Health & Wellness


The benefits of salt for survival

One of the very first things I did when I first started prepping was to bolster my pantry with basic staples that could be used for a variety of purposes. When it was suggested that I store salt, and lots of it, I was a disbeliever. After all, conventional mainstream wisdom had taught me that salt was the bad guy.

But is it really?

I made it my mission to determine whether salt is a good thing, a bad thing, or simply something best treated as an item to "use in moderation."

Comment: Listen to theThe Health and Wellness Show - 16 March 2015 - for more information about the numerous benefits of SALT!


Courtesy of Big Pharma: The most expensive medicines in the world

Many of these drugs cost more than a house.

Hedge funder Martin Shkreli reminded everyone of the sky-high—and seemingly arbitrary—costs of prescription medicines in this country when he bought and immediately increased the price of an established drug used to fight a parasitic infection. The price hike was eye-popping, from $13.50 a pill to $750 per pill, prompting Dr. Judith Aberg of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai to ask, "What is it that they are doing differently that has led to this dramatic increase?" Shkreli's answer was similar to what Big Pharma trots out all the time—the extra money will help them to make better drugs. Besides, he noted, not many people get the parasitic infection that the now-$750 drug treats. (Small consolation, one imagines, to the unfortunates who actually have it.)

Comment: It's no wonder that US citizens loathe Big Pharma!
U.S. prescription medicine costs are some of the highest in the world. U.S. consumers spend more on medication than any other country in the OECD, with prescription medicines sometimes costing as much as double in the United States compared to countries like the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Australia.


Want strong bones? Avoid dairy products and calcium supplements

The dairy industry has finally been given one big swift kick where they need it most, in the scientific credibility department where top officials have been falsely linking dairy and bone strength for decades. The study, published by the British Medical Journal, found that people don't get stronger bones by eating dairy products or taking calcium supplements.

Dairy products, specifically milk is one of the beverages still aggressively pushed on children as a health promoting food, especially relating to strong bones.

What's interesting about cow's milk is that the more people drink, the more likely they are to die or experience a bone fracture and other diseases. The risks are especially pronounced for women.


Propaganda, not science, behind the push to vaccinate pregnant women against flu

The rush to vaccinate pregnant mothers is on and from commercials, to TV shows and bill boards, you can't miss the propaganda--it's everywhere. Not only does the CDC admit flu shots don't work, but there is absolutely no evidence that any influenza vaccine prevents the flu for pregnant women (or others) any more than a placebo.

In 2014, the CDC published a report documenting an influenza outbreak which occurred among fully vaccinated populations.

Media outlets such as the Huffington Post, Seattle Times and ABC News then began to report based on the CDC's own admissions, that flu shot formulations were ineffective to prevent the actual illness.

Comment: Shocking Stories From Pregnant Women Who Have Had Miscarriages After Taking The Swine FluVaccine


Exercise: Gaining weight and building muscle

So you wanna put on some lean muscle mass. And you want to do it within the context of the Primal Blueprint, but aren't sure where to start. It's a common question and it's about time I addressed it head on.

As I've made pretty clear, our ultimate goal is to achieve positive gene expression, functional strength, optimum health, and extended longevity. In other words: To make the most out of the particular gene set you inherited. These are my end goals, and I've modeled the PB Laws with them in mind. But that doesn't mean packing on extra muscle can't happen with additional input. After I retired from a life of chronic cardio and started living Primally, I added 15 pounds of muscle, while keeping low body fat levels without really trying, so it's absolutely possible for a hardgainer to gain some. The question is how much and at what expense?

Comment: Exercise can regenerate muscle tissue even at an advanced age


Butter in your coffee?

For many, the morning cup of coffee is a can't live without ritual. There are studies that show moderated daily coffee is healthy for you (some of that here). For me, it kind of makes me shaky. I drink it few and far between. That's a personal thing, of course. However, when I do drink it, I always put butter in it. As weird as it sounds, it's actually the best thing you can put in your coffee.

When I get in line at Starbucks, I order a plain black coffee and ask them for a side of butter. They give me some pretty odd looks, but what I already know is that every Starbucks has butter packets on hand to go along with their oatmeal. And what's more? It's Kerrygold Irish butter. And that's grass fed.

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AstraZeneca: Pinkwashing the causes of breast cancer since 1985

Did you know that AstraZeneca, manufacturer of two blockbuster breast cancer drugs (one of which is classified as a known human carcinogen), is behind Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

Why is it, do you think, that during Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) you never hear the word "carcinogen" mentioned, but are barraged a million times over by the word "cure"?

Truth be told, BCAM should be renamed Breast Cancer Un-Awareness Month, as it has nothing to do with generating awareness about the true causes and solutions for the breast cancer epidemic and everything to do with making the public focus on a presumably not-yet-existent "cure" to be produced through the pharmaceutical pipeline somewhere off in the future only after enough money is raised.

Comment: Don't give your time, energy and money to a lie. Breast cancer awareness month is a mammography recruitment tool. Seeing RED over PINK: The Dark Side of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Among the 2,500 screened at least 1,000 will have a false alarm, 500 would undergo an unnecessary biopsy and 5 or more would become treated for abnormal finds that would never become fatal, i.e. their lives will be shortened due to medication/surgical/stress-induced adverse effects.


Lack of sleep leaves us with a short emotional fuse

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Dark puffy eyes, a feeling of deep exhaustion, and a foul mood to match - we've all experienced the side effects of a lack of sleep. It's no wonder that sleep-deprivation has been used as a method of torture.

Our brains seem to lose the ability to distinguish between the innocuous and emotional in such circumstances, turning us into overreacting, exhausted wrecks.

We all know that a good night's sleep is vital for a day of clear thinking, but exactly why sleep is so important remains a mystery. Talma Hendler of Tel Aviv University in Israel is particularly interested in how lack of sleep leaves us with a short emotional fuse. "We know that sleep affects our emotional behaviour, but we don't know how," she says.

To investigate further, Hendler and her colleagues kept 18 adults awake all night. "It took a great effort," she says. "During the night, we repeatedly measured their sleepiness, and unsurprisingly they got more and more tired."

Comment: Lack of sleep has untold consequences for our physical and mental well-being, yet most people rarely get enough. Fortunately there are techniques that can help you improve your sleeping habits:


Vaccination: How the West invades the world

The first great wave of missionaries brings a fairy tale of a religion to 'the less fortunate primitive people'. The second great wave of missionaries are the priests in white coats. They too bring a fairy tale: medical treatments for problems they can't possibly solve. The self-generated delusions of these doctors about their 'success' are equal to, or even surpass the religious delusions." (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
In the past, I've laid to rest the illusion that vaccines are safe and effective. I've also exploded the ridiculous myth of herd immunity.

This article is about something else. It's about the invasion staged by Western medicine against areas of the globe where older forms of healing have long prevailed.

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Diet high in fructose impairs recovery from traumatic brain injury

A diet high in processed fructose sabotages rat brains' ability to heal after head trauma, neuroscientists report. Revealing a link between nutrition and brain health, the finding offers implications for the 5.3 million Americans living with a traumatic brain injury, or TBI.

A diet high in processed fructose sabotages rat brains' ability to heal after head trauma, UCLA neuroscientists report.

Revealing a link between nutrition and brain health, the finding offers implications for the 5.3 million Americans living with a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1.7 million people suffer a TBI each year, resulting in 52,000 annual deaths

"Americans consume most of their fructose from processed foods sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup," said Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery and integrative biology and physiology at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine. "We found that processed fructose inflicts surprisingly harmful effects on the brain's ability to repair itself after a head trauma."

Fructose also occurs naturally in fruit, which contains antioxidants, fiber and other nutrients that prevent the same damage.

Comment: As opposed to a diet high in fructose (and other sugars and carbohydrates), the Ketogenic Diet (KD) has been shown time and again to be neuroprotective for a broad range of neurodegenerative and neurotraumatic states.

For further information, see:
Ketogenic Diet (high-fat, low-carb) Has Neuroprotective and Disease-modifying Effects

And watch this short video: