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Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) Supplementation Reduces Body Fat Mass, et al.

The following list is taken from Medscape, a medical site which brings medical journal articles and breaking news to physicians. Dr. Myatt reads this daily.

I can’t offer direct links to the articles because the website is a password-protected, physician’s only site, but the following list is grabbed directly from the front page. “CME” refers to the fact that reading the article and taking a post-test qualifies for Continuing Medical Education credits for doctors. I have bolded the topics that I believe will be of particular interest to laymen. Here’s the list:


Top 10 Most Read Articles — June 2004

1.) CME Conjugated Linoleic Acid Supplementation Reduces Body Fat Mass

2.) CME Symptom Patterns May Suggest Ovarian Cancer

3.) An Expert Interview With Dr. John Sarno, Part I: Back Pain Is a State of Mind

4.) CYP3A4 Inhibitors Raise Trazodone Levels, Causing Nausea, Hypotension, and Syncope

5.) Dark Chocolate Improves Endothelial Function in Healthy Adults

6.) CME COX-2 Inhibitors Given Perioperatively Improve Surgical Outcome

7.) Toward a Higher Standard: Raising HDL in Clinical Practice

8.) Gonadal Hormone-Related Insomnia in Women

9.) CME Prostate Cancer Not Rare in Patients With PSA Levels Less Than 4 ng/mL

10.) Food Additives Associated With ADHD Symptoms


I find it interesting to note that a number of these “Top Topics” from the doctor journals actually pertain to information most people have already heard from the alternative and holistic medical camps. For example, holistic physicians have been telling us for years that food additives can cause Attention Deficit Disorder, but it finally made the conventional journals just last month! But now for what I personally find to be the most exciting topic on this list…..


Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) Supplementation Reduces Body Fat Mass

Here’s how the article starts: “May 28, 2004 — Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) supplementation reduced body fat mass (BFM) in healthy, overweight adults, according to the results of a randomized, double-blind trial published in the June issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.”

The idea to examine the use of CLA in overweight came from a Norweigan scientific group who noted that extracts of CLA from fried beef had anticarcinogenic (anti-cancer) properties. In this most recent study, overweight individuals who took CLA lost approximately 9% more body fat, and gained 2-4% lean body mass (muscle) than the unsupplemented group. This difference was not due to diet, exercise or any other variable.

Other effects/benefits of CLA include:

* decreases body fat

* adds or maintains lean body mass (muscle)

* improves immunity

* is anticarcinogenic

Doses used in the study were easily obtainable from supplementation.


New Wellness Club Website Due This Week!

Get ready, because the new website will blow your socks off! It is user-friendly and has a TON of up-to-the-minute health information on it! We’ve had some challenges getting it finished (did I mention that it’s HUGE?), and also some challenges with the server. But fear not! The~Z~Team (Dr. Myatt and Nurse Mark Ziemann) have been spending nearly all their waking hours tweaking and tuning the site (and recruiting all the rest of us to help!) and we are close. If the server cooperates, we’ll be up and running this week.


I’ll be commenting further on that “Top 10” list in the next HealthBeat. In the meantime, I’m off to take my CLA and see if I can lose these last stubborn 5 pounds with a bit greater ease…..

Jamie Jameson-White

Editor, HealthBeat Newsletter