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The Opioid Epidemic in America and Pain

The Opioid Epidemic

In December, 2016, Thomas Frieden, MD, Chief of the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), reported that in year 2015 the drug overdose death toll in America was the highest on record (1). More than 52,000 people died from a drug overdose; 33,000 of these deaths involved a prescription or illicit opioid.  Dr. Frieden said that this situation was made worse by the wide availability of easily available illegal opioids, such as heroin, fentanyl, and other illicit synthetic opioids.  He indicated that control of this problem would be difficult.

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Is Alzheimer’s Disease Preventable?

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.

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Looks Like There’s A New Sense Of Taste…And It’s For Carbs

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)

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Keto Delivered Review – August 2016

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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.

So we made the arrangements and I tried to be patient for my package to arrive.
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Disease Prevention – The Shunned Science

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This post excerpted and adapted from Chapter 3, Modern Nutritional Diseases

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.  More »