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Health & Nutrition

Come in here to discuss,food, health, fitness and nutrition.

Website: http://atheistuniverse.net/group/healthnutrition
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Latest Activity: Oct 14

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Daily Serving of Nuts Linked with Longer Life

Started by Davy Nov 21, 2013. 0 Replies

Eating a small amount of nuts each day may help people live longer, a new study suggests.In the study, which included information from more than 118,000 people, those who ate about 1 ounce (28 grams) of nuts daily, seven days a week, were 20 percent…Continue

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A calorie is not a calorie

Started by Davy. Last reply by Chris Nov 18, 2013. 15 Replies

We people in the wealthier countries are getting fatter. In the USA, about two-thirds of the population are overweight, and about one-fifth are obese. This has been happening despite an enormous increase in weight-loss diets.The latest research…Continue

Nudity Provides Health Benefits for Your Body and Brain

Started by Neal. Last reply by Onyango Makagutu May 3, 2013. 2 Replies

Curiosity, when it comes to human bodies and sex, seems to create abnormal behaviors. Maybe more nudity would be better for all. Posted: Wed, May 01, 2013 | By: Hank PellissierIs clothing crushing us? Are we trapped in tomb-like textiles, exiling…Continue

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State With Highest Obesity Rate Passes ‘Anti-Bloomberg Bill’ To Ban Food Regulation

Started by Neal. Last reply by Davy Mar 13, 2013. 4 Replies

Mississippi; feels like stupid.Mississippi — where about one in three adults is at…Continue

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Large study finds that consumption of processed meat shortens lifespan

Started by Adriana Mar 8, 2013. 0 Replies

This is not really novel, BUT as a scientist, I'm a big fan of studies, numbers, statistics, etc. Especially if the study has a big "n", like this one. About 500,000 people were evaluated in this study. Eat your fruit and veggies, people, and leave…Continue

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The 9 Weirdest Diets in History

Started by Neal. Last reply by Hope Feb 27, 2013. 2 Replies

I had forgotten about some of these. Ah, the Great Masticator. =)From the poet's faddish potato diet to the Atkins, Dukan and current favorite the 5:2 fast, the search for effective weight-loss programs has been going on for centuries.February 20,…Continue

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Product Reviews

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Marianne Jan 27, 2013. 25 Replies

This thread is just a place to put your food & nutrition product reviews--good or bad. Please follow now even if you don't have anything to add, so that you can be sure to get updates on new reviews. Please add reviews when you think of…Continue

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Is Alzheimers Just Another Form of Diabetes? How Our Diet May Be Destroying Our Brains

Started by Neal. Last reply by Hope Jan 24, 2013. 2 Replies

Though I haven't checked out the science, it would be interesting if true only because of the human response. People eat what they want regardless of consequences, would dropping excess sugar from diets be too hard? I think it would be.There is a…Continue

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Is Raw Milk Really Good for You?

Started by Neal. Last reply by Davy Jan 23, 2013. 1 Reply

It might taste great, but pasteurization was invented for a reason.By Kiera Butler | September/October 2012 Issue 280Illustration: John HerseyOver the past year, I've been involved in an illegal, underground, super-secret speakeasy. I smuggled…Continue

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Daily Caller Cigarette Review #1

Started by Neal. Last reply by Adriana Dec 28, 2012. 1 Reply

This is the weirdest article I've seen in a long time.…Continue

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Comment by Sydni Moser on January 14, 2012 at 12:41pm

Human Genes Introduced Into Dairy Cows

Brace yourself:  scientists have created some freakish genetically-modified human-cow amalgams to produce cow’s milk with the properties of human breast milk.  According to the Telegraph, the scientists used cloning technology to introduce human genes into Holstein cows then implanted surrogate cows with the genetically-modified embryos.  I’m not sure even Mary Shelley could have thought this one up.

The scientists believe the cows will produce milk with a human protein called lysozyme. Extensive recent research has already called into question the safety of genetically-modified (GM) foods, but this is a far cry from GM corn, canola, and other seeds. We’re talking living animals here. Does anyone else see the potentially serious effects of unleashing the work of egomaniacal scientists on the world in the form of human-cow prototypes? This human-cow milk gives new meaning to the term “fusion cuisine.”

Joking aside, exactly how safe is this for either the cattle or the humans who consume the milk?  No one really knows for sure right now since this research is in its infancy. And, I hope that’s where it ends.

 http://www.care2.com/greenliving/human-genes-introduced-into-dairy-...

Comment by doone on January 12, 2012 at 3:56pm

Why Are Americans Eating Less Meat?

Meat consumption

Mark Bittman credits [NYT] a recent, significant fall in meat consumption to changing attitudes:

Some are choosing to eat less meat for all the right reasons. The Values Institute at DGWB Advertising and Communications just named the rise of "flexitarianism" — an eating style that reduces the amount of meat without "going vegetarian" — as one of its top five consumer health trends for 2012. In an Allrecipes.com survey of 1,400 members, more than one-third of home cooks said they ate less meat in 2011 than in 2010. Back in June, a survey found that 50 percent of American adults said they were aware of the Meatless Monday campaign, with 27 percent of those aware reporting that they were actively reducing their meat consumption.

Chart via Brad Plumer, who highlights an economic explanation:

The Daily Livestock Report blames rising meat prices in the United States. As countries like China and India get richer, they’re eating more meat, which is helping to drive up U.S. exports and making beef, pork, and chicken more expensive here at home. Ethanol also plays a role: Nowadays, American farmers divert bushels and bushels of corn to make fuel, which drives up feed prices and, again, makes meat pricier.

Comment by Hope on December 31, 2011 at 8:58am

Comment by Adriana on December 28, 2011 at 5:22pm
| Wed Dec. 28, 2011 1:00 PM PST

Responding to the same FDA cave-in to the meat industry I flagged earlier today, Mark Bittman points to a damning study I missed when it came out in April.

In it (press release; full text), researchers gathered 136 samples of beef, chicken, pork, and turkey from supermarkets in five US cities and tested them for staph aureus, a common food-poisoning bacteria that causes everything from from minor skin infections to serious diseases like pneumonia, endocarditis and sepsis.

The results: 47 percent of the samples contained the staph; and of those, fully half were resistant to at least three classes of antibiotics. This suggests that a quarter of the meat in US supermarket shelves are tainted with multi-drug-resistant strains of this potentially deadly pathogen.

That may seem jaw-dropping, but it shouldn't. The FDA itself routinely checks supermarket meat samples for resistant pathogens—and routinely finds them. Scroll around the FDA's National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS) site, and I dare you to ever touch factory-farmed meat again. For example, did you see that more than 70 percent of the salmonella the agency found in ground turkey samp... was resistant to the common antibiotic tetracycline?

But NARMS only tests for four pathogen types: E. coli, salmonella, campylobacter, and enterococcus. This latest study suggests that if the FDA looked, it would find that are meat supply is commonly laced with resistant strains of other microbes, too.

And of course, infected to meat isn't the only way the public can be exposed to resistant disease strains. Research has also shown that flies and cockroaches can carry them from factory farms to surround...

All of which makes the FDA's latest cave-in on farm antibiotics not only inexcusable, but also really, really gross.

Tom Philpott

Food and Ag Blogger

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Comment by Adriana on December 19, 2011 at 11:32am

I so wish I could bike to work. Biking in NYC at rush hour is a very hazardous proposition, though, especially the approach to the bridges! American cities need to become much more bike friendly. 

Comment by doone on December 19, 2011 at 10:37am

Comment by Adriana on December 16, 2011 at 9:52am

Brazil to Become World’s Largest Smoke-free Country

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Washington, D.C., 15 December, 2011 (PAHO/WHO) — The Government of Brazil today enacted a new law that protects the health of its more than 190 million inhabitants by prohibiting smoking in all enclosed collective-use spaces—both public and private. Signed by President Dilma Rousseff, the new law makes Brazil the largest country in the world to declare all workplaces and indoor public spaces 100 percent smoke-free.

With this historic action, Brazil becomes the 14th country in the Americas to become smoke-free since 2005. Uruguay, Colombia, Panama, Guatemala, Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Argentina, Peru, Honduras, Venezuela, Ecuador and El Salvador have also done this through national laws, while Canada has enacted subnational legislation that protects 90 percent of its population.

“Tobacco consumption is the main contributor to heart attacks, stroke, cancers and other chronic diseases that are now epidemic throughout our hemisphere,” said PAHO Director Dr. Mirta Roses. “Our countries are increasingly recognizing that tobacco control is a matter of life and death.”

In addition to banning smoking in all enclosed collective-use spaces, the law also prohibits tobacco advertising at the point of sale, raises taxes on tobacco products, and increases the required size of health warnings that must be included on both sides of cigarette packages. More than 17 percent of adults in Brazil smoke, and an estimated 200,000 Brazilians die each year as a result of tobacco use. Tobacco use is also associated with 45 percent of fatal heart attacks, 85 percent of deaths due to pulmonary emphysema, and 30 percent of cancer deaths.

Measures such as those established in Brazil’s new legislation fall within the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), the first international public health treaty that requires its States Parties to apply a series of policies and measures to reduce tobacco consumption and to protect their populations from exposure to secondhand smoke. The treaty has been in force since 2005.

The FCTC recommends six measures that scientific evidence shows are the most effective for reducing tobacco demand:

  • Require graphic health warnings that cover large parts of tobacco packages
  • Monitor the consumption of tobacco products
  • Protect the population from exposure to secondhand smoke
  • Offer help to those who wish to stop smoking
  • Enforce bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship
  • Increase taxes on tobacco products.

Each year, tobacco kills nearly 6 million people around the world, as a result of both direct consumption and exposure to secondhand smoke. At least 1 million of these deaths occur in the Americas. Tobacco use is a risk factor for six of the eight leading causes of death worldwide, and tobacco is the only legal product that kills from one-third to half of its consumers when used exactly as intended by the manufacturer.

PAHO was established in 1902 and works with all the countries of the Americas to improve the health and quality of life of the people of the Americas. It also serves as the Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO).

 

Comment by A Former Member on December 15, 2011 at 6:48pm

Fresh Air | Losing 'Virginity': Olive Oil's 'Scandalous' Fraud

 

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Extra-virgin olive oil is a ubiquitous ingredient in Italian recipes, religious rituals and beauty products. But many of the bottles labeled "extra-virgin olive oil" on supermarket shelves have been adulterated and shouldn't be classified as extra-virgin, says New Yorker contributor Tom Mueller.


Mueller's new book, Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil, chronicles how resellers have added lower-priced, lower-grade oils and artificial coloring to extra-virgin olive oil, before passing the new adulterated substance along the supply chain. (One olive oil producer told Mueller that 50 percent of the olive oil sold in the United States is, in some ways, adulterated.)


The term "extra-virgin olive oil" means the olive oil has been made from crushed olives and is not refined in any way by chemical solvents or high heat. [continue]

Comment by A Former Member on December 15, 2011 at 6:44pm

Bias in Health Care?

Is health care one of the final frontiers for equality in America? We’ll talk this hour with Dr. Augustus A. White III, Professor of Medical Education and Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School and author of the new book “Seeing Patients: Unconscious Bias in Health Care” (Harvard University Press, 2011).

Comment by doone on December 12, 2011 at 12:09pm


What Is The Single Best Thing We Can Do For Our Health?


CULTURE BUZZ If you're not doing it already, watching this brief tutorial may change your life.


 

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