Health & Wellness


Study suggests preventing changes in gut microbiota with antibiotics may prolong life, prevent disease

Why do some people remain healthy into their 80s and beyond, while others age faster and suffer serious diseases decades earlier? New research led by UCLA life scientists may produce a new way to answer that question -- and an approach that could help delay declines in health.

Specifically, the study suggests that analyzing intestinal bacteria could be a promising way to predict health outcomes as we age.

The researchers discovered changes within intestinal microbes that precede and predict the death of fruit flies. The findings were published in the open-source journal Cell Reports.

"Age-onset decline is very tightly linked to changes within the community of gut microbes," said David Walker, a UCLA professor of integrative biology and physiology, and senior author of the research. "With age, the number of bacterial cells increase substantially and the composition of bacterial groups changes."

Comment: Your physical health and mental health is deeply influenced by the health of your gut and the microbes that live there:


Certified organic grain found to be contaminated with glyphosate

With over 80% of the U.S. food supply now reportedly contaminated with the herbicide glyphosate, many people are turning to USDA certified organic products to avoid this toxic chemical. Current USDA NOP (National Organic Program) standards do not allow the use of the herbicide glyphosate on organic crops.

However, a new investigation by Tropical Traditions has revealed that the U.S. organic grain market is contaminated with glyphosate.

Tropical Traditions has sold organic grains for years. After reading new research about the issue of "crop desiccation" done by using glyphosate on wheat and other grains just prior to harvest, Tropical Traditions decided to first test some commercial wheat products with wheat grown in Montana, North Dakota, and Canada. They sent the commercial samples to a well-known and respected laboratory to test for glyphosate.

Comment: Though it would be best to skip grains altogether, if a person chooses certified organic it should be fully organic. Leave it to Monsanto and their ilk to contaminate the world one crop at a time.


New Gallup poll: Big Pharma and Feds among the most hated Institutions in America

According to a recent Gallup poll published this week, the pharmaceutical industry is one of the most hated industries in the United States. Also topping the list are the federal government and the oil company cartels.

The numbers revealed that 43% of those surveyed had negative views of the "Big Pharma" while just 35% had positive views. Negative views increased while positive views decreased from reported responses to the same questions last year.

"This leaves the industry with a negative net-positive rating of -8 in 2015," explained Gallup's Jim Norman.

Comment: Listen to this episode of the Health and Wellness Show to learn more about why Big Pharma is so hated.


Bacon lovers: Don't be afraid of Nitrites


We get more nitrites from our saliva than we consume in products such as hot dogs or bacon.

To get a handle on nitrites, it helps to understand the role salting plays in curing meats. InOn Food and Cooking, food scientist Harold McGee writes that salting, like drying, preserves meat by depriving bacteria and molds of water.
"The addition of salt—sodium chloride—to meat creates such a high concentration of dissolved sodium and chloride ions outside the microbes that the water inside their cells is drawn out, salt is drawn in, and their cellular machinery is disrupted. The microbes either die or slow down drastically."
Chemistry is inherently operatic, when you think about it.

Comment: The Nitrate and Nitrite Myth: Another reason not to fear bacon


FDA memo shows a number of reviewers thought female Viagra's risky side effects outweighed benefits

Addyi, the pink pill for women with low libido, was approved by the Food and Drug Administration last month even though at least three FDA reviewers recommended rejecting it.

They warned about possible side effects and expressed concern that "the marginal clinical benefits do not outweigh the serious risks," according to a memo posted online that summarized the analysis within the U.S. regulatory agency. More than a dozen offices reviewed the drug, though the memo doesn't make clear how many people raised concerns. One reviewer particularly wanted more study of the interaction between Addyi and alcohol because the tests were conducted almost exclusively with men.

While such disagreement isn't typical, "it does happen," said Ira Loss, a pharmaceutical analyst with Washington Analysis, a research company that evaluates the impact of public-policy change on financial markets. The FDA had rejected the drug, chemically known as flibanserin, in 2010 and 2013 before approving it in August, so the dissenters were "not alone in their view. FDA gives them the right to say what they feel, and higher-ups make the decision."

Two years ago, there was internal dissent when the FDA approved Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. and Pfizer Inc.'s blood thinner Eliquis. A decade ago, there also was division over the safety of Merck & Co.'s Vioxx painkiller, which has since been taken off the market, and Sanofi's antibiotic Ketek.

"The FDA encourages robust scientific discussions among our staff," Andrea Fischer, an FDA spokeswoman, said in an e-mail. "In most cases, alignment on a decision is achieved through discussion as reviews proceed," but the official administrative file will reflect "differences of opinion if they exist."

Comment: See: FDA approves female Viagra despite dangerous side effects


CDC admits flu vaccine does not work - Influenza outbreak on fully vaccinated navy ship

Need proof that the seasonal flu vaccine is not effective? Look no further than the CDC's own publication admitting the fact: Influenza Outbreak in a Vaccinated Population.

Earlier this year (2014) the CDC published a report documenting an influenza outbreak which occurred among fully vaccinated navy personnel aboard the USS Ardent, a U.S. Navy minesweeper moored in San Diego, California while conducting training.

Surprisingly, the CDC admits this is a common occurrence:
The current U.S. Department of Defense influenza vaccination policy mandates that all uniformed personnel receive seasonal influenza vaccination, unless medically exempt, or face punishment under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The policy specifically directs all Navy operational units to be at least 90% vaccinated. However, despite vaccination measures, influenza outbreaks can still occur in highly vaccinated military populations.

Comment: The rational for mandatory vaccinations wether it be school children, healthcare workers or enlisted military personal is turning out to be completely useless, as this article clearly shows. Read addition articles that backup this claim:


Plain soap just as effective against bacteria as antibacterial soap

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Scientists in Korea have discovered that using antibacterial soap when hand-washing is no more effective than using plain soap, according to a paper published today in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.

The study examined the effect of triclosan (the most commonly used active antiseptic ingredient used in soap) on bacteria in two ways. The first was to examine the bactericidal effects of triclosan in soaps against all 20 strains, and the second compared the ability of antibacterial and non-antibacterial soap to remove bacteria from human hands, by using 16 healthy adult volunteers. The results of the study indicate that there is no significant difference between the effects of plain soap and antibacterial soap when used under 'real life' conditions.

Comment: Anti-bacterial soaps have actually been shown to have negative effects on health and the environment. Triclosan has been linked to allergies, asthma, and eczema. The chemical is also polluting freshwater lakes.

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Study finds yoga effectively improves physical health, pain, energy and mood in arthritis patients

Fast facts:
  • Study finds that yoga may be a safe and effective way to keeping moving for the 1 in 5 adults who live with arthritis.
  • In a randomized trial, people with arthritis who practiced yoga had about a 20% improvement in physical health with similar improvements in pain, energy, mood and carrying out day-to-day activities and tasks.
A randomized trial of people with two common forms of arthritis has found that yoga can be safe and effective for people with arthritis. Johns Hopkins researchers report that 8 weeks of yoga classes improved the physical and mental wellbeing of people with two common forms of arthritis, knee osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. The study is believed to be the largest randomized trial so far to examine the effect of yoga on physical and psychological health and quality of life among people with arthritis.

Results were published in the April issue of the Journal of Rheumatology.

Comment: Many people have discovered that changing their diets may also help in managing symptoms of arthritis. Autoimmune diseases have been linked to gluten sensitivity, anti-nutrients in certain plants, grains and seeds, as well as imbalances with the gut microbiome.


American society is exhibiting the signs of full-blown PTSD

Is the sky falling? Maybe, maybe not, but there is a deep sickness beginning to take hold of the American psyche that threatens to undermine the principles that have long held the democratic experiment together.
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It appears that America is coming apart at the seams. Routine school shootings, the reemergence of overt racism, anti-government paranoia on the rise, exaggerated threats of germs and terrorists lurking around every corner, government indifference to the hollowing out of the middle class, military tactics employed by officers of the peace—signs of societal disintegration are everywhere. And now we have witnessed the murder of two journalists on live TV and must endure the relentless exploitative media coverage that inevitably follows. While it is true that there always will be social unrest and all manner of cultural crises, the current state of affairs strikes many as beyond the ordinary—and I must cautiously cast my vote in agreement.

Is the sky falling? Maybe, maybe not, but there is a deep sickness beginning to take hold of the American psyche that threatens to undermine the principles that have long held the democratic experiment together. Although there are a variety of legitimate perspectives concerning this dilemma, I will propose my analysis of the psychiatric state of the American mind, an analysis that is largely colored by my vantage point as a holistic physician with a conventional medical educational background.


Health benefits of Diatomaceous Earth

You've probably never heard of one of the best and most economical supplements to improve your health and cleanse your body. In fact, this supplement is perhaps one of the best kept secrets ever. This relatively unknown "food" supplement is called Diatomaceous Earth, also known as DE. It is a completely natural substance that is rich in naturally occurring silica, a mineral whose list of documented health benefits continues to grow as more research is being conducted.

Numerous clinical studies show that silica is a crucial mineral that plays a key role in many body functions.

Some of the most recent studies show that it can strengthen bones and joints, prevent osteoporosis and restore bone health if you already have osteoporosis, boost the immune system, ward off Alzheimer's, prevent premature aging and wrinkling of the skin, and strengthens the arterial walls to maintain good heart health. Another of the benefits of silica is that it helps to destroy bad fats in the body. Used as a daily treatment, diatomaceous earth can alleviate the potentially deadly risks of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and obesity.