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The Obesity Paradox

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), approximately 65% of Americans are overweight or obese. The CDC has declared this an “epidemic”. Research shows there is cause for concern. If you are overweight you have a 150% - 200% greater chance of premature death. But wait! What about the obesity paradox? Obesity Paradox is the media friendly term for something called, reverse epidemiology. In short it is the result of epidemiological research indicating that people classified as overweight or obese actually have a lower...

Top Ten Reasons BMI Is Useless

10. Only Valid If You Happen to Be A 19th Century Belgian The Body Max Index (BMI) formula widely used today was formulated 200 hundred years ago by Belgian mathematician Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet. He was tasked by his government to devise a formula to describe the statistical distribution of obesity in the Belgian population at that time. In other words, he took a bunch of data and came up with an equation to fit that specific data. It was, perhaps, useful for those people...

The Origins of Integra Tea (Part 5) - A Tea Is Born!

A Tea is Born I’ve owned a tea company for 9 years now. For all of those nine years I’ve only sold three teas, Gynostemma, Mulberry and Oolong. As a scientist, I wish I could say that I chose those scientifically after years of dedicated research But that’s not what happened. I’d been introduced to gynostemma by a friend while on vacation in Thailand. After feeling the effects of gynostemma on my own body I decided to build a tea company to bring gynostemma into wider circulation...

The Origins of Integra Tea (Part 3) - It's all about the physics, Baby! - Hysteresis

Last time we talked about the 3 physics laws at work behind aging and many illnesses. Today we take a look at the second on our list, hysteresis.  Hysteresis is a physics principle that says that for (virtually) all systems and substances you cannot predict future behavior without knowing information about the past. In short, systems and materials have memory and what they do in the future is affected by what has happened to them in the past. You don’t have to understand the physics...

The Origins of Integra Tea - It's all about the physics, Baby! - Entropy

Entropy: Entropy is the measure of disorder in a system. In the world of physics we talk about the entropy in the context of the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics. This law, stated formally, is: In any cyclic process the entropy will increase or remain the same. The great writer Chinua Achebe said it much more succinctly, “Things fall apart.” As so often happens in physics, we make fancy, complex mathematical constructs to prove something everybody already knows. Any one who has over had the experience...

The Origins of Integra Tea (Part 1) - The Survey

Integra tea began with a survey I did of my customers asking them what their top health concerns were. Their top 6 concerns were, -Aging -Immune system health -Inflammation -Memory and mental acuity -Circulation / cardio vascular health / High blood pressure -Weight management My original intent was to offer different herbal teas to address different health concerns. However, it was clear from the survey answers that most respondents had multiple of these top 6 concerns. This conclusion is supported by the findings of the...

The Origins of Integra Tea - It's all about the physics, Baby! - Oxidation

Before I started a tea company I was a physicist working at one of the top research labs in the world (AT&T Bell Labs). So my approach combines a background in physics with training as an herbalist. Rather than looking for herbs that addressed the myriad of symptoms characterized by the top health concerns. My approach was to look for root causes from a physics perspective that were common to all or most of these conditions. Fundamentally, I was asking two really big questions. Why...