Cholesterol no longer a risk factor for heart disease. Look to CRP?

Dr. James Stein, MD from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in Madison, praised the JUPITER study for exposing the fact that current therapeutic LDL-cholesterol levels are not only arbitrary, but are in fact a poor indicator of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. ?Most patients with heart attacks have normal cholesterol values,? he stated. With the cholesterol theory crumbling the industry is under intense pressure to come up with a new risk factor, and one that can be treated with the same statin drugs they have invested so much money in. Enter Dr. Ridker and C-reactive protein (CRP). Ridker has been pushing treating CRP with statins for years. But is CRP a risk factor? A National Panel on CRP found no evidence treating CRP levels will improve survival rates (www.urmc.rochester.edu/pr/News/story.cfm?id=182). Elevated CRP levels are associated with many things including; anger, stress, arthritis, cancer, lupus, pneumonia, TB, oral contraceptive use, pregnancy, heart attacks, surgery, trauma, intense exercise, etc. It?s a marker for disease, not the cause. But since statins lower CRP levels slightly, you can count on CRP becoming the new cholesterol. The public will be made to fear CRP, be tested for it, and be put on dangerous statins to lower it. What a racket.

Golf: Improve your game and prevent injuries


In an article I wrote 10 years ago, I addressed the importance of strength training for golfers. In this article, “Golf: Reducing your risk of injury and improving your game.” I wanted to focus on preventing injuries and targeting the specific muscles used while playing golf.

The mechanics of a golf swing can cause a variety of injuries or aggravate previous injuries. The most common area golfers experience injuries is the lower back. Other areas golfers complain about are the shoulder, or more specifically the rotator cuff, the left elbow, and the left wrist (for right handers). Unfortunately, there is little data available about the seriousness of injuries as a result of playing golf or how to reduce them. However, if we apply what we know from other sports through research and empirical data, I have seen many golfers not only decrease their risk of injury but improve their game.

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A golfers edge, strength training


You would think as fanatical as golfers are, seemingly willing to do just about anything to improve their game, they would be more than interested in strength training. The fact is however, the vast majority of golfers are still not taking advantage of this inexpensive tool that would not only improve their game, but improve their health.

Golfing is not an inexpensive sport. And golfers spend hundreds to thousands of dollars on equipment alone in an effort to gain an edge on the course. The fact of the matter is, given the choice between expensive equipment and hard work coupled with strength training, I’ll take hard work coupled with strength training every time.

I you’re going to spend the money on equipment and lessons, why not make sure your physically at your best so you not only can truly take advantage of your expense, but help ensure a long career. The following is an article, “Strength training: Is it the newest edge for golf“I wrote over a decade ago and is as pertinent today.

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If a women wants to attract a man, ditch the Chanel No. 5

In a large percentage of animals, females are only fertile during a brief period of time surrounding ovulation. For the males of these species, this period promotes mating behavior. There is evidence that shows that males can actually smell when a female is ovulating. Recent studies indicate that the olfactory sense may play a large role in human attraction and mating also.

The researchers performed two separate but related experiments. In the first scenario, the scientists gave four women plain, white T-shirts. The women wore the shirts when they slept over three days during ovulation or late follicular phase. Five days later, the women again wore T-shirts for three days when they slept during the luteal phase, which is far from ovulation. At the end of every night sleep the shirts were collected and put in bags separately then frozen.

In the second experiment, the scientists added an extra variable: fresh T-shirts that hadn’t been worn by anyone, which were also placed in bags.

The researchers asked dozens of men to stick their noses into the bags. As the men sniffed the shirts, scientists sampled the participants’ saliva, which was used to measure testosterone. Men who smelled the shirts of ovulating women in the first experiment had, on average, testosterone levels that were 37 percent higher than the men who smelled the shirts of non-ovulating women. For the second experiment, the testosterone levels of the men who smelled the T-shirts of ovulating women were, on average, 15 percent higher than men who sniffed the two other T-shirt samples.
(Psycological Science)

Soy and demasculinization

The male offspring of rats fed diets containing genistein, a chemical found in soybeans, developed abnormal reproductive organs and had sexual dysfunction as adults. This finding may indicate a need for further research to determine whether exposure to genistein while in the womb and during breastfeeding influences human reproductive development, according to researchers.

Researchers found that while the sperm counts of genistein-exposed males were normal, they had smaller testes and a larger prostate gland than unexposed rats. They also had lower testosterone levels and were less likely to ejaculate than unexposed rats.

The effects of genistein exposure continued long after the rats were exposed, leading researchers to say that exposure during reproductive development may have negative, long-term consequences in males.

It is thought that genistein may act as an estrogen or an anti-androgen, blocking the function of the sex hormones, known as endogenous androgens, necessary for males to develop a normal reproductive system.
(J urol2003;169(4):1582-6)

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