In the 1960s Denham Harman hypothesised the free radical theory of ageing, but was himself frustrated by his inability to prove it. Fifty years later the theory still remains unproven.
Having recently won a prize for her presentation on this topic at the 2015 National Herbalists Association of Australasia (NHAA) Conference, Dr Janet Schloss takes us through why the molecules known as "antioxidants" do not actually operate as "free radical trappers" but instead function as chemical messengers to normalise DNA and other chemical signals in our body.
Janet has been in private practice as a nutritionist and naturopath for over 15years and is currently completing her doctorate at the School of Medicine in the University of Queensland through the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Janet has long been involved in research about cancer and nutrition particularly for individuals going through chemotherapy and radiation. Janet has a number of publications involving complementary medicine, cancer and chronic disease.