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Weight-loss drug lorcaserin found to be safe in new study - BBC News
Lorcaserin - 'Lorcaserin! For addicts.' You lose some weight, but you are still an addict. See 4k over 40 months. Hilarious. And costs 300$ per month. Ridiculous.
obesity  overweight  bariatric  surgery  Lorcaserin  big  pharma  pharmaceutical  public  health  prevention  CVD  Cancer  addiction  self-medication  addict 
august 2018 by asterisk2a
US multinational buys into UK rehab centres as demand grows | Society | The Guardian
The UK private rehab market is set to grow exponentially, one of the largest addiction firms in the country has said after receiving US investment.

Addiction treatment centres have reported increases in the number of people seeking help, and concerns have been raised that cuts to drug and alcohol services mean some addicts are being cut adrift.
NHS  Privatisation  addiction  Austerity  self-medication  UK 
august 2018 by asterisk2a
(9086) Jaron Lanier interview on how social media ruins your life - YouTube
see book make it stike re addiction "addictive schemes in their designs" ... its profit maximization in stealth. [...] "we are observed constantly"
Social  Media  Facebook  Twitter  addiction  Instagram  YouTube  Jaron  Lanier  book  Google  mental  health  depression  public 
june 2018 by asterisk2a
Chips: Forscher ergründen Suchtgefahr - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Essen = Droge

Manche Forscher vergleichen die Wirkung von Essen auf das Gehirn mit der von Drogen, wobei der Botenstoff Dopamin eine große Rolle spielt. Sie fürchten auch beim Essen eine Art Teufelskreis: Man braucht immer mehr von einer bestimmten Substanz, um den gleichen euphorischen Zustand, das gleiche Belohnungsgefühl, zu bekommen - man wird süchtig danach.
obesity  NHS  overweight  S.A.D.  western  diet  lifestyle  self-medication  food  addiction  USA  UK  Germany  NAFLD  abuse  junk  fast  Salt  Sugar  Fat  dopamine  chronic  sick  population  sickcare  Diabetes  premature  ageing 
april 2018 by asterisk2a
(5643) Dicke Kinder - kranke Kinder! | Odysso - YouTube
4:50 - mutter vater bestimmen zum teil den hang zum uebergewicht und diabetes. bei zeugung und im mutterleib und fruehkindheit. junk food babies thus is a fitting name. // thus GP ask for family history.
epigenetics  childhood  parenthood  public  health  obesity  overweight  environment  crisis  sickcare  demand  diabetes  junk  food  fast  NHS  UK  microbiota  hormones  IGF-1  microbiome  addiction  epidemiology 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
The Silent Killer of Vegans and Vegetarians? - YouTube
refined sugar/carbohydrates - silent killer. non-alcoholic fatty liver disease even in normal weight people!!! // publc health crisis = stress eating. // empty calories - NO nutrients! // NO OIL! NO REFINED SUGAR, MINIMAL PROCESSED CARBS!
refined  sugar  carbohydrates  public  health  fructose  CVD  Cancer  heart  failure  Leptin  diabetes  Tax  prevention  dopamine  self-medication  addiction  junk  food  Salt  Fat  book  western  diet  glucose  Alcohol  premature  ageing  chronic  sick  population  dementia  stress  NHS  sickcare  demand  S.A.D.  lifestyle  crisis  fizzy  drink  obesity  overweight 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Intervallfasten als Abnehmtrick - SPIEGEL ONLINE
16 Stunden ohne Nahrung seien deshalb eine bewährte Medizin - gegen Dickleibigkeit, Herz-Kreislauf-Erkrankungen, Diabetes Typ 2 und womöglich Krebs.
intermittent  fasting  public  health  addiction  prevention  food  self-medication  abuse  S.A.D.  western  diet  lifestyle  chronic  sick  population  sickcare  healthcare  demand  UK  Germany  USA  obesity  overweight  CVD  diabetes  Cancer  growth  factors  epigenetics  gene  expression  IGF-1  ageing 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Funding the NHS: Is it finally time for a new approach? - BBC News
A ring-fenced tax for health and social care has been resisted in the past by the Treasury. Such a policy is known by economists as hypothecation. Opponents, including Treasury mandarins, believe it ties the hands of chancellors.

But, intriguingly, a former top civil servant at the Treasury, Sir Nick Macpherson, has come out in favour of a ring-fenced tax which is renewed every five years.
NHS  hypothecation  Politics  Sugar  Tax  nudge  nanny  state  prevention  public  health  crisis  winter  Austerity  sickcare  demand  chronic  sick  population  demographic  bubble  ageing  premature  CVD  Cancer  diabetes  healthcare  diet  lifestyle  self-medication  Alcohol  minimum  pricing  alcoholism  food  addiction  abuse  Council  bedblocking  bed  blocking  adult  elderly  social  care  pension  scheme  obligation  disabled  DWP  mental 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
You don’t have to be poor to be hooked on drugs or alcohol but it helps | Opinion | The Guardian
The Tories have excluded public health from their ‘ringfenced’ NHS spending, and dismissed addictions as diseases of choice
public  health  NHS  Austerity  addiction  self-medication  abuse  UK  alcoholism  sickcare  demand  Tories  nasty  party  Jeremy  Hunt  Conservative  prevention  chronic  sick  population 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
CDC gets list of forbidden words: fetus, transgender, diversity - The Washington Post
The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using a list of seven words or phrases — including “fetus” and “transgender” — in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget.
DonaldTrump  Donald  Trump  public  health  Religion  abortion  birthcontrol  contraception  HIV  AIDS  war  on  drugs  CDC  USA  GOP  Republicans  Republican  BAME  post-racial  inequality  discrimination  big  pharma  pharmaceutical  post-antibiotic  antibiotic  antibiotics  lobby  revolving  door  No  Representation  LGBT  Transgender  minority  Opioid  abuse  addiction 
december 2017 by asterisk2a
More than 24,000 Scots hospitalised because of drinking
50p minimum price per one unit of alcohol, to come into effect March 2018, after years of legal fight against the alc lobby vested interest. (Sugar Tax, ) - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-42066394 - Minimum pricing has been broadly welcomed by health bodies and alcohol awareness groups, who say it will target the kind of drinking that leads to the greatest harm. //
People from the most deprived areas are nearly eight times more likely to need help, according to the NHS. There were 36,235 alcohol-related hospital admissions last year - the equivalent of more than 100 a day. They involved 24,060 individual patients - up from the 35,376 admissions involving 23,656 patients the previous year. Alcohol-related admissions had been falling for almost a decade but the latest figures show there were 685.2 hospital admissions per 100,000 people last year - an annual increase of almost 2%. //&! http://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/drink-related-hospital-stays-on-the-rise-1-4619230
NHS  Scotland  Alcohol  minimum  pricing  alcoholism  deprivation  addiction  coping  mechanism  maladaptive  Austerity  poverty  trap  Precariat  binge  drinking  Society  class  Gesellschaft  Sociology  working  poor  Council  childhood  care  Policy  public  health  prevention  sickcare  demand  chronic  sick  population  mental  psychology  psychiatry  depression  aus­sichts­los  hoffnungslos  hopelessness  hopeless  Aussichtslosigkeit  human  condition  humanity  homeless  homelessness  abuse  substance  Opioid  war  on  drugs  tobacco  food–industrial  complex  Sugar  processed  food  lobby  vested  interest  revolving  door  profit  maximisation  obesity  liver  overweight 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Bluthochdruck: USA senken Richtwerte für Blutdruck - SPIEGEL ONLINE
see rose (chronic) sick population // Auch Paulus Kirchhof, Direktor des Instituts für Herz-Kreislauf-Wissenschaften an der britischen University of Birmingham, und ebenfalls Autor der europäischen Leitlinien, sieht jetzt sowohl die Ärzte als auch die Patienten in der Pflicht: "Viele Menschen könnten ihren Bluthochdruck senken, indem sie sich mehr bewegen, gesund essen, nicht rauchen, regelmäßig schlafen und wenig Alkohol trinken", sagt Kirchhof. "Ein solches Gespräch müssen Arzt und Patient führen, Medikamente sind nicht immer der richtige Weg." Im individuellen Fall müsse immer abwogen werden, ob das Herz-Kreislauf-Risiko größer sei oder die möglichen Nebenwirkungen einer medikamentösen Therapie.
CVD  high  blood  pressure  hypertension  Statins  Statin  evidence  based  medicine  big  pharma  pharmaceutical  public  health  chronic  sick  population  premature  ageing  sickcare  prevention  healthcare  GP  diet  lifestyle  S.A.D.  western  tobacco  alcohol  self-medication  addiction  food  obesity  Cancer  overweight  sedentary 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Facebook founding president sounds alarm - BBC News
do you know your neighbour? Chomsky manufactured consent. perfect personal propagandist. outrage machine. time waster. feedback loop for No Representation feelings. “I use these platforms, I just don’t let these platforms use me,” // Adam Curtis - FB can not present you with a future, a proposal. bc it is insular isolated environment (perfect personal propagandist) even if you are 'connected with the world.' It's a sham. Its millions of bubbles. not "A" world connected. Occypy was better than facebook. But Occupy hat not even a handful of leaders. political social economic movements need leaders to refer to, dialogue, interview, sign policy papers, etc etc. mass democracy still needs a leader and leadershuip and management and people skills. see Momentum.
Facebook  Social  Media  Twitter  Instagram  YouTube  Selbstdarstellung  Zivilgesellschaft  Zivilcourage  Gesellschaft  Anarchism  Anarchy  addiction  dopamine  coping  mechanism  Chomsky  filterbubble  Filterblase  Newsfeed  filter  bubble  Brexit  Trump  Donald  DonaldTrump  AfD  PEGIDA  fake  news  Nationalism  Propaganda  journalism  journalismus  profit  maximisation  attention  span  neuroscience  mental  health  well-being  wellbeing  maladaptive  behaviour  well  being  Superficial  democracy  No  Representation  Culture  alt-right  right-wing  PC  far-right  White  Supremacy  Nazi  neo-Nazi  neoNazi  hate  speech  Data  Privacy  abuse  gaming  Snapchat  Psychology  Sociology  Society 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
(4387) How the opioid crisis decimated the American workforce - YouTube
direct link between out of work (injury) and opioid addiction and dropping out of workforce. // &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKXWelf-ZvA - Neuroscientist Dr. Carl Hart: People Are Dying in Opioid Crisis Because of Politicians’ Ignorance - needle exchange and free drug purity checks is a step to reducing overdose deaths and first foot in door for rehab (liberal) //&! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNj89ohoYQ0 - American Epidemic: The Nation's Struggle With Opioid Addiction WSJ &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfe8pol6OG4 - The Opioid Effect: An Ohio Family Rebuilds After Addiction VICE //&! AMERICA ADDICTED - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w67IDMY2tn8 - A community overwhelmed by opioids &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGITecuBEHQ - Who Profits from the Opioid Crisis? Meet the Secretive Sackler Family Making Billions from OxyContin - watering down regulation and oversight. &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPk6VinYG-k - How Big Pharma & Cartels Got America Addicted to Heroin with Jason Smith &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnviuDOvhlg - US Addiction Epidemic Fuelled By Pharma Corporations (2015) "pill mill" &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmJEY1CTgKg - Why Portsmouth, Ohio Became The Epicentre of America's Opioid Crisis &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lof9_iPAWAY - Opioid Crisis in Maine &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mQtCTxO2hTM - Narcan On The Rise &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNWU6XSjb-c - Heroin's Children: Inside the US opioid crisis - Fault Lines
addiction  coping  chronic  stress  abuse  opioid  dopamine  crisis  epidemic  narcotics  war  on  drugs  USA  painkillers  economic  damage  workforce  Precariat  working  poor  structural  unemployment  food  S.A.D.  western  diet  lifestyle  insecurity  trap  poverty  inequality  American  Dream  secular  stagnation  wage  income  growth  Productivity  output  gap  GFC  history  Super  Rich  1%  trickle-down  Sociology  socioeconomic  Society  Gesellschaft  Xanax  fentanyl  alcohol  heroin  overdose  Consumerism  mental  health  well-being  wellbeing  Capitalism  Consumer  Selbstdarstellung  consumption  Austerity  welfare  state  neoliberalism  OxyContin  lobby  pharma  pharmaceutical  BigPharma  revolving  door  vested  interest  Regulation  regulators  self-regulation  substance 
november 2017 by asterisk2a
Patients are suffering while the SNP shamefully dithers | Kevin McKenna | Opinion | The Guardian
One senior health professional told me last week: “Yes, there is a backlog for operations, but the issue is the front and back door – not the bit in the middle. They are trying to solve the wrong problem and bringing on these new centres will only add to the problem. In addition, there is a huge problem with a lack of doctors across parts of the system. If they are moving planned care into these new elective centres, how are they going to staff them?”
NHS  Scotland  Austerity  healthcare  demand  sickcare  elective  surgery  GP  A&E  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Council  adult  social  care  waiting  times  treatment  delay  rationing  mental  health  complex  chronic  sick  population  ageing  demographic  bubble  premature  CVD  Cancer  diabetes  obesity  overweight  alcohol  self-medication  addiction  winter  staff  Crisis  recruitment  hiring  training  Nurses 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
BBC Radio 4 - Radio 4 in Four, How your mood affects what you spend
cosmetic counter and primark - treat on fr sat sun - A study out today by price comparison website Moneysupermarket.com says stressed, bored or sad people are more likely to make impulse purchases they later regret. The study reckons so-called 'stress buying' is costing us around £1,250 a year. Winifred Robinson talks to Siemon Scamell-Katz and Claudia Hammond.

"emotional spending" on way home or over weekend.
Consumerism  Advertising  coping  mechanism  self-medication  chronic  stress  dopamine  Materialism  Consumer  Capitalism  mental  health  well  being  wellbeing  well-being  debt  credit  card  Anarchism  Facebook  Instagram  Amazon  gratification  emotions  addiction  maladaptive  neuroscience  pleasure 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Russell Brand: Society is collapsing - BBC News
"Society is collapsing," the comedian tells the BBC, "and people are starting to recognise that the reason they feel like they're mentally ill is that they're living in a system that's not designed to suit the human spirit.
Anarchism  Russell  Brand  mental  health  self-medication  coping  mechanism  maladaptive  chronic  stress  loneliness  social  isolation  Facebook  Selbstdarstellung  Selbstwertgefühl  addiction  book  neoliberal  capitalism  Exploitation  Consumer  Consumerism  consumption  Precariat  Generation  Rent  working  poor  poverty  trap  Materialism  inequality  mobility  income  meritocracy  meritocratic  Competition 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
(4002) Russell Brand​ in conversation with Dr. Drew​ Pinsky at Live Talks Los Angeles - YouTube
turned from citizen into addicted selfish schnell denkende (Daniel Kahneman) consumers (superficial, enslaved, became addicted, enabling reinforcing class structure, subconscious influenced propaganda style (Adam Curtis) - trapped, fetishised, buying self-worth). -VS- service (and care) to yourself and others (permanent, sustainable, conscious).
addiction  self-medication  book  Consumer  Consumerism  Capitalism  corporatism  Exploitation  Happiness  coping  mechanism  Facebook  Newsfeed  Instagram  Selbstdarstellung  Alain  De  Botton  dopamine  sustainability  sustainable  Psychology  Sociology  Society  Wertegesellschaft  Gesellschaft  Zivilcourage  Zivilgesellschaft  Austerity  poverty  trap  neuroscience  Amazon  Netflix  Apple  Google  gratification  Religion  Culture  mental  health  Depression  abuse  selfish  self-awareness  self-regulation  Superficial  waste  neoliberalism  well-being  self-worth  selfworth  self  worth 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
What to do if your child is overweight - BBC News
One in ten young people in the UK, aged between five and 19, is obese, according to new research that looks at obesity trends in over 200 countries. Consultant paediatrician Prof Mary Rudolf, who advises the government on obesity, says many parents would not know that "a healthy 10-year-old's ribs should be clearly visible - many parents would consider that such a child was quite underweight". //&! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39846385 &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37859484 &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37108767 - Childhood obesity: Plan attacked as 'weak' and 'watered down' &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36805577 - Public health cuts 'could hamper anti-obesity effort' &! WHO World Obesity Day // In the UK, one in every 10 young people aged five to 19, is obese. Obese children are likely to become obese adults, putting them at risk of serious health problems, say experts.
These include type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke and certain types of cancer, such as breast and colon. [...] "Even skinny people are heavier than they would have been ten years ago.
"We have not become more weak-willed, lazy or greedy. The reality is the world around us is changing." - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41550159 &! bariatric surgery - https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/oct/11/obese-people-treatment-surgery-britain &! hidden sick environment to navigate: https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/oct/11/high-calorie-puddings-dominate-childrens-menus-at-leading-food-chains
NHS  public  health  Crisis  healthcare  demand  care  obesity  CVD  overweight  diabetes  Cancer  immune  system  inflammation  economic  damage  prevention  intervention  nudge  food–industrial  tax  obesogenic  chronic  sick  population  ageing  premature  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Disabled  elderly  adult  social  Productivity  leave  sickleave  self-medication  addiction  food  S.A.D.  western  diet  lifestyle  coping  mechanism  stress  mental  epidemic  nanny  state  environment  pollution  taxation  childhood  parenthood  parenting  epigenetics  whole-food  plant-based  lobby  Sugar  complex  diseases  sickcare  big  pharma  pharmaceutical  bariatric  surgery 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
How your blood may predict your future health | Inequality | The Guardian
New research into bloodstream ‘biomarkers’ aims to unlock the full impact of social status on people’s lifetime health outcomes. The key is exposure to stress - quantitated self. making decisions on your own when presented w data? in case of the weight scale, never worked. why will it now? its just more medicalisation - door open for big pharma so people pop pills. vs inconvenience of changing diet lifestyle and learning something new like cooking and meditation. // &! Deprivation and Poverty Stress: The analysis suggested people in lower socioeconomic groups have a demonstrably longer exposure to chronic inflammation – with all its knock-on impacts on long-term health – even once the team corrected for the “usual suspects” of health inequality, including diet and smoking. There’s clearly something else at work. (inequality = health inequality)
public  health  diet  lifestyle  premature  ageing  CVD  Cancer  diabetes  obesity  overweight  immune  system  Autoimmune  complex  chronic  diseases  sick  population  inflammation  biomarker  mental  microbiome  S.A.D.  western  junk  fast  food  food–industrial  lobby  big  pharma  pharmaceutical  prevention  crisis  sickcare  demand  healthcare  deprivation  inequality  poverty  trap  working  poor  Precariat  Austerity  stress  Burnout  underemployed  unemployment  DWP  sickleave  Productivity  UBI  Universal  Basic  Income  Grundeinkommen  social  isolation  coping  mechanism  addiction  Alcohol  self-medication 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Global cost of obesity-related illness to hit $1.2tn a year from 2025 | Society | The Guardian
The cost of treating ill health caused by obesity around the world will top $1.2tn every year from 2025 unless more is done to check the rapidly worsening epidemic, according to new expert estimates. Obesity and smoking are the two main drivers behind the soaring numbers of cancers, heart attacks, strokes and diabetes worldwide, grouped together officially as non-communicable diseases. They are the biggest killers of the modern world.
NHS  public  health  Crisis  healthcare  demand  care  obesity  CVD  overweight  diabetes  Cancer  immune  system  inflammation  economic  damage  prevention  intervention  nudge  food–industrial  tax  obesogenic  chronic  sick  population  ageing  premature  bedblocking  bed  blocking  Disabled  elderly  adult  social  Productivity  leave  sickleave  self-medication  addiction  food  S.A.D.  western  diet  lifestyle  coping  mechanism  stress  mental  epidemic  nanny  state 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS Health Scotland: E-cigs 'definitely' less harmful than smoking - BBC News
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41339790 - E-cigarettes are "definitely" less harmful than smoking tobacco, health bodies in Scotland have stated for the first time.
NHS Health Scotland said it wanted to "clarify" confusion around the harms and benefits of vaping devices.
More than 20 organisations have signed up to the consensus, which was led by NHS Health Scotland.
But health chiefs said that using e-cigarettes while still smoking did not provide any health benefits.
The consensus statement, published by Scotland's national health education and promotion agency, was agreed by the Scottish government, health boards, academia and charities such as the British Lung Foundation and Cancer Research UK.
Tobacco  Nicotine  self-medication  addiction  coping  mechanism  chronic  stress  public  health  sick  population 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Doctors and patients unaware diabetes can be reversed, says report - BBC News
NHS Scotland T2Diabetes cost 10% of budget // evidence has been known for a decade by now! thoe ppl who treated t2d have been called quacks by "everything in moderation" - the evidence based medicine hubbub. // but the main reason for the low recording is probably that few patients are attempting or achieving remission. - GPs don't have time to worry about patient adherence and some do not want to change and rather take pills (intrinsic motivation, health motivated). / salt sugar fat // &! http://www.ndtv.com/food/controlling-your-weight-may-help-reverse-diabetes-5-foods-that-diabetes-patients-must-include-in-the-1750177 &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41279050 &! http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/patients-at-highest-risk-of-type-2-diabetes-should-go-on-intensive-lifestyle-programme-nice-guidance_uk_59baa132e4b02da0e13fd6bf &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-40123846 &! https://www.nice.org.uk/news/article/more-than-a-million-people-should-be-offered-lifestyle-tips-as-a-way-to-avoid-type-2-diabetes &! https://soundcloud.com/bmjpodcasts/diabetes-remission-treating-blood-glucose-when-the-disease-process-is-to-do-with-body-fat
NHS  Diabetes  prevention  diet  lifestyle  CVD  obesity  overweight  sedentary  S.A.D.  western  premature  ageing  chronic  sick  population  big  pharma  NICE  GP  A&E  bariatric  surgery  Scotland  England  health  care  demand  self-medication  coping  mechanism  addiction  stress  food  junk  fast  ready  meals 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Analysis: a year in health - supply and demand | Holyrood Magazine
stop increasing general taxation. increase tax on causes. Verursacherprinzip. // Calls for a similarly tough approach on obesity have not yet been rewarded with a strategy, despite one being due last year and Scotland’s obesity rates amongst the highest in the world, even higher than in the rest of the UK.

Could the protracted legal wrangling with the drinks industry have tempered the Scottish Government’s appetite for imposing tough restrictions on food manufacturers and supermarkets? It will be clearer when the obesity and diet strategy emerges in the winter. [...] One long-awaited strategy which did see the light of day was the new mental health strategy, launched by Maureen Watt in March, but the minister may well have been disappointed in the response.

The document “lacks the ambition and investment that Scotland deserves” said the Scottish Association for Mental Health’s chief executive, Billy Watson.

The question, as with the rest of NHS Scotland’s challenges, is how would it be paid for?
NHS  Scotland  England  taxation  funding  health  care  demand  CVD  diabetes  Cancer  obesity  chronic  sick  population  premature  ageing  demographic  bubble  public  food–industrial  complex  Salt  Sugar  Fat  addiction  self-medication  mental  coping  mechanism  food  western  diet  lifestyle  S.A.D.  Alcohol  fast  junk 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
Could a heroin vaccine cure the west’s drug epidemic? | Science | The Guardian
heroin has been described as “a warm blanket on the brain”. Within seconds of the drug entering the bloodstream, it hits receptor molecules in the brain’s neurons that induce a surge of euphoria, followed by a prolonged sense of tranquillity. Yes, it feels good – and that’s the problem. &! https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/13/dont-blame-addicts-for-americas-opioid-crisis-real-culprits
war  on  drugs  USA  UK  self-medication  coping  mechanism  overdose  public  health  crisis  neoliberal  capitalism  globalisation  exploitation  competition  social  media  chronic  stress  sick  population  mental  Depression  Alcohol  Escapism  Facebook  Instagram  working  poor  Poverty  trap  addiction  opioid  NHS  Council  A&E  homelessness  homeless  care  demand  Politics  policy  Deprivation 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
Have Smartphones Destroyed a Generation? - The Atlantic
Psychologically, however, they are more vulnerable than Millennials were: Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since 2011. It’s not an exaggeration to describe iGen as being on the brink of the worst mental-health crisis in decades. Much of this deterioration can be traced to their phones. [...] You might expect that teens spend so much time in these new spaces because it makes them happy, but most data suggest that it does not. [...] Teens who spend more time than average on screen activities are more likely to be unhappy, and those who spend more time than average on nonscreen activities are more likely to be happy. There’s not a single exception. All screen activities are linked to less happiness, and all nonscreen activities are linked to more happiness. // &! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40840823 - Children consuming online time 'like junk food'
mental  health  addiction  self-medication  mobile  homescreen  Facebook  Twitter  coping  mechanism  chronic  stress  Depression  Millennials  instant  gratification  smartphone  attention  span  socioeconomic  Sociology  Soziologie  anxiety  escapism  Psychology  Gesellschaft  Generation  Generationy  Apple  Instagram  Snapchat  Kardashian  Celebrity  YouTube  childhood  parenting  screentime  screen-time  Happiness  self-help  self-awareness  self-regulation  Dopamine  Serotonin 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
How the humble potato fuelled the rise of liberal capitalism
Enlightened eating

Today’s somewhat uneasy marriage of public health and individual choice is the result of new ideas that emerged during the Enlightenment. During the 18th century, states across Europe began to rethink the bases of national wealth and strength. At the heart of these new ideas was a new appreciation of what we would now call public health. Whereas in earlier centuries rulers wished to prevent famines that might cause public unrest, in the 18th century, politicians became increasingly convinced that national strength and economic prowess required more than an obedient population disinclined to riot.
public  health  national  security  chronic  sick  population  premature  ageing  Military–industrial  complex  food  profit  maximisation  lobby  NHS  budget  big  pharma  prevention  Adam  Smith  addiction  CVD  Cancer  diabetes  Disabled  Productivity  output  gap  care  demand  obesity  overweight  hypertension  Stroke  heart  attack 
august 2017 by asterisk2a
(297) Wer glücklich ist kauft nicht - Vortrag Prof. Hüther - YouTube
Denkmuster. Schwer heraus zu brechen! Kein kind komt als konsumer zur welt. Nacheifern wer erflogreich erscheint. Grunderfahrung Wachstum. Neugier. Dopamine. Entdecken und Gestalten und Frei sein. Plus Bindungssystem. Aber Welterfahrung ist anders als im Bauch der Mutter. Beziehungsschmerzen gibt es! Begeisterung, und emotionen helfen beim lernen! Frei und Autonom ungleisch die Schule. Wem es gut geht kauft kein schrott den er nicht braucht um andere menschen zu beindrucken die er nicht mag oder kennt.
Alain  de  Botton  Status  Anxiety  Consumerism  Materialism  Consumer  Selbstdarstellung  Capitalism  Identity  Psychology  Philosophy  neuroscience  Individualismus  Gesellschaft  Society  Sociology  mobile  homescreen  dependence  wage  slavery  Universal  Basic  Income  Minimalism  biology  coping  mechanism  addiction  food  Internet  Alcohol  emotions  mental  health  well  being  dopamine  serotonin  oxytocin  endorphins 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Fast food, Fat profits: Obesity in America - YouTube
Obesity in America has reached a crisis point. Two out of every three Americans are overweight, one out of every three is obese. One in three are expected to have diabetes by 2050. &! There's a science to making addictive food, a practice that convinces us to eat food that's bad for us because it tastes so good. - https://youtu.be/4cpdb78pWl4
obesity  overweight  Cancer  CVD  Diabetes  USA  chronic  sick  population  Salt  Sugar  Fast  Food  science  Fat  addiction  self-medication  dopamine  coping  mechanism  stress  relief  lobby  Food–industrial  complex  conglomerate  multinational  book 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Why We Can’t Look Away From Our Screens - The New York Times
In a new book, “Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked,” the social psychologist Adam Alter warns that many of us — youngsters, teenagers, adults — are addicted to modern digital products. Not figuratively, but literally addicted.
mobile  homescreen  addiction  dopamine  neuroscience  mental  health  games  online  WoW 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Sell high calorie foods in plain packaging to beat obesity, says Brain Prize winner | Science | The Guardian
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-39183178 Peter Dayan, Ray Dolan and Wolfram Schultz share €1m neuroscience prize for work unravelling the brain’s reward system Selling high calorie foods in plain packaging could help in the battle against obesity according to a leading researcher who has won a share of the most lucrative prize in neuroscience for his work on the brain’s reward system. The colourful wrapping and attractive advertising of calorie-rich foods encourage people to buy items that put them at risk of overeating and becoming obese in the future, said Wolfram Schultz, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. “We should not advertise, propagate or encourage the unnecessary ingestion of calories,” [ ... dopamine is released in anticipation of a reward, not just consumption of reward, thus seeing comfort food packaging and buying it, releases dopamine = walking into today's supermarket is dopamine rush for some, a high, irresistible, can not stop themselves from buying them 50/50 sugar/fat combos! ]
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march 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS at breaking point, according to British Medical Association | Society | The Guardian
“The data demonstrates the increasing pressures on the system. It provides evidence of the underlying cracks within the NHS, such as funding constraints, changes and increases in demand, disjointed care and workforce pressures,” the BMA report said.

It noted that pressures on mental health services were particularly acute, with a 44% decrease in the number of mental health beds since 2000-01. [...] “Ultimately we could reduce the need for hospital beds by improving preventive care. But cutting both preventive services and beds leads to disaster. That is what we are now witnessing.”
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february 2017 by asterisk2a
No 10 rules out forcing obese people to undergo treatment to get benefits | Society | The Guardian
Downing Street has ruled out adopting David Cameron’s proposal for obese people or those with drug or alcohol problems to be forced to undergo treatment as a condition of receiving benefits.

Theresa May’s deputy official spokesman confirmed that the idea of sanctions for people who are obese or have addiction problems and refuse help is “not under consideration”, after a government-commissioned review found that there was no evidence it would work.
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december 2016 by asterisk2a
Hepatitis Country: Inside America's Opioid-Fueled Epidemic - YouTube
nobody wakes up one morning sayin I want to be addicted! there is a reason a process. hopelessness. u can live days wo food 6 wo water. only seconds without hope.
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november 2016 by asterisk2a
Alcohol fools the brain into thinking it is releasing chemicals that calm us down | Daily Mail Online
Increased stress levels alter the brain’s chemical make-up by changing what it thinks it needs to survive according to new research by scientists
The brain is tricked into thinking alcohol is helping us so we drink again 
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november 2016 by asterisk2a
Cannabis Fuer Alle
Who's funding the US cannabis industry? - Webb Garrison wants to start his own cannabis business. He doesn't have any industry experience and he's only just building up his knowledge of the complicated regulations that govern the sector. - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36565525 //&! Mindestalter 18 (same for alcohol) oder 21 (alcohol age restiction USA and Colorado for cannabis)? //&! War on Drugs "diese massnahme ist nicht geignet. [...] rechtswissenschaftlich belegt" +++ weniger polizei kosten! und elend in Latain Amerika reduziert. //&! Black Market/Street - you don't know what you get! - bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36573730 - able to regulate, and put recommendet dosage on packaging (Ecstasy, LSD), thus people don't oversode especially w alcohol! and no adverse reactions. and socially more acceptable then.
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june 2016 by asterisk2a
Is the NHS in England stuck with soaring demand?
service struggling to keep up with demand. [...] ambulance response times, delays in A&E, and treatment for cancer - have been missed. All this against a background of increased attendances, more referrals & GPs being busier than ever. So is the NHS is stuck in a never-ending cycle of soaring demand? The kitchen at Stanborough Lodge care home in Welwyn Garden City is part of the NHS frontline in the fight to ease the strain on hospitals. [...] Staff and residents of care homes are being taught to cook nutritious foods [...] "And I think we're going to have to see the NHS pull its finger out a bit in terms of making those investments." Whatever differences there may be about why the NHS is so stretched, there is no denying that with money so tight and performance slipping on many fronts, time to find a solution is running out. //&! bbc.in/23xX0yf &! bbc.in/1S95lh1 [...] system facing both inexorably increasing patient numbers and severe financial strain."
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Call to tackle smoking amongst mental health patients
A tobacco campaign group is calling for urgent action to tackle the much higher rates of smoking among people with mental health conditions.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Workers or Shirkers? Ian Hislop's Victorian Benefits
An entertaining, provocative film in which Ian explores the colourful history behind one of the most explosive issues of our times - welfare: who deserves to be helped, and who doesn't. [... ] all hate, no heart. just spreadsheets. at Whitehall, no 11. [...] Benefit Street = victorian freak show/circus of curiosities [...] writing about others, "othering" them. demonising them or putting them on pedestals, making them saints. [...] IDS "a single mother wo aspiration is a product of the system" would correct that, a product of her environment (society) [ie gentrification - poor living w poor door to door. and everyone is looking down on them.].
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
The Science of Depression
TED-Ed - What is depression? - Helen M. Farrell - youtu.be/z-IR48Mb3W0 &! Depressive and Bipolar Disorders: Crash Course Psychology #30 - youtu.be/ZwMlHkWKDwM //&! Trauma & Addiction: Crash Course Psychology #31 - youtu.be/343ORgL3kIc
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Chef AJ: From Fat Vegan to Skinny Bitch
if parent is obese - 40% that child will be obese in later life too. if both are overweight/obese that is then 80%. you still have to fire the gun. the gun is loaded. if both are normal weight, 7% chance child ends up obese in later life. // 53:20 - overcoming food addiction: have your breakfast with plenty of fruit - ie porridge w apple and banana (ripe) cooked/microwaved (cinnamon and apple pie spice mix) plus added fruit and or a melon first w ripe juicy pear and at least 0.5l/1pint of water and then to top it up the porridge. maybe have before the porridge a bag of salad w 2-3 brazil nuts. // or for advanced replace the porridge w a full platter of white rice w beans, leek/spring onion, light sauce or just tomato mark(w garlic).
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Exercise 'not key to obesity fight', say scientists - BBC News
[ Food Politics of "a balanced diet and everything in moderation ] Exercise does little to tackle obesity, according to a group of doctors and sports scientists. Writing in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, three international experts say it is time to ''bust the myth'' that people can eat what they want as long as they are active. They accuse the food industry of misleading the public, and sabotaging public health campaigns. //&! Britons in denial about obesity, new research finds - bbc.in/1RPPqpJ - New research suggests that despite high levels of obesity, four out of five of people in the UK consider themselves to be healthy. Figures from the World Health Organisation suggest nearly two thirds of people in the UK are in fact overweight. //&! One in three children in Blackpool are overweight or obese by the age of 11, according to a new report. - bbc.in/1UavoZ9
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Joe Rogan Experience #766 - Gad Saad - YouTube
Gad Saad is Professor of Marketing & Concordia University Research Chair in Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences and Darwinian Consumption and author of "The Evolutionary Bases of Consumption" and "The Consuming Instinct" // deferred gratification
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Obesity bigger cost for Britain than war and terror | Society | The Guardian
Britain spending £47bn a year dealing with the healthcare and social costs of an increasingly overweight population, study finds. Obesity is a greater burden on the UK’s economy than armed violence, war and terrorism, costing the country nearly £47bn a year, a report has found. The study, commissioned by consultancy firm McKinsey and Company, reveals obesity has the second-largest economic impact on the UK behind smoking, generating an annual loss equivalent to 3% of GDP. [...] It has called for a co-ordinated response from governments, retailers, restaurants and food and drink manufacturers to address what it calls the “global obesity crisis”. A series of 44 interventions could bring 20% of overweight or obese people in UK back to normal weight within five to 10 years, the report says. This would save around £16bn a year in the UK, including an annual saving of about £766m in the NHS, according to the study. [...] “Today 25% of the nation is obese and 37% is overweight.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Expect more teenage pregnancies and STIs as public health cuts kick in | Public Leaders Network | The Guardian
[ cut public health budget (prevention & intervention) by +200m ] Slicing money out of local prevention services is ‘economically nonsensical’, completely undermining the pledge to pump billions into the NHS [...] 77% [of councils] said they expected obesity interventions to be cut [...] total spend on STIs by 2020 could top £6bn. [...] Every £1 spent on contraception saves £11 in healthcare costs. Cuts to sexual health sector are economically nonsensical [ TORIES SET NHS UP TO FAIL! Simon Stevens is being ser-up to fail! ] //&! King's Fund analysis - bit.ly/1DsQcFS //&! bit.ly/1TTUVFP - short-termism. with cuts to prevention, and no new prevention initiatives ie sugar tax and processed food tax and meat tax (burger king and co), health coaches at gp surgeries ... 5 year nhs budget targets will be overrun massively by 2020. Simon Stevens is asked to resign before 2020 election.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
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