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What is activated charcoal?

Activated charcoal is expanding into a whole new market. It's used in water filtration, as poison control, and in herbal medicine regularly, but it's increasingly showing up in health and beauty care products. So what is activated charcoal, and why are people suddenly rubbing it all over their teeth?

How is Activated Charcoal Different than Actual Charcoal?

Let's get the biggest issue out of the way. Activated charcoal (also known as activated carbon) is almost but not quite the same thing as actual charcoal (the stuff used for summer grilling). The bulk material used to produce activated charcoal is some combination of bone char, coconut shells, peat, petroleum coke, coal, olive pits, and/or sawdust, while actual charcoal can include all of that plus agricultural waste and other dry biomass.

To create activated charcoal, carbon is heated to temperatures of 1,700 to 1,800 degrees Fahrenheit with steam or air in an oxygen-free environment, although wood-based activated charcoals frequently endure a chemical process that includes heat and phosphoric acid as well. The high heat "activates" the charcoal, removing the carbon's volatile compounds and enlarging its internal pores. These enlarged internal pores allow the now activated charcoal to chemically attract and bind contaminants like chlorine, PCBs, industrial solvents, and pesticides, among others.

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What drives the vaccine blame game? Illogical fear

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Why should the vaccinated fear the unvaccinated? Otherwise, what’s the point of vaccination?
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.

Then, there is the obvious fuzzy logic of (supposedly) protected people being infected by unprotected people. That makes no sense. Why should the vaccinated fear the unvaccinated? Otherwise, what's the point of vaccination?


Study: Meditation alters the activity of genes linked to stress and depression

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Meditation alters the activity of genes linked to stress and depression, a study has shown.

Researchers examined evidence for mind-body interventions (MBIs) such as meditation, yoga and Tai Chi, affecting DNA.

Data from 18 studies involving 846 participants revealed a pattern of molecular changes in the body that benefit mental and physical health.

The key was nothing to do with unblocking Chakras but a gene-regulating stress molecule called nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB).

Under its influence, certain genes switch on a "fight or flight" response to stress which over time can increase the risk of cancer, accelerated ageing, and mental disorders such as depression.

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The Health & Wellness Show: High Intensity Training with Drew Baye

Drew Baye has been a personal trainer since 1993 and runs a website called baye.com where he shares his expertise on high intensity strength training and bodyweight high intensity training. His goal is to train others in the 'safest, most effective, most efficient manner possible to maximize life-long health and functional ability with enjoyment of life as the standard, and to teach the best methods of achieving this.' He is the author of the following books:

Project Kratos Program Handbook: Bodyweight High Intensity Training

High Intensity Workouts: 100 High Intensity Training Workouts and Guidelines for Performance

High Intensity: The Annotated, Uncensored Post Workout Delirium Induced Ramblings

Getting Ripped: A Short Guide to Training and Eating to Maximize Fat Loss While Gaining or Maintaining Muscle

Timed Static Contraction Training: A Guide to Minimalist High Intensity Isometrics

If you want to increase your strength, muscle mass, lose fat or simply get the most out of your workout in the least amount of time, join us for this episode of the Health and Wellness show.

Running Time: 01:42:45

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Alarm Clock

Big Pharma and the mainstream media's colossal false health claims

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It's no secret that Big Pharma is fueled by profit, often putting business interests ahead of patients' lives and well-being. And North American culture practically worships the pharmaceutical industry, failing to recognize many of the issues within it.

Many Americans are completely unaware that new prescription drugs have a 1 in 5 chance of causing serious reactions, even after being approved, or that Harvard University stated that prescription drugs are the fourth leading cause of death. We're not talking overdosing or misprespcribing; these are drugs that are deemed safe and properly prescribed to patients who simply have an adverse reaction to them.

Despite these facts, people take the risks of pharmaceuticals very lightly, turning to them when they're sick only to provide a "bandaid" effect, covering up the symptoms rather than treating and preventing the root cause. The public isn't entirely to blame for their ignorance; Big Pharma paints a perfect image of themselves, making false claims and highlighting the "benefits" of drugs while minimizing the potential risks associated with them (or printing them in extremely small font sizes).

Comment: Monopoly medicine: How big pharma stops its competitors & monopolizes the health industry


Cleanse your lymphatic system with vigorous walking

Your lymphatic system likes sunsets and long walks on the beach. Are you ready to take it out? Because that's the best way to cleanse it.

The Lymphatic System

Lymph is a colorless liquid in the human body that contains white blood cells, covers your bodily tissues and drains into the bloodstream through a network of vessels that form the lymphatic system. It sounds pretty complex, but cleansing the lymphatic system is much easier than you think.

Regularly cleansing this system is also important because this system helps to remove toxins and waste from your body. You will want to keep this system in tip top shape.

No need for complex exercises, intensive massages, detoxification protocols, New Age therapies or any other costly, peculiar solution. Simply go for a 20 to 30 minute vigorous walk. That's all there is to it!

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Living longer, healthier and happier lives: The sun's benefits go way beyond Vitamin D

The sun has got his hat on, our moods feel lighter and we are gripped by a desire to soak up some solar rays. But no, we keep being told: the threat of skin cancer makes this potentially lethal.

Now, however, scientists are discovering a positive side to sun-worshipping. Getting a good dose of sunshine is statistically going to make us live longer, healthier and happier lives.

Emerging research indicates that sunlight may protect us against a wide range of lethal or disabling conditions, such as obesity, heart attacks, strokes, asthma, and multiple sclerosis. Sunshine has also been shown to boost our libidos and general mood.

Comment: Seeing the light: Sun Deficiency is killing people

Life Preserver

The immune system can be rebooted in three days by fasting

Anybody can cook, even if it's only a fried egg - but not just anyone has the discipline to fast. This ancient practice of abstaining from eating for a day, or sometimes even a week or more has a history of curing a whole host of health problems, but even a brief fast can completely re-boot your immune system.

This practice isn't without criticism by modern nutritionists and unbelievers, but research implies that when the body is hungry in short spurts, it can kick-start stem cells into producing new white blood cells.

White blood cells, also known as leukocytes, are the cells which the immune system uses to fight against foreign invaders like viruses and bad bacteria.

Scientists at the University of Southern California found that fasting could be particularly beneficial for people suffering from damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients on chemotherapy, or people with auto-immune disorders.

Comment: The Health & Wellness Show: Fast-inating Information About Fasting


Big Pharma pushing to vaccinate unborn children

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It's bad enough when pregnant mothers get vaccinated, but now Big Pharma wants to take vaccination to a whole new level. Instead of just vaccinating mothers-to-be, the industry wants to be able to inject unborn babies with their latest concoctions, too.

The 21st Century Cures Act is poised to pass any day now. While this legislation claims to bring medicine into the 21st century, it honestly seems intended to do the exact opposite. Instead of looking forward to new horizons, this bill would merely double down on conventional methods that have been in use for decades. The 21st Century Cures bill managed to pass the House last year, and after being broken up into smaller sections by the Senate, is set to see approval any day now.

One of the more concerning aspects of this bill lies in the Senate bill S. 2742 (the Promoting Biomedical Research and Public Health for Patients Act), which appears to be laying down the groundwork for amending the current vaccination schedule to include expectant mothers and their still-developing, unborn children. This particular provision contains the following language:
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, for purposes of this subtitle, both a woman who received a covered vaccine while pregnant and any child who was in utero at the time such woman received the vaccine shall be considered persons to whom the covered vaccine was administered and persons who received the covered vaccine.

Comment: The 21st Century Cures bill passed in December 2016 and most people have no idea what it actually contains:
  • Another gift to the pharmaceutical industry: New "21st Century Cures" bill
  • "The 21st Century Cures Act" is on its way - Here's why you haven't heard about it
    The 21st Century Cures Act diminishes the rocks on which modern medicine are based - informed consent, individual body autonomy, the Hippocratic Oath, and basing medicine on scientific evidence. The people of America, and the world, need to fight to keep those bedrocks in place. If all medical decisions, and all medical legislation, were made with informed consent, individual body autonomy, the Hippocratic Oath, and scientific evidence in mind, the world would be a much better place. Don't assume for a second that current medical and legislative decisions are being made with those basic principles in mind. They are constantly being eroded!


This popular drink shrinks your brain!

The drink was linked to shrinkage in the hippocampus, an area critical for memory and other mental functions.

Even moderate levels of alcohol consumption are linked to long-term brain damage and declines in mental skills, new research finds. Moderate alcohol intake means around 14 to 21 units per week.

The study also found no support for the idea that low levels of alcohol intake are beneficial for the brain. The conclusions come from a British study of 550 healthy men and women followed over 30 years.