Health & Wellness


Essential oils and brain injuries - What you are not being told

Did you know that our sense of smell is the only sense directly tied to the limbic area of the brain, which is considered the emotional control center? This means that when essential oils are inhaled, they go directly to the brain. Our other four senses — taste, sight, touch and hearing — are first routed through the thalamus before reaching designated areas of the brain. Because the limbic system is directly connected to the parts of the brain that control heart rate, blood pressure,breathing, memory, stress levels, and hormone balance, therapeutic-grade essential oils can have unbelievable physiological and psychological effects. Each of the essential oils has therapeutic stimulating, calming, sedative, balancing properties. When we inhale an essential oil molecule, it travels through the nasal passage to a receptor neuron that transports it up to the limbic brain, especially the hypothalamus.

The limbic center in your brain is responsible for controlling all the physical, psychological, and emotional responses that your body performs based on stimulus coming from the outside. Thus, the ability of essential oils to target your limbic center, make them a powerful tool in treating many health ailments.

Comment: Essential Oils Offer Many Health Benefits:
A large percentage of the population is interested in natural remedies and natural health. Many times, natural remedies can reduce our symptoms without side effects and at a fraction of the cost of a doctor visit and a prescription. But natural remedies come at a cost, and that cost is to Big Pharma.

Pharmaceutical companies are losing big money as researchers show what humans have known for a long time: by improving our health through diet, exercise, and natural remedies, we can avoid most reasons to go to the doctor and consume both over-the-counter and prescription drugs.


It takes a village: Gut bacteria band together in mixes to combat infections

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A Clostridium difficile cell, which the gut microbiome can team up to fend off -- or not -- depending on the makeup of the gut microbiome "village".
Like a collection of ragtag villagers fighting off an invading army, the mix of bacteria that live in our guts may band together to keep dangerous infections from taking hold, new research suggests.

But some "villages" may succeed better than others at holding off the invasion, because of key differences in the kinds of bacteria that make up their feisty population, the team from the University of Michigan Medical School reports.

The researchers even show it may be possible to predict which collections of gut bacteria will resist invasion the best -- opening the door to new ways of aiding them in their fight.

Working in mice, the team studied one of the most dangerous gut infections around: Clostridium difficile, which kills more than 14,000 Americans a year. C-diff also sickens hundreds of thousands more, mostly hospital patients whose natural collection of gut bacteria -- their gut microbiome -- has been disturbed by antibiotics prescribed to protect them from other infections.


Is the inflammation caused by gluten, grain, or both?

New research published in the Journal of Proteome Research identifies 5 new groups of non-gluten proteins that are responsible for inflammation in patients with celiac disease
Gluten IS a problem

You see the articles and hear the news stories - Gluten Sensitivity Doesn't Exist. Yet millions of people are gravitating toward the diet and feeling better. As a matter of fact, the gluten free diet is the biggest diet trend ever. It dwarfs Atkins, South Beach, Paleo, SCD, FODMAP, Sugar Free, Fat Free... But it doesn't exist right?

I find it hard to believe that people would voluntarily restrict their diets for a trend if their was not a dramatic improvement in their health. I find it hard to believe that people would avoid classic favorites like pizza and hamburgers if doing so didn't lead to improvements in diseases like migraine headache, IBS, depression, chronic fatigue, neuropathy...

Gluten is NOT the only problem & celiac is not the only gluten related disease

Even though research overwhelming proves that gluten sensitivity exists, there are other non gluten components found in grains that can cause autoimmune problems. Additionally, there are other foods, chemicals, and medications that have been shown to cause similar types of inflammatory damage. These things are rarely discussed and are a proverbial "no man's land" when it comes to getting a proper diagnosis. Because of this, the people who test negative for celiac disease as well as those who don't have symptoms of classic celiac disease are left without a diagnosis. They are left without validity to why they are sick when they are exposed to grains or any of the other items on the list below. This, in my humble opinion is where the science needs to focus. To date we have had studies showing the following food based chemicals and drugs can trigger symptoms identical to gluten sensitivity and celiac disease
  1. Corn
  2. Soy
  3. Dairy
  4. Quinoa
  5. GMO foods
  6. Intestinal infections (yeast, bacteria, parasites, etc)
  7. Mold and mycotoxins
  8. Non gluten proteins found in grain (see below)
  9. Medications - including antibiotics, blood pressure lowering drugs, and acid blockers

Comment: Actually, grains are more problematical that this article portrays. See:


Underestimated risk: DNA damage in patients undergoing CT scanning

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Along with the burgeoning use of advanced medical imaging tests over the past decade have come rising public health concerns about possible links between low-dose radiation and cancer.

Using new laboratory technology, scientists have shown that cellular damage is detectable in patients after CT scanning, according to a new study led by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

"We now know that even exposure to small amounts of radiation from computed tomagraphy scanning is associated with cellular damage," said Patricia Nguyen, MD, one of the lead authors of the study and an assistant professor of cardiovascular medicine at Stanford. "Whether or not this causes cancer or any negative effect to the patient is still not clear, but these results should encourage physicians toward adhering to dose reduction strategies."


Study: Sleep deprivation dulls our ability to accurately read facial expressions

A new study finds that the sleep-deprived brain can mistake friends for foes
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If you can't tell a smile from a scowl, you're probably not getting enough sleep.

A new study shows that sleep deprivation dulls our ability to accurately read facial expressions. This deficit can have serious consequences, such as not noticing that a child is sick or in pain, or confusing another pedestrian for a potential mugger.

"Recognizing the emotional expressions of someone else changes everything about whether or not you decide to interact with them, and in return, whether they interact with you," said study senior author Matthew Walker, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at UC Berkeley. The findings were published today in the Journal of Neuroscience.

"These findings are especially worrying considering that two-thirds of people in the developed nations fail to get sufficient sleep," Walker added.

Indeed, the results do not bode well for countless sleep-starved groups, said study lead author Andrea Goldstein-Piekarski, a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, who started the study as a Ph.D. student.

Comment: See also:


320% surge in Lyme disease reported by the CDC; high risk areas spreading

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Adult female deer tick.
Lyme disease is not only growing more rampant in its normal hotspots across the US, but it's also spreading dramatically to new geographic areas where it has been virtually unknown previously, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control.

"Over time, the number of counties identified as having high incidence of Lyme disease in the northeastern states increased more than 320 percent,"researchers wrote in the report. They also noted that the disease is appearing in some states for the first time ever.

Cases in the US remain concentrated in in the Upper Midwest and the Northeast, but more parts of those regions are now considered to be at high risk for infection. There are now 260 counties where the number of Lyme disease diagnoses is at least twice that expected for the population as a whole, up from 130 a decade earlier, the report published Wednesday said.

"The risk is expanding, in all directions," said Kiersten Kugeler, the lead author of the CDC study.

The high-risk counties are distributed among 17 states. The entire state of Connecticut, where the disease was first identified in 1975, has been a high-risk zone for decades. High-risk zones now encompass nearly all of New England.

Comment: Pestilence, the Great Plague and the Tobacco Cure

Apple Green

Value your health? Here are seven foods you should never consume

1. Canned Tomatoes Danger of BPA
Of all fruits and vegetables, tomatoes fare the worst when stored in cans. This is because tomatoes are very acidic and the acidity will cause the chemical that lines the cans to permeate into the food. Cans are known to contain about 50mcg of the toxic bisphenol-A, or BPA, which can severely affect adults and especially children.

Consumer Reports' latest tests of canned foods, including soups, juice, tuna, and green beans, have found that almost all of the 19 name-brand foods we tested contain some BPA.

Background: BPA is a toxic chemical linked to reproductive abnormalities, neurological effects, increased risk of breast and prostate cancers, diabetes, heart disease and other serious health problems.

Comment: You might want to consider avoiding tomatoes altogether as they are nightshades. The nightshade family also includes potatoes, peppers, okra and eggplant and is linked to chronic pain and inflammation.

Aluminium Poisoning

When food is stored in an aluminium can, over time, it will gather some of the aluminium that it is stored in. This is especially so with tomatoes with its high acidity.

To avoid the toxic BPA, avoid canned foods completely and consume fresh fruits and vegetables. Another way is to switch over to brands that use glass containers instead—especially for acidic foods like tomatoes.

Comment: Another good idea would be to learn how to do your own canning. Food preservation is a good skill to have and this way you can have more control over quality and avoid consuming added potentially toxic ingredients.


Xanax addiction: Side effects, withdrawal, and rehab

Xanax is a highly addictive, yet commonly prescribed drug. It is relatively easy to get and many doctors prescribe it routinely. The fact that it is so easily prescribed, as well as readily available on the street, is one of the contributing factors to the Xanax addiction problem.

Abuse of this drug has become widespread in the last few years and, while it can affect anyone, it has become particularly popular among young people, with devastating results. Some people start using Xanax because it has been prescribed to them while others may discover it at a party or through friends. Not everyone who tries Xanax will become addicted, but anyone who uses it regularly risks becoming physically dependent on it.

Comment: The New Epidemic Sweeping Across America (and it's Not a Disease)
Death by medicine is a 21st-century epidemic, and America's "war on drugs" is clearly directed at the wrong enemy!

Prescription drugs are now killing far more people than illegal drugs, and while most major causes of preventable deaths are declining, those from prescription drug use are increasing, an analysis of recently released data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) by the Los Angeles Times revealed.

The Times analysis of 2009 death statistics, the most recent available, showed:
  • For the first time ever in the US, more people were killed by drugs than motor vehicle accidents
  • 37,485 people died from drugs, a rate fueled by overdoses on prescription pain and anxiety medications, versus 36,284 from traffic accidents
  • Drug fatalities more than doubled among teens and young adults between 2000 and 2008, and more than tripled among people aged 50 to 69
Again, these drug-induced fatalities are not being driven by illegal street drugs; the analysis found that the most commonly abused prescription drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax and Soma now cause more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined.


How sugar destroys your health & literally makes you stupid

Sugar, primarily in the form of high fructose corn syrup(HFCS), is the largest source of calories in the United States today. While its mass appeal is vastly rooted in cultures worldwide, its health impacts are substantially detrimental and are often overlooked by the majority.

In his book, The Sugar Fix, Dr. Richard Johnson suggests about 50 percent of Americans consume as much as half a pound, more than 225 grams, per day. This statistic is the farthest thing from sweet.

While its no secret that sugar is a major player in the obesity, heart disease, and type II diabetes epidemic, most would be shocked to discover that sugar literally makes you dumber as well.

Comment: SOTT.NET has carried many excellent articles about the detriment of sugar consumption:

Red Flag

Even more toxic chemicals set to enter the food supply

Surprise—the next generation of GMO crops will be resistant to far higher amounts of pesticides and herbicides, which will then be sprayed on our crops. Poison on the dinner table!

A recent article written by Dr. Jonathan Latham of the Bioscience Resource Project looks at the future of GMOs and argues that GMOs will become more unpopular as the technology takes them in a dramatically more toxic direction.

He points to the recent approval of crops resistant to the herbicides 2,4-D and Dicamba. The reason they need to resist these toxic sprays is because the overuse of Monsanto's herbicide Roundup is actually breeding Roundup-resistant "superweeds" that require more and more toxic chemicals to kill. Here's how it works:
  • Monsanto creates the herbicide Roundup. Unfortunately, it sometimes kills the crops along with the weeds.
  • Monsanto creates "Roundup-ready" crops that can withstand the toxic spray, which allows farmers to use even more Roundup to kill all the weeds.
  • Weeds increasingly become resistant to Roundup, becoming "superweeds" that require more toxic chemicals to kill them.
  • The biotech industry creates new crops that are resistant to other herbicides.
  • Inevitably, the weeds will become resistant to these new herbicides as well—a vicious cycle that threatens both our environment and our food supply.

Comment: The legacy of Agent Orange & Monsanto - Have things changed?

Things haven't changed, as the article states 'the recent approval of crops resistant to the herbicides 2,4-D and Dicamba', is just one example of how psychopathic corporations like Monsanto change the 'name' of herbicides used in their products so unsuspecting consumers have no idea their food is drenched in toxic poisons: