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MUSIC REVIEWS BY PHIL BENNETT
HEALTH HEALING & BODYWORK
LA PETIT MORT
ONE OF THE most endearing and
enduring of the ba nds to have come out of
Manchester during the Britpop era, Jame s
have been around for a couple of decades,
broke down, broke up, got back together
again, laid low for six years or so and are
now back with a brand new album of finely
polished gems .
La Petit Mort is anything but what its
title suggests – it brims with creative fire and
crackles with energy and life.
A bit more dancy than usual in some
places, James’ trademark catchy choru ses,
punchy melodies, pointed lyrics and concise
but imaginative arrangements are all here.
And Tim Booth’s vocals are as evocative
as ever, a n a stonishingly melancholy voice
that circles obsessively around the themes of
hope, hopelessness and happy sadness.
There are so many diamonds here –
the slowly building All In My Mind, the
beautifully ironic Frozen Britain, the insi stent
THE BEST OF BLUE NOTE
THERE ARE ONLY a handful of record
labels whose very name conjures up an instant
recognition of the sounds within the grooves.
Chess, Sun and Stiff instantly remind you
of Muddy Waters and the two Elvises because
they’re the labels that spun round the turntable
before you laid the needle down.
But you didn’t have to own a ja zz record or
dig the hard bop sounds to know what blue note
was all about.
Succinctly named after those crafty little
blue notes that made music jazzy and bluesy,
the Blue Note label was established in 1939 and
was responsible for recording and allowing the
world to hear some of jazz’s most iconic artists.
This double cd comes out as part of the
label’s 75th anniversary celebrations and, as an
introduction to a world of grainy sepia soaked
sounds, mournful tunes, swinging delights and
some blowing and plucking that sizzles like fried
eggs on a hot plate, this compilation is absolutely
From their debut single, the Sydney Bechet
Quartet’s Summertime, right through a list
of greats such as Thelonius Monk, Jimmy
Smith and Sonny Rollins, right up to current
ambassadors like Erykah Badu and Cassandra
Wilson, this is one heck of a ride.
Grab it and hold on.
Hot, Hot, Hot !
But it’s truly noteworthy that they can
still create such a brilliant slice of pulsating
power pop a s Moving On, a song that reaches
out and holds you in its arms like an old
friend. The type of song that kicks off careers
and showca ses years of prepar ation for that
first hit single. E xcept now we’re 30 years
down the track!
In 2012, James relea sed a box set
retrospective, the music al equivalent of a
retiree’s memoirs, but it seems this was only
a semi colon in their story.
Let’s hope the full stop never c omes.
that environmenta l chemicals ca n reg ul ate
lipid metabolism and adipogenesis, a nd thus
Hexabromoc yclodode ca ne
is an additive flame retardant used in the
textile industry and polystyrene foam
manufacturing. B ec ause of its lipophilicity
(ability to dissolve in fats) and persistenc y,
HBCD accumulates in adipose tissue and
thus ha s the potential to cause metabolic
disorders through disruption of lipid and
glucose homeosta sis. Mice fed a diet high
in HBCD (700g/kg) and medium-dose of
HBCD (35g/kg) had markedly increa sed
body and liver weight. This effect was
more prominent in the high-dose group.
The findings suggest that HBCD may
contribute to the enhanc ement of diet-
induced body weight gain and metabolic
dysf unction through disruption of lipid and
glucose homeosta sis , re sulting in accelerated
progression of ob esity.32
Weight Gain in Children
Research also shows a link bet ween prenatal
exposure to persi stent organic pollutants
and weight gain in children.33 Children
exposed to certain persistent chemicals
in the womb have a higher risk of being
over weight. The results add to growing
evidence that suggests POPs – by acting as
endocrine disr uptor s – can influence weight
gain. The developing foetu s is exposed to
POPs pa ssed from the mother through the
placenta. In a study of 344 children on
island of Menorca, researchers found that
both PCB and DDE exposure led to an
increased risk of weight gain in children a s
assessed by BMI scores. The link bet ween
being over weight and PCB and DDE levels
in cord blood wa s stronger in girls than boys.
DDT was associated only with weight gain
in boys, especially in children with average
or above-average f at intakes. In some ca ses,
children with higher POPs exposures were
almost t wice as likely to be over weight
compared to children with lower exposures,
depending on the pollutant and the
child’s g ender.
Bisphenol A (BPA) is an industrial
chemical that has become ubiquitous in its
use in water bottles, food cans and even
dental sealants. Higher levels of urinary
Bisphenol A (BPA) are a s sociated with
cardiovascula r disease, type 2 diabetes and
liver-en zyme abnorma lities. In a study, a
very sma ll increa s e in BPA conc entration
was associated with a 39% increased risk
of cardiovascular disease (angina, coronary
heart disease, or heart attack combined) and
diabetes. Participants in the highest BPA
c onc entration had nearly three times the
risk of cardiovascular disease compared with
those in the lowest c onc entration. Simila rly,
those in the highest BPA concentration had
2.4 times the risk of diabetes compared
with those in the lowest. In addition, higher
BPA conc entration s were a s sociated with
c linically abnormal c onc entration s for three
Research has shown that BPA ca n
interfere with cardiac rhythm. Parts-per-
trillion concentrations of BPA triggered
heart muscle c ell s to begin beating to their
own internal drummers. BPA mimics
the hormone oestrogen in the body. The
researchers linked this finding to oestrogen’s
e ffect on ca lcium, which plays a pivotal role
in heart-c ell c ontraction s. Both oestrogen
a nd BPA – especially together – fostered a
leakiness of calcium within female heart
cells.35 Researchers reported that delivering
equal doses of oestrogen and BPA increased
the cardiac effect more than would be the
c a s e from doubling the dos e of either a lone.
Since worldwide BPA production ha s
now re ached approximately seven billion
pounds per year, eliminating direct exposure s
from its use in food and beverage containers
will prove far ea sier than finding solution s
for the ma s sive worldwide conta mination.
Already many countries have taken steps to
minimise BPA exposure.
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‘Children exposed to certain
persistent chemicals in the
womb have a higher risk of
1 Brook et al. 2010.
3 Karolinska Institute 2005.
4 Schwartz and Morris 1995.
5 Künzli et al. 2005.
6 Bauer et al. 2010; Diez Roux et al. 2008.
7 Rivera et al.; Künzli et al. 2010.
8Sun et al.2008.
9 Langrish et al. 2013.
10 Schwartz and Morris 1995.
12 Pearson 2010.
13 Diabetes Care, online November 10, 2011.
14 Ostro et al. 2006; Zanobetti and Schwartz 2011.
15 O’Neill et al. 2005.
16 Baja et al. 2010.
17 Hampel et al. 2012.
18 Hoffmann et al. 2012 .
19 Dubowsky et al. 2006.
20 Min et al. 2009; Park et al. 2010.
21 Brook et al. 2013.
22 Wagner et al.
23 Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology;
24 Brook et al. 2014.
25 Alshaarawy et al. 2013.
26 Feng et al. 2014.
27 Lind et al. 2011.
28 Airaksinen et al. 2011.
29 Ibid; Ha et al. 2007; Lee et al. 2012; Uemura et al.
30 Arsenescu et al. 2008; Ruzzin et al. 2010.
31 Hamilton 2002; Grün and Blumberg 2007; Newbold
32 Yanagisawa et al.
33 Valvi et al. 2011.
34 Melzer et al. 2008.
35 Yan et al. 2011; Yan et al. 2013; Gao et al. 2013.
Dr Peter Dingle is a researcher,
educator and public health
advocate. He has a PhD in the
field of environmental toxicology
and is not a medical doctor.
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