Protests against climate change should be extended to the other greatest threat facing humanity, according to England’s chief medical officer, who says an Extinction Rebellion-style campaign is needed to save people from antibiotics becoming ineffective in the face of overuse and a lack of regulation. The threat of antibiotic resistance is as great as that from climate change, said Dame Sally Davies, and should be given as much attention from politicians and the public. “It would be nice if activists recognised the importance of this,” she said. “This is happening slowly and people adjust to where we are, but this is the equivalent [danger] to extreme weather.” Davies said efforts to combat the problem of common illnesses becoming untreatable by antibiotic medicines should be coordinated at a worldwide level in a similar way as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the body of scientists set up in 1988 to tackle global warming. The IPCC warned … [Read more...] about Antibiotic resistance as big a threat as climate change – chief medic
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Shirley Ballas has revealed she weighs herself every single day in her quest to get her body 'telly ready'. The TV judge, 57, is preparing for the return of Strictly Come Dancing next month, ensuring that she doesn't put on any weight before she appears on camera. Speaking on Loose Women, she said she does intermittent fasting in order to keep the weight off because she wants to feel comfortable 'in her own skin' when the show returns. Her confession was branded 'unhealthy' by panelist Janet Street Porter, who threw a set of scales in the bin in front of her. Shirley Ballas, 57, has revealed that she weighs herself every day to stay trim after she picked up the habit from her mother. Pictured on Loose Women on Wednesday Shirley, who joined Strictly last year, explained that being 'telly ready' meant being comfortable in your own skin, and not wanting to look good for other people. She said: '[Telly ready] is to be the best you feel when you walk out on camera so you feel good in the … [Read more...] about Strictly judge Shirley Ballas admits she weighs herself EVERY DAY to get her body ‘telly ready’ ahead of the show’s return
Everyone knows the traditional healthy eating routine: five fruit and veg a day, plenty of vitamins, a balance of protein, carbs and fats. The problem is, new research has found those rules show only half the picture. In fact, following them alone probably won’t lead to optimum health, however many apples and carrots you eat. That’s because the science now shows that this type of diet completely ignores the needs of the 40 trillion bacteria living in our gut. And those bacteria aren’t just passengers, they are integral to our mental and physical wellbeing. Dr Megan Rossi (pictured) who is a world-leading expert in gut health, explained the importance of eating and drinking 30 different plant foods each week A healthy microbiota (the community of gut bacteria) is thought to lower the risk of certain cancers, reduce the chance of type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and massively increase our happiness. But only if you look after it. For good mental and physical … [Read more...] about Forget five-a-day! One of Britain’s top nutritionists says she’s found the secret to optimum health — and happiness. So, are YOU getting your 30-a-week?
First came the Atkins, Dukan and South Beach diets. Today, it’s the trendy ketogenic diet, or keto, a low-carb, high-fat plan which even has its own internet hashtag #LCHF. Advocates claim that these approaches help people shed weight fast, control blood sugar, beat type 2 diabetes, and even fight off cancer by avoiding eating carbohydrates. People swap pasta for strips of courgette, rice for finely shredded cauliflower, and bread for lettuce leaves. Some of these diets are more restrictive than others. They range from 130g of carbs a day – which would mean you could still eat a large baked potato, a portion of rice and still have some left over – to just 30g, which is the equivalent of just two slices of wholemeal bread. That it helps shift weight is in no doubt. Abandoning carbs involves stripping significant calories from your diet. First came the Atkins, Dukan and South Beach diets. Today, it’s the trendy ketogenic diet, or keto, a low-carb, high-fat plan. … [Read more...] about Do trendy low-carb diets RAISE the risk of cancer? By avoiding bread, grains and potatoes, advocates are missing out on a crucial element that could save thousands of lives… fibre
A new BBC Four show has examined the links between the modern Eleven-plus exam, taken by millions of UK school children every year, and the controversial subject of eugenics. Many British parents see their child passing the exam, currently taken in both state-funded and private schools in 22 UK counties, as a guarantee of ascent into a solid educational establishment. However, the BBC programme, Eugenics: Science's Greatest Scandal, which aired on Thursday, saw journalist Angela Saini and disability rights activist Adam Pearson digging into the qualification's uncomfortable heritage. Leading UK academic Dr Bonnie Evans appeared on the show saying today's Eleven-plus can be directly linked to eugenicist principles - the belief that society can be improved by encouraging selective breeding. New BBC Four series, Eugenics: Science's Greatest Scandal, which aired on Thursday, saw journalist Angela Saini and disability rights activist Adam Pearson dig into the … [Read more...] about BBC series examines uncomfortable links between the modern Eleven-plus exam and eugenics – revealing the man who created it once helped pluck out ‘feeble-minded’ children from society