Weleda Health Ambassador News Bulletin – May 1st, 2019  

Dear Friends,

Welcome to my May bulletin! Below you will find a round up of May’s most fascinating and uplifting news stories in the field of health and wellbeing.

With warmest good wishes,

Dr Rosy Daniel.

What’s going on in health politics?  

At last a mew dawn in medical history!  The NHS is to focus on prevention and early detection of illness with a new 10-year plan 

NHS bosses in England say a new 10-year plan could save up to 500,000 lives by focusing on prevention and early detection. GPs, mental health and community care will get the biggest funding increases to shift the focus away from hospitals. 

Read the full BBC Article: 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-46777387 

Or read the full 10 Year Plan PDF document: 

https://www.engage.england.nhs.uk/consultation/developing-the-long-term-plan-for-the-nhs/user_uploads/easy-read-nhs-10-year-plan-discussion-guide-v3.pdf 

World Health Organisation define the 10 main threats to global health in 2019 

The world is facing multiple health challenges. These range from outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases like measles and diphtheria, increasing reports of drug-resistant pathogens, growing rates of obesity and physical inactivity to the health impacts of environmental pollution and climate change and multiple humanitarian crises’. (Quote from WHO article below).  

Read the full World Health Organisation article:

 https://www.who.int/emergencies/ten-threats-to-global-health-in-2019 

Health and the environment  

Massive health benefits of meeting climate change goals  

Meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement could save about a million lives a year worldwide by 2050 through reductions in air pollution alone. The latest estimates from leading experts at WHO also indicate that the value of health gains from climate action would be approximately double the cost of mitigation policies at global level, and the benefit-to-cost ratio is even higher in countries such as China and India. 

Read the full World Health Organisation article:

https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/05-12-2018-health-benefits-far-outweigh-the-costs-of-meeting-climate-change-goals 

The 5g Appeal  

Scientists and doctors are calling for a moratorium on the roll-out of 5G. 5G will substantially increase exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields RF-EMF that has been proven to be harmful for humans and the environment.  

Read the full 5g Appeal article:  

https://www.5gappeal.eu/ 

Food and health  

 The diets cutting one in 5 lives short  

Halleluiah! The medical profession have been alerted to the link between what we eat and health in a ground-breaking study funded by Bill and Melissa Gates. A BBC article says ‘The analysis, in the Lancet, found that our daily diet is a bigger killer than smoking and is now involved in one in five deaths around the world.’ The study titled ‘Health effects of dietary risks in 195 countries, 1990–2017: a systematic analysis for the Global Burden of Disease Study 2017’ waspublished in the below link on The Lancet.

Read the BBC article:  

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-47734296

Read the full Lancet report: 

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(19)30041-8/fulltext 

Read the full study:

https://www.thelancet.com/action/showPdf?pii=S0140-6736%2819%2930041-8 

Food for Thought: The Science & Politics of Nutrition by the BMJ 

The BMJ (British Medical Journal) is also telling doctors what we should eat in order to stay healthy and avoid disease. Nutrition is one of the biggest drivers of chronic diseases, including obesity and diabetes, yet the answer to this seemingly simple question remains a subject of heated debate. This collection of studies via the below link bring together some of the world’s most thoughtful and influential voices in the field of nutrition and health, representing a range of backgrounds and perspectives, to help make sense of the state of current knowledge, the quality of the evidence on key issues, the extent and implications of potential disagreements between experts, and the agenda for further research: 

Read the BMJ article: 

https://www.bmj.com/food-for-thought 

The emerging evidence for CBD oil   

Can CBD help treat depression?  

CBD could be useful in treating depression, as it appears to have a positive interaction with serotonin receptors in the brain. Depression and anxiety disorders are common mental health conditions that can have lasting effects on a person’shealth, social life, ability to work, and overall well-being. A doctor may prescribe pharmaceutical drugs to help a person treat or manage depression. Many of these drugs have difficult side effects, such as mood swings, sleeplessness, and sexual dysfunction. CBD has shown promise in initial studies as a treatment for both depression and anxiety, and it may cause fewer side effects in some people.

Read the full article: 

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324846.php 

Cannabis Research for Colon Cancer 

Colon cancer is the third most common human malignancy and a main cause of death worldwide. A current study was carried out to investigate the effects of cannabidiol a cannabinoid from CBD Oil on angiogenesis (new blood vessel formation for tumours) and cancer cell death in mice.  

Read the full article: 

https://www.sativaisticated.com/medical-cannabis/research/cannabis-research-for-colon-cancer/ 

The amazing value of curcumin  

How curcumin may impact Alzheimer’s disease 

 It is estimated that 1 in 3 seniors die with Alzheimer’s disease or some other form of dementia. Studies show that the neuropathological hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease (including beta-amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles) develop decades before symptoms of dementia appear. A growing body of research has identified various integrative strategies that may delay the onset or progression of dementia. 

Read the full article: 

https://tapintegrative.org/Blog/February-2019-(1)/Curcumin-Memory-Neuropathological-Alzheimers?utm_source=twitter&utm_content=trending-article&fbclid=IwAR1CbVPUlwv-6KTGiLNzBdoVmZOPR_yJiLkf8JpysAzGPmBpdgzwv7ncHP0 

Science confirms curcumin (turmeric) as effective as 14 drugs 

Turmeric is one the most thoroughly researched plants in existence today. Its medicinal properties and components (primarily curcumin) have been the subject of over 12,000 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies. Now as well as the great benefits against cancer, researchers are finding that it can help in many other lifestyle illnesses.  

Read the full article: 

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/science-confirms-turmeric-effective-14-drugs 

Let’s create a sustainable future for fashion  

Industry leaders stood up for workers’ rights with Fashion Revolution week 22nd – 28th April 

 Why do we need a fashion revolution? Because six years after the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, which killed 1,138 garment workers, our clothes are still being made by some of the poorest, most overworked and undervalued people in the world. “We are campaigning for an industry where environmental protection, as well as human rights, are the standard and not the exception,” says Carry Somers, who founded the campaign in the immediate aftermath of the Rana Plaza collapse. She started Fashion Revolution because she, like co-founder Orsola de Castro and many others working in the industry, felt that the disaster had to stand for something. “It had to lead to revolutionary change within the fashion industry.” 

Read the full article: 

https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/commentisfree/2019/apr/22/who-made-my-clothes-stand-up-for-workers-rights-with-fashion-revolution-week 

 Or to visit the Fashion Revolution site: 

https://www.fashionrevolution.org/ 

 Japanese Natural Dyes and Natural Remedies 

Pioneering Japanese brothers showed at a recent London exhibition that they can use the same herbs for beautiful natural dyes and medicines. Since 1950’s, the Sugimoto Pharmacy, based in Kamakura, Japan, has offered advice and guidance on integrating Japanese herbs and herbalism into contemporary lifestyles, introducing their various usages from natural remedies to food and drink and bath salts. 

 Read the full article: 

https://health-e-learning.org.uk/news/2050/ 

 Learning about happiness from the Danes  

Forget hygge; pyt is the new Scandinavian term for a happier life 

Studies have shown Danes are some of the happiest people in the world, and they also happen to have a lot of cool words for ways to be happy. You may have heard about “hygge,” which has been the subject of countless books, articles and commercials. Often mistranslated to mean “cozy,” it really describes the process of creating intimacy. But another word “pyt” — which sort of sounds like “pid” – was recently voted the most popular word by Danes, beating out “dvæle” (to linger) and “krænkelsesparat” (ready to take offense). Pyt doesn’t have an exact English translation. It’s more a cultural concept about cultivating healthy thoughts to deal with stress. 

Read the full article:  

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/13/health/pyt-stress-happiness-partner/index.html 

To see lots more exciting news stories go to www.health-elearning.org.uk and see the health-e-information for News and Evidence.

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