Health & Wellness


Electrodes in the brain could curb appetite

Building on research first done in Canada, human experiments are underway to test using jolts of electricity to the brain to keep obese people from overeating.

Deep brain stimulation involves boring through the skull and implanting electrodes the width of uncooked spaghetti in regions of the hypothalamus believed to control hunger and satiety, or feelings of fullness.

Comment: Helping morbidly overweight people slim down, or Alzheimer patients retain their memories are laudable goals. But let's remember that medicine is one of the more potent tools of the PTB. If it can be used benignly, it can be used evilly also:

From Timeline of the Human Micochip:
Jose Delgado a neuroscientist whose claim to fame was being able to use radio waves as a tool to control behavior. His most notable work was recorded on video as he successfully kept a bull bent on goring him in a bullfighting ring from physical contact of any kind simply by a turn of a knob on his machine which he held in his hand. Delgado wired a bull with the 'stimoceiver', a miniature depth electrode which can receive and transmit electronic signals over FM radio waves. Delgado's Physical Control of The Mind: Toward a Psychocivilised Society is a published work which has long been used in the psychiatric field as a journal of pioneering work in the field of electro-stimulation of the brain.
Keep yourself out of the clutches of conventional medicine by taking responsibility for your own health. Here and here are good places to begin.


Clinical trial funded by drug company says even though Avandia increases risk of heart failure and bone fractures, it's still safe!

The diabetes drug Avandia significantly raises the risk of both heart failure and bone fractures, but it does not boost the odds for either cardiovascular disease or death, new research has found.

If anything, the drug may slightly lower the overall risk of death, said the authors of the much-anticipated RECORD study, which was presented Friday at the American Diabetes Association's annual meeting in New Orleans and published simultaneously online in The Lancet.

"The findings essentially are that, in overall cardiovascular terms, the drug is safe," Dr. Philip D. Home, chairman of the study steering committee and a professor of diabetes medicine at Newcastle University in Britain, said during a Friday news conference. "There's no decreased risk, and that includes the heart failure element. If anything, deaths were reduced with rosiglitazone [Avandia] compared to those in the control group. It doesn't reach statistical significance, but it's on the right side of benefit."


Ancient purple carrot finds new life coloring food

Fresno - The ancient purple carrot is returning to its roots, this time to dye processed foods rather than the robes of Afghan royals.

Researchers in California are preparing for increased demand for fruits and vegetables that pull double duty as dyes as the deadline approaches for when the European Union will require warning labels on foods synthetically colored.

"There's a mad dash in Europe to get synthetic dyes out and put natural ones in, and it's coming across the Atlantic," said Stephen Lauro, general manager in Anaheim of ColorMaker, which turns beets, berries, cabbages and carrots into dyes for products such as Gerber toddler foods and Tang breakfast drink. "It was dumb luck and we stepped into it."

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Video: Mercury Found in Thousands of Foods & Soda's Containing High Fructose Corn Syrup!


Former Drug Addicts Find New Fixation on Triathlons


Eddie Freas fights drug addiction by putting all his energy into training for triathlons.
When rehab and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings didn't work for Eddie Freas, he sought another way to kick his 20-year drug and alcohol addiction.

He swam 2.4 miles. He biked 112 miles. He ran 26.2 miles. The Pennsville, New Jersey, resident found relief in triathlons.

"I feel better when I'm working out," said Freas, 33. "It does wonders for the mind. The reason I started running -- it was a switch that went off in my head. I started feeling positive and feeling great about myself."

Freas spent his youth in pursuit of drugs. At the age of 13, he snuck bottles of Amaretto and rum from his mother's liquor cabinet. He also developed a taste for marijuana and cocaine. By his senior year of high school, Freas was kicked off the wrestling and football teams after failing a drug test.

Then in 2007, after a three-day binge, "I came home and was crying," Freas said. "I was so depressed. I turned on the TV." The set was tuned to ESPN, which was airing a story about a former drug addict who competed in triathlons.

The program's subject was Todd Crandell, who had lost a college hockey scholarship because of a drug addiction. After 13 years of using drugs, Crandell started competing in Ironman races and championed finding positive ways to fight addiction through his program called Racing for Recovery.


Today's Teens Slacking On Fruit, Veggie Intake

Despite recent national initiatives to encourage healthy eating habits, teens in middle adolescence are eating fewer fruits and vegetables than in 1999, a new study reveals. And the situation only worsens as teens get older.


GAO Says FDA Fails to Ensure Accuracy and Truthfulness of Food Labels

GAO Says FDA Fails to Ensure Accuracy and Truthfulness of Food Labels FDA Urged to Develop Simple, Front-Label Nutrition Symbol

Washington - A new report from the Government Accountability Office gives federal food regulators failing marks when it comes to preventing false and misleading labeling.

The GAO report found that while the number of food firms and products has increased dramatically, the Food and Drug Administration's oversight and enforcement efforts "have not kept pace." The FDA is supposed to conduct label reviews when it inspects foreign food firms, but in 2007 only inspected 95 firms overseas (there are tens of thousands) and in only 11 countries (out of 150 that export food to the U.S.)

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MSG: Is This Silent Killer Lurking in Your Kitchen Cabinets

A widespread and silent killer that's worse for your health than alcohol, nicotine and many drugs is likely lurking in your kitchen cabinets right now.[1] "It" is monosodium glutamate (MSG), a flavor enhancer that's known widely as an addition to Chinese food, but that's actually added to thousands of the foods you and your family regularly eat, especially if you are like most Americans and eat the majority of your food as processed foods or in restaurants.

MSG is one of the worst food additives on the market and is used in canned soups, crackers, meats, salad dressings, frozen dinners and much more. It's found in your local supermarket and restaurants, in your child's school cafeteria and, amazingly, even in baby food and infant formula.

MSG is more than just a seasoning like salt and pepper, it actually enhances the flavor of foods, making processed meats and frozen dinners taste fresher and smell better, salad dressings more tasty, and canned foods less tinny.

While MSG's benefits to the food industry are quite clear, this food additive could be slowly and silently doing major damage to your health.


Warning: Food Labels Can Fool Even the Smartest People

Lisa Lillien explains why you can't always trust low-fat labels on food. The FDA's own manual on nutritional labeling, linked below, explains that it is the manufacturers, not the FDA, who are responsible for assuring the validity of a product label's nutrient values -- and even then, the FDA recommends that the values be calculated using the highly inaccurate basis of product composition (that is to say, a recipe), rather than any test of the product itself.

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Antidepressants May Trigger Violent Behavior

The kid spoke unsteadily: "I was sitting on a hill outside the school eating lunch with my best friend when Eric Harris came over and started shooting me. I was shot between seven and 13 times. No one really knows the exact number because there were so many bullet tracks. Most of the bullets just went right through me. After I was shot I just lay there, playing dead, and could see others being shot."

These are the recollections of 19-year-old Mark Taylor, who spent nearly two months in the hospital and has endured three years of follow-up operations for the gunshot wounds he received during the murderous 1999 rampage of Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo.

Taylor slowly is recovering from his wounds and, in an effort to bring attention to what he believes was the cause of Harris' deadly rage, has filed a lawsuit against Solvay Pharmaceuticals Inc., the manufacturer of Luvox (Fluvoxamine), the antidepressant that Harris had been prescribed and was taking at the time of the shooting spree. Despite the deadly assault against him, Taylor's perception of the young men who nearly killed him is surprising.