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Wednesday, 11 July

01:47

Early Life Exposure to Famine Can Lead to Depression Mad In America

From Medical Xpress: New research from the University of Georgia reveals that exposure to famine during specific moments in early life is associated with depression later in life.

Nutrition deprivation and stress are important risk factors for depression particularly during periods in early life, said lead author Changwei Li, assistant professor of epidemiology and biostatistics at UGAs College of Public Health.

Article 

01:41

Honokiol inhibits proliferation, invasion and induces apoptosis in human lung adenocarcinoma cells. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Front Pharmacol. 2018 ;9:558. Epub 2018 May 28. PMID: 29892225 Abstract Title:  Honokiol Inhibits Proliferation, Invasion and Induces Apoptosis Through Targeting Lyn Kinase in Human Lung Adenocarcinoma Cells. Abstract:  Honokiol is a natural compound with small molecular structure and extracted from bark of magnolia trees. The biological activities of honokiol include anti-oxidation, anti-inflammation as well as anti-tumor. However, their mechanism remains unknown. In this study, A549 cell line and EGFR-mutant cell line PC-9 with higher expression level of Lyn than A549 cells were used to assess the anti-tumor effects of honokiol. As shown in this study, honokiol is an effective drug on inhibiting proliferation and inducing apoptosis depended on Lyn and EGFR signal pathway regulated by Lyn, and its efficacy is stronger in PC-9 cells than A549 cells. In addition, this anti-tumor effect in PC-9 cells was weakened by Lyn-knockdown. Taken together, this study indicated the mechanism of honokiol on lung adenocarcinoma and provides a possibility of honokiol as an effective anti-tumor medicine.

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01:38

How the 12 Step Program is Exacerbating the Opioid Crisis Mad In America

From The New Republic: Health authorities and medical researchers widely consider medication-assisted treatment (MAT) with methadone or Suboxone the most effective way of treating opioid addiction, which in 2016 affected some two million people across the United States. Yet in the midst of a national opioid epidemic, only a fraction of addicts receives MAT. In response, President Donald Trump recently vowed to expand access to MAT, which can be expensive and difficult for patients to obtain. The push, sorely needed as it may be, faces an obstacle that is beyond the abilities of the federal government to remedy. The real barrier may not lie in a lack of resources, but in the very way America still thinks of addiction, thanks to a decades-old 12 Step philosophy that has left a new generation of addicts out in the cold.

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01:37

Senator Nancy Schaefer: Did her fight against CPS child kidnapping cause her murder? Health Nut News

by Brian Shilhavy, Health Impact News Georgia Senator Nancy Schaefer may have known more about State-sponsored kidnappings than any other politician in the United States before she was murdered in March of 2010. Her published report, The Corrupt Business of Child Protective Services, is reproduced below. It was the basis for many lectures and interviews she gave on the topic. She []

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01:23

Fox: Nun at charity founded by Mother Teresa arrested, accused of trafficking babies Health Nut News

After a series of complaints, the Indian Child Welfare Committee (CWC) announced that they are in the process of investigating a nun and one other employee serving at the Missionaries of Charity center in India (founded by Mother Teresa) of child trafficking. Specifically, the sale of a newborn baby boy from the Nirmal Hriday (Pure []

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01:20

Magnolol and honokiol protect the intestinal mucosal integrity and regulate gastrointestinal dysfunction. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Med Sci Monit. 2018 May 21 ;24:3348-3356. Epub 2018 May 21. PMID: 29782483 Abstract Title:  Magnolol and Honokiol Attenuate Apoptosis of Enterotoxigenic Escherichia Coli-Induced Intestinal Epithelium by Maintaining Secretion and Absorption Homeostasis and Protecting Mucosal Integrity. Abstract:  BACKGROUND The cortex of Magnolia officinalis has long been used as an element of traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of anxiety, chronic bronchitis, and gastrointestinal dysfunction. This study aimed to elucidate the underlying mechanism of its functional ingredients (magnolol and honokiol) in modifying the secretion and absorption homeostasis and protecting mucosal integrity in an Enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli (ETEC)-induced diarrhea mouse model. MATERIAL AND METHODS This study established a diarrhea mouse model infected by ETEC at a dosage of 0.02 ml/g live body weight (BW) in vivo. Magnolol or honokiol was followed by an intraperitoneal administration at dosages of 100, 300, and 500 mg/kg BW according to a 33 factorial arrangement. The useful biomarkers for evaluating the integrity of intestinal tract and histologic injury were analyzed and morphological development (including villus height, crypt depth, and ratio of villus height to crypt depth) and the expressions of inflammatory cytokines were determined by real-time PCR. RESULTS The results showed that magnolol and honokiol (500 mg/kg BW) reduced the concentrations of NO, DAO, and DLA, and iNOS activity, and the mRNA expressions of the interferon gamma (IFN-) and interleukin 10 (IL-10), and inhibited intestinal epithelial cell apoptosis.Magnolol and honokiol (300 mg/kg BW) elongated the villus height and crypt depth and decreased the number of goblet cells and the ratio of villus height to crypt depth. CONCLUSIONS The current results indicate that magnolol and honokiol enhance the intestinal anti-inflammatory capacities, elongate the villus height and crypt depth, and reduce goblet cell numbers to inhibit the intestinal epithelium apoptosis and effectively protect the intestinal mucosa. These results show that magnolol and honokiol protect the intestinal mucosal integrity and regulate gastrointestinal dysfunction.

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01:05

Impossible Burger Fails to Inspire Trust in the GMO Industry Natural Blaze

By Stacy Malkan

For anyone who wonders why consumers arent inspired to trust the GMO industry, consider this bizarre statement from Impossible Foods Chief Communications Officer Rachel Konrad in defense of the Impossible Burger, a veggie burger made more meat-like via genetically engineered yeast.

Konrad was upset by a June 27 Bloomberg article Is it too early for fake meat? that raised concerns about insufficient research, regulation and labeling in the realm of new food technologies.

Impossible Burgers marketing chief set the record straight with information sourced from chemical industry front groups and other unreliable messengers who regularly communicate inaccurate information.

 

So Konrad took to Medium, blasting critics of the Impossible Burger as anti-science fundamentalists and setting the record straight with information she sourced from chemical industry front groups and other unreliable anti-consumer messengers who regularly communicate inaccurate information about science.

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01:00

University of Liverpool reverses course, names researcher guilty of misconduct Retraction Watch

A few weeks ago, we received a press release that gave us pause: The University of Liverpool said it had found one of its researchers guilty of research misconduct but did not say who, nor which papers might be involved. Now, less than one month later, the university is naming the researcher, and identifying Continue reading University of Liverpool reverses course, names researcher guilty of misconduct

00:47

These farmers switched to organic after pesticides made them or their family sick Health Nut News

Some farmers transition to organic production to earn premium prices paid for organic crops. Others switch to make their farms more sustainable. But for some farmers transitioning to organic is a necessity to save their healthand even their lives. Blaine Schmaltz, who farms in Rugby, North Dakota, is a good example. One day in September 1993, Schmaltz []

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00:44

Serum magnesium levels are inversely associated with risk of coronary artery disease. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  BMC Med. 2018 May 17 ;16(1):68. Epub 2018 May 17. PMID: 29769070 Abstract Title:  Serum magnesium levels and risk of coronary artery disease: Mendelian randomisation study. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Observational studies have shown that serum magnesium levels are inversely associated with risk of cardiovascular disease, but whether this association is causal is unknown. We conducted a Mendelian randomisation study to investigate whether serum magnesium levels may be causally associated with coronary artery disease (CAD).METHODS: This Mendelian randomisation analysis is based on summary-level data from the CARDIoGRAMplusC4D consortium's 1000 Genomes-based genome-wide association meta-analysis of 48 studies with a total of 60,801 CAD cases and 123,504 non-cases. Six single-nucleotide polymorphisms associated with serum magnesium levels at genome-wide significance were used as instrumental variables.RESULTS: A genetic predisposition to higher serum magnesium levels was inversely associated with CAD. In conventional Mendelian randomisation analysis, the odds ratio of CAD was 0.88 (95% confidence interval [CI] 0.78 to 0.99; P=0.03) per 0.1-mmol/L (about 1 standard deviation) increase in genetically predicted serum magnesium levels. Results were consistent in sensitivity analyses using the weighted median and heterogeneity-penalised model averaging methods, with odds ratios of 0.84 (95% CI 0.72 to 0.98; P=0.03) and 0.83 (95% CI 0.71 to 0.96; P=0.02), respectively.CONCLUSIONS: This study based on genetics provides evidence that serum magnesium levels are inversely associated with risk of CAD. Randomised controlled trials elucidating whether magnesium supplementation lowers the risk of CAD, preferably in a setting at higher risk of hypomagnesaemia, are warranted.

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00:39

Pruitt Buries Source of Formaldehyde in Story About EPA Burying Study on Formaldehyde and Pediatric Cancer AGE OF AUTISM

Burying the formaldehyde study is part of an effort by Pruitt and aides to undermine EPA's research program, current and former officials tell POLITICO. The Trump administration is suppressing an Environmental Protection Agency report that warns that most Americans inhale...

00:32

A single-loading dose of intravenous magnesium improved insulin resistance indices in critically ill patients with stress-induced hyperglycemia. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Intensive Care Med. 2018 Jan 1:885066618777431. Epub 2018 Jan 1. PMID: 29788815 Abstract Title:  Effect of Magnesium Loading Dose on Insulin Resistance in Patients With Stress-Induced Hyperglycemia: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Abstract:  OBJECTIVES: There is currently no evidence that whether magnesium supplementation would improve stress-induced hyperglycemia (SIH) in critically ill patients. In this study, effects of magnesium loading dose on insulin resistance (IR) indices were evaluated in critically ill patients without diabetes having SIH.METHODS: Seventy critically ill patients with SIH were assigned to receive a loading dose of magnesium (7.5 g of magnesium sulfate in 500 mL normal saline as intravenous infusion over an 8-hour period) or placebo. Changes in baseline of serum and intracellular magnesium and serum adiponectin (AD) levels, homeostasis model assessment of IR (HOMA-IR), and HOMA-AD ratio were assessed in this study.RESULTS: Serum and intracellular magnesium levels increased significantly in patients in the magnesium group ( P

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00:15

Australian Anti-Vaxxers Provide New Model for the World Natural Blaze

By Jon Rappoport

As the Australian bureaucrats double-down on their de-facto forced vaccination schemes (see ZeroHedges latest article Australia Will Now Fine Parents Twice a Month If They Dont Vaccinate Their Kids), Im re-posting this piece I wrote in March as a testament to all those throughout the Western world who fight for health freedom

And, for all the latest on Australian medical tyranny and more, its imperative you go to Cazzfiles.com. The talks from The 2018 Sydney Vaccination Conference The Censorship of the Vaccination Debate in Australia are now posted there (see here and here).


March 4, 2018

Out of the ashes of government tyranny comes a solution.

In the Australian state of Queensland, childcare facilities can refuse to allow unvaccinated children to attend, so

Parents there have formed their own community, whic...

00:06

Hijacks your immune system in many startling ways youre not being told about Health Nut News

Recent events again highlight the need for Americans to stand up for their right to know, and freedom to choose, when it comes to medical risk-taking. The New York Court of Appeals not only has given the nod of approval to New York Citys health department requirement that all preschoolers must get annual flu shots, []

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Tuesday, 10 July

23:51

Dietary supplementation with a magnesium-rich marine mineral blend enhances the diversity of gastrointestinal microbiota. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Mar Drugs. 2018 Jun 20 ;16(6). Epub 2018 Jun 20. PMID: 29925774 Abstract Title:  Dietary Supplementation with a Magnesium-Rich Marine Mineral Blend Enhances the Diversity of Gastrointestinal Microbiota. Abstract:  Accumulating evidence demonstrates that dietary supplementation with functional food ingredients play a role in systemic and brain health as well as in healthy ageing. Conversely, deficiencies in calcium and magnesium as a result of the increasing prevalence of a high fat/high sugar"Western diet"have been associated with health problems such as obesity, inflammatory bowel diseases, and cardiovascular diseases, as well as metabolic, immune, and psychiatric disorders. It is now recognized that modulating the diversity of gut microbiota, the population of intestinal bacteria, through dietary intervention can significantly impact upon gut health as well as systemic and brain health. In the current study, we show that supplementation with a seaweed and seawater-derived functional food ingredient rich in bioactive calcium and magnesium (0.1% supplementation) as well as 70 other trace elements, significantly enhanced the gut microbial diversity in adult male rats. Given the significant impact of gut microbiota on health, these results position this marine multi-mineral blend (MMB) as a promising digestive-health promoting functional food ingredient.

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23:34

Magnesium-L-threonate can decrease the expression of TNF-. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Front Mol Neurosci. 2018 ;11:172. Epub 2018 May 30. PMID: 29899688 Abstract Title:  Magnesium Ions Inhibit the Expression of Tumor Necrosis Factor and the Activity of -Secretase in a -Amyloid Protein-Dependent Mechanism in APP/PS1 Transgenic Mice. Abstract:  Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a neurodegenerative disease characterized by cognitive impairment. The neuropathological features of AD are the aggregation of extracellular amyloid-protein (A) and tau phosphorylation. Recently, AD was found to be associated with magnesium ion (Mg) deficit and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-) elevation in the serum or brains of AD patients. To study the relationship between Mgand TNF-, we used human- or mouse-derived glial and neuronal cell lines or APP/PS1 transgenic (Tg) mice asandexperimental models, respectively. Our data demonstrates that magnesium-L-threonate (MgT) can decrease the expression of TNF- by restoring the levels of Mgin glial cells. In addition, PI3-K/AKT and NF-B signals play critical roles in mediating the effects of Mgon suppressing the expression of TNF-. In neurons, Mgelevation showed similar suppressive effects on the expression of presenilin enhancer 2 (PEN2) and nicastrin (NCT) through a PI3-K/AKT and NF-B-dependent mechanism. As the major components of -secretase, overexpression of presenilin 1 (PS1), PEN2 and NCT potentially promote the synthesis of A, which in turn activates TNF- in glial cells. Reciprocally, TNF- stimulates the expression of PEN2 and NCT in neurons. The crosstalk between TNF- and A in glial cells and neurons could ultimately aggravate the development and progression of AD.

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23:15

Magnesium boosts the memory restorative effect of environmental enrichment in Alzheimer's disease mice. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  CNS Neurosci Ther. 2018 Jan ;24(1):70-79. Epub 2017 Nov 10. PMID: 29125684 Abstract Title:  Magnesium boosts the memory restorative effect of environmental enrichment in Alzheimer's disease mice. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Environmental enrichment (EE) has been shown to enhance cognitive function in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease (AD). Magnesium-L-threonate (MgT) is a compound with a newly discovered effect to rescue learning and memory function in aging and AD mice.AIM: To study the additive therapeutic effect of EE combined with MgT (EM) and the potential mechanism underlying the effects.MATERIALS AND METHODS: APP/PS1 mice were treated with EE, MgT, or combination of EE and MgT (EM) and compared for restored memory function.RESULTS: EM was more effective in improving cognition and spatial memory than either treatment alone in either long-term (12 months, started at 3 months old, which was before disease manifestation) or short-term (3 months, started at 6 months old, which was after disease manifestation) treatment. The behavioral improvement has coincided with rescue of synaptic contacts in the hippocampal region of the AD mouse brain.Immunoblots also showed that EM but neither single treatment rescued the activity reduction in CaMKII and CREB, two important downstream molecules in the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) pathway.CONCLUSION: Environmental enrichment and MgT may synergistically improve recognition and spatial memory by reducing synaptic loss and restoring the NMDAR signaling pathway in AD mice, which suggests that combination of EE and MgT may be a novel therapeutic strategy for AD.

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22:53

Magnolol is a potential candidate for glioma treatment. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 2018 Jun 1 ;77(6):426-436. PMID: 29788114 Abstract Title:  Magnolol Inhibits Human Glioblastoma Cell Migration by Regulating N-Cadherin. Abstract:  Glioblastoma is a primary malignant brain tumor with a poor prognosis. An effective treatment for glioblastoma is needed. Magnolol is a natural compound from Magnolia officinalis suggested to have antiproliferative activity. The aim of this research was to investigate the anticancer effects of magnolol in glioma, with an emphasis on migration and the underlying mechanism. Magnolol decreased the expression of focal adhesion-related proteins and inhibited LN229 and U87MG glioma cell migration. The levels of phosphorylated myosin light chain (p-MLC), phosphorylated myosin light chain kinase and myosin phosphatase target subunit 1 were reduced in response to magnolol treatment. In addition, immunostaining and membrane fractionation showed that the distribution of N-cadherin at the glioma cell membrane was decreased by magnolol. In an orthotropic xenograft animal model, magnolol treatment not only inhibited tumor progression but also reduced p-MLC and N-cadherin protein expression. In conclusion, magnolol reduces cell migration, potentially through regulating focal adhesions and N-cadherin in glioma cells. Magnolol is a potential candidate for glioma treatment.

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22:02

Italys Health Minister Abolishes Mandatory Vaccine Confirmations Vaxxter

Protests have consistently erupted over Italys mandatory vaccine state over the past several months. At the same time, Italys populist government takeover thats eerily similar to the Trump phenomenon has ushered in a legion of...

The post Italys Health Minister Abolishes Mandatory Vaccine Confirmations appeared first on Vaxxter.

22:00

Three years after questions surfaced, PLOS ONE retracts paper about potential antibiotic Retraction Watch

In April 2015, two high-profile chemistry bloggers and their commenters raised questions about a paper that had been published in PLOS ONE some 18 months earlier. More than three years later, the journal has now retracted the paper, with a notice that echoes the 2015 blog posts. So what took so long? PLOS Continue reading Three years after questions surfaced, PLOS ONE retracts paper about potential antibiotic

21:16

Photoshopping Disease to Perfection: Who Wore it Better? AGE OF AUTISM

(With thanks to Europe Reloaded and Dr Mike Williams Measles Outbreaks or a Philosophy of Deception.) Who wore it better? A recent UK article intended to spread fear about measles used what seems to be a photoshopped image of a...

20:54

Protect Estriol and Other Bioidentical Hormones The Alliance for Natural Health

If the FDA is not dissuaded, millions of women will lose access to life-saving hormones that are often safer than the alternatives currently on the market.

How is Access to Bioidentical Hormones Threatened?

In implementing the Drug Quality and Security Act of 2013, FDA began accepting nominations to the Difficult to Compound List. When finalized, compounding pharmacies will no longer be able to make items that appear on this list. Bioidentical estriol, estradiol, and progesterone are crucial hormones women need when going through menopause or fertility challenges, or when struggling with other hormonal imbalances.  All three are currently nominated for the Difficult to Compound List. In the case of compounded bioidentical estriol, which has no FDA-approved alternative, consumer access would be eliminated if the agency places it on the list.

Estriols nomination is especially concerning given the FDAs demonstrated hostility toward this hormone. In 2008, the agency ruled that pharmacies could not compound medicines containing estriol without first obtaining an investigational new drug authorization.[1]The FDA remains unconvinced of estriols safety despite acknowledging that the agency is unaware of any adverse events associated with estriol[2]in addition to the fact that this hormone has a USP monograph.[3]The FDAs position on estriol could be influenced by a 2005 Citizens Petition from a major drug manufacturer that urged the FDA to undertake enforcement actions against pharmacies producing bioidentical hormone products that competed with the drug makers own products.[4]

FDA action on these three bioidentical hormones estriol, estradiol, and progesterone could come as early as March 2018. That is when the FDAs Pharmacy Compounding Advisory Committee (PCAC) is next expected to meet. PCAC has the responsibility of considering FDA staff recommendations concerning all substances nominated for the Difficult to Compound List.

What are Bioidentical Hormones?

Unlike conventional hormone therapy that uses synthetic and animal-derived hormones that are slightly different from a womans own hormones, bioidentical hormones are biochemically the same as those made by the ovaries during a womans reproductive years. Bioidentical hormones are used chiefly to relieve and control the symptoms of menopause.

Custom-made bioidentical hormones are extremely popular with patients: up to 2.5 million US womenaged 40 years or older may use compounded hormone therapy...

20:00

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation No Better Than Placebo for Treatment-Resistant Depression Mad In America

By Kevan Goff-Parker, 72nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs / Published February 14, 2018

15:00

New York City to Require Flu Shots for Preschoolers and California Moves to Eliminate Vaccine Exemptions for the Poor Articles

By Dr. Mercola

Recent events again highlight the need for Americans to stand up for their right to know, and freedom to choose, when it comes to medical risk taking. The New York Court of Appeals not only has given the nod of approval to New York City's health department requirement that all preschoolers must get annual flu shots, but the California legislature is also moving toward eliminating the personal belief vaccine exemption for families on welfare.

Aside from the loss of the human right to informed consent to medical risk taking, these decisions are all the more incomprehensible considering the lack of scientific evidence supporting the safety and effectiveness of annual flu vaccination from cradle to grave and one-size-fits-all vaccination policies and laws. Again and again, we see vaccine policy built on lobbying dollars without real concern for human health and welfare.

Informed Consent to Medical Risk Taking Is a Basic Human Right

As noted by National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) president Barbara Loe Fisher in her Independence Day commentary on zero tolerance vaccine laws,1 "Today, we are witnessing the erosion of core values that our constitutional democracy was founded upon. One example is a public campaign led by the medical establishment to demonize and discriminate against anyone opposing zero tolerance vaccine laws that violate human rights in the name of public health."

Informed consent is a basic human right in which a person has the ability to voluntarily accept or reject a treatment or medical procedure, including use of pharmaceutical products, after being fully informed of all possible risks and benefits. According to the University of Washington School of Medicine,2 "The most important goal of informed consent is that the patient has an opportunity to be an informed participant in her health care decisions."

It's a simple enough premise, but throughout history we've seen cases where informed consent was not only challenged but completely ignored, and this trend not only exists to this day, it has flourished in recent years, with cities, states and federal government pushing for mandatory vaccine laws with no ability to opt out. As noted by Fisher:3

"There are only two laws that require American citizens to risk their lives...

Mercury Fillings Leak After Medical Scan Articles

By Dr. Mercola

Ultra-high-strength magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 20171 may pose a risk to people with mercury fillings. Also known as a 7-Tesla, or 7T MRI, they offer better image quality, particularly for visualization of smaller structures and subtle pathologies, than the lower strength 1.5T MRIs found in most hospital settings.

However, the strong magnets and higher magnetic field strength also carry additional risks, including to those with amalgam fillings, which are composed of 50 percent mercury.

Should the powerful MRIs cause the toxic heavy metal to leach out of the filling, it could prove disastrous, as mercury is a known neuro- and reproductive toxin. Its already known that mercury vapors leak out of fillings in scenarios that are far less intense than getting an ultra-powerful MRI, such as when you chew food or gum, when you brush your teeth and when you grind your teeth2 so its not a stretch that it could also leak out during a powerful medical scan like 7T MRI.

Very High Levels of Mercury Released After Ultra-High-Strength 7T MRI

Researchers from Akdeniz University in Turkey put extracted human teeth with amalgam-filled cavities in a solution of artificial saliva, then scanned them in a regular 1.5T MRI or an ultra-high-strength 7T machine for 20 minutes. They then measured the salivas mercury concentrations, which were found to be significantly elevated: They contained about four times more mercury than the 1.5T group.3

The levels were so high that the researchers said it could pose a risk not only to the patients but also the nearby medical staff. In our study we found very high values of mercury after ultra-high-field MRI, said Selmi Yilmaz, a dentist and faculty member at Akdeniz University, in a news release. This is possibly caused by phase change in amalgam material or by formation of microcircuits, which leads to electrochemical corrosion, induced by the magnetic field.4

The study didnt test what health effects could occur from the mercury release, but past research suggests theres reason for concern. According to the study authors, writing in the journal Radiology:5

The release of mercury from amalgam fillings occurs through metal ions (mercury ions) and evaporation of mercury (elemental). Various conditions that occur during and after the restoration process, such as chewing, brushing, and corrosion, result in mercury discharge.

Although approxi...

Lymphatic Massage Helps Immune System Articles

By Dr. Mercola

Massage is often considered to be a treat reserved for special occasions, but theres good reason to make regular massages a part of your health and fitness routine. Researchers from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles revealed that massages prompt significant physical changes in your body, including boosting your immune system, your bodys key defense against illness and disease.1

Twenty-nine lucky study participants received 45 minutes of Swedish massage, a relaxing, full-body massage, while another group received 45 minutes of light touching instead. The massage group experienced a number of benefits, including an increase in circulating lymphocytes, a form of immune system white blood cell thats especially prevalent in your lymphatic system.

Other massage benefits included lower levels of inflammatory cytokines, cortisol (a stress hormone) and vasopressin, a hormone linked to aggressive behavior.2

Massage therapy is a multibillion-dollar industry in the United States with 8.7 percent of adults receiving at least one massage within the last year; yet, little is known about the physiologic effects of a single session of massage in healthy individuals, the researchers noted. Increasingly, however, its becoming clear that massage isnt only a tool for relaxation; its a tool for boosting your overall health and even your resistance to disease by boosting your lymphatic health.

Why a Healthy Lymphatic System Is Key to Overall Health

If youre interested in maintaining good health by boosting your immune system, consider lymphatic massage, also known as lymphatic drainage. Your lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help transport metabolic waste out of your body. Parts of your lymphatic system include your thymus gland, lymph nodes, spleen, liver and tonsils.

Your lymphatic system also produces, stores and carries white blood cells that your body uses to fight off infections and disease, and lymphatic vessels branch out into all the tissues in your body, similar to blood vessels.3 Having a well-functioning lymphatic system is essential for good health, as lymphatic fluid, or lymph, carries white blood cells throughout your body and also carries bacteria and toxins to your lymph nodes, where your immune system destroys them.

Your spleen is the largest organ in your lymphatic system, and it helps to filter your blood and produce lymphocytes to fight infection....

07:30

Open Letter to the University of Wollongong Re the Universitys Censorship of the Academic Debate on Vaccination Vaccination Decisions

To: paul_wellings@uow.edu.au
Cc: Aaron Oakley; Adam Hodgkins; Alison Jones; Amanda Lawson; Andrew Herring; Andrew Whelan; Andy Davis; Anne Cusick; Antoine van Oijen; Benjamin Marwick; Brian Martin; Bridget Kelly ; Chao Deng; Chris Cook; Danielle Skropeta; Darryl McAndrew; David Garne; Dianne Jolley; Dominique Parrish; Eleanor Beck; Elizabeth Neale ; Flynn Hill; Glenn Mitchel ; Glenn Salkeld; Grapham Williams; Heather Yeatman; Helen Rienits; Ian Ring; Ian Wilson; Ian Wright; Jennifer Beck; Joanna Russell; Joanne Braithwaite; Judy Mullan; judy raper; Julie Steele; Justin Yerbury; Karen Charlton; Karen Walton; Kate Manderson; Kathleen Clapham; Kathy Eagar; Kylie Mansfield; Linda Tapsell; Louella McCarthy; Louise Wright; Lyndal Parker-Newlyn; Martin Engel; Martina sanderson-Smith; Michael Zancko; Michelle Moscova; Nagesh Pai; Nicholas Dixon; Peter McLennan; Robert Gordon; Roger Lewis; Ronald Sluyter; Russell Pearson; Sal Sanzone; Sharon Robinson; Shev Christian; Simon Eckermann; Teresa Treweek; Tim Marchant; Trish Mundy; Vinod Gopaldasani; Will Price; William Buttemer; Xiaoqi Feng; Yasmine Probst
Subject: FW: The Censorship of the Australian Vaccination Debate Conference in Sydney

Open Letter
9 July 2018

To UOW Vice- Chancellor, Paul Wellings, UOW academics and the concerned Australian Community,

Dear Professor Wellings and UOW academics/staff,

You can choose not to read this email but as many of you have already signed your names to the promotion of the governments claims about vaccines on the UOW website a misuse of the UOWs logo then you are already part of the debate and I would hope willing to provide the evidence or scientific arguments to address the communitys concerns. However, to date I note your silence to our concerns about the health information you are providing.

The promotion of government vaccination pol...

06:41

Quercetin may be beneficial in the treatment of rhinovirus-associated exacerbations and preventing progression of lung disease in COPD. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  PLoS One. 2018 ;13(7):e0199612. Epub 2018 Jul 5. PMID: 29975735 Abstract Title:  Quercetin prevents rhinovirus-induced progression of lung disease in mice with COPD phenotype. Abstract:  Acute exacerbations are the major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Rhinovirus, which causes acute exacerbations may also accelerate progression of lung disease in these patients. Current therapies reduces the respiratory symptoms and does not treat the root cause of exacerbations effectively. We hypothesized that quercetin, a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent with antiviral properties may be useful in treating rhinovirus-induced changes in COPD. Mice with COPD phenotype maintained on control or quercetin diet and normal mice were infected with sham or rhinovirus, and after 14 days mice were examined for changes in lung mechanics and lung inflammation. Rhinovirus-infected normal mice showed no changes in lung mechanics or histology. In contrast, rhinovirus-infected mice with COPD phenotype showed reduction in elastic recoiling and increase in lung inflammation, goblet cell metaplasia, and airways cholinergic responsiveness compared to sham-infected mice. Interestingly, rhinovirus-infected mice with COPD phenotype also showed accumulation of neutrophils, CD11b+/CD11c+ macrophages and CD8+ T cells in the lungs. Quercetin supplementation attenuated rhinovirus-induced all the pathologic changes in mice with COPD phenotype. Together these results indicate that quercetin effectively mitigates rhinovirus-induced progression of lung disease in a mouse model of COPD. Therefore, quercetin may be beneficial in the treatment of rhinovirus-associated exacerbations and preventing progression of lung disease in COPD.

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06:34

Why Probiotics May Often Not Be Enough for Healthy Microbiomes: The Necessity of Prebiotics Like Resistant Starch Health Impact News

Functions of prebiotics. Infographics. Vector illustration on isolated background

by Paul Fassa
Health Impact News

One of the latest nutritional discoveries that only recently began gaining good press and widespread awareness is something called resistant starch, or sometimes known as safe starch.

This is a food quality, and its not relegated to one food several different foods fall into this category.

Resistant starch has been studied with increasing awareness of its ability to serve as a prebiotic, a fermentation fiber food source for friendly bacteria in the intestinal or gut flora. The results of an enhanced microbiome, in turn, lead to greater immunity to disease and improved overall health.

Several different carbohydrate plant foods contain resistant starch. And some are enhanced with resistant starch by cooling after cooking.

If it were not for the increased awareness of the microbiomes friendly bacteria content and function over the past couple of decades, this resistant starch research information would probably still be under the radar of nutritional health awareness.

Growing Awareness of Prebiotics

It has been suggested that the lack of experiencing optimum results from probiotic supplements or fermented foods may be due to a lack of fertile prebiotic accumulation in the large intestine. This can be remedied by increasing the consumption of resistant starch.

In other words, food creating less glycemic index spikes.

Resistant starch foods pass through the small intestines as a soluble fiber that accumulates as a gel in the large intestine to help friendly bacteria thrive. 

This soluble fiber gel doesnt remain there forever, of course. Its just considerably slower to digest than most other carbs. There is evidence it helps remove toxins and cellular waste debris from the bowel during its slow digestive process.

Officially, resistant sta...

06:32

Quercetin ameliorates inflammation in CA1 hippocampal region in aged triple transgenic Alzheimer's disease mice model. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Biomedica. 2018 05 1 ;38(0):69-76. Epub 2018 May 1. PMID: 29809330 Abstract Title:  [Quercetin ameliorates inflammation in CA1 hippocampal region in aged triple transgenic Alzheimers disease mice model.] Abstract:  INTRODUCTION: Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia. It is characterized by histopathological hallmarks such as senile plaques and neurofibrillary tangles, as well as a concomitant activation of microglial cells and astrocytes that release pro-inflammatory mediators such as IL-1, iNOS, and COX-2, leading to neuronal dysfunction and death.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of quercetin on the inflammatory response in the CA1 area of the hippocampus in a 3xTg-AD male and female mice model.MATERIALS AND METHODS: Animals were injected intraperitoneally with quercetin every 48 hours during three months, and we conducted histological and biochemical studies.RESULTS: We found that in quercetin-treated 3xTg-AD mice, reactive microglia and fluorescence intensity of A aggregates significantly decreased. GFAP, iNOS, and COX-2 immunoreactivity also decreased and we observed a clear tendency in the reduction of IL-1 in hippocampal lysates.CONCLUSION: Our work suggests an anti-inflammatory effect of quercetin in the CA1 hippocampal region of aged triple transgenic Alzheimer's disease mice.

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06:26

The involvement of neuroinflammation and necroptosis in the hippocampus during vascular dementia. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Neuroimmunol. 2018 Jul 15 ;320:48-57. Epub 2018 Apr 17. PMID: 29759140 Abstract Title:  The involvement of neuroinflammation and necroptosis in the hippocampus during vascular dementia. Abstract:  The prevalence of vascular dementia is increasing at an alarming rate. The Confirmation of the clinical diagnosis of vascular dementia depends on post-mortem examination of the brain. In our study, we investigated the vascular disease and neuroinflammation during vascular dementia. Our results showed a-amyloid deposits, neovascularization, neuronal hypertrophy and neuroinflammation in the hippocampus tissue. Interestingly, the neuroinflammation was characterized by a higher expression of TNF-, IL-1, TGF- and iNOS which are TLR4/RelA pathway dependent. Finally, the finding of necroptosis by impaired blood supply and inflammation state suggests that the cognitive impairment was caused by vascular disease and neuroinflammation.

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06:19

A review of gut microbiome alterations and the inflammation-driven pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Mol Neurobiol. 2018 Jun 23. Epub 2018 Jun 23. PMID: 29936690 Abstract Title:  The Gut Microbiome Alterations and Inflammation-Driven Pathogenesis of Alzheimer's Disease-a Critical Review. Abstract:  One of the most important scientific discoveries of recent years was the disclosure that the intestinal microflora takes part in bidirectional communication between the gut and the brain. Scientists suggest that human gut microflora may even act as the"second brain"and be responsible for neurodegenerative disorders like Alzheimer's disease (AD). Although human-associated microbial communities are generally stable, they can be altered by common human actions and experiences. Enteric bacteria, commensal, and pathogenic microorganisms, may have a major impact on immune system, brain development, and behavior, as they are able to produce several neurotransmitters and neuromodulators like serotonin, kynurenine, catecholamine, etc., as well as amyloids. However, brain destructive mechanisms, that can lead to dementia and AD, start with the intestinal microbiome dysbiosis, development of local and systemic inflammation, and dysregulation of the gut-brain axis. Increased permeability of the gut epithelial barrier results in invasion of different bacteria, viruses, and their neuroactive products that support neuroinflammatory reactions in the brain. It seems that, inflammatory-infectious hypothesis of AD, with the great role of the gut microbiome, starts to gently push into the shadow the amyloid cascade hypothesis that has dominated for decades. It is strongly postulated that AD may begin in the gut, and is closely related to the imbalance of gut microbiota. This is promising area for therapeutic intervention. Modulation of gut microbiota through personalized diet or beneficial microbiota intervention, alter microbial partners and their products including amyloid protein, will probably become a new treatment for AD.

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06:02

Acupuncture and neural mechanism in the management of low back pain. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Medicines (Basel). 2018 Jun 25 ;5(3). Epub 2018 Jun 25. PMID: 29941854 Abstract Title:  Acupuncture and Neural Mechanism in the Management of Low Back Pain-An Update. Abstract:  Within the last 10 years, the percentage of low back pain (LBP) prevalence increased by 18%. The management and high cost of LBP put a tremendous burden on the healthcare system. Many risk factors have been identified, such as lifestyle, trauma, degeneration, postural impairment, and occupational related factors; however, as high as 95% of the cases of LBP are non-specific. Currently, LBP is treated pharmacologically. Approximately 25 to 30% of the patients develop serious side effects, such as drowsiness and drug addiction. Spinal surgery often does not result in a massive improvement of pain relief. Therefore, complementary approaches are being integrated into the rehabilitation programs. These include chiropractic therapy, physiotherapy, massage, exercise, herbal medicine and acupuncture. Acupuncture for LBP is one of the most commonly used non-pharmacological pain-relieving techniques. This is due to its low adverse effects and cost-effectiveness. Currently, many randomized controlled trials and clinical research studies have produced promising results. In this article, the causes and incidence of LBP on global health care are reviewed. The importance of treatment by acupuncture is considered. The efforts to reveal the link between acupuncture points and anatomical features and the neurological mechanisms that lead to acupuncture-induced analgesic effect are reviewed.

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05:57

Governor Scott declares state of emergency over algae bloom on Fla. west coast Health Nut News

Editors note:  This is caused by Big Sugar and Big Oil. They cannot sue me for stating this, because they know its true. I am a long time Florida full time resident. If you buy bleached sugar, and if we stay dependent on oil, this is going to continue to happen. We power our 2 []

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05:30

Getting the Most from QUINOA (and how to source responsibly) The Healthy Home Economist

quinoaAs my kids and I enjoyed some homemade, spelt sourdough english muffins for breakfast, my wife munched down on a dish of quinoa, a very popular alternative nowadays with the gluten free crowd. 

What is Quinoa: Grain or Seed?

Quinoa, pronounced keen-wah, is another pseudo-cereal like buckwheat,

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05:23

Are You Trading Heartburn for a Heart Attack? GreenMedInfo

Are You Trading Heartburn for a Heart Attack?

Concerning research shows that acid blocking drugs may calm heartburn at the price of a heart attack - or even death. 

The burning pain of acid reflux can be unbearable.  Most doctors offer a quick-fix in the form of drugs like Prevacid, Nexium, or Prilosec.  But a new study finds those drugs may calm heartburn at the price of a heart attack. 

Researchers from Stanford University showed that proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are linked to higher risks of myocardial infarction and death even among people without heart disease.[i]

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05:17

Electro-acupuncture alleviates chronic unpredictable stress-induced depressive- and anxiety-like behaviour and neuroinflammation. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Front Mol Neurosci. 2018 ;11:149. Epub 2018 May 31. PMID: 29946236 Abstract Title:  Electro-Acupuncture Alleviates Chronic Unpredictable Stress-Induced Depressive- and Anxiety-Like Behavior and Hippocampal Neuroinflammation in Rat Model of Depression. Abstract:  Depression is the second leading cause of disability worldwide. The effects of clinical depression may be mediated by neuroinflammation such as activation of microglia and high levels of proinflammatory cytokines in certain brain areas. Traditional Chinese medicine techniques such as electro-acupuncture (EA) are used extensively in Asia to treat mental health disorders. However, EA has not been rigorously studied in treatment of depression. This study was designed to assess the effectiveness of EA on depressive-like behavior and explore the role of hippocampal neuroinflammation in the potential antidepressant effect of EA. In this study, we used six chronic unpredictable stressors daily in a random sequence for 10 weeks. EA were performed on"Bai-Hui"(Du-20) (+) and"Yang-Ling-Quan"(GB-34, the right side; -) acupoints by an EA apparatus (HANS Electronic Apparatus, LH202H, 2/100 Hz, 0.3 mA) for 30 min once every other day for last 4 weeks. The behavior tests including open field test and forced swimming test, which are widely used to assess depressive and anxiety-like behavior were performed on the Monday and Tuesday of the eleventh week. The results showed that 10 week of chronic unpredictable stress (CUS) caused behavioral deficits in rats and neuroinflammation in hippocampus, such as increased expression of NLRP3 inflammasome components, upregulated mRNA level of IL-1 and the protein level of IL-1 mature form (p17) and activation of microglia. Moreover, 4 weeks of EA treatment significantly attenuated behavioral deficits caused by CUS. EA's antidepressant effect was accompanied by markedly decreased expression of certain NLRP3 inflammasome components and matured IL-1. Meanwhile, EA treatment can significantly reverse CUS-induced increases in P2X7 receptor, Iba-1, IL-18, TNF and IL-6 expression and decreases in GFAP expression. In conclusion, EA exhibited the antidepressant effect and alleviated the hippocampal neuroinflammation. These findings mayprovide insight into the role of hippocampal neuroinflammation in the antidepressant effect of EA.

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05:16

Should Women be Given the Tdap Vaccine During Pregnancy? Health Impact News

Male doctor vaccinating young pregnant woman

Are Vaccines Effective for Pregnant Women? You Decide

by David Brownstein, M.D.
Dr. Brownsteins Holistic Medicine

A great debate is raging about whether we should have mandatory vaccination to prevent childhood illnesses.  Mandatory vaccination would do away with a religious, ethical, or scientific disapproval of a vaccine.

A study from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine reported that the Tdap vaccination during pregnancy reduced the occurrence of infantile pertussis. (1) (2)

This study is a perfect example of why we need informed consent on the safety and efficacy of vaccines and why we should not have government mandates about vaccines.

The study was published in the June, 2018 edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.  Keep in mind that in 2013, the CDC started recommending that all women receive the Tdap vaccine during pregnancy in order to pass passive pertussis immunity to their newborn.

Pertussis is a very serious illness for the newborn.  It results in a persistent cough and can result in death of the very young.

I have been very critical about mandates that recommend vaccinating pregnant women when the proper studies have not been done. One way to conduct a proper vaccine study is to compare vaccinated with the unvaccinated.

The UNC study did compare vaccinated with the unvaccinated.

The researchers reviewed more than 675,000 pregnancies from 2010-2014 and analyzed insurance claims data to identify receipt of Tdap during pregnancy.  Then, the scientists looked at hospitalizations and outpatient visits for pertussis in the infants through 18 months of age.  In the news release describing the success of the Tdap vaccine, the authors stated,

The clinical outcomes show that the immunity passed from mother to fetus during pregnancy protected the infant during the first six months of life, before the infant completes the full course of the pertussis vaccine themselves.

Furthermore, they stated,

The study found that in the first six months of life for infants whose mothers were immunized during pregnancy, there was a 75 percent reduction of pertussis hospitalizations and a 46 percent red...

05:09

Structural changes induced by acupuncture in the recovering brain after ischemic stroke. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2018 ;2018:5179689. Epub 2018 May 23. PMID: 29951105 Abstract Title:  Structural Changes Induced by Acupuncture in the Recovering Brain after Ischemic Stroke. Abstract:  The aim of this study was to observe the grey matter (GM) tissue changes of ischemic stroke patients, to explore the therapy responses and possible mechanism of acupuncture. 21 stroke patients were randomly assigned to receive either acupuncture plus conventional (Group A) or only conventional (Group B) treatments for 4 weeks. All patients in both groups accepted resting-state functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) scan before and after treatment, and the voxel-based morphometry (VBM) analysis was performed to detect the cerebral grey structure changes. The modified Barthel index (MBI) was used to evaluate the therapeutic effect. Compared with the patients in Group B, the patients in Group A exhibited a more significant enhancement of the changes degree of MBI from pre- to post-treatment intervention. VBM analyses found that after treatment the patients in Group A showed extensive changes in GMV. In Group A, the left frontal lobe, precentral gyrus, superior parietal gyrus, anterior cingulate cortex, and middle temporal gyrus significantly increased, and the right frontal gyrus, inferior parietal gyrus, and middle cingulate cortex decreased (

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05:06

Should Women be Given the Tdap Vaccine During Pregnancy? Vaccine Impact

Male doctor vaccinating young pregnant woman

Are Vaccines Effective for Pregnant Women? You Decide

by David Brownstein, M.D.
Dr. Brownsteins Holistic Medicine

A great debate is raging about whether we should have mandatory vaccination to prevent childhood illnesses.  Mandatory vaccination would do away with a religious, ethical, or scientific disapproval of a vaccine.

A study from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine reported that the Tdap vaccination during pregnancy reduced the occurrence of infantile pertussis. (1) (2)

This study is a perfect example of why we need informed consent on the safety and efficacy of vaccines and why we should not have government mandates about vaccines.

The study was published in the June, 2018 edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.  Keep in mind that in 2013, the CDC started recommending that all women receive the Tdap vaccine during pregnancy in order to pass passive pertussis immunity to their newborn.

Pertussis is a very serious illness for the newborn.  It results in a persistent cough and can result in death of the very young.

I have been very critical about mandates that recommend vaccinating pregnant women when the proper studies have not been done. One way to conduct a proper vaccine study is to compare vaccinated with the unvaccinated.

The UNC study did compare vaccinated with the unvaccinated.

The researchers reviewed more than 675,000 pregnancies from 2010-2014 and analyzed insurance claims data to identify receipt of Tdap during pregnancy.  Then, the scientists looked at hospitalizations and outpatient visits for pertussis in the infants through 18 months of age.  In the news release describing the success of the Tdap vaccine, the authors stated,

The clinical outcomes show that the immunity passed from mother to fetus during pregnancy protected the infant during the first six months of life, before the infant completes the full course of the pertussis vaccine themselves.

Furthermore, they stated,

The study found that in the first six months of life for infants whose mothers were immunized during pregnancy, there was a 75 percent reduction of pertussis hospitalizations and a 46 percent reduct...

05:03

Heart-Breaking News: MMR Vaccine Seized in Samoa After 2 Deaths AGE OF AUTISM

Source: SamoaPlanet.com No note of the manufacturer. Our condolences to the families of these children. A tragedy. 9 July, 2018. Samoa The Ministry of Health is seizing all MMR vaccines throughout the country. The news was announced at a...

05:02

The effects of Tiaoshen Kaiqiao acupuncture and fluoxetine in the treatment of ischemic post-stroke depression were similar. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Tradit Chin Med. 2017 04 ;37(2):171-8. PMID: 29960288 Abstract Title:  Effect of Tiaoshen Kaiqiao acupuncture in the treatment of ischemic post-stroke depression: a randomized controlled trial. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: To observe the effect of Tiaoshen Kaiqiao acupuncture in the treatment of ischemic post-stroke depression.METHODS: This research was a single-blind, positive-controlled trial done in a single entity. Totally 58 patients with ischemic post-stroke depression were randomly divided into two groups. The acupuncture group was given Tiaoshen Kaiqiao acupuncture therapy and placebo starch tablets treatment, while the control group was treated with fluoxetine tablets and body acupuncture treatment. Evaluated the clinical efficacy of the two groups with Hamilton Depression Scale (HAMD), Anti Depression Drug Side Effects Rating Scale (SERS), Clinical Global Impression Scale (CGI) respectively before treatment, the fourth weekend of treatment, the eighth weekend of treatment, the twelfth weekend of treatment. The adverse reactions in two groups were observed and documented.RESULTS: The HAMD scale scores of the two groups in different treatment period were significantly decreased compared with that before treatment (P0.05). There was significant difference between the SERS scores of two groups (P

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04:50

Acupuncture may improve diarrhoea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome better than drugs and has the fewest side effects. GreenMedInfo

n/a PMID:  Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2018 ;2018:2890465. Epub 2018 May 27. PMID: 29977312 Abstract Title:  Acupuncture for Diarrhoea-Predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Network Meta-Analysis. Abstract:  Background: The objective of this study was to compare the efficacy and side effects of acupuncture, sham acupuncture, and drugs in the treatment of diarrhoea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome. Methods: Randomized controlled trials (RCTs) assessing the effects of acupuncture and drugs were comprehensively retrieved from electronic databases (such as PubMed, Cochrane Library, Embase, CNKI, Wanfang Database, VIP Database, and CBM) up to December 2017. Additional references were obtained from review articles. With document quality evaluations and data extraction, Network Meta-Analysis was performed using a random-effects model under a frequentist framework. Results: A total of 29 studies (n = 9369) were included; 19 were high-quality studies, and 10 were low-quality studies. NMA showed the following: (1) the ranking of treatments in terms of efficacy in diarrhoea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome is acupuncture, sham acupuncture, pinaverium bromide, alosetron = eluxadoline, ramosetron, and rifaximin; (2) the ranking of treatments in terms of severity of side effects in diarrhoea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome is rifaximin, alosetron, ramosetron = pinaverium bromide, sham acupuncture, and acupuncture; and (3) the treatment of diarrhoea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome includes common acupoints such as ST25, ST36, ST37, SP6, GV20, and EX-HN3. Conclusion: Acupuncture may improve diarrhoea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome better than drugs and has the fewest side effects. Sham acupuncture may have curative effect except for placebo effect. In the future, it is necessary to perform highly qualified research to prove this result. Pinaverium bromide also has good curative effects with fewer side effects than other drugs.

04:43

Electroacupuncture is a potential therapeutic to ameliorate cognitive dysfunction. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Biol Res. 2018 Jul 6 ;51(1):21. Epub 2018 Jul 6. PMID: 29980225 Abstract Title:  Electroacupuncture ameliorate learning and memory by improving N-acetylaspartate and glutamate metabolism in APP/PS1 mice. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: To explore the precise mechanism of electroacupuncture (EA) to delay cognitive impairment in Alzheimer disease.METHODS: N-Acetylaspartate (NAA), glutamate (Glu) and myoinositol (mI) metabolism were measured by magnetic resonance spectroscopy, learning and memory of APP/PS1 mouse was evaluated by the Morris water maze test and the step-down avoidance test, neuron survival number and neuronal structure in the hippocampus were observed by Nissl staining, and BDNF and phosphorylated TrkB detected by Western blot.RESULTS: EA at DU20 acupuncture significantly improve learning and memory in behavioral tests, up-regulate NAA, Glu and mI metabolism, increase the surviving neurons in hippocampus, and promote the expression of BDNF and TrkB in the APP/PS1 transgenic mice.CONCLUSION: These findings suggested that EA is a potential therapeutic for ameliorate cognitive dysfunction, and it might be due to EA could improve NAA and Glu metabolism by upregulation of BDNF in APP/PS1 mice.

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04:35

Acupuncture is an effective treatment for chronic overlapping pain conditions and provide insight into treatment response variability. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Pain. 2018 Jul 4. Epub 2018 Jul 4. PMID: 29981376 Abstract Title:  Acupuncture Resolves Persistent Pain and Neuroinflammation in a Mouse Model of Chronic Overlapping Pain Conditions. Abstract:  : Patients with chronic overlapping pain conditions have decreased levels of catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT), an enzyme that metabolizes catecholamines. Consistent with clinical syndromes, we previously demonstrated that COMT inhibition in rodents produces persistent pain and heightened immune responses. Here, we sought to determine the efficacy of manual acupuncture in resolving persistent pain and neuroinflammation in the classic inbred C57BL/6 strain and the 'rapid healing' MRL/MpJ strain. Mice received subcutaneous osmotic minipumps to deliver the COMT inhibitor OR486 or vehicle for 13 days. On day 7 following pump implantation, acupuncture was performed at the Zusanli (ST36) point or a non-acupoint for 6 consecutive days. Behavioral responses to mechanical stimuli were measured throughout the experiment. Immunohistochemical analysis of spinal phosphorylated p38 mitogen-activated kinase (p-p38 MAPK), a marker of inflammation, and glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), a marker of astrogliosis, was performed on day 13. Results demonstrated that ST36, but not sham, acupuncture resolved mechanical hypersensitivity and reduced OR486-dependent increases in p-p38 and GFAP in both strains. The magnitude of the analgesic response was greater in MRL/MpJ mice. These findings indicate acupuncture as an effective treatment for persistent pain linked to abnormalities in catecholamine signaling and, further, that analgesic efficacy may be influenced by genetic differences.PERSPECTIVE: Chronic overlapping pain conditions (COPCs) remain ineffectively managed by conventional pharmacotherapies. Here, we demonstrate that acupuncture alleviates persistent pain and neuroinflammation linked to heightened catecholaminergic tone. Mice with superior healing capacity exhibit greater analgesic efficacy. Findings indicate acupuncture as an effective treatment for COPCs and provide insight into treatment response variability.

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04:15

Exercise can decrease several risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Physiol Rep. 2018 Jul ;6(13):e13783. PMID: 29981201 Abstract Title:  Exercise prevents HFD- and OVX-induced type 2 diabetes risk factors by decreasing fat storage and improving fuel utilization. Abstract:  Previous studies suggest that the loss of estrogens increase one's risk for type 2 diabetes (T2D), and combining the loss of estrogens with a high-fat diet (HFD) poses an even greater risk for T2D. The extent to which exercise can ameliorate the deleterious effects of estrogen loss combined with a HFD and the molecular mechanisms accounting for the whole body changes is currently unknown. Therefore, we fed female Wistar rats a standard diet or a HFD for 10 weeks. The rats fed the HFD were either ovariectomized (OVX) or their ovaries remained intact. A subset of the HFD/OVX rats also underwent exercise training on a motor-driven treadmill. Exercise significantly reduced the total body weight gain, periuterine white adipose tissue (WAT) weight, hyperglycemia, and hyperinsulinemia. Additionally, the ability to store fat, as measured by lipoprotein lipase (LPL) in the WAT, was increased in the HFD/OVX group; however, exercise reduced the LPL levels. Furthermore, the combination of the HFD with OVX decreased the WAT citrate synthase protein level,which was increased with exercise. These data suggest that even during the combined HFD/OVX physiological state, exercise can decrease several risk factors associated with T2D, decrease fat storage, and increase fuel utilization.

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03:35

Pycnogenol supplementation improves the control of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Panminerva Med. 2018 Jun ;60(2):65-69. PMID: 29737150 Abstract Title:  Pycnogenol supplementation improves the control of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: The aim of this registry was to evaluate the effects of Pycnogenol on the main symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) in otherwise healthy individuals.METHODS: This study included 77 healthy individuals with symptoms of IBS. The patients were divided into three groups: group 1 was treated with Buscopan (10 mg when needed), group 2 (Antispasmina col forte; 50 mg papaverine hydrochloride+10 mg belladonna extract when needed) and 3 (Pycnogenol 150 mg/day) for 3 weeks.RESULTS: The number of painful attacks was comparable in all groups after four weeks. Mild pain on manual abdomen pressure was decreased in all groups, with the improvement in the Pycnogenol group significantly more pronounced that in both control groups (P

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03:25

Pycnogenol has shown a large number of positive effects in subjects with initial cognitive impairment. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Neurosurg Sci. 2018 Jun ;62(3):279-284. PMID: 29754480 Abstract Title:  Pycnogenol supplementation in minimal cognitive dysfunction. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Impairments in cognitive function are difficult to evaluate and measure. In most cases, subjects do not perceive any alteration in their own status, particularly in case of mild cognitive impairment. In case of minimal alterations of cognitive function, no real treatment exists at the moment. Functional and/or temporary alterations in the cerebral microcirculation may be involved in cognitive impairment, and some aspects of MCI may be theoretically caused by perfusional problems. Metabolic problems and sleep disturbances can also be associated to cognitive impairment. Pycnogenol (Horphag) is a natural compound extracted from the bark of French maritime pine, and it is a highly standardized supplement. The aim of this registry was to evaluate the effects of supplementation with Pycnogenol over a two-month-period in otherwise healthy individuals with minimal cognitive impairment and initial cognitive dysfunction selected on the basis of their MMSE score.METHODS: Eighty-seven healthy subjects with a MMSE score ranging from 18 to 23 (mild impairment) were included. Their BMI was

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03:17

Pycnogenol may be an important option for self-management of benign prostatic hyperthrophy in otherwise healthy men. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Minerva Med. 2018 Aug ;109(4):280-284. PMID: 29947491 Abstract Title:  Benign prostatic hypertrophy: Pycnogenol supplementation improves prostate symptoms and residual bladder volume. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of Pycnogenol supplementation in terms of safety and tolerability in the setting of preclinical or borderline, initial symptoms of benign prostatic hyperthrophy (BPH), in otherwise healthy subjects, using Pycnogenol over a period of 60 days.METHODS: Seventy-five healthy men with symptoms and signs of initial BPH were included. The subjects were divided into three groups: 1) control group using only the standard management (SM); 2) a group using SM plus Pycnogenol 150 mg/day; 3) a group using standard pharmacological management.RESULTS: BPH symptoms like emptying, frequency, intermittency, urgency, weak flow, straining, nocturia, were all significantly improved with Pycnogenol (P

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03:08

For the first time ever, lawsuit targets billionaire OxyContin family for causing opioid epidemic Health Nut News

Members of the Sackler family, whove made billions pushing their deadly OxyContin drug on the masses are arguably responsible for more deaths than any Mexican drug cartel. Instead of being hunted down at their plush mansions by DEA agents, they are rubbing elbows with members of Congress. Now, however, for the first time, the family []

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03:07

Pycnogenol pre-treatment was highly effective in preventing augmentation of cisplatin induced oxidative stress and inflammation in eye tissue. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Cutan Ocul Toxicol. 2018 Jul 3:1-13. Epub 2018 Jul 3. PMID: 29969298 Abstract Title:  Effects of Pycnogenol on Cisplatin Induced Optic Nerve Injury: an Experimental Study. Abstract:  AIM: To determine the effects of Pycnogenol on cisplatin induced optic nerve damage.MATERIAL AND METHOD: Totally 18 albino Wistar male rats were assigned into 3 groups, with 6 rats in each group as follows: healthy controls (HC group), only cisplatin (2. 5mg/kg) administered group (CIS group), and Pycnogenol (40mg/kg) + cisplatin (2. 5mg/kg) administered group (PYC group). We analyzed the levels of Malondialdehyde (MDA) as a marker of lipid peroxidation and oxidative stress, total glutathione (tGSH) as a marker of antioxidant status, NuclearFactor- Kappa B (NF-KB) and Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-a) as inflammatory markers, total oxidative status (TOS) and total antioxidant status (TAS) on eye tissue together with histopathological evaluation of optic nerve in an experimental model.RESULTS: In CIS group MDA, TOS, TNF-a and NF-KB levels were statistically significantly higher (p

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02:54

ABC: Viagra reducing fetal distress during hospital trial on women in childbirth Health Nut News

The drug Viagra, commonly used for erectile dysfunction, is currently being tested on women giving birth as a way to reduce fetal distress. And just like with preemies, the results are encouraging. A preliminary trial has been underway for 18 months in Brisbane, Australia with the drug Sildenafil (which dilates blood vessels in the pelvis). University of Queensland []

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02:44

Pine bark extract chewing gum is effective in reducing oral malodor. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Nutr Sci Vitaminol (Tokyo). 2018 ;64(3):185-191. PMID: 29962429 Abstract Title:  Effects of French Pine Bark Extract Chewing Gum on Oral Malodor and Salivary Bacteria. Abstract:  Frequent or persistent malodor (halitosis) represents a considerable embarrassment to those affected. French pine bark extract, Pycnogenol(PYC), has displayed antibacterial activity against a broad range of bacterial species. In the present study, anticipated benefits of PYC on diminishing halitosis were investigated. Ten healthy males and 11 females, aged 40.112.3 y, were recruited based on threshold breath sulfur compounds presence, diagnosed by portable gas chromatography. Subjects were randomly assigned to either sugar-free gums, or gums bearing an additional 2.5 mg PYC per piece. The subjects were required to consume two pieces of PYC or placebo gum six times daily for 15 min. The levels of volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs), measured by OralChroma, and tongue-coating score were recorded at baseline, 2, and 4 wk. Hydrogen sulfide-producing bacteria in saliva were cultured on Brucella blood agar plates containing 0.05% cysteine, 0.12% glutathione, and 0.02% lead acetate. The group consuming PYC chewing gum reduced exhaled hydrogen sulfide, methyl mercaptan and dimethyl sulfide significantly (p

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02:34

Green tea extract supplementation has positive effects on muscle recovery after strenuous exercise. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Physiol Behav. 2018 May 7 ;194:77-82. Epub 2018 May 7. PMID: 29746891 Abstract Title:  Effect of green tea extract supplementation on exercise-induced delayed onset muscle soreness and muscular damage. Abstract:  Previous studies addressed the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory role of compounds from green tea in different human tissues. Positive antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects were described for brain tissues. Whether similar effects are observed in the skeletal muscle, green tea supplementation could be a strategy to reduce delayed onset muscle soreness resultant of exercise. Here we determine the effect of green tea extract supplementation on exercise-induced muscle soreness, muscle damage and oxidative stress. We performed a randomized triple blind placebo control study. Twenty non-trained men performed sessions of exercise to induce delayed onset muscle soreness in the triceps sural muscle group before and after 15days of supplementation (500mg/day) with green tea extract (n=10) or a placebo (n=10). Muscle soreness was evaluated using a visual scale. Blood samples were taken at different moments to determine serum blood markers of muscle damage, oxidative stress and antioxidant status. We found that exercise induced delayed onset muscle soreness. Supplementation reduced muscle damage but muscle soreness did not change. Plasma oxidative damage marker and antioxidant status did not show an effect of supplementation. As a conclusion, green tea extract supplementation did not reduce the sensation of delayed onset muscle soreness but reduces the marker of muscle damage after exercise. It suggests the green tea extract supplementation has positive effects on muscle recovery after strenuous exercise.

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02:19

Opening Statements Begin in Monsanto Cancer Trial Today Natural Blaze

Opening Statements Begin in Monsanto Cancer Trial Today

By Heather CallaghanEditor

The battle has begun in one of the most historical David vs Goliath trials.

Its the long-awaited trial of the millennium featuring dying man and school groundskeeper, Dewayne Johnson, who is taking Monsanto to task, arguing that the chemical giants Roundup herbicide is to blame. The lawsuit officially kicks off today in San Franciscos Superior Court of California on Monday and is the first to go to trial of cases in which thousands of plaintiffs across the U.S. claim the glyphosate-based herbicide caused cancer.

The suit that started in late June is full of the drama that one would expect in case of this magnitude, including attempts by the corporation to cry victim and attempt to muzzle the mainstream press.

Johnsons attorneys expect their opening statements to last 1 1/2 hours while Monsantos attorneys expect their to take 1 1/4 hours.

Carey Gillam, writing for...

02:19

6-month-old golden retriever stepped in harms way to stop his owner from getting bitten by a rattlesnake during walk Health Nut News

You all know how much I love animals and this story highlights perfectly why: At the beginning of the month, 6-month-old golden retriever from Anthem, AZ stepped in harms way to stop his owner from getting bitten by a rattlesnake during a walk and was bitten instead. The retriever, Todd, and his owner, Paula Godwin, were []

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02:19

Monsanto Ghostwriting Journal Papers, Internal Documents Reveal Natural Blaze

Monsanto Ghostwriting Journal Papers, Internal Documents Reveal Pressure on Academia

By Brandon TurbevilleNatural Blaze

In a powerful essay for Environmental Health News entitled Monsantos Ghostwriting and Strong-arming Threaten Sound Science And Society, Sheldon Krimsky has blown the lid off a number of Monsanto scandals that have been buried in the mainstream corporate news per business as usual. Krimsky is a Lenore Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences and Adjunct Professor of Public Policy and Community Medicine at Tufts University. He also the co-author of a study with Carey Gillam in which the two analyzed thousands of pages of internal Monsanto documents. Their study, along with a study by Leemon McHenry, has revealed massive amounts of corruption between Monsanto and academia.

The most recent examples of that corruption can be evidenced by looking at discovery documents which were released under the mandate of the courts as a result of a number of...

02:18

The results of the physiological and psychological measurements indicate the relaxing effects of walking in a bamboo forest on adults. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2018 ;2018:9653857. Epub 2018 Feb 11. PMID: 29785198 Abstract Title:  Effects of Walking in Bamboo Forest and City Environments on Brainwave Activity in Young Adults. Abstract:  . In Japan,"Shinrin-yoku"or forest bathing (spending time in forests) is a major practice used for relaxation. However, its effects on promoting human mental health are still under consideration. The objective of this study was to investigate the physiological and psychological relaxation effects of forest walking on adults. Sixty participants (50% males; 50% females) were trained to walk 15-minute predetermined courses in a bamboo forest and a city area (control). The length of the courses was the same to allow comparison of the effects of both environments. Blood pressure and EEG results were measured to assess the physiological responses and the semantic differential method (SDM) and STAI were used to study the psychological responses. Blood pressure was significantly decreased and variation in brain activity was observed in both environments. The results of the two questionnaires indicated that walking in the bamboo forest improves mood and reduces anxiety. Moreover, the mean meditation and attention scores were significantly increased after walking in a bamboo forest. The results of the physiological and psychological measurements indicate the relaxing effects of walking in a bamboo forest on adults.

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The world lost an area of tropical forest the size of Bangladesh in 2017 Health Nut News

OSLO, Norway It has been a decade since the United Nations launched REDD+, an ambitious program to incentivize forest restoration and conservation in developing countries, as a part of a global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. RELATED STORY: Study: Feeding Cows Seaweed Could Reduce Global Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 99% The program has []

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01:47

A case report of successful treatment of actinic keratosis with kanuka honey. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Case Rep Dermatol Med. 2018 ;2018:4628971. Epub 2018 May 31. PMID: 29955399 Abstract Title:  Successful Treatment of Actinic Keratosis with Kanuka Honey. Abstract:  Actinic keratoses form as rough, scaly plaques on sun-exposed areas; they can be an important step in premalignant progression to squamous cell cancer of the skin. Currently, pharmacological treatments consist of topical immunomodulatory agents with poor side effect profiles. Use of honey has been common in both ancient and modern medicine, where it is now a key therapy in the management of wound healing. In vitro studies show the New Zealand native Kanuka honey to have immunomodulatory and antimitotic effects, with recent evidence suggesting efficacy of topical application in a variety of dermatological contexts, including rosacea and psoriasis. Here, we present a case report of a 66-year-old gentleman with an actinic keratosis on his hand, which had been present for years. Regular application of Kanuka honey over three months resulted in remission immediately following the treatment period with no signs of recurrence at nine months.

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Camu-camu from commercial cultivation has higher levels of bioactive compounds than native cultivation and presents antimutagenic effects. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Sci Food Agric. 2018 Jun 27. Epub 2018 Jun 27. PMID: 29952005 Abstract Title:  Camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia) from commercial cultivation has higher levels of bioactive compounds than native cultivation (Amazon Forest) and presents antimutagenic effects in vivo. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia) is a typical Amazonian fruit and has high antioxidant capacity due to its high levels of vitamin C and phenolic compounds. This study aimed to determine the phytochemicals, antioxidant capacity and antimutagenic effects of camu-camu fruits with different maturity stages grown in dry (commercial cultivation) or flooded environments (native cultivation, Amazon).RESULTS: Total polyphenols, ascorbic acid and in vitro antioxidant capacity levels were higher in ripe fruits grown in a commercial cultivation. The extracts from ripe camu-camu grown in a commercial cultivation exerted antioxidant effects and high percentage of protection against doxorubicin (DXR) and 1,2-dimethylhydrazine (DMH) in all tested systems (liver, bone marrow and gut), for three camu-camu extract concentrations (17, 85 and 170 mg/kg b.w.), as follows: bone marrow minocronucleus (37.91%, 41.75%, 43.95%); micronucleus gut test (61.01%, 64.40%, 50.28%); apoptosis index (60.26%, 62.44%, 58.22%); comet assay through the tail moment (71.64%, 72.31%, 70.70%), % DNA in the tail (64.54%, 68.75%, 76.79%) and tail intensity (76.43%, 81.02%, 68.33%).CONCLUSION: The results of this study contribute to increase the production of camu-camu fruits grown in dry environments and their use as a health promoting food. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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Journals punished by high-profile indexing service cry foul, demand a recount Retraction Watch

A group of editors of journals focused on the history of economics has gone public to urge Clarivate Analytics, which publishes a highly influential ranking of journals, to reconsider its decision to drop the titles from this years index. Clarivate said it suppressed the titles because of apparent citation stacking, in which various editors agree Continue reading Journals punished by high-profile indexing service cry foul, demand a recount

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Several components of the endocannabinoid system have therapeutic potential in cirrhosis. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Medicines (Basel). 2018 Jun 9 ;5(2). Epub 2018 Jun 9. PMID: 29890719 Abstract Title:  The Role of Cannabinoids in the Setting of Cirrhosis. Abstract:  Although the mortality rates of cirrhosis are underestimated, its socioeconomic burden has demonstrated a significant global impact. Cirrhosis is defined by the disruption of normal liver architecture after years of chronic insult by different etiologies. Treatment modalities are recommended primarily in decompensated cirrhosis and specifically tailored to the different manifestations of hepatic decompensation. Antifibrogenic therapies are within an active area of investigation. The endocannabinoid system has been shown to play a role in liver disease, and cirrhosis specifically, with intriguing possible therapeutic benefits. The endocannabinoid system comprises cannabinoid receptors 1 (CB1) and cannabinoid receptor 2 (CB2) and their ligands, endocannabinoids and exocannabinoids. CB1 activation enhances fibrogenesis, whereas CB2 activation counteracts progression to fibrosis. Conversely, deletion of CB1 is associated with an improvement of hepatic fibrosis and steatosis, and deletion of CB2 results in increased collagen deposition, steatosis, and enhanced inflammation. CB1 antagonism has also demonstrated vascular effects in patients with cirrhosis, causing an increase in arterial pressure and vascular resistance as well as a decrease in mesenteric blood flow and portal pressure, thereby preventing ascites. In mice with hepatic encephalopathy, CB1 blockade and activation of CB2 demonstrated improved neurologic score and cognitive function. Endocannabinoids, themselves also have mechanistic roles in cirrhosis. Arachidonoyl ethanolamide (AEA) exhibits antifibrogenic properties by inhibition of HSC proliferation and induction of necrotic death. AEA induces mesenteric vasodilation and hypotension via CB1 induction. 2-arachidonoyl glycerol (2-AG) is a fibrogenic mediator independent of CB receptors, but in higher doses induces apoptosis of HSCs, which may actually show antifibrotic properties. 2-AG has also demonstrated growth-inhibitory and cytotoxic effects. The exocannabinoid, THC, suppresses proliferation of hepatic myofibroblasts and stellate cells and induces apoptosis, which may reveal antifibrotic and hepatoprotective mechanisms. Thus, several components of the endocannabinoid system have therapeutic potential in cirrhosis.

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This review explains the cisplatin-induced neuropathy and antinociceptive effects of cannabinoids. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Exp Pharmacol. 2018 ;10:19-28. Epub 2018 Jun 22. PMID: 29950907 Abstract Title:  Cannabinoids and agmatine as potential therapeutic alternatives for cisplatin-induced peripheral neuropathy. Abstract:  Cisplatin is a widely used antineoplastic agent in the treatment of various cancers. Peripheral neuropathy is a well-known side effect of cisplatin and has the potential to result in limiting and/or reducing the dose, decreasing the quality of life. Unfortunately, the mechanism for cisplatin-induced neuropathy has not been completely elucidated. Currently, available treatments for neuropathic pain (NP) are mostly symptomatic, insufficient and are often linked with several detrimental side effects; thus, effective treatments are needed. Cannabinoids and agmatine are endogenous modulators that are implicated in painful states. This review explains the cisplatin-induced neuropathy and antinociceptive effects of cannabinoids and agmatine in animal models of NP and their putative therapeutic potential in cisplatin-induced neuropathy.

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00:18

Psilocybin Mushrooms Help Addicted Cocaine Users Stop Natural Blaze

psilocybin cocaine addiction

By Marco Torres

Unlike with alcohol or nicotine, pharmacological options are not available to individuals addicted to cocaine. However, researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham believe the tool to help individuals treat their addiction may very well exist in nature.

Psilocybin mushrooms are one of five powerful psychedelics that treat mental disorders and change human consciousness. A single high dose of the hallucinogen is enough to bring about a measurable positive personality change lasting at least a year

Researchers in the School of Public Health are conducting a clinical trial to see whether psilocybin, the active compound found in Psilocybe mushrooms, will help individuals addicted to cocaine stop using the harmful drug.

We arent advocating for everyone to go out and do it, said Peter Hendricks, Ph.D., associate professor of health behavior in the School of Public Health at UAB. What we are saying is that this drug, like every other...

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The manipulation of the endogenous cannabinoid system offers a potential approach to the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Curr Neuropharmacol. 2018 Jul 2. Epub 2018 Jul 2. PMID: 29962346 Abstract Title:  Modulation of the Cannabinoid System: A New Perspective for the Treatment of the Alzheimer's Disease. Abstract:  The pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is somewhat complex and has yet to be fully understood. As the effectiveness of the therapy currently available for AD has proved to be limited, the need for new drugs has become increasingly urgent. The modulation of the endogenous cannabinoid system (ECBS) is one of the potential therapeutic approaches that is attracting a growing amount of interest. The ECBS consists of endogenous compounds and receptors. The receptors CB1 and CB2 have already been well characterized: CB1 receptors, which are abundant in the brain, particularly in the hippocampus, basal ganglia and cerebellum, regulate memory function and cognition. It has been suggested that the activation of CB1 receptors reduces intracellular Ca concentrations, inhibits glutamate release and enhances neurotrophin expression and neurogenesis. CB2 receptors are expressed, though to a lesser extent, in the central nervous system, particularly in microglia and in immune system cells involved in the release of cytokines. CB2 receptors have been shown to be upregulated in neuritic plaque-associated migroglia in the hippocampus and entorhinal cortex of patients, which suggests that these receptors play a role in the inflammatory pathology of AD. The role of the ECBS in AD is supported by cellular and animal models. By contrast, few clinical studies designed to investigate therapies aimed at reducing behaviour disturbances, especially night-time agitation, eating behaviour and aggressiveness, have yielded positive results. In this review, we will describe how the manipulation of the ECBS offers a potential approach to the treatment of AD.

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Cannabidiol could be a valid option for the treatment of Dravet syndrome. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Seizure. 2018 Jun 13 ;60:68-70. Epub 2018 Jun 13. PMID: 29929108 Abstract Title:  The adult motor phenotype of Dravet syndrome is associated with mutation of the STXBP1 gene and responds well to cannabidiol treatment. Abstract:  Dravet syndrome is a terrible disease generally caused by mutations of the SCN1A gene. Recently others genes such as STXBP1 have been involved in the pathogenesis of the disease. The STXBP1 mutation in patients with Dravet Syndrome may additionally causes several parkinsonian features usually attributed to carriers of the SCN1A mutation. Management continues to be difficult that is why Cannabidiol emerged as valid option for treatment of this condition.

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23:55

Alcohols health benefits hard to prove, but harms are easy to document Natural Blaze

Alcohol harms - health benefits hard to prove, but harms are easy to document

Christina F. Mair, University of Pittsburgh

Alcohol is the most widely used drug in the world, including in the United States.

About 70 percent of adults in the United States report past-year alcohol consumption, with over 37 million drinkers reporting binge drinking (defined for women as four or more drinks per occasion, and five or more drinks per occasion for men) at least once a week. The prevalence of past-year drinking has increased in the past two decades, from 65.4 percent in 2001 to 2002 to 72.7 percent in 2012 to 2013.

Partially because it is such a commonly used substance, heavily marketed and glamorized in pop culture, Americans comfort with and acceptance of alcohol is high.

Should it be?

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23:45

As effective as Ibuprofen, is it in your pantry? Health Nut News

Ginger water, apple cider vinegar, and bergamot oil are all known for their health benefits, so what could be better than combining them all into a tasty tea tonic that can be consumed hot or cold? A simple recipe to try is as follows: Ingredients: 1 cup filtered water 1 heaping tablespoon freshly grated ginger []

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23:24

Saccharin consumption may potentially alter the intestinal integrity in humans. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Food Funct. 2018 Jun 25. Epub 2018 Jun 25. PMID: 29938270 Abstract Title:  Artificial sweetener saccharin disrupts intestinal epithelial cells' barrier function in vitro. Abstract:  SCOPE: Consumption of non-nutritive sweeteners (NNS) is a dietary practice used by those who wish to lose weight or by patients on a sugar-restricted diet such as those with DM2. Although these substances are safe, possible biological interactions with the digestive tract, particularly in relation to intestinal permeability, have not been studied. Thus, the current work sought to investigate the action of different NNS on intestinal permeability using an in vitro Caco-2 cell model.METHODS AND RESULTS: Caco-2 cells were incubated with acesulfame K, aspartame, saccharin, or sucralose at equimolar concentrations. Acesulfame K, aspartame, and sucralose did not disrupt monolayer integrity in the cells. However, saccharin increased paracellular permeability and decreased transepithelial electrical resistance (TEER) via a non-cytotoxic mechanism. The levels of the tight junction protein claudin-1 were reduced in Caco-2 cells that had previously been exposed to saccharin. The inhibition of nuclear factor-B (NF-B) was able to prevent the reduction in TEER induced by saccharin treatment. Thalidomide, as an inhibitor of ubiquitin ligase, was able to prevent the decrease in claudin-1 protein expression and the TEER reduction in Caco-2 cells.CONCLUSIONS: Saccharin disrupts monolayer integrity and alters paracellular permeability in a Caco-2 cell monolayer model, via a mechanism involving NF-B activation, resulting in the ubiquitination of the tight junction protein claudin-1. Saccharin consumption may potentially alter the intestinal integrity in humans.

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23:02

Obtained findings suggest that curcumin may attenuate the MSG-induced apoptosis. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Gen Physiol Biophys. 2018 May ;37(3):329-336. PMID: 29938678 Abstract Title:  The effect of curcumin and PI3K/Akt inhibitor on monosodium glutamate-induced rat thymocytes toxicity. Abstract:  Monosodium glutamate (MSG), the sodium salt of glutamic acid, is widely used in modern nutrition as flavor enhancer. However, it has been shown that curcumin has ability to induce apoptosis in the cells of the immune system. In the present study, we evaluate the potential protective effects of curcumin in MSG-induced apoptosis and signaling pathway which may be involved. Rat thymocytes were treated with increased (1, 10, 50 mM) MSG concentrations and/or curcumin (3M). Cell apoptosis rate, reactive oxygen species (ROS) production, mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP), Bcl-2, Bax protein expression and caspase-3 activity were determined after 24 hours of incubation. Treatment with MSG resulted with increased apoptosis, ROS production and caspase-3 activity,followed with decreased MMP and Bcl-2/Bax protein ratio. Inhibition of caspase-3 and caspase-9 activity reduced cell apoptosis, indicating the involvement of mitochondrial apoptotic pathway. Co-treatment with curcumin markedly reduced apoptosis and ROS production, together with increased MMP and Bcl2/Bax protein ratio. Inhibition of PI3K/Akt signaling pathway abolished protective effect of curcumin in MSG-induced toxicity in rat thymocytes. Obtained findings suggest that curcumin may attenuate the MSG-induced apoptosis through PI3K/Akt signaling pathway which could be useful in preventing thepotential deficiencies in T cell-mediated immunity.

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22:34

The review comprises inflammatory and neuroactive pathways involved in depression. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Psychiatr Danub. 2018 Jun ;30(2):136-141. PMID: 29930222 Abstract Title:  The Role of Microbiota in Depression - a brief review. Abstract:  The microbiota-gut-brain axis is a bidirectional homeostatic route of communication between both of the organs direct via receptors of the CNS or via epigenetic mechanisms of divers metabolites e.g. SCFA, GABA,-hydroxybutyrate. Thus, a modulation of gut microbiota via nutrition, lifestyle etc. might be effective for emotional status and depressive disorders. The dietary composition has an influence on gut microbiota composition, microbial metabolite profile and the according consequences on emotional status and depression within a system biologic approach. There are changes in gut microbiota composition and gut microbial profile (butyrate, GABA, -hydroxybutyrate) effecting epigenetic regulation (histone acetylation, DNA methylation) and gene expression of receptors and mediators (SLC6A4, BDNF, GABA, GPRs) involved in depressive disorders.

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22:22

STROPHANTHIN A REAL BLESSING FOR YOUR HEART Lyra Nara Blog

In North America every 90 seconds a death occurs due to heart conditions. Yearly we spend over 70 Billion USD on cardiovascular diseases. In the last 15 years more and more, young people are being affected by cardiovascular disorders. The life span in the medium age segment of 45-55 has sunk by 11 years due

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Researchers pull Nature paper over first authors objections Retraction Watch

Researchers have retracted a 2015 Nature paper about the molecular underpinnings of immune function after discovering they could not replicate key parts of the results. The first author, Wendy Huang who started working as an assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego, only months after the paper appeared did not sign Continue reading Researchers pull Nature paper over first authors objections

20:02

Kevin MacDonald and the Elevation of Anti-Semitic Pseudoscience Mad In America

From Undark: Of course, there are many ideas some with passionate followings that dont receive much attention in academic journals. These might include flat-earth theory, for example, or the belief in unicorns, or the theory that the federal government stages school shootings. To debate a theory like MacDonalds is both to legitimize it and to tacitly accept some of its premises namely, that theres such a thing as a distinct, subtle Jewish agenda or Jewish psychology that exists in tension with white European society.

That idea, as Pinker, Tuchman, and others point out, is not radical or new. Its perhaps the single most influential anti-Semitic concept of the past few centuries.

But thats the real bind here one that confronts not just scientists, but journalists and other citizens in an era of rising white nationalism. Are bad ideas permitted to flourish when we simply ignore them? Or is it the debate  the open back-and-forth and public rebuttals  that actually gives them oxygen and legitimacy?

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20:01

After Taking Antidepressants, My Genitals Felt Numb Mad In America

From The Guardian: I had a normal libido and a good sex life until I was 22 and prescribed an SSRI antidepressant. I had been with my partner for two years, and we were very happy. Two days into taking the tablets, my genitals felt numb, achieving an orgasm became impossible and my healthy libido gradually dimmed to nothing over the coming weeks. The depression passed and I assumed that when I stopped taking the drugs six months later, everything would recover; but its been eight years and the sexual side-effects havent improved.

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20:00

Anti-Stigma Campaigns Enable Inequality, Sociologists Argue Mad In America

Photo Credit: "Kate Launches Major Mental Health Initiative Wearing Breton Stripes from J. Crew," by WHATKATEWORE

19:21

Psilocybin Mushrooms Help Addicted Cocaine Users Stop PreventDisease.com

Unlike with alcohol or nicotine, pharmacological options are not available to individuals addicted to cocaine. However, researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham believe the tool to help individuals treat their addiction may very well exist in nature.

18:57

Darla Shine New White House Staffer's Wife Attacked for Telling Truth AGE OF AUTISM

Note: Thank you to John Gilmore of Autism Action Network for this alert. Darlia Shine is getting Wakefielded. McCarthy'd. Mustn't speak ill of vaccines!!! Ever! The wife of Bill Shine, the new White House deputy chief of staff for communications,...

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Tea Tonic: Try This Ginger, Apple Cider Vinegar, Bergamot Booster Articles

By Dr. Mercola

Ginger water, apple cider vinegar and bergamot oil are all known for their health benefits, so what could be better than combining them all into a tasty tea tonic that can be consumed hot or cold? A simple recipe to try is as follows:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup filtered water
  • 1 heaping tablespoon freshly grated ginger root
  • 2 to 3 drops bergamot oil
  • 1 tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar

Instructions:

  1. Add freshly grated ginger to boiling water (1 tablespoon per cup) and steep for five to 10 minutes. The longer it steeps, the stronger the flavor
  2. Strain the liquid to remove the ginger
  3. Stir in the bergamot and apple cider vinegar
  4. For a cold beverage, chill in the refrigerator before consuming

Ginger A Powerful Pain and Nausea Reliever

In addition to its delicious taste, ginger is associated with a long list of health benefits that have been known for at least 2,000 years or more. The most commonly used medicinal part of the plant is the rhizome, the root-like stem that grows underground. It's a rich source of antioxidants, including gingerols, shogaols and zingerones. It also has powerful broad-spectrum antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic and analgesic properties, just to mention a few.

In all, ginger has about 40 different pharmacological actions. Two of its most well-recognized health benefits are easing pain and nausea. In one study,1 adults suffering from episodic migraines with or without aura had better outcomes when ginger was used as an add-on therapy, compared to pain medication alone.

In this case, the treatment group was given 400 milligrams (mg) of ginger extract in addition to 100 mg of intravenous ketoprofen. After one hour, those who received ginger reported a "significantly better clinical response" than the ketoprofen-only group. According to the authors, "ginger treatment promoted reduction in pain and improvement on functional status at all times assessed." It can also help ease menstrual pain (primary dysmenorrhea). In fact, ginger has been found to be as effective as ibuprofe...

Weekly Health Quiz: Ketosis, Cannabis and Tea Articles

1 Which of the following combinations is likely to provide the greatest improvements in overall health, based on the evidence?

  • Intermittent fasting in combination with cyclical ketogenic diet

    Recent research highlights the importance of combining intermittent fasting with cyclical ketosis. While the participants lost weight on an intermittent fasting schedule, by not implementing a cyclical ketogenic diet, important disease parameters remained unimproved. Learn more.

  • Water-only fasting cycled with a high-carb diet
  • Intermittent fasting without restrictions on what or how much is eaten during prescribed eating hours
  • Intermittent fasting in combination with a high-protein diet

2 An estimated 4,000 individuals have filed lawsuits against Monsanto, claiming Roundup caused which of the following diseases?

  • Leukemia
  • Bone cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

    Thousands of Americans have filed lawsuits against Monsanto, claiming Roundup caused their Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The first to get his day in court is Dewayne Johnson, who used Roundup extensively in his work as a groundskeeper and was diagnosed with a type of Non-Hodkin lymphoma called mycosis fungoides in 2014. Learn more.

3 Which of the following nutrients has been shown to lower your risk of cancer and heart disease in addition to protecting pregnant women from miscarriage and premature birth?

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D

    A vitamin D level above 60 ng/mL lowers your breast cancer risk by more than 80 percent, and a level of 40 ng/mL lowers the risk of premature birth by 60 percent. Learn more.

  • Vi...

Why Macadamias, Pecans and Walnuts Should Be on Your Shopping List Articles

By Dr. Mercola

While many consider nuts to be nothing more than a snack food, there are several healthy reasons you should considering eating certain nuts a little more often. Three tree nuts I highly recommend are macadamias, pecans and walnuts. Because macadamias and pecans have high fat and low protein and carb levels, they are superior choices, particularly if you eat a ketogenic diet.

Walnuts, while slightly less ideal than macadamia and pecans due to their higher protein and carb content, are also an excellent choice mainly because new research suggests eating them may reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes. Before you add macadamias, pecans and walnuts to your shopping list, lets take a closer look at the composition of each one and find out what makes them a healthy choice.

Why Macadamia Nuts Are Beneficial

Macadamias, which are among my personal favorite nuts, have the highest fat content and lowest protein and carbohydrate levels of any nut. If you eat a ketogenic diet, you probably already know macadamia nuts are a nutritional powerhouse. Macadamias are helpful to keto fans because they are loaded with healthy fat.

A 1-ounce serving 28 grams (g) or about 10 to 12 nuts contains 21 g of fat, 2 g of protein and 4 g of carbs. In addition, raw macadamia nuts contain high amounts of B vitamins, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and potassium. Just one serving of macadamias provides 58 percent of your dietary requirement for manganese and 23 percent of the recommended daily value of vitamin B1.1

Moreover, about 60 percent of the fatty acid in macadamias is the monounsaturated fatty acid (MUFA) oleic acid. Olives are well-known for containing healthy amounts of oleic acid and macadamia nuts have about the same level of oleic acid found in olives. Below are more reasons to love macadamia nuts:2

Due to the rich stores of MUFAs found in them, similar to other tree nuts, macadamias offer cardioprotective properties. Macadamia nuts have been shown to optimize your total and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, apolipoprotein B (ApoB) and triglycerides.3

Macadamias contain flavonoids known to help prevent cell...

Coffee Is Good for Your Heart Articles

By Dr. Mercola

Coffee has been identified over recent years as having several health benefits, including lowering the risks of some of the most serious and common diseases, such as stroke, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Scientists havent always been able to pinpoint the mechanisms for the beneficial and protective aspects of coffee, but new information has come to light, according to a study published in PLOS Biology.1

Conducted by researchers with Heinrich Heine University and the IUF-Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine in Dusseldorf, Germany, the study revealed a new mode of action for coffee an intriguing concept for the millions of people worldwide for whom coffee is a prerequisite for their days (and nights). Health benefits include improved mitochondrial and respiration-dependent processes in your cardiovascular system.

The mechanism providing the benefits, surprisingly, is caffeine, a celebrated stimulant. Consumed in specific doses, caffeine increases the cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor 1B (CDKN1B)/p27 (previously known as a cell cycle inhibitor), a regulatory protein localized within mitochondria, known as your cells energy powerhouses. The study authors wrote:

The migratory capacity of endothelial cells, which need intact mitochondria, is completely dependent on mitochondrial p27. Mitochondrial p27 improves mitochondrial membrane potential, increases adenosine triphosphate (ATP) content, and is required for the promigratory effect of caffeine.2

Earlier research by the scientists showed that for maximum benefit, the concentration of caffeine is very specific: A minimum of four cups of coffee (or four espresso shots) was determined to be the amount to promote the migration of the regulatory protein into your mitochondria, enhancing the function of endothelial cells lining blood vessel interiors, while simultaneously protecting your cardiovascular cells from damage. According to Science Daily:

The...

10:15

When to Take a Pregnancy Test to Avoid False Negative or Positive Results Healthy and Natural World

Knowing the right time to take a pregnancy test can help ensure that you get the most accurate results. Taking a home pregnancy test too early can result in a false negative result. This means that you have conceived but there is not enough hCG hormone in urine to show a positive result. In some rarer instances, the home testing kit can give a positive reading even though you are not pregnant. In other cases, the urine pregnancy test may show a faint positive line or evaporation line which usually indicates that you are pregnant. However, in these cases its best to repeat the test to make sure its not a false positive result.

Many women take a pregnancy test when they notice the first signs of implantation. If you have a regular menstrual cycle, then usually the best time to take a urine home pregnancy test would be the first day after your missed period.

In this article, I will look at when the optimal time to take a pregnancy test is. I will also look at the meaning of evaporation line (evap line) a faint positive line that some say give a false-positive test result. Getting accurate results from your home pregnancy test can help to relieve much of the anxiety while waiting to find out if you are pregnant or not.

How Urine Home Pregnancy Tests Work

Home pregnancy tests work by checking the amount of the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) in urine.

Scientists in Germany report that a few days after you become pregnant, your body secretes the hCG hormone. This hormone steadily rises and can usually be detected about 8 days after conception. However, knowing when the earliest time to get accurate results from a home pregnancy testing kit can be a challenge. The scientists say that hCG concentrations can vary depending on a womens menstrual cycle.1

The journal Clinical Chemistry says that manufacturers of pregnancy test kits claim that the results are 99% accurate when taken on the first day after a missed period. Some home pregnancy tests claim to be sensitive enough to give accurate readings even earlier.2

When to Take a Pregnancy Test

For the most accurate results, the best time to take a pregnancy test to avoid a false negative would be at least a day after your missed period. However, some pregnancy tests are not sensitive enough and they may show false negative results if taken too soon after implantation. If the test is negative, take the test again to see if a positive result shows up. If you still get a negative result 1 week after the missed period, this virtually guarantees that you are not pregnant.

Lets look in more detail at the...

09:21

Weight Gain After Gallbladder Removal: Causes and What to Do Healthy and Natural World

It is possible to live without your gallbladder, but for some people, weight gain after gallbladder removal is a common side effect. Gaining weight after a cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) can make losing weight a constant battle because of metabolic changes in the body. Also, some people gain weight because they resort to eating fatty foods after their gallbladder surgery.

Your weight is connected to conditions that affect your gallbladder. Doctors say that rapid weight loss can lead to the formation of gallstones which may result in removing the gallbladder to resolve the pain. However, being overweight can also increase your risk of requiring a cholecystectomy. Many people find that weight issues continue to be a real problem after gallbladder removal.

To help you understand more about the reasons for weight gain after gallbladder surgery, Ive researched what medical studies have revealed. This knowledge will help you avoid gaining weight after a cholecystectomy. You will also learn how to manage weight better in the months and years following a cholecystectomy.

Gallbladder Function and Location

Your gallbladder looks like a small sac in the shape of a pear that stores concentrated digestive bile. Dr. Vinay Kumar Kapoor on Medscape says that digestive bile is required to digest fat from foods. When you no longer have a gallbladder, bile gets released from the liver directly into the small intestine to break down fats from foods.1

Doctors on PubMed Health say that your gallbladder is located just below your liver in your upper right abdomen. This small, hollow organ forms part of your biliary system and assists in digestion. The gallbladder is between 7 and 10 cm in size and can hold about 50mL of bile. Bile contains bile salts, cholesterol, and bile pigments, and is a yellow to green color.2

Because your gallbladder is directly connected to your digestive system, digestive upset like diarrhea is a common side effect of gallbladder surgery.

Common Reasons for Weight Gain After Gallbladder Removal

Gallstones are the most common reason for doctors recommending a laparoscopic cholecystectomy. If gallstones block a bile duct, the result can be sudden intense pain under the ribs in the upper right side. Pain in this area is usually a sign that you are having a gallbladd...

07:17

The Thoughts of Chairman Aaronovitch AGE OF AUTISM

By John Stone David Aaronovitch, recent chair of Index on Censorship, Orwell prize winner and Murdoch poodle (or possibly running dog) writing in the London Times wants to stop people saying things he does not like - so perhaps he...

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TPC Case Study #7: My Son Lost 100 lbs in 6 Months, I Got Off Meds The People's Chemist

Confronted with either burying her son or taking charge, Beth searches desperately for answers. A proud and driven mom, she takes a chance on a book she found on Amazon, Over-The-Counter Natural Cures. What happens next is jaw-dropping and inspiring

The post TPC Case Study #7: My Son Lost 100 lbs in 6 Months, I Got Off Meds appeared first on The People's Chemist.

03:47

Tennessee Court Seeks to Terminate Parental Rights for Young Sister of Down Syndrome Baby Euthanized by Vanderbilt Hospital Health Impact News

Annalise 2017

The Rivenburg need a miracle to bring Annalise back home. Photo source: Reunite the Rivenburgs Facebook page.

by Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com Staff

It has been just over a year since the death of Baby Steffen Rivenburg Jr. at the hands of Vanderbilt Hospital, Tennessee Department of Childrens Services (DCS) and Judge Wayne Sheltons court. Since his tragic, senseless death, his family has been fighting DCS and the court for custody of Baby Steffens older sister, Annalise.

See original story:

Medically Kidnapped Baby Scheduled for Execution TODAY!

On Monday, July 9, parents, Steffen Rivenburg Sr. and Patricia Thornberg, will again go to court over custody of Annalise. Maybe. They were supposed to have court on Monday, June 11. When they went to court that day, they were told that court was cancelled.

They again went to court on June 19 for a scheduled foster care review board hearing. When they arrived on that date, they were told that court was changed to July 23. They later received documents in the mail telling that that court was to be held on July 23.

Quite by accident, they learned that the July 23 hearing has been moved to Monday, July 9. Steffens mother, Lisa Rivenburg, the unofficial family spokesperson, told Health Impact News that they called the court this past Monday, July 3, about filing some paperwork. That was when they learned that their court date had moved up 2 weeks. If they hadnt called the courthouse, they never would have known about the date change.

The hearing will presumably address motions filed by DCS, including a Motion to Ratify Per Plan and Motion to Review Permanency for Annalise.

On June 11, 2018, DCS filed for termination of parental rights over Annalise. The family has 30 days to respond to the TPR filing. They hope to address the filing in court on Monday, July 9.

This behavior by the courts is but one example of many told to us by parents who are fighting for their children. It is not at all uncommon for the dates and times for visitation, doctors appointments, and court hearings to change all without any notice to the parents. It is another re...

03:23

Tennessee Court Seeks to Terminate Parental Rights for Young Sister of Down Syndrome Baby Euthanized by Vanderbilt Hospital Medical Kidnap

Annalise 2017

The Rivenburg need a miracle to bring Annalise back home. Photo source: Reunite the Rivenburgs Facebook page.

by Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com Staff

It has been just over a year since the death of Baby Steffen Rivenburg Jr. at the hands of Vanderbilt Hospital, Tennessee Department of Childrens Services (DCS) and Judge Wayne Sheltons court. Since his tragic, senseless death, his family has been fighting DCS and the court for custody of Baby Steffens older sister, Annalise.

See original story:

Medically Kidnapped Baby Scheduled for Execution TODAY!

On Monday, July 9, parents, Steffen Rivenburg Sr. and Patricia Thornberg, will again go to court over custody of Annalise. Maybe. They were supposed to have court on Monday, June 11. When they went to court that day, they were told that court was cancelled.

They again went to court on June 19 for a scheduled foster care review board hearing. When they arrived on that date, they were told that court was changed to July 23. They later received documents in the mail telling that that court was to be held on July 23.

Quite by accident, they learned that the July 23 hearing has been moved to Monday, July 9. Steffens mother, Lisa Rivenburg, the unofficial family spokesperson, told Health Impact News that they called the court this past Monday, July 3, about filing some paperwork. That was when they learned that their court date had moved up 2 weeks. If they hadnt called the courthouse, they never would have known about the date change.

The hearing will presumably address motions filed by DCS, including a Motion to Ratify Per Plan and Motion to Review Permanency for Annalise.

On June 11, 2018, DCS filed for termination of parental rights over Annalise. The family has 30 days to respond to the TPR filing. They hope to address the filing in court on Monday, July 9.

This behavior by the courts is but one example of many told to us by parents who are fighting for their children. It is not at all uncommon for the dates and times for visitation, doctors appointments, and court hearings to change all without any notice to the parents. It is another reason, on to...

01:31

Fluoridation Resumes in Albuquerque Fluoride Action Network

Supplemental fluoridation of Albuquerques drinking water resumed on June 27, 2018. Background information about the decision to resume fluoridation, and the utilitys fluoridation methodology, is included in the update from Sept. 21, 2017, posted below.

For facts about the benefits of supplemental fluoridation, please visit the website of the American Dental Association.

Fluoridation Update (Posted Sept. 21, 2017)

After months of debate, the Water Authoritys governing Board in September 2017 approved supplemental fluoridation of the municipal drinking water supply.

On a 5-2 vote, the Board amended the utilitys budget to authorize $250,000 for the necessary fluoridation equipment.  The Board also directed staff to implement a supplemental fluoridation program to meet, as closely as possible, the optimum fluoride levels for dental health recommended by the federal government.

Water Authority engineering staff estimate that, allowing for equipment installation and calibration, supplemental fluoridation will begin within 6-8 months.

The New Mexico Department of Health and the New Mexico Dental Association urged the Water Authority to resume supplemental fluoridation for the sake of the communitys dental health.  Representatives of both organizations said fluoridation would be especially beneficial for low-income and disadvantaged populations in Albuquerque and Bernalillo County.

Supplemental fluoridation was the norm in Albuquerque from 1972 until 2011, when the Water Authority suspended the practice pending issuance of new federal recommendations on optimal fluoride levels. The Centers for Disease Control eventually issued a recommended optimal level of 0.7 mg/L (parts per million).   Fluoride occurs naturally in the local water supply at about 0.5 mg/L on average.

Addition of fluoride (liquid fluorosilicic acid) will take place at the Water Authoritys San Juan-Chama drinking water plant, which treats all the surface water used throughout the Water Authoritys system.

By way of obtaining public input on this issue, the Water Authority conducted a town hall meeting on April 9, 2014, at the African American Performing Arts Center.  About 70 people attended the meeting, and presentations were made by Water Authority staff and experts opposed to and in favor of fluoridation (click on links to download copies of the presentations).

A transcript of the meeting has been posted...

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In Defense of Healthy Depression Mad In America

A recent Blue Cross Blue Shield report documented a 33% spike in diagnoses of depression in the United States from 2013 through 2016. It was concluded that depression ranks just below high blood pressure as the condition of greatest importance adversely impacting overall health.

Its tempting to attribute the upsurge in diagnoses of depression to the push for primary care physicians to screen for depression. Non-psychiatrist physicians are not only becoming de-facto depression screeners, but front-line mental health practitioners. It is estimated that close to 80% of antidepressants are prescribed by non-psychiatrist physicians.

As more and more physicians see the treatment of depression as falling under their purview, in combination with the new emphasis on integrating medical and behavioral health care, it is likely that the upwards trend in depression diagnoses will persist. It will persist because the more depression is assessed for and treated through a medical lens, the greater likelihood that normal and healthy states of depression will be pathologized and lumped together with actual clinical depression.

It is imperative to distinguish between actual clinical depression, and healthy depression, or the adaptive and expectable responses to distressing life events that signal a need for rethinking ones life and recalibrating ones self-perceptions and emotions.

In clinical depression there is ingrained pessimistic thinking; disturbances in sleep and appetite; lethargy; difficulties concentrating; pathological guilt over real and imagined transgressions; isolation; dire hopelessness; and, a despondent mood. The clinically depressed person may be haunted by suicidal ideas. Ending ones life may seem to be the only solution to rid oneself of the psychic pain, sense of despair and futility, and hateful self-images that are believed to be permanent features of life.

In healthy depression, theres less a sense that ones overall sense of self is deficient or defective, but that the person we imagined ourself to be, and valued so highly, is now less imaginable. Theres a diminishment of self, rather than a fragility of self. The onset of depression signals us that we somehow need to square our self-beliefs with our actual attributes, talents, and achievements. Emotional well-being requires that we form estimates of our attributes, talents, and achievements which are accurate and stable. If we walk through life underestimating or overestimating who we are, we potentially set ourselves up for perpetual distress. Transitory depressi...

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PG&E Plans to Cut Electricity to Some California Residents to Prevent Wildfires Natural Blaze

By Daisy Luther

In a move straight out of the Soviet Union handbook, PG&E has warned they may cut electrical power to some California residents during extreme weather to help prevent wildfires.

This comes after some poorly maintained Pacific Gas and Electric power lines and equipment have been determined to have started last years deadly wildfires in the Napa Valley wine country area.

Cal Fire investigators said Friday that equipment owned and operated by PG&E ignited 12 wildfires that raged in hot, dry weather and high winds across Northern California in October, charring hundreds of square miles in Sonoma County and beyond, destroying thousands of structures and killing 18 people. (source)

According to Cal Fire, 8 of the 12 fires occurred due to lack of maintenance in violation of state regulations.

The utility was in violation of state code on eight of those fires, failing to clear brush around its lines and properly maintain its power equipment, according to state fire investigators.

Cal Fire found violations in the Norrbom, Partrick, Pythian, Adobe and Pocket fires that burned in Sonoma and Napa counties; the Atlas fire in Napa County; the Sulphur fire in Lake County; and the Blue fire in Humboldt County. (source...

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Removing Children's Tonsils and Adenoids Increases Risk for 28 Diseases, Study Finds GreenMedInfo

While the conventional medical establishment calls for the removal of broken or defective body parts, a watershed study on the long-term effects of tonsillectomy and adenoid removal calls into question the propriety of this surgery, performed on nearly half-a-million children in the United States each year

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La Misma Problemtica De Siempre: Prioridades en la Investigacin Sobre la Seguridad de la Vacunas En 1996 Blog RSS

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