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Sunlight avoidance correlates with a global rise in cancers

Fearful beachgoers in China are trading their suncreen and hats for facekinis.
A causative link between the sun and cancer does not exist and never has. The cancer and sunscreen industries have made it their mission to convince the world that sunlight is a primary cause of skin cancer, when in fact it has been shown to prevent it and many other forms of cancer.

It is a common sight these days to come across girls riding their two-wheelers and scooties, all covered up to avoid the sun's rays on their person. They even wrap a stole around their faces, such that not an inch of their face is seen, and wear gloves to keep the sun away from their skin.

Experts say that despite living in a tropical climate, it is unfortunate that many don't expose themselves to the sun to get the RDA (recommended daily allowance) of vitamin D.

Comment: More on the benefits of sunlight and Vitamin D:


Men are significantly weaker than they were 30 years ago, says new study

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Think you'd beat your dad in an arm wrestling competition when he was your age? Bad news: he'd probably kick your ass.

Men today are weaker than they were 30 years ago, research in the Journal of Hand Therapy found.

In the study, men aged 20-34 have lower grip and pinch strength - which measures how strong your hand and upper extremities are - than the same aged guys did three decades ago.

In fact, the average grip strength for men ages 25-29 is nearly 12 kilograms lower today than it was before.

Your grip may not seem super important unless you're a competitive arm wrestler, but it actually serves as a good proxy of your overall strength.

Comment: Hand-Grip Strength Associated With Poor Survival

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Epigenetics: The keeper of the code

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When it comes to DNA, the way it is packaged is as important as the code.
In recent years, attention has increasingly turned away from DNA's code and toward the way that DNA is packaged and the proteins that interact with it. These so-called epigenetic factors are heritable, reversible, and hugely influential.

Over the last few decades, epigenetics has become a hot scientific topic.

With potential roles in cancer, neuropsychiatric disorders, and immune disorders, it is no surprise that epigenetics is garnering such intense attention.

The way in which genes are expressed is incredibly complex; it requires the infinitely detailed coordination of multiple molecular players.

Epigenetics creates an additional layer of complexity that researchers are only now beginning to understand.

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Misleading expiration dates cause widespread food waste

Foodborne illness is a major problem in developed countries like the U.S., but one tactic many Americans rely on to prevent it is seriously misled.

A new survey on household food waste in the U.S. revealed that more than 68 percent of Americans had thrown away food because it was past the expiration date — and they believed eating it could cause food poisoning.1

This is a major misconception, as although it's possible to become ill from eating spoiled food, it is a different issue entirely from foodborne illness spread by contaminated food (which can make you sick even if it's fresh).

In many cases, expiration dates are not a measure of food safety at all, and the widespread misconceptions about their meaning are adding to the alarming amount of food wasted in the U.S. each year.

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You'll never hear about virus research fraud in the mainstream media

There are very few investigators on the planet who are interested in this subject. I am one of them. There is a reason why.

In many articles, I've written about the shocking lack of logic in the curriculum of advanced centers of learning. When I attended college, I was fortunate to have a professor who taught logic, and taught it in a way that appealed to the minds of his students. In other words, for those of us who cared, we could not only absorb the subject matter, we could think with it; for example, we could approach an area of knowledge and track it back to its most basic premises. And then we could check those premises and see whether they were true and correct. If they were incorrect, we could then challenge many accepted notions that followed from those basic untruths.

That is one of the payoffs of being able to deploy logic.

With this introduction, let me bring up the issue of disease-causation. How do researchers decide that a given virus causes a given condition?

There are many twists and turns involved in answering the question, but before being able to engage in such a discussion, a more basic factor has to be considered:

Comment: For more on this topic see: The Health & Wellness Show: Interview with Virus Mania author Dr. Claus Köehnlein


Harvard study finds drinking water for 6 million Americans laced with chemicals linked to cancer, hormone disruption and obesity

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Drinking water for six million Americans contains chemicals linked with cancer, hormone disruption and obesity at levels that exceed what is deemed safe by the federal government, according to a Harvard study.

Water samples taken by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) near industrial sites, military fire training locations, airports, and wastewater treatment plants contain levels of the toxic chemicals polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl (PFASs) that go beyond what is considered safe by the federal government, according to a new study by researchers at Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health and John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

The Harvard researchers analyzed data related to the detection of six types of PFASs in approximately 36,000 toxic drinking water samples collected by the EPA from 2013 to 2015. The drinking water involved in the EPA's samples applies to around two-thirds of the US, researchers said.


American fertility rates are at an all time low

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Fertility rates in America - - the number of babies born per woman between ages of 15 and 44 - - are at the lowest levels ever recorded, according to researchers in a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The findings are based on population data from the CDC that is released every quarter and tracks birth and fertility statistics dating back to 1909. This does not indicate there are more infertile women; rather it means that fewer babies are being born to women of likely childbearing age in the U.S. Measuring the fertility rate is viewed as a more accurate data compared to overall birthrate which measures the rate of babies born compared to the total U.S. population.

Today the fertility rate has decreased from 60 births per thousand women in the first quarter of 2015 down to 59.8 per thousand in the first quarter of 2016. This means there are on average less than 6 babies born for every 100 women in this age group. In 2010 there were 6.4 births for every 100 women in the group. This follows a trend in recent years of declining birth rates in the U.S. with general fertility rates declining more than 10 percent since 2007.

Comment: Toxic food, toxic environments, EMF exposure, endocrine disruptors. The culprits are many.


Zika Zone in Florida becomes a ghost town in light of pesticide spraying

According to shop owners and managers in the town of Wynwood, Florida - also known as the "Zika Zone" - the area has been noticeably empty of the usual crowds that form to see the local murals and shop at local businesses.

The slowdown in pedestrian traffic coincides with the intensified effort by the state of Florida to combat the mosquitoes which carry the Zika virus by blanketing the town of Wynwood with insecticide.

"It's actually been pretty much a ghost town," an eclectic plant shop owner in the area, who was only able to make one sale on an otherwise busy Saturday, told CBS Miami.

Yesenia Candelario at Marine Layer told CBS that it was a "very slow, quiet weekend in the trendy, artsy enclave."

Comment: It will be interesting to see how this Zika psy-op will pan out. Will the Powers That Be go all the way (spray Naled which will cause microcephaly, which will lead to demands for the release of GM mosquitoes and a Zika vaccine) or will this virus scare fall by the wayside like SARS, bird flu, swine flu, Ebola et al?

For more on the Zika freakout listen to this episode of the Health and Wellness Show.


Millions of Americans exposed to excessive levels of toxic industrial chemicals from drinking water

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Levels of a widely used class of industrial chemicals linked with cancer and other health problems—polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs)—exceed federally recommended safety levels in public drinking water supplies for six million people in the U.S., according to a new study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).

The study will be published August 9, 2016 in Environmental Science & Technology Letters.

"For many years, chemicals with unknown toxicities, such as PFASs, were allowed to be used and released to the environment, and we now have to face the severe consequences," said lead author Xindi Hu, a doctoral student in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard Chan School and Environmental Science and Engineering at SEAS. "In addition, the actual number of people exposed may be even higher than our study found, because government data for levels of these compounds in drinking water is lacking for almost a third of the U.S. population—about 100 million people."

Comment: Drinking water is becoming increasing scarce and toxic

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Eliminating the competition: Consumer Reports issues propaganda report against dietary supplements

As you may have noticed, there's an ongoing campaign aimed at regulating supplements as drugs.1 This would allow the drug industry to eliminate the competition of the supplement industry, thereby increasing its own profits.

The primary talking point is that supplements are not regulated as drugs, so they are therefore unsafe. Strangely, prescription drugs kill many more people than car accidents — making them one of the most dangerous products on the market.

Yet, the pharmaceutical agents continue lobbying for drug regulations to be enforced upon supplements to ensure our "safety." The obvious motivation here is to give pharmaceutical companies a whole new product line as they have been struggling to innovate new successful drugs.

Can you imagine a day when the vitamins you consume will only be available by prescription? And at drug prices? In the U.S., sales of dietary supplements totaled nearly $37 billion in 2014, while the number of supplement users in the U.S. has reached 68 percent of the population.2

In February, I exposed how the Canadian Broadcast (CBC) News, The New York Times and PBS/Frontline all appeared to be part of this coordinated campaign against supplements.3

In November 2015, CBC News published a report in which they accused a number of supplement makers of failing to live up to label claims. By the end of January, the news agency was forced to retract its report as their lab tests were proven inaccurate.