Welcome to our August update with our pick of the most interesting stories in health and wellbeing over the last month. Enjoy these great new findings and be sure to share them with your friends, families and colleagues.
With warmest good wishes,
Dr Rosy Daniel.
Tree planting ‘has mind-blowing potential’ to tackle climate crisis
Research shows a trillion trees could be planted to capture huge amount of carbon dioxide. Planting billions of trees across the world is by far the biggest and cheapest way to tackle the climate crisis, according to scientists, who have made the first calculation of how many more trees could be planted without encroaching on crop land or urban areas.
Read the full Guardian Article:
The Ocean Cleanup – developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic
The Ocean Cleanup is a non-profit organization, developing advanced technologies to rid the world’s oceans of plastic. By utilizing the ocean currents to their advantage, their passive drifting systems are estimated to clean up half the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 5 years’ time.
Read the full Ocean Cleanup Mission Statement:
There is hope! Five recent developments which might actually help fight climate change
In October 2018 the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change published its Special. Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, which provided a sobering update on the state of the environment. According to the report, “unprecedented changes” are needed to
achieve the target of keeping global warming to a maximum of 1.5°C, after which the risk of extreme weather conditions – such as droughts, floods and forest fires – will significantly increase.
Read the full Lexology Article:
Rollout of 5G and the risk of harm
There is a lot of science demonstrating plausible risk of harm from electromagnetic fields, says Damien Downing, and campaigners against 5G are simply alerting people to the evidence, says Sally Beare.
Read the full Guardian Article:
The healing power of sound as meditation
Sound has an ancient kinship with meditation and healing. Sound healing has ancient roots in cultures all over the world, including Australian aboriginal tribes who used the didgeridoo as a sound healing instrument for over 40,000 years to ancient such as Tibetan or Himalayan singing bowl spiritual ceremonies.
Read the full Psychology Today Article:
‘Bathing’ in a pool of sound can have a profound effect on your health
So what is a sound bath? “Immersion in beautiful sounds and vibrations created by musical instruments and voice that can facilitate balance and well-being for your body, mind and spirit,” explains Millar, who calls it a “relaxing, meditative experience” that can lead to healing and self-discovery.
Read the full Brisbane Times Article:
Research identifies cancer-fighting properties of plant-based foods
Carrots, celery, oranges, grapes, and cabbage are among plant-based foods that have the largest number of anti-cancer molecules, according to new research from the Imperial College of London. In a report published on nature.com and called “HyperFoods: Machine intelligent mapping of cancer-beating molecules in foods,” researchers said they found that plant-based foods such as tea, carrot, celery, orange, grape, coriander, cabbage and dill contain the largest number of molecules with high anti-cancer likeness.
Read the full Packer Article:
Obesity ’causes more cases of some cancers than smoking’
Obesity now causes more cases of four common cancers in the UK than smoking, according to a charity. Cancer Research UK says bowel, kidney, ovarian and liver cancers are more likely to have been caused by being overweight than by smoking tobacco. It says millions are at risk of cancer because of their weight and that obese people outnumber smokers two to one.
Read the full BBC News Article:
WHO launches new report on the global tobacco epidemic
Many governments are making progress in the fight against tobacco, with 5 billion people today living in countries that have introduced smoking bans, graphic warnings on packaging and other effective tobacco control measures – four times more people than a decade ago.
Read the full World Health Organisation Article:
The Medical Cannabis Debate
Clinic prescribing medical cannabis for children set to open in Harley Street
Families seeking medical cannabis for their children could soon be able to get it in Harley Street when London’s first private clinic to offer the drug to youngsters opens next week.The Sapphire Medical Clinic said it can prescribe medicinal cannabis for “all conditions acknowledged to benefit from it” — and will give families consultations “with an open mind”.
Read the full Evening Standard Article:
To see lots more exciting news and evidence go to www.health-elearning.org.uk and see the health-e-information platform.
Researcher – Sophie Daniel, Health and Wellbeing Trust