Author Archive | Dale Fowkes

Health

The word “health” is used in so many crazy ways. Health insurance is on top of the list. Let’s call it what it really is, sickness insurance. Health coverage . . . What are we really covering? With this in mind, what is health care. And when you think about our health care system, how […]

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Dale Fowkes

A Warning About Glycols

I was first introduced to the dangers of glycols about 10 years ago when the manufacturer of my deodorant/antiperspirant stick switched to this new hi-tech ingredient. My underarms were on fire for several days before I realized the culprit. Over the last 5 years, I have discovered that these glycols are added to many foods […]

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Vitamin E

Anti-inflammatory Properties of Alpha and Gamma Tocopherol

Natural vitamin E consists of four different tocopherol and four different tocotrienol homologues (alpha,beta, gamma, delta) that all have antioxidant activity. However, recent data indicate that the different vitamin E homologues also have biological activity unrelated to their antioxidant activity. In this review, we discuss the anti-inflammatory properties of the two major forms of vitamin […]

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Flavanols Inversely Associated with Diabetes

Dietary flavanols and flavonols, flavonoid subclasses, have been recently associated with a lower risk of type 2 diabetes (T2D) in Europe. Even within the same subclass, flavonoids may differ considerably in bioavailability and bioactivity. We aimed to examine the association between individual flavanol and flavonol intakes and risk of developing T2D across European countries. The […]

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Which Form of Vitamin E, Alpha- or Gamma-Tocopherol, is Better?

Gamma-tocopherol concentrations in the blood have been reported to be significantly lower in coronary heart disease (CHD) patients compared to healthy subjects, suggesting that the low Gamma-tocopherol concentrations increased the risk of CHD. But Gamma-tocopherol may simply be an indicator that the patients did not eat a diet low in saturated fat and high in […]

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Dale Fowkes

Knowledge

Being the youngest of six siblings, I had many people to look up to and learn from. My oldest brother achieved a degree in Biochemistry in the early 1970′s and was talking about antioxidants, free radicals and the link between diet and disease way before it was fashionable. While I do not remember a lot […]

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