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  2. I have found an alarming scientific article on aspartame It looks that it is a really dangerous substance, perhaps even more than thought by most. The article concluded that doses much smaller than recommended daily intake influence people's neurobehavioral health, i.e. participants who consumed aspartame were prone to depression and other mental ailments such as irritation.  I would like scientists to look for similar researches and comprehensively write on aspartame effects on our brain in layman terms
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  4. Campaign Summary: Compare phosphate-containing detergents vs phosphate-free ones in terms of usage by population (if such data exists) and availability on supermarket shelves. Also compare prices, i.e. if generally phosphate-free detergents are more expensive for being more sustainable. The aim is to identify possible and easy improvements related to the environmental concern of phosphates polluting waters.
  5. What is cholesterol?

    gespalding, you want too much to fit into one place. If you want such a detailed info on mechanisms by which food and sport affect cholesterol levels, use references and read scientific articles. I'm confident you'll find what you seek there.
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  7. This article is now in the preparation stage till Mar 4th 2018. This article will be researched and published on or around mar 4th 2018. 
  8. ARTICLE POLL (winner selection on Mar 4 2018)

    The winner of Feb 18th 2018 election is ' Exercise on inner city streets may damage your health ', please bear with us while our scientist are working hard to deliver the facts for you on this article by Mar 4 2018
  9. The article "Why a ‘bad’ taste can be ‘good’ news for your health" is now uploaded here
  10. It’s fairly obvious that foods that are bad for us generally taste good. Most unhealthy options such as processed, pre-packaged food and fast food from take-away restaurants are pumped full of sugar, fat and salt. These unhealthy constituents taste appealing, and light up the pleasure centres in our brain when we eat them. Eating fats and sugars causes increases in serotonin in the reward areas of our brain, in a similar way to taking recreational drugs. [1] [2]  One study conducted on rats found that regular administration of fatty foods induced a cocaine-like addiction:[3] electrodes monitoring brain activity showed that after frequent fatty food consumption the rats developed a tolerance to the pleasure they got from fatty foods, and thus they compulsively sought out larger amounts, even when given electric shocks for eating it. Furthermore, they also became less inclined to eat nutritious food, even when nutritious food was the only food available. Conversely, many people dislike, or even have aversions to, food that is highly nutritious. Brussels sprouts are commonly disliked, but are actually highly beneficial. They have been shown to reduce DNA damage[4] and increase levels of detoxifying enzymes,[5] both of which are mechanisms that can potentially reduce the risks of certain cancers. Many people also do not like the taste of fish, particularly strong tasting oily fish. However certain types of oily fish can help to reduce inflammation in the body, reducing the risks of cardiovascular disease and certain cancers and improving improve brain function and mood.[6] This is because oily fish is rich in vitamin D and omega 3 fatty acids, which benefit brain and heart function.[7] Ginger root, which many people feel has an overpowering spicy taste, aids digestion,[8] reduces inflammation[9] and can help to prevent blood clots.[9] In addition, studies have also shown that ginger powder can induce cell death in ovarian cancer cells,[10] and that it can prevent gastrointestinal cancers.[11] It also has other beneficial effects, including giving relief from pain,[12] heartburn[11] and migraines.[13] Mushrooms are also commonly disliked, mostly due to their texture. However they bring a lot to the table. They provide a lot of nutrition considering they’re very low in calories and salt, and are cholesterol and fat free. They are also a great source of B vitamins.[14] [15] Another food, Miso, is a dark brown paste that isn't very attractive and is quite strongly flavoured. It is a form of fermented soy derivative, which has has been linked to reduced incidences of cancer and hypertension.[16] [17] Seaweed, which might appear slimy, can favourably improve estrogen and phytoestrogen metabolism in postmenopausal women and can modulate bacteria in the gastrointestinal system.[18] It has also been reported to contain compounds that possess strong anti-cancer and antiviral actions.  So, it is important to realise the many benefits of foods that you might otherwise turn you nose up at. Whilst no-one should feel forced to eat foods that they dislike, the multitude of health boosting properties of these unpalatable foods may just sweeten the deal, and encourage you to broaden your taste horizons. [1] Fortuna, JL. (2012) The obesity epidemic and food addiction: clinical similarities to drug dependence. J Psychoactive Drugs. 44(1). 56-63. [2] Young, SN. (2007) How to increase serotonin in the human brain without drugs. J Psychiatry Neurosci. 32(6). 394-9. [3] Kenny, PJ. (2011) Reward mechanisms in obesity: new insights and future directions. Neuron. 69(4). 664-79. [4] Verhagen, H, Poulsen, HE, Loft, S, van Poppel G, Wilems, MI, van Bladeren, PJ. (1995) Reduction of oxidative DNA-damage in humans by Brussels sprouts. Carcinogenesis. 16(4). 969-70. [5] Nijhoff, WA, Grubben, MJAL, Nagengast, FM, Jansen, JBMJ, Verhagn, H, van Poppel, G, Peters, WHM. (1995) Effects of consumption of Brussels sprouts on intestinal and lymphocytic glutathione S-transferases in humans. Carcinogenesis. 16(9). 2125-8. [6] Ellulu, MS, Khaza’ai, H, Abed, Y, Rahmat, A, Ismail, P, Ranneh, Y. (2015) Role of fish oil in human health and possible mechanism to reduce the inflammation. Inflammopharmacology. 23(2-3). 79-89. [7] Hearn, TL, Sgoutas, SA, Hearn, JA, Sgoutas, DS. (1987) Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids and Fat in Fish Flesh for Selecting Species for Health Benefits. J Food Sci. 52(5). 1209-11. [8] Valussi, M. (2012) Functional foods with digestion-enhancing properties. Int J Food Sci Nutr. 63(S1). 82-9. [9] Thomson, M, Al-Qattan, KK, Al-Sawan, SM, Alnaqeeb, MA, Khan, I, Ali, M. (2002) The use of ginger (Zingiber officinale Rosc.) as a potential anti-inflammatory and antithrombotic agent. Prostagland Leukotrienes, Ess Fatty Acids. 67(6). 475-8. [10] Rhode, J, Fogoros, S, Zick, S, Wahl, H, Griffith, KA, Huang, J, Liu, JR. (2007) Ginger inhibits cell growth and modulates angiogenic factors in ovarian cancer cells. Biomed Central. [epub] DOI: 10.1186/1472-6882-7-44. [11] Prasad, S, Tyagi, AK. (2015) Ginger and its constituents: role in prevention and treatment of gastrointestinal cancer. Gastroenterol Res Pract. [epub]  doi: 10.1155/2015/142979.  [12] Shirvani, MA, Motahari-Tabari, N, Alipour, A. (2015) The effect of mefenamic acid and ginger on pain relief in primary dysmenorrhea: a randomized clinical trial. Arch Gynecol Obstet. 291(6). 1277-81. [13] Cady, RK, Goldstein, J, Nett, R, Mitchell, R, Beach, ME, Browning, R. (2011) A Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Pilot Study of Sublingual Feverfew and Ginger (LipiGesicTMM) in the Treatment of Migraine. Headache. 51(7). 1078-86. [14] Mattila, P, Könkö, K, Eurola, M, Pihlava, JM, Astola, J, Vahteristo, L, Hietaniemi, V, Kumpulainen, J, Valtonen, M, Piironen, V. (2001) Contents of vitamins, mineral elements, and some phenolic compounds incultivated mushrooms. J Agri Food Chem. 49(5). 2343-8. [15] Furlani, RPZ, Godoy, HT. (2008) Vitamins B1 and B2 contents in cultivated mushrooms. Food Chem. 106(2). 816-9. [16] Santiago, LA, Hiramatsu, M, Mori, A. (1992) Japanese Soybean Paste Miso Scavenges Free Radicals and Inhibits Lipid Peroxidation. J Nutr Sci Vitaminol. 38(3). 297-304. [17] Watanabe, H. (2013) Beneficial Biological Effects of Miso with Reference to Radiation Injury, Cancer and Hypertension. J Toxicol Pathol. 26(2). 91-103. [18] Teas, J, Hurley, TG, Hebert, JR, Franke, AA, Sepkovic, DW, Kurzer, MS. (2009) Dietary Seaweed Modifies Estrogen and Phytoestrogen Metabolism in Healthy Postmenopausal Women. J Nutr. 139(5). 939-44.  
  11. Campaign Summary: Air pollution is one of the biggest environmental problem today. Its scale frightens - air is a resource used by everyone with no regards to your status and race. I wonder if we can do something about it? Sure we can, but only acting all together. Therefore, I would like to use the power of community to investigate how bad the situation with air pollution is in the UK and when compared to other major European cities. I propose to find information about air quality across the UK and to nail down the biggest air polluters, i.e. the industry members.
  12. Smoked food: how is it made and how can it cause cancer?

    I think if we use grilling instead of smoking, we can minimise hazardous substance exposure. The difference is that during grilling food is cooked quicker and at high temperatures, while smoking is a slow process. 
  13. Congratulations on having selected with the help of your votes our first ever article topic. This article is now in the preparation stage till Feb 17th 2018. This article will be researched and published on or around Feb 17th 2018.   
  14. Although dietary supplements are not medicines, they still can have side effects based on volume consumed, thus you get warning about how much you can take of them daily, but I found the labels differing on given RDI. I wonder if there is any requirement of safety testing the dietary supplements before they end up on a supermarket shelf, please research and enlighten us.
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  16. Quality and safety of clothes

    Campaign Summary: Does cheap always means worse quality? With this campaign I want to to audit the retailers and check if cheap clothes are safe
  17. Fruits and vegetables: the holy grail of health?

    I always wondered how organic production can save their products from pests without pesticides? I bet they use something to circumvent  pesticide bans of organic regulations, and still have some substances in, that are 'not forbidden' and thus otherwise 'allowed', so nobody knows if such chemicals are harmless because no one will ever test against not banned substances.
  18. Aspartame: a daily toxin

    It's not surprising that aspartame is still allowed by EFSA. Obviously they have their part in this story. Aspartame problems are not so significant, and that's why we don't hear a lot about it, but I'm sure that it's the same story behind the regulatory scenes as is with glyphosate scandal.
  19. What is cholesterol?

    Article does not explain clearly what cholesterol is and gives only general recommendations about healthy lifestyle. It doesn't report anything new. It is a well-known fact, that there are bad and good cholesterols, but what is the link between food we eat and level of cholesterols? What the link between sport and cholesterol, how it can help normilize cholesterol levels? And why obesity is a cause of elevated level of triglicerides? I thought the more trigliceride, the more fat/obesity.
  20. Aspartame: a daily toxin

    As I understood children are more susceptible to aspartame. But I'm aware that a lot of goods for children contain this sweetener, particularly vitamins. It turns out those seemingly harmless,and otherwise useful, pills can harm our children in such an unnoticed way.
  21. Waxes on food

    Did you know that fruits and vegetables are waxed to prevent spoilage and improve appearance? I would like to know if it is safe. It doesn't sound like safe at all, the food we eat is covered with a wax film... So I ask the scientists of this forum to research this question and write one more practical article
  22. Aspartame: a daily toxin

    Holes in the brains... It's interesting, how much aspartame one should eat to gain holes in ones brain. Or it makes holes just in mice?
  23. What is cholesterol?

    My mother used to eat a lot of margarine, she replaced butter with margarine fully as she found it more tasty. When her organism started signalling her that something was wrong - her blood pressure rose up - she went to doctor. The doctor advised her to cut out the margarine from her diet, also he limited the amount of fat in general. Fortunately, after some time her blood pressure bounced back to normal and there is margarine in our fridge anymore and she uses butter again but in moderation with no cholesterol concerns. 
  24. Clothes: dying to be fashionable?

    In fact, all these toxins are all around, not only in our clothes. For example, formaldehyde and flame retardants are contained in furniture, and heavy metals are emitted by different plants. So, perhaps, it does not make sense to worry about your clothes, when you breathe all this stuff either way.
  25. ARTICLE POLL (winner selection on Mar 4 2018)

    The winner of Feb 3rd 2018 election is 'Why a ‘bad’ taste can be ‘good’ news for your health', please bear with us while our scientist are working hard to deliver the facts for you on this article by Feb 17 2018
  26. Congratulations on having selected with the help of your votes our first ever social campaign.  This campaign is now in the preparation stage till Feb 28th 2018. This campaign research results will be posted live by Mar 31st 2018. 
  27. News on glyphosate appear again and again. It seems that someday EU will finaly ban it. But it is a long story and we need to be aware of glyphosate situation in the world today. What are the chances to be exposed to glyphosate around the world? Which country use it less or perhaps there are glyphosate-free countries? If yes, it would be much worthy to popularise their practice as example for EU. 
  28. Mobile phones usage has substantially increased for last decade. It's not surprising, mobile phones are so convenient, we can talk almost everywhere whenever we want. That's an amazing invention! But is it safe to speak via cell phone? It emits radiofrequency waves, which are quite unnatural for the environment. People's brain and the whole bpdy is under constant exposure to such waves. How do they affect us? FDA advises to reduce time of speaking and to use headphones instead of placing the phone near your head. Why? What happens if we do not do this?
  29. Campaign Summary: I am a keen fan of smoked food, but I also want to lead a healthy lifestyle. I learnt all smoked food is a health hazard and am curious to learn if it is possible to find healthy and smoked food products at all? Does the smoked and hazard free food producer exists?
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