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Boris Johnson, GMOs and glyphosate: Irresponsible, negligent and criminal

Boris Johnson
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson waves after giving a speech outside 10 Downing Street in London on July 24, 2019.
In his first speech to parliament as British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson said:
Let's start now to liberate the UK's extraordinary bioscience sector from anti-genetic modification rules and let's develop the blight-resistant crops that will feed the world."
Johnson reads from a well-rehearsed script. The 'GM will feed the world mantra' is pure industry spin. There is already enough food being produced to feed the global population yet around 830 million are classed as hungry.

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Your moisturizer may be turning your skin into 'Swiss cheese'

bad skin care, moisturizers
Moisturizers and other products may be doing as much harm as good, especially for people with sensitive skin, according to 45 years of research on the subject, which started with complaints from his patients.

Visit any drugstore and you'll find a dizzying array of choices for skin-care products. That's no surprise, says UC San Francisco dermatology professor Peter Elias, MD, since at least half of Americans, maybe more, have sensitive skin or a diagnosed skin condition such as eczema, atopic dermatitis or rosacea.

The internet is afire with dire warnings that agents used in toothpaste, shampoo, cosmetics and skin-care products are causing health problems.

"They were telling me that they're applying some expensive stuff but it only provided relief for the first hour or so, and then their skin felt drier than ever," he says.

He wasn't able to tell them what was going on, and wanted to find out.

Comment: The best skin care products may be natural ingredients: Traditional nourishing and healing skin care
We know that the skin is the largest organ of the body and readily absorbs much of what is applied to it, good and bad. That is why so many drugs can be administered through the use of transdermal patches. Therefore, it is an excellent principle and wise precaution not to apply substances to our skin that we would not readily take internally or, in a word, eat. It would be ideal if what we used on our skin were edible, and yet more, a whole food, in which case it would also have the potential of actually nourishing the skin and helping it to heal itself.
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Alarm Clock

Researchers take aim at circadian clock in deadly brain cancer

brain cancer cells
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A microscope image of brain cancer cells, a glioma tumor type known as anaplastic astrocytoma.
Scientists at USC and UC San Diego have discovered a potential novel target for treating glioblastoma, the deadly brain cancer that took the life of Sen. John McCain and kills 15,000 Americans a year.

The target is the circadian "clock" found within the tumor stem cells, which governs how the tumor grows, multiplies and develops resistance to current treatments.

"We think this is opening the door to a whole new range of therapies," said Steve Kay, Provost Professor of neurology, biomedical engineering and biological sciences at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, who is working with Jeremy Rich, a neuro-oncologist at University of California, San Diego who specializes in malignant brain tumors. "It's a great example of collaboration and convergence."

Comment: While the research is fascinating, and the drug being developed may do wonders for glioblastoma, one wonders if modifying ones' lifestyle to be more in-line with natural circadian rhythms might help in a preventative fashion. Meal timing, blue light exposure, sun exposure, regulating sleep - all of these have an effect on our bodies when they are out of sync with our natural circadian rhythms. Perhaps modifying lifestyle would be too late once glioblastoma had actually set in, but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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Life Preserver

Dr. Kelly Brogan: Holistic medicine - a life without fear

There is a radically different way to think about health. You may have heard about it, but are you clear on what it truly means, and the transformations it can yield in your mind, body and spirit?

You can fight or you can trust.

It's really that simple.

In conventional medicine, the body is a faulty machine that needs to be monitored, tinkered with, and saved from itself through chemical and surgical interventions, the avoidance of which could spell disaster. Through the conventional lens, for example, it's us versus the germs and if we get exposed to one, they get in and try to get us. Our only responsibility is to take antibiotics and symptom-managing over-the-counter drugs while we continue to punch the clock. If we choose not to take antibiotics, well then, infections can spread and even kill! It's all about FEAR. The unexpected, the devastating, the fatal.

But there's another story that you can ease into (or snap into in my case).

Comment: Holistic medicine vs conventional medicine
In the face of an increasingly inadequate system of conventional medicine, a growing number of people are turning to holistic medicine to address their needs. Many individuals are now realizing the effectiveness of the holistic medicine's approach to health which blends body and mind, science and experience, and traditional and cross cultural methods of diagnosis and treatment. These same individuals are also discovering the limitations of conventional medicine and its myopic view of the body, which focuses on compartmentalizing the body and prescribing synthetic treatments to address the physical symptoms...

Thoughtful physicians are becoming aware that something is wrong with their patients immune systems, but their typical medical treatments seem unable to do anything about it. This has doctors and patients perplexed by the failure of drug based therapies to bring relief, and as a result, patients become trapped in a cycle of dependency on physicians to monitor and adjust their medications rather than empowering them to change lifestyle factors that might allow their body to regain its full potential.

As long as we continue to mask symptoms or control health problems, and not get to the root cause of the issue and address them through education and natural methods, we will be forever sick, and our quality of life will be permanently diminished.
Also read: Why conventional doctors ignore alternative medicine

Evil Rays

Class-action lawsuit claims Apple and Samsung phones exceed FCC radiation limits

apple iphone
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A lawsuit filed in the Northern District of California on August 23 alleges that radiation emitted from Apple and Samsung smartphones exceeds safety standards set by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), following radiofrequency tests commissioned by the Chicago Tribune.

According to the class-action lawsuit, "recent testing of the defendants' products shows that the potential exposure for an owner carrying the phone in a pants or shirt pocket was over the exposure limit, sometimes far exceeding it - in some instances by 500%."

The filing also states that Apple "intentionally misrepresented the safety of the iPhones, assuring class members that the iPhones had been adequately tested, and were safe to use on and in close proximity to their bodies at all hours of the day and night, despite information within its knowledge indicating that the radiofrequency exposure was linked to cancer and other health risks."

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Life Preserver

Did a lack of regulation for fecal transplants cost a patient's life?

fecal transplant doctors
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For decades, fecal transplants went unregulated, with doctors performing them as they pleased.

In June, after a patient died and another was sickened from a fecal transplant that contained drug-resistant bacteria, the Food and Drug Administration stepped in and set new guidelines for the procedure.

The guidelines specified that both donors and their stool should be screened for the presence of "multidrug-resistant organisms." They were included in an alert issued by the agency stating that the two patients who got sick had weakened immune systems, and that the donor stool they received had not been tested for the specific superbug that made them ill.

But no additional information on the cases was provided, such as how the stool was processed, how it was given to the patients or what it was being used to treat.

Comment: Without more information on the events surrounding the death, it's really hard to make a call here. Was it a contaminated sample? Was the death actually because of FMT, or could it have been unrelated?

Ideally, FMT would be done with a sample that has been tested thoroughly for possible 'bad actors', but considering the desperation some potential recipients feel due their dire conditions, it's unsurprising that many are just doing it themselves; especially considering the cost of going through official channels. Admittedly, there are still a lot of unknowns in regard to the procedure, but given its wild success in many cases, it's unlikely the desperate will sit back and wait.

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Arrow Down

Tattoo needles leave metal particles in lymph nodes

Tattoo Needles
Needles can leave their mark in unwanted ways.
Even clean needles may cause problems for people with tattoos, new research suggests.

It shows that particles that wear from the needle during the tattooing process could be responsible for some of the allergies usually blamed on the inks or poor sterilisation.

Tattoo needles usually contain nickel (6-8%) and chromium (15-20%), both of which prompt a high rate of sensitisation in the general population, the authors report in an article in the journal Particle and Fibre Toxicology.

Led by the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment in Germany, this project was a major undertaking, involving scientists from Germany and France and making use of the European Synchrotron (ESRF), one of the world's most intense X-ray sources.

In earlier work, the team had discovered that inks and their metal impurities are transported to the lymph nodes - an important part of the body's immune system - in a nanoform, where they can be found years after the placement of the tattoos.

However, they couldn't explain the presence in the lymph nodes of iron, chromium and nickel, which weren't part of around 50 ink samples they tested


Got it half right: Whole Foods CEO says plant-based meats good for the environment but not for your health

John Mackey Whole Foods
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John Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market.
There are currently two main, buzzy players in the plant-based "meat" market: Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods.

In 2013, Whole Foods gave plant-based meat start-up Beyond Meat its first shot at selling its vegan "chicken" strips at Whole Foods locations across the country. Early believers and investors in the product were billionaires Bill Gates and Twitter co-founder Biz Stone.

"We launched Beyond Meat. We were their launching pad. In fact, I think all of their new products have been introduced at Whole Foods," John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods, tells CNBC Make It.

Comment: The good news is that our palates don't actually need 'training' to enjoy the foods that we're designed to eat - animal foods. Why go through all the suffering involved in forcing yourself to like something you don't naturally have a taste for when you can just eat meat and get all the nutrition your body needs?

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Cloud Grey

Smog & Sadness: Is there a link between mental illness and air pollution?

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Brown Coal Power Station, North Rhine - Westphalia, Germany
Could the very air we breathe have an impact on our mental health? That's the suggestion coming out of a new international study conducted in the United States and Denmark. After analyzing long-term data sets from both countries, researchers from the University of Chicago say they have identified a possible link between exposure to environmental pollution, specifically polluted air, and an increase in the onset of psychiatric and mental health problems in a population.

According to the findings, air pollution is associated with increased rates of depression and bipolar disorder among both U.S. and Danish populations. That association was actually found to be even greater in Denmark, where poor air quality exposure during the first 10 years of a person's life was found to predict a two-fold increase in the likelihood of developing schizophrenia or a personality disorder.

"Our study shows that living in polluted areas, especially early on in life, is predictive of mental disorders in both the United States and Denmark," explains computational biologist Atif Khan, the study's first author, in a media release. "The physical environment - in particular air quality - warrants more research to better understand how our environment is contributing to neurological and psychiatric disorders."

Comment: See also: Pollution Can Lead to Brain Damage and Depression Warn Scientists


Study finds ketone bodies boost intestinal stem cells

intestinal stem cells
MIT biologists have discovered an unexpected effect of a ketogenic, or fat-rich, diet: They showed that high levels of ketone bodies, molecules produced by the breakdown of fat, help the intestine to maintain a large pool of adult stem cells, which are crucial for keeping the intestinal lining healthy.

The researchers also found that intestinal stem cells produce unusually high levels of ketone bodies even in the absence of a high-fat diet. These ketone bodies activate a well-known signaling pathway called Notch, which has previously been shown to help regulate stem cell differentiation.

"Ketone bodies are one of the first examples of how a metabolite instructs stem cell fate in the intestine," says Omer Yilmaz, the Eisen and Chang Career Development Associate Professor of Biology and a member of MIT's Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research. "These ketone bodies, which are normally thought to play a critical role in energy maintenance during times of nutritional stress, engage the Notch pathway to enhance stem cell function. Changes in ketone body levels in different nutritional states or diets enable stem cells to adapt to different physiologies."