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Drugs in the environment: The importance of properly disposing of unused medications

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Scientists have found evidence that common methods of household prescription drug disposal can contaminate the environment and produce unwanted effects in wildlife.

Recent studies have shown that chemicals associated with the breakdown of prescription drugs have been found in surface water and groundwater. According to this article published on the PBS website, scientists currently believe that this contamination does not pose a threat to people, but that it does have detrimental effects on wildlife.

Even though all releases of pharmaceuticals cannot be controlled, individuals can take precautions to dispose of unused or outdated prescription drugs properly in order to reduce their overall impact on the environment.

Comment: Pharmaceutical dumping poses risks to wildlife


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Let them eat more fat? Researcher argues that a balance of types of fat is the key

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Studies have shown that humans have a preference for foods that contain fat, such as this slab of steak.
Public health guidelines, such as the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, have long emphasized reducing dietary fat intake, but nutritionists and other health scientists now have more recent evidence that not all fats have adverse effects. Dietary fats differ with regard to their effects on health and risk for chronic diseases, particularly in regard to effects on risk for heart disease.

Indeed, some nutrition experts now believe that certain types of dietary fat may even reduce cardiovascular risk. Some dietary fats may lower fats in the blood called triglycerides. They may also increase levels of HDL, or what is known as the "good" cholesterol, and reduce LDL-cholesterol, or the less healthy type of cholesterol, thus improving the HDL to total cholesterol ratio.

Also, many diet plans that do not strictly limit the total amount of dietary fat a person consumes have been associated with better diet satisfaction, weight loss, and preservation of muscle mass.

Comment: Should we be eating more fat? Latest studies says yes!


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Yale Researchers continue to promote vaccines after discovering a correlation between vaccinations and mental illness

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Over the years, a growing number of professionals have questioned whether or not the ever increasing number of vaccinations being added to the childhood vaccination schedule could be responsible for the number of children being diagnosed with mental illness. However, up until recently, there have been very few researchers willing to research whether or not there is a connection.

One of the few researchers who did write a study on the link between vaccinations and mental illness was Leonie J.T. Balter. However, although Balter and her team of researchers from the Birmingham University did find a significant link between the typhoid vaccination and mental illness, on closer examination, many professionals found her study to be extremely limited.

Not only did her study research a vaccine that was not included in the majority of vaccination schedules, but the only participants allowed to take part in her study were healthy males.

One study, however, did appear to confirm that a wide range of vaccinations were indeed linked to mental illness.

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Lab-created milk? California scientists developing cow-free dairy milk from GMO yeast and 3D printed milk proteins

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Perfect Day dairy-free milk founders Ryan Pandya and Perumal Gandhi.
While most countries across the world continue to eschew virtually all food creations originating from the lab rather than the farmstead (especially in Europe, where nearly 20 countries banned GMOs in 2015), the United States is charging full-steam ahead toward a completely new type of food system.

This emerging system places scientists at the forefront of food production, not farmers.

In many cases, lab-made food companies start with admirable goals of ending or minimizing animal suffering, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and other similar missions.

But critics wonder why these novel foods are being rushed to market without long term safety testing at a time when increasing amounts of synthetic foods are being allowed into the U.S. supply.

Comment: Want some plant-based bacon and steak with that Perfect Day milk like substance? The future of food looks bleak indeed:


Red Flag

Nearly half of US adults have heart or blood vessel disease

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A new report estimates that nearly half of all U.S. adults have some form of heart or blood vessel disease, a medical milestone that's mostly due to recent guidelines that expanded how many people have high blood pressure.

The American Heart Association said Thursday that more than 121 million adults had cardiovascular disease in 2016. Taking out those with only high blood pressure leaves 24 million, or 9 percent of adults, who have other forms of disease such as heart failure or clogged arteries.

Measuring the burden of diseases shows areas that need to improve, the heart association's chief science and medical officer, Dr. Mariell Jessup, said in a statement.

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Arizona lawmaker wants to mandate that parents are fully informed of vaccine ingredients and side effects before children receive shots

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Arizona State Senator Paul Boyer
The Arizona Daily Star (Tucson.com) is reporting that one Arizona lawmaker, State Senator Paul Boyer, is taking a different approach to "mandatory vaccine" policy.

Instead of requiring that all children should be mandated to receive vaccines even over the objections of their parents, this lawmaker wants to instead mandate that parents are fully informed as to the ingredients in vaccines injected into their children, as well as the known side effects, so that they can make an informed choice.

Comment: It's amazing that a move to give people more information about vaccines is being met with so much resistance. If vaccines were legit and carried no risk of complications, as the pro-vaxxers claim, there would be no harm in giving people all the information available so they could make an informed choice. The fact that there's push-back against the mere informing of parents just goes to show they've got something to hide.

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Nina Teicholz: EAT-Lancet report is one-sided, not backed by rigorous science

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The EAT-Lancet Report published last week, with headlines globally, stated that to save both planetary and human health, the world's population needed to cut back dramatically on red meat and other animal products. The prescription is very close to a vegan diet.

Based on Fundamentally Weak Science

This report is disturbing on a number of fronts. Most importantly, its diet lacks the backing of any rigorous science. Indeed, it does not cite a single clinical trial to support the idea that a vegan/vegetarian diet promotes good health or fights disease. Instead EAT-Lancet relies entirely on a type of science that is weak and demonstrably unreliable, called epidemiology. This kind of science has been shown to be accurate, when tested in rigorous clinical trials, only 0-20% of the time.[1][2] One wouldn't bet on a football team with such poor odds, so why bet on the public health this way?

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EAT-Lancet propaganda gets push-back from Institute of Economic Affairs

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Critics claimed the team of doctors and other experts behind the report want a nanny state.
Red and processed meat should be taxed and given cigarette-style health warnings, a major report will say tomorrow.

The Lancet Com-mission on Obesity says taxing joints and burgers will help people choose healthier options and raise billions for healthcare.

But critics claimed the team of doctors and other experts behind the report want a nanny state.

Comment: Much like the warnings on cigarettes, the idea of putting warnings on meat have no scientific basis and simply fall back on political correctness. Meat is essential to health, making the idea of warning against it a propaganda tool, nothing more.

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Attention

Vaping poses health risks: New study finds e-cigs raise risk of stroke, heart disease, and heart attacks by up to 70%

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Vaping e-cigarettes raises the risks of having a heart attack, stroke, or heart disease, a new study finds.

About one in 20 US adults use e-cigarettes and many of them claim to do so because they are 'healthier' than combustible cigarettes.

But the devices are still relatively new and poorly understood.

As more and more research on them comes out, it becomes increasingly clear that 'safer' doesn't mean safe.

Comment: Vaping is new and only now are we beginning to see its harmful effects. Time for people to make the switch back to tobacco:


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Medical intervention may not be doing you any good

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Human beings are creatures of habit. Psychology research clearly demonstrates that people develop automatic responses to specific conditions which become more ingrained with repetition, even if they may not be the best choices.

We often think of doctors as immune to these human imperfections. But research demonstrates that physicians are also creatures of habit when it comes to prescribing medical tests and treatments even when new research has demonstrated that these treatments are not effective.

Each year, medical journals published by the American Medical Association document medical overuse-i.e., when doctors recommend medical interventions that are not helpful. Within the last year, researchers published systematic reviews detailing medical overuse in the JAMA Pediatrics and JAMA Internal Medicine.