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Wednesday, 20 September

23:53

Bega Valley: Fluoridation vote deferred as opponents make fresh plea Fluoride Action Network

Council has chosen to defer the vote on whether to fluoridate its water supplies after hearing passionate presentations supported by community members in the gallery at the council meeting Wednesday.

All presentations referenced the possibility of council referring the decision to NSW Health with speakers reminding council that it should be councillors own decision.

It was a point not lost on councillor Russell Fitzpatrick who said he felt no obligation to transfer the matter to NSW Health.

I totally agree its a decision of this council. No way should there be an abrogation of our authority on this matter, Cr Fitzpatrick said to applause from the floor.

Director transport and utilities Terry Dodd mentioned the voluminous nature of material presented.

Given the number of comments it would be unreasonable to try and digest these today, Mr Dodds said and asked for time to review them before the matter came back to council.

There are four water supply systems in the Bega Valley Shire, Tantawanglo-Kiah, Brogo-Bermagui, Bemboka and Bega-Tathra. Fluoride has been added to the Bega-Tathra water supply system since 1963 and council has looked at adding fluoride to the Tantawanglo-Kiah and Brogo-Bermagui water supplies.

The fluoridation question has been the source of much concern by the community and there has been a concerted effort by anti-fluoride campaigners during the public submission period. Council received a total of 332 valid submissions and of these 86 per cent were against fluoridation. This represents about one per cent of the 29,000 people, to whom council supplies water.

The 14 per cent that supported fluoridation mostly cited dental health benefits. Submissions against fluoridation cited a number of reasons including fluoride being toxic, being against mass medication, being against forced medication, not believing that fluoride reduces tooth decay and not wanting chemicals added to drinking water.

*Original article online at http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/4938047/fluoridation-vote-deferred-as-opponents-make-fresh-plea/?cs=509

23:25

ALBUQUERQUE: Vote to add fluoride to metros drinking water scheduled for today Fluoride Action Network

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. The citys water authority is scheduled to decide if fluoride will be added to drinking water in Albuquerque.

Last month the Water Authoritys Governing Board delayed the vote to September 20.

Fluoride operations were halted in 2011, but there has been a national push from those who believe it will benefit the publics health.

The equipment needed for it would cost the utility authority $260,000.

The board is slated to vote at 5 p.m.

22:44

Quackademic Medicine at UC Irvine Science-Based Medicine

UC Irvine Medicine School opens a center for integrative medicine, selling out to promote quackery in medicine.

22:30

Devastating: Authors retract paper in Nature journal upon discovering error Retraction Watch

Several years ago, Chris Dames thought he had made an exciting discovery, a secret sauce that would allow him to design a device using a novel mechanism. In a 2014 Nature Communications paper, Dameswho works at the University of California at Berkeleyand his team described the first experimental results for the device, a photon thermal []

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21:43

Part VI: How Adult Society Betrayed Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy Mad In America

The sixth and final installment in a series of reports on Michelle Carter. See also parts IIIIIIIV and V.

Any suicide is likely to have several causes coming together in an overwhelming fashion. But especially in children and youth, distressed family relationships usually play an obviously central role. Although the DA tried to suppress the information, Conrad Roys death was no exception. 

Conrads Family Crisis 

Conrads family, including his father and mother, publicly stated that they were unaware of their sons intense emotional suffering so vividly expressed in his texts to Michelle over a period of two years (Public Record 71 in the Michelle Carter Archives). They were also unaware of his extensive research into how to commit suicide, his additional attempts, and his compulsive, continuing suicide planning, all described in texts to Michelle. His parents did not know he had contacted another person, a young man on a suicide prevention site, and eventually convinced him, as well as Michelle, to help him die.  

Conrad must have put on a good face to his family, but his parents very likely missed some signals of despair. His mother and father knew he had decided not to go to college and had been socially anxious in the classroom (Public Record 2).  

As Conrads mother and I both testified in court, the divorce of Conrads parents flared up before his first suicide attempt and hospitalization in 2012. On August 27, 2011, Conrads father called the police. When they arrived, he gave them a signed statement that he was having a conflict with his wife about marital problems and she struck me on the right side of the face with an open hand and I proceeded to call the police (...

20:33

Study Finds Antidepressants Increase Risk of Death Mad In America

From the New York Post: A recent study found that taking antidepressant drugs increases the risk of death by 33 percent. Those who take antidepressants were also found to have a 14 percent higher risk for cardiovascular problems such as stroke and heart attack.

The McMaster study undermines the idea that antidepressants actually save lives by reducing depressive symptoms, according to co-author Marta Maslej.

Our findings are important because they undermine this assumption. I think people would be much less willing to take these drugs if they were aware how little is known about their impact outside of the brain, and that what we do know points to an increased risk of death.'

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20:32

A Blow to STATs Credibility: Ghostwriting/PR Influence Mad In America

From HealthNewsReview.orgSTAT recently published an op-ed praising the role of drug company sales representatives. The physician listed as the author has now revealed that he did not write the piece; the piece was instead ghostwritten by PR messaging professionals.

Ethically ghostwriting becomes a problem when you have a big concern like a pharmaceutical company thats trying to put words in the mouth of the little guy, he told me. Why is it necessary to omit the name of the person who actually wrote the piece, unless youre trying to obscure the hidden hand of someone behind the scenes whos more powerful?

Seife drew a parallel to Wyeths use of ghostwriters to promote the hormone replacement therapy Prempro in the medical literature. He said the company penned journal articles and recruited physicians to put their names on them. The reason you do that is to hide the influence of the drug company and to increase the impact more than you wouldve had otherwise, he said.

Its shocking if STAT is allowing this to go on, he added. Its a real blow to their credibility.'

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20:31

We Should Not Forcibly Commit the Homeless During Hurricanes Mad In America

From Pacific Standard: In an effort to protect homeless individuals from the effects of Hurricane Irma, officials from the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust used the Baker Act to involuntarily commit any homeless people who would not voluntarily seek shelter. This policy has set a dangerous precedent for locking homeless people up without due process; several advocacy organizations including NARPA and the Bazelon Center have spoken out against it.

Friedman is concerned about homeless people in Miami. But he also knows that the risks dont come only from the storm. Its scary, he says, when people make decisions that others dont like, they define it as crazy. In this case, they lock them up without any due process. He wonders, now that this precedent has been set, what other moments will justify trawling the streets of Miami to Baker-Act homeless residents.

In the end, officials at the Homeless Trust told me, six people were committed. Its not a huge number, but each of these individuals has rights, and in each case those rights were violated. Those violations could be been prevented with better planning. Advocates worry about the potential for similar misuse of involuntary commitment, especially given that none of the widespread news coverage of the Baker Act reached out to experts like NARPA, Next Steps, or the Bazelon Center.

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20:30

What Would Dear Abby Say: Advice Sought for Uncle's Vaccine Refusal and Newborn Baby AGE OF AUTISM

Thanks to Judy Ritchie for the heads up on this advice column vaccine related question. Mom to be is angry with her brother and his wife because they are vaccine cautious, having their own child with a vax injury. This...

15:30

Serum Ferritin and GGT Two Potent Health Indicators You Need to Know Articles

By Dr. Mercola

While many health screens and lab tests are overrated or unnecessary, there are a few that are vitally important, such as vitamin D. I recommend checking your vitamin D level at least twice a year.

Two other really important tests are serum ferritin (which measures stored iron) and gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase or sometimes called gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT; a liver enzyme correlated with iron toxicity, disease risk and all-cause mortality). By monitoring your serum ferritin and GGT levels and taking steps to lower them if they're too high, you can avoid serious health problems.

For adults, I strongly recommend getting a serum ferritin test and GGT on an annual basis. When it comes to iron overload, I believe it can be every bit as dangerous to your health as vitamin D deficiency. In this interview, Gerry Koenig,1 former chairman of the Iron Disorders Institute and the Hemochromatosis Foundation, explains the value of these two tests.

Iron Overload Is More Common Than Iron Deficiency

Iron is one of the most common nutritional supplements. Not only can you get it as an isolated supplement, but it's also added to most multivitamins. Many processed foods are also fortified with iron. While iron is necessary for biological function, when you get too much, it can do tremendous harm.

Unfortunately, the first thing people think about when they hear "iron" is anemia, or iron deficiency, not realizing that iron overload is actually a more common problem, and far more dangerous. Many doctors don't understand or appreciate the importance of checking for iron overload.

Virtually all adult men and postmenopausal women are at risk for iron overload due to inefficient iron excretion, since they do not lose blood on a regular basis. Blood loss is the primary way to lower excess iron, as the body has no active excretion mechanisms. Another common cause of excess iron is the regular consumption of alcohol, which will increase the absorption of any iron in your diet.

For instance, if you drink wine with your steak, you will likely absorb more iron than you need. There's also an inherited disease, hemochromatosis, which causes your body to accumulate excessive and dangerously damaging levels of iron.

If left untreated, high iron can contribute to cancer, heart disease,...

Physicians Find Americans Taking Too Much Medication Articles

By Dr. Mercola

Every age group, from children to seniors, is at risk for being diagnosed with a condition they may not actually have, and being prescribed medications they do not need. In an increasingly litigious environment, where attorneys advertise for clients who may have had a missed diagnosis or experienced a side effect from a prescribed medication, physicians are increasingly caught between their desire to individualize care for their patients and the need to follow published standards of care to protect their licenses.

In other words, the fear of medical malpractice lawsuits is a very real issue faced by many who practice medicine. To avoid public criticism by colleagues or potential rebuke from their professional organization (and sometimes loss of their ability to practice), physicians may feel forced to follow published standards of care. These treatments often include prescribing medications designed to relieve symptoms, but do not usually address the foundational cause of the medical condition.

If you watch any television at all in the U.S., you have seen the advertisements for medications along with a long laundry list of potential side effects from the drugs. Oftentimes these side effects are more dangerous than the original condition being treated.

For instance, Vioxx, an anti-inflammatory medication used to treat musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis, was eventually pulled from the market after studies demonstrated those taking it experienced a much higher risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attack and death. Unfortunately, by the time Vioxx was withdrawn, an estimated 60,000 Americans had already died from the drug.

This is only one of many instances where a drug has been pulled from the market. Some patients are required to undergo monthly blood tests to monitor organ function in order to stop medication if damage is detected. In some cases, the use of medications is warranted and may help improve your situation, but they must be used cautiously and judiciously. It is far better to address the underlying physical cause of the condition to alleviate the issue than it is to mask the problem by subduing the symptoms.

Most US Physicians Believe Overtreatment Is Harmful, Wasteful and Common

A recent survey of over 2,100 physicians from a variety of specialties across the U.S. asked about their beliefs concerning overtreatment and unnecessary medical care.1 By their own admission, the participating physicians describe overtreatment of their patients as "common." The survey found 22 percent of...

Is Your Shampoo Making You Sick? Articles

By Dr. Mercola

You may be mistakenly comforted by the perceived oversight by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over chemicals used in the manufacture of everyday products. For instance, the FDA prohibits the use of mercury, chloroform and nine other substances in your personal care products. However, once you know the European Union (EU) prohibits the use of more than 1,300 chemicals in their personal care products, you may not feel as protected and you would be right.

The number of chemicals restricted by the FDA is even more ridiculous when you consider there are over 84,000 different chemicals in use in your personal care products and only 1 percent of those have been evaluated for safety in humans.1

The difference between chemical use in the EU and the U.S. is that in the EU manufacturers must prove chemicals are not a health hazard before they are allowed in products, whereas in the U.S. they can be added without mandatory safety testing and only removed after enough people have suffered to get the attention of watch groups or the FDA.

Women are at greater risk than men from exposure as they routinely use nearly double the number of products per day. Under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, products do not require FDA approval before being sold on the market.2 According to the FDA, the agency monitors safety reports on the products, although often the available information is limited and many consumers never report problems they experience.

If there is enough information to support a claim that the product causes harm, the FDA may ask for a court injunction, request the products are seized, initiate criminal action or request the company recall the product. However, they do not have the ability to force a recall.3 The very last thing you may expect to find in your shampoos, conditioners, facial washes or cosmetics is known carcinogens. But, if you live in the U.S., this is likely the case.

In 2009 the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a coalition of nearly 175 nonprofit groups, began pressuring Johnson & Johnson to remove two dangerous chemicals 1,4 dioxane and the preservative formaldehyde, both of which are probable human carcinogens from their merchandise, including their baby products.4 Three years later the company finally agreed to phase them out and by 2014 the chemicals were removed...

12:46

Mandatory Over-Vaccination - The Australian Experience AGE OF AUTISM

By Elizabeth Hart Recently there have been calls for mandatory vaccination in the UK, as discussed by Tom Moberly, UK editor of The BMJ, see UK doctors re-examine case for mandatory vaccination. The United States and Australia are at the...

12:13

These discoveries support the epidemiological link between vitamin D deficiency and neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2017 Sep 6 ;86:53-63. Epub 2017 Sep 6. PMID: 28915381 Abstract Title:  Adult vitamin D deficiency exacerbates impairments caused by social stress in BALB/c and C57BL/6 mice. Abstract:  Vitamin D deficiency is prevalent in adults throughout the world. Epidemiological studies have shown significant associations between vitamin D deficiency and an increased risk of various neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders, such as schizophrenia, depression, Alzheimer's disease and cognitive impairment. However, studies based on observational epidemiology cannot address questions of causality; they cannot determine if vitamin D deficiency is a causal factor leading to the adverse health outcome. The main aim of this study was to determine if AVD deficiency would exacerbate the effects of a secondary exposure, in this case social stress, in BALB/c mice and in the more resilient C57BL/6 mice. Ten-week old male BALB/c and C57BL/6 mice were fed a control or vitamin D deficient diet for 10 weeks, and the mice were further separated into one of two groups for social treatment, either Separated (SEP) or Social Defeat (DEF). SEP mice were placed two per cage with a perforated Plexiglas divider, whereas the DEF mice underwent 10days of social defeat prior to behavioural testing. We found that AVD-deficient mice were more vulnerable to the effects of social stress using a social avoidance test, and this was dependent on strain. These results support the hypothesis that vitamin D deficiency may exacerbate behavioural outcomes in mice vulnerable to stress, a finding that can help guide future studies. Importantly, these discoveries support the epidemiological link between vitamin D deficiency and neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders; and has provided clues that can guide future studies related to unravelling the mechanisms of action linking adult vitamin D deficiency and adverse brain related outcomes.

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10:55

Thymoquinone may have a potential for clinical application to counteract the accompanying gastrointestinal toxicity in cisplatin chemotherapy. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Biomed Pharmacother. 2017 Aug 14 ;94:1111-1120. Epub 2017 Aug 14. PMID: 28821162 Abstract Title:  Oral administration of thymoquinone mitigates the effect of cisplatin on brush border membrane enzymes, energy metabolism and antioxidant system in rat intestine. Abstract:  Cisplatin (CP) is a widely used chemotherapeutic agent that elicits severe gastrointestinal toxicity. Nigella sativa, a member of family Ranunculaceae, is one of the most revered medicinal plant known for its numerous health benefits. Thymoquinone (TQ), a major bioactive component derived from the volatile oil of Nigella sativa seeds, has been shown to improve gastrointestinal functions in animal models of acute gastric/intestinal injury. In view of this, the aim of the present study was to investigate the protective effect of TQ on CP induced toxicity in rat intestine and to elucidate the mechanism underlying these effects. Rats were divided into four groups viz. control, CP, TQ and CP+TQ. Animals in CP+TQ and TQ groups were orally administered TQ (1.5mg/kg bwt) with and without a single intraperitoneal dose of CP (6mg/kg bwt) respectively. The effect of TQ was determined on CP induced alterations in the activities of brush border membrane (BBM), carbohydrate metabolism, and antioxidant defense enzymes in rat intestine. TQ administration significantly mitigated CP induced decline in the specific activities of BBM marker enzymes, both in the mucosal homogenates and in the BBM vesicles (BBMV) prepared from intestinal mucosa. Furthermore, TQ administration restored the redox and metabolic status of intestinal mucosal tissue in CP treated rats. The biochemical results were supported by histopathological findings that showed extensive damage to intestine in CP treated rats and markedly preserved intestinal histoarchitecture in CP and TQ co-treated group. The biochemical and histological data suggest a protective effect of TQ against CP-induced gastrointestinal damage. Thus, TQ may have a potential for clinical application to counteract the accompanying gastrointestinal toxicity in CP chemotherapy.

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10:26

Thymoquinone exhibits anticancer activity via numerous mechanisms of action GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Oncotarget. 2017 Aug 1 ;8(31):51907-51919. Epub 2017 Apr 18. PMID: 28881699 Abstract Title:  Thymoquinone, as an anticancer molecule: from basic research to clinical investigation. Abstract:  Thymoquinone is an anticancer phytochemical commonly found in black cumin. In this review, we discuss the potential of thymoquinone as anticancer molecule, its mechanism of action and future usage in clinical applications. Thymoquinone exhibits anticancer activity via numerous mechanisms of action, specifically by showing selective antioxidant and oxidant activity, interfering with DNA structure, affecting carcinogenic signaling molecules/pathways and immunomodulation. In vitro activity of thymoquinone has been further implicated in animal models of cancer; however, no clinical application has been proven yet. This is the optimum time to focus on clinical trials for developing thymoquinone as a future drug in cancer therapeutics.

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10:20

Antidepressants SMACKED Again: Readers STUNNED, Defiant Chipur

If I was an antidepressant, I'd sure be looking over my shoulder these days. There was a time when they were research and media darlings, but those days appear to be gone. Once again, antidepressants have been smacked; however, reader reaction is the real story. Tap-in for the scoop...

09:06

Government Considering Monarch Butterfly for Endangered Species List Natural Blaze

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By Heather CallaghanEditor

Monarch Butterflies Rapidly Disappearing from Western North America More Than the East

Something is causing monarch butterflies to disappear at a dramatically higher rate in Western North America than in the Eastern regions of the U.S.

In the early 1990s, people in the Coastal areas of California noticed a disconcerting decline of the monarch. It turns out they were correct. While scientists have focused on the problems of butterflies in the Eastern region, a new study uses citizen science monitoring over the decades to see a dramatic decline at Western clusters.

Cheryl Schultz, an associate professor at Washington State University Vancouver and lead author of a new study, said:

Western monarchs are faring worse than their eastern counterparts

In the 1980s, 10 million monarchs spent the winter in coastal California. Today there are barely 300,000.

And its not just that there are fewer monarch butterflies then there were decades ago

[The study] also tells us that, if thin...

08:31

Miracle Weed Killer Dicamba was Supposed to Save Farms Instead its Devastating Them Health Impact News

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by CAITLIN DEWEY
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Excerpts:

Clay Mayes slams on the brakes of his Chevy Silverado and jumps out with the engine running, yelling at a dogwood by the side of the dirt road as if it said something insulting.

Its leaves curl downward and in on themselves like tiny, broken umbrellas. Its the telltale mark of inadvertent exposure to a controversial herbicide called dicamba.

This is crazy. Crazy! shouts Mayes, a farm manager, gesticulating toward the shriveled canopy off Highway 61. I just think if this keeps going on. . .

Everythingll be dead, says Brian Smith, his passenger.

The damage here in northeast Arkansas and across the Midwest sickly soybeans, trees and other crops has become emblematic of a deepening crisis in American agriculture.

Farmers are locked in an arms race between ever-stronger weeds and ever-stronger weed killers.

The dicamba system, approved for use for the first time this spring, was supposed to break the cycle and guarantee weed control in soybeans and cotton. The herbicide used in combination with a genetically modified dicamba-resistant soybean promises better control of unwanted plants such as pigweed, which has become resistant to common weed killers.

The problem, farmers and weed scientists say, is that dicamba has drifted from the fields where it was sprayed, damaging millions of acres of unprotected soybeans and other crops in what some are calling a man-made disaster. Critics contend that the herbicide was approved by federal officials without enough data, particularly on the critical question of whether it could drift off target.

Read the full story at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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08:23

Vaccines save lives a response to some ridiculous claims about drugs Skeptical Raptor

The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle.

The internet is filled with crackpot ideas. I know, thats a shocker. In todays crazy, we have this article, Six pharmaceutical drugs that immediately destroy your health. Setting aside the odd pharmaceutical drugs, let me counter that with pharmaceuticals save lives. Even more, vaccines save lives (since they attack two of my favorite vaccines). I

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07:36

Thymoquinone has a protective effect against lead-induced alteration of the antioxidant defense system in rat livers. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Acta Biol Hung. 2017 Sep ;68(3):248-254. PMID: 28901799 Abstract Title:  Protective effect of thymoquinone against lead-induced antioxidant defense system alteration in rat liver. Abstract:  Alteration of the antioxidant system may be related to lead (Pb) hepatotoxicity. This study was carried out to investigate the possible beneficial effect of thymoquinone (TQ), the major active ingredient of volatile oil of Nigella sativa seeds, against Pb-induced liver antioxidant defense system impairment. Adult male rats were randomized into four groups: control group received no treatment, Pb group was exposed to 2000 ppm of Pb acetate in drinking water, Pb-TQ group was cotreated with Pb plus TQ (5 mg/kg/day, per os) and TQ group receiving only TQ. All treatments were applied for five weeks. TQ alone did not induce any significant changes in the enzymatic and non-enzymatic antioxidant status. By contrast, Pb exposure significantly decreased not only reduced glutathione level, but also superoxide dismutase, glutathione peroxidase, catalase and glutathione reductase activities in the liver tissue. Interestingly, when coadministrated with Pb, TQ significantly improved the affected antioxidant parameters. In conclusion, our results indicate a protective effect of TQ against Pb-induced liver antioxidant capacity impairment and suggest that this component might be a clinically promising alternative in Pb hepatotoxicity.

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07:24

Practising Transcendental meditation may potentially reduce the systolic blood pressure. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Complement Ther Med. 2017 Oct ;34:26-34. Epub 2017 Jul 24. PMID: 28917372 Abstract Title:  Transcendental meditation for lowering blood pressure: An overview of systematic reviews and meta-analyses. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Transcendental meditation (TM) is a stress reduction technique that can potentially lower blood pressure (BP) safely. The American Heart Association recommends that TM may be considered in clinical practice.OBJECTIVE: To provide an overview of all systematic reviews and meta-analyses of TM on BP for evidence-informed clinical decision making.METHOD: Systematic searches of PubMed, EBSCOhost, Cochrane Library, Web of Science, Embase, and PsycINFO for all systematic reviews and/or meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) with TM as an intervention, and outcome measures include systolic BP (SBP) and diastolic BP (DBP). Qualitative and quantitative data were synthesized. The methodological quality of the selected reviews was assessed using the AMSTAR checklist.RESULTS: Eight systematic reviews and meta-analyses are included. Among them is an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality report, a Cochrane systematic review, 4 independent reviews, and 2 reviews from a TM related institution. The quality of most of the included reviews is fair with a mean score of 5.75/11 on the AMSTAR scale. Overall, there exists a clear trend of increasing evidence over the years supporting the efficacy of TM in lowering BP. However, some conflicting findings remain across reviews and potential risk of bias exists in many of the RCTs included in these reviews.CONCLUSION: Practising TM may potentially reduce the SBP by4mm Hg and DBP by 2mm Hg. Such effect is comparable with other lifestyle interventions such as weight-loss diet and exercise. Further evidence from long-term well-designed RCTs conducted by independent researchers is needed.

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07:13

Vitamin C partially prevents reproductive damage in adult male rats exposed to rosuvastatin during prepuberty. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Food Chem Toxicol. 2017 Sep 6 ;109(Pt 1):272-283. Epub 2017 Sep 6. PMID: 28887090 Abstract Title:  Vitamin C partially prevents reproductive damage in adult male rats exposed to rosuvastatin during prepuberty. Abstract:  Pediatric obesity is closely associated with dyslipidemias and environmental factors, such as diet and lack of physical exercises, which may alter lipid profile in children. Rosuvastatin decreases serum total cholesterol and triglycerides concentrations. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) plays an important role on sperm integrity and fertility. Juvenile male rats were distributed into six experimental groups that received saline solution 0.9%, 3 or 10 mg/kg/day of rosuvastatin, 150 mg/day of ascorbic acid, or 3 or 10 mg/kg/day of rosuvastatin co-administered with 150 mg/day of ascorbic acid from PND23 until PND53 and then the rats were maintained until sexual maturity. Rosuvastatin-exposed groups showed lower sperm quality, androgen depletion and germ cell death. Ascorbic acid was capable to prevent partially the reproductive adverse effects provoked by rosuvastatin. In conclusion, prepubertal exposure to rosuvastatin provokes long-term reproductive damages at sexual maturity and ascorbic acid supplementation at prepuberty may be a preventive mode against these reproductive adverse effects.

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06:41

Why Plant-Based Diets Are The Nutritional Equivalent of Quitting Smoking Healthy Holistic Living

This article is shared with permission from our friends at NutritionFacts. Despite the most widely accepted and well-established chronic disease practice guidelines uniformly calling for lifestyle change as the first line of therapy, doctors often dont follow these recommendations. As seen in my video, The Best Kept Secret in Medicine, lifestyle interventions are not...

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06:38

If You Have Sausage Fingers That are Always Swollen, You Need To Read This Healthy Holistic Living

This article is shared with permission from our friends at Doctors Health Press. Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed*** and may vary from person to person***. Having dactylitis or sausage fingers can be both embarrassing and painful. The dactylitis definition is simply the inflammation of the fingers or toes. It can also have...

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06:35

9 Reasons You Still Have Pimples and The Natural Remedies To Fix It Healthy Holistic Living

This article is shared with permission from our friends at Alina Islam. Acne isnt something thats supposed to happen once youve past your teenage years, right? If youre like me, youve been dealing with acne for a large part of your life. Youve probably tried every acne-fighting product on the market...

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06:31

13 Signs That Your Fear of Failure is Not Normal Healthy Holistic Living

This article is shared with permission from our friends at Doctors Health Press. Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed*** and may vary from person to person***. Its probably safe to say that weve all had a fear of failing at one point or another. Maybe it was before a big test at school...

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06:30

Dr Ron Unfiltered Uncensored Post Irma Dr Ron Unfiltered Uncensored

Drs Ron Gerry ad Danw with over 150 years of combined experience bring you the news that you need to know. We interpret the studies and give you information not available from main stream bought and paid for medicine   We are on most platforms including Google Pay, Stitcher, Blubrry, TuneIn and others and also here at Blog Talk Radio.

06:29

Are You Afraid of Being Too Happy? Turns Out Theres a Name For That Healthy Holistic Living

This article is shared with permission from our friends at Doctors Health Press. Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed*** and may vary from person to person***. There are many fears we face in our life and phobias are an issue for millions of people. Cherophobia may be an uncommon phobia, but it...

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06:28

Combined application of Grifola frondosa and vitamin C induced cell apoptosis and autophagy in vitro. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Apoptosis. 2017 Sep 11. Epub 2017 Sep 11. PMID: 28894987 Abstract Title:  The induction of apoptosis and autophagy in human hepatoma SMMC-7721 cells by combined treatment with vitamin C and polysaccharides extracted from Grifola frondosa. Abstract:  Polysaccharides extracted from the mushroom Grifola frondosa (GFP) are a potential anticancer agent. The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of GFP and vitamin C (VC) alone and in combination on the viability of human hepatocarcinoma SMMC-7721 and HepG2 cells. Studies designed to detect cell apoptosis and autophagy were also conducted to investigate the mechanism. Results from the cell viability assay indicated that a combination of GFP (0.2 or 0.25 mg/mL) and VC (0.3 mmol/L) (GFP/VC) led to 52.73 and 53.93% reduction in cell viability of SMMC-7721 and HepG2 cells separately after 24 h. Flow cytometric analysis indicated that GFP/VC treatment induced cell cycle arrest at the G2/M phase, and apoptosis occurred in approximately 43.62 and 42.46% of the SMMC-7721 and HepG2 cells separately. Moreover, results of Hoechst33258 and monodansylcadaverine staining, and transmission electron microscopy, showed that GFP/VC induced apoptosis and autophagy in SMMC-7721 and HepG2 cells. Western blot analysis showed changes in the expression of apoptosis-related proteins [upregulation of BAX and caspase-3, downregulation of Bcl-2, and activation of poly-(ADP-ribose)-polymerase] and autophagy protein markers (upregulation of beclin-1 and microtubule-associated protein 1A/1B light chain-3). We also demonstrated that the expression of both Akt andp-Akt was enhanced, suggesting the PI3K/Akt/mTOR pathway might not be involved in this process. Our study shows that the combined application of GFP and VC induced cell apoptosis and autophagy in vitro, and might have antitumor activity in vivo.

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06:26

7 Foods You Eat Everyday That Make Period Cramps Worse Healthy Holistic Living

This article is shared with permission from our friends at Alina Islam. Have you ever had to skip work because of bad period cramps? Do you keep Advil in your purse at all times during that week? Do you feel like you waste at least an entire day every month...

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06:23

Cardiff University Expels Student Who Refused to be Vaccinated Health Impact News

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Cardiff University promotes itself as a University for all. But apparently that does not include students who refuse vaccinations. Image Source.

by Christina England
Health Impact News

Currently, vaccinations are not mandatory in the UK and, according to recent reports, the UKs position on mandatory vaccination is unlikely to change.

Background Information on the UKs Decision

According to the British Medical Association, in 2003, the Department of Health issued guidelines clearly stating that none of the vaccinations available in the UK were compulsory and that they were all offered on a voluntary basis.

The guidelines stated:

UK policy on compulsory vaccination:

All immunisations in the UK are voluntary. Determining the factors that contribute to vaccination compliance is essential to the success of implementing future vaccination programmes. Across Europe the trend has been toward greater voluntary participation. Countries such as Germany, where compulsion was the rule a couple of decades ago, now rely on voluntary acceptance. Even though vaccination in the UK is not compulsory, some pre-schools/nurseries refuse entry if children are not fully vaccinated. In March 2003, the Department of Health issued the following statement, None of the childhood vaccinations available in the UK are compulsory. They are offered on a voluntary basis. There are no plans to alter this policy.

These issues were once again debated by the British Medical Association (BMA) earlier this year, and once again, UK doctors voted against making vaccinations compulsory in the UK.

In a recent article discussing the BMAs decision, the Daily Mail stated that:

Doctors leaders have rejected the idea of compulsory immunisation for children in the UK, according to a new report.

Outlining the BMAs reasons for deciding against mandatory vaccination, the Mail wrote that:

BMA Chairman Dr Ian Bogle said: We have looked carefully at the issue o...

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Exogenous ascorbic acid improves defence responses of sunflower exposed to multiple stresses. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Acta Biol Hung. 2017 Sep ;68(3):290-299. PMID: 28901807 Abstract Title:  Exogenous ascorbic acid improves defence responses of sunflower (Helianthus annuus) exposed to multiple stresses. Abstract:  Ascorbic acid is an important antioxidant that plays role both on growth and development and also stress response of the plant. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of ascorbate on physiological and biochemical changes of sunflower that was exposed to multiple stresses. Chlorophyll and carotenoid contents decreased and glutathione, ascorbate and malondialdehyde contents as well as antioxidant enzyme activities increased for sunflower plant that was exposed to 50 mM NaCl and pendimethalin at different concentrations. These changes were found to be more significant in groups simultaneously exposed to both stress factors. While malondialdehyde content decreased, chlorophyll, carotenoid, ascorbate, glutathione contents and antioxidant enzyme activities increased in plants treated exogenously with ascorbate, compared to the untreated samples. According to the findings of our study; compared to individual stress, the effect of stress is more pronounced in sunflower exposed to multiple stresses, and treatment with exogenous ascorbate reduces the negative effects of stress.

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This Chocolate-Coconut Bar Recipe Will Help Keep Your Colon Clean and Healthy Healthy Holistic Living

 This article is shared with permission from our friends at Holistic  Saffron. Natural Remedies  For Constipation Constipation is a common complaint amongst children and adults. OTC and Prescription constipation drugs come with lots of long-term side effects. Even if your babys pediatrician says that Miralax is safe know that it...

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06:01

Cardiff University Expels Student Who Refused to be Vaccinated Vaccine Impact

Cardiff University for All

Cardiff University promotes itself as a University for all. But apparently that does not include students who refuse vaccinations. Image Source.

by Christina England
Health Impact News

Currently, vaccinations are not mandatory in the UK and, according to recent reports, the UKs position on mandatory vaccination is unlikely to change.

Background Information on the UKs Decision

According to the British Medical Association, in 2003, the Department of Health issued guidelines clearly stating that none of the vaccinations available in the UK were compulsory and that they were all offered on a voluntary basis.

The guidelines stated:

UK policy on compulsory vaccination:

All immunisations in the UK are voluntary. Determining the factors that contribute to vaccination compliance is essential to the success of implementing future vaccination programmes. Across Europe the trend has been toward greater voluntary participation. Countries such as Germany, where compulsion was the rule a couple of decades ago, now rely on voluntary acceptance. Even though vaccination in the UK is not compulsory, some pre-schools/nurseries refuse entry if children are not fully vaccinated. In March 2003, the Department of Health issued the following statement, None of the childhood vaccinations available in the UK are compulsory. They are offered on a voluntary basis. There are no plans to alter this policy.

These issues were once again debated by the British Medical Association (BMA) earlier this year, and once again, UK doctors voted against making vaccinations compulsory in the UK.

In a recent article discussing the BMAs decision, the Daily Mail stated that:

Doctors leaders have rejected the idea of compulsory immunisation for children in the UK, according to a new report.

Outlining the BMAs reasons for deciding against mandatory vaccination, the Mail wrote that:

BMA Chairman Dr Ian Bogle said: We have looked carefully at the issue of c...

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Red ginseng extract could be used to reduce the fermentation time of yogurt and enhance its antioxidant capacity. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Korean J Food Sci Anim Resour. 2016 ;36(3):412-20. Epub 2016 Jun 30. PMID: 27433113 Abstract Title:  Physicochemical Characteristics and Antioxidant Capacity in Yogurt Fortified with Red Ginseng Extract. Abstract:  The objective of this study was to investigate characteristics and functionality of yogurt applied red ginseng extract. Yogurts added with red ginseng extract (0.5, 1, 1.5, and 2%) were produced using Lactobacillus acidophilus and Streptococcus thermophilus and stored at refrigerated temperature. During fermentation, pH was decreased whereas titratable aicidity and viable cell counts of L. acidophilus and S. thermophilus were increased. The composition of yogurt samples was measured on day 1, an increase of red ginseng extract content in yogurt resulted in an increase in lactose, protein, total solids, and ash content, whereas fat and moisture content decreased. The pH value and cell counts of L. acidophilus and S. thermophilus were declined, however titratable acidity was increased during storage period. The antioxidant capacity was measured as diverse methods. During refrigerated storage time, the value of antioxidant effect was decreased, however, yogurt fortified with red ginseng extract had higher capacity than plain yogurt. The antioxidant effect was improved in proportion to concentration of red ginseng extract. These data suggests that red ginseng extract could affect to reduce fermentation time of yogurt and enhance antioxidant capacity.

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First U.S. School District to Serve 100% Organic, GMO-Free Meals REALfarmacy.com

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05:22

Moncton votes to keep fluoride out of water Fluoride Action Network

Eight months of lengthy discussions came to an end on Monday night when Moncton city council voted to stick to the status quo of not adding fluoride to the municipalitys water.

In 2011, after a contentious debate, Moncton council voted to suspend adding fluoride to the citys water for five years.

At the time, council asked the provincial Department of Health and the New Brunswick Dental Society to conduct a study on the benefits and risks of water fluoridation, which neither group did.

After a meeting with speakers representing both sides of the fluoride debate in June this year, and soliciting input from the public, staff recommended the city continue to not add fluoride to the Great Moncton water supply unless directed by the federal or provincial governments to do so.

Fluoridation has been widely studied and, if the fluoride doesnt exceed a particular level, is a tool endorsed by both higher levels of government for reducing tooth decay.

Coun. Pierre Boudreau moved the motion Monday night, expressing concern the city may be held legally responsible if any dangers were ever found to be associated with water fluoridation.

We should err on the side of caution, said Boudreau.

Boudreau said an expert report should be provided by the provincial government before council approves reinstating fluoride into the citys water. Coun. Shawn Crossman seconded the motion.

Mayor Dawn Arnold weighed in, saying the city had a responsibility to be thorough.

We need to be able to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are doing no harm if we were to introduce this and thats a tough one to make, said Arnold.

[There] are simply too many questions and a lack of consistent scientific consensusis worrisome to me.

Fluoride supporters disappointed

After the meeting, Dentist, vocal fluoride supporter and Vice President of the New Brunswick Dental Society Susan Drapeau-McNally said if council refuses to protect the teeth of the citys disadvantaged citizens through fluoride, then it should start working on another way to bring dental hygiene to people who cant afford it.

I am very disappointed, said Drapeau-McNally.

If the city is serious about helping the dental situation among their voters, well, do something about it.

The most recent numbers from the city estimate that ad...

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Korean red ginseng ameliorated the devastating effects of Epididymo-orchitis on the sperm retrieved from either epididymis or testicle in rats. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Cell J. 2016 ;18(3):446-57. Epub 2016 Aug 24. PMID: 27602327 Abstract Title:  Ameliorating Effect of Ginseng on Epididymo-Orchitis Inducing Alterations in Sperm Quality and Spermatogenic Cells Apoptosis following Infection by Uropathogenic Escherichia coli in Rats. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: Epididymo-orchitis (EO) potentially results in reduced fertility in up to 60% of affected patients. The anti-inflammatory effects of Korean red ginseng (KRG) and its ability to act as an immunoenhancer in parallel with the beneficial effects of this ancient herbal medicine on the reproductive systems of animals and humans led us to evaluate its protective effects against acute EO.MATERIALS AND METHODS: This animal experimental study was conducted in the Department of Anatomical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Zanjan University of Medical Sciences (ZUMS), Zanjan, Iran during 2013-2015. We divided 50 Wistar rats into five following groups (n=10 per group): i. Control-intact animals, ii. Vehicle-phosphate buffered saline (PBS) injection into the vas deferens, iii. KRG-an intraperitoneal (IP) injection of KRG, iv. EO-an injection of uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC) strain M39 into the vas defer- ens, and v. EO/ KRG-injections of both UPEC strain M39 and KRG. The treatment lasted seven days. We then evaluated sperm parameters, number of germ cell layers, Johnson's criteria, germ cell apoptosis, body weight and relative sex organs weight.RESULTS: Acute EO increased the relative weight of prostate and seminal vesicles (P0.05). It also reduced sperm quality such as total motility, sperm concentration (P0.01), and the percentage of normal sperm (P0.001). Moreover, acute EO decreased Miller's (P0.05) and Johnsen's scores and increased apoptotic indexes of spermatogenic cells (P0.001). KRG treatment decreased prostate weight gain (P0.05) and improved the percentage of sperm with normal morphology, total motility (P0.01), and progressive motility (P0.05). The apoptotic indexes of spermatogenic cells reduced (P0.001), whereas both Johnsen's (P0.01) and Miller's criteria increased in the KRG-treated EO testis (P0.05).CONCLUSION: Consequently, KRG ameliorated the devastating effects of EO on the sperm retrieved from either epididymis or testicle in rats.

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Long-term administration of Korean red ginseng water extract significantly delayed the aging-induced testicular dysfunction. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Exp Gerontol. 2017 Apr ;90:26-33. Epub 2017 Jan 23. PMID: 28126553 Abstract Title:  Korean red ginseng improves testicular ineffectiveness in aging rats by modulating spermatogenesis-related molecules. Abstract:  Korean red ginseng (Panax ginseng Meyer) is known to rejuvenate testicular effectiveness and the sperm maturation process by regulating redox proteins in aged rats. This study was performed to investigate the effect of Korean red ginseng water extract (KRG-WE) on the expression level of spermatogenesis-related key biomolecules and sex hormone receptors as well as enzymes regulating oxidation, histone deacetylation, and growth-related activities in aged rat testis. KRG-WE (200mg/kg) mixed with a regular pellet diet was administered to 12-month-old rats for 6months (KRG-AC), whereas the young (YC, 2months) and aged (AC, 12months) controls received the vehicle only. The results showed that the expression levels of spermatogenesis-related key biomolecules (inhibin-, nectin-2, and cyclic adenosine monophosphate [cAMP] responsive element binding protein [CREB]-1), sex hormone receptors (androgen, luteinizing- and follicle-stimulating hormone receptors [AR, LHR, and FSHR, respectively]), and antioxidant enzymes (glutathione S-transferase mu [GSTm]-5, glutathione peroxidase [GPx]-4, peroxiredoxin [PRx]-3), as well as histone deactylation (silent mating type information regulation 2 homolog 1, SIRT1) and growth-related (mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1, mTORC1) molecules were significantly altered in the AC group rat testes compared with those of the YC group. However, KRG-WE treatment of the AC group significantly (p

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Language of Mental Illness Others People: Its a Human Rights Violation Mad In America

To separate out the sensitive and call them mentally ill is yet another disservice and retraumatization to our most sensitive citizens. Seriously. We need to cut it out.

Becoming conscious is risky business.

The language of mental illness others people and is a human rights violation committed mindlessly by our entire culture. Forced treatment is the most obvious violence against us but microaggressions happen daily everywhere.

When separation and microaggressions are legitimized and put into public policy and discourse the way its been done, we become second class citizens and subhumans and its all very acceptable as far as most are concerned.

This is an energetic reality whether people are aware of it or not. This is oppression and bigotry systemically supported and then denied by almost everyone, including those most seriously affected. We internalize it and come to believe these lies.

Just like racism and yet, its not recognized yet (not widely certainly there are those who fight for broad systemic change who do get it, but we are a tiny minority at this point).

Mentally ill is a slur for those with the greatest sensitivities to the harmful conditioning we all face and are subject to. We might say that Everyone is Mentally Ill and that some of us who are labeled as such and thus ostracized by these labels are actually the least in denial about what is happening to us and to our planet.

So yes, those of us labeled mentally ill are often closer to sanity than most of society. Language matters here and calling the most vulnerable among us mentally ill as though everyone isnt seriously affected is a form of doublespeak. Very 1984. A manipulation that helps people remain deep in denial so that we can keep on committing atrocities against one another and the planet. Everyone is Mentally Ill (yes, conditioned to the point of soul-loss) in this society, and those of us labeled are often far less so even though many of us may not yet be aware of this reality. See also: The Purpose of Life and the Human Conditioning.

It is no measure of health to be well-adjusted to a sick society. Krishnamurti

I get that its useful to use the language of illness for folks who attach to the illness construct as well so that we might communicate and reach out to everyone. It remains all the more important to look at and be explicit about how language is used, and to clarif...

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Scientists And Physicians Send Appeal About 5G Rollout And Health Dangers To The European Union Natural Blaze

By Catherine J. Frompovich

On September 13, 2017, more than 180 scientists and doctors sent an 11-page Appeal for a moratorium on the roll out of 5G in the European Union.

The reason for the appeal is RF/EMF has been proven to be harmful for humans and the environment, but 5G has not been investigated fully for potential health hazards and environmental impact by INDEPENDENT scientists, rather than industry scientists who apparently would rubber stamp 5G similarly as the other generations of telecommunications updates have been.

According to the Appeal, 5G is effective only over short distances and is transmitted poorly through solid materials. Because of that inefficiency in transmission, a tremendous number of antennas or cell towers will be needed to implement 5G service.

One key paragraph jumped out for me:

With the ever more extensive use of wireless technologies, nobody can avoid to be exposed. Because on top of the increased number of 5G-transmitters (even within housing, shops and in hospitals) according to estimates, 10 to 20 billion connections (to refrigerators, washing machines, surveillance cameras, self-driving cars and buses, etc.) will be parts of the Internet of Things. All these together can cause a substantial increase in the total, long term RF-EMF exposure to all EU citizens. [CJF emphasis]

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03:13

Plastic in Our Bodies new research findings two

Our Bodies Are Becoming Plastic



Story at-a-glance
  • Globally, 83 percent of tap water samples tested were found to contain tiny microplastic particles
  • In the U.S., 94 percent of tap water samples were found to contain plastic the most out of all the locations tested
  • Large quantities of microplastics are likely being transferred to agricultural land via sewage sludge


By Dr. Mercola
It was a sad day in October 2015 when researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) announced they had detected plastic litter on the surface of Arctic waters.1 Greenland sharks and seabirds living in the area were already known to be eating the debris,2 but the appearance of 31 pieces of floating debris in an otherwise largely pristine environment painted a disturbing picture of pollution problems that will only get worse if the amounts of litter entering the oceans arent reduced.
With plastics now entering the farthest reaches of the globe, what does that mean for the environments where these pollutants are known to accumulate? Mismanaged waste is particularly problematic in China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines, which together make up the top five countries for plastic pollution.3 In the U.S., one of the top waste-generating countries, littering is a major issue, especially in the form of single-use plastics, like soda bottles, drinking straws and potato chip bags.
According to environmental advocacy group Ocean Conservancy, some plastic products persist for so long, e...

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Saponin extracts induced apoptosis of endometrial cells from women with endometriosis. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Reprod Sci. 2017 Jan 1:1933719117711263. Epub 2017 Jan 1. PMID: 28558522 Abstract Title:  Saponin Extracts Induced Apoptosis of Endometrial Cells From Women With Endometriosis Through Modulation of miR-21-5p. Abstract:  Among the several components in Korean red ginseng, the saponin components are known to have various pharmacologic activities. The objective of this study was to evaluate therapeutic effects of saponin extracts from Korean red ginseng on endometriosis and to identify microRNAs (miRNAs) associated with saponin treatment. This is an in vitro study which used human endometrial stromal cells (HESCs) obtained from patients who underwent laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis and other benign conditions. Human endometrial stromal cells were treated with saponin extracts, and microarray profiling was performed. Human endometrial stromal cells were then transfected with miRNAs identified in the profiling. After the saponin extract treatment, the expression of caspase 3 was significantly increased in HESCs. Microarray profiling revealed several miRNAs that were differentially expressed, and miR-21-5p was further validated. Expression of miR-21-5p was significantly upregulated in the endometrium of patients with endometriosis, compared with controls. Transfection of a miR-21-5p inhibitor significantly increased caspase 3 expression in HESCs. The apoptotic potential of saponin extracts and the miR-21-5p inhibitor were further validated in HESCs using flow cytometry analysis. In conclusions, treatment with saponin extracts significantly decreased the expression of miR-21-5p in HESCs from patients with endometriosis. Inhibition of miR-21-5p effectively increased the apoptotic potential of HESCs. These findings suggest that saponin extract treatment may have therapeutic potential for endometriosis via modulation of specific miRNAs.

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02:52

Health Disparity Project Cuts Out the Recovery Movement Mad In America

NAMI Kansas ignoring the social determinants of health in their health disparity program design.

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Another retraction hits high-profile food researcher under fire Retraction Watch

Its been a rough year for Brian Wansink. Last year, the prominent food researcher posted a blog praising a student for her productivity in his lab. But when Wansink described his methods, readers became concerned that the lab was using improper research techniques to generate more publications. Earlier this year, researchers posted an analysis of []

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01:22

CDC Study Shows Up to 7.7 Times the Risk of Miscarriage After Influenza Vaccine World Mercury Project

By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

The CDC has just published a seismic study (Donahue et al. 2017 Vaccine 35:5314) linking spontaneous abortions in women to flu vaccines.  The study reviewed data for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 flu seasons.  Women vaccinated with the inactivated influenza vaccine (IIV) in the 2010-2011 season were 3.7 times more likely to experience a spontaneous abortion within 28 days than women not receiving the vaccine.  Over the entire study period (2010 to 2012), the odds for a spontaneous abortion for vaccinated women were 2.0 times greater than for those women not receiving the flu vaccine.  Both figures showed a statistically significant increase in miscarriages when women received their flu shot.  Most alarmingly, in women who received the H1N1 vaccine in the previous flu season, the odds of spontaneous abortion in the 28 days after receiving a flu vaccine was 7.7 times greater.

The vast majority of these flu vaccines were multi-dose formulations, containing 25 micrograms of mercury via the preservative thimerosal.  In those years, out of approximately 150 million flu shots given in the U.S. annually, less than 50 million or 34% of those vaccines available for pregnant women were thimerosal-free.

For many years, health officials have warned pregnant women to avoid eating mercury-containing tuna. And, even before this latest study, some government scientists were questioning the wisdom of pressuring women to receive mercury-laden flu shots in any trimester of pregnancy.  National Toxicology Program Deputy Director, Dr. George Lucier, said The developing fetus should NEVER be exposed to any amount of mercury, period!  In the words of senior CDC epidemiologist, Dr. William Thompson, So I dont know why they still give it [the flu shot] to pregnant women, like thats the last person I would give mercury to.

vaccine manufacturers acknowledge that flu vaccines have never been shown to be safe for pregnant women.

CDC officially claims that thimerosal is the safe mercury because it is purportedly excreted quickly from the body.  CDC bases this claim solely on its misinterpretation of data from a poorly designed study conducted in the early 2000s by an industry insider, Dr. Michael Pichichero. Subsequent studies have proven that the ethylmercury in thimerosal is actually far more persistent in organs than the methylmercury in fish (Burbacher et al. 2005 Environ Health Perspect. 113:1015) (Rodrigues et al. Arch Toxicol. 2010 84:891).  In flu shot...

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How university foundations circumvent conflict of interest disclosure rules and hide corporate ties to faculty Health Nut News

By Dr. Mercola In the last few years, freedom of information act (FOIA) requests have revealed a loophole that allows corporations to hide funds given to university-based researchers and academics, thereby also hiding their behind-the-scenes collaborations to promote corporate viewpoints while maintaining an air of independence. A recent defamation suit offers an intriguing opportunity to

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Brazil is hooked on junk food Health Nut News

Its a catch 22, you desperately need money and yet, if you work for Company A you will be contributing to not only your slow death but the slow death of your countrymen. Do you take the job, promising yourself you wont get sucked in or do you pass and continue to struggle to meet

00:23

This gym offers napping classes for exhausted adults, members pay per hour Health Nut News

Introducing Nap-ercise, the gym class you may actually attend. Adults are always on-the-go in todays busy world, meaning that they rarely get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep per night. To remedy this conundrum, a Nap-Ercise class has been implemented in a UK Gym to help individuals 21 and older catch up on essential Zzzs.

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These islands just banned western junk food to promote health Health Nut News

Local tourist hot spots in some South Pacific Islands will no longer serve pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers, and sugary sweets in plastic wrap typical Western junk food to encourage healthier eating habits among people who live there. The government hopes that banning junk food will also sway people to support local farmers and

00:19

How Big Oil conquered the world Health Nut News

Nearly every part of our modern lives is affected by Big Oil, From farm to pharmaceutical, diesel truck to dinner plate, pipeline to plastic product But, is it a story you know? RELATED ARTICLE: MSNBC loses connection to reporter as he goes off on oil industry for robbing locals of infrastructure funds Do yourself a

00:18

Scientists Develop Solar Cells Out Of Fluorine Fluoride Action Network

SEOUL A group of South Korean scientists have developed highly stable and cheap solar cells made out of fluorine, a state-run institute said Tuesday.

The team led by Kim Jin-young from the Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) developed the edged selectively fluorinefunctionalized graphene nanoplatelets with structure of perovskite solarcells that can achieve a stability of 82 percent.

A perovskite solar cell is a type of cell which includes a perovskite structured compound, considered a next-generation technology with the potential of achieving even higher efficiency. However, low instability and high production costs have been cited as factors that block such technology from becoming commercially viable.

This study overcame weakness of perovskite solar cells that have high efficiencies but low stability, Kim said, adding that the technology would help the commercialization of the solar cells.

Their findings were published in the latest edition of the journal, Nano Letters.

*Original article online at http://koreabizwire.com/scientists-develop-solar-cells-out-of-fluorine/95834

00:18

Higher levels of fluoride in urine associated with lower intelligence in children Fluoride Action Network

Fluoride in the urine of pregnant women shows a correlation with lower measures of intelligence in their children, according to University of Toronto researchers who conducted the first study of its kind and size to examine fluoride exposure and multiple states of neurodevelopment.

Our study shows that the growing fetal nervous system may be adversely affected by higher levels of fluoride exposure, said Dr. Howard Hu, the studys principal investigator and Professor of Environmental Health, Epidemiology and Global Health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. It also suggests that the pre-natal nervous system may be more sensitive to fluoride compared to that of school-aged children.

Tap water and dental products have been fluoridated in communities in Canada and the United States (as well as milk and table salt in some other countries) by varying amounts for more than 60 years to prevent cavities and improve bone health. In recent years, fierce debate over the safety of water fluoridation particularly for childrens developing brains has fueled researchers to explore the issue and provide evidence to inform national drinking water standards.

There are some known side effects of fluoride, for example dental defects like mild staining are common among those ingesting recommended levels of fluoride in the United States and Canada. Skeletal fluorosis excessive accumulation of fluoride in the bones is much less common and only observed at levels of fluoride in the water that are more than 5 to 10 times higher than those recommended.

Relatively little is known, with confidence, about fluorides impact on neurodevelopment, said Hu, whose research team included experts from the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico, University of Toronto, University of Michigan, McGill University, Indiana University, Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health.

The study, Prenatal Fluoride Exposure and Cognitive Outcomes in Children at 4 and 6-12 Years of Age in Mexico, published today in Environmental Health Perspectives, analyzed data from 287 mother-child pairs in Mexico City that were part of the Early Life Exposures in Mexico to Environmental Toxicants (ELEMENT) project, which recruited pregnant women from 1994 to 2005 and has continued to follow the women and their children ever since.

The research team analyzed urine samples that had been taken from mothers during pregnancy and from their children between six and 12 years of age to reconstruct personal measures of fluoride exposure for both mother and child.

This is significant because previous studies estimated exposures based on neighborhood measurements of drinking water fluoride level...

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UN Endorsed California Governor Jerry Brown Expected to Decriminalize HIV+ Blood Donors BolenReport

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CBS: Fluoride exposure in utero linked to lower IQ in kids, study says Health Nut News

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23:43

Canadian Study Claims Autism-Aluminum Adjuvant Link Confirmed Vaxxter

Two weeks ago, a French study raised concerns regarding the aluminum used in vaccines. Concerns about its [aluminum adjuvants] safety emerged following recognition of its unexpectedly long-lasting biopersistence within immune cells in some individuals, and...

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23:38

Childrens IQ Could Be Lowered By Mothers Drinking Tap Water While Pregnant Fluoride Action Network

Adding fluoride to public drinking water for dental purposes has been controversial since the practice first began in 1945, and the latest findings are sure to stir that pot yet again. A new study suggests that prenatal exposure to this chemical may affect cognitive abilities and that children born to mothers exposed to high amounts of fluoride could have lower IQs.

The study, published Tuesday in Environmental Health Perspectives, found an association between lower intelligence and prenatal fluoride exposure in 299 mother-child pairs in Mexico. The team measured fluoride levels from mothers via urine samples and followed up on their children until they were between 6 and 12 years old. Even when other possible factors were taken into account, such as exposure to other chemicals, results continually showed that higher prenatal fluoride exposure was linked to lower scores on tests of cognitive function in children at age 4 and then again between 6 and 12.

Although the study accurately measured how much fluoride was in each mothers urine samples, it could not pin down the exact amount of fluoride the children had been exposed to. Thats because pregnancy can change how certain substances are secreted in urine. However, the team estimates that these levels of exposure are not exceptionally high.

If you just assume for the moment that fluoride in the urine of pregnant women is the same as it is in nonpregnant women, then these levels are a bit higherbut not hugely higherthan that seen in general population samples in North America, lead study author Dr. Howard Hu, who studies environmental health at the University of Toronto, tells Newsweek.

The mothers in this study did not have fluoride added to their water. Rather, they ingested fluoride from natural sources or through fluoridated salt and supplements. In Mexico, fluoridated salt is the main way that women get salt into their diet, says Hu, unlike in the U.S., where fluoridated water is the main avenue.

The data could renew the debate about the safety of adding fluoride to tap water, in part because experts have not been quick to dismiss the findings. This is a very well-conducted study, and it raises serious concerns about fluoride supplementation in water, says Dr. Leonardo Trasande, a pediatrician who studies potential links between environmental exposures and health problems at New York University Langone Health. (He was not involved in the new study.)

Trasande emphasizes that the levels of fluoride seen among the mothers in this study are slightly higher than what would be expected in U.S., based on current fluoride supplementation levels. However, he also explains that fluoride is known to disrupt thyroid function, which in turn is crucial for brain development.

T...

22:30

Article defending colonialism draws rebuke, journal defends choice to publish Retraction Watch

Facing a volley of criticism for publishing an essay that called for a return to colonialism, a journal editor has defended his decision to print the article. The Case for Colonialism, published Sept. 8 in Third World Quarterly (TWQ), was written by Bruce Gilley, a professor of political science at Portland State University. For an []

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22:30

Autism Birthday Agony: Attitude Adjusted The Thinking Moms' Revolution

September 19, 2017 As my sons birthday rolls around again this year, I am reminded of the mindset I had just two years ago when Shia turned five. I woke up heavy hearted on his fifth birthday.  I remember being Continue reading

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20:33

New Tool to Assess Usefulness of Clinical Guidelines Mad In America

From Medical Xpress: A new tool, G-TRUST (the Guideline Trustworthiness, Relevance, and Utility Scoring Tool) has been developed to help clinicians assess the usefulness of clinical guidelines in their treatment of patients.

In every medical specialty, physicians are required to review multiple sets of practice guidelines to determine their usefulness for a specific patients treatment. Such tools are often developed primarily for research and further guideline development rather than direct clinical application, said first and corresponding author Allen Shaughnessy, Pharm.D., M.Med.Ed., professor at Tufts University School of Medicine and fellowship director of the Tufts University Family Medicine Residency Program at Cambridge Health Alliance.

As an aid to practicing clinicians, the research team developed a straightforward eight-point tool for scoring clinical guidelines to assess their usefulness that can be applied in a clinical setting.

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20:32

Lawsuit Over a Suicide Points to a Risk of Antidepressants Mad In America

From The New York Times: The recent trial of Wendy Dolin, whose husband died of suicide after starting the antidepressant paroxetine, demonstrates our need for more understanding and awareness of the risks of antidepressants.

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20:31

APA to Release Guidelines for Fat-Shaming Kids for Profit Mad In America

From Ravishly: The American Psychological Association has released a draft of their Clinical Practice Guideline for the Behavioral Treatment of Obesity and Overweight in Children and Adolescents. These guidelines promote fat-shaming and sizeism directed at young people and could potentially lead to disordered eating and trauma.

these guidelines dont appear to have anything to do with helping people who need psychological treatment. It seems to me that somebody finally told the APA how much money the fat phobia industry makes for those who claim (however dubiously) that they can make fat people thin and, despite what well soon find is an astounding lack of evidence, the APA and its members want their piece of that anti-obesity money pie.

They acknowledge that there is tremendous stigma directed toward kids with larger bodies, but they are using that to back up their assertion that fat kids should get treatment to become thin. So the APA is basically suggesting that fat kids acquiesce to their bullies. As a queer woman, I see this logic and wonder if they are suggesting that queer kids who get bullied have reparative therapy to try to become straight (which, like weight loss attempts, is highly unlikely to work and can do physical and mental harm).

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18:58

Do Avocados and Olive Oil Increase Your Intelligence? PreventDisease.com

Consumption of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFAs), found in olive oil, avocados and nuts, is linked to general intelligence according to a recent study in Neuroimage.

17:30

Flu Shots: Here We Go Again! Science-Based Medicine

The many myths about flu shots continue to circulate and persuade some people not to get a flu shot. Flu shots are excellent insurance, safe and reasonably effective. Immunization protects not only the recipient but also vulnerable groups in the community.

15:30

How University Foundations Circumvent Conflict of Interest Disclosure Rules and Hide Corporate Ties to Faculty Articles

By Dr. Mercola

In the last few years, freedom of information act (FOIA) requests have revealed a loophole that allows corporations to hide funds given to university-based researchers and academics, thereby also hiding their behind-the-scenes collaborations to promote corporate viewpoints while maintaining an air of independence. A recent defamation suit offers an intriguing opportunity to shed even more light on this, what appears to be, common practice.

FOIA Documents Revealed Professor's Big Ag Links

Kevin Folta a plant scientist and professor at the University of Florida and an outspoken advocate of genetic engineering became a posterchild for this kind of disclosure avoidance when, two years ago, a FOIA request by the California-based activist group US Right to Know (USRTK) produced correspondence revealing Folta had instructed Monsanto on how to avoid disclosing funding his work by depositing the money into the university's SHARE (Special Help for Agricultural Research and Education) contribution account.

As noted by Folta in his proposal to Monsanto,1 "a SHARE contribution is not subject to IDC and is not in a conflict-of-interest account. In other words, SHARE contributions are not publicly noted. This eliminates the potential concern of the funding organization influencing the message." Put another way, by making a SHARE contribution, the link between Folta and Monsanto would remain hidden, and his public promotion of biotech would not be tainted by obvious suspicions of conflicts of interest.

This is one of the biggest scams going. Universities have very strict conflict of interest rules in place, all of which are effectively circumvented by giving the funds as a grant to the University of Florida Foundation, which operates as a separate, non-public entity. The foundation then issues the money to individual researchers' programs. Yet, even though the money can be easily earmarked for a specific individual or program, financial contributions to the foundation do not need to be publicly disclosed.

While this loophole is news for many, evidence suggests researchers and academics have routinely used it to avoid conflicts of interest disclosure rules. Bruce Chassy was caught doing the same thing. An investigation by Chicago WBEZ news discovered Monsanto paid the now retired University of Illinois' professor more than $57,000 over two years for travel, writing and speaking expenses, yet Chassy never disclosed his financial ties to the company on state and university conflict of interest disclosure forms....

Our Bodies Are Becoming Plastic Articles

By Dr. Mercola

It was a sad day in October 2015 when researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) announced they had detected plastic litter on the surface of Arctic waters.1 Greenland sharks and seabirds living in the area were already known to be eating the debris,2 but the appearance of 31 pieces of floating debris in an otherwise largely pristine environment painted a disturbing picture of pollution problems that will only get worse if the amounts of litter entering the oceans arent reduced.

With plastics now entering the farthest reaches of the globe, what does that mean for the environments where these pollutants are known to accumulate? Mismanaged waste is particularly problematic in China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and the Philippines, which together make up the top five countries for plastic pollution.3 In the U.S., one of the top waste-generating countries, littering is a major issue, especially in the form of single-use plastics, like soda bottles, drinking straws and potato chip bags.

According to environmental advocacy group Ocean Conservancy, some plastic products persist for so long, even in salty ocean water, that theyll still be recognizable after 400 years.4 However, an equally alarming problem is the plastics that do get broken down into tiny pieces. Microplastic particles, which are less than 5 millimeters long, are literally clouding the oceans in spots.

Carried along with the oceans currents, swirling gyres of plastic smog5 now cover about 40 percent of the worlds ocean surfaces.6 Theyre being eaten by fish and other marine life that is well-known. But only recently did researchers take the logical next step to determine that its not only marine life ingesting plastic you probably are too.

94 Percent of US Tap Water Contains Plastic Fibers

Research commissioned by media outlet Orb revealed alarming data about plastic pollution in tap water, with 83 percent of samples tested worldwide coming back as contaminated. In the U.S., 94 percent of tap water samples were found to contain plastic the most out of all the locations tested. According to Orb:7

Fibers in tap water are both a discovery and a marker a visceral sign of how far plas...

High Cost of Corn and Saving Prairies Articles

By Dr. Mercola

Take a drive through the U.S. Midwest and you cant miss the seemingly endless fields of corn. Depending on the season, the corn may be tall and green or dry and brown, or already combined, leaving vast swatches of barren soil exposed. None of the scenarios would appear particularly noteworthy to the average passerby, and certainly not cause for alarm.

However, if you dig a bit deeper into the reality of not just the U.S. Corn Belt, but also the massive amounts of corn being grown around the globe, a darker picture begins to emerge. Gone are the days of small-town farmers growing just enough corn to feed locals and, perhaps, their livestock over the winter.

In the 21st century, the two major consumers of corn are industrial in nature: concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) and ethanol. Theres now so much corn grown in the U.S. that the Corn Belt (typically said to include corn grown across Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Missouri and parts of Nebraska and Kansas) can be seen from space, courtesy of satellite chlorophyll-sensors.1

Theres a tendency to think of corn as natural and even all-American, but as its true environmental costs become clear growing corn is not only chemical-intensive but also requires significant amounts of water and land, leading to air pollution, water scarcity and more accountability is becoming more important.

Where in the Supply Chain Is Corn Causing the Most Environmental Harm?

A study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences tackled the monumental task of figuring out which U.S. counties produced the most corn as well as where that corn ended up downstream, right down to the various supply chains and industries.2 Think of the new research as a computer model of the United States of Corn, Bloomberg reported, continuing:3

The general problem that the researchers took on prompted by a collaboration with the nongovernmental organization the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) is that some 75 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions and water use of economic production is bound up in an enormous, poorly documented network of supply chains.

Given the importance of corn to both the meat and ethanol industries, and the importance of the meat and ethanol industries to American consumers, they focused on that specific network.

Kansas City, Missouri-based beef processor National Beef fared the worst in terms of irrigated water u...

14:30

Debut Day For Vaccines: A Reappraisal by Dr. Richard Moskowitz from Skyhorse Publishing AGE OF AUTISM

Congratulations to Dr. Moskowitz on the debut of his new book Vaccine Reappraisal from Skyhorse Publishing at #1 in Vaccinations. Mary Holland wrote the foreword. Order your hardcover or Kindle edition today and don't forget to leave a review at...

12:05

The Thriving Child Summit FREE Online! Medical Kidnap

Thriving Child Summit

The Thriving Child Summit is a FREE online conference for parents who want to learn how to help their children THRIVE!

Health Impact News

Join holistic mama doc Elisa Song, MD, for this inspirational, information-packed, 1-week event where she brings you video interviews with over 40 of the worlds leading experts in holistic health and wellness, integrative medicine, nutrition, parenting, and mind-body medicine who will show you how to help your children thrive to their fullest potentials.

Whether your child is healthy, or has a chronic health concern learn how to integrate the best of conventional and holistic pediatric health care, lifestyle management, and parenting tools.

Become empowered to take charge of your childs health and wellness holistically!

The Thriving Child Summit is for YOU if you want to learn:

  • The foundations for optimal childrens health.
  • What to feed your kids (or avoid!) to nourish their bodies and brains.
  • How to use natural medicines to avoid antibiotics and keep your child healthy.
  • The truth about EMFs, GMOs, pesticides, heavy metals, and other toxins and how to keep your kids healthy in our toxic world.
  • How to find the root cause and heal your childs leaky gut, anxiety/depression, ADHD, autism, PANDAS/PANS, eczema, acne, and other chronic illnesses.
  • The truth about vaccine safety from two board-certified pediatricians.
  • How to talk to kids about puberty, stress management and social media so that theyll actually listen!
  • How to trauma-proof your child and create resilient kids for a lifetime.
  • How genetics really plays a role in the future of your or your childs health.
  • How to reclaim your mama vitality.
  • And more!

Thrive-day1...

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The Thriving Child Summit FREE Online! Vaccine Impact

Thriving Child Summit

The Thriving Child Summit is a FREE online conference for parents who want to learn how to help their children THRIVE!

Health Impact News

Join holistic mama doc Elisa Song, MD, for this inspirational, information-packed, 1-week event where she brings you video interviews with over 40 of the worlds leading experts in holistic health and wellness, integrative medicine, nutrition, parenting, and mind-body medicine who will show you how to help your children thrive to their fullest potentials.

Whether your child is healthy, or has a chronic health concern learn how to integrate the best of conventional and holistic pediatric health care, lifestyle management, and parenting tools.

Become empowered to take charge of your childs health and wellness holistically!

The Thriving Child Summit is for YOU if you want to learn:

  • The foundations for optimal childrens health.
  • What to feed your kids (or avoid!) to nourish their bodies and brains.
  • How to use natural medicines to avoid antibiotics and keep your child healthy.
  • The truth about EMFs, GMOs, pesticides, heavy metals, and other toxins and how to keep your kids healthy in our toxic world.
  • How to find the root cause and heal your childs leaky gut, anxiety/depression, ADHD, autism, PANDAS/PANS, eczema, acne, and other chronic illnesses.
  • The truth about vaccine safety from two board-certified pediatricians.
  • How to talk to kids about puberty, stress management and social media so that theyll actually listen!
  • How to trauma-proof your child and create resilient kids for a lifetime.
  • How genetics really plays a role in the future of your or your childs health.
  • How to reclaim your mama vitality.
  • And more!

Thrive-day1...

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The Thriving Child Summit FREE Online! Health Impact News

Thriving Child Summit

The Thriving Child Summit is a FREE online conference for parents who want to learn how to help their children THRIVE!

Health Impact News

Join holistic mama doc Elisa Song, MD, for this inspirational, information-packed, 1-week event where she brings you video interviews with over 40 of the worlds leading experts in holistic health and wellness, integrative medicine, nutrition, parenting, and mind-body medicine who will show you how to help your children thrive to their fullest potentials.

Whether your child is healthy, or has a chronic health concern learn how to integrate the best of conventional and holistic pediatric health care, lifestyle management, and parenting tools.

Become empowered to take charge of your childs health and wellness holistically!

The Thriving Child Summit is for YOU if you want to learn:

  • The foundations for optimal childrens health.
  • What to feed your kids (or avoid!) to nourish their bodies and brains.
  • How to use natural medicines to avoid antibiotics and keep your child healthy.
  • The truth about EMFs, GMOs, pesticides, heavy metals, and other toxins and how to keep your kids healthy in our toxic world.
  • How to find the root cause and heal your childs leaky gut, anxiety/depression, ADHD, autism, PANDAS/PANS, eczema, acne, and other chronic illnesses.
  • The truth about vaccine safety from two board-certified pediatricians.
  • How to talk to kids about puberty, stress management and social media so that theyll actually listen!
  • How to trauma-proof your child and create resilient kids for a lifetime.
  • How genetics really plays a role in the future of your or your childs health.
  • How to reclaim your mama vitality.
  • And more!

Thrive-day1...

10:54

Dara Berger at Health Choice Connecticut Rally AGE OF AUTISM

NOTE: Below is Dara Berger's speech at the Health Choice CT rally on September 15. By Dara Berger My name is Dara Berger. I am an author of the book How to Prevent Autism and a documentary filmmaker. The most...

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The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency AGE OF AUTISM

Note: We're delighted to share this post by Martin Walker. Martin covered the GMC trial in the UK moment by moment and is a copious author whose book "Dirty Medicine" is sharp and thought provoking. Please visit his website Slingshot...

10:48

There exists strong evidence from animal models suggesting pomegranate juice can be used to effectively treat IBD, and chronic inflammatory diseases. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Nutrients. 2017 Aug 30 ;9(9). Epub 2017 Aug 30. PMID: 28867799 Abstract Title:  Could Pomegranate Juice Help in the Control of Inflammatory Diseases? Abstract:  Fruits rich in polyphenols, such as pomegranates, have been shown to have health benefits relating to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Using data obtained from PubMed and Scopus, this article provides a brief overview of the therapeutic effects of pomegranate on chronic inflammatory diseases (CID) such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), metabolic and cardiovascular disorders, and other inflammatory-associated conditions, with an emphasis on fruit-derived juices. Most studies regarding the effects of pomegranate juice have focused on its ability to treat prostate cancer, diabetes, and atherosclerosis. However, pomegranate juice has shown therapeutic potential for many other illnesses. For instance, a small number of human clinical trials have highlighted the positive effects of pomegranate juice and extract consumption on cardiovascular health. The beneficial effects of pomegranate components have also been observed in animal models for respiratory diseases, RA, neurodegenerative disease, and hyperlipidaemia. Furthermore, there exists strong evidence from rodent models suggesting that pomegranate juice can be used to effectively treat IBD, and as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat CID. The effects of pomegranate intake should be further investigated by conducting larger and more well-defined human trials.

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The results of this study suggest protective effects of pomegranate juice against myocardial ischemia and reperfusion injury. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Phytother Res. 2017 Sep 15. Epub 2017 Sep 15. PMID: 28913846 Abstract Title:  Cardioprotective Effects of Pomegranate (Punica granatum) Juice in Patients with Ischemic Heart Disease. Abstract:  Ischemic heart disease is the leading cause of mortality worldwide. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the cardioprotective effects of pomegranate juice in patients with ischemic heart disease. One hundred patients, diagnosed with unstable angina or myocardial infarction, were randomly assigned to the test and the control groups (n = 50, each). During 5 days of hospitalization, in addition to the conventional medical therapies, the test groups received 220 mL pomegranate juice, daily. During the hospitalization period, the blood pressure, heart rate, as well as the intensity, occurrence, and duration of the angina were evaluated on a regular basis. At the end of the hospitalization period, the serum levels of malondialdehyde, interleukin-6, and tumor necrosis factor alpha were measured in all patients. The levels of serum troponin and high-sensitive C-reactive protein levels were also assayed in patients diagnosed with myocardial infarction. Pomegranate juice caused significant reductions in the intensity, occurrence, and duration of angina pectoris in patients with unstable angina. Consistently, the test patients had significantly lower levels of serum troponin and malondialdehyde. Other studied parameters did not change significantly. The results of this study suggest protective effects of pomegranate juice against myocardial ischemia and reperfusion injury. Copyright 2017 John Wiley&Sons, Ltd.

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09:15

Polysaccharides from Acanthopanax senticosus enhances intestinal integrity in lipopolysaccharide-challenged mice. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Anim Sci J. 2016 Aug ;87(8):1011-8. Epub 2015 Oct 5. PMID: 26435041 Abstract Title:  Polysaccharides from Acanthopanax senticosus enhances intestinal integrity through inhibiting TLR4/NF-B signaling pathways in lipopolysaccharide-challenged mice. Abstract:  To investigate the role of polysaccharide from Acanthopanax senticosus (ASPS) on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced intestinal injury, mice in three treatments were administrated orally with or without ASPS (300 mg/kg body weight) for 14 days, followed by challenge with LPS or saline. At 4 h post-injection, blood and intestinal samples of six mice / treatment were collected. The results showed ASPS ameliorated LPS-induced intestinal morphological deterioration, proven by improved villus height (P

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08:50

Acanthopanax senticosus leaves could promote beneficial health effects including the prevention of metabolic syndrome. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Sci Food Agric. 2016 Aug ;96(11):3717-22. Epub 2016 Feb 3. PMID: 26676315 Abstract Title:  Antihyperlipidemic effect of Acanthopanax senticosus (Rupr. et Maxim) Harms leaves in high-fat-diet fed mice. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Metabolic syndrome is a major risk factor for a variety of obesity-related diseases. Recently, the effects of functional foods have been investigated on lipid metabolism as a means to reduce lipid content in the blood, liver and adipose tissues associated with carnitine O-palmitoyltransferase (CPT) activity. Acanthopanax senticosus (Rupr. et Maxim) Harms (AS) is a medicinal herb possessing a wide spectra of functions including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-fatigue actions. Despite much research being focused on the cortical roots of AS, little information is available regarding its leaves, which are also expected to promote human health, for example by improving abnormal lipid metabolism. Here, we explored whether AS leaves affect lipid metabolism in mice fed a high-fat diet.RESULTS: The administration of AS to BALB/c mice fed a high-fat diet significantly decreased plasma triglycerides (TG). CPT activity in the liver of these mice was significantly enhanced by AS treatment.CONCLUSION: These findings indicate that AS leaves have the potential to alleviate increase in plasma TG levels due to high-fat diet intake in mice, possibly by increasing mitochondrial fatty acid-oxidation, especially via CPT activation. Consequently, daily intake of AS leaves could promote beneficial health effects including the prevention of metabolic syndrome. 2015 Society of Chemical Industry.

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08:39

A. senticosus exhibited a potential for inhibition of histone deacetylase. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Exp Hematol. 2016 Jun ;44(6):466-73. Epub 2016 Mar 15. PMID: 26992299 Abstract Title:  A preliminary study on epigenetic regulation of Acanthopanax senticosus in leukemia cell lines. Abstract:  Conventional chemotherapy for leukemia inevitably causes systemic toxicity. Acanthopanax senticosus, a naturally occurring herb used in traditional Chinese medicine, has been found to be a multipotent bioflavonoid with great potential in the prevention and treatment of malignant diseases. However, the mechanism underlying the action of A. senticosus in epigenetic regulation is poorly understood. In the study described here, we focused on the efficacy of A. senticosus in inducing apoptosis of leukemia cells and a possible mechanism. By evaluating the inhibition ratio and morphologic changes, we found that A. senticosus can inhibit growth and induce apoptosis of human leukemia HL-60 and HL60/ADM cells in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Furthermore,A. senticosus induced Fas ligand (FasL) expression and blocked the cell cycle in S phase. In addition, A. senticosus exhibited a potential for inhibition of histone deacetylase (HADC), which contributes to histone acetylation. It possibly resulted in the promotion of the expression of FasL. It is suggested that A. senticosus could be recognized as a new HDAC inhibitor which was able to reactivate aberrantly silenced genes. We discuss the clinical aspects of using A. senticosus for treatment of leukemia.

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08:14

Soluble polysaccharides from the root of Acanthopanax senticosus could inhibit proliferation and induce the apoptosis in HepG2 cells. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Pharmazie. 2016 Apr ;71(4):201-4. PMID: 27209700 Abstract Title:  Effects of Acanthopanax senticosus polysaccharide on the proliferation, apoptosis and cell cycle in human HepG2 cells. Abstract:  One water-soluble polysaccharide (ASPS), with four molecular weight distributions of 74, 3.8, 4.5, 2.3 x 10(4) Da, was isolated from the root of Acanthopanax senticosus and the yield was 4.8% (w/w). ASPS was composed of arabinose (51.4%), glucose (24.5%), galactose (10.2%), xylose (5.7) and galacturonic acid (4.9%). Effects of ASPS on the proliferation, apoptosis and Wnt/-catenin signaling pathway were investigated in human hepatocellular carcinoma cell line HepG2 cells. The study showed that ASPS could inhibit the proliferation, increase the apoptosis rate in HepG2 cells; meanwhile, ASPS could increase the proportion of cells in G0/G1 phase, decrease the proportion of cells in S phase and G2/M phase, and elevate the expression level of -catenin, C-myc and Cyclin D1 proteins in HepG2 cells. These results indicate that ASPS has a certain inhibition on the proliferation, can induce the apoptosis and G0/G1 phase arrest in HepG2 cells, and the mechanism may berelated to the inhibition of ASPS on the activation of Wnt/-catenin pathway HepG2 cells.

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07:58

7 Serious Infections from Contaminated Food and Water Doom and Bloom (TM)

7 Serious Infections from Contaminated Food and Water

Just Hanging Out (and I mean just hanging out)

Just Hanging Out (and I mean just hanging out)

 

Recently, I watched a few episodes of Naked and Afraid, a series that puts two individuals in extreme environments with few supplies and, for some reason, no clothes. In this program, many of the participants come down with various infections; some of which cause bowel disturbances. Life then becomes, well, even more miserable than walking around for three weeks naked in the jungle.

Epidemics characterized by diarrhea and dehydration have been a part of the human experience since before recorded history. Cholera is an example of one particularly dangerous infection that was epidemic in the past. It and other bacterial diseases, many of which are now rare, may once again become a problem in the uncertain future.

Off the grid, water quality is questionable and may lead to misfortune if not properly purified. Using bad water to cook food in a remote setting can also lead to major problems that manifest as diarrhea, and later, dehydration. When dehydration is not treated, deaths may occur.

typical bacteria

typical bacteria

Many diseases with diarrhea as the main symptom are caused by poor sanitation. These including the following:

Cholera: Caused by CTX, a toxin produced by the marine and freshwater bacterium Vibrio cholera. Cholera toxins produce a rapid onset of diarrhea and vomiting within a few hours to 2 days of infection. This was a major issue in Haiti after the earthquake there several years ago.

The diarrhea caused by cholera looks like water after rice has been cooked in it. In addition, victims complain of nausea, leg cramps, and other symptoms. The body water loss with cholera is so severe that it is associated with a sixty per cent death rate if untreated. Aggressive efforts to rehydrate the patient, however, drops the death rate to only one pe...

07:53

Ceremonial ayahuasca drinking shows promise in the healing of eating disorders. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Psychoactive Drugs. 2017 Sep 12:1-9. Epub 2017 Sep 12. PMID: 28895501 Abstract Title:  Nourishing the Spirit: Exploratory Research on Ayahuasca Experiences along the Continuum of Recovery from Eating Disorders. Abstract:  Eating disorders (EDs) are serious health conditions that are among the most difficult to treat. Innovative treatments are needed and modalities from across cultures must be considered. Ayahuasca is a psychoactive plant-based tea originally used by Amazonian indigenous groups. A growing body of research points to its promise in the healing of various mental health issues. This study explored the potential therapeutic value of ayahuasca in the context of EDs, including the perceived impact of the preparatory diet and the ayahuasca purge. Sixteen individuals previously diagnosed with an ED participated in a semi-structured interview relating to their experiences with ceremonial ayahuasca drinking. Interviews were analyzed using thematic analysis. Themes presented relate to the reduction or cessation of ED and mental health symptoms, shifts in body perception, and the importance of a ceremonial setting and after-care. For some, the preparatory diet resulted in familiar patterns of concern; however, none felt triggered by the purge in ayahuasca. Ceremonial ayahuasca drinking shows promise in the healing of EDs and warrants further research.

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07:33

Cannabidiol may be a safe and useful therapeutic agent for treating Osteoarthritis joint neuropathic pain. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Pain. 2017 Sep 1. Epub 2017 Sep 1. PMID: 28885454 Abstract Title:  Attenuation of early phase inflammation by cannabidiol prevents pain and nerve damage in rat osteoarthritis. Abstract:  Osteoarthritis (OA) is a multifactorial joint disease, which includes joint degeneration, intermittent inflammation, and peripheral neuropathy. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-euphoria producing constituent of cannabis that has the potential to relieve pain. The aim of this study was to determine if CBD is anti-nociceptive in OA, and whether inhibition of inflammation by CBD could prevent the development of OA pain and joint neuropathy. OA was induced in male Wistar rats (150-175g) by intra-articular injection of sodium monoiodoacetate (MIA; 3mg). On day 14 (end stage OA), joint afferent mechanosensitivity was assessed using in vivo electrophysiology while pain behaviour was measured by von Frey hair algesiometry and dynamic incapacitance. To investigate acute joint inflammation, blood flow and leukocyte trafficking were measured on day 1 post-MIA. Joint nerve myelination was calculated by G-ratio analysis. The therapeutic and prophylactic effects of peripheral CBD (100-300g) were assessed. In end stage OA, CBD dose-dependently decreased joint afferent firing rate, and increased withdrawal threshold and weight bearing (p

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06:43

Man sentenced to jail for 6 months for having a wind turbine. Health Nut News

When Jay Nygard decided to add a 2 story wind turbine to his home on Lake Minnetonka in Orono, Minnesota, he went the legal route and let the city know what his plans were (the turbine is attached to the front of his home and only extends about 2 feet from the top of his

06:37

How Hand-Washing Dishes Keeps Childrens Allergies Away and Boosts Immunity Healthy Holistic Living

This article is shared with permission from our friends at ZME Science.  Heres another reason for children to do their chores: washing dishes by hand boosts childrens immune system. The findings were reported by Swedish doctors who found that in households where dishes are washed by hand children have much fewer...

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06:35

Scientific Evidence Explains Why Some Healers See the Aura of People Healthy Holistic Living

This article is shared with permission from our friends at ZME Science.  You may call them healers, you may call them quacks, but a scientific study conducted in Spain has shown many of these people display a neuropsychological phenomenon known as synesthesia (specifically, emotional synesthesia), giving a valuable explanation of...

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06:34

Study Confirms Inflammation Causes Heart Disease Not Cholesterol Health Impact News

heart and stethoscope laying on cardiologist working table

by Paul Fassa
Health Impact News

If you have been visiting Health Impact News, you may have noticed the notion that arterial inflammation is whats behind heart disease, not cholesterol from saturated fats.

A clinical human trial recently published in The New England Journal of Medicine in August of 2017 may tip a few more in the medical field into accepting the current awareness that inflammatory damage is a major cause of heart and cardiovascular disease, and cholesterol is trying to patch up the damage before the vessel begins to leak or rupture.

Cholesterol is actually a vitally useful waxy compound for many parts of our bodies, especially the brain. Lowering cholesterol is misguided, and usually causes terrible side effects.

Recent Novartis Pharmaceuticals Funded Study

Novartis Pharmaceuticals funded the original study titled Anti-inflammatory Therapy with Canakinumab for Atherosclerotic Disease.

Canakinumab is a drug with the brand name Illaris developed by Novartis to neutralize interleukin-1b. Interleukin-1 is a pro-inflammatory cytokine thats part of our natural immune system. But if its overproduced or becomes chronic, it results in increased inflammation throughout the body.

The current marker for inflammation is hsCRP, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, which is produced by the liver when there is inflammation anywhere in the body. It is detected by testing for CRP with blood samples.

The Center for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention conducted a 48 month double blind placebo trial involving slightly over 10,000 heart patients covering 37 nations who had experienced at least one heart attack, technically know as a myocardial infarction, among whom all had high hsCRP readings.

The results were favorable for Novartis regarding lower hsCRP levels and lower future cardiovascular events, concluding:

Canakinumab significantly reduced high-sensitivity C-reactive protein levels from baseline, as compared with placebo, without reducing the LDL cholester...

06:32

Neuroscientist Studies Dog Emotions with MRI, Concludes Dogs are People, Too Healthy Holistic Living

This article is shared with permission from our friends at ZME Science. Most dog owners will tell you that their pets are awesome, and if you ask them if they think their dog loves them, most of the time youll be met with a positive answer. But do dogs feel love or...

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06:32

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Exposes New Evidence of CDC Corruption Regarding Vaccines and Autism Health Impact News

CDC Fraud Corruption

Many of the CDC claims regarding a connection between vaccines and autism is based on fraudulent research.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and World Mercury Project Issue Report Regarding New Evidence of Ongoing Corruption and Scientific Misconduct at CDC

Kennedy hopes new evidence and a fresh look at criminal misconduct will result in law enforcement action, rigorous and transparent vaccine safety science, and safer vaccines.

by World Mercury Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, September 18, 2017
Contact: Lyn Redwood, 202-810-1826,

Washington, DC In a new report released today, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and his team outlined various criminal acts on the part of employees and consultants for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) whose questionable ethics and scientific fraud have resulted in untrustworthy vaccine safety science.

Among other information, Kennedy has found additional evidence of criminal activity by the CDC consultant, Poul Thorsen, the author and principal coordinator of multiple CDC studies exonerating the mercury-based preservative thimerosal in the development of autism.

The new evidence, recently uncovered by the World Mercury Project, shows that Thorsen and his collaborators did not obtain permission from an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to conduct their research, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2002 and Pediatrics in 2003.

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All Conventional Spices Sold in the U.S. are Fumigated with Hazardous Chemicals Banned in Europe Healthy Holistic Living

This article is shared with permission from our friends at Naturally Savvy. Last year I was invited to an editors summit in New Mexico hosted by Heel Inc. While out for dinner one night, I was sitting next to two people I had just met hours earlier, Suzy and Sam Cohen (Suzy is Americas...

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06:28

Bill Gates Funding MIT Development of Micro Implants to Automatically Give Babies Vaccines Natural Blaze

By Jay Syrmopoulos

A new discovery could revolutionize the way childhood vaccines are administered, as engineers at MIT have invented a way for multiple doses of a vaccine or drug to be given over an extended period of time with only one injection.

The process involves the invention of a new 3-D fabrication method that can generate a novel type of drug-carrying particle that could allow multiple doses of a drug or vaccine to be delivered over an extended period of time, according to MIT News.

This novel fabrication technique, called SEAL (Stamped Assembly of Polymer Layers), creates three-dimensional microparticles that resemble tiny coffee cups that can be filled with vaccines or drugs, which are sealed with a lid. The cups, made of a FDA-approved biocompatible polymer, can be designed to degrade at specific times, spilling out the contents.

We are very excited about this work because, for the first time, we can create a library of tiny, encased vaccine particles, each programmed to release at a precise, predictable time, so that people could potentially receive a single injection that, in effect, would have multiple boosters already built into it. This could have a significant impact on patients everywhere, especially in the developing world where patient compliance is particularly poor, Robert Langer, a noted chemical and biological at the David H. Koch Institute at MIT, said in a statement.

The SEAL technique could provide a new platform that can create nearly any tiny, fillable object with nearly any material, which could provide unprecedented opportunities in manufacturing in medicine and other areas, Langer added.

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06:27

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. Exposes New Evidence of CDC Corruption Regarding Vaccines and Autism Vaccine Impact

CDC Fraud Corruption

Many of the CDC claims regarding a connection between vaccines and autism is based on fraudulent research.

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and World Mercury Project Issue Report Regarding New Evidence of Ongoing Corruption and Scientific Misconduct at CDC

Kennedy hopes new evidence and a fresh look at criminal misconduct will result in law enforcement action, rigorous and transparent vaccine safety science, and safer vaccines.

by World Mercury Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, September 18, 2017
Contact: Lyn Redwood, 202-810-1826,

Washington, DC In a new report released today, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and his team outlined various criminal acts on the part of employees and consultants for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) whose questionable ethics and scientific fraud have resulted in untrustworthy vaccine safety science.

Among other information, Kennedy has found additional evidence of criminal activity by the CDC consultant, Poul Thorsen, the author and principal coordinator of multiple CDC studies exonerating the mercury-based preservative thimerosal in the development of autism.

The new evidence, recently uncovered by the World Mercury Project, shows that Thorsen and his collaborators did not obtain permission from an Institutional Review Board (IRB) to conduct their research, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2002 and Pediatrics in 2003.

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In 2011, The Department of Justice indicted Thorsen on 22 counts of wire fraud and money laundering for stealing over $1 million in...

06:26

The Most Common Genetically Modified Foods: AreYou Still Eating Them? Healthy Holistic Living

This article is shared with permission from our friends at Naturally Savvy. The publicity and interest in going green has increased awareness to serious environmental issues surrounding global warming. However, genetically modified organisms (GMOs)also called genetically modified foods or GM foodsare another significant environmental issue that has disappeared in the shadows lately....

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06:20

Can Essential Oils Treat an Ear Infection? Healthy Holistic Living

This article is shared with permission from our friends at New Health Advisor. Ear infection is common in both adults and children. The middle ear infection, also called Otitis media (OM), is probably the most common among all types of ear infections. It causes an obstruction in the Eustachian tubes, which...

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06:10

Trophy Hunter Kills Cecil the Lions Son Outside National Park Healthy Holistic Living

Like father, like son is a commonly used phrase of endearment within families. But, this phrase is one that no one ever wanted to hear in relation to the beloved father-son team of lions, Cecil and Xanda, who were killed by trophy hunters within two years of each other. The...

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06:08

The Alarming Facts About Sanitary Napkins You Should Know Before Using One Again Healthy Holistic Living

Lets face it, ladies: Its not easy being a woman, and getting your period doesnt make it any better. Periods are never convenient and can make regular events such as getting stuck in traffic on your morning commute or sneezing a much bigger deal. Hundreds of years ago, women were...

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05:19

Phytochemical content and pharma-nutrition study on Eleutherococcus senticosus fruits intractum. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2016 ;2016:9270691. Epub 2016 Oct 24. PMID: 27843534 Abstract Title:  Phytochemical Content and Pharma-Nutrition Study on Eleutherococcus senticosus Fruits Intractum. Abstract:  In the past two decades public interest in herbal products has increased significantly in Europe, especially in the plant-based products from non-European traditions. Eleutherococcus senticosus has been used for the treatment of inflammatory diseases, anemia, and rheumatoid arthritis. The Eleutherococcus senticosus fruits intractum was examined for the content of phenolic acids (LC-ESI-MS/MS), minerals (AAS), TPC, and TFC (spectrophotometric assay). The antioxidant activity was determined using free radical scavenging assay and TLC-DB-DPPH() dot-blot test. An anti-Hyal activity was evaluated by the spectrophotometric assay method. Cytotoxicity towards HL-60, HL-60/MX1, HL-60/MX2, CEM/C1, and CCRF/CEM leukemic cell lines was done using trypan blue test. Among eight phenolic acids, trans-caffeic acid was found in the largest amount (41.2mg/gDE). The intractum presented a high amount of macroelements (Ca, Mg, K; 1750, 1300, and 21000mg/kg) and microelements (Fe, Mn; 32.7, 54.3mg/kg), respectively. The content of TPC and TFC was 130 and 92mg/g DE, respectively. The intractum showed anti-Hyal activity (2.16-60%) andan antioxidant capacity (EC50; 52g/mL). The intractum most strongly inhibited the growth of HL-60, HL-60/MX1, and CCRF/CEM. A better understanding of the intractum health benefits is important in order to increase its utility and enrich dietary sources of health promoting compounds.

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05:05

Dorit Rubinstein Reiss an index of contributions to this website Skeptical Raptor

The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle.

Dorit Rubinstein Reiss  Professor of Law at the University of California Hastings College of the Law (San Francisco, CA) is a frequent contributor to this and many other blogs, providing in-depth, and intellectually stimulating, articles about vaccines (generally, but sometimes moving to other areas of medicine), social policy and the law. Her articles usually unwind the complexities

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05:00

Natural News is wrong about mandatory vaccinations Part 2 Skeptical Raptor

The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle.

Natural News has had a long history of vaccine denial, which always garners laughter from the scientific skeptic crowd. Occasionally, however, Natural News takes its anti-science beliefs to a whole new level, one that requires a double-pronged rebuttal and refutation. Recently, Natural News published an article that criticizes mandatory vaccinations of healthcare workers both from the scientific

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04:49

Fundamental And Constitutional Rights Negated In The Realm of Totalitarian Corporatocracy Natural Blaze

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Why are U.S. citizens being subjected to inhuman violations of their fundamental and Constitutional rights by vested corporate interests, and no one in Congress, or in the practice of law or the judicial system, is doing anything to correct and to restore basic unalienable human fundamental rights?

Two specific areas of modern commerce present overwhelming examples of gross human rights violations:

  1. The pharmaceutical industry with its consensus vaccine science, which inaccurately promotes and provides neurotoxic vaccines as safe and effective that mandatorily must be inoculated into infants within 24 hours of birth and at 2, 4 and 6 months of age when their immune systems and blood brain barriers are not fully developed, thereby predisposing unknown adverse health risks for which numerous innocent children will be sacrificed for the greater good, i.e., community immunity, with ensuing lifelong harmsor possibly even deathas evidenced by the CDCs VAERS reporting system and HRSA Vaccine VICP Claims Adjudications [1]; and
  2. The microwave industry and its acolyte subsidiary-like industries, e.g., public utilities, which utilize microwaves to provide electric, natural gas and water utilities metering services despite the plethora of scientific documentation regarding EMF/RF/ELF non-thermal radiation waves impairing and damaging DNA, cellular mitochondria and central nervous systems thereby subjecting customers/consume...

04:42

A. senticosus has potential to be developed as an effective anticancer treatment. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Am J Chin Med. 2016 ;44(8):1543-1558. Epub 2016 Nov 16. PMID: 27852123 Abstract Title:  Acanthopanax senticosus: Photochemistry and Anticancer Potential. Abstract:  Acanthopanax senticosus (previously classified as Eleutherococcus senticosus), commonly known as Ciwujia or Siberian Ginseng, is a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), widely used for its high medicinal value, such as antifatigue, anti-inflammation, antistress, anti-ulcer and cardiovascular functions, in China, Korea, Japan and Russia. In the past decades, researchers worldwide have conducted systematic investigations on this herb, from chemistry to pharmacology, and a large number of chemical components have been characterized for their significant pharmacological effects. However, reports about the anticancer effects of this plant had been rare until recently, when considerable pharmacological experiments both in vitro and in vivo were conducted to study the anticancer effects of this herb. A. senticosus has been found to have inhibitory effects on malignant tumors, such as those in the lung and liver, suggesting that A. senticosus has potential to be developed as an effective anticancer drug. This paper reviews recent findings on the pharmacological properties of A. senticosus, with a focus on its anticancer effects.

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04:30

Natural News is wrong about mandatory vaccinations Part 1 Skeptical Raptor

The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle.

For the typical American skeptic, there is nothing surprising by a headline that says that Natural News get its it all wrong. Most skeptics might wonder when theyve ever gotten it right. Just to be thorough, Natural News is a website thats focused on anti-science delusions and pushing junk medicine, while marketing a whole boatload

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04:24

These results suggest that syringin protects against lipopolysaccharide induced acute lung injury. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Surg Res. 2017 Mar ;209:252-257. Epub 2016 Nov 5. PMID: 28032567 Abstract Title:  Protective effects of syringin against lipopolysaccharide-induced acute lung injury in mice. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Syringin, a major active substance isolated from Eleutherococcus senticosus, has been found to have anti-inflammatory effect. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects and underlying mechanisms of syringin on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced acute lung injury (ALI) in mice.METHODS: We established an LPS-induced ALI model in mice. We also detected the lung wet-to-dry ratio, myeloperoxidase activity, and inflammatory cytokines tumor necrosis factor alpha, interleukin (IL)-1, and IL-6 to estimate the index of lung injury in mice. Furthermore, the expression of nuclear factor-erythroid 2-related factor-2 (Nrf2), heme oxygenase-1, and nuclear factor B (NF-B) was detected by Western blot analysis.RESULTS: The results showed that the increases in lung wet-to-dry ratio, myeloperoxidase activity, malondialdehyde content, and levels of tumor necrosis factor alpha, IL-1, and IL-6 induced by LPS were significantly inhibited by treatment of syringin. The phosphorylation of IB- and p65 NF-B caused by LPS was inhibited by syringin. Furthermore, syringin was found to upregulate the expression of Nrf2 and heme oxygenase 1.CONCLUSIONS: In conclusion, the results suggest that syringin protects against LPS-induced ALI by activating Nrf2 and inhibiting NF-B signaling pathway.

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04:16

Chemical constituents of Eleutherococcus sessiliflorus extract have sedative and hypnotic effects. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Nat Prod Res. 2017 Sep ;31(17):1995-2000. Epub 2017 Jan 4. PMID: 28049349 Abstract Title:  Chemical constituents of Eleutherococcus sessiliflorus extract and its sedative-hypnotic effect. Abstract:  The present study was designed to investigate the chemical constituents and bioactivities of the roots of Eleutherococcus sessiliflorus (E. sessiliflorus). The compounds were isolated through various chromatography techniques and elucidated by mass spectrometric (MS), 1D- and 2D-NMR analyses. The sedative-hypnotic effect of E. sessiliflorus ethanol extract and its fractions (acetic ether, n-butanol and water fraction) were also investigated. In the chemical constituent study, one new compound, 3-ethyl-5-hydroxy-3-(hydroxymethyl) pentyl-3-(3,4-dihydroxyphenyl) acrylate and fourteen known compounds were isolated and identified. The chromatographic fingerprint of E. sessiliflorus was established by UPLC-PDA-MS/MS analysis. In bioactivity study, it was found that the water fraction of E. sessiliflorus extract could prolong pentobarbital-induced sleeping time more than that of the other fractions of E. sessiliflorus extract in mice, which provided a basis for future study on sedative-hypnotic effect of the chemical constituents in E. sessiliflorus.

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04:03

Ginseng extracts could be used to improve some of the symptoms related to alcohol hangover. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Hum Psychopharmacol. 2017 Sep ;32(5). Epub 2017 May 31. PMID: 28568743 Abstract Title:  Interventions for treatment and/or prevention of alcohol hangover: Systematic review. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: To evaluate new research conducted over the past few years (2009-2016) assessing the effectiveness of potentially curative and/or preventive methods of alcohol hangover.METHODS: Data were retrieved by a 4-stage systematic search process. A search of the online Pubmed and Scopus databases were performed, using a combination of keywords:"Alcohol,""Ethanol,"and"C2 H5 OH,"in combination with the terms"Hangover,""Treatment,"and"Prevention."The search comprised studies listed between January 1, 2009 and June 30, 2016. Findings were synthesized using a systematic approach. Quantitative analysis was not done because of the heterogeneity of the included studies.RESULTS: Six controlled human studies were identified (placebo controlled-3, controlled studies with a comparator intervention-3). Of the interventions, the use of polysaccharide rich extract of Acanthopanax senticosus, red ginseng antihangover drink, Korean pear juice, KSS formula, and the After-Effect were associated with a significant improvement of hangover symptoms (p 

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03:56

These results show that Korean red ginseng inhibition of hypoxia-induced COX-2 expression and cell invasion is dependent on PPAR activation. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Ginseng Res. 2017 Jul ;41(3):240-246. Epub 2016 Apr 13. PMID: 28701863 Abstract Title:  Inhibition of hypoxia-induced cyclooxygenase-2 by Korean Red Ginseng is dependent on peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Korean Red Ginseng (KRG) is a traditional herbal medicine made by steaming and drying fresh ginseng. It strengthens the endocrine and immune systems to ameliorate various inflammatory responses. The cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2)/prostaglandin E2 pathway has important implications for inflammation responses and tumorigenesis. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPAR) is a transcription factor that regulates not only adipogenesis and lipid homeostasis, but also angiogenesis and inflammatory responses.METHODS: The effects of the KRG on inhibition of hypoxia-induced COX-2 via PPAR in A549 cells were determined by luciferase assay, Western blot, and/or quantitative reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR). The antimigration and invasive effects of KRG were evaluated on A549 cells using migration and matrigel invasion assays.RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: We previously reported that hypoxia-induced COX-2 protein and mRNA levels were suppressed by KRG. This study examines the possibility of PPAR as a cellular target of KRG for the suppression of hypoxia-induced COX-2. PPAR protein levels and PPAR-responsive element (PPRE)-driven reporter activities were increased by KRG. Reduction of hypoxia-induced COX-2 by KRG was abolished by the PPAR inhibitor GW9662. In addition, the inhibition of PPAR abolished the effect of KRG on hypoxia-induced cell migration and invasion.DISCUSSION: Our results show that KRG inhibition of hypoxia-induced COX-2 expression and cell invasion is dependent on PPAR activation, supporting the therapeutic potential for suppression of inflammation under hypoxia. Further studies are required to demonstrate whether KRG activates directly PPAR and to identify the constituents responsible for this activity.

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03:38

Meningococcal Outbreak In Australia Has Many Questioning Government Vaxxter

Australia is now in the midst of a meningococcal outbreak causing many people to wonder if stiffer vaccination laws are the culprit. Another theory is that the outbreak is a false flag being used to...

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03:15

Illinois School Keeps Unvaccinated Home Vaxxter

A Champaign, Illinois school, Unit 4 (Kenwood elementary), is claiming that they are winning the vaccine battle. However, it seems many parents remain hold outs on getting vaccines for their kids. The school is crediting...

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02:57

These results provide strong evidence to support the development of sun ginseng for antiobesity treatment. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Ginseng Res. 2017 Jul ;41(3):257-267. Epub 2016 May 4. PMID: 28701865 Abstract Title:  Processed Panax ginseng, sun ginseng, inhibits the differentiation and proliferation of 3T3-L1 preadipocytes and fat accumulation in Caenorhabditis elegans. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Heat-processed ginseng, sun ginseng (SG), has been reported to have improved therapeutic properties compared with raw forms, such as increased antidiabetic, anti-inflammatory, and antihyperglycemic effects. The aim of this study was to investigate the antiobesity effects of SG through the suppression of cell differentiation and proliferation of mouse 3T3-L1 preadipocyte cells and the lipid accumulation in Caenorhabditis elegans.METHODS: To investigate the effect of SG on adipocyte differentiation, levels of stained intracellular lipid droplets were quantified by measuring the oil red O signal in the lipid extracts of cells on differentiation Day 7. To study the effect of SG on fat accumulation in C. elegans, L4 stage worms were cultured on an Escherichia coli OP50 diet supplemented with 10 g/mL of SG, followed by Nile red staining. To determine the effect of SG on gene expression of lipid and glucose metabolism-regulation molecules, messenger RNA (mRNA) levels of genes were analyzed by real-time reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction analysis. In addition, the phosphorylation of Akt was examined by Western blotting.RESULTS: SG suppressed the differentiation of 3T3-L1 cells stimulated by a mixture of 3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine, dexamethasone, and insulin (MDI), and inhibited the proliferation of adipocytes during differentiation. Treatment of C. elegans with SG showed reductions in lipid accumulation by Nile red staining, thus directly demonstrating an antiobesity effect for SG. Furthermore, SG treatment downregulated mRNA and protein expression levels of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor subtype (PPAR) and CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein-alpha (C/EBP) and decreased the mRNA level of sterol regulatory element-binding protein 1c in MDI-treated adipocytes in a dose-dependent manner. In differentiated 3T3-L1 cells, mRNA expression levels of lipid metabolism-regulating factors, such as amplifying mouse fatty acid-bindingprotein 2, leptin, lipoprotein lipase, fatty acid transporter protein 1, fatty acid synthase, and 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase, were increased, whereas that of the lipolytic enzyme carnitine palmitoyltransferase-1 was decreased. Our data demonstrate that SG inversely regulated theexpression of these genes in differentiated adipocytes. SG induced increases in the mRNA expression of glycolytic enzymes such as glucokinase and pyruvate kinase, and a decrease in the mRNA level of the glycogenic enzyme phosphoenol pyruvate carboxylase. In addition, mRNA levels of the g...

02:48

Korean red ginseng has a protective effect against FK506-induced damage in LLC-PK1 cells. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Ginseng Res. 2017 Jul ;41(3):284-289. Epub 2016 May 24. PMID: 28701868 Abstract Title:  Protective effect of Korean Red Ginseng against FK506-induced damage in LLC-PK1 cells. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Compound FK506 is an immunosuppressant agent that is frequently used to prevent rejection of solid organs upon transplant. However, nephrotoxicity due to apoptosis and inflammatory response mediated by FK506 limit its usefulness. In this study, the protective effect of Korean Red Ginseng (KRG) against FK506-induced damage in LLC-PK1 pig kidney epithelial cells was investigated.METHODS: LLC-PK1 cells were exposed to FK506 with KRG and cell viability was measured. Western blotting and RT-PCR analyses evaluated protein expression of MAPKs, caspase-3, and KIM-1. TLR-4 gene expression was assessed. Caspase-3 activities were also determined. The number of apoptotic cells was measured using an image-based cytometric assay.RESULTS: The reduction in LLC-PK1 cell viability by 60M FK506 was recovered by KRG cotreatment in a dose-dependent manner. The phosphorylation of p38, p44/42 MAPKs (ERK), KIM-1, cleaved caspase-3, and TLR-4 mRNA expression was increased markedly in LLC-PK1 cells treated with 60M FK506. However, with the exception of p-ERK, elevated levels of p-p38,KIM-1, cleaved caspase-3, and TLR-4 mRNA expression were significantly decreased after cotreatment with KRG. Activity level of caspase-3 was also attenuated by KRG cotreatment. Moreover, image-based cytometric assay showed that apoptotic cell death was increased by 60M FK506 treatment, whereas itwas decreased after cotreatment with KRG.CONCLUSION: Taken together, these results suggest that the molecular mechanism of KRG in the FK506-induced nephrotoxicity may lead to the development of an adjuvant for the inhibition of adverse effect FK506 in the kidney.

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02:40

Ginseng extract reduces tacrolimus-induced oxidative stress by modulating autophagy in pancreatic beta cells. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Lab Invest. 2017 Jul 31. Epub 2017 Jul 31. PMID: 28759009 Abstract Title:  Ginseng extract reduces tacrolimus-induced oxidative stress by modulating autophagy in pancreatic beta cells. Abstract:  We previously reported that long-term treatment with a calcineurin inhibitor impairs autophagy process in pancreatic beta cells. This study investigated the effect of Korean red ginseng extract (KRGE) on autophagy modulated by oxidative stress. In mice with tacrolimus (Tac)-induced diabetes mellitus, KRGE alleviated islet dysfunction and decreased oxidative stress and autophagic vacuoles. In vitro, KRGE decreased autophagosome formation and attenuated lysosomal degradation, accompanied by improved beta cell viability and insulin secretion. Addition of 3-methyladenine (3-MA), an inhibitor of autophagosomes, to KRGE further improved cell viability and insulin secretion, and bafilomycin A (BA), an inhibitor of lysosomal function, reduced the effects of KRGE. At the subcellular level, Tac caused mitochondrial dysfunction (impaired mitochondrial oxygen consumption, ATP production, and increased reactive oxygen species production). But KRGE improved these parameters. The effect of KRGE on mitochondrial function enhanced by 3-MA but decreased by BA, suggesting a causal relationship between KRGE effect and autophagy modulation in Tac-induced mitochondrial dysfunction. These findings indicate that KRGE modulates autophagy favorably by reducing Tac-induced oxidative stress, and this effect is closely associated with improvement of mitochondrial function.Laboratory Investigation advance online publication, 31 July 2017; doi:10.1038/labinvest.2017.75.

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02:28

Proactive systemic administration of Korean red ginseng may effectively reduce early allergic sensitization and suppress the Th2 response. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Korean Med Sci. 2017 Apr ;32(4):679-687. PMID: 28244297 Abstract Title:  Therapeutic Effects of Korean Red Ginseng Extract in a Murine Model of Atopic Dermatitis: Anti-pruritic and Anti-inflammatory Mechanism. Abstract:  Korean red ginseng (KRG) and ginsenosides exhibit diverse biological effects, including anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic. We aimed to investigate the therapeutic effect of KRG in a murine model of atopic dermatitis (AD) is mediated whether by diminishing the pruritus or by suppressing the inflammation. Thirty NC/Nga mice were randomly divided to 5 groups. AD-like skin lesions were induced by percutaneous challenge with 2,4,6-trinitro-1-chrolobenzene (TNCB) on the ears and backs of NC/Nga mice. KRG extract, evening primrose oil, cyclosporine, and phosphate-buffered saline were administered orally by a gastric tube. Each study group was also divided into scratching-permitted and scratching-restricted subgroups to evaluate the impact of scratching behavior on AD. The effects of KRG and the other agents were assessed by measuring the clinical severity score, ear thickness, extent of transepidermal water loss (TEWL), number of scratching movements, total systemic immunoglobulin E (IgE) and interleukin (IL)-31 levels, histologic changes of cutaneous lesions, and mRNA expression levels of tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-, interferon (IFN)-, thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP), and IL-31. KRG exerts therapeutic effects against AD by inhibiting the T helper 2 (Th2) mediated inflammation as well as by diminishing the itching sensation. Moreover, restricting scratching behavior suppresses the vicious cycle of itching and scratching, thus reducing clinical and systemic inflammation in our murine model of AD.

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01:44

Marijuana compound removes toxic Alzheimers protein from the brain Health Nut News

Scientists have proven that THC can inhibit the formation of amyloid plaques, which can, in turn, prevent neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimers from ever occurring. The THC achieves this by blocking the enzyme in the human brain which creates amyloid plaques. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) has been shown to help remove toxic slumps of amyloid beta protein, and

01:43

Get a $10 Publix gift card with Flu shot Health Nut News

Just in case you are bored this weekend and looking to play Russian roulette with your health or the health of your family, Publix has the perfect afternoon solution: come into the store, get a Flu shot, and receive a $10 gift card! RELATED ARTICLE: ABC: Study Links Flu Shot to More Frequent Miscarriages (BREAKING)

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23:56

Owen Sound: Group Wants Another Referendum on Fluoride Fluoride Action Network

A petition circulating to add a question to the 2018 municipal election ballot about removing fluoride from Owen Sounds water supply is garnering momentum.

Oliver Hartan, spokesperson for Fluoridation Free Owen Sound (FFOS), says the group already has more than 1,000 signatures supporting its appeal to the city to pose the question on the 2018 election ballot: are you in favour of the discontinuance of the fluoridation of the public water supply of this municipality?

Hartan says, the petition is really just asking City Hall to give Owen Sound residents a chance to vote on whether or not they want fluoride in their drinking water.

According to a city staff report to the Operations Committee, a question pertaining to fluoridation can only be placed on the municipal election ballot through a by-law passed by Council or a petition of registered electors that meets certain criteria.

A city staff member says the Operations Committee opted not to pursue submitting a report to council to add the question on the ballot through a by-law.

The city clerks office tells us a petition requires 10% of the municipal electorate, or about 1,650 people, to be added to the ballot.

In order to be added to the 2018 ballot, a petition must be received by May 1, 2018 and be certified sufficient by the city clerk meaning it is verified to meet the minimum of 10% of the electors in the municipality.

The City of Owen Sound introduced fluoride to the municipal water supply in 1965.

This isnt the first time efforts have been made to cease adding fluoride to the citys water. In 1997, a public referendum was held asking ratepayers if they were in favour of the discontinuance of the fluoridation of the public water supply. It didnt pass, with 59.94% of respondents voting no.

Then again in 2014, the question was included on the municipal elections ballot. Although closer, it was still defeated, as 55.59% opted against removing fluoride.

Leading up to that election a lot of Owen Sound residents were really only getting one side of the story, Hartan explains. They were essentially just hearing water fluoridation is safe and effective. The truth of the matter is there is more to this story.

Opinion on the impact of fluoride is split. Its hailed by supporters as an essential product for dental health to minimize tooth decay, while restoring and strengthening enamel. Detractors link fluoride to a wide array of health problems ranging from infertility to arthritis.

One of those detractors is Sandra Barker, another local resident helping FFOS efforts to stop fluoridation of the public water supply. Shes seen firsthand the devastating health effects fluoride can have on people.

Im concerned because of a personal experie...

21:30

Multiday fasting gaining popularity as a powerful biohack for health and longevity Health Nut News

By Dr. Mercola One lifestyle factor that appears to be driving not only obesity but also many chronic disease processes is the fact that we avoid ever going without food for very long. Our ancestors didnt have access to food 24/7, and biologically your body simply isnt designed to run optimally when continuously fed. If you eat throughout the

16:43

Your Longevity May Be Based On How You Perceive Time PreventDisease.com

Time perception is a construction of the brain. How fast we perceive time to be passing -- or "mind time" -- can be manipulated or distorted. Evaluations of time differ based on our state of being at the time of judgment. How you age and how long you live may depend on that perception.

Sunday, 17 September

09:47

Geoengineering Creating Freeze Fry Extremes Geoengineering Watch

GeoengineeringWatch.org 11276Dane Wigington GeoengineeringWatch.org Global climate engineering operations are creating ever more extreme weather and temperature whiplash scenarios. The immense scale of climate forcing being carried out by the geoengineers is wreaking havoc on the biosphere. Over 70 years of covert climate intervention and weather warfare (along with countless other forms of anthropogenic activity) has done unimaginable

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