Bullet point health briefs

BulletPointNews_logoJoseph Pulitzer once advised in part, “put it to them briefly so they will read it…” Bullet point health news highlights information important to our health, awareness and welfare. Briefly.

Here are a few examples:

Copper essential for burning fat—Is copper deficiency contributing to the obesity epidemic? How does it work?

University of California, Berkeley, researchers have now clarified the critical role copper plays in nutrition: It helps move fat out of fat cells and into the blood stream for use as energy. Without enough copper, fat builds up in fat cells without being utilized. Good  food sources for copper include oysters, liver, beans and nuts.

Health-care costs soar—National spending on health care is expected to increase faster than overall economic growth over the next decade, at an average rate of 5.8 percent a year, according to a new estimate published in the journal Public Affairs.

By 2025, health-care spending is expected to make up one-fifth of the economy.

Horseradish fights cancer—This homely root is probably neglected by most of us. However, a University of Illinois study shows that it contains compounds that help detoxify and eliminate cancer-causing free radicals in the body.

These compounds are called glucosinolates, important in the activation of various detoxifying enzymes. Glucosinolates are also found in broccoli, but horseradish contains ten times more!

Perhaps that’s why horseradish is a key component in the popular ‘Master Tonic,’ which also features other nutrition power houses such as turmeric, garlic, ginger, chilies and onion.

Head injuries may contribute to Parkinson’s—Even one blow to the head that results in a loss of consciousness could dramatically increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease, a new study has found.

Researchers from the University of Washington analyzed the cognitive function and history of head injuries of 7,130 older adults. They found that the rate of Parkinson’s disease was three and a half times higher in the 142 people who had lost consciousness for more than an hour following a head trauma.

Apparently the head injury initiates a cascade of effects that ultimately lead to Parkinson’s, the study’s lead researcher, Dr. Paul Crane told HealthDay. com.

Medical marijuana benefits—According to The Washington Post, in the 17 states with a medical marijuana law in place by 2013, prescriptions for painkillers and other classes of drugs fell sharply.

In medical marijuana states, the average doctor prescribed 265 fewer doses of antidepressants each year, 486 fewer doses of seizure medication, 541 fewer anti-nausea doses, 562 fewer doses of anti-anxiety medication—and 1,826 fewer doses of painkillers in a given year.

Radioactive drinking water?—As reported by Food & Water Watch, the Environmental Protection Agency in June issued proposals to allow radioactive contamination in drinking water at concentrations hugely greater than allowed under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

The EPA proposed Protective Action Guides would allow the general population to drink water hundreds to thousands of times more radioactive than is now legal.

And finally, briefly:

Fat is good—Americans have long viewed fat as a dietary enemy in the waistline wars. But a recent University of Minnesota study is turning popular wisdom on its head.

Wise consumption of fat maintains cells, strengthens muscles and joints and creates energy.

The researchers argue that it is NOT fat, but the consumption of processed carbohydrates and sugar that causes the modern obesity epidemic.

Fat in olive oil, nuts, fatty fish and avocados, and yes, even meat and dairy fats in moderation will work WITH your body, as they have down through the ages.

Keep in mind that it is only only in recent years that humans have begun living on foreign substances and empty calories.

Sources include: The Week, AcresUSA