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"high cholesterol in older folks is a friend and not a foe" - Dr Nev (image from guardian.co.uk)

POOR TED, YOUR CHOLESTEROL IS TOO LOW !

“Ted 70, loves paintball. A month ago his cholesterol was 5.1. It’s well below that now “ So reads the announcement in an advert which proudly promotes the cholesterol lowering power of it’s popular dietary product. (Sunday Independent 1 July, 2012.) Having reportedly consumed the widely marketed plant sterol containing …

Be Wary of the Low Fat Message

The perceived correlation between junk food marketing and unhealthy dietary practices of Irish children is currently under the spotlight of the Children’s Commercial  Communications Code. The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) is currently reviewing submissions of concern from the public and professional bodies, with a mandate to consider imposing advertising …

False Claims of Benefit in Cholesterol Trials

     In the pre-statin era of the 1970-1980s many trials were conducted in an attempt to prove the validity of the “lipid hypothesis”, the theory that dietary fat and cholesterol were causative in heart disease, and that reductions in dietary and blood cholesterol would translate into reductions in risk for …

Prescriptions for Summer

Sunshine and summer days are a welcome seasonal phenomenon in the aftermath of short days,  cloudy skies,  and a shortfall of health-giving solar radiation. The summer sunshine that warms the earth consists of longer wavelengths of ultraviolet A (UVA) at 315 – 400nm, shorter wavelengths ultraviolet B (UVB) at 280-315nm, …

High Cholesterol Reduces Risks in Elderly

The traditional view regarding cholesterol and its impact on health and longevity is the perception of an associated increase in risk, with recommendations to reduce such risk by reducing blood cholesterol levels with a cholesterol lowering agent. (a statin drug).   Contrary to this widespread and popular perception, is the …

Glutathione – The Master Anti-Oxidant

It has been well established that antioxidants play a vital role in health maintenance and disease protection. (1). While it is common knowledge that vitamin C and vitamin E are health preserving antioxidants that may be delivered to the human cell via dietary or supplemental means, scant awareness of the …

THE ANTI-AGING PROPERTIES OF CARNOSINE

It is generally recognised that many disease processes, as well as the process of natural ageing, are caused by the formation of free radicals, a by-product of oxidation within the cells of our several body tissues. What is not well known is that another process, which irreversibly alters the normal …