Trying to Make Science Out of Sausage

Epidemiology is the study of associations and not causality. It essentially began in 1854 when John Snow noticed that there seemed to be a higher concentration of cholera patients in a certain area in London during one of its many cholera epidemics in the 19th century. That’s an association. The real breakthrough for John Snow… 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 »

Meta-analysis study on fish oil effectiveness is fatally flawed

One of the events in the food industry you never want to see is the making of sausage where sometimes good cuts of meat are combined with items you would never want to eat.  The same is true of meta-analysis studies in medical research.  Meta-analysis means that you take a lot of different studies (some… Read more »

What are the real differences between EPA and DHA?

The first casualty of marketing is usually the truth. The reality is that the two key omega-3 fatty acids (EPA and DHA) do a lot of different things, and as a result the benefits of EPA and DHA are often very different. That’s why you need them both. But as to why, let me go into more detail.

What is Cellular Inflammation?

People (including virtually all physicians) are constantly confused what cellular inflammation is. So I decided to take the opportunity to explain the concept in more detail. There are two types of inflammation. The first type is classical inflammation, which generates the inflammatory response we associate with pain such as, heat, redness, swelling, pain, and eventually… Read more »

Meditation: Push-ups for the brain?

The development of new imaging technologies has finally given researchers the ability to ask some interesting questions about meditation and its effect on brain structure and cognitive performance.

If you’re fat, you may be OK

It is well known from epidemiological studies that about 30 percent of obese individuals and 50 percent of overweight individuals are relatively healthy in terms of cardiometabolic risk factors

What are we really entitled to?

For the past year the future of the American economy has centered on the word “entitlement,” especially in terms of health care. But no one is quite certain about what the word means.

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.

When is a diet not a diet?

A diet is not a short-term plan to fit into a swimsuit, but rather it is a way of life to reach a lifetime goal, like a longer and better life.