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The Nutrition InvestigatorThe health and nutrition blog by Dr. Roc Ordman.

June 18 Nutrition Investigator – long notes

by Roc (click here for full post)

Busy and exciting times for me.  I have just finished leading a team of great cancer surgeons and vitamin C researchers writing a pre-application to the Dept of Defense for a $1 million grant to show that a combination of vitamins C and K3 is likely to prevent the recurrence of non-invasive bladder cancer, and may even prevent other kinds of cancer. Though this is just the pre-application, and even if funded it will take 3 years to complete, it is sure wonderful to still be involved in research trying to help people.


Who you touch affects weight gain and mood by modifying your microbiome. 1 June Science pg 972.


Exercise can transiently suppress appetite. Hypothalamic neurons control food intake.  They are activated when exercise increases their temperature, suppressing appetite. 18 May Science pg 750


AARP June ’18 – Friendship and Purpose for healthy living: “Loneliness is the new smoking! In older adults, it adds $6.7 billion to Medicare. A sense of purpose is more important than money to reduce heart attacks, stroke, and Alzheimers.  Optimism adds 7.5 years to our lives, reducing heart disease up to 80%.


As we age, over spines provide less attenuation of vibration.  The human spinal column provides vibration attenuation; however, this property gradually declines with the aging process..AGE related changes in shock absorption capacity of the human spinal column
Authors: Brzuszkiewicz-Kuźmicka G, Szczegielniak J, Bączkowicz D


Both sarcopenia and obesity contribute to greater cognitive decline.  Sarcopenia alone and in combination with sarcopenic obesity can be used in clinical practice as indicators of probable cognitive impairment. At-risk older adults may benefit from programs addressing loss of cognitive function by maintaining/improving strength and preventing obesity. SARCOPENIC obesity and cognitive performance. Authors: Tolea MI, Chrisphonte S, Galvin JE
Artificial intelligence already benefits medicine: Doctors use it for Skin cancer; ECG interpretation; Eye disease; breast and prostate cancer; and Viz.ai for stroke triage – June 9-15 Economist pg 68


Roc Ordman, Professor Emeritus, Beloit College

Interests: Biochemistry, nutrition, human aging, consciousness

Decisions reached through a chain reaction of biochemical events, each determined by a previous event, are certainly not free. -Homo Deus


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