Women who drink the most diet sodas may also be more likely to develop heart disease and even to die, according to a new study published Saturday.
Researchers found women who drank two or more diet drinks a day were 30 percent more likely to have a heart attack or other cardiovascular “event,” and 50 percent more likely to die, than women who rarely touch such drinks.
The findings, being presented at a meeting of the American College of Cardiology, don’t suggest that the drinks themselves are killers. But women who toss back too many diet sodas may be trying to make up for unhealthy habits, experts say.
Vyas’s team studied nearly 60,000 middle-aged women taking part in a decade-long study of women’s health. They filled out a questionnaire on food and drinks as part of the study, including detailed questions on diet sodas and diet fruit drinks.
When discussing the issues surrounding genetically modified organisms (GMOs) — that is, organisms bearing the genetic traits of other species or bacteria — the focus is typically on how safe (or unsafe) these novel, food-like products are for humans. But distinguished risk engineer and two-time best-selling author Nassim Taleb thinks an even bigger problem with GMOs is their threat to the planet, and the statistical likelihood that they will eventually lead to the collapse of life on Earth.
In a new study, which is still in draft form, this professor of risk engineering from New York University uses statistical analysis to make the case that GMOs, by their very nature, will disrupt the ecosystems of this planet in ways that mankind is only just beginning to comprehend. Because they represent a systemic risk rather than a localized one — GM traits are known to spread unconstrained throughout the environment — GMOs will eventually breach the so-called “ecocide barrier,” leading to catastrophic ecosystem failure.
“There are mathematical limitations to predictability in a complex system, ‘in the wild,’ which is why focusing on the difference between local (or isolated) and systemic threats is a central aspect of our warnings,” Taleb is quoted as saying by Fool.com, noting that it’s essentially impossible to contain the inevitable spread of GMO traits far and wide.
“The [precautionary principle] is not there to make life comfortable, rather to avoid a certain class of what is called in probability and insurance ‘ruin’ problems,” write Taleb and his colleagues in their paper. “For nature, the ‘ruin’ is ecocide: an irreversible termination of life at some scale, which could be the planet.”
GMOs are not ‘scientific,’ and nearly every argument used in their defense is flawed
Besides using math and risk-based analysis to show that GMOs simply cannot coexist with nature as is commonly claimed — GMOs will eventually contaminate the natural world around them — Taleb also deconstructs many of the “arguments” used by GMO advocates to defend the commercial use of untested transgenic materials, including the oft-repeated lie that GMOs are no different than natural organisms.
“Genetically Modified Organisms, GMOs fall squarely under [the precautionary principle]… because of their systemic risk on the system,” explains Taleb. “Top-down modifications to the system (through GMOs) are categorically and statistically different from bottom up ones (regular farming, progressive tinkering with crops, etc.).”
“There is no comparison between the tinkering of selective breeding and the top-down engineering of taking a gene from an organism and putting it into another. Saying that such a product is natural misses the statistical process by which things become ‘natural.’”
Taleb also draws attention to the deceitful strategies of biotechnology companies in trying to legitimize the continued use of GMOs through fear. Claiming that famine, starvation and widespread crop failures will occur if we all fail to adopt GMOs is no different than playing Russian roulette in order to get out of poverty, claims Taleb — such an approach is hardly scientific or logically sound, and yet these and other tactics are the basis of the pro-GMO agenda.
“What people miss is that the modification of crops impacts everyone and exports the error from the local to the global,” concludes Taleb and his colleagues. “I do not wish to pay — or have my descendants pay — for errors by executives of Monsanto. We should exert the precautionary principle there — our non-naive version — simply because we would only discover errors after considerable and irreversible environmental damage.”
Hotel Tonight E-Mail Marketing Makes Fun Of Actress Jenny McCarthy For Questioning Vaccines
Jack Allen – To my shock I received this email from Hotel Tonight. According to this email, people that question vaccines and Big Pharma in general are subject to abuse and ridicule. It is every parent’s right to question what goes in their bodies as well as their children’s.
I thought this email was in very bad taste and I deleted Hotel Tonight’s App from my iPhone and viewed the bad marketing as propaganda for Big Pharma. Please read the related article below by Paul Joseph Watson in reference to Actress Kristin Cavallari’s ordeal.
Actress Denounced Over Refusal to Vaccinate Kids
Fox host labels Kristin Cavallari “communist” over concerns about autism
Paul Joseph Watson
March 19, 2014
Actress Kristin Cavallari is facing condemnation after she revealed during an interview that she didn’t vaccinate her children due to fears over a link to autism.
During an interview on Fox News, Cavallari, who had her first child in 2012 and is expecting another this year, responded to the host who lambasted Jenny McCarthy for not vaccinating her children before asking Cavallari, “are you opposed to vaccines?”
“We didn’t vaccinate,” states Cavallari, to which the host responds, “Really! you’re one of those communists?”
When the host claims there is no connection between autism and vaccines, Cavallari cites a pediatric group called Homestead which encourages parents not to vaccinate and hasn’t documented a single case of autism, before noting that vaccines also now contain mercury.
In a follow up interview with Huff Post Live, Cavallari said she didn’t even plan to speak out on vaccines, but that she had “read too many books” on the issue and that autism’s prevalence had no explanation. “Something’s going on, whether it’s the chemicals in our food or the vaccines because there’s more mercury….something’s happening we can’t really ignore that, I choose to believe it’s in the vaccines, to each their own and that’s where I stand on it,” said Cavallari.
In answering a question about her private decision not to vaccinate her own children, Cavallari was not seeking to make a big drama out of the issue, but the establishment media predictably came down on her like a ton of bricks anyway, with numerous news outlets slamming The Hills star as spouting “pseudoscience” and being a “vaccine nut”.
Another website snarked that Cavallari and her husband Jay Cutler were part of the “dumb vaccine crowd”.
With a deluge of mainstream media outlets rushing to denounce Cavallari’s personal decision as a mother not to vaccinate her children, one would be forgiven for thinking that the pharmaceutical industry, which spends around $2.4 billion dollars a year on direct-to-consumer television advertising every year, was in cahoots with the corporate press. That couldn’t possibly be the case, right?
Although in principle vaccines are a fantastic idea and their effectiveness historically has been beneficial in many ways, there are a number of legitimate concerns that pharmaceutical giants in alliance with governments have repeatedly attempted to silence via huge PR campaigns.
One of the most worrying factors is the clear connection between higher vaccine doses and infant mortality rates in the developed world. A 2011 study published in the reputable Human and Experimental Toxicology journal found “a high statistically significant correlation between increasing number of vaccine doses and increasing infant mortality rates.”
The United States administers the highest number of vaccine doses to children in the entire developed world, 26 before infants reach the age of one, and its infant mortality rate is higher than 33 other nations, all of which administer less vaccines.