Walk for Brain Health By Mrs Vera West

     The exercise news today is something that older readers may already have taken on board, namely that walking is not only good for one’s cardio-vascular health, but can also fire up the brain, and who doesn’t need their brain fired up. This is the message of a new book, In Praise of Walking by neuroscientist, Shane O’Mara:
  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Praise-Walking-science-walk-good/dp/1847925014/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_14_t_0/257-5187800-9265127?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=HQ2YBGE9SV8ZW8ZFZQ0E

     This book was released only today (1 August 2019), and here is Alor.org, so fast that we already have a review (of a review):
  https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2019/jul/28/its-a-superpower-how-walking-makes-us-healthier-happier-and-brainier

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The Violence of the Left By James Reed

     Some of us here have some sympathy for the idea that runaway non-democratic technological innovations, imposed from the top down by the super-capitalists are bad, but none of us goes so far as to reject civilisation itself. But mathematics professor Ted Kaczynski did that. This is the Unabomber, a cold-blooded killer who thought that mailing bombs to academic scientists would bring down the system. Instead it killed I think three scientists, devastating their families, and did nothing. This man from the anarchist Left though has inspired a new generation of Leftoids:
  https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/12/the-unabomber-ted-kaczynski-new-generation-of-acolytes.html

“Quietly, often secretly, whether they gather it from the air of this anxious era or directly from the source like Jacobi did, more and more people have been having Kaczynski Moments. Books and webzines with names like Against Civilization, FeralCulture, Unsettling America, and the Ludd-Kaczynski Institute of Technology have been spreading versions of his message across social-media forums from Reddit to Facebook for at least a decade, some attracting more than 100,000 followers. They cluster around a youthful nickname, “anti-civ,” some drawing their ideas directly from Kaczynski, others from movements like deep ecology, anarchy, primitivism, and nihilism, mixing them into new strains. Although they all believe industrial civilization is in a death spiral, most aren’t trying to hurry it along. One exception is Deep Green Resistance, an activist network inspired by a 2011 book of the same name that includes contributions from one of Kaczynski’s frequent correspondents, Derrick Jensen. The group’s openly stated goal, like Kaczynski’s, is the destruction of civilization and a return to preagricultural ways of life. So far, most of the violence has happened outside of the United States. Although the FBI declined to comment on the topic, the 2017 report on domestic terrorism by the Congressional Research Service cited just a handful of minor attacks on “symbols of Western civilization” in the past ten years, a period of relative calm most credit to Operation Backfire, the FBI crackdown on radical environmental efforts in the mid-aughts.

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Vaccine Tragedies By Mrs Vera West

     Here is a sad story that raises political and ethical issues about mandatory vaccines:
  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/children/3543692/Healthy-toddler-died-10-days-after-being-given-MMR-vaccination.html?fbclid=IwAR3mnNmssEAaCEn0Aa4OCobtAb8DkC2f1VcRu-HdPD_LNrVgeEXFybwvmXM

“Sarah and Christopher Fisher said they believed the jab was "implicated" in the sudden death of their son George. The inquest heard how George had suffered an epileptic-type fit four months before being given the MMR vaccine and that this might have been a warning he could react badly to the jab. However, a consultant told the inquest that while it had been deemed safe to give the child the innoculation against Measles, Mumps and Rubella, his parents should have been told to monitor his temperature. Mrs Fisher, 42, a hotel receptionist, said she had not been given any information about what symptoms might signal an adverse reaction to the jab.
The inquest heard how George was found dead in his cot on the morning of January 19, 2006. Mrs Fisher, who has three other children, said George had been happily playing football with his father the day before he died. He went to bed as normal about 7pm. Before Mrs Fisher went to bed at 11.30pm she heard him "chatting away" on the baby monitor. She made a final check on him, turned him onto his back, put the quilt over him, stroked his head, and said goodnight. She heard him drink from his bottle and then throw it down on the floor before shuffling around to get comfortable. At 8am next morning, she said, her daughter Megan, who shared a room with George, called out to her. "I put her in our bed. I glanced at George as I went into the bathroom and was surprised he was not yet awake.

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The Coming Anarchy: Baltimore By Charles Taylor

     An ex-Baltimore martial artist that I know has a blog, and sometimes does articles and podcasts lamenting about the disintegration of his home town, Baltimore. The crime is far worse that Donald Trump has indicated. My friend said that when he returned for a quick visit, he was subjected to urban predation at an average of two confrontations a day, fortunately not with guns, but with cheap knives. He has a concealed carry permit for his home state of Idaho, but Baltimore is heavily gun-controlled, basically for law abiding citizens, while the “hood rats,” as locals call gang bangers, have the choicest weapons. The rest of the multicult needs guns for their crimes and predation. He carried nunchaku in his coat, with one part down a sleave, so that it could be whipped out quick, drawn in less than a second, and ready for action.

“Last weekend, President Donald Trump noticed that black-run Baltimore is a disaster. In tweets aimed at Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings and his complaints about border control, the President listed some of Baltimore’s problems:

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Love Meat? Then to Support the Third World, Time to Give it Up! By Peter West

     Kiss your tasty steak goodbye, because it simply consumes too many resources, and to keep the Third World population numbers exploding, food will need to be distributed according to the Marxist principle of equality.
  https://edition.cnn.com/2019/07/17/health/beef-environment-resources-report/index.html

“Americans will need to cut their average consumption of beef by about 40% and Europeans by 22%, for the world to continue to feed the 10 billion people expected to live on this planet in 2050, according to a new report. That means each person could have about a burger and a half each week. This calculation comes from the World Resources Institute, a global research nonprofit that supports better use of natural resources to sustain a growing population. Its research looks at agriculture, the climate crisis, poverty and gender, among other topics. Its final "Creating a Sustainable Food Future" report released Wednesday takes a closer look at the gaps in food production and global demand and makes several concrete recommendations on how to prevent a catastrophe. Eating less beef is one such suggestion in the 568-page report. About 9.8 billion people will live on the planet by 2050, that's up from 7 billion people in 2010. Demand for food is projected to outpace population growth, increasing by more than 50% as people's incomes in the developing world are expected to increase, according to the report. The demand for meat and dairy is expected to rise even faster, by nearly 70%. The global demand for ruminant meat, meaning beef, sheep and goat, is expected to be even higher, at 88%. But to keep up with food demands overall, the report predicts farmers are going to have to produce 56% more crop calories than in 2010 -- and that means that land nearly twice the size of India will be needed. Closing these gaps is "harder than often recognized," according to the report. The authors suggest there are several ways to keep people from starving and to keep the climate crisis at bay, but the most impactful way to do this may be to cut the consumption of ruminant meat.”

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Australia’s Fragility Epidemic By Michael Ferguson

     Wow, a fragility epidemic! It is enough to make even the hardest of men, well … fragile.
  https://www.smh.com.au/education/really-disastrous-the-fragility-epidemic-that-could-change-australia-20190726-p52b3j.html

“Jonathan Haidt has a prediction. In the not-too-distant future, Aussie backpackers will no longer be found exploring far-flung corners of the world. The decades-old tradition of setting off with a backpack and a one-way plane ticket will likely be too daunting for a generation who have been sheltered from any kind of risk by their parents, and too alien from the world they have built themselves online. "I have no data on this, but I am going to predict that it's going to become less common," said the New York University social psychologist and co-author of the bestseller, The Coddling of the American Mind. Professor Haidt was in Australia this week, adding his voice to growing concern about the threat posed not only to children, but to the rest of society by parental over-protection in the middle classes of the English-speaking world.”

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If You Get Reflux, This is a Real Worry By Mrs Vera West

     Many of us who suffer from reflux, a pain that feels like a heart attack seek relief from this condition by Proton Pump Inhibitors. But there could be a problem from long term use, with deleterious effects upon the kidneys:
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-07-25-heartburn-drugs-can-increase-the-risk-of-kidney-disease.html

     This is so important that I will go straight to the primary source, in the British Medical Journal:
  https://www.bmj.com/content/365/bmj.l1580.long

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Vaccine Technocracy By Mrs Vera West

     Criticisms of the vaccination industry were once populous on the web, but censorship and law suits, and mandatory vaccinations, often at gun point, have mowed down the ranks of the champions of freedom. But, has Big Pharma actually won?
  https://www.technocracy.news/vaccine-survey-45-of-americans-doubt-safety/

“The latest measles outbreak that’s gripped communities across the country in recent months pushed the topic of vaccinations (and those who choose to forgo them) right back onto centerstage for many Americans. Now a new survey delving into feelings over immunizations finds the country may be more split on the issue than believed, with 45% of adults admitting to harboring some doubt about the safety of vaccines. That said, the vast majority — more than eight in 10 surveyed — still view vaccines as effective and continue to support them, despite their concerns. The survey, funded by the American Osteopathic Association, questioned 2,000 adults and asked doubters the source of their suspicions of the science-supported, long-established safety and importance of vaccinations. Of the nearly half who listed at least one source of doubt over vaccine safety, researchers found the most common sources came from online articles (16%), distrust of the pharmaceutical industry (16%), and information from medical experts (12%). According to lead researcher Rachel Shmuts, a perinatal psychiatrist, widespread negative attitudes towards vaccines has become a phenomenon caused by human psychology and amplified by social media. “From an evolutionary perspective, humans are primed to pay attention to threats or negative information,” Dr. Shmuts explains in a media release. “So it makes sense that people hold onto fears that vaccines are harmful, especially when they believe their children are in danger.”

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Fear the Walking Dead ... Sorry, White Men By Charles Taylor

     Here are some juicy articles in the theatre of the absurd, showing the levels of madness of the progressives. Muslim representative Ilhan Omar, one of the “Squad’ thinks people should fear white men more:
  https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/07/25/flashback-ilhan-omar-tells-al-jazeera-our-country-should-be-more-fearful-of-white-men/

“Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) suggested in a recently resurfaced interview that Americans should be “more fearful of white men” than radical Islamic terror. In an August 2018 interview with Al Jazeera host Medhi Hasan, the far-left “Squad” member was asked for her thoughts on the purported rise of Islamophobia in the wake of terror attacks such as the Manhattan bike path massacre that killed eight people. “I would say our country should be more fearful of white men across our country because they are actually causing most of the deaths within this country,” Omar claimed.”

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The Collapse of Civilisation 101 By Peter West

     Civilisations collapse when the elites become self-destructive in their greed and evil. This is a theme common to much of the reporting at this blog. Is it true? A scholarly book explores the same theme:  Anne Glyn-Jones, Holding Up a Mirror: How Civilizations Decline, (Imprint Academic, Thorverton, 1996). There is also a very good video about this which can serve as Collapseology 101, an introduction to this topic by Paul Joseph Watson, who argues that almost every factor that led to the collapse of past civilisations, can be found in the West, and there are more as well, generating a situation of over-determination:
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELoFwPwIQm0

     First, on the Glyn-Jones book, there are informative remarks given in an interview, saving us time in reading the book:

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Dealing with Heart Disease By Mrs Vera West

     I have been reporting here on natural ways of dealing with heart disease, and for a moment of fancy thought that maybe in time we could get together the first Alor.org blog book collecting everything. But now there is no need as this has been done in a tremendous book by Natural News, which has in a one stop shop all you need to know for natural treatment of the old ticker problems. It is excellent on diet, the key to keeping the heart healthy. And, best of all it is free:
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-07-18-natural-news-book-prevent-and-reverse-heart-disease-and-cardio-related-events.html

Fear Our AI Overlords By Brian Simpson

     In an age of madness, this is to be expected; Elon Musk, the guy who has cars that sometimes ignite:
  https://www.ccn.com/tesla-cars-fire-not-good-way/

     He is working on a project to merge human brains with AI. Whooaha, who gave him permission to do this? Why is this sort of research being permitted? Will the brains catch on fire too? Wait, it is science and technology, and thus part of the official religion of the West, or at least the  insane capitalism-impregnated West, and thus  beyond criticism:
  https://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/elon-musk-announcement-lets-merge-human-brains-to-achieve-a-symbiosis-with-ai_07172019

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Fantastic News for Transgender Weight Lifting! By Mrs Vera West

     I have been paying attention to the fantastic gains and in-roads that transgender athletes, especially in weightlifting have made in women’s sports. Records once held by so-called “women” continue to fall, and who could not clap their hands with excitement at this, for the end of cis-women’s sport is close at hand:
  https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jul/15/laurel-hubbard-transgender-weightlifter-wins-two-g/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=socialnetwork

“The transgender conquest of women’s sports continued over the weekend as a New Zealand weightlifter took home multiple gold medals at the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa. Laurel Hubbard won two gold medals and a silver in the three heavyweight categories, for women weighing more than 87 kilograms, or 192 pounds, finishing first in the snatch-lift and combined categories and second in the clean-and-jerk. The 41-year-old weightlifter was born as Gavin Hubbard and reportedly transitioned while in the mid-30s. According to Caldron Pool, a Christian website that reported the outcome, the woman in second place was Samoa’s Feagaiga Stowers, who won the gold medal at the Commonwealth Games last year after Hubbard withdrew with an injured elbow.”

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Face it, Sydney is Lost By Bruce Bennett

     I lived in Sydney for about 8 years, working in real estate. Travel, the sheer amount of traffic made me ill, I mean really ill in terms of hypertension, going around to properties all day, and drinking alcohol at night. I earnt good money selling the place off to overseas buyers, but eventually I saw the error of my ways, left the evil industry, left Sydney, and went down the coast. Maybe others will do so too, before Sydney simply collapses:
  https://www.msn.com/en-au/news/australia/why-sydney-is-a-disaster-mark-latham-on-everything-thats-wrong-with-australias-biggest-city-and-its-troubled-future-thanks-to-a-booming-population/ar-AAEnppj?li=AAgfYrC&ocid=mailsignout

“Sydney's planners suffer from a 'total lack of sense' and seem 'permanently asleep at the wheel' as the city goes through a massive population boom, Mark Latham has warned. In an exclusive interview, the newly elected New South Wales One Nation leader has given a scathing diagnosis of the biggest problem with Australia's largest city. The powerful crossbencher, 58, still lives in Sydney's south-west near Camden with his wife and children and commutes to work by train. But Mr Latham described the area as 'population boom town' and painted a vivid picture of schools and local services already under immense strain. That comes even as the Government plans to build a new city the size of Adelaide on Sydney's outskirts - without setting aside land for a single public hospital. 'I got involved with politics because of bad planning where I grew up ... and fifty years later you're having the same problems,' Mr Latham said. 'You have to wonder, are these people permanently asleep at the wheel? Because these are obvious, obvious problems that come from bad planning.' 

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The Eyes Have It! By Mrs Vera West

     Here is a great article on something we take for granted until it is under threat: our eyesight! The point made is that eye health is intrinsically linked to a healthy diet, and much eye disease can be controlled by getting one’s diet under control as soon as possible, like, now.
  https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/07/14/meal-plan-to-prevent-macular-degeneration.aspx?utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20190714Z1&et_cid=DM301431&et_rid=662360361

“Dr. Chris Knobbe, an ophthalmologist, has written an excellent book — Ancestral Dietary Strategy to Prevent and Treat Macular Degeneration — which, like the title suggests, tells you how to address the most common cause of legal blindness in the United States. One of his heroes is Weston A. Price, the dentist who wrote the classic book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. I did not know this when I read Knobbe’s book, but it is very clear to me that Knobbe is the 21st century equivalent of Dr. Price. The difference is that Price focused on the teeth and general physical degenerative diseases, like arthritis and cancer, whereas Knobbe is concentrated on his specialty, the eyes. But their findings are nearly identical: Industrially processed food is the root of most chronic disease. The first chapter is available free of charge on cureamd.org, where you can also order the book. Knobbe says, “Ultimately … the next step I want to do is to … physically go out into the world and evaluate … the few niches around the world that are still consuming ancestral diets and analyze their macular degeneration,” he says. Still, without venturing into foreign lands, Knobbe has amassed a wealth of knowledge by sifting through the published research, and what he’s found is shocking. Physicians are taught that macular degeneration is an inevitable consequence of aging and genetics, primarily, and has always existed. This, it turns out, is an absolute untruth.

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An Animal Model for Our Zombie Times By Bruce Bennett

     When scientists ae investigating drugs to treat a human disease, animal models are used, often mice. Here is a nice illustration of the plight of the West, with an animal model, metaphorical of course.
  https://www.livescience.com/51764-wasp-spider-zombies.html

“Like a mindless zombie controlled by a menacing overlord, the spider scampers back and forth, reinforcing its silky web. Not long from now, the subservient arachnid will be dead, its web transformed into a shelter for the spawn of the creature that once controlled it, according to a new study. No, this isn't science fiction; it's the somewhat terrifying (but very real) tale of the orb-weaving spider Cyclosa argenteoalba and the parasitic wasp Reclinervellus nielseni, two species that carry out a strange relationship in Hyogo prefecture, Japan. Together, the wasp and the spider provide a perfect example of host manipulation — an ecological process in which one species (the parasite) and its young (the parasitoids) manipulate the behaviors of another species (the host) to their advantage. … The parasitic wasp's ability to manipulate its host in such a specific and subtle way is not unique. In Costa Rica, another parasitic wasp, Hymenoepimecis argyraphaga, ups the horror by depositing its eggs inside of its host arachnid (Plesiometa argyra), which builds a cocoon-worthy web before being consumed from the inside out by larvae. And, in Brazil (as well as other countries), there are fungi that infect many species of ants, turning these insects into a host of zombies. The ants climb to the highest point they can find and then die as fungal stalks shoot through their skulls, dispersing the fungus' spores into the wind. In the case of the fungi-entranced ants, scientists know that the fungi actually release a cocktail of chemicals into the ants' brains, inducing them to do the fungi's bidding. But entomologists are still actively studying the ways that wasps and other insect parasites might control their hosts. Takasuka suspects that, in the case of R. nielseni and C. argenteoalba, the mechanism controlling the spider's web-strengthening preferences is somehow related to the hormone that is naturally released in the spider just before molting. This hormone is what motivates the spider to start building a resting nest. In the near future, Takasuka hopes to study the chemicals present in the larvae to determine how those chemicals might be related to the resting-web hormone and others.

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Fruit Juice and Cancer By Mrs Vera West

     We have been told that fruit juice is good for one, packed with nutrients, compared to say, soda. But, is there is another perspective to this? What about the sugar content? Sure, its fructose, but is that necessarily better for one? Here are the results of a recent article from the British Medical Journal showing that fruit juice can increase cancer risk! As this claim is surprising I will not mess around with quoting newspapers, but go straight to the abstract, which is readable:
  https://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/2019/07/10/two-glasses-fruit-juice-day-may-boost-cancer-risk-50-per-cent/?utm_source=amerika.org
  https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/10/sugar-in-fruit-juice-may-raise-risk-of-cancer-study-finds
  https://www.bmj.com/content/366/bmj.l2408

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Objective To assess the associations between the consumption of sugary drinks (such as sugar sweetened beverages and 100% fruit juices), artificially sweetened beverages, and the risk of cancer. Design Population based prospective cohort study. Setting and participants Overall, 101?257 participants aged 18 and over (mean age 42.2, SD 14.4; median follow-up time 5.1 years) from the French NutriNet-Santé cohort (2009-2017) were included. Consumptions of sugary drinks and artificially sweetened beverages were assessed by using repeated 24 hour dietary records, which were designed to register participants’ usual consumption for 3300 different food and beverage items. Main outcome measures Prospective associations between beverage consumption and the risk of overall, breast, prostate, and colorectal cancer were assessed by multi-adjusted Fine and Gray hazard models, accounting for competing risks. Subdistribution hazard ratios were computed. Results The consumption of sugary drinks was significantly associated with the risk of overall cancer (n=2193 cases, subdistribution hazard ratio for a 100mL/d increase 1.18, 95% confidence interval 1.10 to 1.27, P<0.0001) and breast cancer (693, 1.22, 1.07 to 1.39, P=0.004). The consumption of artificially sweetened beverages was not associated with the risk of cancer. In specific subanalyses, the consumption of 100% fruit juice was significantly associated with the risk of overall cancer (2193, 1.12, 1.03 to 1.23, P=0.007). Conclusions In this large prospective study, the consumption of sugary drinks was positively associated with the risk of overall cancer and breast cancer. 100% fruit juices were also positively associated with the risk of overall cancer. These results need replication in other large scale prospective studies. They suggest that sugary drinks, which are widely consumed in Western countries, might represent a modifiable risk factor for cancer prevention.”

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A Good Time for Nihilists: Social Media is Ripping Society Apart By James Reed

     Apart from ethno-racial conflict, which has always been with us, and which humanity, or at least Whites never seem to understand, going through these cycles of civilisation and collapse, there is the new variable of technology. Most people are so addicted to it, especially computers, social media and demonic things like that, that criticism of these institutions is unthinkable, heretical. Some, though are still thinking:
  https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/dec/11/facebook-former-executive-ripping-society-apart

“A former Facebook executive has said he feels “tremendous guilt” over his work on “tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works”, joining a growing chorus of critics of the social media giant. Chamath Palihapitiya, who was vice-president for user growth at Facebook before he left the company in 2011, said: “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works. No civil discourse, no cooperation, misinformation, mistruth.” The remarks, which were made at a Stanford Business School event in November, were just surfaced by tech website the Verge on Monday. “This is not about Russian ads,” he added. “This is a global problem. It is eroding the core foundations of how people behave by and between each other.” Palihapitiya’s comments last month were made a day after Facebook’s founding president, Sean Parker, criticized the way that the company “exploit[s] a vulnerability in human psychology” by creating a “social-validation feedback loop” during an interview at an Axios event. Parker had said that he was “something of a conscientious objector” to using social media, a stance echoed by Palihapitiya who said that he was now hoping to use the money he made at Facebook to do good in the world. “I can’t control them,” Palihapitiya said of his former employer. “I can control my decision, which is that I don’t use that shit. I can control my kids’ decisions, which is that they’re not allowed to use that shit.” He also called on his audience to “soul-search” about their own relationship to social media. “Your behaviors, you don’t realize it, but you are being programmed,” he said. “It was unintentional, but now you gotta decide how much you’re going to give up, how much of your intellectual independence.”

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Exercise on the Brain By Mrs Vera West

     In this series I have been presenting material on the health benefits of exercise, beyond the obvious cardio-vascular/heart benefits. Here is some more information about how exercise can help our brains, and I don’t know about you, but my brain needs all the help it can get:
  https://www.naturalnews.com/2019-07-13-why-exercise-is-good-for-brain-health-memory.html

“ An international study presented further evidence that irisin protects neurons in the brain from degeneration. It showed that the so-called “exercise-induced hormone” can improve memory in humans and mice.
First identified in 2012 by researchers from the Harvard Medical School, irisin is a messenger hormone that helps convert white fat into brown fat, which produces heat. It was named after Iris, the heavenly messenger of the gods in Greek mythology. Irisin levels increase whenever the body performs intense physical activities. Its discoverers believe that the hormone plays a significant role in the numerous health benefits enjoyed by the body during sessions of aerobic exercise. “Exercise can improve cognitive function and has been linked to the increased expression of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF),” explained Harvard researcher Christiane Wrann. (Related: Physical exercise reduces severity of Alzheimer’s symptoms.) Aerobic exercise induces the formation of neuroprotective irisin in the brains of mice. The new study took a three-pronged approach to investigate the role of irisin. In the first phase, the researchers acquired samples of cerebral tissue from human brain banks for analysis. Post-mortem tissue evaluations showed that irisin molecules travel to the hippocampus, the region of the brain responsible for storing memories. Furthermore, the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease have much lower concentrations of irisin in the hippocampus, which is a prime target of the neurodegenerative disease.

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Blueberries and High Blood Pressure By Mrs Vera West

     Once more the usual health article caveat, that no medical or health advice is being offered, see a medical practitioner etc. etc. Now, to report some news, it has been claimed that blueberries are a delightful way of aiding in the problem of dealing with high blood pressure:
  https://life.spectator.co.uk/articles/eating-blueberries-can-help-lower-blood-pressure/

“Eating 200g of blueberries every day for a month can lead to an improvement in blood vessel function and a decrease in systolic blood pressure, according to a new study published in the Journal of Gerontology. Researchers from King’s College London studied 40 healthy volunteers for one month. They were randomly given either a drink containing 200g of blueberries, or a matched control drink daily. The team monitored chemicals in volunteers’ blood and urine as well as their blood pressure and flow-mediated dilation (FMD) of the brachial artery: a measure of how the artery widens when blood flow increases, which is considered a sensitive biomarker of cardiovascular disease risk. In a further study, researchers compared the effects of a blueberry drink with those of purified anthocyanins, a type of phytochemical responsible for the blue, red, pink and purple colour of some fruits and vegetables such as berries and red grapes. They also compared this with control drinks containing either similar levels of fibre, mineral or vitamins found in blueberries.

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