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New paradigms in addiction therapy

"The Difference Between Medicine And Poison Is In The Dose" - Circa Survive
A true enveloping substance addiction is gritty, and tends to be enabled by a varying degree of self-loathing. Self-loathing is such a tumultuous, seemingly endless circumstance that any decent person would not wish on their worst enemy-yet it is something that many decent people deal with on a regular basis. Modern advancements in cognitive sciences have conclusively shown that this state of mind (self-loathing, low self-esteem, an existential dilemma of similar nature with a deep tone, et cetera) is a neurological state that is considered "cognitive dissonance." This means, with the many layers of consciousness that it takes to assimilate a "Waking Consciousness/Diachronic Narrative," there can be pieces that don't meet; there are pieces missing from the self-image of the individual, and this causes a literal dissonance in a person's biosocial interactions and feedback. The "missing pieces" come from the person's own neurological landscape, and are perpetuated/reinforced/diminished by the environment according to what the environment represents, and how the individual person has been predisposed to stress-handling-mental-mechanisms beforehand.


Chronic: For big pharma, the perfect patient is wealthy, permanently ill and a daily pill-popper


Will medicine ever recover?
Just a few years ago, infection with the hepatitis C virus guaranteed a slow and certain death for many. Available treatments were effective in about half of all patients, and the side effects could be awful. Things changed in 2014, when a new medication called Harvoni was approved to treat the infection. With cure rates approaching 99 per cent and far fewer side effects, the medication became an instant blockbuster. Sales topped $13.8 billion in 2015.

But then an odd thing happened - sales began to drop precipitously. Harvoni, in conjunction with four other hepatitis C drugs, is projected to generate only $4 billion this year, a three-fold decline in as many years. Part of this decline is due to new competitors entering the market. But according to analysts at Goldman Sachs, another reason could be that the drug's cure-rate erodes its own market.

2 + 2 = 4

Today's M.D.s get virtually zero nutrition instruction in medical school - a horrible price to pay for most of their patients

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One hundred years ago, in 1918, American doctors attended substandard medical schools and earned less than $2,500 on average per year. Morphine and heroin were all available over the counter at local corner drugstores. The best "medical" help you could find came from skilled mid-wives, herbalists, and American Indians. Most doctors made house calls regularly. Natural remedies were abundant, inexpensive, effective, and caused nearly zero side effects. What happened?

Physicians in America joined forces and formed an insidious racketeering alliance called the American Medical Association, and began labeling anyone who did not use chemicals for medicine as "quacks." The incorporated AMA was a "prestigious" organization founded on only patentable lab-made concoctions, and there would be plenty of money to go around. The AMA quickly gained power in the United States and nutrition education was quickly removed from all medical schools (bar a few classes just for justification and bragging rights). Vitamins and minerals were no longer part of the "Western School of Medicine."

Comment: By the same token, one should be very careful about their choices in natural or alternative healing modalities too. Needless to say not every solution is for everyone, and not all alternative practitioners are sincere. Research, research, research.


Blue light emitted from smartphones and laptop screens accelerates blindness - study

Blue light
© Thomas Peter / Reuters
Blue light emitted from smartphone and laptop screens speeds up blindness by transforming vital molecules in the eye's retina into cell killers, according to new research.

The study, carried out by optical chemistry researchers at the University of Toledo, explains how exposure to blue light can cause age-related macular degeneration - one of the leading worldwide causes of blindness.

"It's no secret that blue light harms our vision by damaging the eye's retina. Our experiments explain how this happens, and we hope this leads to therapies that slow macular degeneration, such as a new kind of eye drop," study co-author Ajith Karunarathne said.

Macular degeneration occurs when photoreceptor cells in the retina die - these cells need molecules called retinal in order to sense light and trigger signals to the brain.


The importance of stretching for recovery and remodeling

There seems to be a lot of confusion regarding the value - or lack thereof - of muscle stretching to accelerate recovery after exercise. "Stretching clears out your lactic acid," and other similar claims abound. Is any of this true?

Sort of.

First, it is important to understand the difference between stretching for recovery and stretching for remodeling.

Comment: Anatomy 101: The science of stretching

Life Preserver

Acupuncture for addiction treatment

Black Panthers and other activists brought the ancient Chinese practice into addiction medicine in New York in the 1970s. Despite a lack of firm evidence, it's still popular in some communities.

Inside the Penn North recovery center one day last fall, dozens of recovering addicts propped their feet up on black folding chairs and closed their eyes. An acupuncturist stuck five small gold pins into each person's ears.

La'Von Dobie, one of Penn North's addiction counselors, sat down next to me. She told the acupuncturist that her right ankle was hurting, so he stuck two thin needles in her left wrist.

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Parents who are addicted to their phones affect their children's development

Technology is everywhere and is here to stay. We have it in our homes, offices, schools, and always easily accessible in the palm of our hand thanks to smartphone technology. While there are thousands of positive changes technology has made and continues to make in our daily lives, it's no secret that it also comes with its cons.

Most often, the older generations like to point fingers at the Millenials and younger generations for being attached to their technology, the reality is that parents and older adults aren't any better! As adults spend more and more time on their phones, tablets, and laptops, what impact is that having on the mental health and development? This new study shows that parental screen time is more impactful than you might think.


Can humans really survive by eating nothing but meat?

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Would you eat steak for breakfast, lunch and dinner?
Can man survive on meat alone? Doctors don't recommend it, environmentalists point out that it's probably unsustainable, and the more militant of the vegan army are quick to compare it to genocide - but the answer, apparently, is yes.

Advocates of the carnivore diet - a relatively new eating regime that involves ingesting nothing but meat, eggs and water (sparkling is fine) - claim results range from radical body recomposition to arthritis relief. But what about fibre? Isn't that too much fat? And, even if surviving on steak gives you the modern equivalent of superpowers, how can anyone possibly keep doing it - especially without the frites?

Let's start with the evolutionary angle. Many modern carnivores adhere to the theory that our ancestors ate mostly meat because it wasn't energy efficient to gather a lot of fruit or vegetables - leaving our bodies evolved to run optimally on a meat-centric diet. Tribal peoples including the Inuit and Maasai, they point out, have done just fine on a mostly-meat diet for generations.

Comment: It's too bad that people have been so indoctrinated with the idea that meat eating is bad for the environment that they may actually avoid trying what could be a life-saving dietary intervention for fear that they would be harming the planet. But those who can get past the black and white thinking and adhere to the types of meat rearing that builds ecosystems, the benefits of the carnivore diet may give them a new lease on life.

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Evil Rays

Despite evidence of harm - mobile phone industry fights to keep us ignorant of health risks

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The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified cellphones as a Group 2B "possible carcinogen"1 based on the evidence available in 2011. Since then, the evidence of harm has grown significantly. Science delivered a scathing blow to the cellphone industry this year, with three major studies supporting suspicions that cellphone radiation increases your risk of cancer2,3 and other health problems.

Still, public doubt seems to linger. Two articles written by Mark Hertsgaard and Mark Dowie - one in The Nation,4 the other in The Guardian5 - highlight how such doubts are manufactured by the telecommunications industry which, barring public outcry, does not appear to have any interest in making their products safer.

Comment: Are WiFi, Bluetooth, 4G, and 5G bad for you? Hold on to your hats...


'Lunatic farmer' Joel Salatin: The rise of rogue food

lunatic farmer
© Peter Menzel
A 'food freedom' revolt against the government is starting

This week, we welcome back Joel Salatin to the podcast. Labeled by The Washington Post as "the most famous farmer in America", Joel has spent his career advocating for sustainable farming practices and pioneering models that show how food can be grown and raised in ways that are regenerative to our topsoils, more humane to livestock, produce much healthier & tastier food, and contribute profitably to the local economy.

Who wouldn't want that?

Well, the government and Big Ag for starters. Joel refers to himself as a 'lunatic farmer' because so many of the changes he thinks our food system needs are either illegal under the current law or mightily resisted by the deep-pocketed corporations controlling production and distribution.

Comment: Read more about the 'lunatic farmer' Joel Salatin: