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Are Eggs High In Cholesterol? ("you can take it daily and live a healthy life")

Are Eggs High In Cholesterol? ("you can take it daily and live a healthy life") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Eggs are packed with vital nutrients. Given the fact that it contains all nutrients in just the right proportions to create a new life, this is pretty much understandable. You can imagine the balance and abundance of nutrition that it offers. Still, there is an air of doubt about their regular consumption.

It’s true that the egg yolk is full of cholesterol, but we often oversee the fact that they are excellent sources of all essential fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins. Regular egg consumption does not elevatethe blood cholesterol level directly. The credit for a deranged lipid profile actually goes to a sedentary lifestyle and poor eating habits. A healthy and active person may take up to 4 egg whites and 2 egg yolks per day. Egg white is a rich source of riboflavin and quality protein, while egg yolk provides Vitamin A, B vitamins, calcium, phosphorous, lecithin and iron.

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"Eating eggs as a part of your regular diet is actually not bad to your health. Yolk is known to increase thegood cholesterol (HDL) levels in blood, and does not have any direct effect on the LDL cholesterol levels."

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5 Surprising Things You Don’t Have to Buy Organic

5 Surprising Things You Don’t Have to Buy Organic | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

You don't have to buy everything organic just because it's an option. You can rest assured when it comes to these five.

Avocados 

You’re pretty safe with fruits and vegetables like avocados, which have a thick skin that you don’t eat. Just remember to wash the peel before cutting into them to get rid of any residue.


Eggs 

Chickens as a rule are not given growth hormones. And research has shown that factory eggs don’t have higher quantities of contaminants than organic eggs.


Frozen food in plastic bags 

The risk of leached chemicals is heightened by heat, and frozen produce is, well, as cold as ice. As long as you’re not boiling in the bag, the chance of ingesting harmful chemicals from these is low.


Spices 

"Even when you’re using spices liberally, you’re consuming such small amounts of each that the risk is minimal," says Sonya Lunder, senior analyst at the EWG.


Clothing 

While there’s no question that organic cotton is excellent for the environment, the benefits it has on your personal health are unclear—it’s unlikely that pesticides remain in clothing in quantities large enough to seep into our bodies.


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Buying organic is good, if it makes a difference. Here are examples of items that do not have to be organic.
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Does Coffee Cause Cancer? New Studies Say It Could Actually Reduce Risk ("no more fears for coffee")

Does Coffee Cause Cancer? New Studies Say It Could Actually Reduce Risk ("no more fears for coffee") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Good news, coffee drinkers: A new scientific review finds no conclusive evidence that coffee causes cancer. In fact, coffee may even help protect against certain cancers.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, this week revised its 1991 determination that classified coffee as possibly carcinogenic. Since then, there have been a lot of studies on the health effects of coffee, so the agency decided to re-evaluate the evidence. On review, the agency determined that coffee drinkers have no reason to worry. 

Is this flip-flop a reason to dismiss studies linking cancer to eating bacon, using cell phones or other habits, on grounds that science doesn't prove anything? On the contrary. Scientific understanding of an issue conforms to the best available knowledge, which is constantly progressing. As our knowledge grows and changes, so too might our conclusions. 

The 1991 classification was based on a few studies that found associations between drinking coffee and bladder cancer. The World Health Organization noted at the time that the evidence was limited.

More recent studies have far more robust assessments of smoking as well as more complete evaluations of occupational exposures and other risk factors. When these risk factors are more accurately controlled, a link between coffee and bladder cancer is no longer seen. Taking this new information into account is what caused the agency to revise its previous assessment and conclude coffee drinking is “unclassifiable as to its carcinogenicity”––in other words, there's no evidence it causes cancer. 

But the news gets even better for coffee drinkers. 

Recent studies have found some evidence that drinking coffee regularly may reduce the risk of liver cancer and endometrial cancer. Other evidence shows coffee may be beneficial in reducing liver disease and type 2 diabetes.

Bert Guevara's insight:
It's green and go for coffee lovers!

"But the news gets even better for coffee drinkers. 
"Recent studies have found some evidence that drinking coffee regularly may reduce the risk of liver cancer and endometrial cancer. Other evidence shows coffee may be beneficial in reducing liver disease and type 2 diabetes."
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4 Strategies to Help Conquer Procrastination ("we will be better off if urgent things are done early")

4 Strategies to Help Conquer Procrastination ("we will be better off if urgent things are done early") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Here are my top four techniques for beating procrastination, staying focused, and maximizing your day—no matter what you do.

Here are my top four techniques for beating procrastination, staying focused, and maximizing your day—no matter what you do.

1. Pick a System—and Stick to It When I first started freelancing, I didn’t have a productivity system. I relied on a notepad to keep track of current tasks, and as I worked, I’d simply move down the list and check things off.

2. Figure Out How You Use Your Time Most people consider themselves fairly productive. I sure did—until I started tracking my time. I discovered I was spending hours a day reading blog posts, scrolling through LinkedIn and Twitter, and looking at designs on Behance and Dribble. Since I wasn’t on Facebook or Instagram, I didn’t feel like I was wasting time, but there’s no doubt I could’ve been putting those hours to better use.

3. Stop Going Down Internet Rabbit Holes As time-tracking showed me, and as you probably already know, it’s incredibly easy to get off-track while doing anything online. Whenever I came across something that piques my curiosity—whether it was an interesting article, a cool site, or a piece of breaking news—I felt compelled to pause what I was doing and check it out, just for a minute, or five, or 30.

4. Keep a Running List of Small Tasks For every hour I spend writing, I spend two hours doing small, fairly administrative tasks: sending invoices, answering emails, checking in with clients, and so on.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Time management for a balanced life is the greatest challenge in today's multi-tasking lifestyle. Read these suggestions if you have problems with PROCRASTINATION.
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The Best Way to Quit Smoking, According to Science ("just stop it and you may have better success")

The Best Way to Quit Smoking, According to Science ("just stop it and you may have better success") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

For smoking cessation, quitting cold turkey was 25% more effective than gradually cutting down on cigarettes

Lindson-Hawley and her colleagues looked at almost 700 people in England who smoked at least 15 cigarettes a day but who were planning to quit. They all set a quit date for two weeks. Half of them were randomly assigned to smoke normally until their quit date, then to stop abruptly. The other half gradually reduced their smoking over the two weeks leading up to the appointed day. Both groups had behavioral counseling, nicotine patches and nicotine replacement therapy from products like gum, lozenges and mouth spray. 

The way the researchers measured success was by looking at smoking abstinence for four weeks after the quit date, and then six months later. 

Those who quit abruptly stuck to it the best—about 25% better than the gradual-cessation group. And 49% of the abrupt group were successful, while 39% of the gradual group were. 

At the half-year mark, 22% of the cold-turkey group were still smoke-free, while 15% of the gradual group were. 

Interestingly, more people said they preferred to quit gradually rather than abruptly. But a person’s preferences didn’t make much of a difference in their success. “Even if people wanted to quit gradually, they were more likely to quit if they used the abrupt method,” Lindson-Hawley says.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Quoting PRRD, "Stop it!"

"Those who quit abruptly stuck to it the best—about 25% better than the gradual-cessation group. And 49% of the abrupt group were successful, while 39% of the gradual group were.  
"At the half-year mark, 22% of the cold-turkey group were still smoke-free, while 15% of the gradual group were."
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Study: Cholesterol-lowering Statin Drugs More Than Double Breast Cancer Risk ("you die either way")

Study: Cholesterol-lowering Statin Drugs More Than Double Breast Cancer Risk ("you die either way") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Why do one in seven women have breast cancer? One reason is the use of synthetic hormones in our food and prescribed to women. Another reason is statin

Why do one in seven women have breast cancer? One reason is the use of synthetic hormones fed to animals and other synthetic hormones prescribed to women such as medroxyprogesterone including Provera. Another reason is statin medications. 

A recent study found that current users of statins for ten years or longer had an 83% increased risk of invasive ductal carcinoma and a 97% increased risk of invasive lobular carcinoma, when compared to never-users of statins. Among women diagnosed with hypercholesterolemia, current users of statins for ten years or longer had a 104% increased risk of invasive ductal carcinoma and a 143% increased risk of invasive lobular carcinoma.(1) 

In fact, the increased risk of cancer with statin use has been reported in other studies. All the cholesterol medications, older and newer ones, have been associated with an increased rate of cancer.(2) In rodents, statins have been shown to cause cancer in multiple studies. (2) Multiple studies have shown a link between low cholesterol levels and the development of cancer. (3) 

Some of you may be shocked by the above numbers. I am not. The connection between statins and cancer is hard to pin down since most studies do not last for long periods of time and, to be properly diagnosed, cancer takes a long time to grow. When you look at the mechanism of action of statins, and the resultant depletion of cholesterol and CoQ10, I believe long-term statin use will inevitably lead to increased risk of cancer.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Curing cholesterol problem with pharma drugs can lead to another cancer. Isn't there a safer way? Then start studying how the body works.

"What can you do? Educate yourself about the mechanism of action of a drug. Search for ways to support the body’s biochemistry instead of poisoning enzymes (this is how statins work) and blocking receptors. Most drugs–over 98%– work by poisoning enzymes or blocking receptors. We were not designed to have our enzymes poisoned or our receptors blocked."
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Very hot drinks are 'probably carcinogenic' ("wait to cool before drinking to avoid cancer")

Very hot drinks are 'probably carcinogenic' ("wait to cool before drinking to avoid cancer") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Anyone who likes to curl up with a steaming hot drink should consider letting some of that warmth subside; drinking it could increase their risk of developing cancer.

In a review published today by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, drinking very hot beverages was classified as "probably carcinogenic to humans." 

More specifically, the review by a panel of global experts stated that drinking beverages at temperatures above 65 degrees Celsius — 149 degrees Fahrenheit — could cause people to develop cancer of their esophagus, the eighth most common form of cancer worldwide. Drinking tea, coffee or other hot beverages at this temperature can cause significant scald burns in the esophagus when they're consumed and has previously been linked to an increased cancer risk in this part of the body. 

Warm beverages are not typically consumed this hot in Europe and North America, but are commonly served at, or above, this temperature in regions such as South America, the Middle East and East Africa — particularly when drinking teas. It's hotter than water coming out of sink faucets, which is typically no higher than 60 degrees Celsius, about 140 degrees Fahrenheit, but not as hot as boiling water. Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius, or 212 degrees Fahrenheit.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Wise drinkers read the papers before the first sip. Beware of burning your tongue and throat often with very hot beverages.

"The new classification puts consuming very hot drinks in the same risk group as exposure to substances such as lead, gasoline and exhaust fumes, which are also classified as "possibly carcinogenic" by the agency."
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3 Surprising Benefits Of Walking Just 10 Minutes A Day ("there is still hope for the lazy bugs")

3 Surprising Benefits Of Walking Just 10 Minutes A Day ("there is still hope for the lazy bugs") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Find out why walking 10-minutes a day can have life changing health benefits.

Going out on a limb here, folks, but we figure you know the benefits of walking. What you might not know? Even micro strolls come with cardio perks. Challenge yourself to one of these goals every day.


Walk 2 minutes per hour and... Live longer! Spending just 120 seconds each hour moving instead of sitting may lower your risk of dying younger by 33%, found a recent study in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.


Walk 5 minutes per hour and... Burn up to 1,000 extra cals in a week, according to research from the University of Utah. When you add it up, in a 16-hour day (we're assuming you sleep for 8) you're clocking 80 minutes of light activity.


Walk 10 minutes a day and... Safeguard your arteries. Six hours of sitting restricts blood flow to your legs, which may up your risk for arterial disease, a precursor for heart attack or stroke. Just 10 minutes of walking may protect you, a new study shows.

Bert Guevara's insight:
This is the last hope of the lazy bugs or the computer addicts.
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You Asked: Is a Vegan Diet Better? ("new findings show meat is not the enemy; processed carbs are")

You Asked: Is a Vegan Diet Better? ("new findings show meat is not the enemy; processed carbs are") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Most omnivores should eat more plants. But while a vegetarian diet and vegan foods pack perks, they're not necessary for optimal nutrition

But if you’re wondering whether a vegan diet beats all others when it comes to your health, there’s a lot of room for debate. 

On the pro-vegan side of the ledger: A new study from Italy’s University of Florence linked vegetarian and vegan diets to significantly lower rates of ischemic heart disease and cancer. More research has tied vegan diets to healthier guts, gentler menopause symptoms and even lower levels of stress. 

When pitted against other popular diets—classic omnivorism, as well as vegetarianism and a form of it that allows for fish—the vegan plan also came out on top in terms of weight loss, according to a 2015 study from the University of South Carolina. Even when people failed to strictly follow their eating plan, those who attempted veganism tended to lose more weight than those who shot and missed for less-restrictive diets, says Gabrielle Turner-McGrievy, first author of the study.

She says it’s possible people who try vegan diets learn how to swap in healthier plant-based dishes for their old meat-centric foods, which may help them lose weight even if they don’t ultimately stick with it.


Bert Guevara's insight:
I prefer a balanced diet of everything. Read this article to find out the pros and cons of vegan diets versus a healthy mix.

“The vegan diet should be well planned and needs to pay specific attention to B12, which is not the case for the diet containing small amounts of meat, dairy and eggs,” says Peter Clarys, chair of human biology at Vrije Universiteit Brussel in Belgium. 
"Clarys’s research ranks vegan diets highly in several areas of health. But he says including small amounts of meat, dairy and eggs in a vegetable-based diet is “not unhealthy.”
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Your Brain Will Age Better If You Do This ("stay busy but not stressful to maintain brain sharpness")

Your Brain Will Age Better If You Do This ("stay busy but not stressful to maintain brain sharpness") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

One of the best ways to keep your brain sharp as you get older may be to stay busy, according to new research.

While scientists have previously recommended engaging in mentally challenging activities, a new study suggests that keeping a packed schedule may offer similar benefits.

In a survey of over 300 people participating in the Dallas Lifespan Brain Study, study authors found that among adults over the age of 50, having a busy schedule was associated with better brain processing, improved memory, sharper reasoning and better vocabulary.

People in the study ranged from 50 to 89 years old, and the positive effect of busyness on the brain was consistent across age. This, the study authors conclude, suggests that keeping a busy lifestyle is important in middle age as well as old age.

It’s possible that staying busy increases people’s ability to learn new things, as they may be exposed to different situations, people, and information on a daily basis, the researchers suggest. But it’s also possible that people with higher cognitive abilities are also more likely to be busier. The study cannot definitively determine that busyness alone causes better brain health.


Bert Guevara's insight:
For seniors with a lot of time, ditch the idea of long-term vacations doing nothing. Get busy and stay alert!
I suggest you serve the Lord and you will soon find yourself all over the place.

And what about the stress that can come from maintaining a tight schedule? “We certainly considered that being very busy could hurt cognition,” says study author Denise Park, director of research at the Center for Vital Longevity at The University of Texas at Dallas. “Basically, the data suggest that the benefits of busyness outweigh the downside.”
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The Case Against Antibacterial Soap Is Getting Stronger ("potentially dangerous household chemical")

The Case Against Antibacterial Soap Is Getting Stronger ("potentially dangerous household chemical") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Triclosan, which is found in antibacterial soap and toothpaste, among other things, is linked to disruption in the gut microbiome a new study shows.

If you wash your hands in public restrooms, brush your teeth and wear antiperspirant, you’ve come in contact with triclosan, an antibacterial used in many personal care products. But mounting evidence, much but not all of it done on animals, has linked triclosan to bacteria resistance, hormone disruption, and possibly even liver cancer. These studies were published after the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates personal care products, deemed it generally recognized as safe (GRAS), but in light of the new evidence, the agency is currently reviewing the new research. 

Now a new study done in zebrafish suggests triclosan also messes with our gut—interfering with the community of bacteria that makes up our microbiome. In the new study, published Wednesday in the journal PLOS ONE, researchers at Oregon State University exposed 45 adult zebrafish to either normal food or food with triclosan for up to seven days. After that, the researchers analyzed the microbiomes of the fish and found that exposure was linked to significant shifts in the diversity and structure of the fish’s microbiome.

“Consider the diversity of chemicals we consume on a daily basis, any of which could have an unpredictable impact on the gut microbiome,” says study author Thomas Sharpton, an assistant professor of microbiology and statistics in the OSU Colleges of Science and Agricultural Sciences. “By using zebrafish, which is inexpensive to grow in high volume and grows rapidly, we can relatively easily screen for those chemicals that disrupt the microbiome.” Sharpton says the chemicals or ingredients that cause a change in the microbiome in fish can then be followed-up for effects in mice or humans.

Bert Guevara's insight:
This is only a warning. Conclusions are still too early to make.

"While the levels of triclosan in products are usually deemed too low to cause the most severe forms of disease linked to the ingredient, the study authors note that research is increasingly connecting the microbiome to health, and that disruption of the body’s bacterial make-up could contribute to a variety of diseases."
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Why You Might Not Need Your Antibiotics ("very demanding patients may pressure doctors to prescribe")

Why You Might Not Need Your Antibiotics ("very demanding patients may pressure doctors to prescribe") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

About 30% of antibiotics that are prescribed in doctor's offices, clinics and emergency rooms are unnecessary, according to a new report

About 30% of antibiotics that are prescribed in doctor’s offices, clinics and emergency rooms are unnecessary, according to a new report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. 

The researchers looked at medical care survey data from 2010-2011 to analyze rates of prescriptions for oral antibiotics. The study authors looked for cases where the medication prescribed was “inappropriate”, meaning it wasn’t necessary, or when the wrong antibiotic was chosen, the dosage wasn’t right or the drug was used for too long or too short a time.

More than 12% of the 180,000-plus visits in the study ended with an antibiotic prescription, often for cases that didn’t meet clinical standards for the condition. Sinus infections were the most common conditions to get antibiotics; ear infections and sore throat were also common. During the study period, the estimated yearly antibiotic prescription rate was 506 per 1,000 people, but only 353 of the prescriptions were deemed appropriate for the condition.

Two million Americans get infections that are resistant to antibiotics each year, which lead to about 23,000 deaths. Antibiotic resistance is a national priority, and the goal of the White House National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria is to reduce outpatient antibiotic use by 50% and inpatient use by 20% by the year 2020.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Too much unneeded antibiotics being prescribed, not including self-medication. Patients who often demand instant cure get over-medicated!
There's something wrong with antibiotic use in our age, that there is now a growing increase in antibiotic resistance.

"The study authors looked for cases where the medication prescribed was “inappropriate”, meaning it wasn’t necessary, or when the wrong antibiotic was chosen, the dosage wasn’t right or the drug was used for too long or too short a time. ...
“Often, clinicians are worried about patient satisfaction. They think that a patient wants antibiotics, and they want the patient to be satisfied with their care, sometimes leading them to prescribe when they shouldn’t.”
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6 'Healthy' Foods Nutrition Pros Refuse to Put in Their Bodies ("don't be deceived by labels; beware")

6 'Healthy' Foods Nutrition Pros Refuse to Put in Their Bodies ("don't be deceived by labels; beware") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Don't be fooled by the health halo on whole wheat bread, cold-pressed juices, veggie chips, and more.

We know nutrition pros load up on wild salmon, ancient grains, and kale, but what virtuous-seeming fare will you never find on their plates? Here are the health-halo items they leave right on the shelves. 

No-Sugar-Added Ice Cream 

"I never buy no-sugar-added or light ice creams. ...

Puffed Veggie Chips 

"I stay away from puffed veggie chips like Pirate's Booty and Veggie Straws. ...

Powdered Peanut Butter 

"People think powdered peanut butter is healthier because it has fewer calories and less fat. But one of the best things about peanut butter is that it's loaded with healthy fats, which also help make it satisfying.

Most Commercial Salad Dressings 

"They can contain highly processed oils or partially hydrogenated oils, added sugar, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners, and artificial colors. ...

Whole-wheat bread 

"This is one of the ultimate cons and deceivers. The glycemic index of wheat bread is 69. ...

Cold-Pressed Juices 

"While these juices often contain a great deal of fruits and/or vegetables, the amount of sugar is extremely high. ...

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Deceptive labeling is common now-a-days. Be aware of the products you are buying. Here are some items you should beware of.
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How Fast Food Messes With Your Hormones ("decades-old warning is unheeded, urban society is sick")

How Fast Food Messes With Your Hormones ("decades-old warning is unheeded, urban society is sick") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

If you want to eat healthy, you’ll need to forgo fast food, which is high in sodium, sugar and grease. A new study supplies even more incentive to do so by finding that fast food is a source of chemicals called phthalates, which have been linked to a list of possible health burdens like hormone disruption and lower sperm count.

The new report, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, found that people who ate more fast food also had higher levels of two substances that occur when phthalates—which make plastic more flexible—break down in the body. “The same range of concentrations measured in this [group] overlaps with the range of concentrations that have been measured in some of epidemiological studies that find adverse health effects,” says study author Ami Zota, an assistant professor of environmental and occupational health at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.

Prior studies have shown that diet is a source of exposure for plastics chemicals like phthalates and Bisphenol A (BPA), and that processed food may be of particular concern. The new study is the largest to look at exposure from fast food fare specifically.

In general, about a third of all the people in the study had eaten fast food in the prior day. “That’s a lot,” says Zota. “That alone tells you the public health impact of this type of food preparation.” It’s believed that phthalates could leach into food during preparation or packaging. Plastic gloves and conveyer belts could be sources, Zota says, and heat from cooking may also make it easier for chemicals to get into food.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Home cooked meals are still the best ... if we have time to cook at home. Maybe 50% less social media time is enough to cook a meal.

"If you want to eat healthy, you’ll need to forgo fast food, which is high in sodium, sugar and grease. A new study supplies even more incentive to do so by finding that fast food is a source of chemicals called phthalates, which have been linked to a list of possible health burdens like hormone disruption and lower sperm count."
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Docs Diagnose Smartphone 'Blindness' in 2 Women ("staring on a bright screen in the dark is bad")

Docs Diagnose Smartphone 'Blindness' in 2 Women ("staring on a bright screen in the dark is bad") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

For two women in the United Kingdom, mysterious vision problems that happened only at night or early in the morning turned out to have a rather innocuous cause.

The cases, which are detailed in a new report, show the short-term vision problems that can occur when people look at a bright smartphone screen in a dark room.  

In the first case, a 22-year-old woman told her eye doctor that she had trouble seeing out of her right eye at night while she was in bed. These episodes happened multiple times a week for a year. Each time, she said she could only see the outlines of objects with her right eye, although her vision was fine in her left eye, and in both eyes the following day. An eye exam showed her vision was normal, and she had no signs of a blood clot or other conditions that could cause short-term vision loss, the doctors said.

In the second case, a 40-year-old woman told doctors that she couldn't see out of one eye when she woke up in the early morning, before sunrise. This vision problem lasted about 15 minutes, and happened on and off for six months, the report said. 

In both cases, doctors later discovered that these vision problems happened only after the women had viewed their smartphone for several minutes, while lying on their side in bed.

The doctors hypothesized that these problems happened because the patients, without realizing it, were looking at their phone with just one eye, with the other eye blocked by a pillow when they were lying down. In this situation, one eye (blocked by the pillow) becomes adapted to the dark, while the other eye (looking at the smartphone) is adapted to the light, the doctors said. When the smartphone is turned off, the light-adapted eye is perceived to be "blind," until it also adjusts to the dark, the doctors said.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Bad habit of using your smartphone in the dark, while in bed, can cause eye problems.

"The cases, which are detailed in a new report, show the short-term vision problems that can occur when people look at a bright smartphone screen in a dark room."
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Holy Guacamole! People In New Zealand Are Stealing Avocados ("low supply makes it very in-demand")

Holy Guacamole! People In New Zealand Are Stealing Avocados ("low supply makes it very in-demand") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

As Sid Vicious once said, "You can't arrest me, I'm a guac-star." Or something like that.

In the interview, which can be heard below, Scoular elaborated on the cause of the problem: “In New Zealand, we don’t import avocados, and we’ve had a moderate supply of avocados in the last season and a big increase in demand.”

The going rate for the guacamole eggs is currently $4 to $6 New Zealand dollars ($2.80 to $4.20) each. That’s a pretty high price to pay for something you smush on toast, which explains the appeal of stealing them and selling them on the black market. 

New Zealand police are thinking the criminal — or criminals — are using the cloak of darkness to pluck avocados from trees. 

“They must have spent a few hours there taking fruit off the trees, loading them into his own car. We are not sure if he parked the car down the driveway or kept it on the side of the orchard,” Sergeant Aaron Fraser told Stuff.co.nz.

Despite all this madness, there is one thing thieves should know: The avocados they’re plucking aren’t ripe yet! 

The crops are immature this time of year, Fraser has said, and they aren’t expected to be ripe and ready until around September or October. Black market buyers: Beware of shoddy avocados! 

Our resident Kiwi in the office, who asked to remain anonymous, had this to say about avocados: “I enjoy them sometimes.”

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Have you discovered the nutritional benefits of this super-fruit yet? Don't be left behind because of the myths that its oil is bad for your health.
It is selling at $2.80 to $4.20 per piece (not per kilo) in New Zealand. In the Philippines, I just bought them for P60/kg in Silang (Cavite) and P120/kg from the supermarket. Some supermarkets are selling them at P199/kg.
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How Fast Food Messes With Your Hormones ("prefer home-cooked meals vs home delivered fast food")

How Fast Food Messes With Your Hormones ("prefer home-cooked meals vs home delivered fast food") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

A new study shows people who eat fast food have higher levels of plastics chemicals, called phthalates, in their system

If you want to eat healthy, you’ll need to forgo fast food, which is high in sodium, sugar and grease. A new study supplies even more incentive to do so by finding that fast food is a source of chemicals called phthalates, which have been linked to a list of possible health burdens like hormone disruption and lower sperm count. 

The new report, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, found that people who ate more fast food also had higher levels of two substances that occur when phthalates—which make plastic more flexible—break down in the body. “The same range of concentrations measured in this [group] overlaps with the range of concentrations that have been measured in some of epidemiological studies that find adverse health effects,” says study author Ami Zota, an assistant professor of environmental and occupational health at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.

Prior studies have shown that diet is a source of exposure for plastics chemicals like phthalates and Bisphenol A (BPA), and that processed food may be of particular concern. The new study is the largest to look at exposure from fast food fare specifically.

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It is always healthier to eat home-cooked meals. Do away with frequent "home deliveries" from fast-food chains; prepare your meals.

"If you want to eat healthy, you’ll need to forgo fast food, which is high in sodium, sugar and grease. A new study supplies even more incentive to do so by finding that fast food is a source of chemicals called phthalates, which have been linked to a list of possible health burdens like hormone disruption and lower sperm count."
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Fat is back! Shoppers opt for whole milk, Greek yogurt ("decrease diabetes, cardio disease, some cancers, etc.")

Fat is back! Shoppers opt for whole milk, Greek yogurt ("decrease diabetes, cardio disease, some cancers, etc.") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Once taboo, full-fat milk can help consumers decrease risk of diabetes, heart disease, new studies find.

Once snubbed, whole-fat milk, yogurt and other dairy products are finding their way back into our refrigerators, thanks to a growing interest in "whole foods" diets and new evidence that full-fat dairy products can be good for us, experts say. 

The trend is showing up in milk sales, both nationally and in Des Moines, industry data show. Whole milk sales in Des Moines climbed 9.6 percent last year over 2014; nationally, they climbed 4.5 percent. 

At the same time, fat-free milk sales in Des Moines dropped 9.5 percent, and nationally, they shrank 12.3 percent, according to data provided by Dairy Management, a marketing group for the industry's 45,000 U.S. dairy farmers. 

Chicago analytics company IRI collects the data. Statewide sales information wasn't available.

"There is some research that's coming out that shows consumption of whole-fat dairy is decreasing risk of Type 2 diabetes, decreasing risk of cardiovascular disease, decreasing risk of certain kinds of cancer, and people who consume whole-fat dairy products are less obese,"

Researchers are exploring whether it's the "dairy itself or their eating pattern as a whole," Litchfield said. 

"People who consume dairy products also tend to have other healthy behaviors," she said. "They're less likely to be smokers, they're more likely to be active, and they're more likely to consume whole grains."

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I stopped buying low-fat dairy products after I realized this and my health has improved.

"There is some research that's coming out that shows consumption of whole-fat dairy is decreasing risk of Type 2 diabetes, decreasing risk of cardiovascular disease, decreasing risk of certain kinds of cancer, and people who consume whole-fat dairy products are less obese,"
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BACON AND PROCESSED MEAT DEEMED JUST AS BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH AS CIGARETTES! ("oh cruel world!")

BACON AND PROCESSED MEAT DEEMED JUST AS BAD FOR YOUR HEALTH AS CIGARETTES! ("oh cruel world!") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
In breaking news, the World Health Organisation is about to announce that processed meats, including bacon, sausages and even high amounts of red meat, are just as bad for us as asbestos and cigarettes! 
It comes on the heels of a meeting of scientists from ten different countries that reviewed a broad array of data. A representative for the organization declined to comment, saying the WHO's full report would be available today, but we are still awaiting the news. 
The announcement is expected to list the fry-up favourites in the same category as arsenic, asbestos and cigarettes. Red meat will also be declared “probably carcinogenic to humans”, and will be ranked as only slightly less dangerous than preserved products, according to a Daily Mail source. 
Processed meat, which include pastrami, salami, hot dogs and some types of sausages is made by smoking, curing, salting or adding preservatives. 
For decades, doctors have said red meat has carcinogenic effects. One recent study suggested that a sugar molecule found in beef, lamb and pork could be a trigger behind inflammation, and causes cancer tumors to grow. The World Cancer Research Fund said: “There is strong evidence that eating a lot of these foods [red and processed meat] increases your risk of bowel cancer.” 
According to the World Cancer Research Fund, there is strong evidence that eating red and processed meat increases risk of bowel cancer. Of cancers that affect both men and women, colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States and the third most common cancer in men and in women. 
The NHS website says that evidence shows there is “probably a link between eating red and processed meat and the risk of bowel cancer”. “People who eat a lot of these meats are at higher risk of bowel cancer than those who eat small amounts,” it adds. However, the site also acknowledged the benefits of meats like beef, lamb and pork which it says “can form part of a healthy diet”.
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We can still enjoy life without bacon, processed meat and cigarettes.

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6 Tips to Build a Better Bedtime Routine ("if you still can't sleep & don't like the pill, try these")

6 Tips to Build a Better Bedtime Routine ("if you still can't sleep & don't like the pill, try these") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Here are six tips to creating a bedtime routine that will have you waking up feeling better.

Here are six tips to creating a bedtime routine that will have you waking up feeling better. Remember, the key to these tips is making them part of your routine—so no giving up after two nights! Pelayo notes that some people need a few weeks or even a couple of months for their bodies to really cement a routine. 

1. Give yourself time to decompress from your day “One of the top mistakes that women make is that they fail to take time to themselves that they need to wind down and decompress from their day,”

2. But don’t wind down with your gadgets If you do decide to catch up on your favorite show, don’t do it on your computer or tablet.

3. Eat a light, pre-bedtime snack (if you’re hungry) While heavy foods and big meals or snacks consumed right before bed can disrupt sleep, the greater nighttime food issue facing many women is hunger, Fotinakes says.

4. Take a warm bath two to three hours before bed According to research from Cornell University Medical College, a nighttime drop in core body temperature increases one’s chances of both falling asleep and enjoying the coveted deep layers of sleep.

5. Don’t get into bed until right before it’s time to sleep You’ve probably heard the saying that your bed is for sleep and sex—and that’s it. But even those extra hours spent reading or watching TV before sleep can add up. “The more time you spend in the bed before you sleep, the more your body gets used to being awake in bed,” says Pelayo.

6. Go to bed at the same time every night “We have an internal sleep-wake cycle that revolves around the 24-hour day,” Fotinakes says. “I tell patient that I don’t care so much about when they sleep, but that they get enough sleep and keep their sleep cycle regular.”

Bert Guevara's insight:
For insomniacs ....

"Sure, without a bedtime routine, you will eventually fall asleep. But who knows how long that will take—or how well you will actually sleep when the lights go out. 
“Most of us cannot sleep on command, but routine helps the brain know that it’s preparing for sleep,” says Rebecca Scott, research assistant professor of neurology at the NYU Langone Comprehensive Epilepsy Center—Sleep Center. “Our sleep system, along with most other neurophysiological systems, likes predictability and consistency.”
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Foods Endorsed by Celebrities Are Almost All Terrible for U ("soda, sugary drinks, fast food, sweets")

Foods Endorsed by Celebrities Are Almost All Terrible for U ("soda, sugary drinks, fast food, sweets") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Music celebrities from One Direction to Beyoncé promote really unhealthy food ...

Almost every food or drink a music celebrity endorses and promotes through commercials and advertisements is unhealthy, according to a new study from NYU researchers. That’s a shame, the study authors argue, since most of the stars promoting these products—from One Direction to Beyoncé—are popular among kids and teens. 

In the report, published Monday in the journal Pediatrics, NYU Langone Medical Center researchers combed through Billboard Magazine’s “Hot 100” song charts from 2013 and 2014. They confirmed celebrities’ popularity by looking at who won at the Teen Choice Awards as well as the number of views of celebrity endorsements they had on YouTube. The study authors also looked at all food and drink endorsements between 2000 and 2014 recorded in the advertisement database AdScope. Overall, there were around 313 million views of YouTube videos of celebrity food and beverage endorsements. 

The most common foods and drinks endorsed by the musicians were soda, sugary drinks, fast food and sweets. The researchers assessed the nutritional makeup of the products and of the 26 food products in the ads, 81% were “nutrient poor.” Only one of the food products—Wonderful Pistachio—had a healthy nutrition score, and was endorsed by Psy. Taylor Swift has promoted Diet Coke, which is not high in nutrients and there’s some evidence to suggest that artificial sweeteners are not as healthy as they’ve been advertised.

Bert Guevara's insight:
Maybe we should just stop watching TV commercials and believing in ads that promote food and drinks. Reading the right food articles are better.

"The most common foods and drinks endorsed by the musicians were soda, sugary drinks, fast food and sweets. The researchers assessed the nutritional makeup of the products and of the 26 food products in the ads, 81% were “nutrient poor.”
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What You Need to Know About the Cellphone and Cancer Study ("if you are a heavy user, then read this")

What You Need to Know About the Cellphone and Cancer Study ("if you are a heavy user, then read this") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Federal researchers have rushed out results from a study that shows cellphone radiation might cause brain and heart tumors in rats. Should you worry?

The rats in the study got high levels of cellphone signal, mostly above the legal limits set by the Federal Communications Commission for mobile phones, and were exposed for nine hours a day, every day, from the time they were in their mothers' wombs until they died about two years later. 

"All these animals were exposed at levels that were heavy," Bucher said. That's standard in rat trials, so that researchers can have a better chance of getting an effect. So there is no telling whether that translates to people. 

Another hint: Brain cancer rates have not shot up. "We are aware of the fact that there certainly has not been an increase in brain cancer rates in the United States," Bucher said. But people live much, much longer than rats do and cancer can take decades to develop. 

Most studies have shown no evidence cellphone signals can cause cancer. This one made news because it did, but scientists know that no single study tells the whole story. It's the body of evidence collected over years by different groups taking different approaches that yields a good answer.

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Most studies have shown no evidence cellphone signals can cause cancer. This one made news because it did, but scientists know that no single study tells the whole story.

"Federal researchers have rushed out results from a study that shows cellphone radiation might cause brain and heart tumors in rats. It's a worrisome finding that seems to validate suspicions that have been brushed off by many mainstream scientists for years."
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This Is What Happens To Your Brain, Heart, And Waistline When You Eat 3 Banannas A DAY! – Be Healthy

This Is What Happens To Your Brain, Heart, And Waistline When You Eat 3 Banannas A DAY! – Be Healthy | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
Did you know that if you eat at least three bananas a day, you can significantly reduce your risk of having a stroke or heart attack? According to British and Italian researchers, consuming one banana at breakfast, one at lunch, and one in the evening will provide enough potassium to reduce the risk of a blood clot in the brain by 21%.
The 2011 report, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, suggests that stroke cases can be prevented or even reduced by the potassium levels found in certain foods, including bananas, fish, spinach, and lentils.
Researchers discovered that a daily potassium intake of around 1,600 mg can lower stroke risk. An average-sized banana contains approximately 500 mg of potassium—three a day can lower blood pressure and help with proper brain and nerve function.
Bananas are not only packed full of potassium, but they are also good sources of vitamin B6, vitamin C, manganese, biotin, and dietary fiber, which can help to properly regulate the digestive system. The average banana contains approximately 108 calories; they contain little cholesterol, fat, or sodium. (all of which can contribute to weight gain.)
Since bananas are low in glycemic carbohydrates, they make a delicious snack for athletes who are looking for anextra boost of energy. Some research even shows that consuming three bananas can give you enough energy to complete an intense 90-minute workout.
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In addition to significantly reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke, by consuming three bananas a day (equivalent to 1,500 milligrams of potassium) the benefits are numerous:
1. Reduces depression
2. Regulates blood pressure
3. Treats constipation
4. Cures hangovers
5. Boosts bone mass
6. Fights stress
7. Smoking
8. PMS
9. Anemia
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How Ginger Destroys Prostate Ovarian And Colon Cancer Better Than Chemo – Be Healthy ("go natural")

How Ginger Destroys Prostate Ovarian And Colon Cancer Better Than Chemo – Be Healthy ("go natural") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it
The active compounds of ginger, gingerols, shagaols, and paradols are known to be anticancer compounds. This was discovered in a study published in the Journal of Food and Chemical Technology. Many other studies have confirmed these results to be true and have proven that ginger is very efficient in killing cancer cells in ovarian, prostate, and colorectal cancer. 
Furthermore, according to some, the anticancer effects of ginger are even stronger than the ones of chemotherapy. Ginger Kills Prostate Cancer Cells The British Journal of Nutrition has published a study conducted in America which revealed that ginger extract (zingiber officinale Roscoe) can inhibit the development of prostate cancer cells in humans when ingested at a daily dose of 100 mg per kg of body weight. According to this study’s results, ginger extract is able to reduce prostate cancer growth in nearly 56 percent of subjects. 
According to the estimations of the researchers, consumption of 100 grams of fresh ginger every day will give the same results in adults that weight about 70 kg. This study has also shown that ginger did not impact other body cells, including the bone or stomach cells, which also divide quickly.
The researchers summed up that this study is the first report to describe identification and give details on the evaluation of in vitro and in vivo anticancer activity on entire ginger extract in the therapeutic management of human prostate cancer. All in all, ginger may turn out to be more efficient prostate cancer treatment than chemotherapy, considering the fact that chemotherapy also impacts the healthy body cells. Ginger Kills Ovarian Cancer Cells Angiogenesis gives details about the commencement of cancer.
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You don't have to be sick to take ginger or other anti-cancer foods. Eating anti-cancer foods as part of daily diet is our best medicine.

"If the angiogenesis is stopped at an early stage, cancer can be successfully prevented. The BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal has published a study which discovered that cancer cell growth can be stopped by the active ingredients ginger root contains."
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Take your ginger capsules?
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How GPS Is Messing With Our Minds ("too much reliance can dull the common sense; don't overuse GPS")

How GPS Is Messing With Our Minds ("too much reliance can dull the common sense; don't overuse GPS") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

Reliance on GPS erodes our ability to build our own cognitive maps, changing technology and messing with our minds

There is mounting evidence that GPS is doing something to our minds—and maybe even our brains. Several academic studies have proven what any of us who have driven with GPS assistance already know intuitively, that GPS allows a driver to “disengage” from the environment. A useful model is the “cognitive map,” a term first used in 1948 by Edward Tolman, a UC Berkeley psychologist. He argued that experiments with rats in mazes demonstrated their ability to envision the totality of the maze, how the various parts fit together to create a whole. A growing number of researchers now agree that reliance on GPS essentially erodes our ability to build our own cognitive maps. 

It may even turn out that our GPS addiction can have actual physiological consequences. In 2006, a British study made headlines by announcing that London taxi drivers, whose jobs require them to integrate a vast body of knowledge, have above-average amounts of grey matter in the region of the brain responsible for complex spatial representation. Preliminary research also suggested that the volume of grey matter decreases when these drivers retire. At least one of the neuroscientists involved in the study has speculated that prolonged GPS use could have a similar effect. 

It will be a long time—if ever—before scientists are able to reach this conclusion. But a clue to this process may be sitting in your glove compartment, gathering dust. It’s probably been a long time since you unfolded that paper map. Again, we have anecdotal evidence—ask a Baby Boomer or Gen-X-er about millennials’ lack of map-reading skills, and you’ll get an earful—along with empirical data. A Japanese project in 2008 that compared three navigational methods—GPS, paper maps, and direct experience (a guide led subjects through a route and then asked them to repeat it)—found that the GPS group lagged behind the others.

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Too much reliance on GPS is not good for our sense of direction.

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The Cold Medicine That's Linked to Cognitive Problems ("time to switch to natural cold remedies")

The Cold Medicine That's Linked to Cognitive Problems ("time to switch to natural cold remedies") | Green Consumer Forum | Scoop.it

A common kind of drug, anticholinergic medication, is linked to poorer cognition in older adults

A common kind of prescription and over-the-counter medication, including some cold medicines, has been linked to cognitive impairment in older adults, finds a new study published in JAMA Neurology. Shannon Risacher, assistant professor of radiology and imaging sciences at Indiana University School of Medicine and first author of the new paper, and her colleagues analyzed already existing data from 451 people around ages 70-75 who had normal brains. They examined the results of memory tests, MRI brain scans and other neuroimaging data—all while paying particular attention to people who said they took anticholinergic drugs. These include certain over-the-counter drugs, like Benadryl, Tylenol PM and Advil PM, according to the researcher, along with prescribed medications like some antidepressants, motion sickness medications and bladder control drugs. Anticholinergic drugs block the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the brain. The researchers found that older people who regularly took at least one anticholinergic drug showed poorer cognition, lower brain volumes and less glucose metabolism in the whole brain and the temporal lobe, which is important for memory, than people who didn’t report taking this kind of medications. The link persisted even after the team controlled for the number of medications the people in the study were taking.

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For senior citizens, taking instant remedies for the ordinary cold has some suspicious side effects on the brain. It's time to learn about natural remedies.

"These include certain over-the-counter drugs, like Benadryl, Tylenol PM and Advil PM, according to the researcher, along with prescribed medications like some antidepressants, motion sickness medications and bladder control drugs. Anticholinergic drugs block the neurotransmitter acetylcholine in the brain."
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