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Heart risk in drinking water?

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Dr. Ana Navas-Acien can't quite recall the moment when she began to worry about arsenic in drinking water and its potential role in heart disease.

Perhaps it was when she read a study suggesting a link among people in Bangladesh.

And a similar study in Taiwan. And in Chile.

Several years ago, Dr. Navas-Acien, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, decided to see if similar links could be found in the United States.

She found an ideal group - a stable population relying mainly on private well water - in an ongoing study of Native Americans in the Dakotas and the Southwest. Known as the Strong Heart Study, the project had tracked the lifestyles and environmental exposures of more than 4,000 people since the late 1980s.
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Chronic and heavy marijuana use shrinks brain's grey matter, says study

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Chronic and heavy marijuana use causes the brain's gray matter literally to become smaller. However, the white matter compensates for the damage by increased neuron connectivity, US researchers recently discovered.

The team of scientists claims it is the first to comprehensively describe the puzzling changes in human brain's structure and function, associated with the cannabis use, which "remains equivocal."

Overall the IQ suffers along with the orbitofrontal cortex (OFC), a part of the brain whose volume decreases - and medics notice that its damage often leads to disinhibited behavior. That is, poor social interaction, excessive swearing and hypersexuality.

To obtain such abnormalities on a detectable level, as participants demonstrated on average, one has to consume the drug about three times per day. But the term 'chronic user' is applied to usage of at least four times per week.

Date rape drug Xyrem: Blockbuster money-maker for Big Pharma

Patent protection means you get to charge whatever the market will bear. In this case, it bears a 935% increase in the price tag.

Xyrem is the brand name for sodium oxybate. Sodium oxybate is the sodium salt of γ-hydroxybutyric acid, or GHB - the "date rape drug." It's an old drug - even older than aspirin - and it's FDA-approved for the treatment of excessive daytime sleepiness caused by narcolepsy.

Basically, the very qualities that make it ideal for drugging young women in bars also allows narcoleptic patients to get a deep night's sleep in order to encourage daytime wakefulness. If its approval can be extended to other patients who have trouble sleeping, the sky will be the limit on how successful this drug can be for its manufacturer, Jazz Pharmaceuticals.

Comment: Additional examples of the serious 'lack of safety and effectiveness' in the FDA:


Not so shocking! New study indicates everything you thought you knew about milk is wrong

Got milk? Maybe better not.

Recently published research suggests that milk may actually make bones brittle and might lead to earlier mortality.

The study, published in the the BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) indicates that high levels of milk consumption is associated with increased possibility of bone fractures and may be a factor in premature death. The study, conducted by researchers from Sweden's Uppsala University, indicates that milk may increase inflammation and oxidative stress in the body. However, the same study found that milk products such as cheese and yogurt, which are fermented, did not seem to carry the same risks.

Comment: Brainwashing by the milk industry:

Why Milk Is So Evil

Dairy products - including all milk products, milk, cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt, kefir, ice-cream, etc. - are related to all kinds of diseases including cardiovascular diseases, autoimmune diseases, cancer, allergies, asthma, digestive diseases, thyroid problems, neurological diseases, etc. The list is unlimited and I wish I could include it here, but for the sake of space let's concentrate on why this is so.

Milk can cause problems in several ways:
  • through sensitivity to the protein casein which creates havoc in our bodies in a similar way that gluten from wheat and other grains does.
  • through milk allergies which can juxtapose with the previous problem.
  • through lactose intolerance.
  • through the food livestock eats which can have, among other things, toxic lectins from consumed grains or GMO foods. Livestock can have hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, infections, etc.


Five surprising health benefits of sweating

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Sweating can be embarrassing if you're at school, work, or spending a night out on the town. Sweat marks and the stench could leave you in a pit of embarrassment but could also be beneficial to your health. The almost 1 liter of sweat our bodies produce per day can strengthen our immune system and give us healthy-looking skin.

Dr. Adebola Dele-Michael, a dermatologist at Radiant Skin Dermatology and Laser in New York City told Medical Daily in an email: "Sweating is the way the body and the skin protects itself from overheating. Sweating also increases the blood circulation in the body." The drips of perspiration is proof our body has a built-in mechanism for keeping cool, which can help open up and unclog pores. The droplets consist primarily of water, as well as concentrations of sodium and chloride, and potassium to an extent, according to HowStuffWorks.

Stop mocking gluten-free diets

Going gluten-free is an ever-so-mockable decision, despite the fact that an estimated18 million Americans suffer from some kind of gluten sensitivity that results in embarrassing and painful symptoms like gas, bloating, constipation and urgent diarrhea.

Unlike celiac disease, which is an autoimmune disorder that damages the small intestines if gluten is present, there's no blood test to confirm gluten sensitivity -- which contributes to even more skepticism about the condition. Gluten-free diets undertaken by people without celiac disease have been called the "new, cool eating disorder" or, more seriously, have been accused of helping troubled people mask other eating disorders.

But emerging research shows that at least some of the millions of people who are keeping the $10 billion-dollar gluten-free industry afloat may actually have a serious medical condition known as an intolerance to Fermentable Oligo-Di-Monosaccharides and Polyols (FODMAP, for short) - specific types of carbohydrates found in all different kinds of foods, including certain fruits and vegetables.

Comment: Read more about how to solve your Health issues with a Ketogenic Diet:

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Genetically-modified potato approved by USDA

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The US Department of Agriculture has announced its approval for the commercial farming of a new genetically-modified potato that was designed to resist bruising and the production of a carcinogenic chemical when it is fried.

Officially approved on Friday, the "Innate" potato was developed by Idaho-based J.R. Simplot Co., original supplier of French fries to McDonalds in the 1960s. The company continues to be a major supplier to the fast food chain today, as well as several other chains.

Potato producers have long been after a bruise-resistant potato, according to a New York Times report, as bruising during shipping and handling can become less valuable. The tubers were also engineered to produce less acrylamide, known to cause cancer in lab animals, when fried.

The Innate potato is the latest genetically-modified organism (GMO) to be approved by the USDA and other modified crops include those resistant to pesticides or to drought. The bruise-resistance aspect of the Innate Potato is similar to genetically-modified, non-browning apples currently awaiting approval by the USDA, the Times reported.

Many people have voiced their skepticism about these unnatural food items - despite their potential for reducing starvation and blight. A study published in April found that true, historical cautionary tales of famine weren't enough to convince most shoppers that GMOs are a good thing.

Are you inflamed over GMO foods?

GMO Scandal: The Long Term Effects of Genetically Modified Food in Humans


How grains are killing you

Frolicking in a field of grains is the healthiest possible use of that field.
Get rid of grains in your diet. You've probably heard your trainers at CrossFit Impulse talk about this topic hundreds of times. But do you know the nitty gritty details of what grains do to your body and why they are only one step up from eating poop?

First, when you see "grains," that means wheat, rice, corn, barley, rye, oats, millet, or sorghum. Grains are killing you. Literally. Very slowly, from the inside out - but they are killing you. I'm going to tell you about the four major ways grains are killing you. It would take Mr. Wizard and Bill Nye the Science Guy combined to fully explain this, so I'm just going to hit the high points. But first, I want you to buckle down and put on your big girl panties. It's going to get a little complex in a couple places, but you can understand this - I promise. I can barely remember where I park my car and I understand it, so there's hope for anyone.

1. Lectins

Many plants and animals have defense mechanisms so they don't get eaten, trampled, or otherwise prevented from reproducing. Roses have thorns. A rhinoceros has a big mother'effin horn. Poison Ivy has chemicals that make you itch if you get too close. Grains have an Al-Qaeda like defense mechanism called lectins. Now many foods have lectins, but grains have nasty lectins that harm us. Here's how.

The CDC stockpiles Ebola equipment while mainstream press has an Ebola news blackout

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is ramping up its acquisition of protective gear for U.S. hospitals that may have to handle Ebola patients, following a "sudden increase" in demand on its current national stockpile.

The federal health agency said in a November 7 statement that it is ordering an additional $2.7 million in personal protective equipment that will eventually be fashioned into 50 kits that can be deployed rapidly to hospitals if or when needed.

The Kenyan Tetanus Shot: Vaccine conspiracy or racist population control campaign?

Government funded tetanus vaccines, Keynan Catholic Bishops and miscarriages. How are these things connected to one another?

When Catholic bishops in Kenya issued a press release last month questioning their government's internationally-funded tetanus vaccine campaign directed at women and girls and warned that it might be laced with an experimental contraceptive that makes them miscarry their babies, it was barely mentioned by the mainstream media outside of Kenya. The BBC carried a brief story that dismissed the allegations as "unfounded" and suggested that even raising such questions was dangerous as it could frighten people from a "safe and certified" lifesaving vaccine.

The few bloggers that gave the bishops any attention were mostly accusatory, like the "friendly atheist" who compared them to Muslim fundamentalists who had somehow got it into their paranoid heads that the West was trying to render them infertile.
"If beggars believe that these men think that one day they'll get high-fives from their Maker despite the death and suffering they willfully [sic] created," he concluded.
The larger Catholic church was silent and no human rights groups rushed to investigate the bishops' claims, so the whole controversy seemed to evaporate like smog - a backward, African version of a wacky vaccine conspiracy theory, with Catholic anti-birth control overtones. What could poor, black women have to fear from uber-rich white philanthropists and global organizations bearing health-giving pharmaceuticals after all?

Comment: The 'labyrinth of Gates' funded vaccines':