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77th holistic doctor and her family shot dead in their home

Holistic doctor Annie Fairbanks and her husband.
Dr. Annie Fairbanks, a holistic doctor practicing out of Arizona, was found shot dead in her home with husband Jason Fairbanks, 3 year old daughter and 9 month old son. This makes the 77th holistic doctor to have been found dead in this way over the past couple of years.

Sgt. Ben Hoster, a spokesman for the Scottsdale Police Department, stated that the police do not believe any other parties are involved. This essentially means there are no suspects and that this is likely a murder-suicide. Even the local paper is calling it that. Oddly, this statement and conclusion was made just hours after the incident took place, hardly giving anyone enough time to make a call like that.

"This is an isolated incident," Hoster told reporters during a news conference in the neighbourhood on Friday afternoon. "We do not believe there are any outstanding suspects."

Comment: The police and local media are quick to rule this a murder-suicide. But could they have done a thorough enough investigation so quickly in order to come to that conclusion? Considering there have been a string of holistic practitioners, and in other cases, their families being murdered, there may be more to this than meets the eye.


Get injured in the daytime: Wound healing occurs faster during waking hours

Healing cells are more active during daytime.
If you're going to get injured, try to do it during the day. Wounds seem to heal twice as fast if sustained during daytime hours rather than at night.

Nathaniel Hoyle of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK, and his team have been investigating how the time of day affects wound healing, after they discovered that genes in a type of skin cell switch on and off during day-night cycles. These cells, called fibroblasts, help close up a wound after the skin has been cut, and some of the genes whose activity varied throughout the day were ones that help control this process.

Surprised by these day-night changes in gene activity, the team decided to analyse data collected by a specialist burn injuries unit at the University of Manchester, UK. They found that, on average, daytime wounds healed much faster - in only 17 days, compared with 28 days for similar burns sustained at night.

"We found that how well you heal depends on what time of the day you're injured," says Hoyle. "Healing in the day can occur 60-per-cent faster."


If you can stand the heat, get in the sauna -- they really are good for your health

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Things are hotting up in the world of sauna research. Previously, anecdotal claims of possible benefits were rarely backed up by medical evidence. But recent studies have shown that taking a regular sauna can be extremely good for your health - alleviating and preventing the risk of common acute and chronic conditions.

Sauna "bathing" is a form of passive heat therapy which originates from Finland and is mostly associated with Nordic countries. It is used mainly for pleasure and relaxation, and involves spending short periods of time (usually five to 20 minutes) in temperatures of 80°C to 100°C, interspersed with moments of cooling-off in a pool or shower.

Although there are other forms of heat therapy such as Turkish baths, infrared saunas, and Waon therapy, the traditional Finnish sauna is the most examined to date. In a 2015 study, scientists from the University of Eastern Finland recorded the sauna bathing habits of 2,300 men, and tracked their health for more than two decades.

They found that those who used saunas regularly suffered from dramatically fewer deaths from heart disease or stroke. In a follow-up study by the same group the following year, regular sauna sessions were found to substantially reduce the risk of dementia.

Comment: The Health & Wellness Show: The heat is on: Saunas, sunlight and sweatlodges


Study: Compound in dark chocolate and red wine could help rejuvenate cells 'like magic'

A compound in dark chocolate and red wine could help rejuvenate cells, according to a scientific breakthrough.
Researchers from the Universities of Exeter and Brighton have made the sizeable breakthrough on ageing and discovered a way to rejuvenate inactive senescent cells.

They found that they could make the cells both look and behave like younger cells.

The researchers applied compounds called reversatrol analogues, which are chemicals based on a substance naturally found in red wine, dark chocolate, red grapes and blueberries, to cells in culture.

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Even one drink per day can increase your risk of cancer, study warns

Do you enjoy the occasional cocktail? Beware, because even moderate consumption of alcohol can increase your risk of cancer, according to a new report.

Researchers from the American Society of Clinical Oncology recently conducted an experiment, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, to determine the link between drinking and the disease.

Comment: It is something of a 'no brainer' that alcohol would have a negative impact on human health, given that alcohol is, officially, a poison.

Readers might also like to consider reducing their sugar intake, which is well known to have a negative effect on human health and feed cancer cells.


Poor Social Skills A Danger To One's Physical, Mental Health, Study Finds

For some, feeling a growing mass of stress weighing on their shoulders may actually be the result of poor social skills, a new study finds.

Comment: Such findings are hardly a surprise in our modern technology-obsessed, emotionally dysfunctional and pathocratic global society. Human beings are social animals and hard-wired for cooperation. 'Virtual friends' and virtual social validation via 'likes' is not a substitute for real world emotionally and intellectually stimulating interactions with other human beings. But many today opt for the former because they have not been taught the skills necessary to successfully navigate real relationships.

Particularly in the USA and Western Europe, rampant capitalism and and its encouragement of instant gratification, focus on the self and promotion of the delusional 'American dream', has produced tens of millions of emotionally-retarded narcissists who prefer to watch porn and play video games than face into the difficulties of life and develop meaningful relationships that would help them overcome those difficulties.


Herbal colon cleansers: are they safe?

Herbal colon cleansers are increasingly popular and many people believe botanical herbs are both harmless and extremely beneficial to support colon health conditions. In some cases, this is absolutely correct. Many herbs are healthful to the body. Unfortunately, some herbs are not. The National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine has reported a number of dangerous, life threatening consequences that have resulted from taking laxatives containing herbal ingredients. Three common herbal colon cleanser and laxative ingredients in particular, psyllium, cascara sagrada, and senna, may present very serious health risks and major medical complications such as hepatitis and liver failure.

Comment: While the above could cynically be looked at as an advertisement for Oxy-Powder, the essential information is correct. The general principles behind herbal colon cleansing are based on outdated models that prescribe forcing bulking agents through the digestive tract with laxative herbs. This can be extremely irritating to the digestive tract, especially if one has a condition such as IBS or IBD.

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New Delhi declares health emergency as smog chokes city

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Visitors walk through the courtyard of Jama Masjid amid heavy smog in the old quarters of New Delhi.
The Indian capital, New Delhi has declared a medical emergency as smog continue to blanket the densely populated city. Since Tuesday, India has recorded air quality readings in excess of 960. This is as World Health Organization (WHO) caps air purity at 25 with any reading beyond it considered unsafe.

A situation that has cut off many necessary daily activities to the 18 million plus residents as visibility and breathing in the heavily polluted air is hard. According to a report by Cable news network (CNN), a government minister in the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Mahesh Sharma has blamed the unusually high pollution levels on a lack of wind and change in humidity levels.

Against a backdrop of online criticism on the slow pace of reaction, the government has introduced a host of measures to un-choke the city. It began will a closure of all schools, ban of crop burning in Delhi and surrounding states, vehicle emissions limited to only public transport and now a total on the entry of trucks and construction activities.

American news outlet, New York times in an article 'In India, Air So Dirty Your Head Hurts' says, most people feel nauseated all day, like from a never-ending case of car sickness. It further adds that the air tastes smoky and irritates the throat, and in some neighborhoods, it smells like paint.

Comment: Citing toxic smog that one official said has turned India's capital city into a "gas chamber," United Airlines has canceled flights to New Delhi until the air gets better and more than 6,000 schools have been closed for nearly a week.

Many New Delhi residents are complaining of respiratory problems and headaches. The low visibility has delayed flights, trains and caused highway pileups.

The Air Quality Index (AQI) was over 999 in some parts of the capital -- that's almost 30 times the safe limits set by the World Health Organization and 10 times more polluted than Beijing, the city infamous for air pollution.

A recent report found more than 5.5 million people die prematurely each year as a result of household and outdoor air pollution, with more than half of these deaths occurring in China and India, two of the world's fastest-growing economies.


10 month old Mexican baby weighing 28 kilos baffles doctors

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Isabel Pantoja, 24, is said to be exhausted from carrying her big baby boy, who cannot walk or crawl.
Like any other 10-month-old, Luis Manuel Gonzales babbles and touches anything within reach. But he stands out in a stunning and perhaps life-threatening way: he weighs 28 kilos (62 pounds).

He might need medical treatment costing a fortune, but his father earns a little over $200 a month. And doctors do not yet know why young Luis Manuel is so huge.

Mexico leads the world in childhood obesity and diabetes, and Gonzales is an extreme example of this unwelcome distinction.

At birth he weighed 3.5 kilos, about the same as his brother Mario, who is almost three but is now dwarfed by his baby brother.

At two months of age, Luis weighed 10 kilos. Over the next eight months he gained a staggering 18 kilos.

"I thought it was because I had good breast milk," said his mother, 24-year-old Isabel Pantoja, speaking in the unpainted cement home where the family lives in Tecoman, in the Pacific coast state of Colima.

His parents created a Facebook page and opened a bank account for people to donate money for Luis Manuel's medical care.

They take turns pushing him to the hospital in a decrepit stroller for daily blood tests.

It hurts to watch the nurses search among the rolls of fat on his arms for a vein, said his father, Mario Gonzales.


California regulators ban use of some farming pesticides near schools

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In this Sept. 25, 2001 file photo, a crop dusting plane from Blair Air Service dusts cotton crops in Lemoore, Calif. California regulators have announced a new rule that bans farmers from using certain pesticides near schools and day care centers. The state's Department of Pesticide Regulation announced the new rule Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017. The department says the new regulation is among the strictest pesticide in the U.S.
California has banned farmers from using certain pesticides near schools and day care centers under a new rule announced Tuesday that regulators said is among the toughest in the U.S.

Under the new rule, California farmers will be prohibited from spraying pesticides within a quarter mile (0.4 kilometers) of public K-12 schools and licensed daycare centers from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the school week, the state Department of Pesticide Regulation said in a statement.

The new regulations take effect Jan. 1 and apply to crop dusters flying over fields, air blasters spraying orchards and fumigants along with most dust and powder pesticides that could be blown onto school grounds by the wind.