Health & Wellness


Prunella Vulgaris: The heal-all herb

Prunella Vulgaris has a long history of medicinal use. It shows antiviral and antibacterial properties, and in China it is used as an anti-cancer drug. It can also be used for the prevention and treatment of cognitive impairments associated with Alzheimer's disease or schizophrenia.

Prunella vulgaris var. lilacina Nakai (Labiatae) is commonly known as the 'self-heal' herb or heal-all. It is widely distributed in Europe, Asia and North America.

Daily consumption of extracts from Prunella vulgaris var. lilacina may enhance cognitive function in lab mice, says a new study from South Korea. It is often found growing in waste ground, grassland, woodland edges, usually on basic and neutral soils.

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Killer Care: How medical error became America's third largest cause of death

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The following is an excerpt from Killer Care: How Medical Error Became America's Third Largest Cause of Death, and What Can Be Done About It by James B. Lieber (OR Books, 2015).

In the fourth quarter of the twentieth century, a series of medical errors captured public attention and drove change in unprecedented ways. It was a time—perhaps the last time—of powerful investigative media, especially daily newspapers that combed courthouses for stories of medical malpractice and did not simply report initial filings or final verdicts. Moreover, the victims, their families, and advocates exhibited a newfound tenacity in terms that went beyond their own struggles and spread into a quest for broader deterrence and reform. Inside health care, these epic battles are known as the "mediagenic cases."

Comment: WHO: Millions Of People Die Each Year Due To Medical Errors


Caffeine: Some interesting facts

People may not think of caffeine as the most popular mood-altering drug in the world, even those who use it daily, by drinking coffee, tea, sodas or energy drinks as part of their routine.

Yet many of us depend on regular doses of 1,3,7 trimethylxanthine, the chemical name for a bitter white powder known as caffeine, to help wake us up, keep us alert and get us through the daily grind.

Whether it's brewed from a K-Cup, sipped in sweet tea, savored in chocolate or downed in cola, caffeine is a mild stimulant to the central nervous system that has become a regular fixture in everyday life.


Fukushima radiation producing cancer clusters in children at more than 50 times that of normal population

Is radiation from nuclear meltdown literally sucking the life out of those growing up nearest do the accident site in Japan?

An alarming new study suggests that Fukushima may be producing cancer clusters in Japanese children, with rates soaring to more than 50 times typical levels of thyroid cancer in the general population.

NPR reports:
A new analysis of data from Fukushima suggests children exposed to the March 2011 nuclear accident may be developing thyroid cancer at an elevated rate.

In the past year or so, the Fukushima Health Survey of more than 150,000 children has turned up 25 "suspicious or malignant cases" of thyroid cancer. Thyroid screenings in previous years have also found numerous cases.

The work, led by Toshihide Tsuda of Okayama University, is based on a large public health survey that was set up in Japan's Fukushima prefecture following the accident. As part of the survey, children who were living near the plant at the time of the accident have been offered regular thyroid screenings.

Thyroid cancer can be caused by radioactive iodine released in a nuclear accident. Children are particularly susceptible because their thyroids are growing rapidly. Thyroid cancer was listed as a possible health risk in a World Health Organization report on Fukushima, though the report stated it would be difficult to link cancer cases to the accident.

Comment: As usual those in charge have been attempting to cover up the ongoing devastation resulting from this disaster. Rather than inform people of the real dangers, and give them information that could help them protect themselves, these psychopaths in their wishful thinking assume that they can carry on as usual without repercussions indefinitely, but the truth is now undeniable.


Hugging a tree is good for you, scientifically validated!

It has been recently scientifically validated that hugging trees is good for you. Research has shown that you don't even have to touch a tree to get better, you just need to be within its vicinity has a beneficial effect.

In a recently published book, Blinded by Science, the author Matthew Silverstone, proves scientifically that trees do in fact improve many health issues such as concentration levels, reaction times, depression, stress and other various forms of mental illness. He even points to research indicating a tree's ability to alleviate headaches in humans seeking relief by communing with trees.

The author points to a number of studies that have shown that children show significant psychological and physiological improvement in terms of their health and well being when they interact with plants and trees. Specifically, the research indicates that children function better cognitively and emotionally in green environments and have more creative play in green areas. Also, he quotes a major public health report that investigated the association between green spaces and mental health concluded that "access to nature can significantly contribute to our mental capital and well being".

Comment: Have you hugged a tree today?


Hugging boosts oxytocin and improves emotional well-being

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Neuroeconomist Paul Zak, also known as "Dr. Love," recommends at least eight hugs a day to be happier and enjoy better relationships.1 Psychotherapist Virginia Satir also famously said:2
"We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth."
This may very well be the "hug threshold" that allows your body to produce ample amounts of oxytocin, which is released in response to physical touch. The neuropeptide oxytocin, released by your pituitary gland, is a naturally occurring hormone in your body with incredibly powerful, health-giving properties.

It is also a key reason why the simple act of hugging is such an incredible way to not only bond with others but also boost your physical, and emotional, health.

Comment: Have you hugged anyone today?


The Lymphatic System: The secret to staying healthy

Let's talk about the sewer system of your body. Did you know the lymphatic system circulates, cleans, and filters all the leftover blood in the body? Surprisingly, there are three times more lymph than blood in the body. It is far too important not to educate people about this before society's toxic, consumeristic products overwhelm our most important detoxification system.

The gut contains up to 80% of our immune cells. They're contained in GALT, or gut associated lymphatic tissue. From our tonsils and adenoids in the throat to our colon, the gut is the storehouse of the lymphatic system. Lymphocytes, or white blood cells that are part of the lymphatic system, are also stored and made in the thymus behind the heart, the spleen, appendix, bone marrow, and lymph nodes scattered throughout the body. See how important mouth to colon health is? Why would the body put nearly our entire immune system there if exposure to food wasn't so vital?

Comment: Also check out: Holistic treatments for your lymphatic system

Mr. Potato

Straight to your lazy butt: Big Pharma says "The world needs exercise pills"

It is being reported that exercise pills are currently under development to save all the lazy couch potatoes from having to actually get up off the couch and stop watching Dancing with the Stars and football long enough to maintain circulation to a degree that they don't appear dead to onlookers.

Pills going through animal trials as we speak are set to attempt to mimic physical activity. Things like burning fat, forming new blood vessels, reinvigorating old cells and enhancing muscle fibers.

Comment: When will Big Pharma and Big Food realize that the synergistic effects of exercise cannot be 'bought'? Dr. Mercola address the intellectual arrogance of such an approach:
When done correctly, exercise can often times act as a substitute for some of the most common drugs used for things like diabetes, heart disease, and depression. Unfortunately, a side effect of our modern quick fix culture is that many still wish for a magic pill or elixir, and Nestlé now claims to be able to bottle the benefits of exercise...

The Allure of 'Exercise in a Bottle'

Nutritional supplements can serve an important function by helping to correct specific nutritional imbalances or deficiencies, but trust me - they will never be able to replace physical exercise...

The intellectual arrogance of this approach is only exceeded by Nestle's egregious attempts at profits with disregard to health. It reminds me of their efforts to stop women in third world countries from breastfeeding so they could sell them vastly inferior synthetic formula that they made.

Clearly, a great many people struggle with weight issues. But to think that an "exercise potion" will be able to save you from the hassle of having to break a sweat is nothing short of delusional. There is simply no way a supplement will be able to stimulate your muscle to provide the complex physiology they need to provide you with optimal health.


Recall effort underway against California Vaccine Senator Richard Pan

Even though the effort to repeal S.B. 277 in California has officially failed, possibly due to what many suggest may have been a concerted act at sabotage, another "repeal" effort is taking place in the golden state. This time, however, it is not a bill that is the target, but a senator.

California Senator Pan, one of the main sponsors of S.B. 277, is now facing a recall effort begun at the grassroots level by a number of California citizens who find his corporate pandering, political corruption, and violation of parental rights to no longer be tolerable.

Comment: Senator Pan's political shenanigans and obvious conflicts of interest are well documented:
  • Undue influence: BigPharma made huge donations to California lawmakers voting on mandatory vaccines
The Sacramento Bee is reporting that State lawmakers behind bill SB277 have ties to the makers of vaccines. Pharmaceutical companies and their trade groups gave current members of the Legislature more than $2 million. Nine of the top 20 recipients of these funds are either members of the Senate health committee, or leaders who could influence the outcome of the bill, as well as push it through to law.

One senator, in particular, is also a doctor, Richard Pan, who received more than $95,000 in campaign cash. He also just happens to be the man who wrote the bill.
"Not only does he... lack any moral character of any kind, but because this law is a primary fiscal benefit to the University of California [which] does the research and development of these vaccines and then gets paid to test these vaccines, and then gets paid to administrate these vaccines, it's a complete cash cow for the university," he said.

"To have him become a tool and a pawn of the university for the sake of generating billions and billions of dollars into the university, which is a direct benefit to the state of California... it's all about the money, folks," he said, adding that UC Davis was also one of Pan's major campaign contributors.


Monsanto's crash and burn

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It's hard to believe that the once almighty Monsanto is on its knees. But their dirty deeds seem to have finally caught up with them.

Monsanto shares have already dropped 27 percent this year and they just posted fourth quarter losses wider than estimates.

They also announced cost-saving measures to counter their plunge; deep cuts to their workforce and exiting the sugarcane business.

Bloomberg reports:
Monsanto Co. said it will eliminate 2,600 jobs as part of a cost-savings plan, joining a growing list of major corporations struggling to contain the damage from the decline in world commodities prices.

The St. Louis-based agricultural giant announced the reductions — the equivalent of 12 percent of its workforce — as it reported a loss of 19 cents a share in the fiscal fourth quarter and warned profit would remain weak through 2016.

Comment: Monsanto's ultimate demise can't come soon enough. The death and destruction they have sown around the world is incalculable. Hopefully, when they go down they'll take Dow and Syngenta with them