Health & Wellness


Heavy metals and inflammation may be a silent killer

With so much press about the dangers of inflammation, many are already aware of its connection with a range of serious illness. And yet, the fact that heavy metal toxicity is at the root of inflammation oftentimes slips by unnoticed. The unfortunate truth of the matter is this: Until we address toxic metals within the body, methods to tame inflammation will simply be a stopgap measure.

Inflaming cellular pathways

Lyn Hanshew, M.D., believes that inflammation indicates heavy metal toxicity, which leads to the development of diseases such as arteriosclerosis, diabetes, asthma, hypertension, arthritis, colitis and hepatitis, as well as a slew of other degenerative diseases. When the toxic load of heavy metals turns critical, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acid conversion pathways in cellular membranes become imbalanced, triggering a cascade of inflammation.

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Cow Skull

Animal feed additive banned in 150 Countries approved by the FDA

Last Thursday, a federal judge in California dismissed two lawsuits claiming the Food and Drug Administration illegally approved a dangerous drug for use in animal feed.

The lawsuits were filed by the Center for Food Safety, the Sierra Club, the Center for Biological Diversity, United Farmworkers of America, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, and the Humane Society of the United States. The Center for Food Safety originally filed the suit against the FDA in November 2014, stating the agency violated the National Environmental Policy Act and Administrative Procedure Act when it approved an animal feed additive that contained the controversial drug ractopamine hydrochloride.

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New digital drugs: Tells doctor when you're not taking your medication

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The new smart drug could be particularly useful for ensuring the mentally ill continue taking their medications, not just by just giving doctors a way to monitor their behavior, but courts as well.
A best-selling antipsychotic drug soon could get so smart, patients can't lie about taking it.

The company that makes Abilify, a popular medication used to treat conditions including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and major depression, is seeking approval from the Food and Drug Administration to insert the pills with a chip alerting doctors if a patient fails to ingest it at the right times.

If approved, Abilify would become the first digital drug with an ingestible sensor, opening the door to a new world of "smart" medications that could dramatically improve medical adherence, especially for those who might have difficulty following a doctor's directives.

Comment: MicroChipping the Population? Big Pharma to Begin Microchipping Drugs


Oh, great! GMO tomatoes are making a comeback

The beloved tomato is the one fruit many still think is a vegetable. Few also realize that tomatoes were one of the first commercially available genetically modified (GM) crops ever. Under the guise of incorporating healthier and concentrated natural compounds, GM tomatoes are about to make a comeback on new research that aims to pack in the same amount of resveratrol as 50 bottles of red wine into one tomato.

Earlier forms of this GM crop included the transgenic tomato (FlavrSavr) which had a "deactivated" gene. This meant that the tomato plant was no longer able to produce polygalacturonase, an enzyme involved in fruit softening. The premise was that tomatoes could be left to ripen on the vine and still have a long shelf life, thus allowing them to develop their full flavour. Normally, tomatoes are picked well before they are ripe and are then ripened artificially.

These GM tomatoes, however, did not meet their expectations. Although they were approved in the US and several other countries, tomatoes with delayed ripening have disappeared from the market after peaking in 1998.

Comment: GMO or not, try avoiding nightshade vegetables. Nightshade vegetables like tomatoes, potatoes, and eggplant may trigger arthritis and pain conditions in some people.


Psychiatry, Big Pharma and the State-sanctioned drug cartel

"I just think it is time we try something new," said the doctor to his patient, "It's called Abilify."

"But I've been doing well," the patient pleaded, "I have had no problems for over six months and I am feeling fine."

"Well, you are on an involuntary (civil) commitment and I would hate to have to extend that 18 months," said the doctor, "You understand that the court will always do what the doctor recommends, and I think that you are in need of a switch to Abilify."

This is a conversation that I overheard when I first started working at a county hospital. I was new and trying to learn from these wonderful doctors that I believed were there to help people. This facility saw the "sickest" patients in the county, and I thought this would give me an incredible opportunity to learn. As this was one of the first conversations I heard, I was certainly learning... and slowly discovering that the label of "sick" is being placed on the wrong individual in this context.

Comment: Trapped by psychiatric drugs
Excessive diagnoses, over-medication, industry corruption, social stigmas, and moral decline are heavy fines the public now pays for easy access to psychiatric drugs. But research indicates long-term physical effects may present the hardest bill to pay. They stem from the action of psychotropics within the body's central nervous system.

Red Flag

Beauty product myths: Is there really such thing as "100% preservative-free"?

In the wake of the great escape from parabens, it's getting a little confusing out there.

You may already know how to read beauty labels. And have read about the risks associated with parabens, a group of preservatives used in many mainstream beauty products. So when you see natural beauty labels touting "100% preservative-free," it sounds great, right?

Not so fast, say experts. If you're talking about a product with any water in it, for example, a world without preservatives is a world with mold, bacteria, and microbial growth.

"I worry about a lot of those products that say [they're] preservative-free,"says California-based cosmetic chemist Bruce Akers, who works with natural and organic brands to create clean formulations. "If it's oil-based that's fine, but if it's water-based it's made by someone who's either lying or doesn't have the knowledge needed to describe what's happening."

Comment: The Ugly Side of Beauty, Some Cosmetics Can Be Toxic

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The Ultra Mind Solution: How nutritional deficiencies cause mental illness

Understanding the connection between the body and mind is incredibly important, particularly in today's fast-paced society where our brains are constantly on overdrive. This can cause what author M.D. Mark Hyman considers a "broken brain."

Western medicine characterizes broken brains as a form of mental illness, prescribing synthetic drugs in an attempt to "normalize" our brain chemistry. However, not only is this the wrong approach, it even causes more harm than it helps.

Comment: Read more about the connection between nutritional deficiencies and a broken brain: Primal mind: A talk on nutrition and mental health by Nora Gedgaudas


WHO furthering depopulation agenda? Declares contraceptive safe despite its numerous adverse side effects

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The controversy that has been swirling since late October around the World Health Organization's (WHO) sudden about-face on the safety of the Depo-Provera injectable contraceptive is a mystery begging to be solved.

Countries rely on the WHO to give impartial advice on the safety of medicines. The expectation is that the agency will carefully scrutinize the available scientific evidence for and against a drug before it makes a policy recommendation, but in the case of Depo-Provera, the WHO appears to be forsaking science for the sake of special interests.

Depo-Provera has long been the subject of scientific debate. Produced by the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, the progestin-only hormonal shot is given to women at three month intervals. While it's highly effective in preventing pregnancy, Depo-Provera has a number of troubling side effects. These include prolonged and irregular bleeding, suppression of immune response, loss of bone mineral density in young women, significant weight gain, depression and loss of libido. Many women discontinue use because of these side effects. There are clear racial disparities in how Depo-Provera has been promoted. In the US, family planning providers mainly give it to young women of color. Globally, sub-Saharan Africa is a primary target.

For more than 25 years, scientific studies have provided compelling evidence that Depo-Provera significantly increases the risk of women and their partners becoming infected with HIV. A growing number of contraceptive researchers and epidemiologists now question the wisdom of promoting Depo-Provera, especially in places with a high HIV/AIDS incidence. A petition currently before the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requests that a warning about possible HIV risk be added to prescribing information about Depo-Provera. In South Africa, where about one-third of young women are HIV-positive, the government is taking steps to phase out Depo-Provera from its national family planning program.

Comment: As the second largest donor to the WHO, The Gates Foundation undoubtedly has a huge influence on the organization's decisions. Given that Bill Gates has been linked with global population reduction efforts, it's not difficult to see this decision as furthering the eugenics depopulation experiment.


The role of the shaman versus the psychiatrist

Medicine healers would be appalled at how we approach mental health in our culture.

Nowhere is the disconnect between science and spirit felt more intimately than in matters of mental health.

We can speak empirically on this by saying things like, "America spends over $113 billion a year on mental health treatment," or "depression affects over 14.8 million adults," but, cold data marginalizes actual human experience, so if you're suffering, this doesn't really help much.

The statistical view does, however, tell us that mental illness is epidemic in our culture, that an enormous economy has risen around the mainstream medical approaches to treating mental illness, and that this industry does not appear to be effective in reversing the growing epidemic of mental illness.

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AMA admits medical over-diagnosis, over-treatment is common and causing more harm than benefit

What if millions of medical diagnoses, procedures, and treatments were based on, at best, questionable scientific evidence, but still performed daily, the world over, in the name of saving patients lives or reducing their suffering? A new JAMA review indicates this may be exactly what is happening.

A concerning new review published in the Journal of the American Medical Association online ahead of print on the topic of overuse of medical care, i.e., health care for which "risk of harm exceeds its potential for benefit," finds that many commonly employed medical procedures, to which millions are subjected to each year, are based on questionable if not also, in some cases, non-existent evidence.

According to the review, which was co-authored by researchers from some of the country's most esteemed medical institutions, medical overuse can also be defined as a health care practice that patients would forego consenting to if fully informed. They elaborate further on the definition of medical overuse:
[Medical] Overuse encompasses overdiagnosis, which occurs when "individuals are diagnosed with conditions that will never cause symptoms," and overtreatment, which is treatment targeting overdiagnosed disease or from which there is minimal or no benefit."