Mitochondria are not as robust as other cellular components, and may wear out first, triggering cellular degeneration and inflammation. The electron transport chain releases free electrons and oxygen in and around the mitochondrial membranes. Oxidative stress is extremely high. Mutations occur in the unique bacteria-like mDNA, and the genetic repair systems are less robust in mitochondria than in the nuclear chromosomal DNA. Mitochondropathies are at the root of many degenerative and inflammatory diseases, from fibromyalgia to cancer. Most neurological diseases, dementias, neuropathies, cardiovascular aging, metabolic disorders and other chronic illnesses are caused by mitochondrial failure or failure to regenerate lost mitochondria (biogenesis). Excess dietary energy intake, particularly the modern intake of sugars and starches, keeps mitochondria in over-drive. Diets that emphasize refined foods are deficient in antioxidants and methylation resources relative to a whole foods and primarily plant-based diet. Metabolic imbalances influence epigenetics, and mitochondrial genetics and energetics and are put at risk. Prevention requires whole foods such as olive oil, lemongrass, berries, grapes, pomegranate, apples, chili peppers, onions, garlic, the entire cabbage family (Brasssicas), green leafy vegetables such as spinach and kale, seafood and whole grains. Pesco-vegetarian, Mediterranean and organic dietetics will be reviewed. A newly discovered botanical to inhibit hexokinase II will be introduced.
Nutraceuticals of interest to discuss are alpha lipoic acid, thiamine, L-carnitine, Co-enzyme Q-10, D-ribose, niacinamide, gamma tocopherol, taurine, resveratrol, quercetin, grapeseed extract, glutathione and L-glutamine. Nutrition is key to protecting, healing and replacing mitochondria, and therefore central to treating chronic illness.
- Understand the unique biology of these organelles.
- Discriminate the dietary causes of mitochondrial stress and protective dietary measures.
- Recognize the scope of illness that can result from mitochondropathy.
- Recognize the nutritional requirements for mitochondrial resuscitation and biogenesis.
- Return to clinical practice with effective prevention strategies and naturopathic therapies applicable to virtually all chronic degenerative disorders.
Dr. McKinney graduated from Simon Fraser University with degree in Biosciences, and had a career in biophysical (radiation) cancer research. Studied kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. Graduated as a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1985. Concurrently trained 3 years in TCM at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. Served many roles in the regulation and advancement of the profession, including Registrar of the BC College of Naturopathic Physicians and accreditation evaluator for CNME. Founded the BC Naturopathic Association www.bcna.ca and the Boucher Institute of Naturopathic Medicine www.binm.org Professor and author of textbooks of naturopathic oncology used in the Canadian ND colleges. Mentors doctors internationally and contributes to publications both for professionals and the public. Dr. McKinney is a popular lecturer in under-grad and post-grad courses, medical conferences and continuing education events. He is able to translate science into clear and practical clinical practices. Over 33 years in the practice of naturopathic medicine, currently in Victoria B.C., Canada.
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