Feds spend $174,792 taking pictures of food

The National Science Foundation is spending roughly $175,000 on an anti-obesity study that involves taking pictures of food before obese people consume it. Purdue University is overseeing the project, which is entitled, “Using Digital Images to Connect Eating Environment with Dietary Quality.” Researchers say the “fundamental question” is “where, how, and when” food is eaten. The premise of the project is to investigate the “link between eating environment and dietary quality.” “The project will use images from the food environment to address the fundamental question of where, how, and when food should be consumed to maximize health and prevent disease,” the grant states. “Monitoring the personal dietary environment and determination of environmental patterns related to dietary intake can empower both health care providers and patients to optimize evidence-based decisions.” “This information can help individuals recognize less healthful behaviors that may be occurring in their lives,” the grant states.

Your hard-earned tax dollars being wasted on nonsense like this..  We’re all for healthy choices.  Who isn’t?  But, $175K of tax dollars to take pictures of food?!?   We all have smart phones with HD cameras now, and can take pics for free.  Anyway, to read more, click on the text above.   Unreal..

Smoking cannabis DOES make people more violent: Project confirms for the first time that using the drug is the cause of crimes

Cannabis users are more likely to commit violent crime, pioneering research has shown. It warned those who smoke the drug regularly run an increased risk of using violence against others. The project is the first to demonstrate that cannabis is not only linked with violent crime but is the cause. Violent incidents monitored by the study based on the lives of more than 1,100 American psychiatric patients included assaults, attacks with weapons and rapes. Researchers said that cannabis causes violence and they found no evidence that the link is the other way round – ie that violent people are more likely to use cannabis. There was no support, they added, for theories put forward by campaigners anxious to free the drug from the taint of links with crime. The academics said the effect of cannabis use was clear and not diminished by other factors such as patients who were heavy drinkers of alcohol. The study comes after a series of American states have decriminalised cannabis – despite it being stronger and more potent than the hash smoked by hippies in the Sixties – or made it available for medical use.

Very interesting…  To read more, click on the text above..

Sex change regret: Gender reversal surgery is on the rise, so why aren’t we talking about it?

Around five years ago, Professor Miroslav Djordjevic, the world-leading genital reconstructive surgeon, received a visit at his Belgrade clinic: a transgender person who had undergone surgery at different clinic to remove male genitalia – and since changed their mind. That was the first time Prof Djordjevic had ever been contacted to perform a so-called gender reassignment “reversal” surgery. Over the next six months, another six people also approached him, similarly wanting to reverse their procedures. They came from countries all over the western world, Britain included, united by an acute sense of regret. At present, Prof Djordjevic has a further six prospective people in discussions with his clinic about reversals and two currently undergoing the process itself; reattaching the male genitalia is a complex procedure and takes several operations over the course of a year to fully complete…

A sign of things to come??

College Activists March on the Cafeteria: What Do We Want? Hydroponic Cilantro!

Students returning to the University of Texas at Austin this fall will have twice as much help wrestling with some of the big questions that college presents. For instance, does water contain gluten? And, is all food genetically modified? Those are among a growing list of food-related student queries that prompted UT Austin to hire a second campus dietitian ahead of the fall semester. The first, Lindsay Wilson, was overwhelmed with requests to craft personalized menus for picky eaters, to debunk urban myths about the contents of food the school serves and to recommend healthier lifestyle choices. “I have had a little pushback from some very feisty vegans,” she said. College students across the U.S. are making some precise demands of school chefs and dining halls. For a generation animated by a desire to make a difference and raised to believe personal wellness is paramount, a meaningful academic experience begins with minding what you eat. That’s inspired the University of Houston to spend $6,500 to build two hydroponic grow towers, vertical gardens that use nutrient-rich waters to cultivate cilantro and oregano indoors, without soil. The University of California, Los Angeles has installed aeroponic grow towers that grow plants with just mist. Thyme, butter lettuce and microgreens are flourishing in the breeze on the roof of UCLA’s Bruin Plate dining hall. “If you’re not eating good things, how do they expect your brain to grow?” said Hannah Logan, a senior at the University of Massachusetts Amherst majoring in sustainable food and farming.

Wow!  What a breathtakingly stupid question!!  Someone needs to slap Hannah upside the head and ask if Einstein or Newton had gluten-free waffles for breakfast.  Of course we’re all for eating healthy and living more healthy lifestyles.  That’s a given.  But, c’mon..  This is ridiculous.  I made it through college just fine, eating the slop in the cafeteria, just like millions of other college kids have done for generations.  And, I spent many a night with pots of coffee to get me through finals…just like everyone else I knew at the time.  Somehow we survived.  To read the rest of this vomit-worthy article, click on the text above.

Obesity epidemic at new high, costs $150B a year, hurts military recruiting

Americans continue to get fatter and it’s delivering a huge blow to the country, both in higher health care costs and undercutting military recruiting, according to a huge new study. The 14th annual State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation bluntly reported that 70 percent of the nation is obese or overweight. And while the rate of obesity growth is leveling off, the costs aren’t. The report, for example, said additional health care for obese adults and children is $150 billion a year and billions of dollars more in lost worker productivity. It is also costly to the military, said the report. Nearly one-quarter of military recruits are rejected because they are obese and it costs the Pentagon $1 billion a year in added health care costs for obese troops and their families. More stunning, said the comprehensive 101-page report: ” 70 percent of today’s youth are not fit to serve in the military due to obesity or being overweight, criminal records, drug misuse or educational deficits.” The report is filled with graphics and statistics showing that the epidemic is at a new high, though slowing. It also gives several recommendations to fight it. It charts obesity in every state and found that West Virginia is at the top, with 37.7 percent obese. Colorado is at the bottom with 22 percent obese.

Health professionals report cases where people put sunscreen on their eyeballs to watch eclipse

A health professional in California reported cases where eclipse-viewers sought medical treatment because they put sunscreen on their eyeballs to view last week’s solar eclipse. reported that these individuals applied the sunscreen because they did not have the NASA-approved eyewear. “One of my colleagues at moonlight here stated yesterday that they had patients presenting at their clinic that put sunscreen on their eyeball, and presented that they were having pain and they were referred to an ophthalmologist,” Trish Patterson, a nurse at Prestige Urgent Care in Redding, Calif., said. The Sun also reported that doctors in Virginia have reported patients complaining of applying sunscreen to their eyes. The nurse said that it only takes seconds of staring at directly at the sun to cause lasting damage to the retina.

You really can’t make this stuff up, folks..

Doctors fat-shaming their patients happens more often than you think

Fat shaming doesn’t just hurt a person’s self-esteem. Studies show it can take a real toll on physical health, too. And according to a new review of research presented this week at the American Psychological Association’s annual convention, doctors are one of the biggest offenders when it comes to making people feel ashamed of the number on the scale. That statement may come as a surprise if you think of fat-shaming as mainly something that happens in social situations or over the Internet—or something that women do to themselves. But it definitely resonates with those who’ve experienced it firsthand. According to the review, this type of “medical fat shaming” can come in the form of disrespectful treatment, lectures about your weight, embarrassing comments, and a less thorough examination. Even well-meaning physicians, if they don’t approach the topic carefully, can ruin a patient’s experience at the doctor’s office—and potentially inflict long-term damage to their well being. “Studies show that the most common source of fat shaming is family members, and after family comes doctors,” says Joan Chrisler, PhD, a professor of psychology at Connecticut College, who presented the review at the conference. “I find that kind of upsetting, because these are the people who should have your best interests at heart, and instead they’re making you feel the worst.” Doctors need to be aware of this tendency for bias, says Chrisler, and should be making efforts to stop such behaviors in their offices. They may think that fat patients don’t know what’s best for them and need to be protected from their unhealthy behaviors, she says. “But really, most fat people know they’re fat—they don’t need to be told when they come in for a sore throat or a broken arm,” adds Chrisler. Practices like weighing patients at every visit (especially in open areas where other people can see the number on the scale) can also make people hesitant to visit the doctor, says Chrisler, even when they have a problem unrelated to their weight. “They’re not going to want to come back for a follow-up visit after that,” she says, “and that could be seriously hurting their health.” The medical community does a disservice to larger patients in other ways, says Chrisler. Overweight people are often excluded from clinical trials, which means that recommended medication doses might not be appropriate for them. Some studies have suggested this to be the case for certain antibiotics and chemotherapy drugs. Other studies suggest that medical professionals tend to make assumptions about overweight people’s health and motivations. This means they might not take patients’ symptoms as seriously, and could miss or misdiagnose serious but treatable conditions. In one study of more than 300 autopsy reports, obese patients were 1.65 times more likely than others to have significant undiagnosed medical conditions, including bowel disease and lung cancer. Chrisler says that patients need to stand up for themselves and object when they feel their doctor is unfairly or inappropriately calling out their weight. “They can also change doctors if they have a physician who is treating them disrespectfully,” she says.

It’s been my experience, and maybe yours, that when I go to my primary care physician for whatever, that when the nurse is screening you (getting vitals, etc.), that they DO weigh you.  BUT, they ask you your height.  I’ve always noticed that.