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If The Keto Diet Cures Your Migraines, You Don't Have Migraines

Aug 16 2019 - 06:08
A recent paper claims the ketogenic diet (basically the Atkins diet, except you can't sell new diet books using old names) will help with migraines.

Other more dangerous claims are that it will help with schizophrenia and epilepsy. The reality is that if the ketogenic diet could do any of those things, meal plans would be in double-blind clinical trials right now. Those diseases are a trillion dollar market. 

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There's No Scientific Evidence For CBD Health Claims - There Is Little Evidence It Is Even Safe

Aug 16 2019 - 06:08
With marijuana now increasingly legal, there is less and less use for the junk health claims about supposed benefits. Sure, it works for some, but any time a product is claimed anecdotally to work for dozens of different issues, it is just a placebo.

Companies want to move away from the marijuana stigma (and the tax - California couldn't wait to legalize it so they could slap 40 percent tax on it) so the supplement trend has been Cannabidiol (CBD) in the food and beverage industry, where almost anything goes when it comes to health and wellness claims. If you are willing to pay to claim it, someone is willing to pay to believe you.

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Rising Water Stress Slowed Down RATE Of Increase In Greening - World Still Greening Fast (or Browning, For Ocean Seaweed)

Aug 16 2019 - 00:08

This is an interesting paper but it’s been misreported widely. Over the last decade the world has continued to get greener almost everywhere, especially so in India, many farmers now grow several crops a year in many areas instead of one, and in China because of its work on reafforestation, restoring degraded land and more intensive agriculture.

Only 5% of the Earth has a browning. So why does the map in this recent Nature paper seem to show the opposite?

Well it’s because it is a map of a change in the RATE of greening.

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The Amount Of Water Injected In Conventional Oil And Gas Production Exceeds Fracking By 10X

Aug 15 2019 - 19:08
High-volume hydraulic fracturing, colloquially called fracking, injects water, sand and chemicals under high pressure into petroleum-bearing rock formations to recover previously inaccessible oil and natural gas. While it was experimented with since the 1940s, it only became viable in the 1990s and early 2000s and it led to the current shale gas boom that started about 15 years ago. 

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CDC Epidemiologist George Luber Sues Because He Only Wants To Write About Global Warming

Aug 15 2019 - 15:08
George Luber, who ran the climate and health program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before only being allowed in the office accompanied by an armed guard since May, is touted as a climate scientist by Reuters, but he is an epidemiologist. He got his degree in anthropology, a social science.

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Teva Pharmaceuticals Doesn't Have The Cash Flow To Pay Its Upcoming Debt

Aug 15 2019 - 12:08
Teva Pharmaceutical, which once responded to price-fixing allegations with ‘polite f-u’ letters’ now doesn't have the cash flow to pay off $4.2 billion of debt that matures in 2021.

Refinancing maturities is not usually a big deal but Teva and Mylan and Heritage Pharmaceuticals became the poster children for Big Pharma arrogance - even though they are all genetic companies, and were somehow wrapped in an ethical halo compared to their original product predecessors. 

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