Category Archives: Modern Diseases

Is Sugar Addiction Real?

Sugar is in almost everything. In fact, of the six hundred thousand products in the grocery store, 80 percent have added sugar, and since 60 percent of the American diet is made up of processed food, the amount of sugar the average American is consuming is phenomenal. Americans consumed a mere four pounds of sugarContinue Reading

Understanding the Concussion Epidemic: The Importance of Nourishing the Brain

When the film Concussion was released in late 2015, pundits noted that the topic of sports-related traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) had “gone Hollywood.”1 Although the movie focuses on National Football League stonewalling and obfuscation about football-related head trauma, it also taps into growing collective anxiety about the broader risks associated with sports-related head injuries.2 AContinue Reading

As the Cholesterol Consensus Crumbles, the Stance Against Saturated Fat Softens

In the last year, we have seen the consensus against cholesterol shatter and crumble before our eyes. The consensus against saturated fat has remained strong, but in the last week we have seen it begin to soften. Here’s my take.Continue Reading

Does Short-term Exposure to Cell Phone Radiation Affect the Blood?

Blood is the essence of life. It is useful to examine the blood under a microscope to look for any changes in reaction to a stressor. In this exploratory study, ten human subjects were exposed to a cell phone radiation stressor. Their blood was examined under a dark-field microscope to look for changes, if any,Continue Reading

The Essential Role of Thrombosis in Heart Attacks

Heart attacks occur, according to the modern view, primarily when unstable plaques in the lining of coronary arteries rupture. This causes a clot to develop, which in some cases ultimately compromises the flow of blood to the heart. In the scientific literature, these clots are called “thrombi,” the plural of “thrombus,” and the process isContinue Reading

What Causes Heart Attacks: Part Two

In a previous article in this journal (“What Causes Heart Attacks,” Fall 2007) I presented the case that the spectrum of heart disease, which includes angina, unstable angina, and myocardial infarction (heart attack), is better understood from the perspective of events happening in the myocardium (heart) as opposed to events happening in the coronary arteriesContinue Reading

Stress as Cause of Heart Attacks

The Myogenic Theory The theory that heart attacks begin in the heart itself— the myogenic theory—and not in the arteries, was developed by my father-in-law, the Brazilian cardiologist, Quintiliano H. de Mesquita, who died in 2000.1 In this article, I propose to describe the history of the myogenic theory for a public that is largelyContinue Reading

Type 3 Diabetes: Metabolic Causes of Alzheimer’s Disease

As the population of the industrialized world ages, illnesses associated with aging consume a larger portion of our healthcare budgets and impose increasing burdens on the quality of life of patients and their caregivers. Estimates suggest that in the U.S., Alzheimer’s disease (AD) affects 12 percent of people over age 65 and nearly 50 percentContinue Reading

Beyond Cholesterol

Article Summary • Between 1928 and 1945, Weston Price measured the fat-soluble vitamin content of over twenty thousand samples of butterfat from many different regions. He found that abundant sunshine and rainfall, together with high-quality soil, was associated with high concentrations of vitamins within the butter and fewer deaths from heart disease. • Modern scienceContinue Reading

Cancer to the Rescue?

How Tumor Cells Work Overtime to Restore Vascular Health Young or old, every person with a troubling health condition who has turned to the conventional medical system for answers, braces himself for the moment when the diagnosis might come back with the dreaded “C” word. And we have all been conditioned to believe that, followingContinue Reading

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