Health & Wellness


The best bedroom paint colors for sleep ranked‏

We've all had those sleepless nights where you just can't get a little shut eye and you know exactly why -- maybe you had that mid-afternoon coffee a little too late in the day and your spouse's snoring has reached an unthinkable decibel. Or maybe the neighbors decided to throw a party that carried on long after your bedtime.

But what about when the cause of your tossing and turning is not so obvious? Well, according to an infographic created by Men's Health, a decor decision you made months (or even years) ago could be to blame. And the findings are pretty troubling for homeowners who went with those deep eggplant or radiant orchid color schemes in their masters.

92 year old reveals his unusual secret to perfect health

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People have attributed their long lives to all sorts of lifestyle factors. For example, before her death in 2012, Besse Cooper, 116, said the secret to long life is "minding your own business and staying away from junk food."

But for Emery Lang of Miami, who will celebrate his 93rd birthday in May, the secret to a long and healthy life is, quite simply, rowing.

"This is the best exercise for anybody because your whole body is in motion... your legs and arms and shoulders," Lang told the Huffington Post. "If you do this exercise every day, your shoulders will be very powerful and straight up. You won't be bent over when you are in your 90s."

A champion, with many amateur rowing titles under his belt, one would think Lang's been rowing all his life. But, incredibly, he didn't take up rowing until age 65.

"I had never done rowing on the water in my life. I am originally from Hungary and I had done a lot of other sports but not rowing," Lang said. "But then I visited Florence, Italy and I saw people rowing on the Arno [river]. It was the most beautiful sport I'd ever seen."

Comment: Jogging for long periods of time is simply bad for your health. It stresses your adrenals into fight-or-flight mode, and besides burning you out, it also creates lots of joint problems. People who run marathons typically have CPK (creatine phosphokinase) blood levels that are high, a marker of muscle damage that is used to detect heart attacks. Excess aerobics cause over-training and muscle-wasting, which later leads to reduction in fat burning. Many aerobic workouts are long and their overall effect on your body is inflammatory. Quite a few people who have had a heart attack were jogging supposedly 'for better health'.

Rowing provides resistance training which in turn builds lean mass, minimizes and even reverses mitochondrial dysfunction - our powerhouse energy factories. By exercising our muscles, we have the potential to not only reverse aging and brain-related diseases such as dementia which are characterized by mitochondrial dysfunction, but as it happens, mitochondrial dysfunction is the final step in ALL diseases. For more information, see:

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West African countries mobilizes against Ebola, hemorrhagic fevers

Ebola virus in Guinea
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Health workers bury the body of a person killed by viral hemorrhagic fever at a center for victims of the Ebola virus in Guinea, on April 1, 2014.
West African countries have mobilized against an epidemic of hemorrhagic fevers including Ebola, which has claimed dozens of lives in the region.

Guinea is the worst affected country with 86 deaths, 45 of them confirmed as Ebola.

Guinea's neighbors have sent health teams to border territories and introduced measures to prevent the spread of Ebola.

Tarik Jasarevic, spokesman for the World Health Organization (WHO), said on Friday that the UN agency is trying to track people who had encountered the victims.

"What is really important is to inform the population of Guinea and Conakry about this disease, as this is the first time they are facing Ebola. They need to know what it is and how they can protect themselves," Jasarevic said.

Mali became the latest of Guinea's neighbors to announce suspected cases of Ebola, saying three victims had been placed in isolation.

Meanwhile, Doctors Without Borders has warned that the Ebola outbreak in Guinea is an "unprecedented epidemic" that is dangerously widespread across Guinea.

The disease is highly contagious and leads to external and internal bleeding.

Ebola is one of the most contagious viral diseases often resulting in death. The virus cannot be prevented with a vaccine and is untreatable with medication.

The deadly viral infection, which is spread by close contact, was first discovered in the Democratic Republic of Congo -- then known as Zaire -- in 1976. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for Ebola and the disease kills up to 90 percent of its victims who suffer extensive internal and external bleeding.
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97 Percent of the time, chemotherapy does not work! Bigpharma greed and profits assure it's continued use, despite more effective and less toxic alternatives

© Mike Adams,
Doctors and pharmaceutical companies make money from it. That's the only reason chemotherapy is still used. Not because it's effective, decreases morbidity, mortality or diminishes any specific cancer rates. In fact, it does the opposite. Chemotherapy boosts cancer growth and long-term mortality rates. Most chemotherapy patients either die or are plagued with illness within 10-15 years after treatment. It destroys their immune system, increases neuro-cognitive decline, disrupts endocrine functioning and causes organ and metabolic toxicities. Patients basically live in a permanent state of disease until their death. The cancer industry marginalizes safe and effective cures while promoting their patented, expensive, and toxic remedies whose risks far exceed any benefit. This is what they do best, and they do it because it makes money, plain and simple.

The reason a 5-year relative survival rate is the standard used to assess mortality rates is due to most cancer patients going downhill after this period. It's exceptionally bad for business and the cancer industry knows it. They could never show the public the true 97% statistical failure rate in treating long-term metastatic cancers. If they did publish the long-term statistics for all cancers administered cytotoxic chemotherapy, that is 10+ years and produced the objective data on rigorous evaluations including the cost-effectiveness, impact on the immune system, quality of life, morbidity and mortality, it would be very clear to the world that chemotherapy makes little to no contribution to cancer survival at all. No such study has ever been conducted by independent investigators in the history of chemotherapy. The only studies available come from industry funded institutions and scientists and none of them have ever inclusively quantified the above variables.

Comment: There is no money to be made by using natural, non-toxic therapies for cancer. Most such therapies are ignored or demonized by BigPharma in order to continue the chemo gravy train, despite the enormous suffering this barbaric treatment protocol inflicts on millions.
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Soy-based formulas containing powerful endocrine disrupters linked to seizures in children, delayed physical maturation and a host of other health consequences

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Phytoestrogens in soy-based formulas are known to carry greater risks than benefits for infants. Babies fed soy-based formula had 13,000 to 22,0000 times more isoflavones in their blood than babies fed milk-based formula. New data published in PLoS One shows that consumption of soy formula may also be associated with a higher rate of seizures in children.

True cancer of the prostate, carcinoma, is seldom seen in infants and children, but other forms of malignant tumors may develop and more cases are appearing in developed nations where the link appears to center around soy infant formula.

While many claims have been made about the health benefits of these estrogen-like compounds, animal studies indicate that soy (both conventional and organic) contain powerful endocrine disrupters that alter growth patterns and cause sterility. Toxicologists estimate that an infant exclusively fed soy formula receives the estrogenic equivalent of at least five birth control pills per day. By contrast, almost no phytoestrogenshave been detected in dairy-based infant formula or in human milk, even when the mother consumes soy products. Scientists have known for years that isoflavones in soy products can depress thyroid function, causing autoimmune thyroid disease and even cancer of the thyroid.

Comment: Soy contains anti-nutrients which rob the body of necessary minerals. Consumption of soy has been linked to brain aging, shrinking, and the development of Alzheimer's disease. Even worse, most soy grown in the U.S. is genetically modified.
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Republic of Mali: Possible cases of Ebola identified

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Members of Doctors without Borders medical aid agency carry the body of a person killed by viral haemorrhagic fever at a center for victims of the Ebola virus in Guekedou, Guinea, April 1, 2014.
Mali said it had identified its first possible cases of Ebola since the start of an outbreak in neighbouring Guinea, adding to fears that the deadly virus was spreading across West Africa.

More than 90 people have already died in Guinea and Liberia in what medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has warned could turn into an unprecedented epidemic in an impoverished region with poor health services.

Foreign mining companies have locked down operations and pulled out some international staff in mineral-rich Guinea. French health authorities have also put doctors and hospitals on alert in case people travelling to and from former colonies in the region pick up the disease.

Three people in Mali had been placed in quarantine and samples sent off to Atlanta in the United States for tests, the government said on state television late on Thursday.

Mouthwash linked to oral cancer - University of Glasgow

Danger? A dental lecturer had advised against regular use of mouthwash, saying it could be linked to cancer.
Heavy use of mouthwashes may lead to a higher risk of oral cancer, an expert claims.

Research suggests that people rinsing with such products more than three times a day have a greater chance of developing mouth and throat cancer.

Dr David Conway, a senior lecturer at the University of Glasgow Dental School, said people should not routinely use a mouthwash and stick to brushing and flossing instead.

Comment: Further reading,The REAL source of cavities and gum disease
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There is also an interesting discussion on our forum on dental health and tooth decay.


Characteristics of Lung Cancers Arising in Germline EGFR T790M Mutation Carriers and Relationship to Smoking Status

Dr. Adi Gazdar
Two studies are providing new insight into germline epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) T790M mutation in familial non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The findings suggest the need for tailored approaches for early detection and treatment, as well as for genetic testing to identify carriers.

"These studies now solidify the fact that routine clinical management of lung cancer now has to include the awareness of this inherited cancer syndrome," wrote David P. Carbone, MD, PhD, President-Elect of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), in an editorial. The editorial accompanies the two articles in the April issue of the Journal of Thoracic Oncology, the official journal of the IASLC.

In one of the two studies, researchers found that germline EGFR T790M mutation results in a rare and unique lung cancer hereditary syndrome associated with an estimated 31% risk for the disease in never-smokers. Lead author Adi Gazdar, MD, of the Department of Pathology, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX, and colleagues studied a family with germline EGFR T790M mutations over five generations (14 individuals) and combined their observations with data obtained from a literature search (15 individuals). They found that the mutation occurred in approximately 1% of NSCLCs and in less than one in 7,500 subjects without lung cancer.
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Report: EPA tested deadly pollutants on humans to push Obama admin's agenda

The Environmental Protection Agency has been conducting dangerous experiments on humans over the past few years in order to justify more onerous clean air regulations.

The agency conducted tests on people with health issues and the elderly, exposing them to high levels of potentially lethal pollutants, without disclosing the risks of cancer and death, according to a newly released government report.

These experiments exposed people, including those with asthma and heart problems, to dangerously high levels of toxic pollutants, including diesel fumes, reads a EPA inspector general report obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. The EPA also exposed people with health issues to levels of pollutants up to 50 times greater than the agency says is safe for humans.

The EPA conducted five experiments in 2010 and 2011 to look at the health effects of particulate matter, or PM, and diesel exhaust on humans. The IG's report found that the EPA did get consent forms from 81 people in five studies. But the IG also found that "exposure risks were not always consistently represented."

"Further, the EPA did not include information on long-term cancer risks in its diesel exhaust studies' consent forms," the IG's report noted. "An EPA manager considered these long-term risks minimal for short-term study exposures" but "human subjects were not informed of this risk in the consent form."

Novartis ousts top Japan execs in scandal

Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis says it is replacing the top executives at its Japanese unit over allegations the division hid serious potential side effects of leukaemia treatments from regulators.

David Epstein, the head of the firm's pharmaceutical division, told a news briefing in Tokyo that the senior managers "resigned, they are out of the company", adding that "this kind of behaviour is unacceptable and a clear violation of our code of conduct".

"I'd like to once again apologise for Novartis' involvement in this issue," Epstein told reporters on Thursday.

Comment: Just another example of drug company duplicity in the falsification of data to boost profits. The drive for profits overrides all other considerations, unless they are caught, in which case a sacrificial offering of a few staff is made to appease the public, along with protestations of corporate innocence.