Kratom Now an Opioid, FDA Says

FDA scientists analyzed the chemical structures of the 25 most common compounds in kratom and concluded that all of the compounds share structural characteristics with controlled opioid analgesics, such as morphine derivatives. They also found that compounds in kratom bind strongly to mu-opioid receptors, comparable to opioid drugs.

“Based on the data we now have, we feel confident in calling these compounds opioids,” Dr Gottlieb said.

https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/892375

A Patient’s Journey: There’s a Vitamin for That | Medpage Today

https://www.medpagetoday.com/special-reports/apatientsjourney/69922?xid=nl_mpt_DHE_2017-12-16&eun=g1093365d0r&pop=0&ba=1&pos=0&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Daily%20Headlines%202017-12-16&utm_term=Daily%20Headlines%20-%20Active%20User%20-%20180%20days#

Saturated Fats and CVD: AHA Convicts, We Say Acquit

Great review of the saturated fat-heart disease link, or lack thereof…or as Johnny Cochran said, “If it does not fit, you must acquit.”

Some in the nutritional science industry, spearheaded by the AHA and their funding sources, have some explaining to do.

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/882564

A New Approach To High Deductibles | THE SOVEREIGN PATIENT

Health Matching Services is a very innovative firm, but it has to struggle with tax laws and regulatory regimes that look like they were designed with no thought at all. And of course, the ridiculously high deductibles offered by primary insurers are the perverse result of Obamacare.

In a rational world, the tax law would provide a level playing field for premium payments and deposits to medical savings accounts. Competition in a secondary insurance market would provide consumers with many choices. For example, some might prefer to self-insure for the first $3,000 and buy the kind of secondary insurance described above for the remaining $7,000 gap.

Who knows? But for the perverse incentives of Obamacare and other insurance regulations, primary insurers might offer these choices. A secondary market for health insurance might not even be necessary.

Source: A New Approach To High Deductibles | THE SOVEREIGN PATIENT

Stone-walling low-carb: DAA, APHA, and the Diet of Worms. | Richard David Feinman

If you aren’t familiar with Richard David Feinman’s work in energy metabolism, specifically as it pertains to carbohydrates and fats and preventing T2D, please check out his web blog @ feinmantheother.com/ He provides very interesting and compelling thoughts as it relates nutritional science.

Forum for Healthcare Freedom

“Our Gutenberg is, of course, the internet where technical and scientific writings, once the province of specialists, can now be viewed by many and where they can be discussed widely. Publishers of many journals try to maintain pay-walls in keeping with somebody’s observation that publishers’ function used to be to make new information available while now they work to make information unavailable.  (Many simultaneously cash in on open access which charges the authors outrageous fees). Whether the availability of scientific facts is out-weighted by proliferation of alternative facts is open to question but, on balance, we have a view, not only of the science, but of the inner workings of the health agencies that might otherwise be visible to only a few. And that’s how we have extensive access to the Fettke case and an associated Diet convened by the Australian Senate.

As reported by Marika Sboros, Fettke “cannot…

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