Potatoes and cereals are health risk, while dairy is good for you, says new study

The research, which looked at dietary habits in 42 European countries over 16 years, conflicts with current government nutrition guidance and has led to calls for new advice to be issued.

The work, published in the journal of Food and Nutrition Research, examined food consumption, heart disease and cholesterol levels in the most up-to-date international statistics and raised questions about the reliability of traditional data, much of which was carried out decades ago.

Dr Pavel Grasgruber, a sports scientist and lead author of the study, from Masaryk University in the Czech Republic, called for current dietary advice to be overturned.

He said: “Current heart disease risk is based on flawed data. This study flies in the face of accepted wisdom on diet. It is quite clear consumption of dairy products and meat is not linked with heart disease risk, as was traditionally believed.


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Vitamin B12 Injections Benefits, Risks & Better Alternatives?

Vitamin B12 deficiency is believed to be one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in the world, especially among people taking stomach acid-altering medications and antibiotics frequently, along with the elderly and sometimes vegetarians/vegans. (1) For this reason, B12 injections are sometimes used to offset the many symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency, such as fatigue and weakness, poor moods, and low concentration.

Even more serious is that B12 deficiency can disturb red blood cell formation and elevate homocysteine levels, which negatively impacts neurological and cardiovascular health, in addition to posing risks during pregnancy.

While foods like grass-fed beef, dairy products and fish supply a good dose of vitamin B12, some people abstain from eating these foods or have a harder time absorbing and actually utilizing this nutrient due to digestive/metabolic limitations. Sometimes certain genetic conditions can hinder the body’s use of vitamin b12, and other times low dietary intake plus unhealthy lifestyle habits are to blame. Plus, because b12 vitamin is bound to amino acids (found in protein foods) and is only released when certain enzymes and stomach acids are present, it’s possible to consume enough but still remain somewhat deficient.

So are B12 injections the answer to restoring health in those with low levels? Vitamin B12 benefits and benefits of receiving B12 injections can include improved moods, protection against cognitive decline and better energy, but as you’ll learn, there are also risks involved. Secondly, B12 shots don’t always resolve the underlying problem of deficiency, so they’re not the be-all and end-all when it comes to treating symptoms.


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Why Are You Always Tired?

Some 20 percent of people in the US report having experienced fatigue intense enough to interfere with living a normal life. This hits us in our pockets, too: workers who are unproductive because of fatigue cost US employers more than $100 billion a year.

It’s perhaps surprising, then, that we are only now beginning to work out what fatigue actually is. Until recently, daytime tiredness was presumed to be nothing more mysterious than simple physical exhaustion or feeling the need to sleep — the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 35 percent of people are short on sleep. Combine that with the fact that tiredness is subjective and therefore difficult to measure, plus the subject falls somewhere between studies of the body and mind, and it’s small wonder fatigue has largely escaped scientific scrutiny.

Ancient remedies including adaptogenic herbs have attempted to address chronic fatigue as a nonspecific enhancement of the body’s ability to resist a stressor.

Since tiredness accompanies so many common diseases, not to mention ordinary aging, a better understanding of its causes could improve quality of life for pretty much everybody. A handful of researchers are now trying to figure out the causes, and possible fixes. Although it’s early days, a few clues are emerging.

One cause, we might think, is that life is more exhausting than it has ever been. Caught between the competing demands of work and family, not to mention the ever-present buzz of smartphone notifications, it is no surprise so many of us feel as if we are running on empty. Yet this may be a fallacy. According to Anna Katharina Schaffner, a historian at the University of Kent in Canterbury, UK, and author of Exhaustion: A history, people through the ages have consistently complained of being worn out, and harked back to the relative calm of simpler times. Over the centuries, fatigue has been blamed on the alignment of the planets, a lack of godliness and even an unconscious desire to die, says Schaffner. “Freud argued that a very strong part of ourselves longs for a state of permanent physical and mental rest,” she says.


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13 Foods That Are As Addictive As Drugs, From Ice Cream To French Fries

Have you struggled with weight loss? Then you probably know that it takes more than willpower to shed pounds. To make the whole process more difficult, scientists discovered that some fattening foods may be as addictive as heroin and cocaine.

Exercising is an obvious solution since it burns fat, but even workouts can’t contend with the results of one study, which found that overeating alters brain function, increasing the likelihood of addiction.

The similarities between food and drug addictions are striking. High-fat, high-calorie foods overload the pleasure centers in the brain, much like cocaine and heroin. The more we eat these types of foods, the more we crave them to trigger these pleasure centers.

Additionally, just as drug addicts develop tolerance for a certain drug, people who show signs of food addiction develop a tolerance for certain foods. Regardless of being full, they continue to eat even though the food satisfies them less and less. And it’s not just people struggling with weight issues who can become addicted. People who maintain normal weight can also lose control of their eating behaviors.


High-fat, high-calorie foods that are processed and contain excessive amounts of sugar top the list of addictive foods. Among the findings:

  1. Pizza
  2. Chocolate


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Poll: Millennials desperately need to bone up on the history of communism

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, citing survey results released on Monday, blames widespread ignorance for the relatively positive views millennials have toward socialism and communism.

Of the 2,300 Americans polled by YouGov, 80% of baby boomers and 91% of the elderly agree with the statement that “communism was and still is a problem” in the world today. Millennials? Only 55%.

Furthermore, almost half of Americans between the ages of 16 and 20 said they would vote for a socialist, while 21% would go so far as to back a communist.

Capitalism, on the other hand, is viewed favorably by 64% of those over the age of 65, compared with only 42% of millennials.

In fact, more than half of millennials say the economic system works against them, while four out of 10 call for a “complete change” to ensure that the highest earners pay their fair share


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Top 10 Chemicals Threatening Your Health Right Now

The United State’s new chemical safety law is giving the Environmental Protection Agency more authority to regulate dangerous chemicals. The new requirements under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act will for the first time require EPA to review existing chemicals. And there are a lot of them. About 80,000 to be exact. (1) So where should EPA start? One well-known public health advocate actually created a list, identifying the top 10 chemicals threatening your health right now.

The compounds on the list, Environmental Working Group (EWG) says, are the top 10 high-priority chemicals EPA should act on quickly. In fact, EWG says the new chemical safety law is providing an unprecedented opportunity to perform meaningful risk evaluations that could lead to regulations that actually protect Americans from the worst chemicals.

This is especially important because everyday chemicals found in things like detergents,shampoos, soaps, furniture and clothing are linked to birth defects, cancer, thyroid disease and all sorts of health problems.

Top 10 Chemicals Threatening Your Health Right Now

They considered each chemical’s health risks, how widely Americans are exposed to it and the likelihood of EPA action under the new law. Here are the 10 chemicals EWG urges the EPA to thoroughly review and regulate as soon as possible:

1. Asbestos

These is no safe level of exposure when it comes to this bad-news substance. (2) And while most people think it’s been strictly banned since the 1980s, that’s not completely true. According to EWG, “U.S. industry still imports, uses and sells asbestos and asbestos products, including automobile brake pads and clutches, vinyl tile and roofing materials.” (3)

Vinyl flooring also contains toxic phthalates, so it’s best to avoid safer choices like Forest Stewardship Certified hardwood, cork or real linoleum. If you removing vinyl flooring, take steps to do so safety.


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Spain Hasn’t Had A Government In 300 Days And Economy Is Booming

MADRID — Spain is about to pass 300 days without a government. But guess what? Few Spaniards seem bothered by that as the country’s economy roars ahead.

Spanish cities are boasting of packed cafes and restaurants, thriving fashion shops and art galleries, plenty of tourists. The overall impression is of a bustling, vibrant country.

So who needs a government?

“I’m not especially worried about it,” said retiree Goyito de Camacho. “I see it on the TV and in the papers but (politicians) are all the same. They’re all scum who don’t care about the people.”

Two inconclusive elections on Dec. 20 and June 26 have left the conservative Popular Party running a caretaker government for the past nine months _ Saturday will be its 300th day. The party won both elections but lacked a majority and now has until Oct. 31 to muster support to form a minority government or Spain will face a third election.

There’s no sense of panic, however. A CIS survey this month showed Spaniards’ chief worry — by far — is the country’s 20 per cent unemployment rate. After that, those questioned expressed concern about corruption and disappointment with politicians and political parties. The absence of a government came in fifth.

“Politics in Spain is chaotic, the parties are only interested in themselves” said 52-year-old computer technician Jose Luis Alfonso. “They say it’s not affecting the economy, although I imagine it is. Maybe we’d be better off without a government.”

But economics professor Jose Ramon Pin of the IESE Business School and other experts warn that the impression that Spain is doing just as well without a government is deceptive.

“It’s true that a country can maintain itself without a government. The problem is if it goes on for too long,” said Pin.

Spain’s case is by no means unique. Belgium set a European record with a massive 541 days needed to form a government following a 2010 election.

As it stands, Popular Party leader Mariano Rajoy has the support of 170 lawmakers in the 350-seat national parliament — 137 of them from his own party — but he needs other parties’ votes, or abstentions, in a confidence vote if he wants to form a minority government.



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