Daily Archives: July 2, 2018


Were We Wrong About Fiber?

Scientists and health experts have researched the impact of fiber in one’s diet as it relates to preventing heart disease. Studies in Africa, Uganda in particular, note that almost no one there suffers from heart disease. Once people there live past middle age, they have very high chances of not getting heart disease. The sole coronary heart disease case in twenty six years in East Africa was from a patient who had a partially Westernized diet which lacked fiber. With Westernized diets (defined by the author as high in meat, eggs, and dairy, while low in plant based foods) becoming more prevalent in the world, coronary heart disease has gone from almost nothing to an epidemic on a global level.

The debate around fiber and its push as a panacea for all health problems started in the 1970’s. What was overlooked was the quality of the food that delivered the fiber. Highly processed foods that are high in fiber are likely to cause more damage than good, undoing the purpose of consuming them.

We end with a question, what if the focus had been on promoting plant based whole foods versus isolating a food component?

Fiber is but one component of a healthy diet, along with vegetables, fruits, nuts, etc. The concept of picking up fiber supplements to counteract poor eating habits is questioned, leaving the reader to wonder, what if?

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Big Data Reveals New Alzheimer’s Risk Genes

A trio of genes have been newly identified to have a link to Alzheimer’s Disease and the chance of an individual contracting the cognitive disorder. New research, conducted by medical scientists in the United Kingdom, was published in Translational Psychiatry detailing the latest findings into these genetic markers.

The research looked at the children of Alzheimer’s patients, as well as the patients themselves. More than three hundred thousand people were part of the pool of participants examined by the researchers. By comparing the genetic code of these individuals, scientists were able to pinpoint new avenues for later research. The new findings may lead to drug therapies that can better combat the effects of the disease, or lead to better understanding of not just inherent genetic risk factors, but possibly any lifestyle reasons for why some individuals contract Alzheimer’s and other do not.

With this information, doctors are hopeful more Alzheimer’s patients can be helped to more effectively combat the effects of the effects of dementia. While a cure does not yet exist for Alzheimer’s, earlier detection and a more rapid beginning to what treatments and assistance medical science can offer does slow the mental decline. Patients who can detect and begin treating their Alzheimer’s sooner have a better prognosis, and will descend into the most helpless stages of the dementia later.

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