Scientists, doctors and the general public are finally catching on to the fact that most diseases that make people sick and die these days—including heart disease and cancer—can be traced to a condition of chronic inflammation (See my earlier post: “What is inflammation?“) They are also catching on to the fact that chronic inflammation can be limited or even eliminated by eating an anti-inflammatory diet. And you don’t have to look very far online for plenty of suggestions for what to eat in an anti-inflammatory diet, most of which are pretty similar, and—for most people—hard to follow without a complete dietary makeover. That’s because most anti-inflammatory diets start with a long list of stuff you should not eat.
Shark cartilage is one of the staples among nutraceuticals, on the shelves of health food stores for quite a few years now. It is touted for its anti-inflammatory benefits in treating arthritis and other inflammatory conditions and especially, cancer.
The use of powdered cartilage to treat wounds was originally popularized by John Prudden, a surgeon from New York, in 1954. Prudden used powdered cartilage from cows, finding it effective in the acceleration of wound healing, the treatment of arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease and even advanced cancer.
Cartilage from sharks was popularized by the 1992 bestseller by William Lane and Linda Comac: “Sharks don’t get cancer”, followed by “Sharks still don’t get cancer” in 1996. The point of the claim was to imply that there is something unique about cartilage from an animal—like a shark—whose skeleton is entirely made of cartilage—not bone, and that there are curative powers which can only come from that type of animal. Of course, convincing millions of people that only shark cartilage will do is not particularly healthy for shark populations around the world, and shark populations have indeed suffered, as the commercial market for shark cartilage has skyrocketed. READ it HERE
Watch and listen as Dr. Brind teaches his biology class about the natural purpose of inflammation and the role of glycine in regulating it. See how supplementing the diet with glycine, inflammation does not happen unless there is an infection.
Glycine enriched diet allows for your body to properly fight inflammation.