Keeping fit fights off genetic risk for heart disease, Stanford study finds


If your health history happens to be filled with family members who died of heart disease, don’t just throw your hands in the air and assume it’s inevitable that you’ll succumb to the same fate. New research shows that keeping fit can help ward off cardiovascular disease no matter what your genetic risk may be.

This study out of Stanford University provides evidence that despite your genetic risk level, keeping fit will make a difference no matter what that history is: ‘It’s basically indicating that you can make some lifestyle changes [and] be more physically active and it can make a difference to your long-term health.’

Among those considered at high genetic risk for heart disease, high levels of cardiorespiratory fitness were associated with a 49 percent lower risk for coronary heart disease and a 60 percent lower risk for atrial fibrillation compared with study participants with low cardiorespiratory fitness.

A 100 year old doctor from Loma Linda California (the only “Blue Zone” in the US, where a much larger percentage of people than average live to be 100) quotes the study as providing the evidence that climbing a flight of stairs 20 times a week contributes to a 46% decreased incidence of death from heart disease.

Keeping fit fights off genetic risk for heart disease, Stanford study finds

Extend Banking Royal Commission Petition

Banking is an integral part of everyone’s life. Australians all depend on a fair and accessible banking system. A criminal finance sector affects each of us regardless of how much money we may have in the bank.

Public revelations, investigative journalism and the Royal Commission to date have identified bankers involved in; fraud, forgery, money laundering, rate rigging, drug trafficking, dealing with terrorism funds, superannuation rip-offs, financial planning abuses, and insurance scandals. Unfortunately, this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Bankers prefer us in debt, our children in debt and our governments in debt. This affects everyone`s quality of life – cost of living pressure, mortgage stress and a sub-optimal retirement. We need meaningful reforms now.

Rather than providing a relatively simple service of utility to the people and country, the banks – with government blessing – are putting profits and power ahead of the country’s interests.

Commissioner Hayne has the option to ask for more powers and time. We need to make our voices heard to help him make that decision.

The Turnbull Government refused to initiate a Banking Royal Commission until the banks authorised their preferred limited inquiry. The aim appeared to be a short inquiry to be done and dusted before the next election.

If you want a fair banking system, sign our petition to Extend the Banking Royal Commission now.
Commissioner Hayne along with three or more independent Commissioners must fully expose the crimes and dysfunction plaguing the finance system before he can recommend meaningful reforms that will change the culture and give all Australians a fair go.

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Avoid This Food Additive – It’s Deadly!

You may remember when the MSG powder called “Accent” first hit the U.S. market. Well, it was many decades prior to this, in 1908, that monosodium glutamate was invented. The inventor was Kikunae Ikeda, a Japanese man who identified the natural flavor enhancing substance of seaweed.

Taking a hint from this substance, they were able to create the man-made additive MSG, and he and a partner went on to form Ajinomoto, which is now the world’s largest producer of MSG (and interestingly also a drug manufacturer).

Chemically speaking, MSG is approximately 78 percent free glutamic acid, 21 percent sodium, and up to 1 percent contaminants.

It’s a misconception that MSG is a flavor or “meat tenderizer.” In reality, MSG has very little taste at all, yet when you eat MSG, you think the food you’re eating has more protein and tastes better. It does this by tricking your tongue, using a little-known fifth basic taste: umami.

Umami is the taste of glutamate, which is a savory flavor found in many Japanese foods, bacon and also in the toxic food additive MSG. It is because of umami that foods with MSG taste heartier, more robust and generally better to a lot of people than foods without it.

The ingredient didn’t become widespread in the West until after World War II, when the U.S. military realised Japanese rations were much tastier than the U.S. versions because of MSG.

In 1959, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration labeled MSG as “Generally Recognized as Safe” (GRAS), and it has remained that way ever since. Yet, it was a telling sign when just 10 years later a condition known as “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome” entered the medical literature, describing the numerous side effects, from numbness to heart palpitations, that people experienced after eating MSG.

Today that syndrome is more appropriately called “MSG Symptom Complex,” which the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) identifies as “short-term reactions” to MSG.

More on those “reactions” to come…

From the Doctors Are Dangerous Team

A sneaky cause of heart disease and Alzheimer’s

There is a sneaky little culprit floating around in your blood that, when allowed to build up, can increase your risk of heart disease.

Unfortunately it’s also looking like this same little perpetrator has been linked to Alzheimer’s too.

I’m talking about homocysteine.

Homocysteine is a sulfur amino acid that comes from your digestion of animal proteins.

It’s not always a bad guy—as a matter of fact it does serve some valid functions in your body! Like many other amino acids, it’s used to build and maintain your tissues, and also to form protective little mechanisms in your inner artery walls…