Health & Wellness


Ebola deaths surge in Sierra Leone and Liberia; 44 new cases, 21 deaths

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A scientist separates blood cells from plasma cells to isolate any Ebola RNA in order to test for the virus at the European Mobile Laboratory in Gueckedou.
Ebola continues to spread in Sierra Leone, Liberia and to a lesser extent in Guinea, with a combined 44 new cases and 21 deaths between July 6-8, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

This brought the total in West Africa's first outbreak of the deadly viral disease to 888 cases including 539 deaths since February, the United Nations agency said.

"The epidemic trend in Liberia and Sierra Leone remains precarious with high numbers of new cases and deaths being reported," the WHO said.

Just one confirmed new case had been reported during the past week in Guinea, where the WHO said it was closely monitoring the situation. There has been resistance among some communities to measures recommended to control the outbreak, such as precautions during traditional burial ceremonies.

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Wine n Glass

New research proves it's not the alcohol that provides heart health benefits

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Scientists have known for a long time why higher consumption of wine has led to lower rates of heart disease and cancer. It has nothing do with the alcohol and everything to do with the grapes. However, that's not how the alcohol industry has portrayed the health benefits of wine. New research that reviewed evidence from more than 50 studies that linked drinking habits and cardiovascular health, calls into question previous studies suggesting one drink per day to be healthy for the heart.

The alcohol industry and the media have portrayed one glass, even two glasses, of wine or beer as not only safe, but possibly healthy. They tell the public that there is only danger when the use of alcohol is excessive or abusive.

Alcohol, regardless of its type (i.e. beer, wine, liquor, etc) is a class A1 carcinogen which are confirmed human carcinogens. Alcohol consumption has been causally related with breast cancer for some time. Increasing evidence indicates a stronger association with neoplasms, though the risk is elevated for other types of breast cancers too.

In a previous study posted in the journal Neuroscience, lead author Megan Anderson, reported that even moderate drinking -- drinking less during the week and more on the weekends -- significantly reduces the structural integrity of the adult brain.

Reducing the amount of alcoholic beverages consumed, even for light-to-moderate drinkers, may improve cardiovascular health, including a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, lower body mass index (BMI) and blood pressure, according to a new multi-center study published in The BMJ and co-led by the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The latest findings call into question previous studies which suggest that consuming light-to-moderate amounts of alcohol (0.6-0.8 fluid ounces/day) may have a protective effect on cardiovascular health.
Bacon n Eggs

Rethinking fatigue

Adrenal-related issues are seemingly epidemic today - many people complain of some degree of "adrenal fatigue" or "burnout." This is hardly surprising given the incredibly stressful world we live in today. The unfortunate truth is adrenal-related issues are poorly understood today. Also, most health care providers still practice using outdated theoretical models from the 1950s, which fail to hold up in the face of modern stress physiology. In fact, the vast majority of so-called "adrenal issues" have nothing whatsoever to do with the adrenal glands themselves!

Comment: There really is no other way about proper management of your bodys energy, than to get keto adapted by maintaining a proper diet, as well as processing emotions, rethinking the early on constructed ways of coping with stress. As Nora mentions: thinking about regulating your circadian rhythm and its 'light hormones' by being careful of the right kinds of light exposure and sleeping patterns, will help balance energy as well.


Eradicated? Vials of smallpox discovered in unused FDA storage room

Federal investigators are probing how vials of smallpox made their way into a storage room at a Food and Drug Administration lab near the US capital, health authorities said Tuesday.

Smallpox is a highly contagious and sometimes fatal disease that has been eradicated after a worldwide vaccination program. The last US case was in 1949; the last global case was in 1977 in Somalia.

The vials were labeled "variola," another name for smallpox, and they appear to date from the 1950s, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement.

They were found in an unused portion of a storeroom in an FDA laboratory, located on the National Institutes of Health campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

There is no evidence that the vials had been opened, "and onsite biosafety personnel have not identified any infectious exposure risk to lab workers or the public," the CDC said.

The vials have been moved to a high-security lab at the CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.

Comment: According to the WHO, smallpox has been eradicated. Why then is it still necessary to preserve samples in two labs in the US and Russia? The truth is, it hasn't been eradicated, and still infects people today. There is a growing suspicion that smallpox has been labeled "eradicated" to be able to terminate the smallpox vaccination programs, because it became clear that vaccinating against smallpox was not only ineffective, but increased fatality rates compared to the un-vaccinated. Notwithstanding the fact that smallpox is still in the wild - under different names like monkeypox, but indistinguishable from smallpox - WHO declared smallpox eradicated, possibly to escape litigation, while preserving the vaccine paradigm.

The only effect of vaccines that has consistently been shown is immunosuppression.

For more information on this topic, please read:
Smallpox was declared eradicated, yet still infects humans today.


Bill Gates-funded birth control microchip

Here's one more for the coming "Internet of Things" - an implantable birth control microchip could hit the U.S. market by 2018 thanks to funding by globalist billionaire and population control enthusiast Bill Gates.

The new microchip implant reportedly lasts up to 16 years and can be controlled via wireless remote device, but don't worry; researchers are quick to reassure that each microchip comes with "secure encryption" (you know, the kind that's even being hacked and exploited in the new smart light bulbs).

Junk food, children's DNA and beyond...

New study ponders impact of Western food and GMOs on posterity's genes...

Through the emerging information from epigenetics - the study of environmental exposure on genes - it becomes apparent that we are not the body equivalent to Las Vegas. What happens to us doesn't stay with us - it moves on.

It's not so much that disease moves on, but a "poorly trained" immune system does, according to a unique new study in Nutrition Journal.

It starts with inflammation from the Western diet and an infinite domino effect begins....

Comment: Learn more about the microbiome and the role microbes play in protecting and regulating the human immune system:


Interrupted sleep as bad as just 4 hours

A full night's sleep which is interrupted can be as bad as getting only half a night, finds a new study taking a novel approach to sleep problems.

Despite how common it is for parents of young children to be awakened many times during the night, the effects have never been systematically investigated.

Parents are not the only ones who suffer, explains Prof. Avi Sadeh, who led the new research:
"Doctors on call, who may receive several phone calls a night, also experience disruptions.

These night wakings could be relatively short - only five to ten minutes - but they disrupt the natural sleep rhythm.

The impact of such night wakings on an individual's daytime alertness, mood, and cognitive abilities had never been studied.

Our study is the first to demonstrate seriously deleterious cognitive and emotional effects."In their study participants were awakened four times during a normal 8-hour night (Kahn et al., 2014).
Each time they had to complete a computer task that took 10-15 minutes before they went back to bed.

The great American hotdog: What's in it?

I will always hold a soft spot in my heart for the humble and much-maligned hot dog. A staple of my childhood, especially the summers spent on Long Island with my grandparents. Occasionally, my grandmother would take us by train into the city to shop, have lunch and see a show. As we'd pass the street food vendors, I'd beg her for a hot dog - steaming, and piled into a doughy white bun.

She'd invariably give me a curt, simple, and firm, "No." She didn't trust the meat. Instead, she'd take me by the hand, and we'd go home. If I were lucky, she'd pick up a package of hot dogs she did trust (and they were few and far between), boiling them in water spiked with yellow mustard before serving them for dinner, a technique I still use at home.

So, thirty years later, I find myself with just as much concern as my grandmother. I generally say no to hot dogs for my little boy because I just don't trust the meat. Of course, now I work as an advisor to Applegate so I tend to purchase their meats as well as the meat from regional ranchers and farmers who raise their animals on pasture.

So now when he asks me for a hot dog, I sit down with him and decode the hot dog ingredients.

So What's In Your Hot Dog?

Human skin can detect odors

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You may smell coffee with your heart and lungs, as well as with your nose
Human skin can smell itself as well as other odors, according to a new study that also determined a common and pleasant-smelling odor promotes skin healing.

The paper, published in the latest issue of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology, strengthens prior research that found olfactory receptors -- proteins specialized to detect odors -- don't just exist in the nose.

"Only a tiny little amount of odorants are used by our receptors in the nose," chemist Peter Schieberle of the Technical University of Munich told Discovery News. "Odor might have secondary functions in the human body."

Schieberle and his team discovered that the human heart, blood and lungs all possess olfactory receptors. Yet another research group, led by Ester Feldmesser of the Weizmann Institute of Science, theorized that these odor-detecting sensors could be all over, and in, the body.

Schieberle and his team discovered that the human heart, blood and lungs all possess olfactory receptors. Yet another research group, led by Ester Feldmesser of the Weizmann Institute of Science, theorized that these odor-detecting sensors could be all over, and in, the body.
Alarm Clock

Brazil announces dengue fever emergency in GM mosquito trials region

GM mosquito
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Civil society groups today expressed alarm at an increase in dengue incidence, leading to an emergency decree, in a town in Brazil where releases of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes are taking place.

The promise was to create genetically modified mosquitoes that would end dengue, but results from field trials conducted in Bahia, Brazil have not been published to date and did not evaluate the relation between Aedes aegypti mosquito populations and the occurrence of dengue [1]. Nevertheless, the Brazilian regulator Comissão Técnica Nacional de Biossegurança (CTNBio) recently gave the green light to the commercialization of the technology proposed by Moscamed Brazil in partnership with the English company Oxitec and the Universidade de São Paulo.

The Brazilian press had welcomed the new weapon to combat dengue but missed the information that Jacobina's mayor, a locality where the trials took place, issued a decree in February 2014 renewing the state of emergency "due to the abnormal situation characterized as a biological disaster of dengue epidemic." [2]. Before that, Moscamed had announced 81% and 100% reduction in the number of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in at least two localities of Jacobina, claiming that this meant the experiments were a success [3]. According to Oxitec, pilot-scale releases started in the north-west of Jacobina in June 2013 and the programme will roll out across the entire city over two or three years [4].

During the evaluation of the commercial application for the release of the GM mosquito, a CTNBio member had presented a report with information questioning the impact of the GM mosquitoes on the incidence of dengue and warning that in some circumstances the releases could make the disease worse, even if the number of wild Aedes aegypti mosquitoes was reduced. The concerns raised did not convince the majority of the Commission. The Brazilian National Agency of Sanitary Vigilance (ANVISA) is now in charge of registering and monitoring the product, which according to the company's recommendation implies weekly releases of 10 million GM mosquitoes for every 50 thousand inhabitants. Meanwhile, the date of publication of the promised results remains unclear.

Brazilian and international civil society organisations, including AS-PTA, Third World Network, RALLT (Network for a GM Free Latin America) and GeneWatch UK, today called on ANVISA to require Oxitec to publish the results of its experiments in a scientific journal and to cease further experiments and the commercial use of this technology until it has assessed the effects on the incidence of dengue and put an effective monitoring programme for the disease in place.

"CTNBio should review its decision to approve commercialization in light of the reality seen in Jacobina and ask for further serious studies on the full implications of releasing the GM mosquito over the local population" said Gabriel Fernandes, from AS-PTA, Brazil.

"Oxitec is knocking on the doors of many countries, promoting its GM mosquitoes as being able to address the serious threat of dengue. Yet, with no concrete proof that this technology is able to reduce dengue incidence, any approval of the GM mosquitoes would be grossly premature," said Lim Li Ching, Senior Researcher at Third World Network.

"It is extraordinary that experiments with Oxitec's GM mosquitoes continue and commercial releases have even been approved without any monitoring of the effect on dengue", said Dr Helen Wallace, Director of GeneWatch UK "The declaration of a dengue emergency in Jacobina should be a wake-up call for the authorities".