Health & Wellness


Air pollution seen as playing role in the development of autism and other mental health disorders

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Some neurological conditions such as autism and schizophrenia may be linked to exposure to air pollution, a new study shows.

Experts at the University of Rochester Medical Center found that subjecting young mice to air pollution causes unhealthy changes in their brains, including the enlarging of the same areas found in humans diagnosed with autism and schizophrenia.

The research showed the changes tended to occur more often in males, and that other troubles like memory loss, learning disability and impulsivity became prevalent. The findings support those of earlier studies indicating a link between air pollution and autism in children.

Last year, JAMA Psychiatry reported a correlation between children living in areas with high levels of traffic-related air pollution and autism. In fact, these kids were three times more likely to develop the condition.

"Our findings add to the growing body of evidence that air pollution may play a role in autism, as well as in other neurodevelopmental disorders," Deborah Cory-Slechta, professor of environmental medicine at the University of Rochester and lead author of the study, said.

Earlier this year, a Harvard University study showed that exposure in the womb to diesel, lead, manganese, mercury, methylene chloride and an overall measure of metals was "significantly associated with autism spectrum disorder," with the highest association from exposure to diesel exhaust, according to a story in the Provo Daily Herald.

"Air pollution contains many toxicants known to affect neurological function and to have effects on the fetus," the Harvard study stated.

Learn More:

New Evidence Links Air Pollution to Autism, Schizophrenia (University of Rochester)

Harvard Draws Link between Autism and Air Pollution (Caleb Warnock, Daily Herald)

Traffic-Related Air Pollution, Particulate Matter, and Autism (by Heather E. Volk, Fred Lurmann; Bryan Penfold; Irva Hertz-Picciotto and Rob McConnell, JAMA Psychiatry)

Comment: It's not just developmental problems
  • Air pollution is the world's biggest killer
  • UK: Air Pollution from Traffic Impairs Brain
  • Air Pollution Linked to Cognitive Decline
  • Study Claims: Prenatal Exposure to Inner-city Air Pollution is Linked to Childhood Obesity
  • Air Pollution Tied to Stroke, Memory Loss
  • Pollution Can Lead to Brain Damage and Depression Warn Scientists
But since the motor companies and oil industry lobbies have congressmen and the regulatory agencies in their back pocket, there will be no progress towards non-polluting forms of transportation.


Is veganism child abuse?

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A mother is arrested for infant neglect after a hospital crisis that began with her veganism

In a case likely to kick up - yet again - the debate over parental responsibility regarding how children are fed, a Florida mother was arrested Tuesday for child neglect and her newborn was admitted to the hospital in a crisis that started over vegan beliefs.

Local news station WESH reports that Sarah Anne Markham's pediatrician alerted authorities after the woman's 12-day-old baby appeared dehydrated during a doctor visit. The doctor said that Markham refused the medical advice to admit the child to the hospital or take the medicine offered, on the grounds that "it contained ingredients that came from animals." After police were summoned to her home, Markham reportedly told them that she'd purchased organic soy formula for the baby, and that "she wanted to pursue a religion-based treatment and she had contacted a 'natural' or vegan doctor, but police said she did not share any proof of this to them." Police added that "They asked Markham if the product was confirmed with a doctor that it was safe to give the newborn, and she replied saying that since it was organic, it must be OK." The baby remains in protective custody.

The case has chilling echoes of the one of the Atlanta couple who three years ago were sentenced to life for murder in the starvation death of their 6-week-old son. The couple's defense argued that "the parents did the best they could while adhering to the lifestyle of vegans," but prosecutors countered that they'd limited his diet to soy milk and apple juice. At the time of his death, the baby weighed just three and a half pounds. Also in 2011, a French couple were charged with "neglect and food deprivation followed by death" after the demise of their 11-month-old baby, who died underweight and with a vitamin deficiency. The vegan couple admitted the child's entire diet consisted of breast milk.

That police had to forcibly enter the 23-year-old Markham's home because she "told police she didn't think she had to answer or acknowledge police presence," and that a new mother would even contemplate caring for her child based on "a religion-based treatment" strongly suggests a parent with issues that are far beyond the parameters of simply wishing to pursue a vegan lifestyle. And at the other end of the spectrum, diet-based neglect doesn't have to mean deprivation of animal products. Earlier this year, an 8-month-old Colombian baby was "rescued" for medical intervention by a local charity after tipping the scales at 44 pounds. In the U.S., childhood obesity can be cited as "a form of medical neglect" and grounds for placing a child in foster care.


The Vegetarian Myth

Study: Vegetarians are less healthy than meat eaters

The Myth of the Ethical 'Vegan'

95% of Soy Products May be Damaging Your Health

The Dangers of Soy Are Real - and Much Worse Than You Might Think

The Truth about Soy

The Ketogenic Diet - An Overview

Evil Rays

Human guinea pigs: 500,000 cell phone towers causing cancer rates to soar

Since 1997, the United States has gone from around 50,000 cell towers to over 500,000 and counting. In my opinion, the ever-expanding deployment of wireless technology represents one of the greatest threats to human health - along with GMOs in our food supply and the geoengineering (chemtrail spraying) of the planet.

Comment: For the real truth about the so-called 'chemtrails' phenomena read Earth Changes and the Human Cosmic Connection by Pierre Lescaudron

Of course, the wireless industry says 'no worry.' So, why are they making cell towers look like a church cross; cactus in the desert; barn silo or a tree in the park? What are they trying to hide?

4,600 affected by untreatable virus spreading through Caribbean islands

Many people have heard of malaria and may even know about Dengue fever, two health-ravaging, mosquito-borne diseases. Malaria brings fever, chills and flu-like symptoms, and Dengue fever elicits fever, headache, pain and skin rash.

What few people have heard of is the chikungunya virus, an emerging mosquito-borne virus that was once isolated in Asia, Africa and the Indian subcontinent. Originally discovered in Tanzania in the 1950s, chikungunya stayed in the shadows for decades. By 2007, the disease had spread to northeastern Italy, infecting 10. Most shocking, though, has been its emergence in the past six months. The disease, spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, has made its way to the Americas and is spreading fast. Hundreds of new cases have been rising up throughout the Caribbean islands.

Replacing sugar-laden drinks with water cuts risk of obesity

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Parents should replace juice and fizzy drinks with jugs of water at mealtimes, diet experts have advised, to reduce their children's sugar intake and cut their risk of obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes.

Senior health scientists said today that sugar-sweetened drinks were the biggest source of sugar intake across all ages, but were a particular problem among children and teenagers.

Despite recent calls for a tax on sugary drinks and cuts to sugar content in everyday foods, Susan Jebb, professor of diet and population health at the University of Oxford, said that "very simple advice" to parents could play an even bigger part in improving children's diets.

"Drink water, that's the very simple advice to parents," she said. "Encourage your children to drink water. Once they've been weaned, children ought to be drinking water...There is a whole range of drinks out there, [but] I don't need to encourage people to be drinking any of the others. I can firmly stick to encouraging people to getting their fluid from water."

Comment: Any drink that is high in sugar is unhealthy and that includes artificial sweeteners like aspartame. While parents think that substituting fruit drinks for sodas is a healthy alternative, fruit juices contain fructose which has been shown to lead to obesity and metabolic syndrome. Many people also have fructose intolerance, similar to lactose intolerance with milk-based products, that causes their body to experience severe cramping, gas, stomach pain, indigestion, and worse. Dairy products are not recommended as they contain casein which creates serious problems similar to protein gluten in wheat. They can trigger an autoimmune response and/or mimic endorphins to cause changes in perception, mood, and behavior.

Artificial Sweeteners are Continually Found to be Unsafe and Toxic
The three best reasons why you should avoid fructose like the plague ASAP
Fructose Fueling Childhood Obesity, Diabetes
Milk: The Poison
Why Milk Is So Evil


Watching too much television may increase risk of dying young

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Adults who watch a lot of TV may be at an increased risk of dying at a relatively young age, a new study suggests.

The study involved more than 13,200 adults in Spain who were all college graduates, and were around 37 years old at the study's start. Participants were followed for about eight years, over which there were 97 deaths.

Those who watched three or more hours of TV a day were twice as likely to die over the study period, compared with those whose watched TV for one hour or less daily, the study found.

In addition, the researchers found that participants' total time spent sitting - including time spent watching TV, using a computer or driving - was also linked to an increased risk of death during the study period.

Comment: Excess television is not only a health risk for adults, but endangers children's health and mental development as well. In addition, most of what is programmed on television does nothing to engender learning, mental health and cognitive development at any age. Television is promoted primarily to program the masses to be subservient and docile.

Children's TV 'is linked to cancer, autism, dementia'
Too much TV may affect baby's language learning
Keepers at the Gate: He Who Controls Television Controls the Masses


Fluorides, the Atomic bomb, and a spy

In 1997, Joel Griffiths and Chris Bryson, two respected mainstream journalists, peered into an abyss. They found a story about fluorides that was so chilling it had to be told.

The Christian Science Monitor, who had assigned the story, never published it.

Their ensuing article, "Fluoride, Teeth, and the Atomic Bomb," has been posted on websites, sometimes with distortions, deletions, or additions. I spoke with Griffiths, and he told me to be careful I was reading a correct copy of his piece. (You can find it - "Fluoride, Teeth, and the Atomic Bomb," at

Griffiths also told me that researchers who study the effects of fluorides by homing in on communities with fluoridated drinking water, versus communities with unfluoridated water, miss a major point: fluorides are everywhere - they are used throughout the pharmaceutical industry in the manufacture of drugs, and also in many other industries (e.g., aluminum, pesticide) - because fluorine is very active and binds with all sorts of other substances. Therefore, there is extremely wide public exposure to fluorides.

I want to go over some of the major points of the Griffiths-Bryson article.

Comment: While the information presented in this article is not new to regular readers, the facts do support previous claims, Fluoride is worse than we thought. Fluoridation is the Ultimate Deception! Read the following articles to learn more about protecting your brain and body from fluoride poisoning:
Fluoride's neurotoxicity has been the subject of academic debate for decades, and now a matter of increasingly impassioned controversy among the general public, as well. From 'conspiracy theories' about it being first used in drinking water in Russian and Nazi concentration camps to chemically lobotomize captives, to its now well-known IQ lowering properties, to its ability to enhance the calcification of the pineal gland - the traditional 'seat of the soul' - many around the world, and increasingly in the heavily fluoridated regions of the United States, are starting to organize at the local and statewide level to oust this ubiquitous toxicant from municipal drinking water.

Now, a new study published in the Pharmacognosy Magazine titled, "Curcuminattenuates neurotoxicity induced by fluoride: An in vivo evidence," adds experimental support to the suspicion that fluoride is indeed a brain-damaging substance, also revealing that a natural spice-derived protective agent against the various health effects associated with this compound is available.


Holy frack: More concern arises over groundwater contamination from fracking

The oil and gas extraction method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, could potentially contribute more pollutants to groundwater than past research has suggested, according to a new study in ACS' journal Environmental Science & Technology.

Scientists are reporting that when spilled or deliberately applied to land, waste fluids from fracking are likely picking up tiny particles in the soil that attract heavy metals and other chemicals with possible health implications for people and animals.

Tammo S. Steenhuis and colleagues note that fracking, which involves injecting huge volumes of fluids underground to release gas and oil, has led to an energy boom in the U.S. But it has also ignited controversy for many reasons. One in particular involves flowback, which refers to fluids that surge back out of the fracked wells during the process. It contains water, lubricants, solvents and other substances from the original fracking fluid or extracted from the shale formation.

Let's all light up! What you don't know about tobacco

Everyone knows that smoking is a health hazard. Even Big Tobacco behaves in a way that screams 'GUILTY!'

Historically, smoking various plants was believed to be beneficial. But today, we know better, right?

Assuming smoking is unhealthy, the science should therefore support 'what everyone knows'.

But, as the following video shows, it doesn't.


Why crafting helps your brain

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Knit one. Pearl one. Knit one. Pearl one. Knit one. Pearl one. The rhythmic and repetitive nature of knitting is calming, comforting and contemplative. It's not a stretch for you to imagine knitting as a mindfulness practice, or perhaps a form of meditation.

I'm delighted to report that neuroscience is finally catching up on brain health aspects of the trend some have called "the new yoga."

Research shows that knitting and other forms of textile crafting such as sewing, weaving and crocheting have quite a lot in common with mindfulness and meditation - all are reported to have a positive impact on mind health and well-being.

In an online survey of more 3,545 knitters, by Betsan Corkhill, a UK-based knitting therapist who has done research on the therapeutic effects of knitting, more than half of respondents reported that knitting left them feeling "very happy." And many said that they knitted solely for the purposes of relaxation, stress relief and creativity.