How Toxins Linger in the Environment, & Other News of Note

Environmental Pollutants Lurk Long After They “Disappear” (ScienceDaily)

The health implications of polluting the environment weigh increasingly on our public consciousness, and pharmaceutical wastes continue to be a main culprit. Now a Tel Aviv University researcher says that current testing for these dangerous contaminants isn’t going far enough.

Dr. Dror Avisar, head of the Hydro-Chemistry Laboratory at TAU’s Department of Geography and the Human Environment, says that, when our environment doesn’t test positive for the presence of a specific drug, we assume it’s not there. But through biological or chemical processes such as sun exposure or oxidization, drugs break down, or degrade, into different forms – and could still be lurking in our water or soil.

In his lab, Dr. Avisar is doing extensive testing to determine how drugs degrade and identify the many forms they take in the environment. He has published his findings in Environmental Chemistry and the Journal of Environmental Science and Health…MORE

Vitamin K Improves Cognitive Function (Wellness Resources)

Researchers are now finding that vitamin K1 plays an important role in maintaining the white matter region of the brain, i.e., all the myelin sheathing that protect your axons, connect your glial cells together with axons, and facilitate the speed at which your brain functions. It is not surprising that these fatty tissues in your brain would have a high preference for fat-soluble antioxidants—including vitamin K…MORE

Diverse Food Options Blamed for Rising Obesity (Independent)

Researchers are increasingly backing a theory that blames the variety and sheer abundance of food choices for the obesity epidemic.

In an editorial to be published in the August edition of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers out of the University of Florida suggest that diversity in menus could be promoting excess consumption, especially among those who treat food like an addiction…MORE

Artificially Sweetened & Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Cause Disease (Wellness Resources)

Two new studies add to an overwhelming amount of data that supports the assertion that artificially-sweetened and sugar-sweetened soda beverages cause disease….

A randomized control trial in healthy young men shows that it only takes three weeks of consuming 20 ounces of sugar-sweetened drinks per day to induce adverse changes to cholesterol particle size, degree of inflammation in the blood and level of fasting blood sugar. This is stunning. It shows that these deadly beverages begin deteriorating metabolism in completely healthy people in a very short period of time.

If you think this means you may reach for an artificially-sweetened soda—think again! Researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center have shown that adults ages 65 to 74, who regularly consumed artificially-sweetened beverages, experienced a triple-size ballooning of their guts…MORE

Study: Massage Beats Meds for Lower Back Pain (USA Today)

Massage therapy may be better than medication or exercise for easing low back pain in the short term, a new government-funded study suggests.

Seattle researchers recruited 401 patients, mostly middle-aged, female and white, all of whom had chronic low back pain.

Those who received a series of either relaxation massage or structural massage were better able to work and be active for up to a year than those getting “usual medical care,” which included painkillers, anti-inflammatory drugs, muscle relaxants or physical therapy, the researchers found…MORE

Optimists Might Be Less Likely to Suffer Stroke, Study Suggests (LA Times)

Psychology researchers from the University of Michigan examined data from 6,044 stroke-free adults from the Health and Retirement Study. The adults answered how much they agreed with statements like “In uncertain times, I usually expect the best,” and two years later the researchers tracked which participants had suffered a stroke.

They found the more optimistic the person, the lower the stroke likelihood: On an optimism scale of 3 to 18, each point increase in optimism was associated with an approximate 10% decrease in the likelihood of having a stroke over the next two years…MORE

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