Your Sunscreen May Actually Be Dangerous

When summer approaches, one of the first things you do is hunt down your left-over sunscreen bottles. You might think that since you didn’t use it all up last year, it is still safe to use this season. Think again. Sunscreens are made of reactive chemicals that don’t last forever.  Chemical ingredients like oxybenzone, avobenzone… Read more »

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Prostate cancer? Oh, really?

There was a recent publication suggesting that higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids are associated with a greater risk of prostate cancer 1. Of course, the immediate media response was to indicate that taking fish oil supplements is dangerous. Of course, let’s not forget, then, that eating fish must also be dangerous. Before letting the… Read more »

The Dangers of Over-Analyzing Too Much Data in Prostate Study

In the last week there has been a constant buzz about an online pre-publication of a new research article that suggests that high concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids promote aggressive prostate cancer. Well, that really isn’t the case, in spite of the press reports.

Breast Cancer and Inflammation

Breast cancer is probably the greatest fear women have, even though they are 10 times more likely to die from heart disease. Yet both diseases are driven by cellular inflammation. Cellular inflammation occurs when the most primitive part of your immune system (the innate immune system) is activated. The key player in the innate immune… Read more »

Coffee and Diabetes: What’s The Connection?

One of the great controversies in nutrition is the role of coffee and human health. On the one hand, coffee is the primary source of polyphenols in the American diet because of the lack of consumption of fruits and vegetables. On the other hand, coffee is rich in caffeine, an alkaloid that acts as a… Read more »

Aspirin…Not Just For Heart Disease

As I pointed in my first book, “The Zone,” more than 15 years ago, aspirin remains a wonder drug because of its ability to reduce inflammation (1). The medical community now uses aspirin for the prevention of strokes and heart attacks, but a recent study may extend its anti-inflammatory benefits to cancer survivors. A study… Read more »

Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk

The list just keeps growing for the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids and overall health. The newest to the list is breast cancer. A study just published in the journal of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention surveyed approximately 35,000 postmenopausal women, ages 50 to 76, for their use of various specialty supplements (1). The 24-page… Read more »