Health & Wellness

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The number one reason employees get sick....Perceived unfairness at work

Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me.


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Recent studies confirm that emotional hurt and rejection, whether part of social interactions or the perception of inequitable and unjust workplace conditions can actually trigger the same neurophysiologic pathways associated with physical pain and suffering (Eisenberger, Lieberman, & Williams, 2003).

Comment: Are psychopaths in the workplace on the rise and what does it mean?
Workplace psychopaths' more common than generally thought
Ponerology 101: Snakes in Suits
Corporate Psychopaths Bad for Business


How to help in removing toxic GMO products and Roundup from the marketplace

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Since genetically engineered (GE) crops, foods, and animal drugs were brazenly forced onto the market in 1994 by Monsanto and the FDA, with neither pre-market safety testing nor labels required, consumers and small farmers worldwide have mobilized to ban, label, or boycott these controversial "Frankenfoods."

With mounting scientific evidence1 underlining the human health and environmental toxicity of GE foods, and growing alarm over the toxic pesticides such as Monsanto's Roundup that invariably accompany genetically modified organisms (GMOs), currently 64 nations require mandatory labeling of GMOs.

Numerous states and regions in the European Union, and several dozen entire nations, including Switzerland, Australia, Austria, China, India, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Greece, Bulgaria, Poland, Italy, and Russia, have banned GMO crops altogether.2

In the European Union (EU), where mandatory labeling laws are in effect, little or no GMO crops or food are on the market (except for imported GMO animal feed).In addition to banning GMOs, a growing number of countries, including El Salvador and Sri Lanka, have begun to ban the use of Monsanto's Roundup.

This toxic herbicide is sprayed heavily on 84 percent of all GMO crops, and increasingly applied as a pre-harvest desiccant, or drying agent, on scores of other non-GMO crops including wheat, rice, beans, potatoes, barley, oats, flax, peas, lentils, and sugar cane.

Even in the US where 168 million acres of GE crops are under cultivation (including 90 percent or more of all corn, soy, cotton, canola, and sugar beets), survey after survey has shown that Americans, especially mothers and parents of small children, are either suspicious of, or alarmed by, unlabeled GMOs.

Comment: Since it is clear the biotech and agriculture industries will continue to resist pressures to label GMO products, the only way for consumers to protect their health is to buy organic when possible, research products and avoid most packaged and processed foods. Vote against GMO's and pesticides with your purchasing habits. There is so much evidence of the dangers posed by these products, that you are literally risking your health by ingesting them.


California moves closer to ban exempting kids from vaccination

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The vaccination bill has proved contentious.
A bill designed to make it harder for parents to stop their children being vaccinated is a step closer to being enacted. Today, it was passed by California's state education committee. The bill was drafted in response to the outbreak of measles that began at Disneyland in December and infected 147 people from seven states.

Of the 81 Californians infected whose vaccination status is known, 70 per cent were unvaccinated. The bill, brought by two Californian senators - one a paediatrician, bans parents from exempting their kids from standard school vaccinations on the grounds of "personal belief" rather than genuine medical reasons, such as having a compromised immune system.

It was first brought to the education committee earlier this month but was pulled before a vote because of vociferous protests from anti-vaccination lobbyists and concerns of some on the committee that it was unconstitutional.

The version of the bill that was voted through today includes amendments that allow unvaccinated children to study in organised groups at home. If the bill gets through all the legislative hurdles, it could be written into law by September and come into force at the start of 2016. Mississippi and West Virginia are the only two other states to have such a law.


Stress is a killer: What you can do about it

Stress can cause a heart attack among other diseases and ailments. Find out practical, drug-free ways to manage and eliminate stress.

For years, I have educated my patients on the two things that cause all disease: poor nutrition and chemicals. Your typical M.D. does not comprehend this fact. But over time I came to realize physical inactivity, sleep quality, and mental disorders may be equally as important.

I know the label mental disorders brings Jack Nicholson to mind in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, but symptoms may be more subtle. Mental disorders include stress, depression, anxiety, anger, and social isolation. It is not a secret that in today's society of information overload, political turmoil, and financial unrest, the health of America is suffering. Some amount of mental distress is normal and probably healthy. Our ancestors no doubt had some of the same feelings. But clearly the problem is worsening. 80% of respondents reported an increase in stress over only one year, according to a survey by the American Psychological Association. The fact is, the rise of cardiovascular disease parallels the increase in mental health disorders.

Comment: Read more about depression and how it has been described as a 'modern epidemic':
Epidemic depression as a wake up call to humanity

The depression that I'm interested in is the kind that drags on and on, the kind that costs the victim much couch time at the therapist's office and puts them on a medical treadmill, often for life. The kind of depression I'm talking about is the type that drives people to suicide, often multiple times over long periods of their lives. It sucks the soul out of you because it convinces you that the world is a completely nihilistic place. There is no purpose, no hope, no future, and no one understands. There is only a cold unfeeling world whose culture is at best superficial, and at worst outright psychopathic. There is a nothingness inside of you that grows and grows and grows.

How and why do relatively well-adjusted people with normal lives come to carry this monster inside of them, this feeling of a shattered soul that refuses to be cured with drugs or the latest counseling theories? I think the answer to that question is that the being of such people has, at some level of awareness, been forced to realize that the world "out there" is not right in some fundamental way; that it has in fact become a playground for nihilistic personalities who have no plan whatsoever other than to gorge on their own thirst for darkness and destruction.


How vitamin studies deceive the public into big pharma profits

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Are vitamins actually killing you, giving you heart attacks, and perhaps even extracted from the depths of Hades? If you follow some of the highly deceiving studies on the matter of vitamin usage that fail to actually tell you when they're using petrochemically derived 'junk' vitamins in all of their testing groups — then the answer may be a very loud 'yes.'

And, unfortunately, that makes for quite a large number of these studies.

It was back in 2011 that I first wrote an article breaking down the subject of vitamin studies, entitled 'Why Many Vitamin Studies Are Absolutely Worthless.' At first glance, it seemed like a ridiculous title to many. After all, how could these studies be 'worthless' when they were performed with perfect testing methodologies and oftentimes involved some interesting results on how the body processes different nutrients?

The Vitamin Research Trick Revealed

It simply has nothing to do with their methods, as many on alternative and mainstream media are currently debating. Instead, it has to do with the vitamin they're claiming to test.

Let me give you an example and break it down. Before I even opened up the latest vitamin study after finding it at the top of some very prominent websites, I knew that it would focus — at least somewhat — on vitamin E. Vitamin E is the 'easy target' for researchers to demonize vitamin supplements. It's almost too easy, because almost no one knows that there are two very different forms of vitamin E in most dietary supplements.

As with pretty much all nutrients, we're looking at a synthetic and an organic source. On average, the synthetic source is far less desirable (and cheaper) than the organic (food based) source. In the case of vitamin E, however, it can be much worse.


Australia vaccine war update: The people, slaves to the State

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"Bit by bit and piece by piece, freedom is taken away. Eventually, most people don't remember what is gone. All they're left with is the feeling that some thoughts and actions would be dangerous, would leave them vulnerable, on the outside looking in. Of course, 'on the outside looking in' is the platform from which any sane person launches his future." (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
The other day, I wrote about radical changes in Australian vaccination policy. Principally, the national government has unilaterally decided that parents who receive government money will have that money taken away, if they don't vaccinate their children.
(Australia: refuse vaccination, lose $15,000)

Now I have learned that all families in Australia receive some form of government money. So the policy change affects everyone.

Comment: Read more about the medical cartel Jon Rappoport discusses above:


Repeatedly taking antibiotics may increase your risk of type 2 diabetes

People who have taken certain antibiotics repeatedly may be at an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.
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Researchers found that people in the study who had ever been prescribed two or more courses of specific types of antibiotics were more likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes than people who had never been prescribed these antibiotics, or had taken just one course. The antibiotics in the study came from one of four categories: penicillins, cephalosporins, quinolones and macrolides.

The study "raises a red flag about the overuse of antibiotics, and it should make us much more concerned about this overuse," said Dr. Raphael Kellman, a New York City internist who was not involved in the study. "We should certainly be more judicious, more cautious when we use antibiotics."

Physicians should keep in mind that one of the complications of prolonged use of antibiotics may be diabetes, Kellman told Live Science.

In people with type 2 diabetes, the cells of the body stop responding to the hormone insulin, which normally causes cells to take in sugar from the blood. People with the condition tend to have levels of sugar in their blood that are too high.


What really happens when you crack your knuckles?

Scientists have calculated that the amount of force at work when you crack your knuckles has enough energy to cause damage to hard surfaces, yet studies show that the habit does not appear to cause long-term harm. By defining the process underlying joint cracking, scientists seek to discover its therapeutic benefits, or possible harms, their study published last week in PLOS ONE found.

Scientists in Canada have taken a step closer to an answer by discovering what exactly happens when a knuckle is cracked that causes the distinctive popping sounds.


3 natural H. Pylori 'cures' that are clinically proven

H. pylori infection is often treated with three drugs simultaneously, but not everyone responds favorably. Thankfully there are clinically confirmed natural, food-based alternatives.
Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a bacteria estimated to be found in the body of two-thirds of the world's population naturally, and usually does not cause symptoms. But in some cases it can be found as a contributing factor in ulcers, and may even drive some forms of gastric cancer. Modern treatment for H. pylori infection focuses on total eradication using so-called "triple therapy," which includes two antibiotics and an acid-blocker. Treatment of this kind, however, often results in antibiotic-associated imbalances in the gut flora, as well as driving antibiotic-resistant strains of H. pylori which can cause more serious forms of recurrence. This is one reason why there is growing interest in natural alternatives to drug-based treatment, and why we are excited to highlight some of the more compelling research out there on 'natural cures' to this common problem.

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Melatonin & chronobiology

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Recent studies in chronobiology have indicated that melatonin supplements can help treat circadian sleep disorders as well as a variety of sleep-related issues. However, not all melatonin supplements are created equal. The way melatonin supplements are metabolized can have a huge effect on physiological levels and effects of this hormone.

Melatonin and the Circadian Rhythm

Melatonin, also known as the "mother hormone of chronobiology", is a hormone made in the pineal gland due to cues from the suprachiasmatic nucleus of the hypothalamus, which regulates the circadian rhythm. When the retinas stop sensing as much blue wavelength light, the suprachiasmatic nucleus senses this and induces the pineal gland to begin making melatonin. When early morning light is sensed by the retinas, melatonin production is ceased and hormones associated with wakefulness are made instead. This cycle helps to create a circadian rhythm, or 24-hour sleep-wake cycle.

Melatonin has a very short half-life, of about thirty minutes. Because it breaks down so quickly, it must be made continuously throughout the night in order to sustain restful sleep. In people with a healthy circadian rhythm, melatonin levels rise rapidly after dark and plateau throughout the night until early morning. These high levels are essential not just for falling asleep, but for sleeping deeply and restfully. Melatonin levels then drop sharply in the early morning to allow people to wake up in response to increasing light levels.