NCI Well Connect Mid-Week Brief
December 7, 2016
Dear Steve, 

DID YOU KNOW that both secondhand smoke (which lingers in the air your animal breathes in) and third-hand smoke hurt pets? Third-hand smoke is residue (harmful compounds that are left behind, such as nicotine) that can get on skin and clothes, as well as furniture, carpets, and other things where a smoker lives. 

Dogs and cats spend a lot of time on or near the floor, where tobacco smoke residue concentrates in house dust, carpets and rugs. Then, it gets on their fur. Dogs, cats and children not only breathe these harmful substances in, but pets can also ingest them by licking their owner's hair, skin, and clothes. 

For those waiting for the price of the 23andMe genetic kits to come down, your wish has been granted. When going to
  1. You can choose just the Ancestry option for $99. This still provides the raw data that we need to generate our Pure Genomics results.
  2. If you still want heritable and wellness traits, which we recommend for any person in their fertility years, the kit is $179 for new customers through our link. However, if you have already ordered a kit previously from 23andMe, you can get it for $149 until January 9, 2017.
For questions or clarifications, please email Steve.

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Have a happy, healthy day. Steve and Bonnie
Thrilling News About US Lipid Levels
Bonnie and Steve: It can be quite rewarding when you see evidence supporting a position that is highly unpopular and goes against, in this case, conventional thinking.

New evidence from the Centers for Disease Control states that lipid levels have been declining over the past four years. This should not be surprising given the fact that so many Americans are on statin medication. If physicians and public health advocates had their druthers, every American would be on statin medication.

That said, the most exciting news from the CDC is that the sharpest drop in lipids was not in those using statin medication. The steepest drop was in those who were NOT taking medication!

Even more exciting was that the marker showing the most precipitous drop was not cholesterol, which we have incessantly said is not the most important lipid level, but triglycerides.

The single greatest dietary change one can make to lower triglycerides is to curtailcarbohydrate consumption.

One thing we know is that in the US over the last decade, people have curbed their carbohydrate intake. Of course, not to the level that we would want, but the CDC data show that progress is being made. Still, the CDC investigators don't get it.

"It will be important to understand what's driving these trends, and our study doesn't get at the why question, but the finding that adults not taking cholesterol-lowering medications had steeper declines over the past 4 years than adults taking these medications is a clue that the drops are not being driven by the increased use of these medications alone," principal CDC investigator said in the JAMA Cardiologystudy.

Breaking Down the Data
  • One thing the researchers allude to is the removal of trans-fatty acids from foods. This can definitely explain some of the drop in cholesterol, but not triglycerides.
  • Another reason why there could be a larger drop in non-statin users is that some who take statin use it as an excuse to avoid major diet and lifestyle changes.
  • The data really surprised researchers by the magnitude of the triglyceride decline, but it shouldn't. The mere fact that soda and refined carbohydrate consumption are down is enough of a reason to lower triglycerides. 
  • Once the paradigm shifted from low fat to low carb, we figured that lower triglycerides would follow suit.
This shows us that the US population does not have to rely on medication to lower their lipids. They can do even better without them!

We must temper the excitement somewhat, because one major issue has arisen from lipid lowering.

Adhering to major diet and lifestyle changes while on statin medication can lower lipids too much. This can be more detrimental to your health than having high lipids. Please take note of this.
Another Strike for Artificial Sweeteners

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