Saturday, 5 January 2013

Top 6 Reasons Dieters Have An 80 Percent Chance of Failing A Weight Loss Program

Weight loss is one of the top resolutions made every year, yet 80 percent of people do not achieve successful weight-loss and maintenance. Here are the top six reasons dieters don't achieve success.

Despite that fact that two-thirds of Americans say they are on a diet to improve their health, very few are actually decreasing in size. "Dieting is a skill, much like riding a bicycle, and requires practice and good instruction, " says Jessica Bartfield,MD, internal medicine who specializes in nutrition and weight management at the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery & Bariatric Care. "You're going to fall over and feel frustrated, but eventually you will succeed and it will get easier."

Friday, 4 January 2013

Biltong - Jerky and Food Safety
Jerky and Food Safety
When raw meat or poultry is dehydrated at home — either in a warm oven or a food dehydrator — to make jerky which will be stored on the shelf, pathogenic bacteria are likely to survive the dry heat of a warm oven and especially the 130 to 140 °F of a food dehydrator. Included here is the scientific background behind drying food to make it safe and the safest procedure to follow when making homemade jerky.

See also the links to related articles at the end of this page.

What is jerky?
This product is a nutrient-dense meat that has been made lightweight by drying. A pound of meat or poultry weighs about four ounces after being made into jerky. Because most of the moisture is removed, it is shelf stable — can be stored without refrigeration — making it a handy food for backpackers and others who don't have access to refrigerators.

Jerky is a food known at least since ancient Egypt. Humans made jerky from animal meat that was too big to eat all at once, such as bear, buffalo, or whales. North American Indians mixed ground dried meat with dried fruit or suet to make "pemmican." "Biltong" is dried meat or game used in many African countries. Our word "jerky" came from the Spanish word "charque."

Pesticides and Parkinson's: UCLA researchers uncover further proof of a link

Study suggests potential new target in fight against debilitating disease

For several years, neurologists at UCLA have been building a case that a link exists between pesticides and Parkinson's disease. To date, paraquat, maneb and ziram — common chemicals sprayed in California's Central Valley and elsewhere — have been tied to increases in the disease, not only among farmworkers but in individuals who simply lived or worked near fields and likely inhaled drifting particles.

Now, UCLA researchers have discovered a link between Parkinson's and another pesticide, benomyl, whose toxicological effects still linger some 10 years after the chemical was banned by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Even more significantly, the research suggests that the damaging series of events set in motion by benomyl may also occur in people with Parkinson's disease who were never exposed to the pesticide, according to Jeff Bronstein, senior author of the study and a professor of neurology at UCLA, and his colleagues.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Formerly banned sex manual to go under the hammer in Edinburgh

Aristotle's Compleat Master-Piece, which set out ideas on sexual relationships and pregnancy, first appeared around 1680

A copy of Aristotle's Compleat Master-Piece An edition of Aristotle's Compleat Master-Piece from the 1760s is to be auctioned at Lyon & Turnbull in Edinburgh. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

An early manual on sex and pregnancy, which was banned from sale in the UK for more than 200 years will go under the hammer this month.

Aristotle's Compleat Master-Piece first appeared around 1680. It sets out ideas on sexual relationships and how to conceive. It was banned in the mid-18th century and remained a forbidden text until the prohibition was lifted in the 1960s.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Proof: Breast cancer cells can revert to normal without drugs

When a woman has breast cancer, you often hear she is "battling" and "fighting" the disease and that the goal is to kill the malignant cells - by chemicals and radiation - and slice them out of the body with surgery. But there may be another way to rid the body of breast cancer. The key? Help cancerous cells revert back into normal cells.

It's not a totally new idea. After all, as NaturalNews previously covered, a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that some breast cancers are apparently healed naturally by the body. The researchers concluded certain breast malignancies would have likely spontaneously regressed if they had never been discovered on a mammogram and treated.

Now there's evidence from scientists at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory that malignant mammary cells can be guided back into a normal growth pattern without using chemicals or drugs.

Weight loss - The Process of Fat Utilization

The Process of Fat Utilization

As you go about working towards your fat loss goals, it might come in useful to gain an understanding of how body fat is burned as you continually lose weight.

There are three main nutrients that you take in through your diet, proteins which break down into amino acids, carbohydrates which break down into glucose, and then dietary fats, which break down into triglycerides and free fatty acids.

When you're consuming enough energy and macronutrients in your diet, your body will happily use glucose as its primary fuel source as this is the fuel source that it prefers to use.

When not enough glucose is present because you are reducing your carbohydrate intake and therefore don't have this glucose in the blood stream, then the body will begin to turn to the breakdown of fats in order to sustain its energy needs.

Let's have a look at what this breakdown process entails so that you can get a clear idea of what lipolysis is all about.

Science's 20 Most Unbelievable Truths

The number of our cells is actually of 75 000 billion, not 750 billions
"bacterium" is the english plurial for "bacteria"

Raw Cannabis Juice Is a Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Medicine

Raw THCa is Not Psychoactive: It Is a Powerful Anti-Inflammatory Medicine

Raw cannabis: Immune modulating, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-tumour / anti-cancer, pain-relieving, anti-diabetic, antispasmodic, anti-anxiety and so much more.

US Dept of Justice: "In Strict Medical Terms, Marijuana Is Far Safer than Many of the Foods We Consume"

Alexandra Bruce
February 23, 2012

The most important thing to note here is that the powerful anti-inflammatory properties of cannabis are available when it is consumed raw and unheated. Burning or heating cannabis converts THC acid (THCa) into THC, which has psychoactive effects.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

Complementary Medicine Increasingly Popular Across Europe

Surveys conducted in several European countries have shown a high demand for complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), as an increasing number of citizens seek relief for disorders they feel cannot be treated with conventional therapy. As many as half of those surveyed said they used alternative healthcare for their needs. The European Commission estimates that spending on CAM by consumers now tops EUR 100 million. 

There are currently more than 150,000 registered medical doctors with additional CAM certification. But when it comes to advice on CAM, it was found in countries such as Ireland, Israel, Norway, Turkey and the United Kingdom that citizens sought the opinions of their social network of friends and family, rather than professionals, for advice.

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Information sharing through social networks is seen as an important element of CAM use, particularly as a result of citizens’ personal experience, which seems to influence initial and repeated use of alternative medicine. This was the finding from studies in nine European countries. The trend of attitudes to CAM being shaped by personal experience was also observed for biomedical professions and students of such professions.