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Coca-Cola & Pepsi sponsored about 100 health orgs in 5yrs, primary interest of improving profit, at the expense of public health

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Coca-Cola and Pepsi aren't known for their nutritional values, but the two soda giants have managed to promote a positive image for their brands by sponsoring health organizations, making them "unwitting partners" to the cola agenda, a new study claims.

The study, conducted by researchers at Boston University (BU) and published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, found that the Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo sponsored a combined total of at least 96 health organizations between 2011 and 2015.

That breakdown includes 12 organizations that accepted money from both companies, one which accepted cash from just PepsiCo, and 83 which only accepted funds from Coca-Cola.

Comment: Earlier this year, for instance, Barbara Bowman, Ph.D., former director of the CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP),left the agency unexpectedly, two days after her close ties with Coca-Cola were revealed.

Bowman reportedly aided a Coca-Cola representative in efforts to influence World Health Organization (WHO) officials to relax recommendations on sugar limits. Bowman, however, was not the only CDC official looking out for Coca-Cola.

See also: The FDA is BigPharma's lapdog, not a watchdog for the public


Vaccines - more scary than ever

According to a report by Tim Bolen, Hillary Clinton PERSONALLY Arranged For Chinese Vaccine Manufacturers to Avoid US Government Scrutiny..., there are going to be a lot more problems, it seems:
Chinese Made Vaccines are "Pre-Approved" by the World Health Organization (WHO). They Completely Bypass Any US Agency Inspections...
Why don't I have much faith in Chinese-made vaccines, or any vaccines? Well, the Chinese have a documented history of toxins and contamination in their products - anything from dry wall to children's toys and jewelry to farmed fish, including most products in between—and the foods they manufacture and sell globally.

In my 2009 book, Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking of Our DNA, A Probe Into What's Probably Making Us Sick, I devote an entire chapter to exposing the problems with Chinese-made goods. I titled that chapter The China Trade Debacle: Toxic and 'Made in China.' I only can imagine what will happen with vaccines!


Junk food alters gene expression leading to binge eating

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A new therapeutic target for the treatment of compulsive binge eating has been identified by researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM).

The study, which is published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, reports the beneficial effects of the activation of a class of receptors, Trace Amine-Associated Receptor 1 (TAAR1), on compulsive, binge eating. TAAR1 discovered in 2001, is a receptor that binds molecules in the brain called trace amines.

Compulsive binge eating is estimated to affect approximately 15 million people suffering from forms of obesity and eating disorders in the United States. It is characterized by episodes of eating large quantities of food, often very quickly and to the point of discomfort. Binge eaters often experience a loss of control during the binge as well as shame, distress or guilt afterwards.

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Do you really need eight glasses a day?

Study challenges idea of mandatory water intake

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A new study showed that a 'swallowing inhibition' is activated by the brain after excess liquid is consumed, helping maintain tightly calibrated volumes of water in the body.
A multi-institute study led by Monash University has revealed for the first time the mechanism that regulates fluid intake in the human body and stops us from over-drinking, which can cause potentially fatal water intoxication. The study challenges the popular idea that we should drink eight glasses of water a day for health.

The study showed that a 'swallowing inhibition' is activated by the brain after excess liquid is consumed, helping maintain tightly calibrated volumes of water in the body.

Associate Professor Michael Farrell from the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute oversaw the work by University of Melbourne PhD student Pascal Saker as part of a collaboration with several Melbourne institutes.

"If we just do what our body demands us to we'll probably get it right - just drink according to thirst rather than an elaborate schedule," Associate Professor Farrell said.

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The Health & Wellness Show: When the body says, 'Whoah!': Rare diseases and strange ailments

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There are a number of people currently living around the world who are experiencing the weirdest, rarest diseases known to man. Some are genetic, some are caused by injury and practically all of them leave the most learned medical professionals scratching their heads in confusion. When the human body works as it should it can be a wonder to behold, but what about when things go wrong? Gustatory auditory synaesthesia, polydactyly, misophonia, fibrodysplasia ossificans progressive, hirsuitism and spontaneous human combustion are just a few of the conditions we'll talk about. What causes these strange ailments? A cruel mishap in the genetic lottery, karma, poverty and malnutrition, a disturbance in the morphic field?

Join us on this episode of the Health and Wellness Show as we discuss these rare diseases.
Stay tuned for Zoya's Pet Health Segment where the topic will be strange animals.

Running Time: 01:25:38

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Pets on pot: Medical marijuana has a new customer base

When Lisa Mastramico needed relief for her ailing tabby, Little Kitty, she turned to an unlikely source: marijuana.

At 12 years old, the cat had arthritis. For a long while she spent her days hiding in a closet, where Ms. Mastramico had built her a bed of plush blankets. After trying various supplements that proved ineffectual, she went to a meeting for Women Grow, an industry group for cannabis entrepreneurs.

She was not sold on the idea right away. "My concern was that it's not my place to get my cat high," said Ms. Mastramico, the director of a public access television network in Long Beach, Calif.

But with Little Kitty becoming increasingly isolated, it was time to give it a try. She got a medical marijuana card and purchased two edible oils made for pets and derived from cannabis that she squirts into her pet's mouth.


Clinical trials underreport harms of antidepressant medications

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A group of researchers recently found serious bias in the reporting of harm due to adverse events in antidepressant medication clinical trials. They report that although dropout rates from studies for both drug and placebo groups were comparable and well reported, participants who were randomly assigned to receive the drug were 2.4 times more likely to leave the study due to adverse events.

More strikingly, serious adverse events were very poorly reported in journal articles. Even when they were reported, discrepancies were often found between data submitted to the FDA and those reported in the published literature, which is a form of "spinning data" or a way of using language to report results in a way that shows favorable outcomes for the drug while minimizing its negative effects.



5 NYC moms win second court case against mandatory flu vaccination

A group of persistent moms claimed victory Thursday over the Health Department, when an appellate court continued to smack down a 2013 Bloomberg initiative that required mandatory flu vaccinations for preschool-aged kids in city-sponsored day care.

The flu-shot requirement is illegal, the Manhattan Appellate Division ruled, because the city "impermissibly crossed into the legislative sphere" when it decided pre-school and kindergarten-aged children must be injected — or be barred from attending the programs.

A group of five moms brought suit in Nov. 2015, contesting the policy.

Thursday's decision upheld a lower court's ruling but cited different reasons.

State Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez ruled in December 2015 that the Department of Health had faltered in adopting the rule because state law gives the state Health Department power over which diseases it decides require mandatory vaccination.

Comment: Congratulations to these moms. Considering the ill effects of flu vaccines they had every reason to take their case to court.
Blistering report on flu vaccines: Revealed by John Hopkins Scientist


Rise in girls asking GPs about genital labiaplasty cosmetic surgery is blamed on online porn

A study has found there has been a threefold rise in girls asking for genital cosmetic surgery in the last decade
An increasing number of girls as young as 15 are asking their GPs for advice about genital cosmetic surgery, a study has found.

Teenage girls who are increasingly concerned that their genitals don't look "normal" have been inquiring about the possibility of getting a labiaplasty - a surgical procedure that removes tissue from the labia.

Author of the study Dr. Magdalena Simonis from the University of Melbourne, said she felt compelled to conduct the survey after her own patients began asking about the procedure.

She said: "I felt underprepared to respond to those requests. When I spoke to colleagues who were also working in areas of women's health, they also expressed the same sort of experiences with women questioning whether their genitals looked normal.

"Many of them volunteered that that 20 or 25 years ago, this was never an issue."

Comment: What's going on with young women and their lady bits?


Irisin: The fat-blasting hormone produced by exercise

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If a workout feels like more pain than gain, here's some motivation: Exercise releases a hormone that helps the body shed fat and keeps it from forming.

A group led by a University of Florida Health researcher has learned more about how the hormone irisin helps convert calorie-storing white fat cells into brown fat cells that burn energy. Irisin, which surges when the heart and other muscles are exerted, also inhibits the formation of fatty tissue, according to the researchers.

The findings, published recently in the American Journal of Physiology -- Endocrinology and Metabolism, show that irisin may be an attractive target for fighting obesity and diabetes, said Li-Jun Yang, M.D., a professor of hematopathology in the UF College of Medicine's department of pathology, immunology and laboratory medicine. The study is believed to be the first of its kind to examine the mechanisms of irisin's effect on human fat tissue and fat cells, researchers said.