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People reach peak of mental powers at various ages for different skills

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Brains work quicker at 18, but some mental powers peak surprisingly late.

People reach the peak of their mental powers at different ages for different skills, according to a new study.

People think fastest at around 18-years-old, but the ability to read the emotions of others does not peak until between 40 and 60, the study found.

Vocabulary skills, meanwhile, do not peak until people are in their 60s or 70s.

In fact there may be no time in life at which all the mental powers are peaking, although some bunch together in youth.

Comment: Each new study seems to point to the fact that our brains are far more complex and that brain capacity does not necessarily decline with age. In fact many studies have shown that keeping the brain active and being on a ketogenic diet may enable us to maintain our abilities well into old age.

A 2009 study, found that people who keep their brains active saw a 30 to 50 percent decrease in risk of developing memory loss. A high-fat, low-carb diet such as the ketogenic diet provides the brain with a much more efficient fuel source and provides a better environment for neuronal recovery and repair.


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What diet soda does to belly fat

More evidence that diet soda contributes to weight gain, not weight loss

A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that people who drank diet soda gained almost triple the abdominal fat over nine years as those who didn't drink diet soda. The study analyzed data from 749 people ages 65 and older who were asked, every couple of years, how many cans of soda they drank a day, and how many of those sodas were diet or regular.

Those answers ended up being extremely predictive of abdominal-fat gain, even after the researchers adjusted for factors like diabetes, smoking and levels of physical activity. People who didn't drink diet soda gained about 0.8 in. around their waists over the study period, but people who drank diet soda daily gained 3.2 in. Those who fell in the middle — occasional drinkers of diet soda — gained about 1.8 in.

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WHO states Monsanto's Roundup 'probably' causes cancer

For over 40 years Monsanto's patented glyphosate formula, better known as Roundup, has become a staple for farmers, gardeners, and landscapers. Monsanto has gone so far as to create genetically modified crops capable of withstanding massive amounts of the pesticide without dying. These "Roundup Ready" crops, such as corn, soy, and canola, have since come to dominate America's agricultural industry.

But over the years, many researchers have questioned whether these heavily sprayed crops are safe for human consumption. As time goes on, it appears that some institutions are beginning to change their tune on the popular pesticide.
(Reuters) - The world's most widely-used weed killer can "probably" cause cancer, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

The WHO's cancer arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), said glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Monsanto Co herbicide Roundup, was "classified as probably carcinogenic to humans"

Comment: The WHO is a little late in the game on this one. The toxic effects of glyphosate has been well-documented.


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Power naps do work: Increase memory retention

A team of researchers at Saarland University headed by Professor Axel Mecklinger have shown that a short nap lasting about an hour can significantly improve memory performance. The study, which was coordinated by graduate research student Sara Studte, involved examination of memory recall in 41 participants. The volunteers had to learn single words and word pairs. Once the learning phase was over, the participants were tested to determine how much information they could remember. About half of the participants were then allowed to sleep, while the others watched a DVD. After that, the participants were re-tested and those who had taken a nap were shown to have retained substantially more word pairs in memory than the participants in the control group who had watched a DVD.

The results of the study have been published in the journal Neurobiology of Learning and Memory.

Generations of school students have gone to bed the night before a maths exam or a vocabulary test with their algebra book or vocabulary notes tucked under their pillow in the hope that the knowledge would somehow be magically transferred into their brains while they slept. That they were not completely taken in by a superstitious belief has now been demonstrated by a team of neuropsychologists at Saarland University, who have shown that even a brief sleep can significantly improve retention of learned material in memory.

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Cheap US wine brands in lawsuit over claims of toxic arsenic levels

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Low-priced wine could cause cancer and heart disease, according to plaintiffs.
Budget-friendly wine brands could contain dangerously toxic levels of arsenic - increasing the risk of cancer and heart disease.

More than two dozen American vintners are facing a lawsuit claiming their wines contain a poisonous amount of the known carcinogen.

According to the proposed class action, filed on Thursday in Los Angeles, levels of arsenic within the Californian brands are up to five times higher than what the Environmental Protection Agency allows for water.

The lawsuit names numerous low-priced wines, including popular brands such as Franzia, Mogen David, Almaden, Sutter Home and Wine Cube.

It says tests by three independent laboratories found arsenic levels that in some cases were 500 per cent higher than what's considered safe.

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North Carolina to mandate polio vaccines, removes religious exemptions

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Several states are beginning to move forward against religious exemptions for vaccines. In the case of Polio, the vaccine is especially dangerous, having been linked to tens of thousands of adverse health consequences including paralysis and death. So North Carolina wants to mandate it? Kenny Valenzuela explains the ramifications of SB346 set to be fast tracked for August, 2015...

Comment: The push for mandatory vaccinations is getting ever stronger across the US. For more see:


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BigAg lobbying hard to keep consumers in the dark about what's in their products

Last year, Michelle Obama proposed a requirement that food companies disclose "added sugar" to their products. Ever since, corporations have upped their lobbying efforts. Their arguments against labeling the number of teaspoons of added sugar in their products range from predictable dents in their profit margins to a feigned concern that Americans would be confused. They claim Americans could actually become more obese.

These impassioned responses from the food industry show how eager corporatists are to maintain the status quo.

The cranberry industry enlisted Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to oppose the requirement on the grounds that it could hurt profits:
...forcing disclosure of the added sugar in cranberry products would be unfair because, unlike other fruits, cranberries are so bitter that they are unpalatable without it.
(Perhaps the cranberry peddlers should have entered a different industry instead of whining that their product tastes bad.)

Comment: Greater numbers of Americans ARE choosing to become informed and are buying organic products when they can and trying to avoid GMO's. However, BigAg wants to make sure it retains its profit margins above all else, and with its financial ties to the mainstream media, it is rare that people are told the truth about the dangers of the ingredients in most processed foods. Worse, they are continually lied to by the industry and the FDA about what constitutes a 'healthy' diet.


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Dame Jane Goodall condemns 'deluded' politicians for pushing 'Frankenstein Food'

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Dame Jane Goodall has condemned politicians for pushing 'Frankenstein Food'
Dame Jane Goodall, the renowned primate expert, has condemned 'deluded' politicians for pushing 'Frankenstein Food'.

The highly respected academic has endorsed a new book, which argues the companies responsible for developing genetically modified farming and food have twisted the evidence to minimise the dangers.

Historically, critics of GM food have been lambasted by the GM companies, scientists who rely on their funding, and politicians, including the UK Government, as being 'anti-science'.

However, Dame Jane argues that the advocates of GM food have ignored evidence of harm with the result it is they who are guilty of being 'anti-science'.

Comment: Dr. Jane Goodall helps expose the dangers of GMOs: Altered genes & twisted truth


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The connection between coffee and gluten sensitivity

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Before you jump into a panic attack about having your coffee taken away, please read the entire article. I am not condemning coffee, I am simply sharing with you recent research combined with 15 years of clinical experience dealing with patients who fail to respond to a traditional gluten free diet. If you've been eating gluten-free and are still experiencing gluten-related symptoms, the problem may be your coffee intake. That being said, let's dive in...

There are several foods that cause what's called a gluten cross-reactivity in those who are sensitive to or intolerant of gluten. This is because the proteins in these foods are perceived by the body as invaders in the same way gluten is.

Dairy is the most common cross-reactive food to those with gluten issues, because of its casein proteins. But coffee also contains problematic proteins and the cross reaction to coffee has actually been found to be one of the most severe.

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The 'can o' tuna' vaccination argument makes no sense

Certainly if you are on the frontlines of the vaccine debate you've heard the argument from pro vaxxers 'hey well, y'know, a can of tuna has about the same amount of mercury in it that a vaccine does.' Or about aluminum, 'a muffin has as much aluminum as a vaccine containing aluminum'. It is a silly argument but it shows you the mindset of some of these people that don't question and research the very vaccine inserts or information available to them before they are injected.

First of all, anyone with a basic knowledge of biology should know the difference between injection and ingestion, one goes to the bloodstream, the other to the GI Tract. Biologically they are much different, and that should end the argument right there with just simple biological logic. Let's go a little deeper but also try and keep it simple.

Comment: See also: Pro-Vaxxers are the new pro-lifers: Religious hysteria trumps rational discussion in the vaccine debate