Health & Wellness


Scents and essential oils that can help relieve stress

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Ever wonder why some scents make you feel relaxed or energized? It's no coincidence and we have our olfactory system to thank for its intimate relationship with the brain, which affects both our memory and mood. Here are 10 scents which will enhance this system with just one whiff.

1) Lemon
Promotes concentration and allows the mind to calm especially when angry, anxious or very exhausted. Lemon boosts the body's immune system, improving circulation and is known to reduce anxiety and depression.

2) Cinnamon
The stimulating properties in cinnamon can help fight mental fatigue and improve concentration and focus. Researchers from Wheeling Jesuit University studied participants and found that those who took a whiff of cinnamon improved in cognitive functions like visual-motor response, working memory and attention span.


Another synthetic sugar, Allulose soon to be used in processed foods

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Over the years we have seen all types of sugar substitutes and synthetics produced, and used, in the hopes of dealing with consumers' sugar cravings while supposedly not increasing weight gain. However, there's a "new kid" coming to the sugar neighborhood; it's "allulose," which will be marketed under the trade name DOLCIA PRIMA® Allulose. Another name for it is D-Psicose. The prime market is not "direct-to-consumers" but to food processors who will use it as an ingredient in all sorts of processed foods.

Readers are encouraged to read the "Application in Action" sheet for DOLCIA PRIMA provided by the manufacturer Tate & Lyle, as it hopefully will be listed on every product ingredient label in which it is used.

According to Tate & Lyle's Technical Data sheet, "the caloric value of pure allulose is 0.2 kcal/gram."

Comment: Manufacturers are continually attempting to derive sugar substitutes which have often been approved with little oversight by the FDA. It's not until serious side effects show up in the general population that the truth emerges that these products are dangerous. Aspartame and Truvia are perfect examples:

Truvia: Chemically processed sugar substitute
GMO derived erythritol, the main ingredient in Truvia, found to be a potent insecticide
Avoiding Artificial Sweeteners? This Study Will Surprise You...
Aspartame: Putting the DIE into dieting since 1981


Pointless: Report finds flu shot worked in one in three cases in UK

Last winter's flu jab worked in 34% of cases, according to a final report by Public Health England.

At one stage early in the season, it was estimated that the vaccine was stopping only three out of every 100 immunised people developing symptoms.

But the report said there had been a "shift" in the dominant circulating strains during the rest of the winter.

Prof Paul Cosford, from Public Health England, said its effectiveness had been "slightly lower" than usual. Flu is a constantly shifting target making it difficult to develop a vaccine. It is why a new jab is needed each year. Officials are concerned that the drop in the vaccine's effectiveness may affect uptake this coming winter.

Comment: This shows how ridiculous it is when people get hysterical about being around unvaccinated people:

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Chinese still producing plastic rice which causes serious digestive issues and can be fatal

Natural Blaze note: when reports started surfacing several years ago about fake, plastic rice it shocked the world. Maybe everyone forgot because it didn't affect them and the reports of it settled on a few particular Chinese cities. However, the problem continues and it is insidious. For a poor Chinese family to unwittingly consume the equivalent of one plastic bag per three bowls of rice - this is cruel!

China has been producing fake rice for at least four years, and it is still on the market. Singapore media reported that this "rice" is produced with potatoes, sweet potatoes and - believe it or not - poisonous plastic. It is shaped like regular rice grains but remains hard after cooking and can cause serious health issues.

The rice in question China's Wuchang rice. The rice is very popular because the real Wuchang rice is famous for its smell, and it costs more for its quality (almost double the price), according to Blue Ocean Network (BON) TV report, a popular English Channel in China.

But many consumers still don't know what they're getting.

Comment: China has a history of food safety scandals, and they are not alone in using highly questionable ingredients and processes in foodstuffs. Food regulatory agencies are simply unable to keep up with the ingenuity of food manufacturers.

Blue Planet

What the world thinks of GMOs

Despite widespread protests, America has very lax policies toward allowing genetically modified food to be grown, packaged, and sold. Outside our borders, it's a different story all together.

There's been a lot of hubbub surrounding our domestic battles to mandate labels for genetically modified organisms, or GMO foods. So much din, in fact, that you might not have noticed other countries out there, wrestling with their own policies on the controversial products. In fact, Scotland just made history by opting out of growing all genetically modified crops. And it might set a precedent.

Comment: What the world thinks of GMOs? Increasing number of countries banning cancer causing glyphosate and GMO's

Take 2

'DocuSerial' - A new journalistic genre exposing Big Pharma corruption

Journalist and media entrepreneur Steve Brill on Tuesday unveils what he deems a new journalistic genre, the "DocuSerial."

Brill and Huffington Post are combining for a 58,000-word, 15-part Brill-reported series, "America's Most Admired Law Breaker." The unsparing investigation details how giant Johnson & Johnson violated FDA restrictions in its marketing and sale of a wildly successful anti-psychotic drug, Risperdal.

"My goal in doing this was to demonstrate that digital media can propel long-form substantive journalism rather than threaten it. And the best way to think of it is a different way to publish a nonfiction book, not just as a long magazine article that's not printed," Brill said Monday in a phone chat.

Comment: Additional information about how 'Johnson & Johnson, circumvented the FDA by cynically and successfully pushing the drug's use for very different maladies, notably in the treatment of children and the elderly':


30 studies looking at the health benefits of Tai Chi


Tai Chi: Gentle flowing movements boost balance, posture and muscle power
Tai Chi is a suitable exercise for older people with conditions like arthritis, a study has found.

The ancient Chinese art improves physical performance and enhances quality of life, say researchers.

Tai Chi combines deep breathing and relaxation with slow and gentle movements.

Comment: Additional studies on the benefits Tai Chi:


Across the world: Poor diet is the biggest cause of early death

  • Poor diet had the greatest cumulative effect on worldwide deaths in 2013
  • Unhealthy eating leads to more deaths through heart disease and diabetes
  • Top risks for early deaths globally were high blood pressure and smoking
  • Next top risks were high body mass index and high blood sugar levels

Poor diet contributes to 21 per cent of global deaths, a study found. Researchers said the deaths can be attributed to diets high in red meat and sugary drinks, and lacking in fruit, vegetables and wholegrains

Comment: Poor diet causes more disease than lack of exercise, smoking and alcohol combined, say doctors


Holistic treatments for your lymphatic system

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Chronically ill? Your lymph might be to blame. Clean up your lymphatic system with these 10 tricks and tools to get you back on track...

A complicated network of fluid-filled nodes, vessels, glands and organs, the lymphatic system touches almost every part of the body. Although we may not feel or see it, it's one of the most important (and often forgotten) systems of the human body. Just like the liver, kidneys, and mouth, it's important to give the lymph the attention it deserves.

The lymphatic system's main function is to cleanse toxins and protect against harmful invaders. It works by carrying our body's waste away from the tissues and into the bloodstream. It tackles toxins that are introduced to the body from both external means (food, air, personal care products, water) as well as internal ones (damaged proteins and cellular/metabolic waste), making it a key detoxification pathway. Once the toxins enter the bloodstream, they are purified through the largest lymphatic tissue in the body, the spleen. The spleen is our main immune defense, fighting infection, holding a reserve of red and white blood cells and destroying worn-out red blood cells in the body.


Skin Science: Debunking propaganda from the cosmetic industry

Most consumers assume that because a product is on a shelf, it must be safe. To explore this common assumption, let's have a closer look at the cosmetic industry and the biology of the skin.

During the last half-century, the cosmetic industry has created the illusion that it is possible to apply toxic chemicals to their skin without poisoning their body. This allows the consumers to feel safe by wrongly believing that the skin is impermeable.

The fact is, the skin is a dynamic, living, multilayered bio-membrane which is porous at the microscopic level. The basic functions of the skin are respiration, absorption and elimination, all of which involve a dynamic exchange between the internal and external environments (nutrition in and wastes out).

Comment: Comment: 'Since your skin is absorbent, ingredients should be as pure as the foods we eat. If you wouldn't eat it, don't put it on your skin!'