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Walking: The incredible benefits of humankind's most basic form of exercise

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Four reasons walking has become America's 'untrendiest trend.' Hint: It's not just health.

Walking is going places.

Humans' most common pastime - forsaken for decades as too slow and too much effort - is now recognized as a health breakthrough, an economic catalyst and a route to happiness.

Real Simple magazine (circulation: 2 million) declared "walking America's untrendiest trend" in its February 2014 cover story. A month later Builder magazine (a construction trade journal) announced on its cover, "Walkability. Why we care...and why you should too." The reason? Simple: "Increasingly, the market is demanding places where homeowners can hoof it."

The New Yorker weighed in last September quoting the new book A Philosophy of Walking, which asserts that walking "makes it possible to recover the pure sensation of being, to rediscover the simple joy of existing."

Comment: Feeling stressed?! Take a walk:
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  • The slow death of the art of purposeless walking
    Walking is a luxury in the West. Very few people, particularly in cities, are obliged to do much of it at all. Cars, bicycles, buses, trams, and trains all beckon.

    Instead, walking for any distance is usually a planned leisure activity. Or a health aid. Something to help people lose weight. Or keep their fitness. But there's something else people get from choosing to walk. A place to think.

    Wordsworth was a walker. His work is inextricably bound up with tramping in the Lake District. Drinking in the stark beauty. Getting lost in his thoughts.

    Charles Dickens was a walker. He could easily rack up 20 miles, often at night. You can almost smell London's atmosphere in his prose. Virginia Woolf walked for inspiration. She walked out from her home at Rodmell in the South Downs. She wandered through London's parks.

    Henry David Thoreau, who was both author and naturalist, walked and walked and walked. But even he couldn't match the feat of someone like Constantin Brancusi, the sculptor who walked much of the way between his home village in Romania and Paris. Or indeed Patrick Leigh Fermor, whose walk from the Hook of Holland to Istanbul at the age of 18 inspired several volumes of travel writing. George Orwell, Thomas De Quincey, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Friedrich Nietzsche, Bruce Chatwin, WG Sebald and Vladimir Nabokov are just some of the others who have written about it.


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High carb diet associated with lower good cholesterol, obviously

HDL is commonly referred to as "good cholesterol," as clearly higher levels of this carrier protein are associated with a reduced risk for accumulation of atherosclerosis within the walls of arteries, especially the arteries that supply blood to the heart.

While so much attention is focused on total cholesterol, as well as LDL, which unfortunately has been given the name "bad cholesterol," it seems clear that it is fair to explore what can be done to raise HDL since it is so important for vascular health.

As it turns out, diet does in fact playing important role in determining a person's HDL level. In a study appearing in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Canadian researchers evaluated the diets of 619 Canadians of either Aboriginal, South Asian, Chinese, or European descent who had no previously diagnosed medical conditions.

The researchers were particularly interested in the amount of carbohydrate intake in comparison to HDL, and what they found was really quite profound. In comparing those who diets were highest in carbohydrate consumption with those who favored a lower carbohydrate diet, those who ate the least amount of carbohydrates had an HDL that was, on average, 11% higher.

Comment: For more information on how to navigate your cholesterol panel, check out LDL is your friend and I have high cholesterol, and I don't care.

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Study: Over 22 different diseases linked to GMO's

Yet More Evidence GMOs Should be Banned

A new study released in September of this year gives even more evidence that GMOs should have been banned before they were ever allowed on the market. Read on to find out how "Genetically Engineered Crops, Glyphosate and the Deterioration of Health in the United States of America" pinpoints a significant correlation between GMOs and 22 diseases.

Why does the biotech industry keep hiding the toxicity of their products? Well, there are numerous reasons - the corruption of the American and international governments, the fact that the USDA's main man appointed by Obama was a former Monsanto executive, and the tremendously deep pockets of mega-corporations to launch propaganda campaigns - are just a few.

Comment: The author is correct in her statement; 'there is already ample evidence that GMO's are dangerous' Sott.net has been reporting on the serious health effects of GMO foods for the past several years:

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Another BigPharma drug heavily marketed for back pain found to be no better than placebo

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A study found pregabalin (Lyrica) was ineffective at treating a common condition called lumbar spinal stenosis, which is where the nerves in the back become compressed, causing pain, tingling and numbness in the back, buttocks and legs. Some people are unable to walk or lose their bladder and bowel function
People with back pain are being prescribed a drug which does nothing to help their discomfort.

A study has found a drug commonly prescribed to treat lower back pain is actually ineffective.

The drug pregabalin works no better than a placebo to control pain, doctors discovered.

Pregabalin, which is marketed by pharmaceutical company Pfizer under the name Lyrica, is commonly prescribed all over the world to treat chronic lower back pain syndromes such as lumbar spinal stenosis.

This syndrome, which is the leading reason why elderly people have spinal surgery, causes shooting or twinging pains, tingling, and numbness in the lower back, buttocks, and legs.

These symptoms are often called sciatica.

Comment: A decade of pain "studies" conducted by Baystate Medical Center's Scott S. Reuben on Vioxx, Lyrica, Celebrex and Effexor were completely fabricated--including the patients say published reports. It's no secret that the FDA is loaded with Big Pharma cronies, and the industry can influence research for its own ends. Before taking prescriptions, it's always a good idea to do some research - knowledge protects!

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Facts on estrogen dominance

Estrogen is not a single hormone. It is a class of hormones and hormone like compounds that have estrogenic properties.

There are human estrogens, animal estrogens, synthetic estrogens, phytoestrogens, and xenoestrogens.

The three human estrogens are estradiol, estrone, and estriol, and belong to the steroid hormone family.

"Estrogen dominance" is a term coined by Harvard physician John R. Lee M.D. It describes a condition where a woman can have deficient, normal, or excessive estrogen but the body has little or no progesterone to balance its effects. Signs and symptoms of estrogen dominance include:

Comment: For more information, check out What your doctor may not tell you about menopause.

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Probiotics: A myth or a miracle?

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The chances are, you think you are an individual. Within a few social, economic and legal constraints, you probably see yourself as pretty autonomous. The reality, however, is that you are more of an ecosystem than an individual. There are 10 times more microbial cells in your body than human ones.

In recent years, scientists have developed a greater understanding of the important roles played by the 100tn or so bugs the average person carries. After decades of focusing on how to kill bacteria with soap and antibiotics, we are coming round to a more nuanced appreciation of the symbiotic relationship we have with them. While some can make us sick, others help to break down the nutrients in our food, teach our immune systems to recognise enemies, fight off food poisoning and even produce chemicals that determine our moods.
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Bonanza for Big Pharma: Dangerous drug cocktails prescribed to almost 60% of patients taking opiate painkillers

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The greatest growth in prescription drug use between 2009 and 2013 came in the 20-44 age group.
Almost 60% of patients taking prescription opiate painkillers are prescribed potentially dangerous drug combinations, according to a study released on Tuesday by a prescription drug management company.

"There could be instances when prescribing these combinations of drugs is appropriate, but not at this scale," said Lynne Nowak, a doctor with Express Scripts, a St Louis, Missouri-based company that processes more than 1bn prescriptions each year. "The fact that the majority of these patients are being treated by multiple physicians and pharmacies signals a communication breakdown that leads to dangerous use."

The study, a Nation in Pain, was conducted using the anonymized records of more than 6.8 million Americans who had filled prescriptions for opioids between 2009 and 2013. Opioids, such as Vicodin and OxyContin, came to national attention as potentially dangerous in the mid-2000s when cities across the US started experiencing unusually high incidences of opiate overdose and addiction-related crime.

Comment: The number of deaths involving commonly prescribed painkillers is higher than the number of deaths by overdose from heroin and cocaine combined, and the fact that people are being prescribed such dangerous drug cocktails appears to be one of the factors. Another huge flaw in the system is that there is little to no oversight of the ability to obtain these drugs from multiple sources, but that is in all likelihood a result of the clout that Big Pharma has, as it manages to elude oversight by using its cronies in the FDA and its enormous financial resources to lobby politicians to keep the system filling its coffers, no matter the consequences.

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'This year's flu shot is a dud' says the government and any discussion of natural alternatives is not allowed

They're also telling doctors to supplement with drugs that don't work and have terrible side effects. This is the same government that wasted billions stockpiling these very drugs.

The flu shot is not a static formulation. It changes each year based on the World Health Organization's assessment of which flu virus strains (usually three or four) will be the most prevalent that season. The CDC is admitting that the flu shots distributed this year may not be a good match for the viruses currently in circulation.


Comment: Natural remedies, an excellent alternative to the flu vaccine:

Life Preserver

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

Patient 1 had two years of progressive memory loss. She was considering quitting her job, which involved analyzing data and writing reports, she got disoriented driving, and she mixed up the names of her pets.

Patient 2 kept forgetting once-familiar faces at work, forgot his gym locker combination and had to have his assistants constantly remind him of his work schedule.

Patient 3's memory was so bad that she used an iPad to record everything, then forgot her password. Her children noticed she commonly lost her train of thought in mid-sentence, and often asked them if they had carried out the tasks that she mistakenly thought she had asked them to do.

- "Reversal of cognitive decline: A novel therapeutic program," UCLA/Buck Institute, 2014
Since it was first described over 100 years ago, Alzheimer's disease has been without an effective treatment.

That may finally be about to change: In the first, small study of a novel, personalized and comprehensive program to reverse memory loss, nine of 10 participants, including those described above, displayed subjective or objective improvement in their memories beginning within three to six months.

Comment: Good to see how mainstream research is finally catching up with the obvious:

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Scientists develop an injectable, 3D vaccine

3D injectable vaccine
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3D injectable vaccine
In recent years, vaccines have meshed with the world of nanobot medicine. Particles the size of nanometers - approximately 100,000 times smaller than the width of a human hair. They are programmable, spontaneously assembling and can permeate every area of the body, including a placenta. Previously, Brandon Turbeville reported on Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation work with developing "on demand" nano vaccines using genetically engineered proteins.

That's one thing - now it's possible to produce the effect of nano medicine with larger objects. That is, a non-surgical, injectable and spontaneously assembling structure.

Enter: a constant 3-D vaccine in the form of a lump of particles injected below the skin. One that would manipulate cells, as well as release biological and chemical drug components. They have already been trialed on mice.

Comment: True. These scientists are so busy playing around with their nanoparticles they can't see the larger picture. Proper nutrition and sanitation as well as a non-toxic environment are the true keys to health. Of course, there is no money to be made in addressing the real causes of illness so scientists continue with their useless research and creation of poisonous vaccines and the sheeple keep lining up to worship at the feet of Big Pharma.

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