“In the spider-web of facts, many a truth is strangled.”
~ Paul Eldridge
Thank God (go ahead, pick one. No, really, it’s OK) for Podcasts. I spend 10+ hours a week commuting to and from work, and I do believe that I’d go absolutely snake-shit if I didn’t have a solid library of downloads to rely on to get me through.
What I’ve provided here are some links that might be of interest, pertaining to the recent publication of the JUPITER study in the New England Journal of Medicine. In true TTP fashion, I attempted, best I could, to listen to (and read, as well) all sides of the debate with an open mind. Here is some of the stuff I sifted through in order to come to my current stance on this subject.
The following insightful interviews are courtesy of The People’s Pharmacy:
Extended Interview with Nortin Hadler, MD, Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is attending rheumatologist at UNC Hospitals.
Extended Interview with Paul Ridker, MD, Professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School and Director of the Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention at the Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA. He led the JUPITER trial of Crestor against CRP.
Extended Interview with Stephen Sinatra, MD, FACC, cardiologist at the New England Heart Center in Manchester, CT.
This is a good trio of interviews, because you’ll hear the pro, the con and the “sensible center” of the Crestor (statin)/CRP (C-reactive protein) debate, related to their (purported) relationship to heart attack and stroke.
Additionally, Richard, at Free the Animal, posted about the JUPITER study here. Also included in this post is some good-to-know information about about my one of my favorite foods — eggs. And eggs vis-a-vis the cholesterol issue. Which leads us back again, full circle, to the whole JUPITER study debate. If you’ve got the time and want to delve deeper into this debate, a good place to start is here, courtesy of Junkfood Science.
So what are we to make of all of this? And more specifically, what can we control?
After listening to/reading all sides in this debate, it seems obvious to me that, practically speaking, what we need to control — and what is perfectly within our power to control — is inflammation. And for the most part, that troublesome inflammation within our bodies is brought on by poor lifestyle choices. I won’t waste time mentioning the obvious culprits here (smoking, excessive drinking, chronically elevated stress levels, sleep deprivation, etc.) — I mean, c’mon, right? But aside from eliminating those sources of inflammation, the next obvious source is diet related. Cut the bad carbs, cut the grains. Eat the way of the hunter-gatherer. Really, the answer to preventing these “diseases of inflammation” is just so astonishingly simple. I would add, too, that this also lends credence to Art DeVany’s notion (and one that I have adopted) of avoiding a chronic inflammatory response as a result of poorly selected exercise regimens. The long, drawn-out, punishing sessions are futile — both as related to performance and health. Hit it hard, hit it infrequently, and go home and rest.