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8 health benefits of the marvelous mushroom
Melissa Breyer: In a 2012 study looking at the role of culinary-medicinal mushrooms on human welfare, the authors describe mushrooms as part of the fungal biota “characterized by wonder.” ... Wonder indeed. ... Of course mushrooms have some magical connotations, thanks to those that inspire hallucinogenic reveries or provide cover for woodland fairies. ... But they are also little eco powerhouses. As the above-mentioned authors note, “They rise up from lignocellulosic wastes: yet they become so bountiful and nourishing. Mushrooms are environmentally friendly. They biosynthesize their own food from agricultural crop residues, which would otherwise cause health hazards.” ... Consider: They lack the bad things ---- Mushrooms offer vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, and a host of health benefits – but they are notably lacking in high calories, cholesterol, and sodium... Visit Website ]
May 18, 2019, 3:25pm

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Scientists are grappling with our biggest limitation in spaceflight: our own bodies
Brian Resnick: We’ve sent people to space for decades — but we’re only beginning to learn what that means for their health. ... All these grand ideas, potential missions, and dreams of a long-term human presence in space depend on one thing: that our feeble human bodies can handle it. But the truth is, no one knows what happens to a body when it spends more than a year in space. ... Issues: 1) How does the human body respond to radiation in space? ... 2) Is there an upper limit for the amount of time a person can spend in space? ... 3) How does the human mind cope with the isolation and loneliness of space travel? ... “The greatest unknowns, and perhaps the most dangerous,” says J.D. Polk, NASA’s chief medical officer, “are those we have not considered or are unaware of, colloquially termed the ‘unknown unknowns.’”... Visit Website ]
May 14, 2019, 3:18pm

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Why Dancing is Good for Your Health
Cesar Chelala: It has been known for a long time that physical activity –including dancing and exercises- can have several positive effects on people’s bodies and minds, leading to better cardiovascular health, fewer migraine headaches, and a sharper brain. ... The Einstein Aging Study carried out in the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, found that dancing helps prevent both Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia ... Agnieszka Burzynska, an assistant professor in Colorado State University’s Department of Human Development and Family Studies published a study showing the effect of dancing in the “white matter” in the brain. ... “white matter” can be considered as the brain’s wiring, similar to cables connecting discs in a computer ... dancing has a very positive effect on the “fornix”, an area of white matter that carries a bundle of those “wires” and that plays an important role in memory... Visit Website ]
May 11, 2019, 2:13pm

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Researchers Now Have Even More Proof That Air Pollution Can Cause Dementia
Aaron Reuben: “I have no hesitation whatsoever to say that air pollution causes dementia,” says Caleb Finch, gerontologist and the leader of USC’s Air Pollution and Brain Disease research network, which has completed many of these new studies. In terms of its effects on our health and welfare, Finch says, “air pollution is just as bad as cigarette smoke.” ... In counties that had to quickly comply with the new air quality standards, older people developed Alzheimer’s at lower rates than their peers in counties where the new rules didn’t apply. ... When you inhale pollutants, the smallest particles, emitted by cars, power plants, and other places where fuel is burned, lodge in your lungs’ sensitive tissue or else pass into your blood stream. In those places they trigger an immune response ... that response generalizes to what we call “systemic inflammation,” ... Systemic inflammation appears to be the primary way that air pollution harms the brain... Visit Website ]
May 2, 2019, 3:01pm

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Glyphosate Worse Than We Could Imagine
F. William Engdahl: New independent study shows that those with highest exposure to glyphosate have a 41% increased risk of developing non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) cancer ... Further, they stated that glyphosate “alters the gut microbiome,” and that that could “impact the immune system, promote chronic inflammation, and contribute to the susceptibility of invading pathogens.” .... While most attention is understandably drawn to the human effects of exposure to glyphosate, the most widely used agriculture chemical in the world today, independent scientists are beginning to look at another alarming effect of the agrochemical– its effect on essential soil nutrients. In a study of the health of soils in the EU, the online journal Politico.eu found that the effects of spraying of glyphosate on the major crops in European agriculture is having disastrous consequences on soil health in addition to killing weeds. ... Visit Website ]
Apr 15, 2019, 11:32am

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Mystery Killer Spans the Globe
Robert Hunziker: Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) recently labeled a fungus called Candida auris or C auris an “Urgent Threat.” This Nightmare Bacteria is a brutal killer that’s unstoppable and flat-out travels fast. ... The CDC claims antibiotic resistance is “one of the biggest public health challenges of our time.” ... Nowadays, the dangers of “Nightmare Bacteria” are growing out of control. The latest concern is that C auris will begin spreading to healthier populations, even though healthy people are normally not at risk. .... It is drug-resistant, tenacious and nearly impossible to exterminate and travels the globe looking for innocent victims, killing people mostly in hospital settings. ... researchers estimate that up to 70 percent of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are given to healthy food animals to artificially expedite their growth and compensate for the effects of unsanitary farm conditions... Visit Website ]
Apr 13, 2019, 1:58pm

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Just 20 minutes of nature significantly lowers stress hormones
Melissa Breyer: Have you heard about "nature pills" and "nature prescriptions"? After repeated studies have concluded that contact with nature reduces stress and improves well-being, doctors have started "prescribing" time spent outside. ... But while we know it works, the parameters have been a bit murky: What kind of nature works? How often should one spend time in nature? And for how long? With this in mind, researchers from the University of Michigan set out to discover the relationship between the duration of a nature experience (NE), and changes in two physiological biomarkers of stress – salivary cortisol and alpha-amylase. ... What they found was that just a twenty-minute nature experience was enough to significantly reduce cortisol levels. And even better, if you bump that up to between 20 and 30 minutes, cortisol levels dropped at their greatest rate. After that, de-stressing continues, but more slowly... Visit Website ]
Apr 7, 2019, 3:47pm

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Asthma alley': why minorities bear burden of pollution inequity caused by white people
Hazar Kilani : Mott Haven in the South Bronx is a classic example where black and Hispanic residents experience a particularly insidious ‘environmental inequality’ ... Daniel Chervoni looked out at the busy street from the small community park he tends as a gardener in the South Bronx and clenched his fist as another Fresh Direct diesel truck roared by, spewing exhaust as it took a popular short-cut through the neighborhood. ... Residents inhale the emissions of the hundreds of daily trucks going in and out of the nearby Fresh Direct warehouse, and exhaust emitted by constant traffic on the four nearby highways, as well as from the printing presses of the Wall Street Journal, a parcel depot and sewage works not far away. ... They need asthma hospitalizations at five times the national average and at rates 21 times higher than other NYC neighborhoods. ... “The hospitals put a bandaid on your asthma by giving you an inhaler. We should be fixing the root cause of this problem – the environmental inequality”... Visit Website ]
Apr 4, 2019, 3:55pm

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Why Americans Can’t Get Free Health Care
Deena Stryker: Believe it or not, it’s all about ‘liberty’. For the Pilgrims to be ‘free’ to worship God as they chose — Luther’s one-on-one relationship with Him — they had to be free from government interference. ... To this day the average American, while adamant that government shall not run his life, sees no contradiction in being told what to buy and how to live by business. ... the Republicans claim the US ‘can’t afford’ healthcare for all, while commentators never mention that this is due to the high cost of being the world hegemon ... Nor do the major networks invite people who have lived in countries that provide universal, single-payer health care to explain how they manage this on far smaller budgets. .... As long as it’s not ‘the government’ that’s telling them how to live their lives, Americans’ are ok with that. But they won’t have universal health care anytime soon... Visit Website ]
Apr 2, 2019, 12:58pm

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Standing Rock Medic Bus Is Now a Traveling Decolonized Pharmacy
Mary Annette Pember: This bus was indeed an old friend. It has a lot of history helping indigenous people; it served as a kitchen and then a treatment center for the Medic + Healer Council at the Standing Rock water protector camps. ... Now it’s been transformed into a bus for the Canoe Journey Herbalists, who are currently accompanying the approximately two-week-long annual Native American traditional canoe gathering along the Pacific coast of Washington and Canada. ... “This is about decolonizing herbalism” ... The herbalists are indigenous-centered and -led and intend to teach people how to harvest plants sustainably as well as the importance of sharing both the plants themselves and the knowledge of their use. ... “We’ve forgotten that we are all healers. We don’t have to go to school or memorize names in Latin; we all have access to plants and can comfort ourselves with our plant ancestors”... Visit Website ]
Mar 26, 2019, 3:10pm

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Nutritional psychiatry: can you eat yourself happier?
Amy Fleming: What we stick in our mouths matters to our mental health ... simply following a healthier diet – without other lifestyle modifications such as exercise, but taking into account things such as education, income, bodyweight and other health behaviours – results in a 30% reduced risk of depression. ... That healthier diet may vary from country to country, but research has shown that, regardless of where you live, eating closer to a traditional, pre-industrial diet rich in plant foods, fish, unrefined grains and fermented foods, with less meat and highly palatable processed and snack foods, reduces your risk of depression. ... But, crucially, it is not enough just to eat well: you need to consume all the nutrients and fibre your body needs – and avoid significant consumption of refined and heavily processed foods. “People are eating all this stuff that’s toxic and detrimental to their brain health”... Visit Website ]
Mar 18, 2019, 4:39pm

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Marijuana Law Reform Continues To Make Progress
Here are the top ten events that shaped cannabis reform in 2018: ... #10: States, Localities Move to Expunge Past Marijuana Convictions ... #9: FDA Approves First-Ever Plant-Derived Cannabis Medicine ... #8: FBI: Marijuana Arrests Spike for Second Straight Year ... #7: Legal Marijuana Access is Associated with Reduced Opioid Abuse ... #6: Incoming House Rules Chair to Allow Floor Votes on Marijuana-Related Measures ... #5: Governors Campaign, Win On Marijuana Legalization Platforms ... #4 Canada Legalizes Adult Marijuana Use and Retail Sales ... #3: Congress Amends CSA to Lift Ban on Commercial Hemp Production ... #2: Marijuana Initiatives Win at the Ballot Box ... #1: Public Support in Favor of Adult Use Legalization at Historic Highs... Visit Website ]
Jan 5, 2019, 2:33pm

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Do Sleeping Bears Hold Secrets for Human Health?
Louisa Willcox: By now most of Yellowstone’s grizzly bears are snug hibernating in winter dens, safe at last from human dangers. ... But in the darkness below the snow, mysteries and miracles unfold, apropos of our Christmas season. Researchers have long known the basics of bear hibernation. These bruins don’t eat or drink or excrete waste for between 150 and 180 days. But when grizzly bears crawl out of their dens in spring, they are specimens of health. They lose very little bone strength or lean muscle mass, though they may lose as much as 30 percent of their fall weight. ... In modern ecology, you hear that the grizzly bear is an “umbrella species.” The health of grizzly bear populations engenders health for entire ecosystems. Ancients had a different way of orienting to the same issue. There is an old story of a bear that goes into her den to dream the world into being each winter. In her imagination, she creates each plant and animal — entire ecosystems — during the long barren months... Visit Website ]
Jan 2, 2019, 4:02pm

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Ralph Nader: Canada's Health Care System Puts America's to Shame
Costly complexity is baked into Obamacare. No health insurance system is without problems but Canadian-style single-payer— full Medicare for all— is simple, affordable, comprehensive and universal. ... In Canada, everyone is covered automatically at birth – everybody in, nobody out. ... In Canada, the health system is designed to put people, not profits, first. ... In Canada, coverage is not tied to a job or dependent on your income – rich and poor are in the same system, the best guaranty of quality. ... In Canada, health care coverage stays with you for your entire life. ... In Canada, you can freely choose your doctors and hospitals and keep them. There are no lists of “in-network” vendors and no extra hidden charges for going “out of network.” ... In Canada, the health care system is funded by income, sales and corporate taxes that, combined, are much lower than what Americans pay in insurance premiums directly and indirectly per employer. ... In Canada, there are no complex hospital or doctor bills. In fact, usually you don’t even see a bill. ... and many more differences ... Visit Website ]
Dec 27, 2018, 2:40pm

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A Nobel Prize-Winning Cancer Therapy Will Be Unaffordable for Most Americans. Public Pharmaceuticals Can Help Change That.
Dana Brown: Last week, researchers James Allison and Tasuku Honjo were awarded this year's Nobel Prize in medicine for their work on cancer immunotherapies, heralded by the Nobel committee as "seminal discoveries" that "constitute a landmark in our fight against cancer." ... Immunotherapies like those developed on the basis of Allison and Honjo's work are indeed an important step towards a whole new way to treat cancer, as well as a host of other chronic diseases. However, this Nobel award should remind us that these innovative therapies are out of reach for so many patients in the United States due to the exorbitant prices drug companies charge for them. ... Immunotherapies constitute a part of the class of drugs called biologics (as opposed to chemical pharmaceuticals) that have shown very promising results in treating many previously intractable conditions... Visit Website ]
Oct 10, 2018, 3:24pm


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