What it means to be passionate…

I know I preach about hard work, but I think the word PASSION is better suited to what I truly mean. I am a passionate person, whether it is staying up late reading papers, studying for exams, running experiments over night, waking up early and working out, or vacationing with family - I go all in. I put hard work into everything I do, and when I preach about hard work, know that what I really mean is passion.

Can soy prevent prostate cancer?

Prostate epithelial cells carry Beta-estrogen receptors (ERB) that when activated by isoflavones, genistein, act as tumor suppressors in prostate carcinogenesis by inhibiting invasion, proliferation of carcinoma cells & increasing apoptosis (programmed cell death). ERB also prevents prostate cancer by preventing the rapidly differentiating prostatic epithelial cells from undergoing oncogenic transformation. Genistein, the main phytoestrogen in soy, inhibits metastasis at levels that are equal to what you would find when eating soy.

Is it ok to feel uninspired?

So, I sit here on this afternoon, and instead of forcing productivity or forcing myself to keep moving, I take a moment to stop and reflect. I take a moment to write and review my thoughts. Amidst the hurried pace and the speed of it all, it is important to step back and reflect.

Should you be taking a fish oil supplement?

A recent meta-analysis showed that omega 3 fatty acid supplementation had no significant association with fatal or nonfatal coronary heart disease or any major vascular event. I know this is contrary to what we have heard over the years. It is estimated that over 20 million Americans take fish oil supplements daily but is it necessary?

Is there a link between Nutrition & Cancer?

I remember how I use to shovel any type of food in my mouth that looked good. I thought disease was based solely on genetics and that what we ate had nothing to do with chronic disease or cancer. What if I told you it is actually a combination of both …

Does Exercise actually help you lose weight?

Exercise is one of the leading ways to improve your health, decrease mortality, prevent cardiovascular disease, and prevent age-related physical and cognitive decline. BUT … Exercise shouldn’t be used as a mechanism for weight loss. Exercise alone will not help you lose weight long term for two primary reasons ....

Wait, berries can do what?

Chronic exposure to calorie dense foods, typically in the form of a standard high-fat diet, causes metabolic stress effecting mitochondrial respiration and dissipation of the mitochondrial proton gradient in adipose tissue causing mitochondrial dysfunction. Previously we knew that anthocyanin-rich diets were beneficial for maintaining healthy body weight, improving glucose and lipid metabolism, and determining inflammatory status of key metabolic tissues. The anthocyanins, malvidin, petunidin, and peonidin (in berries) were found to improve body composition and enhance mitochondrial respiration and dissipation of the mitochondrial protein gradient when under chronic metabolic stress. 

Drinking Tea may reduce risk of Glaucoma

Glaucoma, the leading cause of blindness in the world, is from optic nerve and retinal ganglion cell damage resulting in vision field loss most likely caused by increased intraocular pressure (IOP), blood flow abnormalities, oxidative stress and potentially autoimmune processes. For years, researchers speculated that coffee/tea could increase glaucoma risk because caffeine potentially increases IOP and homocysteine levels. In this study, researchers looked at the correlation of different beverage consumption and glaucoma prevalence from the National health and nutrition examination survey.

Are you ever too old to start working out?

You all know I love my exercise, but is it ever too late for someone to start? Exercise, as you know, has played a huge role in my life! I exercise ever single day, without fail, BUT you do not have to go to those extremes to see lasting effects! For sedentary individuals, the heart undergoes a number of changes that ultimately can lead to heart failure. The development of heart failure, with a preserved ejection fraction, is likely mediated through increased left ventricular stiffness - a consequence of sedentary aging. In the study shown in the second image, sedentary adults were able to improve their maximal oxygen uptake and decrease the cardiac stiffness potentially protecting against the future risk of heart failure by preventing the increase in cardiac stiffness with 2 years of supervised high-intensity training.