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Month: January 2019

Botanicals

Kratom: It’s legal, unregulated and has contributed to 2 Grand County deaths

From the explosion of morphine addiction in the post-Civil War era, through Prohibition and into the modern War on Drugs, American citizens have seen the impacts of addiction and the unintended consequences of efforts to eradicate it. Over the past several decades, the substances that have produced these problems have become familiar to most people. Words like meth, crack and oxy, all forms of slang, typically need no explanation. But in recent years, a relatively unfamiliar substance, called kratom, has begun making inroads into the United States. Kratom is a substance derived from Mitragyna speciosa, a tropical evergreen tree that is native to Southeast Asia. Much of the kratom sold in the United States is grown and harvested from Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, where the substa...
Note to Parents: Most ‘Home Remedies’ for Children’s Colds Don’t Work
Remedies

Note to Parents: Most ‘Home Remedies’ for Children’s Colds Don’t Work

Vitamin C tablets or regular hand-washing? And is echinacea a better cold treatment than a tall glass of water? Your answer matters. More than half of parents may be using non-evidence–based methods of helping prevent or treat their children’s colds, a new survey from the University of Michigan suggests. Those methods included vitamin C supplements, echinacea, supplements marketed as “immune system boosters,” and zinc, among others, according to the C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital National Poll on Children’s Health shows. What Parents Are Doing Right Colds are viruses, so the main way to prevent them is to prevent kids from coming into direct contact with the virus. That means staying away from mucus droplets spread through the air from someone coughing or sneezing, or f...
Plant-Focused Diet Won’t Save The Planet
Diet

Plant-Focused Diet Won’t Save The Planet

Richard Vernon says population reduction would do more for the planet than a change of diet, Stuart Roberts and John Davies extol the benefits of British farming, Dr. Michael Antoniou calls for balanced scientific information and Paul Faupel on meeting his dietary needs with chocolate-enrobed brazil nuts. Damian Carrington gives us a fine review of the “planetary health diet” in his article (New plant-focused diet would ‘transform’ planet’s future, say, scientists, theguardian.com, 16 January). It’s clear that this diet offers both better health than the current norm of a high-meat diet and a more environmental food production system with its emphasis on plant rather than animal production. However, I doubt the validity of some claims in the report. Moreover, population reduction sho...
Plant-Focused Diet Won’t Save The Planet
Diet

Plant-Focused Diet Won’t Save The Planet

Richard Vernon says population reduction would do more for the planet than a change of diet, Stuart Roberts and John Davies extol the benefits of British farming, Dr. Michael Antoniou calls for balanced scientific information and Paul Faupel on meeting his dietary needs with chocolate-enrobed brazil nuts. Damian Carrington gives us a fine review of the “planetary health diet” in his article (New plant-focused diet would ‘transform’ planet’s future, say, scientists, theguardian.com, 16 January). It’s clear that this diet offers both better health than the current norm of a high-meat diet and a more environmental food production system with its emphasis on plant rather than animal production. However, I doubt the validity of some claims in the report. Moreover, population reduction sho...
Opposed to G.M.O.s? How Much Do You Know About Them?
Genetically Modified Foods

Opposed to G.M.O.s? How Much Do You Know About Them?

Most scientists agree that genetically modified organisms, or G.M.O.s, are safe to eat. But a new study suggests that the people who are most extremely opposed to them know the least about them. Researchers surveyed 501 randomly selected adults, testing their knowledge of G.M.O.s with a series of true/false questions — for example, the cloning of living things produces genetically identical copies (true), or it is not possible to transfer animal genes into plants (false). The study, in Nature Human Behaviour, also tested how strongly the participants opposed G.M.O.s by measuring on a seven-point scale the desire to regulate them, the willingness to eat them, and the inclination to actively oppose them by participating in protests or donating to anti-G.M.O. organizations. “This sho...
Home Remedies To Ease A Hangover
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Home Remedies To Ease A Hangover

A hangover can leave someone with fatigue, nausea, and muscle aches. People swear by certain hangover cures, but do home remedies really help? Home hangover cures aim to treat these symptoms. There is no specific food, drink, or magic pill to cure a hangover, though certain remedies can ease the symptoms in some people. 1. Medication 2. Drinking plenty of water 3. Eating breakfast 4. Antioxidants 5. Drinking coffee or tea Some people may even have a genetic disposition for worse hangovers than others. Scientists have to rely on people's self-reported hangover symptoms, which may vary between people and depend on day-to-day factors, and these are very difficult to control scientifically. The lack of research has left room for a wide range of myths to develop the best ways...
The 5 Pillars Of A Healthy Diet And The 5 Worst Fads
Diet

The 5 Pillars Of A Healthy Diet And The 5 Worst Fads

Some 80pc of resolutions fail by February and just 8pc of people are thought to achieve their New Year's resolutions, studies have found. A common goal is losing weight. So why do so many people find this resolution so challenging? Well, one of the reasons is setting out on an unsustainable path. If it's not something you can continue to do, you're setting yourself up to fail. The following are particularly hazardous to health. 1. Juice Diets Juice diets are incomplete diets. They provide carbohydrate in the form of sugar with very little vitamins and minerals as well as no fat or protein. Considering this blatant fact, juice diets are not a long-term solution. 2. Weight-loss pills Weight-loss pills can be very unsafe. Every year there are people admitted to hospitals aft...
Are Genetically Modified Foods(GMOs) Safe?
Genetically Modified Foods

Are Genetically Modified Foods(GMOs) Safe?

Recently, in the news media, there have been various reports about the introduction of certain Genetically Modified, GM, crops, and seeds into the country. The technology is often called “modern biotechnology” or “gene technology”, sometimes also “recombinant DNA technology” or “genetic engineering.” It allows selected individual genes to be transferred from one organism into another, also between non-related species. Foods produced from or using GM organisms are often referred to as GM foods. Why are GMOs (including foods, seeds, crops, etc) produced? GM foods are developed – and marketed – because there is some perceived advantage either to the producer or consumer of these foods. What are the potential dangers of GMOs? According to an April 22, 2000 issue of Awake! Magazine: “B...
Are Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs) Safe?
Genetically Modified Foods

Are Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs) Safe?

Recently, in the news media, there have been various reports about the introduction of certain Genetically Modified, GM, crops, and seeds into the country. Examples of such include: the release of genetically modified cowpeas to farmers in the country; the release of two transgenic cotton hybrid varieties into the Nigerian Seed Market; the granting of permits by the Federal Government for confined field trials on genetically modified maize, rice, cassava, sorghum and cowpea to ascertain ability to resist insect attack; etc. All these despite growing opposition by a coalition of Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, against the introduction of Genetically Modified Organisms, GMOs, in the country. GMOs, according to the World Health Organisation, WHO, are organisms (i.e. plants, animals or m...
AIDP Exclusive Distributor in North America for Natural Remedies
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AIDP Exclusive Distributor in North America for Natural Remedies

City of Industry, CA—Natural Remedies announced in a press release that AIDP is now its exclusive distributor in North America for Natural Remedies’ entire product portfolio. Natural Remedies specializes in scientifically based botanical extracts and Ayurvedic products, including Turmacin, Gutgard, AP-Bio, Ocibest, and Bacopa-E. Anurag Agarwal, the CEO and managing director of Natural Remedies, said in the release, “Staying true to our core value of ‘Being Useful,’ we see this strategic alliance with AIDP as an important step to further enhance our presence in North America, thereby benefiting a larger population of consumers to experience the uniqueness of our products for their overall health and wellness.” Mark Thurston, president of AIDP, added, “We have been searching for a lon...