Health & Wellness


Study demonstrates anti-aging effects of dietary supplement alpha lipoic acid

In human cells, shortened telomeres, the protective caps at the ends of chromosomes, are both a sign of aging and contribute to it. Scientists at Emory University School of Medicine have found that the dietary supplement alpha lipoic acid (ALA) can stimulate telomerase, the enzyme that lengthens telomeres, with positive effects in a mouse model of atherosclerosis.

The discovery highlights a potential avenue for the treatment for chronic diseases.

The results were published in Cell Reports.

"Alpha-lipoic acid has an essential role in mitochondria, the energy-generating elements of the cell," says senior author Wayne Alexander, MD, PhD, professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine. "It is widely available and has been called a 'natural antioxidant'. Yet ALA's effects in human clinical studies have been a mixed bag."

Comment: Alpha lipoic acid (ALA) has many functions, but it's one of the most effective free radical scavengers, and the only one known to easily get into the brain. It also has the ability to regenerate other antioxidants such as vitamins C, E, and glutathione. Alpha lipoic acid is a great modifier of gene expression to reduce inflammation, it's a very potent heavy metal chelator and enhances insulin sensitivity.


FDA: Killer of freedom and destroyer of health

Waking up to the cynical truth about the corrupt, backscratching, revolving door relationships between the FDA (and other agencies) and the Big Pharma and Big Agra industries has been difficult to face, as the problem is so pervasive as to affect the lives of nearly everyone in this country, and beyond throughout the world.

As such, I felt the need to respond to Jon Rappoport's article, "A Message to Libertarians About the FDA," because it is an issue I have also thought about quite often.

Is it in the interest of a free society who desires limited government and maximum rights to have a tough watchdog who can protect people? After all, even the average citizen is likely familiar with the deadly mistakes and misdeeds of the food and drug industries...

People don't want dangerous pharmaceuticals being prescribed to them because proper testing wasn't done; people don't want their food contaminated with salmonella or e. Coli; many people don't want GMOs to be allowed at all, and damn sure want a label on food packages in order to know which foods contain them.


Depressed? We've got an app for that. Researchers monitor behavioral patterns with smartphone data and biomarkers

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Updated research into predictive medicine combined with apps to achieve “mental health intervention.”
Predictive technology is exploding. The arrival of Big Data initiatives by government, as well as a massive industry of data brokers is not only putting privacy at risk, but is offering those with access to the information unprecedented ways to micromanage our lives.

Most people now seem resigned to the surveillance of our communications devices, which have become so intertwined with modern efficiency, economics and knowledge that there are real tradeoffs when choosing a fully opt-out lifestyle. Wearable gadgets add a new layer still, and are being bought into at record pace, thus donating the information that isn't already being stolen.

However, it might be our health information that is the most tempting, offering up potentially the most intrusive window yet into our everyday lives.

In July of last year I covered a development by researchers at Tel Aviv University with the announcement that a "Smartphone App May Revolutionize Mental Health Treatment." The following excerpts from the press release were highlighted as some very stark writing on the wall.

Comment: A new gadget in the war on free-roaming humans.


Leaves of European chestnut tree can disarm staph bacteria without boosting drug resistance

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Emory University's Cassandra Quave researches the interactions of people and plants -- a specialty known as ethnobotany.
Leaves of the European chestnut tree contain ingredients with the power to disarm dangerous staph bacteria without boosting its drug resistance, scientists have found.

PLOS ONE is publishing the study of a chestnut leaf extract, rich in ursene and oleanene derivatives, that blocks Staphlococcus aureus virulence and pathogenesis without detectable resistance.

The use of chestnut leaves in traditional folk remedies inspired the research, led by Cassandra Quave, an ethnobotanist at Emory University.

"We've identified a family of compounds from this plant that have an interesting medicinal mechanism," Quave says. "Rather than killing staph, this botanical extract works by taking away staph's weapons, essentially shutting off the ability of the bacteria to create toxins that cause tissue damage. In other words, it takes the teeth out of the bacteria's bite."

Comment: Because the pharmaceutical industry is more intent on finding patent-able medicines that can enhance their revenues, they tend to dismiss folk remedies. Fortunately there are some researchers, who are rediscovering this ancient wisdom and finding that herbs and essential oils often work just as well and are sometimes even more efficient at combating infections.

Monkey Wrench

Psychiatry: Erase the unique individual

Nature is busy creating absolutely unique individuals, whereas culture has invented a single mold to which all must conform. It is grotesque. "- U.G. Krishnamurti
"There are cultural myths that are easy to overturn. People see through them quickly. But the prevailing core myths are tougher. Much tougher. Most people resist even discussing them. In the old days, the Church tortured and burned people who discussed them. Now, it's social ostracism. Now, in some cases, it's the State kidnapping children to send a message."(The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
Since none of the 300 official mental disorders has any defining physical test for diagnosis, there is no proof they exist. Period.

Comment: The "institutional corruption" of Psychiatry: A discussion with the authors of 'Psychiatry Under the Influence'


Correlation and causation

Correlation and causation are two terms research scientists exploit to drive consensus science—either way: pro or con—for whatever pharmaceutical product de jour they happen to be paid to promote favorably and thereby 'endorse' to enhance a manufacturer's financial bottom line, plus 'scientific' point-of-view.

Recently, a study [1] out of Harvard hinted on "correlation and causation" regarding one alcoholic beverage a day and female breast cancer!


Magnesium—The missing link to better health

Magnesium is perhaps one of the most overlooked minerals. This is especially important because, an estimated 80 percent of Americans are deficient in it. The health consequences of deficiency can be quite significant, and can be aggravated by many, if not most, drug treatments.

In the following featured video, Carolyn Dean, a medical and naturopathic doctor, discusses the importance of this mineral.

Dr. Dean was the lead author on the seminal paper "Death by Medicine" back in 2003, showing that modern medicine is in fact one of the leading causes of death in the United States. She also authored the book Death by Modern Medicine.

Comment: Magnesium deficiency: The many signs & what to do


Man paralyzed after receiving vaccine recommended by then-physician, now-senator behind California vaccination bill, tells of senator's corruption


John Berchielli, who was perfectly healthy before receiving a doctor-recommended vaccine
As Natural News readers are well aware, Americans who dare to oppose mandatory vaccination for any reason, including that they don't believe that all vaccines are safe, are often ridiculed, marginalized and minimized by Big Pharma vaccine pushers and the mainstream medical community. One of the things that they most often insist on is that "vaccines are safe" and that there is no reason to fear being vaccinated.

And yet, when vaccine injuries occur - which is often enough that the federal government maintains a vaccine injury fund - they are brushed under the rug by the mainstream media as "rare" and "unusual," if such incidents are covered at all.

But one man who was recently injured by vaccines has as compelling a case to make against mandatory vaccination as anyone: Ironically, he once worked for California Sen. Richard Pan - the pediatrician/lawmaker behind SB277, the state's recently enacted mandatory vaccination law. He explains in a new video what he believes is motivating his former boss.

The man, John Berchielli, says he "was a perfectly healthy person" before he received "a vaccination recommended by my doctor."


Scientists claim to have found a solution for obesity using gene-manipulation

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Scientists in the United States think they may have discovered a cure for obesity in a minor DNA tweak that causes the metabolism to burn up excess fat.

While overeating and lack of exercise were long thought to be the main contributors to weight gain, researchers now believe that genetics play a crucial role in whether fat is stored or used up as energy.

Scientists at Harvard and MIT have discovered that the FTO gene, the so-called "obesity gene," activates two other genes that halt thermogenesis, or burning off energy. But researchers used a groundbreaking gene-manipulation technique to reverse that process, allowing energy to be burned off rather than stored as fat.

The study creates hope that a drug or treatment for obesity could one day be developed.

Comment: So now not only is the obesity epidemic a result of people's inability to control their appetite and unwillingness to perform ungodly amounts of physical activity, but now it's also due to people's 'bad genes'. Never mind that mainstream academia has been force feeding people diet information that is based on lies for decades. Just blame it on the victims and their genes and use that framework to develop a vaccine or pharmaceutical 'treatment' that will be less effective than going low-carb, lifting heavy things, getting a good night's sleep, and avoiding toxic chemicals.


Antibiotics found effective in schizophrenia

Tetracyclines help treat psychosis as well as tick-borne disorders.

Using darkfield microscopy technique, this photomicrograph, magnified 400x, reveals the presence of spirochaete, or "corkscrew-shaped" bacteria known as Borrelia burgdorferi, which is the pathogen that causes Lyme disease.
A controlled clinical trial was just published in the psychiatric literature, showing that minocycline is effective in treating negative symptoms in early phase schizophrenia. A prior pilot study, published in 2010 in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, also showed that minocycline was effective in schizophrenia, helping executive functioning such as working memory. The authors postulate that the mechanism of action of minocycline would include affecting glutamate pathways in the central nervous system, blocking nitric oxide-induced neurotoxicity, or inhibiting microglial activation in the brain, causing inflammation. All of these are reasonable potential mechanisms of action. Neither author discusses the obvious fact however that minocycline is a tetracycline antibiotic and that it may be treating an occult infection. Have infections ever been reported to cause schizophrenia?

Lyme disease causes a wide range of psychiatric manifestations. Published research has shown a higher prevalence of antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi in psychiatric patients than in healthy subjects. There is also a known geographic correlation of schizophrenia with ticks and tick-borne encephalitis, with peer reviewed literature showing an association of Lyme disease with schizophrenia. Other tick-borne infections, such as Bartonella (cat scratch disease) have also been reported to cause neurological and neurocognitive dysfunction, as well as causing agitation, panic disorder and treatment resistant depression. Minocycline, as well as other tetracycline antibiotics like doxycycline, are well known treatments for neurological manifestations of Lyme disease and associated co-infections like Bartonella. It is therefore plausible that a certain number of cases of severe psychiatric presentations are due to underlying infections, especially since Lyme disease is the number one spreading vector borne infection in the world.

I have seen several patients who came to my medical clinic with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, on anti-psychotic medications like Risperdal. Upon further testing, their Western Blots returned positive for exposure to Borrelia burgdorferi, the agent of Lyme disease. They were given doxycycline (a similar tetracycline antibiotic), and their psychotic symptoms and cognition improved significantly. Working with their psychiatrist, we were able to reduce, and in some cases eliminate, all of their antipsychotic medication. They remained clinically stable as long as they remained on antibiotics. Their psychiatric symptoms returned once they were no longer being treated for Lyme and associated tick-borne disorders, as these organisms have been shown to be able to establish a persistent infection in the body.