Health & Wellness


Plastic and fibrous debris found in one quarter of fish sold in California and Indonesian markets

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UC Davis researchers found plastic and fibrous debris in 25 percent of the fish sold in Indonesian and California markets.
Roughly a quarter of the fish sampled from fish markets in California and Indonesia contained man-made debris — plastic or fibrous material — in their guts, according to a study from the University of California, Davis, and Hasanuddin University in Indonesia.

The study, published today in the journal Scientific Reports, is one of the first to directly link plastic and man-made debris to the fish on consumers' dinner plates.

"It's interesting that there isn't a big difference in the amount of debris in the fish from each location, but in the type — plastic or fiber," said lead author Chelsea Rochman, a David H. Smith postdoctoral fellow in the Aquatic Health Program at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. "We think the type of debris in the fish is driven by differences in local waste management."


Cow Skull

Conventional ground beef more likely to contain antibiotic-resistant fecal bacteria than grass-fed beef


Consumer reports recommends you avoid conventionally raised beef from feedlots and instead eat 100% grass-fed beef
Factory farming methods produce a number of side effects that can threaten your health and even your life. Contamination with disease-causing fecal bacteria is one of them.

To combat foodborne illness, the food industry has created solutions that further worsen matters — sterilization methods such as high heat, chemicals (chlorine-based or lactic acid washes, for example), and/or radiation are all common industry attempts to "sterilize" your food before it reaches the store.

Yet the central issue remains unaddressed, which is the lack of hygiene standards in the raising, slaughtering, and processing of the animals.

A large percentage of meat products become contaminated when the animals' intestines are punctured and stool spills onto the meat being processed.

This is the real problem — not undercooking, as properly processed healthy meat will not harm you if it's undercooked because it will not be contaminated with fecal bacteria.

Comment: The Differences Between Grass-Fed Beef and Grain-Fed Beef:


Sitting too much? Fidgeting might help counteract the damage

Finally, a good excuse for all your annoying foot-tapping.

If you've been living under a rock for the past five years, we have some bad news for you: sitting down for the majority of the day is bad for you. And we're talking really, life-shorteningly, scientifically verified bad for you. But a new study of more than 12,000 women in the UK suggests that by fidgeting in our seats, we might be able to counteract some of those harmful health impacts - without having to go out and invest in a standing desk.

The research followed women aged between 37 and 78 over a 12-year period, and collected information on their diets, exercise regimes, health, and, on a scale from one to 10, how much they fidgeted. The results showed that the women who sat for 7 hours a day or more were 30 percent more likely to die during the study than their more active peers - but not if they were rampant fidgeters.

Comment: Sitting for too long can do harm to your body


Turmeric's healing power: A physical manifestation of compassion?

Few, if any, plants have been revered as thoroughly - by the religious and scientific community alike - as a healer of the human body, mind and soul, as beautiful turmeric.

It could be written off as an overly imaginative cultural oddity that ancient Indians understood turmeric to be the physical essence of the Divine Mother - a botanical embodiment of compassion and healing. After all, nothing in the known biochemistry of this common spice plant lends itself to so gratuitous a characterization, does it?

It turns out that even modern science now confirm that this 'curry' spice has therapeutic properties relevant to well over 600 different health conditions, and may therefore bestow on those who take it significant protection from many common causes of human suffering. Some of the more amazing examples are its ability to reverse aspects of dementia (Alzheimer's disease), replace Prozac, prevent type 2 diabetes, produce cardiovascular benefits as significant as exercise, including preventing post-bypass heart attack by 56%, heal the diabetic liver, kill lethal pancreatic cancer, and help kick painkillers to the curb for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, while giving at least a dozen more pharmaceuticals a run for their money.

Comment: Additional Health Benefits of Turmeric:


Is a lethal mouse virus contaminating the US blood supply?

Retroviruses hide out in the immune system, which means any immune activation could set off this ticking time-bomb and cause diseases like chronic fatigue syndrome among adults, and autism among children. Are they lurking in the US blood supply?
PLAGUE - The Retrovirus-Gate Lies

As an attorney I learned (often the hard way), that if you wanted to know the truth about a person, you didn't just listen to their words, but you investigated their actions. If a client said he wasn't a gambler, you should probably check out how many trips he's made to Las Vegas in the past year. We all understand that, right?

So, why is it that with the XMRV retrovirus (more accurately referred to as the xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus, basically a mouse retrovirus that crossed-over into humans) that Dr. Mikovits and I wrote about in our book, PLAGUE: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth About Human Retroviruses, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), Autism, and Other Diseases, officially declared by Dr. Ian Lipkin of Columbia University and the medical research community not to be a threat, are people spending a lot of money to protect against something just like XMRV?


Could a hidden fungal overgrowth be making you ill?

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Could the inside of your body look like this?
A hidden fungus may be making you ill. A 35-year-old recently walked into my office suffering from a whole list of health problems (which is why I often call myself a "whole-listic doctor"). She had chronic fatigue, recurrent yeast vaginal infections, itchy ears, dandruff, patchy itchy skin rashes, irritable bowel syndrome, muscle twitching, acne rosacea, malabsorption, headaches, and more.

These symptoms can have multiple causes, but in her case all of these problems were related. They were symptoms of an overgrowth of yeast in and on her body. This patient had such a fungus problem that she was practically a walking mushroom!

The cause was clear. She had taken many, many courses of antibiotic over the years. She had been diagnosed with a mostly benign condition called mitral valve prolapse-a problem I believe is over diagnosed and over treated-and "needed" antibiotics every time she went to the dentist. In addition, she had many urinary tract infections for which she took many more courses of antibiotics.

Frequent use of antibiotics disrupts the normal balance between healthy bugs in the gut (lactobacillus, bifidobacter, e. coli) and other potentially dangerous bugs, including yeasts, bacteria, and occasionally parasites. These bad bugs are usually present in small numbers in the digestive system. But when the good bugs are killed by antibiotics (i) or not fed with adequate fiber, or the bad guys are fueled with too much sugar, or the gut's delicate ecosystem (ii) is damaged by too much stress, then yeasts and other noxious agents take over.

This can result in many chronic illnesses and symptoms including allergies, chronic inflammation, joint problems, mood and brain disorders, digestive symptoms, and more.

Comment: If you've been on a ketogenic diet for some time and have still been having symptoms that sound like the ones listed in this article, then a hidden fungal overgrowth may be the cause. Taking steps to correct it can result in significant health improvements.

See also: A primal primer on Candida: Diagnosing and treating a fungal overgrowth


Posture correcting strategies to help alleviate pain and improve health

Most of our parents drilled into our heads the importance of proper posture; yet modern day life causes us to frequently ignore these great recommendations. What's worse, many of the posture-correcting strategies our parents taught us turn out to be wrong anyway.

Kathleen Porter, author of Natural Posture for Pain Free Living, is an expert in teaching the principles of posture, and she believes the majority of pain experienced in the world is posture related.

While working as a massage therapist and yoga teacher in 1994, she came across an article written by Jean Couch, in which she discussed and described the skeletal alignment in groups of indigenous people.

Intrigued, Kathleen began studying with Jean, and eventually traveled through Indonesia, Southeast Asia, South America, and northern Portugal, studying the posture of native peoples for herself.
"As I learned from studying them and from Jean, I started incorporating these principles more and more into my own life, and then started teaching this to others.

I've written a couple of books. It has just been absolutely transformational," she says.

"I gave up stretching. I haven't stretched in close to 20 years, yet I am more flexible and pain-free than when I was working so hard at trying to be that way."



Vaccines, adjuvants and autoimmunity

Add one more item to the growing stack of published medical literature linking vaccines to the current explosion of autoimmune diseases from skin afflictions to neurological disorders. A paper published online this month in the journal Pharmacological Research is an international team of immunologists' roundup of current findings on vaccine-induced disease - and their conclusions are in sharp contrast to public health's "safe and effective" mantra that denies any such connection.

"Vaccines and autoimmunity are linked fields," state the authors led by Luísa Eça Guimarãesof the Zabludowicz Center for Autoimmune Diseases in Tel-Hashomer, Israel. Just as natural infections can sometimes induce autoimmune disease, so can vaccination induce autoimmunity that "may be severe and fatal."

Comment: Vaccines Have Serious Side Effects - The Institute of Medicine Says So!


The pillars of reality would crumble if a mainstream reporter told the truth about Swine Flu

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"Imagine this. The public is told a new disease is sweeping the world, threatening the global population with suffering and death. Millions and millions of words are spewed, detailing and reinforcing the threat. Every day, official reports are issued, blaring the new numbers of cases. Researchers are rushing to develop an effective vaccine. And then, suddenly, someone discovers there is no epidemic. It doesn't exist. What would happen?" (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

Telling the truth, of course, must lead to publishing the truth.

And then follow-up investigations would be done to flesh out the story further; to prompt people with inside knowledge to emerge from their closets and confess their complicity.

I'm talking about a certain kind of truth, whereby a sacred cow is destroyed; the kind of cow everyone immediately believes is self-evident, universal, and vital, representing the best motives and impulses of people in power.

That kind of sacred cow.

A cow holding up the world, so to speak.


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Strategies to eliminate depression

I've struggled with depression for years, and my doctor wants to put me on yet another anti-depressant," my reader writes. "Are drugs, and the side effects they bring, my only option?"

If you struggle with feeling hopeless, sad, or otherwise mentally fragile, you're not alone. More than 100 million Americans - that's literally one in three - struggle through life with a depression.

Pharmaceutical companies are quick to pick up on this broken brain problem, but conventional medicine cannot cure it.

With its symptom-based medicine approach, conventional medicine tackles depression completely wrong. Rather than determine what actually creates that depression, many doctors immediately reach for their prescription pad.

Comment: SOTT Radio Health and Wellness - The Mood Cure
Today we'll be discussing mood and mood-stabilizing supplements, four syndromes that affect mood, carbohydrate addiction, the gut brain connection and some possible solutions to neurotransmitter imbalances.