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Choline deficiency rate estimated at 90%; linked with chronic illness

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We hear a lot about vitamins and minerals such as B12, folate, magnesium, vitamin C, and so on, but there seems very little talk these days on the importance of dietary lecithin and choline. Are you consuming an adequate amount of acetylcholine, or other phospholipids? The odds are that you are not.

Comment: Choline is an essential nutrient for the body and is essential for the functioning of all cells, due to its usage in cell membranes. Considering this, that means that not only is it essential for physical health, but for brain health and cognitive function overall. Liver and eggs are some of the best sources for choline and are also rich with other nutrients that both the body and brain needs, so incorporating those into one's diet can improve one's health and cognition.


Monsanto's Glyphosate 'A probable carcinogen' - most heavily used weed-killer ever

Author of new report says growth in its use 'will likely contribute to a host of adverse environmental and public health consequences'

Glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto's herbicide Roundup, is now the most heavily used weed killer ever and its use has exploded in the past decade, a new report finds, a fact that may portend "a host of adverse environmental and public health consequences."

The new paper on the global use of the herbicide comes less than a year after the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer classified it as "probably carcinogenic to humans."

Comment: In addition to being a 'probable carcinogen' Glyphosate is a chemical-warfare agent:


Adderall: Popular drug for ADHD has serious side effects- including memory loss & brain damage

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Adderall, the most popular drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), has been used by many of the 6.4 million American children currently diagnosed with ADHD but also misused by 20-30% of all students who are trying to gain better concentration for taking tests in college. It can be extremely addictive, and has a row of side effects including nervousness, dry mouth, poor circulation, numbness in fingers, difficulty breathing, stomach pains, loss of appetite, and heart problems. In rare cases Adderall can lead to mental illness and psychosis. And there also has been growing evidence that Adderall and similar ADHD medications may lead to damage to areas of the brain, especially if it is a developing brain of a child.

Comment: Outspoken drug critic Dr. Carl Hart: Popular big pharma drug Adderall is pretty much crystal meth


Massaging the numbers and cooking the books: Zika microcephaly link greatly exaggerated

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First, many thanks to great investigative reporter and researcher, Jim West, for help on this story.

Okay, here we go.

Of course, I'm talking about the Associated Press (AP)—and its recent coverage of the Zika story: January 27, "270 of 4,180 suspected microcephaly cases confirmed."

AP actually had its hands on the most explosive information possible, it reported that information in one stunning paragraph, and then it let that paragraph sit there like a dead corpse. It didn't do anything with it. Just another day at the office. Connect the dots? See the implications? Never heard of it.

Comment: Isn't it great that we can rely on established health organizations and mainstream news sources for unbiased, truthful reporting of the facts? Oh, wait. We can't.


7 good reasons to chow down on garlic

Whether you love garlic or can't stand the stink, there is no denying that this bulb provides a treasure trove of healthy benefits.

Garlic (Allium sativum) has been called the "stinking rose." While some people think it reeks, others can't get enough of its bite. Whether you love garlic or can't stand it, there is no denying that this bulb provides a wealth of healthy benefits.

Green Med Info's database documents the effectiveness of garlic in 183 disease conditions ranging from cancer to stroke, infection to atherosclerosis, diabetes to lead toxicity. The database also provides evidence of garlic's 57 pharmacological effects in the body.

Here are just seven evidenced-based reasons to eat more garlic every day.


Surprise! SSRIs & antidepressants increase mental health issues - confirmed

Something of pharmaceutical concern that the holistic/alternative medical community and the alternative press have been alleging for numerous years now, finally is being confirmed by a British Medical Journal paper published January 27, 2016.

Professor Peter C Gotzsche, MD, and several students published "Suicidality and aggression during antidepressant treatment: systematic review and meta-analyses based on clinical study reports" after reviewing and including 76 trials with 64,381 pages of clinical study reports for 18,526 patients—certainly not a small sampling!

Comment: More than 1 in 10 Americans on Suicide-Linked Antidepressants
Americans are in the dark over antidepressants and their suicide link
Of course these statistics are very troubling given the extreme side effects that go along with antidepressants. You may not be aware of these side effects, as pharmaceutical drug companies have tried their very best to keep them from hitting the media. Shockingly, the makers of Prozac - Eli Lilly & Co., were able to hide the link between Prozac and suicide for 15 years. Through denial and media deception, Eli Lilly & Co. were able to keep Prozac dangers a secret from the general public, choosing profits over deadly consequences.


Roundup and GMO's: Damaging your mitochondria and creating disease

In the featured video, Jeffrey Smith interviews Dr. Alex Vasquez, M.D., Ph.D., author of about 100 papers and 15 scientific books, and Stephanie Seneff, Ph.D., a Senior Research Scientist at MIT and author of about 200 papers, about the impact of glyphosate — the active ingredient in Roundup — on your mitochondria.

As noted by Jeffrey, this is a very important topic, as mitochondrial dysfunction is an underlying foundational element of most diseases.

Why the Health of Your Mitochondria Matters

As explained by Vasquez, in addition to producing most of your body's energy in the form of ATP, your mitochondria also participate in many other processes, such as cellular signaling.

According to Vasquez, the data is "impressively clear" that those with type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome and high blood pressure have dysfunctional mitochondria.

Your mitochondria also play an important role in inflammation, and control apoptosis (cell death). These two roles make your mitochondria a player in diseases such as cancer, for example, as damaged cells fail to receive the message to self-destruct, and therefore continue their malignant growth.



CDC confirms case of sexually transmitted Zika virus in Texas

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed a Zika virus case in Texas that was acquired through sexual transmission.

"Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) has received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the first Zika virus case acquired through sexual transmission in Dallas County in 2016," a statement from the county said.

The county said that a patient was infected with the virus after having sexual contact with an ill individual who returned from a country where Zika virus is present. The patient had not travelled to area.

A statement sent to CTV News from the CDC on Tuesday said the patient was the first case of the Zika virus in a "non-traveller in the continental United States."

Comment: For more information, see The Zika freakout: Is there more to this virus scare than meets the eye?


Grinding your teeth? How to prevent worsening symptoms

Headaches, cracked teeth and sleep disturbance: Bruxism can take a heavy toll on a person's quality of life. Treatment methods for bruxism are as varied as its causes, and now even Botox has been called into the battle against the painful disorder.

Bruxism is a condition in which you grind or clench your teeth, usually without even being aware of it. It affects about 8 to 10 percent of all adults, and its symptoms include:
  • Aching or tight jaw muscles
  • Headaches or facial pain
  • Swollen gums
  • Sensitive teeth


Toxic world: Americans are guinea pigs in the greatest uncontrolled experiment ever launched

Just over three years ago, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig leased by BP killed 11 people, injured 17, and -- according to government estimates -- polluted the Gulf of Mexico with 210 million gallons of Louisiana sweet crude. It turns out, however, that the casualty toll didn't end with those 28 workers. The real number may reach into the thousands.

Last year, BP pled guilty to 14 felonies stemming from the disaster, including misleading Congress about the amount of oil that gushed into the gulf. But that wasn't the only way BP attempted to cover up the extent of the spill. The main method was using 1.84 million gallons of a substance known as Corexit that acts to "attach itself to leaked oil, break it into droplets, and disperse them into the vast reaches of the gulf, thereby keeping the oil from reaching Gulf Coast shorelines."

Writing for Newsweek and with the support of the Nation Institute's Investigative Fund, Mark Hertsgaard recently laid bare how Corexit was utilized and the dire effects it apparently had on the men and women who worked to "clean" the gulf in the wake of BP's historically unprecedented spill. People like Jamie Griffin. A BP representative reportedly assured Griffin that the smelly sludge cleanup workers were tracking into the "floating hotel" where she was a cook would be "as safe as Dawn dishwashing liquid" -- so she scrubbed and scrubbed to clean it up. "Within days," Hertsgaard writes, "the 32-year-old single mother was coughing up blood and suffering constant headaches." She soon "fell ill with a cluster of excruciating, bizarre, grotesque ailments... unstoppable muscle spasms were twisting her hands into immovable claws... she began losing her short-term memory... The right side, but only the right side, of her body 'started acting crazy. It felt like the nerves were coming out of my skin. It was so painful. My right leg swelled -- my ankle would get as wide as my calf -- and my skin got incredibly itchy.'"