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Brain fog: What is it & how to treat it

brain fog
Brain fog is a state of mental confusion. Some find it difficult to think, concentrate, or find the right words to say. Some have trouble recalling facts, faces, or events. Brain fog can also make a person feel unmotivated, depressed, anxious and moody as well. Many individuals with brain fog are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD).

Unfortunately, western medicine often overlooks energetic imbalances in the body. Our doctors will often put an individual on stimulant medication and send them on their way. With this approach, we are missing key opportunities to heal the body and beat brain fog naturally and effectively without potentially dangerous side-effects.

Comment: Learn more about the ketogenic diet for alleviating Brain fog:
Elevated ammonia levels and depressed GABA levels contribute to a condition called "brain fog." We've all had it. Everything is muffled. Your synapses fire blanks, your neuronal communication medium is cold molasses. Work suffers, nothing gets done.

According to a very interesting post from Dr. Bill Lagakos of the always interesting Calories Proper blog, ketosis has the potential to alleviate brain fog. There's a lot of biochemistry thrown around, so geeks are advised to read the post in full, but two big, relevant takeaways are these:

Ketosis increases brain glutamine synthetase, and brain glutamine synthetase mops up extra ammonia.

Ketosis increases GABA signaling. GABA is the "chill-out" neurotransmitter. It opposes glutamate, the excitatory neurotransmitter. We need both for cognitive function (or else we wouldn't make both), but too much glutamate can lead to neuronal injury and neurodegeneration. GABA is the counterbalance.


Hold up Pro-Vaxxers - don't be so quick to blame the unvaccinated

Four things struck me about the Women's Health article "A 4-Month-Old Just Died From Meningitis After Likely Exposure To An Unvaccinated Person" by Korin Miller. First, that the author would infuse her piece with an unfounded suggestion that the infant (Killy Schultz), who reportedly died of meningitis on June 30, 2018, was infected by an unvaccinated person and, at the same time, use it as a platform to promote vaccination.1

According to Miller, the child's mother, Alex Dempsey, said that Killy developed a rash and high fever on his way home from daycare and that...
... health officials told her that it's most likely that an unvaccinated person infected her child-which is why Alex is now urging everyone to get vaccinated.1
Infected the child with what? There is no mention of what kind of meningitis. Not all meningitis is caused by the same microbe. Was it meningococcal meningitis? Was it Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) meningitis?

Comment: What drives the vaccine blame game? Illogical fear
The idea that unvaccinated people are to blame for certain infectious disease outbreaks has become a common refrain in the media-mainly due to ignorance and fears fueled by that ignorance. The idea that people who get vaccinated with ineffective or live virus vaccines are playing a role in such outbreaks is much less popular-or well known.

Many of those, who like to point fingers at anyone concerned about the safety of vaccines seem to have this vague notion that, unlike vaccinated people, unvaccinated people carry dangerous hidden microbes that can magically appear at anytime and infect vaccinated people, thus spreading disease. In other words, that unvaccinated people are contaminated, while vaccinated people are not.


Exercise is crucial for increasing beneficial bacteria in the gut

It turns out that exercise can do more than slim down your waistline and boost heart health. It might also make what's inside your gut healthier, according to a new study by San Francisco State University.

In this first-of-its-kind study, just published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, recent SF State graduate student Ryan Durk and Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Jimmy Bagley partnered with the SF State Health Equity Research (HER) Lab to test the relationship between gut health and cardiovascular fitness.

Comment: Exercise changes your gut microbiome


Having more kids shortens lifespan of women - study

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Children could be shortening the lifespan of women, according to a new study. But the finding is not down to the stress of motherhood, rather pregnancy might be making women's cells age more rapidly.

A new study by Caled Ryan and Christopher Kuzawa of Northwestern University, Illinois has signalled that the more children a woman has the more she appears to show signs of accelerated aging.

Published this month in the Nature research journal, the study analysed telomeres, the strands on human DNA that eventually degrade with time and contribute to the aging of cells, in more than 3,000 Filipino women between the ages of 20-22.

According to the documented research, it was found that telomere length and health decreased whilst DNA age increased with the number of times a woman has been pregnant. Basically, women who have more children are more likely to have physical traits of someone older than their years.


The not-so-surprising link between sugar and Alzheimer's

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In recent years, Alzheimer's disease has occasionally been referred to as "type 3" diabetes, though that moniker doesn't make much sense. After all, though they share a problem with insulin, type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease, and type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease caused by diet. Instead of another type of diabetes, it's increasingly looking like Alzheimer's is another potential side effect of a sugary, Western-style diet.

In some cases, the path from sugar to Alzheimer's leads through type 2 diabetes, but as a new study and others show, that's not always the case.

A longitudinal study, published Thursday in the journal Diabetologia, followed 5,189 people over 10 years and found that people with high blood sugar had a faster rate of cognitive decline than those with normal blood sugar - whether or not their blood-sugar level technically made them diabetic. In other words, the higher the blood sugar, the faster the cognitive decline.

Comment: The causal link between high blood sugar and dementia is gathering more support by the day. Yet another reason to drop carbohydrate consumption - besides benefiting your waistline, it protects your brain!

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PCOS - Diabetes of Bearded Women

Diabetic-Bearded Woman Syndrome
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Achard-Thiers Syndrome is a rare, uncommon hormonal disorder that primarily affects postmenopausal women. It is also known as Diabetes in Bearded Women.
Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) has only been considered a disease in the last century, but it is actually an ancient disorder. Originally described as a gynecological curiosity, it has evolved into the most common endocrine disorder of young women, involving multiple organ systems. In ancient Greece, the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates (460BC-377BC), described "women whose menstruation is less than three days or is meagre, are robust, with a healthy complexion and a masculine appearance; yet they are not concerned about bearing children nor do they become pregnant". This description of PCOS existed not only in ancient Greece, but is found in ancient medical texts throughout the world.

Soranus of Ephesus (c. 98-138 AD), near modern day Turkey, observed "that the majority of those (women) not menstruating are rather robust, like mannish and sterile women". The renaissance French barber surgeon and obstetrician Ambroise Paré (1510-1590 AD) noted that many infertile women with irregular menses are "stout, or manly women; therefore their voice is loud and bigge, like unto a mans, and they become bearded". It's quite an accurate description from a doctor who can apparently cut your hair, cut your leg off, or deliver children. The Italian scientist Antonio Vallisneri connected these masculinizing features with the abnormal shape of the ovaries into a single disease. He described several young, married infertile peasant women whose ovaries were shiny with a white surface and the size of pigeon eggs

In 1921, Achard and Thiers described a syndrome whose main features included masculinizing features (acne, balding or receding hairline, excessive facial hair) and type 2 diabetes. Further cases in 1928 cemented the link between what is now called PCOS with type 2 diabetes and described in the classic article 'Diabetes of Bearded Women'.

Careful observation had already revealed to these astute clinicians a syndrome whose main features included menstrual irregularities (now known to be anovulatory cycles), infertility, masculine features (hair growth), and stoutness (obesity) with its related type 2 diabetes. The only essential feature they missed from the modern definition of PCOS was the multiple cysts on the ovary, because of the lack of simple non-invasive imaging.

The Paleo Diet Cures PCOS

The epidemic of diseased ovaries - Polycystic ovarian syndrome

Lower Carb Diet Trumps Higher Carb One in Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome


Wolfdogs are too 'wolfie' to be kept as pets

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Sadly, for several decades now people who don't know better (and many who do know better but lack scruples) have been breeding domestic dogs with wolves, creating wolfdogs, also called wolf-dog hybrids.

According to Mission: Wolf, a nonprofit wolf educational sanctuary in Colorado, the practice got its start in the 1950s "... with a few well-intentioned people who, being genuinely concerned for the dwindling numbers of wild wolves, wanted to do something to ensure their survival."1

Unfortunately, the latest conservative estimate is that between 250,000 and 500,000 wolves and wolfdogs are living in captivity in the U.S. And per Mission: Wolf:
"While most will die within a year of their birth, new pups are constantly bred and sold. The wolf-dog business is a lucrative one ... depending on the advertised wolf percentage. New pups are sold to people looking for a guard dog, a family pet, a movie star or a fur source."
And while it's true that canis lupus (the wolf) and canis lupus familiaris (the domesticated dog) occasionally breed on their own in the wild, it's a rare occurrence. It's also true that dogs share most of their DNA with wolves; however, they've evolved over centuries of domestication to adapt to living with humans. The long process of domestication has permanently altered the behavior, life cycle and physiology of dogs.

What most owners of wolfdog puppies don't realize (and aren't told by breeders) is their pup will very likely only look and act like a domestic dog for the first year or two of life. At around age three, wolfdogs develop into "part-wild, part-domestic, very confused" animals.


Forget 'what', 'when' we eat may be critical for health

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A growing body of research suggests that our bodies function optimally when we align our eating patterns with our circadian rhythms.

Nutrition scientists have long debated the best diet for optimal health. But now some experts believe that it's not just what we eat that's critical for good health, but when we eat it.

A growing body of research suggests that our bodies function optimally when we align our eating patterns with our circadian rhythms, the innate 24-hour cycles that tell our bodies when to wake up, when to eat and when to fall asleep. Studies show that chronically disrupting this rhythm - by eating late meals or nibbling on midnight snacks, for example - could be a recipe for weight gain and metabolic trouble.

That is the premise of a new book, "The Circadian Code," by Satchin Panda, a professor at the Salk Institute and an expert on circadian rhythms research. Dr. Panda argues that people improve their metabolic health when they eat their meals in a daily 8- to 10-hour window, taking their first bite of food in the morning and their last bite early in the evening.

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American Academy of Pediatrics calls for 'urgently needed reforms' to fix broken food additive regulatory system

Chemical Cuisine
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Chemical Cuisine
Today, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a "Food Additives and Child Health" policy statement calling for "urgently needed reforms to the current regulatory process at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for food additives." The policy applies to chemicals deliberately added to food or to food packaging or food processing equipment that get into food. These substances are used to flavor, color, preserve, package, process and store our food, but many never appear among the list of ingredients. AAP's statement calls specifically for the following:
  • "Greatly strengthening or replacing the GRAS [Generally Recognized as Safe] determination process;
  • Updating the scientific foundation of the FDA's safety assessment program;
  • Retesting all previously approved chemicals; and
  • Labeling direct additives with limited or no toxicity data."

Comment: Don't hold your breath! Additional information on the complete use-less-ness of the FDA:

Evil Rays

Zapped: Our cellphone addiction is turning wireless tech into an invisible weapon that's destroying wildlife

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Electromagnetic radiation from Wi-Fi and cell towers poses a "credible risk" to birds, mammals, insects and plants

There is growing evidence that our addiction to cellphones could be impacting brain functionality and be the cause of stress, anxiety, insomnia and a lack of attention and focus. Now a new report has found that we're not the only living things to be affected by our increasing dependence on wireless technology. Mammals, birds, insects and even plants are likely being harmed by the electromagnetic radiation (EMR) emanating from Wi-Fi, cellphone towers, broadcast transmitters and power lines, according to a new analysis of 97 peer-reviewed studies conducted by EKLIPSE, a biodiversity and ecosystem project funded by the European Union.