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Long term exposure to small amounts of Roundup herbicide changes gene expression leading to kidney, liver damage

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Long-term intake of the Monsanto's most popular Roundup herbicide, even in very small amounts lower than permissible in US water, may lead to kidney and liver damage, a new study claims.

The research, conducted by an international group of scientists from the UK, Italy and France, studied the effects of prolonged exposure to small amounts of the Roundup herbicide and one of its main components - glyphosate.

In their study, published in Environmental Health on August 25, the scientists particularly focused on the influence of Monsanto's Roundup on gene expression in the kidneys and liver.

Comment: Glyphosate is so prevalent in the food system, that it's difficult to avoid exposure. The International Agency for Research on Cancer reports:
Glyphosate currently has the highest global production volume of all herbicides.The largest use worldwide is in agriculture. The agricultural use of glyphosate has increased sharply since the development of crops that have been genetically modified to make them resistant to glyphosate. Glyphosate is also used in forestry, urban, and home applications. Glyphosate has been detected in the air during spraying, in water, and in food. The general population is exposed primarily through residence near sprayed areas, home use, and diet, and the level that has been observed is generally low.


'Leaky Vaccines': Spreading more disease?

In 2001, Andrew Read, evolutionary biologist at Penn State University, and colleagues published a paper stating that imperfect vaccines, which protect the host from death but allow infection and disease transmission to other hosts, may actually trigger the evolution of more virulent forms of the disease.1

"Vaccines rarely provide full protection from disease," the study's abstract begins... and those that are imperfect or "leaky" may protect the host from succumbing to the disease while still allowing them to shed the virus into the community.

Ordinarily, a particularly lethal or "hot" virus is self-limiting because it will kill those it infects relatively quickly, before they have a chance to spread the virus to those around them. With leaky vaccines, this is no longer the case, as infected hosts may spread the lethal virus for weeks or more. In 2001, they wrote:2
The subsequent evolution leads to higher levels of intrinsic virulence and hence to more severe disease in unvaccinated individuals. This evolution can erode any population-wide benefits such that overall mortality rates are unaffected, or even increase, with the level of vaccination coverage."

Comment: Be aware: The forgotten history of vaccinations


'Smart pill' approved by FDA for healthy people with little to no scientific evidence of improved cognitive function

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A stimulant drug successfully used to help people with sleep disorders stay awake can boost cognitive functions in healthy people, according to a new study. The 'smart pill' has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

Researchers reviewed 24 studies on the drug modafinil which were carried out between 1990 and 2015 and found that it appeared to improve cognitive function. Some of the studies also showed gains in flexible thinking, increasing ability to combine information or cope with novelty. The drug didn't seem to influence creativity either way.

However, researchers found that improvement wasn't seen every time, on every test, or for every person. They also found that the studies failed to show any enhancement in the areas of attention, learning, and memory.

Comment: Is that improved cognitive function? Its seems to be another method of drugging up and dumbing down the population and creating energizer bunnies who can work, work, work and think a bit.

The meta-analysis was recently published in European Neuropsychopharmacology.

"What emerged was that the longer and the more complex the task ... the more consistently modafinil showed cognitive benefits," said Anna-Katharine Brem, a neuropsychologist at Oxford and one of the paper's authors, in an email to the Atlantic.

Modafinil, like Adderall and Ritalin, is increasingly being used by college students and adults who don't suffer from ADHD or sleep disorders, but are searching for greater productivity. The drugs work by increasing the brain's level of dopamine and norepinephrine to boost concentration and alertness.

Comment: All in pursuit of the illusory American dream.


Research finds daily naps could reduce blood pressure and prevent heart attacks

It is the news that nap afficionados have been waiting for.

A mid-day snooze doesn't just have the power to revive - it could reduce blood pressure and prevent a future heart attack.

Research involving almost 400 middle-aged men and women found that those who had a nap at noon later had lower blood pressure than those who stayed awake through the day.

The findings, presented at the European Society of Cardiology annual conference in London, showed pressure was lower both when awake and later, during their night time sleep.

The small difference - of around 5 per cent - was enough to have a significant impact on rates of heart attack, researchers said.

Far smaller reductions have been found to reduce the chance of cardiovascular events by 10 per cent, the cardiologists said.

Comment: Taking naps has also been associated with increases in motor learning skills, boosts in memory and enhanced creativity. And since many people are sleep deprived, taking time to get some much needed rest, could make a large difference in your overall health.


Gluten may be found in the most unsuspecting places

Gluten is the general term for the proteins found in wheat, barley, rye, and triticale. It acts as a glue to maintain the shape of food and can be found in numerous food products such as breads, baked goods, cereals, pastas, soups, sauces, salad dressings, malt vinegar, beer, and food coloring. Over the last several decades, gluten intolerance have become increasingly problematic within the population - mainly due to 'modern' (destructive) agricultural practices.

According to a recent article published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology, an estimated five percent of the global population has a gluten-related disorder such as celiac disease, wheat allergy, or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. However, some experts say that millions of people have not yet been diagnosed.

What are the signs of a gluten disorder?

Gluten disorders can show up as slight sensitivity such as bloating and gas. However, it can be deathly ill for those who have celiac disease - an autoimmune disorder that damages the small intestine so that nutrients cannot be absorbed.

Comment: These hidden sources of gluten may explain why some people still have issues when they stop eating wheat. Gluten may be found in many foods, and even so-called gluten-free foods may be contaminated. Dairy products contain casein which creates serious health issues similarly to gluten from wheat and other grains.

Cell Phone

Brain wave warping effect of mobile phones

Your mobile phone is not only a carcinogenic, radiation emitting device, but may alter the structure and function of the brain, including brain wave activity that is intimately connected to cognition, mood and behavior.

A concerning new clinical study published in PLoS One titled, "EEG Changes Due to Experimentally Induced 3G Mobile Phone Radiation," has revealed that so-called 3rd generation (3G) cell phone technology has widespread brain wave disrupting activity in subjects exposed to real-world like conditions, i.e. 15-minute "talk time" exposure to the ear area.

The study abstract describes the experimental design and results:
The aim of this study was to investigate whether a 15-minute placement of a 3G dialing mobile phone causes direct changes in EEG activity compared to the placement of a sham phone. Furthermore, it was investigated whether placement of the mobile phone on the ear or the heart would result in different outcomes. Thirty-one healthy females participated. All subjects were measured twice: on one of the two days the mobile phone was attached to the ear, the other day to the chest. In this single-blind, cross-over design, assessments in the sham phone condition were conducted directly preceding and following the mobile phone exposure. During each assessment, EEG activity and radiofrequency radiation were recorded jointly. Delta, theta, alpha, slow beta, fast beta, and gamma activity was computed. The association between radiation exposure and the EEG was tested using multilevel random regression analyses with radiation as predictor of main interest. Significant radiation effects were found for the alpha, slow beta, fast beta, and gamma bands. When analyzed separately, ear location of the phone was associated with significant results, while chest placement was not. The results support the notion that EEG alterations are associated with mobile phone usage and that the effect is dependent on site of placement. Further studies are required to demonstrate the physiological relevance of these findings."

Comment: The Hidden Dangers of Cell Phone Radiation


Study shows computer can predict if you'll develop psychosis with 100% accuracy

Psychosis is a complicated disorder that has long been left to the expertise of psychiatrists. However, that appears to be changing. A computer program is now able to predict the disorder simply by observing language patterns, according to a new study.

Thirty-four young people underwent computer testing for their language patterns' semantic coherence - the flow of meaning from one sentence to the next - in each person during an open-ended, narrative interview. The speech tests were held quarterly over a period of 2.5 years.

The computer program demonstrated a 100 percent success rate in differentiating the five people who eventually experienced a psychotic episode and the 29 who did not. Unlike the computer used in the experiment, humans only have a 79 percent success rate of predicting whether a person will develop psychosis, based on tracking their speech patterns in interviews.

Red Flag

The 21st Century Cures Act: The hidden details and what is likely to come out of this bipartisan legislation

The Orwellian 21st Century Cures Act has been passed. It provides $9.3 billion in funding the National Institutes of Health and $550 million to the FDA over a five-year period. Kenny Valenzuela breaks down some of the hidden details and what is likely to come out of this bipartisan legislation.

Comment: Spooky stuff indeed! Read more about this legislation:
The 21st Century Cures Act diminishes the rocks on which modern medicine are based - informed consent, individual body autonomy, the Hippocratic Oath, and basing medicine on scientific evidence. The people of America, and the world, need to fight to keep those bedrocks in place. If all medical decisions, and all medical legislation, were made with informed consent, individual body autonomy, the Hippocratic Oath, and scientific evidence in mind, the world would be a much better place. Don't assume for a second that current medical and legislative decisions are being made with those basic principles in mind. They are constantly being eroded!


Reduce your risk of Breast Cancer: Heal your heart

The mind-body connection is undeniable. Can healing your heart and your emotional wounds reduce your risk of breast cancer?

The average human heart beats 72 times per minute, transporting blood to deliver oxygen and nutrients through miles of arteries and veins. Western Medicine is acutely aware of the importance of this "physical pump" and its role in sustaining life. But is there a connection between the heart and breast cancer?

To truly understand the importance of the heart, you must go beyond the perception that the heart is merely a muscle. It is also a source of powerful electromagnetic fields that influence the body and the brain. In fact, some scientists are discovering that the heart rules the brain, not the other way around.

Cupcake Pink

The Dorito Effect: Artificial flavors are making you hate healthy food

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A catchy name for a tastebud pandemic.
The Dorito didn't start out as the fluorescent cheesy triangle we all know and love. First it was a regular, salted tortilla chip. And it was incredibly unpopular.

Then, there was a breakthrough. Frito Lay executive Arch West devised a way to import the savory, satisfying notes of a taco onto a fried piece of cornmeal. All it took was the right flavor chemicals.

In his new book The Dorito Effect, author Mark Schatzker investigates the explosion of taste technology and its relationship to natural, whole foods, which simultaneously are getting less delicious.

We eat sour cream and onion potato chips instead of raw carrots because they taste good. Did you ever wonder why?

Comment: Speaking of the Dorito Effect: How We Became a Society of Gluttonous Junk Food Addicts
Frito-Lay is the snack-food peddler to the world, with over $43 billion in revenue in 2008. The 43-year-old cheesy chip is a "category killer," dominating the tortilla chip market with a 32 percent share in 2006, and number two in the entire U.S. "sweet and savory snacks category," just behind Lay's potato chips.

$1.7 billion in annual sales in the U.S, is big business. Behind the enigma of Doritos' dominance, and the lure of junk food to even the most refined palettes in the world, are thewonders of food science. That science, in the service of industrial capitalism, has hooked on us a food system that is destroying our health with obesity-related diseases. And that food system is based on a system of factory farming at one end, which churns out cheap, taxpayer-subsidized commodities like corn, vegetable oil and sweeteners, and the giant food processors at the other, like Frito-Lay, that take these commodities and concoct them into endless forms of addictive junk foods.