Dr. Rhonda Patrick sheds some light on the recent misleading headline stating that cancer is mostly due to bad luck. Of course, there is a bad luck component to cancer -- but there's also a very, very large environmental and lifestyle component. She addresses the many misleading ideas that accompanied this study, explains what the study actually showed, and also discusses an important role for magnesium in preventing random mutations. The title of the study that spurred this particular video is entitled (for your Googling pleasure): "Variation in cancer risk among tissues can be explained by the number of stem cell divisions" and is authored by Cristian Tomasetti and Bert Vogelstein.

Direct download: cancer_bad_luck.mp4
Category:general -- posted at: 9:03pm EDT

In this podcast Dr. Rhonda Patrick interviews Dr. Bruce Ames about his triage theory, which he proposes that the body has developed a rationing response to shortages of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) throughout evolution. When cells run out of a vitamin or mineral, that scarce micronutrient is allotted to proteins (in the body) essential for short-term survival. Proteins needed for long-term health, including those that protect DNA, lose out and become disabled and lead to diseases of aging. In addition they discuss how RDAs are chosen and what Bruce calls “longevity vitamins” which he calls a class of nutrients that exist mostly to prevent degenerative diseases of aging in addition to essential vitamins and minerals.

Direct download: bruce_ames_1.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:15pm EDT