Health

How ironic, tobacco may hold the key to beating cancer

The Daily Mail has an article about how tobacco may actually hold the key to beating cancer, turning the tables on those who oppose all tobacco related products.

The tobacco plant’s natural defence mechanisms could be harnessed to kill cancer cells in the human body.

Scientists have identified a molecule in the flower of the plant that usually fights off fungi and bacteria – and were stunned to find it also has the ability to identify and destroy cancer.

Called NaD1, it works by forming a pincer-like structure that grips onto lipids present in the membrane of cancer cells and rips themopen, causing the cell to expel its contents and explode.   Read more »

The Living wage and Benefits in the real world

Dilligaf2013, a reader and commenter emails:

Hi Cam, after reading the latest installment of left wing horse dung and blatant vote buying (the living wage), I am exercised enough to write about the real world and what’s really happening.

As you will be aware, I have been through a tough journey battling prostate cancer.

This journey was made doubly worse once I exhausted my financial reserves and I was forced to ask WINZ for help.

Not only was this experience one filled with regular humiliation and embarrassment, but it was also filled with ongoing frustration.

This frustration was fuelled by the constant mixed messages WINZ were sending me – including the requirement to get doctors certificates proving I was undergoing cancer treatments every few weeks.

Every time I had to attend a WINZ office, I was confronted by people dressed in the latest Nike’s and other fashionable clothing, as well as the vehicles they were driving were quite often sporting various luxury add on’s like mag wheels, modified exhausts, body kits and being lowered etc etc.

My mistake was clearly my honesty, as I could get no assistance for having my children in my care every second weekend and half the school holidays.

WINZ sent me to IRD and IRD sent me back to WINZ – neither organisation would help.  Read more »

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Troughers tell it how it is?

Unlike the 2013 Supertrougher of the Year Prof Boyd Swinburn, there’s one trougher that, strangely enough, is telling it how it is.

The other week the Taxpayers Union gave a slapping to the organisers of a troughing symposium for fibbing about have HRC’s endorsement for bashing up Big Sugar.

It wasn’t a good start for the organisers of this FiZZ conference, but they trucked on none the less.

Then the troughers behind the Fizz group were upstaged by one of their speakers, our friend Tony Falkenstein, who spent his speaking slot developing a conspiracy theory that Big Sugar… no, Big Coke, deserved to have the same restrictions as the other sin industry Big Tobacco.

See Tony Falkenstein was, and clearly still is, pissed that his cunning corporate strategy of winding up the Big Sugar theme against Coke (and using the naive Fizz organisers),  would result in his Just Water business becoming an acquisition target for Coca Cola New Zealand.

Coke laughed at him. Ever since then Tony Falkenstein has been incensed with Coke. He’s behind efforts to have a class-action brought against Coke and Frucor by Australian lawyers.

He’s even chucking $250,000 at Matthew Hooton to attack Coke and other Big Sugar producers… well that’s what he told me one pissed afternoon in Auckland.

But enough of Tony Falkenstein, let’s get back to the troughers.

Some may have heard of Professor Jim Mann. He’s another one that’s been in the tough for years. So much so that when he is flown around the country on the taxpayer’s tit, he demands a seat no less than two rows from the front, and must have the aisle seat. You can’t make this stuff up.    Read more »

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Solving obesity by the introduction of poverty and despotic rule

Obesity has been linked to economic freedom. Obesity is also apparently our number one health problem, but now I have finally worked out why the leftwing is so obsessed with controlling what we eat…and using obesity as the tool to do it.

A link exists between a country’s economic freedom, fast-food purchases, and obesity, researchers say.

Their results fit New Zealand, among other countries, they said.

The World Health Organisation has used the study as another opportunity to call for governments to take action to “reverse the obesity epidemic by hindering the spread of ultra-processed foodstuffs”.

The authors used data on the number of fast-food transactions per capita from 1999 to 2008 in 25 high-income countries and compared that with figures on body mass index (BMI) in the same countries over the same period.

A report of the study, published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organisation, said the work showed that countries adopting market-liberal policies had faster increases in both fast-food consumption and mean BMI.

The average number of fast-food transactions per capita per year increased for all 25 countries in the study, with the 10.1 transactions per capita increase in New Zealand the fourth highest.

Canada (16.6), Australia (14.7) and Ireland (12.3) had larger increases.

According to the OECD, New Zealand has the fourth-highest rate of obesity among members of the organisation, with 27.8 per cent of the population aged 15 and above rated as obese, based on BMI figures.    Read more »

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Greens are going to spend $100 million on feeding fat kids

You might think my headline is a bit over the top.

But that is the reality of the situation. The Green party website is filled with references of the problem with child obesity, particularly for kids in poor families.

Source/ Green party website

Source/ Green party website

In 2012 Kevin Hague was banging on about obesity too.

“As soon as it was elected the Government dumped – for irrational ideological reasons – the healthy food standards that the Green Party had managed to get implemented,” said Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague.

“This new study, reported in the New York Times, shows that banning unhealthy food and drinks in schools reduces obesity. The Health Ministry’s nutritional guidelines released last week demonstrate the importance of healthy food to child achievement.

“The guidelines say under 18-year-olds should not be consuming energy drinks, and highlights how schools can be role models for healthy eating.  Read more »

Enterprising, but wait till the whingers try to shut him down

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The market gives up all sorts of opportunities and customers wants and needs must be met.

Entrepreneurs find those niches and cater to the wants and needs of those customers…until the wowsers move in and try to shut them down.

With a car boot full of fizzy drinks, crisps and sweets, it is hardly surprising that he is popular with pupils.

But parents and teachers are furious at the mobile trader who has set up shop at the gates of their school.  Read more »

Why not simply outlaw obesity?

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Off to jail with you…fatty boomsticks

With all this talk by Boyd Swinburn about controlling obesity via fat taxes and sugar taxes and other methods lifted from the anti-tobacco industry he seems to have overlooked the obvious…why not simply make obesity illegal.

It is funny then in the debate over cannabis legalisation we find a solution to the obesity problem…ban fatness.

But why go after marijuana for its second-order effects? Why not just ban stupidity, laziness, obesity, unambitious taste, or whatever social ills are of concern to national opinion columnists? As Brooks asks, “Laws profoundly mould culture, so what sort of community do we want our laws to nurture?” If the answer is “one where people are thin,” the obvious answer is to ban fatness.

Fat is an ideal menace to be targeted with a criminal law. To some extent, it’s a subjective matter who is lazy or stupid, but it’s pretty easy to figure out who’s guilty of being fat. A law against fat would scare people into losing weight. Even independent of actual legal penalties, it would set a strong norm, showing that society is opposed to fatness and wants people to stay at healthy weights. It would lead to improved cardiovascular health, higher labour productivity (fewer sick days!), and longer life expectancy.   Read more »

Ten indicators that things are coming right

Depsite the best efforts of the opposition to talk down everything in New Zealand things are on the turn and not in a way that they would like.

Lindsay Mitchell has listed ten indicators of positive change.

1/ Assaults on police

Tasers and training are credited with a double-digit drop in assaults against police.

Recorded offences against police dropped more than 20% between 2009-10 and 2012-13, figures released under the Official Information Act figures reveal.

2/ Deaths from sudden infant death syndrome

The number of infants dying suddenly has dropped but the rate is still too high, officials say.

In 2012, 36 infants died of cot death or sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI). This is down from 55 deaths in 2008.    Read more »

Cry me river of tears SAFE

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Oh boo ho, SAFE continues to bang on about the welfare of animals.  Typical activist ploy, shoot a whole bunch of b-grade actors from Shortland Street in black & white, then use it to solicit dosh of the bleeding heart liberals in Mt Eden. TV3 should know better.

It’s a bit like all those Hollywood actors complaining about gun laws in the States. Problem was there was a slight issue of credibility, when nearly all of them were quite happy to star in movies shooting the crap out of things.   Read more »

Oh, just harden up

I also suffer from depression (“You don’t have to be mad to work here, but it sure helps!”).  It is essentially a relapse from an earlier episode about a decade ago.  I also seem to be have the additional fun of panic attacks.  They sound kind of wussy, but it is basically the body reacting to simple things (like the phone ringing) with a fight/flight response – no different as if someone points a gun at you.

As you might imagine, this can get tiring.

Even people that love you deeply eventually have trouble cutting you some slack.  They can’t see anything wrong with you at all.  It certainly starts to look like you need special treatment and at times you are taking the piss…    Read more »

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