Infant vit B1 deficiency; antibiotics and cancer risk; new vaccine adjuvant; fasting to promote fat-burning; Fasting possible protection against chemo damage; Glyphosate contamination rife; EU pesticide approvals despite dangers
Infant vitamin B1 deficiency leads to poor motor function and balance
A new study has looked at the long-term impact of vitamin B1 deficiency in young children. Researchers looked at a group of 39 children aged 5-6 years of age who had been fed with formula that lacked vitamin B1 as infants and compared their motor function with 30 children without the deficiency. Particularly noticeable were the differences in balance-control and fine motor skills, which the children fed the faulty formula exhibited at a high rate. Vitamin B1 (thiamine) is a water soluble vitamin which is not stored in the body for very long, therefore it must be regularly consumed in the diet. It is needed for many different functions in the body e.g. the nervous system, heart and muscle function. Fortunately, thiamine is found in a wide range of foods (e.g. fish, meat, nuts, legumes and veg) so is relatively easy to obtain in a healthy diet such as that recommended in the ANH-Intl Food4Health guidelines.
ANH-Intl has long promoted the benefits of fasting. Over-reliance on carbohydrates, to the detriment of fat, creates a barrier to the evolutionary-norm of burning fats as fuel. The body ‘switches’ to burning sugars when there is a surplus of dietary carbs. Now scientists from the University of Bath have shown that exercising on an empty stomach is better for your health. The study, published in the American Journal of Physiology, Endocrinology and Metabolism, looked at a group of 10 overweight men, and assessed the effect of exercising in a fasted state or after eating on their ability to burn fat. Where they exercised after eating, participants were fed 2 hours prior to exercise. In order to examine metabolic changes blood samples were collected at regular intervals along with samples of fat tissue at baseline and one hour following exercise. The results showed that exercising after eating reduced the body’s ability to burn fat, but exercising in a fasted state promoted fat burning. For a more detailed look at how exercising in a fasted state can be of benefit read ‘Enhance metabolic flexibility and burn more fat’ on the ANH-Intl website
The shocking results of a recent study confirm that glyphosate, “a probable human carcinogen”, according to the WHO, had contaminated 100% of the samples analysed. Across a diverse selection of applicants, French awareness organisation, Générations Futures, tested the urine of 30 human subjects to assess the extent to which the controversial herbicide has infiltrated European drinking water. With all subjects displaying high presence of the chemical, all but one of the samples contained way over the maximum allowable pesticide concentration in water (0.1 ng/ml) – from the single lowest at 0.09 ng/ml to a dangerously high 2.89. With a proposal for extending its use in European agriculture back on the table, it is imperative that action is taken to block future use of this damaging agent in the EU.
European Commission approves pesticides without considering risks
Despite the public exposure in 2016 of the violation of the precautionary principle, the Directorate General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) has once again been found - in 20 out of 22 cases – to have been approving pesticides with serious data gaps and high risks into the European market. Even with a direct order for a change in practice, 14 out of 14 cases (100%) categorically showed disobedience to new regulation measures and a continued illegal practice of allowing pesticides onto the market that have been proven to be high risk to the environment. Yet more evidence of the revolving doors in Europe between corporates and regulators?