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Homeostasis: Life's balancing act

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The very first thing I did with my brand new Christmas knives was to cut the tip of my finger off... not enough to maim me permanently but enough to slightly change the shape of said finger. I watched in horrified fascination while copious amounts of blood ran down my hand and family members rushed up with towels and silently worried about whether there would still be corn bread stuffing.

Eventually, the bleeding stopped and I soldiered on, using my old, just sharp-enough knives. Over the next few days, the finger began to mend itself: First, there was just a thin slick of a protective coating, fragile and prone to reopening, then gradually the layers of skin began to re-form from the bottom up, each one building upon the one beneath.

I marveled as I watched the transformation, as even my fingerprints rebuilt themselves, until just a few days ago I realized I wasn't completely sure which finger had been injured. It was a vivid reminder of the old adage that, left to itself, the body will gravitate toward healing and health.

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Neutrophils: The body's primary defense against infection

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Life must not only obey the physical and chemical laws of nature, but must also protect itself from many of the other organisms that exist in the environment. Nature contains a multitude of different microbes that, though our senses cannot detect them, are always trying to enter our body so they can multiply. The first line of defense against infection by these microorganisms is the skin and the epithelial tissues that line the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary tracts. Deprived of any one of those, our earliest ancestors could not have survived long enough to reproduce. However, if by injury or functional ability, microbes penetrate to the tissues below, then they come up against the second line of defense: the immune system.

In previous articles I've shown that the immune system can be divided into two categories: the innate immune system that each of us is born with and the adaptive immune system which develops over time as we are exposed to the environment. Each of these systems has its unique cells and proteins that are needed for the body to defend against microbial invasion. In my last article I looked at the first responders of the innate immune system and how they act like sentries defending a walled town. Now let's look at the main immune cells in the blood that respond to the call to arms by the sentries and how they do their job to help keep the body alive.

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The Zika freakout: Is there more to this virus scare than meets the eye?

Thanks to reporters and researchers Jim Stone, Kathy Ford, the fullerton informer, Jim West, Martin Maloney, and Claus Jensen, who have moved this story forward and exposed the scam.

If you want to hide anything on this planet, twist it into a (fake) story about a virus. You're home free.

This is my second article on the Zika-virus scam (article archive here). I've been to these rodeos before: HIV, West Nile, Swine Flu, SARS, Ebola. In each case, a virus is blamed for illness and death that actually arises from other causes.

The Zika virus, now being blamed for the birth of babies with very small heads and impaired brains, has been around for a long time—late 1940s, early 1950s—and suddenly, without warning or reason, after inducing, at best, mild illness, it's producing horrendous damage? This is called a clue. A clue that scientific liars are lying. Furthermore, many of the women who are giving birth to deformed babies test negative for the presence of the Zika Virus.

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5HTP: Does it really enhance sleep quality?

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We don't fully understand why we need sleep, but we sure know the effects on the body if we don't get enough of it each day. Extended periods of sleep deprivation can cause some serious health issues that most insomniacs would be well aware of.

Sleep disorders are also closely linked to depression, anxiety, stress, and migraines. So it seems that cognitive issues are at least in part to blame for a chronic lack of sleep. Could you then adjust the levels of serotonin (the neurotransmitter responsible for happiness) to improve the quality of your sleep?

Turns out you can, but you don't need serotonin for it. You need 5 HTP, a common precursor to the neurotransmitter. The chemical is a byproduct of some proteins found naturally in African plants such as Griffonia simplicifolia. It's been used to treat everything from Parkinson's disease to premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Comment: Learn more about Boosting Your Happy Brain Chemistry with 5-HTP


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Disease: A blessing in disguise

Pain (any pain - emotional, physical, mental) has a message. The information it has about our life can be remarkably specific... Once we get the pain's message, and follow its advice, the pain goes away.
-- Peter McWilliams
When we think about creating and maintaining health, we typically only think about the physical part of our make-up. Little attention is paid to our thoughts, feelings and emotions, even though they are intimately connected to the state of our health and well-being.

Western medicine has only recently begun to appreciate the impact our thoughts and emotions have on our health and has started to investigate the link between the mind and the manifestation of disease in the body. Their work has led them to identify a number of reasons why people get sick. For some, illness and disease is a way in which individuals express unresolved distress and trauma. For others, getting sick may actually provide the person some kind of benefit, even if the benefit is based on an unhealthy belief.

Comment: Dr. Gabor Mate has written extensively on the connection between emotions and illness. See the following links:


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Zika virus 'spreading explosively' says World Health Organization

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Specimens of Aedes aegypti mosquito
The World Health Organization will assemble an emergency committee to deal with what it says is a rapidly spreading Zika virus pandemic. However, scientists believe a vaccine is years away, while doctors say "questions abound" concerning the disease.

The UN-endorsed body says that since the first cases were registered in Brazil in May of last year, as many as 1.5 million people have been affected by the virus in that country alone, while more than 20 other Central and South American states have registered native infections as well. The disease had previously only broken out in small pockets of Africa and Asia.

"Last year the disease was detected in the Americas, where it is spreading explosively," Margaret Chan, the WHO's director general, said at a hastily arranged press briefing in Geneva. "The level of concern is high, as is the level of uncertainty. Questions abound - we need to get some answers quickly. For all these reasons, I have decided to convene an Emergency Committee."

Most people with the disease, a mosquito-borne cousin of dengue and yellow fever, do not know they have been infected, or suffer mild flu-like symptoms. However, a notable minority appear to develop Guillain-Barre syndrome, a severe auto-immune condition, or give birth to children with microcephaly, a birth defect that results in an underdeveloped head and brain.

"A causal relationship between Zika virus and birth malformations and neurological syndromes has not yet been established - this is an important point - but it is strongly suspected. The possible links have rapidly changed the risk profile of Zika from a mild threat to one of alarming proportions," said Chan.

Before 2015, Brazil experienced fewer than 200 cases of microcephaly a year, but that figure has exploded to about 4,000 since the Zika outbreak, though officials say many can be attributed directly to other causes.

Comment: See also:


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OCD? A cure you haven't heard about

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"Every time I have the thought that I want to harm my husband, I have to spend about 15-20 minutes organizing the utensils in our drawer just perfectly. It's exhausting and so disturbing. I love him more than anyone in the world."
For Amy, this was her daily reality, on 40mg of Prozac, when she presented to my office during her first pregnancy. The psychic distress around this daily experience of a mind persecuting itself is difficult to witness, and even more difficult to treat. In the case of this patient, full spectrum fatty acid replacement and a gluten/dairy/sugar free organic diet allowed her to come off of medication and live, not only symptom-free, but vibrantly for the coming years.

Her gluten sensitivity is so extreme that it took three "vacation" slip-ups with ensuing destabilization for me to convince her that her ticket to full symptom remission was a complete commitment to the integrity of her diet.

Comment: OCD: The Surprising Truth - 94% of people have experienced unwanted, intrusive thoughts


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The Bride of Frankenfood: Hillary Clinton

Although during her tenure in the White House as first lady Hillary enjoyed the benefit of 8 years of organic non-GMO food by virtue of her residency in the White House, 2016 candidate Clinton has been perhaps the most vocal proponent of GM food to yet enter the race.

According to Global Research writer Stephen Lendman, nearly all the food produced for the Clinton White House was obtained from local growers and suppliers, GMO-free, pesticide-free, and with a preference for organic.[1] That, preference, however, is not to be afforded the American people and the people of the Third World for whom Hillary is pushing every toxic GM variety known to man.

Hillary's Big-Agra ties go back quite a long ways. As far back as the 1980s, Hillary was working at high levels within the Rose Law Firm, a law firm that itself was tied to a number of scandals. Although not a scandal at the time, it is now important to note that the Rose Law Firm, at which Clinton was a partner, maintained Monsanto and Tyson Foods as clients.[2]

Comment: New poll sadly shows only 60% of Americans think Hillary Clinton is untrustworthy and dishonest
You'd truly have to be a certified zombie, or living your life entirely under a rock, to not recognize how completely shady and corrupt this woman is.



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Zika virus spreading: US Health agency confirms 31 infected people in America

© REUTERS/ Ivan Alvarado
Laboratory testing confirmed at least 31 cases of infected individuals with the Zika virus who had traveled at risky areas abroad and are now in the United States, and additional 20 cases of infections in US territories, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Thursday.

"[The] 31 laboratory confirmed travel associated cases" had been found in 11 US states and in Washington DC, the announcement said.

In addition, there are "20 laboratory confirmed cases" of the Zika virus in US Territories, of which 19 in Puerto Rico and one in the US Virgin Islands.

Comment: Zika virus: Information about the latest global health scare


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Avoiding opioids: More doctors prescribe holistic treatment for chronic pain

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More than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain and medical practitioners are seeking holistic alternatives to opioids.

There is a lot of talk these days about chronic pain—the body's immune response gone rogue, triggering excessive inflammation and leading to a host of ailments like asthma, heart disease, and joint pain. More than 100 million Americans suffer from some form of chronic pain and up to 8 million of those are prescribed prescription opioids, which has arguably led to a prevalent addiction problem in this country. Research is beginning to show that painkillers are not the best way to treat all forms of chronic pain—though for some cases opioids may still be necessary.