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Activist uses spy drone to expose the truth about factory farming

Factory farming is quite possibly the most horrific and destructive practice we humans engage in today. It sacrifices billions of lives each year and serves to pollute, not protect, the environment of our planet. According to the animal rights group, Last Chance for Animals, "97% of the 10 billion animals tortured and killed each year are [factory] farm animals." So why is it that when most people look at their plates they don't see the real story behind what they're eating?

Pollution and Environmental Damage

Let's take a look at a video published by Factory Farm Drones about a man who infiltrated factory farm territory with a surveillance drone. In the video, you see a glimpse of how devastating factory farming can be on the environment as well as on neighboring communities who happen to be down-wind of one of these facilities.

Attention

Correlation or causation?: The link between diet soda consumption and coronary problems

One of the largest studies of its kind recently examined the link between diet drinks and cardiovascular issues such as heart attack and stroke in healthy, postmenopausal women. The research took place at the University of Iowa, and the findings were presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session in Washington, D.C.

60,000 women participated in the study, and it found that women who consumed two or more diet drinks a day are 30 percent more likely to experience a cardiovascular event, and 50 percent more likely to die from a related disease. (source)

These are huge numbers, even if you are thinking correlation does not mean causation. When using theBradford Hill criteria to evaluate the relationship between diet drinks and human health, it becomes quite clear that the danger is at least worth considering. It's a great example of how potentially deadly, unhealthy products are marketed to us as a "better alternative" and completely safe.

Comment: Diet soda drinkers aren't just at increased risk for heart troubles. Migraines, seizures, vision problems and cancer have all been linked to aspartame consumption as well.


Health

Whole stevia leaf more effective than antibiotics in treating Lyme disease, says study

Lyme disease is exceedingly difficult to treat, due to its well-known shape-shifting (pleomorphic) abilities, with conventional antibiotics often failing to produce a long-term cure. Could the commonly used natural plant Stevia provide a safer, and more effective means to combat this increasingly prevalent infection?

A promising new preclinical study has revealed that whole stevia leaf extract possesses exceptional antibiotic activity against the exceedingly difficult to treat pathogen Borrelia Burgdorferi known to cause Lyme disease. The study found,
Stevia whole leaf extract, as an individual agent, was effective against all known morphological forms of B. burgdorferi."
At present, the CDC acknowledges that at least 300,000 are infected with Lyme disease, annually, with the conventional standard of care relying on antibiotics that are not only toxic but increasingly coming under scrutiny for addressing only surface aspects of the infection, often leaving antibiotic-resistance Lyme disease deep within the system to continue to cause harm.

Comment: This research is promising. Hopefully, it will be fully investigated.


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Natural approaches for cramps and PMS

Menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndrome (PMS) can be debilitating for some women and make them feel very uncomfortable at "that time of the month." Our ancestors have utilized a variety of very effective herbal solutions to address every kind of pain associated with monthly cycles.

Restoring your menstrual cycle can be done naturally and effectively with herbs, nutrition and exercise. Here are 15 very effective herbs for menstrual pain.

1) CRAMP BARK & BLACK HAW
These are probably the most effective herbs for reducing uterine spasm and cramping. These sister herbs bring relief of pain and muscle spasm in the uterus. Cramp bark and Black haw have been shown safe for use for several days prior to onset on menses in anticipation and prevention of painful cramps.

Comment: Some women report a decrease or complete cessation of menstrual problems and PMS symptoms when dropping gluten from their diets.


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Mysterious disease kills 6 children in Nepal; 50 others infected

A team of health workers has reached Itawa village in Kapilbastu district, where six children died of a yet-to-be-identified disease with symptoms similar to that of measles. The District Public Health Office, Kapilbastu dispatched the team to the village Ward Number 7 and 8 of the Somdiha VDC near the Nepal-India border.

The team is treating the infected children of the village. Team leader and officiating chief of the District Public Health Office, Bishnu Jayaswal said they were making home visits in the village and treating the infected children.

They were collecting blood samples simultaneously. He said the infected children had rashes like that of measles all over the body, high fever, and diarrhoea. They have also shown symptoms of malnutrition. The blood samples have been sent to the Central Health Laboratory at Teku, Kathmandu and the disease will be identified once the blood report is available. The unidentified disease has so far claimed the lives of six children in the village. All the victims are below five years. As many as 50 children have been infected, the District Helath Office stated.

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Depressed? Check your gut: How bacteria affect mental health

As many of you adopt new behaviors and habits during this year's 21-Day Challenge, there's a fascinating unseen story going on between your brains and bellies I thought it'd be worth talking about. New behaviors and habits create new neural pathways, which are essentially new road maps for how you'll think, feel, and act in the future. Now the integrity of those neural pathways—whether they're firing at full force and with the right materials to do their job—is intimately connected to something I've talked about on the blog before in different ways: our gut microbiome. But as you'll see, this microscopic landscape is worth talking about again—specifically because it influences your brain (that grand master of all organs) and how well you're likely to stick to all those newly adopted changes in the future.

Comment: The link between mental health and the gut is well established, but complicated, with a lot of factors coming into play. Having enough health-promoting gut bacteria of the right strains is important, as is getting rid of any pathogenic micro-organisms that are detrimental to health. Eliminating inflammatory foods (especially junk food, grains, dairy, soy, beans, and sugar) and balancing out inflammatory and anti-inflammatory fats can also go a long way to improving mental health. Detoxing from heavy metals and toxic halogens, and healing leaky gut can also be significant factors in improving mental health.

In short, treat your gut and your gut-biome well, and they'll do the same to you, to the benefit of all.


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Big Pharma is not letting on how risky commonly prescribed drugs may be

The AMA is debating whether direct-to-consumer advertising should be banned.

They are so common no one thinks twice about them: drug ads that tell you about a disease you might have, a pill that could treat it, and tell you to "ask your doctor" if the pill is right for you.

Until 1997, such direct-to-consumer ads did not exist because without a doctor's recommendation, how could people know if the medication was appropriate or safe? The only thing people knew about drugs and drug risks was from ads they peeked at in medical journals at the doctor's office.

But after the ads started in 1997, the allergy pill Claritin became a household word, along with Xenical, Meridia, Propecia, Paxil, Prozac, Vioxx, Viagra, Singulair, Nasonex, Allegra, Flonase and of course Lipitor—and Big Pharma became a Wall Street darling.

Comment: Hopefully the article Breaking Big Pharma: Doctors call for immediate drug advertising ban will help consumers look at drugs more critically and demand full information before they succumb to drugs with serious side effects! Read more about how "Direct-to-consumer advertising also inflates demand for new and more expensive drugs, even when these drugs may not be appropriate."


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Prescribing psychiatric drugs to children could be defined as reckless endangerment

When physicians (or medical paraprofessionals) prescribe psychiatric drugs to children without the parent or legal guardian's fully informed consent, the prescribers could reasonably be charged with reckless endangerment and/or child endangerment because such drugs commonly cause a multitude of well-known adverse effects, including the following short list: worsening depression, worsening anxiety, sleep disturbances, suicidality, homicidality, mania, psychoses, heart problems, growth disturbances, malnutrition, cognitive disabilities, dementia, microbiome disorders, stroke, diabetes, serious withdrawal effects, death, sudden death, etc. We physicians (not only psychiatrists) normally only spend a small amount of our scarce time warning about a few of the dozens of potential adverse effects when we recommend drug treatment - and apparently most American courts uphold this questionable action when the rare malpractice case manages to be heard in the legal system.

And yet, Child Protective Services has the legal right to charge parents with medical neglect for refusing to give their child a known neurotoxic or psychotoxic drug that wasn't adequately tested either in the animal lab or in long-term clinical trials prior to being given marketing approval by the FDA.


Comment: There is much evidence to support the fact that Child Protective Services is not the best advocate for children. Actually, CPS often puts children at great risk. The agency has used lame excuses to remove children from homes where they are safe and well-cared for, then placed them in very dangerous circumstances and sometimes has lost track of them completely.

This makes no sense to parents and can't be explained by their lawyers, especially if the parents know more than their medical caregivers about the multitude of potentially serious dangers that such drugs could pose for their child. It is worth noting that psychiatrists admit that there is no scientific test in existence that proves that children deserve a permanent mental illness label (and getting brain-altering drugs for the rest of their lives).

Indeed, making a psychiatric diagnosis in this big business era of high volume/high turnover patient care is based largely on an unscientific, sometimes absurd checklist of patient behaviors, emotions or thoughts, often hurriedly obtained after a relatively short office visit. Checklists of signs or symptoms of a newly thought-up "mental illness" periodically are composed at the annual meetings of the American Psychiatric Association where the newly invented "disorder" is voted on (by a show of hands) by groups of volunteer psychiatrists, most of whom have financial and/or professional conflicts of interest. If a sufficient majority of convention attendees agree, the new diagnosis is then placed in the next Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM), which contains hundreds of other unscientific check-lists of "mental disorders".

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Attack on vaccine choice rolls to the East Coast

As we predicted, more states are following in the footsteps of California and restricting parents' freedom to protect their children's health. Check below to see if your state is one of them.

New York is considering a bill, S6017, that would eliminate all non-medical exemptions to vaccination. According to news coverage, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, the bill's sponsor, said that parents worried for their children's safety "have bought into the garbage that these vaccinations can cause autism. That's a lot of crap."

Health

Defensive health strategies and lack of trust in the wisdom of the human body

In Humble Awe of Human Complexity

Eastern wisdom tells us that when we think we know, we don't. But when we admit ignorance, we achieve enlightenment. The most profound part of my departure from conventional medicine has been the depths of my surrender to all that we do not, cannot, and must not understand about the body and its experience. Humble awe and wonder are truly the only appropriate states for approaching the complexity of the human condition.

I have sought to validate my intuition around the hubris of our efforts to outsmart nature, through the available scientific literature. We are suffering from our dualistic perspectives: human vs germs, body vs. disease, I vs me.