How Is Fat Bad For You?

Dov Michaeli

First posted 7/22/11 on The Doctor Weighs In

Since today is Friday, and we are already in a semi relaxed weekend mode, we’ll keep it short.

Yesterday’s column dealt with a saturated fat, choline (and its precursor lecithin), and demonstrated on the molecular level how it causes the formation of atherosclerotic plaque. What was missing from that neat picture was one component that we know is important in diabetes and atherosclerosis: inflammation. In the last few years scientists have become more and more convinced that the fundamental process of these diseases is inflammatory. But how exactly do saturated fats cause inflammation?

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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – Time to Move on

Dov Michaeli

First published 5/12/11 on The Doctor Weighs In

This post may strike you as “inside baseball,” some scientists arguing about arcane experimental results that have nothing to do with your life. I don’t think so. This post will show you how science works, and it will tell you why this is important.

In a February 21, 2011 post on this site we discussed CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and the vexing diagnostic and therapeutic problems associated with it. We have absolutely no idea what causes this syndrome, and without an identified cause it is exceedingly difficult to devise rational therapy; you are basically shooting in the dark.

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