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The Carnivore Diet: Pros, Cons, and Suggestions

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All-meat diets are growing in popularity. There are the cryptocurrency carnivores. There's the daughter of the ascendant Jordan B. Peterson, Mikhaila Peterson, who's using a carnivorous diet to stave off a severe autoimmune disease that almost killed her as a child. The most prominent carnivore these days, Dr. Shawn Baker (who appears to eat only grilled ribeyes (at home) and burger patties (on the go), recently appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience and Robb Wolf's podcast, and is always breaking world records on the rower. Tons of other folks are eating steak and little else-and loving it. There are Facebook groups and subreddits and Twitter subcultures devoted to carnivorous dieting.

What do I think?

I'm no carnivore. I love my Big Ass Salads, my avocados, my steamed broccoli dipped in butter. My blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. My spoonful of coconut butter.

Comment: For more information, check out our interview with Mikhaila Peterson:

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How fasting boosts stem cells' regenerative capacity

Stem Cells
© Maria Mihaylova, Chia-Wei Cheng
Intestinal stem cells from mice that fasted for 24 hours, at right, produced much more substantial intestinal organoids than stem cells from mice that did not fast, at left.
As people age, their intestinal stem cells begin to lose their ability to regenerate. These stem cells are the source for all new intestinal cells, so this decline can make it more difficult to recover from gastrointestinal infections or other conditions that affect the intestine.

This age-related loss of stem cell function can be reversed by a 24-hour fast, according to a new study from MIT biologists. The researchers found that fasting dramatically improves stem cells' ability to regenerate, in both aged and young mice.

In fasting mice, cells begin breaking down fatty acids instead of glucose, a change that stimulates the stem cells to become more regenerative. The researchers found that they could also boost regeneration with a molecule that activates the same metabolic switch. Such an intervention could potentially help older people recovering from GI infections or cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, the researchers say.


Why does Ebola keep coming back?

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The Ebola virus has reared its head again, this time in the Democratic Republic of Congo. While it is impossible to predict exactly where and when the next outbreak will occur, we now know much more about how to prevent a crisis.

The news of an Ebola outbreak in the town of Bikoro in north-west DR Congo instantly brings to mind the horror of the epidemic that took 11,000 lives and infected 28,000 people in West Africa between 2014 and 2016.

It is a nightmare no-one wants to relive - or should have to.

Comment: The above reads like PR for the Ebola vaccine. While at this stage it's hard to tell if the vaccine is actually effective or safe (and assurances from pro-vaccine bodies is hardly comforting), in a situation as extreme as Ebola outbreaks, it's hard to argue against their use (assuming they work), despite the general dodgy science and vested self-interest behind vaccines in general.

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Study links breast cancer to the body's internal clock

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© Dr. Cole McQueen, Texas A&M University
For years, doctors have associated the BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations with an increased risk of breast cancer.

But researchers at Texas A&M University have now identified another gene that may have an impact on breast cancer-associated with the body's circadian rhythm.

Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) professor Weston Porter and his team have found that Period 2 (Per2), a regulatory mechanism within each cell's peripheral clock, plays a crucial function in mammalian mammary gland development and that when suppressed, Per2 leads to severely disrupted gland development in mice.

Comment: Disruption of the natural circadian rhythms of the body is being revealed to be much more detrimental than previously imagined. Surprisingly, it seems that keeping in sync with the rhythms of the day is an important key to our health. And here we thought rhythm was just for dancing!

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Landmark lawsuit: Monsanto hid cancer danger of glyphosate for decades

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Monsanto has been accused of hiding the dangers of its popular Roundup products for decades, a claim the company denies.
At the age of 46, DeWayne Johnson is not ready to die. But with cancer spread through most of his body, doctors say he probably has just months to live. Now Johnson, a husband and father of three in California, hopes to survive long enough to make Monsanto take the blame for his fate.

On 18 June, Johnson will become the first person to take the global seed and chemical company to trial on allegations that it has spent decades hiding the cancer-causing dangers of its popular Roundup herbicide products - and his case has just received a major boost.

Last week Judge Curtis Karnow issued an order clearing the way for jurors to consider not just scientific evidence related to what caused Johnson's cancer, but allegations that Monsanto suppressed evidence of the risks of its weed killing products. Karnow ruled that the trial will proceed and a jury would be allowed to consider possible punitive damages.

Comment: Glyphosate is likely the most damaging chemical compound humanity has ever had the ridiculous lack of foresight to create. That Monsanto is lying through their teeth to try to mitigate that fact, while it causes millions to suffer its effects, is truly evil. For an extensive discussion on the multiple dangers of glyphosate, over and above cancer, listen to the Sott Radio Network's Health & Wellness Show: Interview with Brilliant Researcher Dr. Stephanie Seneff.

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The health benefits of Myrrh Oil

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You may have heard of myrrh from Biblical stories, as one of the precious gifts (together with gold and frankincense) offered by the three wise men to the newborn Jesus. This valuable element actually has a long history of use, especially in ancient civilizations. Today, myrrh is most commonly known - and used - as an essential oil.

What Is Myrrh Oil?

Myrrh oil comes from a dried resin extracted from the Commiphora myrrha tree, which belongs to the Commiphora plant genus.1 Like frankincense, myrrh comes from the Burseraceae plant family.2

Native to Northern Africa and the Middle East, particularly in Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Oman, Arabia and Yemen, the tree grows up to 2 meters (6.5 feet) high, and can be identified by its bluish grey, silvery or white bark and knotted branches.3,4 The word "myrrh" comes from "murr," which means "bitter" in Arabic, probably referring to the bitter taste of the resin.5


New analysis finds ultra-clean homes could trigger one form of childhood leukemia

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Children living in ultra-clean environments are more likely to develop leukaemia
Keeping children cocooned in ultra-clean homes away from other youngsters could trigger childhood leukaemia, a landmark study suggests.

A major new analysis by Britain's leading leukaemia expert has concluded a deadly chain of events is set in motion when susceptible children are not exposed to enough bugs to prime their immune system at an early age.

Without sufficient immunity, if vulnerable youngsters catch even a relatively harmless virus like flu, the immune system malfunctions creating far more infection-fighting white blood cells than needed, causing leukaemia.

Professor Mel Greaves of The Institute of Cancer Research, London, said it was a 'paradox of progress in modern societies' that advances in cleanliness had caused such a devastating condition.



Control body weight with time-restricted eating

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Timing is everything, especially when it comes to eating. This is what a group of scientists recently found in an experiment on 12-week old male mice fed a high-fat diet eight hours a day. One group were subjected to time-restricted feeding (tRF), while another ate food any time they wanted (ad lib feeding).

The scientists reported that tRF mice consumed the same amount of calories found in a high-fat diet, yet they didn't become obese. They didn't develop hyperinsulinemia (excess insulin), hepatic steatosis (fatty liver), or inflammation. They also showed better motor coordination. The tRF mice also maximized the nutrients they consumed. This in contrast with the ad lib mice, which showed higher insulin levels and were obese.

The study presents another way of fighting obesity by timing mealtimes. It showed that food intake based on the body's natural rhythm keeps weight down and prevents obesity-related disease. The scientists attributed this to the fact that mice on an ad lib diet had shorter fasting periods than those on a tRF regimen. Since the former ate whenever they wanted, their body's circadian and feeding rhythms were interrupted and obesity, along with higher insulin levels, was seen.

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Late to the game: Mainstream medicine now says it's okay to eat eggs

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People who eat an egg just about every day may have a lower risk of heart attack and stroke than individuals who don't eat eggs at all, a large Chinese study suggests.

Researchers examined survey data on egg consumption among 461,213 adults who were 51 years old on average. When they joined the study, none had a history of heart disease. Overall, they ate an average of half an egg daily; about 9 percent of them avoided eggs altogether while 13 percent ate roughly one egg every day.

At least half of the participants were followed for nine years or more. During that time, 83,977 people developed heart disease or had a heart attack or stroke, and 9,985 died from these conditions.

Compared to people who never ate eggs, individuals who ate an average of 0.76 eggs per day were 11 percent less likely to develop cardiovascular diseases and 18 percent less likely to die from these conditions, the study found.

"This is important to people, especially those in the part of the world where eggs are major sources of high-quality proteins and other important nutrients for the body," said Dr. Luc Djousse, a researcher at Harvard Medical School in Boston who wasn't involved in the study.

Comment: Cholesterol is a vital component of the human body. Eat all the eggs you want.

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Kids' health benefits from later school start times

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Middle school classes should start after 8 a.m. to help students get more sleep and be more awake during their morning classes, a new study published in the Journal of School Health suggested.

In conducting the study, the research team analyzed data on 11 middle schools located in a large suburban mid-Atlantic school district during the 2014-2015 school year. Of the schools that they studied, eight schools with seventh- and eighth-grade students had later start times around 8 a.m., while three schools had seventh to twelfth-grade students and began classes around 7:23 a.m.

Overall, the research team observed about 1,000 students. Parents and students also answered online questionnaires about the students' bedtime on weeknights and weekends, school-day and weekend wake times, and length of sleep. In addition, the students rated their daytime sleepiness and described situations when they found it hard to stay awake or fell asleep during the day.

The team found that students studying in schools that start classes before eight in the morning had an average of eight hours and nine minutes of sleep; while students at later-starting schools had eight hours and 23 minutes of sleep on average. For all students, the average bedtime was around 10 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on weekends.

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