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News for Now Update: Week ending August 20, 2022
Today’s News for Now alert contains vital information to empower your health and wellness!
Topics this week include: Jarlsberg cheese and potential effects on bone health, capsaicin’s application in treating severe neuropathic pain, the ecological benefits of granting a New Zealand river legal personhood, and more—stories to keep you informed of health news in your community and worldwide.
In our #TBT Pioneer Archives post, Royal Lee, DDS, MD, in 1961, discusses the function of the adrenal glands as key to our stress-resilience and how we can support them through good nutrition.
THIS WEEK’S NEWS
Jarlsberg Cheese and Bone Health
A Norwegian study compared types of cheeses and found that Jarlsberg boosted osteocalcin, vitamin K2 levels, and several other bone health factors the most. At the same time, it provided a reduction in HbA1c levels (a measure of average blood sugar). Although the implications of the study are limited, it reinforces the importance of thoughtful, whole food choices in helping meet our nutrient and health needs. Read more at Healio.
Capsaicin Applications for Neuropathic Pain
Capsaicin, the ingredient which makes chili peppers hot, can be used in creams and patches to stimulate neurons that are sensitive to heat and warmth. Dr. Tina Mainka prescribes careful application in extremely high concentrations for certain patients with severe neuropathic pain, which can overload the neurons to such a degree as to dull the experience of pain for up to three months. Learn more at Deutsche Welle.
Rights of Personhood Protect Sacred River
In 2017, New Zealand passed a law giving the Whanganui river, sacred to the Indigenous Māori tribespeople who live along and depend upon it, rights of personhood. Maori residents, who consider the river a lifegiving ancestor, have used this legal definition to ensure human infrastructure is implemented in ways that preserve and improve the health of the river. Read more at AP News.
Shift in Vanilla Cultivation Promotes Biodiversity
Collaborative research from three German universities has found that shifting where vanilla is cultivated in Madagascar can be environmentally beneficial. Historically, deforestation to make room for vanilla plantations has reduced biodiversity; in contrast, planting in fallow fields increases biodiversity with no reduction in crop yield. This adjustment bodes well for small farmers economically, as well making vanilla farming more sustainable. Read more at Science Daily.
The Stress Glands, by Royal Lee, DDS
In this 1961 article, Royal Lee, DDS, discusses the function of the adrenal glands as key to our stress-resilience and how we can support them through good nutrition. Contrary to popular belief, he explains, rising rates of adrenal fatigue are not simply the result of life becoming more psychologically stressful, but more often due to toxic load and the failure to nutritionally fortify these important hormonal contributors. Read more in our Pioneer Archives Post.
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