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Is grass-fed beef really better for the planet? Here's the science

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Cows graze on a grass field at a farm in Schaghticoke, N.Y. The grass-fed movement is based on the idea of regenerative agriculture.
For the environmentally minded carnivore, meat poses a culinary conundrum. Producing it requires a great deal of land and water resources, and ruminants such as cows and sheep are responsible for half of all greenhouse gas emissions associated with agriculture, according to the World Resources Institute.

Comment: A dodgy figure, on many levels, but let's hear them out. See: Even if CO2 caused climate change, it would be the cars, not the cows

That's why many researchers are now calling for the world to cut back on its meat consumption. But some advocates say there is a way to eat meat that's better for the planet and better for the animals: grass-fed beef.

But is grass-fed beef really greener than feedlot-finished beef? Let's parse the science.

Comment: As long as these 'experts' continue to reduce everything down to 'carbon emissions' they'll be woefully out of touch with what a growing contingent of consumers is looking for. Many who are seeking grass-fed beef aren't buying the anthropogenic global warming narrative and are not basing their buying decisions on this narrative.

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EPA defies California rules over Monsanto Roundup; still insists the herbicide is safe

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The Environmental Protection Agency told companies Thursday they would not approve labels which abide by California requirements to warn customers that glyphosate in Monsanto Roundup has been linked to cancer.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has defied California regulators by no longer approving labels claiming Monsanto Roundup is known to cause cancer.

The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has listed glyphosate, a chemical compound-base for Monsanto Roundup herbicide weed killer, as causing cancer since July 2017. Furthermore, glyphosate was added to the state's Proposition 65 list, which requires businesses to warn customers about chemicals known to cause cancer.

The EPA defied that regulation Thursday by saying it will no longer approve product labels claiming glyphosate is known to cause cancer.

Comment: The EPA is absolutely shameless in their insistence that a known carcinogen is not carcinogenic. For them to state their 'independent evaluation' was more 'extensive and relevant' than the IARC finding is laughable. It is so obvious they've been paid off its pathetic.

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Want to protect the planet? Eat more beef, not less

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The key is to educate people about where their food comes from and to encourage responsible consumption of beef and dairy produced to the highest standards.
If students and staff at Goldsmiths University really want to help the environment, they should end their ban on selling beef on campus. Far from being the bogeymen portrayed by environmental campaigners, sustainably farmed beef and dairy cattle are integral to maintaining our green and pleasant land, keeping our waterways free of chemicals and feeding our population in the most efficient manner possible.

Two thirds of UK farmland is under grass and in most cases cannot be used for other crops. The only responsible way to convert this into food is to feed it to cattle, which are capable of deriving 100 per cent of their nutrition from grass and therefore are more efficient on such land than chickens or pigs. Even on grassland where crops could be grown, ploughing it up to create arable farms would release huge amounts of carbon into the atmosphere and require the use of pesticides, herbicides and fertiliser, all of which can devastate biodiversity.

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Corporate free speech precedents allow corporations to legally put carcinogens in our food without warning labels

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Cheerios has so much glyphosate in it, it should be labeled as toxic. Corporate free speech precedents prevent that

A recent study by the Environmental Working Group revealed something horrifying: Glyphosate, the active ingredient in the popular weedkiller Roundup, was present in 17 of the 21 oat-based cereal and snack products at levels considered unsafe for children. That includes six different brands of Cheerios, one of the most popular American cereals.

I've written before about the limits of corporate free speech when it comes to public safety, but on that occasion I discussed this insofar as it involved corporate-sponsored climate change denialism. Yet here we have something more tangible, more direct: The safe glyphosate limit for children is 160 parts per billion (ppb), yet Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch has 833 parts per billion and regular Cheerios has 729 ppb. While the potential risks of glyphosate are fiercely debated, many scientists believe that it is linked to cancer.

Comment: The idea that corporations have constitutional rights is extremely harmful in many ways, the above article outlining only one of them. The idea that a fictional entity has 'rights' is absurd, yet it's used to allow corporations to get away with murder.

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Dengue fever death toll continues to rise in Bangladesh

The government says 40 people have died of dengue so far in Bangladesh, while the unofficial death toll is over 82
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File photo of a mother-child pair with dengue sits inside a protective net in this photo taken at Bangladesh Shishu Hospital.
Three people, including two children, have died of dengue in Dhaka, Lakshmipur and Khulna districts.

In Dhaka, an eight-year-old girl, named Samia, died of dengue at Shaheed Suhrawardy Medical College and Hospital on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.

Professor Dr Uttam Kumar Barua, director of the hospital, said Samia was admitted to the hospital on Saturday. She died around 6:30am on Tuesday.

Currently, 407 dengue patients, 165 of them children, are being treated at the hospital. Two patients are at the ICU.

In Lakshmipur, Parash, aged four, died of dengue on Monday night on the way to Noakhali General Hospital. He was the son of Kamruzzaman of Daspara area in Kamalnagar upazila.

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Nature cure: Natural stimuli can play a profound role in the regulation of our autonomic nervous system

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People who love to spend time in nature can tell you plenty about the positive impact it has on their mental health.
Thirty-five years ago, a young researcher at the University of Delaware conducted a remarkable study. Having spent his childhood sick with kidney disease, in and out of "gloomy, sometimes brutal" hospitals, Roger Ulrich was interested in finding ways to improve "the environments where patients are treated." So he sought to test the potential influence of an old friend that had brought him comfort as a child: a solitary pine that he could view through the window by his sickbed. "I think seeing that tree helped my emotional state," he recalled in an interview decades later.

That small study would give birth to thousands of replications and expansions — and an entire movement in architecture. Ulrich managed to find a hospital ward where, for years, patients had recovered from gallbladder surgery in identical rooms that overlooked either a small stand of deciduous trees or a brick wall. After pouring through nearly ten years' worth of ward records, Ulrich found that patients with a view of the trees fared far better than the miserable patients with nothing but a wall to look at, even if their cases were identical. Those with a view took fewer painkillers, were rated by their nurses as being in better spirits, and, on average, left the hospital nearly a day earlier than those without a view. What was going on?

Comment: Seeing green: Your brain on nature
Healers within various medical systems, from India's Ayurvedic medicine to traditional Chinese medicine, have long advocated for the importance of nature. Indeed, in many cultures, it's regarded as a form of medicine. But the notion that trees and flowers can influence psychological well-being remained largely untested in a scientific way until 1979, when behavioral scientist Roger S. Ulrich examined the mental influence of nature scenes on stressed students. His psychological testing showed differences in mental states and outlooks after the students viewed various environmental scenes. The nature scenes increased positive feelings of affection, playfulness, friendliness and elation. Urban views, on the other hand, significantly cultivated one emotion in these students: sadness. Viewing nature tended to reduce feelings of anger and aggression, and urban scenes tended to increase these feelings.

Encouraged by his findings, Ulrich set up a similar experiment to measure brain activity in unstressed, healthy adults. His team discovered that seeing natural landscapes was associated with increased production of serotonin, a chemical that operates within the nervous system. Almost all antidepressant medications are thought to work by enhancing the availability of serotonin for use in nerve cell communication, hence its moniker, "the happy chemical." A follow-up study showed that green spaces acted as a sort of visual Valium: The nature scenes fostered positive thoughts, and lowered post-stress anger and aggression.

Many other contemporary researchers have used objective testing to support Ulrich's pioneering work:
  • In one study, older adults in a residential care center in Texas engaged in the same mental activities in two contexts — once in a garden setting and again in an indoor classroom. The participants were shown to produce lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol while in the garden.
  • The presence of plants in a room, particularly flowering plants, can enhance recovery from the stress induced by an emotional video, quickly bringing brain wave activity back to normal, researchers at Kansas State University found.
  • A research group from Taiwan reported that rural farm scenes are associated with higher alpha-wave activity, particularly in the right part of the brain, which has been linked with creativity. Forest scenes and natural water scenes promote alpha-wave activity and decrease heart rate. Conversely, an increase in muscular tension has been associated with city scenes.

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Terrifying Tech: Acts against health freedom you'll probably never learn about

"When there were no external records that you could refer to, even the outline of your own life los[es] its sharpness." - George Orwell, "1984," Chapter 3, Part I

Dear Prole,

I hope this missive finds you well. If not, I'll blame it on yet another act of technofascism.

Your rights to be healthy without drugs and speak freely are being thwarted. Alas, a large swath of the general populace will never know their health choices are being eliminated.

This is an uphill battle of Sisyphean proportions. A virtual witch hunt. A deletion reminiscent of the Library of Alexandria burning. A multi-tentacled greedy schema.

Those of us who stand for health freedom and, who criticize Big Anything, are losing posting privileges, getting banned, being buried, finding ourselves de-ranked, and proverbially becoming imprisoned.


Tobacco Control: The sadistic, bullying, antismoking prison guards

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The war on smoking is a moral crusade. The antismokers in Tobacco Control regard themselves as virtuous in fighting their war on tobacco. They see themselves as Doing the Right Thing. They regard themselves as saintly figures - holy men and women who are teaching people to be good. They are convinced that the world would be a better place without tobacco.

The first antismoker I ever encountered - Dr W - regarded smoking as a "filthy" habit. And so his objection to smoking was an aesthetic judgement: he didn't like dirt. He was also a gardener who grew cabbages and peas and potatoes in his garden, and would return from his garden with muddy boots and soiled hands. So the habit of gardening to which he was addicted could equally have been said to be a "filthy" habit, and indeed a far filthier habit than smoking.

But antismokers also regard smoking as an "unnatural" habit. They think it's unnatural for people to inhale smoke - any smoke - into their lungs. They think that this is not what lungs are for, and inhaling smoke into them is a form of self-abuse. Such arguments from nature could be applied elsewhere. For if it is "natural" for men to walk around on their legs, then it is "unnatural" of them to ride horses, or drive cars, or fly around on planes or rockets. Even riding bicycles or roller skates must be condemned as an abhorrent, unnatural practice.

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Objective:Health #26 - Mindfulness - Corporate Scam or Key to Nirvana

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The term 'mindfulness' is everywhere. With celebrity endorsements from the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Goldie Hawn, headlines featuring the latest studies with bold claims to Google employees and Davos World Economic Forum attendees, everyone is getting in on the biggest craze in consciousness since The Secret.

It's taking the world by storm, reportedly now a $4.2 trillion industry. More than 100,000 books on Amazon have a variant of "mindfulness" in the title. Besides books, there are workshops, online courses, glossy magazines, documentary films, smartphone apps, bells, cushions, bracelets, beauty products and other paraphernalia, as well as a lucrative and burgeoning conference circuit.

But does anyone know what this over-hyped and commercialized term actually means? Is there anything behind 'mindfulness', or is just another empty New Age term like spiritual, energy or karma?

On this episode of Objective:Health, we take a look at mindfulness, and discuss how it's not so black and white. We look into the origin of the term and the true practice behind what has become a tool of corporate compliance, stripped of all its original ethical and religious tenets. Join us for an enlightening discussion.

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FDA investigating 127 reports of seizures and neurological symptoms after vaping

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is investigating 127 reports of people suffering seizures or other neurological symptoms after using e-cigarettes, the agency announced Wednesday.

It remains unclear whether there's a direct link between vaping and the reported cases of neurological events.

"Although we still don't have enough information to determine if e-cigarettes are causing these reported incidents, we believe it's critical to keep the public updated on the information we've received based on the agency's initial request for reports earlier this year," Dr. Ned Sharpless, the acting FDA commissioner, said in a statement Wednesday. "We appreciate the public response to our initial call for reports, and we strongly encourage the public to submit new or follow-up reports with as much detail as possible."

Comment: Vaping is unnatural and currently unregulated by the FDA, that alone should raise red flags. If you are still undecided about the safety of E-cigarettes, you may find the articles below informative:
As part of their tests, mice were exposed to e-cigarette smoke (ECS) for three months at a dose and duration equivalent to light e-cigarette smoking for 10 years in humans. The exposure led to DNA damage in the animals' lungs, bladders and hearts. It also retarded DNA repair functions and proteins in the lungs.
Researchers at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health analyzed various e-cig and vape pen liquids for the presence of three related chemicals — diacetyl, 2,3-pentanedione, and acetoin — that are also used in artificial butter flavorings. By the turn of the 21st century, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had deemed diacetyl safe to eat, but little was known about what happened when a person inhales it. Then, in the early 2000s, workers at several plants that manufacture microwave popcorn came down with a nasty lung disease after prolonged exposure to the fake-butter fumes.
The latest study, conducted by the American Heart Association, found that heart attacks are nearly 60 percent more common among vapers, who are at a 71 percent higher risk of stroke.


The same group was at a 59 percent higher risk of having a heart attack or angina. And they were at 40 percent greater risk of developing heart disease.
The study, which was published in Environmental Science & Technology, found that the thermal decomposition of propylene glycol and glycerin, two solvents found in most "e-liquids" (the substance that is vaporized by the e-cigarette), leads to emissions of toxic chemicals such as acrolein and formaldehyde.


However, there have been few if any studies on the safety of heating and inhaling propylene glycol and glycerin. "People are not drinking the liquids--they're vaping them," said Sleiman. "So what counts is the vapor."

The researchers vaporized liquids consisting solely of the solvents to verify that they were the source of the emissions. In all, the researchers detected significant levels of 31 harmful chemical compounds, including two that had never been previously found in e-cigarette vapor--propylene oxide and glycidol, both of which are probable carcinogens.
Exposure to the condensate increased cell death and boosted production of oxygen free radicals by a factor of 50, and it significantly increased the production of inflammatory chemicals-more so when the condensate contained nicotine.

What's more, the ability of cells exposed to vaped condensate to engulf bacteria was significantly impaired, although treatment with an antioxidant restored this function and helped lessen some of the other harmful effects.

The researchers conclude that the vaping process itself can damage vital immune system cells, at least under laboratory conditions.