Health & Wellness


Brain development might be influenced by cesarean vs normal birth

Birth is an important event for the nervous system, according to an emerging line of research.

Years of research have shown that time in the womb is crucial for brain development; so is early childhood, when experiences and nutrition alike can shape the growing nervous system.

But what about the day that separates the two?

Birth may play a larger role in brain development than previously believed, a new and ongoing study reveals. The long-term implications for humans are still fuzzy, but if the findings hold, they'll position the brain as one of many organs influenced by the birth experience.

"We know these major organs — the heart, the lungs — are being prepared prenatally for life outside the mother," said Alexandra Castillo-Ruiz, a postdoctoral researcher at Georgia State University. "We know little about the brain."

And we don't know whether changing the method of birth will affect how the brain develops — and if so, how. The research is still in its early stages, but scientists are finding evidence that cesarean delivery may influence health in the long run by, for example, increasing the child's risk for juvenile arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease, among other autoimmune conditions. Is there a similar effect for the brain as well?

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GMO foods: Turning your intestines into an insecticide factory?

The rise of GMOs in our food supplies raises a variety of issues, from environmental degradation to nutrient depletion, dependency on toxic agro-chemicals and government corruption — many topics with lots of well sourced information. Often falling into the cracks is the effect of GM foods on intestinal health. Why does it matter? Because intestinal health is directly linked to genetics, immunity and our overall health and well-being.

The History of GMOs

The GMO revolution was fueled by oil subsidies, government corruption and university funding (1). GMOs were engineered after WW2, based on a surplus military product. There was extra bomb making material that was found to work as fertilizer, so the synthetic fertilizer industry was created. There was excess nerve gas that could be used as an insecticide, and the insecticidal industry was created.

The primary reason GM crops are engineered is to allow them to drink poison (pesticides), and survive. They are inserted with foreign genes that allow them to what would otherwise be deadly doses of poisonous herbicides, fungicides and insecticides. These crops can be sprayed at extremely high doses, killing everything around them but leaving the crop intact. (2)

Comment: While it is not surprising that GMO foods cause major disturbances in gut flora, research into the specific bacteria present in products like glyphosate/RoundUp, that lead to gut imbalances/toxicity, is really frightening!

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Fascia: Fascinating connective tissue

While "fascia" is a topic frequently tossed around in sports arenas and on massage tables, it's only recently made its way into the yoga world. I had the pleasure of sitting down with world-class yogi and fascia guru, Charles Maclnerney, to chat about the fascinating world of fascia and how it affects our bodies, brains, and beyond.

Let's start with the basics: What is fascia?

At its most basic definition: Fascia is connective tissue. It's kind of like a pomegranate—your skin is the outer shell, while your organs, muscles, and bones are the juicy seeds—all the white parts and pockets are fascia.


Tamiflu poses long-term neuro-psychiatric risks

Come flu season, antiviral drugs like oseltamivir (marketed under the trade name "Tamiflu") become very popular to treat the symptoms of influenza A and influenza B. It has also been recommended to take Tamiflu to prevent the flu after being exposed to it.

Tamiflu is highly recommended to be taken within the first 48 hours of being presented with flu symptoms by the Infectious Disease Society of America, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the United Kingdom's National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Even the World Health Organization (WHO) classifies Tamiflu as an "essential" medicine that has been "selected with due regard to public health relevance, evidence on efficacy and safety, and comparative cost-effectiveness."

However, studies are proving that Tamiflu may not be as effective or safe as presented by these large government bodies. In fact, evidence is showing just the opposite - because, let's face it, negative side effects are reasonable to expect with any medication.

However, Tamiflu presents itself with millions of reported side effects which include long-term neuropsychiatric adverse reactions - especially in boys aged 10 to 19 years old.

Comment: The fact that this drug is still on the market, despite years of evidence showing that it not only has little effect but that it poses such significant risks underlies the power of the medical-pharmaceutical cartel and their obvious disregard of the public's well-being.


How do you know when you're full? Your gut bacteria send satiety hormones to your brain

Recent findings published in the journal Cell Metabolism show that bacteria in your gut control exactly when and how much you eat.

Researchers have found that 20 minutes after a meal, bacteria produce proteins that influence activation of appetite-regulating neurons in the brain.

"We now think bacteria physiologically participate in appetite regulation immediately after nutrient provision by multiplying and stimulating the release of satiety hormones from the gut," said senior study author Serguei Fetissov from University of Rouen in France.

"In addition, we believe gut microbiota produce proteins that can be present in the blood longer term and modulate pathways in the brain," Fetissov pointed out.

Comment: For more on the role of gut bacteria see:

Magic Wand

Heal yourself: Body, mind & soul


The mind/body/soul connection can allow you to heal in ways that prescription medications never could.

My body taught me how to get healthy. It's a celebratory wonder. No one else knew how to pull me out of the quagmire.

This wondrously animated bag of bones has only ever wanted my attention. The body knows about healing and survival and evolution and when acknowledged that leads to freedom.

Yes, the human beings capacities are awe inspiring. And yet what we do to ourselves here in the west is tragic...we shut down these incredibly intelligent creatures.

Comment: True healing: The one thing that Big Pharma can never deliver
True healing and true health are deep concepts which by their very definition imply oneness and unity (the word heal is etymologically derived from various words such as the Old English hælan meaning "to make whole"). True healing includes the many levels within you beyond just the physical - the integration of the emotional, sexual, mental, spiritual and other selves or layers. True healing is far beyond just "managing", "treating" and "curing" disease, which Big Pharma and its lapdog the FDA like to focus so exclusively upon. Western medicine has its place in society as an excellent tool for specialized surgical or other emergency interventions - however it came into being from the Rockefeller-Big Pharma cartel, whose business model thrives on repeat customers who can't get off the hamster wheel of drug after drug after drug. On a deeper level, is it really any wonder that Western medicine can't deliver true healing, when its approach is narrow and materialistic, rather than broad and holistic - when it's fixated on managing, treating and curing, rather than healing?


Synapse discovery suggests earlier detection of Alzheimer's

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One of the first signs of Alzheimer’s disease is the loss of synapses
A team of researchers led by UNSW Australia scientists has discovered how connections between brain cells are destroyed in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease - work that opens up a new avenue for research on possible treatments for the degenerative brain condition.

"One of the first signs of Alzheimer's disease is the loss of synapses - the structures that connect neurons in the brain," says study leader, Dr Vladimir Sytnyk, of the UNSW School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences.

"Synapses are required for all brain functions, and particularly for learning and forming memories. In Alzheimer's disease, this loss of synapses occurs very early on, when people still only have mild cognitive impairment, and long before the nerve cells themselves die.

"We have identified a new molecular mechanism which directly contributes to this synapse loss - a discovery we hope could eventually lead to earlier diagnosis of the disease and new treatments."

The team studied a protein in the brain called neural cell adhesion molecule 2, or NCAM2 - one of a family of molecules that physically connects the membranes of synapses and help stabilise these long lasting synaptic contacts between neurons.

Comment: Also check out Memory loss in Alzheimer's reversed with a low carb and gluten free diet

Red Flag

Triclosan: Are you washing your hands with toxic pesticides?

Triclosan, found in common "antibacterial" products, is linked to impaired muscle function and hormone disruption.

If you take a look at the label on your anti-bacterial soap, you may see the chemical triclosan listed. If you haven't heard of triclosan, you should know that is in a number of home and personal care products that you may be using on a daily basis.

Triclosan was introduced to the marketplace in 1972, although it was originally developed and registered as a pesticide in 1969. (1) At that time it was used in hospitals and health care settings for its antibacterial properties.

Comment: Make sure to read labels, and be aware of the endocrine disrupting dangers of Triclosan in commonly used products:


Iodine deficiency linked to thyroid and breast cancer, fibrocystic breast disease, infertility, obesity, mental retardation & halide toxemia

Based on research of: Guy Abraham, MD, David Brownstein, MD, and Linnette Beck.
There is an epidemic of Iodine deficiency in this country - one that affects every man, woman and child - and especially vegetarians. Over the last 30 years our Iodine intake has declined 50% (removed from our food supply!), while the ingestion of toxic competing halogens (bromine, fluorine, chlorine, perchlorate) has dramatically increased in food, water, medicines and the environment. [For example: Iodine in wheat has been replaced with Bromine, the gas used to fumigate your house for termites!] Simultaneously there has been a related increase in the rates of thyroid disease, breast cancer, fibrocystic breast disease, prostate cancer, and obesity -- plus developmental delays and mental retardation in children! Meanwhile in Japan Iodine intake is up to 100 times higher, while all of these same diseases are significantly lower!

Symptoms of Iodine or thyroid deficiency

Do you have any of these symptoms? Brittle nails, cold hands and feet, cold intolerance, depression, difficulty swallowing, dry skin, dry hair or hair loss, fatigue, high cholesterol, hoarseness, infertility, lethargy, menstrual irregularities, early menopause, poor memory or concentration, slower heartbeat, throat pain, or weight gain. Or more serious diseases: thyroid dysfunction, fibrocystic breast disease, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, or prostate cancer? Does your child have any of these symptoms? Developmental delays (ADD, PDD, LD), mental retardation, or Down's Syndrome. If so, iodine deficiency or hypothyroid could be the cause.

Symptoms of thyroid excess

Symptoms of hyper-thyroid (levels that are too high) include: racing pulse, heart palpitations, and Graves Disease. Graves Disease is an autoimmune condition that reflects toxemia, where a foreign substance binds to TSH receptors, causing the body to make higher and higher amounts of thyroid hormones. It can become life threatening.

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Why do so many people have allergies: Could Antibiotic over-use be the problem?

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Too many?
Scientists have warned for decades that the overuse of antibiotics leads to the development of drug-resistant bacteria, making it harder to fight infectious disease. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that drug resistant bacteria cause 23,000 deaths and two million illnesses each year.

But when we think of antibiotic overuse, we don't generally think of allergies. Research is beginning to suggest that maybe we should.

Comment: The abuse of antibiotics and the rise of 'super bugs':