Health & Wellness


High consumption of fructose can lead to cardiac enlargement and heart failure

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High consumption of fructose can lead to uncontrolled growth of cardiomyocytes and heart attack.
'Walk through any supermarket and take a look at the labels on food products, and you'll see that many of them contain fructose, often in the form of sucrose (table sugar)' -- that's how Wilhelm Krek, professor for cell biology at ETH Zurich's Institute for Molecular Health Sciences, summarises the problem with today's nutrition. Prepared foods and soft drinks in particular, but even purportedly healthy fruit juices contain fructose as an artificial additive -- often in high quantities. In recent decades fructose spread throughout the food market, due to a reputation as being less harmful than glucose. In contrast to glucose, fructose barely increases blood glucose levels and insulin secretion. This avoids frequently recurring insulin spikes after any glucose consumption, which are judged harmful. In addition, fructose is sweeter to the taste.

But there's a downside: the liver converts fructose very efficiently into fat. People who consume too much high-fructose food can in time become overweight and develop high blood pressure, dyslipidaemia with fatty liver and insulin resistance -- symptoms that doctors group together under the name metabolic syndrome.

Comment: Fructose is so prevalent in the food system now, that it might be difficult for people eating the standard diet to avoid, or even to be aware how much they are consuming. It is important to carefully read labels and avoid processed or packaged foodstuffs to avoid consuming toxic sugar and fructose.

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SOTT Radio Health and Wellness Episode #17 - The Mood Cure

The Health and Wellness show on the SOTT Radio Network covers topics of health, diet, science, homeopathy, wellness culture, and more. Tune in weekly!

Today we'll be discussing mood and mood-stabilizing supplements, four syndromes that affect mood, carbohydrate addiction, the gut brain connection and some possible solutions to neurotransmitter imbalances.

Included, as always, is the pet segment.

Here's the transcript of the show:


Florida man, 26, dies from bacterial infection he picked up in the Gulf

A Lake County man died from a bacteria more than a week ago and there is still no warning from the Health Department.

According to the victim's mother, the group was swimming about 2 miles south of Pine Island Beach in Hernando County in waist-deep water when her 26-year-old son, Cason Yeager, contracted the Vibrio Vulnificus. Now, she wants to put a warning out to everyone even a healthy man can fall victim to this bacterium.

"This has been a nightmare for me to say the least and nobody should have to go through this," said Karen Yeager, talking about the death of her son, who was swimming on June 14. Cason died two days later.

"He coded out again and then they worked on him for about 45 minutes and they could not bring him back," said Karen Yeager.

Yeager died on June 16, but his doctor at The Villages Regional Hospital didn't sign the death certificate until June 23 -- a full week later. Now, it's up to the state to notify the public.

"I think it's sad. I think it's very irresponsible," said Harold Young.


Only two weeks of inactivity causes a loss of one third of muscular strength

New research reveals that it only takes two weeks of not using their legs for young people to lose a third of their muscular strength, leaving them on par with a person who is 40-50 years their senior. The Center for Healthy Aging and the Department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen conducted the research.

Time and again, we are told that we need to stay physically active and exercise daily. But how quickly do we actually lose our muscular strength and muscle mass if we go from being averagely active to being highly inactive? For example when we are injured, fall ill or simply take a very relaxing holiday. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen have examined what happens to the muscles in younger and older men after a period of high inactivity, by way of so-called immobilization with a leg pad.

Comment: Those who are forced into inactivity due to injuries might consider engaging in visual exercise. Research has demonstrated that imagery exercises could be a valuable tool to prevent or slow muscles from becoming weaker when a health problem limits or restricts a person's mobility.

Mind over matter: Thinking about exercise can regulate muscle strength


5 essential spices to add to your meals

In a world where everyone appreciates a meal that's both visually and gustatorily satisfying, the gourmet experts utilize just the right foods for zest and flavor. But where taste and display go hand in hand, one often forgets to give due credit to the salubrious properties of foods. Have you ever thought about the health-boosting advantages of these minuscule condiments, in addition to their ability to make your meal zesty?

If not, here are 5 health benefits of including essential spices in your diet that you must know.

Comment: For more on beneficial herbs see:

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The meat fix! How a reformed vegan gorges on all the foods his granny enjoyed... and has never felt better


Diet swap: John was fat and ill as a vegan, left, but is now the picture of health as a meat eater, right
As the kitchen filled with the smell of caramelised meat, my mouth watered in anticipation of the coming feast: a thick cut of tender steak, fried in butter and olive oil.

This was not a regular treat. In fact, for the previous 26 years I'd been a vegan, eschewing not just meat but all animal products.

My diet was an extreme version of the NHS Eat Well regime, which recommends lots of starchy foods and smaller quantities of saturated fats, cholesterol, sugar and red meat.

According to government advice, I was doing everything right — and yet my health had never been worse. My weight had crept up over the years, until in 2008 I was 14½ stone — which is a lot of blubber for someone who is 5ft 10in — and was classified as clinically obese.

I waddled around, sweating and short of breath, battling extremely high cholesterol and suffering from chronic indigestion. I was always tired and needed to take naps every afternoon. I had constant headaches and swallowed paracetamol and sucked Rennies like they were sweets.

Worst of all, I had irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which left me feeling as if I had lead weights in my gut. My belly was bloated and distended after every meal. I was, to use a technical term, knackered.

But that was about to change. In 2010, I decided to give up my supposedly healthy lifestyle and embrace good old-fashioned meat.

Comment: See also:

Half a century too late! The U.S. government is poised to withdraw longstanding warnings about cholesterol in your diet

A call for a low-carb diet that embraces fat


California mandates poisoning children: SB277 Vaccine Bill Passes

California has become a state which demands that you poison your children. Kenny Valenzuela covers the murky paid-for politics and disgusting tactics used to get this monstrosity to pass. But there still are some solutions and actions that can be taken...


Risks associated with heartburn drugs outweigh the benefits

Common reflux drugs linked to increased heart attack risk
Are you among the 20 million1 Americans taking an acid inhibiting drug to treat your heartburn?

Please be aware that for most, the risks far outweigh the benefits as there are plenty of alternative effective strategies to eliminate heartburn without serious side effects.

Previous research2,3,4,5,6,7 clearly shows that proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) such as Nexium, Prilosec, and Prevacid, are severely overprescribed and misused.

Indeed, PPIs are among the most widely prescribed drugs today, with annual sales of about $14 billion8--this despite the fact that they were never intended to treat heartburn in the first place.

Comment: Changing your diet may also help to alleviate the symptoms of acid reflux, as researchers have found that high-carbohydrate diets may overload our digestive systems. For more more information and tips for improving digestion, see:


Study concludes children vaccinated against whooping cough can still transmit infection

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A study just published in BMC Medicine by Santa Fe Institute Omidyar Fellows Ben Althouse and Sam Scarpino used algorithms to see what caused a resurgence of whooping cough (pertussis) in the U.S. and UK.

It has now been openly declared that the DTaP vaccine is causing the uptick in whooping cough.

Out of the hypotheses, asymptomatic shedding was the final detectable problem. However, the authors have more to say on it, some of which sounds very contradictory coming from researchers who have proven that the mechanism of the acellular DTaP is, in part responsible for the spread of a dangerous bacterium.

Comment: Despite the obvious staring them in the face, vaccine advocates refuse to acknowledge that the vaccines are ineffective, they transmit the very diseases they were designed to eradicate, and the side effects are often life threatening.


Vaccine and autism: Cases of vaccinated children with autism accelerate unabated

The UK is facing an unprecedented number of new autism cases, according to new research. Figures in Scotland, which are among the most comprehensive available in the British isles, reveal that the autism rate among students at Scottish schools is up 1,360% percent since 1998, with no perceivable end in sight.

This amounts to a one-in-68 children rate of autism, which the London School of Economics projects is costing taxpayers around $54 billion annually. This is up from about $2 billion in 2001, demonstrating the immense toll this harrowing disease is costing the public.

But even these figures may be too low, warns Age of Autism, as they disguise the actual number of autism cases among older students, while focusing more on autism rates among younger students. The actual present rate of autism in the UK, reports John Stone, is probably much closer to one in 30 students, based on data supplied by the Scottish government.