Health & Wellness


Replacing sugar-laden drinks with water cuts risk of obesity

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Parents should replace juice and fizzy drinks with jugs of water at mealtimes, diet experts have advised, to reduce their children's sugar intake and cut their risk of obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Senior health scientists said today that sugar-sweetened drinks were the biggest source of sugar intake across all ages, but were a particular problem among children and teenagers.

Despite recent calls for a tax on sugary drinks and cuts to sugar content in everyday foods, Susan Jebb, professor of diet and population health at the University of Oxford, said that "very simple advice" to parents could play an even bigger part in improving children's diets.

"Drink water, that's the very simple advice to parents," she said. "Encourage your children to drink water. Once they've been weaned, children ought to be drinking water...There is a whole range of drinks out there, [but] I don't need to encourage people to be drinking any of the others. I can firmly stick to encouraging people to getting their fluid from water."

Comment: Any drink that is high in sugar is unhealthy and that includes artificial sweeteners like aspartame. While parents think that substituting fruit drinks for sodas is a healthy alternative, fruit juices contain fructose which has been shown to lead to obesity and metabolic syndrome. Many people also have fructose intolerance, similar to lactose intolerance with milk-based products, that causes their body to experience severe cramping, gas, stomach pain, indigestion, and worse. Dairy products are not recommended as they contain casein which creates serious problems similar to protein gluten in wheat. They can trigger an autoimmune response and/or mimic endorphins to cause changes in perception, mood, and behavior.

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Watching too much television may increase risk of dying young

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Adults who watch a lot of TV may be at an increased risk of dying at a relatively young age, a new study suggests.

The study involved more than 13,200 adults in Spain who were all college graduates, and were around 37 years old at the study's start. Participants were followed for about eight years, over which there were 97 deaths.

Those who watched three or more hours of TV a day were twice as likely to die over the study period, compared with those whose watched TV for one hour or less daily, the study found.

In addition, the researchers found that participants' total time spent sitting - including time spent watching TV, using a computer or driving - was also linked to an increased risk of death during the study period.

Comment: Excess television is not only a health risk for adults, but endangers children's health and mental development as well. In addition, most of what is programmed on television does nothing to engender learning, mental health and cognitive development at any age. Television is promoted primarily to program the masses to be subservient and docile.

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Keepers at the Gate: He Who Controls Television Controls the Masses


Fluorides, the Atomic bomb, and a spy

In 1997, Joel Griffiths and Chris Bryson, two respected mainstream journalists, peered into an abyss. They found a story about fluorides that was so chilling it had to be told.

The Christian Science Monitor, who had assigned the story, never published it.

Their ensuing article, "Fluoride, Teeth, and the Atomic Bomb," has been posted on websites, sometimes with distortions, deletions, or additions. I spoke with Griffiths, and he told me to be careful I was reading a correct copy of his piece. (You can find it - "Fluoride, Teeth, and the Atomic Bomb," at

Griffiths also told me that researchers who study the effects of fluorides by homing in on communities with fluoridated drinking water, versus communities with unfluoridated water, miss a major point: fluorides are everywhere - they are used throughout the pharmaceutical industry in the manufacture of drugs, and also in many other industries (e.g., aluminum, pesticide) - because fluorine is very active and binds with all sorts of other substances. Therefore, there is extremely wide public exposure to fluorides.

I want to go over some of the major points of the Griffiths-Bryson article.

Comment: While the information presented in this article is not new to regular readers, the facts do support previous claims, Fluoride is worse than we thought. Fluoridation is the Ultimate Deception! Read the following articles to learn more about protecting your brain and body from fluoride poisoning:
Fluoride's neurotoxicity has been the subject of academic debate for decades, and now a matter of increasingly impassioned controversy among the general public, as well. From 'conspiracy theories' about it being first used in drinking water in Russian and Nazi concentration camps to chemically lobotomize captives, to its now well-known IQ lowering properties, to its ability to enhance the calcification of the pineal gland - the traditional 'seat of the soul' - many around the world, and increasingly in the heavily fluoridated regions of the United States, are starting to organize at the local and statewide level to oust this ubiquitous toxicant from municipal drinking water.

Now, a new study published in the Pharmacognosy Magazine titled, "Curcuminattenuates neurotoxicity induced by fluoride: An in vivo evidence," adds experimental support to the suspicion that fluoride is indeed a brain-damaging substance, also revealing that a natural spice-derived protective agent against the various health effects associated with this compound is available.


Holy frack: More concern arises over groundwater contamination from fracking

The oil and gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, could potentially contribute more pollutants to groundwater than past research has suggested, according to a new study in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology.

Scientists are reporting that when spilled or deliberately applied to land, waste fluids from fracking are likely picking up tiny particles in the soil that attract heavy metals and other chemicals with possible health implications for people and animals.

Tammo S. Steenhuis and colleagues note that fracking, which involves injecting huge volumes of fluids underground to release gas and oil, has led to an energy boom in the U.S. But it has also ignited controversy for many reasons. One in particular involves flowback, which refers to fluids that surge back out of the fracked wells during the process. It contains water, lubricants, solvents and other substances from the original fracking fluid or extracted from the shale formation.

Let's all light up! What you don't know about tobacco

Everyone knows that smoking is a health hazard. Even Big Tobacco behaves in a way that screams 'GUILTY!'

Historically, smoking various plants was believed to be beneficial. But today, we know better, right?

Assuming smoking is unhealthy, the science should therefore support 'what everyone knows'.

But, as the following video shows, it doesn't.


Why crafting helps your brain

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Knit one. Pearl one. Knit one. Pearl one. Knit one. Pearl one. The rhythmic and repetitive nature of knitting is calming, comforting and contemplative. It's not a stretch for you to imagine knitting as a mindfulness practice, or perhaps a form of meditation.

I'm delighted to report that neuroscience is finally catching up on brain health aspects of the trend some have called "the new yoga."

Research shows that knitting and other forms of textile crafting such as sewing, weaving and crocheting have quite a lot in common with mindfulness and meditation - all are reported to have a positive impact on mind health and well-being.

In an online survey of more 3,545 knitters, by Betsan Corkhill, a UK-based knitting therapist who has done research on the therapeutic effects of knitting, more than half of respondents reported that knitting left them feeling "very happy." And many said that they knitted solely for the purposes of relaxation, stress relief and creativity.
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Readjust your body clock to get more restive sleep, improved health and immune function


The body clock's most obvious function is to tell you when to get up and when to go to bed
Are you a night owl who has to get up at the crack of dawn for work, leaving you constantly sleep-deprived and stressed?

Or a natural lark who works evenings and nights?

An out-of-sync body clock can raise your risk of cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and lead to weight gain, according to new research.

It was reported last month that women who sleep in bedrooms with more light were more likely to be obese - possibly because bright light at night confuses the body clock, which in turn may affect appetite and metabolism.

And leading sleep scientists have warned that the demands of our increasingly 24-hour society mean we're constantly over-riding our body clocks.

'Many people don't even realise they're sleep-deprived,' says Russell Foster, professor of circadian neuroscience at Oxford University.

'But if you need an alarm clock to wake in the morning, you probably don't get enough sleep - and are out of sync with your body clock.'

So, what does the body clock do and why is it so important to health?

Here we reveal the latest on this still emerging science ...

Comment: The importance of sufficient quality sleep cannot be overemphasized. Your brain functioning, overall health and emotional well-being depends on it.
See also:
Sleep, Stress and Cancer: How to Get a Better Night's Sleep
Why not enough sleep will make your life a nightmare
The link between sleep and memory
Dying to Sleep


Hormone-disrupting activity of fracking chemicals worse than initially revealed

Many chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, can disrupt not only the human body's reproductive hormones but also the glucocorticoid and thyroid hormone receptors, which are necessary to maintain good health, a new study finds. The results were presented Monday at the joint meeting of the International Society of Endocrinology and the Endocrine Society: ICE/ENDO 2014 in Chicago.

"Among the chemicals that the fracking industry has reported using most often, all 24 that we have tested block the activity of one or more important hormone receptors," said the study's presenting author, Christopher Kassotis, a PhD student at the University of Missouri, Columbia. "The high levels of hormone disruption by endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) that we measured, have been associated with many poor health outcomes, such as infertility, cancer and birth defects."

Hydraulic fracturing is the process of injecting numerous chemicals and millions of gallons of water deep underground under high pressure to fracture hard rock and release trapped natural gas and oil. Kassotis said spills of wastewater could contaminate surface and ground water.

In earlier research, this group found that water samples collected from sites with documented fracking spills in Garfield County, Colorado, had moderate to high levels of EDC activity that mimicked or blocked the effects of the female hormones (estrogens) and the male hormones (androgens) in human cells. However, water in areas away from these gas-drilling sites showed little EDC activity on these two reproductive hormones.
Cell Phone

Its time to ditch your cell phone, here's why

This morning I read a Wall Street Journal article about Americans without cellphones. Being an American without a cellphone myself, I was heartened to find out that a mere 88% of adult Americans have cellphones. I had thought the number would be much higher.

Occasionally I try to convince people to give up the cell and reinstall the landline, but I realize that I'm tilting at the windmills. A few years ago, I offered a hefty amount of extra credit to one of my university classes. All the students had to do was hand me their phones for five days. Out of about fifty students, three took me up on the offer. As one girl handed me her phone, she announced that her dad would be so proud of her for putting academics first. The next day, the girl sheepishly returned, saying that her dad demanded that she get her phone back because she needed it "in case of emergency."

And her dad was right, sometimes emergencies do happen. But emergencies by their very nature are rare, and I believe that cellphones take more than they give. Here are my four reasons why I'm glad that I don't have a cellphone.

Obesity crisis in UK army: British soldiers failing basic fitness tests

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Defence Secretary Philip Hammond speaks to troops during a visit to the temporary Army barracks at Tobacco Dock, a former shopping centre in east London
The UK army may be getting 'too fat to fight', failing basic fitness tests, with more than 22,000 overweight and at risk of serious health problems, according to recently released Ministry of Defence figures.

Some 32,000 personnel failed a "basic" fitness test within the last three years, according to MoD figures released Sunday, the Sunday Times reported. The statistics are starting to ignite fears of an obesity crisis in the ranks.

The personal fitness assessment is an obligatory undertaking twice a year. If the test is failed it must be retaken within seven days.

A total of 29,600 men and 2,819 women failed their fitness tests between April 2011 and March 2014, according to the paper.

"This figure represents 11 percent of the army serving in that period and many of those who failed will have subsequently passed their fitness test," the MoD said.

"All personnel are provided with the support and training necessary to meet the army's physical standards, with additional help for those personnel who fail to meet this criteria...personnel who remain unable to meet the standard could ultimately be discharged," the statement added.

The test for men involves soldiers under 29 having to finish 44 press-ups in 2 minutes, 50 sit-ups, and a 2.4-kilometer run in under 10 and a half minutes.

Women have to complete a slightly different test - 21 press-ups, the same number of sit-ups, and have an extra 2 1/2 minutes to complete the run.