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Top 10 reasons to kiss wheat and grains goodbye forever

There are plenty of reasons to never allow your lips to meet a wheat bagel, sandwich, or pretzels again. But here are the top 10 most compelling, powerful reasons to tell the USDA and other providers of dietary advice to bug off with their "healthy whole grains" advice.
  1. Gliadin derived opiates (from partial digestion to 4- and 5-amino acid long fragments) increase appetite substantially - as do related proteins from rye, barley, and corn. This is a big part of the reason grains make you gain weight.
  2. Gliadin derived opiates are mind active drugs that trigger behavioral outbursts in kids with ADHD and autism, mania in bipolar illness, paranoia in schizophrenics, 24 hour a day food obsessions in people prone to bulimia and binge eating disorder.
  3. Gliadin, when intact, initiates the processes of autoimmunity leading to rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, and 200 other conditions.
  4. Amylopectin A raises blood sugar to high levels, higher, ounce for ounce, than table sugar.
  5. Wheat germ agglutinin is a potent bowel toxin.
  6. Wheat germ agglutinin blocks gallbladder and pancreatic function (via blocking the receptor for cholecystokinin).
  7. Phytates block absorption of all positively-charged minerals - such as iron, zinc, and magnesium
  8. Multiple allergens are present - such as trypsin inhibitors, thioreductases, alpha amylase inhibitors, and gamma gliadins, responsible for asthma, skin rashes, and gastrointestinal distress.
  9. Grains are potent endocrine disrupters explaining why women with polycystic ovarian syndrome, PCOS, are much worse with grain consumption, why men grow man breasts, why male levels of testosterone drop and estrogen increases, why pituitary prolactin levels are higher, why cortisol action is blocked, and why thyroid health is disrupted by autoimmune inflammation.
  10. Big Food and agribusiness use wheat and grains to control human buying behavior, putting the addictive appetite-stimulating effects to use to increase food consumption and keep you coming back for more.

Light Saber

Experimental LED therapy being used to treat Gulf War veterans

Since 1990, thousands of veterans, press, and government employees who participated in the first Gulf war have reported symptoms of Gulf War Syndrome. Short term memory loss, poor concentration, and an inability to take in information — collectively referred to as cognitive dysfunction — rank high among the most frequently reported signs of the illness. Today, a group of researchers at the VA Boston Healthcare System are testing the effects of light therapy on veterans who continue to experience cognitive symptoms.

Though investigational, the therapy has been used before by some alternative medical practitioners for physical symptoms. In this case, veterans wear a helmet lined with light-emitting diodes (LED) that apply red and near-infrared light to the scalp. Past studies have shown the light boosts output of nitric oxide, which improves blood flow, wherever the LEDs are placed. During treatment, veterans also have diodes placed inside their nostrils, to deliver photons to their brain.

Painless, the light also generates no heat. A single treatment takes about 30 minutes.

Comment: It's encouraging that researchers are investigating alternative methods to treat these veterans. Too many of them are being 'treated' with powerful, mind-altering psychiatric drugs. Drug toxicity, which causes brain damage, nerve damage, liver damage and frequently organ failure adds additional stress to a body that is already overwhelmed with chemical toxins.


Antibiotic-resistant intestinal superbug has spread to majority of US states

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Shigella stool
The intestinal bug shigella sonnei has spread via international travelers to 32 states and Puerto Rico, US health officials say. The bacteria has largely resisted the main drugs used to combat it.

Between May 2014 and February 2015, a drug-resistant strain of shigella has infected 243 people across the US, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC's findings were first published in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The CDC found that 90 percent of cases of the shigellosis infection analyzed in Massachusetts, California, and Pennsylvania were resistant to ciprofloxacin (Cipro), the top shigellosis antibiotic in the US.

Comment: Humans have destroyed the natural way of things so nature has to respond.


(Un) Informed Consent: A few things parents don't know about the Measles, Mumps & Rubella Vaccine

I've been dismayed by the national brouhaha characterized by the Four "Astroturf" Horsemen of Vaccine Hysteria: Fear, Anger, Blame, Hatred.
  • The unvaccinated must be hunted down and punished
  • Measles is deadly
  • We need a federal mandate for the measles vaccine
  • No exemptions for anyone
There's nary a mainstream outlet that hasn't jumped in and piled on. For a group of investigative journalists, health reporters, seasoned writers, and popular bloggers that claims to wrap themselves in the cloak of modern science, there's precious little scientific or even analytic thinking, let alone responsible, measured discussion. It remains to be seen whether mainstream journalism will grow a spine.

Comment: Additional information on the "national brouhaha" and "Vaccine Hysteria"

Pro-Vaxxers are the new pro-lifers: Religious hysteria trumps rational discussion in the vaccine debate

Arrow Up

Never too late: Regular strength training shown to enable elderly to live more independently

In Austria, around ten per cent of over-65-year-olds are frail, while a further 40 per cent are in a preliminary stage of frailty. The Healthy For Life project, with the MedUni Vienna as the academic lead, aims to raise fitness levels and quality of life for older people whose nutritional condition is inadequate. The first results show that regular strength training is particularly beneficial for increasing hand strength, and thus enabling people to live independently, says Thomas Dorner of the MedUni Vienna's Centre for Public Health to mark World Health Day on April 7.

The Healthy For Life project is a collaboration between the MedUni Vienna, Wiener Hilfswerk and Sportunion Österreich and is sponsored by the Vienna Science and Technology Fund. It involves volunteer "buddies" (aged at least 50) making weekly home visits to motivate older people to do strength training. Other nutritional issues are also discussed and it also boosts social support. It's a win-win situation: "it is not only beneficial to the elderly people's health, but also does the younger buddies good."

Comment: Research also shows that exercise is as important for brain function as it is for the rest of the body. In fact, it may play a large role in staying mentally alert into old age. The increased blood flow allows the brain to function better and exercising regularly will prompt the growth of new brain cells. In the hippocampus, these new brain cells help boost memory and learning.


Big surprise! Research shows Corexit damages epithelium cells within lungs of humans and marine creatures

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Crude oil spill on a beach.
New research from investigators at the University of Alabama at Birmingham suggests that Corexit EC9500A, an oil-dispersal agent widely used in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, contributes to damage to epithelium cells within the lungs of humans and gills of marine creatures. The study also identifies an enzyme that is expressed in epithelial cells across species that has protective properties against Corexit-induced damage.

The investigators say that finding a way to boost or enhance that enzyme, heme oxygenase-1 or HO-1, could prevent lung damage in cases of exposure to oil dispersal agents in future. The study, published in PLOS ONE on April 2, 2015, looked at epithelium cells -- the cells lining the airways of humans and the gills of certain marine species, in particular zebrafish and blue crabs.

The Deepwater Horizon spill, which began April 20, 2010, involved 205.8 million gallons of crude oil that spilled from a well head blow-out during the next three months. A dispersant, Corexit EC9500A, was used to degrade and break down the oil. A total of 1.84 million gallons of chemical dispersant was sprayed on the water or applied below the surface of the water.

Comment: The use of this highly toxic dispersant, that is actually less effective than other dispersants was completely irresponsible and is one of the reasons why the human and marine inhabitants of the Gulf of Mexico are still suffering today. It is beyond belief that these scientists are suggesting the use of some 'novel therapeutic approach' to be able to continue using this dangerous toxin.

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Is your memory shaky? Might not be your age, but all that sugar ruining your liver


How sugar affects the brain - Nicole Avena
A quarter of the U.S. population suffers from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease caused by dietary sugar.

We know foods like donuts and soda can make you fat, but the effects of sugar on the liver and brain are less well-known. Dietary sugar can fry your liver in much the same way alcohol can. This in turn can hurt your brain, leaving you with dementia-like symptoms decades too soon.

Most people associate liver disease with alcohol abuse or hepatitis. But another type, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, which barely existed three decades ago, has quickly become the most common liver disease in America. NAFLD isn't caused by booze or a nasty virus, but dietary sugar, which causes a buildup of fat in your liver. Overweight people are likely candidates for NAFLD. Memory loss and diminished cognitive function are often the first symptoms, as the liver loses its ability to filter toxins that compromise the brain.

Comment: Learn more about the evils of sugar and what it does to your body and your brain! Listen to the The Health and Wellness Show - 9 March 2015


Study reveals how much processed food we really buy

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There is no doubt that as a nation we have embraced processed foods, with the junk food stockpiling in nearly every grocery store and restaurant. In fact, a new report reveals that a whopping 60% of the food we purchase comes in the form of processed junk. But thankfully the last few years don't help make up the stats.

The study took place between 2000 and 2012, where researchers asked 157,142 households to use barcode scanners to record every food item purchased for at least a year. According to the multi-year analysis of U.S. grocery store purchases, "highly processed" foods were found to make up 60% of the calories in the foods purchased. What's more, and not surprisingly, these foods are often loaded with sugar, salt, and harmful fats.

For the study, "highly processed" foods were defined as those containing multi-ingredient, industrially prepared mixtures, such as:
  • Soda
  • Cookies
  • Chips
  • White bread
  • Candy
  • And prepared meals.
Foods such as fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, milk, eggs, dried beans, and fresh meat were considered "unprocessed" or minimally processed.

Life Preserver

Heal your thyroid by getting out of adrenal survival mode

It's dark and it's late. You're coming out of a club in the city heading back to your car, which is parked on a poorly lit side street. About 50 yards from your car door, you notice a man crossing the street toward you. Nobody is on the street.

Your heart is racing, and your muscles tighten. You are on red alert. Should you run? Prepare to fight? Your keys are already in your hand - you could use them to defend yourself. Your fingers clench so tightly around the keys that you feel them digging into your palm. You recognize this feeling. It's terror.

Now closer to you, you hear the man's footsteps stop and from the corner of your eye you catch light coming from an open apartment building door. You hear laughter. You turn your head slightly and see a woman step out of the building. She embraces that man. More laughter...

Your shoulders drop, your breathing relaxes after a huge exhale accompanied by a nervous and relieved chuckle. You release the grip on those keys clenched in your hand. You're safe.

Threat, perceived threat, and the HPA axis

This man never was an actual threat to you. But your nervous system's fight or flight response, the primitive survival mechanisms that start in your brain and quickly extend into your entire hormonal system through the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis (simply say HPA axis and you'll still sound wicked smart!) didn't know this. Your brain is so exquisitely tuned to protecting you that it just responds to your perception of danger and there you go - fasten your seat belt because you're going on a stress-hormone ride!

Comment: The ketogenic diet is the best solution to successfully regulate your blood sugar levels: And don't miss our favorite "stress decompression" practice:

Face life with Éiriú Eolas, a stress relief program


Polio-like virus, enterovirus D68, culprit in partial paralysis of children

This photo shows an electron micrograph of a thin section of numerous, spherical EV-D68 viral particles.
More than 100 children in 34 states developed polio-like paralysis in an arm or a leg since a respiratory outbreak last August. A study published in The Lancet medical journal said a strain of enterovirus D68 is probably the leading culprit.

Between August and October 2014, reports began to surface of an increasing number of children admitted to hospitals in a number of states, all involving a respiratory illness with neurological complications. In the end, as many as 115 children from 34 states were infected. The illness was identified as being caused by enterovirus D68, but the neurological complaints leading to partial paralysis was new.

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco used genetic sequences obtained from the virus, which were cultured from 25 children with limb paralysis in Colorado and California between November 2013 and October 2014. They found the viruses were genetically very similar, sharing mutations founded in the polio virus genome, but they also identified a novel strain of enterovirus D68 which they called B1 and identified as emerging four years ago

Comment: Interestingly, it seems that only vaccinated kids are getting infected with d68.