Family Instability is associated with poor telomere health in African-American families

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For today’s #TheatricalThursday, let’s talk about the granddaddy of all African-American epic dramas, ROOTS.



With 37 Emmy nominations and the third nighest Nielson rating of a finale (after M.A.S.H. and Dallas).  That was a story about family instability, violence, courage, and the family history of our nation.  Anyone who watched it would probably conclude that it was stressful to be a slave (or a slave owner) and that was not a great health situation for anyone.  A recent study suggests that family instability and violence affects telomeres in a study of families in New Orleans.  If you know how fundamental telomeres are to health and wellness as well as disease and illness, then this shouldn’t come as any surprise.


Tulane telomere study

A study from Tulane (from a $2.4 Million dollar grant) suggests that family instability and violence is associated with shorter telomeres.

As I mentioned in my blog, this is akin to proving that Ginsu knives can cut all kinds of things. Here is a similar study in African-American boys.

The good new is that we have a firm grasp of the obvious.  The bad news is that the state-of-the-art for telomere research will be studies like this for the next $2 Billion dollars and twenty years while Nero fiddles away at our telomeres.


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Ed Park, MD

I graduated from Harvard with honors in Biological Anthropology prior to earning my Medical Degree and Masters in Public Health from Columbia University.

In 2007, I became the nineteenth patient to sign up for the use of a herbally-extracted telomerase activator.

The results were so positive that I founded Recharge Biomedical Clinic in 2008 and have since become the leading medical expert in this exciting new field of regenerative medicine treating over 1,300 patients with this exciting new telomerase activation medicine.

I won two Houston Film Festival Awards for my screenplays about Hypatia of Alexandria and Ed Brown of Kentucky.

In 2010 I wrote and self-published a Sci-Fi Graphic Novel called MAXIMUM LIFESPAN

In 2013, I wrote and published "Telomere Timebombs; Defusing the Terror of Aging"

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