Health & Wellness


Go ahead and enjoy eating fat - It's way better than carbs, major new study says

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Load up on butter, and throw away your calorie counter. A major new study has reversed the commonly accepted, decades-long nutritional wisdom that fat is bad for you - even the dreaded saturated fat. "People who avoid carbohydrates and eat more fat, even saturated fat, lose more body fat and have fewer cardiovascular risks than people who follow the low-fat diet that health authorities have favored for decades," the New York Times reported today.

The report is based on a major new study paid for by the National Institutes of Health and published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. It monitored a racially diverse group of 150 men and women who followed different assigned diets for a year. The diets either limited carbs or fats, but placed no limits on calories, which set it apart from other studies of its kind.

"To my knowledge, this is one of the first long-term trials that's given these diets without calorie restrictions," Dariush Mozaffarian, the dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University told the Times. "It shows that in a free-living setting, cutting your carbs helps you lose weight without focusing on calories. And that's really important because someone can change what they eat more easily than trying to cut down on their calories."

Dieters who follow the trends may recognize echoes of the infamous Atkins diet, which featured lots of protein and fat and few carbs as the ticket to weight loss. But critics said it increased heart disease risks by ignoring the supposed dangers of cholesterol.

200 Colombian girls fall ill with a mysterious illness: The puzzling symptoms are feared to have resulted from a bad reaction to a cervical cancer vaccination

More than 200 teenage girls have reportedly fallen ill with an as-of-yet unidentifiable illness in the small town of El Carmen de Bolivar, in northern Colombia. The girls, who range between the ages of 9 and 16, have suffered symptoms of fainting, numbness in the hands and headaches.

Some are suggesting that that mystery sickness could be a bizarre case of mass hysteria (that's a thing that can make you ill?) but recent reports suggest parents' concerns that the root cause could be a vaccination for cervical cancer, as all of the victims of the illness have been injected with Gardasil recently.

The outbreak reportedly began in May, but attracted noticeable attention last weekend, when around 120 young girls were rushed to hospital complaining of the odd symptoms. The sudden surge in illness inundated the small town's limited medical facilities, leaving little room for the large number medical complaints that followed.

Despite the fact that the vaccination has been looked to as the explanation of the mysterious ill health, investigations suggest that there aren't any obvious links to the globally tested jab, which prevents four strains of HPV, the virus which can cause cervical cancer.

Comment: Unfortunately, won't be the first time vaccinations lead to severe reactions, even death.


Remove Vaccine Safety Oversight from DHHS - 'too much power for one federal agency'

On Aug. 27, 2014 a senior scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)1 publicly admitted2 that he and other CDC officials, including the current CDC's Director of Immunization Safety 3, 4 published a study about MMR vaccine safety in 20045 that "omitted statistically significant information" and "did not follow the final study protocol. "He said the study "omitted relevant findings in a particular study for a particular sub group for a particular vaccine" and added that "there have always been recognized risks for vaccination" and "it is the responsibility for the CDC to properly convey [vaccine] risks."


Industry engineered food cravings

Standing in her kitchen in downtown Toronto chopping vegetables for dinner, Pat Guillet is aware she has entered the battleground.

"Whenever you go grocery shopping, or into your kitchen, you're in a war zone. You have to really be prepared before you go in," she said. She decides, in advance, exactly what she's going to eat, and she forces herself to stick to the plan. Because she knows she is just one sweet mouthful away from a descent back into hell. Pat Guillet is a food addict.

"I ate to the point it hurt to move. And I would just lie in my bed and wish I was dead," she said. She has finally wrestled her addiction under control and now she counsels other food addicts to avoid processed food. "Yeah, just the sight of the packages will trigger cravings," she said.

Craving. It doesn't just happen to food addicts. Most people have experienced the impulse to seek out and consume a favourite packaged snack food. On one billboard, recently put up in Toronto, the intention to make you reach for another one is prominently declared, in large letters that tower over the city street. It's a picture of a box of crackers, and the promise "You'll be back for more."

Dr. Andrew Wakefield breaks silence on CDC scientist's admission of vaccine research fraud

While other media outlets remain silent on this breaking story, Next News Network continues its investigation into the CDC Whistleblower Dr William Thompson... and as a result of Thompson's statements a collective voice is accusing the CDC of fraud.

Initially Dr. Thompson contacted Doctor Brian Hooker stating the CDC has been hiding self-incriminating evidence for over 10 years now and that he WITNESSED the CDC remove large numbers of young black boys from their case study, because they showed a 340 percent SPIKE in autism after vaccinations.

Comment: The links listed below date back a few years, for a more in depth look at the obvious character assassination of doctors researching the connections between vaccinations and autism, and the current CDC whistleblower vaccine fraud revelations, read the following articles:


Alzheimer Disease: How soon would you want to know?

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Have you been forgetful lately? Any difficulty concentrating? Trouble recalling names?

Answer "yes" to even one question like that, and there are some who want you to head to a clinic for memory screening. And it's not because there is a good new treatment for dementia. If only there were. Therapy for dementia remains a bleak landscape. And while we have a sense of some risk factors that could be modified (like smoking), there's nothing solid enough to be an early prevention strategy, either. Nevertheless, people are taking lessons from the cancer awareness-raising playbook to encourage and prime us towards believing we can prevent Alzheimer disease, and accept early - even very early - detection. It seems to me we're not prepared for this. If we're diagnosed with Alzheimer's or any dementia, almost all of us would want to know it: somewhere around 90%, according to a recent study and systematic review. But that's not the same as wanting to be diagnosed early: there the numbers in favor drop steeply.

Comment: Actually, there is evidence that nicotine helps Alzheimer's as well as Parkinson's Patients and that nicotine can improve attention and other cognitive skills. It seems that the risk factors that lessen your brain functions are quite the contrary to what we are lead to believe. These include:

At the moment, the odds are that most of us won't ever have to cross that bridge ourselves. And as people get generally healthier, the chances of a person at average risk getting Alzheimer dementia could fall, too. But a downside of early detection campaigns is a wave of false positives. They're only worth it when the benefits outweigh the inevitable harms.

Early detection is intuitively compelling when faced with a dreadful, progressive disease. Get in and do something before it's too late. But as I've discussed here before, hope can prevail over reason.

Comment: Instead of second guessing if you have Alzheimer's, why not start to minimize the risk factors by changing to a healthy diet? Here are some excellent articles for further reading:

Tips & Tricks for Starting (or Restarting) Low Carb Pt 1

Tips & Tricks for Starting (or Restarting) Low Carb Pt 2

The Ketogenic Diet - An Overview

Gluten: What You Don't Know Might Kill You

The Naive Vegetarian

The Truth About Vegetarianism

Everything About Fat

Ketosis 101: Part 1


Training your brain to prefer healthy foods

Comment: Ignore the blatantly incorrect and damaging dietary recommendations mentioned in the article and instead see beneficial tips at the end. But do pay attention to the methodology, because it's a good way of retraining one's brain.

It may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthy low-calorie foods over unhealthy higher-calorie foods, according to new research by scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University and at Massachusetts General Hospital. Published online today in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes, a brain scan study in adult men and women suggests that it is possible to reverse the addictive power of unhealthy food while also increasing preference for healthy foods.

"We don't start out in life loving French fries and hating, for example, whole wheat pasta," said senior and co-corresponding author Susan B. Roberts, Ph.D., director of the Energy Metabolism Laboratory at the USDA HNRCA, who is also a professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and an adjunct professor of psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine. "This conditioning happens over time in response to eating - repeatedly! - what is out there in the toxic food environment."

Scientists have suspected that, once unhealthy food addiction circuits are established, they may be hard or impossible to reverse, subjecting people who have gained weight to a lifetime of unhealthy food cravings and temptation. To find out whether the brain can be re-trained to support healthy food choices, Roberts and colleagues studied the reward system in thirteen overweight and obese men and women, eight of whom were participants in a new weight loss program designed by Tufts University researchers and five who were in a control group and were not enrolled in the program.

Comment: The key mechanism to influencing one's brain is retraining one's gut bacteria: Gut bacteria - puppet masters? In an ecosystem within us, microbes evolved to sway food choices

Also, consider the fact, that compromised health means lesser resistance to viruses, such as Ebola. Knowledge protects and ignorance endangers. A terrible virus such as this spreads terror and confusion, but being aware is the best protection that we have.

One of the most efficient ways of strengthening the immune system and also losing weight is through adopting a Ketogenic Diet.


High-fat low-carb ketogenic diets beginning to earn mainstream respect

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Ding-dong, the sandwich is dead. That rewriting of the "Wizard of Oz" song could become the mantra of low-carb dieters who are cheering as Time magazine reversed its previous views on saturated fat on Thursday. In addition, the "Today" show quickly followed, reporting on a new study showing no link between heart disease and the consumption of foods such as butter, bacon and beef.

"I do agree butter, along with other saturated fats like poultry skin, coconut oil, full fat dairy and certain cuts of red meat, are no longer the enemy," NBC's diet expert Joy Bauer said Thursday. "And unfortunately when fat was vilified back in the 1970s, we replaced those fats guessed it...refined carbohydrates."

However, she cautioned that it's not time yet to start pouring massive amounts of butter over every food you eat. Instead, she does urge that we lose our fear of fats and lower the amounts of refined starch that we consume.

Comment: Increasing saturated fat consumption is only effective as long as carbohydrate consumption in any form is gradually reduced to 50 grams per day or lower. It is important to educate yourself about the ketogenic diet before embarking on any dietary change.

Bauer echoed the message in a new book that's attracting unprecedented attention from experts: "The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet." Investigative journalist Nina Teicholz devoted years to proving the message of that title: Low-carb high-fat (LCHF) diets can reverse the epidemic of obesity and linked conditions such as diabetes.

Comment: For more on this topic:


CDC whistleblower William Thompson's confession

On August 27, CDC whistleblower William Thompson came out of the shadows and admitted he had omitted vital data from a 2004 study on the MMR vaccine and its connection to autism.

Thompson's official statement was released through his Cincinnati attorney, Rick Morgan.

The key piece in Thompson's statement is:
"I regret that my coauthors and I omitted statistically significant information in our 2004 article published in the journal Pediatrics. The omitted data suggested that African American males who received the MMR vaccine before age 36 months were at increased risk for autism. Decisions were made regarding which findings to report after the data were collected, and I believe that the final study protocol was not followed."

"My concern has been the decision to omit relevant findings in a particular study for a particular sub group for a particular vaccine. There have always been recognized risks for vaccination and I believe it is the responsibility of the CDC to properly convey the risks associated with receipt of those vaccines."

Everything else in Thompson's statement is backfill and back-pedaling and legal positioning and self-protection.

Ebola virus rapidly mutating, making it harder to diagnose and treat

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Countries across the world battle to contain the spreads of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), the killer ailment appears to be devising means of circumventing efforts to stop it, researchers have said.

Experts claim that the virus is "rapidly and continually mutating, making it harder to diagnose and treat."

This is just as former President Olusegun Obasanjo declared, on Saturday, that the index case, Patrick Sawyer, in a "devilish" connivance with some Liberian authorities, intentionally brought the disease to Nigeria.

He also noted that the disease, which he said had become a global problem, had been taking a toll on Nigeria's economy, charging the Federal Government to partner the World Health Organisation (WHO), European Union (EU) and government of America in containing the virus.

Sunday Tribune's finding showed that result of a research by a team of American scientists indicates that the initial patients diagnosed with the virus in Sierra Leone revealed almost 400 genetic modifications, concluding that this could render current treatment ineffective and put vaccines that are being worked on for its cure in danger.

Comment: Waiting for vaccines that probably won't work is a bad idea. There are much better ways to protect yourself. See: Are you prepping your diet? and Scientists stumble across the obvious treatment for Ebola: tobacco

Comment: BigPharma will no doubt produce an Ebola vaccine, but it's use could have devastating consequences. There are several reasons why being vaccinated might NOT be such a good idea:

1) If the vaccine fails - and vaccines have a solid track record of failure - those who were used as guinea pigs would be predisposed to infection.

2) A vaccine may exert selective pressure on the virus to produce "mutants" capable of being more pathogenic. See perfect examples here: Fail: Infant Hep B vaccines perform shamefully; time to end them? , Vaccine not virus responsible for Spanish flu and Children Who Get Flu Vaccine Have Three Times Risk Of Hospitalization For Flu, Study Suggests.

3) The Black Death which killed scores of people around the world was an Ebola-like virus

4) Mother nature doesn't need our help to create a deadly mutated virus: New Light on the Black Death: The Viral and Cosmic Connection.

5) Ebola is supposedly transmitted directly, but there are indications that it has become air-borne