The federal government takes steps to solve the nation’s obesity epidemic

9 responses to “The federal government takes steps to solve the nation’s obesity epidemic”

  1. Marci says:

    Then I guess there’s no arguing with you. I read through many of the articles from all of the links you sent and I found no evidence of the claims you’re making. You didn’t provide me with evidence, you gave me a google search for me to filter through. You can go on blaming others or you can take responsibility for yourself. I shall choose the latter.Also, Paulette was citing a study but she should know nothing is every “proven” in science, ever. So by claiming that her information was proven, it lost all credibility before I even read the rest of it. I’m not even going to get into the ethics of “force fed” and whether her study even has credibility.

  2. Lulu says:

    I know it is a neurotransmitter, but it is also a neurotoxin. And I know ( and said) it is one of 20, known ones, but it is believed there are more we have yet to identify. I also know they’re important for nutrition, but that they are used in wild amounts in industry and at our expense.Do you not trust the NCBI website, or did you not bother to go check my links before you sent me the high school science lesson? It’s a US government site – part of the National Institute of Health. If you don’t know how to read scientific studies, it has tutorials.below my comments here, I pasted a section from the link you sent, and note that the headline is is “controlling transmitter glutamate”. that is right, because if you DON’T control it, is when it becomes dangerous, and destroys the brain instead of making it healthy. Those complex causes for brain damage it mentions are called glutamate toxicity. Google that. Or read the studies I sent – there are thousands of them, and a great number use that term – glutamate toxicity. Google neurotoxin. No, I know you won’t, so here is the first paragraph of the wikopedia when you google “neruotoxi” for those of you who prefer to have your facts predigested. The rest of you can do your own research:Neurotoxin From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaNeurotoxins can be found in a number of organisms, including some strains of cyanobacteria,[1] which can be found in algal blooms or washed up on the shore in a green scum[2] Neurotoxin is derived from the Greek νευρών (nevron / neuron) meaning “nerve” (derived from neuro: “cord”)[3] and Latin toxicum meaning “poison” (derived from Greek τοξικόν φάρμακον toxikon pharmakon, meaning “arrow poison”[4]). They are an extensive class of exogenous chemical neurological insults[5] which can adversely affect function in both developing and mature nervous tissue.[6] The term can also be used to classify endogenous compounds which when abnormally concentrated can prove neurologically toxic.[5] Though neurotoxins are often neurologically destructive, their ability to specifically target neural components is important in the study of nervous systems.[7] Common examples of neurotoxins include lead,[8] ethanol,[9] glutamate,[10] nitric oxide (NO),[11] botulinum toxin,[12] tetanus toxin,[13] and tetrodotoxin.[7]And here is some of the text from your own link:CONTROLLING TRANSMITTER GLUTAMATEReasons 1. Disorders afflicting the nervous system account for more hospitalizations, more long-term care, and more chronic suffering than nearly all other disorders combined (Cowan and Kandel, 2001). The emotional and economic losses are enormous.2. Effective treatment is mostly unavailable, and prevention is difficult due to insufficient understanding of the causes.3. When brain tissue is diseased, complex processes start and nerve cells often continue to die after the initiating stimulus has stopped.4. Among the most exciting mechanisms are those controlling extracellular glutamate. Evidence suggests they play key roles in the disease processes ultimately leading to the nerve cell damage, disabilities and suffering (for review see: Danbolt, 2001).Challenge: The mechanisms controlling glutamate are hard to study because glutamate is involved in so many different and interconnected processes. Glutamate mediates most of the excitatory (stimulating, activating) signals in the central nervous system. This does not only include signals involved in perception, cognition and movements, but also for cell survival, elimination, migration and differentiation, as well as for synapse formation and elimination. Further, glutamate affects brain energy consumption, free radical formation, cell volume and water transport. Whenever brain tissue is studied, it changes.As I said before, don’t take my word for it – study this.

  3. Adam says:

    you guys are dumb

  4. Clara says:

    Very worrisome.

  5. Sarah says:

    All I want to know is, if the fat guy at the end was serious. God I hope it was suppose to be a joke. Dude, it’s not the government’s fault that you’re fat. I’m pretty sure you did that all on your own. If you want to fix your problem go to the doctor find out if something is wrong and ya know a diet and exercise can’t hurt. Would probably help.

  6. Deirdre says:

    je ne comprende!

  7. Lulu says:

    Marci, I didn;t see where Paulette was speaking as a scientist. She was merely relating that studies in China show MSG causes compulsive consumption.You want proof? I gave you proof. Go order feed for cattle headed for slaughter, and see what it is loaded with. Go look up what rats and mice are fed before obesity studies. Glutamate, in both cases. If that doesn’t prove it for you, what would? I find it ironic that you, who have repeatedly spoken before even thinking, are judging someone on how scientific their behavior is. Did you nother to look up the studies she referred to? I plan to, because I hadn’t heard about it before, and I’m curious. Aren’t you ever curious?As for your comments about links I sent, I think I made it pretty clear that this is where you go to read studies, and there are a LOT of them. I never said they all had the same finding, but if you bother to actually READ them, you will be shocked to find how many do cite glutamate as a factor, and increasingly, a cause in the condition being studied.And once again, the proof is in the pudding. If you are so sure that glutamate is a CURE, then explain why glutamate-blockers are now being used for all these conditions?FACT: Glutamate is used by cattle farmers, by scientists and by doctors to FATTEN.FACT: Glutamate is a widely accepted appetite stimulant.FACT: Glutamate-blockers are now used to treat people who have a wide number of illnesses, including now, obesity.FACT: subjects who did obesity studies and took a glutamate blocking obesity drug, lost 5% of their weight. When they went off the glutamate blocker, they immediately gained back that weight. The purpose of the drug was to curb binge eating. It completely succeeded within an astounding 24 hours. Too bad that binging immediately returned when the drug was stopped, because the glutamate additives are still in nearly all the foods we eat.I’m curious what your vested interest in disputing these things, without actually studying them or knowing anything about them? A skeptic seeks facts, but you’re not doing that. You’re just trying to discredit.

  8. Jackie says:

    I just can’t help but think this blog is not the right platform to make into a soapbox.

  9. Marci says:

    No. I’m fat because I ate the hamburger. The government didn’t open my mouth and put it in there. And I’m not even going to touch the Alzheimer’s/Autism thing with a 10 foot pole, but I would suggest you do a little more research on them before you include them in your arguments.

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