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Itchy skin conditions and mental health are linked, and we need to talk about it

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Why do we itch? The reasons are many and varied. But what's becoming ever clearer is many who experience chronic itching due to skin conditions also shoulder a profound psychological burden no scratching can relieve.

While the nature of this link around conditions like eczema and psoriasis has been investigated before, scientists say we're still only beginning to understand how skin disorders, mental health problems, and quality of life all intersect.

"There are already studies showing evidence of a correlation between itch and mental health problems in general, and in specific skin disorders, but there is a lack of a cross-sectional study across chronic skin diseases," says dermatologist Florence J. Dalgard from Lund University in Sweden.

Comment: There is also the possibility that both itchy skin and mental health problems share the same common cause, such as autoimmunity, poor blood sugar control or histamine intolerance.

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Objective:Health #35 - Organic Hemp Farming and More with Dave & Erica of Highlander CBD Farms

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The consequences of the ongoing misguided "war on drugs" have been devastating on multiple fronts not the least of which is the lack of research into actual benefits. On the last episode of Objective:Health we looked at the new research being done on psychedelic drugs to help with a whole range of mental issues. This week, we shift our focus to cannabinoids, better known as CBD, a powerful medicinal from the marijuana plant.

Joining us today are our regular O:H host Erica and her husband Dave who will be telling us all about their recent venture: Highlander CBD Farm. We discuss the healing potential of CBD and the multiple conditions it can help address, as well as getting into the differences between CBD and THC and the healing potential of both. We also talk about the nightmare Dave and Erica are going through trying to navigate the bureaucracy of constantly changing regulations on the federal and state levels. It sometimes feels like one step forward, two steps back!

Tune in for this interesting show where we talk about all things CBD!

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Synthetic biology poses greater threat than old-school GMOs

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We in the organic sector need to stop thinking in terms of GMOs. Those old-school crops and suspect agricultural practices are still a problem for organic growers.

But the new synthetic biology is an even larger and growing threat.

First, it is not disclosed or labeled.

Second, everything — everything — is now being gene-edited in a million different ways.

Third, if it's not just gene-edited, then it is being built from scratch using artificial intelligence (AI) and rapid sequencing to create novel gene sets and living organisms whose behavior might be useful.

Fourth, useful to whom? Tens of billions of dollars of investment are flowing into the synthetic biology space, all of it focused on capturing ownership of intellectual property that can be protected, capitalized and profited from.

Comment: Synthetic Biology - Genetic Engineering on Steroids
In the past 5 years, the science of genetic engineering has made giant strides. Starting from scratch using lifeless chemicals, scientists are now able to create viruses, such as the polio virus. Technically, viruses are not "alive" because they require cells to survive. But soon - perhaps some time this year - scientists expect to create bacteria, which are definitely alive. From there, it will be a short step to manufacturing new forms of life that have never existed on Earth before. This startling new enterprise is called "synthetic biology."


New data shows DNA from aborted fetal cell lines in vaccines

The Italian vaccine research and advocacy organization Corvelva recently released new data regarding the use of aborted fetal cell lines in vaccines. The research reports the results produced from the MRC 5 cell line analysis, particularly the one contained in GlaxoSmithKline's tetravalent measles-mumps-rubella-chickenpox (MMRV) vaccine.

The Corvelva team summarized their findings as follows:
  1. The fetal cell line was found to belong to a male fetus.
  2. The cell line presents itself in such a way that it is likely to be very old, thus consistent with the declared line of the 1960s.
  3. The fetal human DNA represented in this vaccine is a complete individual genome, that is, the genomic DNA of all the chromosomes of an individual is present in the vaccine.
  4. The human genomic DNA contained in this vaccine is clearly, undoubtedly abnormal, presenting important inconsistencies with a typical human genome, that is, with that of a healthy individual.
  5. 560 genes known to be associated with forms of cancer were tested and all underwent major modifications.
  6. There are variations whose consequences are not even known, not yet appearing in the literature, but which still affect genes involved in the induction of human cancer.
  7. What is also clearly abnormal is the genome excess showing changes in the number of copies and structural variants.

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Waves of fluid bathe the sleeping brain, perhaps to clear waste

ABOVE: During sleep, waves of fluid surge into the brain and can be visualized with functional MRI. At an earlier timepoint (left), a wave of blood (red) is followed (right) by a pulse of cerebrospinal fluid (blue) into the fourth ventricle.
While humans sleep, huge waves of the cerebrospinal fluid that envelops the brain rhythmically flow in and out of the organ, according to a new study published today (October 31) in Science. The authors show that these CSF dynamics are connected to slow waves of neuronal activity, which are characteristic of deep sleep, and corresponding oscillations in the brain's blood volume. Coupled with recent indications that CSF clears waste products from the brain, the findings shed light on the benefits of sleep for the central nervous system.

The work "is exciting because it's linking neural activity to blood flow and cleaning the brain. Most neuroscientists would not say those are linked," Maiken Nedergaard, a neuroscientist at the University of Rochester Medical Center, tells The Scientist. She did not participate in the study, but work from her group has indicated that CSF helps take out the brain's garbage.

Comment: This is just the latest research confirming the cleansing that occurs in the brain during sleep. With this in mind, there is data, showing that sleeping at an incline can further aid this process, although this is not yet conclusive: Inclined Bed Therapy: Sleep on an Incline for A Better Night's Sleep

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Molecular mimicry: New study shows how HPV vaccine can trigger 'extremely wide spectrum of autoimmune diseases'

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HPV vaccines have been linked to over 100,000 reported adverse events globally, including disabling autoimmune conditions and deaths.
The powerful government-pharmaceutical industry partnership that has been foisting human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination on girls and boys around the world since 2006 now has working-age adults within its sights. Merck's Gardasil 9 received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for expanded use in the 27-45 age group in late 2018, and there are signs that a campaign is afoot to achieve the same end result in other countries.
Merck ... dismissed as irrelevant the serious medical conditions that arose — within seven months — in half of all participants who received the vaccine.
HPV vaccines have been linked to over 100,000 reported adverse events globally, including disabling autoimmune conditions and deaths, but officials seem unconcerned. Merck set the tone for the truth-stretching claim that HPV vaccine risks are "negligible" when it conducted its initial clinical trials for Gardasil and dismissed as irrelevant the serious medical conditions that arose — within seven months — in half of all participants who received the vaccine.

With the accumulation of studies since those early trials, it is getting harder to deny the existence of a disabling post-HPV vaccination syndrome. Although researchers admit that they do not yet fully understand the mechanisms whereby HPV vaccines wreak their autoimmune havoc, the phenomenon of immune cross-reactivity offers one highly plausible explanation. In a new study in Pathobiology, two of the most-published researchers on this topic report on the overlap between human proteins and HPV antigens. The authors consider their results indicative of "a cross-reactivity potential capable of triggering an extremely wide and complex spectrum of autoimmune diseases."

Comment: More on this deadly vaccine:


Saving lives or chasing dollars? US pediatricians push stomach surgeries for children to treat obesity

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Literally gutting an adult is one thing. Irreversibly surgically altering an adolescent is something else altogether. Surgeons might be fine with addressing just the quantity of food consumed, without any thought to its quality – but that hardly sounds like a general recipe for success.
A recent proposal by US pediatricians to endorse bariatric treatments for children is raising concerns that it is driven primarily by financial interests. Critics say stomach surgeries won't fix the root causes of the problem.

Almost 10 percent of children in the US aged 12-15 and 14 percent of those aged 16-19 are considered obese, according to the most recent data cited by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), an Illinois-based professional association. Almost 4.5 million American adolescents are severely obese, double the number recorded in 1999, the AAP says.

To combat the problem, the AAP has published a new policy recently, recommending the use of bariatric surgeries as a safe therapy for childhood obesity. This was quickly endorsed by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), and received favorable coverage in the mainstream media.

Comment: Lifestyle interventions don't make money for the medical establishment. These new recommendations seem like thinly veiled attempts to persuade insurance companies to fork over for surgical procedures - and the long term health of the affected children is merely an afterthought.

From Stomach Stapling Kills:
  • About 20 percent of the patients who choose gastric bypass surgery will suffer complications.
  • An estimated 1 to 4 out of every 200 patients will die from those complications.
  • Eighty-five percent of all gastric bypass surgeries are done on women, primarily during their childbearing years.
  • Tears or hernias weren't uncommon, experts say, and could happen up to five years after surgery.
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The obesity epidemic and it's treatment
Five people dead after weight-loss balloon insertion, FDA investigates


Why you should never buy CBD products from Amazon

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There are no reputable companies selling CBD on Amazon!
Have you gotten into the habit of buying your nutritional supplements through Amazon, along with your other day-to-day necessities? If so, you may want to reconsider.

The e-commerce giant — which controls an estimated 40% of all U.S. e-commerce1 and handles more consumer searches than Google2has been found to sell counterfeit supplements on more than one occasion. In July 2019, Wired reported3 that Amazon had pulled fake Align probiotics by third-party sellers off its site and issued full refunds to customers.

Now, the Organic & Natural Health Association warns that Amazon may be defrauding customers twice by preventing genuine high-quality cannabidiol (CBD) products from being sold on its site, while simultaneously promoting and selling products that claim to contain CBD but don't.

Comment: There's a world of misinformation about CBD products, so as with most nutritional supplements, it's wise to learn as much as you can before jumping in:


Study links taking Tylenol in pregnancy to two-fold higher risks of having children with ADHD and autism

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A new study from Johns Hopkins University claims women who use acetaminophen for pain relief during pregnancy may double the risk of their children having developmental disabilities.
New research claims to link the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy to an increased risk of your child having ADHD or autism.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health examined umbilical cord blood samples and found a higher risk of both disorders where the drug was present.

In fact, they say children exposed to the drug, also known by the brand name Tylenol, or paracetamol in Europe, in utero were twice as likely to have some type of developmental disorder - or a combination of the two - than to not have one.

Comment: While it's true the study doesn't establish a cause and effect relationship between acetaminophen and developmental disorders, any doctor who took the mantra "Do No Harm" seriously would find a safer pain reliever for their pregnant patients. If there's a chance there's a risk, that risk should be avoided. This isn't rocket science.

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Childhood obesity: Children living close to junk food outlets more likely to be overweight, says New York University study

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Among New York City schoolchildren who live within a half-block of a fast food outlet, 20% are obese and 38% are overweight, shows analysis.

The closer a child lives to a fast-food restaurant or a corner store, the more likely the child will be obese or overweight. Just having fast-food outlets a block farther away, and potentially less convenient or accessible, can significantly lessen children's chances of being obese or overweight, according to the analysis by researchers at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine.

As measured in city blocks, closeness to fast and convenience food sellers can impact a student's chances of becoming obese, says the study, which concludes that for one million children attending New York City public schools, "their choice of what to eat depends on which food sources are close to where they live."

Comment: We're not that different from our hunter-gatherer ancestors - we take our available foods from our surrounding environment. If we've got highly rewarding junk food within easy reach, that's what we eat.

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