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Harvard Library gets slammed for its earnest fake news guide: Updates from the fake news world: Plus: The science of why...

Harvard Library gets slammed for its earnest fake news guide: Updates from the fake news world: Plus: The science of why we spread stories, Russian propaganda gets into fake news, and a "satirical" fake news site pulls the plug after Whoopi Goldberg calls it out.

Transcranial alternating current stimulation used to boost working memory | KurzweilAI

Tesla Teams With Tiny Hawaiian Utility to Store Solar: Kauai Island Electric Cooperative is taking advantage of solar PV...

Tesla Teams With Tiny Hawaiian Utility to Store Solar: Kauai Island Electric Cooperative is taking advantage of solar PV price drops and emerging battery technology to reinvent itself

Learning to communicate: In this post we'll outline new OpenAI research in which agents develop their own language.

Learning to communicate: In this post we'll outline new OpenAI research in which agents develop their own language.

How Our Presales Chatbot Saves the Marketing Team 70% More Time: The inbound leads from our website are first handled by...

How Our Presales Chatbot Saves the Marketing Team 70% More Time: The inbound leads from our website are first handled by marketing executives and latter passed to the sales department. The mode of…

3 Things That Chatbots Shine at Compared to Websites or Apps: Any over-hyped technology comes with suitably hyperbolic statements...

3 Things That Chatbots Shine at Compared to Websites or Apps: Any over-hyped technology comes with suitably hyperbolic statements of how it will impact and change everything. Chatbots are no different…

What Happened When We Took the SCiO Food Analyzer Grocery Shopping: Who needs infrared spectrometers in their phones? People...

What Happened When We Took the SCiO Food Analyzer Grocery Shopping: Who needs infrared spectrometers in their phones? People who hate buying tasteless produce or mystery cheese

Readers seem willing to pay for news sites centered around a place. What about sites built on an issue?: "There are a lot...

Readers seem willing to pay for news sites centered around a place. What about sites built on an issue?: "There are a lot of ways to define 'community.' We know it can be built around geography. But there should also be a community of people who care about climate, a community of people who care about criminal justice."

A Bot That Does What Uber Won’t: College student creates Messenger bot for hiring favorite drivers

A Bot That Does What Uber Won’t: College student creates Messenger bot for hiring favorite drivers

The 'robot lawyer’ giving free legal advice to refugees - BBC News: A technology used to fight parking fines is now helping...

The 'robot lawyer’ giving free legal advice to refugees - BBC News: A technology used to fight parking fines is now helping asylum seekers apply for emergency housing.

Germany to push for carbon price at G20 - BBC News: Germany will use its G20 Presidency to nudge world leaders towards a...

Germany to push for carbon price at G20 - BBC News: Germany will use its G20 Presidency to nudge world leaders towards a global price on carbon, say officials.

Amazon deepens university ties in AI race | University Business Magazine

Amazon deepens university ties in AI race | University Business Magazine

Yomi, The First Robotic Dental Surgery System Now Cleared by FDA |: Neocis, a company based in Miami, Florida, just announced...

Yomi, The First Robotic Dental Surgery System Now Cleared by FDA |: Neocis, a company based in Miami, Florida, just announced winning FDA clearance to introduce Yomi, the first robotically assisted dental surgical system. Y

Two-thirds of Americans see docs who got paid by drug companies: Drexel University study: A new study led by Drexel University...

Two-thirds of Americans see docs who got paid by drug companies: Drexel University study: A new study led by Drexel University found that a majority of Americans visited doctors in the past year who had been paid or given gifts by pharmaceutical or medical device companies -- but very few patients knew about it.

Fruit and veg: For a longer life eat 10-a-day - BBC News: More fruit and veg might prevent nearly eight million premature...

Fruit and veg: For a longer life eat 10-a-day - BBC News: More fruit and veg might prevent nearly eight million premature deaths each year, researchers say.

The China Study Revisited: New Analysis of Raw Data Doesn’t Support Vegetarian Ideology."The China Study was embraced...

The China Study Revisited: New Analysis of Raw Data Doesn’t Support Vegetarian Ideology.

"The China Study was embraced by vegetarians because it seemed to support their beliefs with strong evidence. Minger has shown that that evidence is largely illusory. The issues raised are important and deserve further study by unbiased scientists. At any rate, one thing is clear: the China Study is not sufficient reason to recommend drastic reductions in protein intake, let alone total avoidance of meat and dairy foods."

'7lbs in 7 days' retreat at Juicy Oasis Feb 20-27th 2016.Blog about the retreat.Just returned from a week at Juicy Oasis...

'7lbs in 7 days' retreat at Juicy Oasis Feb 20-27th 2016.
Blog about the retreat.

Just returned from a week at Juicy Oasis in Portugal - a health and spa retreat based on a juicing diet run by Jason Vale. It was a lovely sunny escape from the February cold and rain in the UK. The main features were (1) eat lots of vegetables and fruits by juicing them, and (2) exercise a lot.

It was a really enjoyable week and - since it was gently regimented and delivered in a supportive atmosphere with excellent staff - there was ample opportunity to indulge, read books, relax and do new things - I did Yoga, Tai Chi, and Pilates for the first time. I certainly lost some weight. It also inspired me to do more varied exercise as I've got into a habit of just doing a couple of runs a week on the same route with the same dogs.

The week was basically calorie-restriction with regular exercise. It sought to normalise the concept of drinking and easily surviving on freshly prepared juices whilst exercising. A modern form of the health retreat - the change of air and clearing of impurities from the body that has been with us since Victorian times at least.

Diet and exercise at a retreat is the core of what Juicy Oasis provides - a positive experience for many - healthy eating, exercise, and clearing the mind. Such a retreat would be a real boost also for those with chronic disease (type 2 diabetes, hypertension, obesity etc.) or complications of drug treatment (corticosteroids especially) that would benefit from lifestyle changes. Whether, such an intervention could be extended to a wider audience is an interesting discussion but juicing is becoming global phenomenon. Many of us left with a good dose of juicing evangelism to pass on to others.

Jason is planning a follow-up to his 'SuperJuice Me' experiment (individuals with a mix of chronic disease, obesity, and polypharmacy) with an observation of juicing in people with diabetes (Type 1 and Type 2). I look forward to hearing about it. Some may have continuous glucose monitors and would make for an interesting observation of the effects of a plant juice diet on blood glucose profiles.

There were some minor points of the week I took issue with - in the imagined biochemistry, and a few of the documentary films offered. I'll blog about some specific points of those elsewhere (e.g. the China Study myth) as they weren't larger about juicing. In the meantime I'd suggest alternative perspectives for some of the films shown (see below).

Looking forward to another Juicy week sometime.

The films shown during the week

Films about juicing and other lifestyle interventions

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. http://shop.rebootwithjoe.com/collections/movies

SuperJuice Me. http://superjuiceme.com/

Hungry for change. http://www.hungryforchange.tv/

May I be Frank? http://mayibefrankmovie.com/

Films giving a perspective on 'big food' and 'pharma' (I suggest some alternative perspectives)

Food Matters. http://foodmatters.tv/food-matters (Suggest reading Michael Pollan's "The Omnivore's Dilemma" instead.)

$tatin Nation. http://www.statinnation.net/ (Suggest Ben Goldacre's TED talk instead - "What doctors don't know about the drugs they prescribe", or his book "Bad Pharma")

Forks over knives. http://www.forksoverknives.com/the-film/ (Suggest instead something on the US dietary guidelines debate from 2015 … e.g. http://www.theverge.com/2016/1/7/10726606/2015-us-dietary-guidelines-meat-and-soda-lobbying-power, http://www.foodnavigator-usa.com/Regulation/USDA-HHS-2015-dietary-guidelines-won-t-factor-in-sustainability, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uYAiS_ztqfI )


Ten million lives saved by 1962 breakthrough, study says: Nearly 200 million cases of polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella,...

Ten million lives saved by 1962 breakthrough, study says: Nearly 200 million cases of polio, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella, adenovirus, rabies and hepatitis A -- and approximately 450,000 deaths from these diseases -- were prevented in the US alone between 1963 and 2015 by vaccination, researchers estimate. The study is published in AIMS Public Health.

Opinion paper summarising evidence published in JACC by a group of physicians reporting on food trends and heart health."Green...

Opinion paper summarising evidence published in JACC by a group of physicians reporting on food trends and heart health.

"Green leafy vegetables, blueberries, and plant proteins rise to the top of the physicians' recommendations for frequent food intake; coconut oil, palm oil, and antioxidant supplements fall to the bottom of the list."

Nutrition researcher Neal Barnard, M.D., F.A.C.C., president and founder of the nonprofit Physicians Committee, and 11 other authors, including Andrew Freeman, M.D., Pamela Morris, M.D., Caldwell Esselstyn, M.D., Dean Ornish, M.D., and Kim Williams, M.D., reviewed the latest research behind popular food trends for 'Trending Cardiovascular Nutrition Controversies,' which appears in the March 7, 2017 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Will a New Glass Battery Accelerate the End of Oil?: New low-cost, non-flammable, high-capacity, rapid-charging, solid state...

Will a New Glass Battery Accelerate the End of Oil?: New low-cost, non-flammable, high-capacity, rapid-charging, solid state battery could pose threat to the internal combustion engine