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Mindfulness meditation improves sleep quality in older adults

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Around 50% of the adults aged 55 and over in the US are estimated to experience some form of problem with sleeping.
A study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, compared the practice (mindfulness meditation) with sleep hygiene education (SHE) - a program designed to change poor sleeping habits and set up a bedtime routine. Mindfulness meditation led to a greater improvement in sleep quality.

"Addressing moderate sleep disturbances and sleep-related daytime dysfunction using community-accessible programs is a promising public health approach," write the study authors.

However, they add, despite the medical consequences of sleep problems, they often go untreated in older adults.

Sleeping problems are widespread in the US among older adults, with half of the population aged 55 and older estimated to have some form of sleeping problem, including problems with initiating and maintaining sleep.

Disturbances in the sleep of older adults are associated with numerous health and social problems, including depression, fatigue, mood disturbances and reduced quality of life.

Comment: For those seeking to improve their quality of sleep and reduce their stress, try out the Éiriú Eolas mindfulness meditation program. Along with being active during the day and avoiding electronic screens before bed, it can be another simple and easy step towards improving one's health and well-being.

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Officials declare 'eating healthy' a mental disorder

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In an attempt to curb the mass rush for food change and reform, psychiatry has green lighted a public relations push to spread awareness about their new buzzword orthorexia nervosa, defined as "a pathological obsession for biologically pure and healthy nutrition." In other words, experts are saying that our demand for nutrient-dense, healthful food is a mental disorder that must be treated.

CNN, Fast Company, Popular Science, and other top outlets have all began to trumpet the talking points on cue relatively recently:
"Orthorexia nervosa is a label designated to those who are concerned about eating healthy. Characterized by disordered eating fueled by a desire for "clean" or "healthy" foods, those diagnosed with the condition are overly pre-occupied with the nutritional makeup of what they eat".
In short, if you turn your back on low quality, corporate food containing known cancer causing toxic additives and a rich history of dishonesty rooted in a continuous "profits over people" modus operandi, then you may suffer from a mental illness. The cherry on top is that if you have the pseudo-science labeled disorder of orthorexia nervosa, you will be prescribed known toxic, pharmaceutical drugs from some of the same conglomerate corporations that you are trying to avoid by eating healthy in the first place.

Orthorexia has not yet found its way into the latest edition of the psychiatric bible, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), yet is commonly being lumped in with other eating disorders. Stepping back and looking at the ones pushing this label on us shows highly questionable motives.
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The many ways exercise affects the body to improve health

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Virtually everyone would agree that exercise improves health, but the mechanisms by which it actually produces those benefits have been challenging to tease out.

Fitness research has come a long way though, and modern science has made a number of interesting observations that help explain how exercise affects your body to improve your health.

Part of the answer lies in its ability to affect genetic expression; activating some genes, and deactivating others. A previous New York Times article1 delved into the latest research on this front, noting that:
"The human genome is astonishingly complex and dynamic, with genes constantly turning on or off, depending on what biochemical signals they receive from the body. When genes are turned on, they express proteins that prompt physiological responses elsewhere in the body."

Comment: For more information on how exercise improves both physical health and emotional well-being, see:

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Glyphosate herbicide in Honey and Soy Sauce discovered by Pennsylvania Researchers

Researchers from Abraxis LLC and Boston University have further confirmed that the world's most used herbicide - glyphosate - is widespread in food products around the globe. The researchers tested honey, pancake and corn syrup, soy sauce, soy milk and tofu purchased in the Philadelphia, US metropolitan area.

Find the full published survey here
The minimum limit of quantification (LOQ) of the method were determined for honey, pancake syrup, and corn syrup to be 15 ppb; soy sauce, soy milk, and tofu 75 ppb. This means that even if the results were negative for some products they could have also contained glyphosate at levels under the minimum limit.

Comment: The USDA won't test for glyphosate residues because it is too expensive (and pervasive)! Glyphosate, the most widely used pesticide in the world, is a Monsanto product and Monsanto controls the regulatory organizations in the U.S.
Monsanto's Deep Roots in Washington

If you've ever wondered how Monsanto - a company that admits it wants to own the world's food supply through its patented genetically engineered seeds - gets away with not having to label its products, all you have to do is follow the trail of money leading from their coffers into the pockets and campaign funds of well-placed politicians and regulators.

According to OpenSecrets.orgi, Monsanto basically lives at the doorsteps of legislators in Washington, where it spent $5.3 million last year lobbying the nation's lawmakers, and has already spent $1.4 million in the first three months of this year. Needless to say, they can afford it. According to OpenSecrets.org, Monsanto had an annual revenue of $11.8 billion last year, so a $5.3 million lobbying investment is far less than one percent of one percent of their revenues.

The influence they're trying to buy doesn't stop in Congress, though. Monsanto's legislative agenda also includes the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); all of which have a say in whether or not you get to know whether the food you're eating has been genetically engineered.


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High-potency marijuana linked to psychosis

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A powerful 'skunk-like' form of cannabis is linked to a quarter of new cases of psychosis, according to a study.

Researchers at King's College London found the potent form of the Class B drug increased the risk of suffering a serious psychotic episode for daily users by five times - and tripled the risk for casual users.

"This paper suggests that we could prevent almost one quarter of cases of psychosis if no one smoked high potency cannabis. This could save young patients a lot of suffering and the NHS a lot of money," said Sir Robin Murray, Professor of Psychiatric Research at Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King's.

The six-year project followed 800 people aged between 18 and 65 in south London, including 410 who had suffered psychosis and 370 healthy patients.

"Compared with those who never used cannabis, individuals who mostly used skunk-like cannabis were nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with a psychotic disorder if they used it less than once per week, almost three times as likely if they used it at weekends, and more than five times as likely if they were daily users," the paper states.
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Study: Junk food more deadly than war, famine, genocide

Food in the end, in our tradition, is something holy. It's not about nutrients and calories. It's about sharing. It's about honesty. It's about identity. ~ Louise Fresco
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You may already know that junk food is bad for your health, but you may not realize how bad it can be. A new study from the School of Medical Sciences at Australia's University of New South Wales points to profound brain changes that junk food causes, making a junk food habit "more deadly than war, famine, and genocide".

Say what? Yep, the food war is real, and though the UNSW study was conducted on rats, the brain changes observed matter to us humans.

As mammals we share similar brain functioning in the orbitofrontal cortex, the part of our gray matter responsible for sensing and evaluating the pleasurable aspects of food.

Makers of junk food know it is highly addictive, but the UNSW study proves unequivocally that junk food alters behavior by causing near-permanent changes in the brain's reward circuiting, an alteration that can trigger obesity.

The study abstract concluded:
"We observed that rats fed a cafeteria diet for 2 weeks showed impaired sensory-specific satiety following consumption of a high calorie solution. The deficit in expression of sensory-specific satiety was also present 1 week following the withdrawal of cafeteria foods. Thus, exposure to obesogenic diets may impact upon neurocircuitry involved in motivated control of behavior."
While mammals developed a natural trigger over our evolutionary history which prevents us from over-eating, a phenomenon termed "sensory-specific satiety," the consumption of junk food overrides this natural 'kill' switch that allows us to regulate the calories we consume.

Junk food consumption also causes mitochondrial dysfunction and tissue inflammation, which leads to a host of other diseases. Perhaps most troubling, though, is that these fake foods also mess with our internal motivation and reward system - which causes us to seek more nutrition-less junk. It's like programming a time bomb and just waiting for it to blow.
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13 reasons to reject the Measles outbreak hype

Hype a war, sell an invasion.

Hype a disease, sell a vaccine.

That's the business model. Make no mistake about it.

And at the criminal liar's club called the US Centers for Disease Control, men and women are working that business model every day.

Here are 13 reasons to reject the current hype about the "measles outbreak."

One: Above and beyond all other reasons is the CDC's track record of lying. There is no reason to believe anything they say or publish. And I mean anything.

For example, during the so-called Swine Flu epidemic of 2009, as Sharyl Attkisson reported for CBS News (10/21), the CDC stopped counting Swine Flu cases in America.

Stopped. Counting.
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The Food Babe: Enemy of chemicals

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"Cereals here in the United States contain a packaging ingredient called—God, I'm paranoid." The natural-food advocate Vani Hari paused, laughing, looking at a man standing a few feet from our table in a Union Square coffee shop. He was huddled over his phone, just waiting for his coffee—or so it seemed. She lowered her voice, continuing, barely audible: "... called BHT."

Hari looked in my blank eyes. I asked, "In the plastic bags?"

She nodded as if I'd just been let in on the secret to end all secrets. "And in the U.K., they can't use it," Hari, who is better known through her blogging, speaking, and TV appearances as "The Food Babe," continued. "The purpose of it is to leach into the cereal, so it keeps it fresh. And, how many millions of kids are eating this every single day?"

"Why did the U.K. take it out?" I asked.

"They don't allow it," Hari said.

"They must have a reason."

"There are studies that suggest it's linked to cancer, tumors," she said. "It's an endocrine-disrupting chemical."
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The Dairy industry opposing GMO labels? Why?

The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) is one of the corporate front groups suing Vermont in an attempt to block the state's GMO labeling law. The trade group is also lobbying for H.R. 4432, an anti-consumer, anti-states' rights bill, introduced in April (2014) in the House of Representatives by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.). The bill, dubbed by consumers as the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, would preempt all state GMO labeling laws. HR 4432 would also legalize the use of the word "natural" on products that contain GMOs.

IDFA President and CEO Connie Tipton has been an outspoken opponent of consumers' right to know. In her address to this year's Dairy Forum, she noted that consumers "can be harsh critics on topics such as genetically modified organisms," and then went on to criticize "restrictive labeling requirements" as "a straightjacket on innovation and marketing."

Tipton has also made it clear that not only does the IDFA oppose mandatory GMO labeling laws, the trade group also opposes retailers' efforts to label voluntarily. For instance, when Walmart considered labeling the GMO sweet corn it sells (a promise that remains unfulfilled), Tipton went on the attack:
[Walmart] announced this past summer it planned to sell a new crop of genetically modified sweet corn created by Monsanto. Nothing wrong with that, but a lot of us were scratching our heads when Wal-Mart added that it would label the product as containing GMO ingredients - even though the Food and Drug Administration has already said the product is safe. Given Wal-Mart's size and market share, there are legitimate concerns that its decision on GMO labeling will force other retailers to march in lockstep behind the industry giant.
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Professor of Vascular Surgery exposes cholesterol myth

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This is a short clip from the upcoming film STATIN NATION II.


Comment: You can read the report here: Vascular surgeons write a damning report about lowering cholesterol drugs. In summary:
  • Not only are statin medications failing to impact on our most prevalent disease, but they are causing more harm than good.
  • Cholesterol is crucial for energy, immunity, fat metabolism, leptin, thyroid hormone activity, liver related synthesis, protection from stress, adrenal function, sex hormone syntheses and brain function.
  • Only middle aged men with coronary heart disease benefit from taking statins, but even in these cases statins may only work in the short term and should be stopped before adverse effects can take hold.
  • High cholesterol levels have been found to be protective in elderly and heart failure patients.
  • The statin industry is the utmost medical tragedy of all times.
  • A government report in Canada found an overestimation of benefit and underestimation of harm where statins are concerned.
  • Statins are associated with triple the risk of coronary artery and aortic calcification.


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