Canvassing for Opinion - aka "Blairs Brain on Cannabis"

IMHO prohibition sentiment requires inherent addiction to status quo, an incapacity to visualise beyond the here and now and a desperate desire to know others might feel the same... Reform is not revolutionary, rather it is evolutionary. Having survived banging your head against a brick wall the evolutionist relishes having stopped. / Blair

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Number of obese children expected to soar by 2010 - The Boston Globe

Researchers warn of global epidemic - expect profound impacts on everything from public healthcare to economies!

"The Western world's food industries, without even realizing it, have precipitated an epidemic with enormous health consequences" says Dr. Philip James, chairman of the International Obesity Task Force and author of an editorial in the journal warning of the trend.

''The wave of heart disease and stroke could totally swamp the public healthcare system," he said.

Dr. Brian McCrindle, a specialist on childhood obesity who is a professor with a pediatric hospital in Toronto. warned lawmakers should consider banning trans fats, and legislate against direct advertising of junk food toward children. He warned that the looming problem must be addressed.

(Oh yeah?, so Mr Health Minister, explain how your going to address this looming health promotion problem, without mentioning cannabis for fear of sending the wrong message to fat kids! see cannabis and obesity in the news here, /Blair)
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  • At 9:21 pm, March 07, 2006, Blogger Blair J Anderson said…

    Cannabinoids in Energy Balance and Prospectives in the Therapy of Obesity,


    During the past decades, obesity has become a major health problem worldwide. Balance of energy homeostasis is one of the most vital functions exerted by animals, and a very complex network of central and peripheral signaling systems is involved in its regulation. Recently, the cannabinoid receptor type 1 (CB1) and the endogenous cannabinoid system emerged as very important components for the control of energy balance. This system is proposed to regulate feeding behavior both at central and peripheral levels. In particular, the endogenous cannabinoid system is under the control of peripheral signaling systems such as leptin in the hypothalamus and might, in turn, regulate the action of hypothalamic feeding-regulatory neuropeptides. Endocannabinoids have also been proposed to participate in the rewarding properties of food in mesolimbic circuits of the brain. Moreover, the endogenous cannabinoid system regulates food intake in the gastrointestinal tract, possibly by modulating peripheral neuronal and hormonal responses to changes in feeding status. The main goal of this review is to highlight the most recent advances and concepts regarding the role of the endogenous cannabinoid system in control of energy balance and to discuss the prospectives for the use of CB1 antagonists in the therapy of obesity.

    Current Medicinal Chemistry - Central Nervous System Agents. Volume 3, Number 2, June 2003;jsessionid=356rrntff8m0o.alice


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