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What the world thinks of GMOs

Despite widespread protests, America has very lax policies toward allowing genetically modified food to be grown, packaged, and sold. Outside our borders, it's a different story all together.

There's been a lot of hubbub surrounding our domestic battles to mandate labels for genetically modified organisms, or GMO foods. So much din, in fact, that you might not have noticed other countries out there, wrestling with their own policies on the controversial products. In fact, Scotland just made history by opting out of growing all genetically modified crops. And it might set a precedent.

Comment: What the world thinks of GMOs? Increasing number of countries banning cancer causing glyphosate and GMO's

Take 2

'DocuSerial' - A new journalistic genre exposing Big Pharma corruption

Journalist and media entrepreneur Steve Brill on Tuesday unveils what he deems a new journalistic genre, the "DocuSerial."

Brill and Huffington Post are combining for a 58,000-word, 15-part Brill-reported series, "America's Most Admired Law Breaker." The unsparing investigation details how giant Johnson & Johnson violated FDA restrictions in its marketing and sale of a wildly successful anti-psychotic drug, Risperdal.

"My goal in doing this was to demonstrate that digital media can propel long-form substantive journalism rather than threaten it. And the best way to think of it is a different way to publish a nonfiction book, not just as a long magazine article that's not printed," Brill said Monday in a phone chat.

Comment: Additional information about how 'Johnson & Johnson, circumvented the FDA by cynically and successfully pushing the drug's use for very different maladies, notably in the treatment of children and the elderly':


30 studies looking at the health benefits of Tai Chi


Tai Chi: Gentle flowing movements boost balance, posture and muscle power
Tai Chi is a suitable exercise for older people with conditions like arthritis, a study has found.

The ancient Chinese art improves physical performance and enhances quality of life, say researchers.

Tai Chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements.

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Across the world: Poor diet is the biggest cause of early death

  • Poor diet had the greatest cumulative effect on worldwide deaths in 2013
  • Unhealthy eating leads to more deaths through heart disease and diabetes
  • Top risks for early deaths globally were high blood pressure and smoking
  • Next top risks were high body mass index and high blood sugar levels

Poor diet contributes to 21 per cent of global deaths, a study found. Researchers said the deaths can be attributed to diets high in red meat and sugary drinks, and lacking in fruit, vegetables and wholegrains

Comment: Poor diet causes more disease than lack of exercise, smoking and alcohol combined, say doctors


Holistic treatments for your lymphatic system

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Chronically ill? Your lymph might be to blame. Clean up your lymphatic system with these 10 tricks and tools to get you back on track...

A complicated network of fluid-filled nodes, vessels, glands and organs, the lymphatic system touches almost every part of the body. Although we may not feel or see it, it's one of the most important (and often forgotten) systems of the human body. Just like the liver, kidneys, and mouth, it's important to give the lymph the attention it deserves.

The lymphatic system's main function is to cleanse toxins and protect against harmful invaders. It works by carrying our body's waste away from the tissues and into the bloodstream. It tackles toxins that are introduced to the body from both external means (food, air, personal care products, water) as well as internal ones (damaged proteins and cellular/metabolic waste), making it a key detoxification pathway. Once the toxins enter the bloodstream, they are purified through the largest lymphatic tissue in the body, the spleen. The spleen is our main immune defense, fighting infection, holding a reserve of red and white blood cells and destroying worn-out red blood cells in the body.


Skin Science: Debunking propaganda from the cosmetic industry

Most consumers assume that because a product is on a shelf, it must be safe. To explore this common assumption, let's have a closer look at the cosmetic industry and the biology of the skin.

During the last half-century, the cosmetic industry has created the illusion that it is possible to apply toxic chemicals to their skin without poisoning their body. This allows the consumers to feel safe by wrongly believing that the skin is impermeable.

The fact is, the skin is a dynamic, living, multilayered bio-membrane which is porous at the microscopic level. The basic functions of the skin are respiration, absorption and elimination, all of which involve a dynamic exchange between the internal and external environments (nutrition in and wastes out).

Comment: Comment: 'Since your skin is absorbent, ingredients should be as pure as the foods we eat. If you wouldn't eat it, don't put it on your skin!'


Australian government prepares to punish parents who don't vaccinate children

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The Australian government is set to pass a law that would withhold child care and other benefits from parents who opt out of vaccinating their children.

Under the "No Jab, No Pay Bill" introduced to Parliament, the "conscientious objector" category would be removed, making parents ineligible for full government benefits for not immunizing their children. Youngsters would only be exempt due to medical reasons.

If the law is passed, families could lose up to 15,000 Australian dollars ($11,000) per child per year in tax and child care benefits starting January 1, 2016, if their children are not inoculated. [1]

There has been a rise in unvaccinated children under age 7 in Australia, due to parental concern over the potential side effects of vaccines, and worse. Over the past decade, the number of children under 7 who aren't vaccinated has increased from 24,000 to 39,000. There are reasons for it, too. Encephalopathy, febrile seizures, anaphylaxis and hardening of the brain are two devastating conditions associated with measles immunization. And there are many reported adverse vaccine effects reported (and many more unreported) to the CDC and FDA - known as VAERS.

No matter; Australian legislators are adamant that moms and dads "jab" their kids, despite their well-founded fears.
"The choice made by some families not to vaccinate their children is not supported by public policy or medical research, nor should such action be supported by taxpayers in the form of family payments," Social Services Minister Scott Morrison told Parliament.

Arrow Up

Massachusetts police department fed up with Big Pharma's role in creating addiction through prescription painkillers

Ready for a positive police story? Where will it lead - you decide.

Yesterday, I reported at Natural Blaze that a Gloucester, Massachusetts police department fed up with Big Pharma posted the top 5 CEO salaries and emails online. Their Facebook status erupted with cheers in the comments and many shares. The department bemoaned the city's drug problem and took aim at Big Pharma's role in creating addiction through prescription opioid painkillers.

The Big Pharma salaries were as follows:

5. Eli Lilly - John Lechleiter $14.48 million [email protected] 317-276-2000

4. Abbott Labs - Miles D. White $17.7 million [email protected] 847-937-6100

3. Merck - Kenneth C. Frazier $25 million + cool private jet. [email protected] 908-423-1000

2. Johnson & Johnson - Alex Gorsky $20.38 million [email protected] 732-524-0400

1. Pfizer - Ian Read $23.3 million [email protected] 212-573-2323

Comment: Health advocates target Big Pharma to combat opioid epidemic
Many in Gloucester said they would follow the police department's lead in contacting the executives of the pharmaceutical companies. "The war on drugs should always have been against big Pharma," said one commenter. "They are the real drug dealers but they line too many pockets with too much."


Melatonin may give relief to patients with multiple sclerosis

Melatonin shows potential to regulate relapses in multiple sclerosis.
Insomniacs and world travelers alike use melatonin—a hormone that regulates the body's internal clock—to help them fall asleep and get some extra shuteye. Now, a new study shows that the "sleep hormone" may also give relief to patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), a debilitating neurological disorder that can quickly morph from remission into attacks that last days, months, or even years.

MS is a rare disease in which the body's own immune cells attack neurons by eating away at their protective, fatty layer. This layer—the "myelin sheath"—insulates the part of the neuron that transmits signals, just like flexible plastic protects telephone cables. In MS patients, the damaged sheath disables cell-to-cell communication, knocking out vision, balance, and muscle coordination, while impairing thinking and memory. The root cause of MS is still unknown, and scientists suspect that environmental factors like low vitamin D, obesity, and viral infections could contribute.

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Concerns rise that Corporate interests might take over USDA's organic certification process, is it really organic?

Some organic food experts are worried that the term used to describe non-genetically modified crops and produce may soon become nearly meaningless, thanks in large part to undue (read corporate) influence on the Department of Agriculture.

According to Jerome Rigot, PhD, writing in a blog posted at the National Organic Standard Board backed by science, it may no longer be accurate to rely on the USDA's "organic" labeling as remaining "true to its mandate of assuring consumers that food under this label is truly healthy and grown or raised with minimal impact to the environment," as well as respecting "the health and well-being of the workers and animals involved."

Rigot notes that, among other concerns, Consumers Union, the publisher of Consumer Reports, recently downgraded its rating of the Agriculture Department's organic seal and label. The director of the Consumer Safety and Sustainability Center for the magazine, Dr. Urvashi Rangan, testified to the National Organic Standards Board in late 2014: "Organic is slipping. And as a result, we have downgraded its rating from highly meaningful to meaningful." He further noted that the rule of the magazine "is to help educate people about what organic means as well as what it doesn't mean."

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