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'Tax and regulate more to improve health' - BBC News
The independent analysis, produced for the BBC, said the success of the smoking ban and sugary drinks tax should embolden ministers.

The experts also said the fear of the "nanny state" tag was unfounded as polling suggested the public have an appetite for tough action.

It comes after ministers in England unveiled new plans for child obesity.
[...]
They pointed out that seven in 10 adults do not meet the recommended guidelines in relation to diet, physical activity, drinking and smoking.

But despite this, polling carried out for the report by Ipsos MORI found that 85% of people believe they have a "great deal of responsibility" for keeping healthy.

The survey of more than 2,000 people in the UK also showed a significant degree of support for taxes and regulation.
UK  obesity  public  health  childhood  sickcare  NHS  CVD  overweight  Cancer  diabetes  prevention  Sugar  Tax  premature  ageing 
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
Unintended consequences: when government health campaigns backfire | Life and style | The Guardian
Meanwhile a second research paper has spotted a flaw in the government’s “responsibility deal” with drinks makers. The industry agreed on reductions in alcohol levels by 2015, but while more low-alcohol products are on offer, things aren’t panning out as expected. Cambridge University researchers have scrutinised how low-alcohol drinks are being promoted by Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Morrisons and found that consumers are being prompted to buy these beverages in situations where they wouldn’t ordinarily hit the bottle. The drinks are presented as a perfect lunchtime treat, and as healthy options next to pictures of fruit. “Lower-strength wines and beers appear to be marketed not as substitutes for higher-strength products, but as ones that can be consumed on additional occasions with an added implication of healthiness,” wrote the researchers. Make that an “irresponsibility deal” then.
Sugar  Tax  nudge  chronic  sick  population  capitalism  profit  maximisation  public  health  prevention  UK  obesity  Cancer  CVD  overweight  premature  ageing  NHS  crisis  sickcare  demand  policy 
april 2018 by asterisk2a
We learn nothing about nutrition, claim medical students - BBC News
Speaking to BBC Radio 4's The Food Programme, Dr Rangan Chatterjee, GP and presenter of BBC One's Doctor in the House, told me: "The health landscape of the UK has dramatically changed over the last 30 or 40 years and I think the bulk of what I see as a GP now - almost 80% - is in some way driven by our collective lifestyles."
NHS  Crisis  sickcare  demand  chronic  sick  population  ageing  premature  bubble  Austerity  rationing  obesity  overweight  CVD  Cancer  diet  lifestyle  S.A.D.  western  self-medication  abuse  coping  mechanism  food–industrial  complex  Sugar  WHO  meat  public  health 
march 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
(5499) Kein Stress mit dem Gewicht - Faszination Wissen - ganze Sendung vom 11.5.2015 - YouTube
20:00 "stress esser" //&! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-42788280 - Chronic stress disrupts our sleep and our blood sugar levels. This leads to increased hunger and comfort eating. &! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxb1A3Q1vC8 - Escaping The Dietary Pleasure Trap - Alan Goldhamer DC - FULL TALK eg ice cream cold is too sweet. // Book Salt Sugar Fat.
fast  food  self-medication  abuse  junk  western  diet  S.A.D.  public  health  chronic  stress  poverty  trap  hormones  signals  reward  salt  sugar  fat  evolution  CVD  obesity  overweight  Cancer  dopamine  cortisol  metabolism  emotions  sickcare  mental  NHS  prevention  healthcare  exploitation  food–industrial  lobby  complex  vested  interest  weightloss  bariatric  surgery  diabetes  shiftwork  circadian  rhythm  sleep  Hygiene  alcohol  alcoholism  superficial  artificial  pleasure  processed 
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
Coca-Cola to sell smaller bottles at higher prices in response to sugar tax | Society | The Guardian
Coca-Cola is to use smaller bottles and sell at higher prices rather than alter its famous sugar-laden secret recipe, while Irn-Bru faces a growing consumer backlash over fears a new lower sugar version will ruin Scotland’s national soft drink.
sugar  tax  nanny  state  lobby  nudge  taxation  food  obesity  public  health  CVD  overweight  UK  NHS  sickcare  demand  chronic  sick  population  self-medication  abuse  food–industrial  complex  vested  interest 
january 2018 by asterisk2a
Sugar industry withheld research effects of sucrose 50 years ago, study claims | Science | The Guardian
http://www.spiegel.de/gesundheit/ernaehrung/zuckerlobby-und-wissenschaft-die-bittere-geschichte-von-projekt-259-a-1179551.html // See the Vegan Cardiologist Kim Williams arguing that it is fats meat beef and processed starches food sugar - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4TMsRKOe8Q // and the problem w evidence-based medicine and statistics and research manipulation // and see the new guidelines when to prescribe statins (now earlier) re chronic sick population v side effects v benefits // The problem could be much bigger than the two ISRF studies the researchers have scrutinised. The researchers conclude that the debates we now have on sugar’s effects on our health are potentially rooted in six decades of the sugar industry’s manipulation of scientific evidence.
CVD  Cancer  obesity  diabetes  overweight  Sugar  Tax  taxation  meat  public  health  lobby  vested  interest  revolving  door  conflict  microbiome  Stroke  Statins  Statin  S.A.D.  processed  food  food–industrial  diet  lifestyle  sedentary  inactive  WHO  prevention  whole-food  plant-based  Fat  Salt  book  NHS  sickcare  healthcare  demand  chronic  sick  population  GP 
november 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
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
NHS future precarious, says regulator - BBC News
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) says the health system is "straining at the seams" and faces a "precarious" future.
The England's regulator's annual report raised concerns about staff shortages, rising demand and the number of patients with preventable illnesses. It said so far the quality of NHS and council care has been maintained but warned standards were likely to drop. //>> GPs not focused to reverse diet lifestyle diesease. // "We are going to see a fall in the quality of services that are offered to people and that may mean that the safety of some people is compromised,"
NHS  GP  public  health  Crisis  bedblocking  bed  blocking  chronic  sick  population  Cancer  CVD  diabetes  obesity  overweight  complex  diseases  ageing  premature  demographic  bubble  babyboomers  prevention  diet  lifestyle  S.A.D.  western  food  food–industrial  A&E  type2  reversal  stress  coping  mechanism  Alcohol  alcoholism  fast  lobby  Sugar  Tax  junk  UK  economic  damage  Productivity  sickleave  DWP  mental  immune  system  inflammation  Alzheimer  dementia  autoimmune  healthcare  demand  sickcare  STP  CEP  rationing  waiting  times  delayed  treatment  patient  safety  CQC  Austerity  Council  staff  locum  shortage  Nurses  recruitment  hiring  paycap 
october 2017 by asterisk2a
Tax the rich more to help the poor, say NHS chiefs | Scotland | The Times & The Sunday Times
Hundreds of healthcare professionals in Scotland have insisted that the rich should pay more income tax.

The unprecedented move by the Faculty of Public Health in Scotland comes weeks after the SNP’s programme for government opened the door to the possibility of income tax rises. A discussion paper on the subject is promised before next year’s budget. &! https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/sep/16/two-thirds-support-higher-taxes-to-fund-nhs - Two-thirds support higher taxes to maintain NHS funding Amid growing concern about state of the health service, poll shows a willingness to contribute more
NHS  Austerity  health  care  demand  chronic  sick  population  Verursacherprinzip  nanny  state  Sugar  Tax  SugarTax  CVD  diabetes  obesity  overweight  premature  ageing  demographic  bubble  babyboomers  baby  boomers  western  diet  lifestyle  S.A.D.  Cancer 
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
Scottish food watchdog wants 'revolution' on food sales - BBC News
Food Standards Scotland (FSS) said Scottish obesity levels, currently 30%, were projected to rise to 40% by 2030. [...] "It is clear that a combination of measures will be needed overall to enable healthier eating. Regulation of promotions of high fat, salt and/or sugar food and drink within retail stores and out of home premises should be taken forward as a priority." [...] Previous research by FSS indicated about 50% of less healthy food choices are purchased on promotions. For healthier foods, the figure is about 30%.
UK  Scotland  overweight  obesity  chronic  sick  population  CVD  diabetes  inflammation  Cancer  NHS  health  care  demand  food–industrial  complex  Sugar  Tax  lobby  self-regulation  regulation  regulators 
june 2017 by asterisk2a
(638) I Knew Sugar Was Bad, But This Blew Me Away! - YouTube
the unmonitored, uninhibited growth of malignant cells is the problem.// Dr Michael Greger also connects immune system, and cancer as autoimmune disease.
Cancer  immune  system  Sugar  Meat  western  diet  standard  american  S.A.D.  obesity  overweight  insulin  diabetes  CVD  estrogen  IGF-1  cholesterol  oestrogen  Statins 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
UK must get tough on childhood obesity, says top doctors | Society | The Guardian
Obesity Health Alliance issues 10-point action plan in hope of influencing party manifestos for general election [...] “Whichever party takes up the reins of power in June, getting to grips with obesity must be high on the agenda and bolder steps taken to address the obesogenic environment in which our children are growing up. The public want this to happen; what’s needed is clear political will,” members of the OHA say in a letter published in the Guardian. // 1 year lifestyle classes - https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/may/04/give-overweight-patients-a-year-of-weight-loss-classes-say-researchers
GE2017  Brexit  obesity  regulation  regulators  nudge  overweight  public  health  economics  NHS  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  CVD  Cancer  chronic  sick  population  diabetes  carcinogenic  obesogenic  food  sugar  tax  lobby  lifestyle  diet  junk  abuse  coping  mechanism  stress  alcohol 
may 2017 by asterisk2a
(281) Is It Better to Advise More Plants or Less Junk? - YouTube
Free School Meals economic = public health economics = pays for itself long-term through less NHS spending in the future.
public  health  economics  GE2017  education  policy  childhood  obesity  UK  chronic  sick  population  NHS  care  demand  junk  food  lobby  Sugar  Tax  Labour  Party  Jeremy  Corbyn  nudge  western  diet  SAD  CVD  overweight  diabetes  cancer 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Blueprint for future of NHS in Scotland published - BBC News
The public spending watchdog also said the health service needed to make unprecedented savings next year, and that NHS funding was not keeping pace with increasing demand on the service.
The government's Health and Social Services delivery plan said Scotland needed a "fundamental move" away from a "fix and treat" approach.
Instead, the focus will be on preventing people becoming ill in the first place, and then intervening as quickly as possible to prevent their conditions becoming more serious.
NHS  Scotland  Austerity  health  care  demand  CVD  Cancer  Diabetes  obesity  overweight  chronic  sick  population  ageing  demographic  bubble  prevention  public  Sugar  Tax  nudge  western  diet  standard  american  lifestyle 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
Public health cuts will lead to more sick people, report warns | Society | The Guardian
More people will become ill as a direct result of the government cutting spending on public health, which will put the NHS under further strain, a parliamentary report on Wednesday warns.

Peers on a House of Lords select committee urged citizens to do more to demonstrate personal responsibility – their “common duty” – to live healthily in order to help preserve the NHS as a tax-funded system that is free at the point of use. [...] The committee, which includes both Labour and Conservative former health ministers, recommends ministers launch a nationwide campaign to highlight the risks to health of being overweight. [...] An overhaul of the constitution is needed “as part of a renewed and sustained drive to improve health literacy and educate the public about their common duty to support the sustainability of the health service”, they add.
NHS  Public  Health  UK  Jeremy  Hunt  Austerity  chronic  sick  population  nudge  Sugar  Tax  Meat  Tobacco  Alcohol  CVD  obesity  diabetes  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  Cancer  ageing  demographic  bubble 
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
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! ]
obesity  Tobacco  Alcohol  food–industrial  complex  lobby  multinational  conglomerate  UK  USA  Germany  European  Union  Advertising  overweight  chronic  inflammation  CVD  Cancer  premature  ageing  diabetes  death  NHS  health  care  demand  big  pharma  prevention  neuroscience  coping  mechanism  self-medication  reward  Consumerism  Drug  abuse  addiction  Sugar  Salt  Fat  whole-food  plant-based  western  diet  fast  food  standard  american  Tax  Theresa  May  David  Cameron  nanny  state  Tories  nasty  party  Conservative  childhood  parenthood  public  dopamine  system  Brain  self-regulation  Regulation  regulators 
march 2017 by asterisk2a
Sugary drinks levy will earn schools £415m - BBC News
[ was watered down by Theresa May ] The levy on sugary drinks will provide £415m for sports and healthy eating in England's schools, says Education Secretary Justine Greening.
Every school will be allocated funds to help with facilities for mental health as well as physical exercise.
But schools, which have been warning of cash shortages, will not be able to use the fizzy drink levy to pay for staff.
Ms Greening said that such "health and wellbeing benefits can last a lifetime".
The soft drinks industry levy, announced in last year's Budget, is going to provide £415m for schools in 2018-19 to promote healthier lifestyles.
UK  Sugar  Tax  public  health  obesity  CVD  cancer  Diabetes  chronic  sick  population  overweight  NHS  education  policy  lobby  Theresa  May  prevention  Tories  Conservative  Party  Meat  diet  lifestyle  tobacco  Alcohol  self-medication  coping  mechanism 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Germany bans meat from official functions
[ introduce animal products consumption tax and put it into NHS & public health ] Germany bans meat from official functions
The government says it’s for environmental reasons, but critics are complaining of violation of personal freedom.
Sugar  Tax  Meat  sick  population  public  health  CVD  Cancer  Diabetes  Vegan  Whole-Food  Plant-Based  UK  Germany  consumption  Tobacco  Alcohol  prevention  self-medication  coping  mechanism  NHS  care  demand  premature  ageing  death 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Fruit and veg: For a longer life eat 10 a day - BBC News
Keeping the sick population sick ( http://nutritionfacts.org/video/when-low-risk-means-high-risk/ ) >> Dr Alison Tedstone, chief nutritionist at Public Health England, said: "The five-a-day target is the foundation of a healthy balanced diet and is an achievable way to help prevent a number of diseases.
"Whilst consuming more than five portions of fruit and vegetables a day may be desirable... adding pressure to consume more fruit and vegetables creates an unrealistic expectation." &! Five-a-day fruit and vegetable advice 'unrealistic', says new GPs' head - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-38048957 &! https://www.theguardian.com/society/2017/feb/23/five-day-10-portions-fruit-veg-cut-early-death
Sugar  Tax  public  health  Whole-Food  Plant-Based  Vegan  UK  Cancer  CVD  Diabetes  NHS  care  demand  ageing  population  premature  death  demographic  bubble  Theresa  May  David  Cameron  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  stroke  lobby  food–industrial  complex  Austerity  STP  GP  A&E  rationing  bariatric  surgery  obesity  overweight 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
How the sports industry inspired us to become less active
Sport’s obsession with being “inspirational” is a hindrance to public-health interventions, not a help. We need to be cajoling, entreating, even tricking people into activity. While some will want to go to the “next level” or “just do it ”, others might be quite happy to wander around their own level, or “just about do it”. We need to ask people to dance and invite them to play. It is clear enough from comparable countries such as Finland and Denmark that the precondition for an active and healthy nation is getting more people moving about by walking, cycling and, where conditions allow, skateboarding, skiing and skating. For a fraction of the cost of the HS2 rail link and, I suspect, with much greater social and economic benefits, we could make a significant start on this.
UK  HS2  public  transportation  health  sport  obesity  overweight  sedentary  lifestyle  diet  sick  population  chronic  NHS  Diabetes  CVD  cancer  Jeremy  Hunt  Sugar  Tax  Theresa  May  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  Austerity  infrastructure  underinvestment  Council  discretionary  spending  disposable  income  stress  self-medication  Burnout  coping  mechanism  food  alcohol  tobacco  active 
february 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.”
NHS  mental  health  STP  Austerity  care  demand  sick  population  ageing  chronic  demographic  bubble  Tories  Conservative  Party  nasty  Jeremy  Hunt  Simon  Stevens  elderly  social  adult  Theresa  May  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  Privatisation  outsourcing  neoliberalism  public  Sugar  Tax  prevention  tobacco  alcohol  food  self-medication  stress  addiction  coping  mechanism 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
It is clear to anyone in the NHS that we cannot carry on as we are | Bob Kerslake | Opinion | The Guardian
The reasons for our current predicament are well understood. This is a “crisis” that was not only predictable but was predicted. The hard bit here is not knowing what to do, but having the will to do it. First and foremost of the issues we need to tackle is funding. The NHS is not a “bottomless pit” as some have suggested, but increasing demand and continuing advances in healthcare mean that it needs additional funding year on year of around 4% above inflation. Whenever it has not had this for any sustained period of time, it has run into trouble. [...] The debate on funding is not just a matter for the government or the NHS. As a country we need to make some hard choices. We can help ourselves by being fitter and more active, but in the end – if we want the security of having the best health and care services available to us – we will have to pay for them. A cross-party health and care commission could begin that debate with the public.
NHS  crisis  funding  taxation  Sugar  Tax  public  health  Simon  Stevens  Jeremy  Hunt  Philip  Hammond  Theresa  May 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
NHS conditions worst ever, say leading nurses - BBC News
Nurses also chime in w warning [...] "immediate and longer-term measures to address the issues". [...] "Unless you adopt a bolder approach, millions of older, ill and disabled people and their carers, will continue to be badly let down."
NHS  Crisis  elderly  care  adult  social  sick  population  ageing  demographic  bubble  UK  health  demand  premature  taxation  sugar  tax  meat  Alcohol  Tobacco  public  obesity  CVD  cancer  overweight  diabetes 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
The case against luxury gyms like SoulCycle - Vox
The rich are getting fitter while the poor are falling behind. [...] The poor get about half as much exercise as the rich, and the gap is widening. [...] Make it easy to stay healthy and hard to get sick [ << sugar tax and co ]
Poverty  public  health  sick  population  inequality  Sugar  Tax  meat  prevention  PHE  Alcohol  Tobacco  self-medication  coping  mechanism  stress  chronic  working  poor  diet  mental  CVD  cancer  diabetes  overweight  obesity 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
No evidence sugar-free soft drinks aid weight loss – study | Life and style | The Guardian
http://nutritionfacts.org/?fwp_search=artificial+sweeteners&fwp_content_type=video --- Soft drinks made with artificial sweeteners, such as diet colas, do not help people lose weight and may be as big a part of the obesity problem as the full-sugar versions, academics have said.

A paper by researchers at Imperial College London and two universities in Brazil contends that artificially sweetened beverages, often called diet drinks, are just as big a problem as those containing sugar. There is no evidence they help people lose weight, they say, possibly because people assume they can eat more because their drinks are low in sugar. &! http://bit.ly/2iaXzbX
obesity  Sugar  Tax  gut  flora  microbiome  microbiota  overweight 
january 2017 by asterisk2a
'Middle age health crisis' warning - BBC News
Desk jobs, fast food and the daily grind are taking their toll, says Public Health England. Eight in every 10 people aged 40 to 60 in England are overweight, drink too much or get too little exercise, the government body warns. PHE wants people to turn over a new leaf in 2017, and make a pledge to get fit. Health officials say the "sandwich generation" of people caring for children and ageing parents do not take enough time to look after themselves. //&! https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/dec/28/middle-aged-britons-overweight-exercise-too-little-exceed-alcohol-guidelines-public-health-england - Public Health England launches campaign aimed at 40 to 60-year-olds, 83% of whom weigh too much or drink above guidelines &! https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/dec/28/2016-year-dying-too-soon-public-health-england-advice
UK  sick  population  health  care  demand  cancer  CVD  diabetes  premature  ageing  death  NHS  Crisis  public  Sugar  Tax  Meat  Alcohol 
december 2016 by asterisk2a
AA Gill’s death doesn’t mean the NHS is broken – or that private healthcare is superior | Ann Robinson | Opinion | The Guardian
And the main factor the summary highlights is the fact that we smoke, drink and overeat more than the OECD average. “To reduce premature mortality, more attention to tackling health risk factors – smoking, alcohol consumption and obesity” are needed, according to the report. Public Health bodies are trying, but the alcohol, sugar and tobacco lobbies are powerful brakes on change.
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december 2016 by asterisk2a
Sick children moved as NHS intensive care units run out of beds | Society | The Guardian
Parents urged not to panic and planned operations delayed to cope with ‘record demands’ as winter sets in [...] All of us in paediatrics and child health would like an honest discussion about how the system is funded,” Dr Roland added. [ alcohol minimum pricing, tobacco tax into nhs & public health, meat tax, & as base - national insurance ]
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december 2016 by asterisk2a
The obesity epidemic is an economic issue | Business | The Guardian
Free-market forces have helped create a health crisis – and governments must take action to stop subsidising junk food [...] However, food companies prefer to deflect rhetoric about poor diet being the primary cause of obesity, and instead promote messages focused on exercise and other factors – a phenomenon termed “leanwashing”. [ everything in moderation, tobacco, alcohol ]
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november 2016 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Corbyn suggests 9.5 million could be denied access to NHS under proposal to force patients to show passports | The Independent
Ms May, appearing in the Commons ahead of the Autumn Statement, added:  "We can only afford to pay for the National Health Service and social care if we have a strong economy creating wealth - and that's precisely what you're going to hear from the Chancellor of the Exchequer in a few minutes' time." //&! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/pa/article-3964726/Corbyn-hits-May-distracting-impractical-NHS-proposals.html//&! nothing in Autumn Statement 2016 to alleviate elderly adult social care and NHS deficit - https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/nov/24/andrew-lansley-chides-chancellor-lack-of-nhs-and-social-care-funding?
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november 2016 by asterisk2a
Type 2 diabetes: How one mistake led a man to lose a foot - BBC News
On average in 2014-15, 185 operations were carried out every week in the UK to amputate the limbs of people with complications linked to diabetes. // type 2 diabetes all in all costs NHS 10% of budget. a diet and lifestyle related disease. diet! diet! you eat yourself sick! // a bottomless barrel. // tax the cause! the diet, stupid! sugar tax is a token. // 6 months on-site, type 2 = "diet & lifestyle" - http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07yklv8/panorama-diabetes-the-hidden-killer
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october 2016 by asterisk2a
Anger after key plan to tackle childhood obesity delayed again
[ obesity/diet-related diseases (chronic) to bankrupt NHS ] Theresa May will delay publishing the Government’s long awaited Childhood Obesity Strategy until the autumn, despite pleas from the head of the NHS to act to protect the most vulnerable children in society. On Tuesday NHS England Chief Executive Simon Stevens called for the plan to be unveiled, saying the obesity crisis costs the taxpayer more than the police and fire services combined.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Déjà vu: as with tobacco, the climate wars are going to court | Dana Nuccitelli | Environment | The Guardian
The fossil fuel industry copied Big Tobacco’s racketeering playbook. They’re following the same path to court, where tobacco lost
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
How the UK halved its teenage pregnancy rate | Society | The Guardian
Political support at all levels, long-term commitment and changes to social norms behind success of public health strategy // obesity is a disease - http://nutritionfacts.org/video/can-morbid-obesity-be-reversed-through-diet/ //&! Public health cuts 'could hamper anti-obesity effort' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-36805577 - Local councils in England are warning that government cuts to public health funding could hamper their efforts to tackle obesity.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
Council tax rises 'fail to stop care cuts'
[ TAX THE CAUSE! ] Care services are facing cuts this year as rises in council tax have failed to plug the gaps in budgets in England, town hall chiefs are warning.
The government allowed councils to increase council tax by 2% this year to spend on care - and most have done so.
But, according to a survey of all 151 social care directors, there is still a shortfall of nearly £1bn.
The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services said councils had no option but to reduce the services.
Directors in charge of care for older people and adults with disabilities indicated in the annual survey only about half of this shortfall could be met by efficiency savings.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS budget control 'will require staff cuts'
It says the government should be honest about NHS spending plans at a time when patient demand is rising. [...] The NHS leadership is set to unveil plans to get hospitals and other trusts to stick to agreed spending limits. In the last financial year, trusts ran up a collective deficit of £2.4bn - and the aim is to cut that figure significantly. [...] "It is no longer credible to argue that the NHS can continue to meet increasing demand for services, deliver current standards of care and stay within its budget. This is widely understood within the NHS and now needs to be debated with the public. "There are no easy choices, but it would be disastrous to adopt a mindset that fails to acknowledge the serious state of the NHS in England today." //&! bbc.in/29mkr7G - An overspend would be a serious breach of Whitehall protocol and lead to senior officials being hauled over the coals by the National Audit Office.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
NHS finance chiefs warn of poorer care and longer waiting times | Society | The Guardian
NHS finance managers warn today that patients are set to experience poorer care, longer waiting times for treatment and greater rationing.

A grim outlook for the NHS’s finances is also likely to see many hospitals fail to make savings that ministers have said are vital and put plans for the service to reform how it operates in serious doubt.
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july 2016 by asterisk2a
The cost of children's decayed teeth
The Local Government Association says 100 operations to extract multiple teeth are being carried out every day in English hospitals. It blames the excessive consumption of sugary foods and drinks. BBC News Illustrated explains how. //&! - bbc.in/1NrZIZc - the cost has jumped to more than £35m a year and many children are missing school because they are taking time off for dental work. [...] more children visit hospitals bc of tooth decay than any other cause! //&! bbc.in/1Qhb8Pq
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
20% of adults worldwide will be obese by 2025, predicts study
By 2025, the UK will have the highest obesity among both men and women in Europe, at 38%, say the researchers. //&! The World May Have Too Much Food.
For the first time in history, more people are obese than underweight. - bloom.bg/1Uxpdjq
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Fruit juice isn't much better for you than soda. Let's stop pretending otherwise.
UK Gov PDF >> bit.ly/1MJYJ6q // This article in BMJ Open demonstrated the extent of the problem: The researchers looked at how much of the American diet is composed of ultra-processed foods and added sugars. They found that 58 percent of total energy intake — more than half of the calories Americans consume! — came from foods that are packed with lots of flavors, colors, and sweeteners. And almost 90 percent of the added sugars Americans consume came from heavily processed foods — the two main sources being soft drinks (17 percent) closely followed by fruit drinks (14 percent). (In this case, "fruit drinks" refers to processed juices with added sugars.) To be clear: Soda remains a big public health threat. As Marion Nestle, a New York University professor and author of the new book Soda Politics. points out, "Sales of [soda alternatives] are up, but not nearly so much as to compensate for the decline in Coke and Pepsi." ... via andi bellatti - bit.ly/1pQAajC
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Sugar tax: How bold is it?
[Gov still wants to carry out a consultation = Watered down by Food Lobby ] But the more important question is whether this will have an impact on child obesity rates. One in 10 children start primary school obese. By the end, one in five are obese. If you add in those who are overweight, it's one in three. [...] our diets are simply not good enough. [...] Food Foundation produced a model of a typical family's diet. [...] consumed too much sugar and saturated fat and too little fibre, fruit, vegetables and oily fish. [...] However, this should not be seen in isolation. The government is expected to publish its much delayed child obesity strategy in the summer. That could include restrictions on advertising and marketing, as well as a sustained campaign to reduce the sugar content of foods and drinks across the board.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Sugar tax: What is the UK's most sugary drink?
One of the highest levels of sugar is found in Old Jamaica Ginger Beer. Its Extra Fiery drink has 15.7g - or just under four teaspoons - of sugar per 100ml. The recommended maximum daily sugar intake for someone over the age of 11 is 30g a day, or 7.5 teaspoons. [...] Some manufacturers are adding sugar substitute stevia to their drinks to make up for a shortfall in sweetness when they reduce the sugar content, he says. But others are simply cutting the sugar. [ - http://nutritionfacts.org/video/effect-of-sucralose-splenda-on-the-microbiome/ ] [ AND THE HOT DRINKS ARE LOADED! ] //&! How much sugar is hiding in your food? - http://bbc.in/1OwYYpk
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Irn Bru maker AG Barr 'disappointed' over sugar tax
The sugar tax will be introduced in two years' time and will not apply to fruit juices or milk-based drinks. [...] // Analysis: The Scottish Grocers' Federation and the Food and Drink Federation are keen to point out that the majority of soft drinks now sold in the UK are actually low and no calorie. [ artificial sweetener! - http://nutritionfacts.org/video/effect-of-sucralose-splenda-on-the-microbiome/ ] [...] Scottish Grocers' Federation chief executive Pete Cheema added: [...] "Additionally - and of great concern to retailers - is that this is likely simply to pass on the cost to consumers This is despite the chancellor suggesting last year that the obesity problem would be best tackled in other ways." [...] [ Jamie Oliver ] "symbolic slap"
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Path to Fat-Induced Obesity is Sprinkled With Salt - Sodium Boosts Food & Energy Intake & Reduces Fat's Satiety Effect - SuppVersity: Nutrition and Exercise Science for Everyone
you need at every GP office 1-2 health coaches to slowly retrain being how to eat, what, and to cook, ... making best choices. not better. better is part of 'everything in moderation.' //&! References:
Bolhuis, Dieuwerke P. et al. "Salt Promotes Passive Overconsumption of Dietary Fat in Humans." The Journal of Nutrition (2016): Ahead of print.
Hoch, Tobias, et al. "Fat/carbohydrate ratio but not energy density determines snack food intake and activates brain reward areas." Scientific reports 5 (2015).
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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
Why South Africans will pay 'sin tax' for fizzy drinks - BBC News
South Africa has joined the battle against sugar, becoming the first African country to plan a tax on drinks loaded with the sweet stuff.
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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
Tooth decay still on the rise among English children - BBC News
figures [are] "disappointing". [C]hildren in England drank more sugary drinks than anywhere in Europe. "Even though people understand the impact of a sugary diet so many children have advanced tooth decay - a highly preventable disease," said Ms Hurley. "We are also creating a legacy of obesity and significant health problems. "If we are to get serious about tackling this then prevention is the key," she added. [...] Prof Nigel Hunt from the Royal College of Surgeons said: "An almost 10% increase in the number of children being admitted to hospital for tooth extraction due to decay over a four-year period is unacceptable." "The need for tooth extraction continues to be the number one reason why five to nine-year-old children are admitted to hospital." He also said that poor oral health education was another reason for the rise. 'Deprivation correlation' [...] "As deprivation increases so does the rate of tooth extraction."
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Obesity 'linked to cancer rise' - BBC News
Rising levels of obesity and unhealthy weights could be linked to 670,000 extra cases of cancer in the next 20 years, a UK report predicts. [...] And experts estimate this could lead to an additional £2.5bn in costs to the NHS for 2035 alone.
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march 2016 by asterisk2a
Whatever happened to the obesity strategy? - BBC News
There is speculation now that it may not be published before Easter. The simple reason is the prime minister's overcrowded diary and his current preoccupation with Europe. David Cameron knows the clock is ticking down to the end of his premiership before the next election. He wants to make his mark on domestic policy and he has identified tackling obesity as an important potential part of his legacy. It is seen at Number Ten as a priority second term issue, to rank with the dementia initiative in his first term of office. Much of the groundwork has already been done by the Department of Health and Public Health England. [...] Mr Cameron's anti-red tape and pro-business leanings might steer him away from such an approach and towards a voluntary deal agreed with the supermarkets. But officials and experts will make the case for government intervention.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Abnehmen: Schon leichte Reduktion fördert die Gesundheit - SPIEGEL ONLINE
5 a day? more like 7 to 10 a day // Abnehmen ist schwer: Ohne große Erfolge verlieren vor allem stark Übergewichtige leicht die Motivation. Eine neue Studie zeigt aber, dass schon kleine Veränderungen viel für die Gesundheit bringen. [...] Wichtig sei es, sein Körpergewicht dauerhaft zu reduzieren. Der gesamte Lebensstil - Bewegung, Ernährung, Verhalten - müsse sich ändern, Crash-Diäten seien nicht zu empfehlen, "Ein gesundes Körpergewicht ist eine Lebensaufgabe", so Holzapfel.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Pleasure Trap - PART ONE - Alan Goldhamer DC - YouTube
what if feeding behaviour would not be rewarded. ... do you stop feeding yourself? // artificially stimulate = addiction. keep drinking/eating to avoid feeling bad. // Cocaine. Rats take cocaine till they are dead. Addiction to dopamine rush. 10x dopamine rush smoking cocaine than having an orgasm. // Salt Sugar Fat - Book. Bliss point. << food conglomerate. taste = how much dopamine is released in brain, rewarding it feels. = Dietary Excess. // &! Part 2 - white sugar. processed. no fiber. does not exist in nature. same effects on liver as alcohol! // NO OIL! oil does not exist in nature. // Salt // << SOS Salt Oil (Free Fat) Sugar. // 25 of calories come from added sugars, in the avg Teenage Diet Study. //&! Breaking The Food Seduction - by Dr. Neal Barnard - youtu.be/TDgA3T_JF2A //&! Chocolate, Cheese, Meat, and Sugar -- Physically Addictive (Barnard) - youtu.be/5VWi6dXCT7I //&! Dr. Doug Lisle "Pleasure Trap" 2013 - youtu.be/Dtf9-4KNKkE
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Water Fasting w/Vegan Diet Cures High Blood Pressure - Dr. Goldhamer - YouTube
higher blood pressure = higher risk of premature death / leading cause of disability // more ppl will die from drug side-effect than from high blood pressure - thus med profession gives lowering med only when it is really high. // changing lifestyle radically, is seen radical to reverse chronic disease. // also against diabetes! // >> TREATMENT PROGRAM IS COST-EFFECTIVE! even within the first year! than the pills.
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