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Is artificial light slowly killing us? Study shows negative health consequences of unnatural blue light exposure

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New findings suggest that more care should be taken in considering the amount of light exposure people get.
Along with eating right and exercising, people should consider adding another healthy habit to their list: turning out the lights. That's according to a new study reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biologyon July 14 showing many negative health consequences for mice kept under conditions of constant light for a period of months.

"Our study shows that the environmental light-dark cycle is important for health," says Johanna Meijer of Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands. "We showed that the absence of environmental rhythms leads to severe disruption of a wide variety of health parameters."

Comment: The majority of physiologic processes in the human body are regulated by light cycles and circadian rhythms. Neural tracts in the central nervous system are wired to respond predominantly to light signals received by receptors in the eye and surfaces including the skin, the lungs, and the GIT tract. Exposure to artificial light after sunset causes the body to function like it would in daytime, thereby creating a 'mismatch' in physiological signalling. See the following:


Renowned acupuncturist found stabbed to death in her Palo Alto home

It is with heavy hearts that we announce yet another death in our tragic unintended series of holistic doctor deaths. In one short year, there have been over 50 deaths.

A well known holistic doctor/acupuncturist's body was recently found inside her upscale Creekside Drive home, Palo Alto Police confirmed on Tuesday. Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner's Office found the cause of death to be multiple stab wounds on the autopsy, officials said.

Comment: See also: The eradication of natural alternatives - Big Pharma wants to eliminate the competition


Nighttime exposure to artificial lighting weakens your muscles and bones

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New findings suggest that more care should be taken in considering the amount of light exposure people get.
Too much light is bad for your health. So suggests research in mice, which found that six months of continuous lighting led to a loss of strength and bone mass, and signs of increased inflammation. The findings are worrying for people who experience prolonged light exposure - such as shift-workers and hospital patients - but some of the effects seem to be reversible.

The experiment involved 134 mice, which experienced no dark for half a year. By the end, the mice had lost about half their strength compared with controls, as measured by grip endurance tests and their ability to cling to bars, while the signals of their internal body clocks were weakened.

Their bones were affected too. The bulbous, spongy parts of their bones that are responsible for bearing most weight lost a third of their volume, and became 10 per cent thinner - just as in the early stages of osteoporosis.

There were also signs of increased inflammation, such as a rise in the number of neutrophil white blood cells - usually associated with stress or infection.

Comment: Any exposure to nighttime light suppresses our body's production of melatonin which regulates our sleep-wake cycle. Melatonin lowers blood pressure, glucose levels, and body temperature - key physiological responses responsible for restful sleep. At the same time, artificial lighting unnaturally elevates cortisol levels at night, which disrupts sleep and can cause insulin resistance and systemic inflammation. Chronic exposure to even dim light at night has been linked to depression, premature aging and heart problems.


Angry parents in Colombia shut down schools, lock gates in protest, over 1,000 cases of HPV vaccine injuries in Bolivarense municipality

Today when hundreds of children of Carmen de Bolivar were to resume classes after day holiday midyear, they found their schools closed by several groups of parents of girls who are being affected after being vaccinated by the vaccine against human papilloma virus (HPV) in this Bolivarense municipality.

Comment: See also: Children in 7th grade will be forcibly injected with HPV vaccine if they wish to remain in public school


Gary Null documentary: The War on Health

Here is a succinct review from Global Peace:
'War on Health' is the first documentary detailing and challenging the FDA agenda and its allegiance with the international Codex Alimentarius, which hopes to establish a monolithic food and health regime. Betraying its founding mandate to assure drug, food and chemical safety in the interests of public health, the FDA today is a repressive bureaucracy serving pharmaceutical and agricultural greed and profits. Vaccines, medical devices, prescription drugs are fast tracked at alarming rates through the FDA at the expense of scientific oversight to assure their efficacy and safety. Theresult is hundreds of thousands premature deaths annually from pharmaceutical drugs, vaccines and medical devices and an epidemic of medical incompetence and fraud sanctioned by federal health officials.

Featuring many pioneering American and European attorneys, physicians, medical researchers and advocates of health freedom, War on Health lifts the veil on FDA's militaristic operations against organic food providers and alternative physicians. The film's conclusion is perfectly clear: the FDA is a tyrannical cult founded upon the denial of sound medical science with little intention to improve the nation's health and prevent disease."
Please support this amazing work, offered to the public completely for free. They only ask you share it with other folks...

Comment: A Gary Null Production WAR ON HEALTH: The FDA's Cult of Tyranny
Introduced by the director (from his speech at the world premiere in New York City, June 15, 2012)


Nutritional support, not drugs may be key to overcoming depression and anxiety

One in 20 Americans over the age of 12 struggles with depression1 and 11 percent of the U.S. population over the age of 12 is on antidepressant medication.2 This, despite overwhelming evidence showing that antidepressants are no better than placebo in terms of effectiveness.

As noted in a 2014 paper on antidepressants and the placebo effect, published in the journal Zeitschrift Fur Psychologie:3
"Antidepressants are supposed to work by fixing a chemical imbalance, specifically, a lack of serotonin in the brain. Indeed, their supposed effectiveness is the primary evidence for the chemical imbalance theory.
But analyses of the published data and the unpublished data that were hidden by drug companies reveals that most (if not all) of the benefits are due to the placebo effect ...
Even the small statistical difference between antidepressants and placebos may be an enhanced placebo effect, due to the fact that most patients and doctors in clinical trials successfully break blind."
Serotonin Theory Has Been Proven Wrong

Research4,5 published in 2009 added further evidence to the pile indicating the low serotonin idea was incorrect, as they found strong indications that depression actually begins further up in the chain of events in the brain. Essentially, the medications have been focusing on the effect, not the cause.

More recent research into the mechanisms driving anxiety and social phobias has also turned conventional drug treatment with serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) on its ear.

As it turns out, these mental health problems are actually linked to elevated levels of serotonin in the amygdala, not low levels.6,7,8,9 Your amygdala is the seat of primitive emotions such as fear. And the more serotonin produced in this area, the more anxious you feel.

Comment: For more information on ways to combat mood disorders, see The Health & Wellness Show: The Mood Cure.

Addressing the emotional components of depression and anxiety are also of vital importance:


That new study about noodles is nonsense

If you read or watch the news, by now you've probably seen headlines like this today:
Don't Skip the Spaghetti! New Study Says Pasta Not Fattening

Eating Pasta Does Not Cause Obesity, Italian Study Finds

Enjoy That Pasta Salad: Noodles Linked to Lower BMI

Pasta Doesn't Make You Gain Weight, Says Best Study Ever
Any time you see bold proclamations like these from news sources, be wary.

Be very wary.

Why, you ask? The headlines reference a study, so the information within those articles is probably trustworthy, right?

Well...it's far more complicated than that.


Pfizer finally admits that opioids are addictive

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It is no secret that opioids are addictive even when used as prescribed. That is why they were highly restricted until fairly recently. It is also no secret that there is no evidence of the long-term usefulness of opioids in chronic pain despite unethical Pharma marketing.

Now Pfizer, the second biggest drug company in the world, has agreed to add warnings to the dangerous drugs that cause as many as 60 deaths a day in the U.S. Pfizer will disclose that opioids "carry serious risk of addiction—even when used properly," says the Washington Post, and promises "not to promote opioids for unapproved, 'off-label' uses such as long-term back pain. The company also will acknowledge there is no good research on opioids' effectiveness beyond 12 weeks."

Comment: Now that Pfizer has admitted that opioids are addictive and essentially 'do not work' are they setting their sights on other money making schemes? "Cradle to Grave" vaccine schedule developed by Pfizer
It's no secret that vaccines are virtually unparalleled moneymakers for the pharmaceutical industry, and one of the biggest players, Pfizer, has reportedly set its sights on a "significant expansion" of its vaccine repertoire.

As reported by the New York Times, the company is taking steps to promote vaccines to be used "from cradle to grave, from shots for pregnant women to protect their babies from the moment of birth to vaccines for senior citizens with waning immune systems."

Few people know Pfizer is a business entity that actually merged with the former pharmaceutical division of Monsanto.

Eye 1

Mysterious eye disease strikes astronauts on long space journeys

Astronaut John Phillips began experiencing eye problems during ISS Expedition 11, a six-month mission in 2005.
In 2005, astronaut John Phillips took a break from his work on the International Space Station and looked out the window at Earth.

He was about halfway through a mission that had begun in April and would end in October.

When he gazed down at the planet, the Earth was blurry. He couldn't focus on it clearly.

That was strange-he'd always had 20/20 vision. He wondered: was his eyesight getting worse?

"I'm not sure if I reported that to the ground," he said. "I think I didn't. I thought it would be something that would just go away, and fix itself when I got to Earth."

It didn't go away.

Comment: More on the health of astronauts in space:

Shopping Bag

Do you know what you eat? A common unlisted food additive may induce food allergies

What would you think if I told you that not all additives and preservatives are listed on food labels? You'd probably say I didn't know what I was talking about. Well, many chemicals used in food processing don't seem to make it into print on package labels! One is the synthetic preservative and antioxidant tert-butylhydroquionone (tBHQ) added to cooking oils, nuts, crackers, breads, waffles, fast and frozen foods.

TBHQ is a form of butane gas that's used in welding or portable gas stoves! According to FDA regulations, 0.02 percent of the total oils in a food can be tBHQ. It's used in unsaturated vegetable oils and some edible animal fats too. It also is used to 'protect' food with iron from discoloration. Frozen fish products have some of the highest concentrations of tBHQ.