Monday, January 23, 2012

My Interview With Carl Lanore on Superhuman Radio: The Real Story About Vitamin A

by Chris Masterjohn

Earlier this afternoon, Carl Lanore interviewed me about vitamin A for his show, Superhuman Radio.

The easiest way to access this show is to right-click on the following link and save it to your computer, though you can also access it in ITunes or listen to it on the front page of Carl's web site.  Here's the show:

My interview is in the second half of the show, beginning about an hour in.  To make it easier to navigate through the show and find what you want, I created this table of contents:

Sunday, January 22, 2012

New Evidence of Synergy Between Vitamins A and D: Protection Against Autoimmune Diseases

by Chris Masterjohn

I have a new post over at Mother Nature Obeyed:


Read more about the author, Chris Masterjohn, PhD, here.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Does Green Tea Protect Against Fatty Liver Disease?

by Chris Masterjohn

Nutrition Reviews just published a review that I wrote with my doctoral advisor on the potential of green tea to prevent or reverse nonalcoholic fatty liver disease.  Nutrition Reviews is a widely cited journal, ranking ninth out of 70 nutrition and dietetics journals.  The review is indexed for pubmed here, and if you'd like to read it you're in luck: the journal has decided to make the entire January issue available for free, so you can download the full text here:

Please note that this is a collaborative effort, and anything I write myself on this blog or elsewhere about fatty liver disease does not necessarily reflect the views of anyone I have collaborated with in this or other papers, my university, or the journals we have published in.

Read more about the author, Chris Masterjohn, PhD, here.

Friday, January 13, 2012

My Interview with Dave Asprey and Armi Legge on The Bulletproof Executive

by Chris Masterjohn

Dave Asprey and his trusty sidekick Armi Legge (a dynamic duo indeed!) recently interviewed me over at The Bulletproof Executive.  You can listen to the interview here:

Here's a table of contents to help you find what you're looking for:

Friday, January 6, 2012

We Really Can Make Glucose From Fatty Acids After All! O Textbook, How Thy Biochemistry Hast Deceived Me!

by Chris Masterjohn

Biochemistry textbooks generally tell us that we can't turn fatty acids into glucose.  For example, on page 634 of the 2006 and 2008 editions of Biochemistry by Berg, Tymoczko, and Stryer, we find the following:
Animals Cannot Convert Fatty Acids to Glucose

It is important to note that animals are unable to effect the net synthesis of glucose from fatty acids.  Specficially, acetyl CoA cannot be converted into pyruvate or oxaloacetate in animals.

In fact this is so important that it should be written in italics and have its own bold heading!  But it's not quite right.  Making glucose from fatty acids is low-paying work.  It's not the type of alchemy that would allow us to build imperial palaces out of sugar cubes or offer hourly sweet sacrifices upon the altar of the glorious god of glucose (God forbid!).  But it can be done, and it'll help pay the bills when times are tight.