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Where pain lives - 'The reign of pain is mostly in the brain'

For patient after patient seeking to cure chronic back pain, the experience is years of frustration. Whether they strive to treat their aching muscles, bones and ligaments through physical therapy, massage or rounds of surgery, relief is often elusive - if the pain has not been made even worse. Now a new working hypothesis explains why: persistent back pain with no obvious mechanical source does not always result from tissue damage. Instead, that pain is generated by the central nervous system (CNS) and lives within the brain itself.

I caught my first whiff of this news about eight years ago, when I was starting the research for a book about the back-pain industry. My interest was both personal and professional: I'd been dealing with a cranky lower back and hip for a couple of decades, and things were only getting worse. Over the years, I had tried most of what is called 'conservative treatment' such as physical therapy and injections. To date, it had been a deeply unsatisfying journey.

Attention

Air and water pollution is killing millions of people a year and the world is reaching 'crisis point'

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Globally, nine million people died in 2015 as a result of air pollution.
Pollution is killing 50,000 people a year in the UK, according to a damning new report, which lays bare the toxic danger posed by contaminated air and water.

The problem is responsible for more deaths in Britain than almost all of its Western European neighbours, the study says, and suggests a higher death toll in the UK from pollution than had been feared.

Experts had previously estimated that 40,000 people were dying in the UK from air pollution, which itself had led to calls for immediate action from the Government. The new findings, from a two-year project involving more than 40 international researchers, show the world's air quality is reaching "crisis point" and must be dealt with urgently.

Comment: Yet the mainstream media and conventional health pundits drone on and on about smoking.


Arrow Up

About time: Cancer therapy undergoing a rethink as fasting and dietary interventions show promising results

Could fasting and ketogenic diets make conventional cancer treatment safer and more effective and cut the "financially toxic" high costs?

World authorities on cancer causes and best treatment and prevention methods believe so. They flew into Paris for the recent Rethinking Cancer conference at France's Gustave Roussy Institute.

Topics discussed included immunotherapy, autophagy (the body's natural "clearing house" of debris) and longevity medicine. Age is a big cancer risk factor. Speakers showed that methods to extend healthier lifespans also offered protection from cancer.

High on the event menu were ketogenic diets (high fat, low carbohydrate, moderate to low protein), stem cell therapy advances, anti-angiogenesis (stopping cancer's blood supply) and the metabolic model of cancer. The model holds that cancer is not genetic; it's a mitochondrial, metabolic disease.

Comment: There is abundant evidence showing the effectiveness of dietary and nutritional interventions in the successful treatment of cancer. The primary reason why these approaches have not received more attention is that the 'cancer industry' is far too lucrative for the medical establishment.


Health

Madagascar Plague outbreak has killed 57 and infected over 600 according to WHO

An outbreak of the plague in Madagascar is spreading at an unprecedented rate. With the ease of spreading the plague, the likelihood that this disease will move to other more densely populated regions of the planet has become a huge concern for many.

So far, the plague has claimed 57 lives and infected more than 680 others. These figures are from October 12, however, and the disease is spreading rapidly. An estimated 329 of these cases and 25 of the deaths were in the capital city of Antananarivo. Of the 684 cases reported as of October 12, 474 were the pneumonic plague, 156 bubonic and 1 septicemic plague. A further 54 were unspecified, according to the World Health Organization. Of Madagascar's 114 districts, 35 have reported cases of plague, including at least 10 cities.

Plague is caused by infection with the bacterium Yersinia pestis and is typically spread through the bite of infected fleas, frequently carried by rats. The bacteria will eventually end up causing the often fatal plague. Symptoms can include painful, swollen lymph nodes, called buboes, as well as fever, chills, and coughing. Pneumonic plague is more virulent or damaging and is an advanced form of the disease characterized by a severe lung infection. The infection can be transmitted from person to person via airborne droplets from coughing or sneezing. The incubation period is extremely short too, and an infected person may die within 12 to 24 hours of contracting the bacteria making cures in underdeveloped regions of the globe difficult at best.

Comment: See also: Plague spreading rapidly in Madagascar warns WHO


Water

Three healthy benefits of distilled water

Distilled water is water that's been purified of contaminants through distillation. The process is relatively simple; water is brought to a boil and converted to steam. The steam flows through cooling tubes and condenses back into pure water. This is different than simply filtering water in that this process removes all potentially harmful organisms and chemicals. As you may imagine, there are benefits to drinking and using distilled water beyond superficial smell and taste improvements.

1. Removing Contaminants

The most important health benefit distilled water offers is the elimination of water borne contaminants that may potentially be found in water. Drinking contaminated water is one of the fastest ways to spread disease, toxic metals and industrial pollutants. By removing the contaminants from water through distillation, we can help alleviate the risk of future illnesses and toxic buildup.

Comment: The water supply contains a cocktail of contaminants -- what to do?


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The Health & Wellness Show: Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture & Somatic Therapy: Interview With James and Linnéa Lovinsky

Today on the Health and Wellness Show, we interview Doctors of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Linnéa Snyder (L.Ac. MSTCM) and James Lovinsky (L.Ac. MSTCM).

Linnéa currently practices in the state of Rhode Island. She was first drawn to acupuncture after receiving it as a teenager and noticing its widespread effects. Most notably, she loves the way it balances one's nervous-system and can clear emotional build-up without the necessity of attaching or sharing about the feelings or pain. Linnéa is interested in women's health, psycho-emotional disorders and stress induced illnesses. James came upon acupuncture during a very stressful period in his life. After trying several modalities to treat his own stress-induced health concerns, he settled on acupuncture. Upon changing his career and beginning acupuncture school he realized that Chinese medicine offered many treatments that could give patients an alternative to drugs and surgery. James is interested in pain management, digestive disorders and psycho-emotional health.

Linnéa and James met on their first day of acupuncture school. Both received their training in Boston at the New England School of Acupuncture and in San Francisco at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In addition to acupuncture, their training includes herbal medicine, nutrition, and treatment modalities like cupping, moxabustion and massage. Recently they learned the M-Test somatic response technique developed by Dr. Yoshito Mukaino, MD.

Join us for a fascinating discussion about acupuncture, Chinese medicine and somatic therapy.

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Pills

Mouse study suggests dietary supplement glucosamine could dampen brain's hyperexcitability seen in seizures or epilepsy

Seizure disorders - including epilepsy - are associated with pathological hyperexcitability in brain neurons. Unfortunately, there are limited available treatments that can prevent this hyperexcitability. However, University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers have found that inducing a biochemical alteration in brain proteins via the dietary supplement glucosamine was able to rapidly dampen that pathological hyperexcitability in rat and mouse models.

These results represent a potentially novel therapeutic target for the treatment of seizure disorders, and they show the need to better understand the physiology underlying these neural and brain circuit changes.

Proteins are the workhorses of living cells, and their activities are tightly and rapidly regulated in responses to changing conditions. Adding or removing a phosphoryl group to proteins is a well-known regulator for many proteins, and it is estimated that human proteins may have as many as 230,000 sites for phosphorylation.

Comment: See also: Treatment of epilepsy: Ketogenic diet often better than drugs


Health

Ovarian cancer study finds origin likely starts in fallopian tubes

Most - and possibly all - ovarian cancers start, not in ovaries, but instead in the fallopian tubes attached to them.

This is the finding of a multicenter study of ovarian cancer genetics led by researchers from Perlmutter Cancer Center at NYU Langone Health, and published online Oct. 17 in Nature Communications.

"Based on a better understanding of its origins, our study suggests new strategies for the prevention and early detection of ovarian cancer," says senior study author Douglas A. Levine, MD, director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology at Perlmutter and professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at NYU School of Medicine.

The results revolve around the fallopian tubes, which enable egg cells that have the potential to be fertilized and become embryos - to pass from the ovaries where they are made to the uterus. The new study found that ovarian cancer cells have more in common with cells covering the tips of fallopian tubes than with those on the surface of ovaries.

Ambulance

Do you have Hep C? Big Pharma hopes so

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The sicker you get, the richer they become.

The campaigns are everywhere. On ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX, Animal Planet, the Game Show Network and Syfy. In People, Popular Mechanics and Better Homes and Gardens magazines. On the radio and along subway lines. If you were born between 1945 and 1965, you could have Hep C, screams Gilead Sciences, which makes the Hep C drug Harvoni.

The campaign seeks to sound like a message from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention addressing public health. But the Hepatitis C "facts" resulting from an internet search are paid searches from Pharma, not from public health agencies.

Is there new information that shows baby boomers are newly prone to Hep C? Why have we not heard from the "CDC" about this pressing public health threat until now? There is new information--sales information that Gilead Hep C drugs are "plummeting" and new markets are needed.

Comment: Big pharma lobbyists creaming tens of billions out of the federal government in a variety of schemes
After an 18-month investigation into the high cost of Gilead's hepatitis C drug Sovaldi-initially listed at $84,000 for a course of treatment or $1,000 per pill-the Senate Finance Committee said the prices did not reflect the cost of research and development and that Gilead cared about "revenue" not "affordability and accessibility." That sounds like an understatement. Sovaldi and the related pill Harvoni cost Medicare and Medicaid more than $5 billion in 2014, charged senators.



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Those who give vaccines should know the ingredients


It is reasonable to assume that those who administer influenza vaccines regularly to people should know the ingredients of what they are giving. It’s not all that different from memorizing the ingredients of a few favorite food recipes.
The chances are that if you ask most chefs about the ingredients they put into their favorite recipes, they will be able to list for you the name of every single ingredient and the corresponding amounts. That is what you would expect. By the same token, you would expect most doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other medical workers who administer vaccines would be able to list for you every ingredient in vaccines, along with the corresponding amounts. That is what you should expect. However, that is not necessarily the case.

According to neurosurgeon Russell Blaylock MD:
You'd be amazed at the number of physicians, you ask them what's in a vaccine? They'll say, well, there's the bacteria, the virus you want to vaccinate against, and then there's a little immune stimulant in there to help stimulate the immunity so they react against those viral antigens. They don't know about these other chemicals in there like formaldehyde, special proteins, special lipids that are known to be brain toxic, that are known to induce autoimmunity in the brain. They're not aware of that. They don't know that MSG is in a lot of vaccines―monosodium glutamate, a brain excitotoxin. They're not aware of what's in the vaccine they're giving.1

Comment: 25 facts about vaccines and the pharmaceutical industry coverup