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Mosley undergoes a raft of health tests from a bowel scope to a heart scan to genetic screening. Some are worthwhile, others of dubious benefit – and one is positively shocking

I wish I knew what it looked like up Michael Mosley’s bum. Yay! I’m just about to find out. He’s kindly sharing his bowel scope with us, on Horizon special Are Health Tests Really a Good Idea? (BBC2). Makes an alternative to The Great British Bake Off on BBC1. A bowel scope is like a colonoscopy, only less adventurous: it only goes 40-50cm or so in/up. Here goes, then: deep breath in Michael, now breathe slowly out, and up we go …

“Here is your beautiful rectum,” says friendly Maggie, the nurse consultant, looking at the screen. “Blimey, that enema did the business, didn’t it,” says Michael. A relief to everyone.

I’m not sure I’d describe it as beautiful – it’s a shiny pink tunnel, with supporting rings at regular intervals. But it’s certainly a relief to know there will be no further “trains” coming down the line, while we’re working on the track.

Maggie pumps some gas in, like a fart on rewind. “God, that’s weird,” says Michael. It’s making me wince, and clench a little, just watching; suddenly the (also wince-making) punnery of Mel’n’Sue on the other side seems like a very attractive option. Then, out we come, slowly, still checking – oops, and there’s a polyp, a little stalagmite/stalactite (it’s hard to keep a grip of which way is up and which way is down in here). In go Maggie’s snippers to snip it off. It will be sent off to the lab to be checked out, but there’s probably nothing to worry about.

From a medical point of view, the bowel scope – to detect the earliest signs of bowel cancer – is one of the least controversial tests on the show. Soon, it will be available to everyone over 55 who wants it, and just about everyone agrees that it’s a good idea (to have as a medical procedure – not to put on prime-time TV; I’d have thought the figure for that would be a little lower).

Some of the other health tests here are more contentious. Such as screening healthy people for breast and prostate cancers. Or the expensive heart CT scan that Michael has at a private Harley Street clinic; does it tell him anything that the basic assessment done by his GP doesn’t? (Where is your GP, by the way, Michael? I want to go there; they have bourbon biscuits.)

More controversial still are DIY genetic tests, which promise to give you an insight into your ancestry and screen your DNA for conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Michael does one of these, finds out he doesn’t have any variants associated with Alzheimer’s, but then bottles the Parkinson’s one; well, what’s the point in finding out when there’s nothing he could do about it? It would just lead to unnecessary anxiety.

But then Michael does a final test, also genetic, to find out how well he is ageing. And it indicates that, in his late 50s, he is probably not ageing brilliantly, and is more likely to die.

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Regeneration therapies and cancer side effect, so we need to cure cancer as a pre-caution to human regeneration therapies.

Possible Cancer Treatments

Surgery - Surgery remains one of the most effective weapons against multiple kinds of cancer. Many cancers, however, are inoperable (because of location, for example), and many operable cancers require traumatic surgery. Doctors and scientists are devising new techniques to reduce the trauma of surgery, such as lymphatic mapping with dyes and radioactive tracers, which may help surgeons be more selective and less invasive when removing cancers.

Radiation - Radiation has been used for decades as a tool for eradicating many kinds of cancerous cells (especially in the prostate, solid tumors in internal organs, and lymphomas), but it is also harmful to the body's healthy cells. Doctors and scientists are in the process of perfecting radiation techniques that use 3-D images to home in on individual cells, aiming precisely at the cancer and sparing healthy tissue.

Chemotherapy - Chemotherapy is an increasingly important aspect of cancer treatment. Alkylating agents, which work by impairing cell division, and antimetabolites, which interfere with the enzymes that allow cancer cells to thrive, are used to attack malignant cells. Chemotherapy has serious drawbacks, however, as the drugs destroy both healthy and cancerous cells and can result in terrible side effects. Work is being done on tumor specific agents that attack only cancer cells.

Anti-angiogenic drugs - Anti-angiogenic drugs contain organic or synthetic molecules that can block the formation of new blood vessels in the body and destroy existing abnormal blood vessels. Since growing tumors secrete substances that stimulate new blood vessel growth in order to receive the nutrients they need to live and enlarge, anti-angiogenic drugs may help to "starve" tumors and inhibit the progression of many kinds of cancer. At this time, anti-angiogenic drugs are available only in clinical trials. Their utility has not yet been clinically proven.

Anti-metastatic drugs - The most lethal aspect of any kind of cancer is the possibility of metastatic spread from one primary tumor to other points in the body. Scientists now understand that cancer cells are helped along in their journey through the body by special enzymes that allow them to pass easily through capillary walls. Anti-metastatic drugs, which are still being tested in clinical trials, may be able to block these enzymes and confine cancer cells to the primary tumor. As with anti-angiogenic drugs, the utility of anti-metastatic treatments are as yet clinically unproven.

Anti-oncogenic drugs - In order to grow, tumor cells produce chemical growth factors by switching on oncogenes. Many tumors rely on a mutation of the RAS oncogene in order to develop. Scientists hope that new anti-oncogenic drugs designed to inhibit the growth-inducing signals produced by the RAS oncogene could stop cancer...

The BBC used to be the home of groundbreaking, interesting and original documentaries. That was over a decade ago. Now they are watered down to the lowest common denominator, constantly use animations, have to make every shot moving with music and talk down to the viewer. Most of them could be summarized in seconds.

No deviance from this modern formula for The Truth About… Healthy Eating on BBC One last night. Firstly, what exactly is “healthy eating” the title suggests that it is one diet, when in fact healthy eating is such a broad term that means different things to different people. This episode is at the bottom of the page.

The show starts off with the presenter browsing the aisle of Whole Foods in High Street Kensington. This is one of the most expensive shops in one of the most expensive parts of the world. She proceeded to pick up various branded foods that some consider a superfood and tried to convey shock at the high prices. Branded foods do have a premium, this isn’t a surprise to anyone. All the foods were organically certified and this further adds to the cost.

Next, to compare the organic expensive foods from an expensive shop, the presenter went to Tesco (a low price supermarket) and exclaimed how all the unbranded and non-organic foods were significantly cheaper. She compared virgin organic cold pressed raw coconut oil to unbranded generic vegetable oil. Repeat this several times, showing that unbranded foods, that aren’t organic and produced on a mass scale, are cheaper. Generic vegetable oil could not be used to make our Zesty Raw Lemon Cheesecake!

Now comes the science bit. In order to determine if goji berries are worth the money, a scientist will compare just vitamin C in fresh strawberries vs dried goji berries. The results show no big difference in vitamin C between these two foods. Presenter declares “goji berries are no nutritionally better than strawberries” and she will be sticking to strawberries instead. The issue with this is they only compared one vitamin to determine what was better. The goji may of cost more, but they were dried, and the strawberries were fresh and full of water. They needed to compare many nutritional attributes to get any meaningful conclusion. But they didn’t and strawberries are declared the winner.

Next up, they are going to find out if quinoa or peal barley is nutritionally superior just by seeing how quickly energy is released. Unsurprisingly the results are the same, so the conclusion is “they are both comparable” with “no significant difference”. No one eats quinoa as they think it's going to release energy slower than a similar carbohydrate. They eat it as it's high in protein with all essential ammo acids, contains many vitamins and is a nice nutty carbohydrate. The image below shows that quinoa is higher in nutrients.

Quinoa has almost double the protein of pearl barley and is naturally gluten-free. As quinoa is a seed rather than a grain, it is much easier for the body to digest. They are different foods with different tastes and uses. Again, they were comparing apples to oranges.

Last up in this segment, they apparently compared chia seeds to flax seeds and kale to spring greens. The viewer was not given any information (just more food in slow motion) as to what tests they did – they were just told that there was no difference. Before, they only conducted tests on one aspect before coming to a conclusion, so it's assumed similar flawed tests were carried out. The main point of this show so far was comparing the price. Kale and spring greens from the same shop are roughly the same price, so this seems like a pointless exercise. All dark leafy greens are excellent for you.

The presenter sums up that normal foods are all just as good as super foods, and people are paying 6 times for no benefits. Again this is using the price of organic, branded, exotic foods vs non-organic, regional and unbranded and the study only looked at one aspect of the food. I gave up 11 minutes in.

Looks like the show is built around the idea that superfoods is a marketing term, that’s not something we disagree with as written in the nettles superfood article. However, to get to this conclusion, they picked skewed tests to give the same results. A healthy diet is a mixture of many foods, as they all contain different nutrient profiles. No one is suggesting someone should exist on just goji berries and chia seeds, but they do have a place in a varied died. Some foods just do cost more. Pine nuts, medjool dates and pecans are expensive, so I have them in small amount when the budget allows in order to consume a wide variety of foods.

Outcome from this show is branded, organic, foods from far-flung destinations cost more than locally mass-produced foods. I don’t think anyone would find this enlightening. Endless repeated slow motion shots of food rather than any detailed and balanced scientific information.

Nearly 30.4 million people die each year from chronic diseases and $3.8 trillion spent in healthcare costs in the U.S. alone for treating what the CDC defines as "among most common, costly and preventable of all health problems." Tackling one of the greatest health catastrophes of our time, this powerful film reveals how what we eat exacerbates illnesses and, more importantly, explains — in an accessible and engrossing manner — how we can prevent, arrest and even reverse chronic diseases through diet. Along with professional insights from several leading physicians and medical researchers, Eating You Alive features compelling endorsements from celebrities such as director James Cameron and actress Suzy Amis Cameron, actor Samuel L. Jackson and entertainer Penn Jillette, in addition to moving testimonies from everyday individuals who have healed themselves with whole foods. It's time for a revolution in healthcare and it starts with the next bite.

Hannah Fry, a professor of maths, is used to investigating the world around her through numbers. When she’s diagnosed with cervical cancer at the age of 36, she starts to interrogate the way we diagnose and treat cancer by digging into the statistics to ask whether we are making the right choices in how we treat this disease. Are we sometimes too quick to screen and treat cancer? Do doctors always speak to us honestly about the subject? It may seem like a dangerous question to ask, but are we at risk of overmedicalising cancer?

At the same time, Hannah records her own cancer journey in raw and emotional personal footage, where the realities of life after a cancer diagnosis are laid bare.

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Created by Congress in 1913, the Federal Reserve is frequently labeled a bank. But it isn’t a “bank,” isn’t “federal,” and has no “reserve” that you or any other citizen can borrow from.

What, then, is the Federal Reserve? It’s a totally unconstitutional money creator that has been given power to decide the amount and value of the nation’s currency, the interest rates companies and individuals must pay to borrow, and whether there will be a boom, a bust, or just a continuation of quietly stealing the American peoples’ wealth through inflation via the creation of money out of thin air.

Much has to be left out of a short column about the Fed, but let’s provide some basic details about this extremely powerful organization.

1. When asked to approve creation of the Fed in 1913, Senator Henry Cabot Lodge Sr. (R-Mass.) stated: “This bill seems to me to open the way to a vast inflation of the currency.” Once the bill passed, Representative Charles Lindbergh (R-Minn.) summarized: “This act establishes the most gigantic trust on earth…. The new law will create inflation whenever the trusts want inflation.” Both of these lonely realists were correct, but Congress approved the Fed’s creation.

2. The Fed was conceived for the United States by a group of seven men at a highly secret Jekyll Island, Georgia, gathering in 1910. Four of these men were American international bankers based in New York, another held a Treasury Department post, another was an elected U.S. senator, and the last of the seven was Paul Warburg, a German national connected to the Rothschild banking dynasty. His promotion of the Rothschild formula prevailed.

3. The U.S. Constitution authorizes Congress to “coin money.” It does not authorize Congress to issue money. The claim that the Fed can issue money because Congress has transferred its power to “issue money” to the Fed is completely bogus. Congress was never awarded power to issue money in the first place.

4. When the Fed was enacted into law in 1913, our nation’s money was backed by gold and silver. Since 1971, Fed-issued currency has no precious metal backing, indeed no backing whatsoever. The amount of Fed-issued currency has soared, and its value has plummeted. This is the essence of inflation, an increase in the amount of currency that results in rising prices. The condition of rising prices is not inflation; it is the effect of inflation. In1913, a dollar was worth 100 cents; a current Fed-issued dollar is worth less than 2 cents.

5. Through manipulation of the amount of currency it creates, the Fed has power to swing an election. It did so in 1980 by creating a recession and damaging President Carter’s reelection hopes. And it flooded the nation with freshly created currency in 1972 to help reelect Richard Nixon.

6. Advance notification of a Fed action can result in fortunes being made at the expense of those not “in the know.” In August 1971, President Nixon and top administration officials met to plan enactment...

FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the growing inequities in American healthcare exposed by COVID-19. The Healthcare Divide examines how pressure to increase profits and uneven government support are widening the divide between rich and poor hospitals, endangering care for low-income populations.

Pregnancy occurs when a sperm fertilizes an egg after it’s released from the ovary during ovulation. The fertilized egg then travels down into the uterus, where implantation occurs. A successful implantation results in pregnancy.

On average, a full-term pregnancy lasts 40 weeks. There are many factors that can affect a pregnancy. Women who receive an early pregnancy diagnosis and prenatal care are more likely to experience a healthy pregnancy and give birth to a healthy baby.

Knowing what to expect during the full pregnancy term is important for monitoring both your health and the health of the baby. If you’d like to prevent pregnancy, there are also effective forms of birth control you should keep in mind.
Symptoms of pregnancy

You may notice some signs and symptoms before you even take a pregnancy test. Others will appear weeks later, as your hormone levels change.
Missed period

A missed period is one of the earliest symptoms of pregnancy (and maybe the most classic one). However, a missed period doesn’t necessarily mean you’re pregnant, especially if your cycle tends to be irregular.

There are many health conditions other than pregnancy that can cause a late or missed period.
Headache

Headaches are common in early pregnancy. They’re usually caused by altered hormone levels and increased blood volume. Contact your doctor if your headaches don’t go away or are especially painful.
Spotting

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Early pregnancy bleeding can also result from relatively minor conditions such as an infection or irritation. The latter often affects the surface of the cervix (which is very sensitive during pregnancy).

Bleeding can also sometimes signal a serious pregnancy complication, such as miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, or placenta previa. Always contact your doctor if you’re concerned.
Weight gain

You can expect to gain between 1 and 4 pounds in your first few months of pregnancy. Weight gain becomes more noticeable toward the beginning of your second trimester.
Pregnancy-induced hypertension

High blood pressure, or hypertension, sometimes develops during pregnancy. A number of factors can increase your risk, including:

being overweight or obese
smoking
having a prior history or a family history of pregnancy-induced hypertension

Heartburn

Hormones released during pregnancy can sometimes relax the valve between your stomach and esophagus. When stomach acid leaks out, this can result in heartburn.
Constipation

Hormone changes during early pregnancy can slow down your digestive system. As a result, you may become constipated.
Cramps

As the muscles in your uterus begin to stretch and expand, you may feel a pulling sensation that resembles menstrual cramps. If spotting or bleeding occurs alongside your cramps, it could signal a miscarriage or an ectopic

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Research into aging and age related disease is increasing, with the richest and most famous people all over the world seeking to live healthier and longer.

The longevity field will increase exponentially over the years as the prospect of living beyond 122 years of age becomes possible.

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