By Dave Schreck:
Why should you take this test? Because your health is dependent upon a few scientifically validated dietary principles. Understand and apply these principles, and you may reduce your risk of chronic disease, i.e., heart disease, cancer, arthritis, dementia, diabetes and obesity.
There may be more than one correct answer per question.
1) What is the Zone?
- An evidence-based wellness and weight-loss program. Promotes wellness through hormonal control with a balanced diet and omega-3 supplementation
- An anti-inflammatory diet that controls insulin in a tight Zone, not to high and not too low.
- A wellness program recommended by physicians
- Highest rated TV episode of Rod Sterling’s Twilight Zone
2) Why did Dr. Sears write his bestselling book “The Zone?”
- Greed and notoriety
- As a clarion call to the medical community
- To improve Olympic athletic performance
- To make Hollywood stars look better
3) What is silent inflammation?
- Undetected pain that can go on for years that leads to increased fat accumulation
- Accelerates chronic disease affecting the heart, brain, organs and immune function
- The cause for spontaneous combustion
- You can’t feel cellular inflammation, however, you can measure it
4) Which of the following diseases are linked to inflammation?
- Obesity and diabetes
- Alzheimer’s and dementia
- Cancer and arthritis
- All of the above
5) Best way to determine your level of cellular inflammation and future state of wellness?
- Ask your physician for a CBC test (complete blood count)
- Hair analysis
- Order the AA/EPA in-home test. Cost: $75
- Request the erythrocyte sedimentation rate, C-reactive protein, plasma viscosity test, and omega 3 profile. Cost: more than $300
6) The best way to combat cellular (silent) inflammation?
- Anti-inflammatory diet (the Zone)
- Omega 3 supplementation
- Yoga or Pilates
7) Which fatty acid is the building block for making pro-inflammatory eicosanoids?
- Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) found in oatmeal, Evening Primrose Oil
- Arachidonic Acid (AA) sources: Egg yolks, organ meats, fatty proteins
- Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA) walnuts, flax seeds, soybean oil, tofu
- Eicosapentanoic Acid (EPA) found in fish
8) What are long chain omega-3s?
- Essential fats primarily from fish that contain EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid)
- Plant compounds known as alpha linolenic acid (ALA)
- Found only in omega-3 enriched eggs and food products
- A group of fats over four feet in length
9) What is the omega-3 dietary shortage?
- Caused by over harvesting of fish
- No longer a problem with our current health-care system
- The greatest health-care disaster of our generation. We became deficient when we stopped supplementation with cod liver oil.
- Two servings per week of McDonald’s Fillet of Fish will rectify shortage
10) Who is Dr. Barry Sears?
- NY Times #1 bestselling author and creator of the Zone Diet.
- A medical researcher who holds more than 13 patents
- Developed food products that promote five hours of satiety
- The original Watch Mr. Wizard (a TV show that demonstrated the science behind ordinary things)
11) What foods cause an increase in cellular inflammation?
- Dense carbohydrates, rice, pasta, grains, tropical fruits, potatoes
- Monounsaturated fats, i.e. olive oil
- Omega-6 fats, i.e., cold-pressed organic soybean oil, sunflower, corn, etc.
- Colorful, non-starchy vegetables
12 ) Yo-Yo Dieter
- Someone who diets to lose weight and then regains it back … and more
- A successful method to trick the body into permanent weight loss
- Recommended for those who haven’t succeeded with other programs
- Discovered by rap artists, P. Diddy, Fiddy Cent and Snoop Dog
7-10 correct – Congratulations! Most likely you are healthier than your non-Zone friends.
4-6 correct – Your levels of cellular inflammation may be rising.
0-3 correct – Time for a change. You may be at high risk of chronic disease. Hopefully, you have a great health-care plan.
Answers: 1: A-B-C, 2: B, 3: A-B-D, 4: D, 5: C, 6: B-C, 7: B, 8: A, 9: C, 10: A-B-C, 11: A-C, 12: A