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British two-star Michelin chef Sat Bains refuses to cater to vegans

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Nottingham's two Michelin-starred chef Sat Bains' refusal to bow down and serve a vegan menu has won overwhelming support from NottinghamshireLive readers.

The chef said he is not anti-veganism and has enjoyed vegan food himself but it's his choice not to serve it his world-acclaimed Restaurant Sat Bains.

And he questioned the ethics of those who buy vegan burgers from a deep-fried chicken shop.

Comment: You never hear of any other groups complaining about restaurants not catering to their self-imposed dietary restrictions. Kosher, Halal, paleo, gluten-free, ketogenic - no other group but vegans complain about restaurants not accommodating them. Instead, they act like adults and find other establishments that serve the food they wish to eat. It's not that difficult.

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America's most widely consumed oil, soybean oil, causes genetic changes in the brain

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New UC Riverside research shows soybean oil not only leads to obesity and diabetes, but could also affect neurological conditions like autism, Alzheimer's disease, anxiety, and depression.

Used for fast food frying, added to packaged foods, and fed to livestock, soybean oil is by far the most widely produced and consumed edible oil in the U.S., according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In all likelihood, it is not healthy for humans.

It certainly is not good for mice. The new study, published this month in the journal Endocrinology, compared mice fed three different diets high in fat: soybean oil, soybean oil modified to be low in linoleic acid, and coconut oil.

Comment: While you're throwing away all your soybean oil, you might as well throw out all those other vegetable oils while you're at it, and switch to healthy animal fats like grandma used to use.

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Sepsis kills nearly 5 times as many Americans as breast cancer each year and is responsible for a fifth of worldwide deaths, study finds

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Sepsis is now a bigger killer than cancer worldwide and claims the lives of nearly five times as many Americans as breast cancer reach year, a new study finds.

One person every three seconds dies from the condition worldwide, which accounts for almost a fifth of global deaths, say researchers.

Their Global Burden Of Disease Report (GBDR) on sepsis estimates there were 48.9 million cases in 2017, and 11 million deaths, across 195 countries and territories.

This equates to just under a fifth (19.7 percent ) of all global deaths that year, including 189,623 deaths in the US, about a third as many Americans as are killed by any cancer annually.

The most recent global estimate, in 2016, was of 19.4 million cases and 5.3 million deaths, based on data on adults in hospitals in seven high-income countries.

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Toxic Hangover: The EPA is aggressively approving very dangerous pesticides

As reported by U.S. Right to Know last May, court documents showed that a domestic policy advisor at the White House said, 'We have Monsanto's back on pesticides regulation.'

In a new and unsettling report from the Center for Biological Diversity, we now have confirmation that this promise is being kept.

The study, called Toxic Hangover: How the EPA Is Approving New Products With Dangerous Pesticides It Committed to Phasing Out, found that the EPA approved 1,190 pesticide products and denied only 71 in the 2017-2018 time period, giving it a 94% approval percentage.

And for the products that were denied, they were rejected largely because of procedural issues, such as minimum study or packaging requirements having not been met, rather than toxicity concerns.

Comment: EPA favors industry when assessing chemical dangers


How to destroy your health and your relationship with your parents at the same time

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A nurse preparing to give a patient a vaccine.
You may have seen an article on WikiHow that's been making the rounds. I don't want to tell you how to feel, but as a parent I found it deeply disturbing.

You see, the article gives step-by-step instructions for "How to Get Vaccinated without Parental Consent."

In other words, it encourages children to subvert their parents' decision to refuse powerful immune-modulating drugs with potentially devastating side effects for their children.

Comment: What an absolutely reprehensible article on WikiHow. The site also offers such gems as 'How to Have Phone Sex', 'How to Get Revenge on Anyone' and 'How to Give a Lap Dance'. It seems the entire modus operandi of the site is to give questionable advice mostly by skirting around the parents.

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Bad Guys

Save the planet - by destroying farming?

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In a hall filled to the rafters with agroecological and regenerative farmers, a man approaches the podium.

Most already know what he's going to say, but they've come to listen anyway — only half believing that what they've seen and heard about his assault on farming and farmers could be accurate.

George Monbiot is a journalist and author specializing in environmental issues. His work is read all over the world. You could be forgiven for thinking that he might be on the side of agroecological farming. But increasingly he isn't. And if there was ever any doubt of this, Monbiot's performance at the UK's prestigious Oxford Real Farming Conference, following the debut of his TV documentary, Apocalypse Cow, was enough to remove any last shred of that doubt.

Comment: George Monbiot, Extinction Rebellion And The Madmen Who Want to Wreck Civilization

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Chemicals in tap water cause thousands of cancer deaths across Europe - but the EU probably won't do anything about it

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Each year, more than 6,500 cases of bladder cancer, roughly five percent of all cases in Europe, are found to be attributable to exposure to trihalomethanes (THMs) in drinking water - and it's all perfectly legal.

For a study of countries' water quality, the EU28 became the EU26, as adequate data for Bulgaria and Romania could not be obtained. Nevertheless, the project covered 75% of the total EU population, and a reading of its findings is ominous.

What the hell are THMs?

THMs are a class of molecule that appear as a by-product of the disinfectants used to clean drinking water. When chlorine, the main chemical used to clean drinking water, comes into contact with organic matter, it breaks down into THMs. And despite being legal up to certain levels, long-term exposure to them has been consistently associated with an increased risk of bladder cancer. The EU has set that legal limit at 100 lg=L, but anything over 50 lg=L causes a 51 percent increase in the probability of bladder cancer, in men at least. This study was undertaken at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, in a city which has THM levels above the present regulatory maximum limit of 100 lg=L. Astonishingly, there is no provision for the lowering of this maximum in the latest European Council directive.

Comment: Chemicals from disinfectants are just the tip of the iceberg that no bureaucrat wants to acknowledge (and the EU isn't alone):


In Alzheimer research, glucose metabolism moves to center stage

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Areas or patterns of reduced glucose metabolism are often seen in brain scans of patients with Alzheimer disease and other dementias. Now, a growing body of evidence suggests that glucose hypometabolism may be more than just a biomarker on brain scans: it may be a key player in dementia pathology.

At the Society for Neuroscience's recent annual meeting, several research teams presented data on mechanisms that may hamper brain energy metabolism in Alzheimer disease — and potentially contribute to cognitive decline. At the same time, clinical researchers are exploring ways to slow or prevent dementia using drugs and lifestyle modifications typically prescribed for metabolic disorders like diabetes or obesity. These lines of inquiry have taken on new urgency as several amyloid-targeting therapies for Alzheimer disease have failed in clinical trials, leading to questions about whether the so-called amyloid hypothesis may be flawed.

"We're starting to try to understand how [brain glucose metabolism] could be more of a causal player in the disease, and a modifiable player," said Shannon Macauley, PhD, an assistant professor at the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Comment: It would be nice if the dementia researchers who have made the above connections read a recent article from Medscape that shows the benefit of low-carbohydrate interventions in type II diabetes. They already seem to be looking in this direction (as mentioned above with ketogenic dietary interventions), but if it's becoming more clear that blood sugar regulation is controllable through diet, it's likely that changing the diet to low-carb would similarly help with 'type III diabetes'.

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New study definitively shows Glyphosate and Roundup disrupt the gut microbiome by inhibiting the shikimate pathway

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Between 85-95% of genetically modified (GM) crops worldwide are engineered to be grown with herbicides based on the active ingredient glyphosate.[1] Glyphosate-based herbicides such as Roundup are also widely used with non-GM crops and in municipal weed control programs. Therefore it is not surprising that glyphosate residues are widely found in GM and non-GM foodstuffs, as well as in the urine of the vast majority of individuals tested, demonstrating a constant daily ingestion of this pesticide.[2] The health implications of a daily intake of glyphosate-based herbicides remains controversial - but an increasing number of studies link exposure to serious illnesses such as fatty liver disease and cancer.

A new study in rats raises further concerns about the health risks of both glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides (e.g. Roundup). The study provides firm evidence that these pesticides disrupt the gut bacterial populations (microbiome) at doses assumed by regulators to be safe, through a particular metabolic pathway (that is, a series of chemical reactions) found in gut bacteria. The study also shows that glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides cause fatty liver disease and death of liver tissue at the same doses.[3]

The study, conducted by an international team of scientists based in London, France, Italy, and the Netherlands, and led by Dr Michael Antoniou of King's College London, has been posted on the open peer-review site BioRxiv,[3] pending publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

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The critical role of nutrition in mental health

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Over the summer, whilst I sipped a coffee, a friend of mine told me he'd attempted to kill himself, twice. I was in town talking to companies about the importance of good nutrition for balanced mental health, so depression was an obvious subject for us. When he told me, I was surprised and I'm ashamed to say, embarrassed. I wasn't sure how to react and so skipped neatly over his comment. Two weeks later, he was successful in his third attempt and my awkwardness in the coffee shop was forever burned into my memory as a regret.
"Suicide is the single biggest killer of British men under the age of 45"
Worldwide, at least 322 million people are depressed and 264 million are pathologically anxious. In Britain, suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45. In both the UK and US mental health illness has increased 'significantly' between 2005 and 2015, affecting the young most often. It's likely this upward trend has accelerated since then.

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