Palm Oil Spreads Cancer

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 )

Is Eating ‘Meat’ Killing Us ?

A Vegetarian Saves More Than 25 Land Animals Each Year…
The way a vegetarian saves animals is by reducing the demand for meat and causing fewer animals to be born into a harsh life owned by the meat industry, where callousness abounds and mercy is scant.
Even a vegan diet causes a certain number of deaths and some amount of suffering.. Mice, moles and other small animals die in the cultivation of grains and pulses on modern farms.. They get run over by agricultural equipment such as tractors or they die as a consequence of the disruption of their land.. Many small animals also die from poisoning by pesticides.. But, the animals we eat do not just exist in isolation waiting for us to eat them.. They eat grains too.. In fact, almost all the animals we eat are ones kept caged by us inside desolate barns and kept fed by us on grains we grow just for them.. We grow soy, corn, wheat, barley, sorghum and other grains on vast tracts of land, all of which also cause large numbers of deaths.. Meat consumption remains an inherently inefficient process in which we grow far more crops to feed to the animals we eat than we would need if we ate the crops directly ourselves.. So, while the cultivation of crops to feed a vegetarian does kill some animals, far more animals die in the cultivation of crops to feed the animals we eat.. A large number of animals in our factory farms die even before they reach the moment of slaughter.. They die of untreated illnesses and injuries, rough transportation, and various skeletal and other problems caused by intense genetic selection for excessively rapid growth.. Many of them also die during or after their use as breeders.. Some die in research experiments serving the meat industry.. Some live long enough to get to the slaughter plant but are condemned by federal inspectors during the required ante-mortem screening because they are too sick, injured, or otherwise unfit for human consumption.
A vegetarian saves more than 25 land animals each year.
( An extract from an article by Harish, March, 2015 )

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.”
( An extract from an article by Ian Johnston, Science Correspondent, The Independent, May 2016 )

Killing For A Living…
The slaughter-house is the limbo between life and death for billions of animals every year.
There are around 150 slaughter-houses in the UK.
Slaughter-house workers are increasingly reporting symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder including extreme anxiety, domestic violence, drug and alcohol abuse and social withdrawal.
Criminologists at the University of Windsor in Canada reported in a study that there is a strong relationship between the location of a slaughter-house and high crime rates in American communities.

The Cause For Almost All Life-Threatening Diseases…
When humans began eating the flesh of animals, humans became diseased, their lives shortened.. There is no doubt that eating our animal friends, who have the same right to a life as we do, is responsible for almost all the life-threatening diseases that humans now suffer from.. It is not natural, nor moral, nor meant to be.
( Florence Emily Hookins, 1896-1962 )

If animals go into slaughterhouses alive and come out chopped up into hundreds of pieces, how could anyone claim that they aren’t being mistreated, abused, tortured and terrorised ?
( Gary Yourofsky )

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)

I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.. They will be yours for food.. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground – everything that has the breath of life in it – I give every green plant for food.
( Genesis 1:29-30 )

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 )

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

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.

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, Daily Mirror, 24.10.2015)

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.
( An extract from an article by the 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 10 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 )

The Most Noble Idea Ever

Breast Cancer…
Experts have found a protein which could stop breast cancer spreading.

They discovered it can block cancer cells when it is active in the body.
But the cells are able to switch off protein EPHA2, which lets them then move through blood vessels into other organs.
The Institute of Cancer Research said, “The next step is to figure out how to keep the protein switched on, stopping breast cancer spreading.”

(Sun, 10.02.2016)

Compensation Paid By The NHS…
The NHS believes it will need £28.3billion to cover damages for botched care over the next few years.. The vast estimate, which has risen 70% in five years, comes as the NHS is trying to make savings of £30billion.. It includes £12.3billion for outstanding claims and £16billion for claims expected over the next five years and beyond.

(Andrew Gregory and Winnie Agbonlahor, Daily Mirror, 23.01.2016)

Dementia And Alzheimers…
GPs diagnosed nearly 20% more patients with dementia after being promised a government bonus.. The scheme, which paid £55 for each new case spotted, ran for six months between October 2014 and April 2015.
It was meant to improve detection of the brain-wasting illness amid fears cases were being missed.
Dementia cases rose from 643 people per 100,000 population in April 2014 to 755 by December 2015.. GPs got the cash for six months of that period.. The scheme was scrapped by NHS England in April 2015.Alzheimer’s drugs prescription in England leapt from just over 500,000 in 2004 to three million in 2014.
(Pat Hagan, Sun, 20.01.2016)

Tasteless Fruit From Abroad…
Having spotted blueberries from Chile, blackberries from Mexico and strawberries from Peru while scanning the supermarket for fruit, I wasn’t at all surprised to hear that more than half of our food is flown in from abroad.. Why ?

The only fruit we should be eating now is what’s in season here.. A succulent apple, maybe some rosy rhubarb or a juicy pear.. That’s about it at this time of year.
But who wants soggy, tasteless strawberries that go off in a day because they’re sprayed, frozen, gassed and flown thousands of miles before leaking their juices all over the supermarket fruit and veg section ?

(Fiona Phillips, Daily Mirror, 09.01.2016)

Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Take Paracetamol…
Pregnant women who take paracetamol may increase the risk of their baby having asthma, say experts.. A study involving 114,500 children found 5.7% had the disease at the age of three and 5.1% at seven.. Researchers say they found a consistent link between children who had developed asthma aged three and mums who told them they had taken paracetamol during pregnancy.. The risk appeared to be greater if an expectant mother had used paracetamol for more than one complaint.
The researchers, in Bristol and Norway, say they established the asthma was linked to the drug rather than any medical condition the mother may have been suffering when she took it.. Previous studies have suggested a link between paracetamol use by pregnant mums and asthma.

(Sophie Goodchild, Sun, 10.02.2016)

The Most Noble Idea Ever…
The National Health Service owes its existence to the most noble idea that this country ever had – To care for the sick, the weak and the vulnerable in their time of need.
If the NHS is not there to care, then it is a meaningless shell, a cash cow for private medicine.. And makes a mockery of the idealism that brought it into being.
The NHS does not exist to stuff the pockets of Conservative Party donors, or to enrich doctors, or to big up private health care.

Children Placed In Adult Mental Institutions…
Children as young as five with mental health issues are being placed in adult institutions far from home.. An adult mental health ward is no place for a child.. It is an act of utter, disgraceful neglect and cruelty.. Adult psychiatric wards and their facilities and staffing levels are often basic by fiscal necessity.. They are populated by people with mental health problems who may be verbally abusive, physically threatening or simply distressing to be with.