The View From Pinnacle Peak, Looking Southeast

Taken with my new iPhone-7 Plus

Taken with my new iPhone-7 Plus

This was only my third training hike (in prep for Humphreys Peak) and I was pleasantly surprised to feel a positive training effect already. Or maybe I was just high on the beautiful day and setting.

Steve Parker, M.D.

Latest Diet Craze: Lose 19 lb With the Venezuelan Diet!

“In a new sign that Venezuela’s financial crisis is morphing dangerously into a humanitarian one, a new nationwide survey shows that in the past year nearly 75 percent of the population lost an average of 19 pounds for lack of food.”

“Venezuela’s food crisis has gotten so bad that remains of everything from dogs and cats to donkeys and even giant anteaters have been found in garbage bags at city dumps around the country.”


But caloric restriction doesn’t work, right?

Source: Study: Venezuelans lost 19 lbs. on average over past year due to lack of food | Fox News

High-Dose Omega-3 Supplement May Lower Alzheimer’s Disease Risk in APOE4 Carriers 

Folks who have inherited a gene called APOE4 have a higher risk for developing Alzheimer’s Dementia compared to those who don’t have the gene. A recent review suggests that supplementing with an omega-3 fatty acid called DHA may help prevent or slow the onset of the dementia.

Cold-water fatty fish are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, and consumption of these fish seems to protect against dementia. The “dose” is one or two servings a week, for years.

Not everyone can afford fish and some folks don’t like the the taste. So supplements are a consideration for them.

From MPT:

“Giving long-term high doses of docosahexaenoic [DHA] acid to carriers of the apolipoprotein E ε4 (APOE4) allele before the onset of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) dementia may reduce the risk for AD, or delay the onset of symptoms, and should be studied, according to an expert review.

While the review of landmark observational and clinical trials that assessed supplementation with ω-3 fatty acids such as docosahexaenoic acid (DHA),revealed it was not beneficial in symptomatic AD, several observational and clinical trials of ω-3 supplementation in the pre-dementia stage of AD suggested it may slow early memory decline in APOE4 carriers, reported Hussein Yassine, MD, of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and colleagues.”

Source: High-Dose Omega-3 May Lower AD Risk in APOE4 Carriers | Medpage Today

Steve Parker, M.D.

PS: My books have several easy fish recipes in them.

Book Trailer for “The Advanced Mediterranean Diet (2nd Ed.)”

Here’s my first and only trailer for The Advanced Mediterranean Diet, (2nd Ed.).” Have a listen and try to identify the source of my accent.

You can thank my son Paul for my limiting it to 3.5 minutes.

QOTD: Miracles and Bernadette Soubirous

“For those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not believe in God, no explanation is possible.”

—From the opening lines of the 1943 movie, The Song of Bernadette

Jennifer Warnes co-wrote and sang the related and beautiful Song of Bernadette. Here’s a good version.

You’ve heard of the healing waters at Lourdes, France, right? The movie is about that and 14-year-old Bernadette Soubirous.

And so it begins: My quest for Humphreys Peak

60 degrees F.

60 degrees F.

Lord willin’, I’m going to hike to the top of Humphreys Peak in Arizona this June. I started training today, at Pinnacle Peak Trail in Scottsdale.

With only a couple bottles of H2O in my backpack, I walked the 3.5 mile round-trip trail in 70 minutes. I mention the water because when I’m in better shape I’ll carry in my pack a 10 or 15 lb dumbbell plus water.

From Health Correlator: Blood glucose variations in normal individuals are a chaotic mess

“Many people measure their glucose levels throughout the day with portable glucometers, and quite a few are likely to self-diagnose as pre-diabetics when they see something that they think is a “red flag”. Examples are a blood glucose level peaking at 165 mg/dl, or remaining above 120 mg/dl after 2 hours passed since a meal. Another example is a level of 110 mg/dl when they wake up very early to go to work, after several hours of fasting.

As you can see from the picture above, these “red flag” events do occur in young normoglycemic individuals.If seeing “red flags” helps people remove refined carbohydrates and sugars from their diet, then fine.

But it may also cause them unnecessary chronic stress, and stress can kill.”

Source: Health Correlator: Blood glucose variations in normal individuals: A chaotic mess