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What screen addiction is doing to your children

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The world has changed incredibly quickly over the past few centuries and we can be sure it will continue to do so at an exponential rate. This has many people now questioning what we are doing here and in what direction our species is heading.

"The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry." - Brooks, from the film The Shawshank Redemption

So what are innovations like computers, the internet, and cell phones, among others, doing to our children? Well, they could be doing a lot more than we think, and little of it good. There is a widespread consensus in the scientific community that the radiation alone from these devices can be very debilitating to our health in the long term. We are approaching a time where we will potentially begin to see these effects surface, given the fact that the first cell phone/computer/internet/video games generation is approaching the age of thirty.


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Study finds city buildings covered in scores of chemical compounds released by factories and cars

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The thin varnish of grime which usually covers outdoor surfaces, such as the walls of buildings or statues, releases smog-forming nitrogen oxide compounds when it is touched by natural sunlight, a first-of-its-kind Canadian study has found.

Field work conducted in the German city of Leipzig and Canadian city of Toronto has shown the impact of scores of chemical compounds, released into the air by cars or factories, as they settle on urban surfaces bathing in the sunlight in the form of grime.

Some of the pollutants, nitrogen oxides, get released back into the atmosphere whent touched by the sunlight, researchers at the University of Toronto (UToronto) have found out.

"The current understanding of urban air pollution does not include the recycling of nitrogen oxides and potentially other compounds from building surfaces," a professor in the Chemistry department at UToronto, James Donaldson, said in the press release. "But based on our field studies in a real-world environment, this is happening. We don't know yet to what extent this is occurring, but it may be quite a significant, and unaccounted for, contributor to air pollution in cities."

Comment: While the government and media wants to vilify cigarettes and blame it on all sorts of illnesses, it is much more likely that urban pollution like explained above is what causes so many illnesses.


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Researchers identify mechanism that H Pylori uses to evade the body's attempts to clear it

Discovered in 1982, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a disease-causing bacterium that survives in our stomachs despite the harsh acidic conditions. It is estimated that one in two people have got it, though most won't ever experience any problems. Even so, it is considered one of the most common bacterial infections worldwide and a leading cause of dyspepsia, peptic ulceration and gastric cancer.

Through unique evolutionary adaptations, H. pylori is able to evade the antiseptic effect of our stomach acid by hiding within the thick acid-resistant layer of mucus that coats the stomach wall. Once within the mucus layer, the bacterium latches onto sugars naturally found on the stomach wall using its adhesion proteins. This attachment is so effective that the bacterium can resist attempts by the body to 'flush' it away, allowing the pathogen to colonise with impunity.

But the game could be up for H. pylori. Researchers in the School of Pharmacy, at The University of Nottingham and AstraZeneca R&D have identified the molecular mechanism that the bacterium's best-known adhesion protein uses to attach to stomach sugars. The research is published today, August 14 2015, in the scientific journal Science Advances.

Comment: While scientists continue to search for 'novel therapies' to benefit the pharmaceutical industry, there are natural remedies that have been clinically proven to cure the infection:


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Nagalase and the links to vaccines and chronic diseases

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This blog will be short and to the point, since the important information is to be heard in the link that discusses the researcher's theory as to why some very prominent doctors have left the planet recently.

Doctors Jeff Bradstreet and Nicholas Gonzalez apparently were on to the biochemistry of what was causing autism and many chronic diseases. Their research apparently had zeroed in on a specific set of proteins and enzymes that can cause the human immune system to malfunction.

Dr. Bradstreet discussed the relationship of nagalase and autism here.

Comment: Whether or not the deaths of these doctors are connected remains to be seen, however their research might be seen as a threat to the medical-pharmaceutical industry.


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How Berberine may benefit diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and more

Berberine is a yellow-colored alkaloid compound found in several different plants, including European barberry, goldenseal, goldthread, Oregon grape, phellodendron, and tree turmeric.

Berberine has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and immune-enhancing properties. It's effective against a wide range of bacteria, protozoa, and fungi. It can be used topically on cuts and other wounds, and it's perhaps most commonly used to treat gastrointestinal issues, including traveller's diarrhea and that from food poisoning.

However, what newer research is uncovering (and what traditional medicine has likely known for centuries) is that the benefits of berberine extend far beyond its antimicrobial properties. As reported in the Natural Medicine Journal:1
"In recent years, the botanical extract berberine has been pushed from relative obscurity to front and center on our supplement shelves due to newly published research. Over a third of the approximately 2,800 studies on berberine listed on PubMed were published in the last 5 years. These studies reveal that berberine may have clinical applications in a range of conditions."

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BPA alternative disrupts normal brain-cell growth, is tied to hyperactivity

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In a groundbreaking study, researchers have shown why a chemical once thought to be a safe alternative to bisphenol-A, which was abandoned by manufacturers of baby bottles and sippy cups after a public outcry, might itself be more harmful than BPA.

University of Calgary scientists say they think their research is the first to show that bisphenol-S, an ingredient in many products bearing "BPA-free" labels, causes abnormal growth surges of neurons in an animal embryo.

The same surges were also found with BPA, though not at the same levels as with BPS, prompting the scientists to suggest that all structurally similar compounds now in use or considered for use by plastic manufacturers are unsafe.

"A lot of the alternative chemicals have not been adequately tested because they don't have to be," said lead author Deborah Kurrasch. "A compound is considered safe (by the Food and Drug Administration) until proven otherwise."

The disruption of prenatal cellular activity in zebra fish, which share 80 percent of their genes with humans and are considered a good model for studying human brain development, seemed to result in hyperactivity, according to the Canadian study, which was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Comment: In short, BPA-free plastic can be worse than BPA plastic.


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Why most doctors are dead wrong about osteoporosis

What if everything your doctor told you about osteoporosis and osteopenia was wrong?
What if osteoporosis were not the primary cause of fractures in aging populations? What if both the definitions of osteoporosis and osteopenia used to justify pharmaceutical treatment were both misleading and age inappropriate?

These are questions we explored in a previous exposé titled, "Osteoporosis Myth: The Dangers of High Bone Mineral Density," wherein we explored evidence showing the so-called "osteoporosis epidemic" is not an evidence-based concept but a manufactured one designed to serve the interests of a growing industrial medical/pharmaceutical complex.

Now, a powerful new paper published in the Journal of Internal Medicine titled, "Osteoporosis: the emperor has no clothes," confirms that the primary cause of what are normally labeled "osteoporotic fractures" are falls and related modifiable lifestyle factors and not osteoporosis, i.e. abnormally "porous" or low-density bones.

Comment: Important information, considering that popular osteoporosis drugs triple the risk of bone necrosis!


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FDA approves OxyContin prescriptions for children as young as 11

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OxyContin is a pain medicine that can be deadly if abused.
The infamously untrustworthy Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has furthered its reputation as one of America's most beloved hypocrites with its latest motion. It was reported on Thursday that the FDA has just approved OxyContin prescriptions for children between the ages of 11 and 16 years-old.

For those unfamiliar, OxyContin is an opiate-based pharmaceutical painkiller used to ease severe pain. Aside from being known for its powerful effects on users, it is also notorious for its widespread abuse. Its effects on the mind and body are strikingly similar to heroin, making it dangerously addictive. It typically contains anywhere between 40-160 milligrams of OxyCodone, which lasts around 12 hours thanks to its extended release. However, abusers generally crush the pills to inhale or inject them with a syringe by mixing it with water, thus receiving a dose that is meant to stretch over a 12-hour span almost instantly.

After a 2004 study was abandoned due to an apparent lack of monetary resources, the FDA announced that pediatric studies on the effects of OxyContin would be underway in order to establish whether or not this pharmaceutical version of heroin should be available for children. After a very short period of trials and research, the FDA has concluded that three years is enough time to evaluate the long-term effects of extended use of a highly potent drug in children. Keep in mind that the FDA is the same government organization that has lumped marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms into the same category as Schedule 1 narcotics, deeming them to have zero medicinal value and heightened potential for abuse (because we all know a handful of people addicted to psychedelic mushrooms, right?).

Comment: Without real long-term effect studies showing the risks involved with prescribing such powerful opiates to children, the FDA is essentially gambling with these children's lives!

See also: The "institutional corruption" of Psychiatry: A discussion with the authors of 'Psychiatry Under the Influence'


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Drinking water is becoming increasing scarce and toxic

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Drinking pure water every day is a key component of optimal health, yet more than one billion people on Earth do not have access to safe, clean drinking water.

Not only is much of the water for the one billion contaminated with infectious organisms, but more than likely the vast majority of the planet has toxins in their municipal drinking water.

Two of the primary water polluters are large-scale monocrop farms and confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs). According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), US states with high concentrations of CAFOs report 20 to 30 serious water quality problems each year.

These operations are also depleting aquifers of valuable drinking water. Agriculture actually uses 70 percent of the world's fresh water.

Comment: For more information on why you should be filtering your drinking water, see:


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Microbial companions of both humans and animals are highly specialized

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Microorganisms like these bacteria on the skin of a small crustacean are the constant companions of humans and animals. Researchers at the University of Basel were now able to show, that these microbial communities are dominated by species that are highly specialized to their host.
Humans and animals are never alone. Everyone is host to over two thousand different species of microbes, of which most colonize our bodies only after we are born. One would assume that the generalists among them have an advantage. Zoologists have now shown that the opposite is the case. Microbial communities living on humans and animals are mostly dominated by specialists.

It has long been known that almost all organisms have microbial companions. However, only about ten years ago did researchers find out that these bacterial communities are extremely rich in species. Humans and other mammals are often hosts to several thousand species, and even minute organisms like water fleas can carry over one hundred species. This knowledge only became available by the use of genetic methods, that allowed researchers to sequence all genes of a single ecosystem (for example of the human intestine) at once. Data resulting from this method was also analyzed for the new study of the research group of Dieter Ebert, Zoologist from the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Basel.

Comment: MIcrobes have evolved with us over the millennia, shaping human civilization through infection, disease, pandemic. New studies show our pets are colonized with greater relative abundances of Proteobacteria, while people were colonized with greater relative abundances of Firmicutes and Actinobacteria. Humans in households without pets were more similar to each other than humans in pet-owning households, suggesting that companion animals may play a role in microbial transfer.

The human microbiome has the potential to uniquely identify individuals much like a fingerprint. We are our bacteria. Every person is host to about 100 trillion bacterial cells which outnumber human cells 10 to one and account for 99.9 percent of the unique genes in the body. When they go awry they are thought to contribute to chronic diseases and chronic conditions. Every adult body carries two to five pounds of bacteria, and half of the contents of the intestines is microbial biomass.