Health & Wellness


3700: Number of responders and civilians with 9/11 Ground Zero-linked cancer

Consequences of 9/11: Still taking a deadly toll on the survivors.
The rising toll of Ground Zero responders and others afflicted with 9/11-linked cancers has hit 3,700. The staggering tally of those suffering cancers certified by the feds as 9/11-related includes FDNY members (1,100), cops and other Ground Zero responders (2,134), and survivors such as downtown workers and residents (467). Many have more than one type of cancer.

The FDNY's chief medical officer, Dr. David Prezant, said over 2,100 firefighters and EMS personnel have retired on disability with World Trade Center-related illnesses, mostly lung disease and cancer, since 9/11. "Due to the physical nature of their jobs, these illnesses have had a tremendous impact on our membership and their families," he said in a statement. The grim toll includes 109 FDNY responders who have died from WTC-linked illnesses, 44 of them from cancer.

Comment: Two days after the collapse of the World Trade Center, New York mayor Giuliani said, "The air is safe as far as we can tell, with respect to chemical and biological agents." In the first month after the attacks, the mayor said, "The air quality is safe and acceptable." Consequently, workers worked without proper respirators. They wore painters' masks or no covering. Appropriate protection was not provided to responders nor thousands of volunteers.

Comment: Another source states nearly 70,000 New Yorkers have applied for 9/11 victim compensation, mostly for cancers attributed to direct exposure to ionizing radiation from "nuclear sources." This number includes 10,800 downtown workers and 39,500 Ground Zero responders. Another 16,600 are from residents, students child-care and health-care workers. This is touted as the largest cancer cluster in history, more than Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined (the only other similar spike of multiple myeloma cases). Of the 70,000 victims, over 90% say they were exposed within a one-square-mile area.

There is thought to be a cover-up in that only one death had been "officially reported" (as of May 2014) and only a small number of victims had been compensated. It was noted that the number of cancer deaths has been "classified." Multiple myeloma, the prevalent 9/11 cancer, is known as "the Hiroshima disease" and the official story is victims got it from breathing drywall dust. The US government has denied the Agent Orange dioxin exposure in the Vietnam War, the Gulf War Syndrome, and now 9/11 exposure. Perhaps the victims and statistics speak otherwise.


Adverse reactions to Aspartame comprises 75% of complaints to FDA each year

Consider this, out of all the complaints that the FDA receives every single year, adverse reactions to the artificial sweetener aspartame comprises about 75 percent of consumer complaints.

Stop and think about that..........

From 10,000 consumer complaints the FDA compiled a list of 92 Symptoms reported from aspartame use, including death.

Comment: Aspartame is the main sweetener in diet sodas and is one of the most dangerous ingredients used in our food supply, causing seizures and a host of other health issues. For more information about the serious health effects associated with Aspartame consumption and how the FDA suppressed studies about its negative heath effects, see:

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Coca Cola funds non-profit organization to spread obesity disinformation

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Coca-Cola has pumped millions of dollars into the founding of a new nonprofit that claims there is "strong evidence" that lack of exercise is mostly to blame for obesity, not poor diet. Coke, the leading producer of soda and sugary drinks across the world, has invested heavily in the Global Energy Balance Network, a nonprofit run by a handful of university scientists who were offered $4 million by Coke to fund various research projects, according to the New York Times.

Halting weight gain should be less about dieting and more about "maintaining an active lifestyle and eating more calories," the group said on its website. The group's proof of this claim comes down to two research papers, both of which end with the same footnote: "The publication of this article was supported by The Coca-Cola Company."

The organization calls itself "the voice of science" on its website. It ultimately bills itself as a "not for profit dedicated to reversing the obesity & chronic disease epidemics through healthy lifestyle behaviors."

Comment: This is clearly not about science, but about a corporation doing what it can to maintain its profit margin at the expense of the general public's health. Nothing can get in the way of a company's bottom line. Despite all the scientific evidence tying obesity with sugar and high fructose corn syrup consumption, Coca-Cola is doing all it can to provide false information in order to enhance profits. It's worth repeating, if a corporation like Coca-Cola were a person, they could easily be labeled a psychopath.


The importance of iodine supplementation during pregnancy

One of the most significant and under-consumed minerals today is iodine. It plays an important role in regulating the thyroid gland and metabolism. In pregnancy, iodine also helps your baby's brain and nervous system develop. Iodine deficiencies are one of the most important causes of preventable intellectual disability and brain damage worldwide.

Iodine is found in eggs, vegetables, and seafood (especially ocean or saltwater seafood). The amount of iodine in many types of food varies according to the amount of iodine in the area's soil or water.

Iodine helps brain development, particularly in the womb and first months, and can improve a child's IQ by 1.22 points.

The findings, published in the journal Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, give an economic case for supplementation.


Your cells are listening: How talking to your body helps you heal

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"Every part of your body has its own consciousness or its own soul." These transformative words, spoken by indigenous medicine women, began my journey within to discover the extraordinary healing capacity of the human body.

When this perspective was introduced to me, I was suffering from a severe chronic pain disorder. I suddenly imagined incorporating this concept into my meditation routine. I thought, Can my body hear me...can I talk to it to gain its cooperation in healing this condition?

That night, after reaching a state of deep calm through meditation, I inwardly engaged my body in a heartfelt conversation, with hope, but having no idea what to expect. After about one hour of this focused communication, something amazing happened. My tissues began to respond. Connective tissue pulled and stretched apart layers of scar tissue. Nerves fired and my calf muscles began to perform flexion and extension exercises independently of my conscious control.

As this response continued, one of my calf muscles that had become paralyzed by the neuropathic condition — diagnosed as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy — came back to life as electric-like jolts shot through the area.


Natural treatment options for high blood pressure

High blood pressure is a common condition in which the force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems however one can have high blood pressure (hypertension) for years without any symptoms. Even without symptoms, damage to blood vessels and your heart continues and can be detected.

Uncontrolled high blood pressure increases your risk of heart attack and stroke so a well-planned holistic natural approach to hypertension will bring results safely and effectively without ridiculous cost and danger from toxic pharmaceutical drugs.

About 1 in 3 adults in the United States has high blood pressure though the condition itself usually has no signs or symptoms. Knowing your blood pressure numbers is important, even when you're feeling fine. At the same time one should know one's breathing rate because the faster one breathes the high the pressure will go because fast shallow breathing drives down CO2 levels and that constricts the blood vessels.


Cases of Legionnaires' disease rises to record 108 in Bronx, New York

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The Opera House Hotel is viewed on August 6, 2015, in an area of the Bronx which is the center of the outbreak Legionnaires disease in New York.
The number of people diagnosed with Legionnaires disease has risen to 108 as America's largest city suffers from a record outbreak of the form of pneumonia, authorities said Saturday.

No new deaths have been reported on top of the 10 announced earlier in the week and officials say the outbreak is now on the decline.

To date, 94 people have been admitted to the hospital with the infection since the outbreak began on July 10 in the south Bronx, the poorest section of New York state.

The disease is spread by a bacteria, which has recently been discovered in the cooling towers of five buildings in the South Bronx area.

Officials believe the cause of the outbreak came from one of the sites, which has since been cleaned and disinfected.

All those who died were older patients and had pre-existing medical conditions. Legionnaires' disease is not contagious and can be treated with antibiotics.

"This is literally unchartered territory," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said Saturday.

"We've never seen an outbreak of Legionnaires like this in the city," he told reporters.

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Move over carpel tunnel - now there's 'text neck'

Several years ago I noticed that the children who accompanied their parents to my office sat through the visit in a near fetal position playing their Nintendos. Next came the cell phones, and the kids would sit staring downwards texting their thumbs off. I commented to the parents at the time that cell phones would create the next syndrome, the way computers initially started a spike in carpal tunnel syndrome. I suggested we start the term, Texter's neck. Well, guess what? Medical specialists now use the term, "text neck" to describe the effects of prolonged head tilt on the cervical spine. By the way, it was not tremendous foresight on my part to suggest the name, because really, what else would you call it?

Here are some dry, but important facts. Research shows that tilting a head 15 degrees from neutral position adds 27 pounds of stress on the cervical spine and muscles. More tilt increases the force and strain on the neck. This can eventually cause degeneration of the cervical spine and discs. These degenerative changes can lead to neck pain, back pain, shoulder and wrist problems, jaw pain, headaches, and important postural changes that will be discussed shortly. One study showed that people often hold their breath or change their breathing while texting. This causes heightened stress, and can put extra burden on the neck and upper back muscles.

Comment: Texting a Pain in the Neck, Study Suggests


The best sleeping position for cleaning up the brain's metabolic waste

On your side, face-up or face-down? The position which best clears metabolic waste from your brain at night.

Sleeping on your side removes waste from the brain most efficiently, a new study finds.

As a result, sleeping in a lateral position may help reduce the chance of developing Alzheimer's and other neurological diseases.

Professor Maiken Nedergaard, one of the study's authors, said:
"It is interesting that the lateral sleep position is already the most popular in human and most animals — even in the wild — and it appears that we have adapted the lateral sleep position to most efficiently clear our brain of the metabolic waste products that built up while we are awake.

The study therefore adds further support to the concept that sleep subserves a distinct biological function of sleep and that is to 'clean up' the mess that accumulates while we are awake.

Many types of dementia are linked to sleep disturbances, including difficulties in falling asleep.

It is increasing acknowledged that these sleep disturbances may accelerate memory loss in Alzheimer's disease.

Our finding brings new insight into this topic by showing it is also important what position you sleep in."


Researchers show how microbiota can protect against development of type 1 diabetes

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A pancreatic islet of Langerhans expressing the immunoregulator antimicrobial peptide CRAM (in red). The insulin-producting beta-cells are in green and the glucagon-producting alpha-cells are in blue.
Our bodies have ten times the amount of microbes than human cells. This set of bacteria is called microbiota. In some instances, bacteria known as pathogens can cause infectious diseases. However, these micro-organisms can also protect us from certain diseases. Researchers from Inserm, Paris Descartes University and the CNRS (French National Centre for Scientific Research), through collaboration with teams from China and Sweden, have recently shown how microbiota protects against the development of type 1 diabetes. This research is published in the Immunity journal, 4 August 2015.

To combat pathogens, the immune system has developed various mechanisms to detect, defend against and even destroy micro-organisms that are harmful to the body. This includes antimicrobial peptides and natural proteins that destroy pathogenic bacteria by disrupting their cellular membrane. Not only are they produced by immune cells, they are also produced by cells whose functions are not immune-related.

Comment: More evidence is surfacing that having a healthy microbiome is one of the most important defenses against a host of diseases.