Health & Wellness


Psychoneuroimmunology: How inflammation affects your mental health

Psychoneuroimmunology. This is what I aim to practice. Medical terms of this length command our respect for the interconnectedness of different subspecialties, for the futile segmentation and compartmentalization of the body into different organ systems.

As discussed in this previous article I wrote for Dr. Mercola, deconstructing the serotonin model of depression, psychiatry is in a crisis. It can no longer stand on its own, throwing more and more medications at its perceived target.

It seems, therefore, fitting that psychiatry would follow the investigative path of other lifestyle-triggered chronic diseases such as cancer, autoimmunity, and heart disease. There already exists a bidirectional relationship between all of the major chronic diseases and psychiatric diagnoses (patients who struggle with chronic diseases are more likely to be depressed and vice versa).

The role of inflammation, across these disease states, is better elucidated each day. Let's deconstruct what is known as it applies to mental health.

Study: Vegetarians are less healthy than meat eaters

Vegans take note: A blockbuster new study from Austria which is sure to send shock waves and generate massive denials among vegetarians has concluded that people who eat only vegetables are less healthy in key health categories and have a poorer quality of life than people who include some meat in their diets.

Among the study findings:
  • Vegetarians visit their doctors more often and are more prone to allergies
  • They also have a 50% increased risk of both heart attacks and cancer
  • They are also more likely to develop depression and anxiety disorders
The study did find that vegetarians had some significant health advantages, such as being more physically active, drinking less alcohol and smoking less tobacco; however, vegetarians' health overall was deemed to be unhealthy compared to those who included some meat in their diets.

Comment: Additional articles about how a vegetarian diet can effect overall health:

The Vegetarian Myth
Why Vegetarians Are Eating Meat
Most Vegetarians Return to Eating Meat
How to Eat Meat: Transitioning Away from Vegetarianism
Going Vegetarian Poses Own Set of Potential Health Risks
Cancer, heart attacks, mental instability, and lack of conscience: Vegetarians are 'less healthy' and have a poorer quality of life than meat-eaters
University of Graz study finds vegetarians are unhealthier, more mentally disturbed than meat-lovers


How inflammation affects the developing brain

I have posted several blogs relating the fundamental role of inflammation to neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Indeed, this is one of the central themes of Grain Brain.
That said, we've also got to take a look at the role of inflammation in the developing brain because the same damaging effects of the chemical mediators of inflammation in the adult might well lead to issues in the delicate brains of infants and young children.

In a new study just published in the journal BMC Pediatrics, researchers looked at several parameters in infants including the frequency of febrile illnesses, as well as blood markers of increased inflammation including IL-1 beta, IL-6, and IL-4 which is thought to indicate reduction of inflammation.

What the authors discovered was dramatic. There was a significant direct relationship between higher levels of the inflammatory markers and risk for developmental issues. In addition, higher levels of IL-4, associated with lower levels of inflammation, correlated perfectly with reduced risk for developmental problems.

Comment: Spacing immunizations? Nice one, but in practice it is altogether a different thing. For more information, see:

- US Media Blackout: 'MMR Vaccine Caused Autism' Rules Italian Court
- 30 years of secret official transcripts show UK government experts cover up vaccine hazards to sell more vaccines and harm your kids
- Gardasil: Medical torture and child abuse by Big Pharma
- The surprising truth about wheat, carbs, and sugar - Your brain's silent killers

In the end, it is up to the parents, although it shouldn't be that way:

- How a Mother Fought for Vaccine Exemption to Protect Her Kids
- You Want To Vaccinate My Child? No Problem, Just Sign This Form


Saudi Arabia reports increase in deadly MERS virus cases

Saudi health workers
Saudi medical staff leave the emergency department at a hospital in the center of the Saudi capital Riyadh on April 8, 2014. The health ministry reported four more MERS cases in Jeddah, two of them among health workers, prompting authorities to close the emergency department at the city's King Fahd Hospital
Saudi Arabia has confirmed seven new cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), adding up to 36 infections in five days, a sudden increase of a disease that kills about a third of the people infected and has no cure.

MERS, a SARS-like novel coronavirus that emerged in Saudi Arabia two years ago, has infected 231 people in the kingdom, of whom 76 have died, the Health Ministry said on its website.

Meanwhile, another cluster of cases has been detected in the United Arab Emirates, and a Malaysian who was recently in the Gulf has been confirmed as infected, his country said.

MERS has no vaccine or anti-viral treatment, but international and Saudi health authorities say the disease, which originated in camels, does not transmit easily between people and may simply die out.
Bacon n Eggs

Eat more fat! - Amazing results

Just one vital fact. More is needed. Take a look at the principles of Weston A. Price that were found in ALL healthy peoples all over the world with varying diets. Eskimos ate mostly meat. Polynesians ate mostly veges. But they ALL shared common principles that accounted for their extreme level of health and longevity. Fat was highly regarded by them all, thus, one of the vital principles of the traditional diets of our forefathers.

Comment: It is a fat miracle!:

Jeff Volek - The many facets of keto-adaptation: Health, performance, and beyond
Jimmy Moore - Nutritional Ketosis
Low carb ketogenic diet can combat cancer because cancer is a metabolic disease
The Ketogenic Diet - An Overview
Dr. Jonny Bowden - The Great Cholesterol Myth
Zeeshan Arain - Should we all be on a ketogenic diet?


Brazilian migraine sufferer found to have calcium stones in brain; gluten the culprit

gluten calcium brain
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The 'calcium stones' found in the brain of a Brazilian man suffering from headaches for several years

A Brazilian man who suffered from terrible headaches and vision problems was found to have 'calcium stones' in his brain.

The stones were due to him suffering from undiagnosed coeliac disease - an autoimmune disease caused by intolerance to gluten.

Because of his symptoms of headaches and vision problems, the man had been treated for migraines but shown no signs of improvement.

It was only when he had a CT scan that the calcium stones - patches of calcification in the back of the man's brain - were detected in the area responsible for vision, LiveScience reports.

Tests showed fluid in the man's brain had antibodies associated with coeliac disease. The condition is caused by a reaction of the immune system to gluten - a protein found in wheat, barley and rye.

Comment: For more information on the dangers of gluten, check out the Diet and Health section of our forum. (See our forum thread on hemochromatosis for more on iron deficiency and iron overload.)


Children are mentally, physically, and developmentally worse off than the previous generation

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Millions of children around the world cannot run as fast or as far as their parents were able to at their age. They cannot maintain their heart rates at high levels, recover from activity, have more illness and are slower, heavier with physical, developmental and emotional barriers that their parents never had.

We have a bombardment of artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, emulsifiers, sweeteners that have saturated the food supply for more than four decades, increasing toxicity levels of cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, reproductive, and immune systems.

We have 49 vaccines administered to children before the age of 6 and those are public health and medically prescribed doses.

The average child has consumed more sugar by the time they are 8 years old than the average adult did in their entire lifetime just a century ago.

Gardasil: Two shots were too many for my daughter

Let me begin my story by saying that my 24 year old daughter Karina was a very active girl prior to receiving the HPV vaccine Gardasil. She loved to swim and would do this at least 5 to 7 times per week and her sessions would last for around two hours. She had to give this up when she started to study at the University. She also biked 3-4 times a week to or from the University which is 17 km from her home and often enough would do this both ways. Karina is studying at the University of Copenhagen for a BSc in Natural Science and Information Technology (IT) with specialization in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. Unfortunately since she became sick after vaccination she is now struggling with her exams and she has just completed her BSc course and is very disappointed as her grades are not as good as they would have been if she had not been so sick.

The reason Karina had this vaccination at an older age was because our central government, with effect from 27th August 2012, introduced a temporary vaccination scheme which meant that the HPV vaccine was free for girls born between 1st January 1985 to December 1992. We thought we were doing this in her best interests to prevent her from possibly developing cervical cancer - oh if only we had known that what we believed would protect her, was going to cause her to have such serious health issues. Prior to being vaccinated, Karina was a very healthy young lady - her medical records can testify to that.

Karina had her first shot of Gardasil on 30th August 2012. She had a lot of pain in her arm for about a month but we just took it for granted that this was a common side effect and was harmless. Also about a month later she had a bad week with vomiting and stomach aches. Again we did not connect this to the vaccine.

About two weeks before she should have had the second shot, she had very severe pain in her groin. It got worse and she went to see her doctor to get some help. He took a urine test which showed bacteria and blood and put her on to antibiotics. The next day she got her second shot and an hour after vaccination she was admitted to Hvidovre Hospital with a high temperature which just kept rising. Karina was still having problems in her groin area and some of her lymph nodes were still badly swollen. Her urine was cultured but the results came back negative but blood was still present in this sample and every urine test she had over the next 3-4 months.

Comment: Not the first one and sadly, not the last: Gardasil: Medical torture and child abuse by Big Pharma


Low carb ketogenic diet can combat cancer because cancer is a metabolic disease

Dr. Dominic
Cancer scientist Dr. Dominic D'Agostino.
For years, cancer was considered a genetic disorder, but emerging evidence suggests that cancer is a metabolic disease that can be prevented and managed with the low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet.

According to cancer researcher Dr. Dominic D'Agostino, the ketogenic diet, in conjunction with ketone supplementation, can significantly reduce the spread of cancer, and may prevent the onset of cancer by improving metabolic health.

"Most cancer scientists have historically thought cancer was a genetic disease, but only 5-10% of cancer is hereditary," Dr. D'Agostino told me in an exclusive interview Friday.

D'Agostino is an assistant professor at the University Of South Florida Morsani College Of Medicine in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology.

According to D'Agostino, we are only as healthy as our mitochondria, which are the power sources of all our cells, so if we keep our mitochondria healthy, we can stall the onset of age-related chronic diseases. A review describing the metabolic theory of cancer was recently published by Professor Thomas Seyfried from Boston College in collaboration with D'Agostino's lab in the medical journal Carcinogenesis.

Immunized: 8 mumps cases at New Jersey college

Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ
The New Jersey Department of Health is investigating eight confirmed cases of mumps found in students at Stevens Institute of Technology.

The college in Hoboken says the students range in age from 18 to 21. All were fully vaccinated with two documented doses of mumps-containing vaccine.

The school says it has told faculty and staff members who are unsure of their immunization status to check with their health providers.

"At Stevens our top priority is the health and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff. Consistent with the procedures outlined by the NJDOH, all students with suspected mumps infection were isolated from others during the infectious phase of the illness and returned to their homes off campus," said Maggie Cunning, Director of the Student Health Services. "There have been no reports of newly symptomatic cases since the initial cases last week."

Stevens is encouraging anyone who may have recently visited the campus or had close contact with a student or staff member to contact their doctor if they are exhibiting mumps symptoms. These include swollen salivary glands, fever, headache, tiredness and loss of appetite.