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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 50 - Sally Pinnegar of Fit Naturally

Doomwatch 50 - Sally Pinnegar of Fit Naturally

Friday 14th November 2014, 6.00pm - 8.00pm UK on www.ukcolumn.org/live and www.peterborough.fm

You are invited to join host alex:g and special guest Text Jockey Jim Boulton of The Rurality Show for the 50th variant of the radio show with pictures, DOOMWATCH.  

The usual mix of news stories and expert comment, with our special in-studio guest Sally Pinnegar  of Fit Naturally. We will be discussing various health, nutrition, fitness and wellness issues, as well as some relevant headlines of the week.

Watch in sound and vision LIVE by visiting www.ukcolumn.org/live.



NHS plans 'kitemark' for health apps

The NHS has previously said it wants to be "paperless" by 2018 and give patients access to health records via laptops or mobile phones. These new detailed plans also include an e-version of the red book that records baby's immunisations.

But there are concerns about the timescale of plans - and data security. With the rapid growth of health-related apps for mobile phones and other personal devices, an NHS "kitemark" is to be introduced to validate those deemed to be safe for patients to use. This authentication process would give doctors peace of mind to recommend apps to help patients manage health conditions.

The idea of putting a child's early years’ health records - currently they are set out in a "red book" given to all parents - online from 2016 is to guard against the loss of immunisation details which can currently go missing if the actual book is lost.


‘Just eat real food’: The controversial diet that encourages fatty foods like butter and cheese... and followers say the weight 'falls off'

  • South African sports scientist Tim Noakes says there's no nutritional value in carbohydrates and encourages higher fat consumption
  • His claims are part of an ABC Catalyst investigation to air on Thursday
  • Prof Noakes has been backed by high-profile Australians like celebrity chef Pete Evans and cricketer Shane Watson
  • Watson said he adopted the low-carb diet and dropped the weight after initially having a 'fat phobia'



Ban fruit juice to cut down on kids’ daily sugar intake, parents advised

Some shop-bought fruit juices/smoothies contain up to seven teaspoons of sugar per 200 ml serving — more than a standard Coca-Cola, finds an analysis* by campaign group Action on Sugar.

Parents should substitute whole fresh fruit or water for fruit juice in a bid to stave off their children’s daily intake of hidden sugars, and the heightened risk of tooth decay, overweight and obesity, conclude the researchers. Over a quarter of products surveyed (57 of the 203 products) contained the same amount or more sugars than Coca Cola, which contains five teaspoons of sugar per 200ml glass.

With one in five children aged 4-5 and one in three aged 10-11 now overweight or clinically obese, and tooth decay being the most common reason for children in England being admitted to hospital, Action on Sugar is urging parents to give children water or whole fruit instead of juice.



London Olympics borough is the most physically inactive in England

More people are physically inactive in an east London borough which hosted the Olympics in 2012 than anywhere else in England, research has revealed. Almost two in five (39.17%) people in Newham take no exercise at all, according to a report from uk-active, which represents fitness organisations.

It recorded that statistic in 2013, soon after the 17 days of Olympic action in 2012 at venues in the Olympic Park, which is partly in the borough, captured the nation’s attention. The findings raise doubts about whether the event organisers’ much repeated pledge that it would “inspire a generation” to participate in sport and be active will be realised.



The heart attack burger: Pub chain slammed

At nearly 2,000 calories and laden with fat, salt and sugar it has been described by its critics as a ‘heart attack on a plate’. Yet this Double Donut Burger is being served by a chain of ‘family friendly’ restaurants.

Consisting of two beef burgers topped with melted cheese, four rashers of smoked streaky bacon and barbecue sauce, served between two sugar-glazed ring doughnuts, the dish is arguably the unhealthiest meal ever offered by a national chain. It is on sale – alongside a host of high-calorie side dishes and desserts at more than 220 Hungry Horse pub restaurants, part of the Greene King group.

The 1,996 calories in the burger are 98 per cent of the total that a woman should consume from all meals in an entire day. There is 53g of saturated fat, well above the 20g daily allowance for women, and 30g for men, and 8.2g of salt – double the daily maximum that should be eaten by a child and above the 6g limit recommended for an adult.

If a customer added a side order of chips and a dessert of cookie dough cheesecake, the calorie count for the entire meal would soar to 3,287 – the daily recommended maximum is 2,000 for women and 2,500 for men.

Nutrition expert Mel Wakeman criticised the decision to put the burger on the menu at a time when high street food chains have been asked to make their meals more healthy in a bid to counter the obesity crisis.



Diet to help you stop smoking

There is a strong relationship between nicotine and blood sugar. When we withdraw nicotine, our blood sugar is low. This is what causes fatigue and sugar cravings when you quit smoking. If you resort to sugar for a fast boost, you will start a cycle of sugar highs and crashes that will only make your cravings worse. Start with a healthy diet. A truly healthy diet is a whole foods diet with a wide variety of nutrient dense foods. Your diet should consist of 80% raw, organic, fresh produce - more fruits than vegetables.

When you are first withdrawing from nicotine, focus on healthy protein and produce. Avoid starches and simple carbs. For the first three days of withdrawals, however, you may need a little boost of sugar when those cravings hit. Drink a cup of fruit juice, but follow it twenty minutes later with protein. Snack on veggies throughout the day along with whole fruits. And drink plenty of liquids. Cranberry lemonade is a great detox drink - http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com/inexpensive-easy-detox-the-one-gallon-challenge/#recipe . A gallon a day, sipped throughout the day will help flush the toxins from your body and reduce cravings.



New higher blood pressure level for the elderly is safe, say researchers

It’s different when you get older.  The ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol isn’t so bad after all, and blood pressure levels can be a little higher when you are 60-plus, a new study has confirmed. A healthy blood pressure reading has been 140 or under (that’s the systolic pressure, the first of the two readings), but this was recently raised to 150 for the over-60s.

The new recommendation caused all sorts of protests, including claims that the change would kill people, but a new study has found that it was the right decision. Keeping the systolic reading at around 150 when you’re 60 or older is good enough, say researchers from Oregon State University.  After an extensive review, the researchers said there was no evidence that a more intensive management of blood pressure levels among the elderly yielded any health benefits.



Med diet prevents stroke, say new guidelines

Eating a healthy Mediterranean diet, exercising and not smoking will dramatically reduce your chances of ever suffering a stroke. New guidelines for stroke prevention issued by the American Heart Association emphasises the importance of a healthy diet.  In particular, the Mediterranean diet - high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, poultry and fish - is the recommended approach.  Red meat and dairy should be kept to a minimum, the AHA advises.

Smoking and even second-hand smoke should be avoided, and introducing a little exercise can help prevent high blood pressure (hypertension), the principal cause of stroke.



Eat These Foods to Protect Against Ovarian Cancer

A joint study from Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and the University of East Anglia in England points to some diet choices that can make a real difference. The researchers examined more than 30 years of data from the Nurses' Health Study.  They looked at the dietary habits of 171,940 women between the ages of 25 and 55. The study is the first large-scale review of the link between epithelial ovarian cancer and certain types of foods. 

Researchers reviewed the diets of the women looking for a class of antioxidants called flavonoids.  Antioxidant flavonoids can be divided into six subclasses.  They include flavanones, flavonols, anthocyanins, flavan-3-ols, flavones, and polymeric flavonoids. The study revealed that women who ate the most foods containing two classes of flavonoids significantly reduced their risk of developing epithelial ovarian cancer.

The effective flavonoids included flavanols (found in tea, red wine, apples, and grapes) and flavanones (found in citrus fruit and juices).  Women in the top 10% of those eating the most foods containing these antioxidant compounds had a 29% (for flavanols) and a 28% (for flavanones) lower risk of epithelial ovarian cancer than women who ate the least.

What foods were the lower risk women eating?  Their main sources of flavanones were citrus fruits and especially oranges and orange juice.  Their main sources of flavanols were black tea, onions, and apples. Overall, black tea was most effective.  Drinking just two cups of black tea a day was associated with a 31% reduction in risk.

Another recent meta-analysis of prospective cohort studies found that black tea was associated with a 27% decreased risk. Green tea has also been linked to lower risks of ovarian cancer.



Britain's EU adviser who backs GM farming is ousted: Campaigners claim victory in fight against foods after her job is scrapped

  • Professor Anne Glover served as the chief scientific adviser to the EU
  • Prof Glover argued that opposition to GM foods was 'a form of madness'
  • The EU Commission denied the decision was due to the professor's views
  • Several groups wrote to Jean Claude Junker calling for her removal
  • Prof Glover was previously the chief scientist for Scotland
  • The National Farmers Union described the decision as 'a backward move'



Certified Organic Food Grown in U.S. Found Contaminated with Glyphosate Herbicide

With over 80% of the U.S. food supply now reportedly contaminated with the herbicide glyphosate, many people are turning to USDA certified organic products to avoid this toxic chemical. Current USDA NOP (National Organic Program) standards do not allow the use of the herbicide glyphosate on organic crops. However, a new investigation by Tropical Traditions has revealed that the U.S. organic grain market is contaminated with glyphosate.

After reading new research about the issue of “crop desiccation” done by using glyphosate on wheat and other grains just prior to harvest, Tropical Traditions decided to first test some commercial wheat products with wheat grown in Montana, North Dakota, and Canada. They sent the commercial samples to a well-known and respected laboratory to test for glyphosate. All tested positive for glyphosate residue. The range was from 0.07 mg/kg to 0.09 mg/kg. Keep in mind this is glyphosate found in non-GMO crops. For a GMO crop such as GMO soybeans, which are sprayed heavily with glyphosate, the range is typically between 3.3 and 5.7 mg/kg.

Next, Tropical Traditions tested the USDA certified organic grains from suppliers they had been using, sourced mainly from western states such as Montana and Idaho. Sadly, the presence of glyphosate residue was found in organic wheat and other organic grains, including organic barley, oats, spelt, and einkorn. The range was from 0.03 to 0.06 mg/kg, just slightly lower than the conventional grains that were tested. The only organic grains that tested clean were organic rye and organic millet. There was also one variety of organic wheat from small-scale farmers in Wisconsin that tested clean from glyphosate.



Duma approves tougher GMO labelling rules

The Russian Lower House has passed the first reading of a bill that introduces fines for businesses which sell products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) without warning customers on the packaging. The bill was passed in the first reading on Wednesday and contains a set of amendments to the Administrative Code introducing responsibility for lack of proper labelling on alimentary products containing genetically modified material or made with the use of genetically modified organisms.

Once the bill is signed into law, producers who fail to label correctly or provide incorrect information will be fined between 20,000 and 150,000 rubles ($444 – $3,333). Regulators can also confiscate improperly marked stock.



Global GMO Free Coalition Set to Help Fund World’s Largest GMO Safety Study

The Global GMO Free Coalition welcomes the launch of the largest ever study on GMO and pesticide safety – Factor GMO. This is the type of study that should have been carried out on all GM foods before they were released into our food and feed supplies.

Factor GMO will include three arms: carcinogenicity, toxicity and multi-generational. These arms will give clear information on the health impacts of the Roundup Ready GM maize variety being studied and the glyphosate herbicide with which it is grown.

Glyphosate-based herbicides are the most widely used pesticides in the world. Monsanto's Roundup herbicide is just one of these glyphosate-based herbicides and it accounts for 20% of Monsanto's net profits every year. Factor GMO will give a clear idea of what level of harm glyphosate-based herbicides cause to human health and will also identify whether Roundup (which includes glyphosate and other ingredients) is more harmful to human health than glyphosate on its own.

The Global GMO Free Coalition (GGFC) urges governments and regulatory authorities worldwide to use the precautionary principle regarding GM crops and glyphosate / Roundup until the results of this comprehensive study are released over the next 3 years. Any other decision by regulatory authorities will leave them open to future accusations of endangering public health based on a lack of comprehensive evidence on the safety of GM crops and their associated pesticides.



Cellphone Use ‘Triples Brain Tumour Rates’

Decades after heavy use of cell phones, a study shows that brain tumor rates nearly triple after 25 years of cell phone use. The Swedish study, published in the journal Pathophysiology, found that the longer someone talked on their phone — in terms of hours and years — the more likely they were to develop glioma, a deadly form of brain cancer.

The study found that, overall, people who used wireless phones for more than a year were at 70% greater risk of brain cancer as compared to those who used wireless phones for a year or less. Those who used wireless phones for more than 25 years were at a 300% greater risk of brain cancer than those who used wireless phones for a year or less.

Does Bluetooth drastically cut down on radiation as compared to having the cell phone near my ear?

Yes. Bluetooth does drastically cut down radiation exposure compared to having the cell phone next to your ear, if you could be sure that you were only exposing yourself to Bluetooth radiation. The problem is that when you use a Bluetooth headset that the transmission strength from the cell phone itself is not decreased. If for instance you are putting the phone in your pocket or clipping it to your belt then you are at the same time exposing your internal organs to radiation.

The Swiss Federal Office of public health recommends that cell phones should not be carried in a front trouser pocket when making calls and that it may be safest to hold the phone away from the body to reduce radiation. Studies (Whittow 2008) have also found that metallic objects situated near your waistline, such as coins, a belt buckle, rings, keys etc, increased the SAR (Specific Absorbtion Rates) in the body at different frequencies. Interestingly, Bluetooth devices do not require measuring and reporting of the SAR values, so the consumer is completely in the dark as to radiation exposure levels.




AstraZeneca to test whether it can undo effects of its own heart drug

The pharma giant announced on Thursday it will start assessing whether an experimental treatment known as MEDI2452 can undo the blood-thinning effects of its new heart drug Brilinta. Brilinta is used to treat patients straight after a heart attack by thinning the blood and lowering the risk of clots.

This helps reduce the risk of another attack but needs to be reversed quickly if the patient suffers major bleeding or needs emergency surgery. Marc Ditmarsch, global development lead for Brilinta, said there were currently no approved medicines that counteract blood thinners in emergency situations. Instead, doctors must wait for the effects of the medicine to wear off before performing surgery.



US spends most on this drug… and no one knows how it works

Americans spent over $7.5 billion on one drug over a one-year period ‒ more than any other medication. And yet no one knows how the powerful pill works. But that doesn’t keep Big Pharma from marketing it for a multitude of disorders. “Quick: what’s the top-selling drug in the United States?” the Daily Beast asked. “Prozac? Viagra? Maybe something for heart disease?”

The answer is actually Abilify (aripiprazole), a powerful antipsychotic used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, among other major psychiatric conditions. Americans spent over $7.5 billion on the drug between October 2013 and September 2014, with nearly 8.8 million prescriptions filled per month in that same time period, Medscape Medical News reported. The sales of aripiprazole were more than all other major antidepressants combined.

Bristol-Meyers Squibb (BMS) initially developed Abilify to treat schizophrenia ‒ a disease affecting only one percent of Americans. A few years later, it was approved for bipolar disorder, an illness that an additional 1.5 percent of Americans battle. But then the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which approves and regulates all medications in the US, allowed the drug to be used in conjunction with other medications to treat major depressive disorder, MedShadow Foundation’s Suzanne B. Robotti reported.



CDC documents influenza outbreak among population that was 99% vaccinated with flu shots

(NaturalNews) If flu shots are really as effective as the U.S. government claims they are, then why did nearly a quarter of the Navy crewmen aboard the U.S.S. Ardent earlier this year contract the flu, even though 99 percent of them had been previously vaccinated with flu shots? This is one of the questions being asked after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published the results of a study on this major influenza outbreak that appears to defy the prevalent logic dictating the official vaccine narrative.

According to the study, the U.S.S. Arden was moored in San Diego, California, on February 10 to conduct a training exercise. After just three days, 25 of the 102 crewmen aboard the ship sought medical care after developing influenza-like illness, or ILI. The Naval Health Research Center ultimately used polymerase chain reaction testing to determine that 20 of the individuals had influenza A, and 18 of these bore the specific subtype H3N2. The remaining two specimens could not be attributed a subtype, according to the study.

The outbreak was so severe that the ship was fully disinfected and the infected crew members sent home, some after being given antiviral medications and instructions on how to avoid spreading the illness. But after analyzing the situation, it was revealed that nearly every crewman had previously received a flu shot, demonstrating that this common vaccine simply doesn't work.



NEXT ON DOOMWATCH: 21 November – Saturday ‘Your Constitution’ radio version. 28 November – Sunday ‘Your Health’ radio version.

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