Monthly Archives: March 2015

Fish Oil Not So Perfect After All

In the American tradition of overdosing on vitamins in pill form instead of eating actual foods packed with the nutrients themselves, fish oil is one of our favorite go-to accompaniments to our disgusting junk food habit. In fact, it’s become the third-most ingested supplement in the U.S., presumably because we believe it’s doing something. Turns out, it’s not.

According to a report in the Well blog at the New York Times, fish oil has long been praised for improving heart health and reducing the risk of stroke, when neither of those things are exactly true.

From 2005 to 2012, at least two dozen rigorous studies of fish oil were published in leading medical journals, most of which looked at whether fish oil could prevent cardiovascular events in high-risk populations. These were people who had a history of heart disease or strong risk factors for it, like high cholesterol, hypertension or Type 2 diabetes.

All but two of these studies found that compared with a placebo, fish oil showed no benefit.

If we can’t trust Big Vitamin, who can we trust?

Sure, the omega-3s that you find in your fish oil supplement may logically appear to contribute to a reduction in heart disease and blood clots. As the Times puts it, “Omega-3s can also reduce inflammation, which plays a role in atherosclerosis.” Yeah, okay, that’s one thing. But in large-scale studies fish oil contributes to that cause very negligibly. Most of our info on the stuff is completely out of date, having been set into the vitamin canon during studies of the late 90s, when our understanding of cardiovascular health was very different. You gotta be kidding us:

“But since then, there has been a spate of studies showing no benefit,” said Dr. James Stein, the director of preventive cardiology at University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics. Among them was a clinical trial of 12,000 people, published in The New England Journal of Medicine in 2013, that found that a gram of fish oil daily did not reduce the rate of death from heart attacks and strokes in people with evidence of atherosclerosis.

The chief of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Dr. JoAnn Manson, claims that the jury is still out, and that fish oil could helpfully contribute to prevention of other diseases such as cancer and depression. But for now, maybe just eat a fatty fish or two.

Fish Oil Not So Perfect After All.

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Dennis Hopper Dead at 74

Dennis Hopper, the Easy Rider director best remembered for playing whacked-out characters during an acting career that spanned six decades, died after a long bout with prostate cancer. He was 74.

Hopper died Saturday morning, the office of his agent, Liz Dalling, told TVGuide.com. No immediate details were released.

See other celebrities who died this year  

Critics and fans often said no one did crazy roles better than Hopper. For a long time, those roles reflected how he was living.

The Dodge City, Kan., native was a bit of prodigy, appearing in feature films such as Rebel Without a CauseGiant and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral by the time he was 21.

After making Rebel and Giant together, James Dean and Hopper became fast friends. When Dean was killed in his Porsche in September 1955, Hopper was devastated.

Dennis Hopper Dead at 74 | Fox News.

Facebook Reverses Ban on Anonymous Group to Combat ISIS AnonHQ

Facebook Ban on Anonymous #OpISIS

Facebook Ban on Anonymous #OpISIS

Just as quickly as Anonymous Red Cult created the growing “Cyber Brain Reborn” group page, the social media giant bowed to pressure from hundreds of Anons who protested the take down of the most popular Anonymous page. As the Anonymous operation, #OpISIS, was hitting full swing, Facebook decided to shut down the main Anonymous group page belonging to the team hacking the living hell out of ISIS.

After all, it  certainly was on the Cyber Brain page that our Counter Current News posts – calling out Facebook and Twitter for refusing to deactivate ISIS member propaganda and recruiting accounts – were first posted. Our contacts in Red Cult tell us that Facebook gave no warning and no explanation for why the entire group was shut down, except to say the whole group’s existence was a “violation” of Facebook’s Terms of Service and “Community Standards.”

The group was run by Red Cult team members, jointly with a couple of other popular Anonymous groups and pages, for a long time. The page only reads “Anonymous” but the URL terms it, “Cyber Brain.” So why was Facebook apparently siding with ISIS over Anonymous? The group was rather careful not to cross any lines with Facebook’s Terms of Service but this page was certainly one of the first places where information on #OpISIS was being posted, as soon as Counter Current News ran with it. Whatever Facebook ends up discovering their motive was, they’ve seemingly rescinded it.

Facebook Reverses Ban on Anonymous Group to Combat ISIS AnonHQ.

Big-ass alligator gobbles big-ass turtle at Florida golf course

Earlier this month, we brought you the story of the big-ass alligator that took over a Florida golf course.

Now that same course has shared another run-in with a gargantuan gator, this time showing the circle of life at work right there on the links.

Myakka Pines Golf Club posted the following photos to Facebook on Thursday morning, showing a gator locals have dubbed “Goliath” chomping down a turtle for breakfast.

Big-ass alligator gobbles big-ass turtle at Florida golf course.

MusclePharm & Arnold Series Lawsuits Say Protein Powders Lack Protein, Ripping Off Athletes

A growing number of companies are accused of selling workout supplements spiked with cheap fillers that they’re passing off as protein.

Bodybuilders, dieters, and athletes want the key macronutrient to help build or keep muscle, and have built protein sports supplements into a $7 billion industry, according to Euromonitor. But companies including pharmacy giant CVS Health and MusclePharm, the $110 million (sales) company that uses former Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger in its advertising, may be selling products where the protein content falls far below what’s on the label, according to a spate of lawsuits that have cropped up over the past eight months. “Arnold Schwarzenegger Series Iron Mass,” for instance, contains half the protein stated on its label, according to third party testing in one lawsuit; Schwarzenegger is not named as a defendant in the complaint.

MusclePharm, which was sued in a California federal court in late January by Ram, Olson, Cereghino and Kopczynski, is only the most recent company under attack for allegedly misleading their customers about just how much protein their products contain.

Lawsuits Say Protein Powders Lack Protein, Ripping Off Athletes.

Astronauts capture vivid Aurora display from International Space Station

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station had a unique view of the vivid Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, which lit up the night sky around the Northern Hemisphere on Tuesday and Wednesday

The result of a rare, severe geomagnetic storm that fortunately did not endanger ISS crew members or affect the station’s navigation systems, the Aurora was visible as far south as Pennsylvania on Tuesday night.

NASA astronauts captured the first night of the spectacular Aurora displays, and shared these otherworldly images via Twitter:

Astronauts capture vivid Aurora display from International Space Station.

Oculus lets motorcycle enthusiasts take a virtual trip to Sturgis

Oculus

Are you suffering from garage fever, biker dudes? Itching to hit the open road on a throaty American-made motorcycle, hug the curves, catch some scenery, feel the horsepower?

Subzero temperatures and record snowfall have made that impossible in most of the country this endless winter. What’s a gearhead to do, except wait for the thaw?

That’s where virtual reality steps in, with executives from Minnesota-based Victory Motorcycles hatching a promotion that uses Oculus Rift to give motorcycle enthusiasts a trip to Sturgis without leaving a trade show floor.

The simulated ride through the Badlands comes complete with 3D, 360-degree images of Needles Highway, a famous stretch of desert road in South Dakota, throttle control, sound effects and a “tactile transducer” to recreate the vibrations of a speeding bike.

The project, produced by digital agency space150, means to put butts on seats at high-traffic trade shows, which executives say is one of the best ways to move product. It rolled out at the recent Chicago International Motorcycle Show and will repeat, with additions and tweaks, at future events. It may also become part of a museum exhibit in New York.

Oculus lets motorcycle enthusiasts take a virtual trip to Sturgis.

The MLB millionaire who lives in a van down by the Walmart

Young sports stars: Ugh, they’re all egomaniacs who start spending lavishly once they begin raking in that big-league cash, right?

Wrong — at least in the case of one millionaire top Major League Baseball prospect named Daniel Norris.

Norris is 21 years old. The Toronto Blue Jays drafted him picked him in the second round of the 2011 MLB Draft, and gave him a $2 million signing bonus. So he probably lives in some swanky condo while working his way up to bigs right? Wrong again.

The MLB millionaire who lives in a van down by the Walmart.

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