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New evidence suggests Parkinson's might start in the gut, not the brain

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A new study adds to a growing body of research that suggests we might have been thinking about Parkinson's disease wrong this whole time.

Instead of being isolated to the brain, new evidence in mice suggests that the condition might actually start in the gut. And it could explain some of the strange coincidences seen in the disease, such as why most Parkinson's patients complain of constipation up to a decade before other symptoms arise.

Parkinson's disease is most commonly associated with tremors, stiffness, and difficulty moving, caused by neurons deep in the brain being killed off.

Although there are treatments to slow the progress of the condition, there's no way to prevent or cure it, and researchers still don't really understand what causes it and how it progresses.

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Can Parkinson's disease be connected to bacteria in the gut?

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Victory in battle of butter

US investigative journalist Nina Teicholz calls it "a victory for science." South African scientist Tim Noakes says it proves that one person can "change the world." I say it's a decisive defeat for medical, scientific and dietetic establishments in their ongoing war against the critics.

The BMJ (formerly the British Medical Journal) has announced that it will not retract the peer-reviewed investigation it published by Teicholz in September 2015. The feature documents in detail how the US Dietary Guidelines (DGAs) have ignored vast amounts of rigorous scientific evidence. This evidence is on key issues such as saturated fats and low-carbohydrate diets.

Teicholz's article has been the target of an unprecedented retraction effort that was organized by an advocacy group that has long defended those guidelines. The BMJ stance is becoming a lesson in unintended consequences for those attempting to stifle debate on the topic. It raises fundamental questions about who was behind the retraction effort and their motivation.

Comment: For more background on this battle, read: 'Nutrition Heretic' Gary Taubes on the Long Road Back From a Big, Fat Public Shaming


More reasons NOT to trust the Feds on GMOs, pesticides & chemicals

The chemical epidemic that is rife in the US is at a dangerous level, and it shows no signs of stopping soon.

The US regulatory agencies have systematically avoided and delayed the testing of thousands of chemicals in order to satisfy the big corporations in which they have secret monopolized deals.

". . . new chemicals come from our laboratories in an endless stream; almost 500 annually find their way into actual use in the United States alone...500 new chemicals to which the bodies of men and animals are required somehow to adapt each year, chemicals totally outside the limits of biologic experience." These are the words of Rachel Carson, from Silent Spring (1962). She died of breast cancer two years later. This stark warning 50 years ago predicted the situation we find ourselves in now, where our food is saturated with chemicals and the government seem unwilling to do anything about it.

Monsanto's Roundup and Syngenta's atrazine are two chemicals which have attracted unwanted attention due to their known harmful toxic content and the fact they keep finding their way into our food.

Comment: 'A vicious cycle of the most cynical order'

Life Preserver

Combat aging, disease & cancer with Lingzhi mushrooms

For years, I have wanted to include something from Chinese Medicine into my protocol, something universal and not needing a Chinese herbalist to prescribe it. Finally, I have found the perfect answer. Lingzhi mushrooms has literally hundreds of unique bio-active compounds that have life extending[1] properties,[2] stimulates brain neurons,[3] searches out and destroys cancer cells[4] and prevents the development of new fat cells in obese individuals.[5] In terms of life span extension it has been shown to increase life in studies by 9% to more than 20% in animal studies.

Ganoderma lucidum, an oriental fungus, has a long history of use for promoting health and longevity in China, Japan, and other Asian countries. It is a large, dark mushroom with a glossy exterior and a woody texture. The Latin word lucidus means "shiny" or "brilliant" and refers to the varnished appearance of the surface of the mushroom. The iconic mushroom commonly known as Reishi (in Japanese) or Ling Zhi (靈芝 in Chinese) is probably the most respected medicinal mushroom in Asia.

While mushrooms such as shitake, maitake, and cordyceps, all share similar immune boosting properties, Red Reishi has also the longest history and has been known to be effective in the treatment of the widest range of health conditions. Unlike other mushrooms, only Lingzhi has many important compounds such as triterpenes (ganoderic acid) that gives them a unique characteristic of being bitter in taste.


Additives in food that trigger leaky gut

If you are dedicated and serious about healing leaky gut and autoimmune disease, I need you to know about a recent study that IDs seven food additives that trigger leaky gut, or at the very least contribute to the condition.

So what, exactly, is leaky gut? Known in the medical literature for more than a 100 years as "intestinal permeability," in my opinion, many modern doctors don't know how to ID and treat leaky gut. That's a shame because it's believed to be at the root of which is at the root of many diseases.

Signs and symptoms you have leaky gut include inflammation, joint pain, inflammatory skin disorders and rashes, food allergies and sensitivities and all sorts of other health problems.

Comment: Additional information about leaky gut:
Leaky gut and the connection to autoimmune disease

Leaky gut syndrome is almost always associated with autoimmune disease. In fact, reversing symptoms of autoimmune disease depends on healing the lining of the gastrointestinal tract. Any other treatment is just symptom suppression. An autoimmune disease is defined as one in which the immune system makes antibodies against its own tissues. Diseases in this category include lupus, alopecia areata, rheumatoid arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, Sjogren's syndrome (dry eyes & dry mouth), vitiligo, thyroiditis, vasculitis, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, urticaria (hives), type 1 diabetes and Raynaud's syndrome. Fortunately doctors are beginning to realize the essential role that the gut plays in these disease. Understanding the leaky gut phenomenon helps us see why allergies and autoimmune diseases develop and how to design therapies to restore intestinal integrity and reverse leaky gut.


Hypochondriacs and the placebo effect

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Researchers have found that about 70 percent of healthy people who worry about developing illnesses may be increasing their risk of heart disease. Another study shows the placebo effect in drug studies can be so powerful as to affect the outcomes.

"We hypothesized that people with health anxiety would have reduced risk [of heart attack] because they would take better care of themselves," said lead author Dr. Line Iden Berge from the division of psychiatry at Sandviken University hospital in Bergen, Norway.

Instead, in the study of more than 7,000 people, conducted over 12 years, researchers found that those who were hypochondriacs or suffered from "health anxiety" at the start of the study were about 70 percent more likely to develop heart disease than those less anxious.

"The results suggest it's better, instead of worrying about what's going on with your body and running to the doctor of any physical health problem, to seek a proper diagnosis and help for the anxiety disorder," Berge said.

The study defined health anxiety as "characterized by persistent preoccupation of having or acquiring a serious illness, misattribution of bodily symptoms and urge to seek medical advice in the absence of physical pathology."

Comment: The Health & Wellness Show: Placebos: When Nothing Really Matters


American Airlines attendants demand 'full recall' of new uniforms after saying the outfits have sickened more than 1,000 workers

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American Airlines' flights attendants will get new uniforms in this design.
American Airlines rolled out new uniforms to more than 70,000 of its frontline workers in September. The appearance of the uniforms was well-received, but now American's flight attendants union is calling for a total recall after saying the outfits have sickened more than 1,000 workers.

Complaints about itching, rashes, headaches and hives surfaced within the first few weeks of the uniform roll-out. American launched an investigation, initially saying that it thought the issues were isolated - possibly some sort of wool allergy.

But the airline's flight attendants say the problem has become widespread, "including (for) many ... who are quite pleased with the look of the uniform."

In a memo to its members late Wednesday, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants(APFA) said "we have received over 1,600 flight attendant reports of suspected uniform reactions that include headaches, rashes, hives, burning skin and eye irritation, itching, and respiratory problems — to name a few."

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The Health & Wellness Show: Weapons of mass instruction: The perils of education - Brainwashing, Indoctrination and Robot Factories

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Today on the Health and wellness show we will revisit the education system and the ongoing brainwashing, indoctrination and dumbing down of the youthful masses. Compulsory schooling is creating dependent children who grow up to be dependent adults, passive and timid in the face of new challenges, lacking critical thinking and basic life skills. From the looks of it compulsory education is doing more harm than good. What are the social and emotional implications of educating today's youth with useless and needless information while stifling creativity, natural curiosity and the true desire to seek meaningful knowledge? Is the growing ignorance of today's student an example of a failing education system as a whole, or is it a crowning achievement with a more sinister agenda?

Join us as we discuss a side of compulsory education that is seldom studied, researched or looked at with a critical eye. The brainwashing and indoctrination doesn't end once 12 years of mandated education is completed it continues into higher education and university as well.

Stay tuned, as always, for Zoya's Pet Health Segment where the topic will be the bow-killing vet, Kristie Lindsay.

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American kids - sick is the new normal

The alarming rise in incidence of chronic, inflammatory-type disorders among children cannot be fully explained by such theories as the hygiene hypothesis, poor eating habits or defective genes. Certainly, there is more to the root cause of food allergies, asthma, autism-spectrum disorders, type 1 and 2 diabetes, obesity, nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) (otherwise known as fatty liver disease), metabolic syndrome, and autoimmune disorders than can be rationalized as being caused by too much anti-microbial hand sanitizer, too many French fries or genes gone bad.

These hypotheses fail to consider that obesity rates have stabilized despite widespread continuation of sedentary children feeding on junk food, or that autoimmune diseases are increasingly prevalent despite few change in sanitation norms, or that there is no such thing as a "bad genes" epidemic. Vaccine-induced overload of the immune system has been implicated by some researchers as a major contributor to the child diabetes and metabolic syndrome epidemics that are just one part of the tidal wave of increasingly ill children growing up in developed countries.1

This is not a new theory. In a 17-year-old cover story "Shots in the Dark" written by Barbara Loe Fisher of the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) that was published in The Next City magazine, statistics for profound increases in autism spectrum disorder, asthma, learning disabilities, types 1 and 2 diabetes, and arthritis among children were cited.2 Those chronic disease and disability statistics were updated in Fisher's 2004 Mothering Magazine article, "In the Wake of Vaccines," and in a 2008 published review of the medical literature, Vaccines, Autism and Chronic Inflammation: the New Epidemic.


Grocery stores are still a BPA minefield

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A searchable database from the Environmental Working Group will help consumers who don't want to be exposed to the chemical.

Despite many major food manufacturers and retailers announcing in recent years that they would move away from using bisphenol A in packaging materials, BPA remains present in the lining of many canned goods. Recent testing by an advocacy group found BPA in 70 percent of nearly 200 samples—including products from companies such as Campbell's and Kroger's, which have pledged to phase out BPA.

The chemical, which is used in many plastics and resins, is considered an endocrine disruptor and has been linked to developmental problems in fetuses, infants, and children. According to the Food and Drug Administration, BPA is safe at the levels people are exposed to via canned foods. Still, many consumers would rather not risk it—and the Environmental Working Group has a new tool to help those shoppers avoid some 16,000 products that may have BPA in their packaging.

Comment: Are You Exposing Yourself to Toxic BPA?
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a widely used chemical substance. This chemical exists in nearly every plastic container, is used as lining for metal cans, and can even be found on receipts, toilet paper and worldwide currency.

BPA leaches from its container into whatever it happens to contain. If you microwave a TV dinner for example, the chemical content of the plastic container would find its way into the food you are going to eat. Likewise, when bottled water or a soft drink is manufactured and shelved, BPA leaches into the liquid over the time it takes to be purchased and consumed.

Because of its widespread application in all forms of packaging, manufacturing and otherwise, chances are that you are somehow interacting with this substance on a daily basis. Many other countries have already declared BPA a toxin and prohibited its usage in a number of products.