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Matti Narkia

ERA JUMP: Omega-3 fatty acids and plaque - The Heart Scan Blog - 0 views

    "The results of the uniquely-constructed ERA JUMP Study were just released, a fascinating study of the relationship of omega-3 fatty acids to coronary and carotid plaque.

    The study adds insight into why the Japanese experience only one third of the heart attacks of Americans, and why Japan occupies the bottom of the list for least heart attacks among all developed countries.

    The Electron-Beam Tomography, Risk Factor Assessment Among Japanese and U.S. Men in the Post-World War II Birth Cohort Study (ERA JUMP), a collaborative U.S.-Japanese effort, compared three groups of men:

    -- 281 Japanese men living in Japan
    -- 306 non-Japanese men living in the U.S. (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
    -- 303 Japanese Americans (having both parents Japanese without "ethnic admixture") living in Hawaii.

    The last group represents a group that is genetically similar to the group in Japan, but exposed to an American diet and lifestyle.

    Three main measures were compared:

    -- Blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA)
    -- Carotid intimal-medial thickness (CIMT, the thickness of the carotid artery lining that can serve as an index of body-wide atherosclerosis)
    -- Coronary calcium (heart scan) scores."
Matti Narkia

High-dose fish oil for Lp(a) - The Heart Scan Blog - 1 views

    "Lipoprotein(a), or Lp(a), is a problem area in coronary plaque reversal.

    While our current Track Your Plaque record holder for largest percentage reduction in heart scan score has Lp(a), it remains among the more troublesome lipoprotein patterns.

    One unique treatment for Lp(a) is high-dose omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil. While the data are relatively meager, there is one solid study from Lp(a) expert, Dr. Santica Marcovina of the University of Washington, called "The Lugalawa Study."

    In this unique set of observations, 1300 members of a Bantu tribe living in Tanzania were studied. What made this population unusual is the fact that two groups of Bantus lived under different circumstances. One group lived on Nyasa Lake (3rd largest lake in Africa and reputed to have the greatest number of species of fish of any lake in the world) and ate large quantities of freshwater fish providing up to 500 mg of omega-3s, EPA and DHA, per day. Another Bantu group lived away from the lake as farmers, eating a pure vegetarian diet without fish. "
Matti Narkia

The JELIS Trial - The Heart Scan Blog: - 0 views

    "The Japan eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) Lipid Intervention Study (JELIS) is a clinical trial that all Track Your Plaquers should know about.

    This enormous trial followed a simple design:

    Japanese men, between 40-75 years, and Japanese postmenopausal women aged <75 mg with years total 250 cholesterol />
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The Heart Scan Blog: Vitamin D and HDL - 0 views

    Add vitamin D to achieve our target serum level . . . HDL jumps to 50, 60, 70, even 90 mg/dl.

    The first few times this occurred, I thought it was an error or fluke. But now that I've witnessed this effect many dozens of time, I am convinced that it is real. Just today, I saw a 40-year old man whose starting HDL was 25 mg/dl increase to 87 mg/dl.

    Responses like this are supposed to be impossible. Before vitamin D, I had never witnessed increases of this magnitude.
Matti Narkia

The Heart Scan Blog: The Marshall Protocol and other fairy tales - 0 views

    True to form, Dr. John Cannell has published yet another wonderfully insightful Vitamin D Newsletter.

    One item caught my eye, a response to a question about the Marshall Protocol. I, like Dr. Cannell, was inundated with questions about this so-called protocol, which amounts to little more than the unfounded speculations of a non-physician, actually someone not even involved in health care.

    In all honesty, I blew the whole issue off after I read Dr. Marshall's rants. They smack of pure quackery, though from somebody who clearly has a command of scientific lingo. To Dr. Cannell's credit, he took the time and effort to construct a rational response in the latest issue of the newsletter. I reproduce his response here:
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