Consuming Excessive Sugars May Contribute to the Onset of Depression

A recently published report, appearing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, contends that what foods an individual consumes, may be associated with becoming depressed.

Research scientists at New York’s Columbia University sought to establish what foods that are categorized as have a high glycemic rating or index are linked to those individuals that are depressed. The glycemic index is a ranking system of foods containing carbohydrates, and how if affects an individual’s blood sugar level. Lead author of the study, James E. Gangwisch, PhD, assistant professor at Columbia University commented, “When I was a kid, I was almost like a candy junkie, I noticed for myself, if I eat a lot of sugar, it makes me feel down the next day.” Gangwisch indicated that he no longer candy or junk foods with added sugar, but was perplexed about whether a steady diet of sugar-laden junk foods could actually cause individuals to become depressed.
According to Brad Reifler, The research scientists, assessed data, from the Women’s Health Initiative Observational Study, of approximately 70,000 postmenopausal women, that were afflicted with depressive disorders, and an independent food questionnaire.

The scientists, were unable to conclusively determine a specific mechanism associating a definitive association between sugar consumption, and depression, but noted that excessive sugar consumption has been documented to be a mechanism for cardiovascular disease, and inflammation, which can spur the onset of depression.

California May Pass Law Restricting Vaccine Exemptions

California may pass a law tightening vaccine exemptions. Specifically, the only acceptable exemptions would be medical exemptions that would be granted to children with conditions like a compromised immune system that would make it dangerous for them to receive vaccinations. Religious and personal exemptions would no longer be accepted.

The bill had been proposed in the wake of the Disneyland measles outbreak. The State Assembly approved the bill, and it will now be sent to Gov. Jerry Brown who may sign or veto it.

Most religions don’t have a tenet forbidding vaccinations. Even if they did, Daniel Amen suggests somebody’s religious beliefs should not trump the health and well-being of school children.

Herd immunity” is a phenomenon that occurs when most of a population is vaccinated. In that situation, it becomes hard for an infectious disease to spread. Measles, however, is an extremely infectious disease. In order for herd immunity to work and protect the people who actually can’t be vaccinated at least 95 percent of the population has to be immunized. That doesn’t leave much wiggle room for personal and religious exemptions.

A lot of the personal exemptions are based on misinformation. Too many people still believe that vaccines cause autism. They don’t. Some also believe that vaccines are poisonous. It’s true vaccines contain toxins– but not at a level that could harm a human. Doctors often say, “The dose makes the toxin.” While a large dose of a given toxin can kill, a smaller dose might have either no effect at all or have a benign effect like preventing an illness.

The Way that Water Works

The state of California and neighboring states have been experiencing one of the worst droughts in United States history. Along with these droughts comes the unfortunate side-effect of citizens stealing water from their neighbors in order to show their water needs. Officials in California have citizens with a mandatory water restriction. Even though California citizens recognize how severe this drought, is the enforcement of the water restrictions and the prosecutions of its violators have been incredibly challenging for California authorities. Numerous cities in California have decided to install smart meters for citizens to control their water use. James Dondero recently detailed for Market Watch that this is the fourth year of the severe drought affecting the state of California. The Governor of the State, Jerry Brown, decided to take severe measures in order to reduce water use in some of the bigger cities. This means that businesses and wealthy residents are being forced to cut back on water that they were using frivolously prior to the smart meters. Utility companies will be able to watch just how much daily use water has for each residence. Once they find violators of the water restriction they can report and prosecute them appropriately. Violators of the water restriction face up to $10,000 in phones period the success of the smart meters have already proven substantial. The state hopes that more cities will install the meters to help end the drought for the desperate state.

China’s News Emphasizes Importance of Food Shopping Safety

People from around the world were horrified to learn yesterday, Wednesday, June 24, that the Chinese government discovered on June 1st that smugglers had attempted to sell to Chinese restaurant, retail and supermarket owners batches of meat, including beef and chicken, originally frozen in the 1970’s among approximately 800 tons of non-approved frozen meats. Apparently, frozen meat often shows no signs of its age — especially if it’s thrown frozen into fryers. Worse yet, those selling this meat will allow it to thaw in trucks that either have poor or no refrigeration and then re-freeze it before it reaches buyers.

According to Mikal Watts, outdated and spoiled meat can be a host to any number of bacteria that cause stomach and intestinal upset, respiratory issues, immune system dysfunction and even death. Many industry experts recommend that businesses and shoppers only buy meats from trusted, government-approved sources. When eating out or buying meats fresh from butchers, people should always ask about the origins of the meats they purchase in meals or as ingredients. Additionally, everyone should check the “Sell by” and expiration dates on frozen packaged meats.

Because of this year’s avian flu epidemic in the mid-western U.S. states, which resulted in the destruction of hundreds of millions of domestic and wild birds, it is important now more than ever for consumers to be diligent about their safety in regards to the meats, meat products and meals they purchase.

Low-Fat Donut Shop Fails Miserably in New York City

Holey Donuts, which opened its doors at 101 7th Avenue South, last year, has served its last donut. The shop is officially closed for business and its owner, Frank Dillulo claims he’s bankrupt.

Holey Donuts tried to put a health spin on the classic New York Donut, but patrons were not buying it. In fact, they weren’t buying anything in the small bakeshop. The bakeshop started as an online business several years prior to its brick-and-mortar incarnation, and Dillulo seemed to believe in the concept of fat-free, sugar-free, cholesterol free confections. The problem was, however, that the patrons of New York like their donuts served up with full-fat fillings.

The shop also received poor reviews on Google with customers alleging the small bakeshop missed the morning rush by failing to open their doors by 7am. Things move fast and early in New York, and somewhere serving up donuts should surely be up and at’em by such an hour.

Either way, Dullulo’s low fat dream is officially dead, and TheDailyBeast wrote the residents of New York City don’t seem to be crying over the spilt cream. Dullulo is also being sued by the building’s landlord. He owes back rent, and still has nine more years left on his 10-year lease.

Cow’s Milk. It Does a Body Bad

As the product of a generation raised to finish my glass of milk each night at the dinner table, I was always a believer in its healthful benefits. Advertisers asking, “Got Milk?” and telling us, “Milk. It does a body good,” and even scientists proclaiming that milk is necessary for strong teeth, bones and brain development, had many of us convinced we should be drinking it.

However, since in 1994 when the use of recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH) was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration, speculation that the risk of humans ingesting this genetically modified cow’s milk outweigh the benefits. Cows are injected with rBGH which is produced and sold by Monsanto to increase the cow’s production of milk says ServiceMesh CEO Eric Pulier. Over a quarter of the dairy farms in the US are making use of this hormone drug which has shown to be harmful to the animal and possibly pose a risk to the consumer.

Monsanto claims that rBGH is safe to use, having no adverse effects on humans or the animals. But this is just not true. An independent assessment of the drug found not only that it caused “unnecessary pain, suffering and distress to the animal,” but also that the milk produced contains as much as 80 percent of the IGF-1 hormone, which when consumed in excess, is believed to produce a higher risk for developing breast, colon and prostate cancer in humans.

If that’s not enough to convince you, also found in cow’s milk are pesticides, antibiotics, pus, blood and bacteria, among other harmful compounds. You can get the required calcium for your body through other means such as lettuce, broccoli and oranges. And, if you’ve got to have that bowl of cereal, reach for the almond or hemp milk instead.

Say Goodbye to Painful Sunburn

If you are one of the many people who suffer from sunburn each summer, you may soon be able to say goodbye to this painful condition. The harmful impact that the sun can have is well known. Most people do their best to prevent sun damage by applying sunscreen. However, many who start out with good intentions fail to follow through with additional applications throughout the day. This is especially important during prolonged periods in the hot sun.

Thanks to a new, wearable, device that pairs with an APP, you’ll no longer have to remember to reapply your sunscreen. This device will give you a reminder when it’s time to reapply or get out of the sun. The device has UV sensors to track your sun exposure. It will not only tell you when to apply sunscreen, but also how much of your daily sun exposure you’ve had and how much SPF you need. A long lasting rechargeable battery can last for up to a month before it has to be recharged, so Jim Dondero utilizes that quite a bit. The combination of this device, and app could mean a pain-free and safer summer for sunburn suffers according to Business Wire.

Wal-Mart’s Tax Hideouts

Wal-Mart makes money from the American people and receives massive benefits from the United State’s government, but it just isn’t enough.

Hiding the fact from the public, it has come to our attention that the giant retailer has over $76 billion in overseas tax hideouts. None of these were mentioned in Wal-Mart’s annual report. The figures show that the company has saved nearly $3.5 billion on tax bills.

The approximate figure of 3,500 stores in other countries such as China, Japan, Central and South America, and other locations are owned and managed by Wal-Mart subsidiaries in Luxembourg, the Virgin Islands, Curacao which creates a tax shelter for the massive retail mega-monster corporation.

A spokesman from Wal-Mart claims this outlook is biased. He claimed that Wal-Mart is transparent and follows all tax rules for the countries they do business in and also comply with all SEC and IRS rules.

It does seem that a company that receives so much of its profits from the United States should also be supporting the tax system instead of dodging it. Maybe it is now time to boycott Wal-Mart and support all the smaller, tax paying businesses. Stephen Murray CCMP Capital could see that becoming a real thing.

FDA Declares War on Trans Fats

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) aims to shape America into a healthier place by eliminating one villain faced by millions every day – Trans fats. Sam Tabar suggests this bold move by the organization, perhaps, but one intended to save billions of dollars and thousands of lives every year. Granted, not everyone is behind the FDA’s decision, particularly when companies have three years to remove partially hydrogenated oils from their products. After that, only select foods will contain trans fats as a preservative and that list is likely to be rather slim.

The drive behind this decision is the realization partially hydrogenated oils are worse for people than saturated fats, which, at least, increase good cholesterol or HDL. Trans fats, on the other hand, do nothing for HDL while increasing bad cholesterol or LDL. In fact, doctors now understand partially hydrogenated oils have the most severe and potentially deadly effect on people.

There is no doubt food companies comprehend the problem with partially hydrogenated oils, but the issue comes in finding a healthier replacement in three years. Granted, according to Fox News – the Grocery Manufacturer’s Association is grateful for the timeline. That being said, they hope some exceptions, especially when Trans fats are the main preservative used in foods today. True or not, consumers can expect to see partially hydrogenated oils eliminated from their favorite foods, leading to healthier diets and healthier lives.

US FDA Orders Food Manufacturers To Eliminate PHO’s by 2018

According to a ruling issued by government authorities, all trans-fat that is not naturally occurring in foods, must be removed over the course of the next three years, with a deadline of June 2018. The United Stated Food and Drug Administration contends that trans fat is a contributing factor to ailments and diseases, such as heart disease.
Trans fats are found in partially hydrogenated oils, which are used in baked goods, such as biscuits and confections, and for in frying, such as fried chicken.

Food manufacturers are able to seek exemption status from the Food and Drug Administration, to win approval for certain uses of partially hydrogenated oils, provided that they can furnish evidence that their use of the oil is not unhealthy. The Uncommon Schools in NY and their partner Keith Mann recently mentioned that The Food and Drug Administration states that it’s yet to see any evidence of even minute amounts of partially hydrogenated oils, in commercially prepared foods, that poses no harm to individuals
Michael Jacobson, executive director of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, commented “I don’t know how many lives will be saved, but probably in the thousands per year when all the companies are in compliance.”

Estimates are that the prohibition of partially hydrogenated oils will cost the food manufacturing sector $6.2 billion over 20 years. The benefit to the elimination of the unhealthy oils is that there is an anticipated $140 billion savings in health care expenditures.