U.S. Releases Report Showing Elevated Health Risks from Nonstick Chemicals

U.S. Releases Report Showing Elevated Health Risks from Nonstick Chemicals

June 21st, 2018

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Via: Science Magazine:

President Donald Trump’s administration has released a politically charged toxicology report about nonstick chemicals showing they can endanger human health at significantly lower levels than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has previously called safe.

The draft report from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is a toxicological profile of four types of stain- and water-resistant chemicals.

It finds that so-called “minimum risk levels” for the toxins should be seven to 10 times lower than standards set by EPA in 2016.

The lowest level included in the ATSDR report is 12 parts per trillion in drinking water, which is greater than 80% below the current maximum safe level EPA has advised for two types of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS.

By contrast, the 2016 EPA voluntary health advisory for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS) warned that exposure to the chemicals at levels above 70 parts per trillion could be dangerous.

The report’s release follows mounting congressional pressure from both sides of the aisle after news surfaced last month that a White House official in January had warned that releasing the report would be a “potential public relations nightmare” (E&E Daily, May 15).




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WHO Lists Video Game Addiction As Mental Health Disorder

If you’ve ever worried about friends or family shutting themselves off in front of a computer, frantically pushing buttons for hours, you had every right. Video game addiction has now been classified as a mental health disorder.

‘Gaming disorder’ is now listed in the recently updated International Classification of Diseases (ICD), which now covers about 55,000 injuries and diseases.

The World Health Organization (WHO) said victims of the disorder devote so much of their time to virtual worlds that it “takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities,” playing for increasingly long periods of time despite the obvious negative consequences on their real life.

The WHO said that including gaming disorder in its official list will help doctors and families identify the symptoms better and faster.

Linking routine gaming to actual mental pathology will allow health workers “to take action to prevent suffering and save lives,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.

Experts from Britain’s Royal College of Psychiatrists, who have witnessed entire families falling apart because someone was a compulsive gamer, applauded the decision.

Obsessive gaming has even drawn comparisons to gambling. “Gamblers use money as a way of keeping score whereas gamers use points,” Dr. Mark Griffiths, professor of behavioral addiction at Nottingham Trent University, said.

Despite the risks, the number of people believed to be suffering from gaming disorder is relatively low – about three percent of all gamers.

This has led some experts to disagree with the new classification, saying the problem is being excessively dramatized, and that it could cause unnecessary concern among parents whose children spend a lot of time playing video games.

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The Damaging Effects Of 5G WiFi On Your Health

Wireless radiation is a huge health problem that continues to be ignored and another opportunity for us to gaze into the past of similar occurrences and learn from our mistakes. Take tobacco for example, at one time in history you were considered a fool and ‘crazy’ for speaking up against the big tobacco companies and letting people know that cigarettes compromise our health. Today, science has spoken, and it has spoken for a long time, despite what the corporations put out into the public and the “science” they used to approve these things in the first place.

There doesn’t seem to be much more of a difference between communication companies that sell and manufacture wireless products and services, which, according to hundreds of scientists and countless amounts of publications, are urging authorities to pay closer attention to what wireless radiation is doing to human health.

This is one of the multiple examples where corporate control rules and dictates government policy, policies that favour big corporations at the behest of planet Earth and the rest of the human population. But it’s more so apparent in North America.

European Restrictions

In Europe, multiple countries have restrictions on WiFi and have pointed out some disturbing things. France passed a law in 2015 banning WiFi from all nursery schools, the law states that WiFi must be turned off in all elementary schools when it’s not in use. W wired connection if possible, is preferred. Advertisements directing cell phone use towards young children are banned.

An example from Namibia states quite clearly that current so-called “safety” standards don’t protect citizens from long-term health effects, and that the guidelines governing their use do not guarantee adequate protection against the effects of long-term exposure.

Other countries include Belgium, Spain, Israel, Australia, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, India, Finland, Cyprus and more.

Why are they saying no to WiFi? See for yourself:

You can access hundreds of these scientific papers and read more here, just click on the science section and under each heading, there are links directly to the research. If you click on the drop-down tab, a list of scientific references as documentation appears. 

Related CE Article with more information:

Why Multiple Countries Have Banned Wifi & Cell Phones Around Schools, Young Children & Fetuses

Yes, we are making progress, and awareness is being created and steps are being taken, but the corporate take over of North America and almost the entire planet is simply brushing our health under the table, because, unfortunately, they have the power to do so.

At the same time, we are the ones using this technology. It’s becoming so useful, and so easy to just rely on the corporation like we do with everything else. How ironic is it that we raise money and advocate for cancer, yet support the very things that are contributing to it, on grande scales?

Millions of children and adults in schools around the world spend significant amounts of time around wireless devices and Wi-Fi. Many schools are introducing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies and installing industrial wireless routers for tablets. However, wireless devices expose students and staff to microwave radiation that can impede learning and overall health. Studies have shown that microwave radiation can damage reproductive systems, impact the immune system, alter brain functioning, and may increase cancer risk. Tablets have up to 5 antennae that are constantly emitting short intense bursts of radiation even when not connected to the Internet. Wireless devices in classrooms thus result in multiple sources of wireless radiation exposure. – Environmental Health Trust

The 5G Health Concerns

So, what about 5G? Science already indicates that the current wireless technologies of 2G, 3G and 4G – in use today with our cell phones, computers, and wearable tech. – creates radio frequency exposure which poses a serious health risk to humans, animals and the environment. 5G is the term used to describe the next-generation of mobile networks beyond the 4G LTE mobile networks used today. 5G is intended to be the technology that allows the “Internet of Things” (IOT) to exist and connects all internet connected devices together.

Scientists have been studying the health effects of 5G and wireless radiation and are deeply concerned with their findings and are calling for a stop to the rollout of 5G,  as well as a halt to the proposed increase in radio frequency radiation exposure to the public.

Thanks to all of the efforts by various researchers, scientists and more, the world is waking up to this information and it’s actually starting to become talked about within the mainstream. It always seems like such a long process from the point where something is known, to actually mass consensus and action steps being created.

A CBS news report recently emphasized:

The wireless industry is in a race to roll out 5G service. The network is supposed to be up to 100 times faster than current data speeds, but it requires cellphone tower equipment to be closer to users than before. Wireless companies in the U.S. say they’ll have to install about 300,000 new antennas – roughly equal to the total number of cell towers built over the past three decades. That’s causing outrage and alarm in some neighbourhoods, as antennas go up around homes.

5G requires the installation of new equipment across the U.S. Every wireless company is working to build its own 5G network. This is worse than cell phone use, and yet, according to government health authorities, “a limited number of studies have shown some evidence of statistical association of cell phone use and brain tumour risks… but most studies have found no association.”

“Putting it bluntly they are damaging the living cells in our bodies and killing many of us prematurely” (source)

Melissa Arnoldi, who leads AT&T’s efforts, said “if it’s not already in your neighbourhood, it’s coming.” This is quite concerning, she told CBS news that “5G uses high-frequency waves that support faster speeds but don’t travel as far as current wireless frequencies. So instead of relying on large cellphone towers spread far apart, they need “small cell” sites that are much closer together.”

Sometimes I wonder, how is this even allowed to happen? Who are the people which control what type of information with regards to our health gets emphasized, and what doesn’t?

This new 5G equipment is currently being installed in a neighbourhood near you.

I’ll leave you with this TED talk by a Silicon-valley engineer turned technology health advocate, Jeromy Johnson.

Related CE Article:

FCC Intimidates Press & Evades Questioning About Wireless & Cancer at 5G Rollout 

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Ignorance is not bliss: We need more empowered patients making informed health decisions

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Shared decision-making should become a mandatory part of training for all healthcare professionals to improve collaboration with their patients, save the NHS billions, and ultimately improve patient outcomes, say Aseem Malhotra and Sue Bailey.

At 55 years old, patient X was very active but overweight with a body mass index of 28 and waist measurement of 38 inches. He had been a Virgin Atlantic international airline pilot for 14 years, but then he suffered a non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction in December 2014.

Coronary angiography revealed a sub-totally occluded circumflex artery for which he underwent coronary stenting. He was prescribed the standard cocktail of medications following acute coronary syndrome – aspirin 75mg, clopidogrel 75mg (for one year post-stent insertion), bisoprolol 2.5mg, ramipril 2.5mg and atorvastatin 80mg – and discharged.

He was then contraindicated to fly as a commercial pilot and went back to regular activities, but approximately one year later he started to experience a number of disabling and persistent symptoms, namely extreme fatigue, muscle aches, memory disturbance and erectile dysfunction.

Attributing this to his statin medication (Pfizer’s own leaflet states 1 in 10 may suffer these side effects), patient X stopped his atorvastatin 80mg and within weeks he noticed a marked improvement in his quality of life “in every respect”.

Carrying out his own research of the evidence, he determined the number one risk factor for heart attack is insulin resistance[1], also linked to obesity, and subsequently decided to dramatically change what had been his standard diet for decades. Specifically, he cut out processed carbohydrates (starch and sugar), rice, potato, pasta, biscuits, milk chocolate bars, cakes and sweets and juice. He instituted a high-fat, Mediterranean-style diet that includes plenty of non-starchy vegetables, oily fish, eggs, full fat dairy, nuts and mixed berries.

Comment: Patient X is clearly making the right decisions by ditching the carbs and going higher fat, but a low carb paleo diet probably would have been even better than the Mediterranean diet. He may have noticed an even more marked difference had he included more animals fats and proteins.

Maintaining the same levels of exercise, he lost three stones in weight over five months, and his waist circumference decreases to 30 inches.

He met a cardiologist with a special interest in cardiovascular prevention for further discussion about the requirement for medications in secondary prevention and whether his lifestyle changes were optimised to reduce further risk. Following a detailed discussion, the cardiologist agreed that, after looking at the evidence, the patient has made a fully informed decision in stopping his medications and suggested that the patient should consider a low-dose statin that was less likely to give him side effects and to recommence aspirin.

Comment: One of the remarkable things about this story is that the doctor was actually open to the research and self-empowered behavioral changes the patient made. Most doctors would hand him a copy of the food pyramid and pull out the prescription pad.

After careful consideration, patient X decided not to take any medications and continued with a lifestyle approach to manage his coronary disease, especially because his cardiovascular risk markers were excellent. Over the past 18 months, since being off all medications and adjusting his diet, he completed numerous triathlons, including a half Ironman – a long-distance triathlon – and a marathon. He feels in the “best health of his life”.

Although we do not advise patients to stop any medication without consulting a healthcare professional, many features of the patient X’s case represent the gold standard approach to evidence-based medicine, which is the integration of individual clinical expertise, use of the best available evidence, and, most importantly, taking into consideration patient preferences and values[2]. But it is very unusual.

This particular patient is also a former mathematics teacher and has a good grasp of statistics. For example, he was able to learn for himself from thennt com, which provides summaries of evidence-based medicine, that for aspirin there is a 1 in 333 chance and 1 in 77 chance of mortality and non-fatal heart attack benefit, respectively, and for statins a 1 in 83 chance and 1 in 39 chance of mortality and recurrent non-fatal heart attack benefit, respectively. (Thennt.com is developed by a group of physicians to provide quick summaries of evidence-based medicine therapies on patient-important benefits and harms. They receive no outside funding or advertisements.)

But many patients are not this numerate or able to understand the meaning of simple statistics – nor should they be expected to. It is up to the healthcare team around them to do this.

The patient became aware of the ‘Choosing Wisely’ campaign, which is part of a global initiative aimed at improving conversations between patients and their healthcare providers to reduce the potentially harmful effects of taking too much medicine. As a result, he asked himself the questions he was not empowered to by health professionals following his heart attack: “Do I really need this test, procedure or medication?”, “What are the risks?”, “What happens if I do nothing?” and “Are there simpler or safer options?”[3].

Without transparent communication of risk, one cannot adhere to evidence-based practice that requires both an understanding of the evidence taking into consideration patient preferences and values. This is known as shared decision-making. Some patients, for example, would choose not to take a pill (through inconvenience, cost or side effects) that may add years to their life expectancy, whereas others may choose to take a pill on the basis it may add only a few weeks to their life expectancy.

Several barriers currently hinder the routine gold standard incorporation of shared decision-making as a key component of evidence-based practice in healthcare. The most important of these is lack of knowledge.

Most health professionals know that 80% of cardiovascular disease is in fact caused by lifestyle factors, including an unhealthy diet, smoking, and a sedentary lifestyle. But most are not aware of results from high-quality observational studies and randomised controlled trials reveal dietary changes rapidly reduce cardiovascular risk in addition to reducing morbidity and mortality[4].

Even less understood is that overdiagnosis and overtreatment represent a major threat to the sustainability of healthcare, with medical researcher Peter C Gøtzsche estimating, based on the best available data, that prescribed medication is the third most common cause of death after heart disease and cancer[5]. In 2011, Don Berwick, president emeritus, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, estimated that around a third of the United States’ $3 trillion expenditure on healthcare brings no benefit to the patient[6]; and Sir Bruce Keogh, former medical director of NHS England, has suggested up to one in seven NHS medical and surgical treatments should never have been carried out.

And there is an epidemic of misinformation, making it doubly hard for healthcare professionals and patients to know the actual benefits and risks of the treatment they are taking, with biased funding of research, biased reporting in medical journals, biased reporting in the media, commercial conflicts of interest and an inability of doctors to understand and communicate health statistics[7].

As Gerd Gigerenzer, director of the Harding Center for Risk Literacy, states in a World Health Organization bulletin in 2009: “It is an ethical imperative that every doctor and patient understand the difference between relative and absolute risk (or NNT) to protect patients from unnecessary anxiety and manipulation[8].” But in a survey of healthcare professionals on a training programme, 70% failed a simple three-question test on critical appraisal of evidence-based medicine[9].

Add to this a system with financial incentives for clinicians to treat according to thresholds (such as blanket prescription of statins in patients with a 10-year cardiovascular risk >20%) – as opposed to a system where care is explicitly informed by the best evidence and tailored to a patient’s values and priorities. The result is an environment that is hostile to giving patients the power to make decisions about their own care[10].

On Friday 15 June 2018, the Choosing Wisely project will launch its second phase and, as a result, will go beyond just providing a list of investigations and treatments that provide no benefit to patients; it acknowledges that doctors don’t always know best and suggests that shared decision-making should be given top priority in patient management.

First, it is essential that (currently non-existent) skills for shared decision-making and evidence-based practice be incorporated as a mandatory educational tool in undergraduate and postgraduate medical training for all healthcare professionals. Second, clinical guidelines (by providing shared decision-making tools) must emphasise that making the ethical care of the patient is the top priority. With greater emphasis on community care, pharmacists must also have a role in having these discussions to help patients have a better understanding of the medications they are taking when collecting prescriptions and also to reduce the potentially harmful effects of polypharmacy.

This will result in at least three powerful victories for healthcare provision: in ethics, in policy and in finance. As pointed out in the 2012 ‘Patients’ preferences matter’ report from the King’s Fund, “because patients choose fewer treatments when fully informed, the NHS could save billions of pounds[11]“. This goes beyond a black and white approach of phasing out treatments that have no benefit for patients at all as more robust data becomes available to a huge grey area in healthcare, especially in managing chronic disease where marginal benefits of treatment are weighed up against often equal risk of harm.

It’s time to enter a new era in healthcare to produce better healthcare professionals, better patients and better decisions, where shared decision-making is the most important outcome that matters when it comes to evidence-based practice. It is time that patient X is not the exception, but the rule.

Aseem Malhotra is NHS consultant cardiologist and member of the board of trustees of The King’s Fund. Sue Bailey is chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges Choosing Wisely Steering Group and former president of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.


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[4] Malhotra A, DiNicolantonio JJ and Capewell S. It is time to stop counting calories, and time instead to promote dietary changes that substantially and rapidly reduce cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Open Heart 2015;2:e000273. doi: 10.1136/openhrt-2015-000273

[5] Gøtzsche PC. Prescription drugs are the third leading cause of death. The BMJ Opinion Available at: https://blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2016/06/16/peter-c-gotzsche-prescription-drugs-are-the-third-leading-cause-of-death/ (accessed June 2018)

[6] Berwick DM. The moral test. Speech delivered at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement National Forum, Florida, United States. 7 December 2011. Available at: https://createvalue.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Berwick-Keynote-IHI-National-Forum-7Dec20111.pdf (accessed June 2018)

[7] Gigerenzer G, Muir Gray JA. Better doctors, better patients, better decisions: Envisioning healthcare 2020. 2011. MIT Press: Cambridge, Massachusetts

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[9] McCormack J, Malhotra A and Newman D. Challenging treatment thresholds. The Prescriber Available at: https://wileymicrositebuilder.com/prescriber/wp-content/uploads/sites/23/2015/12/Challenging-treatment-thresholds.pdf (accessed June 2018)

[10] Ioannidis JPA, Stuart ME, Brownlee S et al. How to survive the medical misinformation mess. Eur J Clin Invest 2017:47(11):795-802. doi: 10.1111/eci.12834

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Health Ranger issues urgent warning about salmonella in pumpkin seed protein as Kellogg’s issues nationwide recall

About the author: Mike Adams (aka the “Health Ranger“) is a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on Amazon.com called “Food Forensics“), an environmental scientist, a patent holder for a cesium radioactive isotope elimination invention, a multiple award winner for outstanding journalism, a science news publisher and influential commentator on topics ranging from science and medicine to culture and politics. Follow his videos, podcasts, websites and science projects at the links below.

Mike Adams serves as the founding editor of NaturalNews.com and the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation. Adams is also highly proficient in running liquid chromatography, ion chromatography and mass spectrometry time-of-flight analytical instrumentation. He has also achieved numerous laboratory breakthroughs in the programming of automated liquid handling robots for sample preparation and external standards prep.

The U.S. patent office has awarded Mike Adams patent NO. US 9526751 B2 for the invention of “Cesium Eliminator,” a lifesaving invention that removes up to 95% of radioactive cesium from the human digestive tract. Adams has pledged to donate full patent licensing rights to any state or national government that needs to manufacture the product to save human lives in the aftermath of a nuclear accident, disaster, act of war or act of terrorism. He has also stockpiled 10,000 kg of raw material to manufacture Cesium Eliminator in a Texas warehouse, and plans to donate the finished product to help save lives in Texas when the next nuclear event occurs. No independent scientist in the world has done more research on the removal of radioactive elements from the human digestive tract.

Adams is a person of color whose ancestors include Africans and American Indians. He is of Native American heritage, which he credits as inspiring his “Health Ranger” passion for protecting life and nature against the destruction caused by chemicals, heavy metals and other forms of pollution.

Adams is the founder and publisher of the open source science journal Natural Science Journal, the author of numerous peer-reviewed science papers published by the journal, and the author of the world’s first book that published ICP-MS heavy metals analysis results for foods, dietary supplements, pet food, spices and fast food. The book is entitled Food Forensics and is published by BenBella Books.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

In addition to his lab work, Adams is also the (non-paid) executive director of the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center (CWC), an organization that redirects 100% of its donations receipts to grant programs that teach children and women how to grow their own food or vastly improve their nutrition. Through the non-profit CWC, Adams also launched Nutrition Rescue, a program that donates essential vitamins to people in need. Click here to see some of the CWC success stories.

With a background in science and software technology, Adams is the original founder of the email newsletter technology company known as Arial Software. Using his technical experience combined with his love for natural health, Adams developed and deployed the content management system currently driving NaturalNews.com. He also engineered the high-level statistical algorithms that power SCIENCE.naturalnews.com, a massive research resource featuring over 10 million scientific studies.

Adams is well known for his incredibly popular consumer activism video blowing the lid on fake blueberries used throughout the food supply. He has also exposed “strange fibers” found in Chicken McNuggets, fake academic credentials of so-called health “gurus,” dangerous “detox” products imported as battery acid and sold for oral consumption, fake acai berry scams, the California raw milk raids, the vaccine research fraud revealed by industry whistleblowers and many other topics.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

In addition to his activism, Adams is an accomplished musician who has released over fifteen popular songs covering a variety of activism topics.

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Take fish oil OR blueberry powder for better brain health

Image: Take fish oil OR blueberry powder for better brain health

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Brain health is on everyone’s minds these days. Even if you haven’t had to deal with the heartbreak of dementia in your family yet, you’ve probably heard just how likely it is that you or someone you love will eventually be hit by it. It’s no surprise, then, that we are constantly being bombarded with news stories about what you can do to protect your brain. Two foods that come up time and time again are blueberries and fish oil, so should you consume both of these every day to avoid dementia?

The answer, surprisingly, is no. In a new study, researchers from the University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center set out to determine whether consuming both fish oil and blueberry supplements could cause significant improvements in terms of brain protection. Using a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study, they looked at people aged 62 to 80 who had been experiencing mild cognitive decline as they aged. Those who had received a diagnosis of dementia or other types of cognitive impairment were not included.

The participants were divided into groups that took fish oil and a blueberry placebo; a blueberry supplement and fish oil placebo; fish oil and blueberry supplements together; or a placebo.

Those in the fish oil group took four capsules a day – two with breakfast and two with dinner – that contained 400 mg of EPA and 200 mg of DHA. Those in the fish oil placebo group were given corn oil capsules.

Participants assigned to the blueberry group took a powder made of freeze-dried blueberries, while the placebo consisted of a proprietary mix from the same provider that was created to be as similar as possible but with a different nutrient profile. They took a dose that was roughly equal to a cup of blueberries per day, which is the amount other studies have shown provides cognitive benefits. All participants were also asked to limit their consumption of other fruits rich in anthocyanins and seafood.

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After 24 weeks, the participants were given blood and urine tests as well as cognitive tests. The group that took the fish oil with a blueberry placebo and the group that took the blueberries with the fish oil placebo had fewer cognitive symptoms. The blueberry group displayed improved memory discrimination, which meant that supplementation actually improved their cognition.

However, the researchers were surprised to find that the two ingredients combined did not offer a beneficial effect, and they’re not quite sure why this was the case. They theorize that benefits could perhaps be seen if this combined supplementation took place over a longer period of time.

Blueberries and fish oil individually do protect brain health

While taking the two together might not necessarily have additional benefits over taking them separately, there are plenty of good reasons for you to choose one treatment if you’re looking to preserve brain function.

Blueberry juice has been shown in studies to improve elderly people’s brain function. Those who drank the juice each day had improved blood flow to their brains, greater brain activation during cognitive tests, and better overall cognitive function, and their working memory also improved. Anthocyanins, the compounds that give these fruits their blue hue, are behind its brain benefits.

The benefits for brain health provided by fish oil are also well documented. Studies have shown that fish oil supplements can help the parts of the brain that are useful in thinking skills and memory. One study even found that people who took fish oils had bigger brains, particularly in the cerebral cortex and hippocampus; a bigger brain generally signifies better cognitive health, while brain shrinkage has been linked to Alzheimer’s disease.

No matter which approach you choose, it’s never too early to make healthy choices that will protect your brain as you age. (Related: Avoiding dementia – brain health strategies that really work.)

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Health Secrets Your Doctor Can Tell From Your Handshake

Is your shake more like a dead fish than an iron fist? It could be a warning sign of a whole host of illnesses, including heart disease.

There are many things your handshake tells the world about you. But according to several new studies, it can also reveal a lot about your health.

In a study published last month in the British Medical Journal, scientists at the University of Glasgow found that doctors can predict your overall health by evaluating your grip strength as you shake hands. Specifically, they found that weaker grip strength in the more than half a million people between the ages of 40 and 69 they evaluated and followed over the years was associated with a higher risk of heart and lung disease and cancer (including colorectal, lung, and breast) as well as a higher risk of death from such diseases. And the younger the person, the more a weak handshake was predictive of some illnesses.

Your hand grip can also reveal how healthy your brain is, according to scientists from several highly regarded European institutions, writing in another recent study out of the United Kingdom. The findings, based on data involving 475,397 people and published in the Journal of Psychoses and Related Brain Disorders, showed that stronger handshakes predicted better brain functioning across the boardaccording to EurekaAlert. Testing included reaction speed, logical problem solving, and multiple different tests of memory, and the association between hand grip and brain function was consistent at all ages.

“When taking multiple factors into account such as age, gender, body weight, and education, our study confirms that people who are stronger do indeed tend to have better functioning brains,” study co-author Joseph Firth, PhD, Research Fellow at NICM Health Research Institute, Western Sydney University and Honorary Research Fellow at The University of Manchester, told EurekaAlert. “There is a clear connection between muscular strength and brain health,” Dr. Firth concludes.

Can we get healthier by developing a better handshake? Dr. Firth’s research group had already determined in the course of other studies that aerobic exercise can improve brain health, and now they will conduct further studies to determine if we can make our brains healthier by doing things to strengthen our muscles. That said, the results of a 2015 study by scientists out of the Population Health Research Institute of McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences, published in The Lancet, suggests that we can improve our chances of surviving chronic medical problems if we develop more muscle strength. In that study, the researchers measured grip strength (using a device called a “dynamometer”) in nearly 140,000 adults in 17 countries and followed their health for an average of four years.

“Interestingly, grip strength was a better predictor of death or cardiovascular disease than blood pressure,” according to Howard LeWine, MD, writing for the Harvard Health Blog.



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MRC’s Bozell Rips CNN’s ‘Embarrassing’ ‘Obsession’ with ‘Gossip’ Stories on Melania’s Health

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RT eviscerates Tory MP who claims ‘Russian media should come with health warning’

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Conservative MP Bob Seely says RT should come with a “health warning” as Moscow poses a “threat” to Western stability. Seely’s comments came the same day the Tory MP published an anti-Russian ‘study’ for a right-wing think tank.

According to the Isle of Wight MP, the UK will see a “full spectrum” threat from Moscow for years to come, in yet another attempt to foster Russophobia by publishing anti-Kremlin propaganda masquerading as a peer-reviewed study for the Henry Jackson Society (HJS), a think tank repeatedly dogged by controversy.

RT’s Bill Dod spoke to international affairs analyst Marko Gasic about Seely’s attack on Russia – and whether or not the Conservative MP has a point.

“This man doesn’t have a point and it’s probably not even his own point he doesn’t have,” Gasic said. “Essentially his report’s been launched by an outfit called the Henry Jackson Society, which views itself there to give an unadulterated diet of anti-Russia cliches. Once it persuades someone like this chap to go with the flow of that the it presents him as his own man launching his blames and claims against Russia.

“The substance of all of these stories is usually fake news, We have Babchenko in Ukraine is dead – let’s blame Russia. Babchenko is alive – let’s blame Russia. The information war is always against Russia.”

Gasic then explained to RT’s Bill Dod why alternative news stations like RT are so important to Britain’s political landscape. “Most people watch TV and they’ve been trained to believe that RT is owned by Count Dracula,” the international affairs analyst said. “They’ve been programmed in a certain direction and we need another voice – for example this channel – to put the other view so that in parliament they have a dialogue and not this never ending monologue they have at the moment.”

The paper, currently being peddled by Seely and the reason behind the Tory MP’s Russia bashing comments, was published on Monday. The paper was peer-reviewed by staunch anti-Russian academic Dr Andrew Foxall and supposedly two others. Seely, however, fails to identify the others responsible for peer-reviewed the study.

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Relying on painkillers for period pain could be bad for your health in the long run…here are some natural remedies to try

Image: Relying on painkillers for period pain could be bad for your health in the long run…here are some natural remedies to try

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Period pains are experienced by most women during their “time of the month.” The pain it brings varies from woman to woman. In fact, one in five women experiences period pain that can be as painful as a heart attack. As a result, a lot of them resort to taking painkillers. However, relying on painkillers can be bad for the health in the long run. The greatest risk comes with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen.

Over time, taking painkillers can lead to serious gastrointestinal side effects, such as stomach inflammation, reflux, constipation, and diarrhea. It can also result in low blood pressure. The risk is especially greater to those who are also taking aspirin or ibuprofen, or those who smoke or drink alcohol. In addition, conditions like stomach ulcers can be overlooked for months or even years. In some cases, they rupture or bleed through the intestines, resulting in intense pain, until they get noticed.

“Sometimes this can result in hospital visits or even ICU visits because very quickly these patients can bleed without much notice,” Sahil Khanna, a gastroenterologist, told the Daily Mail Online, as cited by The Sun.

Furthermore, these painkillers should not be taken on an empty stomach and should not be taken over the recommended maximum, which is 250 milligrams (mg) per day. Persistent pain during your menstrual period, even when taking medications, can be a result of an underlying condition like endometriosis.

Natural remedies for menstrual cramps

The good thing is that menstrual cramps can be treated without putting your health at risk with these natural pain remedies. (Related: The Discomfort and Pain of Menstrual Cramps can be Avoided Naturally.) Here are some natural remedies for menstrual cramps:

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  1. Make dietary changes – Three of the main causes of menstrual cramps are inflammation, nutritional deficiencies, and stress — which can all be affected by diet. Therefore, it is important to avoid inflammatory foods, such as animal fats, during menstruation. In addition, avoid sugar, processed foods, and anything with preservatives because they can make cramping worse. Salty foods should also be avoided as they can increase water retention which causes menstrual pain. Other foods to avoid during menstruation include dairy products, alcohol, caffeine, vegetable oils, corn, soybean oil, and margarine.
  2. Take multivitamins – Taking magnesium, B vitamins, and fish oil can prevent cramps and bloating.
  3. Exercise – The increased blood flow and the endorphins released from exercising can help fight prostaglandins and reduce cramping.
  4. Apply heat – Using a heating pad can help open blood vessels, enhance blood flow, and relieve pain.
  5. Use herbs – Applying anti-spasmodic essential oils on the lower abdomen can help relieve pain and regulate estrogen. Ginger tea and aromatherapy medicines like German chamomile, sweet marjoram, and sweet fennel can help reduce muscle spasms. Because these remedies are preventative, they must be taken one to two days before the start of the period.
  6. Stay hydrated – Adequate water consumption prevents the body from retaining water as well as bloating. Drinking warm or hot water can increase blood flow to the skin and help relax cramped muscles.
  7. Use Eastern medicine – The Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) is one of the elements of Eastern medicine that is helpful in easing many types of physical discomfort like menstrual cramps. This is because it helps balance the natural rhythms and flows of the body and move blocked energy.
  8. Try some special products and therapies – The nerves that direct and regulate the reproductive and hormonal systems can be impaired when the spine, especially in the lower back, is not working properly. This disruption can result in cramping. Chiropractic care is a way to realign the spine. Although it is not a treatment for premenstrual syndrome (PMS), a lot of women experienced better reproductive health while under chiropractic care.
  9. Get enough sleep – Having enough sleep is generally important to one’s health. Interruptions in regular sleep rhythms can disrupt the natural sleep cycle and lead to even more irritability, fatigue, and stomach cramping.

Read more news stories and studies on the health of women by going to WomensHealth.news.

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