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Smell of skin could lead to early diagnosis for Parkinson's

Scientists at The University of Manchester have found small molecules contained in a substance secreted by the skin, known as sebum, that are responsible for a unique scent in people with Parkinson's.

The results could lead to the development of an early diagnosis test for the neurodegenerative disorder. At present there are no definitive diagnostic tests currently available.

The research, which was led by scientists at The University of Manchester and funded by Parkinson's UK and the Michael J. Fox Foundation, is being published in the journal ACS Central Science on Wednesday 20th March.

Bacon n Eggs

New military study: "Remarkable" results among soldiers on a ketogenic diet

US military
A new study has found that US soldiers on a ketogenic diet for 12 weeks lost much more weight, significantly improved their body composition and insulin sensitivity, but suffered no loss in physical performance compared to matched controls.

The study, by researchers at the University of Ohio supervised by Jeff Volek, PhD, is the first to explore the feasibility and impact of a 12-week ketogenic diet on overweight US military personnel.

Military Medicine: Extended ketogenic diet and physical training intervention in military personnel

Comment: It's about time the military caught on to the impressive results achievable with the ketogenic diet. Given the reported problem the military are having with obese recruits, and the failure of standard low-calorie interventions, it seemed inevitable that they'd give keto a try eventually.

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A scientist's rebuttal to the recent MMR vaccine study

MMR vaccine
The MMR vaccine study recently published by Hviid et al. (2019, Annals of Internal Medicine) entitled, "Measles, Mumps, Rubella Vaccination and Autism: A Nationwide Cohort Study," leaves many more serious questions than definitive answers.

The authors claim that their work, "strongly supports that MMR vaccination does not increase the risk for autism, does not trigger autism in susceptible children, and is not associated with clustering of autism cases after vaccination."

This is an extremely broad claim that unfortunately is not supported by the evidence they present. There are eight fundamental flaws in the research study that lead to questions about the accuracy of the conclusions.

Comment: Courts quietly confirm MMR Vaccine causes Autism
At the center of the fifteen-year controversy is Dr. Andrew Wakefield of Austin, Texas. It was Dr. Wakefield that first publicized the link between stomach disorders and autism, and taking the findings one step further, the link between stomach disorders, autism and the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine.

For that discovery way back in 1996, and a subsequent research paper published by the doctor in 1998, Andrew Wakefield has found himself the victim of a world-wide smear campaign by drug corporations, governments and media companies.

And while Dr. Wakefield has been persecuted and prosecuted to the extent of being unable to legally practice medicine because of his discovery, he has instead become a best-selling author, the founder of the Strategic Autism Initiative, and the Director of the Autism Media Channel.

But in recent months, courts, governments and vaccine manufacturers have quietly conceded the fact that the Measles Mumps Rubella (MMR) vaccine most likely does cause autism and stomach diseases. Pharmaceutical companies have even gone so far as to pay out massive monetary awards, totaling in the millions, to the victims in an attempt to compensate them for damages and to buy their silence.


Another one bites the dust: Vegan blogger accused of being fake after caught eating fish in secret restaurant video

© Instagram/ Yovana Mendoza Ayres
Yovana Mendoza Ayres pictured at a farmers market. Many of her followers are angered by her eating fish.
A vegan blogger is being criticised after she chose to eat fish at a restaurant.

Yovana Mendoza Ayres, 28, a vegan, fitness and lifestyle blogger who produces content under the name Rawvana.

The San Diego resident has more than 1.3 million Instagram followers and 1.9m YouTube subscribers. The 28-year-old has been a vegan for six years and has touted a number of different lifestyle, diet and health tips to her followers.

The blogger also claims veganism helped her overcome alcoholism and nicotine addiction. She also claims she's undertaken a 25-day water fast.

Comment: The vegan diet is a mistake, yet when popular vegan YouTubers realize this, and make a change back to dietary sanity, they're chastised and criticized. Is it any wonder they're so hesitant to 'come out of the closet'? Veganism is, straight up, a dangerous cult with all the detrimental effects that come with it.

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Alarm Clock

Measles: The New Red Scare - Fear as a pretext for infringing on individual rights

The fatal tendency of mankind to leave off thinking about a thing when it is no longer doubtful, is the cause of half their errors. - John Stuart Mill, 1859

Majorities are never a proof of the truth. - Dr. Walter R. Hadwen, 1896

The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. - Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933
Fear. It's a natural and primal human emotion. While human instinct is exceptional in evaluating and reacting to a natural personal risk, as in facing a predator, humans are terrible at assessing modern risks. According to Psychology Today1 this is because our ancestors were programmed to quickly react and respond to a situation before it is even consciously perceived. Our reactions aren't based in logic and statistics, but in lightning fast primitive responses. Threats such as venomous spiders and snakes2 cause an out-of-proportion fear compared with the more likely threat of being killed in a car crash.3 The low risk of a being killed in a shark attack4 evokes more terror than the much greater chance of dying from a prescription drug.5 (Spider and snake bites kill approximately 13 people a year and shark attacks kill 1 person every 2 years in the United States; there were 32,719 deaths in motor vehicle crashes in 2013 and 38,329 people died from a drug overdose in 2010 in the United States.)


Interfaith kidney swap: Muslim, Hindu families in India form close bond after exchanging organs

idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh (L) and the Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque) in the old quarters of Delhi.
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An idol of Hindu elephant god Ganesh (L) and the Jama Masjid (Grand Mosque) in the old quarters of Delhi.
A pair of Indian families waiting for kidney transplants may have found the secret to ending religious strife: interfaith organ sharing. The Hindu and Muslim households are now close friends after swapping their innards.

Nadeem and Nazreen Patel forged an unbreakable bond with Ramswarth Yadav and his wife Satyadevi after a doctor proposed that the Muslim and Hindu families serve as kidney donors for each other.

Nadeem, a father of three children, was on dialysis for four years and was facing death unless a suitable kidney donor was found. Ramswarth was also suffering from kidney disease and hoped to undergo a transplant. A doctor at Mumbai's Saifee Hospital suggested a swap between the two families, since Ramswarth's blood group (A) matched that of Mrs Patel, while Nadeem's (B) was a perfect fit for Mrs Yadav. After a month of consultations, a swap transplant was agreed upon. The surgery was a success, with the two households now treating each other as family.


Thirty years of fast food: Study show greater variety, but more salt, larger portions, and added calories

fast food
Despite the addition of some healthful menu items, fast food is even more unhealthy for you than it was 30 years ago. An analysis of the offerings at 10 of the most popular US fast-food restaurants in 1986, 1991, and 2016, published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, demonstrates that fast-food entrees, sides, and desserts increased significantly in calories and sodium and entrees and desserts in portion size over time. It also shows that while the variety of entree, sides, and dessert options soared by 226 percent, new or discontinued items tended to be less healthy than those available throughout the study period.

"Our study offers some insights on how fast food may be helping to fuel the continuing problem of obesity and related chronic conditions in the United States. Despite the vast number of choices offered at fast-food restaurants, some of which are healthier than others, the calories, portion sizes, and sodium content overall have worsened (increased) over time and remain high," said lead investigator Megan A. McCrory, PhD, Department of Health Sciences, Sargent College, Boston University, Boston, MA.

Comment: Leave it to the dietitians to look at all the wrong things. While it's interesting the portion sizes have increased, it would be much more interesting to see how the toxic crap put into the food has changed, rather than focusing on sodium, calcium and iron. That information is all but useless.

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Scientists warn Apple AirPods may 'pose cancer risk,' urges WHO to act

wireless headphones
As many as 250 researchers have appealed to the WHO and UN member nations, drawing their attention to the harm even minimal electromagnetic waves were scientifically found to cause in humans, including an increase in free radicals and cellular damage, demanding that the international medical watchdog should come up with more protective guidelines.

Despite the enormous popularity wireless headphones, such as AirPods and the similar Samsung Galaxy Buds, have earned in recent years, researchers are increasingly voicing concerns about the harmful effects they may have on human health.

The devices, which harness Bluetooth technology, a type of electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radio wave that can transmit data, are in dangerous proximity to the user's inner skull, literally rubbing against it.

Comment: That last line is willfully ignorant! There is plenty of objective evidence showing that EMF is harmful, but as long as "experts" keep saying there isn't, people will not be taking proper precautions.

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Repeat after me: The liver is not a filter!

the liver is not a filter
Please join me in a global campaign to correct the misunderstanding that the liver "filters" toxins.

Filters remove undesirable things from air, water, oil, or other desirable materials. They do so by holding on to them. As a result, they get dirty and eventually need to be replaced.

Many people believe that this is what the liver does.

Comment: People's misconceptions about the liver's function not only betrays an understanding of physiology, but also stops people from consuming something highly beneficial for health. The liver is not a filter! Eat it with abandon!

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Screen time predicts delays in child development, says new research

child tablet screen
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Ninety-eight per cent of children now live in homes with internet-connected devices.
Researchers, doctors, public health officials and parents are all trying to make sense of the impact of screen time on children.

Some historians argue that every new technology has been vilified - from the printing press and television to digital technology. Others argue that the accessibility, intensity and desirability of digital media is different. And research shows that 98 per cent of children are now living in a home with an internet-connected device, with kids spending a considerable amount of their time online.

In a study published today in JAMA Pediatrics, we find a measurable association between how much young children are using screens and how well they are meeting their developmental milestones.

Comment: While it's true that every leap forward in technology is accompanied by a good deal of hand-wringing about what it's doing to us, it seems that the massive influx of digital screens in our lives has a marked and measurable, mostly negative, affect. We need to be cautious with these new technologies to make sure they don't overtake us in what makes us essentially human.

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