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Today’s News for Now alert contains vital information to empower your health and wellness!
Topics this week include: the impact of our food at the cellular level, the benefits of adolescent health practices on longevity, initiatives to reduce US black mortality rates, and others—stories to keep you informed of health news in your community and worldwide.
In our #TBT Pioneer Archives post, read Francis M. Pottenger Jr., MD’s discussion of the causes and cures involved in cases of dry skin, published in 1950.
More Humane—and Planet Friendly—Beef Production
This new study theorizes that it’s possible to change beef production practices to those more humane, more nutritious for humans, and climate mitigating, without displacing food production. Current concentrated animal farming operations (CAFOs) are highly productive but pollute surface and groundwaters, contribute to flooding, negatively impact biodiversity, and contribute to climate change. This Wiley abstract concludes that we can successfully abandon grain-fed CAFO beef production and improve ecosystems in the process. Find out more at Wiley.
Nutrigenomics: The Impact of Food at the Cellular Level
The emerging science of nutrigenomics hypothesizes that the food we eat can reprogram our genes and influence our health and that of future generations. Francis M. Pottenger, Jr., MD in the mid 20th century demonstrated a direct relationship between a healthy diet and vital living. This article describes the latest research into our understanding of the impact of food at the cellular level. Read more in The Conversation US.
Benefits of Adolescent Health Practices
Managing health and wellness practices at a young age has a profound impact on longevity and brain health, according to findings from the Dunedin Study, an investigation that tracked participants in New Zealand from age 3 until they were 45. This study reaffirms that smoking, obesity, and psychological disorders unchecked in adolescents is linked with accelerated aging and increased health care costs later on. Get more info from CNN.
Reducing US Black Maternal Mortality Rates
In this opinion piece, we’re reminded that the US has the highest maternal mortality rate of developed nations, and that it’s even more dire for Black women who are three times as likely to die of pregnancy-related causes than white women. Inside, you’ll read about recent initiatives to bridge these race-based maternal health disparities, and how breastfeeding provides long-term health benefits for both mother and child. Learn more at MedPage Today.
Pioneer Archives Post: Dr. Francis M. Pottenger Jr. Discusses the Causes and Cures Involved in Cases of Dry Skin
Francis M. Pottenger Jr., MD noted a frequent occurrence of dry skin in apparently healthy patients, and observed that the skin is the first organ in which a clinician can judge a diet’s effectiveness.
Find out, in this article reprinted from the Southern Medical Journal, 1950, why he believed dry skin was a symptom of disturbed fat metabolism—and why he prescribed a corrective diet including “liver and brain, cod liver oil, soy bean lecithin and edible linseed oil in toto rich in unsaturated fatty acids and lecithins.” Read more in our Pioneer Archives Post.
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