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Robert F. Kennedy Jr explains how Big Pharma owns Congress

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Those of you who have been involved in the past in the battle to protect our children from poorly made vaccines or toxic chemicals in our food or in our water know the power of these industries and how they've undermined every institution in our democracy that is supposed to protect little children from powerful, greedy corporations. Even the pharmaceutical companies have been able to purchase congress. They're the largest lobbying entity in Washington D.C.. They have more lobbyists in Washington D.C. than there are congressman and senators combined. They give twice to congress what the next largest lobbying entity is, which is oil and gas... Imagine the power they exercise over both republicans and democrats. They've captured them (our regulatory agencies) and turned them into sock puppets. They've compromised the press... and they destroy the publications that publish real science. - Robert F. Kennedy Jr

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The benefits of fasting: More than just a fad

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You may have heard about it. You may have even tried fasting. You might even be the one who's tried fasting and who's been so successful at it and you are now a huge proponent of it. But did you know that researchers are busy studying whether is a good thing or just a fad, and are fast concluding that fasting benefits you in more ways than one?

For example, one small study shows that the oxidative stress of fasting may have a positive effect on your body, from producing antioxidant compounds in response to the stress, to protecting your body from aging and enhancing mitochondrial activity.

According to Inverse, identifying all the benefits of fasting is still in its infancy, but one thing researchers are sure of so far is that "fasting really changes the body" and that science has so much more to learn.

Comment: While fasting is a fad at the moment, the benefits behind the practice seem to be living up to the hype. Restricting eating to 6-8 hour window is, at least anecdotally, is leading to a number of health benefits even without major changes to the overall diet.

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Blue Planet

The inconvenient truths behind the 'Planetary Health' diet

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Can we eat our way not only to better health, but also to a better planet? That is the question addressed by the EAT-Lancet Commission on Healthy Diets from Sustainable Food Systems (PDF), which launched its global Planetary Health dietary recommendations at the United Nations.

The goal of the 19 commissioners, drawn from a range of environmental, agricultural and public health disciplines, was to establish a scientific consensus on how to provide a healthy diet to a growing global population, while safeguarding the environment.

The importance, complexity and scale of this task cannot be overstated. More than 800 million people on the planet do not have enough to eat. Meanwhile, the diets of many of the other 7 billion citizens are driving a pandemic of "western" diseases. Diet-driven chronic diseases have been rising at alarming rates for several decades.

Comment: Again, science is never settled. Perhaps if the author turned her skeptical eye toward climate science as she has with nutritional science, she'd have a better picture of what the EAT-Lancet report actually represent - propaganda from top to bottom. It literally gets nothing right, and the fact that it's ignoring real science in favor of ideology on both the diet and climate fronts is proof of this. This is what behavior modification looks like.

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Want to stop a headache? Try using essential oils

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The dull throbbing pain associated with headaches is enough to ruin a perfectly good day. But before you reach out for a bottle of painkillers, why not try safer natural alternatives like essential oils?

Since not all headaches are the same, here are some of the most common types of headaches and the most suitable essential oils for treating them.

Tension headache

Approximately 78 percent of the world's population suffer from tension headaches, making it the most prevalent type of headache. It is often associated with mild to intense pain around your head, neck, or behind your eyes, and it could make you feel like there's a tight clamp around your head. There are different reasons for tension headaches including alcohol, eye strain, dry eyes, fatigue, colds, the flu, caffeine, or poor posture.

If you are suffering from a tension headache, the best essential oil to use is peppermint. This essential oil doesn't just have pain relieving properties, it also has a cooling sensation that helps in relaxing tense muscles. To use it, just add 10 drops the oil to one ounce of carrier oil, such as jojoba or coconut, then massage it onto your neck and shoulders.

Comment: Essential oils have a large array of different uses:


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Prediction: In the future even healthy people will be tracking blood sugar

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In a recent opinion piece for CNBC, a California endocrinologist is predicting that by 2025 many more people will be continuously tracking their own blood sugar - even people who don't have diabetes.

The major reason for that, argues Dr. Aaron Neinstein, is the incredible improvements in the technology when it comes to measuring blood glucose levels and the powerful information such tracking yields.

CNBC: By 2025 a lot more people will be tracking their blood sugar - here's why

Dr. Neinstein, who is a professor medicine at the University of California in San Francisco, says new devices are increasingly sleek, affordable, accurate and avoid the painful pricking of fingers.

Comment: These continuous monitoring devices show a lot of promise for sick and healthy people alike. That people will be able to get real time feedback from their bodies about the effect of the foods they eat will help to bring home the harmful effects of some foods. This could revolutionize health and eating and will, no doubt, increase the popularity of the low carbohydrate diet.

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The Health & Wellness Show: The Vegan Putsch - They're Coming For Your Meat!

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In this special video edition of the Health and Wellness Show, we talk about the vegan putsch, dig in to its origins and deconstruct the faulty premises on which it's based.

Why has practically every mainstream media outlet recently ramped up its propaganda on the vegan agenda? Why has the environmental spin taken over from the health or animal cruelty narratives? Where is all this coming from? Join us for a lively discussion as we dig deeper into these questions and more. To be informed is to build resistance!

The two articles we discuss about the EAT-Lancet report can be found here:
Running Time: 51:59

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5G Wireless: The 'massive health experiment' that could cause cancer and global catastrophe

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Experts are warning that superfast broadband known as 5G could cause cancer in humans, and the usage of 5G is nothing more than a "massive health experiment." 5G could very well be a global catastrophe that kills wildlife, gives people terminal diseases, and causes the Earth's magnetic field to change, according to shocking claims by a technology expert.

Arthur Robert Firstenberg is an American author and an activist for electromagnetic radiation and health. In his 1997 book Microwaving Our Planet: The Environmental Impact of the Wireless Revolution, he claimed: "The telecommunications industry has suppressed damaging evidence about its technology since at least 1927." Firstenberg has also founded the independent campaign group the Celluar Phone Task Force and since 1996 he has argued in numerous publications that wireless technology is dangerous.

According to a report by the Daily Star, Firstenberg has also recently started an online petition calling on world organizations, such as the United Nations, World Health Organisation (WHO), and European Union to "urgently halt the development of 5G," which is due to be rolled out this year. In fact, Verizon has activated the world's first 5G networks in four cities in the United States: Houston, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Sacramento. According to the Firstenberg, wireless networks are "harmful for humans" and the development of the next generation is "defined as a crime" under international law, as he states it in the online petition.

Comment: The WHO is not exactly the most trustworthy source to rely on (see here for example). However what is clear is that the effects of exposure are cumulative. So while not everyone will drop dead as soon as these networks go up, a few years down the road (perhaps sooner) is when we'll likely see catastrophe unfold - but by then it will be too late as these networks, once they have pervaded our everyday life will be very hard to get rid of. For many, convenience trumps health at any cost. See also:


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Timing is everything: New discoveries in circadian rhythms provide insight into cancer treatment

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Carla Finkielstein shares notes with visiting student Xianlin Zou.
In a recent paper in Science Signaling, associate professor of cell and microbiology Carla Finkielstein, of the Department of Biological Sciences, and her collaborators identified an alternative mechanism to control circadian rhythms in normal cells that is driven by oncoproteins.

This discovery places molecules involved in monitoring and calibrating the response of cells to genomic damage at the center of the machinery driving circadian rhythms.

Anyone who has ever experienced jetlag is familiar with circadian rhythms. Various processes in the human body are governed by circadian rhythms, even down to the individual cell. These processes are tightly controlled by a variety of molecular mechanisms and feedback loops that help the body self-regulate in response to external cues like sunlight and temperature.

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Links between gut microbes and depression strengthened

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Links between the central nervous system and the trillions of microorganisms in the human gut have been a major focus of research and public interest.


The once-wild idea that intestinal bacteria influence mental health has transformed into a major research pursuit.


Just ten years ago, the idea that microorganisms in the human gut could influence the brain was often dismissed as wild. Not any more.

Links between the central nervous system and the trillions of bacteria in the gut - the microbiota - are now a major focus of research, public interest and press coverage. But how does this 'gut-brain axis' work? The mechanisms by which microorganisms shape aspects of brain functioning such as memory and social behaviour, and how they might contribute to conditions such as depression and neurodegenerative disease, are tenuous and often controversial.

Comment: While the prospect of a microbiome-brain connection had previously seemed like fringe hippy stuff, the idea is gaining more and more acceptance as further research seems to be confirming the connection. As the article above states, these are correlations, not cause and effect. However, there is evidence that changing the microbiome can indeed affect mood. In the not too distant future, caring for one's microbiome may have as much importance as caring for one's body.

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Green chiretta (Andrographis) functions as a natural remedy for the treatment of the common cold

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In Scandinavian and Asian countries, green chiretta (Andrographispaniculata) is a common remedy for common cold, fever, and noninfectious diarrhea. In a study published in the journal Planta Medica, researchers have found that multiple oral dosing of green chiretta (Andrographispaniculata) at the normal therapeutic dose for the common cold and uncomplicated upper respiratory tract infections regulates various clinical parameters within normal ranges.

A team of researchers from Thailand looked at the physiological effects of short-term multiple dose intake of a standardized green chiretta capsule used for the treatment of the common cold and uncomplicated upper respiratory tract infections.

For the study, the Thai research team recruited 20 healthy participants, who were then given 12 capsules or 4.2 grams (g) of a standardized green chiretta crude powder per day. For three consecutive days, the participants took four green chiretta capsules (amounting to 1.4 g) thrice a day every eight hours. Then, the researchers measured clinical parameters, such as blood pressure, electrocardiogram, blood chemistry, hematological profiles, urinalysis, and blood coagulation.

The results revealed that all of the measured clinical parameters within normal ranges for a healthy person. Thirty minutes after the intake of green chiretta, the research team saw a rapid and transient decrease in blood pressure. This resulted in a substantial decrease in mean systolic blood pressure.