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The most common vitamin and mineral deficiencies

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Even when you eat a balanced, whole-food diet similar to the one presented in my nutrition plan, you may still fail to get the right balance of vitamins and minerals your body needs for optimal health. Because many factors contribute to your body's ability to derive nutrients from the food you consume, you may eat a healthy diet and still lack proper nutrition.

Changes in animal feed, climate, farming and food-processing methods, soil conditions, water quality and weather patterns, as well as increased use of genetic engineering and toxic pesticides, can have a negative effect on the quality of food available.

Your age, genetics and health conditions such as digestive issues also impact your body's ability to absorb nutrients from your food. Often, vitamin and mineral deficiencies can be difficult to identify because you may not develop symptoms until the deficiency has become quite pronounced.

Life Preserver

UK woman who battled blood cancer for years halts disease by treatment with turmeric

Dieneke Ferguson blood cancer turmeric

Dieneke Ferguson had been diagnosed with the blood cancer myeloma in 2007 and had undergone three rounds of chemotherapy as well as four stem cell transplants.
A woman who battled blood cancer for years without success finally halted the disease with turmeric, it has been reported.

Dieneke Ferguson is now leading a normal life after giving up on gruelling treatments that failed to stop it.

Doctors say her case is the first recorded instance in which a patient has recovered by using the spice after stopping conventional medical treatments.

With her myeloma spreading rapidly after three rounds of chemotherapy and four stem cell transplants, the 67-year-old began taking 8g of curcumin a day - one of the main compounds in turmeric.

The cancer, which has an average survival of just over five years, was causing increasing back pain and she had already had a second relapse.

Comment: There has been considerable research supporting the efficacy of turmeric in treating cancer and many other health challenges:


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Humans can spot small signs of sickness at a glance, only hours after infection

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Obvious signs of illness such as sneezing and coughing are easy to spot, but more subtle cues such as pale lips or droopy eyelids may help humans to tell when another person is sick.
Humans may use a host of facial cues - visible just hours after an infection starts - to avoid contracting illnesses from others, study indicates

Coughing, sneezing and clutching the stomach might be obvious signs of sickness, but humans can also spot if someone is healthy simply from a glance at their face, new research suggests.

Scientists have found that signs of a person being acutely unwell - such as pale lips, a downward turn of the mouth and droopy eyelids - are visible just hours after an infection begins.

"We use a number of facial cues from other people and we probably judge the health in other people all the time," said John Axelsson, a co-author of the research and a professor at the stress research institute at Stockholm University.

Comment: Very interesting research. It goes to show that we humans have a very sophisticated system of reading facial cues for gathering all sorts of information we're usually completely unaware of. See also:


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Testing new diabetes drug, scientists find possible Alzheimer's treatment

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Although their goal was to cure diabetes, scientists may have stumbled onto a new medication to help treat the devastating effects of Alzheimer's disease.

According to a press release from researchers at Lancaster University, a new drug being tested for diabetes patients was found to have "significantly reversed memory loss" in test subjects and is now being examined as possible treatment for neurodegenerative disorders.

The medication, known as a triple receptor drug - or "triple agonist" - reportedly works in multiple ways to protect the brain against degeneration and promote growth. Researchers say that a study of mice being given the drug found that the animals had an increased ability to learn and retain memories.

Comment: As mentioned in the article, this isn't the first time a connection between Alzheimer's and diabetes has been theorized/discovered. While it may require a discovery through testing medications to get the mainstream medical establishment on board, those studying the effects of the modern diet on multiple disease states are ahead of the curve and have more holistic (and likely more effective), dietary interventions on offer.


Syringe

Unvaccinated Australian children are now banned from daycare

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Unvaccinated children in Wagga Wagga will not be allowed to enter daycare as part of Australia's draconian "no jab, no play" policies. Australia does not hold the pretense of incrementally removing exemptions but openly wants to ferret out anyone who remains unvaccinated even calling parents "so-called conscientious objectors."

Not only are there harsh fines for daycare directors who do not enforce the government's mandatory vaccine regime, but anyone who falsifies a vaccine certification will face penalties as well. Only children with medical exemptions are allowed daycare entry, but those are rarely given. See: Government Agencies ACTUALLY Admit Poisoning By Vaccines In ICD-9

Wagga Wagga (called Wagga) is a major regional city in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia and boasts the highest childhood vaccination rate with one-year-olds having a 95% vaccination rate.

Comment: Vaccinated children should have nothing to fear from their non-vaccinated peers, right? If Australia really wanted to be logical they would ban vaccinated children from schools.


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Flu hype nothing-burger: Minnesota hospitals enact visitor restrictions to reduce spread of illness

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The flu is now considered "widespread" across Minnesota.

In other words, the flu virus has been reported at hospitals all over the state.

Many hospitals are placing restrictions on visitors to stop the spread.

"We're seeing people with body aches, headaches, high fevers, sore throat, cough, wheezing," said Dr. Bjorn Peterson.

Emergency rooms across the state are dealing with an increase in the number of people seeking relief from flu-like symptoms.

Doctors at Regions Hospital in St. Paul say they see more than 30 people a day who just don't feel good.

"The hospital itself is seeing on average 10 patients a day that are hospitalized for flu-symptoms," Peterson said.

The numbers are why the Minnesota Department of Health has declared influenza and respiratory illness widespread, which means hospitals will be placing restrictions on visitors to protect patients and staff.

Comment: Flu hype, otherwise known as one big advertisement for flu shots, happens every year around this time. The hype is inevitably followed by announcements that the flu shot is nowhere near as effective as Big Pharma hoped. The 2015-2016 shot was deemed only 18% effective for adults and 2014-2015's shot was only 23% effective yet flu jabs are still pushed as a preventative measure despite their multiple failures and disastrous side effects.


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France on high alert for flu and gastro bug, admissions up 35% at the weekend

The CHU in Nice reported a rise in hospital admissions due to flu by 30-35% over the past weekend

The CHU in Nice reported a rise in hospital admissions due to flu by 30-35% over the past weekend
The Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (Sud) region is on high alert for flu and gastroenteritis, with only slightly fewer people affected there than in Paris.

The PACA (Sud) region is the most affected in France by "gastro", according to reports on the French medical GP network Sentinelles, although it notes that there have been "no hospitalisations" for complications such as "severe diarrhoea".

Influenza ("flu", known in French as "grippe") is also at severe levels in PACA, currently affecting around 495 people for everyone 10,000 inhabitants, just down from the 510 cases per 10,000 seen in the Parisian area.

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If You've Got "Adrenal Fatigue", There's Likely Nothing Wrong with Your Adrenals

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For those unfamiliar with the term 'adrenal fatigue', it's a popular buzzword used often by those in alternative health and wellness circles to informally diagnose people who display any (or all) of the following symptoms:
Fatigue, insomnia, depression, anxiety, low libido, poor stress tolerance, dry skin, poor quality sleep, apathy, sugar and salt cravings, repeated infections, headaches, slow wound healing, menstrual irregularities, diarrhea, constipation, hair loss, palpitations, cold hands and feet, poor body temperature regulation, low blood sugar, increased effort to perform daily tasks, lack of energy, food intolerances, allergies, etc...
Chiropractor and naturopath Dr James Wilson, building upon the previous work of pioneers in the field of stress physiology, including Hans Selye, claims to have coined the term "adrenal fatigue" in 1998. Since then, a whole host of books have been published on the topic, and a simple google search brings up more than 403,000 results.

Bacon n Eggs

Survey says meat-eaters have more sex than vegetarians

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A survey has suggested that those who eat meat everyday are more likely to have sex more than once a week compared to vegetarians.
Vegetarians may like to claim they lead healthier lives, but it seems there is one area where they are missing out - in the bedroom.

A survey suggests that 42 per cent of those who eat meat at least once a day have sex once a week or more.

But the figure drops to only 16 per cent for vegetarians and those who are defined as 'reluctant carnivores' who eat meat only once a fortnight.

Before you drop your tofu and race to the butchers for something juicy, however, it's worth noting that the survey of 2,000 Britons was conducted by GourmetMeatClub.co.uk, which happens to be an online provider of grass fed, free range, ethically sourced meat.

Broken down by country, the Welsh were the top of the carnal carnivore charts, with 49 per cent who ate meat every day reporting that they had sex one or more times every week.

Comment: Although surveys are highly unreliable (and there is no source link for this one in particular), a vegetarian diet lacks sufficient amounts of fat soluble vitamins, B12, iron and zinc which can lead to low energy and lack of activity between the sheets.

Why you should think twice about vegetarian and vegan diets


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Crooked big pharma that hooked people on opioids now profits again from addicts' switching to heroin

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The same pharma companies that profited from the opioid epidemic in the US by hooking patients on their drugs are profiting again as their victims migrate to heroin and participate in needle exchange programs, an attorney told RT.

The opioid epidemic is one of the biggest stories of 2017. The number of people dying from big pharma's prescription narcotics has skyrocketed. But the same pharmaceutical companies that profited from creating the crisis in the first place, and received a slap on the wrist for it, are now profiting from it again, attorney Peter Mougey said in an interview with RT America's Mike Papantonio.

"The migration from the prescription opioids to heroin is integral to this whole problem. At the end of the day, you are 80 times more likely if you are on heroin to have abused prescription opioids. It's common sense. No one starts by wrapping a tourniquet around his arm and putting a needle into it," he said.

"But something I find even more disgusting - I was with my co-counsellor in West Virginia last week, and we were looking through one of these needle exchange program packages. It has syringes and cotton balls and spoons to reduce the Hep-C and HIV. And sure enough, one of the companies that was selling - their logo was on the inside of the package - was McKesson. So, McKesson profited from the needle exchange program - and this is the same company that was charged with responsibility for controlling the overflow of the opioids into our communities."

Comment: See also: