Health & Wellness


WHO states Monsanto's Roundup 'probably' causes cancer

For over 40 years Monsanto's patented glyphosate formula, better known as Roundup, has become a staple for farmers, gardeners, and landscapers. Monsanto has gone so far as to create genetically modified crops capable of withstanding massive amounts of the pesticide without dying. These "Roundup Ready" crops, such as corn, soy, and canola, have since come to dominate America's agricultural industry.

But over the years, many researchers have questioned whether these heavily sprayed crops are safe for human consumption. As time goes on, it appears that some institutions are beginning to change their tune on the popular pesticide.
(Reuters) - The world's most widely-used weed killer can "probably" cause cancer, the World Health Organization said on Friday.

The WHO's cancer arm, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), said glyphosate, the active ingredient in the Monsanto Co herbicide Roundup, was "classified as probably carcinogenic to humans"

Comment: The WHO is a little late in the game on this one. The toxic effects of glyphosate has been well-documented.


Power naps do work: Increase memory retention

A team of researchers at Saarland University headed by Professor Axel Mecklinger have shown that a short nap lasting about an hour can significantly improve memory performance. The study, which was coordinated by graduate research student Sara Studte, involved examination of memory recall in 41 participants. The volunteers had to learn single words and word pairs. Once the learning phase was over, the participants were tested to determine how much information they could remember. About half of the participants were then allowed to sleep, while the others watched a DVD. After that, the participants were re-tested and those who had taken a nap were shown to have retained substantially more word pairs in memory than the participants in the control group who had watched a DVD.

The results of the study have been published in the journal Neurobiology of Learning and Memory.

Generations of school students have gone to bed the night before a maths exam or a vocabulary test with their algebra book or vocabulary notes tucked under their pillow in the hope that the knowledge would somehow be magically transferred into their brains while they slept. That they were not completely taken in by a superstitious belief has now been demonstrated by a team of neuropsychologists at Saarland University, who have shown that even a brief sleep can significantly improve retention of learned material in memory.

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Cheap US wine brands in lawsuit over claims of toxic arsenic levels

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Low-priced wine could cause cancer and heart disease, according to plaintiffs.
Budget-friendly wine brands could contain dangerously toxic levels of arsenic - increasing the risk of cancer and heart disease.

More than two dozen American vintners are facing a lawsuit claiming their wines contain a poisonous amount of the known carcinogen.

According to the proposed class action, filed on Thursday in Los Angeles, levels of arsenic within the Californian brands are up to five times higher than what the Environmental Protection Agency allows for water.

The lawsuit names numerous low-priced wines, including popular brands such as Franzia, Mogen David, Almaden, Sutter Home and Wine Cube.

It says tests by three independent laboratories found arsenic levels that in some cases were 500 per cent higher than what's considered safe.


North Carolina to mandate polio vaccines, removes religious exemptions

Several states are beginning to move forward against religious exemptions for vaccines. In the case of Polio, the vaccine is especially dangerous, having been linked to tens of thousands of adverse health consequences including paralysis and death. So North Carolina wants to mandate it? Kenny Valenzuela explains the ramifications of SB346 set to be fast tracked for August, 2015...

Comment: The push for mandatory vaccinations is getting ever stronger across the US. For more see:


BigAg lobbying hard to keep consumers in the dark about what's in their products

Last year, Michelle Obama proposed a requirement that food companies disclose "added sugar" to their products. Ever since, corporations have upped their lobbying efforts. Their arguments against labeling the number of teaspoons of added sugar in their products range from predictable dents in their profit margins to a feigned concern that Americans would be confused. They claim Americans could actually become more obese.

These impassioned responses from the food industry show how eager corporatists are to maintain the status quo.

The cranberry industry enlisted Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick to oppose the requirement on the grounds that it could hurt profits:
...forcing disclosure of the added sugar in cranberry products would be unfair because, unlike other fruits, cranberries are so bitter that they are unpalatable without it.
(Perhaps the cranberry peddlers should have entered a different industry instead of whining that their product tastes bad.)

Comment: Greater numbers of Americans ARE choosing to become informed and are buying organic products when they can and trying to avoid GMO's. However, BigAg wants to make sure it retains its profit margins above all else, and with its financial ties to the mainstream media, it is rare that people are told the truth about the dangers of the ingredients in most processed foods. Worse, they are continually lied to by the industry and the FDA about what constitutes a 'healthy' diet.


Dame Jane Goodall condemns 'deluded' politicians for pushing 'Frankenstein Food'


Dame Jane Goodall has condemned politicians for pushing 'Frankenstein Food'
Dame Jane Goodall, the renowned primate expert, has condemned 'deluded' politicians for pushing 'Frankenstein Food'.

The highly respected academic has endorsed a new book, which argues the companies responsible for developing genetically modified farming and food have twisted the evidence to minimise the dangers.

Historically, critics of GM food have been lambasted by the GM companies, scientists who rely on their funding, and politicians, including the UK Government, as being 'anti-science'.

However, Dame Jane argues that the advocates of GM food have ignored evidence of harm with the result it is they who are guilty of being 'anti-science'.

Comment: Dr. Jane Goodall helps expose the dangers of GMOs: Altered genes & twisted truth


The connection between coffee and gluten sensitivity

Before you jump into a panic attack about having your coffee taken away, please read the entire article. I am not condemning coffee, I am simply sharing with you recent research combined with 15 years of clinical experience dealing with patients who fail to respond to a traditional gluten free diet. If you've been eating gluten-free and are still experiencing gluten-related symptoms, the problem may be your coffee intake. That being said, let's dive in...

There are several foods that cause what's called a gluten cross-reactivity in those who are sensitive to or intolerant of gluten. This is because the proteins in these foods are perceived by the body as invaders in the same way gluten is.

Dairy is the most common cross-reactive food to those with gluten issues, because of its casein proteins. But coffee also contains problematic proteins and the cross reaction to coffee has actually been found to be one of the most severe.


The 'can o' tuna' vaccination argument makes no sense

Certainly if you are on the frontlines of the vaccine debate you've heard the argument from pro vaxxers 'hey well, y'know, a can of tuna has about the same amount of mercury in it that a vaccine does.' Or about aluminum, 'a muffin has as much aluminum as a vaccine containing aluminum'. It is a silly argument but it shows you the mindset of some of these people that don't question and research the very vaccine inserts or information available to them before they are injected.

First of all, anyone with a basic knowledge of biology should know the difference between injection and ingestion, one goes to the bloodstream, the other to the GI Tract. Biologically they are much different, and that should end the argument right there with just simple biological logic. Let's go a little deeper but also try and keep it simple.

Comment: See also: Pro-Vaxxers are the new pro-lifers: Religious hysteria trumps rational discussion in the vaccine debate


Ebola cases in Guinea rise as 3 doctors infected

Guinea has suffered a setback in its fight against Ebola with a rash of new cases, including three doctors infected by the virus, with officials blaming weak surveillance and a failure to follow safety procedures.

The outbreak, which began in eastern Guinea more than a year ago and has killed over 10,000 people in the three West African countries worst hit, had appeared to be on the wane, but Guinea has seen cases rise for three consecutive weeks, according to World Health Organization data.

A government health report from the weekend showed there were 21 new cases in a single day, a spike from the recent daily average of eight.

President Alpha Conde said on Tuesday that everything must be done to end the outbreak by mid-April, ahead of a meeting with donors scheduled around that date.

Ending Ebola could reboot Guinea's mining-dependent economy that has been hammered by the outbreak which has scared investors, he said.

"With Ebola, it is easier to go from 100 cases to 10 cases than from 10 cases of to zero. To end it, we need ten times more effort than when the outbreak was at its height," he said.


Study confirms that more medical 'care' leads to people feeling less healthy!

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Across much of the Western world, 25 years of expansion of the medical system has actually led to people feeling less healthy over time, a new study has found.

A researcher at The Ohio State University used several large multinational datasets to examine changes in how people rated their health between 1981 and 2007 and compared that to medical expansion in 28 countries that are members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development.

During that time, the medical industry expanded dramatically in many of those countries, which you might expect would lead to people who felt healthier.

But that's not what Hui Zheng, assistant professor of sociology at Ohio State, found.

"Access to more medicine and medical care doesn't really improve our subjective health. For example, in the United States, the percentage of Americans reporting very good health decreased from 39 percent to 28 percent from 1982 to 2006," Zheng said.

Comment: What is being implied but not directly stated is that the system of health care is primarily a business model that is set up to benefit certain corporations, i.e. the pharmaceutical industry, insurance carriers and those owners of for-profit health institutions. As profit centers, the discovery of diseases, their treatment and medication benefits those centers while often doing more harm to patients who are over-screened, over-diagnosed and over-medicated. On top of that, those who are not able to pay are sued by hospitals and have their wages seized. No wonder people feel less healthy, thanks to the medical system, they probably ARE less healthy.