Health & Wellness


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


Play mitigates the effects of stress and disease

I've mentioned the Primal concept of play quite a bit recently, and I figured I should clarify what I mean with a comprehensive post.

But Mark! A Definitive Guide to something that is essentially formless, spontaneous, and boundless? Surely you jest!

Before you scoff, consider the current status of play in our society. Think about where "play" as a concept has been relegated - to the "important but ultimately expendable" category. Roving bands of children out for kicks and innocent thrills who answer only to the streetlights are absent, replaced by Purel-soaked kids being bused to their next "play date." Working men and women accumulate enough stress for a dozen Groks in the course of a week, putting in overtime and working weekends, only to collapse on the couch in front of the TV once they get home. If they're lucky, they'll get a few hours a week on the treadmill or out in the yard with the kids or the dog. When they finally manage to get it, people enjoy play (it is fun, after all), but - whether it's our Puritan past summoning hidden guilt at the thought of pleasure for pleasure's sake or the consumerist mentality pushing us to work, work, work - there's always "real life" calling and interrupting the fun. Pure play has become more of a luxury nowadays or, even worse, is considered to be "kids' stuff." But when your kids can't even play without checking their schedules first, you know there's a serious problem.

Comment: Child's play 'better than a jog'

Top Secret

Conventional doctors in the pocket of Big Pharma

New government data show drug and medical device makers paid a shocking $6.49 billion to doctors and hospitals in 2014.

It's no secret that the pharmaceutical industry has an incestuous—and incredibly profitable—relationship with some of the doctors who prescribe their drugs to patients. But a new set of data compiled by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) shows the extent to which some doctors are in the pocket of Big Pharma.

The CMS data was made available through the publicly searchable Open Payments program. The program is meant to increase transparency by requiring drug and device manufacturers to report payments to doctors.

Comment: Big Pharma rip off: Why do Americans allow it?


Keeping consumers out of the dark: Debunking GMO myths

Shoppers across North America have a growing interest in knowing what is in the food they are buying and feeding to their loved ones. In particular, more people want to know whether the food they are buying contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.

With news coming straight to our cell phones, inboxes and newsfeeds every day, it can be hard to distinguish what is true and what is false. As a non-profit organization, the Non-GMO Project is committed to preserving and building the non-GMO food supply. A key part of our mission is to provide education, whether in the form of transparent labels or the knowledge needed to make an informed choice. We strongly believe in keeping shoppers out of the dark when it comes to the food they are buying and feeding to their families.

Comment: Equipped with the facts, make informed choices! Read more about the growing concerns over GMO food!


Activated charcoal: The natural tooth whitener

For far too many years, there have been stories exposing harmful chemicals found in our everyday items. Chemicals such as fluoride and triclosan found in deodorant, cosmetics, and our toothpastes, has led me to find more natural products to replace them. If you think the FDA is on our side and looking out for these harmful chemicals, think again. In fact, the FDA actually conspired with Colgate to hide the evidence of how harmful triclosan truly is.

As usual, we need to be more mindful about the products we use and try and find more natural ways to live. Making your own tooth powder is a natural way of cleaning teeth and a way of rectifying the issue of removing the chemicals from our daily lives.

In fact, I came across how useful charcoal is as a natural way to clean pots and pan when you do not have soap, so why not use it on your teeth?


So Roundup "probably" causes cancer? What does this new classification mean?

If your circle of friends and acquaintances is anything like mine, you've already heard by now that the World Health Organization just classified glyphosate — the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup — as a probable carcinogen.

The WHO cancer agency also added two other pesticides, malathion and diazinon, to this "probable" category. That has received less press coverage because they, unlike glyphosate, are not associated with genetically engineered crops, always a lightning rod. There was a big increase in the use of glyphosate when farmers switched over to GE glyphosate-resistant crops.

Comment: It means, regardless of how Big Ag justifies the continued use of such an evil toxic chemical, glyphosate causes significant harm in humans, animals, plants and the environment:
Glyphosate: A trajectory of human misery

There are many potentially causative and contributory factors, but glyphosate has generally gotten a pass because it was considered "generally recognized as safe" - GRAS - for its apparently low toxicity. Indeed, short term studies appeared to confirm its innocence. However, long term studies of its effects on health weren't done until recently. The most insidious factor in glyphosate's toxicity has been the slow expression of harmful effects. Because of it, studies demonstrating glyphosate's insidious action inside the body - like those Samsel & Seneff reviewed - have been systematically ignored.

So glyphosate is now the most popular herbicide on earth, and that factor is driving the extent of harm it produces. It isn't just the fact of its toxicity that's at issue, it's the sheer volume of usage.

Samsel & Seneff's research is blowing away the smokescreen around the harmful effects of this monstrous product. They have provided specifics for how glyphosate can destroy health and produce the modern plague of chronic diseases.