Raspberry ketone: Don’t believe the hype

Raspberry ketone is a weight loss supplement that has been banned in the U.K. for several years. According to the British newspaper Express, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) banned raspberry ketone and classified it as a novel food, which means the product does not have a significant history of public consumption or one that is produced in a way that has not previously been used for food.1

Yet, many are still falling for its purported benefits, believing it is the “solution” to help them achieve their fitness goals. Here’s why you should exercise caution before trying raspberry ketone.

What is raspberry ketone and where does it come from?

Essentially, raspberry ketone or 4-(4-hydroxyphenyl) butan-2-one2 is a compound found in red raspberries that gives them their color and aroma. According to a study published in 2008, raspberry ketone molecules have a similar structure to capsaicin,3 a compound that causes the spiciness of peppers.

Research shows that capsaicin may help manage weight by controlling the appetite.4 This discovery may have given companies the idea that raspberry ketone may help lose weight as well. However, as you’ll discover later, this claim is unsound.

Additionally, raspberry ketone is used as a flavoring agent in the food industry, and happens to be one of the most expensive ones — its price can reach up to $20,000 per kilogram (35.2 ounces).5 Raspberry ketone supplements, on the other hand, are synthetically produced in a laboratory environment to help reduce costs.6

Clinical studies do not support the popular claims

Human studies about raspberry ketone are nonexistent, which puts the benefits of the product in a very questionable light. According to a report from Live Science, Catherine Ulbricht, senior pharmacist at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, research on raspberry ketone has been performed on mice only.7 Even then, the results weren’t exactly promising.

In a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food, rats that were fed raspberry ketones had increased adiponectin levels that helped protect against developing fatty livers. However, the main issue here is that the researchers needed to administer extremely high doses to achieve this effect — something that you would not want to do to your own body just to get this benefit.8

In another study, a group of mice was fed a high-fat diet that caused them to gain weight. One group was given raspberry ketone, while the other group did not receive any supplement. By the end of the study, the mice in the ketone group weighed 50 grams, while the remaining mice weighed 55 grams. Note that this study didn’t highlight any weight loss capabilities in raspberry ketone at all — they just gained less weight than expected.9

The side effects of raspberry ketone

As for side effects, no one really knows raspberry ketone’s long-term impact on a person’s health.10 Even the National Institutes of Health cannot confirm its safety for human consumption.11

Remember: Weight loss products are not a ‘miracle cure’

Weight loss supplements tarnish the reputation of the supplement industry because manufacturers are producing them not to support a healthy lifestyle, but to sell product. Essentially, people are buying them to reach their weight goals without the need to exercise and eat healthy.

They want to maintain their current lifestyle and hope that by taking these supplements, the excess fat will disappear, as if by magic. But the thing is, there is no “magic bullet” pill that will make you lose weight.12

What’s worse is that these weight loss pills could have unforeseen and potentially dangerous effects. According to a study published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, these products “often contain powerful pharmacoactive ingredients with the potential to cause harm.”13

Instead of using raspberry ketone, try the ketogenic diet

There is no single product that can magically help you lose weight while allowing you to maintain the lifestyle you want. Proper weight management comes by steering your life into a healthier direction by initiating positive lifestyle changes, and one effective example you can try is the ketogenic diet.

In the ketogenic diet, the bulk of the foods you consume is composed of healthy fats, along with moderate amounts of protein and minimal carbohydrates. Dietary fats are far superior to carbohydrates as a source of fuel because they’re “cleaner,” which means they leave fewer reactive oxygen species (ROS) and secondary free radicals. Sugar, on the other hand, can lead to inflammation and weight gain. Overall, the ketogenic diet may help:

  • Facilitate weight management — Switching your fuel to fat may help your body enter a fat-burning state, helping you shed weight in the process.
  • Fight inflammation — Avoiding sugar may help you lower your risk of developing inflammatory diseases.
  • Manage your appetite — Reducing carbohydrate consumption may help reduce hunger pangs, preventing you from overeating.
  • Lower insulin levels — Consuming less sugar may help prevent it from staying in your bloodstream longer, which can lead to insulin resistance.

There are many foods rich in healthy fats that you can choose from, even if you’re a picky eater. Here are a few examples to get you started:

  • Organic olives and extra virgin olive oil
  • Pasture-raised eggs
  • Raw cacao butter
  • Seeds (pumpkin, sesame and black cumin)

Once your body becomes accustomed to using fat as its main source of fuel, you enter into nutritional ketosis and you will experience the benefits mentioned above. Go ahead and give the ketogenic diet a try — it’s something that most people can definitely benefit from compared to weight loss supplements that practically do nothing and only exist to drain your wallet.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about raspberry ketone

Q: What does raspberry ketone look like?

A: Similar to most supplements, raspberry ketone comes in pill form.14

Q: Does raspberry ketone work?

A: There’s very little data about the supposed benefits of raspberry ketone on humans, which is why this product is not recommended. In the U.K., raspberry ketone is banned.15

Q: What is raspberry ketone good for?

A: Purportedly, raspberry ketone is manufactured to help lose weight. However, existing studies do not support this claim.16

Q: How does raspberry ketone work in the body?

A: It is believed that raspberry ketone facilitates weight loss by increasing your body’s adiponectin levels, a hormone that may burn fat.17


Regenerating New Zealand: Using nature to restore forests

Imagine a place in nature that’s thriving with life, where native plants and wildlife exist in abundance, and the crystal-clear flowing streams are clean enough to drink. Welcome to the Hinewai Nature Reserve & Wildlife Sanctuary, an ecological restoration project located in New Zealand’s Banks Peninsula that’s open for the public to visit and enjoy.

A new documentary titled, “Fools & Dreamers: Regenerating a Native Forest,” produced by Happen Films, features the project and one of its key supporters, botanist, nature buff and native New Zealander, Hugh Wilson, who serves as the day-to-day manager of the reserve.

The Hinewai Reserve aims to promote the natural regeneration of native vegetation and wildlife on about 1,500 hectares (3,706 acres) of land in the south-eastern corner of Banks Peninsula on the South Island’s east coast.

In its natural state, the region was covered by thick, healthy forests ripe in diversity. But over time, the forest was cleared and nearly completely destroyed by human settlers from Polynesia and Europe. By 1990, less than 1 percent of the old-growth forest was left, according to the film.

From a young age, Wilson, who grew up in the area, took a liking to plants and wildlife, particularly bird life. He dreamed about what it would be like to restore or regenerate the forests in the Banks Peninsula. His dream became reality when he met Maurice White, who had established a fund to purchase land for conservation.

Native Forest Trust purchases ground to regenerate the forest

When asked if he wanted to be involved, Wilson quickly agreed, and the pair began searching for land to buy. Due to his familiarity with the area, Wilson suggested a piece of land that was a little over 100 hectares (247 acres) in size and was an original part of Hinewai. The land was ideal because it was reasonable in size, but not too big, and it had old-growth forest, which meant it would be easier to track the results of a regeneration program.

In September 1987, 109 hectares (269 acres) were purchased by the Maurice White Native Forest Trust. Over time, the conservation project expanded to about 1,500 hectares (3,706 acres) with the purchase of O?ta?nerito Station in 1991, as well as several other additions.

From the very beginning, the idea was to harness the power of Mother Nature to speed up the regeneration of forest and biodiversity — and to make the restoration project open to the public so people could come and enjoy nature in its purest form.

Using a “minimal interference” approach, Wilson had this idea to use the exotic plant gorse to regenerate native forest plants and trees. Once word of his method spread, it drew quite a bit of skepticism and doubt from the locals.

Regenerating landscapes with a pesky weed

Gorse is considered one of New Zealand’s most pesky weeds. It first originated in Europe but was introduced to New Zealand as a hedge species.1 Characterized by its yellow flowers and sharp spiny leaves, Gorse can grow from about 6 to 9 feet tall. It matures and grows quickly, and is highly resilient to herbicides. It’s also tolerant of hot and cold temperatures, high-to-low rainfall and wind and salt.2

Gorse became hated by pastural farmers because it reduced the area available for grazing livestock on pasture land. Most people go to extreme lengths to fight and kill gorse. But not Wilson. He understood that the “weed” had its benefits, too. “Nothing is black and white,” said Wilson in the film.

Gorse is an opportunistic plant that takes advantage of clear ground and forest climates. But it must have full sunlight. It can’t survive in the shade. As soon as it’s shaded, it’s dead, he says.

Gorse grows fast in full sunlight, which allows other plants to grow underneath it, such as shade-tolerant trees. This is how gorse provides the perfect canopy for native forest plants to grow and thrive. It’s also an excellent nitrogen fixer, which means it fertilizers the soil, and in turn, promotes new plant life. Another benefit to gorse is that it can stop steep hillsides from eroding due to its ability to spread and cover the ground in dense vegetation.

Returning to its roots

Within a short decade, Wilson has made significant progress in regenerating native forests in the Hinewai Reserve. A local farmer interviewed in the film said:

“I initially thought that the progression from gorse to native trees would take 50 years. But in 10 years you can see it. You can see them coming up through the gorse, and in areas I didn’t know there would be native growth.”

Thanks to the efforts of Wilson and the restoration project, the Hinewai Reserve has returned to its roots. The forest has 47 waterfalls that never dry up, and is home to trees that are centuries old. The reserve hosts 60 different species of fern, including six species of tree fern.

It also supports many native birds such as bellbird, brown creeper and the grey warbler, just to name a few. It’s home to green and brown geckos, Australian frogs, native eels and fish such as galaxiids, torrentfish and bullies. The coastline nearby supports more diversity including seabirds, marine mammals and fish.3

Many people have asked Wilson if he himself helped replant the forest bed. In the film, he chuckles and explains that there’s no way to physically do it because of the rough terrain and vast size of the land. “Nature plants the forest bed, in ecologically appropriate and scientifically interesting ways,” he says.

Local hero

The local community was initially skeptical of Wilson and his idea to use gorse to regrow native forest trees and plants. But he’s proved that nature knows best. Wilson is now regarded as a hero both locally and abroad.

Not only do the locals support the work being done at Hinewai, but they have also started to change the way they think about food and farming. Wilson has shown that instead of trying to farm all land intensively — especially land that’s not all that productive in terms of producing food — it’s beneficial to set some aside and let nature take over. “Let’s stop trying to farm that land and let it regenerate on its own and act as one big carbon sink,” says Wilson.

The end result is a surge in biodiversity — plants, animals, insects — which support a healthier environment, and healthier humans. Regenerating native forests is also beneficial for the climate, as they act as giant carbon sinks that help capture and store excess atmospheric carbon in the soil.

Reducing our dependence on fossil fuels

But regenerating native forests and other wildlife areas isn’t enough if we want to solve climate change, says Wilson. We must also significantly reduce the use of fossil fuels, he says, adding:

“The forest here alone might save us from global warming because a lot of the sequestered carbon is locked up in fossil fuels. But even covering every inch of dry land in the world with forest wouldn’t sequester enough if we keep on burning the fossil fuels that have been sequestered for millions of years.

“So, forest is definitely part of the solution, but not the whole part. We have to change the way we use energy, and in a big way. We have to do it really quickly or we’re going to be really stuck.

“No one person can solve these massive problems. All you can do and all the universe can expect you to do is to do your best. Your best can be all sorts of different scales. We’re doing our best here in terms of human life and the ecology and biodiversity and climate and other species sharing the planet with us. All those things.”

Wilson practices what he preaches. He rides his bicycle most places and walks two hours to and from work every day. He also lives in a house with no electricity and uses water heated by solar energy. His primary mode of communication is through a landline telephone.

The work at Hinewai Reserve is made possible in part due to the donations of generous supporters from all over the world. Find out how to support the reserve at FoolsandDreamers.com.

The big takeaway of the featured film is to encourage people to do their part in protecting the planet. That could mean planting for the birds and bees and putting a few flowers in your garden. It could mean riding your bicycle more, using solar energy or growing your own food. For tips on how to grow your own garden using permaculture or regenerative agriculture practices, click here.

Males and females react differently to the same pain

It’s no secret that men and women are different. Diane Halpern, Ph.D., past president of the American Psychological Association, wrote an academic text, “Sex Differences in Cognitive Abilities.” Bruce Goldman, science writer at Stanford,1 reported in the preface to the first edition that:2

“At the time, it seemed clear to me that any between-sex differences in thinking abilities were due to socialization practices, artifacts and mistakes in the research, and bias and prejudice. … After reviewing a pile of journal articles that stood several feet high and numerous books and book chapters that dwarfed the stack of journal articles … I changed my mind.”

Researchers have discovered structural differences in the brains of men and women including a larger total brain volume in men and higher tissue density in the left amygdala, hippocampus and insular cortex. Amber Ruigrok, Ph.D., carried out the study revealing the asymmetric effect sex has on a developing brain. She said:3

“For the first time we can look across the vast literature and confirm that brain size and structure are different in males and females. We should no longer ignore sex in neuroscience research, especially when investigating psychiatric conditions that are more prevalent in either males or females.”

As scientists gather more information about the specific differences between men and women, it’s generated numerous questions. Roger Fillingim, Ph.D.,4 from the University of Florida, has spent years researching differences in pain perception and what implications they may have for pain management.5

Women perceive pain more intensely than men

Fillingim found that differences in personality and behavior associated with gender are quite real and have profound effects on many aspects of life and health. Gender differences affect the ways in which men and women use logic and solve problems. Even while at rest, neurological activities in the brain are different.6

As described in a literature review,7 Fillingim began evaluating an area of research suggesting there are gender-based differences in response to pain. He provided a brief overview of the sex-related differences in biological and sociological processes and the role that sex hormones play in influencing pain sensitivity.

He suggested future directions for research with an emphasis on discovering the mechanisms of difference to assist efforts in prescribing specific treatments for men and women. He participated in a follow-up study8 with the objective of evaluating differences in peripheral and central sensitization in those with symptomatic knee osteoarthritis.

The team concluded there was evidence women have a greater overall sensitivity to pain than men.9 In an interview with NPR, Fillingim explained what has driven his desire to discover gender-based differences in pain perception:10

“The burden of pain is substantially greater for women than men, and that led pain researchers like myself to wonder if the pain perception system is different in women than in men.”

Fillingim is currently the director of the University of Florida’s Pain Research and Intervention Center of Excellence.11 He and his team recruit healthy volunteers for experimental pain sessions during which participants are exposed to painful stimuli in the form of electrical stimulation, pressure, heat or cold.12 The volunteers rate their pain on a standard scale of zero to 10.

Fillingim reported his findings are consistent with those of other researchers.13 While the pain stimuli are the same, women on average report greater pain. Fillingim believes that finding the reason behind the difference may help provide more effective pain treatment beyond a standard prescription for highly addictive opioid drugs.

Pain perception affected by several factors

Fillingim is investigating several factors that influence the perception of pain, including sex hormones. In discussing pain perception of those living with arthritis, scholars from the Arthritis Foundation point out factors influencing perception include age, emotions and support systems.14

In the elderly, regions of the brain that process pain may undergo a structural change predisposing the individual to a reduction in pain perception.15 However, recent studies have shown that sensation may increase or decrease as you age. Psychological state is also a player in pain treatment.

Researchers have found that those who have a negative attitude or emotional state may have an increased intensity of their pain and a poor response to pain control.16 By contrast, those with a positive attitude often experience better clinical treatment of their pain with medication.

In an analysis of chronic pain in individuals, researchers have found that perception is more than just sensation as it often encompasses emotional aspects, the attention of the individual and learned responses over time.17 Anxiety and depression also contribute.

Scientists have found that by providing psychological support they may reduce the use of analgesics and increase an individual’s sense of control. Perceptions in those experiencing chronic pain will also be influenced by their expectation of what they will feel and how they will respond to treatment.18

Based on results of a study Fillingim conducted on those with active knee osteoarthritis, the team suggested that women have an enhanced central sensitivity to pain.19 Central sensitization occurs in the nervous system when an individual experiences chronic pain.20

The condition has two characteristics involving heightened sensitivity, one of which occurs when the person experiences pain under conditions normally not painful. The other occurs when something that is typically painful is perceived as being more painful. In essence, the central nervous system becomes regulated to a persistent state which lowers an individual’s threshold for what causes pain.

What Fillingim found is that the perception of an identical acute pain stimulus is greater in women than in men, and that women also experience an enhanced central sensitization to chronic pain.

Women more likely to get combination opioid prescription

According to Harvard Health Publishing21 there are connections among anxiety, depression and pain. The overlap is particularly significant in those suffering from chronic pain. Researchers are finding that the overlap has something to do with biological mechanisms in addition to psychological factors.

When anxiety and pain overlap, treatment may be challenging. Researchers have found that significant mood disorders apparent before surgical intervention can contribute to the development of chronic pain after surgery.22 One study23 found a link between anxiety and the exacerbation of pain related to the hippocampus, which plays a role in anxiety.24

Anxiety disorders are some of the most prevalent mental health conditions. According to population-based surveys, nearly 33.7% may suffer from anxiety during their lifetime.25 It is important to note researchers have consistently found women suffer from anxiety disorders twice as much as men and that this may be related to life experiences or genetic and neurobiological factors.26

Psychologist Carolyn Mazure, Ph.D., of the Yale School of Medicine27 notes that women are also more likely to have a chronic disability associated with pain.28 The combination of a higher incidence of chronic pain conditions, anxiety disorders and deeper perceptions of pain may greatly contribute to the trend toward the combined use of opioids and benzodiazepines in women.29

Although clinical guidelines caution physicians against this combination, from 2002 to 2014 the proportion of those who received opioids and benzodiazepines together rose from 6.8% to 9.6%.30

Half of those received both drugs from the same physician on the same day; the writing of combined prescriptions was more common in those who were getting opioids for more than 90 days, in both women and the elderly.31

Does substance abuse progress more quickly?

Drug overdose deaths related to prescription and synthetic opioid use in women jumped significantly from 1999 to 2017.32 The percent increase of total drug overdoses in women ages 30 to 64 years jumped by 260% during that same time.33 Although the number of female deaths was lower than that of males, the number appeared to rise at the same rate until 2017.34

In an analysis35 of a large insurance claims database whose results were published in 2009, researchers studied chronic opioid users and their use of medical services. They found 4.56% of all insurance claims were made by chronic opioid users, who made up just 0.65% of the total population.

Of the group, women represented more than 63% and filed a greater number of insurance claims representing medical services.36 The authors suggest that opioids were often prescribed for arthritis and headaches or at times when patients presented with concurrent physical ailments for which opioids were contraindicated, such as COPD.

Another study37 offers results which are believed to point to gender-based vulnerabilities involving the consequences of addiction in women. The objective was to evaluate the effect of gender on progression from regularly using addictive substances to entering treatment.

The researchers found that women went through fewer years of regular use before choosing to enter treatment; however, they didn’t find a difference in the severity of drug dependence specific to gender.38 They concluded this may support the idea that women go through an accelerated progression of addiction to opioids, cannabis and alcohol.

The study did not address the degree of failure in the participants’ life before seeking treatment. In other words, women may have exhibited a greater understanding of their need for treatment rather than a faster progression through addiction.

Seek natural options before opioids

If you are struggling with an opioid addiction, please seek professional help immediately. A major step toward healing and health is to make changes to your diet and lifestyle, which may produce significant results. Four primary areas to address include:

  • Eliminating or radically reducing your consumption of grains and sugars
  • Increasing your intake of animal-based omega-3 fats
  • Optimizing your production of vitamin D
  • Radically reducing your intake of processed foods

Each of these helps reduce inflammation in your body. If you are fighting chronic pain, it is important to address the underlying issue in order to reduce your discomfort and improve your health. You may find it helpful to start physical therapy or visit a chiropractor to address challenges with posture, lower back pain, chronic headaches or hip and knee pain among others.

In addition to these strategies consider the use of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), which involve psychological acupressure to optimize your emotional and physical health and healing. EFT is easy to learn and may help remove negative emotions, reduce food cravings (including sugar) and reduce pain.

If you are struggling with opioid addiction, EFT may also assist you through a structured recovery program. If you’re currently suffering from chronic pain, you may find comfort knowing there are many natural, safe and effective alternatives you can consider rather than turning to over-the-counter and prescription painkillers. For a list of those, see my past article, “Understanding the Opioid Epidemic.”

UPDATE1: #HATJ COMMENTS ON ZAP’S CLAIM OF DORIAN BEING "WEATHER TECH"

Update 1

From: TUCCI-JARRAF, HEATHER ANN
Date: 
Sep 7, 2019 at 2:35 PM
Subject: RE: ZAP post excerpt

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THESECRET BARGAINING CHIP” THE “UNITED STATES” HAS BEEN HOLDING AND USING BEHIND THE SCENES TO SHIFT AND EXPAND PREVIOUSLY LIMITED STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS PAST ALL FORMER “STATUS QUO’S”, IS NO LONGER “IN HAND” OF “UNITED STATES”?  
IN LOVE, GRATITUDE, AND HEARTITUDE.  ??


From: TUCCI-JARRAF, HEATHER ANN
Date: Sep 6, 2019 at 9:51 PM
Subject: RE: ZAP post excerpt

…i am not surprised that “ZAP” would attribute “DORIAN” and its stay to “weather tech”, lol ?

…no more pretenses, cloaks, and false “hoods”, in any “where”, any “why”, any “how”, any “what”, and any and all other former “degrees of separation”…a special energy frequency/vibration is transmitting that removes all cloaks, pretenses, and false “hoods” now and “overlights” all being, all present!
? 

BEing and DOing are hyperaccelerated beyond all previous hyperaccelerations…in joy, enjoy!

my love, gratitude, and heartitude to all ??


From: Terran
Date: 9/6/2019 10:21 AM
Subject: ZAP post excerpt

“ONE THING ABOUT DORIAN, IT STAYED IN THE EXACT PLACE WHERE THE CHINESE BOUGHT PORTS IN THE AREA. IT BATTERED THEM PRETTY HEAVILY. TRUMP POINTED THAT OUT IN ONE OF HIS TWEETS. CONSIDERING WEATHER TECHNOLOGY, IT IS INTERESTING TO OBSERVE THE BEHAVIOUR OF SUCH STORMS.”

Original full post here: https://www.rumormillnews.com/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=130772

An Unprecedented Level of Panic is Being Demonstrated by Epstein’s Elite Friends

by Richard Enos

The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.—Theodore Parker, 19th Century Unitarian minister.

Those awakening to the truth of what is going on in the world tend to be particularly irked by the knowledge that the most powerful people, who are guilty of the most horrific crimes, seem to be able to get off scot-free.

And the trafficking, rape, torture, and ritual sacrifice of children would qualify as the most horrific crime imaginable.

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Monumental University Study Finds “Fire DID NOT Bring Down Tower 7 on 9/11”

by Matt Agorist

On September 11, 2001, at 5:20 p.m., World Trade Center Building 7 suddenly collapsed into its own footprint, falling at free fall speed for 2.5 seconds of its seven-second complete destruction.

WTC 7 was not hit by a plane.

After it collapsed, Americans were told that office fires caused a unique — never before seen — complete architectural failure leading to the building collapsing into its own footprint at the rate of gravity.

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