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Annatto, food coloring ingredient might block skin cancer

A common food coloring ingredient is showing promise as a cancer fighter.

University of Arizona researchers are studying the ingredient, called annatto, which can easily be found in the average person's kitchen.

Annatto is a natural food additive that gives cheese its yellow color.

It comes from the seeds of the achiote fruit.

The plant is from the Americas and has been eaten since pre-Columbian times.

UA College of Pharmacy Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology Dr. Georg Wondrak and Dr. Donna Zhang are members of the University of Arizona Cancer Center.

They're looking at a compound in annatto, called bixin, that can prevent skin cancer by preventing sunburn.

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We became human BECAUSE we ate meat: Kleiber's law and how humans got their big brains

She's clearly struggling with her innate vegetarianism
Meat eating made us human. The anthropological evidence strongly supports the idea that the addition of increasingly larger amounts of meat in the diet of our predecessors was essential in the evolution of the large human brain. Our large brains came at the metabolic expense of our guts, which shrank as our brains grew.

In April 1995 an article appeared in the journal Current Anthropology that was an intellectual tour de force and, in my view, an example of a perfect theoretical paper. "The Expensive-Tissue Hypothesis" (ETH) by Leslie Aiello and Peter Wheeler demonstrated by a brilliant thought experiment that our species didn't evolve to eat meat but evolved because it ate meat.

Comment: It's been said a number of times, but bears repeating: we became human BECAUSE we ate meat. It's the fuel that created our brains and our proper holistic integration into the natural order depends upon us eating meat. When looked at in an ecological sense, monocrop agriculture has been one of the most devastating forces on the planet. When looked at in a political sense, due to meat's role in brain function and proper health, the psychopaths that rule the world want to push the vegetarian agenda to keep people sick and dumbed down, to keep them as passive slaves. When looked at in a spiritual sense, eating meat is a sacrament that enables humanity to express the infinite creativity of divine nature though higher cognition and greater depths of empathy.

The biggest complicating factor in eating meat today is the existence of factory farms (CAFOs). Factory farms are, without a doubt, evil creations that profit off the needless suffering of animals. Many vegetarians and vegans, rightfully so, look at this suffering and are appalled. The propaganda machine then provides a reactionary solution: stop eating meat.

Yet factory farms have also been created through the influence of psychopaths and their conscienceless thinking on society and so, through the "problem reaction solution" manipulation and control tactic, the psychopaths entrap people with the horrifying factory farm system that they've created, then misdirect normal people into a thinking pattern and way of life that results in their eventual incapacitation and destruction. But there's another way.

The Paleo diet provides some of the best nutrition available for the body today, both in terms of necessary health-promoting nutrients and lack of toxins; people can then be healthy and think clearly, which could help get us as a species to get out of the mess we're in. Through better health, we could stop funding the corporations that are poisoning us with junk food, junk media, and junk medicine, and waging war on the world; we could recognize them for the parasites that they are. We could buy from local farmers rather than mega corporations and improve local economies rather than the psychopath-driven corporatocracy. The local farmers depend on the well-being of their animals and the land they live on, so they treat them with care and respect, unlike factory farms; the animals live well and holistically integrate into the natural system by doing the things that happy and healthy animals do (including building the soil on which all life depends) as do we. Forests could stop being destroyed for monocrop agriculture that doesn't serve our health and well-being, but only serves the psychopath's insatiable greed, need for destruction, and lust for power.

So economically, politically, nutritionally, and even spiritually, a more just, balanced, and holistic system can be created. And maybe, just maybe, such changes could help humanity begin to understand and recognize psychopaths as the intraspecies predators that they are, and DO something about it.

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Vaccine lovers: Hillary & Bill . . . Gates

If close association with one seedy Bill were not enough, Hillary has locked arms with another. This time, Bill's last name is Gates and his Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation comes with him. While most uninformed Americans see Gates as a technology genius and successful entrepreneur, Gates' Foundation has been hard at work all across the world promoting dumbed-down education policies, coercive vaccination, GM food, abortion, and sterilization.[1] [2] [3]

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is also one of the seven largest donors to the Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea Clinton Foundation.[4] The two foundations have also partnered together on a number of initiatives such as the No Ceilings Full Participation Report.[5]

Comment: Bill Gates Calls for "Decade of Vaccines"

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Why exercise by itself is insufficient for weight loss

Exercise by itself isn't always enough to take off the weight. Now, evidence reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on January 28 helps to explain why that is: our bodies adapt to higher activity levels, so that people don't necessarily burn extra calories even if they exercise more.

The results suggest it's time to rethink the effect of physical activity on daily energy expenditure, the researchers say. They are also a reminder of the importance of diet and exercise in supporting weight loss goals.

"Exercise is really important for your health," says Herman Pontzer of City University of New York. "That's the first thing I mention to anyone asking about the implications of this work for exercise. There is tons of evidence that exercise is important for keeping our bodies and minds healthy, and this work does nothing to change that message. What our work adds is that we also need to focus on diet, particularly when it comes to managing our weight and preventing or reversing unhealthy weight gain."

People who start exercise programs to lose weight often see a decline in weight loss (or even a reversal) after a few months. Large comparative studies have also shown that people with very active lifestyles have similar daily energy expenditure to people in more sedentary populations.

Comment: Moderate exercise combined with a healthy diet is the most efficient way to lose weight. And, despite claims made by many mainstream health advocates, research has found that high-carb, low-fat diets can actually slow your metabolism. In contrast, a high-fat, low-carb diet, such as the ketogenic diet, while assisting in weight loss will also make a significant difference in your overall health and prevent a host of diseases.


Homeostasis: Life's balancing act

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The very first thing I did with my brand new Christmas knives was to cut the tip of my finger off... not enough to maim me permanently but enough to slightly change the shape of said finger. I watched in horrified fascination while copious amounts of blood ran down my hand and family members rushed up with towels and silently worried about whether there would still be corn bread stuffing.

Eventually, the bleeding stopped and I soldiered on, using my old, just sharp-enough knives. Over the next few days, the finger began to mend itself: First, there was just a thin slick of a protective coating, fragile and prone to reopening, then gradually the layers of skin began to re-form from the bottom up, each one building upon the one beneath.

I marveled as I watched the transformation, as even my fingerprints rebuilt themselves, until just a few days ago I realized I wasn't completely sure which finger had been injured. It was a vivid reminder of the old adage that, left to itself, the body will gravitate toward healing and health.


Neutrophils: The body's primary defense against infection

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Life must not only obey the physical and chemical laws of nature, but must also protect itself from many of the other organisms that exist in the environment. Nature contains a multitude of different microbes that, though our senses cannot detect them, are always trying to enter our body so they can multiply. The first line of defense against infection by these microorganisms is the skin and the epithelial tissues that line the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary tracts. Deprived of any one of those, our earliest ancestors could not have survived long enough to reproduce. However, if by injury or functional ability, microbes penetrate to the tissues below, then they come up against the second line of defense: the immune system.

In previous articles I've shown that the immune system can be divided into two categories: the innate immune system that each of us is born with and the adaptive immune system which develops over time as we are exposed to the environment. Each of these systems has its unique cells and proteins that are needed for the body to defend against microbial invasion. In my last article I looked at the first responders of the innate immune system and how they act like sentries defending a walled town. Now let's look at the main immune cells in the blood that respond to the call to arms by the sentries and how they do their job to help keep the body alive.


The Zika freakout: Is there more to this virus scare than meets the eye?

Thanks to reporters and researchers Jim Stone, Kathy Ford, the fullerton informer, Jim West, Martin Maloney, and Claus Jensen, who have moved this story forward and exposed the scam.

If you want to hide anything on this planet, twist it into a (fake) story about a virus. You're home free.

This is my second article on the Zika-virus scam (article archive here). I've been to these rodeos before: HIV, West Nile, Swine Flu, SARS, Ebola. In each case, a virus is blamed for illness and death that actually arises from other causes.

The Zika virus, now being blamed for the birth of babies with very small heads and impaired brains, has been around for a long time—late 1940s, early 1950s—and suddenly, without warning or reason, after inducing, at best, mild illness, it's producing horrendous damage? This is called a clue. A clue that scientific liars are lying. Furthermore, many of the women who are giving birth to deformed babies test negative for the presence of the Zika Virus.


5HTP: Does it really enhance sleep quality?

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We don't fully understand why we need sleep, but we sure know the effects on the body if we don't get enough of it each day. Extended periods of sleep deprivation can cause some serious health issues that most insomniacs would be well aware of.

Sleep disorders are also closely linked to depression, anxiety, stress, and migraines. So it seems that cognitive issues are at least in part to blame for a chronic lack of sleep. Could you then adjust the levels of serotonin (the neurotransmitter responsible for happiness) to improve the quality of your sleep?

Turns out you can, but you don't need serotonin for it. You need 5 HTP, a common precursor to the neurotransmitter. The chemical is a byproduct of some proteins found naturally in African plants such as Griffonia simplicifolia. It's been used to treat everything from Parkinson's disease to premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Comment: Learn more about Boosting Your Happy Brain Chemistry with 5-HTP


Disease: A blessing in disguise

Pain (any pain - emotional, physical, mental) has a message. The information it has about our life can be remarkably specific... Once we get the pain's message, and follow its advice, the pain goes away.
-- Peter McWilliams
When we think about creating and maintaining health, we typically only think about the physical part of our make-up. Little attention is paid to our thoughts, feelings and emotions, even though they are intimately connected to the state of our health and well-being.

Western medicine has only recently begun to appreciate the impact our thoughts and emotions have on our health and has started to investigate the link between the mind and the manifestation of disease in the body. Their work has led them to identify a number of reasons why people get sick. For some, illness and disease is a way in which individuals express unresolved distress and trauma. For others, getting sick may actually provide the person some kind of benefit, even if the benefit is based on an unhealthy belief.

Comment: Dr. Gabor Mate has written extensively on the connection between emotions and illness. See the following links:


Zika virus 'spreading explosively' says World Health Organization

© Mariana Bazo / Reuters
Specimens of Aedes aegypti mosquito
The World Health Organization will assemble an emergency committee to deal with what it says is a rapidly spreading Zika virus pandemic. However, scientists believe a vaccine is years away, while doctors say "questions abound" concerning the disease.

The UN-endorsed body says that since the first cases were registered in Brazil in May of last year, as many as 1.5 million people have been affected by the virus in that country alone, while more than 20 other Central and South American states have registered native infections as well. The disease had previously only broken out in small pockets of Africa and Asia.

"Last year the disease was detected in the Americas, where it is spreading explosively," Margaret Chan, the WHO's director general, said at a hastily arranged press briefing in Geneva. "The level of concern is high, as is the level of uncertainty. Questions abound - we need to get some answers quickly. For all these reasons, I have decided to convene an Emergency Committee."

Most people with the disease, a mosquito-borne cousin of dengue and yellow fever, do not know they have been infected, or suffer mild flu-like symptoms. However, a notable minority appear to develop Guillain-Barre syndrome, a severe auto-immune condition, or give birth to children with microcephaly, a birth defect that results in an underdeveloped head and brain.

"A causal relationship between Zika virus and birth malformations and neurological syndromes has not yet been established - this is an important point - but it is strongly suspected. The possible links have rapidly changed the risk profile of Zika from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions," said Chan.

Before 2015, Brazil experienced fewer than 200 cases of microcephaly a year, but that figure has exploded to about 4,000 since the Zika outbreak, though officials say many can be attributed directly to other causes.

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