Category Archives: Health

C. Diff Bacteria Threat Results from Sugary Diets

Diets filled with sugar attract C. Diff.

Diets full of simple sugars attract C. Diff.

By MCNS Staff

Some widespread bacteria types that are known to cause serious gut infections are evolving. They can better consume sugar which is highly available in western diets while simultaneously resisting disinfectants that are used in western healthcare settings.

The diarrhea and colitis-causing bacteria type Clostridioides difficile, or C. Diff is common throughout this environment and results in nearly 500,000 infections every year in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This can be fatal for the elderly and very sick people who have been hospitalized or have been administered antibiotics.

Traces of the bacteria are especially susceptible to being found in U.S. hospitals  which often serve foods composed of simple sugars. The bacteria developed over thousands of years and adapted to human diets, hence its compatibility with simple sugars. For more on the bacteria, click here.

Paleo Diet May Increase Heart Disease

A Paleo diet has been linked to increased risk of heart disease.

The Paleo diet has been linked to the increased risk of heart disease according to a new study.

By MCNS Staff

The Paleolithic or “Paleo” diet was inspired by food that European’s cavemen ancestors ate a few thousand years ago and has become popular in recent years for its purported weight loss and gut health benefits.  That is, despite the fact that the diet includes a great deal of meat and saturated fat.  However, new research suggests that following this diet too closely may increase risk of heart disease.

Particularly the increased meat and exclusion of whole grains increase the levels of TMAO which is a metabolite associated with heart disease. The study was conducted by researchers at Edith Cowan University in Australia. For more on the study, click here.

Can Maca Root Enhance Body Shape

Research suggests that maca can improve physical shape by increasing energy.

Among other health benefits, research suggests that maca can improve physical shape by increasing energy.

By MCNS Staff

Maca is a root that is currently being used to address impotency in men and infertility in women. In addition, maca is used to boost libido, mood, and energy levels.

Additionally, many people claim that maca root can help “improve” body composition. Yet at this time, evidence of this has been stated as being somewhat limited.

However, preliminary research has shown that maca can improve physical performance which would aid in doing exercises that result in body sculpting. Particularly, evidence suggests that maca can improve stamina, endurance, and overall energy.

Maca is a Peruvian grown root that is closely related to broccoli, brussels sprouts, and cauliflower. Maca is usually consumed in powder form. It can be placed in drinks, smoothies, or taken as its own liquid and in capsules.

Yet there are some health concerns. Individuals who have thyroid problems or mothers who are pregnant or breastfeeding should exercise cation and contact their doctor before using maca. For more on maca and its health benefits, click here.

Scientists Warn Against Harmful Effects of 5G

By Swahili Scientists

New 5G technology may be harmful for human use.

New 5G technology may be harmful for human use.

This past month, more than 180 scientists and doctors from 36 countries warned the European Union about the danger of 5G on June 17, which would lead to a significant increase in involuntary exposure to electromagnetic radiation. The scientists urged the EU to follow Resolution 1815 of the Council of Europe, thus requesting an independent task force to reassess the health effects.

5G stands for the fifth generation of wireless technologies and is said to provide even faster wireless uploads and downloads of data. One result could be faster and thus “blueray” video streaming.

The 5G technology will include higher millimeter wave frequencies. However, these millimeter waves do not travel easily through buildings, therefore millions of new “small cell” antennas will be needed in urban areas.

In this way, the scientists argue, there is no longer anyone escaping the potentially harmful effects of radiation.

In the past, studies on the health impact of electromagnetic radiation have often been influenced, even skewed by industry. Therefore, the scientists insist that independent studies should be conducted on the effects of 5G radiation in order “to ensure the safety of the population.”

They therefore asked the European Commission to postpone the expansion of the 5G network “until the potential risks to human health and the environment have been thoroughly investigated by scientists independent of industry.”

Plans for a pilot project to provide high-speed 5G wireless internet in Brussels were halted due to concerns about the health of its citizens.

“I cannot welcome such technology if the radiation standards, which must protect the citizen, are not respected, 5G or not,” said Environment Minister Céline Fremault. “The people of Brussels are not guinea pigs whose health I can sell at a profit. We cannot leave anything to doubt,” she added.