Daily Snippet Archives
3/16/16 I don’t know how it is in your state but in Washington State when any public organization shields the identities of money sources it commits a lawbreaker called “money laundering”. That’s what the GMA (Grocery Manufacturers of America) did when they opposed legislation requiring GMO labeling of foods recently in Washington State. The GMA took $11million smackers in donations to fund lobbyists and oppose labeling laws AND THEN (employing Houdini smoke and mirror tricks) the GMA hid all the donors’ names and addresses from disclosure. Not little names either. Pepsico, Coca-Cola, Campbell Soup Co., General Mills and other big food names gave these big interest bucks to lobby against proposed legislation (Initiative 522) that would have required companies to label foods that contained GMOs. Bottom line, these shenanigans are gangster moves and the GMA has now been charged with violating Washington State’s finance laws. Big win for consumers? Nope… We lost already. Oh, the GMA might get stuck with a ticklish fine for criminal intent and conduct but you can bet there will be no jail time for the individual perps. This is merely one more teeny-weeny little back-story highlighting the odious crap that goes on to protect big money interests and screw the consumer. I for one am tired of this bull.
2/29/16 America has the highest child vaccination rate in the world and yet there are 33 other countries with better infant survival rates. That’s right! The good old USA has the 34th worst infant survival rate in spite of its highest rate of vaccinations. America also ranks dead last compared to many countries on overall degenerative diseases (pun intended). We are being vaccinated to death – not health. Here are the facts: In1950 children received 3 vaccines before entering school. By 1983, they were hit with10 recommended vaccines by the age of 6. In 2010, we saw a whopping 68 vaccines for school age kids with over half of them given by the age of a year and a half. Now In 2016, the vaccine schedule has ballooned to 74 for school-age children. Meanwhile, autism, learning disabilities, autoimmune diseases, food allergies, chronic ailments, and child obesity rates have all risen exponentially. Think I’m wrong here? Keep doing what you are doing and you will keep getting what you are getting…
2/26/16 Nuclear disaster? What’s in your emergency bug-out bag? A prepper must-have for medium to long-term survival after any cataclysmic disaster is lots of iodine. Remember what happened after Fukushima? Iodine was bought up within hours and was not available for months afterwards. Having a few bottles of Povidine Iodine around for topical wound treatment could be a critical life saver. How about some high-potency iodide drops for protecting your thyroid from radioactive fallout? Iodide drops are also handy for purifying water, cellular-level wound support, boosting the immune system and killing just about any pathogen topically. Cheap to make too! Buy a few small containers of scientific iodide (SSKI) for your personal survival hoard. Keep them sealed and dry until you need them. Activate the iodide by mixing SSKI crystals little-by-little into 2oz of water until the water won’t absorb any more crystals. At this point there will be a little undissolved SSKI in the bottom of the liquid. Pour the liquid into a dropper bottle. Each precious drop of liquid iodide will deliver around 50mg or so of potassium iodide. That’s a lot of iodide!
11/20/14 Antidepressants, serotonin, itching and pain: The fact is that scratching an itch only makes it worse. When you scratch that itch, it causes the brain to release serotonin – which only intensifies the itch sensation. We actually scratch to cause pain that temporarily masks the itch sensation by sending pain signals through the spinal cord instead of itch signals. The brain then responds to the pain signals by producing serotonin to “help control that pain” but magnifies the itch intensity. Serotonin is a neurochemical that helps regulate growth, aging, bone metabolism, mood while dulling down pain among things. Antidepressants increase serotonin levels to mask depression but they also interfere with both pain and itching signals. Treating symptoms with drugs always causes problems somewhere else. Did you know that Paxil alone has 186 common side-effects including pain and itching?
11/18/14 Triclosan is the ubiquitous antimicrobial found in almost any soap, shampoo, toothpaste and other household items. Did you know that triclosan causes liver toxicity, liver fibrosis and cancer in laboratory mice through molecular mechanisms that are also common to humans? Triclosan is also known to disrupt hormones and impair muscle contractions. The FDA has been scrutinizing triclosan for years with non-response to the myriad of science telling us how bad this poison is to human health. Studies even show traces of triclosan in 97% of human breast milk samples and also showing up in the urine of nearly 75% of people tested. Triclosan is now one of the seven most frequently detected compounds in streams across the United States. Foot-Dragging and Alibis – that’s what “FDA” stands for. Did you know that regular soap without triclosan is just as effective in fighting germs when washing your hands? My advice is to avoid any and all products that have triclosan.
11/10/14 In 1998, Big Tobacco pledged 206 billion smackers in the “Great Tobacco Settlement” to give to all 50 states to use for anti-smoking campaigns and help smokers kick the habit and other tobacco-related stuff. In 2014 alone, states will have collected some $25 billion in revenue from the tobacco settlement money and from tobacco sin taxes. The problem is that they will only spend a meager 1.9% of this boon on anti-smoking programs to prevent new smokers from smoking and help smokers quit. What do they do with the rest? Fill potholes I guess… Never trust a politician with “free” money! The fact is that Big Tobacco spends over $18 to market tobacco products for every $1 the states spend to reduce tobacco use. Tobacco companies spend $1 million dollars every hour of the day to market cigarettes and smokeless tobacco.
11/04/14 A whopping one-third of US adults now have hypertension thanks in part to the artificially lowered BP numbers that Big Pharma uses to promote their deadly meds. Let me ask you this: Do BP meds cure high blood pressure? If they did, why would you need to be on them for the rest of your life? Chemical drugs will NEVER cure high blood pressure. In fact, studies now report that BP meds used to treat mild cases of high blood pressure do not reduce heart attacks, strokes, or overall deaths, but rather come with a plethora of nasty “side effects” from loss of libido to sudden pain, urinary infections, asthma symptoms, insomnia, depression, coughing, rashes, dizziness, drowsiness, constipation, diarrhea and on and on. How about curing high blood pressure with diet and exercise? CoQ10 taken along with butcher’s broom actually helps the heart regenerate damaged tissue. There is always a natural way to treat high blood pressure if you really care about your health.
10/21/14 Gestational diabetes is becoming a fairly common and growing problem. The latest research out in the journal Diabetologia shows that eating fried food regularly before conception brings an elevated risk of developing gestational diabetes during pregnancy. Gestational diabetes (GDM) is characterized by high blood glucose readings during pregnancy and most especially in the last trimester. GDM can lead to increased birth weight of the child, jaundice, stillbirth and other complications. Diet rocks when it comes to preconception health as well as pregnancy health and the health of the newborn. Love yourself and love your unborn child. Avoid GMOs, processed foods, gluten, fried foods and alcohol starting before conception. Eat plenty of raw veggies and fatty fish. Don’t forget to take your prenatals – including a daily dose of folate as methylfolate. Folic acid is NOT the best thing to take and I never recommend taking it.
10/16/14 Wiggle your toes and tuck them in tight – and don’t let the bed bugs bite! This old bed-time rhyme is still true today… Bugged by the beg bug bites? Chemical insecticides harm you while effectively killing bed bugs ~ so that’s out. A study this week shows that “organic” essential oil based ones like geraniol, rosemary oil, mint oil, cinnamon oil, peppermint oil, eugenol, clove oil, or lemongrass oil smell great but don’t work very well unless they are bolstered with sodium laurel sulfate – a hormone/endocrine disruptor ~ so they are out. So, what bites the bed bug back that is totally natural and won’t harm humans? Diatomaceous Earth (DE) bites them back hard and fast. Sprinkle it on the bedding, clothes and carpets; wash clothes and bedding with it; bath with it; heck, you can even eat it! But when it comes in contact with a bug’s exoskeleton it spells doom for them in a hurry. The only caution here is that breathing DE dust can irritate the lungs so shake it out, vacuum it out or wash it out after you use it. Good night, sleep tight!
10/15/15 So, it is close to the end of fruit fly season in Washington State. I was at Walmart yesterday looking at the fruit fly traps and came across this one. Don’t rush to buy it before you hear this one out. It says “non-toxic, ready-to-use, fast-acting and PREVENTS FLIES FROM BREEDING & MULTIPLYING”. Sounds really great to me – until I read the only active ingredient is Sodium Laurel Sulfate… This is what is supposedly non-toxic and is in soap, shampoo, cosmetics and other things we use daily – but it stops us from breeding and multiplying too! Is this what you want for yourself and your progenies? Methinks not. The chemical industry is enchanted with this hormone disruptor because it also stops bedbugs and other critters from “multiplying”. Become informed if you want to live healthy. No one is going to police the markets on your behalf.
10/07/14 Cancer scientists are now aware of an association between breast implants and a form of lymphoma that can develop tumors at a later stage. Researchers found that breast implants can cause a subtype of the malignant lymphoma known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL). ALCL is found in the lymph nodes, skin, lung, liver and soft tissue, but not often found in the breast. Cases of ALCL in the breast tissues grow in scar tissue around the implant about ten years after the operation. Interestingly, the lymphomas in many cases go away without treatment after removal of the implant and the surrounding tissue. Researchers suspect that immune responses to the implants are the cause of this problem. Here is a novel idea. Consider very carefully the consequences of tampering with the human body. The best cancer treatments begin long before cancer makes its first appearance.
10/03/14 Some 50% of men over 45 experience nocturia – the most common and bothersome urinary tract problem for in men. Nocturia means getting up several times a night to go wee-wee. Nocturia occurrence increases with age mostly due to an enlarged prostate that squeezes the urethra. Other causes can be the overproduction of urine, small bladder capacity and sleep disturbances. The good news is that men who are physically active are at lower risk of nocturia. One remedy I’ve seen work for many of my people is to take 1 capsule of Betaine HCL with breakfast and lunch. Eating a gluten-free diet also helps avoid both prostate inflammation and bladder irritation. Did you know that rats fed GMOs have a much higher rate of prostate inflammation and cancers?
09/30/14 Relaxing after a hard day’s work helps prevent the release of excess stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is what your body releases when it is stressed. Having small amounts of cortisol is not a problem until the stress becomes persistent and the amount of cortisol in the bloodstream becomes elevated. When cortisol elevates, you start craving quick energy foods like potato chips, pastries, candy bars, and such. The double-whammy of cortisol is that it also causes you to store fat around the abdomen. Cortisol also jacks the hormones that control your appetite; making you hungry more often and not feeling full enough when you do eat. THEN cortisol causes decreased muscle mass as it craters testosterone levels. Stress and cortisol are major players in cancer. Intentional relaxation combats excess cortisol and Harvard scientists found that deep relaxation causes bodily changes from cortisol levels all the way down to our genetic level. Yoga is one great way to lower cortisol and even activate disease fighting genes. Deep massage is another one.
09/11/14 Did you know that breast disease is only a big problem in bra wearing cultures? Men don’t often get breast cancer – in fact, women who are bra-free have the same breast cancer rates as men. Bras stifle the flow of blood and lymph through the breasts, congesting them with fluid and causing cysts which over time become hard and sometimes cancerous. A majority of women with fibrocystic breast disease actually recover within weeks of ending breast congestion caused by bras. This is because the breast tissue can now flush out excess fluid bringing cyst reduction, along with amazing relief from breast pain and tenderness. Don’t keep running to the doctors for medical treatment of your lifestyle choices. Get rid of the bra! Besides, women who wear bras 24 hours a day are 125 times more likely to get breast cancer than the bra-less. A recent 15 year study also showed that bra-bracing-the-boobies actually causes them to sag more because the supporting tissues are not strengthened with normal movement but become weak and flaccid.
09/08/14 The FDA (Fools and Dummies Association) just can’t decide if common antibacterial compounds (used in everything from hand sanitizers to deodorants) are causing health problems or not. Meanwhile, scientists are reporting that many pregnant women and their fetuses are at health risk when exposed to these substances. Triclosan and triclocarban, two of the most commonly used germ-killers in soaps and other everyday products, are now being found in EVERY urine samples from EVERY pregnant woman screened. What is worse than that is it is also being found in the umbilical cord blood samples – meaning that it can transfer to developing fetuses. The latest evidence shows that these antimicrobial compounds – used in more than 2,000 everyday products including toothpastes, soaps, detergents, carpets, paints, school supplies and toys – can lead to low birth weight, developmental problems and even antibiotic resistance. Don’t be a sheople people! Avoid these unnatural chemicals at all costs.
09/04/14 Uterine fibroids are actually are benign tumors in the uterus. Although they are made from the same smooth muscle fibers as the uterine wall, uterine fibroids are usually round and denser than normal tissue and can cause abnormal bleeding, pain and abdominal pressure. As with any kind of tumor, uterine fibroids are a symptom of hormone imbalance, chronic subclinical fungal infection, vitamin B deficiency, lousy diets that usually include lots of soy and chronic exposure to plastics. The medical system wants to chop up these fibroids and suck them out of the body (very bad idea) while generally ignoring the causes and drugging the symptoms into submission. The best natural treatment would include hormone balancing herbs like maca and vitex, taking natural antifungals, changing the diet and avoiding estrogenizing soy products and BPA and BPS plasticizers.
09/02/14 The toxicology of tattoos is very poorly understood with long-term health problems like chronic disease, low thyroid, diabetes, cancer, birth defects, and reproductive harm now tied back to the ink used for tattoos. Titanium, aluminum antimony, arsenic, beryllium, chromium, cobalt, lead, nickel, and selenium are commonly found in tattoo ink. One study shows that the ink used for one 3 X 5 inch tattoo can contain up to 23 micrograms of lead depending upon the ink and color chosen. A tattoo consists of ink particles trapped within dermal fibroblasts, macrophages, and mast cells. These ink particles now seep metals and other toxins into the body every single day for the rest of your life. The pigments used in traditional tattoo products are usually a trade secret and not shared and for the most part, not even scientifically based. 16% of U.S. adults now sport tattoos with teenage girls being a particularly high portion of the recent market. According to the Harris Poll, 17% of tattooed Americans regret their indelible marks for one reason or another.
08/29/14 What if I told you that sleeping with a night light could cause cancer in your body? Stay with me on this one. Your body’s ability to fight off cancer relies in part on the hormone melatonin and melatonin deficiency has been proven to be a common factor in some cancers. Melatonin given to lab rats delays the formation of tumors while significantly slowing their growth and turning off key cancer growth factors. Sleeping with a nightlight effectively shuts off nighttime production of melatonin and disrupts the body’s circadian rhythms, causing stress levels to rise and increasing your chance of cancer while hindering your body’s ability to fight existing cancer. The latest nightlight study even found that sleeping with a light on actually renders breast cancer completely resistant to the cancer drug tamoxifen.
08/29/14 Fever is not a disease! Fever is a natural response in the body to inflammation caused by some disease process and is triggered by an onset of prostaglandin. With fever, the body is often trying to maintain an elevated temperature for a specific time to destroy pathogenic invaders. In the case of serious infections, fever can be a good thing and save your life. Fevers happen for a reason and should be nurtured rather than suppressed – that is, unless it goes above 105 degrees. When you take an aspirin or other substance to fight a fever, prostaglandin production in the body is suppressed and symptoms of inflammation like fever, pain and loss of appetite are lessened but the bacteria, fungi, virus, cancer and etcetera are allowed to live on. Fever is your friend and severe brain damage doesn’t occur until temps around 107 degrees. That usually means that you have been outright poisoned – like with toxins from a vaccine.
08/26/14 The liver is the body’s main blood filter/detoxifier and it is the body’s primary fat metabolizer. When the liver becomes burdened with toxins, it becomes sluggish and fatty. The kicker is that you don’t notice this slow death occurring because your health declines slowly at first but gains momentum as the liver becomes even more toxic. The fact is that every substance absorbed by the intestines must pass through the liver before going on to the general circulation. The liver is the garbage disposer of toxins produced from bowel contents, food, water and medications, things absorbed through the skin and even toxins in the air you breathe. Compromised liver function leads to a toxic buildup of waste products in the body which in turn invites cancer and other degenerative diseases to steal your health.
08/26/14 An integral part of any cancer battle plan is coffee enemas. In fact, coffee enemas are not optional treatments for cancer that can be lightly skipped over. Max Gerson was the first to propose that coffee enemas have a positive effect on cancer patients. According to Gerson, coffee enemas improve circulation and tissue integrity to prevent the spread of cancer while helping the body destroy malignant tumors. Coffee enemas primarily facilitate excretion of toxic wastes from the liver, but these enemas also flush fat out of the liver. Coffee enemas also promote and enhance the absorption of vitamin A, enabling patients to use copious amounts of vitamin A to fight cancer – especially when combined with juice fasting, which plays a vital role in immune function.
08/25/14 Marijuana can be potent medicine but too much marijuana use has a significant negative effect on the brain, including cognitive decline, poor attention and memory, and decreased IQ, according to the American Psychological Association. Smoking the whacky weed at least once a week brings neurocognitive damage – most especially in young people. The amount of high schoolers toking today has nearly tripled in the last two decades and young people who become addicted to marijuana can suffer significant changes in their brain structure and even lose an average of six IQ points by adulthood. There is also a direct correlation between frequent smoking of high potency THC marijuana and increased problems with depression, anxiety and psychosis. Just a little something to think about…
08/14/14 Pancreatic cancer is like the grandaddy of cancers with a zero – 5 year survival for stage IV with conventional cancer treatment. This makes your pancreas health pretty doggone important! One of the biggest causes of pancreatic cancer is toxic heavy metals. Mainstream medicine ignores this pesky little detail though. For instance: lead is a toxic heavy metal that leeches into our tap water from old pipes along with old-time lead paint dust. High levels of lead will increase the odds of pancreatic cancer by a whooping 600%. The heavy metal cadmium, (also found in drinking water and tobacco smoke), will more than triple the risk for pancreatic cancer. Then there is mercury… In August of 2006 the American Chemical Society published fresh research that showed without a doubt that methylmercury induces pancreatic cell apoptosis and dysfunction. Mercury toxicity especially affects the pancreatic beta cells by collapsing sulfur bonds in the insulin itself while setting off a myriad of complex disturbances in glucose metabolism bringing both diabetes and cancer. What is the biggest sources mercury metals in our bodies? Amalgam tooth fillings followed closely by toxic vaccines.
08/11/14 The commonly accepted gestation length is 40 weeks. This became a “fact” as first told by a German obstetrician named Naegele back in the 1800’s. His declaration was “that a pregnancy should last 10 lunar months which comes to 40 weeks in total”. Well, this actually equates to 29.53 solar days per month, which is 295 regular days, 42.1 weeks and about 9.9 months. A study in 1990 found that the average length of a human pregnancy is closer to 41weeks. This means some women delivered their babies under 41 weeks and some went over 41 weeks. Taking into consideration that up to 40% of hospital births are induced (which brings an additional 67% increased risk of c-section delivery), there are still only about 5% of babies born on their actual “due date”. A mere 1.8% of babies go past 42 weeks of gestation. Babies that are ‘overcooked’ past the 41-42 week mark often have dry, reddened and peeling skin and their fingernails can be dry and flaking. They are often referred to as being ‘over cooked’.
08/07/14 Want a better adjusted child? Then Oxford says to limit their video game-playing to less than an hour a day – that goes for little kids and teenagers. This research compared youths who were allowed a little video game-playing to the serious 3 hour or more gamers to those who played none at all. They found that those who were on video games for less than an hour a day had neither positive nor negative effects. In fact, the researchers suggested that the influence of video games on children, for good or bad, is very small when compared to other factors, such as the overall family function, their school relationships, and whether they are ‘materially deprived’. They found that three out of four children and teenagers play video games daily, and that the ones who spent more than half their free time playing electronic games were not as well adjusted. The non-players and those who played for less than an hour were more likely to be satisfied with their lives, have fewer friendship and emotional problems, and were less hyperactive than the other group.
08/05/14 Ebola is a deadly infection you get almost exclusively by coming into contact with the blood or body fluids of someone that is infected. The symptoms show up in 2 to 21 days after infected and as the virus spreads through the body it damages the immune system and organs to ultimately cause the blood-clotting platelets to crater which leads to severe bleeding. Ebola hemorrhagic fever or Ebola virus, is reported to kill some 90% of its victims. Being a virus, antibiotics will not help the symptoms. Loads of vitamin C, colloidal silver, astragalus, basil oil and lingusticum are great antivirals you will want to help fight any viral infection – including Ebola. Make sure you have plenty of iodine in the system and good vitamin K and D levels. If there is ever an outbreak, reduce your stress, get 8 hours of sleep and eat a low carb diet with high nutrient dense foods. The homeopathic remedies Crolatus horridus, Bothrops, Lachesis, Phosphorus and Mercurius Corrosivus would be great to have on hand also.
07/31/14 Straining at a gnat and swallowing a flame-retardant couch: Did you know that if something treated with flame retardants catches fire, it gives off much higher levels of carbon monoxide, soot, and smoke? The problem is that this is more likely to kill you than burns. The chemical industry swears that flame retardants save lives. But are they costing us more in poor health and deaths by disease than the lives they save? Studies now place the cause of some cancers, developmental problems and other diseases on these chemicals. When we use flame retardants on furniture and in carpets, bedding and clothing, it subjects us to a daily assault of toxic chemicals. Not surprisingly, wool, latex and hemp have proven to resist or slow the spread of fire without sousing them in a toxic chemical.
07/30/14 The USDA recently teamed up with the American Soybean Association to spend 34 million bucks of our tax dollars planting GMO soybeans in Afghanistan as a small part of the 120 billion smackers we have already sent there. The goal was to start a soy-farming industry under the guise of nutrition and economic development. But, with free money comes no accountability. The American Soybean Association didn’t even bother to conduct a feasibility study before shipping equipment and soybeans. Heck, they could have at least looked at a previous viability failure a few years before that. Bottom line: the first crop failed; more soybeans were brought in; a special factory was built to process the desired soybean crops – which has to now be fed with imported soybeans. And the final death-knell: the Afghanistan people just don’t buy soybean products no matter how much we spend on marketing. Don’t like soybeans? At least the Afghans are smarter than Americans in that sense…
07/25/14 Did you know that essential oils are also great food preservatives? A new study out in the Journal of Food Science shows how essential oils may even be used in commercial food packaging to help extend the shelf-life of food products – naturally! Essential oils are concentrated mixtures of aromatic oily liquids and volatile compounds extracted from the roots, peels, leaves, seeds, fruits and bark of different plants. Essential oils are loaded with antioxidants that scavenge free radicals, neutralize peroxides, prevent lipid oxidation (rancidity), and much more. Essential oils are also antimicrobial. Adding essential oils into food packaging is called “active or smart packaging” that not only knock-out germs but also strengthen the stretchability of films while improving moisture barriers to prevent food spoilage.
07/24/14 Exercise burnout and overtaxing the body: Exercising without breaks brings BURNOUT! Exercise burnout is accompanied with a loss of motivation that can to lead to giving up on exercise completely. Exercising day after day after day can actually bring resentment toward exercise times and dreading your workout is one of the first signs of lost momentum. When you exercise too hard and/or too long you can also overtax the body and cause injury. Exercise brings stress and strain on the muscles – usually a good thing, but not taking sufficient rest in between workouts can lead to injuries. All that said; give it a rest every once in a while. Unless you under the guidance of a professional; try working out every other day. A brisk and lengthy walk can also be just as good for you as 20 minutes of hard working out. Walking downhill is a great workout.
07/23/14 Are you broke, overweight and depressed? A new study shows a way to fix two out of three of those problems. Lose weight and get happier! Duke University helped severely economically disadvantaged obese women with their weight and significantly reduced depression in around half the study participants. One of the key items on the no-no list for these women was NO FAST FOODS! That makes me happier just thinking about that one. The other thing these women got was a bright and shiny YMCA membership to work out with. Of course, accountability went a long ways with phone calls and a personal health coach. A full 20% of both the study group and the control group were moderately to severely depressed at the beginning of this study. By 18 months in, 10% of the study group were not depressed any more.
07/18/14 Smoking is bad for health in general and you’ve heard a lot about second hand smoke and its effects on nearby people or children. Every year some 600,000 people die worldwide just from passive inhalation of tobacco smoke. Well, now researchers from the University of York have found that third hand smoke is also a potential cancer risk for non-smokers and especially for young children. Third hand smoke is like what you still smell and touch in the car of a smoker – even days later with the windows down. In a smoker’s environment, there is a widespread presence of tobacco related carcinogens in the dust and on contact surfaces. This new study has estimated the potential cancer risk by age group for non-dietary ingestion and dermal exposure to third hand smoke. The risk for cancer from third hand smoke was estimated at one extra cancer case per one thousand people exposed.
07/17/14 One reason that C-section babies get sicker than vaginal birth babies is that a number of studies show that children that were delivered by Caesarean section actually have a different intestinal flora than those delivered naturally. Babies that are cut out of the womb develop a lower number of cells that strengthen the immune system. Newborns in a natural birth are exposed to more bacteria from the mother than Caesarean babies. The natural birth baby’s immune system learns to distinguish between its own harmless molecules and foreign molecules and thus have lower counts of reactive immune cells that attack the body itself. All of this natural goodness comes from good-guy intestinal bacteria while the C-sections babies have more autoimmune diseases such as type 1 diabetes, Chrohn’s disease and allergies caused by an over-reaction by the immune system. But the latest researchers on this didn’t suggest less Caesarean births – they want to patent new drugs to bypass the whole issue. Good luck with that one…
07/16/14 Do you get a lump in your throat when trying to swallow food sometimes? This could be the condition called eosinophillic esophagitis (which is a fancy shmanshy word for “food allergy”). Eosinophillic esophagitis is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the esophagus triggered by allergic hypersensitivity to certain foods which make for an over-accumulation in the esophagus of white blood cells. Eosinophillic esophagitis can flair up within seconds and cause reflux-like symptoms, vomiting, difficulty swallowing, tissue scarring, fibrosis, the formation of strictures and – CANCER. If you have ever seen someone suffer from esophageal cancer then you already know that you would give anything to avoid ever having it yourself – or would you… Would you give up gluten or corn or your favorite Starbucks drink? Of course, the latest research showing this food allergy relationship to the esophagus is trying to find chemical drugs that will inhibit the reaction rather than simply avoiding the allergen. Bad idea peeps…
07/11/14 Nap time can improve stamina, motor skills, and even enhance creativity according to the University of California. In fact, without a midday nap or at least a rest, people cannot perform at optimal levels throughout the rest of the day and performance falls apart. Next time you hit the afternoon slumps, try taking a power nap for a fresh burst of creativity and energy. But the benefits just keep on stacking up! Power-nappers decrease their risk of dying from heart-related complications by an amazing 37% with just 3 sneaky-snoozes per week! What if I told you that sneaking 20 winks helped the release of growth hormones to aid in weight loss? The sweet spot target power naps is between 15-30 minutes. A Berkley report shows that naps must be this short in order to most effective because there is a diminishing return on benefits after 45 minutes. NASA says that snoozing for 30 minutes can improve cognitive faculties by around 40%. The best time for stealing some Zs is between 1 and 3 in the afternoon.
07/10/14 When you go on a prolonged water fast (72hrs or more), your body goes into an energy-saving mode, and one thing it does to save energy is to recycle damaged and unneeded immune cells. White blood cell counts actually go down with prolonged fasting but come roaring back healthier than ever when you go back to eating. A fast first forces the body to use stored glucose, fat, ketones and then a significant portion of white blood cells. Consider fasting to be like lightening a ship of heavy cargo that slow it down and threaten to sink it. The best part of prolonged fasting is that it also induces stem cell-based regeneration of new immune system cells that are highly adaptable to meet the needs of almost any kind of body repair required. Studies are showing that prolonged fasting can repair even a chemotherapy ravaged system and literally develop a new immune system – much better even than the expensive Big Pharma version of stem cell transplanting therapies.
07/09/14 The cosmetics company L’Oréal boasted its Génifique products were “clinically proven” to “boost genes’ activity for visibly younger skin in just 7 days.” Well, it was a lie and the FTC has slapped them on the hand for lying. L’oreal consequently agreed to settle the charges of deceptive advertising out of court. Génifique costs about $132 and their Youth Code product runs about $25. Both products came to the market in 2010. Want to know how much L’Oréal was fined and set back financially for bilking Americans out of millions? Nothing. But L’Oréal better walk softly because if they advertise this lie again it might cost them up to $16,000 in fines. Really? But that’s how you punish a corporation for chicanery in the good ole US. Now if it had been you or I selling even one bottle of product with a lie behind it we could be thrown in jail, fined and forced to pay restitution.
07/04/14 If you get a burn, don’t pop the blister! The skin over the blister shields the damaged area from environmental bacteria to keep the wound clean while the liquid underneath it forms a cushion to insulate the injured tissue from bumps and scrapes. The liquid inside the blister is called “serum”, made from interstitial fluid and lymph that oozes in from the surrounding tissue. Lymph contains lymphocytes that help fight infection and the serum is just sterile liquid. If a blister pops on you then you are at a greater risk of infection in the injured tissues. One great way to seal a popped blister (or any small cut or open wound for that matter), is to cover it with egg white and let it dry. Egg whites are devoid of bacteria-feeding iron and contain conalbumin, which suppresses growth of gram-positive bacteria and fungi. Shakespeare wrote of egg whites being used to heal infected wounds.
07/03/14 There is a certain excitement bordering on delirium that goes along with handling fireworks. But last year, eight people died and over 11,000 people were reported injured from firework accidents, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The CPSC says that 65% of those injuries happened in the 30-day period before the 4th of July. The main three types of firework injuries that show up at hospital emergency departments come from bottle rockets, firecrackers and sparklers. You’d think that sparklers would be a safe fun thing for the 4th, but sparklers burn at around 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit! That can cause third-degree burns with just a touch and catch clothes and other items on fire in mere seconds. Fireworks are basically low-level explosives that can change lives forever with severe burns, lost fingers and blindness, among things. Watch you kiddos, use your noggin and be safe this 4th!
07/02/14 Everywhere you look, you see Round Up weed killer crowding all the shelves and boasting to rid you of all weeds big or small. Round Up is a trademark product of Monsanto – you know, the same company that has gifted us with deadly GMOs, engineered to withstand Round Up. But Roundup has been implicated in many problems in human health and also in agriculture. Not only does Roundup cause cancer and a plethora of other insidious ailments, Round Up also makes soil infertile, crops unproductive, and causes food crops to be devoid of nutrition. But one of the biggest-stupid problems is that spraying it on Roundup resistant crops has brought on a new generation of superweeds that are also Roundup resistant. This means that farmers are back to using the same amount and more of toxic herbicides as before the hell-child Roundup resistant crops were conceived. This is obviously not sound science that Monsanto used but rather just old-fashioned Big Corporation greed.
06/27/14 Petroleum jelly really doesn’t moisturize the skin or actually bring any health benefits beyond being a cheap and toxic lubricant. Oh, it creates an illusion of moisturized and hydrated skin, but what it really does is trap dirt and bacteria while suffocating skin pores. It does temporarily prevent moisture from leaving the skin, but at what cost? The kidneys are burdened with a petroleum cleanup and the skin cells are damaged more than they are helped. Vaseline’s is basically petroleum jelly that is made from oil refining derivatives. Some contaminates found in petroleum jelly are polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, 1,3-butadiene and ethylene oxide which are carcinogens associated with petroleum jelly’s biggest side effect of breast cancer. Other side effects include dandruff, acne, dryness and irritation of skin and hair, abdominal pain, diarrhea, shortness of breath, coughing and irritation of nose, skin and eyes. Did you know that if you inhale petroleum jelly (from rubbing it in your nose), it can cause lipid pneumonia?
06/26/14 This may be a surprise to some of you but plastic containers labelled “BPA free” may be worse for you than the original BPA was. Big Corporation marketing has been reaping a scientific goldmine by preying on consumer’s newly-founded BPA concerns. All plastics require “plasticizers” to stabilize them for use, of which bisphenol is king. The replacement for bisphenol A is bisphenol S (BPS), and it is just as potent as the original when it comes to altering brain development and causing hyperactive behavior. Both BPA and BPS are endocrine disruptors linked to hormone disorders, such as obesity, reproductive cancers, gender confusion (you heard me) and, most recently, hyperactivity in children born after exposure to these chemicals in the womb. You can’t afford to waste your precious life waiting for new legislation to control this problem. Switch to glass containers as much as possible and NEVER heat any food in or put anything hot into a plastic container.
06/25/14 Want to know what causes skin cancer? The sun doesn’t normally cause skin cancer – however, nutritional deficiencies lower your skins ability to utilize the benefits of the sun and allow harm to come to your skin. Want to know what else causes skin cancer? Tanning beds cause skin cancer. In fact, using indoor tanning beds compounds skin cancer risk by a staggering 59%. In light of this new evidence, the FDA (Future Delays Ahead) has taken a bold step to curb this risk. No, they are not shutting down even one tanning bed outlet – they are requiring salons to place warning stickers on all tanning beds. That’s going to about as helpful as a snooze button on a smoke alarm… Don’t expect the tanning joints to be discouraging clients of any age from tanning either! Flash the cash and you’re in. Teens are the highest at risk for skin cancer from the fake and bake skin warmers with one out of three high school senior girls showing up for regular doses of UVA-induced basal cell carcinoma.
06/20/14 The case for fasting and cancer treatment: A new study out in the journal Cell Press shows that cycles of fasting induces immune system regeneration by shifting stem cells from dormant state to one of self-renewal. Not only this, it also protected against immune system damage with chemotherapy treatment. At first, fasting (for 4 days a time) lowers white blood cell counts but then flips on the regenerative switch to signal stem cells generation for blood and immune system building. As we grow older and the immune system declines, we become more susceptible to disease, like cancer. With fasting cycles we can kill older and damaged immune cells and thereby signal the body to regenerate new ones. The study called this finding “a remarkable effect in promoting stem cell-based regeneration of the hematopoietic system.” I call it “old-timey medicine” like great grandma did. She knew the benefits – just not the why-fors and how-comes. Now you know.
06/19/14 How to remove mercury amalgam fillings: For healthy teeth with smaller metal fillings: take 4 tabs of chlorella the day before procedure and daily for at least 2 weeks after; always use a throat dam for filling removal; drill at low speed (about half of normal speed); don’t heat up the filling (will permanently damage the tooth); undercut the filling if possible to bring it out whole (grinding it out vaporizes mercury and imbeds it in the mouth tissues); wear an oxygen nosepiece during procedure (to avoid breathing in airborne mercury particles); rinse thoroughly with bentonite clay immediately following procedure and spit it out; repeat the bentonite swish at least twice more that day; refuse all fluoride treatments; refuse plastic coatings over new composites as they contain feminizing, hormone-disrupting plasticizers. For larger fillings and for fillings that have turned the tooth gray, it is better IMO to extract the tooth and replace the whole tooth with a titanium post implant and porcelain crown. Root canals are a big NO-NO!
06/18/14 Want to know how healthy a horse is? Look at their teeth. The health of your teeth is actually a pretty good indication of your overall nutritional health status. Dental problems can be the first indicator of malnourishment – Not the kind of third-world starvation malnutrition, but a Western world real-life nutritional deficiency. For instance: cavities are more common in pregnant and nursing women, because these women have greater nutritional needs. You see, most people truly believe that teeth naturally decay and eventually fail with age. The myth people believe that teeth need chemicals, such as pharmaceuticals and fluoride to be healthy is a lie from the pit of hell. The Western diet is so deficient in vitamins and minerals, riddled with sweeteners and rife with chemicals which impair the utilization of nutrients in the body in the first place that our teeth hardly stand a chance. Teeth are living bones that require a healthy diet to stay healthy – just like the rest of our body.
06/16/14 So, who is the gluten-free nutcase now? Not me! A new medical university study finds that reducing carbohydrate intake can also reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence. Wheat, barley and rye are especially bad carbohydrates that have strong associations between obesity, diabetes, and even cancer risk. The fact is that there are distinct biological similarities among obesity, diabetes and cancer where certain carbohydrates produce an over-activation of the insulin/insulin-like growth factor (IGF) axis, which increases the availability of IGF in the blood. These receptors are supposed to be active in growing children but not-so-much in adults. A Harvard study way back in 1999 found the association between carbohydrates and high levels of IGF that significantly increase the risks of colorectal, breast, and prostate cancer – but no one was listening then… Can you hear me now?
06/13/14 Smoking marijuana does have lots of medicinal value, but… Smoking marijuana is less deadly than smoking tobacco but studies have shown increased mortality associated with heavy marijuana use – bringing more vehicle crashes driving while high, higher suicide rates, along with slightly elevated risk of respiratory cancers and brain cancers. The non-fatal side effects of marijuana smoking are things like, respiratory damage, cardiovascular disease, impaired cognitive development, and mental illness. But these non-fatal side effects pale in comparison to regular tobacco use. Smoking marijuana is less addictive than tobacco with 9% of users hooked on it vs 32% of tobacco users. The biggest side effect of marijuana is impaired memory in heavy users which can be permanent. A large long-term study shows that people who began smoking marijuana heavily in their teens lost an average of 8 points in IQ between age 13 and age 38.
06/12/14 Marijuana has many medicinal qualities, like fighting cancer and helping MS symptoms. I’ve blogged a lot on the good things about marijuana so I’d better also give you some of the bad. A recent study out of the University of Pennsylvania and published recently in an online supplement of the journal Sleep, suggests that smoking marijuana brings impaired sleep quality. A history of cannabis use can bring difficulty falling asleep, struggling to stay asleep, not feeling rested after sleep and feelings of daytime sleepiness. Of course, the longer you use it, the stronger the sleep problems. The biggest finding though was that the younger the smoker started, the more severe the sleep effects with the strongest association found in adults who started marijuana use before 15 years of age. I’m not condemning marijuana use completely, just giving some food for thought…
06/11/14 Let them eat dirt I say! The latest study shows that when infants are exposed dirty things in the first year of life are less likely to suffer from allergies, wheezing and asthma. We’ve always know that farm-raised kids have lower allergy and asthma rates because of regular exposure to microorganisms in farm soil. But the big key is expose your kids early in life for maximum benefit because later-life exposure brings increased asthma risk among city folk exposed to high levels of roach and mouse schtuff. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology says infant exposure to bacteria and certain allergens help shape and train the child’s immune responses. In fact, infants growing up in homes with mouse and pet dander and cockroach droppings had lower rates of wheezing at age 3, compared with unexposed children. I’ve always said “an unchallenged immune system is a weak one”!
06/06/14 A very potent, natural pain killer: Kratom comes from a tree native to Southeast Asia and is in the same family as coffee. Leaves from the kratom tree have been used in herbal medicine for centuries. In a low dose, kratom is a stimulant but at high doses, kratom is used as a very potent sedative, a highly effective pain killer and even as a popular recreational drug. Kratom stimulates the mu and delta opioid receptors – much like narcotics and opium drugs do. Kratom also shows an affinity for the Serotonin and Norepinephrine receptors to elevate mood. Kratom tastes even worse than it sounds and is often powdered and capsulized to avoid the awful taste. Dried leaves can be chewed or made into tea but the tea is mostly boiled down to a small volume so it can be quickly swallowed. Side effects can be itchiness, nausea, edginess and an awake-dreaming state.
06/05/14 Enemas have been recorded for use in disease treatment as far back as to the ancient Chinese and Egyptian times. Hippocrates prescribed enemas 2,600 years ago and in the Dead Sea Scrolls there is one scroll called the “Manual of Discipline” which records enemas over 2000 years ago. During the reign of King Lois the XIV, daily enemas were vogue in early European history. Max Gerson was the first to propose that coffee enemas had a positive effect on patients with tuberculosis and also with cancer. Coffee enemas improve circulation and tissue integrity that can prevent the spread of cancer and help destroy malignant tumors. Coffee enemas primarily facilitate excretion of toxic wastes, but they also promote the absorption of vitamin A, which is a process requiring the action of bile acids (Simone, 1983, p. 64). Coffee enemas promote the absorption of vitamin A when combined with juice fasting – which in turn, plays a vital role in immune function.
06/04/14 The feds say that marijuana is a schedule I drug – the worst of the worse drugs. Hippy Weed is even the most frequently used illegal drug in the US. But,more states are legalizing this “drug” for medical and recreational purposes while research studies keep coming up with more positive health applications for Mary-Jane. The Wacky-Weed is successfully used to alleviate nausea and vomiting that goes along with chemotherapy (not that I would recommend chemotherapy). Toking a Doobie can also combat the muscle wasting in AIDS patients and ease chronic pain for others. The latest study revelation is that the Bob Marley Special also successfully treats autoimmune diseases and suppresses general inflammation. Imagine that – something natural that actually works to treat arthritis, lupus, colitis, multiple sclerosis and similar conditions. No small wonder that the Laughing Grass has been on the government hit list. Big Pharma hates it, so it must be great.
05/30/14 Remember your last class reunion? Why is it that some of your peers look 10 years older than you but some look 10 years younger? One of the factors, according to researchers, is environmental differences from one person to the next in exposure to harmful substances such as chemicals like benzene, cigarette smoke, heavy metals, and even stress. These environmental toxins go by the scientific name of ‘gerontogens’ – environmental factors that affect aging. One of the strongest gerontogens out there is chemotherapy cancer treatment, which ages the body unbelievably fast. Researchers are developing clinical uses for gerontogenic molecular tests for anti-aging treatments. Just by identifying and avoiding gerontogens, we can influence aging, health status and life expectancy for ourselves.
05/29/14 As bad as we all would love E-cigarettes to be a healthy alternative to cigarette smoking, the more we find out, the worse it looks. Now, a recent laboratory study finds that vaping increases the virulence of drug- resistant, life-threatening bacteria, while conversely decreasing the ability of the immune system to kill these bacteria. So, you get the ole “double whammy”. Stronger disease coupled with weaker immunity multiplies into grief… MRSA often colonizes the epithelium of the nasopharynx (the skin surface cells at the back of the sinuses), where the bacteria and skin cells both are constantly exposed to e-cigarette vapors. But don’t expect the manufacturers to stop selling these devices – much less warn consumers. It will take years if not decades for the FDA (Further Delays Ahead) to rule on E-cig safety – and then they will issue a weak warning if anything. In the mean time: Buyer Beware! Now you know.
05/28/14 The Big Pharma company, Johnson & Johnson, says its perfectly safe but numerous studies show otherwise. Well, how about a 33% increased risk of ovarian cancer when using the ever-popular baby powder? A new class action suit names talc as the really bad thing and claims that J&J knew about the cancer risk way back in 1982 – but failed to do anything about it – including warning users of the risk. Talc is a hydrous magnesium silicate, which is an inorganic material mined from the earth. J&J does warn not to get it into eyes, avoid inhalation and to use it only externally. The added risk happens when women use talc-based powders on their genital area, bringing a 33% increased risk of ovarian cancer compared to those women who never used the powders. J&J wants you to use this to keep skin cool and comfortable and encourages consumers to powder infants after every bath and diaper change.
05/27/14 A commentary in JAMA says it’s time to stop shaking hands, as a good ole fashioned handshake is one of the easiest ways to transmit germs. In light of the superbugs that are taking over the world, this may be the best thing to do – at least with your doctor or health care worker. I can see it now: a stenciled sign with two hands shaking with a red circle with a line through it right next to the one with the cigarette and the big red X. On one hand, an unchallenged immune system is a weak one. On the other hand, a weak immune system probably can’t take a major challenge like MRSA or MERS. So much for the “personal touch” in the patient/doctor relationship… I guess we are down to hand signals. I’ve got one for the AMA and their crones that helped cause this microbe-madness.
05/26/14 The good news is that only one quarter of the US honeybee population died last winter, according to an annual survey. How is that good news you ask? The prior season saw the death of over 30% of our precious bees… The bad news is the same: Beekeepers say that these losses are higher than sustainable. In other words, even this “lesser” death rate can quickly affect our food supply. The fact is that over three quarters of the world’s flowering plants rely on pollinators, such as bees, to reproduce. This means that our wonderful bees actually help produce one-third of our food. A very recent Harvard study found that two popular neonicotinoid insecticides are likely causing Colony Collapse Disorder by killing off honeybees. Of course, Big Chemical Companies like Bayer, Monsanto and DuPont are spinning different tunes and sewing Big Bucks in the political realm to safeguard their profits. Does Big Chemical even care about health and human survival?
05/23/14 Picture this: Men with US Department of Agriculture (USDA) T-shirts pointing .40-caliber submachine guns with 30-round magazines right at you as you attempt to get into your car with a gallon of raw cows’ milk. These are guns that ordinary citizens cannot own – yet the USDA can have them. But just wait a doggone minute: The mission statement of the USDA is “To expand economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production sustainability…” Now, how are big guns going to further that mission statement? The USDA has a growing record of criminalizing rabbit farmers, confiscating the crops of raisin producers and telling free-born citizens they no right to consume food they grow or milk their own cows. But this government food agency actually has its very own Law Enforcement and Investigations unit that apparently needs some superior fire-power…
05/22/14 Walmart is coming on strong in the organic foods market by promoting its Wild Oats organic products that will undercut brand-name organic competitors by at least 25%. Walmart will begin stocking these products in about half of its stores over the next few months to help insure that they can maintain the supply before stocking the rest of their stores. This move by the nation’s largest retailer and grocer will send shock waves through the organic markets where everybody and their dog are scrambling into the markets. Walmart plans to price these organic products similar to nonorganic brand-name goods. Market research has found that a whopping 91% of consumers said they would buy “affordable” organic products over conventional ones. In 2012, organic food brought some $29 billion in US sales – nearly 4 times the amount from just one decade earlier.
05/21/14 By now, you know that I am not a fan of tobacco smoking. I have to congratulate those who quit smoking tobacco by using e-cigs. But can you quit the vaping now? Vaping is not necessarily safer as it yet to be found out. UC San Francisco scientists have recently concluded that industry claims about vaping are unsupported, including claims that e-cigarettes help smokers quit. These devices are particularly gaining a popularity among youth, with the industry marketing them as a healthier alternative to tobacco smoking, and as a way to circumvent smoke-free laws when you can “smoke anywhere.” Vaping ads stress that e-cigarettes produce only “harmless water vapor.” UCSF found that e-cigs actually bring significantly lower odds of quitting cigarettes and also found that e-cigs emissions “are not merely ‘harmless water vapor,’ as is frequently claimed, and can be a source of indoor air pollution.” Smokers using e-cigs were about a third less likely to quit smoking than those who quit cold-turkey.
05/20/14 Did you know that burning the bra can help cure fibrocystic breast disease? When someone uses a bra to alter the shape of the breasts or hold them firmly by putting constant pressure on the breast tissue, this impedes the circulation of lymph flow in the breast tissue. The lymphatic system is composed of microscopic vessels that allow an ebb and flow of fluid throughout the breasts to bring in nutrients and take out toxins. Lymphatic vessels and nodes have no specific pumping system – like the heart for the blood circulation – so this system relies on freedom of body movement to assist the flow of fluids. Bras are elastic and restrict the tissues of the breasts and hinder the flow of fluids causing the accumulation of fluid in the breast. Congestion would be another way to put it; which leads to breast tenderness and pain, and ultimately the development of cysts. Research shows that fibrocystic breasts recover 95% of the time when freed from constricting garments.
05/19/14 How attached to your cell phone are you? Til death do you part? The more you live with a cell phone on your ear – the higher risk you have of earning an old-fashioned case of brain cancer. If you use a cell phone for more than 15 hours a month for five years, you can triple the risk of developing glioma and meningioma tumors compared to people who rarely used cell phones. Most studies are done by the cell phone industry and are naturally bent to help sell more phones – not discourage their use. University studies say otherwise, finding a higher risk among those who used their phone extensively. A study published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine, is the latest long-running study of cell-phone safety, finding that cell phone induced cancer mostly occurs on the opposite side of the brain of where the phone was customarily used. Once again, man does not die, he kills himself.
05/16/14 How about an edible water bottle? Americans drink more than 73 billion half-liter water bottles every year, according to EWG.org. New food technology is now making it possible to eat your water bottle instead of throwing it away. This brain-child out of the Imperial College London is made from brown algae and calcium chloride to create a gelatinous, double membrane around water or other liquid. The new process is called sperification, where frozen water is encased in a completely biodegradable container. This new bottle resembles a jellyfish and the fortified outer layers compare to the skin of a fruit. Some people say they are more like breast implants… I gotta give this an A+ for innovation – even if we don’t ever actually eat the container, they will break down in the environment for a huge positive in the green.
05/15/14 Tumors are highly organized and coordinated cells, supposedly of “random mutation”. Well, let’s take a purview of these growths that have life within themselves. These cells are capable of grouping to build their own food supply chain (blood supply – called angiogenesis). They are able to defend themselves genetically by squelching out the body’s own cancer-suppression genes while cloaking their surface-receptor proteins to escape detection by the immune system. These “random cells” travel throughout the body and adapt their metabolism to live in low oxygen and acidic environments while secreting corrosive enzymes along the way. Cancer tumors are not the result of mutated cells gone rogue to clone themselves but rather are diverse cells having different phenotypal characteristics that make chemotherapy and radiation affect (or not affect) each cell type differently. Get a clue people. Cancer will never be cured by chemical warfare. Only supporting the human body can truly defeat cancer.
05/14/14 Remember that old Randy Newman song “Short People got no reason to live”? Well Randy Newman got it wrong! Short people actually live longer than tall people – at least in Japanese men, according to the latest research. Taking two groups, 5-2 and shorter, and 5-4 and taller, the University of Hawaii found that people 5-2 and shorter lived the longest. In fact, the taller the person, the shorter they lived on average. What they discovered is that shorter men were more likely to have a protective form of the longevity gene, leading to smaller body size during early development along with a longer lifespan. Interestingly, shorter men also had generally better blood insulin levels and less cancer. Bottom line, no matter how tall you are, a healthy lifestyle will definitely keep you around and kicking longer. Trash your diet and lifestyle and you can definitely turn that gene off.
05/13/14 Want to help kick high blood sugar to the curb before you eat? Do about 30 jumping-jacks or run in place really hard for one minute because the latest research shows that brief bursts of intense exercise before a meal helps control insulin-resistant high blood sugar – even better than 30-minutes of daily moderate exercise. According to this study, the most effective regimen was exercise snacking, consisting of 1 minute of intense (90% maximal heart rate) incline walking within 30 minutes before breakfast, lunch and dinner, with 1 minute slow walking recovery time after each minute of intense exercise. This “exercise snacking” controlled blood sugar more effectively at the 3 hour post-meal mark but also held the glucose-controlling effect for an additional 24 hours the day following exercise. Of course, none of the above will do much good if you sit down after the exercise burst and munch out on Twinkies and soda pops…
05/12/14 Food-sniffers: Coming to your hip pocket soon. Foods are currently analyzed for safety at a rate of about 1%. Analysis is cumbersome and expensive – and who knows how many lives are in danger while the laboratories grind out the testing. Well, I’ve told you about the Smartphone accessory that can sniff out gluten and the upcoming attachable device that ferrets out GMO contamination to a surprising accuracy. Now there is the latest innovate device under development called the “Foodsniffer” that detects pesticide residues, mycotoxins and allergens for field-based detection of harmful species at low concentrations. Expensive? Yep. But it won’t be long before they will all be affordable. And what is your health worth anyhow? Pretty soon the old labeling conundrum won’t matter when you can test things with your own personal device. I can’t wait!
05/09/14 Why do people yawn? The most common belief is that yawning helps increase oxygen supply to the brain even though there is absolutely no association between yawning and blood oxygen levels. The latest research shows that yawning regulates the temperature of the brain. Who’d a thunk that? So many things affect brain temperatures, from sleep cycles, to cortisal levels, stress and even arousal cause fluctuations in brain temperature. Yawning effectively helps keep the brain temperature in optimal homeostasis to improve alertness and mental efficiency. Yawning is also affected by ambient temperature variations. Contagious yawning occurs more in the summer than in the winter – unless you live in Arizona like I do where the temperature in the summer goes above the more-yawning frequency range which lies between the temperatures of 68 and 98 degrees F.
05/08/14 If you put your toothbrush under a microscope you just might find some unwelcomed Staphylococci, coliforms, pseudomonads, yeasts, and even intestinal bacteria throwing a party on it. But those germs probably got there from your mouth because the oral cavity is home to hundreds of different types of microorganisms that transfer to the toothbrush when you use it. Do you store your toothbrush in the bathroom? Every time you flush the potty you send a vapor plume through the bathroom and further expose the toothbrush to fecal bacteria as well. Mythbusters even did a recent show telling these facts and showing how filthy even a new toothbrush can be. You may want to do what we do at my house. We store our toothbrushes in a container with pure grain alcohol mixed with xylitol, peppermint oil and 50% water. It wears the toothbrush out faster but we don’t care!
05/07/14 Most infant formulas are based in cow’s milk that has to be severely modified before a baby can survive drinking it. First, the protein and mineral content are lowered and then the carbohydrate content increased by adding some form of sugar. Milk fat cannot be digested by infants so it is removed and substituted with vegetable, animal or mineral fats. Missing vitamins and trace elements are then added, but never in a complete and easily digestible form. So, even though a formula says it is ‘nutritionally complete’ the nutrients are not usable for the infant. Infant formulas are basically nasty tasting and any self-respecting infant wouldn’t eat it – even if starving. To overcome discerning taste buds, many formulas are highly sweetened with lactose, fructose, glucose (AKA dextrose) and maltodextrose but still labeled ‘sucrose free’. Let’s not even think about the feminizing plasticizers and deadly GMO products that are in formulas…
05/06/14 Why does your snot turn green with sinus infections? Your snot turns green from white blood cells releasing enzymes to break down microorganisms like bacteria or fungus. These enzymes contain iron, which imparts a greenish hue as they destroy invaders. Most greenish discharges are bacterial in origin although they tend to be thin and clear at first during a sinus infection. Snot also has the tendency to turn greenish the longer it is stopped up in your nasal cavities due to congestion. Most yellow discharges could be viral but a virus can also produce green snot and Staphylococcus aureus bacteria will produce golden-yellow colored mucus. Clear and copious amounts of runny snot are generally allergy related – especially if the sniffles show up with certain foods. White snot is usually a dairy intolerance. Whether your snot is bacterial, fungal or viral, colloidal silver will usually knock it right out. If your snot is a food allergy – well, eliminate that food!
05/05/14 Triclosan is finally on the way out – and good riddance. Manufacturers are starting to distance themselves from using the nasty chemical triclosan as an antimicrobial ingredient in soaps, toothpastes and other products. Here’s just one more reason why: Scientists are now reporting even more new evidence that triclosan, as well as another commercial antimicrobial called octylphenol, promote the growth of breast cancer cells. Not only do these antimicrobial agents fail to do what regular soap and water do (clean hands safely), they also cause hormonal imbalances that play a role in the development of breast cancer and other diseases. These endocrine-disrupting chemicals have become ubiquitous in personal care products, all through the environment and lodge in our bodies. Triclosan is now found in the urine of some 75% of Americans.
05/02/14 Green cemeteries are now vogue. No, not the green of grass littered with daisies – the green of the carbon footprint when you are buried. So wrap me in a blanket and shovel the dirt over me because I really don’t need a fancy metal casket, embalming to keep the decay away and a concrete box to keep the earth from collapsing in me. This is already a dream-come-true in one Washington, D.C. cemetery that has been certified as a “Hybrid Service Provider from the Green Burial Council.” Green burials have actually been going on for years with pre-plans being sold to baby boomers and other socially and environmentally conscious individuals. A green burial disallows any embalming or a vault. Green burial does allow for “eco-friendly” materials, such as a cloth shroud, wicker casket or plain wooden box without hardware. The only other requirement is that you should be dead first…
05/01/14 Early to rise and shine helps weight loss! Bright morning light is scientifically linked to weight and body mass index (BMI). Actually, any length of exposure to bright light during the day helps weight management, but early morning light exposure to sunshine’s bright light brings a significantly lower BMI for people than those who had most of their light exposure later in the day. The influence of morning light exposure on body weight is independent of physical activity levels, caloric intake, sleep timing, and even age and accounts for some 20% of a person’s BMI. Early morning light synchronizes the internal body clock and circadian rhythms, to in turn regulate energy balance. About 20 to 30 minutes of morning light around 8 am is enough to affect BMI. When you don’t have sufficient light at the appropriate time of day, it causes dysregulation of the body clock that alters metabolism and can lead to weight gain.
04/30/14 How quickly a cut heals depends on several factors. The bacteria “mantel” on the outer layer of our skin is the first-line of defense against pathogens. When our skin is compromised, even small wounds heal slowly and staph infections occur often. You’d think that antibacterial soaps would solve this problem but they actually make things worse by damaging the healthy bacteria along with the bad – plus, antibacterial soaps don’t touch MRSA and other deadly pathogens making this soap a lose-lose. Vitamin A is what the body uses to keep epithelial cells (outer layer skin, lung and intestinal cells) healthy. Without sufficient vitamin A, bacteria, fungi and viruses enter the body with little resistance. Another big factor in slow-wound healing is low thyroid function which “turns down the thermostat” in the cell nucleus, making them weak and susceptible to disease. Iodine makes the thyroid run and also speeds wound healing when applied topically to wounds.
04/29/14 Take a deep breath. OK now, smile. Laugh a little. Congratulations, you just dropped your stress-related cortisol levels. You can also improve your memory the same way. Stress takes its toll on the body, mood, and mind and as we grow older. Stress also contributes to a number of health problems, including cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and memory loss to name a few. The latest research shows that the stress hormone cortisol damages neurons in the brain to affect both memory and learning ability. Researchers have now shown watching a 20-minute funny video significantly decreased in cortisol concentrations among both well and sick people. These video-watchers also improved in all areas of the memory assessment, but with the sick-folk, there was a dramatic benefit in cortisol level changes. Laughter really is the best medicine!
04/28/14 Using antibacterial soaps, shampoos and toothpastes actually promotes the colonization of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria – in your nose of all places according to the American Society for Microbiology. The antimicrobial triclosan, was recently found in nasal passages of 41% of people sampled, bringing with it a higher proportion of people with the S. aureus colonization. High concentrations of triclosan are now found ubiquitously in both people and animals where it disrupts the endocrine system and decreases heart and other muscle function. The fact is that triclosan is destroying our health and our environment while studies show that regular soap actually does a better job anyhow. Don’t wait for the government ban on this poison – impose your own ban if you want to keep your health.
04/25/14 How far do you think your coughs or sneezes travel? Well, you often see the droplets and maybe even watch them land, but what happens next though is an infectious gas cloud that keep droplets in the air over a much greater distance than before imagined. A multiphase, turbulent, buoyant cloud of cooties floats around that can even remain airborne long enough to reach ceiling ventilation units to be whisked about a whole building. MIT researchers have now documented the invisible gas phase from “violent expiratory events” that resemble “a puff emerging from a smokestack” that can travel up to 200 times further than the bigger unconnected particles. Makes you want to revisit our hospital ventilation systems, no? Ionic air filtration systems and air ozone generators work very well to destroy these airborne pathogens.
04/24/14 A really bad thing that happens to the prostate gland is it absorbs toxins. The more toxins you come in contact with, the more the prostate suffers. Let’s back that up one step; the more toxic the diet, the more toxic the urine and feces. The prostate gland sits between the bladder and the colon and is in the urinary tract. So logically it is more vulnerable to absorbing excess toxins. Becoming toxic is one of the main reasons men have prostate problems. Of course, the biggest reason of late is due to hormone disrupters in food packaging, medications, lotions and potions – Then comes all the pesticides, herbicides and fungicides on non-organic food. Another big reason for our prostate woes is that men become zinc deficient. Using chemicals to grow crops with is depleting zinc from the soil so our food doesn’t get enough zinc ergo, we don’t have a source of zinc from the crops we consume.
04/23/14 Cancer and chronic diseases don’t just mysteriously appear. In fact, the whole genetic theory is just a farce to shift the blame from diet and lifestyle sins to “not my fault”. The truth is that diet and lifestyle activate and suppress genetic predispositions. Diseases run in family lines mainly because of high similarities in diet and lifestyle. The lazy way out to blame genetics for health problems and take the drugs and surgeries to “manage the symptoms”. The honest way out of bad health is to buck-up and exert some effort – sometimes a lot of effort. Good health doesn’t come cheap either. It’s a trade-off between paying exorbitant health-care costs and spending more money for a healthy diet. The easy-way out breeds sickness and misery – The honest-way out fosters health and longevity. Life and living is all about the choices we make.
04/22/14 Do you know that the average woman over the age of 40 loses about a half-a-pound of muscle every year but replaces it with fat? In fact, everyone over the age of 25 pretty much begins to waste away in muscle mass little by little. This is called sarcopenia, which is Greek for “muscles getting smaller”. This wouldn’t be quite so horrible but the process picks up speed the older we get. The reason no one really notices the muscle loss is because our body composition is changing from muscle to fat and fat weighs less than muscle. You look “bigger” but you are actually weaker. Being weaker makes is more sedentary and easier to fatigue – which brings more muscle loss and subsequent chronic illness. The easy solution is to eat right and stay active! The reason I say “eat right” first is that people who eat right but don’t exercise fare better health-wise than people who exercise but don’t eat right.
04/21/14 What do you get when you have an autoimmune disease? If it attacks your neurons you get Parkinson’s disease. An attack on the pancreas brings Type I Diabetes; Celiac Disease when it attacks the intestines; and Multiple Sclerosis when it attacks the central nervous system. Most cells infected by fungi, virus, bacteria foreign protein or other pathogen will display pieces of the antigen that attack it on the outer cell surface. The immune system identifies these antigens as evil and must be destroyed – at all costs. T cells form, attack and kill these cells and, Viola! Autoimmune disease… Now your body is attacking itself. Why is this happening to us with increasing intensity? I can name a few reasons: Low thyroids, GMO foods, Medications, Radiation, Vaccines, more Vaccines, food chemicals, environmental chemicals, plasticizers – to name a few…
04/18/14 The only way to reverse sexual dysfunction in men is by focusing on lifestyle factors. Medication only treats the symptoms and will never solve the cause of the problem – in fact, using medication generates a false-expectation of performance that hinders natural performance, even after the cause of dysfunction is resolved. A recent paper published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that the inability for some men to perform sexually can be due to a range of health problems, some debilitating and/or potentially fatal. In fact, the cause of manly dysfunction is typically physical conditions rather than psychological ones. Erectile dysfunction is often a marker of underlying cardiovascular disease that occurs long before heart conditions become apparent. Other major causes of failure to launch are: being overweight or obese, excess alcohol intake, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, sleeping difficulties, obstructive sleep apnea, and age factors.
04/17/14 The kitchen is a fertile breeding ground for drug resistant bacteria, such as E. coli – especially after handling raw poultry. The hands, knives, cutting boards and any place of contact with the raw chicken are a source of transmission for these multi-drug resistant bacteria. University researchers checked 298 cutting boards from both hospitals and private households after preparation of raw poultry meat before the boards were cleaned. 6.5% of the hospital cutting boards were contaminated with E. coli and 3.5 percent of the household surfaces were also contaminated. Interestingly, 50% of the hospital kitchen worker’s gloves were contaminated with drug-resistant E. coli. None of the cutting boards used for raw beef, pork, lamb or fish had any rogue bacteria. FYI – plastic cutting boards harbor more bacteria than wooden ones.
04/16/14 Oil pulling can help your teeth and gums be healthy and even recover from disease. Commercial mouthwashes contain fluoride, alcohol, artificial flavors, chemical sweeteners and many other harmful additives that poison your body. Not so with oil pulling! Oil pulling has been around for thousands of years and can freshen the breath, prevent plaque and heal gingivitis. Oil pulling helps whiten the teeth, treat headaches and migraines, clears some acne cases, lessens asthma symptoms, and can even help diabetes. Taking just 5 minutes a day to swish some grape seed oil, sesame oil or coconut oil will literally wash away mouth bacteria while preventing gum inflammation. Bad bacteria residing in the mouth and gums affects overall health and have been implicated in a range of diseases from heart attack and dementia. Swish for 5 minutes minimum and then spit and brush your teeth.
04/15/14 The common flu often gets the rap that norovirus should. Norovirus is the “winter vomiting disease” first described by a pediatrician in 1929. Noroviruses are not the flu though many people call it the flu without knowing the difference. Norovirus is actually viral gastroenteritis, sometimes called food poisoning because it can spread in the food-service industry due to unwashed hands. What the norovirus infection actually does is cause gastroenteritis, which is an inflammation of the stomach and the intestines. The flu (influenza) is a respiratory illness caused by influenza virus. The typical characteristics of the norovirus are nausea, vomiting and diarrhea whereas the flu includes body aches, coughing, sore throat, and runny nose. Flu victims can also experience nausea, but the norovirus does not present any symptoms outside of the stomach and intestines.
04/14/14 Anti-smoking laws for public places and workplaces in both the US and Europe were quickly followed by significant drops in preterm births and child asthma hospitalization. Asthma and preterm births both dropped by 10% within the first year of smoke-free laws coming into effect – low infant birth weight rates also dropped by 5% in the first year of smoking bans. Even still, 40% of children worldwide are exposed to second-hand smoke regularly and only 16% of the world’s population is covered by comprehensive smoke-free laws. Most studies to date have only looked at adult outcomes with smoking bans while children account for over 25% of all smoking-related deaths. It is estimated that over half of all healthy years of life lost due to exposure to second-hand smoke occurs among children. In their own defense, tobacco companies are citing economic harm to restaurants, bars, casinos and related industries as a reason to revoke smoking ban laws. Ummm, really??
04/11/14 Breast-feeding reduces the risk of the child developing obesity before the age of 20. Critical nutrition during the first two years of life has long-term consequences on health that can persist into adulthood. A study that began in 1984 also clearly shows that higher fat intake at 2 years of age also brings a reduction in fat mass at 20 years of age. Well, breast milk is naturally high in fat with a small proportion of protein. High fat content is prerequisite to meeting a child’s high energy requirements for growth and the rapid development of the brain and central nervous system. Don’t even presume to have a healthier child by feeding low-fat, low-calorie, high protein food products because restricting fats at critical phases of development program the child’s metabolism makes it more likely to become overweight later. Take a lesson from God’s recipe: – breast milk! The perfect formulation for growing infants.
04/10/14 Inflammation is the root of all pain. Inflammation equals pain – joint pain in particular. Redness and swelling are inflammatory problems associated with pain. Arthritis is pain in the joints related to inflammation. Even aging is a consequence of inflammation. In fact, controlling inflammation is the key to aging gracefully and staying healthy. But inflammation is not a disease to be treated with chemicals. Oh sure, throw some chemicals at arthritis and the “pain and inflammation” leave for a short time to relocate in the liver and kidneys. That’s the way it is with modern medicine: treat the symptoms and call yourself a doctor. We absolutely have to wake up! Inflammation is caused by things we eat, goop we smear on, noxious air we breathe, poisonous chemicals we swallow and inject, and also by simply existing in our highly toxic environment. Treat the cause of inflammation and the inflammation will naturally disappear.
04/09/14 The latest study, published April 7 in JAMA Pediatrics, has found that ALL categories of child obesity in the US have increased over the last 14 years. This flies in the face of Michelle Obama’s very recent claim to have reduced child obesity by 43% in 4 years with her programs. Worse than this, extreme obesity is rising the fastest and is associated with heart disease and diabetes risk in children and adolescents. Around 30% of US children were overweight in 2012 and 17.3% of children ages 2-19 were classified obese with 2.1% extremely obese. To put this in stark perspective, in 1974 only 4.0% of children were obese. Fast foods along with cheap and highly superficial processed foods are mostly to blame. Don’t these children know how to feed themselves? Oh wait, they don’t.
04/08/14 Cancer rates are now nearly four times higher than world average near the Fukushima disaster site. In fact, cancer rates have been rising all across the region. But this is just the beginning of woes as it will take a couple of decades for the people originally affected to present with cancer. Tests are also showing that many people are now also suffering increased thyroid damage among people who once lived in close proximity to the plant. Of course, the Japanese government has continually downplayed the severity of the disaster situation, and keep citing that “further investigations are needed” in a vain attempt to avert the blame from the Fukushima disaster. Hiroshima, Chernobyl, Fukushima – what have we learned? We haven’t learned our lesson yet…
04/07/14 The latest study out of ASU shows that 40 years of antimicrobial soaps and etc. have left us with only more trouble than ever and no measurable benefits. The worst thing of all is that we now have widespread environmental contamination showing up in both wildlife and humans. The overall result is that these antimicrobials are more toxic than safe. Now, the FDA (Foot Dragging and Alibis) is finally revisiting the safety of antibacterial additives in household products, like triclocarban (TCC) and triclosan (TCS). You can find them in soaps, detergents, clothing, carpets, paints, plastics, toys, school supplies, pacifiers and even toothpaste. The FDA (Fatal Drugs Allowed) has given soap manufacturers exactly one year to prove that these chemicals are safe or take them out of their products. These chemicals represent a multi-billion dollar worldwide market so expect a lengthy court process before they are finally removed.
04/04/14 Colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States with over 130,000 new diagnosed cases every year. Obesity causes changes in the colon that can predispose a person to colorectal cancer. This makes a healthy diet and exercise a key strategy to lower the risk for colon cancer. If you are not obese now, keep in mind that preexisting colon lesions will be more likely to evolve rapidly into malignant tumors if you should become obese. Some of the symptoms of colorectal cancer to watch for are: changes in stools and bowel habits, such as diarrhea, constipation, or narrowing of the stool, that lasts for more than a few days, feeling constipated after bowel movements, rectal bleeding, blood in stools or black stools, persistent cramping or abdominal pain, ongoing weakness, fatigue and unintended weight loss. Change your lifestyle now – before something like colon cancer gets a grip on you.
04/03/14 The MTHFR gene makes an enzyme called methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase that plays a role in processing amino acids and is very important for the formation of the B-vitamin, folate. MTHFR gene mutation also lowers your ability to make glutathione which makes the victim more susceptible to stress and less tolerant to toxins. This causes accumulations of toxins in the body, increases oxidative stress, and leads to inflammation, premature aging, chronic diseases and cancer. Anomalies in this critical gene also bring other chronic illnesses like: fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, chemical sensitivity, miscarriages and blood clots. This MTHFR problem is a fairly recent health crisis plague brought on by out inordinate affairs with toxic vaccine ingredients and many other chemicals in our diets and environment that alter epigenetics.
04/02/14 What could cause hypothyroidism, memory loss, fibromyalgia, painful feet/hands, irritability, muscle weakness, episodes of confusion/disorientation, food intolerances, frequent infections or skin rashes? How about mercury poisoning as a number one suspect? Where does said mercury come from? How about dental amalgam fillings, contaminated seafood, vaccines, medications and high fructose corn syrup? Wait, what?! Yes, high fructose corn syrup! Dental amalgams are up to 50% mercury and continually leach mercury into the body. Seafoods with the most mercury include mackerel, shark, swordfish and tilefish. Lower mercury types of seafood include herring, pollock, salmon, sardines, shrimp and tilapia. Vaccines and medications… Well yah, mercury is used as a disinfectant in pharmaceutical processes. If left untreated, mercury raises the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, heart attacks, diabetes and cancer.
04/01/14 Inflammation lies at the root of cancer and most chronic diseases. A little inflammation is a disease-fighting tool that naturally helps facilitate restoration and regeneration of tissues. A little inflammation helps our bodies fight fungus, bacteria, parasites and other infectious agents. In other words, inflammation in response to an injury or an insult to the body is only supposed to be temporary while the immune system and the anabolic pathways restore health. Dr. Samuel Hahnemann MD in the 19th century said “All symptoms are healing gestures.” The chronic disease problem arises when inflammation is constantly present because chronic inflammation destroys health. Chemical medicines actually cause inflammation and suppress symptoms and give temporary (or so it seems) relief but not a long-term solution. Find the cause and fix it!
03/31/14 Methyl groups in the body are responsible for the conversion of vitamins and minerals to a usable form, cellular repairs, nucleic acid synthesis, production and repair of DNA and RNA, detoxification processes, neurotransmission, formation of red blood cells, white blood cells and blood platelets, and also in the conversion of amino acids – among many things. In fact, methylation is required in every cell of the body for biochemical conversions. Being exposed to isolated vitamins, vaccine adjuvants, and other toxins not only shorts your body of critical methyl groups but can cause a genetic mutation in the methylation process so that people have an ever harder time getting rid of toxins. This slowly leads to some very serious illnesses. Variants of methylation problems cause heart disease and stroke, diabetes, environmental sensitivities, autism and ADHD symptoms, CFS, MS, cancer and a plethora of other chronic illnesses.
03/28/14 So, the new numbers are out and the CDC reports that there has been a 30% increase in autism. Last year it was 1 in 88 children with autism and this year it is 1 in 68! If this keeps going it will be 1 in 2 before long. Then what? Who is to blame? Vaccines don’t want the financial responsibility and Big Pharma has gone through all sorts of contortions to hide that blame. Tylenol during pregnancy factors in, along with birthing drugs and epidurals. How about sonograms? They cook flesh. I personally blame the accumulative effect of all the above but most especially the burden of generations of toxic metals passed from mommy to fetus. Dioxins affect future generations. Oh, and let’s not forget the pesticides and the plasticizers in our food and drink containers. If you really think we can blame genetics then our gene pool is ruined.
03/27/14 The greater your muscle-mass, the longer you live! At least that is what recent UCLA research suggests. Older Americans with less muscle mass are more likely to die prematurely. Most physicians focus on BMI for their “gold standard” of a healthy body but the body composition is much more critical that the height/weight ratio. Muscle Mass Index (MMI) is a much great predictor of premature death. But you cannot out-exercise a bad diet! People of all ages who eat right but don’t exercise are better off health-wise than those who exercise but eat poorly. Exercise accounts for about 20% of a health and fitness plan. The biggest portion of a workable health and fitness plan is good nutrition followed by stress reduction – then comes a workout at the gym.
03/26/14 Just how inaccurate is a PSA test? Believe it or not, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study about “normal” PSA readings where they biopsied some 3,000 men with normal PSA scores and no indications of other trouble to find that 1 out of 7 had prostate cancer despite normal scores. (Normal is considered to be less than 4 ng/ml.) PSA tests are pretty lame for indicating cancer that likely wouldn’t kill you anyhow. However, watching the PSA velocity to see how high the PSAs rise year after year could let you know when you are getting into trouble. But keep in mind that as men age, the prostate naturally hypertrophies as well as raising PSAs scores. As long as the Prostate Velocity Test shows minimal rise, there should be no concern for latent prostate cancer. A PSA velocity greater than 0.35 ng/ml over a three-year period could however indicate a latent cancer turning into a high-grade cancer. Change your diet and lifestyle now to avoid this whole mess.
03/25/14 Here we go, playing like gods again… How about a GMO baby? The FDA is considering approving a radical biological procedure to produce genetically modified human beings. Keep in mind that any modifications attempted will change every cell in the child’s body AND these alterations good or bad would be passed down to future generations. Technically, they are going to combine the genetic material from three people. Of course, this technique is being posed as a scientific solution for women who cannot conceive and carry healthy children and even as a means for older infertile people to have offsprings. Will they stop at that if it even works? Is this the beginnings of a true stage for of eugenics? Both the FDA and British regulators want to move quickly to clinical trials. But they didn’t ask me if they could do this. Did they ask you?
03/24/14 The fact is that everyone gets cancer during their lifetime. By the time you are 50 years old your body has already fought off dozens of cancers you will never even know about. In fact, everyone HAS one or more cancers somewhere in their bodies by the age of 60, but they are usually so well contained by the immune system that they never cause problems. Often, cancer is discovered quite by accident – and then over-treated. Just keep looking for it and you’ll find it! Did you know that 40% of woman 40 years old already have latent breast cancer? Autopsy studies find that latent cancers are quite common yet never discovered in the person’s lifetime. The best defense against cancer is to seek your health and support the immune system long before cancer can get the upper hand.
03/21/14 Microwaving food destroys nutrients but the microwave radiation itself can leak out and kill you slowly – without you ever knowing it. Microwave radiation from microwave ovens damages human cells and tissues in much the same way it cooks the food. One major problem with microwave ovens is that the seals age and begin to leak. The microwave energy inside a microwave oven is massive, and the more hot and steamy foods you cook, the quicker the seal breaks down. Did you know that the microwave frequency inside the oven reaches 2.45 BILLION HERTZ and that damage to your body occurs at anything over 10 hertz? That means that even a very small leak is a VERY BIG problem – and you’ll never feel it happening. Microwave energy weakens the immune system, causes cataracts, birth defects, cancer and many other serious illnesses.
03/20/14 Group B streptococcus (GBS) is a bacterial infection found in some pregnant women and is found in about 25 % of all healthy women. But a pregnant mother can pass GBS to the baby during vaginal delivery and GBS infects about 1 in every 2,000 babies in the United States. Because vaginal GBS is very transient, the CDC recommends screening for vaginal strep B between the 35th and 37th week of pregnancy. Of course, the treatment of choice is IV antibiotics during delivery to reduce the chance of infecting the baby. The best treatment, of course, is maintaining a healthy intestinal flora before conception and throughout the pregnancy to keep GBS in check in the first place. The general overuse of antibiotics has helped produce GBS and more usage of antibiotics to treat it is not making it go away. Crunching raw garlic cloves and swallowing them for 2-3 weeks before delivery is one of the best ever remedies for GBS.
03/19/14 The first liar – er – lady Michelle Obama has boldly claimed a 43% reduction in child obesity in just 4 years! She touted this number while commemorating the 4th anniversary of her very own “Let’s Move” campaign to eliminate childhood obesity. 43% reduction? In 4 years?? Because of her program??? Obesity specialists have taken a closer look at this purported data while pointing out that large studies don’t find a decrease in obesity among preschoolers – but rather an increase. According to Reuters, the study Michelle quoted credited changes to the federal nutrition program for low-income people, the “elimination” of trans-fats from fast food (when did that happen?), more physical activity in child-care programs and declining consumption of sugary drinks – in a small, selected group of children. Pardon my blatant disrespect here but I’m thinking Deja Moo peeps.
03/18/14 You want a pandemic? Here’s your pandemic: Over 75% of people infected in the recent outbreaks of seasonal flu and the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic had NO SYMPTOMS WHATSOEVER! Scientists have discovered that a mere 23% of flu virus infections caused symptoms, and only 17% of those people were ill enough to consult their doctor. Reported cases of the flu are just the tip of a large iceberg that is pretty much invisible to the vaccine-pushing mucky-mucks. Even when people go to the doctor with flu it is not often recognized as flu – or people go to the doctor with flu-like symptoms and get treated for the flu when that’s not even what they have… These numbers come from the Flu Watch study that tracked six recent influenza seasons.
03/17/14 GIGO flu data from Google: Numbers without specific context are just numbers and can be very misleading. At least that’s what the National Science Foundation found when they analyzed Google Flu Trend (GFT) information. GTF was designed to provide “real-time monitoring” of flu cases around the world based solely on when people Google- search certain terms for flu-related activity. Kind of ambiguous if you ask me… GFT has overestimated the prevalence of flu in the last two seasons by more than 50% and over-predicted the prevalence of flu in a whopping 100 out of 108 weeks during that time. Like anything else in life, nothing is free. Google Flu Trends was developed with the help of the CDC – meaning, our tax dollars at work to help sell more toxic vaccines to the sheoples.
03/14/14 Your body detoxifies in two stages. Stage one is the ‘collect and bag the trash’ cycle and phase two is the ‘garbage truck removal of the bags to the dump’. If stage one goes down, the body can’t collect the trash (toxins). If stage two goes down then the garbage backs up. When there is trash lying around (toxins in the body) – there are rats that come around to feed off the trash (diseases that move in). If you have rats (diseases in your body), they are only there to feed on the trash (toxins). Processed food chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, environmental toxins, cigarette smoke, heavy metals, car exhaust, drugs and even products of cellular metabolism and metabolic waste products are some of the trash items collected in stage one. The trash truck that takes them away occurs through the liver, kidneys, skin, and bowels. Both stages need to be running smoothly to maintain health. Where there is no trash, there are no rats.
03/13/14 Smoking Mary Jane during pregnancy affects the brain development of the unborn fetus. The latest study clearly finds that even consuming Cannabis during pregnancy results in the defective development of nerve cells in the fetus cerebral cortex of the brain that orchestrates higher cognitive functions and drives memory formation. The researchers concluded that THC can bring life-long modifications to the brain function of those affected. Not all children exposed to whacky weed in the womb will have immediate and obvious deficits but can have subtle damage that significantly increases the risk of delayed neuropsychiatric diseases. Bottom line: the use of Cannabis should be avoided during pregnancy.
03/12/14 Home births have lower rates of complications compared with hospital births according to studies. The percentage of home birth babies born preterm or at a low birth weight is also lower compared to hospital births. This is according to a recent report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics. Some 88% of home births in 36 states were planned in 2012 and unplanned home births are more likely to result in preterm birth or low birth weight babies. The event of childbirth at home or in a birthing center is becoming more popular and even some hospitals now offer hospital-based midwifery programs to coordinate the midwives with the physicians. Interestingly, white women have 4 times the number of home births compared to Asian, Pacific Islander, black and Hispanic women.
03/11/14 If you are out in public and have the occasion to rescue someone by performing CardioPulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), Don’t Stop! Keeping CPR up for 38 minutes or longer improves the patient’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest and having normal brain function afterward. Some 80% of all cardiac arrest occur away from a hospital and fewer than 10% of all heart attack victims survive according to the American Heart Association. The actual odds of surviving an out-of-hospital-heart-attack drops 5% for every one minute of time passing until spontaneous circulation is restored. Although CPR is recommended for 38 minutes or more, the 2010 AHA Guidelines for CPR says to continue CPR until emergency crews arrive. Don’t know how to perform CPR? Ask your nearest fire department when the next free course is. You won’t regret it.
03/10/14 Hookah hocus pocus: Hookah is billed as a casual, non-addictive, relaxing activity that is way less bad for you than smoking cigarettes. The simple fact is that hookah smoke actually has the same carcinogens and other toxins as cigarette smoke – and more of them. According to the CDC, 20% of male high school senior and 17% of female seniors smoke hookah. Up to 40% of college students also smoke hookah. Hookah smoking is actually worse than regular smoking when you add charcoal carbon monoxide and carcinogens on top of the usual chemicals in tobacco smoking. One cigarette equals about 600 ml of inhaled smoke while one hour of hookah is some 90,000 ml of inhaled smoke! This dramatically ups the risk of tobacco-related cancers from smoking hookah.
03/07/14 What child doesn’t put everything into its mouth? This is because tactile function for the infant is mostly in the lips and tongue until the development matures. But putting non-food items in their mouths is a behavior that occasionally leads to the accidental swallowing of some foreign objects like metallic toys, low-cost jewelry, coins and other treasures. Even just gumming these items in their mouths can bring toxic levels of lead and cadmium and other metals into their bodies. A recent study examined toxic metals in 72 random metal toys and child jewelry items. Cadmium and lead weren’t the only toxic metals that came loose with some spit-juice digestive fluid. Copper, nickel, arsenic and antimony were also found in some samples. Exposure to these metals can bring abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and can have irreversible effects on a child’s neurodevelopment and intellectual development.
03/06/14 Distracted walking logs more ER injuries per mile than distracted driving. Texting and walking brings sometimes not-so-comical bumping into walls, falling down stairs, tripping over clutter and even stepping into traffic. Did you know that this issue is so common in London that special bumpers were placed on light posts to prevent walking texters from slamming into them? Walking is actually highly complex activity involving over two hundred muscles at once and talking on the phone can be distracting enough but texting while walking takes both your mind and your eyes off of the path in front of you. Thousands of texting pedestrians are treated in emergency rooms across the nation each year – that is, counting only the ones who aren’t too embarrassed to admit to it.
03/05/14 Mercury causes allergies – among things… Mercury is also a known neurotoxin with a scientific and medical history of wreaking deadly havoc in the human body. Mercury binds with sulfur groups in the body and interferes with protein-related processes, causes a rise in homocysteine levels, causes histamine reactions and can even destroy nerve cells at very low doses and in a very short time. Mercury causes mutations in organism structure and function (cancer anyone?). In the intestinal tract, mercury causes good bacteria to mutate while interfering in the digestion of proteins and other critical nutrients. Dr Oz did a show where he brushed some mercury amalgam (silver) fillings in a controlled environment to produce 61. 61 micrograms of mercury vapors – in just one brushing! Do you have metal fillings? Are they killing you slowly?
03/04/14 If you think your doctor’s hands might be germy if they didn’t scrub up before your exam, you should check the stethoscope! Studies show that healthcare workers’ hands are the main source of bacterial transmission in hospitals. A new Mayo Clinic Proceedings shows that stethoscopes can harbor several thousands of bacteria types including MRSA. And this comes in direct contact with the skin of patient after patient in the course of a single day. Don’t be embarrassed to ask your doctor if they have washed their stethoscope before it touches you. If the doctor objects, fire them because the stethoscope’s diaphragm is more contaminated than all regions of the physician’s hand except the fingertips. Furthermore, the tube of the stethoscope is often more heavily contaminated than the back of the physician’s hand.
03/03/14 A recent JAMA study had participants handle receipts continuously for 2 hours without gloves. They were then tested and found to have an increase in urine levels of the endocrine-disrupting bisphenol A (BPA). Exposure to BPA is associated with adverse health outcomes, including neurodevelopmental problems in children and both thyroid and reproductive function in adults. The biggest exposure to BPA comes through the diet and the consumption of canned foods. The paper connection comes through exposure through the skin from thermal receipt paper common in supermarkets, ATM machines, gas stations, and many other settings. Thermal paper has a BPA coating for the receipt printing process that is absorbed by way of the skin with handling. Even people with no BPA urine levels had it after handling thermal receipts.
02/28/14 The American Psychiatric Association has figured out how to drop the autism numbers by one-third! Easy peasy… Just simply change the diagnosis guidelines for autism spectrum disorder. This still doesn’t address the pandemic of developmental disorders taking over the brains of our little ones – but it does bring a sigh of relief to the medical mucky-mucks. Of course, this will also leave many thousands of developmentally delayed children every year without the means to qualify for social services, medical benefits and educational support. The new guidelines eliminate the autism subgroups of Asperger’s and pervasive development disorder to establish a more limited range of criteria for autism diagnosis. None of this pandering is dealing with the core issue – what is causing all these developmental disorders? Could it be us oh Lord?
02/27/14 The immune system normally protects us against bacteria, viruses and other pathogens but family stress can lead to a child’s immune system being affected. Humans can usually handle the brief everyday stresses that come and go, but a difficult or unrelenting stressful situation negatively impacts the immune system. New research shows that children in highly-stressed families also had a high level of cortisol – the biological marker of stress. Under high levels of stress, the immune system reacts to substances in the body that would be otherwise left alone, causing autoimmune reactions. Parents should always consider the children before arguing before them or being overly negative to their own life circumstances. Childhood should be fun and not stressful.
02/26/14 Would you rather be X-rayed or micro-waved? Uh, how about neither! The TSA now tells you that the new machines are not X-ray anymore, so they are safe. But I haven’t had an agent yet tell me how these new terahertz “microwave” (ovens IMO) machines can fire off electromagnetic radiation at your body and not harm you in any way. These waves go through your clothes and project a naked, 3-D image of you or your child to some agent behind a computer screen. While the X-ray backscatter machine uses two radiation sources for the front and the back, the new millimeter wave scanner has two big stacks full of disc-shaped electromagnetic transmitters in the “radome”. BTW, there have been no human studies on the effects of terahertz bombardment and how they are known to unzip DNA. How many times have the experts told us something was safe to later find out it was dangerous after all?
02/25/14 Cortisol is a steroid hormone that is normally higher in the morning and tapers down throughout the day as the sleep hormone melatonin comes up for the evening. These two oppose each other and when your cortisol is lower in the morning and higher in the evening – this causes a world of hurt. In fact, high evening cortisol levels are known to contribute to frailty in older individuals. Symptoms of wacky cortisol levels are unintentional weight loss, muscle loss, weakness, feelings of exhaustion and fatigue, physical inactivity, slow gait speed and low grip strength. Normal cortisol helps to maintain blood pressure, immune function and anti-inflammatory processes. The popular medical treatment for this uses corticosteroids that have a number of side effects, including causing osteoporosis and diabetes.
02/24/14 Most microorganisms that cause infection have to first cross through the body’s mucosal barrier. Infants explore the world with their mouths while their immune system is still developing. This is because some 80% of their tactile function resides in the tongue and mouth until much later in infancy. Mother’s breast milk supplies the nutritional needs of the newborn while protecting them from infection by conferring trophic protection to the infant’s intestinal mucosa. This also shapes the infant’s gut microbiota and helps develop immunomodulation. Because the mother’s environment is shared with the infant, her secretory IgA in the milk direct role in cross-protection against a variety of environmental pathogens. And because the newborn’s immune system does not regulate itself, this is a big reason that they have “suboptimal responses” to vaccinations.
02/21/14 Oxytocin is what keeps the love bond between people intact. Scientists gave oxytocin to men and then showed them pictures of their partner and the bonding hormone oxytocin lit up the reward center in their brains, even increasing the attractiveness of the partner, and strengthening feelings for monogamy. This is why oxytocin has been dubbed “the bonding hormone”. To test this further, scientists gave the men oxytocin and showed them pictures of other females to find that the men still thought their woman was more attractive – proven again by brain scans. When the scientists showed the men pictures of long-term female co-workers and colleagues and then the picture of their mates, the oxytocin reward center in the brain selectively chose their mates over others by lighting the reward centers for their mates only. Score for mankind!
02/20/14 Did you know that your memory is not a video camera that accurately records every detail and preserves them perfectly? Your mind actually inter-mingles old and new memories by plucking fragments of the present and inserting them into the past memory. It is a sort of adaptive survival function to help us deal with current situations and what is important now versus then. This latest study came out in the Journal of Neuroscience to show specifically how and when the mind inserts things from the present into memories of the past when those memories are retrieved. The one caveat of this research is that it was all done in a controlled experimental setting to show how memories changed within the experiment. So, does it apply the same way in the real world?
02/19/14 White fat is the unhealthy storage fat that is on the inside of your body. Brown fat is the energy converting fat that turns into energy much more efficiently than white fat. Researchers are finding that both shivering and regular moderate exercise help convert the bad-for-you white fat into energy-burning brown fat. It turns out that fat and muscle communicate with each with hormones to convert white fat cells into brown fat cells to protect us against cold. Up to 15 minutes of shivering actually results in conversions equal to a whole hour of moderate exercise. White fat conversion into brown fat can help protect against diabetes, obesity and fatty liver. Higher levels of brown fat bring lower glucose levels in humans.
02/18/14 Toxic chemicals are found to trigger autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and dyslexia according to a new study from Harvard. Children suffer reduced attention span, delayed development, and poor school performance with many industrial chemicals. These developmental neurotoxicants include manganese, fluoride, chlorpyrifos, DDT pesticides, tetrachloroethylene and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (flame retardants). The overload with manganese is associated with diminished intellectual function and impaired motor skills while solvents are linked to hyperactivity and aggressive behavior and some pesticides can cause cognitive delays. According to the study authors, these chemicals and dozens of others – so identified as neurotoxicants contribute to a “silent pandemic” of neurobehavioral deficits.
02/17/14 Men: If you wonder what the woman really wants in the man… Good luck! According to UCLA researchers, women’s preferences for mates change throughout the menstrual cycle. When they are ovulating, women prefer sexy traits in a man – such as a masculine physique, rugged facial features, alpha male behavior and manly scents. Other times of the month, women are more driven to kindness, reliability, co-parenting skill and physical resources in their mates. Although men pretty much think that women are altogether fickle, these cycles are not arbitrary but rather are intricately patterned preference shifts.
02/14/14 The anatomy of a Valentine’s kiss: A passionate kiss dilates the blood vessels to the brain, your cheeks flush, your pulse quickens, breathing becomes deep and irregular, your pupils dilate and you want to close your eyes. The fact is that your lips associate tactilely to a much larger portion of the brain than even the fingers. The slightest brush of something across the lips sends a cascade of information to the brain making the lips the body’s most exposed erogenous zone. A kiss works like a drug by stimulating many natural chemicals in our bodies making sparks of magic with pheromones, hormones and neurotransmitters sent coursing through our brains and bodies. This experience of kissing can bring a craving that even leads a loss of appetite, insomnia, or euphoria.
02/13/14 The stages of Valentine love: Rutgers University says there are 3 stages of love which are lust, attraction and attachment. Each of these stages can be driven by different hormones and pheromones. The first stage of lust-love is driven by the sex hormones testosterone and estrogen in both sexes bringing strong sexual urges. The second stage attraction-love is the truly love-struck and totally focused/can’t think of anything else/blind in love stage driven by adrenaline, dopamine and serotonin. The stage 3 attachment-love is the bond that keeps couples together for them to have and raise children and this third stage of love is driven by oxytocin (the cuddle hormone) and vasopressin (the commitment hormone).
02/12/14 The smell of love is in the air for Valentine’s Day! Pheromones are almost imperceptible scents that influence sexual attraction and communicate reproductive quality. This magical scent actually exudes from our immune system to announce and excite sexual availability. A 2002 study found that women prefer the scent of a man with genes only somewhat similar to their own and do not prefer the scent of nearly identical genes or of the totally dissimilar man. We each have more than 1,000 olfactory genes as compared to approximately 300 eye photoreceptor genes. So, the nose has it over the eyes! Pheromones have been avidly researched by perfume manufacturers looking for the one scent that drives the opposite sex wild.
02/11/14 With Valentine’s Day coming up we could use an explanation on love. Getting pierced by Cupid’s arrow causes our bodies to literally flood over with feel-good chemicals that cause physical reactions. Dopamine, adrenaline and norepinephrine all increase when sparks start to fly and people fall in love. Dopamine puts us in that wonderful euphoria and adrenaline and norepinephrine actually cause our little ole pea-picking hearts to go pitter-patter. All of this culminates with a preoccupation that tells others that we have been bitten and smitten with the love bug. Our pleasure centers in the brain light up in the exact areas where obsessive-compulsive behaviors reside. We ultimately “go blind” and idealize our partner to see only things that we want to see. So worth the ride!
02/10/14 How breast cancer becomes brain cancer: When a malignant breast cancer cell floats around in the bloodstream to cross into the brain, the cancer cell adapts to exploit the brain’s resources by assuming similar properties to brain cells. Breast cancer cells can deceive the immune system by blending in with the neurons, neurotransmitters, other proteins, cells and chemicals. Brain tumors biopsies that show breast cancer origins use the brain’s most abundant chemical for fuel; the neurochemical GABA, which is a neurotransmitter used for communication between neurons. Metastasized cells express a receptor for GABA to masquerade as neurons – completely undetected by the immune system.
02/07/14 Moral reasoning is affected by video games. The types of video games played and how long people play them consequently affects the level of moral reasoning. The latest Brock University study found that there is a significant difference in sociomaturity levels between adolescents who played violent video games for just one hour a day compared to those who played for three or more hours. Violent gamers achieved some of the lowest scores in sociomoral maturity. Playing these games, even in a group, also detaches people from the outside world and deprives them from normal attachment opportunities. Interestingly, the study found no correlation between the amount of time playing non-violent video games and sociomoral reasoning levels.
02/06/14 The latest dire warning from the WHO says that cancer rates around the world will surge by a whopping 57% over the next 20 years. Of course, deaths from cancer are going to rise right along with that staggering number. The WHO further says that the cost of care is now estimated at an annual $1.16 trillion and is taking its toll on major world economies. It’s time we quit wagging the dog and focus on prevention because we will not be able to treat our way out of this cancer problem. The WHO report also states that some 50% of all cancer cases are actually preventable through a combination of diet, exercise and early detection. Most people keep their poor lifestyle choices and leave getting cancer up to pure chance.
02/05/14 Drugs, vaccines and bad diets suppress immune function. Whether you “have cancer” or not, every day your body’s immune system destroys cancer cells that start up in your body. Normal cells undergo spontaneous changes on a daily basis and become cancerous. When our immune systems go down or are compromised, that’s when cancer takes root and proliferates. Immune surveillance by T cells brings early detection and elimination of both cancerous and pre-cancerous cells. Researchers have now proven that when the immune system is depressed, lymphoma develops in a matter of weeks, where it would normally take years. For most cancer victims, the problem is not found before cancer cells have had years to entrench and establish tumor strongholds.
02/04/14 Awww come on peeps; suck it up, would you? Believe it or not, after the final play of the Super Bowl, millions of people go into withdrawal from not being able to watch football for months – for real withdrawals. While football fans watch football, the brain releases the neurotransmitter called dopamine for an addictive pleasure sensation. Then when the pleasurable activity goes away, the person is now left with a real feeling of deprivation. Hard-core fans find themselves in the post-season blues and actually make a scrimmage-line rush for the psychiatrist’s office. Bottom line, football withdrawals shouldn’t be serious enough to require antidepressants. Enjoy the good times and wait patiently for next season.
02/03/14 How about this one for breast cancer survivors? Chronic inflammation is linked to breast cancer, coronary heart disease, Type II diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, frailty, functional decline and may other health problems. Yoga can help! The good news is that practicing yoga for as little as three months can even reduce fatigue and lower inflammation in breast cancer survivors according to new research. In fact, the more the women in the study practiced yoga, the better their results. At the three month point in twice weekly yoga, fatigue was 57% lower compared to the non-yoga group. Inflammation was reduced by up to 20%. The results were so good that the non-yoga group was offered yoga at 3 months to help with their fatigue and pain.
01/31/14 DDT was banned in the US in 1972. Some 40 years later, DDT levels have decreased significantly in the US but this toxic pesticide is still found in up to 80% of blood samples collected from the CDC. DDT takes decades to breakdown in the environment and people are still being exposed to the killer pesticide by consuming imported fruits, vegetables and grains where DDT is still being used along with eating fish from contaminated waterways. Now Rutgers researchers have found that DDT exposure can increase the risk and severity of Alzheimer’s disease in humans, particularly those over the age of 60. They found that DDT residuals are consistently higher – up to 4 times higher – in the blood of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease patients. An infrared sauna series helps detox from DDT exposure – even decades later.
01/30/14 A lipoma is a slow-developing growth of fat usually forming beneath the skin and above the muscle. Lipomas move easily with light finger pressure and feel doughy to the touch. Lipomas are not cancerous and are usually harmless, but some deposits can become painful as they continue to grow. If these conditions occur, it may be necessary to have a lipoma removed. Make a diet change by eliminating processed foods and artificial sweeteners while eating whole, organic foods for effectively eliminating lipomas. Oral supplements that help alongside the diet changes are sage, turmeric, chickweed and thuja occidentalis. Of course, maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle in the first place will prevent the further onset of lipomas.
01/29/14 A new study shows that older people that are happier and enjoy life more have slower declines in physical function and are less likely to develop impairments in daily living activities such as dressing, getting in and out of bed, and their walking speeds decline slower rates than people who enjoy life less. Of course, people with chronic disease like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, stroke and depression had generally lower levels of enjoyment of life and were over three times as likely to develop problems in their daily physical activities. The concluded that it is not because happier people are younger, or richer, or have more healthy lifestyles but were more likely to survive over the next 8 years.
01/28/14 The Marlboro man recently died of smoking related problems. The rugged old Eric Lawson in cigarette ads during the late 1970s was 72 years old. The final blow was respiratory failure due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Lawson started smoking at the young age of 14. By his late 30s he became a smoker’s icon in cigarette commercials. Interestingly, Lawson later appeared in an anti-smoking commercial to discuss the negative effects of smoking – even while he was still smoking! He continued the habit until he was diagnosed with COPD. Other actors who have pitched Marlboro cigarettes have also died of smoking-related diseases.
01/27/14 With each passing generation, mothers are becoming increasingly physically inactive, sedentary, and obese. This predisposes their children to an increased risk of inactivity, adiposity, and chronic diseases. Physical activity is an absolute requirement for maintaining health and wellness and inactivity is now a leading cause of death and disease in developed nations. New research from the University of South Carolina proves this with a new study that shows mothers in the U.S. are far less physically active than they were in previous decades. They are more and more spending time engaged in sedentary activities like watching television rather than in cooking, cleaning and exercising in general. Can you think of corresponding studies showing our children are also in trouble?
01/24/14 What God has made, the devil counterfeits. Cannabis is no exception. There has been an outbreak of ER business in Colorado that goes along with the exposure to synthetic cannabinoids. On August 24, 2013, patients began showing up at Denver emergency departments with severe symptoms after exposure to “black mamba.” Poison control centers, ERs, care providers in nonhospital settings, and law enforcement all reported a total of 263 cases of synthetic cannabinoid side effects in just over three weeks. Symptoms included altered mental status, tachycardia, bradycardia, and seizures. Cannabinoid has potentially great medicinal value including for cancer treatment. Don’t you know that Big Pharma would just love to get the corner on this synthetic market.
01/23/13 It takes a mommy and a daddy to produce a baby, yet many people question how important it to have both parents raise that child. Studies lean heavy on the value of a mother, but few have defined the importance of a father. McGill University now shows that the absence of a father during critical growth periods leads to aggression, impaired social and behavioral abilities and also brings physical changes in the brain. Children without a father also have an increased risk for deviant behavior. Girls in particular have been shown to be at risk for substance abuse. The McGill team also identified possible defects in the prefrontal cortex that helps control social and cognitive activity, linked to the behavioral deficits. A significant little bit of what’s wrong in America today…
01/22/14 How to treat cold sores and canker sores naturally: Purchase some SSKI (Super Saturated Potassium Iodide) crystals. Mix thoroughly some SSKI crystals little-by-little into 2oz of water until the water won’t absorb any more SSKI but leaves a little undissolved in the bottom. Pour the liquid into a dropper bottle. Each drop if liquid SSKI should now have 50mg or so of potassium iodide in them. Put one drop on the sore. This will burn for a minute but usually knocks the sore right down every time. Sometimes the sores try to come back the next day but another drop of SSKI should finish it off. Have a dry-nagging cough? Try 10 drops of SSKI in some water or juice and drink it. Sore throat? Same thing. Don’t over-do it though! Occasional use only.
01/21/14 Over 80% of the human immune system is built in the ecosystem of bacteria found in the intestines. The more we are subjected to strong antibiotics, processed/sterilized foods, chemical preservatives, GMO foods, chemicals in the air and water, contaminated and weak soil, household chemicals, poisonous amalgam tooth fillings and other things like these, the more and more damaged our gut bacteria – thus our immune systems – suffers devastation. The solution to our dilemma is to rebuild our intestinal flora before it is too late. Nutrient dense food, probiotic supplements, body detoxifying, and in general becoming as green and crunchy as possible is where it’s at!
01/20/14 Life expectancy numbers are an average age at death of a cohort of people born in a certain year. This can be easily confused for real numbers. For example, if only 2 people were born in a certain year and one died at 1 year old and the other died at 80 years old, the average age of death would be 40 years – making the life expectancy for that year 40 years of age. In 1900, the US life expectancy was about 48 years old but by the year 2000, it was about 79 years old. People did reach old age in the 1900s but a lot of children died at birth or in childhood. People still lived to ripe old ages. Now our child-death rate is smaller but our birth rate is naturally larger. Understanding this principle will clear up the confusion about life expectancy figures.
01/17/14 Breast cancer chameleon: Toxic treatments to “cure” breast cancer can’t keep the cancer from spreading to the brain. As often happens, years after an initial diagnosis, treatment and “remission”, breast cancer cells are found growing merrily in the brain. Why is this? Breast cancer is capable of masquerading as neurons, cross the blood-brain barrier, hide from the immune system, and set up chameleon operations to form deadly brain tumors. Chasing cancer around with chemo just doesn’t work out very well peeps. The only true remission from any cancer comes when the body is finally able to master the cancer and destroy it naturally. You accomplish that by treating the cause of cancer – not the symptoms of cancer.
01/16/14 The plant poison Roundup has the active ingredient Glyphosate. Roundup is now the number one herbicide used worldwide. It kills plants dead – fast. It also kills humans – eventually. Over 80% of genetically modified food crops are engineered to resist dying when Roundup is sprayed on them. So, what happens when the human consumes food or drinks water contaminated with the Roundup chemical Glyphosate? The Big Agriculture industry avers that Glyphosate is less toxic than aspirin; but, some very short-term studies in rodents is what they use to back up that claim. It’s the long-term exposure that studies show where Glyphosate harms the liver and kidneys while greatly increasing the risk for cancer along with a much shortened lifespan.
01/15/14 How does your brain refresh while you sleep? The old-school idea is that sleep strengthens brain connections but new evidence from studies shows that sleep is vitally important because it weakens the connections among brain cells to save energy, avoid cellular stress, and maintain the ability of neurons to respond selectively to stimuli. While you are awake, connections strengthen throughout the brain and increase the need for energy while new input saturates the brain. Sleep is a reboot that allows the brain to reset and helps integrate newly learned material with consolidated memories.
01/14/14 There is a pelvic floor rehabilitation technique that is non-surgical, drug free and is effective in helping women overcome pelvic floor problems. In fact, researchers found that patients who completed a mere five pelvic floor rehabilitation therapy sessions reported an 80% improvement in urinary incontinence, defecatory dysfunction and pelvic pain. Most women were even able to quit toxic medications for bladder control and pain soon after beginning therapy. Sound like a miracle? Nah, it’s just Kegels – a treatment involving muscle strengthening for the pelvic floor. You can shell out the big bucks for therapy or simply start and stop your urine flow several times, every time you void your bladder – that’s the basis for Kegel exercises. Even women with no bladder, bowel or pelvic pain symptoms can benefit from pelvic floor rehabilitation.
01/13/14 Glowing reports show that since 1980, the prevalence of daily tobacco smoking has declined by some 25% in men and 42% in women. Funny thing though, because of population growth, smoking has actually increased overall by 41% in males and 7% in females. Add to this the fact there is a 26% general increase in the number of cigarettes sold according to the January 8 issue of JAMA. The facts show that in 1980 there were 721 million smokers worldwide and by 2012 there were 967 million smokers. Smoking tobacco increases the risk of heart disease and stroke by 4 times and lung cancer by 23 times. In 2013, lung cancer accounted for 19.4% of cancer deaths. Smoking causes 86% of all lung cancer.
01/10/14 Give your heart to your pet! No, really. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US but having a pet, especially a dog, has been found to lower heart disease risk and associated factors like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and even diabetes. In general, people with dogs are physically more active than non-owners. The reason cats don’t score as high as dogs is that not many people walk their cats. Some dog owners have dogs that walk them. People who walk their dogs actually weigh less than non-owners do. Walking aside, pets provide comfort, encouragement and motivation. Pets also have a positive effect on the body’s reaction to stress.
01/09/14 In the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, thyroid cancer cases soared four years after the meltdown event. Already in Fukushima Japan we see this trend starting with a new thyroid cancer rate in children shooting up dozens of times higher than usual. The double-speak rhetoric coming from the government states that this rash of disease comes from “children who were already predisposed to cancer.” That helps… NOT! Furthermore, I’m sure everyone can certainly trust the government schmoozers when the say “no detectable cancers will be seen as a result of the ‘very low doses’ of radiation received by the population.” So how does this Japanese government deal with the radioactive contamination of the rice crops? Raise the allowable levels for radioactive cesium from 0.1 Bq/kg pre-disaster to 1,000 times more current limit for rice. This is shameful peeps.
01/08/14 Is it a big surprise that less than 1% of US adults meet the American Heart Association’s definition for “Ideal Healthy Diet?” Would it surprise you though to discover that essentially NO children in the US meet the definition for “Ideal Healthy Diet?” Eating patterns have also changed dramatically in recent years. Over the last 40 years or so, women have upped calorie consumption by over 22% and men are consuming 10% more calories. A whopping 68% of US adults are now overweight or obese and 32% of children are overweight or obese. With our fast food lifestyles, reducing processed sodium is one of the biggest challenges and the cheap and highly superficial carb counts climbing astronomically.
01/07/14 So, the FDA (Foot Dragging and Alibis) has a new policy out to curb the over-use of antibiotics. The problem is that it is 100% voluntary and will only slightly alter the labels of veterinary antibiotics. Yah, that’ll teach them farmers… Factory farms use antibiotics to fatten up their animals, but now the animal farms are only supposed to use antibiotics to treat disease or prevent disease. Not only is this worthless advice, but there’s no FDA enforcement, NO penalties and massive loopholes. The fact is that antibiotics work so well to fatten up animals that some 70% of the US antibiotic use is used on farm animals. This makes these farms the leading source of drug-resistant germs attacking humans today. Antibiotic use makes for sick and swollen animals – we are getting sicker and sicker eating sick food.
01/06/14 Phthalates are used in plastics to hold in moisture and keep the plastic food container or other product flexible. These are feminizing chemicals and endocrine disruptors used in everything from food containers to medical devices to children’s toys. Phthalates are now so ubiquitous in our households that most people are exposed to them every day. The CDC even says that over 90% of the population is now exposed to these substances. The body breaks them down as fast as it can but they are still commonly detected in urine, breast milk and blood samples. Phthalates are known to cause thyroid trouble, sex hormone imbalances, early puberty, sperm damage, breast cancer and an increased risk for asthma.
01/03/14 Researchers are now finding 287 toxic chemicals in the blood of newborn babies. 180 of these are cancer-causing chemicals, 217 are known to damage the brain and nervous system, and 208 of these chemicals are known to cause birth defects and abnormal child development. So, why are we trying to blame our troubles on genetics? Because then the problem is “not our fault” – after all, “its genetic”… Then we don’t feel so bad about the trash we eat, the poisoned air we breathe, the toxic water we showers in, the deadly drugs we take. People, it’s time we apologized to our kids for feminizing them with chemicals and causing all their developmental disorders and chronic diseases. Fess up! This is our fault – not the FDA or USDA or medical doctors. We have to stop this madness NOW!
01/02/14 Infants are born with a basically sterile intestinal tract. For the first 3 years of life there are many factors that determine the intestinal organisms that build the immune system, block allergies and aid in digestion. Breast milk brings up to 100 fold of secretory antibodies to the infant and also brings the mother’s immunologic memory towards pathogens such as rotavirus immunity. If the nursing baby comes down with an active infection, the mother’s milk changes to increase in the total number of white blood cells and higher TNF-α levels. Mothers are an immune factory providing infants with antibodies that actually adapt to the requirements of the infant.
12/31/13 What does your body’s amazing liver do? The liver is your front-line filter for your whole body. The liver’s main job is to filter the blood coming from the digestive tract and also break down nutrients for your cells to use throughout the body. The liver also produces life-giving/life-saving cholesterol that transports fats, generates proteins for blood plasma and also eliminates dirty bile fluids from the liver. The liver catches poisons, bacteria and fungi from the bloodstream for removal. Amazingly, the liver can regenerate itself with a little targeted cleansing and nutrition. The biggest sign of liver trouble is manifested through poor skin conditions.
12/30/13 Did you know that it takes a study to show that increased levels of physical activity in children brings positive health benefits including less body fat, increased muscular strength and reduced risk factors for major diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other metabolic and lifestyle-related disorders? And it takes about 6 weeks of diet and exercise intervention to alter Metabolic Syndrome risk factors in obese children. Heck, without diet changes, obese children in one study lost up to 17 pounds average, bring down blood pressure and improving insulin sensitivity – just going to regular old summer camp – compared to fat kiddos who stayed at home.
12/27/13 The WHO has announced new predictions about the rampant spread of cancer throughout the world. In 10 years, cancer rates will increase by MORE than 25%. By 2025, the annual number of new cancer diagnoses is expected to jump to about 37% from what it is today. Peeps, this in NOT genetics at play… It is our loused-up environment and crappy diets (including GMO foods) and medications (especially vaccines). Cancer deaths from the disease and toxic treatments will shoot up by about 39%. We see one-out-of-three people coming down with cancer and it will shortly be one-out-of-two. We are losing this battle big-time.
12/23/13 Did you know that US marketers can buy lists of rape victims, alcoholics, drug abusers, dementia victims and AIDS patients? CNN Money reports a privacy expert that also shows where home addresses of police officers and even the addresses of domestic violence shelters can be found and distributed. Privacy laws prevent certain info from being spread when people are being evaluated for jobs, insurance, credit or housing but these other lists are fair game for marketing. There are hundreds of ways information is data-mined and then bought and sold by marketers. Marketers just want to make a buck may or may not care if people and families are endangered by this practice. There ought to be a law…
12/20/13 Believe it or not, a child’s risk for developing allergies and/or asthma is reduced by having a doggie in the household during child infancy. The fact is that exposure to dust in a house where dogs run both indoors and outdoors will change the microbiome (balance of microbes) in the gut to diminish immune system reactivity to common allergens. There is actually a specific bacterial species placed in the human gut by dogs that protects the airways against allergens and viral respiratory infection. In fact, scientists isolated this bacteria, Lactobacillus johnsonii and fed it to mice to prevent airway inflammation due to allergens and even RSV infection.
12/19/13 You get what you get at conception – that’s genetics. You alter what you get at conception with toxins, food nutrients, and other environmental factors – that’s epigenetics. To say you get cancer from smoking because of genetics is simply not true. To say that you altered your genetics by smoking – now that’s true. Smoking, trash diets, vaccines, drugs, chemicals, gluten, all alter the genetics and increase disease rates and shorten lifespans via chemical alterations of the DNA. Genetic expressions are turned on and off with the good and the bad things we encounter. Fill your body with good things and you can have great epigenetics. Keep on trashing, and well… You get the picture.
12/18/13 E-cigarettes are designed to generate a nicotine aerosol, or vapor, without the combustion of tobacco. When the user takes a draw on the device, a nicotine solution is heated and the vapor inhaled. Researchers recently measured e-cigarette vapors while using a smoking machine in controlled exposure conditions to compare secondhand smoke exposure by e-cigarette vapors VS tobacco smoke. They found that the e-cigarettes emitted significant amounts of nicotine – only without producing substantial amounts of carbon monoxide or other toxic compounds. Emissions of nicotine from e-cigarettes were 10 times lower than those of conventional tobacco cigarettes. What they did not measure was the levels of formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and acrolein that e-cigs emit.
12/17/13 The diabetes brain sap-trap: Too much blood sugar brings too much insulin. This is part of the diabetes disease process. After a while, the victim develops an insulin resistance as the body makes more and more insulin to ultimately fail in the effort to control excess blood sugar. When this happens, excess insulin starts leaking from the bloodstream into the brain where it blocks the enzyme your brain uses to clean up amyloid protein – leaving a tangle of amyloid plaques. Amyloid plaques are the Hallmark of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. 70% of all diabetics can expect to battle dementia sooner or later. The other 30% die before dementia diseases can catch up to them…
12/16/13 Did you know that women have higher testosterone at the beginning of a relationship than women who are in long-term relationships? Amazingly, the opposite is true for men; the newly-in-love have lower testosterone than men in a long-term relationship. If your testosterone is low, there are many different Big Pharma treatments, but they all have side effects that are undesirable. Testosterone works in a hormone pathway and many different things, like stress, bad diet and other Big Pharma drugs can drop testosterone levels fast. Low testosterone brings fatigue, muscle or bone-mass loss, and/or sexual dysfunction. Don’t just treat the symptoms peeps! Find the cause of low testosterone and fix it.
12/13/13 High chair danger: Over 9,400 children are treated yearly for injuries associated with a high chair or booster seat. That’s one child per hour nationally. Not surprising is the fact that 93% of all injuries involved a fall. A full two thirds of these kids were reported to be climbing or standing in the chair. This generally means that the buckle safety restraint was not used, was not implemented properly or was just plain ineffective in the cases of budding escape artists. Concussions were 37% of reported injuries, bruising – 33% and cuts -19%. Never assume the tray will suffice to restrain a child and prevent a nasty fall. Only buckle up the kids you love!
12/12/13 Advice from the straw man: The FDA (Federal Denial Agency) is more and more tightening a death-grip on the regulations for all nutritional and natural methods to support health. Do you think more regulations are lowering medical costs? (Redundant question) Recently the FDA (Fatal Drugs Allowed) warned the company 23andMe.com to stop its “do-it-yourself” genetic testing service for health screening and ancestry purposes. Their infinite wisdom dictates that the sheoples could be “misled” and ultimately harm themselves by “self-treating. What the FDA (Furthering Drug Addictions) is really saying is that the ignorant masses can’t be trusted to make their own health decisions AND that individuals do not have a right to private information on their own DNA. I’ve got words for the Feds and they aren’t friendly words…
12/11/13 One of the strongest predictors of cardiovascular disease can be low circulating levels of high density lipoprotein (HDL) “good” cholesterol. Normal levels of circulating HDL are required for muscle metabolism and function – and guess what? The heart is a muscle! Without enough HDL and the accompanying ApoA-I protein, the burning of calories is reduced in skeletal muscle resulting in increased blood glucose and weaker muscle function. HDL cholesterol and its protein ApoA-I together enhance the usage of glucose and calories inside muscle cells. Raising the HDL and ApoA-I levels actually bring protection against too much blood sugar along with protecting against a decline in muscle performance and fat gain. Too little cholesterol is actually worse for your health than too much.
12/10/13 Smartphones could be Dumbphones for kids. Want to cause more stress and lower grades for you your child? Here’s how: Give them a Smartphone. It seems that cell phones are never out of reach of students no matter where they are. Whether sitting in a classroom, library, recreational center, cafeteria, dorm room or walking anywhere in between, cell phone use continues to increase. But how important is it for a student’s academic performance, anxiety levels and happiness? The latest study results show that cell phone is negatively related to grades while bringing higher levels of anxiety. Bottom line, high frequency cell phone use tended to bring lower GPA, higher anxiety, and lower satisfaction with life.
12/09/13 Believe it or else: Work at night and disadvantage your children. When a parent works night hours, children have more behavioral problems, less cognitive ability in the form of language, reading and mathematics skills, and are more likely to be overweight than the children where parents work daytime hours and week days. A whopping 21 studies in developed countries have shown negative associations between nonstandard work schedules and child development issues and child behavior from infancy to adolescence. These symptoms were brought on in part by the parents’ depressive symptoms, poorer quality parenting, reduced child-parent interaction and closeness, and a less supportive home environment.
12/06/13 Welcome to Obamacare: Connecticut physicians got an early taste for Obamacare recently when two different commercial insurers offering to be in the state exchange sent letters proposing reimbursements that discount up to 40% of physician fees. This offer comes after many years of no increases for doctors and they are not happy because the new exchange plans will work more like Medicaid plans to cut rates. Most physician practices don’t need more patients and don’t even want more patients and could decide not to join exchange networks. Of course, this leaves patients using the emergency department and avoiding care in physician practices. Industry experts fear that there may be difficulties collecting out-of-pocket charges from exchange enrollees.
12/05/13 If things weren’t bad enough, there is now a vicious new strain of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) that progresses much faster than other variations of the virus. The new strain is known as A3/02 and is a cross between two other HIV strains. This strain moves from HIV to full-blown AIDS (Immunodeficiency Syndrome) 50% faster than other strains. An HIV diagnosis develops into AIDS when the white blood cell count falls below 200. The A3/02 strain is currently “confined” to West Africa but will likely spread globally. This comes on the heels of the latest CDC report that finds a 48% increase in unprotected anal sex in the U.S. among homosexual men where more than 1.1 million people have the infection but one in six is unaware they are infected.
12/04/13 Wide awake drunk public health threat. Want to see a wide awake drunk? Feed them caffeine in an energy drink! Not only are they hyperactive awake but they drink a lot more, have blackouts, engage in more physical risks but they often also end in the ER with alcohol poisoning or even dead sometimes. This is such a health problem that the US no longer allows premixed high-caffeine products with alcohol in them. But any bar will mix drinks such as vodka Red Bulls and Jäger bombs, made by dropping a shot of Jägermeister liquor into a glass of Red Bull. College kids especially are susceptible to the use of energy drinks and alcohol together, leading to heavier drinking and more serious alcohol-related problems.
12/03/13 Prolonged stressful events are associated with the inability of immune cells to respond to hormonal signals that regulate inflammation. This inability to regulate the inflammatory response brings a greater likelihood for developing a cold when exposed to the cold virus. What happens is, the greater the body’s inflammatory response to the virus, the greater the likelihood of coming down with a cold. Stress in general dulls the immune system and wears down the adrenal glands. Stress also impairs digestion, impairs brain function, hormone levels and causes depression.
12/02/13 Email Apnea is here. Do you ever experience lightheadedness while writing emails? The fact is that you can become so engrossed in typing emails that you stop breathing. 80% of people stop breathing properly when typing and go into the ‘fight or flight’ mode causing excessive sweating, increased heart rate, dilated pupils and breath-holding. Typically, apnea is more often associated with sleep disorders characterized by sudden pauses in breathing. At work, this unnecessary reaction can cause undue stress to both the body and the mind. Simple solution: Breathe while doing email! Awareness is the first step toward stomping out email apnea.
11/27/13 New research shows it takes about 8 years or so of abstinence from smoking to reach similar cardiovascular death risks as people who have never smoked. In this latest study, all the study participants were over 65 years old. BUT… Smokers who smoked less than 32 pack years but quit 15 or fewer years ago still had higher risks of dying from cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and emphysema. Of course, former smokers who smoked more than 32 pack years had higher risks of dying from all causes of health condition. The simple fact is that smoking is the most preventable cause of early death in America.
11/26/13 Teenoids with late bedtimes that also start school early have lower academic performance. That’s a no-brainer. But, did you know that they are also at a higher risk for emotional distress? Instead of sending these youths to bed at a decent hour, the Journal of Adolescent Health panders to the movement to delay school start times for adolescents. A recent study found that 23% of studied teens went to bed at 11:15 pm or later. This led the night-owl group to have both lower cumulative GPAs and more emotional distress between age 18 and 26.
11/25/13 So, the youth of today can’t even keep up with their parents and cannot run as far or fast as the parents did when they were kids. Believe it or not, children today take and extra 90 seconds longer to run a mile than parents did three decades ago. Heart fitness has steadily declined 5% per decade since the mid-seventies for children over 9 years old. This is according to a very recent American Heart Association conference. Children are less active today than ever before and school playgrounds are quickly becoming ancient history while PE budgets are disappearing also. The World Health Organization shows that 80% of young people globally may not be getting enough exercise.
11/22/13 Copper imbalances in the body cause a number of pathological conditions, including cancer. Maximum allowed levels of copper in drinking water is known to accelerate tumor growth but reducing copper levels reduces tumor growth making copper an essential factor for the growth of tumors. In order to multiply, all cells require energy in the form of ATP and copper is essential for the respiration formation of ATP. A shortage of copper slows respiration enzymes in tumors, forcing the tumors to rely on higher levels of glucose which essentially stops tumor growth. Scientists studied this out to find out that copper does not cause cancer in healthy subjects but rather feeds cancer in unhealthy ones.
11/21/13 Wash your shopping bags for Pete’s sake! Of course we all want to “go green” more and more these days. But the reusable shopping bags we’ve so come to love can be terrible for your health – if you don’t stop to wash them every now and then. A recent study tested used – reusable shopping bags to find that almost half of them were heavily contaminated with disease-causing germs including the coliform bacteria from feces. Bacteria off of fruit, veggies and especially meat packaging infiltrate the bags and start up colonies. Did you know that there was a 25% jump in food poisoning admissions in San Francisco following a city-wide ban on plastic grocery bags? Keep your reusable bags but keep them clean, would ya?
11/20/13 In an emergency, performing CPR for 38 minutes or longer improves someone’s chance of surviving a heart attack, according to the American Heart Association. Don’t stop pumping! Continuing CPR improves the chances that the survivor can make it through with normal brain function. Fewer than 10% of cardiac arrests survive. Pumping the heart helps the return of the body pumping blood on its own while delivering critical oxygen to the brain. Don’t take time to blow into the lungs without a team effort as the few seconds it takes to do so drops the circulation to the brain and can result in brain damage. The action of pumping the chest will often bring enough air into the lungs to keep oxygen levels up. I recommend that everyone take a CPR class – chances are that you will use it…
11/19/13 Want to know the number 1 cause of maternal death? It’s not home-birth and it’s not the hospital’s fault – It’s heart disease! Maternal death rates have been increasing in the US because of heart disease according to the last 20 years of statistics. You’d think that women giving birth would be young and healthy instead of harboring some form of cardiovascular disease. In some two-thirds of these deaths, the diagnosis of heart trouble was either undiagnosed, delayed, or patients were given inappropriate treatments. To avoid this risk of death, women should attain and maintain proper weight before and during pregnancy as obesity during pregnancy was a major player in these deadly statistics.
11/18/13 Science has failed to identify a “safe” level for smoking. In light of this, there are over 200,000 people are diagnosed with lung cancer each year in the US and about 150,000 people die from lung cancer. Smoking contributes to some 90% of lung cancer deaths and a whopping 30% of all cancer deaths. Smoking increases the risk of developing diabetic complications, coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. Smoking also worsens fatigue with decreasing respiratory rates and oxygen consumption as the lungs work much harder. Any smoking, even social smoking, is dangerous. These are not my opinions peeps, these are facts.
11/15/13 The whole world is losing the battle against diabetes. The latest number of people estimated to be living with diabetes rocketed to 382 million this year with a vast majority being type II diabetes, linked to diet, obesity and sedentary lifestyle. At the current rate of progression, diabetes will explode another 55% by 2035. Diabetes is basically inadequate blood sugar control, which can lead to dangerous complications, like damage to the eyes, kidneys and heart and if untreated can bring premature death. Big Pharma talks about the problem and the chemical drugs to “control” the problem but mainstream is missing the big picture here: improve diets, avoid vaccine toxins and environmental toxins, exercise more…
11/14/13 The PC Police are at it again and this time they are striking a blow against calling obese people – er, I mean weight challenged people – “obese”. Even though the word obese carries a very specific medical definition, it is now considered against the rules in some countries to call a portly person “obese” – That’s just in case they might be offended. And policy forbid that a physician blame the extra weight the super-sized patients are packing on the patient. Every patient definitely deserves to be treated kindly and with respect, but they also deserve to hear the truth about their health. I’m waiting now to hear: what are the politically correct words to call someone who is amply proportioned. Oh, and if you think for one moment that just “a little bit o-junk food won’t hurt you”, it will take more than PC-talk to save your festively plumpness from the word “obese”.
11/13/12 As little as 20 minutes a week of exercise during pregnancy enhances newborn brain development. The same has been proven from studies of both animals and humans. The simple act of exercising during pregnancy can change the child’s future. This flies in the face of the old-school obstetricians, advice to “take it easy and rest during pregnancy”. In fact, being sedentary during pregnancy increases the risks of complications during pregnancy while being active eases post-partum recovery, makes pregnancy more comfortable and reduces the risk of obesity in the children. At the beginning of the second trimester, women were assigned to either an exercise group or a sedentary group. Newborn brain activity was assessed around 12 days to find more mature cerebral activation in the exercising mom babies.
11/12/13 Why do stressed-out people get more colds and flu? Researchers now know that chronic psychological stress causes the body to lose its ability to regulate inflammatory responses. This dysregulation of the body’s ability to regulate inflammation leads to both the development and the progression of many diseases by altering the ability of cortisol to regulate the inflammatory response and decreasing tissue sensitivity to cortisol. Immune cells eventually also desensitize to cortisol’s regulatory effect. This explains why stressed-out people are more susceptible to colds and flu because unregulated inflammatory responses hinder the body’s effort to fight infection.
11/11/13 Losing the fight against depression: Major depressive disorder (or MDD), is now the second leading cause of disability worldwide. In just 20 years, depression went from ranking at the fourth leading cause of disease burden worldwide – following respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, and problems during the perinatal period. Also MDD is a major contributor to the burden of suicide and ischemic heart disease and now accounts for a whopping 8.2% of global burden for Years Living with Disabilities (YLDs). Depressive disorders occur more often in women than men and the largest proportion of YLDs from depressive disorders are occurring among working adults. Time to cheer up because things are just going to get worse if we don’t!
11/08/13 Gut instinct: Researchers found that children with autism are up to eight times more likely to experience frequent gaseousness/bloating, constipation, diarrhea, difficulty swallowing and sensitivity to foods than neurotypical children. These GI troubles cut both ways though as GI problems create behavior problems while behavior problems exacerbate GI problems. Some of the behavioral problems directly related to GI symptoms include social withdrawal, irritability, lethargy, repetitive behaviors, hyperactivity and inappropriate speech. Understanding the impact of GI problems in children with autism will provide new insight into autism treatments that could decrease problem behaviors.
11/07/13 Endometriosis is a condition where the tissue lining the inside of the uterus overgrows the outside of the organ to attach the fallopian tubes, ovaries and lining of the pelvic cavity causing chronic pelvic pain, painful menstrual cycles and infertility. Previous research has pointed to fungal overgrowth as a common cause for this condition, but the latest research found another cause for endometriosis – exposure to pesticides. The pesticides beta-hexachlorocyclohexane and Mirex bring up to a 70% risk increase for endometriosis. Organochlorine pesticides drive all kinds of estrogen-driven diseases including some cancers. Even though organochlorine pesticides are severely restricted in use, these chemicals are still found in blood samples of women.
11/06/13 Everyone is looking to blame childhood obesity on fast food, sugary drinks, super-sized everything – anything but blaming the parent. As it turns out, a portion of the blame is in letting the kiddos stay up too late. A new study in Pediatrics examined the impact of sleep on children’s eating behaviors. Alternating weeks of typical sleep with either more sleep or less sleep, researchers found that during the weeks that children increased their sleep, they consumed fewer calories per day, weighed a half pound less, and had lower fasting levels the hunger-regulating hormone, leptin. A good night’s sleep for children has so many documented benefits that you can’t lose by sending the kiddos to bed a little earlier.
11/05/13 Eczema – AKA atopic dermatitis – can be caused by a common toxin in the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus (more popularly known as “staph”) that causes immune-system cells in the skin to produce eczema-like rashes. Up to 30% of children and 5% of adults have eczema and 90% of patients with eczema have detectable staph bacteria on their skin. Some people experience a lessening of eczema when taking antibiotics but antibiotic use for chronic eczema can contribute to the serious issue of multi-drug resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. Now, you can wait for the next generation of toxic drugs to come along to battle staph, or you can build your own immune system and support a healthy bacteria balance in body with probiotics, fermented foods, iodine, vitamin A, gluten-free and other natural eczema cures and preventatives.
11/04/13 Even though birth rates among adolescents in the US are the lowest in 70 years, the birth rate among teens is still higher than other developed countries. Rates of infection with syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia have continued to increase in adolescents and young adults. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), says that in spite of more sex education and condom promoting than ever, STIs, including HIV, rates among adolescents remains high. So, the latest recommendation of the AAP is to improve condom use in young people and expound the important role that pediatricians play in educating teens to encourage correct use of condoms. This statement was published in the November issue of Pediatrics.
11/01/13 A legacy of mercury contamination: The ghosts of California’s gold rush in the mid-1800s, continues to affect us today with mercury-laden sediment from the old industrial mining practices. Mercury from mining operations continues to distribute hundreds of miles by floods from the Sierra Nevada Mountains that bring mercury-laden sediment to Central Valley lowlands. Once in the soil, this contamination is absorbed into the crops being grown in the valley region as well as flowing through the rivers and contaminating the fish and local wildlife. Top this off with the fact that Central Valley companies are scooping out truckloads of this contaminated soil to sell to the public. This all of course, translates into a huge problem for the hapless humans.
10/31/13 Wanna slash your heart attack/stroke risk AND prolong your life by up to 30%? Grow a garden. A study over 12.5 years of people 60 years and up looked at their daily life activities, such as gardening, blackberry picking, DIY car maintenance as well as any formal exercise regimens. Researchers also assessed blood fats, blood sugars, blood clotting factor, high levels as well as heart attack and stroke risk in these study individuals. The gardeners and others with a generally active daily life had a much lower risk for cardiovascular problems – even lower than the formal exercisers! The active ones had smaller waists, lower levels of potentially harmful blood fats, lower blood glucose, insulin, and clotting factor levels – and, of course, lower heart attack and death rates.
10/30/13 In a new study, healthy women who were just slightly dehydrated experienced mood swings and low energy levels, according to the Journal of Nutrition. The hypothalamus is the brain region responsible for controlling things like hydration and body temperature and neurons in the hypothalamus send mood-altering messages to the rest of your brain the give you clues to drink more water. Of course, we are pretty much conditioned to ignore our body and brain clues so this goes largely unnoticed. Technically, if you are plenty hydrated by drinking 8X8’s (8 glasses of 8 ounces each) you go to urinate about every three hours. Big Hint: soda pops and flavored drinks are not water.
10/29/13 Regular weight training can improve the good-guy HDL cholesterol to protect against heart disease – even in overweight people. Researchers have found that HDL functioned better in people who have a regular weight-lifting program, regardless of their weight. Even the overweight exercisers have HDL actions in their bodies that is just as effective as an antioxidant as with lean exercisers. Of course, both the skinnies and fatties had better HDL cholesterol performance than the people that didn’t exercise. In the non-exercisers the dysfunction in HDL brought numerous factors associated with heart disease, such as elevated triglycerides and trunk fat mass. This study looked at men who weight trained at least four times a week.
10/28/13 What makes more money than food farming in China? How about cockroach farming? Yes, it’s true! There are many alleged health benefits associated with eating a fat cockroach – from busting blood clots, soothing gastroenteritis, treating tuberculosis and even abating heart disease. But don’t go hunting through your kitchen at midnight with a flashlight because the only know roach with reported any medicinal value is native to Guangdong province China – AKA the Periplaneta americana roach type. (Now who on god’s green earth tested all the other kinds of cockroaches?) These crawlies are grown for 4 months, killed and sold to pharmaceutical companies to be processed into various drugs and packaged in powder pills. “They really are a miracle drug,” says Liu Yusheng, a professor at Shandong Agricultural University.
10/25/13 Great Grandma’s sin that’s paying forward for generations… But this one is not a Starbuck’s Frappuccino. The DDT and other toxic chemicals that great-grandmother was exposed to during pregnancy can cause a dramatic increase in your own susceptibility to obesity. The biggest problem is that you will pass this on to future generations. Scientists exposed rats to DDT and saw no altered rates of obesity in either the parent or first generation. But obesity developed in over half of the third-generation offspring. The same researchers also found trans-generational effects in other environmental toxicants, including plastics, pesticides, fungicides, dioxins, hydrocarbons and BPA , but the greatest effects were found in DDT.
10/24/13 Breast is best! Bottle feeding increases the risk that infants will develop hypertrophic pyloric stenosis (HPS). HPS is a form of stomach obstruction that typically occurs during the first two months of life. In HPS, there is a thickening of the smooth muscle layer of the pylorus and surgery is needed to correct the obstruction. Not only are infant formulas rife with artificial chemicals and sweeteners, they also include an inordinate amount of GMO foods – including GMO soy products. Animals fed GMO soy have severe stomach inflammation in a few short weeks. Do we somehow think that humans are exempt from this effect of GMOs? We are killing ourselves slowly and that’s exactly what we are doing to our infants also.
10/23/13 A lack of maternal thyroid hormone is a huge factor in child autism. And the effects of low thyroid in mommy can go on and worsen with each continuing generation. Maternal thyroid impacts the migration of fetal brain cells during embryo development. This flies once again in the face of the “autism is genetic” people and puts it back in the environmental cause category. Of course, if the causes of autism are environmental – i.e. vaccines, antibiotics, maternal hypothyroidism, chemicals, drugs, sonograms and etc., then that also means that WE are responsible for causing autism. To say it is genetics is a warm-fuzzy way of saying “I’m not responsible for this”. Oh yes you are!
10/22/13 The cells that line the lumen of the intestine prevent food particles, fungus, bacteria and bacterial products from leaking into the body. These cells are held together by “tight junctions.” Several things we do and eat can actually destroy these tight junctions to produce leaky gut syndrome. Gluten in wheat, rye and barley, opportunistic fungus (like Candida) as well as radiation damages and kills these cells bringing an injury that triggers an inflammatory response that further breaks down tight junctions. This process effectively opens up the intestinal lining and allows food particles and pathogenic products to leak out of the intestine. As long as we continue doing the things that damage our guts, our guts will only get worse.
10/21/13 Diet is most often the biggest factor in developing cancer – and the biggest factor for fighting cancer. Probably the best anti-cancer food family is cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, kale and cabbage. Eating broccoli regularly is linked to lower rates of prostate, colon, breast, lung and skin cancers. In cruciferous vegetables, there are glucosinolates (GSs) that break down to help the body fight carcinogens. Agronomists are looking closely at traits that make superior broccoli to breed even more healthful broccoli plants. Always choose organic broccoli. One of the major influences in the amount of cancer fighting properties found in broccoli is environmental conditions during growing.
10/18/13 Want to slash your breast cancer risk? While diet is the number one concern for avoiding cancer in general, a recent publishing from the American Cancer Society shows that walking at least 7 hours per week brings a 14% lower risk of developing breast cancer after menopause. Many studies show that regular exercise along with other lifestyle modifications helps lower the risk of breast cancer. Walking daily alters the body’s hormone activity and insulin levels. The American Cancer Society says that more than a quarter of a million women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and 40,000 will die from the disease. Changes to diet, stopping cosmetics use, limiting exposure to environmental toxins and physical activity each dramatically lower the lifetime risk of developing breast cancer.
10/17/13 THC is the illegal component in marijuana that has really botched the whole medical use of cannabis badly. Cannabinoids, or CBD, is a fantastic and legal component in marijuana and also in “ditch-weed” (I call that stuff “Oklahoma no-high”). Because the “no-high” ditch weed has a tiny bit of THC, it is illegal in most states – even though its high content of CBD negates any possible high from smoking the nasty stuff. New cancer research has been recently published showing that CBD works as an anti-cancer as well as THC. But when you combine the two there was an even greater anti-cancer affect. CBD by itself stops cancerous cells in their tracks and prevents them from growing and can even destroy cancer cells alone. We use CBD in our cancer clinic.
10/16/13 Tis bedtime kiddos! A new study out in the journal Pediatrics found that irregular bedtimes can disrupt natural body rhythms to undermine brain maturation and the child’s ability to regulate certain behaviors. Being without a fixed bedtime has profound influences on the development, health and even general well-being across the lifetime of the child. The latest study associated a clear clinical and statistically significant link between bedtimes and hyperactivity, conduct problems, problems with peers and worsening emotional difficulties. These effects build up incrementally over childhood but when children were switched to a more regular bedtime there were clear improvements in behavior.
10/15/13 Not a huge surprise here, but a recent study found that air pollution increases heart attacks. International health standards place pollution values for fine particles of air pollution at a “particulate matter at the size of 10micrometers” or PM10. The latest study found a significant association between PM10 levels and higher admissions for acute coronary syndromes, heart failure, worsening heart failure, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation and ventricular arrhythmias. There is a 3% incidence increase in hospital admissions for every 10 microgram increase in PM10. People over 65 years of age are particularly susceptible to heart events at increasing levels of air pollution.
10/14/13 Ever wonder why some herbal supplements just don’t work? In a new study, researchers used DNA barcoding to examine the contents in samples of herbal plant products. Their results were dumbfounding. 59% of the products tested contained plant species not even listed on the labels and over two thirds of these products had cheaper plant species present as a substitution for the plants listed on the label. A full one third of tested products contained other species used as a filler or were just plain contaminated. In this analysis, the researchers detected plant species that could actually pose serious health risks when consumed and even plant species with known toxicity, side effects and/or that would negatively interact with other herbs. Cheap is not best and the best is not cheap!
10/11/13 Fecal implant pills sound about as appetizing as – well… poop. If you are suffering from recurrent Clostridium difficile infections, these poop-pills contain a concentrate of fecal bacteria that can rebalance the bacteria in the gut in short order. C difficile sickens some 500K Americans and kills more than 14,000 of those every year. The conventional treatment up to now has been to insert the bacteria bomb with either an enema, colonoscopy or -(gasp)- nasal tube. To make these colon-candy confections, labs can process feces in a centrifuge to decant the supernatant layer until only the bacteria remains. It is then encapsulated in 3 layers of gelatin to keep them from leaking until they reached the small intestine. This fearsome pill approach terminates C difficile infections in around 9 out of 10 people while avoiding invasive procedures. Bon Appétit!
10/10/13 Need a better sense of self? Researchers found that a loving touch, characterized by a gentle caress or soft stroke, is an instinctive gesture from a parent to a child or between husband and wife in an enduring relationship. This gentle caress can cause the brain to construct a sense of body ownership and a healthy sense of self. Soft touch with a slow speed stimulation of the skin has been previously correlated with pleasant emotion and can improve symptoms of anxiety and other emotional symptoms in both adults and infants. Light touch is perceived as being more pleasant than fast touch. But without touch, there is decreased sensitivity to interoceptive signals linked to body image problems, unexplained pain, anorexia nervosa and bulimia.
10/09/13 The latest study out of California found bisphenol A (BPA) in ALL umbilical cord blood samples from pregnant women. Could this mean a universal fetal exposure to this havoc-wreaking plasticizer? Over one-third of samples actually had levels equal to or even higher than levels that produce developmental health effects in animals. This study shows that second-trimester fetuses are generally exposed to high levels of BPA. BPA is an estrogen-like substance used to produce canned food liners and hundreds of other common consumer products. Even in low doses, BPA is linked to neurological and behavioral changes and even prostate effects in infants and children.
10/08/13 A recent study found increasing incidence and subsequent mortality for acute pancreatitis over the last 12-years. The annual increase in acute pancreatitis has risen by an average of 2.7%. The largest increases in acute pancreatitis incidence were among women aged 35 years old and under with a whopping annual increase of 7.9% per year. Interestingly, acute pancreatitis increased by a phenomenal 48% the weeks of Christmas and New Years because of increased hard liquor consumption (but not with wine). Did you know that GMO-consumption inflames the pancreas in test rats? Given the choice, rats will opt for non-GMO grains. Seems they read labels better than humans…
10/07/13 Poisonous fluoride causes neurotoxicity in animal studies and acute fluoride poisoning is known to cause neurotoxicity in adults. But, what about the child’s neurodevelopment? For some reason, most fluoride toxicity studies have been published in Chinese journals only. Out of some 27 epidemiological studies on fluoride neurotoxicity and the effects on neurodevelopment, the consistent finding was that children in high-fluoride areas have significantly lower IQ scores than those who living in low-fluoride areas. Even though the smoking gun points at the adverse effect of high fluoride exposure on children’s neurodevelopment, scientists wag-the-dog and claim that more studies need to be done. Want to volunteer your child for that study? Do your own study – keep toxic fluoride away from your kiddos and watch them thrive.
10/04/13 Well, it finally happened. You can now have the ultimate in spy-gear with the brand new “smart tooth” that can track your habits and then report your behavior to your doctor. The tattling tooth senses mouth behavior to detect smoking, drinking, eating, coughing, sneezing with a 94% accuracy. Don’t you know that your health insurance company would give their eye tooth for the tattle-tooth to report to them also. Of course, Big Brother wants to give “incentives” for good behavior and what a lovely way to track habits. But don’t mistake “incentives” for the double-speak word “tax” because it is really a penalty on people’s bad habits.
10/03/13 Help! My dishwasher is out to get me! Dishwashers, washing machines and coffee makers all have one common deadly factor: They are moist and hot. This opens the door for the development of pathogenic fungal flora. 62% of the dishwashers contain fungi on the rubber seal of the door and 56% of those were polyextremotolerant black yeasts that have a remarkable tolerance to heat, high salt concentrations, aggressive detergents, and thrive in either acid or alkaline water. These fungi rarely grow outside of nature but are frequently found to be an agent of human disease. The widespread presence of these fungi in household appliances suggests an evolutionary process that could threaten human health more and more.
10/02/13 Got allergies? Move to the country! People who live in farming areas actually experience a wider range of different environmental exposures than in cities that reduce the symptoms of hypersensitivities and allergies. The immune systems of people in the country are exposed to a wider range of bacteria, fungi, pollen and other natural irritants that protects against hypersensitivity. This effect is from a heightened immune system that prevents or dampens hypersensitivity. So basically, the absence of environmental exposure causes hypersensitivity and allergies. Just be sure to avoid all the poisonous chemicals used in farming these days as much as possible.
10/01/13 Because the FDA is doing such a bang-up job of keeping deadly food and drugs out of our mouths (insert sarcasm font for that one), the FDA (Fear, Dread, and Anxiety) is now going after your highly dangerous phone apps that help track calories, blood sugar, blood pressure, exercise routines and other programs that might help you be healthier. The FDA (Fatal Drugs Allowed) wants health-related Smartphone apps to go through them for approval before the innocent public is lead away from dangerously intrusive medical treatment. In short: they want to regulate your phone apps like a drug… BTW, the FDA (Foot Dragging and Alibis) is also out to change regulatory laws so it can extract user fees in order to get its pound of flesh from this lucrative market. Is this out of control yet?
09/30/13 70% of people require a bit of extra motivation to work out. Working out to music is one great solution. Other than motivation, there are other great reasons to jam while working out. One is the fact that exercisers who stationary cycle in time to music, by syncing the beats per minute with an exercise pace, require some 7% less oxygen. Another benefit is that sweating to the music can give a 10% reduction in perceived effort while running on a treadmill. This means you can work out longer for greater benefits. Exercising with music keeps you moving and takes your mind off the effort while putting your mind in an energetic state.
09/27/13 Muscle testing – AKA, Applied Kinesiology (AK) is not magic but rather is all about the body’s electrical system. For instance, when you start to raise one arm while the other arm is up, there is a neuro-inhibition in the brain and central nervous system that automatically lowers the raised arm so you can swing your arms in a perfect cross-pattern while walking or running. When applying AK, if the test subject holds one arm up, you can pull down on the raised arm but the subject can resist the pull and keep the arm raised. Now tap the opposite shoulder from the raised arm and you trick the brain to automatically inhibit the raised arm and it lowers with a gentle push from the AK practitioner. Perfectly normal! If a food or chemical is bad for the body it disrupts the body’s electrical system and the AK practitioner can test for this with a gentle push on the extended arm. When any one uses a disruptive chemical or eats food that inhibits the body’s electrical system, this puts the body in a negative reflex state – or weakness.
09/26/13 Sorry peeps, but teenoids require intensive sleep during puberty for normal brain maturation. That’s the latest conclusion from researchers who tested the effects of caffeine on developing brains at a time when the brain is maturing the fastest. Give them caffeine and the maturing processes in the brain are delayed. Caffeine consumption in both kids and adults has increased by over 70% in the last 3 decades and there is no end to this rise in sight with the fast-growing sales in caffeine-laden energy drinks. Caffeine intake equating to three or four cups of coffee per day results in reduced deep sleep and a delayed brain development.
09/25/13 Homebirth safety, including midwife care during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum is equal to allopathic medical care while being healthier and is less costly. This includes women with high-risk pregnancies. Of course, the proportion of caesarean sections was lower in the homebirth group along with the elective caesarean numbers, instrumental births and epidural use. Unassisted vaginal births were significantly higher for homebirths. The primary outcomes for the newborns were similar between the groups while women under midwife care were significantly more likely to have spontaneous labor onset and less likely to have labor induction than women with standard care. The best thing was that a higher proportion of mothers from the homebirth group also breastfed their babies.
09/24/13 I would rather burn than rust out. And rust out is what happens with sedentary lifestyles and too much sitting around. Sitting was recently studied and found to actually stimulate the disease-promoting processes leading to double or even triple the risk of diabetes, obesity, heart disease and premature death. When you sit around and neglect to regularly exercise, this promotes muscle atrophy. And the older you get, the worse it gets. A recent study took young men and old men and put a cast on a limb to immobilize the muscles and older men’s muscles showed greater signs of atrophy and took longer to recover. And that was in just two weeks…This helps emphasize the need for the aging population to stay active because long periods of disuse can permanently damage the stem cells muscle regeneration environment.
09/23/13 We are killing ourselves! Scientists are finally admitting that endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) pose a threat to human health and to the ecosystems of Earth. EDCs, like phthalates, BPA, thimerosal and others are commonly found in food and medicine, food containers, plastic products, furniture, toys, carpeting, building materials, and cosmetics. When released from the products that contain them, they enter the body and interfere with endogenous hormone action that impacts male and female reproduction, breast development and cancer, prostate cancer, child sexual development, thyroid, metabolism, obesity, and cardiovascular health. Be informed and watch carefully to avoid these insidious killers.
09/20/13 This month is the official 70 year anniversary that autism was first diagnosed in eleven children. So, in 7 decades we have gone from a VERY rare disorder never diagnosed before to about one or more out of every 80 children. Autism is actually a whole-body illness affecting the gastrointestinal tract, immune system and the neurodevelopment of the brain. The trigger for many children who regressed into autism has been reported by a majority of parents to be vaccines. Of course this is denied categorically by the money-mongering Big Pharma shills. The only way to stop this epidemic is for the parents to wake up and consider that they are allowing autism risks into their lives with low thyroids, bad birthing practices, horrific diets, drug usage while pregnant, infant antibiotic use and – the final nail in the coffin for most children with autism – the deadly child vaccine schedule.
09/19/13 10 % of men who wear tight jeans have health related problems from them. An amazing 40% said they would choose looking good in tight jeans over feeling good without them. 25% of men who wear skinny jeans say it’s for bragging rights to show off the fact that they can actually fit in them. But squishing into a pair of skinny jeans can bring injured junk, stomach pain, and sometimes severe bladder problems. These contraptions can cut off circulation to the penis and scrotum, cut off circulation in the gut and twist private parts out of shape. Ever heard of a condition called testicular torsion? This is where the flow of blood to the testicles is actually cut off and could require surgery to repair the damage before parts die off.
09/18/13 When we think of HEART ATTACK, we get the image of an older man clutching his chest. The reality is that in ACS (acute coronary syndrome), chest pain, age and gender are not indicators that can be used to define a “typical” heart attack. A JAMA study found that both young people and women in general who come into the ER without chest pain, but having other ACS symptoms such as weakness, shortness of breath and/or rapid heartbeats can actually be in ACS crisis. Women under 55 years old are more likely to have their ACS misdiagnosed in the ER than men, while also having a higher risk of death. Bottom line, chest pain not an indicator of ACS or heart disease severity. One out of five women aged 55 years or less and having a heart attack do not experience chest pains.
09/17/13 Fluoride in drinking water is neurotoxic and carcinogenic among things. Now, Israel’s Ministry of Health is turning the tides on fluoridation by ruling against water fluoridation after some 15 years of forced public medication via public water supplies. The ending date for this poisoning of humanity in Israel is by April 9, 2014 – not soon enough in my world. There are many health dangers associated with water fluoridation including: lowered intelligence, endocrine damage – especially to the thyroid, brittle bones, damaged and sensitive teeth, seizures and many other problems. The Israeli Supreme Court justices concluded that fluoride is, indeed, a public health threat and provides minimal, if any, health benefit to society and ordered the cessation of all water fluoridation programs throughout Israel.
09/16/13 Wal-Mart Stores is soon requiring its suppliers to disclose AND phase out some hazardous chemicals found in fragrances, cosmetics, household cleaners and personal care products at its stores. This eco-friendly move marks an industry shift away from toxic chemicals in consumer products. Just last week, P&G announced new plans to eliminate hormone-disrupting phthalates and the invasive antibacterial triclosan. This follows the 2012 pledge by J&J to remove formaldehyde and parabens from its personal care products worldwide. So, retailers are finally taking the failed steps that the unwilling EPA is charged with in protecting consumers from nasty chemicals. Did you know that Kroger phased BPA out of its cash register receipts in 2011? A little late on all of this – but better late than never.
09/13/13 Win for naturopathic medicine! The U.S. Senate recently unanimously passed a resolution designating October 7th through the 13th as Naturopathic Medicine Week. This is definite recognition of the value of naturopathic medicine in providing safe, effective, and affordable real health care. This should encourage Americans everywhere to learn more about naturopathic medicine and the role of naturopathic physicians in treating and preventing chronic health conditions. Naturopathic medicine will play a rising role in helping address the nation’s health care crisis. Tired of the old disease management system? You should be.
09/12/13 40% of moms still believe that going outside in the cold with wet hair or without a coat can catch you a cold. Truth is you can only catch a cold from one of the 200+ cold viruses transmitted by people, not wet hair and cold bodies. All you have to do is be near a person with an active cold who sneezes or coughs and the virus floats through the air and into your nose and mouth. Did you know that low humidity has more to do with the cold virus transmission than any other factor? Dry sinus pathways are more susceptible to a cold virus than moist ones. Cold viruses transmit more easily in the winter because we are hanging out in close quarters with the heater running to stay warm – drying us out and spreading viruses.
09/11/13 Did you know that mosquitoes are more deadly to humans than any other insect or animal? Mosquito bites kill an estimated one million people yearly worldwide. In the US alone, these little buggers spread encephalitis and other diseases. The female mosquitoes suck blood to produce fertile eggs and can smell people over 100 feet away. Some people have a certain bacteria on their skin that makes them more attractive to mosquitoes. Lactic acid from sweat is a veritable mosquito lure. Most mosquito repellents use DEET, a nasty smelling concoction that has many health side effects. Natural solution: The essential oil of catnip is some 10X more effective than DEET in repelling mosquitoes.
09/10/13 Copper is actually an essential trace mineral that plays an important role in nerve conduction, bone growth, formation of connective tissue, and hormone secretion. The latest study shows that excess copper unfortunately can also accumulate in the brain and disrupt the blood-brain barrier which controls what enters and exits the brain. With a compromised blood-brain barrier, there comes a toxic accumulation of the protein amyloid beta – a normal by-product of cellular activity. Normally, amyloid beta is removed by a protein called lipoprotein receptor-related protein 1 (LRP1) which lines the capillaries of the brain to bind with the amyloid beta and escort them out of the brain. Vitamin C naturally chelates extra copper out of the body and a shortage of vitamin C can relate directly to copper toxicity and therefore Alzheimer’s and dementia
09/09/13 Urinalysis dates back some 3,000 years. Up until the late 1800s, urine analysis was accomplished by examining color, taste and smell to help diagnose disease. What’s in your urine is of particular interest to physicians, nutritionists and environmental scientists because it reveals information about a person’s health, what they have eaten and drank, what drugs they are taking and what environmental pollutants they have been exposed to. Today, millions of chemically based urine tests are performed daily to identify newborn metabolic disorders, diagnose diabetes, monitor kidney function, confirm bladder infections and detect illicit drug use. The most common clinical urine tests only measure six or seven urine compounds but technology can detect hundreds of chemicals and compounds in the urine.
09/06/13 A new report from the American Cancer Society finds that more Hispanics in the US die from cancer each year than from any other cause with a death toll of 29,935 in 2009. Heart disease came in at number two for Hispanics that year by just 300 less deaths with 2009 numbers at 29,611 for Hispanic Americans.
09/05/13 Proteins in your body’s cells carry out many duties like: structuring the shape of the cell; regulating the movement of particles in and out of the cell; repairing damage to the cell and even signaling that there is damage in the cell. Proteins are critical for cell division as they control when division starts, ends, and every process in between. There are hundreds of different proteins in the cell, each with unique physical structure and function. Most proteins in the body only live two days or less. This helps ensure that easily damaged proteins are replaced with new functional copies often. Amino acids are the “building blocks” of proteins and each different protein has a specific arrangement of amino acids determined by the gene that encodes that protein.
09/04/13 Inversion therapy is the act of hanging upside down and is coming of age as the hottest new treatment. Not only can inversion take a load of pressure off your joints, it increases blood flow to the brain bringing an increased bioavailability of oxygen and glucose. One study found that the brain operates 14% more accurately on an inverted or inclined plane. Inversion therapy is touted to help with depression, mood swings, insomnia, stress relief and general health and wellbeing. Regular inversion improves concentration, memory, observation and clarity of thought. Not to mention how inversion takes the pressure off of compressed spinal nerves while increasing spinal fluid flow.
09/03/13 Tongue piercing and other oral piercings are a form of self-expression that is quite the rage today. Just because “everyone does it” does not make piercing the tongue, lip or cheek safe because the mouth by nature is moist and warm – a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and fungus. Moist and warm and injured is a bad combo for infection – especially with our mouths being the entrance for food, beverage and airborne particles containing pathogens. But the risks caused by oral piercings go beyond infection because these piercings can chip and crack teeth, wear the lining of the mouth, reshape the tongue, cause nerve damage, become a choking hazard and bring allergic reactions to the different metals. Some piercings actually make it more difficult to chew, swallow and speak.
09/02/13 Did you know that fat diabetics live longer than thin ones? You see, type 2 diabetes is almost always a disease of lifestyle from bad diet and sedentary living. The fact is that 85% of diabetics are fat. But the thin diabetics have trouble producing insulin which makes type 2 diabetes deadlier. So what causes this misfortune for skinny diabetics? Flu shots come to my mind. Steroids come to mind. Something injures the pancreas or turns on a genetic predisposition. But don’t go off your diabetes diet yet because fat diabetics lived longer in this recent study when they lost weight and got thinner but the predisposed thin ones doubled the risk of death when they became overweight.
08/30/13 Keep up with those pearly whites and gums. Especially if you are preggo – or want to be. New research mentioned by the CDC indicates that women with periodontal disease up their risk for pre-term or low-birth weight babies, causing delayed motor skills, social growth, learning disabilities, respiratory problems, vision and hearing loss, feeding and digestive problems and other negative outcomes. Periodontal disease is a bacteria-induced, inflammatory condition attacking the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease leads to tooth loss and has been associated with diabetes, cardiovascular disease other systemic diseases. Indicators of gum trouble are tenderness, redness, and swollen gums, bleeding with brushing or eating, gums that are pulling away from the teeth, bad breath, and loose teeth. But don’t do the fluoride trip! That causes birth defects and cancer.
08/29/13 E-cigarette markets have been booming and last year topped over $1 billion in sales with projections for annual sales of $10 billion within the next five years. But are e-cigarettes safer than traditional tobacco? Are they even AS safe? Public perception is that e-cigarettes are healthier than smoking. But the industry slant toward a “healthy cigarette” is a lie as any chemical vapors introduced into the lungs are a bad idea. Now, yet another study found that e-cigarettes are loaded with a comparable level of carcinogens to regular cigarettes. The study findings report that many e-cigarettes contain “a significant quantity of carcinogenic molecules”. Did you know that some of these evil smoking devices contain levels of formaldehyde and acrolein just like standard cigarettes?
08/28/13 Want a simple weight-loss formula? Eat less, move more, sleep more. Calorie restriction and increased physical activity are the old stand-by recommendation for weight loss that works very well for a majority of the overweight. But now there is scientific evidence that points to inadequate sleep as a contributor to obesity. Studies show that a lack of sleep increases the stimulus for eating more food and befuddles appetite-regulating hormones. The latest study went so far as to say that total sleep time and quality of sleep predicted the loss of weight in patients. A solid 8 hours of sleep for an adult should be integrated as a dynamic part of anyone’s lifestyle package.
08/27/13 Here’s a new one for you: Sittosis. Sittosis is the latest buzz-word for muscle atrophy. Sittosis occurs when you don’t use your muscles for an extended period of time. Because of the lack of use, both your muscles and bones weaken and waste away. Well, how about this: Sitting for long periods over an extended period of time causes sittosis! American adults spend more than 8 hours average in front of computer screens, televisions, cell phones and other contraptions. When you do this, your muscles are not engaged and the circulation of the enzyme lipase, that absorbs fat, stops being absorbed by your muscles and recirculates in your blood to be stored as body fat and artery sludge.
08/26/13 Every natural childbirth I’ve been part of, I recommend that mommy eats and drinks all she wants to. I have been HIGHLY criticized by the “medical experts” who medicalize childbirth and also restrict mommy’s food and fluid intake during labor. Well, now a large-scale analysis in The Cochrane Library vindicates me and berates the “experts”. Only in the Western industrialized societies have physicians restricted women’s fluid and food intake during labor. Of course, this is in case they can sell another caesarean section delivery. Laboring women on food and fluid restrictions have the IV fluids themselves become medical risks. This latest study review found that women that had no food restrictions had higher birthing satisfaction, better glucose levels and higher infant Apgar scores.
08/23/13 Jazz up your exercise! Exercise lowers blood pressure and helps prevent heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer. The only thing that tops exercise is exercise to music. A new study in the Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology covered exercisers who synchronized their exercise to music tempo. Surprise! The synchronized music exercisers had a 15% improvement in endurance compared to a no-music group. The music actually impacted the body’s interpretation of fatigue symptoms resulting in much higher endurance and motivation. Exercise in general promotes healthy blood sugar levels, boosts the immune system, increases good cholesterol, improves mood, lowers chances of depression and promotes healthy bone density. Knowing this, 7 out of 10 people still do not exercise regularly.
08/22/13 The roots of the chronic conditions and diseases that are the leading causes of morbidity and mortality can be traced to lifestyle factors like smoking, diet, and physical activity. The 5 leading causes of death are heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease, cerebrovascular disease, and diabetes — all of which are chronic disease conditions. More than 70% of deaths in the United States and some 75% of all health care spending costs are attributable to lifestyle driven chronic diseases. This still does not account for the heavy toll of chronic disease in terms of mental anguish, loss of quality of life, disability, and economic costs.
08/21/13 Alzheimer’s news: The latest study appearing in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, identifies copper as a smoking gun for causing Alzheimer’s disease. The cumulative effect of copper in the body impairs the systems by which amyloid beta is removed from the brain making it one of the key factors causing brain plaques that are the hallmark of Alzheimer’s Disease. So where do we get this copper? Some amounts are found in drinking water carried by copper pipes but do you want to know one the biggest coppered brain-stealing culprits? Your stainless steel and copper bottom pots and pans. Stainless steel is porous and allows copper, nickel, aluminum and other toxic metals to leech into our foods while cooking. I suggest investing in titanium cookware. I did!
08/20/13 There are many illnesses that can cause lips to turn from a healthy red color to a paler shade of pink. Some of the most common causes of pale lips are: Iron deficiency, poor thyroid function, low blood circulation and even cancer. If the lips turn from red to blue or purplish, this is a sign of oxygen deprivation and medical attention needs to be sought immediately. A sign of more serious health problems is when your lips change colors in patches or develop deep cracks. Hydration is the front line of defense for healthy lips. When the lips start to wrinkle, it’s time to drink more water. Pale lips that occur in conjunction with naturally pale skin may not be an indicator of poor health as some people have naturally lighter skin and lips than others.
08/19/13 Would you put regular ethanol laced gas in a race car? Our bodies are high-tech machines that are much more complex than a Ferrari ever could be. In spite of this, we often put the cheapest fuel we can find in them – then we wonder why our bodies “break down” on the highway of life. Never put low-end foods in a high-end body. Opt for fresh, whole and organic foods, especially vegetables and fruits. Pull your body into the chiropractor’s office and visit you naturopath and nutritionist for an occasional “tune-up”. Avoid ALL chemical drugs and food additives and clean out your filters every once-in-a-while by fasting and doing an occasional liver, kidney and colon cleanse.
08/16/13 Some people diet their butts off but still can’t lose weight. Why is that? One cause that impacts the waistline – and not in a good way – is too little sleep which alters the body’s levels of hormones that regulate hunger. A study by the University of Chicago found that people who slept only four hours a night for two nights had an 18% decrease in leptin, a 28% increase in ghrelin, a 24% increase in appetite and 73% fatter chance of being – well, fatter. Leptin signals the brain that you’ve had enough food and also tells fat cells to burn. So, with a lack of leptin you are hungry whether or not you have eaten and the fat just won’t leave. Ghrelin is called the “hunger hormone” and the more of it in your system, the hungrier you are and ghrelin makes you fatter whether or not you actually eat more.
08/15/13 Salt therapy has been around modern medicine since the late 1800’s. More recently, a study in the NEJM concluded that salt inhalation was a highly effective treatment for cystic fibrosis. These studies came about after observations were made among surfers who had significant recovery from cystic fibrosis. For non-surfers, dry salt aerosol in specially-designed halochambers is used to treat upper and lower respiratory conditions ranging from cold and flu, allergy, asthma, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, sinus infection, rhinitis, to hay fever and emphysema. Halotherapy, as it is called, has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that treats; ear infections, eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, bronchial inflammation, airway pollen particles, sanitation of the airways, cold and flu prevention, snoring and also brings better sleep.
08/14/13 Heavy metal toxicity can result in damaged or reduced mental and central nervous function along with lower energy levels. Toxic metals damage blood composition, lungs, kidneys, liver, and other vital organs. Eventually, heavy metals bring slowly progressing physical, muscular, and neurological degeneration. This can mimic Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis and many other diseases. There is also a strong link between prenatal lead exposure and increased risk for schizophrenia later in life. Mice exposed prenatally to lead had elevated levels of hyperactivity and were less able to suppress a startle response to repeated loud noises. Along with markedly larger empty spaces containing cerebrospinal fluid, these results in mice mirror what is known about schizophrenia in humans.
08/13/13 Feeling hopeless? Depressed? Anxious? Stressed? A research team at Texas A&M University recently found that laughter relieves stress, reduces anxiety, lifts energy and even leads to a significant increase in hopefulness. Did you know that laughter is quickly becoming an important treatment element in natural cancer treatment centers? Only because it works… A one-year study way back in 1997 looked at post heart-attack victims and found that the comedy viewing group required less blood-pressure medication and had only 8% repeat heart attacks compared with 42% of the non-watchers. Lighten up! Laugh it up! Live healthier – longer.
08/12/13 Dementia and cancer risk goes up with the blood sugar. No diabetes? No exception. Incrementally higher blood glucose levels are associated with higher risk of dementia in people without diabetes. This is how it plays out: in people without diabetes but having an average glucose level of 115mg/dl, the risk for dementia rises 18% compared to the average of 100 mg/dl. But the risk just keeps rising along with the blood sugar. This problem is not just limited to dementia as women with blood glucose between 100-125 mg/dl have a 23% increased risk of breast cancer. And the cancer risk keeps on rising with the readings… Want to control your blood sugar destiny? Cut the carbs – desist with gluten – ditch the sodas – walk more. Simple enough?
08/09/13 Hazard assessments of incense smoke have associated incense smoke with health problems including: eye, nose, throat and skin irritation; respiratory symptoms, asthma; headaches; exacerbation of cardiovascular disease and changes in lung-cell structure. In the latest study, particles and gases emitted from two kinds of incense were measured. They analyzed particulate concentrations and levels of gases such as carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, oxides of nitrogen and formaldehyde. The results found that the typical 3-hour exposure to incense brought an inflammatory response in human lung cells similar to that of lung cells exposed to cigarette smoke. Using charcoal briquettes to ignite and burn incense adds significant amounts of harmful levels of carbon monoxide and other pollutants to the environment. Bottom line, the study authors recommended opening a door or window to improve air flow while incense is burned.
08/08/13 You’ve heard me rant against night lights before so here we go again: In a recent study, scientists found that blue night lights had the worst effects on overall depression measures and actual changes in the brain, followed closely by white night lights. Subjects exposed to red night lights had the least evidence of depressive-like symptoms and changes in the brain linked to depression, compared to those that experienced blue or white light. The point I want to make is that they all had negative effects with night lights. The ones who fared the best of the night light study was the control group that slept in the dark.
08/07/13 More benefits of breastfeeding in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Did you know that breastfeeding restores insulin tolerance which is often reduced during pregnancy? Did you also know that Alzheimer’s is characterized by insulin resistance in the brain? Researchers observed a highly significant and consistent correlation between breastfeeding and Alzheimer’s risk with longer breastfeeding history associated with a significantly lower Alzheimer’s Risk. This remarkable study opens up new questions into understanding what makes someone at higher risk to Alzheimer’s in the first place – and, it’s one more incentive for women to breastfeed over bottle-feeding. Previous studies have already established that breastfeeding can reduce a mother’s risk of certain other diseases.
08/06/13 Weighing the pros and cons of violent video games: In order to play today’s video battle games a player must make fast-paced decisions. These decisions actually boost the player’s visual skills but the cost of this “ability” is very high. According to the latest American Psychological Association’s research, this kind of fast-thinking also reduces the person’s ability to inhibit impulsive behavior later. The technical term for this is “proactive executive control” – which increases aggressive behavior. The proactive executive control keeps gaming information active in the short-term memory for use in later judgments resulting in impulsive aggression. Impulsive aggressive behavior occurs automatically without any inhibition or thought about whether it is right behavior or not – even long after the game box is shut off. So, is visual skill proficiency worth the trade? You, the responsible adult has to figure that one out.
08/05/13 Phthalates are just another gender bender that we expose ourselves and our kiddos to. These hormone-like chemicals that mimic estrogen in the body are used in candles, plastics, cosmetics, new car smells and more. Phthalates cause a litany of problems from estrogenized boys and girls that develop sexually way to early, develop sexual orientation confusion to causing behavior and developmental problems. But that’s only part of the story as phthalates help cause diabetes and other diseases thanks to the combination knock-out punch of the SAD diet and sedentary lifestyles. If you have high levels of this platicizer in your blood you double your risk for sedentary diseases.
08/02/13 Did you know that the sun is a natural blood pressure regulator? Avoiding the sun all these years has not brought any good health changes – only bad ones. Now researchers have found a compound is that is released in our blood vessels that helps lower blood pressure when our skin is exposed to the sun’s rays. Even IF the sun actually did cause cancer, the benefits of reducing blood pressure far outweigh the risk of developing skin cancer. Study results found that blood pressure dropped significantly for one hour following exposure to UV rays. This study helps explain why dietary vitamin D supplements alone will not compensate for lack of old-fashioned sunlight.
08/01/13 High blood pressure is now a global epidemic prevalent in all communities worldwide. The biggest problem is awareness followed closely by poor controls in recognized hypertension. Interestingly (but not surprising to me), the prevalence of hypertension was lowest in low income countries with around 30% occurrence of hypertension and in upper to middle income economies it topped 60%. Men were more likely to be hypertensive in high and middle income countries, but women were more likely to be hypertensive low-income countries. Low education levels brought increased hypertension in high and middle income economies, but reversed in low income countries with hypertension being more common in better-educated people.
07/31/13 There are huge benefits in breastfeeding for infant health but new research shows yet another benefit for extended breastfeeding which leads to better cognitive development. Breastfeeding past 6 months brings a higher picture vocabulary test score at age 3 along with higher intelligence test results at age 7. The longer the baby was breastfed the higher the scores! Well, that’s nice but they also tested the mother’s fish intake on the infants to find it brought stronger visual motor abilities at 3 years of age. This study stopped at 1 year of breastfeeding but found out what we already knew – breastfeeding for the first year of life can increase the baby’s IQ by about four points by age 7. Sadly, the number of mothers who breastfeed past six months is only 35% in whites and 20% in African Americans.
07/30/13 In 2011, CDC obesity rates in the US ranged up to 34.9% in Mississippi and a low of 20.7% in Colorado. If obesity rates continue on their current trajectories, new cases of type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and stroke, hypertension and arthritis would increase 10 times by the year 2020. By 2030, most states could have adult obesity rates above 50%and as high as 60%, some 39 states could have rates above 50%, and all 50 states could have rates above 44%. By 2030, medical costs associated with treating obesity-related diseases are estimated to increase from $18 billion to $66 billion per year. But the projected loss in economic productivity could top $580 billion annually by 2030.
07/29/13 A recent study in the journal Basic and Applied Social Psychology, has associated pacifiers with psychological consequences. (Even the WHO has called for limiting pacifier use because of connections to ear infections and dental abnormalities.) But the big surprise in this study is the emotional development that surrounds facial mimicry. When a child grows up with a plug in their mouth they fail to develop appropriate expressions and body language that come by mimicking the people around them. A similar effect to this is seen in studies of patients using Botox to paralyze facial muscles and reduce wrinkles. These Botox users experience a narrower range of emotions and often have trouble identifying the emotions behind expressions on other faces. Time to pull the plug on pacifiers.
07/26/13 Most toothpaste contains viscous, sticky glycerin which is the main ingredient in toothpaste. The problem comes when the glycerin coats the teeth and stops the re-enamelization process to prevent nutrients in the diet from healing the teeth. Did you know that it takes over 20 rinses to remove the loose glycerin but it still leaves your teeth coated? Skeptical? Try this simple test. Smear some of your toothpaste on the edge of your sink and then try to rinse it off. Notice how the water beads up because of the sticky glycerin? You will have to keep rinsing and rinsing to remove it without outright scouring it. Your teeth are similar to a porcelain sink, and your teeth are being coated every time you use toothpaste. Coated teeth become damaged teeth.
07/25/13 Corn and wheat in storage harbor a mold that has now been found to exacerbate the spread HIV. Aspergillus flavus and A. parasiticus are fungi that produce immune-suppressing aflatoxin. Chronic exposure to aflatoxin helps spread infectious disease, making it even more deadly while causing liver damage and related cancers. The latest study divided people into four groups according to aflatoxin exposure and the people with the highest exposure were 2.6 times more likely to have a high HIV viral load than those in the lowest exposure group. Higher viral load causes higher rates of HIV transmission along with a greater potential for earlier progression into AIDS. I personally avoid all corn and wheat I find.
07/24/13 Did you know that some 90% of adult hypothyroidism is due to Hashimoto’s thyroiditis? Hashimoto’s is caused by an autoimmune attack of the thyroid from the body’s own immune system. At first, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis destroys the thyroid cells causing a large release of T4 hormones which results in acute hyperthyroidism. Soon there are too few cells left to produce normal amounts of the T4 hormone and the victim develops hypothyroidism. Hashimoto’s is reaching epidemic proportions and the main reason for this is the inordinate increase in toxic metals in our bodies – brought to you in part by vaccines – causing altered immune function, chronic systemic infections and altered gut flora.
07/23/13 Non-drinkers actually die at a higher rate than light drinkers. Of course, multiple studies have shown that people die at increased rates as alcohol consumption rises. But an analysis of those same studies show that mortality risk also increases when people choose not to drink at all. Some researchers conclude that light to average alcohol consumption can actually protect people from disease and reduce stress levels. Abstainers choose not to drink for a cluster of reasons including: religious or moral motivations, brought up not to drink, responsibilities to their family as well as not liking the taste.
07/22/13 Newborn baby creep. The first instinct at birth is breathing – once the baby’s body is no longer compressed in the birth canal and the face is exposed to air and not water. The second instinct is nipple creeping where the baby is put on mothers belly to relax from birthing while the umbilical is delivering precious nutrients from the placenta to the baby. The baby soon senses the scent of colostrum from mommy’s breasts and the baby begins creeping up the belly to find the breast. The third instinct follows closely with sucking/nursing. It is a tragedy that most hospital-born babies don’t get the immunity building colostrum milk in the first minutes after birth, but are rather whisked away to clean, weigh and process like a prized bass.
07/19/13 Husbands love your wives to prevent breast cancer deaths. Women with strong spousal relationships and large social networks — including female relatives, friends, religious and social ties, and ties to the community through volunteering — have a significantly better breast cancer survival rate. This latest study out of Kaiser Permanente shows that the quality of relationships is important to cancer survival. But women with small social networks and low support had a 34% higher risk of mortality.
07/18/13 Slouching has a detrimental effect that actually impairs reflex activation of the back muscles and also can impair overall sensorimotor control. It doesn’t just happen overnight but these conditions creep in slowly. A study out of the University of Waterloo also found that lower back joints suffer an increased loading of the passive tissues with a similar time-dependent creep that can contribute to low back pain from prolonged slouch-sitting. A slouched position also has an impact on spinal stability. After just 5 minutes of slouching, the brain has an increased reposition error making the habit of slouching self-perpetuating.
07/17/13 It’s not always what you eat and how much you eat that determines the benefits of what you eat. It is also about how much you chew your food according to the Institute of Food Technologists. Particle size determines the bio-accessibility of the energy in the foods that we consume. In other words, the more you chew, the less nutrients and energy is lost during digestion but rather retained in the body. Everybody chews differently though. Some more – some less… In the latest study, they found with almonds, fewer chews meant larger undigested particles were eliminated by the body but with more chews, the smaller particles were more readily absorbed into the system.
07/16/13 The study results are in – once again… The more people play violent video games, the more aggressive they become. The latest No-Duh study found that college students who played a violent video game for 20 minutes a day for 3 consecutive days showed an increase in aggressive behavior and in hostile expectations that accumulated each day they played. Meanwhile, those who played nonviolent games showed no changes in aggression or hostile expectations. Lead investigator Dr. Bushman commented: “After playing a violent video game, we found that people expect others to behave aggressively. That expectation may make them more defensive and more likely to respond with aggression themselves, as we saw in this study and in other studies we have conducted.”
07/15/13 Did your mommy and daddy’s divorce cause your high cholesterol? Kids going through parental divorce and breakup have higher levels of inflammatory markers in the blood which is known to be the cause of high cholesterol and also predicts future health. A new research study published in Psychoneuroendocrinology, found that children who experienced the breakdown of their parents’ relationship – regardless of whether their parents were married or not – had 16% higher levels of C-reactive protein by the age 44. Long-term raised C-reactive protein causes an elevated risk for diseases such as coronary heart disease and type II diabetes while raising the body’s repair mechanism that raises cholesterol levels.
07/12/13 Artificial sweeteners are actually designer drugs! People who consume artificial sweeteners show altered patterns in the brain pleasure centers in response to sweet taste. These products actually do not satisfy the desire for sweets but rather dampen physiological responses to sweet taste, causing the, er, victim to overindulge in calorie-rich, sweet-tasting foods and ultimately pack on extra pounds. America’s trend to consuming artificial sweeteners as an alternative to sugar is not translating to better health. A recent article published in the journal Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism reviews surprising evidence on the negative impact of artificial sweeteners on health – raising red flags about all sweeteners.
07/11/13 Some 12 million Americans have sleep apnea and about 80 million people snore. Snoring is caused by the vibration of the soft palate and uvula when the airway becomes obstructed during sleep. Things that cause the airways to constrict are inflammation, allergies, food sensitivities, drinking before bed, being overweight and having inflamed tonsils or a deviated septum. Chronic snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea where people stop breathing in their sleep – sometimes up to 100 hundred times an hour – and sometimes for one minute or longer. Sleep apnea increases chances of serious health conditions like high blood pressure and heart disease. The biggest cause of both snoring and sleep apnea I find is gluten sensitivity. Save the trip to my clinic though. Cheapest test: Stop with the gluten for 3 weeks and see if it improves.
07/10/13 Who is a bookworm? New research suggests that reading books and other brain-stimulating activities at any age can help preserve memory. A recent study published in Neurology shows that people who participated in mentally stimulating activities had a slower rate of decline in memory compared to those with an average amount of stimulation and those who did not participate in such activities. The study found that the rate of memory decline was reduced by 32% with frequent mental activity in late life. But, on the other end of the scale, infrequent activity brought a 48% faster decline than those with average activity. Autopsy studies of these participants showed that a lack of mental activity also accounted for 15% of brain lesions, plaques and tangles.
07/09/13 Did you know that breathing motor vehicle emissions changes your high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol? It actually changes HDL from “good” to “bad,” cholesterol to active oxidation and early cell and tissue damage that leads to hardening of the arteries, according to scientists from UCLA. Not only this, but it also tanks HDL’s cardiovascular protective qualities so that the HDL actually contributes to clogged arteries. In this new study, researchers found that just two weeks of exposure to vehicle emissions (at rates that mine workers are exposed to) brought oxidative damage in the blood and liver in test mice. After two weeks of exposure, breathing clean filtered air for one more week did not reverse the damage.
07/08/13 So, why are so many new mommies having trouble breastfeeding their babies? It has to do with diet and lifestyle in many cases as prediabetes is a factor in lactation. Scientists have always assumed that insulin doesn’t play a direct role in regulating the milk-making cells of the human breast. But now they are finding that insulin does more than facilitate uptake of sugars in the body. Scientists have recently mapped mammary gland RNA to find a dramatic switching on of the insulin receptor and the downstream signals as the breast transitions to a biofactory for the only true and perfect form of infant nutrition.
07/05/13 Genetic codes are passed down from generations before – like hair color, dimples, height, body build and etc. But even identical twins, having identical DNA sequence, have different chemical tags in the DNA structure leading to different expressions of the DNA. Epigenetics are modifications to our DNA in the form of these chemical tags. Epigenetics literally means outside of (epi) the DNA (genetics). DNA is like the words in a sentence and the epigenetics are like the punctuation that gives the sentence special meaning. A great example is: “A Woman, without her man, is nothing.” And: “A Woman: without her, man is nothing.” Same words – much different expression.
07/03/13 Do those magnet wristbands work? The earth’s magnetic field is slowly declining and scientists have observed a noticeable difference in its strength over the past 150 years. Astronauts experience bone calcium loss and muscle cramps outside of earth’s magnetic field for extended time – that is, until magnetic fields were placed in the space vessels. In the late 50s, magnetic-field deficiency syndrome (MDS) was first identified in Japan. MDS resembles chronic fatigue syndrome and includes fatigue, dizziness, general aches and pains, and frequent headaches. These symptoms were alleviated by placing a magnetic field on the body. Today, athletes use metals and magnets to enhance their performance and alleviate pain. Golfers and baseball pitchers tape magnets to their arms to boost blood flow and defeat pain.
07/02/13 A not-so-surprising study recently shows that more time in front of the idiot box along with higher exposure to the accompanying TV ads can lead to increased slurping of sweetened beverages among children. In this study from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, the parents of over 1,700 two- to four-year-olds responded to questions about TV and consumption of sweetened drinks. Children with lax TV rules were twice as likely to consume sweetened beverages every week. Each additional hour in front of the boob tube increased regular drinking of garbage drinks by 50 per cent.
07/01/13 The latest figures show a prevalence of obesity in U.S. children that is close to 20%. Both developing and developed countries have recently suffered an alarming increase in the prevalence of obesity – and a rapid acceleration in the prevalence of obesity and overweight among children. A new study shows that the plasticizer Bisphenol-A (BPA) – a known endocrine disruptor that increases the risk of obesity – has a strong association for a dose-response relationship with increasing urine BPA level bringing an increased risk of overweight. Just having a moderately higher urine BPA level was associated with more than two-fold increased risk of weight problems in girls.
06/28/13 About one in six people worldwide are infected by parasitic worms. To debug your family, try tincture of black walnut with 8 drops 2X a day for 24 days. But this can be very expensive for a family. That is why I make my own tincture by ordering black walnut hulls online and grinding them in the coffee grinder along with some dried cloves, at about 10 parts walnut hulls to 1part cloves. Soak this mixture covered liberally in vodka for two or more weeks, shaking them thoroughly every day. Strain the resulting tincture through a coffee filter when two weeks or more are gone by. I also put some of this tincture by the bathroom sinks so we can brush our teeth with an additional 2 drops daily on the toothbrush for healthier teeth and gums.
06/25/13 More than 1/3 of American adults are obese and at a greater risk for obesity-related health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, according to the CDC. Obese people are also prone to higher health and life insurance costs, medical expenses, food and clothing costs, decreased productivity, and lost wages from missing work. Researchers at George Washington University estimate that for a little extra weight, the average overweight man suffers the loss of $524 per year and the average overweight woman $432. But for obese people, costs jump dramatically bringing an estimated loss of $2,646 for men and $4,879 for women every year. Diabetes and weight issues are top reasons why people are getting declined for life insurance coverage.
06/24/13 If you quit smoking by 39 years of age, you reduce the excess risk of death from any cause by up to 90% according to a NEJM article. Being tobacco-free for 12 months can also get the nonsmoker insurance rate. Researchers from Duke University and the University of South Florida estimates that, for a woman, the all-inclusive cost of smoking over a lifetime is $106,000; double and then some for a man at $220,000. Yearly cost of ciggies at $7 a pack: $2,555. Savings after quitting with 30 years of 6% compounding interest: $201,994. Yes cigarettes cost upwards to $7 a pack now, but factor in increased medical expenses, insurance costs and the impact of secondhand smoke, and the cost increases dramatically. This includes social costs of Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
06/21/13 One of cortisol’s jobs is to help to regulate levels of glucose in the blood by acting as an antagonist to insulin. Insulin stimulates tissues to absorb glucose out of the blood stream. Conversely, cortisol stimulates the body to conserve glucose in the bloodstream for survival of vital organs like the brain and heart in stressful situations. Believe it or not, cortisol is affected by the sleep schedule. Cortisol levels start rising 2-3 hours after the onset of sleep, and continue to rise into the early waking hours. Lack of a normal sleep cycle causes a cortisol-insulin imbalance in the blood and makes it difficult to shed fat and gain muscle.
06/20/13 ED used to be an “old man’s disease” – the bane of aging men. However, ED (erectile dysfunction) is now becoming quite common in younger men according to the authors of a new study report. Men 40 years and younger now make up some 26% of new ED cases. But that’s just regular old ED and the “severe” cases of ED are at about the same rate in younger and older men with similar scores on the International Index of Erectile Function – even though younger men had fewer comorbidities, lower BMI, less hypertension and hypercholesterolemia, and higher circulating testosterone. Low libido was reported in 8.8% of younger men and a lower 7.1% in the elder. Anyone else see the elephant in the room?
06/19/13 Genetics are either expressed or suppressed by something that turns them off and on. Take the fat genes for instance: If the doctor tells you fat is genetic, then it’s not your fault, just sit back and let it happen… right? Well, researchers looked at some 12,000 people of which half had those pesky fat genes. They found that one measly hour a day of movement, like simply walking, suppresses the expression of the fat gene to reverse genetic doom and destiny by 50%. This is done without running, weightlifting, and other aerobic exercise. Conversely, two hours a day of boob-tube time multiplied fat gene effects by 25% and 40 hours a week in the mindless TV state quadrupled the expression of the fat gene.
06/18/13 How many times have I said: “The sun is not your enemy” But the idiocy of ingrained thinking says “Stay out of the sun, the sun causes cancer”. Would it now help you to know that medical science has found the true cause of melanoma? Would you believe that it is NOT the sun? The latest of the newest research found that certain skin pigments you’re born with increase the risk of this cancer – whether or not you get sun or any other form of ultraviolet light. The problem certainly is not the sun or ultraviolet light but a genetic pigment that is either damaging skin cells and/or sucking antioxidants out of the skin. The kicker: Genetic expressions are turned off or on by nutrients or toxins. Which one are you feeding your skin?
06/17/13 Bell’s palsy is called acute mononeuropathy – a disease involving only one nerve. It is a nerve paralysis of the VIIth cranial nerve, AKA the facial nerve – that causes an inability to control facial muscles on the affected side. There is no specific cause identified as the smoking gun for Bell’s palsy but common causes are stroke, brain tumors, myasthenia gravis, parasitic invaders and Lyme disease. One of the best therapies for Bell’s palsy is a two minute deep face massage 4 or 5 times a day. Massage using a circular motion, working downward from just above the eyebrows, giving extra special attention to the area right below the cheekbone. Deep massage helps reconnect the nerves and also keeps the paralyzed area of the face stimulated while this therapy also tones down associated pain. Load them up on methylcobalamin B-12 also.
06/14/13 When it comes to taking diet advice from a physician – size matters. A new study at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health examined the impact of primary care physician BMI on patients’ trust and perceptions of weight-related stigma. Overweight and obese patients simply trust weight-related counseling from overweight physicians more than from normal weight physicians. Overall lower physician respect towards patients with a higher BMI is a study fact that has stood for decades – bringing with it knowledge deficits, negative attitudes and structural barriers. But if you put the shoes on my feet, I’m a skinny guy who tends to mistrust advice from obese physicians more than from normal-weight ones.
06/13/13 LED lights cause all kinds of eye trouble. Smartphones, tablets and even LED alarm clocks can disrupt your sleep and even physically harm your retinas. At night, the bright light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that light up electronic devices in rooms interfere with the hormone melatonin – even while you sleep! Having 2 or more of these devices in the bedroom at night worsens the effect. Reading from a Smartphone or tablet can also damage your retina according to the latest study out in Science Daily. LED light bulbs also damage the retinas according to WM Douglass MD. The best thing to do for yourself and your children at night is to have no light at all. Not even a nightlight.
06/12/13 Inflammation in the body has the distinct purpose to respond immediately and destroy toxic materials in injured or compromised tissues before the toxins can damage tissues further and then spread throughout the body. A huge problem with inflammation arises when this defense system steers out-of-control and begins to destroy healthy tissue, which causes even more damage than the original issue. Obesity is a diet-related example of inflammation that causes cardiovascular and metabolic disease. Treating the cause by improved diet and exercise will result in weight loss that will reduce the inflammation. Did you know that processed foods cause diet-related inflammation?
06/11/13 Dry-cleaner workers exposed to Trichloroethylene (TCE) have an increased liver cancer risk. TCE is a dry-cleaning solvent and degreaser used for the last 100 years. TCE has been shown to be carcinogenic in rat studies and epidemiologic studies show increased cancer risk in humans for the kidney, cervix, liver, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, and esophageal adenocarcinoma. Equipment conversions to TCE-free systems for dry cleaners are expensive and it is up the consumer to ask their dry-cleaner service what they use to clean with. Worth the ask? Sure it is! If everyone ran to the safer cleaners, the other cleaners will compete by retooling ASAP.
06/10/13 In 2004, scientists suggested a connection between prenatal lead exposure and subsequent increased risk for schizophrenia later in the child’s life. Up to 90% of the mother’s accumulated toxic metals transfer to the developing fetus and the firstborn child typically gets the most metals. When lead is absorbed in the fetus it causes a suppression of the N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) which makes synaptic connections in the brain – critical for brain development, learning, and memory. Lead also causes a deficit in glutamate neurotransmission to make a hypoactivity of the NMDAR receptors in schizophrenia. Lead’s association to the NMDAR can explain a large portion of dysfunction in schizophrenia.
06/07/13 Friday’s nail finale: Nail color is a very useful method for identifying systemic health problems. White nails are an indicator of anemia, renal failure, cirrhosis, diabetes mellitus, chemotherapy, or edema. Pinkish red nails indicate polycythemia, lupus, carbon monoxide poisoning, or malnutrition. Brown-gray nails indicate cardiovascular disease, diabetes, vitamin B12 deficiency, breast cancer, melanoma, lichen planus, or syphilis. Green or black nails are from trauma injuries or chronic Pseudomonas infection. Small pitted depressions are caused by nail matrix inflammation commonly related to psoriasis. Random pits can indicate alopecia areata and geometric grid pits indicate eczema, and lichen planus.
06/06/13 Terry’s half and half nails imply either renal or liver disease. This is a condition where the closer portion of the nail is white and the distal portion has a darker band. The white portion has to do with edema and anemia and the brown band at the free edge of the nail is renal in nature. These horizontal brown lines also form because of increased melanin associated with Addison disease, breast cancer and melanoma. Beau’s lines are like bent outward waves or dents in the nail bed. This can be caused by immunosuppressive therapy or chemotherapy. Severe zinc deficiency can also cause Beau’s lines but are usually accompanied by random white specs in the nail beds. The depth of the Beau’s line is associated with the severity of the illness.
06/05/13 Vertical ridges in the nails are called onychorrhexis. This can either be a normal sign of advancing age but also can occur with rheumatoid arthritis, peripheral vascular disease, lichen planus, and Darier disease. Extreme exposure to household solvents can also cause this condition as well as myxoid cysts that make harsh ridges, usually off to one side. Splinter hemorrhages are usually dark-blue vertical lines caused by a hemorrhage of a capillary and are most often associated with subacute bacterial endocarditis, lupus, trichinosis, pityriasis rubra pilaris, psoriasis, and sometimes renal failure. Squeezing into ill-fitting shoes can cause “tenting” of the toenails, resulting in a tent-like nail structure.
06/04/13 The nails are organs on the end of your fingers and toes. They reflect what is going on in your body with great accuracy. For instance, spoon-shaped, concave fingernails are a condition called koilonychia. The causes of this condition include iron deficiency, diabetes mellitus, protein deficiency, exposure to petroleum-based solvents, systemic lupus erythematosus, and Raynaud disease. Yellow nails suggest diabetes mellitus, amyloidosis, median/ulnar nerve injury, thermal injury, and jaundice. Yellow nail syndrome can mean that a person has lymphedema and bronchiectasis.
06/03/13 Fingernails all week! Did you know that human fingernails on each finger and toe are physiologically important organs of the hand and foot? A lot of diseases can be found by looking at the condition of nails. For instance: Clubbing of the nails can indicate advanced interstitial lung diseases and in right heart failure. Hippocrates first described digital clubbing in patients with emphysema. Clubbing is described clinically when there is a uniform bulbous swelling of the soft tissue under the nails resulting in loss of the normal angle between the nail and the nail bed. Nail clubbing is associated with 80% of underlying pulmonary and cardiovascular diseases as well as neoplastic, infectious, hepatobiliary, mediastinal, endocrine, and gastrointestinal diseases.
05/31/13 Our genetics are expressed or suppressed with nutrients and toxins. For instance, mercury amalgam fillings defeat selenium at the DNA level to interrupt the normal DNA replication process -causing the expression of cancer. It’s all about the material the body has to make the genetics in the first place. Give it trash and get trash back. Give it healthy nutrients and get health. But people do not want to be responsible for their own health and the excuse of “it’s in my genes” means “it’s not MY fault” making it an easier way out than changing lifestyle and diet.
05/30/13 The disgusting little cockroach, you know, the little beggar that hitches a ride into your kitchen in a grocery bag or comes creeping around from the neighbor’s house? Well, this accursed critter turns out to have more common sense than the average human, In a remarkably study, many cockroaches lost their sweet tooth for corn syrup meant to attract them to poison and turned to other “healthier” baits. “Cockroaches are highly adaptive, and they’re doing pretty well in the arms race with us,” says entomologist Jules Silverman. The good news: Tests show that these smarter glucose-hating cockroaches are dumb enough to eat most other types of bait.
05/29/13 Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) only happens in industrialized societies. SIDS is unknown in populations eating largely vegetarian diets, living in less-toxified environments, not drinking rat poison (oops, I meant fluoridated water) or chlorine, and not given inoculations. Dr. William Torch of the University of Nevada School of Medicine found two-thirds of 103 children who died of SIDS had been immunized with DPT vaccine in the three weeks before death. Did you know that a mere 100 mg a day of vitamin C given to an infant prevents SIDS?
05/28/13 In a recent turn-around, the EPA announced its intention to lower the maximum amount of fluoride in drinking water because of a great body of scientific evidence showing the damaging effects to children’s health. The “experts” and the government both lied to us when they claimed that fluoride would strengthen tooth enamel, help prevent tooth decay and is perfectly safe. In January, the EPA’s recommendation reversal followed a study that found 2 out of 5 adolescents had tooth streaking or spottiness and some pitting as a result of excessive fluoride. Other studies have found that the chemical fluoride form used everywhere increases the risk of brittle bones leading to fractures, debilitating bone abnormalities while causing neurotoxicity and hormone disruption.
05/17/13 The latest birth study out shows that women who receive birth center care compared to conventional care were 33% less likely to have a C-section. Not only this, there was about 53% less forceps or vacuum extraction, 28% less likely to have a preterm delivery but 17% more likely to deliver on a weekend. These figures show that midwives at birthing centers offer care that interferes less with the birthing process and also better the outcomes. One caveat: Women who seek a birthing center are often better informed, highly motivated and holistically minded when they take on the pregnancy and birthing experience.
05/16/13 Dog lovers arise and be recognized! The journal Circulation, reports that pet ownership, particularly dog ownership, can be associated with a decreased risk of heart disease. Research has long shown that pet ownership can also be associated with increased survival among patients. People with dogs often engage in more physical activity caring for, walking and playing with them. In one study, dog owners engaged in more walking and physical activity and were 54% more likely to get the recommended level of physical activity. Pets can help reduce reactions to stress and owning a pet is also associated with lower cholesterol levels, and a lower incidence of obesity.
05/15/13 Baby boomers are in worse overall health with higher levels of hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and higher rates of disability than their parents, according to a new study the West Virginia University School of Medicine. While life expectancy may be higher for baby boomers compared to the previous generation, more boomers are unhealthy. A mere one in ten baby boomers report being in excellent health but the older parents reported excellent health in one-third of their generation. Born between 1946 and 1964, baby boomers top in at 75 million people and are the largest group of consumers in the nation.
05/14/13 Agent Orange was named after the big orange drums the chemicals were stored in. Agent Orange was used to destroy foliage in southern Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Agent Orange was often contaminated with carcinogenic dioxin. According to the Vietnam Red Cross Society, up to one million Vietnamese suffered health problems from exposure to Agent Orange, including scores of child birth defects after the parents were exposed. Agent Orange in US servicemen exposure brought a 52% higher chance of any form of prostate cancer 5 years sooner than unexposed servicemen. U.S. veterans exposed to Agent Orange are also at an increased risk of lymphoma and other cancers. Infrared saunas are good to help move dioxins out of the body.
05/13/13 Medical studies indicate that contracting childhood diseases has a favorable effect on the child’s immune system. When children overcome illnesses on their own, their immune systems are stimulated and they build resistance to other diseases. The over-use of the chicken pox vaccine, for one example, has been linked to our shingles problems in later life. Contracting the measles, mumps, rubella and/or chickenpox confers permanent immunity against some ailments. Vaccines only provide temporary immunity and protection is incomplete, requiring booster doses. Vaccines are medical procedures with latent risks and toxic adjuvants. Top that with the fact that vaccinated children are still susceptible to the diseases you want to prevent and you have a lose-lose proposition. Make an informed choice peeps
05/10/13 About those eyelash extensions: Eyelash extensions are made out of synthetic fibers that are glued to the natural eyelashes – often with formaldehyde-based adhesives. This procedure brings with it a huge risk for allergic reactions, infections and corneal scarring. This is one of the hottest new trends out there and Consumer Reports is warning women that longer lashes might not be worth it. The neurologist Dr. Orly Avitzur says: “The hidden dangers with eyelash extensions include infection, allergic reaction, irritation and loss of your natural lashes.” One of the problems is that as your natural eyelashes continue to grow they have to sometimes be completely removed when they become unsightly.
05/09/13 The latest study shows that the sunshine vitamin D lowers death from all causes! So if you fell for the old “sunshine causes skin cancer” line, then you want to repent from that and put your pale and sickened body out there in the sun. Exposing your skin to sunlight can help reduce blood pressure, cut the risk of heart attack and stroke and prolong life. Aside from helping your body produce natural vitamin D, production of nitric oxide in the body rises after exposure to sunshine. Researchers studied the blood pressure of volunteers to find that two sessions of 20 minutes each exposure to UV rays dropped blood pressure significantly for one hour. The sun is your friend, my friend. Skin cancer occurs most often with nutritional deficiencies and toxic exposures – not sun exposure. Use your brain and come out of the sun before you burn!
05/08/13 The symptoms of fatty liver generally are not felt or seen but are often found with a palpation of the body. Some early warning signs are: a constant, dull, middle back ache, hepatitis, iron overload, diet issues, and obesity problems. Both alcoholic liver disease and a non-alcohol related fatty liver disease affect the liver and health in substantial ways. Diet, excess iron in the body, heart disease, obesity and other diseases can cause inflammation in the liver leading to more serious issues down the road. In the case of alcoholic-related fatty liver, the more alcohol that is consumed the more the chance of getting a fatty liver. Coffee enemas help relieve fatty liver problems.
05/07/13 Is there mold in your house? Common illnesses misdiagnosed as main causes by doctors that can be caused by mold toxins are: Osteoporosis, Lupus, Chronic Bronchitis, Asthma, Lyme Disease, Sick Building Syndrome, Hyperuricemia, Gout, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, Multiple Sclerosis, Flu, Upper and Lower Respiratory Infections and Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Crohn’s disease, Candidiasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Autism. Mold damage to your house should be professionally remediated to save both your health and your children’s health.
05/06/13 Children with autism have higher levels of several toxic metals than neurotypical children. Levels of toxic metals are associated with the severity of autism with cadmium and mercury levels being the most strongly associated with autism severity. In an ASU study, children with autism also had a 41% higher level of lead in their red blood cells, 77% higher thallium, 115% higher tin, and 44% higher tungsten. Lead, thallium, tin, and tungsten are toxic metals that are known to impair brain development and function as well as interfere with other body organs and systems. DMSA is generally safe and effective at removing some toxic metals and improves some symptoms of autism.
05/03/13 Passing down asthma: Grandma’s smoking can increase your risk of asthma – even if your mother never took up the habit. Researchers now show how the chemicals and environmental factors we are exposed to can affect the health of family members for generations. The latest study finds that pregnant rats given nicotine produced asthmatic babies. This generation, in turn, produced their own asthmatic children, despite the fact they had not been directly exposed to nicotine. The researchers determined that nicotine can leave a ‘mark’ on the human genome giving future generations more asthma.
05/02/13 The God factor: A recent study, published in the Journal of Affective Disorder, found that people with a moderate to high level of belief in God fair significantly better in short-term psychiatric treatment than those without faith – regardless of their religious affiliation. Faith improved psychological wellbeing and decreased depression and intention to self-harm. Patients with “no” or only “slight” belief in God were twice as likely to not respond to treatment as patients with higher levels of belief. Faith… Got some?
05/01/13 There is a new wave of adolescent stupidity called the “Cinnamon Challenge”. This is a dare in which the individual attempts to swallow a spoonful of dry cinnamon. Of course, the results are recorded and posted online. The dangerous results are violent coughing, gagging and choking or worse. This normally wonderful spice triggers a severe gag reflex in response to a caustic sensation in the mouth and throat. But the real danger begins when fibers of cinnamon that neither dissolve nor biodegrade aspirate to the lungs bringing serious long-term effects. During the first 6 months of 2012, Poison Control Centers reported 178 calls related to intentional ingestion of cinnamon powder.
04/30/13 There are two types of fat cells found in humans: White fat cells and brown adipose cells. White fat cells function mainly as energy stores filled in during times of calorie abundance. This fat is stored as lipid droplets to be mobilized with energy demands. Diametrically opposed in function are brown adipocytes. These brown cells burn dietary fats and sugar to produce body heat. Newborns have substantial amounts of brown fat to help maintain body temperature once they are outside of mommy’s tummy. Adults can adapt to cold temperatures by forming brown fat cells within their white fat depots to help regulate body temperature. Scientists are trying to use this adaptation of white cells to brown cells to target the energy expenditure side of the equation for weight loss and control.
04/29/13 Women’s bone health and estrogen deficiency: Anything that causes a drop in a woman’s estrogen levels can harm the bones. This is why bone loss speeds up after menopause. For women who have not gone through menopause, estrogen deficiency can be caused by ovarian failure, hypothyroidism, eating disorders, cancer chemotherapy, lousy diets and obsessive exercise. Progesterone naturally opposes estrogen to lock calcium in the bone. Did you know that Brussels sprouts specifically target bad estrogen? Soy has a phytoestrogen that mimics estrogen, but for some women this switches on estrogen driven cancers.
04/26/13 People who exercise regularly are 50% less likely to call in sick to work because a regular exercise program reduces colds and upper respiratory infections. Exercise also improves memory and other cognitive functions while having a protective effect against dementia. A Harvard researcher calls exercise “Miracle-Gro for the brain.” Exercising reduces age-related loss of both muscle and bone and exercise is one of the most effective ways to fight aging and reduce inflammation. People who exercise simply feel better, are less likely to overeat, abuse alcohol and drugs and have lower levels of anxiety, stress and nervousness.
04/25/13 Arthritis is an inflammatory disease that is linked to other health conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Well over half of adults with heart disease also have arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is actually considered a heart disease risk factor. Half of all diabetics will also develop arthritis. Arthritis now affects about 36 percent of obese American adults. Exercise regular, watch your diet, go gluten free, take lots of fish oil and ascorbic acid and reduce mental stress to help overcome arthritis symptoms.
04/24/13 So, what causes muscle cramps? Strained muscles are a big cause in exercise induced cramps. Becoming dehydrated can also play a huge role in muscle cramps and a dehydrated muscle is much more likely to cramp. Deficiencies in potassium, calcium, or magnesium can definitely contribute to muscle cramps as these minerals are required for neuromuscular function. Balancing potassium and sodium is especially important but low hydration levels really throw this out of balance during exercise. Soda pops and flavored drinks also exacerbate cramps, so avoid them altogether. Finally, there are subluxations and compressions in the spine like a bulging disc, spinal stenosis, or sciatica that can cause spontaneous cramping as well.
04/23/13 The lunula is the crescent-shaped whitish area under the bed of a fingernail located closest to the skin of the finger. The lunula is most predominant on the thumb and the absence of the lunula in the thumb nail indicates anemia or malnutrition. A pale blue lunula suggests diabetes and a red discoloration of the lunula could indicate cardiovascular disease. Longitudinal arrow-like brown lines form in the nail beds because of increased melanin and are associated with Addison disease, breast cancer, melanoma or trauma.
04/22/13 The parotid glands are in the face on both sides and are the largest salivary glands. Around 50 years of age is when parotid lesions occur most – and predominantly in females. In autoimmune disease the lesions show up on both sides of the face. But these glands react to almost any disease process so the lesions are just a symptom. About 20% of these “lesions” are malignant and the remaining 80% are nonmalignant. Of course they want to remove them first and ask questions later – especially if you have good insurance. What if you are only treating the symptoms of something bigger?
04/19/13 People trade their healthy food-prep time for exercise – and vice-versa. New research showed a 10-minute increase in food preparation time brought a corresponding reduction in exercising for 10 minutes in both men and women, single or married, children or no children. The average time spent exercising for 112,000 adults, including those who did not exercise, was 19 minutes for men and nine minutes for women and men spent, on average, almost 17 minutes preparing food, compared to an average of 44 minutes for women. But after statistical analysis, researchers found a substitution effect in these two time-consuming health behaviors on the same day. Bottom line: You cannot out-exercise bad eating habits. People who eat right but don’t exercise are better off than those who exercise but eat poorly.
04/18/13 Functional exercise trumps Big Pharma Dementia drugs! A functional exercise program can improve physical and cognitive outcomes in dementia patients – greater effect than those achieved with dementia medications. Functional exercise integrates functional movement and mindful body awareness, improves patient cognitive and physical function and quality of life while reducing caregiver burden. Let’s see Big Pharma patent this one for a prescription. Big Pharma dementia drugs are linked to – dementia, depression, slower heat rates, fainting, nausea, diarrhea, seizures and death. Exercise is linked to life and health.
04/17/13 The obesity perceptions have been that Alabama and Mississippi tout the biggest people. Turns out that they are not number one for obesity – just more honest about their waistlines… A new study published in the journal Obesity, found the biggest liars – er, fat people are from the West North Central region which includes the Dakotas and Minnesota on down to Kansas and Missouri. These northerners boast a whopping 41% obesity whereas the southern people rank in at 34% obese. Someone’s a big-fat-liar! The research also reported that in general, women tend to underreport their weight, and men tend to over-report their height.
04/16/13 Texting and etc. takes an academic toll. According to the latest study, freshmen women spend nearly 12 hours a day engaged in some form of media like texting and using the internet and social networking. Researchers also found that media use is associated with lower grade point averages and other negative academic outcomes. The exceptions were newspaper reading and listening to music, which were linked to positive academic performance. This study gives new insight into media use in early adulthood, a time when young people are now living independently for the first time bringing significant freedom from parental monitoring.
04/15/13 Insulin is what your body uses to balance the blood sugar/glucose load. But when glucose gets stuck in the bloodstream, the body converts it into trigylcerides that are stored in fat cells. Your physical health and mental function suffer when this happens. The end result is fast weight gain around the tummy and hips. The excess sugar in the bloodstream causes inflammation which damages tissues, blood vessels, organs and cells. When this sugar conversion problem persists, the body becomes unable to convert blood sugar into energy leading to high cholesterol, insulin resistance, diabetes, emotional instability, dementia, heart disease, gout, polycystic ovary syndrome and high blood pressure.
04/12/13 In the US, Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) kill 100,000 annually and rack up an estimated $45 billion extra to healthcare costs. HAI pathogens often contaminate items in hospital rooms, allowing rogue bacteria to transfer from patient to patient. The most common microbes are MRSA and VRE. Copper objects placed hospital rooms are reducing the number of HAIs by more than half, according to a study in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. The researchers tested the capability of copper surfaces to reduce environmental contamination and decrease HAIs in patients. Copper surfaces have an inherent ability to continuously kill environmental microbes on these surfaces.
04/11/13 The latest buzz-word in workouts is functional training, which amounts to training the body in the gym the way you would use it in real life. Body function is not about working isolated muscles. Functional training is far away from building isolating muscles but rather trains the entire body using movement patterns. For instance, a dumbbell can be used non-functionally to build triceps. A functional dumbbell movement would be the Dumbbell Deadlift – lifting an object off the ground and up to the waist. That is the way you use your muscles every day. Functional training is a great way to train for efficient, injury-free body movements that are practical for everyday tasks.
04/10/13 Adolescent smoking affects kidney function! According to the latest study from Johns Hopkins, tobacco use and exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke spell major health problems for adolescents. This affects the growing child’s health adversely, both short-term and long-term. Exposure to tobacco, including secondhand smoke and active smoking, was associated with how well the kidneys work and also damage to the kidneys. More than 600,000 middle school students and 3 million high school students smoke cigarettes and a whopping 15% of non-smoking adolescents are exposed to secondhand smoke at home. Adolescent smoking increases asthma risk, reduces lung function and development, causes early atherosclerotic lesions, increases cancer risk and brings premature mortality in adulthood.
04/09/13 More than 1.6 million Americans now live in nursing homes. Hospitalizations are very common in this population. In 2006, 23.5% of the people admitted to a post-acute-care skilled-nursing facility were re-hospitalized within 30 days at a cost of more than $4 billion per year. Several studies suggest that many of these hospitalizations are inappropriate, avoidable, or related to conditions that could be treated outside the hospital setting.
04/08/13 Out and about and caught smelling less-than-fresh under the arms? Cut a lemon wedge and rub it under your arms. The citric acid in lemon juice will kill odor-causing bacteria and give a lemony fresh restart. Using this little trick can help you get away from the toxic conventional deodorants which dump inordinate amounts of aluminum into your body. Standard under-arm products de-moisturize the armpits by causing inflammation in the sweat glands – enough to swell them shut! This causes congestion in the lymphatic system and eventually for some – cancer.
04/05/13 Dementia costs Americans more per year than either heart disease or cancer. Not only this, but with rising dementia rates and care costs both rising, the costs of dementia could more than double by 2040. And this latest number is modestly smaller than what the Alzheimer’s Association is predicting. This cost does NOT include burdens related to other illnesses suffered by dementia patients. Dementia is a chronic disease characterized by progressive cognitive decline that interferes with independent functioning. The definition for dementia includes Alzheimer’s disease and other similar disorders. In 2010, a total of 14.7% of Americans aged 71 plus suffered from dementia.
04/04/13 Lipstick can be deadly! One study conducted by the FDA found that every one of 22 lipstick samples contained lead in the amount of up to 3.06 ppm. Sound small? One day’s application will not likely have an adverse effect on your health, but day after day use of lipstick will eventually cause lots of trouble with a big impact on the long-term health. Don’t rely on the manufacturer to warn you away from their product. Do your own research on ALL cosmetics. The Environmental Working Group’s site, http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/ flags cosmetic products that contain ingredients contaminated with lead.
04/03/13 No-Duh! Researchers came to the not-surprising conclusion that physical activity declines as the weight rises. I guess that no one else but me has noticed obesity’s deleterious effect on physical activity. Hang on though; there was actually some new information that came out of this study: American’s are liars! Another No-Duh… While 35% of the population lies like a rug and says that they’re regularly active, the accelerometer used in this study doesn’t lie. The real number of active adults is more like 5%. The 30% loss in statistics was due to wishful thinking I guess. Your body is a pump and requires movement to stay healthy. Move it or lose it!
04/02/13 There is a definite link between estrogen levels and where you store body fat. Scientists found by examining the fat storage process at a cellular level that certain proteins and enzymes are more active in post-menopausal women. When post-menopausal women put on abdominal fat, they dramatically increase their risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancer. Researchers determined conclusively that cells burn less fat and actually store more fat than they did before menopause. Maintenance of healthy estrogen levels in post-menopausal women is critical to help maintain healthy weight and fat balance. The balance of post-menopausal hormones begins with adrenal support – not drugs.
04/01/13 Reminiscing with your children enables them to interpret experiences and weave together the past, present and future. Researchers have recently found that mothers elaborate more when reminiscing with their children than fathers. Mothers also tended to include more emotional terms in the story than fathers, which were then discussed and explained to the child. This has the effect of communicating to the child the importance of their own version, perspective and feelings about experiences. Have a chat with your children today.
03/29/13 Do violent video games really affect our young? Short answer – YES! Iowa State researchers demonstrated a strong link between video games and youth violence and delinquency. Both the frequency of play and affinity for violent games were strongly associated with delinquent and violent behavior. There is a lot diverse information about video game exposure that makes it difficult for parents to understand the harmful effects. Violent video game exposure is not the sole cause of violent acts by children, but this is one variable that parents are responsible to control. Sooner is better than later!
03/28/13 Bone fracture risk intervention begins in childhood. Who’da thunk that? According to a new study, exercise in childhood can lower fracture risks as people age. Peak bone mass and better bone mineral density occurs in growing children who perform regular physical activity. In this population-based controlled study, exercise intervention children halved the number of fractures as adults compared to adults who did little exercise as children. I think this say a lot for the sedentary state of children these days. If we parents exercised with our children we’d all be healthier.
03/27/13 Parents arguing effects the baby’s brain development and how they process emotional tone of voice – even in their sleep, according to a recent study coming out in Psychological Science. Babies’ brains develop in response to the environment and the encounters they experience. This leaves them vulnerable to stress and can have a significant, negative impact on child development. “Even during sleep, infants showed distinct patterns of brain activity depending on the emotional tone of voice we presented,” says one study leader. The researchers found that infants from high conflict homes had greater reactivity to a very angry tone of voice in brain areas linked to stress and emotion regulation.
03/26/13 A smoking new study (or is it a new smoking study)? Passive smoking in pregnant mothers has been linked to externalizing behaviors in children by the age of 5 or 6. Mothers who breathe secondhand smoke while pregnant double their chances at having children with attention problems and aggression troubles, a new study reports. While it is known that smoking during pregnancy can affect a child’s behavior, this is one of the first studies to show a link to secondhand smoke. Women can be exposed to second hand cigarette smoke at home, work or even in public when they breathe the smoke from cigarettes and smoke exhaled by smokers. The CDC says that women of childbearing age exposed to secondhand smoke at work and at home is a worldwide health problem and the number of women smokers is on the rise around the world. By 2025, 1 in 5 women worldwide are expected to smoke.
03/25/13 More than 2 million Americans have a heart attack or stroke each year. Over 800,000 of them die. Cardiovascular disease is called the leading cause of death in the United States and Cardiovascular Disease is the largest cause of lower life expectancy among blacks. As of last year, related medical costs and productivity losses were close to $450 billion annually. Now hear this: The inflation-adjusted direct medical costs are projected to triple over the next two decades with the present trends…. Let’s put this in perspective, if you spent 20% of your income on medical last year, imagine that growing to 60% of your income.
03/22/13 OK parents, students who date in middle school have significantly worse study skills, are four times more likely to drop out of school and report twice as much alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use than their single classmates, according to new research from the University of Georgia. The study conclusion? Pamela Orpinas, study author and professor in the College of Public Health says this study suggests, “dating should not be considered a rite of passage in middle school.” Now, who is in charge of our teenoids? Us or them?
03/21/13 How about a breath-test for colon cancer? Cancer tissue metabolizes different than healthy cells and produces substances that are detectable in the breath. Analysis of the volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the body is crossing into a new frontier for cancer screening. Study results showed that patients with colorectal cancer have a different VOC pattern compared with healthy controls. Of course, we need to treat the causes naturally and help the body cure the cancer. Drugs and chemicals add to the problem and cause widespread death and destruction.
03/20/13 The World Health Organization claims that smoking hookah (AKA shisha), for one hour is the equivalent of smoking 100 cigarettes. The WHO has determined that hookah in general can be more dangerous than smoking cigarettes, despite the fact that hookah smoke passes through water where it is cooled and filtered prior to filling the lungs of smokers. According to Professor Robert West, Director of Tobacco Studies at University College London, the smoke from tobacco itself, regardless of whether it comes from a cigarette or from hookah, can cause DNA damage, which in turn can lead to cancer. “Just one damaged cell can divide and multiply uncontrollably into a large tumor. This is what causes lung cancer.”
03/19/13 DUI marijuana: Cannabis is the biggest cause of impaired driving and motor vehicle accidents – second to alcohol. A recent National Roadside Survey found that more drivers tested positive for drugs than for alcohol and that cannabis smokers had a 10-fold increase in car crash injury compared with infrequent or nonusers. A recent study also found that cannabinoids can be detected in blood of chronic cannabis smokers for a month after abstinence. This is goes along with other current studies that show smoking brings persisting neurocognitive impairment. The skinny: Studies are suggesting the establishment of ‘per se’ THC legislation might achieve a reduction in motor vehicle injuries and deaths like alcohol legislation improved prosecution of drunk drivers and dramatically reduced alcohol-related deaths.
03/18/13 Live in the good old US and die earlier… Infant death rates in the US are among the lowest of all high-income countries. But what about adults at 50 and below? Americans have a lower life expectancy at age fifty while experiencing higher levels of disease and disability than do their counterparts in other industrialized nations. Males appear to fare a little worse than females according the latest of studies. The major causes of death responsible for the below-50 are unintentional injuries, drug overdose, noncommunicable diseases, pregnancy complications and birth trauma and homicide.
03/15/13 Kids have cortisol too! Exercise is a cortisol reducing stress-buster for one and all! Even children, when exposed to everyday stressors have surge of cortisol – especially sedentary children. Active children have little to no increase in their cortisol levels in similar stressful situations as compared to increases in inactive children. Physical activity actually plays a role in mental health by buffering children (and adults) from the effects of daily stressors. The article, “Higher Levels of Physical Activity are Associated with Lower Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenocortical Axis Reactivity to Psychosocial Stress in Children,” is coming out in the April 2013 issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.
03/14/13 Want a sex change? The cheap and highly popular weed killer, atrazine can change male frogs into females. Slow to respond – even though one class-action suit has won a paltry $105 million from the manufacturer, the EPA is going to undertake a “review” of atrazine in June. The Swiss-based manufacturer, Syngenta assures that the chemical is safe and has been extensively vetted by the EPA. According to scientists, atrazine is harmful at way less levels than previously thought. After 20 years of being banned from sugar cane fields in Hawaii, atrazine is still showing up in the drinking water. Atrazine is still being used regularly with record high sales reported. Why? Because the most heavy users are seed corn growers, such as Monsanto, Mycogen and Pioneer. As biotech crops become our most “valuable” agricultural commodity the atrazine use goes up – and up. Man does not die, he kills himself…
03/13/13 Did you know that research has shown that chewing gum can improve concentration in visual memory tasks? Well now they show that there are benefits for chewing gum during an audio memory task. Chewing gum actually benefits cognition and improves concentration; especially as one nears the end of a task. The latest study shows that participants who chewed gum had quicker auditory reaction times and more accurate results than the non-chewers. Of course, I recommend chewing Xylitol gum and avoiding all gums with gluten – which is almost all of them… Spry brand is gluten-free!
03/12/13 Have you ever found yourself briefly paralyzed during sleep or while trying to wake up? This is a fairly common phenomenon called sleep paralysis. Sleep paralysis is often accompanied by vivid sensory or perceptual experiences and even complex and disturbing hallucinations and intense fear. Of course researchers are looking into the effects of this event but who is looking for the cause? I have found through the years of experience that gluten has a profound effect to cause sleep paralysis. You see, gluten causes inflammation in the brain for most people. But most people don’t know this. If you suffer from sleep paralysis, try going gluten-free.
03/11/13 Why is flu higher in the winter? It’s because of heaters taking the moisture out of the air. A new study in PLOS ONE shows that higher humidity levels significantly reduce the virility of influenza virus particles released by coughing. The study found that in a room of 23% humidity and less, that up to 77% of the viral particles were still infectious one hour later. Bump the humidity up to 43% and the viral particles were reduced to a mere 14% of their capacity – after just a few minutes! Simple solution: Buy a humidifier for running while you heat your home to help defeat the flu bug.
03/08/13 Walk away from your backache – no really! Walk away. A new study has found that simple aerobic walking is as effective in alleviating lower back pain as expensive muscle strengthening programs that require specialized equipment in rehabilitation clinics. The walking program includes walking two to three times a week for up to 40 minutes each time – along with a $40 shoe purchase. The “conventional” treatment of lower back pain requires many hours of physical therapy over many weekly clinic visits. Kind of crazy considering that our Creator already knew what was best for us when He invented legs…
03/07/13 President Nixon declared war on cancer in 1971 by enacting the National Cancer Act and the National Cancer Program. It took three short years to accrue some 1.6 billion $ in federal funds. Four decades later ‘we the people’ have severely lost the battle against cancer. Why is this? Cancer is Big Pharma – Big Business and it is fleecing the dying masses. There will be no chemical cure for cancer as this goes against nature in general. A chemical drug can never treat a nutritional deficiency or detox a badly burdened body system. All the king’s horses and all the king’s men cannot cure cancer. But the body can cure cancer very quickly when you support its efforts by finding the causes and removing them.
03/06/13 Sibling rivalry and negative relationships are strongly linked to aggressive, anti-social and delinquent behaviors, including substance use according to a Science Daily report. Siblings with a positive relationship were linked to improved peer and romantic relationship quality, academic adjustment and success, positive well-being and good mental health. A program called “SIBlings Are Special (SIBS)” sought to improve sibling and family relationships prior to transition to middle school. The program included a series of 12 afterschool sessions using games, role-playing activities, art activities and discussions with sibling pairs. Siblings exposed to the program showed more self-control and social confidence; performed better in school and showed fewer internalizing problems, such as depressive symptoms, than the siblings in the control group.
03/05/13 Coffee drinking during pregnancy: Caffeine freely passes through the placental barrier. The problem for the fetus is that they do not have the enzymes required to inactivate it efficiently. Researchers tracked all coffee, tea, fizzy drinks, as well as cocoa-containing cakes and deserts and other chocolate forms of caffeine in 60,000 pregnancies for 10 years. They found that caffeine from all sources lengthened the pregnancy and reduced birth weight. They found a 21-28g of lost weight per 100mg caffeine the mommy drank per day. Caffeine from all sources increased the length of the pregnancy by 5 hours per 100mg caffeine per day and caffeine from coffee alone brought an extra 8 hours of delayed delivery per every 100mg of caffeine a day. One cup-o-java packs about 200mg of caffeine.
03/04/13 Women who work irregular night shifts have up to a 60% higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes than women who work normal shifts according to a study at the Harvard School of Public Health. According to the authors of the current study, the disturbance in circadian rhythms associated with working nights is associated with a reduction in leptin, increase in arterial blood pressure, reduced sleep efficiency and higher glucose and insulin after eating. Previous studies have associated night-shift work with obesity, metabolic syndrome, glucose dysregulation and even cancer.
03/01/13 Did you know that there is a seasonal uptick of lead levels in children? There is up to a 10% rise in blood levels through July, August and September every year and a decrease during winter and spring. Even though there has been a global decline of lead in children following the elimination of lead from gasoline, paint, water pipes and solder used to seal canned goods, major urban areas suffer continuing contamination from “legacy” lead contaminants deposited in the soil years ago. A majority of the current lead exposure takes the form of fine particles of lead dust that are swept up into the air. One way to help is to buy the best possible HEPPA filters for your home air to breath while you are indoors.
02/28/13 Salmonella – not just in bad mayonnaise: Salmonellosis is most commonly foodborne; however, did you know that contact with common pets and their environmental leavings can cause the illness? Salmonellosis has been linked to pet birds, fish, reptiles, cats, dogs, and most recently with pet hedgehogs. Salmonella is a bacteria that lives in the intestines of these critters and human infection can occur during handling, routine care and indirect transmission through contact with cages, toys, bedding or household surfaces that pets have come in contact with. Children under 5, elderly and immunocompromised people are at the biggest risk for severe illness. Hand washing after handling animals is the best way to reduce the risk for infection
02/27/13 Research has always shown that married people have a better mental and physical health than unmarried people. Married people are less likely to develop chronic conditions than widowed or divorced people. A University of Missouri expert says that people who have happy marriages are more likely to rate their health as better as they age. Christine Proulx, at the MU Department of Human Development and Family Studies, said that spouses should be aware that how they treat each other and how happy they are in their marriages affect both partners’ health. Proulx said, “Engaging with your spouse is not going to cure cancer, but building stronger relationships can improve both people’s spirits and well-being and lower their stress.”
02/26/13 Lose sleep – eat more. Loss of sleep is associated with an activation of a brain region involved in a desire to eat. In other words: Poor sleep leads to poor eating. In a new study, researchers found that sleep-deprived people select greater portion sizes of energy-dense snacks and meals under buffet-like conditions. Food selection made before and after a normal meal was poor in sleepy ones regardless of how full the test subjects were at any time. Insufficient sleep is a growing problem in our American society and poor sleep habits can affect weight gain in the long run. What is so important that you trade your health for it anyhow?
02/25/13 Packing that load: Children carrying heavy back packs full of books are damaging nerves and muscles according to the latest study. More specifically, the pressure of heavy loads carried on the back have the potential to damage the soft tissues of the shoulder, causing microstructural damage to the nerves resulting in diminished nerve capacity, ultimately limiting the muscles’ ability to respond to the brain’s signals, inhibiting movement of the hand and the dexterity of the fingers – permanently. I like one school’s idea: Two sets of books – one for home and one for school so the child doesn’t have to carry them back and forth.
02/22/13 DEET for insect repellant? None for me thanks… The EPA currently rates DEET as Toxicity Category III. Did you know that frequent application can kill you? Other “side effects” are health issues such as skin irritation, disorientation, dizziness and seizures. Wanna know what’s the kicker? Three hours after exposure to DEET, the mosquitoes can come back but are now insensitive to DEET according to a PLOS ONE study. Vitamin B deficiency attracts mosquitoes. Eating garlic helps repel insect pests (and human ones too). Essential oils that naturally repel mosquitos are: cinnamon, lemon eucalyptus, citronella and castor oil. Mix a few drops with a carrier oil like coconut, olive or sunflower oil and apply to the skin.
02/21/13 Sitting on the old keister brings more chronic diseases. Researchers examined the associations of sitting time and chronic diseases in the middle-aged. Those who sat for more than four hours per day reported more chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. Of course, the chronic diseases rose the more they sat. Diabetes was significantly higher for 6 hours and up sitters. The group sitting more than eight hours a day clearly had the highest risk and BMI had no effect on the outcomes. Physically active people generally do better in regards to chronic diseases compared with less physically active people.
02/20/13 Our changing world – sick and changing world… Antibiotics are changing our genetics along with the genetics of the animals we eat. Even the contamination from farmed animal waste is then put on crops and is leaching into our drinking water. What does that mean? Eat an animal, eat a food or drink water with Antibiotic Resistant Genes (ARG) and we slowly become a mutation of those genes. Researchers recently examined commercial pig farms to find a stunning 149 unique ARGs resultant from antibiotic abuse. ARGs reach us through meats, food crops and drinking water. Is there any wonder why we have these antibiotic resistant diseases killing us? We did it to ourselves.
02/19/13 How about a nightlight for precocious puberty? Precocious puberty is the early onset of puberty. A new study shows that birds in the city, exposed to sign lights, street lights and other city sources of night lights develop sexually earlier than the country birds that have no artificial light at night. Scientists have long suspected that artificial light at night affects plants, animals and humans and the light used for this study was a low-intensity night light. Night lights have been known to affect eye development negatively in children. Still want them to sleep with a night light?
02/18/13 Want something worse than sunburn? Then use Banana Boat Sunscreen. It could light you up, literally! The manufacturer, Energizer Holdings has voluntarily withdrawn its continuous-spray Banana Boat sun care products from the market because they can ignite on the skin when they come into contact with an ignition source. Sunscreens are losers when it comes to protecting your skin from cancer. They actually cause cancer while blocking critical nutrients in your skin. PABA is a supplement that helps prevent sunburn. Start taking it a couple of weeks before you need it and ease into the sun a little more each day. Works great and no toxic sunscreen needed! BTW, use your noodle and get out of the sun before you burn.
02/15/13 6-foot ring of flu: According to the CDC transmission of flu virus occurs mainly when large-particle respiratory droplets travel a short distance. A recent study on particles emitted by influenza positive patients found that 43% of flu carriers emitted the influenza virus into room air and 19% of those emitters released up to 32 times more virus than others. The emitters in the study were less likely to report chills but more likely to experience higher illness severity and interference with daily living than non-emitters. There was no detectable difference in the influenza virus types between the two groups of flu-infected patients. Outside of 6 feet, the viral load decreased significantly.
02/14/13 Menopause is defined as the cessation of menstruation for 12 months over the age 45. Menopause occurs on average at the age of 51and the transition endures for 4 years. Menopause is divided into early and late phases. The early phase begins when menstrual irregularity first appears – the “skipped” period or increase in variability of cycle length by more than 7 days are the classic signs of early menopause. As the ovaries decrease their production of critical hormones, the adrenals pick up the slack – if the adrenals are not too stressed. Adrenal support is a must for premenopause, perimenopause and menopause in every lady out there.
02/13/13 Imagine controlling insects naturally? This thought is beyond comprehension for conventional farmers and even most backyard garden enthusiasts. But natural pesticides have been commercially available for years. Point and case: The natural pesticide “Green Muscle” was used against a locust plague in Tanzania in 2009. This natural wonder was sprayed once and crashed the bug population while leaving animals unharmed – and the pesticide went on working after that! Now compare this to repeated applications required by deadly chemical pesticides. The only drawback was that Green Muscle application cost $17 per hectare compared to $12 for conventional chemicals. Except, Green Muscle was a one-time only application.
02/12/13 There is only one cure for cholera – and antibiotics aren’t it. Cholera epidemics in the US and in Europe have been wiped out long before either antibiotics or vaccines existed because we quit pooping in the streets and streams. The best intervention for diarrheal diseases is the same strategy we used to eliminate cholera: keeping contaminated sewage out of water, foods, and the environment. That is, the development and maintenance of water and sewage treatment systems. This assures safe drinking water and safe disposal of sewage for all. Now if we can just get all of our food service workers to wash their hands before they handle our foods…
02/11/13 Fitness trumps weight loss! Body Mass Index (BMI) is a guide and guide only. BMI is a research tool that is used by researchers to identify trends in health, disease and mortality as it relates to BMI. Did you know that BMI is a tunnel-vision of health and can cause gross over-correction when interpreted wrongly? BMI is not age, ethnic, race or gender specific and judges everyone by the same yardstick. If BMI is the only standard judging “excess accumulation of pounds” it does not tell us how that patient gained the pounds, where did the extra calories come from? Did those excess pounds accumulate through ingestion of healthy foods or junk foods? How about the patient’s level of fitness? How much of the weight is actual fat and how much is heavier muscle? Researchers recently found that when it came to reducing death from all-cause and cardiovascular mortality, fitness trumped weight loss.
02/08/13 Breathalize this! Want to increase your Breath Alcohol Concentration (BrAC)? Not likely… But slowing down your alcohol metabolism has an unlikely accomplice – artificially sweetened sodas. A new comparison of BrACs of alcohol when consumed with an artificial sweetener versus a sugared beverage found that mixing alcohol with a diet soft drink results in a higher BrAC. And, the study subjects were unaware of the difference this made in their feelings of intoxication, impairment, and willingness to drive. On top of that, their behavior was more impaired when the diet mixer was used.
02/07/3 Acidosis occurs when the body is too acidic. This only happens when the body loses its alkaline buffer reserve. Patients with diabetes often suffer from acidosis. Symptoms of acidosis are insomnia, rheumatoid arthritis, migraine headaches, hard dry stools, and sensitivity of teeth to vinegar and acid fruits. Acidosis damages the kidney, liver, and adrenals. Alkalosis occurs when the body is to alkaline – often the results of alkaline drugs for the treatment of indigestion, gastritis or peptic ulcers. Alkalosis results in high cholesterol, endocrine imbalances and even osteoarthritis. Symptoms of alkalosis include creaking joints, bursitis, allergies, chronic indigestion and menstrual problems. In all things there should be balance! Correcting the pH balance>
02/06/13 Take the stairs, park farther away, take a brisk walk around the block, walk around while talking on the phone, rake leaves, bend over to pull weeds – these lifestyle strategies are often as effective as regular trips to the gym. New research at Oregon State University suggests the health benefits of one- and two-minute increments that add up to 30 minutes can be just as beneficial as a 30 minute workout at the gym. Over 4 times more of participants in the “short bouts” of exercise met physical activity guidelines while less than 10% in the longer exercise bouts actually met guidelines for exercise. The study of more than 6,000 American adults shows that an active lifestyle approach may be just as beneficial in preventing metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol as structured exercise.
02/05/13 Did you know that breastfeeding brings the baby a higher grade point average with better odds of attending college? The numbers have actually been crunched with each additional month of breastfeeding bringing an increase in high school GPA and an increase in the probability of college attendance. This is according to a new study published in the Journal of Human Capital. My input is that breastfeeding also organizes the infant brain when mommy switches breasts and rotates the baby from side to side. This helps the brain develop the eye and ears on each side evenly. Bottle feed a baby on one side only and you disorganize the brain.
02/04/13 Plastics with the chemical BPA carry the #7 recycling symbol and are called polycarbonate, lexan or polysulfone. BPA is a hormone disruptor that leaches out of products during everyday use to contaminate food and water – causing serious health problems. Scientific evidence shows that BPA causes developmental problems in fetuses and infants, early onset of puberty, genital deformities, Down Syndrome, disrupted reproductive cycles, physical damage to the brain and increased cancer rates. The Environmental Health Sciences researchers detected trace amounts of the estrogenizing BPA in a wide variety of paper products we touch every day, including toilet paper, paper towels, newspapers and business cards.
02/01/13 How you lose your virginity sets up life-long patterns. A study published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy looks at the circumstances around losing virginity and how it has lasting consequences on emotional and physical development. Researchers examined how first-time sexual satisfaction impacts long-term sexual function and emotional responses. Of course, those who felt loved and respected by their partner found later encounters more emotionally satisfying. A series of analyses revealed those who were most emotionally and physically satisfied the first time had the most fulfilling sex lives. Those who reported higher levels of anxiety and negativity with the first time reported lower overall sexual functioning. I personally think that you should first marry your true love and then experience sex – and stay put!
01/31/13 Did you know that lack of sleep brings on memory problems? This is especially true in seniors. Berkeley neuroscientists have found that certain brain waves generated during the deep, restorative sleep play a key role in transporting memories from the hippocampus to the prefrontal cortex, where long-term memories are stored. Memories can get stuck in the hippocampus with poor sleep, to be overwritten by new memories. These new findings shed light on some of the forgetfulness common to the elderly that includes difficulty remembering people’s names.
01/30/13 A national study found that adolescents who get their first drink from a friend are more likely to drink sooner in life – making them more prone to abusing alcohol later. Seems that even in an alcoholic family, kids still get their first drink from a friend rather than a family member. The major predictors for alcohol abuse were, of course, the drinking peers first of all, followed by disruptive behaviors, a family history of alcohol dependence and a measure of poor social skills. Easy access to alcohol plays into juvenile drinking. My conclusion: Parents – be in control of yourself and your kids.
01/29/13 New Nanny State agenda: Now NY is rumored to be going after the “Happy Hour” and wants to ban it outright… But this isn’t exactly new-news as 19 other states currently ban happy hour specials in an attempt to reduce drinking and driving and alcohol abuse. But in New York City, most people don’t drive yet the Department of Health is gone after yet another once-accepted social activity. Where does the control end? Require vaccines and ban happy hour… We are going backwards in this country peeps and are now the last in ranking of the 17 richest countries with the highest rates and earliest age of death – for all age groups. Time for a re-focus peeps.
01/28/13 Multitasking people are those who appear to be the least capable of multitasking effectively. Talking and driving? Not a good thing according to the University of Utah. Psychology Professor David Sanbonmatsu says: “Our data suggest the people talking on cell phones while driving are people who probably shouldn’t. The key findings show that people who are the most capable of multitasking effectively tend not to multitask because they are better able to focus attention on the task at hand. The simple fact is that people multitask because they have difficulty focusing on one task at a time and get drawn into secondary tasks.
01/25/13 Slippery truth… 98% of Chinese and 84% of American parents lie to their children to promote positive feelings or to support belief in Santa Clause or the Tooth Fairy. According to UC San Diego, parents from the US and China use the slippery concept of ‘truth’ to their advantage – like to influence their children’s eating habits, or to dissuade children’s pleas for toys or treats when shopping. Sometimes parents even use a false threat to abandon a child who refuses to obey the parent while away from home. But previous studies show that when children are deciding whom to trust, they are sensitive to an adult’s history of honesty or lies with them personally making the parents who lie to their children more likely to undermine the child’s sense of trust.
01/24/13 Expressing gratitude and giving to others are “pro-social” behaviors that are actually keys to our psychological well-being (AKA happiness), and our health. How we choose to spend our money also affects our health and happiness – and not just at the supermarket. Helping others is another biggie to psychological well-being and health. Children develop this helping one at a very young age and us adults should learn from them. Did you know that you can actually sleep to improve your happiness? Which comes first: lack of sleep or unhappiness? They actually co-exist and one improves the other when it comes to sleep and happiness.
01/23/13 Anyone remember melamine? It was the chemical that in China, 2008 that was found in melamine-tainted baby formula that killed six children and sickened 300,000 others. Company officials were executed over that one. Well, not in the good ole USA! Do you know where it is most common here? In you kids favorite plastic plate, bowl and cup. New evidence shows that this toxic plastic product transfers to the food when hot food is placed on/in the dishes or the plastic wares are nuked in a microwave. Melamine is carcinogenic in animal studies but apparently OK for humans?? Must be because nobody signed their child up for that cancer study… My advice: toss it out NOW and use ceramic or glass.
01/22/13 How thrilling is a kiss? Kissing is so much more than a quick thrill with a little bonding but kissing actually brings a range of health benefits. Kissing increases metabolism, boosts longevity and the chemicals released from a kiss heal can heal both physical and emotional “boo-boos”. Kissing also breaks down oral plaque and helps prevent cavities by stimulating saliva, which helps wash bacteria away from the tooth’s surface Kissing also builds your immunity as Dr. Varnado, one study author states.
01/21/13 Lower wages means higher blood pressure. Low wages has a very strong risk factor for older males and also for women between the ages of 25 to 44. J. Paul Leigh, professor of public health sciences at UC Davis says, “Our outcome shows that women and younger employees working at the lowest pay scales should be screened regularly for hypertension as well.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, hypertension is a major contributor to heart disease and stroke, both of which are leading causes of death and disability.
01/18/13 Our tax dollars are hard at work to study and rediscover the rediscovery of the discovery – that we have known all along – that junk food causes a greater severity of allergic asthma, eczema, and rhinitis among children. This is according to a very recent and rather large study published in the respiratory journal Thorax. Three or more weekly servings of fast food were linked to a 39% increased risk of severe asthma among teens and a 27% increased risk among children, as well heightened severity of rhinitis and eczema, overall. On the other hand, fruit was protective and eating three or more weekly portions was linked to a reduction in symptoms of up to14%. If you are a parent and don’t know this without a study then you haven’t been paying attention…
01/17/13 Hard-hitting, pictorial graphic warnings on cigarette packages are more effective than text-only versions. A new study by the Harvard School of Public Health shows evidence that visually depicts the health consequences of smoking play is actually encouraging smokers to quit. The study authors note that text-only cigarette warnings are unlikely to be noticed or have an impact on smokers. DR Jennifer Cantrell says “The implementation of graphic warning labels appears to be one of the few tobacco control policies that have the potential to reduce communication inequalities across groups.”
01/16/13 Good leaders fake it… The consensus to date has promoted the thinking that good leaders and managers are authentic, open and honest. Well, a new study shows us that things aren’t always what we perceive. Psychologist Chiara Amati, from Edinburgh Napier University thinks that in order to ensure a subordinate’s performance, managers and leaders need to manufacture positive and encouraging emotions and override any unhelpful, private thoughts. “Faking it seems, to a degree, to just be part of good people management,” reported Chiara. ~ I vote for the open and honest to come back.
01/15/13 More than 145 million adult Americans are overweight or obese and despite this deadly obesity epidemic, patients are receiving weight counseling from their docs in only 6.2 percent of visits in recent years. Weight loss counseling declined by 41 percent and obesity as overweight Americans increased to 63.3% of the population. The problem isn’t limited to weight though as patients with high blood pressure were 46% percent and diabetes patients were 59% percent less likely to receive counseling. In other words, the evidence shows that docs are more interested in prescribing medications and really don’t know jack about real health matters like diet and lifestyle changes – or, they simply don’t care…
01/14/13 So we think we are so smart. You think that education and financial advantage would bring longer, healthier lives. But that is not the case as the average American dies sooner and goes through higher rates of disease than people in other high-income countries. Findings by the IOM report that this serious problem exists for all ages. Americans who have health insurance, college educations, higher incomes, and healthy behaviors are sicker and die sooner than their peers in other rich nations. Steven H. Woolf, at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond says: “…What concerns our panel is why, for decades, we have been slipping behind.” – I guess they didn’t ask me why.
01/11/13 Everyone should know that the new CPR techniques DO NOT include respiration intervention. It is more effective and saves more lives to focus on the chest compressions to keep blood flowing to the brain. Just doing chest compressions helps exchange some oxygen in the lungs but if you stop pumping the chest to blow air into the victim, the blood pressure to the brain drops and you will lose the battle. Think you won’t ever have to do CPR? Chances are that you will eventually. http://www.heartrescuenow.com/
01/10/13 Cancer can feed on gluten and/or sugar. It takes something else to weaken the cells and accelerate the process though. Halides like fluorine, chlorine and bromine block the iodine pathways to weaken the body and the cells. In effect, they can “turn the thermostat down” and cause malfunction in enzyme process and a host of other metabolic functions and even cause catabolism in the body. In Chinese medicine they blame virus for cancer but I want to say that a virus cannot cause cancer without a catabolic turn of events.
01/09/13 5-second rule for germs: Want to know what the 3 germiest surfaces are to drop food on in the house? If you guessed carpets then you are close to right but they came in second and tiled floors are a close third. The surprise is that researchers named the germiest surface in the house to be the kitchen counters! That is the worst spot to drop food on and the one spot you REALLY don’t want to eat something after it ends up there. Oh, and the 5-second rule does not hold true as germs are already invading the food the very instant they contact the surface
01/08/13 Physical activity can help prevent high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, serum lipid abnormalities and cardiovascular disease. That’s not just me talking, that’s the Yale School of Medicine, who found that less than 25% of US adults reported walking or bicycling for transportation for more than 10 minutes in a typical week. People who engage in active transportation have lower body mass indexes and lower odds of hypertension, compared to those who didn’t. But the U.S. has one of the lowest rates of active transportation in the world – and the highest obesity rates to show for it.
01/07/13 The IQ was created by Alfred Binet in 1900 and has been used to evaluate abilities in logical-mathematical and linguistic skills ever since. It is often used as a recruiting and career advancement tool and as a guiding foundation for the entire US school system. There are many talents that cannot be measured by a formula for Math and English acuity. Genius and IQ should never be confused as genius is more than mental intelligence. Genius begins with a passion that results in actions that often break perceived – and even “acceptable” limits. 12 genius qualities not measured by IQ tests are: curiosity, playfulness, imagination, creativity, wonder, wisdom, inventiveness, vitality, sensitivity, flexibility, humor, and joy.
01/04/13 Verbal aggression has now been linked to the ratio of length between the pointer finger and the ring finger. The State University of New York, University of Tennessee, Michigan State University in a new study, related smaller ratio of length between these two digits, the higher the verbal aggression in the study participants. This means that the closer the two digits are in length, the more verbally aggressive the person is. Some degree of verbal aggression can be beneficial when standing up for yourself if attacked but higher degrees of verbal aggression can be very detrimental to one’s personal life, causing problems with personal relationships, loss of job and etc.
01/03/13 Too much is just as bad as too little when it comes to knee exercise and use. Nearly one out of two people in the U.S. may now develop knee osteoarthritis by age 85, according to the CDC and by the year 2030, an estimated 67 million Americans over the age of 18 will have physician-diagnosed arthritis. You can reduce the risk for cartilage degeneration in the knees by maintaining a healthy weight, healthy diet and avoiding strenuous, high-impact exercise. Lower impact sports, such as walking or swimming, are more beneficial in people at risk for osteoarthritis.
01/02/13 Recently, an older gentleman was driving in Florida and had a bad accident that injured someone else. The person who was injured sued the driver as well as the driver’s doctor. The argument was that the man who was driving had shown some intellectual impairment and the doctor could have reported him to have his license revoked – but didn’t. Legally, doctors do not have an obligation to report people who they suspect to be intellectually impaired, or suffer memory, vision, or hearing problems. Any family member, doctor or concerned citizen can report problems to the Department of Motor Vehicles and it then becomes the DMVs problem to decide whether the person in question should be on the road.
12/31/12 Abused children are at a higher risk of anxiety and mood disorders. Scientists have now found that traumatic experience changes gene regulation. Scientists from the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry documented genetic variants of the FKBP5 gene that cause epigenetic alterations induced by early trauma. This frequently leads to depression, post-traumatic stress disorder or anxiety disorders in adulthood. Torsten Klengel, a scientist at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, explains: “Depending on genetic predisposition, childhood trauma can leave permanent epigenetic marks on the DNA… The consequence is a permanent dysregulation of the victim’s stress hormone system, which can ultimately lead to psychiatric illness.”
12/28/12 Perfect practice makes perfect: Making a fire escape plan and then practicing it at least twice a year is good emergency preparedness. Make it as realistic as possible, like practicing in the middle of the night. Of course, warn everyone beforehand and teach everyone to stay low to the floor and quickly crawl out of the house while avoiding breathing smoke. Do you need an escape ladder for a first-floor window? Does a child or elderly person require assistance to escape? The more you practice, the less likely you’ll panic and become injured if your home catches fire. Never return for pets, escape first and call for them through a door or window.
12/27/12 Simultaneous use of different forms of media at the same time, like playing a computer game while texting and watching TV, is now definitely linked to anxiety and depression. Michigan State University found a clear association between media multitasking and mental health problems. Overall media use among American youth increased 20% in the last ten years but the amount of media multitasking has jumped 120% percent during the same period. Instead of learning our lesson, I’m sure that most Americans will sit on their duffs and wait for Big Pharma to find a new drug to specifically overcome the deleterious effects of media multitasking…
12/26/12 Kids simply need more sleep than adults. For most kids, just a little bit of extra sleep (27 minutes on average), can really help improve behavior, focus, and restlessness. Researchers took kids between the ages of 7 and 11 and either got them up about one hour early or let them sleep in an extra hour each day. The kids with less sleep were cranky, hyper, impulsive, and had shorter attention spans in school. The kids with the extra sleep improved in all those areas. According to WebMD, ages 3-12 need 10 to 12 hours of shut-eye a night.
12/24/12 High intake of calcium and iron are associated with greater odds of glaucoma according the University of California, San Francisco. This is for the supplement takers as higher dietary intake of calcium and iron brought decreased odds for developing glaucoma. The senior study author, Shan C. Lin, MD, says “We think dietary rather than supplementary intake of iron and calcium may be absorbed differently, in different forms, or act in biologically different ways.” You think? You will find all the bio-available calcium and iron you need by eating a diet high in fresh, organic veggies.
12/21/12 A burst of moderate exercise will enhance the consolidation of memories in adults according to new research. Most of what I report is about the benefits of a long-term exercise on health and cognitive function with age, but in a recent study, researchers had people exercise on a stationary bicycle for six minutes. One hour later the participants were given a surprise recall test on previously viewed images. The results in the exercise group as compared to non-exercise found a striking enhancement of memory in both healthy and cognitively impaired adults.
12/20/12 Pesticides have significant negative impacts on children. Young children detoxify toxins at a much slower rate than adults. Epidemiologic evidence show strong associations between childhood exposure to pesticides and decreased cognitive function, behavioral problems and even pediatric cancers. The New Haven CT group, Environment and Human Health, worked to get laws passed to ban pesticides on fields and lawns of schools in 2010. But, in their willingness to sacrifice children for pristine lawns, a coalition of athletic directors, golf course superintendents and the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities sent a letter to the state urging them to weaken the laws. I guess they just don’t get it…
12/19/12 The average American child over 8 years old watches an average of 4.5 hours of TV each day according to the latest from Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Seventy percent of these kiddos even have a TV in the bedroom and one out of three children over 6 years old is considered obese. TV viewing time during childhood usually continues into adulthood, as does the obesity. This investigative team established the relationship between having and watching TV in the bedroom and childhood obesity. A child having a TV in the bedroom also increased viewing times and tummy circumference. Big surprise? Not to me…
12/18/12 PD causes ED: Inflamed gums causes erectile dysfunction (ED) in men in their thirties. The dysfunction is brought on by severe periodontal disease (PD) caused predominantly by bacteria occurring with inflammation of the gums. Men with PD are three times more likely to suffer from erection problems, according to a new study which showed that 53 per cent of the men with erectile dysfunction had inflamed gums. Other physical factors that cause ED are problems with the blood vessels and psychological issues like emotional stress and depression.
12/17/12 PeaPod and PeaPod Plus Travel Beds, are being recalled by KidCo Inc of Libertyville, Illinois after one infant death and 6 near misses. The PeaPod and PeaPod Plus Travel Beds consist of a tent with a zippered bottom, into which an inflatable mattress is inserted. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced last Friday the recall of 220,000 of these items after a 5-month-old died and was found with his face pressed against the side wall of the tent. In some of the six near misses involving physical distress, babies were found underneath the mattress that had not been place into the zippered pocket in the bottom of the tent.
12/14/12 Colic is characterized by excessive crying of infants and is the most common complaint seen by physicians in the first 16 weeks of a child’s life. Chiropractic to the rescue! There are low-velocity manipulative techniques that are now proven to reduce the symptoms. This is according to a study recently published in the Cochrane Review which shows that chiropractic manipulation can safely reduce the symptoms associated with infantile colic, specifically excessive crying time. I also advocate giving the infant Primadophilus, a friendly bacteria that is also known to reduce colic symptoms.
12/13/12 About those sippy cups and baby bottles… It is mistaken belief to think that a sippy cup at night is better than a bottle because very little saliva flows at night to clear the liquid that bathes the mouth and teeth all night long from either of these contraptions. Most especially when they are filled with milk or sweetened liquids. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children be weaned from the bottle by 12-14 months of age and be encouraged to drink from a cup because sugared drinks and juices from sippy cups and bottles at night can cause tooth decay and even predispose the child to metabolic syndrome.
12/12/12 Well duh! Researchers found that violent video game players that indulged for three consecutive days showed progressive increases in aggressive behavior and hostility each day they played. This study provides the first hard evidence that the negative effects accumulate over time. Other studies have shown that a single session of playing a violent video game increased short-term aggression according the study at Ohio State University which reported “Playing video games could be compared to smoking cigarettes. A single cigarette won’t cause lung cancer, but smoking over weeks or months or years greatly increases the risk. In the same way, repeated exposure to violent video games may have a cumulative effect on aggression.”
12/11/12 Liar, liar, nose of fire! When a person lies, thermography can detect a “Pinocchio effect,” – which is an increase in the temperature around the nose and inner corner of the eye. Additionally, ponderous mental effort brings a drop in face temperature. Anxiety causes the whole face temperature to rise. Not only can thermography tell moods and lies, but it is also an accurate breast cancer detector. In patients with multiple sclerosis, the body’s improper regulation of temperature, can be detected by a thermogram. Thermography can also determine body fat patterns, for use in weight loss and training programs and can even assess body temperature in celiac patients, anorexia, and etc.
12/10/12 Sleep more, eat less. A new study in the journal Sleep, tracked the sleep duration, glucose dysregulation, and hormonal regulation of appetite in normal weight, 30- to 45-year-old men and women. A shortage of sleep increased total ghrelin levels in men only but reduced GLP-1 levels in women only (GLP-1 is an incretin hormone that stimulates the release of insulin from pancreatic beta cells for carb metabolization). In other words, men had increased appetites and women had reduced feelings of fullness bringing both sexes a susceptibility to overeat during short sleep.
12/07/12 Food allergies are on the rise and already affect some 15 million Americans. According to a new study published in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology journal, dichlorophenol-containing chemicals and pesticides could be partially to blame. Now this doesn’t spell out the problem to the average American but let me do it for you: Dichlorophenols, are used to chlorinate water and are also used in pesticides. When you find them in the human body, they are associated with food allergies. Dichlorophenol can weaken food tolerance, causing food allergy, according to allergist Elina Jerschow, M.D. “The results of our study … increased use of pesticides and other chemicals is associated with a higher prevalence of food allergies.”
12/06/12 How we perceive our smile and teeth can affect our self-esteem, our moods and how we function in relationships. Conditions that negatively impact the smile include discolored, crooked, missing, broken, cracked, decayed and worn teeth, bad breath and unsightly gum disease. Repairing these problems with a naturopathic dentist can bring a big boost in self-esteem along with improving our social lives and even our physical health.
12/05/12 Workaholics are often in denial and over their heads and cannot see their addiction for what it truly is – a big problem. Being a workaholic can bring with it negative health consequences through stress, anger, depression, and anxiety. Workaholics need the support of the whole family along with encouragement from friends and possibly the counsel (but not the drugs) of a professional psychotherapist to help identify and change negative behavior patterns and bring a balance back to life. To overcome this problem, set work-time boundaries, turn off your cell phone for family time and schedule uninterrupted family and friend time, be present physically and mentally, spend time doing enjoyable activities, like hobbies, travel, exercise, a board game, or a date with your spouse, plan a vacation to rest and slow down and most of all, reevaluate your life goals and your life purpose.
12/04/12 A new pain study appearing in the journal SLEEP randomly assigned either maintaining current sleep time or extending sleep time to 10 hours nightly. Daytime sleepiness was measured as well as pain sensitivity. The extended sleep group slept an average of 1.8 hours more a night than the usual sleep group. The extended sleepers had increased daytime alertness and reduced pain sensitivity by 25%. The pain factor reduction from sleep had latency greater than the effect found in 60 mg of codeine. This is the first study to show that extended sleep in mildly, chronically sleep deprived volunteers reduces their pain sensitivity. Got pain? Sleep in!
12/03/12 Cancer in your couch cushions: Most manufacturers buy foam padding from a vendor who bought the chemicals to treat the foam from another vendor. But the name of what chemical they use is either proprietary or conveniently lost from the records. Over half of the couches tested by Duke University in a new study contained either potentially toxic or completely untested chemical flame retardants that can harm human health. The top two chemical found were “Tris” (a chlorinated flame retardant and probable human carcinogen) and the flame-retardant pentaBDE, which is banned in 172 countries and 12 U.S. states. PentaBDE was voluntarily phased out by U.S manufacturers in 2005, yet here it is.
11/30/12 Got some negative thoughts crashing around in your head? If you want to get rid of them, write them down, rip them to shreds and throw them away. In a new study, researchers found that when people wrote down their thoughts on a piece of paper and then threw the paper away, they mentally discarded the thoughts as well. On the other hand, you can be more likely to use their thoughts when making judgments by writing them down and tucking the note in a pocket. Just imagining that you throw them away or save them didn’t work in these studies.
11/29/12 Tis the season for spending money and smart business people have known for decades that scents like pine boughs at Christmas raises sales at the cash register. Baked cookies in a house for sale gets prospective buyers in the nesting spirit. But the best “commercially inspiring odors” are a simple orange scent and a more complex orange-basil with green tea blend. Researchers found that people on average spent 20 percent more money and bought more items when they shop in the presence of the simple orange scent.
11/28/12 For time untold, humans rose with the sun and went to bed when it set – that is, until Thomas Edison helped us figure out how to work into the wee hours. With the coming of electricity and the light bulb came a whole new set of problems. According to a new study led by a Johns Hopkins biologist, when people routinely burn the midnight oil, they also risk suffering depression and learning issues. Lights at night elevate levels of a certain stress hormone in the body, resulting in depression and lower cognitive function. Night shift workers have historically suffered this, more diabetes and higher cancer levels. Is it worth it?
11/27/12 A study in Precocious Puberty: “Thimerosal Exposure & Increasing Trends of Premature Puberty in the Vaccine Safety Datalink” confirms a significant association in American children between an increasing rates of premature puberty and increasing exposure to mercury from thimerosal-containing childhood vaccines. Attention has recently been paid to the role of endocrine-disrupting chemicals like thimerosal (49% mercury) on the timing of puberty – but no one is doing anything about this! The CDC even reports that mercury is a known endocrine disruptor and it adversely affects the steroid synthesis pathway in animals and humans and yet we still shoot our kids full of this killer garbage.
1/26/12 Sleep Journal reports findings: Based on 1.5m people in 16 studies, getting less than six hours of sleep a night can lead to an early grave! People regularly having less sleep were 12% more likely to die over a 25-year period than those who got an “ideal” six to eight hours. They also found an association between sleeping for more than nine hours and early death, although such sleep may be a marker of ill health. Stimulants can disrupt your sleeping patterns. No coffee after 12 noon is great idea for most people.
11/23/12 Parasites are dangerous freeloaders that live and reproduce in our tissues and organs. They cohabitate in our intestines, ears, brains, sinuses, intestines, heart muscles and pretty much any tissue of the body. Some parasites are microscopic and others are visible worms ranging inches-long to feet-long. They journey through your intestines or skin or lungs and into your bloodstream, infecting organs to lay millions of eggs a day. They eat away at your tissues and organs and release toxins into your body. They can cause mild discomfort or crippling illness, and are responsible for the majority of digestive troubles. When parasites nest in your heart muscles, heart failure is sure to follow. Parasitic invasions actually account for a large majority of cardiac events.
11/21/12 Diet soda drinkers don’t lose weight. In fact, studies have shown that they actually get FATTER on diet drinks. One new study finds that artificially sweetened sodas can cause kidney damage. Just two drinks a day can impair the kidneys’ ability to filter blood, according to a study presented at the American Society of Nephrology’s annual conference. Coke and other sodas also contain phosphoric acid. I’ve seen it eat paint right off a car. But you can’t do that anymore – not because the soda has gotten better, but because auto paint has gotten tougher. Bottom line: If you want to be healthier, cut sodas out completely.
11/20/12 Even small levels of alcohol drank by mommy while in the womb influences a child’s IQ, according to a new study. Current advice about moderate alcohol consumption during pregnancy is contradictory at best recommending sometimes complete abstinence and others moderate use. With moderate drinking, the child’s IQ was on average about two points lower while there was no effect for children whose mothers abstained during pregnancy. When a person drinks, ethanol is converted to acetaldehyde. In the ‘slow metabolizers’, peak alcohol levels are generally higher and persist for longer than in ‘fast metabolizers’.
11/19/12 Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects skin, joints, kidneys, lungs, nervous system and other organs. Researchers have now correlated uranium exposure to lupus along with a heightened sensitivity to radiation. Researchers compared lupus rates between people exposed to uranium and those who were not in an effort to explain the high number of lupus cases reported in one Cincinnati community. People exposed to higher levels of uranium, based on proximity to a former uranium processing plant, had lupus rates four times higher than the average population. Cilantro and chlorella are natural chelators of this toxic metal.
11/16/12 ADHD – blame it on the diet! And who is responsible for the child’s diet? NOT the schools, that’s for certain. A large-scale British study published in the Lancet, found that a variety of common food dyes along with the preservative sodium benzoate, increased hyperactivity in children while decreasing their attention spans. These additives have long been known to cause and adversely affect children with ADHD, as well as affecting children having no prior history of behavior problems. You are the adult/parent that is in charge of and solely responsible for the child at all times. If you are not reading all labels, you are being irresponsible!
11/15/12 Experts are now debating the issuance of a smoking license that would limit smoker’s access to tobacco even as smoking-related deaths claim millions of victims each year. Proposed is a “smart card” (a smoker’s tobacco user license) that would tax the tobacco user according to personal consumption rates and even limit the quantities purchased. With this new control, smokers would be required to obtain a swipe-card license to purchase and retailers could not sell to anyone without a card. This control can set daily limits for the number of cigarettes and includes a test of knowledge of health risks for people wanting to buy a license. Next they’ll include booze then junk food then… There is no end to the controls in sight.
11/14/12 A new study has found that meditation training can produce measurable effects on brain function – even when someone is not actively meditating. The article in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, also found differences in effects based on the specific type of meditation practiced. Previous studies support the hypothesis that meditation improves practitioners’ emotional regulation but neuroimaging has found that meditation training not only decreases activation in the emotion areas of the brain, but meditation also helps improve the memory centers of the brain.
11/13/12 Sucking down soft drinks contributes not only to weight gain, but also in the progression of OsteoArthritis (OA) and especially OA in the knee joint. This study found that men who consumed the most soft drinks per week also had the worse knee OA progression. The researchers concluded that men who drink more soft drinks each week may see their knee OA worsen progressively as well. In the understatement of the year, Bing Lu, MD, DrPh, the lead investigator in the study says: “This study may offer the potential to identify a modifiable dietary risk factor for disease progression, enable evaluation of prevailing recommendations of healthy diet, and thus have potential public health implications.” Well DUH!
11/12/12 You can buy the most expensive foods and ruin their nutrient density in less than 2 minutes. Did you know that you can ruin the nutrient density in your food by cooking it at too high a temperature? Most cooking temperatures are around 350 degrees Fahrenheit (400-600 degrees in a microwave). According to Jim Marlowe, a top nutritionist at Dr. Joseph Mercola’s Optimal Wellness Center in Chicago, Illinois, the optimal cooking temperature is 225 degrees for proper nutrition. But according to me, the best cooking temp is under 200 degrees to prevent the destruction of vital nutrients. Never boil your food peeps – unless you plan on drinking the juice.
11/09/12 Newsflash! Breaking news… Never heard before – (NOT)… A Department of Health spokesperson said very recently: “The best way to prevent cardiovascular disease is for people to eat better and be more active.” Research makes it clear: trimming calories from your diet is the most direct route to a healthier heart. “It’s much easier to cut 500 calories than to spend an hour in the gym burning 500 calories every day,” says Timothy Church, M.D., Ph.D., at Louisiana State University. However, both diet and exercise are essential for keeping that weight off.
11/08/12 Why are our children being put on drugs? Parents are generally too busy to deal, teachers are over-worked with too many students and today’s prohibitions on restraint and physical punishment makes chemical restraint the easy solution. We generally find it easier to medicate children who have difficulty sitting still for hours on end than to fix the cause or even gasp discipline them. Proponents of medicating children say that they often do better at classroom tasks if they take the stimulant Ritalin – but look at the price: these medications dull the mind and inhibit creativity and critical thinking. Of course it doesn’t stop there because now these children need additional medications for “unmasked” bipolar disease and other conditions. Most of these children now face a lifetime of medications.
11/07/12 Lung cancer is a disease that forms in tissues in one or both lungs and usually in the cells lining the air passages. The majority of lung cancers are malignancies that arise from epithelial (outer skin-like) cells. Lung cancers most commonly metastasize to the adrenal glands, liver, brain and bone. There are two types of lung cancer; one being small-cell lung cancer and the other one being non-small-cell lung cancer. Cigarette smoking causes most lung cancers but amalgam tooth fillings, high levels of pollution, radiation and asbestos exposure can also increase your risk.
11/06/12 Triclosan… 39 years and the FDA still doesn’t know what to do with this crap. Triclosan is an antibacterial agent found in soaps, detergents and clothing that is sucking our endocrine system dry. Triclosan is actually a pesticide, not a soap. It works on your body to kill off healthy and common bacteria, while enabling powerful bad ones to grow. Triclosan can be found in pretty much anything with the word “antibacterial” on the label. People buy this crap with the mistaken belief that it must be better. Triclosan kills fish and now is found in the urine of 75 percent of our population.
11/05/12 I’ll take a tall glass of moderation with that please and thank you. A study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that men who indulge in the occasional drinkie-poo had a 20 percent lower risk of losing their minds – women lowered their risk a whopping 52 percent. Other studies have found that moderate drinking can lower your risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and peripheral vascular disease, just to name a few. Occasional Drinkers are also generally smarter, live longer and tend to be healthier overall.
11/02/12 Did you know that Roundup is actually a metal chelater? Roundup functions as an herbicide by immobilizing essential nutrients that weaken the plant – then soil organisms kill the plant. These critical nutrients are vital to the plant, microorganisms and ultimately the consumer of the plant, be it human or otherwise. Animals at the University of Iowa fed GMO versus non-GMO feed showed 4 times the aging in GMO-fed animals in just two and a half years In other words, the two and a half year old GMO-fed animal showed the aging patterns of 10 year old animals.
11/01/12 Endometrial cancer is the fifth most common cancer among women. Its primary risk factors include exposure to high estrogen levels and obesity, which is known to elevate chances of developing the disease up to five fold. You get extra phytoestrogen from soy products – GMO soy being the worse. You also get estrogen-like chemicals in your plastic drink and food containers that are directly linked to this cancer as well as obesity. According to a recent study, vitamin D supplementation inhibited the carcinogenic effect of obesity on the endometrium.
10/31/12 A Roundup moment… A very recent German study of the urine of white collar city workers found glyphosphate (Roundup) in ALL urine samples – up to 20 times the limit. The lowest number was 5 times the allowable limit. And these people live and work in the city – not on a farm! Roundup is causing infertility and increased abortive rates in animals fed with Roundup treated grain among many things. Roundup also reduces the nutritional value of the genetically modified plants and foods. Do you eat all organic food or food sprayed with Roundup? It’s time we all decided to go with organic.
10/30/12 Latest science proves that exercise makes you trimmer AND smarter! Twice weekly sessions on stationary bicycles and twice weekly resistance training not only cut inches around study participants’ wastes but it also improved cognitive function and brain oxygenation greatly improved thanks to the exercise. Testing participants before and after the 4-month program measured cognitive functions, body composition, cardiovascular risk, brain oxygenation during exercise and maximal aerobic capacity. Exercise is smart business in the first place.
10/29/12 Bisphenol A, commonly abbreviated as BPA, is an organic compound with two phenol functional groups used to make polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins, along with other applications. It is used to make plastic bottles and storage containers. It is even used in a very popular tooth sealant. This stuff is a known estrogenic that changes the hormones in little boys and girls to bring on precocious puberty and even cancers – among things. There is no safe level of BPA exposure for man, woman, or child. Yet this is what you get in food containers and dental sealants when BPA mixes with saliva.
10/26/12 Lymph fluid is similar to blood – minus the red blood cells which are too large to travel through the capillary walls. But the rest of your blood components transverse the capillary walls as they need to and this is how your cells receive the nutrients and hormones they need. The cells in turn dump toxins and other garbage back into the lymph fluid. Lymph fluid also carries a huge number of white
blood cells to launch attacks against bacteria, fungus, viruses and other foreign cells. But lymph fluid does not go straight back to the blood. Instead it travels to the tonsils, adenoids, kidneys, appendix and other locations for dumping. Lymph is a divine-designed nutrient delivery/waste system in one nifty package.
10/25/12 Cachexia is a cancer process through which tumor cells steal nutrition from the body. Cancerous cells need more energy than healthy cells so they syphon off the nutrition that healthy cells would normally get. With cachexia becomes severe, body wasting occurs as cancer tumors literally starve the victim to death. But cachexia doesn’t show up in the final stages of cancer. It is there from the beginning until the bitter end. Sugar, gluten grains and other simple carbs feed tumor growth by supplying cancer cells with cheap and easy food. Everyone has cancer in their lifetime whether it is found or not. Start you cancer battle plan while the day is young and you still have your health.
10/24/12 Your tonsils hold millions of white blood cells at any given time. The tonsils are actually very important lymph nodes that filter an enormous quantity of lymph fluid daily. Foreign cells, bacteria, fungus or any virus trying to enter through the mouth, nose, eyes, or ears have to deal with the powerful and lethal tonsils. That is, providing that your tonsils are functioning correctly… If the tonsils or other lymph nodes are weak, the invaders set up shop and cause disease. This is actually where cancer and other severe ailments spread by using the lymph system for their own superhighway (lymphoma comes to mind).
10/23/12 Want to grow old and keep your brain? Just walk this way please. People over 70 who exercise regular (like brisk walking) show less brain shrinkage over those who did little exercise. People over 70 who were physically active also had fewer ‘damaged’ areas in the white matter and had more grey matter than those who did little exercise. But scientists at the University of Edinburgh found no advantage for older people that participated in social or mentally stimulating activities. Poor physical performance on activities including walking was associated with increased odds of dementia in people 90 years and older. Researchers say that exercise is one important pathway to maintain a healthy brain size, reduce damage and avoid dementia.
10/22/12 Even supplements can’t replace a healthy diet. Data from the Iowa Women’s Health Study analyzed self-reported supplement use in more than 38,000 women 55-65 years of age. Instead of promoting health, supplemental iron increased mortality risk in a dose dependent manner. We get too much of wrong form of iron peeps! Iron excess leads to bowel trouble, hemorrhoids, cancer and a host of other problems. The best way to get your iron is from beets and other iron-rich veggies. At least your body knows how to deal with that form of iron.
10/19/12 Got a problem you can’t seem to solve? Sleep on it! Sleep helps us solve problems by accessing information that is remote to the initial problem. Sleep and problem solving was just mentioned in the journal Memory & Cognition where it was proposed that ‘sleeping-on-it spreads activation’ to the solution that is initially distant from our first attempts at the problem. The advice stemming from this research is “to leave a problem aside if you’re stuck, and get some sleep if it’s a really difficult problem.”
10/18/12 Carrying out routine and general health checks makes you doc’s wallet fat but it does not reduce deaths from serious diseases according to Cochrane researchers. These extra visits actually have potential negative implications – like a whole lot of diagnosis and treatment of conditions that never were a risk of disease or shortened life. It turns out that general health checks has no impact on hospital admissions or disability but did impact extra worry, additional visits to doctors and time off work. The researchers actually warn against offering general health checks as part of a public health program.
10/17/12 ADHD affects up 12% of children worldwide. Even more so in the US. A new study mentioned in JAMA finds that the neurotoxicity of mercury is a known factor. The same study also mentioned a “protective” or lower risk association of ADHD-related behaviors with two servings or more per week of fish. Peeps, the mercury here didn’t come from the fish! It came from vaccines. Something fishy with the way Big Pharma pushes vaccines on everyone from preggos to the elderly and all in between. Wake up and smell the real thing that is rotten in Denmark. It isn’t the fish
10/16/12 Did you know that most urinary tract infections are caused by E. coli bacteria that normally reside in the gut without causing problems? Oregon State University researchers now suggest what we already know: Powerful antibiotics are used more frequently than necessary and the overuse of the most powerful drugs (especially quinolone antibiotics) speeds the development of bacterial resistance to these drugs. Drug resistant MRSA infection is just the beginning. So what do the medical idiots say? Design more powerful drugs. That will only net us more resistant bacteria peeps. We should fight our battles with diet and probiotics – not more drugs.
10/15/12 Telling us what we already know: The University of Iowa found that infants having close, intimate relationship with at least one parent are less likely to be troubled, aggressive or experience other emotional and behavioral problems at school age and that being attached to dad is just as good as being close to mom. “There is a really important period when a mother or a father should form a secure relationship with their child, and that is during the first two years of life.” says Sanghag Kim, at the UI.
10/12/12 A survey showed that only one third of patients receive dietary advice from a physician to increase eating of fruits and veggies. 70% of adult Americans are “overweight” and more than 30% fall into the obese ranking. Poor diet is a major contributor to being overweight – the leading cause of chronic disease and death in the United States, including coronary heart disease, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and stroke. The biggest problem is not only are we fat, we are lazy too as there is very low adherence to healthy dietary practices. In 2000, the CDC showed that less than 25% of Americans eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables and that about 75% of people are sedentary.
10/11/12 What have I been saying peeps? Daily activities, such as fast walking, can cut heart disease and stroke factors in half according to a new article in the BMJ Open. Areas measured were midriff bulge, high blood pressure, insulin resistance, higher than normal levels of blood glucose and abnormal blood fat levels. Interestingly, it was not only the amount of exercise, but also the intensity which helped curb the likelihood of developing heart disease and stroke factors. Fast walking speed cut risks by 50% but jogging only cut them by 40%. A one-hour slow walk made almost no difference.
10/10/12 Crash-course in child safety: Car accidents are a main cause of injury and death among children. A new study found that 37% of all children under 16 are incorrectly belted in the vehicle. A whopping 23% of children are so poorly restrained that a high-speeds collision could have serious consequences. The study found safety errors to be the highest in children aged 4-7 years. The top five mistakes are; misplaced seat belts, twisted belts, loose straps, belt under the arm instead of over the shoulder and young children in a seat without side support. In booster seats, over half of the children using them were incorrectly restrained.
10/09/12 Dr Sidney Smith of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is the president of the World Heart Federation. Smith says that one of the greatest challenges for controlling heart disease and other disease markers is simply convincing the patients to change their lifestyle, including stopping smoking, increasing physical activity, and eating healthier foods. The bigger challenge after that monumental task is have them adhere to those changes. “I personally do not think that taking medication should be a substitute for changing lifestyle,” said Smith.
10/08/12 Millions of people go to tanning salons annually. A new study shows that indoor tanning significantly increases the risk of the most common non-melanoma skin cancers making indoor tanning responsible for more than 170,000 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancers annually – just in the US. People that go to the tanning salons before age 25 have a much higher risk of developing basal cell carcinomas compared to those who never use tanning booths. Researchers reported. “Hundreds of thousands of cancers each year are attributed to tanning beds,” said Eleni Linos, MD, DrPH, an assistant professor of dermatology at UCSF. ”
10/05/12 Moisture barriers are the front-line allergy defenses for your body. However, slathering a cheap moisturizer on your skin might create a barrier that holds in a little water. But most moisturizers don’t do much more than that. In fact, a lot of skin moisturizing products are full of chemicals and artificial ingredients and are actually quite toxic and cause many more problems than they solve. These chemicals cause irritation and swelling in the skin that make you use even more moisturizer. Studies show that plain old aloe is very effective in helping your skin retain moisture and stay healthy.
10/04/12 70% of children ages 5 to 14 ride bicycles but less than 25% of children wear helmets while bicycling. According to the CDC, head injury is the most common cause of death and serious disability from bicycle crashes. The fact is that wearing a helmet can reduce up to 87% of the acceleration force experienced by the skull during impact and a helmet can resist forces up to 470 pounds. Neurosurgeon and helmet expert Dr. Mattei, says: “Parents must be aware that it is their responsibility to provide and assure that all available safety measures… Parents should teach by example, and their children will easily learn what measures must be taken to protect themselves”.
10/03/12 Sad conclusions: Patients who received medical warnings to not drive after a physician judged them to be unfit to drive brought a reduction in road-crash with ER visits for over 45% for these drivers. But during the same 3-year study, medical warnings were associated with an increase in ER visits for depression and, of course, a decrease in return visits from that patient to the responsible physician. Study conclusion: Physicians’ warnings to patients who are potentially unfit to drive may contribute to a decrease in subsequent trauma from road crashes, yet they may also exacerbate mood disorders and compromise the doctor–patient relationship.
10/02/12 Your hair color comes from the pigment melanin, which is either blackish brown or reddish yellow with actual mix of each determining individual shades. Hair pigment is made by cells called melanocytes at the base of the hair follicle where the melanocytes inject pigment into the hair. Gray hair is normally a part of the aging process, and the rate of going ray is genetically predetermined because in everyone’s lifetime, these cells slow down and can even stop producing color all together. Sudden graying can be brought on by sickness, nutritional lack, severe oxidation in the body (like in toxic heavy metal or radiation exposure) and even toxic mold exposure.
10/01/12 Dentists are the only doctors that leave dead tissue in the body. Dentist Frank Jerome says: “The idea of keeping a dead, infected organ in the body is only thought to be a good idea by dentists. A root canal-treated tooth always negatively affects your immune system.” If a tooth even suggest that it hurts you are in line for a ripped out artery and nerve that kill the tooth. Dr. Price tested some 5,000 animals over a 25-year period and found that no matter how good they looked, root canals always remained infected. Dr. Price documented his findings in two monumental volumes entitled Dental Infections Oral & Systemic and Dental Infections and the Degenerative Diseases.
09/28/12 Eat a tube of fluoride toothpaste and go to the ER… a mere 1/2 a tube can kill a child. It’s right there on the warning label of your toothpaste tubes. Your teeth need calcium fluoride for bones and teeth NOT sodium fluoride. Fluoride is pure poison. Besides, the glycerin in toothpastes prevents the re-enamilizing of your teeth. Run from glycerin and shun sodium fluoride like – well, poison. Instead, use baking soda and a small swish of hydrogen peroxide. That’s what I do!
09/27/12 Do you read at night? Volunteers read iPads normally or for two hours while wearing glasses with lenses to filter out the blue light. Volunteers who didn’t filter the blue light at all had melatonin levels plunge 22%! You know, the sleep hormone melatonin. iPads and other tablets emit a type of blue light that awakens your body and actually stops your body from making melatonin. Solution: Don’t read on your iPad or tablet anywhere near bed time! Find the old-fashioned black and white book for bedtime reading.
09/26/12 The first of the baby boomers are turning 65 this year. Millions of others are on the threshold of that magic number now. The boomers are the generation that brought into significance the treadmill, aerobic exercise, conditioning training, balanced nutrition along with anti-aging and the healthy lifestyle. Bringing health consciousness and fitness into one’s lifestyle isn’t always easy to do but it sure pays great dividends in the long run. Being more disciplined to develop better eating habits alone can immensely improve your health to help you enjoy a more active and wholesome lifestyle.
09/25/12 Many health practitioners use color light therapy as part of their healing regimen. There are some 400 disorders that color light therapy cures. Dr Edwin D. Babbitt first introduced color light therapy in 1878, with his book, “The Principles of Light and Color.” The AMA was so threatened by the numbers of practicing physicians who were curing otherwise untreatable conditions using color light therapy that they waged a 30-year campaign to squash color light therapy. The AMA slandered Spectro-Chrome Color Therapy as a scam, and even brought Dr Dinshah, founder of Spectro Chrome Therapy, to trial over it – which trial he won, by the way.
09/24/12 GMO bees? Experts already know that the use of the pesticide neonicotinoids is the culprit that is killing off masses of bees. This type of insecticide is manufactured by the German based Bayer company, you know, the Nazi company that has a history of creating death chemicals. New published studies definitely link the bee colony collapses to this class of pesticides and could be enough to get them on the banned list of chemicals. But they won’t go down easy as Monsanto and other Bio-tech companies would rather produce genetically modified bees to compensate the loss of natural bees. Albert Einstein said when the bees disappear that man will follow 4 years later.
09/21/12 The latest offensive for protecting the event of birth is a term coined “Birth Rape”. Medics who ignore pregnant women’s civil rights of privacy to operate on, inject or invade bodies without present agreement & permission may be birth raping during delivery. Complaints both online and with authorities tell about bullying, intimidation, threats, demands, abuse, isolation from counsel and loved ones, birth trauma and ultimately, the abuse of power and the neglect of needs by medics. “Birth Rape” can hurt, terrify, damage and cause birth trauma to mother and baby.
09/20/12 Body scans and roadside X-rays = radiation and humiliation: The government has no business taking images of innocent people without a warrant, probable cause, or reasonable suspicion that they are going to commit a violent act. Riding on airplanes and driving down the road is not a suspicious activity and does not make you a terror suspect. So aside from being invasive and physically harmful AND even distasteful, using these scanners is unconstitutional! It violates the Fourth Amendment. I was forced by a mobile x-ray unit at a TX checkpoint. No choice – NOT HAPPY!
09/19/12 Women who are pregnant, thinking of becoming pregnant, or who are breast-feeding should make certain they are taking the following four nutrients to ensure their baby’s health and full development: Folic acid, plant source calcium, sunshine form of vitamin D and a good fish oil omega-3 (DHA.) Proper nutrition is essential for the health of both the woman and the unborn child. Regular exercise and activity will help by keeping mommy in shape for labor and delivery as well as keeping nutrients pumping through the body and to the baby.
09/18/12 Regular exercise lowers your risk of dying of any disease by 56 percent! One study showed that just walking 5 days a week adds up to 4 years to your life because you put off getting heart disease. But don’t eat sugar after exercise. A University of Virginia research team demonstrated that carbohydrates are burned during exercise in direct proportion to the intensity of training. Fat burning is also correlated with intensity. However, the actual fat burning takes place after the workout, during the recovery.
09/17/12 A bill was signed into law in July banning the sale, production and possession of bath salt drugs. Users are mostly teens and young adults. But bath salt producers just adjust the chemical formulations to come up with new drugs that aren’t covered by laws. Before the DEA acted to make bath salts illegal, these substances were sold at gas stations, head shops, and record stores. Bath salts used as a drug cause hypertension, tachycardia, nausea, vomiting, agitation, anxiety, paranoia, seizures, and suicidal ideation. Even though these are very dangerous chemicals, people can still purchase them online.
09/14/12 To make serotonin from 5htp in the body takes several co-factors including adenosyl-B12,Vit C, Zn, Mg and others. If you are deficient in any of these it can stop/hinder the serotonin levels. Big Pharma psych drugs force the serotonin levels, which affects the reduction cycle and causes side-effects. Naturopathic medicine feeds the pathway and allows all the processes to work like they should. There are ALWAYS consequences for taking Big Pharma drugs. There are major benefits for finding the problem and fixing it.
09/13/12 Tattoos percentages in US adults have increased from 14% in 2008 to 21% in 2012. Tattooing can expose the person to risks of serious infections. Historically, the control of safe tattooing practices and preventing contamination of ink at the tattoo parlors is a regulatory task overseen by state and local authorities. Even if a person receives a tattoo at a tattoo parlor that maintains the highest
standards of hygienic practice, there is a risk of infection from contaminated ink. Seek medical attention if red papules or a diffuse macular rash develop at the tattoo site. Look for artists who use sanitary tattooing practices and who can confirm that their inks have undergone a process that eliminates harmful microbial contaminants.
09/12/12 The menstrual cycle, is the female body’s way of preparing for pregnancy each cycle. The brain and ovaries send hormones back and forth to prepare the ovaries to release and egg and prepare the uterus for pregnancy. Estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are manufactured mainly in the ovaries while FSH and LH are pumped out by the pituitary gland to ripen and release the egg from the ovary. During the complete cycle, the lining of the uterus thickens to prepare to receive a fertilized egg. When no fertile egg implants, the uterus sheds its lining, causing a period of menstrual bleeding. This cycle begins on the first day of bleeding and normally continues for approximately 28 days.
09/11/12 Free radicals are created when your cells combine with oxygen. Sometimes cells get damaged in the oxygenation process and these damaged cells are missing a molecule and in order to find their missing molecule, they attack healthy cells. Free radicals injure healthy cells and damage their DNA. If healthy cells mutate, they multiply and grow abnormally, setting the stage for disease. Causes of free radicals are damage caused during cell division, air pollution, cigarette smoke, asbestos, mold, vaccines, drugs, excessive sun exposure, contaminated food or drinking water, toxins, pesticides, and excessive alcohol.
09/10/12 Research shows that the more exercise begets more sex, as exercisers are generally healthier, more attractive, younger, and enjoy physical activities. Both exercise and sex brings on endorphins which are hormones released in the brain that reduce pain and increase pleasure. Like the “runner’s high”, the more often endorphins are released, the quicker they’re released with increased arousal and pleasure. Regular sex and exercise are great ways to reduce stress levels and also boost energy to make it through the day. Give it a try.
09/07/12 Researchers looked for an association between preeclampsia and exposure to traffic-related air pollution. They collected air pollution, weather and traffic volume data from routine local monitoring stations throughout the region and added estimated average nitrogen dioxide levels at some 23,000 women’s homes for every week of pregnancy. What did they find? Higher levels of traffic-related air pollution near their homes over the entire pregnancy resulted in a 12 percent greater risk of pregnant women developing preeclampsia. The link between air pollution and preeclampsia appeared to be greatest during the third trimester.
09/06/12 Is there any safe level of exposure to dangerous chemicals like formaldehyde and 1,4 dioxane (known carcinogens)? Yet these ingredients are commonly found in baby products. Why do companies like Johnson and Johnson use these cancer causers when other companies do not? But now J&J has suddenly announced that they will discontinue adding formaldehyde-releasing chemicals and other dangerous ingredients from baby soaps and shampoos – by the end of next year. NEXT YEAR? I suppose they think they deserve a Nobel Peace Prize for this. I say don’t buy any of their products now and they’ll change now.
09/05/12 Be good to your heart: Brush with tooth powder, but only brush the teeth you want to keep! A survey of some 12,000 people in Scotland found that those who rarely or never brushed their teeth had a 70 % higher risk of heart attack, stroke, cardiovascular and other problems. People who don’t brush the pearly whites often also have higher levels of C-reactive protein, an inflammation marker of high cholesterol which is an indicator of heart risk. If you read my posts about cholesterol misinformation you know the rest…
09/04/12 In the early 1900s, simple hydrogen peroxide was widely used in medicine. Many bacterial diseases, including syphilis, whooping cough, cholera, typhoid fever, ulcers, tuberculosis, and asthma all respond to H2O2. Then Big Pharma began to develop expensive, money-maker drugs and hydrogen peroxide has effectively been discarded as a treatment option. During an immune response, hydrogen peroxide is released by T-cells to destroy bacteria, viruses and fungi. Blood platelets release hydrogen peroxide in the blood and in the GI tract, acidophilus lactobacillus produces H2O2 to fight candida yeast. Hydrogen peroxide stimulates natural killer (NK) cells to attack cancer cells throughout the body.
08/31/12 Diphtheria was one of the most feared of childhood diseases in Great Grandma’s day that in today’s time has almost completely disappeared. Doctors and educated mucky-mucks insist that the decline is from the DPT vaccine, but there is ample evidence that diphtheria was already diminishing long BEFORE a vaccine was first given. Today your child has about as much chance of contracting diphtheria as they do of being bitten by a cobra. Yet millions of children are immunized against it with repeated injections at two, four, six, and eighteen months and then given “booster” shots when they enter school. Not my kids!
08/30/12 Emotional hunger feels like it needs to be satisfied instantly with the food you crave; physical hunger can wait. Emotional hunger comes on suddenly; physical hunger occurs gradually. Even when you are full, if you’re eating to satisfy an emotional need, you’re more likely to keep eating. Emotional eating can leave behind feelings of guilt; eating when you are physically hungry does not. Your gut is densely lined with neuro-peptides and receptors exchanging emotional information. The pancreas alone releases 20 emotionally laden peptides. According to the University of MD 75% of all overeating is due to emotions.
08/29/12 Time to take care of the old ticker, eh? Conditions of the heart and circulatory system together account for 46% of all fatalities in men and 54% in women. Your heart will beat about three billion times in your lifetime to pump 2000 gallons of blood through our body every day. Your heart sends out oxygen rich arterial blood from the lungs and sends it to your 70 trillion body cells. The cells take the oxygen and nutrients they need for life and give off carbon dioxide and metabolic by-products.
08/28/12 Male testosterone drops by up to two percent a year after age 30. Because of this, scientists have long suggested that sleep loss causes testosterone drop. But a new study suggests it’s the other way around: decreases in testosterone lowers the high synchronization required between brain cells, affecting sleep. Some of this is caused by the ingestion of BPAs found in plastic containers. As our environment becomes more and more toxic studies show the overall decline in men is growing worse and worse. Avoid plastic bottles and canned goods with plastic liners and try maca for a Chinese medicine solution.
08/27/12 A USDA scientist says potentially hazardous nanoparticles can be found today in food products in grocery chains and vegetable wholesalers. Nanoparticles make the ketchup slide out of the bottle, give texture and color stability, are used for packaging barriers, food coatings, odor killers and also to deliver drugs directly into the body’s cells. Research shows that nanoparticles can cross the human placenta, exposing the developing fetus to the tiny materials that are increasingly used in medicines, vaccines and personal care products. What deadly effects do these nanoparticles have on humans? We will soon find out…
08/24/12 The fear of weight gain keeps some people smoking. The fact is, smokers do gain, on average, between five and 10 pounds when they quit. Physiological and psychological changes happen when a person quits. Many quitters mistake a craving for nicotine as a craving for hunger and replace one habit with another. Others use food as a coping mechanism. However, weight gain is not inevitable and being a quitter can actually open up some amazing new possibilities.
08/23/12 Diabetes: One in ten Chinese adults already has the disease and another 16% are on the verge of developing it, according to a study published in the NEJM. The rate of increase is much faster than seen in Europe and in the U.S. and tracks right along with the most rapid increase in air and water pollution ever seen on earth. China is becoming home to the most diabetics in the world as at the same time it is also home to the worst pollution.
08/21/12 According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 24. That means that more than 5,000 U.S. teens and young adults take their own lives every year. Among university students, the statistics are even more sobering: The Centers for Disease Control identifies suicide as the second leading cause of death on college campuses. A new study finds a slew of meds commonly dished out for everything from headaches to cholesterol also cause suicide.
08/20/12 I could have told them that! Children suffering from juvenile idiopathic arthritis have lower than normal overall bone mass and are prone to developing osteoporosis in early adulthood. It has now being advised that these children increase their supplemental intake of calcium and vitamin D to help protect them from the effects of this possible outcome. But gluten, sodas and high fructose corn syrup are the bad boys that started this riot. That and the fact that little Johnny sits inside all day at the computer games… Unplug the computer – water them and send them outside!
08/17/12 Maintaining a healthy posture at all times is critical for preventing back, neck and other skeletal problems in general. Particularly as it pertains to the head and shoulders area. Remember to take breaks from work by breathing deep, looking up, relaxing the neck, and keeping one’s shoulders back instead of hunched forward. This can make all the difference in preventing further problems down the road and also save on the chiropractor bill.
08/16/12 Menopause is not a disease that requires treatment. It is a natural stage of life. HRT only addresses the symptoms and never the causes. This is true in the case of ovarian hormones such as estrogen and progesterone given to menopausal women. HRT does not address the causes or real problems. Many women do fine without hormone replacement at menopause. Diet and lifestyle are major factors in a smooth passage to menopause. When women experience hot flashes, vaginal dryness, mood swings and other symptoms during menopause, look to the adrenal glands and thyroid deficiency as the root cause. Every time!
08/15/12 During any infection, the body levels of iron are depressed in a condition called anemia, or hypoferremic response. Anemia is often a defensive response in the body to infection and chronic disorders rather than being a condition by itself. If we are anemic and taking supplemental iron we are actually countering the body’s own efforts to bring about healing during the inflammatory processes of infection and cancer. The journal Alzheimer’s Disease reports, “Loose iron is involved in the onset and progression of brain decay. Metal removal (chelation) is proposed as a factor for promoting brain and cognitive function by its ability to dissolve amyloid deposits in the brain.”
08/14/12 Have you ever noticed how young people in good health never seem to have indigestion? It is because their stomachs make enough acid to digest their food. But as we age, our stomachs make less and less acid. By the time we are 60 years old, our stomach acid has dropped off some 75% on average from when we were 20. Hydrochloric acid in the stomach is required to break calcium down. Antacids actually prevent calcium absorption. Supplemental HCL taken at mealtimes and with the calcium supplement helps break it down and also cures some peoples’ “acid reflux”.
08/13/12 Remember all the recent flap about BPA (a plasticizer that disrupts hormones) and how it is injuring our kiddos? Well, the plastic industry actually requested a ban on BPA so you would buy the “BPA free” products for more money. But the “safer” BPA free baby bottles and other plastics have a dirty little secret ingredient called BPS which is 19 times worse in penetrating the skin. BPS acts as estrogen inside the human body – just like BPA, but slightly weaker – that is, until you factor in the 19 times sneakier at getting into the body. Breastfeeding is the only way to go. If you have to have a bottle, use a glass one.
08/10/12 There is a May 17 report with the results of a widely publicized study of the association between coffee consumption and reduced mortality. Coffee consumption appeared to reduce the rate of death from accidents and injuries at work. But don’t break out the expresso machine just yet as cafestol and kahweol in coffee beans have been identified as hypercholesterolemic compounds. Consumption of unfiltered coffee has been found to increase the risk of coronary heart disease. The use of a paper filter during coffee preparation traps these compounds but this study found no other real health advantages in drinking coffee in general – filtered or not.
08/09/12 Cholesterol is not the villain that is going to destroy your health and is definitely not the cause of heart disease. Cholesterol is found in your bloodstream and in every cell in your body, where it helps produce cell membranes, hormones, vitamin D and bile acids that help you to digest fat. Cholesterol helps generate soft fatty tissues and manufacture hormones for good health and is required in the brain for neurological function. Cholesterol is a good thing and rogue calcium is the actual bad-guy! Excess amounts of calcium scars the blood vessels and can become deposits in your organs, blood vessels and brain. A healthy diet will provide all the calcium you need.
08/08/12 Here’s a clue, now find the cause and fix it peeps! Researchers watched the bathroom habits of nearly 16,000 people and found that those under 65 who made two or more toilet trips each night had twice the risk of death from all causes than those who made fewer trips. This is according to the study presented at the American Urological Association’s annual meeting. If you fall in this risk category you may want to look at our diet and health. You can bet gluten sensitivity is involved in a majority of cases. Try going gluten free and see if the nocturnal bathroom trips cut down or go away.
08/07/12 Vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients come from outside of the body; hormones are made within the body. The reason that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can be tricky – even dangerous – is that hormones are normally produced inside the body, in specific combinations that are very complex and vary minute by minute. Hormones have pathways inside the body that need nutrients and enzymes to make them work. Vitamins, minerals and other phytonutrients are obtained from outside of the body and are stored with no harmful impact on the body because the body has many complex buffering systems that protect from storing too much of one nutrient. This is not true of HRT as excess hormones are toxic to the body.
08/06/12 Seeing pink in the sink? When you brush your teeth and spit, this is not normal. Bleeding gums are often a sign of something that is easy to correct by regular flossing and brushing less vigorously. But sometimes bleeding gums are a warning of something more serious, like periodontal disease or even diabetes. Limiting sugary snacks between meals can help deter the dental plaque that causes bleeding gums. Chewing gluten-free xylitol gum helps loosen the bacteria around the teeth and gums and can prevent cavities and gum disease. Also diet high in vitamin C, folic acid, calcium, and B vitamins maintains healthy gums. I use tooth powder and a healthy squirt of hydrogen peroxide on my toothbrush every day when I brush.
08/03/12 Mediocre or not? Your life began as a single fertilized egg cell with 46 chromosomes, some protoplasm and a few thousand mitochondria. 9 months later (based on the DNA information on these chromosomes), out you came – with every cell, tissue and organ fully functioning and alive. To begin this amazing journey you did not even have a brain to plan with. What you had was a God-designed cellular intelligence which became you: the now combined collaboration of 100 trillion cells.
08/02/12 Children with higher cadmium levels are three times more likely to have learning disabilities and be placed in special ed, according to research. The startling part is that Harvard’s Robert Wright says the links to cadmium and learning disabilities were found at commonplace levels previously thought to be benign. Cadmium is found in small quantities in certain foods, but it also is found in high quantities in cheap children’s jewelry. The AP reported that some Chinese manufacturers of children’s metal jewelry were substituting cadmium for lead, which was banned under recent federal law.
08/01/12 HRT: The body’s natural hormone secretion varies every minute of every day. The body balances hundreds of factors second by second with lifestyle, diet, attitude, stressors, illnesses, temperature changes, hydration levels and many other things. Ultimately it is impossible to duplicate this balance with hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Besides this, HRT never addresses the root causes and ends up treating symptoms. Some causes of hormone imbalances include nutrient deficiencies, toxic heavy metals, toxic chemicals, radiation, emotional imbalances and stress. When these causes are addressed, the symptoms go away without HRT.
07/31/12 The fat and the poor… University of Washington: The skinniest people shop at Whole Foods where only 4 percent of the shoppers are obese. Why? It’s all about money – or lack thereof. People who are poor and have less to spend on food try to get the biggest calorie bang for their food buck. That means they not only shop at cheaper stores, but also buy less healthy food. The percentage of obese shoppers is almost 10 times higher at low-cost grocery stores, compared with more upscale stores.
07/30/12 Gluten sensitivity is NOT the same thing as Celiac Disease. Gluten sensitivity causes you to miss out on your fat soluble vitamins like vitamin D and K. Eating gluten has now been related to bone density problems in people with gluten sensitivity that can’t digest gluten properly. Gluten sensitivity also causes weight problems by increasing the ghrelin in the digestive tract leaving you hungry when you shouldn’t be. Ghrelin is the hunger hormone that enhances feelings of hunger. The solution: STOP EATING GLUTEN!
07/27/12 Asthma is the No. 1 cause of school absenteeism among children, according to the U.S. Department of Education, and accounts for more than 14 million total missed days of school. That’s approximately eight days for each student with asthma. Did you know that in 1959, Dr. Albert H. Rowe, a pioneer in the field of food allergies, successfully treated 95 asthmatic patients with dietary changes alone? Do you want to see that happen? It takes change and commitment to pull it off.
07/26/12 Chronic fatigue Syndrome: Many CFS patients complain of gut dysfunction and IBS-related symptoms. Recent evidence for interactions between the intestinal flora, mucosal barrier and the immune system have shown to all play a role in the CFS. Studies of the intestinal tract have identified specific microorganisms related to IBS and other diseases. Data also shows that inflammation, even if mild (gluten?), can lead to persistent changes in GI nerve and smooth muscle function, resulting in constipation, slow motility, digestive hypersensitivity, and dysfunction.
07/25/12 In mononucleosis, the macrophages in the spleen become overactive, trapping a higher number of white blood cells causing the spleen to inflame. If you do not have a spleen then it is of utmost importance to keep you colon in great health with raw foods and lots of probiotics. There are other B lymphocytes in your body but it is impaired in its ability to strike a first response without the spleen. The most damage done to the spleen is by vaccines. More vaccines = more toxic damage and overall body-burden. We’ve all heard about “Susan G. Komen for the Cure”. My question is: “If they are really ‘for the cure’ then why do they pour hundreds of millions into what doesn’t work?” How come they don’t fund research into mega-dose IV vitamin C “for the cure” for cancer?
07/24/12 Insight into holistic medicine: The definition of Orthomolecular Medicine goes back to Linus Pauling in 1968.The word orthomolecular expresses the idea of the right molecules in the right concentration. The Greek word ortho means, right, correct or adjusted. Couple this with the word molecule and we find “correct” molecules. The fact that we even need Orthomolecular Medicine says that the normal body process has been interfered with. This happens with the chemical drugs and other things we encounter in our environment that affect us on the molecular level.
07/23/12 I don’t recommend getting your news from television, and definitely don’t recommend getting your dietary advice from commercials. Your health is too important to follow anyone blindly- including following me! Diet is inextricably linked to conditions such as heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. What we eat has a significant implication for the brain and unhealthy diets increase the risk for psychiatric and neurological conditions, such as depression and dementia, whereas healthy diets improve your health.
07/20/12 The spleen receives blood from an artery off of the aorta and passes it through a meshwork of tiny blood vessels before the blood continues to the liver. The blood vessels of the spleen contain nests of memory type B lymphocytes. The blood is monitored in the spleen by T-cells for invaders and when any bad guys are found it is matched to any of the myriad of memory B-cells. Once a matching B-cell is activated, the immune cell divides rapidly to produce antibodies against the enemy. The blood vessels in the spleen are also lined with macrophages to digest debris in the blood like worn out red blood cells and platelets. The worst thing you can do to your spleen is to take in vaccine toxins that actually destroy the spleen’s normal function.
07/19/12 If you are doing HCG for weight loss, your liver starts to burn stored toxins in fat cells (especially from high fructose corn syrup). When you start burning old fat cells on an HCG program, fat cells release their toxins back into the body making a toxic burden on your liver that can make you feel bad. If you are on a diet and start to feel bad try taking activated charcoal, drink lots of water and maybe take come chlorella. We offer HCG in the clinic but usually on different terms than the standard protocol. HCG is good stuff – if your doc knows what they are doing and are not practicing horse shoe and hand grenade medicine.
07/18/12 I love a good old-fashioned home birth! The number of pregnant women who choose to have their babies at home instead of at a hospital has risen by 20 percent in the past four years, according to the CDC. A study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal found that home births are just as safe, if not safer, than hospital births. Women who plan home births recover more rapidly from childbirth. These mothers tended to end up with fewer tears and lacerations, fewer cases of postpartum hemorrhage and fewer infections. And you don’t have to wrestle the nurses for custody of your newborn.
07/17/12 Arthritis is now our leading cause of disability in the US, costing $128 billion a year. I struggle with these facts every time I see someone lugging a supertanker of soda pop and munching on a honeybun. Food allergies like gluten and especially dairy and shrimp, can aggravate rheumatoid arthritis. I recommend an elimination diet, which involves removing all potential allergens from the diet and slowly adding these foods back to see if they trigger symptoms. Start it off with a 21 day juice fast if you dare to get better.
07/16/12 Medical science cannot cure anything. The body only can bring a cure and the best thing we can do is to help and not hinder the process of healing. What we call being sick is actually a healing crisis by the body attempting to cleanse from poisons or invaders. Illness is actually a healing crisis intended to save our lives. Drugs and surgery only serve to treat symptoms and generally interfere with the healing process while the cause of the disease remains, unaffected. Cutting out cancer only cures that particular symptom, leaving the cause still in the body to eventually break out somewhere else.
07/13/12 Urine therapy is effective in a wide range of different infectious, fungal and viral infections, such as hepatitis, poliomyelitis and AIDS. Urine is especially effective against allergies, autoimmune diseases and other disorders of the immune system. Urine contains antibodies and immune stimulating factors against all viruses, harmful bacteria or fungi that we are harboring in our body. Even cancer often responds very well to urine therapy. Urine contains countless hormones, enzymes, vitamins, trace minerals and is a treasure-trove of just the right bio-chemicals that we need for conditions. Urine can be injected into tumors or muscle tissues, diluted to homeopathic quantities and even imbibed whole. Ask your naturopath about its potential benefits for you.
07/12/12 Like, who can afford this one anymore? A long-ranging study tracked 43,000 men and women for nearly 30 years to find that women who smoked between one and four cigarettes daily were five times more likely to die of lung cancer than nonsmokers. Men who were also “light” smokers were about three times more likely to die of lung cancer. Both men and women were nearly three times as likely to die of coronary artery disease. Simply put, there is no safe cigarette or level of exposure.
07/11/12 Sunburned? Cool some green tea in the refrigerator and put it into a spray bottle to mist onto sun-burned skin. This green tea remedy is scientifically proven to reduce the redness! After tea bags are cooled, they’re an excellent antidote to reduce sunburned eye puffiness. Simply apply to the eyes for 20 minutes. Another great remedy for sunburn is to dab on some all natural vanilla with a cotton ball. Never use the poisonous sun-block goops. Best sun-block out there is a tree or an umbrella. Get out of the sun when you turn pink.
07/10/12 As you get older, your blood starts to thicken and travels through your body much slower (like trying to push mud through a garden hose). But your cells and organs need fresh supplies of oxygen and nutrients in order to function properly. If your blood is too slow delivering them, your body is suffering the consequences. High fructose corn syrup has the nasty side effect of thickening blood and raising blood pressure but fish oil is a natural blood thinner that works wonders on high blood pressure. Never take the drug aspirin for blood pressure. Google the side effects of aspirin if you want to know why.
07/09/12 Snoring is caused by the soft palate and uvula vibrating as the breathing becomes obstructed during sleep. Some causes are allergies, being overweight, drinking before bed and having large tonsils or a deviated septum. Chronic snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea where someone stops breathing in their sleep. Sleep apnea can increase your chances of high blood pressure and heart disease and make you groggy in the morning or unable to concentrate during the day. The most common ways to treat sleep apnea are CPAP or oral appliance therapy. Oral appliances are small, flexible devices that look like mouthguards that increase the airway space by moving the lower jaw into a forward position.
07/06/12 Well this is kind of depressing if you can remember why… Having depression may nearly double the risk of developing dementia later in life. Two studies published in the American journal Neurology suggest that early-in-life depression makes dementia more likely. Brain chemistry and lifestyle factors like diet and the amount of social time a person engages in are factors. Inflammation of brain tissue that occurs when a person is depressed might contribute to dementia (or the inflammation is the actually the cause of the depression). Certain proteins found in the brain that increase with depression may also increase the risk of developing dementia. Let’s find the cause and fix it peeps.
07/05/12 Shampoos are among the most frequently reported products to the FDA. Complaints include eye irritation, scalp irritation, tangled hair, swelling of the hands, face and arms and split and fuzzy hair. The main cause of these problems is sodium lauryl sulfate. Both sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate are used in many soaps, shampoos, detergents, toothpastes and other products for foaming agents. Chemically these bad boys are known as surfactants and are esters of sulphuric acid AKA “sulfuric acid monododecyl ester sodium salt”. Beware: there are over 150 other different names by which it hides in consumer products
07/03/12 There is a cultural stigma against breastfeeding which has caused many a mother to opt for bottle-feeding. Breastmilk contains immunoglobulins and antibodies for a healthy immune system that are critical for baby’s development and can’t be gotten any other way. Baby formulas are a bad-bad substitute and can never achieve what God intended. But because of a general attitude in our society about breasts and breastfeeding, many women just don’t feel at ease with nursing, and especially in public. In reality, when they get over the initial fears, mothers find that breastfeeding is the best experience of their lives.
07/02/12 You cannot survive without cholesterol. Your body uses cholesterol to form cell membranes, make hormones and many other normal body functions. Cholesterol is used by cells as a form of insulation to maintain their temperature. The liver synthesizes bile from cholesterol and bile is used in the breakdown and digestion of dietary fats. Cholesterol is used to make vitamin D made from sunlight that is needed for bone health and calcium absorption. 25 percent of the body’s cholesterol is in the brain. Total cholesterol between 200 to 300 is healthy. Below 200 the body suffers, mental cognition falls and sex hormones plummet.
06/29/12 When our bodies get stuck in a stressed-out state, the hypothalamus continually sounds an alarm that resounds through the whole body. This causes the central nervous system to respond by triggering the adrenal glands to release adrenaline which raises the heart rate and blood pressure for fight-or-fight response. This adrenaline reaction is fine when you have to run from a hungry lion but some people are stuck in that state of fight-or-flight. This causes a surplus of cortisol in our bodies which causes weight gain and damages and destroys brain cells.
06/28/12 The tongue of a person suffering from Thrush is covered with a thick, white coating made up of tiny lesions. Thrush will often appear on the gums and inner lips, back of the throat and tonsils. Candida is normally present in the mouth along with bacteria to keep the fungus in check, but medications such as antibiotics, aspirin, birth control pills and steroids are known to upset the balance and cause Thrush. Stress also causes thrush. Extra virgin Coconut oil has anti-microbial properties and can be generously applied in the mouth over all the affected areas which will heal very effectively. Grapefruit seed extract is another very good remedy. Rinsing your mouth with baking soda in water and chewing a clove of garlic works well also.
06/27/12 A sty in the eye -AKA hordeolum – is like a boil or enraged pimple on the outside of the eyelid (although they can also form inside). A sty is an acute bacterial infection caused by staphylococcus which attacks the base of the eyelashes or oil glands on the eyelids. Makeup can cause this infection along with stress and hormonal imbalances. A hot compress or hand-towel, dipped in bearably hot water with a mild solution of boric acid should be held against the sty for 10 minutes 3-4 times a day. Also, a moderately hot Chamomile tea bag placed over the sty, will aid in draining out all the pus from the sty.
06/26/12 Hyperhydrosis: Sweating is controlled by the autonomous action of the sympathetic nervous system. Nerves stimulate sweat glands to secrete sweat under certain conditions such as external heat or emotional stress. Alcohol, caffeinated beverages and spicy foods all tend to cause sweating along with fevers, low blood sugar, neurological conditions, weakened immune system and menopause. A glass of tomato juice daily or drinking a mixture of apple cider vinegar, lemon juice and honey can inhibit excessive sweating. I don’t recommend the commercial deodorants or the Botox treatments that deal with symptoms and cause more harm than good.
06/25/12 The body has habit forming tendencies, meaning that it functions best when it can predict and prepare for its surroundings. The body is constantly adjusting how it functions based upon our habits. If you take a nap at a certain time each day, then after a little while, you’ll start feeling really sleeping around that time each day. That’s because your body, in preparation, releases melatonin into your bloodstream because it’s expecting you to take a nap. Same thing happens with vitamins and nutrients. Take them on a regular schedule and your body shifts into a mode to utilize them optimally.
06/22/12 Candida albicans is a common type of fungus that normally lives in your intestines in balance with good bacteria. It actually serves a good purpose in a small amount and generally doesn’t cause trouble until something upsets the balance of bacteria and it starts to grow out of control. Antibiotics taken even once in your lifetime can cause candida overgrowth. A poor diet compounds the situation by feeding the bad fungus and bacteria in the body. Eventually the pool of fungus builds until it overflows into yeast infections in the vagina, urinary tract, mouth, skin folds and anywhere it is warm and moist. Sugars and carbohydrates feed candida and should be avoided to help eliminate a candida overgrowth.
06/21/12 Your absolute best defense against Alzheimer’s disease is in the food you eat. In a recent study, the Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association found that people who eat the RDA amount of folate have a much lower risk of developing the disease. Folates are B-vitamins found in leafy green vegetables, oranges, legumes and bananas. Although folates appear to be more beneficial than other nutrients, antioxidant-rich foods are also extremely important. “The primary message should be that overall healthy diets seem to have an impact on limiting Alzheimer’s disease risk,” said Maria Corrada of the University of California Irvine’s Institute for Brain Aging and Dementia, who co-led the study.
06/20/12 A study of almost 1000 mummies came to the conclusion that cancer was very rare and not widespread at all back in the ancient days. Cancer was the cause of death for less than 1% of the inspected mummies whereas now it accounts for one in three deaths. This clearly shows that cancer is a disease brought on by our modern civilization and its lousy foods, chemicals, drugs, heavy metals and other toxins.
06/19/12 A positive attitude is a state of mind of your own choosing. This is where you control whether you view a position or situation positively or negatively. A positive attitude is what it takes to have both success and happiness. When negative thoughts come around, focus instead on the good things in life and being thankful for what you have. When you are vapor-locked with negatives you forget about the wonderful things you take for granted, like clean sheets, good food, housing, health and most especially, the people you love whom love you back.
06/18/12 Your body contains more than 2,500 different enzymes. For digestion, enzymes in your saliva that are mixed into the food as you chew helps break down starches. The enzymes in your stomach start breaking down protein. When the food hits your intestines, they meet with enzymes responsible for breaking apart all of your fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Without digestive enzymes you cannot break food down and thus miss out on the nutrients normally absorbed into your bloodstream. You can actually eat good food and be starving to death without the right enzymes.
06/15/12 E-cigarettes: Retailers say these devices release harmless, odorless water vapor instead of the traditional tobacco smoke. But these nasty things use something called “smoke juice,” a chemical blend of nicotine, water, flavorings, propylene glycol and who knows what else. Toxicologists, risk assessors and cancer specialists from the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the FDA have long worried about the hazards that could be caused by using these devices. So why is it taking so long for the FDA to get involved?
06/14/12 Improve your good cholesterol by following the four F’s: Fish, fiber, fats and fitness. Adding salmon to your diet two or three times a week can help raise your good cholesterol. Fiber from fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains like oats are known to help. Switch to healthier fats like the ones in olive, coconut, grapeseed and flaxseed oils. This will help eliminate saturated fats that increase bad cholesterol while lowering good cholesterol. Finally for the fitness part – work out three times a week and take walks in between.
06/13/12 Cancer causing gender benders in your drugs, vitamins and plastic food containers: Phthalates are chemicals used in plastics and are easily released into your body. High doses are associated with shortened reproductive lifespan and abnormal cell growth in mammary glands. Phthalates are used in enteric coatings for pharmaceutical devices and pills, nutritional supplements, viscosity and gelling agents, film formers, lubricants, adhesives, adjuvants, building materials, personal-care products, detergents, packaging, children’s toys, modeling clay, paints, printing inks, food products, and textiles.
06/12/12 Stress is a basic survival mechanism which sharpens our senses and heightens the fight-or-flight response so we react to danger quickly and appropriately. When the danger passes, our system should resume equilibrium. But what happens when we live in the stress of life and this response doesn’t quell? Adrenaline keeps flowing, causing the heart rate and blood pressure to rise. The hormone cortisol floods our body, releasing glucose into the bloodstream for emergency energy. This causes depleted energy, adrenal burnout, pre-diabetes and cortisol related memory impairment. Good diet, exercise and stress reduction are required for stress-free healthy living. Oh, and don’t do drugs. I’m not just talking about the illegal ones…
06/11/12 Signs of a STROKE: SAsk me to SMILE. The smile should be symmetrical and normal. TAsk me to TALK (Coherently). RAsk me to RAISE BOTH ARMS. Arms should both raise symmetrically. O* OUT With My Tongue (if it comes out crooked – there’s a problem) … If there is trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, K* call – E* emergency number or 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
06/08/12 Antacids that contain aluminum contribute to bone phosphate deficiency and brittle bones along with bone density issues when used over long periods of time. Natural phosphate in food reacts with the aluminum in antacids to form a solid material in your digestive tract that passes wholly out of your body through the feces. This causes a shortage of blood phosphorus. In order to maintain enough phosphorus in the blood, the body robs it from the bones. This bone demineralization is especially problematic for the older people with less acid in their stomachs and who tend to use antacids regularly.
06/07/12 Hypothyroidism can cause coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, chronic fatigue, depression, memory problems, fibromyalgia, muscle pain, ADD, chronic infections, fertility problems and menstrual irregularities. So what causes hypothyroidism? It’s not a lack of drugs… Causes are stress, lack of exercise, shallow breathing, lack of sleep, tap water with fluoride and chlorine, dental amalgams, processed foods, sugars, pesticides, herbicides, food heated in plastic, plastic water bottles, antibiotics, high protein intake and bad cookware. But don’t go by the blood test. Use the basal body temperature to see where your thyroid is functioning. https://realhealthtalk.com/basal_temperature.html
06/06/12 A recent study found that most middle schools sell junk food to kids. Surprised? How about this? Schools with a high percentage of poor children have more junk food available for sale than schools with higher income students. Another surprise? Not hardly. O7ver five years ago, the American Beverage Association said it would stop selling sugary sodas in public schools in response to growing public concern over childhood obesity. But in the end it didn’t happen voluntarily. In California the schools have cracked down on junk food and school vending machines now offer fresh fruit and water.
06/05/12 Dopamine provides energy for your brain. Dopamine deficiency can cause: sugar and caffeine cravings, fatigue, pallor, diarrhea, lightheadedness, decreased libido, routine-task difficulty, decreased physical activity, low mood, obesity, addictions, sexual disorders, and Parkinson’s disease. Dopamine promoting foods are: Avocado, Beef, Black-eyed peas (not the band), Coffee, Fish, Pinto beans, Pork, and Pumpkin seeds.
06/04/12 Summertime sense: Thirst is one of the last signs of dehydration. The first signs of dehydration can include headache, nausea, dry mouth, dry and wrinkled lips, and fatigue. In the summertime sun it is critical to stay hydrated. Under normal circumstances you should drink at least 1/2 your body weight in ounces daily. Go out into the heat and double that amount. If you are working in the heat, triple it or more. FYI, sodas, tea, flavored drinks and alcoholic beverages don’t count and can actually dehydrate you even worse.
06/01/12 A recent paper published by the Society for Biomedical Diabetes Research says, “Diabetic patients encounter … confusing and contradictory advice from a variety of sources.” Most doctors lack the necessary knowledge and training to counsel their patients appropriately for good health. Most doctors fail to discuss nutrition and lifestyle with their patients. Unfortunately, most docs actually give bad diet advice, relying solely on Big Pharma drugs while ignoring blatant causes of this disease. Meanwhile the diabetes freight train just keeps rolling right along gaining momentum.
05/31/12 Cortisol crunch: Ever get lost in a crisis? Crunch time and you can’t seem to think straight? This is because of too much cortisol in the brain. The brain cannot properly make and store new thoughts and memories when it is overwhelmed by cortisol. Cortisol overload is a major cause of Dementia related problems in our population. Simple solutions are to regulate stress by relaxing more, eating better, avoiding stressful situations and staying off Big Pharma drugs. You can do a cortisol test to see where your levels are throughout the day. Cortisol should start out high in the morning and taper down through the day, being replaced by rising melatonin in the evening.
05/30/12 Home air fresheners and scented candles are actually pollutants that you pay for in more than one way. Scented candles and night lights and air “fresheners” are actually chemicals that can irritate your sinuses, skin, trigger asthma and even cause cancer. “Air fresheners don’t clean; they just add another smell,” says James Sublett, MD, at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in Kentucky. Solution: Essential oils are the real air fresheners and can be diffused by soaking a few drops on a Kleenex and stuffing it in the grill of an air vent or fan. Works in the car too!
05/29/12 Cancer cells are parasites that sap the nutrition the body needs to survive. Cancer is a process of cachexia where the tumor cells rob the body of nutrition. Tumor cells require significant amounts of energy and thrive on sugar, glutenous wheat and highly processed-refined carbohydrates. It was once thought that cachexia was only a final stage of cancer but cachexia is already in progress when the first cancer cell appears – often years before cancer is diagnosed. If you are eating a diet of processed foods, you are feeding the enemy and losing ground every day whether you know it or not.
05/28/12 GM corn that was developed to be toxic to insects killed monarch butterflies that were feeding on nearby pollen covered milkweed plants. Big Ag actually withdrew that type of GM corn from the market, but the nightmare is just beginning and the damage has already been irrevocably introduced into our environment. Now, some of the GM-developed pesticides engineered into food crops are killing honeybees, our primary pollinators. This is because the pollen and other genetically modified materials drift onto other plants and stay in the soil. The killing off of honeybees is going to decimate at least a third of our food supply.
05/25/12 A study at USC suggests that traffic-related pollution near schools is contributing to the development of asthma in kids. Children in schools near high-traffic environments had a 45 percent increased risk of developing asthma. Although children spend only 1/3 of their time at school, physical education and other activities that take place at school increase ventilation rates and the amount of pollutants getting into the lungs. This is interesting also because our kids go home and plop down in front of the boob tube or laptop instead of going outdoors – making school time a significant player in asthma.
05/24/12 How we handle stress can determine our health. Stress can come from all around us in the form of emotional issues, traumas, nutritional deficiencies, over eating, pathogens, toxins, allergies, habits, inherited traits and mental factors. Each thought and every emotion we experience sends a message to every cell in our body to affect it either negatively or positively. Stress will provoke symptoms which will provoke more stress in a vicious cycle. Managing stress is a big part of managing health.
05/23/12 Have any of you been threatened with termination over a flu vaccine? If the flu vaccine was not a condition for employment to begin with they can’t force you to have one – even in “at will” employment. There has to be a law for them to enforce a flu vaccine requirement and that hasn’t happened. If they terminate you for refusing, it is wrongful termination and people are filing and winning those lawsuits. Also FYI, your medical information is private and they can’t check it to see either way if you don’t let them. Stand up for your rights peeps! http://www.independentmail.com/news/2010/dec/14/half-dozen-lose-jobs-refusing-flu-shots-anmed-heal/?print=1
05/22/12 Do rats create garbage? Do germs cause disease? This is really the same question on a different scale. Germs cannot successfully attack healthy tissues but are drawn to the weak ones. Disease is often a culmination of years of stress, exposure to toxins and eating devitalized foods that result in a crisis of toxic elimination. The whole disease process is, for the most part, the body’s attempt to eliminate the garbage. Symptoms of a disease are signals that something is wrong and are not actually the cause of disease.
05/17/12 How it works: The spleen receives blood from an artery off of the aorta that passes it through a meshwork of tiny blood vessels before the blood continues to the liver. The blood vessels of the spleen contain nests of B lymphocytes of the memory type. As the blood moves through the spleen, it is monitored by T-cells for invaders and when any bad guys are found, they are searched for a match to any of the myriad of memory B-cells. Once a matching B-cell is activated, the cell divides rapidly to begin producing antibodies against the invading antigen.
05/16/12 They say collagen supplements must be taken before bed and with no eating three hours before bed. This is the time of day many people who are overweight overeat regularly. The food consumed before bedtime has less chance to be burned off by the day’s activities, thus, leading to weight gain. IMO, collagen supplements are another diet fad once again treating the symptoms while leaving other bad diet and lifestyle choices in place. Oh, it probably works a little for some people but refraining from eating 3 hrs before bed is the lifestyle choice that helps without spending the money and works also – with or without supplements.
05/15/12 Grounding is a therapeutic process by which you connect with the earth. The theory behind grounding’s reputed healing power is that electrons present in the earth’s surface can be passed on to physical bodies when a person walks barefoot or sleeps on the natural ground. An 8 week trial from 2004 examined the effects of a grounding bed in 12 volunteers suffering from pain, sleep disturbance and stress. Both daytime and nighttime cortisol levels declined significantly after sleeping on the grounded bed. A trend toward normalization of 24 hour cortisol levels was noted and the volunteers reported that virtually all pain, sleep and stress symptoms were greatly improved or eliminated by the 8 week point.
05/14/12 Restoring natural health to your body is not about taking the right supplements (although that definitely helps), but is about making healthy choices like: embarking on a vegetarian lifestyle to counter disease, going completely gluten free, shunning poisonous additives at all times and establishing healthy routines of sleep, exercise and stress reduction patterns. Unfortunately, the world around us runs on its own unhealthy rhythm and one has to literally disengage from the norm to establish a lifestyle that works to bring true natural health. This means shopping differently, scheduling differently, thinking differently and may even include changes in careers, housing, geographic location and sometimes the people you associate with. Isn’t a disease free life worth it?
05/11/12 Visalus victims? If you know how many people approach me with MLMs daily it would astound you. Good people – generally bad products and Visalus is no exception with a list of preservatives and bulky fillers. First up is soy protein ([GMO?], high in phyto-estrogens and hard to process, causing hormonal imbalance, weight gain, skin disorders, kidney stones). Next is maltodextrin (an additive often made from hydrolyzed wheat). Then they add ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, more maltodextrin, MSG in the form of sodium caseinate (made from pasteurized skim milk by acid coagulation, neutralized with sodium hydroxide, and dried). Aminogen ( helps stop the fermenting- flatulence-causing-gasses). Dipotassium phosphate – AKA fertilizer – (keeps things from coagulating and not here because it is good for you). Finally sucralose (the chlorinated form of sucrose that causes anything from decreased red blood cell count to aborted pregnancy or stillbirth and even DEATH)! My advice: Throw out what you have and walk away.
05/10/12 Each year, bicycle crashes kill about 900 people and about 567,000 people go to the ER with bicycle-related injuries. Nearly 130,000 of these are children that suffer head injuries – most of them were without helmet protection. About 38% of adult bike riders report regularly wearing a bike helmet and about 69% of children under 16 regularly wear a helmet while riding a bike. In a survey, 98% cited safety as a reason for wearing a helmet when riding a bike and 70% mentioned having family members insist upon use of a bike helmet. When you see us out bicycling we have ours on! To be without one is so fashion-missing.
05/09/12 Yale researchers found that our internal body clock can play a big role in determining whether we get sick or not. They discovered that the circadian clock in the brain works at the genetic level to control an important immune system gene that goes to work when harmful pathogens, bacteria and viruses are around. Not having enough sleep, nightshift work and other disruptions to our body’s 24-hour clock can cause it to run down, leaving you susceptible to infection and illness. The circadian clock is a well-regulated biological process which helps to keep the body healthy by regulating sleeping, waking, hormone release, thyroid function and body temperature along with other important functions; all in an orderly 24-hour cycle.
05/08/12 Does anyone know what time it is? In a very large cohort study of over 6 million subjects, patients who had recently received a cancer diagnosis had increased risks of both suicide and death from heart attacks when compared with cancer-free persons. The risk of suicide in the first week was 12.6 times higher after a cancer diagnosis and the relative risk of cardiovascular death after diagnosis was 5.6 times higher. Increased risk was particularly higher for cancers with a poor prognosis such as pancreatic cancer. Could this be because of the meager 2.1% survival rate with conventional medicine? Compare this with alternative medicine’s 90% remission rate with some protocols. Time for a wake-up call peeps…
05/07/12 All play and no work makes for some lazy kids. Kids learn responsibility, stewardship and other valuable lessons from accomplishing chores. If your kiddos are like mine though, they would rather play or watch TV rather than do their share of chores. One of the things we do is assign a dreaded chore followed by fun. For instance; do the lunch dishes and you can go swimming. Or; you can ride your scooter when your room is picked up. Chores help children feel needed and integrated and gives them boundaries. When a child does a job well, they will feel good about their self for the accomplishment. Chores also teach the value of hard work and in the final outcome prepare kids to be responsible adults.
05/04/12 Studies show that indoor air is up to five times more polluted than outside the home. Exposure to toxic chemicals in the house is linked to behavioral problems, cancer, asthma, and brain damage. Dust particles collecting on furniture, fixtures and floors often contain hazardous chemicals like pesticides and fire retardants along with toxic mold spores, lead and allergens. Dust can aggravate allergies and cause unexplained rashes, fevers and cold-like symptoms. Carpets are like big dust collectors, so always choose hardwood floors, tile, or non-vinyl floors over carpet when you have the option. Install HEPA filters in your heating/AC air returns and dust your furniture often and vacuum thoroughly at least once a week using a vacuum that has as HEPA filter.
05/03/12 Harvard researchers looked at 42,883 men over 22 years to find that men who imbibed one sugar-sweetened beverage per day raised the risk of heart attacks by 20% compared to those who drank none. But wait, there’s more! Two sugared death drinks a day compounded the risk to 42%. Hold on though, because three of these evil concoctions were associated with a 69% increase of heart attack risk. This is not just soda pops peeps. It is “sugary drinks” which, of course, includes sodas. Sugary drinks were associated with higher levels of C-reactive proteins which are big-time markers of heart disease and a cause of high cholesterol. Promise me you’ll swear these off right now.
05/02/12 Harvard researchers looked at 42,883 men over 22 years to find that men who imbibed one sugar-sweetened beverage per day raised the risk of heart attacks by 20% compared to those who drank none. But wait, there’s more! Two sugared death drinks a day compounded the risk to 42%. Hold on though, because three of these evil concoctions were associated with a 69% increase of heart attack risk. This is not just soda pops peeps. It is “sugary drinks” which, of course, includes sodas. Sugary drinks were associated with higher levels of C-reactive proteins which are big-time markers of heart disease and a cause of high cholesterol. Promise me you’ll swear these off right now.
05/01/12 Outsmarting God: (or so we thought…) A new study found that either in-vitro fertilization or intracytoplasmic sperm injection conceived babies are at a 37% increased risk for birth defect problems. To make things worse, there is an increased likelihood of women who conceive in this manner will develop ovarian cancer. Findings published in the journal Fertility and Sterility can’t seem to find a logical reason why technology births are less viable than natural births and why techno conceived babies have more physical, mental and other problems and limitations. This is no head-scratcher for me though. If you’re having trouble conceiving, let’s find out why and fix that problem.
04/30/12 The pineal gland deep within the brain secretes the hormone melatonin while regulating other hormones. Extensive research on this tiny gland and has shown that it is the primary target of fluoride accumulation in the body. Even though it is in the center of the brain, the pineal actually operates outside of the blood-brain barrier and receives more blood flow than any other organ, except the kidneys. The pineal gland is very susceptible to fluoride accumulation leading to melatonin suppression, enzyme dysfunction, cancer and even pineal failure. Just don’t do fluoride peeps! Not in toothpaste and not in water.
04/27/12 According to a Harvard article published in the journal Psychological Bulletin, smiling faces have less heart attacks. A positive attitude can produce a 50% reduced chance of a heart attack or stroke compared to the gloomies. I think we all know that depression, anger, and anxiety can harm your heart. “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine” is an old proverb that is as true today as in ancient times. So turn the tables on your health and cheer up! Be happy that you are living longer, healthier.
04/26/12 Natural deodorant: Baking soda is not just for baking or deodorizing the refrigerator. It’s great for use as non-toxic, all-natural health and beauty aids. Let’s talk about underarm deodorants that are laden with aluminum and chemicals. These products work by causing inflammation in your skin pores to block sweat glands. Throw that cancer causing crap away and mix 50/50 baking soda with coconut oil. Spritz in a few drops of essential oil, like lemon or rose oil, and rub a small amount on your armpits as needed for a refreshing deodorizer that won’t give you breast cancer or kill you later. That’s what I use!
04/25/12 You cannot trust government agencies… The CDC is guilty of misrepresenting state law regarding children’s vaccines in perpetuating the lie that they are required for school. In a recent back to school vaccine push, the California CDC said that proof of administration of the TDaP vaccine was required for 7th graders to return to school. But there is no such law! And there are religious and personal belief waivers that are never mentioned. Our government agencies need to be honest when informing the public about laws – or get fired for lying! There is not a state in the nation that can legally force immunizations on anyone.
04/24/12 Research shows that in the long run, diets fail 95% of the time. A recent study showed that dieting from high fat foods causes higher levels of the stress hormone corticosterone. This brings symptoms of depression and even altered DNA after dieting. Problem is that changes in the genes that control appetite and stress remain long after the diet is over, leaving unusually high levels of hormones that regulate appetite. This leads to stress-induced binge eating. You do not need another diet; you need a lifestyle change and nutrition education that will start you on a new path in your life.
04/23/12 Playing God: Spider genes have been inserted into goat DNA, hoping that the goat milk would contain web protein for making bulletproof vests. Cow genes turn pigskins into cowhides. Jellyfish genes light up pigs’ noses in the dark. Arctic fish genes give tomatoes and strawberries tolerance to frost. Potatoes glow in the dark when they needed watering. Human genes have been inserted into corn to produce spermicide, and other corn laced with hepatitis virus genes and with jellyfish genes. Sugarcane has been engineered with human genes and rice engineered with human genes. This is going to cost us somewhere… Wait and see… Hide and watch…
04/20/12 GastroEsophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is a chronic digestive disease that manifests when stomach acid or bile refluxes into the esophagus and irritates and inflames the esophageal lining. Some of the causes of GERD: Too little acid in the stomach, use of aspirin and other NSAIDs, BP medications, gluten intolerance, hiatal hernia, heavy meals and large portions, lying down or bending over after a meal, eating right before bed, citrus, tomato, chocolate, mint, garlic, onions, spicy or fatty foods, alcohol, soda, coffee or tea, and smoking. My point here? Find the cause and fix it! Stop treating the symptoms with health damaging medications.
04/19/12 Researchers have found that people with gum disease are twice as likely to have coronary artery disease along with a strong connection between gum disease, diabetes and strokes as well. Bad bacteria thriving in the gums will adversely affect the heart with high levels of chronic inflammation causing C-reactive proteins and calcium buildup to set the stage for artery disease. Peppermint oil on your toothbrush with some tooth powder instead of toothpaste helps inhibit health-destroying bacteria like E. coli. Rinsing with a bit of hydrogen peroxide for a few days on and off again helps with gum disease too.
04/18/12 Does your doctor lie to you? A new study found that 20% of over 2000 doctors surveyed admitted that they had not told patients the truth when an error had taken place. That’s just the ones who admitted to lying! They also found out that more than 10% hadn’t disclosed financial conflicts of interest. Some don’t even think it should be an issue. A whopping 15% said they lied about prognosis and risk and benefit of treatments in respect to a disease. Do you trust your doctor to tell you the whole truth?
04/17/12 Mouth breathing for children causes problems like improper dental and facial growth to attention deficit disorder and disturbances in behavior, learning, and development. Even healthy adults can suffer sometimes serious consequences from chronic mouth breathing. According to The Sleep Apnea Information Center (SAIC), mouth breathing at night can lead to: degrading of tissues within the throat; snoring and sleep apnea; headaches; sleep talking; depression; low energy; dry mouth and related dental problems; and many other health effects related to lack of proper oxygenation of the body. Believe it or not, the Dr recommended solution is to use surgical tape to keep the mouth closed at night!
04/16/12 Breastfeeding in public is perfectly legal, anywhere, anytime in the US where a mother and a baby would normally be. Yet many a mother has been told to go to a public restroom (unsanitary as they may be) and have had to leave foyers, supermarkets, restaurants, malls etc. It seems that breasts are perceived as “sexual” in any context in America. It is one brave mother who would breastfeed her baby in public these days. This is all because of public perceptions and attitudes about females exposing their breasts; even for a baby’s nurture. I must say that I have seen a lot of mommies breastfeeding in public in the past, but they’re always discrete about it.
04/13/12 One hundred years ago, the average age for onset of puberty in girls was 13.9 years old. Now – in 2012 – it is often as early as 9 years old. BPA and phthalates are plasticizers used in bottles, can liners and food packaging which are gender-benders for little boys and huge disruptors of natural pubic development in little girls. But these are only two of many causes of precocious puberty. Other causes like animal-farm growth hormones, rBST hormones in cow’s milk and phytoestrogen in soy based formulas are major players also.
04/12/12 Diverticulitis is a painful intestinal condition that happens when pouches (diverticula) in the wall of the large intestine become inflamed and infected (itis). This condition results when the large intestine has been neglected, bacteria are out of balance, diet is low in fiber and the resulting inflammation creates a weakness in the intestinal wall. Gluten is one bad mother to irritate diverticulitis and may even be the cause in some cases. First things first: Probiotics, lots of fiber in the form of raw veggies and fruits and get off of gluten.
04/11/12 Kiss that boo-boo! Research indicates that early childhood experiences can have a lasting effect on health by influencing a person’s risk for chronic inflammation Published in Molecular Psychiatry, moms who nurture and soothe a child can help the child express fewer genetic markers of inflammation while reducing stress and calming the hormones that can contribute to inflammation. Researchers also found that having a harsh family life growing up increased markers of inflammation.
04/10/12 Did you know that yawning releases neurochemicals like dopamine? Dopamine activates oxytocin in the hypothalamus and hippocampus, areas of the brain which are essential for memory recall and temperature regulation. Oxytocin also regulates pleasure, sensuality, and bonding in relationships and yawning can take you there (except maybe yawning on the first date…) Other neurochemicals release in a yawn are acetylcholinen, nitric oxide, glutamate, GABA, serotonin, sexual hormones and opium derivate peptides. Yawning is also a primitive form of empathy and can be delightfully contagious. Conscious yawning can even be used as a relaxation technique.
04/09/12 Studies found fluoride’s deleterious effects impacting intelligence in children in 2 Chinese villages with different fluoride levels in the water supply. Investigators found IQ significantly lower in the high-fluoride village. In the 90’s, researchers demonstrated chromosome damage from fluoride in great ape cells. Another study found higher fluoride levels associated with increased risk for hip fractures. A study conducted in the 70’s demonstrated a significant association between fluoridated water and cancer. Shall I go on to include fluorosis, hypothyroidism, birth defects and etc?
04/06/12 HCG side effects range from vomiting, weakness, skin difficulties, hair loss, mood swings, fatigue and the most common side effects of physical and mental discomfort. HCG triggers fatty acids to move from your fat tissue into your bloodstream so they can be circulated and used for muscle activity. More toxins stored in fat are also released to burden the liver. Less glucose is made available to supply energy for the brain and muscles leaving a tired weakness and mental function slows down as the brain operates mainly on glucose. It is important to use Vitamin b-12 methycobalamin B-12 while on Hcg.
04/05/12 Looting our tax dollars: (NEJM) The DHHS wasted our money on yet another study that is actually a no-brainer for the average American. A team of researchers stayed on the payroll for four years and evaluated 5145 overweight adults multiple times to tell us a one-sentence study conclusion: “Weight loss and improved fitness slowed the decline in mobility in overweight adults with type 2 diabetes.” Peeps, if you need a study to tell you this you are stupider than stupid. But we are stupid enough to put up with this Pork-Belly-Spending of our money by looters. I have an idea: Let’s spend those millions on educating people about real diet and lifestyle changes.
04/04/12 We worm our pets, but do we worm our kids? Did you know that parasites outrank cancer as the #1 global killer? Poor diet and lifestyle choices lead to parasites which prey on weak, dying and dead tissues. Symptoms are itchy butt, indigestion, digestive distress, fatigue, anemia, allergies, weak heart, achy joints, obesity and many other symptoms. Once in your body, parasites can thrive in your stomach, intestines, brain, liver, joints, skin, and even inside your eyes. The best remedy starts with live, whole-food fruits and raw vegetables. You can also use some tincture of black walnut, pumpkin seeds and diatomaceous earth every 6 months to help clean up those critters.
04/03/12 Pottenger’s Cats: Well worth some studies if you’re curious as a cat about impacted wisdom teeth. Circa 1940, Dr. Francis Pottenger conducted a study on the effects of heat-processed foods on cats. Feeding his study-cats pasteurized milk over the controlled feeding experiment for over ten years, between 1932 and 1942, the findings were astounding. Within a few generations, the cats receiving cooked milk exhibited: facial deformities: narrowed faces, crowded jaws, frail bones and weakened ligaments; an excess of parasites along with all manners of disease; female cats became more aggressive while males became docile; difficulty with pregnancy and after three generations, pregnancy failed; kittens born of these pregnancies often did not survive to adulthood; skeletal deformities and organ malfunctions. Still want your pasteurized milk?
04/02/12 Deep frying destroys nutrients and multiplies the fats. Well, DUH! Roasted chicken has 142 calories and 3 grams of fat. But bread and deep fry that bad boy and it now has 364 calories with 18.5 grams of fat! Anyone else see a problem here? But the problem doesn’t stop there. Deep fry them French fries and potato chips and you generate acrylamide – a carcinogen that increases the risk of breast cancer by 10 times! Using the same cooking oil over and over causes more byproducts that boost the oxidative stress in your body that cause inflammation and cellular damage.
04/02/12 Where are memories stored? Our memories are not conveniently stored in one isolated area of the brain, but are scattered throughout every cell of the whole body. Our cells are in constant communication with each another, and part of that communication is sending signals to retrieve memories. By the age of 39, the cell-to-cell communication starts to deteriorate and begins to slow significantly. This age-related memory impairment is caused by oxidation from free radicals. One way to prevent memory loss is by taking the antioxidants, vitamin C and fish oil our cells need to neutralize free radicals.
03/30/12 Yale researchers exposed pregnant mice to cell phones and found subsequent born mice had distinct behavior changes that closely resembled ADHD in humans. The baby mice that were exposed to the cell phone radiation had memory problems and were more hyperactive than the unexposed mice. Lesson to learn? There are currently 5.4 million kids diagnosed with ADHD with a 22 percent jump in ADHD between 2003 and 2007 in lockstep with a jump in cell phone users. Now I don’t believe that cell phones alone have caused ADHD but I believe that if you are preggo, you should proceed with caution and limit exposure to cell phone radiation. Does this make sense?
03/29/12 The lymphatic system is called the “second circulatory system” and it cleans up the waste from virtually all the other systems of the body. The lymphatic system rejuvenates the white blood cells, stimulates the immune system to fight disease, stimulates the liver, pancreas, and thyroid, all while cleansing the kidneys and joints. But the lymphatic system doesn’t have a pump and relies on our breathing and body movement like walking, jogging or jumping to keep things moving. Without lymph movement you would die in about 24 hrs as a result of the trapped toxins and proteins surrounding our cells.
03/28/12 Studies show the neurological effects linked to prenatal ultrasound. The most marked effects were speech delays and the increased incidence in left-handedness – which is a sign of neuro-disorganization when left-handedness is not a genetic predisposition. Pasko Rakic, of Yale’s Department of Neurobiology, linked brain damage with ultrasound to the brains of people with autism. Other research also implicated ultrasounds in dyslexia, epilepsy, mental retardation and schizophrenia, showing that damage to brain cells increased with longer exposures to ultrasound. KISS plan: Skip the ultrasound as it harms your child.
03/27/12 Blood pressure (BP) has two numbers. The top number is systolic pressure, which is the force of blood against the artery wall as the heart contracts. The bottom number is diastolic pressure, which is the pressure between beats. Normal BP at rest is 120/80. High BP starts at 140/90. The numbers for high BP used to be higher until Big Pharma-thinking lowered the numbers so more people could fall under the hypertension category and be medicated. All BP meds have deadly side effects. High BP is not caused by a lack of medication. It is most often diet and lifestyle. Find the cause and fix it!
03/26/12 In recent years, the Archives of Internal Medicine reports that there has been a 50% increase in the number of people over 65 who are getting a flu shot, but there has been no decrease in the number of flu-related deaths among seniors. Dr. Anthony Morris, the former Chief Vaccine Control Officer of the FDA, has gone on record stating, “There is no evidence that any influenza vaccine is thus far effective in preventing or mitigating any attack of influenza.” So let’s recap: Toxic mercury and chemical adjuvants – causes chronic disease – doesn’t stop the flu overall. This idea is a very bad one.
03/23/12 Chronic pain patient? One word… GLUTEN! Gluten interferes with the hormone leptin that does three main things in the human body. It tells the brain when the tummy is full. It signals fat cells to metabolize. And finally, leptin normalizes peripheral pain receptor sensation in the spine. In a majority of Fibromyalgia patients, gluten sensitivity (not Celiac) is the biggest exacerbator of pain. In order to nail this bad-boy down it takes one committed patient to become a gluten Nazi. If a product doesn’t say “gluten free” it probably has gluten hidden in it somewhere. Try a gluten free diet for three weeks and see if the pain subsides.
03/22/12 NEJM: Smoker’s nicotine patches fail to decrease the rate of smoking during pregnancy. Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery, birth defects and SIDS but what does the patch do? Early pregnancy patch users have a 60 per cent higher chance of birth defects than non-smokers and should be warned against using nicotine replacement therapies. If it really is “First do no harm” then how can anything be dispensed by docs that harms? Best option: make an informed decision and no smoking or patching during pregnancy.
03/21/12 In government run health care you still get what you pay for… under the table. It is prohibited in Canada for doctors to charge for procedures covered under the health care system. But what if your treatment need had you on a 10-year waiting list? The Gazette reports about a surgeon who reportedly charged several patients $10,000 each for gastric bypass surgery, only without that dang 10 year waiting period. This is not the only case either as desperate patients are working illegal deals with doctors in exchange for priority medical care. Once again, the love of money rules…
03/20/12 Are you vegan or vegetarian? In vaccines and other Big Pharma drugs, gelatin is used as a heat stabilizer and suspension agent. Did you know where gelatin comes from? It comes from ground-up cow parts and cartilage. Not the grass fed organic ones either… Do you think that vaccine makers are going to guarantee the purity of animal cells used in their vaccine cultures? But they wouldn’t tell you anyhow because it might hurt the sales and bottom line dollars. A recent Medical journal shows that, contrary to their beliefs, 25% of patients are unknowingly prescribed drugs containing gelatin.
03/19/12 You just can’t make this stuff up! January 30th of this year, in North Carolina, a preschooler was FORCED to eat a school lunch when officials decided the turkey sandwich with cheese, banana, potato chips, and apple juice in her sack lunch didn’t meet USDA guidelines. So what did these Nanny State idiots do? They had her eat chicken nuggets and low-fat milk while her lunch was tossed aside. One of the many reasons we homeschool our kiddos. You want a food fight on your hands? Just try that one with me.
03/16/12 The rate of childhood leukemia has been increasing at about a rate of 1% a year. According to the National Cancer Institute, this alarming rate is due mostly to an increase in of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Interestingly, the overall rate has increased at about 1% per year for white children, but there was almost no increase in rates for black children. Once again, in one more area we are losing ground in our health. If we don’t change our diets, lifestyles, bad medicine practices and vaccine policies this will just continue to get worse and worse. How much is enough? I’ve had enough…
03/15/12 Low to moderate alcohol consumption potentially has numerous benefits, including improved cholesterol along with better clotting function and insulin sensitivity. According to a recent meta-analysis, moderate alcohol use lowers overall risk for Alzheimer and dementia, A drinkie poo a day may also protect against cerebrovascular disease, with wine having extra benefit with the antioxidant component, resveratrol. Abuse alcohol and it will quickly outweigh all the benefits. Alcohol abuse can impair memory function, contribute to neurodegenerative disease, and hinder all body functions.
03/14/12 The FDA for once is doing t least part of its job: The FDA has reported 35 poisonous skin care products that have mercury in them. This includes brands made by Diana, Stillman’s, Lusco and Crema Aguamary that are manufactured in other countries. These products may claim to lighten skin, cure acne and reduce wrinkles. Exposing your skin and lungs to mercury can cause severe harm as it can damage the kidneys and central nervous system, cause cancer and even damage the development of the brain in unborn children and very young children.
03/13/12 About those night lights for your child… Scientists found that children who sleep with a night light grow up short-sighted and wearing glasses. Also, melatonin is known as the hormone of darkness because light striking the retina of the eye inhibits it. These are two good reasons to keep the bedroom as dark as possible and not use night lights. Melatonin regulates circadian rhythms and sleep/wake schedules and is a powerful antioxidant with cancer prevention properties.
03/12/12 Losing ground fast! Back a couple of years ago I reported that the US was number 34 worldwide in infant deaths. That means there were at that time 33 countries with lower infant death rates than our country. Well, on the CIA website reporting 2012 figures, we have fallen from 34 to 47. We have the most rigorous vaccine schedule on earth and the most medical care around and yet we are losing ground on death and chronic disease rates. More medical is not better peeps. More is killing us.
03/09/12 You cannot out-exercise bad eating habits. People who eat right but don’t exercise are better off than those who exercise but eat poorly. Exercise accounts for about 20% of a health and fitness plan. The biggest majority of a workable health and fitness plan is nutrition followed by stress reduction. Then comes a workout at the gym.
03/08/12 Be kind to your telomeres! Telomeres are the end of your DNA strands that shorten with cell division.. Longer telomeres mean a longer, healthier lifespan. A study involving 60- to 75-year-olds showed that those with short telomeres had a 300% higher death rate from heart disease and an 800% higher death rate from infectious diseases. Enzymes work hard to lengthen telomeres after cell division. Mercury and other heavy metals interfere with enzymes causing shorter telomeres whereas fish oil, among things, helps lengthen them.
03/07/12 Do you have dry eyes? Don’t reach for the toxic eye drops that can contain thimerosal, a mercury based disinfectant. Reach instead for the fish oil. Research shows that getting plenty of omega-3 fatty acids can relieve the symptoms of dry eyes. Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are, well – essential! Find them in salmon, tuna, other fatty fish, flaxseed, walnuts, and non GMO vegetable oils or buy them as a supplement in capsule form. EFAs reduce inflammation throughout the body, including eye inflammation.
03/06/12 Want to keep your appendix? As a part of the large intestine, the appendix is a small pouch that is part of the lymphatic system. Not only does it catch waste products from this system, it stores and helps maintain a balance of good bacteria in your gut. Unfortunately, the appendix becomes inflamed out of our own ignorance. Appendicitis usually occurs when the appendix becomes blocked by feces. This happens because we don’t squat to eliminate, we sit… Appendicitis is a disease of Western culture that came in with the Victorian proclivity to sit when we use the “throne” for number 2.
03/05/12 Mouth breathing is not a good thing! It causes hyperventilation which constricts blood vessels and limits blood flow to the brain and other organs. During light to moderate exercise, a person with heart disease will start panting by mouth, depleting nitric oxide in the blood and harming to the heart. A mouth breathing pattern is shallow, causing hyperventilation and reduced levels of oxygen in the heart tissue.The solution is to breathe deep through the nostrils to keep CO2 and nitric oxide balances with oxygen. Medical studies prove that mouth breathers breathe about 2-3 times more than the healthy person would breathe.
03/02/12 Ever heard of Toxoplasma? We usually get it from cats that are infected with this parasite called Toxoplasma. So where do cats get it? They get it from rats and mice that they eat. Rodents that are infected with Toxoplasma, lose their proper sense of fear and become easy prey of one said cat. The mouse is screwy because of a neuroimbalance in their brain caused by the parasite. Neurochemically the human brain is also affected by Toxoplasma and the chances of schizophrenia occurring in a person infected by Toxoplasma is almost triple!
03/01/12 Did you know that low sodium diets can kill you? Researchers examined the records of more than 5,200 people over 55, and found that about 8 percent of them had mildly low sodium levels. Along with “mildly” low sodium levels came a 61 percent increased risk of spinal fracture, a 39 percent increased risk of non-spinal fracture, and a 21 percent increase in the risk of dying during the six-year study period. Low levels of sodium also cause nervousness, muscle cramps, urinary incontinence, and hallucinations. The short of it: You need salt to live. Make your salt Himalayan or Celtic Sea Salt and disobey your docs orders.
02/29/12 Do you have amalgam tooth fillings? Have you had any vaccinations? Then you are poisoned with mercury. Exposure to mercury and/or toxic metals appears to be the most common cause of hypothyroidism. Many studies document that mercury causes hypothyroidism, damage of thyroid RNA, autoimmune thyroiditis, and impairment of conversion of thyroid hormones. You can detoxify and improve your thyroid and your health. It’s not that hard. Cilantro can free mercury out of your tissues and chlorella, zinc, selenium, iodine and sulfur bind to the free mercury. Of course, you will want those metal fillings carefully removed and replaced.
02/28/12 Age spots: Excess iron causes internal “rusting”. Iron accumulations show up as “age spots” on your hands, face, and legs. These spots are officially known as lipofuscin and indicate a much bigger problem on the inside because they are signs of internal oxidation triggered by excess iron accumulation. What you see is in your skin but what you don’t see is in your brain, heart, liver, retina and other organs. Did you know that too much iron in your cells creates a breeding ground for parasites, bacteria, yeast, and harmful viruses?
02/27/12 “Text neck” is the latest of our modern diseases. Text neck is caused by the neck being flexed for a prolonged period of time,. Rachael Lancaster from Freedom Back Clinics “Sufferers are increasing as the use of smart phones and tablet computers become more popular.” Want to prevent this one? Don’t hunch over to thumb out your text messages. Keeping a good posture, relaxing your neck, looking up and keeping the shoulders straight and level is critical to preventing posture related conditions like “text neck”.
02/24/12 When kids sleeps so poorly they’re having trouble staying awake during the day I guess it’s time for another study… A recent study of insomniac kiddos found that MOST of these day sleepies send dozens of text messages, make phone calls, play videogames and write emails ALL NIGHT LONG. Researchers in New Jersey followed the habits of insomniac kiddos and found that they sent an average of 33.5 texts or emails after they went to bed and through the night. Poor sleep is linked to health, learning, social and emotional problems. Who lets their kids take electronics to bed anyhow?
02/23/12 How your immune system works: The spleen receives blood from an artery off of the aorta and passes it through a meshwork of tiny blood vessels before the blood continues to the liver. The blood vessels of the spleen contain nests of B lymphocytes of the memory type. As the blood moves through the spleen, it is monitored by T-cells for invaders and when one is found it is presented to the B-cells for a match to any of the myriad of memory B-cells. Once a matching B-cell is activated, the cell divides rapidly to begin producing antibodies against the invading antigen.
02/22/12 Want a hole in your brain? Then try some of the new and improved makeups with nanoparticles. The latest innovations in makeup have them going on easier, are less visible, and can make you look 10 years younger in seconds. But the nanomaterials that make cosmetics smoother and easier to use could also be damaging skin DNA, killing colon cells, and destroying your lungs. The only thing missing in the new marketing boon is… that pesky product safety research… Studies show that nanomaterials pass through the skin and go straight to your organs.
02/21/12 There were ZERO deaths caused by a vitamin supplements in 2010, according the U.S. National Poison Data System. Now compare this to 225,000 Big Pharma and medical procedure deaths reported in JAMA including 106,000 deaths from “properly prescribed meds”. A few JAMA studies (reported Feb 15th 2012) indicate that up to 30% of patients receive contraindicated care. A FEW STUDIES?? That’s more than two or three folks. It’s time that we the sheople take a hard, long look at what we are doing because it is not working.
02/20/12 What do you remember about Hippocrates? The Father of Medicine was born 460 B.C. and is most noted for his infamous corpus, “First do no harm.” So where are we today? Hippocrates would “turn over the money changer’s tables and clear the temple” so-to-speak if he were alive today to have any say in modern medicine. Did you know that Hippocrates also asserted, “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food”? He was right, we are wrong… Dead wrong… and harming hundreds of thousands of trusting sheople because food and nutrition no longer plays any role in medicine.
02/17/12 Ever see an apple cut open and turn brown? That is called oxidation. The oxygen we breathe is used for the production cellular mitochondria. This normal process produces a loose electron called a free radical which goes through the body destroying other molecules. This is called oxidative stress. Antioxidants in our bodies protect us from this harm. Structures containing fats are protected by the fat soluble vitamins A and E. Water-soluble vitamin C fights free radicals in the blood and body fluids. Glutathione is very important antioxidant to squash free radicals inside cells.
02/16/12 SpongeBrain Squarepants… A study, led by University of Virginia psychologist Angeline Lillard, had children watching nine minutes of SpongeBob to test the effect on their minds. SpongeBob does a complete scene change every 11 seconds along with lots of frenetic movement in between. After the kids watched this they tested executive control, mental ability to focus, avoiding distraction and self control. SpongeBob kids scored drastically poorer across the board as compared to watching a PBS program. Here’s an idea, SCRAP THE BOOB TUBE!
02/15/12 Interfere with fever and risk asthma. The asthma epidemic of today took off in the 1980s when doctors stopped giving aspirin to children with fevers, turning to acetaminophen. They did this when it was discovered that aspirin was linked to Reye’s syndrome in children. Dr. Arthur Varner argued that the switch to acetaminophen might have fueled the increase in asthma. Since then, over 20 studies have supported this theory, including a large analysis of data on more than 200,000 children that found an increased risk of asthma among children who had taken acetaminophen.
02/14/12 In a new, red hot study, calcium and iron supplements actually raised the all-cause mortality in women! What have I been saying about calcium and iron? Too much is a bad thing… Dr. Mursu from this study says: “Usually the health-conscious people are the ones using (these) supplements. The logic is a little twisted: The ones who might need them are the ones who do not even consider using them…” In another study, calcium by itself caused worse mortality outcome and calcium with vitamin D improved outcomes.
02/13/12 Fred Flintstone diet: In just two weeks, volunteers who gave up processed foods and went “paleo” at UC San Francisco, dropped triglycerides 30 points, lost weight, had better blood pressure, more energy and better blood sugar control. One of these cave men was a CBS News reporter who dropped 30 pounds and went from pre-diabetic to normal in just seven weeks. In this diet, if you can “pluck it or spear it you can eat it”.
02/10/12 A randomized, controlled trial showed that a tai chi program improved postural control in Parkinson’s disease. The patients had two 60-minute exercise sessions a week for 24 weeks. The tai chi group performed consistently better than resistance-training and stretching groups. Tai chi training reduced balance impairments, improved functional capacity and reduced falls and the effects were maintained at 3 months after the program.
02/09/12 Shingles, or herpes zoster, can afflict anyone who has had chickenpox. Both are caused by the varicella zoster virus. Chickenpox is the initial infection, and shingles is a reactivation of the virus, usually years later. During chickenpox, the virus spreads in the bloodstream and infects collections of nerve cells (ganglia) of the spinal or cranial nerves. The virus remains in the ganglia in a dormant (latent) state. When it reactivates, the virus travels down the nerve fibers to the skin, where it creates painful sores. Shingles vaccines “protect” just half of those vaccinated. No one yet knows how long the benefits will last or about delayed side effects.
02/08/12 Somniloquy is the technical word for sleeptalking. This occurs in about 50% of children and about 5% of adults. The talking can be anything from complex dialogues to gibberish and mumbling. Somniloquy sometime occurs with other sleep disorders, such as sleepwalking, sleepeating and sleep terrors. Sleeptalking could be embarrassing but is typically harmless and usually does not require medical attention. Alcohol and heavy meals before bed can cause sleeptalking. Stress is also a related cause.
02/07/12 Colloidal silver already has a wide range of medicinal uses as a common antiseptic, antibiotic and means of purifying water. It is also used in everyday products such as deodorant with no known side-effects. Now researchers from the University of Leeds conducted lab tests which exposed breast and colon cancer cells to various silver-based chemicals over a six day period with results showing that silver-compounds are as effective as Cisplatin for treating cancer with potentially fewer side effects.
02/06/12 Serotonin allows the brain to restore itself. It helps you to get a good night’s sleep and wake up feeling rested and renewed. Too little and you’ll have salt cravings, backache, headache, shortness of breath, choking, hypervigilance, and sleep disorders. Tryptophan containing foods or supplements will help serotonin levels. Tryptophan foods that help the body produce more serotonin are: Banana, Beets, Brown rice, Cottage cheese, Herbal teas, Mackerel, Salmon, Sunflower seeds, Swiss cheese and Turkey.
02/03/12 Wake up call! There is a lot of hype about the dangers of nutritional medicine. We are straining at a gnat and swallowing a camel when we want to over-control vitamins even though there are only rare cases of serious side effects while at the same time people are dropping dead like flies from Big Pharma drugs. Our perception (though fatally false) is that pharmaceutical drugs are so dramatically effective that any risk is acceptable while vitamins and supplements are worth less and therefore no risk is acceptable.
02/02/12 Did you know that dry mouth can also be a symptom of rheumatoid arthritis? A recent study found that people with RA are more likely to develop periodontal disease and other infections of the gums. Conversely, gum disease can predispose patients to developing RA. To minimize RA’s effects on your mouth and to reduce your odds of developing RA, schedule dental cleanings WITHOUT the toxic fluorides and sealants to catch minor issues before they become major problems.
02/01/12 Did you know that microwaved water can explode? Some microwaved liquids do not bubble when they reach boiling point or beyond. It takes bubbles and impurities to cause microwaved liquids to boil. When water is heated faster than bubbles can form it becomes superheated liquid and can burst up out of the cup when it is moved or when something like a spoon or tea bag is put into it. Why do you have a microwave anyways? Food nutrients are reversed in their molecular spin when microwaved making some of them unavailable to your body.
01/31/12 A rigorous review of chemotherapy revealed that it fails for 98% of people. And when chemotherapy was tested against no treatment, no treatment proved the better option. What’s more; only two to four percent of cancers respond well to chemotherapy. 75% of cancer patients are directed to receive chemotherapy. Come on people, what is the definition of insanity?
01/30/12 What’s in your skin care, cosmetic products AND YOUR VACCINES? Try phenoxyethanol, it’s right on the labels. It is both antibacterial and it is a form of antifreeze. This “organic chemical” compound is known to adversely affect the central nervous system and cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, rashes, allergic reactions and urticaria. Large doses are deadly but the medical eggheads tell you it perfectly safe, so that makes it so… (but sign here please, releasing us from all responsibility of maiming or death). Can I spell this one out for you? Anything that says “ethanol” is chemical not fit for human applications. Even the FDA admits it is harmful and phenoxyethanol is banned in Japan and in Europe due to its adverse effects on the brain and CNS.
01/27/12 In our modern medicine practices, we strive to artificially lower fever, mask and interfere with pain, artificially combat swelling, hypertension, diabetes, and cholesterol. What we are failing to see is that these are all normal body responses and efforts by our bodies to correct what is wrong and bring healing. We are “the dog that bites the master’s hand” when it comes to disease treatment. Instead of supporting the body’s efforts we block and interfere with them. We do everything conventional medicine dictates and then we wonder why we just get sicker.
01/26/12 Did you now that the sun helps regulate your cholesterol? Not only does the sun help you make vitamin D but there is the added benefit of helping control cholesterol. Vitamin D precursors require cholesterol for conversion into the hormone-like vitamin, without adequate sun exposure vitamin D precursors can turn into cholesterol instead of the vitamin D. In just 20 minutes a day of sun it is estimated that for each 5% of skin surface exposed, approximately 435 IU of natural vitamin D is manufactured.
01/25/12 Your body has an ebb and flow that cycles daily. Stored body acids are mobilized out from the connective tissues and Pishinger’s Space while we sleep. The Pishinger’s Space becomes the most acidic around 2 A.M. when acids reach their maximum concentration in our body fluid and urine. This causes an Acid Tide. We become the most alkaline around 2 P.M., after lunch and breakfast have been metabolized. The afternoon cycle is called the Base Flood and this is when the most bicarbonate is being generated by the stomach.
01/24/12 Believe it or else, diabetes is a disease of starvation… Insulin is a hormone that picks up food as glucose and delivers it to the cell to be burned for fuel. Less insulin = impaired delivery, i.e. the sugar stays in the blood and the cells starve. Compare this with a boat-load of food stuck in the harbor with no paperwork to unload to be delivered to the hungry people. But in this case the excess sugar in the blood stream causes inflammation and eventually, diabetes. There are many lifestyle changes that can fight diabetes. Start with getting rid of wheat, processed sugars and artificial sweeteners and food additives to win this battle.
01/23/12 Are you a sheople? Scientists now have research that proves how a majority of people act like sheep, that is they unwittingly follow the crowd. Herding sheople may have benefits for traffic flow, but is not good news for your health or for your interest in the political arena. Interestingly, one study shows that it takes just 5% of aware individuals to influence a crowd’s direction and the other 95% follow without ever thinking for themselves.
01/20/12 Areas of the world where people experience extreme longevity typically have no gyms or health-food stores. Sardinia Italy is one of these places. The typical Sardinian diet has beans, whole-grain breads, fruits, garden vegetables, and oils. Most Sardinian centenarians drink moderate amounts of wines that have up to three times the level of flavonoids as other wines. The Sardinian diet is a balance of healthy nutrients, fresh locally grown foods prepared with olive oil, lemon and garlic.
01/19/12 The epigenome is the cellular material that sits at the head of your DNA. It switches the genes on or off and tells them HOW to express. This epigenome responds to stress, toxins, infections, poor diet, inflammation and other conditions to activate corresponding DNA activity. DNA is like the hardware and epigenome is the software. Then epigenome also responds your thoughts and emotions. You can absolutely affect genetic expression good or bad with diet, lifestyle and emotions.
01/18/12 A new study in Reuters Health reports that nurses working with chemotherapy drugs or sterilizing chemicals have twice the miscarriages as other nurses. Chemotherapy drugs target rapidly dividing cells, such as those in a tumor or a fetus. Chemo has a lousy 2.1% five year “survival” rate and kills a lot of its takers – and some innocent bystanders…
01/17/12 Researchers gave healthy men fructose for two weeks and the changes in their health were dramatic. Their blood pressure shot up – the levels of bad cholesterol in their blood went up and their good cholesterol levels plummeted. Insulin levels shot up, their livers started working harder… And according to the researchers, their chances of long-term blood sugar problems increased by as much as one third! High Fructose Corn Syrup or corn syrup is fructose on steroids. Read your labels and if they any of these, don’t buy it!
01/16/12 It turns out that a hospital is a very dangerous place to go. 1.7 million people get a hospital-acquired infection in America every year. 100,000 of them die because of those infections. Still want to run to the ER with your little sniffle or bruise? If you are truly sick or hurt, try finding a doc-in-the-box minor emergency center where they was their hand between patients. Hospital acquired infections now kill more people than traffic accidents and drug overdoses combined!
;l01/13/12 SIDS only occurs in industrialized societies, where it is a leading cause of death in the first year of life. SIDS is unknown in populations consuming largely vegetarian diets, living in less-toxified environments, not drinking rat poison (oops, I meant fluoridated water), chlorine, and not given vaccines.
01/12/12 In 1929 Lucy Wills first described a macrocytic anaemia found mostly among pregnant women in India. A yeast preparation was the answer as it did not respond to iron or any known vitamin. The substance in the yeast extract that cured the macrocytic anaemia was called “Wills’ factor”. In 1946 it was renamed folic acid, which had been isolated from spinach leaves.
01/11/12 The Germans emulated the early American eugenics program and took it a step further. In the late 1930’s the Nazis organized the T4 program to cleanse the German gene pool of weak people, most of which were handicapped. Citizens reported handicapped people to government authorities, who would arrest for medical evaluation. If they were deemed a genetic impediment, they were euthanized. By 1945, German doctors had killed 250,000 handicapped people, a large number of whom were children.
01/10/12 Egg yolk contains about 1 mg of iron but the egg white has none at all. The purpose of this in egg whites is to starve potential microbial invaders that get through the egg’s porous shell. A powerful iron-binding protein comprises 12% of the egg whites. Shakespeare wrote of using egg whites to heal infected wounds. The chief antimicrobial in egg white is conalbumin, which suppresses growth of gram-positive bacteria and fungi. Put some egg white on your next cut, burn, scrape right away.
01/09/12 Aspirin should not be given to children under 12, or to any children and teenagers who display symptoms of the flu or chickenpox. This is because aspirin can cause a condition called Reye’s syndrome, which affects the nervous system and the liver. Up to 30 percent of children and teenagers with Reye’s syndrome die, and survivors may have life-long brain damage. In fact, no one has any condition caused by a lack of aspirin. Just don’t do aspirin.
01/06/12 Studies show what we should already know: that the more often families eat together, the less likely kids are to smoke, drink, do drugs, get depressed, develop eating disorders and consider suicide. Here’s another side. They are more likely they are to do well in school, delay having sex, eat their vegetables, learn big words and know more about etiquette. “If it were just about food, we would squirt it into their mouths with a tube…” says Robin Fox, an anthropologist who teaches at Rutgers University in New Jersey
01/05/12 Eugenics was a central principle in American medicine from 1900 through the late 1930’s. Eugenics was taught in medical schools and in biology programs, and was endorsed by the National Academy of Sciences, the American Medical Association, the Birth Control League (later renamed Planned Parenthood), and countless universities. Compulsory sterilization laws were passed, and 50,000 Americans were sterilized against their will in the first half of the 20th century.
01/04/12 In London, New York and Sydney, traffic-generated emissions are responsible for more deaths than car accidents. Excessive exposure to air pollution can cause neuroinflammation and altered brain immune response, increasing the likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. There is also growing evidence to suggest that people living near busy, fume-clogged motorways suffer behavioral and learning problems. Prolonged exposure has long been known to cause respiratory illnesses.
01/03/12 Cut Mercury Emission! The EPA announced recent regulations to control the mercury emissions coming from coal-fired power plants. “For every dollar we spend in implementing these regulations, we’ll probably save $4 to $8 in health costs,” ” said Paul Farrell, of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. But don’t toast the changes yet… Power companies will have four years to comply with the new regulations and the ones that don’t want to comply can sue the EPA to block the implementation of the regulations, delaying things for a few more years.
01/02/12 But who can afford healthy food? 4% of children in affluent, mostly white Manhattan Beach are considered obese but a jog away in the poor, predominantly Latino, Bell Gardens, the rate is 36%. About 80% of Manhattan Beach is white, and the median income is $127,000 with 3% poverty and 75% over age 25 have college degrees (and they had 1 homicide in 2010). Bell Gardens is 96% Latino, and median income is 1/3 of Manhattan Beach’s. ¼ live in poverty and only 4% of 25 or older have a college degree (and they had five homicides and 5X other violent crimes in 2010).
12/29/11 A 2010 study of overweight people found that those who took the probiotic Lactobacillus daily for 3 months reduced both belly fat and body weight, compared to a control group who didn’t receive probiotics. A 2009 study found that women who took daily probiotics containing Lactobaccillus and Bifidobacterium during the first trimester of pregnancy were much less likely to develop abdominal obesity one year after giving birth.
12/28/11 Prevent cancer – remove fluoride: Despite sci-fi claims made by fluoride promoters about fluoride’s purported benefits, there is no legitimate scientific basis for adding this deadly toxic chemical to anything we drink or put near our teeth. “I know of absolutely no, and I mean absolutely no means of (cancer) prevention that would save so many lives as simply to stop fluoridation… There you might save 30,000 or 40,000 or 50,000 lives a year, cancer lives…” ~ Dr. Dean Burk, PhD, former US National Cancer Institute worker, at a 1982 judicial hearing.
12/27/11 Evil genius: With more than twelve billion catalogs being mailed annually, marketers are looking to distribute to mailing lists anywhere possible. In one particularly ingenious but cruel move, the proprietors of a chocolate catalog purchased the mailing list of a weight-loss organization. Wouldn’t you know that chocolate sales rose almost immediately! But now, this certain weight-loss group keeps its clients’ info private.
12/26/11 A study back in the 1950’s found that Navy recruits given daily doses of broad-spectrum antibiotics gained nearly twice the weight of ones given a placebo. Today, the average American child receives 10 to 20 courses of antibiotics by age 18 which permanently changes how the digestion works and tricks the body into overeating by interfering with the production of ghrelin and leptin hormones. Imbalanced leptin hormones are implicated in Fibromyalgia patients.
12/23/11 Did you know that it is illegal to sell your bone marrow? This is the argument against it: “just as it is wrong to sell other body parts because doing so would turn human beings into commodities; that poor people would be coerced by financial pressure into selling their organs; that the rich would be at a substantial advantage in obtaining organs; that donors would have a strong incentive to provide an inaccurate medical history; and that although blood can legally be sold, certain differences between blood and bone marrow justify the view of Congress that providing financial incentives would reduce altruistic donation and undermine voluntary donation.”
12/22/11 Deadly coincidence? Nope, no coincidence… The nonprofit research group Extending the Cure recently mapped antibiotic prescriptions by state, and found the heaviest use in West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Louisiana, and Alabama, all of which comprise the so-called Stroke Belt, with the highest rate of stroke fatalities. According to CDC data, these states also have higher rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart attacks.
12/21/11 H. pylori: Good guy bacteria or bad guy? Swiss and German researchers discovered that infecting mice with H. pylori actually prevents asthma. This correlates to the fact that asthma is reaching epidemic levels in lock-step with the decline of the once common stomach bug. Dr. Barry Marshall, the Australian biologist who received the 2005 Nobel Prize in Medicine for discovery of H. pylori as the cause of gastritis and stomach ulcers predicts that one day; a weakened strain of the bacteria will be used to treat both asthma and obesity.
12/20/11 Disease is a process of dying. Most diseases are years and generations in the making and manifest when the body finally succumbs, weak, tired and worn out, to death in part or in its entirety. But just as disease is a process that can be fed or fought, so good health is a process and your health can be nurtured or destroyed. Unfortunately, we are doing either one or the other, building disease or building health. There is no real middle ground.
12/19/11 BO is often a symptom of dysbiosis. The body eliminates toxins through the skin and sweat glands. In America we are obsessed with “smelling good” to the point of poisoning ourselves with de-stinkifiers. Find the bacteria imbalance, metals and/or fungus and fix it and the smells go away, albeit it takes a while to recover from the aluminum and parabens, etc in deodorants. It is a process and not an instant cure.
12/16/11 Observational studies have suggested that malnutrition in the first year of a woman’s life may ultimately be associated with a greater risk of stroke in her offspring, and malnutrition in childhood can up the risk of stroke later in life as well. The Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals’ follow-up to the Women’s Health Study found that a diet high in fruits, vegetables, and fiber and low in fat and red meat was associated with a lower risk of stroke.
12/15/11 Walking is the best exercise for your feet. It also contributes to your general health by improving circulation, contributing to weight control and promoting all-around well being. Your feet mirror your general health. Such conditions as arthritis, diabetes, nerve and circulatory disorders can show their initial symptoms in the feet – so foot ailments can be your first sign of more serious medical problems.
12/14/11 Cancer is not a disease. Cancer is a symptom of things metabolically wrong in the body. Medical science will never cure cancer under the pretense that some undeveloped, undiscovered drug will make it go away. To think that a manmade chemical can undo catabolism, restore body systems and detox pathways, debulk tumors and rebuild organs and tissues, is a pipe dream at best. This is simply not how life works on any level.
12/13/11 Researchers have discovered variations in the glutamate-receptor gene regulating brain signals for movement and behavior that also modulate the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease in heavy coffee drinkers. Results showed that heavy coffee drinkers carrying a variant of the GRIN2A gene had an average 27% lower risk for PD compared with light coffee drinkers. But, just drinking a lot of coffee doesn’t reduce your risk of PD. It depends on the GRIN2A genotype you are carrying.
12/12/11 Solid antiperspirants are made with wax, a liquid emollient and an active-ingredient compound that gives antiperspirants their sweat-blocking power. All regular antiperspirants have an aluminum-based compound as their main ingredient. Aluminum chloride, aluminum zirconium, tricholorohydrex glycine, aluminum chlorohydrate, aluminum hydroxybromide are all neurotoxic and work by causing inflammation in the sweat glands until they swell shut. Not a good thing!
12/09/11 The use of dietary supplements in the United States has increased from less than 20% in 1970 to approximately 50% according to the last survey conducted by the National Institutes of Health. In this survey, individuals report using dietary supplements to increase energy, maintain strength, enhance performance, maintain health and immune system function, and prevent nutritional deficiencies. Supplement use is higher in white and Asian populations, college grads and with those with high household incomes.
12/08/11 Having a drink a day isn’t likely going to hurt your bone density, but drinking more than that increases your risk for osteoporosis. Studies suggest that too much alcohol effects hormones and can harm your bone health. Large amounts of alcohol deplete hormones and increases cortisol levels, which contributes to a loss in bone density.
12/07/11 It’s in your food can liners, baby bottles and more! Exposure to Bisphenol A, the nasty chemical used in manufacturing certain plastic products, has been shown to affect behavior and executive function in children three years of age. Executive function is a mental process that connects past experience with present action. It is used for planning, organizing, strategizing, focus on details, remembering details, and managing time and space.
12/06/11 Recent reports published in JAMA, the NEJM, the Lancet and by the AMA show a dramatic increase in psychosomatic complaints from patients who are convinced by Big Pharma ads that they are afflicted with the exact condition that should be addressed by the advertised drugs. Doctors are complaining now that they are spending more time explaining to people that they do not actually have the symptoms of these conditions and why it would be bad to take the drugs they are convinced they need.
12/05/11 Don’t wait one more day to start! Exercise helps you obtain and maintain a healthy weight and burn excess calories. For those with diabetes, exercise helps your body use insulin better by forcing your muscles to burn more glucose during exercise, consequently lowering blood sugar levels. Even with just a little bit of exercise each day, you can begin to live a healthier life now.
12/02/11 Wide-awake drunk: That’s what you get when you try to sober up a drunk with coffee. Drinking a cup of coffee after too many beers may make them feel more awake and aware, but they are still drunk. Being drunk and wide awake, the judgments and reaction time will still be impaired. While caffeine improves the senses, this actually makes it harder for one to realize the extent of drunkenness, causing them to think they can do things they shouldn’t, such as driving.
12/01/11 Avoid the toxic sunscreen goops as they actually turn off your body’s own natural protection and cause more cancer than they prevent. Taking supplemental PABA will help your skin stay healthy in the sun. Eating vegetables and fruits such as blueberries, raspberries, goji berries and pomegranates, along with supplementing with green powdered grass mixes, mixed tocopherol vitamin E and fish oil also helps build healthy skin for measured sun exposure.
11/30/11 Remember back in the ‘90s, when you only heard of knee problems and replacements in people who were in their ‘70’s? FF to today and we find knee problems in people that are mid-50’s and even younger. The number of limping-younger people with knee trouble has tripled recently, helping drive markets for motorized scooter chairs and handicap parking stripe painters into economic boon. Does anyone else besides me think this knee trouble is caused by diet and lifestyle?
11/29/11 Overseeing your thyroid is the brain’s pituitary gland. When the pituitary gland senses that the thyroid isn’t producing enough thyroid hormone, it sends out thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), also called thyrotropin, to tell the thyroid gland to boost production. This what they test for in your blood. Thus, a high TSH level in the blood (over 2 in my world) means the thyroid can’t meet the demands for the body hypothyroidism results.
11/28/11 Researchers studied overweight kids who spent at least two hours a week playing video games that involve no movement beyond the wrist and thumb workout. Half were switched to Sony’s “EyeToy” exercise games. Six months later, the active kids weighed the same but researchers called a victory for “active” games because the thumb kids in the study gained 2 to 3 pounds. Get smart and send them outside peeps!!
11/23/11 Immunize yourself against the winter flu by loading up on vitamin D-3! Get healthy and stop worrying about getting the flu or taking a hurtful vaccine. If your immune system is functioning well with optimal levels of vitamin D, your body will build its own permanent immunity to flu bugs, and you not ever even know it! Of course, the best source of D is the sun.
11/22/11 I haven’t got time for the pain relievers… Pain relievers like aspirin and NSAIDs are well known for their causing GI tract damage, producing “leaky gut” condition. An impaired intestinal lining along with the accompanying bad bacteria and fungal overgrowth allow chemicals to slip into the blood stream that damage, among things, the hypothalamus and also alter thyroid production. Try White Willow Bark or just plain water next time you would have gone for the other stuff.
11/21/11 In Latin, the suffix “itis” means “inflammation of”. Inflammation is at the root of many common conditions we seek medical treatment for such as arthritis, gastritis, tendonitis, bursitis, colitis, etc. A big surprise may be that there are even more serious diseases that are inflammatory in nature or origin; Alzheimer’s, Autism, ADHD, diabetes, cancer, obesity, depression and all autoimmune diseases have been linked to chronic inflammation.
11/18/11 Fallout problems: Radioactive iodine comes with nuclear fallout and quickly permeates and injures anyone that is iodine deficient. An estimated, 90% of Americans are iodine deficient. Preliminary research indicates that if a person is iodine insufficient, it takes about three months to become iodine sufficient ingesting a dosage of 50 mg of iodine daily and a year ingesting a dosage of 12.5 mg. Iodine protects the thyroid, breast, ovary glands and prostate gland as well as other tissues in the body from radiation, but only if it is present in sufficient quantities.
11/17/11 Mortality from cancer in 1950 came in at 193.9/100,000 people. In 2002 it was 193.4 per 100,000 people. Now, how can it be said that we are winning in the war on cancer if nearly the same number of people died from cancer in 1950 as they did in 2002?The only difference between 2002 and today is that we diagnose it sooner so people appear to live longer after diagnosis.
11/16/11 Heavy metals and diabetes: In the case of diabetes, mercury toxicity especially affects the pancreatic beta cells, collapses sulfur bonds in the insulin itself, and also in the insulin receptor sites setting off a myriad of complex disturbances in glucose metabolism. Biggest sources of metals? Amalgam tooth fillings followed closely by toxic vaccines.
11/15/11 Leptin is our satiety hormone that signals to our body that we are satisfied from eating and then alters our metabolism to burn fat. Leptin not only tells our fat cells to dissolve but it also normalizes our peripheral pain receptors in the spinal column. The function of this very important hormone is interrupted by gluten, a complex protein found in wheat, rye and barley. This leaves you hungry, fat and hurting.
11/14/11 All the expensive acai, goji berries, and pomegranates in the world won’t protect you from cancer and heart disease if you keep loading your plate with killer processed foods, burgers, hot dogs, and pizza wolfed down with sugary and/or carbonated death drinks.
11/11/11 Your genes play little or no role in 95 percent of all diseases, according to Muin Khoury, MD, PhD, Your lifestyle and environment play a major role in whether certain genes will express or lay dormant One immediate family member with heart disease, cancer, or type 2 diabetes doubles your risk for that condition, but a 2009 study in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that maintaining a healthy lifestyle can cut your risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes by a whopping 80 percent.
11/10/11 Frankenweeds… Where does it stop? A recent report out of Washington University says that the chemical industry’s answer to genetically-modified induced superweeds is to alter the genetics of the superweeds, which may provide a quick fix, but will just spawn an even heartier breed of superweeds. Can’t we take a lesson from the superbug bacteria we have caused? Man tries to improve on nature and gets in the soup every time.
11/09/11 Only about fifteen percent of cholesterol in your body comes from your diet. Your liver manufactures the other eighty five-percent. Even if you reduce your intake of cholesterol to zero, your liver will make the cholesterol you need to make sure have enough. On the other hand, if you eat a lot of cholesterol, your liver will make less of it, so that you don’t exceed the amount your body needs. If you have high cholesterol, let’s find out why!
11/08/11 And the poor get fatter… In a NEJM article, the opportunity to move from a neighborhood with a high level of poverty to one with a lower level of poverty was associated with modest but potentially important reductions in the prevalence of extreme obesity and diabetes. They didn’t say why, but could it be that the more quality food you can afford and eat, the less obesity you experience? Education would factor in here also.
11/07/11 If you are going to have a colonoscopy, take the first appointment of the day. According to a study in the American Journal of Gastroenterology, doctors that performed 12 procedures a day found only half the polyps in the last patients of the day as they did in the first patient.
11/04/11 The FDA (Fatal Drugs Allowed) sides with the manufacturers to say that aluminum in antacids is not absorbed. Studies since 1986 have shown that it is absorbed and especially in cases of kidney problems and in the presence of acidic foods and drinks like citrus fruits or soda pop. There is increasing evidence that aluminum is involved in Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Lou Gehrig’s disease and some other nervous system problems.
11/03/11 NEWSFLASH: It’s not cholesterol building up in arteries to form plaque or harden the arteries; it’s calcium that is the villain. Calcification is the hardening of tissues from calcium that collects in the wrong places. Calcium causes kidney stones and can lead to Alzheimer’s disease or can harden arteries leading to heart attacks and other pulmonary problems. Plenty of raw veggies in your diet will give you the right amount of calcium and help prevent the above problems.
11/02/11 Tumors are growths of abnormal cells and fall into two categories: primary and secondary. Primary tumors start in a certain tissue or organ system and can be either benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous). Secondary tumors are also known as metastatic tumors. These tumors start in another part of your body and then travel to unrelated tissues or organs. This type of tumor is malignant, fast growing, and unfortunately, more common.
11/01/11 Your life, you’re responsible… The majority of medical doctors fail to inform cancer survivors of lifestyle related risk factors and preventative measures they can take. Researchers asked 1,600 cancer survivors whether they had received guidance on lifestyle changes and dietary advice relating to the prevention of cancer recurrence. Only 1 in 3 cancer survivors said that their physician offered information about diet.
10/31/11 Adya Clarity is a “health food” made from a mineral deposit with sulfuric acid added. It is composed of sulfuric acid, iron sulfate, aluminum sulfate and contains 2,000 PPM of iron and 1200 PPM of aluminum sulfate. This is NOT food peeps! It is actually imported as “battery acid” and sold as a health supplement/food product. There are unsubstantiated claims that Adya Clarity treats kidney stones, hair loss, arthritis and even cancer. De-ja-moo peeps.
10/28/11 Acne blues? Try the diet for results. Almost every single person I see with acne in our clinic will clear up in a few weeks going gluten free and cutting out the sugars. One study in 2004 found that a low-carb diet like the Adkins Diet slashed acne by 50 percent in just weeks.
10/27/11 Diabetic Do’s: Moderate exercise will lower blood sugar for several hours. Diabetes often brings with it neuropathies and this same exercise releases endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkiller hormones. As a two-edged sword, exercise will help to reduce blood sugar levels and alleviate the peripheral nerve pain diabetes can cause.
10/26/11 Osteoporosis: Not just for women. Men have osteoporotic fractures about 10 years later in life than women. Risk factors for men include aging, smoking, alcohol abuse, enzyme-inducing antiseizure drugs, malabsorption history, surgery for peptic ulcer disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, glucocorticoid therapy, and androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer. Notice that lifestyle and Big Pharma interventions are big players here?
10/25/11 Seattle researchers took 600 people with low back pain and gave them either sessions of acupuncture, acupressure, or physical therapy/pain management. 60 percent of the acupuncture/acupressure group reported a significant relief, compared to 39 percent of those in the physical therapy/pain management group.
10/24/11 When the body deteriorates and weakens, diseases, including cancer begin to develop. Low oxygen, poor cellular nutrient intake, impaired repair and regulatory systems, toxin buildup, and immune deterioration are some of the problems that allow cancer cells to grow. Cancer is a symptom and using deadly chemotherapy may reduce the size of a tumor but it does not address the many factors that caused it.
10/21/11 The introduction of pasteurized cow’s milk-based infant formula within the first three months of life is associated with increased risk of type 1 diabetes mellitus. There are more than 100 studies linking early exposure to dairy milk with the onset of type I diabetes mellitus in children who are genetically prone to the disease.
10/20/11 Phthalates are plasticizers that stabilize scent in perfume and color in cosmetics and keep nail polish from chipping. You won’t find them listed on most labels, though they can be present in almost every conceivable personal-care item hidden in the ingredient “fragrance.” Multiple studies have linked phthalates to suppression of normal thyroid function and birth defects, mostly affecting the genital development of young boys and sperm counts in adult men.
10/19/11 Getting off aspartame can make pain patients feel much better. The artificial sweetener found in diet sodas and many sugar-free sweets is part of a chemical group called excitotoxins, which activate neurons that can increase sensitivity to pain. Aspartame can heighten fibro patients’ sensitivity to pain.
10/18/11 Did you know that childhood diseases have a favorable effect on the child’s immune system. When children overcome illnesses on their own, their immune systems are stimulated: they build resistance to other diseases in later life. The over-use of the chicken pox vaccine, for one example, has been linked to our shingles problems in later life.
0/17/11 Skin is our largest organ. What we put on our skin our bodies literally drink in. Goops, cosmetics, aerosols – everything we consume – including the chemicals that linger on and in our clothing either is assimilated or (hopefully) eliminated by the body. Chemical toxins we expose our skin to through our clothing and skincare/body products can tax our bodies in a major way.
10/14/11 So this is “diet success”? A private study by Weight Watchers found that overweight dieters assigned to Weight Watchers lost an average of just 11.2 pounds after one year of point swapping. The Weight Watchers diet doubled Medical Doctor’s success of an average of 5.1 lbs in one year. Most of the people I suggest a gluten free diet to lose about 8-10 lbs in the first week or so. Losing the excess fat dramatically reduces inflammation and the higher risk of metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, and early death that comes with obesity.
10/13/11 Diseases are merely the cumulative results of bad health caused by precipitating factors like diet, lifestyle and the intake of toxins. Diseases are just symptoms of pathology and are not caused by the disease itself. You want to see the epitome of medical ignorance? Sum it up in one word: Isopathy; the belief that the result of disease is the cause of disease. If you want to “cure” a disease you have to remove the causes- not just treat the symptoms.
10/12/11 Ask yourself this: Where in terms of health and fitness will you be in 20 years if you continue to do what you are doing now? The greatest predictor of where you will end up health-wise is your lifestyle now. The more disciplined you are right now, the healthier and happier you will be in the future. You are in charge of your own health destiny by the lifestyle decisions you make moment by moment…
1011/11 If I had the money that Big Pharma uses to dupe TV viewers into lifelong drug addictions, I would air these bits in the world’s living rooms all day and night on TV. I would put up billboards and pay reps to go into doctor’s offices and spread the health. Unfortunately, there is not much money in health management. Disease management is thriving though…
10/10/11 A study by Rush University Medical Center in Chicago found that infants who were held, snuggled and touched had better mental and motor skills than those who were not. But we still need physical touch as adults. Studies have shown that therapeutic touch benefits adults by reducing stress by releasing serotonin and dopamine while it lessens pain. Physical touch even reduces symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease such as restlessness, pacing, vocalization, searching and tapping.
10/07/11 Melatonin hormone is secreted by the pineal gland in the brain. It helps regulate other hormones and maintains the body’s circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is an internal 24-hour “clock” that plays a critical role in when we fall asleep and when we wake up. When it is dark, your body produces more melatonin; when it is light, the production of melatonin drops.
10/06/11 Nearly a quarter of all adults now struggle with arthritis. Twenty-one million say the condition limits what they can do. Overweight people suffer from arthritis at nearly double the rates of normal weight people. According to the CDC, 33.8 percent of obese women and 25.2 percent of obese men suffer from arthritis while only 18.9 percent of normal-weight women and 13.8 percent of normal-weight men suffer from arthritis.
10/05/11 Older drivers have the lowest rate of crasher per year as compared to any other age group. However, their crash rate per miles driven approaches that of the teenaged driver. Therefore, for the amount of miles on the road, they are at an elevated risk when compared to middle-aged drivers. Overall, they are at increased risk for injury and death. Most older adults will give up driving voluntarily if they believe they are putting themselves or others at risk while driving but there are cases of resistance and bad judgment caused by a lack of insight from underlying dementing illnesses.
10/04/11 A new study shows dramatic improvements in overall attention and awareness after naps. Sleep has been shown to enhance reaction time, improve mood stabilization, emotional control and mental balance, improve fight or flight response and enhances higher levels of cognitive and emotional function. Sleep also improves the immune system and reduces inflammation in the body.
10/03/11 Yellow nails can be suggestive of diabetes mellitus, amyloidosis, median/ulnar nerve injury, thermal injury, and jaundice. Koilonychia are spoon-shaped, concave nails. Causes of koilonychia include iron deficiency, diabetes mellitus, protein deficiency (especially in sulfur-containing amino acids), exposure to petroleum-based solvents, systemic lupus erythematosus, and Raynaud disease.
9/30/11 Daily supplementation of probiotics has been shown to significantly reduce the risk of developing preeclampsia in first time mothers. Preeclampsia is a serious complication in pregnancy in which the pregnant mom experiences hypertension which can adversely affect both the mother and fetus.
9/29/11 Increased body fat is linked to: 49% of endometrial cancers (20,700 cases/year); 35% of esophageal cancers (5,800 cases/year); 28% of pancreatic cancers (11,900 cases/year); 24% of kidney cancers (13,900 cases/year); 21% of gallbladder cancers (2,000 cases/year); 17% of breast cancers (33,000 cases/year); 9% of colorectal cancers (13,200 cases/year).
9/28/11 A recent meta-analysis conducted by the Association for Healthcare Research and Quality, found that infants who had ever been breastfed had reduced odds of SIDS. They concluded that breastfeeding of any extent or duration reduces the risk for SIDS. Their calculations showed the greatest reduction in odds ratio for exclusive breastfeeding.
9/27/11 Get an IV during labor and delivery and the infant suffers! Weight loss in newborns is the baby’s natural reaction to medical treatment given to the mother during the labor and delivery process. When mommy gets IV fluids the infant has trouble regulating its hydration and then there is the “bad-parent-not-feeding-the-baby- right syndrome. In reality it is bad-doctor-doesn’t-understand-how-the-body-works syndrome. Modern medical practice pumps moms in labor full of fluids, and this leads to babies pushed on to formula feeding.
9/26/11 Thyroxine (T4) is the primary hormone secreted by the thyroid and is converted into active triiodothyronine (T3) to regulate the body’s metabolic rate. Without enough T4, many normal body processes slow down, a condition known as hypothyroidism (low thyroid). An imbalance of thyroid hormones can produce skin disorders, irregular heartbeat, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, muscle dysfunction, gastrointestinal disturbances, mental confusion, severe depression, decreased libido, and extreme fatigue.
9/23/11 Nail clubbing has been associated with various underlying pulmonary and cardiovascular diseases, as well as neoplastic, infectious, hepatobiliary, mediastinal, endocrine, and gastrointestinal diseases. Nail clubbing occurs when the angle made by the proximal nail fold and nail plate is greater than 180 degrees, termed the Lovibond angle. The body has ways of showing you the problems your doc may miss.
9/22/11 September 7: In the wake of a growing number of overdose visits to ERs, the DEA has moved to make psychoactive “bath salts” (PABS) a controlled substance. The DEA is using its authority to temporarily control methylenedioxypyrovalerone and 2 other synthetic stimulants: mephedrone and methylone. Touted for giving a high similar to that of methamphetamine, PABS are also known as alertness enhancers or aphrodisiacs and are sometimes called “legal cocaine.”
9/21/11 Aluminum madness: Antacids and buffered aspirin often contain aluminum trisilicate or aluminum hydroxide. Antacids alone can contain 200 milligrams or more of elemental aluminum in a single tablet. Aluminum is overtly present in over-the-counter and prescription medicines such as certain pain-killers and anti-diarrhea medicines. Aluminum can also be found in vaccines, toothpastes, nasal sprays, anti-antiperspirants, dental amalgams, cigarette filters and pesticides. Make informed choices peeps!
9/20/11 Getting older – getting slimmer… An ongoing study from the 70’s found yogurt to be a common food of the “oldsters” who gained less weight. People also gained less weight with higher intakes of vegetables, fruit and nuts. Whole milk drinkers lost weight over skim milk. The worst foods fatter oldsters were starches, – primarily French Fries – and sweetened beverages followed by pastas (gluten).
9/19/11 Bad parabens! Parabens are a synthetic preservative and antimicrobial agent found in most personal-care products like shampoo, conditioner, lotion, cleansers and body wash. They are also used in solid products like deodorant. Parabens appear as methyl-, ethyl-, butyl- or propylparaben. Studies have found that parabens mimic estrogen in the body and disrupt normal hormone function, and are commonly found in breast-tumor biopsies.
9/16/11 A school nurse is responsible for emergency nursing care of students when an illness or accident occurs during school hours or on or near school property. A school nurse has no legal authority to expel a student for not being vaccinated nor a medical license to prescribe even aspirin let alone any vaccinations. Any school nurse who intimidates or threatens a parent or child concerning vaccinations is acting outside the scope of their authority.
If a nurse is going to tell a parent that the child cannot enter school without being vaccinated then there is a moral obligation to inform the parent of the exemptions that are given by law.
9/15/11 In the Cochrane review, salt reduction interventions were associated with a small reduction in systolic blood pressure estimated at between 1 and 4 mm Hg. That’s not very impressive at all but read this! Salt restriction interventions increased the risk for all-cause mortality in those with heart failure (RR 2.59, 1.04-6.44). Now I’m impressed… Reduce salt and die. Make your salt Celtic Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt for a healthier body and longer life.
9/14/11 The World Health Organization conducted an investigation and found that depressed people who weren’t on psychiatric drugs had the best long term outcomes. America loves their drugs and has been lied to consistently by Big Pharma to hook them on deadly meds. Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels once said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.
9/13/11 In a randomized controlled study, kids who watched SpongeBob for nine minutes did less well on tests of attention and cognition than those who spent the same amount of time drawing, according to Angeline Lillard, PhD, and Jennifer Peterson of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Parents should be aware that such fast-paced cartoons could at least temporarily impair young children’s executive function. In SpongeBob SquarePants the scene shifts about five times or every 11 seconds on average, while the other cartoon changed scenes every 34 seconds.
9/12/11 Figure it out peeps! Mice predisposed to breast cancer were put on either a high sugar/wheat diet or a low carb diet. Not surprising to me, the cancers progressed faster on the carb-heavy diet, with nearly half of those mice getting the disease in their first year. BUT! None of the low-carb diet mice developed cancer in the first year. Eventually, only 30% of the low-carb mice developed cancer compared to 70% of the high carb mice who got it.
9/9/11 Definition of cancer = tissue rot… It’s really just about that simple and doctors haven’t even made it to first grade in the knowledge of nutrition and its role in health and disease. But we know something they never figured out: We know cancer, for the most part, is caused by cell damage from poisons and nutritional deficiencies. So, the test answers lie in treating the causes, not by poisonous chemical manipulations.
9/8/11 All of our modern-day toxic environmental overload concerns should be considered against the backdrop of a monumental biological shift. Only 150 years ago, girls got their first period at around age 15 or 16 and went through menopause in their late 30s and 40s. However, in modern times girls often begin puberty as early as 9 and menopause generally does not occur until around 50.
9/7/11 Tired of being thirsty? Most people who complain of fatigue after exercise are actually dehydrated. A recent study of athletes found that 92% felt fatigued after limiting fluids and water-rich foods and that they also had lapses in memory and reported difficulty concentrating. Staying hydrated is one of the simplest ways to keep energized and focused.
9/6/11 It doesn’t take much: Women who walk briskly for 10 minutes a day report 18% more energy than their sedentary peers after 6 months. They also feel more clearheaded and confident, have fewer aches, and lift groceries and climb stairs more easily. Big return on a small investment!
9/2/11 How to grow a tumor: Feed it sugar and wheat… The more you eat, the bigger they get (and the bigger you get also). Mice that were pre-disposed to human cancers developed cancer 70% of the time on sugar and wheat vs only 30% on a low-carb diet. Eat high sugar/wheat diet and more than double the cancer risk? Not me says I.
9/1/11 Still not concerned? Japan’s government recently estimated that the amount of radioactive caesium-137 released by the Fukushima nuclear disaster to date is equal to that of 168 Hiroshima bombs. Believe what you want, but both the Japanese and US governments have told citizens “not to worry,” because they falsely say that there is no immediate danger of the Fukushima fallout. So who cares about 5-10-15 years from now when it finally takes you down in slow and agonizing death…
8/31/11 Sunmania: Exposure to the sun without sunscreen helps the skin produce the Vitamin D it needs to build bones , fight inflammation, build the immune system and protect against cancer – including dreaded skin cancer. Take supplemental PABA for skin protection and get out of the sun when you turn a little pink (about 20 minutes of full-body sun will do). About the only sunscreen out there today that isn’t toxic is a good old shade tree…
8/30/11 A bad balance of gut bacteria plays a role in the development of depression, anxiety, and even autism. In one recent study, lab mice were given antibiotics to disrupt normal bacteria in the gut. As a result, there was an increase in brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), linked to depression and anxiety. When the antibiotics were stopped, the gut bacteria eventually returned to somewhat normal along with the brain chemistry of the mice.
8/29/11 Animal proteins and human DNA injected into the muscle with vaccinations are causing hell on earth for the immune system response to these proteins. Once your immune system has to attack this foreign protein in your muscle it forever fights that protein no where it shows up. This is why when peanut oil was first introduced into vaccines in the 60’s people started having severe allergies to peanuts…
8/26/11 Desperate times? A recent report from China’s Global Times explains that a 17-year-old boy from China’s Anhui Province sold one of his kidneys for the equivalent of roughly $3,000 in order to buy the latest Apple iPad 2 tablet computer.
8/25/11 People ages 50 – 70 lose approximately 30% of their muscle mass! Resistance training exercises several times a week can help insure efficient muscle function. Always follow resistance or weight training with a post-exercise meal containing a highly absorbable protein like whey in order to maximize muscle growth. Always avoid the sugars and carbs, like wheat products, before training.
8/24/11 Just how wonderful are genetically modified potatoes? Findings were released by anti-GM campaigners in Wales which showed that lab rats eating GM spuds developed tumors. Dr Pusztai and a colleague used potatoes that had been genetically modified to produce a protein, lectin. They found unusual cell damage in the rats’ stomachs, and in parts of their intestines. I think we the sheople are a bigger test group of lab rats…
8/23/11 Inflammation is a problem when your body is in a chronic state of inflammation. This inflammation can lodge in your muscles, joints and tissues. Chronic inflammation is a leading cause of many diseases including heart disease. Inflammation is quite often caused by lousy diet and processed foods along with the lack of live healthy raw foods.Keep eating in the fast-food land and you will increase your inflammation levels. Other pro-inflammatory foods include sugar, soda, alcohol, bread, trans fats and red meat.
8/22/11 Every cell in your body has integral membrane proteins that respond to light, sound, frequency and vibration. Modern science is just now beginning to understand that hormones, neurosignaling and molecular medicine are way too slow to orchestrate the hundred trillion cells in your body, each with billions of biochemical reactions going on second to second.
8/19/11 A new study released in this month’s JAMA found that a lack of sleep may have a direct impact on the amount of testosterone produced in men. Researchers found that lack of sleep decreased testosterone levels by 10 to 15 percent. Also, according to new research in SLEEP 2011, lack of sleep has been found to have a marked negative impact on wives and how they act towards their spouse.
8/18/11 Find the cause and fix it peeps. If you have high cholesterol, it is in part because of increased inflammation in your body. The cholesterol is there to do a job: help your body to heal and repair. Lowering your cholesterol without addressing the problem is BAD MEDICINE. Find a new doc. High cholesterol is a fabricated disease with a bogus treatment.
8/17/11 A Canadian research team studied relationships among the IV fluids a mother received during labor, neonatal fluid output and newborn weight loss. They discovered a clear and strong association between the amount of IV fluids given to mothers before birth and neonatal output of urine and newborn weight loss. The medical system really just doesn’t get it about childbirth…
8/16/11 In cultures where people eat very small quantities of animal protein, there is a much lower incidence of all kinds of arthritis. When people relocate to a city or country where they eat the same type of diet that we do in the United States, their incidence of arthritis increases dramatically.
8/15/11 When our immune system manufactures antibodies to fight invading substances antibody/antigen complexes are formed. Invaders can be viruses, bacteria, or food protein. Antibodies fight antigens by attaching to them and clumping them together to form complexes. These complexes are usually eliminated from the body by the immune system. But in some people the complexes become lodged in various tissues around the body where they cause inflammation.
8/12/11 Smokers who light up right after they wake up in the morning may be at greater risk for lung, head and neck cancers than those who wait before having their first cigarette of the day. In a new study, researchers found that those who smoked 31 to 60 minutes after waking up were 1.3 times more likely to develop lung cancer than those who waited an hour and those who smoked within 30 minutes of waking up were 1.79 times more likely to develop lung cancer.
8/11/11 Yoga can help incorporate proper breathing, proper exercise, proper relaxation, proper diet and positive thinking into your lifestyle. Yoga, as originally practiced in India, merely consisted of a few stretching exercises before meditation. Its main intent was to relax the body and prevent stiffness while in cross-legged meditation pose. Our Western culture turned yoga into a workout. With Sivananda yoga, the mind becomes still (breathing, meditation) and the body relaxes with specific, slow exercises.
8/10/11 A new study out of West Virginia University’s School of Medicine has found that people with the highest blood levels of perfluorooctanoate (PFOA), a chemical used in non-stick and stain-resistant coatings, are 40 percent more likely to develop arthritis than people with the lower levels. PFOA is also linked to a variety of other diseases, including thyroid disorders, high cholesterol, delayed pregnancy, and infertility.
8/09/11 Antibiotics lead to the overgrowth of yeast (candida) in our GI tracts. Antibiotics kill the “bad” bacteria right along with the “good” bacteria we need in our colon. Chlorine and fluoride added to municipal water also kills the healthy bacteria and further contributes to yeast overgrowth. FYI: Candida overgrowth increases autoimmune thyroiditis by disrupting the immune system.
8/08/11 The T-4 and T-3 hormones regulate the metabolic rate of every cell in your body. If your levels are low or they are not being utilized, this causes you to feel cold, irritable and fatigued having less energy to provide for warmth and vitality… then you get fat and sad with muscle weakness, painful joints, goiters, brittle hair and nails, loss of sex drive, high cholesterol, foggy brain, and the end is listless…
8/05/11 It all adds up: More scientific evidence is pointing to the link between insufficient sleep and an increase in obesity rates among our nation’s children. According to a recent study, children who are not receiving appropriate amounts of sleep have a fourfold increase risk of becoming obese than those children who receive proper rest.
8/04/11 Want to live life to the fullest, enjoying your children and grandchildren for years to come? Then you’re going to have to take some steps today to give yourself the greatest possible protection against chronic illness and age-related disease. The best time to seek your health is while you still have it!