Bullet point health news

BulletPointNews_logoBullet point health news presents different health issues in a concentrated form that enables readers to learn about and follow up on important factors that affect our health and well-being.

* Mormon farmer focuses on hemp

Farmer Trevor Hill, father of five and owner of Santa Cruz Hemp Company, is one of nine industrial hemp licensees in Oregon.

He is preparing to produce CBD-hemp extract (Cannabidiol), the non-psychoactive constituent of cannabis, among other hemp-related by-products.

Hill has learned what many have known for hundreds of years—hemp is a miracle plant. Our constitution and Bill of Rights were written on hemp paper.

It was the durable fabric that made our ropes, sails and even our early Levi’s that were passed down to one family sibling after another. FDR mandated farmers to grow it during World War II.

Hemp is a superfood, a powerful nutrient and an agricultural wonder (requires no pesticides)—“perhaps the most practical, productive and industrious crop one could farm,” said Hill.

* Poisoning bees

European honeybees are being poisoned with at least 57 different pesticides, according to new research published in the Journal of Chromatography A. Researchers from the National Veterinary Research Institute in Poland have developed a method for analyzing 200 pesticides at one time.

We should all be concerned about the worldwide decline of honeybees during the last decade. Tomasz Kiljanek, lead author of the research, says, “Bees are critically important for the environment and agriculture by pollinating more than 80 percent of crops and wild plants. We want to see what is poisoning the bees.”

*Polluted fish may be harming brains of developing fetuses

Pregnant women who follow the federal government’s dietary advice could eat too much fish high in toxic mercury and radiation, which is harmful to the developing brains of fetuses, babies and young children, according to a new study by the Environmental Working Group.

At the same time, they could fail to get enough of the omega-3 fatty acids essential for the babies’ healthy development.

EWG tested hair samples from 254 women in 40 states who ate two or more seafood meals a week. The women in the study ate more than twice as much fish as the average American, but two-thirds of the seafood they ate did not provide enough omega-3s for an optimal pregnancy.

The study concluded that eating fish is not enough. Consumers—especially pregnant women—should learn about ocean pollution, what kind of fish they eat, and where they come from.

*Real nutrition in trouble

Ultra-processed foods (Standard American Diet) make up more than half of all calories consumed in the U.S. diet and contribute 90 percent of all added sugar intake, finds research published in BMJ Open.

Besides processed salt, sugar, oils and fats, ultra-processed foods include substances not normally used in cooking—such as flavorings, emulsifiers and other additives designed to mimic the qualities of ‘real food.’

*Big butts are healthier

And finally, in this bullet point health news is research that may make some of us cheery and others not so.

Fat distribution is important, say researchers at the University of Oxford and Churchill Hospital in the UK.

If you’re going to have fat, it is more important to have it below the waist. It serves as a barrier against heart disease, diabetes and other conditions linked to obesity. The protective properties of lower body fat have been confirmed in many studies (Journal of Obesity).

“Belly fat is more metabolically active,” said Dr. Robert Kushner of the Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago.” It has a greater effect on the brain and body. Lower half fat is more stable.”

In addition, larger behinds require a lot of omega-3 fats (the healthy fats), proven to boost brain function, memory and cognitive functions.

So… the conclusion seems to be that if you were born with a nice, lean behind, it is more important for you to keep the rest of you nice and lean as well!

Sources: May edition of Acres USA, Environmental Working Group, BMJ Open, Natural News.