Pharmacy board delays decision on Kratom

That legislation protects consumers and provides an appropriate regulatory framework to ban adulterated and mislabeled kratom products that are responsible for the deaths and adverse health impacts …

That legislation protects consumers and provides an appropriate regulatory framework to ban adulterated and mislabeled kratom products that are responsible for the deaths and adverse health impacts …

Cannabis stocks sink with broader market as latest bad news from CannTrust weighs

Cannabis stocks were mostly lower Friday, tracking losses in the broader market amid renewed worry about trade tensions with China with the latest bad news from troubled Canadian … investigate the …

Cannabis stocks were mostly lower Friday, tracking losses in the broader market amid renewed worry about trade tensions with China with the latest bad news from troubled Canadian … investigate the …

Can ‘Hormone Diets’ Help You Lose Weight Fast?

Search for “hormone diet” and there are more than 30 recent diet books on the topic. The authors allege that the reason people over 35 struggle to lose weight doesn’t have to do with eating too much or not exercising enough. They say it’s your hormones working against you.

According to these books, you can “trick your metabolism” and “feed your thyroid”. They claim that all you need to do is eat the right foods and take the right supplements, and you’ll unlock the secret to lasting weight loss.

But is there any evidence these diets work?

The 20/30 Fast Track Hormone Weight Loss Plan isn’t a book; it’s a pricey program. It’s sold at weight-loss centers across the United States and Canada and is led by “wellness experts” who take the company’s private training but have no other credentials.

This program claims to promote rapid weight loss – 20 pounds (9kg) in 30 days – by affecting seven different hormones that make it “impossible for you to lose weight”, such as insulin, which moves sugar from your blood into your cells; cortisol, the “stress hormone”; sex hormones such as testosterone and estrogen; and thyroid hormones.

The diet bans the usual suspects: sugar and sweetened foods and beverages, along with all grains, potatoes, and sweet potatoes, beans and lentils, milk, and most fruit. This program also requires the purchase of “homeopathic drops” that come with no evidence supporting their efficacy or safety.

Why is the hormone story such a complicated one? Hormones are chemical messengers that coordinate or control processes throughout your body. There are at least 60 different hormones in humans, and we’re only beginning to understand how what we eat affects them.

Suneil Koliwad is an associate professor of endocrinology in the University of California at San Francisco Diabetes Center. “It’s premature at this point to think anyone knows exactly what components of the diet are needed to manipulate a variety of hormones across the board in specific ways,” he says. “Those studies haven’t been done yet.”

So diets that claim to help you “hack your hormones” for weight loss don’t have the evidence to back it up.

Plus, a healthy rate of weight loss, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is one to two pounds per week, which would be four to eight pounds per month. Diets that promise faster weight loss aren’t promoting healthy, sustainable changes and often lead to weight regain. Also, yo-yo dieting is hard on your heart – and self-esteem.

Continue reading at Financial Review

Boogie time: Thai minister loosens up for cannabis presentation

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s public health minister and his top bureaucrats danced along to pop tunes ahead of a news conference called to present the first batch of cannabis oil produced by a state …

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Thailand’s public health minister and his top bureaucrats danced along to pop tunes ahead of a news conference called to present the first batch of cannabis oil produced by a state …

What is kratom? Users praise its pain-relieving ability, but Louisiana officials look to ban it

A bill set to criminalize kratom in Louisiana was passed several weeks ago. The legislation, prompted by a Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) report and pushed through by state Rep. Chris Turner, …

A bill set to criminalize kratom in Louisiana was passed several weeks ago. The legislation, prompted by a Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) report and pushed through by state Rep. Chris Turner, …

Aphria rockets 38% after surprise profit to pull cannabis stocks higher

Earlier Friday, Bloomberg News reported that Aphria Inc. Chief Executive said his company was eyeing the bloodied bits of the company and investors on social media also said Supreme Cannabis Co. and …

Earlier Friday, Bloomberg News reported that Aphria Inc. Chief Executive said his company was eyeing the bloodied bits of the company and investors on social media also said Supreme Cannabis Co. and …

Cannabis M&A Spree Continues with Supreme’s Merger with Blissco — CFN Media

It also submitted a license amendment to Health Canada to allow … people profiting from the worldwide cannabis industry. Viewers will see breaking news, exclusive content and original …

It also submitted a license amendment to Health Canada to allow … people profiting from the worldwide cannabis industry. Viewers will see breaking news, exclusive content and original …

Officials warning public about dangers of kratom

In the North Platte area, there are no specific statistics of use available, but the dangers are serious, West Central District Health Department Executive Director Shannon Vanderheiden said. “It is …

In the North Platte area, there are no specific statistics of use available, but the dangers are serious, West Central District Health Department Executive Director Shannon Vanderheiden said. “It is …

Are You Scared of GMO Foods?

Scientists can do some amazing things with genes, from saving papayas from extinction to making apples last longer before turning brown, to creating variants of crops that reduce pesticide use. Some of these things may sound too good to be true and I understand if you’re skeptical. How does this work? Is it safe? How do we know it’s safe? What are the side effects? If you’re asking these questions, you’re like many Americans who question the idea of genetically modified organisms.

Genetic modification has come a long way since ancient farmers first tinkered with the genes of the teosinte plant to develop the corn we have today. Yes, you read that correctly: genetic modification has been around since many centuries before we even knew genes existed. Although there are many techniques, they all achieve the same purpose. A genetically modified (GM) organism is an organism that has had its genetic code—elements of its DNA—changed or modified in some way so that it displays a desirable characteristic.

These types of concerns are natural, but understanding the facts behind GMOs (genetically modified organisms) requires a certain level of scientific knowledge that, unfortunately, many Americans lack. In fact, recent studies place America at around the middle of the pack when it comes to an understanding of science—just 24th out of 71 countries. And this lack of knowledge is likely to influence the decisions people make about what to eat.

In fact, knowledge is the best predictor of one’s attitudes about GM foods. Some research has even shown that those who think they know the most about GM foods actually know less and have the most negative beliefs. This means that people who dislike GM foods do so because they don’t know what GM foods are and how they are created.

In fact, knowledge is the best predictor of one’s attitudes about GM foods. Some research has even shown that those who think they know the most about GM foods actually know less and have the most negative beliefs. This means that people who dislike GM foods do so because they don’t know what GM foods are and how they are created.

It’s not really their fault, as the underlying science involves complex questions. How do we know what a certain set of genes does? How would we even go about changing those genes? What are the safeguards and testing procedures involved?

In a recent study, my colleagues and I found that we can change people’s attitudes about GM foods by teaching them the basic science behind it. But we took a different approach than you might expect. First, we avoided any claims that GM foods were safe or unsafe, good or bad. Instead, we focused simply on providing basic scientific information about them in an accessible way and gave people the opportunity to reflect on their beliefs and questions. We asked them to come to their own decisions about the issue and, at the end of the study, people were more positive toward GM foods overall.

Genetic modification is being applied to many types of organisms—mostly crop plants. The goal in developing these crops is often to change some characteristic so that they’re easier to grow, hardier, or able to thrive in places where they normally wouldn’t. For example, some GM crops require less pesticide than unmodified corps or are more resistant to diseases. Some GMOs, such as “golden rice,” modify plants so that they have greater nutritional value.

Read the full article at Scientific American

Popular, legal, accessible: Kratom still a bit mysterious

Despite being incredibly accessible and popular, questions concerning public health, regulation and potential … abuse and dependence,” said the FDA in an April news release. “There are no …

Despite being incredibly accessible and popular, questions concerning public health, regulation and potential … abuse and dependence,” said the FDA in an April news release. “There are no …