Health & Wellness


What toxins did you apply today?

When I was a little girl, my favorite thing to do was watch my grandmother get ready to go out. She would sit at her vanity in bright pink curlers, dab on foundation makeup, ring her eyes with liquid eyeliner and paint her lids with pearlescent sky-blue shadow (after all, it was the 1970s).

Then came blush and flame-red lipstick. The best part was when she powdered her face with the puff from her gold Max Factor compact. She then pulled out her curlers, one by one, and wielded a fine-toothed pink comb to tease her hair into an enormous and magical beehive. Her final step was to apply what seemed like an entire can of hairspray. She emerged from this mist a goddess.

Fast-forward three decades. As an environmental-health advocate, I now know that my grandmother's mascara probably contained a preservative with the neurotoxin mercury, and her red lipstick was most likely made with some lead. As she sprayed her hair, she may have inhaled vinyl chloride, a potent liver carcinogen. Chances are her foundation had a few toxic ingredients as well.

Comment: Applying toxins daily? Don't think carcinogenic chemicals lurk in your 'beauty' products? Read the following articles:


Cuba sending 165 health workers to Sierra Leone to fight Ebola outbreak

"We still need about 500 to 600 doctors coming from abroad and at least 1,000 or more health care workers," the Cuban health minister says
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Cuba will send 165 health workers to Sierra Leone in October to fight the Ebola virus outbreak that has already killed over 2,400 people, the Cuban health minister said on Friday.

A team of 62 doctors and 103 nurses will remain in Sierra Leone for six months, Roberto Morales Ojeda told a news conference with the head of the World Health Organisation, Margaret Chan.

Chan said: "If we are going to go to war with Ebola, we need the resources to fight."

"Cuba is world famous for its ability to train outstanding doctors and nurses and for its generosity in helping fellow countries on the route to progress and I am extremely grateful for the generosity of the Cuban government and these health professionals for doing their part to help us contain the worst Ebola outbreak ever known," she said

Comment: See: Ebola - What you're not being told

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Sleeping pills taken by millions linked to increased risk of Alzheimer's

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Sleeping tablets and anxiety drugs taken by millions of people have been linked with Alzheimer's disease, researchers warn Sleeping pills taken by millions linked to Alzheimer's
Common sleeping tablets and anxiety drugs taken by millions of patients has been linked to a 50 per cent increased risk of Alzheimer's disease, researchers have found.

Taking the drugs known as benzodiazepines, which include diazepam and lorazepam, for three months or more was linked with a greater chance of being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease five years later.

At least six million prescriptions were issued for the drugs in England last year and the researchers said the findings are important because of the large numbers of older people taking the medicines.

Researchers behind the study described the findings as being of "major importance for public health".

They warned that although it cannot be definitively proven that the drugs are causing Alzheimer's there is a strong 'suspicion of possible direct causation'.

The drugs should be not be taken for more than three months in light of these findings, the researchers said.

However, other experts said the results may reflect that people who are already in the early stages of Alzheimer's are often treated for sleep problems and anxiety and this is confusing the findings.

In a research paper published in the British Medical Journal, scientists from the University of Bordeaux and the University of Montreal behind the latest study said their findings were especially important "considering the prevalence and chronicity of benzodiazepine use in elderly populations and the high and increasing incidence of dementia in developed countries."

They said: "It is now crucial to encourage physicians to carefully balance the benefits and risks when initiating or renewing a treatment with benzodiazepines and related products in elderly patients."

The French and Canadian researchers examined data from Quebec from a period of at least six years and identified 1,796 cases of Alzheimer's disease which where then individually matched with 7,184 healthy people matched for age, sex, and duration of follow-up.

They found that past use of benzodiazepines was associated with a 51 per cent increased risk fo Alzheimer's disease. The link was stronger with longer exposure to the drugs or use of long-acting versions of the medicines.

In an accompanying editorial Professor Kristine Yaffe of the University of California at San Francisco and Professor Malaz Boustani of the Indiana University Centre for Aging Research, said that in 2012 the American Geriatrics Society included benzodiazepines in a list of drugs that should not be used in older people because of the side effects of brain function.

Comment: There are many ways to get a good night's sleep without resorting to damaging pharmaceuticals:
  • Sleep Deeper With Better Nutrition
  • Sleep - are you getting enough?
  • 'Take Control of Your Sleep, Before It Takes Control Of You'
  • Natural Solutions To Sleep Deprivation
  • Better Sleep Through Meditation
The Eiriu Eolas Meditation program is highly recommended for improving the quality of your rest.


Vaccines facilitating disease? Children hospitalized with EB-D68 virus have all received vaccines for MMR, influenza and polio

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Comment: The CDC has actually made no mention of the fact that all children who have fallen ill with this virus have been vaccinated. So, there are some questions about the validity of the claims in this article. At the same time, the CDC is being unusually quiet about blaming the un-vaccinated for the spread of the virus. Considering the fact that there is substantive research showing that vaccines fail and often predispose people to the very diseases they claim to prevent, it would not be surprising if these claims were true:

Why vaccines spread disease and vaccine science is flawed
Herd immunity: Myth or reality?
New research shows that vaccines cause an epidemic of chronic inflammation

The mysterious virus known as EV-D68 has spread across the Midwest at a rapid rate. Many children have been hospitalized with the virus, about 475 in Kansas City alone, and there is no known vaccine to lessen the effects of the virus or protect those that have yet to acquire it.

EV-D68 has created an outbreak in Colorado, Missouri, Utah, Kansas, Illinois, Ohio, and four more states in the Midwest. The symptoms can mimic those of the influenza virus, but can have a much more dire impact on those that fall ill. Dr. Mary Anne Jackson, the hospital's division director for infectious disease shared her concern with CNN.
"It's worse in terms of scope of critically ill children who require intensive care. I would call it unprecedented. I've practiced for 30 years in pediatrics, and I've never seen anything quite like this,"
Although there is no known vaccine for the virus, and the scope which it will reach is also unknown, those that have become infected are following a common theme. They have all been vaccinated with the MMR vaccines, influenza vaccines, and polio vaccines. Of course, many children in the United States have been vaccinated, and most are required to be vaccinated in order to enter school. However, it is interesting to note that the illness is not occurring, yet, in children that have not been vaccinated.

Children's academic performance highest in countries where women's breast milk contains higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids

DHA breast milk predicts intelligence
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The amount of omega-3 docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in a mother’s milk — fats found primarily in certain fish, nuts and seeds — is the strongest predictor of test performance. It outweighs national income and the number of dollars spent per pupil in schools, researchers say.
You are what you eat, the saying goes, and now a study conducted by researchers at UC Santa Barbara and the University of Pittsburgh suggests that the oft-repeated adage applies not just to physical health but to brain power as well.

In a paper published in the early online edition of the journal Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids, the researchers compared the fatty acid profiles of breast milk from women in over two dozen countries with how well children from those same countries performed on academic tests.

Their findings show that the amount of omega-3 docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in a mother's milk -- fats found primarily in certain fish, nuts and seeds -- is the strongest predictor of test performance. It outweighs national income and the number of dollars spent per pupil in schools.

DHA alone accounted for about 20 percent of the differences in test scores among countries, the researchers found.

On the other hand, the amount of omega-6 fat in mother's milk -- fats that come from vegetable oils such as corn and soybean -- predict lower test scores. When the amount of DHA and linoleic acid (LA) -- the most common omega-6 fat -- were considered together, they explained nearly half of the differences in test scores. In countries where mother's diets contain more omega-6, the beneficial effects of DHA seem to be reduced.

Comment: Polyunsaturead vegetable oils are some of the worst fats you can ingest. These are fats to be avoided at all costs and include polyunsaturated oils sold for cooking, anything sold in clear plastic bottles, margarines or other tub spreads, any hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, trans fats, inter-esterified fats, vegetable shortening, 'vegetable oil', cottonseed oil, all genetically modified oils like canola oil, corn oil and soy oil. Most of the corn, canola and soy grown is genetically modified. In a recent study, pigs and cows fed on the rather common diet of GMO corn and soy have suffered digestive and reproductive disorders. This is of particular importance since the human digestive tract is very similar to that of pigs.

Comment: Another thing to remember is that saturated fat is good for you! Despite almost a century of dietary recommendations against intake of saturated fat, the public is finally starting to catch up with what some researchers and holistic health professionals have known all along: that saturated fat consumption actually promotes health. Saturated fats are found in meats, some dairy products, and eggs, as well as some tropical vegetables. They are ideal for cooking as they can withstand much higher temperatures than other oils. You know a fat is saturated if it is solid or semi-solid at room temperature. See: Saturated Fat is Good for You


You don't say! Vaccine compliance increases with threats of job loss

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As it turns out, according to a new "study," hospitals can greatly improve their flu vaccination rate among health care workers by using a mandatory employee vaccination policy.

This is according to a Henry Ford Health System study, funded by Henry Ford Health System and citing the "data" from Henry Ford Health System.

The upper echelon of Henry Ford, acting under their created task force, is attempting to pass off a "duh!" observation of authorities using power over subordinates as a true-blue health study. Yet, nowhere in the study is there any proof of reduction of disease or an increase in employee/patient health and safety.

The achievement lies in complete subjugation - a foregone conclusion when employers threaten career destruction, i.e.,"Inject this into your body every year, or no more food on the table - and no good reference for you!"

Why the gluten free food industry perpetuates disease

The gluten free aisle at the grocery store continues to grow along with the popularity of the gluten free diet. Unfortunately, the majority of the foods being sold are highly processed. Many of them contain genetically modified ingredients. Many of them contain other grains like corn and rice (glutens in these have been shown to create damage in celiacs). Many of them are cross contaminated with gluten.

A recent study published in Biomed Central Gastroenterology confirms that avoiding these processed foods improves healing in those who have previously gone traditionally gluten free and not responded (this is often referred to as non responsive disease). A summary of the study is below:
Patients with persistent symptoms and/or villous atrophy despite strict adherence to a gluten-free diet (GFD) have non-responsive celiac disease (NRCD). A subset of these patients has refractory celiac disease (RCD), yet some NRCD patients may simply be reacting to gluten cross-contamination. Here we describe the effects of a 3-6 month diet of whole, unprocessed foods, termed the Gluten Contamination Elimination Diet (GCED), on NRCD.

Prior to the GCED, all patients were interviewed by an experienced dietitian and no sources of hidden gluten ingestion were identified.
Sources:BMC Gastroenterol. 2013 Feb 28;13:40. doi: 10.1186/1471-230X-13-40.

Comment: This is why the gluten-free industry is really a bad idea. Gluten-free means for the most part sugar and GMOs. Sugar is toxic to your metabolism and GMOs promote autistic, anti-social and cannibalistic behaviors. Best to go on a ketogenic diet with minimal amounts of carbs coming from well tolerated vegetables. See also:

- Why isn't my brain working
- Eat more sugar! The truth about 'Gluten-Free' foods
- Six signs you're gluten intolerant - and don't even know it
- The Ketogenic Diet - An Overview

Bad Guys

Big Pharma wants to "protect" the elderly from "dangers" of coconut oil and natural supplements

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Dr. Taya Varteresian, a board certified psychiatrist working for the Veterans Administration, is the lead publisher in an article in the journal Current Psychiatry Reports titled: Natural products and supplements for geriatric depression and cognitive disorders: an evaluation of the research.

According to the abstract, more and more elderly people are starting to use "Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) for late-life mood and cognitive disorders." This obviously concerns psychiatrists, since their main remedies for "cognitive disorders" are powerful anti-psychotic drugs. They are not trained in natural supplements, therefore they apparently felt the need to educate other psychiatrists about the "side effects and indications for various natural products" so that psychiatrists could "protect their patients."

Unfortunately, the patients probably need protection against the powerful arsenal of psychiatric drugs more than they do against harmless natural supplements and foods!

This is particularly true regarding anti-psychotic drugs prescribed to veterans, where the rate of suicide is far above the rate among the general population. More service members die by suicide than in combat, with 22 veterans killing themselves every single day. Obviously our pharma-based mental health system is not helping veterans, as suicide is a side effect of many anti-psychotic drugs.

So what are these dangerous supplements and "CAM products" that the field of psychiatry feels the need to warn fellow doctors about? According to the abstract they are: "omega-3 fatty acids, ginkgo biloba, SAMe, St John's wort, B vitamins and vitamin D, huperzine, caprylidene, and coconut oil." If these supplements are bringing about positive changes in the lives of elderly folks, it is not surprising that they are competing with Big Pharma drugs, which have a multitude of side effects, and little or no effect on cognitive diseases like Alzheimer's. Unfortunately, Medicare and insurance companies will cover the toxic drugs, which the medical system admits kill over 100,000 people a year (not including suicides or other secondary deaths), but they will not cover natural products that have few or no side effects, but are often far more effective.

If this list is indicative of natural remedies that are effective and present competition to Big Pharma, it might be well worth the time to do your own research into each one rather than trust a doctor who has been trained by Big Pharma-funded psychiatrists to advise you on natural supplements and foods. The largest criminal convictions in modern times are against the pharmaceutical companies selling these powerful drugs through the pseudo-science of psychiatry, often through deception and "off label" prescriptions for conditions the drugs were never tested against. (See: Pharmaceutical companies now among largest corporate criminals in the world: no better than white-collar drug dealers.) Their list of "dangerous" natural products might be unwittingly tipping you off to the most successful natural products to combat mental disease.

We have often reported here at Health Impact News on the testimonials of families who have successfully incorporated coconut oil and a high-fat diet into the lives of seniors suffering from mental illness with great success. (See: New Alzheimer's Drugs Continue to Fail Where Coconut Oil Shines)
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Pain tolerance levels between men and women are similar: More resilient people tend to have a higher pain tolerance

Resilience, a person's ability to overcome adverse circumstances, is the main quality associated with pain tolerance among patients and their adjustment to chronic pain. This is the result of a new study carried out at the University of Málaga that shows that the effect of gender on this ability is not as significant as originally thought.
More resilient people tend to have a higher pain tolerance.

Resilience, a person's ability to overcome adverse circumstances, is the main quality associated with pain tolerance among patients and their adjustment to chronic pain. This is the result of a new study carried out at the University of Málaga that shows that the effect of gender on this ability is not as significant as originally thought.

Over the years a number of clinical trials have shown important gender differences with regard to susceptibility to pain through illness, effectiveness of medications and recovery after anaesthetic. Furthermore, these results coincide with general lore where it is often said that women tolerate pain better than men.

However, a new study led by researchers at Malaga University with the aim of analysing the differences between men and women in terms of their experience with chronic pain has dispelled this theory, revealing that these differences are minimal.

The stuff nightmares are made of: Hundreds of UK & Irish patients wake up every year during surgery

More than 300 people a year in the UK and Ireland report they have been conscious during surgery - despite being given general anaesthesia.
Led by the Royal College of Anaesthetists and Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland, researchers studied 3 million operations over a period of one year.

More than 300 people in the UK reported "waking up" during surgery and said they could feel pain and hear conversations, but could neither move nor communicate with doctors, the report revealed.

In the largest study of its kind, scientists suggest this happens in one in every 19,000 operations, mainly because of certain administered drugs.

Prof Tim Cook, at the Royal United Hospital in Bath, who led the research, said: "For the vast majority it should be reassuring that patients report they were conscious during operations so infrequently. However for a small number of patients this can be a highly distressing experience."

He added, "I hope this report will ensure anesthesiologists pay even greater attention to preventing episodes of awareness."