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February 18, 2019

Zombie Deer Disease Hits US, Canada

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As more than 20 US states report cases of a brain-wasting animal disease informally called "zombie" deer disease, officials worry that humans could be affected.

Chronic wasting disease has been found in deer, elk and/or moose in at least 24 states and two Canadian provinces since the start of the year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

There are no vaccines or treatments available for the disease, which is always fatal.

"It is probable that human cases of chronic wasting disease associated with consumption with contaminated meat will be documented in the years ahead," said Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.


"It's possible the number of human cases will be substantial and will not be isolated events."

No cases of CWD have been reported in humans to date, but research suggests it poses a risk to humans.

By Ashley May, USA Today
February 18, 2019

Deadly Zombie Deer Disease: Outbreak May Spread To Humans- WHO Warning

zombie deer, chronic wasting disease

Zombies are the nightmarish scenario where the reanimated undead relentlessly attack the living. But like the warning from a horror film, a real-life terrifying condition called Zombie deer disease is currently sweeping the USA. Now, there are growing fears the disease could even transform into an epidemic infecting humans.

Zombie deer disease, also known as Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) – attacks the brain, spinal cord and other vital organs in deer, elk and moose.

Zombie deer disease earned its fearsome name as its victims loses coordination, become aggressive and waste away.

And the debilitating disease can prove fatal in worst-case scenarios.

Zombie deer disease is spreading rapidly across North America and infected areas are expected to expand further.

WHO officials have now urged humans to avoid eating any animal infected with the infection.

While there has been a concern it could become a new mad-cow-disease-like epidemic, no evidence yet exists showing humans could be affected if they eat the infected meat.

However, a recently-published study has shown that macaque monkeys can succumb to the disease after consuming tainted meat.



A Centre for Disease Control and Prevention spokesperson said: “Since 2000, the area known to be affected by CWD in free-ranging animals has increased to at least 24 states, including states in the Midwest, Southwest, and limited areas on the East Coast.

“It is possible that CWD may also occur in other states without strong animal surveillance systems, but that cases haven’t been detected yet.

"Once CWD is established in an area, the risk can remain for a long time in the environment.

“The affected areas are likely to continue to expand.

"In several locations where the disease is established, infection rates may exceed 10 percent (1 in 10), and localised infection rates of more than 25 percent (1 in 4) have been reported.

"The infection rates among some captive deer can be much higher, with a rate of 79 percent reported from at least one captive herd."

Zombie deer disease started in Colorado and Wyoming about 40 years ago but has since spread beyond those states’ borders.

The CDC report said: “Since 2000, the area known to be affected by CWD in free-ranging animals has increased to at least 24 states, including states in the Midwest, Southwest, and limited areas on the East Coast.


“It is possible that CWD may also occur in other states without strong animal surveillance systems, but that cases haven’t been detected yet.

“Once CWD is established in an area, the risk can remain for a long time in the environment.

“The affected areas are likely to expand.”

By Tom Fish, Sunday Express
February 18, 2019

Snow Turns Black in Russian Town

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Residents living in the Kemerovo region of Siberia, an area known as Russia's coal basin, say that pollution from the industry is getting worse.

'Black' snow, a result of coal dust, can be seen towns like Prokopyevsk. Locals blame the problem on the nearby coal enrichment plant.

The region is one of the world's richest in coal deposition and one of Russia's largest industrial complexes.

Much of it was developed during the Soviet era with little or no concern for the environment.

"We have inherited a difficult ecological situation from the previous times," explained Kemerovo Governor, Sergei Tsivilev. "Open-pit coal mines have moved to the cities. A number of coal factories have already signed an agreement that they will pay to rehouse those citizens who live in the sanitary-protection zone."


After a brief fall in the 1990s, coal output in the region started to rise again and is now higher than ever. Another contributing factor is that the cheap carbon fuel means that it's by far the most popular way to heat homes.

By Mark Armstrong, Euro News
February 18, 2019

Woman Goes Viral After Reviewing Different Brands Of Soap By Tasting Them

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An Indonesian woman has recently gone viral for reviewing different brands of soap by tasting them. Her video gathered over 200,000 views and can be seen below.


The woman, known as Khosik Assyifa has been posting several videos where she happily consumes different types of soap. She would first rub the soap with her wet hands and then proceed to slurping up the lather it forms. In most of her videos, she is seen overly engrossed with her soap that all she does is utter one word,


“Tasty.” 

As previously mentioned, this is not the first time Koshik has been taste-testing soap. Other than Giv, she has also tried soaps from other brands such as Lifebuoy and Lux.




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All along the internet, there has been many debates on whether it is safe or not to eat soap. Go Ask Alice, a team of health specialists from Columbia University, mentioned that soap is generally non-toxic and is less likely to lead to poisoning. However, people should not be eating big chunks of soap as they may cause blockage or damage to the digestive tract. Don’t accidentally eat your soap while showering, ok? On the other hand, a netizen from The Naked Scientist pointed out that soaps are an alkaline and have a high PH value. This may neutralise the acidic digestive juices in our body, causing our digestive system to not run efficiently. What do you guys think about this lady eating soap? Do you know anyone who has eaten soap similarly? Let us know in the comments section down below.

By Wesley Wong Wern Han, World of Buzz

Thursday, February 14, 2019

February 14, 2019

Japanese Company Will Ask Your Crush Out On A Date For You If You’re Too Shy

Kokunavi

Deluxe plan costs over 140,000 yen (US$1,260).

A few months ago we took a look at Exit, a company in Japan that offers the unique service of telling your boss that you want to quit your job for you, saving you the trouble of turning in your resignation yourself. Kokunavi is another proxy service company, but its field of operations is a very different one.

Kokunavi’s name is a mashup of “kokuhaku,” meaning “confession of love,” and “navigation.” Instead of helping clients avoid the awkward tension of ending a professional relationship, Kokunavi is all about sparing them from the nervous embarrassment of trying to start a romantic one.

Kokunavi isn’t a matchmaking service, though. It doesn’t keep any databases of singles seeking companionship, and you don’t have to take any personality tests to build a dating profile. Instead, you tell Kokunavi about the person you want to ask to be your boyfriend or girlfriend, and they’ll deliver the message for you, as well as the response it gets.


Kokunavi offers three different plans, with the mot basic, the Simple Course, costing 29,000 yen (US$260). True to its name, the Simple Course only covers conveying the kokuhaku and its response, but those with deep pockets to go along for their deep feelings can upgrade to the Support Pack Course, which for 59,000 yen includes advice from Kokunavi’s kokuhaku experts on picking the time, location, and exact wording of your confession of love, as decided on in two or three meetings between you and the company’s staff. Finally, the top-of-the-line Premium Course, at 149,000 yen (US$1,340) is a lengthy process on four or five conferences, and includes data analysis of Kokunavi’s past kokuhaku projects to help determine the method that gives you the highest probability of success. “As long as you know who you want to confess our love to,” the company boasts of the Premium Course, “we can help you plan everything else.”

Kokunavi realizes that some people might question the need for their services’ existence. “Confessing your love for someone is thought to be a simple thing,” explains the company’s website, “but actually doing it is not so easy. In carrying out the plan, there are many points to consider.”

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Of course, some might worry that the object of your affection might fall in love with the person who delivers your finely crafted kokuhaku, cutting you out of the picture entirely. However, the company employs both male and female messengers, which should help alleviate such risks.

While the service might seem tailor-made for shy men, Kokunavi’s customer testimonials also include satisfied female customers. “I’m really glad I went to Kokunavi for help,” says a 25-year-old woman from Niigata. “My love confession was successful, and I was really impressed at their professional techniques.” Kokunavi is also keen to assure potential clients that there’s nothing to be ashamed of in relying on their service, and asks people to think of it like having a friend deliver a love letter to your crush in high school, just at a later stage in life.

By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24
February 14, 2019

Rarely-seen Fish Caught In Popular Peru Tourist Resort Sparks Earthquake Fears

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A bizarre fish that was caught in northern Peru has prompted fears that the country is about to suffer an earthquake.

The oarfish, dubbed the ‘fish of tremors’ for its supposed link to earthquakes, was caught off the town on Mancora, a popular hang out for surfers.

It comes just days after a number of oarfish were spotted off Japan where they were previously sighted ahead of the 2011 Fukushima earthquake and tsunami which killed more than 20,000 people.

Oarfish, which are also believed to have been responsible for claimed sightings of sea serpents by ancient mariners, can grow up to 16ft long.

One species, the giant oarfish, is the world’s longest bony fish growing up to a length of 11 metres (36 feet).


The fish spend most of their time in the depths of the ocean, at a depth of at least 0.6 miles, and seldom venture near the surface.

For this reason, they are rarely seen despite the fact they are found in all temperate to tropical oceans.

Some researchers suggest the oarfish move into shallower waters due to electromagnetic changes that occur when there is tectonic activity linked to faults.

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However, most experts say there is no correlation between the fish and earthquakes, and point out that the fish have also been seen in years when there have been no quakes.

The belief they appear before earthquakes originates in Japan where they are linked to the myth of Namazu, a giant catfish which lives under the country’s islands and supposedly causes earthquakes by thrashing its tail.

But the appearance of oarfish before the 2011 Fukushima disaster has given the legend added weight.

By Andy Wells, Yahoo UK
February 14, 2019

A Man Was Bitten by a Snake, Then He Bit His Wife so They Could Die Together

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It's almost as tragically romantic as Romeo and Juliet: A man in Northern India was bitten by a venomous snake, but not wanting to face death without his wife, he bit her on the wrist so the venom would kill them both. Plot twist: This Juliet lived.

According to Gulf News, Shankar Rai (who we shall call Romeo) was asleep in his home on a Saturday night when a deadly snake took a bite out of him.

In the morning, when he realized he probably wasn't going to make it, he poured his heart out to his wife and said his last wish was for them to die together. When she agreed, he bit her on the wrist and said, "Thus with a kiss I die." Okay, he didn't actually say that, but he did bite her, and they did both become unconscious.

They were found shortly later and rushed to a hospital, where Romeo died, but Juliet survived.

Gulf News reported the wife later said, “He told me he loved me too much and want to die together before grabbing my wrist and sinking his teeth into it. I allowed him to do so." 


According to India's 2018 National Health Profile, snake bites caused nearly 1,000 deaths in the country in 2017. Venomous snake bites don't happen quite as often in the U.S. But if you ever do get bitten by a snake, there's no need to freak out and bite your significant other.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says to be cautious of snakes when going swimming or walking through tall grass. If you see a snake, back away slowly, and if someone gets bitten, try to catch a glimpse of the shape and color of the snake to help get proper treatment. Whatever you do, don't try to trap it.

Keep the person who was bitten calm, as this can slow the spread of venom. You'll want to seek medical attention as soon as possible. If you can't get to a hospital right away, sit or lay the person down with the bite below heart level. Wash the wound with warm, soapy water, and cover the bite with a clean, dry dressing.

Oh, and one last thing, don't try to be a hero and suck the venom out. It could just make things worse.

By Samantha Lauriello , Health.com
February 14, 2019

Deadly Disease That Turns Deer Into Zombies Has Spread To 26 States

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Though warnings over ‘zombie deer disease’ over the past few years have caused many to draw parallels to the mad cow epidemic, there’s so far no evidence that people can be harmed by infected meat.

The disease was first spotted in the wild roughly 40 years ago, but has been seen in captive deer as far back as the late 1960s.

It blossomed primarily in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming, and has been spreading outward since, according to the CDC.

‘Since 2000, the area known to be affected by CWD in free-ranging animals has increased to at least 24 states, including states in the Midwest, Southwest, and limited areas on the East Coast,’ the CDC says.

‘It is possible that CWD may also occur in other states without strong animal surveillance systems, but that cases haven’t been detected yet.


‘Once CWD is established in an area, the risk can remain for a long time in the environment. The affected areas are likely to continue to expand.’

Chronic wasting disease can be found in both free-ranging and farmed animals, and is known to have horrifying effects on those it infects – but, it can be years before an animal begins to show signs.

The disease earned its nickname from the bizarre symptoms it causes, including a vacant stare and exposed ribs as it causes the animal to physically waste away.

While it’s not yet known to be transmissible to humans, a recent study found for the first time that macaques could get the disease after consuming infected meat, sparking fears that a variant targeting humans could soon emerge.

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A separate study found that laboratory mice with some human genes could become infected, according to the CDC.

So far, though, it’s limited only to the hoofed mammals and its occurrence remains ‘relatively low’ nationwide.

But, it’s slowly and steadily spreading.

‘In several locations where the disease is established, infection rates may exceed 10 percent (1 in 10), and localized infection rates of more than 25 percent (1 in 4) have been reported,’ the CDC report says.

‘The infection rates among some captive deer can be much higher, with a rate of 79% (nearly 4 in 5) reported from at least one captive herd.’

By Cheyenne Macdonald, DailyMail

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

February 13, 2019

Four in Five Vatican Priests are Gay, Book Claims

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Some of the most senior clerics in the Roman Catholic church who have vociferously attacked homosexuality are themselves gay, according to a book to be published next week.

Eighty per cent of priests working at the Vatican are gay, although not necessarily sexually active, it is claimed in the book, In the Closet of the Vatican.

The 570-page book, which the French journalist and author Frédéric Martel spent four years researching, is a “startling account of corruption and hypocrisy at the heart of the Vatican”, according to its British publisher Bloomsbury.

It is being published in eight languages across 20 countries next Wednesday, coinciding with the opening day of a conference at the Vatican on sexual abuse, to which bishops from all over the world have been summoned.

Martel, a former adviser to the French government, conducted 1,500 interviews while researching the book, including with 41 cardinals, 52 bishops and monsignors, 45 papal ambassadors or diplomatic officials, 11 Swiss guards and more than 200 priests and seminarians, according to a report on the Catholic website the Tablet.

Many spoke of an unspoken code of the “closet”, with one rule of thumb being that the more homophobic a cleric was, the more likely he was to be gay.

Martel alleges that one Colombian cardinal, the late Alfonso López Trujillo, who held a senior Vatican position, was an arch-defender of church teaching on homosexuality and contraception while using male prostitutes, the Tablet said.


The author found that some gay priests accepted their sexuality and a few maintained discreet relationships, but others sought high-risk casual encounters. Some were in denial about their sexuality.

Although the book does not conflate homosexuality with the sexual abuse of children, Martel describes a secretive culture among priests that creates conditions in which abuse is not confronted, say people familiar with the book’s contents.

According to Bloomsbury’s promotional material, Inside the Closet “reveals secrets” about celibacy, misogyny and plots against Pope Francis. It uncovers “a clerical culture of secrecy which starts in junior seminaries and continues right up to the Vatican itself”.

Francis has riled his conservative critics in the Vatican over his apparently softer tone towards gay people. A few months into his papacy, he told reporters who asked about a “gay lobby” at the Vatican: “If a person is gay and seeks God and has good will, who am I to judge?”

Last year Juan Carlos Cruz, a Chilean survivor of sexual abuse, said Francis told him in a private meeting: “Juan Carlos, that you are gay does not matter. God made you like this and loves you like this and I don’t care. The pope loves you like this. You have to be happy with who you are.”

But a Polish priest who was sacked from his Vatican job and defrocked after announcing he was gay has accused the church of making the lives of millions of gay Catholics “a hell”.

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In a letter to Francis in 2015, Krzysztof Charamsa criticised what he called the Vatican’s hypocrisy in banning gay priests and said the clergy was “full of homosexuals”.

In December, Francis was quoted in a book about vocations as saying homosexuality was a “fashion” to which the clergy was susceptible.

“The issue of homosexuality is a very serious issue that must be adequately discerned from the beginning with the candidates [for the priesthood]. In our societies it even seems that homosexuality is fashionable and that mentality, in some way, also influences the life of the church,” he said.

The timing of Inside the Closet’s publication, at the start of a milestone summit on sexual abuse, will raise concerns that some people may seek to conflate the two issues.

But the book’s allegations are likely to be pored over by senior bishops flying into Rome from more than 100 countries for the four-day summit.


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Sunday, February 10, 2019

February 10, 2019

Mum Refuses To Vaccinate Her Children Because They’re ‘Protected by Jesus’

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When it comes to vaccinating your kids, the debate for and against can be heated with parents often having strong - and opposing - views on the matter.

But one mother has sparked fury online, after revealing she won't vaccinate her five children, because they are "protected by Jesus".

Speaking about her decision on Facebook, the mum wrote: "I have five children and they will never be vaccinated.

"They are protected by Jesus for I know faith helps you walk the righteous path.

"The same people that tell me to vaccinate are the same people telling me that god did not masterfully craft this planet."

And the post was certainly met with backlash online, UNILAD reports.

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One person clearly disagreed, arguing they could "die like Jesus with a rusty nail".

The response is believed to be because of the kids' lack of tetanus injections.

The post comes after a warning from the World Health Organisation (WHO) who released a statement this week, explaining that the reluctance to vaccinate "threatens to reverse progress made in tackling vaccine-preventable diseases".

According to WHO, vaccination prevents up to three million deaths a year - but the organisation expressed serious concern that measles, for example, has seen a 30 per cent increase, with 72 children and adults in Europe dying from the disease last year.

"Vaccination is one of the most cost-effective ways of avoiding disease – it currently prevents 2-3 million deaths a year, and a further 1.5 million could be avoided if global coverage of vaccinations improved," they wrote.

February 10, 2019

9 Amazing Health Benefits of Soy Milk

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Soy milk health benefits includes promoting cardiovascular health, promoting bone health, alleviating postmenopausal symptoms, promotes mood, prevent certain types of cancer, useful for type 2 diabetes, natural migraine treatment, helps fight inflammation, and assists cognitive functions.

For many persons, consumption of soymilk is a dietary staple that helps them to meet their protein requirements for the day. This is especially true when talking about vegetarians or vegans, as the elimination of animal-based proteins from the diet leaves a void that many plant-based foods can’t fill. Luckily, soy milk comes to the rescue, supplying complete proteins and several unique benefits to health, making it the undisputed King of vegan based protein beverages.

Soymilk is also the precursor for production of tofu, another vegan dietary staple. Wondering what benefits soymilk consumption has to offer your body? Read on below to find out more:

Nutrition (Per 243 Ml/ 1 Cup Serving)

Calories 131
Total Fat- 4.3g
Potassium -285mg 8% RDI
Total Carbohydrate – 15g
Dietary fiber 1.5 g 6% RDI
Protein -8 g 16% RDI
Calcium -6% RDI
Iron 8% RDI
Vitamin B -6-10% RDI
Magnesium -15% RDI


9 Amazing Health Benefits of Soy milk


1. Promotes Cardiovascular Health

One of the most well-known effects of soy milk consumption is its ability to promote cardiovascular health, by acting on several aspects at once.

For instance, being a plant-based milk substitute, it still retains a decent amount of fiber, promoting the excretion of bile acids. Removal of bile acids from circulation is one effective method of cholesterol control that some prescription medications make use of.

In addition to this, soy milk helps preserve vascular flexibility, so that the blood vessels are able to handle changes to blood pressure easily, taking the load off of your hearts.

2. Promotes Bone Health

Soy milk is an extremely rich source of dietary calcium, being one of the most important minerals to the preservation and fortification of bone tissue. The importance of bone is not appreciated – it is often regarded as dead tissue that doesn’t require nutrition.

This couldn’t be further from the truth, as bone is alive, with its structural integrity capable of being compromised if you do not supply the nutrients necessary for its health. Calcium and other minerals form the structural matrix of bone, essential for helping to preserve your posture, mobility, and later in life (especially postmenopausally in women) preventing the likelihood of osteoporosis developing.

3. Alleviates Postmenopausal Symptoms

The significant impact the reduction of natural estrogen production causes in postmenopausal women is immense; they lose the protective effect of estrogen on the heart, stand likely to develop bone disorders, may lose their youthful glow, and in general experience symptoms of accelerated aging.

Soymilk, thanks to the presence of isoflavones, help supply phytoestrogens – plant-based substances with a chemical structure closely related to human estrogen and that can ameliorate many of the effects women observe postmenopausally.

Consumption of soymilk prior and during menopause can also help alleviate symptoms such as hot flashes, cramps, night sweats and insomnia. What are you waiting for? If you are a woman, there is no bad time to start consuming soymilk – so take advantage of it now.

4. Promotes Mood

Soy milk contains a spectrum of nutrients, including the B vitamins which play a key role in the regulation of mood. Oftentimes, soymilk is also fortified with magnesium, a mineral that is known to stimulate serotonin production- serotonin being one of the most well-known neurotransmitters that dictate your sense of well-being.

Persons with depressive illness often suffer from low serotonin levels, which is why natural means of stimulating production are common mainstays of treatment, acting as adjuvants to prescription medication if necessary.

5. Prevents Certain Types Of Cancer

When it comes to soymilk’s ability to prevent cancer, it’s best taken as a mixed bag. What do we mean by this? There have been findings that indicates soymilk can be beneficial, or triggering, depending on the specific cancer type and taking into consideration individual variances.

For example, in terms of prostate cancer development, soymilk and soy products in general, play a role in triggering the cascade that may cause its development in the first place. But interestingly, if cancer has already ensued, it may serve a purpose by helping slow down the rate of cancer cell growth.

Many of its effects on cancer can be attributed to its phytoestrogen compounds; it has effects that are less stimulating than endogenous estrogen, effectively acting as a blocker in some cases.

It does have preventative potential against breast, colon and stomach cancers, while for prostate cancer it may serve as an adjuvants to chemotherapeutic medication.

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6. Useful For Type 2 Diabetics

Soy milk is high in protein, moderate in fiber, but still maintains low carbohydrates in its nutritional profile. This makes it a great food for consumption as a diabetic.

In particular, soymilk can help to elicit modest improvements to insulin sensitivity, a common problem plaguing diabetics all over the world. Diminished insulin sensitivity impairs glucose uptake and the ability of it to enter cells, with the end results of damage to various cell types.

Glucose is not meant to remain in blood circulation for a prolonged period of time, which is why diabetics are prone to complications from elevated levels.

Protein and fiber is well known for their ability to slow the rate at which glucose enters circulation, giving insulin a bit of added time to process the glucose that is already there.

7. Natural Migraine Treatment

Persons that regularly consume soymilk also notice a decrease in the frequency of migraine attacks, thanks to the presence of magnesium in it.

It has been found that persons that consume the lowest amount of magnesium are more likely to experience more intense and frequent migraine attacks. It is not fully known why migraines are triggered, but magnesium may help by promoting blood vessel homeostasis, preventing excessive dilation of the vessels under the scalp.

8. Anti-Inflammatory Actions

It is important to know that soybean oil is considered pro-oxidant in nature, and accelerates many oxidative processes to our own demise. However, soymilk is different in that it is considered an antioxidant food, containing plant-based Omega-3 fats such as alpha linolenic acid.

While not as effective as fish based Omega-3 fats, if you are vegan consumption of alpha linoleic acid is still necessary as our bodies cannot produce this essential fat. Omega-6 fats, while important to overall health as well, are not anti-inflammatory in nature, and must be balanced with Omega-3 consumption for optimal health.

9. Cognitive Preservation

Preservation of cognitive function as we age is key to enjoying your golden years, but something that many people fail to appropriately address. Consumption of soy milk, especially under the age of 65 is positively associated with enhanced cognitive function, meaning more mental faculties are kept well into old age.

Many of these benefits best serve women, and under the age of 65, as this appears to be the point after which meaningful interventions are too little too late.

Conclusion

Soymilk is exceptionally beneficial to our health, thanks to the host of nutrients it possesses. However, that is, if you are female.

In men, the benefits of soymilk consumption, and other soy products in general need to be carefully weighed against its risks. Soy is a known endocrine disruptor, causing suppression of male hormones, impacting fertility, and causing a significant degree of feminization.

That is not to say that men don’t stand to benefit from small amounts of soymilk consumption but making it a regular practice is not something to take lightly.

By Michael Jessimy, Natural Food Series
February 10, 2019

11 Amazing Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

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Dark Chocolate health benefits includes boosting psychological health, supporting eye health, promoting blood circulation, works as an energy booster, support oral health, a good source of anti-oxidants, support cardiovascular health, and treats cough. Other benefits includes keeping your stomach full, strengthening immune system, and enhancing your mood.

What is Dark Chocolate?

Chocolate lovers will be delighted to learn that it could become a source of essential nutrients for them without having any adverse effects on their health in the long-run. It somewhat depends on the ingredients added to it. Nutritionists suggest consuming chocolate made with 70%– 80% cocoa is beneficial for your overall well-being. From this variety, you’ll be consuming a minimum quantity of butter, sugar, and other preservatives.

Moreover, avoid incorporating other varieties or eating chocolaty desserts as they contain high sugar content and calories that contribute to weight gain and various health problems. Thus, cocoa and dark chocolate function together to improve your psychological health.

Nutritional Value of Dark Chocolate


A bar of 100-gram dark chocolate contains the following nutrients
  • Copper 89%
  • Dietary fiber 11g
  • Iron 67%
  • Magnesium 58%
  • Manganese 98%
  • Phosphorus 33%
  • Potassium 22%
  • Selenium 11%
  • Zinc 22%
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11 Amazing Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate


1. It Boosts Psychological Health

You may not believe it but consuming dark chocolate can improve your psychological health. It is a powerhouse of plenty of nutrients that function to soothe your tensed nerves. You can opt for a piece of dark chocolate in the state of despair. It will ease your condition reducing high stress and anxiety levels.

Moreover, studies have shown that people who frequently eat dark chocolate have enhanced cognitive abilities. It is also a delicious source to improve concentration that helps you perform various functions.


2. For Eye Health

Scientists have revealed that dark chocolate is a fantastic food that has potential to improve your overall eye health. It is useful for weak eyesight. Dark chocolate can impede the occurrence of eye infections as well.

However, no evidence is available to show its effects on eye diseases like cataracts, dry eyes, or macular degeneration. Also, it is essential that you consult with an optometrist if you’re coming down with an eye infection instead of eating tons of chocolate.



3. For Blood Circulation

Dark chocolate is a powerhouse of various minerals and vitamins that facilitate proper blood circulation. Nutritionists suggest that consuming an adequate quantity of dark chocolate regularly can strengthen your blood vessels. It is also a mouth-watering source to neutralize blood pressure in your body.

Studies have shown that it is potent enough to flush out harmful cholesterol; however, more reviews are underway in this regard. It is noteworthy here that you should avoid eating excess dark chocolate if you have diabetes.


4. Works as an Energy Booster

You can give your energy levels a quick boost by consuming a piece of dark chocolate with mild cocoa content in it. Incorporating it into your daily routine will ward off factors that contribute to sudden fatigue. You can also munch on a tiny piece of the chocolate before a hardcore gym session. However, in case of constant fatigue and dizziness, you should consult with your primary care provider as it could be a symptom of a severe health problem.


5. For Oral Health

You may find it contradictory, but studies have revealed that dark chocolate can help achieve better oral health. Other types of chocolates are more damaging because they do not contain theobromine like dark chocolate does. Theobromine is a component that has potential to fight tooth decay. The nutrient can combat bacteria that damage your oral health. No doubt dark chocolate can improve your oral health, but you should not forget to opt for frequent dental hygiene.


6. A Source of Anti-Oxidants

Enriched with antioxidants, dark chocolate can do wonders for your overall well-being. Antioxidants are known to alleviate various health-damaging factors such as toxins, chemical, infectious bacteria, free radicals, and even cancerous cells. They can also prevent oxidative stress mainly caused by free radicals. These cells can produce different types of cancers in the body. Thus, consuming dark chocolate can prevent your body from steering clear of the symptoms associated with cancer and other debilitating illnesses, which also includes pre-maturing aging.

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7. For Cardiovascular Health

Nutritionists recommend that consuming a small amount of dark chocolate can improve your heart health. It helps perform functions such as allowing proper flow of blood. It can prevent blood clotting in your arteries, inflammation and cell damage. However, do not forget that everything works best in moderation. Also, it would be even better if you consult with your cardiologist before incorporating dark chocolate into your daily routine.


8. Treats Cough

Constant coughs are indeed worrisome. You can ease this condition by consuming a tiny piece of dark chocolate. The component theobromine found in it is said to control your coughs along with inflammation caused by it. Experts, however, encourage consulting with your primary care provider in a case like this to avoid further health problems.


9. Keeps You Full

It would not be wrong to declare dark chocolate a whole food as it is loaded with plenty of nutrients along with the adequate levels of fiber. When you consume it regularly, it will keep you full for hours providing you enough energy. Therefore, keeping a bar of it at home is a smart idea. You can munch on it in case of sudden hunger or can consume some as a healthy snack.


10. Strengthens Immune System

Studies have proved that dark chocolate can strengthen your immune system. It is a powerhouse of antioxidants that function to protect it from the harmful effects of internal and external damaging factors. The latter is potent enough to weaken the cells of your immune system, and as a result, it falls prey to disease-causing bacteria, infections, toxins, and free radicals. Apart from this, other components found in dark chocolate also function to improve the condition of your immune system.


11. Enhance Your Mood

It can become a delicious source to enhance your mood. Studies have revealed that it is packed with phenethylamine. The compound is known to release endorphins. The latter functions to improve your mood, allowing you to feel good and have a positive frame of mind. Moreover, many studies have also proved that stress hormones can be controlled by consuming dark chocolate due to the properties found in it. Therefore, next time when you feel upset for no reason, try munching on some of it and let it do the job for you.


Bottom Line

Dark chocolate is undoubtedly a fantastic food that does not contain health-damaging properties. Nutritionists recommend some quantity of it into your daily diet. Therefore, you should incorporate it but do not ignore the fact that anything consumed in excess amounts can damage your health – and the case is similar to dark chocolate.

BY Michael Jessimy, Natural Food Series

Saturday, February 9, 2019

February 09, 2019

Research Says Drinking Wine Is More Important Than Exercise For Living Past 90

wine, red wine

No one plans on living forever, but most of us would like to live as long as possible.

The idea of adding more candles to the birthday cake every year sounds amazing. We're here with some good news. You might actually be able to do so with a glass of wine.

Scientists have tried to find the secret to longer life throughout the years, but a 2003 study in particular was named The 90+ Study.

This study focused on the oldest of the old to figure out what has kept them going for so long.

Researchers used the data from a 1981 study, named The Leisure World Cohort Study (LWCS) when14,000 participants were mailed surveys that they had to fill out.


The team of experts was trying to answer several questions, to determine the factors linked to longer life, and the modifiable risk factors for dementia and mortality, and to examine the epidemiology of dementia, the rates of cognitive and functional decline, and the clinical pathological correlations in the oldest-old.

Participants did neurological and neurophysiological tests twice annually, and information about their medical history, diet, activities, medications, and lifestyle habits were carefully collected by the researchers.

Among the other findings, researchers found that those who drank in moderate amounts lived longer than the others.

wine, red wine

According to the researchers:

"Using data from our 1981 survey, people who consumed one to two glasses of [beer, wine, or liquor] per day had 9-15 percent lower likelihood of dying compared to those who abstain from all forms of drink. Participants who exercised 15 to 45 minutes a day in 1981, cut the same risk of mortality by 15-35 percent."


Yet, note that the key is moderation.

Jim Becker, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry, neurology, and psychology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and the associate director of the University of Pittsburg Alzheimer's Disease Research Center stresses the importance of moderation as well:

"The data are generally consistent with the idea that moderate intake of certain kinds of drinks, and in particular red wines, are associated with certain positive health outcomes.
But that doesn't mean that if you suddenly decide at the age of 70 to start drinking now that that's necessarily the solution. "

wine, red wine

Dr. Steven Lamm, MD, clinical professor of medicine and medical director of the Tisch Center for Men's Health at NYU Langone Health, adds:

"Alcohol is known to injure every organ in your body. It's a poison. However, there is a paradox and that is that a very mild or moderate amount in some of these population studies — which are notoriously unreliable in my opinion — do seem to suggest that it reduces the risk for heart disease."

The Mayo Clinic recommends one drink to people older than 65, and two drinks to men younger than this age, a standard drink being 12 fluid ounces of beer, 1.5 fluid ounces of distilled spirits, and 5 fluid ounces of wine.

Studies have shown that the moderate consumption lowers the risk of diabetes, ischemic stroke, and death due to heart disease.

Therefore, feel free to enjoy a glass of wine or beer with your lunch or dinner, but never go overboard. The excessive consumption can lead to severe health issues and a heightened risk of death from all causes.

However, the findings of a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine showed that regular exercise can inhibit the negative effects of hazardous drinking.

We strongly advise you to have a glass or two of your favorite wine during the day, but make sure you also go for a run or walk first.

Herman Smith-Johannsen apparently knew all this, when he said:

"The secret to a long life is to stay busy, get plenty of exercise, and don't drink too much. Then again, don't drink too little."

By Higher Perspective
February 09, 2019

People Who Cry During Movies Are The Strongest People Of All

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For most of our lives, we are encouraged to suppress our emotions. Society does not want us to freely express ourselves. Most people assume that crying is a sign of weakness and reason for shame.

However, crying is our body's natural way to respond to joy, sadness, and pain. A very wide variety of emotions are associated with crying.

As we grow older, we learn to swallow our tears and express ourselves differently.

Some people are unable to hide their tears when watching a movie and they are often considered to be emotionally weak.

But that is not true! We are here to shatter the stereotypes. People who cry during movies are much stronger than anyone wants to believe.


More specifically, people who cry during movies are actually highly empathic and tend to relate with other people. They understand the feelings of others on a completely different level.

Empathy is an essential part of emotional intelligence. EQ is an ability readily found among great leaders and highly successful people.

These types of people are extremely mentally tough and know how to relate to others and share in their emotions. They are often more generous and sociable as well.

When you are able to envision yourself in someone else's shoes, you will become a more open-minded and understanding individual.

crying lady

Remember Roger Ebert's words of wisdom:

"We live in a box of space and time. Movies are windows in its walls.

They allow us to enter other minds, not simply in the sense of identifying with the characters, although that is an important part of it, but by seeing the world as another person sees it."

The next time you see someone crying or feel like crying while watching a movie, keep these things in mind and don't judge.

When you feel emotional yourself, don't try to hold back the waterworks. Shed a tear and embrace your emotions!

By Higher Perspective

Friday, February 8, 2019

February 08, 2019

13 Famous Pastors Caught Doing Unholy Things


Religion can be a wonderful thing. It can bring people together and get them through hard times. The people who lead the religions can also be wonderful individuals, serving as mentors, teachers, confidants, and friends.

But, what happens when the ones people look up to, to guide them away from sin, become sinners themselves? In recent history, pastors behaving badly have become something of a commonplace occurrence.

Coming to light in the late 1980s, but beginning far before that, churches worldwide started to crack down on scandals within their congregations. Pastors were more thoroughly vetted, accomplices to abuse and affairs were held to higher standards, and indiscretions began to be less and less tolerated.

While most pastors behaving badly were stopped, there were some who remained in power far too long. In the early 2000s, the Boston Globeuncovered hundreds of priests and church officials who had been abusing children for years without consequence, thanks to a network of people positioned to relocate them. The expose rocked the Catholic Church but resulted in new ordinances being put in place to ensure that it didn't happen again.


The scandals aren't always as sinister as abuse though. Some pastors who claim to be clean as a whistle, on the straight and narrow, and happily devoted to their godfearing wives have turned out to be lying, cheating, or caught with gay prostitutes. For congregations where homosexuality is frowned upon, these revelations can be particularly shocking.

Then there are the scandals that are more palpably devastating, like the pastors or preachers that extort money from the members of their congregations. Pastors who are caught stealing from collection plates or using donations for something other than their intended purpose often end up facing consequences. Though sometimes, as in the case of Creflo Dollar, they end up facing no repercussions and actually follow through with their shocking extortions.


Take a look at these twelve pastors who made religion look less than inspiring.

Creflo Dollar
Creflo Dollar

In 2015, Creflo Dollar asked his congregation to donate $300 each – to his fundraiser. For what, you ask? A $65 million private Gulfstream jet, so that he could travel safely and comfortably to spread the word of the Gospel.

Paul Jenning Hill
Paul Jenning Hill

Paul Jennings Hill was a pastor who took his pro-life teachings a little too far when he shot and killed an abortion doctor outside of her clinic in Florida. He was arrested and later executed for his crimes.


Andy Savage
Andy Savage

Pastor Andy Savage made headlines early this year when he admitted to sexually assaulting a woman in 1998. The headlines were because he received a standing ovation from his congregation for his confession, not because justice was served.


Billy Graham
Billy Graham

When the Nixon tapes were finally revealed, Reverend Billy Graham found himself at the center of controversy. On one of the tapes, he was heard making comments about the "Jewish stranglehold on the media" and conferring with the President on how to end it.


Cardinal Bernard Law
Cardinal Bernard Law

Bernard Law is possibly the most infamous "Bad Priest." In the 1990s, the Spotlight team from the Boston Globe exposed Law for failing to remove sexually abusive priests from his congregation and for covering up the abuses for years.


Ted Haggard
Ted Haggard

Colorado mega-church founder Ted Haggard's world was rocked in 2006 when a gay prostitute came forward claiming he'd had an affair with the seemingly straightlaced, married father of four. Haggard was eventually forced to step aside to let his wife become pastor. The family now appears on reality television, like Wife Swap, on which he and Gary Busey's wives swapped lives.


Eddie Long
Eddie Long

In 2010, several young boys came forward and accused their church Bishop, Eddie Long, of sexual abuse. Despite the accusations, Long remained a respected member of his parish until his death from cancer in 2017.


Jimmy Swaggart
Jimmy Swaggart

In 1988, famed television evangelist Jimmy Swaggart made a shocking, on-camera confession. He admitted to "moral indiscretions" and "incidents of moral failure" as tears streamed down his face on live television, and asked his followers and family for forgiveness before ultimately stepping down from his post.


Jim Bakker
Jim Bakker

1988 was a bad year for pastors. The same year, it came out that Jim Bakker, founder of Praise The Lord (PTL) Ministries, had had an affair with a former church secretary. Additionally, he was indicted on federal charges of mail and wire fraud, and conspiracy to defraud the public. Not a great year for Jim Bakker.


Marcus Lamb
Marcus Lamb

In 2010, famous televangelist Marcus Lamb went on live television and admitted to having an affair in his youth, while married to his wife. Of course, despite his indiscretions, his church gathered around him and pledged to "hold him accountable" in the future.


Peter Popoff
Peter Popoff

Peter Popoff was one of the bolder frauds in televangelist history. He claimed to be able to diagnose (and cure) any of his churchgoers' hidden diseases just by asking the heavens for help. He was later revealed to be wearing a wire, through which his wife would feed him the information. He now sells bottled water on late night infomercials.


Aimee McPherson
Aimee McPherson

Aimee McPherson was a glamorous, evangelical preacher who performed theatrical church services in the 1920s. She disappeared in 1926 and mysteriously reappeared a month later claiming she'd been kidnapped. Her story was later debunked as a hoax to gain more publicity.


Wilton Gregory
Wilton Gregory

The seemingly humble Archbishop Wilton Gregory came under fire in 2014 when it was revealed that the down-to-earth clergyman was building a posh $2.2 million private mansion in an upscale Atlanta neighborhood. Eventually, the archbishop scaled back his home, saying he'd come to his senses about the whole thing.

By Katie Serena, All That's Interesting