Jessica Biel joins anti-vaccine activist RFK Jr. to lobby against California pro-vaccination bill

On Wednesday, actress Jessica Biel came out as an "anti-vaxx activist," as The Daily Beast put it, joining anti-vaccination crusader Robert Kennedy Jr. at the California legislature to lobby against a bill that would make it harder to opt out of vaccinating children for medical reasons. This wasn't an activity Biel's publicist highlighted. Comment: Funny that in the next paragraph RFK describes Biel as "for safe vaccines and for medical freedom," yet the first line of the piece calls her "an anti-vaxx activist". Talk about hyperbole. ...

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Hollywood dystopia? Sir Peter Jackson and James Cameron team up to promote meatless future

The bromance between two Hollywood heavyweights has led to a project that could change the future of Kiwi farming. Avatar director James Cameron and Hobbit director Sir Peter Jackson have joined forces to create a "plant-based" food business. Rumours about the secret venture have swirled for two years, but the pair has remained tight-lipped until now. ...

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First Canadian case of insect resistance to genetically engineered corn discovered

Farmers in Nova Scotia have found that the European corn borer has developed resistance to the GM trait designed to kill it In Nova Scotia, corn farmers are observing that the European corn borer, an insect pest, has developed resistance to the genetically engineered (genetically modified or GM) trait designed to kill it. This is the first report in the world of the European corn borer (ECB) developing resistance to a genetically engineered trait used to confer insect resistance. It is also the first report in Canada of any insect pest developing resistance to a genetically engineered trait. The development of resistance in other insect pests targeted by Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) traits in corn has been observed in the US, South Africa and Brazil.(2) Additionally, in the US and other countries, some cotton pests have also developed resistance to Bt...

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Statin Nation: How the ‘most profitable drug ever created’ is damaging the health of millions

Dr. Malcolm Kendrick, a general practitioner in Cheshire, England, is the author of three books. I've previously interviewed him about "Doctoring Data: How to Sort Out Medical Advice From Medical Nonsense." Here, we discuss his latest work, "A Statin Nation: Damaging Millions in a Brave New Post-Health World," which addresses the challenges with this conventional approach to heart disease prevention. This is his second book on the topic of cholesterol. In the first one, "The Great Cholesterol Con: The Truth About What Really Causes Heart Disease and How to Avoid It," published a decade ago, he addressed the basis behind the cholesterol controversy. "A Statin Nation" is basically a follow-up to that book, as many things have changed over the past 10 years. ...

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Breakfast cereals marketed to kids are loaded with glyphosate, says new report

The Environmental Working Group has released findings of research showing "troubling levels of glyphosate, the cancer-causing ingredient in the herbicide Roundup" in food products including children's breakfast cereals. The Washington, DC-based advocacy group said in a statement released June 12 that the chemical, was detected "in all 21 oat-based cereal and snack products sampled in a new round of testing." Furthermore, all of the products but four were found to contain levels higher than EWG's safety threshold for child consumption, which is 160 parts per billion (ppb). The products "Cheerios" and "Honey Nut Cheerios Medley Crunch" were found with the highest glyphosate levels with 729 ppb and 833 ppb respectively. The findings follow two previous research studies conducted with independent labs conducted last year. Monsanto, the maker of Roundup, was acquired by the German agro-chemical giant Bayer in 2018. "The...

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Monsanto paid American Council on Science and Health front group to hide evidence

Monsanto's new owner, Bayer, has been slammed with judgments in the first three Roundup lawsuits to go to trial. The verdicts, which have sided with plaintiffs in all cases so far, have found not only that Roundup herbicide caused the plaintiffs' cancers but also that Monsanto engaged in malice, oppression or fraud in their attempts to cover up Roundup's toxicity.1 Some of the evidence brought to light during the trials has been particularly eye-opening, including internal emails showing that Monsanto paid an industry front group for the favor of publishing pro-glyphosate media, right around the time the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) determined it to be a probable carcinogen.2 ...

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Women exposed to light during sleep at higher risk for weight gain

Sleeping with a cellphone, bright alarm clock on or a television next to your bed puts women at risk for weight gain, a new study found. Women who slept with a light or even the TV on were 17% more likely to have gained 11 pounds over the course of five years, according to the study, the results of which were published Monday in the medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine. Light coming in from outside the room was associated with more modest weight gain, researchers found. The study is the first to find an association between exposure to artificial light at night while sleeping and weight gain in women, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which funded the study. ...

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Super-soldier diet? Pentagon eyes controversial keto diet in bid to build more lethal warriors

Ditching carbs may be the key to military success in America's future wars. Top Pentagon officials say research has shown that human bodies in ketosis - the goal of the popular and controversial ketogenic diet - can stay underwater for longer periods, making the fat- and protein-heavy eating plan a potential benefit to military divers. It is one example of a rapidly growing trend as military researchers zero in on how nutrition and certain drugs can enhance how fighting men and women perform in battle. But U.S. defense officials say they lack the legal authorities to dictate to soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines what they can and cannot eat. Critics of the entire concept warn that the military is entering a danger-filled world if it begins ordering diets and drug protocols solely to build more lethal warriors. ...

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Can you do 40 pushups? Harvard scientists say your risk of heart attack is over 30 times less

And even if you can't, every pushup you can do over a certain number can reduce your risk. We all want to live long lives. We all want to live healthy lives. Health and fitness aren't just an outside interest; health and fitness can play a major role in your success. While the physical benefits clearly matter, the mental benefits of improved health and fitness on your professional and personal life -- perseverance, resilience, determination, and mental toughness -- are just as important. But being healthy and fit is tough when the nature of most work involves sitting at a desk all day -- and, if you're an entrepreneur knee-deep in launching your startup, all evening, too. But how can you determine the impact of a relatively sedentary professional lifestyle? Cardiovascular disease and stroke are the leading causes of premature...

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Twenty-four cases of the mumps confirmed at the University of Florida

It all started when Caillin Heron's jaw started to hurt and she found it hard to chew. That lead to a high fever, aches, pains and a severely swollen face. A few days later, the second army lieutenant and recent UF criminology graduate was diagnosed with the mumps. As of Tuesday afternoon, University of Florida spokesperson Steve Orlando confirmed there are 24 cases of the mumps on campus. All 24 students were vaccinated. Herron said it felt like a really bad flu and the worst face pain she'd ever experienced. "At one point I was sleeping sitting up," said Herron. ...

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