Monday, March 12, 2012

Just A Coincidence

New Finding: Consuming Trans Fats Linked To Aggression

"In the first human study of its kind researchers have linked trans fatty acid consumption to increased aggression. Published in the Public Library of Science’s own journal, PLoS, March 5th 2012, researchers at the Dept. of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, reported:

“Dietary trans fatty acids (dTFA) are primarily synthetic compounds that have been introduced only recently; little is known about their behavioral effects. dTFA inhibit production of omega-3 fatty acids, which experimentally have been shown to reduce aggression. Potential behavioral effects of dTFA merit investigation. We sought to determine whether dTFA are associated with aggression/irritability.”

The study looked at 945 adult men and women who were not on lipid-lowering drugs, and who were without LDL-cholesterol extremes, diabetes, HIV, cancer or heart disease. Outcomes assessed adverse behaviors with impact on others based on both objective (life histories of aggression) and subjective (self-rated impatience and irritabilitly) sources of information. The researchers concluded:

“This study provides the first evidence linking dTFA [dietary trans fatty acids] with behavioral irritability and aggression.”

Military, chains join forces: fast food boosts troop morale - 25 years ago

"Military leaders joined with fast-food chain executives in urging Congress to eliminate restrictions on the placement of franchised restaurants on military bases.

In testimony before the House Subcommittee on Readiness, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, Rear Adm. Rodney Squibb told Congress that on-base fast-food restaurants not only generate millions of dollars in "recreational' funds for servicemen but also boost morale among the troops.

"The top echelon of our enlisted community, our fleet and force master chiefs, have been told again and again by our sailors that McDonald's is the best thing the Navy has done for the sailor.'

Oliver Brown, Burger King franchise affairs vice president, voiced similar support for the program, saying, "We believe that our relationship has served the military well in its goal of providing a better lifestyle for servicemen here and abroad.'

The U.S. Military Needs Its Speed

"Recalling the American airborne invasion of Normandy during World War II in his 1962 book Night Drop, Army colonel and combat historian S.L.A. Marshall wrote: "The United States Army is indifferent toward common-sense rules by which the energy of men may be conserved in combat."

Pilots from the Air Force 183rd Fighter Wing felt the reverberations of Marshall's assessment -- which is cited on page 3 of the Navy's official guide for managing fatigue -- last April. According to reports published in Canada, they misidentified a target during a bombing run over Iraq. Meeting with their commanders, they complained they were exhausted, that the "common-sense" rule of 12 hours of rest between missions was being ignored.

In return they got two pieces of advice: Stop whining and visit the flight surgeon for some "go/no-go" pills.

About a week later, two members of the 183rd, Majs. Harry Schmidt and William Umbach, launched a laser-guided bomb on a Canadian training force, killing four and injuring eight.

At a recently concluded Article 32 hearing to determine if the pilots should be court-martialed for manslaughter, assault and dereliction of duty, Schmidt and Umbach's attorneys claimed it was the Air Force's dextro-amphetamine (trade name, Dexedrine) tablets, aka speed, that killed the Canadians, not Schmidt and Umbach.

Originally used to treat asthma and other breathing disorders, amphetamines were discovered in the late 19th century. By the 1930s, their ability to stimulate the central nervous system had made them very popular as pep and diet pills. Today they are mostly used to treat narcolepsy, attention deficit disorder in children and, rarely, depression.

Military commanders, football coaches and students have turned to amphetamines for similar reasons: They can keep you fighting long after your body would otherwise give in to sleep."


Blogger michael tew said...

And not only that but...

12/3/12 7:38 PM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

Yes I saw that michael. I wonder how many of those incidents fly under the radar.

12/3/12 10:29 PM  

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