The Lewontin Fallacy By Brian Simpson

     Evolutionary biologist and Marxist, Richard Lewontin, was credited for conceptually undermining the notion of human races, for a time:

     The argument, employed by this Marxist, was that the majority of genetic diversity is found between populations, not races, so no justification could be made for continual use of racial categories. As such the argument was incoherent in the face of it, since, it assumed the existence of races to begin the analysis. It found that 85.4 percent of genetic variation is between populations, while 8.3 percent of the variance is between races. All that shows is that there is more genetic variance between individuals that between races, which if true is nothing much to write home about, since individuals are extremely diverse. The argument was criticised by A.  Edwards:

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Back Pain and Vitamin D By Mrs Vera West

     I suspect that most of our readers have back pain, probably lower back pain. Many writers here have chronic neck pain from endless hours spent on the computer to dig out the news that is important. Now, apart from suffering and soldiering on, it seems that vitamin D3 could help with back pain:

“A study published in Pain Physician suggests that adequate vitamin D supplementation can help reduce and relieve chronic lower back pain. To prove the connection between this nutrient and back pain, researchers invited 68 adults to participate in the study. All of them reported suffering from lower back pain for at least three months, and are not getting any better even with medication and physical therapy. Before the experiment, researchers found that the volunteers’ average level of vitamin D was only at 12.8 ng/mL (nanograms per milliliter). This number was much lower than the 40 ng/mL recommended amount of vitamin D to boost optimal health. So, for the next eight weeks, participants were given 60,000 IU of vitamin D three times a week, increasing their average levels to 36.07 ng/mL. Meanwhile, to measure their level of pain and disability, a pain visual analog scale was used before, during, and at the end of the study. Results showed that after the subjects received higher doses of vitamin D, their pain and disability levels significantly decreased. Dr. Babita Ghai, M.D., D.N.B, lead author of the study, commented, “Our findings provide a reasonable justification for advising dietary supplementation as well as therapeutic medication to achieve normal vitamin D levels in patients with musculoskeletal pain.”

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The Magic of Sea Weed By Mrs Vera West

     Many good things come from the sea, and sea weed, of various types, may hold the key to holding back dementia:

“Research has shown that certain seaweeds have the potential to prevent the onset of Parkinson’s disease. The study, published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, looked at the ability of antioxidant-rich seaweeds to protect brain cells from the neurotoxin 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA, also known as oxidopamine), a chemical used to simulate Parkinson’s disease. In the study, researchers from the Polytechnic Institute of Leiria in Portugal tested this theory using the human neuroblastoma cell line SH-SY5Y, including its associated intracellular signaling pathways, and conducted an MTT assay to determine cell viability. In addition, the group assessed the intracellular signaling pathways hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) production, changes in the mitochondrial membrane potential, and Caspase-3 activity. These parameters determine how healthy the SH-SY5Y cells are. Changes in these parameters affect cell viability.

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Vaccination Tyranny By Mrs Vera West

     We did not hear much about this from our local mainstream media, but fortunately the slightly freer alternative press in America picked up this story: that the no jab no pay, is now no jab, you pay:

“Australia’s “No Jab, No Pay” policy just got a little stronger, or at least more insistent. Under the previous policy, parents who did not keep their children up to date on vaccinations would miss out on a one-time, end-of-the-year tax benefit called Family Tax Benefit Part A, valued at AU$737. Under the updated policy, those same parents will instead lose AU$28 every two weeks while their child is not up to date. Australia’s Minister for Social Services, Dan Tehan, said in a statement: Immunization is the safest way to protect children from vaccine-preventable diseases. Parents who don’t immunize their children are putting their own kids at risk as well as the children of other people.” The expanded No Jab, No Pay policy went into effect on July 1, 2018. While parents will miss out on approximately the same amount of money in the end, the updated policy serves as a more “constant reminder” that the government of Australia wants all children vaccinated, according to Tehan.

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Cultural Diversity to the Nth Degree: Female Genital Mutilation By Mrs Vera West

     When I grew up, I never heard about female genital mutilation. Boys were generally circumcised, but the custom was on the way out. Not so today, for female genital mutilation:

“Around 4,500 new cases of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) were recorded in England over the last year, more than one every two hours, official data shows. Between April 2017 and March 2018, around 6,200 women and girls who visited a doctor, midwife, or other public health services in England had been exposed to the form of abuse at some point, the National Health Service (NHS) said on Thursday. Some cases had already been recorded, but 4,495 were being logged for the first time since the government made it compulsory for medical practitioners to report cases of FGM in 2015.”

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Old People are Racists! By Brian Simpson

     The latest wisdom from the psychologists is that old people are racists:

“Older people are more racist – but it’s not because they are ‘from a different time’. We become more prejudiced as we age because we feel increasingly insecure and anxious about death, psychologists claim.
Scientists said hating a group can bring a sense of belonging and identity to those facing their own mortality because they are able to share that prejudice with others.

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Why Uncle len is Rubbing McDonald’s French Fries on His Bald Head By Uncle Len, the Shiny Dome

When I have some money left over from my mental disability pension, like most health conscious people I go into McDonalds and buy a big pot of French fries. The “French’ in the “fries,” makes me seem sophisticated and multicultural, which is better than just getting plain old greasy flies, I mean fries. Then, I don’t eat the delicacy, but smear the contents all over my bald head! I did not know why I did this until now:

“A cure for baldness may have just been found in the most unlikely of places, according to scientists in Japan - who think the answer could lie in your McDonald’s meal. Yep, believe it or not you read that right. According to the Daily Record, there’s a chemical used in McDonald’s fries that could help hair regrowth. The scientists managed to regrow hair on mice using what they’ve referred to as a ‘simple method’ using human stem cells, which generated fresh follicles capable of sprouting new hairs. Within days the mice had furry backs and scalps, and after these preliminary experiments it’s thought that the same technique could work in people. The Japanese team first had a breakthrough after they managed to produce ‘hair follicle germs’ in their lab for the first time. These are the cells that fuel follicle development, and because they’ve never been regenerated before are considered the ‘Holy Grail’ of hair loss research. Turns out the secret was to use dimethylpolysiloxane, the same chemical that’s found in McDonald’s fries - which is added for safety reasons to prevent cooking oil from foaming. Professor Junji Fukuda of Yokohama National University, said: “The key for the mass production of HFGs was a choice of substrate materials for the culture vessel. “We used oxygen-permeable dimethylpolysiloxane (PDMS) at the bottom of culture vessel, and it worked very well.”

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The Healthcare System: A Health Hazard! By Mrs Vera West

     One litmus test of impending social collapse is when core institutions no longer function as they should. When workers begin committing suicide in significant numbers, one knows that there is a problem:

“As America focuses on one epidemic — the opioid crisis — another goes entirely ignored. American health-care workers are dying by suicide in unprecedented numbers. Earlier this month, a medical student and a resident at NYU medical school completed suicide less than a week apart. My junior colleague took her life just 11 days before her 35th birthday. I had supervised her as she transitioned into practice from fellowship. She said that the way I said her name foretold if the conversation pointed to a weakness or a strength in her patient assessment. My last sight of her was as she drove off to her new job. Less than six months later, she made a life-ending choice. A scan of her suicide note, asking that I be notified, was emailed to me. I did not show it to anyone. The news of her suicide was announced by an email in the department. We all went about our business, as if suicide by a young colleague is usual. And perhaps, in a way it is. After all, physician suicide — and more broadly health-care worker suicide — is a huge issue in the U.S. In my own experience, I have lost six colleagues to suicide — five physicians and one physician assistant. That does not include the suicides that I have heard about through the whisper network at work.”

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Feminism Pushed to Peak Academic Absurdity By James Reed

     More absurdities from our friends, the universities, full of Arts/Farts/Humanities departments where the-to-be described sort of bs is freely cultivated. Unfortunately, normal manure is natural and helps the garden grow, but the manure produced by the modern university is highly toxic and quite dangerous to life and society. I submit to your consideration a prime example of academic research in the Humanities/Social Sciences:

“A women’s studies researcher says she examined the genitals of 10,000 dogs for her study on canine “rape culture” this month. The journal Gender, Place, and Culture, is a monthly peer-reviewed publication that focuses on issues of feminist geography. In 2015, it was ranked the thirteenth most influential women’s studies academic journal in the world. This year, the journal published an unusual piece by researcher Helen Wilson about “rape culture” in “urban dog parks.” The article, titled “Human reactions to rape culture and queer performativity at urban dog parks in Portland, Oregon,” astonishingly argues that female dogs suffer oppression at the paws of male dogs and that humans are indifferent to violence between dogs. In what must have been an attempt to reach peak academic absurdity, Wilson says that she examined the genitals of almost 10,000 dogs during her observational study into canine “rape culture.” “The usual caveats of observational research also apply here,” Wilson wrote. “While I closely and respectfully examined the genitals of slightly fewer than ten thousand dogs, being careful not to cause alarm and moving away if any dog appeared uncomfortable, there is some relevant margin of error concerning my observations about their gender in some instances.”

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Now Whites Must Get on Bended Knee! By Ian Wilson LL.B

     No, this is happening here in Oz, not in the UK or Sweden: nurses are now being forced to announce their “white privilege” when treating indigenous patients:       

     If you don’t believe me, and just don’t see it, look, here is the quote from the source:

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Here Come the Zombies! By Brian Simpson

     Wow, just, wow, urban decay is proceeding very fast. People are now basically acting like insects, or consuming insect spray: 

“One of the newest and deadliest drugs is also one of the cheapest.  Dubbed “KD” or “Katie” or “Zombie”, the drug turns users into strange crazed zombies reminiscent of the effect of the bath salts drug. This drug may contain different ingredients, but the common denominator is always bug spray.  According to Natural News, the users take marijuana, banana leaves, tobacco, or spice and lace it with a bug spray, most often Raid. This concoction is then smoked, giving users a 45-minute high that leaves them virtually unconscious and crazed zombies. While some people choose to make their own drugs, other users simply buy it for around $20 a bag on the black market. Irrespective of where they get it, however, it is incredibly addictive and can be absolutely lethal. In recent weeks, the use of bug spray enhanced drugs has risen dramatically. Since the cost of this drug is so low, expectations that its popularity will fizzle out are also low.

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On Gardasil By Mrs Vera West

     Here is a good item for the vaccination establishment who see the Gardasil vaccine as necessary as, well, almost every other health measure:

“May God bless the Tarsell family, who fought the U.S. government eight long years to validate a medical burden of proof that the Gardasil vaccine killed their daughter. The Tarsell’s 21-year-old daughter Christina Richelle “died from an arrhythmia induced by an autoimmune response” to Gardasil, an HPV vaccine that she received only days before her death. The final ruling has been confirmed by the Department of Health and Human Services: Merck’s Gardasil vaccine causes autoimmune problems that cause sudden debilitation and/or death.

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Big Pharma: La Farmafia By Mrs Vera West

     The tens of thousands of Spanish-speakers, who visit this site, will appreciate the pun in the title, but for English-speakers, don’t worry too much about it. Instead, worry about the health costs of drug side effects: 

“The never-ending cycle of side effects and adverse reactions that come from pharmaceutical drugs adds nearly half a trillion dollars to U.S. health care costs annually. A team of researchers from the University of California San Diego computed the true costs of pharmaceutical drugs. The real reason health insurance and medical care is so expensive is because most of the “medicines” doled out are actually costly poisons that cause more health problems. The side effects of pharmaceutical drugs only cause more doctor visits, more testing, more medical intervention, and a cycle of drug dependence.

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The Power of Beetroot By Mrs Vera West

     Australians love beetroot on their burgers and steak sandwiches, but beetroot juice has important properties beyond tasting great:  

     The study referred to is here: 

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The Coming Blindness By Mrs Vera West

     I do not know about you, but working on the computer to bring you the delicious articles I am known for, comes at a cost: neck pain, lower back pain, and that feeling in one’s eyes that they are on stalks, popping out of one’s head. Just imagine having to put in hour after hour as my co-writers do, why, it’s a wonder that they are not blind: 

“Some experts say that using cell phones, TVs and tablets isn’t much different from looking at the sun when it comes to the damage it can cause your eyes. The blue light that is emitted from the screens of these devices happens to be precisely in the range where it can cause the most damage: around 430 to 440 nanometers. It may have a short wavelength, but its high energy means it penetrates right through the lens of the eye and the cornea to reach the retina in the back of the eye. This can cause macular degeneration and eventually blindness. Doctors warn that Millennials, who tend to spend lots of hours looking at screens all day, risk starting to go blind once they approach 50. Many people experience frequent headaches as a result of digital eye strain, and it’s not unusual for their vision to become blurry. According to ophthalmologist Dr. Alan Mendelsohn, looking at a screen for more than half an hour a day is risky.”

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Fast Food and Pregnancy By Mrs Vera West

     An Australian study has revealed that the more women eat fast food rather than fruits and vegetables, the less fertile they become, and the less likely they will get pregnant via the old tried and proven method. The study looked at 5,598 women in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, and found that a healthier diet increased fertility:  

     Here is a more detailed popular report, and I have included the URL of the scientific report, mainly because I am utterly amazed at how long it is. Why is it necessary to have anything that long? One’s fertility would decline just trying to type it, if one could not cut ‘n’ paste it! And, speaking of that, I tried to lift off the abstract which was loaded with statistical details, and all sorts of signs, but for some reason, my dying computer would not digest the mathematical salad, so you might need to go to the site if you need to indulge in symbolic feasting on this day:

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Is Food Racist? Is Air? By Tom North

     Another day, yet another challenge to push political correctness to places where no man has gone before. Sorry, genderised person:

“Doctor Milton Mills explained these inequalities of the US Department of Agriculture’s dietary guidelines at length, painting a picture of the historical negligence of the US government when it comes to crafting their food recommendations to the dietary needs of minorities in the country, led most notably by its impact on African-Americans. Mills is an Intensive Care Unit doctor in Washington, D.C., and a noted speaker on the topic of disease prevention through dietary methods, shunning the typical western diet in favor of eating a plant-based diet.

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Prostate Cancer and Cow’s Milk By Mrs Vera West

     I don’t want to upset any dairy farmers out there, but I just report news, not manufacture it. According to B. C. Melnik (et al.), “The Impact of cow’s Milk-Mediated mTORC1-Signaling in the Initiation and Progression of Prostate Cancer,” Nutrition and Metabolism, vol. 9, 2012, prostate cancer depends upon androgen receptor signalling, these being the male hormones. Milk proteins can increase mTORCI signals (which activate translations of proteins) to cancer cells. That is the short and sweet, or is it bitter, story. The more complex biochemistry, for our many hundreds of biochemistry enthusiasts is as follows:

“Prostate cancer (PCa) is dependent on androgen receptor signaling and aberrations of the PI3K-Akt-mTORC1 pathway mediating excessive and sustained growth signaling. The nutrient-sensitive kinase mTORC1 is upregulated in nearly 100% of advanced human PCas. Oncogenic mTORC1 signaling activates key subsets of mRNAs that cooperate in distinct steps of PCa initiation and progression. Epidemiological evidence points to increased dairy protein consumption as a major dietary risk factor for the development of PCa. mTORC1 is a master regulator of protein synthesis, lipid synthesis and autophagy pathways that couple nutrient sensing to cell growth and cancer.

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The Decline Effect By Dr John Jensen

     Here is yet another puzzling effect found in psychological science, and perhaps elsewhere; the decline effect, that the size of an effect decreases after repeated replications:

J. W. Schooler, “Metascience Could Rescue the ‘Replication Crisis,’” Nature, vol. 515, 2014, p. 9. The decline effect was originally seen in psychological research, but it has now been found to extend to drug testing, where the effectiveness of some drug diminishes over time, and even in the behaviour of non-human animals. There are many proposed explanations of the decline effect, and no doubt specific factors may be at work in different  fields of science. For example, the decline effect in the effectiveness of certain anti-psychotic drugs may be a real decline in effectiveness as people adapt to them over time. Nevertheless, it is also possible that we may be seeing here something of a generalised Heisenberg uncertainty effect, where observing the universe and measuring it, actually changes the universe: even in physics, measurements of the charge of electrons and a constant governing the decay of neutrons have exhibited the decline effect as John Horgan states:

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Vitamin C and High Blood Pressure By Mrs Vera West

     Again, the usual disclaimer for these sorts of articles, that this is not medical advise in any way, but journalistic reporting on news sources, for health problems see a qualified practitioner etc. etc. That said, there are reports in the literature that vitamin C lowers blood pressure and has benefits to the cardiovascular system, claims made since at least 1954 when Noble Prize winner biochemist Linus Pauling first began to make his claims about the health benefits of vitamin C. 

“Our research suggests a modest blood pressure lowering effect with vitamin C supplementation, but before we can recommend supplements as a treatment for high blood pressure, we really need more research to understand the implications of taking them,” says Edgar “Pete” R. Miller III, M.D., Ph.D., an associate professor in the division of general internal medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and leader of the study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Miller and his colleagues reviewed and analyzed data from 29 randomized, controlled, previously published clinical trials that reported systolic and/or diastolic blood pressure values and also compared vitamin C intake to a placebo.

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