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Choline deficiency can trigger fatty liver disease

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When most people think of liver disease, the first thing that pops into their heads is that a few too many alcoholic drinks is the culprit. But there are countless everyday habits that put stress on your liver function. Apart from drinking, eating processed foods like fructose, high fructose corn syrup, refined flours, and fried foods, not to mention taking certain supplements or prescriptions can all add up to an unhealthy liver.

Luckily, you can do much to help support your liver health. Many nutrients such as vitamins C and E, selenium, magnesium, and zinc can contribute to maintaining proper liver function. But one nutrient that often goes unrecognized can play a major role in supporting a healthy liver. Not only does the evidence show it can help prevent fatty liver disease, it might play an important role in preventing cancer. The nutrient? Choline!

Comment: It should be noted that there are certain genetic markers that make the people who have them more prone to choline deficiency than the rest of the population. These people need to be more aware of the potential for deficiency and eat or supplement appropriately.

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Even celebrities can return to sanity: Going back to meat after eating vegan made Anne Hathaway feel 'like a computer rebooting'

Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway used to be all about following a vegan diet - she ditched the animal products nearly a decade ago to lose weight for her Academy Award-winning role in Les Miserables, and kept it up to fit into her slinky Catwoman suit for Dark Knight Rises. The actress even had a vegan spread at her 2012 wedding to husband Adam Shulman. But a taste of fish two years later completely changed her mind.

Hathaway, 36, revealed that a little peer pressure from Matt Damon, her Interstellar costar, is what turned her back into a meat-eater.

Hathaway and Damon, along with Shulman, were out to dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant while shooting the movie in Reykjavik, Iceland. Damon told the waiter he would have whatever the chef wanted to serve him, while Hathaway wondered how she could maintain her veganism without causing problems.

Comment: It's good that celebs like Hathaway are sharing their experience with the vegan diet. People can be influenced by celebrities to an unreasonable degree, and to have at least some who are stating plainly that the diet didn't work for them may help to counter the vegan propaganda. Human bodies need meat, as many vegans are finding out the hard way.

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Iron overload symptoms in men

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One of the primary causes of high iron levels in men is due to the genetic condition Hemochromatosis. Also known as Iron Overload, this hereditary disorder causes too much iron to be absorbed during digestion. Over time, iron levels can build up in the body and result in the development of symptoms and complications with health.

Hemochromatosis Symptoms in Men

When it comes to Hemochromatosis, there is a stereotype that too much iron in the blood is a symptom that is primarily seen in men. And while this presumption ignores how many women are affected by iron overload, there are quite a number of symptoms of iron overload unique to men.

The most common symptoms men experience when they have high iron are:
  • Fatigue
  • Joint pains
  • Weakness
  • Weight loss
  • Stomach pains

Comment: It's very worthwhile for men, and women, to have their iron levels checked periodically to see if their levels are too high. Hemochromatosis can be a silent killer, the underlying causative issue in many other disease states. It's much easier to get a simple blood test than to wait for symptoms to show up - at that point it could be too late!

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CDC scaremongering: US measles cases approaching record number for the decade

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The number of measles cases in the U.S. so far this year is approaching the record for the decade - and in just four months time, according to new data.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there have been 626 confirmed cases of measles so far this year, an increase of 71 new cases since last week. Two new states - Iowa and Tennessee - join the list, bringing the total to 22.

The only year when there were more cases reported in the United States since the disease was eliminated in the U.S. in 2000 was in 2014 - 667.

"In the coming weeks, 2019 confirmed case numbers will likely surpass 2014 levels," the CDC said in its update Monday.

Comment: With the ongoing hysteria fueled by the desire to insure 100% compliance with vaccine campaigns, what's rarely noted is the extensive evidence linking the vaccines themselves to the spread of such outbreaks.


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Ability to lift weights quickly can mean a longer life

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Prolong your life by increasing your muscle power. That's the main message of a study presented today at EuroPrevent 2019, a scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology.1

"Rising from a chair in old age and kicking a ball depend more on muscle power than muscle strength, yet most weight bearing exercise focuses on the latter," said study author Professor Claudio Gil Araújo, director of research and education, Exercise Medicine Clinic -- CLINIMEX, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. "Our study shows for the first time that people with more muscle power tend to live longer."

Power depends on the ability to generate force and velocity, and to coordinate movement.2 In other words, it is the measure of the work performed per unit time (force times distance); more power is produced when the same amount of work is completed in a shorter period or when more work is performed during the same period.3 Climbing stairs requires power -- the faster you climb, the more power you need. Holding or pushing a heavy object (for example a car with a dead battery) needs strength.

Comment: While the arguments for the best type of training and the different benefits different techniques will confer is hotly debated, the fact that there is benefit, to multiple body systems, is relatively undisputed. Lift heavy things - it's good for you!


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Researchers find nearly 1 out of 5 people are misdiagnosed with MS and receive potentially dangerous treatment for years

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The study revealed that 17 percent of patients at Cedars-Sinai and 19 percent of patients at UCLA had been misdiagnosed and were incorrectly treated for multiple sclerosis for an average of four years.
Researchers found that nearly 1 in 5 people who had received a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis had other unrelated conditions.

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a widespread disabling neurological condition in which the immune system attacks and destroys the fatty tissue that surrounds the nerves. This leads to nerve damage, which affects communication between the nerves and the brain.

People with MS may experience symptoms, including numbness or weakness in the limbs, tremors, and lack of coordination. However, some of the symptoms have similarities to other debilitating conditions, including stroke and migraine.

MS and stroke are very different conditions, but they both harm the brain. Some of the symptoms they share include attention issues, dizziness, numbness in the limbs, slurring, visual impairment, and difficulty in walking.

MS and migraine attacks also have some symptoms in common, including dizziness and vision impairment. A recent study pooled data on people who had received a wrong diagnosis of MS and found that 72 of the 110 patients had other conditions, including migraine.

Comment: Whether through ignorance or greed, misdiagnoses by medical professionals are increasingly ruining people's health while bankrupting them - we've come a long way from 'First Do No Harm'.


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New trial evidence suggests government colluded with Monsanto

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I once read an interview with legendary fiction writer Stephen King in which he told the interviewer that he simply reads the newspaper to get ideas for his novels, declaring that truth was far scarier than fiction. After reading about the latest development in the lawsuits against Monsanto, I'm inclined to agree with him.

As part of the 3rd cancer trial facing Monsanto (now owned by Bayer AG), new emails were released that showed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials may have colluded with Monsanto to help slow the release of the dangers of the pesticide from the public. According to the documents and testimony, Monsanto apparently asked the government agency to slow down their safety review of the company's top-selling herbicide, RoundUp. According to the documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, not only did the government agree to slow the safety review, EPA officials also helped the company by giving them consistent updates.

Comment: This isn't the first time a cozy relationship has been shown to exist between the EPA and Monsanto. The idea that the EPA are acting as a 'regulatory agency' and not just a rubber-stamp approval factory for Big Chemical is, at this point, a complete joke. If the agency were ever to be held accountable for their actions they'd be run out of town with pitchforks.

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Do vegetarians and vegans live longer than meat eaters?

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Many proponents of a meat-free diet give up animal products because they believe vegetarians and vegans live longer than omnivores. But what does the research really show?
One of the most common claims made by advocates of vegetarian and vegan diets is that people who abstain from eating meat (vegetarians) or all animal products (vegans) live longer than meat eaters. This has been repeated so often that it's accepted as gospel-both within plant-based diet communities and amongst the general public. But is it really true? Read on to find out.

In this post, I'm going to do a deep dive into the research into whether vegetarians and vegans live longer than omnivores - people who consume a mixed diet including meat. It's a long article, because I wanted to cover all of the available studies on the topic and be as thorough as possible.

For the time-challenged among you, I'll spill the beans right up front: while early studies did suggest a survival advantage for vegetarians and vegans, more recent and much higher-quality evidence has found no difference in lifespan between omnivores and vegetarians and vegans.

That's the TL;DR. Let's take a closer look at how researchers arrived at this conclusion.

Comment: It's nice of Kresser to put this myth to bed. The idea that eating a substandard diet that eschews meat, a vital component for the health of the human organism, has never made a lick of sense. If you want to maintain or improve your health, and increase your chances of living longer, include animals in your diet. Your body will thank you.

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Nearly half of honey tested contains mostly rice syrup, wheat syrup or sugar beet syrup

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Honey makers are secretly "watering" down their honey with cheap syrups that have been impossible to detect until now.

A new testing method has revealed nearly half of the honey sold in Australia, one of the world's largest exporters of honey, is diluted with cheap sweeteners like rice syrup, wheat syrup and sugar beet syrup.

12 out of 28 honey samples taken from grocery stores around the country and tested in a reputable lab in Germany turned out to be mostly some form of cheap sugar syrup, not honey.

The scary thing is, all of these honey brands had passed the official government purity tests.

That's because honey manufacturers have become more skilled at flying under the testing radar, researchers explain.

Comment: See also: Fighting deadly C. Difficile infections? Exotic honey comes to the rescue


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Let there be light: Low-level laser therapy

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Science fiction medicine doesn't get much better than what's offered onboard Star Trek's USS Enterprise. Beamed up to the ship with a gaping phaser wound, the patient is sent to sickbay, where "Bones" McCoy directs a handheld device emitting a ray of light onto the injury. It shrinks and vanishes in seconds, leaving not even the trace of a scar.

It may not work so fast or so perfectly, but the technology of light medicine is already with us. Called low-level laser therapy (LLLT), it has been used by some cutting-edge practitioners for decades, and the field is advancing at lightning speed.

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