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The obesity era

The obesity era
Years ago, after a plane trip spent reading Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Notes from the Underground and Weight Watchers magazine, Woody Allen melded the two experiences into a single essay. ‘I am fat,’ it began. ‘I am disgustingly fat. I am the fattest human I know. I have nothing but excess poundage all over my body. My fingers are fat. That, as we used to say during my Californian adolescence, was then. And so the authorities tell us, ever more loudly, that we are fat — disgustingly, world-threateningly fat. Moral panic about the depravity of the heavy has seeped into many aspects of life, confusing even the erudite. Several governments now sponsor jauntily named pro-exercise programmes such as Let’s Move! Hand-in-glove with the authorities that promote self-scrutiny are the businesses that sell it, in the form of weight-loss foods, medicines, services, surgeries and new technologies. Higher levels of female obesity correlated with higher levels of gender inequality in each nation Biology

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Marijuana tied to better blood sugar control By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who had used marijuana in the past month had smaller waists and lower levels of insulin resistance - a diabetes precursor - than those who never tried the drug, in a new study. The findings, based on surveys and blood tests of about 4,700 U.S. adults, aren't enough to prove marijuana keeps users thin or wards off disease. And among current pot smokers, higher amounts of marijuana use weren't linked to any added health benefits, researchers reported in The American Journal of Medicine . "These are preliminary findings," said Dr.

Natural Oncology Natural Allopathic Medicine is introducing to the world an aggressive nontoxic method of winning the war against cancer, offering new tactics and combining them with some very successful old ones. The exciting part of this method is that it is easy to learn and practice at home. Anyone can start implementing it even while being treated by other approaches. The Surviving Cancer Compendium contains a turnkey cancer treatment program that can be implemented by any patient, practitioner, clinic, spa or hospital. The Frenemy., Pictures of Girls Eating  At first look, these... Pictures of Girls Eating At first look, these photos are exactly what the title says they are- a whole bunch of pictures of a whole bunch of ladies munchin’ on some food. However, what I really want you to do with this shitty ‘done on Microsoft Word because I can’t afford Photoshop’ collage is to take note of a very specific thing. That thing, of course, is happiness. These pictures are all happy. There’s a lot of smiling and mayo mouths and jam hands and rosy beer cheeks.

Genetic diet to fight obesity NOVOSIBIRSK, November 26 (Itar-Tass) - Scientists in Russia’s Siberian city of Novosibirsk say they have discovered a new way to fight overweight - a diet compliant with a person’s genetic type, the Siberian branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) says in a report. The Institute of Chemical Biology and Fundamental Medicine says the patient has to be examined just once in a lifetime, as genes do not change with years. A specialist analyses the blood sample for nine genetic markers, each of them pointing to the reason for excessive weight. The best effect is possible in testing children, for this allows to shape the right food behavior from the very start. The scientists have found that some people need intensive physical exercise to maintain the optimal weight, whereas for others it would suffice to refrain from one or two types of products, for instance, coffee, beer or dates.

Methylation Problems Lead to 100s of Diseases Dear Suzy,I met you at a book-signing for you book, “Thyroid Healthy” and you said something that stuck. You told me that if I have allergies, fatigue and multiple chemical sensitivities that I may have a “methylation” difficulty. You also told me not to take Green Coffee Bean extract. Can you please tell me more? –S.J., Vail, Colorado The Best Thing You'll See All Day: Local News Anchor Has On-Air Message for Viewer Who Called Her Fat I have seen DOZENS of posts like this on Jezebel and bit my tongue. I am SICK of this kind of support. I agree that we should be NICE and respectful to each other, and yes overweight people absolutely do deserve that respect, and guess what? The news anchor was not disrespected, the email that she has gotten (although unwelcome) was rather polite. Yes, bullying is a problem, but I feel like these days any type of criticism is being labeled as "bullying." "Mind your own business" you say?

Average Obese Woman Gets Just 1 Hour of Exercise a Year: Study Obese men don't do much better, breaking a sweat only 3.6 hours annually, researchers say Why do I need to register or sign in for WebMD to save? We will provide you with a dropdown of all your saved articles when you are registered and signed in. WebMD News from HealthDay By Randy Dotinga New Research Discovers That Depression Is An Allergic Reaction To Inflammation New research is revealing that many cases of depression are caused by an allergic reaction to inflammation. Tim de Chant of NOVA writes: “Inflammation is our immune system’s natural response to injuries, infections, or foreign compounds. When triggered, the body pumps various cells and proteins to the site through the blood stream, including cytokines, a class of proteins that facilitate intercellular communication.

Stop the Fat Jokes! The commander of NATO is insisting that the West do more to protect Ukraine from a possible Russian invasion. But the Obama administration has other plans. Late last month, as the world was still reeling from Russia’s annexation of Crimea, the Supreme Allied Commander of NATO was warning Congress that Moscow was preparing to make another move. During classified briefings on March 26 and March 27, Gen. Philip Breedlove painted for members of the House Armed Services Committee a bleak picture of Russia’s actions—and warned that the United States was not taking steps it could to help Ukraine better defend itself. On several points—from estimates of Moscow’s troops to intelligence-sharing with Russia’s likely adversaries—Breedlove’s briefing directly contradicted the message coming from other branches of the Obama administration.

Doctors discuss new ‘cure’ for obesity MONTREAL — Would you have surgery to lose 35 pounds? What about a procedure that involves no incision and lets you have your cake and eat it, too? Among the latest anti-obesity devices under discussion at an international conference in Montreal is an experimental method that France is currently testing as a national trial. A Simple and Definitive Test for FM Finally the source code that uncovers the medical disease called fibromyalgia is available via an objective, multiple biomarker-based diagnostic test that has documented the altered immunology of the fibromyalgia patient. Two separate medical studies were conducted at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago which investigated the uniqueness of the fibromyalgia patient. Via the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago, Department of Pathology, a CLIA certified laboratory, a rigorous analysis of fibromyalgia patients versus matched healthy control individuals revealed a distinct set of immunologic markers in those who have fibromyalgia. This test proves that there are no boundaries when it comes to age, gender or ethnicity in reference to the development of fibromyalgia.

Shiv Chopra » Vaccines Anyone knowing the basics of biology should know: 1. That all vaccines by their very nature are antigens and that every antigen by defintion must be a foreign protein or a substance attached to one’s own or some other foreign protein; 2. That no foreign protein can be absorbed into the blood stream unless it is digested in the alimentary canal into its basic amino acids; 3. That it is these amino acids which after being absorbed into the blood stream are reconstituted into one’s own proteins and it is these proteins which distinguishes every being of existence into self and non-self. The histamine (mast cell) depression link While you could say it’s pretty normal to be down in the dumps over having been sick for most of your life, I’ve often found it interesting that an impressive number of us with histamine intolerance, mast cell activation disorders and mastocytosis appear to suffer from crushing depression. So convinced was I of the link, that I never really bothered to look it up for myself, until it dropped into my lap, as it did a few months ago when I shared the news that researchers in Finland had successfully treated schizophrenia with antihistamines, rather than anti-psychotics (read my post here). This wasn’t news to me given that I had previously experienced almost ALL the schizophrenia symptoms during high histamine episodes/attacks. Yes, even hallucinations. I know, what more could a gal ask for? (Disclosure – I am a huge fan of his work and he recently attended my first wellness retreat in Colorado, where he treated attendees to one hour consults.