No matter how dense the crowds may get at the local department store’s makeup counters, one thing never fails to stop me in my tracks: the scent of Shalimar by Guerlain. It’s my mother’s favorite perfume and I would know it anywhere, partly for its sophisticated and elegant fragrance and partly for the warm feelings I get when I smell it and think of her.

You already know how important it is to care for your heart, brain and skin, but what if I told you that you might be neglecting an organ that performs over 500 crucial tasks for your body? This organ, known as the liver, is our body’s built-in filter and detoxifier. Are you treating it right?

In our book, The Missing Wellness Factors—EPA and DHA, Jørn Dyerberg, M.D., Dr. Med. Sc., and I discuss how EPA and DHA have been shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers having an inflammatory component (1). We discussed the 2010 review by Helena Gleissman, Ph.D., and coworkers of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden that associated the consumption of omega-3 fatty acids with decreased risk of cancers of the breast, prostate, colon and kidneys (2). We also described the supportive animal study by Kelavkar et al. (3). While we did not specifically discuss prostate cancer in detail, this cancer does seem to have an inflammatory component and early studies support the premise that EPA and DHA can be protective.

The pace of retailing is breathless. You have a mile-long list of “to-dos,” and three feet of runway. You are not really in control of what happens today, or any day. Customers, order deadlines and deliveries drive the tempo, and employees who don’t show up and equipment that breaks down move the needle to prestissimo; like switching from Ravel’s Bolero to Rimsky-Korsakov’s Flight of the Bumblebee.
In this sort of environment, it’s challenging to make long-term progress on improving your store, or to do any planning beyond the moment. So, how can you bend the curve of your business more toward your vision? By taking small bites.

Given the flood of information that deluges us daily, it’s too bad we can’t close the floodgates when the muck comes to the surface. It would have been helpful, for instance, to shut out the recent news reports covering a sketchy study that links fish oil with prostate cancer. 

The eyes are our window to the world, and the last thing we’d want to do is to see this key sense suffer due to factors within our control, like diet. While eating carrots may not provide us with 20-20 vision, there is certainly a link between good nutrition and eye health.

We had just finished chatting with Stephen T. Sinatra, M.D., in our April column when a startling pronouncement was widely circulated in the media falsely claiming that L-carnitine, one of Dr. Sinatra’s pillars of heart health, was linked to heart disease. This theoretical “thinking out loud” report needs to be corrected, so we turn right back to Dr. Sinatra for clarification.

The pharmaceutical industry and the American Medical Association (AMA) are running scared—very scared. In fact, jackrabbits have more courage right now than they do. After having created a near-monopoly in medical care that has endured 100 years since the Flexner Report came out in 1910 with its hatchet job against competitive health treatments such as homeopathy, naturopathy, osteopathy, chiropractic and herbal medicine, this drug and medical mafia has kept a jealous and vigilant watch over its monopolistic commercial privileges.

About one in three U.S. adults is obese and about 18% of children (ages six through 19) also fall into this category (1, 2). This doesn’t even count those who are overweight. Hardly anyone will disagree that obesity is a serious problem in the United States. But, is the answer to classify obesity as a disease?