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Message 2128214 - Posted: 9 Nov 2023, 2:23:31 UTC - in response to Message 2128202.  

It always amazes me.

Methane, CH4 somehow throws off NO2 when it burns. Ask a chemist. Burn CH4 in O2 and get CO2 and 2 H2O.
So what is going on here. Is the N2 present in the atmosphere somehow burning at the same time with O2 and we consume 1 N2 and 2 O2 and get 2 NO2? If so why doesn't this reaction spread and consume the entire atmosphere?

Just where is this nitrogen coming from? Is there some nitrogen contaminant in the natural gas that could be filtered out?

Then the real question is if there is that much more NO2, what the heck about the CO2 level? Is it dangerously high too?

And what about incomplete combustion. NO and CO? What are their levels?

So what about wood or coal stoves?

Is this just a study being pushed by the electric industry?
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Message 2128221 - Posted: 9 Nov 2023, 8:11:39 UTC - in response to Message 2128214.  

Methane, CH4 somehow throws off NO2 when it burns. Ask a chemist. Burn CH4 in O2 and get CO2 and 2 H2O.

There's some "interesting" chemistry involved, but the short form is that the Nitrogen in the air can burn and produce various NOx compounds, most of which are short lived ( a few seconds), but NO2 is fairly stable and can persist for long time until it encounters another flame, whereupon it will decompose to N2, N3 (oh boy, that's a fun one), and O2.
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Message 2128312 - Posted: 10 Nov 2023, 20:35:32 UTC
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At last:


Colombia passes ambitious ‘junk food law’ to tackle lifestyle diseases
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The Latin American country is one of the first in the world to introduce a health tax targeting ultra-processed foods

A new law in Colombia making it one of the first countries in the world to explicitly tax ultra-processed food has been hailed by campaigners and health experts who say it could set an example for other countries.

After years of campaigning, the “junk food law” came into force this month and a levy will be introduced gradually...

... “Countries around the world have been implementing health taxes, for example by taxing tobacco or sugary drinks, but few have extended them to [ultra-]processed foods,” ... “Colombia’s model is more expansive than what we have seen before and could serve as an example to other countries.”...

... “Ultimately, the objective of industrialised food production is not nutrition but making money,” said Champagne. “It means that producers don’t care if consumers eat food that will make them ill or make them die.”



Slowly, oh so slowly.

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Message 2128323 - Posted: 10 Nov 2023, 21:51:22 UTC - in response to Message 2128312.  

The problem I see is who defines where the line is between processed and ultra-processed is?

Many 'normal' foods are processed;
breakfast cereals
cheese
tinned vegetables
bread
savoury snacks, such as crisps, sausage rolls, pies and pasties
meat products, such as bacon, sausage, ham, salami and paté
microwave meals or ready meals
cakes and biscuits
drinks, such as milk or soft drinks.

Would any of the above, or parts of the above, be put into the ultra-processed group.

Another area where I can see it being a bonanza for lawyers arguing the case for and against.
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Message 2128910 - Posted: 23 Nov 2023, 15:54:40 UTC

All very toxic... And we are eating and drinking the stuff:


A cocktail of toxins is poisoning our fields. Its effect on humans? Nobody can tell us
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It’s an experiment with 8 billion test subjects, no controls and no endpoint...

... In 2017, the Environment Agency produced a startling report on the contamination of the sewage sludge being sold or given to farmers as fertiliser by water companies. It revealed that there has been a radical change in the disposal of many industrial wastes. Instead of taking their liquid waste to dedicated disposal facilities, chemical and cosmetics manufacturers now pay water companies for the right to dump their loads into sewage treatment works.

In other words, two completely different waste streams – human excrement and industrial effluent – are being deliberately and irremediably mixed...

... When this chemical shitstorm hits the sewage system, it’s either pumped directly into rivers through illegal discharges by the water companies or held back as sewage sludge, now a toxic and highly complex mess.

What then happens to it? Well, the next steps are as clear as sewage...

... A proliferation of “waste brokers, contractors and subcontractors” ensures that the tracking of waste from source to sink is almost impossible. Transfer and consignment notes fail to list the industrial effluents the sludge contains or to explain where it is going. It is often “miscoded”, creating a false impression that it’s safe.

But from what the agency can tell, “much of the mixed sludge was destined for farmland” ... The manufacturers get cheap disposal for hazardous waste, the water companies get paid for accepting it, and farmers get cheap or free manure. But they are not informed about the added extras...


... And then we eat it all up.

What could possibly go wrong?...


There is a fund being set up to push a legal case against our government.

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Message 2129081 - Posted: 26 Nov 2023, 18:18:58 UTC
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All part of the usual greedy games?...


Big Pharma fought drug pricing reform with record $7.5M dark money donation
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Dark money group American Action Network spend millions opposing drug pricing reforms

In August, the Department of Health and Human Services announced 10 drugs selected for the first round of Medicare price negotiations—a landmark effort established by the 2022 Inflation Reduction Act to try to drag down the country's uniquely astronomical prescription drug prices.

Pharmaceutical companies publicly balked—and also sued—then eventually came to the table. But it was far from their first protest of the Democrat-led effort to reform drug pricing in the US, which pays far more for prescription drugs than other high-income countries.

In 2022, the pharmaceutical industry's top lobbying group, PhRMA, gave a record $7.5 million to the GOP-linked dark money group, American Action Network (AAN), which spent millions on advertising that year opposing drug pricing reforms...


All for overly greedy profit?...

At what cost to a caring society?

At what cost to people??...


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Message 2129112 - Posted: 27 Nov 2023, 18:42:21 UTC

How is this coming to pass?...


New Zealand smoking ban: Health experts criticise new government's shock reversal
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New Zealand's new government says it plans to scrap the nation's world-leading smoking ban to fund tax cuts.

The legislation, introduced under the previous Jacinda Ardern-led government, would have banned cigarette sales next year to anyone born after 2008.

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths in New Zealand, and the policy had aimed to stop young generations from picking up the habit.

Health experts have strongly criticised the sudden reversal. "We are appalled and disgusted..."...

... While it has been praised as a public health policy, the Smokefree measures drew opposition from some business groups in New Zealand. Owners of newsagents and corner shops criticised the loss of revenue - even with government subsidies...

... Public health modelling conducted in 2022 had shown the Smokefree policy would have saved New Zealand's health system about NZ$1.3bn (£630m; $790m) over the next 20 years...

... More than 80,000 adults have quit in the past year, its national data shows. Currently, about 8% of its adult population smokes.



Deadly greedy profits?...

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Message 2129316 - Posted: 1 Dec 2023, 14:10:13 UTC

Overly greedy profits...

{Retail} boss hits out at parent ‘exploitation’ in baby milk market
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... The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on Wednesday revealed manufacturers had increased prices by more than their costs during the inflation crisis, fattening profit margins and imposing an average 25% increase on shoppers in two years. It warned competition could be hampered because the market is dominated by two companies, Danone and Nestlé, which between them account for 85% of sales.

... “This is exploitation. We need this to stop immediately...



Greedy profits and no-morals Marketing with consequences...

All in an overly greedy world...
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Message 2129703 - Posted: 11 Dec 2023, 10:02:25 UTC

Why import such stuff when we make enough of our own c**p junk food & sweets?
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-67642389
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Message 2129969 - Posted: 17 Dec 2023, 23:01:59 UTC

How to move your movements to being not slimed:


Should I worry about my gut microbiome?
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... Until fairly recently, the idea of listening to your gut was mostly metaphorical. The heart, lungs and liver are important to keep in good shape. But the stomach, intestines and colon? Surely they just keep chugging along, processing whatever you put into them, occasionally objecting, but basically doing their job.

Well, not quite. Over the last five years or so, evidence has been piling up that the huge community of microorganisms – bacteria, viruses and fungi – that live in the gut affect everything from the immune system to mental health. We have learned that there are roughly 500m neurons in the human gut...

... “Having a healthy gut is part of being a healthy human on quite a number of levels,”...

... So how do you give your gut the best chance of keeping you in shape?...



Enjoy good food and good health!

Enjoy!!
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Message 2132798 - Posted: 19 Feb 2024, 23:02:48 UTC

Why does sugar-free gum and candy give people bad gas?
You might want to think twice before putting a stick of sugar-free gum into your mouth.

Researchers say it can negatively impact your gut health — including giving you more gas. Researchers from the University of California-Davis are revealing how changes in the gut microbiome can lead to difficulties in digesting sorbitol, a sugar alcohol commonly found in sugar-free gum, candies, and naturally in fruits like apples and avocados

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“Our research suggests that microbial sorbitol degradation normally protects the host against sorbitol intolerance. However, an impairment in the microbial ability to break down sorbitol causes sorbitol intolerance,” says study first author Jee-Yon Lee, an assistant project scientist in the UC Davis Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology, in a media release.

Key Findings:

  • Sugar-free candy and gum can give some people more gas.

  • Scientists say the problem stems from issues digesting sorbitol.

  • The drug mesalazine may help treat sorbitol intolerance.

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