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Coffee and Liver Disease

June 2018, Townsend Letter By Dr. Steven M. Helschien Introduction Drinking coffee has been enjoyed for generations, and there is good news for those who like drinking coffee. Recent studies have found that coffee is an antioxidant superfood rich in phytochemicals, polyphenols and other nutrients that reduce inflammation by neutralizing harmful free radicals, reducing the … Read moreCoffee and Liver Disease

Warning: DHA and Fish Oil Impede Critical Cardiac Enzymes

I’ve been saying this for years and now here is more scientific proof… The Journal of Biological Chemistry recently published a paper that details the damage to cardiac enzymes by fish oil supplementation. The evidence continues to mount that continued use of fish oil is not only unnecessary, but is actually a contributing factor to … Read moreWarning: DHA and Fish Oil Impede Critical Cardiac Enzymes

What’s in Your Coffee? The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

May 2018, Townsend Letter By Dr. Steven M Helschien Introduction Multiple studies have shown that coffee is a superfood, containing vast amounts of nutrients, and antioxidants – phytochemicals and phenols.[1] It contains more antioxidants than any other food, including berries, dark chocolate, and kale. The antioxidants in coffee provide many health benefits, including preventing disease … Read moreWhat’s in Your Coffee? The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

New Study Links Alzheimer’s to Bacterial Endotoxins from the Gut

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a progressive form of dementia that destroys memories and other cognitive functions. This chronic neurodegenerative disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the US, affecting over 5 million Americans. Scientists believe that damage to the brain likely begins a decade or more before memory loss and other cognitive symptoms arise. … Read moreNew Study Links Alzheimer’s to Bacterial Endotoxins from the Gut

Understanding the Role of Leaky Gut in Chronic Disease

Leaky gut, or intestinal permeability, is a condition in which bacteria and endotoxins are able to leak through physical holes in the intestinal wall and translocate directly into the bloodstream. In fact, some research suggests that leaky gut may very well be ground zero for many chronic diseases. In 2015, a review article in Frontiers of … Read moreUnderstanding the Role of Leaky Gut in Chronic Disease