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The failing New York Times - fake news about Iodine

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A recent article in the New York Times (July 25, 2017) asked the question, "How important is iodized salt to the American or European diet?"

The answer to the question was convoluted. At the beginning of the article the author stated, "Most Americans who eat a varied diet get enough iodine even if they don't use iodized salt."

This statement is a perfect example of "fake news." According to the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, U.S. iodine levels have fallen nearly 50% over the last 40 years. (1) And, studies of women of childbearing age show that nearly 60% of U.S. women are deficient in iodine with over 10% severely deficient. (2)

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'Atkins on steroids': One woman's experience with the ketogenic diet

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The keto diet reorganizes the building blocks of the food pyramid.
It was 2 o'clock on a Tuesday, and I felt surprisingly awake. Attentive. Even productive.

I love my job, but on a normal afternoon, I find myself searching for distractions in the depths of my inbox and on Facebook.

That Tuesday in June was different. I knocked out one to-do list item after the next. I felt not just focused, but genuinely happy and relieved to be making so much progress.

It was the moment I realized how effective the ketogenic diet could be.

The "keto" diet is experiencing a surge in popularity thanks to Silicon Valley tech workers who evangelize its ability to promote weight loss, boost energy, and possibly prolong life itself.

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Life Preserver

More bone broth benefits

I've been writing about bone broth for a long time. I've been drinking it even longer. I'm not sure you can get anything much more primal than a heap of bones cooked for hours into rich, gelatinous glory. Ritual and taste aside, however, I count quality bone broth as an important supplemental food. The copious health benefits are simply too substantial to pass up.

Some of you, I know, are bone broth fans-a few even connoisseurs. You've been making your own for decades, maybe with recipes you learned in your grandparents' kitchen. But what does the average Primal type need to know about bone broth? What goes into making it? What are the distinct health advantages? Are there risks or downsides? What are the alternatives? Finally, what about some recipes? I'm glad you asked....

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Cow Skull

CDC says: 'Don't worry about new Alabama mad cow' - the facts suggest otherwise

Government agencies protect big agriculture at the expense of our health.

Don't worry, eat your hamburger. That's what the CDC is saying as another "mad cow" was found in Alabama in July. The cow suffered from an "atypical" version of Mad Cow (BSE), says the CDC, which occurs spontaneously and cannot harm humans. Sounds good until you read that the atypical assertion is merely a CDC "theory" and the agency admits "transmission through feed or the environment cannot be ruled out."

There is a reason government officials are quick to defend the safety of the U.S. beef supply. Within hours of the first mad cow discovered in the U.S. in 2003, China, Mexico, Russia, Brazil, South Africa, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, South Korea and 90 other countries banned U.S. beef. Ninety-eight percent of the $3 billion overseas beef market vanished. It has taken 14 years for the U.S. to re-establish its beef exports and other beef-exporting countries have had similar woes. If an atypical version of BSE that threatened no one didn't exist, governments might want to invent one. In fact, the research behind the atypical theory is primarily floated by government ag departments.

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Sugar & depression: Scientists just found another worrying link

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Research may make sweets harder to swallow.
Lately, the science has really been stacking up evidence against consuming sugars in excess.

In addition to being linked to conditions like obesity, diabetes, inflammatory diseases, eating high levels of sugar has been associated with mental illnesses like depression. In a study published July 27 in Scientific Reports that followed over 8,000 adults over 22 years, researchers from University College London found that men who reported consuming foods that contained 67 grams of sugar per day or more were 23% more likely to be diagnosed with clinical depression after five years from when the study began.

Comment: Depression: Your brain on sugar
Diet has a tremendous impact on the development of depression and whether or not the sufferer successfully recovers long term. For some unknown reason, however, this basic truth is consistently ignored by most conventional medical authorities other than the possible suggestion of a doctor's office recommended supplement of industrialized fish oil capsules!

Imbalanced, unstable, surging blood sugar is a common source of depression as well as simple irritability and violent tendencies according to Ms. Gedguadas, a board certified Nutritional Therapist and Clinical Neurofeedback Specialist...

Ms. Gedgaudas maintains that blood sugar issues are the #1 influencing factor in mental health with depression being one of the most prominent.

Avoiding the devastating effects of glycation upon the brain which can over the long haul, cause mental illness like depression, anxiety and other mood disorders requires stable, steady blood sugar as much as possible.


Harvard Study: Big Pharma, US Government behind opioid epidemic

A new Harvard study reveals how Big Pharma and federal government have colluded to allow the current opioid epidemic in the United States.

The study, entitled The Opioid Epidemic: Fixing a Broken Pharmaceutical Market, describes how the American public have been duped by the elites for more than 20 years.
"In this article, we argue that non-rigorous patenting standards and ineffectual policing of both fraudulent marketing and anticompetitive actions played an important role in launching and prolonging the opioid epidemic. We further show that these regulatory issues are not unique to prescription opioids but rather are reflective of the wider pharmaceutical market."

Comment: Ushering in a heroin nightmare: Big Pharma exposed for knowingly causing opioid epidemic


Simple fix for vertigo

A doctor at the University of Colorado Hospital has become a YouTube sensation. That's because she has developed a simple maneuver to treat vertigo at home.

CBS4 Health Specialist Kathy Walsh first explained the treatment in a story in 2012. Since then, it's gotten 2.6 million views on cbsdenver.com.

Sue Ricker says that's because it works. Vertigo sent Ricker's world spinning. "It was just debilitating. Everything about you will move, will spin. I couldn't drive. I couldn't walk. I had to hold onto the wall and it was very, very scary," Ricker told CBS4's Walsh. The retired teacher from Aurora had her first vertigo episode 10 years ago. "Eventually it wore off after a few days, but it would come back," said Ricker.

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Vegetarians twice as likely to suffer from depression as meat eaters

It found the 350 committed vegetarians had a higher average depression score compared to others.
Vegetarians are often fond of preaching the healthy virtues of their meat-free diet.

But giving up chicken and beef in favour or carrots and broccoli is making them more miserable, say experts.

Going veggie may leave devotees suffering from vitamin and mineral deficiencies that can affect their mental health.

A study by Bristol University of almost 10,000 men in the south west of England found that those who gave up meat were almost twice as likely to suffer depression as those on a conventional balanced diet.

It found the 350 committed vegetarians had a higher average depression score compared to others.


Cleveland Clinic Dr. shamelessly promotes statin drugs calling side effects 'imagined'

Claiming a 'Deadly Internet-Driven Cult' is driving poor statin drug sales, a prominent cardiologist says the hundreds of 'side effects' reported in the peer-reviewed medical literature and by patients are just 'imagined.'

Medpage Today just published an article titled, " CardioBrief: Statin Denialism Is 'A Deadly Internet-Driven Cult'," which features the opinion of Steven Nissen, a prominent Cleveland Clinic cardiologist, who claims that internet-driven "statin denial" is having deadly consequences, citing statistics in an editorial in Annals of Internal Medicine that only 61% of people given a prescription for a statin were adherent at 3 months.

Nissen's scathing editorial states:
"we are losing the battle for the hearts and minds of our patients to Web sites developed by people with little or no scientific expertise, who often pedal 'natural' or 'drug-free' remedies for elevated cholesterol levels." The anti-statin forces employ two distinct strategies, "statin denial, the proposition that cholesterol is not related to heart disease, and statin fear, the notion that lowering serum cholesterol levels will cause serious adverse effects."


'I eat healthy fats all day long' - Halle Berry explains why she adopted ketogenic diet

Halle Berry credits her ketogenic diet with keeping her fit.

The Monster's Ball star, 50, is known for her enviable physique and she explains not eating any sugars or carbohydrates - because she is diabetic - has helped her maintain her figure.

"The idea of it is you train your body to burn healthy fats and so I eat healthy fats all day long," she told U.S. talk show Live! with Kelly and Ryan of her low-carb, high-fat diet rules. "Avocado, oil, coconut oil, butter, but don't have sugar. So when your body gets trained to burn fats and you're constantly on fat-burning mode, that's the secret."

She also insisted love and happiness plays a part in leading a successful fit and healthy lifestyle.

"It's all of that (too)," the mother-of-two smiled.

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