Health & Wellness


Sepsis: Largely unknown complication of infection that hospitalizes a million patients yearly in U.S.

Diagnosing sepsis isn’t easy.
Most Americans have never heard of it, but according to new federal data, sepsis is the most expensive cause of hospitalization in the US.

Sepsis is a complication of infection that leads to organ failure. One million patients are hospitalized for sepsis each year (across all types of health insurance). This is more than the number of hospitalizations for heart attack and stroke combined. Sepsis can be a particular risk for older people. In 2013 alone, 400,000 Medicare beneficiaries were hospitalized because of sepsis at a cost of US$5.5 billion.

And it is deadly. Between one in eight and one in four patients with sepsis will die during hospitalization. In fact sepsis contributes to one-third to one-half of all in-hospital deaths.

Despite these grave consequences, fewer than half of Americans know what the word sepsis means.

Comment: Researchers have been studying additional methods for improving sepsis treatment which may provide alternatives to antibiotic therapy. Dr. Karel Tyml and his colleagues at The University of Western Ontario and Lawson Health Research Institute have found that vitamin C can not only prevent the onset of sepsis, but can reverse the disease. Dr. Kevin Tracey, director and chief executive head of Center for Biomedical Sciences at the Feinstein Institute, and his associates are testing the effects of vagus nerve stimulation in blocking the inflammatory response that leads to sepsis.


Study: Low-dose exposure to chemical mixes could impact cancer-causing pathways

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The chemicals that we're exposed to in our daily lives are often approved by the government under the assumption that they're safe in small doses, even over a long period of time. For years, regulators relied on the old adage "the dose makes the poison" to try to explain their logic. While that might have appeared true for certain chemicals for many years, we now live in a world where exposure to a large variety of chemicals is unavoidable and it's finally becoming clear that we can't evaluate these chemicals in isolation.

Think about a simple picnic in a city park. The air you breathe is filled with particulate matter from car exhaust, the landscaping was likely treated with chemical fertilizers and Roundup or another weedkiller, the plastic surrounding your food or drink items might contain BPA or phthalates, your drinks could contain preservatives, the antibacterial spray you use on your hands after eating might contain triclosan and the sunscreen you apply on your skin probably contains nanomaterials. Now extrapolate that scenario to each and every activity you partake in on a daily basis.

Comment: Getting the EPA and scientists to test only one toxin at a time is an ingenious way for the chemical industry to avoid regulation, when in fact we are being bathed in a mix of chemicals every day with unknown and potentially devastating consequences for our health and the environment.


Nutritional preventive medicine: Don't ignore this most undervalued aspect of prepping

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I find it absolutely fascinating when I meet new folks of like mind who offer to teach me numerous additional skills that would be beneficial in the bleak future that seems likely. I adore the idea of exchanging knowledge. It is not possible to learn every skill in life via books or YouTube videos (though I have certainly tried). Regardless of how much an individual may try, there are topics that come easier to some people than others. For instance, I only know a little about radio communications, and although I have my ham license, I find the area of radio waves to be a tad confusing. But give me a sickly plant and I will nourish it back to health in no time if I have the right tools. We all have skills we excel at and lack at. Thus forming communities with people with different skills is ideal, as no one individual has to know it all. While it is impractical to become an expert in all areas, it is not a bad idea to develop a basic understanding of all the key areas you will need to survive.

But there is one area of prepping that is not too difficult, and yet, I see relatively few people try to develop the knowledge and skills for it, and even fewer practicing it: nutritional preventive medicine.

Comment: For more on prepping for your health listen to this episode of the Health and Wellness Show. If a disaster strikes and you find yourself under stressful conditions, which would you rather be: a sugar-burner or a fat-burner?


Link found between water fluoridation and ADHD (and many other disorders)

Fluoride - the big lie.
More water fluoridation = more ADHD

The evidence from a new scientific research study shows that children who live in water districts where the water supply is systematically fluoridated suffer with ADHD at a significantly higher rate.
"A multivariate regression analysis showed that after socioeconomic status was controlled each 1 percent increase in artificial fluoridation prevalence in 1992 was associated with approximately 67,000 to 131,000 additional ADHD diagnoses from 2003 to 2011."
For those who are not initiated in the realm of medical statistics, the number of additional diagnoses cited above is extraordinary by any standard of measurement. This study conclusively demonstrates that fluoride exposure among children and adolescents has significant consequences, primarily because of their formative stage of growth and development.

Drinking fluoridated water as a child certainly increases the likelihood that both the assimilation and uptake of a toxic chemical will start a process of bioaccumulation at a young age. Because young bodies are smaller and more sensitive, there is considerably less body mass to buffer the adverse effects of fluoride (such as fluoride lowering IQ).
"In the 1990s, Harvard University conducted a 14-year study that found a link between fluoride and bone cancer. Kidney disease, arthritis, impaired thyroid function, bladder cancer and an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease are all additional risks associated with fluoride toxicity."

Comment: Any anti-cavity benefit you may reap from fluoride comes from topical application. It does nothing for your teeth when swallowed. If you read the fine print on your toothpaste, it clearly tells you not to swallow the toothpaste and to contact poison control in case of ingestion. Why? Because it's toxic. We don't take this threat seriously enough. Research and procure a filtration system.

Additional sources for this article:
Environmental Health: Exposure to fluoridated water and ADHD prevalence among children and adolescents in the US: an ecological association
TribLive: Quit adding fluoride
Mercola: Video debate: More evidence turning up against fluoride dangers
Mercola: Water flurodation promotes thyroid impairment


Remote-controlled, drug-releasing microchips headed for the assembly line

A pharma company with generic drugs meets microchip and biotech in a marriage of implantable devices that are shockingly close to the finish line of commercialization.

Deals were made. Money exchanged. Development in process - this is actually going to happen.

Is this the next phase of The Singularity? The complete bypassing of pills, injections - things that one actively chooses and takes - to a passive acceptance of remote controlled wireless chips quietly and somehow pumping substance for up to 16 years? Or is it more public relations for the long-time push for the coming ''brain chip''?

But first to roll out will probably be the wirelessly controlled birth-control implanted device backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Comment: Quite a shudder-inducing concept. If left to Bill Gates and his ilk we will all be constantly monitored, tracked, surveilled, and drugged.

Birthday Cake

Soda suicide: Up to 184,000 people killed by sugary drinks per year

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If you love the taste of an ice cold soda, you may want to determine whether the flavor is actually worth the risk. Sugary drinks are killing around 184,000 people each year, according to a new study.

The research, published in the American Heart Association's Circulation journal, points the finger at sugar-laden drinks ranging from sodas to sweetened iced tea, fruit drinks, and sports/energy drinks.

"Many countries in the world have a significant number of deaths occurring from a single dietary factor, sugar-sweetened beverages," said study author Dariush Mozaffarian from Tufts University in Boston.

According to the research, most of the 184,000 global deaths are from people who die of diabetes due to the consumption of "sugar-sweetened beverages" (SSBs).


Will big food control nutrition "Science?"

A new report details how Big Food appears to have captured yet another key nutrition group, the American Society of Nutrition.

You may remember that a few weeks back we reported on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' (AND) ill-fated partnership with Kraft Foods. Kraft was permitted to place the AND's "Kids Eat Right" logo on their Kraft Singles synthetic "cheese product." After the story broke, AND backpedaled.

This week saw the release of another report, this time exposing the ties between the American Society of Nutrition (ASN)—whose membership includes some of the nation's leading nutrition scientists and researchers—and junk food giants like Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Monsanto, McDonald's, and Mars.

Comment: Even comedians can see how big food endlessly peddles it's processed junk food: Jon Stewart slams Big Food for 'Death menu of artificial chemicals, antibiotics and cool ranch carcinogens'

Arrow Up

France bans the sale of glyphosate

France is the latest country to ban the private sale of Monsanto's favorite carcinogen - glyphosate. France has been in the alternative news quite a bit lately, asking the makers of Nutella to stop using palm oil, insisting all new rooftops be covered in solar panels or plants, and mandating the donation of all supermarket food waste. This new move by their Ecology Minister is the latest result of their forward thinking.

The French aren't the only people around the world waking up to the effects of Roundup. Governments are now more likely to look for independent research to explain the uptick in the rates of diseases like cancer. Monsanto continues to bleat about the safety of glyphosates and their inability to harm humans, claiming that "the dose makes the poison." With the levels of glyphosates on the rise in our food, our soil, our air, and water, at what magic point does the saturation of our environment turn from harmful to poison? Are we willing to wait until that switch has been flipped with no hope of going back?

Comment: Monsanto herbicide faces global fallout after World Health Organization labels it a probable carcinogen

Eggs Fried

Vitamin K2: Essential nutrient for cardiovascular health and bone restoration

Most everyone, including many conventional physicians, have begun to appreciate the importance and value of vitamin D. Few, however, recognize the importance of vitamin K2, which is nearly as important as vitamin D.

Dr. Dennis Goodman,1 who was born in South Africa and trained at the University of Cape Town, has multiple board certifications in cardiology (and several subspecialties) and holistic integrative medicine.

After his internship at the Grootte Schuur Hospital—where Dr. Christian Barnard did the first heart transplant in 1967—he came to the US, where he did his cardiology fellowship at the at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, where Dr. Michael DeBakey performed the first bypass surgery.


Study shows recurrent depression shrinks area of brain responsible for forming new memories

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The hippocampus, the part of the brain most associated with forming memories, appears to be smaller in people with major depressive disorder according to a new study.
Brain damage is caused by persistent depression rather than being a predisposing factor for it, researchers have finally concluded after decades of unconfirmed hypothesising.

A study published in Molecular Psychiatry today has proved once and for all that recurrent depression shrinks the hippocampus - an area of the brain responsible for forming new memories - leading to a loss of emotional and behavioural function.

Hippocampal shrinkage has long been linked to depression but previous studies haven't been conclusive. Small sample sizes, varying types of depression and treatment levels, as well as variance in methods for collecting and interpreting results, have together led to inconsistent and often conflicting findings.

Now, with the help of what co-author Ian Hickie from the Brain and Mind Research Institute has called "a new spirit of collaboration" a global, cross-sectional analysis of brain scans of 9,000 people has conclusively linked brain damage to depression.

Comment: As research has found links between depression and inflammation, learning to identify and avoid dietary and toxic exposures and modulate stress may help to prevent depressive episodes.