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Doctor Barry Sears

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Since neurons require omega-3 fatty acids for development in the fetus, lack of their presence in the mother's diet may be an underlying cause of altered neurodevelopment.
Doctor Barry Sears

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Diabetes also fuels heart disease and Alzheimer's.  It's not the diabetes, but the inflammation that compromises the immune system.
Doctor Barry Sears

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18-HEPE is the building block for resolvins. You can make adequate levels of 18-HEPE as long as you keep your EPA levels greater than 4% of the total fatty acids in the blood. However, to reach that level of EPA in the blood you, need to take a lot of fish oil, like 5-7.5 grams of EPA and DHA per day. The average American consumes 0.125 grams per day.
Doctor Barry Sears

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I agree that lowering salt is a good idea for everyone. An even better idea for MS patients is to lower inflammation by consuming more omega-3 fatty acids. I guess they should avoid salted herring. 
Doctor Barry Sears

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t's not that simple.  It is obesity becoming metabolic syndrome (pre-diabetes) then going on to type-2 diabetes.  The progression is caused by the flow of inflammation from the fat cells to the liver to the pancreas.
Doctor Barry Sears

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You don't get diabetes by being fat. You get diabetes by first developing metabolic syndrome (pre-diabetes) before the beta cells in the pancreas are destroyed causing diabetes. Both metabolic syndrome and diabetes are caused by increased inflammation. If you are fat and not inflamed, you fall into the category of "metabolically healthy obese" which is about 20-30% of the obese population. 
Doctor Barry Sears

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A better game-changer is high-dose fish oil (Tavazzi L et al. "Effect of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in patients with chronic heart failure (the GISSI-HF trial): a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial."  Lancet 2008 Oct 4;372(9645):1223-30)
Doctor Barry Sears

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If you really want to reduce concussions, simply outlaw heading in the first place.
Doctor Barry Sears

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You are definitely gambling if your AA/EPA is not between 1.5 and 3.  Since the average American has an AA/EPA ratio of 18, I imagine Wes Welker is in that same range.
Doctor Barry Sears

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Unlike this short abstract, a more comprehensive story on CBSnews.com at least recognized my published work on the benefits of high-dose omega-3 fatty acid supplementation in preventing brain damage in an animal concussion study.
Doctor Barry Sears

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Diagnostic tests are good, but treatment is better.  High-dose fish oil is a very good treatment to reduce the neuroinflammation that remains after the initial concussion.
Doctor Barry Sears

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This is due to fetal programing that sets epigenetic marks that will last a lifetime.  My new book, “The Mediterranean Zone,” goes into more detail how this happens.
Doctor Barry Sears

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ADHD is simply a deficiency of dopamine.  It is more epidemic today than it was a century ago.  That is most likely due to the growing deficiency of omega-3 fatty acids in today's diet that would otherwise increase dopamine levels in the brain.
Doctor Barry Sears

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There is a strong indication that ALS is a neuro-inflammatory disease so increasing the intake of omega-3 fatty acids makes perfect scientific sense to reduce its development.
Doctor Barry Sears

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What is neglected in the article are the two great benefits of omega-3 fatty acids.  At low doses it help reduce the initiation of inflammation.  At higher doses it dramatically increases the resolution of existing inflammation.  You need both to live a healthy life.
Doctor Barry Sears

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One of the best ways to ensure a healthy gut is to increase your intake of polyphenols.
Doctor Barry Sears

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The problem with obesity is the inflammation it generates.  Reduce that inflammation, and you can live with the excess body weight.  That's why a significant percentage of obese individuals are "metabolically healthy obese".
Doctor Barry Sears

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It sounds like someone has been reading my books for the past 20 years.
Doctor Barry Sears

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Stress causes inflammation, and inflammation accelerates diabetes.
Doctor Barry Sears

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The best way to treat diabetes and prevent hypoglycemia remains an anti-inflammatory diet and exercise.
Doctor Barry Sears

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Actually, there is a biological linkage between depression and Parkinson's.  It's called neuroinflammation.
Doctor Barry Sears

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The reason is that aspirin can both lower the initiation of inflammation and at low doses increases the resolution of inflammation.  Tumors thrive on continuous inflammation.
Doctor Barry Sears

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No, surprisingly, since MS is a disease of neuroinflammation, not a Vitamin D deficiency.
Doctor Barry Sears

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Stick with the polyphenols in extra-virgin olive oil and the omega-3 fatty acids in salmon, but you need therapeutic amounts of both to reduce neuro-inflammation.  As far the MIT "brain drink," save your money and taste buds.
Doctor Barry Sears

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Any impact that causes the brain to slosh around in the skull is going to cause inflammation.
Doctor Barry Sears

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I have even higher hopes on reducing the neuroinflammation in the brain that causes Parkinson's by using high-dose fish oil.  It's ready now and is a lot more elegant than a vaccine.
Doctor Barry Sears

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It makes more sense to reverse macular degeneration by the use of high-dose fish oil than get ready for living in blindness and the depression that comes with that situation.
Doctor Barry Sears

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Here's a better idea based on science.  Follow an anti-inflammatory diet to control blood glucose levels and take high levels of omega-3 fatty acids.
Doctor Barry Sears

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Maybe if someone on Dr. Oz's staff reads “The Mediterranean Zone” when it comes out in the fall, then he might be able to discuss the Mediterranean diet in more scientific detail.
Doctor Barry Sears

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If you want to lose excess fat and detox at the same time, simply follow an anti-inflammatory diet.
Doctor Barry Sears

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If you take out the words "obesity and overweight" in the figure in the article and replace them with inflammation, then it all makes sense.  Weight gain is one of the first indications of increased inflammation in the body and specifically in the fat cells.
Doctor Barry Sears

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Epigenetics is making the hope of personalized medicine by simply looking at the gene sequences more and more of a pipe dream.  
Doctor Barry Sears

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Dementia is caused by neuroinflammation leading to neuronal death.  The omega-3 fatty acids can cross the blood-brain barrier easily to reduce neuroinflammation and therefore maintain brain volume.
Doctor Barry Sears

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It should be the case against excess glucose.  If you overload the system with glucose, especially coupled with excess omega-6 fatty acid consumption, you generate excess inflammation.  This has been the cornerstone of my Zone technology for the past 20 years.  The largest supply of glucose in the diet is grains and starches, not added sugar.  Keep them all to a minimum by eating primarily vegetables and fruits as your carbohydrate source.  Furthermore, the polyphenols in vegetables and fruits also eliminate any possible oxidative damage coming from either glucose or fructose. 
Doctor Barry Sears

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As pointed out in the article, both MS and osteoporosis are inflammatory conditions.  This is why high-dose fish oil can be effective in treating both.
Doctor Barry Sears

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If anyone would read the literature, they would find out that statins have anti-inflammatory effects, which may explain their potential benefits in wound healing.
Doctor Barry Sears

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Both depression and anxiety are linked to inflammation.  One of the consequences of insomnia is increased insulin levels.  If you mix increased insulin with excess omega-6 fatty acids, then you get more arachidonic acid that leads to inflammation.
Doctor Barry Sears

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It's the excess glucose.  It is highly reactive chemically and can cause inflammation as a consequence via oxidative stress.  The brain needs some glucose but not too much.
Doctor Barry Sears

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At least the article hints at inflammation as the linkage of the two conditions.  The fact that high-dose fish oil treats both conditions would also reinforce that inflammatory link.
Doctor Barry Sears

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The best way to treat a concussion is to reduce the neuroinflammation caused by the concussion.  High-dose fish oil remains the best way to achieve that goal.
Doctor Barry Sears

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This demonstrates the power of the placebo in lower back pain relief as well as the power of great advertising by Tylenol.
Doctor Barry Sears

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Melatonin is one the few anti-oxidants that can cross the blood-brain barrier.  However, the cause of oxidative stress in traumatic brain injury is neuroinflammation.  That is far more effectively reduced with high-dose fish oil.
Doctor Barry Sears

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I suspect that younger women with heart disease are more inflamed to begin with to overcome the protective benefits of estrogen.
Doctor Barry Sears

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Actually depression is like diabetes as both conditions have a strong inflammatory component working in different directions.  In diabetes, the inflammation is disrupting normal glucose metabolism, whereas in depression the inflammation is disturbing the flow of neural transmitters.
Doctor Barry Sears

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As bad as the NFL and NHL are about talking about concussions, FIFA makes them look like paragons of virtue.  Apparently money talks, and safety walks in soccer.
Doctor Barry Sears

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This should not be surprisingly since any neuroinflammation will disrupt the quality of sleep, and Parkinson's is a neuroinflammatory disease.
Doctor Barry Sears

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This article points out many of the inconvenient truths about obesity.  The most important in my opinion is the growing levels of diet-induced inflammation.
Doctor Barry Sears

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Both diseases are driven by inflammation as is described in greater detail in my new book, “The Mediterranean Zone,” that comes out in September.
Doctor Barry Sears

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Both conditions have an inflammatory component.  Moderate exercise is anti-inflammatory.  That's why moderate, consistent exercise can be beneficial for both conditions.
Doctor Barry Sears

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The best way to treat brain trauma is to reduce neuroinflammation.  More red blood cells will not do that.  High-dose fish oil will.
Doctor Barry Sears

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It's called fetal programming, and I explain in greater detail in my new book, The Mediterranean Zone, which comes out in September.
Doctor Barry Sears

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Since Lewy body dementia and Alzheimer's appear to have a common inflammatory basis (J Mrak RE1 and Griffin WS.  "Common inflammatory mechanisms in Lewy body disease and Alzheimer disease." Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 2007 66(8):683-6), it would make sense that an anti-inflammatory diet and high-dose fish oil would be the best way to manage both conditions.
Doctor Barry Sears

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The best approach to reduce gestational diabetes is an anti-inflammatory diet.
Doctor Barry Sears

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Unfortunately, the "causes" of obesity outlined in the article may be only the tip of the inflammation iceberg that is occurring on a worldwide basis.
Doctor Barry Sears

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I suspect that there is also a role for increased inflammation in these observations.
Doctor Barry Sears

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If you have one inflammatory disease (i.e. COPD), you will like have another one brewing somewhere in the body.
Doctor Barry Sears

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This is the same reason that people who may be genetically predisposed to Huntington's disease don't want to get tested since they can't do much about stopping it.
Doctor Barry Sears

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There is a zone for everything, including exercise. Interval training allows you to get all the benefits of exercise in a much shorter period of time. That being said, the best exercise remains not sitting down. That's why I am writing these comments at a standing desk.

Doctor Barry Sears

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Early menopause means an early increase in insulin levels as estrogen levels drop. If you are eating a diet rich in omega-6 fatty acids, this increases insulin levels and becomes a sure-fire prescription for increased inflammation that leads to increased risk of heart failure.
Doctor Barry Sears

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Well-educated individuals usually have better diets and more resources.
Doctor Barry Sears

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Fatty liver is the next epidemic rising in America. Like diabetes and atherosclerosis it's primary cause is increased inflammation.