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New study definitively shows Glyphosate and Roundup disrupt the gut microbiome by inhibiting the shikimate pathway

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Between 85-95% of genetically modified (GM) crops worldwide are engineered to be grown with herbicides based on the active ingredient glyphosate.[1] Glyphosate-based herbicides such as Roundup are also widely used with non-GM crops and in municipal weed control programs. Therefore it is not surprising that glyphosate residues are widely found in GM and non-GM foodstuffs, as well as in the urine of the vast majority of individuals tested, demonstrating a constant daily ingestion of this pesticide.[2] The health implications of a daily intake of glyphosate-based herbicides remains controversial - but an increasing number of studies link exposure to serious illnesses such as fatty liver disease and cancer.

A new study in rats raises further concerns about the health risks of both glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides (e.g. Roundup). The study provides firm evidence that these pesticides disrupt the gut bacterial populations (microbiome) at doses assumed by regulators to be safe, through a particular metabolic pathway (that is, a series of chemical reactions) found in gut bacteria. The study also shows that glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides cause fatty liver disease and death of liver tissue at the same doses.[3]

The study, conducted by an international team of scientists based in London, France, Italy, and the Netherlands, and led by Dr Michael Antoniou of King's College London, has been posted on the open peer-review site BioRxiv,[3] pending publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

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Brain

The critical role of nutrition in mental health

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Over the summer, whilst I sipped a coffee, a friend of mine told me he'd attempted to kill himself, twice. I was in town talking to companies about the importance of good nutrition for balanced mental health, so depression was an obvious subject for us. When he told me, I was surprised and I'm ashamed to say, embarrassed. I wasn't sure how to react and so skipped neatly over his comment. Two weeks later, he was successful in his third attempt and my awkwardness in the coffee shop was forever burned into my memory as a regret.
"Suicide is the single biggest killer of British men under the age of 45"
Worldwide, at least 322 million people are depressed and 264 million are pathologically anxious. In Britain, suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45. In both the UK and US mental health illness has increased 'significantly' between 2005 and 2015, affecting the young most often. It's likely this upward trend has accelerated since then.

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Syringe

WikiHow web page tells kids "How to get vaccinated without parental consent" and then how to lie about their vaccine injuries, too

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That's right, wikiHow has gone and done the unthinkable. The unfathomable. The editors, publishers, and writers at wikiHow are outright medical criminal propagandists as they attempt to con American children to get dangerous, untested, experimental vaccines without parental consent. Google is surely pushing this up high in the search engines for children to find, just as they push everything "Wikipedia" or "wikiHow" writes that's bad for your health decision-making process, whether that's regarding food, medicine or personal care products. This, though, crosses the line. The message - the headline at the top of the page tells American children outright "How to Get Vaccinated without Parental Consent."

The wikiHow message to American children and teens is this: Lie to your parents, lie about vaccine injuries, and lie that you researched it

"You are allowed to lie to your parents if it's the only way you can get the information you need to protect your health. Later, you can say that you researched it and realized you don't have a vaccine injury."

Comment: While slightly hyperbolic, the above is an indication of the levels the pro-vaxxers are willing to go to to reach their goal of 100% compliance in the vaccine schedule. To try to convince kids to go behind their parent's back, going against the rights of the parents to raise their children as they see fit, is absolutely deplorable. They're trying to corrode the last vestige of protection a child has against blatant ideology - the parents. They know children are vulnerable to peer pressure, don't want to be different or stand out amongst their peers, and they're going for the jugular. Being a kid in today's society must be rough.

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Bacon n Eggs

Sea change? Medscape admits carb restriction a viable choice for reversal of type 2 diabetes

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EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM WCIRDC 2019

Carbohydrate restriction is a viable patient choice for type 2 diabetes reversal, according to Sarah Hallberg, DO.

"Nutritional ketosis supports diabetes reversal by reducing insulin resistance while providing an alternative fuel to glucose with favorable signaling properties," she said at the World Congress on Insulin Resistance, Diabetes, and Cardiovascular Disease.

Low-carbohydrate nutritional patterns including ketosis have extensive clinical trial evidence for improvement of type 2 diabetes, including preliminary results from a 5-year study of 465 patients enrolled in the Indiana Type 2 Diabetes Reversal Trial that Dr. Hallberg is overseeing in her role as medical director and founder of the medically supervised weight-loss program at Indiana University Health Arnett, Lafayette.

Comment: When one takes the totality of evidence into consideration, it's pretty much impossible for detractors to claim low-carbohydrate/ketogenic interventions aren't an effective strategy against type II diabetes. Even mainstream publications like Medscape can't continue to deny the diet's effectiveness.

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Biohazard

Second patient dies from 'novel' coronavirus in China, 1 confirmed case in Japan, fears outbreak may have spread further

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A second person has died from the mystery virus in China amid fears the lethal outbreak may spread globally, officials have said.

The 69-year-old man, known only as Xiong, died in the early hours of January 15 at Jinyintan Hospital in Wuhan city.

Officials at Wuhan Municipal Health Commission said the man was admitted to hospital on December 31 with symptoms of the virus.

His health deteriorated on January 4 before he died, local media claims.

A total of 41 patients in Wuhan have been struck with the virus since December. The first death, on January 9, was a man aged 61.

Comment: See also: Mysterious coronavirus identified by China in record time as cause of pneumonia outbreak


Heart

How immersing yourself in nature benefits your health

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How long does it take to get a dose of nature high enough to make people say they feel healthy and have a strong sense of well-being?

Precisely 120 minutes.

In a study of 20,000 people, a team led by Mathew White of the European Centre for Environment & Human Health at the University of Exeter, found that people who spent two hours a week in green spaces — local parks or other natural environments, either all at once or spaced over several visits — were substantially more likely to report good health and psychological well-being than those who don't. Two hours was a hard boundary: The study, published last June, showed there were no benefits for people who didn't meet that threshold.

The effects were robust, cutting across different occupations, ethnic groups, people from rich and poor areas, and people with chronic illnesses and disabilities.

Cow

Backlash over meat dietary recommendations raises questions about corporate ties to nutrition scientists

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It's almost unheard of for medical journals to get blowback for studies before the data are published. But that's what happened to the Annals of Internal Medicine last fall as editors were about to post several studies showing that the evidence linking red meat consumption with cardiovascular disease and cancer is too weak to recommend that adults eat less of it.

Annals Editor-in-Chief Christine Laine, MD, MPH, saw her inbox flooded with roughly 2000 emails — most bore the same message, apparently generated by a bot — in a half hour. Laine's inbox had to be shut down, she said. Not only was the volume unprecedented in her decade at the helm of the respected journal, the tone of the emails was particularly caustic.

"We've published a lot on firearm injury prevention," Laine said. "The response from the NRA (National Rifle Association) was less vitriolic than the response from the True Health Initiative."

Comment: If you ever needed more evidence that the anti-meat brigade are, at the top echelons, a bunch of crazy people, here it is. That academics, who one would hope would be open to contradictory evidence and opinions in the pursuit of truth, would go into overdrive using such under-handed tactics to censor evidence that runs counter to their position is truly eye-opening. And as pointed out above, the old adage to "follow the money" never fails to bring a blurry picture into focus.

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Attention

Exposure to flame retardants is causing US kids to lose millions of IQ points. They're more damaging than lead or mercury.

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The chemicals we've long feared the most — heavy metals like lead and mercury — are less of a threat to kids' developing brains than they were two decades ago. But two new menaces may be taking their place: pesticides and flame retardants.

According to new research from New York University, flame retardants resulted in a loss of 162 million IQ points among children in the US between 2001 and 2016.

The study, published Tuesday in the journal Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, looked at the four chemicals known to impact the brain of a developing child most: lead, mercury, pesticides, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (otherwise known as flame retardants).

Leo Trasande, a pediatrician and public-health researcher at NYU who co-authored the study, described these pollutants as "hit-and-run" chemicals: Once a child is exposed to them, there's no reversing the damage.

"Kids' brain development is exquisitely vulnerable," Trasande told Business Insider. "If you disrupt, even with subtle effects, the way a child's brain is wired, you can have permanent and lifelong consequences."

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Health

Some hospitals are ditching lead aprons during X-rays

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Patients have come to expect a technician to drape their torsos with a heavy lead apron when they get an X-ray, but new thinking among radiologists and medical physicists is upending the decades-old practice of shielding patients from radiation.

Some hospitals are ditching the ritual of covering reproductive organs and fetuses during imaging exams after prominent medical and scientific groups have said it's a feel-good measure that can impair the quality of diagnostic tests and sometimes inadvertently increase a patient's radiation exposure.

The about-face is intended to improve care, but it will require a major effort to reassure regulators, health care workers and the public that it's better not to shield.

Fear of radiation is entrenched in the collective psyche, and many people are surprised to learn that shielding can cause problems. The movement also has yet to gain much traction among dentists, whose offices perform more than half of all X-rays.

Roses

Flu leaves 4-year-old Iowa girl blind

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Doctors fear 4-year-old Jade DeLucia may never see again because of the flu. She was rushed to the hospital on Christmas Eve and developed a swelling of the brain that caused her to lose her vision.
A four-year-old girl in Iowa who didn't get vaccinated this season was left blind after getting the flu — and her parents said doctors don't know if she will ever see again.

Jade DeLucia's mother took her to the hospital on Christmas Eve when her fever became dangerously high.

"I looked down at her and her eyes were in the back of her head," Jade's mom Amanda Phillips told NBC News.

Comment: That they're not-so-subtly implying the unfortunate youngster would have avoided her fate if her parents had vaccinated her is rather telling. Nothing like fear to push an agenda. There is literally no way to know whether an unbelievably rare complication of the flu could have been avoided with the flu shot. Considering complications from the flu shot likely outnumber complications from the flu itself, this seems unlikely. It's even possible that the child's previous flu shot was responsible for complications from the current flu. As previously stated, it's impossible to know.

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