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Does acupuncture work by re-mapping the brain?

Acupuncture is a form of traditional medical therapy that originated in China several thousand years ago. It was developed at a time bereft of tools such as genetic testing or even a modern understanding of anatomy, so medical philosophers did the best they could with what was available - herbs, animal products and rudimentary needles. In the process, perhaps, they stumbled on an effective medical approach.

In the past century, some modernisation has taken place. For instance, acupuncture has been paired with electrical currents, allowing for stimulation to be more continuous and to penetrate deeper into the body. This approach was termed electro-acupuncture and represents a convergence between the ancient practice of acupuncture therapy and modern forays into targeted electrostimulation delivered to the skin or nerves. Such approaches have attracted the attention of the pharmaceutical industry and are part of a growing class of neuromodulatory therapies.

Comment: Why acupuncture works:


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It's "flu-shot season" again: What you may not know about the flu shot

It's "flu-shot season" again, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to push vaccines on the population (pregnant women and infants included), in a futile effort to prevent cases of influenza. Towards the end of every season, we hear from the CDC that the efficacy of the vaccine was 62% or 58% or lower. But it is even worse. The percentages reported by the CDC are based on the ability to match the most prevalent strains of flu infections each year with the flu "antigens" used in the yearly shot. This does NOT take into account whether the flu shot actually confers any type of immunity to the patient. In fact, the prestigious Cochrane Review in 2014 stated that the flu vaccination "shows no appreciable effect on working days lost or hospitalization." Moreover, out of an average of 71 individuals receiving the flu shot, only one case of the flu was prevented.

Comment: Science paper accidentally admits most flu shots don't work
Earlier this month, the University of Ghent, Belgium, released a paper where it accidentally admitted that most flu shots are continuously out of date and therefore don't work.

"Current flu vaccines are only effective against virus strains that match the vaccine strains. Consequently, the strains in the human flu vaccines are updated every few years, based on recommendations by the World Health Organization," the press release read.

They are not the only ones to admit that vaccines are a fraud. Previously, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also agreed that the flu shot fails most of the time, as reported by Vaccine Impact. In fact, instead of preventing disease, flu shots can make people more susceptible to disease.

The CDC has promoted the flu vaccine for years, promising that it is effective at preventing illness in 70 to 90 percent of all cases, adding that type A and B influenza cause over 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths in the U.S. every year. In April, however, the CDC had to backtrack and instead had to admit it was wrong.



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Researchers are investigating whether antidepressants might be useful for prophylactic purposes

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Mental health appears to be dwindling across the globe, with depression now being the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide.1,2 Over the past decade alone (2005 to 2015), rates of depression increased by 18 percent.3 In the U.S., more than 16 million people struggle with the condition, including 6 million seniors,4 and 11 percent of Americans over the age of 12 are on antidepressant drugs. Among women in their 40s and 50s, 1 in 4 is on antidepressants.5

Clearly, something is very wrong. Part of the problem, I believe, is the fact that the go-to solution simply doesn't work, and the psychiatric field is slow to branch out into more effective yet less financially rewarding strategies. Antidepressants tend to be the first-line treatment, even though studies have proven they work no better than placebo.6,7,8,9

Now, researchers are investigating whether antidepressants might be prophylactically useful. The idea that taking a potent brain-altering drug that has the clinical effectiveness of a placebo to prevent depression is suspect in the extreme. There are many other strategies with far better track records that can both prevent and help treat depression.

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Top unnecessary medical treatments - according to scientists

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A recent literature study on medical care in the US has put forward ten diagnostic procedures and treatments that were overused in 2016, with the intention of highlighting ways that the medical system could be made more effective and more efficient.

Medicine is often a numbers game. While doctors do a smashing job with limited resources, sometimes striking a balance between time and costs means pills and procedures get prescribed without the patient's best interests in mind.

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: Time to pay real attention to children's health

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Every year, the President of the United States issues a proclamation in honor of Child Health Day (the first Monday of October), which in turn launches Children's Health Month. President Calvin Coolidge was the first president to dedicate a special day to children's health, in 1928, recognizing that "the conservation and promotion of child health places upon us a grave responsibility." The U.S. is not living up to that vital responsibility and, in fact, is failing children miserably. American children's ability to develop and thrive is being sabotaged by an avalanche of chronic ailments, with pediatric rates of some chronic conditions among the highest in the world.

Announcing the Campaign to Restore Child Health:


Comment: Robert Kennedy, Jr. fights to stop vaccine 'holocaust'


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Oh, Canada! Nearly 2,000 people completed doctor-assisted suicide in the year since bill was passed

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Doctor-assisted suicide in Canada consists of a lethal injection in hospital or at home.
Nearly 2,000 people with incurable diseases were helped to die by a doctor in the first year since Canada legalized medically-assisted suicide, according to a report published Friday.

From the time Ottawa passed the legislation in June 2016 to June 30, 2017, 1,982 people ended their lives in this way, according to Health Canada.


Most had cancer, the agency said.

Extrapolating from the data collected for the first half of 2017, the number of assisted deaths is expected to rise but remain at less than two percent of all deaths nationwide this year -- "consistent with international experience," it said a statement.

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Symbionts - Viruses are being redefined as more than just pathogens


Many viruses can be either beneficial (the symbionts) or, at least, harmless. The harmless ones are sometimes referred to as passenger viruses.
One of the best estimates we have for the average total number of cells in the human body is 37.2 trillion.1,2,3 It sounds like a lot, until you consider that the average number of microbes in an adult human is estimated at 20 times the number of cells in the body.4 That would equal approximately 744 trillion microorganisms. In other words, we humans are vastly more microbial than cellular in nature.4 Each of us is, essentially, one giant germ.

Some scientists have estimated the average number of bacteria in the human body at about 40 trillion,5,6 or roughly the same as the number of cells. They have also estimated that there are about 10 times more viruses than bacteria in the body. That would equal approximately 400 trillion viruses. The remaining microbes in the body would include fungi, protozoa, helminths ( parasitic worms), prions, and protists (amoeba, plasmodium, etc.).7,8

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Women who avoid meat during pregnancy dramatically raise risk of their children becoming substance abusers

Women who avoid meat during pregnancy dramatically raise the risk of their children becoming hooked on drugs and alcohol, according to new research.

A study from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found that adolescents aged 15 whose mothers refrained from eating meat while they were pregnant were more prone to substance abuse.

Specifically, they were almost twice as likely to indulge in underage drinking and smoking, and nearly three times as likely to use cannabis.

While recent health trends reflect larger numbers of people converting to vegetarianism, researchers are warning of the adverse affects of the lifestyle that could harm children.

Comment: Animal fat is good for your brain!


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The Health & Wellness Show: Chemtrails, Flat Earthers, and Mental Disintegration: What's wrong with these people?

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Increasingly persistent airplane condensation trails, which CorpGov does not want people to notice
Today on the health and wellness show we will discuss conspiracy theories that hijack the mind and lead to mass confusion and disinformation. There are plenty of conspiracy theories that compete for the greatest lack of credibility, rationality and substance. Chemtrails and Flat earth theories are two that come up regularly in the alternative media.

What happens when attention is drawn away from real problems? How is the public emotionally sidetracked - ignoring underlying problems that really need addressing? The question is what are people thinking or rather are they thinking at all?

Stay tuned for Zoya's Pet Health Segment, for a fascinating talk on Skinwalker Ranch:Mysterious animals and creatures, cattle mutilations, and much more!

Running Time: 01:40:33

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Flu vaccine-miscarriage study sparks ridiculous spin


The mainstream media is doing their best to minimize a devastating study showing a high correlation (7.7-fold) between flu vaccines and miscarriages. A review of the scientific literature shows a body of evidence that supports the new study's conclusions. Why can't we all just deal with the facts?


WASHINGTON, D.C. - Lena Sun, reporter for the Washington Post, had an unenviable task: cover a newly released study implicating the flu vaccine in spontaneous abortions (aka, miscarriages). The study, released today in the highly respected and prestigious journal Vaccine, has a title that will likely increase the stress level of pregnant women trying to figure out how to keep their baby safe:

Association of spontaneous abortion with receipt of inactivated influenza vaccine containing H1N1 pdm09 in 2010-11 and 2011-12

Like all good journalists working in the mainstream media, Ms. Sun's challenge was to report on a potentially catastrophic new study that might hurt the primary source of advertising revenue for her employer: the pharmaceutical industry. And while I've seen a number of different ways for reporters to try and minimize the implications of damaging studies, Ms. Sun's headline may just take the cake:

Comment: Shocking Stories From Pregnant Women Who Have Had Miscarriages After Taking The Swine Flu Vaccine