Cuteness and Heath

  • From NBC News: “Backed by a nearly $1 million grant from veterinary health firm Zoetis, with matching funds from the Pfizer Foundation, the American Humane Association is launching what advocates say is the first clinical trial of the effects of what’s known as animal-assisted therapy, or AAT, on young cancer patients and their families.”  I personally believe that guinea pig therapy may also be effective.

Cholesterol

Lyme

Agriculture

Nutrition

BPA

  • Revolution Health Radio does a show + transcript about BPA and BPA-free plastics (which have other endocrine disruptors that do more or less the same thing as BPA).  Bottom line: carry your food in glass or stainless steel.  They reference the article The Scary New Evidence on BPA-Free Plastics.

Exercise and Fitness

EMF

  • The BPE does a podcast with Josh del Sol, director and producer of the film Take Back your Power, examining the health effects of smart meters and “the (wireless) internet of things” in the home.
  • Henrik Palmgren of Red Ice Creations interviews Mike Mitcham (who was featured in Josh del Sol’s film) about the smart grid, including impact of smart meters and mobile devices on fertility.

The Gut

  • Mercola writes that GMOs may affect human health through the gut bacteria: “Glyphosate’s claimed mechanism of action in plants is the disruption of the shikimate pathway, which is involved with the synthesis of the essential aromatic amino acids, phenylalanine, tyrosine, and tryptophan. The currently accepted dogma is that glyphosate is not harmful to humans or to any mammals because the shikimate pathway is absent in all animals.  However, this pathway is present in gut bacteria, which play an important and heretofore largely overlooked role in human physiology”
  • Ameer Rosic interviews author Moises Velasquez-Manoff about his book Epidemic of Absence.  This interview covers a lot of the same content as Moises’ interview on EconTalk that I posted a while back.  Some interesting points in this interview: autism possibly linked to modern-day hygiene.  Agriculture might not, as paleo eaters think, be the problem – it may be that grains would be well-tolerated by someone with the right parasites.  Finally they wrap up with a discussion of how the future of medicine might include being infected with “domesticated” parasites that have been bred to remove their negative traits but retain their immune system benefits.

Mental Illness/Psychiatric Drugs

Circadian Cycle

Coffee/Chocolate

Obamacare

Misc