I was not at all surprised to read a recent report issued by the Washington, DC-based "Trust for America's Health" estimating that community-based health programs aimed at diet, exercise, smoking and other known risk factors for developing chronic disease could save the nation a whopping $16 billion a year in health care costs. These potential savings not only have major economic implications, but would also translate into a healthier, happier and ultimately more productive society.

In my view, it's high time we shifted the biomedical paradigm from controlling symptoms to addressing their most fundamental, underlying cause----CHRONIC LOW GRADE INFLAMMATION--- and using this as the foundation to push ahead both at the governmental level and at the individual level for wellness-related programs to ward off chronic illness. Only then can we more effectively and economically manage common, chronic health challenges. Improving our health and curbing health care costs has emerged as not just a sensible idea, but a moral imperative.

Read the article The Best Is Yet To Be: The Future of Nutrition and Inflammation Research
By: John Milner and Gordon L. Jensen
JPEN J Parenteral Enteral Nutr 2008; 32; 667

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Dr. Vijaya Nair is an esteemed medical researcher and epidemiologist with a passion for integrating Eastern approaches with Western medical and scientific training. A native of Singapore, she earned her medical degree from the National University of Singapore in psychiatry. Dr. Nair later immigrated to the United States, where she received a master’s degree in epidemiology from Columbia University and completed her post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School. jivasupplements.org

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