Health & Wellness

Book 2

The Ultra Mind Solution: How nutritional deficiencies cause mental illness

Understanding the connection between the body and mind is incredibly important, particularly in today's fast-paced society where our brains are constantly on overdrive. This can cause what author M.D. Mark Hyman considers a "broken brain."

Western medicine characterizes broken brains as a form of mental illness, prescribing synthetic drugs in an attempt to "normalize" our brain chemistry. However, not only is this the wrong approach, it even causes more harm than it helps.

Comment: Read more about the connection between nutritional deficiencies and a broken brain: Primal mind: A talk on nutrition and mental health by Nora Gedgaudas


WHO furthering depopulation agenda? Declares contraceptive safe despite its numerous adverse side effects

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The controversy that has been swirling since late October around the World Health Organization's (WHO) sudden about-face on the safety of the Depo-Provera injectable contraceptive is a mystery begging to be solved.

Countries rely on the WHO to give impartial advice on the safety of medicines. The expectation is that the agency will carefully scrutinize the available scientific evidence for and against a drug before it makes a policy recommendation, but in the case of Depo-Provera, the WHO appears to be forsaking science for the sake of special interests.

Depo-Provera has long been the subject of scientific debate. Produced by the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, the progestin-only hormonal shot is given to women at three month intervals. While it's highly effective in preventing pregnancy, Depo-Provera has a number of troubling side effects. These include prolonged and irregular bleeding, suppression of immune response, loss of bone mineral density in young women, significant weight gain, depression and loss of libido. Many women discontinue use because of these side effects. There are clear racial disparities in how Depo-Provera has been promoted. In the US, family planning providers mainly give it to young women of color. Globally, sub-Saharan Africa is a primary target.

For more than 25 years, scientific studies have provided compelling evidence that Depo-Provera significantly increases the risk of women and their partners becoming infected with HIV. A growing number of contraceptive researchers and epidemiologists now question the wisdom of promoting Depo-Provera, especially in places with a high HIV/AIDS incidence. A petition currently before the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requests that a warning about possible HIV risk be added to prescribing information about Depo-Provera. In South Africa, where about one-third of young women are HIV-positive, the government is taking steps to phase out Depo-Provera from its national family planning program.

Comment: As the second largest donor to the WHO, The Gates Foundation undoubtedly has a huge influence on the organization's decisions. Given that Bill Gates has been linked with global population reduction efforts, it's not difficult to see this decision as furthering the eugenics depopulation experiment.


The role of the shaman versus the psychiatrist

Medicine healers would be appalled at how we approach mental health in our culture.

Nowhere is the disconnect between science and spirit felt more intimately than in matters of mental health.

We can speak empirically on this by saying things like, "America spends over $113 billion a year on mental health treatment," or "depression affects over 14.8 million adults," but, cold data marginalizes actual human experience, so if you're suffering, this doesn't really help much.

The statistical view does, however, tell us that mental illness is epidemic in our culture, that an enormous economy has risen around the mainstream medical approaches to treating mental illness, and that this industry does not appear to be effective in reversing the growing epidemic of mental illness.

Comment: See more:
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  • The fascinating ways meditation transforms your brain - and why it makes you feel better


AMA admits medical over-diagnosis, over-treatment is common and causing more harm than benefit

What if millions of medical diagnoses, procedures, and treatments were based on, at best, questionable scientific evidence, but still performed daily, the world over, in the name of saving patients lives or reducing their suffering? A new JAMA review indicates this may be exactly what is happening.

A concerning new review published in the Journal of the American Medical Association online ahead of print on the topic of overuse of medical care, i.e., health care for which "risk of harm exceeds its potential for benefit," finds that many commonly employed medical procedures, to which millions are subjected to each year, are based on questionable if not also, in some cases, non-existent evidence.

According to the review, which was co-authored by researchers from some of the country's most esteemed medical institutions, medical overuse can also be defined as a health care practice that patients would forego consenting to if fully informed. They elaborate further on the definition of medical overuse:
[Medical] Overuse encompasses overdiagnosis, which occurs when "individuals are diagnosed with conditions that will never cause symptoms," and overtreatment, which is treatment targeting overdiagnosed disease or from which there is minimal or no benefit."



World's largest honey bee, the Himalayan Cliff Bee produces rare honey

Near the peaks of the Himalayan Mountains, a harsh region in which no human settlements are found, lives the world's largest honey bee, the Himalayan Cliff Bee which can grow as large as three centimeters in length. The red honey produced by these bees is unlike any honey you'd find on a supermarket shelf as it possesses fascinating psychoactive properties that are prized by the locals of Nepal and China for its ability to help those with diabetes, poor sexual performance, hypertension, and more.


Three ways hair analysis can be more accurate than blood tests

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Hair is very important biomaterial within our bodies and primarily composed of protein, notably keratin. Cosmetically it gives many the perception of beauty, identity and also happens to be a multibillion-dollar industry. But hair in all its variability, also has the ability to mirror our metabolic system and give us incredible insight into our health.

On a healthy head, 80 to 90 percent of the hair follicles are in the anagen phase where the hair is actively growing, and materials are deposited in the hair shaft by cells found in the follicle. It is during this phase where hair can tell us a great deal about our body.

During the telogen phase, the hair is anchored in the follicle only by the root, which is club-shaped. The germ cells below the club-shaped root will give rise to the next generation of an anagen hair. 10 to 18 percent of hair follicles are in the telogen phase. Once the hair reaches this phase, the follicles have achieved a mature, stable stage of quiescence.


The Western Diet has derailed our Evolution: Burgers and fries have nearly killed our ancestral microbiome

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For the microbiologist Justin Sonnenburg, that career-defining moment—the discovery that changed the trajectory of his research, inspiring him to study how diet and native microbes shape our risk for disease—came from a village in the African hinterlands.

A group of Italian microbiologists had compared the intestinal microbes of young villagers in Burkina Faso with those of children in Florence, Italy. The villagers, who subsisted on a diet of mostly millet and sorghum, harbored far more microbial diversity than the Florentines, who ate a variant of the refined, Western diet. Where the Florentine microbial community was adapted to protein, fats, and simple sugars, the Burkina Faso microbiome was oriented toward degrading the complex plant carbohydrates we call fiber.

Comment: Learn more about the microbiome and the role microbes play in protecting and regulating the human immune system:

Alarm Clock

32 Self-reliant resources: Preparedness skills that everyone should know

Over the last couple of decades the world has seen an unprecedented spike in technology and access to learning. Unfortunately, we've also seen a growing number of people who have used this technology to tune out, and lose their ability to be self-reliant.

Skills that were once part of our culture, ones that helped us survive, have been largely forgotten; replaced by a generation of dependent people that can't even balance a checkbook, cook a meal, or change a flat tire. Although we have more access to information than ever, the skills of our forefathers have been replaced by useless knowledge like how fast you can text a message, or knowing what reality TV star is doing what.



Talking to family about preparedness: How to get your family to start prepping for disasters.

The biggest preparedness challenge some of us will face is convincing our loved ones to get on board with our preparedness planning. Whether it's convincing your immediate family about the importance of prepping, or talking to extended family and friends about why they need to prepare, the conversation is something we need to have if we really care about our loved ones.




New genetically altered 'Enviro Pigs' want to go to market

Did you think the genetically modified pig was gone? It is true that Canada's "Enviro Pig" was scrapped in 2012 after consumer backlash and lack of university funding. That vacancy mainly left genetically modified salmon in the running to become the very first commercial GM animal.

But there are two new types of engineered pigs poised for approval in their respective countries. Now, with the secret Trans Pacific Partnership out in the open, it becomes clear that the deal opens the door for a swarm of global biotech ventures that can more easily glide their wares across country boundaries.

Comment: Oh geez! Like there isn't enough mad science going on in the world when it comes to creating 'new meats'. If it isn't meat glue in your fake steak, stem cell based lab-grown meat, schmeat or 'cloned beef' on store shelves causing a stir, it's back to genetically modifying pigs with less fat, more muscle and resistance to African Swine fever! This is not the first time biotech companies are messing around with the genes of pigs: