Health & Wellness
Whether from vaccines laced with mercury or from diet or pesticide use, autism today is vastly on the rise in children. Disturbing figures attributed one in 68 children as having an autism spectrum disorder, according to the CDC in 2014. In 2008 it was 1 in 88, and in 2000, the figure was 1 in 150 for those born in 1992.
The CDC still maintains a 2014 figure as current statistics, placing one percent of the population as having autism spectrum disorder, however, publications suggest the figure is now 1 in 50.
Comment: More information on autism and glyphosate:
- Monsanto's 'alternative facts' about glyphosate are on trial
- The blind risks of vaccination and the autism connection
- Autism spectrum disorder linked to mutations in mitochondrial DNA
Thu, 23 Feb 2017 05:00 UTC
If you pull out your phone to check Twitter while waiting for the light to change, or read e-mails while brushing your teeth, you might be what the American Psychological Association calls a "constant checker." And chances are, it's hurting your mental health.
Last week, the APA released a study finding that Americans were experiencing the first statistically significant stress increase in the survey's 10-year history. In January, 57 percent of respondents of all political stripes said the U.S. political climate was a very or somewhat significant source of stress, up from 52 percent who said the same thing in August. On Thursday, the APA released the second part of its 1 findings, "Stress In America: Coping With Change," examining the role technology and social media play in American stress levels.
Social media use has skyrocketed from 7 percent of American adults in 2005 to 65 percent in 2015. For those in the 18-29 age range, the increase is larger, from 12 percent to a remarkable 90 percent. But while an increase in social media usage is hardly surprising, the number of people who just can't tear themselves away is stark: Nowadays, 43 percent of Americans say they are checking their e-mails, texts, or social media accounts constantly. And their stress levels are paying for it: On a 10-point scale, constant checkers reported an average stress level of 5.3. For the rest of Americans, the average level is a 4.4.
Comment: While social media is an important and useful tool for communicating ideas and sharing awareness on important issues among other things, we should, as much as possible, be clear on why we're using it. Some more on this:
- New study finds frequent social media use linked to depression
- Study: People becoming more anti-social, jealous due to social media
Mark's Daily Apple
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00 UTC
If fasting for more than three days sounds riskier than just skipping breakfast, you're right. Long fasts can get you into trouble. They're a big commitment. You shouldn't just stumble into one because it sounds interesting or some guy on your Twitter feed wrote about it.
Skipping a meal or even an entire day of food makes evolutionary sense. We weren't always successful on the hunt or with foraging. We couldn't head down to the Trader Joe's for shrink-wrapped steak, sacks of apples, and jars of honey. Reaching the fed state wasn't a sure thing. Intermittent fasting—going out of your way to not eat, even though food is available—is a modern contrivance meant to replicate the ancestral metabolic environment.
But long fasts seem more evolutionarily aberrant. The evidence from extant hunter-gatherers, many of whom live on land far more impoverished and limited than our hunter-gatherer ancestors, indicates that outright famine is rare. The Hadza may not eat honey and wildebeest every day, but there's usually plenty of something to eat.
Are there benefits to the longer fast, though? What's the purported reasoning behind not eating for days on end?
Comment: More information on the benefits of fasting:
- Neuroscientist shares what fasting does to your brain & why Big Pharma won't study it
- The Health & Wellness Show: Fast-inating Information About Fasting
What is Epigenetics?
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:00 UTC
We're certainly learning more about how our exposure to environmental toxins, especially pollution, affects the chemical tags that attach to our DNA and our health. Previous studies have linked traffic-related air pollution to an increase in histone acetylation, an epigenetic mark found on histone proteins. Similar research uncovered an association between inhaling diesel exhaust fumes and epigenetic changes that affected around 400 genes.
In a new study published in Toxicology, a team of researchers set out to investigate the role of oxidative stress and DNA hydroxymethylation caused by particulate matter from air pollution, in the development of neurodegenerative disease. 5-hydroxymethylcytosine (5-hmC) is an interesting epigenetic modification and its potential function continues to be explored.
Comment: So we have yet another reason for working to prevent - or helping to mitigate - the effects of oxidative stress that comes from pollution. Especially if one lives in an area with heavy industry.
- Glutathione: The Mother of All Antioxidants
- Zinc repairs DNA and reduces oxidative stress
- Essential Glutathione: The Mother of All Antioxidants
- Scientists discover new role for vitamin C in the eye -- and the brain
- Antioxidants prevent cancer and some may even cure it
- Iodine: An old life-saving medicine - rediscovered!
- Are you taking your iodine?
- Iodine - Suppressed knowledge that can change your life
- The Health & Wellness Show: The Iodine Crisis - Interview with Lynne Farrow
Recent research published in Molecular & Cellular Proteomics offers one glimpse into how cutting calories impacts aging inside a cell. The researchers found that when ribosomes — the cell's protein makers — slow down, the aging process slows too. The decreased speed lowers production but gives ribosomes extra time to repair themselves.
"The ribosome is a very complex machine, sort of like your car, and it periodically needs maintenance to replace the parts that wear out the fastest," said Brigham Young University biochemistry professor and senior author John Price. "When tires wear out, you don't throw the whole car away and buy new ones. It's cheaper to replace the tires."
So what causes ribosome production to slow down in the first place? At least for mice: reduced calorie consumption.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 20:28 UTC
Sunshine is not even included in the list of factors currently under study, according to the Susan B. Komen Foundation.
Nevertheless, the potential role of sunshine for reducing the incidence of breast cancer has been known for decades. That's not all. Sunshine plays an important role in reducing other kinds of cancer as well.
THE IGNORED RESEARCH
In 1990, researchers at the University of California, San Diego, showed that the risk of fatal breast cancer in the U.S. followed a north-south gradient. Northern areas (New York, Chicago) were associated with up to a 1.8-fold higher rate of mortality in comparison with southern areas (Phoenix, Honolulu).
Lower mortality corresponded to higher levels of sunlight.
The same research group immediately followed up with a similar study of breast cancer incidence in the former Soviet Union. Results showed the same trend as in the U.S.
The survey expanded worldwide in 2005 to compare the incidence of breast cancer in 175 countries relative to their distance from the equator. In the northern hemisphere, the highest cancer rates were found in Norway, Iceland, Sweden, and Canada. These countries are all located above 60º North latitude.
Nutella was introduced in 1964 by the Italian company Ferrero who still manufactures the product, however they do have local manufacturers in many countries.
On their website Nutella claims "We choose only the freshest raw materials, carefully selected according to a sustainable sourcing and a great attention to their quality."
Two moms took Ferrero to court over false advertising and won their case. Their goal was to get the maker of Nutella to admit that, contrary to its ads, the product is no more healthy than a candy bar.
EU warns of alarming threat from superbug bacteria which has evolved to resist many widely used antibiotics
Wed, 22 Feb 2017 10:24 UTC
A report on antimicrobial resistance in bacteria by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said some 25,000 people die from such superbugs in the European Union every year.
"Antimicrobial resistance is an alarming threat putting human and animal health in danger," said Vytenis Andriukaitis, the EU's health and food safety commissioner.
"We have put substantial efforts to stop its rise, but this is not enough. We must be quicker, stronger and act on several fronts."
Drug resistance is driven by the misuse and overuse of antibiotics, which encourages bacteria to evolve to survive and develop new ways of beating the medicines.
Comment: The Health & Wellness Show: What have we done? Antibiotic resistance in the age of superbugs
- Antibiotic resistance - massive agricultural overuse of drugs
- How dirty production of NHS drugs helps create superbugs
- The looming medical apocalypse: Could ancient remedies hold the answer to the antibiotics crisis?
Mon, 20 Feb 2017 18:06 UTC
The research -- on the effect of vitamin and mineral supplements on symptoms of schizophrenia was published in Psychological Medicine, one of the world's leading psychology journals.
Vitamin B is a dietary powerhouse, boosting energy levels and enhancing performance of nearly every system in the body.
The connection between mental health and B12 deficiency is staggering and yet it appears screening is rarely carried out within any division of modern healthcare.
Tue, 21 Feb 2017 17:55 UTC
According to a December 2012 BBC news report, "Boeing uses potatoes instead of people to test wi-fi."
I wonder what those potatoes in sacks had to say about how their brains reacted. Oh, sorry!
Potatoes don't have brains—or do they?
According to the BBC,
Boeing's engineers did a number of tests to ensure that passengers would get the strongest possible wi-fi signal while in the air, all while meeting safety standards that protect against interference with an aircraft's electrical systems. [CJF emphasis] [But not protect passengers!]Did those tests include non-thermal adverse events results Wi-Fi microwaves produce while operating at 2.4 GHz or above? Spuds cannot answer those questions or participate in such necessary tests.
According to Boeing, the spuds were perfect stand-ins for humans! However, I don't think so. How come? Let me tell you what I think.