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How one of the most obese countries on earth took on the soda giants

Mexicans love their soda. Construction workers go to their jobs in the early morning clutching giant two-litre or even three-litre bottles. Babies in strollers suck on bottles filled with orange soda. In the highlands of Chiapas, Coca-Cola is considered to have magical powers and is used in religious rites.

But Mexico also loves the soda industry. Vicente Fox, who in 2000 became the country’s first democratically elected president, had earlier been president of Coca-Cola Mexico and then head of the company’s Latin American operations. The symbolism was noteworthy: soda companies – particularly Coke, which controls 73% of the Mexican market (compared with only 42% in the US) – have amassed extraordinary influence over health policy in Mexico.

Read Morehttp://www.theguardian.com/news/2015/nov/03/obese-soda-sugar-tax-mexico?CMP=fb_gu

Ireland to ‘decriminalise’ small amounts of drugs, including heroin, cocaine and cannabis, for personal use

Ireland will move towards decriminalising substances including heroin, cocaine and cannabis as part of a “radical cultural shift”, the country’s drugs minister has said.

Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, the chief of Ireland’s National Drugs Strategy, told a lecture at the  on Monday that drug users will be able to inject in specially designated rooms in Dublin from next year.

The minister said attitudes to drugs needed to move away from shaming addicts to helping them and emphasised there was a difference between legalisation and decriminalization.

It would remain a crime to profit – from either the sale or distribution of illegal drugs – but drug takers would no longer be criminalised for their addictions.

Read Morehttp://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ireland-to-decriminalise-small-amounts-of-drugs-including-heroin-cocaine-and-cannabis-for-personal-a6719136.html

1-month break from alcohol can ‘slash risks of cancer’ – study

Avoiding alcohol for just one month can slash the risk of developing life-threatening diseases such as cancer and diabetes, a new study has revealed.

The study, carried out by University College London, found that a four-week break from alcohol can heal the liver function and lower blood pressure levels.

It also revealed that “going dry” for a month can lower one’s chances of developing cancer, diabetes and becoming obese.
As part of the study, researchers monitored 102 healthy men and women in their 40s taking part in a “dry January” campaign.

Beforehand, the women had been drinking an average of 29 units per week while men were consuming 31 units a week, both above the government’s guideline levels.
After the month of abstinence, participants lost nearly 6lbs (2.7kg) in weight and reported improvements in their concentration and sleeping.

Researchers also found that their “liver stiffness” – an indication of damage – had been reduced by 12.5 percent while their insulin resistance had decreased by 28 percent.

Read Morehttps://www.rt.com/uk/319772-month-break-alcohol-helps/

Processed meats do cause cancer – WHO

Processed meats – such as bacon, sausages and ham – do cause cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Its report said 50g of processed meat a day – less than two slices of bacon – increased the chance of developing colorectal cancer by 18%.

Meanwhile, it said red meats were “probably carcinogenic” but there was limited evidence.

The WHO did stress that meat also had health benefits.

Cancer Research UK said this was a reason to cut down rather than give up red and processed meats.

And added that an occasional bacon sandwich would do little harm.

Read morehttp://www.bbc.com/news/health-34615621

AUTHOR COMMENT: Although there appears to be something genuine about this latest ‘research,’ the track record of the WHO, the influence of Food Inc and of course Big Corporations leads me personally to take this article with ‘a pinch of salt.’ ( Funny huh!)
For those who have arrived at their own conclusions so much of this advise steers people first in one direction and then in another in search of the perfect diet, meanwhile they remain victims of forces who don’t have their best interests at heart. Yes I am cynical of advise, particularly of these huge entities.

The only true way to establish truth is to find out for oneself by experimenting and digging into knowledge.

Ministers urged to introduce ‘sugar tax’ in leaked childhood obesity report

Controversial report calls for tax on sugary foods and drinks and a crackdown on the marketing of unhealthy products to children.

A report on sugar’s ruinous effects on people’s health that was controversially delayed by Jeremy Hunt urges ministers to impose a “sugar tax” and crack down on the marketing of unhealthy products to children and two-for-one deals in supermarkets in an effort to tackle childhood obesity.

The report, compiled by Public Health England (PHE), the government’s advisory group, sets out a range of tough policies that need to be taken to reduce the consumption of sugary foods and drinks that are fuelling the obesity crisis and costing the NHS £.5.1bn a year. It is being published on Thursday, but the Guardian has obtained an advance copy.

Read Morehttp://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/oct/22/sugar-report-delayed-jeremy-hunt-tax-radical-action-obesity

What Happens to Your Body When You Eat Sugar?

By Dr. Mercola

Instead of eating whole foods — real foods — the contemporary American diet typically consists mostly of sugar, highly processed grains, and a montage of chemicals that are anything but food.

To some extent, this isn’t your fault. Added sugars hide in 74 percent of processed foods under more than 60 different names, and these foods are carefully created in a laboratory with one thing in mind… profits.

If food manufacturers can create a winning combo of ingredients that you crave and can’t stop eating, it means you’ll keep coming back for more. Create they do, and it’s not by accident.

Dr. Howard Moskowitz, a long-time food industry consultant, is known as “Dr. Bliss.” A Harvard-trained mathematician, Moskowitz tests people’s reactions and finds the “optimal” amount of sugar for a product.

Essentially, he helps them find the “Goldilocks” zone of sugar, unhealthy fat, and salt that gets you to overeat and buy another bag or box even though you know you shouldn’t. And he’s made the sugar industry billions.

Meanwhile, food giant Kellogg’s spent $32 million in 2014 just to advertise Pop Tarts. If you’ve seen them in the grocery store recently, you may see such alluring tag lines as “Limited Edition” and “made with real nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove” (for its seasonal pumpkin pie flavor).

Read Morehttp://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/10/21/eating-sugar.aspx

Doctor Says ADHD ‘Fake’, Prescribes Meds To Keep Us ‘Drugged Up’

Children from poor neighborhoods are being prescribed a dangerous stimulant, Adderall, by making false diagnoses of ADHD, or even without any diagnoses at all.

Psychiatrists say that this will improve academic performance in school…

One pediatrician has admitted that ADHD is ‘made up,’ but prescribes the dangerous medications anyway as he says kids need it to compete academically

Naturalsociety.com reports:

Jon Rappoport exposed in 2012 a shameful practice of psychiatrists in the name of ‘social justice.’ With the guise of improving academic achievement, doctors like Dr. Michael Anderson are prescribing drugs like Adderall to children with self-admitted, ‘made-up’ ADHD diagnoses.

Read Morehttp://yournewswire.com/doctor-says-adhd-fake-prescribes-meds-to-keep-us-drugged-up/

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