Health & Wellness
Fri, 06 Jun 2008 14:35 CEST
Like a wristwatch that needs to be wound daily for accurate time-telling, the human circadian system - the biological cycles that repeat approximately every 24 hours - requires daily light exposure to the eye's retina to remain synchronized with the solar day. In a new study published in the June issue of Neuroscience Letters, researchers have demonstrated that when it comes to the circadian system, not all light exposure is created equal.
The findings have profound implications for exploring how lighting can be used to adjust our bodies' clocks, and they could redefine the way lighting is manufactured, according to Mariana Figueiro, lead author of the paper and assistant professor in the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Short-wavelength light, including natural light from the blue sky, is highly effective at stimulating the circadian system. Exposure to other wavelengths - and thus colors - of light may necessitate longer exposure times or require higher exposure levels to be as effective at "winding the watch."
A South Korean humanitarian agency says a mysterious epidemic has been spreading along North Korean towns along the border with China, killing dozens of children.
The Seoul-based Good Friends agency says five or six children have died every day since the highly infectious disease emerged on April 27.
Cuba, in the latest change since President Raul Castro took office in February, has allowed doctors to perform sex change operations, a specialist at the National Center for Sex Education said on Friday.
Center director Mariela Castro, the president's daughter, has pushed for the operations and said that at least 28 people in the country of 11 million want the surgery.
The specialist, who asked not to be named, said the Public Health Ministry approved the surgery this week. Cuba's health care system will perform it free of charge.
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MARK COLVIN: A worrying new research paper has been published in the United States.
It proves that H5N1 bird flu, which has so far only killed people in its pure form is capable of combining with conventional human flu viruses.
A mutated virus combining human flu and bird flu is the nightmare strain which scientists fear could create a worldwide pandemic.
The research was conducted in a laboratory by the US Centers for Disease Control.
Jeff Waters reports.
Following successful testing on animals, a Vietnamese health institute has asked the Health Ministry for permission to test its bird flu vaccine among humans.
ban the use of cell phones, because their electromagnetic transmissions can interfere with sensitive electrical devices. Could the brain
also fall into that category? Of course, all our thoughts, sensations and actions arise from bioelectricity generated by neurons and transmitted through complex neural circuits inside our skull. Electrical signals between neurons generate electric fields that radiate out of brain tissue as electrical waves that can be picked up
by electrodes touching a person's scalp. Measurements of such brainwaves
provide powerful insight into brain function and a valuable diagnostic tool for doctors. Indeed, so fundamental are brainwaves to the internal workings of the mind, they have become the ultimate, legal definition drawing the line between life and death.
with a healthy person's conscious and unconscious mental activity and state of arousal. But scientists can do more with brainwaves than just listen in on the brain at work-they can selectively control brain function by transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). This technique uses powerful pulses of electromagnetic radiation beamed into a person's brain to jam or excite particular brain circuits.
Amazing that despite all the evidence presented throughout the article that cell phones pose a grave danger to our mental and physical health, last paragraph offers a calming and damage control message: "Relax people, so what if cell phones have an ability to alter your brain chemistry and function? We assure you that such interesting fact won't cause any serious harm, all the more so, won't be used for insidious purposes. No way!"
Well, consider the following:
From: Mind Control and HAARP
When I was in Florida for a couple of weeks in 2003, I didn't see chemtrails. When I moved here, haven't seen them except very rarely. I saw them for a few weeks before the Nov 2006 elections, that's about it.
So I've considered, 'why did people go numb, between 2003-2004, and stay that way since? The chemtrails aren't all there is to it. HAARP probably isn't all their is to it either.
What we have blanketing parts of Texas--the whole north Gulf Coast really--and Austin is microwave towers. And now everybody has a phone glued to their head anywhere they go, even have those 'blue tooth' things stuck in the ear.[...]
The mind control of the phones runs on mutliple levels ranging from behavior modification like that just from using the medium, to deeperlayers of altering brain structures. Now the towers are all over the place, you'd have to drive an hour or two away from a high population area to get out of their long range. I think that for those weak zones in the grid, that may be where the chemtrails and HAARP come in. They want FULL PLANETARY COVERAGE, 24/7, whether one has a phone glued to their skull or not. They're gonna 'reach out and touch someone', everyone. From the Amazon jungle to the Artic Circle.
So we're dumbed and numbed down now. But having studied the 'neurophone' and acoustical physics, and biofeedback brainwave technology back in the seventies when my techtronophile friends liked to play with this stuff, I know that they can make masses of people behave any way they want, just by adjusting the Hz.
Almost one in six cases of depression among working Victorians are caused by job stress. This means more than 21,000 cases of preventable depression are caused by job stress each year, a new University of Melbourne study shows.
Stressful working conditions in this study were defined as a combination of high job demands and low control over how the job gets done (or 'job strain').
Uganda has the highest rate of post-traumatic stress and depression ever recorded, following extremely high of civilian exposure to violence and poor healthcare, a study published in BMC Psychiatry says today.
Health officials from Greece, Israel and Cyprus met in Miami on Thursday to discuss a plan to share transplant organs and overcome the challenge of having small populations and low donation rates.
An informal pooling of medical resources _ organs as well as specialist surgeons _ has existed among them for several years. But the Mediterranean nations are now looking to formalize the relationship, make it more efficient and consistent, and establish a Web-based donor registry to facilitate it, officials said.
Many people haven't heard of Monsanto before. But I guarantee after reading this you will remember it.
Monsanto, the chemical giant, has created some of the most toxic substances whose residues have creates the most polluted places on our earth (Barlett, 2008). With that in mind, it is scary to think they have infiltrated the worlds agriculture with genetically modified seeds and mafia like tactics.
Monsanto has produced Genetically modified soybeans, corn, canola, and cotton. More are in the works including sugar beets, and alfalfa. They are also branching out with a strangle hold on the milk industry marketing artificial growth hormones that increase milk production in dairy cow. Monsanto is taking aggressive steps to put those who do not use growth hormones out of business (Barlett, 2008).