Borders are disappearing due to increasing globalization of ideas, culture and technology. Health conditions found in remote locations abroad are—now more than ever—comparable to those seen in the rural United States. With these emerging phenomena, a new global health threat continues to permeate throughout the world: non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 35 million people die from NCDs every year, totaling roughly 66 percent of the world’s deaths. Western diets and lifestyles closely mirror those now seen in