Health & Wellness


Modern science hates Homeopathy: So why is it more popular than ever?

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Does homeopathy actually work? It's a long-standing debate. Although the evidence is mounting that it doesn't, a lot of Americans seem to believe in it. According to the latest estimates from the Centers for Disease Control, about 3.3 million Americans spent $2.9 billion on homeopathic remedies in 2007. The alternative healing practice has a long list of famous acolytes, from W.B. Yeats, Mahatma Gandhi, Mark Twain, and Dizzy Gillespie to more recently, Cindy Crawford, Paul McCartney, Martina Navratilova and Oprah Winfrey. Even former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop called homeopathic physician Dr. Justice Gage Wright "a great model."

The idea behind homeopathy is simple: Dilute a concentrated tincture of crushed herbs, minerals and animal substances in a solution of alcohol or lactose. German physician Samuel Hahnemann, who conceived of homeopathy in the early 19th century in part due to his distrust of mainstream medical practices such as bloodletting, believed that substances that caused illness could also cure those same illnesses in a diluted form. He called it the "law of similars." The more diluted the substance, he believed, the more effective it was at treating symptoms.

Comment: This article is another glaring example of the Medical Mafia's crackdown on Alternative Medicine! Damage control really! Consider the fact that homeopathy is growing in popularity, contrary to the author's claim that, 'evidence is mounting' that Homeopathy doesn't actually work. Yvette d'Entremont aka "SciBabe" does a really lousy job in attempting to 'debunk' Homeopathy; after all it has withstood the test of time. Listen to the following Health and Wellness show for an interesting discussion about Alternative medicine and why modern medicine loves to hate on 'alternatives': The Health and Wellness Show - Alternative Medicine Overview


IV vitamin C proven effective in stopping some aggressive forms of cancer

High-dose vitamin C has been studied as a treatment for patients with cancer since the 1970s. It can completely shut down specific types of tumors. According to a new study from Weill Cornell Medicine investigators, scientists could one day harness vitamin C to develop targeted treatments.

Vitamin C has a broad spectrum antioxidant function with the ability to protect cell structures and DNA from free radical damage. It is remarkably safe even in enormously high doses. Compared to commonly used prescription drugs, side effects are virtually nonexistent. No matter how high the concentration, vitamin C does not harm healthy cells. Yet, through an array of enzymatic and metabolic reactions, vitamin C has an impressive ability to protect and treat and wide range of diseases, including cancer.

Colorectal cancer is the third most-common cancer diagnosed in the United States, with about 93,090 new cases each year. Around half of those cases harbor mutations in specific KRAS and BRAF genes; these forms of the disease are more aggressive and don't respond well to current therapies or chemotherapy.

Comment: For more on the anti-cancer effects of vitamin C see:


Fat Controversy - What You Don't Know About Healthy Fats

We all know that saturated fats are unhealthy and kill us. The government says it, the experts say it, and the medical professionals say it.

But is this really the case? Let's have a look a the actual science behind this claim.

The hypothesis, that saturated fats are unhealthy was first developed in 1955 by a researcher, Ancel Keys. In his famous - or I should rather say infamous - Seven Countries Study, he showed that the countries with the highest amount of saturated fat in their diet showed the highest rates of cardiovascular disease.

The problem with his study however was pointed out by two other researchers - Yerushalmy and Hilleboe - two years later. Keys had only picked seven countries out of a total of 22 for which these data were available. Had he used the full data set, his theory would have looked much weaker, and his study probably never published.


Antibiotics in livestock: California takes a stand

In 2009, a salmonella outbreak in a California beef plant left 63 people ill. Five years later, another salmonella outbreak linked to California poultry plants infected more than 600 people.

Both outbreaks were traced back to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, or "superbugs," often developed in farms that pump their livestock with human antibiotics to spur animal growth and prevent diseases from spreading in overpopulated farms. This means that if a disease hops from the animal to a farm employee — or a dinner plate to a human's digestive system — regular antibiotics wouldn't be able to cure the disease. And if it isn't contained, there's little stopping a major deadly outbreak.

Comment: To learn more about antibiotic resistant 'Superbugs' read the following articles:


Iodine treats breast cancer and more, overwhelming evidence

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Figure from Funahashi 2001. Breast cancer induced in rats with a carcinogenic chemical. Left column Images are rats pre-treated with Iodine (mekabu seaweed) showing no breast cancer tumors. Right column images are untreated (Control) rats with large breast cancer tumors visible at the red arrows).
A good friend of ours just went through an ordeal with breast cancer. The incidence of breast cancer has increased to 1 in 8 women, with 4,000 new cases weekly. You might ask, could there be a preventive measure which is safe, cheap and widely available that has been overlooked?

The answer is YES, and it's the essential mineral, Iodine, which was added to table salt in 1924 as part of a national program to prevent Goiter. Goiter is a form of thyroid enlargement caused by iodine deficiency.

Our Diet is Iodine Deficient

Iodized salt is the major source of dietary iodine for Americans. Yet, many of us have been told by the doctor to avoid salt, because salt causes high blood pressure. Those following this advice will have very little dietary iodine. In fact, we have a generalized iodine deficiency in our population. Currently 15% of the US adult female population is classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as iodine deficient. (9) Although all processed foods contain a large quantity of salt, none of this added salt is iodized. There is no iodine added.


Oregano oil: A powerhouse for the alternative medicine cabinet

Oregano oil is the ultimate antibiotic. Oregano is a powerful herb with unique healing properties. Did you know that oregano has eight times more antioxidants than apples and three times as much as blueberries? Antioxidants are needed to protect our body against free radical damage. They boost the immune-system naturally. Oregano Oil is the most potent plant oil in the world!

The distribution of oregano oil started in Ancient Greece. In Greek the word oregano is translated as joy of the mountains. The Greeks were first to use oil for medicinal purposes, such as a powerful antiviral, antibacterial, antiseptic, antifungal agent and also as a remedy for pain, and inflammation. It was the main antibacterial tool used by Hippocrates. Oregano leaves were traditionally used to treat illnesses related to the respiratory and digestive systems.

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Before autism had a name

Steve Silberman's Neurotribes traces the history and evolving definition of autism—and argues for a more nuanced, more empathetic understanding of what it means to be autistic.

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"A six-year-old boy," reported the Times of India, "has been returned to his parents after being in the company of wolves for four and a half years." In the fall of 1957, shortly after this story appeared, a curious sociologist traced the story's origins. There was a boy who had been found alone, who spoke few words and seemed "interested in people only as objects." But there were no wolves. Scholars have argued that this boy, named Parasram, and many children before him belong to the pre-history of autism. And really, consider it: An unspeaking child is found untended in the wild, and we conclude that she or he was stolen by wolves or nursed by pumas. We interpret scars as evidence of a life among beasts. There is a deficit of humanity in these stories, but it doesn't belong to the abandoned children or to the nurturing packs and prides. The deficit lies in our inability to recognize ourselves among the less-familiar forms of human experience.



Build immunity with Ayurvedic remedies

A good immune system is the 'anti-virus' defense against any disease. Forget about pumping your immune system with pills, we take the age-old way to boost immunity: Ayurveda. We list natural herbs and home remedies that can build immunity.

Causes of low immune levels
  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Pollution
  • Metabolic disorder
  • Virus
  • Poor diet

Comment: Ayurvedic herbs treat brain and lung cancers: Some with 90% success rate


The Health and Wellness Show - Alternative Medicine Overview

Today on the Health and Wellness show we'll be doing an overview of alternatives to mainstream medicine.

Acupuncture, Homeopathy, Orthomolecular Medicine, and more.

While discernment is necessary, and it's not black and white that "alternative is good, big pharma is bad," there are many conditions for which natural remedies are safe and effective.

Please join us for a discussion framed around these possibilities. Included as always will be Zoya's Pet Health Segment.

Here's the transcript of the show:

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Poisoned agriculture & human extinction

A new paper by Rosemary A Mason in the Journal of Biological Physics and Chemistry, indicates that a 'sixth extinction' is under way (the Holocene extinction, sometimes called the Sixth Extinction, is a name describing the ongoing extinction of species during the present Holocene epoch - since around 10,000 BCE). In her paper, 'The sixth mass extinction and chemicals in the environment: our environmental deficit is now beyond nature's ability to regenerate', she argues that loss of biodiversity is the most urgent of the environmental problems, as biodiversity is critical to ecosystem services and human health. And the main culprit is the modern chemical-intensive industrialised system of food and agriculture.

Mason asserts there is a growing threat from the release of hormone-disrupting chemicals that could even be shifting the human sex ratio and reducing sperm counts. An industrial agricultural revolution has created a technology-dependent global food system, but it has also created serious long-run vulnerabilities, especially in its dependence on stable climates, crop monocultures and industrially produced chemical inputs. In effect, farming is a principal source of global toxification and soil degradation.