The Health News USA September 28 2017

Overview

  • Officials said on Monday that authorities from a record 123 countries, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, have taken action against hundreds of businesses suspected of illegally selling medicines over the internet.
  • Doctor Michael Mosley, author of the new book ‘’The Clever Gut Diet: How to Revolutionize Your Body From the Inside Out’’ argues that what you feed your gut, which he calls your “second brain,” can have an effect on your mood, your weight and your immune system.
  • The latest bid backed by US President Donald Trump to dismantle his predecessor’s health care law likely unraveled Monday when a crucial third Republican formally came out against the plan. Republican leaders had hoped to schedule a vote on the bill, which replaces the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with a system of block grants to states, before a September thirty deadline that would allow them to pass it with a simple majority.

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http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-interpol-pharmacies/u-s-fda-joins-interpol-crackdown-on-illicit-online-pharmacies-idUSKCN1C02BS

Officials said on Monday that authorities from a record one hundred twenty three countries, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, have taken action against hundreds of businesses suspected of illegally selling medicines over the internet. The international police agency, Interpol, said the action, known as Operation Pangea X, involved one hundred ninety seven police, customs and health regulatory authorities and led to the seizure of twenty five million illicit and counterfeit medicines worldwide.

The Food and Drug Administration targeted more than five hundred websites, issuing warning letters and seizing nearly one hundred website domain names, including buyhydrocodoneonline.com and buyklonopin.com. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said the agency has tripled its international mail inspectors and doubled its cybercrime and port of entry agents. He said the efforts are part of a broader plan the FDA is developing to intercept illegal drugs.Operation Pangea X resulted in the launch of one thousand fifty eight investigations and the removal of three thousand five hundred eighty four websites, Interpol said, as well as the suspension of more than three thousand online advertisements for illicit drugs, including dietary supplements, painkillers, epilepsy drugs, antipsychotics and nutritional products. Operation Pangea is an annual effort focused on illegal drugs that began in two thousand eight with eight countries. It is coordinated by Interpol, which is headquartered in Lyon, France.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/clever-gut-diet/story?id=50065497

The author of a new book argues that what you feed your gut, which he calls your “second brain,” can have an effect on your mood, your weight and your immune system. Doctor Michael Mosley, author of ‘The Clever Gut Diet: How to Revolutionize Your Body From the Inside Out’ told ABC News that the ‘clever gut diet’ basically is what I describe as a Mediterranean-style diet. His diet includes staples such as fruits and vegetables, as well as dark chocolate, turmeric and fermented foods. He added: “Fermented foods are absolutely packed with good bacteria. So every single teaspoon of that stuff has got tens of billions of living bacteria.” According to Mosley, recommended fermented foods to add to your diet include kombucha, kefir, and “smelly cheeses.” Mosley recommends thinking of your gut as a garden, where prebiotics and fiber act as a fertilizer. The crop is the more than twenty trillion bacteria growing in your gut.Prebiotics are “nondigestible carbohydrates that act as food for probiotics,” according to Mayo Clinic, a health system with locations across the country.

Mosley adds that many Americans have ruined their gut with junk food and excessive use of antibiotics, but he said new scientific research is looking at how a change in diet may be able to reprogram your physical and psychological well-being. While many questions still remain in the medical community about the connection between your gut and mind, some new studies indicate a link between the gut and immune system health. “We do know anecdotally people who eat better and have healthier guts tend to get sicker less, they tend to have less systemic inflammation,” Maya Feller, a New York-based registered dietitian, said on Good Morning America. Feller recommends people try to increase their intake of fiber. Men should aim for thirty eight grams of fiber per day, while women should aim for twenty five grams per day. On a daily basis, Feller advised adding vegetables to both breakfast and lunch and including non-starchy vegetables as three-quarters of your dinner plate.

http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/americas/156350-170926-republican-health-plan-likely-dead-as-key-us-senator-defects

The latest bid backed by US President Donald Trump to dismantle his predecessor’s health care law likely unraveled Monday when a crucial third Republican formally came out against the plan. Senator Susan Collins, who has flip floped for weeks on the latest measure that would overhaul Obamacare, joined Republican colleagues John McCain and Rand Paul as firm no votes on the legislation. Republican leaders had hoped to schedule a vote on the bill, which replaces the Affordable Care Act with a system of block grants to states, before a September thirty deadline that would allow them to pass it with a simple majority.

“This is simply not the way that we should be approaching an important and complex issue that must be handled thoughtfully and fairly for all Americans,” Senator Susan Collins said in a statement announcing her opposition.The bill would make sweeping changes and cuts to Medicaid, with experts projecting a staggering one trillion dollars plus in cuts between two thousand twenty and two thousand thirty six to the federal health program for the poor and the disabled which has been expanded under Obamacare. “This would have a devastating impact to a program that has been on the books for fifty years and provides healthcare to our most vulnerable citizens,” Collins said.

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