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Individuals with neuro-developmental disorders compensate by using brain's declarative memory center

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Individuals with five neurodevelopmental disorders -- autism spectrum disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette syndrome, dyslexia, and Specific Language Impairment -- appear to compensate for dysfunction by relying on a single powerful and nimble system in the brain known as declarative memory.

This hypothesis being proposed by a Georgetown University Medical Center neuroscientist is based on decades of research. It is published online and will be in the April issue of Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews.

The proposed compensation allows individuals with autism to learn scripts for navigating social situations; helps people with obsessive-compulsive disorder or Tourette syndrome to control tics and compulsions; and provides strategies to overcome reading and language difficulties in those diagnosed with dyslexia, autism, or Specific Language Impairment, a developmental disorder of language.

Comment: From Wikipedia:

Declarative memory (sometimes referred to as explicit memory) is one of two types of long-term human memory. Declarative memory refers to memories that can be consciously recalled such as facts and knowledge. While declarative memory is similar to explicit memory, declarative memory is memory that a patient can state in words, while explicit memory is the deliberate recall of information that the patient recognizes as a memory. Declarative memory's counterpart is known as non-declarative or procedural memory, which refers to unconscious memories such as skills (e.g. learning to ride a bicycle). Declarative memory can be divided into two categories: episodic memory, which stores specific personal experiences, and semantic memory, which stores factual information.

Health

Partners in crime: Public health scientists and the sugar industry

Public health scientists and a government committee working on nutritional advice receive funding from the very companies whose products are widely held to be responsible for the obesity crisis, an investigation by The BMJ reveals today.

Findings from the special report raise important questions about the potential for bias and conflict of interest among public health experts as the UK faces a growing obesity epidemic.

Recipients of research funding from sugar and other related industries include members of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN), which is currently updating official advice on carbohydrates consumption, and researchers working for the Medical Research Council's Human Nutrition Research unit (HNR).

HNR scientists have received research funding and funding in kinds from companies including Coca-Cola, Mars, Nestlé, Sainsbury's, the Institute of Brewing and Distilling, Weight Watchers International and others.

Comment: On the dangers and health effects of sugar - and carbohydrates in general - see:

Cheese

Culinary culprits of bizarre and disturbing dreams

Recent research investigates the effects of food on dreams.

"It is no humorist's fancy that the rarebit is a thing of dreams. Clothed in gold and breathing a fragrance that fills the nostrils with a charm more bewitching than woodland odors, it is, to a soul attuned to it's beauties, a thing of glorious reverie by day and matchless dreams by night."

- Randolph C. Lewis. "Rarebit Symbolism," in Winsor McCay, Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend (Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1905)
Syringe

There is nothing trendy about not vaccinating your child...

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Not vaccinating your child is not something you take lightly as a parent. The bombardment of vaccine propaganda is in your face everywhere you look and some are scared to even let others know that they don't vaccinate because they don't want their children to face the stigma of going against the crowd. Going to the doctors can be a battleground where you are berated and belittled for not conforming to the status quo. The simple act of going to the emergency room because your child broke their arm always starts with the question "Is your child up to date on their immunisations?" and you think to yourself - here we go again!

So there really is nothing trendy about not vaccinating your child... But do you want to know what IS really trendy right now? It is the demonising and current witch-hunt against parents who choose not to vaccinate their children.

The world has become a bully's wonderland right now. You can harass and be hateful towards 'anti vax' parents and no one will even consider it to be bullying.

You can tell them how crap they are as parents!

You can tell them to go and take their disease-ridden brats away from your [fully-vaccinated] children!

You can tell them how they are stupid, selfish, moronic, irresponsible, tin foil hat wearing, rabid 'anti vaxxers' who are child abusers and whose children should be taken away from them!

You can even tell them that you hope that they and their children die to clean out the stupid from the gene pool!

No one will even pull you up for those cruel and despicable comments because 'anti vaxxers' deserve it, right?

Comment: There's been a lot of propaganda in the MSM about the measles outbreak lately, the odd thing is that this outbreak, of 90 or so people, isn't seasonally abnormal. Every year around 150 people get measles. You can google it.

What it really seems to be about is a push toward mandatory vaccination, it also keeps the media in line and not-talking about the major revelations from CDC scientists which call to question vaccine safety.

Syringe

Federal bill announced to eliminate all vaccine exemptions for Head Start

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Vaccine Liberation Army reports:
Senator Barbara Boxer (D) and Representative Anna Eshoo (D-Palo Alto), have proposed federal legislation that would for the first time impose Federal, as opposed to State, vaccine mandates to attend an educational program. The legislators' bill entitled A Head Start on Vaccinations Act would require all children enrolled in Head Start to get all of the vaccinations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) according to the CDC's timetable. There would be no exemptions for religious or personnel beliefs. Read More...and Take Action
Indeed, Monterey Herald reports the ladies' plan to introduce the federal bill next week. Alto tried to exercise her comedic abilities when she said, "This bill is a 'booster shot' for our nation's vaccine policies and will mitigate the spread of deadly disease." Get it?

Comment: The Vaccine Safety Myth
Vaccine are proven safe, right? You may be surprised to find how non-evidence based this belief really is....

A few days ago, The Washington Post published an op-ed piece by a medical ethicist who thinks that all doctors who have concerns about vaccines should lose their licenses. Last week, it was parents who don't vaccinate their children should be jailed or sued. There are case reports where not vaccinating has been used as proof of neglect for CPS to remove children and terminate parental rights. Whatever you think about vaccination, think hard before you endorse the idea that the government should be able to mandate a profitable but invasive medical procedure without informed consent. This is a very dangerous precedent to set and one you may not be happy about when vaccines are mandated for adults to protect our "herd immunity". It is not about the measles. It is about your freedom to choose what goes into your body and your child's body.


Alarm Clock

Health conscious? You are the new "Conspiracy Theorist"

Remember when the fictitious notion of "conspiracy theorist" was supposed to represent the lone wolf weird lunatic in a dark basement? Believe it or not, this stereotype character never actually existed. That's right, the basement lunatic conspiracy theorist was a fictional character invented by government, media and Hollywood (X-Files).

The propaganda began at least a century ago, accelerated after the creation of the CIA and became more pronounced targeting American people after the JFK assassination as described in CIA document 1035-960. Specifically the techniques, which we see employed today all the time by mainstream media and CIA assets/online trolls, include:
  • No significant new evidence has emerged which the [Warren] Commission did not consider.
  • Critics usually overvalue particular items and ignore others.
  • Conspiracy on the large scale often suggested would be impossible to conceal in the United States.
  • Critics have often been enticed by a form of intellectual pride: they light on some theory and fall in love with it.
  • Oswald would not have been any sensible person's choice for a co-conspirator.
  • Such vague accusations as that "more than ten people have died mysteriously" [during the Warren Commission's inquiry] can always be explained in some natural way e.g.: the individuals concerned have for the most part died of natural causes.
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Saffron: The ancient flower that heals the human soul


So ancient a love affair exists between humans and saffron, that it can no longer reproduce without our help. Could its antidepressant and health-promoting properties be an example of saffron 'returning the favor'?
"Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul." ~ Luther Burbank
A alluring clue to how ancient the love affair between our species and saffron goes is that the plant known in Latin as Crocos sativus cannot reproduce without human assistance. Sterile, incapable of producing viable seeds, its bulb-like, starch-storing organ (clustered in what are known as corms), must painstakingly dug up, broken into individual bulbs, and replanted by hand.

Comment: Saffron cultivation returns to England after 200 years as farmer revives centuries old tradition

Info

Which is the greater threat? Measles or the Measles Vaccine?

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A recent measles outbreak at Disneyland of at least 70 cases (Jan 2015) has created quite a stir in the media. Five of the cases were fully vaccinated, indicating the measles vaccine confers only temporary immunity. Clearly there is no "failure to vaccinate", as measles has broken out in highly vaccinated populations. It is obviously a failure of the vaccine. Unlike the vaccine, real measles infection confers life-long immunity.

In 2008, a similar resurgence in measles cases was reported. An increase in reported cases of measles from 42 to 131 prompted a 2008 New York Times editorial warning of re-emergence of "many diseases" if vaccination rates drop. A quote from the New York Times:
"If confidence in all vaccines were to drop precipitously, many diseases would re-emerge and cause far more harm than could possibly result from vaccination."
Cheeseburger

McDonald's gives free vaccines with Happy Meals in Texas

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Would you like a side of hepatitis A shot with your Happy Meal? As it turns out, your child may just be able to receive a number of significant vaccinations at your local McDonald's on behalf of the Department of Public Health.

I was just as shocked as you are when I heard news from an email tip that one reader's local McDonald's was launching a 'free vaccination' program alongside their fast food marketing campaign, and I was reasonably skeptical that even McDonald's would launch such a strange combination. Especially when consider the extreme financial downfall that the company is experiencing as millions abandon their fake food amid public knowledge over the true extent of their synthetic ingredient list.

As it turns out, however, numerous Texas newspapers and outlets have documented the 'free McDonald's vaccine' events that have popped up in Amarillo.
Heart

Illustrated history of heart disease 1825-2015: The twists and turns of absurd dietary advice

1825-2015 Dietary Guidelines



1825
French lawyer and gourmand Brillant-Savarin publishes The Physiology of Taste, in which he says he has identified the cure for obesity: "More or less rigid abstinence from everything that is starchy or floury."

1830
Sugar consumption in the US is 15 pounds per capita (much of it molasses). Today: 150 pounds per capita (much of it high fructose corn syrup).

1863 William Banting published Letter On Corpulence, Addressed to the Public. Banting had lost 85 pounds on a high fat, carbohydrate-restricted diet. The British Medical Journal and Lancet reported that Banting's diet could be dangerous: "We advise Mr Banting, and everyone of his kind, not to meddle with medical literature again, but be content to mind his own business."

1880-1910 U.S. population doubled from 37 to 75 million. One out of three people lived on a farm - and ate from the farm. The U.S. population today is over 300 million and about 1 percent live on a farm.
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