ECONOMICS: Dietary Supplements are cheap insurance

Friday, November 28, 2014

http://www.worldhealth.net/news/dietary-supplements-may-reduce-healthcare-costs/

Dietary Supplements May Reduce Healthcare Costs
Posted on Nov. 10, 2014, 6 a.m. in Healthcare and Public Policy Dietary Supplementation 

Dietary Supplements May Reduce Healthcare Costs

Hospitalizations for all U.S. adults over the age of 55 with coronary heart disease (CHD) cost the United States in excess of $64 billion in 2012. However, new research suggests that regularly taking certain dietary supplements may help to cut the number of hospitilizations for CHD, and thus also cut expenditure.

Christopher Shanahan and Robert de Lorimier, PhD, examined peer-reviewed, published studies that looked separately at relationships between omega-3 supplement intake and the risk of a CHD-attributed event, and B vitamins intake and the risk of a CHD-attributed event. The researchers then projected the rates of CHD-attributed medical events across U.S. men and women over the age of 55 with CHD and applied a cost benefit analysis to determine the cost savings if people in this targeted population took omega-3 supplements or B vitamin supplements at preventive intake levels.

Results showed that if every high-risk person (U.S. adults over 55 with CHD) in the target population were to take omega-3 supplements at preventive intake levels daily, there would be an average of $2.1 billion in avoided expenditures per year and a cumulative of $16.5 billion in avoided expenditures between 2013 and 2020.

Whilst if every high-risk person in the target population were to take B vitamins at preventive intake levels daily, there would be an average of $1.5 billion in avoided expenditures per year and a cumulative of $12.1 billion in avoided expenditures between 2013 and 2020.

“Many dietary supplement products are available in the market today that have been shown to have positive effects on heart health through associated clinical studies…Thus, the potential decrease of total health care expenditures in the United States is a strong argument for the daily use of dietary supplements,” the authors said. “This is a relatively low-technology, yet smart, approach that can be used by consumers, physicians, employers, and policymakers as a means to reduce personal and societal health care costs.”

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BUT of course, there’s no opportunity for Big Pharma to make big profits. And then be able to make big “campaign contributions”.

The big winnerw would be the poor victims of disease and the Taxpayer.

And we know where that ranks in the priority scheme.

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VETERANS: Bears #69 Jared Allen does homes for wounded warriors

Thursday, November 27, 2014

http://www.homesforwoundedwarriors.com/

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Today’s first football game highlighted Bears #69 Jared Allen doing homes for wounded warriors.

Admirable.

 

BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt), why are the girls and boys in harm’s way in the first place. Did we learn nothing from Viet Nam?

 

Celebrate the Troops … …

… …  by bringing them all home now!

Dona Nobis Pacem

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SOFTWARE: 19 Year Old Windows bug!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

http://www.networkworld.com/article/2849288/microsoft-subnet/how-does-a-windows-bug-go-undetected-for-19-years.html#tk.NWWNLE_nlt_microsoft_2014-11-20

MICROSOFT EXPLORER
By Andy Patrizio
How does a Windows bug go undetected for 19 years?

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By now you have likely heard of the 19-year-old Windows bug found by IBM late last week. If not, here’s the tl;dr version of it: IBM found a vulnerability in VBScript, Microsoft’s alternative to JavaScript which was introduced in Internet Explorer 3.0 and ran on Windows 95. Even today, the bug is impervious to the sandboxing features in Internet Explorer 11

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“New” isn’t completely “new”?

Argh!

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JOBSEARCH: Aggressive networking example

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Fake Plane Ticket
http://thomsinger.blogspot.com/2014/11/the-fake-plane-ticket.html

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Our hero in this story decided he needed to take a chance to get more time with the speaker than just a handshake and a business card exchange.  The speaker had mentioned heading home later in the day and my friend began to wonder how to capitalize on this knowledge.  He thought about this person getting to the airport and having nearly an hour of waiting for their plane.  It would be an ideal opportunity to have a meaningful conversation, however Dallas is a big city with two airports, so he needed to think about the possibilities.

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I’m not sure if I’d have even thought of this. Let alone had the chutzpah to do it. I’m categorizing this as “being bold” and “unafraid to spend a few bucks”. FWIW!

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RANT: Monsanto’s Roundup Pesticide is expsed

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

http://nutritionfacts.org/video/is-monsantos-roundup-pesticide-glyphosate-safe/

Transcript: Is Monsanto’s Roundup Pesticide Glyphosate Safe?
Michael Greger M.D.

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Similar results were found for other major pesticides. It took until 2014, but 8 out of 9 pesticide formulations tested were up to one thousand times more toxic than their so-called active ingredients, so when you just test the isolated chemicals you may not get the whole story. Roundup was found to be 100 times more toxic than glyphosate itself. Moreover, Roundup turned out to be among the most toxic pesticide they tested. It’s commonly believed that Roundup is among the safest, though, an idea spread by Monsanto, the manufacturer. However, this inconsistency between scientific fact and industrial claim may be attributed to the huge economic interests involved.

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I sense that Crony Capitalists are manipulating the Gooferment’s regulations.

I’m shocked!

“I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!” Captain Renault in Casablanca

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QUOTE: “A good gauge of a statement’s fallacy is the conviction with which it is delivered.”

Monday, November 24, 2014

Heard one that I really like and want to share.

“A good gauge of a statement’s fallacy is the conviction with which it is delivered.”

—reported by Michael Greger M.D. in Weekly NutritionFacts.org Videos for 11/16/2014

So very very true.

I’m thinking “global warming”, “the good war” (oxymoron), and “(drug) prohibition”!

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INTERESTING: Is “sugar” causing an epidemic of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease?

Sunday, November 23, 2014

http://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-much-added-sugar-is-too-much/ 

How Much Added Sugar Is Too Much?

Are table sugar and high fructose corn syrup just empty calories or can they be actively harmful?

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In 1776—at the time of the American Revolution—Americans consumed about 4 lbs of sugar per person each year. By 1850, this had risen to 20 lbs, and by 1994, to 120 lbs, and now we’re closer to 160. Half of that is fructose, taking up about 10% of our diet. This is not from eating apples, but rather the fact that we’re each guzzling the equivalent of 16-oz soft drink every day; that’s about 50 gallons a year.

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These may not be messages that the sugar industry or beverage makers want to hear. In response, the director-general of the industry front group World Sugar Research Organization, replied “Overconsumption of anything is harmful, including of water and air.” Yes, the overconsumption of sugar compared to breathing too much.

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How Much Added Sugar Is Too Much?

 

Are table sugar and high fructose corn syrup just empty calories or can they be actively harmful?


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