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Sugar: The sweet drug we're addicted into

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Your co-worker brought in brownies, your daughter made cookies for a holiday party and candy is arriving from far-flung relatives. Sugar is everywhere. It is celebration, it is festivity, it is love.

It's also dangerous. In a recent study, we showed that sugar, perhaps more than salt, contributes to the development of cardiovascular disease. Evidence is growing, too, that eating too much sugar can lead to fatty liver disease, hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, obesity and kidney disease.

Yet people can't resist. And the reason for that is pretty simple. Sugar is addictive. And we don't mean addictive in that way that people talk about delicious foods. We mean addictive, literally, in the same way as drugs. And the food industry is doing everything it can to keep us hooked.

Up until just a few hundred years ago, concentrated sugars were essentially absent from the human diet - besides, perhaps, the fortuitous find of small quantities of wild honey. Sugar would have been a rare source of energy in the environment, and strong cravings for it would have benefited human survival. Sugar cravings would have prompted searches for sweet foods, the kind that help us layer on fat and store energy for times of scarcity.

Comment: A gluten and dairy-free ketogenic diet is an extremely beneficial diet. It means changing your primary fuel source from glucose to fat. You'll eat low amounts of carbs, high amounts of fat, modest amount of protein and follow paleo diet protocol. It will keep your blood-sugar levels in balance so you can overcome your addiction. Ketogenic diet will improve your cognitive capacity, emotional well-being and the function of every single cell in your body. Eventually your cravings will disappear and you can reclaim your health and freedom back from the sugar addiction.


New study reveals agriculture has weakened human bones

"Our study shows that modern humans have less bone density than seen in related species," said Habiba Chirchir.

According to a new study, the ends of human bones became much lighter and less dense around 12,000 years ago -- a loose demarcation that corresponds with modern man's transition from an existence reliant on hunting and gathering to one dedicated to agriculture.

In other words, scientists conclude, as humans settled down to farm -- abandoning their mobile ways and assuming a more sedentary disposition -- their bones weakened.

The difference in bone structure was first noticed by Habiba Chirchir and her fellow researchers at the at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, who were analyzing bones of both primates and humans. Chirchir and her colleagues noticed that the ends of human bones, the portions near joints made of what's called trabecular bone, were less dense and almost spongelike when compared to primate bones.
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Research indicates lost memories can be restored offering hope for early stage Alzheimer's

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New UCLA research indicates that lost memories can be restored. The findings offer some hope for patients in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.
New UCLA research indicates that lost memories can be restored. The findings offer some hope for patients in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease.

For decades, most neuroscientists have believed that memories are stored at the synapses -- the connections between brain cells, or neurons -- which are destroyed by Alzheimer's disease. The new study provides evidence contradicting the idea that long-term memory is stored at synapses.

"Long-term memory is not stored at the synapse," said David Glanzman, a senior author of the study, and a UCLA professor of integrative biology and physiology and of neurobiology. "That's a radical idea, but that's where the evidence leads. The nervous system appears to be able to regenerate lost synaptic connections. If you can restore the synaptic connections, the memory will come back. It won't be easy, but I believe it's possible."

Comment: This research adds to the growing evidence that Alzheimer's can be reversed in some cases. Researchers have found that a low-carb and gluten free diet can reverse memory loss associated with Alzheimer's disease while no single drug has been found to stop or even slow the progression of Alzheimer's, and drugs have only had modest effects on symptoms.


Memory loss in Alzheimer's reversed with a low carb and gluten free diet

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Ketogenic Diet Reduces Symptoms of Alzheimer's


Brain's natural reward system begins to normalize a few months into recovery from opioid addiction

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A few months into recovery, patients who have successfully stopped taking prescription opioids show signs that their brains' natural reward systems are starting to normalize, according to a new study published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine.

The researchers assessed changes in the brain's reward system in patients who were in residential treatment for their addiction to opioid pain medications.

One group had recently gone through medically assisted opioid withdrawal within the previous one to two weeks. The second group had been drug-free for two to three months. A group of normal controls were also involved for comparison.

Comment: Understanding the normalization of the brain's recovery system may give more hope and motivation to those who are struggling to recover from opioid addiction. These drugs are so dangerous that they cause more deaths than cocaine and heroin combined, and addiction is at epidemic proportions.


The truth slips out: Whooping cough vaccine caused a surge in cases

Just this week, the New York Times published an article stating that the problem of surging whooping cough cases has more to do with flaws in the current vaccines than with parents' resistance. Could the truth about vaccines be going mainstream?

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So, you're trying to grow a plant. You take it inside, in a little pot. You feed it fertilizer, put it under lights, and when it starts to wilt, you prop it up with all sorts of sticks and tape, and when one fails, you add more. Eventually it dies. All it wanted was sun, fresh air, clean water, and the magic of natural soil. I think of this pathetic image when I reflect on the absurdity of our vaccination program. If it were only absurd, and not deadly, my reflections would be just that. Instead, I am here to speak to pregnant women about how to arm themselves with knowledge, to warn them so there are no regrets.

As I have declared, I take pregnancy interventions, epigenetic exposures, and maternal health very, very seriously. After my fellowship-level training in psychiatric treatment of these women, I understand, all too well, how flawed and nearly impossible to achieve, safety data is for pharmaceutical products in pregnancy. Passive reporting systems and industry-maintained registries don't cut it. I'd like to take you on a brief tour of one particular product that your OB may recommend, coerce, or bully you into, and then your child's pediatrician will take the torch and do the same for your tiny baby: the diptheria, tetanus, pertussis vaccine, also known as DTaP.

Comment: See also:

Study proves vaccines are behind Whooping Cough outbreaks

Whooping Cough: The reality behind the myth


More ridiculous 'Diseases' big pharma is trying to make you believe you suffer from

Direct to-consumer advertising has subverted the doctor-patient relationship.

Have you ever noticed how Big Pharma in the United States has things exactly backward? Instead of developing new pills that people need like non-addictive painkillers and antibiotics for resistant infections, it develops new diseases.

You know those ads that try to scare you into thinking you have restless leg syndrome, non-24-hour sleep/wake disorder or exocrine pancreatic insufficiency - the poop disease? They're not from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or a government public health agency. They're from Big Pharma trying to churn "demand" for a drug and disease you've never heard of.

Whenever a reporter reveals how Pharma sells diseases to sell pills, we get veritable hate mail. "How dare you imply that Can't-Wake-Up-in-the-Morning disease doesn't exist? I have suffered for years!" they scream as they threaten us and our editors and claim we are trying to take their drugs away. "I have adult ADHD and no one can tell me I don't!"

Comment: Read additional articles by Martha Rosenberg about How Big Pharma brainwashes Americans into believing they're sick:


The synergistic effects of exercise cannot be 'bought'

Exercise is an essential element of a healthy lifestyle. It's particularly important for controlling your blood sugar and normalizing your insulin levels, which is critical if you want to normalize your weight and maintain optimal health.

Based on the principle of following ancestral practices, it is important to understand that our genetics and biochemistry are optimized for consistent regular movement, and failure to provide that will result in disability and disease.

Comment: The Hidden Benefits of Exercise:


Ebola outbreak rages on despite little media coverage

In October and November 2014, it seemed as if Ebola was the biggest threat facing both the United States and the world at large. Stories of Ebola-infected patients filled newspapers and Internet headlines, and social media was abuzz with people talking about the virus. There was even the brief scare of Ebola spreading on American soil, as multiple patients were treated in U.S. hospitals.

Today, the media landscape in the United States is far different. The top stories are focused more on the civil rights protests taking place around the country and the suspected North Korean involvement in the hacks against Sony than the Ebola virus. That's the nature of the 24/7 news cycle - stories dominate the national conversation for a brief period, are consumed rapidly and then quickly forgotten. In West Africa, however, Ebola is still very much on people's minds.

We're currently still in the midst of the largest Ebola outbreak in recorded history. According to the World Health Organization's latest report, more than 7,300 people have died from the virus during this outbreak in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Those three countries have been struggling to contain the virus for numerous reasons, including an insufficient health care infrastructure and improper burial procedures. Sierra Leone's health care workers have been particularly affected in recent months, as Dr. Victor Willoboughy recently became the 11th physician to succumb to the virus in the country. He died last Thursday.

Comment: The lack of media coverage is leading Americans to become complacent, thinking that there is little risk to them. Unfortunately, that may not be the case, because it has been reported that the CDC stopped releasing statistics and granting interviews in an effort to control the news.

In actuality, the virus poses more risks than they are willing to concede and hospitals are woefully unprepared to deal with the crisis. Taking responsibility for your own health would be wise. If you begin to implement changes to your health regime now, you will have a much better chance of fighting off infection.

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Flying pigsh*t! Drone catches Smithfield pork farms spraying animal waste into air

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Thousands of huge pig farms in North Carolina are spraying untreated animal waste into the air and contaminating neighboring communities, Mark Devries, who shot a shocking aerial video with a spy drone, told RT.

This environmental problem "has for some reason received very little attention in the American press," says documentary filmmaker and activist Mark Devries, whose drone captured footage of cesspools at over 2,000 industrial pork factory farms in the US state.

"These pools are near people's homes, people's schools, people's neighborhoods," Devries said in an interview Monday to RT. "And in order to get rid of these giant open-air cesspools, the manure is actually sprayed into the air with giant spraying devices, which causes it to turn into a fine mist."

Comment: Factory farming is very devastating to humans and the environment.

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Top uses for apple cider vinegar backed by science

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Apple Cider Vinegar has a plethora of useful and medicinal properties. There have been resources written on all the amazing benefits that Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has regarding multiple physical ailments as well as cleaning and DIY purposes.

ACV is a cheap and effective multi-purpose cleaner, you can add it to your water, tea and salad dressings for a refreshing zing and capitalize on the multiple health benefits you'll be receiving.

Why all the fuss over apple cider vinegar?

The word vinegar translates to vin aigre, is french for "sour wine". The medicinal uses of vinegar date way back to when it was discovered in 5000 BC by a courtier in Babylonia.

MD's during the 18th century used it as a multi purpose treatment for ailments like dropsy, stomach ache and even for managing diabetes (1).

Columbus had barrels of apple cider vinegar on his ships to prevent scurvy. Apple cider vinegar was used during the civil war to disinfect wounds and Japanese Samurais drank it for strength and power.

Hippocrates used vinegar to treat seventeen different conditions (2) ranging from ulcers to fractures.

Apple Cider Vinegar is loaded with vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, it's various enzymes help with digestion and 1 Tbs equals is just 3 calories.