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Sunday
Aug182013

A Week Of Negative News On Sugar Consumption With Links To Behavioral Problems In Kids, Dead Female Mice & Dementia

1. Americans dominate the globe in our per capita consumption of soft drinks. Based on 2011 data, the average American buys 170 liters of soda each year. By comparison Canadians buy 101 liters and the French 45.

Research presented by the American Academy of Neurology associates a 30-38 percent higher risk of depression among those who drink four cups/cans of soda daily or fruit punch. The effect is more pronounced with diet fruit punch/soda than non-diet versions.

Meanwhile, researchers found a 10 percent lower risk of depression among coffee drinks who consume four cups a day or more.

The Harvard School of Public Health provides statistics on Sugary Drinks and Obesity.

2. New research examining the behavior of about 3,000 at risk 5-year-olds concludes that the more sugary soft drinks they consumed, the more likely they were to exhibit aggressive behavior.

“We found a significant relation with soda consumption with the overall measure of aggression and with the three specific behaviors we felt were most indicative of aggression: destroying things belonging to others, getting into fights and physically attacking people,” wrote the authors, led by researcher Dr. Shakira Suglia, an assistant professor of epidemiology at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York City, said in a written statement.

3. Researchers reported this week that when mice consumed a diet 25 percent higher in sugar — the equivalent of three added cans of soda each day for a healthy human, females died at twice their normal rates. Male mice were 25 percent less likely to reproduce with the added sugar in their daily diet.

A separate group of mice were fed the same sugar-enhanced diet. Those mice experienced higher cholesterol and a hampered inability to get rid of glucose in the blood among female sugar-fed mice. Of note, neither group of mice became obese. Nor did they have notable differences in their fasting-insulin, glucose or triglyceride levels.

4. People without diabetes but above normal blood sugar are associated with an increased risk of developing dementia. Researchers examined the blood sugar levels in more than 2,000 older adults — average age 78 —taking part in the Adult Changes in Thought study.

The study does not prove that high blood sugar causes dementia, but only that there is a positive correlation between the two.

Poor dental health and gum disease may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, with British researchers identifying gum bacteria in the brains of 10 people without dementia and 10 people with dementia. No gum disease was found in the brains of normal patients, with four dementia brains containing the bacteria. 

5. Classic Anne: Coca Cola Does Not Deliver Big O Happiness in a Can

Coca Cola is guilty of premature ejaculation.

Like a guy who can’t keep it up for long, Coke promises a big happy fantasy, tantalizes you with visions of joyful nirvana but loses it, just when you’re reaching peak pleasure. It’s a guy thing.

Knowing that America is the fattest country in the world; and knowing how obesity affects not only self-esteem but our sexuality; and knowing also how worthless is the sugar in Coke, Pepsi and other sugar- rich drinks, I said just now “God bless you, Coke. Reducing the size of your can will NOT make Americans happy.”

Wednesday
May222013

Virginia Republicans Run Ultra Conservative Slate In Fall Elections | Vitamin B Study Promising Against Alzheimer's

19-year-old Hannah Batya Penet married 18-year-old Shalom Rokeach before a crowd of 25-30,000 guests in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Rokeach is the grandson of the leader of the Hasidic dynasty Belz Rebbe, and is destined himself to become the future leader of one of the largest Jewish sects in the world. The bride’s face remained veiled by a lace and crystal encrusted veil throughout the ceremony. It is designed to protect her modesty, allowing her to avoid guests’ gazes while she is on public display. Read on at Daily Mail.

1. EW Jackson, the Virginia GOP’s nominee for lieutenant governor says he has nothing to apologize for regarding his views on abortion, race and homosexuality.

“I say the things that I say because I’m a Christian, not because I hate anybody, but because I have religious values that matter to me,” Jackson told reporters Tuesday at a Fredericksburg campaign stop, according to the Washington Post.

Jackson, a minister and lawyer, said just this week the Planned Parenthood is worse than the Ku Klux Klan. He has called gays and lesbians “sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally.”

2. A federal appellate panel struck down Arizona’s abortion law on Tuesday, calling it unconstitutional “under a long line of invariant Supreme Court precedents” guaranteeing a woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy any time before a fetus is considered viable outside her womb. Medically, this is generally at 24 weeks.

Technically, the law made abortions illegal at roughly 18 weeks after fertilization by dating fertilization as the date of a woman’s last menstrual period. It’s only at 18 weeks that most fetal abnormalities are detected through sonograms.

Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) told reporters on Wednesday that there is a “good chance” that the US House of Representatives will bring his nationwide 20-week abortion ban to a full vote this year.

3. Virginia state Sen. Mark Obenshain (R), now running for attorney general,  denies that his 2009 bill that would have required a woman to report her miscarriage to the police within 24 hours of the event or risk imprisonment was intended to harm women.

Tarina Keene, NARAL’s executive director, told HuffPost, “In 2009 we made it clear to Sen. Obenshain that NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia vehemently opposed his bill to criminalize tragic pregnancy complications and intimidate grieving Virginian women with the threat of law enforcement — not to mention jail time.

Obenshain joins an ultra-conservative Republican slate of candidates in Virginia’s fall election.

4. Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS tax-exempt unit and finds herself at the center of a scandal about extra tax scrutiny of conservative and in particular, Tea Party groups, exercised her right not to answer lawmakers’ questions today.

“I have not done anything wrong. I have not broken any laws. I have not violated any IRS rules or regulations, and I have not provided false information to this or any congressional committee,” Lerner told the panel.

South Carolina Republican Trey Gowdy demanded that Lerner stay to answer questions, causing the crowd to applaud in the hearing room.

5. Researchers believe that a healthy diet, regular exercise and consuming vitamins B6, B12 and folic acid were key in delaying Alzheimer’s disease among 156 people ages 70 and up who were already suffering from both mind memory loss and high levels of homocysteine, previously associated with increased risk for dementia.

Patients taking the Vitamin B regimen had 90 percent less brain shrinkage than those who took a placebo.

“I’ve never seen results from brain scans showing this level of protection,” said Paul Thompson, whose Genetics Center at UCLA School of Medicine has the world’s largest database of brain scans. “We study the brain effects of all sorts of lifestyle changes — alcohol reduction, exercising more, learning to handle stress, weight loss — and a good result would be a 25 percent reduction in shrinkage.”

Monday
Feb202012

Catholic Bishops Crack Down on 28% of Women Having Sterilizations After Child Birth | Anti-Dementia Foods

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Trust a woman to bring some pragmatic discussion to the national debate on contraceptive coverage. Writing for TIME, Erika Christakis reminds the nation that taxpayers spend more than $11 billion each year (in 2001 dollars) on costs resulting from unintended pregnancy. That number includes only public insurance costs and not the larger financial burdens of bringing up unwanted children.

Before the nation cuts back on access to birth control as the Catholic bishops demand and candidates like Republican frontrunner Rick Santorum advocate, about half of all pregnancies in America are unintended, says the Guttmacher Institute. By age 45, more than 40% of all American women will have had at least one abortion, a rate twice that of countries in Europe with more liberal abortion laws and widely available contraception.

Knowing that more than half of births to women under 30 now occur outside of marriage — a condition many would like to change for both mother and children, how can Catholic bishops and Republican leaders propose moving against available contraception as outlined by President Obama in his compromise to religious leaders?

To suggest — as the Senate Blount bill proposes — that any moral offence is justification for refusing health care coverage for an employer puts individual employers in charge of employee health care.

And if you believe that sterilizations just might be the answer to end this insanity, the Philadelphia Inquirer writes an in-depth piece that Catholic bishops in the US are also cracking down on sterilzation at the woman’s request — having one’s tubes tied after the birth of a child — denouncing is as “coercive,” “insulting,” “unconstitutional,” “beligerent” and “dangerous.”

New old contraception fight just beginning Digital Journal

Right Wingers Go Wild Against Women Around the Country Daily Beast

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Avoiding Dementia

Psychology Today reminds us in ‘How to Save Your Brain’ that fighting dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in older age is heavily impacted by lifestyle decisions throughout our entire life.

Scientists attribute the debilitating disorder to the gradual accumulation between brain cells of a toxic protein, beta-amyloid, that blocks the transmission of information from cell to cell, wipes out synapses, and disrupts basic neuron function, leading to cell death. Inflammatory processes are also involved in memory loss.

The same lifestyle choices that lead people to obesity and heart disease also increase the likelihood that one will suffer from dementia. Every food choice that we make in life can impact our brains later on. Anti-inflammatory foods that work as deterrents to dementia include:

1. Dark chocolate with low sugar but high cocoa content

2. Red wine

3. Clams and other seafood rich in B12

4. Asparagus

5. Wild salmon and other oily fish

6. Walnuts high in omega-6

7. Cherries and blueberries, raspberries and strawberries

8. Tumeric which contains curcumin; ginger is a close cousin

9. Apple for quercetin; capers and red onion are also excellent sources