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26-09-2014 10:16
Doomwatch is the best show around

31-05-2014 09:13
Missed you this week.. Happy Birthday Alex for Sunday. you misunderstood my text last week as I meanth a local broadcast audience. ie Local Bar or suchlike

04-11-2013 00:50
Fantastic first show Alex and great to hear Patrick Henningsen again

03-04-2013 21:37
Good guest this week. When is someone going to knock on the Royals' door???

20-03-2013 21:40
pass the parcel lol

Doomwatch 14 - Claire Whiles - Valentine's Night Special

Doomwatch 14 - Claire Whiles - Valentine's Night Special

Friday 14 February 2014, 6.00pm-8.00pm GMT on Peterborough FM - You are invited to join host alex:g and Text Jockey Lexy Manning for this 14th edition of DOOMWATCH, as they talk with CLAIRE WHILES about natural nutrition as well as other matters with a Valentine's Day twist. Topics on the agenda include aphrodisiac foods, foods to avoid (including a discussion of why Subway had to remove specific substances from their bread), good and bad sugars and fats, the perils of artificial sweeteners, the dangers of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (as found in the majority of soaps), and Valentine's Day gifts which help educate to the realities of the world. They will also be covering some of the relevant news stories of the week. You are now not only able to listen in to DOOMWATCH, but you can also see the show, in-vision, via www.ukcolumn.org/doomwatch



Subway to remove yoga mat chemical from its sandwiches after health activists launched petition

Azodicarbonamide, a chemical found in Subway's bread is used to make shoe rubber and yoga mats.  Vani Hari, blogger for FoodBabe.com said the chemical was used as 'a bleaching agent' and that it wasn't natural.  'The complete conversion to have this product out of the bread will be done soon,' Subway said in a statement, without providing further details. Subway claimed that they already planned to remove the chemical from the bread



Heathrow security confiscate miniature 'gun' from Toy Story Woody figure

The thought of Toy Story character Woody being considered an airport terror threat may seem laughable to most, but not so for the Heathrow security staff who confiscated a miniature toy gun from the doll before allowing it to travel with its owner. A puzzled father uploaded a picture of the moment staff chose to remove the tiny firearm after examining his Woody figurine.

"I have travelled the world with Toy Story’s Woody, taking pics for my son," the father told Reddit users. "At Heathrow, security just confiscated his “weapon”, keep the world safe boys…"



Are Coffee Drinkers Happier?

Science now indicates you may actually need caffeine to ward off the blues. Researchers are finding that drinking caffeinated coffee decreases the risk of depression in women.  And the more coffee you drink, the better. Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health examined whether consuming caffeine or certain other caffeinated beverages is associated with depression risk in women. They studied 50,739 U.S. women who participated in the Nurses' Health Study. Participants, who had a mean age of 63 and had no depression at the start of the study, were followed for ten years.

The authors defined depression as reporting a new diagnosis of clinical depression and beginning regular use of antidepressants in the previous two years.  During the 10-year follow-up period, researchers identified 2,607 new cases of depression. When compared with women who consumed one cup of caffeinated coffee or less per week, those who consumed two to three cups per day had a 15% decreased risk for depression.

And depression risk dropped in a dose-dependent manner.  More caffeine dropped the risk even further.  Those consuming four cups or more per day had a 20% decrease in risk. Compared with women in the lowest (less than 100 milligrams per day) categories of caffeine consumption, those in the highest category (550 mg per day or more) had a 20% decreased risk of depression.

It does seem that the caffeine in coffee makes the difference. No association was found between decaffeinated coffee and depression risk. Other research shows coffee kills pain and sharpens your mind.  It may also ward off skin cancer and lead to a longer life.  But caffeinated coffee may not be appropriate for pregnant women.    



Goji Berry Protects From Bisphenol-A Damage In Vital Male Reproductive Organs

BPA is an endocrine disrupter and in numerous animal studies, it is associated with hormone disruption, obesity, neurological damage and cancer. Despite the consistent evidence, it is still considered a safe chemical to be used in food cans, plastic beverage and water bottles and food packaging, which are the main sources for BPA exposure in humans.

A main concern regarding BPA is the harmful effects on male reproductive organs. In a study published in 2006 in the journal "Cancer Research" low grade exposure to BPA in rats was shown to increase prostate gland susceptibility to adult-onset precancerous lesions and hormonal carcinogenesis.

Goji berry has been extensively used as a traditional remedy for male infertility in China. Previous research indicates that Goji berry protects DNA from oxidative damages and restores the production of sexual hormones. Also, Goji berry polysaccharides increased the concentration of antioxidant compounds, such as glutathione and superoxide dismutase, and improved the blood hormone profile, which is very negatively affected by BPA.



Vitamin B12 Deficiency and Brain Health

A 57 year old woman was treated with months of both antipsychotic and antidepressant medications and given two rounds of electroconvulsive treatment before anyone bothered to check her vitamin B12 level. Her symptoms were years in the making including tearfulness, anxiety, movement abnormalities, constipation, lethargy, and eventually perceptual disturbances (hearing her name called) and the ultimate in severe psychiatric pathology: catatonia. Despite her inpatient treatment, she remained suicidal, depressed, and lethargic. Within two months of identifying her Vitamin B12 deficiency, and subsequent B12 treatment, she reverted to her baseline of 14 years previously, and remained stable with no additional treatment.



Preventing and Reversing Cancer Naturally: The Anticancer Diet Shopping List

A new report released by the World Health Organization forecasts that by 2035, an incredible 24 million people will be diagnosed with cancer globally. Despite being overlooked for decades, volumes of scientific evidence prove that diet and nutrition play a leading role in cancer development. Even the WHO report recommends a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains as a powerful way to help stave off this disease. Here is a list of anticancer superfoods that you can begin incorporating into your diet today for greater health and vitality.

Alkaline Foods - the diet should consist of 80 percent alkaline-forming foods, such as those available from many raw fruits and vegetables, as well as nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes. Fruits: Berries, apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, currants, dates, figs, grapefruit, grapes, kiwis, lemons, limes, mangos, melons, nectarines, olives, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, persimmons, pine­apple, quince, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangerines, and water­melon. (The most alkaline-forming foods are lemons and melons.) Vegetables: Artichoke, asparagus, sprouts, beets, bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, col­lards, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, endive, ginger, horseradish, kale, kelp, seaweeds, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, rad­ishes, spinach, squash, tomatoes, watercress, and yams. Whole Grains: Amaranth, barley, oats, quinoa, and wild rice. Beans/Legumes: Almonds, chestnuts, chickpeas, green beans, lima beans, peas, and soybeans. Seeds: Alfalfa, chia, coconut, radish, and sesame.

Cruciferous Vegetables - kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, arugula, watercress, turnips, mustard plant, Brussels sprouts, and bok choy. Cruciferous vegetables contain detoxifying compounds called indoles and isothiocyanates, which have been proven to help prevent and reverse cancer. Recent research has identified sulforaphane, a compound found in broccoli, cabbage, and other cruciferous vegetables as a potent anticancer agent.

Green Foods - Wheatgrass, barley grass, alfalfa, blue-green algae, arugula, spinach, chlorella and spirulina, and other green foods are rich in blood-purifying chlorophyll and other important phytonutrients for detoxifying the system and rejuvenating organs. Laboratory tests have established that chlorophyll inhibits the activity of carcinogens at a molecular level.

Red Foods - strawberries, tomatoes, raspberries, tart cherries, cranberries, and goji berries are high in immune-supportive and cancer-fighting nutrients such as lycopene and carotene.

Fibre - an important component of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Studies have indicated that 30g of dietary fibre daily decrease the risk of colorectal cancer. Research has also suggested that high fibre intake may lower the risk of breast, colorectal, uterine and prostate cancers.

Olive Oil - shown to possess anticancer properties. Studies have demonstrated that the monounsaturated fatty acids contained in olive oil have a protective effect against cancer growth. But remember, more isn't always better. Olive oil still has 120 calories per tablespoon, so don't go overboard. Choose a good-quality, extra virgin, cold-pressed variety.

Juices - freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juices provide valuable enzymes and antioxidant nutrients that are easily digestible. Compounds in cabbage juice have been observed to have favourable effects on stomach and colorectal cancer. Rich in beta-carotene and Vitamin A, carrot juice is beneficial but should be watered down, as it is also high in sugar, and can potentially spike blood sugar levels. Adding a teaspoon of vitamin C to juices creates an even more potent preventive tonic.

Green Tea - High in antioxidants known as polyphenolic catechins, green tea has been shown to help prevent skin, lung, esophageal, stomach, pancreatic, and bladder cancer in animals.  Studies have demonstrated that green tea extract halts the spread of chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Mushrooms - several varieties of mushrooms have powerful healing properties. The maitake mushroom kills cancer cells by enhancing the activity of T-helper cells. Research has shown the maitake mushroom exerts a favourable effect on various types of cancer, including breast, colon, and prostate. Both shiitake and reishi mushrooms have also been observed to have strong antitumor properties in animals. Research has revealed that the cordyceps mushroom inhibits the division and proliferation of cancer cells. And, surprisingly, the common white button mushroom has been shown to suppress aromatase activity and estrogen biosynthesis, which make it an excellent breast cancer chemopreventive agent.

Seaweeds - Chinese medicine has long recognized the value of seaweed for treating cancers, as it softens hardened tumours. More recently, research has shed light on the powerful mix of micronutrients, including Vitamin C and Vitamin E, as well as minerals, iodine, fibre, and polysaccharides in seaweed, which make it a powerful nutritional tool in combating cancer.

Spices - research has associated black pepper and black cumin seed intake with a lower incidence of colon cancer. Rosemary is known to help prevent DNA damage by carcinogens and suppress cancer cell proliferation. Capsaicin, an ingredient found in chilli peppers, kills prostate cancer cells. Evidence suggests that parsley combats lung and breast cancer.



The great statins divide: As go-ahead is given for one in four adults to be offered heart drug, one doctor says this mass pill-popping is folly...

NICE has recommended statins are made available to patients with a 10% risk or more of having a heart attack within a decade. This would see up to 12 million patients taking the drug every day. Dr Aseem Malhotra believes up to one in five patients suffer side-effects. He suggests tackling obesity would have a bigger impact on lowering death rates



EU executive set to back new GM crop, member states divided

The European Commission is set to authorize the growing of genetically modified maize on European soil, despite 19 member states voting against the move, highlighting the “absurd” rules of weighted votes in the EU. In a debate on Tuesday, 19 EU member states indicated that they would vote against the authorization of genetically modified maize because of health and environmental concerns and opposition in the European Parliament.

But because of the so-called comitology rules of the EU, their votes will be insufficient to overturn the decision of bigger member states that support the introduction of insect resistant Pioneer 1507. The UK and Spain are both in favour of GM crops, while Germany abstained and France is staunchly against their introduction.

European health Commissioner Tonio Borg said on Tuesday that the commission is now legally bound to approve the crop. Borg insisted that extensive research since 2001 had shown the crop was safe.

The environmental groups Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth have said that Pioneer 1507 harms moths and butterflies and is designed to be resistant to a kind of weed killer that is about to be phased out in any case over safety concerns.



Deadly and Dangerous Shampoos, Toothpastes, and Detergents: Could 16,000 Studies Be Wrong About Sodium Lauryl Sulfate?

Personal care products could be putting you at risk for hair and skin damage, immunological problems, damage to your eyes, and possibly even cancer. Putting chemicals on your skin or scalp, such as getting a hair dye, may actually be worse than eating them. When you eat something, the enzymes in your saliva and stomach help to break it down and flush it out of your body. However, when you put these chemicals on your skin, they are absorbed straight into your bloodstream without filtering of any kind, going directly to your delicate organs. Once these chemicals find their way into your body, they tend to accumulate over time because you typically lack the necessary enzymes to break them down.

Sodium lauryl sulfate is a surfactant, detergent, and emulsifier used in thousands of cosmetic products, as well as in industrial cleaners. It is present in nearly all shampoos, scalp treatments, hair colour and bleaching agents, toothpastes, body washes and cleansers, make-up foundations, liquid hand soaps, laundry detergents, and bath oils/bath salts. Although SLS originates from coconuts, the chemical is anything but natural. The real problem with SLS is that the manufacturing process results in SLS being contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic by-product.

Similar to sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) is sodium laureth sulfate (short for sodium lauryl ether sulfate, or SLES), a yellow detergent with higher foaming ability. SLES is considered to be slightly less irritating than SLS. Ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS) is another surfactant variation commonly put into cosmetics and cleansers to make them foam. ALS is similar to SLS, with similar risks.

SLS goes by other names, including: Sodium dodecyl sulphate, A13-00356, Sulfuric acid, monododecyl ester, sodium salt, Akyposal SDS, Sodium salt sulfuric acid, Aquarex ME, Monododecyl ester sodium salt sulfuric acid, and Aquarex methyl.

According to the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep: Cosmetic Safety Reviews, research studies on SLS have shown links to: Irritation of the skin and eyes; Organ toxicity; Developmental/reproductive toxicity; Neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, ecotoxicology, and biochemical or cellular changes; and possible mutations and cancer.

If you visit the SLS page on the Environmental Working Group's website, you will see a very long list of health concerns and associated research studies. In fact, you will also see their mention of nearly 16,000 studies in the PubMed science library (as well as their link to that list) about the toxicity of this chemical. There are clearly grounds for concern about using products containing this agent. Yet sceptics abound, claiming that these concerns are overblown and unfounded. High levels of SLS intake, either orally or through the skin, are not ordinarily experienced in normal cosmetics use—it's the gradual, cumulative effects of long-term, repeated exposures that are the real concern.

A number of studies report SLS being damaging to oral mucosa and skin. This is not at all surprising since SLS is actually used as a skin irritant during studies where medical treatments for skin irritation require an intentionally irritating agent. A study at the Stern College for Women at Yeshiva University in New York in 1997 examined SLS in mouthwash. They found that SLS in mouth rinses caused desquamation of oral epithelium and a burning sensation in human volunteers.

A study appearing in Exogenous Dermatology confirmed SLS to be a very "corrosive irritant" to the skin—irritation which persisted in research subjects for 3 weeks. SLS exerts its damage by stripping your skin of protective oils and moisture. SLS is associated with increased canker sores due to the denaturing effect and irritation of the oral mucosa. Swallowing SLS will likely lead to nausea and diarrhoea and is even used as a laxative in enemas. So be careful not to swallow much of your toothpaste if it contains SLS.



Argan Oil: A Moisturizer So Pure You Could Drink It

Argania Spinosa is a non-cultivated forest product (wildcrafted) that is best known for the production of its high quality cosmetic and edible oils. The preventative and curative benefits of cosmetic and dietary Argan Oil have been well known to the Amazigh (Berber) people of Morocco for more than a thousand years. However, it was not until very recently (the 1990s) that modern science began to take an interest in the cosmetic and dietary medicinal properties of Argan Oil. Since then a flurry of research papers have been published extolling the benefits of this most precious of oils.

Today Argan Oil is most widely used as a cosmetic oil to treat: The Skin (​​Acne,  As an anti-aging agent, Burns, Dry skin (moisturizer), Eczema​, Psoriasis, Rosacea​, Scabies, Skin inflammations, Wounds, Wrinkles), The Hair (​​Dullness/Lusterlessness, Dry Hair, Prevention of hair loss), The Nails (​​Brittle nailsArgan oil products).

Caution is advised when considering mass market commercial products promoting Argan Oil in their formulations because many commercial products also contain a wide variety of neurotoxins and carcinogens.

The properties that make Olive Oil and Grapeseed Oil so good for you, are found in abundance in Argan Oil. This will come as no surprise to the Berber Tribes of Morocco who have been using Argan Oil in their diet for countless centuries. The Berbers have drizzled it over food before serving, stirred into soups, used it couscous and tagine dishes, and to make their famous Amlou spread - an almond, Argan Oil and honey spread used for bread dipping and as a highly nutritious breakfast food..



Stevioside may be beneficial as a dietary supplementation for promoting muscle recovery from injury

Stevioside, a noncaloric sweetener isolated from Stevia rebaudiana, exhibits anti-inflammatory and immune-modulatory effects. Thus, stevioside may be beneficial as a dietary supplementation for promoting muscle recovery from injury.



Sucralose's (Splenda) Harms Vastly Underestimated: Baking Releases Dioxin

A new, in-depth review on the synthetic sweetener sucralose (marketed as Splenda), published in the journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, is destined to overturn widely held misconceptions about the purported safety of this ubiquitous artificial sweetener. Found in tens of thousands of products and used by millions of consumers around the world, sucralose's unique ability to dissolve in alcohol and methanol as well as water, makes it the most versatile and therefore most widely used artificial sweetener in production today. And yet, its popularity is no indication nor guarantee of its safety, as is evidenced by the widespread use of other artificial sweeteners like aspartame, which while being safety approved in 90 nations around the world, has been linked to a wide range of serious health conditions including brain damage.  But the tide may be turning...

Already this year, the Center for the Public Interest in Science downgraded Splenda from "safe" to "caution," citing their need to evaluate a forthcoming Italian study linking the artificial sweetener to leukemia in mice as a basis for their decision.   Another recent human study linked Splenda to diabetes-associated changes, calling into question its value as a non-calorie sweetener for those suffering with, or wishing to prevent, blood sugar disorders.

The new study, however, may be the most concerning yet to surface in the peer-reviewed literature. Titled, "Sucralose, a synthetic organochlorine sweetener: overview of biological issues," it reveals an extensive array of hitherto underreported safety concerns, not the least of which is the formation of highly toxic chlorinated compounds, including dioxins, when Splenda is used in baking, an application which its manufacturer actively encourages it to be used for.



Thirteen sensual aphrodisiac foods to improve your sex life

Chocolate - According to Amy Reiley in her book, "Romancing the Stove: The Unabridged Guide to Aphrodisiac Foods," chocolate helps thin the blood, improve circulation to sensitive parts and strengthen the heart enabling aiding endurance.

Strawberries -Try them dipped in chocolate for the ultimate aphrodisiac experience.

Espresso - helps to pump the blood. In her aphrodisiac cookbook, "The New InterCourses," Martha Hopkins recommends espresso for its ability to maintain the libido.

Oysters - high in protein, low in fat and of even greater importance, they're high in the mineral zinc, says Reiley, a critical nutrient in the production of testosterone.

Asparagus - according to the "Doctrine of Signatures", penned in the 16th century, that which resembles one thing may improve that which it looks like. It's now known that asparagus is rich in calcium, vitamin E, phosphorus and potassium, offering extra energy to improve endurance and stimulate sex hormones.

Ginger and Cayenne - Both of these encourage increased, oxygen-rich blood flow to some of the body's most sensitive areas.

Rosemary - boosts blood supply and helps increase sensitivity of the skin. Include it in your cooking and sprinkle a few drops of essential oil in the bath.

Bananas - high in nutrients that enhance the production of sex hormones.

Basil - used long ago by women as a scent of seduction to drive their men wild with desire. Use it in a salad, a pesto or just leave some of the fresh leaves around.

Pomegranate - researchers are conducting studies into the affects of pomegranate juice for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

Truffles - a great aphrodisiac for women. They're rich in amino acids and their scent is similar to that of a male pheromone.

Grapes - associated with Bacchus, the Roman god of ecstasy, and are a close contender with chocolate for being the top aphrodisiac.



Who owns Holland and Barrett?

1870 - Holland & Barrett was formed by Alfred Slapps Barrett and Major William Holland, who bought a grocery store and sold groceries and clothing.

1900s - Alfred Slapps Barrett and Major William Holland developed their business into two shops – a grocery store and a clothing store.

1920s - Alfred Button & Sons bought the grocery business of Holland and Barrett and kept the name Holland & Barrett.

1970 - Booker McConnell, formerly "Booker", a large cash and carry business, acquired Holland and Barrett. (Booker also acquired Heath & Heather stores and renamed them to Holland and Barrett.)

1992 - Lloydspharmacy acquired Holland and Barrett.

1997 - NBTY acquired Holland & Barrett. Before they were bought out by The Carlyle Group, NBTY owned many well-known brands, including Solgar, Nature’s Bounty and Ester-C.

2010 - The Carlyle Group, the US private equity group, agreed to buy NBTY in July 2010 for $55 a share, estimated to be about $3.4bn to $3.8bn.


The Bush family, the Saudi Royal family, Osama Bin Laden’s family and Donald Rumsfeld’s inner circle – these are just some of the high profile figures who have played a direct role in the rise of one of the most powerful and influential and secretive firms in Washington. The company is called The Carlyle Group. And in the wake of the events of September 11th and the invasion of Iraq, its power and influence have become significantly stronger. The company operates within the so-called iron-triangle of industry, government and the military. Its list of former and current advisers and associates includes a vast array of some of the most powerful men in America and indeed around the world. “Iron Triangle – The Carlyle Group” exposes the history of the Carlyle Group, from its inception as a private equity firm to its present status as one of the largest defence contractors in the world.




Dr BJ Hardick – GreenMedInfo.com - Sugar Free - expect to see more sugar-free options everywhere.  With Tom Hanks being the latest celebrity to announce that his is "sugar-free," this is a good trend that is catching on.  Also heartening is the appearance on grocery store shelves of iced tea and chocolate bars containing more natural sweeteners like stevia and erythritol rather than the artificial sweeteners now questioned for safety (sucralose, aspartame).  Even Coke has moved to a stevia-sweetened beverage!

The Demise of Agave - because up to 55% of agave's chemical composition is fructose, which we know to damage the liver, agave now joins high fructose corn syrup on the bad-for-you list in many holistic circles.

Free Range versus Free Roaming - Menus across North America promote "free range chicken" and "cage free eggs".  Too good to be true?  Unfortunately, standards for labelling livestock "free range" are disappointingly vague. "Free run" conditions (in which animals are not caged but never let outside the barn) are trumped by "free range".  In the USA, a "free range" animal need only have the ability to leave the barn – it never has to, and insiders tell us most never do. Look for consumers to begin questioning the "free range" and "cage free" labels.

Intermittent Fasting - only a few years ago, fasting would have been more closely associated with religious practices than with holistic nutrition.  Newer nutrition theory shows that the body needs a break from food to optimize digestion and hormone function.  When the body has to "store up," it actually becomes better at burning fat for energy. This practice is usually paired with meal plans designed to keep the body full, rather than hungry again a few hours later - far better for the body than having several meals per day, which doesn't "keep your metabolism up" as once previously thought. Being able to go several hours without food is a good thing.

Gluten and Dairy - more restaurants and brands will offer gluten-free options in 2014. This won't be the answer to as many health problems as one would hope.  Although a gluten-free diet will certainly be a big help for many, the replacements for gluten grains aren't significantly better; most grains are acidic and turn into sugar when consumed. People are being deceived into thinking they are practicing healthy eating by going gluten free when, in fact, many of their foods were already gluten-free. 


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