Posts Tagged Obesity

GMO-Fed Hamsters Become Infertile, Have Stunted Growth

via: NaturalSociety
by: Lisa Garber
August 7, 2012

Yet another study has concluded that feeding animals GMOs results in higher rates of infant mortality and causes fertility problems. Russian biologist Alexey V. Surov and other researchers fed Campbell hamsters (which have fast reproduction rates) Monsanto GM soy for two years. It should be noted that hamsters do not evolutionarily eat soy—just as cows fed Monsanto corn are actually ruminants and would not naturally eat corn.

“Originally, everything went smoothly,” Surov told broadcasting service The Voice of Russia.  Surov and the researchers fed the same diet to three generations of the hamsters, and that’s when they noticed things going awry.

GMO Causes Fertility Problems, Slow Growth, Hair Growth in Mouths

“We noticed quite a serious effect when we selected new pairs from their cubs and continued to feed them as before. These pairs’ growth rate was slower and reached their sexual maturity slowly.” By the third generation, the hamsters were infertile.

Many animals on the GM diet even displayed rare, strange pathologies like hair growing in recessed pouches inside their mouths. “Some of these pouches contained single hairs,” said Surov in Doklady Biological Sciences, “others, thick bundles of colorless or pigmented hairs reaching as high as the chewing surface of the teeth. Sometimes, the tooth row was surrounded with a regular brush of hair bundles on both sides.  The hairs grew vertically and had sharp ends, often covered with lumps of mucous.” Surov and other authors concluded that because rates of hairy mouths occurred more frequently in third-generation GM-fed animals, the condition may have resulted of the GM feed. Surov says contaminants and herbicide residue (like Roundup) could be to blame as well.

Other Victims of GMOs

Other than fertility problems, the GMO phenomenon has been noticed elsewhere—even in our own United States. Farmers using GM feed have reported infertile pigs and cows. Other incidents involving GMOs include:

  • Austrian researchers reporting 4th generation “Frankencorn”-fed mice totally infertile.
  • Thousands of dead sheep, buffalo, and goats in India after grazing on GM cottonseed.
  • Offspring of mother rats fed GM soy dead within three weeks and recorded smaller sizes.
  • Cooked GM soy with up to 7 times the amount of a soy allergen.
  • Organ lesions, altered liver and pancreas cells, and changed enzyme levels.
  • Excessive cell growth in the stomach lining of GM-potato-fed rats, potentially leading to cancer.

Overall, GM sounds like a sweet deal only for Monsanto (and our own FDA and USDA, repeatedly found in bed with them). It remains a bad deal for us, the consumers.

Additional Sources:

Institute for Responsible Biotechnology

NaturalNews

Huffington Post

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Curcumin Naturally Fights Cancer, Heart Disease, Alzheimer`s Disease and Obesity

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011
By: John Phillip

[NaturalNews] Curcumin is one of a small number of super nutrients which has the demonstrated ability to dramatically lower the risk from cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer`s disease and has been shown to influence the storage of body fat by altering fat metabolism. Curcumin is a natural polyphenol which is extracted from curry powder and has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. You can experience a multitude of health benefits by eating the spice in its natural form or by supplementing with a concentrated extract of active curcuminoids.

Curcumin in the Fight against Cancer
Curcumin has been shown to be a powerful tool in the fight against cancer as it helps to restore immune system function which begins to weaken in many people as a result of decades of poor diet and environmental factors. Curcumin works to bolster immune function by restoring the function of key immune cells known as CD4 and CD8 T cells. According to a study published in The Journal of Biological Chemistry, curcumin increases the production of proteins which are needed for immune cell proliferation while reducing the development of proteins which destroy immune cells.

Curcumin Prevents Clogged Arteries While Lowering Heart Attack Risk
Curcumin influences the formation of dangerous coronary artery plaque by lowering levels of systemic inflammation which are known to cause the foamy substance to become unstable and rupture leading to a heart attack. This super nutrient regulates the action of our genes to inhibit the release of chemical messengers through the body in response to stress, poor diet and our environment. The result of a study released in The Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine indicates that curcumin prevents platelet coagulation which can result in a life threatening blood clot.

Curcumin Shown to Prevent Alzheimer`s Disease
Researchers have noted that the incidence of Alzheimer`s disease among the elderly Indian population where curry is regularly eaten with most meals is significantly lower than their western counterparts. Curcumin exhibits strong antioxidant properties and is known to cross the crucial blood-brain barrier, where it acts to limit the accumulation of damaging plaque; it also reduces the neuronal response to existing plaque tangles. By inhibiting amyloid plaque formation at the synapse where electrical impulses connect different parts of the brain, memory is preserved and symptoms of this devastating disease are minimized or eliminated.

Curcumin Assists Weight Management Goals
Curcumin helps to prevent obesity and assists natural weight loss due to its ability to inhibit the formation of new blood vessels which are required to form new baby fat cells. This polyphenol also influences how the body regulates triglycerides (blood fats) which are then stored as body fat or burned as a source of energy. A study published in The Journal of Nutrition details how curcumin prevents excessive accumulation of triglycerides in the blood and shifts our metabolism away from fat storage. The study authors conclude that curcumin `may have a potential benefit in preventing obesity.`

Very few natural nutrients exhibit such a wide array of health benefits as curcumin. Extensive research confirms the powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects which provide protection against many of today`s most devastating illnesses. Whether you choose to add curry to your diet or supplement with a concentrated form of this amazing spice, you can be assured of lowered disease risk and improved quality of life.

Article References:
http://www.jbc.org/content/282/22/15954.abstract?cited-by=yes&legid=j…
http://journals.lww.com/jcardiovascularmedicine/Abstract/2010/01000/A…
http://jn.nutrition.org/cgi/content/abstract/139/5/919?maxtoshow=&hit…

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Obesity Surpasses Smoking in Terms of Ill Health Effects

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by: Dr. Mercola
August 3, 2012

This may come as a surprise to some, but data collected from over 60,000 Canadians show that obesity leads to more doctor visits than smoking.

The idea that being overweight can be worse for your health than smoking is likely to make many balk, considering how “normal” it has become to carry around extra pounds, but in terms of overall health effects and subsequent health care costs, it’s likely true.

The study estimates that if obesity were not a factor, doctor visits in Canada would decrease by 10 percent. The decrease would be even greater if you take into account problems related to type 2 diabetes, which is also directly related to obesity and poor diet.

With the obesity epidemic putting pressure on health care systems everywhere, this news may trigger financial penalties or incentives to get people to lose weight, according to Medical News Today [1].

“Just as smokers have higher life insurance premiums, people who are obese could also be made to pay more for health insurance. The complication is that obesity tends to be more prevalent among people with low income, making this solution difficult to implement,” Medical News Today said.

… “The fact that obesity is more serious than smoking helps people understand the gravity of the problem because they already have some kind of intuitive understanding of how bad smoking is,” says [lead researcher, James] McIntosh.

Excess Weight is a Gateway to Chronic Disease

Canadian and American obesity statistics are neck-to-neck, with about one-quarter to one third of adults in the obese category. A staggering two-thirds of Americans are overweight. This does indeed place a heavy burden on the health care system. It’s important to realize that a large number of diseases are directly attributable to obesity

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Low vitamin D coupled with obesity dramatically raises diabetes risk

via: NaturalNews
Friday, August 03, 2012
By: John Phillip

[NaturalNews] It is no surprise to most people that the current obesity epidemic is placing millions of unsuspecting individuals at grave risk of early death, in part by dramatically increasing the incidence of diabetes. Excess body weight damages metabolic balance, allowing wildly fluctuating blood glucose and insulin levels to inflict significant damage to most organ systems. Diabetes affects 25.6 million adults and is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.

Researchers from the Drexel University School of Public Health have published the result of a study in the journal Diabetes Care that demonstrates the combination of obesity and vitamin D deficiency may put people at even greater risk of insulin resistance than either factor alone. Lead study author, Dr. Shaum Kabadi explained“Vitamin D insufficiency and obesity are individual risk factors for insulin resistance and diabetes… our results suggest that the combination of these two factors increases the odds of insulin resistance to an even greater degree than would have been expected based on their individual contributions.”

Low vitamin D levels dramatically increase the risk from viral infection and chronic illness

To perform this study, researchers analyzed data on serum vitamin D levels and indicators of insulin resistance and diabetes from 5,806 respondents to a major national health survey, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Based on the premise that vitamin D is stored in adipose fat tissue and more difficult for the body to access, the scientists wanted to determine if people who are already overweight are more likely to have low levels of serum vitamin D and increased risk of chronic disease.

Numerous studies over the past decade have highlighted the critical importance of maintaining optimal levels of circulating vitamin D (50 to 70ng/mL using the 25(OH)D blood test). Vitamin D deficiency is associated with many chronic health conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and stroke, depression and dementia. This study found that obese individuals with healthy levels of vitamin D had insulin resistance almost 20 times more often than the overall population. In obese individuals whose serum vitamin D was low, insulin resistance was nearly 32 times more common than the average.

The authors indicated that further research is necessary to determine whether obesity itself causes a low vitamin D level or if it’s the other way around. They concluded “Within a cross-sectional, nationally representative sample, abdominal obesity and insufficient 25(OH)D interact to synergistically influence the risk of insulin resistance.” Regardless of causality, health-minded individuals will want to supplement with an oil-based form of vitamin D3 (3000 to 5000 IU per day), and check blood levels regularly to lower the devastating risk of insulin resistance and diabetes.

Sources for this article include:

http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/early/2012/06/25/dc12-0235
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/07/120717162738.htm
http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-07/du-opl071712.php

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Oil from Wild Almond Trees Shown to Combat Diabetes and Obesity

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by: Kelsey Coy
July 29, 2012

Researchers from the Missouri University of Science and Technology have found a promising new weapon in the fight against obesity and type II diabetes. Sterculic oil, an extract from the seeds of Sterculia foetida, also known as the ‘wild almond tree,’ may help combat belly fat and insulin resistance by re-sensitizing insulin receptors.

Sterculia Foetida and the Prevention of Diabetes

Type II diabetes, where in cells stop responding to insulin and therefore fail to store glucose and regulate blood sugar appropriately, accounts for 90- 95% of all cases of diabetes, and affects 25.8 million people, 8.3 percent of the U.S. population. It is a major cause of heart disease and stroke and the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. The amount of children with diabetes or pre-diabetes have increased dramatically in the past decade, and while, as the article cited indicates, it is not necessary to be overweight to develop insulin resistance, next to age, obesity is considered the largest risk factor for the development of diabetes.

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CDC calls for more government intervention to battle ‘chronic disease,’ obesity

via: NaturalNews
Monday, July 30, 2012
By: Melissa Melton

[NaturalNews] So far, 2012 has offered vast federal nanny state expansion at the American dinner table. From officials inspecting home-prepared school lunches to the war on raw milk, our government is determined to tell America what we can and cannot eat. Now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is openly demanding policy interventions to fight the “chronic disease,” obesity.

In the latest issue of the CDC’s Preventing Chronic Disease, “An Evaluation Framework for Obesity Prevention Policy Interventions” calls for “interventions that extend beyond individual behaviors” to combat obesity. Some methods involve “the need for policy action to create healthier environments” and implementation that “may include activity at multiple levels of the executive branch of government.” The article reinforces the idea that we, as mere individuals, cannot make healthy lifestyle changes, so we need the government to do it for us.

Poisoning People for Profit

There is no doubt food directly impacts health. However, the CDC’s new framework fails to consider (or even mention) several proven obesity contributors.

Many American-grown crops are now genetically engineered, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) comprise 70 percent of most American grocery store fare. Studies continue to highlight GMO consumption’s ill effects on major animal organ systems and processes. Monsanto’s Roundup Ready crops have been altered to withstand the popular Monsanto herbicide glyphosate. Aside from significantly depleting food mineral content, glyphosate residue also kills healthy digestive system bacteria. Research has linked poor gut health to obesity. In addition, despite polls showing most Americans want GMOs labeled, federal regulatory officials continue to stonewall it. Seemingly ignoring public concern, President Obama appointed ex-Monsanto VP Michael Taylor as senior adviser for the Food and Drug Administration in 2009.

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Sugar, Inflammation and Longevity

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Monday, July 23, 2012
By: Angelo Druda

[NaturalNews] Ancient Roman and Indian doctors used sugar topically to treat infections and internally to sweeten less palatable medicines. It was, however, fairly unknown in the common marketplace. The tropical conditions required to grow sugar and the labor intensive difficulty of harvesting the plant ensured the rarity of it’s sweetness. But slavery ended all of that.

Sugar finally made its way into Europe in the sixteen hundreds, and it set off a demand that rivals in madness the modern cravings for cocaine and heroin. The dramatic expansion and institutionalization of the African slave trade was in direct response to the demand for sugar and was ignored and tolerated by the ever growing numbers of European sugar addicts. Today sugar is everywhere in our lives, even though it is not a true nutrient or necessary for human life.

The sweetness of sugar directly affects the stomach, spleen and pancreas. Sugar burns hot in the gut which is exactly what we like about it. It sets off a fire in the belly and lifts our energy for a time. The digestive system is naturally nourished and boosted by sweetness. It is however, the natural and grounded sweetness found in fruits, vegetables, grains and herbs that regenerates the stomach, spleen and pancreas and not the concentrated and fiery excess that sucrose provides. So there is a price to be paid for the sugary treat.

We learn as infants that the simplest way to make ourselves feel better is by putting something consoling in our mouths. This early response becomes something we can all resort to over the course of our lives. In the modern world the food choices are endless and the corporate purveyors of junk food stand ready to sell us their remedies for the boredom, doubt and discomfort that we feel in the midst of our lives.

Excess sugar in the blood stream causes the pancreas to excrete excess insulin. Regular ingestion of sugar causes the body to become resistant to insulin’s sugar clearing effects. Since insulin promotes the storage of fats, weight gain quickly ensues. With little more than a teaspoon of sugar a day, inflammation levels begin to significantly increase. Elevated levels of inflammation dramatically accelerate degeneration in the body and can lead to a host of cell damaging diseases, that greatly reduces longevity.

In 2008 it was determined that over one third of American children and adolescents were overweight or obese. Those numbers have only increased. Modern research demonstrates that even short term obesity dramatically effects the present and future health of the person. In addition to this insulin resistant weight gain we see increasing blood pressure and circulatory degeneration, elevated levels of cell damaging inflammation, and a probable increase in risk for cancer. All this for our children today.

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