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Study shows Vitamin D supplements may help treat Crohn's disease

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New research published in this month's edition of United European Gastroenterology journal suggests that supplementation with vitamin D may impact on the intestinal barrier dysfunction associated with Crohn's disease, and could have a role in the treatment of the condition. The study is by Professor Maria O'Sullivan and Tara Raftery. Department of Clinical Medicine, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, St. James's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.

Crohn's disease (CD) is a lifelong chronic relapsing and remitting gastrointestinal condition, characterised by inflammation, which can involve any portion of the gastrointestinal tract. CD is associated with abdominal pain, diarrhea, fatigue and in many cases can result in a reduction of quality of life, time off work, hospitalisations and surgery. The exact causes are unknown; however, immune, genetic and environmental factors are thought to be involved.

Incidence of CD varies across Europe, with up to 10 cases per 100,000 population per year. Generally, case rates are higher in northern and western Europe than southern and eastern Europe.

Comment: For more information on treatment options for Crohn's disease, see:


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Stop eating gluten immediately if you exhibit these ten signs

Though going gluten-free has become more popular in recent years, there are still many people who are unaware that they are allergic to gluten. Mild symptoms of a gluten allergy often still go undiagnosed.

There are of course all sorts of gluten allergy signs, but many are commonly misinterpreted and confused with symptoms of other allergies and diseases. That's why it's important to know the signs and if you are experiencing any of them, to cut gluten out of your diet.

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Adding high amounts of salt to a high-fat diet prevents weight increase in mice

In a study that seems to defy conventional dietary wisdom, University of Iowa scientists have found that adding high salt to a high-fat diet actually prevents weight gain in mice.

As exciting as this may sound to fast food lovers, the researchers caution that very high levels of dietary salt are associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease in humans. Rather than suggest that a high salt diet is suddenly a good thing, the researchers say these findings really point to the profound effect non-caloric dietary nutrients can have on energy balance and weight gain.

"People focus on how much fat or sugar is in the food they eat, but [in our experiments] something that has nothing to do with caloric content -- sodium -- has an even bigger effect on weight gain," say Justin Grobe, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology at the UI Carver College of Medicine and co-senior author of the study, which was published in the journal Scientific Reports on June 11.

The UI team started the study with the hypothesis that fat and salt, both being tasty to humans, would act together to increase food consumption and promote weight gain. They tested the idea by feeding groups of mice different diets: normal chow or high-fat chow with varying levels of salt (0.25 to 4 percent). To their surprise, the mice on the high-fat diet with the lowest salt gained the most weight, about 15 grams over 16 weeks, while animals on the high-fat, highest salt diet had low weight gain that was similar to the chow-fed mice, about 5 grams.

"We found out that our 'french fry' hypothesis was perfectly wrong," says Grobe, who also is a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center at the UI and a Fellow of the American Heart Association. "The findings also suggest that public health efforts to continue lowering sodium intake may have unexpected and unintended consequences."

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The FDA and Big Pharma's latest killer agenda: Destroy homeopathic medicine

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Like pretty much everything these days, money equates to power in the big business world of both geopolitics and monopolized corporate control designed to eliminate individual liberties and personal choice around the globe. We've seen it with the treasonous US crime cabal government that engineered the murder of 3000 Americans on 9/11 to establish a fake war on terror with fake enemies acting as mercenary Islamic stooges that conveniently facilitated the dismantling of the US Constitution.

As all three branches of the federal government destroyed the US democratic republic, on a more micro-scaled level we've also seen how all the various federal regulatory agencies ostensibly set up to protect public health have in fact betrayed Americans by selling out to special interests of big business and corporate lobbyists.

The Environmental Protection Agency, the Food and Drug Administration, the Federal Communications Commission and even the Center for Diseases Control are all but corporate whores completely taken over by a rotating door of Fortune 500 CEO's, think tank provocateurs, political action committees and corporate lobbyists none of which serve the public.

A new spending bill in the oligarch owned Congress will spell the death of net neutrality. The oligarch controlled FCC is now in the process of destroying net neutrality, censoring the internet, controlling website access, making it increasingly unaffordable and in particular is bent on destroying the independent news media. Because the elite know more and more of the world's population are turning to the internet for its main source of information and news in overt rejection of MSM lies and disinformation, through its FCC gatekeeper the plan to eliminate independent news media as well as individual critical thinking have been well underway for some time now.

As part of this sinister process, search engines like the giant Google no longer lists websites by order of heaviest traffic but by the Big Brother filter deciding which sites are "more accurate." What they fail to mention is by whose standards, the lying government that Google and Facebook have sold out to or those brave souls determined to tell the truth no matter what. The globalist design is to ensure that only the six oligarch owned mainstream media outlets disseminate all news and information to the world, effectively creating a monopoly over the flow of all information from the current 90+% level to the absolute 100%.

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Pharma industry fuels super-bug epidemic by illegally dumping drug waste into environment

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"This is a huge problem with a simple solution: Pharmaceutical companies must reveal where they source their antibiotics from and stop buying from polluting factories," said Paul Ferris, campaign director for SumOfUs.org.
From the World Health Organization to the National Academy of Sciences, scientists are warning that rising antibiotic resistance poses a public health threat across the world. Now, a new report from consumer advocacy group Sum Of Us examines an often-overlooked factor behind this crisis: the complicity of pharmaceutical giants in the dangerous dumping of drug waste throughout the supply chain.

Irresponsible use of antibiotics—in human medicine and factory farming—has reportedly led to the rise of antimicrobial-resistant superbugs that threaten our ability to treat common infection.

The report Bad Medicine, released Wednesday night, examines antibiotic production from start to finish, revealing that some of the most well-known drug corporations are fueling the global health problem of antibiotic resistance.

Comment: These drugs also pose risks to plants and wildlife as they can alter species' behavior and physiology. Recent studies have found drug residues in a wide range of ecosystems and organisms, and as these drugs eventually end up in the soils, they contaminate the food supply. This environmental pollution is changing the natural evolution of our ecosystem, with perhaps devastating consequences.


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Cat ownership raises the chance of severe mental illness in adulthood

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Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have conducted a study wherein they discovered childhood cat ownership raises the risk of being diagnosed with severe mental illnesses later life, including schizophrenia. From Science Recorder:
"The researchers, led by Robert H. Yolken, M.D., of the Stanley Laboratory of Developmental Neurovirology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and E. Fuller Torrey of the Stanley Medical Research Institute, compared an unpublished survey on mental illness from 1982 and two later studies, which found an association between long-term childhood exposure to cats and the development of serious mental illnesses, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder."
Granted, the link rests in exposure to cat feces, which can contain a parasite called Toxoplasma gondii. The parasite is relatively harmless to the bulk of the population, but can be devastating to those with compromised immune systems. Men and women who are immunocompromised can develop toxoplasmosis, which can, on top of raising the risk for mental illness, cause photophobia, blindness, miscarriages in pregnant women, fetal birth defects, and even death.

According to estimates by the Centers for Disease Control, as many as 60 million people in the United States may be infected with Toxoplasma gondii.

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MERS virus spreading across Asia, South Korea fails to contain outbreak

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Workers in full protective gear disinfect the interior of a subway train at a Seoul Metro's railway vehicle base in Goyang, South Korea, June 9, 2015
Hong Kong issued a red alert and advised against traveling to South Korea, where an epidemic of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is gaining pace. The virus is spreading despite attempts to contain the outbreak.

Two people in Hong Kong who traveled to South Korea recently are being tested for possible MERS contagion, the authorities said on Thursday.Previously 31 people were tested negative in Hong Kong.

Earlier a man tested positive for the disease in China after coming from S. Korea, and a man in Taiwan was taken to hospital with symptoms consistent with MERS.

South Korean authorities are trying to stop the spread of the virus by closing schools and canceling public events. Neighbors in the region are scaling down tourist travel to South Korea, with Hong Kong alone scrapping 600 tours to the MERS-hit country.

Macau issued an advisory against traveling to South Korea.


Comment: See also: SOTT EXCLUSIVE: Beware of hype - Second case of MERS virus confirmed in the U.S.


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Heartburn meds may increase heart attack risk

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A class of drugs widely used to treat heartburn could raise heart attack risk, new research suggests.

While the study results need to be confirmed, commentators say the research provides another reason to reduce unnecessary use of the drugs --called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) -- which are both prescribed and sold over the counter in Australia.

The drugs include the active ingredients omeprazole, esomeprazole, pantoprazole, rabeprazole, lansoprazole, which all work by reducing the amount of stomach acid produced.

"These drugs may not be as safe as we think," says senior author Dr Nicholas Leeper, an assistant professor of vascular surgery and of cardiovascular medicine at Stanford University.

The new research, published today in the journal PLOS ONE, relied on mining data from millions of electronic medical records in the United States.

"The risk is small," says lead author Dr Nigam Shah also from Stanford, whose team developed the data mining method used in the study.

"If 4357 people take proton pump inhibitors for two weeks, this will mean one additional heart attack."

But, he says, given how widely used the drugs are, this could result in many additional heart attacks

"Even if it's a tiny elevation of risk at the individual level, at a population level it adds up to pretty large numbers."

The market for PPIs is worth $13 billion worldwide, say the researchers.

According to NPS MedicineWise, PPIs are one of the most widely used medicines in Australia, dispensed over 19 million times and contributing to around $350 million to the PBS expenditure in 2013-14.

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Could overuse of antibiotics play a key role in triggering celiac disease?

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Celiac disease is on the rise, and the population-wide overuse of antibiotics could play a key role in triggering disease onset.

There's no denying that celiac disease (CD) is more prevalent now than ever. In the US, rates of CD have increased at least 5-fold over the past few decades, and prevalence in Finland has doubled. (1, 2, 3) The incidence of CD has also increased four-fold in the UK and three-fold in the Netherlands in the past 20 years, and the incidence of pediatric CD in Scotland has increased 6.4-fold. (4, 5, 6)

So naturally, everyone is wondering - why? We know that there's a strong genetic component to celiac disease (and our ability to detect the disease has vastly improved), but the rising rates have occurred too quickly to be explained by a genetic shift in the population.

Besides, the genes that predispose an individual to CD are actually relatively common in the population, but only a very small percentage of those people actually develop the disease. In other words, genetics appear to be necessary - but not sufficient - for someone to develop CD.

Comment: While the overuse of antibiotics has played havoc with our gut microbiome, the epidemic rise in celiac disease is likely caused by a number of factors. One of which is that modern grains contain significantly more gluten than traditional varieties of the same grains and are thus more toxic. In addition, the mass introduction of GMOs over the past decade has contributed to an explosion in diagnoses of gluten sensitivity. The increase of GMO crops has also resulted in the expanded use of glyphosate which has been linked to celiac disease.


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Lost Posture: Why some indigenous cultures may not have back pain

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Primal posture: Ubong tribesmen in Borneo (right) display the perfect J-shaped spines. A woman in Burkina Faso (left) holds her baby so that his spine stays straight. The center image shows the S-shaped spine drawn in a modern anatomy book (Fig. I) and the J-shaped spine (Fig. II) drawn in the 1897 anatomy book Traite d'Anatomie Humaine.
Back pain is a tricky beast. Most Americans will at some point have a problem with their backs. And for an unlucky third, treatments won't work, and the problem will become chronic.

Believe it or not, there are a few cultures in the world where back pain hardly exists. One indigenous tribe in central India reported essentially none. And the discs in their backs showed little signs of degeneration as people aged.

Comment: Suffering from back pain? Read the following article to learn more: Sitting for too long can do harm to your body