NSAIDs After Exercise May Cause Celiac-Like Leaky Gut

NSAIDs and leaky gut syndromeOver the past few years I have read innumerable blog posts and articles identifying inflammation as a root cause for a variety of chronic diseases.  Consider this passage written by author and Yahoo Health blogger Lisa Collier Cool:

In a medical version of the “unified field” theory in physics, many scientists now believe that most—or perhaps all—chronic diseases may have the same trigger: inflammation. This fiery process has been linked to everything from heart attacks and strokes to type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and even cancer.

Chronic, low-grade systemic inflammation—fueled by such disorders as excessive belly fat, poor diet, lack of exercise, smoking, and gum disease—may explain why lifestyle-linked diseases have reached epidemic levels in Western countries, while remaining rare in the developing world.

“There are clear indications that inflammation explains why plaque builds up in the arteries in patients with atherosclerosis,” says Philip Schauer, MD, director of the Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. “Chronic inflammation also plays a direct role in diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, asthma and many other conditions.”

Now comes word that use of NSAIDS (non-steriodal anti-inflammatory drugs) like ibuprofen during and after exercise may cause inflammation of the small intestine.  According to a Daily Beast article entitled Is Ibuprofen Making Us Sick?, the intestinal inflammation caused by NSAIDS mirrors the inflammation seen in patients with celiac disease. [Read more…]

Review of OrangeTheory Fitness Gym

assessmentThis past week an OrangeTheory Fitness gym opened near where I live and my workout partner Michael decided to take a break from boxing class to try it out.  As is typical of most new gyms the owner offered a free class – and because the gym was not officially open, I took two free classes.

The workout, which I will describe below, is intense and well structured but at this point I am going to stick with my existing alternate day workout at LA Fitness and Delgado Boxing.  Here’s why:

The OrangeTheory workout was developed by a Florida based personal trainer and it consists of three components:

  • treadmill training
  • indoor rowing
  • weight training

Each of these segments is broken down into two or three minute blocks of varying intensity.  The treadmill part lasts 30 minutes and members alternate between a “base” pace, a “push” pace and a sprint pace.  Users have control of where they set their base pace – for example, I chose the middle track (“jogger”) and set my base pace at 3.5 mph, my push at 4.5 mph and my spring at 5.8 mph.

Users wear a heart rate monitor and a large overhead screen shows the training zone you are in – blue is very light, green is moderate, yellow is hard and orange is very hard.  These zones appear to be based on percentages of maximum heart rates for users based on weight and age.

The gym will email you a daily report meaning that you can track your improvement, which is a nice feature. [Read more…]

New Weight Lifting Technique

I have to admit – this is how I feel sometimes when I am lifting weights:

Anti-Angiogenesis – Can You Eat Your Way to Health?

Interesting TED talk by Dr. William Li about treating cancer and other diseases: anti-angiogenesis, preventing the growth of blood vessels that feed a tumor. The crucial first (and best) step: Eating cancer-fighting foods that cut off the supply lines and beat cancer at its own game. William Li heads the Angiogenesis Foundation, a nonprofit that is re-conceptualizing global disease fighting.



Good afternoon. There’s a medical revolution happening all around us, and it’s one that’s going to help us conquer some of society’s most dreaded conditions, including cancer. The revolution is called angiogenesis, and it’s based on the process that our bodies use to grow blood vessels. [Read more…]

Lowly Walnut Deemed World’s Healthiest Nut

A press release from the American Chemical Society (!) reports on a study showing that walnuts provide more heart healthy anti-oxidants than any other nut.   Compared to almonds, peanuts, pistachios, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, macadamias, and pecans, walnuts had the highest levels of antioxidants.

This study is apparently the first one to compare the anti-oxidant benefits of varieties of widely available nuts.

The author of the study, Joe Vinson, Ph.D. notes that nuts account for barely 8% of the anti-oxidants in the average diet.  People wrongly believe that consuming nuts will cause weight gain or that nuts contain unhealthy fats.

Previous studies have indicated that nuts induce a feeling of satiation, and thus help dieters control calorie consumption.