Health & Wellness


Enterovirus, which causes paralyzation in children, begins to spread across U.S.

© Reuters / Brian Snyder
Several hundred US kids are being treated for Enterovirus 68 - a respiratory illness that can cause children to become paralyzed. Outbreaks of the virus have been detected in most of the fifty states.

So far, the virus has infected 443 children in 40 states, and the District of Columbia, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Abbreviated as EV-D68, the virus was first identified 50 years ago. However, it has rarely been tested for until cases started appearing in the US Midwest and Southwest this year.

EV-D68 causes symptoms similar to the common cold but progresses into wheezing, breathing problems and paralysis.

There is no drug yet for the current strain of the virus, so treatment is focused on helping patients to breathe.

Surprise! Study shows fluoridated water can calcify arteries

Fluoride is put in your drinking water 'for your teeth' without your consent, but did you know that it could also be calcifying your arteries?

A few years ago, we reported on a study evaluating a new diagnostic technology that inadvertently revealed a link between fluoride exposure and coronary artery disease. Our report stirred up quite a lot of controversy and criticism, even leading one of the most respected figures in alternative medicine (deservedly so) - Dr. Russell Blaylock -- to call us out on Infowars for our allegedly sophomoric interpretation of the following article: "Association of vascular fluoride uptake with vascular calcification and coronary artery disease." As one can see, the study's results revealed a hitherto largely unknown connection between fluoride exposure, coronary artery disease and cardiovascular events (e.g. heart attack).
"There was significant correlation between history of cardiovascular events and presence of fluoride uptake in coronary arteries. The coronary fluoride uptake value in patients with cardiovascular events was significantly higher than in patients without cardiovascular events."
Magic Wand

DNA signature found in ice storm babies: Objective stress exposure of pregnant women causes long lasting changes in the epigenome of their babies

Prenatal maternal stress exposure to natural disasters predicts epigenetic profile of offspring

This news release is available in French.

Montreal, September 29th, 2014 - The number of days an expectant mother was deprived of electricity during Quebec's Ice Storm (1998) predicts the epigenetic profile of her child, a new study finds.

Scientists from the Douglas Mental Health University Institute and McGill University have detected a distinctive 'signature' in the DNA of children born in the aftermath of the massive Quebec ice storm. Five months after the event, researchers recruited women who had been pregnant during the disaster and assessed their degrees of hardship and distress in a study called Project Ice Storm.

Thirteen years later, the researchers found that DNA within the T cells - a type of immune system cell - of 36 children showed distinctive patterns in DNA methylation.

Low vitamin D levels correlated with magnesium deficiency

magnesium deficiency chart
© Dr. Peter Osborne
After consulting with hundreds of patients, I am seeing a scary pattern that I want to bring to your attention.

The concern is the combination of rock bottom intracellular magnesium "and" low vitamin D levels.

It is important to know that if you have a low vitamin D level in spite of taking it, a magnesium deficiency can be one of the reasons you can't correct it.

Magnesium levels in the first quintile (lower 20% of reference range) or below that, could make you a victim of a fatal heart attack.

Comment: Magnesium and Vitamin D3 are two extremely important nutrients. Studies have found that people who took supplements of Vitamin D for six years reduced their risk of dying from all causes. While exposure to sun can provide Vitamin D3, often people aren't able to get adequate sun, particularly in winter, so additional supplementation is recommended.

Magnesium deficiency is an epidemic as the soils have been depleted for decades due to modern agricultural practices. Thus, even consuming large amounts of magnesium rich foods, probably will not be sufficient. Magnesium is essential for the functioning of more than 300 different enzymes in the body, particularly those that produce, transport, store, and utilize energy.

The virtues of Vitamin D: It's time we saw the light
The Magic of Magnesium: A Mighty Mineral Essential to Health

Alarm Clock

Teens need more sleep than adults: Inadequate sleep causes low mood, poor health and learning

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Lack of adequate sleep is a vital cause of low mood, poor health and lacklustre learning in teenagers.
Failing to get enough sleep causes low mood in teenagers, along with worse health and poor learning, a new review of the psychological evidence finds.

Although hormonal changes are partly to blame for teenage angst, being short of sleep significantly contributes to lack of motivation and poor mood.

Due to changes during puberty, teenagers require more sleep than adults and most find it hard to get to sleep before 11pm, with many staying up until 2 or 3am.

It's not all down to late night video gaming or TV: the part of the brain which regulates the sleep-wake cycle - the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus - changes in puberty.

Comment: The decline in the number of hours slept per night is affecting public health, including a greater risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression and stroke in adults and concentration problems in children. Electric lights, including those which illuminate laptop computers, smartphones and tablets, often play a key role in causing people to sleep badly.

Earlier Bedtimes May Help Protect Adolescents Against Depression and Suicidal Thoughts
Why Too Much Bright Light Before Bed Harms Sleep
6 easy steps to falling asleep fast

Red Flag

Activists raise warning flags about 'synthetic biology' ingredients

Opponents of genetic modification say there is a new, potentially more powerful technology to contend with: synthetic biology. Purveyors of natural products who are concerned about this technique have coined the term for the way in which scientists have created single-celled organisms to secrete various molecules of interest in a fermentation setting.

Comment: Learn more about this frightening new trend in genetic modification: Synthetic Biology - Genetic Engineering on Steroids

Light Sabers

Ongoing vaccine wars: The censoring of Rob Schneider

Yesterday, I reported on State Farm dropping Rob Schneider from their TV ads because he's alerted people to vaccine dangers.

Because he has a view about vaccines that departs from the norm.

"Punch a hole in consensus reality and you can't be a spokesman for our products."

"Cause a ripple among the sleeping populace and you're out."

What's next?

GMO crops portrayed in the media: Debunking popular myths

© Center for food safety
The recent article, "Seeds of Doubt," in the August 25, 2014 issue of The New Yorker by Michael Specter echoes common myths about genetically engineered (GE) crops and omits legitimate scientific critiques of the technology. The resulting article fails to deliver the high level of integrity and journalism that is expected of The New Yorker.

Biotechnology corporations spend hundreds of millions of dollars in advertising and marketing each year. Monsanto, one of the leading biotech companies, spends from $87 million to $120 million annually on advertising, much of it focused on GE crop technology. The industry spends millions more on lobbying, opposing ballot initiatives to label GE foods, and further promotional activities. Such massive spending has effectively framed a favorable narrative about GE crops and foods in several major media outlets, including The New Yorker.

The frame of this particular article presents Vandana Shiva, Ph.D., as the leader of an international movement in opposition to GE crops at the expense of science-based solutions to feed the world's poor. However, it is the failure of this technology - not Luddite fear mongering - that has prompted scientists, academics, policymakers, governments and regular people to question the biotech industry.

Comment: Read more about this topic: Gunning for Vandana Shiva: The New Yorker, GMOs and chemical farming


Death toll from Ebola in West Africa hits 3,000 - WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that the death toll from the Ebola epidemic in West Africa has now risen to over 3,000.

The WHO said on Friday that at least 3,091 out of 6,574 probable, suspected and confirmed cases died according to data received up to September 23. The data provided by the UN health agency shows that Liberia has recorded 1,830 deaths. It is the most affected country, with around three times as many fatalities as any other nation in West Africa. The outbreak, which began in Guinea, has ravaged neighboring Liberia and Sierra Leone.

WHO officials say the world's worst Ebola epidemic in history may kill tens of thousands of people. Nigeria and Senegal have also confirmed cases of Ebola, but no new cases or deaths have been reported in the two countries over the past few weeks.

Ebola is a form of hemorrhagic fever whose symptoms are diarrhea, vomiting and bleeding.
The virus spreads through direct contact with infected blood, feces or sweat. It can also be spread through sexual contact or the unprotected handling of contaminated corpses.

Comment: These numbers are probably under-reported. See:

Livestock incinerator imported from Europe to cremate corpses from Ebola plague - 'I've never seen this amount of bodies before'

Liberia's Ebola death rate actually 84%?


Tumeric may encourage repair, growth of nerve cells in the brain - study

A spice commonly found in curries may boost the brain's ability to heal itself, according to a report in the journal Stem Cell Research and Therapy.

The German study suggests a compound found in turmeric could encourage the growth of nerve cells thought to be part of the brain's repair kit.

Scientists say this work, based in rats, may pave the way for future drugs for strokes and Alzheimer's disease.

But they say more trials are needed to see whether this applies to humans.

Researchers from the Institute of Neuroscience and Medicine in Julich, Germany, studied the effects of aromatic-turmerone - a compound found naturally in turmeric.

Rats were injected with the compound and their brains were then scanned.

Particular parts of the brain, known to be involved in nerve cell growth, were seen to be more active after the aromatic-turmerone infusion.

Scientists say the compound may encourage a proliferation of brain cells.

Comment: Health Benefits of Turmeric