Dr. Scott Graham speaking on natural anti-inflammatory omega-3s and antioxidants and how they are relevant to you and your health.Transcript of Part 1
I am on the medical board (MOXXOR) and the reason that I became involved with this company is basically, the product. MOXXOR is like nothing else out there. Greenlip mussels is like nothing else out there and the grape seed extract is like nothing else out there. What I want to do tonight is explain what omegas do, what antioxidants do and how in the medical world it actually is very relevant. And then how in your world it is very relevant and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
So basically omega 3s are really the basis of every cell in the body, and when you look at every cell membrane of every cell in the body, it is supported by phospho-lipids. These are basically what omega-3s are. So they are like the fortress of the cell.
When a cell is damaged either from free radicals, oxidative stress, an injury from working out, from tissue damage, from auto immune problems like arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease or psoriasis, they basically secrete enzymes that basically start the inflammatory cascade. At the end of inflammation, what you feel is pain, and that’s the body’s response to the inflammatory cascade.
So, what omegas do is really go at the cell membrane and stabilize the cell to help prevent this (the inflammatory cascade) from ever occurring.
What antioxidants do is help the cell from being damaged by free radicals. Free radicals are electrons basically out there, that don’t have a partner and they are looking to bind to something. What they do is bind to cells and then damage that cell. So, a free radical will come in having an affinity for cells, damage that cell and then causes the inflammatory cascade.
What antioxidants do is grab that free radical and bind to it before it can cause any cellular damage.
This is a very simple explanation of why antioxidants are preventative and also why they are very important in anti-aging medicine: because they help to defend each cell. omega-3s are great in preventative medicine because they help prevent inflammation.
Inflammation really is one of the causes of almost every disease process out there; whether it’s coronary artery disease, or Alzheimer’s, or skin disorders, or rheumatoid arthritis, all these things are really based with inflammation.
What we typically do in medicine is concentrate on the inflammatory cascade because this is what the patient is complaining of--"my knee hurts, my back hurts, my head hurts." So, we give medications that come in and stop that from happening, and when you stop that (the inflammatory cascade) from happening, you don’t feel the pain.
It’s very normal in medicine that when people come in with pain we write prescriptions, and one of the reasons why I stand up here and speak to doctors and patients and distributors and people, is really to educate them not only on what anti-inflammatories do and what drugs do, but what the natural approach with omega-3s and antioxidants can do that’s actually way more beneficial.
When you block this cascade… the great thing about anti-inflammatories is that they are really good at doing this… BUT the problem is that they block other cascades also. One of the common ones, is it blocks the protective mucosa of the GI system, basically your stomach. So in the GI system, if you block that, a side effect of anti-inflammatories is that you end up getting stomach ulcers. So, one of the most common causes of anti- inflammatory use over a period of time, is that people get dyspepsia or reflux, or they get ulcers.
Between over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and prescription anti-inflammatories, about 30,000 - 34,000 people die a year from bleeding ulcers or kidney disease. So, this is really a significant issue. It’s not as well known as well as it really should be.
So as I mentioned is another process that can be affected is the renal system, and the renal system is basically your kidneys. And that's one of the side effects of anti-inflammatories. And when someone is on anti-inflammatories for about three months they should have their blood checked to make sure that they don't have a decrease in the renal function. That's very important.
So what a lot of the pharmaceutical companies did, about three in specific, is they said, "We understand the side effect. This is the biggest problem that people complain of, a lot of deaths are attributed to that, a lot of medical expenses, so lets try to create an anti-inflammatory that doesn't have that and that's where COX-2 came from.
COX-2 inhibitors were really good because they were great as an anti-inflammatory, had less incidences of GI problems, but what started happening is people started having cardiac events. So there was a higher incidence of heart attacks because it was blocking some normal function of the cardiovascular system.
And the great example is Vioxx. Vioxx was researched and was so great at pain as an anti-inflammatory, but then they started seeing what was happening that more and more people were having heart attacks and then Vioxx finally got pulled.
And up to about a year after people stopped taking Vioxx, they still had an increased risk of cardiovascular events. And that research just came out about six weeks or two months ago.
So when you look at medicine allopathic or general medicine, it's really on this side of the equation (to the right of the white board) and preventitive and holistic medicine is on this side of the equation (on the left side of the white board) preventing the cell from being damaged in the first place or stabilizing the cell so there's less of the cascade occurring.
About 15 or 20 years ago the American Heart Association said people should have a high diet in fish or they should supplement it with omega 3s. And the reason why is that the omega 3s help stabilize the blood vessel walls which decreases inflammation which decreases the aggravation of cholesterol plaques.
So if you look at a blood vessel there is inherently inflammation throughout the our body and that has a lot to do with stress, or cortisol levels, free radicals. In the coronary vessels specifically there's no question that there's inflammation.
And what happens is that the body has its own defense mechanism against damage of the vessels and that's one of the purposes of cholesterol. So when cholesterol goes through you blood, if there's an injury to the vessel wall, cholesterol attaches to it and creates a clot over it. In time those plaques gets calcified. So a calcified plaques is old fat.
Well traditional medicine will say, lets decrease the amount of cholesterol we have so you don't have as much of this.
Alternative medicine will say to decrease the inflammation so that cholesterol never sticks to it. [It does so with natural anti-inflammatory supplements.]
In actuality they're both right. We need both of these to help decrease coronary artery disease and stroke risk.
There's also the example of why people who have diabetes get perivascular disease in their legs and have more infections and have poor sensation. (End of Part 1)
The natural anti-inflammatory properties of green-lipped mussel oil found in Moxxor reduce inflammation and help stop the inflammatory cascade.