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09/12/05 | by JAdP | Categories: Food and Drink, Personal, Business, Health and wellness

Researchers have discovered that the freshest Tuscan extra virgin olive oil contains a compound, oleocanthal, that acts very similarly to ibuprofen, inhibiting the activity of cyclooxygenase enzymes. There is now some speculation that this may help to explain why a Mediterranean diet, which is high in fat and salt, seems to lower the risk of cancer and heart ailments. Maybe, but I think there is more to it. Most members of my family, going at least three generations back, have had high cholesterol and high blood pressure. None of us have died from heart disease, with most dying after years of suffering with cancer, and a few subcumbing to old age in their late 90's. None have been near a freshly squeezed Tuscan olive in all those generations. :>>

My educational background is in chemistry, mathematics and philosophy, and my earliest career was as a System Engineer. From these disciplines, I learned that interfaces between and interactions among components are often more important than the properties of the components themselves. I've always tried to apply this thinking to any situation, be it a medical, informational, social or business related problem.

Always look at the interfaces. Always consider how things, people, data, interact.

Oleocanthal story via SFGate Science Digest.

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I'm Joseph A. di Paolantonio and this blog has two main foci: my interest in food, and my interest in the future. This provides a look into my personal life, and is separate from my consulting work…though there will be overlap. I am an independent researcher, working as a strategic consultant and I'm an executive with over 20 years of commercial experience with a technical interest in the intersection of Internet of Things, with advanced data management and analysis methods. I view data science as a team activity, and I feel that the IoT must be viewed as a system. I am leveraging my past activities to understand the adoption and impact of the IoT; first, as a system engineer in aerospace, where I developed Bayesian risk assessment methods for systems within the Space Transportation System (including the Space Shuttle), Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer, Gravity Probe B, and many more, and second, as a enterprise data warehousing, business intelligence and analytics professional. Between my aerospace and IT careers, I indulged my hobby of cooking by starting a food company, Montara Magic, centered around my chocolate sauces. My education combined chemistry, mathematics and philosophy. I performed research into molten salt fuel cells in graduate school, and in photovoltaic materials for a short time in industry. The lure of bringing the human race into space was strong, and when I was offered the chance to combine my chemistry and mathematics skills to develop new risk assessment and system engineering methods for space launch and propulsion systems – I couldn't resist. I perform independent research and strategic consulting to bring value from the Internet of Things, Sensor Analytics Ecosystems and data science teams.I am a caregiver, a lover of science fiction and speculative fantasy, and my passion to learn has led me to a pilot's license, an assistant instructor in SCUBA, nordic and alpine skiing, sea kayaking, and reading everything I can, in as many topics as I can.

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