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Heart Attacks and Folic Acid

By |February 6, 2011|Nutrition, Prevention, Supplementation|

Randomized trials have suggested that folic acid may not have any beneficial effects for preventing heart attacks especially a second episodes. However in a meta-analysis published Wednesday (2/2/11) Wald,et. al. suggest that previous studies have failed to account for the use of aspirin by study participants. The authors suggest folic acid could be a part of a preventative measure to reduce first attacks but not second due to the use of aspirin by those suffering from a previous attack.

The study was published online as part of the PLoS site, an open access peer reviewed site. You can download the study in its entirety here;

Wald DS, Morris JK, Wald NJ (2011) Reconciling the Evidence on Serum Homocysteine and Ischaemic Heart Disease: A Meta-Analysis. PLoS ONE 6(2): e16473. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0016473

Calcium deposition in osteoarthritic menisci and meniscal cell culture

By |April 6, 2010|Health, Nutrition|

osteoarthritic menisci and meniscal cell culture

osteoarthritic menisci and meniscal cell culture

The results of a study published online on March 30th 2010 could very well present a treatment dilemma in OA patients with concomitant osteoporosis.

How to insure target tissue specific outcome for Ca++ supplementation therapy in these type of patients? I certainly am no expert when it comes to supplements, are there any other supplements that could be coupled with the Ca++ in order to at least maximize osseous uptake while also decreasing cartilaginous uptake?

Abstract is available here which includes a link to the complete article as a provisional PDF.


The NEW, “The New Oxford Book of Food Plants”

By |September 20, 2009|Books, Education, Health, Nutrition|

The following is taken from’s Blog entry from Friday (09/18/2009) Posted by Margaret Guthrie:

“The book presents detailed nutritional information on food plants, including insight into hybridization and genetic modification, such as genetic engineering to reduce cell-wall softening in tomatoes, one of the world’s most popular “vegetables.” …… Details of vegetative components are given, along with analysis of “other biologically active substances” like antioxidants, flavonoids and tannins.

Not given over entirely to facts, charts and tables, The New Oxford Book of Food Plants also contains quirky passages that entertain as they illuminate. For example, nestled into the entry for spinach: “[Spinach] was reputed to have very high content of iron but this is a myth due to the incorrect placing of a decimal point in the calculations of Dr. von Wolf at the end of the nineteenth century, although recalculated in the 1930s.”

All in all, The New Oxford Book of Food Plants is an essential and engaging reference for everyone from casual readers and curious cooks to nutritionists and food writers. The book is due in bookstores on September 25.

The New Oxford Book of Food Plants, 2nd Edition, by J.G. Vaughan and C.A. Geissler, Oxford University Press USA, 2009. 288 pp. ISBN: 978-0-199-54946-7. $39.95.”

Let’s Talk Supplementation

By |September 2, 2009|Nutrition|

Let’s Talk Supplementation

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The debate over using supplements vs. getting “all you need from your diet” has raged on for years. Competent medical professionals are actually telling people that they get everything they need from their diet. Seriously?

What exactly is the “minimum daily requirement” of vitamins? A quick review of the Food Guide Pyramid should make certain things clear:

  1. Those recommended food servings (and it’s a LOT) only provides the MINIMUM vitamins required to avoid getting a vitamin dedficiency disease. WOW, great news. It is NOT enough for a growing child, pregnant woman, or ANYONE who is sick. (more…)

Are You Too Young To Supplement?

By |May 5, 2009|News, Nutrition, Research|

Are You Too Young To Supplement?

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SOURCE:   J Bone Miner Res 2008 (May); 23 (5): 741–749

The whole point of nutritional supplementation should be about prevention, not reproducing the medical model of symptom treatment after the fact.

A new study involving 5,201 female U.S. Navy recruits puts this into clear perspective.

Half this group was given calcium and vitamin D supplementation during basic training, and the amazing result was a reduction of 25% in stress fractures. Considering that 21% of recruits usually experience a stress fracture, this was a big deal for the Navy.

Consider this: the average cost of a single soldier’s being discharged from basic training is estimated to be $34,000. By that standard alone, this study saved the Navy about 2.5 million dollars by reducing the discharge rate by 25%.

Enjoy the rest of this review