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High blood sugar levels linked to brain decay

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We all know sugar is bad for our teeth, but studies find it is also bad for our learning and memory.
Otherwise healthy people with high blood sugar levels are more likely to have memory problems, according to a recent study published in the journal Neurology.

The study was careful to recruit people without diabetes, glucose intolerance or chronically high blood sugar levels (Kerti et al., 2013).

Also excluded from the 141 participants, whose average age was 63, were people who were overweight or had a drink problem.

The researchers carried out both a memory test and scanned participants' brains, concentrating on the size of the hippocampus, a structure vital for memory.

The main memory test involved people learning a list of words, then trying to recall them 30 minutes later. The results showed that the lower people's blood sugar levels, the more words they could remember.

Along with a better memory, those with lower blood sugar levels also had larger hippocampi, suggesting their memory was in better shape.

Comment: Don't miss: 'Carbohydrates rot the brain': Neurologist slams grains as 'silent brain killers' - and says we should be eating a high-fat diet


Research shows possible new cure for 'superbugs'

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Some harmful bacteria are increasingly resistant to treatment with antibiotics. This common fungus found in soil might be able to help the antibiotics combat diseases.
Some harmful bacteria are increasingly resistant to treatment with antibiotics. A discovery might be able to help the antibiotics treat the disease.

A soil sample from a national park in eastern Canada has produced a compound that appears to reverse antibiotic resistance in dangerous bacteria.

Scientists at McMaster University in Ontario discovered that the compound almost instantly turned off a gene in several harmful bacteria that makes them highly resistant to treatment with a class of antibiotics used to fight so-called superbug infections. The compound, called aspergillomarasmine A, or AMA, was extracted from a common fungus found in soil and mold.

Antibiotic resistance is a growing public-health threat. Common germs such as Escherichia coli, or E. coli, are becoming harder to treat because they increasingly don't respond to antibiotics. Some two million people in the U.S. are infected each year by antibiotic-resistant bacteria and 23,000 die as a result, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The World Health Organization has called antibiotic resistance a threat to global public health.

The Canadian team was able to disarm a gene - New Delhi Metallo-beta-Lactamase-1, or NDM-1 - that has become "public enemy No. 1" since its discovery in 2009, says Gerard Wright, director of McMaster's Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research and lead researcher on the study. The report appears on the cover of this week's issue of the journal Nature.

Comment: In the time it will take this promising new compound to be fully researched and approved by the PTB (and that's even if it is allowed to go the distance) it is quite probable that a number of 'man made' and environmental pathogens will appear on the scene, leaving many vulnerable to it's ravages as has been chronicled on SOTT for a number of years.

There is something that can be done right away to help build up one's natural resistance and immunity, however:

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Bexsero Vaccine: Searching for a villain

Bexsero vaccine
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Novartis's Bexsero vaccine, which includes the outbreak serogroup B strain, was approved by the FDA for use in the Princeton outbreak.
As I predicted after bird flu, the H1N1 scam and the recent 'outbreaks' last year, it was only a matter of time before the next media chimera was conjured up to market the next vaccine. So here it comes - serve it up: Bexsero - our savior from meningitis.

Too bad the disease is practically nonexistent. Not that that's ever been an obstacle before...

By now we've all seen the stories about the 'outbreaks' of type B meningitis November 2013 at UC Santa Barbara and at Princeton: 4 cases and 8 cases. [1,2,4]

Remember, the CDC now defines an outbreak as 3 or more cases in the same location.[5] Cases of what, you might ask? Anything they can sell as a new disease.

In the last November's event, we have 4 cases and 8 cases respectively of bacterial meningitis B. In a population of 300 million.

For the past decade, bacterial meningitis has been averaging between 500 - 1000 cases per year, according to CDC. [5] They don't cite sources for those figures. It's probably less. Thing is, it's been dropping.

So now the task was how to capitalize on all the press about the 12 meningitis cases at the 2 universities. CDC states that they have to respond - they have to 'do something' when there's this much media. [5]

Enter Bexsero vaccine. Let's get some basic non-Wiki, non Google facts straight:

1. Bexsero has never been tested or approved in the US.
2. It has been approved in the EU and Australia. The UK rejected it.
3. Bexsero was recently given Breakthrough Therapy Designation status by the FDA [3] in order to bypass normal clinical trials. Same way they did with swine flu in 2009.

Breakthrough Therapy designation? This is a new term FDA bureaucrats made up to allow an untested unlicensed vaccine to be used on a population, under the guise of urgency.

Retroviral Plague: An interview with molecular biologist Judy Mikovits

Judy Mikovits
I had the rare pleasure of interviewing Dr. Judy Mikovits at the IACFS/ME conference in San Francisco last March. Dr. Mikovits is best known for her involvement with XMRV research.

Dr. Mikovits is a cellular and molecular biologist with over 30 years of scientific expertise. She has directed programs on HIV, cancer, epigenetics, and neuroimmune disease, with a focus on development of novel drug and diagnostic technologies. Dr. Mikovits holds a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from George Washington University. Her dissertation was on HIV latency and mechanisms of immune activation in monocytes. Dr. Mikovits was a Postdoctoral Scholar in Molecular Virology at the Laboratory of Genomic Diversity, National Cancer Institute under Dr. David Derse. Over the past 26 years, she has published 51 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.

The riveting story of XMRV, and the subsequent scandal which left her career in ruins, is told in Dr. Mikovits' forthcoming book, Plague: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases. It was a journey that took Dr. Mikovits through the process of scientific research, the thrill of discovery, and ultimately to the high-level corruption which eventually led to her arrest, and the conviction and sentencing to federal prison of her employer, Harvey Whittemore, for federal crimes that, in the words of Nevada's highest court, reflected badly on his "honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer."

In spite of the notoriety surrounding XMRV, Dr. Mikovits remains committed to helping people who suffer from ME/CFS and is determined to discover its cause. "To me," she says, "it's the patients who matter."

Dr. Mikovits continues to work on neuroimmune disease and cancer at MAR consulting, an endeavor she shares with Dr. Francis W. Ruscetti.

"Plague: One Scientist's Intrepid Search for the Truth about Human Retroviruses and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, and Other Diseases" will be released on July 1. You can pre-order it now from Amazon at a guaranteed 30% discount. (Note: This discount will not be available after the release date.) Order here. For more information, visit Plague the Book.

Comment: XMRV = Xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus
So, for years the biotech labs involved in vaccine and gene therapy research have bred countless new retroviruses. But instead of researching their biology and distribution, one researcher intimately involved in this work was discredited and her work totally destroyed. That's a good example for the hubris of psychopaths, because they and their families are equally at risk of being infected and falling ill. Unless they know more than we do and have used this information for more sinister purposes - like subjugating humans to all sorts of debilitating diseases, and possibly population reduction.


Children's sugar diet linked to heart disease

Sweet, White and Deadly - A high sugar (and carb) diet is directly linked to heart disease and a host of other 'modern illnesses'
CHILDREN who have large amounts of sugar in their diet may be at risk of developing high blood pressure and heart disease, a new study reveals.

Researchers looked at the calorie intake of more than 300 children and found those with high-sugar diets were more likely to have higher blood pressure. The report, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, says the results support a hypothesis that excessive sugar consumption among children "may contribute to the development of poor cardiovascular health before maturity".

The food industry has argued that sugar is not "implicated" in any serious diseases, including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. However, this is just the latest research that suggests sugar may have a specific and adverse metabolic effect on the body over and above the effects of consuming too many calories.

Kenneth Kell, one of the report's authors, said: "Added sugars in our study were associated with risk factors for the development of cardiovascular disease. However, more research is needed to determine causality and physiological mechanisms."
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25 minutes of meditation for 3 consecutive days can reduce stress - study

Meditating can have an almost instant effect on reducing stress, researchers have found.

They say three consecutive days of 25 minute sessions can have a dramatic effect.

Researchers studied 'mindful meditation' - a technique developed in the 1970s, which is even available online via websites such as

'More and more people report using meditation practices for stress reduction, but we know very little about how much you need to do for stress reduction and health benefits,' said lead author J. David Creswell, associate professor of psychology in the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

For the study, Creswell and his research team had 66 healthy individuals aged 18-30 years old participate in a three-day experiment.

Comment: The Eiriu Eolas breathing and meditation program has had profound rejuvenating effects in its those who practice. For more information visit the Eiriu Eolas website. You can also read about stress-relieving (and healing) experiences from practitioners on our Forum.


How do statin proponents deal with debate? They stifle it

Last month, one of my blog posts featured a letter written by a group of doctors, expressing their concerns about the mooted expansion of statin therapy. The letter detailed six major objections to the plan, including the mass-medicalization of millions of healthy individuals, the unreliability of the evidence regarding the adverse effects of statins, and the facts that almost all the evidence is industry-funded and that multiple conflicts of interest exist on the 'expert committee' that is adjudicating on the statin issue. The letter received widespread coverage in the press and other media, and I think it did much to stoke the flaming debate that some have described as the 'statin wars'.

Those strongly supportive of the plans to widen statin prescriptions are hardly going to go away without a fight, though. And this week six professors convened a press briefing at the Science Media Centre to put forward their arguments. The briefing was reported in the British Medical Journal this week [1].

Two of the 'usual suspects' were Professor Sir Rory Collins (head of the Cholesterol Treatment Trialists collaboration) and Professor Peter Weissberg (medical director of the British Heart Foundation).

Comment: They are getting desperate!

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Low-carbohydrate diet shown to protect against type 2 diabetes

Type 2 diabetes is a condition characterised by generally elevated levels of blood sugar (glucose), usually as a result of 'insulin resistance' (insulin not doing its blood sugar-lowering job very well). Between a state of health and type 2 diabetes, the medical profession has defined a state known as 'impaired glucose tolerance' (IGT). Here, insulin functioning tends to be impaired and blood sugar levels on the high side, but not so bad as for the criteria of type 2 diabetes to be met.

In some respects, IGT can be thought of as a potential stepping stone between health and type 2 diabetes: 25 - 75 per cent of people with IGT go on to develop type 2 diabetes within a decade, apparently.

If someone was to give three words of advice for someone with IGT they would undoubtedly be 'cut the carbs'. Cutting back on sugar and starch in the diet is what I have found works best for improving blood sugar control and perhaps retaining some insulin sensitivity. There are other things that might be considered too (such as physical activity, if this is not currently a feature of someone's life), but scaling back carbohydrate intake would be my number one piece of advice.

Comment: For more studies, check out 23 Studies on Low-Carb and Low-Fat Diets - Time to retire the fad. See also Type 1 diabetes...cured?


How to eat more organ meats

While organ meats have gotten a little more attention in the Paleo community recently, many people still don't quite appreciate how vital it is to include these nutritional powerhouses in their regular diet. Plus, knowing we should be eating offal and actually eating these foods are two very different things. Though some people do love the taste of foods like liver, most people (myself included) don't like the taste of organ meats and need to be persuaded to eat them.

In an effort to help you take the plunge into eating the whole animal, here are my thoughts on the top three organ meats to start out with and why.

Beef Tongue

Because tongue is still technically muscle meat, the nutritional profile is similar to that of other beef muscle meats. It's a good source of iron, zinc, choline, vitamin B12, other B vitamins, and trace minerals. (1) Tongue is a fatty cut of meat, with about 70% of its calories coming from fat, making it one of the most tender cuts of beef you can find.

Surprisingly, one of tongue's biggest claims to fame is the taste. It's also one of the easiest organ meats to cook. Once people get over the fact that it's a tongue, they often find they like it better than other, more 'normal' meats! If you're venturing into the world of organ meats for the first time, tongue is a great starting point. It will probably take a couple tries to get completely over the 'ick' factor (after all, it looks like a tongue), but the ease of cooking and the agreeable taste should make that process easier. Further, it should prepare you mentally for other organ meats, which can be a little harder to tackle!

Comment: For some delicious and anti-inflammatory cooking options, visit our Recipes forum discussion.


UN warns Ebola outbreak could become a pandemic

ebola workers
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Health ministers from 11 West African countries began a two-day Emergency Ministerial meeting in Accra, Ghana, Wednesday amid concern the outbreak of the Ebola virus that began in Ghana could spread across their region as an uncontrolled pandemic.

In a statement distributed at the United Nations, the World Health Organization, WHO, classified the current Ebola outbreak as the worst ever.

The outbreak traces back to cases appearing in rural Guinea in March, which spread across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. So far, a total of 750 cases and 455 deaths have been reported in the affected countries, according to WHO