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Children and teens who take one of the five most commonly prescribed antidepressants have double the risk for depression and aggressive behavior, according to a new analysis of nearly six dozen studies.
The findings, published in the British Medical Journal BMJ, provide alarming new evidence of links between depression meds — selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors antidepressants (SSRIs) and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) — and suicidal thoughts.
The team of researchers from Denmark reviewed 68 clinical studies involving 18,526 patients on the use of antidepressants and deaths, suicidal thoughts and attempts, as well as aggression and akathisia — a form of restlessness that may increase suicide and violence.
While expensive cancer drugs linked to premature death and mega-tumors are pushed by many mainstream doctors as the only option outside of chemotherapy, a growing number of informed individuals are consistently opting to instead utilize natural methods that are known to conquer cancer cells and effectively negate the disease — without harsh side effects.
One such person, Vicky Stewart of Britain, chose such a path when she refused mainstream medical cancer treatments and instead began consuming powerful turmeric spice.
Despite excessive warnings from MD’s who insisted that Vicky would surely not recover using superfoods that are commonly touted as ‘woo’ and ‘ineffective medicine’ by pharma-backed doctors, Stewart found amazing success by altering her lifestyle and taking in extra amounts of superfoods like turmeric each day.
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In a major breakthrough, scientists at Hong Kong University have succeeded in creating DNA-modified salmonella bacteria that could help in treating cancer cells, without damaging the healthy cells.
Salmonella bacteria are mostly found in inadequately cooked meat, raw egg and egg products. Researchers at the University of Hong Kong used engineering and synthetic biology to turn salmonella into YB1, an anaerobe bacterium which grows and reproduces only in oxygen-free environments – like inside solid tumours.
In a trial on mice, the scientists showed YB1 could colonise the tumour and suppress cancer metastasis. In a model of breast cancer, it reduced tumour growth by 50%. In a liver cancer model, it suppressed growth by 90%. The bacterium was also able to suppress the growth of other solid tumours, for example, neuroblastoma.
The researchers now aiming to develop the new altered salmonella as a tumour-targeting agent in the near future. Scientists said they have filed patent applications in different countries and have already received a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
A Harvard study of 16 million women has cast doubt on the benefits of routinely offering breast cancer screening.
The data suggests that routine screening is leading to significant numbers of ‘false positives’ – in which women are wrongly told they might have breast cancer when, in fact, they do not.
Other women might undergo gruelling chemotherapy to treat small, slow-growing tumours which might never have troubled them if they lived on in ignorance.
Scientists at Harvard University studied 16 million women and found a significant number of 'false positives' - cases where women were wrongly diagnosed with cancer (file image)
Routine screening for breast cancer was introduced in Britain 25 years ago, with the hope that catching symptoms early would enable the cancer to be treated before it had spread.
In the UK, women aged 50 to 70 are invited for a mammogram every three years.
Doctors say this approach has been incredibly successful, contributing to improving the prognosis for patients, with 87 per cent of British women now surviving for more than five years after a breast cancer diagnosis.
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Vegetarianism over generations can result in genetic mutations which increase the risk of heart disease and cancer.
Researchers found a long-term vegetarian diet means populations are more likely to carry DNA that makes them vulnerable to inflammation.
The mutation is believed to make it easier for vegetarians to absorb necessary fatty acids from plants, but also boosts their production of arachidonic acid, which increases inflammatory disease and cancer.
Over generations, a vegetarian diet can result in genetic mutations which increase the risk of heart disease and cancer, scientists claim (file photo)
This, coupled with a diet rich in vegetable oils, means the mutated gene turns fatty acids into arachidonic acid.
The problem is also worsened because the mutation obstructs the production of Omega 3, which protects against heart disease.
This is an increasing issue given the shift in people’s diets away from fish and nuts, which contain valuable Omega 3, to vegetable oils, which contain the unhealthier Omega 6.
Sugar is known to be a major contributor to fatty liver disease. And yet, a new study revealed the best way to combat sugar – is with sugar. A natural form, called trehalose, prevents fructose from entering the liver, scientists at Washington University School of Medicine said. Trehalose also triggers a housekeeping process in liver cells that gets rid of excess fat buildup. The sugar can be found in certain plants and fungi – including shiitake and oyster mushrooms. Experts said the finding could lead to new treatments and prevention for fatty liver disease.
The key to fighting fatty liver disease - which occurs when sugar fructose enters the liver - is sugar, scientists revealed. A natural sugar called trehalose prevents fructose from entering the liver and gets rid of excess fat Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is closely linked to obesity – and affects nearly 25 per cent of people in the US. The disease is believed to develop as the liver works hard to process dietary sugar – especially fructose – that is found both naturally in fruit but also in high-fructose corn syrup, used to sweeten soda, for example. The body stores fructose in the liver – as fats called triglycerides.
But in severe cases, the fat builds up to toxic levels that may require a liver transplant. There is currently no drug treatment for the disease. However, weight loss has been proven to reduce the buildup of fat in the liver.
WHAT IS FATTY LIVER DISEASE?
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease occurs when there is an accumulation of fat in the liver of people who drink little or no alcohol.The disease is common and, for most people, causes no signs and symptoms and no complications. However, in some people with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, the fat that accumulates can cause inflammation and scarring in the liver. This more serious form of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease is sometimes called nonalcoholic steatohepatitis. At its most severe, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease can progress to liver failure.
The disease usually has no signs or symptoms, but when symptoms do appear, they include:
Pain in the upper right abdomen
The team of researchers investigated the effect of trehalose in mice with fatty liver disease.Study author Dr Brian DeBosch said: ‘In general, if you feed a mouse a high-sugar diet, it gets a fatty liver.‘We found that if you feed a mouse a diet high in fructose plus provide drinking water that contains three per cent trehalose, you completely block the development of fatty liver.
‘Those mice also had lower body weights at the end of the study and lower levels of circulating cholesterol, fatty acid and triglycerides.’
Trehalose is a naturally-occurring sugar that is found in plants and insects.It consists of two glucose molecules bound together.The natural sugar has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for human consumption. But, Dr DeBosch cautions that more research should be completed before humans ingest the sugar.
He said: ‘I can’t recommend it to my patients yet.
‘We know the mice that received drinking water with three per cent trehalose lost weight, and we suspect that weight loss was due to loss of fat, but we can’t be certain that’s the only effect.
‘We need more studies to make sure they were not losing bone or muscle mass.’
However, he warned people should avoid foods with added fructose – particularly sugar-sweetened beverages.
CANNABIS smokers beware: stress or dieting might trigger "reintoxication", resulting in a positive drug test long after you last used the drug.
The main psychoactive ingredient of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and once in the body it is readily absorbed into fat cells. Over the next few days it slowly diffuses back into the blood. Since THC is taken up by fat more readily than it diffuses out, continual intake means some THC can remain in the fat cells.
It has been suggested that stored THC can be released at a later date in situations where the body's fat is rapidly broken down. This is based on anecdotal reports of spikes in blood cannabinoid levels in people who have not taken the drug recently but have experienced extreme stress or rapid weight loss.
Jonathon Arnold at the University of Sydney, Australia, cites the example of an athlete who swore he hadn't smoked cannabis in months but who had rapidly lost 4 kilograms just before a positive drug test.
To investigate whether rapid breakdown of body fat could have been responsible, Arnold and colleague Iain McGregor first exposed THC-laden fat cells taken from rats to the stress hormone ACTH. They found that the hormone increased the speed of release of THC from the cells.
Then they injected rats with 10 milligrams per kilogram of THC (equivalent to a person smoking between five and 10 cannabis cigarettes, depending on their strength) every day for 10 days. Two days later, they injected a third of the rats with ACTH, deprived another third of food for 24 hours, with the rest as controls.
Subsequent blood tests showed that rats that were food deprived had double the blood level of THC acid, a metabolite of THC, compared with the controls. Those that were exposed to ACTH also showed a statistically significant increase in THC acid levels. The study has been accepted for publication by the British Journal of Pharmacology.
However, the new work did not find evidence of increased THC acid levels more than two days after the last THC dose. Arnold thinks this could be due to the short-term nature of the experiment. He suspects that if doses were given over a longer period of time, sufficient THC levels could build up in body fat to explain abnormally high levels of THC metabolites in people who claim not to have taken the drug recently.
The main implication of the work could be for legal cases in which athletes or employees have tested positive for cannabis but claim they haven't recently consumed it, Arnold says. "But the clincher would be for us to show these results in humans."
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Brazil’s southernmost state has banned the use of a mosquito larvicide that an Argentine doctors' group says is to blame for the recent rash of microcephaly cases, rather than Zika virus.
The ban was imposed despite federal health officials in the U.S. and Brazil insisting there's no scientific basis linking pyriproxyfen and the birth defect, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Health officials in Rio Grande do Sul suspended the use of the larvicide Pyriproxyfen to destroy mosquito eggs and larvae in the state’s drinking water supplies over the weekend. The decision came after the Argentine group Red Universitária de Ambiente y Salud (University Network of Environment and Health), released a report linking the pesticide to spike in Brazil in recent months of suspected cases of microcephaly, in which infants are born with shrunken heads and underdeveloped brains.
Donald Trump has publicly spoken out about the dangers of vaccinations, and has said he believes that vaccines cause autism.
Acknowledging that the subject matter is controversial, Trump said “I couldn’t care less. I’ve seen people where they have a perfectly healthy child, and they go for the vaccinations and a month later the child is no longer healthy.”
“I’ve gotten to be pretty familiar with the subject,” Trump went on to say.
“You know, I have a theory — and it’s a theory that some people believe in — and that’s the vaccinations. We never had anything like this. This is now an epidemic.
NEW The parents of 14-year-old Abigail Kopf who was mistakenly declared dead after being wounded in a weekend shooting rampage in Michigan say their daughter is fighting for her life. Kopf's parents, Vicki and Gene Kopf, held an emotional press conference Monday night along with the medical director of Bronson Children's Hospital where Abigail has been undergoing treatment since Saturday. Dr. Aaron Lane-Davies told reporters the teen is on a ventilator and is in critical condition.
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For years, the federal government has advised Americans that they are eating too much salt, and that this excess contributes yearly to the deaths of tens of thousands of people.
But unknown to many shoppers urged to buy foods that are “low sodium” and “low salt,” this longstanding warning has come under assault by scientists who say that typical American salt consumption is without risk.
Moreover, according to studies published in recent years by pillars of the medical community, the low levels of salt recommended by the government might actually be dangerous.
“There is no longer any valid basis for the current salt guidelines,” said Andrew Mente, a professor at McMaster University in Ontario and one of the researchers involved in a major study published last year by the New England Journal of Medicine. “So why are we still scaring people about salt?” MORE
AUSTRALIAN researchers have been astonished to discover a cure-all right under their noses -- a honey sold in health food shops as a natural medicine.
Far from being an obscure health food with dubious healing qualities, new research has shown the honey kills every type of bacteria scientists have thrown at it, including the antibiotic-resistant "superbugs" plaguing hospitals and killing patients around the world.
Some bacteria have become resistant to every commonly prescribed antibacterial drug. But scientists found that Manuka honey, as it is known in New Zealand, or jelly bush honey, as it is known in Australia, killed every bacteria or pathogen it was tested on.
It is applied externally and acts on skin infections, bites and cuts.
The honey is distinctive in that it comes only from bees feeding off tea trees native to Australia and New Zealand, said Dee Carter, from the University of Sydney's School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences.
While Congress plans a hearing on Feb. 3 concerning the contamination of Flint, Michigan's water supply with lead, it has yet to address another health crisis: the possibility — some even say the likelihood — that autism is caused by childhood vaccines.
Autism now strikes one out of every 45 children in every city and community in every state in the United States. "Autism is rising at an exponential rate," says nationally known holistic doctor David Brownstein.
"The same U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has failed to schedule hearings about another health crisis — whether or not the current childhood vaccination schedule, including the MMR vaccine given before 36 months of age causes autism," says Dr. Brownstein.
Several studies have found no link between autism and the MMR vaccine, including a 2015 study funded by the National Institutes of Health. The study, which tracked 95,000 children, found no link between autism and the MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine.
DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg today announced results from the 2015 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA), which found that drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of injury death in the United States, ahead of deaths from motor vehicle accidents and firearms. In 2013, more than 46,000 people in the United States died from a drug overdose and more than half of those were caused by prescription painkillers and heroin. These are 2013 numbers, so let’s compare to other causes of death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
A drug overdose, with a death rate of 13.9 per 100,000, is almost four times as common as a cause of death than gun homicides (3.6 per 100,000). Death from prescription drugs (7.2 per 100,000) is twice as common as gun homicides.
Those are the total numbers. If you prefer your stats in the often used format of x per 100,000, here you go:
Obviously, homicides aren’t exactly a leading cause of death in the US, and gun homicides, even less so. Accidental death by firearms (0.2 per 100,000) is a small blip.
For all those concerned parents who think little Johnny is likely to get gunned down on the street would be better advised to keep tabs on their prescription painkillers, as Johnny is far more likely to die from popping those than from any gun in your house or in the hands of a school mate.
And, of course, one is almost three times as likely to die in an auto accident (death rate of 10.7 per 100,000) than as a result of a homicide.
Forward from TPT: Most in the natural foods world assume that the FDA and the Feds in general are always pro-vaccination (because, as the theory holds out, big pharma has the government under wraps through bribery), but this article blows a hole in that theory. A case where Europe vaccinates against salmonella, and the US does not! Just an FYI from The Plain Truth....
Should You Refrigerate Your Eggs? Here’s the Final Answer
Kristina Bravo is Assistant Editor at TakePart.
Walk into a British supermarket, and you may be surprised, even horrified, by what you’ll see: cartons of eggs sitting next to canned meats and baked beans—at room temperature. Europeans don’t refrigerate their eggs, but Americans need to. Why? In a word: salmonella.
Because of the way the nation’s factory farms produce and distribute eggs, American consumers must take additional measures to prevent contamination from salmonella—that sneaky little pathogen that causes 1.2 million illnesses in the U.S. each year.
When it comes to minimizing salmonella infections, American producers focus on the eggshells, which could get sullied with organic matter, such as chicken feces. The USDA requires producers to rinse, dry, and mist the eggs with chlorine before sending them to market.
Europeans, on the other hand, focus on inhibiting salmonella infections in the hens themselves. In the United Kingdom, farmers began vaccinating their hens against the bacteria in 1998 so that no salmonella gets transferred from chicken to egg. How about feces on shells? Farmers depend on the eggs’ natural, thin coating to stop bacteria from seeping in. (This protective layer goes out the window when American eggs go through the rinsing process.)
England and Wales recorded 14,771 cases of a salmonella strain in 1997 before farmers started vaccinating their hens. The number dropped to 581 in 2009.
“We have pretty much eliminated salmonella as a human problem in the U.K.,” the British Egg Information Service’s director, Amanda Cryer, told The New York Times.
The Polio Global Eradication Initiative (PGEI), founded in 1988 by the World Health Organization, Rotary International, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, holds up India as a prime example of its success at eradicating polio, stating on its website (Jan. 11 2012) that "India has made unprecedented progress against polio in the last two years and on 13 January, 2012, India will reach a major milestone -- a 12-month period without any case of polio being recorded."
This report, however, is highly misleading, as an estimated 100-180 Indian children are diagnosed with vaccine-associated polio paralysis (VAPP) each year. In fact, the clinical presentation of the disease, including paralysis, caused by VAPP is indistinguishable from that caused by wild polioviruses, making the PGEI's pronouncements all the more suspect.1
Carrie Armstrong’s fixation with 'clean’ eating began, as it so often does, with good intentions. Struck down by a virus eight years ago, she was bed-bound and unable to lift her head off the pillow let alone walk.
Doctors said there was little more medicine could do so, to speed up her natural recovery, she began researching alternative remedies and healthy, body-boosting diets online.
“My first thought was no wonder I had got so sick because I’d been eating badly for years,” says the 35 year-old sports presenter from London.
“But then I starting reading about the transformative affects of giving up meat and sugar, then carbohydrates and it went from there.’
The results promised on health forums such as feeling more alert and energetic and in her pursuit of 'wellness’, Armstrong went vegan then switched to raw veganism, eschewing all animal-based food products and anything that had even been cooked. Read the rest
Metformin - boosts the number of oxygen molecules released into a cell.
A common treatment for diabetes could enable adults to live well into their 120s, scientists say.
They will carry out the first trials on metformin next year in the hope it may stave off illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Researchers have already conducted tests on animals which show it significantly extends their lives.
Now the Food and Drug Administration, the American regulator, has given the go-ahead for the same trials in humans.
If successful, it would mean that, for example, a person in their 70s could have the same biological age as a healthy 50-year-old.
Professor Gordon Lithgow of the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing in California, who will lead the study, said: ‘If you target an ageing process and you slow down ageing then you slow down all the diseases and pathology of ageing as well.
‘That’s revolutionary. That’s never happened before.
Entrepreneur Stephen Marsh—who currently has more than 75 patents to his name—is the founder behind Airing LLC, a company that next month will seek funding for what it says is a disposable micro-CPAP device that weighs less than an ounce, fits in the nose, and has no cords or hoses. Airing says the device will address pervasive concerns about obstructive sleep apnea patients’ CPAP noncompliance.
Airing’s design includes battery powered “micro-blower” technology that blows the amount of air pressure prescribed by the patient’s physician into the airway to effectively treat OSA.
While conducting research in another field, Marsh saw the applicability and need for a new CPAP solution due to a personal connection with the dangers of breathing disorders. Marsh then shared his design and concept with medical professionals and knowledgeable medical experts in the area of breathing disorders, all of whom fully endorsed his approach and proposed solution.
“I think it’s going to be wonderful for people. For the first time we have a treatment that patients will be willing to use. I think Airing will have a tremendous impact,” says Jeffrey Bass, MD, of Brigham & Women’s Hospital and a member of Airing’s medical advisory board.
This is a scientific study on the effects of storage of eggs and quality and nutrition. In short, under 2 weeks, out of refridge and kept under 75 degrees in pantry is just fine. Oiled eggs, stay nutritious the longest, the icebox comes in second. In our opinion, the best freshest eggs are those used within 1-4 days of laying-- Own your own hens, in other words.
In tropical countries like Nigeria, egg preservation is a serious problem. The common practice is to store under ambient condition due to lack of refrigeration facilities and erratic power supply. Four crates of fresh table eggs were bought from the University of Agriculture, Makurdi farm and preliminary investigations of egg weights, Haugh unit, pH and yolk index were carried out before storage and found to be within standard. Thirty eggs were stored under ambient condition with and without application of oil respectively. The other group of thirty eggs was refrigerated. The initial weights were in the range of 60 – 69 g which reduced drastically. All other quality indices like the Haugh unit, the yolk index and pH declined drastically within the four weeks of the storage especially those that were stored under the ambient conditions. Those stored under refrigeration and those that were oiled and stored under ambient conditions (32 + 2 °C) maintained high quality standards in all the quality indices evaluated. The microbiological result also showed higher bacteria, yeast and mould count on those stored under ambient condition with the initial count of 5.0 × 103 at first week and 2.8 × 107 at the fourth week while the oiled and refrigerated eggs had values of 5.0 × 103 at week zero and 7.2 × 104 at week four of storage respectively. It is suggested that application of oil on eggs before storage can be practised to ensure retention of good quality eggs especially in the tropics and most developing nations of the world.
Eggs are laid by females of many different species, including birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish but the most often consumed by humans is the chicken (Table) egg (Wikipedia, 2012). Chicken eggs provide a well balanced source of nutrients for man of all ages. Chicken egg, whole and hard-boiled, contains 12.6 g/100 g protein, 10.6 g/100 g fat, 1.12 g/ 100 g carbohydrate and 647KJ (155Kcal)/100 g energy. Due to the protein content, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) categorised eggs as meats within the Food Guide Pyramid (Howe et al., 2004). Eggs are declared as A (Jumbo) quality must have at least 72 Haugh Units, eggs of B (Extra large) quality must have more than 60 Haugh Units and eggs with Haugh Units lower than 30 are not for consumption as a shell egg (Faris et al., 2011). Chicken eggs consist of a protective egg shell, albumen (egg white) and vitellus (egg yolk) contained within various thin membranes. Egg shells act as hermetic seals that guard against bacteria invasion (Wikipedia, 2012) and the shell membranes function to retain the fluid of the albumen and also to resist bacterial invasion (Hassan and Aylin, 2009). A young hen produces eggs with thicker shells and longer pores than older hens. The egg shell colour is caused by pigment deposition during egg formation in the oviduct and can vary according to species and breed (USDA, 2011).
All foods have a limited shelf life which will vary depending on the food and storage conditions. Eggs are very perishable food products. Careful preservation of edible eggs is extremely important as improperly handled eggs may contain elevated levels of Salmonella bacteria that can cause severe food poisoning, hence the USDA recommends refrigerating eggs in order to prevent the growth of Salmonella (Wikipedia, 2012). The application of coatings on eggs, on the other hand, can be justified since they maintain the functional properties of food by decreasing moisture loss and gas transport (oxygen and carbon dioxide), hence the application of coating on eggs reduces weight loss and maintains internal measurement such as albumen and yolk (Nadia et al., 2012). Though oiling of eggs is very effective in slowing down reduction in albumen and yolk quality, it does not replace the need for cool storage (Faris et al., 2011). The internal quality of eggs starts to decline as soon as laid by hens (Roxana and Usturoi, 2012). The major difference between freshly laid eggs and stored eggs are albumen pH and albumen quality (Albumen height) (Nadia et al., 2012). Albumen quality, a standard measure of egg quality, is influenced by genetic and environmental factors such as temperature, time and humidity of storage (Roxana and Usturol, 2012).
Egg handling and storage practices have a significant impact on the quality of eggs reaching consumers. Read the rest
Oil from the liver of Gadus sp. (particularly G. morhua, or Atlantic cod) has helped humankind for centuries—in the tanning of hides, as a fuel for lamps, in liquid soaps, and even as a base for the red ochre paints frequently used on buildings in the picturesque fishing villages that dot the shores of the northern Atlantic Ocean.
Cod liver and its oil have also long been used as foods in this region, as can be seen in traditional dishes such as Norwegian mølje, made from separately cooked cod flesh, liver, and roe, with drizzles of the fresh oil. The Russian zakuski tables—sumptuous buffets of hors d’oeuvres—often included salat iz pecheni treski, a salad featuring cod liver and its oil. Dishes using various parts of the cod, such as the heads, stomachs, and even the roe stuffed with the livers, were common in Newfoundland, Scotland, Iceland, and other Northern European cultures—with the oil adding flavor and a nutritional boost.
Women and beauty products - it's a love affair that's been going on for centuries. And no wonder. There's nothing like a new lipstick or favourite perfume to make us look and feel good. Or so we thought...
In fact, according to a new report, most of our favourite cosmetics are cocktails of industrially produced and potentially dangerous chemicals that could damage our health and, in some cases, rather than delivering on their potent 'anti-ageing' promise, are causing us to age faster.
Research by Bionsen, a natural deodorant company, found that the average woman's daily grooming and make-up routine means she 'hosts' a staggering 515 different synthetic chemicals on her body every single day.