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Friday, 22 September

01:30

A gut-wrenching experience: Authors retract, replace JAMA paper Retraction Watch

When economist Jason Hockenberry looked at data comparing some of the financial issues facing different U.S. hospitals, he was surprised by what he saw. Hockenberry was examining the effects of a recently introduced U.S. program that penalizes hospitals with relatively high rates of readmissions for certain conditions by reducing Medicare payments. Although Hockenberry expected hospitals []

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01:05

7 Reasons to Homestead: Why a Self Sufficient Lifestyle is Critical Today The Healthy Home Economist

homesteadingIf the numerous natural disasters in recent weeks have taught us anything, its that the more citizens are self sufficient, the better they fare when Mother Nature runs amok. When this self sufficiency is pursued as a lifestyle, it is known as homesteading.

Have you noticed that in the aftermath of unexpected and devastating disruptions to modern life, it is frequently the homesteaders who rise up as the everyday heroes? I know I have.

The Cajun navy is a great example of homesteaders in action. These are folks whose self sufficiency skills gave them the ability to reach out and and help others in need during the direst of circumstances.(...)
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00:38

Bega Valley: Fluoride deferral applauded as new reports presented to council Fluoride Action Network

There were cheers and applause in council chambers on Wednesday as councillors agreed to defer the vote on whether to fluoridate Bega Valley Shire water supplies.

The motion to defer followed three passionate presentations supported by community members in the gallery and included information on fluoride use in other countries.

Rob Slazenger, of Bermagui provided data relating to the use of of fluoride in a number of western industrialised countries which he said showed some of the the  non-fluoride users had better dental outcomes than those who did use it.

He also produced records from NSW Health of councils water fluoridation dosage data. There are four water supply systems in the Bega Valley Shire, Tantawanglo-Kiah, Brogo-Bermagui, Bemboka and Bega-Tathra. Fluoride has been added to the Bega-Tathra water supply system since 1963 and council is now considering adding fluoride to the Tantawanglo-Kiah and Brogo-Bermagui water supplies.

The data supplied by NSW Health appears to show gaps in record keeping and an extended period of overdosing between March and May 2010. A dose of 1 part per million (ppm) in water is recommended but overdosing varied from 30 to 97 per cent in the figures given to Mr Slazenger.

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

Greg Ferguson, of Pambula said a transfer of the decision to NSW Health would be a mockery of the democratic process.

Council would be tainted as gutless. The whole process has been a sham, Mr Ferguson said adding that the use of Hunter H2O as a community consultant was a gross conflict of interest.

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

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

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

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

*Original article online at http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/4938818/fluoride-deferral-applauded-as-new-reports-presented-to-council/

00:26

Water authority to seek OK to add fluoridation equipment as soon as next week Fluoride Action Network

As early as next week, Meadville Area Water Authority will seek official approval to add fluoridation equipment, according to Tom Thompson of Gannett Fleming, MAWAs consulting engineer.

Thats what our goal is, Thompson said following Wednesdays MAWA board meeting.

The equipment design for fluoridation has been completed, Thompson told the board.

Although the board voted in June to fluoridate the water supplied by the authority to its customers, it must still seek a permit to do so from the state Department of Environmental Protection. At the time of the boards controversial 3-2 vote in favor of fluoridation, Ted Watts, the authoritys attorney, said that the permit approval process will involve additional public hearings.

Review of permit applications like MAWAs typically takes 120 business days about seven months according to Melanie Williams, DEP community relations coordinator.

Thompson said he already has attended a pre-application meeting with DEP representatives.

*Original article online at http://www.meadvilletribune.com/news/water-authority-to-seek-ok-to-add-fluoridation-equipment-as/article_f405b802-9e4b-11e7-8fa8-7b6f98f7058b.html

00:23

Petersburg: Citizens weigh in on water fluoridation Fluoride Action Network

Registered voters in Petersburg will be asked if the city should keep fluoride in its city water supply, and citizens are ratcheting up their stance on the issue from both sides.

Sandy Volk, a dental hygienist, regrets not giving her kids more fluoride vitamins when they were young.

Living near Papkes Landing, Volks household didnt receive city water, which had then and does now have a dose of fluoride in it. So she gave her kids fluoride compacted into a pill. She said the schools and recreation facilities all ran on city water, which her kids frequented, so she was careful not

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*Article online at http://www.petersburgpilot.com/story/2017/09/21/news/citizens-weigh-in-on-water-fluoridation/6473.html

00:12

Researchers urge caution over study linking fluoride exposure in pregnancy to lower IQs in children Fluoride Action Network

nti-fluoridation activists call it the biggest moment in the history of this whole debate. Its the response health policy experts and some of the authors themselves feared

Already there are people who claim fluoridated water is doing bad things to us. Now comes a new study suggesting a link between fluoride exposure in pregnancy and lower IQs in children.

Anti-fluoridation activists are calling it the biggest moment in the history of this whole debate and that any government that continues to add fluoride to tap water is condoning one huge, awful human experiment.

Its exactly the response health policy experts and some of the authors themselves feared.

There are some pretty bizarre theories out there, such as the idea that fluoride is being used to sedate the population, said University of Alberta health policy researcher Tim Caulfield.

I worry that this study which the authors note should be replicated, and they call for further analysis and research will be presented as definitive. It is not.

In what is being described as the first study of its kind and size exploring fluoride exposure and different stages of brain development, University of Toronto-led researchers analyzed data from 287 mother-child pairs in Mexico City. The study recruited pregnant women from 1994 to 2005, and has followed the women and their children since.

The researchers measured fluoride in archived urine samples taken from the women when they were pregnant, as well as from their children when they were between ages six and 12.

Next they looked at how levels of fluoride in urine related to how children scored on intelligence and neurocognitive function tests when they were four, and again when they were between six and 12.

Children scored 2.5 to three points lower on IQ tests for every 0.5 milligram-per-litre increase in their mothers urinary fluoride levels beyond 0.8 mg/L.

There was no clear association between IQ scores and values below 0.8 mg/L. As well, the childrens own urinary fluoride levels, measured when they were being tested, didnt seem to have a significant effect.

That suggests that whatever effect fluoride might have on brain development occurs in the womb.

In Canada and the U.S., most fluoride exposure comes from the fluoridation of drinking water to prevent cavities, and fluoride in toothpaste and other dental products.

In Mexico, not many people drink tap water, said Dr. Howard Hu, the studys principal investigator and founding dean of the University of Torontos Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Instead, the women were exposed to fluoridated salt. In 1991, that country became the seventh in the world to introduce a national salt fluoridation program to prevent cavities.

The researchers adjusted for numerous confounders,...

00:08

Survival Medicine Hour: Post-Irma, Floods, Shoulder Dislocation Doom and Bloom (TM)

Survival Medicine Hour #354 This Survival Medicine Hour 9/15: Hurricane Irma has wreaked havoc on Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina, and our hosts Joe and Amy Alton, aka Dr.Bones and Nurse Amy have now had two different homes survive destruction in a year: Their place in Gatlinburg on Ski Mountain, where 100 homes burned to the foundation last November as part of a huge human-set wildfire, and now their home in South Florida from Hurricane  Irmas winds. Well talk about

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Thursday, 21 September

23:53

American Dental Association Responds to Study Regarding Fluoride Intake in Mexico Fluoride Action Network

CHICAGO, September 19, 2017  The American Dental Association (ADA) examined a study in Environmental Health Perspectives based on fluoride intake in Mexico and concludes the findings are not applicable to the U.S. The intake of fluoride in Mexico is significantly different from the U.S. In Mexico, fluoride is added to salt (known as salt fluoridation) and it also exists naturally in varying degrees in community water. In the U.S., fluoride is not added to salt and it is only added to water in cases where the natural occurrence of fluoride is lower than the recommended level to prevent tooth decay. The ADA continues to endorse fluoridation of public water as the most effective public health measure to prevent tooth decay.

The authors of the study suggest that prenatal exposure to fluoride may cause lower IQ in children. However, because it is unknown how the subjects of the study ingested the fluoride whether through salt, water, or both no conclusions can be drawn regarding the effects of community water fluoridation in the U.S. Moreover, according to the ADA, the best available scientific evidence shows no association between the U.S.-recommended amount of fluoride used to prevent tooth decay and IQ.

More than 70 years of research and practical experience has shown that fluoridation is safe and effective. Fluoride helps prevent cavities in children and adults by making teeth more resistant to decay.

Fluoridation has been named by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as one of 10 great health achievements of the 20th century, and more than 100 U.S. and international health organizations including the World Health Organization recognize the public health benefits of community water fluoridation for preventing dental decay.

*Original press release online at http://www.ada.org/en/press-room/news-releases/2017-archives/september/ada-responds-to-study-regarding-fluoride-intake-in-mexico

23:35

Pro-Vaxxers Admit The Truth About the Function of Vaccines in America Well Just Get Rid Of All the Whites BolenReport

Anti-Vaxxers Discover SECRET Video Tapes Opinion by Deplorable Consumer Advocate Tim Bolen If you didnt own a gun before you read this article, and watch a short video, youll go get one, and learn how to use it, damn quick, to defend yourself and your family from the likes of Paul Offitt, Allison Singer, Dorit Continue reading Pro-Vaxxers Admit The Truth About the Function of Vaccines in America Well Just Get Rid Of All the Whites

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23:00

If you feel better, should you stop taking your antibiotics? Science-Based Medicine

A recent paper suggests that patients would be better off stopping antibiotics when they feel better, instead of completing the entire amount prescribed. Could this approach reduce antibiotic overuse and the risk of widespread resistance?

22:42

RHEUMATISM THERAPY IS AN ACT OF BRAVERY Lyra Nara Blog

Rheumatism is a generic name for 200 different conditions characterized by inflammation and acute or chronic pain in muscles, joints, fibrous tissue. Although these 200 disorders defined by WHO have little in common in terms of their epidemiology, they do share three characteristics: they cause chronic, often intermittent acute pain, they are difficult to treat and are

22:38

New US Government Study on Fluoride Damage to Brain Fluoride Action Network

Fluoride Free New Zealand is calling on the 23 councils (out of the total of 67) that still fluoridate, to urgently implement a moratorium on fluoridation to protect the brains of children being born today in their community.

A major study published on Tuesday in the US Governments Environmental Health Perspectives has found that children born to mothers exposed to fluoride while pregnant, have significantly lower IQ scores. This is particularly relevant to New Zealand where half of the population is currently subjected to fluoridation.

The study measured fluoride in urine and found the average level of fluoride in urine was 0.9mg/L (mg/L = parts per million). To relate this to water fluoride concentration, a separate study found that pregnant women in an area with 0.4 to 0.8 ppm water fluoride only had slightly lower urine fluoride than the average participants in this study. The Ministry of Health recommends fluoride chemicals be added to the water at 0.85ppm.
Pregnant women in New Zealand in fluoridated areas likely have similar levels of urine fluoride as those in the Mexican study. Urine fluoride reflects total fluoride intake from all sources, not just fluoridated water. The paper also reports that in the USA, which is 70% fluoridated, urine fluoride ranges from about 0.5 to 1.5 mg/L which fully overlaps the range found in the Mexican study.
The child of a mother who was drinking water with 0.85ppm fluoride would be predicted to have 5 IQ lower IQ points than if the mother had drunk water with close to zero fluoride in it. This obviously has huge consequences for New Zealand children.

The Ministry of Health recommended 1ppm until the 1990s when it reduced to a range from 0.7ppm to 1ppm, with a target of 0.85ppm. The US Human and Health Services have directed a maximum of 0.7ppm for fluoridation.

This study was very carefully done by a group of researchers who have produced over 50 papers on the cognitive health of children in relationship to environmental exposures.  It was funded by the US Governments National Institute of Health and was a multi-million dollar study.  This was the groups first study of fluoride their other studies mostly dealing with lead, mercury and other environmental neurotoxicants.

This study controlled for a wide range of potential factors that might have skewed the results and produced a false effect.  It was able to largely rule out confounding effects by these other factors.  The factors ruled out included lead, mercury, socio-economic status, smoking, alcohol use, and health problems during pregnancy.

This study offers confirmation of previous studies in Mexico, China and elsewhere.  Some of those studies had higher fluoride exposures than are commonly found in fluoridating countries, but many did not.  The sole study in a co...

22:30

Surgery journal retracts two papers it didnt mean to publish Retraction Watch

The Annals of Surgery has retracted two papers it never intended to publish. According to journals editor, Keith Lillemoe, the paperspublished in 2015, two months aparthad undergone full peer review and were rejected, like 90% of submissions to our journal: The decision was clear and the authors were notified. But somehow, Lillemoe said, our publishing []

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22:27

Fluoride OKd for Albuquerque water supply Fluoride Action Network

Fluoride again will be added to Albuquerques water supply.

Water utility board members voted 5-2 Wednesday to approve a $250,000 appropriation that will allow the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority to buy the equipment needed to resume supplemental drinking-water fluoridation, which the utility halted in 2011.

The decision followed nearly an hour of passionate pleas by both opponents and supporters of fluoridation similar to comments expressed at two earlier public hearings on the issue.

At the end of the day, when theres a question about science, we need to listen to the scientists, board member and Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis said before he voted in favor of resuming fluoridation. Davis withdrew his proposal for an advisory question on the 2018 general election ballot that would have asked Bernalillo County voters whether they support or oppose supplemental fluoridation.

Voting against the appropriation were Albuquerque Councilors Klarissa Pea and Trudy Jones. Joining Davis in support were Bernalillo County Commissioners Debbie OMalley, Wayne Johnson and Maggie Hart Stebbins and Albuquerques Chief Administrative Officer Rob Perry, who represents Mayor Richard Berry on the board.

Im just philosophically opposed to this, Jones said in explaining her opposition to fluoridation. I dont think at any time the government should add something to our water if some people dont want it.

Jones remarks echoed those of several opponents who told the board that people who want fluoride can obtain it from commercial products such as toothpaste and mouthwash and from fluoride treatments provided by dentists, but the water utility shouldnt force fluoride on people who believe they are harmed by it.

There are health concerns that people talked about, Pea said. For people with kidney disease theres a lot of concern about fluoride.

Pea also said she was troubled that supporters pitch drinking water fluoridation as a way of helping low-income children. To me its an assumption that lower-income children dont brush their teeth, she said.

The measure approved Wednesday requires the utility to maintain fluoride levels between 0.65 and 0.72 milligrams per liter in the public water supply.

Fluoride is a mineral found naturally in Albuquerques water supply at levels of about 0.4 to 0.5 milligram per liter, according to a report prepared by the utility staff.

The city began supplemental fluoridation in 1972, but ended the practice in 2011 while federal officials considered new recommendations about fluoridation levels.

In 2015, the U.S. Public Health Service updated the federal drinking water standards, recommending that community water systems add fluoride to 0.7 milligrams per liter to prevent tooth decay. That recommendation prompted the utility to reconsider fluoridation during budget discussions earlier t...

21:57

Vaccines and Blue Foot Syndrome Vaxxter

By Dr. Sherri Tenpenny, DO, AOBNMM, ABIHM I grow weary of people who continually demand proof that vaccines cause harm and do cause autism. Every year the insistence for More research!! More research! goes by,...

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21:48

Mainstream Science Site Admits Flu Shot Fails Vaxxter

The annual contemplation over why the flu shot consistently fails is making headlines again. This time, the folks at Science Magazine have created an article and video over the shots consistent failures to protect people...

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20:33

Psychiatry Ignores an Elephant in the Room Mad In America

Large cohort studies of people with a first-episode psychosis provide a unique opportunity for finding out why so many young people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders die at a young age. However, it seems that those psychiatrists who have access to the mortality data generally do not want the facts to come out. In published cohort studies, there is virtually always too little information or no information at all about the causes of death.

In 2012, Hegelstad et al. published 10-year follow-up data for 281 patients with a first-episode psychosis (the TIPS study). 1 Although their average age at entry into the study was only 29 years, 49 patients (17%) had died in less than 10 years. The authors detailed article was about recovery and symptom scores and they took no interest in all these deaths, which appeared in a flowchart of patients lost to follow-up and were not commented upon anywhere in their paper. In the text, however, they mentioned only 28 deaths (11%), so it is difficult to know how many died.

On March 5th 2017, I wrote to the first author: In your interesting study from 2012, Long-Term Follow-Up of the TIPS Early Detection in Psychosis Study: Effects on 10-Year Outcome, 28 patients died of 281. Do you have the causes of death, which would be very interesting to know about? I noticed that most patients were still on antipsychotics 10 years after they started (table 2). I consider this very frightening, e.g. around half of them will have tardive dyskinesia (which is often masked by ongoing treatment) and many, if not all, will have developed permanent brain damage at this point, to mention just two of the important harms of long-term treatment. In contrast, only 17% of patients in Lappland were still on antipsychotics 5 years after their first episode (compared to 75% in Stockholm).

I sent a reminder ten days later and was told I would get an answer shortly. On May 10th, I wrote again: It is now another two months. You did an important study and it is important for the world to know what 10% of your very young patients died from in just 10 years. It is a frightening death rate. Do we need to file a Freedom of Information request to get this information?

Hegelstad replied that, We are preparing a manuscript detailing the information you are asking for. It will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. When published the information will be readily available to all.

The preparation of the manuscript and its publication were very fast. Already in June, the paper was out, in World Psychiatry.2 With this record speed, I wondered what the peer review had been like, if there was any. It looked more like a letter to the editor, with no subheadings, and taking up...

20:33

Renowned Psychiatrist Warns That Trump is a Danger to Us All Mad In America

From Alternet: A new book, The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, written by 27 psychiatrists, psychologists, and mental health experts to warn the public of President Trumps dangerousness, will be published on October 3rd. According to Robert Jay Lifton, who wrote the books foreword, The Goldwater Rule is subordinate mental health professionals duty to warn people in danger and protect human life and well-being.

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20:32

Marijuana Research: Overcoming the Barriers Mad In America

From APA Science Advocacy: As an increasing number of states are beginning to legalize the medicinal and/or recreational use of marijuana, it is clear that more research is needed on the risks and potential benefits of the drug. The American Psychological Association is working for legislation that will remove some of the major barriers preventing scientists from pursuing the full range of research necessary to understand the impact of marijuana.

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20:31

Coroner Finds Anti-Smoking Drug Contributed to Mans Suicide Mad In America

From ABC: A Queensland Coroner has found that the anti-smoking drug Champix played a role in the suicide of a 22-year-old man, Timothy John, who died in April 2013.

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20:30

Liar, Healer, Monster, Savior. The Pathological Optimist. A New Movie. AGE OF AUTISM

Premiering at the Angelika Film Center September 29th, The Pathological Optimist by filmmaker Miranda Bailey about Dr. Andrew Wakefield, one of the producers of Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe. The Pathological Optimist explores the controversial Andrew Wakefield, who was stripped...

15:30

What Can Sweet Fennel Oil Do for Your Health? Articles

What Is Sweet Fennel Oil?

Sweet fennel oil comes from crushed fennel seeds (Foeniculum vulgare). The plant, which is a part of the Apiaceae family including carrots or parsley, 1 has an herby, slightly spicy smell that resembles aniseed. It is native to Southern Europe, but is also now grown in parts of Northern Europe, Australia and North America. 2

Uses of Sweet Fennel Oil

Fennel was used in various ancient civilizations by the Egyptians for food and medicine and by the Chinese as a remedy for snake bites. During the Middle Ages, it was hung over doorways to drive away evil spirits.

In present times, sweet fennel oil is used mostly for medicinal purposes, such as killing parasitic worms and their spores in the intestines and excretory tracts and as a laxative with no side effects. It is also used for cosmetic purposes, especially as an ingredient in massage oils,3 perfumes, toothpastes and soaps.4

Composition of Sweet Fennel Oil

The chemicals found in sweet fennel oil include anethole, fenchone, estragole, a-pinene and -pinene, a-phellandrene and -phellandrene, a-Terpineol, myrcene, campfer and para-Cymol.5

Benefits of Sweet Fennel Oil

Sweet fennel oil acts as a stimulant for the nervous, digestive and excretory system and the endocrine and exocrine glands. It helps relieve dizziness, fatigue and exhaustion.6 Other benefits you can get from using sweet fennel oil include:

Carminative: eases indigestion and stomach pain

Diuretic: removes excess water, sodium, uric acid, bile salts and other toxic elements

Splenic: protects the spleen from various infections

Depurative: removes toxic substances in the blood

Expectorant: provides relief from mucus and phlegm that lead to congestion of the nasal tract, pharynx, bronchi and lungs

Emmenagogue: relieves painful dysmenorrhea and helps prevent untimely or premature meno...

The Danger of Undiagnosed Sleep Apnea Articles

By Dr. Mercola

Lack of sleep and poor quality of sleep have been linked not only to absentmindedness and accidents, but also to serious health risks such as Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, heart disease and obesity. More than ever, Americans are sleeping less and suffering because of it. Of the many reasons you may be sleep deprived, one of the most dangerous is sleep apnea.

If you are among the 22 million Americans suffering from mild to moderate sleep apnea,1 your sleep may be punctuated by loud snoring, snorts or choking sounds that result from periodic disruptions to your breathing. Depending on the severity of your condition, these breath interruptions may occur just a few times or hundreds of times an hour. During these moments without breath, your brain and the rest of your body is literally being starved of oxygen.

Typically, normal breathing starts again as you gasp for air, resulting in the loud snorts or choking sounds often reported by your sleep partner. While most people consider snoring to be a normal occurrence, or a source of entertainment given the funny noises associated with it, sleep apnea is no laughing matter.

It is a serious health disorder that can be dangerous, and even life-threatening, when untreated. Notably, an estimated 80 percent moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea cases go undiagnosed.2 If you think you or someone you love may be suffering from sleep apnea, take action today to pursue a diagnosis and treatment. In doing so, you will be on your way to a better night's sleep and significantly improved health.

The Importance of Sleep

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,3 lack of sleep is a major public health problem, and insufficient sleep has been linked to a wide range of health problems. After reviewing more than 300 studies to determine how many hours of sleep most people need to maintain their health, an expert panel concluded that most adults need around...

Empathy: Caring for Others Is Good for You Articles

By Dr. Mercola

Empathy, the ability to put yourself in someone elses shoes, so to speak, and understand their feelings and point of view, is a character trait that may benefit society and individuals in multiple ways. Empathy training has been found to reduce stress levels among medical students facing intense emotional encounters with patients, for example.1 While many parents try to instill empathetic qualities in their children, theres growing research that empathy has deep neurological roots in humans.

One of the first signs that empathy may be ingrained in all of us occurred in 1848, when a foreman named Phineas Gage working on a railroad construction project had an accident, which resulted in an iron rod going through his skull. He survived, but not without marked changes to his personality. His friends, family and physician described him as rude and inconsiderate following the accident.2

The Neurological Side of Empathy

The term empathy didnt come to be for another six decades after Gages accident, but what the accident essentially took from the foreman was the ability to feel empathy. In 1994, researchers were able to take measurements from Gages skull and use modern neuroimaging techniques to recreate the accident and determine its effects on his brain.

The damage involved both left and right prefrontal cortices in a pattern that, as confirmed by Gage's modern counterparts, causes a defect in rational decision making and the processing of emotion, researchers concluded.3

Injury was found to have occurred in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vMPFC), which is one of 10 brain regions now known to be involved in empathy. In his book Zero Degrees of Empathy, Simon Baron-Cohen, professor of developmental psychology at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, describes the complex neurological underpinnings of empathy, revealing the many ways our brains help us to care about other people:4

  • The medial frontal cortex has been linked to social cognition, which allows people to be part of a social group and process information about others5
  • The inferior frontal gyrus (IFG) may be involved in recognizing emotions on faces6
  • More activity in the IFG when people look at emotional expressions is linked to higher scores on the empathy quotient scale...

14:14

Piperine promoted beneficial metabolism during exercise by regulating carbohydrate, fat metabolism and redox signals. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Nutr Metab (Lond). 2017 ;14:43. Epub 2017 Jul 4. PMID: 28680454 Abstract Title:  Piperine enhances carbohydrate/fat metabolism in skeletal muscle during acute exercise in mice. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Exercise promotes energy metabolism (e.g., metabolism of glucose and lipids) in skeletal muscles; however, reactive oxygen species are also generated during exercise. Various spices have been reported to have beneficial effects in sports medicine. Here, we investigated the effects of piperine, an active compound in black pepper, to determine its effects on metabolism during acute endurance exercise.METHODS: ICR mice (n = 18) were divided into three groups: nonexercise (CON), exercise (EX), and exercise with piperine (5 mg/kg) treatment (EP). Mice were subjected to enforced exercise on a treadmill at a speed of 22 m/min for 1 h. To evaluate the inflammatory responses following exercise, fluorescence-activatedcell sorting analysis was performed to monitor changes in CD4(+) cells within the peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) of mice. The expression levels of metabolic pathway components and redox-related factors were evaluated in the soleus muscle by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction and western blotting.RESULTS: There were no changes in the differentiation of immune cells in PBMCs in both the EX and EP groups compared with that in the CON group. Mice in the EX group exhibited a significant increase in the expression of metabolic pathway components and redox signal-related components compared with mice in the CON group. Moreover, mice in the EP group showed greater metabolic (GLUT4, MCT1, FAT/CD36, CPT1, CS) changes than mice in the EX group, and changes in the expression of redox signal components were lower in the EP group than those in the EX group.CONCLUSION: Our findings demonstrate that piperine promoted beneficial metabolism during exercise by regulating carbohydrate/fat metabolism and redox signals. Therefore, piperine may be a candidate supplement for improvement of exercise ability.

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13:58

Piperine can enhance the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of quercetin. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Neural Regen Res. 2017 Jul ;12(7):1137-1144. PMID: 28852397 Abstract Title:  Neuroprotective potential of Quercetin in combination with piperine against 1-methyl-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine-induced neurotoxicity. Abstract:  1-Methy-4-phenyl-1,2,3,6-tetrahydropyridine (MPTP) is a neurotoxin that selectively damages dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra pars compacta and induces Parkinson's like symptoms in rodents. Quercetin (QC) is a natural polyphenolic bioflavonoid with potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties but lacks of clinical attraction due to low oral bioavailability. Piperine is a well established bioavailability enhancer used pre-clinically to improve the bioavailability of antioxidants (e.g., Quercetin). Therefore, the present study was designed to evaluate the neuroprotective potential of QC together with piperine against MPTP-induced neurotoxicity in rats. MPTP (100g/L/rat, bilaterally) was injected intranigrally on days 1, 4 and 7 using a digital stereotaxic apparatus. QC (25 and 50 mg/kg, intragastrically) and QC (25 mg/kg, intragastrically) in combination with piperine (2.5 mg/kg, intragastrically) were administered daily for 14 days starting from day 8after the 3(rd) injection of MPTP. On day 22, animals were sacrificed and the striatum was isolated for oxidative stress parameter (thiobarbituric acid reactive substances, nitrite and glutathione), neuroinflammatory cytokine (interleukin-1, interleukin-6, and tumor necrosis factor-) and neurotransmitter (dopamine, norepinephrine, serotonin, gamma-aminobutyric acid, glutamate, 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid, homovanillic acid, and 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid) evaluations. Bilateral infusion of MPTP into substantia nigra pars compacta led to significant motor deficits as evidenced by impairments in locomotor activity and rotarod performance in open field test and grip strength and narrow beam walk performance. Both QC (25 and 50 mg/kg) and QC (25 mg/kg) in combination with piperine (2.5 mg/kg), in particular the combination therapy, significantly improved MPTP-induced behavioral abnormalities in rats, reversed the abnormal alterations of neurotransmitters in the striatum, and alleviated oxidative stress and inflammatory response in the striatum. These findings indicate that piperine can enhance the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of QC, and QC in combination with piperine exhibits strong neuroprotective effects against MPTP-induced neurotoxicity.

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Quercetin can be a suitable therapeutic agent to prevent neurodegeneration in diabetic retinopathy. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Saudi J Biol Sci. 2017 Sep ;24(6):1186-1194. Epub 2016 Dec 3. PMID: 28855811 Abstract Title:  Neuroprotective effects of quercetin in diabetic rat retina. Abstract:  Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a severe complication of diabetes and the leading cause of blindness among working adults worldwide. DR is being widely recognized as a neurodegenerative disease of the retina, since, retinal neurons are damaged soon after diabetes onset. Diabetes-induced oxidative stress is considered as central factor that dysregulates neurotrophic factors and activates apoptosis, thereby damages neurons in the diabetic retina. Flavonoids being a powerful antioxidant have been considered to protect neurons in diabetic retina. The purpose of this study was to analyze the beneficial effects of flavonoid, quercetin to protect neurons in the diabetic rat retina. We quantitated the expression levels of BDNF, NGF, TrkB, synaptophysin, Akt, Bcl-2, cytochrome c and caspase-3 using Western blotting techniques in the diabetic retina with and without quercetin treatments and compared with non-diabetic rats. In addition, we employed ELISA techniques to determine the level of BDNF. Caspase-3 activity and the level of glutathione were analyzed by biochemical methods. Our results indicate that quercetin treatment to diabetic rats caused a significant increase in the level of neurotrophic factors and inhibited the level of cytochrome c and caspase-3 activity in the diabetic retina. Furthermore, the level of an anti-apoptotic protein Bcl-2 was augmented in quercetin treated diabetic retina. Thus, quercetin, may protect the neuronal damage in diabetic retina by ameliorating the levels of neurotrophic factors and also by inhibiting the apoptosis of neurons. Therefore, this study suggests that quercetin can be a suitable therapeutic agent to prevent neurodegeneration in diabetic retinopathy.

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Quercetin application attenuated mucosal damage from ischemia reperfusion injury by inhibiting neutrophil infiltration. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Biomed Pharmacother. 2017 Aug 28 ;95:346-354. Epub 2017 Aug 28. PMID: 28858733 Abstract Title:  Quercetin attenuates the ischemia reperfusion induced COX-2 and MPO expression in the small intestine mucosa. Abstract:  Quercetin, the active substance of tea, fruits and vegetables, exerts a broad spectrum of pharmacological activities and is considered to have potential therapeutic application. The present study was designed to investigate the beneficial effect of quercetin against experimental ischemia- reperfusion (IR) injury of the small intestine in rats. Quercetin was administrated intraperitoneally 30min before 1h ischemia of superior mesenteric artery with following reperfusion periods lasting 1, 4 and 24h. The male specific pathogen-free Charles River Wistar rats were used (n=45). In acute phase, 4h after start of reperfusion, the quercetin induced a significant decrease in mucosal injury index (p

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12:55

Low concentration of quercetin antagonizes the invasion and angiogenesis of human glioblastoma U251 cells. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Onco Targets Ther. 2017 ;10:4023-4028. Epub 2017 Aug 11. PMID: 28860810 Abstract Title:  Low concentration of quercetin antagonizes the invasion and angiogenesis of human glioblastoma U251 cells. Abstract:  Glioblastoma is the most aggressive type of brain tumor with a very poor prognosis. Therefore, it is always of great importance to explore and develop new potential treatment for glioblastoma. Quercetin, a flavonoid present in a variety of human foods, has been shown to inhibit various tumor cell proliferation. In this study, we found that treating human glioblastoma U251 cells with 10g/mL quercetin for 24 hours, a concentration that was far below the IC50 (113.65 g/mL) and at which quercetin failed to inhibit cell proliferation, inhibited cell migration (30%) and cell invasion as examined by wound scratch assay and transwell assay, respectively. We further showed that 10 g/mL quercetin inhibited cell migration and tube formation of human umbilical vein endothelial cells induced by the conditioned medium derived from U251 cell culture. The inhibitory effect of quercetin on migration and angiogenesis is possibly mediated through the downregulation of protein levels ofVEGFA, MMP9, and MMP2 as detected by Western blot. Our findings demonstrated that low concentration of quercetin antagonized glioblastoma cell invasion and angiogenesis in vitro.

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12:39

Quercetin reduces neural tissue damage and promotes astrocyte activation after spinal cord injury in rats. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Cell Biochem. 2017 Sep 2. Epub 2017 Sep 2. PMID: 28865131 Abstract Title:  Quercetin reduces neural tissue damage and promotes astrocyte activation after spinal cord injury in rats. Abstract:  Spinal cord injury (SCI) is lead to locomotor impairment because of neurological damage after following trauma. Quercetin (Que) has been confirmed have a neuro-protective effect during nerve damage processes. The purpose of this study was to determine the roles of Que in functional recovery, cavity formation, astrocyte activation and nerve regeneration following SCI. Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into 3 groups: Sham group, SCI group and Que+SCI group. A rat model of SCI was made at T10 using the modified Allen's method. In the Que+SCI group, animals underwent laminectomy and were then intraperitoneally injected with 20mg/kg Que for 7 days. Locomotor function was determined with the Basso, Beattie, Bresnahan (BBB) scoresat 1, 3, 5 and 7 days post injury. At 7 days post injury, somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs) and motor evoked potentials (MEPs) were recorded. Hematoxylin-Eosin (HE) staining was used to investigate cavity formation. Astrocyte activation was assayed by immunohistochemistry staining with an antibody specific for glial fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP), as well as the expression of GFAP and S100. Axons were stained using an antibody specific for neurofilament 200 (NF200) and 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT). In addition, the protein level of BDNF, p-JNK2 and p-STAT3 was detected using western blot. Que promoted locomotor function and electrophysiological recovery, reduced cavity formation, contributed to astrocyte activation and axonal regeneration after acute SCI. Moreover, Que up-regulated the expression of BDNF, but reduced p-JNK2 and p-STAT3 expression after acute SCI. Taken together,Que promoted locomotor and electrophysiological functional recovery, astrocyte activation and axonal regeneration after acute SCI, possibly through BDNF and JAK2/STAT3 signaling pathways. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.

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12:17

Quercetin attenuates manganese-induced neuroinflammation by alleviating oxidative stress. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Int J Mol Sci. 2017 Sep 15 ;18(9). Epub 2017 Sep 15. PMID: 28914791 Abstract Title:  Quercetin Attenuates Manganese-Induced Neuroinflammation by Alleviating Oxidative Stress through Regulation of Apoptosis, iNOS/NF-B and HO-1/Nrf2 Pathways. Abstract:  Manganese (Mn) is an essential trace element required for the development of human body and acts as an enzyme co-factor or activator for various reactions of metabolism. While essential in trace amounts, excessive Mn exposure can result in toxic accumulations in human brain tissue and resulting extrapyramidal symptoms called manganism similar to idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD). Quercetin (QCT) has been demonstrated to play an important role in altering the progression of neurodegenerative diseases by protecting against oxidative stress. This study aimed to investigate the protective effect of QCT on Mn-induced neurotoxicity and the underlying mechanism in SK-N-MC human neuroblastoma cell line and Sprague-Dawley (SD) male rat brain. The results showed that Mn treatment significantly decreased the cell viability of SK-N-MC cell and increased the release of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), which was attenuated by QCT pretreatment at 10 and 20g/mL. Compared to the Mn alone group, QCT pretreatment significantly attenuated Mn-induced oxidative stress, mitochondrial dysfunction and apoptosis. Meanwhile, QCT pretreatment markedly downregulated the NF-B but upregulated the heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) and Nrf2 proteins, compared to the Mn alone group. Our result showed the beneficial effect of QCT on hematological parameters against Mn in rat brain. QCT decrease reactive oxygen species (ROS) and protein carbonyl levels and increased Cu/Zn-superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity induced in Mn-treated rats. QCT administration caused a significant reduction in the Mn-induced neuroinflammation by inhibiting the expression of inflammatory markers such as tumor necrosis factor- (TNF-), interleukin-1 (IL-1), interleukin-6 (IL-6) cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS). QCT lowered the Mn elevated levels ofvarious downstream apoptotic markers, including Bax, cytochrome c, cleaved caspase-3 and polymerase-1 (PARP-1), while QCT treatment upregulated anti-apoptotic Bcl-2 proteins and prevented Mn-induced neurodegeneration. Furthermore, administration of QCT (25 and 50 mg/kg) to Mn-exposed rats showed improvement of histopathological alteration in comparison to Mn-treated rats. Moreover, administration of QCT to Mn-exposed rats showed significant reduction of 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG), Bax, activated caspase-3 and PARP-1 immunoreactivity. These results indicate that QCT could effectivelyinhibit Mn induced apoptosis and inflammatory response in SK-N-MC cells and SD rats, which may involve the activation of...

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Quercetin has a protective role of against manganese-induced injury in the liver, kidney, and lungs. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Drug Des Devel Ther. 2017 ;11:2605-2619. Epub 2017 Sep 5. PMID: 28919711 Abstract Title:  Protective role of quercetin against manganese-induced injury in the liver, kidney, and lung; and hematological parameters in acute and subchronic rat models. Abstract:  Manganese (Mn) is an important mineral element required in trace amounts for development of the human body, while over- or chronic-exposure can cause serious organ toxicity. The current study was designed to evaluate the protective role of quercetin (Qct) against Mn-induced toxicity in the liver, kidney, lung, and hematological parameters in acute and subchronic rat models. Male Sprague Dawley rats were divided into control, Mn (100 mg/kg for acute model and 15 mg/kg for subchronic model), and Mn + Qct (25 and 50 mg/kg) groups in both acute and subchronic models. Our result revealed that Mn + Qct groups effectively reduced Mn-induced ALT, AST, and creatinine levels. However, Mn + Qct groups had effectively reversed Mn-induced alteration of complete blood count, including red blood cells, hemoglobin, hematocrit, mean corpuscular volume, mean corpuscular hemoglobin, mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration, platelets, and white blood cells. Meanwhile, the Mn + Qct groups had significantly decreased neutrophil and eosinophil and increased lymphocyte levels relative to the Mn group. Additionally, Mn + Qct groups showed a beneficial effect against Mn-induced macrophages and neutrophils. Our result demonstrated that Mn + Qct groups exhibited protective effects on Mn-induced alteration of GRP78, CHOP, and caspase-3 activities. Furthermore, histopathological observation showed that Mn + Qct groups effectively counteracted Mn-induced morphological change in the liver, kidney, and lung. Moreover, immunohistochemically Mn + Qct groups had significantly attenuated Mn-induced 8-oxo-2'-deoxyguanosine immunoreactivity. Our study suggests that Qct could be a substantially promising organ-protective agent against toxic Mn effects and perhaps against other toxic metal chemicals or drugs.

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11:13

Rutin may represent a potential therapeutic agent for diabetic cardiomyopathy. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Eur J Pharmacol. 2017 Aug 19. Epub 2017 Aug 19. PMID: 28826911 Abstract Title:  Rutin alleviates diabetic cardiomyopathy and improves cardiac function in diabetic ApoEknockout mice. Abstract:  Rutin, a natural bioflavonoid, has demonstrated anti-diabetic and anti-oxidative bioactivity. Oxidative stress is a potential therapeutic target for diabetic cardiomyopathy. We investigated whether rutinadministration (60mg/kg body weight) reduces diabetic cardiomyopathy in a diabetic ApoE knock out mouse model. Diabetes was induced in ApoEknockout mice (male, C57BL/6 background) with a high fat diet combined with injection of streptozotocin. Cardiac function was evaluated by echocardiography and cardiac catheter hemodynamic analysis. Cardiac myocardial hypertrophy, myocardial fibrosis, lipid content, myocardial capillary density, and oxidative stress were detected by a series of histopathological analyses, western blotting, and reactive oxygen species analysis. Diabetic mice showed myocardial hypertrophy, lipid accumulation, myocardial fibrosis, elevated collagen content, deteriorating oxidative stress, and left ventricular systolic and diastolic dysfunction. Rutin reversed the myocardial hypertrophy, alleviated extracellular collagen deposition, and lipid accumulation, but increased capillary density in diabetic myocardial tissues. Moreover, rutin substantially improved cardiac function while decreasing blood glucose and lipid content. Therapeutic rutin administration reduced cardiac remodeling and improved myocardial function in diabetic mice, at least in part by reducing oxidative damage and ectopic lipid deposition, inhibiting fibrosis, and promoting angiogenesis. Thus, rutin may represent a potential therapeutic agent for diabetic cardiomyopathy.

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11:09

Buckeye Arizona Police Take Down Autistic Teen for Stimming AGE OF AUTISM

NOTE: We hope this poor young man is OK. Autism has many variations, versions and vagaries. The epidemic denialists and neurodiversity whitewashers would have you believe autism is simply a Swiss army knife of unique skills for life and not...

11:03

Study: Lauric Acid from Coconut Oil Inhibits Cancer Cell Growth Without Affecting Healthy Cells Health Impact News

Organic coconut oil in the glass jar. Fresh coconut cut in half and leaf for decoration

Comments by Brian Shilhavy
Editor, Health Impact News

A study published this month (September 2017) by researchers from the Department of Pharmacy, Health and Nutritional Sciences, at the University of Calabria in Rende, Italy, and from the Department of Health Sciences at the University Magna Graecia in Catanzaro, Italy, looked at the anti-cancer activity of lauric acid, the main fatty acid found in coconut oil.

While coconut oil continues to get slandered in the U.S. by those with close ties to the pharmaceutical industry, research mainly outside the U.S. continues to show how healthy coconut oil can be, dispelling the common saturated-fat-is-bad myth still being promoted in the U.S.

The study title is: The lauric acid-activated signaling prompts apoptosis in cancer cells, and it was published in the journal Cell Death Recovery.

The study looked at the effects of lauric acid in both breast cancer and colon cancer:

The saturated medium-chain fatty-acid lauric acid (LA) has been associated to certain health-promoting benefits of coconut oil intake, including the improvement of the quality of life in breast cancer patients during chemotherapy.

As it concerns the potential to hamper tumor growth, LA was shown to elicit inhibitory effects only in colon cancer cells. Here, we provide novel insights regarding the molecular mechanisms through which LA triggers antiproliferative and pro-apoptotic effects in both breast and endometrial cancer cells.

Coconut oil is natures richest source of lauric acid, by far, comprising almost 50% of the fatty acids in coconut oil. Human breast milk comes in a distant second at around 6% lauric acid.

Lauric acid has a rich and long history of fighting pathogens, and has been a popular food preservative for many decades. Find out more about peer-reviewed research on lauric acid on our Research Page at CoconutOil.com.

Perhaps the most significant observation documented in this study was the ability...

10:52

Rutin has a protective effect against brain injury induced by acrylamide or gamma radiation. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Arch Physiol Biochem. 2017 Sep 14:1-9. Epub 2017 Sep 14. PMID: 28906145 Abstract Title:  Protective effect of rutin against brain injury induced by acrylamide or gamma radiation: role of PI3K/AKT/GSK-3/NRF-2 signalling pathway. Abstract:  This study was designed to evaluate the effect of rutin on PI3K/AKT-signalling in case of acrylamide or-radiation-induced neurotoxicity. To induce brain damage, animals were received acrylamide (25mg/kg b.wt./orally/day) or 5Gy of -radiation exposure accompanied with an administration of rutin (200mg/kg b.wt./orally/day). Our data revealed that, compared to acrylamide or -radiation, rutin activated PI3K/AKT/GSK-3/NRF-2-pathway through increased protein levels of p-PI3K, p-AKT and p-GSK-3 and up-regulated the expression of NRF-2. This was achieved by modulating MDA, GST, IL-1, IL-6 and reduced the interference of ROS with IGF-1 and NGF stimulating the PI3K/AKT-signaling. Furthermore, histopathological examinations of brain tissues showed that rutin has modulated tissue architecture after acrylamide or -radiation induced tissue damage. It could be concluded that rutin provides protection effect against acrylamide or -radiation-induced neurotoxicity via activation ofthe PI3K/AKT/GSK-3/NRF-2-pathway by altering the phosphorylation state through its ability to scavenge free radicals generation, modulating gene expression and its anti-inflammatory effects.

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10:32

Low Lymphocyte Count (Lymphocytopenia) What Does It Mean? Healthy and Natural World

Low lymphocyte count (Lymphocytopenia) could indicate that you are at greater risk of developing infections because your lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell) are low. Lymphocytes are a type of white blood cell and they are essential to kill off bacteria and viruses and prevent infections from getting worse. A weakened immune system is often caused by a low number of lymphocytes and other types of white blood cells.

There are 3 types of Lymphocytes in your blood: B lymphocytes (B-cells), T lymphocytes (T-cells), and natural killer cells (NK cells). Together they help to keep you healthy and free of infection. The normal lymphocyte count range is between 1000 and 4800 per microliter of blood and it will take up about 20% to 40% of your total white blood cell count.26

A low level of lymphocytes in the blood can be caused by various factors. For example, nutrient deficiencies, stress, and fasting can all cause your lymphocyte count to drop. If blood tests show a significant drop in the number of lymphocytes then doctors will check for certain diseases like viral infections, autoimmune and inflammatory conditions, or certain cancers.

In many cases, enjoying a healthy diet with plenty of protein, vitamins, and minerals, getting enough rest, and addressing any nutrient deficiencies can help keep your lymphocyte levels normal. However, if doctors suspect a more serious cause of decreased levels of lymphocytes, you will have to treat the underlying medical conditions to get your lymphocyte levels back to normal.

Lymphocytes and What They Do

Lymphocytes are a type of white blood cells and they play an important role in your immune system and are necessary to destroy viruses and bacteria. According to information published by PubMed Health, the three types of lymphocytes B-cells, T-cells, and NK cells (natural killer cells) destroy toxins, bacteria, and viruses. The T cells destroy the bodys own cells that have themselves been taken over by viruses or become cancerous.1

What is Normal Lymphocytes Range?

In order to check for low lymphocytes in a blood test, doctors will perform a differential blood test to count the number of lymphocytes. According to PubMed Health, the normal lymphocyte range in a blood test for adults is between 1000 and 4800/L (or microliters). In children under 2 years old, the range will be significantly higher.2

If your lymphocyte count is less than 1000/L then you have lymphocytopenia (low lymphocyte count). Expert in hematology, Dr. Mary Territo says that lymphocytopenia can only be found by using differential blood test results that count the number of T-cells and B-cells. In some cases, total white blood count can seem normal even when there is a low lymphocyte count.3

What does Low Ly...

10:29

These findings suggest the promising role of mulberry polyphenols for type II diabetics. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Food Res Int. 2017 Oct ;100(Pt 1):873-884. Epub 2017 Jul 2. PMID: 28873762 Abstract Title:  The novel contributors of anti-diabetic potential in mulberry polyphenols revealed by UHPLC-HR-ESI-TOF-MS/MS. Abstract:  To explore the comprehensive phenolic profile of mulberry (Morus alba L.) fruit and reveal the novel anti-diabetic constituents, mulberry polyphenols (MP) were fractionated through gradient ethanol elution and subjected to composition and bioactivity analysis. Forty-seven phenolic compounds were identified and quantified through UHPLC-HR-ESI-TOF-MS/MS, including twenty-one newly identified compounds such as delphinidin 3-rutinoside-5-glucoside and cyanidin 3-rutinoside dimer. The antioxidant activity and anti-diabetic potential of fractionated MP were analyzed in vitro and ex vivo with HepG2 and pancreatic-cell RIN-m5F. Hierarchical cluster analysis and Pearson correlation coefficients revealed compounds such as syringic acid and galloylcyanidin-glycoside contributed most to inhibit -glucosidase activity. Quercetin and cyanidin-glycosides were essential for cellular antioxidant activity. Dihydroquercetin and 1,5-dicaffeoylquinic acid were newly identified and validated as the main contributors after rutin to protect RIN-m5F cells against glucotoxicity. Such findings suggest the promising role of MP for type II diabetics and lay the foundation of further utilization and investigation.

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09:58

The current research verified that oregano and its main constituents could be potentially utilized as anticancer therapeutic agents. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Molecules. 2017 Aug 30 ;22(9). Epub 2017 Aug 30. PMID: 28867805 Abstract Title:  Cytotoxic Activity of Origanum Vulgare L. on Hepatocellular Carcinoma cell Line HepG2 and Evaluation of its Biological Activity. Abstract:  The potential of plant essential oils (EOs) in anticancer treatment has recently received many research efforts to overcome the development of multidrug resistance and their negative side effects. The aims of the current research are to study (i) the cytotoxic effect of the crude EO extracted from Origanum vulgare subsp hirtum and its main constituents (carvacrol, thymol, citral and limonene) on hepatocarcinoma HepG2 and healthy human renal cells HEK293; (ii) the antibacterial and phytotoxic activities of the above EO and its main constituents. Results showed that cell viability percentage of treated HepG2 by EO and its main constituents was significantly decreased when compared to untreated cells. The calculated inhibition concentration (IC50) values for HepG2 were lower than healthy renal cells, indicating the sort of selectivity of the studied substances. Citral is not potentially recommended as an anticancer therapeutic agent, since there are no significant differences between IC50 values against both tested cell lines. Results showed also that oregano EO and its main constituents have a significant antibacterial activity and a moderate phytotoxic effect. The current research verified that oregano EO and its main constituents could be potentially utilized as anticancer therapeutic agents.

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09:36

Caffeic acid phenethyl ester is protective in experimental ulcerative colitis GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Inflammopharmacology. 2017 May 20. Epub 2017 May 20. PMID: 28528363 Abstract Title:  Caffeic acid phenethyl ester is protective in experimental ulcerative colitis via reduction in levels of pro-inflammatory mediators and enhancement of epithelial barrier function. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Inhibition of the nuclear factor kappa beta (NF-) pathway has been proposed as a therapeutic target due to its key role in the expression of pro-inflammatory genes, including pro-inflammatory cytokines, chemokines, and adhesion molecules. Caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE) is a naturally occurring anti-inflammatory agent, found in propolis,and has been reported as a specific inhibitor of NF-. However, the impact of CAPE on levels of myeloperoxidases (MPO) and pro-inflammatory cytokines during inflammation is not clear. The aims of this study were to investigate the protective efficacy of CAPE in the mouse model of colitis and determine its effect on MPO activity, pro-inflammatory cytokines levels, and intestinal permeability.METHOD: Dextran sulphate sodium was administered in drinking water to induce colitis in C57/BL6 mice before treatment with intraperitoneal administration of CAPE (30 mg kg(-1) day(-1)). Disease activity index (DAI) score, colon length and tissue histology levels of MPO, pro-inflammatory cytokines, and intestinal permeability were observed.RESULTS: CAPE-treated mice had lower DAI and tissue inflammation scores, with improved epithelial barrier protection and significant reduction in the level of MPO and pro-inflammatory cytokines.CONCLUSION: Our results show that CAPE is effective in suppressing inflammation-triggered MPO activity and pro-inflammatory cytokines production while enhancing epithelial barrier function in experimental colitis. Thus, we conclude that CAPE could be a potential therapeutic agent for further clinical investigations for treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases in humans.

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09:33

What Is Spotting and What Does Spotting Look Like? Healthy and Natural World

Spotting is light bleeding that can look like the start of your regular menstrual period but happens before or after your period. Although you may be worried about light vaginal bleeding between your monthly periods, there usually isnt anything to worry about. Spotting looks like small dark brown spots or light pink marks on your underwear which makes it possible to tell apart from regular menstrual bleeding.

Some occasional light spotting between your periods is viewed as normal and can be caused by stress, using birth control, or even a sign that ovulation has occurred. In fact, implantation spotting before your period is due could be a sign that you are pregnant. However, there are some conditions where vaginal spotting when you dont have your period can be a cause for concern. Uterine fibroids, ovarian cysts, infections, and cancer can cause light to heavy vaginal bleeding and may be associated with abdominal pain, fever, and pain during bowel movements. Some spotting can occur during pregnancy and you should always speak to your doctor or obstetrician about the bleeding.

In this article, you will learn about what spotting looks like and how to tell the difference between period bleeding and spotting. You will also find out when spotting is considered normal and when you should speak to your doctor about abnormal vaginal bleeding.

What is Spotting?

Spotting is referred to by doctors as abnormal vaginal bleeding. According to staff from the Mayo Clinic, spotting is when you notice small amounts of blood when you are not expecting your period. The spots of blood are often seen after wiping when you have used the bathroom or you may notice them on your underwear.1

According to Dr. William Blahd on WebMD, light spotting has many causes and doesnt necessarily mean that you have a serious condition. For example, Dr. Blahd says that some light bleeding can happen with ovulation and even in pregnancy, and some minimal spotting can be considered normal.2

Spotting vs. Period How to Tell the Difference

Knowing what spotting looks like and when it happens can help you tell the difference between regular menstrual flow and spotting. For some women, spotting can be the first sign that their menstrual period has started. So, telling spotting apart from regular menstrual bleeding requires that you observe and know what is normal with your monthly cycle.

What is considered a light period?

Having your period marks the start of your regular menstrual cycle. According to Dr. Traci Johnson on WebMD, what is considered normal depends on each woman and their menstrual cycle. In general, a light period is one where bleeding lasts a short time and the blood flow is relatively light. For example, some women have very light periods that only last 2-3 days with light blood flow.3 Light blood flow might be as little as 10 ml, or 2...

09:14

Intrathecal CAPE administration following SCI decreases tissue and serum IL-6 levels as well as decreases spinal cord edema and microhemorrage. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Turk Neurosurg. 2017 Apr 27. Epub 2017 Apr 27. PMID: 28585671 Abstract Title:  Effects of Intrathecal Caffeic Acid Phenethyl Ester (CAPE) on IL-6 and TNF- Levels and Local Inflammatory Responses in Spinal Cord Injuries. Abstract:  AIM: To investigate the effects of intrathecal caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE) on tissue and serum IL-6 and TNF- levels following spinal cord injury (SCI) as well as its effects on edema and microhemorrage.MATERIAL AND METHODS: Forty rats were divided into four groups. The sham group underwent single-level laminectomy and then received an intrathecal injection of isotonic saline. The control group received an intrathecal injection of isotonic saline following SCI induction. The methylprednisolone (MP) group received a single dose of MP intrathecally following SCI. The CAPE group received a single dose of CAPE intrathecally following SCI. IL-6 and TNF- levels were determined using the ELISA method. Spinal cord samples were evaluated histopathologically.RESULTS: The decrease in IL-6 levels in the CAPE group was significantly higher than that in the sham and control groups. However, this decrease wasn't as significant as that in the MP group. No significant decrease was identified in TNF- levels. A significant decrease was observed in spinal cord edema and microhemorrage in the CAPE group. A decrease in edema was observed in the MP group, but no effect was observed on microhemorrage.CONCLUSION: Intrathecal CAPE administration following SCI decreases tissue and serum IL-6 levels as well as decreases spinal cord edema and microhemorrage.

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09:06

Cinnamaldehyde supplementation is shown to improve glucose and lipid homeostasis in diabetic animals. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Pharmacol Res. 2017 Aug ;122:78-89. Epub 2017 May 27. PMID: 28559210 Abstract Title:  Cinnamaldehyde in diabetes: A review of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics and safety. Abstract:  Cinnamaldehyde, one of the active components derived from Cinnamon, has been used as a natural flavorant and fragrance agent in kitchen and industry. Emerging studies have been performed over the past decades to evaluate its beneficial role in management of diabetes and its complications. This review highlights recent advances of cinnamaldehyde in its glucolipid lowering effects, its pharmacokinetics, and its safety by consulting the Pubmed, China Knowledge Resource Integrated, China Science and Technology Journal, National Science and Technology Library, Wanfang Data, and the Web of Science Databases. For the inquiries, keywords such as Cinnamon, cinnamaldehyde, property, synthesis, diabetes, obesity, pharmacokinetics, and safety were used in various combinations. Accumulating evidence supports the notion that cinnamaldehyde exhibits glucolipid lowering effects in diabetic animals by increasing glucose uptake and improving insulin sensitivity in adipose and skeletal muscle tissues, improving glycogen synthesis in liver, restoring pancreatic islets dysfunction, slowing gastric emptying rates, and improving diabetic renal and brain disorders. Cinnamaldehyde exerts these effects through its action on multiple signaling pathways, including PPARs, AMPK, PI3K/IRS-1, RBP4-GLUT4, and ERK/JNK/p38MAPK, TRPA1-ghrelin and Nrf2 pathways. In addition, cinnamaldehyde seems to regulate the activities of PTP1B and-amylase. Furthermore, cinnamaldehyde has the potential of metalizing into cinnamyl alcohol and methyl cinnamate and cinnamic acid in the body. Finally, there is a potential toxicity concern about this compound. In summary, cinnamaldehyde supplementation is shown to improve glucose and lipid homeostasis in diabetic animals, which may provide a new option for diabetic intervention. To this end, further scientific evidences are required from clinical trials on its glucose regulating effects and safety.

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09:01

Dietary cinnamaldehyde enhances acquisition of specific antibodies following helminth infection in pigs. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Vet Immunol Immunopathol. 2017 Jul ;189:43-52. Epub 2017 Jun 17. PMID: 28669386 Abstract Title:  Dietary cinnamaldehyde enhances acquisition of specific antibodies following helminth infection in pigs. Abstract:  Dietary phytonutrients such as cinnamaldehyde (CA) may contribute to immune function during pathogen infections, and CA has been reported to have positive effects on gut health when used as feed additive for livestock. Here, we investigated whether CA could enhance antibody production and specific immune responses during infection with an enteric pathogen. We examined the effect of dietary CA on plasma antibody levels in parasite-nave pigs, and subsequently acquisition of humoral immune responses during infection with the parasitic nematode Ascaris suum. Parasite-nave pigs fed diets supplemented with CA had higher levels of total IgA and IgG in plasma, and A. suum-infected pigs fed CA had higher levels of parasite-specificIgM and IgA in plasma 14days post-infection. Moreover, dietary CA increased expression of genes encoding the B-cell marker CD19, sodium/glucose co-transporter1 (SCA5L1) and glucose transporter 2 (SLC2A2) in the jejunal mucosa of A.suum-infected pigs. Dietary CA induced only limited changes in the composition of the prokaryotic gut microbiota of A. suum-infected pigs, and in vitro experiments showed that CA did not directly induce proliferation or increase secretion of IgG and IgA from lymphocytes. Our results demonstrate that dietary CA can significantly enhance acquisition of specific immuneresponses in pigs. The underlying mechanism remains obscure, but apparently does not derive simply from direct contact between CA and host lymphocytes and appears to be independent of the gut microbiota.

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08:54

Cinnamaldehyde exhibits therapeutic potency against obesity by inducing the browning of white adipose tissue. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Cell Physiol Biochem. 2017 Jul 18 ;42(4):1514-1525. Epub 2017 Jul 18. PMID: 28719892 Abstract Title:  Cinnamaldehyde Ameliorates Diet-Induced Obesity in Mice by Inducing Browning of White Adipose Tissue. Abstract:  BACKGROUND/AIMS: Obesity has become a major health concern with few effective medications. Cinnamaldehyde (CA) has been reported to exhibit anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory properties. However, whether CA shows anti-obesity activity remains unknown. Therefore, the present study aimed to investigate the potential anti-obesity effects of CA on mice fed a high-fat diet (HFD) and to explore the possible mechanisms involved.METHODS: Male C57BL/6J mice fed an HFD for 12 weeks were supplemented with CA (40 mg/kg/day) via gavage for an additional 8 weeks. Mice fed a standard diet were used as normal controls.RESULTS: The results revealed that CA treatment decreased body weight, fat mass, food intake, and serum lipid, free fatty acid and leptin levels. CA administration also improved insulin sensitivity in HFD-induced obese mice. Additionally, CA inhibited the hypertrophy of adipose tissue and induced browning of white adipose tissue. Uncoupling protein 1 (UCP1) was expressed in white adipose tissue after the oral administration of CA. Furthermore, CA enhanced the expression of the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (PPAR), PR domain-containing 16 (PRDM16) and PPAR coactivator 1 (PGC-1) proteins in both brown and white adipose tissues.CONCLUSIONS: The results suggest that CA exhibits therapeutic potency against obesity by inducing the browning of white adipose tissue in HFD-fed mice.

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08:47

Eucalyptol, sabinene and cinnamaldehyde could be potent inhibitors of salmonella target protein L-asparaginase. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  3 Biotech. 2017 Aug ;7(4):258. Epub 2017 Jul 22. PMID: 28735432 Abstract Title:  Eucalyptol, sabinene and cinnamaldehyde: potent inhibitors of salmonella target protein L-asparaginase. Abstract:  Salmonella typhimurium is a severe threat to human life. The treatment became more difficult with the emergence of multidrug resistance. In the present in silico study, a novel drug target L-asparaginase was tested against three ligands eucalyptol, sabinene, and cinnamaldehyde, major components of cardamom, nutmeg, and cinnamon, respectively. The lowest docking score was obtained for sabinene followed by eucalyptol and cinnamaldehyde i.e. -5.648, -3.939 and -3.469. The docking score of sabinene is also better than the standard drug, Ciprofloxacin (-4.661) and natural substrate L-asparagine (-5.497). The amino acid residues involved in interactions inside the binding pocket are threonine 115 and threonine 35. The ADMET profile studied, also suggests the potency of the test ligands as a drug candidate. The results suggest they could be safe alternatives of chemical compounds to treat infections and combat multidrug-resistant bacteria.

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Cinnamaldehyde has a protective effect in the endotoxin poisoned mice through the inhibition of NLRP3 inflammasome activation. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Immunopharmacol Immunotoxicol. 2017 Oct ;39(5):296-304. Epub 2017 Aug 1. PMID: 28762847 Abstract Title:  Inhibition of NLRP3 inflammasome: a new protective mechanism of cinnamaldehyde in endotoxin poisoning of mice. Abstract:  CONTEXT: Cinnamaldehyde (CA) has a protective effect in endotoxin poisoning of mice, but there is no direct evidence for the protective effect of CA through inhibition of NLRP3 inflammasome activation in endotoxin poisoning of mice.OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the protective mechanism of CA in endotoxin poisoned mice through NLRP3 inflammasome.MATERIALS AND METHODS: First, we evaluated the anti-inflammatory effect of CA in phorbol-12-myristate acetate-differentiated THP-1 cells through the NLRP3 inflammasome. Second, in a mouse model of lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced endotoxin poisoning, CA was administrated for 5 d (once a day) before the 15mg/kg LPS challenge. Then, the levels of IL-1 in serum were measured, and the effect of CA on the NLRP3 inflammasome activation and the expression of cathepsin B and P2X7R proteins in lung were explored.RESULTS: In vitro, CA decreased the levels of p20, pro-IL-1 and IL-1 in cell culture supernatants, as well as the expression of NLRP3 and IL-1 mRNA in cells. In vivo, CA decreased IL-1 production in serum. Furthermore, CA suppressed LPS-induced NLRP3, p20, Pro-IL-1, P2X7 receptor (P2X7R) and cathepsin B protein expression in lung, as well as the expression of NLRP3 and IL-1 mRNA.CONCLUSIONS: CA has a protective effect in the endotoxin poisoned mice through the inhibition of NLRP3 inflammasome activation. Furthermore, CA suppresses the NLRP3 inflammasome activation by inhibiting the expression of cathepsin B and P2X7R protein expression. CA can be considered as a potential therapeutic candidate for diseases involved in endotoxin poisoning such as sepsis.

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08:29

Studies Link Heavy Metals to the Explosion of Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Declining IQ in American Children Vaccine Impact

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by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
World Mercury Project

A silent pandemic of neurodevelopmental toxicity is disabling a generation of children around the world. This is the verdict of neurology experts Philippe Grandjean and Philip Landrigan in a 2014 report in Lancet Neurology. The staggering tsunami of developmental disabilities now affects at least one in six children in the U.S. and millions more worldwide. Two new studies suggest that the most common of these illnessesautism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and ticsare related to each other and may share common causation. The culprit? Environmental toxins, particularly heavy metals.

About 11% (or one in nine 4-17-year-olds) have received an ADHD diagnosisand in some states, as many as 19%. The most recent ASD estimates in the U.S., from 2014 data, report a prevalence of one in 45 children, representing a significant increase compared to 20112013.

08:26

Cinnamaldehyde is a potential therapeutic agent for cell protection against oxidative stress. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Eur J Pharmacol. 2017 Sep 4. Epub 2017 Sep 4. PMID: 28882558 Abstract Title:  Cinnamaldehyde protects human dental pulp cells against oxidative stress through the Nrf2/HO-1-dependent antioxidant response. Abstract:  Cinnamaldehyde (CA) has various functional properties, such as anti-cancer, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant activities. This study examined the intracellular signaling mechanisms of CA on the oxidative stress response in human dental pulp cells (hDPCs). The results showed that CA did not have any cell cytotoxicity or cause morphological changes at concentrations up to 50M. A CA treatment strongly up-regulated the cellular protein level of heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) and promoted Nrf2 translocation to the nucleus. CA-mediated Nrf2/HO-1 activation reduced the level of reactive oxygen species and protected the hDPCs from H2O2-induced oxidative stress, which induces apoptosis. Moreover, HO-1 depletion by siRNA attenuated the CA-mediated cell protection against oxidative stress. These results indicate that CA protects hDPCs dysfunction under oxidative stress conditions, and this effect is mediated by Nrf2 activation and the up-regulation of HO-1. Overall, these observations suggest that CA is a potential therapeutic agent for cell protection against oxidative stress.

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08:14

Pollution soars in Houston after chemical industry leaks Health Nut News

Houston is still suffering from Hurricane Harvey, long after the storm has passed. But not just because of the flooding or number of damaged homes and roads. Rather, its because of the leeching of thousands of tons of pollutants thanks to their large petrochemical industry. RELATED ARTICLE: ExxonMobil refineries damaged in Hurricane Harvey and releasing hazardous pollutants The

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Stop Using Vaseline Immediately! 4 reasons you should never put petroleum jelly on your skin

Petroleum Jelly, the main ingredient in Vaseline, is often used in beauty products and even on its own to moisturize skin. Its cheap. Its unscented. It seems to work well for softening skin, so what could be the problem?

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Petroleum jelly is a byproduct of the oil refining process. This means it is not sustainable or eco-friendly, and it also explains some of the potential problems with using it.
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These finding suggests that Cinnamaldehyde is a potential anti-inflammatory agent in treatment the acute lung injury. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Cell Mol Biol (Noisy-le-grand). 2017 Aug 30 ;63(8):58-63. Epub 2017 Aug 30. PMID: 28886315 Abstract Title:  The protective effect of cinnamaldehyde on lipopolysaccharide induced acute lung injury in mice. Abstract:  The study wasintended to examinethe protective effect of cinnamaldehyde (CM) on lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced acute lung injury (ALI) mice model.The results of the investigation confirmed that, LPS induced inflammatory cytokines such as TNF-, IL-6, IL-13 and IL-1 were significantly decreased by CM. CM also up-regulated level of IL-10. We found that CM significantly attenuated LPS-induced TLR4 expression, NF-B activation and MPO activity in the lung tissues. It markedly reduced lung wet/dry ratio, and improved typical and severe pathological changes including pulmonary edema in the LPS induced ALI mice. Moreover, CM significantly inhibited neutrophils, macrophages and total cell number in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF). In our study, we noted that TLR4-NF-B signaling pathway was involved in acute lung injury.The results revealed the protective effects of CM in LPS-induced ALI, through suppressionTLR4-NF-B signaling pathway. Our finding suggests that Cinnamaldehyde is a potential anti-inflammatory agent in treatment the acute lung injury.

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Serum Ferritin and GGT Two Potent Health Indicators You Need to Know new research findings two

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

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  • By monitoring your serum ferritin (stored iron) and GGT levels and taking steps to lower them if theyre too high, you can avoid serious health problems
  • Virtually all adult men and postmenopausal women are at risk for iron overload due to inefficient iron excretion. Left untreated, it can contribute to cancer, heart disease, neurodegenerative diseases and other chronic health problems
  • GGT is a liver enzyme involved in glutathione metabolism and the transport of amino acids. GGT can be used as a screening marker for excess free iron and is a potent predictor of mortality


By Dr. Mercola
While many health screens and lab tests are overrated or unnecessary, there are a few that are vitally important, such as vitamin D. I recommend checking your vitamin D level at least twice a year.
Two other really important tests are serum ferritin (which measures stored iron) and gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase or sometimes called gamma-glutamyltransferase (GGT; a liver enzyme correlated with iron toxicity, disease risk and all-cause mortality). By monitoring your serum ferritin and GGT levels and taking steps to lower them if they're too high, y...

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These results indicate cinnamaldehyde has a potential protective effect against glutamate-induced oxidative stress and apoptosis in PC12 cells. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Eur J Pharmacol. 2017 Sep 9. Epub 2017 Sep 9. PMID: 28893578 Abstract Title:  Protective effect of cinnamaldehyde against glutamate-induced oxidative stress and apoptosis in PC12 cells. Abstract:  Cinnamaldehyde is a main ingredient of cinnamon oils from the stem bark of Cinnamomum cassia, which has been widely used in food and traditional herbal medicine in Asia. In the present study, the neuroprotective effects and the potential mechanisms of cinnamaldehyde against glutamate-induced oxidative stress in PC12 cells were investigated. Exposure to 4mM glutamate altered the GSH, MDA levels and SOD activity, caused the generation of reactive oxygen species, resulted in the induction of oxidative stress in PC12 cell, ultimately induced cell death. However, pretreatment with cinnamaldehyde at 5, 10 and 20M significantly attenuated cell viability loss, reduced the generation of reactive oxygen species, stabilised mitochondrial membrane potential (MMP), decreased the release of cytochrome c and limited the activities of caspase-9 and -3. In addition, cinnamaldehyde also markedly increased Bcl-2 while inhibiting Bax expressionand decreased the LC3-II/LC3-I ratio. These results indicate that cinnamaldehyde exists a potential protective effect against glutamate-induced oxidative stress and apoptosis in PC12 cells.

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07:50

Encapsulated cinnamaldehyde had enhanced killing and antibiofilm activity against candida albicans. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Front Microbiol. 2017 ;8:1641. Epub 2017 Aug 29. PMID: 28900419 Abstract Title:  Enhanced Killing and Antibiofilm Activity of Encapsulated Cinnamaldehyde against Candida albicans. Abstract:  Candida sp. impelled opportunistic infection in immune-compromised patients ensuing from asymptomatic colonization to pathogenic forms. Moreover, slow spread of Candida species inducing refractory mucosal and invasive infections brings acute resistance to antifungal drugs. Hence, here we probed the effect of encapsulated preparation of cinnamaldehyde (CNMA) in multilamellar liposomes (ML) against Candida albicans. The efficacy of ML-CNMA against Candida biofilm was assessed by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, as well as light microscopy and its percent inhibition, was determined by XTT [2,3-bis-(2-methoxy-4-nitro-5-sulfophenyl)-2H-tetrazolium-5-carboxanilide] and crystal violet assay. ML-CNMA showed more fungicidal activity than free CNMA as well as multilamellar liposomal amphotericin B (ML-Amp B), which was further confirmed by spot test assay and Log-logistic dose-response analysis. Antifungal activity was driven by reactive oxygen species and cellular damage by sustained release of CNMA. Effect on hyphal formation during 48 h in presence/absence of ML-CNMA was observed under a microscope and further substantiated by RT-PCR by amplifying HWP1, the gene responsible for hyphal wall protein formation. Apoptotic programmed cell death was analyzed by FACS analysis which was further confirmed by cytochrome C release assay. This study elucidates the mechanistic insight of the enhanced antifungal activity of ML preparation of CNMA against Candida infections.

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07:22

Big Corps Selling Lower Quality Foods To Poorer East EU Nations Natural Blaze

By Heather CallaghanEditor

A Slovenian and an Australian sip a Coca-Cola at the same time, although worlds apart. The latter enjoys a typical formula. But the formers is exploding with elevated sugar content and fructo-glucose. The Coke in Prague might dance a more muted jig on the taste buds than the one in London. What happened?

People have suspected double standards on the part of Big Food corporations and their goods in different countries for decades now. Turns out, they were on to something.

Vra Jourov, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, stated that multinational food companies are selling vastly different products to different countries, but use identical branding on their packaging.

She says that many foods sold in Eastern Europe by Western multinational corporations are significantly inferior to the same brands product sold in Western Europe.

She voiced the exasperation of the Eastern European people who feel the need to buy things abroad in order to have fish fingers that will contain fish meat, or orange juice that will contain oranges.

The frustration is growing and we should do something against it, she told The Guardian.

However, aside from the Coca-Cola, Sput...

07:21

Half of All Men Cant Answer this Insanely Basic Question About Womens Anatomy, According to Survey Healthy Holistic Living

This article is shared with permission from our friends at IFL Science. A new poll from The Eve Appeal, a cancer research charity, has revealed that 50 percent of men are unable to point to the vagina on a diagram. The survey of 1,000 men came out just before Septembers Gynaecological Cancer Awareness...

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07:20

German Doctor Links Nano-aluminum, Glyphosate and Parasites to Chronic Disease Develops Healing Protocol Vaccine Impact

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Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt of Sophia Health Institute. Image source.

Nano-Aluminum, Glyphosate, and the Life Saving Work of Parasites

by John P. Thomas
Health Impact News

The bodies of Americans are saturated with very high levels of nano-aluminum. This provides ideal conditions for severe parasite infestation. These burdens are making us a country of chronically ill and cognitively impaired people.

This is part two of a series on nanotechnology and its effect on human health.

In the first article, I provided an overview of the safety concerns associated with manmade nanotechnology, and identified nano-aluminum as a serious threat to our health. The lack of safety studies on most forms of nanotechnology makes it hard to assess and rank the long-term risks posed by the thousands of nanosized ingredients that are being used in food, cosmetics, consumer products, and industry/military applications. However, evidence is pointing to nano-aluminum as being an extremely dangerous nanotechnology.

The sickest people have the highest levels of nano-aluminum and parasites in their bodies, and when they are helped to detox their aluminum and control their parasites, they begin to heal from chronic illness. The presence of nano-aluminum goes hand-in-hand with the presence of parasites. Lets start examining this relationship by looking at nano-aluminum.

The presence of nano-aluminum in our bodies cannot be measured through conventional lab tests. It requires sophisticated electron microscopic examination of samples, which strangely is not available in the United States. A doctor cant just order a nano-aluminum test to check your status, because U.S. labs arent able or arent permitted to do this test.

Please use this link to read the first article in this series:

Nano-Toxicity: Are Nanoparticles in Food and Our Environment the New Health Epidemic?

The Source of Our Nano-Aluminum Exposure

As explained in the...

07:20

These findings demonstrate that CAPE may contribute to the chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic effects of C. cassia. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Nat Prod. 2017 Jul 28 ;80(7):2124-2130. Epub 2017 Jul 6. PMID: 28682072 Abstract Title:  Caffeic Acid Phenethyl Ester from the Twigs of Cinnamomum cassia Inhibits Malignant Cell Transformation by Inducing c-Fos Degradation. Abstract:  The twigs of Cinnamomum cassia, commonly referred to as Cinnamomi Ramulus, are widely used as one of the primary ingredients in Chinese/Korean traditional medicines that have anticancer effects. However, the active constituents responsible for its anticancer effects and their molecular mechanisms still remain to be elucidated. Caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE) and caffeic acid (CA) were isolated for the first time from C. cassia using LC-MS-guided phytochemical isolation methods. CAPE significantly suppressed EGF- and TPA-induced cell transformation of JB6 P+ cells at sub-micromolar concentrations, whereas CA, a structurally similar compound to CAPE, had no such effect. The antiproliferative and chemopreventive activity of CAPE was found to arise through the inhibition of AP-1 transcriptional activity via the promotion of c-Fos degradation. These findings demonstrate that CAPE may contribute to the chemopreventive/chemotherapeutic effects of C. cassia through downregulating c-Fos.

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07:13

25 No-Fuss Ways to Drop One Pound a Week Healthy Holistic Living

This article is shared with permission from our friends at Womanista. Cutting out excess calories from your diet is important when trying to lose weight, but its much easier said than done. According to Health Magazine, if you cut 500 calories a day, youll be dropping a pound a week! Check...

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07:07

90% of People Who Die From This Preventable Disease Never Even Knew They Had It Healthy Holistic Living

This article is shared with permission from our friends at NutritionFacts. Diverticula are out-pouchings of our intestine. Doctors like using a tire analogy: high pressures within the gut can force the intestines to balloon out through weak spots in the intestinal wall like an inner tube poking out through a worn...

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07:03

Air Travel Exposes You to Radiation, But What are the Actual Health Risks? Healthy Holistic Living

This article is shared with permission from our friends at IFL Science. This past April, business traveler Tom Stuker became the worlds most frequent flyer, logging 18,000,000 miles of air travel on United Airlines over the last 14 years. Thats a lot of time up in the air. If Stukers traveling behaviors are...

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CAPE seems to be effective agent and may be related to its potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties and action as an Nrf2 activator. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Environ Toxicol Pharmacol. 2017 Sep ;54:80-92. Epub 2017 Jun 28. PMID: 28704754 Abstract Title:  Metabolomics study of cadmium-induced diabetic nephropathy and protective effect of caffeic acid phenethyl ester using UPLC-Q-TOF-MS combined with pattern recognition. Abstract:  Diabetic nephropathy (DN) is the most severe complication of diabetes and multiple factors are involved in the pathogenesis of DN. Among them, cadmium (Cd) acts as a risk factor inducing the occurrence of DN. The present study focused on investigating the protective role of caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE), an active component of propolis from honeybee hives, against Cd-induced DN in mice based on ultra performance liquid chromatography coupled with quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometry (UPLC-Q-TOF-MS)and pattern recognition. Serum and urine biochemical indexes were detected and histopathological observation has been done to evaluate the damage of Cd on animals. Moreover, the global serum profiles of different groups were distinguished by UPLC-Q-TOF-MS and principal component analysis (PCA) were applied for group differentiation and marker selection. Moreover, the influence of Cd on the oxidative status in DN mice were also evaluated by assessing the parameters of oxidative stress, proinflammatory cytokines and antioxidant competence. As shown in the scores plots, the distinct clustering among controls, DN and CAPE groups were observed, significant changes in serum levels of LysoPC(18:1(11Z)), 2,3-dinor-8-iso-PGF2a, PS(18:1(9Z)/18:1(9Z)), DG(17:0/22:4 (7Z,10Z, 13Z, 16Z)/0:0) and Arachidonic acid(AA) were noted and identified as potential biomarkers, the effect of CAPE reverted them back to near normalcy. Further, It was observed a significant improvement in lipid peroxides (LPO) and protein carbonyls (PCO) levels in Cd-induced DN kidneys along with a significant decline in superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase (CAT), and reduced glutathione (GSH) levels, however, CAPE relieved these changes. In conclusion, the study suggested that the pathogenesis of DN caused by Cd probably owes to the perturbations of lipid metabolism and AA metabolism; CAPE seems to be effective agent and may be related to its potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties and action as an Nrf2 activator.

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06:57

FDA Approves Installation of Reverse Feeding Tubes for People Who Eat Too Much Healthy Holistic Living

This article is shared with permission from our friends at IFL Science. Being morbidly obese is incredibly damaging to your health. For some people though, dieting and exercise are simply not enough. For these people, they may need to go under the knife to either receive bariatric surgery or, as the...

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06:49

Most Digestive Problems Could Be Solved by Eating These Foods Regularly Healthy Holistic Living

This article is shared with permission from our friends at Doctors Health Press. Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed*** and may vary from person to person***. Its amazing how much has changed in understanding the inner workings of the human body over the last few years. And with every passing day, there...

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06:47

Caffeic acid phenethyl ester can ameliorate on insulin resistance through modulation of JNK and NF-B signalling pathway in mice and HepG2 cells. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Agric Food Chem. 2017 Aug 11. Epub 2017 Aug 11. PMID: 28799756 Abstract Title:  Caffeic Acid Phenethyl Ester (Propolis Extract) Ameliorates Insulin Resistance by Inhibiting JNK and NF-B Inflammatory Pathways in Diabetic Mice and HepG2 Cells Models. Abstract:  Caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE), extracted from propolis, was evaluated the ameliorative effects on insulin resistance and identified the mechanisms, using noninsulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) model mice and insulin resistance (IR) model cells. After 5-week of CAPE supplementation, insulin sensitivity, hyperlipidemia, and peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor- (PPAR-) levels were improved in mice. Pro-inflammatory cytokines in serum and the expressions of tumour necrosis factor- alpha (TNF-) mRNA in tissues were markedly down-regulated from CAPE-treated mice. In vitro, CAPE supplement significantly improved glucose consumption, glucose uptake, glycogen content, and oxidative stress and decreased expression of glucose-6-phosphatase (G6Pase) mRNA in cells. Both in vivo and vitro, CAPE enhanced p-Akt (Ser473) and p-insulin receptor substrate (IRS)-1 (Tyr612), but inhibited p-JNK (Thr183/Tyr185), p-NF-B p65 (Ser536) and nuclear translocation ofp-NF-B p65 (Ser536). In summary, CAPE can ameliorate on insulin resistance through modulation of JNK and NF-B signaling pathway in mice and HepG2 cells.

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06:44

German Doctor Links Nano-aluminum, Glyphosate and Parasites to Chronic Disease Develops Healing Protocol Health Impact News

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Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt of Sophia Health Institute. Image source.

Nano-Aluminum, Glyphosate, and the Life Saving Work of Parasites

by John P. Thomas
Health Impact News

The bodies of Americans are saturated with very high levels of nano-aluminum. This provides ideal conditions for severe parasite infestation. These burdens are making us a country of chronically ill and cognitively impaired people.

This is part two of a series on nanotechnology and its effect on human health.

In the first article, I provided an overview of the safety concerns associated with manmade nanotechnology, and identified nano-aluminum as a serious threat to our health. The lack of safety studies on most forms of nanotechnology makes it hard to assess and rank the long-term risks posed by the thousands of nanosized ingredients that are being used in food, cosmetics, consumer products, and industry/military applications. However, evidence is pointing to nano-aluminum as being an extremely dangerous nanotechnology.

The sickest people have the highest levels of nano-aluminum and parasites in their bodies, and when they are helped to detox their aluminum and control their parasites, they begin to heal from chronic illness. The presence of nano-aluminum goes hand-in-hand with the presence of parasites. Lets start examining this relationship by looking at nano-aluminum.

The presence of nano-aluminum in our bodies cannot be measured through conventional lab tests. It requires sophisticated electron microscopic examination of samples, which strangely is not available in the United States. A doctor cant just order a nano-aluminum test to check your status, because U.S. labs arent able or arent permitted to do this test.

Please use this link to read the first article in this series:

Nano-Toxicity: Are Nanoparticles in Food and Our Environment the New Health Epidemic?

The Source of Our Nano-Aluminum Exposure

As explained in the...

06:40

Propolis, caffeic acid phenethyl ester, and pollen have beneficial effects on renal injury in hypertensive rats. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Cell Biochem Funct. 2017 Aug ;35(6):304-314. Epub 2017 Aug 22. PMID: 28833317 Abstract Title:  Effects of propolis, caffeic acid phenethyl ester, and pollen on renal injury in hypertensive rat: An experimental and theoretical approach. Abstract:  The objective of this study was to evaluate the antioxidant effects of propolis, caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE; active compound in propolis), and pollen on biochemical oxidative stress biomarkers in rat kidney tissue inhibited by N() -nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME). The biomarkers evaluated were paraoxonase (PON1), oxidative stress index (OSI), total antioxidant status (TAS), total oxidant status (TOS), asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), and nuclear factor kappa B (NF-B). TAS levels and PON1 activity were significantly decreased in kidney tissue samples in the L-NAME-treated group (P 

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06:21

Aquaculture sector loses $1 billion a year to outbreaks of tiny crustaceans infesting and devouring fish farmed for human consumption Health Nut News

Right now, wholesale prices of salmon are 50 percent higher than they were last year, due in part to a surge in parasitic sea lice. And this infestation is threatening to disrupt cultures that count salmon farming as a way of life. The tiny lice are actually little crustaceans that attach themselves to salmon and feed on

06:15

Caffeic acid phenethyl ester reduces ischemia-induced kidney mitochondrial injury in rats. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Oxid Med Cell Longev. 2017 ;2017:1697018. Epub 2017 Aug 13. PMID: 28883899 Abstract Title:  Caffeic Acid Phenethyl Ester Reduces Ischemia-Induced Kidney Mitochondrial Injury in Rats. Abstract:  During partial nephrectomy, the avoidance of ischemic renal damage is extremely important as duration of renal artery clamping (i.e., ischemia) influences postoperative kidney function. Mitochondria (main producer of ATP in the cell) are very sensitive to ischemia and undergo damage during oxidative stress. Finding of a compound which diminishes ischemic injury to kidney is of great importance. Caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE), biologically active compound of propolis, might be one of the promising therapeutic agents against ischemia-caused damage. Despite wide range of biological activities of CAPE, detailed biochemical mechanisms of its action at the level of mitochondria during ischemia are poorly described and need to be investigated. We investigated if CAPE (22mg/kg and 34mg/kg, injected intraperitoneally) has protective effects against short (20min) and longer time (40min) rat kidney ischemia in an in vitro ischemia model. CAPE ameliorates in part ischemia-induced renal mitochondrial injury, improves oxidative phosphorylation with complex I-dependent substrate glutamate/malate, increases Ca(2+) uptake by mitochondria, blocks ischemia-induced caspase-3 activation, and protects kidney cells from ischemia-induced necrosis. The protective effects on mitochondrial respiration rates were seen after shorter (20min) time of ischemia whereasreduction of apotosis and necrosis and increase in Ca(2+) uptake were revealed after both, shorter and longer time of ischemia.

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Caffeic acid might be a promising alternative to ameliorate a wide spectrum of disorders due to its complex mechanisms of action. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Biofactors. 2017 Jul 28. Epub 2017 Jul 28. PMID: 28753257 Abstract Title:  Caffeic acid attenuates the inflammatory stress induced by glycated LDL in human endothelial cells by mechanisms involving inhibition of AGE-receptor, oxidative, and endoplasmic reticulum stress. Abstract:  Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a worldwide epidemic and its atherosclerotic complications determine the high morbidity and mortality of diabetic patients. Caffeic acid (CAF), a phenolic acid present in normal diets, is known for its antioxidant properties. The aim of this study was to investigate CAF's anti-inflammatory properties and its mechanism of action, using cultured human endothelial cells (HEC) incubated with glycated low-density lipoproteins (gLDL). Levels of the receptor for advanced glycation end-products (RAGE), inflammatory stress markers (C reactive protein, CRP; vascular cell adhesion molecule-1, VCAM-1; monocyte chemoattractant protein-1, MCP-1), and oxidative stress and endoplasmic reticulum stress (ERS) markers were evaluated in gLDL-exposed HEC, in the presence/absence of CAF. RAGE silencing or blocking, specific inhibitors for oxidative stress (apocynin, N-acetyl-cysteine), and ERS (salubrinal) were used. The results showed that: (i) gLDL induced CRP synthesis and secretion through mechanisms involving NADPH oxidase-dependent oxidative stress and ERS in HEC; (ii) gLDL-RAGE interaction, oxidative stress, and ERS stimulated the secretion of VCAM-1 and MCP-1 in HEC; and (iii) CAF reduced the secretion of CRP, VCAM-1, and MCP-1 in gLDL-exposed HEC by inhibiting RAGE expression, oxidative stress, and ERS. In conclusion, CAF might be a promising alternative to ameliorate a wide spectrum of disorders due to its complex mechanisms of action resulting in anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties. 2017 BioFactors, 2017.

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05:42

Marjoram Essential Oil Benefits Sleep, Blood Pressure, Bladder, Gut Natural Blaze

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Marjoram essential oil has long been used as a traditional medicine. According to Greek mythology, Aphrodite, goddess of love, once used it as a love potion. Today, the sweet marjoram oil uses and potential healing properties are shared worldwide in commercial products like soaps, shampoos, and creams. Marjoram oil is extracted from the leaves of the perennial plant, Origanum majorana, and is used to treat various ailments orally, topically, and via inhalation.

What is marjoram essential oil used for health-wise? Its primary use is for calming nerves. It also may be used for promoting good blood circulation, lowering blood pressure, alleviating pain, reducing inflammation, and settling digestive problems.

The chemical composition of marjoram essential oil includes the powerful terpinolene, a-terpinene, y-terpinene, terpinen-4-o1, linalyl acetate, p-cymene, sabinene, cis-sabinene hydrate, and linalool.

Nutritionally, two tablespoons of marjoram oil offer the following recommended daily allowances (RDA):

  • Vitamin A 6%
  • Calcium 8%
  • Vitamin C 3.5%
  • Iron 18%                                                                                                

Healing Properties of Marjoram Essential Oil

1. Pain Relief

As an analgesic, marjoram essential oil works to al...

05:33

Apocynin has a protective role in a rat model of traumatic brain injury. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  Neurochem Res. 2017 Aug 7. Epub 2017 Aug 7. PMID: 28786047 Abstract Title:  Protective Role of Apocynin via Suppression of Neuronal Autophagy and TLR4/NF-B Signaling Pathway in a Rat Model of Traumatic Brain Injury. Abstract:  Neuronal autophagy and inflammatory responses are important in the pathogenesis of traumatic brain injury (TBI), and toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) may play an important role in the related molecular cascade. The present study investigated the protective effect of apocynin, an inhibitor of NADPH oxidase, in a TBI rat model and further examined neuronal autophagy and the TLR4-mediated pathway. Adult male Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to controlled cortical impact injury and intraperitoneally injected with apocynin (50 mg/kg) immediately after the trauma. In addition to motor and behavioral studies, brain water content and histology analyses were performed. Expression of autophagy-related proteins as well as TLR4/NF-B signaling and inflammatory mediators was analyzed. The apocynin treatment significantly attenuated TBI-induced motor and behavioral impairment, brain edema and neuronal damage in rats. Immunohistochemical and Western blot analyses revealed that apocynin treatment significantly reduced the expression of NOX2, LC3 and Beclin1 in the hippocampus at 12-48 h after injury. Double immunolabelingdemonstrated that apocynin decreased the co-localization of LC3 or TLR4-positive cells with hippocampal neurons at 24 h following TBI. In addition, CD11b (microglial marker) and GFAP (astrocyte marker)-immunopositive cells were also clearly decreased in hippocampal tissues. Meanwhile, protein levels of TLR4, NF-B p65, TNF- and IL-1 were found to be significantly downregulated by Western blot analysis. In conclusion, our findings indicate that the protective effects of apocynin may be related to modulation of neuronal autophagy and the TLR4/NF-B signaling pathway.

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05:05

New Study: Magnesium Found to Treat Depression Better Than Antidepressant Drugs REALfarmacy.com

Source: New Study: Magnesium Found to Treat Depression Better Than Antidepressant Drugs For more content like this visit REALfarmacy.com.

A breakthrough nutritional study conducted at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont and published in PLoS ONE has found that just 248mg of magnesium per day leads to an astounding reversal of depression symptoms in study subjects. New clinical research results show magnesium is effective at addressing symptoms and is safer []

Source: New Study: Magnesium Found to Treat Depression Better Than Antidepressant Drugs Learn more at REALfarmacy.com - Healthy News and Information.

04:32

Aluminum causes autism? Anti-vaccine Shaw and Tomljenovic again Skeptical Raptor

The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle.

Every morning I wake up with the vain hope that the vaccine deniers will give up on the thoroughly debunked vaccines-cause-autism tropes. And every morning Im disappointed. Todays trope is that vaccine aluminum causes autism. Despite the claims, there still is no evidence. Two of our favorite anti-vaccine shills, Christopher Shaw and Lucija Tomljenovic, have

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04:22

At Least 248 Dead Following 7.1 Magnitude Earthquake in Mexico REALfarmacy.com

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Terribly heart-wrenching news is coming out of Mexico where at least 20 schoolchildren and hundreds of others were killed during collapses and explosions following a 7.1-magnitude earthquake. Reports indicate that at least 248 people have been killed by the earthquake which happened to occur on the anniversary of a major 1985 quake. The epicenter was located in Puebla which []

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03:47

Report: New Evidence of Ongoing Corruption and Scientific Misconduct at CDC Natural Blaze

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

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

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

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

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03:46

Treating vitamin D deficiency in children with type I diabetes could improve their glycaemic control GreenMedInfo

PMID:  BMC Res Notes. 2017 Sep 7 ;10(1):465. Epub 2017 Sep 7. PMID: 28882195 Abstract Title:  Treating vitamin D deficiency in children with type I diabetes could improve their glycaemic control. Abstract:  BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The relationship between vitamin D deficiency and type I DM is an ongoing area of interest. The study aims to identify the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in children and adolescents with T1DM and to assess the impact of treatment of vitamin D deficiency on their glycaemic control.METHODS: Retrospective data was collected from 271 children and adolescents with T1DM. The vitamin D deficient (25(OH)D

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03:46

New Worry for Your Tap Water The Alliance for Natural Health

From The Guardian:

Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health.

Scores of tap water samples from more than a dozen nations were analysed by scientists for an investigation by Orb Media, who shared the findings with the Guardian. Overall, 83% of the samples were contaminated with plastic fibres.

The US had the highest contamination rate, at 94%, with plastic fibres found in tap water sampled at sites including Congress buildings, the US Environmental Protection Agencys headquarters, and Trump Tower in New York. Lebanon and India had the next highest rates.

Comment: Pile this onto the total toxic burden that were subjected to every day. These plastics can also absorb toxic chemicals, which then make their way into virtually everything we eat and drink. As the plastic fibers are so small, water filters do not catch all of them. (Recall our story on the FTC blocking development of a biodegradable plastic that, ironically, could help solve this problem.)

Action Alert! Tell the EPA to follow the law and clean up our drinking water. Please send your message immediately.

03:38

Surprise! Buried Deep in GOP Health Bill The Alliance for Natural Health

The Obamacare repeal is only temporaryexpires in six years.

A few weeks ago, we told you about a new proposal described by nearly everyone as an attempt  to repeal and replace Obamacare. The bill has now been introduced by Sens. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Lindsay Graham (R-SC).

Overall, the initiative would eliminate federal subsidies for private insurance and the Medicaid expansion, transforming these funds into block grants to states to spend as they see fit, with some restrictions. States that have Obamacare can keep it if they want, although state governments would need to kick in some of their own money to continue. States that want a different system could make the necessary adjustments.

Some other brief points about the bill:

  • It repeals the individual and employer mandate;
  • It repeals some Obamacare taxes, principally the tax on medical equipment;
  • Like previous repeal/replace proposals, it lifts many restrictions on Health Savings Accounts (HSAs);
  • Obamacare requirements such as essential health benefits are NOT repealed, though states can apply for waivers from those regulations from 2020 through 2026, which means that a future administration could eliminate the waivers and bring back Obamacare rules for everyone;
  • The bill allows all individuals the option to purchase catastrophic health coverage, though these plans would be incorporated into the individual single risk pool, which we have warned against, because it will likely make the catastrophic only policies unaffordable.

Because the Graham-Cassidy legislation will have to move through the budget reconciliation process, Congress deadline to pass it is September 30. After that, it could be brought up down the road, but not soon.

Whether one supports or opposes Obamacare, it is not helpful to advertise a repeal bill that does not actually repeal it at all.

 

03:25

Supplementation with creatine may improve muscle strength parameters in individuals with spinal cord injury. GreenMedInfo

PMID:  J Spinal Cord Med. 2017 Sep 13:1-8. Epub 2017 Sep 13. PMID: 28901216 Abstract Title:  Creatine or vitamin D supplementation in individuals with a spinal cord injury undergoing resistance training: A double-blinded, randomized pilot trial. Abstract:  Purpose Determine whether creatine or vitamin D supplementation improves muscle strength in individuals with spinal cord injury undergoing resistance training. Methods Thirteen male and one female with spinal cord injury, from two Portuguese rehabilitation centers, were randomized to creatine (3g daily), vitamin D (25000 IU each two weeks) or placebo group in a double-blind design. All participants performed progressive resistance training during eight weeks. The outcome measures, obtained at baseline and after intervention, included: Sum of four skinfolds; Corrected arm muscle area; Seated medicine ball throw; Handgrip strength with dynamometer; Manual wheelchair slalom test and one repetition maximum for Chest press, Triceps, Pec deck and Lat pulldown. Vitamin D levels were obtained in all participants before and after intervention. Results 71.4% of participants had deficit values of vitamin D. The corrected arm muscle area improved significantly (p

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03:13

USDA: Fake Organics: Does The Agency Care? The Alliance for Natural Health

We must pressure the federal government to police unscrupulous global players. Action Alert!

Weve been telling you about the influx of fake organic grain imported from overseas. Its especially infuriating that the USDA seems to recognize this problem but is doing very little about it. A 2016 USDA report highlights one such challenge:

As organic production and consumption in Turkey grow, so too do the concerns about fraudulent organic products and lack of inspections. According to a EUROPOL report, some Turkish companies have been involved in relabeling or repackaging products as organic and bringing the counterfeit products into the European Union, even though the products do not meet the organic standards.

One Turkish organic certifier, ETKO, seems to be egregiously at fault. Canada and the European Union have singled out ETKO  for its fraudulent certifications and decertified the firm meaning that ETKO-certified organic products are no longer accepted as organic.

The USDA had problems with ETKO as far back as 2009 but, instead of decertifying this company, actually reached a settlement agreement with them in 2016. The firm is now under audit by USDA. We asked the status of the audit and were told that the agency is still gathering data and will be done soon.

As the saying goes, Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. ETKO appears to have  been fooling people for years, based on Canadian and European action, and its time for the USDA to do its job and decertify this company. Not only do consumers unwittingly purchase products falsely labeled by the government as organic, but organic farmers in the US are also affected as they have to compete with fraudulent goods.

Action Alert! Write to Congress, with a copy to the USDA, urging lawmakers to step in to protect consumers and domestic farmers by investigating and if indicated decertifying ETKO. Please send your message immediately.

03:09

Big Brother USDA Wants to Educate You to Support Big Agriculture The Alliance for Natural Health

Thats one takeaway from a report just issued about how to implement the sham GMO labeling law that Congress passed last year. Action Alert!

Recall that GMO labeling advocates were handed a defeat with the passage of the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. It is a labeling law by only the slimmest definition: food companies must disclose GMO ingredients, but the consumer disclosure can take the form of a scannable QR or other electronic code on the foods packaging.

The law stipulated that the USDA study the challenges of using such codes. What the study (conducted by giant government contractor Deloitte) found is of little surprise.

Significant deficiencies were identified in a GMO labeling system that relies heavily on QR codes to tell consumers about the contents of food. When consumers were observed trying to access the GMO disclosure, researchers observed key technological challenges that prevented nearly all participants from obtaining the information through electronic or digital disclosure methods. As we argued before the law passed, this was always just a ploy to enable Big Food to keep consumers from easily accessing the information they want about the food they buy.

The report provided to USDA also slights Americans understanding of GMOs. Quoting directly: Though many consumers care about the issue of bioengineered food, there is limited understanding of the issueThis limited familiarity may result in soft opinions that are more likely to change over time and be sensitive to question wording. With implementation of the Law, consumer attitudes may shift as information about bioengineered food becomes more readily available.

Translation: many Americans dont buy the propaganda, repeated throughout the report, that bioengineered foods are neither more nor less safe than non-bioengineered alternativesan assertion that is not borne out by the facts.

But dont worry. The study recommends that a consumer education campaign be conducted to straighten us out about GMOs and QR codes. Somewhere, George Orwell is chuckling to himself.

Action Alert! Write to your elected officials and tell them that the new USDA report demonstrates that we need a GMO labeling bill that actually works. Please send your message immediately.

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03:05

Californians Want Cellular Antennas Right Outside Your Bedroom Window? BolenReport

The California Legislature Thinks Thats OK By Camilla Rees Center for ElectroSmog Prevention (CEP) The California Alliance for Safer Technology (www.CA4ST.org), a consortium of health and environmental advocates, physicians, non-profit leaders, attorneys and government officials is presently appealing to Governor Brown to VETO SB.649. The group is asking all Californians to join in NOW Continue reading Californians Want Cellular Antennas Right Outside Your Bedroom Window?

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02:34

Journal republishes withdrawn paper on emergency care prices, amid controversy Retraction Watch

The Annals of Emergency Medicine has republished a controversial paper it withdrew earlier this year which compared the cost of emergency care at different types of facilities. Because the paper drew heavy criticism when it was originally released, the journal has published a revised version, along with several editorials and discussions between the authors and []

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02:33

Earthquake Safety: What You Need To Know Doom and Bloom (TM)

EARTHQUAKE SAFETY A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck Mexico City on Tuesday, September 19, collapsing buildings, killing at least 250, and injuring hundreds more throughout the region.  The latest tremor event came hard on the heels of an 8.1 magnitude quake off the coast just 2 weeks ago, which killed almost 100 and even generated a small tsunami wave. Various aftershocks measuring up to 4.9 have been recorded since Tuesdays quake hit at 1 pm local time. Although there is no

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Pregnant women exposed to flouride are more likely to have kids with low IQ, study shows Fluoride Action Network

  • The major study is the first of its kind; it involved researchers from Canada, US and Mexico
  • The researchers analyzed data on 300 mother-child pairs from Mexico 
  • They found every 0.5 milligram-per-liter increase of flouride in a pregnant womans urine marked a drop in intelligence scores for their children later in life
  • Experts warn the study, published today, shows flouride is particularly dangerous for brain development during gestation

Pre-natal exposure to fluoride is linked to lower measures of intelligence in children, an unprecedented study has found.

Researchers tracked data on nearly 300 mothers and their children in Mexico, testing the kids cognitive development twice in 12 years.

They found children were not affected by drinking flouride themselves, but tended to have low IQ scores on tests if their mothers flouride in their urine before childbirth.

Every 0.5 milligram-per-liter increase of flouride in a pregnant womans urine marked a drop in intelligence scores for their children later in life.

Experts warn the study, published today, shows flouride is particularly dangerous for brain development during gestation.

The research, the first of its kind, involved researchers from the worlds leading medical centers, including Harvard, McGill University, the University of Michigan, and the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico.

Our study shows that the growing fetal nervous system may be adversely affected by higher levels of fluoride exposure, said Dr. Howard Hu, the studys principal investigator and professor of environmental health, epidemiology and global health at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

It also suggests that the prenatal nervous system may be more sensitive to fluoride compared to that of school-aged children.

Flouride first took off as a bone-protected chemical 60 years ago.

Over the years, it has been added to tap water and dental products as well as table salt and milk in the US and Canada, tipped as a health boost.

However, a growing swell of research has emerged in the last few years showing water flouridation may have some cripplingly dangerous side effects, particularly for childrens brains.

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23:54

Fluoride Exposure In Utero Linked To Lower IQ In Kids, Study Says Fluoride Action Network

Year after year, more and more people are becoming aware of the harmful effects fluoride can have on the human body. Fluoride has been a known neurotoxin for a long time, but the government claims it benefits our teeth.

In reality, its not even known to actually prevent the buildup of harmful oral bacteria; however, it is known to be toxic, with long-term ingestion linked to brain, heart, and bone issues. Fluoride is also an endocrine disruptor, and can affect your thyroid gland, pineal gland, and blood sugar levels.

Many universities and established scientific publications have gathered data on the health risks associated with fluoride. For example, a 2014 study conducted by Harvard School of Public Health and Icahn School of Medicine studied the effects of certain developmental neurotoxicants, including fluoride.

The researchers stated that children exposed to fluoride in drinking water showed an average IQ decrement of about seven points in children exposed to raised fluoride concentrations.

Well, another groundbreaking study was just published on Tuesday in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, further supporting that fluoride exposure can cause a reduction in IQ levels. However, this study was conducted in Mexico, where there is no fluoride added to drinking water (though there is some naturally occurring), meaning that much of the fluoride children are exposed to comes from sources outside of water.

Can you imagine how much fluoride were exposed to, given that its added to most of the drinking water all over North America and its in our conventional toothpaste brands, too?

The study involved approximately 300 sets of mothers and their children in Mexico. The researchers evaluated children on their cognitive development twice over a period of 12 years. To be clear, fluoride isnt actually added to the public water system in Mexico, but children are still exposed to fluoride through toothpaste, naturally-occurring fluoride, supplements, and fluoridated salt, among other sources.

The researchers measured fluoride through urine analysis. The results showed a decrease in intelligence test scores for every 0.5 milligram-per-liter rise in fluoride exposure beyond 0.8 milligrams per liter found in urine. The researchers noted that fluoride exposure in utero was especially influential on IQ.

The study results read:

In this study, higher levels of maternal urinary fluoride during pregnancy (a proxy for prenatal fluoride exposure) that are in the range of levels of exposure in other general population samples of pregnant women as well as nonpregnant adults were associated with lower scores on tests of cognitive function in the offspring at 4 and 612 y old.

The average woman actually had 0.9 milligrams per liter of fluoride in their urine, meaning that many children were affected. Yet these levels are rel...

23:53

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23:25

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

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

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

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

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

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

22:44

Quackademic Medicine at UC Irvine Science-Based Medicine

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

22:30

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

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

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21:53

Body of missing advocate found Health Nut News

Twyla Roscovich, the 38-year-old filmmaker, activist, and mother vanished on September 7th prompting a widespread search. She was known for creating films about the area she loved in an effort to protect the salmon and the environment and raise awareness about everything from First Nations to oil tankers. Last Friday her family released a written statement saying her body had

21:43

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

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

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

Conrads Family Crisis 

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

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

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

21:38

Serum Ferritin and GGT two potent health indicators you need to know Health Nut News

By Dr. Mercola While many health screens and lab tests are overrated or unnecessary, there are a few that are vitally important, such as vitamin D. I recommend checking your vitamin D level at least twice a year. Two other really important tests are serum ferritin (which measures stored iron) and gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase or sometimes called

21:26

How 3 drops of oregano oil and baking soda could heal your lungs Health Nut News

Pneumonia is the 6th leading cause of death worldwide, and oregano oil and baking soda could act as another line of defense! Currently, we use prescription medication to manage respiratory problems. And since the majority of these illnesses are bacterial infections, we use antibiotics to treat them. But Oregano Oil, with its potent antibacterial properties,

21:22

3 things that happen when you stop showering for a month Health Nut News

Im gonna be TMI honest with you guys- I dont ever skip showers. I cant imagine working out and not washing off that sweat. I mean come on, I live in Florida. Im not sure if thats just how Im wired or if Ive just gotten used to it. However, I do know people who dont

20:39

Is PetMed selling opiates for people, not pets? Health Nut News

By Dr. Mercola Every day, 91 Americans die from an opioid overdose, including those obtained via a prescription. Intended to be reserved for only the most serious cases of pain, opioids are being vastly overprescribed, including for noncancer chronic pain, such as back pain or that from osteoarthritis. With overdose deaths on the rise, public health agencies

20:33

Study Finds Antidepressants Increase Risk of Death Mad In America

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

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

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

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20:32

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

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

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

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

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

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20:31

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

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

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

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

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20:30

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

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

15:30

Physicians Find Americans Taking Too Much Medication Articles

By Dr. Mercola

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

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

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

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

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

Most US Physicians Believe Overtreatment Is Harmful, Wasteful and Common

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

Is Your Shampoo Making You Sick? Articles

By Dr. Mercola

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By Dr. Mercola

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

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

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

Iron Overload Is More Common Than Iron Deficiency

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

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

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

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

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

12:46

Mandatory Over-Vaccination - The Australian Experience AGE OF AUTISM

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

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

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

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10:55

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

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

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10:26

Thymoquinone exhibits anticancer activity via numerous mechanisms of action GreenMedInfo

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

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10:20

Antidepressants SMACKED Again: Readers STUNNED, Defiant Chipur

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

09:06

Government Considering Monarch Butterfly for Endangered Species List Natural Blaze

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By Heather CallaghanEditor

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

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

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

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

Western monarchs are faring worse than their eastern counterparts

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

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

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

08:31

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

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by CAITLIN DEWEY
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Excerpts:

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

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

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

Everythingll be dead, says Brian Smith, his passenger.

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

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

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

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

Read the full story at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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08:23

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

The Skeptical Raptor, stalking pseudoscience in the internet jungle.

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

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07:36

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

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

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07:24

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

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

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07:13

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

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

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06:55

Prediabetic? How to Reverse it Naturally GreenMedInfo

Are you one of the 84.1 million people in the United States who has been pre-diagnosed with diabetes? If so, here are practical steps you can take today to turn this looming crisis into a lifetime of better health.

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06:41

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

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

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06:38

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

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

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06:35

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

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

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06:31

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

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

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06:30

Dr Ron Unfiltered Uncensored Post Irma Dr Ron Unfiltered Uncensored

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

06:29

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

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

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06:28

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

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

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06:26

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

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

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06:23

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

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

by Christina England
Health Impact News

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

Background Information on the UKs Decision

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

The guidelines stated:

UK policy on compulsory vaccination:

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

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

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

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

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

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

06:16

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

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

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06:15

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

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

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06:01

Cardiff University Expels Student Who Refused to be Vaccinated Vaccine Impact

Cardiff University for All

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

by Christina England
Health Impact News

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

Background Information on the UKs Decision

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

The guidelines stated:

UK policy on compulsory vaccination:

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

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

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

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

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

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

05:50

Agent Orange: 24 Chilling Photographs of the War Crime the U.S. Govt. Got Away With REALfarmacy.com

Source: Agent Orange: 24 Chilling Photographs of the War Crime the U.S. Govt. Got Away With For more content like this visit REALfarmacy.com.

For ten years during the Vietnam War, the United States used a toxic concoction of two herbicides, labeled Agent Orange, to wipe out large areas of Vietnam which were covered by thick jungle. The aim was to enable easier and more effective bombing of enemy bases. The issue was, Agent Orange wasnt just an herbicide []

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05:48

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

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

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05:36

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

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They are the first in the nation to serve their students 100 percent organic meals, sustainably sourced, and free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). More than 500 students at Bayside MLK Jr. Academy in Marin City and Willow Creek Academy in Sausalito will eat fresh, local food year-round, thanks to a partnership with the Conscious Kitchen, []

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05:22

Moncton votes to keep fluoride out of water Fluoride Action Network

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fluoride supporters disappointed

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

I am very disappointed, said Drapeau-McNally.

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

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

05:22

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

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

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04:31

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

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

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03:32

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

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

Becoming conscious is risky business.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

03:22

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

By Catherine J. Frompovich

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

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

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

One key paragraph jumped out for me:

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

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03:13

Plastic in Our Bodies new research findings two

Our Bodies Are Becoming Plastic



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


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

03:01

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

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

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02:52

Health Disparity Project Cuts Out the Recovery Movement Mad In America

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

01:30

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

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

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01:22

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

By Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

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

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

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

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

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

00:48

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

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

00:28

Brazil is hooked on junk food Health Nut News

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

00:23

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

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

00:20

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

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

00:19

How Big Oil conquered the world Health Nut News

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

00:18

Scientists Develop Solar Cells Out Of Fluorine Fluoride Action Network

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

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

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

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

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

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

00:14

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

A recent study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, to date the largest and longest study evaluating fluoride exposure and its impact on the developing brain, found that increased levels of prenatal fluoride exposure might be associated with lower cognitive function in children. RELATED ARTICLE: Fluoridated Water Linked to 30% More Hypothyroidism The study evaluated,

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23:38

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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18:58

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

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

06:43

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

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

01:44

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

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

01:43

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

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

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Monday, 18 September

23:56

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Im concerned because of a personal experie...

21:30

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

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

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09:47

Geoengineering Creating Freeze Fry Extremes Geoengineering Watch

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

Saturday, 16 September

04:54

Hixson Utility District admits putting fertilizer, aluminum factory discharge into tap Fluoride Action Network

In this graphic, Hixson Utility District makes a worrisome admission about an intentional contaminant it is being asked to remove fluoride. (Image Hixsonutility.com)

In this graphic, Hixson Utility District makes a worrisome admission about an intentional contaminant it puts into drinking water one it is being asked to remove. Fluoride is approved by the federal government. (Images Hixsonutility.com)

Hixson Utility District faces renewed questions about its use of a contaminant, hydrofluorosilicic acid, which it puts deliberately as policy into the water supply of more than many thousands customers in North Chattanooga.

The public utility, whose board meets Friday at 4 p.m., in its recent Waterworks newsletter says that the acid, called fluoride for short, is a contaminant it identifies as discharge from fertilizer and aluminum factories.

Fluoride is a government-approved industrial waste that proponents say is no danger to public health, one that hardens enamel in the teeth of small children, but one that clean-water advocates insist is connected to nerve system damage and health problems.

The three-member board came under pressure in 2016 to end fluoridation, which brings equipment damage and capital damage with which manager Greg Butler must regularly contend. David Collette, manager of a neighbouring Northwest Utility District in the northern part of Hamilton County, cited equipment damage in calling for an end to fluoridation in summer 2016.

Mr. Collettes board agreed with him and in July ended injection of the chemical. The tide of objections shifted southward. Led by a young musician, activists demanded Hixson end fluoridation. But board members Rebecca Hunter, Jeff Davis and Kenneth Ridge refused to vote on the matter, saying not enough evidence had been presented to warrant reconsideration of fluoride.

Weve researched what we could find out about fluoride, board member Mr. Rich said at the meeting in which the board refused to vote on fluoride, and we found out that if its injected within limits, its been very beneficial in most water companies. When in a r...

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