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Ayurveda's sacred herb: The health benefits of Holy Basil

Tulsi or Holy Basil is amongst the most highly revered of the known therapeutic shrubbery for its ability to elevate the mind, heal the body, and uplift the soul. This enchanting herb, also known as Ocimum sanctum, is an important part of the repertoire of India's traditional system of medicine, known as Ayurveda.

Holy Basil boasts cherished status as one of the world's most sacred herbs because it possesses what many consider to be near-miraculous healing potential − hence why it's earned esteemed titles including "The Elixir of Life" and "Mother Medicine of Nature."

In Ayurveda specifically, Tulsi is classified as a "rasayana," delineating its MVP (most valuable player) status in the realm of adaptogenic herbs. Similarly, in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Tulsi is regarded as a "Shen tonic," a designation that suggests it possesses an almost inherently divine essence. A healing gift straight from the heart God, so to speak. What seems to set Holy Basil apart is the fact that it encapsulates each of the three elements that embody holistic health − mind, body, and soul.

Comment: A Panacea Called Tulsi


An unrecognized disorder: Electronic screen syndrome

Technology's influence on the nervous system is multifactorial..
"He's revved up all the time."

"He can't focus at all and is totally defiant. Getting ready for school or bedtime is a daily nightmare."

"She's exhausted and has meltdowns even when she's slept enough."

"He flies into a rage over the slightest thing. The other kids don't want to play with him anymore."

"Her grades have gone downhill this year and we don't know why."

The above symptoms or complaints are so common nearly every parent will relate to one or more of them. Psychiatric symptoms from various disorders can have a lot of overlap, and this is especially true when it comes to children. This overlapping nature coupled with today's overstimulating high-tech environment has led to an epidemic of misdiagnosed mental disorders, which in turn lends itself to inappropriate psychotropic medication prescribing and misuse of precious resources.

Comment: For a more in depth explanation of Electronic Screen Syndrome listen to The Health & Wellness Show: Digital 'pharmakeia': Glow kids, screen addiction, gaming and the hijacking of children's brains


Old medicine, new inflated price: Pharma company sells muscular dystrophy drug at a 7,000% markup

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A recently FDA-approved drug used in steroid treatments, which has been on the international market for years, will be introduced in the US at the inflated price of $89,000 a year.

In a Thursday press release, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted approval for a drug by Marathon Pharmaceuticals, a US company focused solely on the development of new treatments for rare diseases. They may now begin selling the corticosteroid drug Deflazacort, under the brand name Emflaza.

With FDA approval, Marathon now has exclusive rights to sell the drug in the US for the next seven years, even though it has been available as a generic in other countries.

With exclusive rights, the company can increase the price from the $1,200 average that families were importing the drug from overseas to $89,000, an increase of more than 7,000 percent.

Deflazacort is used to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), a rare genetic disease that causes heart and respiratory conditions, usually in younger men. As the disease progresses, patients lose muscle strength, and usually end up confined to a wheelchair by the time they reach their early teens.

Patients with DMD typically do not live past their 20s or 30s, according to the FDA.


Can iodine affect mental health? A therapist describes how iodine saved her life

In compiling iodine case studies for my research, a therapist from Alaska emailed me about how iodine had changed her life. --L.F.

Comment: See also: The Health & Wellness Show: The Iodine Crisis - Interview with Lynne Farrow and Lynne Farrow's book The Iodine Crisis

Take 2

Europe's "on fire" about the VAXXED documentary

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Since unsafe vaccines are a global health problem, folks at the European Forum for Vaccine Vigilance (EFVV) are sponsoring several showings of the documentary film about the fraudulent science and cover-ups that took place within the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding the MMR vaccine and its implication in autism in young, black boys under three years of age.

That criminal activity is documented in VAXXED, From Cover-up to Catastrophe, by one of the CDC's epidemiologists who took part in it: William Thompson, PhD.

Vaccine acolytes and spinmeisters claim VAXXED is about Dr. Andrew Wakefield, which it is not! Even though Dr. Wakefield is a producer of VAXXED, the film documents using telephone voice recordings of what happened while Dr. Thompson participated in and cooperated with producing a falsified CDC vaccine report, which he feels sorry about and apparently wants to make amends.

Comment: Staunch opposition to the screening of Vaxxed has been ongoing since it's release in 2016. Discrediting Vaxxed and keeping it from the public's attention is paramount for Big Pharma and the rising medical tyranny that is taking over the planet.


Patients with egg allergies are at risk of anaphylaxis from the MMR vaccine

According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Patients with an Allergy to Eggs Are at Risk of Anaphylaxis if Vaccinated with the MMR!

It is estimated that up to 15 million US citizens are currently suffering from food allergies. In 2013, a paper published on the CDC website stated that between 1997 and 2011, the prevalence of food and skin allergies increased in children under age of 18. This is extremely worrying, as according to the Food Allergy Research & Education website, a food allergy sends someone to the emergency department every three minutes, which, according to them, amounts to approximately 200,000 visits to the ER every year.

The NIAID Recommend the MMR to Children with Egg Allergies

In 2010, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) published a paper titled Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy in the United States. The paper described how the NIAID had joined forces with 30 professional organizations, federal agencies and patient advocacy groups to set guidelines for the management and safety of patients suffering from food allergies.


Jon Rappoport: The number-one mind-control program at US colleges

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If you're a college student or have a child at college, read this

The unspoken secret in plain sight.

Here is a staggering statistic from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI):
"More than 25 percent of college students have been diagnosed or treated by a professional for a mental health condition within the past year."
Let that sink in. 25 percent.

Colleges are basically clinics. Psychiatric centers.

Colleges have been taken over. A soft coup has occurred, out of view.

You want to know where all this victim-oriented "I'm triggered" and "I need a safe space" comes from? You just found it.

Cupcake Choco

The Not-So-Sweet Truth About Sugar Addiction

Sugar, in moderate amounts, is essential to our body. As a carbohydrate, it helps supply you with the energy you need for your daily activities. All of your cells use it. But at the same time, sugar is also a calorie, and once it is in consumed in excess, negative effects to your health will follow. Massive sugar addiction can result in obesity, diabetes, heart damage or failure, cancer cell production, depletion of brain power, and shorter lifespans.1

Moderation is important in this case. Yet avoiding food with high sugar content is definitely easier said than done these days, given the variety of options in stores. Some of the usual suspects include energy drinks, sodas, candy bars, artificial sweeteners, and so much more. Everyone has access to them.

What Lies Behind Sugar Addiction

Sugar addiction obviously begins when you crave anything that contains this sweet ingredient. Eating sugar triggers production of natural opioids in your brain. These hormones aid in relieving the pain and are triggered in the same way one would consume illegal drugs.2

According to researchers, your tongue has two sweet receptors in it, which evolved during the early times, when our ancestors ate a typically low-sugar diet. As the years went by, people's tongues were still not able to adapt to sweet treats. This is why when the receptors in your tongue are highly stimulated, it results in your brain sending out excessive reward signals whenever you eat something with sugar in it, which end up overriding your self-control mechanisms. This leads to addiction.

Dr. Robert Lustig, a professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco, wrote in The Atlantic that:
"The brain's pleasure center, called the nucleus accumbens, is essential for our survival as a species... When you consume any substance of abuse, including sugar, the nucleus accumbens receives a dopamine signal, from which you experience pleasure. And so you consume more. The problem is that with prolonged exposure, the signal attenuates, gets weaker. So you have to consume more to get the same effect -- tolerance. And if you pull back on the substance, you go into withdrawal. Tolerance and withdrawal constitute addiction."3
Another major player in possible sugar addiction is the hormone leptin. It is responsible for telling the brain how energy that is stored from fat is to be used. Moreover, it targets taste receptors in your tongue, which could increase or decrease your food cravings. When you lack leptin or if there is a problem with your body's leptin receptors, then your chances of craving food will be bigger, and more often than not, sugar is always the first pick when it comes to combating cravings.


Fluoride's neurotoxicity: Drinking fluoridation chemicals now linked to brain harm & cognitive deficits

A coalition of environmental, medical and health groups, including leading national nonprofit Moms Against Fluoridation (MAF), has served the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Petition calling on the Agency to ban the addition of artificial fluoridation chemicals to public water supplies due to the evidence-based risks that drinking fluoridation chemicals poses to the brain.

The TSCA Petition, which includes over 2,500 pages of supporting scientific documentation, claims that drinking fluoride has profound harmful effects on the brain that were never understood years ago when communities started adding the chemicals to the drinking water.

Now that science has extremely sophisticated laboratory tools and technologies, scientists are able to examine the brain in detail as never imagined decades ago. This Petition reveals broad brain changes from fluoride, ranging from IQ deficits, neuroanatomical and chemical changes, to the worrisome effects on the fetal brain.

"In times past when fluoridation was instituted, science only had the scalpel or basic X-ray technology, and we simply weren't able to assess the brain in the way technology can today," states MAF leadership.

Comment: Fluoride: No such thing as a safe level of exposure!


The neuroprotective effects of cannabidiol

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 100 active cannabinoids in cannabis. It accounts for 40 percent of the plant's extract and widely considered to be one of it's most powerful constituents that heals cells. Emergency teams in cardiac and stroke units may one day use CBD's neuroprotective effects to prevent the onset of debilitating symptoms developing from stroke and cardiac arrest.

The reason cannabis is so effective medicinally is directly related to its ability to interact with receptors in the body which inhibit inflammation and prevent disease. Cannabis does this so well, that few drugs can compete with its level of potency which come essentially with no side effects.

The new study from China documents"for the first time" how CBD can exert a potentially neuroprotective effect against brain ischemia/reperfusion injury.

Brain ischemia is a common clinical condition, and is involved in many serious diseases, including stroke, cardiac arrest, and respiratory arrest.

Comment: More on CBD: