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Teens enslaved by computers: WHO report warns of major health risks for adolescent digital screen addiction

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Around 1.2 billion people, 1 in 6 of the world's population, are adolescents aged 10 - 19. Many are at risk of premature death, illness and injury. In a major report, the World Health Organization lays out the major risks facing this vast demographic - too much time spent staring at digital screens festers near the top of the pestilential heap.

The report, Global Accelerated Action for the Health of Adolescents (AA-HA!), notes there has been a dramatic increase in the time young people spend staring at digital screen time since the turn of the century, with little indication this will be slowing any time soon. Spending more than two hours in front of tablets, computers and smartphones is causing children as young as 11 to suffer an increased risk of poor health.

​The report notes usage rates in the UK alone have increased for both sexes since 2000, and tripled for girls aged 15 or over.

In 2014, 74.6 percent of girls and 76.5 percent of boys aged 11 — 15 used a computer, tablet or phone for two or more hours on a weekday. In Scotland, these figures stood at 79.9 percent for girls and 83.6 percent for boys. Of the 200,000 children in 42 countries studied by the WHO, Scotland came top for computer use by girls, Wales fourth and England seventh.

Christmas Tree

Study finds marijuana could slow memory loss and delay onset of Alzheimer's in the elderly

Old mice regained their speed of memory after consuming pot, German scientists found
Psychologist Professor Andreas Zimmer of Bonn University in Germany said the findings are essential in the movement to understand cannabis as a form of medicine.

More than half of the highly influential United States has voted in favor of legalization for medical use, and Germany followed suit just two months ago.
'Chronic, low-dose treatment with THC or cannabis extracts could be a potential strategy to slow down or even reverse cognitive decline in the elderly,' he said.

'Together, these results reveal a profound, long-lasting improvement of cognitive performance resulting from a low dose of THC treatment in mature and old animals.

'THC treatment for 28 days restored the learning and memory performance of mature and old animals in the water maze, novel object location recognition and social recognition tests to the levels observed in young mice.'

Red Flag

Trump Admin relaxes Obama-era school lunch requirements but maintains current crony system

The Trump administration is relaxing school lunch requirements set under the Obama administration. States will now be allowed to grant exemptions to schools struggling to hit certain nutrition benchmarks. Exempted schools will not have to cut more salt from meals, can serve fewer whole grains, and can offer 1% flavored milk in addition to the fat-free flavored milk currently required.

The changes do not affect the basics of the current crony system. Recall that two of the biggest school lunch suppliers used their money and political influence to twist regulations so that a slice of pizza would be considered a vegetable and kids could be served all of the French fries they wanted.

School lunch is also marred by outright corruption. The US Department of Agriculture pays $1 billion per year to buy produce and meat for school lunches. Instead of preparing that food on-site in a healthy manner, schools hire management companies, which in turn hire processors to prepare the food. The processors turn chicken meat, scraps, flavorings, and fillers of uncertain origin into things like chicken nuggets. The processors, in turn, pay what look to us to be kickbacks to the management companies for choosing them over another processor. None of this money goes back to the schools. Those seeming kickbacks—the management companies call them "rebates"—are arguably illegal. The New York Attorney General sued one management company and received a $20 million settlement.

Evil Rays

Wireless technology affects kids' epigenetics

Cindy Sage and Ernesto Burgio published a new paper "Electromagnetic Fields, Pulsed Radiofrequency Radiation, and Epigenetics: How Wireless Technologies May Affect Childhood Development" on the Bioinitiative 2012 website, which ought to dispel much of the disparity about EMFs not being harmful, especially to children, and fetuses in particular, I'd like to add.

The authors talk about epigenetics affecting childhood development, something to listen up about very carefully in this day and age of neuro-developmentally-challenged children, something not widespread in former generations. According to the 2015 "America's Children and the Environment, Third Edition" [1]:
[A]pproximately 15% of children in the United States ages 3 to 17 years were affected by neurodevelopmental disorders, including ADHD, learning disabilities, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, autism, seizures, stuttering or stammering, moderate to profound hearing loss, blindness, and other developmental delays, in 2006 - 2008.

[CJF emphasis added. It's now 2017. What are current figures?]


Canadian Parliament set to vote on mandatory labeling for GMOs

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On Wednesday, May 17th, Members of Parliament will vote on Private Member's Bill C-291 for mandatory labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods.

"Labelling is necessary for transparency and traceability in our food system," said Lucy Sharratt of the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network. "Canadians want to know where GM foods are in their grocery stores."

Polls over twenty years consistently show that over 75 percent of Canadians want GM foods labelled. Health Canada's 2016 survey put this number at 78 percent.(1)

"Why are Canadians being kept in the dark? Who will go shopping with me to tell me which foods are GM?" said 17-year-old Rachel Parent, founder of the group Kids Right to Know. "In our democracy, I expect our Members of Parliament to vote for the wishes of Canadians."

Private Member's Bill C-291 was sponsored by Member of Parliament Pierre-Luc Dusseault (Sherbrooke, Quebec).


Can high-intensity workouts slow down aging?

Queen may have melancholically wondered who wants to live forever, but we're pretty sure there's a few people out there that actually do. There are a few remarkable lifeforms out there that appear to be able to regenerate their cells Doctor Who-style, meaning they can technically live forever - but this is something that's currently beyond the capabilities of humankind.

Does a new study give the dream of immortality a credible boost, though? Writing in the journal Preventative Medicine, a team from Brigham Young University has discovered a strange way to slow down aging, but one that comes with a genuinely frustrating catch.

Age may be defined colloquially as how many times each of us has orbited the Sun - fair enough - but our cells don't necessarily all age in the same way. If we have an unhealthy lifestyle, our cells worsen quicker than if we have a more pious style of living. It's far less fun that way, but sadly it's true.

It shouldn't come as a surprise, then, that this new study has concluded that exercise, of all things, allows our cells to age far slower than they otherwise would. Specifically, adults with high-intensity exercise levels, such as 30-40 minutes jogging for fives days per week, appears to keep your cells nine years younger than your birthday cake would suggest.



UK 'health experts' claim smoking ban should include ALL public areas

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Smoking should be banned in all public areas, health experts have said.

The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) has called on pubs, restaurant gardens, shopping areas and public parks to be included in the list of areas where it is illegal to smoke.

According to the society, the move would lead to one third of smokers turning to e-cigarettes.

Comment: This Nazi style, militant anti-smoking rhetoric seems to be a maniacal obsession for the powers that be, which leads us to the question- why? They clearly don't have the public's best interests at heart else they wouldn't recommend the SAD diet, promote their poisonous vaccinations and prescription drugs. So what's really going on here? The reader may find the articles below interesting.


Can a 'fecal transplant' help people lose weight?

Who’s living whom? Think you’re in charge? The bacterial-human cell ratio shows your human cells are greatly outnumbered by microbiome (bacterial) cells in your body.
Studies in mice have garnered attention for a remarkable result: When the feces of one mouse was transplanted to another mouse, the recipient mouse either gained or lost weight.

But can these transplants — which doctors call "fecal microbiota transplantations," or FMTs, and which everyone else calls "poop transplants" — have the same effects in humans?

Two studies that explored that question were presented here at Digestive Disease Week, a scientific meeting focused on digestive diseases.

Comment: Further reading:


Myth that measles virus is responsible for causing measles infection undermined by Chinese air pollution study

The idea that measles virus is solely responsible for causing measles infection, and that vaccination alone is the way to prevent it, has been undermined by a new study Chinese air pollution study.

A new study published in the journal Environmental Research reveals that exposure to air pollution is significantly associated with measles incidence in China. This is consistent with the view that infection is not solely determined by exposure to a virus particle but also involves the immune status of the subject which depends on various nutritional and environmental factors, including the immunosuppressive function of air pollution. In other words, it's not just the "germ" alone but the terrain that determines disease.

In the new study titled, "Is short-term exposure to ambient fine particles associated with measles incidence in China? A multi-city study," Chinese researchers examined the relationship between short-term exposure to ambient particles with a diameter of less than ≤2.5µm (i.e. 2.5 microns thick) and measles incidence in China. They noted that rapid economic development has resulted in "severe particulate matter (PM) air pollution."

Comment: Measles: A rash of misinformation


First ever vaccinated vs. unvaccinated kid study erased from internet - wonder why?

In recent years, the glaring spotlight of skepticism has been turned to the topic of vaccines, bitterly dividing parents and giving doctors of modern medicine conniption fits — but no matter where you stand on vaccinations, the fact two groundbreaking, scientific, peer-reviewed studies painting inoculations in not-so favorable light have vanished from the Internet is cause for concern.

Originally, the study, titled, "Pilot comparative study on the health of vaccinated and unvaccinated 6- to 12- year old U.S. children," was published in Open Access Text.

Until, that is, Open Access Text removed it and a second, similar study by the same authors from their archives without explanation. In fact, The Free Thought Project attempted to contact Open Access Text on multiple occasions for an explanation on the abrupt decision to pull the studies — but, as of publishing, had yet to receive a response.

Comment: Another piece of the autism puzzle: Aluminum adjuvant, cytokines, brain inflammation, autism: Did China discover the missing piece of the autism puzzle?