Alzheimer’s disease is a very large, extremely costly, growing epidemic that affects older individuals. The average per-person Medicaid spending for seniors with Alzheimer disease and other dementias is 19 times higher than the average per-person Medicaid spending for all other seniors. If no changes are made, Alzheimer’s disease will cost an estimated $1.2 trillion (in today’s dollars) in 2050. Costs to Medicare and Medicaid will increase nearly 500 percent.
Note: this post is copied with permission from the CABNR Newsletter.
Like a diamond in the rough, a small cut of beef that meat cutters throw in with ground meat is now being looked at as a high-end delicacy by researchers in the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Veterinary Sciences (ANVS).
It looks like research has revealed a new sense of taste in humans, and it’s for — you guessed it — carbs.
Until now, the consensus was that humans couldn’t detect the taste of carbs. The notion was that because carbs break down so rapidly, only a sweet taste was left over from the sugar molecules that make them up. So when we taste carbs, previous research suggested we only taste sweet. (source)
I was pleasantly surprised when Joshua Gonzales reached out to me from Keto Delivered. He asked me if I would be interested in reviewing a subscription box of the keto-friendly foodstuffs his company curates and sends out monthly.
“Of course!” was my reply. After all, what’s not to love about the promise of high quality keto treats delivered right to my doorstep? Mind you, I’m not the only one that finds this appealing. At the time of this writing Keto Delivered has already shipped nearly 10,000 boxes to low carb foodies around the country.
Diseases do not just happen. Every disease has a cause, and once this cause is known, prevention is often the next most reasonable and cost-effective step. –Anon.
The United States is in the midst of enormous epidemics of chronic debilitating diseases, the most important of which are cardiovascular diseases, type-2 diabetes, mental disorders, and cancer. Attack rates of these diseases began increasing in the mid-20th century and have grown steadily since that time. They are major causes of death in older adults, and, in recent years, their numbers have been rising in younger age groups. Overall, these diseases are, by far, the major causes of disability and death in the United States.
There’s some good news on the horizon, and many thanks to Alice and Fred Ottoboni for alerting me to it.
Ellen Davis, friend of Ketopia and prolific low carb writer, has had her book picked up by a publisher. “Fight Cancer With A Ketogenic Diet” should be available in print by late Summer or early Fall, 2016.
Not a new topic by my favorite science and nutrition writer, but this recent video by Gary Taubes is worth a look by anyone interested in health and nutrition. In it he speaks on some familiar topics, and reveals a new book in the works.
In the Beginning
Almost two hundred years ago, the methodology for investigating the occurrence and movement of infectious diseases in populations was born. It happened in London during the cholera epidemic of 1836 with the work of the English physician John Snow (1, p.246). It was an era in which epidemics of infectious diseases caused by yet unidentified “things” were decimating populations throughout Europe.
Dr. Snow studied the eating and living habits of patients who had cholera and neighboring townspeople who did not have cholera for the purpose of identifying the similarities and differences between the groups. It is noteworthy that Dr. Snow examined people who did not get cholera as well as those who did. As a result of the current disregard in medical research of this practice of looking at both sick and non-sick people, important lessons available from subjects who are resistant to disease remain unrecognized.
Dr. Snow ultimately found a strong association between cases of cholera and a public well into which sewage was found to be draining. Dr. Snow requested that the pump handle of the offending well be removed. The immediate cessation of new cases of cholera was his proof that sewage-contaminated water was a cause of cholera.