Health & Wellness


Considering the Flu Shot? Think twice!

"Emelie Olsson is plagued by hallucinations and nightmares. When she wakes up, she's often paralyzed, unable to breathe properly or call for help. During the day she can barely stay awake, and often misses school or having fun with friends. She is only 14, but at times she has wondered if her life is worth living.

"Emelie is one of around 800 children in Sweden and elsewhere in Europe who developed narcolepsy, an incurable sleep disorder, after being immunized with the made by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline in 2009." ~ Reuters
An uptick in narcolepsy after the flu shot is not unusual — Finland, Norway, Ireland and France have seen dramatic increases since the Pandemrix H1N1 swine flu vaccine was introduced. In total, more than 30 million people in 47 countries were given the GSK shot during the 2009-2010 flu season. Independent researchers subsequently published peer-reviewed studies from Finland, Ireland and Sweden, showing the 2009-2010 influenza vaccination campaign increased the rate of narcolepsy by seven to thirteen times in children given the GSK shot, compared to their unvaccinated peers. Unfortunately, narcolepsy isn't the only risk associated with the vaccine.

Comment: Vaccines and flu shots are good for big pharma, not us!


Community, touch, and play: Important aspects of a primal lifestyle

© Glen Murray, Matthew Grant, and Robert Strukelj
Me and my Acro Family at camp
I wanted to share with you and your readers my love of the activity known as AcroYoga, or sometimes Acrobatic Partner Yoga. I think of it as the missing piece that really brought my primal lifestyle full circle and improved my life!

A little bit of background about me: I'm 26 years old and I've been following PB for about four years. I first found Mark's Daily Apple when my best friend, now partner, Alex shared a recipe from the site. I started reading and couldn't stop. Before going primal, I'd always been pretty healthy and in shape, but I was plagued by body image issues, and was constantly counting calories and punishing myself for eating too much. Primal life changed that for me. I learned the difference between calories and nutrition, and started to feel good about the food I ate. I went strictly Primal for a while before I found the healthy balance that worked best for my metabolism. I really feel like I'm living my best life now!

Comment: Having a mutually supportive community and people with whom you can connect and share is a really important aspect of humanity and is not always easy to find. Building those connections can provide a richness and meaning to life that can't really be found any other way.

As well, it looks like some of the additional health benefits of this practice beyond social bonding is integrating friendly gentle touch, grounding/earthing, exercise, being outdoors, and play into a single activity. See also:

Take 2

The Syndrome: New documentary film exposes the scam to imprison parents based on phony medical science

A groundbreaking and controversial documentary exposing the lies and misinformation behind the Shaken Baby Syndrome (SBS) diagnosis has met fierce opposition from the medical and legal community as the film gains traction in festivals across the U.S.

A collaboration between Los Angeles-based filmmaker Meryl Goldsmith and her cousin, Susan Goldsmith, who is an award-winning investigative journalist, the film seeks to undercover the myths associated with SBS, a diagnosis responsible for incarcerating thousands of innocent people each year in the U.S.

Featured at more than a dozen film festivals, including the Interrobang Film Festival in Des Moines, Iowa, and most recently, the Long Island International Film Expo in Bellmore, New York, the film explains how other conditions may cause what some believe to be symptoms of SBS.

Comment: Doctor speaks out: Shaken baby syndrome or death by vaccine?


The Health and Wellness Show - A Close Look at Lyme Disease

Lyme disease, or borreliosis, caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, which can proliferate to every area in your body, is the most common American tick-borne infectious disease. It often goes undiagnosed or becomes misdiagnosed, and is considered a minor acute illness by the mainstream medical system. That becomes a real problem when you consider that in America, up to 300,000 new cases a year of Lyme disease diagnoses have been reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an increase of up to 10 times what researchers previously believed.

Lyme disease sufferers go through a living hell, not recognized for suffering the from the actual disease they have and often being accused of having a psychological disorder or "faking it". Today on the SOTT Talk Radio Health and Welness show, we take a deep look at this mysterious and devastating disease.

Here's the transcript of the show:


Heavy metals and inflammation may be a silent killer

With so much press about the dangers of inflammation, many are already aware of its connection with a range of serious illness. And yet, the fact that heavy metal toxicity is at the root of inflammation oftentimes slips by unnoticed. The unfortunate truth of the matter is this: Until we address toxic metals within the body, methods to tame inflammation will simply be a stopgap measure.

Inflaming cellular pathways

Lyn Hanshew, M.D., believes that inflammation indicates heavy metal toxicity, which leads to the development of diseases such as arteriosclerosis, diabetes, asthma, hypertension, arthritis, colitis and hepatitis, as well as a slew of other degenerative diseases. When the toxic load of heavy metals turns critical, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid conversion pathways in cellular membranes become imbalanced, triggering a cascade of inflammation.

Comment: Is your body burning up with hidden inflammation? Read the following articles to learn more about the connections between inflammation, stress and disease:

Cow Skull

Animal feed additive banned in 150 Countries approved by the FDA

Last Thursday, a federal judge in California dismissed two lawsuits claiming the Food and Drug Administration illegally approved a dangerous drug for use in animal feed.

The lawsuits were filed by the Center for Food Safety, the Sierra Club, the Center for Biological Diversity, United Farmworkers of America, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and the Humane Society of the United States. The Center for Food Safety originally filed the suit against the FDA in November 2014, stating the agency violated the National Environmental Policy Act and Administrative Procedure Act when it approved an animal feed additive that contained the controversial drug ractopamine hydrochloride.

Comment: Additional articles on the effects of ractopamine:

Eye 1

New digital drugs: Tells doctor when you're not taking your medication

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The new smart drug could be particularly useful for ensuring the mentally ill continue taking their medications, not just by just giving doctors a way to monitor their behavior, but courts as well.
A best-selling antipsychotic drug soon could get so smart, patients can't lie about taking it.

The company that makes Abilify, a popular medication used to treat conditions including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression, is seeking approval from the Food and Drug Administration to insert the pills with a chip alerting doctors if a patient fails to ingest it at the right times.

If approved, Abilify would become the first digital drug with an ingestible sensor, opening the door to a new world of "smart" medications that could dramatically improve medical adherence, especially for those who might have difficulty following a doctor's directives.

Comment: MicroChipping the Population? Big Pharma to Begin Microchipping Drugs


Oh, great! GMO tomatoes are making a comeback

The beloved tomato is the one fruit many still think is a vegetable. Few also realize that tomatoes were one of the first commercially available genetically modified (GM) crops ever. Under the guise of incorporating healthier and concentrated natural compounds, GM tomatoes are about to make a comeback on new research that aims to pack in the same amount of resveratrol as 50 bottles of red wine into one tomato.

Earlier forms of this GM crop included the transgenic tomato (FlavrSavr) which had a "deactivated" gene. This meant that the tomato plant was no longer able to produce polygalacturonase, an enzyme involved in fruit softening. The premise was that tomatoes could be left to ripen on the vine and still have a long shelf life, thus allowing them to develop their full flavour. Normally, tomatoes are picked well before they are ripe and are then ripened artificially.

These GM tomatoes, however, did not meet their expectations. Although they were approved in the US and several other countries, tomatoes with delayed ripening have disappeared from the market after peaking in 1998.

Comment: GMO or not, try avoiding nightshade vegetables. Nightshade vegetables like tomatoes, potatoes, and eggplant may trigger arthritis and pain conditions in some people.


Psychiatry, Big Pharma and the State-sanctioned drug cartel

"I just think it is time we try something new," said the doctor to his patient, "It's called Abilify."

"But I've been doing well," the patient pleaded, "I have had no problems for over six months and I am feeling fine."

"Well, you are on an involuntary (civil) commitment and I would hate to have to extend that 18 months," said the doctor, "You understand that the court will always do what the doctor recommends, and I think that you are in need of a switch to Abilify."

This is a conversation that I overheard when I first started working at a county hospital. I was new and trying to learn from these wonderful doctors that I believed were there to help people. This facility saw the "sickest" patients in the county, and I thought this would give me an incredible opportunity to learn. As this was one of the first conversations I heard, I was certainly learning... and slowly discovering that the label of "sick" is being placed on the wrong individual in this context.

Comment: Trapped by psychiatric drugs
Excessive diagnoses, over-medication, industry corruption, social stigmas, and moral decline are heavy fines the public now pays for easy access to psychiatric drugs. But research indicates long-term physical effects may present the hardest bill to pay. They stem from the action of psychotropics within the body's central nervous system.

Red Flag

Beauty product myths: Is there really such thing as "100% preservative-free"?

In the wake of the great escape from parabens, it's getting a little confusing out there.

You may already know how to read beauty labels. And have read about the risks associated with parabens, a group of preservatives used in many mainstream beauty products. So when you see natural beauty labels touting "100% preservative-free," it sounds great, right?

Not so fast, say experts. If you're talking about a product with any water in it, for example, a world without preservatives is a world with mold, bacteria, and microbial growth.

"I worry about a lot of those products that say [they're] preservative-free,"says California-based cosmetic chemist Bruce Akers, who works with natural and organic brands to create clean formulations. "If it's oil-based that's fine, but if it's water-based it's made by someone who's either lying or doesn't have the knowledge needed to describe what's happening."

Comment: The Ugly Side of Beauty, Some Cosmetics Can Be Toxic