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Too much sugar could increase mental health risk in men, study suggests

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Men with the highest intake of sugar had a 23% increased chance of suffering a common mental disorder after five years, the study found.
Men who consume a lot of added sugar in drinks, cakes and confectionery run an increased risk of depression, according to a new study.

Researchers from University College London (UCL) looked at sugar in the diet and common mental health problems in a very large cohort of 5,000 men and 2,000 women recruited for the Whitehall II study in the 1980s.

They found a strong association between consuming higher levels of sugar and depression in men. Men with the highest intake - more than 67g a day - had a 23% increased chance of suffering a common mental disorder after five years than those who consumed the lowest levels of sugar - less than 39.5g.

The researchers investigated whether men might be eating more sugary foods because they were depressed, but found that was not the case.

Comment: See also: Diseases of civilization: The case against sugar


5 suicides at prestigious university in Britain raise fears of student mental health crisis

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Following the suicide of five students in one academic year at Bristol University, southwest England, a suicide prevention charity is urging freshers to look out for each other as they embark on their first semesters.

The deaths at Bristol, one of the most prestigious universities in Britain, have renewed concerns about a crisis in student mental health and the capacity of universities to respond.

PAPYRUS, a charity dedicated to the prevention of young suicide in the UK, runs a helpline for young people having suicidal thoughts.

The charity says it often receives calls from first-year students struggling to adjust to their new environment. Many have moved away from home, leaving support networks, and are struggling with additional pressures of living independently for the first time, it says.

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Why it's hard to cut the carbs

I've been eating a high-fat, carb-restricted diet for almost 20 years, since I started as an experiment when investigating nutrition research for the journal Science. I find it's easy for me to maintain a healthy weight when I eat this way. But even after two decades, the sensation of being on the edge of a slippery slope is ever-present.

The holidays and family vacations are a particular problem. Desserts and sweets, it seems, will appear after every lunch and dinner, and I'm not particularly good at saying no when everyone else is partaking. The more sweets I eat, the more we eat as a family, the longer it takes upon returning home before that expectation of a daily treat fades away.

What I've realized is that eating a little of a tasty dessert or a little pasta or bread fails to satisfy me. Rather it ignites a fierce craving for more, to eat it all and then some. I find it easier to avoid sugar, grains and starches entirely, rather than to try to eat them in moderation. The question is why.

To begin to answer that question requires understanding that researchers are generally divided not only on what causes obesity, but also why we have cravings and often fail to stay on diets.


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The Health & Wellness Show: Connecting The Dots - Big Food, Big Pharma and Big Disease

On this episode of the Health and Wellness show we will Connect the Dots in health news over the last couple of months. Big food is back in the news with their ridiculous recommendations about 'healthy dietary fats'. The Presidential advisory panel sponsored by the American Heart Association has once again displayed their blatant conflicts of interest, cherry picked data and misguided science when it come to recommendations for a 'healthy diet'. Big food profits drive the funding, publication and discussion of organizations like the AHA while researchers, authors, cardiologists and consumers are left wondering what is going on?

We cannot address Big Food without looking at the connections between Big Pharma and Big Disease. If 'food is information' as science has been suggesting how does lifestyle, diet and environmental factors contribute to our overall health? Join us for yet another lively discussion about food, Big Pharma drugs and the growing epidemic of disease.

As always added in the mix is Zoya's pet health segment!

Running Time: 01:26:46

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New study suggests shorter duration of antibiotic therapy is preferable and less likely to fuel drug resistance

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Experts suggest patients should stop taking the drugs when they feel better rather than completing their prescription. The idea that stopping antibiotic treatment early encourages antibiotic resistance is not supported by evidence, while taking antibiotics for longer than necessary increases the risk of resistance.
Telling patients to stop taking antibiotics when they feel better may be preferable to instructing them to finish the course, according to a group of experts who argue that the rule long embedded in the minds of doctors and the public is wrong and should be overturned.

Patients have traditionally been told that they must complete courses of antibiotics, the theory being that taking too few tablets will allow the bacteria causing their disease to mutate and become resistant to the drug.

But Martin Llewelyn, a professor in infectious diseases at Brighton and Sussex medical school, and colleagues claim that this is not the case. In an analysis in the British Medical Journal, the experts say "the idea that stopping antibiotic treatment early encourages antibiotic resistance is not supported by evidence, while taking antibiotics for longer than necessary increases the risk of resistance".

Comment: Medical malpractice and misuse of antibiotics are leading to dangerous resistance


Sperm levels in Western men plummeted by more than half in just 4 decades - study

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Chemicals, diet, stress, and lifestyle choices have caused the sperm levels of Western men to plummet to less than 50 percent of what they were four decades ago, a new study has found.

The research found that sperm in the ejaculate of men from Europe, North America, Australia, and New Zealand fell by 1.4 percent every year between 1973 and 2011, leading to an overall drop of just over 52 percent.

"The results are quite shocking," said study co-author Hagai Levine, an epidemiologist from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, according to Reuters. He called the results an "urgent wake-up call."

Levine added that while fertility treatments such as IVF can sometimes offer solutions to the procreating problem, little is being done to address the root of the issue - an overall general decline in men's health.

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Number of US states with declining populations of Whites increases to 17

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The cholesterol and calorie hypotheses are both dead — it is time to focus on the real culprit: insulin resistance

Emerging evidence shows that insulin resistance is the most important predictor of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
Aggressive lowering of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) has been the cornerstone of preventative cardiology for decades. Statins are widely used as the go-to solution for the prevention of heart disease owing to their ability to slash LDL-C levels, a 'surrogate marker' of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Indeed, statins are one of the most widely prescribed class of drugs in the world. But this phenomenon begs two questions: is the enthusiasm for aggressive lowering of LDL-C justified; and is pharmacotherapy superior to lifestyle intervention?

Over the years, medical guidelines have continually expanded the number of individuals for whom statin therapy is recommended. Proponents argue that statins are 'life-savers' and that 'people will die' if they discontinue their medicine[1],[2]. Prominent researchers from reputable universities have declared that 'everyone over 50' should be on a statin to reduce their risk of CVD and that even children with high LDL-C as young as 8 years should be afforded statin therapy[3].

However, the true benefit of statins in altering risk of CVD is increasingly being questioned by respected members of the medical community, creating bitter divisions within the ranks. Several cardiologists have countered that the benefits of statins have been grossly exaggerated (especially as primary prevention), while their risks have been consistently underemphasised. In some quarters, the scepticism about statins has reached fever pitch. Some say that the preponderance of statin trials has been tainted by 'industry sponsorship', influenced by 'statistical deception', and riddled with 'flawed methodology'[4],[5],[6].


Why You Need To Learn About Leptin If You Are Overweight

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Are you trying to lose weight? Or keep weight off? You've tried exercising more and eating less right? You've tried other fad 'quick fix' diets? But they don't work do they? Sure these are short term fixes, but they're not long term solutions to a leaner slimmer healthier body. I have a saying that I use a lot in my Program, it goes "Calories matter but hormones matter more".

You see, hormones play a pivotal role in whether one increases or decreases fat loss. More than the total amount of calories your consume (or burn).

Comment: More information on Leptin can be found here: As mentioned in the original article, leptin is tightly regulated by the circadian rhythm. Anyone who is finding it difficult to lose weight may benefit from taking appropriate precautions to optimise circadian rhythmicity:


Vaccinate vs Unvaccinated: Study reveals vaccinated children are sicker

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Vaccinated children are more likely to suffer from the a variety of negative health conditions.
It's never been done before. The first-of-its-kind study of vaccinated vs. unvaccinated American homeschooled children shows who is really ailing...and parents should be worried

Something is wrong with America's children. They are sick - allergic, asthmatic, anxious, autoimmune, autistic, hyperactive, distracted and learning disabled. Thirty-two million American children - a full 43% of them - suffer from at least one of 20 chronic illnesses not including obesity.

Across the board, once rare pediatric disorders from autism and ADD to Type 1 diabetes and Tourette's syndrome are soaring, though few studies pool the data. Compared to their parents, children today are four times more likely to have a chronic illness. And while their grandparents might never have swallowed a pill as children, the current generation of kids is a pharmaceutical sales rep's dream come true: More than one million American children under five years old takes a psychiatric drug. More than 8.3 million kids under 17 have consumed psychiatric drugs, and in any given month one in four is taking at least one prescription drug for something.

Comment: The human body is equipped with a variety of sophisticated defence mechanisms designed to protect against foreign disease-causing agents that may be encountered in a natural environment. However, injecting toxic materials directly into the bloodstream bypasses all of these innate defences and effectively overwhelms the immune system in many individuals. With this considered, are the results of this study any surprise?

More information on the destructive health effects of vaccination can be found below:


Hyperbaric oxygen therapy reverses toddler's brain damage

Once the brain is dead, it's dead, right? Especially the more the time moves on after an accident such as drowning... Or so we think. And what of the initial loss of oxygen? A person deprived of oxygen for four minutes might be all right, but what about an hour? What about two?

After two-year-old Eden Carlson of Arkansas nearly reached complete death by drowning in 2016, her parents were told she'd be in a vegetative state for the rest of her life. She was even ensconced at home with her own feeding tube.

We are happy to report that the now three-year-old girl is now enjoying a happy, energetic and talkative childhood thanks to the alternative treatment called hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).

You may have heard of this treatment being used for Lyme disease, autoimmune disease, mystery illness, sepsis and more. Oxygen therapy is being hailed as a regenerative approach to speed recovery.