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Study finds: Traumatic stress changes brains of boys & girls differently

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Traumatic stress affects the brains of adolescent boys and girls differently, according to a new brain-scanning study from the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Among youth with post-traumatic stress disorder, the study found structural differences between the sexes in one part of the insula, a brain region that detects cues from the body and processes emotions and empathy. The insula helps to integrate one's feelings, actions and several other brain functions.

The findings will be published online Nov. 11 in Depression and Anxiety. The study is the first to show differences between male and female PTSD patients in a part of the insula involved in emotion and empathy.

"The insula appears to play a key role in the development of PTSD," said the study's senior author, Victor Carrion, MD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Stanford.
"The difference we saw between the brains of boys and girls who have experienced psychological trauma is important because it may help explain differences in trauma symptoms between sexes."


Putting tumor cells on a ketogenic diet to fight cancer

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Foods that fit the ketogenic diet are high in fat and low in sugar.
Cancer dogma holds that most malignancies are caused by DNA mutations inside the nuclei of cells, mutations that ultimately lead to runaway cellular proliferation. Given the countless genetic blips that have been associated with various cancers, the illness has actually come to be seen as a complex of diseases for which personalized treatments might offer the best chances of success.

But prevailing oncology orthodoxy has its detractors, and some cancer biologists feel that while mutations are nearly ubiquitous in cancer, they may not always be the driving force for disease. Cancer, they suggest, might actually be as much a disorder of altered energy production as it is genetic damage.

Comment: More data supporting the ketogenic diet for cancer treatment:


Praise the lard! Bacon is really good for you

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Sadly most people assume that bacon and other tasty high-fat foods are very dangerous. But what if bacon is actually good for us? What if it actually provides many health benefits? It's finally time to hear what the actual science and medical tests have to say on the matter of bacon's nutritional benefits to our health.

Loaded with Protein

The protein found in bacon is extremely valuable to maintaining our energy levels and a fully functioning, healthy body, with a minimum of those nasty, waist, thigh and butt expanding, fat-building carbohydrates.

Fights Inflammation

If you suffer from inflammation, bacon is your best friend. Because of its high monounsaturated fat content, bacon can improve triglycerides, lower blood pressure, and keep you feeling satiated.

Comment: 5 Reasons Why Loving Bacon May Be The Healthiest Thing In The World

Alarm Clock

Timing your workout: Muscles have a circadian rhythm too

It's long been suggested that nighttime workouts should be avoided, in large part because they could disrupt your sleep (although this has since been debated).

New research, however, adds a biological reason why daytime workouts are better — and it has more to do with your body's circadian rhythm than your ability to fall asleep.

Your body is intricately in tune with daily cycles of light and darkness, right down to your muscles. Research by scientists at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois, revealed that muscles have their own internal clocks and, as a result, function better during the day than they do at night.1

What this means, practically speaking, is that your workout could yield different fitness results depending on the time of day, with daytime exercise being preferable to nighttime workouts.

Dr. Joseph Bass, senior study author and chief of endocrinology, metabolism and molecular medicine at Northwestern, said in a news release:2

Life Preserver

Research confirms: Popular kitchen remedy puts antibiotic to shame

Fighting infection with conventional antibiotics is becoming a hopeless affair. The CDC recently warned these drugs are useless in combatting deadly "super germs." So what can one do? Your kitchen holds the key.

Every day in this country, all day long, patients and doctors reach for conventional antibiotics when opportunistic infections present themselves. The fact that most infections are self-limiting (the body has an immune system, we often forget), and that antibacterial antibiotics are often administered for viral infections, against which they are useless and even infection-promoting, is rarely if ever acknowledged. There is also the problem that antibiotics themselves drive the growth of antibiotic resistant subpopulations of bacteria, effectively creating "super germs" in the process. This effect can adversely alter the microbial substrate for our health for months, years, and perhaps for our entire lifetime (and our progeny's lifetimes).


Is your vaccinated child 'hazardous material'?

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What a question to ask: Is your vaccinated child 'hazardous material'? Wow!

However, that's not flippant at all when one considers the amount of hazardous chemicals and toxic heavy metals being injected into infants starting at day one of life and then at every 2, 4 and 6 month 'well baby' visit to their pediatricians, who promote vaccines like they were 'safe'.

It doesn't stop there, either! All through childhood and into college years, children MUST receive vaccinations in order to attend day care, grade school, high school and college!

And, it doesn't stop after that, as the CDC and the FDA are now mandating that all adults receive every vaccine that children receive, plus more! Check out how many new vaccines are in Big Pharma's production pipeline and you will realize that soon you will have to be getting a vaccination a day!

The Weston A Price Foundation has produced the most factual video why parents should reconsider vaccinations along with incriminating statistics. That information is taken from government sources, the CDC's VAERS reporting form.

Comment: How vaccinated kids infect the non-vaccinated
A groundbreaking study published in 2013 in the journal Vaccine titled, "Comparison of virus shedding after lived attenuated and ​pentavalent reassortant rotavirus vaccine," referenced the fact that rotavirus vaccines contain live viruses capable of causing infection, shedding and even transmission to non-vaccinated subjects:
"In fact, transmission of these two rotavirus vaccines or vaccine-reassortment strains to unvaccinated contacts has been detected [9 - 13][1], even in the absence of symptoms."
One of the five studies referenced in the passage above confirming that the vaccinated can infect the non-vaccinated, "Sibling transmission of vaccine-derived rotavirus (RotaTeq) associated with rotavirus gastroenteritis," published in 2009, is the first report in the literature to identify the transmission of rotavirus vaccine-derived virus to unvaccinated contacts resulting in symptomatic rotavirus gastroenteritis requiring emergency medical attention:
"We document here the occurrence of vaccine-derived rotavirus (RotaTeq [Merck and Co, Whitehouse Station, NJ]) transmission from a vaccinated infant to an older, unvaccinated sibling, resulting in symptomatic rotavirus gastroenteritis that required emergency department care."

No Entry

Hydroelectric plants and methylmercury exposure

A new study has confirmed what many activists and environmental researchers have been stating for years. Hydroelectric power is not clean at all. In fact, Harvard University has found that over 90 percent of potential new hydroelectric projects will increase concentrations of the neurotoxin methylmercury in the food chain.

It's about 6% of the electricity in the United States, 15% in China (and climbing), 41% in Switzerland, 80% in Colombia, 96% in Ethiopia and Canada is forecasting 22 new hydroelectric reservoirs in the coming years.

Powered by flowing water, it's often lumped together with wind power, solar power, and biomass as renewable energy sources. But should hydropower really be considered a clean power source?

Hydropower is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions: a new study shows that the world's hydroelectric dams are responsible for as much methane emissions as Canada.

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The most-widely prescribed antibiotics and their side effects

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Chances are you've heard horror stories regarding prescription antibiotics not doing their job and sometimes even causing serious side effects. Today, in the face of a very real and threatening Antibiotic Resistance epidemic, antibiotics should be used only when absolutely necessary.

While they often act as lifesavers in the treatment of serious infections, like all drugs, they can have unwanted and serious side effects.

"We are realizing antibiotics are not completely harmless, and prescribing them is not a decision to be taken lightly," Dr Kieran Hand, consultant pharmacist at Southampton General Hospital and a spokesman for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society told the Daily Mail.

While not all antibiotics have long-lasting side effects, there are some that can actually cause permanent damage to the body. Here is a list of five of the most widely prescribed antibiotics with serious side effects.

Comment: FDA finally admits the dangers of fluoroquinolone antibiotics:
Fluoroquinolones have fluoride as a central part of the drug. Fluoride is a known neurotoxin, and drugs with an attached fluoride molecule are able to penetrate into very sensitive tissues, including your brain.

The ability to cross the blood-brain barrier is what makes fluoride such a potent neurotoxin. Fluoride also disrupts collagen synthesis, and can damage your immune system by depleting energy reserves and inhibiting antibody formation in your blood.

According to Todd R. Plumb, M.D.1 - a physician and fluoroquinolone victim -fluoroquinolone toxicity appears to be functional, not structural, as structural abnormalities are not typically seen on the radiological studies of patients with fluoroquinolone toxicity. Based on the available research, he cites the following four possible mechanisms of harm by fluoroquinolones:
  • Inhibition or disruption of the central nervous system GABA receptors
  • Depletion of magnesium and disruption of cellular enzyme function
  • Disruption of mitochondrial function and energy production
  • Oxidative injury and cellular death


Dr. Bernadine Healy: The unanswered question of the link between vaccines & autism

“I don’t think you should ever turn your back on any scientific hypothesis because you’re afraid of what it might show.” — Bernadine Healy, MD, former director of the National Institutes of Health
The late Bernadine Healy, MD was an American cardiologist and internist. She was professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Hospital and dean of Ohio State University Medical School. She was president and chief executive officer of the American Red Cross. She was health editor for the magazine U.S. News & World Report. She also served as director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from Apr. 9, 1991 to June 30, 1993.1, 2

On May 12, 2008, Dr. Healy was interviewed on television by investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News. The interview below focused on the possible link between autism and vaccines. The first time I saw the interview, I could feel my jaw dropping. After all the repeated confirmations, promises, and assurances by U.S. health authorities and the mainstream medical community that there is no causal connection between vaccines and the rising epidemic of autism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD), there on video was a former director of NIH saying, "I think you can't say that. You can't say that."3

So, on the matter of whether vaccines may cause autism and ASD, Attkisson asked, "Do you feel the government was too quick to dismiss of hand that there was this possibility of a link between vaccines autism?"4


Big Soda's strategy to make us believe that it is all about calories

Coca-Cola loves to promote the Calories In/ Calories Out (CICO) model. As one of the leading purveyors of sugar sweetened beverages, it constitutes a significant portion of the added sugars in the American diet.

Do you remember the story of the Twinkie diet? In 2010, Mark Haub, a researcher at the Kansas State University achieved notoriety as a follower of the Twinkie diet. For 10 weeks, Haub ate a Twinkie every three hours instead of a regular meal. He also ate Doritos, Oreo cookies and sugary cereal. The catch was that he would only eat 1800 calories per day of some of the most fattening foods on the planet.

In those two months, he lost 27 pounds, his LDL cholesterol got better as did his triglycerides. This gained the attention of every mainstream media outlet, including CNN. This supported the view that it was all about the calories. You could eat whatever you wanted, but as long as you reduced calories, you could still lose weight.

Comment: For a better perspective on the calories myth, see: