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Artificial Sweeteners Should “Not” Be Assumed Safe According to Experts



Experts caution that consumers should “not assume that artificial sweeteners used in diet sodas and low-fat desserts are harmless.”

Researchers from the John Hopkins University in Maryland and the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, both close to Tel Aviv, conducted a study in which they administered 120 participants artificial sweeteners up to three times each week for a period of 14 days.

The dose of each supplement did not exceed the 50 milligrams per kilo of body weight recommended by the Food and drug Administration (FDA).

The study found that those who were given aspartame and stevia had an altered gut microbiome. Aspartame and stevia are typically found in diet sodas and juices.

Meanwhile, those who were given saccharin and sucralose where less able to absorb sugar. Saccharin and sucralose are sugars substitutes often used for baking.

To monitor blood sugar levels, each participant wore a glucose monitor for the duration of the trial. Glucose tolerance tests were regularly administered.

Stool samples were also taken from each participant and implanted into mice who had no gut microbiome.

The amount of each supplement used did not go over the FDA’s 50 milligrams per kilo of body weight recommendation (FDA).

According to the study, those who received aspartame and stevia had altered gut microbiomes. Normally, diet sodas and juices contain aspartame and stevia.

The ability to absorb sugar was decreased in those who received saccharin and sucralose. The sugar substitutes saccharin and sucralose are frequently used in baking.

For the course of the experiment, each participant wore a glucose monitor to track blood sugar levels. Tests for glucose tolerance were routinely conducted.

Additionally, each participant’s stool samples were implanted into mice lacking the gut microbiome.

The findings revealed that sucrose and saccharine impaired sugar absorption, and the gut flora was altered by all four sweeteners.

Our investigation has demonstrated that non-nutritive sweeteners may impair glucose responses by changing our microbiome, according to study leader Dr. Eran Elinav.

Dr Elinav added: “In my opinion as a physician, once it has been noted that non-nutritive sweeteners are not inert to the human body, the burden of proof of demonstrating or refuting their potential impacts on human health is at the responsibility of those promoting their use and we should not assume they are safe until proven otherwise. Until then, caution is advised.”

Dr. Elinav added that a lengthy investigation would be required to ascertain whether sweets increase the chance of developing diabetes.

The immunologist clarified, however, that sugar consumption is a “well-proven health risk for obesity, diabetes, and its health implications.”

The FDA has given the go-ahead for the use of all four of the sweeteners used in the trial. The FDA does not keep as tight an eye on stevia, which is frequently used in diet soda drinks, because it is considered to be “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS).

Food additives must go through a premarket review and receive FDA approval. However, GRAs substances don’t need premarket approval, so businesses can choose whether to use them or not without having to inform the FDA.

The World Health Organization started a public consultation earlier this year to find out the health effects of sweeteners.

The meta-analysis of studies came to the following conclusion: “Further research is needed to determine whether the observed associations are genuine, or a result of study design. Results from prospective cohort studies suggest the possibility of long-term harm in the form of increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and mortality.”


After Mr. Beast Gives 1,000 People the Gift of Hearing, Deaf People Criticize Him




After helping 1,000 deaf people hear for the first time, MrBeast has come under fire from deaf social media users who claim his initiative is ‘ableist’.

Grand acts of Kindness

Jimmy Donaldson, aka MrBeast, debuted his most recent video yesterday and tweeted, “We helped 1,000 deaf individuals hear again! Go observe.

Following their acquisition of “$3 million in cutting edge technology,” Donaldson presented us to several of the folks they “helped hear again” in the six-minute clip.

Many of the people in the film were seen crying after hearing from loved ones for the first time; Donaldson himself even shed a few tears.

The YouTuber not only gave away the gift of hearing but also $10,000, a jet ski, basketball tickets, and a shopping spree at a toy store.

The group then traveled to Mexico to “help 200 deaf people,” among them Leo Bardo and Selmai, who had always wished to hear their daughter’s voice but lacked the funds to purchase the necessary equipment.

Selmai is heard saying in the video, “Thank you for doing this for me.

They also visited Indonesia, Brazil, South Africa, Malawi, Guatemala, and Brazil.

While making this video, Donaldson says, “I realized that connecting people doesn’t just happen by giving them a voice.

“Whether a person can hear or not, sign language fosters connections.

However, learning sign language is still difficult to come by in many areas, so we’re giving $100,000 to organizations that teach sign language to individuals there.

Check out the video here:

Mixed Reactions

Online users’ reactions to the film were mixed, with some complimenting the MrBeast crew for having assisted so many individuals.

One person wrote on YouTube, “Can we just appreciate what he is doing, I’m sure a lot of people would want to change the world, but Jimmy is actually changing it huge respect”

Another person remarked, “From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for continuing to shine light in this world no matter what battles come your way.”

Others, however, including a number of members of the deaf community, were annoyed by the stunt.

People don’t realize how stressful using hearing aids can be, wrote one deaf man in a tweet. Due to the fact that they do not treat deafness, people also have misconceptions about how they actually work.

In addition to feeling compelled to wear them since no one will make accommodations, there are still many problems.

“Don’t go thinking they’re the fix all solution,” he continued. “There are so many variations of deafness that there are all kinds of hearing aids that aren’t suitable and some people can’t or don’t want to use an aid.”

One person wrote: “One specific detail that was just the cherry on top for me, was the on/off switch animation that they spliced onto the film when checking out the hearing equipment for the first time. Someone else called Donaldson a “ableist.” furthers the false notion that deafness is a “on or off” or all-or-nothing condition.

Another person remarked, “Hearing aids don’t have an on/off switch. Additionally, hearing and listening are not synonymous. With or without hearing aids, listening requires a tremendous amount of mental effort.

Another person said, “Wow man pretty ableist of MrBeast to assume that deaf people have a ‘problem’ that needs to be ‘fixed’.”

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Jeremy Clarkson Acknowledges His Health Concerns are Giving Him “Sleepless Nights”




Due to health difficulties that are affecting his farming business, Jeremy Clarkson has admitted to experiencing “sleepless nights.”

Countless sleepless nights

Since the premiere of Clarkson’s Farm on Amazon Prime in 2021, Clarkson, 63, has been sharing his farming endeavors with viewers.

Having recently told LADbible: “I mean, the truth of the matter was that land virtually seldom comes available for sale around here, he never imagined his efforts would become the inspiration for a hit show when he bought the site 15 years ago.

“In 2008, there was a significant financial crisis, and when this property was put up for sale, I simply reasoned that since no one was producing new land, I should acquire it.

“And it was going, nobody would call it cheap, but cheaper than you’d imagine.”

However, we have been captivated by the driving expert’s excursion at Diddly Squat farm in the Cotswolds, which has recently faced a number of difficulties, including planning appeals and ‘abuse’ local from peasants.

In his most recent Sunday Times column, Clarkson stated that he also concerns about his health when it comes to farming.

He wrote, “Farming involves a lot of jumping.”

“When you’re 14, it’s okay for you to spend a lot of time throwing yourself from gates, trailers, and straw bales.

But I’m in my early 60s, and my knees are getting old, just like practically every other farmer in Britain these days. This means that even while I can climb things, I can’t jump from them anymore for fear of having my legs bend incorrectly and having to stop for a month.

When he drops something, he says he has a “similar problem,” adding that in the past he would simply “bend down and pick it up,” but that his “back’s not really up to that.”

Personal Attachments

In addition to the physical concerns, which will only get worse, financial issues also exist and will only get worse, said Clarkson.

“Because the grants and subsidies I used to receive from the EU to make up for selling food at a loss are dwindling and will eventually stop entirely in three years.”

He added that his health issues and financial worries keep him awake at night and that these are challenging times since he doesn’t know what to do. My back and knees suffer when I farm, and I’d lose money if I tried to grow food on my land. I’ve definitely had some sleepless nights because of that.

After recently having to give up seven of his male pigs for slaughter, Clarkson claimed last month that the night before his pigs die, he too has trouble falling asleep.

In a previous Sunday Times piece, he admitted, “I can never properly sleep the night before they go, and all the way to the slaughterhouse I have what feels like a hot cricket ball in the pit of my stomach.”

“And then, when it’s finally time to say goodbye, I always become a little bit unmanly.”

You shouldn’t feel too sorry for Clarkson, though, as he made the decision not to tell lies and stated that despite his misery and restless nights, he is looking forward to eating his pigs‘ meals.

I’m attempting to be a farmer, and I know that farmers do this, he wrote. And I am confident that I will savor the resulting bacon, ham, and pork chops.

Particularly because pig prices are so low right now, I’ll almost probably wind up losing money on the deal.

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Scientists Scan the Human Brain and Translates Ideas Using Technology Similar to ChatGPT



Artificial intelligence is currently being used by scientists to scan human brain waves and translate them into text. A study in the journal Nature Neuroscience claims that the AI models underlying Google’s Bard and Open AI’s ChatGPT can read someone’s mind and mimic their brain activity in a stream of text. Jerry Tang, a computer science PhD candidate, and Alex Huth, an assistant professor of neurology and computer science at UT Austin, served as the study’s principal investigators.

Huge Breakthroughs

Three persons were asked to listen to stories as part of the study. After that, the individuals were placed in MRI units. Without the use of any brain implants, scientists assert that they were able to translate the individuals’ thoughts into writing. The results of the study show that non-intrusive language brain-computer interfaces are feasible. The study claims that: “These kinds of systems could be especially helpful to people who are unable to physically speak, such as those who have had a stroke, and enable them to communicate more effectively.” 

Some Shocking Results

The AI decoder produced a sentence that closely matched a subject’s thought only about half the time, so the semantic decoder can currently only convey the basic “gist” of what someone is thinking. The study gave an example of the decoder in action, demonstrating how a test subject heard, and consequently thought the sentence “… I didn’t know whether to scream cry or run away instead I said leave me alone I don’t need your help Adam disappeared.”

“For a noninvasive method, this is a real leap forward compared to what’s been done before, which is typically single words or short sentences. We’re getting the model to decode continuous language for extended periods of time with complicated ideas, is what Professor Huth had added in their published report. The researchers also express their concerns about the mental privacy. “We take very seriously the concerns that it could be used for bad purposes and have worked to avoid that. We want to make sure people only use these types of technologies when they want to and that it helps them.” said Jerry Tang. 

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