Redox Health and the CDC Top 12 Killers
Every year, health organizations like the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) put out lists of the top killers nationally and globally. These lists contain what most of us would consider the usual suspects. For example, the 2017 CDC report lists the following top twelve killers:
- Heart disease
- Lung diseases (e.g., COPD, Pulmonary Fibrosis)
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Influenza and pneumonia
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- The material will be challenging, because to be credible I have to dive deeper into how the body works—and the body is complex. This journey is not for everyone, but don’t just give up and stop reading.
- Each post begins with an illustration and ends with a “Key Takeaways” section and/or an “Action Steps” section. If you get overwhelmed with the scientific language in the main text of the post, focus on the beginning and ending, and you’ll get the main ideas.
- It’s natural and expected that you won’t be equally interested in each disease, so feel free to skim or skip the posts you find less compelling or pertinent. This series continues our exploration of the ramifications growing out of the redox health paradigm, so you can come back later and review key concepts, or look at the Appendices for definitions of terms and details about therapeutic compounds.