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Harvard study reveals what meditation literally does to gastrointestinal (bowel) disorders

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The hits just keep on coming when it comes to the health benefits of meditation. Research is now emerging that would justify implementing this practice within hospitals and schools (some already do) as well as including it in treatment recommendations for various diseases.

Not long ago, an eight week study conducted by Harvard researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) determined that meditation literally rebuilds the brains grey matter in just eight weeks. It was the very first study to document that meditation produces changes over time in the brain's grey matter. Now, they've released another study showing that meditation can have a significant impact on clinical symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The study showed that elicitation of the relaxation response (a physical state of deep rest that changes the physical and emotional responses to stress) is a very big help.

Comment: Learn more about Meditation and Its Benefits:


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GMO's, rBHG growth hormones, vaccines and Monsanto et al toxic influence peddling of Health Canada

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The Supreme Court of Canada recently ruled that medical marijuana users have the right not to have to smoke their medicine. Bring on the pot-infused cookies, lozenges, oils and teas. For some conditions alternative cannabis treatment is more effective and less risky than inhaling. Until the SCC ruling it was a criminal offence for medical users to ingest pot in any other form than dry leaf.

Wellness custodian of the land, Health Minister Rona Ambrose was "outraged" by the ruling.

"Marijuana has never gone through the regulatory approval process at Health Canada, which requires rigorous safety reviews and clinical trials with scientific evidence," said Ambrose. "So frankly, I'm outraged by the Supreme Court."

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Wild oregano oil can destroy unwanted bacteria, fungus, yeast, parasites, and some viruses


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Today we are faced with a plethora of "unusual" emerging illnesses sometimes causing practitioners to scratch their heads, bewildered. For example, the illness now termed "winter vomiting disease," has been seen globally. How about digestive disorders on the rise? Are bacteria or yeasts proliferating unchecked, creating havoc with our inner worlds? Its very possible, though the precise cause not clear yet.

We are also dealing with new toxic consequences from engineered food (GM), as well as unknown bacteria in soils and water, intentionally modified viruses, etc ... There is a new name for these vague new diseases, sometimes referred to as GMO-D's, (genetically modified organism-disease) - no wonder we are getting odd new ailments!

Comment: Many essential oils have medicinal properties and scientists are finding that they are often as effective as some modern medicines, much to the chagrin of the medical-pharmaceutical industry.


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Lung microbiome research could lead to better prevention, treatment of pneumonia

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A model of the factors involved in the lung microbiome in both healthy and diseased lungs.
With every breath you take, microbes have a chance of making it into your lungs. But what happens when they get there? And why do dangerous lung infections like pneumonia happen in some people, but not others?

Researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School have started to answer these questions by studying the microbiome of the lungs -- the community of microscopic organisms are in constant contact with our respiratory system.

By studying these bacterial communities, and how they change in illness, they hope to pave the way for new ways to prevent and fight lung infections in patients.

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What screen addiction is doing to your children

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The world has changed incredibly quickly over the past few centuries and we can be sure it will continue to do so at an exponential rate. This has many people now questioning what we are doing here and in what direction our species is heading.

"The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry." - Brooks, from the film The Shawshank Redemption

So what are innovations like computers, the internet, and cell phones, among others, doing to our children? Well, they could be doing a lot more than we think, and little of it good. There is a widespread consensus in the scientific community that the radiation alone from these devices can be very debilitating to our health in the long term. We are approaching a time where we will potentially begin to see these effects surface, given the fact that the first cell phone/computer/internet/video games generation is approaching the age of thirty.


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Study finds city buildings covered in scores of chemical compounds released by factories and cars

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The thin varnish of grime which usually covers outdoor surfaces, such as the walls of buildings or statues, releases smog-forming nitrogen oxide compounds when it is touched by natural sunlight, a first-of-its-kind Canadian study has found.

Field work conducted in the German city of Leipzig and Canadian city of Toronto has shown the impact of scores of chemical compounds, released into the air by cars or factories, as they settle on urban surfaces bathing in the sunlight in the form of grime.

Some of the pollutants, nitrogen oxides, get released back into the atmosphere whent touched by the sunlight, researchers at the University of Toronto (UToronto) have found out.

"The current understanding of urban air pollution does not include the recycling of nitrogen oxides and potentially other compounds from building surfaces," a professor in the Chemistry department at UToronto, James Donaldson, said in the press release. "But based on our field studies in a real-world environment, this is happening. We don't know yet to what extent this is occurring, but it may be quite a significant, and unaccounted for, contributor to air pollution in cities."

Comment: While the government and media wants to vilify cigarettes and blame it on all sorts of illnesses, it is much more likely that urban pollution like explained above is what causes so many illnesses.


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Researchers identify mechanism that H Pylori uses to evade the body's attempts to clear it

Discovered in 1982, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a disease-causing bacterium that survives in our stomachs despite the harsh acidic conditions. It is estimated that one in two people have got it, though most won't ever experience any problems. Even so, it is considered one of the most common bacterial infections worldwide and a leading cause of dyspepsia, peptic ulceration and gastric cancer.

Through unique evolutionary adaptations, H. pylori is able to evade the antiseptic effect of our stomach acid by hiding within the thick acid-resistant layer of mucus that coats the stomach wall. Once within the mucus layer, the bacterium latches onto sugars naturally found on the stomach wall using its adhesion proteins. This attachment is so effective that the bacterium can resist attempts by the body to 'flush' it away, allowing the pathogen to colonise with impunity.

But the game could be up for H. pylori. Researchers in the School of Pharmacy, at The University of Nottingham and AstraZeneca R&D have identified the molecular mechanism that the bacterium's best-known adhesion protein uses to attach to stomach sugars. The research is published today, August 14 2015, in the scientific journal Science Advances.

Comment: While scientists continue to search for 'novel therapies' to benefit the pharmaceutical industry, there are natural remedies that have been clinically proven to cure the infection:


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Nagalase and the links to vaccines and chronic diseases

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This blog will be short and to the point, since the important information is to be heard in the link that discusses the researcher's theory as to why some very prominent doctors have left the planet recently.

Doctors Jeff Bradstreet and Nicholas Gonzalez apparently were on to the biochemistry of what was causing autism and many chronic diseases. Their research apparently had zeroed in on a specific set of proteins and enzymes that can cause the human immune system to malfunction.

Dr. Bradstreet discussed the relationship of nagalase and autism here.

Comment: Whether or not the deaths of these doctors are connected remains to be seen, however their research might be seen as a threat to the medical-pharmaceutical industry.


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How Berberine may benefit diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and more

Berberine is a yellow-colored alkaloid compound found in several different plants, including European barberry, goldenseal, goldthread, Oregon grape, phellodendron, and tree turmeric.

Berberine has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and immune-enhancing properties. It's effective against a wide range of bacteria, protozoa, and fungi. It can be used topically on cuts and other wounds, and it's perhaps most commonly used to treat gastrointestinal issues, including traveller's diarrhea and that from food poisoning.

However, what newer research is uncovering (and what traditional medicine has likely known for centuries) is that the benefits of berberine extend far beyond its antimicrobial properties. As reported in the Natural Medicine Journal:1
"In recent years, the botanical extract berberine has been pushed from relative obscurity to front and center on our supplement shelves due to newly published research. Over a third of the approximately 2,800 studies on berberine listed on PubMed were published in the last 5 years. These studies reveal that berberine may have clinical applications in a range of conditions."

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BPA alternative disrupts normal brain-cell growth, is tied to hyperactivity

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In a groundbreaking study, researchers have shown why a chemical once thought to be a safe alternative to bisphenol-A, which was abandoned by manufacturers of baby bottles and sippy cups after a public outcry, might itself be more harmful than BPA.

University of Calgary scientists say they think their research is the first to show that bisphenol-S, an ingredient in many products bearing "BPA-free" labels, causes abnormal growth surges of neurons in an animal embryo.

The same surges were also found with BPA, though not at the same levels as with BPS, prompting the scientists to suggest that all structurally similar compounds now in use or considered for use by plastic manufacturers are unsafe.

"A lot of the alternative chemicals have not been adequately tested because they don't have to be," said lead author Deborah Kurrasch. "A compound is considered safe (by the Food and Drug Administration) until proven otherwise."

The disruption of prenatal cellular activity in zebra fish, which share 80 percent of their genes with humans and are considered a good model for studying human brain development, seemed to result in hyperactivity, according to the Canadian study, which was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Comment: In short, BPA-free plastic can be worse than BPA plastic.