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Study suggests lutein-rich diets may help preserve cognitive function as the brain ages

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People with more lutein in their blood did better on intelligence tests.
Eating leafy greens helps preserve intelligence over the lifetime, research finds.

Leafy greens and other foods contain lutein, a plant pigment that protects the brain from aging.

People with more lutein in their blood did better on intelligence tests, the study found.

Lutein collects in the cell membranes of the brain, playing a 'neuroprotective' role.

Foods that contain high levels of lutein include leafy green vegetables like kale and spinach as well as broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage.

Comment: More tips on how to keep your brain functioning optimally:


Why does bottled water have an expiration date?

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Bottled water is a popular item to store in case of an emergency, and for good reason. It is normally readily available and water should be able to be stored forever, right? So then why is there an expiration date on bottled water?

Of course, water doesn't expire, but you should still check the expiration date on the bottle before you drink it. According to Live Science, there a few different reasons why water bottles come with expiration dates, and the first one, you shouldn't worry too much about, but the second one should make you think twice.

Since water is a consumable product, regulations and laws require bottles to be stamped with an expiration date even though water doesn't ever "expire." Rational people understand this, but the government feels the need to step in and protect us from ourselves anyway. The only reason they were put there in the first place was that a 1987 New Jersey state law required all food products to display an expiration date, including water, according to Mental Floss. Since it wasn't very cost effective for companies to label and ship batches of expiration-dated water to one state alone, most bottled water producers simply started giving every bottle a two-year sell-by date-no matter where it was going. Because the law is rather arbitrary, don't worry too much about drinking expired water just because a law demands a company stamp the bottle. However, the expiration date serves more of a warning about the bottle itself than the water contained inside.

Comment: The Health & Wellness Show: Bottled water: A surprising tale of waste and greed


'Time to abandon statins': Doctors conclude no link between cholesterol and heart disease after data review of 1.3M patients

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BigPharma and its shills won't be happy - The paper disputes recommendations in a number of reviews of statin use and claims those are "based on misleading statistics, exclusion of unsuccessful trials and ignoring numerous contradictory observations".
There is no evidence that high levels of total cholesterol or of "bad" cholesterol cause heart disease, according to a new paper by 17 international physicians based on a review of patient data of almost 1.3 million people.

The authors also say their review shows the use of statins - cholesterol lowering drugs - is "of doubtful benefit" when used as primary prevention of cardiovascular disease.

The authors include Galway-based Prof Sherif Sultan, professor of the International Society for Vascular Surgery; Scottish-based Dr Malcolm Kendrick, author of The Great Cholesterol Con; and Dr David M Diamond, a US-based neuroscientist and cardiovascular disease researcher.

Prof Sultan said millions of people all over the world, including many with no history of heart disease, are taking statins "despite unproven benefits and serious side effects".

He was also concerned that inhibitors to further lower LDL cholesterol (LDL-C), referred to as "bad" cholesterol, are being promoted. The cost of that medication is about €20,000 annually, he said.

Comment: Statins have been a blockbuster revenue generator for BigPharma which is why they have been so heavily promoted, and the nasty side effects seriously downplayed:

Life Preserver

Fasting triggers production of molecule that delays the aging of our arteries

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New research has found that fasting triggers a molecule that can delay the aging of our arteries. The findings could help prevent age-related chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer's.

The search for eternal youth has preoccupied the human imagination since the times of Ancient Greece.

In fact, a quick look at Greek mythology shows that youth was more prized than immortality, as some myths tell the story of how futile the latter is if it's not accompanied by the former.

In this regard, modern medicine has recently been catching up with ancient mythology.

Emerging scientific breakthroughs encourage us to hope that the myth of eternal youth will soon become a reality.

In a recent study, researchers were able to reverse signs of aging such as hair loss and wrinkles in mice; and, perhaps more impressively, another team of researchers managed to rejuvenate aging human cells.

Now, a new study adds to the evidence that aging can indeed be reversed. Scientists led by Dr. Ming-Hui Zou - the director of the Center for Molecular and Translational Medicine at Georgia State University in Atlanta - showed that fasting, or restricting calorie intake, can produce a molecule that delays vascular aging.

Comment: Why wait for the development of a drug that will likely produce a number of undesirable (if not downright dangerous) side effects? There are alternatives to fasting, such as time-restricted eating that can produce similar benefits. More information on fasting:


Can genetic variation raise the risk of post-traumatic pain?

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Although the majority of individuals recover from a traumatic incident, a substantial proportion will develop chronic problems.

Unfortunately, almost every individual in the world will experience at least one traumatic event, such as a car crash, assault, exposure to war combat or a natural disaster during their lifetime. Many will endure more than one.

Although the majority of individuals recover from a traumatic incident, a substantial proportion will develop chronic problems, including post-traumatic stress symptoms, depression and chronic pain.


Vegetarian propaganda working?: Americans consuming more fake meat & dairy than ever

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A new study by the Good Food Institute (GFI), which represents the plant-based foods industry, found that sales of substitutes for animal products have exceeded $3.7 billion.

While total US retail food sales grew just two percent over the last 12 months, retail sales of plant-based foods grew 17 percent during the same time period.

"The plant-based foods industry has gone from being a relatively niche market to fully mainstream," said Michele Simon, Executive Director of the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA).

Comment: Scientists are now saying that eating red meat and cheese is good for your heart


Separating the wheat from the chaff: Fructan molecules & gluten intolerance

Gluten might not be the bad guy after all. Evidence suggests it may be the fructan molecules in wheat that cause stomach problems in people with an intolerance.

Thousands of years ago - we find that humans regularly ate breads that were baked with wheat, rye, barley, spelt and other grains. So why is there so much attention now being put upon gluten sensitivities? Why is celiac disease growing and why do many people say they feel better when they don't eat gluten?

About 1 percent of people have celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder that makes them react badly to gluten proteins in wheat. But a further 12 percent feel ill after eating wheat-based foods like bread and pasta, despite not having celiac disorder.

Now it looks like it may not actually be gluten that causes problems for these people with "gluten sensitivity".

Comment: Also consider the following: We're not gluten intolerant, we're glyphosate intolerant:
Study blames Roundup herbicide for gluten intolerance and celiac disease epidemic

"Celiac disease, and, more generally, gluten intolerance, is a growing problem worldwide, but especially in North America and Europe, where an estimated 5% of the population now suffers from it," researchers wrote in a meta-analysis of nearly 300 studies.

"Here, we propose that glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide, Roundup®, is the most important causal factor in this epidemic," they add.

Life Preserver

Suffering from depression and anxiety? Studies show acupuncture can help

More than 300 million people suffer from depression and anxiety worldwide. That's approximately the entire US population.

There are simply no words to describe the level of anguish that people - many needlessly - endure.

The good news is that among many holistic methods of addressing this epidemic, there is acupuncture.

Several scientific studies addressing depression have come to light recently which prove this ancient technique of healing can be very effective for addressing such as wide-spread issue.

Comment: Why acupuncture works
With documented use dating back more than 2,500 years, acupuncture is based on the premise that there are more than 2,000 acupuncture points in the human body, which are connected by bioenergetic pathways known as meridians.

According to traditional medicine, it is through these pathways that Qi, or energy, flows, and when the pathway is blocked the disruptions can lead to imbalances and chronic disease.

Acupuncture is proven to impact a number of chronic health conditions, and it may work, in part, by stimulating your central nervous system to release natural chemicals that alter bodily systems, pain and other biological processes. Evidence suggests that acupuncture may also work by:7
  • Stimulating the conduction of electromagnetic signals, which may release immune system cells or pain-killing chemicals
  • Activation of your body's natural opioid system, which may help reduce pain or induce sleep
  • Stimulation of your hypothalamus and pituitary gland, which impact numerous body systems
  • Change in the secretion of neurotransmitters and neurohormones, which may positively influence brain chemistry


Soft-pedaling the unintended consequences of vaccination

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There are a few terms that are commonly used to describe an undesired outcome of a vaccination. Perhaps the most common one is "side effect." The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines side effect as "a secondary and usually adverse effect (as of a drug)"-as in "toxic side effects-called also side reaction."1 MedicineNet defines an "adverse effect" as, "A harmful or abnormal result. An adverse effect may be caused by administration of a medication or by exposure to a chemical and be indicated by an untoward result such as by illness or death."2

I have seldom run across the term "side reaction" in my reading, but I have often come across "adverse reaction." Dictionary.com defines an adverse reaction as, "A result of drug therapy that is neither intended nor expected in normal therapeutic use and that causes significant, sometimes life-threatening conditions."3

Another term that is also used to describe harm caused by vaccination is "adverse event." The Harvard Medical Practice Study defines an adverse event as, "an injury that was caused by medical management (rather than the underlying disease) and that prolonged the hospitalization, produced a disability at the time of discharge, or both."4

Comment: Vaccine Hesitancy: A new mental disease?
The World Health Organization (WHO) is very concerned about the problem of "vaccine hesitancy," which they say is threatening the effectiveness of their worldwide vaccination program. In short, some parents are not automatically allowing their babies to be vaccinated even though such services are available. They are pausing, thinking, and in many cases walking away with their babies in their arms, and leaving the vaccine filled hypodermic syringes to be used for someone else. Adults also are not responding to calls for receiving vaccines even when they are free.

As always, WHO is on the quest for 100% compliance with all vaccine schedules, and is warning the world that vaccine hesitancy is causing unnecessary illness and death. They believe that 1.5 million children die each year from causes that could be prevented by vaccines. [1, 2]


African swine fever outbreak in Eastern Europe has now spread to Western Europe

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The highly contagious disease, which has severely afflicted the agriculture business in Eastern Europe over the last several years, has now been found in the western parts of the EU, potentially threatening a ban on meat exports being imposed on local firms.

At least two cases of African swine fever (ASF) have been registered in Belgium, as pigs infected with the virus have been found there. It is unclear so far how the disease made its way to Western Europe, after having hurt the agricultural sector in the eastern part of the EU.

The ASF virus poses little threat to humans, but is deadly for pig populations on farms and, since to it is highly contagious, could lead to mass culling of pigs and boars in the region to prevent the disease from spreading. In Romania alone it cost local farms 230,000 pigs, bringing huge losses, according to some estimates reaching almost $12 million. Moreover, the virus outbreak could prompt the government to impose a ban on pork exports, further increasing losses for the agricultural sector, even for farms that are unaffected.

Comment: This comes after a summer where drought devastated many farms in Europe: And it appears that it's not just animals suffering contagions: