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Today’s news addresses important issues surrounding organic farming, prediabetes, and oral health.
Unlikely Alliance Between Organic Nonprofit & Conventional Farming
- Rodale Institute, a nonprofit organization focused on organic and sustainable farming, has teamed up with Cargill (the largest privately owned agricultural business) and Bell & Evans, a chicken producer, for a new initiative.
- The goal is to create more feed for domesticated organic animals. Sales of organic meats have doubled in the last 10 years, but there isn’t enough organic feed for these animals.
- Rodale CEO Jeff Moyer thinks that to achieve the end goal—more organic farmland—unconventional partnerships are needed. And why not find common ground (pun intended) when it can benefit many in different ways?
- To accomplish the transition, Cargill will recruit farmers who wish to convert farmland to organic, and Rodale will help them implement system planning, certification, weed management, crop rotation, and address any other challenges. Farmers must be located in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, or Pennsylvania to be part of the initiative.
- With more outside the box thinking like this, the future of organic farming will certainly continue to grow, benefiting humans, animals, and the environment alike.
- Read more at Civil Eats.
Glucose That’s Too High, But Not Diabetes-High, Is Still Bad For The Brain
- New research finds that people who have prediabetes are still at an increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia, even without the official diabetes diagnosis.
- Research looked at 500,000 people from the UK who were an average age of 58 years old. It found that higher blood sugar levels increased the risk of cognitive decline over the course of 4 years.
- The study, which was observational, can’t prove that higher blood sugar definitely leads to poorer brain health, but it continues to make the connection that diabetes, Alzheimer’s, dementia, and cognitive health are closely related to excess glucose levels. This is why Alzheimer’s is sometimes referred to as “type 3 diabetes.”
- Cognitive health can be protected by eating a healthy diet that does not provide excessive carbohydrate intake along with regular physical activity.
- Read the study in Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism.
Dental Problems Don’t Just Stay In the Mouth, They Affect the Whole Body
- It has been known for some time that oral health can influence overall wellness in many key ways, like heart disease or the risk for preterm labor in pregnancy. New research published in the Journal of Dental Research dives deeper into what makes a healthy mouth and how it can influence wellness and be affected by other conditions.
- The mouth has its own microbiome which can influence the firmness of gums, the ability to keep teeth free from plaque build-up, and how the oral blood vessels are able to nourish the teeth and gums. But from these blood vessels, the mouth is also in constant communication with the cells and proteins of the immune system.
- If you suffer from poor oral health, but otherwise seem to be in “good” health, a deeper dive is warranted as evidence shows that a healthy mouth goes in hand with a healthy body—and vice versa.
- People get trapped into viewing oral care as vanity, but it is every bit as vital as other aspects of healthcare. By not taking good care of the mouth, it can begin producing bacteria that ferment and create toxins, leading to inflammation and the same sort of reaction that happens in leaky gut. The blood vessels in the mouth end up allowing bad bacteria into the bloodstream due to infection and inflammation, resulting in pathogens that can be transported anywhere in the bloodstream.
- Read the study in the Journal of Dental Research.