will not recommend anything for you I do not use myself.

Have any of those famous TV gurus you’ve seen said that to you?

Now here is the tough part. As much as I want you to live the longest healthiest life you can I am not going to argue with you or try to convince you.  In the words of rapper Sweet Brown, I ain’t got time fo’dat!!!!

Frankly I would be doing what I do for myself and a few loved ones even if no one knew who I was.

But the good news is you can come along.

This coming week I will update you more on the telomere story.
And don’t forget our next telecom on June 14th 7PM EDT.

Til’ then keep Singin’!!!!

Doc

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Will you take a short journey back in time with me.  I want to share some personal reflections with you that will help you get what you want out of life and from your body.  I want to help you avoid some mistakes I made if I can.

I am not sure what your age is. But I am sure you have heard enough about staying fit to understand its crucial role in everything from staying young to looking good!

I often get asked what the best exercises are and always answer the same: it depends.

But lest you are getting tired of my answers let me give a tiny little hint for the future.  You can count on a really cool teleseminar on this very topic of exercise with a world expert in a few weeks.

That being said I will be happy to give you some great guidelines in the meantime.

So here we go back to the “It depends” issue.

You personally need to decide what your goal is. For example: weight loss, a great body, physical strength, endurance, general fitness. First and foremost what do you want from your body.

Lately I have been saying this to myself, “You can have anything you want, but you cannot have everything you want all at once.”  This is especially true if you are over 40.

So what is the real situation?

  • Your body probably needs more recovery time than you think. Fail to give it this and it will fail to give you what you want.  This goes from nutrition, supplementation, sleep, focus and the specific planning that you need to do to get to your goals.
  • You probably eat more than you need to! While protein is important and fat is absolutely necessary you will not have a great body with great definition if you eat too many carbs.  Let me give you an example that I was guilty of 25 years ago.  As a young testosterone driven male I was concerned with being “BIG”. I wanted to lift the heaviest weights and have the biggest muscles.  I weighed almost 50 pounds more than I do now. Looking at those pictures I was truly BIG.  Trouble was I carried a lot of fat around my mid section.  I see this in young men all the time.  Big chests and arms that distract from the fact they have a gut.  It’s almost like a blind spot at that age as I remember. Being lean is far healthier and if you are concerned about your health like I am now, work towards leanness and maximum muscle at the best weight with low body fat.  I cannot stress enough how much Omega 3 helps here.
  • As you age be more aware of energy management. Be more aware of it than time management because if you push and do not recover, you will not be able to sustain your fitness program at any level and you will be forced by exhaustion to spend way more time NOT working out.

If you find that energy management and workout fatigue are getting the best of you then you probably have not tried Cardio Boost.  This has been my secret weapon since 2005.  I take 2 caps before I work out and 2 caps late in the evening before sleep for recovery. That my friend has helped me immensely with energy management!

  • There is no short cut to general fitness. You can have great looking muscles and be weak or have no endurance.  You can be rail thin and be an endurance monster and pathetically weak. For your health and longevity I cannot stress enough a combination of strength and endurance training along with flexibility based training. This will short change you somewhere. You might not be “BIG” but you’ll be strong.  You might not set records in the half marathon but you will be able to run injury free well into your 80’s.  You may not have a 6 pack but you won’t have a keg around your belly either.

You have so much to live for. Make sure you can look forward to it with a clear mind and plan to be here for a while. There is no reason you cannot have decades of great fitness, activity and fun!

Doc

PS As you may have guessed I have written a lot more about this. Go here for even more tips!

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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Have you read my blog titled “As I Lay Dying”?

That was not the first blog I have written of its type but it is illustrative.

Illustrative of what?!

Illustrative of the crappy science that the media pumps out to cause controversy and fear.

Sound familiar?

Well it seems that this is the basis of all media strategies that grab “eyeballs” these days.  Say something contrary to what is fact and everyone pays attention whether its real or not.

So maybe it won’t surprise you that within 24 hours there were two opposite fish oil headlines.

The first based on a UK study from a major university stated that even a lowly 1 gram of fish oil a day would save the UK health system (which is socialized and very sensitive to costs!) over 25 billion per year (not accounting for the conversion for pounds to dollars!).

That headline got moderate media and internet coverage.

24 hours later splashed ALL OVER every media outlet was the headline “Major study finds fish oil supplements worthless”  That was in the New York times.  Several high ranking doctors at major medical establishments were quoted harrumphing in agreement.  All the best studies in all the best journals were in agreement according to them.

All the best Big Pharma supported (advertising dollars!) and all the meta analysis of the same negative studies showed the same thing.  Talk about a set up!!! If you want to prove something wrong in medicine by all means do a metanalysis.  Pick only the studies that support your view and feed them into the mill and guess what comes out.

The conclusion you want.

Recently I did several interviews with a young well published journalist.  It all started quite innocently enough. His goal was to try to find the real truth behind the fish oil question.  He asked the most important question: Why is this not settled!!!!

Why can you have one headline one day and another the next.  My answer was simple.  Follow the money. Fish oil is a  supplement and Omega 3’s as a whole have been shown to be amazing when it comes to human health.  Yet there is an endless attempt by people who DO NOT understand fatty acid biology or who merely desperately need headlines to justify their existence.  I could not cover this more clearly than I did in “As I Lay Dying”.

I hope I meet Dr. Ted Braskey-the guy who wrote the fish oil associated with prostate cancer nonsense a few years back.

There is something I’d like to give him!!!

Take your fish oil and ignore the nonsense. After all this worthless supplement could save hundreds of millions of dollars and maybe both of our lives!

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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You can look as far back in my blogs as you like.  You can go back to the oft forgot blogspot stuff from 2003 and find evidence of what I am about to tell you.

Let me give you just a little background on all this so you know where I am coming from.  Every now and again I get an email or a comment is posted somewhere on the web saying, “Who is this Dr Dave guy? Yet another newcomer jumping on the bandwagon?”  For the record the bandwagon usually has something to do with fish oil, Omega 3’s or telomeres.  People tend to forget and not really bother validating how long I have been doing what I have been doing.

So when I start talking about inflammation and the body and I tell you the single most important thing that determines the inflammation level in your body and your wife’s body and your kids body and your friends’ bodies is likely to be the ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fats it might sound vaguely familiar.

But only if you know I have been doing this for 14 years on the internet.

So here it is in a nutshell.

Currently the average American and most Westerners have Omega 6 to 3 ratios of about 10 to 20 to 1.  They should be closer to 1 to 1 or even more in favor of Omega 3 making that ratio less than 1.

What this translates into is that the bulk of the population is walking around in a chronic sterile inflamed state. What the heck does that mean.

Well it’s sterile because its not caused by bacterial or viral infection in most of us. Its chronic because its been going on since most of us were kids.  I can remember my dear mother feeding me a cereal known as Concentrate.  It had several hundred calories and tons of carbs (sugars).  I would usually with encouragement put a tablespoon or two of additional sugar on the cereal.  I would always eat 3 times the serving size.

Now I don’t know what the actual counts of calories and carbs were but in a single meal I am sure I consumed 800 calories and 250 grams of carbs much of which was table sugar.  OK doc, you may be thinking, what does this have to do with the Omega 6/3 ratio and inflammation in the body.

Well that cereal with my added sugar was the prototype of an Omega 6 rich food.  I hated fish as a kid and rarely ate it, preferring instead to hide it on a shelf under our dining room table!  I grew up as Omega 6 poisoned.

And I see kids doing it all day everyday with their dietary choices and those provided by their parents.

Processed grain based foods have almost no Omega 3 and tons of Omega 6.

Now the topic of today’s email is bone health because now that I am fast approaching my 6th decade and several of my friends have shed their mortal coils or succumbed to the ravages of aging, this topic is near and dear to my heart.

But it all starts in childhood.

Read that again: Chronic Total Body Sterile Inflammation starts at a very young age because of the diet we eat.

Now what does inflammation do?

  • Prematurely ages the body
  • Prematurely ages the brain and may lead to Parkinson’s or Alzheimers as well as stroke
  • Prematurely ages the joints and affects the development of arthritis
  • Shortens the biologic time clocks known as telomeres
  • Ages Stem Cells and impairs their ability to repair tissue
  • Ages the liver and pancreas and may accelerate the development of Type 2 Diabetes which is now an epidemic
  • Alters our immune system in a negative fashion

And that is a short list.

Another area where it is clear this low Omega 3 and high Omega 6 situation has a negative effect is in bone density. Osteporosis and osteopenia are the fancy medical terms for loss of bone mass as we age. While it is clear hormones have a big role in this, so do the Omega 3 fats.

Data from a giant health study known as the “Women’s Health Initiative” suggests that the risk of fracture is related to how much Omega 3 and 6 you have in your body.

They report: ” These results suggest that higher RBC α-linolenic acid, as well as eicosapentaenoic acid and total n-3 PUFAs, may predict lower hip fracture risk. Contrastingly, a higher RBC n-6/n-3 ratio may predict higher hip fracture risk in postmenopausal women.”

This is a scientific way of saying what I just told you.

Now if you listened back in 2003 and have been taking your fish oil then I applaud you.

But if you didn’t you should start now so we don’t have a bone to pick with each other.

I personally believe having a high enough Omega 3 level in your body is the single most important starting place to better health and probably longer life as well.

So as soon as I put my pen down and finish writing this to you, I am going to take 6 Ultra 85.

Doc

Citations:

J Bone Miner Res. 2013 Mar;28(3):505-15. doi: 10.1002/jbmr.1772.

The association of red blood cell n-3 and n-6 fatty acids with bone mineral density and hip fracture risk in the women’s health initiative.

Orchard TS1, Ing SW, Lu B, Belury MA, Johnson K, Wactawski-Wende J, Jackson RD.

 

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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Telomeres have been in the headlines again for many reasons.  Several additional diseases have been shown to have associated telomere shortening. But the most exciting and controversial news centers around Liz Parrish the woman who injected herself with viral vectors last September in an attempt to reverse at least some of the aging process.

I’m going to be talking about this extensively at the next webinar, this Wednesday at 7PM EST. You don’t want to miss out on mine and Liz’s story! Sign up for the webinar now and reserve your seat before it fills up!

The two arms of therapy consisted of inhibiting a protein called myostatin which limits muscle growth. The other was to turn on telomerase the enzyme that lengthens telomeres. I have written about the biologic time clock function of telomeres for years. In fact the term “Biologic Age” refers to the combination of telomere length and percentage of short telomeres present in white blood cells.

I have met Ms Parrish and spoken with her many times. I have not been shy about praising her bravery. Most recently her telomere results have returned a change (lengthening of 6.7 to 7.3 kb) in a very positive direction.  Incidentally these numbers mirror almost the very same numbers I have published on my website for my own telomere growth:

Dr. Dave's Telomere Test Data

So for those of you who haven’t read my book “The Immortality Edge” or the literally hundreds of emails and blogs since 2009 here is a quick primer, or attended one of my webinars (another is happening TOMORROW at 7PM to talk about my experience!!).

  • Telomeres shorten in almost all species that have them as we age.
  • Animal and cell culture experiments have shown aging reversal by restoring length to the telomere segments- in most cases using the same white blood cell lines as I have and Ms Parrish has to validate telomere growth.
  • Diseased based therapies are under development and will be in clinical trials using telomerase lengthening drugs.
  • More and more evidence links telomere loss to not only aging but cellular dysfunction and disease, in humans as well as animals
  • Human studies using telomerase activating supplements have shown improvements in age related biomarkers.

Now I have experienced Ms Parrish’s first intervention- stopping muscle loss- myself. She kindly offered to let me feel her arms last time we met at a conference and frankly as an anti-aging doc I was impressed. They were rock solid like iron pipes but not ludicrously overgrown. In short the best trainers in the world and the best hormone (steroids and GH) treatments would NOT look and feel that way. Something very different has happened for her.

Now we know that her telomeres have lengthened. This is something that only a very few people like myself have documented using other non gene therapies e.g. supplements.  Liz is the first person to use gene therapy. If you want to hear more about our stories, join us tomorrow at 7PM live!

Now of course there are the naysayers.  While the  “Does telomerase cause cancer question” has been pretty much answered many times over the association of the two will probably never go away in the minds of some. Frankly I have written so much about that in the past I will again avoid long paragraphs and say it as simply as I can.

Telomerase does not “cause” cancer.  We do not know what causes cancer. Many scientists think it originates in a genetic mutation(s) and trillions of dollars (2 trillion at last count) have been invested in this model with small returns on that investment. But there has been a huge growth in cancer as an industry and a money maker for drug companies and doctors alike.

Amplifying the telomerase gene with telomerase activators (Belasco et.al) does not increase cancer.  Inserting the gene for telomerase into healthy human cell lines and over expressing telomerase there makes them effectively immortal and does not cause cancer (Shay et al.)

But, since these are not human experiments no one knows.

And therein lays the crux of the criticism of Ms. Parrish who voluntarily subjected herself to these therapies. People want more studies and pre clinical data. I cannot speak for Liz but I am guessing she does not want to get older waiting for that to happen.  I can also say that doing it the “right way” would take a decade or more and most likely wind up in a corporate/scientific battle for the rights to the therapies. Frankly Ms Parrish has thrown a monkey wrench into that and I can certainly understand why. Again I stress to you she volunteered for this therapy and helped arrange the funding for it. She is taking all the risks and all the heat.

In addition to safety the other criticisms have been “We don’t know that telomeres are the key to aging”. Now this one is more valid. I am personally sure it is a key to aging but I think there are several that will need to be investigated before we actually change the aging curve in a big way. Still I will take a few years of run way and feeling great and aging more slowly over doing nothing any day.  It’s good enough for me to enjoy a healthier life while I am working on a longer one.

Now you might have noticed that my telomere length gains were very similar to those of Ms Parrish. Like her I used several different non related commercial technologies to verify these gains. While my absolute numbers did vary based on the differences in technology, the net result was the same. I have longer telomeres now than I did 5 years ago.

You might wonder then what the differences are in the 2 approaches.  Frankly it’s night and day. Liz Parrish is seeing results in 6 months, not 5 years.  Liz is using very controversial and expensive approaches that will not be available for most people any time soon although if successful, it will be sooner than you think.

While there is plenty of controversy around telomere support supplements they are considered safe and fairly routine by most people. They are also cheaper but be advised- you can’t just take them for a few months and expect the results I got.

And no matter what therapy you use, no one can guarantee you the same result because everyone’s body is different.  This is another criticism leveled at the telomere theory of aging.  But I have seen it happen enough times to feel that it still represents the only viable approach to addressing the problem of getting older.

The controversy will never go away anytime soon.  The personal experiments in telomerase activation and growing one’s telomeres will never become routine and acceptable until Big Pharma gets involved.  And that will not happen until all or most of the risks have already been taken by the pioneers in this field.

I applaud Liz Parrish for jump starting this whole thing and risking her body to answer questions for the rest of us.  I applaud my co-author Mike Fossel for trying to go the traditional route through the FDA to treat Alzheimer disease with telomerase activation. Mike knows full well anti-aging therapy will never be accepted by the scientific community, the drug companies or the government.

Me?

I’ll just keep doing my own research, working with stem cells and taking my Telomere Edge Packs.

You can only decide for yourself how you feel about getting older and how you want to address it.

For me there has never been a question.

Dr Dave

PS If you are going to measure your telomeres, something I highly recommend please use the Life Length assay.  It is the only one I personally trust for individual monitoring. Find out why at tomorrows webinar @ 7PM!

 

 

 

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You may wonder what congestive heart failure and pregnancy have in common.

The answer is: even though they tend to occur at opposite ends of life they both benefit from Omega 3 supplementation.

In this past week,  yet another study supported the use of fish oil for a growing epidemic of heart failure in this country.  Heart failure has no good drug treatments and dismal prognosis. It progresses in fairly predictive fashion and “modern” medicine has not found anything that really modifies that progression much.

In most cases when that happens it’s because the whiz kids are not looking in the right place.  In the case of heart failure only lately has U.S. based medicine recognized the role of the mitochondrial cellular powerhouses and Omega 3 in dealing with heart failure.  Cases continue to pile up and people continue to die. However remodeling and improved function of the heart can happen when Omega 3’s are added to the mix.

On to the happier part of life- pregnancy!

It has long been known that omega 3 (and yes that especially means supplements, that avoid the issues of mercury, lead and arsenic in developing babies!) leads to healthier pregnancies and babies. The latest study shows that Omega 3 SUPPLEMENTS ( again not fish, fish oil was tested here!!!!) improve iron retention in babies independent of whether the mother takes iron or not. Since up to 50% of mothers to be are or become iron deficient during pregnancy this is a big deal for babies’ health!

There are two reasons I am bringing up these issues today.

  • I am sick of hearing that fish oil doesn’t work for xyz because some poorly designed study in some drug company funded journal commands attention from the medical community. Fish oil works for so many things because it is nutritionally deficient in so many people. Add it back to the diet and you start fixing all kinds of things that depend on its presence.
  • I am sick of hearing that fish consumption is good but fish oil consumption is bad. This is just plain nonsense and completely irrational. Nowhere is it more apparent than at the opposite ends of the spectrum of life. Developing babies do not tolerate lead, arsenic and mercury well at all.  No matter what Big Medical Dogma says!  Fish have all those things. Plain and simple.

Similarly someone with heart failure may be suffering from an Omega 3 deficiency as well and respond to supplementation. But the aging poorly perfused brain (heart failure means poor perfusion!) does not tolerate arsenic, lead or mercury either.

I am sick and tired of irrational excuses to pan the benefits of Omega 3.  The good news is that personally I am neither sick nor tired.  I am healthy as a horse.

Here is the reason!

Who else wants to join me?

 

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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Ask yourself this question: How did you respond to this statement?!

If you got angry and immediately discounted it then you already have a personal bias and will not hear what comes next.  If you ran for a stack of bacon saying, “I told Ya so!” then you also have a personal bias and will gain nothing from reading further.

If you made it this far then you might be amenable to hearing my take on all this.

First where does this stuff come from?!

Answer: Antropologic Genetecists ( not genetic anthropologists!-the difference being which discipline is the primary focus).

Hot on the heels of the recent “Inuits do not benefit from Omega 3 study” comes what could almost be termed a rebuttal. But in the end all of these studies are saying the same thing. Sadly the researchers have varying degrees of awareness of what they actually proved!

I won’t rehash the Inuit study for you since I just wrote a detailed blog about it and what it does and does not mean.

I will dive into a few things that are relevant to the Vegetarian study that should set the stage.

Objective evaluation of the “Red Meat causes Cancer” data shows a very very shaky correlation between red meat consumption and cancer. With the possible exception of long term consumption of highly cured meats where the curing agents are potential cancer causing agents, there is pretty much no correlation.  In addition there is no accounting for where the animals come from and what they are fed.

Monsanto’s “whole grain agenda” spills over into grain feeding of meat producing animals with devastating health consequences in my opinion.

In addition there have never been any data driven ( as opposed to metanalysis concoted) studies that show vegetarians live longer than non vegetarians.  If your gut reaction is “The China Study” proved it!- then you need to understand the difference between a real study and a clever book title. Go read the last part of the book where they tell you how they did the study and I think you’ll agree: following a few people to the market for 3 days is not a very well conceived study. Makes a great book title though!

No sorry vegetarians die around the same age as meat eaters as a whole although they beat heart disease and die of cancer and infections.*

The recent study of long term vegetarianism from a genetic stand point may explain why and it points loud and clear to our old friend Omega 3 fats which for most of us means seafood and fish oil.

The study suggests that cultural vegetarians are more likely to inherit specific genetic modifications that alter the handling of Omega 3 ( and Omega 6!) fats.  These modifications allow them to more efficiently extract Omega 3’s from low Omega 3 diets so they are not deficient to the degree they might otherwise be.

In a sort of Inuit in reverse situation these people get more from less instead of less from more.

But the same problem exists for both populations.

Anti-Inflammatory Omega 3’s are processed by and compete with the same enzymes as Omega 6 inflammatory fats.

In the end and in all cases, genetically modified or not, the ratio of “good” Omega 3’s to “bad” Omega 6’s is pretty much all that matters. In the case of cultural vegetarians, more Omega 3’s do not offset a diet that is already rich in Omega 6’s which also get processed at an accelerated rate leading to higher levels of inflammation.

The ratio remains the deciding factor, not the absolute amounts.

Now what does this mean for the average American or Western Vegetarian?

Pretty much nothing!

Cultural vegetarianism implies several generations of this practice, not merely a few decades.

I tested around 150 people eating primarily vegetarian diets and their situation was no different than most Americans. They were abysmally low in omega 3’s and because of their diet very high in Omega 6’s.  Many were disappointed when retested months later. Nothing had changed.

“But I take algae based Omega’s because I won’t eat fish!” Guess what you can’t in most cases fix an Omega 6 rich diet with anything but real fish or fish oil.  Again I have covered this in detail over the past 12 years repeatedly so I won’t go over the why again but it is what it is.

So do I think vegetarians will get more cancer? Well I can understand the genetic basis of it but until I see real population/epidemiologic data my answer has to be NO. But I would tell you to beware of geneticists offering medical advice to the average person!!!

But not matter what you eat you need to regulate the Omega3/6 ratio. In my opinion this is a huge step in attaining better health and longer life.

Here is how I do it personally.

Doc

*Your personal choice on what to eat may not be determined solely by health and longevity concerns.  Religious and ethical concerns are the driving factor for many people eating a vegetarian diet.  So please don’t think I am attacking a vegetarian diet. Just chose it for the right reasons. If you are truly healthier eating this way then by all means continue! And remember I didn’t write the study nor did I write the headline! I took it straight off the internet LOL.

  1. Reference: Kumar S.D. Kothapalli, Kaixiong Ye, Maithili S. Gadgil, Susan E. Carlson, Kimberly O. O’Brien, Ji Yao Zhang, Hui Gyu Park, Kinsley Ojukwu, James Zou, Stephanie S. Hyon, Kalpana S. Joshi, Zhenglong Gu, Alon Keinan, J. Thomas Brenna.Positive selection on a regulatory insertion-deletion polymorphism inFADS2influences apparent endogenous synthesis of arachidonic acidMolecular Biology and Evolution, 2016; msw049 DOI:1093/molbev/msw049

 

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Modern genetic analysis has provided us with all kinds of fascinating information. Right now you can spit in a tube and find out if you have the gene for smelling asparagus in your pee.  Go figure.

Of course if you are willing to pony up for more sophisticated stuff you can also find out if you have the gene ( or gene clusters) for several different types of cancer, Alzheimer Disease, several different mitochondrial (powerhouse of the cell) aberrations and a host of liver enzymes that determine how well you metabolize different drugs.

Geneticists are working day and night to determine the gene components of many different cancers as well.

All of this is to lead you to what will eventually become truly personalized medicine. But in spite of the many companies out there promising all kinds of analysis we are far from offering anything other than answers to very specific questions.  It will be awhile before “personalized medicine” is truly ready for prime time.

One big elephant in the room is epigenetics.  While I have said many times epigenetics does not invent new genes or change old ones, it does to a very large extent determine which ones are active and which ones are dormant.

Lately one extension of personalized medicine has been to look at different populations of people and see what genes or variations known as alleles are common to just those people.  Even in populations that have been relatively isolated however there seems to be far far more in common with the rest of the world. In fact over 99% of all genes are the same in all people.   There are however some mutations and changes that identify where certain peoples came from.

A sub branch of genetics looks at the origins of various peoples and uses their DNA to track migration patterns.

So it is with Inuit, the indigenous tribe of Greenland that came from Siberia some 1000 years back.

Recently an article was released looking at the gene patterns of the Inuit with relation to how cold adapted they are and how they process fatty acids particularly, the marine fatty acids.  If you guessed this is heading to a fish oil discussion I would say “You are right!”.  But still its important to keep in mind the original premise of the study: to look at cold adaptation and migration patterns.

What follows however is the typical internet distortion, speculations and modifications that often drive traffic to what otherwise would be a mundane article to anyone but a geneticist.  You may have noticed science has become sexy and very adept at getting eyeballs via catchy headlines and social media.  The more eyeballs the more chance of interviews, attention, citations and eventually grant money.

Press releases written by copy writers are common place.  Thunderous headlines that promise to revise everything you know to be true are even more so. Writers need eyeballs too!

So the tale of the Inuit morphed predicatively into a “Fish oil no good for..,” interpretation even though the researchers merely advanced a hypothesis.

The hypothesis was in point correct, “You can’t say that Omega 3’s are good for all populations based on one that has some very specific changes in their genome that changes how they handle Omega 3’s.”

In other words just because it appears to be good for the Inuit doesn’t mean it’s good for you and me. Or is it.

This gist of the argument is that Inuit have lower levels of omega3 than you and me based on the high amounts of Omega 3 they consume from a native diet rich in fish and marine mammals. This is because the genes that make the proteins that process these fats are variants that lower the processing power and lead to “normal” appearing levels of Omega 3, not the elevated ones that have been documented in so many other studies over the years by so many other researchers.

Now I question the assertion that this is merely “conformational bias”- something that 45 years of research and thousands of researchers merely agreed upon because it felt right! But let’s say they are correct and all of the other studies on omega 3 levels in Inuit were merely BS.

The shared pathway of inflammatory Omega 6’s is also affected by the same enzymes. There will be lower inflammatory levels as well.  Bottom line: Even if you have lower Omega 3’s your omega 6’s are also lower preserving the all important ratio of anti-inflammatory to inflammatory fats in the body. From this ratio all other biochemical effects are derived.

So as far as Omega 3 and or fish oil is concerned, does it matter if everything is lower if the ratio is still favorable in the Inuit? Does it matter that you and I have to saturate our better functioning enzyme systems with more omega 3 to change that ratio. Does it matter that these people have an easier time getting theirs by “just eating fish etc”* and we most likely have to rely on fish oil.

If the end result is better health then to me, a clinician, it does not matter one iota! Keep taking your fish oil on a daily basis.  Your great Grandmother used to give your grandmother and maybe even your mother cod liver oil. That was considered wisdom.  All of a sudden because the sales of non drug fish oil exceeds the sales of quite a few drugs, there is a concerted attack on this wisdom.

I will let you draw your own conclusions while the battle rages on.

I know what I am going to do.

Doc

*Please don’t think that I am cartooning the efforts of geneticists or the article itself.  It was a very interesting read and shows just how adaptable the human organism is. There are a lot of other interesting adaptations in the Inuit that make them particularly suited to the cold. Many of their metabolic adaptations look an awful lot like what you would see in chronic ketosis for the rest of us including lower insulin secretion.

 

 

Reference: Greenlandic Inuit show genetic

signatures of diet and climate adaptation

Matteo Fumagalli,1,2* Ida Moltke,3* Niels Grarup,4 Fernando Racimo,2

Peter Bjerregaard,5,6 Marit E. Jørgensen,5,7 Thorfinn S. Korneliussen,8

Pascale Gerbault,1,9 Line Skotte,3 Allan Linneberg,10,11,12 Cramer Christensen,13

Ivan Brandslund,14,15 Torben Jørgensen,10,16,17 Emilia Huerta-Sánchez,18

Erik B. Schmidt,17,19 Oluf Pedersen,4 Torben Hansen,4†

Anders Albrechtsen,3† Rasmus Nielsen2,20†

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I sat in the audience at a recent Integrated Medicine Conference and listened with great interest to the lecturer who I am guessing paid for his slot as a speaker. I am not sure how speaking engagements work at all of the conferences but it was interesting to listen and see the audience reaction.

Clearly this guy was the darling of the crowd. He got applause at every turn for touting “what WE have been telling THEM” for decades. His message was simple: Eat healthy, be happy, meditate, eat organic, avoid meat and dairy and do some exercise.

Now it’s hard to find fault with that advice! Especially since it is completely consistent with advice wrote 6 years ago in the Immortality Edge. So I have to say the advice was sound but there were some glaring flaws I want to share with you in case you ever have to sit through one of these.  I’d like you to do some critical thinking.

First what was the agenda? The agenda was a holistic naturopathic agenda focused on eating healthy food. Ironically this guy had his very own supplement – more on that later.

I am pretty familiar with the literature on telomeres much the same as I am with that of Omega 3.

I know the flaws of the studies and I have pointed many of these out to your in prior emails and blogs.

Here is a quick look at common flaws.

  • Lack of understanding between “longer telomeres” and lengthening telomeres. If you only do one measurement you cannot establish that someone has lengthened their telomeres. All you can say is that one group of people have a longer measurement than others. Still good right? Sorta kinda – see number 2.

The bottom line is that if all it took to lengthen telomeres was eating healthy we’d have a lot more people living to 125 years old in good health!

  • A poor choice of telomere length testing. Testing average telomere length (QPCR) is ok if you have a really big study.  Without big numbers there is too much variation -lack of accuracy and reproducibility.
  • Use of “real time” telomerase to prove you did something. While it’s cool and intriguing to see that your intervention elevated telomerase, the measurement is still arbitrary. As a matter of fact it’s reported as “arbitrary units” inferring that it is test dependent rather than based on an international standard. Telomerase activity is affected by so many variables that are virtually impossible to control in live humans that it is of very limited relevance in these kinds of studies. The real measure is what happens at the telomere, specifically to the critically short telomeres. The only way you can measure that is with the Life Length TAT assay.
  • Reporting findings as proof and truth based on tiny populations of 20 or 30 people. Embarrassingly some very well known people have allowed their names to be attached to these kinds of studies. Most of them are smart enough to hedge their conclusions and to know that most people never get far enough into reading things to read the conclusion. Only the internet sound bite headline counts!
  • Use of food questionnaires as a gold standard for a dietary intervention. Can you tell me exactly what you ate for the past 6 weeks? 6 days? Even 6 hours! And yet so so so many proof of dietary interventions are based soley on these kinds of reports. In engineering there is a law of gang tolerances. My version of this law is that a small error in measurement or construction magnifies greatly as you move through your project and creates other errors which throw things off more and more.  I think the same thing holds true for food questionnaires. One mistake on each and every one of them can lead to a gigantic amount of error in the data.

I have to say that the lecturer used mostly studies that have made one, more or all of these flaws as “proof” of his agenda.

It happens a lot.

The final straw that broke the camel’s back for me was the actual conversation I had with this individual. After he spent an hour telling us how important telomere length was he told me he never measures them.  His reasoning was there was no test that he felt was good enough. Ironically all of the studies he cited did indeed measure telomeres by at least QPCR.  If you don’t think the test was good enough how do you justify using those studies for your agenda?

And then there was the free sample of the super supplement! I was told it was better than xyz in head to head studies. When I asked for the publication I was told it was not ready yet.

I have a sneaking hunch it will not ever be ready.

A famous business guru once said “You cannot manage what you cannot measure”. I would change that to “You cannot manage what you WILL NOT measure”. I also don’t think you should tell people how important telomere length is if you don’t bother to measure it.

I was honestly hoping to learn something good useful and meaningful from a colleague.

I actually did.  Experience matters.

 

Doc

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I hope so- because it gives you something of a mental memory as to what that really means.

Usually when we are dealing with this question, you and I are comparing body fat, aesthetics, endurance and how we feel when we perform whatever our desired task is.

Truthfully I have been in and out of shape all my life!  I suspect you have as well.  It is a rare occasion for me to meet someone who has never strayed, never varied and been completely disciplined. It is surprising to me how many health gurus have become fat as they age. Even more surprising is how an ever fattening public embraces their image of health.  I am not sure what the thought process is there.

Again true confessions from me: strength shape and running shape are totally different.  I don’t know that I have ever mastered that magical balance of both at one time. Still I have been pretty strong in my life and have been able to run 75 mile endurance races through hill and dale at one point.

But what really is the point?!  I covered this in my blogs on “The Best Exercise”.  The point depends and it evolves over time.  As one ages at least chronologically if not biologically* certain truths reveal themselves.

I am a big stickler for “THE TRUTH” and not a big believer in “your truth is my truth” but this is one instance where you do indeed have to find your own truth.

So here is a little summation of the truths according to science.  Power counts!  The ability to generate power (speed versus force) is a least somewhat predictive for longevity. Problem: The study did not look at other factors; it simply stratified outcomes versus power.  It is very possible that the more powerful individual had better self-care and exercise habits.

In terms of power, hand grip strength and quad (leg power) were the 2 things accessed. On the flip side Olympic lifters had shorter muscle telomeres (biologic time clocks) indicating a faster aging process at least in their skeletal muscle.

What about endurance. Well the most famous study is the “German middle distance runner study” which looked at telomere length in runners who averaged 40 miles a week training and had done so for 20 years.  This got hyperbolized by a lot of people particularly the marathon and beyond crowd as proof that long distance running is healthy. Points to note: they used inferior telomere tests to measure the length.  The runners were all males and as mentioned had trained diligently since college for which they were rewarded with minimal telomere erosion and seemingly very slow aging as a result.

OK so do you run 40 miles every week for the past 30 years?  If so you may be in the clear.  If not it does indeed seem to matter how long you’ve “been in shape”.  On the flip side there are several studies showing much shorter telomeres in over trained distance runners.

Similarly diets have been looked at and in my opinion no diet shines for telomere preservation and only one or two have been looked at by the usual suspects who are hawking their brand of the Mediterranean Diet.

As I inexorably close in on my 6th decade here are my truths:

1)      Omega 3 to omega 6 ratios matter– they matter a whole lot!!!!! You might want to refer to my most recent webinar for more on that.

2)      Telomere length matters – A Gigantic amount. If yours are staying the same or longer you have made progress with “anti-aging”. If they are shortening then whatever you are doing is not working very well – sorry!  You might consider getting some help.

3)      Stem cells matter- you guessed it- a whole lot.  As we age we lose both number and function.  There are ways to restore that and some of you are already doing it.

4)      Leaner is better- see my ketogenic diet blogs.  I think there are 14 of them by now! You do not want to be catabolic which can happen if you calorie restrict too much. That said occasional fasting or a week of strong calorie restriction will help your cells “take out the trash” and help how you look as well. If you need some support with that go here.

5)      Functional strength is not gym strength. OK another true confession.  I was a personal trainer for a while.  I never trained anyone officially but I held the cert for a few years. It is much easier to look good and look strong than it is to be strong!  I  can in 6 weeks of diet and exercise reshape my body to look much better than it did when I was in my 20’s and just lifted weights following magazines ( hey I am that old that modern training methods did not exist so give me a break!). I am much more concerned about functional strength than looking good although I can have both with a little extra work.  Here is a must read on that topic.

6)      Endurance is overrated as a health tool.  At this point I am convinced that no one needs to ever run more than three 10K’s a week for great cardio benefits and less biomechanical trauma.  I suspect it could be done with three 5K’s. Please note sometimes I ran 125k’s!  You can vary speed and add in all kinds of other stuff like Par courses or band work or intervals during your runs to make them more efficient. Being obsessed with “getting in your miles” is pointless.

7)      To regain strength it takes a minimum of 10 weeks of intelligently structured training with specific goals.  To regain endurance it takes a minimum of 8 weeks of gradually increased loads. These statements are true ONLY if you have not been out of shape for more than 6 months. If you’ve not done anything for 12 months or more you’ve lost your muscle memory and fat memory and are starting again UNLESS- the activity you are going back to was something from your adolescent and teen years and you did it for more than 3 years straight.  For example I played tennis 3 hours a day from age 12 to 17.  I have not touched a racquet in 10 years but it would not take more than 6 months of playing to reach or exceed my original skill level barring injury.

8)      All of this continues to evolve and thanks to my association with Biostem soon I will be able to test these hypotheses and get you and me closer to THE TRUTH.

9)      So the Bottom LINE:  Your muscle memory is more likely brain memory and will help you get back in shape based on the above.  Your body’s fat stat can be reset if you follow a diet like the ketogenic for 12 months and then periodically revisit it at intervals of a few weeks to month thereafter forever.  Doing less and doing a little does indeed count for how you look feel and age.

 

So do Something on a regular basis.  And make sure you take your fish oil.

Dr Dave

 

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I suppose I should be glad that someone dreamed up what has to be the most worthless and stupid study on telomeres ever to be printed. After all I love the topic and find it central to the role of aging.

But along the way I have had to raise my eyebrows at certain points. The tag team of a Nobel Laureate who is reportedly beyond scientific reproach and a clinical psychologist is a case in point. These two who remain nameless but are easy to find on Pub Med if you like, have released some of the best and worst studies centering on telomere length and stress. One could forgive some of the awful for some of the good.

The researchers who have released the “impatience related to telomere length” study have no such history and no such pedigree.

The essence of the study was related to people who were offered money.  A modest sum was offered right away and ever increasing sums were offered 30 days later. The larger the amount of money it took to entice people to wait, the more impatient they were deemed. Based on this answer blood was drawn and lo and behold the more “impatient” they were deemed the shorter their telomere (biologic time clocks) were at the time of the sample.

There is a ton of things wrong with this study:

  • A bird in had is worth two in the bush. If you give me money now or promise me some larger amount later I might think “a lot can happen between now and then, a bird in hand is worth two in the bush”. I’ll take mine now please! If anything I have learned and continue to learn that there is a lot of pie in the sky thinking in business that promises much and delivers nil. This is not personal attribute development or even personal financial planning where delayed gratification may indeed be an asset. Of note these were economics students in the study lol!
  • I can only guess, because the paper is not available to me, but I am betting they used QPCR which is the least accurate and reproducible technique to look at telomere length. There is no association with critically short telomeres in this kind of study. Not good. In addition I’d bet the sample size was not big enough to work around this problem.
  • The work also looked at genetic association with gene polymorphisms for reward and disposition in women. Such associations are problematic but in this case interesting. It appears young (all the subjects were young- another variable that may cause problems) women are more susceptible to the effects of gene polymorphisms that make them impatient. At least this is mildly interesting.

Far from being a ground breaking study I have to mark this one as silly overall.  It is clear it was undertaken with the best intentions.  The follow up study intended is to see if mindfulness meditation helps.  If one believes the Nobel Laureate tag team above it probably will. Then again I might suggest the following: Impatient people are busy and have no time to suffer fools!

A better study would be to follow up telomere length in all these people at 5 years and see of any of these associations hold.

One thing is for sure. Longer telomeres are almost always associated with longer lifespan and health span especially when a meaningful telomere assay is used.  I wrote a book on these topics 6 years ago and, created a supplement based on that research. If you are a doer and not just a thinker, you might want to go to that page!

Doc

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I have to start this one with a disclaimer and I remind myself that I mentioned a mine field in my last email referring to weight loss.

Well anytime you say the word “supplement” in the same sentence as the word “cancer” you have to tread very lightly.

Then again this is fascinating because researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas actually used the DHA part of fish oil as a chemotherapy drug to kill liver cancer cells.  Now this was not a human trial and notice I said the word drug.  No doubt there will be all kinds of clinical trials and a patented version of the “drug” will generate billions of dollars in health care revenues.

And along with it I would not be surprised if the package insert said the same thing as it says in the fish oils that are prescription-“Don’t use regular fish oil for this – it’s not proven”.  So I am saying that too.  IN NO WAY are you to interpret, infer ingest or otherwise consider regular non drug fish oil as a medicine, a curative, a diagnostic, a mediator a modulator or modifier of any disease at any time.

Got it?!

So these wonderful researchers tagged an LDL molecule (A form of “bad” cholesterol) and modified it to be a payload delivery system to get the DHA half of fish oil to rapidly dividing cancer cells that normally gobble up cholesterol to make cell membranes.  But what they get is good old DHA which is toxic to cancer cells.

If you caught my talk at longevity now I showed a graph of how Omega 3 inhibits tumor growth and Omega 6 promotes it in more or less linear fashion.  Same with heart disease incidence in population based studies.  Same with a lot of other diseases. BUT remember you can’t cure fix or prevent anything with any supplement and this applies to fish oil.  YOU MUST TAKE drugs!

But, If you want to learn more about fish oil, omega 3 and cancer I would encourage you to start here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=fish+oil+and+cancer

This link will take you to the government funded ( e.g. tax payer funded) National Medical Library and you can read about fish oil and cancer for yourself and decide for yourself. Hey if the government says it, it must be true right?!

I may as well have duct tape over my mouth these days!

I am allowed to tell you I make an amazing fish oil, Ultra 85, and I’m probably allowed to tell you that I take it and I think you should too.

But that is not medical advice and it’s not relevant to your health. It’s for educational purposes and entertainment only.  I guess being healthy is entertaining no?

Doc

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Ok today’s little diatribe ventures into the mine and mind field of weight loss.

I say mine field because the great and powerful Dr. Oz is being sued over some stuff he allegedly said/claimed over a weight loss supplement.  Also you should know that obesity is not considered a disease but nonetheless you cannot make “claims” about a product unless there are studies.  What constitutes a “claim” has been kept (deliberately I think) vague allowing a broad interpretation by the alphabet agencies.

If boils down to this: if they don’t like you or you are getting big enough/popular enough there is a big chance you will be warned/sued by a government agency no matter what you say.

I say mind field because the topic of today is how the brain is wired for weight loss.  It involves a sexy little hormone I will abbreviate as POCM which is one part of appetite, energy and weight regulation.

A study in the UK showed that a drug that targets POCM and is approved for weight loss works much better in men than women. The conclusion was that the female brain just doesn’t respond as well because the wiring is not there. Now doesn’t that sound like a Big Pharma deal!  You don’t respond as well as we think so your brain has faulty wiring!.

Nice!!!  Of course if I said that I would be accused of all kinds of things and probably in an orange jump suit.

Now let me let you in on a little secret.  I think they may very well be right. But the conclusion should be: treat women differently and if you must must must use drugs then we need a new one. Don’t blame it on the girls!!!

I would also direct you to my ketogenic diet blog.  Now not every diet is for everyone and this one is a tough one to stay on for a long haul but it has tremendous merits in how it may reshape your body in a way you would love.

I also make a product that I have no idea how to tell you about any more because of the whole claims thing.  I am told that “weight loss” is such a hot potato viz Dr. Oz that I am loathe to even say those words.  Also be advised that even if YOU said it helps you lose weight I could still go to jail.

By the way in the face of the current political contests I have to also tell you it will not change no matter who gets elected because Big Pharma is way to powerful a lobby in Washington.

So there you have it. I have this product that I cannot tell you anything about and under no circumstances are you to believe that it does anything for anything. Still I think I am allowed to tell you it helped/helps me immensely when my mind is not into controlling those things that govern the unmentionable topic.  Here it is just in case.

Still free and not in an orange jump suit as of this writing,

Dr Dave

 

 

Resource: Molecular Metabolism

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Seven years after the Nobel Prize was awarded for Telomere / Telomerase discoveries and six years after we published our book “The Immortality Edge” was published, telomeres still remain a controversial subject.

There are still people who doubt the role they play in aging in spite of numerous studies that show a central, pivotal and pretty much undeniable major role in aging.

Arguments range from the undying and now annoying “yes but telomerase causes cancer” nonsense to the “there is not enough data to justify their importance”. While our book is now growing some grey hairs because it was written 7 years ago (it takes about a year to go from written to publish), it has never been “more true”. Most if not all of the things that were called speculative have now come to pass as fact.  And yet the negative reviews still continue to be the most read in spite of the books overall high ranking.

Not only have mouse studies been published that show life extension, now a very brave human being has made herself a guinea pig to see if gene therapy can be harnessed for life extension.

I understand the whole topic frightens some people.  I understand that it threatens some people. I understand that certain people will feel left out because at the moment it is costly. And above all I understand that the easiest thing to do is to call it more quackery and nonsense since people have been trying and failing to extend life span and health span since time immemorial.

But I do think it’s different now in this age.  The speed at which human understanding evolves goes up exponentially pretty much every year.  And better yet “anti-aging” and regenerative medicine have come out of the cold of fringe medicine into the mainstream at least in the view of the public.

I will let you draw conclusions about the powers that be but as I write this there is a huge chance that all stem cell therapies will be removed from clinical medicine and regulated / relegated to university style environments in this country.

So there is a huge dichotomy between science, the public needs and wants, and the leadership aspects of this nation.

The consequences of short telomeres are well established.

1)      Increasing senescent cells.  Senescent in this context means unable to reproduce new health cells. But there is more.  The concept that Mike West (founder of Geron) introduced many years ago called “senstatic activation” now referred to and championed by some of the 2009 Nobel Laureates as “the senescent activated phenotype” is becoming more and more accepted. I told you about this in The Immortality Edge (Wiley 2010) and many emails and blogs but very few people listened. This condition explains why aging is a self-fulfilling phenomenon. Senescent cells influence the behavior of other cells around them and communicate the inflammatory state and dysfunction to their neighbors. This pulls more and more cells into the vortex of “old, in the way, and inflamed”

2)      Apoptosis. This is the “orderly destruction or auto suicide” of old or damaged cells. Orderly in the sense that if it works right it does not take a whole lot of innocent bystanders with it, and allows useful components from the dead cell to be reused and recycled. As you may have guessed it works less well as you age!

3)      The consequences of #1 and #2 are inflammation which IS UNIVERSALLY believed to accelerate aging and to increase with age. Again self-propagation.

4)      Loss of Repair Ability.  This in my opinion is the crux of the aging process. Studies suggest that restoring telomere length restores this and many other processes back to a more youthful function.

5)      Stem cell aging, dysfunction and loss. Stem Cells are the mechanics of the body that fix what ails ya’ at least from the cellular standpoint. Biostem Tech is dedicated to looking for answers to all of these problems but especially numbers 4 and 5. We believe that by restoring your stem cell number and function you can reeducate some of your cells and tissues, especially damaged ones to either repair or remove themselves and allow healthier tissue to replace the damaged area. This process stands no chance of working anywhere near as well when you get older unless you are willing to address numbers 1 through 5.

So what is buying runway? It is a simple concept I advanced in 2012 at numerous conferences and again in many of my emails and blogs. Stay healthier longer by using whatever cutting edge therapies you can to be healthier and of course alive when the next big and even bigger jumps come.

If you have not read The Immortality Edge please do so. You will find everything from zero cost interventions to expensive ones.  You’ll also get a look at the research aspect of things and all the reading I did to introduce the Telomere EdgePacks which are my own way of buying myself some runway.

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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I am bound to get some hate mail for this one but let me assure you it is not an attack on people of girth.

During my early days in clinical medicine overweight and obese was the bane of my existence.

I honestly never understood the negative attention to weight loss and dietary supplements by the FDA and the FTC.  Now the modified amphetamines I get – phentermine, phen dimetrazine, and phenfluramine.  All are potential dangerous modifications of the parent drugs which in my opinion have equally high addiction / dependence rates and withdrawals.

But some of the other stuff seems pretty harmless. Sometimes the problems roll in because of the poor health of the person who takes the supplement.  Sort of along the lines of the old Viagra story, “Ask your doctor if your heart is healthy enough for sex!”

Somehow I think there was more than one lawsuit where a patient did not ask their doctor before having an MI associated with an ED drug like the little blue pill.

I am not sure if you noticed how pervasive obesity is in our society.  I am not sure if you have noticed how many young young people are already fat or downright obese.

I know most people do not tie this with the common “high carb health foods” sold in our stores.

Gee that cereal your kid seems to be addicted to is healthy for him/her right?!  After all it contains “whole grain”!

And yet, like aging, the alphabet agencies and our government do not recognize obesity as a disease. But in both cases they are more than willing to come after you, judge you and sue you if you make a claim about aiding people with these non diseases. Go figure.

So when I tell you about the successes I have had with Ultra Strength Fat Furnace you can under no circumstances interpret them as anything other than circumstantial.  By all means understand I am not claiming to treat this non-disease called obesity.  I am not claiming to mitigate this non-disease called obesity and I am not claiming to diagnose the non-disease that cannot need a diagnosis since it is not a disease.

If you are wondering why something that has been shown to be so pervasive and so damaging to your health or the health of someone you know and love is not classified as a disease, I have a theory.

  • It would bankrupt insurance companies and then the government will have to treat it.
  • There is not drug company sponsored treatment. As a matter of fact Big Pharma took what my grandpappy would call a shellacking in lawsuits for their failed attempts.

There have been a few successes though.  The drug now known as Ali is available over the counter in a less than prescription strength.  You see explosive orange diarrhea from fat malabsorption is only embarrassing and rarely harmful.  That will teach you to eat too much fat.  And fat is the culprit, right?

Ok now that I have whined and sorta dined you on this topic let me remind you that even a little extra fat has long term consequences. Since I need to weave my favorite topic, the telomere into this one I will let you know that being fat shortens your life yardsticks, the telomeres.

Thus being fat prematurely ages you*

 

So what can you do if you need some help with all this none disease stuff. That is a fancy way of saying you are overweight chubby fat rotund challenged in girth or any number of euphemisms.

Well you can peruse my blog and learn how someone like me who was not exactly lean during parts of his life finally conquered the waist/waste line.  I cover exercise, nutrition, weight loss supplements and many other topics that will give you the skinny on staying lean and of course healthy.

In the meantime if you are fat and happy I applaud you.

Now lose some weight!

 

Doc

PS I almost forgot! There are indeed some studies out there that suggest that obese people are indeed more frequently depressed and have more stress related issues.  From what I have seen it’s actually a bell shaped curve. Too lean- not happy, overweight, not happy.  That means there is a Goldilocks thing in middle that is JUST RIGHT!

*Unless you have Progeria a rare cause of premature aging, the government, many doctors and all the alphabet agencies do not recognize premature aging as a real thing either no matter what your telomere length is.

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You might have missed my webinar last night – as a busy person myself, I understand that you can’t always carve time out of your schedules to sit in on a conference for an hour. Honestly, I get it! But this stuff is important – important for me to share and important for you to improve your health. So today (right now even!) take a little bit of “you” time out of the day to relax and better your life by checking out the recording from last nights amazing event”The Truth About Fish Oil”:

We had an AMAZING group on the call with some great questions and observations. We covered a lot of ground on Omega 3’s – including huge topics that aren’t often addressed or even brought up. There are things in here you’ve never heard but you need to!

So grab some tea and your favorite low carb snack, and join me for a few moments today to talk about getting you in the best health of your life.  It’ll be the best decision you make all day.

 

Doc

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It only happens a few times a year where you’ll get direct, complete access to myself and my staff and next Tuesday at 8PM EST is one of those times. Seats for these events ALWAYS get filled up, and it’s on a first come first serve basis. Don’t miss your chance – register now.

I have personally just completed a review of our Fish Oil production facility and for the new year I challenged them to do something completely different – to tell me what truly made our product unique in the marketplace and a cut above the rest. Each and every year I push our scientists for a product that is the most pure, potent, and environmentally responsible that it can be – and next week I’m going to tell you the secrets behind what makes my Fish Oil so completely different from everything else out there.

You see these guys are true scientists and experts at distillation – not marketers or sales people. And what they came back with even shocked me! It’s a rare occasion these days that I’ve been surprised at something new about Fish Oil, but this was one of those times! I want to share that knowledge with you at our next webinar on Tuesday, February 9th at 8pm EST. If you care about what goes into your body, your health, and our environment you won’t want to miss this one! Register now!

 

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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“Look at that” quipped one of my staff whilst looking at a picture of a popular middle aged male actor who – desperate for additional publicity – hit the tabloids with a “see my new body after 40 pound weight loss.*.  I didn’t see it at first and it seemed to be hiding.  But there trying desperately to conceal itself was a man boob!

Ok I hope you knowing I am just being my goofy self but, this is actually a serious topic so here we go!

After listening to several guys my age and similar whining about their declining figures and especially the development of “man boobs” I realized the truth of what one of my advisers has told me for so long.

It goes like this: people are not interested much in prevention, they are only mildly interested in their health but they are really interested in how they look and feel.

So when I tell you about man boobs being a hall mark for metabolic syndrome you may say “uh, interesting”.  When I tell you metabolic syndrome is deadly you might say “ok gotta watch for that”.  When I tell you fish oil is a huge benefit you might think ”did I remember to take mine today?”. And when I tell you man boobs are the hall mark of estrogen excess you might wonder “estrogen? isn’t that for women?”.

But if I told you that in the process s of getting rid of your man boob as you will have stronger sex drive, be better in bed, be more virile, healthy and attractive to the  significant other(s) in your life now you might start listening.

As fate would have it large breasted women are also more likely to get cancer as you guessed it the breast because of estrogen derangements.

Here is the bottom line:  Like it or not breasts are fat repositories, at least as far as their size and shape are concerned.

While some genetics plays a hand here breast size goes up with increases in body fat on both men and women and down with decreases in body fat.

Boob jobs aside it is pretty important to keep your body fat lower for all kinds of metabolic reasons.

Ok now what do you do about all this?

Well let’s address man boobs with the understanding that these measures will help women as well although they will not necessarily reduce breast size in women all that much thank goodness!

It’s pretty simple: eat better, sleep better, exercise right and reduce your body fat.

Simple I said but not always easy.

We have habits of eating, drinking, sleeping and working that seem to supersede our health.

We chase imaginary wealth in our lives when the real wealth is a healthy body a healthy brain and healthy relationships.  All else flows from that – not some company or 401K that someone is going g to figure out how to steal from you!

Here is a simple suggestion.

Fish oil for the metabolic support, Ultra strength Fat Furnace to make your metabolism burn fat faster, Instant Brain Power to give your brain the advantage it needs to solve problems creatively.

Consider these as “Help” not the answer, but a way to get to the answer faster.

And get rid of those man boobs!!!**

 

Doc

 

*What is it with actors and tabloids? I got fat / I lost weight. I got married / I got divorced.  I am addicted / I am clean.  Geez I am glad I don’t have to do that for publicity!

** Modern science continues to look for simple and easy ways to diagnose and predict risks and illness.  While no scientific study has been done correlating man boobs to illness if one were I think you’d see it as a marker for the following:  heart disease diabetes, poor sexual health, high blood pressure and prostate cancer!

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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I am a bit miffed!  I recently read a blog post by a famous Paleo guru who no doubt controls the hearts and minds of many of his followers.

The blog was titled “Omega 3 ratios do they really matter?”. In it he mentioned my friend and super Omega 3 scientist Bill Lands as “bringing up the rear” in the field.

First off Pal stick with what you know.  You are not a scientist so don’t give your opinion on science until you’ve at least read Bill’s book which I am sure you haven’t! Second there is a ton of population based data on the Omega6/3 ratios. In my SCIENTIFIC and CLINICAL opinion it is the main thing that matters when addressing how much fish oil or Omega 3 you should consume and where you are at with your diet.

It is also the single most important value in terms of determining how much or how little inflammation is present in your body.  You can take as much of the other anti-oxidants as you like from food, supplements or any other concoction (yes Including vitamin D) and if your Omega’s are not correct (notice did not say “balanced” because that is another crock of you know what!) you will be tilted on the side of inflammation.

Everything I have read, researched and experienced tells me that inflammation is a major cause of aging and that walking around in an inflamed state will age you prematurely. Thus in my mind if you don’t have enough Omega 3’s you de facto have too many Omega 6’s and are inflamed and aging faster than you should be.

If you want to get objective and use a yard stick measure your telomeres, especially the short telomere percentage and see what the effects of a low Omega 3 level are on your biologic time clocks.

Now here is the shocker!  I don’t care what form of Omega 3 you take and I don’t care whose brand you take any more.  I have written hundreds of thousands of words about my products and others.  You need to decide if this is important or not.  You need to decide if you believe all fish oils are the same or some mussel derived or shrimp derived format is better.

The truth is the following: All that matters is purity and potency.  The human gut is very adept at fat absorption and it will extract the vital Omega’s from whatever you give it.  In my opinion you should make that easy and give it a pure potent source. But again up to you!

Finally I have been around the clinical side of health for 25 years.  I have been around the science side of fish oil since I was 16 when my dad brought home the first batch for us to take. Hint: I am well past my teens now. And I have personally tested things like Omega 6/3 ratios and telomere length and stem cell morphology and biologic age probably more than anyone else on the planet.

The personal guinea pig part is so I can stand before you, look you in the eye and tell you the truth not just my opinion.

Not all fish oils or Omega 3’s are created equal.  In the next 10 days or so I will host a free teleseminar discussing how exactly we do things with an eye to showing you just how much thought, environmental stewardship and precision goes into our product, and does not go into others.

My name is on it and I stand behind it.

As far as our Paleo guru friend, I would love to know his telomere length, percentage short telomeres and Omega 6/3 ratios. I guess we’ll never know since those are “not Important”!

Sticking to what I know!

Dr Dave

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Sadly that rosy cheek glow you get from being out in the cold doesn’t last.  As a matter of fact the colder drier weather that comes to much of this country and that is happening right now is tough on your skin.

Now you may not feel the rough dry layer of outer skin that is actually making you look older and more tired! But I will bet that if you‘ve lived through some winters that drop routinely below freezing; you have had some of those painful dry cracks on your skin.

So tip number 1 is: Drink enough water!

Remember to stay hydrated even in or especially in the colder weather. We tend to forget to make water a first priority.  This is especially true if your first beverage in the morning is coffee or tea!  The caffeine is going to speed up your water los. If you are on a ketogenic diet then remember to get some salt in there as well so you have something to hold on to the water.
Tip 2: Omega 3

The critical balance of anti-inflammatory Omega 3 fats to inflammatory Omega 6 fats is off in most people.  Too much omega 6! Most people get way too much Omega 6 in their diet.

Now on a whole body level this may have dire consequences to your health*. It can also show up as chronically dry or itchy skin. It does not take long to fix this issue if Omega 3 deficiency* is the case.*

If you are trying to correct an Omega 3 deficit by eating fish I would recommend you stay away from Tilapia and go easy on the large fish especially Tuna and Sword.  Also whenever possible remember to eat ocean line caught fish.  They are more expensive but farming lowers the Omega 3 levels which is why you are eating them in the first place!  Anchovies and sardines work out well but for me personally I don’t like them so I take the supplements.

Tip 3: Keep up with your anti-oxidants.

It’s tempting to eat comfort foods in the cold weather and shorter days.  But we are gifted by a food chain that provides us with food sources from all over the world.  Take advantage of berries and oranges etc from the Southern Hemisphere!  Keep those anti-oxidants up.  You’d be surprised how many people change their diets and miss out on the anti-oxidants during winter.  A good multi can go a long way as well.

Tip 4: Add some oil to your bath water.

Baths in the cold weather are more than a great way to warm up!  Remember your skin is almost magic at absorbing things so a little Argan oil or similar nut/fruit oil can go a long way.  Be careful with the strong aromatic oils like Eucalyptus and Bergamot. They smell amazing but more than a few drops can cause skin irritation.

Tip 5: Mind Your Protein

Remember skin turns over very fast compared to many other tissues in your body. Hair is slower to turn over but both skin and hair depend on protein for their structural integrity.  Eggs may be the most universally accessible protein source you can get.  The medical establishment has finally absolved them of their “evil” food status and recognized them as  a great source of B vitamins and protein.

Nothing like a good omlette in the morning!

With a little bit of mindfulness you can maintain that radiant glow no matter what the season.

My finally recommendation and something I use every single day on my own skin is our amazing RG cell Skin Activation line.

If you haven’t tried the moisturizer you need to!

Doc

 

 

*Omega 6 excess is not recognized by traditional physicians, the medical establishment or the government’s alphabet agencies as a problem.  Nor is the Omega 6/3 ratio considered important by most physicians or the medical/government establishment. The above does not represent the diagnosis mitigation or treatment of a disease that does not exist in the eyes of the top medical experts!

**Please note Omega 3 deficiency is not recognized as a medical condition nor is it recognized as causing a disease unless you are massively deficient so the above statements are not making disease claims or illness claims or mitigation diagnosis or any other medical claims of any kind!!!! The same could be said about aging by the way. Since it’s not recognized as a disease how can the alphabet agencies say you are making claims.  But they do not follow their own rules so I want to be sure YOU understand I am not making any curative claims.

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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As is often the case there has been some serious fish oil bashing this past week.  A famous reporter surrounded by smart looking people in white coats told us all that there is a huge chance we are taking rancid fish oil.

This of course is not the first time someone has “unearthed” the truth.

But wait just a minute!  The study was done with New Zealand fish oil.  Why not use the oil made here as a test?

And of course the “damage” caused by rancid fish oil is tantamount to taking poison right!?!  Now before I tell you what the body does this let me tell you I am NOT defending rancid fish oil nor do I recommend you take it.  Rancid fish oil is likely to give you indigestion and if you do burp from fish oil, the rancid stuff is not going to give you a pleasant experience.

But how well is rancid fish oil absorbed into your body. Answer: not all that well.  So all the worries about oxidation have never been proven. Never!

The bigger problem is that YOU need Omega 3 and rancid stuff will not give it to you!

But doesn’t fish oil go rancid in your body?  Well it sure can but the answer to that is to that problem is to make sure you get enough Omega 3!

Two things happen then. First any oxidized fish oil is naturally replaced by non oxidized fish oil. Next if you recall I have been telling you that the number one determinant of oxidation in your body is the ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6.  The higher your omega 6 levels, the more inflamed your body will be if you do not balance them out.

So rancid fish oil is not really the culprit in the grand scheme of you health no matter how bad it smells!

Ok so where does Ultra 85 fall in the oxidation scheme.

There is a total oxidation value in the industry that represents all oxidative values from all contributors not just the typical peroxide values.  This is everything.  The industry standard for good is a ToTox of 25 or less.

Ultra 85 is never ever ever above ToTox of 5 even a year or so off the shelf. In most cases it has vanishingly small oxidation that borders on immeasurable. The only way to do this is scrupulous attention to sources of oxidation from the time the fish is caught until it is signed, sealed and delivered.

I could go into the whole issue of sea borne toxins, metals, petroleum derivatives and so forth. For now I will simply tell you that again scrupulous attention to the purification and concentration process.

Concentrated and pure are the two best words to describe Ultra 85.

I have timed it and it takes me exactly 12 seconds to open the jar swallow the 4 to 6 caps I take every day.

It is the fastest New Year’s resolution that you can easily keep!

All the Best this Year!

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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You will probably find this email a bit distressing for at least a couple of reasons.

The biggest one is that I am going to do what I always do: Tell You the Truth!

Now I will say this is one of the few times when I will admit there might be more than one truth. But this is mine garnered from decades of experience in taking care of people and dealing with aging.

Telomere length is probably the most powerful predictor of how you are aging and where your next 5 to 10 years will lead you. You have, if you have been with me long enough, heard me say that telomere length is the BS detector of anti-aging medicine.

I don’t care what diet you eat.

I don’t care what exercise you do.

I don’t care how much stress relief you practice or how much you sleep.

If your telomeres are getting shorter or more specifically if you are accumulating more and more critically short telomeres over time, you are aging,  If your telomeres are eroding slowly you are aging slowly. If your telomeres are growing slowly, odds are you are getting biologically younger.

Now be advised that in spite of lots of data and studies to support that statement it is still not widely accepted.  Neither is telomerase activation, stem cells or gene therapy. I’ve also said this before: lots of people will negate this stuff until it is so obvious that it works no one can argue. Then they will say I knew it all along.

Our book The Immortality Edge got great reviews and lots of them, but still the “most useful” reviews were the critical ones written 6 years ago. Where are those people now that everything we said has come true?  Not one word from any of them!

Ok I have actually just asked you to qualify yourself in a very subtle way. Most people reading the above will pick a side they are one and define their own attitude to pretty much everything that is going on in anti-aging medicine-stem cells, telomeres, and gene therapy.

So here is the distressing part.  If you believe in the importance of telomeres, what is your telomere length?  That sad reality is that even though Life Length makes a phenomenal assay, only 10% of my clients who are on telomerase activators or support compounds know the answer to that question.

I have long ago accepted that in place of something that may be even more important.

That something is that you DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN to slow the erosion of your telomeres, and possibly reverse it.

The two most important compounds I make that can help you with that are Ultra 85 and the Telomere Edge Packs.

Add these to exercise, proper diet, sleep, stress release and now you have a big part of the anti-aging picture.

We can be objective you and me. We can measure and follow these values.  But it does take money and time and a little bit of dedication.  In place of that, if you do all the rest of the stuff, I have a lot less worry for your future. And I have less worry that you will grow old before we find the next set of big break throughs.

You will too!

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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The words Omega 3 are familiar to most people who are concerned about their health. Some people also know about Omega 6 fats.

It turns out both Omega 3’s and 6’s are essential for your health – you need some of both!

But there is so much information out there that it is difficult for the average person to understand the differences and similarities between these different types.

Omega 3’s are anti-inflammatory and reduce the immune response and blood clotting.  Omega 6’s do the opposite- the boost inflammation and thicken the blood.

You will hear far more about Omega 3’s and health than Omega 6’s. Read on and you’ll see why.

For the record the 3 main Omega 3 fats are ALA, EPA and DHA. Of those three, two, EPA and DHA are actually what the human body needs and uses in life giving reactions and in cell membranes.

ALA has to be converted to EPA and DHA to be of much use. As a matter of fact scientific studies have shown that ALA has nowhere near the positive effects on your body.

The overall effect of Omega 3’s on your health, good bad or indifferent, is mainly determined by how much of the opposing fat, Omega 6 that you consume.  You can look up the actual content of both Omega 3 and its antagonist, Omega 6 for just about every food out there but we’ll keep it simple today.

What really matters in the long run is the ratio of these two fats Omega 3 and omega 6.  Most people eat way too much Omega 6 and thus have a low functional amount of Omega 3.  It is actually hard to avoid Omega 6’s so in most cases it’s easiest to eat or supplement with more Omega 3’s.

The average person in the Western world gets as much as 20X more Omega 6 than Omega 3 in their diet.

This is why it’s so super difficult to get enough Omega 3’s to balance it out.  In real world terms this person would need to eat about 4 large salmon filets to balance out their Omega 6 intake.

This translates into 4 to 6 capsules of fish oil a day depending on which one you take. Most people take only one!

Omega 6 fats are found primarily in vegetable oils and the processed foods that contain them.  Vegetables in general are Omega 6 dominant but it is only problematic if you consume vegetable or seed/nut based oils or large quantities of nuts and seeds.

As far as vegetables themselves you can eat as much as you like without worrying.

Grain derived foods and breads in particular are also rife with Omega 6.

Again you could focus on avoiding these foods and eating a lot more fish but there are some problems there as well.  Most fish has a fair amount of toxins associated with it. Plastic derivatives and heavy metals are sadly common inhabitants in our oceans and our marine life.

The better quality supplements remove all or most of these toxins before they are packaged.

Plant based Omega 3’s and especially marine plant based (algae and seaweed) are an option but they too come from oceans and are rarely purified. In addition if you take them as supplements make sure they have a balanced amount of EPA and DHA.  Many contain mostly DHA and little EPA.

Land plant based Omega 3’s which are usually the source for food enrichments like adding Omega 3 to eggs and milk are in the form of ALA which is not well converted to EPA and DHA.

Grass fed free range meats are also decent sources of Omega 3’s but grain fed ( usually corn) are very poor sources of Omega 3 and large reservoirs of Omega 6 which most of us already get too much of.

Of the plant based sources of Omega 3’s berries are your best bet.

Keep in mind certain “health foods” like almonds and avocados are major sources of Omega 6 fats and can greatly skew your Omega 3 to 6 ratio in the wrong direction.

Again the bottom line is remember to get enough Omega3’s in the form of EPA and DHA. Depending on your dietary choices you can chose plants, land animals or marine based plants and fish/seafood.  If you are getting enough Omega 3’s you don’t need to obsess about Omega 6’s.

Finally you can also supplement. If you do so be honest with yourself about your diet.  One handful of berries and single serving of fish is not going to offset a diet rich in processed foods or Omega 6 rich food sources!

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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For several years now there have been a bunch of studies detailing how Omega 3 fish oil contributes to weight loss and body composition. On an even more detailed level we know that Omega3’s reduce the inflammation and insulin excess and insensitivity that go hand and hand with obesity.

Finally we also know that obesity shortens the biologic time clocks known as telomeres.

I have written tons of blogs and of course the book the Immortality Edge about all this. It’s still not exactly a household word but we’re getting there!

Something I did not know that relates to Omega 3’s and probably telomeres (this time in newborns!) is that obese mothers’ breast milk has a very different and not so healthy composition compared to leaner counterparts.

In this case a mother who is obese delivers more inflammatory Omega 6 fats and fewer Omega 3’s. Now this particular study was not “interventional”. Meaning they did not try to fix the high Omega 6 levels with fish oil or some other Omega 3 in the diet.  But geez!-they should have.

Higher Omega 3 levels in pregnant women have been linked to healthier babies in many different ways and measures.

Now I realize you may not be pregnant. But pregnancy is kind of an epidemic so look around you and someone you know and probably care about may be.  Recommend 2 things to them: weight loss and Omega 3’s!  Of course they have to get their own doctors OK but these days most docs have at least an inkling that fish oil is good for you.

Finally if you are getting on the chubby side yourself everything I said above about inflammation, diabetes and of course telomere length is probably affecting you in a negative way.

If you know you need help with the waste line and the waist line you should go here.

For Telomere support go here.

And by the way stay tuned because this year there will be tons of new and exciting stuff you can do and integrate into your anti-aging routine.*

Doc

Have you written down your New Year’s resolutions yet?  It’s over a week into the New Year and a great time to establish new habits!

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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I’ve always admired people who can celebrate life at funerals. Especially the ones who celebrate beforehand!

Today’s announcement is pretty gigantic especially for those of you who’ve been with me since the very beginning in 2002.

Together we’ve weathered financial crisis, scientific attacks, personal ad hominum attacks, professional discourtesy and all sorts of attempts to derail the anti-aging and regenerative medicine train.

On the flip side we have seen incredible scientific breakthroughs that have advanced our knowledge of health and wellness at a pace and to a level that was only dreamed of 10 short years ago.

We’ve seen the Omega 3 science develop to the point of tens of thousands of studies that support fish oil for human health. We’ve seen the miracles of telomere and telomerase biology bring products to the market that for the first time in history may lengthen the biologic time clocks-the telomeres.

And we’ve seen the clinical application and understanding of the promise of stem cells.

But, after 14 years of serving you and the world at large I am closing my doors.

That’s Right!!!!

Dr. Dave’s Best is no more.

Well, er, sort of!

What has actually happened is true cause for celebration. I have joined forces with some of my most favorite scientists and advisors to form a new company.  In actuality I have been working in the consultant capacity for over a year now with these ladies and gentlemen.

That company is called Biostem Tech and is focused on all things anti-aging and wellness related.

For sure, you’ll be hearing a lot more about us (we are publically traded!) and from us in the very near future.

But for this red hot immediate moment this is all you really need to know:

  • The Dr. Dave’s Best Brand is still alive and well with me at the helm. I will still do all of the final product development and R and D but now I have a team of equally bright highly motivated people to help me.
  • We are still going to celebrate the way we always do. If you don’t know what I am talking about then make sure you stay tuned to the emails over the coming weeks!
  • I will be able to develop, finish and bring you a lot of things I simply could not do when I was flying solo.
  • The only thing you will notice if you pay close attention is, when you order something, the credit card statement will say “Dr. Dave’s Best Biostem Tech”.

There are a lot of really amazing things in the cooker- actually too many to even begin to tell you about right now, so just digest the above 4 statements and we are all on the same page.

It’s kinda funny. You often hear the word “transition” used when people pass on.  Well this is the best possible meaning for transition. WE all get more of what we want – health, wellness and the pursuit of happiness!

To those of you who’ve been with me for a long time let me reassure you and thank you with all my heart. Without the dedicated support of Dr. Dave’s Best customers and raving fans this amazing development would not be possible.

To those of you who’ve just joined me, you picked a great time to do it.

And to everyone whose life I have touched or who has touched mine- this is the culmination of everything I have worked for to date.

Stay with me, because I believe the ride is going to only get sweeter!

Yours in health, wellness and longevity,

Dr. Dave

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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Today’s 18% discounted items are meant to help you recover from the ubiquitous holiday weight gain! They are: the standard Fish OilUltra Strength Fat Furnace, and Cardio Boost.

With an average of 9 billion pounds gained worldwide during the Winter Holiday months you will want a head start on controlling that waist ( and waste!) line.  Don’t be part of the weight gain statistic!

And in case you have been asleep for the last week or so here are the particulars of this event once again:

Each day for the rest of this 12 day period ( Dec 12 to Dec 23th the 23th is the final day)I will put at least one sometimes more of my famous products on sale.  The items mentioned will only be on sale for 24 hours from midnight EST to midnight EST of that day so you must check the newsletters daily!  Otherwise you may miss your favorite Dr Dave’s Best item when it is on sale.  All items featured will be at 18% off unless otherwise specified.

This is a onetime sale meaning you will get 18% off everything at the time of checkout.  You will see this reflected in the price you are charged. There will not be a comparison value or a strike through the original price however but rest assured you are getting a ton off the featured items. If you order continuity/frequency discount, your discount will also be 18% on this specific order. Your next round of continuity sent out 3 months later will be at the regular discounted price which is typically 10%

Be sure to read my newsletters every day to get the new sale items. And make sure you order what you want when it is on sale because it may not be repeated at all during this event!

I reserve the right to terminate this sale at any time based on stock status.  Some items are in short supply so if you want it order it right away when it comes up on sale.  Please do not ask me to repeat an item or to extend the sale time because it ain’t gonna happen!

Now let’s get this party started!

 

Happy Holidays,

Dr Dave

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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Imagine if you could gain 33% more time, 33% more function and 33% more results from your life.

Do you know you are actually “wasting” a third of your life and have been doing so since the day you were born!

I am talking of course about sleep- that essential biologic function that seems to be the first thing we skimp on when we need “more time”.  I hope you caught that word essential!

Now somewhere out there in cyber land there is a young person (they are always young!) laughing, cursing and maybe even wasting time writing me a negative email.  The thinking behind that email will be this:  I read a bestselling author who showed me how to “hack” the sleep cycle and gave me resources to do it. Now I only have to sleep 2 hours a night and I feel great!”

Try that for 2 weeks and get back to me from either the mental ward, a prison cell or have someone forward me your obituary! While these quick fix tactics can work for a very short time if you are young and have a lot of physical reserves, they make about as much sense as spending a few hours in a snow bank to lose weight (yes that was another hack!).

While magical thinking coupled with compelling writing in the form of conversations with experts has hooked millions in to buying books and following on social media it’s not a good idea to source your longevity strategy from young people!  As a matter of fact I can tell you that MOST people don’t even think about health span and life span until they are over 35.

So as a reminder here are the essential functions of sleep that cannot be hijacked by any magical hacks for any serious length of time.  These are the same things that will hijack you over a long period of sleep deprivation.

Keep in mind that the magic answer to how long you “should” sleep varies individually from 5 to 9 hours. The only way to see what’s right for you is to try it.  The median number and a good place to start is 7 hours.

  • Hormone Secretion – almost all of the major hormones are secreted in phasic fashion which is sleep dependent. This includes sex hormones and growth hormone. Anabolic (muscle building and muscle retention) is helped by sleep.
  • “Thermostatic” Functions – this includes weight and appetite control functions.
  • Immunity – Sick all the time? Try the unthinkable! Get a good night’s sleep
  • Mood and Cognition – pissed off or foggy headed most of the day- cut the caffeine and get a few good night’s sleep just for a giggle
  • Telomere Length – Yep!  My favorite subject is dependent on a good night’s sleep over the years!  If you are a chronic insomniac you’d better be looking seriously at the Telomere Edge Packs and Sleep Wizard.
  • Janitorial stuff like Memory and anti-oxidant defense. Old pathways that aren’t needed are removed. New ones are enforced. Free radical damage is quenched and repaired
  • Longevity -Over 35% of all fatal machine related accidents (Planes trains and automobiles) are related to sleep deprivation.  And those are the ones where someone lived to tell the tale.  Recently the high profile crash of the train at Chicago O’Hare was directly linked to lack of sleep! And the even more recent fatal train crash near Philadelphia is highly likely to have had a component of sleep deprivation.

And that my friend is a short list. If you care about living longer you will give your body and your brain the sleep they need.

There is a reason you “waste” a third of your life sleeping. Because you might live a much shorter life if you didn’t. In spite of the lack of magic hacks to chronically decrease your need for sleep I do make one thing that helps big time with both the essential phases of sleep and the length of time.

It’s all natural non habit forming non drowsy and you can find it here.

Join the thousands of others who no longer suffer from the destructive ravages of lack of sleep! Pretty soon missing a good night’s sleep will be Unthinkable!

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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Happy Thanksgiving!!!

It is my sincerest wish you have lot’s to be thankful for.

This has been an incredible year so far and if you, like me, are interested in staying younger longer you will relish some of the events. Of particular note is the single volunteer who injected herself with the telomerase and myostatin inhibitor genes via a viral vector.  For a few days everyone was up in arms saying this was unethical. Personally I had to laugh!  This person made a choice and followed her course.

Win, lose or draw we will find out some incredibly valuable information. I am thankful for her bravery and powerful conviction.  As someone who has and remains a human guinea pig of sorts, I totally get it.

Similarly my dear friend Mike Fossel published his new book, “The Telomerase Revolution” and is undertaking a study using telomerase to combat Alzheimer Disease.  Make sure you get and read Mike’s book because he more than anyone else I know has a knack for accurately predicting the future. I am thankful to know him and be able to discuss science, especially telomere science with him.

Then there are all the wonderful friends I have with our projects in Mexico and Iceland and Canada. So many amazing people are out there working for a better tomorrow for all of us.

I am privileged to know JC Santana, the world’s greatest fitness guru in Boca Raton at the Institute of Human Performance.  When I visit there it’s like I never left. It feels like home!

I am thankful for the amazing life of one of my dearest friends who passed just 2 days ago. In my last conversation with him just hours before he died he reminded me, “The purpose of Life is Joy! Don’t sweat the small stuff!” I am thankful for that gift of wisdom – one I will do my best to integrate into my daily life.

I am thankful to the people who love me, warts and all. We can all be difficult, demanding, selfish, inconsiderate and so on. Somehow the ones that love and support us find the other things we are that counterbalance our flaws and still love us. Unconditional love is a rare and amazing thing.

I wish you more of it.

I am thankful for the amazing beauty of nature. For the smell in the air when I step off the plane in California to see my friends there. It says things are growing!

I am thankful for the brisk frosty night air in the Northeast when I am up there, and the smell of the fallen leaves with the gorgeous winter sunsets.

I am thankful for the land of the ice and snow where the midnight sun and the hot springs glow. Some of you are old enough to recognize that line from Led Zepplin’s “Immigrant Song” describing a place where I have family and visit often – Iceland.

I am thankful for the Toronto and Houston skylines that beckon and promise so much- energy, creation, industry.

I could go on and on but I think you get the idea. There is beauty everywhere if you look.

Finally I want to extend my personal support to you. Dr. Dave’s Best is now 14 years old and has by your hand, interest and support survived all kinds of ups and downs to remain true to its mission- bringing you the best that your Dr. Dave can offer.

I thank you from the bottom of my heart and wish you a joyous day and a joyous, peaceful holiday season.

Dr. Dave

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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You may or may not have read my ketogenic blogs.  If you haven’t you might want to peruse them before we get too deep into the holidays.

I will be the first person to tell you that all diets are not for everyone and there are certain times in life where one diet is better than another. I will also tell you that there are microbiota (gut bacteria) variations all over the world that vary geographically, genetically, racially and regionally that we do not understand yet.

But in spite of our much touted individuality we are far more alike biochemically than different.

So when I talk about ketogenic and low carb diets odds are that they will work reasonably well for the short term for just about anyone.

One of the near miraculous things that happens when you start to restrict carbs (sugars, bread, pastas, soda and other less obvious sources of carbohydrates) is your body actually burns fat at a higher rate.  This seems to be independent of the total number of actual calories. Now for every positive study on ketogenic diets and low carb stuff there are naysayers galore.  There were head to head dietary studies that looked at weight loss as well.  The first study showed low carb “Atkin’s like” diets were quite a bit more effective at long term weight loss.  Then a few years later another study came out and said the opposite- high carb low fat diets won the shoot out.

I can tell you from clinical and personal experience there is no comparison.  High fat low carb diets win hands down in my book.

One of the reasons why there may be some controversy is the definition of high fat low carb.  For me that means 60 to 70% of calories come from fat.  Most studies call 35% high fat. Carb wise I like to stay below 50 grams for ketogenic diets and 100 grams for low carb.

Interestingly enough a recent study looked at what low carb people have already known. This is what I call the miracle of high fat diets. Simply put you are far less hungry and go longer comfortably without food.

This makes one other dieting essential much easier. Reducing your calorie intake! If you are not hungry you eat less. If you eat less you lose more weight. And if you eat less carbs and more fat under a calorie restricted state- your body burns fat as fuel preferentially.

Translation- you look lean, lose weight and have 6 pack abs at pretty much any age!

But I digress!  What did the study show?  It showed that the ratio of fat to carbs was an essential component of uncontrolled binge eating.  This is why its hard to put the chips down after a few. Its much easier to eat the whole bag even though you cannot possibly really need that many calories.

A high carb to fat ratio is also deadly in my opinion. I think that is what fosters heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and probably some other nasty stuff you don’t want. As I have said before high calories, high carbs, high insulin secretion as a result makes for a deadly mixture. In this particular study the amount of calories did not matter one bit. More calories were consumed when there were more carbs present. When a higher fat (35%) content was present viz a viz the carb content, subjects ate less.

This does lead me to one big caution about ketogenic diets that are based on high fat. If you adhere to them you will be amazed. But if you start adding in “usual doses of carbs” you will have a potentially deadly combination of high fat and high carbs.

You cannot have your cake and eat it to.

Taken as a whole the study suggests that just as I and others have been telling you, “It’s the carbs not the fat that are deadly!”

As with everything I write make sure you consult your own doc on the merits of listening to me or not. I am sure they have read tons of info about ketogenic diets.

I will give you one hint: If you ask them about high fat low carb diets and they say, “ It’s like Adkins right?!” you might want to get  a different opinion.

Another little hint: The killer of all weight and fat loss programs is lack of progress in the face of perceived or real sacrifice. People quit after a week or so if they do not see measureable results.

If you need help with this, and you know in your heart this is YOU I am talking about then go here and get some help over the hump!

Doc

 

Worth reading: http://www.nature.com/articles/srep10041

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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Now that 2015 Holiday season is firmly upon us, I want to review a few post holiday tips you can use for maximum speedy fat loss as well as reviewing some things that are starting to crop up in the average magazine about the topic.

First it appears that Americans at least are beginning to focus on fat loss and body composition not just weight loss. This is very good! Ironically as I wrote in a recent email, modern science has finally caught up and published a study on that very topic!

The hollow promise of weight loss without any real change in how you feel, how you look and your health is starting to become clear to people.

There are rumblings of “train like an athlete” in the fitness mags. Especially popular are the “Spartan” or MMA like workouts.  Call them what you want they are cardio interval training much like has been described for several decades but with a different look.  I am all for this stuff as long as you don’t get injured and can’t keep a regular workout schedule.

Remember you can get low impact high intensity training by strapping on a flotation vest and doing your sprint intervals in the deep end of your local Y’s pool!

Training like an athlete means using the principles but let’s face it your average middle age person doesn’t want to BE an athlete.

But they do want to be ATHELETIC!

You want to feel better look better and be less fat so we focus on using the right principles, see fast results and getting on with other things in your life.

If you are struggling with that part then remember I make a great fat burner called Ultra Strength Fat Furnace. Since 2006 it’s been getting people over the humps and bumps that show up on their bodies!

Long ago I wrote you an email called “Fat Burns in the Muscle”.

In that email I stressed the following.  Weight loss and downsizing your body are primarily a function of nutrition (we try to avoid the D word (diet!).

Re-sculpting your body is primarily the result of the right combo of the right kind of cardio and resistance training and of course the proper diet as I mention so many times in my blogs.

And here is a major hint if you are in a hurry: low intensity aerobics will work but so will taking a slow boat to China.

Learn the right way to exercise by visiting my blogs on the topic and if you need help with a sluggish metabolism or a big appetite that won’t quit you need Ultra Strength Fat Furnace.

We’ve got the way to lean and beautiful and it’s easier than you think.

Doc

 

And don’t forget the wealth of free information in the ketogenic section of my blog.

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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It’s fun to be me – at least on occasion.  One of the most enjoyable things is when people ask me about the “latest” article or study on aging.  Sometimes it’s a press release, sometimes it’s a blog, sometimes it’s a new text.

Now I am a busy person, and I am guessing you are too. So, the first rule of expertise is knowing where to focus your energy and your time. I have said so many times that time is your most valuable resource. This is why I have dedicated a huge chunk of my adult life pursuing extended life span and health span.

Part of my job is to save you time by leveraging my expertise in this field.  And a big part of this separating the wheat from the chaff.

Trust me there is a lot of chaff.  Even people who are decorated scientists are producing a ton of chaff under the “publish or perish” mantra.  I understand why they do it but it is both scary and embarrassing.

It’s scary because it is at best over blown, and at worst just plain dangerous and wrong! Worse is what I call the chain reaction of toxicity!  In biologic terms this occurs when free radicals attack a molecule, damage it and then move on to the next and the next and so on and so forth until they finally burn out.

You can see how this would accelerate aging.

But  if you just read that you may be wondering what that has to do with the internet. Well, you’ve heard me mention internet factoids. Once they get started by an expert they get picked up and move on down the chain of non-experts until they are all over the internet.  Worse, they often stay there for years and resurface over and over again even after they’ve been disproved.

Wants some examples?

  • Telomerase causes cancer
  • Fish oil increases the risk of prostate cancer
  • Resveratrol is a life extension drug

All wrong, all disproven and all still around!

Even more interesting is the degree to which non medical people are weighing in as experts on aging.

I just saw a guy who has a PhD in Mathematics and has a blog on aging. Imagine my surprise when I discovered he just wrote and published a book on aging.

Now maybe it’s me but how does mathematics qualify you as an expert on human aging? How many lives have you saved? How many sick people did you heal?

One of the things I love about my life now is my colleagues are experienced in both academics and health care.

I need to remind you that experience counts. In most cases it counts more than book knowledge. In human health it ALWAYS counts more than book knowledge.

Lately I have seen an anti-fish oil campaign burgeoning in the academic press.  Fish oil doesn’t work, but eating fish does.  Sorry, that has not been my experience.  I have met no one who eats enough fish to reverse the inflammation in their body. I Have however come across several people who got mercury toxic trying.

My experience has taught me that Omega 3 is the single most important supplement for the support of healthy aging.

Once you’ve mastered that habit you can move on to taking care of your telomeres.

Do that and you are ahead of the game no matter what the internet experts tell you! Remember they are like blind men describing an elephant!

My pictures tell the story.

Yours can too!

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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A recent study published in the Archives Internal Medicine has answered a long debated question about your health.

Simply put- what is the biggest risk factor for heart disease diabetes, cancer and similar plagues that are ravaging our society as it ages?

The answer appears to be the size of your belly, at least if you are a man.  Ladies you may have some other factors to contend with as well but the predictive value is still there.

For years doctors like me have used the BMI calculation to decide whether people are considered fat. This number is based on height and weight and is so commonly used its now available for anyone via a simple table that plugs in those variables and gives you your number at a glance.

The criticisms of the BMI have been many but it’s been useful if not always 100% accurate. For instance, I am 6 feet one inch and weigh about 185 these days.  My BMI is borderline high.

But the new study suggests that having a big belly as measured by hip to waist ratio is more predictive of disease and premature death. I do not have a big belly.

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Of course there are other variables you should know like blood pressure, inflammatory markers including cholesterol and such.  But if you are one of the majority of people, all those numbers will get better when you reduce belly size!

What about people who are not overweight but still have a gut?  This may sound hard to believe but if you want an example go to your local running club.  There you will find a group of men and women who do nothing but run for fitness. You will also find many of them at normal body weights but carrying a lot of abdominal fat.  The lack of strength training, poor diet and alcohol consumption and the reliance on one form of fitness often leads to fat preservation rather than loss.

Fat accumulates around the “viscera”, the abdominal organs, and causes general body inflammation.

The best way to combat these risk factors is to reduce abdominal fat.

Ironically the best way to do this for many people is to increase their fat consumption and reduce their carb consumption.

A more varied exercise program helps too!

Finally, there is the “secret weapons” department.

The first is Omega 3 fish oil.  You can go to PubMed for yourself and look at all the published science on fish oil’s effect on visceral fat and inflammatory markers.  Yes, this is fish oil ethyl ester not just eating fish or using some other in vogue version of fish oil.

Or you can take my word for it and start taking 4 to 6 fish oil a day.

There is also some evidence that fish oil (again not just eating fish etc.) improves body composition and may even help with weight loss.

That brings us to the next secret weapon.  While I was still struggling with my weight and trying to find the best diet for my own metabolism I often needed some help keeping things under control- especially during the holidays.

Over a decade ago I developed Ultra Strength Fat Furnace. This is long before the great and powerful Dr. Oz told America about his new discovery of raspberry ketone.

Along with other natural ingredients I used the fat burning power of raspberry ketone to help add extra calorie burn and fat loss while still working on the diet and exercise.

You can too!

If you are walking around with a belly, or simply just not very good at keeping things under control during the Holiday season, Ultra Strength Fat Furnace could be your secret weapon too.

As we now know it could be a matter of life or death!

Dr. Dave

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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Just in time for the holidays! Actually the timing couldn’t be better because whatever eating habits you establish now will set the tone for the next 6 to 8 weeks of eating behaviors.

Sort of!

If you are willing to go through some well worth it suffering for 3 to 5 days and endure the transition to ketosis, you will reset things a lot faster for the foreseeable future.

But let’s assume you want to take a more moderate more generally accepted approach.

My number One weight loss and fat loss tip is stop eating all identifiable forms of carbs that are not green leafy vegetables.  You can throw in a hand full of berries one or two times a day but no cookies, cakes, pies, sodas, pizzas, dinner rolls, bread and so on.

You will see your body change fast and once you break your carbohydrate addiction you will find it easy to maintain.  But beware!  A small amount of slippage here can be magnified into a binge very quickly!

OK here is a bonus tip: Go to bed hungry. If you wake up hungry you are still eating too many carbs.  Surprisingly the normal hormonal changes and cellular garbage clearing will leave you not hungry for at least 2 hours after you wake up.  If you like to exercise in the morning this is a good time!

Bonus tip 2!  Contrary to popular belief the ‘eat several small meals a day’ routine does not work very well since it fosters constant hunger and insulin secretion.  Remember more insulin means more fat storage! Try eating 2 moderately large meals a day.  Not buffet molester kind of meals but 2 decent complete meals.  If you “fast” for 14+ hours, you wind up eating brunch.  Provided it is not carb rich you should have no trouble lasting until 6 PM for your second meal. Yes, that means you won’t need to snack!

In this way you will almost always calorie restrict, fostering weight and fat loss.

Bonus tip 3! OK this is a secret sauce for me. First thing in the morning I drink a 16-ounce glass of water with lemon juice, Bragg’s aminos (for the salt) and cider vinegar.  I am guessing about 1 to 2 tablespoons of each, a bit lighter on the aminos.  This rather pungent and potent taste bomb stops my hunger dead in its tracks for at least 2 hours, allowing me to have that extended time between the last of yesterday and the first one of today.

OK the final Holiday Secret Weapon: Ultra Strength Fat Furnace. If you know you do not have the discipline to start with this can be a huge help supporting a healthy weight goal. I know from direct experience with patients, some people just need to see those first couple of pounds come off fast. Again its usually the first couple of days that are the hardest anyway, so don’t be shy if you need help.

Start now and you can watch from the sidelines while others pile on the pounds over the next few months!

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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Well here we are again my friend looking at a topic near and dear to my heart: exercise!

Let’s actually redefine that term for the end goal: fitness.

If you have read any of my exercise blogs or emails in the past you already know quite a bit.

Specifically you know the answer to the question, “What is the best exercise for me to do?”

In case you missed it, the answer is “It depends!”

You can create all kinds of scenarios to answer that question including my favorite, ”What would I take to a desert island if I were marooned?”

The real specifications should of course be based on what you want to achieve.

Do you want to lose weight?  Do you want to get bigger and / or stronger- the two are not mutually exclusive nor inclusive actually!

Do you want to be fit?  Then you have to open the can of worms that asks “How do you define fitness?”

When things get complicated I get going! And where I go is my own gyms, at the warehouse and at home, the gyms owned by my fitness training buddies, and the Mac Daddy of them all on planet earth, IHP- The Institute of Human Performance in Boca Raton Florida.

There lives a guy named JC Santana who has no peers in the fitness world as far as I am concerned.

The “it depends” answer is never given by JC because I never go without a specific goal in mind.

You can take advantage of JC’s brain by heading to his web site IHPFit.com and browsing the vast amount of info there.

In the meantime let me give you some very specific guidelines.

  • Aesthetics (how you look in your workout gear or a bathing suit!) is determined as much by nutritional choices as by exercise choices. I have seen plenty of big buff young men who sport big not so buff bellies because they “eat to get big”.  Most also drink!!!!  I can tell you the older you get as counted by birthdays, the more your diet plays a role in how you look, how you perform, and how you recover. See to it that you watch your calories, reduce your sugar and keep your Omega 3’s up to get the results you want.
  • Intensity as in High Intensity Interval Training can be done by most age ranges but as you age and recover slower, you need to choose that wisely. Once or twice a week max and if you are doing heavy weight bearing stuff, make sure its only once. Do the other high intensity workout in a pool with a flotation vest on.  No point in hurting yourself or getting so sore you can’t work out again soon.
  • I have found that 3 to 4 times a week is ideal for most types of workouts.
  • Body building workouts are fun and its fun to see your body look better but remember most of these types of workouts are not going to get you a lot stronger faster. Be sure what you want.
  • Long distance endurance exercise eats muscle before fat. Be sure what you want your body to do. Yes I actually wrote that twice in the past 3 lines-it’s that important!

In the end the physiologist Hans Seyle was right.  The human body can adapt to most stressors if they are intelligently applied. Make sure you know what you want, do some research and stick with your plan 3 to 4x a week for 6 weeks.  If you are heading in the right direction by your own definition then you hit the mark and have found the best exercise. When it stops producing results change it and don’t be afraid to go to ground zero and start again. You may lose some of the fitness and appearance gains you got from the initial round but finding the best program is worth it.

I never go to the gym without a big dose of fish oil (6 a day) and 400mg of Co Q on board.  I usually take them at least 90 minutes before I work out.

Now get out there and find what is perfect for you!

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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Way back in 2003 I created a really cool supplement called Super Omega 3. To my knowledge it was the first time anyone thought of combining Omega 3’s with other complimentary anti-oxidants in a synergistic fashion.

Just so you know, in this case, synergistic means what it says in that the ingredients are not only compatible but help each other!  I have since seen other people throw just about everything under the sun into capsules with fish oil; with absolutely no thought, much less proof that the combo works!

At any rate Super Omega 3 has been kind of a sleeper for well over a decade. I first introduced it as an anti-inflammatory supplement for the local running club.  Ironically this batch of runners was not the healthiest group of people!  Most of them had some emotional issues – they were truly running from something.  In addition there were some liver issues because of a lot of alcohol. All of this was coupled with weekly mileage tallies of 50 or more for many of them.  Also ironically this batch of people contained some of the best ultra-runners in the country. They did not generally age well though!

For them Super Omega 3 was specifically to help reduce post workout and post-race soreness and muscle damage.  They loved it and it became a staple for them.  Then something strange happened.  I started trying it in my practice as an adjunct to cholesterol medicines.  Then as now, I believed that heart disease was an inflammatory condition that would potentially benefit from anti- inflammatory supplementation.  Super Omega 3 has a lot of unique things in it including tocotrienols, gingerols and turmeric which in 2003 were not even talked about by anyone.  Of course nowadays you can go on the internet and read about the broad actions of all these compounds from anti-inflammatory to anti-tumor and so on*

Anyway I had one guy who had unstable angina – ongoing heart pain due to blocked vessels that in this case could not be treated by procedures and didn’t respond to drugs.  He went on Super Omega 3 and all his cholesterol numbers got much better especially his good HDL cholesterol.  At that time (as now) there were no good drugs to increase good cholesterol.  He told his heart doctors about SO3.  They told him it was quackery and to stop it immediately!  His cholesterol immediately went back to exactly what it was before the SO3 was started **.

To their credit they put him back on the product and showed up at my doorstep asking for a bottle or two for themselves!!!!

Now remember: don’t stop or change or take anything new without express permission of your own doctor. The things that happened above could be interpreted as uncontrolled, unproven and pure chance even though they happened two times in a row under the same circumstances with the same person.

My point is the combination of Omega 3 and other ingredients that help and blend well with the Omega 3, and act in a supportive way by different pathways leads to a great combination for an anti-inflammatory supplement. I cannot put anything stronger in print but I think you get the idea.

If you need to add something to your fish oil dose- this is it.

 

Doc

*no disease claims are being made, no mitigation, no cures, no prevention, no diagnoses no anything that you should interpret as medical anything!!!! No of that is being made no matter what you find in the scientific research.  IF the FDA, AMA, and FTC say it ain’t so then it ain’t so.  And as always ask your own doctor about everything.

** See the above * Supplements are considered unproven and many doctors and more than a few scientists think they are worthless or at least say that in public.

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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I have watched people, people’s behavior, and what happens to people when they do certain things for 25 years now. It’s what I do, or at least part of it. After all if you don’t understand what motivates people, how can you help them?

I can tell you this much – most people ignore their immune system and its contribution to health.

Pretty much every time you miss a few hours of sleep, eat the wrong stuff, get excessively stressed or any number of other behaviors you mother warned you about, you are putting the screws to your immune system.

Big deal you may say but hold on thar cowboys and cowgirls, your immune system is one of the main drivers of how well or badly you age.

You see your body is constantly trying to maintain homeostasis- literally “an unchanging body”. Every challenge you give it needs a response in order to maintain that unchanging body.  And, your immune system is at the fore front of that battle of homeostasis.

I’ll give you some key foods to eat in a moment but let’s cover some broad brush big stuff to remember first.

  • When you are very young you have an almost endless capacity to regenerate your body and return it to balance. The “natural” process of aging diminishes that capacity. In order to fight that decline you would want to attack the big things that are responsible- declining immunity, declining repair state, weakening of the energy systems.  There are 2 supplements I make that are specifically designed by me to support the good fight in the battle for the unchanging body.

They are the telomere support agentand what is probably the most inexpensive way to get into a deep experience with my product line, the Daily Dose Pack.

Be forewarned! Neither supplement is a simple one a day thing.  You get a lot of stuff packed into both supplements!

Which one you chose depends on your own personal habits.  If you are already pretty healthy and take care of yourself then get the Telomere Edge Packs. If you not good at watching what you eat, how you sleep and so on, the Daily Dose Pack has your name on it!

OK now onto some food recommendations.

Specifically berries should be a part of at least 2 meals a day. The problem is each and every berry is quite different. The colors are a clue but let’s keep it simple. Combine a half a handful of darker and lighter colors and don’t pick the sweet stuff.  That means stay away from a bunch of dehydrated fruits including raisons, pineapple and so forth.  Focus on blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries or red raspberries and keep them fresh and organic.

If you don’t, can’t or won’t eat these regularly then get some Immune Boost!

In the green leafy department I a prefer foods that are high enough in anti-oxidants to stay fresh for a few days in the fridge. This would include Kale, spinach and Okra.  Sadly many of the greens will start to wilt or rot in a day or so.  That should tell you something about how/when they were picked or harvested as well as how well they can defend themselves against spoilage. If they can’t defend themselves they are not much good to you!

For dairy try to stay raw!  A trip to the farm won’t kill you and the probiotic load you get can do wonders for your immunity. Remember the little critters in our gut are key to our health in more ways than we even understand at this moment!

Then of course there are the Omega 3’s.  Specifically the Omega 3(anti-inflammatory) to Omega 6 (inflammatory) is the single most important thing to keep inflammation under control!

Make sure you take care of that at all times.

Do these things and you win the battle of homeostasis- the unchanging body.

 

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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The immune system is a complex and different bunch of components working together for the common goal of keeping you healthy against the endless stream of external insults Mother Nature throws at us every day in the form of germs and viruses.

It also plays a key role in the “immune surveillance” mechanisms that keep our bodies cancer free.

I hope you agree those are worthy goals because today I am going to give you the scoop on how to become one of those people who sail through cough and cold season instead of staying constantly sick or worse.

Here is the most important stuff…

1) Sleep: Lack of sleep is not a good way to stay healthy in any way. It affects the hormone system as well as the body’s ability to recover. Both of those ultimately affect the strength of your immune response.

Ironically something that blunts your fast response immunity can trigger your slow response immunity and cause chronic inflammation, a precursor to most of the disease we associate with aging such as heart disease, arthritis and Alzheimer’s as well as cancer.

2) Nutrition: Getting enough antioxidants and Fish oil in your body is critical for the immune system to do its job at managing long term stress and short term inflammation. Having the right diet is key.

3) Exercise: While activity and the body’s response to clearly and ultimately improve the way and ability of your body to respond to germs and viruses.

4) Supplements. Mother Nature endowed the plant world a series of amazing ways to defend itself against the very same primitive bacteria and viruses that can kill us.

5) Fixing and balancing your immune system is the key, at least the first key to resetting your biologic clocks.

6) Elderberry Extract

Here are some examples. Studies into the Elderberry extract have shown specific and dramatic effects on influenza and other viruses by decreasing the spread of the virus from cell to cell and inhibiting its ability to reproduce. My Immune Booster is a potent and pure elderberry extract treated in a special patented way to preserve the antioxidant activity while getting rid of contaminants.

7) Fish Oil

Finally, the specific case of Fish oil. In the past season someone decided they would post an article that fish oil might reduce flu immunity. That article got picked up and circulated widely, as does most negative press on the internet.

In fact, fish oil has been shown to increase the number of inflammatory cells in the lungs of lab subjects when infected with influenza. In addition it showed an increase also in another immune producing area, the spleen, when influenza was introduced into the systems of rats.

Rat studies aside** none of the Omega 3 experts, including myself, believe that there is any harm whatsoever in using Fish oil during the flu season. In fact if you should get the flu, which is unlikely if you do all of the above, you’ll most likely get less symptoms if you took fish oil!

The main cost of getting sick for most of us is inconvenience and annoyance. Who has time for the flu or even a bad cold! So look to your Fish oil, Immune Booster and Instant Endurance this season and remember those you love who are more vulnerable than you and I!

**A word about those rat studies, since some genius is likely to start an anti-Omega 3 campaign again based on them. Lab rats weigh less than a pound on average. They were given 17 grams of fish oil in these studies. That would be like a 150 pound person taking several thousand grams of fish oil a day for several weeks. Even then many of the parameters of anti-viral immunity improved. I hope you can see the ridiculousness of some of what gets put on the internet!

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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Way Way back in 2008 I wrote a semi-serious piece on this topic. That was part one.  I re read it and I like it a lot so if you can stand knowing that much of what I made is no longer available* and those links no longer work you might want to give it a read!

That said there are some important things to tell you about this topic revisited.

First it’s true! Women do live longer than men and this longevity advantage reaches way out into the post centenarian (greater than 100 years old) range.

Hormones were the big topic in part one several years ago. They still are since that is one of the main differences between men and women. Most hormones have been demonstrated to have some positive effect on telomeres. Ironically in much the same vein it took science a long time to understand that hormones were not the causes of breast and prostate cancer per se.  For a long time much like telomerase, hormones were blamed for cancer.  This was especially true of testosterone which has now been shown to be protective for diabetes and heart disease and at the very least neutral for prostate cancer.

The ratio of hormones of course is the tell tale.  In men Estrogen dominance becomes the problem.  So too it becomes a problem in women.  The actual specifics of which estrogens are the problem are still debated but the key word is balance for both sexes.  Imbalances lead to problems not the least of which is when estrogen dominance takes over, men and women start to look very similar!

Understand that “andropause” is the male version of menopause but it does not strike with the same predictability. Some men remain reasonably hormonally balanced into their 80’s and beyond.

While no one has exactly studied this it is reasonably to conclude that hormone balance is a necessity for healthy and long telomeres and that to some degree there may be telomerase activation by those male and female hormones.

Another hall mark of both of the “pauses” is bone loss.  This is not only due to loss of direct stimulation of bone building cells by said hormones but the loss of the anti-oxidant capacity those hormones provide. Women tend to lose a big chunk of that with menopause.  In men andropause tends to be more gradual but a significant portion of men are osteoporotic by the time they hit 80.

Still to this day I rarely hear any of this mentioned.

More than ever a proper anti-oxidant rich diet and a strong anti-oxidant defense may be helpful. Women tend to lose and recycle iron stores because of their periods which may well contribute to lowering the oxidation potential a bit as well, but I think it pales in comparison to hormone imbalances with menopause.

Along with these changes in “redox” biology there is the ubiquitous telomere shortening of aging that can only be combated by telomerase activation.

Finally in terms of men and women, women are blessed with an extra X chromosome that men don’t have.  As Mother Nature sees fit one of the 2 X chromosomes is randomly inactivated in women.  This means if there are any “bad genes” on that X chromosome there is another one to take up the slack and provide healthy genes for that women.  Her man does not have that luxury.

So there you have it – some real keys to longevity

I still provide alternatives for the last two.  As you read the old entry done so many years ago you may ask, “What became of those supplements!?” The answer is that the market place is a cruel mistress for a small business trying to do things differently and making things that both cost more and work better. Not everything I do is a marketing home run but everything I do works and is the best thing out there next to drugs!!!

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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One of the more common complaints I get from my readers is, “How can I find the time/motivation/energy/money to do it all. The usual attached phrase is that it’s easy for me to tell you what and how to do because this is what I do all day every day.

That is in point of fact true.

It boggles my mind to see the limitations people put on their lives in terms of dedication and value. The attendant feelings of powerlessness and then “blame” as in I don’t have your resources, your knowledge, your health, your money, your access, etc etc.

There are many reasons why you may chose to “do less”. Still some is better than none and that is what I want to remind you of today.

Most doctors would say that no doctor worth his or her salt would ever just tell you to take a pill.  Most will dutifully hand you diet sheets and make appointments with dieticians and the like.  Most know in their heart of hearts the information while generally condoned and socially accepted is not likely to help you achieve your goals.

And THEN they will hand you a pill.

So here is one thing that I am sure will help you if you do it.

Take your fish oil and take enough of it to matter meaning 4 to 6 caps a day.

In spite of all the bias against the just take a pill approach everything I have read studied and seen in my career has led me to believe that taking a few pills of fish oil will help you whether you do all the other things you should or not.

Mainly this is because fish oil is so deficient in your diet that you have a vitamin deficiency in the truest sense of the word.  Problem is 70 years ago the government agency decided Omega 3 was not among the vitamins we should pay attention to.

Well I move that we should call it Vitamin F and there should be a serious minimum daily requirement based on the epidemiologic evidence that it reduces disease incidence!

I have been saying that for 14 years now and it is easy for me to keep saying it.

It is also easy for you to do it while you decide on all the other things I recommend that you may or may not chose for yourself based on how much you value you.

If I didn’t value you I wouldn’t bring this up!

 

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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The frost is on the pumpkin here in the Northeast.  The first cold snap has hit the ground running and while it is going to warm up for a few days, the message is clear: Fall is in the air.

Another message is clear as well.  The most prolific and numerous organism on the planet is on the move.

This organism outnumbers humans by tens of thousands in order of magnitude.

If outnumbers its nearest numeric rival by an order of magnitude in the thousands.

And while it is absolutely essential to life on earth some of its members are among the most deadly pathogens known to man.  Just after World War One, its most notable member killed more people than the war by far.

That particular member is the virus known as influenza.

A couple of things have become clear about influenza. First it is the center of a lot of media hype and even terror!  The bird flu, the swine flu and various of the HN designations of flu have been touted as the destroyers of humanity.

Fortunately none of those things has panned out but it doesn’t take much prompting for some scientist somewhere to reenact mankind’s demise at the hands of the next viral killer.

Next these little critters are so simple that even major changes to their genetic structure are compatible with them surviving and often thriving on their hosts-which usually includes you and me!

Then there is the question of vaccinations!  Autism and thimerosal  and Guillain Barre aside it turns out we were really lousy at predicting which flu is hitting us.  In recent years the vaccine success rate has been less than 50% and people are still dying.

You may look to me for answers but remember the FDA and the FTC and most of the other alphabet agencies are not favorable to what I would tell you.  So with all the disclaimers in place here is what I am personally going to do.

I travel a lot and wind up all over the globe.  That means airplanes. Airplanes may as well be the flying equivalent of a viral breeding ground.  The only times I have ever been sick during the past decade have been when I have come off a plane.

So for me it’s a double dose of Immune Boost and a single dose of the daily dose pack.

I could launch into a scientific diatribe about how certain natural ingredients in certain supplements I make block neuraminidase activity and prevent viral attachment.  But that would be frowned upon by the Big Brother agencies that are watching everything we do.

I will simply tell you that along with washing my hands and carrying small bottles of alcohol gel and clean wipes I rely on the above supplements.

They have gotten me through the worst flu and viral seasons ever without vaccinations!

If you are going to do the same now is the time.

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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Have you ever heard this one: “You only use 5% of your brain!”.

Well sorry to say that is a myth. What it should say is you only use 5% of your brain for thinking. The other 95% may or may not be involved in stuff you value.

Surely at least a quarter of what is left is used for things like heart rate breath vascular tone, monitoring hormones and so forth.  Frankly it’s probably good you don’t have to think of this stuff otherwise your brainwould be a cluttered mess!

And then, a nice big chunk of It has to be used for that wonderful thing we call the subconscious mind. That is pretty important since everything that has ever happened to us is stored there and it’s also essential for many of our Eureka moments and ideas that happen immediately after we wake up and in the shower!

And, who knows how much energy and synaptic space those long term memories take up.

No my friend, people use up far more than 5% of their brain, bad drivers and customer service reps not withstanding.

The second part of the statement that usually follows the 5% thing is “What if you could harness the other 95%?!!!” and goes on to tell you about some magic brain formula that might maybe sorta kind might just do that.

Well I am sad to tell you there isn’t one.

But 7 years ago I did manage to create a very popular and very successful supplement I initially called InstantEinstein. I made the mistake a few years later of trying to trademark that name at the recommendation of my patent/trademark lawyer at the time. It took about 6 weeks before the Albert Einstein Foundation in Tel Aviv sent a nasty gram saying cease and desist. Somehow they were willing to contest the term “Einstein” was not a term in common usage.

I guess they figured I was no Einstein for trying to use it. I felt the same about my patent/trademark guy when I found out they actually go out and directly approach people who might have a complaint.

Anyway the long and short of it is the product has henceforth been named the apparently less offensive:Instant Brain Power.

I have been using it for a long time and especially when there is a major mental task at hand. Such a task has now reared its ugly head again in the form of a Board Exam. Now truthfully I don’t have to take it and there are many things I would rather do than memorize thousands of facts I will not use again until the next exam 10 years from now, if ever. But I decided to do it and I am so glad I have Instant Brain Power at my side because I have been in this position for other Board exams and it has never let me down.

So, if you want or need to master huge volumes of facts, stimulate your creative brain, and/or master difficult mental challenges like musical instruments or new languages with greater ease you really need to try InstantBrain Power. You will most likely only gain a few percent efficiency in your brain power or memory. But even that will be an improvement on 5%!

If might not make you an Einstein, but would you settle for Da Vinci?!

 

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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At no time in my long medical career have I seen so varied and disjointed an approach to science.

In fact traditional science has failed the public perception. People are sick and tired of being sick and tired. They are tired of long waits, nonsensical answers and a pedantic paternal medial system that promises new cures and miracle events that never materialize.

They are tired of taking drugs, dealing with dangerous and deadly side effects and constant negative approaches and campaigns against natural agents.

Remember all we need is more money. The 2 trillion dollars in cancer research and the 1 trillion dollars in diabetes and heart disease have not cured anything.

We now stand on the cusp of “genetic cures”. Let’s look at those for a second.

Melanoma gene therapy is applicable to 18% of people with melanoma.  Is that enough?

Cystic Fibrosis cures now reach 5% of people. Is that enough?

And while you are pondering this question be reminded that the “cures” are now measured in months, not years or decades- at least not yet.

Researchers will tell you that many genes can lead to the same or similar diseases. They will tell you that such diseases are actually several very different diseases. They will not tell you that all cancers have a component of defective respiration ala Otto Warburg. Warburg won the Nobel Prize in the late 1920’s for his work in the field. His choices over the next 30 years of his life wound up getting him discredited as a scientist-until recently.

Progress can be slowed but not stopped.

Right now a company called BioViva has injected the AAV9 vector to deliver telomerase into a human being.  I detailed this in a recent post. My friend Mike Fossel and his company Telocyte are working on curing Alzheimer Disease with the AAV9 telomerase vector as well through an FDA trial.  The FDA trial will take years of course but it will shut up the naysayers once and for all.

By the way Mike’s Book “The Telomerase Revolution” is available from Amazon right now.  Get a copy and learn from one of the true gurus in the field.

Right now there is a backlash in the scientific community against such therapies.  The BioViva thing has caused all kinds of ethicists to yell “cease and desist human testing”. Sorry gang this IS HAPPENING and it is happening right now. Not 50 years from now , but RIGHT NOW!

If it fails it will answer more questions than any other trial has ever answered about aging and anti-aging therapies.  The ethicists say it’s a big deal if it fails because it involves a human being.  They are right but this person was 100% informed and is a volunteer.  Read that again please a VOLUNTEER. Also understand that I have personally guinea pigged it for a bunch of different stem cell therapies and would have allowed the AAV9 to be trialed on me in a heart beat.

If it succeeds it will also answer more questions than any other trial in history. People have sacrificed their lives and health for far stupider things than this.  I applaud this effort and look forward to the results whatever they may be.

Why would I be so adamant?  How could an MD feel this way?

Here is the problem.  No one has another 2 trillion dollars to waste.  Science has had decades to do things their own way and failed miserably.  The trumpets are blaring about new discoveries but mark my words these trumpets will sound flat notes.  No one will hear them over the next round of trumpets however.  NO one will admit. “WE screwed up!”  They will just keep saying they need more money and painting a bleak picture of the heroic struggle against diseases that are smarter than mankind.

They will continue to say things like Cancer expresses telomerase so expressing telomerase can cause cancer.  The short answer to this is: morons.

Or my personal favorite: Elephants over express the tumor suppressor gene P53 so they live a long time without cancer. Elephants live 60 to 70 years a full decade short of the current human life span at least.

Most cancers in humans occur after age 70 and continue to rise after that.  Find me a 75 year old elephant in the wild not the zoo which is where these miracle elephants were studied, and maybe I will believe you.

Remember: I was part of this problem for almost 2 decades!

Currently the FTC is on the war path trying to shut down telomerase activators.  You may have read the trials and tribulations of my friend Ed Park.  All of the major TA-65 distributors are under scrutiny and its costing a ton of money just to meet the demands of the FTC.  Again read Ed Park’s blogs for updates if you like. I of course would love to meet the “consumer watchdog” group that is supposedly behind all this.  I would love to ask them a few questions about telomeres and telomerase and see just how ignorant they are.  Sad that ignorance has power and anonymity.

But we can all take comfort. No one can stop the wheels of progress forever*

Doc

*There is one more thing I would love to see.  When the BioViva study proves safe and effective I would love for all the people screaming foul to say, “We were wrong!”  I say it when I am wrong and have on more than one occasion publically.  But if the July 2012 “Fish oil causes prostate cancer” BS study is any indication, people will simply continue trying to obstruct progress, waste money and not even blink when the facts smack them upside the head.

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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You may or may not be aware of the subtle changes that occur in your body during seasonal changes. This happens no matter what location you live in.  For instance you may live in an area that is warm year round- but your body knows and your brain stem knows that things are changing.

There are some hormonal changes that activate as the days get shorter.  You may see a bit of tendency to gain weight that seems to coincide with the holiday season.  Don’t blame it all on those pastries because your body is trying to prepare for whatever winter looks like in your locale.

In addition your sleep and awake patters may change and you may take a few weeks or even months to adapt to this.  These changes can be particularly disruptive.

At the far end of the spectrum is SAD or Seasonal Affective Disorder.  This is a brain stem induced change in mood and a feeling of unbalanced emotional behavior that happens in the October through April months.  Some people are not even aware of it until they “come out of it” in Spring.

There are some simple effective fixes for these things that I want to share with you.

  • Exercise earlier in the day. This is a good time to move your workouts to the morning or afternoon if possible. This can help reset your body’s time clocks. You’ll get more out of your day. Have you considered taking up Yoga?
  • Pay close attention to how much you sleep. You may feel more tired and want to add an hour of sleep to your night but resist this temptation. Keep your sleep as regular as possible. If you need help with this, then try my Sleep Wizard – it’s all natural, non-habit forming, non-drowsy formula works like a charm!
  • Eat more fat and less carbs! I know this is counter current to everything the medical establishment will tell you, but more fat as fuel can help you resist the temptations of empty calories and mindless eating. It doesn’t hurt to not be hungry during the coming season.

If you want to jump start your weight management then have a serious look at Ultra Strength Fat Furnace.  Let’s face it sometimes we all need a little boost to stay ahead of our habits.

Speaking of habits one of the wisest things I ever heard was “you are the sum total of your habits”!  If you think about that for a moment I think you will see the brilliance of this statement.  Sleep, exercise and weight control are not little things.

In terms of habits they are huge!

In terms of your health they are enormous. In terms of how well you look feel and perceived they are the main drivers.

And finally in terms of how you age they are indisputable.

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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If there is anything you can consistently say about human beings, its that they are diverse.

So what is it really that makes us unique.

Must be our genetics right?

Well, er, no! We actually share 98+% of that with each other no matter what we look like or where we come from.  But for sure, VIVA la 2% or we’d all look the same.

Well then there is this thing called epigenetics.  That is responsible for 70+% of what we become in terms of which genes get turned on and off. This then determines our responses to the environment.

For the record the environment is pretty much EVERYTHING.  Who we see, who we respond to how we process those experiences, what we eat how we sleep, how much or little we move and exercise, what we read how we process that and so on and so forth. Everything matters.

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Some matters more than others!

On a very basic level you might guess that what you eat, how you move, how you sleep are the biggies since they are part of our very basic biology including genetics and epigenetics.

You’d be right about that especially if you are stuck in some sort of mental physical or environmental (like your job!) rut.  Fix those things and you will change your life.  Here’s where I’d start if I had to pick one.  True SO3 has been around for a while.  True SO3 doesn’t quite have the total package as far as Omega 3 levels.

But for the most rounded overall combination of Omega 3 (always start here when you are trying to change your life!) and a couple of former secrets from Mother Nature, you can’t beat this.

Once you have that nailed the rest as they say is up to you. If you want to run faster jump higher and play harder I make Cardio Boost.

If you want to be smarter have a better memory and be more creative I make this.

All of these are game changers but start at the beginning and walk before you run.

Finally I want to answer the question “What makes us Unique”.

To me the real answer is 1) Our Experiences and 2) How we process them.

That is really the measure of a man or woman in my long experience with life and people.

I will leave you to ponder on that for now, but remember, you need the building blocks of a great mind and body to have a great life.

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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Occasionally I simplify everything into a very tightly distilled kernel. As Jack Webb used to say on the TV show Dragnet, “Just the Facts Please”.

The first fact is that aging is not the inevitable consequence of the number of birthday’s you have counted. I won’t debate or get into detail here but I will simply say that while it is in vogue to question the reality of “anti-aging” therapies much of the questioning is rooted in non-scientific belief systems and skepticism disguising itself as science.

Worse some of the very pioneers in “anti-aging” theory are the first to scream, “We should get old and die”.  I wish they would take the considerable brilliance they were gifted with and apply it to working on the next steps of health and life span extension.

So what is the missing link I speak of, this thing that will allow you to transition from chronologic old age to biologic youth?

Your immune system.

Fixing and balancing your immune system is the key, at least the first key to resetting your biologic clocks.

Right now about 90% of the adults in the Western world are not doing this.  They may be trying. They may be reading and learning habits that help, but they are not doing it.

Why? Because the information they are reading, listening and learning from misses the mark. They haven’t taken the time to sit down and read The Immortality Edge, or The Telomerase Revolution, or the literally thousands of other resources out there. So here are the secrets that would correct their course or yours if you are not on course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do the thing and you shall have the power.

So I start everything I do off with an intention. What do I want to happen. In this case I want to grow younger in some measurable fashion. OK now I have the power of intention. Now what?

I have to “Do the thing”. And here is the big secret within the secret. If you do the thing you can have the results. What is “the thing”?  Take your fish oil in a big enough dose to get to more Omega 3 in your system than Omega 6. For Ultra 85 that would be about 4 to 6 a day depending on what else you eat.

I want to be clear on this: Taking Omega 3’s, yes just popping the pills, will do an incredible amount of good for your over taxed immune system by restoring the most important single biochemical marker in your system: your Omega 3 level. Even if you don’t meditate, exercise, eat right the rest of the time, maintain an ideal body weight, go to the doctor regularly, etc etc etc statistically you will be healthier. Now of course you SHOULD do all those things but studies have shown that that one thing- restoring your Omega 3 levels to where they should be- will change the future for you (again I have to add statistically).

Next Take the AM and PM Telomere Edge Packs . After writing the Immortality Edge, I set about to meet the demand for a complete supplement package that would support Telomere health. The unending popularity of the Packs and the multiple reformulations and improvements since they were introduced in early 2011 along with the bevy of happy customers and testimonials tells me they are wanted, needed and desired because they work!

Ok Secret 2:  All of the above helps to reset your immune system and guide it to the perfect balance of function where it deals with threats to your body without threatening your body.

The combination of decreased free radical oxidative load, longer or at least stable telomeres and healthy functioning mitochondrial powerhouses resets the stuff that overlays your genes and decides which ones are turned on or off. That is referred to as epigenetics and it is the most important thing you can work on and fix. That is the thing that will give you the most health and the most life.

The Missing Link is really that simple.

Now it’s up to you!

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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A company called BioViva that is well known in anti-aging circles announced yesterday that the first human volunteer for gene assisted telomerase therapy has begun treatment.  This coincides not coincidentally with my friend Mike Fossel’s most recent book “The Telomerase Revolution

I highly encourage you to pick up a copy on Amazon.

Now a few years back I personally volunteered to be the guinea pig for this experiment while in the lab of Maria Blasco. Sadly my wallet is not deep enough or I was not in the right place at the right time etc.

Be that as it may someone has bravely pioneered this therapy in humans.  I can hardly wait for the follow up on this.

In the meantime please understand the likelihood that you (or I for that matter) will not be able to afford this for a long, long time.

What you might consider is the more obvious route of Telomere Support.

And of course Omega 3.

Neither of these therapies will reset the telomerase enzyme as far as we know. But there is reasonable scientific logic that common men and women like you and me can do something good and in some positive way protect our telomeres.

Rest assured that the original Immortality Edge crew is hard at work each in their own way to improve your future.

I won’t lie to you. It doesn’t suck to be at the center of this revolution.

You can join us!

Yours,

Dr Dave

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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If you haven’t yet read Part 1 then do so here as this part 2 forms a nice flow and is based on that blog. Thanks to all the people who wrote in and asked for Part 2 especially Tharon V. I feel ya brother as my friend the Hulk would say!

Rather than the intro that you can find there I am going to jump right in and start with what I learned and what I might do differently.

  • I would spend my time more wisely. That usually translates into paying someone to do the stuff that does not contribute directly to my well being. For instance: I mowed my own lawn for many many years. One day I slipped on some wet grass and for a moment saw the lawn mower dangerously close to my foot. That, plus grass allergies, plus the 3 hours of sweat it took to get it done convinced me this was not the best use of my time. When I examined it I enjoyed stuff like changing the oil, sharpening the blades, changing the plugs etc as well as those first few cuttings. But after a few weeks it got to be a huge drag. I was raised in a family where you did your own work, didn’t ask for help and if you paid somebody you were just lazy and spoiled.

I got over it!!!

Use your time wisely doing things you enjoy or that better you and the ones you love.  I am sure there is something that you can let go of along with the child hood programming that put it there lol and clear out some time for you and your loved ones!

  • I would have stopped trying to change people. We all have friends that are the same as always. They never change and neither does their life situation or their problems. Learn to enjoy them for what they are but forget advising them- they are not in a place where they can hear you.
  • I would have started taking care of telomeres and stem cells sooner. I have to take a mulligan on this one since I started both within a short time of them being available but I get a lot of questions like this, “I am 25 or 35 or 45 etc am I too young to start these kinds of anti-aging therapies. All I can say is NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! And I envy you. If I were that age I would find a way to afford both. I would take 6 fish oil a day and not miss. I started this at around 43 years old.  I could have done it when I was 16 because that is when my Dad brought home our first bottle of fish oil!  Now it was very poor quality but I could have found other stuff I am sure that was a bit better and stayed on it for the next 40 years and have accrued all that benefit!  Similarly I would bank my stem cells while they were younger and healthier instead of older and healthier!!!!!

I should also mention that we are going to have another free stem cell webinar in the next few weeks because so many people wanted to get on and couldn’t! So keep reading those emails blogs and Facebook as well for updates.

  • I would have been more earnest about disciplining myself with my habits. Anyone who knows me will tell you when I put my mind to something it happens.  It’s not a question of if but when.  The when part of it usually is tied directly to the amount of mental juice I put towards it. The more juice the faster it happens. But I want to share something that Matt Furey taught me a long time ago and again reminded me of: Don’t try too hard.  It’s good to have goals and belief in those goals being attained. But you cannot “own” anything and as soon as you try you set up negative energy and negative attracting power because of fear.  Be fearless and kind and let go of the “how’s and when’s” and just have faith in yourself and enjoy the journey to that goal. It is sure to come faster that way.
  • Finally 2 exercise tips: I would do more body weight and gymnastic exercises. While it’s nice to look ripped and buff etc it’s also nice to move in a supple fashion without pain and be able to glide through your day. You cannot do that if you train your muscles only in one plane the weight most weight training does. I do not discourage weight training, but throw in a movement day where you spend your allotted time moving in planes and directions that flex and extend and laterally move your spine, your hips, and your shoulders through all ranges of motion. I am a big fan of inversion, inversion sit ups; inversion one leg hangs to de co apt the hips and lateral rotations upright and inverted as well as posterior chain exercises like bridging, human chairs and the like.  The posterior chain is completely neglected by most people!
  • Use the pool! The pool is the best way to do your interval sprints if you are over 45.  There is no pounding and the heat dissipation actually allows you to work harder and get your heart rate higher.

You can bet I will be doing all these things in the next 3 months on a regular basis.

With the right combination of habit, self belief, supplements  and of course diet you can have the health vitality stamina strength and yes the appearance of a much younger person!

Start NOW!

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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I get several scientific journals every week that I read diligently. It is always interesting to me to see how biased scientists can be. It is often pointed out that studies are designed to be randomized double blinded and placebo controlled. How could you possibly fiddle with data like that.

In one word: statisticians.

These magical behind the scenes never included in the title authorship kinda guys and gals can make anything look significant and reasonable if you don’t look past the title or the abstract!

So every week when I go through these journals I look for the deep nuts and bolts of the study so you don’t have to!

That includes most of the so called ground breaking stuff that makes internet headlines on a daily basis.

Much of what I read has to do with genetics, and cancer as well as other diseases of aging.  Authors are continuing to push the agenda of the magic gene or lately the magic cluster of genes.

For sure there are diseases including cancer that are associated with a cluster of genes. One might even say that some of these clusters are causative not merely associated with cancer. That sad part is we continue to spend billions of dollars in research each year chasing the unicorns that cause cancer in a tiny portion of people

While I am gratified that a smallish number of people can temporarily benefit from these discoveries, and I am sure that our knowledge of disease and the human genome is vital to the future of medicine and of course anti-aging, I don’t think we will cure most of these diseases any time soon.

So rather than complain I am going to suggest something for you personally that I have adopted for the past decade and a half.

Treat aging like cancer. Treat aging like heart disease. Treat aging like Alzheimer’s.

Treat aging like a disease. Now please understand I am not going to make any claims to mitigate diagnose or cure illness or disease here.

The FDA and FTC do not recognize aging as a disease. But that will not stop them from coming after me for “making claims” even if they do not classify this as a disease. The government agencies make their own rules.  So I am not making claims!!!!

The real issue for most disease of aging and the place where I think on a person not giving you medical advice ‘cause I’m not your doctor kinda level lies in epigenetics.

There are lots of analogies for the genome-epigenome relationship but here is mine.  Your genes are like the giant public library down the street.  It contains all the books ever written and probably a few known as mutations that are unique to you. The epigenome is the books you actually check out and read!

You are born with epigenetic marks from your parents and your time in your mom’s womb. No one is 100% sure if these are mutable (meaning changeable not NOT mutabale- two different words!!!).

But we can assume most epigenetic marks are changeable thus you can change the outcome of the story in the books your body reads in a genetic sense!

Bottom line is the 80/20 rule applies. 80% of what happens to you is epigenetic, 20% genetic.

So how can you modify your epigenetics?

  1. Exercise regularly and sensibly. Exercise changes the epigenetic expression of over 4000 genes each time you do it.  It reduces inflammation in the long run and improves your body’s ability to cope with physical and probably mental stress
  2. There are lots of studies out there detailing the effects of meditation on your biologic time clocks, the telomeres.
  3. Reduce inflammation in your body. There are tons of ways you can do this from eating a diet rich in vegetables and some fruits while avoiding processed foods, to taking larger than recognized as normal doses of pure Omega 3 on  daily basis for life. While I advocate all of the above this one step will raise your Omega 3 levels enough to make a difference – if you dose it correctly!
  4. Sleep at least 7 hours a night. I have written so many blogs and emails about this over the years I will spare you more at this moment. Just remember you cannot skimp without paying the price.

Do those 4 things (and follow a detailed plan) and you will be ahead of the game and have done more than most to reset your body towards health wellness and biologic happiness!!!!

Or you can do what the government wants – or wait for NIH scientists or someone in Big Pharma to discover the magic gene.

Personally I am not holding my breath!!!

Doc

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Since 2002 I have intermittently revealed weight loss secrets that have helped both me and my patients remain leaner and healthier than the rest of the population.

Before I launch into the usual appetite suppression and Ultra Strength Fat Furnace lecture let me call your attention to the number in the title: Seven. That hopefully let’s you know there are at least 6 other secrets I have revealed over the years. And since I know you have read every single secret over the past 12 years I won’t burden your perfect memory with the other secrets… at least not today!

So before I remind you that Ultra Strength Fat Furnace was the original first ever U.S. based all natural raspberry ketone compound, eclipsing the great Dr Oz by a mere 8 to 10 years. I want to tell you a secret that for at least 35% of people would be all they would ever need to lose all the weight they would want and keep it off.

Forever.

And the secret is: severe intermittent carb and calorie restriction combined with long term less severe calorie and carb restriction.

And I will ever through one more in. Eat more fat than protein and carbs.

Now you may remember things like the Adkins’s Diet, The New Adkin’s Diet, and the various and sundry ketogenic diets and MCT based diets.

Now I have outlined the steps and things to look for in great and excruciating detail in my recent Ketogenic diet blogs.

But the best thing is I wrote those blogs over 8 weeks ago and have been able to implement a longer term easier diet that consists of both carb and calorie restriction in manageable amounts and lose even a few more pounds of fat.

Now for the hard part.

It’s not so easy to do this unless you are fully committed and expecting to deal with the issue of not eating anywhere near the amounts you are used to. If you do that however you will find much of your eating behavior is habit, not dictated by actually being hungry. Again check out the blogs and you’ll see.

Then again its going to be very difficult for over half of the people reading this blog and you might want to try a milder version or get some help.

I have done both: dieted alone and dieted with Ultra Strength Fat Furnace and trust me the later is much easier. That said no matter how you decide to include these “secrets” into your life you will find it is incredibly worth it.

USFF is a secret way to make the secrets easier!

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Doc

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I have a theory about what gets written these days.  It appears in books blogs and all kinds of media. We are swamped with things in sound bite form and often apply no critical thinking.

Let me give you an example. There is a decent book on success habits out there written by a guy who claims to be very very successful and very well may be. In the book he talks about gratitude and how successful people practice gratitude on a daily basis. Sounds wonderful no?  And in point of fact if you read and success or self improvement literature you read about gratitude in just about every single book to the point where frankly it gets a little boring.

Anyway the author makes the statement that the most successful people in the world practice gratitude on a daily basis. He goes as far as saying the top 5% earners do it daily and the other 95% of the world never does. Now again it “sounds right” doesn’t it.

But honestly how do you fact check that information.

You can’t!  You can neither prove nor disprove it and most people would not even catch the absurdity of the statement. I have met a lot of successful people and frankly none of them practice gratitude on a daily basis.  It does not mean they are ungrateful- far from it. It’s just that this so called success ritual that seems so obvious is in fact probably BS! Nice and expected fluff in a book about success.

So do I think practicing gratitude is a great thing?  You betcha. If you pray for instance that is a great time to express gratitude. Or anytime for that matter.

I’ll tell you when and what I personally express.  It’s not gratitude, its appreciation!

Gratitude sounds a bit too much like “Oh thank goodness my unworthy self got something in this world of scarce resources!”  Sorry that attitude is not for me. Appreciation on the other had means I may have had an expectation of success and I appreciate when it manifests. Maybe I am picking on semantics too much but I hope you get the idea.

Now that I’ve given you one of my personal success rituals let me return to the premise of the email, asking for proof.

In science and medicine it’s really a good idea to ask for proof. It’s equally important while you are educating yourself about your health.  There are some real sacred cows out there that originate from some place long lost but are now accepted as fact.  For instance I detail one of them in my blog  “I may have been wrong about this one”. I discuss how I might indeed be wrong about my stances on artificial sweeteners in the past.  But I give myself credit for not simply taking the easy way so many of my colleagues do and just jumping on a band wagon because someone said so.

Want another one? Read the pros and cons of Mag Sulfate.  And read the oft cited article and see how the conclusions that are stated by some very famous internet gurus do not even appear in that article that is cited.  To me this is a pretty good indication that someone made it up and no one fact checked.

The simple fact is that I do not use Mag Sulfate in most of my supplements anymore because the push back is simply too great.  The factoid is fact because the internet says so.

I will leave you with another ponderance.

Fish is much better for you than fish oil.

According to one respected internet doc “the bulk of the data supports eating fish not taking fish oil”.

Really!?  Go to PUB MED, the national medical library catalog and type in “fish oil”. As of today you will find 24919 references that cite the use of fish oil in various studies illnesses and clinical trials.  The bulk of them are very favorable. If you type in “benefits of eating fish” you will find 137 citations.

I encourage you to do this if you care about the truth.  You see there really is a truth and the internet ain’t it!!!!!!

You can also research fish based toxicity while you are there. You will find that fish and (many fish oils!) contain potentially harmful amounts of toxins like mercury arsenic and lead.

This article is an example:

J Toxicol Environ Health A. 2007 Nov;70(22):1897-911.

Heavy metals in Pacific cod (Gadus macrocephalus) from the Aleutians: location, age, size, and risk.

You might also remember some of my extensive writings on heavy metal toxicity and telomere (biologic time clock) damage. Yet another reason to reconsider using fish as your main source of Omega 3’s.

 

I don’t expect the anti fish oil crusade to end anytime soon.

I just hope you remember to ask for proof!!!!

You’ll be surprised how many “facts” are actually plain BS!!!

 

Doc

 

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This one is dedicated to a client and friend Dan M and all my other friends out there.  You are Dr. Dave’s Best!!

A British team of scientists have created a new panel of tests that is said to be very accurate in determining longevity.

The star player of course was telomere length. That should come as no surprise to you since I have been telling you that since 2009. Now 2009 is 6 years ago soon to be 7 and I know everyone wants something “new and different” but you might want to look at the data and the volume of science published.

Back in 2009 I was putting the finishing touches on “The Immortality Edge”. It was published in 2010 and featured telomeres and specifically the LifeLength.com test as the premier way to determine biologic age.

Of course I have long been interested in the role of Inflammation as a driver in aging.

As a matter of fact my scientific colleague Dr Gonzalez and I published a paper in a peer reviewed journal on that very topic

We are as far as I know the first to publish on the anti-aging effects of stem cells.  While I cannot go into detail I can tell you more publications in peer reviewed journals are on the way relating stem cells and telomeres.

Perhaps most impressive is the tacit agreement among the original critics of “The Immortality Edge” that the book has become “more true” as time has gone on.

I would love to tell you its because I am so brilliant and clairvoyant but in truth it has more to do with diligent research and very smart friends along with a willingness to be a media punching bag while I stick to my convictions.

Those convictions have been made more firm if such a thing is possible because I have personally gained 1400 base pairs to my telomeres and decreased my short telomeres by 7%

If you don’t know what that means, its equivalent to about 10 years of age reversal as determined by telomere testing.  I did all 3 commercially available telomere measurements to prove it, and I have histologically young bone marrow ( viewed under a microscope by a hematologist) to prove it.

The good news is that all of that is possible for you as well.

Not every one will want to do stem cell therapies.

But everyone can get on the Telomere Edge Packs which I designed during my writing of the Immortality Edge based on the vast amount of research I did for that book.

Also you do not need to wait for our or my next big discovery. I can assure you big things are coming, but they all build on the foundation.

This is a great place to lay the first bricks.

 

 

Doc

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It is personally interesting to me to see how the media responds to fish oil and Omega 3 based science.

The latest chapter if what can only be described as Omega 3 bashing starts 45 years ago with a study that most people forgot.  This study on Greenland Inuit was pioneered by Dr Jorn Dyerberg and is said to have started the fish oil revolution.

I remember it very well because my dad, a practicing Family doc read it and started us all on fish oil.  I was 16 at the time and latest the longest of the family. I took it for two weeks before the heart burn and fish burp overcame my will power.  Everyone else quit much sooner.  But the ground work was laid and I began to become interested even then.  Sadly the fish oil was of such poor quality and so rancid no one would ever stay on it back then.

Last year there was a huge buzz about that very 45 year old study.  A press release by a batch of Canadian Scientists stated they had a study that showed the data was flawed and the now 15 billion dollar a year industry was based on smoke mirrors and scientific error.

Interestingly no one ever saw that study. But the press release played for weeks much like the now totally debunked “fish oil causes prostate cancer” nonsense.

Recently however a new study that looks at the old study ( again let’s bash a 45 year old study shall we!) says that the reason the Inuit do so well is because they have evolved a genetically superior FADS enzyme that allows them to get more bang from their buck when they consume Omega 3.

The implied message is that you and me will not benefit- another stab at the very foundation of taking fish oil only disguised a bit more than the never seen study claiming scientific failure from Dyerborg’s  original study.

While it is clear to me this FADS business is possible it is not clear to me this matters.

Here are some questions:

  • What happened to the original study that no one saw? Did you redo it to fix your own flaws in research and modify your claim that fish oil or Omega 3 is no good for anyone to “its no good for everyone.
  • Next is the FADS (fatty acid desaturase) a major rate limiting step in formation of Omega 3 DHA and EPA? Answer no it is not. Even if you have an “inferior version” of the gene if ou get enough fish oil you will get to the proper ratio of omega6/Omega 3 to be healthier statistically speaking. In other words having a great version of FADS doesn’t guarantee anything nor does a bad version. Remember the key is the Inuit are a fish based culture and they DO eat enough fish every day to get high levels into their blood streams.  Most of us don’t!
  • A contemporary of Dr Dyerberg, Dr Bill Lands examined different populations of Inuit based on where they lived and other non Inuit populations. His conclusions are in the book Fish, omega3 and Human Health. Simply put he found it does not matter what your genetics are you can fix your Omega 6/3 ratios and get on the right curve for health by consuming enough Omega 3.

 

If you don’t live in a fishing culture and don’t want to risk toxins and pollutants found in the Oceans and streams and passed on to the fish, here is an alternative.

 

Even simpler version: Don’t get taken in by FADS or attacks on 45 year old studies. My dad was right after all.  Take your fish oil!!!

Dr Dave

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Happy Labor Day. I’ll keep this one short and sweet, like my sisters little Pomeranian Giselle!

While debates rage and there are always fish oil no good for articles as I have said many times no one has yet come out and said its bad for pets!

As a matter of fact from cats to dogs to horses there have been nothing but positive studies.  I still lament the fact that 10 years ago when I had the idea I did not create the site I had in mind for pets and horses.  Ah well another good idea that has been over saturated.  No matter I still make the best fish oil and this week yet another article came out touting the positive benefits for dogs.

So remember Fido, or Giselle who gets the best fish oil for pets.  A small dog or cat can do with half a capsule squeezed out over the regular food.  Horses can do with the human dose of 6 caps easily.

So while you enjoy the fruits of your labor on this holiday, don’t forget your loved ones!  Furry or otherwise.

Doc

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This blog will be a bit of a departure from my usual science based stuff.  Call this one observational.

Travel with me if you will to Houston International Airport after a recent flight in from our stem cell clinic in Guadalajara.  I am looking for my bags and they are not on the specific belt that carried all the other bags in from the flight.  I ask the lady in the baggage department what to do and she says, “its crazy out there go check belt 2!”  I check belt 2 and of course no bags. I return to ask “what now” and the lady gives me an exasperated look.  “Well the computer says it’s here somewhere so fill out a claim and when we find it we’ll deliver it to you.” Of course getting off her butt and looking was not an option.  She would rather not bother and cost the company 5x as much to deliver it.  I wandered around checking each belt and eventually found my bag face down under a few other bags on a stopped belt at the opposite end of the terminal.

Yeah it’s crazy out there.

I am in the pharmacy to pick up a script for a family member that was phoned in 2 days prior.  The attendant can’t find it and does not know what happened to it. It’s obviously not ready. She asks me the same questions 2x on spelling and date of birth as if she never heard me. All of this info was on the voice message. “It’s crazy out there!” she says.  I kid you not. After an hour they fill the script from scratch because they are completely befuddled by the process they themselves created.

Yeah it’s crazy out there.

Next I am in a restaurant with some friends in Florida. I have a bright red neon shirt on. I am over six feet tall and not slight of build.  I am with a dad and 2 kids.  The waitress walks around the table takes all the orders except mine and then walks away.  “Uh Miss!” I say, “I’d like to order too!”

Her response- “Oh sorry it’s been crazy in here today! I didn’t see you!” There is exactly one other table with people at it in this place.  My friend laughs and asks, “How can you miss an adult in a bright red neon shirt!?”

Yeah it’s crazy out there.

What is truly crazy for a professional guy like me is how many people cannot even do a simple job in a fashion that even resembles adequate. That makes the ones who are actually present paying attention and in the moment stand out as exceptional,  when 10 years ago they would have been the norm.

I grow more concerned about how few people are actually present and accounted for and how many people are living disconnected, connected to addictive digital devices, forgetting how to talk write and communicate in anything but sound bites. And don’t get me started on driving LOL!

And I am not just talking kids but middle aged adults.  I can’t tell you how many families I see in restaurants and public places with their heads down texting away and not saying a word. Hell you might as well watch TV for 6 hours a day and kill your brain that way instead.

All of this reactive non interaction is bad for your brain. Couple that with low Omega 3 and poor brain nutrition and you have a recipe for a dull mediocre society that is easily controlled.

The good news is that if you fix that stuff you too will stand out for all the right reasons.

I think we all deserve a fulfilled joyous and healthy life. When people are overwhelmed by the simplest tasks and the slightest pressure you cannot count on them.

But you can count on yourself and your wonderful brain.

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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I have to warn you this is going to be one of them thar scienticifical like articles.  If you are already jonsing for the “what is the pitch part”, it’s this: Take care of your telomeres!  I make a wonderful telomere support pack crafted in the deep research needed to write the book “The Immortality Edge”.

Ok onto the science.  There are lots of so called oncogenes out there.  If you want the precise definition of oncogene it’s actually very imprecise.  It goes like this, “a gene that sometimes under certain circumstances can transform a regular cell into a cancer cell.” If you see some weasel words in there then you might wonder how an entire theory of cancer- one that has now cost us 2 trillion dollars- has evolved into the central paradigm for looking at the dreaded disease. You might wonder how we could spend so much money to “win the war on cancer” over the past 4 decades and still not have had any significant effect on death from cancer. You might wonder at the slippery slope phenomenon that seems to permeate all of medicine these days.

What is that you ask?  Well it is when a previously accepted value that was a standard slips in one direction or another to accommodate certain agendas.  What those agendas are I will leave you to decide. But examples are cholesterol going from 220 to 180 (more statin drugs anyone?), blood sugar going from 120 to 90 (more diabetes drugs anyone?) and of course 5 year cancer survival being rearranged to fit cancers that have a 4 month survival. If you get these poor souls to live 8 to 12 months you’ve “won” the war on cancer and can justify your next big money making drug.

If you aren’t winning the game just change the rules.

After all all we need is more money to solve this problem right? Guess whose money they are spending!

Ok off the soap box with a reminder: take care of your telomeres or at least “support them”.

Back to oncogenes. One famous oncogene is called Myc pronounced more like the derogatory term for an Irishman but I prefer to say it “mice” since so many of our cancer models are in mice!

Myc is one of those genes that have been mutated manipulated knocked in singly doubly or more and amplified in all sorts of ways to generate mouse and other models of cancer.  It is one of the prototypical oncogenes or drivers of cancerous transformation.

Now remember recent brilliant minds have deemed cancer a “random bad luck event that defies prevention”. Those same people publically state that we should work even harder to prevent cancer especially with life style and environmental changes. Then they say quit smoking.  Duh! What about the rest of it especially the environmental part.  It all stops short there perhaps because one would have to implicate several of the very same revenue generators that float our economy including Big Food, Big Pharma, Big Oil and a whole host of other sanctioned abominations that shall remain  unnamed because I am already enough of a target of said “Bigness”.

Reminder short telomeres are a risk factor for cancer- just sayin’!

A recent article linked mutated or amplified telomerase as a driver of the driver oncogene Myc.

Remember this is all random.  It couldn’t be possible that cancer “has a plan” called cell survival that dates back 500 million years now could it? Back then cells behaved like single entities in a sea of primordial competition.  They thrived on simple sugars, loved acid environments and grew like weeds.

Sound familiar? Sound like hallmarks of cancer?  Of course not it’s just bad luck and we need more money and more drugs!

Did I mention that I make a wonderful little telomere support pack called the TEP?

According to our brilliant scientists cancer just randomly mutates all the right genes and some of the wrong ones to create an out of control cell mass that eats its host to death and kills itself in the process.

According to a recent PBS special half of us will get cancer by 2050 and its way too smart for us to cure. We can however make small slow progress against the “Emperor of All Maladies”. Talk about pre conditioning an audience!

Did I mention that short telomeres are a risk factor for cancer?

In the scenario of telomerase driving the Myc oncogene to higher and higher levels of expression, there is a complete loss of control of cellular replication. Telomerase does this. But wait! Somehow you have to mutate both telomerase and Myc in a coordinated fashion.

This coordination is random and happens enough times that by 2050 half of us will have cancer.

This makes perfect sense to me. Not!

I ain’t buyin’ it.  I have said many times I think we are barking up the wrong tree for the wrong reasons.

I am frankly not allowed to say more anymore.

I can say this: I make a wonderful little telomere support pack.

You can find it here.

The rest is up to you, your doctor, the FDA, the FTC, the AMA, the NCI, the EPA and god knows who else that controls your thoughts and your future and of course your money.

Me?  I ain’t buyin’ what they are selling!

Doc

PS for the record I am not stating implying or otherwise insinuation that I can do anything to cancer or my supplements can do anything for cancer prevention or treatment. Just to be clear because there are a lot of people out there who want to protect you from people like me!

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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I am laughing, at once angry and simultaneous shaking my head in somewhat near resignation! Just a few days after the “fish oil may prevent schizophrenia” another article came out saying “fish oil no good for memory”.

A couple of things to note. What is good for one aspect of the brain is not necessarily good for another. That said with the absolutely essential nature of Omega 3 makes it unlikely to be likely!

The first thing I noticed is that the major articles were automatically picked up by all the major news outlets, Time Chicago Tribune etc. etc and the words “may not help memory” to “no good for”.  If you read the study and the authors’ comments what you find is that the initial study was designed to evaluate macular degeneration as in the last email I sent you.  I could not find one word on the outcomes of that part of the study but I am guessing the data is not fully collated yet.

So why double dip?  A chance to make headlines or a chance to actually add to our knowledge?

I will let you be the judge but ever since the ridiculous Brasky publication linking prostate cancer to “higher doses” of Omega 3 in 2012 it is apparent to authors if you say something bad about fish oil you get headline coverage.  YAY!  More eyeballs, more “impact” and more grant money.

You think I am kidding!?!!! That is exactly how scientific publishing works.  That is why I read all the stuff that is indecipherable to most people without a medical/biochemical background. At least I know the authors are not grandstanding!

So what is wrong with this study?

Enter the usual suspects.

Dose: 1 gram a day. If I have said it once I have said it a thousand times- this kind of dose is not going to do a whole lot for someone whose Omega 6/3 ratios are far out of range.

Next, what about that ratio?  No mention, no measurement.

What about follow up serum values? None

What about testing for any interaction with the other supplements given. OK that is highly unlikely but no scientist worth their salt would ignore this.

And of course we don’t know that the real end point of the study was after the headlines get a hold of it.

Was it memory? Was it cognitive function? What part of either or?

All we know and see is the prestigious and very anti-supplement journal called JAMA says “No Good!”

I guess it must be so right? The weight of the medical world is voting against Omega 3 supplementation. Of course no one puts the good stuff on massive media outlets.

What to do?

Get it, take it and be smart enough to do some research on your own.

If you want more on this kind of “scientific” writing see my blog “As I lay dying” or “Flaws Failures and Successes for Fish Oil“. What you will see is how to poke holes in some of the nonsense that has got to be in my opinion designed to grab eyeballs with negative sound bite headlines.

Some of my friends would say it’s in the government’s best interests for us to be stupid, gullible and easily led.

I’ll let you be the judge.

Doc

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Nothing is worse than a summer cold. Coughing, sneezing, watery eyes runny nose and so forth.

The worst thing is it seems to take longer to get over it than it does in winter!

And, who wants to be sick in the summer!

Several years ago I crafted Immune Booster to provide and all natural alternative to viral prevention. The active ingredients in Immune Boost have been shown in numerous studies to combat flu virus, and although the studies were not done with Immune Booster I think its one of the reasons why I don’t get colds!

Reason 2 is Cardio Boost. Now I know that sounds like a funny name for a natural immune support agent but many years after I released it the berry extracts involved in its creation were also shown to have an effect on viruses. Same situation as with Immune Booster- the study did not use my product but I am sure it helps me stay free of these kinds of things.

As we enter Fall, allergies start to rear their ugly head and your immune system takes pounding.

Why not support it with one or both?!

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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For the past 4 days I have had to look at Jared Fogle’s ugly mug in my email account. In a classic case of “trial by media” his alleged indiscretions are front page news for a long time.  Now honestly I don’t give a rat’s behind about Jared’s alleged anything but it does illustrate a point.  The media continuously searches for any failing, human or otherwise and pounds it into your brain.  Admit it you probably already think he is guilty!

Now what does that have to do with fish oil. Well for the past 4 days the media has front paged “Fish oil might not be good for you after all!” headlines.  The same tired crap that comes out every couple of weeks that plays to the negative and low vibrational aspects of a society that is “too busy” to read let alone read between the lines.  So fish oil has gotten the Jared treatment- exact same front page space and exact same length of time.

So what is getting the back page on fish oil.

  • Fish oil diminishes arthritis symptoms both degenerative and Rheumatoid
  • Fish oil reduces anxiety
  • Fish oil improves running performance and recovery
  • Fish oil may reduce Alzheimer risk.

Again this is just an off the top of my head short list but you won’t see this stuff unless you sign up for news alerts.  I highly recommend that!  Yes you will have to deal with the negative nonsense every now and then but odds are that even when a  “Fish oil no good for…” headline comes your way it will have 2 or 3 positives on the very same day.

Now there is also a lot of evidence that fish oil improves behavior globally, from school aged children, adults and even old timers. Maybe Jared should squeeze some onto his next Subway sandwich!

Get it and take it every day.

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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Stem cells are one of the hottest topics in Science today and have occupied the imagination and research efforts of scientists and the lay public for over a decade.

Yet there has been much misinformation about their true mechanism of action and their real potential for therapy. It is natural to assume that these cells which age slower and differently than other cells might offer the possibility of real life extension.

Dr Rafael Gonzalez the head of a Southern California based stem cell research organization has teamed with noted telomere expert and anti-aging doctor and author Dave Woynarowski and stem cell pioneer Dr. Luiz Geffner to investigate that possibility. Their initial overview entitled “Stem Cells Targeting Inflammation as Potential Anti-Aging Strategies and Therapies” presented in the peer reviewed journal Cell & Tissue Transplantation & Therapy.

“To our knowledge, no one else has published directly on this topic, this is a first in the field” says Dr Gonzalez. “The article directly ties the biomarkers of inflammation and aging with the potential mitigation of those markers that can be decreased markedly with stem cell therapy.

“At this point, stem cells don’t cure anything although the potential exists in the future. Our goal is to improve the quality of life, decrease pain and improve function in a safe relatively non-invasive way. In that we have succeeded. Only time will tell whether our therapies will lengthen life. It’s just too early to say” he concludes.

His colleague Dr. Woynarowski who lectures worldwide on the topics of telomeres, Omega 3 and stem cells has a similar outlook.

“Of course we are optimistic about the effects of our treatment. It is extremely gratifying to see the results in people both sick and well. We strongly believe that the anti-aging approach we pioneered with our stem cells makes healthy people healthier by improving the degree and level of homeostasis they can achieve. We get them closer to optimal. Our future research includes both clinical evaluation of these therapies in the common illnesses we see as we age, especially arthritis and heart and vascular illnesses, but we are also looking at other known and accepted biomarkers of aging.

When asked what the immediate expectations and goals should be when people consider stem cell therapy Dr Gonzalez replies, “We are scientists and doctors, not magicians! We take every case as individual therapy and spend a lot of time explaining what we do. Primarily our goal is to reboot and jump start the immune system using the homing properties of stem cells and their effects on other cells other stem cells and non-stem cells. This decreases inflammation in the body and promotes healing.”

When asked the reality versus hype question Woynarowski replies, “The reality is that stem cells generally do not go into the body and magically regenerate sick dead or old tissue. People get confused because there have been some early successes in tissue engineering that involved differentiation of stem cells into “new” tissue. This is usually done outside the body and requires surgery. We honestly don’t have any long term data on this, but it’s not anti-aging therapy, it’s regeneration of diseased tissue. What stem cells can do if an adequate number are used is to create an environment that more closely approximates the stem cell mass and function of a younger person. The ultimate response is a decrease in the inflammation that is almost ubiquitous in aging and reawakening of function of nascent stem cells that are in your body. I do think with time and understanding we will see even more direct and dramatic results in both disease and aging. This is our goal”

So who should read this paper?

All of the authors unanimously agree, “Anyone with a real interest in how we are moving towards increased health span and potentially life span. Time is our most precious commodity. If we had more of it we could make our lives and those of the ones we love better and better. Barring that and in the meantime we can add quality and health.”

Free access to this paper can be had by clicking this link http://la-press.com/article.php?article_id=4939

 

Dr. Rafael Gonzalez PhD. Is Vice President of Research and Development at DaVinci Biosciences and has published several papers on the topic of MSC’s.

Dr Luis Geffner is medical director of Da Vinci Bio Sciences and an early pioneer in the clinical use of stem cells.

For more information on their work or this paper contact Da Vinci Bio Sciences.

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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To get the general gist of this particular blog update you might want to refer to Part 1.

It’s been a huge week and I hope you will pardon my brief absence for that time. I have been a busy boy in Mexico at our stem cell clinic.  A ton of things have happened in this time so the updates will be coming along fast and furious. Let me say this: I love summer!  And I love when summer is full of this kind of expansion.  I want to acknowledge my colleagues some of who are in the picture below.

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The Health Mafia has a Family Meeting at the sacred Aztec site known as Guachimontones near Guadalajara Mexico

Just a couple of things for now though.

If this whole stem cell thing is new to you, or even better if you are interested in learning more about what I do, we have a recorded teleseminar, done just a few weeks ago, you can listen to right here.

I also want to update you on the current Omega 3 fish oil situation. As I predicted a few weeks back, there was just too many “good” pro fish oil articles coming out. I promised you the media would launch some sort of “anti-fish oil” campaign. Well that happened via the Washington Post I believe. The headline was something like “a billion dollar industry built on hype?” or some such.  Of course it got picked up and circulated through all the major media outlets almost verbatim. Especially that wonderful provocative headline- man did that see some use!

Interestingly if you bother to read the original article what you see is comments from a high ranking NIH official stating the data is occasionally confusing.  He did not say good or bad. He did not say the industry is built on hype.  That comment was done by the headline writer to generate “hits”.  The media knows that no one reads anymore at least not past the headlines. The original headline also had a question mark at the end of it which I doubt anyone paid attention to.  It’s a well-known fact in the copywriting trade that words like could would should and question marks all get ignored by readers in “scanning “ mode.

The existence and success of Facebook proves we are all looking for entertainment not content.

I challenge you to be different. Over a decade ago I told you to decrease or give up TV for at least a month.  There is or at least was not a bigger distraction from where you could would and should spend your time!  Except maybe Facebook!!!!

Let me remind you I am no different than most of you.  I did well enough in High School and college to get “somewhere” in this case Med School.   I did OK there as well and eventually made something of myself in the eyes of my family and my community. Then 14 years ago I decided to make something of MYSELF for myself!

The rest as they say is history and the current telomere/stem cell research and advances we are documenting is the current culmination of what I hope and expect will continue as expansion and growth that is useful to you, me, and the rest of the planet!

Funny but I guess you could say in my own way I am saving the planet LOL!

Now let’s talk about you for a moment too. Where are you at in your life?

Are you focused or distracted?

Are you looking at your achievements or your failures?

Are you hanging out with people who bring you joy, wisdom and expansion, or are you hanging out with the same old same old?

I think I have just given you the keys to saving YOURSELF LOL!

While you work on those things this wonderful summer and beyond, let me remind you there are shortcuts or as people under 35 love to say “hacks”.

Here are a couple great nutraceutical hacks that have helped me with my own focus clarity and mood: Instant Brain Power and of course Ultra 85.

Summer is precious.

Time is precious.

I hope you use them both joyously and wisely!

Doc

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I am so excited to tell you about our upcoming Stem Cell Teleconference on Tuesday May 26th at 7 PM Eastern Daylight Savings Time. As with all Dr Dave’s Best Telecons it is free and I will as I have before offer at least one special not available on the web site to our participants.

In addition we will have a Prize Drawing with a secret special prize for one of our participants!

So make sure you sign up here and set aside the time so you can benefit from the contest.  Most of our Teleconferences last about 1 hour; this one may go a bit longer.
Here is the planned format:

  1. Brief opening remarks by me.
  2. An introduction of our resident stem cell expert for the evening Dr Rafael Gonzalez
  3. Coverage of common Q and A
  4. Opening up Web Chat for YOUR burning questions.
  5. Prize drawing winner announcement.

For those of you with additional questions and or interest in getting treated at our ReHealth facility, we will provide additional contact information.

That is it for today! Sign up here now and invest an hour in your future. Space is VERY limited.

You will not want to miss this one!!!!

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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Social proof is a very powerful thing for us.  In the old days criminals were often isolated by “shunning” instead of being put to death. Isolation apparently is sometimes worse than death.

But it works in reverse too. Social proof is where lots of people are doing it so it must be OK or even trendy!

Sadly our society has gotten to the point where being overweight, fat or even obese is just fine thank you. When I was growing up you did not see fat people on TV shows unless they were playing a specific role. More often than not that role was not particularly serious or favorable.  Now thanks to the sensitivity of our society it’s ok to be fat. It’s gotten so bad that even the fat and weight loss TV commercials are showing before and after pics of people who are still fat after the program!

But as a study a few years back showed, there is a visceral reaction (no pun intended) to obesity that projects an unhealthy image along with other things. Studies looking at the likelihood of hiring someone for a CEO or other high position showed that fat people were not likely to even be considered for various reasons, not the least of which was their future health.

Over the years there have been many attempts to show that fat people can be both healthy and fat. While there might be an occasional outlier that is simple not possible. I promise you that any study that suggests such a thing is looking at the wrong biomarkers for its conclusions.

The more overweight you are the more unhealthy you are. And that is why I bring it up- not because of any social, moral or psychological issues that may be attached to being heavy.

I want you to do 3 things: live long, live healthy, and prosper.

You simply cannot do that if you are carrying around extra pounds.

I have written a lot about how to exercise and diets so I will spare you that today.

What I want you to concentrate on is one simple thing. Start noticing just how many undeniably fat people there are out there. Start seeing all that extra flesh, all those bellies and butts and be aware of what they mean.

Don’t become numb to being fat and don’t accept it.  If ever there was a conspiracy theory designed by “them” (you know they same them and they that do all the stuff “They” don’t want you to know!) to keep you sick and addicted it is manifested in the obesity epidemic.

If you want to live a long health life you have to break the mold. You have to realize that just because everyone’s doing it you don’t have to and you should not!

If you need some help go here.

And don’t slide into being fat just because it’s socially acceptable!

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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In spite of my focus on the health benefits of proper eating and exercise I still get quite a few questions about how I got my “6 pack”.

So I will tell you the honest to goodness truth in a moment but first I want to repeat a few things.

I did not inherit good genes. I do not have natural lean musculature. I absolutely achieved those things by accident while experimenting with a low calorie ketogenic diet. My main goal was to see if I could tolerate it – understanding that if I could not, a cancer patient certainly could not either.

The rest as they say is history.

Ok now the truth about six packs.  Whether or not you have a 6 pack is 95% dependent on what you eat.

If you are under 35 it might be possible though highly unlikely to “exercise your way to a six pack”. Surprisingly that would not include inordinate amounts of ab work although there would be some. It would include overall physical development and shifting your body composition from fat to muscle. Keep in mind that is a months to years proposition. It is possible to speed that process up with ergogenic aids.

No matter what age you are the enemy of the abs is body fat.  The simplest way to control fat accumulation and reverse it is a 2 pronged attack.

  • Calorie reduction. Also known as dieting, this works best when it is deliberate. That means looking at how many calories you eat now and reducing it.  A 30% reduction is a good number to shoot for.  In a hurry? Go for a week to 10 days of 50% reduction.  Have a lot of fat to lose and still in a hurry then combine a 500 calorie diet with adequate supplementation of vitamins and minerals and an ergogenic aid for 2 weeks and you will see magic happen.  Don’t forget to drink lots of water!!!!
  • Insulin reduction. Sugar stimulates insulin and insulin stimulates fat storage and cravings for more sugar.  It is your body’s way to taking the easiest road to meet its calorie needs. Sadly it is among the least healthy.  Unless you have a really rare and strange metabolism reducing sugar will reduce insulin.  If you combine the insulin reduction with calorie restriction your body will live on fat and pretty much fat alone.  This is why you can feed it fat and it will not get fat.  The first 3 to 4 days will be pretty rough as your body shifts its metabolism and tries to fool you into eating carbs.  Resist for just these few days and you will learn just how amazing your body is at using fuel.  And you will see those six pack abs sooner rather than later!

Remember- in spite of all the ab gadgets, 6 packs are made in the kitchen, not the gym!

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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Aging is a complex thing. I consider it a disease but a lot of people disagree with me.

No matter what stance you take on it there is no getting around what Buddy Miles called “Them Changes”.  If you are old enough to remember that song then you most definitely want to pay heed today.

When I was in my thirties I decided to become a superman.  After all, all I had to do was make a living taking care of sick dead and dying people for 60 to 80 hours a week.  That left plenty of time to do lots of other stuff right?! So in my haste not to waste my 30’s I started a serious program of heavy weight lifting and long distance running.  I got much stronger, much bigger and sadly much rounder.  I hit a high of 236 pounds (for the first time in my life, the second time happened for different reasons!

Because I was training for longer distance runs I did not get a whole lot faster but I did run several marathons and a bunch of races from 10K’s up.
At some point my body said “NO MORE” and I had to take some time off serious athletics.  I have no regrets about those days nor do I regret the 3 Death Races I participated in (finished one- just shy of 80 miles and did 29 and 40 miles in the others).

Now hindsight is always shoulda, woulda and coulda but here are some shoulda’s

  1. Man I really shoulda stretched a lot more and warmed up regularly!

I should have learned how to stretch more effectively and done more of it. It was not until I spent considerable time at Briala Bodyworks many years later that I realized how much I was actually cheating in my stretches. Stealing motion from my low back and shoulders, I gave myself the illusion of stretching my hamstrings and getting more flexible. I spent a dedicated amount of time with soft tissue work and real stretching now on a more or less daily basis. One of my goals is to get the less out and replace it with the more. I never used to warm up either.

Just dive right in and you’ll be fine after a few lifts or a few miles.  Bad Idea.

Now this may sound like a copout but back in those days we did not have nearly the huge amount of great free info on the internet which was not a real thing for a lot of my thirties!
Both Briala and a young guy named Kelly Starett are literally all over the internet with great free info.

BOTTOM LINE: Stretch in some effective way and get some help on your form if you need it. This is super true if you are in your 40’s and 50’s. But guess what I think it would be hugely preventative if you started when you were younger- so if you are younger take a tip from a village elder!!!!  How much you stretch depends on how tight you are and what you do but a good rule of thumb is 20% of your total work out time should be spent stretching if you are over 45.  Warm up in a total body dynamic fashion (I use a Versa Climber or an elliptical) for at least 5 minutes. If you are running use slow jog and dynamic stretches).

And for god’s sake take your fish oil in doses big enough to mean something. Minimum of 4 a day and more if you are stiff, old, eat a crappier than usual diet or are very active!!!

  1. I shoulda learned better form!  You’ve heard it a million times! Use proper form. What really does that mean?! I don’t do free weight lifting any more, I use machines.  Now I know how horrendous this is and how much I am isolating kinetic chains that are not meant to be broken into little bits and isolate and that I am cheating myself out of the true dynamic and unified movements of the body.  OK trainer guys did I cover everything?! But supported resistance training is just plain safer. I finally realized that until I develop the ham string and ankle flexibility I need, I should not be squatting nor doing dead lifts with heavy weights. In my case I will never have good injury free form until I nullify the effects of all those years of running without good stretching techniques. Truthfully I do a lot less weight lifting than when I was 236 pounds too!  I gravitate much more to bands and bodyweight stuff and honestly these kinds of workouts allow me to shave time by combining big strength building bands and body weight stuff with increased flexibility.  A few years ago I teamed up with my dear friend JC Santana to create a great course on these kinds of exercises.

ON the running front I have dived into Nicholas Romanov’s POSE method of running.  There are a lot imitators out there but Romanov is the true original and does not dress his biomechanics up in subterfuge eastern philosophies like his imitators do.  I also got myself a POSE coach and as silly as it sounds, putting one foot in front of another while you move is a lot harder than you might think.  This is because of neural patterning- a topic for a latter day. I shoulda done all of this back in the late 90’s when I was crossing over into my 40’s and had just bought the VHS of POSE.

When I work out now I also make sure I take at least 2 Cardio boost before and after a serious work out to defray the oxidative damage.  Fish oil is tremendous but there are different pathways you can hit. Do this and you may very well see your performance and recovery skyrocket!

  1. I shoulda gotten as lean as I am now about 10 years ago!  Right now I bounce between 178 and 185 pounds depending on where my strength and endurance training is.  I don’t regret spending a few years at 236 and being really strong but I am sure my body paid the price.  Now I look much more like I did in High School and believe it or not I can fit into some of the jeans I had in 12th grade (I have 2 pair that have not disintegrated).  You can read about how I did it in the ketogenic diet blogs but how is probably less important that doing it.  As long as you have a healthy diet (again a topic for another day) or come and see me at Longevity Now.. If you are under 35 and feel the need to be big and strong to protect you from the big bad world out there, or as part of your job then that is the time to do it.  After that I am 100% certain that lean and strong is better.  I am truly saddened by the amount of fat people I see.  It does not auger well for their future. If you need more help consider this and get some of my programs like Fab Fat Burning for Everyone.

And as always take your fish oil.

Doc

PS I coulda and shoulda written a book about this.  If you find this kind of info helpful let me know and I’ll do a Part 2!

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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I get a lot of questions about the two major fatty acids in fish oil. People want to know what they are, what is the correct ratio of one to the other and what each of them does respective to the other.

Well, welcome to today’s blog.

The two main components of fish oil are EPA and DHA.  Those letters stand for words that take up half a page so I will spare you that. The part you should know is that they have to be consumed in the diet, your body cannot make them*.

You should also know that even the people who vociferously state “You can get all you need from the diet without taking supplements” will admit when pressed and if honest to taking supplements.

There are two reasons for this.

  • You cannot eat enough salmon anchovies or sardines in a typical Western situation to get enough Omega 3’s. Similarly a plant based diet will only provide you with the inferior short chain plant version of Omega 3’s. The conversion to what you and I need is very poor but you will not see this admitted on any of the yogurt or other “Omega 3” enriched products. Similarly Omega 6 – the opposite of Omega 3 is so easy to get in our diets its hard to avoid enough of it to make  a difference.
  • Fish reflects the pollutants of the water it lives in. Things like mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, all kinds of plastic and petroleum derivatives are found in ALL oceans of the world. All marine life and all of the life that depends on it from krill to whales reflect this fact. If you do not clean it out you eat it.  Now imagine eating enough of it to get your Omega 3 levels up to where they should be and multiply the amount of pollutants in each of the many servings of fish you should eat.  No thank you!!!!

In terms of location and activity you may want to think of EPA and DHA distinctly. DHA is really the most complex essential fatty acid chemically. It is an essential part of all brain and nerve tissue but much less frequently found in other tissues.  It is however always an important component of cell, nuclear and mitochondrial membranes.  So it is the essential building block of cell membranes and contributes the majority of the unique nature of our very own cell membranes and how they behave. Stiff or fluid, leaky or tight, functional or dysfunctional- DHA is a key.

EPA is also found in cell membranes but is more of a “body” active compound than brain active. It is also the precursor for most of the things that fish oil does to the immune system and inflammation in and outside of the cell.  The EPA level in your body may be the single most important level in controlling inflammation in your body.  Given that aging is driven by inflammation you can see why I consider fish oil the building block of any anti-aging program.

EPA passes through a mono ester **(ethyl ester) stage where it becomes the precursor things like resolvins and protectins which guard the cell.  These signals also turn off inflammatory cascades throughout the body.

All of this works well and certainly better when there is enough fish oil around.

In terms of ratios a lot of people have made mistakes.  The current sensible ratio of EPA to DHA in a supplement is between 3 to 1 and 3 to 2.  Absence of one or the other short changes your body and its needs.  DHA alone has often failed in brain centered studies for this reason.  Researchers thought that since the brain and nerves contain DHA and little or no EPA why bother with the EPA.  They still have not learned that about 25% of your brain’s DHA comes from EPA and is changed right at the blood brain barrier.  That conversion exists for a reason and messing with it is a bad idea, and, leads to negative results in studies.

The take home message from all of this should be: You need both EPA and DHA in the correct ratio to provide your tissues with the vital amounts of fish oil they need to function at their youngest and best. You should also note its really, really hard to do this with diet and really, really easy and safe to do it with supplements.

Either way in the words of that bastion of sports apparel Nike, “Just do it!”

 

Doc

 

 

 

 

 

*Critics will tell you that technically there are 18 carbon oils such as linolenic and linoleic that are the precursors in your body which may supply EPA and DHA. While this is technically true, only a small amount of this becomes available in the form of EPA and DHA. It is unlikely that you will consume enough in your diet to meet these needs. In almost every study that looked at these so called “parent oils” nowhere near the same benefits because of this inferior conversion.

 

 

**People who say ethyl esters are “not natural” are either unaware or deliberately ignoring this fact.

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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In this series of “Fish Oil Files” I am going to let you peek at some of the stuff no one else tells you because they don’t know what they are talking about.  You can always tell someone who is a marketer and has not researched their product because they always parrot back stuff that has become “internet factoid”. In other words its not true or its misleading, but it is accepted as fact.

There is another problem with the pure marketing approach.  The folks who sell you the stuff don’t know a thing about how it is made or processed.

I have supervised and sold my own brand of fish oils for over 12 years now.  In the past few years I introduced my “weapons grade ” Ultra 85 which is the pinnacle of Omega 3 fish oils.  I have offered to do head to head comparisons with the big companies and especially those that are trying to jump into the Omega 3 markets with “alternative” fish oils – things like krill and calamarine and mussel oil.  It is amusing to me to hear people say that my Ultra 85 isn’t even fish oil because it is in ethyl ester format.  The usual argument is that ethyl esters don’t exist in nature.  These folks apparently don’t know about the billions of shrimp in the North Atlantic that have this very type of Omega 3 in their veins!  And I mean real shrimp not the the brine shrimp I used to feed my tropical fish that is now sold as krill. Even funnier is the use of the words “fish oil” on the labels of some krill.  Krill is not fish oil but they sell more of it with this misleading labeling.

Every now and then I get questions about “other formats” of Omega 3’s.  I have been answering these questions so long now I just ignore most of them until the “inbox” accumulates a significant  number of email questions about this topic.  If you have been with me for a while (5 years or more) then you have read all this at least once before in some kind of email blog or communication.

  • “Dr Dave I have read that fish oil goes rancid in your body and you should take a lot of Vitamin E to counter act that. Do other forms of Omega 3 like krill or mussel oils also need Vitamin E to prevent rancidity?  – Jay Goldstein

Jay this is really an internet “factoid” that is only partially true. There has only been on study that looks at co administration of Vitamin E and fish oil in a way that really matters: does it affect clinical outcomes. That study which has to be over 10 years old now showed no difference between fish oil with or without vitamin E on cardiac blood markers or markers of inflammation.  It also showed that Vitamin E did nothing to change those markers by itself.  The positive results obtained were from the fish oil only.  I remember this well because I have been getting this question since I launched my internet website back in 2002.  But as I said it is old old and has not been repeated. Translate that into “If you want to find that study* you have to find it yourself because it is lost in my files!!!!”

The next thing is the concept of “rancid”.  That implies stinky smelly rotten fish oil.  We test and publish oxidation levels on our fish oil. They are always way below what is allowable as you’d expect.  But you will never get a zero on any form of Omega 3 because they are so easily oxidized. This is why they are in brown bottles and animal gel caps.  The animal gel cap is much much more airtight than the vegetarian version. If you used the vege version** your shelf life would be about 3 months and man would that stink!!!! If you use liquid you have to satisfy yourself that the oil has been refrigerated from the moment it is processed until it gets to your doorstep or its already going rancid.  It should be in the refrigerator in the health food store and your kitchen as well.  Once again the half life is going to be very short!!!

Finally on the issue of rancidity.  Technically speaking fish oil does “go bad” in your body but Vitamin E and/or any other anti-oxidant will not do much to prevent that.  The double bond structure of Omega 3 fatty acids is such that it is just waiting for free radicals to come along and cause “peroxidation” Now this is what anti-fish oil internet marketers call “going rancid”.  It is a huge and misleading oversimplification of what is actually happening in your body however.

If you squeeze out some fish oil or pour it out of a jar and let it sit at room temperature it will oxidize from the oxygen in the air within a day or so. In your body fish oil and its derivatives do a bunch of different things and are found a bunch of different places. The most common one that is talked about and indeed the most common place to find oxidation is in cellular membranes.  Keep in mind that Omega 3’s are critical components of ALL membranes, not just the ones Bruce Lipton talks about!  That means nuclear and mitochondrial membranes as well.

You and I run on Oxygen and as a consequence our bodies make free radicals naturally.  As we age those free radicals become more and more of a destructive force causing or contributing to disease and aging. When these free radicals attack fatty acids like Omega 3’s in our membranes they literally cause a chain reaction skipping along ruining the membranes until they have finally exhausted their energy.

Now this sound awful but it need not be if you understand the following

  • Ruined Omega 3 fats in our membrane are easily replaced but almost NEVER repaired
  • If you replace them with fresh Omega 3’s and you have enough in your diet you will never run out!!!!
  • The single biggest cause of ruined fatty acids that are not replaced is too small an intake of those fats. The single biggest remedy is increasing your fish oil intake
  • The potency of those replacement fish oils is by far the most important thing in that equation.
  • The single chain ethyl ester (mono ester) format of Omega 3’s in Ultra 85 allows them to be the most concentrated form available. Think of sticking matches in a box (single chain) versus putting bubble gum (“natural” triglyceride fish oil and krill phospholipid) in the same sized box and you will understand this analogy.

Omega 3’s are “essential” fats meaning you cannot make them you must consume them.  In a recent study of fish oils benefits after heart attack the authors concluded what I have told you for the past 12 years- its super hard to do this with fish!!! For all intents and purposes you must take fish oil as a supplement to get the right doses

  • If you do not replace the essential Omega 3 fish oils in your cells the membranes that depend on them for proper function will not work they way they should. They will stiffen, show the effects of free radical damage, and most of the transfer and barrier functions they serve will not work well either. There is no specific disease associated with this problem- there are a ton of them!!!
  • All of the above is the very best explanation of why populations of people who consume large amounts of Omega 3 are healthier and live longer than average!!!!
  • Every kind of Omega 3 is subject to these problems including krill, calamarine and mussel oils
  • Krill manufacturers have long claimed their product is “better absorbed” than fish oils. A recent study called that into question and I will get to that in the future.

 

Well that was just one simple question and look at the answer!!! But if you understand the difference between marketing hype and facts you will make the right decision

 

Doc

 

 

*Occasionally someone will lament that I no longer cite studies much when I write.  Back in the day I always cited studies.   The FTC and FDA have teamed up to make that much tougher and scarier because they say you cannot use 3rd party claims to validate statements,  If you did not use your product in the actual study it cannot be “inferred” that yours does the same thing even if it is chemically identical.

**Many vegans and vegetarians have been convinced by my studies on their dangerously low Omega 3 levels.  They now take my fish oil – they just bite into the capsule and let the oil out into their mouths and spit the capsule out.  So far no one has perfected a good air tight vege gel cap that protects fish oil from oxidation.

I know that the information I have provided here may not make you “happy”. In terms of marketing that is a cardinal sin. I don’t care!!! I am tired of the BS spewed by so many high profile people who do not know a thing about how these fats behave and how there are processed both inside and outside of the body! Ask yourself this: has anyone else ever discussed things in this detail with you? Why not?!!!

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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First let me tell you this is 2 blogs in one.  If you can bypass the sound byte mentality and actually read it you’ll know what I mean.

I don’t know how savvy you are about media sales tactics but if you study the media’s treatment of fish oil you will surely learn valuable lessons. These lessons can be applied to everything else that is “reported as news”.

Premise 1: Bad news sells, Good news does not. If there is good news don’t worry. The media will make sure you are aware of the bad scary and evil news.

Premise 2: The media needs eyeballs so people can look at ads. Fear and pain control behavior. Avoidance of same controls buying. These behaviors are the bailiwick of the reptilian brain. The reptile brain feeds the intellectual brain before you can stop it and goes straight into the ego.

The reptile brain always wins.

Premise 3:  If there is no bad news, make some! Most people won’t bother to check if it’s real or not. Fewer still will actually ever research the areas of fact and truth that exist. For supplements Pub Med is a gold mine(d) of truth.  How many times have YOU been there?

Premise 4: Most people expect to be scared, angry and frustrated by the world. Don’t disappoint them!

Premise 5: Nothing kills sales (readership) in today’s sound byte society faster than “sameness”. Nothing boosts sales faster than something “new” about something you thought you already knew. For example: This popular supplement may cause cancer- click here to see what it is. A corollary would be something like XYZ no good for something you were sure it was good for.

If you want an LOL consider this: I have been saying the same thing for over 12 years! Just not to the same people LOL.

Premise 6: People have short memories so you never have to retract any BS you said earlier. Grab their eyeballs while you can and let God sort it out. I have made at least 3 major retractions in my web writings.

Premise 7: This is a corollary of Premise 6. Truth is fleeting, the internet is forever.

Premise 8: There is no truth there is only “spin”. You want to watch a society become paralyzed and unable to decide what is right or wrong invoke this law in your reporting.

Premise 9: People are social creatures. If you want people to do something tell them or somehow create and image that infers “everyone is doing this”

Premise 10: Lemmings and sheep are social creatures too. The outcomes are not always that great for them.

Ok armed with those 10 premises and the 4 Grand Puba’s of all of them which I will reveal a bit later you can pretty much arm yourself against media manipulation.

On to fish oil. The prestigious American College of Cardiology released a statement reviewing the latest study on fish oil and heart attack.

The study showed that 4 grams a day of fish oil ethyl ester (Like Ultra 85) improved post heart attack outcomes by a huge margin compared to placebo. In what should not be a surprise to you, the main arbiter of this improved set of outcomes was stronger muscle, less damage and fewer damaging irregular heartbeats.

Instead of declining further after the heart attack, heart function improved and or stabilized. The remodeling of the heart after the heart attack favored better long term function.

Of particular interest was the following:

  • The study used a dose of 4 grams a day of ethyl ester fish oil – not “natural triglyceride fish oil” not krill, not calamari, not green lipped muscle oil all of which are trying to jump on the fish oil band wagon.
  • The study used 4 grams of ethyl ester fish oil- a dose that is uncommonly large in scientific studies because of the fear of side effects and the assumption that this is a bigger dose than people will take. I have been advocating 4 to 6 grams a day for the past 12 years instead of the usual one a day dose that most studies use to conclude that fish oil is “worthless for xyz”. You need to bump up your dose to a meaningful level even with high potency fish oil.
  • The study reported no significant side effects especially no increased bleeding issues in these patients who were anything but healthy. “Bleeding issues” are often cited by “experts” as the reason they do not advocate “High dose” fish oil for therapy. The data on getting your Omega 3/6 ratios up is clear. It is not going to happen on smaller doses.  Someone needs to slap these “experts” in the face a few times to shut them up.  There are NO documented bleeding side effects with sane fish oil usage.
  • The lead researchers were quick to point out that most people would never be able to eat enough fish to achieve the required levels of Omega 3 to see these benefits. Since fish contains only triglyceride fish oils you can figure out how many more pills of that kind of natural fish oil* you need to get benefits vs a more purified concentrate form like ethyl ester.
  • The epidemiologic studies show a direct correlation between higher doses of Omega 3 and heart attacks. And cancer. And depression. And Alzheimer’s. And a whole host of other “common” maladies that we have decided we must use drugs to fix. I wonder why in a week or so there will be a negative study on fish oil that says “Fish oil no good for xyz”. I don’t need to wonder where it will be published. It will be published in a major high impact medical journal like New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA or the Archives of Internal Medicine”.  The negative study will cast just enough doubt in the doctors’ and patients’ minds to prevent them from taking proactive steps to support their health. The journal will most certainly be supported by major Pharmaceutical Industry manufacturers.  I will let you figure out what that means.

 

Ok so while we wait for the Big Pharma rebuttal that will convince us we need to take drugs for the rest of our lives I urge you to do what this doctor does so I am not reliant on drugs and can stay younger than most. First and foremost take your fish oil in a dose that matters!

 

Here’s to good news!

 

Doc

 

OK here are the 3 Grand Pubas of Media Manipulation:

  • If you want to get people to do something great, help them to be joyous. If you want to get them to give you control, scare the hell out of them. People will pretty much trade anything for safety. A corollary is this: safety is more often perceived than real!
  • The root of most if not all human conflicts of all kinds from individual to international is perceived or real shortage of resources. Most often the shortage is perceived and not real!
  • In spite of endless protestations otherwise, most people would rather be led than think. A corollary of this is-most people have decided yes or no, guilty or innocent, right or wrong before they hear anything close to the whole story. Most will spend their time looking for ways to defend their decision and chose the channel they watch, paper they read, or radio station they listen to based on that. The reptile brain always wins! Don’t believe me? Think about the causes and events of WW1 and WW2 a few short decades ago and you will see what these corollaries can get people to do!
  • Enlightenment comes when you can outsmart your reptile brain and be human without feeling threatened!

 

Something to aspire to for you and me!

Love Ya!

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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I write a lot about stem cells and telomeres because I feel like this is the main source for future break throughs in Anti-Aging and Regenerative medicine. But in the past year and a half I seem to have jumped on the engine that is driving a new train.

That train is mitochondrial biology.  I have written about this sporadically before but today I want to give you some detail and alert you that you should be watching this field much more closely.

But first a story!

Two years ago I remember sitting in my office thinking about things. You know those moments when you just pause and a thought grabs you or you grab it and run with it!? Well I was on one of my Big Pharma rampage moments.  I was disgusted with how much control there is in this “free” country of ours.  It comes of course in the form of corporate domination and as they say “absolute power corrupts absolutely”.

On this day I had a thought that you may have had: Why have we made so little progress against cancer?!

We have spent a trillion dollars on research and probably at least half that on treatment since President Nixon declared war on it back in the 70’s. Now there have been a few triumphs such as the cis platin and other treatments for testicular cancer and Philadelphia Chromosome positive CML with Jak Stat inhibitors but frankly that is not much for a trillion and a half dollars- at least in my opinion.

I marveled at how what I call the “room full of pathways” has become a whole freakin’ stadium full of pathways that scientists continue to study and expand on.  I have a name for that too. It’s called “running down the rabbit hole” where you just wind up in an ever expanding network of tunnels.

The “personalized medicine” concept of things is another aspect of cancer and other medical research these days. Maybe cancer is as many diseases as there are people on this planet. So we have to find each person’s genetic tumor signature and tailor therapy to this.  Spoiler alert: even the individual cells within a cancer have different genomes. This is especially true of metastasis versus primary tumors.

Lost yet?!

Well what we have is an ever increasingly complex “understanding” of a disease that presents itself as an impossible to solve problem. But what a triumph for the scientist(s) who solve it. What billions in dollars and social validation for anyone who makes a dent in this monster that seems so much smarter than our best and brightest. Or better yet what if there were a drug(s) you would have to take to stay alive WITH cancer. Now that would be the ultimate continuity program!

Sorry something is very very wrong with this picture.  Somewhere along the line money power and fame pulled people who were otherwise well meaning off the trail of cancer and on to a trail of drugs and drug development.

OK we’re back in my office now.  I sat there thinking “Ya know we HAVE to be barking up the wrong tree on this one!”   And that is when I dove into the study of mitochondria, aging and especially cancer.

I have lots to learn but I have two pieces of advice for you: High dose fish oil (4 to 6 a day) and Ubiquinol 200 to 400 mg a day.

I have already probably exhausted your attention span so I won’t get into the science here but it has to do with membrane function and mitochondrial energy production. Both of them go awry in cancer and aging as well.  Remember, except for germ line and a few acquired cancers of youth, cancer is a disease of aging.

As I have always said,”Fix one and the other will be far less likely!”

If it looks like you are interested (Yeah I keep track of that stuff!) I will go ahead with Part 2 where I explain why this stuff is important. If not, then you already have some tools at your disposal from this blog.

 

Doc

Continued in Part 2, “The Biologic Bank Account”

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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We are in the midst of a transition of sorts.  Right now and for the immediate future heart disease will be both the Number One Killer and the number one cause of infirmity in Americans and most Western Societies.

The transition to cancer and infection as primary killers will not happen for another 20 years or so. At least that is when the number crunchers will catch up!

So here we are in February, National Heart Health Month and what can we do about ALL of the above.

Well we can listen to the “authorities”! You know the people who tell you a high carb grain rich diet is healthy. The same people who tell you to eat the “Food Pyramid”.  The same people who bounce all over the place with different exercise recommendations.  The same people who advocate the invention of the “poly pill”.  If you don’t know what the poly pill is it’s a little bit of aspirin, a little bit of statins, a little bit of ACE inhibitor (a blood pressure pill) and for men at least, a little bit of a PDE5 inhibitor like Viagra or Cialis.

By the way they don’t advocate waiting until you’re sick. Start taking your drugs now!

Traditional allopathic doctors will point out that the incidence of fatal heart attacks has not risen and may have declined if you take into account the increase in the “elderly” (over 55!) population. They will also tell you that the incidence of heart bypass operations is declining due to better medicines.

They will point to statins and aspirin use as the major reasons.

No one will tell you how much medical money goes to dealing with the side effects of those drugs.  No one will tell you that the incidence of both heart disease and bypass surgery started before the widespread use of statin drugs. No one will tell you the role decreased insurance compensation plays in the number of bypass surgeries that are done. I have seen it with my own eyes. When I started my medical career in the late 1980’s the post bypass intensive care was loaded with patients. Even in the regional hospital I was working in at the time there were half a dozen bypasses daily. By the time I left a decade and a half later it was down to 3 a week and it was NOT due to better drugs!

So on this bleak landscape of inevitable future doom I am not worried for my own health one little itty bit. I still run several miles every other day, I still work out and I have, in spite of the exact opposite of the recommended diet (see my ketogenic diet blogs for more) an extremely healthy heart with no signs of age related disease.

Now this is my opinion and is not accepted science. And be aware I sell the very product that will in my opinion reduce heart related deaths by 2.5 million a year if we can extrapolate the population based data already out there.  Be aware that I make no claims of disease prevention, mitigation, modification, osbtreporation, conflagration or anything else that could be interpreted as anything but my personal experience and non-medical opinion. Be aware you will never read an article by me in “Prevention” or the AARP’s magazine! Be aware if you came to see me as a patient I would have to tone this way, way down or I would wind up in an orange jump suit or worse!

And that opinion from everything I have read is a person can reduce their statistical risk of heart attack by 10 fold by maintaining a high level of anti-inflammatory Omega 3 fish oils.

This is how I keep my Omega 3’s at VERY high levels.

And while there will be a steady stream of “Fish oil no good for….” headlines that will surely include heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and the usual plethora of infirmities we are supposed to have to take drugs for sooner rather than later, I will leave you with the best piece of advice I can on how to stack the odds in your favor.

Take your fish oil every day.

Take the best, cleanest and most potent you can get.

And enjoy your good health while the very doctors and authorities that tell you otherwise get sick with heart disease and cancer, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, and still try to convince you that 78 years ( the last 10 of which will be spent in some degree of impairment) is a “good long life”.

 

 

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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Part 3 – What we really know about exercise

The “What We Really Know About …” series has become quite popular so here is another installment on Exercise. If you want to read some background on this I suggest you check out my blog post, written almost exactly one year ago that compares aerobic versus interval exercise.

I need to repeat myself so you and I are on the same page. The answer to the “What is the Best Exercise” question is always going to be “it depends!”

Most of what I see advertised on TV and in local gyms focuses on 2 things” aesthetics also known these days as 6 pack abs, and weight loss usually known as “cardio interval training”. The things you should know is that the major factor in achieving either of these end results is not exercise, its diet. Sure exercise will help and you absolutely should do it, but done on its own with no dietary restrictions it will ultimately fail you. You may even find depending on what type of diet you are on you actually are hungrier and gain unwanted weight.

I suppose this is the dirty little secret the gym and fitness industry really don’t want you to know. Said in a more direct way: You can exercise a ton and get stronger and fitter and still look like crap and be overweight. I wish it wasn’t so but it really is.

Speaking of looking like crap- Enter the pudgy small round shouldered mid section rolled, upper body skinny, treadmill runnin’ middle aged man. He is usually slight of frame, has no real muscle mass, for some reason is often bald and frankly is usually my age but looks at least 10 years older.

I’d be lying if I didn’t tell you I have had many smug conversations with myself about my superior knowledge about fitness and my superior results when on the treadmill next to “that guy”.

As usual when I make those kinds of judgments I wind up being the real fool in the room.
You see as I wrote last year in the blog above, Long Slow Distance (LSD) “Cardio” has made a comeback in recent months. Sure High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is still the darling of the gym industry but its star is fading under the cold light of reality. For those of you who know what EPOC is or the wonderful marketing term “after burn” it turns out the early studies way overestimated the actual number of calories you could get post exercise by doing HIIT. Like any good internet myth there are plenty of bloggers, trainers and fitness dilettantes still quoting those studies as “proof” of the superiority of HIIT over LSD.

I think HIIT is wonderful and if you are young enough and can recover fast enough to use it as primary training at least for a 4 to 6 week period you will indeed see some very rapid gains in overall fitness. But you probably won’t lose any extra weight unless you are also dieting!

So if HIIT is so great, where does LSD shine?

Well again it’s not weight loss and it’s not even 6 pack abs. As a matter of fact my middle aged pudgy non resistance trainin’ health nut described above is often the norm among runners. Just go down to your local running club and count the number of pudges versus 6 packs and you’ll see what I mean, especially in the middle aged crew.

LSD shines in blunting inflammation. Inflammation – that ugly ongoing uncontrolled imbalance so common in Western aging society and so intimately related to age related diseases and infirmities! Inflammation accelerates and exaggerates aging.

Turns out that of all types studied LSD (45 to 60 min 5 days a week at about 6 METS or 50% of your power output if you are on a bike or treadmill) is just what the doctor ordered to blunt that inflammation. Now add in your fish oil and slap on some calorie restriction and you’ve got a great combo for health, longevity, weight loss and even a 6 pack after a time!

Now LSD is NOT the BEST way to get the aesthetics or the weight loss. It’s not the fastest way to a lean beautiful body. Diet (Calorie Restriction and in my case Ketogenesis) and resistance training of a regular sort are “better” for that. But those things will not decrease the inflammation in your body. Neither will HIIT nor a whole grain based diet.

Like it or not a couple hours of LSD is probably the baseline for longevity.

Now when I see that pudgy middle aged guy spending an hour on the treadmill at 6 mph I do not feel so smug!

But I do still want to tell him to augment his efforts with weight loss and Omega 3’s!
Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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Over the past decade I have been ridiculed on several occasions for my perceived ambivalence about artificial sweeteners.

My stance on them has been as follows: “If they keep you away from excess sugar then I have no problem with their occasional use.”  The advent of Stevia and its cousins in the past few years have made that even less likely but again the choice has been left up to the individual at least by me.

 

That stance has been based on the following facts:

  1. The “ Thought Leaders” in the field have been internet docs’ diets ( yes most are “owned” by someone) tell them what their audience wants to hear.  I would rather be wrong and admit it when science proves it than just jump on a bandwagon like others.  Unlike me they cater to and placate their audience with whatever they their think will please people.  Then again my web site does not get 2 million hits a month LOL!  Maybe this is why.  I despise when people tell me something as fact but when pinned down say, “ Well it was on Dr Xyz’s web site”.  Yeah and next month when the wind blows a different direction the exact opposite will be on Dr Xyz’s web site.
  2. Web sites routinely misquote the studies.  One web site recently quoted a study claiming it showed massive weight gain in lab animals ( this particular sweetener was sucralose) as well as safety issues.  I read the quoted study and it showed nothing of the kind.  It showed that the equivalent of 1.3 pounds of sucralose did not cause any measurable effects in the animals tested.  My comment which was submitted to said web site 4 months ago is still awaiting moderation.
  3. Nutra Sweet is the most complained against food stuff ever to be created. I hear this one a lot in some of the conferences I go to where said thought leaders routinely pander to the audience.  This is an actual fact.  Never in the history of anything ever subjected to FDA approval has there been more complaints.  That many people cannot be wrong, right?!  Well if you read some of them and they are a matter of public record, things like nutra sweet made aliens abduct my baby are in there- I kid you not.  The FDA is obligated by law to record each and every complaint.  I doubt too many people have actually gone in there and read them!

 

Now all of this has made me look like a defender of artificial sweeteners to some and invoked the ire and absolute dislike by lots of people.  I am a simple guy in search of the truth. And until recently the truth was I thought sugar was much worse for you.  I am still not 100% convinced it is not, but I may have been wrong and I am willing to admit it.

 

Recently a study came out that looked at the whole artificial sweetener thing in a brand new light.

Right about now some people are saying ‘“We told ya so!” but the truth is they could not have known about this since the technology is fairly new and the approach to the sweeteners and health is 100% brand new and never before documented in this fashion.

 

If you like you can say I was WRONG for the RIGHT reason- there was no credible scientific evidence to support the claims against artificial sweeteners at this level before this.

 

What this study did was take mice and feed them the max dose of saccharin considered safe in humans adjusted for their weight.  Insulin and glucose values were followed for 12 weeks.  Lo and behold it was found that in a substantial portion of the mice blood sugars rose, chronic blood sugar values (hba1c) rose and insulin secretion rose.  While the mice did not become diabetic per se, their sugar values looked like they were. Then they did a very tiny study (7 people) on humans and found that in just over half (4 out of 7) the same thing happened.

 

The big contribution of this study was that it studied gut micro flora and found that saccharin changed the make up of the bugs in the gut of the mice and the people.  They went one better then and used fecal transplantation (in the mice not the people!) to create the same situation in the mice that were not being adversely affected.

 

In short what they found was that saccahrin at a dose that could be ingested by people who used a lot of it could in over half the cases ( 4 out of 7) cause abnormal handling of calories and alter blood sugar and insulin in a potential disease causing way.  Ironically they did not see any such response when they used pure sugar in the mice implying that sugar was actually healthier.  They did not try that in people!

 

The culprit in both the human subjects and the mice that were affected was the same: an alteration in the bugs in the gut.  The “pathologic” shift of gut micro flora caused an improved metabolism of energy. Said another way changing the bugs in your gut may make you more efficient at harvesting calories because that is what those bugs do- help you digest your food.  The “bad” bugs are good a digesting food so you get more calories out of the same diet and Bingo up goes your blood sugar.

 

Now the study stopped short of saying this causes weight gain but it certainly could be a possible mechanism for it.

 

I have not yet jumped off the fence on artificial sweeteners yet for several reasons.

  1. Saccharin is one of many artificial sweeteners and now they should all be tested. It is not unreasonable to expect they may change gut micro flora too but we don’t necessarily know that they will cause the same result
  2. Mice are herbivores,humans are omnivores and generalizing food handling between species is always questionable.  Food questionnaires were also the tool of choice for this study which introduces another element of uncertainty
  3. 7 people is too tiny to say much other than “That is interesting”

 

Still I am letting you know I may be wrong to be ambivalent about artificial sweetener use.  I may be wrong to vilify sugar and carbs the way I do (although honestly I doubt it!!!).  It is possible that artificial sweeteners really do cause weight gain and diabetic like behavior in at least some of the people that ingest a lot of them.  But please understand this does not mean they cause cancer, autism, Alzheimer Disease etc.

 

I will keep you posted as I am sure there will be more developments on this but for now all of you who were so vehemently criticizing me for “defending the use of artificial sweeteners” can say I might indeed have been wrong.

 

When there is real science behind it I am always willing to learn from my mistakes.

 

Doc

 

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Well almost as if on cue dietary experts have weighed in on the low carb versus low fat dietary smack down that showed a superior result from low fat diets.

In case you have not been following my Ketogenic diet series I have been eating 60+% of my daily calorie intake from fats, 25% from protein and 15% or less from carbs.  In other numbers I try to keep my carbs below 50 grams or the equivalent of 1.5 slices of typical white or whole grain bread a day.

The recent study I referred to above showed far more weight loss in a year on low carb vs low fat diet (12 pounds average versus 4 pounds).

We’ll have look at what the experts said in a moment but you do need to understand a few things.

First this is not the first time this has happened.  In an email to you several years ago entitled “The Great Diet Smackdown” I detailed similar findings.  Low carb diets won hands down over low fat with Atkins style diets more than doubling the subjects weight loss.  For the record the worst performer was Dean Ornish’s then popular   “Rainbow diet”. It weighed in at a measly 4 pounds.  Then again he never did pitch it as a weight loss diet.

Next if anything a carb dominated Big Food controlled “whole grain goodness” campaign has had 10’s of millions of dollars thrown at it by grain seed and crop producers headed by GMO giant Monsanto.  Interestingly enough our president’s current food czar is headed to the board of directors of that company when his time in politics is done.

I wonder if there is any significance in that?!

On top of that is long history of what can only be termed anti fat bias that has dominated medical thinking for the past 40 years spear headed by Big Pharma and the statin crew. Along with the ADA who used to allow Pop Tarts on the diabetic exchange diet we have a carb dominated food pyramid.

Ok so what did the experts say?

1) The whole premise is stupid! How can one diet fit all when we are all so very different ?

My feeling: while it is true there are some minor genetic variations and a few epigenetic ones to be sure something like 98+% of all human genes are exactly the same when unmutated.  We can be reasonably sure that the variations do not cluster in only the nutritional department. Give the slow as molasses speed of evolution we can also be sure that the changes needed to accommodate a high grain diet did not take place in the past 10,000 years since we have been cultivating grains and certainly not in the past 100 years since the advent if GMO grains.

2) High fat is dangerous and the people advocating it are dangerous!  I pretty much cornered that in my”BAD Dietary Advice” blog.  To Dr David Katz of Yale I repeat my challenge: Before you put it down try it yourself and measure all those precious lipids values like I did and see what happens! I would add that the relatively small amount of weight loss pretty much tells me that while the low carb diet was indeed carb restricted, the researchers probably wussed out and included much more protein and hedged on the high fat part.

The clue is I the way it’s presented: low carb. The word high fat did not appear and most researchers dare not challenge the long held “fat is bad for you” dogma

3) Avoid any diet that tells you to avoid any macro nutrient group. There are 3 macro nutrient groups, carbs, fats and proteins. Well uh, it’s really impossible to avoid all carbs since fruits and vegetables contain a bit of them. It is also clear that cabs are truly non essential in the large amounts we currently get them in our diets. Fats and protein avoidance will make you sick and kill you fast. Carbs? Nope!

4) And  my personal favorite: Well we know that people on low carb diets automatically eat less!  Um is that not the point of a diet.

Now I will also tell you that I think low carb diets will always be far more acceptable than true high fat Ketogenic diets.  Ketogenic diets will always be on the fringe in the long run.  But for people who really really need to lose weight for just about any reason, they will remain the answer.

Lots of people will be able to maintain ketosis at a higher carb consumption rate than me. For me the difference between 50 grams and 100 grams for a few days is visible fat accumulation around my waist.

I have detailed all the testing I have done both lab and metabolic for the world to see. I did not make choice on a whim or bias. I would have dropped it like a hot potato if it didn’t work.  It worked like gangbusters and who knows given the current research on metabolism and cancer, it may have saved my life!

My challenge to any health care providers remains: put your money where your mouth is. Otherwise shut up!

Doc

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In this blog I am going to do what I said – give you the rest of my follow up labs. I am also going to answer a blog comment concerning the anti-cancer effects of the ketogenic diet.

First quick back ground in case you missed the first 9 installments.

I went on this diet out of curiosity after reading Dr Tom Seyfried’s book Cancer as a Metabolic Disease.  The book resonated with me because frankly I think we have done a miserable job “fighting” cancer.  The cure rates for almost all cancers remain abysmal, and those that are “non fatal” are generally non fatal on their own and not because of chemo or other doctor manipulated interventions.

There are a few exceptions, specifically testicular cancer. A historical aside: Lance Armstrong was one of the first people to get high dose cis platin therapy.  It was still very much experimental when he got it.  We all know the sad tale of his demise in sports but I want to ask a question. What would you do if you had brain mets, lung mets and you were in your mid 20’s? You were told you would probably die but there was this experimental treatment.  How would that change what you were willing to do to “win”?  Would staring death in the face make you want to succeed more or less.  Just askin’!

The other exception is Philadelphia Chromosome positive CML with the use of JAK-Stat inhibitors.

Other than that we have not found any magic genetic bullets in spite of 1 trillion dollars in treatment expenses and 50 billion+ in dedicated research to cancer as a genetic disease.  This kinda got me thinking we might be barking up the wrong tree, so when I read Tom’s book it really opened my eyes to a different possibility!

I went on the diet after I read the book.  All of this is detailed clearly in the blogs that precede this one.

I do not have cancer or any sign of it.

I did not go on this diet to lose weight.

I went on this diet to see if it was even feasible to recommend to people I know and treat who have cancer. As you’ll see when I answer the blog comment the answer to that question is: it depends.

But first my labs:

I want to remind you that I have kept meticulous track of my telomere lengths for over 4 years and with every possible technology available I have documented increased length.  This is tantamount to reversing the aging process at least in some tissue compartments.

I already told some folks about my cholesterol values – total 170 LDL 91 HDL 66. Now because of some elective surgery I was not doing my usual exercise routine at the time of the test.  But I still had a star next to my good cholesterol indicating it was out of range! It was too high or if you like too good to be normal. Of course with the long term use of fish oil my triglycerides were pretty much nonexistent as well!

The only missing values were those directly related to inflammation. That would be homocystiene of 4.0, bottom of the barrel and the Hs CRP also low at 0.2

Now the one test that I did not yet get because these labs were done during one of my stem cell visits (I had my own NK cells transfused this time!) was the NMR lipids.  This test breaks down the particle sizes and lets you see everything about cholesterol. This test is not done in Mexico so I am having it done this week and will keep you posted.  Know that I am not enamored with cholesterol as a bio marker for anything, but I do lecture to doctors who still think its god’s gift so mostly, the testing is to shut up my colleagues when I tell them:

Everything we teach preach and practice about what to eat is wrong. 65% of my diet is fat. I eat bacon (no nitrate) heavy cream, olive oil and salt every single day as mainstays of my caloric intake. I eat everything that I was told would kill me and my patients.  The only food group I avoid is carbs.  To me the values speak for themselves.  To me the 30 pound weight loss speaks for itself.  To me we are killing our patients and possibly fostering cancer with the traditional “healthy balanced” diet.

This is of course counterintuitive and lots of people will write to me and tell me I am wrong.  They always do. I want to repeat that I don’t think it’s the specific make up of this diet that has helped me so much.  I think it is the insulin management and anyway you choose to do it is find so long as your nutrition is complete. Raw food Vegan is fine so long as you get and measure your Omega 3’s

One plea I will make is please do not write me and tell me I am wrong and you are right without providing the following objective measurements: Your own omega6/3 ratios, your own cholesterol values, your own glucose and Hba1c values and your own homocystiene and HsCRP values.  I would also be more inclined to listen if you had at least 2 telomere lengths that show improvement.

My point is this: Be objective and measure. Challenge your own behaviors and actions the way I challenge mine and prove it to yourself.  Don’t just listen to what you are being told on the internet of what you “want” to believe.

Had things turned out differently for me in the numbers department I would have dropped the ketogenic diet like a hot potato!

OK in closing here is the blog comment:

 

Dr. Seyfried’s theory may sound enticing. However, this does not explain how most cancer patients’ appetites become so suppressed they literally starve to death. I for one witnessed a loved one stop eating & refuse food. Her fat stores were so great she lived for months & was kept hydrated intravenously. The most famous case would be Steve Jobs. We all watched his body wither away from starvation. This same scenario can be witnessed in every hospice. So I’m perplexed how starvation, which is a normal function of late stage cancer, will get rid of cancer.

 

Thanks Rob for your thoughtful comment. The short answer is starvation at a late stage of cancer will not do anything good for the patient. But understand at that late stage of the game neither will nutrition- it will simply feed the cancer!

This is a little like the old Abraham Hicks comment, “Help Abraham I have fallen out of an airplane without a parachute! What do I do now?”

Answer: Hold on it will all be over in a minute!

Rob your comment brings up several things that are clearly in need of work. First the detection process especially for pancreatic cancer (Steve Jobs) is pretty much non existent. Once you see clinical signs of it it’s too late to do much of anything in 96% of the cases.

There are however many other cancers that are slower growing and more detectable, such as bladder breast and prostate.  In many of these cases the person is obese when they are diagnosed and not calorically challenged although they are often nutritionally challenged.  These people will benefit immensely from a ketogenic diet.

Dr Seyfried’s own work is tilted towards gliomas- fatal brain cancers.  These tend to present with headache or visual changes and not appetite suppression.  The average survival from diagnosis to death is often less than 6 months.  Small clinical trials have shown survivals now out past 18 months using a ketogenic diet.

In addition there is the prevention aspect which could be applied by people like you and I who do not have and do not want to get cancer.  In the lab low calories and high ketones kills cancer cells so why not try it BEFORE you get sick?

I think anyone who is really interested in this topic whether it is to support it or criticize it needs to read the book Cancer as a Metabolic Disease first and then form an opinion.  Dr Seyfried does not say his actions will cure cancer. He suggests they will help it and possibly at a simple preventative pathway that few are following. In addition he suggests what I have felt all along- the genetic approach to cancer may be ass backwards and certainly has not justified the ungodly amounts of money that are being spent (and MADE by cancer centers and drug companies!)

In answer to the question why cancer patients waste away, all avenues point to the uncoupling of the mitochondrial energy system away from energy generation and towards heat loss. Again note this is not strictly a “genetic” process.

I will leave you with this question that really cuts to the quick of why I do what I do and why I am so interested in using nutrition supplements and life style changes to achieve my anti-aging and anti-sickness goals.

Every “cancer” study I have ever read has this sentence in it, “Our research could lead to the development of new drugs to fight cancer”.  Follow the money and you will see why I am so enticed by Dr Seyfried’s work.

Our bodies already have some significant ways of fighting both aging and cancer. They are found in Nature not the drug cabinet!

 

 

Doc

 

 

PS I am happy to report that upon my suggestion Dr Seyfried will be speaking at the AMMG conference in Las Vegas Sunday November 9th at 8AM. If you are really and truly interested in the whole topic of staying young and specifically cancer and metabolism, do your best to be there!!!

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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butter-in-coffeeWith the recent announcement by Dr Oz that we should put butter in our coffee, and a TIME magazine cover saying we may have been wrong about fats, a subtle shift has begun to occur in mainstream dietary thinking.

The concept that saturated fats may not be the villainous life ending culprits we (doctors, dieticians, alphabet agencies etc) have been telling you has begun to get some traction.

Here is the actual skinny on this deal.

There has never been ANY solid evidence that saturated fats found in things like butter and red meat are bad for you. But there has been a 40 year “low fat diet” agenda that has rooted itself in the politics and bias of the American Medical System as well as Big Food.

It is ironic to me that my journey down this road has some very interesting parallels that I will get to in a minute but first a few stories.

1)      2 years ago I interviewed Dr. Staffan Lindeberg for the current telomere book I am working on.  Dr. Lindeberg lived and studied the last remaining true Paleo tribe on the planet, the Kitavans. His conclusions pointed solidly to our diet as the major cause of most of the diseases we associated with aging including heart disease and cancer. On page 177 of his book Food and Western Disease Dr Lindeberg correctly states that high consumption of lean meat including red meat does not increase heart disease. Similarly high cholesterol intake has a marginal effect on serum cholesterol and complete adherence to a low fat recommended diet can reduce serum cholesterol by about 3% at best. And yet for the past 40 years red meat has been vilified, saturated fats have been vilified and eating less cholesterol has been pounded into the medical and public consciousness. While all this was happening America and much of the Western world were getting fatter and fatter.  Dr. Steffan Lindeberg’s was written in 2010 long before Dr Oz or TIME magazine.

2)      I have written in great detail about my Paleo adventures 6 years back and my current ketogenic diet.  In both cases I was able to get very lean.  Maintaining a ketogenic diet or what you might call “ultra low carb” has far and away surpassed Paleo in fat loss. I should also add that while I was Paleo I was also running anywhere from 35 to 70 miles a week.  Now I am not bashing Paleo, I am just telling you what has happened in my life.  Keep in mind each of these diets has been far more sustainable than vegetarian or Vegan for me personally and has yielded much greater fat loss without concomitant loss of muscle mass.  Again not bashing any diet just telling you my own experience.

3)      The other day I was in line at the grocery store.  I watched a man and woman in front of me at check out. Both of them were less than 5 feet 5 inches and both HAD to be in excess of 250 pounds.  At least 70% of what they were buying said “low fat” on it.  Behind me was a mother with 3 children. They (mom and kids) were all morbidly obese.  Again they had carts full of “low fat” stuff.  The predominant theme for both sets of obese people was carbs, carbs and more carbs, punctuated by lots of “whole grain”. It was truly astounding.  Equally astounding was the fact that I had trouble finding high or normal fat content foods in this store.  Almost everything was “low fat”  I could not find  normal fat yogurt or any yogurt with less than 15 grams of carbs even the plain stuff.  The more fat they removed the more carbs they added.

 

My cart contained the following that day” extra virgin olive oil, no nitrate free range uncured bacon, free range ground chicken, a quart of heavy cream and 4% minimum milk fat cottage cheese, vanilla extract and cinnamon.  My few items towered over the lot of my neighbors in terms of fat content and yet I was by far the leanest person in the line, probably the whole store.  I will let you draw your own conclusions but one other thing: I have put 6 other people on the ketogenic diet. 5 of them have been able to adhere to it no problem and all 5 have lost a lot of weight in a short period of time.  The person who cannot or will not follow it cites inability to “eat all that fat” because of a decade of near vegetarianism.  She has not lost any weight on this diet!

4)       Ok I mentioned above that there were some parallels in the way I got started on this diet.  My initial and primary reason came after reading the book Cancer as a Metabolic Disease by Dr Tom Seyfreid.  I was not interested in weight loss.  I weighed 203 and looked “ok” in my own estimation, never having come close to my max chubby weight of 236 which prompted me to invent Ultra Strength Fat Furnace.  But after a week on the diet Dr Seyfreid described I lost 11 pounds and concluded that a cancer prevention or treatment diet was indeed doable unless the person was far gone.  After that I found the work of Phinney and Voleck who basically advanced the Adkins theories and the rest is history. I am now under 10% body fat and have lost about 30 pounds.  I look and feel better than I have in a long long time even though I have always considered myself to be feeling really good and looking OK.

 

In each of these resources, Seyfried and Phinney and Voleck I found so much evidence that politics and personal agendas set what the American public believes. I won’t name names but it boils down to a few very influential researchers and doctors who had a major vested interest in defending their views. Bullying and riding over anyone who questioned them set up the past 4o years of nonsense.

 

I know that eating fat to burn fat sounds very counterintuitive but that is what happens.  I will also tell you I believe that Vegan and Vegetarian diets can work as well.  How can this be?  How can 2 so very different routines one consisting of dairy, animal and vegetable fat and the other of mostly fruits vegetables and nuts yield the same result?

 

The answer is calorie reduction and insulin management.

 

People eating both high fat (60% or more as fat) and Vegan/Vegetarian diets have lower calorie consumption and lower insulin levels.

 

How can high fat be low calorie?  Try eating this much fat and watch your appetite disappear.

 

In about 2 weeks I should have my latest lipid profile for you so stay tuned!

 

 

 

 

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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It’s time for me to remind you of some information that has been circulated for quite some time.  In the process more and more data from scientific studies has supported the role of fish oil and Omega 3’s in Preventing and or/treating cancer.  Now you may recall last year at this time a nonsensical study came out suggesting that “higher doses” of fish oil led to prostate cancer.  I was shocked at how gullible the scientific community  (e.g. doctors) were at accepting the headline without looking at the data.

The study was massively flawed to begin with as anyone who bothered to read it would have seen. I guess that is the lesson: even the experts don’t bother to read.  If there was a score card out there somewhere that took note of the name of people who said stuff that was clearly not true versus true and we actually publically called out the people who made these statements, there would be a lot of ‘experts” who would be eating crow or worse right now!

In last summer’s study, the “higher dose” of omega 3 boiled down to a 2% difference which means absolutely nothing.  Bottom line: everyone they looked at had very low Omega 3 levels to begin with. The real conclusion should have been that low Omega 3 can lead to prostate cancer.

For more on this you can look at my blog Fish oil and Prostate Cancer More Bad News.

You may have also seen the latest Fish oil no good for Heart Disease info coming out of Canadian Journal of Cardiology.  This “study” is a review article not an actual study so bias abounds.  Again the above blog pretty much says it all.

If you want to get published these days you better have bad news.  In the meantime there is much more good news.

One of the reasons I knew immediately that the prostate cancer stuff was nonsense is that there is a long history of science backing up and embracing the use of omega 3’s and fish oil in every hormonally sensitive cancer out there.

This includes prostate, breast (in men and women!) and most recently endometrial cancer.

There are several different ways that this particular cancer of the uterus may benefit, but in a nutshell, Omega 3’s slow down and inhibit cancer cell growth, reduce spread and induce “apoptosis” the destruction of malignant and sick cells so a healthy population can take their place.

Apoptosis in general is a topic am very interested in form the standpoint of how the body ages.  Apoptosis is part of a recycling mechanism that allows you and me to preserve critical parts of our cell structures and reuse them without keeping the bad stuff.

This by the way is why there are only 10 essential amino acids (protein building blocks) instead of 20.  You can recycle half of them and reuse them without having to eat them every day!

The same is not true of the two major essential fatty acids in fish oil:  EPA and DHA. Your body needs a constant supply.  In populations where those 2 essential fats have been kept high there is a lot less disease including all of the cancers mentioned above.

Now I cannot legally tell you fish oil prevents cancer, at least until big Pharma has a patent on it for that purpose.  I can tell you most of us do not get nearly enough to benefit the way we should.

I can also tell you there is nothing magic about fish oil’s continued and amazing benefits.  It’s not rocket science. It’s just giving your body what it needs and what it uses to stay healthy every day.

 

 

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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I have to admit I enjoy exercise a lot. I have enjoyed many different kinds of exercise and been exposed and even trained with some of the absolute visionaries of human performance. I do a bunch of different exercises and even when I am traveling I can always find time for a good workout.

But exercise is not really as much of a transformation tool as the exercise industry would have you believe. Now before you start leveling criticism at me for this grand departure from the accepted dogma let me remind you I do have a CPT certificate and continue my education in the industry even though I don’t make a living that way.

I have written many blogs on exercise  as well as diet which seem to be two inseparable topics for most people.

But for the moment I want you to separate them and digest these statements.

I view exercise as a fitness tool.  I diet as a weight loss tool.

If you ask me what would help the most people in the U.S. I would have to say diet at least at first.

While almost everyone who is overweight is also out of shape and it may seem artificial to separate the 2 ways of improving our bodies the truth is that each contributes to health in a very different fashion.

An average of 30 pounds weight loss for the typical overweight/obese American would go a lot farther than 3 hours a week in the gym in the first 12 to 18 months. Put another way, if I found a Genie in a bottle that would grant me one wish for the population of this country first, it would be weight loss.

Weight loss, especially significant weight loss revamps your body’s metabolism, resets your hormones, your sleep your sex life and so on.  Exercise may do a lot of those things as well but it takes a lot longer.

Now with the American obsession with looking good I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you the 6 pack ab look is all about body fat, which in turn is linked to body weight. Again put another way, you will only see your 6 pack if you lose enough weight and fat to let it show, no matter how much exercise you do.

Now the corollary question of all this is can you be fat and fit?  That would depend on what you call fit. If you are looking for pure strength then you will find a lot of fat looking people who are very strong.  But they do not age well. Indeed the older we get the more being lean becomes super important.

And what about this common question: Can you do both together.  Again it depends.  If you are morbidly obese or seriously overweight I would stick with weight loss as the main focus and add in exercise slowly in increasing doses.

If you are already lean and strong and have endurance chances are you stopped reading this a long time ago.

You might, if you are a regular reader, even wonder why I am writing this. After all the Dr Dave’s Best audience are probably among the fittest people in the world.

Two things: First we are getting a lot of notoriety out there in the big world and that means a lot of first timers are visiting looking for how to get started in an effective anti-aging program. Second I do a lot of traveling and I cannot help but notice how many of my fellow Americans are just plain fat.  I call it carb poisoning these days.  The bloated faces the waddling walks the giant bellies, etc there is far more of that amongst us than there are lean healthy specimens!

Worse TV has been taken over by reality shows! Part of that reality is preponderance of fat people. And that my friend is a real reality no matter how silly/phony the shows are!

If you are having serious trouble with controlling your appetite especially for carbs, and controlling your weight especially as the summer arrives have a look at USFF.

If you want it all, a 6 pack, leanness, power and strength then take a look at Fast and Fabulous Fitness for Everyone.  This program along with the ketogenic/Paleo diet has been a mainstay for me for a long time with great results.

I had someone ask me if I still look like I did when we introduced USFF the original raspberry ketone compound 8 years ago.  The truth is I am lighter and not quite as buff, but I am still OK with how everything looks and more than OK with how it feels to grow younger each year.

Stay tuned for a pic or two but remember this: I am anything but special and anything but an exception. I follow the same guidelines I give you and I do so with consistency including my supplementation, diet and exercise.

Trust me if it works for a genetically very average guy like me, YOU should have glorious results.

Here’s to you.

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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Dr. Dave doing resisted running with Raw Food and health Guru David Wolfe high above Guadalajara

Over the past 12 years of writing emails to you I have often included sample workouts that I do to stay fit on the road.

By far my favorite tool is the JC Santana SuperBands. Bands are super portable so I carry 3 sometimes 4 different sizes all the way from 1/2 inch to 2 inches. This type of variety also lets me work out with other people who may be at different strength levels than I am that may be traveling with me. I am not always the strongest person in the bunch by far!

The other amazing thing is the total versatility of the Super Bands. You can do legs arms and tons of core work.  You can work out with a partner or just use a door way and the simple attachment that comes with every band.

OK now to the workout.

I am in Guadalajara right now and the day time temps are in the 90’s. But 18 floors up in the hotel there is a strong breeze that makes the heat and sun much more tolerable. What does not change is the 5300 foot altitude. You feel it very quickly even if you are in decent shape. This time one of my travel companions was a JC Santana alumnus so I knew I was in for a Class A butt kicking. We played tag your it which means each of us alternatively gets to choose the exercise.

Warm up  30 reps jumping jacks 30 reps crossing arms jumping jacks, then the Matrix ( see ihpfit.com for more on the matrix)
Then dynamic core work including band walking ( band over head in full extension with partner holding the band or band attached to  a railing or wall.
Next was band runs: Runner loops the band around his/her waist and other partner provides resistance by holding or looping band around their waste and running at a slower pace to provide band resistance. Again this can be done with the band anchored anywhere stable and the running can be full tilt or not.
Next was a non band exercise: mountain climbers and mountain climbers with arm to leg and leg to elbow touches. 20 reps of each which gives you 3 sets.
Then jump squats with 180 degree rotations. 20 reps 2 sets. Careful with this one if you get vertigo easily.

We then moved inside because the wind was so strong it was blowing our matts away. The next series can be done with or without matts but since we were touching knees to the ground in full lunges the matts were needed.

First is the lunge with punch . Lunge with one leg and punch with the opposite arm as you drop into the lunge. If you have tight hip flexors (quads or adductors) do not go down all the way with the lunge because the end point of the exercise is a big stretch with rotational ( torque) force on the hip joint. 10 reps each side
After that step backwards and do a reverse lunge while pulling with the opposite hand.
In each case the partner provides the desired resistance or you tie the band off to a railing or wall.
The final band work was simple arms. Overhead presses 2 sets of 10 with the biggest band you can handle. Next shrugs and power cleans 2 sets of 10 with same band
Finally 2 sets of 60 reps: Triceps extensions and biceps curls. You do these back to back with minimal rest and as fast as you can. If you are unsure of what I am talking about here be sure and check out Fast and Fabulous Fitness for Everyone.

Then we cooled down with some ab work and stretching.  The total time of the workout was about 40 minutes with the actual band portion taking about 20.  Rest between sets were mostly 30 seconds with a rare 1 minute break.

This is clearly a metabolic circuit and would be classified as HIIT for sure.  I can only estimate the calorie burn but I’d say between 350 and 400 plus whatever else you get from the left over recovery period the rest of the day.

Not only is this a great way to shed weight and get general fitness it will shred you up for summer if you are looking for that “look”.

If you are having trouble with your appetite and weight control as the beach body days are getting closer don’t forget Ultra Strength Fat Furnace the original raspberry ketone compound since 2006!  I am so glad to have it when I need it because I love to eat!

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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I spend a significant time last summer destroying the nonsensical study published by Dr Brasky in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.  Eventually a few other headline came out debunking the study but much to my chagrin it is still being circulated as if it was “news”.

Long before the above study came out I noted what I called an “Anti-Fish Oil Campaign” by traditional medicine.  Big Pharma was tacitly involved but because they have and continue to try to get drug versions of fish oil accepted they were quieter than usual.

Now I am not a huge believer in conspiracy theories. It takes a long time to convince me that there are deliberate disingenuous forces at work trying to obfuscate the truth. Another way of saying that is that people are lying!

But when stuff like following comes out I am far more easily convinced:

1)      Last year and just about every year before a study comes out that states that fish oil does not work for heart disease.  The usual suspects are at work which includes- high powered big name institutions that are routinely tapped by drug companies for approval and research and gifted with grants from same. These are the places that are usually featured in the most prominent “high impact” journals. They are high impact usually because they are high circulation and high funded by you guessed it –drug ads. Also the usual suspects: inferior fish oil format like triglyceride or cod so only 30% of the active ingredients are Omega3’s. Relatively higher amounts of toxins. Almost always inferior dosing well below the ranges I recommend.  And finally no attempt to look at Omega6/3 ratios either before or after the end points of the study.

2)      My favorite “no good for heart disease study” was done by adding 1 gram of fish oil to margarine for 6 months to the diets of people who were already on at least 4 drugs for heart disease and had their heart disease for a minimum of 5 years, many of them 10. If you look at what I said in #1 and apply it to this study you will see it failed to meet any of the criteria for a successful study.  In my blog “Fish oil Failure by Design” I go into more detail.

3)      Fish oil no good for Alzheimer Disease.  This wonderful study used low dose DHA only and again failed all of the above study criteria.  Reminder: DHA is not fish oil; it is one half of fish oil.  EPA is converted to DHA in the brain and in the body’s cell membranes and is a major source of DHA. If you remove it you will in effect be removing a large source of DHA that feeding straight DHA will not make up.

4)      The infamous Brasky prostate cancer study was one of the most poorly designed studies ever and would never have been allowed in any journal except that it made a statement that was exciting controversial and “bad news”.  I am shocked that the editors of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute allowed it to hit print. I go over the numerous flaws in that study in several blogs. What was most disturbing was how many bright people including scientists called or emailed me in fear and panic mode. These are people who know how to read studies but like so many people never bothered. They saw the internet headline and reacted.

So why does this happen and why is fish oil the target?

Why did the most recent meta analysis of 70+ randomized studies all of which showed a positive result on blood pressure in humans get eclipsed by a mouse study that suggested that DHA (again mislabeled fish oil) might raise blood pressure in mice who do not even have the same Omega 3 metabolism as humans do?

This friend is the news media mainly. They have figured out that lots of people can’t resist bad news. Shocking horrifying and generally irrelevant in terms of your life- that is what sells.

And so if they attack a known healthy habit and sow the seeds of discontent readership goes up and advertising dollars go up with it. After all who wants to advertise somewhere where no one reads looks or pays attention?

Sadly this “emotional control fear based” approach seems never to fail and always to win.

So as long as it does you can expect more negatives about fish oil and supplements in general.  Taken along with the slow decline of Big Pharma and the erosion of trust people have in medicine as its practiced here in general you can see the value of negative headlines to the people in money and power.

Keep this in mind as you watch the current debate on labeling GMO food heat up. Big Food has wheeled out the big gun scientists in white coats. Their mantra: Trust us, we’re doctors!

I will let you decide where to place your trust.

In the meantime, don’t forget your fish oil.

Doc

 

 

PS a recent Survey of internet headlines on Omega 3’s and fish oil spanning the past 3 years has shown 80% of the headlines have been negative. If you survey the actual research it is 96% positive. Again you decide!

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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The best way for me to cover all the stuff I want to tell you is in simple bullet point form and that is what I am going to do. But first let me say one thing that is critical: If you are a healthy person this diet is not going to pose any serious risks to you.  That said run it by your own personal health care professional before you try it. So let me start the bullet points with a few “safety issues”

  • Ketosis is not Ketoacidosis. Ketosis is not dangerous. Your body can easily run on ketone bodies for a lot longer than you would think-possibly forever- as long as the nutritional makeup of your diet and the number of calories is sufficient to sustain you in healthy condition. Ketoacidosis happens to insulin dependent diabetics and in some less frequent cases to others. Most Type 2 diabetics will not have ketoacidosis but if you are a Type 2 Don’t try this without strict ongoing (like all day everyday) medical supervision from a qualified professional. Or at least get the blessing of yours before you do this!
  • You have heard me mention “starvation range” when referring to ketones of 4 millimoles and higher. This is a somewhat arbitrary definition but these ranges require sever calorie restriction.  Your average Ketogenic Diet will not get you to these ranges and you may not need them to “treat” certain illnesses.  I chose to go Calorie Restricted to try to fill the 2 main recommendations of the CRKD for “cancer prevention” * low blood sugars and high ketones to starve cancer cells and preserve normal ones.
  • Isn’t starvation unhealthy?  For short periods of times no. How short? Well 7 days is no big deal and if you look at the numbers I was only “there” for about 4 days out of the total.  Short term starvation may be just the thing to recycle sick mitochondria via autophagy (look it up!) and sick cells via apoptosis (you’ve heard me explain that one before too so look it up as well!).
  • Isn’t hypoglycemia dangerous!!!  Answer: it depends how you got there.  If you took too much insulin or skipped a meal on your oral anti-diabetic meds you got there artificially and had no time to generate alternate fuels e.g. ketone bodies then it’s dangerous. If you got there the way I did with gradual calorie restriction and you are generally healthy you will not suffer any symptoms from hypoglycemia because your body will have plenty of ketones to run on alternatively. So using this diet to induce hypoglycemia is not dangerous provided you to it the way I did or follow some recommended guideline.

 

Ok now on to some cool observations:

*Fish oil Doses: Because there was so little food intake and specifically almost no Omega 6 fat intake there was no need to hit the fish oil hard. One to three caps every other day was plenty enough to keep the blood flowing easily for my finger stick checks of sugar and ketones.

*In Dr Seyfried’s book he recommends avoiding caffeine altogether and no strenuous exercise- just walking!  I did not obey those commands for various reasons but I can tell you the amount of coffee required to wake up when you are not eating anything goes way, way down.  A 6 ounce cup would be reheated several times throughout the day and still have some left when I went to bed.

You will notice my blood sugars were very low on some occasions and much closer to normal on others. Generally this is the effect of exercise which does several things that are actually shared by caffeine consumption.

First it bangs on your adrenal glands and stimulates them to release “adrenergic” (stimulant) chemicals. This drives up our blood sugar even when there is little or no sugar in your diet.

Initially this comes from stored liver glycogen but that lasts hours not days so the only other reasonable source is gluconeogenesis* This means your body is going to breakdown that hard earned muscle you put on in the gym to keep your blood sugar up!  Remember how I told you weight loss was not the primary goal of this experiment?  Well body building sure as heck wasn’t either!

So the further you go into ketosis the more muscle you are going to lose.

OK now some final observations:

  • Mood and mental function: Although one or two people might disagree I did not notice any changes or moodiness at all.  I felt great and great about myself most of the time LOL! There were moments when my brain did not want to tackle any complex tasks or mental gymnastics but this was not all the time.  I found this to be more a function of high ketones than low blood sugar.
  • The one kinda creepy aspect of the whole thing that really hit me during the hypoglycemia and big time ketosis periods was an eerie feeling that it was ok to keep starving.  Almost like they say freezing to death is not so bad. I just felt like I could keep this up forever. Fortunately my first spoon full of high carb sugary dried fruit “healthy” granola knocked me right back into reality LOL! Yum does my body love SUGAR!!!
  • I “failed” to achieve the constant low blood sugars recommended because I refused to give up my exercise routines which would be considered “intense” under the circumstances.  This was personal choice and a matter of curiosity as well.  I did notice I tried a little bit sooner than usual and occasionally skipped the last set or cut a kilometer off a run but in general my performances were on par and on the last gym visit better than ever!
  • Caffeine and fish oil can be reduced because they will be more effective in the face of reduced calorie intake and absorption will be faster. Do take your multi vites though  as you can start missing critical things quite fast.
  • I needed to sleep more. Indeed I would say I slept a lot more soundly than usual easily grabbing 8-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep when possible versus my usual 7. Again reduced caffeine intake may have played a role but I am not a huge user to begin with.
  • I was almost NEVER HUNGRY during this diet.  I am not 100% sure but I have to assume it is the magic of ketosis as an appetite suppressant.
  • I was really surprised at how little my metabolic rate changed with this diet. Even using the accurate Body Gem I was running a resting metabolic rate of just over 2000 calories when in full blown ketosis and having lost almost 10 pounds. Bottom line ketones are an effective fuel for your body and can maintain your caloric needs just fine thank you!
  • I learned how much of my own eating was “habitual” just used to eating at a certain time and making certain food choices which are actually generally healthy but often high in carbs- like certain fruits.
  • I learned that for me personally Carbs Are the ENEMY. They stimulate my appetite and my cravings and they pack on calories fast. I learned this 4 years ago when I was full bore Paleo for the better part of a year but even this short stint brought that message home in a big way.
  • I learned that it is actually very hard to keep your carb intake below 30 grams since even high protein foods have some carbs.
  • Now here is the kicker: I learned it is easier for me not to eat all together than it is to manage carb intake and “eat healthy”.  I suspect like all habits the carb habit will take some time to kick and it will always be hovering around.  It is harder for me to control my carb intake by eating “just the right amount” than it is to avoid them altogether. I am still processing this fact!

My final thoughts: This was far easier than I thought but you definitely need to have the right mind set and discern “boredom eating” from true hunger. I was not ever able to get to water only even for 24 hours and that will be a challenge I undertake in 3 to 6 months when I do this all again. For me there would be a huge difference between even 300 calories and a little flavoring than nothing but water especially since metabolically I was able to achieve pretty much the same thing. I cannot imagine exercising with zero calorie intake over a couple of days and I am not willing to give up exercising even for a week at this point!

I think overall the effects of this little dietary experiment were totally positive and there will be some long lasting good things from learning about what makes me eat and how certain foods control my behaviors more than others!

As a final bit of good news, by the time you read this I will either have interviewed or be about to interview Dr Thomas Seyfried himself!  I can hardly wait!!!!

A thinner leaner more carb free Doc!

 

 

P.S. I waited about a month and then posted a follow-up with what has happened since completing the original ketogenic diet. Read about that here.

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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Here are the specific numbers I obtained on the various days after the 2 day induction I described in Part 3 of this series.

I will be starting the numbering series with #1 which was the first day AFTER the induction. In other words this is the first day of the 8 day routine I described in the last blog, 200 to 400 calories and 10ish grams of carbs as my usual daily intake.

Please note you will see references in my notes to dropping body weight. While this was a pleasant side effect of this diet and I suspected it would have to happen it was by no means the main goal. The main goal was to experience CRKD and see how I tolerated it.

Abbreviations. FBS= fasting blood sugar. Ketones = Ketones in millimoles  Wt= how much I weighed at a specific time. BW=Body water as measured on a Tanita Iron man Scale for hydration status. BF= Body Fat on the same scale*  MR is the metabolic rate at the time via the same scale (although once for correlation I used a Body Gem device).

I used an Abbott Precision Xtra to measure my sugars and blood ketones.  I did not look at urinary ketones primarily because if you are truly using ketones for fuel you should not see a lot of them in your urine. Your body should be gobbling them up for food and not peeing them out. Then again at $5 a strip for blood ketones, I can see why people opt for urine testing!

You will notice that occasionally I added some numbers after “eating” exercising etc. in addition to the fasting dry weight numbers first thing in the morning.

You will also notice I left the original “notes” from my diary in some cases so you can see what I was feeling and thinking at the time.

Baseline prior to starting the full blown calorie restriction/ketosis 8 day portion:

Body weight 200.8  FBS 96 (normal is considered 80 to 100)

Day 1 197.8    FBS 74 neg ketones

 

Day 2 195 .5  FBS 68 Ketones 0.3 I did an evening Interval session on the Airdyne cycle consisting of 8 rounds of 3 minutes at 85 to 92% of max heart rate with 2 minute rest intervals in between. I did not feel fatigued during this session.

 

Day 3 water only until 330 PM Fasting AM  Dry wt 193.4  FBS 77  ketones positive at 1.1 mmol

At 3 PM calf fasciculations and minor cramps with exertion plan is to intake protein before night time work out. Noticing some tiredness but could easily be from poor sleep (unrelated!)  NO serious hunger pangs at this point interested to see how exercise goes.  I think I can hang in with this for a few more days with no problem.  I am encouraged by the wt loss though it has to be water!

7:30 PM Glucose 45 min post soup is 66

End of the day tally  total soups 3  total carbs 9 grams +almond milk total calories 270 plus almond milk.

 

Day 4 Plan water and coffee only  Dry wt 192  not sure why I have a feeling this is the body wt plateau and that further losses will be less  I would like to get to 188 and see how I look!  Today BWater is 55.9  BFat 13% on athlete’s measure  Post water lemon and coffee sugar is 71  ketones 0.8. Going to try gym next and possibly running!

Got back from gym  a bit shaky and mild light headedness Ketones down to 0.6  glucose is 87  This is shocking to me unless this is the result of exercise  I find it hard to believe that anything I have put in my body today could be used as non ketotic fuel!  Not hungry though plan to run next will do a 90 cal soup,

From 7 PM to 11 PM Wound up having a total of 3 soups over 4 hours!  Wt 192  Once I ate one it seemed like my appetite came back although I did run 5 K and go to the gym and lifted weights.

Calorie wise I am golden and should be lighter tomorrow morning.  I will be excited to be 190 and am guessing it will take until Tuesday to get in that range solidly although I have dropped 1.5 pounds or more each day I am not sure why I believe the weight to be mainly water and expect it to plateau.  More tired than usual earlier than usual but caffeine intake is lowered as well.

 

Day 5  Wt this am is 189.9 and it shows . My body has sucked down and in spite of having the strength in the gym yesterday the muscle mass is clearly less in my upper body.

FBS 47  Ketones 2.2 both the most extreme I have had so far but I feel fine not hungry  Cut down on fish oil and coffee doses because they are so effective now. I think this is kinda fun but I am a bit concerned about muscle mass and energy  so far I can’t complain,  I keep waiting for the s to hit the fan and it doesn’t …appetite is only a problem when I eat!!!  Tonight’s outing will be interesting. I think I have finally hit ketosis and this is where the real weight and fat loss is going to happen.

Body Water was clearly the lowest in a while 54.8% fat 14+ % again highest ever in recent thanks to Body Water being low. Fasciculations and near cramp in rt Calve.  Need to stay hydrated coffee is diuretic.

Note: after spending the entire night with my calves doing St Vitus’ Dance I discovered that plain old salt in the form of Bragg’s aminos solves the problem of cramps, fasciculations and dehydration (duh! Water follows salt). Laughing because all of my medical training has been to vilify salt consumption and focus on magnesium and potassium replacement with absolutely NO RELIEF!!! All I needed all these years of was salt and water.  Blood Pressure is 110/62 Heart rate a bit elevated at 62 resting.

Day 6  ran out of glucose strips but ketones are a new high of 3.3 so I think my glucose must be on the lower side.  Had to do some snow blowing fairly hard work and now I am hungry  going for soup and cider amino water.    Fingers are getting a bit sore on left hand from repeated finger sticks!

Day 7 Wts were up to 192.2 well hydrated at 9.6% body fat and 59.9% body water no cramps or fasciculations again thanks to the cumulative increase in salt intake,

Ketones are at starvation level  4.1  the highest ever.  I am not hungry  I think I will go to low carb diet slowly introducing with juice for 2 days when I am actually done here.  Clearly I would have to be super dehydrated to hit 185 lbs and the lack of being able to stay up etc is beginning to create a pressure situation with my work. I will be happy if I can get back to 189.  Last night I had a total of 3 soups again and this must be what is causing the water retention along with a significant amount of salt I had with the soups and Braggs aminos.  So I will have to back off those a bit, I want to work out today as well as time permits!  Interesting experiment.

Day 7 nighttime  post gym and 4 mile treadmill run  about 2 hours post  glucose 67 ( water lemon and small amount of aminos) handful of nuts and a few marys gone crackers  wt 191  bw 60%  bf 9.6%  BP 114/66 hr 69 post bath.

Day 8  wt 189.4  BW 58.8%  BF  10%  RMR 2060 via body gem   FBS 62  ketones 6.1 which would now be considered starvation range.  BP 110/61 Pulse 72 resting.

Started to get woozy tired and hungry late in the day. But I  Held it together until 2 AM call, I think I would have been fine had I slept through the night but such is the life of a doctor. After the call I was starving and ate several bowls of cereal and “lo carb” bread. I justified this by saying to myself I had gone a full day longer than I set out to when I started this.  Still it was a total carb pig out and I paid the price in GI distress. You do not want to reintroduce food this way!!!

Final official entry Day 9 wt 192.4 Body Fat 9%  BW 60%  did not run numbers  will go back on less restricted higher but not high carb diet with more calories. You would think that as long as I stay below RMR levels I should slowly continue to lose weight the right way. There are however the endless water shifts to contend with!

OK now the comment about Fish Oil.  I can honestly say that I skipped doses to about every other day and reduced the dose to between 1 and 3 capsules on days I took it.  This is the first time in 14 years I have missed this much and taken this little.

Why? Well if you have read any of my stuff about the Omega6/3 ratios or better yet attended my teleseminar you know the answer or can give it an educated guess.

I will cover this and much more in the next and final blog!

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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Ok first if you have not read the first 2 blogs please do so because a lot of info is covered that you need to know: Part 1 and Part 2.

Now here is what I did.

I actually went on the “diet” for a total of 10 days with 8 of them being severely calorie/carb restricted.

Day one was what most people would refer to as a “Juice Fast” that is I consumed mostly juice and water but I was not specifically looking at the total calories I consumed.  I was however looking to restrict Carbs somewhat so I used primarily low glycemic vegetable juice and cut it with about 25% fruit juice.  The total carb count of each 12 ounce serving was probably about 12 grams and I consumed 5 of those the first day.  Calorie wise this size of serving was probably about 180 calories so that alone puts me at 900 calories and 60 grams of carbs. I probably consumed another miscellaneous 100 calories and 10 grams of carbs that day for a grand total of 1000 calories and 70 grams of carbs.

So you have a reference point my height is 6’1 inch my walk around starting dry weight for this experiment was 201 pounds 57+% body water and a body fat of about 12% *

My resting metabolic rate via a Tanita** scale is 2250 ish calories a day which means that is the number of calories I theoretically need to maintain my body weight.  The one big thing that weight alone never really takes into account is water shifts and as we’ll see that becomes a huge factor when you diet and step on the scale.

To summarize Day 1. I was at least 50% below my RMR calorie requirement and I was in what would be considered moderate carb restriction (50 to 100 grams).

Day 2  This was also an “induction day” designed to ease me into the more severe carb and calorie restriction.  For this day I did exactly what I did on Day 1 but I replaced half of the juice with plain water to dilute it. Thus I wound up around 500 calories and 40 grams of carbs.  I was not really checking any numbers yet since the “diet” had not officially begun.

For the next 8 days I pretty much followed this script:

Calorie intake between 200 and 400 per day.  Almost all of this was supplied in the form of “Ideal Protein” soups of various flavors.  All of the soups I chose had 90 calories per serving and 3 grams of carbs.  Depending on the day I ate between 2 and 4 soups at typical intervals of 4 to 6 hours.

Additional calories were supplied by adding a tablespoon of almond milk to 4 ounces of regular coffee which I consumed once to twice daily.  I should note that Dr Seyfried recommends avoiding all caffeinated beverages because they can increase blood sugar. More on that in the next blog.

Doc

 

** Tanita is a registered brand name of a scale. I use the IronMan model but there are other makes and models.  The particular method of measuring values is known as electrical impedence and has some inherent inaccuracies. I will mention the Body Gem device which uses end expired CO2 to more directly measure metabolic rate at that particular moment.  Usually they correlate more closely than you might think so I rely on the Tanita on a daily basis with occasional correlation from the more expensive Body Gem.  Also if you look at those body fats and know anything about the subject you would be thinking, “What a stud Dr Dave must be!” Well sadly I have to be honest.  There are 2 settings on that scale and I have traditionally set it on “athlete” which means 10 hours of hard core exercise a week.  I probably roll in closer to 7 so you need to add about 5% to the body fat numbers. Be nice now and take into account my mid 50’s age and you will see that while I am not true stud material, my body composition is far better than average for my age J

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Long ago and far away a man named Otto Warburg hypothesized that cancer was a metabolic disease. In his view it was a defect in mitochondrial respiration. The politics of the world and of science eventually led to Warburg’s theories taking a back seat and a new theory of cancer took hold.

The strongest voice for reinstating and indeed advancing Warburg’s theories is a man named Thomas Seyfried who has recently released the book I mentioned in the first keto blog “Cancer as a Metabolic Disease”.

Dr Seyfried’s book is probably the most important piece of scientific reading I have done in the past 12 months. I still have many questions and am not 100% sure I believe every single thing written there but I am 100% convinced we are missing something in cancer therapy that this book addresses.

What is Dr Seyfried up against?

Plenty!

The genetic or genomic theory of cancer has been the predominant theory of cancer for the past 60 years so much so that all but for a few scientists Warburg became a forgotten footnote. Interestingly enough many of what you would call “peripheral health care practitioners” often invoked Warburg’s name to “prove” that Ozone therapy works for cancer.

As of this moment there is no evidence to support Ozone although there are the beginnings of glimmers of hope for hyperbaric therapy. *

To be clear what Warburg said was that Cancer cells could be specifically starved by attacking their nutrient source, not their oxygen source. There is scientific evidence to support cancer starvation using something called 2-deoxy glucose a chemical that mimics glucose and blocks its use in energy pathways. While the initial trials are not all successful, the work continues.

Warburg felt that the power houses of the cell called mitochondria had acquired a defect somehow. Examples of what might cause that defect are radiation, toxins and even in my opinion something like a skewed Omega6/3 ratio which promotes inflammation in the body.

This was to be the initial step in cancer formation. Clearly many of the cells would not survive this defect and would die and be removed by normal pathways of cellular trash hauling!

Those that did survive however would be subject to other changes that would allow them to use alternate forms of energy to generate the needed power of life while concomitantly and sequentially acquiring ongoing genomic instabilities and mutations that would allow them to escape normal growth controls among other things.

So the basic premise of this theory is, the respiratory (mitochondrial defect) comes first then the genetic stuff starts popping up.

Genetic theory of cancer proponents do not argue that almost every cancer seen has a metabolic defect that fits Warburg’s theories. They maintain however that the genes change first and downstream, way downstream from that, the mitochondrial defects occur.

In terms of what might be offered to cancer patients, the Warburg/Seyfried theories suggest a common point of cancer origin, a simple inexpensive therapy, at least as an adjunct to other forms, a potential for cancer prevention and quite frankly health improvement in non cancerous individuals, and a beacon of hope in the ever increasingly complex world of cancer therapy.

The genomic origins of cancer suggest: infinite complexity, the need for individual and personal treatment not for just each person but each tumor site, enormous expense and toxicity since even the best therapies still kill a fair number of healthy cells, and an onerous panel of side effects and misery to be endured by “survivors” of cancer. Of course this is also a gigantic source of revenue and business. I would like to say that means nothing but in my experience as an allopathic physician it is disgustingly front and center in this particular field.

Personally I am not convinced that either side is 100% correct and that either side has no merit.  The body is complex and cancer is a complex disease. Still it would be a human tragedy of enormous proportions if we did not further investigate the possibility of simple effective ways to augment what we are trying to do with cancer and cancer patients.

To all my colleagues out there- Do You really personally feel we are winning the war against cancer?

I don’t and this is why I feel so strongly that Dr Seyfried’s work needs as much attention as we can give it including research dollars.

If the Warburg/Seyfried hypothesis is correct, our own bodies may have the power to recycle sick and toxic mitochondria (autophagy, or more specifically mitophagy) and restore health to the cell before or even after cancerous transformation.

Is this not worth a sincere effort to find out!

Dr Dave

*Ironically intermittent Hypoxemia (severe lowering of arterial oxygen for short periods of time) has been used to induce mitophagy (mitochondrial recycling). This would be the exact opposite of hyperbaric oxygen therapy!

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Today’s departure from the usual was sparked  by a question sent in by one of Dr Dave’s Best newsletter readers.  By the way if you are not one of them you should be since it is yet another way I keep my people up to date on all things anti-aging along with my myth busting and of course the latest developments.

The question was an interesting and probing one:  “Dr Dave what are YOUR New Year’s Resolutions, and how are you doing with them?”

At first I though, “That’s a bit forward! Isn’t it!”  but then I realized I did have some important info to share with you in that regard.

I have continued to simplify my life and I encourage you to do so.  Each year I hone in on what is most important in my life.

I have narrowed it down to 3 major things and almost all of my resolutions have to do with those things.

They are:
#1 My Health  I hope its not too big of a surprise that my own health is paramount to just about everything else I do. I know of some very famous people in my field both internet types and non internet types who are just flat out sick.  They don’t look happy and they certainly don’t look healthy, no matter how many millions of readers they have.  It always struck me as strange that a person can’t look at someone and say, “Wow they can’t be practicing what they preach or if they are its the wrong stuff!”
In my book if you walk the walk you look great feel great and are a beacon for people who are trying to stay young for as long as possible.  And a wonderful by product of that is you are happy most of the time and people know it!

I think my hero in that department was Jack La Lane!

Now in terms of simplifying how I look at my health my overall approach has been and is: do what works and always keep the long exciting and active future you have in mind as the end goal.

A few of the modifications on previous habits are: Get leaner and eat cleaner even on the road. Exercise MORE when traveling not less.  And a very simple one: eat less calories every day.

#2 Take care of the people I love and those who love me.  Now is a good time for me to remind you: I do what I do for myself and the ones I love. Now as self centered as that may sound frankly its the kind of integrity you should expect from anyone in my position. That is also the way I always practiced medicine. If I would not want me for a doctor or me taking care of my mom then I do not belong in the profession. That attitude has carried over to:

#3 My business: I once spent a little time with one of the top internet guru docs on the planet. Everything I heard was about money and business.  Everything.  Everything that was written and sent to that list was designed to get more business.  Now I admire a certain degree of business savvy but when people are actually doing what you tell them to and spending their hard earned dollars on your stuff I think they would like to know what you personally do and take and how you can help them before they know you are always helping yourself independent of how it may truly affect them.

On occasion that means saying you disagree with the party line on something. Now as I have learned many times over, that upsets people and actually negatively affects your business.  But there are truth seekers out there who are genuinely looking for answers and are willing to at least listen to someone who speaks their truth, backs it up and lives it.

I am not sure if you follow me on Facebook at all but that venue is where I SHOW what I am doing including all the “personal Guinea pig stuff” I am vetting for you. Once again it helps me and keeps me on the cutting edge of my personal space in the world: anti-aging.
It also helps you because you find out about it first from someone who has “been there and done that”. In the next few weeks I will be starting an experiment on myself with 2 other brave souls that I hope will be a revelation.

The resolution behind it was this: Speed up the process of new discoveries in human anti-aging medicine.

Another revelation I have had: my business is important to me because it is me. It feeds #2 above and of course #1 every single day.

Now I want to share a personal Revelation with you that has helped me immensely with all of the above because it has allowed me to find guidance from places far bigger and wiser than I.

Here it is: Let Go of Outcomes! Ask for what you want with faith and positive expectation and then let it go.  You will be shown the way. In the process you will be doing something else magical: Making Space. By quieting your mind and not trying to force, will and control everything you will have space to enjoy the moment and see and hear things around you that will help you make all of your Resolutions come true, and much much more.

If you need help with intuition and creativity or even just more brain power here is my secret It is not the ONLY reason I get some much done, but it is a huge help.

And everyone needs some of that.

What have you done so far and what are you going to do?
I hope its everything and more that you want to do.

Best, Dr Dave

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I am taking a short break and stepping off my telomere / fish oil soap box to revisit a topic that in the past was a big favorite: diet and obesity.

As I mentioned in my last blog my descent and resurrection from obesity is graphically detailed on the Ultra Strength Fat Furnace page.

My own journey to getting fat is actually pretty typical at least in terms of reasons why.

Those reasons are: significant and sudden decrease in activity, complete abandonment of any dietary restrictions in terms of my food choices, and finally lack of concern over how many calories I took in.  Briefly this was supposed to be an experiment to prove that Ultra Strength Fat Furnace worked and sped up weight loss.  I was going to gain 15 pounds and then hit the brakes and reverse it in a few weeks by reinstating my life style and adding the supplement I had created. I stopped all of my supplements during this time and man was it easy to pack on the pounds. The unplanned part happened when I developed and acute appendicitis and added 6 more weeks of inactivity and another 35 pounds to the weight loss tally.

A few months and 50 pounds less later I learned a couple of very important things I want to share with you about why we get fat and the world’s best diet to lose that fat.

The specific reasons I gave you above are the reason most people get fat. Once again they are:

  • Too many calories in.
  • Too few calories out.
  • Not enough physical activity.
  • The wrong choices of food.

The first 3 are undeniable and pretty much everybody knows this.  But the last one is really a sticking point.

Our diets are loaded with inflammatory food choices. By that I mean foods that tilt the balance of our immune system towards inflammation and cause havoc over time with our health.  But they also set up a kind of chain reaction where inflammation begets more inflammation and now you have a cycle that reinforces itself.  That is much harder to do once that cycle is established than it is to nip it in the bud.

At the same time our diets are loaded with carbs and sugar. Notice I am not distinguishing between simple and complex carbs anymore.  I am saying ALL carbs. Now I can hear the dieticians in the audience grumbling about my obvious “mistake” and oversight but I am very deliberate.

I think the best diet for rapid weight loss and overall health is a diet (e.g. reduced calories!) that leads to ketosis in your body.  You can call it a ketogenic diet if you like.  I think the biggest benefits are seen by the combination of ketosis and dietary energy reduction (DER). Some people would call that “calorie restriction” but I do not want to invoke all the baggage that comes with that term.  My recent sojourn to Wiaken Ranch in Joseph Oregon with OMD Dr Laurel Sander has reinforced that.  Seven days of juice (again some people would call that a “juice fast” and a daily calorie intake of about 50% my usual was easy to maintain and resulted in rapid weight loss of about 7 pounds. And it has stayed off because my appetite has stayed under control.

So if you like Carbs are the enemy. Simple carbs much more so than complex and fruits much more so than vegetables and sugared fruits and juices (ever wonder how they get cranberries to taste sweet?!).  In a month or so I will tackle a seven day water fast and let you know how that goes.

Anything that rapidly cranks up your insulin levels is a bad thing for your weight and your health. Be particularly wary of the “whole grain” agenda. There are a ton of reasons why I am not a grain fan but for our purposes today it’s because they tend to be loaded with calories even in small portions.

The things I really want to stress here are the following: Sugar is indeed addictive and sugary food choices including sweet fruits can sabotage your appetite control. You will get hungry by eating carbs in excess of 20 or so grams a day and this will make dieting miserable, exhausting and most likely, a failure.

I have always found that by day 3 or so of a really low carb ketogenic diet I have a lot of energy even with DER.

So is this the best diet in the world?  Just like my last blog the answer is “It depends”.

I think it is the best one to induce fairly rapid weight loss and long term recognition of your eating “habits”. Eating by routine instead of hunger fuels most of our “waist lines”. It will also teach you how sneaky and pervasive sugar and carbs that easily go to sugar are at getting you to lose control of food choices, portion control and your will power. Carbs and insulin are the enemy and sugars are far more addictive for some of us than we realize.

Finally it will teach you a huge lesson: most of us eat too much! Plain and simple.*

With those lessons you will gain insight into your body and how it works that will help you in ways you never dreamed of and give you a new sense of control over your life.

But as a long term diet I think its too easy to get into vitamin deficiencies if you are not careful. If you decide to do this make sure you take your supplements .

If it all seems too much for you than just go here and make it much easier .

Either way its time to take control of your weight and your life. Let’s make 2014 that year!

Doc

*I am referring to middle aged adults here because that is the “most of us” that is interested in staying younger. On a side note 10 years ago I carried 235 lbs of mostly muscle around. Nowadays its more like 195 with a similar body composition. I think being leaner as you age is just much healthier. And it will keep you from being “one of the many”. When I walk around in the company of guys my age with the huge guts, crappy posture and fat faces I feel like one of us is not human!

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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For the past decade I have intermittently written about the effects of exercise on health and body composition (primarily weight loss). My own descent and resurrection from Obesity is well detailed on the Ultra Strength Fat Furnace page in graphic fashion. At that time I also obtained my CPT ( personal Trainer) certificate and began what would amount to a biannual sojourn to Boca Raton and the Institute of Human Performance to visit then Guru now Guru and dear friend Juan Carlos Santana.

I have learned an awful lot from Carlos and it has spurred my continued study of Exercise Physiology, something I obtained a Masters Degree in many years ago.

Along with over a decade of medical practice and another decade in supplement design all interspersed with tons of public speaking teaching normal people and doctors, I distilled one of the most common questions I get asked about exercise into the title of this blog.

“Doc what is the best kind of exercise?!”  I must get asked that 100 times a year from all kinds of people in all kinds of places.  I often give them JC’s answer: The best exercise is the one YOU do!

While this may sound like I am running from the issue it is not. JC has captured the central conundrum of exercise- We can’t get people to do enough of it regularly! Now that is a whole ‘nother lecture so I’ll save that and give my next most common answer:

It depends.

It depends very much on what you want. So then I have to go down that garden pathway with the person and find out what level of motivation, starting fitness and health and realistically what they are likely to stick with.

No mean feat.

The answer I most commonly get is, “Doc I want to lose this excess body fat!  But I also want to have a great body be healthy and still feel attractive. I want fat loss strength and flexibility. I want to be sexy and have a high level of endurance. I want a six pack (guys) and a nice butt (girls). I don’t want to be muscle bound but I want to have muscles. I want to get rid of this belly (guys) and the muffin top (girls).  Oh yeah and I don’t want to be tired all the time. I don’t want to spend much money or invest much time either because I am super busy with all the other stuff that I have somehow decided is far more important than my health. I still need to watch my favorite TV shows and eat out 5 times a week at least. By the way will I have to diet to get to where I want? I hope not. Can’t I just exercise 20 minutes 3x a week like it says on www.miraclebodyinfiveminutesaday.com ?” (Not a real link!)

In other words they want everything.

Not once has anyone ever said, “I want to do the exercise that helps me age most gracefully!” And rarely does anyone say “I want to learn to move better.”

There was this guy named Hans Seyle back in the 1930’s who coined the term adaptation as it applies to the body’s response to exercise. If you keep his principle of adaptation in mind you will understand the body becomes a mirror of the stimulus you give it. Power lifters get powerful and strong. They don’t always look that aesthetically pleasing.  Body builders get less strong significantly bigger (steroids aside) and much more aesthetically pleasing as long as they don’t go overboard. Runners tend to get scrawny in weak looking but they can go forever. And so on and so forth. Ultimately and this is just my opinion Gymnasts for men and skaters for women have the best overall aesthetically pleasing looks.

The point is you become a mirror of the kind of stimulus you give your body so chose wisely and don’t expect running to make you big by itself or power lifting to make you ultra lean by itself.

When I wrote my portion of our book “The Immortality Edge” I had had a lot of exposure to people who advocated Sprint or High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).Two of the biggest pioneers were Matt Furey and Phil Campbell in that order and were among the first to fuel the fires of what would become the modern HIIT craze.

In our book we wrote that HIIT was the most efficient way to get in shape, maintain health and body weight. We also wrote about its effects on telomere length which is actually shared by Long Slow Distance (LSD).

I chose HIIT type training for the following reasons:

1)      It required only 30 min or so to get a great workout

2)      It can be done as almost zero impact in the pool

3)      It seems to be the fastest way to increase your cardiovascular fitness rapidly at least to a point.

4)      There is less of a tendency to stimulate the monstrous appetite that seems to follow really Long LSD exercise

5)      Bottom line this is a very efficient way to get in shape

6)      The contribution of EPOC Excess Post Exercise Oxygen Consumption was supposed to be enough to add hundreds of calories to the overall calorie burn well beyond the time spent exercising. I had read some early studies that noted up to 600 calories more above and beyond whatever was burned during the exercise bout itself.

So EPOC became the buzz word for fat loss, sexy body composition and spiritual transformation and EPOC became the ‘secret’ to all good things that was defended by its faithful legion.But during my observations of how this type training affected my body I found I did not agree with the last point..  As per my usual approach of, “Gee this is pretty important since the whole premise is built on it. If I can I need to be sure that it is true or not true”, I found a simple way to do some research.

I found a device that accurately measures RMR and MR under other circumstances several years ago called Body Gem.  I initially used this device to evaluate 2 things:  The effects of exercise on me and a few willing “guinea pigs”, and the effects of what was then new, Ultra Strength Fat Furnace to the mix.

What I found was I did not lose weight on interval training alone. In addition I did not have the “getting ripped effect” where body composition changed and body fat melted off me*. This was important because advocates of HIIT defended and marketed both of things like crazy.  Moreover I did not find the Effect of EPOC to be all that earth shattering.  Even with Tabata type intervals I only burned around 220 calories above resting and in me at least the level of increased metabolism lasted far less than the 24 to 36 hours that were originally touted. If you think about it in terms of weight loss and body composition you would want more calories burned than you take in and you would somehow like to shunt those calories away from muscle and into fat. Both were purported benefits of HIIT.

When I added the Ultra Strength Fat Furnace I was able to document on myself and several others around about 600 calories total excess burned (including the 200 from exercise) and see the effect lasting almost a full 24 hours although the level of burn fell off progressively from the time of exercise.

What I ultimately concluded was:

1)      In a well trained middle aged man trying to lose weight HIIT alone when adjusted for the progressive loss of effect over several hours probably was good for 100 calories of extra energy burned. My volunteers (all 4 of them!) had similar results.

2)      By adding a thermogenic supplement and adjusting for progressive loss of effect over time (although a 2 or 3X a day dose routine mitigated this somewhat) I could account for about 400 calories more. Again this is above and beyond the calorie burn of the HIIT session which was usually a 30 minute session with 90 to 92% heart rate for 30 second intervals repeated 8 times. That accounted for another 250 calories or so.

3)      HIIT alone was not going to help with weight loss although it was effective for weight maintenance. Adding a thermogenic definitely made weight loss easier and rather dramatic because 600 calories extra everyday for 6 weeks adds up to serious weight loss!

4)      EPOC was at least in me way overestimated even when different lengths and times of intervals were used. I started with traditional Tabata type intervals on a treadmill or stationary bike at first.

5)      To get the kind of fitness level and body I wanted I had to use more or less standard resistance training and some LSD as well. If the LSD could integrate some intervals (brutally hard to do!) it had even more benefit!

6)      Contrary to what the Gurus had written, LSD also had some EPOC, in some cases more than HIIT!

It turns out that several years after my little personal study several bona fide scientific studies were done and they showed the following.

The maximum EPOC from HIIT training was only 10% of the actual total calorie burn, was long gone after less than 6 hours, maxed out at 220 Cal which again was a spot measurement and fell of the further you went out from the actual exercise. It was long gone the same day and lasted nowhere near the purported 24 hours.

Stated another way HIIT calories come mainly from the actual bout of exercise not the EPOC- something I found to be true years earlier in my own case.

Now here is the thing. I still stand our recommendations in the Immortality Edge because HIIT may actually work better for out of shape people to get them in shape than any other type of exercise.  It certainly works faster!  Depending on what type of hit you do you will get some different results. When I was doing my personal study I eventually settled on 4 minute intervals at 85% heart rate max ( and this was controlled by using a HR monitor) with anywhere from 1 to 3 minutes recovery depending on where my fitness level was.  Repeats were 6 to 8 and I did these on a Schwinn Airdyne cycle which remains my favorite low impact device.  I did my Tabata’s (30 seconds on full and 30 to 60 seconds off) with a flotation vest in deep water at the pool.

When you do the longer lower intensity intervals it has been shown to improve your heart rate and “cardio” conditioning more than the really short super high intensity ones which develop explosive strength more.  As you go longer the contribution of aerobic (burning oxygen) metabolism goes up so this makes sense.

All HIIT had very positive benefits on metabolic parameters like insulin; blood lipids etc so from a health perspective it seems you can get the same benefits as LSD in less time.

What did I learn?

HIIT is very efficient and very useful. It is a great way to “get” in shape or get to the next level of fitness.  It has great metabolic effects. It is not, at least for me and my co-crazies, a way of losing weight or changing body composition by itself. It requires support from other forms of exercise including LSD.

So HIIT is slowly coming down off its high horse and LSD is resuming its rightful place among exercise.  This upsets a lot of people.  I can recall a Gynecologist publically ridiculing me and humiliating himself by angrily telling me I was FOS when I said we are always in the fat burning zone except when we are doing HIIT! He insisted incorrectly that you only burn fat when you hit 90% of your Heart Rate and that this was the “Fat Burning Zone”. This is what happens when people get their information from the internet and believe people who “look” credible but are themselves FOS.

HIIT burns more fat after in its EPOC phase but as we see that was way over estimated. During your HIIT session you are actually using the glycolytic (sugar burning lactate producing) pathways. The angry Gynecologist had done something I see all to commonly these days. He let an internet site or Guru make him forget his education in favor of popular public opinion. Destroying a myth is not a great way to win friends and influence people!

And what happened to all the HIIT gurus?  They are still out there quoting the old studies done with old inaccurate methodology and study design.  The courses and books touting “Get Ripped”  “Afterburn” and “Destroying the Fat Loss Dogma” are still referenced as gospel truth. The information is still quoted as factual, and their devoted legions are still angrily lashing out at me.  I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if I get some comments on this blog that way even though I have had very positive things to say about HIIT.

In the meantime I still stand by my original answer to the question, “Doc what is the best form of exercise?”

It depends.

All the Best, Dr Dave

*There are several well known videos and highly respected trainers who have shown wonderful transformations in their athletes by adding HIIT training and decreasing other forms of training during this time. Tabata the Japanese speed skating coach had great results with his speed skaters in competition and noted remarkable increases in their aerobic capacity. Here’s the thing. These people were all Olympic level athletes. They were already at a super human level of fitness and probably needed one tweak to their training to change their outcomes. That tweak was the metabolic boost given by HIIT but it was contingent on a couple of things: They were quite YOUNG like under 30. They were already in tremendous shape and could tolerate maximal or even “supra” maximal stimulus without whining or getting injured. Their training environment and nutrition were strictly controlled and they did not do other things like try to earn a living. And I guarantee you they did a ton of other stuff besides just HIIT, including some LSD and weight training.

When these principles were applied to even the average active young person the results were less stellar. In the middle aged about to get sick group, you know the 50 something fat  metabolic early diabetic men, the calorie burns were flat out disappointing even though they were at 85% max heart rate. They stayed kinda fat middle aged and frumpy!  But, they got healthier in a big way quick. In other words it not only depends on what YOU want but WHERE you are starting from and how far you can actually go!

References: Total daily energy expenditure is increased following a single bout of sprint interval training

Physiol Rep. 2013 October; 1(5): e00131.

Application of the Speed-Duration Relationship to Normalize the Intensity of High-Intensity Interval Training

PLoS One. 2013; 8(11): e76420.

Sports Med. 2003;33(14):1037-60.

Effect of exercise intensity, duration and mode on post-exercise oxygen consumption.

Børsheim E, Bahr R.

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A recent a study published in the journal Lipids in Health and Disease my favorite topic was examined. That topic you may have guessed is the ratio of Omega 6 inflammatory fats versus Omega 3 anti-inflammatory ratio. I have harped on and on about this for many years because it is the most important measure of how YOU are doing with your fish oil consumption. In my recent teleseminar I detailed the results of over 150 tests that I did. Like I have told you before I do my own research on stuff I think is important. I don’t just rely on internet nonsense or marketing hype which sadly is what most of it is.

Which brings me to the next point.

There is a battle going on for market share in Omega 3’s. This is not surprising considering their importance of Omega 3’s.
Here are the combatants.

Omega 3 fish oil manufacturers which include Ethyl ester “natural triglyceride” fish oil which is pretty much straight out of the fish, and finally the so called re-triglycerided “fish oil”  and a real anomaly since this molecule does not exist in nature at all.

Today I want to focus on krill and debunking some of the marketing nonsense and hype that goes on.

Please note this is only a short list of the most frequently used BS arguments on the internet. I am not against competition I am against deceptive tactics and as you will see there are plenty.

Here are they typical nonsense internet claims you will here and the truth

1) Krill is better than fish oil. The latest study shows an improved Omega 6/3 ratio with krill over fish oil. In the past Acker Biomarine the largest krill manufacturer on the planet funded a similar study. That study also showed an improved absorption on a mg per mg basis with no difference in clinical outcomes. Interestingly enough the folks at Acker were slick enough to pick a really crappy cod liver oil with only about 30% Omega 3 content. And they still could not say it was better. The most recent study Lipids Health Dis 12:178, 2013 was even more clever. Somewhere somehow they found a “fish oil” that was more omega 6 than omega 3. That was what they used for comparison, something that was guaranteed to show a positive result. Since this kind of fish oil had to be deliberately sought out and does not represent even typically available commercial fish oil I can only conclude this was deliberate chicanery meant to deceive people who do not know any better. How about this. I invite the authors to redo the study with my Ultra 85 I will donate as much as they need but they HAVE to publish the results. I will be waiting! I should also point out another thing. Last April there was a fatal explosion at the Neptune Krill plant in Canada. Hexane a volatile organic solvent that has been linked to cancer caused the explosion. Since Neptune makes only Krill I have to wonder what they use the Hexane for! I can only guess this is part of their extraction process. You decide whether this sounds like something you want to be exposed to!

2) The integration of krill into membranes is better than fish oil because it’s a phospholipid and mimics the membrane form more closely than any form of fish oil. This is actually true on a mg per mg basis. But they leave out the fact that commercial krill preparations only contain a total of around 300 mg of Omega 3 per capsule. They also leave out the fact that membrane bound Omega 3 still has to go to single chain EPA and DHA to be used for anything other than membrane activity. While membrane bound fatty acids are structurally important in ALL membranes including cell wall mitochondria and nuclear membranes. But anything else and believe me there is lots else (cytokines Resolvins Protectins all kinds of immune and hormonal modulators) all goes through single chain EPA and DHA forms. Ethyl esters are the closest format to that. Closer than 2 tailed phospholipids and much closer than the 3 tailed triglyceride forms.

3) Krill is pure because it’s small and comes from the pure Antarctic waters. What a load of BS that is. The krill I tested independently had lots of toxins and pollutants including 50X the amount of arsenic allowed in drinking water. Wanna guess which famous internet guru that everyone things so highly of is selling it? In addition the statement is true only if you look at single isolated organisms. Krill is tiny and it is at the bottom of the food chain. So its true it cannot accumulate much pollution. But when you concentrate hundreds of thousands or millions even to make one bottle then a little gets magnified and becomes a lot. Do you really think the people making these statements don’t know that?!

4) Fish is non sustainable therefore we should use krill. The Truth: Several krill fishing areas have been shut down because of eco system imbalances. Fish consumption is however stable now and for the foreseeable future due to appropriate fish and aquatic husbandry. In addition attempts to modify the food chain have led to such great things as Frankenfish the genetically modified salmon that grow huge and outcompete their wild type neighbors while providing more Omega 3 per pound. And my favorite GMO- plants modified to produce human form Omega 3’s, now looming on the horizon. Krill is certainly no more sustainable than fish and is more likely to affect more species because it is so low on the food chain.

5) Please show me one population based study on krill. I want that because the tiny little studies that are funded by Acker and Neptune completely lack the statistical power needed to draw any real conclusions and the conclusions they draw are “equivalence” not superiority in spite of the marketing hype. Truth: There is not one population of humans on the planet that lives on krill.

6) Ethyl ester fish oil is poorly absorbed. The truth is it is not “poorly” absorbed it is “slowly” absorbed so if you fiddle with your studies in the right way and check the absorption times at one hour you will see a difference. But the largest series of studies done with Ethyl Ester fish oil was called GISSI and have many times shown all the benefits these studies showed. They researchers there deliberately chose Ethyl Ester fish oil for it’s slower absorption curve for a reason. That reason is most people take their fish oil in the morning after they wake up. Most heart attacks statistically happen earlier in the morning. The slow steady 24 hour absorption curve of Ethyl ester fish oil covers the people better because it is still around at the time they need it most, 20 to 22 hours later! The results were unequivocal and included a 28% reduction in sudden death, 35% reduction in all cause mortality and similar reductions in cardiovascular and cerebrovascular deaths.

7) Here is what a recent review of fish oil formats concluded: “While the results with fish and fish oils have been not as clear cut, the data generated with the purified ethyl ester forms of these two fatty acids are consistent.” Read that last word CONSISTENT. There are no other Omega 3 formats that can show the same volume of data. Not krill not “natural triglyceride” not retriglycerided NONE!

8) Here is more from that same article EPA and DHA as ethyl esters inhibit platelet aggregability, and reduce serum triglycerides, while leaving other serum lipids essentially unaltered. Glucose metabolism has been studied extensively, and no adverse effects were seen. Pro-atherogenic cytokines are reduced, as are markers of endothelial activation. Endothelial function is improved, vascular occlusion is reduced, and the course of coronary atherosclerosis is mitigated. Heart rate is reduced, and heart rate variability is increased by EPA and DHA. An antiarrhythmic effect can be demonstrated on the supraventricular and the ventricular level. More importantly, two large studies showed reductions in clinical endpoints like sudden cardiac death or major adverse cardiac events.

9) Ethyl Esters are not found naturally in humans or in nature. Truth: Ethyl Esters are naturally occurring intermediates in the Omega 3 chain. This is often how other forms (phospholipid and triglyceride) become the single chain mediators they need to to create the Omega 3 effects against inflammation. In addition they are they main form of Omega 3 found in Calanus finmarchicus a kind of shrimp that inhabits the Northern Atlantic. So there goes that argument as well.

There is a reason you will not see well designed honest head to head studies comparing the effects of something like Ultra 85 to any of these other formats. All you will see and hear are people you never heard of claiming to be experts hawking their products. I do that too don’t I. But I design and chose my products based on science testing and what I would want for myself and my family.
If you knew what I know this is the only stuff you would consider ultra 85 and regular PG fish oil

Doc

PS If you want to learn more go to my telecom here.

References:
Ramprasath et al.

(Lipids Health Dis 12:178, 2013
Author: Peter D NicholsSoressa M KitessaMahinda Abeywardena
Credits/Source: Lipids in Health and Disease 2014, 13:2 “(Lipids Health Dis 12:178, 2013)”These conclusions are not justified and misleading. Considerable care is needed in ensuring that such comparative trials do not use inappropriate ingredients”

Metabolic Effects of Krill Oil are Essentially Similar to Those of Fish Oil but at Lower Dose of EPA and DHA, in Healthy Volunteers
Stine M. Ulven, Bente Kirkhus, […], and Jan I. Pedersen study funded by Acker Biomarine Please note the words “Essentially Similar” and this was using the lowest level fish oil they could find! This stud also noted an unexplained rise in inflammatory Omega 6 fatty acids with krill supplementation!
Vasc Health Risk Manag. 2006;2(3):251-62.
A review of omega-3 ethyl esters for cardiovascular prevention and treatment of increased blood triglyceridelevels.
von Schacky C.

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I can’t start this blog without at least calling your attention on more time to July’s “Fish oil Associated with Prostate Cancer” study. At the time I refuted that study on every level while everyone else was cowering in fear.

I am about to do it again with another big highly touted study that “Has people questioning the value of Omega 3 supplementation for Health”.

Some bullet points are in order from my past blogs as well.

1)     There is a clear cut tendency to publish “loud” contrarian headlines in the media these days especially on the internet. Let’s face it if they just keep telling you what you already know, you are not going to read anything else there and that means no responses to ads and no money for advertising agencies and merchants. Don’t believe me? If you still watch TV try to find any channel that shows “good news”!

2)     There is a clear cut tendency to bash fish oil in exactly the same way. Once again I guess people realized good news doesn’t sell. But if you actually get the news alerts, there has been a ton of good news for Omega 3 and health all through this year. It is just not getting the attention. This includes some of the very same people who jumped on the “Fish oil No Good for…” bandwagon turning coat and saying the opposite in their blogs and news broadcasts. Once again I have to chide my colleagues in medicine for being lazy ignorant and easily cowed by public opinion. Keep in mind Science does not generate that opinion, marketers do!

3)     I have been very clear in my critiques of the studies showing negative results because the conclusions are not justified by those results. Keep in mind finding “no benefit” is far different that “causing harm”! The one exception was the prostate cancer study which directed you to avoid Omega 3’s and eat more Omega 6’s. This is clearly harmful and dangerous advice. This came from the National Cancer Institute. I cannot for the life of me understand why the NCI would want to increase YOUR risk of cancer but that is exactly what following the advice from that study will do in my opinion.

4)     The usual issues are the lack of Omega 3 levels, the lack of ongoing Omega 3 monitoring, the lack of attainment of meaningful levels and conclusions that don’t make sense based on the results.

The current “Fish oil no good for…” study suffers from a number of them and its business as usual, or should I say “science as usual” on a bunch of levels.

The data derive from a highly respected large study that was run over many years to determine the effects of standard medical therapy on women’s health. That study is called the Women’s Health Initiative. I could go into great detail about the major findings of that study here but let me spell it out for you in simple terms.

Hormone replacement therapy as practiced as standard of care in the allopathic medical community for several decades greatly increased the risk of heart attack, stroke, urinary incontinence, breast cancer, and blood clots and may decrease the risk of colon cancer and bone loss.

Two things that were swept under the run in these conclusions were: the commercial estrogens used have little resemblance to human estrogens. In fact they are made from horse pee which contains over 20 different estrogenic compounds that are very different than human estrogens. Some of those compounds have not yet been chemically identified, characterized or thoroughly investigated for their properties in humans. Secondly they did say much about who was responsible for this. Drug companies and doctors.

Speaking of Drug Companies the largest manufacturer of estrogen products, Wyeth saw its profits drop dramatically after the findings of the WHI study implicated Premarin and Provera on such a wide scale. Subsequently they filed a “citizen’s petition” against the use of bio identical hormone therapy and the FDA has jumped on board citing “lack of scientific evidence” that bio identical therapy is different or better. This is true if you restrict your scientific evidence to only U.S, based studies. Not so if you read European and other literature where there is more widespread use of bio identical hormones and less drug company dominance.

Also is anyone else wondering how a drug company can be considered a “citizen”? Only in America!

The short version of the WHI findings is that they are made for TV and the internet. In other words they are ALL BAD NEWS without one shred of hope for anything that was studied. Score one for modern medicine huh?!

With that in mind let’s look today’s topic, the sub group analysis of this wonderful study done years after it was terminated found about Omega 3 levels. Yes that is right, The WHI is long dead, but there must have been some blood hanging around frozen. I am not an expert in blood storage but the WHI started in 1991 and ended 15 years later in 2006- 7 years ago. I have to wonder about the validity of using 7 year old blood to draw widespread conclusions but as I said I am not an expert in that. The authors do freely disclose “accidental thawing” of the samples allowing a temperature rise of 108 degrees Farenheit for over 2 weeks and then back tracking to do a study to show the effects of their mistake.

Here is what they said about that:  “Results from these experiments were used to develop             regression calibration equations and estimate subjects’ predegradation. “  Did you get all that!? Ok so just so you know the samples were supposed to be stored at -112F and they were allowed to approach 0 for over 2 weeks.

Next, the actual time from the single sample they drew to the first “brain” test was a median of 3 years

Ok enough of bashing their design and execution, back to the study findings: In a reasonably large group of women (well over 2000) the researchers from the University of Iowa found that increasing Omega 3 levels in older women did nothing to statistically alter a woman’s ability to think. Firstly notice it did not say it made them worse, it said there was no effect. Does that really get translated well with: Fish oil no good for…” internet headlines?

Or do you immediately think something “bad” when you read the words “NO GOOD!”

Next there was no attempt or mention of supplementation or dietary habits at all.

As a matter of fact the conclusion was drawn from a SINGLE blood measurement of Omega 3 content (in RBC membranes) This is almost exactly the way I have used the Ideal Omega test until Sept. 1 before the Government decided it needs to be regulated-effectively removing it from internet distribution!.

So from a single blood test done once with no follow up, the conclusions were drawn after 6 years. Anyone else think that is fishy?  It seems to me that people’s Omega 3 levels are very much variable and need to be rechecked at least 2X a year depending on diet, supplementation, activity level, and stressors.

But wait there is more and here is where the science gets even more confusing and fishy!

The women were stratified into 4 “tertiles” according to their Omega 3 levels. So I decided to look at those levels and see what they actually meant.

For those of you who attended either of the 2 free omega 3 teleseminars you will really understand this since it relates to the values we (you and I) were able to get from those Ideal Omega test kits I can no longer sell!

In the WHI study the “High” group of omega 3 had the equivalent of 34% omega3 and 66% Omega 6. In other words they were floridly Omega 3 deficient and Omega 6 dominant the only time they were sampled.

So using the criteria the researchers were allowed to use to draw their conclusions I am allowed to draw this one: The WHI study shows that a population of elderly women who at their very best have a very low level of Omega 3 in their blood and are therefore Omega 6 dominant get no benefit from their lack of Omega 3!

Come on people! It’s not rocket science. If you are Omega 3 deficient you cannot expect to be healthier than the rest of the population which is also Omega 3 deficient.

Keep in mind these people where the “Best” of the bunch.  I shudder to think what the lowest tertile looked like.

As a matter of fact I have a challenge for the folks at the University of Iowa. Go back and look at overall morbidity and mortality from vascular disease and cancer. I would bet that even the low Omega levels seen in the “best” or “highest” group were protective against some of these age related diseases compared to the lowest group.

So what is the final conclusion? If you are going to bother to pay attention to your Omega 3 levels and I think you should since they are probably the most predictive of what is going to happen to you overall, then eat, or supplement to a level that actually means something. What is “high dose”?

High Dose to me is above the level where our ancestors routinely ran and where the hunter gatherer/fisher populations that have a fraction of our Western diseases run today. That would mean Higher than 70% omega 3 and 30% Omega 6- exactly the opposite values of the “high” group in this study.

I do want to give one Neurologist in particular a lot of credit for telling it like it is.

Peter Whitehouse MD said, “You cannot conclude from this study that having omega-3 in your diet is not important for your brain health and for your body health as well. They are important for practically all aspects of body health particularly heart – it may also affect other things like risk for cancers,”

Dr. Whitehouse has no doubt read all the “Fish oil no good for…” studies as well and is not duped by bad science.

In defense of the researchers at the University of Iowa who released this study, they are not making any wild negative conclusions either and are simply reporting the data on what is at best a poorly designed study with several potential error sources.

They did their job- they got published in a major journal. You can infer a lot about the quality of the journal by the studies it publishes but again no one is making those associations.

They are also not telling you what I just told you which are massively important!

They are doing their job and I am doing mine-educating you!

Stay tuned because there is a lot more fun interesting and POSITIVE stuff you can learn to help yourself stay young and healthy!

Doc

Reference:

Neurology Sept 25, 2013

Omega-3 fatty acids and domain-specific

Cognitive aging

Secondary analyses of data from WHISCA

Eric M. Ammann, MS

James V. Pottala, PhD

William S. Harris, PhD

Mark A. Espeland, PhD

Robert Wallace, MD,

MSc

Natalie L. Denburg, PhD

Ryan M. Carnahan,

PharmD, MS

Jennifer G. Robinson,

MD, MPH

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The word press blog has become very popular and I have a lot of regular fans and of course some regular detractors.  This is the Yin and Yang of life.

But recently I got an email accusing me of being a “Johnny Come Lately”. Now normally I shrug this stuff off but I have to admit this comment got a little bit under my skin.

The accusation was based on the “fact” that I have only been blogging since 2010 after our book “The Immortality Edge came out. You’ll notice I did not put the customary Amazon link there because Amazon has sold out of our book! You can still get it through them just not from them at the moment.

I expect and hope they’ll order more!

Anyway I thought I would remind some of you who doubt, I have been blogging a long long time on lots of different things. Here is a link to the old Blog Spot blog which spans pretty much of the past decade.

I would also inform those of you who think I am a newbie that what has to have been the very first anti-aging Podcast was recorded by us and published by the long since gobbled up “Podcast Alley” in 2005. It’s out there somewhere I just don’t know where!

That begs the question: why the gap between blogs and other forms of communication.

Frankly I was spending a lot of time and not getting a lot of feedback. It is totally different now- I still spend the time but at least I know people are reading and responding.

Here is my guess: as usual I was ahead of my time! LOL.

These forms of communication simply did not hit mainstream readership for a couple of years after I started and I guess I just figured they never would.

I was certainly wrong about that!

Thanks for your support and engagement. I think you know most of what you read here is not to be found elsewhere. You can always get a parroted back version of what some press release or article said, examples being the fish oil and prostate cancer thing and of course the recent Ornish article.

But if you want thoughtful commentary, you’ve come to the right place.

Speaking of thoughtful check out the old blog when you get a chance. There is some provocative and amusing stuff back there!

 

 

Doc

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OK it’s time to come clean. And now that I’ve died and become a disembodied spirit because of my long term consumption of high dose fish oil. I thought I may as well confess another lie to you.

Ultra 85 is really not fish oil.  Technically at least. You see “real fish oil” as it comes from the fish contains only about 30% EPA and DHA which are really the only known relevant Omega 3 fatty acids. The rest of fish oil is other fatty acids including in the case of Tilapia and most farm raised fish, a significant amount of Omega 6 inflammatory fatty acid and a lot of other non essential fats that are used for calories.

But because highly purified highly concentrated Omega 3’s are not exactly what is found in fish a better term for Ultra 85 would be “highly concentrated EPA and DHA”.

I think you’ll forgive me, “fish oil” just sounds better.

And yet there are some other differences that need to be clarified because there is so much bad information out there as witnessed by the whole “fish oil and prostate cancer” nonsense I wrote about recently.

But first the disclaimer: I make and take fish oil in what most people would consider large doses. I use the dose I need to keep my Omega 3 levels in the 60+ % range because this is the range that populations that age well and have the lowest incidence of heart disease and cancer  have. I measure my levels every couple of months with the Ideal Omega test.

Much of what I am going to tell you is contrary to what you will read and even hear from so called experts. It especially contradicts the “just eat fish” and/or “natural triglyceride” stuff. As always I will give scientific reasons to prove my point.

1)      The first thing you need to understand is something I have already told you: Fish are not magical. If there is any magic to be had it comes from EPA and DHA the actual essential fats that fish provide. Fish do have Vitamin D and protein all of which is good, but from the standpoint of fatty acid biology, EPA and DHA is where its at!

2)      The ratio of anti-inflammatory Omega 3 fats to Inflammatory Omega 6 is the main source of inflammation in your body.  While not the only source of free radicals and inflammation it should come as no surprise that these things which either part of your diet or not are the biggest things you can do to fix or increase damage.  Because most people eat everyday several times a day this is the biggest most important way to control your “inflammation stat” which ultimately is the biggest thing that determines your long term health.

3)      Omega 3 fats are oxidized in the body. This is a normal natural thing and your body is able to handle it provided:  a) you have enough intact Omega 3’s in your diet to replace the oxidized ones and b) Your Omega 6 levels are not too high. Most people in this country are 3X higher than they should be with Omega 6.

4)      Said another way #3 means the Omega 6 levels in your body reflect the degree of damage oxidized Omega 3 can do to you. The fault is not the Omega 3 it’s the Omega 6. Don’t blame fish oil, blamed the lousy diet we eat!

5)      Natural triglyceride fish oil is not “better” for you than Ethyl Ester fish oil. Natural triglyceride fish oil is only 30% essential EPA and DHA and is often not in the proportions needed to give the main benefits of EPA and DHA. It is also unpurified and therefore contains whatever toxins are in the waters the fish is harvested from. Ethyl ester fish oil can be concentrated to contain the highest proportion of DHA and EPA and deliver it toxin free.

6)      The ultimate absorption of natural triglycerides is not “better” than Ethyl Ester. It is simply faster. The natural triglyceride fans often cite numbers like 70% absorption for their fish oil and only 21% for Ethyl Ester. This is true if you measure at one hour. They leave out several facts. The sustained slow uptake of Ethyl Ester fish oil over 24 hours provides much better protection from cardiac events as does the superior tissue recovery of Ethyl Esters in the face of ischemic events (references below)

7)      Two fish meals a week is not anywhere near enough to fix the Omega 3 Omega 6 imbalances that occur in this country and other Western nations. The various cardiology societies have defined 2 fish meals a week or at most 3 grams a day of fish oil as “enough”. They conveniently leave out any mention of optimal EPA/DHA levels because they never bother to measure them. If they did they would see that eating fish 2x a week in particular is under dosing the Omega 3’s in a big way. Even if you ate fish everyday once a day you would not get enough to fix the imbalances. Take a look at the mg in the chart below and keep in mind the average American needs at least 6000mg to fix the imbalance.

epa dha graph of sources

Even if you were eating a very high Omega 3 fish like salmon you would need to eat it at least 2x a day everyday and then you would be risking toxin exposure.

8)      It is indeed possible to fix this imbalance with diet alone and I am currently working on 2 separate books which will provide information on how to do that. But you are NOT going to like the food choices you have to make and you have to diligently avoid omega6’s. Sadly and simply put in this case it is just easier to take fish oil supplements! But you do have the option of drastically lowering your Omega 6’s ( hint give up all processed foods most nuts and avocados and eat lots of fish every day and hope it comes from a clean ocean!

9)      When a fish oil trial has shown benefits like cardiac protection it has used Ethyl Ester fish oil not triglyceride. As a matter of fact when the krill marketers want to try to prove superiority to fish oil they ALWAYS use a triglyceride and NEVER use Ethyl Ester fish oil. I will let you guess why.

10)   They say Ethyl Esters are not natural. This is true if you are talking about fish. But human beings normally use the Ethyl Ester form of Omega 3’s for both storage and biochemical reactions. They may not be natural to fish but they are to people!

Ultra 85 is 85 to 92% pure EPA and DHA. It is as clean and toxin free as it can be. I take at least 6 a day and have a very good Omega 3 level as a result. It tastes great, does not cause burping or reflux and if you don’t like capsules or want to give it to kids who don’t want to swallow capsules just bite in and swallow the pleasant tasting orange flavored (natural citrus rind derived!)  oil and spit the cap out!

I have covered a lot today but believe it or not there is a ton more.

Here are the take home points:

Most people in  this country will be unwilling to make the dietary changes needed to reduce Omega 6’s and increase Omega 3’s which is why I make a pure highly concentrated fish oil.

Fish and natural triglyceride oils cannot compare in clinical end points to ethyl esters, in purity to ethyl esters or in concentration. You would have to take 3X the amount of “natural triglyceride” fish oils or 18 caps a day to reach the levels you need to mimic those populations that have healthy Omega 3 levels.

Only ethyl esters can be concentrated and purified. Only ethyl esters offer sustained long slow absorption. The major cardiac trials all used ethyl esters: not krill not triglyceride.

Most of what people tell you about fish oil is a lie! Again last week’s prostate cancer debacle was a classic example

Then again I did lie to you too because ultra 85 is technically not fish oil. Its super pure highly concentrated perfectly proportioned essential omega 3’s.

I told ya fish oil just sounds better!

 

Doc

 

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I occasionally happen across expert blogs and columns by other doctors who are called on for their expertise. Recently one such physician surprisingly skipped the whole fish oil and prostate cancer nonsense and dug up another negative study” Fish oil No Good for Heart Disease” from way back in the Spring.

Now in this guy’s defense I saw a posting today from him where he actually says “We all know fish oil is good for your heart!”  Wow talk about a turn around. In less than 24 hours we have a complete reversal of point of view.

One thing you have to admit about me: I am consistent!

Here is my response to the negative comments about fish oil and heart disease.

 

Sir, I read with interest your blog conclusion that fish oil has failed to demonstrate benefit in numerous clinical trials. I wonder if you could answer the following for me concerning the Harvard study:

 

1) What was the dose of supplementation?

2) What was the format of supplementation – ethyl ester or triglyceride. It makes a difference since the actual bio active molecules EPA and DHA are found in significantly different percentages in the two different formats

3) What was the omega3/6 ration achieved in the trial

4) Was said ratio anywhere near what the epidemiologic data suggests is expected to reduce cardiac disease and stroke e.g. 60-70% omega 3 with 40 to 30% Omega 6

5) What other medications might have interfered with the effects of Omega 3’s

6) How long did these people carry the diagnosis of heart disease before they were exposed to fish oil supplementation

7) Were any follow up levels done to see if there was compliance and continuation of the supplement other than the word of the participants?

 

There has been a finger stick test(s) available cheaply with 95% accuracy compared to tissue sampling (tissue sampling not just venopuncture!) for the past 5 years at least so cost and accuracy are not an issue for any study with even minimal funding.

 

I am just guessing that the answers to the above are no or I don’t know since I saw that study and actually read it front to back and I do not recall one of those things was addressed other than the dosage which while it fits the party line recommendations was essentially too low to impact the Omega 3 content of a human body especially if it was 30% triglyceride based.

 

If this were a prescription drug and you were told it was added to see what it did to already maximal therapy in already sick people in a dose that was most likely nowhere near what was needed to have an impact and no clinical measurements were done to follow dosing/compliance of that drug would you consider that a valid study?

 

If you take the time to investigate the 2 fish meals a week recommendation and what it will actually do to Omega 3 levels you will find there is no basis for this either. Similarly if you take the time to investigate whether there are any relevant clinical end points concerning fish oil and bleeding, fish oil and immunosuppression and or immune surveillance you will also find there is no clinical human data to support those recommendations.

 

You will find Omega 3 supplementation being used to suppress Vtach, post op malnutrition, no risk with anti-platelet agents such as clopidegrel, no increased risk of bleeding complications in cardiac surgery etc. You will also find NK and cyto toxic T cell suppression which is extrapolated to mean an increased risk of infection. They leave out the fact that the average American in the study has an O3 level of 1/20 that in non diseased populations and the suppression of T cells etc is the result of restoring the normal level of inflammation in an inflamed population. You will not find any increases in infection rate. You will find a study that made headlines recently interpreted as “Fish oil could worsen High Blood Pressure” If you look at that study you will find the “scientific” basis for the myth that ethyl ester omega 3’s are not worthwhile and other formats might be. You will find that study was done with DHA only not EPA and DHA and that the warnings are based on the extrapolation of rat data to human disease. What you will not find is any comment that suggests the authors of the study researched the difference between omega 3/6 processing in omnivores (people) and herbivores (mice and rats). Similarly you will not find any mention that they consulted prior studies that showed that the metabolism of these fats in the two different species yields different ratios of eicosanoids, AA, resolvins iso prostanes and tissue stores and all of the attendant differences one would expect to find in animals that use food sources that are different from ours and have a different biochemistry attached to them than we do. You will merely find a conclusion that spread often by doctors that ethyl ester fish oil might be dangerous in people with HTN. You will also not find the conclusions of the numerous GISSI studies that showed completely different findings in studies whose n was over 15.000 each.

 

You will find the now famous and still touted Brasky study of last month equating fish oil to massive increases in prostate cancer did not answer any of the above questions either with one big exception. They did do a one-time level of Omega 3’s on the participants. The actual variation between all groups was 0.2% cancer or no cancer , aggressive or low grade, You will find the actual omega 3 level in all these people was a median of 22% which is the median for the US without supplementation. You will find in the NIH data base a study by W. E. Lands published in 2005 (Lands,  Lipids 2003 (Apr.); 38: 317–321) that shows primary prevention of heart disease starting at Omega 3 levels of 60% with similar epidemiologic data on cancer dementia auto immune diseases, depression anxiety, post-partum issues etc etc. But you will find all of medicine in this country parroting back fear based recommendations or worse, like Dr Brasky:”People need to consume more foods rich in Omega 6″!  I am not sure how much more inflamed as a society we are supposed to be. And yet you will find scores of doctors writing the following” Based on this study more work on this important question needs to be done!” More work may need to be done but it should not be based on this study unless the media now has injected their fear based reporting into the central agendas of science and medicine.

ON the fear based risk side, there is one historical anecdote to consider however. Lieutenant Robert Peary the famous Arctic explorer is reported to have said the following, “We noticed the natives (Eskimos) bleed rather profusely when shot.” So there is potential risk to high omega 3 levels at least when Arctic explorers are in the vicinity!

 

Then again who am I to question the work of the prestigious doctors at Mass General and Brigham Women’s.

 

 

Best,

Dave

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You may have wondered why all the negative supplement stuff released in the press lately. You may have wondered why something like fish oil that has thousands of positive studies and as many human studies has become the whipping boy of the media lately.

You may have wondered why all the TV and internet docs are urging you to “use caution” when supplementing even when the science shows that most supplements are infinitely safer than prescription drugs and in some cases far more effective.

You may have wondered why, like a 2 faced politician people are touting supplements out of one corner of their mouth and vilifying them out of the other. You may have wondered why the “just eat fish” has gained momentum lately in spite of the obvious and documented risks or mercury, arsenic, lead and cadmium. All this in the face of the government’s recent admission that 70% of cancers are caused by environmental toxins.

You may have seen supposedly informed doctors making comments about “the long chain fatty acids in fish are useful the short chain fatty acids in supplements are not! So eat 2 fish meals a week.”  If you’ve read my blogs and emails then you already know the ONE isolated study that suggested that was a mouse study not a human study- and mice are herbivores that process and handle Omega 3’s very differently from people. Apparently there aren’t a lot of people who know that and if they do they do not care. They would rather spread misinformation like wild fire.

Why you may ask.

Well here is the answer: money.

Big Pharma is attacking the supplement industry and they have tons more money to spend on advertising. They are also one of the 3 biggest lobbies in Washington next to insurance companies and banks both institutions that have proven totally trustworthy!

They are not stupid. They see the financial lines between money spent on drugs and supplements crossing in or around 2025 and its time for them to protect their strangle hold on your pocket book and your health.

So they attack the safety of supplementation. The implied message is: these things are potentially dangerous and should be regulated. The translation is: we want the money from the supplement industry in our pockets so we think it should be regulated to the level of prescription drugs which we control. And they have a few cases of things like ephedrine where they managed to weakly tie a death to a supplement. The thousands of deaths each year from drugs have hurt their credibility and have caused people to naturally look elsewhere for alternatives. They want to take those alternatives away.

Think I am kidding? A small relatively powerless group of pharmacists is about to either be financially castrated or eliminated entirely based on this very same premise. You may never have heard of a compounding pharmacist but they are out there serving the anti-aging community and have been for over 2 decades. Slowly but surely they are being shackled with onerous rules that in practice make it impossible for them to do what they do. All under the auspices of “unproven therapies that could be dangerous”.

Sound familiar? These same therapies are safe enough for Europeans and Asians but their science and experience does not count here. So much for globalization.

You will see more ridiculous and unfounded fear based “news” released in the coming months and years. Make no mistake it will not be good science and it will not be for the good of people. It will be to confuse and undermine your power to make decisions and take control of your own health and future.

Please educate yourself so you do not allow that to happen without a whimper. These people are very clever and they have incredible amounts of resources to throw at this “issue”.

I know this because I used to be one of them. But you and I do have something they cannot take no matter how much phony fear based nonsense they spew.

Our minds.  Don’t let them fool you!

Doc

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I have to tell you, I am appalled at the recent issues with the NCI study and its supposed link to fish oil and advanced prostate cancer.

I have already ridiculed the authors, but in case it was not clear, let me restate it in the clearest way possible:

I think the authors, particularly the lead author Theodore Brasky PhD, should be fired from his position and banned from publishing in general, since he is guilty of the worst kind of science. The worst kind of science is science that is flawed, draws flawed conclusions and garners undeserved attention. The worst kind of science will increase your chances of getting sick, if you follow it. The NCI study and the conclusions drawn by Dr Brasky and crew are, in my opinion, far more likely to make you sick with cancer, heart disease and other “age related” illnesses if you follow it.

If you follow it you will: stop all supplementation especially fish oil. Follow the current Big Food agenda of consuming whole grains which will increase your Omega 6 to 3 ratios, massively increase the inflammation in your body and set you up for the numerous age related diseases we still think of as normal including cancer.

If Dr Brasky follows his own advice, statistically he will wind up with a higher chance of cancer and heart disease. Worse yet, he is an epidemiologist and must know this advice cannot be healthy.

Next, I want to commend my colleagues in the medical profession, for being a bunch of cowardly wusses. In particular, I would cite the numerous “web site and TV doctors” who are hired by the media for their expertise. Their advice can be summed up as follows: Well, we don’t really know what to say, since our job is to be conservative and not make waves. If we had any balls, we’d point out that the NCI study is flawed to the core and tell you to ignore the hype. Instead, because we are afraid of being called on the carpet by the established medical hierarchy and losing our jobs for actually having a medically sound opinion and causing controversy by making an honest stand, we’ll say this. It’s probably OK to take fish oil but we’re not sure because there is some data suggesting higher risk so ask your own doctor.

Problem: There is no valid data at all to support this association and odds are “your own doctor” has not taken the time to learn what they really should about omega3’s. They are too busy fighting with insurance companies, hospital administrators and lawyers.

What we should say, if we understood Omega 3/6 biology, is the NCI study and the conclusions drawn by it are flawed to the core and constitute the worst kind of study imaginable. Following its advice is unhealthy and dangerous to you personally. There is no reasonably done study that shows anything but benefit to having Omega 3 levels in the range of 60+%.

And those that understood the study would point out its numerous flaws of which here are a few:

It’s prospective over 8 years and does not account for the fact that the men in question may have already had prostate cancer.

It floridly points out that the Omega6/3 ratio was massively in favor of Omega 6, meaning these people were nowhere near the preventative healthy levels of Omega 3 they needed to be.

It states high dose supplementation is dangerous but the average dosage was 500mg (hardly a high dose!) and did not even show up as meaningful in the levels that were obtained. In short, if these people were really supplementing, even with that low a dose, they should have been a bit higher. The actual difference between their levels and the levels of the prostate cancer free men could only be “made to be statistically significant” by the scale they were using to measure it. The actual amount of difference among all groups was around 0.2%. And again, all of the people in the study were Omega 6 dominant by far.

Populations (usually the things epidemiologists study!) with much, much higher Omega 3 levels and much, much lower Omega 6 levels, have a tiny incidence of prostate cancer and in fact most cancers that have ever been measured, occur at much smaller incidences in these populations. And there are dozens of studies to prove this. Which one gets all the airplay, the ONE TOTALLY FLAWED STUDY that shows something different.

So, I guess as a population, we are more interested in getting cancer than preventing it.

And now to the zombies in the news media. Rushing not to be left behind, each and every newspaper, columnist, blogger, TV reporter etc. etc. jumps on this worst information and propagates it like wild fire.

I am pretty sure Dr Brasky and colleagues knew this would happen.

Even worse is, even though the study has been completely debunked and point out to be false by numerous experts in the field, there are still numerous news media outlets that are STILL publishing this fallacy.

Only a few have come out and recanted their positions. All of them should, but they are already on to the next bad news disaster that is “trending”.

I hope for the sake of your health you are not “trending”. Frankly, it’s liable to get you killed!

Of all of the above, I am most disgusted at the ignorance and cowardice of my colleagues. As physicians we are supposed to give people our best advice. Sometimes, boys and girls, that means developing a new skill: learning to read studies. And sometimes, my dear friends in medicine, that means taking time to read what your patients are reading and advising them correctly as to its veracity. I know you did not ask for all the BS that has been heaped on your from the day you left medical school. I know you did not ask to spend your lives battling people who know nothing and don’t really care about you or your patients.

But, for God sakes don’t be one of them!

If you follow the leader and just try to make your life easy, you will end up not achieving what you swore to do: First, do no harm. Don’t be sheep and cowards. Peoples’ lives and futures depend on it.

Yours in health,

Dr Dave

PS while I am at it: there is zero human evidence to support the notion that higher doses of fish oil are “dangerously oxidized in the human body” in people with adequate Omega 3 levels. The major driving force for the oxidation that does happen in the body is free radical oxidation primarily propagated by Omega 6 fats. If you take enough Omega 3’s, (keep your blood levels at 60 to 70%) you will not have the oxidation issue. Studies using anti-oxidants like vitamin E along with fish oil, have shown no improvements in clinical end points. And there is zero human evidence to suggest fish oil actually increases bleeding to a dangerous level and there is zero human evidence to suggest it damages the immune system and makes you more vulnerable to infections. All of these are more biochem text nonsense that have not born out in human beings, where it actually matters.  A note to PhD’s: before you quote something out of a biochem text book, find out if it really matters to and in people, since it’s unlikely that cell cultures are going to read your article.

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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Surely I must be dying and this must be my last chance to write you in my physical form.

Any further communications you receive from my blogs, emails, personal notes-any further stage presentations or lectures must be coming from my ghost or perhaps an evil imposter trying to steal my identity.

I say this because after reading the most recent “study” directly linking the consumption of fish oil to the risk of prostate cancer, I must surely not be long for this world. And if that weren’t enough every blogger, commentator, and person with an opinion has dutifully parroted back the warnings expressed in the National Cancer Institute study of last week.

“Men do not take fish oil supplements”

Since I have been taking them in excess of 10 grams a day I must surely be riddled with prostate cancer and literally dying as we speak.

Only one problem: I don’t believe a word of it. In addition I think if you follow the advice of the study and the researchers that did it you are more likely to GET Cancer than avoid it. As a matter of fact you are a lot more likely to get Heart disease, Alzheimer’s, diabetes and a whole host of other diseases associated with a low Omega 3 and obligatorily high Omega 6 levels.

So in my opinion the advice of the National Cancer Institute Study may actually increase your risk of getting cancer or getting some other terrible disease that could be avoided with a higher level of Omega 3 and a lower level of Omega 6.

I hope you can see the irony in an organization that is supposedly designed to help you avoid cancer giving this kind of advice.

Now as to the “why would they do this” I’ll get to that but let’s look at a few things first .

I have said countless times that the biggest problem with many of the so called studies is they do not look at levels or attempt to get healthy levels of omega 3’s and lower levels of omega 6’s.

This particular study actually did report levels and the results would surprise no one who understands fatty acid biology in humans. The average level of Omega 3 to 6 was about 1/3. In other words these men with prostate cancer were typical of Western men in that they had high levels of inflammatory fats (Omega 6) and low levels of anti-inflammatory Omega 3.  For those of you who have taken my Ideal Omega test these men would be in the 25% or below with healthy being 60% or above. Simply put, if they were supplementing with fish oil they were not taking nearly enough!

At this point I should thank the NCI researchers for proving yet again a low Omega 3 and high Omega 6 is dangerous. The only problem is they went on to state the opposite. The statements were that Omega 6 and foods that contain it including nuts and seeds grains, and the oils that are derived from them are much better for you.

That is an extremely dangerous recommendation if it is interpreted as a free hand to consume large amounts of Omega 6 foods without balancing them with Omega 3 foods or supplements.

Why?

Because these foods will drive inflammation up in your body And the one thing that every cancer researcher in the country agrees on is inflammation is bad.

Did I mention the whole grain agenda? In case you haven’t noticed TV commercials abound extolling the virtues of whole grain. They neglect to mention it’s a wonderful source of inflammatory Omega 6’s.

Read this again please:  Every cancer researcher in the country agrees that inflammation is bad-except apparently some of those working for the National Cancer Institute.

Next another thing I have gone on about ad nauseum is proven by their work even though their conclusions were faulty. Under dosing with fish oil or not eating enough foods with Omega 3 and consuming too much Omega 6 is bad for you. The populations with the lowest Omega 6 and the highest Omega 3 have lowest incidence of most cancers including breast and prostate. They also have the lowest incidence of heart disease.

Speaking of heart disease have you noticed that since fish oil is linked to prostate cancer it has all of a sudden become good for your heart! Almost every headline or quote I have seen says while it’s good for your heart it’s bad for your prostate.

What ever happened to all those studies from early 2013 that stated fish oil was bad for your heart. Answer: they were effectively and scientifically refuted. In other words they were wrong and contained bad advice to avoid Omega 3’s for your heart.

Ok now let’s get to some of the “why’s”.

The lead researcher in this recent “fish oil no good for” published a prior study that showed no association between high levels of Omega 3. He was however trying. In this case he was triumphant staying, “we have once again shown that supplements can be dangerous for your health”. As I Pointed out he showed the opposite: under dosing is dangerous for your health but at least you can see the agenda: supplements are bad, unsafe need to be regulated (codex and FDA here we come) and only drugs are proven.

In spite of the recent and abysmal record of Big Pharma to provide safe treatments for sick people, there are many doctors out there who still count on organizations like the NCI for advice. And there are still plenty of doctors out there who are sympathetic to the “supplements are bad and just give you expensive urine” nonsense.

As the Pharmaceutical industry is pounded by legal and advertising issues and they’re profit margins sink in favor of people trying to take control of more of their health by supplementing, eating right, and exercising instead of taking drugs their control over your health and your pocket book is steadily shrinking and trust me, they don’t like it. Studies like this one designed to scare people into compliance with the status quo “Big daddy Pharma and his supporters know best!” are a welcome thing for them.

They will continue, just as the fish oil no good for your heart campaigns will continue.

Here is what you can expect:

In a little while this whole prostate thing will fade away under the continued positive results of Omega 3 at what are called high levels. As you may know what others call high I call normal and healthy.

In a little while there will be some other ” Fish oil no good for….” study that if you know how to analyze data and take the time to read it will simply show what this study showed: low levels of Omega 3 are dangerous and a big risk for Ill health and a lousy future.
The anti-supplement crusade will continue and unscrupulous and uneducated marketers will fuel this fire by making outrageous unsubstantiated claims with absolutely no scientific backing.

In a very short time there will be another scary inflammatory controversial Internet blast of something that is regarded as fact that will be simply opinion or more likely BS. The news media thrives on this and apparently so do human beings because we gobble up sound bites as fact like they were candy – feeding people’s need for emotional stimulation of ANY kind, especially fear. I guess it sells more products.
Speaking of products if you’ve taken this much time out of your sound bite schedule and read this far you probably know I make, take and sell fish oil. I have done so for well over a decade.

If you feel that I am yet another charlatan who is lying cheating and stealing from you by providing biased and wrong information, then you probably believe the conclusions of the NCI study that high Omega 6’s are good and high Omega 3’a are bad. And you’ll probably want to know that you are “safely” ensconced in a highly inflamed state.

There is a simple home test for this called Ideal Omega. If you want to be sure you are properly inflamed enough to meet their recommendations for your risk of prostate cancer you really should know your levels.
Conversely if you believe that the past 10+ years of my life of trying to educate the world about healthy levels of Omega 3 actually mean something, you’ll want to know if you are in the healthy range. I have recently completed a pretty large scale sampling of people out there in the real world and will be having a free tele-seminar for people who have completed the test to go over the results.

Sign up to my newsletter here to be notified of the teleseminar so you can participate.

Just remember chances are I will be speaking to you from the afterlife, having been consumed by the prostate cancer that surely must be raging through me this moment as we speak.

I think the authors do the NCI study have done a gigantic disservice to humanity and to people trying to reduce their risk of cancer. I am fairly convinced that it is deliberate grandstanding to get media attention. Sadly it has succeeded to a degree at least for the moment. It makes me truly worried for the future health of people.

Perhaps more worrisome is the uncontrolled emotional frenzy that seems to be par for the course whenever something ” new bad and different ” hits any form of social media.

If we need this to keep us interested in life we may as well be dead!

Stay healthy and learn to educate yourself, because the Internet is a bad place to learn in a lot of cases.

Doc

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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The response to the nonsense that was released as news was far greater than I anticipated. It seems that somehow this most recent “study” made it to the national news. What’s the matter news media? Is the George Zimmerman media circus and the Egypt thing already passé?

Any way since I am expected to have a response here it is.
Simply put its BS.
Here is a slightly longer response.
I am 100% convinced that these study results will never be proven in people in a real study, illuminated or found to be accurate. I am 100% convinced that at this point negative Omega 3 stuff is getting more press.  Watch for something completely opposite in 1 or 2 weeks. The problem is a positive study will not get any press since it’s not “news” I do not know that for a fact, it simply is the way things have been going. Think of this more as marketing-getting your “study read” and getting attention than actual scientific fact. Also remember this is not a real study, it’s a meta analysis which means any conclusion can be supported with the “desired” data base. I have not seen anything that makes me rethink any of my positions on this topic.  It’s kinda like telomerase activators and cancer LOL! How many times have I had to refute that with real information and it still comes up on occasions
Here is a study from just 2 months ago and it was a real study not a metanalysis. Also remember NO ONE is checking levels or attempting to duplicate the high tissue levels of the Intuits and Owkinawans who have almost no cancer of any kind… except me and Tom Gilhooley.
 PLoS One. 2013 Apr 17;8(4):e59799. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0059799. Print 2013.
Consumption of fish products across the lifespan and prostate cancer risk.
I get very frustrated at all this sensationalism which to me is clearly done to call attention to whatever is published even if its misinformation.  The scientists who do this understand very clearly the impressions they make on people. Their response is “Well we are just reporting our data”. The problem is no one actually reads the info. The average person is sound bite oriented and will believe anything they read good or bad without question and without research. Just look at Brian Peskin LOL! People still send me his nonsense. And I still send them the links delineating his activities at the * below.
Anyway  if you can read Bill Lands book Fish,Omega 3 and Human Health.  I have spent hours on the phone with him researching my upcoming books. He’s now in his 80’s and is really the godfather of the whole Omega 3/6 thing. The book is the only $80 paperback I have ever seen but it will tell you everything we do and don’t know as of a few years ago.  Ironically a lot of scientists are still in the dark about the research classic example “Fish oil may make high blood pressure worse” a headline from a few months ago. . This was actually another DHA only study so the use of the term “fish oil” is already misleading. But it was a mouse study and drew human conclusions.  Someone forgot to tell the brilliant UCLA scientists that did it that mice are herbivores and have a totally different eicosanoid system and a totally different response since they DON”T FRIGGIN EAT FISH.
And speaking of not eating fish. If this study connecting DHA to cancer had any basis in reality then the populations with the highest levels of Omega 3’s would also have the highest incidence of cancer and the populations with the lowest Omega 3’s would have the lowest rate of cancer. In reality it is the exact opposite. It never stops LOL!  Hope all is well with you!
Dr Dave
*In January 2003, the District Court of Harris County, Texas issued a permanent injunction ordering Peskin and his company to pay $100,000 to the State of Texas and to refrain from making certain claims [1]. Among other things, the injunction ordered that Peskin must refrain from:(i) “Advertising or labeling any food product or drug which makes any express or implied claims that such product will …(4) reduce the risk of breast, prostate and other cancers…”

(ii) “Representing, expressly or by implication, in any advertising of any product, that Defendant Brian Scott Peskin is a ‘scientist,’ ‘Professor,’ or ‘Doctor,’ or that Brian Scott Peskin is the ‘holder of the Emeritus Life-Systems Engineering Chair, College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences at Texas Southern University’ “

So its up to you if you want to believe what he says about fish oil.  I think he should get together with the authors of this study- they may have something in common!
Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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testosterone decline over age Continuation of:

Fish Oil and Prostate Cancer Part 1

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In actuality the hormonal changes in men are not nearly as universal as they are in women. Some men can maintain healthy testosterone levels into their 80’s and presumably beyond.

Some men but not most men!

Most men begin to have some decline in their Testosterone levels when they hit their late 30’s for one of 2 reasons. First their brain may simply stop producing a hormone called LH that stimulates the testis to make testosterone.  This is often called Secondary testicular failure because if you give them back the LH, their testis works just fine. Primary Testicular failure occurs when the testis themselves fail to make testosterone no matter how much LH is present.

The youngest case of low testosterone I have seen because of either of these causes is age 27. I also have 70+ year olds whose Testosterone is in the upper 80%. By that time and usually far before that however the average male begins to drift down in his testosterone levels. He may not actually get higher DHT or Estrogen levels, but they become RELATIVELY high due to the declining level of Testosterone and the steady or increased levels of DHT and Estrogen.

The worse this situation, the more likely it seems to be a set up for Prostate Cancer. Again prostate cancer is a disease of aging in most cases.  It has been said that if all men lived long enough, all men would get Prostate Cancer.

Thus, as an Anti-Aging Doctor prevention becomes one of my primary objectives.

Fish Oil Blocks the conversion of Testosterone to DHT which is why it has become so popular among athletes who want to maximize their testosterone levels legally. You already know it improves Growth Hormone response too. Fish Oil also blocks the formation of Tumor Angiogenesis Factor (TAF from the breast cancer emails) and thus may prevent prostate tumors from growing enough new blood vessels to keep growing. Fish Oil inhibits the genetic step that promotes tumor metastasis (spread of the tumor).

In interventional studies with men who had Prostate cancer already (remember we don’t give people cancer just to see if the drug or vitamin works!) showed marked outcome improvements when Fish Oil was used as an adjunct to therapy.

So what is the traditional Party line from “Modern Medicine”?

Same B. S.  as usual.  No enough data. Data from fish consumption only,( some magic and as yet unknown part of the fish might possibly have an infinitesimally small chance of being the real active ingredient other that EPA and DHA), can’t use this during therapy or it will interfere with the REAL treatment. While traditionalists cling to this nonsense, people continue to die unnecessarily of this cancer. As with Breast Cancer, high intakes of Omega 6 fatty acids and low levels of Omega 3 Fish Oil is a risk factor for Prostate cancer.

I am sure all of you men out there know someone who has prostate cancer.  Please share this information with them.  But warn them the FDA would rather not admit any of this because there is no big DRUG COMPANY that stands to benefit! Also remember even if you don’t have prostate cancer yet, An Ounce of prevention is worth a pound of Cure!

Best, Doc

P.S. Remember, do not stop or decrease any drugs you may be taking without the expressed permission of your doctor!

References and conclusions:

Dietary intake of n-3 and n-6 fatty acids and the risk of prostate cancer.
Leitzmann MF, Stampfer MJ, Michaud DS, Augustsson K, Colditz GC, Willett WC, Giovannucci EL.

CONCLUSIONS: Increased dietary intakes of ALA may increase the risk of advanced prostate cancer. In contrast, EPA and DHA intakes may reduce the risk of total and advanced prostate cancer.

Am J Clin Nutr. 2004 Jun;79(6):935-45.

Dietary long-chain n-3 fatty acids for the prevention of cancer: a review of potential mechanisms.

Larsson SC, Kumlin M, Ingelman-Sundberg M, Wolk A.

Increasing evidence from animal and in vitro studies indicates that n-3 fatty acids, especially the long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid, present in fatty fish and fish oils inhibit carcinogenesis.
Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2003 Sep;12(9):926-7.

Inuit are protected against prostate cancer.

Dewailly E, Mulvad G, Sloth Pedersen H, Hansen JC, Behrendt N, Hart Hansen JP.

Our results suggest that in situ carcinoma is rare among Inuit and that their traditional diet, which is rich in omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids…

PMID: 14504206 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 2002 Nov;82(4-5):393-400.

5 alpha-reductase-catalyzed conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone is increased in prostatic adenocarcinoma cells: suppression by 15-lipoxygenase metabolites of gamma-linolenic and eicosapentaenoic acids.  SIC  EPA = fish Oil! This particular study showed and 80% reduction in 5 alpha reductase activity!

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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Fish-OilIt is often suggested that Prostate cancer is the male equivalent of Breast cancer. There are some striking similarities. Both are hormonally driven and both occur with increasing frequency as a person ages. As you will also see, the mechanisms by which Fish Oil prevents and improves the outcomes in this type of cancer are also very similar to how it works in Breast cancer.

One of the things that distinguishes men from women is the presence of an enzyme in the skin and other areas of the body called 5 alpha reductase. This is the enzyme that converts Testosterone into its more potent but less desirable androgenic cousin Dihydroxytestosterone or DHT for our purposes. Women do not have this enzyme at least in any meaningful amounts. As a man ages the enzymatic activity of 5 alpha reductase seems to increase and converts more Testosterone into DHT. Additionally this happens while men are making less Testosterone in general (aging!).

Another enzyme that seems to become more active as a man ages is the enzyme Aromatize which changes DHT into estrogen. This coupled with declining levels of Testosterone leads to a situation where some men in their 50’s actually have as much or more estrogen floating around as Testosterone. Couple this with declining levels of Growth Hormone and you can see why the stereotypical middle aged male has a gut, increased body fat and decreased muscle tone.

This situation makes men mentally flabby as well!

Now comes the interesting part with regards to Prostate Cancer. For years it was taught (and a surprising number of doctors still think) that high levels of Testosterone lead to Prostate cancer and male Breast cancer. This was one of the warnings used to dissuade would be bodybuilders from using anabolic steroids.

Then it was found that the men who entered their 60’s and 70’s with the highest natural testosterone levels had the least amount of prostate cancer. In a sense the implication was that Testosterone therapy might actually PREVENT Prostate cancer. At this moment the Urologists in the crowd are having steam come out of their ears.  This is not what they want to hear!

In truth it is much more complex than that, but I had to have a little fun and ruffle a few feathers.

Here’s how we think it actually works:

Much like estrogen in women, the relative or in some cases absolute excess of estrogen in men seems to promote the Prostate Cancer.  This explains why men with high testosterone (naturally high) seem not to get prostate cancer and men with low testosterone do. Generally the ones with high testosterone have maintained a higher ratio of testosterone to estrogen than men whose testosterone has fallen and the other enzymatic pathways have become dominant. Some health gurus have twisted these facts to blame other sources such as diets, soy xenoextrogens (estrogens from outside sources like animals and plants added to our food stuffs) and of course medicines.

There is some truth to this especially with pickled foods. But let’s set the record straight on soy. If you go back to “The Truth About Soy” email of last week you will see that at least in the case of soy, it blocks estrogens effects.

Doc

P.S. This is continued in Part 2. Click here.

References:

Regulation of gene expression and inhibition of experimental prostate cancer bone metastasis by dietary genistein.

 

For example, the expression of various metalloproteinases (MMPs) in PC3 bone tumors was inhibited by genistein treatment, whereas osteoprotegerin was upregulated. MMP immunostaining and transfection experiments also demonstrated that MMP-9 expression was inhibited in PC3 cells in vitro and PC3 bone tumors in vivo after genistein treatment. These results, particularly the in vivo results, demonstrate that dietary genistein may inhibit prostate cancer bone metastasis by regulating metastasis-related genes. Genistein may thus be a promising agent for the prevention and/or treatment of prostate cancer.

So what about the gurus that say that soy causes you to become feminized?  Well, they should know better.  I think they actually do but are sacrificing truth and accuracy for copy that stirs up their readers.  This to me is a bigger crime than ignorance!  Here is another reference:
Soy isoflavones in the treatment of prostate cancer.

Hussain M, Banerjee M, Sarkar FH, Djuric Z, Pollak MN, Doerge D, Fontana J, Chinni S, Davis J, Forman J, Wood DP, Kucuk O.

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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fish-oil in a tinIn this part of the blog I go into even more detail debunking the arguments that seem to have gathered steam on the internet.  It is irritating because it represents “negative sales tactics” which try to capitalize on “bad news” that will shock you because it “challenges everything you know about –insert your favorite topic–“.

This is a well known sales tactic and in today’s Internet-based, opinion-rich, information-poor, sound bite climate, people know most of us won’t read past the headlines (micro scripts) much less try to find out the facts behind what is being said. And if you add a little bit of ‘sciency’ sounding stuff, you’ve convinced 99.9% of the population.

Warning: I don’t do a little sciency when I debunk. I do A LOT SCIENCY and the following is that; so you’ve been warned!

Here is an interesting email from a victim of today’s technology and a well-meaning but misinformed anti-ethyl ester fish oil campaign.

“Dr Dave, please visit ‘www.–A Consumer Advocate Site–.org’.

They say Omega 3’s are best when delivered in their natural state – be it in fish oil capsules or from eating fish – not the form that you sell, advocate and defend…

The environmental impact of the Norwegian industrial fishing industry is devastating…

Ethyl esters are not effective in the reducing the risk of heart attack or stroke…the many large, protracted studies are now showing this…

We should be as outraged about ethyl esters in our food supply as we are of GMO’s…”.

Hi, Phillip. Lately I am seeing more and more of this. I even recently spoke a t a conference where the guy before me said exactly the same thing since he was selling “natural triglyceride” formulation fish oil. The problem is that it is 100% wrong.

1) The largest fish oil trial ever done was GISSI Prevenzione and they used ethyl ester fish oil with fabulous results.

2) Ethyl ester are a naturally occurring intermediate between triglycerides and Phospholipid formats of Omega 3 and have biologic value of their own, separate from the other two formats.

3) EE’s have a unique 24-hour absorption curve instead of the spike-like absorption of the other formats of Omega 3, making them the BEST choice for someone wishing to get maximum cardiac coverage. EE’s are in the blood stream for a full 24 hours.  Most heart attacks happen in the early morning, 18 to 22 hours after most people take their daily dose of fish oil, which (at least theoretically) puts them at risk with “natural TG products”. Phospholipid formats have not been evaluated in any large clinical trials similar to GISSI.

4) ALL TG products and P’lipid products can and do pass back and forth through ethyl ester formats as the body needs them to; so saying otherwise merely shows the ignorance or duplicity of the people making that statement.

5) Ethyl esters are free of the toxins and much more potent in terms of EPA and DHA than “natural” TG products, which cannot exceed 30% EPA and DHA and are subject to the exact toxic mixture of the oceans or streams they are harvested from. In addition, whenever the krill people try to show superiority over fish oil, which they have yet to actually do, they choose the wimpiest format they can – natural triglyceride – so they have the best chance of looking better. They would not dare compare clinical outcomes to my Ultra 85 for this reason. No matter what the “parent oil” people say, the only Omega’s that matter are DHA and EPA. This is a simple fact of human biochemistry since this is what the body does when it needs Omega 3. All other forms are either intermediates to get there or are simply used for calories. The latter does not happen very often because people are mostly Omega 3 deficient.

6) Other than the fact that the Norwegians are not the suppliers of all of the fish oil that is used, I am not sure what real impact it has – economic, yes — environmental? If less Norwegian fish are being used, which may be true, as most of the fish now used are from other waters, as in the case of my Ultra 85 are fresh water sourced from non-endangered species. The molecular distillation process is low heat (135 F – the oxidation point of fish oil is 253 F) and has essentially a zero carbon footprint – at least the way we do it.

7) There was one study done recently showing the “failure” of Ethyl Esters as a potential agent to treat hypertension. This study got a ton of “airplay” on the Internet and was immediately picked up as a marketing tool for the ‘just eat fish and natural triglyceride’ sales force. However that study had gigantic flaws…

a) It used a mouse model with a SNP to create hypertension. In humans HTN is polygenic.

b) Even though it was reported as “Fish oil no good for…..”  it did not include the better part of fish oil, which is EPA, in the evaluation.

c) It completely (and I think embarrassingly for the people that published it) overlooked one gigantic fact: Mice are herbivores and people are omnivores. The way the different species use Omega 3’s and 6’s, the tissue % of EE TG and P’lipids, the eicosanoid and other active derivatives are ALL different in mice and humans, so generalizing a dietary intervention as being relevant is bound to be wrong. I think the brilliant scientists that did the study knew this, or at least should have! There is plenty of data to support the use of fish oil as an adjunct for healthy blood pressure.

As far as “many recent studies that show failures of ethyl ester fish oil”- many of them are triglyceride based as well, not just ethyl ester. I address the causes for this in #8.

8) Finally, as to the failure of fish oil in human studies. It can almost always be attributed to the following: Inadequate dosage, no attempt to check tissue or blood levels of O3’s and 6’s, and no attempt to achieve the levels seen in what are basically “disease free” populations. This is independent of the format of Omega 3 (O3) used but “natural” triglyceride format is most susceptible to this effect because of its lower concentrations of EPA and DHA. You have to take 3x as many of this type of “parent oil capsule” to get an adequate dose of Omega 3 to impact human health. Now, keep in mind that there is a dose response curve to Omega 3’s so even a little will show some improvements in health but nowhere near what is actually achievable.

Many of the so-called failed studies are also done with only 1 gram of some type of fish oil that is often non-specified because the researchers don’t know the difference. The usual situation is also to add them onto “maximum medical therapy (drugs)” that the enrollee has been on for years to treat a well-established condition. For more on this see my blog “Fish oil Failure by Design“.

Again, I need to stress – there are no other meaningful O3’s in fish other than EPA and DHA in the context of Western Society. The other fats are just calories.

It is sad that people can say anything they want on the internet and worse that it spreads like wildfire. Next week it will be some other nonsense by people like this. We owe almost all of our knowledge about Omega 3’s and 6’s to a relatively few PhD’s whom I respect immensely. Sadly, we also owe almost all of the misinformation to the same group of people who stare at biochemistry texts and look at where the arrows go without noticing whether those arrows go backwards, sideways or are dotted, meaning they are negligible. The original group of scientists that did all this work were very concerned and delineated as best they could what was meaningful in human biochemistry.  Many of today’s researchers seem to have lost that work or have decided to ignore it. My deepest respect for those who actually take the time to learn what those before them laid out so clearly. As for the rest, you need to get your head out of the basic biochemistry texts that show every possible way a fat can be processed and learn what actually happens in people! And, if you are going to study mice, learn the differences before you decide where it’s safe to generalize to human health.

The major impact on the fishing industry occurs not from fish oil processing but from restaurant serving of specific types of fish, which are clearly overfished. Krill, while not a fish, must be placed in this category for different reasons. While human fishing has gone on for millennium, krill fishing has not and represents a severe threat to a previously untouched biosphere that has caused negative sustainability impact in a matter of a decade. At this point, the capacity of aquaculture for the major formats of fish oil is stable and has more capacity to produce. As I mention above, my Ultra 85 is sourced from fresh water non-endangered species and processed using a nil carbon foot print technology, so it has minimal environmental impact. I do have to say that I anticipate others copying this, which may force us to rethink our sourcing yet again down the road when everyone else jumps on board.

As a final note I would say this: No matter what or how you choose to replete your Omega 3’s, you should use the Ideal Omega test to establish your baseline and follow your results. If you are eating a lot of fish, you really need to get your mercury levels tested in blood, hair and nails as well. Reducing your Omega 6 intake will concomitantly reduce the need for Omega 3’s but this is beyond what most people are willing to do in our society. Ultra 85 is a pure, clean and simple way to improve your Omega 3 levels and achieve this very desirable healthy balance of essential fatty acids.

Best,

Dr Dave

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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giant fish oil capsuleSo said the brilliant PhD whose talk preceeded mine at a recent public anti-aging conference.

While I am not 100% sure if this was a deliberate snipe at me I didn’t care because it played right into my hands. I destroyed the arguments that were advanced in favor of “natural triglyceride fish oil” also known as “parent oil” type.  I am sure it hit this guy where it hurt and ultimately he shot himself in the foot and damaged himself, not me.  This was also the same guy who told me he knew more about telomeres than the guy who discovered the human telomerase gene and the Nobel laureates, so I wasn’t too worried about anything else he might have said.

What I did not know was this might not have been his fault. He may have merely been parroting back the current doctrine d’jour with regards to fish oil. It makes for clever marketing speak and for someone who does not intimately know about Omega3/Omega 6 biochemistry in HUMANS it is a perfect chance to pitch a product that is inferior in every way or some other attached agenda.

Here is the short version and then, for those of you who want to learn the reasoning, it follows after another email I got.

ERROR NUMBER 1: Fish is better than fish oil because it contains natural proportions of oils. Natural Triglyceride fish oil is closer to natural fish oil making it a “parent oil”. Populations that eat fish do better than populations that take fish oil for this reason.

The fact: EPA and DHA are the ultimate and most highly active and needed fish oils. There is little or nothing other than these in fish or fish oil that is responsible for health benefits in humans. The body will create these essential fatty acids to a minor extent from shorter chain precursors (like alpha linolenic acid in plants) but it cannot do a good job of this, especially in the omega 6 rich food environment we live in. The Omega 3/6 intake of the best populations is never mirrored in ANY study using fish oil (see part 2 of this blog for why). Much of the oil in fish and natural triglyceride fish oil is used for one major purpose: calories, and fatty fish have a major component of Omega 6 fat as well, although nowhere near their Omega 3 content. In the context of trying to achieve balance in a society that does not reduce its Omega 6 intake, which is most of us, a pure highly concentrated EPA/DHA fish oil remains the simplest way to obtain a healthy ratio. The most common way to create that ultra concentrated potency is molecular distillation, which always yields an Ethyl Ester fish oil. The next two books I am currently writing will, however, have two dozen or more Omega 3 heavy recipes for those who want to use diet as the major tool.

ERROR NUMBER 2: ‘A little mercury and other toxins are OK for you.’  Fish and natural triglyceride fish oils contain the exact toxin make up of the waters they are obtained from. There is absolutely no study showing the effect of low level long term toxin exposure over decades or a lifetime to determine what real level of toxicity we should be concerned with since we are going to need our Omega 3’s as long as we are alive. We do know this:  unless you drastically reduce your Omega 6 intake to a level far lower than most Westerners will tolerate, you need a large amount of Omega 3 (in terms of fish, we are talking far more than Eskimo level) to balance the ratio of 6 to 3 omegas. In point of fact, populations where there are serious reductions in the diseases we accept as “normal aging” achieve a ratio of about 0.75, which means there is significantly more Omega 3 in their tissues than Omega 6. This puts you at risk for many different toxins and xenoestrogens, especially mercury, lead, cadmium and various plastic derivatives. Two specific famous examples of people who tried to correct their levels with large amounts of fish ingestion are Jeremy Piven and Daphne Zuniga, both actors and both mercury toxic as a result of their efforts. There are studies that show an Alaskan subsistence fishermen consuming one cod per week will achieve mercury levels considered accutely toxic by the end of that week, DO YOU want that? I don’t!

ERROR NUMBER 3: Ethyl Esters are not naturally occuring in nature, making them “Frankenfishoil equivalent to GMO’s!”  I gotta hand it to the marketers who came up with that one! Wow, that will convince a lot of people because most people are anti-GMO. Very clever, but also very disingenuous.

Ethyl Esters are not found in fish or seafood; that is true. But they ARE A NATURALLY OCCURING AND BIOACTIVE INTERMEDIATE IN HUMAN BEINGS.  We create them from triglycerides and Phospholipid (non-fish seafood sources) as a normal everyday part of our biology. That makes them about as natural as you can get.

I go on to address more of this nonsense in the next blog but if you understand these 3 points you will understand what you are being fed by the internet gurus. Don’t swallow it!

Dr Dave

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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A few months ago I wrote a blog/newsletter entitled “Don’t Swallow It!

It was lamenting the lack of a BS detector on the internet and how easily factoids can spread misinformation. Today’s little gem fits right in with that theme.

The latest round of “Fish oil No Good for Heart Disease” studies was published this week by the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).  The NEJM has long been considered the pinnacle of medical journals the world over. It is of course solely supported by Big Pharma advertising.

Like the other big Journals, JAMA and the Archives of Internal Medicine, it maintains an “anti-supplement” stance, rarely publishing anything positive about anything that is not a Big Pharma drug.

Since most allopathic doctors do not apply critical standards to what is published in these journals, the word of these journals is gospel.

Not surprisingly the latest “Fish oil no Good For…” study will get a lot of air time and be virally spread on the internet with even less critical thinking and even more acceptance from the general populace.

One site that repeats internet nonsense is already saying, “The pendulum is swinging away from fish oil!”

While I don’t normally bother with this because it has been coming and going for the past 10 years, I will admit there really seems to be an “anti-fish oil” campaign out there.

The “Just eat fish” crowd has conveniently forgotten the issues of lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium and plastic-derived xenoestrogens and toxins that are found in most oily fish in quantity. A few have even suggested that the “other oils” in fish, the stuff that is not EPA and DHA, have value. They sure do!

They are valuable for calories! They make no contribution to the biochemical pathways and are otherwise non-essential, however.

Getting back to the study aspect of things, I’ve said it a thousand times but I am forced to say it yet again.

Any study that does not…

1)      Use a dose of fish oil that actually matters

2)      Does not measure blood or tissue levels (the finger stick Ideal Omega test is soooooooooooooo simple but they don’t bother!)

3)      Attempt to achieve the ratios of Omega 6 to Omega 3 that parallel the populations that have almost NO HEART DISEASE compared to ours. (It’s in the neighborhood of a 10 fold reduction).

…IS DESIGNED TO FAIL

So let’s look at the particulars of the study:

A)     Dose?  1 gram.   The study population was Italian, clearly a Waster diet based group.  No, they were not on the “Mediterranean Diet”, a Health/Marketing concept created by Dean Ornish. They were clearly eating pasta!

B)     “Eligible patients were men and women with multiple cardiovascular risk factors or atherosclerotic vascular disease but not myocardial infarction.”  In other words, they were ticking time bombs waiting to have their heart attacks. Their doctors already knew they had heart disease in many cases.

C)     What was the type of fish oil administered? It does not say; so it could easily have been a non-concentrated “natural cold pressed triglyceride” fish oil, which provides only 30% EPA and DHA. I need to try to find this out because it makes a huge difference.

Why? Because they may have actually been only getting 300 mg of the active oils for cardiac disease prevention. You have heard me say the average Westerner needs at least 6 grams a day to fix their Omega 3 deficit and balance out their excess Omega 6’s.

D)     No levels were measured in these people – if they were, they would not have even scratched the surface with the dosages they chose to give people.

E)      The GISSI Prevenzione study also done in Italy over a decade ago using 2 to 3 grams a day of the highly concentrated ethyl ester form, like mine, (still an under dosage but better than this one) showed a far different 35% reduction in Cardiovascular Death.

Two other things of note: The placebo was Olive oil, which is appropriate since Olive oil is Omega 6 dominant (21 to 1 Omega 6 to Omega 3).  Next, they had to fiddle with their chosen end point: “At one year, after the event rate was found to be lower than anticipated, the primary end point was revised as time to death from cardiovascular causes or admission to the hospital for cardiovascular causes.”  This kind of last minute post study fiddling makes the entire study questionable in my opinion!

At least this was a study, however, and not a “meta analysis” – a computer generated file based on cherry picked data that can prove anything the authors want without spending more than a few dollars in computer time and many hours of doctoral candidate slave labor!

So what should this study have been titled?

Here’s mine:

UNDER DOSING WITH FISH OIL IN A HIGH RISK POPULATION DOES NO GOOD TO PREVENT THE PROGRESSION OF HEART DISEASE

Frankly, this kind of study, done in an era where the data already exists for both primary and secondary prevention with Omega 3’s, constitutes malpractice in my opinion.

Also, I am not insensitive to the fact that my study title would probably not get many people to be interested, so here is another one which might intrigue the reader more – something you have to do for a sound bite society.

I would call it the Educated Authors Trying to Suppress Healthy Interventions Trial. You may be aware it is customary in medicine to use the first letter of every capitalized letter in a trial to create an acronym for the trial’s name. I will leave you to that.

I will also comment that acronym is pretty much my opinion of this study, which was designed to fail, adds nothing to our knowledge base and will undoubtedly contribute to the misinformation database out there in cyberland.

Finally, I will say that if you actually do figure out the acronym based on what I told you above, you might anticipate a new Meta analysis that will tell you this practice is actually healthy for you! I doubt it will make it into the NEJM, however, unless there is a Big Pharma drug somehow involved.

Don’t swallow it!!!!

Doc

 

Reference articles:  n–3 Fatty Acids in Patients with Multiple Cardiovascular Risk Factors

The Risk and Prevention Study Collaborative Group

N Engl J Med 2013; 368:1800-1808 May 9, 2013 DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1205409

J Toxicol Environ Health A. 2007 Nov;70(22):1897-911.

Heavy metals in Pacific cod (Gadus macrocephalus) from the Aleutians: location, age, size, and risk.

Burger JGochfeld MShukla TJeitner CBurke SDonio MShukla SSnigaroff RSnigaroff DStamm TVolz C.

Source

Division of Life Sciences, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey 08854-8082, USA

“If a subsistence fisher from one of the Aleut villages ate one meal of cod per week for As, or one meal per day for Hg, they would exceed the U.S. EPA reference dose for As and Hg” As is Arsenic, HG is mercury!

Disclaimer - These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. None of the products listed or mentioned should be used as a substitute for medical advice, or to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure any illness. Always consult your personal physician before consuming any new supplements and never change any medications without his/her expressed permission. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use this product without the supervision of your physician. This product is not intended to be consumed by minors (under the age of 21) without direct medical supervision. If you have or have had ANY type of cancer do not use this product without the expressed permission and supervision of your physician. In compliance with Canadian Customs, we are required to value shipments at their full US dollar value. References used in this broadcast are publically available at the links mentioned but do not constitute proof or endorsement of Dr Dave’s Best Products or of their efficacy. No medical claims of any kind should be interpreted, inferred or acted on based on this information which is for educational purposes.

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JC’s favorite exercises for….

 

JC Santana & Dr.Dave (Recovery):

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