Health & Wellness
Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:04 UTC
Indeed, the Nuremberg Code, the founding document of modern medical research ethics developed after the Second World War in response to Nazi medical experiments, stated unequivocally that the voluntary, informed consent of the human subject is essential. Every research ethics code since then has incorporated this most fundamental principle. Exceptions to this rule are supposed to be truly exceptional.
Yet today, more and more medical experimenters in the United States appear to circumvent getting the voluntary, informed consent of those whose bodies are being used for research. What's more, rather than fighting this retrograde trend, some of the most powerful actors in medical research are defending it as necessary to medical progress.
Mon, 06 Feb 2017 22:25 UTC
At the time, the FDA was raiding offices of natural practitioners, and threatening to cut off citizens' access to a full range of nutritional supplements.
I watched a trial, if you can call it that, in downtown Los Angeles, in which the federal government was prosecuting a young man for selling, and making health claims about, a substance that occurs naturally in the body.
The defendant told the Judge he was prepared to present extensive evidence that the substance was safe and effective. The Judge refused, saying the only issue was: did the defendant violate an FDA rule? If so, he was guilty. At that point, the trial was over, and indeed, the Judge soon pronounced a verdict and the young man was led away to serve a prison sentence in a federal lockup.
At that moment, I began to construct my case against the State, and consider what Health Freedom was all about.
Sat, 04 Feb 2017 12:00 UTC
In other words, a 30-something today who eats 2,000 calories per day and exercises two hours per week is likely to be about 10 percent heavier than a 30-something living in the 1980s who followed the same lifestyle habits. How can that be?
This is definitely not great news for people today, especially those who are struggling to maintain a healthy weight.It was a surprise to the team at York University in Toronto, who set out to identify whether the relationship between obesity and the number of calories consumed, amount of physical exercise, and intake of macronutrients (protein, fat, carbohydrates) has changed over time. To accomplish this goal, they evaluated the dietary data of 36,400 Americans between 1971 and 2008 and the exercise data of 14,419 individuals between 1988 and 2006.
Mon, 06 Feb 2017 16:28 UTC
Minimal changes in lifestyle such as modifications in diet exercise are within the possibility of many different individuals of different ethnicity and culture, and they will always work better than any medication when addressing weight control. But is one more important than the other?
Finnish researchers previously found that diet and exercise counseling resulted in a 58% reduction in diabetes risk among people who are prime candidates for developing the condition, which is associated with obesity and sedentary lifestyle. Many diseases can be be reversed naturally without drugs through modifications in diet and lifestyle.
Comment: There are benefits to exercise -- stress relief, strengthening bones, boosting brain function -- but weight loss doesn't seem to be one of them.
- Not 'one iota' of exercise is needed to lose weight, says scientific study
- Why exercise by itself is insufficient for weight loss
- Why Exercise Won't Make You Thin
Sun, 05 Feb 2017 10:49 UTC
I recently interviewed him about the dangers of light emitting diode (LED) lighting. That interview has nearly three-quarter of a million views at this point. If you haven't seen it already, please take a look, as that interview went into some very practical, real world aspects of photobiology.
Here, we focus on the historical component to help you get a better appreciation of its potential.
Comment: For more information, check out our Health & Wellness Show: Seeing the Light with Dr. Alexander Wunsch
Sat, 04 Feb 2017 08:36 UTC
Thanks to these minerals, this salt has the ability to:
- Prevent goiters
- Prevent muscle cramping
- Improve circulation
- Create an electrolyte balance
- Increases hydration
- Regulate water content both inside and outside of cells
- Balance pH (alkaline/acidity) and help to reduce acid reflux
- Dissolve and eliminate sediment to remove toxins
- Strengthen bones
- Lower blood pressure
- Help the intestines absorb nutrients
- Detoxify the body from heavy metals
- Support libido
- Reduce the signs of aging
Tue, 31 Jan 2017 22:04 UTC
Gender bending chemicals are everywhere, literally impossible to avoid. They act as endocrine disruptors (EDs) that block, decrease, or overstimulate hormones. Most commonly, EDs mimic estrogen, lower testosterone and prevent the male hormone from doing its job, causing males to exhibit more female traits. The resulting hormonal imbalances may be at the root of disturbing worldwide trends for males that include delayed puberty, falling sperm counts, shrinking size of genitals, far fewer boys with far more genital deformities being born than ever before, and a rise in gender fluidity as boys are increasingly feminized. A similar effect is seen across the planet in wildlife, with reports of a rise in hermaphrodite amphibians, male fish developing eggs in their testicles and complete sex change in species with ED exposure. Governmental-industrial alliances have unleashed weapons of mass feminization throughout Planet Earth, involving all inhabitants in a dangerous and uncontrolled experiment whose results point to a dystopian future, the likes of which make Soylent Green look tame.
Comment: Read more about gender bending chemicals that are causing endocrine disruption:
- Are Boys Turning in to Girls Because of Man Made Chemicals?
- Men under threat from 'gender bending' chemicals
- Phthalates May Impact a Child's Development
- Hormone Experts Worried About Plastics, Chemicals
- 1,300+ Chemicals Are Messing with Your Hormones
- Phthalate Warning: Medications Contain Chemicals that "Feminize" Unborn Baby Boys
- Landmark study exposes the impact of hormone-disrupting chemicals on you, your family and the environment
- Shocking Health Effects of Commonly Used Pesticide: Brain Problems, Sexual Deformities and Paralysis
- Phthalate exposure in pregnancy adversely affects masculinization of male genitals in babies
Wed, 25 Jan 2017 16:18 UTC
The Environmental Protection Agency last week released its first rigorous nationwide analysis of the effects of pesticides on endangered species, finding that 97 percent of the more than 1,800 animals and plants protected under the Endangered Species Act are likely to be harmed by malathion and chlorpyrifos, two commonly used pesticides. Another 78 percent are likely to be hurt by the pesticide diazinon. The results released today are the final biological evaluations the EPA completed as part of its examination of the impacts of these pesticides on endangered species.
"We're now getting a much more complete picture of the risks that pesticides pose to wildlife at the brink of extinction, including birds, frogs, fish and plants," said Nathan Donley, senior scientist at the Center. "The next step will hopefully be some commonsense measures to help protect them along with our water supplies and public health."
Comment: Interesting statement considering the following: Judge says EPA does not have to address call to label hazardous pesticide ingredients. Also, it is important to remember that the EPA favors industry when assessing chemical dangers!
According to The Guardian, "Almost all of the 1,700 most endangered plants and animals in the U.S. are likely to be harmed by [ these two pesticides]... Malathion, an insecticide registered for use in the U.S. since 1956, is likely to cause harm to 97 percent of the 1,772 mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and plants listed under the Endangered Species Act."
The pesticide is often used on fruit, vegetables, plants, and on pets to remove ticks. The second pesticide of chlorpyrifos, commonly used to exterminate termites, roundworms, and mosquitoes, was found to have an equally detrimental effect on America's flora and fauna. Of the hundreds of species listed, the few that were deemed not at risk are primarily the ones that have already been classified as extinct.
EPA officials also mentioned a third pesticide, diazinon, that has a slightly lesser impact, clocking in at harmful to about 79 percent of the endangered species. In addition, the World Health Organization announced in March of last year that malathion and diazinon are "probably carcinogenic to humans."
Perhaps most frightening about this announcement is that the EPA is the first agency of its kind to examine in depth the effects these chemicals have on wildlife. Even then, their results are lacking: they fail to mention other high-profile pesticides like glyphosate that could potentially have an equally harmful effect on the environment.
Mon, 11 Nov 2013 16:34 UTC
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors that increase the probability that someone will develop heart disease or diabetes. It is sometimes referred to as Syndrome X. Generally it includes high blood pressure, excess weight around the middle or central obesity (usually described as an apple-shaped body), and insulin resistance or the inability of the body to use insulin effectively.
In a study published in the British Medical Journal, Australian researchers concluded that daily consumption of dark chocolate can reduce cardiovascular events, such as heart attacks and strokes, in people with metabolic syndrome.
Comment: Dark chocolate really is the 'food of the gods'
- Dark Chocolate 'As Good As Exercise'
- Hot chocolate: The tasty drink that could help boost memory & thinking skills
- Precise reason for health benefits of dark chocolate: Thank hungry gut microbes
- Study finds eating chocolate lowers risk of heart disease, strokes, and reduces heart pressure
Sun, 05 Feb 2017 18:21 UTC
The problems with antidepressants are wide-ranging including addiction, costs, and a host of unfavorable side-effects including emotional numbness and even an increased risk of suicide. While antidepressants may very well help some people cope with the overwhelming effects of depression in the short-term, pharmaceutical treatments do not cure depression.
Pondering the reasons for such a major increase in depression in our society over the last couple of decades, many have speculated that a combination of lifestyle, social disconnectedness in a technologically advanced society, lack of exercise, environmental pollutants, and increased consumption of nutritionless and heavily processed foods are to blame. Yet, medical science has been slow to fully acknowledge and recommend lifestyle changes to patients, often preferring the recommendation of pharmaceuticals.
Comment: For more on dietary interventions for depression see:
- Better Food, Better Mood: How Our Diet Affects the Way We Feel
- Depression & carbs
- Can a ketogenic diet really fight depression? Low-carb, high fat foods shown to drastically improve mental health