Why you should really listen to your body clock, stop taking Zanac and don’t drink the rainwater!
Zantac a possible carcinogen
Sanofi, GSK and Haleon have lost a combined $40 billion in market value since Tuesday’s close amid mounting concerns about litigation around the recalled heartburn drug Zantac. Zantac was a once-popular antacid that has drawn a flurry of US personal-injury lawsuits alleging it causes cancer. Zantac was withdrawn from the market in 2019 after the FDA said it appears to produce unacceptably high levels of a cancer-causing chemical NDMA when exposed to heat for as little as five days.
The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) has learned about the safety concerns but decided that we can all still use it.
Rainwater is no longer safe to drink
Rainwater, rainwater everywhere on the planet – and not a drop is safe to drink. Levels of toxic chemicals known as PFAS (commonly known as ‘forever chemicals’) exceed the latest drinking water guidelines, according to a new study by Stockholm University scientists. Even in Antarctica or the Tibetan plateau, the levels in the rainwater are ‘14 times higher’ than the US drinking water guidelines. Sadly something else we all have to learn to live with.
Our biological clock and tumor progression
There has been an alarming rise in early-onset colorectal cancer among people younger than 50 years, and this trend is on a steady rise. Suspected risk factors include environmental aspects, such as lifestyle and dietary factors, which are known to affect the circadian clock.
‘As a society, we are exposed to several environmental factors that influence our biological clock, including night shift work, extended light exposure, changes in sleep/wake cycles and altered feeding behavior,’ said Selma Masri, Ph.D., assistant professor of biological chemistry at UCI School of Medicine.
Natural therapy for chronic pain
According to a paper published in the Journal of Neural Engineering, electrical stimulation of the body combined with sound may treat chronic pain. Activating the brain’s somatosensory or ‘tactile’ cortex, increases the potential for using the technique to treat chronic pain and other sensory disorders.
For more on music as therapy, read the articles by the brilliant physiotherapist Dr Frances le Roux on Music as Therapy for Parkinson’s Disease and The Healing Power of Beethoven’s Music.
In this issue we look at osteoarthritis, cancer, dandruff, growing your own food, herbal medicine and what to do with your pet when you work all day. Enjoy!
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