Dr Paul Clayton, Medical Pharmacologist, Former President of the Forum on Food and Health at the Royal Society of Medicine

Health Defence

Best-selling book by Dr Paul Clayton

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E-book by Dr Paul Clayton

Career

Paul Clayton graduated summa cum laude in Medical Pharmacology from Edinburgh University, prior to obtaining his PhD.

A former Chair of the Forum on Food & Health at the Royal Society of Medicine (UK), and Senior Scientific Advisor to the UK government’s Committee on the Safety of Medicines, he is currently a Fellow of the Institute of Food, Brain & Behaviour (Oxford) and a visiting professor at the University of Pecs (Hungary).

He works with leading doctors and clinical scientists at centres of clinical expertise in many countries, designing and supervising pre-clinical and clinical trials of pharmaco-nutritional interventions.

Dr Clayton frequently presents at and chairs international conferences on nutrition and health, and sits on or leads the advisory boards of many companies including Uni-Vite Healthcare, VitaFoods and PharmacoNutrition AS (both in Switzerland), Biothera (USA), Gencor Pacific (Hong Kong), Biogenics (Hungary), Zinzino (Norway) and others.

His books and e-books include Health Defence, After Atkins, Natural Defences, Out of the Fire and Inflamm-ageing.


Dr Clayton’s own website is at www.drpaulclayton.com

Philosophy

I believe that it is possible to stay healthy into ripe old age and to prevent, stabilise and even perhaps to reverse, many of the chronic degenerative diseases.

Underpinning all my research and advice is this simple fact. Given the right nutrition and lifestyle, our bodies have amazing powers of self-healing and regeneration.

They have to – because almost every cell and tissue in your body breaks down and is replaced on a regular basis.

  • Bone is re-absorbed into the body and then renewed
  • Cartilage in joints experiences wear and tear but regenerates
  • Membranes of nerve and other cells are broken down and replaced

This natural process of wear and repair is going on all the time in your trillions of cells. Growth and re-growth in bones, cartilage and other tissues is an ‘anabolic’ process, while tissue breakdown is ‘catabolic’.

  • Up to our mid-twenties, our bodies experience anabolic dominance, where growth and repair exceed wear
  • Between 25 and 50, wear is in balance with repair
  • Over 50, without intervention, inadequate nutritional support allows catabolic dominance, as repair does not keep up with wear

I believe it doesn’t have to be like that.

Catabolic dominance happens because, as we age, most people become ever more depleted both in the micro-nutrients needed for tissue repair, and in those needed to slow tissue decay.

I am convinced that with improved nutrition and lifestyle you can greatly extend the period where wear and tear are in balance – and therefore stay healthy longer.