Joel Vincent

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Three glasses a day?

OK, I think its going a little overboard now.  Medical News Today is reporting that a study by a Yale School of Medicine researcher published in the Journal of American College of Surgeons shows drinking two to three glasses of red wine daily is good for the heart.

You have to start to worry about this doctor’s recommendations.

In this report he states:

..there are several studies showing drinking two to three ounces of alcohol each day has a beneficial effect, but any more than that and the alcohol begins to have a negative health effect.

… His laboratory found polyphenols, minus the alcohol, are powerful anti-oxidants. Polyphenols also are found in fruit, particularly berries, as well as green tea and chocolate. Anti-oxidants slow cell deterioration.

The key here is that the first statement is a very dangerous generalisation that makes that second statement pretty meaningless.  The reality is that your metabolism determines how much or, more importantly, how little alcohol you can take before negative affects start to kick in.  Some people are genetically predisposed to heart disease and even the slightest level of alcohol would negatively impact their system.  While other people are perfectly OK with a few glasses a day. 

So he’s making a generalisation, what’s wrong with that? 

What’s wrong with that is he’s a medical doctor.  The generalisation that two to three glasses (which would theoretically be about 3 oz. of alcohol) is “good for you” is grossly negligent.  A medical doctor shouldn’t make that type of generalisation without more facts.  If they’re confident then it should be “two” or it should be “three”, it shouldn’t be “two or three”.

The only conclusive thing in this article is that wine is better than spirits or beer.  The quantity is up to your genetics.  Very wise doctor told me “Your genetics loads the gun, your behaviour pulls the trigger”.

Everyone is different so learn as much about yourself as you can so you can Enjoy the Wine Life to the fullest!

For information on heart disease and metabolic changes check out the Tempus Clinic for information.  They’ll be more than happy to answer your inquiries.

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