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Our modern world is radically at odds with the evolution of human senses helping to make us short-sighted, obese and depressed

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Chimpanzee portrait - part of the Affinity collection
The 'ape that's in us' developed a taste for sugary fruits that were only available sometimes, our eyesight was not designed for staring at computers for hours in artificial light, and pollution is damaging our sense of smell

The modern world is radically at odds with the way human senses have evolved, helping to make us short-sighted, obese and depressed, scientists have warned.

Spending large amounts of time indoors under artificial light and staring at computer screens has helped produce a "myopia epidemic" with as many as 90 per cent of people in some parts of the world needing glasses.

Industrial food production has also turned primates' taste for sugar — which evolved to persuade us to gorge on healthy fruit when it was ripe — into one of the main causes of the soaring rates of obesity in the Western world.

And our sense of smell is under attack from air pollution, producing an array of different effects, including depression and anxiety.

Three experts in each of the senses spoke about their work at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston.

Syringe

If the Auto Industry Operated Like the Vaccine Industry...


This animation reveals the absurdity of the vaccine industry's legacy of harmful products and absolute legal immunity from liability.

Attention

How clothes are polluting our food supply with microfibers and toxic chemicals

Every day, each and every one of us contribute to the ongoing destruction of the environment simply by participating in modern society.

Not only do people inappropriately dispose of drugs by flushing them down the toilet, the cleaning and personal care products we use and the clothes we wear and wash on a daily basis also contribute to the environmental pollution.

Indeed, the environmental impacts of our clothing choices are shocking, as studies assessing toxic effects of various fabric treatments (such as dyes, flame retardants and stain-resistant chemicals) to laundry detergents and the fabric fibers themselves need serious attention.

Health

Siberian tribes showing first-ever cases of obesity after introducing high carb processed foods to diet


Noodles, pasta, bread, pastry and sugar have become part of the tribes' diets, leading to a fifty per cent reduction in the consumption of traditional foods
The first-ever cases of obesity have been recorded among nomadic Arctic reindeer herders, after they became exposed to instant noodles and other junk foods.

Russian scientists are warning about the dramatic change in the Nenets and Khanty peoples on the icy Yamal peninsula in northern Siberia, who for centuries had eaten only traditional foods.

A diet based on venison and fresh river fish meant that obesity was unknown among these indigenous peoples, but now outside influences are changing everything.

Alexey Titovsky is head of science and innovation in the Yamalo-Nenets autonomous region of the Russian Federation.

His team has found that the intake of venison and river fish by the nomadic tribes has been cut by half, as noodles, pasta, bread, pastry and sugar became part of the diet.

Hearts

Neuroscience shows breastfeeding is not just milk

Lifelong effects of breastfeeding on mental health

Early life experiences set the stage for physical health in later life. Reducing early toxic stress is key to preventing disease in adults (Shonkoff, 2016).

Breastfeeding is one important way to decrease early toxic stress. Recent studies have shown that breastfeeding increases babies' physical and mental well-being, and these effects go well beyond the composition of the milk. Maternal responsiveness is key to understanding these long-term effects. When mothers consistently respond to their babies' cues, they set the stage for lifelong resiliency in their offspring. And responsiveness is built into the breastfeeding relationship. We see this reflected in children's mental health.

Health

Organic canola oil -- a contradiction in terms

Ever since the late 1990s, when canola oil started to become a ubiquitous ingredient in food processing and restaurant fare, consumers have been ingesting it, literally, by the tons!

Canada produces 20 percent of the world's canola oil. The U.S. imports an average of 510,000 tons of canola oil per year!

Canola is a heated and processed oil using anywhere from 80 - 90°Celsius and even 120°Celsius temperature in the processing, or 176 - 194° Fahrenheit to 248° Fahrenheit. That would be in addition to any additional heating a cook uses when preparing foods—something to factor in to your cooking.
Christened "Canola" from "Can" (for Canada) and "ola" (for oil low acid), canola is not, strictly speaking, rapeseed. There is a internationally regulated definition of canola that differentiates it from rapeseed, based upon its having less than two percent erucic acid and less than 30 umoles glucosinolates. Oilseed products that do not meet this standard cannot use the trademarked term "Canola." [1] [CJF emphasis]
That 2 percent of erucic acid gets a lot of human digest tracts very upset, I've found as a nutritionist! The Free Medical Dictionary by Farlex defines erucic acid as:

Comment: More on canola oil:


Syringe

The Kennedy-De Niro vaccine challenge and why it matters

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A presidential commission led by Robert Kennedy Jr. could raise uncomfortable questions about the incentives driving vaccination recommendations.

Robert Kennedy Jr. and Robert De Niro convened a news conference on Wednesday at the National Press Club to announce a $100,000 cash reward for anyone who identifies a peer-reviewed scientific study demonstrating that the mercury in vaccines is safe. Though the challenge was perhaps something of a stunt, the significance of the appearance was underscored by Kennedy's confirming that President Trump may ask him to lead a commission on autism. The consequences of such a commission could extend beyond the narrow vaccine/autism debate. More significantly, the commission could expose the incentives driving vaccination policy, which, in the current political climate, could move mainstream opinion against vaccines and also bolster doubts about the integrity of the health-care system.

Since at least 2007, Trump has suggested that the recent "epidemic" of autism might be related to current immunization practices. He is not categorically against immunization—in fact, he is "totally in favor of vaccines," as he says—but he suggests that the rate and quantity of injections given to infants, per the recommended immunization schedule, may contribute to incidents of autism. In Trump's words, "massive combined inoculations" and "simultaneous vaccinations" may be producing a wave of "doctor-inflicted autism."

Music

Rediscovering the art & science of sound therapy

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A yidaki, or didgeridoo, ancient musical instrument with therapeutic benefits.
John Stuart Reid and Annaliese Reid illustrate how sound is fast regaining its place as a powerful healing modality. Having first been used by the ancients, sound therapy has undergone a period of re-discovery and is now poised to reveal the intricacies of healing both at the cellular and psychological levels.
"Sound will be the medicine of the future." ~ Edgar Cayce
Several ancient cultures used the seemingly magical power of sound to heal, but sound therapy had almost disappeared in the West until 1927 when Professor R. Wood and his assistant, Loomis, discovered ultrasound—high frequency sound—and its medical properties.1 With this discovery, research burgeoned and it is now established fact that ultrasound has powerful medical properties including its use in breaking up kidney stones and even shrinking tumours.2,3,4,5 In hospitals and sports injury clinics, in all parts of the world, therapeutic ultrasound is used to support or accelerate the healing of soft tissues and broken bones. In the 1980s, infrasound—very low frequency sound—and audible sound were also discovered to have healing properties and in recent years several commercial organizations have developed audible sound devices to support a wide range of physical ailments.6, 7, 8 The companies have documented many cases in which their sonic therapies benefited individuals. Audible sound is intrinsically safe and cannot be "overdosed," while ultrasound, if not properly applied, can cause severe internal burning.

Health

Decades of scientific studies link oral lichen planus (OLP) to mercury dental fillings

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), USA, lichen planus affects between 1% and 2% of the American population. Over 6 decades worth of studies show Oral lichen planus (OLP) represents a form of allergic reaction to the metals contained in dental amalgam, particularly mercury. Many studies indicate that patients who removed their mercury amalgam fillings heal.

Oral lichenoid lesions (OLL) or lichen-planus-like lesions are often idiopathic (arising spontaneously or from an obscure or unknown cause). Oral lichen planus (OLP) is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes bilateral white striations, papules, or plaques on the buccal mucosa, tongue, and gingivae. Lichen planus is a common disorder of unknown aetiology.

Comment: Video: Smoking Teeth = Poison Gas (Mercury)


Beaker

Parents claim children who took MiraLAX developed 'neuropsychiatric problems'

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An ongoing Children's Hospital of Philadelphia study is looking into parents' claims that their children developed "neuropsychiatric problems" after taking an over-the-counter laxative.

According to WPVI-TV, MiraLAX "is regularly prescribed off-label to infants and toddlers, when it's not recommended for use to anyone under 17."

Some parents said their children became angry, aggressive and paranoid after taking the medication, WPVI reported Tuesday.

Jeanie Ward told the station that her daughter, Nicole, began experiencing "near psychiatric events" and mood swings soon after she started taking MiraLAX at 3 1/2 years old.

"It was horrifying to see my daughter change like that and to not completely go back to normal," Ward told WPVI.

Comment:
"Researchers have long suggested a link between the gut--brain axis and neuropsychiatric disorders such as autism, depression, and eating disorders. The gut contains microorganisms that share a structural similarity with the neuropeptides involved in regulating behavior, mood, and emotion--a phenomenon known as molecular mimicry. The body can't tell the difference between the structure of these mimics and its own cells, so antibodies could end up attacking both, potentially altering the physiology of the gut--brain axis.

Scientific evidence is mounting that the trillions of microbes that call the human body home can influence our gut-linked health, but more recently, researchers are discovering that gut microbes also may affect neurology--possibly impacting a person's cognition, emotions and mental health, said Knight, also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientist and an investigator at CU-Boulder's BioFrontiers Institute."