Monday, November 29, 2010

FW: Discovery Health "Caffeine and Adenosine"

"The problem with caffeine is the longer-term effects, which tend to
spiral. For example, once the adrenaline wears off, you face fatigue and
depression. So what are you going to do? You consume more caffeine to
get the adrenaline going again. As you might imagine, having your body
in a state of emergency all day long isn't very healthy, and it also
makes you jumpy and irritable.

The most important long-term problem is the effect that caffeine has on
sleep. Adenosine reception is important to sleep, and especially to deep
sleep. The half-life of caffeine in your body is about six hours. That
means that if you consume a big cup of coffee with 200 mg of caffeine in
it at 3:00 p.m., by 9:00 p.m. about 100 mg of that caffeine is still in
your system. You may be able to fall asleep, but your body will probably
miss out on the benefits of deep sleep."

Monday, November 15, 2010

Artificial Sweeteners Make You Fat by Dr. Gary Huber

Can Sugar Substitutes Make You Fat? - TIME,8599,1711763,00.html

Diet Sweeteners Can Make You Sick and Fat

Sweet-taste receptors, low-energy sweeteners, gluc... [Br J Nutr. 2010] - PubMed result

 These studies have given rise to major speculations that the ingestion of food and beverages containing low-energy sweeteners may act via these intestinal mechanisms to increase obesity and the metabolic syndrome due to a loss of equilibrium between taste receptor activation, nutrient assimilation and appetite. However, data from numerous publications on the effects of low-energy sweeteners on appetite, insulin and glucose levels, food intake and body weight have shown that there is no consistent evidence that low-energy sweeteners increase appetite or subsequent food intake, cause insulin release or affect blood pressure in normal subjects. 

Monday, November 1, 2010

DNA and replacement organs

From: Trout, Larry R @


One of the biggest benefits from the continuing plunge in DNA testing costs is going to be earlier diagnosis of cancers. One DNA test under development for colon cancer detection will be usable at home...


Since some cancers develop literally over almost 2 decades early diagnosis opens up the potential of finding and removing cancers long before they become life threatening. Once home tests of blood and saliva for DNA (and likely for antigens) to detect cancer become cheap and widely available the challenge is going to be to find the early stage cancers. Early stage means they will be small. How to find them?

If the tests can narrow down the cancer source to a single organ then excising the cancerous tissue might not be continue to be necessary. Eventually we'll be able go in for new replacement organs. If a test could, for example, indicate presence of a pancreatic cancer 10 years before it will metastasize then in 2030 the solution might be to start growing a new one in a lab. Get the new one after 6 months or a year and toss out the old one.


Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sugar: The Bitter Truth (The SHORT Version)

‘The bitter truth about fructose alarmism. | Elevating Fitness

This "rebuttal" fails to address the biochemistry of fructose in the
liver, or fatty liver disease.

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Oh, Crap: Scientists Discover That High-Fructose Corn Syrup Makes You Really Fat

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Universal Coverage

From: Coffey, John R


I had this idea that we could take all the money companies and the government spend now on healthcare and give every single person the country a medical savings account.  Everybody would get an equal amount, whatever that would be, except at first we might have to give more for seniors who would lose Medicare.


People can spend the account as they see fit on medical care/insurance/preventative care/nursing home care.   I would disallow using it for medical marijuana.


They can invest the account as they see fit.  When people reach retirement age, they could use a fraction of the account as income.


I also think that we should eliminate the income ceiling on how much people contribute to SS/Medicare.


John Coffey



From: Trout, Larry


This is a similar solution that JP and I finally agreed on with a modifier.

People would use their tax free HSAs for most medical expenses by price shopping.

Tax free insurance premiums would be paid by people for insurance covering unexpected severe health events, maybe costing more than 12,000 a year.

Insurance companies liability would be limited to maybe 50,000 or 60,0000  a year.

The Federal government would step in above this, essentially offering and a extreme high deductibility insurance to all citizens for free, protecting from extreme events and chronic conditions.


The 2010 Legatum Prosperity Index

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Chocolate Protects Against High Blood Pressure, Stroke - ABC News

"Studies show that if people eat 25 grams a day, they will gain weight. Weight gain will lead to overweight and obesity, which has detrimental effects on blood pressure, heart disease, and even cancer, so we don't want that."

"the chocolate benefit was greatest among people who consumed about 7.5 grams of chocolate daily."

... Based on this, it seems to me that the thing to do is to eat one "mini"
"fun size" piece of dark chocolate just once per day.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Sugar: The Bitter Truth

I thought that maybe I could get a grassroots campaign to spread the
word about the sugar, as explained in the video, but when I sent this
out in a mass email, nobody seemed to be interested. It doesn't help
that the video is 90 minutes long, but I think that it is well worth

Since this video came out, the American Heart Association has
recommended that people cut their sugar/fructose intake ...

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Indian super-bug

Begin forwarded message:

From: larry.r.trout
Date: September 14, 2010 11:10:28 AM MDT
To: "Updike, L Robert
Subject: Indian superbug

'An infectious-disease nightmare is unfolding: Bacteria that have been made resistant to nearly all antibiotics by an alarming new gene have sickened people in three states and are popping up all over the world, health officials reported Monday.

The U.S. cases and two others in Canada all involve people who had recently received medical care in India, where the problem is widespread. A British medical journal revealed the risk last month in an article describing dozens of cases in Britain in people who had gone to India for medical procedures.

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