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Dr. Aseem Malhotra: We need a Parliamentary inquiry to push for the raw data on statins and their effects

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Transparency and raw data is needed to show us who really benefits from taking statins, and what side effects they can have.

It's been almost 35 years since scientists Michael S. Brown and Joseph L. Goldstein won the Nobel Prize for discovering how blood cholesterol played a central role in the development of heart disease. It was their work that led to the pharmaceutical industry developing statins.

Statins are drugs that lower cholesterol, and they both reduced heart attacks, and extended lifespan, within a few years of prescription. In 1996, Goldstein and Brown confidently predicted the end of heart disease as a major public health problem before the beginning of the 21st century.

Comment: Surely no one would object to an analysis of the raw data on statins. If the statin-pushers have nothing to hide, they should welcome this analysis - more data is never a bad thing. We'll see if this ends up being the case, however.

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Gel that makes teeth repair themselves could spell the end of fillings

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A new way to treat tooth decay is on the way.
Tooth enamel can now be made to repair itself by applying a special gel. The product could save people from developing cavities that require dental fillings.

Enamel is the hard, protective layer on the outside of teeth. It can be worn down by mouth acid and repeated chewing, leading to cavities that have to be plugged with fillings to prevent further decay.

Because fillings are made from foreign materials like metal, porcelain and resin, they don't bind seamlessly to the tooth surface and often become loose.


Teenager went blind after only eating fries, chips, white bread, sausages and ham since elementary school

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A stock image of french fries - among the only foods the patient would eat.
A teenager who only ate five different foods went blind despite having no visible signs he was malnourished, according to his doctor.

The unnamed boy visited his family doctor complaining he was tired, according to a case study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. The doctor learned the boy was a "fussy eater," but he looked well. Tests revealed he was anemic and had low levels of vitamin B12.

By the age of 15, his hearing and vision started to fade. An MRI scan revealed he had no structural problems with his ears, while an eye test similarly failed to reveal any structural cause.


Teenager left in coma after vaping every day led to deadly disease

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Maddie Nelson says three years of vaping caused deadly damage to her lungs
A teenager claims she was left in a coma after years of vaping left her seriously ill.

Maddie Nelson, 18, was placed in a medically-induced coma earlier this month because she was suffering from chest pains and nausea.

Medics found her lungs were severely inflamed, and said her vaping habit was to blame.

The youngster, from Utah, said she picked up the habit three years ago, believing it was safe.

She had felt unwell for several weeks before she was hospitalised with a fever.

Comment: Better to stick with natural tobacco than risk your health by using vapes:


The truth hurts: MPs aghast over tobacco researcher Marewa Glover's claim 'bodies heal' from secondhand smoke

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Dr Marewa Glovera, an Auckland-based tobacco researcher.
A tobacco researcher's claim that bodies will heal from exposure to secondhand smoke left MPs aghast during submissions on a proposed law to ban smoking in cars.

Dr Marewa Glover, an Auckland-based tobacco researcher, said the proposed law was unnecessary, because exposure to secondhand smoke is "far greater in the home".

"There is more time spent there, and it's more consistent over many more years," she said, adding that time spent in cars is "fleeting".

Comment: The brainwashing with regards to smoking has truly reached a fever pitch. When the mere suggestion that second-hand smoke is not a bad as its made out to be is met with such outrage and furor, you know the programming is complete.

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Vegan and plant-based diets worsen brain health due to insufficient choline

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The primary sources of dietary choline are found in beef, eggs, dairy products, fish, and chicken, with much lower levels found in nuts, beans, and cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli.
The momentum behind a move to plant-based and vegan diets for the good of the planet is commendable, but risks worsening an already low intake of an essential nutrient involved in brain health, warns a nutritionist in the online journal BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health.

To make matters worse, the UK government has failed to recommend or monitor dietary levels of this nutrient — choline — found predominantly in animal foods, says Dr. Emma Derbyshire, of Nutritional Insight, a consultancy specializing in nutrition and biomedical science.

Choline is an essential dietary nutrient, but the amount produced by the liver is not enough to meet the requirements of the human body.

Comment: While it is essential for brain health, choline is also vital for the liver. A lack of choline in the diet will lead to a health disaster eventually. You could supplement, by why not go to the source for whole food nutrients - meat.

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When vegan influencers quit being vegan, the backlash can be brutal

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Popular YouTubers like Rawvana and Bonny Rebecca gave up veganism to save their health. But the fallout from their fans has been immense.

Last March, vegan YouTuber Yovana Mendoza posted a video on her channel, Rawvana, that rocked her followers to their cores.

"I definitely did not feel ready to talk about this," Mendoza told the camera, her expression solemn.

She had garnered nearly two million subscribers for her raw vegan diet content, but had recently been spotted with a plate of fish and called out for her ostensible hypocrisy. In the video, which has since been made private, she explained that while six years of raw veganism "elevated [her] consciousness," recently, her health had begun to suffer. She lost her period, she was "basically anemic," and she was riddled with digestive issues. Eventually, she said, she couldn't take it anymore, and started eating fish and eggs to alleviate her ailments.

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Objective:Health #29 - Drop That Burger! The Amazon is on Fire!

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Starting last week, pictures of the burning Amazon rain forest flooded social media as people were lead to believe the 'lungs of the planet' were in jeopardy. News headlines were quick to point the finger at you, as usual, because you eat too much meat.

But it was rather quickly discovered that everything being reported on the nature of the Amazon fires was wrong: they aren't at a record-setting levels, they aren't caused by people eating too much meat and the Amazon isn't even 'the lungs of the planet'. Many of the pictures featured in widely shared memes, shared by the likes of celebrities from Leonardo DiCaprio to Emmanuel Macron, aren't even recent photos, and some of them aren't even of the Amazon.

Why is such a seemingly carefully constructed disinformation campaign coming out now and why is it getting so much traction? And why pin it on meat-eating?

Join us on this episode of Objective:Health as we dig in to the great Amazon fire disinformation campaign, debunking some of the widely spread rumors and examining what's really going on here.

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'This isn't just a behavioral problem': Study challenges the story on overeating

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The amount we eat when we eat too much is unrelated to pleasure, new research says

People who are obese just like eating more than everyone else, right?

That's been the assumption anyway, that Americans overeat because we are getting so much darn pleasure from all the tasty, unhealthy foods in our path.

Films and books have been built around the idea that we overeat to get pleasure, including "Supersize Me" (2004) by documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, "The End of Overeating" (2010) by former FDA commissioner David Kessler and bestseller "Salt, Sugar, Fat" (2014) by Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Michael Moss. They all deliver more or less the same message — that overeating is a national love affair with highly palatable foods, one some of us just can't quit.

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Boris Johnson, GMOs and glyphosate: Irresponsible, negligent and criminal

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves after giving a speech outside 10 Downing Street in London on July 24, 2019.
In his first speech to parliament as British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson said:
Let's start now to liberate the UK's extraordinary bioscience sector from anti-genetic modification rules and let's develop the blight-resistant crops that will feed the world."
Johnson reads from a well-rehearsed script. The 'GM will feed the world mantra' is pure industry spin. There is already enough food being produced to feed the global population yet around 830 million are classed as hungry.

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