Healthcare costs out of control??

Problem: Worldwide the ever increasing cost of Healthcare.

Cause :  - people live longer and we can keep people alive longer,
      -the cost of drugs is out of control while doctors -often overloaded with patients- might seek an easy way of dealing                  with a  problem by prescribing a drug.
      -our western life style and diet is unhealthy
      -our nutritional wisdom is based on seriously flawed science 
(see Interview with Walter Willett, Chair of Nutrit.Dept/Harvard)
        and bear in mind that dr.Walter is still in the middle of his "conversion". The polyunsaturated             fatty acids are even more complicated and of more questionable value than he is letting on.

Read also the by-line on the right. It appears that the information that doctors and dietitians have       relied on for more than 50 years was in some cases fabricated or at best a half truth that was not        representative of the real results of the studies.

              The story about Ancel Keys is only half the story and you will read in other reports how                        mr Keys fudged the outcome of his research in order to make it fit his conclusions

Solution:Healthcare should focus on care for health instead of disease.
Foodpyramid should be updated to reflect recent scientific findings
Nutrtion should be a subject in elementary school
Nutritional research should be a subject in highschool.
Far from presuming we'll give the solution to the problem, the truth is that a lot of people are seeking medical help for problems that could have been prevented had people known about nutrition and its effect on our health.
And believe it or not,  three of the most essential "nutrients" are free,
water , air, and time-out or taking a break.
Not getting enough of these essentials is wreaking havoc with our health and happiness and costing our Health Care System dearly..
It is easy for a cell to become cancerous when there is not enough air or water to go around or when it is stressed out.

We have come a long way from the day we started researching these health  issues and  are probably in a good position to offer some healthy advice. On top of that we approach all self-evident truths with a healthy dose of scepsis

If there is any single piece of advice these days that everybody should take to heart it is exercise.
No matter what diet you follow, the most important fact to come out of all the research over the past couple of decades is:        aerobic exercise is of crucial importance.
Actually it is one of the very few facts that has stood out amidst a sea of changes in dietary advice.
Changes that are often based on only the bare minima of scientific evidence and often cause for another food fad, proponents of which can be found on all sorts of shows.. At the same time it is also true that some of our most trusted advice, heavily relied by our dieticians and nutritionists, dates back more 50 years . (see the section on Food Science)

And on top of all this we are having a problem on our hands of catastrophic proportions which isn't easily solved , even if it would be generally acknowledged, which it isn't. The problem is the mainstay of our diet. It is the stuff that has been making our livestock sick for decades and up till recently we had  no idea how badly it has been affecting our health: Wheat, or rather wheat as we have come to know it. The end product of many years of breeding which has given us a foodstuff that can be produced in huge quantities to feed the masses. However this comes at a cost which only now beginning to hit home. At latest count there are at least 20 diseases and illnesses linked to the consumption of wheat.

You can read all about it  on The Dark Side of Wheat

And last but not least : Intermittent Fasting or IF
You are going to hear a lot more about Intermittent fasting now that Professor Cynthia Kenyon has published the resulfs of her work with round worms. Calorie restriction is key to a healthy old age

What to do About our Skyrocketing Healthcare Costs
Update on PUFA's (polyunsaturated fatty acids)
latest study on fats published in the BMJ, researchers found convincing evidence that not all plant fats are created equal and that linoleic acid, or omega-6 fatty acids, may be associated with a higher risk of early death from any cause, as well as increased risk of heart disease and death from heart-related conditions.  Read more

American Heart Association advice on omega 6 PUFAs cast into doubt

In a linked research paper (doi:10.1136/bmj.e8707), Ramsden and colleagues report “new” data from an old trial that shed light on the long running debate on whether increasing dietary linoleic acid intake reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) or death. Research conducted in the 1960s and 1970s suggested that some of the commonly occurring dietary saturated fatty acids raise total and low density lipoprotein cholesterol concentrations, whereas the omega 6 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) linoleic acid lowers total and low density lipoprotein cholesterol concentrations.

The same is true for another study with extensive links coming all to the same conclusion: researchers did not fully disclose the actual results of the study and in some cases discontinued the study because of high mortality in the patients using Linoleic acid (Omega 6)