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Leaves of European chestnut tree can disarm staph bacteria without boosting drug resistance

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Emory University's Cassandra Quave researches the interactions of people and plants -- a specialty known as ethnobotany.
Leaves of the European chestnut tree contain ingredients with the power to disarm dangerous staph bacteria without boosting its drug resistance, scientists have found.

PLOS ONE is publishing the study of a chestnut leaf extract, rich in ursene and oleanene derivatives, that blocks Staphlococcus aureus virulence and pathogenesis without detectable resistance.

The use of chestnut leaves in traditional folk remedies inspired the research, led by Cassandra Quave, an ethnobotanist at Emory University.

"We've identified a family of compounds from this plant that have an interesting medicinal mechanism," Quave says. "Rather than killing staph, this botanical extract works by taking away staph's weapons, essentially shutting off the ability of the bacteria to create toxins that cause tissue damage. In other words, it takes the teeth out of the bacteria's bite."

Comment: Because the pharmaceutical industry is more intent on finding patent-able medicines that can enhance their revenues, they tend to dismiss folk remedies. Fortunately there are some researchers, who are rediscovering this ancient wisdom and finding that herbs and essential oils often work just as well and are sometimes even more efficient at combating infections.


Monkey Wrench

Psychiatry: Erase the unique individual

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Nature is busy creating absolutely unique individuals, whereas culture has invented a single mold to which all must conform. It is grotesque. "- U.G. Krishnamurti
"There are cultural myths that are easy to overturn. People see through them quickly. But the prevailing core myths are tougher. Much tougher. Most people resist even discussing them. In the old days, the Church tortured and burned people who discussed them. Now, it's social ostracism. Now, in some cases, it's the State kidnapping children to send a message."(The Underground, Jon Rappoport)
Since none of the 300 official mental disorders has any defining physical test for diagnosis, there is no proof they exist. Period.

Comment: The "institutional corruption" of Psychiatry: A discussion with the authors of 'Psychiatry Under the Influence'


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Correlation and causation

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Correlation and causation are two terms research scientists exploit to drive consensus science—either way: pro or con—for whatever pharmaceutical product de jour they happen to be paid to promote favorably and thereby 'endorse' to enhance a manufacturer's financial bottom line, plus 'scientific' point-of-view.

Recently, a study [1] out of Harvard hinted on "correlation and causation" regarding one alcoholic beverage a day and female breast cancer!

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Magnesium—The missing link to better health

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Magnesium is perhaps one of the most overlooked minerals. This is especially important because, an estimated 80 percent of Americans are deficient in it. The health consequences of deficiency can be quite significant, and can be aggravated by many, if not most, drug treatments.

In the following featured video, Carolyn Dean, a medical and naturopathic doctor, discusses the importance of this mineral.

Dr. Dean was the lead author on the seminal paper "Death by Medicine" back in 2003, showing that modern medicine is in fact one of the leading causes of death in the United States. She also authored the book Death by Modern Medicine.

Comment: Magnesium deficiency: The many signs & what to do


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Man paralyzed after receiving vaccine recommended by then-physician, now-senator behind California vaccination bill, tells of senator's corruption

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John Berchielli, who was perfectly healthy before receiving a doctor-recommended vaccine
As Natural News readers are well aware, Americans who dare to oppose mandatory vaccination for any reason, including that they don't believe that all vaccines are safe, are often ridiculed, marginalized and minimized by Big Pharma vaccine pushers and the mainstream medical community. One of the things that they most often insist on is that "vaccines are safe" and that there is no reason to fear being vaccinated.

And yet, when vaccine injuries occur - which is often enough that the federal government maintains a vaccine injury fund - they are brushed under the rug by the mainstream media as "rare" and "unusual," if such incidents are covered at all.

But one man who was recently injured by vaccines has as compelling a case to make against mandatory vaccination as anyone: Ironically, he once worked for California Sen. Richard Pan - the pediatrician/lawmaker behind SB277, the state's recently enacted mandatory vaccination law. He explains in a new video what he believes is motivating his former boss.

The man, John Berchielli, says he "was a perfectly healthy person" before he received "a vaccination recommended by my doctor."


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Scientists claim to have found a solution for obesity using gene-manipulation

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Scientists in the United States think they may have discovered a cure for obesity in a minor DNA tweak that causes the metabolism to burn up excess fat.

While overeating and lack of exercise were long thought to be the main contributors to weight gain, researchers now believe that genetics play a crucial role in whether fat is stored or used up as energy.

Scientists at Harvard and MIT have discovered that the FTO gene, the so-called "obesity gene," activates two other genes that halt thermogenesis, or burning off energy. But researchers used a groundbreaking gene-manipulation technique to reverse that process, allowing energy to be burned off rather than stored as fat.

The study creates hope that a drug or treatment for obesity could one day be developed.

Comment: So now not only is the obesity epidemic a result of people's inability to control their appetite and unwillingness to perform ungodly amounts of physical activity, but now it's also due to people's 'bad genes'. Never mind that mainstream academia has been force feeding people diet information that is based on lies for decades. Just blame it on the victims and their genes and use that framework to develop a vaccine or pharmaceutical 'treatment' that will be less effective than going low-carb, lifting heavy things, getting a good night's sleep, and avoiding toxic chemicals.


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Antibiotics found effective in schizophrenia

Tetracyclines help treat psychosis as well as tick-borne disorders.

Using darkfield microscopy technique, this photomicrograph, magnified 400x, reveals the presence of spirochaete, or "corkscrew-shaped" bacteria known as Borrelia burgdorferi, which is the pathogen that causes Lyme disease.
A controlled clinical trial was just published in the psychiatric literature, showing that minocycline is effective in treating negative symptoms in early phase schizophrenia. A prior pilot study, published in 2010 in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, also showed that minocycline was effective in schizophrenia, helping executive functioning such as working memory. The authors postulate that the mechanism of action of minocycline would include affecting glutamate pathways in the central nervous system, blocking nitric oxide-induced neurotoxicity, or inhibiting microglial activation in the brain, causing inflammation. All of these are reasonable potential mechanisms of action. Neither author discusses the obvious fact however that minocycline is a tetracycline antibiotic and that it may be treating an occult infection. Have infections ever been reported to cause schizophrenia?

Lyme disease causes a wide range of psychiatric manifestations. Published research has shown a higher prevalence of antibodies to Borrelia burgdorferi in psychiatric patients than in healthy subjects. There is also a known geographic correlation of schizophrenia with ticks and tick-borne encephalitis, with peer reviewed literature showing an association of Lyme disease with schizophrenia. Other tick-borne infections, such as Bartonella (cat scratch disease) have also been reported to cause neurological and neurocognitive dysfunction, as well as causing agitation, panic disorder and treatment resistant depression. Minocycline, as well as other tetracycline antibiotics like doxycycline, are well known treatments for neurological manifestations of Lyme disease and associated co-infections like Bartonella. It is therefore plausible that a certain number of cases of severe psychiatric presentations are due to underlying infections, especially since Lyme disease is the number one spreading vector borne infection in the world.

I have seen several patients who came to my medical clinic with a diagnosis of schizophrenia, on anti-psychotic medications like Risperdal. Upon further testing, their Western Blots returned positive for exposure to Borrelia burgdorferi, the agent of Lyme disease. They were given doxycycline (a similar tetracycline antibiotic), and their psychotic symptoms and cognition improved significantly. Working with their psychiatrist, we were able to reduce, and in some cases eliminate, all of their antipsychotic medication. They remained clinically stable as long as they remained on antibiotics. Their psychiatric symptoms returned once they were no longer being treated for Lyme and associated tick-borne disorders, as these organisms have been shown to be able to establish a persistent infection in the body.

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Teflon chemical contamination of drinking water much more serious threat to health than previously thought


Although DuPont Company and their well-trained PR insist that exposures to C8 chemical known as PFOA doesn’t cause any health issues, independent studies show different results.
Every time they drink a glass of tap water, people in the mid-Ohio River Valley of West Virginia and Ohio may be consuming unsafe amounts of an industrial chemical linked to cancer, birth defects, heart disease and other illness. More than a decade after this threat became known, government regulators have failed to set enforceable standards to ensure the water is safe - and now, new science says the danger may be much greater than either residents or regulators thought.

In 2005, DuPont settled a class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of 70,000 mid-Ohio Valley residents for decades of fouling their drinking water with a highly toxic chemical once used to make Teflon. As part of the settlement, DuPont1 is paying for technology to filter - but not eliminate - the toxin from six area water systems.

Next month, the first of approximately 3,500 personal injury lawsuits2 from mid-Ohio Valley residents who got sick from drinking the contaminated water will go to trial. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has spent a decade studying the health hazards of the Teflon chemical, known as PFOA,3 but may take another four to six years before even deciding whether to set a legally enforceable maximum pollution level for drinking water. In 2009, EPA set a non-enforceable Provisional Health Advisory level - a temporary, voluntary standard to help utilities and health officials decide when to take action to reduce peoples' exposure - but the agency didn't follow up with a rule that carries the force of law. That advisory level remains the only federal guidance on how much PFOA is safe in drinking water.

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Tianjin blast site contains cyanide levels 356 times the permitted level

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Smoke rises from shipping containers after explosions at Binhai new district in Tianjin, China, August 13, 2015
Staggeringly high cyanide levels have been found at the Tianjin blast site, with one spot exceeding the permitted amount by 356 times. It comes as residents demand compensation from the government and express fears of returning home following last week's deadly explosion.

"An excessive level of cyanide was detected in eight locations, with the highest reaching 356 times" the permitted level, Ministry of Environmental Protection official Tian Weiyong said.

"Cyanide pollution is severe inside the warning zone. Outside the zone overall, the amount of cyanide detected is at normal range," he added.

'We can't live here'

It comes just one day after protesters braved the rain during a demonstration in Tianjin, stressing that their homes have been destroyed and health jeopardized. The protesters, many wearing masks, held banners and shouted slogans.

"You know when these chemical facilities blow up, all these harmful objects get buried in the surrounding areas, so we don't dare to live there, it's going to have an impact on our health, our family's health and especially our children's health,"36-year-old homeowner Mr. Zhang told Reuters.

Magic Wand

Turmeric heals the damaged brain

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Long considered impossible to accomplish, new research reveals how a simple spice might contribute to the regeneration of the damaged brain.

Turmeric is hands down one of the, if not the, most versatile healing spice in the world with over 600 experimentally confirmed health benefits, and an ancient history filled with deep reverence for its seemingly compassionate power to alleviate human suffering.

But, most of the focus over the past decade has been centered on only one of its many hundreds of phytocompounds: namely, the primary polyphenol in turmeric known as curcumin which gives the spice its richly golden hue. This curcumin-centric focus has lead to the development of some very good products, such as phospholipid bound curcumin concentrate (e.g. Meriva, BCM-95) which greatly helps to increase the absorption and bio-activity of curcumin. But, curcumin isolates are only capable of conferring a part of turmeric's therapeutic power - and therein lies the limitation and hubris of the dominant 'isolate the active ingredient' model.

Comment: Read more about the Health Benefits of Turmeric: