How lipolysis may damage organs such as the heart

It is well-known in endocrinology, and especially among doctors specializing in diabetes, that excessive lipolysis is highly detrimental not only for the overall progression of metabolic diseases like diabetes, but also for most of the organs of the patient. Lipolysis is known to be elevated in most obese people, and especially in people with diabetes. … Read more

Cellular “memory” of stress can be passed on for 50+ generations

There was a study that came out 2-3 years ago showing that when animals were exposed to a toxin, often the negative effects did not even manifest in the directly exposed organism but manifested in their offspring and were passed on for more than 14 generations. The study below now demonstrates that the effects of … Read more

Intense exercise causes mitochondrial damage even in elite athletes

Hopefully, this post won’t be interpreted as trying to bash exercise. Its goal is to simply draw attention to the fact that intense exercise can be detrimental even for elite athletes. While the damage the study observed was temporary, it is now known that (just like ionizing radiation) the damage of chronic stress / overtraining … Read more

Damaged mitochondria may cause 90%+ of Parkinson Disease (PD) cases

More evidence that yet another “incurable” condition is little more than energy deficit (due to mitochondrial dysfunction) in disguise. In this case the mitochondrial dysfunction was caused by accumulation of mitochondrial debris inside the cell, which has been repeatedly shown by other studies (and discussed on this blog) to be due primarily to chronic stress. … Read more

Aging is an energy deficiency problem, taking cardiolipin may reverse it

Yet another study demonstrating that “aging” is nothing but a phenotype characterizing an organism with declining energy production. Since most of the cellular energy is produced in the mitochondria, another way of stating the same is that aging (and any specific disease for that matter) is a mitochondrial dysfunction problem. Conversely, reversing that energy/mitochondrial deficiency … Read more

COVID-19 is an energy deficiency disease

Yet another seemingly non-metabolic disease turns out to be nothing but energy deficiency in disguise. Apparently, the SARS-CoV-2 virus selectively disables so-called complex I of the electron transport chain (ETC), and as such the overall OXPHOS process. Such inhibition is known to reliably increase the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS), which is known to … Read more

Loss of mitochondrial function (OXPHOS) induces de-differentiation (cancer)

The study only focuses on the lymphatic system and its cells, but the principle is general and has been observed in other organ/tissue cells. The most obvious example is cancer – no matter which organ it occurs in, the tumor is composed of de-differentiated cells not unlike the stem cells from which all other tissues/organs … Read more

Mitochondrial dysfunction may be the cause of anemia

Despite anemia being a pretty common condition, I still don’t think medicine has a good idea what causes anemia (putting aside the more obvious reasons such as chronic bleeding and dietary iron deficiency). In one of the KMUD interviews Peat opined that in his opinion true¬† iron deficiency anemias were rare and the anemias characterized … Read more

Muscle weakness / wasting linked to poor mitochondrial function

A study that once again illustrates the central principle of bioenergetics – structure and function cannot be separated. They are interdependent at every level. In this specific case, the “structural” pathology is muscle weakness and wasting (sarcopenia, cachexia, etc). Most doctors, when evaluating such condition, will look for structural problems such as genetic mutations, trauma, … Read more

Vitamin D deficiency impairs muscles by lowering energy production

Perhaps this study below will put some of the arguments against vitamin D supplementation to rest. It demonstrated up to 40% reduction of energy production in the muscles of animals deficient in vitamin D, in spite of unchanged number/size/density of mitochondria inside the cells. In addition, it demonstrated decrease in lean mass in the deficient … Read more