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Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D
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Jeffrey Bland, PhD, is the Founder and President of the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute in Seattle, Washington. He has been an internationally recognized leader in the nutritional medicine field for over 30 years.

A nutritional biochemist and registered clinical laboratory director, Dr. Bland is a former professor of biochemistry at the University of Puget Sound, and a previous Director of Nutritional Research at the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine. He is co-founder of the internationally respected Institute for Functional Medicine, which was established to train health practitioners globally in the application of nutritional and functional medicine.

Committed to advancing education in the natural health sciences, Dr. Bland was the first member of the Board of Trustees of Bastyr University in Washington State, the first federally accredited university in the United States offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in natural medicine, and contributed significantly to its founding and accreditation. As a teacher of science-based nutrition and health, Dr. Bland continues to focus on providing practical education to healthcare professionals worldwide.

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The Kona Ironman Chronicles: Lisa Hallett's Story

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2014 | 6:39 PM

I never intended for this to become an annual tradition, writing about the Kona Ironman Triathlon every fall. But every year I return to this event to volunteer as a lifeguard, and every year I come away with a story I want to tell. This year it is Lisa Hallett's...

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Finding A New Doctor At Midlife: Everybody's Doing It?

(2) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 6:19 AM

Last year I had to find a new primary care doctor. Did you? I ask because it seems like I talk to a lot of friends who are changing doctors for a range of reasons -- from the Affordable Care Act to insurance companies restructuring their in-network/out-of-network directories to the...

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Generation Health: Baby Boomers Are Defining The Concept Of Healthy Aging

(2) Comments | Posted September 7, 2014 | 8:18 AM

I was born in 1946, year one of the baby boom. And I was born in Southern California no less, host to one of the largest and most prolific construction booms that are a hallmark of the era: thousands upon thousands of suburban tract homes in neat grid formations stretching...

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I'm In: Let's Talk About Dietary Supplements

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2014 | 11:39 AM

Times are good for probiotics. Fatty acid supplements -- those derived from fish and krill oils -- are struggling. Sports nutrition is on an upward trend (and has been for several years). Weight loss supplements -- Garcinia cambogia and green coffee beans in particular -- well, perhaps this category is...

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The Medical-Industrial Complex: Have We Made Any Progress in the 21st Century?

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2014 | 6:26 PM

On June 17, 2014, Dr. Arnold Relman, editor of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine from 1977-1991, passed away. During his tenure as editor, Dr. Relman highlighted health care policy as a major issue for the Journal by publishing commentary and studies about the delivery of health care and...

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Health Care or Disease Care: Which Would You Choose? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself and Why

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 10:49 PM

Your body is a network of systems. We speak of the circulatory system, the digestive system, the nervous system, the endocrine system, the immune system -- the list goes on. When we think about how our bodies work -- something we usually do when they're not working very well --...

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Seeing Over the Health Care Horizon

(2) Comments | Posted December 23, 2013 | 4:29 PM

There are a few moments in life when we have the clairvoyance to see into the future with confidence that the vision is real. Such was the case for health care and medicine on December 19, 2013, with the publication of the editorial authored by Francis Collins, Director of the...

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Candace Pert and Tony Pawson: Honoring 2 Revolutionary Scientists

(1) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 5:35 PM

Over the last few weeks, the 2013 Nobel Prizes have been awarded to many notable and deserving individuals. In his will -- the document that established this prestigious annual ritual -- Alfred Nobel noted that the prizes should be awarded to individuals "who, during the preceding years, shall have conferred...

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The 2013 Kona Ironman: Witnessing Humanity at Its Best

(2) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 12:18 PM

For one Saturday every October, it has become a personal ritual for me -- one that I look forward to all year -- to volunteer at the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Although I'm not a competitor, something about this event captivates me, and each year I...

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The Health Care Crisis: The Financing Fight Obscures More Fundamental Issues

(8) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 4:07 PM

The contentious partisan dispute surrounding the country's move to a new way of financing health care, embodied in the ongoing government shutdown, obscures an even more fundamental issue in our health care system. My friend and colleague, Dr. Mark Hyman, defined that issue brilliantly when he said that "it is...

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Fatty Acids and Risk of Prostate Cancer: Response to a Study Currently in the News

(3) Comments | Posted July 17, 2013 | 2:36 PM


News of a just-published study titled "Plasma Phospholipid Fatty Acids and Prostate Cancer Risk in the SELECT Trial" has been covered in the mainstream media over the last several days, leading to many online discussions and quite a bit of confusion. In this video, Deanna Minich, Ph.D., vice president of education for the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute, and I discuss what is known about this research by Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and also how the information should be put into context when considering the broad spectrum of information that is available about essential fatty acids.

Comment on this video on the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute website using this link: http://wp.me/p3y4qp-mu

Study Abstract:

http://jnci.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/07/09/jnci.djt174.abstract?sid=d0dbb355-235e-4c61-abdc-e9bf2fe09de7

Video References:

1. Willett WC. Specific fatty acids and risks of breast cancer and prostate cancer: dietary intake. Am J Clin Nutr. 1997;66(6 Suppl):1557S-1563S.

2. Leiztmann MF, Stampfer MJ, Michaud DS, Augustsson K, Colditz GC, Willett WC, Giovannucci EL. Dietary intake of n-3 and n-6 fatty acids and the risk of prostate cancer. Am J Clin Nutr. 2004;80(1):204-216.

3. Hamazaki K, Higashihara E, Terachi T, Takada H, Matsuda T, et al. The effect of eicosapentaenoic acid on prostate-specific antigen. In Vivo. 2006;20(3):397-401.

4. Niijima I, Koiso K. Incidence of prostatic cancer in Japan and Asia. Scand J Urol Nephrol Suppl. 1980;55:17-21.

5. Katanoda K, Matsuda T, Matsuda A, Shibata A, Nishino Y, et al. An updated report of the trends in cancer incidence and mortality in Japan. Jpn J Clin Oncol. 2013;43(5):492-507.


Additional References:

1. Nguyen EV. Cancer in Asian American males: epidemiology, causes, prevention, and early detection. Asian Am Pac Isl J Health. 2003 Summer-Autumn;10(2):86-99.

2. Marks LS, Kojima M, Demarzo A, Heber D, Bostwick DG, et al. Prostate cancer in native Japanese and Japanese-American men: effects of dietary differences on prostatic tissue. Urology. 2004;64(4):765-771.

3. Parks SY, Wilkens LR, Henning SM, Le Marchand L, Gao K, et al. Circulating fatty acids and prostate cancer risk in nested case-control study: the Multiethnic Cohort. Cancer Causes Control. 2009;20(2):211-223.

4. Maskarinec G, Noh JJ. The effect of migration on cancer incidence among Japanese in Hawaii. Ethn Dis. 2004 Summer;14(3):431-439.

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The Elephant in the Exam Room: How Insurance Companies Affect the Doctor-Patient Relationship

(35) Comments | Posted June 19, 2013 | 11:10 AM

I had a moment of sadness come over me last night during a dinner with a long-time medical doctor who is both my friend and colleague. I have known him for more than 30 years. To me, this man represents the standard for excellence in family medicine. He is celebrated...

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One-Size Nutrition Profession Doesn't Fit All

(37) Comments | Posted May 24, 2013 | 6:34 PM

America has the highest obesity rate in the world and is experiencing a massive crisis of obesity and chronic disease that is crippling our health and economy. We spend more per capita on medical care than any other nation. Sadly, in spite of our...

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The Collateral Damage of Insulin Resistance

(20) Comments | Posted March 19, 2013 | 12:41 PM

Insulin resistance (also called hyperinsulinemia) is a physiological condition associated with diabetes and heart disease, as well as gout, erectile dysfunction, and fatty liver disease. The hallmarks of insulin resistance -- from a clinical assessment perspective -- are elevated triglycerides, reduced HDL, increased LDL-cholesterol, increased blood pressure, and...

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Supporting the Healthy Returning Veteran

(15) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 10:42 AM

Resilience is defined in the military as the ability to withstand, recover, grow, and adapt under adverse circumstances and to return to the state of readiness for future challenges. Being deployed in the military during a time of war tests the resiliency of every service man and woman. The outcome...

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The Global Burden of Disease and 'Big Science'

(10) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 1:45 PM

When we think of "big science," we think of research in subatomic particle physics, the Human Genome Project, the "war on cancer," all of which received considerable public press. It might come as a shock, therefore, that in 2012 one of the most important "big science" collaborative projects,...

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Newtown and the Nation's Mental Health

(51) Comments | Posted December 28, 2012 | 10:47 AM

As President Obama opened his December 16 Newtown speech at the vigil for the Sandy Hook shooting victims with the statement, "We gather here in memory of 20 beautiful children and six remarkable adults. They lost their lives in a school that could have been any school, in...

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Do Not Fear Your Genes: Information Is Power

(1) Comments | Posted December 21, 2012 | 3:20 PM

"We can sequence the genome of a fetus. What the hell does it tell us? Much less than most people probably believe. Probabilities are not the same as guarantees," says bioethicist Tom Murphy, a visiting scholar at Yale University, in a quote from the Dec. 24, 2012 issue...

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What the 2012 Kona Ironman Taught Me About Health Care

(2) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 12:54 PM

Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012. I had the opportunity to be a lifeguard for the 2.4 mile ocean swim, which was the first event at the Kona, Hawaii Ironman World Championships. After completing the swim the competitors get on their bikes and ride 112 miles. The temperatures can exceed 110 degrees...

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Chronic Illness-What Works? Understanding Metabolic Detoxification

(106) Comments | Posted September 30, 2009 | 9:57 AM

Just because a healthcare concept is not new does not mean it should be overlooked as potentially important in improving health and reducing the burden of chronic disease. Today's post is Part Two in a series called "Chronic Illness: What Works," and I base my observations and recommendations on my...

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