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Five Things That Will Kill More Americans Than Ebola – commentary

 Five Things That Will Kill More Americans Than Ebola

Media is blowing Ebola out of proportion. First world countries like the U.S. can handle the virus. More immediate concerns are lack of gun control, smoking, Obamacare, coal, and obesity.

The odd hysteria about ebola is being driven more by a media frenzy than the actual public health risks.  Ebola is not the sort of disease that is likely to turn into a pandemic, becoming really wide spread.  It is too hard to contract (it doesn’t spread by infected persons just breathing on others) and kills too many of its victims (diseases don’t survive well if neither do their hosts).  Moreover, countries that are relatively well-governed, with good public health systems are not at high risk from this sort of disease.

Even Senegal and Nigeria in West Africa have dealt with small outbreaks professionally and right now have no ebola cases, in contrast to countries ravaged by years of civil war like Sierra Leone and Liberia (wars, by the way, in which former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi played a major and cynical role). Continue reading

The Secrets of Sugar – The Fifth Estate – CBC News

The Secrets of Sugar – The Fifth Estate – CBC News

Published on Oct 6, 2013 –  We’ve heard about the dangers of eating too much fat or salt. But there has never been a warning about sugar on our food labels – despite emerging research that suggests the sweet stuff is making more of us fat and sick. 

The Political Roots of American Obesity – commentary

The Political Roots of American Obesity

Obesity X-ray via Shutterstock)

Obesity X-ray via Shutterstock)

Saturday, 04 May 2013 -By E. Douglas Kihn, Truthout | Op-Ed

The term obesity is defined as a count of 30 or above on a mathematical scale (called BMI, or Body Mass Index) that combines weight and height measurements of individuals. The term overweight is used to describe the BMI of people who fall in between obese and normal.

Over the past three decades, the obesity rate in America has by all accounts climbed to astronomical proportions. Over a third of Americans are officially overweight and another 35.7 percent are obese, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Conventional experts blame the “wrong food,” bad genes, lack of exercise, chemicals in food, and this or that hormone for the problem.   Continue reading

How the Food Giants Hooked Americans on Junk Food – Michael Moss

Salt Sugar Fat: NY Times Reporter Michael Moss on How the Food Giants Hooked Americans on Junk Food

Published on Mar 1, 2013

http://www.democracynow.org – Food companies have known for decades that salt, sugar and fat are not good for us in the quantities Americans consume them. But every year, people are swayed to ingest about twice the recommended amount of salt and fat — and an estimated 70 pounds of sugar. We speak with New York Times reporter Michael Moss about how in his new book, “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us.”    Continue reading

Medical Seasonings – Africa and the Caribbean – e-book

Subject: Medical Seasonings by Dr Keith Scott

 This 136 pages e-book manuscript makes useful reading for those who are interested in the relationship between food hygiene and physical well-being. It is nicely sectioned so that you can select the section you are interested in, for example herbs and their curative / medical properties, if you don’t want to go through the whole book.
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What is useful is that the author draws comparisons between the types of herbs and foods in Africa and the Caribbean that we were accustomed to using, seasonal change and their effects on health and longevity…that is how they inhibit and prevents the process and progress of disease and illnesses.  It also explains some inadequacies in the theories relating to obesity.  Click link below:         Continue reading

What is the single best thing we can do for our health? -video

What is the single best thing we can do for our health – video

A Doctor-Professor answers the old question “What is the single best thing we can do for our health” in a completely new way.
Dr. Mike Evans is founder of the Health Design Lab at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, and a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Canada.         (view video below)

Follow Dr. Mike on Twitter @docmikeevans   – Facebook/docmikeevans

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