- Coconut oil poison - Decline in US life expectancy - High dose vitamin D - Cancer busting veggies - Insects good for your gut - Swopping bee poisons - Water fluoridation=mass medication - Coercion to vaccinate
Two new studies highlight an increase in death rates in the US. The first published in The BMJ points the finger of blame at the current opioid epidemic, whilst the second cites a broad range of conditions as potential causes across all populations. These are observational studies but taken together, the stark warning they give should not be ignored. These studies give yet more support for the ANH-Intl blueprint for health system sustainability and urgency around the need for authorities to change both their, and our approach, to healthcare.
There’s a very good reason why the ANH-Intl Food4Health guidelines recommend a plant-based diet, which has been underlined by a new mouse study. Researchers found phytochemicals known as indole-3-carbinol (I3C), in vegetables such as cabbage and broccoli (from the cruciferous family) could help prevent colon cancer and maintain a healthy gut by reducing inflammation and protecting the gut wall. Cruciferous vegetables should, however, be lightly steamed or blanched in hot water prior to eating — particularly if you are concerned that your thyroid may be sub-optimal.
Eating insects good for gut health
There are many sources of protein from animal, plant and insect sources. As world populations grow, researchers are turning their attention to insects as a sustainable protein source. Insects are a key part of traditional diets around the world, but western countries are no longer exposed to these food sources. Researchers investigating the safety of insect protein, specifically crickets, concluded in a recent study that consumption of cricket powder caused no gastro-intestinal issues and in fact, supported the health of the gut microbiome. The question now is will people in developed countries accept insect protein as a viable food source?
Swopping one bee toxin for another?
It would appear that bee colonies are still at risk following the EU ban of three pesticides known as neonicotinoids because they kill bees. Researchers are cautioning against replacement pesticide sulfoxaflor as it, “…can have a negative impact on the reproductive output of bumblebee colonies”. The new pesticide does not directly kill the bees but appears to affect their immune system or ability to reproduce. We will continue to support a move away from the current Big Ag/Chem methods to an environmentally sustainable and diversified system that protects and supports not just nature, but all animal life.
Water fluoridation is mass medication
The debate over the safety and efficacy of water fluoridation continues. In a recent ruling the Supreme Court in New Zealand concluded that the fluoridation of water is a compulsory medical treatment rather than “just topping up natural levels”, which is claimed by the NZ Ministry of Health. The ruling stated that, “It involves the provision of a pharmacologically active substance for the purpose of treating those who ingest it for dental decay. We agree with the Courts below that people who live or work in areas where fluoridation occurs have no practical option but to ingest the fluoride added to the water.” Big industry and governments have been complicit in promoting misinformation around mass water fluoridation, especially in light of other effective strategies with less health risk being available to reduce the risk of dental caries. For more information on the issues and potential health risk from the mass fluoridation of water visit our Clean Drinking Water campaign.
Pressure increases on parents to vaccinate
Health authorities around the world have been proposing increasingly aggressive tactics to bring pressure to bear on parents who exercise their right to make an informed choice not to vaccinate their children. Of extreme concern are recent media reports that proposals are being tabled in Turkey in which parents who refuse to vaccinate their children may be jailed for up to 2 years. In Finland in order to increase levels of uptake of the HPV vaccine, parents may no longer be asked for their consent to vaccinate their teenagers. Visit our Vaccine Choice campaign for more information on our right to make informed choices about vaccination.