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Study finds ketogenic diet improves memory in adults with cognitive impairment

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Recent findings suggest that a very low-carbohydrate diet may boost memory in older adults with mild cognitive impairment.

Under fairly extreme low-carb conditions, the body starts to use compounds called ketones, made from the metabolism of fat or protein, as a source of fuel. This state, ketosis, occurs naturally and is quite different from ketoacidosis which is a serious problem caused by severe metabolic disturbances.

A new study tested a ketogenic diet in people with mild cognitive impairment, sometimes a precursor to dementia. For six weeks, half of the 23 participants ate a ketogenic diet, with five to 10 percent of calories coming from carbohydrates, while the others ate a high-carbohydrate diet, 50 percent of calories from carbohydrates.

Those on the ketogenic diet showed significant improvements in verbal memory compared to the other group. The higher their ketone levels, measured in urine, the better their verbal memory.

Comment: As Dr. Gabriela Segura states in The Ketogenic Diet - An Overview:
Our body organs and tissues work much better when they use ketones as a source of fuel, including the brain, heart and the core of our kidneys. Ketones are the ideal fuel for our bodies, unlike glucose - which is damaging, less stable, more excitatory and in fact shortens your life span.

Ketosis cleans our cells from proteins that act like "debris" and which contribute to aging by disrupting a proper functioning of the cell. It basically does this by what is known as autophagy which preserves the health of cells and tissues by replacing outdated and damaged cellular components with fresh ones. This prevents degenerative diseases, aging, cancer, and protects you against microbial infections. A ketogenic diet not only rejuvenates you, it also makes a person much less susceptible to viruses and bacterial infections.

What is considered nowadays a "normal diet" is actually an aberration based on the corruption of science which benefits Big Agra and Big Pharma. If we would go back in time to the days before the modern diet became normalized by corporative and agricultural interests, we will find that ketosis was the normal metabolic state. Today's human metabolic state is aberrant.
See also:
Is the Ketogenic Diet the cure for multiple diseases?

High-fat low-carb ketogenic diets beginning to earn mainstream respect

The art and science of nutritional ketosis Stephen Phinney

Pills

Antibiotics kill our cells with each use - Harvard study

Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in the 1940s, and it has been used as a poster child for 'safe' antibiotics ever since. Fleming's discovery heralded the 'age of antibiotics,' but new research from Harvard scientists reveals concerning information about antibiotics, confirming that the antibiotic age is coming to an end.

Penicillin has been called better than the 'big gun' antibiotics for treating pneumonia and other childhood diseases, but it that really true in a new age of antibiotic resistance created by their overuse? Even the corrupt FDA admits that antibiotic misuse and overuse is a problem.

According to the Harvard summary:
"One of the oldest and most widely used antibiotics, penicillin, attacks enzymes that build the bacterial cell wall. Researchers have now shown that penicillin and its variants also set in motion a toxic malfunctioning of the cell's wall-building machinery, dooming the cell to a futile cycle of building and then immediately destroying that wall."
This would be a simple microbial process that we could take for granted if it weren't for the resistance to penicillin and other antibiotics that has emerged in the last few decades. The fact is that scientists still don't really know how the original 'age of antibiotics' worked.
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How sugary diets are destroying our immune systems

Ancient Teeth - By investigating evidence from ancient teeth, we find out about how the human diet and health conditions have changed over time.

Our diets have changed tremendously as humans have developed and progressed over time, from the meat-heavy diets from our hunter-gatherer days, to the advent of agriculture about 10,000 years ago and the high sugar content of today's fast, convenient food. Our changing diet has had a variety of effects on our health, not least on our 'microbiome'; diversity in the bacteria living inside us has decreased dramatically, with severe knock-on effects on our immune systems. Dr Graham Phillips presents evidence from our ancestors' teeth, which shows just how much our diets and resultant bacterial communities inside our bodies have changed over time.


Comment: Troublesome bacteria consider you as their human, influencing which foods you crave to your own detriment. It's time to show them who's boss. Switch to a low carb diet:

Attention

Alarming new study shows Bisphenol A and analogs are 100x more toxic than previously determined

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A new study reveals just how profoundly misled we are about Bisphenol A and its analogs: they are at least 100x more toxic than we previously imagined.

An alarming new study establishes that the commonly used chemical bisphenol A used in tens of thousands of consumer products, and its lesser known but increasingly prevalent analogs, bisphenol S and F, are several orders of magnitude more disruptive to the endocrine systems of the developing male human fetus than previous toxicological risk assessments were capable of determining.

The new study was published in the journal Fertility and Sterility and titled, "A new chapter in the bisphenol A story: bisphenol S and bisphenol F are not safe alternatives to this compound."

Comment: Bisphenol A has been linked to obesity, infertility and reproductive disorders in both genders, diabetes, breast cancer, prostate cancer, behavioral problems, liver tumors and more. Consumers have been hoodwinked into buying products labeled "BPA Free" when the presence of bisphenol remains as Bisphenol-S, AP, M, or P, and now research has determined that these are just as toxic as BPA.

Consumer Alert: BPA-Free Goods Still Contain Toxic Bisphenol

Endocrine disruptors: New studies confirm dangers of BPA and substitutes

The Facts About Bisphenol A

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Students that banned energy drinks sees detention plunge by a third

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Dee Griffiths, headteacher at Haydock High School in Haydock, Merseyside (pictured with a group of Year 9 pupils), said there had been a marked change in pupils' behaviour since the school banned energy drinks.
A school that banned Red Bull and other energy drinks has seen the number of pupils being given detentions plunge by a third.

In the latest piece of evidence that the drinks can cause poor behaviour in the classroom, staff said standards were transformed after just two terms.

Drinks such as Monster, Red Bull and Relentless combine so much sugar and caffeine that Government advisers warn they make children hyperactive and difficult to control.

Some 500ml cans contain the equivalent of more than 13 teaspoons of sugar and 160mg of caffeine - about the same as in four cans of cola.

The ban was suggested by Year 8 pupils at Haydock High School in Merseyside. Head teacher Dee Griffiths said: "Research would suggest that levels of concentration among some young people are negatively affected by highly-sugared energy drinks.

Comment: The evidence is clear about the dangers of sugar and caffeine drinks:

Health

Sierra Leone: 80 to 100 new Ebola cases reported daily

Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, August 2014.
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Sierra Leone said Friday that between 80 and 100 new cases of Ebola are being reported every day and the country now hardest-hit by the deadly virus desperately needs over 1,000 beds to treat victims.

Sierra Leone's Finance Minister Kaifalah Marah painted a grim picture to the U.N. Economic and Social Council Friday of the challenges facing his West African nation which failed to meet a World Health Organization interim goal of isolating 70 percent of Ebola patients and safely burying 70 percent of victims by Dec. 1.

The two other hard-hit countries, Liberia and Guinea, did meet the deadline, and the U.N.'s Ebola chief Dr. David Nabarro said the number of new cases in Liberia has dropped from 60 per day in September to 10 per day now.

But Nabarro and WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan stressed that Ebola that a much greater effort is needed to reach the elusive goal of zero new cases.

Comment: See also: 'Right now, it doesn't look good': WHO fails to meet its goal of containing the Ebola outbreak in West Africa

Syringe

CDC issues flu vaccine apology: This year's vaccine doesn't work! Did flu shots ever work?

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The following video from Gary Franchi of NextNewsNetwork reveals the shocking admission by the CDC that this year's flu vaccine doesn't work. From the video:
For the first time we can remember, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are going on the record, saying the flu vaccine won't work this year. The warning comes just before the busiest part of flu season, in January and February. Unfortunately, there won't be any refund for any of the patients or insurance companies who spent money on flu shots earlier this fall.

But don't worry. Just when you thought perhaps the CDC could boost their credibility, they found a way to put a sales pitch on the end of their warning. The CDC says if you do come down with the flu, there's a cure. It's just going to cost more money. Money that will end up profiting pharmaceutical giants, GlaxoSmithKline and Roche. CDC officials are urging doctors to prescribe two specific antiviral medications for any patients who come in with flu symptoms.

Just last week, the CDC issued a warning, prompting Americans to take the flu vaccine if they haven't already. Health officials said they had 160 million flu shots on the shelves and ready to go. But just earlier this week, Italy launched an official investigation after about a dozen people died within 48 hours of getting the flu shot. Their national health agency issued an immediate warning, saying DON'T take the vaccine. Here in America, the CDC isn't going that far. In fact, they found a way of turning this failed vaccine into a promotion for yet another big pharma drug.

Comment: To sum up the content of this article: Flu vaccines contain extremely high concentrations of mercury, plus they have never been subjected to scientific clinical trials, and thus there is no evidence of safety or effectiveness, especially in pregnant women and children, yet they're constantly being encouraged to take them. In addition, flu shots have not been tested for cancer risk, and contain neurotoxins such as formaldehyde and sodium deoxycholate. Lastly, flu shots have been linked to seizures, convulsions, and Guillian-Barre syndrome.

So, if you're looking for a toxic cocktail, this is certainly it. How much trust can we put in companies that produce and market a harmful product that only makes the population sicker and sicker? None. So whichever antiviral medications they come up with this year, or their ''improved'' vaccine next year, always research their claims before you try any of them! And remember to read the small print on the package insert too...

And besides, having a cold now and then can actually be beneficial, see: Why we may need viruses more than vaccines

For more information on the harmful effects of vaccines, see this article by SOTT editor Erica Burt: America: A Vaxxer-Nation?

Arrow Down

North Carolina factory farm whistleblower unveils disturbing video

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Perdue farm chickens.
Does 'sustainable' farming really mean what you think it does? We've all seen the concerning images and videos depicting abused and sickly animals set for sale for the lowest possible price point, but very few have seen inside of a major 'sustainable' factory farm that even the USDA says passes its standard of care.

A North Carolina contractor for meat processing giant Perdue has now unveiled what truly happens behind these 'better' farming operations that we are made to believe are the much better option for ourselves and our families. The result: a very disturbing reminder to eat a high quality organic diet:

As a contractor for Perdue, farmer Craig Watts says he is contractually obligated to ensure that the chickens destined for your dinner table do not receive any form of sunlight or fresh air. In addition, the chickens are forced to lay not only on their own bed of feces, but feces that has accumulated for around the past year. This is because the floors are not cleaned between each import of new chickens, leading to thick layers of feces, other bodily fluids, limbs, and other items accumulating to the point where the underbellies of the chickens are worn red and their feathers are rubbed clean off.
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The effects of anxiety on your brain and what you can do to help yourself

Anxiety is a natural, normal response to potential threats, which puts your body into a heightened state of awareness.

When felt appropriately, anxiety is beneficial and can keep you out of harm's way... the anxiety you may feel while hiking near a steep drop-off, for instance, will cause you to be more careful and purposeful in your movements.

For an estimated 40 million US adults, however, anxiety may occur even when there's no real threat, causing unnecessary stress and emotional pain. While many believe anxiety and stress to be the same, persistent anxiety actually evokes quite a different experience in your brain.

Anxiety in Your Brain: What Happens When Anxiety Attacks?

Anxiety does evoke the same "fight or flight" response that stress does, which means, like stress, anxiety will trigger a flood of stress hormones like cortisol designed to enhance your speed, reflexes, heart rate, and circulation. However, stress can occur with feelings of anger, sadness, or even happiness and excitement.

Anxiety, on the other hand, virtually always involves a sense of fear, dread, or apprehension. And while stress may occur due to an external source (like an argument with your spouse), anxiety tends to be a more internal response.

Further, brief anxiety may coincide with a stressful event (such as speaking in public), but an anxiety disorder will persist for months even when there's no clear reason to be anxious. While the exact causes for anxiety disorders are unknown, your brain is actively involved.

Comment: One of the most useful things one can do to off-set, ameliorate and even reverse the effects of anxiety and stress is to learn about and practice the techniques shared in Éiriú Eolas.



Holly

Christmas in America: It's the least wonderful time of the year

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Did you know that the rate of suicide is highest during this time of the year and that 45 percent of all Americans dread the Christmas season?

We are constantly being told that Christmas is the happiest time of the year, but mental health professionals tell us that the exact opposite is true. For large numbers of Americans, the period between Thanksgiving and Christmas is filled with stress, anxiety, loneliness and family squabbles. And for most people, the reality of the holidays never even comes close to matching up with the glittering ideal portrayed in movies and on television. As a result, depression tends to spike during the month of December. And of course Americans are quite depressed most of the time anyway. In fact, one out of every ten Americans is on an antidepressant as you read this article. No other nation in the world even approaches that level. So right now we are in the midst of the most depressing time of the year in the most depressed nation on the entire planet. What is wrong with this picture?

Comment: Another great way to combat depression at any time of the year is the Éiriú Eolas stress control, healing and rejuvenation program. You can access it here for free.

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