## What's killing us this week?

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### Re: What's killing us this week?

Kwai Chang Caine Syndrome.
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Do gut bacteria make a second home in our brains?

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA—We know the menagerie of microbes in the gut has powerful effects on our health. Could some of these same bacteria be making a home in our brains? A poster presented here this week at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience drew attention with high-resolution microscope images of bacteria apparently penetrating and inhabiting the cells of healthy human brains. The work is preliminary, and its authors are careful to note that their tissue samples, collected from cadavers, could have been contaminated. But to many passersby in the exhibit hall, the possibility that bacteria could directly influence processes in the brain—including, perhaps, the course of neurological disease—was exhilarating.
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Roberts wondered whether bacteria from the gut could have leaked from blood vessels into the brain in the hours between a person’s death and the brain’s removal. So she looked at healthy mouse brains, which were preserved immediately after the mice were killed. More bacteria. Then she looked at the brains of germ-free mice, which are carefully raised to be devoid of microbial life. They were uniformly clean.

RNA sequencing revealed that most of the bacteria were from three phyla common to the gut: Firmicutes, Proteobacteria, and Bacteroidetes. Roberts doesn’t know how these bacteria could have gotten into the brain. They may have crossed from blood vessels, traveling up nerves from the gut, or even come in through the nose. And she can’t say much about whether they’re helpful or harmful.
https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2018/11 ... our-brains

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Spoiler:

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that is too cool.

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What the hell was he smoking.
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Anaxagoras wrote:
Sun Oct 28, 2018 3:20 pm
We've probably all heard that green tea has health benefits (but I don't know how strong the science behind that really is). But people normally consume it by making tea with hot water, not eating the leaves themselves. Anyway, very few supplements have any serious science to back them up. That's the main thing to remember. Or there might be some science, but it's tangential. Not double-blind placebo-controlled studies of the supplement itself.
Someone left this on top of the microwave at work. I've been staring at it every time I reheat my lunch.

Most of us kill these things with weed-killer or yank them of our gardens and throw then in the compost. This guy decided to roast these things and sell them as a "super herb tea" to pretentious idiots. Most of the time, I think it's morally wrong to profit from the stupid, but when I see stuff like this....I mean this little canister is $60, and someone just left it on top of the microwave......roasted weeds that you can yank out of your own lawn.....people I work with who apparently have enough disposable income that they can just buy shit like this and leave it lying around at work......makes me lose my appetite every time I see it. Why don't I just chuck it in the trash? Why do I torture myself like this? Maybe as a reminder that every time I see something that restores a tiny spec of my faith in humanity, the overwhelming reality is that I'm surrounded buy people who are willing to buy things like......well..... This is what's killing me this week. Such potential! Anaxagoras Posts: 24420 Joined: Wed Mar 19, 2008 5:45 am Location: Yokohama/Tokyo, Japan ### Re: What's killing us this week? Maybe someone received it as a gift, and didn't like it so they brought it to work as a way to get rid of it? I could imagine myself doing that. A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. William Shakespeare Bruce Posts: 20041 Joined: Wed Jun 09, 2004 11:46 pm Title: Bruce of all Bruces Location: Massachusetts ### Re: What's killing us this week? Could be. Hadn't thought of that. Doesn't help. The momentary feel-goodz that someone was thinking of someone else....here, try this, it might make you feel better.....is quickly crushed by the thought that someone still paid$60 for a can of common weeds. I work in a department full of scientist that develop scientific tests for scientifically vetted active pharmaceutical ingredients. If anyone in the world should know better, it should be my co-workers. Imagine someone leaving a copy of one of Sylvia Brown's books on top of the microwave at the James Randi Educational Foundation. So what if it was a gift. It's just......wrong.

It's been on the microwave for a week. If it's still there on Monday, I'm chucking it.

Or maybe a week from Monday......I don't know.

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I don't know about any super health benefits, but I've had dandelion greens as a cooked vegetable and they are not bad.
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Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 12:22 pm
I don't know about any super health benefits, but I've had dandelion greens as a cooked vegetable and they are not bad.
Just blowing those dandelion seed right into my prejudiced eyes, aren'tcha.
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Bruce wrote:
Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:35 am
Could be. Hadn't thought of that. Doesn't help. The momentary feel-goodz that someone was thinking of someone else....here, try this, it might make you feel better.....is quickly crushed by the thought that someone still paid $60 for a can of common weeds. I work in a department full of scientist that develop scientific tests for scientifically vetted active pharmaceutical ingredients. If anyone in the world should know better, it should be my co-workers. Imagine someone leaving a copy of one of Sylvia Brown's books on top of the microwave at the James Randi Educational Foundation. So what if it was a gift. It's just......wrong. It's been on the microwave for a week. If it's still there on Monday, I'm chucking it. Or maybe a week from Monday......I don't know. It's good for your fat liver and lazy cancer cells. Now shut up and finish your cup! Pyrrho Posts: 27828 Joined: Sat Jun 05, 2004 2:17 am Title: Man in Black Location: Division 6 ### Re: What's killing us this week? Black salve: https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real- ... 1b42360470 Mr Barry, like many who use black salve, believes mainstream doctors and scientists are not acting in the best interests of patients. Rather, they are prescribing expensive medical treatments purely for their own benefit, part of a “money making machine” profiting off the public “in the name of science”, he said. This opinion is widely held among black salve fans. They claim the cheap ointment at$50 a tub has the potential to destroy the billion dollar “cancer industry” run by traditional health care providers.

They don’t care about the warnings from doctors. They believe most health professionals only criticise black salve because they are frightened the illegal treatment is a threat to the medical industry’s profits.

But the list of people who have died or been severely maimed after using black salve is alarming.
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From the article:
Mr Barry’s leg was amputated after years of applying black salve. He has used it on hundreds of melanomas, rejecting advice from doctors to undergo chemotherapy and radiation.
he is extremely lucky it so far has not widely metastasized as malignant melanoma will if you poke it and piss it off.

By nature of its origin from neural crest, melanoma can, and will, go anywhere.

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I post this . . . for a friend:
Consumers warned to avoid Rhino male enhancement products

$4.7 billion with a "b". That's a lot of baby powder. 22 plaintiffs so each of them should end up with hundreds of millions of dollars. A fool thinks himself to be wise, but a wise man knows himself to be a fool. William Shakespeare Bruce Posts: 20041 Joined: Wed Jun 09, 2004 11:46 pm Title: Bruce of all Bruces Location: Massachusetts ### Re: What's killing us this week? Abdul Alhazred wrote: Wed Dec 19, 2018 1:44 am Hard to believe "male enhancement" quackery still exists in the age of Viagra. What if I told you that the key reagent in the synthesis of viagra is found in rhinoceros horns? Such potential! Bruce Posts: 20041 Joined: Wed Jun 09, 2004 11:46 pm Title: Bruce of all Bruces Location: Massachusetts ### Re: What's killing us this week? Anaxagoras wrote: Thu Dec 20, 2018 12:12 am Can baby powder cause cancer? One jury says yes: J&J loses its battle to overturn a$4.7B baby powder verdict

\$4.7 billion with a "b". That's a lot of baby powder. 22 plaintiffs so each of them should end up with hundreds of millions of dollars.
The asbestos mineral is often found near talc, so it wouldn't be surprising to find asbestos fibers in baby powder. Wouldn't be such a big problem if they didn't grind the powder so fine that it becomes airborne at the slightest squeeze of the bottle.

I never really understood the use for the stuff. Babies don't need to be dry, and baby powder is a terrible drying agent anyway. Plus it makes everything smell like baby. Pew!
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