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Tuesday, 22 May

20:04

Northern Ireland's School Crisis AGE OF AUTISM

By Anne Dachel On May 15, 2018, Northern Irelands Derry Journal ran the story, Autism diagnosis rise among local schoolkids The numbers were shocking and so was the attitude of the reporter. While the school population hasnt increased, the autism...

20:03

Medical Malpractice Verdict Seen as Powerful Message Mad In America

From PR Newswire: On May 16th, a $2 million verdict was issued in favor of Stanley and Marianne Truskie, whose son died from toxic levels of Celexa and Cloziral. Their sons psychiatrist was proven to have ignored two critically important FDA Safety warnings regarding Celexa.

Truskie believes there are several valuable lessons psychiatrists and psychiatric clinics should learn from this important case including the following:

  • Patients, and caregivers, must be informed of the side effects of the psychiatric medications being prescribed;
  • Warnings from physician instructions accompanying the medications, and FDA warnings regarding the prescribed medications must be communicated to patients, and caregivers;
  • Treating psychiatrists should ensure that periodic health exams are scheduled and completed for their patients, such as heart monitoring, drug concentration measurements, liver enzyme testing and other appropriate tests, especially when multiple psychiatric medications with known, dangerous side effects are being prescribed;
  • Referrals to appropriate specialists such as cardiac physicians, metabolic specialists, lipidologists, and nutritional counselors should be incorporated into the treatment plan of the patient;
  • Patients/caregivers should be alerted to signs and symptoms such as toxicity, heart arrhythmia, and other life-threatening conditions when such side effects are indicated by the medications being prescribed, and further, they should be instructed on what to do in an emergency; and
  • Managers and administrators of psychiatric clinics must ensure that policies and procedures are in place to guarantee these standard of care practices are in place and followed.

Article 

20:02

The Impacts of Structural Stigma With Mark L. Hatzenbuehler Mad In America

In this video for Worldview Stanford, clinical psychologist Mark L. Hatzenbuehler discusses the adverse physical and mental health outcomes that often result from structural stigma.

20:01

Questioning The Integrity Of Psychiatry Mad In America

We have now sunk to a depth where the restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent people (George Orwell: Review of Bertrand Russell, in The Adelphi, January 1939).

If we learn one thing from the Royal Commissions into child sexual abuse and the banking and insurance industries (see note 1), it will be this: left to themselves, secure institutions will never conduct the sort of self-critical analysis that the larger society expects and deserves.

In late February this year, a conference on Mental Health in Crisis was held in Sydney and then at five cities in New Zealand. Major speakers included Prof. Peter Gotszche, of the Nordic Cochrane Centre; Bob Whitaker, from Boston; Dr Melissa Raven, from Adelaide; Prof. Roger Mulder, from Dunedin University, NZ; and Maria Bradshaw, from Auckland. I spoke about studies on ECT and several other speakers contributed their harrowing personal experiences of psychiatry.

Subsequently, an article in a New Zealand paper was critical of antidepressants, which provoked the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) to issue a press release (March 9th 2018; taken down soon after) which was openly hostile to the idea that people could criticise antidepressants. As part of that press release, it was claimed that psychiatrists only ever (prescribe drugs) in partnership with the patient and after due consideration of the risks and benefits.

My experience is that this claim is absolute rubbish and I lodged a complaint with the RANZCP to this effect.1 On April 27th, I received a letter from the president of RANZCP, Dr Kym Jenkins, assuring me I had it all wrong, the RANZCP meant no harm, but she firmly reiterated the claim that provoked my complaint:

I wish to highlight the College statement goes on to say, the prescription ofmedications is something that a psychiatrist only ever does in partnership with the patient and after due consideration of the risks and benefits.'

As a result, I thought I should check the veracity of her claim. After a quick survey of my practice, I submitted a paper to the lesser of the two RANZCP journals, Australasian Psychiatry, on May 6th. The following is a slightly amended version:

PROVIDING INFORMATION ON PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS: A PILOT STUDY

Following adverse reports in a New Zealand new...

20:01

Can Precision Medicine Work for Depression? Mad In America

From STAT: The idea of using precision medicine to treat depression is quickly gaining new ground. But many researchers and experts worry that the idea is being overhyped.

Bringing precision medicine to depression would be difficult for the same reason it would be useful depression is a heterogeneous disease that varies wildly from one patient to the next.

Take someone with a family history of depression, who first experiences symptoms during adolescence and has several instances of depression over her lifetime, and compare her to a 70-year-old man who is in the early stages of Alzheimers disease and is experiencing symptoms of depression for the first time.

The [Diagnostic and Statistical Manual] would give you the same diagnosis, and clearly theres reason to think those are very, very different, said Hyman, a former director of the National Institute of Mental Health.

Article 

17:29

Oberon: Two towns are 48kms apart. One has twice as much tooth decay Fluoride Action Network

For 40 years, dental therapist Jennifer James has had the unique experience of treating children in Bathurst, which has fluoride in its water, and 48 kilometres away in Oberon, which doesnt.

The difference out here working is that you see twice as much tooth decay in children, twice as many fillings, twice as many extractions. That is a comparison we can make weekly in Bathurst and Oberon, said Ms James, who works for NSW Health.

What people dont see is parents crying because they dont understand why their children need teeth taken out.

For Ms James, it is a clear cut case of the haves and the have-nots. Every day she sees the impact of the Oberons repeated decisions not to fluoridate its water supply in childrens mouths, she told a community meeting in Oberon .

Fifty years after Sydney decided to fluoridate, Oberon is once again tackling the emotional issue of whether to reverse its long-standing opposition to adding fluoride. About 97 per cent of NSW residents have access to fluoridated water.

While some areas cant add fluoride for logistical and technical reasons, Health Minister Brad Hazzard in December urged the eight councils where fluoride could be added to reconsider.

Since then, two councils, Bega and Gunnedah, have decided to add fluoride. Some such as Byron Council didnt reopen debate.

Oberon Council agreed to hear arguments for and against, and ask the community for its views.  Although the Mayor Kathy Sajowitz supports fluoridation, she said she will be guided by the views of the community. If she doesnt, locals told Fairfax that Ms Sajowitz and any councillor who votes for it will be turfed out.

In the lead up to the meeting, anti-fluoride campaigners have been letter boxing homes claiming there were plans to put poison in your water.

Dentists,  pediatric nurses and other health professionals, including representatives from the Australian Dental Association...

17:13

Two Major Legal Victories in Federal Court Case to End Water Fluoridation Fluoride Action Network

Story at-a-glance

  • Fluoride Action Network (FAN) is among a coalition of environmental, medical and health groups suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban artificial water fluoridation
  • FAN has recently won two major legal victories, defeating efforts by the EPA to dismiss the case and limit the evidence that can be considered
  • Legal experts say the lawsuit will be precedent setting and increase other challenges to EPA chemical rules by environmental watchdog groups

By Stuart Cooper
Campaign Director, Fluoride Action Network
[see original article]

In November 2016, the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) together with a coalition of organizations and private citizens, including Food & Water Watch, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology, and Moms Against Fluoridation, presented a petition1 to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling on the agency to exercise its authority to prohibit the addition of fluoridation chemicals to the publics drinking water supplies under Section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

FANs petition was made on the grounds that a large body of animal, cellular and human research shows that fluoride is neurotoxic at doses within the range now seen in fluoridated communities, and included over 2,500 pages of scientific documentation detailing these health risks.

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) allows individuals to petition the EPA to regulate and prohibit the particular use of a chemical if the petitioner can show that it presents an unreasonable risk to the general public or susceptible subpopulations. TSCA specifically gives the EPA the authority to prohibit drinking water additives.

However, in an attempt to put up an unreasonable roadblock the EPA dismissed our petition based on a questionable interpretation of Congresss recent a...

15:00

Two Major Legal Victories in Federal Court Case to End Water Fluoridation Articles

By Stuart Cooper
Campaign Director, Fluoride Action Network

In November 2016, the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) together with a coalition of organizations and private citizens, including Food & Water Watch, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology, and Moms Against Fluoridation, presented a petition1 to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) calling on the agency to exercise its authority to prohibit the addition of fluoridation chemicals to the publics drinking water supplies under Section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

FANs petition was made on the grounds that a large body of animal, cellular and human research shows that fluoride is neurotoxic at doses within the range now seen in fluoridated communities, and included over 2,500 pages of scientific documentation detailing these health risks.

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) allows individuals to petition the EPA to regulate and prohibit the particular use of a chemical if the petitioner can show that it presents an unreasonable risk to the general public or susceptible subpopulations. TSCA specifically gives the EPA the authority to prohibit drinking water additives.

However, in an attempt to put up an unreasonable roadblock the EPA dismissed our petition based on a questionable interpretation of Congresss recent amendments to TSCA. In response, FAN and our coalition partners filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California legally challenging the EPAs denial of our petition.

It also prompted the Natural Resources Defense Council to file an amicus brief challenging EPAs strained interpretation of the law.2 Since challenging the EPA in court, a lot has happened to move us closer to a successful outcome. We have won our first two battles in federal court, new government-funded research has been published which strengthens our case, and our day in court has been scheduled.

Two Legal Victories as EPA Tries to Dismiss Case and Limit Evidence

The EPAs motion to dismiss FANs petition was heard November 30 by federal Judge Edward M. Chen, of the Northern District Court of California in San Francisco. Our attorney, Michael Connett, argued the motion on behalf of FAN. Only days before Christmas, the judge gifted us our first legal victory. December 21, 2017, Chen denied the EPAs motion3 to dismiss the case. This ruling was covered by Reuters4 and various legal and regulatory journals.

Two and a half weeks later, on February 7, 2018, we won a second major legal victory. This time, the...

How Farmed and Frankenfish Salmon Endanger Our Most Perfect Food Articles

By Dr. Mercola

In November 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved AquaBounty salmon, a genetically engineered (GE) frankenfish thats being touted as a way to solve overfishing and world hunger. The GE salmon are engineered to grow about twice as fast as typical farm-raised salmon, an eerie feat achieved by inserting the DNA from two other fish, a growth-promoting gene from a Chinook salmon and a promoter gene from the eel-like ocean pout.

This genetic tweaking results in fish with always-on growth hormone, and because they grow so much faster than other salmon, they also require less food. The fish are being grown on land and have several other supposed safeguards in place to prevent both escape and breeding with wild populations but, in nature, nothing is foolproof.

If you live in the U.S., the fish havent reached grocery store shelves yet but theres a chance they could become the first GE animal food to be sold in the U.S. to date, with completely unknown consequences.

GE Salmon, Already Sold in Canada, May Soon Be in US Grocery Stores

While the FDA approved AquaBountys salmon over two years ago, a rider attached to an Alaskan budget bill imposed an import ban, effectively blocking the FDA from allowing GE salmon into the U.S. In Canada, however, the GE fish are already being sold and eaten, to the tune of 5 tons in 2017 (none of which were labeled as such).1 Meanwhile, AquaBounty has recently acquired a fish farm in Indiana, where theyre making plans to start raising GE salmon.

That means the companys salmon could be on sale in the U.S. by 2019, which would make it the first genetically modified animal food ever sold and eaten in this country, wrote Richard Martin, senior editor for energy at S&P Global Market Intelligence, for BioGraphic. Opposition, naturally, is fierce.2

The creation of GE salmon is anything but natural. For the last 13 generations of AquaBounty salmon, dating back to a single GE fish from 1992, every fish carries a copy of the mutant gene set that leads to the supergrowth and is passed down to the next generation. As such, gene splicing doesnt take place at every AquaBounty facility, although intense breeding of the GE fish does. Martin explained:3

At spawning time, conventional females are milked of their eggs by hand, a method that requires two fish wranglers per female one to handle the fish and another to hold the container that collects the eggs. The technicians use the same squeeze technique to extract semen, or milt, from the males When c...

Stomach Band Claimed to Resolve Obesity Articles

By Dr. Mercola

In the U.S., more than 2 in 3 adults are either overweight or obese, while 1 in 13 is considered to have extreme obesity.1 As obesity rates have risen so, too, have obesity-related diseases like cancer, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and osteoarthritis. It's still commonly believed that the best way to lose weight is to simply eat less and exercise more, but this health dogma fails for many, in large part because of an emphasis placed on low-fat, high-carb foods and counting calories.

As a result, people struggling with obesity may turn to extreme measures like bariatric surgery as a last resort to lose weight. A misguided article in The Atlantic even went so far as to call bariatric surgery the "obesity cure" and scold states with some of the highest rates of obesity for not covering the sometimes-deadly medical procedure in their Medicaid programs.2 If you're currently trying to lose weight, please understand that there is a better way.

Bariatric Surgery Is Not an 'Obesity Cure'

Bariatric surgery costs tens of thousands of dollars, making it inaccessible for many people if the procedure isn't covered by their insurance. This may be a blessing in disguise, however, as complications, from bleeding and infection to blood clots and death, can and do occur. Nonetheless, The Atlantic called out Mississippi the state with the second-highest rate of obesity in the U.S. and Montana as being the only two states that don't cover bariatric surgery in their Medicaid programs.

Many other states don't cover the surgery in their state employee plans, and even when coverage is offered, there may be barriers that make qualifying for the surgery difficult, such as a requirement to quit smoking or lose a certain amount of weight first. But the solution to Mississippi's 37 percent obesity rate isn't surgery to shrink the stomach, which is merely an invasive Band-Aid that puts your long-term health at risk. There are three primary types of weight loss surgery:3

  • Laparoscopic adjustable gastric band: This involves placing a ring around your stomach, which makes you feel full faster. An inflatable balloon is attached to the band that can be adjusted in size to change the size of your stomach pouch.
  • Gastric sleeve: This surgery involves removing most of your stomach, leaving only a banana-shaped portion that's closed with staples. In addition to physically reducing the amount of food you can eat, the removal of part of your stomach alters your gut hormones and gut bacteria, which play a role in appetite and metabolism.
  • Gastric bypass: In addition to stapling your stomach so only a s...

10:05

FDA Admits Chicken Meat Is Full Of Cancer-Causing Arsenic Healthy Holistic Living

By Kat Gl Do you eat chicken? You might want to think again. For years this issue was hidden under the rug. The food industry was turning a blind eye on it while people like you were consuming chicken without knowing it could hurt them. The truth is finally out. Your Chicken Meat Contains Arsenic The... View Article

The post FDA Admits Chicken Meat Is Full Of Cancer-Causing Arsenic appeared first on Healthy Holistic Living.

10:01

Scientist May Have Found the Cause of Autism Healthy Holistic Living

By Abbey Ryan Science is always advancing. People are always learning. Studies and research are always underway in order to discover bits and pieces of the world not yet known. One of the latest revolutions in autism study specifically, is a discovery of what could possibly be its root cause, and also some possible cures.... View Article

The post Scientist May Have Found the Cause of Autism appeared first on Healthy Holistic Living.

09:58

9 Signs of a Protein Deficiency and How to Fix Healthy Holistic Living

While eating fruits and vegetables seems to be common sense, and it is extremely important for overall health, getting enough protein into your diet is sometimes overlooked. You will hear your gym-rat friends discuss their protein intake to an extreme, but protein truly is an extremely important factor when it comes to keeping your body... View Article

The post 9 Signs of a Protein Deficiency and How to Fix appeared first on Healthy Holistic Living.

09:02

Christopher Exley and Yehuda Schoenfeld talk to Del Bigtree about Aluminum, Auto-Immunity, Alzheimer's, Autism and Academic Corruption AGE OF AUTISM

Del Bigtree and Highwire visit the Lisbon Conference on Auto-Immunity. Chris Exley expresses the fear that Keele University, his employer for 26 years, will even force out him out as a result of the interview, but he speaks up.

08:34

Mindfulness-based stress reduction to enhance psychological functioning and improve inflammatory biomarkers in trauma-exposed women. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Psychol Trauma. 2015 Nov ;7(6):525-32. Epub 2015 Apr 27. PMID: 25915646 Abstract Title:  Mindfulness-based stress reduction to enhance psychological functioning and improve inflammatory biomarkers in trauma-exposed women: A pilot study. Abstract:  This study examined the effects of a mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) program on psychological functioning and inflammatory biomarkers in women with histories of interpersonal trauma. The 8-week MBSR program was conducted at a community-based health center and participants (N = 50) completed several measures of psychological functioning at study entry as well as 4 weeks, 8 weeks, and 12 weeks later. Inflammatory biomarkers were assayed from blood collected at each assessment. A series of linear mixed-model analyses were conducted to measure the effect of attendance and time on the dependent variables. Time was associated with significant decreases in perceived stress, depression, trait and state anxiety, emotion dysregulation, and posttraumatic stress symptoms, as well as increases in mindfulness. Session attendance was associated with significant decreases in interleukin (IL)-6 levels. This pilot study demonstrated the potential beneficial effects of MBSR on psychological functioning and the inflammatory biomarker IL-6 among trauma-exposed and primarily low-income women. Decreases in inflammation have implications for this population, as interpersonal trauma can instigate chronic physiological dysregulation, heightened morbidity, and premature death. This study's preliminary results support efforts to investigate biological remediation with behavioral interventions in vulnerable populations.

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08:11

Brief mindfulness training reduces salivary IL-6 and TNF- in young women with depressive symptomatology. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Consult Clin Psychol. 2016 Oct ;84(10):887-97. Epub 2016 Jun 9. PMID: 27281371 Abstract Title:  Brief mindfulness training reduces salivary IL-6 and TNF- in young women with depressive symptomatology. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: Pro-inflammatory cytokines have been implicated in the pathophysiology and maintenance of depression. This study investigated the effects of a brief mindfulness intervention on salivary pro-inflammatory correlates of depression (IL-6, TNF-) and self-reported symptoms of depression in college women.METHODS: Sixty-four females with a cut score of16 on the Center for Epidemiological Studies for Depression Scale (CES-D) were assigned to a 4-week mindfulness-based intervention (MBI; N = 31) or a contact-control group (N = 33). For both groups, salivary cytokines and depressive symptoms were assessed at baseline and posttreatment. For the mindfulness group only, salivary cytokines were also assessed at a 3-month follow-up.RESULTS: Both groups showed similar reductions in depression. However, MBI (vs. control) predicted greater reductions in IL-6 and TNF-; changes in IL-6 were sustained at 3-month follow-up. Higher baseline depressive symptoms predicted greater reductions in inflammation in the mindfulness group.CONCLUSION: MBIs may reduce inflammatory immune markers commonly implicated in depression. Individuals with greater depressive symptoms may benefit more from mindfulness training. Although reductions in salivary cytokines in the mindfulness condition were not attributable to changes in depressive symptoms, future work should examine the possibility that such reductions are protective against the development of future depressive episodes. (PsycINFO Database Record

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07:50

A review of mind-body interventions for pediatric inflammatory bowel disease. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Children (Basel). 2017 Apr 3 ;4(4). Epub 2017 Apr 3. PMID: 28368365 Abstract Title:  Mind-Body Interventions for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Abstract:  Pediatric inflammatory bowel disease is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal mucosa. There is emerging evidence that the brain-gut connection affects inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients more than previously thought. This is evidenced by comorbid mood disorders, irritable bowel symptoms concurrent with quiescent IBD, and the potential of psychosocial stressors to trigger IBD flares. Mind-body interventions such as psychotherapy, relaxation, mindfulness, biofeedback, yoga, and clinical hypnosis offer an adjunct to standard medical treatment for IBD. We will review the current evidence base for these mind- body interventions in the treatment of pediatric IBD, illustrate a case study, and offer suggestions for future research for this promising field.

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07:36

Mindfulness and pharmacological prophylaxis have comparable effect on biomarkers of inflammation and clinical indexes in chronic migraine. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Neurol Sci. 2017 May ;38(Suppl 1):173-175. PMID: 28527073 Abstract Title:  Mindfulness and pharmacological prophylaxis have comparable effect on biomarkers of inflammation and clinical indexes in chronic migraine with medication overuse: results at 12 months after withdrawal. Abstract:  Chronic migraine (CM) is a disabling condition arising from a complex mixture of interconnected biological, psychological and social factors, and is often associated with medication overuse (MO). Mindfulness is emerging as a helpful treatment for pain, and one study showed that the longitudinal 12 months' course of CM-MO patients that attended mindfulness-based treatment alone was similar to that of patients receiving medical prophylaxis alone; in this study, we describe the course of biomarkers of inflammation. Our results provide initial evidence of sustained similar effects on reduced concentration of biomarkers of inflammation, although not sizeable enough to reach statistical significance. Whether more intensive treatment and/or larger samples would lead to greater changes is unknown, but these encouraging preliminary findings suggest further research is warranted.

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07:29

Promising links between meditation and reduced brain aging. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Front Psychol. 2017 ;8:860. Epub 2017 May 30. PMID: 28611710 Abstract Title:  Promising Links between Meditation and Reduced (Brain) Aging: An Attempt to Bridge Some Gaps between the Alleged Fountain of Youth and the Youth of the Field. Abstract:  Over the last decade, an increasing number of studies has reported a positive impact of meditation on cerebral aging. However, the underlying mechanisms for these seemingly brain-protecting effects are not well-understood. This may be due to the fact, at least partly, that systematic empirical meditation research has emerged only recently as a field of scientific scrutiny. Thus, on the one hand, critical questions remain largely unanswered; and on the other hand, outcomes of existing research require better integration to build a more comprehensive and holistic picture. In this article, we first review theories and mechanisms pertaining to normal (brain) aging, specifically focusing on telomeres, inflammation, stress regulation, and macroscopic brain anatomy. Then, we summarize existing research integrating the developing evidence suggesting that meditation exerts positive effects on (brain) aging, while carefully discussing possible mechanisms through which these effects may be mediated.

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07:13

The Nutritional Calorie Theory for Weight-loss Benefits the Soft Drink Industry Not Consumers Health Health Impact News

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by Paul Fassa
Health Impact News

A new study has been published questioning the validity of counting food calories as an indicator of health and obesity.

22 researchers from around the world agreed that the theory stating a calorie is a calorie, no matter what the food source, is not a theory backed by science.

An enduring dietary dogma has been the emphasis on calories, even to the extent of calorie counting ones food intake and comparing the foods caloric values as provided by tables of calorie measurements according to food types and amounts as an indicator of whether or not a food is healthy.

This theory of food nutrition lacks scientific merit, similar to the saturated fat dogma/cholesterol dogma which has been contradicted by real science. It benefits the soft drink industry, which would like everyone to believe that calories from their highly processed drinks are no different than calories from fruits and vegetables.

With most of these calorie-oriented dietary regimens, the types or qualities of food consumed dont matter only the number of calories.

Sugar was replaced to appease calorie counters with artificial sweeteners, and cheap, processed low-fat foods were filled with MSG. Both are neurotoxins. The pursuit of reducing calories has been a boon for the processed food industry, especially those that sell sodas, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, etc. 

The calorie in calorie out equation has contributed heavily to current epidemics of autoimmune diseases and dementia. And thats a benefit for the pharmaceutical industrys production of synthetic remedies for diabetes 2 and statins to lower cholesterol and more. All are contributing to the downward spiral of worsening public health.

A Highly Detailed Study That Challenges the Perception that All Calories are Alike; Metabolic Imbalances Can Be Created by Food Factors Beyond Calories

The study, actually a review of other studies to prove the fallacy of calorie countin...

06:49

Mercks Fosamax Fraud Demonstrates How Big Pharma and CDC Spin Statistics to Sell Ineffective Vaccines and Drugs Vaccine Impact

fosamax_infographic

More than 4000 patients have sued Merck over injuries due to Fosamax.

Duty to Warn: Truth-telling Statistics that Big Pharma and the CDC Never Report to Physicians or Patients

by Gary G. Kohls, MD

It has been over a decade since I came to the realization that the entire profession of medicine had been bamboozled by the propaganda coming from the Big Pharma drug and vaccine maker, Merck & Company, that its so-called fracture-preventative drug Fosamax had defrauded us doctors and our patients by falsely claiming a 50% efficacy rate in the prevention of bone fractures in osteopenic/osteoporotic women. 

I had always been suspicious of pharmaceutical sales reps and the Big Pharma corporations that they worked for, and I had wondered exactly where they got the 50% effectiveness figure.

So I finally got around to actually digging into and studying the clinical study statistics that were in the FDA-approved product insert that all drug and vaccine makers are forced to publish and include with the product (and which only a few physicians ever take the time or inclination to read). 

Lying buried among the large number of boring statistical verbiage were printed the numbers that revealed that the 50% efficacy rate for osteopenic patients who took Fosamax for four years was actually a deceptive relative risk reduction (RRR) figure that drastically deceptively over-stated the effectiveness of the drug. 

By doing a little math, I understood that the honest truth of the matter was that patients who took the drug for four years had a miniscule 1-2% absolute risk reduction (AAR) in the incidence of fractures, which is a much more realistic figure that Merck, being a sociopathic entity that is inclined to tell half-truths or outright lies, chose not to use in its advertisements. 

It is a fact that being truthful in the drug or vaccine industry is an impediment to selling product, because they would be admitting they were selling a lousy, fraudulent, relatively ineffective or dangerous drug or vaccine. 

The Fosamax Fraud

Incidentally Merck a...

05:59

Mindfulness-based interventions may be effective in decreasing fibromyalgia-related pain. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Curr Rheumatol Rep. 2017 Sep ;19(9):59. PMID: 28752493 Abstract Title:  Mindfulness Meditation for Fibromyalgia: Mechanistic and Clinical Considerations. Abstract:  PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Fibromyalgia is a disorder characterized by widespread pain and a spectrum of psychological comorbidities, rendering treatment difficult and often a financial burden. Fibromyalgia is a complicated chronic pain condition that requires a multimodal therapeutic approach to optimize treatment efficacy. Thus, it has been postulated that mind-body techniques may prove fruitful in treating fibromyalgia. Mindfulness meditation, a behavioral technique premised on non-reactive sensory awareness, attenuates pain and improves mental health outcomes. However, the impact of mindfulness meditation on fibromyalgia-related outcomes has not been comprehensively characterized. The present review delineates the existing evidence supporting the effectiveness and hypothesized mechanisms of mindfulness meditation in treating fibromyalgia-related outcomes.RECENT FINDINGS: Mindfulness-based interventions premised on cultivating acceptance, non-attachment, and social engagement may be most effective in decreasing fibromyalgia-related pain and psychological symptoms. Mindfulness-based therapies may alleviate fibromyalgia-related outcomes through multiple neural, psychological, and physiological processes. Mindfulness meditation may provide an effective complementary treatment approach for fibromyalgia patients, especially when combined with other reliable techniques (exercise; cognitive behavioral therapy). However, characterizing the specific analgesic mechanisms supporting mindfulness meditation is a critical step to fostering the clinical validity of this technique. Identification of the specific analgesic mechanisms supporting mindfulness-based pain relief could be utilized to better design behavioral interventions to specifically target fibromyalgia-related outcomes.

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05:56

Can Cannabis Fight Tumors? Natural Blaze

Can Cannabis Fight Tumors?

By Dr. Mercola

Medical cannabis has a long history as a natural analgesic,1 and is now legal in 30 U.S. states,2,3 the majority of which allow limited use of medical marijuana under certain medical circumstances. The medicinal qualities of marijuana are primarily due to high amounts (about 10 to 20 percent) of cannabidiol (CBD), medicinal terpenes and flavonoids.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the psychoactive component of marijuana that makes you feel stoned, but it too has valuable medical benefits, so depending on your problem, you may want higher or lower levels of THC. Cannabinoids interact with your body by way of naturally occurring cannabinoid receptors embedded in cell membranes throughout your body.

There are cannabinoid receptors in your brain, lungs, liver, kidneys, immune system and more. Both the therapeutic and psychoactive properties of marijuana occur when a cannabinoid activates these cannabinoid receptors.

Cannabis Has Long History of Use for Pain, Seizures and More

The U.S. government, through the Department of He...

05:56

Mercks Fosamax Fraud Demonstrates How Big Pharma and CDC Spin Statistics to Sell Ineffective Vaccines and Drugs Health Impact News

fosamax_infographic

More than 4000 patients have sued Merck over injuries due to Fosamax.

Duty to Warn: Truth-telling Statistics that Big Pharma and the CDC Never Report to Physicians or Patients

by Gary G. Kohls, MD

It has been over a decade since I came to the realization that the entire profession of medicine had been bamboozled by the propaganda coming from the Big Pharma drug and vaccine maker, Merck & Company, that its so-called fracture-preventative drug Fosamax had defrauded us doctors and our patients by falsely claiming a 50% efficacy rate in the prevention of bone fractures in osteopenic/osteoporotic women. 

I had always been suspicious of pharmaceutical sales reps and the Big Pharma corporations that they worked for, and I had wondered exactly where they got the 50% effectiveness figure.

So I finally got around to actually digging into and studying the clinical study statistics that were in the FDA-approved product insert that all drug and vaccine makers are forced to publish and include with the product (and which only a few physicians ever take the time or inclination to read). 

Lying buried among the large number of boring statistical verbiage were printed the numbers that revealed that the 50% efficacy rate for osteopenic patients who took Fosamax for four years was actually a deceptive relative risk reduction (RRR) figure that drastically deceptively over-stated the effectiveness of the drug. 

By doing a little math, I understood that the honest truth of the matter was that patients who took the drug for four years had a miniscule 1-2% absolute risk reduction (AAR) in the incidence of fractures, which is a much more realistic figure that Merck, being a sociopathic entity that is inclined to tell half-truths or outright lies, chose not to use in its advertisements. 

It is a fact that being truthful in the drug or vaccine industry is an impediment to selling product, because they would be admitting they were selling a lousy, fraudulent, relatively ineffective or dangerous drug or vaccine. 

The Fosamax Fraud

Incidentally Merck &#8211...

05:53

Mindfulness mediates the physiological markers of stress GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Psychiatr Res. 2017 Dec ;95:156-178. Epub 2017 Aug 23. PMID: 28863392 Abstract Title:  Mindfulness mediates the physiological markers of stress: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Abstract:  Meditation is a popular form of stress management, argued to mediate stress reactivity. However, many studies in this field commonly fail to include an active control group. Given the frequency with which people are selecting meditation as a form of self-management, it is important to validate if the practice is effective in mediating stress-reactivity using well-controlled studies. Thus, we aimed to conduct a meta-analysis investigating the neurobiological effects of meditation, including focused attention, open monitoring and automatic self-transcending subtypes, compared to an active control, on markers of stress. In the current meta-analysis and systematic review, we included randomised controlled trials comparing meditation interventions compared to an active control on physiological markers of stress. Studied outcomes include cortisol, blood pressure, heart-rate, lipids and peripheral cytokine expression. Forty-five studies were included. All meditation subtypes reduced systolic blood pressure. Focused attention meditations also reduced cortisol and open monitoring meditations also reduced heart rate. When all meditation forms were analysed together, meditation reduced cortisol, C - reactive protein, blood pressure, heart rate, triglycerides and tumour necrosis factor-alpha. Overall, meditation practice leads to decreased physiological markers of stress in a range of populations.

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Mindfulness meditation could complement healthy lifestyle techniques such as exercise and diet to prevent CVD risk. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Med Hypotheses. 2017 Oct ;108:57-62. Epub 2017 Aug 4. PMID: 29055403 Abstract Title:  Ancient roots - Modern applications: Mindfulness as a novel intervention for cardiovascular disease. Abstract:  Cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been associated with chronic psychological stress. Unremittent psychological stress causes dysregulation of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and hypothalamic-pituitaryadrenal (HPA) axis, which collectively promotes inflammation, atherosclerosis, and subsequent CVD risk. Stress reduction techniques, such as mindfulness meditation, have been shown to improve some markers of HPA and SNS function at rest and in response to acute stressors, suggesting that such techniques, over time, may be cardioprotective. Therefore, it may be hypothesized that eight weeks of daily mindfulness meditation, compared to a non-mindful relaxation control, may provide a novel strategy to buffer stress responses in healthy and at-risk populations, thereby lowering the risk of chronic psychological stress and the associated CVD risk as measured by arterial stiffness. The current paper outlines methodological considerations for testing this hypothesis, including appropriate acute stressors, and measurement of SNS, HPA axis and cardiovascular function. If the hypothesis is correct, mindfulness meditation would complement healthy lifestyle techniques such as exercise and diet to prevent CVD risk.

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05:41

A mindfulness-based stress reduction program might have beneficial effects on early stages of wound healing. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Behav Med. 2018 Jun ;41(3):385-397. Epub 2017 Nov 20. PMID: 29159589 Abstract Title:  The effect of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction on wound healing: a preliminary study. Abstract:  Psychological factors have been shown to influence the process of wound healing. This study examined the effect of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) on the speed of wound healing. The local production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and growth factors was studied as potential underlying mechanism. Forty-nine adults were randomly allocated to a waiting-list control group (n = 26) or an 8-week MBSR group (n = 23). Pre- and post-intervention/waiting period assessment for both groups consisted of questionnaires. Standardized skin wounds were induced on the forearm using a suction blister method. Primary outcomes were skin permeability and reduction in wound size monitored once a day at day 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 10 after injury. Secondary outcomes were cytokines and growth factors and were measured in wound exudates obtained at 3, 6, and 22 h after wounding. Although there was no overall condition effect on skin permeability or wound size, post hoc analyses indicated that larger increases in mindfulness were related to greater reductions in skin permeability 3 and 4 days after wound induction. In addition, MBSR was associated with lower levels of interleukin (IL)-8 and placental growth factor in the wound fluid 22 h after wound induction. These outcomes suggest that increasing mindfulness by MBSR might have beneficial effects on early stages of wound healing. Trial Registration NTR3652, http://www.trialregister.nl.

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05:34

Simultaneous determination of nine neonicotinoids in human urine. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Environ Pollut. 2018 May 14 ;240:647-652. Epub 2018 May 14. PMID: 29772515 Abstract Title:  Simultaneous determination of nine neonicotinoids in human urine using isotope-dilution ultra-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry. Abstract:  Neonicotinoids (neonics), a class of systemic insecticides, have been frequently detected in pollen, vegetables, and fruits. Recently, an increasing concern has been aroused for human exposure to neonics. However, biological monitoring for quantifying body burden of neonics has rarely been reported. In this study, we developed an isotope-dilution ultra-high performance liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry (UPLC-MS/MS) method to simultaneously quantify nine neonics, including acetamiprid (ACE), thiamethoxam (THIAM), imidacloprid (IMIP), clothianidin (CLO), flonicamid (FLO), thiacloprid (THIAC), dinotefuran (DIN), nitenpyram (NIT), and imidaclothiz (IMIT) in urine. The limits of quantification were 0.1g/L for ACE, FLO, DIN, NIT and IMIT, and 0.2g/L for THIAM, IMIP, CLO, and THIAC. The overall recoveries were 80.8-103%, 81.5-91.7% and 83.0-92.3% for QA/QC samples fortifying at 1, 25, and 100g/L levels, respectively. UPLC/MS/MS method was used to analyze urine samples obtained from 10 children in Hangzhou, China. The detection frequencies were 80% for ACE and IMIP, 70% for THIAM and CLO, 20% for DIN and IMIT and 10% for THIAC. FLO and NIT were not detected in those urine samples. The data provided here will be helpful for conducting biological monitoring of neonics exposure inthe future.

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05:30

Neonicotinoids decrease sucrose responsiveness of honey bees at first contact. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Insect Physiol. 2018 May 15 ;108:25-30. Epub 2018 May 15. PMID: 29775568 Abstract Title:  Neonicotinoids decrease sucrose responsiveness of honey bees at first contact. Abstract:  For two decades, neonicotinoid insecticides have been extensively used worldwide. Targeting neuronal receptors, they have deleterious effects on the behaviour and physiology of many insects. Bees are exposed to these insecticides in pollen and nectar while providing pollination services to agricultural crops, and neonicotinoids have been shown to impair navigation and decrease their foraging activity. We have previously reported the effect of dietary thiamethoxam on sucrose responsiveness of young worker bees. Here, we exposed caged foragers to sublethal acute doses of clothianidin, imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam, then tested them individually for sucrose responsiveness using standard methods. In addition, we tested the response to a range of sucrose solutions laced with neonicotinoids on bees previously unexposed to neonicotinoids. This paradigm mimics the situation where foragers would first encounter poisoned nectars varying in sugar concentration. Bees were exposed to the insecticides in the feeding solution for 24h before testing, or in the test solutions, or both. The three compounds had a detrimental effect on responses to mid-to-high sucrose concentrations under all experimental conditions, and unexposed bees tested with laced sucrose displayed unexpected low responses to the higher sucrose concentrations tested. This attenuation of sucrose response is further evidence that neonicotinoids are multisensory disruptors, with potent actions against pollinators and other beneficial insects at first contact.

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05:25

Aluminum Vaccine Adjuvants Linked to Autism Behavior in Mice Study Natural Blaze

Aluminum Vaccine Adjuvants Linked to Autism Behavior in Mice Study

By Brandon TurbevilleNatural Blaze

Vaccine Nazis and Big Pharma are having a bad science year. As more and more non-industry-funded studies are conducted regarding the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, Big Pharma and its storm troopers are proven more and more to have been bullying and propagandizing the general public to inject harmful and largely useless substances into their bodies for decades.

Recently, I wrote an article regarding a study that was conducted in 2016 demonstrating that aluminum adjuvants in vaccines caused neuroinflammation and autoimmune reactions as well as subsequent behavioral changes in mice.

Now, however, a study conducted in April, 2018 entitled Is exposure to aluminium adjuvants associated with social impairments in mice? A pilot study, and published in the Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, has demonstrated a link between aluminum adjuvants and Autism Spectrum Disorder.

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05:24

Imidacloprid decreases honey bee survival but does not affect the gut microbiome. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Appl Environ Microbiol. 2018 Apr 20. Epub 2018 Apr 20. PMID: 29678920 Abstract Title:  Imidacloprid decreases honey bee survival but does not affect the gut microbiome. Abstract:  Accumulating evidence suggests that pesticides have played a role in the increased rate of honeybee colony loss. One of the most commonly used pesticides in the US is the neonicotinoid imidacloprid. Although the primary mode of action of imidacloprid is the insect nervous system, it has also been shown to cause changes insects' digestive physiology, and alter the microbiota oflarvae. The honey bee gut microbiome plays a major role in bee health. Although many studies have shown that imidacloprid affects honey bee behavior, its impact on the microbiome has not been fully elucidated. Here we investigated the impact of imidacloprid on the gut microbiome composition, survivorship of honey bees, and susceptibility to pathogens. Consistent with other studies, we show that imidacloprid exposure results in elevated mortality of honey bees in the hive and increases susceptibility to infection by pathogens. However, we did not find evidence that imidacloprid affects the gut bacterial community of honey bees. Our in vitro experiments demonstrated that honey bee gut bacteria can grow in the presence of imidacloprid, and we found some evidence that imidacloprid can be metabolized in the bee gut environment. However, none of the individual bee gut bacterial species tested could metabolize imidacloprid, suggesting that the observed metabolism of imidacloprid in vitro bee gut cultures is not caused by the gut bacteria. Overall, our results indicate that imidacloprid causes increased mortality in honey bees, but this mortality does not appear to be linked to the microbiome.Growing evidence suggests that the extensive use of pesticides has played a large role in the increased rate of honey bee colony loss. Despite extensive research on the effects of imidacloprid on honey bees, it is still unknown whether it impacts the community structure of the gut microbiome. Here we investigated the impact of imidacloprid on the gut microbiome composition, survivorship of honey bees, and susceptibility to pathogens. We found that exposure to imidacloprid resulted in elevated mortality of honey bees, and increased susceptibility to infection by opportunistic pathogens. However, we did not find evidence that imidacloprid affects the gut microbiome of honey bees. We found some evidence that imidacloprid can be metabolized in the bee gut environment, but because it is quickly eliminated from the bee it is unlikely that this metabolism occurs in nature. Thus, imidacloprid causes increased mortality in honey bees, but this does not appear to be linked to the microbiome.

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Time-to-death approach to reveal chronic and cumulative toxicity of a fungicide for honeybees not revealed with the standard ten-day test. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Sci Rep. 2018 May 8 ;8(1):7241. Epub 2018 May 8. PMID: 29739960 Abstract Title:  Time-to-death approach to reveal chronic and cumulative toxicity of a fungicide for honeybees not revealed with the standard ten-day test. Abstract:  Synthetic fungicides are pesticides widely used in agriculture to control phytopathogenic fungi. The systemicity, persistency and intense application of some of these fungicides, such as boscalid, leads to long periods of exposure for honeybees via contaminated water, pollen and nectar. We exposed adult honeybees in the lab to food contaminated with boscalid for 33 days instead of the standard 10-day test. Most of the toxic effects were observed after 10 days. The median time to death (LT) ranged from 24.9 days (lowest concentration) to 7.1 days (highest concentration) and was significantly shorter in all cases than with the control (32.0 days). The concentration and dietary doses of boscalid inducing 50% mortality (LCand LDD, respectively) decreased strongly with the time of exposure: LC=14,729 and 1,174mg/l and LDD=0.318 and 0.0301mg beedayat days 8 and 25, respectively. We found evidence of reinforced toxicity when exposure is prolonged, but with an unusual pattern: no cumulative toxicity is observed until 17-18 days, when a point of inflexion appears that suggests a reduced capacity of bees to deal with the toxicant. Our results show the importance of time-to-death experiments rather than fixed-duration studies for evaluating chronic toxicity.

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Insecticide exposure affects DNA and antioxidant enzymes activity in honey bee species Apis florea and A. dorsata. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Sci Total Environ. 2018 Apr 23 ;635:1292-1301. Epub 2018 Apr 23. PMID: 29710582 Abstract Title:  Insecticide exposure affects DNA and antioxidant enzymes activity in honey bee species Apis florea and A. dorsata: Evidence from Punjab, Pakistan. Abstract:  Insecticide exposure can affect honey bees in agro-ecosystems, posing behavioral stresses that can lead to population decline. In this study, insecticide incidence, DNA damage, and antioxidant enzyme activity were studied in Apis florea and A. dorsata honey bee samples collected from insecticide-treated and insecticide-free areas of Punjab, Pakistan. Seven insecticides: chlorpyrifos, dimethoate, imidacloprid, phorate, emamectin, chlorfenapyr, and acetamiprid were detected in seven samples of A. florea and five samples of A. dorsata. In total, 12 samples (22.2%) of honey bees were found positive to insecticide presence out of 54 samples. The most frequently detected insecticide was chlorpyrifos, which was found in four samples (7.4%), with a concentration ranging from 0.01 to 0.05g/g and an average concentration 0.03g/g. The comet assay or single cell gel electrophoresis assay, a simple way to measure DNA strand breaks in eukaryotic cells, was used to microscopically find damage of DNA at the level of a single cell. Comet tail lengths of DNA in A. florea and A. dorsata samples from insecticide-treated areas were significantly higher (P

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05:05

Neonicotinoid was detected in wild turkeys in Ontario, Canada. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2018 Apr 27. Epub 2018 Apr 27. PMID: 29704179 Abstract Title:  Neonicotinoid detection in wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) in Ontario, Canada. Abstract:  The use of neonicotinoid insecticides in agriculture is now recognized for the health risks it poses to non-target wildlife, with associated honey bee mortality especially concerning. Research directed toward the presence and effects of these pesticides on terrestrial vertebrates that consume neonicotinoid-coated seeds, such as wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris), is lacking. This study used liquid chromatography attached to a tandem mass spectrometer to assess the liver from 40 wild turkeys for neonicotinoid and other pesticide residues and compared detected levels of these contaminants across the southern Ontario, Canada. Nine (22.5%) wild turkeys had detectible levels of neonicotinoid residues-clothianidin in eight, and thiamethoxam in three. Two (5.0%) of these turkeys had detectable levels of both clothianidin and thiamethoxam. Fuberidazole was detected in two (5.0%) wild turkeys. The highest level of thiamethoxam detected was 0.16 ppm, while clothianidin was detected at 0.12 ppm, and fuberidazole at 0.0094 ppm. Knowledge of exposure in free-ranging wildlife is critical for better understanding the effects of neonicotinoids on wildlife health; thus, these data help establish baseline data for southern Ontario wild turkeysand provide context for reference values in future analyses.

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05:00

Man in Jail Died of Kratom Overdose Physically Impossible for Several Reasons Natural Blaze

 

Man in Jail Died of "Kratom Overdose" - Physically Impossible for Several Reasons

By Markab AlgediNatural Blaze

At Floridas Indian River County jail, an autopsy report released last week claimed that a man died from a kratom overdose.

People who use kratom understand that an overdose on the leaf material is about as impossible as overdosing on weed, but for the past several months and in particular since September 2017, several suspicious stories about kratom have circulated in the headlines.

The medical examiner for District 19 in Florida ruled that inmate Zacharriah Simmers cause of death was an accidental kratom overdose. Mind you, this was county jail not prison.

Just hours before his death, on April 4th he appeared before a judge and had court. The 42 year old man was arrested the day prior on April 3rd.

This story is not only impossible on account of the fact that its physically impossible to overdose on kratom, but th...

04:59

Interactions between pesticides and pathogen susceptibility in honey bees. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Curr Opin Insect Sci. 2018 Apr ;26:57-62. Epub 2018 Feb 2. PMID: 29764661 Abstract Title:  Interactions between pesticides and pathogen susceptibility in honey bees. Abstract:  There exist a variety of factors that negatively impact the health and survival of managed honey bee colonies, including the spread of parasites and pathogens, loss of habitat, reduced availability or quality of food resources, climate change, poor queen quality, changing cultural and commercial beekeeping practices, as well as exposure to agricultural and apicultural pesticides both in the field and in the hive. These factors are often closely intertwined, and it is unlikely that a single stressor is driving colony losses. There is a growing consensus, however, that increasing prevalence of parasites and pathogens are among the most significant threats to managed bee colonies. Unfortunately, improper management of hives by beekeepers may exacerbate parasite populations and disease transmission. Furthermore, research continues to accumulate that describes the complex and largely harmful interactions that exist between pesticide exposure and bee immunity. This brief review summarizes our progress in understanding the impact of pesticide exposure on bees at the individual, colony, and community level.

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04:51

Aquatic therapy had beneficial effects on postural balance and muscle strength in stroke survivors. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Clin Rehabil. 2008 Oct-Nov;22(10-11):966-76. PMID: 18955428 Abstract Title:  The effect of aquatic therapy on postural balance and muscle strength in stroke survivors--a randomized controlled pilot trial. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of an aquatic therapy programme designed to increase balance in stroke survivors.DESIGN: A randomized, controlled pilot trial.SETTING: Rehabilitation department of a university hospital.SUBJECTS: Ambulatory chronic stroke patients (n = 25):13 in an aquatic therapy group and 12 in a conventional therapy group.INTERVENTIONS: The aquatic therapy group participated in a programme consisting of Ai Chi and Halliwick methods, which focused on balance and weight-bearing exercises. The conventional therapy group performed gym exercises. In both groups, the interventions occurred for 1 hour, three times per week, for eight weeks.MAIN MEASURES: The primary outcome measures were Berg Balance Scale score and weight-bearing ability, as measured by vertical ground reaction force during four standing tasks (rising from a chair and weight-shifting forward, backward and laterally). Secondary measures were muscle strength and gait.RESULTS: Compared with the conventional therapy group, the aquatic therapy group attained significant improvements in Berg Balance Scale scores, forward and backward weight-bearing abilities of the affected limbs, and knee flexor strength (P

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04:42

Ai-Chi may improve balance, functional mobility, upper and lower extremity muscle strength and fatigue in patients with Multiple sclerosis. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  NeuroRehabilitation. 2013 ;33(3):431-7. PMID: 23949074 Abstract Title:  Effects of Ai-Chi on balance, functional mobility, strength and fatigue in patients with multiple sclerosis: a pilot study. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Multiple Sclerosis (MS) patients are often referred to aquatic physical therapy, but unfortunately, researches on the effects of aquatic therapy in MS patients are limited.OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of Ai-Chi on balance, functional mobility, strength and fatigue in ambulatory patients with MS.METHODS: Twenty-three ambulatory female patients were divided into two groups as experimental (n = 15) or control (n = 8) for an 8-week treatment program. The experimental group underwent Ai-Chi exercises in a swimming pool and the control group performed active arm and leg exercises combined with abdominal breathing exercises at home. Static standing balance was measured with duration of one-leg stance, functional mobility was evaluated with Timed-up and Go test and 6 minute walk test, upper and lower muscle strength was assessed with hand-held dynamometer and fatigue was evaluated with Fatigue Severity Scale.RESULTS: Improvements were observed in static standing balance, functional mobility, upper and lower extremity muscle strength and fatigue in the Ai-Chi group (p0.05) after the intervention.CONCLUSIONS: According to these findings Ai-Chi may improve balance, functional mobility, upper and lower extremity muscle strength and fatigue in patients with MS.

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04:34

Aquatic training is beneficial for improving wellness, symptoms, and fitness in adults with fibromyalgia. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2014 Oct 28(10):CD011336. Epub 2014 Oct 28. PMID: 25350761 Abstract Title:  Aquatic exercise training for fibromyalgia. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Exercise training is commonly recommended for individuals with fibromyalgia. This review examined the effects of supervised group aquatic training programs (led by an instructor). We defined aquatic training as exercising in a pool while standing at waist, chest, or shoulder depth. This review is part of the update of the 'Exercise for treating fibromyalgia syndrome' review first published in 2002, and previously updated in 2007.OBJECTIVES: The objective of this systematic review was to evaluate the benefits and harms of aquatic exercise training in adults with fibromyalgia.SEARCH METHODS: We searched The Cochrane Library 2013, Issue 2 (Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Health Technology Assessment Database, NHS Economic Evaluation Database), MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, PEDro, Dissertation Abstracts, WHO international Clinical Trials Registry Platform, and AMED, as well as other sources (i.e., reference lists from key journals, identified articles, meta-analyses, and reviews of all types of treatment for fibromyalgia) from inception to October 2013. Using Cochrane methods, we screened citations, abstracts, and full-text articles. Subsequently, we identified aquatic exercise training studies.SELECTION CRITERIA: Selection criteria were: a) full-text publication of a randomized controlled trial (RCT) in adults diagnosed with fibromyalgia based on published criteria, and b) between-group data for an aquatic intervention and a control or other intervention. We excluded studies if exercise in water was less than 50% of the full intervention.DATA COLLECTION AND ANALYSIS: We independently assessed risk of bias and extracted data (24 outcomes), of which we designated seven as major outcomes: multidimensional function, self reported physical function, pain, stiffness, muscle strength, submaximal cardiorespiratory function, withdrawal rates and adverse effects. We resolved discordance through discussion. We evaluated interventions using mean differences (MD) or standardized mean differences (SMD) and 95% confidence intervals (95% CI). Where two or more studies provided data for an outcome, we carried out meta-analysis. In addition, we set and used a 15% threshold for calculation of clinically relevant differences.MAIN RESULTS: We included 16 aquatic exercise training studies (N = 881; 866 women and 15 men). Nine studies compared aquatic exercise to control, five studies compared aquatic to land-based exercise, and two compared aquatic exercise to a different aquatic exercise program.We rated the risk of bias related...

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An Ai Chi aquatic programme contributes to reduce pain and improve quality of life as well as physical and mental health in patients with fibromyalgia. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Rev Neurol. 2015 Jan 16 ;60(2):59-65. PMID: 25583588 Abstract Title:  [Effects of a programme of aquatic Ai Chi exercise in patients with fibromyalgia. A pilot study]. Abstract:  INTRODUCTION: Fibromyalgia is rheumathological disease a combination of physical, psychological and social limitations. The aim of the present study is to determinate the benefits of Ai Chi program on quality of life, depression and pain.PATIENTS AND METHODS: An experimental study was performed with 20 fibromyalgia patients two different cities. Outcome measures were functional capacity (Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire), pain (Visual Analogue Scale) and quality of life (Short Form-36). Measures were performed at baseline and after ten weeks post-intervention.RESULTS: After ten weeks of treatment, the results showed significant reduction (p

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Ai Chi is a promising aquatic treatment for improving pain perception, balance, and functional capacity in patients with Parkinson's disease. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Neurologia. 2016 Apr ;31(3):176-82. Epub 2015 Sep 12. PMID: 26372407 Abstract Title:  Effects of an Ai Chi fall prevention programme for patients with Parkinson's disease. Abstract:  INTRODUCTION: One of the main symptoms of Parkinson's disease is the high incidence of falls occurring due to the decline of both static and dynamic balance. The aim of this study is to determine the effect of an Ai Chi programme designed to prevent falls in patients with Parkinson's disease by improving both functional independence and perception of physical pain.METHODS: Fifteen patients diagnosed with Parkinson's disease (Hoehn and Yahr stages 1-3) participated in a 10-week Ai Chi programme consisting of 30 to 45-minute aquatic exercise sessions twice a week. The assessment measures used in this study were the pain visual analogue scale (VAS), the Tinetti gait and balance assessment tool, and the Timed Get up and Go test.RESULTS: The results were calculated by applying the Friedman test to 3 related measurements: patients at baseline, at post-treatment (at the end of the 10 week programme) and after one month of follow-up. The data obtained showed a significant improvement (p

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03:52

A water-based Ai Chi program may contribute to the improvement of mental and physical health and the quality of life in women with Fibromyalgia. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Int J Rheum Dis. 2016 Jul 26. Epub 2016 Jul 26. PMID: 27457628 Abstract Title:  A new approach to the improvement of quality of life in fibromyalgia: a pilot study on the effects of an aquatic Ai Chi program. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a rheumatic disorder that presents with physical, psychological and social symptoms.OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the effects of a program of water-based Ai Chi on the health-related quality of life of subjects with FMS.METHODS: An experimental pilot study was performed with a sample of 20 female subjects diagnosed with FM and recruited from two different settings. Assessments were performed using the a visual analog scale and the Short Form-36 physical and mental health summary scores. Measurements took place at baseline and upon completion of 10 treatment sessions.RESULTS: After 10 treatment sessions, significant improvements (P

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03:44

An Ai Chi-based aquatic group improves balance and reduces falls in community-dwelling adults GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Physiother Theory Pract. 2016 Nov ;32(8):581-590. Epub 2016 Oct 6. PMID: 27710164 Abstract Title:  An Ai Chi-based aquatic group improves balance and reduces falls in community-dwelling adults: A pilot observational cohort study. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Falls are associated with morbidity, loss of independence, and mortality. While land-based group exercise and Tai Chi programs reduce the risk of falls, aquatic therapy may allow patients to complete balance exercises with less pain and fear of falling; however, limited data exist.OBJECTIVE: The objective of the study was to pilot the implementation of an aquatic group based on Ai Chi principles (Aquabalance) and to evaluate the safety, intervention acceptability, and intervention effect sizes.DESIGN: Pilot observational cohort study.METHODS: Forty-two outpatients underwent a single 45-minute weekly group aquatic Ai Chi-based session for eight weeks (Aquabalance). Safety was monitored using organizational reporting systems. Patient attendance, satisfaction, and self-reported falls were also recorded. Balance measures included the Timed Up and Go (TUG) test, the Four Square Step Test (FSST), and the unilateral Step Tests.RESULTS: Forty-two patients completed the program. It was feasible to deliver Aquabalance, as evidenced by the median (IQR) attendance rate of 8.0 (7.8, 8.0) out of 8. No adverse events occurred and participants reported high satisfaction levels. Improvements were noted on the TUG, 10-meter walk test, the Functional Reach Test, the FSST, and the unilateral step tests (p

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Ai Chi exercises should be considered as a rehabilitation option for treatment of patients with mild or moderate Parkinson's disease. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Disabil Rehabil. 2018 Apr ;40(7):791-797. Epub 2017 Jan 13. PMID: 28084851 Abstract Title:  Effects of Ai Chi on balance, quality of life, functional mobility, and motor impairment in patients with Parkinson's disease. Abstract:  PURPOSE: In this study, we aimed to investigate effects of Ai Chi on balance, functional mobility, health-related quality of life, and motor impairment in patients with Parkinson's disease.METHOD: This study was conducted as an open-label randomized controlled trial (ISRCTN26292510) with repeated measures. Forty patients with Parkinson's disease stages 2 to 3 according to the Hoehn and Yahr Scale were randomly allocated to either an Ai Chi exercise group or a land-based exercise control group for 5 weeks. Balance was measured using the Biodex-3,1 and the Berg Balance Scale. Functional mobility was evaluated using the Timed Up and Go Test. Additionally, health-related quality of life and motor activity were assessed with the Parkinson's Disease Questionnaire-39 and the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale-III.RESULTS: Although patients in both groups showed significant improvement in all outcome variables, improvement of dynamic balance was significantly greater in the Ai Chi group (p

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A five-week Ai Chi intervention can improve the pain and stiffness of knee osteoarthritis and self-perceived physical functions. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Phys Ther Sci. 2017 May ;29(5):884-890. Epub 2017 May 16. PMID: 28603365 Abstract Title:  The effect of Ai Chi aquatic therapy on individuals with knee osteoarthritis: a pilot study. Abstract:  [Purpose] To examine the efficacy of Ai Chi in relieving the pain and stiffness of knee osteoarthritis and improving, physical functioning, proprioception and quality of life. [Subjects and Methods] Twenty-five persons with knee osteoarthritis completed 5 weeks Ai Chi practice (60 minutes per session, twice per week, 10 sessions in total). Knee pain and stiffness were measured before and after the intervention program. [Results] Significant improvements in pain, self-perceived physical functioning and self-perceived stiffness were observed after the Ai-Chi intervention. On average, no significant change in knee range of motion, 6-minute walk test distances or proprioception was observed. [Conclusion] A five-week Ai Chi intervention can improve the pain and stiffness of knee osteoarthritis and self-perceived physical functions and quality of life improvement. Ai Chi may be another treatment choice for people with knee OA to practice in the community.

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An aquatic ai chi program appears to be a valid treatment option for patients diagnosed with mild to moderate Parkinson's disease for the treatment of pain. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2017 Dec ;53(6):825-832. Epub 2017 Jun 19. PMID: 28627861 Abstract Title:  Effectiveness of aquatic therapy for the control of pain and increased functionality in people with Parkinson's disease: a randomized clinical trial. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Gait, balance disorders and pain associated with Parkinson's disease represent important therapeutic challenges, as they are related with an increased risk of falls, together with disability and physical decline.AIM: To compare the effects of an aquatic ai chi training program on the perception of pain, the maintenance of balance and the functional independence of patients with Parkinson's disease.DESIGN: A single-blind randomized controlled trial.SETTING: Parkinson's associations and municipal pools.POPULATION: Thirty individuals from two Parkinson's associations in Spain participated in the study.INCLUSION CRITERIA: individuals diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in stages 1 to 3 (Hoehn and Yahr Scale), older than 40 years, in the off phase (not medicated) and with a score greater or equal to 24 on the Mini-Mental State Examination Scale, without any medical contraindications and who accepted the study norms.METHODS: The experimental group (N.=15 patients) participated in a program of aquatic ai chi. The control group (N.=15) received therapy on dry land. The intervention lasted 10 weeks with sessions held twice weekly. The pain VAS, Tinetti, Berg, Test Get Up and Go, Five Times Test and Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale were used.RESULTS: Significant differences were found between the baseline and one-month follow up assessments in pain perception values (F=26.89, P

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Aquatic Ai Chi applied twice weekly may potentially reduce Parkinsonian symptoms. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Complement Ther Med. 2018 Feb ;36:147-153. Epub 2017 Dec 8. PMID: 29458923 Abstract Title:  A bicentric controlled study on the effects of aquatic Ai Chi in Parkinson disease. Abstract:  OBJECTIVES: Various exercise strategies have been suggested to address movement deficits in order to improve motor function and quality of life for individuals in the early or moderate stages of Parkinson disease. The purpose is to evaluate the effects of an aquatic Ai Chi intervention on balance, gait speed and quality of life of patients.DESIGN AND INTERVENTION: Twenty-nine people with Parkinson disease participated in this pilot study. People were randomized into (1) aquatic Ai Chi program (experimental group) and (2) a dry land conventional Western physical therapy intervention (control group). Twenty-two twice-weekly sessions were performed with the 14 patients assigned to the experimental group, during the same period of time as the control group (same number of sessions), who received dry land therapy.MAIN OUTCOMES MEASURES: Visual Analogue scale (VAS), The Timed Get up and Go test, Five Times Sit-to-Stand test, single leg standing, Yesavage test and Parkinson's Disease Questionnaire (PDQ-39). A descriptive analysis was performed on all study variables.RESULTS: The results showed a significant effect on time - of a high effect which indicates that the VAS scores (F 1.3; p

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02:30

Telomerase activity and its association with psychological stress, mental disorders, lifestyle factors and interventions. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2016 Feb ;64:150-63. Epub 2015 Nov 25. PMID: 26677763 Abstract Title:  Telomerase activity and its association with psychological stress, mental disorders, lifestyle factors and interventions: A systematic review. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: To summarise and discuss the association between telomerase activity and psychological stress, mental disorders and lifestyle factors.METHOD: A systematic review was carried out to identify prospective or retrospective studies and interventions published up to June 2015 that reported associations between telomerase activity and psychological stress, mental disorders and lifestyle factors. Electronic data bases of PubMed, ProQuest, CINAHL and Google Scholar were searched.RESULTS: Twenty six studies on humans measured telomerase activity in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) or leukocytes and examined its association with psychological stress, mental disorders and lifestyle factors. Of those studies, three reported significantly decreased telomerase activity in individuals under chronic psychological stress. Interestingly, one of the three studies found that acute laboratory psychological stress significantly increased telomerase activity. Nine studies reported mixed results on association between mental disorders and telomerase activity. Of the nine studies, five reported that major depressive disorder (MDD) was associated with significantly increased telomerase activity. In thirteen out of fourteen studies on lifestyle factors, it was reported that physical exercise, diet micronutrient supplementation, mindfulness meditation, Qigong practice or yoga mediation resulted in increase in telomerase activity. In addition, two studies on animal models showed that depression-like behaviour was associated with decreased hippocampus telomerase activity. Five animal studies showed that physical exercise increased telomerase activity by cell-type-specific and genotype-specific manners.CONCLUSION: Although multi-facet results were reported on the association between telomerase activity and psychological stress, mental disorders and lifestyle factors, there were some consistent findings in humans such as (1) decreased telomerase activity in individuals under chronic stress, (2) increased telomerase activity in individuals with MDD, and (3) increased telomerase activity in individuals under lifestyle interventions. Animal studies showed that physical exercise increased telomerase activity in specific cell-types. However, the exact mechanisms for the changes in telomerase activity have not been elucidated. We propose conglomerate models connecting chronic psychological stress, depression, mediation and physical exercise to telomerase activation. Several areas for future research are suggested.

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02:23

Influence of mindfulness-based stress reduction on telomerase activity in women with breast cancer. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Biol Res Nurs. 2014 Oct ;16(4):438-47. Epub 2014 Jan 30. PMID: 24486564 Abstract Title:  Influence of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) on telomerase activity in women with breast cancer (BC). Abstract:  Mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) reduces symptoms of depression, anxiety, and fear of recurrence among breast cancer (BC) survivors. However, the effects of MBSR (BC) on telomere length (TL) and telomerase activity (TA), known markers of cellular aging, psychological stress, and disease risk, are not known. This randomized, wait-listed, controlled study, nested within a larger trial, investigated the effects of MBSR (BC) on TL and TA. BC patients (142) with Stages 0-III cancer who had completed adjuvant treatment with radiation and/or chemotherapy at least 2 weeks prior to enrollment and within 2 years of completion of treatment with lumpectomy and/or mastectomy were randomly assigned to either a 6-week MBSR for BC program or a usual care. Assessments of TA and TL were obtained along with psychological measurements at baseline, 6 weeks, and 12 weeks after completing the MBSR(BC) program. The mean age of 142 participants was 55.3 years; 72% were non-Hispanic White; 78% had Stage I or II cancer; and 36% received both chemotherapy and radiation. In analyses adjusted for baseline TA and psychological status, TA increased steadily over 12 weeks in the MBSR(BC) group (approximately 17%) compared to essentially no increase in the control group (approximately 3%, p

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02:13

Mindfulness meditation leads to increased telomerase activity in peripheral blood mononuclear cells. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2014 Apr ;42:45-8. Epub 2014 Jan 7. PMID: 24636500 Abstract Title:  A meta-analytic review of the effects of mindfulness meditation on telomerase activity. Abstract:  The enzyme telomerase, through its influence on telomere length, is associated with health and mortality. Four pioneering randomized control trials, including a total of 190 participants, provided information on the effect of mindfulness meditation on telomerase. A meta-analytic effect size of d=0.46 indicated that mindfulness meditation leads to increased telomerase activity in peripheral blood mononuclear cells. These results suggest the need for further large-scale trials investigating optimal implementation of mindfulness meditation to facilitate telomerase functioning.

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01:49

Man Credits High Alkaline Diet (And These 5 Foods) For Superhuman Ability to Run 50 Marathons in 50 Days AltHealthWorks.com

 

dean karnazes marathon runner

Photo via UnbeatableMind.com.

 

Ever hear of an ultrarunner before? Whether you have or not, it would be hard to deny Dean Karnazes access to such an exclusive club.

Karnazes, who hails from California, has astonished analysts and researchers with his unbelievable ability to run for as long as three days straight. Yes, you read that correctly.

According to a recent article in the British publication The GuardianKarnazes has run for three days and nights without stopping before, and has endured some of the toughest, most insane endurance challenges in the world including one at the South Pole in temperatures of -25 Celsius.

He said he has never experienced any sort of muscle burn or cramp despite going on runs of over 100 miles.

During the aforementioned three-day runs, he reports that he spent time sleep-running in an almost psychotic state according to the Guardian article. Sleep seems to be the only thing that slows him down, and he attributes a good portion of his unbelievable performance to a high alkaline diet.

Genetics and a non-toxic environment also are credited for his success, according to the article. Karnazes most special ability might be his muscles efficiency at clearing lactic acid from his system, in which genetics plays a major role. Of course, genes express themselves differently based on your environment, which is noted.

Dean's book 'Ultramarathon Man' details his unbelievable experiences running for huge stretches of time with no breaks. Click the picture above to see the book.

Dean...

01:15

Parents tell how they almost lost baby after rotavirus vaccine Health Nut News

A week after 3-month-old Jude Cooper had his vaccine against rotavirus (a terrible stomach bug but not something a vaccine is needed for) he almost died from an obstruction to his intestines, a potential side effect of the vaccine. His parents are now speaking out in the hopes that this doesnt have to happen to []

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00:52

Student suicide clusters is microwave radiation and its technology to blame? Natural Blaze

Student suicide clusters - is microwave radiation and its technology to blame?

By Dr. Ellis EvansNatural Blaze

This is very sad and no-one is looking in the right places nor asking the right questions. Nine students from the University of Bristol (UK) committed suicide during the past two years. Bristol University is blaming the students themselves, arguing they suffered mental health problems. One student was on campus for just 3 weeks and others were third and final years students.

Similarly, York University (UK) also had a suicide cluster of 5 students within a one year period in 2016. Of course, there are many explanations for why student suicides are on the increase and the narrative below is peddled by all the mainstream media outlets(2).   A report by the university in May revealed that half of all ambulances called out to the University of York were for incidents of self-harm or suicide attempts. The proportion of emergency calls of this kind had been growing year on year. The rising costs of higher education and a more difficult labour market post-graduation have both been cited as to blame for the rise in depression.

SEE: Teen Mental Health Seriously Deteriorated In 5 Years The Surprising Culprit

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00:50

The Big Vaccine-Autism Lie Natural Blaze

By Jon Rappoport

How is a self-contained world built? Well, you can take a major situation which has an obvious cause, and then relabel the situation with a new name and say the cause is unknown. Then you can claim youre looking for the cause, and you can keep looking and stalling for 50 years. (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

First of all, there is NO definitive evidence that autism is a specific condition with a single cause.

If you doubt this, look up the definition of autism in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and try to find a definitive lab test that leads to a diagnosis of autism. There is no such test.

That means there is no confirmed cause of autism. And THAT means there is no proof autism is a single and specific condition.

Like other so-called developmental disorders or neurological disorders, autism is a collection of behaviors and symptoms, clustered together by committees of psychiatrists.

Basically, what is being called autism is DAMAGE. Various forms of neurological damage. This means the cause(s) could be coming from a variety of places.

For example, vaccines can and do cause damage.

Neurological damage, brain damage.

Parents of damaged children know this. There were there. They saw their children before vaccination and after vaccination.

Everything else claimed about these children is diversion. High-class...

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Part #3 The Anti-Vax Movement Has Collapsed BolenReport

What Doesnt Kill You Makes You Stronger It is time to make some MAJOR changes Opinion by Deplorable Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen The passing of Mandatory Childhood Vaccine legislation (SB277) in California was a Watershed Moment in time. Watershed Moment  A point in time when nothing after will ever be the same as before. To Continue reading Part #3 The Anti-Vax Movement Has Collapsed

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00:00

The Toxic Home Transformation Summit: Online and FREE from June 25 July 1, 2018 Health Nut News

If your home is toxic (and it probably is) youre NOT likely to be healthy! Having suffered in a home with a mold problem I know this topic is incredibly important. Thats why I was happy to join the Toxic Home Transformation Summit as a speaker. Click here to register for free and learn everything you need []

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22:53

Margaret River shootings: Australian grandfather taking antidepressant medication before murders Health Nut News

Early last Friday morning, grandfather Peter Miles shot dead his wife Cynda, 58, the couples daughter Katrina, 35, and grandchildren Taye, 13, Rylan, 12, Arye, 10, and Kayden, 8, at their farm in Osmington, east of Margaret River. It is believed that Miles had started taking antidepressant medication just weeks before, something that close friends believe []

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22:29

CDC Says Birth Rates Have Drastically Declined In US and Europe Vaxxter

Fertility numbers are on a drastic decline worldwide, at least according to the latest CDC stats. The stats show that fertility and birth rate are on the decline not only in Europe but also in the United...

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22:08

Re-Thinking School Safety Doom and Bloom (TM)

Re-Thinking School Safety

RE-THINKING SCHOOL SAFETY A high school in Sante Fe, Texas was the scene of a mass murder recently, with at least 10 people killed and as many more wounded. A 17-year-old student, who was able to take a shotgun, a pistol, and some pipe bombs onto the school grounds, has been identified as the assailant.  []

22:00

Caught Our Notice: A team from Harvard, Cornell, Cambridge, HHMI, and UCSF cant reproduce a papers findings Retraction Watch

What Caught Our Attention: Any time theres an issue with a paper co-authored by researchers from such high-profile institutions as Harvard, Cornell, and the University of Cambridge, we take notice. In this case, the group which included Laurie Glimcher, then-dean at Cornell, now president of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute chose to retract a Continue reading Caught Our Notice: A team from Harvard, Cornell, Cambridge, HHMI, and UCSF cant reproduce a papers findings

21:50

Healthy Gut Experts Summit 2.0: Register for FREE! Health Nut News

When I was asked to participate in the Healthy Gut Experts Summit 2.0 I knew that this would be something you would all appreciate. Im grateful every day that we have created a community of people who are interested in and concerned about being as healthy as possible.  Learn How To Heal Your Digestion Naturally []

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21:28

Its like viper venom for your brain, yet the risk is rarely recognized Health Nut News

By Dr. Mercola In the featured video, Xiren, host of Know How Things Work, interviews Oram Miller, building biology environmental consultant, electromagnetic radiation specialist in Los Angeles, and director of learning and development for the Institute for Building Biology and Ecology (IBE, www.hbelc.org). Many of Millers clients have electromagnetic sensitivities, but some simply want to []

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20:02

The $3 Billion Research Breakdown Mad In America

In this piece for Medscape, Jodi S. Cohen chronicles the research malpractice case of child psychiatrist Mani Pavuluri, who put vulnerable children at serious risk in a clinical trial. Pavuluri violated research rules by testing the powerful drug lithium on children younger than 13, failed to properly alert parents of the studys risks, and falsified data to cover up the misconduct.

Pavuluris study, which began in 2009 and was shut down in 2013, was designed to use imaging to look at how the brains of adolescents with bipolar disorder function during a manic state, and then again after eight weeks of treatment with lithium. The hope was that the results would provide new information to help identify the disease earlier, lead to treatment and potentially even reverse how the disorder affects the brain.

But Pavuluri, a professor of psychiatry, strayed from the approved guidelines and abandoned safety precautions written into the study protocol, according to a November letter from NIMH to UIC in which the agency said it had determined there was wrongdoing and demanded the repayment.

In all, 89 of the 103 subjects enrolled in the study 86 percent did not meet the eligibility criteria to participate, records show. Among other violations, Pavuluri:

  • Enrolled children younger than 10 though the study was approved only for boys and girls ages 13 to 16;
  • Included children who had previously used psychotropic medication though, under the protocol, that should have made them ineligible;
  • Managed the medical care of some of the children involved in her study though she was told to keep her clinical and research roles separate;
  • Failed to give some girls pregnancy tests before they began taking lithium even though consent forms said they would be tested. The drug can lead to an increased risk of birth defects.

Pavuluri isnt solely at fault, according to NIMH. The agency determined that the universitys institutional review board, known as an IRB, a faculty panel responsible for reviewing research involving human subjects, conducted an insufficient initial assessment of Pavuluris research plans. The board didnt even have a copy of her research protocol at its initial review.

Officials documented other oversight shortcomings as well.

These are clearly egregious problems that occurred, said Michael Carome, a former senior official at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Human Research Protections...

20:01

How Antidepressant Withdrawal Can Trap People Mad In America

In this CNN video interview, Psychiatrist Dr Allen Frances argues when people face mild, transient depression, antidepressants shouldnt become a way of treating the aches and pains of everyday life.

20:01

Bias Against Fat People is So Endemic We Dont Recognize It Mad In America

From Medical Xpress: People from all marginalized backgrounds are subjected to microaggressions and hostility every day, which has serious physical and mental health consequences. But our biases against fat people are so entrenched and normalized that we dont even recognize these attitudes as prejudice.

Microaggressions against fat people are so pervasive and normalised in modern society that people, even fat people, may not recognise them as stigmatising at all. The sometimes ambiguous nature of microaggressions means that the target may be unsure of the intent or underlying meaning, wondering if that person was actually stigmatising them or not, making it difficult to respond. What is more, fat stigma is so entrenched that many fat people are complicit in their own stigmatisation, believing that they deserve it, or that the perpetrator was just stating a fact (fat people are ugly and disgusting).

On the other hand, if they do challenge the stigma, at best, they may be told to ignore it; at worst, their experiences are invalidated. Victims of microaggressions are told they are just imagining the slight, that they are overly sensitive or even paranoid, or that they simply need to develop a sense of humour. Fat people may even be told to lose weight if they dont like it. Most people would never tell a member of another stigmatised group that they should change themselves if they dont want to be discriminated against.

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17:35

Fluoridation on trial: Coverage lacking Fluoride Action Network

Largely unseen, a lawsuit that aims to outlaw public water fluoridation is moving forward in the federal District Court of Northern California. In earthquake-prone California, this suit could eventually shake a pillar of U.S. public health policy.

Hundreds of studies showing fluorides detrimental effects on the human brain constitute the heart of the lawsuit. They are like the tremors that foreshadow a future quake, signs that a bigger shift is coming. Amid these clear warning signs of a flawed policy with large impacts, the news media are largely silent. Meanwhile, virtually every American ingests fluoride via the water supply or foods prepared with fluoridated water.

What constitutes the critical mass for a news story worthy of national attention? Presumably it is the heft of newsworthiness weighed on the scale of editorial judgment. Why, then, does the amply documented evidence of public water fluoridations adverse effects come up light on the editorial scale? What prevents it from being the ongoing story of lackadaisical science and violation of the public trust that it has been for nearly 70 years?

The suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency seeks to establish that the fluoridation of public water supplies poses an unacceptable risk. Within the politically sheltered walls of the courtroom, the plaintiffs will make their case. They include the Fluoride Action Network, Food and Water Watch, the Organic Consumers Association, the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology and other groups, plus individuals who have been harmed by fluoride.

Already, plaintiffs have breached the stone wall of government resistance to anything new on the supposedly settled science of fluoridation. On Feb. 7, District Court Judge Edward Chen ruled that discovery could proceed in the case, despite government objections. This means that FAN and its allies can broaden the evidentiary scope of the trial beyond the already voluminous quantity of documents submitted.

All well and good, from the plaintiffs perspective. But what about the major news media? They have almost totally ignored the story, which means, in a certain sense, that nothing is happening. To judge by the major media, no one of standing is concerned about the safety and effectiveness of fluoridation.

Literally hundreds of peer-reviewed scientific studies have raised red flags on fluoride safety. In the past year, for example, the rigorously controlled University of Toronto study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, undeniably linked pregnant womens fluoride intake to lower IQ in their offspring. Yet these studies remain all but invisible to the public because the popular press avoids them.

In 1999, the Centers for Disease Control cited fluoridation as one of the top 10 public health achievements of the 20th century. But while the other nin...

15:00

Weekly Health Quiz: Herbicides, EMFs and Creativity Articles

1 Which of the following foods has been shown to lower blood pressure?

  • Regular cow's milk
  • Kefir and other fermented foods

    Research shows people who consume probiotics on a regular basis (in the form of yogurt, kefir or supplements, for example) tend to have lower blood pressure than those who do not consume probiotics. Learn more.

  • Wheat and other grains
  • Fruit

2 Which of the following is the most widely used herbicide in the world, with nearly 5 billion pounds (over 2 billion kilograms) being applied to farmland worldwide each year?

  • Chlorpyrifos
  • DDT
  • Atrazine
  • Glyphosate

    Between 1974 the year glyphosate entered the U.S. market and 2014, glyphosate use in the U.S. increased more than 250fold. The global use is close to 5 billion pounds a year, with approximately 300 million pounds being applied on U.S. farmland. Learn more.

3 Which of the following plant materials have been found to be helpful against ovarian cancer, reducing metastasis and slowing tumor growth?

  • Hemp cannabidiol (CBD)

    Recent research suggests CBD from hemp may be helpful against ovarian cancer, reducing metastasis and slowing ovarian cancer better than the current ovarian cancer drug Cisplatin. Learn more.

  • Green tea flavonols
  • Resveratrol
  • Quercetin

4 Self-control is dependent on the activation of your prefrontal cortex, an area that gets "short-circuited" when you're angry. Which of the following strategies has been shown to increase activity in the prefrontal cortex in as little as ei...

Why Are Walnuts and Seaweed Good for Your Gut? Articles

By Dr. Mercola

The importance of fiber to your diet is nothing new. The dietary fiber you get from foods such as nuts and seaweed, for example, acts as a food source for your gut microbiota, helping your beneficial bacteria do their jobs. This involves breaking down complex foods, providing your body with nutrients and helping you feel full.

Most people eat nuts because they are a convenient snack. While almonds and cashews are popular choices, you now have a new reason to choose walnuts. A study at the University of Illinois underscores the value of walnuts not only because they are a healthy fat and good source of fiber, but also because of the specific ways they may benefit your gut microbiome.

Similarly, research out of Stanford University involving seaweed takes gut bacteria to the next level in that scientists have identified a means of manipulating bacterial strains for potential therapeutic use. Both bodies of research underscore the need for optimizing your gut, which I consider to be one of the most important factors in your overall health and well-being. I say that because 70 to 80 percent of your immune system resides within your digestive tract.

Why Walnuts Are Good for You

If you routinely eat nuts but overlook walnuts, you may be missing out. According to PreventDisease.com walnuts have some impressive health benefits:1

  • A diet rich in walnuts and other nuts has been shown to play a role in supporting heart health2,3
  • Approximately 90 percent of the phenols including flavonoids, phenolic acids and tannins found in walnuts reside in its skin
  • Eating a handful of walnuts daily is said to reduce blood pressure and lower your risk of cardiovascular disease; walnuts have also been shown to slow tumor growth in animals4,5
  • If you are a man eating a Western-style diet, studies suggest consuming higher levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), which are found in walnuts, may increase your sperm quality6
  • Consuming walnuts is thought to improve your brain function and cognition7

Walnuts have been called a superfood because they are rich in omega-3 f...

Eggs Are Good for Your Cholesterol Articles

By Dr. Mercola

Chicken as the foundation of a delicious home-cooked meal has been an American mainstay for decades. Not centuries, you might ask? As a matter of fact, up until the 1920s, homesteaders filled chicken coops with chickens to fulfill one main purpose: to produce eggs.

Chickens weren't regarded as much beyond egg production until a new concept featuring chicken as a main course took flight in the late '40s. It was based, not surprisingly, on the food industry's initiative to find more uses for said chickens. Today we have a plethora of chicken recipes, from broth to casseroles to fried, not to mention nuggets. But what happened to eggs?

Eggs became a target based on the faulty premise of the medical establishment that eating too many yolks would drive up cholesterol and pack your carotid arteries with plaque. As recently as 2012, eggs were still being maligned and even deemed as health-damaging as smoking cigarettes, according to a Canadian journal.1 Many still believe this, and it's the misinformation that's damaging health, not egg consumption.

According to a recent study2 led by Nick Fuller at the University of Sydney, Australia, and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, eggs, despite conflicting evidence continuing around the world, are not responsible for heart disease or high cholesterol. In fact, theyre one of the most nutritious foods in your kitchen. When he led the first portion of the study, Fuller wrote that eggs can support several aspects of health, including eye, blood vessel and heart health, healthy pregnancies and fat regulation, noting:

"Despite being vilified for decades, dietary cholesterol is understood to be far less detrimental to health than scientists originally thought. The effect of cholesterol in our food on the level of cholesterol in our blood is actually quite small."3

Whether Two Eggs or a Dozen, Egg Intake Shows No Negative Results

The latest study notes that people with Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes ate a dozen eggs a week for a year, at which point a series of tests showed no negative results whatsoever. Study participants consumed high (12), medium and low (two) eggs per week for the first three months. Times Now News explains:

"This was aimed at maintaining optimal weight for the three months. In a bid to lose weight, the same members were asked to emba...

What Is Camu Camu Good For? Articles

By Dr. Mercola

Chances are, if you live in the U.S. and Europe, you may not have heard of camu camu (Myrciaria dubia, sometimes also referred to as cacari and camocamo), a small orange-red fruit, similar in size to that of a large cherry, with a tart flavor. The camu camu tree grows along Amazonian riverbanks in South America, and due to rapid perishability, youre not likely to find it at the supermarket.

You can, however, find it in powder and tablet form, the former of which can be added as a light flavoring to various foods and beverages. As information about the nutritional composition of camu camu is becoming more widely available, demand has started to grow. As noted in a 2015 systematic review published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine:1

The presence of inflammation can contribute to an accelerated aging process, the increasing presence of comorbidities, oxidative stress, and an increased prevalence of chronic pain. As patient-centered care is embracing a multimodal, integrative approach to the management of disease, patients and physicians are increasingly looking to the potential contribution of natural products.

Camu camu, a well-researched and innovative natural product, has the potential to contribute, possibly substantially, to this management paradigm. The key issue is to raise camu camu's visibility through increased emphasis on its robust evidentiary base and its various formulations, as well as making consumers, patients, and physicians more aware of its potential.

A Vitamin C Powerhouse

Camu camu is perhaps most well-known for its vitamin C content, which exceeds even that of acerola cherries, which I personally grow at my home. Research suggests camu camu can contain anywhere from 1,882 to 2,280 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C per 100 grams of fresh fruit.2

Acerola cherries, which come in at a close second, typically contain around 1,680 mg of vitamin C per 100 grams. Kiwi, another fruit noted for its vitamin C content, contains less than 93 mg per 100 grams, and both lemons and oranges contain just 53 mg per 100 grams.

As the fruit ripens, vitamin C content starts to diminish, though, so where the fruit is available in its raw form, its often eaten before fully ripened. This, however, will impact its flavor, as maximum flavor emerges when the fruit is fully ripe. Vitamin C is an important immune booster and helps defend against viral attacks and inflammation.

As such, camu camu is...

12:33

Red Bumps or Spots on Back of Throat: What it Means and How to Get rid of It Healthy and Natural World

Red bumps on the back of your throat usually mean that you have an inflammation, irritation, or an infection in your upper respiratory tract. Because the back of the throat is already red, it can be difficult to notice red spots on your throat. The red bumps can appear as small red dots in the throat or they can look like sore red ulcers. Usually, treating red spots on your tonsils or throat involves soothing the irritation or gargling with salt water to kill off infection-causing germs.

Very often, red bumps on your throat and tonsils are accompanied by other symptoms. For example, a sore throat caused by a viral infection can cause red bumps as well as coughing, phlegm, or sinusitis. You may also notice white bumps on the back of your throat or have swollen glands in your neck.

Usually, red spots on the back of your throat go away using home remedies to treat the discomfort. In some cases, you may need to see your doctor because infections causing red throat bumps can spread deeper into your respiratory tract.

What Are Red Bumps on Back of Throat?

Red bumps on the back of your throat can be small ulcers, raised bumps, or tiny red dots. Sometimes, the red bumps on the throat can look like blisters that have a white center or have pus in them.

Depending on the type of throat infection, the red throat dots may resemble a rash on the back of your tongue or tonsils.

Symptoms of Red Spots on Back of Throat

Most of the time, red spots and bumps on your throat are symptomatic of an infection or irritation, and will be accompanied by other symptoms.

For example, the inflammation at the back of your throat may make swallowing painful and difficult. This can cause a scratchy or itchy sensation when trying to eat food or drink something. A more severe throat infection could give you a sandpaper throat along with a red rash.

Dr. Melissa Conrad Stppler in eMedicineHealth says that red bumps on the back of the throat can also include any of the following symptoms:1

11:45

Double Trouble That Will Do In Mother Nature: Electromagnetic Frequencies And Glyphosate, If Weather Geoengineering Doesnt Get Us First Natural Blaze

By Catherine J. Frompovich

Is this little work of living art worth saving? (Source: Email Forward)

Then stop polluting the planet!

Electromagnetic radiation from power lines and phone masts poses credible threat to wildlife, report finds

Matt Shardlow, CEO of Buglife said: We apply limits to all types of pollution to protect the habitability of our environment, but as yet, even in Europe, the safe limits of electromagnetic radiation have not been determined, let alone applied.

Therefore we [Buglife] call for all 5G pilots to include detailed studies of their influence and impacts on wildlife, and for the results of those studies to be made public. [CJF emphasis]

The EKLIPSE report [1] found that the magnetic orientation of birds, mammals and invertebrates such as insects and spiders could be disrupted by electromagnetic radiation (EMR). It also found established that plant metabolism is also altered by EMR.

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10:46

Mucus in Stool: Is It Normal? Causes and Treatments Healthy and Natural World

Its normal for a little amount of mucus to be in your stool sometimes. If you have no other symptoms, then there is usually no cause for concern if your stool has some slimy bits in it. Mucus in your stool is usually clear but sometimes can be yellowish or white. Infections in the intestines can change rectal mucus to a thick slimy substance.

Mucus is an important fluid in the body that protects and lubricates organs and tissue. In the case of a gastrointestinal infection or inflammation, the body may start to produce more mucus in your intestines. For example, some causes of pooping slimy mucus are irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), gastrointestinal infections, or hemorrhoids.

Usually, treating symptoms of mucus in a bowel movement involves addressing the underlying health issue. Some natural remedies can help to reduce the effect of intestinal inflammation or help recover from stomach bugs quickly. This usually results in your poop returning to normal without noticeable signs of stringy white slime or discharge.

In this article, you will learn about reasons why you have mucus in your stool and how to treat mucus in a bowel movement. You will also find out what it means if you only poop mucus and when you should see a doctor for bloody mucus in stool.

What is Mucus?

Mucus that can appear in your stool is produced in the intestines and resembles a clear slimy fluid. It coats the intestinal lining and the colon and lubricates them to prevent bowel irritation and to protect from stomach acid.

Professor of Medicine at Columbia University, Dr. Minesh Khatri, says that intestinal mucus helps to protect your digestive tract from bacteria. Mucus also helps stool to pass through your colon and makes it easier to poop. Sometimes, its normal that some rectal mucus can stick to stools.1

What Does Mucus in Stool Look Like?

Rectal discharge that may be noticeable in your poop can resemble a jelly-like substance and is part of the digestive process.

Dr. John Wilkinson from the Mayo Clinic says that normal rectal mucus is often seen on poop. Usually, if the mucus looks like it has tinges of blood in it, then it may indicate that there is an intestinal bleeding. This will often be accompanied by pooping bloody stools.2

When is Mucus in Stool Normal?

There is a lot that the color of your poop can tell about your health. Dr. Benjamin Wedro on MedicineNet says that mucus in stool is normal when there are just small amounts of it. It is also normal to see some mucus covering...

10:13

Harvard-trained Beverly Hills Doctor Mom Still Fighting for Kids After 6 Years Health Impact News

Dr.Susan.Evans

Health Impact News

Reporter Sara Tiano of The Chronicle of Social Change, an online news publication dedicated to solution-based news coverage of child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health and educational issues faced by vulnerable children, has written an investigative report about the case of Dr. Susan Spell, a Harvard-trained Beverly Hills California doctor who has been fighting to regain custody of her children for over 6 years.

Health Impact News originally reported on Dr. Susans case back in 2015. See:

Harvard-trained Beverly Hills Doctor Mom Has 4 Children Kidnapped by LA County DCFS

Dr. Susan Attacked by Los Angeles DCFS for Going to the Media Pressure Put on Children to Turn Against Her

Tammi Stefano of the National Safe Child Show first brought Dr. Susans story to the public in LA County in 2014 by having Dr. Susan on her show.

Watch the 2014 interview:

The Chronicle of Social Change is reporting that:

In March, Los Angeles County paid a $150,000 settlement to a celebrity Beverly Hills doctor after social workers lied under oath and falsified evidence to take her four kids from her, amid a thorny custody battle.

But despite the payout and the help of top-notch private lawyers Susan Spell, whose TV credits include Oprah, CNN, Good Morning America, and Dr. 90210, still doesnt have her kids back

However, in spite of this settlement, Dr. Susans costs in fighting corrupt courts in LA County to get her chil...

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Harvard-trained Beverly Hills Doctor Mom Still Fighting for Kids After 6 Years Medical Kidnap

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Health Impact News

Reporter Sara Tiano of The Chronicle of Social Change, an online news publication dedicated to solution-based news coverage of child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health and educational issues faced by vulnerable children, has written an investigative report about the case of Dr. Susan Spell, a Harvard-trained Beverly Hills California doctor who has been fighting to regain custody of her children for over 6 years.

Health Impact News originally reported on Dr. Susans case back in 2015. See:

Harvard-trained Beverly Hills Doctor Mom Has 4 Children Kidnapped by LA County DCFS

Dr. Susan Attacked by Los Angeles DCFS for Going to the Media Pressure Put on Children to Turn Against Her

Tammi Stefano of the National Safe Child Show first brought Dr. Susans story to the public in LA County in 2014 by having Dr. Susan on her show.

Watch the 2014 interview:

The Chronicle of Social Change is reporting that:

In March, Los Angeles County paid a $150,000 settlement to a celebrity Beverly Hills doctor after social workers lied under oath and falsified evidence to take her four kids from her, amid a thorny custody battle.

But despite the payout and the help of top-notch private lawyers Susan Spell, whose TV credits include Oprah, CNN, Good Morning America, and Dr. 90210, still doesnt have her kids back

However, in spite of this settlement, Dr. Susans costs in fighting corrupt courts in LA County to get her chil...

09:00

Is There A Cui Bono Already Accruing From The Gates $1.15 Million Cochrane Group Donation? Natural Blaze

By Catherine J. Frompovich

According to an article published May 18, 2018 by James Lyons-Weiler titled Biased Cochrane Report Ignores Flaws in HPV Vaccine Studies, and Studies of HPV Type Replacement, the Cochrane Group seemingly has lost its once-peer-review-acknowledged objectivity in science reporting!

Dr. Lyons-Weiler is a research scientist who has called Cochrane on the carpet for not exposing the flaws in the design and scope of a CDC HPV vaccine study and a Cochrane review. That 2016 CDC study had specific input from a U.S. CDC scientist, Lauri E. Markowitz, MD, which Lyons-Weiler claims had fatal flaws that could be interpreted as steps to obfuscate and hide type replacement.

In June of 2016, Lyons-Weiler authored High...

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7 Reasons to Get More Magnesium GreenMedInfo

7 Reasons to Get More Magnesium

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body, and is the reason why vegetables are green.  But few people fully appreciate the importance of this miraculous mineral. 

The human genome project reveals that 3,751 human proteins have binding sites for magnesium.[i]  And so far we know this one essential mineral activates over 350 biochemical processes in the body to keep things flowing.

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07:24

1,250 Deaths in Trials Considered Acceptable by Indian Drugs Controller General AGE OF AUTISM

From webindia123: Drugs Controller to come out with vaccine specific regulatory policy Hyderabad | Saturday, 2018 10:15:04 PM IST The Drugs Controller General of India plans to come out with vaccine specific regulatory policy and a manual for regulatory requirements...

03:30

Are All Calories Equal With Regards To Disease and Obesity? Natural Blaze

By April McCarthy

While calories from any food have the potential to increase the risk of obesity and other cardiometabolic diseases, 22 nutrition researchers agree that sugar-sweetened beverages play a unique role in chronic health problems. The disease risk increases even when the beverages are consumed within diets that do not result in weight gain.

Its just one of the conclusions published today in Obesity Reviews in a position paper by a group of researchers who participated in the 2017 CrossFit Foundation Academic Conference. The task of researchers was to deliberate the question: Are all calories equal with regards to effects on cardiometabolic disease and obesity? The paper provides an extensive review of the current science on diets that can lead to obesity, cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.

The papers sugar-sweetened beverage consensus is particularly relevant in light of a recent legal battle over warning labels on soda, which hinged on the 9th Circuit Courts determination of whether soda and other sweetened beverages are uniquely harmful to human health or one source of calories among many.

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21:31

The Next Deadly Epidemic: Adult ADHD and Stimulants? Mad In America

Ive sometimes wondered how guilty Id feel if I was a doctor who had started liberally prescribing opiates when we were all heavily urged to do so, now that we have a deadly epidemic as a result. This isnt just idle musings. Im being urged to promote what I fear might become the next deadly epidemic  stimulants. I work as a college psychiatrist, arguably ground zero for the emerging ADHD/stimulant crisis. This week I was given a big shove and Im angry.

I was at the American Psychiatric Association annual conference in New York alongside 15,000 psychiatrists from around the world. Hundreds and hundreds of us overflowed a session called Adult ADHD: An Evidence-Based Psychopharmacology Treatment Algorithm presented by Drs. David Osser, Robert Patterson, and Bushra Awidi from Harvard. We were looking for informed guidance as we struggle with increasing numbers of patients looking for stimulants to deal with the ADHD theyve been helped to become aware of. We got a simpler answer than we could ever have hoped for: give them all high dosages of stimulants, oftentimes even higher than the FDA recommended dosages. Use some caution if they have bipolar disorder or substance abuse or alcoholism or abuse stimulants, but go ahead and give them all stimulants.

Really?

If you dont believe me, contact them or check out psychopharm.mobi where they say theyll post their ADHD algorithm soon for everyone to see.

How could they come to such a clearly irresponsible recommendation?

Because its evidence-based on randomized controlled studies. I should point out that virtually all randomized controlled studies are drug studies, so they cant recommend anything besides pills based on the evidence. They are either short-term studies to get FDA approval for a new drug or a new indication, or sometimes studies  directly or indirectly financed by drug companies and their allies  targeted to make advertising points. There are no serious long-term studies, either of efficacy or dangerousness, nor are there studies of how to get off medications.

Within those limitations of the data, the studies show that new stimulants are very effective over the short run and are reasonably safe. Aside from Strattera, no other treatments including older off-patent medications like Wellbutrin or clonidine, or coping skills or accommodations have been studied, so they arent included in the algorithm.

Thus, our modern, scientific, methodological blinders, intentionally or not, lead us to shortsighted prescribing practices, as, in my opinion, they usually do.

So, what are you going to do?

Short answer: Im not prescribing any student stimulants until someone can tell me what the odds are that if they start taking stimulants daily as a freshman theyll lose control and end up psychotic before they graduate. I know its not zer...

19:46

Owen Sound: Fluoride question to be left off ballot Fluoride Action Network

A request to have a question regarding fluoride in Owen Sounds drinking water on the municipal election ballot has been denied.

The city announced Friday that a petition requesting that the ballot for the 2018 municipal election include a question about the removal of fluoride from the citys drinking water did not meet a requirement that it contain 10 per cent of electors in the city.

Sandra Barker, a member of the group that had gathered the signatures and submitted the petition, said she was disappointed with the citys finding and was left confused as to how they didnt get the required signatures.

We did everything we possibly could to make sure, Barker said. The proportions dont make any sense.

In the news release issued on Friday it stated that a petition had been submitted to clerk Briana Bloomfield prior to the May 1 deadline.

In accordance with the Fluoridation Act, the petition must be signed by at least 10 per cent of electors in the municipality and certified as sufficient by the clerk.

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation provided Bloomfield with current elector information for Owen Sound, in order to certify each name. With the current number of electors in Owen Sound pegged at 15,884, the petition would require the signatures of 1,589.

Barker said she had been told by city officials that more than 900 signatures from their petition had to be removed for various reasons.

The original petition had over 2,200 signatures, but Barker herself went through and eliminated those that she felt wouldnt qualify, such as duplicates, those who lived outside the city and those who left details out such as their address. She said they were careful when going door-to-door to ensure that those signing the petition were of voting age and were eligible to vote in the city.

That still left her with close to 2,100 signatures, about 600 more than were required. With the 900 the city removed, they ended up being about 275 short of the required 1,589.

Barker said she trusts Bloomfield, but feels there must be a problem somewhere. Bloomfield could not immediately be reached for comment.

In the news release from the city it said the clerk could not certify the petition as it did not meet the 10 per cent requirement.

The petition had the required number of names but many were disqualified as duplicates, non-residents, incomplete or illegible submissions, individuals with unconfirmed citizenship or unconfirmed birth dates and names not found, it said in the news release. The City Clerk is unable to accept further submissions because the May 1, 2018 deadline has passed.

The city Owen Sound began adding fluoride to its water supply in 1965.

Since a majority of city electors 59.94 per cent voted in favour of the city continuing the practice in a 1997 referendum, Ontari...

Saturday, 19 May

22:05

How to Stay Healthy When You Work in an Office Natural Blaze

Working a desk job is not necessarily good for our health. Research has consistently shown that working long hours at a desk is likely to increase your risk of cardiovascular disease and other serious health conditions. Office workers often work through their lunch hour and barely move for hours at a time. We are also inclined to sit hunched over a keyboard, which is bad for our posture.

Our modern sedentary lifestyle is relatively new in evolutionary terms. 100 years ago, most people led active lives. Sadly, times have changed. Figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that across all occupations, workers spend on average 39% of their day sitting. In a desk-based job, this rises to 90%.

As this infographic about health tips for office employees shows, you only need to make a few small lifestyle changes to boost your health.

Skip the Snacks

Working in an office can be boring and its easy to fall into the habit of snacking all day. We are also likely to succumb to temptation when colleagues bring in cakes, cookies, and other treats. Nobody wants to be the person who always says no....

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