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Are your super-cushioned running shoes doing more harm than good?

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Highly-cushioned running shoes are meant to protect against injuries, but they may actually do the opposite by changing the way we run, research suggests.

Humans have been running for hundreds of thousands of years, and of course for most of that time we ran barefoot. Modern running shoes were actually only invented in the 1970s. Since that time, back, hip, knee and ankle overuse injuries, including tendonitis, and muscle disorders have only increased. So health experts came up with what they thought was a novel approach--namely that "we need more support from our footwear." Nothing could be further from the truth.

Every year, it's estimated that at least one-third of runners get stress fractures, shin splints or muscle or joint injuries caused by repeated pounding of the pavement. Many shoe manufacturers have added extra padding to try to soften the impact on the legs, but injury rates have not decreased as a result.

A new study suggests this is because the extra cushioning changes the spring-like mechanics of the legs as they run, which actually means we experience more tissue damage with every stride.

Comment: More on barefoot running:

Blue Planet

Scottish doctors are now issuing prescriptions to go hiking

Scotland's Shetland Islands are windswept and rugged, full of wide-open vistas, thousands of squawking migratory birds, awesome rock formations, and winding trails. An epic place for long, lingering walks and time spent decompressing in the joys of raw nature.

It just so happens that doctors are increasingly starting to realize time spent outdoors can be an excellent treatment for chronic health issues. So doctors in the Shetlands are now issuing "nature prescriptions" as part of an initiative to address health issues without drugs if you can imagine that.

For everything from high blood pressure to diabetes, anxiety, and depression, the medical community is learning (though lots of us have always known) that many ailments and diseases can be treated with activities like birdwatching, maybe a little kayaking, perhaps combing a beach for shells, even skipping pebbles across a slow-moving stream. Even just sitting silently in a forest, meditating (see: Japan, forest bathing).

Comment: Raising awareness for 'forest therapy'

Alarm Clock

Childhood arthritis is becoming the 'new normal'

For people who think of arthritis as a disease of the elderly, learning that children also suffer from arthritic conditions may come as a shock. Across age groups, various forms of arthritis are a growing public health problem in the United States. New cases of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and other types of autoimmune arthritis in young Americans are two to three times higher than in Canada, with cases occurring within the wider context of proliferating pediatric autoimmune disorders. Over one four-year period (2001-2004), the number of ambulatory care visits for pediatric arthritis and other rheumatologic conditions increased by 50%.
Currently, one child in 1,000 develops some form of chronic arthritis - about twice the estimated prevalence of the early 1980s.
The medical community lumps childhood arthritic disorders under the broader umbrella of "juvenile rheumatoid arthritis" or "juvenile idiopathic arthritis" (JIA). "Idiopathic" means "no identifiable cause." There has been a predictable rush to pinpoint predisposing genetic factors, even though most of the genetic variations identified in JIA "are shared across other autoimmune disorders." Of more practical relevance, an emerging consensus points to environmental factors as major contributors to JIA, with childhood infections attracting particular attention.

Comment: The Mosaic of Autoimmunity: Top doctors reveal vaccines turn our immune system against us


Peter C. Gøtzsche: Why we're establishing an institute for scientific freedom


In this important announcement, Peter C. Gøtzsche, the recently ousted co-founder of the Cochrane Collaboration, explains why he is creating an Institute for Scientific Freedom -- something GreenMedInfo stands 100% behind. Please read, share, and consider contributing to this independent, crowd-funded project.

Scientific freedom, honesty and integrity are constantly under attack, particularly in healthcare, which is dominated by the drug industry and other economic interests. As I have documented in my books and elsewhere, the result of this is that our prescription drugs are the third leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer, and that the use of psychiatric drugs does more harm than good. Science journalist Robert Whitaker has shown that, in all countries where this relationship has been examined, the amount of people on disability pension because of mental health problems has increased at the same time as the use of psychiatric drugs has increased. Psychiatrist Peter Breggin has shown that likely all psychiatric drugs can cause long-lasting brain impairment, which may explain why the use of these drugs makes it difficult for people to live a normal life.

Comment: "Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime", interview with Dr Peter Gotzsche


Bad posture in front of your computer can lead to pain and injury - here's how to correct that

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Are you doing this right now? Students involved in the study demonstrate poor computer posture.
Before you get any further in this article, take a moment and notice your posture. Are you sitting (or standing for that matter) with your spine curved forward, shoulders hunched, and with your head tilting forward to look more closely at your phone or computer screen? If so, researchers at San Francisco State University say you're probably not doing yourself any favors.

Writing in the journal Biofeedback, a team of medical professionals say that this seemingly harmless posture could be compressing your neck, leading to fatigue, headaches, poor concentration, increased muscle tension, and even injury to your spine over time and limiting your ability to turn your head.

This is your cue to sit up straight.

"When your posture is tall and erect, the muscles of your back can easily support the weight of your head and neck - as much as 12 pounds," explained Professor of Holistic Health Erik Peper in a statement. "But when your head juts forward at a 45-degree angle, your neck acts like a fulcrum, like a long lever lifting a heavy object. Now the muscle weight of your head and neck is the equivalent of about 45 pounds. It is not surprising people get stiff necks and shoulder and back pain."

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Reviving ancestral medicine: For centuries indigenous people have been looking to nature to heal what ails

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When an elderly Lakota woman limped into the medical tent, one foot sporting a painful burn, Linda Black Elk knew just the herb that would help. She began boiling yarrow, a plant that blossoms golden yellow and has been prized for its healing properties for centuries. Though she had applied the remedy countless times, Black Elk was startled by her patient's reaction.

"She started to cry," recalls Black Elk, who apologized for causing her any additional pain. "No, these are happy tears," the woman said. "Because I remember my grandmother talking about this plant when I was little, and I remember the Lakota name of it."

Keepers of a once outlawed body of plant lore who have endured centuries of genocide, colonization and repression, Native American healers are working to integrate their traditional medicine with Western approaches to offer patients new ways to heal.

Comment: Ancient cures for modern times: Bridging the health care gap in Australia


Lab Meat: Big hype, bad investment

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© Daily Mail
Lab-grown burgers from bovine stem cells will be on the menu by 2020
Laboratory-produced meat or lab meat-sometimes called "cultured meat" or even "clean meat"-is in the news these days, with gushing articles in the Washington Post, the New York Times and many magazines. The publicity machines are whirring at high speed, and all the chic arguments are on display. "Save the planet bite by bite," is one of the slogans. If we eat lab meat instead of real meat, we'll save the land from the desecration by cattle, cut down on water use, protect the air from cow farts containing methane and forestall global warming. Lab meat would be kinder also, because no animals would be killed.

As one commentator put it:
"Livestock farming is a known contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, pollution, and deforestation, and a huge consumer of water, energy, and chemical fertilizers and pesticides. The production of meat through tissue culture could have immense effects in reducing the environmental impact of our agriculture system, minimizing threats to public health, addressing issues of animal welfare, and providing food security. Cultured meat represents the crucial first step in finding a sustainable alternative to meat production."

Comment: The Health & Wellness Show: Meet the Meat You'd Never Eat!


Hospital in Sweden closed after patient is suspected of carrying ebola

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The patient has been isolated at Uppsala hospital being suspected of carrying the Ebola virus, Swedish media outlet SVT Nyheter reports. The Enkoping hospital has been promptly closed for fear of staff potentially being exposed.

As Voice of Europe reported last week, there is concern about inadequate preparedness for when a new epidemic erupts.

The national health authorities in Sweden have chosen to keep a low profile on discussions on the virus to avoid causing concern among citizens, having not coordinated government initiatives leaving it to county councils whether they increase their preparedness.

The deadly Ebola virus is transmitted to humans from wild animals and according to the World Health Organisation it has a 50 per cent rate of fatality.

More than 11,000 people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone died of the virus between December 2013 and April 2016.

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The Health & Wellness Show: IV Vitamin C: The Miracle Cure You're Not Supposed to Know About

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Vitamin C is an essential nutrient obtained from food and supplements. It is frequently the go-to supplement used for viral infections such as the common cold and flu. One downside with oral vitamin C supplementation is that only a small percentage is absorbed by the body and large doses can cause gastrointestinal upset making its efficacy hit or miss. Enter IV (intravenous) vitamin C. This master antioxidant can be absorbed at 100% when given IV. Vitamin C given by this route is not just effective for viral and bacterial illnesses but can also be used to treat a wide range of ailments not limited to Lyme Disease, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, burns, wounds and various types of cancer -- yes, Cancer -- thought to have a poor prognosis.

Vitamin C has a long track record of being beneficial to one's health so why isn't it used in every hospital in the world? It's cheap and effective with few side effects but it is still seen as a 'fringe' treatment and its use is actively blocked by mainstream medical professionals.

Join us for this episode of The Health and Wellness Show where we'll discuss this miracle molecule and why it should become one of the main tools in your health arsenal. Also, stay tuned at the end of the show for Zoya's Pet Health Segment where the topic will be excessive licking or grooming in cats.

Running Time: 01:26:14

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Sex differences are real: Men more likely to die of brain cancer

Man and MRI
© Reuters / Jim Bourg
A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner is used to detect cancer.
A new study shows that men are more likely than women to die of brain cancer because of fundamental differences in the way the cancer develops, with important implications for the future of treatment.

Men diagnosed with cancer have been proven to die more often and more quickly than women, which led researchers at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri to find out why. Their conclusion was that very different processes are at work in brain cancer-causing tumors depending on the host's gender. Although the researchers focused on the relatively rare type of glioblastoma, they believe that other cancer types will be shown to work the same way.

The study, titled 'Brain tumors' battle of the sexes' and published Wednesday in Science Translational Medicine, shows that the role of gender in the development and treatment of this type of cancer goes far beyond hormones or lifestyle differences, which vary depending on a person's age and region of the world.

Comment: Increase the odds of survival with IV vitamin C: