Category Archives: health

‘Our Brains Are Designed for Addiction—And That’s Not Necessarily a Bad Thing’.. 

Addiction may be a frightful and insidious process of change in our habits – but that doesn’t make it a disease. (cont..) Source: Our Brains Are Designed for Addiction—And That’s Not Necessarily a Bad Thing | Alternet

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‘Legal-highs empire under the hammer’..

The former empire of legal-highs godfather Matt Bowden is disintegrating – three of his properties – worth more than $5 million, are listed for mortgagee sale. Creditors are circling as liquidators dispose of the remains of his multimillion-dollar fortune. But … Continue reading

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‘Why a third of Kiwi kids are overweight’..

On how we’re marketing our children into obesity: ‘It is actually immoral. Children are so vulnerable’. ‘There is plenty of evidence showing that unhealthy food marketing does impact food preferences for children’ says Stefanie Vandevijvere from Auckland University’s school of … Continue reading

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‘Mindfulness is a capitalist grift: How faux enlightenment maintains our status quo’.. 

The meditative practice favored by America’s titans of industry bears no relation to its anti-materialist origins. You can tell a lot about trendy new concepts by who embraces them and why. In the case of mindfulness business leaders cite a … Continue reading

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‘Hemp seed food standard moves a step closer’.. 

New Zealand could adopt a food standard for the sale of hemp seed products in the next 12-18 months. The adoption of a hemp seed food standard has taken a small step closer following high level discussion between New Zealand … Continue reading

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‘Undercover video shows Planned Parenthood official discussing fetal organs used for research’.. 

Undercover video shows a Planned Parenthood doctor discussing the use of tissue samples from aborted foetuses. Anti-abortion groups also said the callous nature of the discussion captured on film should tug at viewers’ consciences – particularly when Deborah Nucatola – … Continue reading

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‘Beautiful microscope photographs of drugs – legal and illegal: LSD – caffeine – GHB – meth – and more’.. 

Who knew caffeine, aspirin, and LSD were so darn beautiful up close? In Medium’s wonderful ‘Micrograph Stories’ series several spectacular photo-set of legal and illegal drugs – as revealed through microscope photographs. Maurice Mikkers says the experience of photographing these … Continue reading

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‘Why is midlife such a lonely time?’..  

People in their 40s and 50s report feeling increasingly isolated. Social media can seem like a magic potion but can end up making us feel worse. In all the recent statistical analysis and commentary on the epidemic of loneliness perhaps … Continue reading

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‘After ‘Year of Pot,’ Cannabis Industry Is Worth Serious Cash’..

A look at the latest in potrepreneurship. (cont..) Source: After ‘Year of Pot,’ Cannabis Industry Is Worth Serious Cash | Alternet

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‘Uruguay cannabis market still struggles for legitimacy a year after historic ruling’.. (+ op-ed..)

The South American country became the first ever to legalize the sale of marijuana in May 2014 but regulatory bodies – police and pharmacies have yet to catch up with home growers and their steady clientele. In the back room … Continue reading

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‘The top six best sources of protein for vegetarians and vegans’.. 

Much like Beyonce the (sometimes) vegan the main question I a vegetarian am asked is ‘where do you get your protein from?’ And every time I think to myself ‘Really? Is this where we’re at? Still?’ It’s made me realise … Continue reading

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‘Sugary foods leave UK children facing tooth decay ‘crisis’..

British children face a tooth decay ‘crisis’ with huge numbers needing to have teeth removed under general anaesthetic – according to a senior dental surgeon. Professor Nigel Hunt – dean of the Royal College of Surgeons’ dental faculty – also … Continue reading

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‘State axed audits of its homes’.. 

A long-term contract to inspect all state houses for potential risks to health and safety was axed the year before two Auckland tenants died last winter- partly because they lived in cold damp houses. Housing NZ has confirmed it did … Continue reading

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‘A History of the Quaalude’..

William James thought the world was made up of two halves: the healthy-minded or those who could ‘avert one’s attention from evil and live simply in the light of good … quite free of one’s melancholy self’ and the sick-souled … Continue reading

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‘Doctor who gave hundreds of healthy patients chemotherapy jailed for 45 years after making millions from insurance companies’.. 

A doctor from Detroit, Michigan who misdiagnosed patients with cancer – giving them unnecessary chemotherapy treatment in order to claim millions in health insurance – has been sentenced to 45 years in prison. Around 553 patients received unnecessary infusions or … Continue reading

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‘Heart Attack Alley: A ‘shocking commentary’ on New Zealand’.. 

A nutritionist has dubbed a 3km stretch of road featuring more than 30 fast-food options ‘Heart Attack Alley’. Lincoln Road in Henderson West Auckland offers an astonishing 34 fast-food options at least 24 of which could be considered unhealthy. This … Continue reading

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‘Don’t Try Too Hard: The Art of Wu-Wei’.. 

Employing the ancient Chinese art of wu-wei is now being touted by modern science as a way to enrich life. the basics of the Chinese art of wu-wei – an integral component of Taosim. Through tales filled with wit and … Continue reading

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‘Fossil fuel industry must ‘implode’ to avoid climate disaster – says top scientist’.. 

‘The age of carbon is over’ and a transition to a greener economy is inevitable says Hans Joachim Schellnhuber adviser to the German government and Pope Francis. An ‘induced implosion’ of the fossil fuel industry must take place for there … Continue reading

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‘Wind power generates 140% of Denmark’s electricity demand’.. 

Unusually high winds allowed Denmark to meet all of its electricity needs – with plenty to spare for Germany Norway and Sweden too. On an unusually windy day Denmark found itself producing 116% of its national electricity needs from wind … Continue reading

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‘It’s not cocaine: what you need to know about the pope’s coca drink’.. (+ op-ed..)

As Pope Francis sips his cup of coca leaf tea – what are the benefits of the Bolivian standard and other national stimulants? It’s the brew of popes: coca – the main ingredient in cocaine – has been enjoyed by … Continue reading

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‘Did oil giant ExxonMobil know about climate change in 1981?’.. 

The biggest oil company in the world – ExxonMobil – suspected fossil fuels might be involved in climate change as early as 1981 – seven years before the issue hit the headlines – the firm’s former climate expert has revealed. … Continue reading

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‘AC/DC’s Phil Rudd a ‘fragile man’.. 

With stagecraft worthy of AC/DC the judge built up the tension – as Phil Rudd twitched nervously – fearing jail. An austere courtroom in provincial New Zealand seemed like the strangest place for discussing the fortunes of one of the … Continue reading

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‘What child poverty campaigners in the UK could learn from New Zealand’.. 

A right-leaning government that’s handing out benefits rises – it seems unlikely. Then in a budget delivered in May finance minister Bill English announced that benefits for families with children would rise by NZ$25 (£11) a week – or around 8%. … Continue reading

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‘Family vows to keep fighting for medicinal cannabis in Alex Renton’s ‘.. 

Mother of Nelson teen who died after mystery illness vows to dedicate her life to campaign for medicinal cannabis. Alex Renton used to be obsessed with the benefits of medicinal cannabis. ‘He would follow me with his laptop around the … Continue reading

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‘Tax on foods could prevent 2400 NZ deaths a year – study’.. 

New research shows thousands of deaths could be prevented if some foods were taxed or subsidised. More than 2000 New Zealand deaths a year could be prevented through taxes on fat and salt and subsidies on fruit and vegetables – … Continue reading

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‘Breast screening does not reduce cancer deaths – international study warns’.. 

Researchers study original Swedish trial data – which provided evidence for UK’s and other screening programmes – and claim benefits were vastly overestimated. Internationally renowned cancer experts have cast fresh doubt on the benefits of breast cancer screening programmes – … Continue reading

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‘Chile takes step toward cannabis decriminalisation’.. 

Lower house of congress votes to decriminalise drug for personal use and if senate approves bill Chileans would be able to grow up to six plants.  Chile has taken a step forward in decriminalising the use of cannabis after the … Continue reading

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‘Despite what you hear – inequality has risen in New Zealand’.. 

OPINION: Inequality has risen sharply in New Zealand – despite what some would have you believe. Observant New Zealanders – who have noticed the number of children with poverty-related skin diseases soaring while gated communities proliferate – may be surprised … Continue reading

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‘A portrait artist draws while on LSD… for science! (1950s)’.. 

An artist –whose identity has been lost– was administered two 50-microgram doses of LSD – each separated by a lapse of one hour and was then asked to draw portraits while under its influence – using the doctor who administered … Continue reading

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‘People who look younger really are ageing slower – study shows’..  (+op-ed..)

NZ study discovers how to track who will stay looking young – and who will appear old before their time. Some lucky people look young for their age while others appear old before their time; now researchers from Dunedin can … Continue reading

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‘Greenwald: What Portugal Can Teach Us About Decriminalizing Drugs’..

None of the scenarios touted by opponents—rampant increases in drug use by the young; Lisbon becoming a ‘drug tourist’ haven—has occurred. On July 1 2001 a nationwide law in Portugal took effect that decriminalized all drugs including cocaine and heroin. … Continue reading

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‘Presidential Candidates Get Graded on Marijuana: Guess Who Passed and Who Failed?’.. (+ op-ed..)

Here are the positions of all the candidates on pot policy. (cont..) (ed:.i am sure a polling of our political ‘leaders’ would be in the main as depressing as the absolute drivel/twisted-logic spouted by these american politicians.. oh..!..and chris christie … Continue reading

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‘Healthcare heals the sick. Better pay keeps them healthy in the first place’.. (+ op-ed..) 

Broader insurance access is great – but it’s more effective to prevent people from getting sick – and socioeconomic equality helps do that. While Obamacare has expanded access to insurance (and thus to care) – available estimates and evidence indicate … Continue reading

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‘Like Meat and Beer? – Hate Cancer?’..

Spring is coming. Before long, beer-drinking men and women will be coaxing fiery embers to life and tossing dead animals onto charred metal grates above them. Ahh the sizzle and snap of fat as it hits red hot coals. Oh no! … Continue reading

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‘Shocking Number of Deaths Linked to Sugary Drinks in New Study’.. 

Low- and middle-income countries are bearing the brunt of the burden. (cont..) Source: Shocking Number of Deaths Linked to Sugary Drinks in New Study | Alternet

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‘Bring on the sugar tax’..(+ op-ed..)

It must be hard being a politician. You go along giving what seem like quite reasonable reasons for doing or not doing things – then suddenly you have to cast about for different reasons when the original justifications don’t work … Continue reading

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‘Cannabis should be legal and tobacco illegal – under-30s tell new survey’.. 

Cannabis should be legal and tobacco should be made illegal, according to a new survey for young people. Student Money Saver (SMS) polled 1,000 people under the age of 30 to get their views on alcohol and drug use and … Continue reading

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‘Giving us a fat chance against obesity’..

Minister of Health Jonathan Coleman is extraordinarily pleased with himself on many fronts – but the one that causes him the largest most gormless grin is his claim that the Government has ‘taken health off the front pages’ It is … Continue reading

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‘Budgets for teaching go on food’.. (+ op-ed..)

Schools are digging into their teaching budgets – in some cases relying on donations from principals and teachers – to feed children who turn up hungry. A nationwide survey of lower decile school principals has indicated how many kids don’t … Continue reading

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‘Australians becoming numb to democracy’s death by a thousand cuts’..

Imagine a country where a doctor could be jailed for revealing children are at risk. Where politicians collude to camouflage the misery of people fleeing torture and persecution. A country where deeply contentious policies are shrouded in secrecy. That country … Continue reading

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