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US scientists-drinking from plastic bottles while pregnant may lead to child obesity

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A new study has linked drinking from a plastic bottle during pregnancy with child obesity, stating that it could be triggered by the endocrine-disrupting chemical bisphenol A (BPA).

BPA is used in plastics and resins and is found in a variety of food containers. It is also a component in metal can coatings, which protect the food from directly contacting metal surfaces. Although it hasn't been comprehensively proven that BPA poses a direct health risk, it has been closely studied since 2008 over safety concerns.

It is known that small amounts of packaging materials may transfer into food when the two come into contact.


Total recall: the people who never forget

An extremely rare condition may transform our understanding of memory

If you ask Jill Price to remember any day of her life, she can come up with an answer in a heartbeat. What was she doing on 29 August 1980? "It was a Friday, I went to Palm Springs with my friends, twins, Nina and Michelle, and their family for Labour Day weekend," she says. "And before we went to Palm Springs, we went to get them bikini waxes. They were screaming through the whole thing." Price was 14 years and eight months old.

What about the third time she drove a car? "The third time I drove a car was January 10 1981. Saturday. Teen Auto. That's where we used to get our driving lessons from." She was 15 years and two weeks old.

Comment: Also see: Some People Never Forget a Face


Better than botox: The benefits of niacin for skincare

Skincare products make up a staggering $20 billion dollar a year industry in America alone. It seems that there is always some new miracle lotion or cream on the market that promises drastic results. Scientists and doctors devote huge amounts of time to developing these products because they are so lucrative. Every so often an ingredient really does have an amazing effect on skin. Niacin and niacinamide (a form of the vitamin B3) is one such ingredient, with plenty of studies and research to back up the benefits.

What is Niacin?

You've probably heard of niacin before, but perhaps in a nutritional context. Niacin is found in milk, eggs, green leafy vegetables, beans, cereals, yeast, and in some types of fish. It's required by the body in order to properly metabolize fats and sugars and in the maintenance of cells and a lack of niacin can lead to indigestion, fatigue, depression, and a serious deficiency called Pellagra. Though niacin is found in food, research has shown that to achieve increased benefits for the skin, it takes more than what we typically receive in our diets.


Russian Academy of Sciences claims homeopathy is 'pseudoscience'

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The Russian Academy of Sciences has called homeopathy a "pseudoscience" with no scientific basis, saying that its methods contradict chemical, physical and biological laws. The academy also stressed that homeopathy is not to be confused with phytotherapy.

The memorandum on homeopathy was released by the Commission to Combat Pseudoscience and Falsification of Scientific Research, a part of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Russian chief scientific body, on Monday.

The treatment with ultra-low doses of various substances used in homeopathy has no scientific basis," the commission statement said, adding that the principles of such treatment contradict all known"chemical, physical and biological laws."

Comment: Further reading: Homeopathy: The memory of water is a reality
The concept of the memory of water goes back to 1988 when the late Professor Jacques Benveniste published, in the international scientific journal Nature, claims that extremely high 'ultramolecular' dilutions of an antibody had effects in the human basophil degranulation test, a laboratory model of immune response. In other words, the water diluent 'remembered' the antibody long after it was gone. His findings were subsequently denounced as 'pseudoscience' and yet, despite the negative impact this had at the time, the idea has not gone away.

In this special issue of Homeopathy, scientists from the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Russia, USA as well as the UK present remarkably convergent views from groups using entirely different methods, indicating that large-scale structural effects can occur in liquid water, and can increase with time. Such effects might account for claims of memory of water effects.

Commenting on the special issue, Professor Chaplin said: "Science has a lot more to discover about such effects and how they might relate to homeopathy. It is unjustified to dismiss homeopathy, as some scientists do, just because we don't have a full understanding of how it works." In his overview he is critical of the "unscientific rhetoric" of some scientists who reject the memory of water concept "with a narrow view of the subject and without any examination or appreciation of the full body of evidence."


The importance of informed consent: You might be in a medical experiment and not even know it

In the long view, modern history is the story of increasing rights of control over your body - for instance, in matters of reproduction, sex, where you live and whom you marry. Medical experimentation is supposed to be following the same historical trend - increasing rights of autonomy for those whose bodies are used for research.

Indeed, the Nuremberg Code, the founding document of modern medical research ethics developed after the Second World War in response to Nazi medical experiments, stated unequivocally that the voluntary, informed consent of the human subject is essential. Every research ethics code since then has incorporated this most fundamental principle. Exceptions to this rule are supposed to be truly exceptional.

Yet today, more and more medical experimenters in the United States appear to circumvent getting the voluntary, informed consent of those whose bodies are being used for research. What's more, rather than fighting this retrograde trend, some of the most powerful actors in medical research are defending it as necessary to medical progress.


Health freedom and the government's real war on natural health

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In 1994, after a lifelong aversion to politics, I ran for a seat in the US Congress out of the 29th District in Los Angeles. My platform was Health Freedom.

At the time, the FDA was raiding offices of natural practitioners, and threatening to cut off citizens' access to a full range of nutritional supplements.

I watched a trial, if you can call it that, in downtown Los Angeles, in which the federal government was prosecuting a young man for selling, and making health claims about, a substance that occurs naturally in the body.

The defendant told the Judge he was prepared to present extensive evidence that the substance was safe and effective. The Judge refused, saying the only issue was: did the defendant violate an FDA rule? If so, he was guilty. At that point, the trial was over, and indeed, the Judge soon pronounced a verdict and the young man was led away to serve a prison sentence in a federal lockup.

At that moment, I began to construct my case against the State, and consider what Health Freedom was all about.


Why we have to work harder today to avoid weight gain compared to 30 years ago

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If you are 40 years old now, you’d have to eat even less and exercise more than if you were a 40-year-old in 1971 to prevent gaining weight.
The 1980s really were the good old days when it comes to eating, exercise, and weight loss. Why? The authors of a new study suggest it's more difficult for today's adults to maintain the same weight as their counterparts two to three decades ago, even when the amount of food and exercise are equal.

In other words, a 30-something today who eats 2,000 calories per day and exercises two hours per week is likely to be about 10 percent heavier than a 30-something living in the 1980s who followed the same lifestyle habits. How can that be?
This is definitely not great news for people today, especially those who are struggling to maintain a healthy weight.
It was a surprise to the team at York University in Toronto, who set out to identify whether the relationship between obesity and the number of calories consumed, amount of physical exercise, and intake of macronutrients (protein, fat, carbohydrates) has changed over time. To accomplish this goal, they evaluated the dietary data of 36,400 Americans between 1971 and 2008 and the exercise data of 14,419 individuals between 1988 and 2006.

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More evidence that exercise is not the key to weight control

More than a month has passed in a year representing new beginnings. However, moving forward, gym memberships are fading, fitness participation is declining and overall enthusiasm for reshaping our bodies has dwindled. But hope for those extra ten pounds or more has just been revived by an international study led by Loyola University Chicago, providing compelling new evidence that exercise may not be the key to controlling weight.

Minimal changes in lifestyle such as modifications in diet exercise are within the possibility of many different individuals of different ethnicity and culture, and they will always work better than any medication when addressing weight control. But is one more important than the other?

Finnish researchers previously found that diet and exercise counseling resulted in a 58% reduction in diabetes risk among people who are prime candidates for developing the condition, which is associated with obesity and sedentary lifestyle. Many diseases can be be reversed naturally without drugs through modifications in diet and lifestyle.

Comment: There are benefits to exercise -- stress relief, strengthening bones, boosting brain function -- but weight loss doesn't seem to be one of them.


How therapeutic use of full-spectrum light can improve your health

Photobiology is the therapeutic use of light to improve health. In this interview, Dr. Alexander Wunsch, one of the leading experts in photobiology, explains the historical significance of photobiology.

I recently interviewed him about the dangers of light emitting diode (LED) lighting. That interview has nearly three-quarter of a million views at this point. If you haven't seen it already, please take a look, as that interview went into some very practical, real world aspects of photobiology.

Here, we focus on the historical component to help you get a better appreciation of its potential.

Comment: For more information, check out our Health & Wellness Show: Seeing the Light with Dr. Alexander Wunsch

Life Preserver

Inhale Himalayan pink salt to help remove mucus, bacteria and toxins from your lungs

Himalayan salt is the purest salt on earth which is protected from the modern-day pollution. Its hues of pink and white indicate that it has rich mineral and iron content. As a matter of fact, this naturally-formed salt is made up of 85.62 percent sodium chloride and 14.38 percent trace minerals like potassium, bicarbonate, bromide, borate, fluoride, magnesium, calcium, strontium, and sulphate.

Thanks to these minerals, this salt has the ability to:
  • Prevent goiters
  • Prevent muscle cramping
  • Improve circulation
  • Create an electrolyte balance
  • Increases hydration
  • Regulate water content both inside and outside of cells
  • Balance pH (alkaline/acidity) and help to reduce acid reflux
  • Dissolve and eliminate sediment to remove toxins
  • Strengthen bones
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Help the intestines absorb nutrients
  • Detoxify the body from heavy metals
  • Support libido
  • Reduce the signs of aging