One of my main complaints about the way in which medical science approaches the subject of acne is the narrow view it takes from the outset.
Acne occurs on the skin so it must be a skin problem so let’s prescribe some stuff for the skin, or, acne occurs on the skin so let’s research the skin and then come up with new products for the skin.
Sweet potato leaves have been one of Asia’s best kept secrets for years.
Originally they were used by only the very poor as a kind of leftover byproduct of getting the sweet potatoes themselves.
All those cashed up folks just wanted the roots but the farmers would use the leaves as a vegetable.
So for years the leaves were viewed as a kind of “peasant” food that everyone else was way too above to have to eat.
The joke however was on all of us because they are truly delicious.
They have a taste and texture similar to English spinach without that kind of chalky sensation it leaves on your teeth.
And now lo and behold it turns out they are just jam packed with goodness!
One of the more recent darlings of the internet in the field of health is the idea that inflammation is the sole cause of the demise of civilisation and a bunch of other bad stuff.
OK, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration but really, inflammation has been getting a bit of a hiding lately.
It always seemed strange to me that anyone could identify inflammation as the cause of anything given that my understanding of it was that it was the result of something, not the cause.
I always get a little suspicious of half-baked ideas like that.
Like just about anything when it comes to the human body there is always the good, the bad and the ugly… so, take a look at the article liked below for a more balanced view on exactly what inflammation is, what causes it, which types are perfectly normal and which types may be affecting you badly.
Interesting followup to an article I posted last week on the effects we are all suffering from the false ideas circulating about regarding vaccinations.
Hopefully in the long term there will be enough traction gained to get parents back into the groove of inoculating kids for the common and preventable diseases that are currently enjoying a resurgence.
In the long term it seems that many institutions like colleges will have to start insisting on students being vaccinated prior to entry so as not to get a repeat of the recent measles outbreaks.
Good news for those suffering from diabetes this week.
Obviously apart from the side effects of actually having diabetes one of the great drawbacks to quality of life is the constant need to monitor sugar levels throughout the day in order to manage the condition.
New research on a type of “smart” insulin has shown some promising result in mice and will be moving to human trials very soon.
The new form of insulin promises to some degree to be self triggering and as such can remain in the patients system for much longer periods of time and only activates when blood sugar reaches the level where it is necessary.
A second article this week from Food Babe as this one is really scary.
Sometimes I go to her blog and while the first page is loading I am kind of wincing wit pain as I anticipate this weeks horror story!
The processed oils she is talking about are just nasty and really, if you have any of this garbage in your kitchen, do yourself, your family and your friends a favour and get rid of now.
Well the short answer is yes and the long answer is yes, but the chances are very, very slim.
To me the subtext of this article is not that you can have a reaction, it is that our food sources these days are becoming so compromised that substances are being added that are surviving all standard cleaning protocols and all processing to make their way to the dinner table.
All the while government agencies assuring us that it’s all totally safe.
Maybe it is a bit of a stretch to add this article to a roundup of news for this week in the world of health… but! Really?
If the USDA are engaging in bizarre and cruel experiments like this they have to be completely delusional about who they are really working for!
And if they think some of this behaviour is somehow related to ensuring the health of the U.S. public then words simply fail me.
Well even though the title of this article uses the word surprising it’s not really that much of a surprise.
Researchers in England have been checking into the connection between tooth decay and the consumption of sugar, no big deal there right?
I think most of us are pretty sold on the idea that sugar contributes pretty heavily to the onset of tooth decay in both kids and adults.
So here’s the surprising part.
What they found was that sugar does not just “contribute” to decay.
They found that sugar in one form or another is the ONLY cause of tooth decay in children and adults.
Given the fact that BHT is largely an anti-oxidant used in such diverse products as embalming fluid and rubber used for tires one can’t help but wonder what the thought process was at the time that led to it becoming a food additive.
Nonetheless in the U.S. there are still major food manufacturers who, despite being made aware of the potential dangers of this additive still continue to use it.
On top of that many of those same food manufacturers and processors do not use BHT in Europe or any other country that prohibits their use.
It seems the attitude is that even though they know it is potentially dangerous and relatively unnecessary they still insist on using it.