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'Western-style' diet is making you fat and stupid, study says


A diet high in fat and sugar can impair mental abilities, a new study has found.
Mmmmm doughnuts.

A "Western-style" diet makes you Homer Simpson-level stupid, according to a new study published in the Royal Society.

Even if you're slim and healthy, eating a high-fat, high-sugar diet for just a week was found to impact brain function and make it harder for people to control their appetites, the researchers from Australia, the US and England found.

"After a week on a Western-style diet, palatable food such as snacks and chocolate becomes more desirable when you are full," Richard Stevenson, a professor of psychology at Macquarie University in Sydney and one of the study's authors tells the Guardian. "This will make it harder to resist, leading you to eat more, which in turn generates more damage to the hippocampus."

He calls the response "a vicious cycle of overeating."

Past research had shown that a "Western-style" diet — generally defined as a diet high in fat, sugar and processed foods — impaired brain function in animals. Researchers suspected the same would happen in humans.

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Weighing down childhood: Are vaccines and glyphosate contributing to childhood obesity?

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Over the past several decades, the experience of childhood has changed fundamentally for many American children. Impairing their ability to climb trees and run races, over a third are encumbered — at even the youngest ages — with runaway weight and associated sequelae like high blood pressure. As of 2015-16, about 13.7 million U.S. children and adolescents — roughly one in five (18.5%) — were obese, and another 17% were overweight. Even worse, a third of those classified as obese fell into the category of "extreme obesity."

In the adolescent age group (12- to 19-year-olds), obesity prevalence — at 21% — has quadrupled since the 1980s, generating $14 billion in annual direct health expenses. Researchers are even more concerned, however, by the worsening picture in 2- to 5-year-olds. Studies show that early-onset weight gain has long-term risks; when children start kindergarten overweight, they are four times more likely to become obese by eighth grade as normal-weight kindergartners. In less than a decade (from 2007-08 to 2015-16), the prevalence of obesity and severe obesity in the 2- to 5-year age group rose from 10% to 14%. In the most recent two-year cycle, this sharp increase in preschool-age children — particularly boys, African Americans and Hispanics — prompted researchers to fret about the obesity epidemic having become "endemic." At a societal level, experts warn that "The obesity epidemic threatens to shorten life expectancy . . . and bankrupt the health care system."

The dramatic surge in childhood obesity began in earnest in the late 1980s. Given the growing evidence that environmental chemicals are key obesity triggers, it makes sense to consider what exposures may have increased over the same time period. Vaccines and glyphosate are two culprits that readily come to mind — and published evidence supports a link.

Comment: While the continually plunging quality of diet is no doubt at least partly responsible for the growing obesity epidemic, toxicity and inflammation are likely playing a huge role (perhaps moreso than diet quality). We've all seen people with garbage diets who seem to be relatively unaffected, while others need to pay strict attention to what they eat or pay consequences. Genetics can only explain so much, and the above article connects some dots that give a clearer picture than the mainstream calories-in-calories-out model will allow.

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Vitamin C may improve ventricular function, shorten ICU stay after heart bypass surgery

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High doses of vitamin C led to improved ventricular function and reduced duration of ICU stay among patients who had just undergone coronary artery bypass surgery, adding more support for vitamin C's heart-protective potential

Researchers from Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in Iran evaluated the impact of high-dose vitamin C on markers of myocardial injury in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG).

This surgery improves blood flow to the heart and is performed on people suffering from severe coronary heart disease, where plaque builds up inside the coronary arteries.[i] Myocardial injury is considered the leading cause of death in patients with cardiovascular disease.[ii]

Vitamin C Supports Heart Function After Surgery

In their double-blind randomized trial, the group recruited 50 patients ages 50 to 80 years old who had CABG surgery.[iii] The intervention group received 5 grams (g) of intravenous vitamin C before anesthesia and 5 g of vitamin C in a solution. The control group received the same amount of placebo.

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Study finds sexual promiscuity dramatically increases cancer risk

A new study has found that engaging in sexual promiscuity increases the risk of getting cancer by as much as 91 per cent.

"Experts found older women who had ten or more lifetime lovers were 91 per cent more likely to be diagnosed with the disease, compared to those who only had one," reports the Sun.

The study by Anglia Ruskin University scientists shows that many cancers such as cervical, prostate and oral are linked to sexually transmitted infections. The higher the number of partners, the more likely someone is to get infected.

"In both men and women, a higher number of sexual partners was associated with increased risk of cancer," said lead researcher Dr Lee Smith.

While sexual promiscuity is at an all time high, the U.S. birth rate continues to plummet.

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The benefits of intermittent fasting

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I was skeptical, but it turns out there is something to be said for a daily fast, preferably one lasting at least 16 hours.

I've long thought the human body was not meant to run on empty, that fasting was done primarily for religious reasons or political protest. Otherwise we needed a reliably renewed source of fuel to function optimally, mentally and emotionally as well as physically.

Personal experience reinforced that concept; I'm not pleasant to be around when I'm hungry. There's even an official name for that state of mind, confirmed by research: Hangry!

Comment: All the objections and reasons intermittent fasting might be 'more difficult than doing nothing' can be dismissed with one simple piece of advice: Don't be stupid about it. It isn't rocket science, nor is it that difficult once you've adjusted. Much like the keto diet, the benefits can be quite remarkable and it would be a shame if people were dissuaded from trying a relatively simple strategy with potentially huge payoffs because it might be a little hard at first and you might have to turn down a dinner invitation or two.

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Understanding the basics of glyphosate

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Glyphosate is a broad spectrum chelator, a nonselective herbicide, an extremely effective antimicrobial agent, a synthetic amino acid, an endocrine disruptor and a probable carcinogen. The world has never experienced such a multi-pronged compound used liberally and indiscriminately. In my opinion, the history books someday could well state that "glyphosate is the most chronically toxic compound ever indiscriminately released into the environment".

The substance glyphosate was initially discovered in 1950 by a Swiss chemist, Henri Martin, at the pharmaceutical company Cilag. At that stage the product had no known pharmaceutical purpose. In 1964 Stauffer Chemical Company discovered the chelating capabilities of glyphosate and it was developed and utilized as a descaling agent for boiler systems and steam pipes. Although Stauffer screened glyphosate as an herbicide, it was passed over because it did not meet their functional period of time. It was not until the early 1970s that glyphosate was discovered/developed by Monsanto scientists to have herbicidal activity.

Glyphosate is the active chemical ingredient in Roundup herbicide and approximately 40 generic forms of glyphosate based herbicides (GBHs). GBHs are nonselective thus they are designed to kill any living plant on which they are applied and have become the most widely used herbicides in the world.

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Objective:Health #44 - ‌Apocalypse Now - Is COVID-19 Our Day of Reckoning?

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If you haven't heard about the coronavirus currently locking down China, you've likely been hiding under a rock. The explanations for the origin of the virus have been all over the place: it came from Chinese people eating weird animals (bat soup anyone?); it came from space hitchhiking on a meteorite; it escaped a biotech lab; it's a bioweapon launched by the US to cripple China's economy. There's tons of speculation, but little in the way of actual verifiable evidence.

Join us on this episode of Objective:Health as we wax on about COVID-19. Are we all gonna die? Or will it fizzle out like previous pandemics?

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Sometimes a placebo is not a placebo

Placebos are used in clinical trials to demonstrate that an experimental drug is superior to the control or "inactive" pill (1). A placebo is usually defined as an "inert substance" (no effect), given to trial participants with the aim of making it impossible for them, and usually the researchers themselves, to know who is receiving an active or inactive therapy.

The exact contents of a placebo pill are often unknown; the "recipe" is not disclosed to the trial subjects, nor is it published in the peer-reviewed literature. Recently, the editor-in-chief of Clinical Therapeutics, Dr. Robert Shader, raised concerns when a 2017 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine injected one group of people with a monoclonal antibody (ocrelizumab) and the other group with a "matching placebo."

But what was in the placebo? "Was it saline? Was it the same vehicle in which the monoclonal antibody was dissolved?" Shader rightly questioned. Researchers should provide the public with the exact ingredients contained within a placebo, but this is rarely the case.

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CBC office tries veganism for a month to find out if it's healthy. It's not

Dr. Raj Attariwala
© Christian Amundson/CBC
Dr. Raj Attariwala looks at the results of an MRI scan on Jan. 6, 2019 in his Vancouver office.

7 of 8 employees at AIM Medical Imaging Services completed the 30-day vegan challenge

After a month of plant-based eating, it's finally time to order pizza.

This celebration requires cheese. Lots of cheese.

"It's been a hard month," Sean Jensen said between gigantic bites of pizza. "But this is delicious."

Comment: 'Lost muscle, gained fat, but I'm going to cut down on meat anyway.' Makes perfect sense.

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Herd immunity: A false rationale for vaccine mandates

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Herd immunity is a largely theoretical concept, yet for decades, it has furnished one of the key underpinnings for vaccine mandates in the United States. The public health establishment borrowed the herd immunity concept from pre-vaccine observations of natural disease outbreaks. Then, without any apparent supporting science, officials applied the concept to vaccination, using it not only to justify mass vaccination but to guilt-trip anyone objecting to the nation's increasingly onerous vaccine mandates.

Apparently, herd immunity bullying sometimes works: A review of 29 studies showed that "willingness to immunize children for the benefit of the community" was a "motivating reason" for about a third of parents. There is one problem with using herd immunity as a motivator, however — the theory of herd immunity relies on numerous flawed assumptions that, in the real world, do not and cannot justify compulsory vaccination policies. In a 2014 analysis in the Oregon Law Review by New York University (NYU) legal scholars Mary Holland and Chase E. Zachary (who also has a Princeton-conferred doctorate in chemistry), the authors show that 60 years of compulsory vaccine policies "have not attained herd immunity for any childhood disease." It is time, they suggest, to cast aside coercion in favor of voluntary choice.

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