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Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Relative Value of Sleep

There are hundreds of studies that suggest sufficient sleep is vital for health. The best I can do is add to the chorus. The voices of the scientists who authored those studies is unanimous. So why is it that David Well threw a perfect game on little or no sleep? Why is it that a world class speed record was broken by a women in Madison Square Garden recently who had little sleep the day before? The question of sleep sufficiency is still a mystery. Most of all it is a mystery how these athletes could do their best work on so little sleep. They did not use best eye cream.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Where to Exercise

As you know Mike Tyson had a treadmill in his home. Unfortunately there was a freak accident and his daughter lost her life. But with proper care such accidents won't happen. The fact that such a world-class athlete had a treadmill in his home is proof positive that a home gym is a good idea and that exercising at home is a good option. This is why I recommend that everyone exercise in a gym. But if that's not possible, get some home fitness equipment.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Preventing Alcohol Damage

It has come to my attention that when drinking alcohol one would do well to consume cysteine. According to Steve Fowkes, for each ounce of alcohol you should take 200 mg cysteine to prevent damage from one of alcohol's metabolites: acetaldehyde.

  1. "Living with Alcohol." Steven Wm. Fowkes. (Accessed 5/26/09).

Alzheimer's Disease Prevention Strategy

Steve Fowkes delivers a riveting lecture on dementia. It is a bit technical but it is worth listening to it because it is important to understand what can be done to prevent dementia.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Books in My Library

One thing I find hard to do is to discard a book. I have about three thousand books. I like the fact that my library is at my fingertips. I can usually find what I want because I categorize the books. I have a section for science-fiction. A section for poetry. A section for plays. A section for fiction. And many other sections. One of my best collections is books on mythology. I also have a good collection of nonfiction books on science. Sometimes I need additional textbooks.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Alternate Day Calorie Restriction May Boost Health

Is it possible that alternate day calorie restriction can boost health? Some researchers think so. There is unequivocal evidence that calorie restriction increases health. The question these researchers investigated was whether you can restrict caloric intake every other day to achieve similar results. They found evidence that you can. Disease decreased in subjects who limited their caloric intake every other day to only 20 to 50 percent of "estimated daily caloric requirement[s]."1 In addition there is evidence that such a diet "appears to have a profound effect on cardiac function."2 A similar diet is the Fast-5 diet.5

  1. "The effect on health of alternate day calorie restriction: eating less and more than needed on alternate days prolongs life." Med Hypotheses. 2006; 67(2):209-11. Mar 10. Johnson JB, Laub DR, John S. (accessed 5/19/09).
  2. 2006. James B. Johnson, MD; Donald R. Laub, MD; Sujit John, MS. "The Emperor's new clothes are loose: lower body mass index, not calorie restriction, accounts for improved diastolic function." J Am Coll Cardiol. Aug 15;48(4):847-8. doi:10.1016/j.jacc.2006.05.029 (accessed 5/20/09).
  3. James B. Johnson. The Alternate-Day Diet.
  4. Yahoo group on intermittent fasting.
  5. The Fast-5 diet allows eating only between 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. (Accessed 5/21/09). John T. Daugirdas, MD, has written a book suggesting that an every other day diet is very healthful. See The QOD Diet: Eating Well Every Other Day by John T. Daugirdas. (QOD means "every other day.")

Thursday, May 14, 2009

"Diabetic Neuropathy" Caused By Statins

New research reveals that a diagnosis of diabetic neuropathy may in many cases be nothing more than statin-induced nerve degeneration. Put more simply, if you're a diabetic and using a statin, the statin may be causing your neuropathy (disorders of the nerves). The authors of the article, Tom Brooks Vaughan, MD and David S.H. Bell, MD, suggest that "The key to diagnosing statin-induced neuropathy is to discontinue the statin and observe for potential improvement. In conclusion, statins can infrequently cause an idiosyncratic somatic and autonomic neuropathy that, in the diabetic patient, will almost invariably be attributed to diabetes. Awareness of this association and a trial removal of the statin could result in restoration of neurological function and a much-improved quality of life in the diabetic patient."1 It has been reported that "diabetics had as much as a sixteen fold increase in risk of neuropathy when statin drugs are used."2 Much information about the harm of statin drugs can be found in the work of Duane Graveline MD, a former U.S. astronaut.3 (Photo: Dr. Graveline)

  1. "Statin Neuropathy Masquerading as Diabetic Autoimmune Polyneuropathy." Tom Brooks Vaughan, MD and David S.H. Bell, MD. Diabetes Care 28:2082, 2005. (Accessed May 14, 2009).
  2. "Neuropathy and Statins." (Accessed May 14, 2009).
  3. See

Saturday, May 2, 2009


Want more energy? Interested in improving your heart's strength? Hoping to have more spring in your step and more vim and vigor? You might want to give carnitine a try. Carnitine is a nutrient that transports fatty acids into cellular mitochondria. The mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cell, the place where cellular energy is produced. They produce ATP in the cell, which is used for muscle contraction. So if you have more carnitine you're going to transport more fat into your mitochondria and, as a result, you'll produce more energy. A complex process, but a simple way to boost your energy today.