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October 1, 2012 - Issue 2235
Gut Bacteria Can Affect Fat Absorption and is Influenced by “Social Structures”
Researchers are increasingly looking at the cascading ill effects of antibiotic drugs. Fluoroquinolones, a class of fluoridated antibiotics, are particularly dangerous. Serious side effects include potential blindness from retinal detachment, kidney failure, permanent tendon damage, psychotic reactions, and injury to the central nervous system
Optimizing your gut flora includes avoiding sugar and corn syrup (fructose) and processed foods, antibiotics (including non-organic meats), chlorinated water, antibacterial soaps, agricultural chemicals and pollution.
It’s also wise to reseed the gut with probiotics. Ideally, include traditionally fermented foods such as fermented vegetables
Psychotropic Drug Use Associated with Increased Risk for Car Crashes
People involved in car accidents are more likely to have taken psychotropic drugs for a period of days, weeks or months
Benzodiazepines, antidepressants, and newer insomnia drugs known as Z-drugs (including Sonata, Ambien, Imovane and Lunesta) all significantly raised car accident risk.
Physicians should warn their patients not to drive while taking such drugs.
There are safer alternatives, such as healthy diet, sun exposure without sunscreens, prayer, spiritual gatherings, that can help address the underlying causes of mental illness without the use of dangerous psychotropic drugs
October 2, 2012 - Issue 2236
Root Canals Can Cause Heart Attacks etc
In 1906, the Mayo Clinic in conjunction with Weston Price DDS, MS as head of research for the dental association of that time, announced that root canals were a haven for disease-producing bacteria
Research showed that heart attacks could be induced 100 percent of the time by infected tooth implants in animals, implicating root canals as one of the primary causes of heart disease, currently the number one killer of Americans
Toxins from these bacteria together with mercury from dental amalgam have the ability to alter your DNA and RNA, increasing the potential for disease and/or birth defects in future generations
Diseases that could potentially be dental related include chronic fatigue, heart disease, meningitis, and human papilloma virus (HPV)
Are You Concerned Over Genetically Modified Vaccines?
Genetically modified (GM) vaccines are already being produced [by mad scientists] – some are even on the CDC's recommended vaccine schedule – even though, as is the case with GM foods, we know very little about their long-term effects
Use of foreign DNA in various forms has the potential to cause a great deal of trouble, not only because there is the potential for it to recombine with our own DNA, but also there is the potential for it to turn the DNA gene “switches” on and off
GM vaccines are already in use and being administered to Americans; these include vaccines for hepatitis B, rotavirus and HPV, among others
October 3, 2012 - Issue 2237
Influenza Deaths: The Hype vs. the Evidence
State health department officials are increasingly joining with medical trade association lobbyists in many states to severely restrict or eliminate medical, religious and conscientious belief vaccine exemptions for all children. In Connecticut and New Jersey, mandates are already in place that force parents to give their six-month-old babies flu vaccine or be banned from daycare
The CDC has been falsely telling the public for nearly a decade that an estimated 36,000 people die from influenza in the U.S. every year. This number is grossly inaccurate as it includes not just influenza death cases, but also other respiratory, circulatory, cardiac and pulmonary deaths that potentially might have been associated with influenza
A review of Vital Statistics data shows that since 1940, the highest number of influenza deaths claimed in a single year was 21,047 deaths in 1941. In fact, the mortality rate from influenza was not rising in the late 20th century – as the CDC has alleged. It was dropping.
There were only between 600 and 750 influenza deaths recorded annually between 1995 and 1997. The most influenza deaths recorded in a single year since 1979 was about 2,900 deaths and that was in 2009, likely from the H1N1 swine flu vaccines! Yet CDC policymakers, along with drug company and medical trade association lobbyists have continuously been using inflated influenza hospitalization and mortality estimates to justify expanding the influenza vaccine market
CDC does not require states to report individual seasonal flu cases or deaths of people older than 18 years of age. The CDC is not collecting the information they need to accurately assess influenza morbidity and mortality in the U.S.
Obesity Epidemic and High Fructose Corn Syrup
The new report, published in the International Journal of Obesity, falsely says there is no evidence to suggest that the U.S. obesity epidemic can be blamed on HFCS consumption.
The study’s authors were funded by, or have links to, the corn industry and food companies like Conagra and Pepsico -- a glaring conflict of interest, indicating the likelihood an industry-favoring bias was present when the study was conducted.
October 4, 2012 - Issue 2238
U.S. Gets “Big F” on Health Report Card
The most recent health report card issued for the US predicts that half of all American adults will be obese by 2030. Obesity-related illness is predicted to raise national health care costs by $48 billion annually over the next two decades by adding another 7.9 million new cases of diabetes, 5 million cases of chronic heart disease and stroke, and 400,000 cancer cases
Recent research suggests that if obesity rates were to remain at 2010 levels, the combined savings in medical expenditures over the next two decades would be $549.5 billion.
Two of the best ways to determine whether or not you may be overweight is by measuring waist circumference and/or body fat percentage. Your waist size is also a powerful indicator of insulin sensitivity, as studies clearly show that measuring your waist size is one of the most powerful ways to predict your risk for diabetes
I compiled a new waist circumference table that will allow you how to easily look up your height and see what your ideal waist size and current classification is -- see link above
A recent study found that the taste buds of obese children are less sensitive than normal weight children, which may have a detrimental effect on their food choices
Top 10 Drug Company Settlements
A record 4.02 billion prescriptions were written in the United States in 2011, showing Americans are taking more drugs than ever before and putting their health in the hands of some of the top corporate criminals in the world
Drug company settlements continue to be commonplace and are now escalating into the realm of billions of dollars
Most of these settlements amount to a mere slap on the wrist for the drug companies, which typically will continue right along with their deceitful behaviors
The most-used drugs in America are, primarily, used to treat conditions that can be better treated without drugs, using natural lifestyle changes and other holistic strategies
October 5, 2012 - Issue 2239
Exercise Reduces Hunger and Overweight
Recent research shows that 45 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous exercise in the morning may reduce food cravings, both immediately afterward and throughout the day
Exercising first thing in the morning, especially if done on an empty stomach, has been shown to have a number of health benefits, including preventing weight gain and insulin resistance
Your choice of breakfast food may play a significant role in decreasing or heightening sensations of hunger afterward. Carbohydrate-rich breakfast foods can significantly increase hunger
Previous research has revealed that exercise may also help control your body weight by altering hormones released by your gut after a meal
When exercising in a fasted state, it’s critical to eat a recovery meal within 30 minutes after the workout. This meal should NOT be skipped in the name of fasting. Fast-assimilating protein, such as whey, is ideal for brain and muscle recovery
Physically Fit Boys and Girls Score Higher on Reading and Math
According to a study done at the University of North Texas, having a healthy heart and lungs may be one of the most important factors for middle school students to excel in math and reading
The research is pouring in that regular exercise can improve test scores, IQ levels and task efficiency for kids and adults alike
Too much “screen time” in front of TVs, computers and video games can increase your child’s risk of emotional and behavioral difficulties, regardless of time spent exercising
Be a positive role model for your child by both limiting your family’s screen time while encouraging activities that boost physical fitness
October 6, 2012 - Issue 2240
Dr. Mercola Interviews Dr. Palevsky on Vaccine Problems
Safety studies regarding vaccines have not been performed using proper scientific standards; those that have been done compare vaccinated populations only to other vaccinated populations, and only follow kids for 4-6 weeks
Some of the diseases vaccines are designed to prevent, such as chickenpox, measles, and the flu, may actually have an important place in childhood development – and may ultimately be beneficial for the child’s future health by helping their immune system, nervous system and brain to mature
All 50 states allow a medical exemption to vaccination; 48 states allow a religious exemption to vaccination; and 18 states allow a personal, philosophical or conscientious belief exemption to vaccination; however, all vaccine exemptions are currently under attack
If you have concerns about vaccinations, try having an open conversation with your physician; if enough people speak up, we can reach a critical mass within the population that will prompt real change. If your physician is not open to your concerns, find a new physician who is
Breast Cancer Risks Acquired in Pregnancy May Pass to Next 3 Generations
What a woman eats and is exposed to during pregnancy impacts not only the future health of her child, but also that of her grandchildren and even great-grandchildren.
For the most part, even if you inherited a certain increased disease risk from your mother or grandmother, you can reduce it using dietary and other natural strategies.
October 7, 2012 - Issue 2241
Dr. Mercola Interviews Devra Davis on the Dangers of Cell phones
- A cell phone is a two-way microwave-radiating device that has been associated with brain tumors and salivary gland tumors, weakened sperm production and cell membranes, hearing loss and tinnitus, among other issues
- The telecom industry is a global multi-trillion dollar industry that influences government policies through persistent lobbying efforts, sizeable political donations, and manipulation of science.
- A recent Government Accountability Office Report: “Exposure and Testing Requirements for Mobile Phones Should be Reassessed,” has added pressure on the Federal Communications Commission to strengthen cellphone testing, as has a letter from the American Academy of Pediatrics urging that children are especially vulnerable to damage from cell phone radiation, and should not use them without special protections if at all (or only for very limited times).
- Adults should not keep a cell phone in a pocket or on the body, and should use an air-tube headset or the speakerphone feature as much as possible, remembering that ‘distance [from your body] is your friend.’
October 8, 2012 - Issue 2242
In Emergency Situations, a Fecal Transplant May Be a Lifesaving Option
- The easiest way to combat overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria that can cause serious intestinal diseases is to eat traditionally fermented foods, but in an emergency situation, a novel procedure called fecal microbiota transplant may be the difference between life and death
Choline In Eggs And Meat Helps Gene Expression From Infancy To Adulthood
Consumption of higher levels of choline during pregnancy (about double the recommended pregnancy intake) is linked to beneficial epigenetic changes in the fetus that likely last into adulthood
Higher choline intake decreased levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the fetus, which may offer protection against stress-related conditions, including mental health disorders, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes
Eggs and meat are two of the best dietary sources of choline; if you’re a vegan or vegetarian who does not consume any animal foods, you are at risk of deficiency
October 9, 2012 - Issue 2243
Why Do Supporters of Genetically Engineered Foods Insist on Organics for Their Own Families?
Many political supporters of genetically engineered (GE) foods are feasting on organics, while promoting unlabeled GE foods for everyone else, including Mitt Romney, President Obama, and former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
At present, the race is neck-to-neck between Romney and Obama in terms of not doing anything to protect or promote safer, more healthful organic foods for average Americans. Instead, both of them, while on organic diets themselves, promote untested GE foods for the masses
According to a former White House executive chef, Laura Bush was “adamant that in ALL CASES, if an organic product was available it was to be used in place of a non-organic product,” and Mitt Romney’s wife, Ann, has publicly credited a combination of organic foods and holistic medicine for turning her health around after she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1998
In a 2008 interview, Michelle Obama is quoted as saying: “...you start reading the labels and you realize there’s high-fructose corn syrup in everything... Everything that’s in a bottle or a package is like poison in a way that most people don’t even know...”
While the Obama’s appear well-informed about the health dangers of processed foods in general and genetically engineered foods specifically, their personal belief system has not filtered into the food policies that affect the rest of the population. On the contrary, the President has appointed a number of former Monsanto employees into key federal positions that wield near-absolute power over agricultural issues, while ignoring his pre-election promise to “immediately” label genetically engineered foods once elected into office
We have no real champions for food safety and labeling of genetically engineered foods within the federal government. But right now we do have a great opportunity to change this situation by circumventing the federal system entirely and supporting California’s Proposition 37 to label GE foods. This CA law would have a national effect. Click on link above
Kids Exposed to Mercury & Lead at Risk for ADHD
Children with the highest concentrations of mercury in their blood had more trouble paying attention – and were three times as likely to display symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) – than those with lower levels
The presence of mercury in seafood prompts urgent warnings from the FDA and other groups, but they refuse to address concerns about placing dental amalgam, half of which is mercury, directly into the mouths of children and pregnant women
There is overwhelming evidence showing mercury from dental fillings is released in the form of vapor each time you eat, drink, brush your teeth or otherwise stimulate your teeth
Along with avoiding contaminated seafood, avoiding mercury “amalgam” fillings is also important to protect children’s health. Shrimp, crab, arctic salmon and sardines are generally not contaminated
October 10, 2012 - Issue 2244
Shocking Dangers of Plavix Revealed in 2nd Comparison Study
Research investigating the effects of Plavix in combination with aspirin significantly increases risk of death, doubles risk of gastrointestinal bleeding, and more than doubles fatal hemorrhaging. The anti-platelet aspect of the study was terminated as a result of these increased risks to participants
In an ironic twist of fate, Dr. Starfield, the Johns Hopkins doctor who, over a decade ago, presented the shocking evidence in JAMA that caused me to coin the phrase “doctors are the third leading cause of death in the US,” has died from fatal brain hemorrhage following a Plavix-aspirin regimen, as prescribed by her cardiologist
Her research, published in 2000, documented how a staggering 225,000 Americans die from iatrogenic causes, i.e. their death is caused by a physician's activity, manner, or therapy [especially the drugs they prescribe]
There are far simpler, virtually free strategies, without toxic side effects, that can provide the same blood thinning benefit as Plavix, including walking barefoot (known as Grounding or Earthing) [or using organic hawthorne berries, or ginkgo biloba etc]
Only a tiny fraction of all adverse drug reactions are ever reported to the FDA. So, any time you believe you’ve had a bad drug reaction, report it to the FDA
Interview with Jim “Jimbo” Someck
Jim “Jimbo” Someck, the founder of Jimbo’s natural food stores in California, has made pioneering efforts to support organic farming and provide consumers the option of buying non-GM (genetically modified) foods
Jimbo’s stores are run based on ethical principles intended to better the health of both its customers and the planet
As an individual consumer, you have a profound influence with your pocketbook by making smart choices and helping to create a viable market for natural, organic foods; you can also choose to support those companies that are actively working toward a better planet for all of us, rather than those companies that are systematically destroying it
Jimbo’s is also working to help the passage of California’s Proposition 37, a bill that would require truthful labeling of genetically modified foods; voting is coming up in the next few weeks [at the presidential election in CA], and your support is urgently needed. Click on the link above
October 11, 2012 - Issue 2245
Medication & Diet Induced Suicide Overtakes Car Accidents as Leading Cause of Injury-Related Death
The primary risk factor for suicide is depression in combination with substance abuse, and this could include alcohol, illicit drugs, and prescription drugs. An estimated 90 percent of those who end up taking their own lives fit into this category
Some estimate as many as 20 percent of drug overdoses labeled as “accidental” may actually be intentional suicides. Thirty-six percent of overdoses involve prescription painkillers, which cause more overdose deaths than heroin and cocaine combined
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide rates tend to rise and fall along with recessions and economic booms. Another important factor is poor health, which can stretch already strained finances to the very limit. And then there’s excessive use of multiple prescription drugs. Polypharmacy can have a devastating effect on both physical and mental health, including increased risk of depression, physical accidents like falls, and/or self-harm, along with symptoms that may otherwise exacerbate depression
The Modern Food System and the Roots of Obesity
In a multi-part BBC documentary by investigative reporter Jacques Peretti, the foundational reasons behind the obesity epidemic are revealed
Government and the food and beverage industry have massively contributed to your expanding waistline by promoting low-fat diets, processed foods, and foods loaded with sugar (especially corn syrup) and artificial sweeteners
Today’s sky-high rates of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease can be tied directly to changes in how our food has been grown and produced over the past 40 years
Humans are genetically programmed to seek energy-dense foods, which served us well thousands of years ago when food was scarce; the modern diet has tripped our “fat switch,” as Dr. Richard J. Johnson discusses in his new book
Even if you appear lean and healthy, you may have a dangerous buildup of fat around your internal organs, due to low-fat, high-carb, processed food diet etc; MRI scans are revealing people are accumulating more visceral fat, which is the most dangerous kind of fat for your health
October 12, 2012 - Issue 2246
Less Can Be More, Research Shows: Maximizing Health Benefits of Exercise By Finding Your “Goldilock’s Zone”
In a recent study, men who exercised at medium intensity for 30 minutes, several times a week, shed two pounds more weight over the course of 13 weeks than those exercising for 60 minutes at the same intensity and frequency
How Exercise Can Help You Master New Skills
If you want to help strengthen your memory, and be sure new information you’re receiving is successfully learned for later use and recall, a workout just after the instance of learning may be very beneficial
Men who exercised just after learning a new task performed more accurately and with greater agility than men who exercised prior to the learning, or not at all
Research shows exercise may help strengthen your memory, build new brain cells and brain cell connections, increase your IQ and make you more productive at work
October 13, 2012 - Issue 2247
Under Our Skin: The Untold Story of Lyme Disease
The award-winning documentary “Under Our Skin” exposes the hidden story of Lyme disease, one of the most serious and controversial epidemics of our time; the film exposes a troubling picture of a health care system that is far too willing to put profits ahead of patients
Lyme disease rates are climbing and have reached epidemic levels in some areas; the disease is caused by the spirochete bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, which is transmitted to humans and animals by ticks, mosquitoes, spiders and mites
Borrelia burgdorferi, a cousin to the bacteria causing syphilis, has become very adept at hiding and surviving in human tissues, in part due to its corkscrew shape allowing it to burrow into your tissues, and it’s ability to take on different forms, such as cysts, in order to escape your immune system, evade antibiotics, and hide from detection by blood tests
People suffering from chronic Lyme disease struggle to get help because corrupt government agencies, insurance companies and powerful private organizations have united to destroy physicians’ credibility and practice when they try to expose the truth
Dr. Mercola Talks with Dr. Becker about the Pet Food Industry
The driving force behind the pet food industry is not to create a nourishing, species-appropriate diet for pets; the focus is on making a profit, unfortunately at your pet’s expense.
The majority of pet foods on the market contain inappropriate ingredients such as rendered, low-quality protein, corn, soy, wheat and rice. These ingredients contribute to low-grade inflammation, diabetes, obesity, and other diseases in pets.
October 14, 2012 - Issue 2248
The Surprising Health Benefits of Oxidative Medicine
Oxidative therapies such as ozone therapy, ultraviolet blood irradiation therapy, and intravenous hydrogen peroxide therapy can be beneficial for treating a wide range of conditions ranging from viral and fungal infections to joint pain and arthritis.
Oxidative therapies work by stimulating your immune system, enhancing mitochondrial processes and facilitating healing with virtually no side effects
Oxidative medicine can be used as a treatment as well as for a preventive, anti-aging health strategy
While some forms of oxidative therapy should be performed under the supervision of a knowledgeable practitioner, others can be done in the privacy of your own home [See link above for details]
October 15, 2012 - Issue 2249
Confirmed Again: Statin Drugs Accelerate Cardiovascular Disease
One in four Americans over the age of 45 take a statin drug to reduce their cholesterol [although cholesterol is a vital nutrient for the brain, hormones etc]. Most are prescribed a statin supposedly to prevent heart attack and stroke, which they don’t do
In one recent study, statin use was associated with a 52 percent increase of calcified coronary plaque in arteries compared to non-users
A second study showed type 2 diabetics with advanced atherosclerosis who are frequent statin users have significantly higher amounts of coronary artery calcification compared to less frequent users of the drug
Statins have been shown to significantly increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. In one study, statins increased the risk of type 2 diabetes in postmenopausal women by 48 percent
Adverse effects of statin drugs include muscle problems, nerve damage in hands and feet, immune suppression, pancreas and liver dysfunction, sexual dysfunction, cataracts, memory loss, and an increased risk of cancer. Statins also deplete your body of CoQ10
Cherries May Help Reduce Risk of Gout Attacks
In a study of over 600 people with gout, those who ate a half-cup serving of cherries a day, the equivalent of about 10 or 12 cherries, or consumed cherry extract, had a 35 percent lower risk of a subsequent gout attack.
Those who ate more cherries, up to three servings in two days, had an even lower, 50 percent reduction in risk.
Cherries contain powerful compounds like anthocyanins and bioflavonoids, which are known to fight inflammation and may help lower your uric acid levels; gout occurs when the metabolic processes that control the amount of uric acid in your blood fail to do their job effectively. The stiffness and swelling are a result of excess uric-acid-forming crystals in your joints.
If you have gout, it’s very important to restrict your fructose intake from sugar, corn syrup, honey, molasses and maple syrup to below 25 grams a day, as fructose drives up uric acid levels in your body.
Top 10 Foods for Brain Health
Submitted by dasha on October 15, 2012 – 4:33 pm
- Food is one of the primary factors in optimizing brain function and preventing brain disease, and yet many people are unaware of exactly what foods they should be eating for these purposes.
Here is a list of the ten best brain foods, and why they work.
- 1. Eating oily fish is vital for the brain and nervous system. Fish such as sardines, anchovies and salmon contain the essential omega-3 fatty acids, many of which are directly involved in brain function, improving communication between brain cells, leading to better overall brain health.
- 2. Hot chilli peppers are actually also a great brain food as they contain an extremely large amount of vitamin C (more, in fact, than oranges), which is essential for the brain.
- 3. Pumpkin seeds are full of zinc, a mineral which has been shown to boost memory. There are many ways to enjoy them, and you only need around a handful a day to keep your brain in top shape.
- 4. Tomatoes play an important role in preventing brain disease, as they contain the antioxidant lycopene, which destroys free radicals in the body. Eating tomatoes can therefore help protect against such brain diseases as Alzheimer’s Syndrome.
- 5. Broccoli is another brain food that just can’t be beaten, containing vitamin K, vitamin C and antioxidants. Vitamin K is involved in proper brain function, and can help prevent age-related dementia.
- 6. Nuts of any kind contain vitamin E, which has been implicated in preventing memory loss, and they’re also full of healthy fats.
- 7. Surprisingly, the cacao bean (yes, the bean from which chocolate is made) has been proven to increase brain health. However, this isn’t an excuse to pig out, as most chocolate contains a very small amount of the actual bean, so it’s best to have a few squares a day of a dark chocolate with a very high cocoa percentage, like 85%.
- 8. Blueberries have long been celebrated as a superfood, and rightly so. Not only are they good for your bodily health, but are full of antioxidants and vitamins that fortify your brain health too.
- 9. Flax seeds are full of the very healthy fat ALA, which is is involved in brain function, and there are many ways to enjoy them, from breads to porridge to mixing them with other foods.
- 10. Finally, eggs provide the essential nutrient choline, which is only produced in the body in small amounts. Choline, in one form or another, actually makes up a large portion of the mass of the brain, so eating eggs can make a very significant difference to your brain health.
- There are many more brain foods, but these have been shown to be some of the most effective. And with the wide variety of choice you have in this list alone, there’s no excuse to avoid eating them. So go on, improve your brain health and enjoy a nice varied diet, starting today.
October 16, 2012 - Issue 2250
New Evidence Demolishes Claims of Safety and Effectiveness of HPV Vaccine
A systematic review of pre- and post-licensure trials of the HPV vaccine shows that its effectiveness is not only overstated (through the use of selective reporting or “cherry picking” data) but also completely unproven
As of mid-August 2012, VAERS has received 119 reports of death following HPV vaccination. Reported adverse events also include: 894 reports of disability from the vaccine and 517 life-threatening adverse events
Adverse event reports of cervical abnormalities and cervical cancer are occurring four to five years after HPV vaccination, and have rapidly increased between 2011 and 2012
BPA Damages Chromosomes, Disrupts Fetal Development
An animal study found BPA exposure damaged chromosomes and interfered with egg development, which could lead to spontaneous miscarriage or birth defects such as Down’s Syndrome
Chemical exposures that we’re seeing today have the potential to impact not only your health, but they are also likely changing future generations to come, even if they’re not directly exposed to the chemical
One recent study found that pregnant rats exposed to dioxin passed on diseases to their third-generation offspring (or great-grandchildren) via cellular changes that influence the expression of various genes
In order to avoid any number of chemical toxins leaching into your food and beverages, choose glass over plastic, especially when it comes to products that will come into contact with food or beverages, or those intended for pregnant women, infants and children
October 17, 2012 - Issue 2251
Will Boosting Your Vitamin D Levels Help Prevent Colds or Not?
The disappointing results of a study may be explained by the fact that the control group had higher than normal vitamin D levels attributed to sun exposure. Numerous other studies have confirmed vitamin D’s ability to reduce colds, but the control group is typically severely deficient in most vitamin D studies
One massive dose once a month is unlikely to help you maintain robust immune protection long-term. Additionally, mounting evidence now suggests that elevating your vitamin D level with an oral supplement is unlikely to provide you with the identical health benefits as getting your vitamin D from sun exposure
Misdeeds, Not Mistakes, Behind Most Scientific Retractions
A review of retracted biomedical and life-science research papers found that only 21 percent were retracted due to errors.
The most common reason for retraction, in over 67 percent of cases, was misconduct, including fraud or suspected fraud (43.4%), duplicate publication (14.2%), and plagiarism (9.8%).
The more respected or influential the journal was, the more likely its retractions were to be attributed to fraud or suspected fraud!
Our current medical system has been masterfully orchestrated by the drug companies to create a system that gives the perception of science when really it is a heavily manipulated process designed mainly to boost their profits.
October 18, 2012 - Issue 2252
Buttered Popcorn Flavoring Linked to Alzheimer’s
Diacetyl is an artificial butter flavoring added to microwave popcorn and other snack foods; many microwave popcorn factories have already stopped using the synthetic diacetyl because it’s been linked to lung damage in people who work in the factories
New research shows diacetyl has several concerning properties for brain health and may trigger Alzheimer’s disease
Not only can diacetyl pass through the blood-brain barrier, which is intended to help keep toxins out of your brain, but it can also cause brain proteins to misfold into the Alzheimer’s-linked form known as beta amyloid and it interferes with natural cleansing that would remove beta amyloid from the brain
Melatonin Helps Patients With High Blood Pressure To Sleep
Trouble sleeping, or insomnia, is one of the most common side effects of beta-blockers, drugs used to manage high blood pressure. The drugs are likely more dangerous than the blood pressure.
October 19, 2012 - Issue 2253
Getting Fit By the Age of 50 Helps Prevent Disease in Your “Golden Years”
Research shows the lifestyle choices you make in middle age have a direct impact on how you’ll spend your Golden Years. If you’re fit at 50, you’re much more likely to be healthy into your 70s and 80s
Exercise reduces inflammation, which is a driving force behind most chronic conditions; exercise also improves your strength and protects your brain as you age
The older you get, the harder it is to get fit, especially after 40, and this is particularly true for women. Once you enter middle age, biological processes like hormone changes, decreased muscle mass, and AMPK decline make it extra challenging to become fit
Research continues to prove that more exercise is not necessarily better; in a new Danish study, participants exercising for 30 minutes daily lost more weight than those exercising an hour a day
Youth - Do You Lose if You Don’t Use It?
The Brutal Anatomy Protocol™ (BAP) is a multi-tasking exercise routine that incorporates complex full-body motions that use simultaneous super fast and super slow resistance body movements all while under the duress of high-intensity interval training (HIIT).
For serious amateurs or professional athletes, BAP can be used in addition to many other training routines for an enhanced competitive edge due to its effects on coordination of the mind/body and coordination of core muscles in relation to the rest of the body. It’s also an important part of an anti-aging lifestyle regime.
The BAP exercise routine is not a "cure all" for a sedentary lifestyle but it would certainly give you tremendous gains even if done by itself.
October 20, 2012 - Issue 2254
New Report Shreds Claims that GE Crops Reduce Pesticide Use
Genetically engineered (GE) crops have led to a 404 million pound increase in overall pesticide use from the time they were introduced in 1996 through 2011
GE crops have led to resistance, both in weeds and pests, leaving farmers to struggle with an increasingly difficult situation. More than two dozen weed species are now resistant to glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s broad-spectrum herbicide Roundup
Rapidly increasing weed resistance is now driving up the volume of herbicide needed by about 25 percent annually
Antibiotic Alert: The Drug the Doctor Ordered Could Cause Deadly Side Effects
Fluoroquinolones (Cipro, Levaquin, Avelox) are among the most commonly prescribed class of antibiotics in the United States, but they carry severe side effects that can harm your central nervous system, musculoskeletal, visual and renal [kidney] systems, sometimes simultaneously.
Because of their side effects, they’re supposed to be used only to treat serious bacterial infections that won’t respond to any other treatment; instead, they’re often offered for mild conditions like sinus, urinary tract and ear infections.
Tendon rupture, retinal detachment, hallucinations, personality changes, kidney failure, brain fog, psychosis and loss of memory have all been reported following use of fluoroquinolones.
October 21, 2012 - Issue 2255
Niacin: Cure for Violent Crimes, Schizophrenia, ADHD, Staph Infection
Reliance on denatured processed foods may be leading to widespread nutritional imbalances, some of which have a marked influence on psychiatric health, such as niacin
Pellagra is a disorder caused by niacin deficiency, which includes mental symptoms such as irrational anger, feelings of persecution, mania, and dementia
Research begun in the 1950’s has shown high-dose niacin supplementation to be a very effective treatment option for mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. In studies using 3,000 milligrams of niacin a day, an astounding 80 percent of schizophrenia cases were resolved
Studies have also confirmed the B vitamin can successfully treat attention deficit disorder, general psychosis, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, and violent behavior
High doses of vitamin B3 (niacin) may also combat hard-to-treat superbugs, including antibiotic-resistant staph infections. The research showed high doses of the vitamin boosted the immune system 1,000 fold, effectively killing off the harmful bugs
October 22, 2012 - Issue 2256
Medications Contaminate Drinking Water
Prescription drugs typically have an expiration date of one to five years, but many "expired" drugs are just as potent as when they were originally made, even several years past their expiration date
Trace amounts of more than 150 different human and veterinary medicines have been detected in environments. According to the USGS, 80 percent of the streams in the US, along with nearly 25 percent of the nation’s groundwater is contaminated with a variety of pharmaceuticals
The Drugs Don’t Work: A Modern Medical Scandal
Drugs often enter the market and are promoted as effective by pharmaceutical companies and doctors, even when clinical trials have shown them to be ineffective and, often, unsafe
It’s common practice that if a drug study yields negative results, the results will simply be swept under the rug and not published
Drug trials are often “massaged” to yield positive results, using design bias, careful selection of trial participants and other manipulative tricks to “assure” favorable results
When your physician prescribes you a medication, even if he or she has reviewed the relevant published data, there is virtually no way to know whether that drug is truly safe or effective
October 23, 2012 - Issue 2257
Toxic Alert: Herbicide Is Poisoning People via Food
Last year, Bt toxin originating from genetically engineered Bt crops were found in 93 percent of pregnant women tested and 80 percent of umbilical blood in their babies. Now, results from a German study shows that people who have no direct contact with agriculture have significant concentrations of glyphosate in their urine. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in many broad-spectrum herbicides, including Roundup
Urine samples collected from city dwellers in Berlin all tested positive for glyphosate, with values ranging from 0.5 to 2 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml), which is five to 20 times the permissible upper limit for glyphosate in German drinking water
Research published in 2010 showed that the chemical causes birth defects in frogs and chicken embryos at far lower levels than used in agricultural and garden applications
Glyphosate has also been linked to decimation of intestinal probiotics, endocrine disruption, DNA damage, developmental and reproductive toxicity, and more
State Cuts Philosophical Objections from Vaccine Exemptions
State health officials in New Mexico changed the vaccine exemption form so that philosophical objections are no longer an option. The New Mexico Department of Health simply said they changed the form because the prior one allowed for “misinterpretation of the law.” From now on, parents will be required to state their religious beliefs in order to qualify for a non-medical vaccine exemption for their children to attend school.
California, Washington and Vermont also recently made it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinations.
Those who promote forced vaccination often cite incorrect data as “support,” such as the false statement that recent pertussis outbreaks could be traced back to unvaccinated populations.
The right to make an informed, voluntary vaccination choice for yourself (or your minor child) is an inalienable human right because vaccination, like any medical intervention, involves a risk that could cause harm or even death.
October 24, 2012 - Issue 2258
How Tumors Exploit Gut Flora and Chemotherapy Makes Cancer Stronger
Researchers suggest that inhibiting inflammatory cytokines produced by tumors might slow cancer progression
Probiotics tend to downregulate at least one of several cytokines involved in inflammatory processes, so probiotics may turn out to be an important player in helping to fight cancer
New research shows chemotherapy can damage healthy cells in such a way that they begin secreting a protein that not only protects cancer cells and promotes their survival, but also causes the tumors to be resistant to further chemotherapy treatment
Despite the 40-year “war on cancer”, drug-based "advances" are not making a dent in the rise of cancer prevalence, as the conventional approach fails to address lifestyle-related issues such as optimizing food intakes, lack of sun exposure, DNA-disrupting wireless technologies, lack of sleep, obesity, and chemical exposures of all kinds
My top 12 cancer prevention strategies are included; see link above
ADHD Drugs Prescribed to Poor Children to ‘Help’ in School
Drugs like Adderall are powerful, mind-altering medications linked to addiction, growth suppression, increased blood pressure and psychotic episodes. In children, the effects of their long-term use are completely unknown.
In a recent report from the New York Times, Dr. Michael Anderson, a pediatrician who sees many low-income families, brazenly states that he uses the ADHD diagnosis as “an excuse” to prescribe powerful drugs like Adderall to kids who are struggling in school. This may highlight a growing trend among pediatricians in low-income areas.
In some cases, three and four children from the same family are all put on the medications, usually along with a prescribed sleep aid, as the pills often cause insomnia – as well as a long list of other serious side effects.
Before resorting to drugs, please understand that behavioral problems in children – including what might appear to be serious mental disorders – are very frequently related to improper diet, emotional upset and exposure to toxins in junk food, vaccines, medications, illegal drugs, food packaging, modern technology, pollution etc.
October 25, 2012 - Issue 2259
Rice Farmers Suing Drug Company and Poultry Industry for Contaminating Their Crop with Arsenic
Three Arkansas farming operations have filed a lawsuit against Pfizer, Tyson Foods, and three Arkansas poultry producers after arsenic was detected in their rice, claiming it is the result of arsenic additives used in chicken feed. Chicken litter is used by rice farmers as fertilizer
The FDA announced a "voluntary suspension" of Pfizer’s arsenic-laced drug Roxarsone in 2011. Tyson claims to have stopped using the drug in 2004, but the lawsuit claims all poultry industry defendants have used Roxarsone to some degree in their proprietary feed formulas as recently as 2011
The safety of Roxarsone, manufactured by Pfizer, was based on the fact that it contains organic arsenic, which is less toxic than the other inorganic form, which is a known carcinogen. But research has shown that the organic arsenic in Roxarsone transforms into highly toxic inorganic arsenic in anaerobic environments such as soil
On October 10, the USDA announced that Tyson Foods had issued a nationwide recall of misbranded chicken containing undeclared allergens
Large corporate-controlled farms have a detrimental impact on soil quality, water quality, nutrient density, and dramatically increases disease among the animals, requiring excessive use of veterinary drugs (which end up on your plate) and increases the risk of foodborne illness
What Happens to Your Body If You Don’t Let It Sleep
Sleep deprivation, such as pulling an all-nighter, can lead to short-term euphoria, however, your brain’s rational, decision-making regions largely shut down when sleep deprived, which means you may be in a precarious mental state that encourages you to take risks you normally would not
Sleep deprivation for as little as 29 hours has the same effect on your immune system as physical stress or disease
Sleep deprivation is linked to psychiatric disorders such as anxiety and bipolar depression, while getting the right amount of sleep has been linked to positive personality characteristics such as optimism and greater self-esteem, as well as a greater ability to solve difficult problems
October 26, 2012 - Issue 2260
Confirmed: Belly Fat Dangers
A study on belly fat confirms that visceral fat – the type that gathers around your internal organs – is very dangerous Cardiovascular deaths in the study were 2.75 times higher for those of normal weight who had big bellies compared to those with both a normal BMI and a normal waist-to-hip ratio
Three different measurement techniques are reviewed – all of which are better indicators of disease risk and healthy body size than using BMI, which does not take muscle mass into consideration
In his new book, The Fat Switch, Dr. Richard Johnson overturns age old beliefs about diet and obesity by revealing how fructose turns your body into a fat-storage machine – not by way of excess calories but by turning on your “fat switch”
Double Standard: Women Must Typically Work Harder to Lose Weight
There are several biological reasons that make weight loss for women more difficult than for men, the primary one being that men have more muscle mass, which burns more fat, even when at rest
There are strategies available that can help virtually anyone lose weight, regardless of gender, including restricting sugar and fructose intake, engaging in high-intensity interval exercises, tending to your emotional health and intermittent fasting
October 27, 2012 - Issue 2261
The Bitter Seeds of Monsanto's Legacy: Debt, Death, and Global Destruction
Bitter Seeds looks at the beginning of the consumer goods’ supply chain – the raw materials – shedding much-needed light on the crisis created by Monsanto’s genetically engineered Bt cotton
Buried in debt and struggling against the rising cost of GE seeds and the chemicals required, combined with failing yields and GE-created super weeds and resistant pests, one Indian farmer now commits suicide every 30 minutes. 250,000 farmers have been driven to suicide by Monsanto’s false promises and ruthless global monopolization tactics
Bitter Seeds raises critical questions about the human cost of genetically modified agriculture and the future of how we grow our food and other essential crops
The film couldn’t be more timely, as California stands poised to vote on Proposition 37, which would require genetically engineered foods to be labeled, on November 6; see video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZtKB_KuASc
New York Times and Wall Street Journal Warn that Hospitals are Killing Us
Medical errors kill the equivalent of four jumbo jets’ worth of passengers every week, but the death toll is being largely ignored
It’s estimated that up to 30 percent of all medical procedures, tests and medications may be unnecessary – at a cost of at least $210 billion a year (plus the untold cost of emotional suffering and related complications and even death – which are impossible to put numbers on)
Urgent reforms are needed to make medical care safer, and simple steps, like installing cameras in hospitals and making hospital performance / error data public, could have a dramatic effect on patient safety
October 28, 2012 - Issue 2262
Why Psychiatry Needs to Add Brain SPECT Imaging, Especially in Complex Cases
Brain SPECT imaging looks at how your brain works, and can be a tremendously important tool to help diagnose psychiatric problems and help determine the most appropriate treatment plan
Most cases of depression and anxiety are really symptoms of underlying brain dysfunction. For example, depression can arise if brain activity is too low or too high in your frontal lobes. A traumatic brain injury or toxic exposure can also result in symptoms of depression
Compulsive disorders are typically associated with over-firing in your brain due to a deficit in the neurotransmitter serotonin. You can boost your serotonin levels naturally, using 5-HTP, L-tryptophan, St. John’s Wort, saffron, and exercise
Impulsive disorders are typically associated with low activity in the prefrontal cortex, indicating you have trouble inhibiting your behavior. Boosting serotonin levels will worsen this lack of impulse control. Instead, impulsive disorders are best treated with dopamine-boosting strategies. Natural alternatives include green tea, L-tyrosine, and Rhodiola
October 29, 2012 - Issue 2263
New Revelations Support Diet and Exercise to Reverse Leptin Resistance, Thereby Promoting a Healthy Weight
Leptin is a powerful and influential hormone produced by your fat cells. It plays a key role in regulating energy intake and energy expenditure
Drug treatments are not likely to solve leptin resistance, just as they are ineffective and even counterproductive for insulin resistance. The ideal way to correct leptin [and insulin] resistance is through your diet. A strategic whole food diet that emphasizes good fats and avoids blood sugar spikes will enhance insulin and leptin sensitivity
According to recent research, being obese promotes the growth of existing tumors regardless of diet, which may help explain why lean cancer patients often have better outcomes than their obese counterparts
Previous research has shown exercise can convert cancer-associated “white” fat cells to the more health-promoting "brown" fat (a heat-generating type of fat that burns energy instead of storing it)
Astaxanthin Found to Improve Cognitive Function in Healthy, Older Individuals
Researchers found that supplementing with astaxanthin-rich Haematococcus pluvialis (microalgae) extract lead to improvements in cognitive function in older individuals who complained of age-related forgetfulness
Scientists now believe astaxanthin could help prevent dementia, including Alzheimer's, help prevent neurodegeneration associated with oxidative stress, as well as make a potent natural "brain food”
Astaxanthin exhibits some of the most potent antioxidant activity currently known; it positions itself across the entire cell membrane, attaching itself to both the exterior and interior, as well as the entire lipid layer, thereby offering global protection for each cell
Due to the limited food sources of astaxanthin, it can be difficult to get enough from diet alone; recommended dosages are included, and range from 2 to 12 mg/day, depending on health status and targeted health condition
October 30, 2012 - Issue 2264
“Expert” Detractors on California Prop 37 are Shills for Big Biotech
A common corporate tactic, well-honed by the tobacco industry, is to hire “third-party experts” to bring their message to you, especially through the media.
The "No on Prop 37" campaign has many academics on its side at the University of California at Davis, which is not surprising considering the fact that the school enjoys millions of dollars in research grants and other largesse from the biotech industry
A related tactic is to corral hired “experts” for your cause into a really important sounding organization. The Tobacco Institute was an arm of Big Tobacco, the mission of which was “publicizing scientific research funded by the industry which produces counter evidence to unfavorable findings or, at least, helps to keep the question open”
The Science Media Centre of UK and USA provides news desks a list of scientists available to comment on emerging scientific findings, and trains those scientists on how to respond to media questions by downplaying problems. Funding for this “media centre” comes from the biotech industry
All GMO Field Trials in India to be Stopped
A five-member Technical Expert Committee (TEC) appointed by the Supreme Court of India unanimously recommended that all GMO field trials in India should be stopped until certain conditions have been met
The Committee also recommended a 10-year moratorium on field trials of all Bt food crops and a moratorium on field trials of herbicide-tolerant crops until an independent assessment has evaluated its “impact” and “suitability”
Over the past 16 years, it’s estimated that more than a quarter of a million Indian farmers have committed suicide after being convinced to plant Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) seeds (especially Bt cotton), then having their crops fail, leaving them in financial ruin
Evidence demonstrates that the claims made that GM foods are safe and beneficial to the environment simply aren’t true
Americans are currently being kept in the dark regarding GM foods, as they are not labeled despite being found in upwards of 80 percent of processed foods; California stands poised to vote on Proposition 37, which would require GM foods to be labeled, on November 6
October 31, 2012 - Issue 2265
Dr. Mercola Attacked by Biotech Liars
The processed food and chemical companies have paid over $40 million to hide the science experiment that is genetically engineered foods. In mailers and online ads, they've bombarded voters with lies to shut down the American's right to know what they’re eating
An aggressive attack on me was sent to millions of California voters
Current polls show that the Yes On 37 campaign still narrowly leads in the polls 44 percent to 42 percent. But the chemical companies that dominate our food industry are buying votes by spreading lies costing tens of millions of dollars
Now is the time for the final push to win the Right To Know Genetically Engineered Foods. Your donation is urgently needed
If you live in California, vote YES for labeling them like over 50 other countries around the world, including Russia and China, have already done. If you know anyone who lives there, please urge them to cast their vote in support of labeling