Call An Ambulance, Get A Fire Engine

Owning A Dog Could Cut The Risk Of Early Death ..
Owning a dog after middle age could cut the risk of early death by 33%, a study claims.. Singletons aged 40 to 80 who had a pooch were also 11% less likely to suffer from heart disease.. And researchers, who studied 3.4 million people over 12 years, found dog owners in the age group were 36% less likely to die from a heart attack, circulation problems or strokes.
Senior author Tove Fall, of Uppsala University in Sweden, said, “We know that dog owners in general have a higher level of physical activity, which could be one explanation.. Other explanations include an increased well-being and social contacts or effects of the dog on the bacterial microbiome in the owner.”
The findings come after Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, chair of the Royal College of GPs, warned that loneliness is killing millions and is as dangerous as high blood pressure, diabetes and depression.
( Martin Bagot, 18.11.2017 )

Beef Burgers Contaminated With Bugs ..
Just before Christmas, Sainsbury’s cleared their shelves of ‘Taste the Difference’ Aberdeen Angus beef burgers amid fears they were contaminated with killer bug E.coli.. Twelve people had already fallen ill after eating them.
Watchdog The Food Standards Agency warned shoppers, “If you have bought any of the batches, do not eat them.”.. Symptoms include blood in diarrhoea, abdominal pain, and can cause a condition that results in kidney failure.

A New Cure To Treat Arthritis ? ..
Costing from £5,000, but not available on the NHS, the London Regenerative Clinic are offering a cure to treat arthritis.
A new treatment called Lipogems uses the natural healing properties found in your own fat cells to treat arthritic joints and potentially even avoid the need for invasive options, such as knee replacement surgery.. Your own fat is harvested via liposuction, then the juicy stuff, precursor stem cells, is extracted, prepared and injected directly into arthritic areas.. The cells then home in on the arthritic damage, and start regrowing tissue.

Call For An Ambulance And You May Get A Fire Engine ..
The ambulance service is so over-stretched the Fire Brigade is being called out to more medical emergencies.. Latest figures show a 14% increase in the number of callouts with no blazes involved.. And deaths in those incidents where fire officers attended rather than paramedics have more than doubled in the past five years – rising by nearly two thirds last year alone.. The shock-data emerged as it was revealed how police had to take a heart attack victim to hospital because there were no ambulances available.
The Fire and Rescue service attended 173,759 non-fire incidents in 2016/2017 – 14% up on the previous year.. They included 5,088 fatalities, a 64% rise on 2015/16 and up 211% compared to five years ago.. The number of other casualties the brigade shipped to hospital last year from medical incidents where there was no ambulance was 32,928, a 21% increase on the previous year and 59% up on 2012.
( Keir Mudie, 28.01.2018 )

Patients Waiting More Than Four Hours On Trolleys ..
When someone runs an organisation into the ground, the boss usually gets sacked.
But the Tories keep them in the job.
Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt genuinely believes the NHS is better and safer.
Tell that to the 45,000 patients waiting more than four hours on trolleys.
Or the four million on waiting lists, the nurses at food banks and the chiefs who say staffing levels are so unsafe patients will die.
When Nye Bevan launched Labour’s NHS in 1947 he promised a healthcare system ‘based upon need and not the ability to pay’.. Hunt has changed that to treatment ‘free at the point of use’, if you’re prepared to wait up to 44 months for it.
This week the Department of Health admitted that we have a shortage of 50,000 doctors and nurses.. The growth of the private health service has led to a massive increase in firms’ profits from desperate patients.. Or they queue jump by paying for a private consultation and a fast-track to NHS treatment.
( John Prescott, 12.11.2017 )

Tory Neglect Coming Home To Roost ..
For the Tories to abolish A&E waiting time targets that are regularly missed is crass dishonesty on a dangerous scale.. The dilution, sidelining and abolition of National Health Service goals is the political equivalent of chopping down the mast in the hope nobody spots the white flag.. Because the Tories are surrendering in the battle to improve the NHS.. Instead they starve hospitals and doctors of precious funds while privatising chunks of the service to line the pockets of fat cats.. A&E units, at times, resemble war zones due to chronic underfunding and staff shortages – years of Tory neglect coming home to roost.
( Daily Mirror, 03.02.2018 )

Is Mobile Phone Use Linked To Cancer ? ..
A health boss who used his Blackberry phone for six hours a day has died of a brain tumour.. Ian Phillips, 44, spent his last months warning about the risks of long exposure to radiation from mobiles.. The hospital diagnostics chief claimed his tumour developed because his high-pressure job meant he spent more than 100 hours a month on his cellphone.
( Martin Fricker, 21.05.2016 )

There is no solid evidence to suggest a link between cancer and mobiles.. The problem is they are now so widely used that if someone develops a brain tumour it’s almost certain they have been using a mobile.. That’s not to say that the phone caused it.. Very large studies around the world have not proved a link.. However, the flip-side of this is that there is no evidence there is not a link.
( Professor Malcolm Sperrin, 21.05.2016 )

Taking Statins May Help Cancer Survival ..
Taking statins to cut cholesterol may slash the risk of dying from four common cancers, a study claims.. Scientists discovered ‘striking’ reductions in death rates among cancer patients who also had a high cholesterol diagnosis.. They think treatment with statins is the most likely explanation.. The study found high cholesterol was associated with a 43% lower risk of dying of breast cancer, 47% from prostate cancer, 30% from bowel cancer and 22% from lung cancer.. Dr Paul Carter, of Aston University, Birmingham, who presented the study at a conference in Florence, Italy, said, “We think there’s a very strong possibly that statins are producing this effect.”.. Researchers analysed the health records of almost a million cancer patients admitted to UK hospitals between 2000 and 2013.
( Andrew Gregory, 09.07.2016 )

Advantage Lentil-Munchers ..
For the past few years I’ve been a veggie, leading to raised eyebrows from some carnivores, and abuse from others, who think you are trying to claim moral superiority .. Even though you’re not.. And then there’s the taunts: “Don’t you think carrots feel pain” is a favourite, often followed with “If not eating meat is so good for your body, how come you never see a top sports star living off only vegetables?”.. To which I’ve just discovered the perfect two-word riposte: Serena Williams.. Not just a veggie but a vegan.. And clearly the weakest, sickest-looking tennis player ever to batter her way to 22 Grand Slam titles.. Advantage lentil-munchers.
( Brian Reade, 16.07.2016 )

Insulin Pill May Be Available Soon ..
An insulin pill for diabetics could be on the market within a few years.
The capsule, set to do away with daily injections, is the first oral insulin treatment to reach the last stage of trials before being granted a licence.. Delivering insulin in tablet form is considered ‘the holy grail of diabetes research’.. Experts from Israel and the U.S. have developed a coating to protect the pill from digestive juices in the stomach and mouth together with an ‘acid neutralising’ chemical released once the pill hits the intestines.. Insulin is then absorbed into the bloodstream directly.. Injected insulin takes a more roundabout route through the blood stream making blood sugar difficult to control for some.
( Martyn Halle, 01.08.2016 )

Germs In Refillable Water Bottles ..
Refillable water bottles are crawling with so many germs they are a worse risk than licking your dog’s toy, a study has found.. Tests on four types of bottles used for a week without being washed found those with slide tops had the highest bacteria count – more than 900,000 per square centimetre.. And half the bugs had the potential to harm.. Squeeze tops had 162,000 units and screw tops just under 160,000.. Some held germs known to cause pneumonia, blood infections and antibiotic resistance.. The authors said drinking from refillable bottles can be ‘worse than licking your dog’s toy’ or ‘eating a meal from your pet’s dish’.. Straw tops fared far better at 25 units, with most bacteria harmless.. Researchers said: “Water drips to the bottom of the straw rather than sticking around to attract moisture-loving germs.”.. After the tests – on athletes’ bottles – Treadmill Reviews suggested washing them every time in a mild bleach solution.
( Nicola Bartlett, 12.08.2016 )

Which vegetable has 77% of the recommended daily dose of vitamin C, is a good source of vitamin K, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, magnesium, fibre, vitamin B6, the list goes on ?
The answer:  Cauliflower.
( Saira Khan, 14.01.2018 )

Those who think they have no time for healthy eating will sooner or later have to find time for illness.
( Len Firswood )

No disease, including cancer, can exist in an alkaline environment.
( Dr. Otto Warburg, Nobel Prize Winner in 1931 for proving that cancer can’t survive in an alkaline, oxygen rich environment, but thrives in an acidic, low oxygen environment )

A society that keeps cures a secret so they can continue to sell medication for huge profits is not a real society but a huge mental asylum.
( Alfredo Bowman )

Lives Are Being Lost

We Are Losing The Battle Against Childhood Cancer ..
A terrifying 40% rise in children’s cancer is being blamed on modern life.
Experts warned of a cancer epidemic and identified fast food, computer tablets, mobile phones, car emissions and cleaning agents as contributing factors.
The huge rise, revealed in Child Cancer Awareness Month, means that 1,300 more children are affected each year than in 1998.. The stark news comes from the charity Children with Cancer UK, which demands the Government acts to ensure parents and parents-to-be are aware of wide-ranging lifestyle dangers.. Alasdair Philips, the charity’s trustee and science advisor says, “We are losing the battle against childhood cancer. It is so many lives lost, so many futures unfulfilled, so many devastated families.”
( Emily Retter, 04.09.2016 )

Humiliation Of Mixed-Sex Hospital Wards ..
The number of patients enduring the humiliation of mixed-sex hospital wards has soared by almost 50% under Theresa May… More than 8,500 patients were put in such wards during the Prime Minister’s first year at No 10, up on 5,700 the year before.. Hospitals are fined £250 per patient per day for breaching rules on keeping patients on single-sex wards.. The Tories vowed to eliminate mixed-sex wards completely in both their 2010 and 2015 manifestos but the pledge had vanished when it came to this year’s election.. From July last year, when Mrs May first moved to Downing Street, until June this year there were 8,546 instances of mixed-sex ward use – up 49% on the 5,720 in the year before.
Shadow Health Minister Justin Madders said, “Patients expect dignity and respect in hospital but this Government is letting them down.”.. Norman Lamb, the Lib Dem health spokesman, added, “It’s an utter scandal and an affront to basic human dignity. We need to make sure the Tories start properly funding the NHS to end this intolerable practise.”
( An extract from an article by Andrew Gregory, 22.07.2017 )

Palm oil, used in crisps and chocolate, was found to cause the cancer protein CD36 to spread, says a study in the journal Nature.
( Metro, 08.12.2016 )

Duty NHS Doctors Treating Private Patients ..
A surgeon claims his NHS Trust spent £1million fighting him after he blew the whistle on malpractice.. James Akinwunmi, 52, said emergency cases were turned away as duty doctors treated private patients and that some staff fraudulently claimed double pay.. But he was fired – his marriage collapsed and his kids became estranged.. The neurosurgeon at Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, spent £100,000 clearing his name.. Now the Trust has lost an appeal against an unfair dismissal ruling.
( Sunday Mirror, 23.07.2017 )

A Daily Aspirin Is Worth The Risk ..
The benefits of an aspirin a day outweigh the risks , according to new research.
Although the drug raises the chance of stomach bleeding, the bleeds are less serious than those that can occur in people not taking the drug, said the study.. Aspirin is already known to cut heart disease and cancer.
Professor Peter Elwood, of Cardiff University, said he hoped the research will lead to wider use of aspirin among the elderly.
( Daily Mirror, 02.12.2016 )

Could Liquid Aspirin Fight Brain Tumours ? ..
Aspirin is a very simple substance.. It’s chemical structure is so tiny that, compared to molecular monsters like proteins and carbohydrates, it can cross the ‘blood-brain barrier’ – an obstacle that has so far stopped cancer drugs reaching and attacking brain tumours.
Scientists say the results of early tests show a drink of liquid aspirin is ten times more effective than any existing chemotherapy drug at killing brain cancer cells and could save the lives of thousands of brain cancer patients.. The hope is liquid aspirin could be bolted on to cancer drugs to form powerful combinations to attack brain tumours.. This Portsmouth University research has been hailed as a ‘game-changer’ by experts.
( Dr Miriam Stoppard, 02.12.2016 )

More Children Suffer From ‘Obesity’ Disease ..
Toddlers are being treated in hospital for a killer liver condition linked to obesity and fizzy drinks.. Alarming new figures show the number of under-18s admitted in England with fatty liver disease has more than doubled in five years.. Last year 185 kids were treated – including 27 not yet of school age.. The stats from NHS Digital likely show the tip of the iceberg, as only the worst cases end up in hospital.. Dr Jude Oben, a consultant liver specialist at London’s Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital. said medics had an ‘epidemic’ on their hands.. The condition is caused by a build-up of fat in the liver that can lead to cirrhosis and raises the risk of heart attacks and strokes.. Dr Oben added, “You can be carrying the problem possibly for years before you start to feel unwell and by then you will have done some serious damage to your liver.”.. A recent study at the University of Southampton found children who consumed excessive amounts of fructose were more likely to have the advanced form of fatty liver disease.. Just one 500ml bottle of cola can contain double the recommended daily amount for children.. Jane DeVille-Almond, of the British Obesity Society, said, “It drives me mad that parents are so reluctant to see their kids are becoming obese because of what they are feeding them. Giving them treats like fizzy drinks is not kind, it is killing them.”
( An extract from an article by Nicola Fifield and Martyn Halle, 02.04.2017 )

Hidden Benefits Of Statins ..
Several studies have suggested that statins may cut the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease.. One in journal Neurology found taking them for at least two years reduced the risk by 15% for women and by 12% for men.
A study found statins could cut the chances of dying from breast cancer by 43%, prostate by 47%, bowel by 30% and lung by 22%.
Better Eye Health Research has found a link between statin use and a decreased risk of eye cataracts.. Studies have found patients who take statins significantly lower the chances of developing rheumatoid arthritis.
( Sunday Mirror, 07.05.2017 )

Lives Are being Lost ..
The former head of the Army has blasted defence chiefs for failing troops with post-traumatic stress disorder, leaving them to rely on a charity helpline instead.
General Sir Richard Dannatt said, “Lives are being lost.. We cannot penny pinch or seek efficiencies where the lives of our people are at stake.. The Government’s failure to support our troops is a breach of the Armed Forces Covenant.. In 1917, they didn’t understand shell shock, but in 2017 we do understand PTSD.”
A major study has found recent wars, including Iraq and Afghanistan, left 83,000 British troops physically or mentally scarred.
( Sean Rayment and Dan Warburton, July 2017 )

Medical Staff Leaving The NHS ..
The number of stressed workers quitting the NHS has more than doubled in just four years.. New figures show nearly 14,000 staff left last year because they wanted a better work-life balance.. In 2011/2012 the figure was 6,727.. The number who left for health reasons also soared, from 2,138 four years ago to 3,068 last year.
Unions say the NHS is spending millions on agency staff to plug gaps and claim patients will be at risk from dangerous staff levels.. Figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre shows nearly 67,000 clinical staff, including 15,656 doctors and 31,546 nurses, left the NHS last year.
( Nicola Fifield, 12.06.2016 )

Tories Have Never Liked The NHS ..
It’s been said that the Government doesn’t have a plan for the NHS.. I disagree.
It has been clear for some time that the Government has been on a rubber-stamped mission to run the NHS into the ground.. Tories have never liked the NHS.. They have serially failed to understand that Health and Education are the two fundamental requirements of a civilised society.. The warning signs have been festering and growing since 1979, the ominous year that witnessed Margaret Thatcher’s ascendancy to Prime Minister.. I was training within the NHS as a radiographer at the time and witnessed the implementation of her 1980 Health Services Act, which encouraged people to use private medical services.. I witnessed the queues growing as those who could afford to pay for those services in NHS hospitals jumped to the head of the line.. Waiting lists increased.. Wards closed.. Agency staff were hired at £200 per shift, a fortune back then.. The public remained committed to the NHS even as concern about the level of spending grew.. There was talk of the ageing population and increasing reliance on costly new technology, as well as the need for increased funding.. It all has a depressingly familiar ring about it, doesn’t it ?
( Fiona Phillips, 14.01.2017 )

Is Eating ‘Meat’ Killing Us ?

Is Meat Killing Us ? ..
In a paper entitled ‘Is Meat Killing Us ?’, doctors from the Mayo Clinic in Arizona said a vegan diet had been shown to “reverse” cardiovascular disease, reduce blood pressure and the risk of getting diabetes.. The review, published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, covered studies that looked at the health of a total of 1.5 million people.. A vegan diet has been shown to improve several parameters of health, including reversal of CVD, decreased body-mass index, decreased risk of diabetes, and decreased blood pressure in smaller studies.. A 2003 study found a “decreased risk of 25% to nearly 50% of all-cause mortality for very low meat intake compared with higher meat intake.
Lynne Elliot, chief executive of the Vegetarian Society, said the tide of public opinion was moving in their direction.. She pointed to the British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey which found three in 10 people in Britain said they had reduced the amount of meat they eat in the past 12 months with 58% citing “health reasons”.. “For people who want to improve their health, plant-based eating has a lot to offer,” she said in a statement.. “This global review comparing meat and vegetarian diets appears to confirm the findings of similar British studies.. Vegetarians have lower rates of significant health problems such as cancer (10% lower) and heart disease (32% lower).. But UK studies also indicate that in addition vegetarians have lower rates of other common illnesses such as diabetes, kidney stones and high-blood pressure.”
( Ian Johnston, Science Correspondent, The Independent, May 2016 )

Drug-Stuffed, Disease-Ridden, Shit-Contaminated ..
Scientific studies and government records suggest that virtually all (upwards of 95% of) chickens become infected with E. coli (an indicator of fecal contamination) and between 39 and 75% of chickens in retail stores are still infected.. Around 8% of birds become infected with salmonella (down from several years ago, when at least one in four birds was infected, which still occurs on some farms).. Seventy to 90% are infected with another potentially deadly pathogen, campylobacter.. Chlorine baths are commonly used to remove slime, odour, and bacteria.
Of course, consumers might notice that their chickens don’t taste quite right – how good could a drug-stuffed, disease-ridden, shit-contaminated animal possibly taste?.. But the birds will be injected (or otherwise pumped up) with “broths” and salty solutions to give them what we have come to think of as the chicken look, smell, and taste.. A recent study by Consumer Reports found that chicken and turkey products, many labeled as natural, “ballooned with 10 to 30% of their weight as broth, flavouring, or water.”
( Jonathan Safran Foer )

Our Evolution And Physiology Are Herbivorous ..
Like the intestines of other herbivores, human intestines are very long.
Carnivores have short intestines so they can quickly get rid of all that rotting flesh they eat.. Human hands are perfect for grabbing and picking fruits and vegetables.. Most humans are “behavioural omnivores” — that is, we eat meat, so that defines us as omnivorous.. But our evolution and physiology are herbivorous, and ample science proves that when we choose to eat meat, that causes problems, from decreased energy and a need for more sleep up to increased risk for obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Meat Consumption And Cancer Risk ..
The World Health Organisation has determined that dietary factors account for at least 30% of all cancers in Western countries and up to 20% in developing countries.. When cancer researchers started to search for links between diet and cancer, one of the most noticeable findings was that people who avoided meat were much less likely to develop the disease.. Large studies in England and Germany showed that vegetarians were about 40% less likely to develop cancer compared to meat eaters.
Two themes consistently emerge from studies of cancer from many sites : vegetables and fruits help to reduce risk, while meat, animal products, and other fatty foods are frequently found to increase risk.. Consumption of dietary fat drives production of hormones, which, in turn, promotes growth of cancer cells in hormone-sensitive organs such as the breast and prostate.. Meat is devoid of the protective effects of fibre, antioxidants, phytochemicals, and other helpful nutrients, and it contains high concentrations of saturated fat and potentially carcinogenic compounds, which may increase one’s risk of developing many different kinds of cancer.
( Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine )

Although we think we are, and we act as if we are, human beings are not natural carnivores.. When we kill animals to eat them, they end up killing us, because their flesh, which contains cholesterol and saturated fat, was never intended for human beings, who are natural herbivores.
( Dr William C. Roberts )

It’s The Way Things Are ..
We send one species to the butcher and give our love and kindness to another apparently for no reason other than because “it’s the way things are”.. When our attitudes and behaviours towards animals are so inconsistent, and this inconsistency is so unexamined, we can safely say we have been fed absurdities.. It is absurd that we eat pigs and love dogs and don’t even know why.. Many of us spend long minutes in the aisle of the drugstore mulling over what toothpaste to buy, yet most of us don’t spend any time at all thinking about what species of animal we eat and why.. Our choices as consumers drive an industry that kills ten billion animals per year in the United States alone.. If we choose to support this industry and the best reason we can come up with is because it’s the way things are, clearly something is amiss.
( Melanie Joy )

Red Meat Is Strongly Linked To Bowel Cancer ..
Oxford University’s heart unit analysed the health consequences of a range of diets, concluding that eating meat no more than three times a week would prevent 31,000 deaths from heart disease, 9,000 deaths from cancer and 5,000 deaths from strokes each year.. In health terms, red meat is strongly linked with bowel cancer, while meat and dairy products high in saturated fat are causes of obesity and heart disease.. Environmentally, South American rainforests are being cleared, releasing climate change emissions, to grow animal feed and rear cattle for export to Europe.
( Martin Hickman, The Independent, 18.10.2010 )

Humans aren’t physiologically designed to eat meat.. I think the evidence is pretty clear.. If you look at various characteristics of carnivores versus herbivores, it doesn’t take a genius to see where humans line up.. A herbivore’s intestines are 12 times its body length, and humans are closer to herbivores.. Both get vitamin C from their diets (carnivores make it internally).. Both sip water, not lap it up with their tongues.. Both cool their bodies by perspiring (carnivores pant).
( William C. Roberts, Cardiologist )

Scientists have been warning of the health risks of eating red and processed meat for some years with evidence pointing to them containing chemicals that can cause cancer.
( Ruki Sayid, 24.10.2015 )

Eating Red meat Contributes To Premature Death ..
A study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers, published in March 2012, found that red meat consumption is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular and cancer mortality.. The results also showed that substituting other healthy protein sources, such as fish, poultry, nuts, and legumes, was associated with a lower risk of mortality.. The study adds more evidence to the health risks of eating high amounts of red meat, which has been associated with type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers in other studies.
The study provides clear evidence that regular consumption of red meat, especially processed meat, contributes substantially to premature death.. Choosing more healthful sources of protein in place of red meat can confer significant health benefits by reducing chronic disease morbidity and mortality.
Support for the study was provided by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Cancer Institute.

Processed Meat And Red Meat May Cause Cancer ..
Bacon, burgers and sausages are deemed to be as big a cancer threat as cigarettes, according to global health chiefs.. The warning saw processed meat added to the list of items classified as carcingogenic to humans by the World Health Organisation.. It means dietary favourites, including salami, chorizo and smoked ham, rank alongside arsenic and asbestos, when it comes to the potential cancer risk.. Officials said just 50g of processed meat a day – less than one sausage – increases the risk of bowel cancer by almost a fifth.
The report also classified red meat as ‘probably carcinogenic’ – one rank below – but added that it had some nutritional benefits.. Experts are now urging the public to avoid processed meat where possible and to have a bean salad for lunch rather than a bacon sandwich.. Processed meat has been preserved, for example by smoking, and includes ham and pate, as well as burgers and mince if they have been preserved using salt or chemical additives.. Experts think the substances added during processing cause cancer.. These include preservatives such as nitrates and nitrites – as well as substantial amounts of salt.. Processed meat was classified as carcinogenic, based on sufficient evidence in humans that consumption causes specifically colorectal or bowel cancer, they concluded.. The classification of red meat as ‘probably carcinogenic to humans’ was observed mainly in relation to colorectal cancer, but links were also seen for pancreatic and prostate cancer.
( MailOnline, 28.10.2015 )

Ancient Humans Were Vegetarian

When Humans Were Pure Vegetarians ..
It must have felt unnatural at first, to eat animal flesh.. After all, we’re not so far removed from animals ourselves.. Perhaps it even felt cannibalistic.. There might not have been that much intellectual distinction between humans and other animals.. When humans were pure vegetarians, they were living in harmony with the earth and with the other creatures co-habiting the planet with them.. Their closest animal relatives, apes, were vegetarians.. Eating the products of the earth, like plants, grains and fruits that they could gather and eat would have seemed the natural order of things.. But necessity is the mother of invention.. Prehistoric men who lived in frozen geographies, or who lived in an area that became devastated by fire, would have eaten anything to survive.. Just like the soccer players whose plane crashed in the mountains of Chile, and were forced to eat the flesh of other players who died in the crash, earliest man at some point had to make the choice for survival, and that could have been consuming meat for the first time and changing human history – and health – forever.. Imagine having eaten raw foods and vegetables for eons, and all of a sudden, incorporating meat products into your system.. You may have heard friends who were vegetarians tell stories of trying to eat meat and becoming violently ill afterwards.. Biologists will tell you we’re really not designed to eat meat, but we adapted to it.. However, in the timeline of human history, eating meat is a relatively recent evolutionary development.
( vegetarianbenefits.net )

Early humans had diets very much like other great apes, which is to say a largely plant-based diet, drawing on foods we can pick with our hands.. Research suggests that meat-eating probably began by scavenging, eating the leftovers that carnivores had left behind.. However, our bodies have never adapted to it.. To this day, meat-eaters have a higher incidence of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other problems.
( Dr Neal Barnard )

Genesis 1:29 .. In this verse God gives food to mankind consisting of the seed-bearing herbs and the fruit of trees.. By comparison with Genesis 9:3, the writer believed that, until after the Flood, mankind subsisted upon a purely vegetable diet.. It may be asked how, if this were the case, man had the opportunity of exercising his dominion over fish, birds, and beasts.. If he did not wish to eat them, neither would he wish to kill them.. The truth seems to be that, according to the P version of Hebrew tradition, the first generations of mankind were intended to live without bloodshed or violence in an ideal condition, like that predicted by Isaiah (Genesis 11:6-9), “they shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain”.. The prophet’s words, “a little child shall lead them”, imply a dominion over the animal world which does not rest upon force.
( Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges )

Every herb bearing seed and tree bearing fruit is granted to man for his sustenance.. With our habits it may seem a matter of course that each should at once appropriate what he needs of things at his hand.. But in the beginning of existence it could not be so.. Of two things proceeding from the same creative hand neither has any original or inherent right to interfere in any way whatever with the other.. The absolute right to each lies in the Creator alone.. The one, it is true, may need the other to support its life, as fruit is needful to man.. And therefore the just Creator cannot make one creature dependent for subsistence on another without granting to it the use of that other.. But this is a matter between Creator and creature, not by any means between creature and creature.. Hence, it was necessary to the rightful adjustment of things, whenever a rational creature was ushered into the world, that the Creator should give an express permission to that creature to partake of the fruits of the earth.
( Albert Barnes, 1798-1870, American theologian )

Genesis 1:29 .. It is evident from this grant of food to man, in the present verse, and from that to the brute animals in the next, that the use of flesh in the beginning was allowed to neither, and, consequently, that the now carnivorous animals then fed upon grass, etc., as the tame ones amongst us do at present.. The ancients mention this as one characteristic of the golden age:  “Not so the golden age, who fed on fruit, nor durst with bloody meals their hands pollute.”
( Thomas Coke, 1747-1814, Methodist Bishop )

‘I have given you every herb for food’ – It seems from this, says Dr Priestley, an eminent philosopher, that man was originally intended to live upon vegetables only, and as no change was made in the structure of men’s bodies after the flood, it is not probable that any change was made in the articles of their food.. It may also be inferred from this passage that no animal whatever was originally designed to prey on others, for nothing is here said to be given to any beast of the earth besides green herbs.. Before sin entered into the world, there could be, at least, no violent deaths, if any death at all.
( Adam Clarke, 1760-1832, British Methodist theologian and biblical scholar )

The Hebrew meaning of the word ‘meat’ is bread or food.
The word ‘meat’ comes from the Old English word mete, which referred to food in general.

In the golden age, spontaneous fruits were the food of happy mortals.
( Antoine Augustin Calmet, 1672-1757, French Benedictine monk )

Medicine is not health care.. Food is health care.
Medicine is sick care.

All nutrients come from the sun or the soil.
( Michael Greger )

With the proper diet, no doctor is necessary.
With the improper diet, no doctor can help.
( Dr Gabriel Cousons )

Vegans Have A Lower Death Rate Than Meat-Eaters ..
Vegans have substantially lower death rates than meat-eaters, a major study has found.. The study has been published in the JAMA Internal Medicine Journal and reignites debate around increasingly popular vegan diets amid conflicting medical advice and evidence over their impact of proponents’ health.. The research was undertaken by scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital, who monitored health and diet records of more than 130,000 people over the course of thirty years.
They found every 3% increase in calories from plant protein was found to reduce risk of death by 10%.. The figure rises to 12% for risk of dying from heart disease.. By contrast, raising the share of animal protein in one’s diet by 10% led to a 2% higher risk of death from all causes.. This increased to an 8% higher chance of dying from heart disease.. Substituting eggs for plant protein led to a 19% reduction in death risk and eliminating unprocessed red meat saw a drop of 12%.
Lead scientist Dr Mingyang Song said, “Overall, our findings support the importance of the sources of dietary protein for long-term health outcomes.. While previous studies have primarily focused on the overall amount of protein intake – which is important – from a broad dietary perspective, the particular foods people consume to get protein are equally important.. Our findings suggest people should consider eating more plant proteins than animal proteins, and when they do choose among sources of animal protein, fish and chicken are probably better choices.”
The number of people in Britain who follow a vegan diet has increased 360% over the course of the last decade.
( Siobhan Fenton, Independent, 02.08.2016 )

One In Ten Die In Agony In Hospital

New Treatment For Kidney Stones ..
A citrus fruit extract has been found to dissolve kidney stones, leading to hopes of new treatments.. Tests on hydroxycitrate, known as HCA, showed very promising results.. Images recorded the calcium oxalate crystals which form kidney stones actually shrinking when exposed to HCA.. Dr Jeffrey Rimmer, of the University of Houston in Texas, said : “HCA shows promise as a potential therapy.”
( Daily Mirror, 09.08.2016 )

Sense Of Touch Skin For Prosthetic Limbs ..
Pioneering British scientists are developing electronic skin which could give amputees prosthetic limbs the sense of touch.. Researchers claim the new technology, which may be available in five years time, will also bring major changes to manufacturing and communications.. The skin would even allow an object to be felt by someone who is physically miles away – similar to the technology in blockbuster sic-fi film Avatar.
Dr Ravinder Dahiya, of Glasgow University, said that as well as the potential to modify prosthetic hands with the skin, there were other possibilities for medicine.. A key component of the skin is graphene, the world’s thinnest material.. It is only one millionth of the thickness of a human hair, but 200 times stronger than steel and conducts heat and electricity better than copper.. The team managed to find a low-cost way of developing sheets of the material.. They also use nanowire technology, extremely thin wires used to make sensors.
( An extract from an article by Pamela Paterson, 23.05.2016 )

More People In The UK Not Eating Meat ..
Half a million people in the UK are now on a vegan diet, the total has more than trebled in ten years.. A survey by the Vegan Society and Vegan Life magazine found 42% of those avoiding meat, fish and dairy were aged 15-34.. Only 14% were over 65 .. There are also 1.7 million vegetarians.
( Daily Mirror, 18.05.2016 )

Don’t Give Ibuprofen To Kids With Chickenpox ..
A mother is alerting parents to the danger of giving ibuprofen to children with chickenpox after her young son ended up with septicaemia.. The mother claimed a number of doctors prescribed children’s ibuprofen to her son.. But he deteriorated and was hospitalised with septicaemia.. It was only at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool that she was told the drug reacts with chickenpox.. The NHS advises paracetamol as a painkiller for chickenpox.
( An extract from an article by Emma Gill, 09.04.2016 )

Aspirin Can Help Prevent Cancer ..
A daily dose of aspirin can help prevent cancer and even stop existing tumours spreading, a major study has found.. The findings reveal compelling evidence that the painkiller can improve the odds of surviving the disease by up to 20% .. Professor Peter Elwood, of the Cardiff University Medical School, led a systematic review of more than 50,000 cancer patients across almost 50 studies going back decades.. He said, “Our review, based on available evidence, suggests low-dose aspirin taken by patients with bowel, breast or prostate cancer, in addition to other treatments, is associated with a reduction in deaths of about 15% to 20%, together with a reduction in the spread of the cancer.”
( An extract from an article by Andrew Gregory, 21.04.2016 )

Drug Link To Kidney Damage ..
Drugs used by millions of British people to treat heartburn may increase the risk of kidney damage, scientists claim.. Patients are being advised to take proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) only when medically necessary and to limit the duration of use.. Over five years PPI users had a 28% increased risk of kidney disease and a 96% greater risk of kidney failure, found researchers at the VA St Louis Health Care System in St Louis, US .. The findings are reported in the journal of the American Society of Nephrology.
( Daily Mirror, 15.04.2016 )

Alcohol And Processed Meat Cause Stomach Cancer ..
Beers, bacon and obesity have been linked for the first time to stomach cancer.. There is strong evidence that drinking three or more alcoholic drinks a day, eating processed meat and being overweight increased the risk, a World Cancer Research Fund report has found.. Dr Rachel Thompson, from the Fund, said : “These findings give us a clearer picture.. Hopefully they will help people make informed decisions about their lifestyles choices.” .. The disease kills 5,000 people a year in the UK.
( Andrew Gregory, 21.04.2016 )

Appalling Treatment Of Dying Folk In NHS Hospitals ..
One in eight dying patients are starved of food and water in their final days of NHS care.. And one in ten die in agony without pain relief, a poll of bereaved relatives found.. A third of those polled said their hospital did not work well together with GP and other community care services.. One in ten rated the overall end-of-life care as ‘poor’.. The most deprived areas got the worst services, the Office for National Statistics survey found.
( An extract from an article by Jack Blanchard, 23.04.2016 )

Aspirin Cuts Risk Of Stroke ..
Taking an aspirin daily straight after suffering a mini-stroke can slash the risk of a major one by up to 80%, a study suggests.. Over-60s are at highest risk of mini-strokes, or transient ischemic attacks.. And one in 20 people hit by them have a major attack within two days, rising to one in 12 within a week.. Professor Peter Rothwell of Oxford University said : “Our findings confirm the effectiveness of urgent treatment and show aspirin is the most important component.”
( Daily Mirror, 19.05.2016 )

The Longest A&E Waits On Record ..
The NHS is on its knees with A&E and cancer delays now the longest on record.. Official figures revealed 224,000 people spent at least four hours waiting to be seen in A&E in February.. Casualty wards are expected to treat 95% of patients within four hours.. But the figure fell to 87.8% – the lowest since records began in 2004.. Nearly 200 patients were left on trolleys for half a day.
( An extract from an article by Nick McDermott, 15.04.2016 )

Foster Children Suffer From Government Cuts ..
Children in care are finding it harder to access ongoing support from social workers because of Government budget cuts, foster carers have warned.. A survey by The Fostering Network of more than 760 carers across the UK revealed more than two-thirds felt cuts had impacted foster children’s’ access to social workers.. Three in five carers also felt support from their supervising social worker had been affected.
( Community Care, April 2016 )

Declared ‘Fit For Work’ And Died Soon After ..
At least 2,600 sick and disabled people died shortly after being declared ‘fit for work’ by a Government contractor.. Figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions show that around 100 people per month died shortly after being ruled well enough to take a job.. Over a period of two years, 2,380 people died within 14 days of being taken off Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) because they were declared ‘fit to work’ by a controversial assessment process.
( MailOnLine, August 2015 )

A Wonder Drug For Asthma ..
A ‘wonder drug’ that dramatically reduces the severity of asthma attacks has been developed by British scientists..The pill, which is taken twice daily, has been hailed a real ‘game changer’, with the potential to revolutionise treatment of the disease, which affects 5.4 million Britons.. Within three months, asthma became five times less severe in participants taking the medication.. Professor Chris Brightling, of the University of Leicester, said, “This new drug could be a game changer for treatment of asthma”.. Fevipiprant is aimed at severe sufferers and is currently being evaluated in clinical trials.. Three people die every day because of asthma attacks and research shows that two thirds of these deaths are preventable, according to Asthma UK.. The study took place at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.
( Mark Waghorn, 06.08.2016 )