Friday, November 21, 2008

Fatty aspirin: a new perspective in the prevention of dementia of Alzheimer's type?

One of the reasons many nutritional therapies don't get much research attention is that research studies need to be funded. And the biggest bank accounts to be accessed for those funds are those held by companies who can get a return on their investment for supporting that research. In other words, if a company can invest research in a project that results in a chemical that can be patented and sold at a profit, there's a motivation to spend money in that way.

You can't patent a salmon.

And if you saw the way my pecan farming friends managed their businesses here in Arizona...a few pecans here, a bed and breakfast there...not really multi-million dollar enterprises.

So it makes sense that some of the best answers to medical problems are likely not going to show up in medical journals. For all their good intent and peer reviews, these journals are often promotional venues for the companies funding the studies they report on. Those promotions just aren't formatted as advertisements.

But I always wonder when reading all these studies, why the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Effect hasn't happened. What I mean by that is, if there is a little bit of (very strong) evidence to support natural remedies such as fish oil and herbs, why these drug companies don't come up with combinations of supplements and medications that (1) increase the effectiveness of the treatment, (2) reduce the side effects that minimize drug compliance, like weight gain, and (3) engage the interest of people who don't necessarily want to take medications but might consider them if the natural remedies they DO trust were somehow incorporated into the treatment? Just like the old, "You got chocolate in my peanut butter" ads.

Here is a reference for such a combo, a "fatty aspirin", or fish oil-aspirin combination, that could be used to delay the development of Alzheimer's disease.

OK, in that case I can't say you heard it here first, but when you guys start coming up with fatty antipsychotics, fatty antidepressants, yadayada...and you know it's eventually going to know where to send the royalty check!

Pomponi M, Di Gioia A, Bria P, Pomponi MF. Fatty aspirin: a new perspective in the prevention of dementia of Alzheimer's type? Curr Alzheimer Res. 2008 Oct;5(5):422-31.


mpcarlson said...

So my addiction to Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Bars and peanut butter (because they make very few candy bars with dark chocolate) isn't so bad? Especially if I take a couple Omega-3 Fish Oil capsules in the morning?

;) Melanie

hormonewoman said...

Hi Melanie! Actually, chocolate and peanut butter do have some great nutritional qualities. I write more, with a team of nutritionists, about food on another blog, which is linked to here, called inCYST. Check it out sometime!