Category Archives: Health

Michelle Obama Criticizes Trump Administration’s School Lunch Policy

By MCNS Staff

michelle_trumpFormer first lady Michelle Obama expressed concern Friday over the Trump administration’s decision to scale back school meal nutritional requirements. She expressed her concerns after Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue signed a proclamation that relaxes standards for the upcoming school year in three key areas: whole grains, salt and milk.

While at a public health summit in Washington D.C., she stated “This is where you really have to look at motives, you know. You have to stop and think, why don’t you want our kids to have good food at school? What is wrong with you? And why is that a partisan issue? Why would that be political? What is going on?”

The agriculture rollback is part of a larger campaign by the Trump administration

Monsanto Found Guilty in Netherlands

By Swahili Scientist.

Screen-Shot-2016-11-24-at-10.37.05-am This past month, judges presiding over the International Monsanto Tribunal in The Hague, Netherlands delivered a legal opinion regarding Monsanto’s impact on human rights, the environment, access to food, and scientific integrity.

Their conclusion was that Monsanto’s business activities infringe on peoples’ rights to a clean, sustainable environment.

The tribunal stated that the company adversely affects the world’s access to food and that by manufacturing and distributing substances such as PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) and glyphosate, Monsanto has infringed on our right to high standards of health.

Additionally, the tribunal found that Monsanto thwarts scientific freedom by practicing forms of intimidation, pressuring governments and discrediting legitimate scientific research that

African-Americans Don’t Sleep As Well as Other Ethnic Groups

By Swahili Scientists

man-insomnia[1]Fewer black people are able to sleep for the recommended six to nine nightly hours than any other ethnic group in the United States and a smaller percentage of African Americans’ rest is spent in “slow-wave sleep,” the deepest and most restorative phase of sleep that produces the most benefits in healing and cognition, according to the LA Times.

 

A lack of sound sleep has cascading effects on racial health disparities, including an increased risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

 

This lack of sleep is largely due to the lack of access to safe, reliable and comfortable sleep environments. Needless to say, this is a result of racism in the US.

 

Therefore, the most effective way for African Americans to obtain more sleep is simply to fight racism.

Is Yerba Mate Tea Better for You Than Coffee?

By MCNS Staff

 

yerba-mate-tea-2_orig[1]Yerba mate has a number of health benefits and in similar ways, can be as effective and satisfying as coffee. It has a unique, rich flavor that’s similar to black or green tea. Also, in South America drinking yerba mate tea, oftentimes from gourds, is a common social pastime.

 

The website wellnessmama.com tackles this. It claims that yerba mate tea “is made from the leaves of the ilex paraguariensis plant. It’s been used for centuries in South America for medicinal purposes and as a social beverage.”

It also lists a host of health benefits such as being rich in antioxidants, healthy for the heart, anti-inflammatory, and good for weight loss among others.

The site wellnessmama.com also notes that yerba mate contains “polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons” which is the same carcinogen (cancer causing) substance found in tobacco and charred foods.

Yerba mate also contains small amounts of heavy lead such as aluminum and lead. However, wellnessmama.com claims that “the average lead concentration in yerba mate tea is less than half of what the EPA considers safe for drinking water. Green tea, coffee, and even fruits and vegetables also contain varying amounts of heavy metals in them, since it’s naturally abundant in soil.”

 

For more on wellnessmama’s take on yerba mate, click here.