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5-Point Friday October 30, 2015

I hope your week finds you strong and moving towards better health, productivity, and fitness!

1)Thought of Day:

Keep your fears to yourself but share your courage with others. 

~Robert Louis Stevenson

2)Health News:

Two recent studies suggest taking cholesterol lowering statin drugs (Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor, etc.) reduce the effectiveness of influenza immunization.

I’m not sure why were are surprised to find evidence that statins are associated with immune suppression?  

I remain dubious as to the overall value of lowering a natural structural component of nearly every cell membrane, tissue, and hormone structure in our body.  Time will tell whether I’m right or wrong.  Check out the latest article if this strikes your fancy…

Medical News Daily

3)What I’m Reading:  

Vagabonding:  An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel–Rolf Potts

Travel is education.  Part travel tipster part travel philosopher, Rolf Potts taught me the value of slowing down and enjoying travel.  Rolf teaches the value of getting lost, sharing with and exploring other cultures and lands.  If you are interested in long term travel…check this one out!

4)What I’m listening to:  

Spark–Audio Book by John J. Ratey.  I quote this book to my patients daily.  This book explores the phenomenal ways exercise unlocks our genetic potential, prevents disease, and aging related decline.  From heart disease to dementia, diabetes to drug addiction, exercise improves health, immunity, hormone balance and overall functionality.  

Need some scientific motivation to exercise?  

Want proof your doctor isn’t an idiot to harp about exercise?….listen to this one!

5)Health Nugget:

I’m often asked about the health benefits of eating oatmeal for breakfast.

Oatmeal has long been touted as a great “hardy” breakfast with healthy cholesterol lowering abilities!

In my clinical experience I have never seen switching to oatmeal lower cholesterol.  I’ve seen folks eliminate grains, like oatmeal, and lower their cholesterol, triglycerides and even blood sugar.  Steel cut, pre-soaked oats may have some nutritional value, but generally routine consumption doesn’t live up to the hype.

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Thanks for reading! Have a wonderful weekend!

W. Curtis, MD

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