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Phthalate exposure in pregnancy adversely affects masculinization of male genitals in babies

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Exposure to hormone-altering chemicals called phthalates - which are found in many plastics, foods and personal care products - early in pregnancy is associated with a disruption in an essential pregnancy hormone and adversely affects the masculinization of male genitals in the baby, according to research led by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

The findings, presented today at the Endocrine Society's 97th annual meeting in San Diego and funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, focus on the role of the placenta in responding to these chemicals and altering levels of a key pregnancy hormone. These results suggest that there may be reason to push routine clinical testing earlier in pregnancy to check for the effects of chemicals and help guide potential interventions to protect the health of the baby.

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Alarm Clock

Would delayed school start times help teens get adequate sleep?

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Adolescents are losing up to an hour of sleep a night more then they did ten years ago. Ed Yourdon/Flickr, CC BY-NC-SA
Sleep is the foundation of good health for all of us, especially during times of physical and mental development. But since adolescents are sleeping less these days, it may be time to delay school starting times to ensure young people can be productive and well at this important point in their lives.

Both physical and mental health both suffer when we don't get enough sleep. And this particularly so for adolescents, who are going through puberty and all its attendant physical and mental development. But in a trend that has held for the last ten years young people in this age group have been losing up to one hour of sleep every school night.

The best remedy may be to let adolescents catch up on their sleep by allowing them to start school later.

Comment: The decline in the number of hours slept per night is affecting public health, including a greater risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression and stroke in adults and concentration problems in children. As the article states, these problems are affecting children much more due to their developing brains. Turning lights low and avoiding computers and cell phones late at night would also help them to get better quality sleep.


Boat

Depression: Why not start with a nutritional solution?

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If you experience depression, you will typically be prescribed an antidepressant, an SSRI or other agent. If you consult a psychologist or counselor, the underlying psychological underpinnings (if any) are explored, strategies devised to cope. But there will almost never be talk about your diet, nutritional deficiencies that amplify dark moods, the life habits that allow demons to emerge.

Yet there are some very powerful strategies available that have potential to substantially lift mood. Such solutions won't, of course, erase the effects of childhood trauma or grieving from personal loss, but they can help smooth the emotional impact of such life events, elevate the hormones of mood, and make life easier easily and naturally.

Among the most powerful nutritional and natural mood lifters:

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Bulb

Yoga shows potential to help kids with chronic pain

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Childhood is a time of life that is supposed to be all about innocence, play, and enjoyment. Yet, in today's society, as many as 45 percent of children suffer from chronic pain, ranging from headaches to stomachaches and backaches, according to researchers at the Pediatric Pain Program at UCLA.

For children and adolescents with chronic pain, treatment can be challenging and require a variety of medications. Even then, there's no guarantee the treatment will be enough to decrease pain and lessen the psychological impact of pain and illness. The result is missed school, stress, anxiety, depression, and an overall impact on quality of life—all this at an age when social acceptance and academic performance are of utmost concern.

Researchers at UCLA now have another option they say is safe and which addresses both body and mind in kids: Yoga.

Subhadra Evans, Ph.D. and colleagues from the UCLA Pediatric Pain Program are taking a non-pharmacological approach and looking at a way to treat the "whole person's functioning." They believe Iyengar Yoga could be a way to reduce symptoms and improve quality of life for kids struggling with chronic pain.

Comment: A new government report shows that 1 in 9 children in the U.S. are using complimentary therapy to stay healthy


Dollars

While waging war on overweight people, British government is doling out sweeteners to Big Sugar firms to produce MORE candy

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Confectionary firms receive six-figure grants from the British government to help produce biscuits, ice cream and chocolate, according to a new report. In some cases, Big Sugar is guzzling more taxpayer cash than anti-obesity programs.

The government has handed out hundreds of thousands of pounds to confectionary firms including Cadbury, Nestle and PepsiCo.

One firm was given £100,173 for a project to improve the "sensory properties" of confectionary wafers, according to the study.

The revelations follow an investigation by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) which found that junk food companies have been funding scientific research into nutrition and obesity.


Comment: This is why everyone should completely disregard the 'Official Food Pyramid' promoted in the West. It is literally a lie from top to bottom.


The study, by UK Coronary Prevention Group, raises fresh questions over the government's close relationship with the sugar industry at a time when official policy seeks to prevent an obesity epidemic.

Taxpayer money has been given to companies who profit from selling candy and snacks, the report found.

Comment: So the British government is, on the one hand, trying to convince doctors to not treat people who suffer from obesity 'because it costs the taxpayer too much money'... while at the very same time conspiring with Big Sugar corporations to lie about the fact that carbohydrate and sugar-rich foods are directly implicated in causing and increasing obesity.

So what gives here?

Well, the first thing we can deduce is that the government doesn't give a damn about people's health. Secondly, we're left wondering if CorpGov isn't in fact pushing to increase the sugar content of the public's diet... because it will make them sicker? Or because it will keep them sick, and therefore preoccupied and dumbed-down? With millions of Britons facing malnutrition and relying on food banks to survive, the British government is encouraging Big Sugar to do its job of ensuring the national food supply is adequate, after which the resulting cancer, diabetes and heart disease epidemics are 'fixed' by bringing in Big Pharma to 'cure' (read: maintain) the health crisis by providing 'solutions' that would be obsolete if proper nutritional policy had been instituted in the first place.

We assume, given the 'ubiquitous hegemony' of the Western Empire, that this either already is, or will soon be, the state of play in all 'Westernized' countries.


Music

Listening to music enhances activity of genes involved in learning and memory while down-regulating genes associated with neurodegeneration

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A Finnish study group has investigated how listening to classical music affected the gene expression profiles of both musically experienced and inexperienced participants. All the participants listened to W.A. Mozart's violin concert Nr 3, G-major, K.216 that lasts 20 minutes.
Although listening to music is common in all societies, the biological determinants of listening to music are largely unknown. According to a new study, listening to classical music enhanced the activity of genes involved in dopamine secretion and transport, synaptic neurotransmission, learning and memory, and down-regulated the genes mediating neurodegeneration. Several of the up-regulated genes were known to be responsible for song learning and singing in songbirds, suggesting a common evolutionary background of sound perception across species.

Listening to music represents a complex cognitive function of the human brain, which is known to induce several neuronal and physiological changes. However, the molecular background underlying the effects of listening to music is largely unknown. A Finnish study group has investigated how listening to classical music affected the gene expression profiles of both musically experienced and inexperienced participants. All the participants listened to W.A. Mozart's violin concert Nr 3, G-major, K.216 that lasts 20 minutes.

Comment: Music has also been found to have a profound effect on our immune systems. Dr. Mitchell Gaynor, a leading oncologist who has pioneered new strategies for the treatment and prevention of cancer, actively uses sound in his integrative oncology practice. In this interview discussing his book The Healing Power of Sound, he says:
Sound can change our immune function. After either chanting or listening to certain forms of music, your Interluken-1 level, an index of your immune system, goes up between 12 and a half and 15 percent. Not only that, about 20 minutes after listening to this meditative type music, your immunoglobin levels in your blood are significantly increased. There's no part of our body not affected. Even our heart rate and blood pressure are lowered with certain forms of music. So, it effects not only our soul and our spirit, but it effects us on literally a cellular and sub-cellular level.



Sherlock

The tricks and lies of corporate junk science

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Science has been hijacked by corporate junk science, which pretends to be real science but is actually highly fraudulent.
Corporate junk science is an all-pervading presence in our society. It's everywhere. The scientific journals of the entire world, offline and online, have been flooded with so much fake science that it has, sad to say, become practically impossible for the average person to wade through all of it and sort out the wheat from the chaff. However, the fake science I am referring to here is not unintentional or sloppy work, which is more of a minor problem in the scheme of things (since it will eventually be corrected with due diligence), but rather the deliberately fraudulent "scientific studies" which are put out by major corporations with a definite agenda in mind - usually establishing a fake scientific basis of "safety" for their products, whether they be vaccines, mobile phones, GMOs, tobacco, fluoride, soda or soft drinks, etc. It's nothing more than corporate junk science, and many people, including doctors, scientists and academics, have been taken in hook, line and sinker by it.

It's time to shine the light on this ugly phenomenon. Science is meant to be about the pursuit of truth and understanding how our world works. It is truly sickening to see the extent to which it has been hijacked to serve corporate interests - to make a tiny, tiny 0.0001% rich at the expense of harming and killing the rest of mankind.

Comment: Keep these tricks in mind when doing your own research. Fraudulent research is rampant.


Health

High salt diet protects against infection & increases immune function

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The dietary tides are once again turning for salt.

You may remember a landmark JAMA study in 2011 that showed that contrary to what the medical community espoused for years - salt actually lengthens your life; it doesn't cut your life or raise the risk of hypertension. That study found that people actually lived longer if they consumed salt. Notably, they were not studying pink Himalayan salt, but regular old, processed table salt.

Additionally, a Cochrane study confirmed that salt did not cause heart or blood pressure problems and that reducing the substance offered no reduction of heart risks.

Some people are consuming salt in their water to help with adrenal function and hydrate better in the summer heat.

Now researchers, in a study published by Cell Press March 3rd in Cell Metabolism reveals that dietary salt could have a biological advantage: defending the body against invading microbes.

Comment: Shaking Up The Salt Myth: Healthy Salt Recommendations: Read more about Why real salt is so important:


Green Light

Idiocracy: Food packaging should have traffic light labels?

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The main character in the movie Idiocracy goes to the hospital of the future and tries to tell the clerk about his problem. She apathetically scans her finger over a bunch of picture buttons that indicate a medical problem - she doesn't have to think. Imagine if everything was even further reduced from Idiocracy into nothing but basic colors and shapes. It would almost be like shopping with Big Bird as your guide.

"Should food products be labeled with traffic light symbols to make health-related information on ingredients easier to understand?"

Apparently, this very topic has been up for debate...according to researchers at the University of Bonn. This writer would like to show you that this is really only yet another study that benefits Big Food, not the obesity-ridden consumer.

Comment: Complete Idiocracy! As the author states: "Seriously, the toxic food packaging alone is enough to make every packaged food item deserve a red sticker." To learn more about how toxic food packaging is affecting your health read the following articles:


Book 2

Dr. Jane Goodall helps expose the dangers of GMOs: Altered genes & twisted truth

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Dr. Jane Goodall, one of the world's most prominent and popular primatologists, ethologists, and anthropologists, is starting to make a lot of noise about genetically modified foods and organisms (GMOs). She's no stranger to speaking out against them, and joins a very long and growing list of scientists and activists trying to create awareness about the risks they pose to human health and to the environment.

In September of 2014, she called for a complete ban of GMOs on her website, urging the citizenry of the world to boycott them. She's also been very vocal about the pesticides that are commonly sprayed on our food. A simple Google or YouTube search can suffice if you are looking to hear more about her stance on GMOs and pesticides.
"How could we have ever believed that it was a good idea to grow our food with poisons?" - Jane Goodall