EDITORIAL

Two Types of Warnings

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
— Mark Twain

CAUTION: This article [“It’s a NAD+, NAD+, NAD+, NAD+ World.”
See Life Extension Newsletter, 16(8), September 2013
at Life-Enhancment.com] is unusually complex. Life can be like that.

— Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw

W arning #1: Don’t believe everything you read, even when published in a reputable periodical (are there any left?), whether news-oriented or journal-like (as in scientific publications). Don’t believe an article that flies in the face of what has been cumulatively accepted in nutritional science.


Homer: Concerned with memory and historical truth
For example, an outrageous news story, emanating from a scientific journal, has laid major blame on omega-3 fish oils for causing prostate cancer. This was headlined in newspapers and on TV despite a huge body of positive evidence for the benefits of fish oil. The “news” story was contrary to almost every previous study on the subject. Furthermore, despite the fact that the study showed no causal link between prostate cancer and fish oil supplementation or the presence of omega-3s in blood, the paper’s senior author made the following blanket statement in a press release: “We’ve shown once again that use of nutritional supplements may be harmful.” Shameful!

Warning #2: Some articles appearing in this publication (many, if not most) are not easy reads, and some are extremely complicated.

Take, for example “Galantamine as Antioxidant.” An easy simplification would go something like this. The popular memory enhancer galantamine is recognized to be valuable for memory loss and dementias, including Alzheimer’s disease. The widely accepted reasons for its success are: 1) its ability to reduce the breakdown of an important memory molecule, the reduction of which is implicated in memory disease, and 2) its ability to increase the release of the same memory molecule.

Now, for the first time, a new review paper powerfully suggests that galantamine has a third mechanism, 3) it is a superb antioxidant.

Caution: For every peril of complexity, there is a gem of understanding, and enough of these may save your life.

For time and truth,

Will Block

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