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Tuesday, 09 October


Creating National Biometric System for Patient Matching Will Threaten Privacy and Security Natural Blaze

By Natural Blaze

ST. PAUL, Minn.The Pew Research Center last week released a new public opinion report on patient matching, a term which is simply a less-offensive moniker for national patient ID, says Citizens Council for Health Freedom (CCHF).

Pew led off the study with this dubious claim about developing a national system of patient identification: Enhanced Patient Matching Is Critical to Achieving Full Promise of Digital Health Records. However, problems abound with both the idea of pushing a national patient ID strategy to link patient data and the proposed use of a national infrastructure to collect and store the biometrics of Americans, such as their DNA, fingerprints or iris scans.

At an event with the studys authors, Pew claimed many of the participants agreed that getting organizations to settle on one unified national strategy for records matching is more crucial than agreeing on one technology, Politicos Morning eHealth newsletter reported.

However, CCHF president and co-founder Twila Brase doubts the methodology and questions the extremely small size of the survey groupjust 95 respondents in 11 focus groups in five citiesespecially for a topic so significant and having so much impac...


Age of Rage: 5 Possible Reasons for Our Current Madness Natural Blaze

Age of Rage: 5 Possible Reasons for Our Current Madness

By Jeff Minick

How did we arrive at a point in our history where gangs of hecklers chase politicians from restaurants, where senate hearings have lost all decorum, where family members and friends part ways over politics?

Every day brings new examples of incivility and violence. In the last twenty-four hours, I have casually browsed several sites online. Here was a professor advocating castration for white Republicans; celebrities mocking a black singer for praising the President; strangers leaving death threats on the phones of politicians, judges, and their families; anonymous callers phoning in false accusations of rape; some wicked soul mailing the poison ricin to a Republican senator and to officials at the Pentagon.

Only a quarter of a century ago this ongoing malevolence would have shocked most Americans. Sure, conservatives and liberals attacked each other, but those disagreements resemble a dialogue in Platos Academy compared to the howls and antics we find in 2018.

Why is this? Here are five possible answers:

1. Technological Advances

Twenty-five years ago, the Internet and cell phones were in their infancy. Twitter was a noise made by sparrows in the yard. These devices are wonderful but allow every bozo with an opinionincluding myselfto shoo...


Flea-Borne Typhus Has Reached Epidemic Levels in Los Angeles Natural Blaze

By Mac Slavo

An outbreak of typhus has struck downtown Los Angeles. The outbreak has been blamed on the skyrocketing number of homeless people in the area.

According to the Los Angeles County Health Department, 20 cases of the rare, flea-borne infectious disease, which is also associated with poor sanitary conditions and overcrowding, have been recorded in Pasadena alone over the past two months. Health officials now say that the outbreak has reached epidemic levels, according to the New York Post.

There are several forms of typhus, (also known as typhoid fever) which is a type of bacterial infection known as the species rickettsia and transmitted by biting bugs (arthropods) such as lice, ticks, mites, and rat fleas. When a person is diagnosed with typhus, it means they are infected with one or more types of rickettsia bacteria. After a bite occurs, scratching the itching bite further opens the skin and allows the bacteria greater access to the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, the bacteria continue to reproduce and grow.



NWHHS support fluoridation of water supplies Fluoride Action Network

North West Hospital and Health Board Chair Paul Woodhouse has welcomed the growing support for the fluoridation of town water supplies.

Mr Woohouse said the lack of fluoridation in local water was initially raised as a significant risk for oral health several months ago by Board Member and public health physician Dr Kathryn Panaretto.

Dr Panaretto has extensive experience in the North West as a GP at Mount Isas Gidgee Healing,and with the Remote Womens Health clinics at Julia Creek and Cloncurry.

Mr Woodhouse said North West HHS oral health practitioners had said fluoridated communities had up to 50% less dental decay than non-fluoridated communities.

Fluoridation addresses inequities in dental decay rates, reducing the gap between high and low socio-economic groups in terms of dental decay experience. It is cost-effective and benefits all ages, Mr Woodhouse said.

Mr Woodhouse said he had met with Queenslands Chief Dental Officer Dr Mark Brown and Queensland Chief Health Officer Dr Jeanette Young and had also raised the matter with Health and Ambulance Services Minister Steven Miles.

Local councils remain cautious saying they would need state funding.

Cloncurry Mayor Greg Campbell said they would act on advice from the Local Government Association Queensland and given the publicity on fluoride he expected that matter to be raised at the upcoming LGAQ conference in Brisbane.

This is a health initiative driven by the state and they should provide the funding to do it, Cr Campbell said.

Mount Isa Mayor Joyce McCulloch agreed saying the state-owned Mount Isa Water Board would have to implement fluoride into the water system.

This is an emotive issue for many in the community and our feeling is that it should be a community decision, Cr McCulloch said.

Unless it is legislated, Council wont implement it.

However Mount Isa Hospital Senior Dentist Dr Travis Blood said if the community could avoid the use of sugary drinks and if fluoride was available through the town water supply, the benefits, especially to childrens oral health, would be significant.

Every day we see children in pain, with infection and often with facial swelling, he said.

This is 100% preventable if people give their teeth a rest between meals. This means no snacking or grazing at all, and only drinking plain water.

Cleaning teeth with a toothbrush and dental floss twice per day also helps a lot. But for those who d...


Canadian Medical Association leaves international group after president plagiarizes past presidents speech Retraction Watch

The address was supposed to be a triumphant inaugural speech. On Friday, Leonid Eidelman, the incoming president of the World Medical Association (WMA), made up of representatives from national medical associations, stood up in front of the groups members in Reykjavik, Iceland, and told them it was a great honor to become their leader. The Continue reading Canadian Medical Association leaves international group after president plagiarizes past presidents speech

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Monday, 08 October


One Is the Loneliest Number: The History of a Western Problem Mad In America

From Aeon: For centuries, writers have recognised the relationship between mental health and belonging to a community. Serving society was another way to serve the individual because, as the poet Alexander Pope put it in his poem An Essay on Man (1734): True self-love and social are the same. Its not surprising, then, to find that loneliness serves a physiological and social function, as the late neuroscientist John Cacioppo argued: like hunger, it signals a threat to our wellbeing, born of exclusion from our group or tribe.

Until the 1830s in the UK, elderly people were cared for by neighbours, friends and family, as well as by the parish. But then Parliament passed the New Poor Law, a reform that abolished financial aid for people except the aged and infirm, restricting that help to those in workhouses, and considered poverty relief to be loans that were administered via a bureaucratic, impersonal process. The rise of city living and the breakdown of local communities, as well as the grouping of the needy together in purpose-built buildings, produced more isolated, elderly people. It is likely, given their histories, that individualistic countries (including the UK, South Africa, the US, Germany and Australia) might experience loneliness differently to collectivist countries (such as Japan, China, Korea, Guatemala, Argentina and Brazil). Loneliness, then, is experienced differently across place as well as time.

None of this is meant to sentimentalise communal living or suggest that there was no social isolation prior to the Victorian period. Rather, my claim is that human emotions are inseparable from their social, economic and ideological contexts. The righteous anger of the morally affronted, for instance, would be impossible without a belief in right and wrong, and personal accountability. Likewise, loneliness can exist only in a world where the individual is conceived as separate from, rather than part of, the social fabric. Its clear that the rise of individualism corroded social and communal ties, and led to a language of loneliness that didnt exist prior to around 1800.

Where once philosophers asked what it took to live a meaningful life, the cultural focus has shifted to questions about individual choice, desire and accomplishment. It is no coincidence that the term individualism was first used (and was a pejorative term) in the 1830s, at the same time that loneliness was in the ascendant. If loneliness is a modern epidemic, then its causes are also modern and an awareness of its history just might be what saves us.



Try These Home Remedies for Eczema Relief Articles

By Dr. Mercola

If you've never experienced eczema symptoms before, suffice it to say that many people who do suffer from this skin condition describe chronic bouts of a nearly unbearably itchy, cracked, inflamed rash sometimes with rough, "weepy" blisters so serious it can make both concentration and sleep very difficult.

Duration of the "flare-ups" can come and go, but at its worst, it can be noticeable enough to be both unsightly and embarrassing. Areas of the skin that are affected, as well as the severity of the flare ups, vary from person to person and among different ages.

Babies typically show it on their cheeks, outer arms and legs, but sometimes on the stomach, back and chest. But it's different for everyone. While the faces of older children and adults are rarely affected, the backs of the knees, elbows and back of the neck are frequent trouble spots, as are the palms and soles of the feet. Sometimes children can outgrow it, while other times symptoms remain throughout adulthood.

A 2007 study1 showed that eczema and atopic dermatitis (aka AD, which is the most common form of eczema but the terms are often used interchangeably) are recognized worldwide as major health concerns, and affect up to one-third of a population, depending on the country.

In the U.S., 31.6 million have been diagnosed with eczema, and 17.8 million with AD. The cost of health care was estimated at $314 million in 2016, while patients and caregivers seeking treatment say they lost $128 million in wages that same year.2 According to statistics

  • Eczema is more common in females than males3
  • It's been associated with decreasing lifespans by an average of eight years4
  • About half of those with atopic dermatitis say they're either often or always frustrated by their disease while one-third say they're either often or always angry or embarrassed by their appearance5
  • Nearly 40 percent reported they'd turned down either an educational opportunity or a job because of it6

There's good news, though. Coconut oil and apple cider vinegar (aka ACV, which is apple cider that's been fermented) are both natural substances that research has shown to be effective in alleviating eczema symptoms. Coconut oil can soothe dry, itchy, inflamed skin, and there's evidence that ACV can heal eczema by rebalancing the acidity level of your skin and reduci...

Omega-3 Fat EPA Significantly Lowers Heart Disease Risk Articles

By Dr. Mercola

Omega-3 fats are essential polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) your body needs for proper cell division and function of cell receptors, digestion, muscle activity, blood clotting, visual acuity, cognition, heart health and much more.

Most omega-3s are considered "essential fats" as your body cannot make them. You have to get them from your diet. Omega-3 fats are found in both marine animals and plants, but each of these sources provides different types of omega-3, and they are not interchangeable.

It's really important to be aware of these differences, especially if you're taking omega-3 to protect or improve your heart or neurological health. For these benefits, you need marine-based omega-3. So, before I get into the evidence behind omega-3 fats for heart health, which is the primary focus of this article, let's quickly review the basics.

Omega-3 Basics

Both plant- and animal-based omega-3 have their first double-bond in the third position hence the name "omega-3." However, the length of the carbon chain of each omega-3 fat makes a significant difference when it comes to bioavailability and biological effect.1,2,3

Marine animal-based omega-3 Found in fatty fish, fish oil and krill oil, marine animal-based omega-3s primarily contain docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a long-chained PUFA consisting of 22 carbons, and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which has 20 carbons.

Plant-based omega-3 Found in flaxseed, flaxseed oil, chia seeds, walnuts and leafy greens, for example, plant-based omega-3s contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a shorter-chained PUFA consisting of 18 carbons. Plant-based omega-3s are completely devoid of DHA and EPA, which is why they cannot be used to obtain EPA and DHA-related health benefits.

DHA is especially important for optimal health, as it is a component of every cell in your body. This is particularly true for your brain, about 90 percent of which is made up of DHA. All other omega-3 fats are found only in trace amounts in your brain, including ALA, regardless of how much ALA you consume.5

There are actually specific transporters...

Top Benefits of Vitamin B6 Articles

By Dr. Mercola

Marketers of energy drinks like Red Bull have sold the public on the notion that B vitamins, particularly B12, as well as the vitamin that headlines this article B6 are superb energy boosters. Advertising claims aside, does your body really need all those extra B vitamins?

After all, a single 8.4-ounce can of Red Bull contains 5.6 milligrams of B6,1 which is more than four times the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for most people. It's more likely the massive amounts of caffeine and sugar not the B vitamins in these drinks provide the temporary energy surge you may experience after consuming these beverages.

The truth is you can get sufficient B6 simply by eating a healthy diet. Whole-food sources of B6 include grass fed beef liver, chickpeas, pastured chicken, sunflower seeds, pastured turkey and wild caught salmon. Let's take a closer look at the health benefits of this essential vitamin.

What Is Vitamin B6?

Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) is a water-soluble vitamin first isolated in the 1930s.2 Because your body cannot synthesize it, you must obtain B6 from your diet. B6 is naturally present in many foods, added to others (like fortified breakfast cereal) and also available as a dietary supplement. B6 is a generic term for six compounds (vitamers) with vitamin B6 activity, namely:3,4

  • Pyridoxine, an alcohol
  • Pyridoxal, an aldehyde
  • Pyridoxamine, which contains an amino group
  • Their phosphorylated forms

About B6, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) writes:5,6,7

"Pyridoxal 5' phosphate (PLP) and pyridoxamine 5' phosphate (PMP) are the active coenzyme forms of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 in coenzyme forms performs a wide variety of functions in the body and is extremely versatile, with involvement in more than 100 enzyme reactions, mostly concerned with protein metabolism.

Both PLP and PMP are involved in amino acid metabolism, and PLP is also involved in the metabolism of one-carbon units, carbohydrates and lipids. Vitamin B6 also plays a role in cognitive development through the biosynthesis of neurotransmitters and in maintaining normal levels of homocysteine, an amino acid in the blood.

Vitamin B...

Weekly Health Quiz: Agriculture, Cholesterol and Dreams Articles

1 What initiates the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease?

  • Oxidation of omega-6 linoleic acid inside the LDL particles

    Oxidation of LDL cholesterol is initiated by the oxidation of the linoleic acid inside the LDL particles, and oxidized LDL is associated with the development of atherosclerosis. Learn more.

  • Oxidation of omega-3 EPA inside the LDL particles
  • Oxidation of omega-3 DHA inside the LDL particles
  • Insufficient amounts of omega-6 linoleic acid bound to cholesterol

2 While CAFOs pose an environmental risk no matter where they're located, it's especially unwise to build CAFOs near the North Carolina shore because:

  • The salty sea air may erode the buildings
  • It's an area prone to hurricanes, which can seriously damage CAFO waste lagoons, creating the perfect storm for devastation

    One North Carolina pig farmer speaking to Newsweek contradicted the Pork Council's rhetoric, stating that most local farmers would not have the ability to relocate their animals. "Nobody would have the capacity to handle your animals," he said. "That's not really an option." Learn more.

  • The land costs are higher
  • It takes longer to transport animals for processing

3 When testing a vaccine for safety and effectiveness, the most correct way to identify a safety problem is to use:

  • An active comparator, such as a vaccine with thimerosal or aluminum adjuvant
  • The same vaccine but in a lower dose
  • A placebo (an inert substance)

    To determine a vaccine's safety and effectiveness, it should be tested against an inert placebo. When an active comparator is used, such as an aluminum-containing vaccine, it can significantly skew results by hiding adverse effects....


LaCroix faces lawsuit for allegedly including cockroach insecticide in its sparkling water Health Nut News

A new lawsuit filed against LaCroix is alleging that the sparkling water is not as all natural as they claim to be. In fact, its alleged that the water includes an ingredient used in cockroach insecticide as well as other artificial ingredients, something LaCroix denies. The suit also states LaCroix makers were aware of the []

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Why is the CDC Ignoring Explosion of Recorded HPV Vaccine Injuries, as Other Countries Move to Take Protective Action? Health Nut News

(Thank you to our friends at Health Impact News for this story.) Health Impact News Editor Comments: Last year (December 2013), Katie Courics popular daytime television show aired an episode on The HPV Controversy. Both sides of the controversy were represented, but the show was widely criticized in the mainstream media for simply suggesting there was a []

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Fragments of this were found in the blood of a teenager who died in her sleep Health Nut News

To say that the HPV vaccine is controversial would be a serious understatement. A number of experts have spoken out against the vaccine since its release, and studies have revealed serious problems. Children and teenagers have died or been permanently disabled following HPV vaccination, yet it remains on the market. The featured 2017 trilogy, Sacrificial Virgins, looks []

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YouTube: Simply Raw reversing diabetes in 30 days Health Nut News

Diabetes has become a serious problem in the United States that most doctors simply throw drugs at. And while drugs may work for some people, taking a pill for the rest of your life isnt the healthiest or best plan. RELATED STORY: The diet that starves cancer cells and reverses diabetes Check out the video []

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NY Times: HPV vaccine expanded for people ages 27 to 45 Health Nut News

The HPV vaccine, which has killed several patients (the latest being 14-year-old Christopher Bunch) and injured others, was recently approved by the FDA for men and women from 27 to 45-years-old. The vaccine, Gardasil 9 made by Merck, was previously approved for minors and people up to age 26. Christopher Bunchs family announced publicly that he []

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Effects of prenatal exposure to WIFI signal (2.45GHz) on postnatal development and behavior in rat. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Behav Brain Res. 2017 05 30 ;326:291-302. Epub 2017 Mar 10. PMID: 28288806 Abstract Title:  Effects of prenatal exposure to WIFI signal (2.45GHz) on postnatal development and behavior in rat: Influence of maternal restraint. Abstract:  The present study was carried out to investigate the potential combined influence of maternal restraint stress and 2.45GHz WiFi signal exposure on postnatal development and behavior in the offspring of exposed rats. 24 pregnant albino Wistar rats were randomly assigned to four groups: Control, WiFi-exposed, restrained and both WiFi-exposed and restrained groups. Each of WiFi exposure and restraint occurred 2h/day along gestation till parturition. The pups were evaluated for physical development and neuromotor maturation. Moreover, elevated plus maze test, open field activity and stationary beam test were also determined on postnatal days 28, 30 and 31, respectively. After behavioral tests, the rats were anesthetized and their brains were removed for biochemical analysis. Our main findings showed no detrimental effects on gestation progress and outcomes at delivery in all groups. Subsequently, WiFi and restraint, per se and mainly in concert altered physical development of pups with slight differences between genders. Behaviorally, the gestational WiFi irradiation, restraint and especially the associated treatment affected the neuromotor maturation mainly in male progeny. At adult age, we noticed anxiety, motor deficit and exploratory behavior impairment in male offspring co-exposed to WiFi radiation and restraint, and in female progeny subjected to three treatments. The biochemical investigation showed that, all three treatments produced global oxidative stress in brain of both sexes. As for serum biochemistry, phosphorus, magnesium, glucose, triglycerides and calcium levels were disrupted. Taken together, prenatal WiFi radiation and restraint, alone and combined, provoked several behavioral and biochemical impairments at both juvenile and adult age of the offspring.

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These results indicates that radiofrequency can act directly and indirectly on cardiovascular system. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Environ Toxicol Pharmacol. 2015 Sep ;40(2):600-5. Epub 2015 Aug 17. PMID: 26356390 Abstract Title:  Effects of acute exposure to WIFI signals (2.45GHz) on heart variability and blood pressure in Albinos rabbit. Abstract:  Electrocardiogram and arterial pressure measurements were studied under acute exposures to WIFI (2.45GHz) during one hour in adult male rabbits. Antennas of WIFI were placed at 25cm at the right side near the heart. Acute exposure of rabbits to WIFI increased heart frequency (+22%) and arterial blood pressure (+14%). Moreover, analysis of ECG revealed that WIFI induced a combined increase of PR and QT intervals. By contrast, the same exposure failed to alter maximum amplitude and P waves. After intravenously injection of dopamine (0.50ml/kg) and epinephrine (0.50ml/kg) under acute exposure to RF we found that, WIFI alter catecholamines (dopamine, epinephrine) action on heart variability and blood pressure compared to control. These results suggest for the first time, as far as we know, that exposure to WIFI affect heart rhythm, blood pressure, and catecholamines efficacy on cardiovascular system; indicating that radiofrequency can act directly and/or indirectly on cardiovascular system.

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A review of Rosmarinus officinalis essential oil and its phytochemistry, anti-inflammatory effects. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Ethnopharmacol. 2018 Oct 1. Epub 2018 Oct 1. PMID: 30287195 Abstract Title:  Rosmarinus officinalis Essential oil: A review of its phytochemistry, anti-inflammatory activity, and mechanisms of action involved. Abstract:  ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: Plant species Rosmarinus officinalis L. (Lamiaceae; Synonyms: Salvia rosmarinus Schleid. and Rosmarinus angustifolius Mill.) is a herb widely used worldwide. In local and traditional medicine, its used for inflammation-related diseases. Currently, studies report anti-inflammatory activity in its essential oil (EORO). However, to better understand EORO's anti-inflammatory activity its necessary to understand its phytochemistry and the signaling pathways affected by it. Hence, this review aimed to describe EORO phytochemical profile, ethnopharmacological uses, some biological activities of EORO will be described but emphasizing its anti-inflammatory potential and possible mechanisms of action involved.MATERIALS AND METHODS: The research was performed using the databases Medline, Embase, BVS Regional Portal, Science Direct, CAPES Journals, and Scopus; using the keywords"Rosmarinus officinalis","anti-inflammatory"and"essential oil". Additional information was gathered from related textbooks, reviews, and documents.RESULTS AND DISCUSSION: Until now about 150 chemical compounds were identified in EORO samples, more frequently reported molecules were 1,8-cineole,-pinene, and camphor. Studies suggest that the anti-inflammatory activity of EORO occur mainly through inhibition of NF-B transcription and suppression of arachidonic acid cascade. Its antioxidant activity also aids by preventing injury caused by the reactive species of inflammation; its smoothmuscle relaxant activity contributes to ameliorating airway inflammatory diseases. Lastly, toxicity assessments indicate low toxicity to EORO.CONCLUSIONS: Current evidence indicates anti-inflammatory activity in EORO, supporting its ethnopharmacological uses in inflammatory-related diseases, and potential future applications. However, although considerable acute inflammatory models were tested, more chronic inflammatory models are needed; clinical studies are still absent, this may be due to the high doses needed for essential oils to exert pharmacological effects, but recent studies show this issue can be bypassed using the oil formulated as nanoemulsions to improve its bioavailability.

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Lawsuit Claims Popular LaCroix Sparkling Water Has Insecticide and Other Harmful Chemicals Natural Blaze

By Aaron Kesel

A lawsuit filed in Cook County, Illinois Circuit Court against popular beverage LaCroix alleges the sparkling water advertised as all natural includes a dangerous ingredient used in cockroach insecticide (linalool) as well as other harmful artificial ingredients that are non-natural and synthetic compounds.

Thousands of consumers purchase Defendants water under the mistaken belief that it conforms with the representations made by Defendant on LaCroixs packaging and advertisements, i.e., it is all natural and/or 100% natural.'

The suit claims that LaCroixs sparkling water contains ethyl butanoate, limonene, linalool and linalool propionate.

The law firm Beaumont Costales filed the suit on behalf of Lenora Rice, CBS Philadelphia reported. The lawsuit claims that testing revealed synthetic ingredients. LaCroix denies the allegations.

LaCroix in fact contains ingredients that have been identified by the Food and Drug Administration as synthetic, the lawsuit obtained by CBS states. These chemicals include limonene, which can cause kidney toxicity and tumors; linalool propionate, which is used to treat cancer; and linalool, which is used in...


5G Network Uses Same EMF Waves as Pentagon Crowd Control System Natural Blaze

By Terrence Newton

The global rollout of 5G is well underway, and we soon may see new small cell towers near all schools, on every residential street, dispersed throughout the natural environment, and pretty much everywhere. But the safety of this technology is in serious question, and there is a raging battle to stop the taxpayer funded implementation of 5G.

The new cell network uses high-band radio frequency millimeter waves to deliver high bandwidth data to any device within line of sight.

Todays cellular and Wi-Fi networks rely on microwaves a type of electromagnetic radiation utilizing frequencies up to 6 gigahertz (GHz) in order to wirelessly transmit voice or data. However, 5G applications will require unlocking of new spectrum bands in higher frequency ranges above 6 GHz to 100 GHz and beyond, utilizing submillimeter and millimeter waves to allow ultra-high rates of data to be transmitted in the same amount of time as compared with previous deployments of microwave radiation. [Source]



How we can turn plastic waste into energy Natural Blaze

How we can turn plastic waste into energy

Anh Phan, Newcastle University

In the adventure classic Back to the Future, Emmett Doc Brown uses energy generated from rubbish to power his DeLorean time machine. But while a time machine may still be some way off, the prospect of using rubbish for fuel isnt too far from reality. Plastics, in particular, contain mainly carbon and hydrogen, with similar energy content to conventional fuels such as diesel.

Plastics are among the most valuable waste materials although with the way people discard them, you probably wouldnt know it. Its possible to convert all plastics directly into useful forms of energy and chemicals for industry, using a process called cold plasma pyrolysis.

Pyrolysis is a method of heating, which decomposes organic materials at temperatures between 400 and 650, in an environment with limited oxygen. Pyrolysis is normally used to generate energy in the form of heat, electricity or fuels, but it could be even more beneficial if cold plasma was incorporated into the process, to help recover other chemicals and materials.


Humulus japonicus could alleviate the high fat diet-induced obesity and decrease the dyslipidemia profiles. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Med Food. 2018 Sep 29. Epub 2018 Sep 29. PMID: 30273090 Abstract Title:  Aqueous Extract of Humulus japonicus Attenuates Hyperlipidemia and Fatty Liver in Obese Mice. Abstract:  In this study, the effects of Humulus japonicus (HJ) aqueous extract on 3T3-L1 preadipocytes and HepG2 cells (in vitro model) as well as on C57BL/6 mice fed on high-fat diet (HFD) (in vivo model) were evaluated. Mice fed on HFD for 12-weeks were taken the HJ water extract (HJW) at various doses, 50, 150, and 250mg/kg, orally for 8 weeks. We have noticed the accumulation of fat globules in preadipocytes and HepG2 cells using Oil Red O staining. In addition, supplementation with HJW considerably inhibited the weight gain, lipid accumulation, and adipogenesis and decreased the size of subcutaneous adipocytes in 3T3-L1 adipocytes. Furthermore, treatment with HJW improved hyperlipidemia via decreasing the levels of serum triglyceride (TG) and low-density lipoproteins as well as the atherogenic index. Supplementation with HJW could attenuate HFD-induced lipid accumulation, increase the mRNA expressionsof fatty acid synthase (FAS) and stearoyl-CoA desaturase (SCD1), and would elevate the levels of serum aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase in mice liver. The levels of TG and FAS mRNA in HepG2 cells treated with palmitate were reduced in a dose-dependent manner. In sum, HJW couldalleviate the HFD-induced obesity and decrease the dyslipidemia profiles; the keys that could contribute to cardiovascular and nonalcoholic liver diseases.

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Kitty Genovese and the Bystander Effect Circa 2018 Part 2 AGE OF AUTISM

Note: We ran this two part post by Adriana in April of 2011. For those of you unfamiliar with the Kitty Genovese story, she is a young woman who was stabbed, left for dead, her screams unanswered, her attacker returned,...


The War Against Vitamin D A Threat to Big Pharma Medical Kidnap

Vitamin D benefits and sources. Useful infographic.

Comments by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

Natural substances with tremendous healing capabilities that cannot be patented are a huge threat to the pharmaceutical industry and their FDA-approved drugs, and certainly vitamin D is at the top of this list.

For example, published scientific literature shows that vitamin D is more effective in preventing annual influenza than the dangerous flu shot. See:

Study: Vitamin D Is More Effective Than Flu Vaccine

Since the best and primary source of vitamin D is from the sun, most people in North America are vitamin D deficient, even during the summer months when we are told to block the suns rays due to the fear of skin cancer.

When a natural substance like vitamin D can cure and prevent so many diseases, usually in ways far superior to FDA-approved drugs and vaccines, it should come as no surprise that Big Pharma will pull out all the stops to discredit the science behind these natural substances, as they affect their profits from pharmaceutical products.

This is routinely done by funding their own biased studies, and then attacking medical doctors and scientists who promote natural cures.

One of the areas of vitamin D deficiency that affects many of the families we work with here at Health Impact News, is in the area of Medical Kidnapping and the widely debunked theory of Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) that is used to medically kidnap children.

Vitamin D deficiency can lead to brittle bones in infants and children, where multiple hairline fractures occur giving the appearance of abuse according to proponents of the Shaken Baby Syndrome medical theory.

One doctor who is a world-renowned authority on vitamin D and has testified in court on behalf of parents falsely accused of SBS, is Dr. Michael Holick. He has recently come under fire and was attacked in the corporate-sponsored mainstream media that derives much of its advertising revenue from Big Pharma.

William B. Grant, PhD, the director for the Sunlight, Nutrition, and Health Research Center, and former senior research scientist at SRI International, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the NASA Langley Research Center, has recently published a commentary with the...


The War Against Vitamin D A Threat to Big Pharma Vaccine Impact

Vitamin D benefits and sources. Useful infographic.

Comments by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

Natural substances with tremendous healing capabilities that cannot be patented are a huge threat to the pharmaceutical industry and their FDA-approved drugs, and certainly vitamin D is at the top of this list.

For example, published scientific literature shows that vitamin D is more effective in preventing annual influenza than the dangerous flu shot. See:

Study: Vitamin D Is More Effective Than Flu Vaccine

Since the best and primary source of vitamin D is from the sun, most people in North America are vitamin D deficient, even during the summer months when we are told to block the suns rays due to the fear of skin cancer.

When a natural substance like vitamin D can cure and prevent so many diseases, usually in ways far superior to FDA-approved drugs and vaccines, it should come as no surprise that Big Pharma will pull out all the stops to discredit the science behind these natural substances, as they affect their profits from pharmaceutical products.

This is routinely done by funding their own biased studies, and then attacking medical doctors and scientists who promote natural cures.

One of the areas of vitamin D deficiency that affects many of the families we work with here at Health Impact News, is in the area of Medical Kidnapping and the widely debunked theory of Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) that is used to medically kidnap children.

Vitamin D deficiency can lead to brittle bones in infants and children, where multiple hairline fractures occur giving the appearance of abuse according to proponents of the Shaken Baby Syndrome medical theory.

One doctor who is a world-renowned authority on vitamin D and has testified in court on behalf of parents falsely accused of SBS, is Dr. Michael Holick. He has recently come under fire and was attacked in the corporate-sponsored mainstream media that derives much of its advertising revenue from Big Pharma.

William B. Grant, PhD, the director for the Sunlight, Nutrition, and Health Research Center, and former senior research scientist at SRI International, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the NASA Langley Research Center, has recently published a commentary with the...


CDC Urging Americans to Get Flu ShotAfter Admitting The Last Vaccine Was Only 36% Effective Natural Blaze

By Rachel Blevins

As Americans prepare for another flu season, the question of whether to get this years flu shot hangs in the air for many and the dismal success rate of last years vaccine could serve as a major deciding factor.

The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report earlier this year, which revealed that when looking at the flu vaccine given to patients between November 2017 and February 2018, the vaccine was only effective about 36 percent of the time.

Each strain of influenza responded differently to the vaccine, and the CDC report noted that one of the most predominant viruses, H3N2, had an even lower vaccine effectiveness rate. When combating H3N2, last years virus was only effective 25 percent of the time.

This was actually higher in the United States than it was in Canada and Australia where the vaccines effectiveness in combating H3N2 was only around 10 percent. The vaccine did lead to higher success rates with less dangerous strands such as H1N1 where it was 67 percent effective and Influenza B where it was 42 percent effective.

While the low rates of vaccine effectiveness have led to criticism of the CDC, Time ...


The War Against Vitamin D A Threat to Big Pharma Health Impact News

Vitamin D benefits and sources. Useful infographic.

Comments by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

Natural substances with tremendous healing capabilities that cannot be patented are a huge threat to the pharmaceutical industry and their FDA-approved drugs, and certainly vitamin D is at the top of this list.

For example, published scientific literature shows that vitamin D is more effective in preventing annual influenza than the dangerous flu shot. See:

Study: Vitamin D Is More Effective Than Flu Vaccine

Since the best and primary source of vitamin D is from the sun, most people in North America are vitamin D deficient, even during the summer months when we are told to block the suns rays due to the fear of skin cancer.

When a natural substance like vitamin D can cure and prevent so many diseases, usually in ways far superior to FDA-approved drugs and vaccines, it should come as no surprise that Big Pharma will pull out all the stops to discredit the science behind these natural substances, as they affect their profits from pharmaceutical products.

This is routinely done by funding their own biased studies, and then attacking medical doctors and scientists who promote natural cures.

One of the areas of vitamin D deficiency that affects many of the families we work with here at Health Impact News, is in the area of Medical Kidnapping and the widely debunked theory of Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) that is used to medically kidnap children.

Vitamin D deficiency can lead to brittle bones in infants and children, where multiple hairline fractures occur giving the appearance of abuse according to proponents of the Shaken Baby Syndrome medical theory.

One doctor who is a world-renowned authority on vitamin D and has testified in court on behalf of parents falsely accused of SBS, is Dr. Michael Holick. He has recently come under fire and was attacked in the corporate-sponsored mainstream media that derives much of its advertising revenue from Big Pharma.

William B. Grant, PhD, the director for the Sunlight, Nutrition, and Health Research Center, and former senior research scienti...


Using the lavender aromatherapy decreases menopause symptoms GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Natl Med Assoc. 2018 Jun ;110(3):265-269. Epub 2017 Aug 18. PMID: 29778129 Abstract Title:  The Effect of Lavender Aromatherapy on the Symptoms of Menopause. Abstract:  OBJECTIVES: The menopause is a natural biological process that is happened by a permanent regal stop due to the loss of performance. The aim of this research is to evaluate the effect of lavender aromatherapy on the menopause symptoms.STUDY DESIGN: This double-blind cross over clinical trial carried out on 100 menopause women (between 45 and 155 years old) referring to health centers in Ardabil in 2013-14. The samples blocked randomly, placed in two experimental (Lavender) and control (diluted milk) groups. Lavender aroma is smelled two times daily for 20 min during 12 weeks by research subjects. Data were collected by Green questionnaire and the analysis of data carried out in SPSS v.16 by paired t-test.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: The level of the symptoms has been decreased significantly after using lavender.RESULTS: Comparing the level of the symptoms before and after using lavender in experimental group suggested that the rate of the menopause symptoms has been decreased significantly (P = 0.000). The comparison of the mean of the menopause symptoms after intervention between two groups suggested that the menopause symptoms in the experimental group had a significant decrease comparing the control group (P = 0.000).CONCLUSION: Using the lavender aromatherapy decreases menopause symptoms. According to the undesirable effect of the menopause symptoms on the quality of life of the menopausal women, these interventions may be instructed by midwives in the treatment and care centers as a health activity.

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Antinociceptive effect of inhalation of the essential oil of bergamot in mice. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Fitoterapia. 2018 Sep ;129:20-24. Epub 2018 Jun 12. PMID: 29906556 Abstract Title:  Antinociceptive effect of inhalation of the essential oil of bergamot in mice. Abstract:  Bergamot essential oil (BEO) has proven wide evidence of pharmacological antinociceptive effectiveness both in nociceptive and in neuropathic pain models. The antinociceptive properties of BEO for inhalation have not been investigated. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of the inhalation of BEO on formalin-induced nociceptive response in mice. Male ddY-strain mice (Japan SLC, Hamamatsu, Japan) of 23-25g of weight at the time the experiments underwent the formalin test. Twenty l of formalin (2% in saline) were administered into the plantar surface of the mice hindpaw and the time of licking/biting was observed and recorded at intervals of 5min. The device for BEO inhalatory delivery consisted in a filter paper disc soaked with known volume of BEO placed on the edge of the cage. Inhalation of BEO exerted antinociceptive activity. In particular, it reduced the formalin-induced licking/biting behaviour in a manner that was dependent on the volume of BEO used in the device for its release and on the time of exposure to the phytocomplex. The results support the use of BEO in aromatherapy for complementary management of chronic pain relief in a stepwise therapeutic programme.

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The aromatherapy with Citrus aurantium blossom improved the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2018 Aug ;32:1-5. Epub 2018 Apr 14. PMID: 30057033 Abstract Title:  Investigation of the effect of aromatherapy with Citrus aurantium blossom essential oil on premenstrual syndrome in university students: A clinical trial study. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: The aim was to investigate the effect of aromatherapy using Citrus aurantium blossom essential oil on premenstrual syndrome in university students.METHODS: In this double-blind clinical trial controlled on 62 students from March 2016 to February 2017. The intervention with 0.5% of C. Aurantium blossom essential oil and control was inhalation of odorless sweet almond oil in the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle. The screening questionnaire (PSST) for PMSwas filled out before and also one and two months after the intervention.RESULTS: Mean score of overall symptoms of PMS between the Bitter orange and control groups In the first (p

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A review of the effect of aromatherapy interventions on hemodialysis complications. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2018 Aug ;32:130-138. Epub 2018 Jun 13. PMID: 30057040 Abstract Title:  Effect of aromatherapy interventions on hemodialysis complications: A systematic review. Abstract:  BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Aromatherapy, a CAM therapy, is a natural way of treating the mind, body and soul of individuals. The purpose of this study was to systematically review the literature to determine the effect of aromatherapy on hemodialysis complications.METHODS: In this systematic review, international (PubMed, Google Scholar, Web of Science, CINHAL, EMBASE and Scopus) and national databases (SID and Magiran) were searched from inception of the databases to 30 December 2017.RESULTS: The results showed that aromatherapy reduced some of the complications of hemodialysis, including anxiety, fatigue, pruritus, pain of arteriovenous fistula puncture, sleep quality, depression, stress and headache. In one case, it improved the quality of life of hemodialysis patients.CONCLUSION: Considering the complications and heavy costs of managing complications in patients undergoing hemodialysis, it appears that aromatherapy can be used as an inexpensive, fast-acting and effective treatment to reduce complications in hemodialysis patients.

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The mean of depression score in the intervention group decreased significantly compared to the placebo and control groups. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Iran J Nurs Midwifery Res. 2018 Sep-Oct;23(5):395-401. PMID: 30186346 Abstract Title:  The Effects of Inhalation Aromatherapy with Rose and Lavender at Week 38 and Postpartum Period on Postpartum Depression in High-risk Women Referred to Selected Health Centers of Yazd, Iran in 2015. Abstract:  Background: Postpartum depression (PPD) is one of the most common problems in women of childbearing age. This study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy of aromatherapy on PPD.Materials and Methods: In this study, 105 pregnant women at 35-37 weeks of pregnancy were enrolled using convenient sampling and randomly assigned to three groups. The intervention group dropped 7 drops of lavender oil and 1 cc rose water at the concentration of 100%, and the placebo group dropped 7 drops of odorless sesame seed oil, with 1 cc of musk willow sweat at the concentration of 100% by dropper on a special cloth. They put the cloths on their mouths and took 10 deep breaths before sleeping and then placed them next to their pillows. The control group only received the routine care. The intervention lasted from 38week of pregnancy until 6 weeks after delivery. Then depression level was determined before the intervention, 35-37 weeks of pregnancy, 2 and 6 weeks after delivery using Edinburgh questionnaire.Results: The mean of depression score in the intervention group decreased significantly compared to the placebo and control groups, 2 weeks (= 9.412,

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Aromatherapy had beneficial effects on the psychological symptoms in postmenopausal and elderly women. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Menopausal Med. 2018 Aug ;24(2):127-132. Epub 2018 Aug 31. PMID: 30202763 Abstract Title:  Effect of Aromatherapy on the Treatment of Psychological Symptoms in Postmenopausal and Elderly Women: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Abstract:  Objectives: To critically assess the effect of aromatherapy on the psychological symptoms as noted in the postmenopausal and elderly women.Methods: Three following databases were systematically searched: MEDLINE, Scopus and Cochrane Library (Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials) from inception to January 2018. The search keywords included 'menopause' AND (aromatherapy), without language restrictions.Results: In this study, 4 trials were included which fit into our systematic review. The findings demonstrated that the aromatherapy massage have significantly improved psychological symptoms in menopausal and elderly women as compared to the control group (standardized mean difference [SMD] = -1.24; 95% confidence interval, -0.188 to -0.606;

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Aromatherapy with R. damascena reduced the severity of pain and anxiety in the first stage of labor. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Integr Med. 2018 03 ;16(2):120-125. Epub 2018 Feb 9. PMID: 29526235 Abstract Title:  Effects of aromatherapy with Rosa damascena on nulliparous women's pain and anxiety of labor during first stage of labor. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Reducing labor pain and anxiety is one of the most important goals of maternity care.OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to assess the effects of aromatherapy with Rosa damascena on pain and anxiety in the first stage of labor among nulliparous women.DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS AND INTERVENTIONS: This was a randomized clinical trial of 110 nulliparous women. The eligible participants were randomly assigned to two groups of aromatherapy and control in an Iranian maternity hospital. The participants received 0.08mL of Rosa damascena essence in the aromatherapy group and 0.08mL of normal saline in the control group, every 30min. Pain was measured 3 times, once each at three stages of cervical dilation (4-5, 6-7, and 8-10cm). Anxiety was measured twice, once each at two stages of cervical dilation(4-7 and 8-10cm). The tools for data collection were the Spielberger anxiety questionnaire, numerical pain rating scale, demographic and obstetric questionnaire, and an observational checklist. Data analyses included the t-test, Mann-Whitney U test and Chi-square test.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Severity of labor pain and severity of anxiety were used as primary outcome measures. Labor and delivery characteristics (including number of contractions, duration of contractions in second stage, Bishop score, augmentation by oxytocin, Apgar score, and mode of delivery), demographic characteristics, and fertility information were used as secondary outcome measures.RESULTS: Pain severity in the group receiving aromatherapy with R. damascena was significantly lower than in the control group after treatment at each pain assessment (cervical dilation of 4-5, 6-7, and 8-10cm; P

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Healthy Guilt and Doing Right By Those We Have Wronged Mad In America

Not uncommonly, therapists tend to view guilt as a toxic emotion. They are often over-sensitized to the psychological effects of too much guiltof unwarranted guiltyet often under-sensitized to the interpersonal effects of someone having too little guiltthe absence of guilt when it is warranted, or someone prone to muddled outward expressions of guilt that achieve little interpersonal resolution.

Even more problematic is the practice in the world of cognitive behavior therapy of viewing guilt as a symptom that needs to be eliminated. For instance, in one of the American Psychological Associations recommended treatments for PTSD, Cognitive Processing Therapy, guilt is essentially viewed as an irrational belief that needs to be challenged and eliminated. Along these lines, if a returning combat veteran is plagued with guilt for having acted brutally, or witnessing comrades acting brutally, during wartime, this is seen as an unwarranted irrational belief that needs to be eliminated, rather than a moral feeling that needs to be struggled with to achieve some measure of self-forgiveness. Insofar as mental health professionals do not sign on to witness and work with such guilt feelings and assist clients with inroads towards self-forgiveness, it can work against clients achieving true emotional resolution.

It is important to remember that among other things, guilt is one of the primary social emotions that keeps people socially aware and appropriately self-conscious. It signals us when we have acted badly and need to make amends to get our relationships back on track.

In the plainspoken words of the philosopher Herant Katchadourian in his mesmerizing book, Guilt: The Bite of Conscience: guilt makes us feel bad to make things better. It realigns the power imbalance that has occurred in relationships due to hurtful actions through the redistribution of distress. Knowing that the person who has hurt us feels bad about his or her actions, and desires to make amends, makes the hurt he or she has caused us more bearable. Their guilt results in the distress in the relationship being more evenly distributed. Its not just me feeling bad when she acted badly. She also feels bad for having acted badly, and the pain is shared. In a sense, we feel better by the transgressor feeling worse. The transgressors guilt is the emotional catalyst for them to desire to make amends. Knowing that the pain is shared makes us receptive to their reparative gestures.

Guilt can serve a prospective and a retrospective function in bolstering relationships. Feeling guilty as we are about to act badly and potentially harm the relationship makes us hold back and think twice. Prospective, or anticipatory guilt, can be an indication of psychological maturity. It entails a rapid processing of potential interpersonal events: Oops, if I say this in that way I know Ill just make her feel bad. Maybe theres ano...

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6 Amazing Health Benefits of Kratom Natural Blaze

The use of medicinal herbs and plants has been experiencing a resurgence and for a good reason. Kratom, also known as Mitragyna speciosa, from Southeast Asia is only one plant that has been gaining traction in the last few years. It is clear that many people from different parts of the globe have seen the medicinal value of this wonder plant. However, it has also gotten some bad rep as well, making it hard to distinguish the facts and rumors about this herbal treatment.

Not sure what the rage is all about? Read on below to learn more about Kratom and the benefits it offers!

Works as a Pain Reliever

The alkaloid in kratom leaves is equitable to morphine in terms of pain relieving ability. However, it is important to note that the use of kratom cannot lead to addiction in the same manner. When you consume the leaves, the dopamine and serotonin amounts in the body are elevated. This, in turn, helps numb the pain receptors in the body. This plant has been reported to relieve chronic pain associated with illnesses such as migraines, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, and muscle pain.

Gets Rid of Anxiety and Stress

Kratom releases endorphins in the body, which makes it an effective psychostimulant. It has the capability to soothe and calm nerves in people who suffer from chronic stress and anxiety. It works well in suppressing symptoms associated with anxiety-related disorders such as sweating, heart palpitations, muscle cramps, and hyperventilation. For these reasons, people who want to boost confidence, those with post-traumatic stress disorder, and panic attack sufferers can use it for relief purposes.

Prevents Diabetes

Although not widely known, ch...


Flu Stats: When the Numbers Dont Add Up AGE OF AUTISM

By Cathy Jameson I read that more than 80,000 Americans died from the flu last year. For years, a much lower figure of 36,000 deaths usually circulated in the news. At one point, the CDC gave a different estimate of...


Dirt to Soil: One Familys Journey Into Regenerative Agriculture Articles

By Dr. Mercola

Gabe Brown is a pioneer in regenerative land management, a holistic strategy that helps restore soil health. Last year, I visited his 5,000-acre farm in Bismarck, North Dakota, on my 63rd birthday. We reviewed many of his techniques in "How to Use Regenerative Farming Principles to Grow Healthier Food in Your Own Garden."

Here, we discuss Brown's book, "Dirt to Soil: One Family's Journey Into Regenerative Agriculture," which expands on the information discussed in that interview.

Brown's farm, which he runs with his wife and son, was founded by his in-laws in 1956. They were conventional farmers, using tillage, monoculture and synthetic fertilizers and herbicides. Brown and his wife purchased the farm in 1991.

"I grew up in town, so agriculture was new to me," Brown says. "I had a couple of degrees from North Dakota State University in animal science and agro-economics. I learned the industrialized, commoditized production model. My father-in-law, when we returned here, also taught me those principles.

Then what happened ... we'd be tilling the soil and watch the top soil blow away. I was always wanting. I couldn't learn enough. I studied and read Allan Savory's work on holistic planned grazing. I read about no-till. I went down the path of changing our grazing model. I bought a no-till drill.

What really changed our lives were four years 1995 through 1998 when we lost three crops to devastating hail storms and one crop to a drought. We had four years of basically no cash grain income or no crops to harvest. That put us in pretty dire financial straits. The bank won't loan us money anymore to buy all these expensive inputs.

I had to learn, 'How do I take that dirt that I had at that time and make it into productive soil?' That set me on a 25 plus-year journey I'm still on that journey of converting dirt to soil. That's how the book came about.

That got us to the point where we are today, where a group of us spend the majority of our time traveling around North America, trying to teach other producers to take their operations into their own hands and make a dif...

Comforting Keto Pumpkin Pudding Recipe Articles [RS1] 

Pumpkins have always been a staple ingredient during Halloween and Thanksgiving celebrations. However, theyre more than just a nutritious comfort food for the cold autumn and winter months, since they also make for a great ingredient all year-round[CO2] .

This rich and creamy Keto Pumpkin Pudding Recipe from is a perfect dessert that you can whip up any time the weather gets chilly. Take comfort in every bite as you taste its warm spices and delicate sweetness, courtesy of the pumpkin.


For the base mixture:

1/3 cup granulated stevia or 3 tablespoons monk fruit

1 teaspoon ground flaxseeds

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (link to

Be in the Know About Pneumonia Articles

Maintaining the health of your respiratory system is extremely important. After all, the different organs that are in this system facilitate the entry and exit of oxygen and carbon dioxide, which are essential to life and day-to-day function.1 This is why acute respiratory infections like pneumonia should not be taken lightly. Anyone from any age group can be affected with pneumonia, but young children below 2 years old and senior citizens over 65 years old are most susceptible to this infection.2

Statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that in 2016 (the last year for which statistics are available), a combined total of 51,537 people died from pneumonia and influenza in the U.S.3 Together, these two diseases rank eighth in the leading causes of death in the U.S., as they have for more than a decade.

Its important to note that the CDC no longer separates flu and pneumonia deaths in the U.S.; however, in 2014 the last year the numbers were separated of the 55,227 flu and pneumonia deaths reported, 50,622 were due to pneumonia alone.4

Worldwide, pneumonia is the leading cause of death in children under age 5. According to the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF), 880,000 children died from pneumonia in 2016, most of them under age 2.5 The World Health Organization says that more than 99 percent of all pneumonia deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, with more than half of those deaths in Southeast Asia and sub-Saharan Africa.6

Roughly 1 million American adults are hospitalized annually because of pneumonia, according to the American Thoracic Society. This infection is the most common reason why American children are admitted to hospitals, while for adults, its one of the two main causes of hospitalization, apart from childbirth.7

An important fact that you should know about pneumonia is that not all cases of this infection are identical, since there are various infection-causing agents, including different bacteria strains, viruses and fungi that can cause it.8



33 Scientifically Proven Coconut Oil Uses and Benefits + Coconut Butter Recipe Healthy and Natural World

Coconut oil is a natural oil that can benefit your health. There are many ways you can use coconut oil to improve your skins appearance, treat scalp conditions, lose weight, boost your intestinal health, and get rid of fungal infections. It is easy to apply coconut oil directly to your skin, add it to smoothies, or cook with it.

In this article, you will learn why coconut oil is good for you and how you can use coconut oil to treat skin ailments, moisturize your skin, and boost your metabolism.

What is Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids which have numerous health benefits. Coconut oil contains medium chain saturated fatty acids, or medium chain triglycerides (MCTs). Almost half of the fat content in coconut oil is lauric acid. In fact, coconut oil is the highest source of lauric acid that occurs naturally.

A 2016 review of the benefits of coconut oil reported that coconut oil has nutritional and functional properties. Research has found that coconut oil has many potential uses to protect against various diseases. (1)

Of course, the consumption of saturated fat is generally not recommended. However, research has found that the body metabolizes MCTs differently from long-chain fatty acids. In fact, medium chain triglycerides have a protective effect on cardio health. (1)

Virgin coconut oil vs. refined coconut oil

When using coconut oil for its health benefits, it is best to use organic unrefined virgin coconut oil. Virgin coconut oil is less processed than refined coconut oil and therefore contains more nutrients and antimicrobial properties.

If you are planning to fry with coconut oil, then refined coconut oil may be better for you. The smoke point of unrefined coconut oil is 350 F (177 C) whereas refined coconut oil smokes at 450 F (232 C).

Further reading: Get more information on the differences between refined and virgin coconut oil.

The Benefits of Using Coconut Oil

Lets look at how coconut oil can benefit your skin, hair, regulate blood glucose levels, and treat various types of infections.

Here are the best uses of coconut oil that are supported by scientific evidence:

1. Coconut Oil is Great for Cooking With

Coconut oil contains saturated fat and because of that, you can cook safely with it at high temperatures.

Researchers say that fats and oils with a smoke point below 392 F (200 C) release volatile aldehydes which can be toxic. (...


10 Quick Life Hacks to Improve Your Immunity Almost Immediately (Evidence Based) Healthy and Natural World

Our immune system is essentially our own personal inner-military. A weak military cant defend itself or attack its enemies very well, rendering it a doomed excuse for protection.

When your immune system is weak, your body is left vulnerable to viruses, allergies, and all the other enemies lurking all around you.

There are plenty of grueling ways you can slowly change your lifestyle to work on this or you could try these 10 quick life hacks to improve your immunity almost immediately.

Simple Ways to Boost Your Immune System Based on Medical Studies

1. Get Enough Sleep

A sleep deprivation can have surprisingly devastating results on the production of antibodies (your bodys infantry).

It turns out that a good majority of people in a tech-saturated culture are cutting sleep breaks too short. Organize your schedule and get into a routine that fits between seven to nine hours per day.

If a hectic schedule doesnt permit this, try finding time within the day for a few power naps. To get a better sleep, you can try these herbs, foods or natural substance.

2. Eat a Healthy Diet

Do sleep and diet sound obvious? Because these are essential aspects of living, but many people overlook importance for convenience. The abundance of sugars packed into sugary soft-drinks and processed sweets has a dulling effect on the way your immune system cells function.

If you havent already, get your body used to vegetables and fruits of all shapes and colors. They provide vitamins that are essential to a smooth running immune system.

3. Exercise Regularly

A regular exercise routine does much more than shape your body, it fortifies the immune system with proper blood circulation and better sleep.

It shouldnt take long for your immunity to make clear improvements. While youre exercising, remember to keep yourself hydrated before, during and after exercising.

This will help flush out toxins and transport the minerals and vitamins fr...


White rose petal extract could be a good candidate as an anti-epileptic or neuroprotective agent. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Nutrients. 2018 Sep 26 ;10(10). Epub 2018 Sep 26. PMID: 30261613 Abstract Title:  The Ethanol Fraction of White Rose Petal Extract Abrogates Excitotoxicity-Induced Neuronal Damageandthrough Inhibition of Oxidative Stress and Proinflammation. Abstract:  Since oxidative stress and inflammation are involved in seizure-related neurotoxicity, the neuroprotective effect of a white rose () petal extract (WRPE) in mice that are challenged with kainic acid (KA) were examined using behavioral epileptiform seizures as well as biochemical and morphological parameters of oxidative stress and inflammation. WRPE (50200 mg/kg) was orally administered to male ICR mice for 15 days, and intraperitoneally challenged with KA (30 mg/kg). Seizure activity, lipid peroxidation, inflammatory cytokines, and related enzymes were analyzed in the brain tissue, in addition to the morphological alterations in the hippocampal pyramidal neurons. Separately, antioxidant ingredients in WRPE were analyzed, and antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and neuroprotective activities of WRPE were investigated in HB1.F3 human neural stem cells (NSCs) to elucidate underlying mechanisms. Total polyphenol and flavonoid contents in WRPE were 303.3 15.3 mg gallic acid equivalent/g extract and 18.5 2.2 mg catechin/g extract, respectively. WRPE exhibited strong radical-scavenging activities and inhibited lipid peroxidation in vitro, and protected glutamate-induced cytotoxicity in NSCs by suppressing inflammatory process. Treatmentwith WRPE attenuated epileptiform seizure scores to a half level in KA-challenged mice, and decreased hippocampal pyramidal neuronal injury and loss (cresyl violet and DAPI staining) as well as astrocyte activation (GFAP immunostaining). Lipid peroxidation was inhibited, and mRNA expression of antioxidant enzymes (GPx, PHGPx, SOD1, and SOD2) were recovered in the brain tissues. Inflammatory parameters (cytokines and enzymes) including NF-kB, IL-1, TNF-, IL-6, HMGB1, TGF-, iNOS, COX2, and GFAP mRNAs and proteins were also down-regulated by WRPE treatment. Taken together, the results indicate that WRPE could attenuate KA-induced brain injury through antioxidative and anti-inflammatory activities.

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Promising effect of Rosa damascena extract on high-fat diet-induced nonalcoholic fatty liver GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Tradit Complement Med. 2017 Oct ;7(4):508-514. Epub 2017 Feb 13. PMID: 29034200 Abstract Title:  Promising effect ofextract on high-fat diet-induced nonalcoholic fatty liver. Abstract:  NAFLD is a chronic liver disease that affects a high proportion of the world's population which causes metabolic and hepatic damages.Mill is traditionally used as a dietary supplement for liver disorders. This study was carried out to determine the beneficial effect of standardized extract ofon animal model of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD was induced by high-fat diet (HFD) in Wistar rats. HFD rats showed an increase ( 

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A review of the antioxidant and antimicrobial properties of rosemary. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Medicines (Basel). 2018 Sep 4 ;5(3). Epub 2018 Sep 4. PMID: 30181448 Abstract Title:  Antioxidant and Antimicrobial Properties of Rosemary (L.): A Review. Abstract:  Nowadays, there is an interest in the consumption of food without synthetic additives and rather with the use of natural preservatives. In this regard, natural extracts of thefamily, such as rosemary, have been studied because of its bioactive properties. Several studies have reported that rosemary extracts show biological bioactivities such as hepatoprotective, antifungal, insecticide, antioxidant and antibacterial. It is well known that the biological properties in rosemary are mainly due to phenolic compounds. However, it is essential to take into account that these biological properties depend on different aspects. Their use in foods is limited because of their odour, colour and taste. For that reason, commercial methods have been developed for the preparation of odourless and colourless antioxidant compounds from rosemary. Owing to the new applications of natural extracts in preservatives, this review gives a view on the use of natural extract from rosemary in foods and its effect on preservative activities. Specifically, the relationship between the structure and activity (antimicrobial and antioxidant) of the active components in rosemary are being reviewed.

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Rosemary has immunosuppressant activity mediated through the STAT3 pathway. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Complement Ther Med. 2018 Oct ;40:165-170. Epub 2018 Mar 11. PMID: 30219443 Abstract Title:  Rosemary has immunosuppressant activity mediated through the STAT3 pathway. Abstract:  OBJECTIVE: In Europe extracts of Rosmarinus officinalis were traditionally used for the treatment of rheumatic diseases. We investigated the capacity of standardized aqueous extracts of Rosmarinus officinalis on human primary lymphocyte function in vitro, as activated lymphocytes are an important mediator of rheumatic diseases.METHODS: Lymphocyte proliferation was measured using membrane-permeable dye carboxyfluorescein diacetate succinimidyl ester (CFSE). Apoptosis was analysed by surface staining of phosphatidylserine (annexin V-assay) and necrosis was analysed by staining with propidium iodide. Modification of cell activity was detected by surface staining of CD69 and CD25. The activity of STAT3 in T-lymphocytes was determined by intracellular staining of STAT3 molecules. All endpoints were analyzed by using flow cytometry. The Rosmarinus officinalis extract was investigated at concentrations of 0.05-25mg/mL. Analysis of the extract was performed using HPLC methods.RESULTS: Rosmarinus officinalis inhibited proliferation of human lymphocytes and CD4T-cells in a dose-dependent manner (3.1-25mg/mL) through induction of apoptosis. The intracellular signalling pathway STAT3 in T-cells, but not NF-kappaB and ERK1/2 in T- and B-cells was inhibited in a dose-dependent manner by Rosmarinus officinalis (0.2-6.2mg/mL). Rosmanol, carnosolic acid, carnosol and trans-caffeic acid were testedin the same cellular models as the crude extract. From these, only trans-caffeic acid inhibited lymphocyte proliferation and STAT3 (30-100g/mL). Trans-caffeic acid was found in the extract in a concentration of 14.7g/mL.CONCLUSIONS: We conclude that an immunosuppressive effect of Rosmarinus officinalis is mostly due to the effect of trans-caffeic acid. It results in inhibition of the activity of STAT3 causing induction of apoptosis and inhibition of proliferation of T-lymphocytes.

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Caffeic acid versus caffeic acid phenethyl ester in the treatment of breast cancer MCF-7 Cells: migration rate inhibition. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Integr Cancer Ther. 2018 Sep 24:1534735418801521. Epub 2018 Sep 24. PMID: 30246565 Abstract Title:  Caffeic Acid Versus Caffeic Acid Phenethyl Ester in the Treatment of Breast Cancer MCF-7 Cells: Migration Rate Inhibition. Abstract:  Epithelium mammary carcinoma is a cancer with a high death rate among women. One factor having a significant impact on metastasis is cell migration. The aim of this study was to compare migration rate inhibition of caffeic acid (CA) and its phenethyl ester (CAPE) on MCF-7 breast cancer cells. Microscopic evaluation was used to determine the morphology of carcinoma cells, before and after 24-hour treatment with CA and CAPE using a dose of 50M. The cytotoxic effect was measured by XTT-NR-SRB assay (tetrazolium hydroxide-neutral red-Sulforhodamine B) for 24-hour and 48-hour periods, using CA and CAPE, with doses of 50 and 100 M. These doses were used to determine cell migration inhibition using a wound closure assay for 0-hour, 8-hour, 16-hour, and 24-hour periods. Both CA and CAPE treatments displayed cytotoxic activity in a dose- and time-dependent trend. CAPE displayed ICvalues more than twice as low as CA. ICvalues for the XTT assay were as follows: CA was 102.98M for 24 hours and 59.12 M for 48 hours, while CAPE was 56.39 M for 24 hours and 28.10 M for 48 hours. For the NR assay: CA was 84.87 M at 24 hours and 65.05 M at 48 hours, while CAPE was 69.05 M at 24 hours and 29.05 M at 48 hours. For the SRB assay: At 24 hours, CA was 83.47 M and 53.46 M at 48 hours, while CAPE was 38.53 M at 24 hours and 20.15 M at 48 hours. Both polyphenols induced migration inhibition, resulting in practically halting the wound closure. CAPE produced better results than CA with the same doses and experiment times, though both CA and CAPE displayedcytotoxic activity against MCF-7 cells, as well as inhibited migration.

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Bisphenol A and bisphenol S alter the promoter activity of the ABCB1 gene encoding P-glycoprotein in the human placenta. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2018 Sep 19 ;359:47-54. Epub 2018 Sep 19. PMID: 30240697 Abstract Title:  Bisphenol A (BPA) and bisphenol S (BPS) alter the promoter activity of the ABCB1 gene encoding P-glycoprotein in the human placenta in a haplotype-dependent manner. Abstract:  Exposure to bisphenols (BPA and BPS) during pregnancy can significantly affect fetal development and increase risk of adverse health consequences, however the underlying mechanisms are not fully elucidated. In human placenta, the efflux transporter P-glycoprotein (P-gp), encoded by the ABCB1 gene, extrudes its substrates from the trophoblasts back into the maternal circulation. Alterations in levels of placental P-gp could therefore significantly affect fetal exposure to xenobiotics that are P-gp substrates. The ABCB1 promoter contains many single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). In the genome, SNPs are not arrayed as independent variants but as combinations forming defined haplotypes. Recently, we determined the haplotype sequences encompassing the ABCB1 promoter SNPs and found that promoter haplotypes differentially affect ABCB1 promoter activity. Here we investigate the effect of BPA and BPS on ABCB1 promoter activity by testing the hypothesis that BPA and BPS exposure affect ABCB1 promoter activity in a haplotype-dependent manner. Our data indicate that acute exposure to 50nM BPA induced a significant haplotype-dependent increase in ABCB1 promoter activity (P

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The study provides evidence that exposure to BPA is associated with poorer semen quality. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Am J Mens Health. 2018 Sep 27:1557988318799163. Epub 2018 Sep 27. PMID: 30261816 Abstract Title:  Urinary Bisphenol A Levels and Male Fertility. Abstract:  Bisphenol A (BPA) is a high-production volume industrial chemical found in many consumer products. BPA is a suspected potent endocrine disruptor, with endocrine-disrupting properties demonstrated in animal studies. Few human studies have examined bisphenol A exposure in relation to male fertility and, results are divergent. The aim of the study is to examine the associations between urinary BPA concentration and male fertility. Bisphenol A urinary concentrations were measured using gas chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry in 315 men under 45 years of age with normal sperm concentration (15 mln/ml) recruited from a male reproductive health clinic. Participants were interviewed and provided a semen sample. BPA was detected in 98.10% of urine samples, with a median concentration of 1.87 g/l (1.63 g/ g creatinine). A multiple linear regression analysis identified a positive association between the urinary concentrations of bisphenol A 25th-50th percentile and total sperm sex chromosome disomy ( p = .004). Also when modeled as continuous variable urinary BPA concentration increased total sperm sex chromosome disomy ( p = .01). Urinary concentration of BPA also increase thepercentage of immature sperm (HDS) ( p = .018) and decrease motility ( p = .03). The study provides evidence that exposure to BPA is associated with poorer semen quality. Future studies are needed to confirm these findings.

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Prenatal exposure of mice to BPAF or BPS induced precocious development of the mammary gland. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Environ Health Perspect. 2018 08 ;126(8):087003. Epub 2018 Aug 10. PMID: 30102602 Abstract Title:  Evaluation of Prenatal Exposure to Bisphenol Analogues on Development and Long-Term Health of the Mammary Gland in Female Mice. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Continued efforts to phase out bisphenol A (BPA) from consumer products have been met with the challenges of finding safer alternatives.OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to determine whether early-life exposure to BPA and its related analogues, bisphenol AF (BPAF) and bisphenol S (BPS), could affect female pubertal mammary gland development and long-term mammary health in mice.METHODS: Timed pregnant CD-1 mice were exposed to vehicle, BPA (0.5, 5, 50 mg/kg), BPAF (0.05, 0.5, 5 mg/kg), or BPS (0.05, 0.5, 5 mg/kg) via oral gavage between gestation days 1017. Mammary glands were collected from resulting female offspring at postnatal day (PND) 20, 28, 35, and 56, and at 3, 8, and 14 months for whole mount, histopathological evaluation, and quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR); serum steroid concentrations were also measured at these time points.RESULTS: In the bisphenol-exposed mice, accelerated mammary gland development was evident during early puberty and persisted into adulthood. By late adulthood, mammary glands from bisphenol-exposed female offspring exhibited adverse morphology in comparison with controls; most prominent were undifferentiated duct ends, significantly more lobuloalveolar hyperplasia and perivascular inflammation, and various tumors, including adenocarcinomas. Effects were especially prominent in the BPAF 5 mg/kg and BPS 0.5 mg/kg groups. Serum steroid concentrations and mammary mRNA levels of,,, andwere similar to controls.CONCLUSIONS: These data demonstrate that prenatal exposure of mice to BPAF or BPS induced precocious development of the mammary gland, and that siblings were significantly more susceptible to spontaneous preneoplastic epithelial lesions and inflammation, with an incidence greater than that observed in vehicle- and BPA-exposed animals.

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These results point to the potential role of BPA in the pathogenesis of the ovarian hyperandrogenism in women with PCOS. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Reprod Toxicol. 2018 Sep 25. Epub 2018 Sep 25. PMID: 30266220 Abstract Title:  Serum bisphenol A concentrations correlate with serum testosterone levels in women with polycystic ovary syndrome. Abstract:  The aim of this study was to determine serum bisphenol A (BPA) concentrations using high performance liquid chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-MS/MS) in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) (n=106, age range 18-40 yrs) and to evaluate its potential impact on their hormonal and metabolic profile. The control group consisted of age- and BMI-matched 80 eumenorrheic women with no clinical or biochemical hyperandrogenism. Our results showed that women with PCOS had significantly higherserum BPA concentrations than healthy controls (geometric mean and [95% CI]: 0.202ng/mL [0.150; 0.255] vs. 0.154ng/mL [0.106; 0.201], P=0.035), which correlated positively with serum total testosterone (TST) (R=0.285, P=0.004) and the free androgen index (FAI) (R=0.196, P=0.049). There were no significant correlations between serum BPA and BMI, waist circumference, serum glucose, insulin and lipids. These results point to the potential role of BPA in the pathogenesis of the ovarian hyperandrogenism in women with PCOS.

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Association between electronic cigarette use and myocardial infarction. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Am J Prev Med. 2018 Oct ;55(4):455-461. Epub 2018 Aug 22. PMID: 30166079 Abstract Title:  Association Between Electronic Cigarette Use and Myocardial Infarction. Abstract:  INTRODUCTION: Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are promoted as a less risky alternative to conventional cigarettes and have grown in popularity. Experimental and clinical evidence suggests that they could increase the risk of myocardial infarction.METHODS: The National Health Interview Surveys of 2014 (n=36,697) and 2016 (n=33,028) were used to examine the cross-sectional association between e-cigarette use (never, former, some days, daily) and cigarette smoking (same categories) and myocardial infarction in a single logistic regression model that also included demographics (age, gender, BMI) and health characteristics (hypertension, diabetes, and hypercholesterolemia) using logistic regression. Data were collected in 2014 and 2016 and analyzed in 2017 and 2018.RESULTS: Daily e-cigarette use was independently associated with increased odds of having had a myocardial infarction (OR=1.79, 95% CI=1.20, 2.66, p=0.004) as was daily conventional cigarette smoking (OR=2.72, 95% CI=2.29, 3.24, p

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Urolithin A showed a strong potential of anti-aging. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Rejuvenation Res. 2018 Sep 14. Epub 2018 Sep 14. PMID: 30215291 Abstract Title:  Anti-aging Effects Of Urolithin A On Replicative Senescent Human Skin Fibroblasts. Abstract:  Although the health benefits attributed to urolithin A, such as anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant effects, are based on numerous, diverse studies carried out in vitro, the biological effects of urolith A are still not entirely understood. In this study, we explored the biological effects of urolithin A using senescent human skin fibroblasts to determine whether urolithin A has any anti-aging potential. Our results showed that urolithin A significantly increased type I collagen expression, and reduced matrix metalloproteinase-1(MMP-1) expression. Urolithin A also reduced intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS), which may be partially due to activation of the Nrf2-mediated antioxidative response. These results indicate that urolithin A is a promising anti-aging agent. Meanwhile, we noticed that the 50M urolithin A could cause changes in cell morphology and inhibition in cell proliferation which was due to cell-cycle arrest in G2/M phase. However, SA--gal staining and H2AX immunouorescence staining showed cellular senescence status of HSFs did not change. Results of DAPI staining (no significant change), increased Bcl-2 gene expression and mitochondrial membrane potential (no significant change) after urolithin A treatment showed that the cells did not undergo apoptosis. These results provided further insights into the molecular mechanism of urolithin A. In conclusion, urolithin Ashowed a strong potential of anti-aging.

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Urolithin A shows anti-atherosclerotic activity. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Pharmacol Rep. 2018 Jun ;70(3):519-524. Epub 2017 May 4. PMID: 29660655 Abstract Title:  Urolithin A shows anti-atherosclerotic activity via activation of class B scavenger receptor and activation of Nef2 signaling pathway. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: This study investigates the therapeutic potential of urothelin A in attenuating atherosclerotic lesion in wistar rat models and explore the role of Scavenger receptor-class B type I (SR-BI) and activation of Nrf-2 singling pathway.METHODS: Wistar rats (n=48) were feed with high cholesterol diet supplemented with Vitamin D3 and subjected to balloon injury of the aorta. Three days prior to the aortal injury, rats (n=16) were administered urothelin A (3mg/kg/d; po). Positive control were rats receiving high cholesterol diet and balloon injury of the aorta (n=16). The sham group (n=16) consisted of rats fed on basal diet. After twelve weeks blood was collected from all animals for estimation of lipid and angiotensin II (Ang II) levels along, subsequently all animals were sacrificed and morphologic analysis of the aorta was performed. Expression of SR-BI and phosphorylated extracellular signal regulated kinase 1/2 (p-ERK1/2) protein were evaluated by Western blot.RESULTS: After twelve weeks of treatment with urolithin A, there was a significant decrease in the plasma lipid and Ang II levels and improvement of aortic lesion compared with the sham group. There was an increased expression of SR-BI and inhibition of p-ERK1/2 (p

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Geoengineering Watch Global Alert News, October 6, 2018, #165 Geoengineering Watch

Dane Wigington History has made clear that all empires eventually spiral out of control and collapse. Will populations take pause and examine the wider horizon? Indonesia has yet again been the victim of "nature's fury". But, is there more to the story? Solid data from globally recognized science sources leads to conclusions that truly test


These findings indicated that urolithin A exerted a antiproliferative effect in liver cancer cells. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Braz J Med Biol Res. 2018 ;51(7):e7220. Epub 2018 May 7. PMID: 29742265 Abstract Title:  Antiproliferative effect of urolithin A, the ellagic acid-derived colonic metabolite, on hepatocellular carcinoma HepG2.2.15 cells by targeting Lin28a/let-7a axis. Abstract:  An abnormality in the Lin28/let-7a axis is relevant to the progression of hepatitis B virus (HBV)-positive hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), which could be a novel therapeutic target for this malignant tumor. The present study aimed to investigate the antiproliferative and anti-invasive effects of urolithin A in a stable full-length HBV gene integrated cell line HepG2.2.15 using CCK-8 and transwell assays. The RNA and protein expressions of targets were assessed by quantitative PCR and western blot, respectively. Results revealed that urolithin A induced cytotoxicity in HepG2.2.15 cells, which was accompanied by the cleavage of caspase-3 protein and down-regulation of Bcl-2/Bax ratio. Moreover, urolithin A suppressed the protein expressions of Sp-1, Lin28a, and Zcchc11, and elevated the expression of microRNA let-7a. Importantly, urolithin A also regulated the Lin28a/let-7a axis in transient HBx-transfected HCC HepG2 cells. Furthermore, urolithin A decelerated the HepG2.2.15 cell invasion, which was involved in suppressing the let-7a downstream factors HMGA2 and K-ras. These findings indicated that urolithin A exerted the antiproliferative effect by regulating the Lin28a/let-7a axis and may be a potential supplement for HBV-infected HCC therapy.

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Urolithin A downregulates androgen receptor activation and suppresses growth of prostate cancer. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Mol Carcinog. 2018 Oct ;57(10):1332-1341. Epub 2018 Aug 1. PMID: 30069922 Abstract Title:  A natural molecule, urolithin A, downregulates androgen receptor activation and suppresses growth of prostate cancer. Abstract:  Androgen ablation therapy is the primary therapeutic option for locally advanced and metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). We investigated therapeutic effect of a dietary metabolite Urolithin A (UroA) and dissected the molecular mechanism in CRPC cells. Treatment with UroA inhibited cell proliferation in both androgen receptor-positive (AR) (C4-2B) and androgen receptor-negative (AR) (PC-3) cells however, ARCaP cells were more sensitive to UroA treatment as compared with ARCaP cells. Inhibition of the AR signaling was responsible for the UroA effect on ARCaP cells. Ectopic expression of AR in PC-3 cells sensitized them to UroA treatment as compared to the vector-expresseing PC-3 cells, which suggests that AR could be a target of UroA. Similarly, in enzalutamide-resistant C4-2B cells, a downregulation of AR expression also suppressed cell proliferation which was observed with the UroA treatment. Oral administration of UroA significantly suppressed the growth of C4-2B xenografts (P=0.05) compared with PC-3 xenografts (P=0.069) without causing toxicity to animals. Immunohistochemistry analysis confirmed in vitro findings such as downregulation of AR/pAKT signaling in UroA-treated C4-2B tumors, which suggests that UroA may be a potent chemo-preventive and therapeutic agent for CRPC.

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Urolithin A may be a useful therapeutic agent for the treatment of Intervertebral disc degeneration. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Front Pharmacol. 2018 ;9:1043. Epub 2018 Sep 18. PMID: 30283339 Abstract Title:  Urolithin A Inhibits the Catabolic Effect of TNF on Nucleus Pulposus Cell and Alleviates Intervertebral Disc Degeneration. Abstract:  Low back pain (LBP) is a common worldwide disease that causes an enormous social economic burden. Intervertebral disc degeneration (IDD) is considered as a major cause of LBP. The process of IDD is complicated and involves both inflammation and senescence. The production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, including tumor necrosis factor (TNF) and interleukin (IL)-1, is increased in the degenerating intervertebral disc, inducing extracellular matrix degradation. Urolithin A (UA) is a metabolite compound resulting from the degradation of ellagitannins by gut bacteria. UA has been reported to be useful for the treatment of diseases associated with inflammation, senescence, and oxidative damage. Therefore, we hypothesized that UA may be an effective treatment for IDD. This study examined the effects of UA on IDDandand explored their underlying mechanisms. Our findings indicated that UA could attenuate cellular senescence induced by hydrogen peroxide in nucleus pulposus cells. UA treatment decreased TNF-induced matrix metalloproteinase production and the loss of collagen II. At the molecular level, UA considerably blocked the phosphorylation of the extracellular signal-regulated kinase, c-JUN N-terminal kinase, and Akt illustrated that UA treatment could ameliorate IDD in a needle-punctured rat tail model, which was evaluated by X-ray imaging, magnetic resonance imaging, and histological analysis. Thus, the results of our study revealed that UA may be a useful therapeutic agent for the treatment of IDD.

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Study Finds Disinfectant Cleaners May Alter Childrens Gut Microbiome Natural Blaze

By Anna Hunt

The right balance of good and bad bacteria in our gut affects our ability to extract nutrients from our food, supports our immune system function and affects mental health. Yet it seems the microbiome of children is potentially compromised by common household products, such as disinfectant cleaners.

The Study of Childrens Microbiome

A new Canadian study analyzed the microbiome of 757 babies. Using the Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development birth cohort, the scientists studied the microbes in these childrens fecal matter.

The researchers initially assessed infants at age of 3-4 months. Then, they checked the weight of these your subjects at ages 1 and 3 years. In addition, the researchers used the World Health Organization growth charts to compare the participants body mass index to peers their age.

Furthermore, the scientists assessed how often common household products were used in the home of these children. The study included products such as detergents, disinfectant cleaners, and eco-friendly products.

Household Disinfectant Cleaners Impact Home Environment

The findings of the study confirmed that using household disinfectants affects much more than germs living on household surfaces. Researchers discovered that babies 3-4 months old who lived in homes where disinfectants were frequently used had the biggest associations with altered gut flora. The same trend was found in homes that cleaned with disinfectants more frequently.

Specifically, infants from these households had lower...


Selective toxicity of caffeic acid in hepatocellular carcinoma cells. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2018 Sep 29. Epub 2018 Sep 29. PMID: 30278886 Abstract Title:  Selective toxicity of caffeic acid in hepatocellular carcinoma cells. Abstract:  Caffeic acid is a natural phytochemical structurally similar to other cinnamic acids. In this study we found caffeic acid (CA) but not ferulic, sinapic or cinnamic acids inhibited proliferation of hepatocellular carcinoma cells (HCC) and reduced cell numbers by inducing apoptosis. Only transient exposure to CA was required for these lethal effects that are associated with disruption of mitochondrial membrane potential and induction of reactive oxygen species. By comparison, primary hepatocytes resisted CA toxicity for nearly 48h, consistent with selective sensitivity of HCC to CA. These results support use of CA as an anti-tumor agent to inhibit HCC, especially if delivered by locoregional catheterization in an embolization procedure.

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A Mediterranean-style diet or DASH diet could help reduce the odds of high aggressive prostate cancer. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Ann Epidemiol. 2018 Sep 5. Epub 2018 Sep 5. PMID: 30268488 Abstract Title:  Dietary patterns based on the Mediterranean diet and DASH diet are inversely associated with high aggressive prostate cancer in PCaP. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Several foods and nutrients have been linked to the development of prostate cancer, but the association between healthy dietary patterns and prostate cancer aggressiveness is less studied. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between the Mediterranean diet (MED) and Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet scores and prostate cancer aggressiveness by race.METHODS: Data from the population-based, case-only North Carolina-Louisiana Prostate Cancer Project (PCaP) were used to examine the association between diet quality, measured by MED and DASH scores, and prostate cancer aggressiveness in 1899 African American (AA) and European American (EA) research subjects. Dietary intake was assessed using a modified National Cancer Institute Diet History Questionnaire. Logistic regression was used to estimate adjusted odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for high versus low-intermediate aggressive prostate cancer.RESULTS: Higher MED scores were inversely associated with high aggressive prostate cancer overall (OR: 0.66; 95% CI: 0.46, 0.95 for high versus low scores); results were similar for AA and EA men. A weaker inverse association between DASH scores and prostate cancer aggressiveness was found (OR: 0.76; 95% CI: 0.55, 1.06).CONCLUSIONS: Higher diet quality, as represented by a Mediterranean-style diet or DASH diet, may reduce the odds of high aggressive prostate cancer.

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Emblic leafflower (Phyllanthus emblica L.) fruits ameliorate vascular smooth muscle cell dysfunction in hyperglycemia. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2018 ;2018:8478943. Epub 2018 Mar 6. PMID: 29692859 Abstract Title:  Emblic Leafflower (L.) Fruits Ameliorate Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Dysfunction in Hyperglycemia: An Underlying Mechanism Involved in Ellagitannin Metabolite Urolithin A. Abstract:  Ellagitannins inL. (emblic leafflower fruits) have been thought of as the beneficial constituents for ameliorating endocrinal and metabolic diseases including diabetes. However, the effect of emblic leafflower fruits on diabetic vascular complications involved in ellagitannin-derived urolithin metabolites is still rare. In this study, acetylcholine-induced endothelium-independent relaxation in aortas was facilitated upon emblic leafflower fruit consumption in the single dose streptozotocin-induced hyperglycemic rats. Emblic leafflower fruit consumption also suppressed the phosphorylation of Akt (Thr308) in the hyperglycemic aortas. More importantly, urolithin A (UroA) and its derived phase II metabolites were identified as the metabolites upon emblic leafflower fruit consumption by HPLC-ESI-Q-TOF-MS. Moreover, UroA reduced the protein expressions of phosphor-Akt (Thr308) and-catenin in a high glucose-induced A7r5 vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation model. Furthermore, accumulation of-catenin protein and activation of Wnt signaling in LiCl-triggered A7r5 cells were also ameliorated by UroA treatment. In conclusion, our data demonstrate that emblic leafflower fruit consumption facilitates the vascular function in hyperglycemic rats by regulating Akt/-catenin signaling, and the effects are potentially mediated by the ellagitannin metabolite urolithin A.

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Anti-diabetic activity of quercetin extracted from Phyllanthus emblica L. fruit. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Pharm Anal. 2018 Apr ;8(2):109-118. Epub 2017 Oct 31. PMID: 29736297 Abstract Title:  Anti-diabetic activity of quercetin extracted fromL. fruit:andapproaches. Abstract:  In this study, molecular interactions of the ligands, quercetin, gallic acid, and metformin with various diabetes mellitus-related protein targets, such as glycogen phosphorylase and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma, were assessed. It was revealed that quercetin possesses good binding affinity to both targets. Quercetin is a major constituent of methanolic extracts offruit. The antihyperglycemic effect of quercetin in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats was examined. The isolated quercetin administered at a dose of 75 mg/kg body weight produced a maximum decrease of 14.78% in blood glucose levels in the diabetic rats after 7 days of treatment. Furthermore, quercetin doses of 50 and 75 mg/kg were shown to significantly improve the profiles of triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein, very-low-density lipoprotein, low-density lipoprotein, and total cholesterol at the end of the study in STZ-induced diabetic rats. The administration of quercetin (25, 50, and 75 mg/kg body weight) daily for 28 days in STZ-induced diabetic rats resulted in a significant decrease in blood glucose and urine sugar levels, with aconsiderable rise in plasma insulin and hemoglobin levels. Therefore, quercetin is a potential drug with antidiabetic and antihyperglycemic action mediated by changes in the levels of glucose, cholesterol, and triglycerides as indicated by in silico and in vivo studies.

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Characterization of a novel polysaccharide isolated from Phyllanthus emblica L. and analysis of its antioxidant activities. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Food Sci Technol. 2018 Jul ;55(7):2758-2764. Epub 2018 May 24. PMID: 30042592 Abstract Title:  Characterization of a novel polysaccharide isolated fromL. and analysis of its antioxidant activities. Abstract:  L. is a tropical deciduous tree producing edible berries with potential medicinal value. In this study, a novel water-soluble phyllanthus emblica polysaccharide (PEP) from the berries was isolated by precipitation and purification, and analyzed for its structure features. The results showed that PEP was a-pyran acidic heteropolysaccharide with a molecular weight of 1.3110 Da, which included galacturonic acid, galactose, rhamnose, and arabinose with a molar ratio of 3.21:6.59:1:0.23. Furthermore, the antioxidant activities of PEP were determined and showed remarkable antioxidant capacities in DPPH, superoxide anion- and hydroxyl-radical scavenging, ferric-reducing antioxidant power, and lipid peroxidation inhibition. This work indicated that PEP as a natural antioxidant agent from the berries ofL. had potential application for developing valuable nutraceutical in food industry.

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There are more e-cigarette explosion and burn injuries in the USA than estimated in the past reports. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Tob Control. 2018 Sep 15. Epub 2018 Sep 15. PMID: 30219795 Abstract Title:  Electronic cigarette explosion and burn injuries, US Emergency Departments 2015-2017. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Electronic cigarette (e-cigarette) battery failure can result in explosions and burn injuries. Previous attempts to quantify these events has been limited to compilations of case studies, federal agency reports and media reports. Although e-cigarette explosions and burn injuries are thought to be rare, current surveillance methods likely underestimate actual occurrences.METHODS: Analyses were conducted on cross-sectional data from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission's (CPSC) National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS). A keyword search of case narrative text was used to identify e-cigarette-related explosion and burn injuries presenting to US emergency departments from 2015 to 2017. Sampling weights were applied to make conservative national incidence estimates.RESULTS: From 2015 to 2017, there were an estimated 2035 e-cigarette explosion and burn injuries presenting to US hospital emergency departments (95%CI 1107 to 2964).CONCLUSIONS: There are more e-cigarette explosion and burn injuries in the USA than estimated in the past reports. Improved surveillance of e-cigarette injuries and regulation of e-cigarette devices is urgently needed. NEISS could be a valuable resource for e-cigarette injury surveillance.

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Study finds fluoride content in Rava Dosa, Rohu fish Fluoride Action Network

By consciously favouring Rava Dosa (a thin and crispy crepe made from Rava and rice flour) over other food items or consuming Rohu (river) fish to satisfy your hunger pangs, you are likely to end up with a higher intake of fluoride.

Rava Dosa and Upma (popular in South India) have a high concentration of fluoride among all non-fish foods and Rohu fish contains high fluoride levels in both bones and flesh, reveals a Nitte Deemed To Be University study published in a peer-reviewed journal on dental research.

Professor Chitta Ranjan Chowdhury, who led the team of fluoride researchers, informed DH that the objective of the study was to estimate the fluoride content in regular food items and fish available in the coastal districts of Karnataka.

Commonly consumed different species of fish (eight types were included in the study) and popular food items (12 types) were collected from markets in and around Deralakatte, through a random sampling strategy and then tested in Fluoride and and Health Division of the Department of Oral Biology and Genomic Studies at Nitte Deemed to be University, Prof Chowdhury, who is the founding head of the Department of Oral Biology and Genomic Studies at A B Shetty Memorial Institute of Dental Sciences (ABSMIDS), said.

Based on the study, the highest concentration was estimated 3.16 ppm (parts per million) in Rohu fish flesh and 7 ppm in Rava Dosa. Fluoride determined in the flesh of other fishes was also high with the concentration being 2.28 ppm, he said and added that shrimps had the lowest fluoride levels.

Since the consumption of seafood is more common in coastal parts of the district, further investigation is needed on the health effects on this population, he said adding that there is nothing to panic at this point of time.

The scientist also favoured a need to investigate relationships between fluoride levels in foods and the fish available in different parts of the country for human consumption, including drinking water, which is the main source of fluoride. Thus, the population residing along the coast may have a higher intake of fluoride (from fish and other food items), but it will be a concern for the population living in fluorosis endemic areas, such as Pavagada of Tumakuru district of Karnataka.

Thus, the study emphasises on the development of a recommended daily allowance (RDA) of fluoride for a defined population as the need-of-the hour, Prof Chowdhury stressed (The summary detail of the report can be viewed here.)

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Saturday, 06 October


Letter: The tiger of chemistry Fluoride Action Network

To the editor:

The fluoride ion has earned several nicknames over the centuries. In the 18th century it was called the Devils Poison, because it sickened and killed insidiously and effectively. More recently, its been referred to as Lucifers Gas and the Tiger of Chemistry because of the devilish damage that mauled early research scientists.

In any form, fluorides and fluorine are aggressive and dangerous substances. However, they have proved very useful to industry.

We often hear about yet more water pollution cases involving cancers and other illnesses from PFAs or PFOs. The F stands for fluorine and it is used for manufacturing fire-fighting foam as well as Teflon and other non-stick surfaces.

Dr. William Rich wrote in Environment, Health and Safety: Fluoride from any source has the same toxicity. All in all, fluoride from whatever source can be very dangerous.

In other words, regardless of what other element fluorine compounds with, it is still a danger.

It quickly and dramatically became apparent that water used for kidney dialysis must be defluoridated in order not to cause violent deaths in patients.

We deceive ourselves if we think weve tamed this tiger. A 2016 study specifically mentions the sodium fluoride compound used by Gloucester, Rockport and Manchester. This study looked at data from 22 states between 2005 to 2010. Using sophisticated scientific analysis, researchers found that fluoridation predicts higher rates of Type 2 diabetes.

Another 2016 study finds an increase in diagnoses of Crohns and other bowel diseases after fluoridation in multiple communities. The latest thyroid studies advise using reverse osmosis to reduce fluoride in water.

Illnesses and deaths from fluoride might be slower and more subtle in the 21st century than in previous centuries, but the Tiger of Chemistry is loose on Cape Ann.

Barbara Goll


Monday, 01 October


16 Proven Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey (Evidence Based) Healthy and Natural World

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) and honey are two amazing natural substances that have many health benefits. In their unprocessed, raw form, both honey and ACV can treat a wide range of health issues. By combining them together, you boost the health benefits of these two natural remedies. Whats more, the addition of sweet honey to the apple cider vinegar makes drinking it more palatable.

Consuming apple cider vinegar and honey can help you fight joint pain, help reduce inflammatory conditions, heal digestive problems, and cure a large number of other health conditions. The health-boosting effect of apple cider vinegar and honey is due to their natural antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal properties.

In this article, you will learn about the various ways to use apple cider vinegar and honey to give your health a great boost and help ward off infection. First of all, lets look at the medicinal properties of both apple cider vinegar and honey to see why they are so effective.

The Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

Apple cider vinegar is made from crushed apples, then distilled and fermented. The result is a liquid that is high in acetic acid.

The journal PlosOne reported that acetic acid is a natural antibacterial agent that can kill off many strains of harmful bacteria. This can help to prevent skin infections, rid the skin of free radicals, and speed up wound healing. (1)

According to research published in the journal Advanced Wound Care, acetic acid is also antiseptic and can help treat chronic infections. (2)

The Health Benefits of Raw Honey

Raw, unprocessed honey is one of the most natural foods available. Honey is a well-known home remedy and has been used for centuries to cure various ailments.

For example, the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry reported that honey contains phenolic compounds which are powerful antioxidants. (3) These are known to promote good health and prevent several diseases. (4)

Raw honey also has anti-inflammatory properties that help to treat and prevent various inflammatory conditions. The University of Waikato published a research on the therapeutic actions of honey. The researchers found that various compounds in honey (especially Manuka honey) help t...

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