Natural on Food Labels

FDA requests public comments and information on the use of the term “natural” on food labelling

The Food and Drug Administration is asking for public comments and information on the use of the terms ‘natural’. The manufacturers have been commonly labelling the human food products with the labels ‘natural’ , all ‘natural’, contains all natural ingredients’, made from natural ingredients’, etc. but there has not been any specific definition as to what these terms mean and whether the imposition of these labels signifies the food to be good for the health.

With the radical change in the food ingredients and production, and petitions from the citizens to clearly define the clear standards on the usage of the term natural’ on human food, FDA has come forward to welcome public opinion as to whether the term actually need to be defined and if yes, how? The agency also wants opinions on how to determine the correct use of this natural’ term on food labels.

Although, FDA has never been engaged in establishing a formal definition for the term natural’, but it has always considered natural’ as without any artificial or synthetic additions to the food. It also did never consider any nutritional or other health benefits associated with the term.

The FDA is accepting public comments from November 12, 2015 and is open for 90 days Comment period. The comments can be submitted electronically on their Website or through mail.

Recent News About Health that Will Surprise You!

Are you a lover of health news and reports but do not have updates about the latest happenings about health in the world? Here are the latest news you probably didn’t know and will definitely surprise you:

Uterus Transplant

Infertile women living in the U.S. may soon benefit from uterus transplant and become fertile once the Cleveland clinic surgeons succeed in their first attempt to transplant the uterus.

Cyber Sickness

Viewing/watching of digital moving content has been reported to cause a woozy feeling called cyber sickness. It’s a peculiar side effect associated with too much exposure of eyes to moving content on screens.

U.S. Abortion Clinics

The supreme court is soon going to hear a case about the Texas abortion law that could see the number of abortion clinics in the area reduced from 40 to about 10 clinics.

Period Trackers

Period Trackers apps are gaining popularity and are becoming one of the most popular apps that have transformed the girl culture by allowing them to be more open and knowledgeable about their monthly periods.

These are just but a few of the latest news about health.

Study Reveals the Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee

The health effects of coffee has been a highly debated topic since its inception. However, only recently, a new study has emerged, suggesting that the all-time favorite could be in fact a plus for good health.

The high profile study, involving 200000 women and 50000 men, indicates that drinking coffee actually decreases your risk of mortality. Among non-smoking participants, those who drank less than one cup to three cups of coffee a day had 6-8% lower risk of dying than non-drinkers. In addition, those who consume three to five cups had 12-15% lower death rates.

According to Ming Ding, a doctoral student in the Harvard School of Public Health, and the lead author of the study, these findings are consistent with his hypothesis that coffee consumption is associated with lower risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

Although it is possible that the dietary habits of coffee drinkers contributes to the lower risk of death, the researchers are said to have taken that into account. According to Ming Ding, chemicals in coffee such as lignans and chlorogenic acid can help reduce inflammation and control blood sugar. In addition, coffee drinkers had up to 36% lower suicidal rates.

Still, Ming Ding was unsure if people who drink a lot of coffee have better lifestyle habits that lead to lower deaths, hence the study might be inconclusive. Also, there may not have been sufficient deaths from a specific types of cancer to see a difference.

Arthritis Drug Treats Vitiligo

Vitiligo, a condition characterized by lose of skin pigmentation in blotches is believed to have no remedy just like AIDS..…But wait, tofacitinib has changed this narrative.

Although this condition is neither life-threatening nor painful, it often causes distress to those suffering from it. It has neither treatment nor cure. A recent case study has revealed that this drug used as a medication for arthritis (rheumatoid) is capable of restoring the skin color to patients suffering from this autoimmune disorder. At the Yale School of Medicine, tofacitinib restored the skin color in a female patient aged fifty three years old who had been suffering from this skin condition, according to the medical reports by dermatologists- Drs. Brett King and Brittany Craiglow
In pharmacology, it is normal and common occurrence that medication proven worthwhile in treating one ailment can as well be used in another totally unrelated condition due to the pharmaceutical ways in which it fundamentally affects the patient.

Overuse of Antibiotics on Farm Animals puts the Health of Young Children in Grave Danger

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) asserts that excessive use of antibiotics on livestock poses a great risk to the health of young children. Ideally, a report released today in the Pediatrics concludes that these antibiotics stay for longer periods in these food-producing animals; thereby, putting young children in grave danger of acquiring multiple infections. Aside from reducing the ability of medicine to treat those infections, the excessive use of antibiotics on livestock has resulted in a greater risk of life-threatening infections among young children. Dr. Jerome A. Paulson, FAAP, lead author, and AAP’s immediate past chair of the executive committee of the Council of Environment Health, holds that antimicrobial resistance is among the most serious threats not only to the public health of the U.S. but also to the world as a whole. “Antimicrobial resistance threatens the doctors’ abilities to treat and suppress infectious diseases,” he adds.

Coincidentally, the report released by the AAP came on the same day the WHO (World Health Organization) issued a statement stating that there are misunderstandings worldwide concerning antibiotic resistance. In that statement, officials from the WHO said 64% of people surveyed in twelve countries insisted antibiotic resistance is a crucial issue. Nevertheless, 66% noted that people are not at risk of a drug-infection provided they take their antibiotics as prescribed. Another 44% asserted that antibiotics resistance only becomes a menace when you take the prescriptions regularly, but how serious is the threat posed by antibiotics resistance?

In a report released by Paulson to Healthline, over 2 million people in the United States alone ill with antimicrobial-resistant infection every year, and this results in over 23,000 deaths in the country annually. According to the FDASN (Foodborne Diseases Active Surveillance Network), a system operated by the U.S. CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the year 2013 saw over 19,000 infections among young children, who currently cover almost 15% of the U.S. population. Unfortunately, during that year, those infections led to 4,200 hospitalizations and 80 deaths. The most endangered group is children under the age of five years, says Paulson to Healthline.

Life-threatening infections are, nevertheless, highly uncommon in healthy children, adds Paulson. In most cases, you will notice such infections only affect children who suffer from other medical complications. As a result, parents are urged to maintain their children’s health on a consistent basis. Paulson, who is also a professor emeritus of pediatrics and of environmental and occupational at George Washington University’s School of Medicine, noted a particular farming technique as one of the key causes of antimicrobial resistance. Most farmers often add small doses of antimicrobial agents to the feed of healthy farm animals over prolonged periods. Ideally, these farmers desire to prevent diseases, increase food efficiency and promote growth among their livestock.

These non-therapeutic uses are what contribute resistance and lead to new health dangers, as well as render antibiotics ineffective when doctors use them to treat infections in humans. Because children can be exposed to numerous drug-resistant bacteria, they are often the most endangered group. Drug-resistant bacteria are highly difficult to treat or eliminate if they cause an infection through consuming the meat of farm animals given antibiotics or through contact with those animals. Similar to humans, food-producing animals should receive relevant antibiotics for bacterial infections. Failure to do so compromises the health of young children.