Great talks today:
Dietary Myths by Andrew Weil, MD.
Gut Microbes and Optimal Physical and Mental Health by Justin Sonnenburg,PhD. Amazing how changing the diversity of gut bacteria is related to general health, and how diet greatly affects this. Eat junk, and you are really set up for a lot of chronic diseases.
Nitric Oxide and Healthy Aging, by 1998 Nobel Laureate Louis Ignarro, PhD. I didn’t know how important nitric oxide was in vascular disease. AND I learned that he’s the father of VIAGRA! (sort of) Within 6 years of his discovery of NO properties in the body…Viagra was on the market.
Anti-Aging Properties of NO (nitric oxide):
1 Maintains healthy blood pressure and circulation
2 Combats premature cardiovascular aging: anti-inflammatory, anti-atherosclerotic
3 Prevents unwanted blood clotting (stroke, myocardial infarction)
4 Improves sexual function in men and women
5 Supports brain memory and recall
Diet and Aerobic Exercise produce NO:
1 Healthy diet elevates NO production and action.
2 Fatty and salty diet decreases NO.
3 Aerobic exercise stimulates NO formation.
4 Sedentary lifestyle decreases NO.
Nutrition to Mend the GI Ecosystem by David Rakel, MD A great speaker, with good wholistic approach to medicine. Uses food, herbals, acupuncture, and counseling to heal the gut. Explained simply how PPI’s (prilosec, zantac, etc) and really mess up the intestinal flora, which can even lead to chronic fatigue as a chronic problem. Fixed by just getting people off the pills.
What to drink? choosing Healthy Beverages Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD , Cynthia Thompson PhD talked about Coffee and Tea …2-3 cups of green tea a day can lower blood pressure…but not if you smoke or are obese….