No Amount of Alcohol is Safe for Your Health
You have probably heard of some health benefits of a beer or two once a week or a glass of wine. According to a new study, even the smallest amount of alcohol could harm our health. The Global Burden of Disease study suggests that moderate drinking can protect from certain diseases such as diabetes or heart disease. However, the negative effects of moderate drinking are greater, including “the risks associated with cancers, which increased monotonically with consumption.” Published recently in The Lancet, the study is the most significant study to date according to researchers. Researchers involved in the study looked at data from 195 countries, between 1990 and 2016. The people involved in a research were between 15 and 95 years old who had just one drink a day or who did not drink at all.
According to the study, approximately 2.4 billion people around the world consume alcohol on a regular basis. From 2.4 billion people, 1.5 are men and 0.9 are women. Denmark has the highest percentage of drinkers, men (97.1%) and women (95.2%). Belarus was the country where alcohol was consumed the most, where average consumption is 17.5 liters per capita according to the World Health Organization. Overall, the highest level of alcohol consumption can be found in Europe with the top ten countries in alcohol consumption are from Europe, from Belarus and Moldova to the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The health benefits of moderate alcohol consumption are nothing compared to the negative effects. In 2016, alcohol use was blamed for approximately 2.8 deaths according to the study. Also, alcohol is the seventh leading factor for disability and premature death.
The Rise in Syphilis Cases
According to medical professionals, we should blame weather and dating apps for the rise in syphilis. According to experts, the recent heatwave is behind an increase in the rise of the infection as more people have been sexually active.
Also, dating apps are contributing to a rise in the number of people who are more sexually active and therefore more likely to be exposed to the sexually transmitted disease. A health board in South Wales announced that people were diagnosed with syphilis five times more frequently than they were last year.
The University Health Board in South Wales announced that since April 2018 there have been 56 confirmed cases of the syphilis infection in Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, and Bridgend in the UK, from 56 infections, 16 were confirmed only in the past two weeks alone. Mostly, men have been infected, however, several women have also tested positive. The most common symptoms of syphilis are small painless sores or blotchy red rashes, small skin growths or white patches around in the mouth. The small sore is usually easily noticeable and it can be painful. The sores can be located on the vagina, penis, around the anus or even on the mouth, fingers or lips. Later symptoms include white patches in the mouth, red rash on the body, headaches, tiredness, high temperature and joint pain.
Facebook is Deleting Alternative Health Pages in Their War on Fake News
Recently, Facebook deleted dozens of Facebook pages dedicated to holistic medicine in an apparent crackdown of any pseudoscience on their website. According to the Global Freedom Movement, an alternative media website, the social media platform deleted 80 accounts and “no reason was provided. No responses to inquiries have been forthcoming.” The deleted accounts are mainly focused on natural remedies, health, and organic living.
Some of the deleted pages are Just Natural Medicine (1 million followers), People’s Awakening (3.6 million followers) and Natural Cures Not Medicine (2.3 million followers). Also, small accounts with less than 15,000 followers were hit in the fight against fake news.
Former admin Jake Passi said he spent six years building his Collectively Conscious Facebook page, which covered spirituality, alternative health, science, and overall “the information that isn’t covered on mainstream media networks.” Most of the articles were republished from the other websites. Passi said that his Facebook community was suddenly deleted without any previous warning the moment he had 915,000 followers.
Jake Passi wrote: “People are losing their entire livelihoods here and also in many cases their passion/purpose in this world.”
Many believe that Facebook should focus on fake news in politics, not on unempirical Facebook pages related to health and spirituality.