Health & Wellness

Alarm Clock

It's time to do away with daylight saving time

Whether we move our clocks back in the fall or forward in the spring, our health decreases, our pollution increases and our lives become more complicated. Isn't time to change daylight saving time (DST) and align ourselves with the other 80 percent of the world that refuses to adopt this ridiculous initiative which only benefits the most polluting companies on Earth?

Only 20 percent of the world's population uses DST and it's responsible for a host of problems.

As far back as 1897, countries began instituting daylight saving time, adding an hour of sunlight to the day. This meant communities could supposedly be more productive -- people could work longer, and when work was done it was still bright enough to run errands and stimulate the economy. We of course must continue to make money for the largest corporations on Earth shouldn't we?


Why sugar is called the 'White death'

As good as it may taste, sugar is NOT your friend. It may "feel" like your friend when it comforts you (due to the beta-endorphin rush in your brain), but sugar is really your enemy. Truth be told, regular consumption of sugary foods is one of the worst things that you can do for your health. Modern scientific research has shown us, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that sugar in your food (in all its myriad forms) is taking a devastating toll on your health.

Take a look at the sugar consumption trends over the past 300 years:
  • In 1700, the average person consumed about 4 pounds of sugar per year.
  • In 1800, the average person consumed about 18 pounds of sugar per year.
  • In 1900, individual consumption had risen to 90 pounds of sugar per year.
  • In 2012, more than 50% of all Americans consume 1/2 pound of sugar per day — translating to a whopping 180 pounds of sugar per year!

Comment: Sweet Necessity: The perils of sugar addiction

Arrow Up

Cutting corporate partnerships: American Academy of Pediatrics cuts ties with Monsanto

EcoWatch can exclusively confirm that the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has ended its corporate partnership with Monsanto following the efforts of a group with surprising clout: Mom bloggers.

It appears that the severing between the divisive biotech company and the pediatricians association was spearheaded by Mamavation founder and "food activist" Leah Segedie, who confronted the AAP's public affairs team after learning about this "unholy alliance," according to a Mamavation blog post which first announced news of the split.

Comment: More Bad news for Monsanto! People are waking up to the criminal corporate ties that make up public health policy and influence nutritional guidelines. It is time to boycott, ban & criminalize corporations that pose a health risk to the future!

Life Preserver

Acupuncture and Alexander Technique found to reduce chronic pain by more than 30 percent

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Acupuncture sessions and Alexander Technique lessons both seem to improve the symptoms of chronic neck pain after one year, according to a new study.

Alexander Technique involves hands-on lessons for self-care in everyday activities, aimed at reducing poor posture, excess muscle tension, poor coordination, stress or pain.

Single interventions for chronic neck pain do not on average provide long-term benefits, so the positive results with acupuncture and Alexander Technique lessons were surprising, said lead author Hugh MacPherson of the University of York in the U.K.

"Treatment was completed at around four to five months after entering the trial," MacPherson told Reuters Health by email. "Then at 12 months, well after the end of treatment, we found sustained reductions in pain of around 30 percent on average for both those receiving acupuncture or Alexander Technique lessons."

Both methods help patients increase their "self-efficacy," that is, their ability to reduce their pain levels using self-care methods that do not involve medication, he said.

Comment: For more information on the benefits of acupuncture, see:


Irish High Court told of 'horrendous adverse effects' of HPV vaccine

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Fiona Kirby claims her daughter needs permanent care after receiving Gardasil

A mother who claims her daughter suffered "horrendous adverse effects" after receiving the HPV vaccine against cervical cancer has brought legal proceedings.

Fiona Kirby, Kilbeggan, Co Westmeath, is a member of a parents support group, REGRET (Reaction and Effects of Gardasil Resulting in Extreme Trauma), for those who claim their teenage girls became ill after getting the vaccine.

Ms Kirby, a nurse, is seeking a High Court order for the withdrawal of the license given for the Gardasil HPV vaccine, currently being offered to the parents of 11-16 year old girls as a possible cervical cancer preventative.

An order restraining the Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA), which monitors health products in Ireland, proceeding with use of Gardasil in any vaccine programme is also sought.

The vaccine has been offered to teenage girls in Ireland since May 2010 as part of the schools vaccination programme and is recommended by the World Health Organsiation.

The REGRET group claims about 100 girls have allegedly reported illness after getting the vaccine.

In her proceedings, Ms Kirby claims, within 24 hours of receiving the vaccination in October 2011, her 11-year old daughter presented with severe flu like symptoms.

Those symptoms reappeared after her daughter got her second vaccine shot, she claims. Her daughter did not receive the third dose of the vaccine.

In an affidavit, Ms Kirby claims her daughter became extremely fatigued and suffered severe nausea which led to weight loss and muscle wastage. Her daughter also missed days at school, was hospitalised with bilateral pneumonia in March 2012 and was on antibitoics for six weeks.

Comment: Scientists explain why HPV vaccines are unsafe

Denmark experiences avalanche of girls seeking treatment after HPV vaccinations


Diagnosing Lyme disease: 'Water on the knee' can be a primary symptom

Spontaneous knee effusion, also known as "water on the knee," can be a primary symptom of Lyme disease, even when patients do not exhibit a "bull's eye" rash, another common Lyme disease symptom. According to a literature review appearing in the November issue of The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS), early diagnosis and antibiotic treatment can prevent the development of Lyme disease's more severe symptoms.

Lyme borreliosis, or Lyme disease--the most common vector-borne illness transmitted by insects--is prevalent in the Northeast and upper Midwest regions of the United States. Over 30,000 cases are reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) each year and likely over 300,000 new cases occur but go unreported.

Chronic Lyme Disease: A silent epidemic the government chooses to ignore

Lyme disease is a silent epidemic spreading across every continent on the planet, one that is difficult to diagnose and mimics a spectrum of diseases. It's mistaken for chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, autism, Crohn's disease, attention deficit disorder (ADD), Lou Gehrig's disease (ALS), colitis, thyroid disease, chronic inflammation, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's. Food sensitivities, insomnia, depression, anxiety and a host of other psychological disorders may accompany the affliction.

Researchers are beginning to suspect Lyme disease isn't just a disease from ticks. Mounting evidence from leading authorities on Lyme believe the bacteria is also spread by other biting insects — such as spiders, fleas, mites and mosquitoes. There is also concern it's spread through bodily fluids and during pregnancy as well. It's common for entire families to test positive for Lyme.
See also: Strategies to tackle Lyme Disease


Red meat and cancer linked? Will the demonization of meat and fat ever stop?

The media and blogosphere are abuzz with the latest report from the WHO, which classified cured and processed meats as carcinogens and put them in the same category as asbestos, alcohol, arsenic, and tobacco. But what does the research really tell us about the link between red meat and cancer?

Well, here we go again. Each year, like clockwork, the conventional medical establishment mounts an attack against red meat.

For decades, we were told not to eat it because of the cholesterol and saturated fat it contains. When that argument became less convincing, a new one was offered: we shouldn't eat red meat because it increases production of a compound called TMAO, which causes heart attacks.

Now we're being told not to eat red meat—and especially cured and processed meat—because it will give us cancer. In a recent report, the World Health Organization (WHO) ranked bacon, sausage, and other cured and processed meats as "group 1 carcinogens," which puts them in the same category as tobacco, asbestos, alcohol, and arsenic. It also placed fresh red meat in the "group 2A" category, which suggests that it is "probably carcinogenic" to humans.

Of course, this isn't a new argument; it's been around for at least 40 years. As far back as 1975, scientists speculated that the consumption of animal products was linked to cancer. (1)


New study find mycotoxins in 100 brands of Spanish commercial coffees

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That morning cup of coffee gives you pep, but a new study found that it might also be giving you mycotoxins, toxic metabolites produced by fungi. Since mycotoxins are carcinogenic to humans, do we now need to worry that a steaming hot pot of coffee is killing us?

C'mon now. Not our coffee!

An analysis of 100 brands of commercially available coffees sold in Spain revealed the presence of these mycotoxins in every sample. Dr. Emilia Ferrer of the University of Valencia in Spain and her colleagues explain that mycotoxins are compounds produced by filamentous fungi - such as Aspergillus or Fusarium - which have been linked to liver cancer and other diseases.

The toxic effect of mycotoxins on human and animal health is known as mycotoxicoses. Humans are usually exposed to mycotoxins by ingestion, but they can also be inhaled or absorbed through the skin.

Scientists didn't pay much attention to mycotoxins until 1960, when a form of mycotoxicoses related to animal feed called turkey X disease began sickening farm animals in England. The one positive thing that came from the crisis was that scientists discovered that mycotoxins are hepatocarcinogens - agents that cause cancer of the liver. [1]

Comment: Coffee has also been found to cause gluten cross-reactivity in those who are sensitive to or intolerant of gluten. However, researchers found that organic whole-bean coffees did not produce cross-reactivity issues. Although, coffee beans are known to be high in ochratoxin A, many people are able to tolerate the exposure, but some chronically ill patients (especially those with chronic gluten induced autoimmunity) can have severe reactions to these mycotoxin compounds. Also see: How to choose mycotoxin-free coffee


Health experts question Australian government's 'no jab no play' policy

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Experts warn the government's 'no jab no play' policy will do little to boost childhood immunization rates.
Immunisation experts and the Royal Australasian College of Physicians have warned the federal government's "no jab no play" legislation will do little to boost childhood immunisation rates and could penalise children from lower socio-economic backgrounds who are excluded from childcare.

Comment: Read more information about the serious concerns regarding vaccines:


Curious questions we're never allowed to ask about vaccines

The surest sign of a medical dictatorship is an aggressively enforced blockade against intelligent questions. Intelligent questions, after all, can destroy a medical police state because they expose the fraud of it.

Intelligent questions - which the vaccine industry characterizes as "dangerous" - are the greatest threat to the vaccine delusions still being played out across the world today, which is precisely why such questions are not allowed to be asked. Those daring to ask such questions are now being threatened with mass arrest and imprisonment - that's how vulnerable the fraudulent vaccine industry has now become. It can be brought down by mere words if only those words are allowed to be circulated.

Comment: Saying 'No' to Vaccines? What to expect from your doctor