Dr. Barry Sears Dr. Sears Comments: - October 17, 2016

You will get far better cardiovascular and general health benefits by forgetting the ancient grain breads and eating more non-starchy vegetables.  It’s the polyphenols and fermentable fiber that is doing all the work, and non-starchy vegetables are better sources of both factors while also providing a much lower glycemic load in the diet.

Why You Should Eat Bread

Bread gets a really bad rap. In fact, carbs, in general, are often considered the enemy of anyone who is trying to eat healthy or lose weight. Aside from the fact that there are many kinds of carbohydrates that are great for your body and necessary in a balanced diet (hello, fruit!), we know that cutting out an entire food group from your diet isn’t usually the most sensible choice.

Dr. Barry Sears Dr. Sears Comments: - October 17, 2016

This indicates the powerful benefits of high-dose EPA and DHA when given at a therapeutic dose.  As mentioned in the article, the benefits in the animal models translates into 6-12 grams of EPA and DHA per day in humans.  That has been my contention since I published my book, The OmegaRx Zone, in 2002.  You need a therapeutic dose to get a therapeutic effect.

Omega-3 oil may stop the onset of lupus: Study

Consuming an omega-3 fatty acid could halt an episode of lupus and possibly the trigger of other autoimmune conditions, a mouse study has found. The research investigated the influence of various concentrations of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) – an omega-3 fatty oil – on lung and kidney lesions caused by the autoimmune condition lupus.

Dr. Barry Sears Dr. Sears Comments: - October 17, 2016

Diagnosis is fine only if a treatment is available.  To date, the most suggestive is the use of high-dose fish oil as it has been demonstrated to rebuild damaged nerve tissue in patients with severe brain trauma.

New Method May Diagnose Cte Before Death

The diagnosis begins with the brain being pulled out of the skull. Then, to determine whether someone had a condition associated with repeated concussions, the pathologist preserves the tissue in formalin, slices it thin enough for light to shine through, washes it with chemicals, and peers at it through a microscope.


Dr. Barry Sears Dr. Sears Comments: - October 17, 2016

Resilience to the effects of a concussion are highly dependent on the levels of EPA and DHA in blood needed to make hormones known as resolvins that are the most effective treatment for neuroinflammation.  As those levels of EPA and DHA continue to drop in the younger population, the likelihood of concussions as well as a wide variety of other neurological diseases will continue to increase.

Concussion Diagnoses in Teens Hit a Record High

Diagnoses of concussions rose to a record high between 2010 and 2015, particularly among teens, according to a new report published by Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. The insurance company reports that more than 936,000 claims were filed for diagnosed concussions among its members, and that rates for adolescents between age 10 and 19 surged 71% during that time, while rates for adults increased by 26%.

Dr. Barry Sears Dr. Sears Comments: - October 17, 2016

High blood pressure is often a consequence of insulin resistance that can be rapidly reduced by the Zone Diet.

How High Blood Pressure May Hurt Children’s Brains

Increasing numbers of children have high blood pressure, largely as a consequence of their obesity. A growing body of evidence suggests that high blood pressure may impair children’s cognitive skills, reducing their ability to remember, pay attention and organize facts.

Dr. Barry Sears Dr. Sears Comments: - October 17, 2016

It was shown 20 years ago (Adams et al. Lipids. 1996 Mar;31 Suppl:S157-61) that the ratio of AA/EPA in the blood was an excellent marker of depression.  The AA/EPA ratio is also an excellent marker for cellular inflammation as well as IL-1. I guess no one reads the scientific literature anymore.

Blood test could tailor treatment for depression

According to a recent study, an analysis of blood samples can highlight high levels of inflammation in a patient and help predict which drugs may not be effective. Other recent studies have found a link between increased inflammation and lower success rates from treatment.

Dr. Barry Sears Dr. Sears Comments: - October 13, 2016

When you hear the word “lifestyle” you think of epigenetics.  Looking for genes like FTO to explain obesity is a waste of taxpayers money.  Searching for lifestyle interventions to change epigenetic marks has a far greater return on investment.

Diet and Exercise Work Despite Genetic Obesity Risk

Obese and overweight individuals with genetic risk factors for obesity respond as well as anybody else to diet and exercise, according to a meta-analysis of clinical trials evaluating weight-loss interventions.


Dr. Barry Sears Dr. Sears Comments: - October 13, 2016

Nowhere in the article was mentioned another likely cause: disturbances in the composition of gut microbes and their enhanced leakage into the blood to cause neuroinflammation.

5 Reasons Why You’re So Tired All the Time

On any given Monday morning, most of us struggle to get out of bed as we dread the inevitable work week. We yawn, we stretch, and we drift in and out of sleep. Throughout the day, we feel exhausted both mentally and physically.


Dr. Barry Sears Dr. Sears Comments: - October 13, 2016

I wish obesity was as simple as described in this article.  It is a consequence of a very complex interactions between the brain, blood, and the gut. Sugar-based cereals are an easy target, but then so is white bread, white rice, and white potatoes.  Their impact is dramatically enhanced in the presence of fat as I will describe in my next book, Understanding the Zone.

One Candidate Brings Obesity Bias Into The Debate

Yes, at some point, we all must take personal responsibility for what we do each day with our feet and our forks. But the choices any of us makes are subordinate to the choices we all have.