Health & Wellness
Map

Ambulance

Doctors demand immediate ban on glyphosate herbicides

The International Society of Doctors for the Environment (ISDE) has written to officials of the EU Parliament and Commission asking for an immediate ban on glyphosate herbicides and four insecticides judged by the World Health Organisation's cancer agency, IARC, to be probable carcinogens.

The letter states that glyphosate herbicides are associated with health problems such as birth defects, infertility, damage to the nervous system, Parkinson's disease and several forms of cancer.

The letter adds, "for safeguarding the health of European populations, ISDE states that the rational basis is already strong enough" to justify an immediate and permanent ban.

The ISDE's Board includes doctors from Europe, North and South America, Pakistan, and Kenya. ISDE has national and regional member organisations in over 25 different countries.

Comment: It can be done. In fact, Russia is now GMO free: Russia bans GMOs; why does the U.S. keep approving them?

For more information, see:


Health

Five ingredients that poison your brain

There is no shortage of things driving us crazy in the world today, but there are some things that could do it in a shorter amount of time. These gut disturbing, liver compromising, and brain damaging ingredients have come from the "infinite genius" of man, and have clearly ruined our ability to think clearly.

Avoid these 5 ingredients scrupulously, and watch your brain function improve:

Gluten

Gluten is a common protein molecule found in wheat, barley, rye, kamut, and spelt. This sticky protein binds to the small intestinal wall where it can cause digestive and immune system disorders. Celiac disease is the most common condition associated with gluten sensitivity. However, there is also a condition termed non-celiac, gluten sensitivity (NCGS), and it is a major factor in the inflammatory disorders of the brain and nervous system.

Studies have shown many associations between gluten sensitivity and disorders in every part of the neurological system including the brain, spinal cord, and peripheral nerves. Gluten has been shown to be a big trigger in psychiatric disorders, cognitive impairment, dementia, and virtually every other neurological disorder.

Light Saber

Yoga can help prevent or reverse the effects of chronic pain on the brain

© .shock / Fotolia
There is compelling evidence that mind-body techniques, such as yoga and meditation, can counteract the brain anatomy affects of chronic pain.
Chronic pain is known to cause brain anatomy changes and impairments, but yoga can be an important tool for preventing or even reversing the effects of chronic pain on the brain, according to a National Institutes of Health (NIH) official speaking at the American Pain Society's annual meeting.

M. Catherine Bushnell, PhD, scientific director, Division of Intramural Research, National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, NIH, explained in a plenary session address that many chronic pain patients show associated anxiety and depression as well as deficits in cognitive functions. In addition, brain imaging studies in rats and humans have shown alterations in gray matter volume and white matter integrity in the brain caused by the effects of chronic pain.

"Imaging studies in multiple types of chronic pain patients show their brains differ from healthy control subjects," said Bushnell. "Studies of people with depression show they also have reduced gray matter, and this could contribute to the gray matter changes in pain patients who are depressed. Our research shows that gray matter loss is directly related to the pain when we take depression into account," said Bushnell.

Gray matter is brain tissue with numerous cell bodies and is located in the cerebral cortex and subcortical areas. The impact of gray matter loss depends on where it occurs in brain. Decreased gray matter can lead to memory impairment, emotional problems and decreased cognitive functioning.

Bushnell said there is compelling evidence from studies conducted at NIH/NCCIH and other sites that mind-body techniques, such as yoga and meditation, can counteract the brain anatomy affects of chronic pain. "Practicing yoga has the opposite effect on the brain as does chronic pain," said Bushnell.

Comment: Yoga is a healing modality that people have been practicing for centuries. It has been found to provide relief for a myriad of conditions including: inflammation, high blood pressure, elevated cortisol from stress, type 2 diabetes and depression among others.

Why Yoga? Healing research

Modern science confirms yoga's many health benefits

How yoga heals the diseased heart


Cheeseburger

McDonald's only diet devastates college student's gut flora in just 10 days

© monicamueller/Flickr
It also turned him grey.
It's common knowledge that fast food isn't exactly healthy, but just how unhealthy is it? According to Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King's College London, it is devastating to a human's gut bacteria. He writes in The Conversation, that eating that type of highly processed food can wreak total havoc on the healthy bacteria in a person's digestive system. Spector wanted to find out just how bad McDonald's is for gut bacteria for his upcoming book The Diet Myth.

Cell Phone

Nearly 200 scientists warn of cellphone health risks

© Reuters / Mike Segar
Biological and health scientists from Russia and Iran to the USA are calling on the UN, the World Health Organization and national governments to develop strict regulations concerning devices and cellphones that create electromagnetic fields.

The scientists are from 39 nations and have authored 2,000 peer-reviewed papers on the health and biological effects of non-ionizing radiation, which is part of the electromagnetic field spectrum. In a letter, they say that devices like cellphones pose risks of cancer, genetic damage, changes in reproductive system, and learning and memory deficits.

"Putting it bluntly they are damaging the living cells in our bodies and killing many of us prematurely,"said Dr. Martin Blank, from the Department of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics at Columbia University, in a video message.

"We have created something that is harming us, and it is getting out of control. Before Edison's light bulb there was very little electromagnetic radiation in our environment. The levels today are very many times higher than natural background levels, and are growing rapidly because of all the new devices that emit this radiation."

Comment: See also:


Evil Rays

EMF Pollution: Man-Made EMF, Dirty Power, and AC magnetic fields

Image
© (Richard Box’s ‘FIELD’ February 2004 Photo: Stuart Bunce, www.richardbox.com) [With permission – Henshaw 1]
Fluorescent tubes lit by overhead power line
This article is part two in a series of articles on EMF pollution. Part one on the background to EMF pollution is available here. We'll now proceed with a detailed description of man-made sources of EMF (Electromagnetic Field), discuss past study results, and finish up with some suggestions for gauging your EMF exposure, and steps you can take to minimize it.

Chronic diseases have many potential causes, including genetics, deficient diet, toxin exposure, and repressed emotional expression. Research has mounted over the past two decades in support of adding EMF exposure to the top-level list of causes of chronic disease (including genome/DNA damage). It's likely that a chronic disease condition results from a unique and individual combination of these top-level stressors, so EMF exposure should be considered in the context of other source causes, as suggested in Figure 1.

Image
© sott.net
Figure 1 EMF health effects in the context of diet and toxin exposure
Man-Made EMF

The primary man-made EMFs that have been identified are AC (alternating current) ELF (extra low frequency) electric/magnetic fields associated with power distribution, 'dirty power' (a negative by-product of our switch to 'energy-efficient' appliances, which produces 'transients' - electrical 'spikes' and 'sags') associated with high frequency noise induced in the power grid, and wireless RF (radio frequency) signals originating from a host communication systems - both commercial and military. Every year volumes of studies are published by researchers attempting to quantify the health risks associated with these man-made EMFs. After several decades of concerted study (and much money), the general public perception remains that little of substance has been proven linking EMF exposure with serious negative health consequences. A good part of the responsibility for this lies with the news media and their lack of motivation to inform the public of what these studies really show. Instead, the media plays a role more akin to concealing the truth and delivering lies - the kind we, collectively, prefer to hear.

Comment: The next articles in this series will address digital RF signals (such as cell phone/tower, WiFi, cordless phones, etc) and conclude with more detailed information on measuring your EMF environment, and mitigating exposure in all EMF categories.

The first article in this series can be found here:

EMF pollution - What is EMF?


Magnify

Hidden GMO Ingredients

Image
These days it seems we know less and less about what's in our food. As big food and lawmakers have their way, ingredients sneakily make their way into our food. It's up to us, the consumer, to research what we eat and take a closer look at the labels. We've already identified the many places MSG is hiding in your food, but GMOs have an even stronger prevalence in what we eat.

WHAT ARE GMOS?

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) refers to foods that have been modified to withstand heavy doses of pesticides, mainly glyphosate, or are engineered to contain a toxin that kills bugs when they feed on the crop. Currently, up to 93% of US corn crops were genetically modified and a staggering 96% of US soybeans grown were GMO, and those aren't the only genetically modified foods. With these biotech foods making their way into the majority of our food, it's important to consider their safety.

Comment: Are you inflamed over GMO foods?


Health

Your genes know exactly what season it is

© unknown
The winter of our discontent may be down to our genes. Not only do we get more coughs and colds in the chilly, rainy months, there are also more heart attacks and diagnoses of autoimmune diseases like type 1 diabetes. We may now know why.

The activity of some of our genes varies with the seasons throughout the year. The discovery comes from an analysis of blood samples from more than 16,000 people in both hemispheres. The most striking pattern was that 147 genes involved in the immune system made it more reactive or "pro-inflammatory" during winter or rainy seasons, probably to battle the onslaught of cold and flu viruses.

"This could explain why for some people with underlying disease, winter may be the tipping point," says Derek Gilroy of University College London, who was not involved in the research.

Comment: Immune system genes may change with the season


Health

New Russian laser could revolutionize medicine and smartphones

© Reuters / Brian Snyder
Scientists at a Russian university have developed a unique metal-vapor laser, which can cut through bones, tissue or glass without burning or damaging them. They say the technology could be used in a wide range of fields - from medicine to smartphones.

Researchers at Tomsk State University are excited by the new laser because it is multifunctional and has the potential to be used in a number of different spheres. For example the ability to cut bone and tissue with no side effects could prove revolutionary for the medical industry. The new device developed by the scientists is a strontium vapor laser and has the ability to operate at 10 to 12 different wavelengths, which researchers say is "exceptional" for vapor lasers, as it gives them so much versatility.

"There is no such laser anywhere else in the world, and there is a lot of interest in it," said 73-year-old Professor Anatoly Soldatov, who is dean of the Innovative Technology Department, told the Siberian Times. He added that its optimum wavelength was 6.45 microns. Technology giant Samsung has already shown interest in the revolutionary lasers. The company's electronics' department had sent the scientists some glass samples to test with the strontium vapor laser and the results proved to be an eye-opener.

Comment: Could be a complementary technology to another Russian invention:
Russian scientists invent bio-cement that will regenerate human bone tissue


Arrow Down

Psychiatric drugs kill 500k+ Western adults annually, few positive benefits - leading scientist

© Reuters
Psychiatric drugs lead to the deaths of over 500,000 people aged 65 and over annually in the West, a Danish scientist says. He warns the benefits of these drugs are "minimal," and have been vastly overstated.

Research director at Denmark's Nordic Cochrane Centre, Professor Peter Gøtzsche, says the use of most antidepressants and dementia drugs could be halted without inflicting harm on patients. The Danish scientist's views were published in the British Medical Journal on Tuesday.

His scathing analysis will likely prove controversial among traditional medics. However, concern is mounting among doctors and scientists worldwide that psychiatric medication is doing more harm than good. In particular, they say antipsychotic drugs have been overprescribed to many dementia patients in a bid to calm agitated behavior.

Gøtzsche warns psychiatric drugs kill patients year in year out, and hold few positive benefits. He says in excess of half a million citizens across the Western world aged 65 and over die annually as a result of taking these drugs.

"Their benefits would need to be colossal to justify this, but they are minimal," he writes.

"Given their lack of benefit, I estimate we could stop almost all psychotropic drugs without causing harm."

Gøtzsche, who is also a clinical trials expert, says drug trials funded by big pharmaceutical companies tend to produce biased results because many patients took other medication prior to the tests.

He says patients cease taking the old drugs and then experience a phase of withdrawal prior to taking the trial pharmaceuticals, which appear highly beneficial at first.

The Danish professor also warns fatalities from suicides in clinical trials are significantly under-reported.