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Health and Wellness Show: Medicinal Herbs

Today on the Health and Wellness show we'll be discussing medicinal herbs - various applications for different herbs, benefits, warnings and interactions.

The pet health segment will be discussing a biogenic stimulator developed by a Russian scientist. It's going to be an interesting show! Tune in weekly at 10am EST on Fridays.

Here's the transcript of the show:


Parasitic worm infections can increase susceptibility to tuberculosis

Collage of various helminth eggs, from left to right: Trichosomoides egg, Ascaris lumbricoides with larva hatching, sample of adult roundworms, Hymenolepis nana, Schistosoma mansoni and Toxocara canis with larva hatching
Scientists have shown how a parasitic worm infection common in the developing world increases susceptibility to tuberculosis. The study demonstrated that treating the parasite reduces lung damage seen in mice that also are infected with tuberculosis, thereby eliminating the vulnerability to tuberculosis (TB) that the parasite is known to cause.

The study raises the possibility of using inexpensive and widely available anti-parasitic drugs as a preventive measure in places where the parasite and TB are common -- stopping infection with the parasite and reducing susceptibility to TB and the risk of a latent TB infection progressing to disease.

The research, from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, appears online Nov. 16 in The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

"Scientists and doctors have known that having both infections -- this parasitic worm and tuberculosis -- results in increased susceptibility to severe lung disease than having TB alone," said Shabaana A. Khader, PhD, associate professor of molecular microbiology. "But if we don't understand why co-infection increases the susceptibility to TB, it is difficult to know how to deal with the situation."

Comment: Studies have found that most people, especially those with chronic diseases and cancer, are host to at least one kind of parasite. Parasites can range from tiny organisms, visible only by microscope to long tapeworms. They can enter the body through food, drink, contact with animals or infected persons, or even just skin contact, and parasite infections can last for years.

Parasitic microorganisms: Chances are, you've got them


Outspoken drug critic Dr. Carl Hart: Popular big pharma drug Adderall is pretty much crystal meth

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Dr. Carl Hart, an associate professor of psychology and psychiatry at Columbia University who specializes in drug abuse and drug addiction, is also an outspoken critic of the drug war, and made comments in the media recently about how the popular big pharma drug Adderall is pretty much the same thing as crystal meth.

When appearing on All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC, Hart spoke about the crack epidemic and how it allowed the media and the politicians to overlook many of the issues with poverty and violence that existed in poor areas of America's cities and instead use crack as a scapegoat. Hart admitted that crack is dangerous, but that it has been used as a scapegoat by the government, and like many drugs, there is a lot of misinformation out there about it.

Comment: Adderall... entirely legal and prescribed to millions:


World Health Organization: Prolonged exposure to low levels of radiation increases the risk of cancer

Over 300,000 Nuclear Workers from France, the UK and US Studied for Radiation-Cancer Link

A major new study coordinated by World Health Organization's cancer division - the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) - finds that even low-level radiation increases the risk of cancer, if exposure occurs over time.

The IARC announced last week:
New results from a study coordinated by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, show that protracted exposure to low doses of ionizing radiation increases the risk of death from solid cancers. The results, published today in The BMJ [the prestigious British Medical Journal], are based on the most powerful study to date and provide direct evidence about cancer risks after protracted exposures to low-dose ionizing radiation.

"The present study demonstrates a significant association between increasing radiation dose and risk of all solid cancers," says IARC researcher Dr Ausrele Kesminiene, a study co-author. "No matter whether people are exposed to protracted low doses or to high and acute doses, the observed association between dose and solid cancer risk is similar per unit of radiation dose."


A collaboration among international partners, evaluated the exposures of more than 300,000 nuclear workers in France, the United Kingdom, and the USA over a period of time between 1943 and 2005.

Comment: Living in a toxic world: Iodine to the rescue


Iodine: An old life-saving medicine - rediscovered!

It is not an understatement to say our existence, and the quality of our lives, depends on having adequate iodine levels. In spite of this, mainstream medicine generally ignores the importance of this element. The following fifteen facts will reveal not only how important iodine is, but how much better your life can be with balanced levels of this life-giving element.

1. Iodine is an Essential Element

The thyroid creates hormones to regulate metabolism and cellular function. The two most important hormones triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) require iodine for formation. Without iodine, the thyroid under-produces these hormones leading to hypothyroidism and other metabolic disorders.

2. Iodized Salt is Not a Good Source of Iodine

Most table salt has been iodized in an effort to eliminate iodine deficiency. Unfortunately, the process of manufacturing this salt can include adding artificial versions of iodine and other chemicals, making it anything but healthy. Plus, to make it white, most table salt is bleached. Dietary iodine can be found in better sources. And, for salt, go with Himalayan Crystal Salt.

Comment: Also the little bit of iodine in table salt tends to vapour out once the package has been opened. The dose of iodine is only designed to prevent goitre, but the amount ingested with it is not high enough for general health.

3. Iodine Deficiency Remains a Problem

Much of the world continues to suffer from iodine deficiency. While many developing countries lack adequate dietary iodine, many western countries suffer iodine deficiency from diets based on processed foods. These foods introduce toxins which disrupt absorption of dietary iodine. This problem afflicts women more often than men.

4. Iodine Deficiency and Breast Cancer Have Been Linked

Although breast cancer has a number of causes and simply taking an iodine supplement shouldn't at all be interpreted as a standalone cancer-preventative, studies have shown a correlation between breast cancer and thyroid disorders. Both the thyroid and breast require iodine to function properly. It has been noted in countries with a documented consumption of iodine rich foods that both problems occur less frequently in women. [1]

Comment: The main benefit of iodine supplementation seems not to lie with upregulating thyroid function, but with detoxification - mainly of bromides. Bromides are used as fire retardants and can be found virtually everywhere - in food, clothes, mattresses, cars and consumer electronics.

For more information - and before embarking on iodine supplementation - we recommend the following book:

The Iodine Crisis: What you don't know about iodine can wreck your life, by Lynne Farrow

Heart - Black

Artificial sweeteners raise risk of heart attacks

Drinking just two sweetened beverages per day — including "diet" drinks — can raise your risk of heart failure by nearly 25 percent, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and published in the journal Heart.

Although prior studies have linked consumption of sugary and diet beverages to various worsened health outcomes, including worse heart health, the new study is the first to link these drinks with heart failure.

Comment: See more: Stressed out? This is why you crave sugar


A constant stream of expensive drugs

It would be novel indeed to see a news media report entitled "Life- Saving Vitamins." That's a headline about vitamins that would be true for once.

Instead, I see folks on TV speaking about those drugs they so desperately "need" while they plead with drug companies to just make them more affordable. "It's tough when it comes to medical stuff costing so much because you can't say no to medication," says one patient who seeks an expensive drug to help lower his high cholesterol [1].
"[It's] a kind of blackmail: if you want drug companies to keep turning out life-saving drugs, you will gratefully pay whatever they charge."- Marcia Angell, MD
Take comfort, consumer. NBC is on it. On Wednesday, November 4th, 2015, they presented a news bit ominously entitled "Your Money or Your Life." NBC asked Leonard Schleifer, MD, CEO of Regeneron: "Why do the same medications cost so much more here than in other countries?"

After all, NBC pointed out that drugs cost twice as much in the United States then they do in Canada, the United Kingdom, or Australia. And they noted that Regeneron's new drug Praluent is particularly costly.

Dr. Schleifer justified the price tag on his company's expensive new drug because of the high cost of the product's development. "Do we want cheap drugs now, and no drugs in the future?" he asks. "Or more expensive drugs now, and a constant stream of drugs?" [2]

Comment: Other than expensive, these drugs are literally dangerous, promoting the very things they should be healing:


The benefits of dry skin brushing

The skin plays a vital role in ridding the body of toxins and impurities. Dry skin brushing is one of the best techniques to open up the pores of the skin, and to stimulate and detoxify the lymphatic system.

The skin is the largest organ in the body, and is responsible for one-fourth of the body's detoxification each day. It also makes it one of the most important elimination organs! For this reason the skin is also known as the "3rd" kidney, with the lungs being known as the 2nd kidney.

Comment: See more:
  • Halotherapy: Taking a mound of salt for what ails you


How Himalayan salt lamps are benefcial for better sleep and mental clarity

Himalayan salt is widely recognized for its nutritional benefits and of course its rosy-pink complexion. It is an excellent replacement for average cooking and table salt as it contains much less sodium and has been found to even lower blood pressure and aid in digestion. Himalayan salt also consists of trace amounts of calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium where as regular salt is almost entirely sodium-chloride crystals.

Comment: See more on the benefits of Himalayan salt: The benefits of salt for survival

Bizarro Earth

The human cost of agrotoxins. How Monsanto's glyphosate pesticide is killing Argentina

© Pablo Ernesto Piovano
The crystal boy. Lucas Techeira is 3. He was born with ichthyosis, a disease causing dry, thickened skin. His mother came in contact with glyphosate during pregnancy.
An emerging Argentinian photographer has realised a daring photo feature. Like David against Goliath, his enemies are glyphosate and the Monsanto Company.

Glyphosate, one of the world's most used herbicides, has devastating, dramatic effects on the health of people living in very close contact with it. This time, the warning does not come from environmental organisations or WHO's agencies, but from a photo feature. Pablo Ernesto Piovano is an Argentinian photographer that decided, in 2014, to report the conditions of people living and working near GM soy crops, where massive amounts of herbicide are used.

Comment: Monsanto's appalling lack of concern for either people or planet is sickening. In a sane society they would be brought to justice for what amount to crimes against humanity.