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EU warns of alarming threat from superbug bacteria which has evolved to resist many widely used antibiotics

Superbug bacteria found in people, animals and food across the European Union pose an "alarming" threat to public and animal health having evolved to resist widely used antibiotics, disease and safety experts warned on Wednesday.

A report on antimicrobial resistance in bacteria by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said some 25,000 people die from such superbugs in the European Union every year.

"Antimicrobial resistance is an alarming threat putting human and animal health in danger," said Vytenis Andriukaitis, the EU's health and food safety commissioner.

"We have put substantial efforts to stop its rise, but this is not enough. We must be quicker, stronger and act on several fronts."

Drug resistance is driven by the misuse and overuse of antibiotics, which encourages bacteria to evolve to survive and develop new ways of beating the medicines.

Comment: The Health & Wellness Show: What have we done? Antibiotic resistance in the age of superbugs


Health

Vitamin B found to significantly reduce symptoms of mental illness

We cannot escape the reality that in developed nations, people are often overfed and undernourished. A growing body of literature links dietary choices to brain health and the risk of psychiatric illness. B vitamins are required for proper functioning of the methylation cycle, monoamine production, DNA synthesis, and maintenance of phospholipids such as myelin. A review of worldwide studies has found that add-on treatment with high-dose b-vitamins -- including B6, B8 and B12 -- can significantly reduce symptoms of schizophrenia more than standard treatments alone.

The research -- on the effect of vitamin and mineral supplements on symptoms of schizophrenia was published in Psychological Medicine, one of the world's leading psychology journals.

Vitamin B is a dietary powerhouse, boosting energy levels and enhancing performance of nearly every system in the body.

The connection between mental health and B12 deficiency is staggering and yet it appears screening is rarely carried out within any division of modern healthcare.

Airplane

Yay, Science! Boeing used potatoes instead of people to test its Wi-Fi

Here's one for the record books, that's Ripley's Believe It Or Not edition, if it's still in print.

According to a December 2012 BBC news report, "Boeing uses potatoes instead of people to test wi-fi."

I wonder what those potatoes in sacks had to say about how their brains reacted. Oh, sorry!

Potatoes don't have brains—or do they?

According to the BBC,
Boeing's engineers did a number of tests to ensure that passengers would get the strongest possible wi-fi signal while in the air, all while meeting safety standards that protect against interference with an aircraft's electrical systems. [CJF emphasis] [But not protect passengers!]
Did those tests include non-thermal adverse events results Wi-Fi microwaves produce while operating at 2.4 GHz or above? Spuds cannot answer those questions or participate in such necessary tests.

According to Boeing, the spuds were perfect stand-ins for humans! However, I don't think so. How come? Let me tell you what I think.

Info

Our modern world is radically at odds with the evolution of human senses helping to make us short-sighted, obese and depressed

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Chimpanzee portrait - part of the Affinity collection
The 'ape that's in us' developed a taste for sugary fruits that were only available sometimes, our eyesight was not designed for staring at computers for hours in artificial light, and pollution is damaging our sense of smell

The modern world is radically at odds with the way human senses have evolved, helping to make us short-sighted, obese and depressed, scientists have warned.

Spending large amounts of time indoors under artificial light and staring at computer screens has helped produce a "myopia epidemic" with as many as 90 per cent of people in some parts of the world needing glasses.

Industrial food production has also turned primates' taste for sugar — which evolved to persuade us to gorge on healthy fruit when it was ripe — into one of the main causes of the soaring rates of obesity in the Western world.

And our sense of smell is under attack from air pollution, producing an array of different effects, including depression and anxiety.

Three experts in each of the senses spoke about their work at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston.

Syringe

If the Auto Industry Operated Like the Vaccine Industry...


This animation reveals the absurdity of the vaccine industry's legacy of harmful products and absolute legal immunity from liability.

Attention

How clothes are polluting our food supply with microfibers and toxic chemicals

Every day, each and every one of us contribute to the ongoing destruction of the environment simply by participating in modern society.

Not only do people inappropriately dispose of drugs by flushing them down the toilet, the cleaning and personal care products we use and the clothes we wear and wash on a daily basis also contribute to the environmental pollution.

Indeed, the environmental impacts of our clothing choices are shocking, as studies assessing toxic effects of various fabric treatments (such as dyes, flame retardants and stain-resistant chemicals) to laundry detergents and the fabric fibers themselves need serious attention.

Health

Siberian tribes showing first-ever cases of obesity after introducing high carb processed foods to diet


Noodles, pasta, bread, pastry and sugar have become part of the tribes' diets, leading to a fifty per cent reduction in the consumption of traditional foods
The first-ever cases of obesity have been recorded among nomadic Arctic reindeer herders, after they became exposed to instant noodles and other junk foods.

Russian scientists are warning about the dramatic change in the Nenets and Khanty peoples on the icy Yamal peninsula in northern Siberia, who for centuries had eaten only traditional foods.

A diet based on venison and fresh river fish meant that obesity was unknown among these indigenous peoples, but now outside influences are changing everything.

Alexey Titovsky is head of science and innovation in the Yamalo-Nenets autonomous region of the Russian Federation.

His team has found that the intake of venison and river fish by the nomadic tribes has been cut by half, as noodles, pasta, bread, pastry and sugar became part of the diet.

Hearts

Neuroscience shows breastfeeding is not just milk

Lifelong effects of breastfeeding on mental health

Early life experiences set the stage for physical health in later life. Reducing early toxic stress is key to preventing disease in adults (Shonkoff, 2016).

Breastfeeding is one important way to decrease early toxic stress. Recent studies have shown that breastfeeding increases babies' physical and mental well-being, and these effects go well beyond the composition of the milk. Maternal responsiveness is key to understanding these long-term effects. When mothers consistently respond to their babies' cues, they set the stage for lifelong resiliency in their offspring. And responsiveness is built into the breastfeeding relationship. We see this reflected in children's mental health.

Health

Organic canola oil -- a contradiction in terms

Ever since the late 1990s, when canola oil started to become a ubiquitous ingredient in food processing and restaurant fare, consumers have been ingesting it, literally, by the tons!

Canada produces 20 percent of the world's canola oil. The U.S. imports an average of 510,000 tons of canola oil per year!

Canola is a heated and processed oil using anywhere from 80 - 90°Celsius and even 120°Celsius temperature in the processing, or 176 - 194° Fahrenheit to 248° Fahrenheit. That would be in addition to any additional heating a cook uses when preparing foods—something to factor in to your cooking.
Christened "Canola" from "Can" (for Canada) and "ola" (for oil low acid), canola is not, strictly speaking, rapeseed. There is a internationally regulated definition of canola that differentiates it from rapeseed, based upon its having less than two percent erucic acid and less than 30 umoles glucosinolates. Oilseed products that do not meet this standard cannot use the trademarked term "Canola." [1] [CJF emphasis]
That 2 percent of erucic acid gets a lot of human digest tracts very upset, I've found as a nutritionist! The Free Medical Dictionary by Farlex defines erucic acid as:

Comment: More on canola oil:


Syringe

The Kennedy-De Niro vaccine challenge and why it matters

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A presidential commission led by Robert Kennedy Jr. could raise uncomfortable questions about the incentives driving vaccination recommendations.

Robert Kennedy Jr. and Robert De Niro convened a news conference on Wednesday at the National Press Club to announce a $100,000 cash reward for anyone who identifies a peer-reviewed scientific study demonstrating that the mercury in vaccines is safe. Though the challenge was perhaps something of a stunt, the significance of the appearance was underscored by Kennedy's confirming that President Trump may ask him to lead a commission on autism. The consequences of such a commission could extend beyond the narrow vaccine/autism debate. More significantly, the commission could expose the incentives driving vaccination policy, which, in the current political climate, could move mainstream opinion against vaccines and also bolster doubts about the integrity of the health-care system.

Since at least 2007, Trump has suggested that the recent "epidemic" of autism might be related to current immunization practices. He is not categorically against immunization—in fact, he is "totally in favor of vaccines," as he says—but he suggests that the rate and quantity of injections given to infants, per the recommended immunization schedule, may contribute to incidents of autism. In Trump's words, "massive combined inoculations" and "simultaneous vaccinations" may be producing a wave of "doctor-inflicted autism."