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Chronic pain changes the way DNA is marked in our brains and immune system

Chronic pain may reprogram the way genes work in the immune system, according to a new study by McGill University researchers published in the journal Scientific Reports.

"We found that chronic pain changes the way DNA is marked not only in the brain but also in T cells, a type of white blood cell essential for immunity," says Moshe Szyf, a professor in the Faculty of Medicine at McGill. "Our findings highlight the devastating impact of chronic pain on other important parts of the body such as the immune system."

Chronic pain -- pain that lasts six months or more -- is one of the most common causes of disability worldwide. Despite enormous efforts to find new therapeutic strategies, however, effective treatments for chronic pain remain elusive.

Comment: Prescription painkillers are already devastating the lives of millions. Deaths from their use are higher than those from heroin and cocaine combined. What people need are safer and effective means to combat pain:


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Health benefits of Elderberry

The elderberry and flowers are used to make wines, cordials, marmalades, jelly, syrups and medicinals. This wonderful fruit grows in many regions of North America, Europe, Asia and North Africa. The most commonly used variety is the European elderberry (Sambucus nigra), as it offers the most health benefits and is also the only variety considered to be non-toxic, even when raw.

Studies have found that elderberry helps to ease flu symptoms such as fever, headache, sore throat, fatigue, cough and body aches. The greatest benefit is achieved when elderberry is started within 24 to 48 hours of the symptoms. One study found that elderberry could cut the duration of flu symptoms by more than 50%.

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Zika virus spreading across Europe as first person tests positive in Denmark

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One person has tested positive in Denmark for the mosquito-borne Zika virus, which has caused severe birth defects in Latin America, Danish media has reported. The new case comes after Italy, Spain, the UK and Switzerland registered several people infected with the disease.

A Danish tourist contracted the virus while traveling through South and Central America, where Zika is spreading now. The patient is now being treated at the University hospital in Aarhus, Denmark's second-largest city.

The Dane arrived at the Department of Infectious Diseases with flu-like symptoms including fever, headache and muscle pain, but later tests revealed that the patient had been infected with the Zika virus.

Comment: This virus is really spreading fast so be on alert:

CDC adds two more destinations on Zika virus travel warning list


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Time for a heavy metal detox protocol: Mercury levels from rainfall are increasing in North America

An analysis of long-term trends in the amount of mercury in rainfall and other forms of precipitation in North America found recent increases at many sites, mostly in the center of the continent. At other sites, including those along the East Coast, mercury levels in rainfall have been trending steadily downward over the past 20 years.

The findings are consistent with increased emissions of mercury from coal-burning power plants in Asia and decreased emissions in North America, according to Peter Weiss-Penzias, an environmental toxicologist at UC Santa Cruz. Weiss-Penzias is first author of a paper on the findings published in the journal Science of the Total Environment.

Mercury is a toxic element released into the environment through a variety of human activities, including the burning of coal, as well as by natural processes. Rainfall washes mercury out of the atmosphere and into soils and surface waters. Bacteria convert elemental mercury into a more toxic form, methyl mercury, which becomes increasingly concentrated in organisms higher up the food chain. Mercury concentrations in some predatory fish are high enough to raise health concerns.

Comment: Mercury pollution released into the environment becomes a serious threat when it settles into oceans and waterways, where it is converted to methyl mercury. This transition is particularly significant for humans, who absorb methyl mercury easily and are especially vulnerable to its effects. Instead of dissolving or breaking down, mercury accumulates at ever-increasing levels. In adults, mercury poisoning can adversely affect fertility and blood pressure regulation and can cause memory loss, tremors, vision loss and numbness of the fingers and toes. A growing body of evidence suggests that exposure to mercury may also lead to heart disease.


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Lies and half-truths: Doctor selectively uses statistics to validate pertussis vaccine agenda

Although 2015 seemed to have a non-stop barrage of pro-vaccine propaganda, January 2016 brings with it the annual winter fear-fest regarding the lack of vaccination and the "anti-vaccine movement." One such example is a small article in the KATV Little Rock, Arkansas ABC7 website.

The article is essentially an interview with Dr. Steve Thompson who told channel 7 that the "anti-vaccine movement" is a growing problem. Thompson states that the most difficult obstacle to vaccination is the parents' fear and "claims made on the Internet" that are untrue.

"I've seen cases of whooping cough, I've seen cases that were so serious that we had to put the children in the hospital and it was very frightening, those parents were scared to death," he says.

Thompson argues that between 1970 and 1985 the U.S. had an average of only 2,000 whooping cough cases while in 2014 he says there were nearly 33,000. It is noteworthy to point out that Thompson does not mention how many children he has seen die of whooping cough. Chances are, he hasn't seen any. Why? Because those numbers are very low.

Of course, whooping cough is very dangerous and can indeed be a life-threatening illness, but what Thompson also fails to mention, is that vaccines are incredibly dangerous themselves and that the evidence that the pertussis vaccine would actually protect any of the children he encountered is scant at best.

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Research suggests Alzheimer's could be transmitted to people through medical treatments like surgical grafts


Deposits of amyloid-β protein (brown) in the frontal cortex of patients who developed CJD after surgery.
For the second time in four months, researchers have reported autopsy results that suggest Alzheimer's disease might occasionally be transmitted to people during certain medical treatments — although scientists say that neither set of findings is conclusive.

The latest autopsies, described in the Swiss Medical Weekly1 on 26 January, were conducted on the brains of seven people who died of the rare, brain-wasting Creutzfeldt - Jakob disease (CJD). Decades before their deaths, the individuals had all received surgical grafts of dura mater — the membrane that covers the brain and spinal cord. These grafts had been prepared from human cadavers and were contaminated with the prion protein that causes CJD.

But in addition to the damage caused by the prions, five of the brains displayed some of the pathological signs that are associated with Alzheimer's disease, researchers from Switzerland and Austria report. Plaques formed from amyloid-β protein were discovered in the grey matter and blood vessels. The individuals, aged between 28 and 63, were unusually young to have developed such plaques. A set of 21 controls, who had not had surgical grafts of dura mater but died of sporadic CJD at similar ages, did not have this amyloid signature.

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Silence of Australian anti-vaccination parents considered 'new threat' by fascist regimes

It is amazing, really, that an obvious cause and effect can play out right in front of everyone's eyes and yet somehow, the greater portion of government officials end up surprised by it? I'm talking about the cause (berating, humiliating parents who choose not to vaccinate their children) and the effect (those same parents who just stop telling anyone about their medical decision). It should be rather obvious that if you create an environment of hostility for people who choose to exercise a human right not to vaccinate their children, you could potentially alienate them and cause them to eventually become rather withdrawn.

Comment: Huge increases in Australian parents who refuse to vaccinate their children


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Hot chocolate: The tasty drink that could help boost memory & thinking skills

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60 people were given tests of memory and thinking skills after drinking this for 30 days.

Two cups of hot chocolate a day could help keep the brain healthy, a recent study finds.

The research involved 60 people whose average age was 73.

They were given tests of memory and thinking skills and the blood flow in their brains was measured.

Comment: Additional health benefits of chocolate:
The health benefits of eating dark chocolate have been extolled for centuries, but the exact reason has remained a mystery - until now. Researchers have just reported that certain bacteria in the stomach gobble the chocolate and ferment it into anti-inflammatory compounds that are good for the heart...

"When these compounds are absorbed by the body, they lessen the inflammation of cardiovascular tissue, reducing the long-term risk of stroke," said John Finley, Ph.D., who led the work. He said that this study is the first to look at the effects of dark chocolate on the various types of bacteria in the stomach.



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Government advisory group calls for screening every adult, pregnant women for depression

A new recommendation has been released by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, a government advisory group that is now recommending all adults be routinely screened for depression as part of their healthcare.

The first part of the recommendation suggests that all adults be screened, but singles out pregnant women and new mothers as a target population. The second part of the recommendation mentions the need to ensure that systems are in place that will allow for the proper diagnosis and treatment of people who are singled out through this screening. The guidelines, which were published in the journal of the American Medical Association, did not specify how often adults should be screened.

Comment: A similar government 'recommendation' known as The Mother's Act was implemented back in 2009. While the current U.S. Preventive Services Task Force guidelines appear to be for the benefit of pregnant women and new mothers, enforcement of so called recommended guidelines could represent a slippery slope toward medical tyranny.

As the author suggests: 'What about individuals who don't want to seek counseling, take antidepressants, or otherwise engage in a "treatment policy?"' Is this current Task Force being set up to ultimately benefit Big Pharma? The following quote from the 2009 article about The Mother's Act seems to suggest that this could be the case:
Mixtures of antipsychotics, antidepressants and anticonvulsants, now used as "mood" stabilizers, are regularly prescribed for the all "anxiety" and "mood" disorders sought to be marketed via the Mother's Act. Drug cocktails represent dollar signs.

The doctors make out like bandits as well. "Psychiatry has increasingly replaced psychotherapy with something called 'medication management,' which largely consists of symptom assessment and prescription updates," Dr Bruce Levine, author of, Surviving American's Depression Epidemic, reports in the August 13, 2008 Huffington Post...

"The bottom line," he says, "is that psychiatrists who offer only medication management routinely make nearly triple the income as do psychiatrists who provide mostly psychotherapy."



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Ancient clay used by aboriginal Canadians for centuries could fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria - study

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Shovel of clay from Kisameet Bay, British Columbia.
Ancient mineral clay used by aboriginal people in Canada for centuries could be the key to fighting against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, according to a new study.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and published in the American Society for Microbiology's mBio journal on Tuesday, found that the clay killed 16 strains of ESKAPE bacteria samples from nearby hospitals and waste treatment facilities.

ESKAPE bacteria - which includes Enterococcus faecium, Staphylococcus aureus, Klebsiella pneumoniae,Acinetobacter baumannii, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Enterobacter species - causes the majority of infections in US hospitals, and is resistant to antibacterial drugs.

Comment: See also: The antibacterial benefits of medicinal clay