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Big Pharma empire behind opioid epidemic now profiting from overdose cure

Mundipharma is owned by the billionaire Sackler family, which also owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma.

An affiliate of the U.S.-based pharmaceutical company that brought us OxyContin, the blockbuster painkiller blamed for propelling opiate addiction to epidemic proportions, is now seeking to cash in by selling the cure to overdosing on the same drug.

While Purdue Pharma, the major pharma firm owned by the notorious Sackler family, is engulfed in a tidal wave of negative public opinion and lawsuits across the United States, its overseas affiliate Mundipharma has quietly expanded across the globe in a bid to monopolize the market for treating opioid overdoses, the Associated Press reports.


What happens to the brain when you diffuse essential oils

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Nature itself is the Best Physician. - Hippocrates
Many are diagnosed with ADHD, depression, anxiety and sleep disorders. In 2013, a medical expenditure survey determined that 1 in 6 Americans take psychiatric medication on a daily basis. Consequently, 90,000 adults and countless children visit the emergency room yearly for side-effects of these medications including, increased depressive or anxious symptoms, brain fog, confusion, heart palpitations, dizziness, muscle spasms, seizures, tics, and psychosis.

Despite these side-effects and the many black box warnings including death by suicide, many continue using them. It is about time we start addressing root causes of these emotional issues such as poor diet, trauma, leaky gut syndrome, toxicity, and nutritional deficiencies. It is also important that everyone recognize the power of plant medicine. Here we take a look at the healing benefits of essential oils.

Comment: Odor and the brain: What the nose knows


Your personality determines how you experience pain - and it's the same with your pet

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Would you brush off a serious injury as "just a scratch"? Perhaps you're the opposite and a stubbed toe is unbearable. Anyone who follows sports will be used to seeing rugby players spending 90 minutes pretending they're unhurt while the footballer writhes in apparent agony (though that usually happens in the penalty area, strangely enough). People often find it difficult to understand others who are more or less stoic than themselves - but personality often has a great deal to do with why some people are better at tolerating pain than others.

The first thing to understand about pain is that it's an emotional response. The signal that the body has been damaged is sent to the brain via the nervous system. There, the brain interprets those signals and creates the unpleasant emotional experience of pain. This modifies your behaviour, protecting you from the present threat, and it also helps you learn from the experience so that you avoid it in future.

Personality reflects individual differences in how people respond emotionally and behaviourally to their environment. People who are more extroverted tend to be louder and more likely to share their thoughts and experiences with others. Little wonder that these people tend to express their pain very clearly, too, often by telling others the gory details or making a very clear physical demonstration like an exaggerated limp. It's important to extroverts that people recognise and acknowledge their suffering, while someone who's more introverted might prefer to suffer in silence and avoid seeking help from others.

Even though extroversion has a great deal to do with how people communicate their suffering, it has very little to do with how people actually feel about pain. That has more to do with neuroticism, which reflects how emotionally stable people are. Since pain is an emotional response, it makes sense that people who score highly for neuroticism experience pain more severely. They protect the injury more carefully and may "catastrophise" their prognosis and struggle to imagine a time when the pain will be resolved.

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Clueless about nutritional science: Doctors in Scotland to trial an 850-calorie 'porridge and lentil soup' diet to curb the nation's spiraling diabetes epidemic

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A low-calorie 'porridge and lentil soup' diet will be trialled in Scotland in a bid to curb the nation's growing diabetes epidemic. Participants in the trial will eat a bowl of porridge for breakfast.
A low-calorie 'porridge and lentil soup' diet will be trialled in Scotland in a bid to curb the nation's growing diabetes epidemic.

Experts believe the simple, cheap regime based on traditional Scottish staples could be the key to losing weight and reversing the effects of type 2 diabetes.

NHS figures published last year showed more than 300,000 are living with the condition in Scotland - the highest number on record.

Comment: Putting people on a re starvation diet will likely work for weight loss and regaining control of insulin. The major problem with this approach, and why these ultra-low calorie diets are doomed to failure, is that no one can stay in a calorie deficit this severe for extended periods of time. There is inevitably a breaking point, after which most will gain back all the weight and then some. The stigma against fat and animal foods is so strong that doctors would rather starve people and serve them nothing but gruel than try a high-fat low-carbohydrate approach. It's pathetic.

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Objective:Health: #39 - ITN - FDA Approves Ebola | Pill Makes Brain Small | Millennials' Health Declining

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We're back for the New Year with an analysis of the current health headlines. Happy New Year - 2020 is gonna be a doozy!

This week we talk about the Ebola vaccine that the FDA has just approved which has all the signs of, like the polio vaccine before it, causing more Ebola cases than it prevents. We also discuss the outbreak of whooping cough in a Texas school that had a 100% vaccination rate. Can we say vaccine failure?

Then we move on to the latest research that found women who take oral contraceptives have a smaller hypothalamus than women who don't and finish off with a discussion on a study that found millennials are getting sicker earlier than previous generations.

Join us for the Objective:Health take on the state of health as we move into 2020.

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US on track for deadliest flu season in over 40 years

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Electron microscopy of influenza virus.
This flu season is shaping up to be one of the worst in decades, according to the United States' top infectious disease doctor.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, said while it's impossible to predict how the flu will play out, the season so far is on track to be as severe as the 2017-2018 flu season, which was the deadliest in more than four decades, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention."

Comment: It's notable that the record for worst flu seasons are so recent.

The initial indicators indicate this is not going to be a good season -- this is going to be a bad season," Fauci said. So far this flu season, at least 2,900 people in the US are estimated to have died of the flu, according to data released Friday by the CDC. That's 800 more deaths than estimated the previous week.

Comment: And this season's is also the earliest in 15 years...

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Melatonin may suppress breast cancer tumor growth

Researchers found the hormone reduced the number and size of cancer cells in lab experiments.
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Based on a theory that sleep-deprived modern society puts women at greater risk for breast cancer, researchers found in a lab experiments that melatonin -- made by the brain at night to help regulate sleep and wake cycles -- reduced the number and size of breast cancer cells
Based on a theory that the sleep-deprived culture of modern society puts women at higher risk for breast cancer, researchers found melatonin may be a way to control the growth and proliferation of cancer cells.

Melatonin decreased the number and size of cancer cells in lab experiments, suggesting deficiencies of the natural hormone contribute to the growth of breast cancer, according to a study published in the journal Genes and Cancer.

The hormone melatonin is made by the brain at night and helps control the body's sleep and wake cycles. And while sleep, or lack thereof, has been considered as playing a role in a range of diseases and adverse health conditions, few studies have confirmed this.

Reseachers at Michigan State University found that when they exposed lab-grown breast tumor cells to melatonin, their growth was limited -- even when they were simultaneously exposed to chemicals known to encourage cancer development.

Additionally, the researchers say the technique used in the experiments could prove to be valuable for future research into disease treatment.

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Melatonin: Range of Effects and Therapeutic Applications


Along with its effects on the endocrine system, melatonin is involved in regulating certain parameters of the cardiovascular system and central nervous system.
In the 60 years since Aaron Lerner and colleagues isolated melatonin, the hormone has been found to affect every system of the body. Although it is primarily synthesized by the pineal gland, melatonin is also produced in peripheral tissues and serves numerous critical physiological functions.1 In mammals, its synthesis in the pineal gland is timed by the suprachiasmatic nucleus via projections to the paraventricular hypothalamic nucleus. Melatonin is most well-known for its role in regulating circadian rhythm and sleep-wake cycles.1

Pineal melatonin production mainly occurs at night and is dependent on darkness, as light blocks its release. In addition to its immediate effects such as sleep induction, reductions in body temperature and blood pressure, induction of insulin resistance and glucose intolerance, and blockade of cortisol secretion, melatonin also leads to prospective effects that manifest throughout the following day.1

"During its daily secretory episode, melatonin coordinates the night adaptive physiology through immediate effects and primes the day adaptive responses through prospective effects that will only appear at daytime, when melatonin is absent," explained a paper published in Endocrine Reviews.1 These include increased pancreatic sensitivity to glucose and incretins-induced insulin secretion, induction of insulin sensitivity, regulation of blood pressure, and energy balance.1,2

Melatonin "regulates energy metabolism, acting in every step of the energy balance, including energy intake (eating), energy flow to and from storages, and energy expenditure...[and] synchronizes energy metabolism requirements to the daily and annual rhythmic environmental photoperiod," the review authors wrote.1 As this suggests, the influence of melatonin extends beyond its immediate or short-term effects, given that the "annual history of the daily melatonin secretory episode duration primes the central nervous/endocrine system to the seasons to come."

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UK doctors shocked by 5-inch 'dragon horn' sprouting from man's back

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This is not what they meant by "grabbing life by the horns."

A UK man baffled doctors after a 5-inch cancerous "dragon horn" sprouted out of his back despite him having no history of skin cancer, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal.

The unnamed 50-year-old day laborer's protuberance — which also resembled a gnarled talon and pumpkin stem — was diagnosed with cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma, the second-most prevalent strain of non-melanoma skin cancer, study authors report.

His growth was perplexing, as the patient had "no previous or family history of skin malignancy and was not immunosuppressed," per the report. Not only that, but there weren't any of the lymphatic abnormalities generally associated with such an aberration.

While most cutaneous cases are surgically nipped in the bud, this patient had allowed his tumor to blossom for three years — in effect making a mountain out of a malignant molehill.


China probes for Sars links in pneumonia outbreak

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Health worker walks past a SARS billboard in Hefei, the capital of China's Anhui province.
China is investigating an outbreak of atypical pneumonia that is suspected of being linked to Sars, the flu-like virus that killed hundreds of people a decade ago, state media reported on Tuesday (Dec 31).

A team of experts from the National Health Commission were dispatched on Tuesday to Wuhan, in central China's Hubei province, and are "currently conducting relevant inspection and verification work", state broadcaster CCTV reported.

An emergency notification issued on Monday by the Wuhan municipal health committee said hospitals in the city have treated a "successive series of patients with unexplained pneumonia", without offering details.

Chinese news site The Paper reported 27 cases of viral pneumonia in Wuhan in December, citing unnamed health officials from the city. "Of the 27 cases, seven were critical, the rest were under control, and two patients are expected to be discharged from hospital in near future," The Paper said.

It is unclear whether all these patients are suspected of having contracted severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars), a highly contagious respiratory disease.