Sugar Consumption linked to Fatty Liver Disease


A recently published study in the Journal of Hepatology has found a link between sugar consumption (in the form of sugar-sweetened beverage) and fatty liver disease.  The same link was not found with diet-soda.

From the study:

In conclusion, we observed that regular sugar-sweetened beverage consumption was associated with greater risk of fatty liver disease, particularly in overweight and obese individuals, whereas diet soda intake was not associated with measures of fatty liver disease.

See:  Ma, J; Fox, CS; Jacques, PF; Speliotes, EK; Hoffmann, U; Smith, CE; Saltzman, E; and McKeown, NM. Sugar-Sweetened Beverage, Diet Soda, and Fatty Liver Disease in the Framingham Study Cohorts. Journal of Hepatology, June 2015 DOI: 10.1016/j.jhep.2015.03.032

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Unexpected: Men with Asthma may have better Prostate Cancer Outcomes

Take these results with caution as no cause and effective or protective factor has been established and this finding is based on an observational study.  But interesting nonetheless: John Hopkins Medicine: Men with Asthma Less Likely to Develop Lethal Prostate Cancer

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Adolescent Obesity linked to increased Bowel Cancer


A study recently published in the journal Gut, Adolescent body mass index and erythrocyte sedimentation rate in relation to colorectal cancer risk, links adolescent obesity with an increased colorectal cancer risk.  Specifically, a 2.08 and 2.38-fold higher increase was found based on weight levels.

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Major Finding: Direct Link from Brain to the Immune System


While the traditional systems of health have always had a holistic view of the interaction of different parts and organs of the body, Western science has long utilized reductionistic, atomistic, and fragmented approaches to physiology.  This to a certain extent was necessary and appropriate in the development of science but when the limitations of this approach are not seen it leads to all kinds of incoherence.

Mainstream medicine has only postulated indirect and mediated mechanisms for a connection between the brain and the immune system.  Now, a study in Nature titled:

Structural and functional features of central nervous system lymphatic vessels

has suggested that the brain has a direct connection to the immune system via meningeal lymphatic vessels.

From the abstract of the study:

One of the characteristics of the central nervous system is the lack of a classical lymphatic drainage system. Although it is now accepted that the central nervous system undergoes constant immune surveillance that takes place within the meningeal compartment the mechanisms governing the entrance and exit of immune cells from the central nervous system remain poorly understood. In searching for T-cell gateways into and out of the meninges, we discovered functional lymphatic vessels lining the dural sinuses. These structures express all of the molecular hallmarks of lymphatic endothelial cells, are able to carry both fluid and immune cells from the cerebrospinal fluid, and are connected to the deep cervical lymph nodes. The unique location of these vessels may have impeded their discovery to date, thereby contributing to the long-held concept of the absence of lymphatic vasculature in the central nervous system. The discovery of the central nervous system lymphatic system may call for a reassessment of basic assumptions in neuroimmunology and sheds new light on the aetiology of neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases associated with immune system dysfunction.

Monsanto Faces Resistance in Germany

The ministers of Germany’s state consumer protection agency are calling for an EU-wide ban on the pesticide Glyphosate.

The WHO has categorized Glyphosate as probably carcinogenic.

Interesting to see Germany taking a lead on this.

One of favourite papers on Glyphosate, although not directly related to the subject of this post, is Todd Caldecott’s Glyphosate causes celiac disease?

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Patient Harm Associated with Hospital Care


A 2013 study from the Journal of Patient Safety attempted to revise previous estimates of how many Americans die each year from medical errors (98,000 was the figure).

Based on their review of studies published from 2008 to 2011, they established a number of 210,000 deaths per year, as a lower limit, were associated with preventable harm in hospitals.

We are taking this to be a conservative estimate.

You can view the study here: A New, Evidence-based Estimate of Patient Harms Associated with Hospital Care

Documenting Traditional Medical Knowledge

Ryan Abbot, M.D., J.D., M.T.O.M has prepared an interesting 52 page document titled Documenting Traditional Medical Knowledge.

From the Executive Summary:

Many problems associated with the protection of traditional medical knowledge lack clear solutions.  In attempting to protect traditional medicine, traditional knowledge holders are confronted by a confusing and diverse group of national and international policies, regulatory systems designed primarily to accommodate pharmaceutical medicines, safety and efficacy concerns, and challenges to ownership.

This text is designed to assist traditional medical knowledge holders, government representatives and third-party collaborators to think about issues of intellectual property law specifically related to traditional medical knowledge. It is not intended to provide legal advice, but rather to help stimulate thinking about traditional knowledge and to provide illustrative case studies.

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Thunder God Vine / Leigongteng


Thunder God Vine entered the spotlight recently for a successful study of weight loss in mice.

From the senior author Umut Ozcan:

The message from this study is that there is still hope for making leptin work, and there is still hope for treating obesity. If Celastrol works in humans as it does in mice, it could be a powerful way to treat obesity and improve the health of many patients suffering from obesity and associated complications, such as heart disease, fatty liver, and type 2 diabetes.

Weightloss is a meaningful pursuit, it’s far too soon to suggest this herb is right for this purpose in humans.

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Mind Is Very Powerful


Mind is very powerful. The mind suggests that you are bound and you accept it. This is the creation of samsara. Then the mind suggests to be free from samsara, and then the practice starts. This is all a concept! Nirvana is only a concept, a trap of the mind. So how do you escape this trap? When you call it a ‘trap’ you are out of it. You know by a special spontaneous knowledge that all this is just a trap of the mind. Then you understand that there is nothing to do and nowhere to go. Just be. You have come from nowhere and you will never go anywhere. — Papaji

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