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The benefits of having a fever

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Most of our society lives with the idea that health is a state of "feeling good," and "not being sick or diseased." We fear contact with bacteria, virus, and other microorganisms. We use anti-bacterial soap, sprays, pills, potions, & lotions. We are constantly "gearing up," for the next big flu pandemic, etc.

In traditional cultures, fevers were always well respected and understood. Most people knew that the fever would build up and then break, much like a wave rolling into shore. Now, our society tries to suppress the fever immediately using antipyretics, or substances that lower temperature.

These antipyretics include acetaminophen and ibuprofen. These quickly lower the temperature but they also silence the body and hinder the development of the immune system. This allows the invading organisms to survive and contribute to the formation of chronic disease.

Germs from coughs and sneezes travel further than previously thought

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When you are sick, practicing social distancing techniques not only protects you from the crowds, it protects the crowds from you. If one actually falls ill, the best thing to do from a public health standpoint is not brave it through the illness to get to work, but self-quarantine at home to prevent the spread of the virus. You may not realize it, but that multiphase turbulent buoyant cloud you're about to expel in a sneeze of cough have associated gas clouds that keep their potentially infectious droplets aloft over much greater distances than previously realized, say MIT researchers.

"When you cough or sneeze, you see the droplets, or feel them if someone sneezes on you," says John Bush, a professor of applied mathematics at MIT, and co-author of a new paper on the subject. "But you don't see the cloud, the invisible gas phase. The influence of this gas cloud is to extend the range of the individual droplets, particularly the small ones."


Researchers have illuminated the flows of coughs with powerful lasers and fancy photo techniques through the use of powerful computers to model this flow of thousands of tiny particles. They've used heated manikins and cough machines in rooms filled with tiny droplets of olive oil or theatrical smoke to track how air moves, where breath goes, and how exposed we are to someone else's cough.
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Is sugar toxic - 60 minutes investigates

Sanjay Gupta reports on new research showing that beyond weight gain, sugar can take a serious toll on your health, worsening conditions ranging from heart disease to cancer.
If you are what you eat, then what does it mean that the average American consumes 130 pounds of sugar a year? Sanjay Gupta reports on new research showing that beyond weight gain, sugar can take a serious toll on your health, worsening conditions ranging from heart disease to cancer. Some physicians go so far as to call sugar a toxin.

The following script is from "Sugar" which aired on April 1, 2012. Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the correspondent. Denise Schrier Cetta and Sumi Aggarwal, producers.

Comment: Sugar belongs to the same wastebasket along with alcohol which is toxic to the body due to its fructose content, just as sugar, among other things. Whereas tobacco has nothing to do with all of this, on the contrary:

Nicotine can boost blood vessel growth
Top US academics discover fresh tobacco leaves can fight cancer
Science is conclusive: Tobacco increases work capacity
Why 'World No Tobacco Day'? Smoking is good for memory and concentration
Tobacco used as medicine
Smoking Does Not Cause Lung Cancer
Dr. Gori on the passive smoking fraud
The devious plan of anti-smoking campaigns to control people and stop them from using their brain
Smoke, Lies and the Nanny State
Let's All Light Up!
5 Health Benefits of Smoking
Nicotine Lessens Symptoms Of Depression In Nonsmokers
Nicotine helps Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Patients
Brain Researchers: Smoking increases intelligence


Nano-Particles in consumer products damage DNA and lead to cancer

One of the latest trends in manufacturing for today's consumer products is the use of engineered nano-particles (ENP's), yet, most people have no idea that they are consuming and absorbing ENP's. Research is discovering that certain ENP's may be toxic and extremely harmful to human health, causing cell and DNA damage, potentially leading to the development of cancers.

Nano-particles are microscopically sized particles with at least one dimension less than 100 nano-meters (nm). To put this in perspective, a sheet of paper is about 100,000 nm thick, and a strand of human DNA is about 2.5 nm thick. A current trend in research and development, ENP's are generating widespread interest for their potential to enhance consumer materials and food products, and for their potential applications in the electronic, optical and biomedical fields. "Nanoparticles are of great scientific interest as they are effectively a bridge between bulk materials and atomic or molecular structures." [1]

Comment: Nanotech: The Unknown Risks:

Nanotechnology - the new threat to food

Food Industry 'Too Secretive' Over Nanotechnology
Study: Potential Hazards of Nanotechnology Not Known
Nanotechnology could reduce plant's ability to produce food
Nanotech labels for food wanted, consumers willing to pay more for labeling
U.S. should follow Europe and put the brakes on nanotech food and other products


Herd immunity: Myth or reality?

Tetyana Obukhanych (Ph.D. in immunology from Rockefeller University, New York, NY) is the author of Vaccine Illusion. The book is available in pdf e-book form for immediate download here.

Even though endemic outbreaks of common childhood diseases, such as measles, have been eliminated in some regions after prolonged mass-vaccination efforts, we are still being constantly reminded that reducing vaccination coverage of children in a community poses the risk of a reimported disease outbreak with potentially dire consequences to infants and immuno-compromised individuals. We are also being persuaded that implementing strict vaccination compliance will prevent an outbreak and protect vaccine-ineligible infants via the herd-immunity effect.

There is no question that a disease outbreak can happen in a non-immune community, if a virus gets there. The real question is, how well can high-vaccination compliance ensure herd immunity and protect a community from an outbreak?

Everything you wanted to know about GMOs but were afraid to ask

If you've been to a barbecue and ate burgers, ribs, and corn on the cob, it's probably a pretty good bet you that while you were wiping barbecue sauce off your chin you weren't thinking about DNA splicing in some far away laboratory. However, there are folks who do just that: come up with ways to genetically modify foods in order to make them "pest resistant" or "herbicide resistant," and the way scientists accomplish this is reminiscent of a grade B horror film.

Genetic engineering is the science of creating transgenic organisms, meaning genes are manipulated from one species to another to create a trait that did not previously exist. This is also called "recombinant DNA technology." For instance, the DNA in Monsanto's "Bt" corn has been modified by inserting specific genes from Bacillus thuringiensis, a ground-dwelling bacterium that is also used as a means of natural pest control. The genetic modification produces a crystalline protein in the stalks, pollen, and leaves of the plant that is toxic to borers and other corn pests.

The first genetically modified organisms, commonly known as GMOs, appeared in 1982 as plant cells that had been genetically modified by scientists of Monsanto Corporation, a chemical giant now turned biotech behemoth, who is also the producer of Bovine Growth Hormone (rBGH), a commercial livestock hormone that has been linked to breast and prostate cancer. Since 1994, GMO crops and livestock, labeled "Frankenfoods" by anti-GMO activists, have proliferated across the globe, with many unanswered questions creating a firestorm of controversy. What are the long-term health effects of ingesting GMO products? How extensively will airborne pollen taint organic crops? By mutating the genes of plants and animals, how will the evolution of species be affected, including humans? Why were GMOs released into the global food markets with no testing?

Comment: For more in depth information about the growing concerns over GMOs read: Are you inflamed over GMO foods?


Move over ADHD - is Sluggish Cognitive Tempo the next big thing?

Sluggish Cognitive Tempo
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Keith McBurnett, a scientist, said, “We haven’t even agreed on the symptom list” for sluggish cognitive tempo.
That slow-moving, daydreaming kid who keeps forgetting to put his name on his papers might not just be overtired from staying up too late playing video games. He might be suffering from something researchers are calling Sluggish Cognitive Tempo (SCT).

Proponents of the as-yet unrecognized condition say it is a legitimate diagnosis, distinct from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder with which it shares some symptoms, and deserves its own course of treatment.

Skeptics, however, argue that too many children have already been misdiagnosed as having ADHD when the problem may be nothing more than ordinary childhood behaviors and that the new SCT may be more of the same.

Meanwhile, pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly is looking into which of its ADHD drugs could be used to treat SCT.

According to an article in the New York Times, more than 6 million American children are currently diagnosed with ADHD, with about 4 million of them taking medication daily to control the symptoms. With those kinds of numbers, along with the broad all-encompassing set of symptoms, concern has been rising that significant numbers of these may have been misdiagnosed.

Intermittent fasting supercharges your brain - and more!

Fasting Improves Your Brain Function

New research has indicated that fasting can significantly reduce the effects of aging on the brain. It has been known that bouts of intermittent fasting have a powerful anti-inflammatory effect on the entire body. Leading scientists now believe that intermittent fasting is one of the key strategies for maximizing brain function.

Researchers at the National Institute of Aging in Baltimore have reviewed the literature and performed studies to indicate the positive effects of fasting on overall brain health. Professor Mark Mattson, who the head of the Institute's laboratory of NeuroSciences, made it clear that these benefits were not just related to calorie restriction but instead to intentional periods of intermittent fasting.

Comment: The best way to use this kind of protocol would be inside the context of a Ketogenic Diet, with lots of bone broth!


Jimmy Moore - Nutritional Ketosis

Jimmy Moore runs a hugely popular US based website
Jimmy is one of those warm, passionate personalities who knows a lot about living low carb. He has compiled a great resource of blogs and podcasts (over 600!) with all the leaders in the low carb field.

In this seminar Jimmy discusses nutritional ketosis.

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Federal response to state GMO labeling laws: 'DARK Act'

There are currently at least 24 states that have introduced their own versions of genetically modified food labeling laws.

A new bill will sweep them all into oblivion under the federal rug.

It will provide less information to consumers, throw all authority onto the FDA and will paint consumers who have valid concerns as bullies and loons with false "activist claims." In other words - the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014 is supporting something that is safe - if you pipe up, you are unreasonably pushing something dangerous. The danger? A simply label change depicting a GMO. One that is considerably more humble than current and constant label changes that include "No preservatives!" "No HFCS!" "Gluten-free!" Unlike what the bill's title suggests, it means less ingredient labeling and less oversight.