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July 1, 2012 - Issue 2143
Astaxanthin: A Rising Star in Alzheimer's Prevention
    In the prevention and treatment of dementia (including Alzheimer’s type) and its associated cognitive changes, the rising star is astaxanthin (found in shrimp, crab, salmon etc) due to its powerful antioxidant properties
    The causes of Alzheimer’s disease are multifactorial, and the more risk factors you have, the more likely you will develop this sad, debilitating disease, which has few effective treatments, making prevention extremely important
    Factors known to contribute to dementia include diets too high in fructose, certain health conditions, nutritional deficiencies, and environmental toxins
    Key approaches to preventing and reducing the symptoms of dementia include good dietary choices, regular exercise (physical and mental), and making sure you are consuming enough B vitamins, vitamin D, vitamin E, and high-quality omega-3 fats through food and sunshine
    Besides astaxanthin, natural treatments that science has shown have promise in the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s are coconut oil, Gingko biloba, and alpha lipoic acid (ALA)
July 2, 2012 - Issue 2144
Diet-, Doctor- and Drug-Avoidance Can Help You Live Longer
    Rosario Schielzeth, who turned 104 in June, credits her long life to a good diet and avoiding doctors
    Avoiding drugs and the conventional medical system is a good idea if you want to live a long and healthy life. According to data collected by the National Center for Health statistics, poisoning by prescription drugs have now surpassed car accidents as the leading cause of accidental death in the United States
    The most commonly abused prescription pain killers like OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax, and Soma now cause more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined
How Diet Foods and Drinks Can Actually Cause, NOT Prevent Diabetes
    A new study showed that two additives often put in everyday foods to enhance flavor (Monosodium Glutamate or MSG) and reduce calories (Aspartame) can actually cause an increase in fasting blood glucose levels
    Aspartame alone can cause an increase in fasting blood glucose levels and reduced insulin sensitivity, but when combined with MSG they caused an elevation in both weight and fasting glucose levels
    Aspartame and MSG are ... both excitotoxins, which can lead to neurological damage, like Alzheimer's, and to problems with satiety and fat storage
    In order to prevent, and reverse, type 2 diabetes, eliminate not only sugar and grains, but also artificially sweetened, MSG-“enhanced” diet foods from your diet, in favor of real, whole foods
July 3, 2012 - Issue 2145
The Lies You’re Told about Genetically Engineered Foods
    A recent science-based investigation into the claims of genetically engineered foods concludes that the scientific evidence does not support the safety and efficacy claims made
    Results of genetically engineering crops include toxicity, increased allergenic potential, mutagenic cancer-causing effects, alterations in biological structure and function, reduced nutritional value, increased toxic residues
    Russian scientists recently announced evidence of “very serious health risks for animals given genetically modified feed.” A number of pathological changes were discovered, including a delay in development and growth; a distortion of the sex ratio in the offspring; and a progressive reduction in the number of offspring up to complete infertility by the third generation of offspring fed genetically engineered feed, which likely have similar effects on humans
Negative Impacts of Dental Mercury Surpass Those of Alternatives
    A new report from the Health Care Research Collaborative has ruled that the impacts of mercury in dental fillings on human health and the environment far outweigh those posed by safer alternative materials
    Mercury vapor from the amalgams passes readily through cell membranes, across the blood-brain barrier, and into your central nervous system, where it causes immunological, neurological, and even psychological problems; it also poses a significant environmental burden
    Safer alternatives, such as resin composite or atraumatic restorative treatment (ART) are now widely available
    If you’re thinking of having your mercury fillings removed, get healthy first, as you want your detoxification mechanisms optimized prior to removal, then seek out a qualified biological dentist
July 4, 2012 - Issue 2146
Warning: Cell Phones May Trigger ADHD and Other Behavior Problems
    If you’re pregnant, there is compelling evidence that you may want to use extreme caution when using a cell phone
    An animal study by Yale researchers suggests that the increasingly prevalent neurobehavioral disorders in children -- conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) -- may be related to exposure to radiofrequency radiation from cell phones while in the womb
    Past studies have also linked pregnant women’s use of cell phones to their babies developing hyperactivity and difficulties with conduct, emotions and relationships by the time they reached school age
    As long as your cell phone is on, it emits radiation intermittently, even when you are not actually making a call. If you're pregnant, keeping your cell phone turned off, and avoiding or reducing your cell phone use may be especially important to the health of your child
    Radiation from wireless devices is biologically active in a myriad of ways, including damaging DNA. There is no good reason to take the many risks of exposing unborn fetuses, or infants and children of any age, to this radiation
Major Drug Company to Pay at Least $1.5 Billion Over Fraudulent Risperdal Marketing
    Johnson & Johnson’s illegal marketing of the drug Risperdal for unapproved uses is set to cost them at least $1.5 billion or more in a settlement
    Risperdal was heavily promoted for unproven off-label uses for more than a decade, even after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued warnings against the misleading claims
    Another drug company is also in the hot seat, as advocacy groups have asked the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate Merck’s marketing campaign for the over-the counter allergy drug Grape-Flavored Children’s Claritin, which uses characters from the animated movie Madagascar 3
    When it comes to making money, many industries throw ethics and integrity out the window, so keep your eyes wide open when making choices about medications, and even foods, for yourself and your family
July 5, 2012 - Issue 2147
What's Behind Illinois Stealing Local Hero's Bee Hives?
    Earlier this year, the Illinois Department of Agriculture allegedly stole and destroyed a beekeeper’s hives and bees after inspectors claimed the hives had foulbrood, and that the beekeeper, Terrence Ingram, had failed to dispose of the hives as instructed. However, Ingram feels he could prove his hives did not suffer from the contagious disease, and that the Department acted without due process
    Mr. Ingram suspects the destruction of his bees may be more related to his research on Monsanto’s Roundup and his documented evidence that Roundup kills bees
    One of the forerunning theories of colony collapse disorder (CCD) is that it’s being caused by genetically engineered crops—either as a result of the crops themselves or the pesticides and herbicides applied on them, such as Monsanto’s Roundup
    Ingram has studied the effects of Roundup on honeybees for the past 15 years, and believes he had acquired sufficient amounts of data to show that Roundup not only causes bee die-offs, but may be the cause of CCD
Dirtying Up Our Diets
    People’s immune systems are increasingly over-reacting to substances that should be harmless, often leading to allergies, or worse, causing their immune systems to lose self-tolerance and attacking parts of their own body. Overly sterile food and environments could be at the root of the problem.
    The very advances that represent all that is modern in the world – hand sanitizers, treated water, pasteurized food -- have contributed to an epidemic of immune-related diseases, like asthma, allergies, eczema and multiple sclerosis
    You’re not meant to exist in a sterilized bubble, isolated from life; you’re designed to spend time outside, play in the dirt, be active -- and to get dirty and encounter and develop lasting immunity against potentially infectious agents.
    Eating naturally fermented foods, avoiding exposure to unnecessary antibiotics (medically and in your food), avoiding antibacterial soap and allowing your kids to play outside in the dirt are all examples of ways to help your immune system build natural resistance and function properly
July 6, 2012 - Issue 2148
Believing These Persistent Fitness Myths Can Sabotage Your Success
    Persistent fitness myths, such as the belief in spending long hours on the treadmill every day, may be sabotaging your success; consider exercising smarter—not harder
    Supplements should never be used as a replacement for a nutritious diet; learn which supplements may actually be of benefit toward your fitness goals
    Commercial sports drinks do more harm than good; the best rehydrating agents are plain water and coconut water, which is naturally rich in electrolytes
    A warm-up is an important first step in any exercise routine—but avoid improper stretching
    Exercise is beneficial at ALL stages of life; even if you’ve never been active before, you can safely begin a comprehensive fitness program at any age; just start slowly
Invest in Strength Training and Increase Your Metabolism
    Muscle can burn three to five times more calories than fat does, so the more muscle you have, the more calories you'll burn—even when you're staying perfectly still.
    By building more muscle mass through strength training, you'll burn calories when working out, but also help increase your metabolism so your body will burn calories at the highest possible rate even when you're NOT exercising
    Working with weights for a few times a week can be enough to crank up your resting metabolic rate over time
July 7, 2012 - Issue 2149
Are We Being Set Up for Another Fabricated Pandemic Like the Swine Flu?
    A review of the latest news in vaccines and potential pandemics, underscoring the need for more probing questions about vaccine safety and efficacy; vaccine trials; and the scientific evidence backing up current claims and recommendations. Financial motives behind the promotion of pandemics and the vaccines that go along with them also need to be carefully considered
    The bioterror germ lab at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta has had repeated problems with airflow systems designed to help prevent the release of infectious agents such as anthrax, dangerous strains of influenza, the SARS coronavirus, and monkeypox
    Earlier this year, a vaccine researcher at the Northern California Institute for Research died shortly after being infected with the Neisseria meningitides bacteria
    Renewed calls for fast-tracked pandemic bird flu vaccines are being put out in response to the publication of two studies detailing the successful mutation of the H5N1 virus into a more virulent, and airborne, strain
    A recent study brings the issue of highly questionable vaccine trial standards to the fore yet again. Last year, India halted HPV vaccine trials being conducted by PATH, a USA-based not for profit non-governmental organization funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, after four girls died and 120 suffered serious side effects. A study into the alleged ethics violations concluded that the studies should not have been undertaken, as it would be impossible to establish efficacy of the vaccine in the areas selected due to lack of registration and monitoring of cervical cancer cases in India
Monsanto May Lose Billions in Brazil Over “Monsanto Tax”
    In Brazil, Monsanto has charged farmers a 2 percent royalty fee on all of their Roundup Ready sales since 2005 (after already purchasing the seeds from Monsanto), and if non-GM crops are contaminated with GM soy, the farmer is penalized close to 3 percent of his sales.
    A judge ruled that the tax was illegal, especially since the patents on Roundup Ready seeds in Brazil already expired. Monsanto was ordered to stop collecting all royalties … and to return all the royalties collected since 2004 – an amount that could add up to a minimum of $2 billion!
    Monsanto is the subject of numerous lawsuits by governments and groups of citizens for charges ranging from contamination to biopiracy.
    Monsanto’s foray into genetic engineering is their most inhumane act of all, threatening the very future of the food supply.
July 8, 2012 - Issue 2150
Gaea Powell on Safer Breast Cancer Screening
    The article discusses the benefits of annual Breast Thermography Health Assessment Imaging as a physiological test to monitor your breast health, allowing you the opportunity to address chronic inflammation in your body BEFORE cancer has had the time to develop.
Infrared cameras measure the heat coming from the surface of your body. Specialized software translates temperature data into thermal images for medical evaluation. It is non-invasive and does not utilize mechanical compression or ionizing radiation, and can alert us to physiological abnormalities due to inflammation or increased tumor related blood flow, 8-10 years before mammography or a physical exam can detect a cancerous mass.
Breast Thermography Health Assessment Imaging benefits are proven effective for women of all ages and for all breast densities. It is particularly helpful for women with dense breasts, as they are at a higher risk of developing cancer, and have an increased risk of both false positives and false negatives due to the limitations mammograms have in imaging dense breast tissue.
July 9, 2012 - Issue 2151
The Evolution of Bird Flu and the Race to Keep Up
    Renewed calls for fast-tracked pandemic bird flu vaccines are being put out. On May 27, a 10-year old girl in Cambodia died supposedly after being infected with the H5N1 virus. The World Health Organization [claims] she was infected while preparing chicken for a meal
    According to a recent [fraudulent] study in the Lancet, the 2009 swine flu outbreak was deadly. The study, which was led by a CDC researcher, came to this conclusion using [unsound] statistical modeling. It appears to be little more than an attempt to justify past, present, and future pandemic responses, as the [real] data so far has indicated the 2009 “pandemic" was in fact a very mild flu season
    In October 2009, CBS News conducted a three-month long investigation that revealed the vast majority of “swine flu cases” were not any type of flu at all, let alone H1N1, but rather other types of cold or upper respiratory infection.
Pfizer 'Cherry-Picked' Celebrex Data, Memos Say
    New evidence in a lawsuit against Pfizer alleges that the drug company cherry-picked data on its drug Celebrex in a scheme to make the drug appear safer and more effective than it really is
    Pfizer withheld critical data needed to assess the drug’s effectiveness, and newly unsealed documents showed this was all what appeared to be part of a carefully calculated plan by Pfizer execs
    On a regular basis new studies appear that show the real risks of many medications, including popular varieties that are used by millions of people
    The number of lawsuits that Big Pharma is settling ― many of them out of court without going to trial ― are rising, with settlement amounts in the billions
    If you are still under the impression that drugs are the “answer” to your health complaints, you are likely being misled and may be worsening your health by the day
July 10, 2012 - Issue 2152
Merck Accused of Lying about Vaccine Effectiveness
    Two virologists have filed a federal lawsuit against Merck, their former employer, alleging the vaccine maker overstated the effectiveness of their mumps vaccine, which may have cost the US government hundreds of millions of dollars over the past decade. They claim they “witnessed firsthand the improper testing and data falsification in which Merck engaged to artificially inflate the vaccine's efficacy findings"
    Chatom Primary Care has also filed a federal antitrust class action lawsuit against Merck, alleging Merck went to great lengths to manipulate test procedures and falsifying results to prop up fraudulent efficacy claims, thereby maintaining its monopoly on the MMR vaccine
    These two lawsuits couldn’t come at a more precarious time for Merck, as the Italian Health Ministry recently conceded the MMR vaccine caused autism in a now nine-year old boy — albeit this news has been effectively censored in the US
    A recent review of the varicella (chickenpox) vaccination program in the U.S. concluded that the vaccine has not proven to be cost-effective; increased the incidence of shingles; failed to provide long-term protection from the disease it targets ― chicken pox ― and is less effective than the natural immunity that existed in the general population before the vaccine.
Monsanto Promises Pain to EU, Assault Underway
    The European Commission has issued a proposal to drop the policy of zero tolerance for unapproved and untested GMOs in food; the proposal suggests setting a threshold below which contaminated imports could enter Europe’s food chain
    In 2011, the EU decided to allow contamination with up to 0.1 percent of unapproved and untested GMOs in animal feed, which was previously not allowed
    France recently asked the European Commission to suspend Monsanto's authorization to plant genetically modified MON 810 corn, but the EU stepped in and blocked the ban
    GM opponents are urging the EU to reject the proposals, noting the pressure to drop their zero tolerance policy regarding GM contamination is coming from the U.S. government [on behalf of corrupt big business], the WTO (World Trade Organization) and the biotech industry
July 11, 2012 - Issue 2153
Surprising Cancer-Fighting Benefits of Pineapple Enzyme
    Chemotherapy destroys healthy cells throughout your body right along with cancer cells, a “side effect” that often leads to accelerated death, not healing; it is also known to encourage the growth of the treatment-resistant cells within tumors, making the cancer more deadly as a result
    A handful of natural compounds have been discovered that exhibit an effect called "selective cytotoxicity,” which means they are able to kill cancer cells while leaving healthy cells and tissue unharmed
    Bromelain, an enzyme that can be extracted from pineapple stems, is selectively cytotoxic, and was shown superior to the chemotherapy drug 5-fluorauracil in treating cancer in the animal model
    Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme, which can be helpful in treating cancer because it helps restore balance to your immune system, among other cancer-fighting benefits
New Studies on 3 Important Nutrients
    Calcium is one of the most popular dietary supplements on the market, but research suggests taking it in supplement form may actually increase your heart attack risk by 86 percent; calcium from dietary sources is a much safer option
    Turmeric (the curry spice) and its active component curcumin have been shown to have anti-diabetic, anti-cancer and heart protective effects
    Resveratrol, which can be found in red wine, red grape skins, fruits, vegetables, legumes, cocoa, dark chocolate and weeds, and also in supplement form, is also showing promise for fighting both diabetes and cancer
July 12, 2012 - Issue 2154
Why Your Doctor's Advice May Be Fatally Flawed
    In a recent review of retracted studies in the drug and biomedical literature, drug studies were found to have the highest number of incidents of scientific misconduct. Nearly 75 percent of retracted drug studies were attributed to scientific misconduct such as data falsification, fabrication, questionable veracity, unethical conduct and/or plagiarism
    Scientific fraud is on the rise. According to the most recent data, the number of scientific retractions have climbed more than 15-fold since 2001
    According to a former drug company researcher, 47 of 53 landmark cancer studies published in the world’s top journals could not be replicated — a validation process that is essential to establish scientific merit
    Despite retractions, fabricated research may still inadvertently live on, as it may have been cited by numerous other studies and once a finding is accepted in the medical community, it's difficult to flush out. Worse yet, according to a recent study nearly 32 percent of retracted papers were not noted as having been retracted by the journal in question, leaving readers completely in the dark
July 13, 2012 - Issue 2155
High Intensity is Key for Both Cardio and Weight Benefits
    12 weeks of high intensity interval training can not only make significant reductions in total abdominal, trunk, and visceral fat, but can also give you significant increases in fat-free mass and aerobic power
The Serious Problem of Overhydrating in Endurance Sports
    Official advice to guzzle water before, during and after endurance sports events may be putting athletes’ health at risk, and is not based on science
    Evidence suggests that overhydrating will actually worsen athletic performance, not improve it, and consuming too much water can cause hyponatremia -- a condition in which your cells swell with too much water
    It’s now believed that using thirst as your guide is the best way to determine how much water is healthy for you; when you’re thirsty, take a drink of pure water; it’s as simple as that
July 14, 2012 - Issue 2156
Viruses Worldwide Battled by Gut Microbes
    Beneficial bacteria appear to be critical for a healthy immune system, researchers say.     An earlier study also shows that microorganisms in the human gastrointestinal tract form a highly intricate, living fabric of natural controls that affect body weight, energy, and nutrition [Probiotics supply such beneficial bacteria]
When Treatment is Poison
    Water fluoridation came about as the result of a massively successful PR campaign, and was reportedly first suggested as a way to protect aluminum and steel producers from lawsuits against the fluorine pollution coming from their plants
    Fluoride is a toxic agent that is biologically active in the human body where it accumulates in sensitive tissues over time, wreaks havoc with enzymes and produces a number of serious adverse health effects — including neurological and endocrine dysfunctions.
    In El Salvador, a former Peace Corps volunteer noted that the kids had near-perfect teeth, until decades later, when junk foods and soda were introduced – then their teeth rotted
    Good oral health and strong, healthy teeth are NOT the result of drinking fluoridated water and brushing your teeth with fluoridated toothpaste; rather it's virtually all about eating a healthy diet
July 15, 2012 - Issue 2157
Surprising Links: How Big Banks Manipulate and Influence Your Health
    The suppression of natural health treatments can be traced back to the corrupting influences of our private banking system, and the cancer- and drug industries are directly linked to the banking cartel
    Prosperity can be restored, according to the Public Banking Institute, by instituting a system of publicly owned banks, instead of privately owned
    The tyrannical financial structure we’re currently under is supported by the interest siphoned by banks into private coffers, bleeding society dry. The remedy is to replace the privately owned banking system with a public one, where interest is fed right back to the state or local community
    Currently, 40 percent of the cost of everything you buy is interest. At every stage of development of a product, interest is paid on loans taken out to conduct business. If the state owns the bank and gives out the loans to local businesses, that interest comes back to the citizens of the state. [I think North Dakota has such a publicly owned bank.]
July 16, 2012 - Issue 2158
GlaxoSmithKline: GUILTY in Largest Health Fraud Settlement in US History
    Purdue Pharma, the makers of the highly addictive painkiller, OxyContin, is now doing clinical tests to get the drug approved for kids as young as 6 years old. Such pain killers have now been shown to be the primary gateway drug of choice, beating out marijuana, smoking and alcohol, and the consequences are far deadlier.
    On July 2, the British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline pled guilty to three counts of criminal misdemeanor and other civil liabilities relating to the prescription drugs, Paxil, Wellbutrin and Avandia, and agreed to pay a total of $3 billion in fines.
    TV and radio personality Dr. Drew Pinsky (aka “Dr. Drew,” of sex-advice-giving fame) allegedly accepted $275,000 to illegally promote GSK's antidepressant Wellbutrin for sexual dysfunction
    It has become abundantly clear that fines do NOT work. To dampen the rampant criminal behavior enveloping the medical drug industry, individuals responsible for and complicit with these criminal acts must face criminal charges
So Inherently Dangerous that Only Two Countries in the World Have Legalized This and the U.S. Is One of Them
    The United States is one of only two countries that allows direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising, a marketing bonanza that’s turned America into a medicated mass of people, who’ve been brain-washed into thinking that taking pills will make everything better―even for ailments you might not have
    Data shows that every $1,000 spent on drug ads produces 24 new patients, and that prescription rates for drugs promoted with DTC ads were nearly seven times greater than those without such promos
    DTC advertising is not only unethical, it’s a dangerous practice that puts countless numbers of people on medications they usually do not really need, all for the sake of increasing drug company profits
July 17, 2012 - Issue 2159
Dozens of Genetically Modified Babies Already Born - How Will They Alter Human Species?
    As of 2001, 30 genetically modified children had been born, courtesy of a process in which genes from a female donor are inserted into a woman’s eggs before being fertilized. Two children that were later tested were found to have DNA from three parents—two women and one man
    No one really knows what the ramifications of having DNA from three parents might be for the individual, or for their subsequent offspring
    Many follow-up reports continue to tout the high success of this method of treating infertility. But some do warn about the dangers and risks of this procedure. Researchers have found chromosomal anomalies and one of the babies was diagnosed with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, a spectrum of autism-related diagnoses, at the age of 18 months
Factory Fed Fish: Monsanto's and Cargill's Plans for the Ocean
    The soy industry, Monsanto, Cargill and other agribusiness giants are trying to position GM soy as a “sustainable” choice for aquaculture (farmed fish) feed
    As soy is not a natural food found in the oceans, it poses serious risks of pollution, lack of nutrient content in seafood, and contamination of the oceans with herbicide-saturated GM soy
    There is also concern about adding GM soy to yet another area of the food supply; it’s already ubiquitous in processed food and factory-farmed meat
    By boycotting not only farmed fish but also GM soy, you’re taking a stand in support of natural, organic and independent community farms both on land and at sea
July 18, 2012 - Issue 2160
Why a Decline in Mammography Rates is Really GOOD News
    Several studies have determined that mammography in younger women appears to do more harm than good.
    Annual Breast Thermography Health Assessment Imaging is a safe alternative to mammograms. It is a physiological test to monitor your breast health, allowing you the opportunity to address chronic inflammation in your body BEFORE cancer has had the time to develop.
    Its benefits are proven effective for women of all ages and for all breast densities. It is particularly helpful for women with dense breasts, as they are at a higher risk of developing cancer, and have an increased risk of both false positives and false negatives due to the limitations mammograms have in imaging dense breast tissue
EFT Is One Step Closer to Professional Association Acceptance
   A review found statistically significant benefits in using EFT for anxiety, depression, weight loss, PTSD, phobias, athletic performance, cravings, pain and more [but it never helped my headaches or emotions and it seems like malarkey to me]
July 19, 2012 - Issue 2161
This Life-Saving Mineral Found to Actually Increase Senility in Many
    Iron is an essential metal for your health, but too much can lead to the production of free radicals that can damage neurons in your brain, along with other tissues and organs
    Excess iron accumulation in the brain is a consistent observation in Alzheimer's disease
    Separate research also showed that reducing excess iron in the brain can alleviate Alzheimer's-like symptoms in mice
    A serum ferritin blood test is a simple way to determine if your iron levels are too high; if they are, donating blood is a simple solution
    Avoid iron supplements
Known to Kill Cows, Sterilize Wildlife, Induce Spontaneous Abortion in Lab Rats - And it's Likely in Your Water
    A German farmer who had 65 cows die after he fed them genetically modified Bt corn has filed criminal charges against Syngenta, alleging that the company knew the corn could be lethal to livestock, and covered up deaths that occurred during one of their clinical feeding trials
    Thousands of livestock deaths have also been reported across India, as a result of grazing on genetically engineered crops and feed
    Syngenta also recently agreed to pay $105 million to settle a class-action lawsuit in which 2,000 water utilities in the U.S. Midwest claimed the company’s weed killer Atrazine had contaminated their drinking water
    Syngenta was condemned by the Permanent People's Tribunal for human rights violations in Brazil
July 20, 2012 - Issue 2162
How Whey Protein Can Help Build Toned Muscles
    Resistance exercise promotes muscle building, but just how much muscle mass you gain is highly variable, and depends on factors including your nutritional choices
    A new review found that consumption of ~20–25 g of a rapidly absorbed protein, such as whey protein, may serve to maximally stimulate muscle building after resistance exercise in young, healthy individuals; high-quality leucine-rich proteins, such as whey, may be particularly important for the elderly to maximize muscle protein synthesis as well
    It is generally believed that there is only a two-hour window after exercise that allows your body to optimize muscle repair and growth, and supplying your muscles with the right food, such as whey, during this time is essential; however, researchers suggested that consuming whey not only immediately following your workout but also for up to 48 hours after resistance exercise may still offer some muscle-building benefit
    Strength training offers limitless benefits above and beyond muscle building, including weight loss, improved posture and improvements to back pain, making it an essential part of any comprehensive fitness plan
The Fitness Tip That Gave My Neighbor The Body He Always Wanted
    To make your fitness program “stick,” starting in the fall is ideal; summer vacation is over and you get a jumpstart before the holiday season interferes with your schedule
    Trying to get fit too fast inevitably leads to excess muscle soreness and fatigue, which dramatically increases the risk of needless injury or illness
    Starting your new fitness program slowly is the best way to make fitness a regular part of your life and to achieve the fitness gains and body you’ve always wanted
July 21, 2012 - Issue 2163
This Nightly Activity Can Have a Profound Influence on How Much You Weigh
    It's better to sleep longer. A study of 1,800 pairs of twins found that even if you’re genetically predisposed to being overweight, sleeping nine or more hours per night can dramatically increase the beneficial impact of healthy lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise, while diminishing the impact of genetic factors
    The biological mechanisms linking sleep deprivation and weight gain are numerous, but include metabolic changes, altered insulin sensitivity, and biological stress mechanisms that affect genetic expression
Pain is in Your Brain and How to Fix It
    [Supposedly EFT can reduce pain, but it didn't work worth a damn for me. Drinking enough water each day has worked well though.]
July 22, 2012 - Issue 2164
Effective Strategies to Identify and Correct the Inflammation Caused by Mold Exposure
    Most biotoxic illnesses are difficult to diagnose and treat, as all of them, including mold, affect multiple systems in your body and produce a wide array of symptoms. The underlying commonality, whether your disease is caused by dinoflagellates, mold, or spirochetes, for example, is chronic inflammation. The inflammation induced by exposure to the toxins and metabolic products produced by these microorganisms is what wreaks havoc on your health
    Diagnosis begins with a careful medical history and differential diagnosis followed by a series of diagnostic blood tests that are readily available from commercial labs. Another extremely helpful test is a measure of functional vision called visual contrast sensitivity. Ninety two percent of those who are sick will also have a positive visual contrast sensitivity test, indicating a deficit in the neurologic function of vision
July 23, 2012 - Issue 2165
Why Did the Wall Street Journal Bury the Merck Fraud Story?
    Two virologists have filed a federal lawsuit against Merck, their former employer, alleging the vaccine maker lied about the effectiveness of their mumps vaccine. They claim they witnessed “firsthand the improper testing and data falsification in which Merck engaged to artificially inflate the vaccine's efficacy findings”
    The Wall Street Journal published the story on June 22, 2012, but within days, it was scrubbed from the internet. Was the story erased as a result of discussions at the Wall Street Journal’s “elite” CFO network on June 25, which includes Merck?
    Other censored vaccine news include the Italian Health Ministry conceding the MMR vaccine caused autism in a now nine-year old boy, which was not covered by US media
    Chatom Primary Care has filed a federal antitrust lawsuit against Merck, alleging Merck went to great lengths manipulating test procedures and falsifying results to prop up fraudulent efficacy claims, thereby maintaining its monopoly on the MMR vaccine
Exclusive Leaked Documents: American Dietetic Association Is Intentionally Using State Legislatures to Block Alternative Nutrition Providers and Restrict Free Speech
    The North Carolina Board of Dietetics/Nutrition, a state chapter of the American Dietetic Association (ADA), has threatened an online nutrition blogger with jail time for exercising his freedom of speech
    Leaked internal documents from the ADA show the agency is cracking down on unlicensed people offering nutritional advice in an attempt to protect their profession from competition
    The ADA only wants you to get your nutritional advice from an ADA-licensed Registered Dietician, who is likely to be heavily biased by information from food-industry bigwigs
    The ADA is partnered with and sponsored by junk-food industry giants, including Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Mars and Kellogg, and offers continuing education courses to support the use of such dietary atrocities as artificial sweeteners
July 24, 2012 - Issue 2166
Medical Drugs are 62,000 Times More Likely to Kill You than Supplements
    Official UK and EU data reveals that you are 900 times more likely to die from food poisoning than nutritional supplements, and compared to supplements, you’re 300,000 times more likely to die from a preventable medical injury during a hospital stay in the UK than from using nutritional supplements
    Adverse reactions to pharmaceutical drugs are 62,000 times more likely to kill you than food supplements, and 7,750 times more likely to kill you than herbal remedies
    You’re also more likely to die from being struck by lightning or drowning in your bathtub than having a lethal reaction to herbs or supplements
    Based on the data showing supplements and herbal remedies are in the ‘super-safe’ category of individual risk, UK, European, and American authorities are completely out of line in their assertion that supplements are dangerous and need to be more heavily regulated
Double-Whammy! Doctors Demonize Vaccine Choices as FDA Licenses New Combo Vaccine
    A study by the Oregon Health Authority and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control concluded that about 10 percent of parents in Portland, Oregon are making independent decisions about how many vaccines their babies should get and when they should get them. Ignorant public health doctors refer to such parents as “shot limiters,” and it has become fashionable in medical journals and media circles to demonize these concerned parents
    On June 14, the FDA awarded GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) a license to sell MenHibrix, a new vaccine that combines two meningitis vaccines into one shot, without asking the agency’s own vaccine advisory committee for an opinion, despite the fact the FDA had rejected the license in 2010 and 2011 because GSK had trouble proving the vaccine actually worked
    The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) is rumored to vote on a recommendation for the MenHibrix in October
July 25, 2012 - Issue 2167
Top Ten Reasons to Avoid Your Doctor
    Most doctor visits result in drug and surgical treatments that only treat your symptoms and often cause other side effects and problems, including rapidly declining health
    Examples of when you may be better off avoiding your doctor include screenings like mammograms and PSA tests, health conditions like high cholesterol, colds and the flu, and when seeking sound nutritional advice
    Ultimately, the more you take responsibility for your own health -- in the form of nurturing your body to prevent disease -- the less you need to rely on the "disease care" that passes for health care in the United States
Did You Have ANY Idea this Happens at Fast Food Restaurants You Eat At?
    Fast-food insiders (i.e. former employees) reveal a slew of nasty secrets that may make you think twice about ever eating in a fast food restaurant again. You've probably heard such stories already
    Even under the best circumstances, fast-food restaurants fail when it comes to your health, as the food is mostly artificial concoctions of chemicals, poor-quality meat, sugar and salt
    If you want your family to be healthy, someone in your household, or someone you pay, must invest some time in the kitchen preparing your food from scratch, using fresh, whole ingredients, so you can avoid fast food as much as possible
July 26, 2012 - Issue 2168
First Statewide Ban of Plastic Bags
    In a first of its kind move in the United States, the residents of Hawaii have collectively said “No!” to plastic bags; a ban is slated to take effect July 1, 2015
    Los Angeles recently became the largest city in the United States to ban plastic bags at supermarket checkout lanes
    Several other cities in California have already banned plastic bags, as have Seattle, Washington and Aspen, Colorado
    Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, they break down into smaller and smaller bits, contaminating waterways and putting marine life, who mistake the plastic for food, at risk
    Only about 1-5 percent of plastic bags are recycled; there’s also little economic incentive to do so
    You don’t need to wait for a legislative ban to come to your area – you can enact your own “ban” starting today
The Myth of a Safer Hospital Birth for Low-Risk Pregnancies
    Seventeen studies conducted over the last 15 years show attended planned home birth is safer for low-risk women than hospital birth
    Rates of perinatal mortality [infant deaths] were either lower or similar for home birth, while rates of maternal morbidity [death of the mother] were significantly lower, compared to hospital birth
    For low-risk women, a hospital birth greatly increases the risk of unnecessary medical interventions that can in turn increase the risk of serious infections, prolapsed cord, cesarean section and more. Home birth can also avoid dangerous vaccinations etc
July 27, 2012 - Issue 2169
Proper Sprinting and Warm-Up Techniques to Optimize Your Workout and Avoid Injury
    A recent study found 8-second bursts of sprinting followed by 12-second recovery phases for a total of 20 minutes, three times a week, helped men lose as much as four pounds of visceral belly fat in just three months. This is the type of fat associated with heart disease
    Using aerobic exercise, such as continuous jogging, you need to exercise 7 hours per week for 14 weeks to produce a similar decrease in visceral fat
    Benefits of high intensity interval training include improving insulin sensitivity, virtually eliminating type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and optimizing cholesterol ratios when combined with proper diet. It also naturally boosts your HGH levels, increases aerobic capacity and boosts fat metabolism
    See video demonstration of proper sprinting technique and recommended stretches to prevent injury
9 Body Hacks to Naturally Increase Testosterone for Men
    Beginning around age 30, a man’s testosterone levels begin to decline, and continue to do so as he ages, leading to symptoms such as decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction, depressed mood, and difficulties with concentration and memory
    Dietary and exercise changes, particularly limiting sugar/fructose, eating healthy saturated fats and engaging in high-intensity exercises and strength training, can be very effective at boosting testosterone levels naturally
    Other strategies to boost testosterone include optimizing your vitamin D levels and reducing stress
July 28, 2012 - Issue 2170
Seeds of Freedom
    Seeds of Freedom, narrated by Jeremy Irons, details how seeds, which have been the heart of traditional farming and natural biodiversity since the beginning of agriculture, are being transformed into an expensive, patented commodity used to monopolize the global food system
    Historically, farmers have stored, traded and shared choice seed from one season to the next. With the introduction of patented genetically engineered seeds, this practice is no longer permitted. Doing so exposes the farmer to costly fines and lawsuits for patent infringement
    At present, there are six categories of genetically engineered crops that are either in development, or have already been approved for commercialization
    GE crops have not lived up to the hype. Numerous studies have concluded they do not provide greater yields. On the contrary, they oftentimes produce lower yields than their non-GE counterparts. They also have not reduced herbicide use. Instead, use of broad-spectrum herbicides is estimated to triple as herbicide-resistant crops continue to be planted around the globe
Urgent - If You Want to Keep Taking Supplements
    Senator Durbin of Illinois launched a “sneak attack” on supplements by attempting to slip an amendment through on the back of a Senate bill scheduled for vote the following day; the amendment (No 2127) would have created unnecessary regulations that could have resulted in supplements being pulled from store shelves
    Senator Durbin is engaged in an ever increasing number of attempts to restrict your freedom of choice about your health, in terms of the foods you eat and the supplements you take. Durbin introduced S 1310 in 2011 (Dietary Supplement Labeling Act), a bill that threatens the dietary supplement industry by granting the FDA more power to regulate supplements as if they were drugs, effectively putting supplement companies out of business
    In a recent speech on the Senate floor, Durbin dispersed blatant misinformation to his legislative colleagues, captured on video
    Durbin and others would have you believe supplements are dangerous and need further regulation; however, supplements have FAR fewer reported adverse reactions than either drugs or vaccines and are already FDA regulated
    Legislative tactics such as Amendment 2127 represent part of a plan by the drug industry, in partnership with FDA, to eliminate their primary competition by taking control of the supplement industry, in order to soften the impact of impending decreased revenues from expiring drug patents
July 29, 2012 - Issue 2171
The Potential Effects of Soy, and How it Might Decimate the Health of Your Unborn Baby and the Fertility of Future Generations
    Plant estrogens, such as that found in soy, can have profound detrimental effects on a developing fetus. Exposure to estrogenic chemicals in the womb or during childhood has the potential to negatively affect a woman’s fertility as an adult, and has previously been linked to an increased chance of breast cancer.
    Earlier research has found that the soy compound genistein impairs sperm motility. Even tiny doses of the compound in the female tract could destroy sperm and impair your ability to conceive
    Avoid feeding your baby soy infant formula as it can equate to giving her an estimated four to five birth control pills’ worth of estrogen every day
    Soy infant formula can contain potentially dangerous levels of aluminum and manganese—both of which are linked to reduced IQ
July 30, 2012 - Issue 2172
Mounting Evidence Shows Many Vaccines are Ineffective and Contribute to Rise of Outbreaks Caused by Mutated Viruses
    Recent research shows outbreaks of whooping cough (pertussis) are actually related to the pertussis vaccine itself. Eighty-one percent of 2010 California whooping cough cases in children under 18 occurred in those fully up to date on the whooping cough vaccine. Only eight percent of those stricken were unvaccinated. According to the authors, attack rates markedly increased three years after receiving the vaccine
    DTaP vaccine effectiveness was only 41 percent among 2- to 7-year-olds and a dismal 24 percent among those aged 8-12
    “Cocooning” vaccines does not work, a Canadian study shows
    The US varicella vaccination program has been shown to have dramatically increased rates of shingles, while also failing to provide long-term protection from chicken pox. Researchers also concluded the vaccine is less effective than the natural immunity that existed in the general population before the vaccine
3 Reasons You May Not be Getting Enough Vitamin D this Summer
    Summer is a time when more people are outside―and theoretically exposed to more sun, the ideal way to boost vitamin D― but there are three good reasons why you still many not be getting enough
    First, you may be relying too much on vitamin-D fortified foods or poor-quality vitamins, which are unlikely to raise your vitamin D to therapeutic levels
    Second, if you put on sunscreen every time you go outside, you’re blocking your body’s ability to produce vitamin D
    Third, if you try to sunbathe through a window or a glassed-in patio, the vitamin D-producing UBV rays will not be able to pass through, and you will not receive any vitamin D
    Vitamin D from sun exposure is the BEST way to optimize your vitamin D levels; exposing a large amount of your skin until it turns the lightest shade of pink, as near to solar noon as possible, is typically necessary to achieve adequate vitamin D production
    If sun exposure is not an option, a safe tanning bed (with electronic ballasts rather than magnetic ballasts, to avoid unnecessary exposure to EMF fields) can be used, and as last resort, a vitamin D3 supplement can be taken orally
July 31, 2012 - Issue 2173
Why Does Monsanto Always Win?
    Because of buying influence in Congress. Monsanto spent $5.3 million lobbying US lawmakers last year, and has already spent $1.4 million in the first quarter of this year. Monsanto also exerts powerful influence over the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—all of which have a say in whether or not you get to know whether the food you’re eating has been genetically engineered
    Rep. Frank D. Lucas has received the most money so far from Monsanto. Lucas is chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, through which every farm-related piece of legislation must pass
    A total of 17 members of the House agriculture committee or their leadership PAC’s have received funding from Monsanto so far during this election cycle
    Monsanto has filed more lobbying reports on the upcoming farm bill than any other organization. The new farm bill is an omnibus piece of legislation that sets the nation's agricultural policy and addresses nearly every aspect of America’s farming and food industries. The current bill expires in 2013, and legislators are currently busy writing the new proposal, which will undoubtedly be skewed in favor of the biotech industry
Bill Gates Leveraged Philanthropy: Corporate Profit versus Humanity
    The Gates Foundation, through its “leveraged philanthropy” model of public-private partnerships, may be doing far more to protect corporate profits, than improving world health
    Some of the chosen projects and alliances clash with the Foundation’s underlying goals, such as its partnership with the biotech giant Monsanto. Besides questionable partnerships, the foundation and Gates himself also have personal investments in some of the projects they fund
    Over the past decade, the Gates Foundation has spent $1 billion on training programs for journalists and research on effective crafting of media messages. It also pays magazines and scientific journals to publish research and articles [favorable to their corporations]
    Buried in the House Agriculture Committee's draft of the 2012 Farm Bill are several riders that will grant Monsanto carte blanche to grow genetically engineered crops. The provisions would force the rushed commercialization of GE crops, create a backdoor approval for Dow's "Agent Orange" corn and eliminate any meaningful review of the impacts of these novel crops. One of the riders would also establish an acceptable level of contamination of genetically engineered material in non-GE crops