It all began in 1984 when the prestigious Noble Prize in Medicine was awarded for the revelation that the lowly drug Aspirin prevented the COX-2 enzyme from converting the biochemical arachidonic acid to pain-producing inflammatory end products.
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.
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.