Health and Fitness and Human Potential NEWS Information INDEX


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 03 December 2015

 Health and Fitness 
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Our goal here is to provide the best information how to deal with internal and external threats to your health. But why?

Our greater goal is to attain "Field Conditioning," the status where we can move and operate across great backpacking distances during long time-frames over all types of terrain under all seasonal conditions while carrying the gear and food load required to reach our distant goal. 

Successful backpacking & wilderness exploration requires a high degree of health & fitness, among other skills and assets we explore elsewhere on these sites.

Taking any steps towards your potential brings a bit more fitness, if not clarity through engagement. I am a firm believer anyone can make it to their own mountaintop from out of the shadows of their darkest valley (and deepest couch) by taking one simple step at a time.

Addressing our fundamental health issues and building knowledge about our own health and fitness is the first step in the transition from couch to trail to mountaintop trails. 

Happy Trails!

 

Note for April of 2017
Anticipate a HUGE MOSQUITO YEAR in the Sierra Nevada 

Also See
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Mountain Safety

 

Updated

April 20

Soda Makes You Stupid?

Is soda bad for your brain? (and is diet soda worse?)
BOSTON UNIVERSITY, April 20, 2017.


It’s Just Getting you Ready for the Kill Shot:

Diet drinks and possible association with stroke and dementia,
AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION, April 20, 2017.

It gets better? More below...

Sugar adds Fat?

"Overfat"

Aspartamane prevents weight loss

 

April 17

Lyme disease imposes large cost on the northeast United States,
YALE SCHOOL OF FORESTRY & ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES, April 17, 2017.

 

 

April 15

Triclosan, banned from soaps but not toothpastes, may help superbugs in gut,
Ars Technica, April 13, 2017.

 

 

April 12

US streams carry surprisingly extensive mixture of pollutants,
AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, April 12, 2017.

 

 

April 10

Bugs
Some bed bugs show early signs of resistance to 2 common insecticides,
ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, April 10, 2017.

 

Concern growing for brain-invading worms, spread by slugs and rats,
Ars Technica, April 8, 2017.

 

 

April 3

Low-calorie sweeteners promote fat accumulation in human fat,
THE ENDOCRINE SOCIETY, April 3, 2017.

"Low-calorie, artificial sweeteners appear to play havoc with the body's metabolism"

More
Bad Sugar

 

Don't Worry, my fellow "Test Subjects!"
Pyrethroid pesticide exposure appears to speed puberty in boys,
THE ENDOCRINE SOCIETY, April 1, 2017.

This "effect" will be "offset" by the Estrogen in the BPA & BPS!
See the next two articles below.

 Wiki

 

April 1

Dept. of Our Population & Planet are Vast Test Subjects: 
Gender and Liver Confusion

Early-life BPA exposure reprograms gene expression linked to fatty liver disease,
THE ENDOCRINE SOCIETY, April 1, 2017.

"Because these endocrine disruptors are ubiquitous in the environment, a large portion of the population may be affected by developmental reprogramming."

No Kidding? Flooding our environment with "endocrine disruptors" has "reprogrammed" kid's development? Wow, I wonder what that would do to a vast population...

 Ultimately I believe we are seeing the results of this particular "experiment" bringing the rise of a tremendous amount of gender confusion, the “metorsexual,”and uni-gender bathrooms, so far.

 

“BPA FREE”
Test Results Coming in After Public Exposure:

Exposure to BPA substitute, BPS, multiplies breast cancer cells,
THE ENDOCRINE SOCIETY, April 1, 2017.

"Hopes for a safer..BPA" coming to naught as testing AFTER PUBLIC DEPLOYMENT shows BPS is also a powerful endocrine disruptor. Who would have THUNK that? 

Perhaps we should test these chemicals BEFORE we test them on the public? No, that would get in the way of profits, and those profits are what bribes our politicans, who keep the "profits" flowing by preventing rational safety regulation in all aspects of American life.

Crushing your lives is very, very profitable.

 

March 30

Walt Whitman Is Not Impressed By Your Expensive Gym Membership,
Fitness advice from the famous author’s 1858 manifesto.
Bloomberg, March 30, 2017.

 

March 29

Journal: Researchers can track hazardous chemicals from fast-food wrappers in the body, UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA AT BIRMINGHAM, March 29, 2017.

More below

 

Bad Weather-Bad Health
'Weather whiplash' triggered by changing climate will degrade Midwest's drinking water,
UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS, March 29, 2017.

Climate Change News

 

March 28

Marathon running may cause short-term kidney injury,
YALE UNIVERSITY, March 28, 2017.

 

March 24

Paying for pain: What motivates tough mudders and other weekend warriors?
JOURNAL OF CONSUMER RESEARCH, March 22, 2017.

 

March 23

We have been "Rounded-Up,"
Poisoned, yet again, by "our" bribed politicians...
Weedkiller chemical (glyphosate) safety standards need urgent review,
BMJ, March 23, 2017.


What Do We Really Know About Roundup Weed Killer?
Nat Geo, April 23, 2015.

We KNOW we have been poisoned, again, by bribed politicians...

 

MIT Researcher: Glyphosate Herbicide will Cause Half of All Children to Have Autism by 2025,
Health Impact News, March 23, 2017.

We know that bribed politicians cannot be trusted at all.

 

March 21, 2017

Number abilities in humans, birds and fish are based in brain's subcortex,
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AT AMHERST, March 21, 2017.

 

March 16, 2017

58 million Americans are exposed to loud, frequent noises, including firearms, at work and home, BRIGHAM AND WOMEN'S HOSPITAL, March 16, 2017.

 

Multi-year study finds 'hotspots' of ammonia over world's major agricultural areas,
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, March 16, 2017.

Climate Change News 

 

March 15, 2017

Nation's physicians act against climate change; it's making patients sick,
BURNESS, March 15, 2017.

Climate Change News

 

Physical activity levels may start tailing off by age of 7 in both boys and girls,
BMJ, March 13, 2017.

 

March 8, 2017

Modernity

Physical inactivity and sedentary behaviors associated with cardiometabolic risk factors,
UNIVERSITAT ROVIRA I VIRGILI, March 8, 2017.

 

Ancient Wisdom

Fish, selective hunting strategies and a delayed-return lifestyle among ancient foragers,
LUND UNIVERSITY, March 8, 2017.

Asprin and Penicillium! 
Dental plaque DNA shows Neandertals used 'aspirin,'
UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE, March 8, 2017.

REMEMBER WHY
Why Such Memory Capacity?
Memorization tool bulks up brain's internal connections, Stanford scientists say,
STANFORD UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER, March 8, 2017.

 For “Card Tricks?” (No. See articles above, to reflect the complexity of Nature.)

 

March 3, 2017

Bribed Tools
State kept secret guidelines on safe cell phone use,
SF Chron, March 3, 2017.

Corruption Reigns in California

 

February 27, 2017

Superbug infections rising rapidly and spreading silently in kids,
Ars Technica, February 27, 2017.

 

February 25, 2017

High levels of chemicals found in indoor cats,
STOCKHOLM UNIVERSITY, February 24, 2017.

First systematic study of deadly, antibiotic-resistant fungus reported,
CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY, February 23, 2017.

 

February 18, 2017

Food additive found in candy, gum could alter digestive cell structure and function
BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY, February 16, 2017.

For mosquito repellents, stick with the spray
ENTOMOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF AMERICA, February 16, 2017.

 

February 15, 2017

What doesn't kill you makes you stronger
SANFORD-BURNHAM PREBYS MEDICAL DISCOVERY INSTITUTE, February 15, 2017.

 

Researchers unravel how ticks protect themselves from Lyme bacteria and other microbes
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL OF MEDICINE, February 14, 2017.

 

Banned chemicals from the '70s found in the deepest reaches of the ocean,
NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY, February 13, 2017.

 

February 13, 2017

HEALTH
Get Back to Nature’s Clock

Can't get to sleep? Pitch a tent for the weekend,
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO AT BOULDER, February 2, 2017.

 

Crap wrapped in Crap…
Psych and Chemical Attack on American Kids

Food and beverage industry marketing kids to death,
HEART AND STROKE FOUNDATION OF CANADA, February 1, 2017.

New study finds extensive use of fluorinated chemicals in fast food wrappers,
UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME, February 1, 2017.

 

HEALTH
Micro Chemical Warfare

Malaria superbugs threaten global malaria control
INFECTIOUS DISEASES DATA OBSERVATORY, February 1, 2017.

Repurposing 2 autoimmune drugs for chikungunya virus
AMERICAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE, February 1, 2017.

 

Substance in crude oil harms fish hearts, could affect humans as well,
STANFORD UNIVERSITY, January 31, 2017. 

 

HEALTH
On Foot and In Flight

New study connects running motion to ground force, provides patterns for any runner
SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY, January 31, 2017.

How stressful will a trip to Mars be on the human body? 
NASA/JOHNSON SPACE CENTER, January 30, 2017. 

 

January 31, 2017 

Nature-based sunscreens,
WILEY, January 30, 2016.

Globe-trotting pollutants raise some cancer risks 4 times higher than predicted,
OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY, January 26, 2016.

 

January 16, 2017

BAD Sugar

Close to half of adults and one quarter of kids in the US regularly consume artificial sweeteners, ELSEVIER HEALTH SCIENCES, January 10, 2017.

 Sugar
Wow:

“Overfat”
“...overfat, a condition of having sufficient excess body fat to impair health...”

Deeper than obesity: A majority of people is now overfat,
FRONTIERS, January 3, 2017.

“...current data to suggest up to 76 percent of the world's population is overfat. This amounts to an astonishing 5.5 billion people.”
“...as little as 14 percent of the world's population with normal body-fat percentage...”

 

Fake Sugar for Fake Folks

I knew these fake sugar chemicals were dangerous when I first encountered them in the ‘70s.


Sugar-free and 'diet' drinks no better for healthy weight than full sugar drinks,
IMPERIAL COLLEGE LONDON, January 3, 2017.

More Information

Aspartame

http://aspartame.mercola.com/

 saccharin

 sucralose

 Series of Informative Articles on Artifical Sweeteners

Food Politics
http://www.foodpolitics.com/tag/artificial-sweeteners/


Health for Sale
Rumsfeld involved in approval of aspartame

 

The KEY
If you eat you must work. If you work you must eat. You must balance work and food over a long term pattern of activity and eating. The status of your weight, fitness, and overall health is the direct product of your long term balance between activity and eating. Establish a good long-term balance and long-term health will follow.

Trying to eat more than your level of activity justifies by substituting “diet,” “low fat,” or other ways of getting more gratification than you deserve makes you fat, slow, and eventually, stupid. The real source of problems are the pursuits of unengaged gratifications of a "consumer," vs. the engaged life and gratifications of a Human.

One feeds the mind, body, and soul while the other makes a mockery of you, your life, and the very concept of deeper values than your own self-satisfaction.
The singular goal of consumer self-gratification removes context and meaning, while an approach of, "balancing," inputs against outputs creates and builds context out of determining your own values and interpreting your own experiences in motion through life, ideally within a natural environment.

 

Do exercise 'weekend warriors' lower their risks of death?
THE JAMA NETWORK JOURNALS, January 9, 2017.

 

December 20

Design:
Arctic Inuit, Native American cold adaptations may originate from extinct hominids,
MOLECULAR BIOLOGY AND EVOLUTION (OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS), December 20, 2016. 
I have been aware that I am a “fat burner,” and well adapted to cold for quite some time. My knowledge of my attributes affects my behavior today. It’s interesting to think that these ancient genitic traits may well be affecting individual’s experiences, their behaviors, and their decision making process today as they did in the distant past.
 

Nutrition data review shows red meat has neutral effect on cardiovascular disease risk factors, PURDUE UNIVERSITY, December 19, 2016.

 

December 2

Modern hunter-gatherers show value of exercise,
University of Arizona, November 28, 2016.
 

Nepalese porters do it the hard way,
The Company of Biologists, November 16, 2016.
 

Aspartame may prevent, not promote, weight loss by blocking intestinal enzyme's activity, Massachusetts General Hospital, November 22, 2016.

 

'Minimal' shoes may reduce running injuries,
University of Exeter, November 21, 2016.
 

Survey: 1 in 4 vacations includes a trip to the ER,
MediaSource, November 21, 2016.

 

 November 17, 2016

Scouts and guides have better mental health in later life, study finds.
University of Edinburgh, November 9, 2016.

 

November 1, 2016

Study finds mild exercise helps decrease pain and improve activity level in older adults,
 Hospital for Special Surgery, October 31, 2016.


Exercise and healthy diets associated with better cognitive functioning,
Oxford University Press USA, October 31, 2016.


Minimal exercise can prevent disease, weight gain in menopausal women
 University of Missouri-Columbia, October 17, 2016.


Time for another hike, grandma!
But not too hard:

 Exercising the elderly heart: No value in overexertion,
 Springer, October 16, 2016.


We Gotta Make this Impossible:

Pollution exposure is higher in city kids who are active, finds study,
Columbia University Medical Center, October 26, 2016.


Air pollution linked to blood vessel damage in healthy young adults,
 American Heart Association, October 25, 2016.

Moving our manufacturing from clean EPA
USA to filthy China was just brilliant,

 Brilliant I say! 
Mission Accomplished!

 

August 4, 2016

Brains of overweight people 'ten years older' than lean counterparts at middle-age,
University of Cambridge, August 4, 2016.

 

August 3, 2016

Research shows new neurons created through exercise don't cause you to forget old memories,
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY, August 3, 2016.


Exercise results in larger brain size and lowered dementia risk,
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA - LOS ANGELES HEALTH SCIENCES, August 2, 2016.


July 31, 2016

Apollo astronauts experiencing higher rates of cardiovascular-related deaths.
Study suggests exposure to deep space radiation likely the cause
,
Florida State University, July 28, 2016.


The Lancet: One hour of physical activity per day could offset health risk of 8 hours of sitting,
The Lancet, July 27, 2016.


Could the deadly mosquito-borne yellow fever virus cause a Zika-like epidemic in the Americas?
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News, July 26, 2016.



The mysterious farting.
Scientists have figured out how gaseous substances in the human body affects psyche and behavior, Lomonosov Moscow State University, July 26, 2016.




Mental, physical exercises produce distinct brain benefits,
Center for BrainHealth, July 18, 2016.

 

May 25, 2016

Human Health, Fitness, and Potential

Study: Regular exercise at any age might stave off Alzheimer's,
University of Kentucky, May 16, 2016.


20-year study shows that higher levels of fitness reduce the risk of developing of diabetes and prediabetes,
Diabetologia, May 16, 2016.


Being fit may slow lung function decline as we age,
American Thoracic Society, May 16, 2016.

 

April 19, 2016

Nature sings the lead
Socially meaningful sounds can change ear, improve hearing, study finds,
GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY, April 25, 2016.


Asleep somewhere new, one brain hemisphere keeps watch,
BROWN UNIVERSITY, April 21, 2016.


Strength training helps older adults live longer,
PENN STATE, April 20, 2016.
 

 

The more you run, the denser your bones will be,
FECYT - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology, 4-19-16.

 

April 14, 2016. 

Research finds that wisdom is a matter of both heart and mind,
University of Waterloo, 4-7-16.


Few children get 60 minutes of vigorous physical activity daily,
Tufts University, Health Sciences Campus, 4-5-16.


Exercise counteracts sitting time,
University of Leicester, 4-5-16.


Born to run? Study suggests love of exercise starts in the womb,
Baylor College of Medicine, March 31, 2016.


Exercise keeps muscles -- and you -- young: Study,
University of Guelph, March 30, 2016.


 

Feb 18, 2016.

Lifelong physical activity increases bone density in men,
University of Missouri-Columbia, 1-11-16.
 

Does living near an oil or natural gas well affect your drinking water?
Stanford University, 1-15-16.

 

Feb 11, 2016.

Sustained aerobic exercise increases adult neurogenesis in the brain,
Academy of Finland, 2-8-16.

Like Backpacking…

Physical activity reduces risk of serious falls in older men,
Yale University, 2-3-16.

Higher fitness linked to reduced risk of death after first heart attack,
Johns Hopkins Medicine, 2-1-16.

Researcher warns US could see substantial impact of Zika virus,
Boston University Medical Center, 2-1-16.


Estrogen, antibiotics persisted in dairy farm waste after advanced treatment, study finds, University at Buffalo, 2-10-16.



Pharmaceutical residues increasingly disrupt aquatic life: A hidden global change,
Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW), 2-8-16.

 

 Updated Jan 29, 2016. 
 

Why you won't lose weight with exercise alone,
Cell Press, 1-28-16.

 

Regular exercise critical for heart health, longevity,
American College of Cardiology, 1-18-16.

 

December 18, 2015

Long nights and lazy days could send you to an early grave.
Research from 45 and Up Study finds new hazards with sitting time and sleep,
December 3rd, 2015, Sax Institute.

New report finds 43 percent increase in ADHD diagnosis for US schoolchildren,
Girls showed a sharp rise in ADHD diagnosis during eight-year study period,
December 8th, 2015, George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.

 

IDIOT ALERT

American Stupidity Quantified
Distracted walking: A serious issue for you, not me,
December 02, 2015, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

“ "Today, the dangers of the 'digital deadwalker' are growing with more and more pedestrians falling down stairs, tripping over curbs, bumping into other walkers, or stepping into traffic causing a rising number of injuries--from scrapes and bruises to sprains and fractures,” said Alan Hilibrand, MD, AAOS spokesperson.”

This was the same attitude when the 55 mph speed limit was imposed. Folks said, “everyone but me should do 55.”

Nonetheless, A disengaged person in motion is a self-defined idiot.


Walking Well:

Study highlights the importance of physical activity and aerobic exercise for healthy brain function,
December 02, 2015, Boston University Medical Center.

My perspective:
No big deal. Just keep moving. Problem is, our society has become fat and lazy. and now research is linking stupid with fat and lazy.

How about that?
You can exercise your way to using the intellectual assets you do have!

No big deal. Just start moving, then keep moving… and never stop!


RELATED
How much TV you watch as a young adult may affect midlife cognitive function,
The JAMA Network Journals.

 

Gotta Keep the Pack-Hanger Strong:
Study: Low-weight, high-repetition exercise increases bone density up to 8 percent in adults,
Oct 26, 2015, Portavoce Public Relations.

Study: Strength of brain connectivity varies with fitness level in older adults,
November 5, 2015, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Little Porkers Need to Hike:
Obese kids young as age 8 show signs of heart disease,
Nov, 10, 2015, American Heart Association.


So do the Geezers,
Exercise program in senior centers helps decrease participants' pain and improve mobility, Nov, 7, 2015, Hospital for Special Surgery.

Fitter legs linked to a 'fitter' brain,
Nov, 9, 2015, King's College London.



This will Change the NFL & all Contact Sports:
Concussions in kids are detectable by blood test,
Nov, 9, 2015, Orlando Health.

 

Gotta Keep the Pack-Hanger Strong:
Study: Low-weight, high-repetition exercise increases bone density up to 8 percent in adults,
Oct 26, 2015, Portavoce Public Relations.

 

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