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Minor childhood brain injuries increase risk of mental illness and premature death

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Mild childhood brain injuries could lead to mental illness, poor school attainment, unemployment and premature death, according to new research by Oxford University.

Researchers studied more than a million people born since 1973 in Sweden, and followed them to see how head injuries suffered under the age of 25 impacted their lives in coming decades.

They found people suffering even a mild traumatic head injury which left them feeling "dazed or confused" were 60 percent more likely to have died in the studied period than people who had no injury.

They were also 91 percent more likely to have been hospitalized for a psychiatric problem, 55 percent more likely to have done less well in education and 52 percent more likely to have needed disability benefits.

Comment: There is a hidden epidemic of brain injuries. Accidental falls, rough play, and contact sports can lead to brain injuries yet many of the symptoms of mild brain damage may be subtle and initially go unnoticed, gradually gaining momentum until they interfere with everyday life. Symptoms can come six months, two years, or 10 years after injury, and patients are not aware that more issues can follow.


Health

Stress inducing lengthy commutes are widening waistlines, potentially shortening lives

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Commuting adds an average of 767 calories to travellers' diets each week, due to eating and drinking while on the move.
The annual public transport and petrol rises are bad enough but now commuters have even more problems to worry about.

Commuting adds an average of more than 700 calories - the equivalent of more than three Big Macs or five cans of coke - to people's diets every week, according to a new report.

"For an increasing number of us commuting is having a damaging effect on our health and well-being." Shirley Cramer, RSPH Chief Executive The study by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) found that travelling to and from work by rail, bus or car is associated with stress, higher blood pressure and an increased body mass index as it reduces the time available for healthy activities such as exercising, cooking and sleeping.

Comment: While the time most people have available for getting adequate exercise is shrinking, scientists have found that even minimal exercise can be beneficial:


Health

DEET is more toxic than the Zika virus

First discovered in 1953, DEET is a common ingredient found in most commercially sold insect repellents. It's marketed as an effective way to ward off disease-carrying mosquitoes, and though it does keep insects at bay, it also poses serious health risks to humans, especially when used in conjunction with other insecticides, which is almost always the case.

Research shows DEETmay cause damage to your central nervous system and these effects are heightened when used alongside "other neurotoxin insecticides," Natural News has reported.

Scientists studying "the mode of action and toxicity of DEET" learned that the chemical disrupts important enzymes in both insects and mammals.

Comment: More on DEET:


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Depression or anxiety strikes one in three teenage girls

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The study, undertaken by the Department for Education, involved in-depth interviews with thousands of teenagers aged 14 and 15

More than one in three teenage girls now suffer from anxiety or depression.

A study of 30,000 pupils found the number of girls with poor mental health rose by 10 per cent in the past decade - and they were twice as likely as boys to report symptoms.

The research also found teenagers from more affluent backgrounds were more likely to suffer from anxiety or depression than the less well-off.

Experts called for action to help pupils, saying the figures were strong evidence of a 'slow-growing epidemic' of mental health issues in schools.

Some suggested global recession could be making youngsters more stressed.

Many pupils said that pressure to achieve was hitting their self-confidence, and that they did not feel in control of their own futures.

Other experts pointed to social media for the rise in depression and anxiety, saying it stopped children 'switching off' after school.

Comment: People who suffer from depression, both women and men would benefit greatly from daily meditation.

To discover the many benefits of meditation for yourself, visit the Éiriú Eolas breathing and meditation programme HERE.

For more information on benefits of meditation, read:

Mindfulness Meditation May Ease Fatigue & Depression in Multiple Sclerosis

Antidepressants or Meditation for Depression Relapse?


Red Flag

The WHO's condescending tips for EU healthcare workers to convince informed patients that vaccines are safe

Vaccines are taking a big hit on the refusal side from more and more people doing their due diligence and becoming more fully engaged in knowing what supposedly 'safe' vaccines really are about: Fraud and deceit on the part of the U.S. CDC and FDA, plus vested-interest 'tobacco science' from Big Pharma and vaccine manufacturers publishing falsified research and data, who 'export' their brand of pseudoscience. Nothing confirms that more than the documentary movie VAXXED[3] currently making the rounds in local movie theaters and on the Internet.

In view of the all the developing negative vaccine research and adverse health issues, the World Health Organization (WHO) apparently is trying to come to vaccines' rescue by publishing the 44 page 2016 document, "How to respond to vocal vaccine deniers in public."

Comment: If vaccines were so safe all of this convincing and cajoling would hardly be necessary. The products would speak for themselves.


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Viral infections respond to circadian cycles and can be prevented by proper sleep

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Could an infection hit you hardest if you're exposed at certain times of day? New research suggests circadian rhythm affects the immune system.

Most of us have noticed that we are more likely to get sick at certain times of the year. The winter flu, spring allergies and summer cold seem to come like clockwork. However, timing can affect your illness risk in another key way. New research suggests that we are more likely to become ill when exposed to viruses in the morning than when exposed later in the day.

Comment: Instead of relying on pharmaceutical companies to create synthetic drugs which aim to mimic the beneficial effects of sleep, it would be much easier to just get in-tuned with your circadian rhythm by minding artificial light exposure at night time and going to bed earlier.

Below is some more information on the importance of sleep and the circadian rhythm:


Health

Vaccines and poor gut flora increase the risk for autism

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There is not one single medical doctor in the United States of America who talks to their patients about good gut flora. Likewise, no oncologists or pediatricians dare speak about good gut bacteria, or they would immediately be contradicting the effects of the very medications they recommend and prescribe on a daily basis.

There are eight major destroyers of good gut flora: chemical pesticides, prescription pharmaceuticals, antibiotics, fluoride in tap water, bleach in foods, phosphoric acid in soda, chemotherapy and the heavy metal toxins in vaccines (including flu shots). Since the early 1900s, the American Medical Association (AMA) has removed nutritional education almost entirely from medical college curricula, replacing it all with chemistry classes so that medical doctors could learn to juggle multiple prescription medications for their patients, and not be sued for malpractice if someone dies from mixing the wrong ones.

Comment: See also:


Bacon

Researchers find men with more muscle mass don't need as much protein post-workout as previously thought

Sports nutrition recommendations may undergo a significant shift after research from the University of Stirling has found individuals with more muscle mass do not need more protein after resistance exercise.

Health and exercise scientists from Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence found no difference in the muscle growth response to protein after a full body workout between larger and smaller participants.

Kevin Tipton, Professor of Sport, Health and Exercise Science in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, said: "There is a widely-held assumption that larger athletes need more protein, with nutrition recommendations often given in direct relation to body mass.

Bug

Necessary partners: Our microbial menagerie plays a critical role in energy metabolism and immune function

Microbes live inside all of us. The idea of a "microscopic menagerie" teeming and thriving in your cells, your intestines and your brain might make you a little uncomfortable, but this is good news, according to the latest science.

U.K.-based science writer Ed Yong's new book, "I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life," says microbiomes — the fungi, bacteria, viruses and other minuscule critters — are necessary "partners" for the betterment of our immune systems.

Your microbiomes change constantly, and what you eat makes a big difference in the kind of microbes your body contains. When people begin improving their diets, the number and integrity of their microbes improve. In fact, through your diet, you can, to a degree, switch them out, Yong asserted:
"It seems that dietary fiber is a really important driver of microbial diversity in our bodies. Fiber consists of large numbers of different carbohydrates — many we can't digest, but our bacteria in our guts can. If we eat low-fiber diets, we narrow the range of our microbial partners.
Simple measures like probiotics — adding a few strains of microbes in the hope that they will take hold and remedy health problems — have been largely unsuccessful. It will take more
... If we want to add microbes to our bodies, we'll need to think about whether we need to eat certain foods to nourish the microbes we're taking."1
Human gut bacteria may have existed for millions of years, maybe before the evolution of people.

Comment: More information on the vital importance of microbes in maintaining health:


Syringe

Now, men are starting to fall for the plastic surgery fad

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Mark Zuckerberg once said, "If you're over 30, you're a slow old man." Let's just say that this seems to have stuck in the mind of many men. These days, time moves at light speed, and the quest for the fountain of youth has people hunting for a competitive edge.

Google has invested millions in research on aging and biomedical research. Larry Page has said he wants to live forever and has donated more than $30 million to anti-aging research. Likewise, billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel, who recently appeared at the Republican National Convention looking very tight in the face, has funneled millions into startups that develop anti-aging medicines and therapies.

Men are not immune to the pressure of keeping up their appearance and getting aged out, and thanks to advances in non-invasive cosmetic procedures, there are many options open to them.

Comment: In an increasingly shallow society more people will join the cult of the body.