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November 1, 2012 - Issue 2266
How Genetically Engineered Soy Threatens Ecological Stability
This Greenpeace documentary, based on a lengthy, intensive investigation, discusses how soy producers in Brazil are devastating the Amazon rainforest, stealing native farmers’ land and burning down their homes, and even assassinating their activists, in order to turn the land into massive soy plantations
Three multinational companies—ADM, Bunge, and Cargill—account for 60 percent of the total financing of soy production in Brazil and the destruction of nearly three million acres of Brazilian rainforest between 2007 and 2008
Brazil is now the second largest soybean producer in the world, second only to the U.S; but Brazil has the fastest climbing share of genetically modified soybean crops
GE soy crops are associated with resistant super weeds and super pests, uncontrollable cross contamination, and serious health hazards, including allergies, infertility, birth defects, bizarre mutations and cancer, just to name a few
Lycopene in Tomatoes etc Linked to Reduced Stroke Risk
Men with the highest blood levels of the carotenoid antioxidant lycopene were 55 percent less likely to have a stroke than those with the lowest, new research shows
Tomatoes are one of the most concentrated sources of lycopene, but cooking them actually increases the lycopene content that can be absorbed by your body, and also increases the total antioxidant activity
Eating a wide variety of lycopene-rich foods makes sense, as in addition to stroke prevention, this powerful antioxidant has been shown to have beneficial effects for heart disease, cancer, skin health and even sperm count
In addition to tomatoes (and cooked tomatoes in particular), other sources of lycopene include watermelon, papaya, pink grapefruit and guava
November 2, 2012 - Issue 2267
High-Intensity Interval Training and Intermittent Fasting - A Winning Combo for Fat Reduction and Optimal Fitness
When combined, high intensity exercise and intermittent fasting can be a winning strategy to bring your fitness to the next level
Recent research demonstrates that restricting carbohydrates can help burn calories more efficiently and increase muscle oxidative potential even in highly trained athletes
High intensity interval training has also been shown to burn more calories in less time
Examining data from participants in the reality TV show "The Biggest Loser,” researchers found that diet alone was responsible for more weight loss than exercise, but only 65 percent of that weight loss was body fat. The remaining 35 percent reduction in total body weight was a reduction in lean muscle mass. Exercise alone resulted in fat loss only, along with a small increase in lean muscle mass
Exercise Improves Effects of Stroke
Stroke patients who exercised were able to improve problems with their memory, thinking, language and judgment by close to 50 percent in just six months.
Notable improvements in attention, concentration, planning and organizing, as well as benefits to muscle strength and walking, were seen among stroke patients who exercised.
Up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable by making lifestyle changes including dietary changes, quitting smoking and excess alcohol use, and optimizing your weight and vitamin D levels.
November 3, 2012 - Issue 2268
David vs. Monsanto—The Story of How a Lone Farmer Prevailed Against One of the Most Powerful Companies on the Planet
The documentary film "David versus Monsanto” details the groundbreaking victory of a lone farmer against one of the most powerful companies on the planet
The world’s first lifetime feeding study discovered that rats fed a diet containing 11 percent GE corn developed massive breast tumors, kidney and liver damage and other serious health problems in the 13th month of life.
To put this into human perspective, if the average lifespan of a person is 80 years, these health problems would start rearing their ugly head somewhere during the 43rd year of life, provided your diet contained just over 10 percent GE foods and you began eating them in early childhood
According to a report released by the Environmental Working Group, Americans are eating their weight and more in genetically engineered food every year—an average of 193 pounds of GE foods annually
Eating Loads of Carbs May Cause You to Lose Your Mind
Among people aged 70 to 89, those who ate the most carbohydrates and sugars were more likely to develop mild cognitive impairment, including problems with memory, language, thinking and judgment.
As you overindulge on sugar and grains, your brain becomes overwhelmed by the consistently high levels of insulin and eventually shuts down its insulin signaling, leading to impairments in your thinking and memory abilities, and eventually causing permanent brain damage.
Reducing sugars, fructose and grains, and eating healthy fats and fermented vegetables may play a protective role in your brain health.
Senile dementia is now recognized as a form of diabetes and frequently called diabetes type 3.
November 4, 2012 - Issue 2269
The Ultimate Antioxidant: Fight Premature Aging for Free
Modern rubber and plastic-soled shoes act as electrical insulators and therefore block the beneficial flow of electrons from the earth to your body.
Studies have shown that earthing or grounding [skin contact with the ground or concrete or other conductor] improves blood viscosity, heart rate variability, inflammation, cortisol dynamics, sleep, autonomic nervous system (ANS) balance, and reduces effects of stress.
Earthing decreases the effect of these potentially disruptive electromagnetic fields.
A Body Voltage Meter can determine how much electricity is induced when lying in bed or sitting in a chair, and how much the electric charge is reduced by grounding. See link above.
November 5, 2012 - Issue 2270
Hospital Errors Kill Well Over 180,000 Americans Annually – Why are Super-Safe Supplements and Natural Health Under Attack?
Consumer Reports' investigation into hospital safety shows some of the most well-known hospitals received the worst ratings. Sacred Heart of Chicago was ranked the most dangerous in the country.
More than 2.25 million Americans will likely die from medical harm in this decade – the equivalent of wiping out the entire populations of North Dakota, Rhode Island, and Vermont
Recent data from the UK shows that compared to supplements, you are 900 times more likely to die from food poisoning, and 300,000 times more likely to die from a preventable medical injury during a hospital stay in the UK
Adverse reactions to pharmaceutical drugs are 62,000 times more likely to kill you than nutritional supplements
Hypocrit Senators Dick Durbin (of Illinois) and Richard Blumenthal have sent letters to three natural and herbal products organizations, stating they are “deeply concerned about the poor manufacturing standards that expose consumers to potentially serious health risks.” The Senators have requested information about the “industry's plans for improving the successful adoption of current manufacturing practices”
Fish Oil Helped Save Our Son
17-year-old Bobby Ghassemi, a former high school football player who was left in a coma after a devastating car accident, regained his health after physicians administered high-dose omega-3 fats through a feeding tube.
Your brain is 60 percent fat and DHA (docosahexanoic acid, a type of omega-3 fat) alone makes up about 15 percent to 20 percent of your brain's cerebral cortex; it's found in high levels in your neurons -- the cells of your central nervous system, where it provides structural support.
Animal studies as well as another documented case in a coal miner with severe brain damage suggest omega-3 fats are highly beneficial for helping to trigger the brain’s healing process after traumatic brain injury.
Despite the apparent benefits, high-dose omega-3 therapy is still considered an “unorthodox” treatment for traumatic brain injury, and is not routinely ordered as a standard of care; if a family member suffers from a traumatic brain injury, you may have to be their advocate to have this treatment administered.
November 6, 2012 - Issue 2271
Analysis Finds Flu Vaccines Useless, as Flu Vaccines are Suspended Across Europe and Canada
A recent review found that flu vaccines may not offer protection as previously thought. The elderly, in particular, do not appear to receive measureable value from the flu shot. Trivalent inactivated influenza vaccines also didn't offer significant protection to children over the age of seven
All who receive flu shots are at risk of serious complications of flu vaccination, one of which is Guillaine-Barre syndrome. Early symptoms of GBS include sudden muscle weakness, fatigue and tingling sensations in the legs, eventually ending with either partial or total paralysis
Two weeks ago Italy banned the sale and use of four flu vaccines manufactured by Novartis, following the discovery of white particles in the vaccines. Over the next two days, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, France, Germany and Canada also suspended use of Novartis’ flu vaccines
ACIP recently made a new ridiculous recommendation, a Tdap booster vaccine is to be given to pregnant women during each consecutive pregnancy, despite the fact that neither safety nor efficacy data exists for women given multiple consecutive Tdap vaccinations during every pregnancy. [You can't trust the profit motive to provide good health care.]
GE Cow Brings Biotech to New Level of Creepy
New Zealand researchers created a cloned genetically modified (GM) cow, named Daisy, that produces milk without an allergy-causing protein called BLG
The genetic modification reduced levels of BLG protein in the milk to undetectable levels, but it more than doubled concentrations of caseins, other milk proteins that are also linked to allergy
When animals are exposed to foreign DNA or created in a lab using experimental technologies, literally anything can happen, and the long-term consequences of consuming their milk or meat products are completely unknown
November 7, 2012 - Issue 2272
Aspartame Associated with Increased Risk of Blood Cancers in Long-Term Human Study
The longest ever human aspartame study, spanning 22 years, found a clear association between aspartame consumption and non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and leukemia in men
Leukemia was associated with diet soda intake in both sexes
The study was done out of Harvard but after caving to pressure from industry, a press release was issued that downplayed the impact of the study
The long-term nature of this study is crucial as one of the primary tricks companies use to hide the toxicity of their products in short-term tests of a few weeks. The longest study prior to this one was only four and half months, far too short to reveal any toxicity from chronic exposure
Another trick, especially with aspartame, is to use animal models and not humans, but animals are protected from methanol toxicity [from Aspartame], unlike humans
Another recent study found that compared with sucrose (regular table sugar), saccharin and aspartame caused greater weight gain in adult rats
Cell Phone Gave Man a Tumor, According to Major Court Ruling
Italy’s supreme court has ruled that a man’s brain tumor was linked to his heavy cell phone use.
The man reportedly used a cell phone for five to six hours a day for 12 years while talking to business clients; he developed a tumor in his trigeminal nerve, at a location very close to where the phone came into contact with his head.
Another analysis projected a very large increase in brain cancer incidence resulting from widespread mobile phone use beginning in approximately 15 years.
A cell phone is a two-way microwave-radiating device that has been associated with not only brain tumors but also salivary gland tumors, weakened sperm production, blood brain barrier permeability, fetal impacts, and hearing loss and tinnitus, among other issues.
When it comes to cell phone use, distance is your friend. 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, when needing to use a cell phone. Children should never use cell phones except in emergencies.
November 8, 2012 - Issue 2273
When You Eat Can Affect Your Health: Eat 8 Hours; Fast 16 Hours
New research suggests that when you eat could be just as important as what you eat … and possibly even more so
Mice that fasted for 16 hours a day stayed lean and healthy even when fed a high-calorie diet; their mouse counterparts that had access to food day and night became obese and showed blood sugar and liver problems despite eating the same number of calories
Other research suggests fasting triggers a variety of health-promoting hormonal and metabolic changes similar to those that occur when you exercise, offering protection against chronic disease
Fasting does not mean starving yourself; options for intermittent fasting include skipping breakfast, cutting off your food intake in the early evening or late afternoon, or even simply delaying meals, such as breakfast, until after you exercise
Important Advice Post-Flooding, to Avoid Mold-Related Health Hazards
Mold, fungi and disease-causing bacteria thrive in water-logged environments, so any building affected by flooding or water damage needs to be remediated as quickly as possible, ideally within 24-36 hours
Exposure to mold can cause significant and wide-ranging health problems, both acute and long-term
Five professional mold remediation organizations are listed, where you locate a licensed professional. See link above. Proper remediation is critical to avoid health problems related to hidden mold
The non-profit organization National Center for Healthy Housing has issued a free cleanup guide called Creating a Healthy Home: A Field Guide for Clean-Up of Flooded Homes, which offers advice on how to quickly address water damage caused by flooding to minimize further damage
Recommendations for what items may be safely cleaned and restored following a flood, and what items are best to toss, are included, along with guidelines for how to clean up small areas affected by minor water damage
November 9, 2012 - Issue 2274
Sitting Less May Be Key for Maximum Longevity
Recent research estimates that if you cut back on the amount of time spent sitting down to less than three hours a day, it could add two years to the your life expectancy
Another recent study concluded that each hour spent watching television after the age of 25 reduces your life expectancy by nearly 22 minutes
Reducing the time you spend watching TV to less than two hours a day could increase your life expectancy by 1.4 years
An analysis of 18 studies found that people who sat for the longest periods of time were twice as likely to have diabetes or heart disease, compared to those who sat the least
To compensate for long hours spent sitting down at work, you could incorporate Foundation Training exercises, powerful simple structural movements that help strengthen and realign your body posture. Visit www.FoundationTraining.com to learn more. Ten additional recommendations to increase activity on the job are included
Can You Get Fit in Five Minutes?
The most recent research shows that alternating relatively short bursts of intense exercise with periods of rest, known as high-intensity training (HIT) can deliver many of the health and fitness benefits you get from doing hours of conventional exercise—even if done only a total of a few minutes each week
HIT can lead to reductions in visceral and total body fat, boost your aerobic power, improve your heart health and insulin sensitivity, and more, with only a small amount of time invested
While it's theoretically possible to reap valuable results with as little as three minutes once a week, it might be more beneficial doing them two or three times a week for a total of four minutes of intense exertion, as recommended in my Peak Fitness workout
November 10, 2012 - Issue 2275
Documentary Reveals How the Medical and Pharmaceutical Industry Conspire to Maintain a Failing Business Model
The film Doctored reveals the hidden truth behind the chiropractic profession’s struggle against ignorance, and the systematic and deliberate campaign by the American Medical Association (AMA) to destroy complementary medicine
In 1984, the US Supreme Court found the AMA guilty of an illegal conspiracy to contain and eliminate the chiropractic profession, and ordered the AMA to cease its illegal boycott of chiropractors
Conventional medicine, backed and ruled by the pharmaceutical industry, is corrupt to the core and frequently [almost always] does more harm than good, while simultaneously protecting their business and hiding its ineffectiveness by suppressing legitimate, safe, and effective alternative or complementary practices
When Fire Met Food, the Brains of Early Humans Grew Bigger
Ancient humans had to graze constantly to find enough calories to live on, but as there are only so many hours in a day, and raw, mostly vegetable, foods do not contain many calories, this put a metabolic limitation on how big the brain could grow.
Researchers believe that it was the shift to a cooked-food diet that gave humans the extra calories they needed to allow their brains to get bigger.
Even when ancient humans moved their meals to the hearth, they still ate a far more significant portion of raw foods than people do today – and their food was in unprocessed form.
There is a growing movement of people who believe eating foods that are concordant with your genetic ancestry can help you avoid many of the diseases associated with our modern diet, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
November 11, 2012 - Issue 2276
Toxicology Expert Explains Why Aspartame is so Dangerous to Your Health
Aspartame is the most dangerous food additive on the market today, accounting for over 75 percent of adverse reactions reported to the FDA, including seizures and death
Even though aspartame is touted as natural it has a synthetic methyl group on one of the amino acids that rapidly breaks down to methanol (wood alcohol). The sweetness associated with aspartame is largely the result of methyl alcohol bonded to the amino acid phenylalanine
Methyl alcohol is metabolized differently in the human body compared to other animals, and is FAR more toxic in humans which is why studies have trouble nailing down the hazards related to aspartame, because most rely on animal not human studies
Methyl alcohol, after it is taken up by the body as a “Trojan Horse” into susceptible tissues like the brain, converts rapidly into formaldehyde,. This causes severe damage to proteins and DNA that can contribute to many serious and chronic diseases, such as cancer, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, and multiple sclerosis
November 12, 2012 - Issue 2277
7 Ways to Cancer-Proof Your Home
Seven important steps to removing the most obvious cancer risks from your home include checking for and removing: nonstick-coated pots and pans, makeup and personal care products with toxic ingredients, BPA-lined cans and plastic containers, cleaning products and air fresheners, toxic building materials and household cleaners, as well as common pesticides and weed killers
Avoiding canned foods is perhaps your best way to avoid the hazardous plasticizing chemical bisphenol A, as research has revealed canned foods can increase your BPA levels by 1,000 percent in a mere five days. Research has also shown fermented foods can help break down BPA and reduce your intestinal absorption of it
Research has found that breast-cancer risk is twice as high among women who report the most use of household cleaning products and air fresheners, compared to those who rarely use such products. Women who use make-up on a daily basis can also absorb almost five pounds of potentially toxic chemicals into their bodies each year
Study: Women Who Quit Smoking by Age 40 Avoid 90% of Death Risk
Among women smokers who quit before the age of 40, more than 90 percent of the excess mortality caused by continuing smoking was avoided; for women who quit before the age of 30, 97 percent of excess mortality was avoided.
Ideally, it’s best to not start smoking in the first place, but if you’re a current smoker, the research suggests that no matter what your age, quitting is beneficial.
I believe the “secret” to quitting successfully is to get healthy first BEFORE you stop, which includes making changes to your diet and exercise programs, as well as addressing the emotional component.
While media publications make it appear as though drugs or nicotine patches are necessary to quit, two-thirds to three-quarters of people quit smoking unaided, i.e. “cold turkey.”
November 13, 2012 - Issue 2278
To Stem Mumps Outbreak, Doctors Ignorantly Recommend a Third Vaccination Despite Ineffectiveness of MMR Vaccine and Lawsuit Claiming Fraud
The last three reported outbreaks of mumps in the US occurred primarily among those fully vaccinated, demolishing claims that unvaccinated people pose a health risk to others
A lawsuit is currently pending against Merck, accusing the vaccine maker of covering up the ineffectiveness of the mumps portion of the MMR vaccine, costing the US government millions of dollars in wasted funds over the past decade, and exposing children to unnecessary risks from the vaccine for no real benefit
UBC Researchers Advocate HPV Vaccine Scrutiny
New research from the University of British Columbia (UBC) has provided evidence that Gardasil, a human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, may cause a type of inflammation in the brain involving blood vessels (cerebral vasculitis) that can lead to death.
Ever since Gardasil vaccine was licensed in 2006, reports of serious adverse events have included autoimmune and neurological disorders like cerebral vasculitis, an often-fatal condition in which blood vessels in the spinal cord and brain become inflamed. The new research suggests that cerebral vasculitis can be triggered by Gardasil vaccine.
In more than 90 percent of cases, women naturally clear HPV infection from their bodies without vaccines within two years without any complications, at which point cervical cells return to normal.
November 14, 2012 - Issue 2279
Your Waist Size Can Be a Powerful Predictor of Hypertension and Other Chronic Diseases
One of the simplest and most effective ways to determine whether or not you may be overweight is by measuring your waist circumference. I compiled a new waist circumference table that will allow you to easily look up your height and see what your ideal waist size and current classification is; see link above
Your waist size is a powerful indicator of insulin sensitivity, as studies clearly show that measuring your waist size is one of the most accurate ways to predict your risk for diabetes
Bayer Buys Schiff for $1.2 Billion
Drug giant Bayer HealthCare LLC will be acquiring Schiff Nutrition International, a leading nutritional supplement company, for $1.2 billion in a deal that is expected to close by year’s end.
Not only do drug companies stand to gain revenue by buying up supplement makers – they’re essentially getting rid of their competition so they can control the ENTIRE supplement industry.
If our supplement industry is captured by pharmaceutical corporations, you can expect legislation that will force you to obtain a prescription for natural remedies. This sort of restriction places the drug industry in complete control of supplements, both in terms of access and price, which is the LAST thing you should want if you value natural, non-pharmaceutical healthcare options.
November 15, 2012 - Issue 2280
Using Mammograms, 3-10 Women are Overdiagnosed and Unnecessarily Treated
Recent research has found that women carrying a specific gene mutation are at significantly increased risk of breast cancer directly resulting from low doses of ionizing radiation, such as that from mammograms. Women carrying this mutation who were exposed to diagnostic radiation (mammograms) before the age of 30 were twice as likely to develop breast cancer, compared to those who did not have the mutated gene
Melanoma Risk May Be Genetic for Redheads
People with red hair, very fair skin, freckles and an inability to tan have the highest risk of developing melanoma, and sun exposure is often blamed as the cause
Sun exposure is not to blame for the increased incidence of melanoma among redheads; sun exposure has actually been found to be protective against skin cancer
Other variables, such as the timing of your sun exposure and your omega-6 to omega-3 ratio, are far more important in determining your risk of melanoma, and other cancers
November 16, 2012 - Issue 2281
How Fitness Protects Aging Brains
A new study finds physical exercise, more than mental exercise, protects your brain against age-related changes; people who engaged in the most physical exercise showed the least brain shrinkage
Exercise, diet, and stress management are three primary factors that play key roles in maintaining sharp mental function as you age
Exercise promotes brain cell regeneration and production of key brain chemicals and growth factors such as BDNF, which is important in maintaining memory, skilled task performance, and overall cognitive function
Your dietary choices are another important factor in brain health; your brain is comprised mostly of fat so requires abundant dietary fats in order to repair and regenerate; one of the most potent and bioavailable sources of animal-based omega-3 fat for your brain is krill oil
Some of the best brain foods are fresh vegetables, berries, organic eggs from pastured hens, raw milk and meat products from pastured animals, nuts, avocados, coconut oil and olive oil
What Exercise Can Teach You
Exercise can improve your life in far more than just the physical realm; it can help you reach your goals and fulfill your life’s potential. Exercise teaches you that you are capable of creating change in your life and accomplishing your goals (even the big ones). When you see results from your workouts, exercise teaches you that your decisions matter
November 17, 2012 - Issue 2282
Why Weight Loss Surgery is NOT a Sound Treatment Choice for Type 2 Diabetes
The Cleveland Clinic has chosen weight loss surgery as a treatment for type 2 diabetes as the number one medical intervention for 2013, for the unbelievably ludicrous reason that Medicaid and other health insurance will now pay for it, not because it is effective
Bariatric surgery as a treatment for type 2 diabetes is a prescription for the most invasive and costly (not to mention risky) intervention possible for a problem that is firmly rooted in a faulty diet and lack of exercise. Virtually 100 percent of type 2 diabetes cases can be successfully treated and reversed through appropriate lifestyle changes
Complications occur for both types of weight loss surgery, gastric banding and the more invasive gastric bypass. Research has shown your risk of dying within 30 days of gastric bypass surgery is 1 in 50
60 percent of patients who undergo gastric banding need to have additional surgery
Your diet is not only the most effective way to reverse type 2 diabetes, it’s the ONLY way to correct the true underlying cause of diabetes, which is faulty insulin and leptin signaling. To reverse the disease, you need to recover your body's insulin and leptin sensitivities through proper diet and exercise, as detailed in my free nutrition plan - see link above
The Scary Trend Of Boomer Medication Addiction
The number of people in their 50s who are abusing illicit or prescription drugs more than doubled from 2002 to 2010, going from 2.7 to 5.8 percent in this population.
Among seniors, the health risks of all medications are increased, because the body takes longer to break down and get rid of the drug than it does in a younger person. As a result, the drug stays in an older person’s system longer, where it can cause even greater damage.
Seniors aged 65 and older fill, on average, 28 prescriptions per year, turning many of them into “legal” drug users
But staying well naturally, without the use of drugs or even frequent conventional medical care may be the most successful strategy you can employ to promote longevity.
November 18, 2012 - Issue 2283
Safe and Unsafe Breast Implants
Whether you’re a woman who has, or is considering, breast implants, or you have a loved one who is, this interview with Susan Kolb M.D., F.A.C.S., A.B.I.H.M. provides invaluable information that could drastically improve your health.
Both silicone and saline breast implants can cause serious health complications if they leak or rupture, either due to the chemicals and toxins in the silicone or implant shell, or due to bacterial and fungal growth.
Surgery to remove the compromised implants and surrounding toxic areas can be lifesaving for some women, although the procedure is complex and must be performed by a highly skilled and experienced surgeon.
Dr. Kolb explains the “safest” type of breast implant – smooth saline – as well as describes a new stem cell treatment that is undergoing testing, which may represent the future of breast augmentation.
November 19, 2012 - Issue 2284
Specially Fermented Vegetables and Fennel are More Effective Than Calcium to Prevent Bone Loss
One of the best ways to achieve healthy bones is a diet rich in fresh, raw whole foods like vegetables, which maximizes natural minerals. Fermented vegetables using special starter culture designed to optimize vitamin K2 is one of your best strategies for maintaining healthy bones and preventing bone loss
New research shows eating the seeds of the fennel plant had a beneficial effect on loss of bone mineral density, as well as bone mineral content. Researchers indicated that fennel seeds show potential in preventing bone loss in postmenopausal osteoporosis
Vitamin K2 is an important fat-soluble vitamin that plays a critical role in building strong bones, as its primary function is to move calcium into the proper areas, such as your teeth and bones. It also helps remove calcium from areas where it shouldn’t be, such as in your arteries and soft tissues
Tips for Making Your Thanksgiving Dinner as Healthy as Possible
November 20, 2012 - Issue 2285
Public Health Group Adopts Ridiculous Positions on Mercury
The American Public Health Association (APHA) recently pulled an about-face on their long held recognition of dental amalgam as a source of mercury pollution and environmental harm. A preliminary vote endorses the continued use of dental amalgam and, contrary to numerous studies, claims that amalgam’s contribution to environmental mercury contamination is “minimal”
The chief sponsor and endorser of the APHA resolution is the American Dental Association (ADA), a former patent-holder and primary defender of amalgam. The ADA helped draft the current resolution, which could be used to derail worldwide efforts to curtail use of dental amalgam to protect against devastating ecological damage caused by mercury pollution
Dental amalgam is a primitive, polluting product—an antiquated remnant from the Civil War era—which is composed of about 50 percent mercury, a well-known toxin capable of wreaking significant damage to ecology, wildlife, and human health
Dentists are the number one purchaser of mercury in the US and the number one polluter of mercury into municipal waste water
Worker Could be Punished Over Flu Shot
St. Louis County, Missouri hospital employees are required to get a flu shot, or they will become ineligible for a raise in 2013, as well as face corrective action in the form of a written warning.
November 21, 2012 - Issue 2286
The Truth About Commercial Eggs
The Humane Society released an undercover video showing horrific conditions at a CAFO (confined animal feeding operation) in Pennsylvania housing seven million hens, including filth and overcrowding and apparently untended dead birds
The raising of massive numbers of egg-laying hens indoors and in cages in huge commercial operations has detrimental effects on the birds, the environment, the eggs, and ultimately on your health; research proves salmonella contamination is related to these adverse conditions
November 22, 2012 - Issue 2287
Potent “Superfoods” That Can Improve Your Health and Increase Longevity
Replacing processed foods with “superfoods” may help you shed weight more effortlessly, while promoting optimal health and longevity
10 potent “superfoods” include wild-caught salmon, broccoli, spinach, berries, green tea, avocados, bone broth, fermented vegetables, coconut oil, and macadamia nuts
While commonly promoted as “superfoods,” low-fat yoghurt, unfermented soy products and dried fruits are best avoided, as they tend to have more harmful than beneficial health effects for most people
Recent research found that regular green tea consumption, defined as drinking green tea at least three times a week for more than six months, was associated with a 17 percent reduced risk of all digestive cancers combined. Higher tea consumption was associated with even greater risk reduction
Major Problems With Food Safety
Every year approximately 36 million Americans and 11 million Canadians contract food-borne infections, out of which many thousand get hospitalized and several thousand die.
Food-borne illness such as E. coli infection is rampant, but virtually every E. coli infection can be traced back to the unsanitary conditions in which food-producing crops and animals are being cultivated, processed, transported, stored, and ultimately sold for human consumption.
Antibiotics and hormones, the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and slaughterhouse waste being fed to food-producing animals, which is known to transmit Mad Cow Disease, are all part of the problems making the food supply largely unsafe.
November 23, 2012 - Issue 2288
The Power Plate -- A Tool for Prevention and Treatment of Fibromyalgia and Brittle Bones
If you apply 30 Hertz (30 cycles per second) for 30 seconds, you are triggering/stimulating your neuromuscular system a total of 900 times in just half a minute. This means you can train to athlete status with about 12-25 minutes of Acceleration Training, three days a week, and yet it’s gentle enough to be suitable even for the elderly and the disabled
But it's probably still ridiculously expensive, like nearly 10 thousand dollars each.
Water Workouts Are a Great Alternative
Working out in water can give you just as intense a workout as doing so on land, new research revealed
Benefits of water workouts include increased flexibility, less wear and tear on your body and built-in resistance training
When you exercise in water, your heart rate will be lower than on land, even if you’re exercising very strenuously, so you need to listen to your body, not rely on heart rate, to gauge when you’ve had enough
Water exercise will also dramatically lower stress on injured joints and allow you to decrease your risk of joint injuries
The ideal water to use would be ocean water, which will not only ground you but is also free from chlorine, fluoride and disinfection byproducts of chlorine (DBPs), which are 10,000 times more toxic than chlorine
Swimming pools typically contain chlorine, and along with it, disinfection byproducts (DBPs), which have been linked to cancer and respiratory effects; working out in a non-chlorinated pool, ocean or other natural body of water is preferable to a chlorinated pool
November 24, 2012 - Issue 2289
The Latest Weapon in the War on Cancer: Honey Bees
Propolis, the “caulk” honeybees use to patch holes in their hives, may slow the growth of prostate cancer
Internet Addiction is the New So-called Mental Health Disorder
“Internet use disorder" will be recommended as an area that needs further study in the next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM), which means it may become an actual mental health disorder very soon.
As defined by the American Psychiatric Association, Internet use disorder includes many characteristics of any addiction, such as experiencing withdrawal symptoms when the object of addiction is taken away, an inability to control its use, developing a tolerance to it, deceiving family members about its use, and losing interests in other hobbies. In this case, of course, the object of abuse is the Internet.
By making Internet addiction a certifiable mental illness, it then becomes treatable by drugs and billable through insurance companies―and morphs into a "disorder" that is likely something that will stigmatize your health records for the rest of your life.
The APA has an addiction to GREED
November 25, 2012 - Issue 2290
General Health Checkups and Medical Screening Tests—Do You Really Need Them?
Excessive or unnecessary screening can lead to a cascade of obligatory follow-up costs down the line, along with potentially invasive treatments you didn’t really need, and the psychological trauma that goes along with it
Two common screening tests that can potentially do more harm than good are annual mammograms for women, and the annual PSA test for men. Studies have shown that these tests have no impact on mortality rates, and far more people are harmed from unnecessary treatment due to these tests than are saved as a result of early diagnosis
A recent meta-analysis study found that general health checks did not reduce morbidity or mortality, neither overall nor for cardiovascular or cancer causes
Another study warns against placing too much faith in medical studies showing very large effects of medical treatment (benefits or harms). The massive analysis tracked the fate of thousands of studies, from the effects demonstrated in the initial study, compared to the effects elucidated in subsequent trials. In 90 percent of cases where “very large” effects were initially reported, such effects shrank or vanished altogether as subsequent studies were done to confirm the results
November 26, 2012 - Issue 2291
Common Sleep Mistakes Can Wreak Havoc on Your Health, and Increase Risk of Migraines and Dementia
There are a few common mistakes that can rob you of good, restful sleep, including hitting the snooze button; a disorganized and irregular sleep schedule; napping during the day; consuming sugar and/or caffeinated beverages before bed
In order to understand why you can't sleep, you need to understand that sleep is an outcome of two types of variables: sleepiness and “noise.” Noise occurs in three zones: the mind, body, and environmental level. If the noise is conceptually greater than your level of sleepiness, you will not fall asleep
Migraines and sleep appear to have a distinct, albeit complicated relationship. Both too little and too much sleep can trigger a migraine attack
Four recommendations that can help migraine sufferers improve both their sleep and their migraines include cognitive behavioral therapy; using hot and/or cold packs on your head while sleeping; laying down in a cool, dark, quiet room right after taking your herbal migraine treatment
Seniors with sleep-disordered breathing or sleep apnea appear to have more than twice the odds of developing dementia years later
10 Spices and Herbs That Aid Weight Loss (and Health)
Certain herbs and spices can help you maintain a healthy body weight by increasing your metabolism, shrinking fat tissue and suppressing your appetite
Ginseng, cayenne pepper, black pepper, cinnamon, turmeric and ginger may all support your weight loss goals when added generously to your meals
Other obesity-fighting herbs and spices include cardamom, dandelion, cumin and mustard
In addition to their benefits for weight, herbs and spices are actually some of the most potent antioxidants in your food supply, and may help fight heart disease and other chronic diseases, as well as premature aging
November 27, 2012 - Issue 2292
Some Residents Worry about Chloramine’s Usage and Safety
More than one in five Americans are drinking tap water that’s been treated with a derivative of chlorine known as chloramine. This disinfectant is formed by mixing chlorine with ammonia; chloramine is often used alongside chlorine as a “secondary” disinfectant designed to remain in your water longer as it travels through the water system
Water treated with monochloramine (the most common form of chloramine used to disinfect drinking water) may contain higher concentrations of unregulated disinfection byproducts (DBPs) – the risks of which are unknown
When chlorine is replaced with chloramines in drinking water, it raises the amount of lead that leaches into water from lead pipes
No scientific studies on chloramine’s effects on your skin or respiratory tract via inhalation (such as exposure during a shower or bath) have been conducted
Chloramine is toxic to frogs and other amphibians, reptiles, fish and other aquatic and marine life
A whole-house water filtration system is therefore your best choice to remove chlorine, chloramine, ammonia, DBPs and other contaminants from all of your water sources (bath, shower and tap)
NIH Vaccine Chief Gary Nabel Trades Dream Job for Big Pharma
Gary Nabel, one of the NIH’s most prominent researchers in the Vaccine Research Center (VRC) – has announced that he will become chief scientific officer at Sanofi in December 2012
The NIH is actually the second-highest funding source for drug studies (first is the drug companies, themselves). Many assume NIH-funded studies are unbiased, but NIH accepts a great deal of money from Big Pharma and is deeply enmeshed, so it's obviously quite biased
November 28, 2012 - Issue 2293
Science Behind Tamiflu Recommendations “Missing in Action”
Since 2009, Roche, the maker of Tamiflu, has refused to release data from eight of 10 clinical trials on the drug. To address the dangers inherent with withholding of clinical trial data, the Cochrane Collaboration group in collaboration with the British Medical Journal has created the BMJ Open Data Campaign
There is currently no scientific basis for the worldwide recommendation to use Tamiflu for the prevention or treatment of influenza. It is believed, however, that the missing trial data may reveal potential harms, and/or verify the drug’s ineffectiveness
Researchers are calling for an end to the “culture of haphazard publication and incomplete data disclosure,” the implementation of more robust regulation, and full access to the raw trial data to ensure transparency
Let's End the Prescription Drug Death Epidemic
One American dies every 19 minutes from an accidental prescription drug overdose, a phenomenon now being described as “the biggest man-made epidemic in the United States”
Americans consume 80 percent of the pain pills in the world, and once they start, they set off a cascade of reactions in the body that make it difficult to stop taking them; in other words they're addictive
One of the most commonly abused drug classes are painkillers (opioids) like morphine, codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone and fentanyl. These drugs are not only addictive, they can lead to slowed breathing and death if too much is taken, and the risks are compounded if you add alcohol to the equation
It’s not only painkillers that are the problem; 75 percent of patients taking Plavix or Effient, two common blood-thinning drugs, may be receiving the wrong doses, new research found, which would put them at risk of uncontrolled bleeding, strokes, blood clots (or heart attacks)
November 29, 2012 - Issue 2294
90 Percent of Melanoma Surgeries are Unnecessary
A new report shows that 90 percent of melanoma surgeries are actually unnecessary removals of benign lesions, raising questions about the accuracy of the “melanoma epidemic.” The report highlights the necessity to get a second, and perhaps even a third opinion from a natural therapist before going under the scalpel
UV rays in sunlight create vitamin D in the skin. UVB exposure has a number of other health effects unrelated to vitamin D production, including enhancement of mood and energy, melatonin regulation, suppression of MS symptoms, and the treatment of skin diseases
Exposure to UVB light may also be protective against melanoma (the most lethal form of skin cancer)
Anti-Fluoride Group Submits More than 35,000 Signatures to Portland in ‘Confident’ Bid to Force Vote
Portland is the largest city in the United States that has yet to add fluoride to its water supply, a stance that was set to change thanks to a unanimous city council vote in September. The city was set to begin water fluoridation in 2014, despite strong opposition from residents.
To put a halt to the fluoride plan, opponents needed to collect at least 19,858 valid signatures in just 30 days; Clean Water Portland, which opposes the water fluoridation plan, succeeded in collecting more than 35,000 signatures – and they did it a day ahead of schedule.
Assuming the signatures are valid, plans to fluoridate Portland’s drinking water will stop until the City Council either decides to repeal the ordinance or, more likely, add the potential ordinance to an upcoming ballot (most likely in May 2014) to let the voters decide.
Fluoride is the only drug that is forced as “mass medication” on large populations via their drinking water; your right to choose whether or not you ingest fluoride is an issue concerning both health and freedom.
November 30, 2012 - Issue 2295
Exercise Helps Your Immune System Protect Against Future Cancers
In a three-month long study, exercise was found to alter immune cells into a more potent disease-fighting form in cancer survivors
Researchers and cancer organizations increasingly recommend making regular exercise a priority in order to reduce your risk of cancer, and help improve cancer outcomes
Exercise also lowers your risk for cancer by reducing elevated insulin levels. This creates a low sugar environment that discourages the growth and spread of cancer cells. Research has also found evidence suggesting exercise can help trigger apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer cells
Exercise tips for cancer patients, and other important cancer prevention guidelines are included; see link above
This Simple Exercise Trick Stops Aging in Its Tracks
Exercise triggers mitochondrial biogenesis, which is otherwise commonly reduced in aging; exercise reverses significant age-associated declines in mitochondrial mass, and in effect, stops aging in its tracks
Aside from impacting your skeletal muscle and fat tissue, researchers noted that exercise induces mitochondrial changes that may also benefit your liver, brain and kidneys
One of the best types of anti-aging exercise is Peak Fitness, or high-intensity interval training, which boosts your body’s natural production of human growth hormone (HGH), a synergistic, foundational biochemical that addresses the serious muscle loss and atrophy that typically occurs with aging
Longevity is the result of an overall healthy lifestyle, so in addition to exercise other anti-aging strategies, like healthy diet, stress reduction and optimizing vitamin D are also important