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Our genes are influenced by the nutrient content of the food we eat

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"The classical view is that genes control how nutrients are broken down into important molecules, but we've shown that the opposite is true, too: how the nutrients break down affects how our genes behave," explains Dr Ralser.
Almost all of our genes may be influenced by the food we eat, suggests new research published today in the journal Nature Microbiology. The study, carried out in yeast -- which can be used to model some of the body's fundamental processes -- shows that while the activity of our genes influences our metabolism, the opposite is also true and the nutrients available to cells influence our genes.

The behaviour of our cells is determined by a combination of the activity of its genes and the chemical reactions needed to maintain the cells, known as metabolism. Metabolism works in two directions: the breakdown of molecules to provide energy for the body and the production of all compounds needed by the cells.

Knowing the genome -- the complete DNA 'blueprint' of an organism -- can provide a substantial amount of information about how a particular organism will look. However, this does not give the complete picture: genes can be regulated by other genes or regions of DNA, or by 'epigenetic' modifiers -- small molecules attached to the DNA that act like switches to turn genes on and off.

More important than our collection of genes, it now appears, is how those genes are controlled by both internal and external factors - our thoughts, stress, social connections, what we eat, our level of physical and mental activity, and our exposure to microbes and environmental toxins. These factors are switches that turn genes on and off and determine which proteins are expressed. The expressed proteins, in turn, trigger signals of disease or health.

The most important thing you do to control your genes every day is eat well. Food; and the combination and quality of macronutrients (protein, fat, carbohydrate), micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), fiber, and phytonutrients (plant-based bioactive compounds); all wash over your DNA every day turning on or off, up or down signals from your genes. This field, called nutrigenomics,(iii) offers a powerful way for you to control your destiny.

Why Your Genes Don't Determine Your Health
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Evil Rays

Recent study provides concrete evidence that EMF signals from cell phone towers can cause pain

If you've ever wondered if the thousands of cell phone towers and electromagnetic signals permeating society nowadays could be potentially harmful to your body, mind and to the natural environment, you're not alone. A small minority of people are so sensitive to electromagnetic radiation they've even been forced to move into cave-like domiciles designed to insulate them from such signals. We are, after all, energetic beings, as are all lifeforms, and although something may lie outside of our ordinary perception does not imply that it is harmless.

It turns out that electromagnetic signals from cell phone towers do in fact directly affect the human body in physical ways, and surprisingly, for amputees, common cellular signals can amplify sensations of pain in the body, when in the presence of such emissions.

A recently completed study led by members The University of Texas at Dallas gives concrete evidence that these types of now ubiquitous signals can actually amplify pain in some amputees by immediately stimulating nerve tissue that had suffered traumatic damage.

How cell phone radiation exposure affects the blood

Exposure to various electronic devices including cell phones, cell phone towers, DECT (digitally enhanced cordless telecommunications) and other cordless phones, and wireless modems has been found to cause a variety of symptoms in some people, including headaches, anxiety and irritability, restlessness, sleep problems, difficulty in concentration, ringing in the ears, heart palpitations and fatigue. This is labeled Electro-Hypersensitivity Syndrome (EHS). In 2011, WHO estimated that 3-6 percent of the world population suffered from EHS. It is possible that the percentage may grow as chronic exposure to Wi-Fi continues.


Surprise! Your emotions could be making you sick

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We often hear about public health crises related to poor diet, lack of exercise, and smoking. But what about chronic stress?

Canadian physician Gabor Maté studies the mind-body connection. He argues that chronic stress plays a big role in the development of disease.

It should come as no surprise that that emotions can impact physical health. When we're sad, we cry. When we're embarrassed, we blush. When we're nervous, we might have lumps in our throats or butterflies in our stomachs.

Clearly, our feelings aren't just experienced in our heads.

Comment: Read more about Gabor Maté's fascinating work on the mind-body connection and how stress and unexpressed emotions can make you sick:


More vaccine failures: The one-size-fits-all vaccination schedule is not safe for every child

We all wish for our children to be healthy and free of disease. We wish the same for ourselves as adults, too. But it's time to critically examine and have an open conversation about whether multiple vaccines in early childhood should be our nation's No. 1 disease-prevention strategy.

In fact, such a conversation is long overdue. Many red flags have appeared that suggest vaccines not only have the potential for failure, but also for harm. There can be little doubt that we need to review the safety and effectiveness of the current vaccination program in the U.S.

If you're not sure this is necessary, just consider some of the recent vaccine failures that have made headlines. The one-size-fits-all vaccination schedule in the U.S. is not safe for every child, and there comes a point when we may well be sacrificing too many children's lives in the name of "the greater good."

Pocket Knife

How your health can help you survive & thrive during an economic collapse

Any time we speak about the economy, it is a natural reaction to discover only the economic methods to protect ourselves. However, our general health - physical, mental and spiritual - cannot be overlooked, as these areas form the foundation for rational thinking and for taking quick and meaningful action in any critical situation.

Simply put: if you are healthy and fit, you are able to adapt and thrive during any external challenge.

Plus, changing the macro economy is out of your hands, even if you have a full understanding of what is being engineered, yet improving your health is 100% in your control. With a stronger body and a sharper mind you'll be much more prepared for anything life throws at you.

Here are 7 simple but powerful life hacks to get healthier and build your resistance to whatever direction the economy travels.

Comment: Also listen to the SOTT Radio Network - The Truth Perspective: Michael Snyder - Economic Collapse and Global Chaos

Eye 2

Zika virus or insecticide Pyriproxyfen - which is behind rise in microcephaly cases?

What’s the real cause of the microcephaly cases? Zika, or lack of basic sanitation, plus environmental poisons like the insecticide pyriproxyfen?
Zika may not be the bad guy

after all. Instead of a sensational and scary virus, there may be a more mundane yet far more dangerous cause of the recent cases of microcephaly in South and Central America - in addition to the obvious causes of poverty, lack of sanitation, lack of nutrition and lack of access to medicine. Two health reports, released on Feb. 2nd and 3rd 2016, suggest that pyriproxyfen (a larvicide or type of insecticide used to control mosquito populations by inducing malformations in them) may be the cause of the recent rise in microcephaly. Why? Because, according to the doctors and health experts who authored the reports, there has been an increase in the use of pyriproxyfen in the last 18 months right in the areas where the microcephaly cases have increased - and the pesticide has been put into the drinking water of the affected population!

Comment: Blaming zika for the current tragedy of infant birth defects is no different than pinning the blame on smoking for the epidemic of cancers that have more likely been caused by air pollution, radiation exposure through nuclear testing or medical procedures, and tainted vaccines.


Not so happy - 6-year-old Happy Meal

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6-year-old happy meal from McDonalds.
Anchorage - Jennifer Lovdahl, from Anchorage, Alaska, posted a Facebook status with a meal she bought from the fast food chain in 2010.

The photo of the meal shows the happy meal box (with an advertisement for Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel) with the receipt still attached, and four chicken nuggets with fries. The food looks as if it may have lost some coloring, but otherwise appears the same as a fresh version of the meal.

"It's been 6 years since I bought this "Happy Meal" at McDonald's. It's been sitting at our office this whole time and has not rotted, molded, or decomposed at all!!! It smells only of cardboard," Lovdahl said.

"We did this experiment to show our patients how unhealthy this "food" is. Especially for our growing children!! There are so many chemicals in this food! Choose real food! Apples, bananas, carrots, celery....those are real fast food."


The invisible epidemic: Radiation and the rising rates of thyroid cancer

Is it possible for an epidemic to be invisible?

Since 1991 the annual number of newly documented cases of thyroid cancer in the United States has skyrocketed from 12,400 to 62,450. It's now the seventh most common type of cancer.

Relatively little attention is paid to the butterfly-shaped thyroid gland that wraps around the throat. Many don't even know what the gland does. But this small organ (and the hormone it produces) is crucial to physical and mental development, especially early in life.

Cancer of the thyroid also gets little attention, perhaps because it is treatable, with long-term survival rates more than 90 percent. Still, the obvious question is what is causing this epidemic, and what can be done to address it?

Comment: Living in a toxic world: Iodine to the rescue


NBC news reports: Less than 30% of Congress admits to vaccinating their own kids!

This is HUGE!!!

In a story released yesterday, NBC "News" reports on the results of their poll to United States Congressmen and Congresswomen.

NBC asked our nation's leaders, "Are your kids vaccinated?"

Here are the results of the poll:

Out of 434 members of the House of Representatives, 121 responded affirmatively, indicating “Yes. My children are vaccinated.”

Comment: Rather revealing when you consider the following: In Congress: New bill requires mandatory childhood vaccine schedule
The U.S. Congress is now entertaining legislation which will make mandatory childhood vaccination schedules currently prescribed by the CDC. The way of enforcing this new and stricter regime is by tying compliance directly to federal funding...

Should this legislation pass, it will make it virtually impossible for parents to opt out their children from the aggressive childhood schedules, regardless of the reason. Up until now, there have been exemptions granted for a variety of good reasons. Religious and philosophical exemptions are chief among those which have produced an immediate release for those children attending public school.

Red Flag

Task force recommends mandatory depression screening for all Americans

The United States Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended mandatory depression screening for all Americans. The task force wants to force health insurance companies to pay for the screening. Basic economics, as well as the Obamacare disaster, should have shown this task force that government health insurance mandates harm Americans.

Government health insurance mandates raise the price of health insurance. Consumers will respond to this increase by either choosing to not carry health insurance or by reducing their consumption of other goods and services. Imposing new health insurance mandates will thus make consumers, many of whom are already suffering from Obamacare's costly mandates, worse off by forcing them to deviate from their preferred consumption patterns.

Mandatory depression screening will not just raise insurance costs. In order to ensure that the screening mandate is being properly implemented, the government will need to create a database containing the results of the screenings. Those anti-gun politicians who want to forbid anyone labeled "mentally ill" from owning a firearm will no doubt want to use this database as a tool to deprive individuals of their Second Amendment rights.