Saturday, November 30, 2013

Humans are arrogant , and just when we think we know it all.......

Humans are arrogant , and just when we think we know it all.......scientists find a new body part.
Doctors at University Hospitals Leuven discovered found a ligament in the knee associated with the Anterior cruciate ligament. Think about that, of all the knee surgeries performed in the world over the years and all the Med school anatomy did we miss that. To me this is an outstanding discovery, not so much for the significance of this small ligament but for the fact that we dont know everything.
 Its worth the read.

I F-ing Love Science

University Hospitals Leuven
University Hospitals Leuven
An image of a right knee after a full dissection of the anterolateral ligament (ALL).

Sunday, November 17, 2013

The hidden danger of dietary Trans-fats

Great article from Suppversity , well worth your time.

LDL-P Drops by 27nmol/L With Every 1% Reduction in Trans Fat Intake. Plus: "Trans-Fat Free" Does Not Mean Risk Free!

This article makes a really good point...most dietary advice is bogus and it's even more so  when it comes from a government agency. However, they have it right on the wide spread use of Trans-fats.
These are partially hydrogenated vegetable oils are everywhere in our food supply . I prefer the name "Industrial seed oils" . These oils have a hydrogen atom added to change the storage and cooking characteristics so that the can be stored for longer periods of time. What must be realized is that these oils, aside from the severe detrimental effects of the high omega 6 content, become incorporated in cell walls causing abnormal permeability and function. New studies have determined that Trans fats also cause an increase in the LDL-p  (number of circulating LDL particles). The LDL or Low Density Lipoprotein is a blood component that carries cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood stream. When inflammation is present these LDL particles cross through the inflamed vessel wall and become trapped within the vascular layers. The cholesterol carried by the LDL particle then sets up a reaction where the body sends inflammatory cells to the site to fix it in place, thereby causing plaque formation. The essential point is that it is a combination of inflammation and high circulating LDL particle number that leads to coronary artery disease and NOT  cholesterol or the LDL-c that is typically measured. Most people don't have the LDL-p measured but should and can do so very easily with several websites and private labs available. A great one is Direct Labs . With this company you can request the lipo science Lipid NMR test and they will send you an actual count of your LDL particles as well as their size and your potential risk of heart disease.
 Now with all that said, how do Trans Fats play into this equation? What has been shown is that trans fats increase the number of LDL particles and the industry is cleverly hiding in their products by downsizing them in a way that "one serving"contains less than 0.5g of transfats - that's the magic loophole in the FDA regulations according to which transfats don't have to appear on the label, as long as the total amount per serving is less than 0.5g. So how much Trans fat is is the food you may be eating? Take a look at the following chart for the % of trans fats found in french fries and chicken nuggets.

So what effect does the hidden or "Unreported" 0.5 grams of trans fats that are not reported on food labels doing to our LDL-p numbers....well it cant be good. "If we assume that there is a linear relationship between LDL-P and trans-fat intake (obviously this is a gross simplification) and make a rough and scientifically highly questionable estimate of the consequences, we will find that those unlabeled 0.5g of transfats could boost your LDL levels from the first into the third tertile of LDL-P values in the Prado study (+by 675nmol/L).... that this would also mean that a daily dose of only 0.5g of hidden trans-fats could triple your likelihood of arteriosclerotic plaque should be obvious, right?" Now that should get your attention.

New PanicMe App ....interesting

This is a new app out for both Android and IOS formats. It will allow you to hit a button on your phone and send a message and your GPS coordinates to a list of family and friends from your address book. I have looked into this for my kids might consider doing the same thing.
Panic Me review

Here's the link to the developer called DataMe who created the App in cooperation with British police

Look out for the Super bugs

It's been a growing problem for years but it seems that more and more people are becoming aware of the real problem facing society of antibiotic resistance
Take a look at this article from the Independent. Superbugs".In a stark reflection of the seriousness of the threat, England's deputy chief medical officer, Professor John Watson, said: "I am concerned that in 20 years, if I go into hospital for a hip replacement, I could get an infection leading to major complications and possible death, simply because antibiotics no longer work as they do now."
 When you look at how many pharmacy's now offer "Free" antibiotics you can see just how huge this problem is going to become.
  "We try hard not to prescribe, but it's difficult in practice. The patient will be dissatisfied with your consultation, and is likely to vote with their feet, register somewhere else or go to the walk-in centre and get antibiotics from the nurse."

Can you imagine going into the hospital for a joint replacement that causes chronic pain  but is not going to kill you and end up with either an amputation or death from a bacteria that is now resistant to all of our antibiotics.