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Health and Fitness information for long distance backpackers. Physical and psychological effects of hiking and nature.

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HEALTH & FITNESS
SOY'S CONTRIBUTIONS TO FAT, SEXLESS, & STUPID

Oil-Fats US Consumption Chart
Edible fats and oils consumed in the U.S., 2017/18. USDA, via the University of California - Riverside.
Soy by far the #1 of the edible fats and oils consumed in the U.S. during 2017/18. USDA, via the University of California - Riverside.

 

Another Soy Boy Degradation: Bad Brains

America's most Widely Consumed Oil Causes Genetic Changes in the Brain,
University of California - Riverside, January 17, 2020.

MAIN POINTS

New Soy Oil Degradations Found
"...soybean oil not only leads to obesity and diabetes, but could also affect neurological conditions like autism, Alzheimer's disease, anxiety, and depression."

Generally Bad for Bodies
"...found in 2015 that soybean oil induces obesity, diabetes, insulin resistance, and fatty liver in mice. Then in a 2017 study, the same group learned that if soybean oil is engineered to be low in linoleic acid, it induces less obesity and insulin resistance."

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UPDATED
April 23
Ancient Laetoli Footprints Reveal "Modern-Style" Bi-pedular Apes

 

Original Research

HUMAN CONDITION
Ancient Footprints off Canada Coast

Early American Footprints

13,000-year Old Human Footprints Found Off Canada's Pacific Coast
13,000-year Old Human Footprints Found Off Canada's Pacific Coast, Duncan McLaren, PLOS.
Photograph of track #17 beside digitally-enhanced image of same feature using the DStretch plugin for ImageJ. Note the toe impressions and arch indicating that this is a right footprint. Duncan McLaren, PLOS.

Family Record 13,000 Years Old

13,000-year-old human footprints found off Canada's Pacific coast,
PLOS, March 28, 2018.

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HEALTH, FITNESS, & THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE

When, Where, & How We Spread Globally

A handful of recent discoveries have shattered anthropologists' picture of where humans came from, and when,
Business Insider, January 5, 2020

MAIN POINTS

New Picture Emerging
A New Puzzle, Really...
"A 2017 finding in Morocco threw into question the idea that modern humans originated in East Africa. Those bones were significantly older than any others ever found."

Trickle?
"The initial dispersals out of Africa prior to 60,000 years ago were likely by small groups of foragers, and at least some of these early dispersals left low-level genetic traces in modern human populations."

Flood?
"A later, major 'Out of Africa' event most likely occurred around 60,000 years ago or thereafter."

 

Early Modern Human Distribution
Interesting Recent Research & Discoveries

April 2019
Ancient Footprints off Canada Coast: Family Record 13,000 Years Old

 

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HEALTH, FITNESS, & ONGOING INDUSTRIAL POLLUTION

Ongoing PFAS Industrial Pollution Continues After Decades of Contamination

A Solution for Cleaning up PFAS, one of the World's Most Intractable Pollutants,
Colorado State University, December 5, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Problem Bonding
"The carbon-fluorine chemical bond, among nature's strongest, is the reason behind the wild success of these chemicals, as well as the immense environmental challenges they have caused since the 1940s."

PFAS Distribution
Mass Production Crap in Everything
"...given us nonstick coatings, polishes, waxes, cleaning products and firefighting foams used at airports and military bases. They are in consumer goods like carpets, wall paint, popcorn bags and water-repellant shoes, and they are essential in the aerospace, automotive, telecommunications, data storage, electronic and healthcare industries."

PFAS Distribution in Nature
"PFAS residues have been found in some of the most pristine water sources, and in the tissue of polar bears."

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The High Social and Natural Costs of Mass Population, Mass Industrial Production Pollution sticky icon

 

HEALTH, MEGACITY INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION

Study finds BPA Levels in Humans Dramatically Underestimated,
Washington State University, December 5, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

BPA
"BPA can be found in a wide range of plastics, including food and drink containers, and animal studies have shown that it can interfere with the body's hormones. In particular, fetal exposure to BPA has been linked to problems with growth, metabolism, behavior, fertility and even greater cancer risk."
See
Oct 2019
Environmental Estrogens Penetrate Placenta

FDA-INDUSTRIAL PERSPECTIVE
"...the FDA has evaluated data from studies measuring BPA in human urine and determined that human exposure to the chemical is at very low, and therefore, safe levels."

Boom!
New BPA Test
"Researchers have developed a more accurate method of measuring bisphenol A (BPA) levels in humans and found that exposure to the endocrine-disrupting chemical is far higher than previously assumed."

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Health, Fitness, & The Human Condition 
News and Science

Last Updated
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January 1, 2019:
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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?

 

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 Health, Fitness, & The Human Condition 
News and Science

Updated

December 21

 

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2018 Health & Fitness News

 

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

 

FIELD GRADE
Our greater goal is to attain "Field Conditioning." Field Conditioning is an advanced state of fitness where we are capable of moving and operating effectively across great distances over all types of terrain, at high or low altitude, in hot, cold, wet, or dry conditions over extended time spans, under all seasonal conditions, while carrying the weight required to withstand these environmental conditions, feed ourselves well, and safely reach our goal. 

In "Field" status we can take some shots and keep rocking. But this is an "ideal" state of conditioning that is typically achieved by well-trained backpackers during their trips.

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GROWING TO PHYSICAL & PERSONAL DESTRUCTION: Megacity Morons of Mexico City

UPDATED!
Air Pollution Causes Significant Childhood Brain Degradation

Childhood Air Pollution Linked to Schizophrenia

Pollution feeds Childhood Brain Degradations

 

GROWING TO PHYSICAL & PERSONAL DESTRUCTION

Megacity Morons of Mexico City

Air pollution in Mexico City is associated with the development of Alzheimer disease,
IOS Press, December 21, 2018.

MAIN POINTS

Relentless Alzheimer's Pathology
“...concerns over the evolving and relentless Alzheimer's pathology observed in young Metropolitan Mexico City (MMC) urbanites.”

THIRD WORLD SHITHOLE
“Metropolitan Mexico City is an example of extreme urban growth and serious environmental pollution and millions of children are involuntarily exposed to harmful concentrations of PM 2.5 every day since conception.”

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Health & Fitness in the Winter & Spring of 2020

 

 

Health, Fitness, & The Human Condition 
News and Science

Updated
January 8, 2020

 Winter & Spring
of
2020

January 1, 2020:
HAPPY-HEALTHY NEW YEAR!

  

 

Latest News Below

 

Earlier
Summer & Fall of 2019

Health & Fitness, Fall & Winter of 2019

Health & Fitness News, 2018

Health & Fitness News, 2015-2017

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

 

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Diets, Fake Sugars, & Chemicals DON'T Make Up for a Lack of Natural Physical Engagement

 

HEALTH, FITNESS, & FAKE LIFESTYLES

Diets & Chemicals DON'T Make Up for Lack of Natural Engagement

Here's a Bitter Pill to Swallow: Artificial Sweeteners May be Doing More Harm than Good,
University of South Australia, December 17, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

"Sweeteners"
"...people who use low-calorie sweeteners (LCS) are more likely to gain weight, the exact opposite of what consumers expect."

Low Calorie Sweeteners
"...a 200 per cent increase in LCS usage among children and a 54 per cent increase among adults in the past 20 years."

False Justification
"Consumers of artificial sweeteners do not reduce their overall intake of sugar. They use both sugar and low-calorie sweeteners and may psychologically feel they can indulge in their favourite foods."

Bad Sugar
"Artificial sweeteners also change the gut bacteria which may lead to weight gain and risk of type 2 diabetes."

Death & Heart Problems
"Artificially sweetened beverages (ASB) are also linked with increased risks of death and cardiovascular disease, and strokes and dementia among older people, but it is not clear why."

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Half of US Population Projected to, "Have," Obesity by 2030

 

HEALTH, FITNESS, & FAT-ASSES

Mister Creosote
John Cleese and Terry Jones in Monty Python's Meaning of Life. Must See TV...
John Cleese and Terry Jones in Monty Python's Meaning of Life. A Brit Metaphor for the Obesity of American Desire, in this case. Must See TV... Sorry...

 

Exercise & Deep Engagement with Nature Lost to Average American

Close to Half of US Population Projected to have Obesity by 2030,
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, December 18, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Wave of Fat Approaching
USA: 75% Fat Content by 2030
"About half of the adult U.S. population will have obesity and about a quarter will have severe obesity by 2030..."

"Have," obesity? Did they, "catch," it?

USA: 58% Fatties NOW
"...currently, 40% of American adults have obesity and 18% have severe obesity."

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Screen Time Degrading Children's Brains

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

Child Brain Degraded by Screen Time
Child Brain Degraded by Screen Time, by Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.
This lateral brain image of a child exposed to significant screen time shows lower level levels of white matter structural integrity. These effected areas are in blue. Image by Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

 

Creating Dull, Stupid Consumers

Screen-Based Media Associated with Structural Differences in Brains of Young Children,
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, November 4, 2019.

Bottom Line

"...study documents structural differences in the brains of preschool-age children related to screen-based media use."

Manufacturing Morons
"...children who have more screen time have lower structural integrity of white matter tracts in parts of the brain that support language and other emergent literacy skills."

"...include imagery and executive function - the process involving mental control and self-regulation."

"...also have lower scores on language and literacy measures."

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Any Amount of Running Linked to Significantly Lower Risk of Death

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

Keep Moving for Health, Department of Running

Any Amount of Running Linked to Significantly Lower Risk of Death,
BMJ, November 4, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

"Any amount of running is linked to a significantly lower risk of death from any cause, finds a pooled analysis of the available evidence..."

"...any amount of running was associated with a 27% lower risk of death from all causes for both sexes, compared with no running."

"...associated with a 30% lower risk of death from cardiovascular disease, and a 23% lower risk of death from cancer."

"Even small 'doses'--for example, once weekly or less, lasting less than 50 minutes each time, and at a speed below 6 miles (8 km) an hour, still seemed to be associated with significant health/longevity benefits."

Caveat Emptor
"...the researchers caution that the number of included studies was small and their methods varied considerably, which may have influenced the results."

Nonetheless
"Increased rates of participation in running, regardless of its dose, would probably lead to substantial improvements in population health and longevity."

 

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My 5g Cell Phone Health Concerns Run Deep

HEALTH & FITNESS

5G Phone Rollouts are, "Happening."

CELLPHONY
 a Samsung Galaxy J5 (left) and an iPhone 6S (right). Photo by Senado Federal.
Two smartphones: a Samsung Galaxy J5 (left) and an iPhone 6S (right). Photo by Senado Federa, Wiki.

Direct to Two Reference Articles

Yes it Is
All the proof you need that 5G phones are coming in 2019,
c/net, February 8, 2018.

Cities Quick, everywhere else, Slow
5G hype is coming. Don’t fall for it.
Android Authority, August 26, 2018.

 

Updated
Wi-Fi & Electromagnetic Radiation Research War
Continues

 

My Cell Phone Health Concerns Run Deep

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New Superbug Camouflage

 

HEALTH, FITNESS & SUPERBUGS

SUPERBUG!
Inside the MCR-9 Jumping Superbug's Protein Structure

The mcr-9 gene's protein structure graphic, by Ahmed Gaballa, Cornell University.
This is what death looks like. From, New Super-Resistant Jumping Superbug Gene Discovered, by Ahmed Gaballa, Cornell University.

 

New Superbug Evolutionary Weaponry
Superbug Camouflage

'Wolves in Sheep's Clothing' -- the Superbugs Outsmarting Laboratory Tests,
University of Leeds, October 28, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

SARM Bacteria
"Our findings highlight the fact that antibiotic resistance can sometimes effectively be hidden: in other words, it looks like you're dealing with an infection that should be treatable with a given antibiotic, but that may not be the case."

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Bovine Antibiotic Effects Not Limited to Bacteria: Soil Efficiencies Reduced

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

How Now, Brown Cow?
Brown Cow, Art Tower, Pixabay.
Brown Cow, Art Tower, Pixabay.

 

Antibiotic Effects Not Limited to Bacteria

Researchers Find Multiple Effects on Soil from Manure from Cows Administered Antibiotics,
Colorado State University, October 9, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Bovine Antibiotics
"...more stringent use of antibiotics in medical settings, the use of antibiotics in the livestock sector is gaining increased attention."

Levels of Use
"In the U.S., 80 percent of antibiotics are used in livestock production. Globally, livestock antibiotic use is projected to increase by 67 percent by the year 2030."

The Study
"...researchers analyzed ecosystems exposed to manure from cattle given no antibiotics and manure from cattle given a common antibiotic, as well as a control sample not exposed to manure. All of the manure samples were collected from standard dairy operations maintained by researchers from the Virginia Tech Department of Dairy Science."

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Environmental Estrogens Penetrate Placenta

 

HEALTH & FITNESS

Estrogen Migrates through the Placenta
Environmental Estrogens Penetrate Placenta, University of Vienna.
The xenoestrogen zearalenone migrates through the placenta, as researchers have now been able to show for the first time. Credit to the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

 

Environmental Estrogens Penetrate Placenta

Babies Burdened by Environmental Estrogens in Mothers' Wombs,
Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology (EMPA), October 10, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Danger: Natural Sources
"Xenoestrogens are absorbed through the environment, especially through food. As oestrogen-like substances, they can have a profound effect on the body's hormonal balance."

Environmental Estrogen Penetrates Placenta
"The placental barrier offers the unborn child a certain protection against bacteria, viruses and some substances such as some medications or environmental toxins absorbed by the body. But zearalenone migrates through the placenta, as we have now been able to show for the first time..."

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Air Pollution Levels tied to Levels of Aggression and Violence

 

HEALTH, FITNESS, POLLUTION & VIOLENCE

When Levels of Aggression and Violence Are, "In the Air..."

Exposure to Air Pollution Increases Violent Crime Rates, Study Finds,
Colorado State University, October 3, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Bad Air
"...found strong links between short-term exposure to air pollution and aggressive behavior, in the form of aggravated assaults and other violent crimes across the continental United States."

Data
"The CSU researchers cross-analyzed three highly detailed datasets: daily criminal activity from the National Incident-Based Reporting System managed by the FBI; daily, county-level air pollution from 2006-2013 collected by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency monitors; and daily data on wildfire smoke plumes from satellite imagery provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hazard Mapping System."

Results
"The research results show a 10 microgram-per-cubic-meter increase in same-day exposure to PM2.5 is associated with a 1.4% increase in violent crimes, nearly all of which is driven by crimes categorized as assaults."

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Physical Fitness Correlated with Intellectual Fitness

 

HEALTH FITNESS, BRAIN HEALTH & COGNITION

Brain-Mind-Body
The connection between the brain, physical and intellectual health.
Physical and Intellectual Health Coorelated. Image from GDJ, Pixabay.

 

Physical Fitness Correlated with Intellectual Fitness

The Fast and the Curious: Fitter Adults Have Fitter Brains,
European College of Neuropsychopharmacology, September 9, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Fitness is King
"In a large study, German scientists have shown that physical fitness is associated with better brain structure and brain functioning in young adults."

MRI
"The scientists used a publicly available database of 1206 MRI brain scans from the Human Connectome Project, which had been contributed by volunteers who wanted to contribute to scientific research."

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Your Physical Fate Awaits: Aging Slows Fat Cell Turnover

 

HEALTH, FITNESS, FAT, & AGING

Your Physical Fate Awaits

New study shows why people gain weight as they get older,
Karolinska Institutet, September 9, 2019.

MAIN POINTS

Weight Awaits
"Lipid turnover in the fat tissue decreases during ageing and makes it easier to gain weight, even if we don't eat more or exercise less than before."

"The results indicate for the first time that processes in our fat tissue regulate changes in body weight during ageing in a way that is independent of other factors."

"Obesity and obesity-related diseases have become a global problem."

"Understanding lipid dynamics and what regulates the size of the fat mass in humans has never been more relevant."

Always the Same Solution
EXERCISE
"Prior studies have shown that one way to speed up the lipid turnover in the fat tissue is to exercise more."

 

 

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