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Why you should avoid synthetic dyes & food coloring

Food dye in some form or another has been in use since the ancient Egyptians to make food look more appetizing. The first synthetic food color was obtained from bituminous coal and introduced in 1856. Today's food coloring may be more sophisticated, but big food companies like Kraft, General Mills, Campbell's Soup Taco Bell, and Chipotle are among the businesses announcing that they will be removing synthetic food dyes from many if not all of their offerings. It's a move in keeping with the increasing demand for less processed, healthier food options while eating out or at the grocery store.

We've been eating them forever, and we're fine...right? Not so much.

Comment: Food Dyes: The color of controversy


Kelly Brogan: Red meat for your depression

"It's been a little over 3 weeks since we last met, and I wanted to send you an update.

I started eating red meat daily to address the reactive hypoglycemia. I am feeling so much better! I am a lot less hungry, can fall asleep more easily and stay asleep! (I can't believe this works.)"
This was an message from one of my patients who reluctantly incorporated more red meat into her diet with near immediate results in symptoms that we would never imagine could be helped by such an intervention.

For years, I have observed that conscious inclusion of red meat into the therapeutic diets of my patients - women coming to me for labels of depression, chronic fatigue, Fibromyalgia, ADHD, autoimmunity, and chemical sensitivity - is an essential part of the alchemy of healing. This observation has been extended now to the hundreds who have participated in our online healing program Vital Mind Reset. It simply works.

Comment: Red meat halves risk of depression


Working overtime could be bad for your heart

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Working more than 55 hours a week significantly increases the risk of developing serious heart problems, researchers have found.

People who work such long hours are 40 per cent more likely to suffer an irregular heartbeat than those who work a normal working week of 35 to 40 hours, according to a study.

Long shifts were already known to increase the risk of stroke, but the link with heart rhythm problems - known by the medical term atrial fibrillation - was not previously known.

A study of more than 85,500 British and Scandinavian people found those who worked long hours were far more likely to develop atrial fibrillation over the next decade.

The findings, published in the European Heart Journal, revealed that for every 1,000 people in the study, an extra 5.2 cases of atrial fibrillation occurred among those working long hours.

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4 Reasons Apple Cider Vinegar is Beneficial For Your Feet

There's no doubt Apple cider vinegar has lots of uses and benefits. It is popularly used for its health benefits like regulating blood sugar, helps in digestive functions and prevents weight gain. On top of these benefits, apple cider vinegar is also used as a home remedy for issues with feet. Below are reasons why you should start using apple cider vinegar on your feet.

1. Eliminates foot odor

Do you feel conscious taking your socks and shoes off? Have you received complaints from your loved one of your feet's unpleasant smell? Foot odor is not something that you should dismiss off. To eliminate foot odor, make your own foot deodorizer wipes using this steps:
  • Use baby wipes and pour one cup of apple cider vinegar over it (you can also use a thick size paper towel)
  • Put the wipes in the fridge and let it soak overnight
  • Store it inside a zip-lock to use when needed
Apple cider vinegar contains acid which alters your skin's PH level. This eliminates the bacteria which is the cause of your foot odor. Some people don't like the smell of vinegar; don't worry though as the smell will just dissipate once it dries.


Cholera cases in Yemen pass the 300,000 mark

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A Yemeni infant suspected of being infected with cholera receives treatment in Sanaa, in June.
A 10-week cholera epidemic has now infected more than 300,000 people in Yemen, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Monday, a health disaster on top of war, economic collapse and near-famine in the impoverished country.

"Disturbing. We're at 300k+ suspected cases with ~7k new cases/day," ICRC regional director Robert Mardini said in a tweet.

The World Health Organization has said there were 297,438 suspected cases and 1,706 deaths by July 7, but it did not publish a daily update on Sunday, when the 300,000 mark looked set to be reached. A WHO spokesman said the figures were still being analyzed by Yemen's health ministry.

Although the daily growth rate in the overall number of cases has halved to just over 2 per cent in recent weeks and the spread of the disease has slowed in the worst-hit regions, outbreaks in other areas have grown rapidly.


Mouth microbiome altered by diabetes fosters periodontitis

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Researchers found that diabetes (panel on right) shifts the oral microbiome, transforming it into a more inflammatory environment and promoting bone loss, characteristics of the gum disease periodontitis.
The past several years has provided groundbreaking awareness of the role that microbial species on and within our bodies play in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and the onset of disease. Now, a team of investigators led by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has recently found that the oral microbiome is affected by diabetes, causing a shift to increase its pathogenicity. Findings from the new study—published recently in Cell Host & Microbe in an article entitled "Diabetes Enhances IL-17 Expression and Alters the Oral Microbiome to Increase Its Pathogenicity"—not only show that the oral microbiome of mice with diabetes shifted, but that the change was associated with increased inflammation and bone loss.

"Up until now, there had been no concrete evidence that diabetes affects the oral microbiome," noted senior study investigator Dana Graves, D.D.S., D.M.Sc., interim chair and professor at Penn's School of Dental Medicine. "But the studies that had been done were not rigorous."

Comment: Your oral microbiome has a significant impact on your overall health

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Newly published research suggests that a 'fasting mimicking diet' may cure Type 1 diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is characterized by the loss of insulin-producing 𝛽 cells in the pancreas and has largely been thought to be irreversible—until now. Newly published research suggests that there might be a cure for type 1 diabetes after all. Read on to get all the details.

While type 2 diabetes is known to be reversible with diet and lifestyle changes, type 1 diabetes has long been thought to be a permanent condition that requires lifelong insulin dependence. Excitingly, a new study published just last month (1) suggests that a "fasting mimicking diet" could effectively reverse the pathology of type 1 diabetes in mice. While the potential for translating these findings to humans is still unclear, this is such a pivotal study that I wanted to take the time to unpack it piece by piece. First though, a bit of background to set the stage.

What is a fasting mimicking diet, anyway?

We know that water-only fasting provides many health benefits, including reduced blood glucose, regeneration of the immune system, and cellular maintenance (2). But prolonged fasting is difficult for most people and can cause adverse effects on physical and mental health due to its extreme nature. Researchers have therefore been attempting to design diets that mimic the physiological benefits of prolonged fasting without the burden of complete food restriction.

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The Health & Wellness Show: Hazed and confused: The psychology of hazing

Hazing is defined as any activity required implicitly or explicitly as a condition of initiation or continued membership in an organization whether it be a college fraternity, sports team, military unit or social club. Hazing negatively impacts the physical and psychological well being of initiates and is said to create bonds between members, but is that really the case? Does shared PTSD make people closer? Is hazing really effective in making people want to join a group and even like the group they are joining? Some researchers believe that hazing produces cognitive dissonance and wears down an individuals sense of identity. Undergraduates prone to hazing are reported to have lower self esteem, relying too much on peers and suffering from a dislike of solitude.

Today on the Heath and Wellness show we will discuss the psychology of hazing. At least one hazing death a year has occurred on a college campus every year since 1969 - and many years, multiple deaths have transpired. Is hazing part of evolutionary psychology as some suggest or is it just bullies out of control? Join us as we discuss hazing stories that have captured headlines and what is being done to address the issue.

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Mice shed weight when they can't smell—but not because they stop eating

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When you have a stuffy nose, a slice of freshly baked apple pie tastes like mush. But not being able to smell your food could have a surprising effect on your metabolism, potentially helping you remain thin even when you eat fatty foods, a new study in mice suggests.

"This is a very exciting study, and the outcome is quite compelling," says neuroendocrinologist Tamas Horvath of Yale School of Medicine, who wasn't connected to the research.

To conduct the study, molecular biologist Andrew Dillin of the University of California, Berkeley, and colleagues turned to a variety of genetically altered mice. The scientists gave them regular doses of the diphtheria toxin—which causes a temporary loss of odor-sensing neurons—to suppress their sense of smell. They then fed the rodents either a normal diet or fatty foods—the mouse equivalent of cheesecake and pizza—that usually induce obesity.

Comment: There are other natural ways humans can reduce their weight instead of depending on the pharmaceutical drugs or sprays.


Is an annual pelvic exam really necessary?

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Once a young lady has her first menstrual cycle, the ObGyn expects to see her and if not then, certainly by the time she is 18 years old. And thus begins the annual "lady days ritual," as I call it.

For those of you who don't know what happens, we take off our clothes, put on a backless medical gown, hop up on the examination table and put our feet into a pair of stirrups- but only after we've slid down almost to the point of falling off the table.

At that point, the doctor looks at our genitals and inserts a plastic disposable or cold metal speculum into the vagina. It's cranked open and a swab is taken. Then, the doctor inserts a finger or two and pokes around to feel our internal organs.

"In 2010, doctors performed 62.8 million of these routine pelvic examinations on women across America. In total, gynecological screenings cost the U.S. $2.6 billion every year. And yet, a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicinereports that there is no established medical justification for the annual procedure. After scouring nearly 70 years of pelvic exam studies, conducted from 1946 to 2014, the researchers found no evidence that they lead to any reduction in "morbidity or mortality of any condition" among women. In light of the study, the American College of Physicians, a national organization of internists, has crafted a new set of guidelines warning doctors that exams conducted on otherwise symptomless women can 'subject patients to unnecessary worry and follow-up' and can 'cause anxiety, discomfort, pain, and embarrassment, especially in women who have a history of sexual abuse.