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Vitamin A: Vitamin or villain?

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180DegreeHealth, from the beginning, has been about two primary things:
  1. Slaying widely-held nutritional myths
  2. Figuring out what the hell is causing an accelerated increase in nearly all health problems worldwide over the past century, the last 40 years in particular, and determine how best to turn those trends "180 degrees."
Admittedly, 180D has done a lot more of #1 than #2. In fact, because the pursuit of #2 attracted so many extreme health fanatics and disordered eaters, I felt obligated to mostly drop the latter and shout "EAT AN EFFING SLICE OF PIZZA AND RELAX" from the rooftops.

Comment: Interesting theory, but it obviously needs to be teased out more. It may be a conditional situation that makes vitamin A more of a burden than a nutrient (an imbalance of other fat-soluble vitamins, for instance). However, vitamin A has been somewhat controversial for some time now, with some studies pointing to a possible connection with cancer. Clearly, more research needs to be done.

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From a desert to a paradise: Regenerative agriculture finds solid backing as decades of success show renewal

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A study of regenerative agriculture has found the method can improve biodiversity and farmer well being.
Boorowa farmer Charlie Arnott has experienced the immense toll of drought on his cattle, his business and his wellbeing, but he has found a way through it all.

Fifteen years ago, reeling from the effects of the Millennium drought, he attended a workshop on regenerative agriculture that radically changed the way he farmed and, he believes, saved his life.

"I was doing a really good job of killing a lot of stuff to try and grow food, which is kind of crazy," Mr Arnott said.

Comment: Regenerative Agriculture: This Farm Is Medicine


Scientists discover mounting evidence that Parkinson's starts in the gut - not the brain

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Scientists have found mounting evidence that Parkinson's could start in the gut before spreading to the brain, with one study in 2017 observing lower rates of the disease in patients who had undergone a procedure called a truncal vagotomy.

The operation removes sections of the vagus nerve - which links the digestive tract with the brain - and over the course of a five-year study, patients who had this link completely removed were 40 percent less likely to develop Parkinson's than those who hadn't.

According to the team led by Bojing Liu from the Karolinska Instituet in Sweden, that's a significant difference, and it backs up earlier work linking the development of the brain disease to something happening inside our bellies.

Comment: A proven link between Parkinson's Disease and gut bacteria


Pesticide residues found in 70% of produce sold in US even after washing

  • Strawberries, spinach and kale among most pesticide-heavy
  • Conventionally farmed kale could contain up to 18 pesticides
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Alexis Temkin of the Environmental Working Group said: ‘The Shopper’s Guide to Produce is building on a body of evidence that shows mixtures of pesticides can have adverse effects.’
About 70% of fresh produce sold in the US has pesticide residues on it even after it is washed, according to a health advocacy group.According to the Environmental Working Group's annual analysis of US Department of Agriculture data, strawberries, spinach and kale are among the most pesticide-heavy produce, while avocados, sweetcorn and pineapples had the lowest level of residues.

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Los Angeles County Board bans use of Roundup for all county departments

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The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday directed all departments to stop using a popular weed killer until more is known about its potential health and environmental effects.

Supervisor Kathryn Barger recommended the moratorium on glyphosate -- a main ingredient in the herbicide brand Roundup.

"I am asking county departments to stop the use of this herbicide until public health and environmental professionals can determine if it's safe for further use in L.A. County and explore alternative methods for vegetation management," Barger said.

Roundup was developed decades ago by Monsanto Co., now owned by Bayer, and is believed to be the most widely used herbicide worldwide.

The motion, co-authored by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, cites "a growing body of scientific study" of herbicide safety and the potential for negative impacts.


Buyer beware: Dangers of gluten-free foods

Technology as Servant

Whether for fun, for fad, or for health recovery, "gluten-free" is the word of the day.1 Going gluten-free is incredibly popular-over one-fourth of Americans report eating gluten-free foods at least some of the time.2 Among people who identify themselves as health-conscious or who espouse diets such as GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome), paleo, or other similar dietary approaches, the numbers may be even higher.2,3 Market researchers expect the gluten-free industry to reach around five billion dollars by the beginning of the next decade, and North America ranks as the fastest growing segment of the world's gluten-free market.4

Unfortunately, there are a number of dark sides to eating a gluten-free diet. Gluten-free proponents and adherents may not have sufficient awareness or warning of these dangers, especially when it comes to consuming ready-made gluten-free products.

Comment: Dr. Davis: Ten reasons to never eat gluten-free processed foods


Fungi enthusiasts: Advocates for 'mycoremediation' use mushrooms to clean up waste

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“In nature, mushrooms break down all kinds of substances, and we’re just beginning to look at this more closely in the lab and in field studies,” says Theresa Halula, who teaches mushroom cultivation at Merritt College in Oakland, California
When wildfires burned across Northern California in October 2017, they killed at least 43 people and displaced another 100,000. The human toll alone was dire, but the fires also left behind a toxic mess. It wasn't just the record-breaking levels of air pollution. The blazes generated an untold amount of potentially dangerous ash, the remains of incinerated hazardous household waste and building materials. The charred detritus of paint, pesticides, cleaning products, electronics, pressure-treated wood, and propane tanks left a range of pollutants in the soil-including arsenic, asbestos, copper, hexavalent chromium, lead, and zinc.

Officials feared runoff from the toxic ash could pollute local creeks once the rainy season hit, potentially tainting the drinking water supply for the region's 700,000 residents.


Teen's bizarre sudden-onset schizophrenia caused by cat scratch disease

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Cat-scratch disease, which is also known as “cat-scratch fever,” has more serious complications than researchers originally thought, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
In 2015, a 14-year-old patient developed rapid-onset schizophrenia with hallucinations, thoughts of suicide and homicide. He also believed his cat was trying to kill him, which was closer to the truth than you might think.

His pet cat was not, in fact, a homicidal maniac but it did harbor the pathogen Bartonella henselae, which is associated with 'cat scratch disease.'

This bacterium is typically found in cat blood, particularly that of kittens, and just one bite or scratch can be enough to transmit the pathogen to humans, causing localized swelling and lesions, in addition to issues in the heart and nervous system.

Now, according to new research by scientists at North Carolina State University, in extremely rare cases, 'cat scratch disease' may also induce extreme schizophrenia.

Comment: The virulence of pathogens and the occurrence of outbreaks of all kinds appears to be on the increase, but it's not necessary to give up on our furry friends - even if cat plague is one of those that appears to be making a come back - because there are a number of other factors to take into account, such as the overall health and susceptibility of the individual, and their pet. And so some of our best protections lie in optimizing health, as well as staying informed: Also check out SOTT radio's: The Health & Wellness Show: The Devil's in the Details: Diet Dogma and Fine-Tuning Your Own


Jury finds Monsanto's Roundup a substantial factor in causing man's cancer

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A federal jury in San Francisco found Monsanto's Roundup herbicide was a substantial factor in causing the cancer of a California man, in a landmark verdict that could affect hundreds of other cases.

Edwin Hardeman of Santa Rosa was the first person to challenge Monsanto's Roundup in a federal trial and alleged that his exposure to Roundup caused him to develop non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), a cancer that affects the immune system.

In the next phase of the case, the jury will weigh liability and damages, and Hardeman's lawyers will present arguments about Monsanto's influence on government regulators and cancer research.

During the trial, the 70-year-old Santa Rosa man testified that he had sprayed the herbicide for nearly three decades and at one time got it on his skin before he was diagnosed with cancer. He used the chemical to control weeds and poison oak on his properties, starting in 1986.

Comment: In the wake of this ruling Bayer's stock tumbled more than 12%, wiping out more almost $8 billion from its market value.

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Objective:Health: Keto Crotch - Weight Watchers Pathetic Attempt to Scare You Off Ketogenic Diets‌

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You know when you're clipping along on the ketogenic diet, losing weight, healing your autoimmune symptoms, experiencing clearer thinking, curing your cancer and clearing your skin issues, but you notice a certain stink coming from your nether regions? Yeah, neither do we.

All across the internet in the last few weeks, mainstream media headlines decried a new side effect of the ketogenic diet, dubbed 'Keto Crotch'. Anyone who's ever done the ketogenic diet knows this isn't a thing, but it didn't stop the story from spreading far and wide. This represents yet another smear in a long line of disinformation programs against the ketogenic diet. But digging deep on the story's origins brings some disturbing revelations about how corporate interests are able to invent myths to control public behavior, getting viral hits and embedding views into the collective consciousness that have nothing to do with reality.

Weight Watchers, Coca-Cola, Kellogg's, Barilla - all have many things in common (including selling products diametrically opposed to the ketogenic diet). They all employ mega-PR firm Edelman Digital. Coincidence? Join us as we dig in to the nature of the Keto Crotch phenomenon and how corporate interests shape 'reality' to control the behavior of the masses.

And stay tuned for Zoya's Pet Health Segment, where she looks at the amazing healing effects of the ketogenic diet - for dogs!

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