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'Eat less red meat', scientists said. Now some believe that was bad advice

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The health effects of red meat consumption are detectable only in the largest groups, researchers concluded, and advice to individuals to cut back may not be justified by available data.
The evidence is too weak to justify telling individuals to eat less beef and pork, according to new research. The findings "erode public trust," critics said.

Public health officials for years have urged Americans to limit consumption of red meat and processed meats because of concerns that these foods are linked to heart disease, cancer and other ills.

But on Monday, in a remarkable turnabout, an international collaboration of researchers produced a series of analyses concluding that the advice, a bedrock of almost all dietary guidelines, is not backed by good scientific evidence.

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Time to stop the war on meat! Livestock production can be good for the environment

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This magnificent piece of beef is no longer mere dinner. Instead it has become a pawn in the gathering war on meat
Last night, I ate a steak. Very good it was too. A plump, exquisitely marbled slab of sirloin, beautifully seasoned and cooked blushing pink. It had come from Martin Player, a proper Cardiff butcher, who takes his meat, as well as the animal's welfare, very seriously indeed. Just like any other decent butcher.

Grass-fed, fully traceable and properly hung, it was a paean to not just fine flavour, but first- class farming practice too. Sensible, sustainable agriculture, where the welfare of the animal is every bit as important as its impact upon the environment.

Yet this magnificent piece of beef is no longer mere dinner. Instead it has become a pawn in the gathering war on meat: a hysterical, ill-informed, one-size-fits-all assault that demonises farmers, butchers and consumers alike. A weapon, if you like, of grass destruction.

Take the decision made by the University of Cambridge catering service to remove beef and lamb from its menus to cut food-related carbon emissions. The head of the service, Nick White, claimed this was because 'sustainability is extremely important to our students and staff' and scientists have claimed beef and lamb produce most farm greenhouse gasses.

Comment: Don't let vegetarian environmentalists shame you for eating meat. Science is on your side


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Objective:Health #32 - ITN - Fast Food Makes You Blind | Woman Cries Crystals | 5G Rebellion

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Welcome to another installment of 'In the News' (ITN), where your humble hosts at Objective:Health take a look at the headlines in health that are getting traction.

On this show we talk about a UK teen who ate nothing but processed food until he went deaf and blind! Also in the UK, students at a posh school are coming home hungry as the school enforces a vegetarian diet for all.

We also talk about an Armenian woman who cries solid crystals, Canadian teens swearing off having babies until the government 'does something' about climate change and the Swiss rally to prevent widespread implementation of 5G networks (God bless the Swiss!) and more.

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Pills

Makers of Zantac stopping distribution due to cancer concerns

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The maker of a popular heartburn medication is halting distribution amid concerns of a cancer-causing chemical.

Sandoz, the makers of Zantac made the decision days after regulators in the U.S. and Europe found NDMA, a known carcinogen, in the medications.

Comment: Although the recall is being instituted for reasons of contamination, the drugs themselves are very harmful, both in side-effects and the way the drugs actually work. Artificially reducing stomach acid is based on a complete misunderstanding of the problem (reminiscent of using statins to artificially lower cholesterol levels). It would be nice if this recall lead to people getting off the drugs and addressing their digestive problems with natural means, but it's most likely most will simply switch brands.

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Most young children shouldn't consume plant-based 'milk', health guidelines say

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A stock photo of almond milk.
Oat, coconut, almond, rice, and other plant-based milk should not be consumed by children under the age of 5, according to a new set of health guidelines released on Sept 18.

Researchers at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Heart Association produced the guidelines.

They said that plant-based milk might not have the key nutrients that children need in their early development.

Comment: There is no such thing as 'adequate fruit intake'. Fruit is not essential and, more than likely, is harmful, especially in the form of juice (sugar water with a pittance of vitamins).

Plant-based milks are nothing more than a marketing scheme. They serve no nutritional purpose whatsoever and do nothing but fool the consumer into believing they're consuming a nutritious diet. While it's nice that these researchers are suggesting not feeding these processed foods to children, it would be nice if they widened their recommendations to include adults. There really is no reason for anyone to consume these things.

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Shapeshifting: Cause of antibiotic resistance identified

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E.coli L-form switching - so from walled to without a wall.
Scientists have confirmed for the first time that bacteria can change form to avoid being detected by antibiotics in the human body.

Studying samples from elderly patients with recurring urinary tract infections, the Newcastle University team used state-of-the art techniques to identify that a bacteria can lose its cell wall — the common target of many groups of antibiotics.

The research by the Errington lab which turns on its head current thinking about the bacteria's ability to survive without a cell wall, known as "L-form switching", is published today in Nature Communications.

The World Health Organisation has identified antibiotic resistance as one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today.

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The Arnold's new documentary says meat will kill you. Here's why it's wrong

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'The Game Changers' is heavy on the plants, but light on scientific context.

If you were to say the words "plant-based" to someone 15 years ago, they might have stared at you, head tilted slightly, and said, "Huh?"

That's because 15 years ago the term didn't really exist. Neither did Forks Over Knives, or Impossible Burgers, or fake chicken at KFC.

Now everyone from Mike Tyson to your mother-in-law is eating plant-based, and reporting that they've lost weight, dropped their cholesterol levels, and increased the amount of pep in their step at least threefold.

Comment: It looks like "The Game Changers" is just the next vegan propaganda piece masquerading as an unbiased documentary. It's the new "Forks Over Knives"; giving vegan authoritarians seemingly iron-clad ammunition in their never ending quest to control your diet. But it's all as flimsy as nori crackers.

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Brain

Small trial reverses a year of Alzheimer's cognitive decline in two months using EM waves

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In the ongoing efforts to control and treat Alzheimer's, one of the more promising avenues of research is using electromagnetic waves to reverse memory loss - and a small study using this approach has reported some encouraging results.

The study only involved eight patients over a period of two months, so we can't get too excited just yet, but the researchers did see "enhanced cognitive performance" in seven of the participants.

In this case, the volunteers - who all have mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease (AD) - were fitted with what's called a MemorEM head cap, which uses specially developed emitters to create a custom flow of electromagnetic waves through the skull. Treatments are applied twice daily, for an hour, and they can be easily administered at home.

The MemorEM device is being developed by NeuroEM Therapeutics, and we should point out that two of the authors behind the new study founded the company - so there is some vested commercial interest here.

That said, the research has produced a peer-reviewed, published paper, and shows some results that are definitely worthy of future investigation.

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Coffee

Good for what ails you: Green tea offers simple solution to fighting antibiotic resistance, study finds

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An ingredient commonly found in green tea could help eliminate antibiotic resistant bacteria - one of the greatest health risks facing our increasingly antibiotic-reliant world.

Researchers at the UK's University of Surrey found that a natural antioxidant in green tea can help aztreonam, an antibiotic commonly used to treat serious respiratory tract and bloodstream infections.

Such infections are linked to the bacterial pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and have become increasingly difficult to treat in recent years as it grew resistant to antibiotic treatment.

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Short sleeper syndrome

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A small segment of the population are born with superhuman sleep needs. They’re called natural short sleepers, and they wake up refreshed and wide awake on very little sleep. And these individuals share a few other quirks, too.
What do Donald Trump, Elon Musk, and Martha Stewart have in common? They're part of the 1 percent.

No, not that one percent. Instead, we're referring to the one percent of people who thrive on far less sleep than what is recommended by doctors and researchers. Scientists label it short sleeper syndrome.

Trump, Musk and Stewart all reportedly get by on less than six hours a night, making them part of the so-called "sleepless elite." Most people need around seven to nine hours of sleep a night for overall health and well-being. But it seems that these guidelines don't apply to a small segment of the population officially called natural short sleepers.

Short sleepers wake up feeling refreshed and wide awake, despite clocking six or less hours of sleep per night. Some short sleepers say a mere few hours of shut-eye a night is all they need to feel great.

It's sort of like being both a night owl and early riser at the same time. And, unsurprisingly, this group has caught the interest of researchers due to their sleep efficiency.

Although sleep needs do vary from person to person, natural short sleepers are rare unicorns in sleep research. Understanding their superhuman sleep needs could unlock some of the standing mysteries of sleep, says Ying-Hui Fu, a researcher who studies the genetics and other attributes of short sleepers at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.