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Better sleep? Prebiotics could help

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Think dietary fiber is just for digestive health? Think again.

Specific fibers known as prebiotics can improve sleep and boost stress resilience by influencing gut bacteria and the potent biologically active molecules, or metabolites, they produce, new CU Boulder research shows.

The research could ultimately lead to new approaches to treating sleep problems, which affect 70 million Americans.

"The biggest takeaway here is that this type of fiber is not just there to bulk up the stool and pass through the digestive system," said Robert Thompson, a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Integrative Physiology and lead author of the study, published March 2, in the journal Scientific Reports. "It is feeding the bugs that live in our gut and creating a symbiotic relationship with us that has powerful effects on our brain and behavior."

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Carey Gillam: Science shouldn't be for sale - we need reform to industry-funded studies to keep people safe

We must be able to trust the integrity of scientific research as we work to protect our families and our planet

© Photograph: Jean-François Monier/AFP via Getty Images
Hundreds of studies done by US contract laboratories in the 1970s, 80s and 90s were found to be fraudulent, including some tests used by Monsanto.
Not again. News out of Europe last week revealed that more than 20 scientific studies submitted to regulators to prove the safety of the popular weedkilling chemical glyphosate came from a large German laboratory that has been accused of fraud and other wrongdoing.

The findings come amid global debate over whether or not glyphosate causes cancer and other health problems and if regulators and chemical companies proclaiming the chemical's safety actually have credible science on their side.

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Low-carb diet could boost brain health, study finds

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A diet low in carbohydrates could stave off, or even reverse, the effects of aging on the brain, Stony Brook-led research finds.

A study using neuroimaging led by Stony Brook University professor and lead author Lilianne R. Mujica-Parodi, PhD, and published in PNAS, reveals that neurobiological changes associated with aging can be seen at a much younger age than would be expected, in the late 40s. But the study also suggests that this process may be prevented or reversed based on dietary changes that involve minimizing the consumption of simple carbohydrates.

Even in younger adults, under age 50, dietary ketosis (whether achieved after one week of dietary change or 30 minutes after drinking ketones) increased overall brain activity and stabilized functional networks.

Comment: This is the type of research we need more of. Rather than just presuming there to be dangers in low carb diets or doing pseudostudies that call full carbohydrate diets 'low carb', these researchers are legitimately testing the diet in a controlled setting to find out the actual truth of the matter. Bravo.

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Piggy Bank

CDC admits number of 'swine flu' cases overestimated because they stopped testing for H1N1 virus and began guessing numbers

Comment: Today's 'coronavirus pandemic' is recent history repeating. The following report came out as hysteria surrounding the 2009 'Swine Flu Pandemic' began to taper off...

h1n1 swine flu vaccines

Have YOU had your shot today?!
If you've been diagnosed "probable" or "presumed" 2009 H1N1 or "swine flu" in recent months, you may be surprised to know this: odds are you didn't have H1N1 flu.

In fact, you probably didn't have flu at all. That's according to state-by-state test results obtained in a three-month-long CBS News investigation

The ramifications of this finding are important. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Britain's National Health Service, once you have H1N1 flu, you're immune from future outbreaks of the same virus. Those who think they've had H1N1 flu -- but haven't -- might mistakenly presume they're immune. As a result, they might skip taking a vaccine that could help them, and expose themselves to others with H1N1 flu under the mistaken belief they won't catch it. Parents might not keep sick children home from school, mistakenly believing they've already had H1N1 flu.

Comment: Of course they didn't; they never do. It's all one-way propaganda from the top down.

'Positive' for H1N1, 'probable' for H1N1, 'negative for H1N1'... the WHO and CDC didn't care what actual medical testing took place and how accurate those results were. They just wanted to boost as many vaccines as possible and - more generally - get everyone onboard with 'doing what the nice man in the white coat - sponsored by Big Pharma - tells you'.

It's all about the vaccines - and/or other medical mafia means of implementing ever finer orders of control.

Like we said earlier in this current 'pandemic', the manufactured 'War on Terror' has nothing on manufactured 'global pandemics' when it comes to 'spooking the herd' and 'creating new facts on the ground'.

Most just 'freeze' in terror, suspend their critical faculties, and hand over more of their sovereignty to the authorities.


The coronavirus is NOT as deadly as they want us to think

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A man arrives in an ambulance at a pre-triage medical tent in front of the hospital in Cremona, Italy, on Tuesday.
There are many compelling reasons to conclude that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is not nearly as deadly as is currently feared. But COVID-19 panic has set in nonetheless. You can't find hand sanitizer in stores, and N95 face masks are being sold online for exorbitant prices, never mind that neither is the best way to protect against the virus (yes, just wash your hands). The public is behaving as if this epidemic is the next Spanish flu, which is frankly understandable given that initial reports have staked COVID-19 mortality at about 2-3 percent, quite similar to the 1918 pandemic that killed tens of millions of people.

Allow me to be the bearer of good news. These frightening numbers are unlikely to hold. The true case fatality rate, known as CFR, of this virus is likely to be far lower than current reports suggest. Even some lower estimates, such as the 1 percent death rate recently mentioned by the directors of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, likely substantially overstate the case.

We shouldn't be surprised that the numbers are inflated. In past epidemics, initial CFRs were floridly exaggerated. For example, in the 2009 H1N1 pandemic some early estimates were 10 times greater than the eventual CFR, of 1.28 percent. Epidemiologists think and quibble in terms of numerators and denominators — which patients were included when fractional estimates were calculated, which weren't, were those decisions valid — and the results change a lot as a result. We are already seeing this. In the early days of the crisis in Wuhan, China, the CFR was more than 4 percent. As the virus spread to other parts of Hubei, the number fell to 2 percent. As it spread through China, the reported CFR dropped further, to 0.2 to 0.4 percent. As testing begins to include more asymptomatic and mild cases, more realistic numbers are starting to surface. New reports from the World Health Organization that estimate the global death rate of COVID-19 to be 3.4 percent, higher than previously believed, is not cause for further panic. This number is subject to the same usual forces that we would normally expect to inaccurately embellish death rate statistics early in an epidemic. If anything, it underscores just how early we are in this.

Comment: So the MSM is dead wrong: this IS in fact less of a problem than most seasonal flu epidemics.

Fake news pushers the whole lot of them.

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HPV vaccine linked to autoimmune events

gardasil HPV vaccine
The Gardasil vaccine was first approved for the prevention of the human papillomavirus (HPV) in June 2006. It was eventually added to the childhood immunization schedule and recommended to all girls between the ages of 11 and 12. But since then, there have been reports linking Gardasil to autoimmune illnesses.

In order to see if there was an association, scientists used an epidemiological assessment of the vaccine adverse event reporting system database (VAERS) looking for adverse events with Gardasil from 2006 to 2014.

They found a 4.6-fold increase risk of serious autoimmune adverse events outcomes of gastroenteritis, a 7.6- fold increase lupus, 5.6-fold increase in rheumatoid arthritis, 1.6-fold increase in central nervous system demyelinating conditions like multiple sclerosis, 15-fold increase in ovarian damage, and a 10-fold increase of irritable bowel syndrome in women and girls who were given the Gardasil vaccine.

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The 4 laws of muscle

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While many tend to think about strength training as a form of vanity — developing a six-pack and a bulging "muscle-man" look and whatnot — building and maintaining muscle is actually a lifesaving strategy, and an imperative for a long and healthy life.

Anytime you're sick or hospitalized, having reserve muscle mass will improve your chances of survival,1 and as I'll discuss below, you can lose significant amounts of muscle in a single week of bedrest.

Muscle is lost far more easily and quicker than it's built, so finding ways to continuously promote and maintain your muscle mass is really crucial, especially as you get older.

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Tons of vitamin C to Wuhan

Tractor trailer
We can all agree that 50 tons of vitamin C pretty much qualifies as a megadose. We can also likely agree that trucking 50 tons of vitamin C, straight into Wuhan, full in the face of the COVID-19 epidemic, qualifies as news.

The news media are not reporting this, or any other, significantly positive megavitamin news.

Loving the photo, but needing authentication, I consulted my physician correspondent in China, Richard Cheng, MD. He confirmed it, saying: "This was reported in the Chinese media about 2 weeks ago." Another translator has also independently verified the accuracy of the translation.

DSM, by the way, simply stands for Dutch State Mines, the Netherlands-based parent of DSM Jiangshan Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. The Chinese division has been recognized as a "China Enterprise with Outstanding Contribution to Social Responsibility." https://www.dsm.com/countrysites/locations/jiangshan/en_us/home.html There is another DSM factory in Scotland, which also manufactures vitamin C.

Comment: See also: Three intravenous vitamin C research studies approved for treating COVID-19

Bacon n Eggs

Leading scientists agree: Current limits on saturated fats no longer justified

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Following a two-day, DC-based workshop entitled "Saturated Fats: A Food or Nutrient Approach?" a group of leading nutrition scientists, mainly from the U.S., released a consensus statement detailing their findings on the latest research regarding the intake of saturated-fats and heart disease. After reviewing the evidence, the expert group agreed that the most rigorous and current science fails to support a continuation of the government's policy limiting consumption of saturated fats.

Members of workshop, who met Feb 10-11, included three former members of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), from 1995 and 2015, as well as the chair of the 2005 DGAC. The DGAC is an expert group, appointed every five years to review the science for the government's nutrition policy, the U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), and make recommendations to the two agencies that jointly issue those guidelines, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Members of the group wrote a consensus statement on saturated fats and also sent a letter regarding their findings to the Secretaries of USDA and HHS. The letter stated, "There is no strong scientific evidence that the current population-wide upper limits on commonly consumed saturated fats in the U.S. will prevent cardiovascular disease or reduce mortality. A continued limit on these fats is therefore not justified."

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The hidden risks of pesticides

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Chemical pesticides have become a mainstay of modern agriculture, despite red flags that they're slowly destroying ecosystems. (Technically, pesticides are designed to kill insects, while herbicides are used to kill weeds or substances like bacteria or fungi, but when discussing them, the U.S. EPA lumps them all together as "pesticides."1)

Part of what makes assessing the health and environmental risks of pesticides so difficult is that many of the risks remain unknown, and those that are known can be difficult to quantify, no matter what they're called.

So, researchers like Robert Brucker, who heads up a lab in the Microbial Sciences Initiative at the Rowland Institute of Harvard, are invaluable. Brucker and colleagues are looking into the hidden risks of pesticides — silent, insidious changes that are occurring before our eyes yet often under the radar, such that standardized risk assessments do not consider them, but should.

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