Episode 69: David LeMay talks about countering inflammation with SPMs

07.31.2018 - By STEM-Talk

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Dr. David LeMay is a sports medicine and rehabilitation physician who is a consultant for the NBA’s Washington Wizards, the NFL’s Oakland Raiders and the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals, which won the Stanley Cup this year, their first in the franchise history.

Dave is also a neighbor of ours in Pensacola who has a practice called Lifestyle and Performance Medicine that is located just a few blocks from IHMC.

Dave and his practice partner provide personalized preventative care that helps people reduce the effects of stress on the body and mind to maximize function and health. In his practice, Dave works with a lot of athletes as well as retired and active military members, particularly people in special-ops, who have inflammation as a result of persistent injuries and traumas.

Dave often recommends specialized pro-resolving mediators, also known as SPMs, which help promote the natural termination of the inflammation process and allow a person to avoid anti-inflammatory drugs. We will especially be talking with Dave about this rather new way of treatment in today’s interview.

Some other topics we cover in Dave’s interview:

Neuroendocrine dysfunction, especially among military veterans.
The role of inflammation in concussions and traumatic brain injuries.
Dave’s work with the NFL Players Association Trust.
The role of specialized pro-resolving mediators in an aging population.
The proper dosage of SPMs for subacute inflammation.
Dave’s efforts to improve the diets of former NFL players.
The key components of keeping athletes healthy through an entire season.
The correlation between heath-rate variability and athletic performance.
Proper sideline protocols for players who sustain head injuries.
Optimal treatment for people who suffer TBI and concussions.
Establishing baselines for a person’s neuroendocrine function.
The role of DHA and EPA consumption for maintaining optimal brain health.
And much, much more.

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