Health & Wellness


The GMO labeling conundrum

It would seem that large agricultural corporations touting genetically modified organisms (GMOs) they claim possess enhanced benefits for farmers and consumers would be proud to differentiate their products on the shelves from organic and traditionally produced food. However that is not the case. Not only is big-ag attempting to hide the true nature of their products, but the many big-business food processors that incorporate GMO ingredients into their final products are likewise attempting to mislead consumers.

The obvious fear is that consumers will avoid GMO products in favor of those not labeled as modified. While other arguments have been made in attempts to justify not properly labeling food as genetically modified or not, the underlying theme appears to be the belief of big-ag that consumers' ignorance over the alleged safety of GMO products threatens their business and with it, innovations they claim are a benefit not only to their bottom lines, but to all of humanity.

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Artificial sweeteners: Latest scientific evidence should be a death blow

Messing with the microbes in your digestive process is not the way to go.

Evidence continues to accumulate that sugar is a sweet road to obesity, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and other maladies. As the dangers of sugar have unfolded there has been an increase in the production and consumption of sugar substitutes, five of which are currently FDA-approved. A recent study published in Nature adds to a growing set of concerns about these artificial sweeteners by presenting evidence that they, like sugar, can cause diabetes as well. The Israel-based research team presented evidence that artificial sweeteners cause this outcome by disrupting the balance of microbes that live in the body's gut.

This isn't the first study implicating sugar substitutes with metabolic issues. Research at Purdue University found that saccharin consumption can lead to weight gain in mice by interfering with their ability to control their appetites. Multiple studies have shown that some artificial sweeteners can mess with the body's endocrine system, and lead to insulin resistance. Many links between the consumption of artificial sweeteners and type 2 diabetes have been uncovered as well, and studies have also shown that consumption of artificial sweeteners can change the way the body deals with food that contains actual calories.

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Ditch big pharma's antibiotics

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Since the 1940s, antibiotics have become the standard treatment for bacterial infections. Most believe that pharmaceutical antibiotics are a miracle "silver bullet" for infectious diseases and that antibiotics alone were responsible for curtailing the major life-threatening, infectious diseases plaguing humanity.

According to Thomas McKeown, MD, author of The Role of Medicine, "Deaths from common infections were declining long before effective medical intervention was possible." [1] View graphs here.

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Erring on the side of idiocy: CDC contradictions and the US Ebola situation

CDC officials have told us the outbreak of Ebola on American soil - the first ever Ebola patient diagnosed outside of Africa is here - but don't worry, they have everything under control.

They have continually reassured the public that they have complete confidence in their protocols and the American medical infrastructure which will follow those protocols to a 'T'.

Except with Ebola Patient Zero, the hospital in Dallas that sent a man home who showed up with flu-like symptoms after just having returned six days prior from the Ebola-ravaged African nation of Liberia, the protocols and that infrastructure the CDC is so confident in has "regrettably" failed.

Comment: Exactly!

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Multi-systems approach to Alzheimer's disease may reverse symptoms with improvement sustained


Nine out of ten patients with memory problems showed improvements with Bredesen's novel multi-systems approach.
Memory loss in patients with Alzheimer's disease may be reversed - and the improvement sustained - using a novel treatment approach, a small exploratory study has found.

The study, which included 10 patients, used a combination of therapies which were personalised to help them reverse memory loss (Bredesen, 2014).

Some patients were getting disoriented while driving, others mixing up names and some had been forced to quit their jobs.

Within three to six months of the treatment all but one of the patients was seeing either objective or subjective improvements in their memory.

Those who had been forced to quit work were able to return.

Comment: A diet high in carbohydrates has been linked to serious diseases like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Carbohydrates break down into sugar in the body, and causes blood sugar levels to sky-rocket, which also has a serious effect on brain health.High blood sugar levels also create inflammation, further causing the brain to weaken. Over time, a diet high in sugar translates into the accelerated death of supple, healthy brain cells. This means that your sugar intake could be drastically affecting long-term brain health, inherently increasing the likelihood of developing lesions in the brain, which are linked to Alzheimer's.

The good news is that the brain is very resilient. A handful of well-researched, holistic prevention tools have been shown to restore damaged brain cells, and return a dying brain to its fully functioning state.

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Anti-anxiety and sleeping drugs found to double the risk of death

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Massive study of 100,000 people finds evidence for long-suspected danger of anxiety and sleeping drugs.
Like many drugs, those prescribed for anxiety disorders, like diazepam and temazepam, have a number of known side-effects like daytime sleepiness, falls, an increased risk of dementia - and they are also addictive.

Now, though, a new study has found evidence for a long-suspected danger of these drugs as well as common sleeping pills: an increased risk of death.

The large study, published in the British Medical Journal, looked at data from over 100,000 patients who had been to their family doctors across seven years (Weich et al., 2014).

It found that taking anti-anxiety drugs (like diazepam) or sleeping pills (like zolpidem/Ambien) doubled the risk of death.

Comment: There are numerous studies showing that natural methods such as supplements, exercise and meditation are far better at combating anxiety and sleeplessness. The problem is that BigPharma has been too successful in pushing drugs as the cure-all for everything, because there is no money to be made from natural cures.

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NBC cameraman tested positive for Ebola, entire crew to return to U.S., and quarantined

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NBC News says a freelance cameraman working for the network has tested positive for Ebola and will be flown back to the United States for treatment.

The network reported the freelancer, identified as Ashoka Mukpo, was just hired Tuesday to be a second cameraman for its medical editor, Nancy Snyderman, a physician. It said the freelancer, who has been working in Liberia for some time, showed symptoms Wednesday, and was feeling "tired and achy" before being tested.

The network said the 33-year old cameraman, who is also a writer, was taken to a Doctors Without Borders treatment center and that the positive result came back 12 hours later.

He is the fourth American known to have contracted Ebola in Liberia, according to NBC. Another physician, reportedly American and working for the World Health Organization, was flown back to the United States after testing positive in Sierra Leone.
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Faux News host to CDC director: Obama misled Americans about 'a lot of things' how can we trust him on Ebola?

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Fox News host Steve Doocy
News host Steve Doocy on Wednesday asked CDC Director Dr. Tim Frieden how he could be trusted to tell the country the truth about Ebola when President Barack Obama had misled Americans about "a lot of things." Following the news that a case of Ebola had been diagnosed in Texas, Doocy told Frieden that his own daughter thought she might be at risk to contract the disease.

"I know you say the public does not need to worry about it," Doocy said. "But I've got to tell you something, my daughter works in the building directly across the street from the hospital, and I talked to her last night. She's a little freaked out."

Frieden assured Doocy that his daughter was safe because she had not come in contact with the patient.

"Let's go back and look at the plain truth of how Ebola spreads, it only spreads through someone who's sick," the CDC director explained. "And only spreads from direct contact with the person or their body fluids."

Doocy said that Fox News viewers had written in expressing doubts about Frieden and the CDC because they were "part of the administration."

"They feel that the administration has misled a lot of people on a lot of things," Doocy remarked. "Why should we believe you when you're telling us this stuff?"

Comment: While Faux News is known for being a tool of the neo-conservatives, they have a point. When the government lies, consistently, about pretty much everything, how can we believe anything they say.


American mother threatened with child endangerment for using medicinal cannabis oil on child who has severe brain disorder

A Minnesota prosecutor will proceed with a child endangerment case against a mother who provided medical marijuana to her son to treat symptoms of a traumatic brain injury - despite the fact that Minnesota recently passed a law allowing cannabis oil to be used for medical purposes - ThinkProgress reports. That law, however, will not go into effect until 2015. Angela Brown's son, Trey, suffered the injury at a baseball game three years ago.

"It just hurts in my brain everywhere," Trey said. "I really can't explain the pain." Along with the pain, he suffers from uncontrollable muscle spasms and seizures so severe that he had to stop attending school and caused him to be suicidal.

"I was afraid to go to the bathroom," his mother Angela Brown said, because "he'd be harming himself."

Last winter, she took Trey to Colorado, where they found a doctor who prescribed a particular strain of cannabis oil to treat him. "Within an hour of him taking it, we could tell a difference," Angela Brown said. When he returned to school, teachers and administrators wondered about his seemingly miraculous recovery. When Trey informed them, however, they were less than pleased.

Comment: It's a shame that people can't get the medicine they require, that works, because bureaucracy comes first.


Vitamin D significantly improves symptoms of winter-related atopic dermatitis in children

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Vitamin D
A study conducted in more than 100 Mongolian schoolchildren found that daily treatment with a vitamin D supplement significantly reduced the symptoms of winter-related atopic dermatitis, a type of eczema. Led by a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) physician, the report in the October issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology supports the results of a preliminary study that showed similar results in a small group of children in Boston.

"While we don't know the exact proportion of patients with atopic dermatitis whose symptoms worsen in the winter, the problem is common," says Carlos Camargo, MD, DrPH, MGH Department of Emergency Medicine. "In this large group of patients, who probably had low levels of vitamin D, taking daily vitamin D supplements - which are inexpensive, safe and widely available - proved to be quite helpful." Camargo led both the earlier Boston pilot study and the current investigation, which was performed in collaboration with investigators from the Health Sciences University of Mongolia.

A chronic inflammatory disorder of the skin, atopic dermatitis is uncomfortable and makes patients more vulnerable to bacterial infection. Symptoms of the disorder - most commonly seen in children - often worsen during wintertime. While controlled administration of ultraviolet light, which can stimulate the production of vitamin D in the skin, is a common treatment for severe atopic dermatitis, the possibility that vitamin D deficiency contributes to the seasonal worsening of symptoms had received little consideration prior to the Boston study. That investigation involved only 11 children but provided preliminary support for the hypothesis.