Health & Wellness


Butter in your coffee?

For many, the morning cup of coffee is a can't live without ritual. There are studies that show moderated daily coffee is healthy for you (some of that here). For me, it kind of makes me shaky. I drink it few and far between. That's a personal thing, of course. However, when I do drink it, I always put butter in it. As weird as it sounds, it's actually the best thing you can put in your coffee.

When I get in line at Starbucks, I order a plain black coffee and ask them for a side of butter. They give me some pretty odd looks, but what I already know is that every Starbucks has butter packets on hand to go along with their oatmeal. And what's more? It's Kerrygold Irish butter. And that's grass fed.

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AstraZeneca: Pinkwashing the causes of breast cancer since 1985

Did you know that AstraZeneca, manufacturer of two blockbuster breast cancer drugs (one of which is classified as a known human carcinogen), is behind Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

Why is it, do you think, that during Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) you never hear the word "carcinogen" mentioned, but are barraged a million times over by the word "cure"?

Truth be told, BCAM should be renamed Breast Cancer Un-Awareness Month, as it has nothing to do with generating awareness about the true causes and solutions for the breast cancer epidemic and everything to do with making the public focus on a presumably not-yet-existent "cure" to be produced through the pharmaceutical pipeline somewhere off in the future only after enough money is raised.

Comment: Don't give your time, energy and money to a lie. Breast cancer awareness month is a mammography recruitment tool. Seeing RED over PINK: The Dark Side of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Among the 2,500 screened at least 1,000 will have a false alarm, 500 would undergo an unnecessary biopsy and 5 or more would become treated for abnormal finds that would never become fatal, i.e. their lives will be shortened due to medication/surgical/stress-induced adverse effects.


Lack of sleep leaves us with a short emotional fuse

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Dark puffy eyes, a feeling of deep exhaustion, and a foul mood to match - we've all experienced the side effects of a lack of sleep. It's no wonder that sleep-deprivation has been used as a method of torture.

Our brains seem to lose the ability to distinguish between the innocuous and emotional in such circumstances, turning us into overreacting, exhausted wrecks.

We all know that a good night's sleep is vital for a day of clear thinking, but exactly why sleep is so important remains a mystery. Talma Hendler of Tel Aviv University in Israel is particularly interested in how lack of sleep leaves us with a short emotional fuse. "We know that sleep affects our emotional behaviour, but we don't know how," she says.

To investigate further, Hendler and her colleagues kept 18 adults awake all night. "It took a great effort," she says. "During the night, we repeatedly measured their sleepiness, and unsurprisingly they got more and more tired."

Comment: Lack of sleep has untold consequences for our physical and mental well-being, yet most people rarely get enough. Fortunately there are techniques that can help you improve your sleeping habits:


Vaccination: How the West invades the world

The first great wave of missionaries brings a fairy tale of a religion to 'the less fortunate primitive people'. The second great wave of missionaries are the priests in white coats. They too bring a fairy tale: medical treatments for problems they can't possibly solve. The self-generated delusions of these doctors about their 'success' are equal to, or even surpass the religious delusions." (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
In the past, I've laid to rest the illusion that vaccines are safe and effective. I've also exploded the ridiculous myth of herd immunity.

This article is about something else. It's about the invasion staged by Western medicine against areas of the globe where older forms of healing have long prevailed.

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Diet high in fructose impairs recovery from traumatic brain injury

A diet high in processed fructose sabotages rat brains' ability to heal after head trauma, neuroscientists report. Revealing a link between nutrition and brain health, the finding offers implications for the 5.3 million Americans living with a traumatic brain injury, or TBI.

A diet high in processed fructose sabotages rat brains' ability to heal after head trauma, UCLA neuroscientists report.

Revealing a link between nutrition and brain health, the finding offers implications for the 5.3 million Americans living with a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 1.7 million people suffer a TBI each year, resulting in 52,000 annual deaths

"Americans consume most of their fructose from processed foods sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup," said Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery and integrative biology and physiology at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine. "We found that processed fructose inflicts surprisingly harmful effects on the brain's ability to repair itself after a head trauma."

Fructose also occurs naturally in fruit, which contains antioxidants, fiber and other nutrients that prevent the same damage.

Comment: As opposed to a diet high in fructose (and other sugars and carbohydrates), the Ketogenic Diet (KD) has been shown time and again to be neuroprotective for a broad range of neurodegenerative and neurotraumatic states.

For further information, see:
Ketogenic Diet (high-fat, low-carb) Has Neuroprotective and Disease-modifying Effects

And watch this short video:


Hemochromatosis iron burden effectively measured by MRI


MRI scan room at the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an accurate and safe tool for the detection of low levels of iron overload in patients with hereditary hemochromatosis, according to a letter to the editor published online Sept. 11 in the American Journal of Hematology.

Comment: More articles on hemochromatosis:


Statins kill, cholesterol does not - The real effects of statin drugs

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The truth about statin drugs is finally getting attention in scientific journals, and it's the same truth we've been telling customers for years: statins are cellular poison. They accelerate aging and cause diabetes, heart attacks, muscle fatigue and memory loss.

The findings were published in the American Journal of Physiology. Lead author and stem cell biologist Professor Reza Izadpanah stated, "People who use statins as a preventative medicine for health should think again as our research shows they may have general unwanted effects on the body which could include muscle pain, nerve problems and joint problems." In fact, after only a few weeks of use, the study revealed that statins "prevented stem cells from performing their main functions, to reproduce and replicate other cells in the body to carry out repairs...[statins also] prevented stem cells from generating new bone and cartilage...[and] increased ageing."

Recently, a customer who had been on statin drugs and Metformin for several years reported having all of these symptoms: he recently had a heart attack, he has diabetes sores on his toes, loss of memory, and muscle pain.

Though these findings are getting public attention, they are hardly the first. Even in a 2003 article published in the journal Pharmacotherapy,researchers noted that cognitive impairment and dementia were associated with statin therapy.

Natural alternatives have shown they can fill the role of statins without side effects. In fact, a study in BioFactors found that when usage is discontinued, CoQ10 can reverse statin damage. Another natural remedy is Nattokinase, a natural enzyme that breaks down blood clots and acts as a blood thinner. However, it and others are now removed as being NHP by Health Canada.

Life Choice products can be beneficial, too. Consider products like Neurotransmitter Support, SAM-e, L-Arginine, and L-Taurine. It is important that people know there are natural alternatives to statins, but they must be sought out. I would encourage those on statins to re-evaluate if they are truly needed, and under the care of their health care provider, get off statin drugs and on to natural remedies.


Exercise can regenerate muscle tissue even at an advanced age

Chronological aging begins at birth, and you can't stop the clock from ticking. However, there's also biological aging, and evidence suggests the aging of your cells can indeed be slowed, and in some cases even reversed.

This is particularly true of muscle tissue, which can be regenerated even at an advanced age with the appropriate diet and exercise.

It may come as a surprise that muscle aging may start at a relatively young age. By the time you enter your third decade of life, age-related muscle decline may already have begun if you've neglected to take proactive steps to prevent it.

Without intervention, you can lose an average of nearly seven pounds (three kilos) of muscle per decade.1

It's important to realize that your daily activities play a key role in this process. What you eat, when you eat, and how you exercise all translate into gene activities that dictate the speed at which your body ages.



Bodybuilders shown to have weaker muscles than wimps

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Bodybuilders are only strong because they have so much muscle mass, research suggests.
Wimps might have the last laugh on gym-obsessed hunks - gram-for-gram, bodybuilders' muscles are weaker than those of people who never touch weights, research has shown.

Scientists found that bodybuilders had extraordinarily large muscle fibres capable of generating forces far greater than normal for an average human.

Yet tests showed that a gram of their muscle was less powerful than the same amount of tissue from someone who did not weight train.

Lead scientist Professor Hans Degens, from Manchester Metropolitan University, said: ''Most of us are impressed by the enormous muscle bulk of bodybuilders and think that these people must be extremely strong, like the 'Incredible Hulk'.

Comment: Proof that there is no need to take weight training overboard. Moderate exercise goes a long way.


Cost over care? British general practitioners given cash to cut hospital referrals

British general practitioners (GPs) are being offered thousands of pounds in cash incentives to reduce the number of patients they refer to hospitals as a way to cut costs for the beleaguered National Health Service (NHS), according to a study.

Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), responsible for planning and organizing healthcare services in local areas, are offering these cash rewards to general practitioners in exchange for cutting specialist consultations, scans and other outpatient referrals including cancer screenings, a freedom of information study by Pulse magazine has found.

NHS guidelines dictate that patients suspected of having cancer must be given 'urgent referrals,' and directed to a specialist for additional screening within two weeks. But a Lambeth CCG, which handles 370,000 patients, has claimed that referrals for non-urgent and urgent cases "cannot be separated."

Comment: Looks like a similar 'trend' was being implemented back in 2008: Don't treat the old and unhealthy, say UK doctors