November 2017 News Round-Up

Last Updated on May 29, 2019 by Afifah Hamilton
Read Time: 4 min

1. Paleo and Mediterranean Diet News
2. Sleep Hygiene and Body Clock News
3. Medical Fails, Bales and Controversies


Credit: Valeria Aksakov; Freepik

If a picture paints a thousand words, then the photo above could have been at the top of any one of the following news articles this month…
“Eating More Like Our Ancestors Would Improve Human Health” says  Lora Iannotti, associate professor and senior author, Washington University in St. Louis. Read more at Science Blog (Nov 2nd)

“There is a need to better align food systems with dietary patterns that have existed in our evolutionary past,”

Another professor of medicine explains why eating fat won’t make you fat — but sugar will. The Independent (Nov 21st).
Meanwhile, Evening Standard (Fri 17th) explains why top models follow the Paleo diet to stay in shape.
Omega 3 oils, found in oily fish (salmon, sardines and mackerel) can protect against sight loss, (Daily Mail, Dec 1st) and dementia (Express, Nov 6th)
Garlic has long been known as a herbal antibiotic. A neat little article in SciCasts (Nov 28th) looks into recent research showing how it can help fight chronic infections, being especially effective against Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Compounds in broccoli may be effective against melanoma skin cancer new study indicates. (Knowledge, Nov 24th). The idea of using mashed broccoli poultices on skin cancers has been doing the rounds for several years, but this is the first proof-of-concept study I have seen.
Mushrooms (yes, they are in the picture above, but hidden by the lettuce) have been found to be one of the highest sources of two anti-oxidants – ergothioneine and glutathione. (Scienceblog, Nov 9th)
Different diets affect people differently. A recent study found that mice with different genetic backgrounds responded differently to a range of ‘healthy diets’ – and not always in a good way. The Independent (Dec 1st)
One thing in the above picture I’m uneasy about… that bowl of cereal on the left. So, in case you couldn’t work this one out for yourself, The Mirror (Dec 1st) reminds us: “Don’t be fooled by cereal bars – they’re just as unhealthy as the stuff in bowls”. Nice.
Instead, try regularly eating cheese, which has been shown (yet again) to be linked with to lower risk of heart disease. (Daily Mail, Dec 1st). Oops, there is no cheese in that picture above… lets add some here…

mmm. that’s better!


Not skipping breakfast has again been shown to be good for the metabolism. (Dailymail, Nov 29th)
At the other end of the day… review of studies that point to health effects of exposure to screen light, especially in children. The authors point to one study that found when adults and school-age children were exposed to the same amount and intensity of light, the children’s melatonin levels fell twice as much. Studies also have shown that short-wavelength “blue light”—ubiquitous in hand-held electronics—is particularly potent at suppressing melatonin. ‘Kids Uniquely Vulnerable To Sleep Disruption From Electronics’ (Scienceblog, Nov 2nd). Good article, or a brief video:

In the case of teens, you might feel you are on a losing battle, but New Scientist (Nov 28th) explains that “Teenage Brains can’t tell what’s important and what isn’t” (No shit Sherlock!)
Addiction to smartphones in teenagers can lead to an imbalance in brain chemistry that triggers depression and anxiety (Daily Mail, 30th Nov)
Other sleep news:

  1. Sleep deprivation stops brain cells firing properly (The Telegraph, Nov 6th)
  2. Why the middle-aged get the worst night’s sleep (Daily Mail, Dec 1st) The worst thing people do to wake up in the morning — according to a sleep scientist (UK Business Insider, Dec 1st)
  3. We ask sleep experts – what is the best way to fall asleep? (Leicester Mercury, Nov 30th).. hmmm, not sure about some of this.
  4. Studies say less sleep can cause weight gain (WNDU, Dec 1st)
  5. Worrying about insomnia may do more harm than poor sleep (Medical News Today, Nov 9th)


If you have kids, watch out for a rash like this:

Why? What is it? It took me about 2 seconds, literally, to diagnose these two bibbies, and I got it right – just from the photo – running through all the other possible skin rashes, the shade of red, the distribution and any areas of parlor for the next 10 seconds, I kept coming back to my first, and I now know, correct, diagnosis. And I didn’t have the option of examining them! It’s measles. Incredibly, both these tots were repeatedly misdiagnosed by our ‘wonderful’ NHS doctors. Their shocking stories can be read here: Daily Mail, Nov 28th. 
A second measles-related story this month is about the jab:

Medical image created by Peoplecreations –

‘Perhaps we now have the link between vaccination and autism’
A professor of Bioinorganic Chemistry from Keele University, the brilliant Christopher Exley, reveals that aluminium in vaccines may be behind the fact that autism sufferers to have up 10 times more aluminium in their brains than is safe (Daily Mail, Nov 30th).
Chris Exley, by the way, was the professor who alerted the world to the power of high silicate spring waters – like Volvic and Badoit – as an effective measure to remove aluminium from the body. See our health hack #1. It should be noted here that Medical Herbalists, like myself, have used a silica-rich plant, Equisetum arvensis, horsetail, for just this purpose for many many decades, so, as usual, we got there first.
Also, this month we learned that 50 years ago big sugar covered up research that showed a link between the white stuff, heart disease (The Guardian, Nov 21st) and cancer (CNN, Nov 21st)
Finally, in our recent posts on heart disease risk calculators (here and here) we questioned whether cholesterol was as significant a risk factor as we are led to believe. So this article in BBC News (Nov 30th) is timely, pointing out that male pattern baldness and premature greying have been found to be very strong risk factors in several studies.

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