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Obesity paradox: Study of identical twins finds being overweight does not increase the risk of heart attacks and early death

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Paradox: Fewer heart attacks and deaths occurred in the heavier of the identical twins.
Obesity has long been associated with cardiac problems, but a new study of twins suggests that an extra belly bulge may not actually increase a person's risk of heart attack or early death.

The research conducted by Swedish physicians studied cases in which one identical twin was overweight or obese, while the other was thinner.

According to lead author Peter Nordstrom, a researcher at the Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation at Umeå University, the study of identical twins is beneficial because they are genetically the same. Therefore, it allows for the evaluation of risks associated with obesity which are independent of genetics, HealthDay reported.

Comment: Previous studies have also found that people who are overweight can also be metabolically healthy and have lower rates of mortality:


Health

Metaphysical meanings behind physical pain

Physical ailments hinder an alarming amount of people, and often times we turn to Western medicine to understand and deal with aches and pains. But by doing so, we have lost touch with the ancient wisdom that everything on the physical plane is simply a manifestation of something on the metaphysical plane.

When we hurt, in one way or another, it is not as a simple as taking a pill to resolve. It's deeper than that. Our physical body is sent a message from our metaphysical being where our energy and spirituality reside. We often misinterpret these messages from higher planes, and, rather than digging deeper for the truth, we outsource, as is the way of modern medicine.

The Western approach treats pain through drugs and surgery—we numb, we divert pain receptors in the body, or we cut off an organ. This style may be valuable under acute circumstances, but more often than not, the pain must become unbearable in order for us to acknowledge the disharmony occurring.

Comment: For more on the underlying emotional reasons for physical pain see Louise Hay's book Heal Your Body


Info

Use coffee enemas for detoxification

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Remember the old joke about enemas? "It couldn't hurt!" It's OK, go ahead and laugh, both laughing and enemas are good for your health. Laughing has probably been around longer, but we know that Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine prescribed enemas some 2,600 years ago, as did Patanjali, the first written author on yoga around 200 B.C. Many cultures independently invented it and during the pre-plastic bucket days things such as hollowed out gourds or animal bladders were used. "In fact, there is hardly a region of the world where people did not discover or adapt the enema. It is more ubiquitous than the wheel. Enemas are found in world literature from Aristophanes to Shakespeare, Gulliver Travels to Peyton Place." (Ralph W. Moss, PhD)

There is speculation that the coffee enema, originated during World War I. Morphine supplies were limited and nurses discovered that coffee enemas could be used to dull pain experienced by wounded soldiers. Since that time we have learned that coffee enemas are not only helpful for pain management, but have the additional benefits of helping the liver remove and dump toxins. It is the circulating toxins that cause inflammation and pain by irritating the nervous system.

The liver combines toxins with bile and excretes the toxins with the bile flow. The caffeine, theobromine and theophylline, in coffee dilate the ducts to facilitate bile flow. The palmitates in coffee increase the action of glutathione-S-transferase by 600% to 700% in the liver and in the small intestine. It is this enzyme that is responsible for the detoxification of free radicals and it's also this enzyme that inhibits the re-absorption of the toxic bile. The quart of fluid held in the colon encourages the bowels to quickly move the waste out of the body by increasing peristalsis. It is easier, and tastier to drink the coffee, but the effects are not the same. Only coffee administered through the colon has the effects of bile duct dilation and enzyme stimulation.

Syringe

Dontcha know that vaccines "prevent everything bad"?

We begin with this: "Administration of KMV (killed measles vaccine) apparently set in motion an aberrant immunologic response that not only failed to protect children against natural measles, but resulted in heightened susceptibility." JAMA Aug. 22, 1980, vol. 244, p. 804, Vincent Fulginiti and Ray Helfer. The authors indicate that such children can come down with "an often severe, atypical form of measles. Atypical measles is characterized by fever, headache... and a diverse rash (which)... may consist of a mixture of macules, papules, vesicles, and pustules..."

In other words, the measles vaccine can create a worse form of measles. This is not the normal form of the illness, from which children routinely recover with the bonus of lifetime immunity. No, this is a severe, atypical, dangerous, synthetic, vaccine-induced disease.

Now read this: "...the window of vulnerability of an infant may be even greater in vaccinated women than in with women with natural measles infection." (Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg., 79(5), 2008, pp. 787 - 792).

Translation: Measles occurring in infants—which is unusual and dangerous—is more likely to occur when the mother has been vaccinated against measles. Why? Because she no longer passes down, to her child, the natural components of immunity to measles.

Sun

Study finds altered light environment can increase student performance

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While school quality and parent involvement are important factors in academic success, the effect of lighting on students also plays a significant role.

Have you ever noticed that you feel more alert during certain types of light exposure? Does a few minutes in the sun perk you right up? Light has a demonstrated effect on human health. New research suggests that it may have an affect on human learning as well.

Comment: For more information on the hazardous effects of artificial light on the circadian system and health, see the following articles:


Fish

Mercury Myth: Does fish really contain harmful amounts of Mercury?

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We all know about the risks of eating seafood with regard to mercury. We've been told by friends, doctors, and our government agencies that seafood can pose a significant health risk, particularly to pregnant and nursing mothers and their children.

Studies have shown mercury to be neurotoxic, increase the risk for heart disease, contribute to Alzheimer's disease, a potential contributor to neuropsychological issues, and most notably, negatively affect the brain of a developing fetus.

Life Preserver

Coffee: The definitive guide

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Coffee is serious business. We Americans drink about 400 million cups of it per day and spend several billion dollars on it each year. It's the most popular drug on earth, and certainly the most socially acceptable. In many ways, coffee's the closest thing we've got to a universal, daily ritual, as just about every morning, billions of people across the planet prostrate themselves before the holy, energy-giving legume. It also hails from the same place the earliest members of our species do: East Africa (Ethiopia, to be exact). That the most industrious animal ever to walk the planet and the psychoactive legume that fuels said industry both hail from the same place on earth is pure poetry.

Coffee's also delicious. I'd say you'd have to pry my coffee from my cold, dead fingers, only the ensuing struggle would slosh it all onto the floor, and that would be such a waste.

Yet it's also considered to be a vice, one of those substances that "everyone knows" is bad for you.

Is it?

Comment: According to Nora Gedgaudas, author of Primal Body, Primal Mind: Beyond the Paleo Diet for Total Health and a Longer Life, some people can have a negative reaction to coffee because of cross-reactivity from years of gluten consumption when drinking coffee. Others may have a sensitivity to coffee due to the fact that it's a bean, or perhaps for other reasons. So if you're a coffee drinker, it may be worth cutting out coffee for a while and then re-introducing it to determine if you have a negative reaction to it. And either way, it's best for your health to skip the milk and glutenous sugary pastries altogether.


Syringe

Rural counties across the US becoming a powder keg for another HIV outbreak

© David Coyle/TeamCoyle for the Guardian
An abandoned house in Beattyville. The town is in Lee, one of 20 counties in Kentucky most vulnerable to an HIV outbreak.
A man was lying sedate after injecting drugs. His fellow users, to amuse themselves, threw needles at him like a human dartboard to see if they would stick, according to a recent police report in Wolfe County, Kentucky.

"Back in the day, all we had to worry about was people drinking or smoking weed," said special deputy Gary Smith, who is entering his 25th year with the Wolfe County sheriff's department.

But with a growing US opioid epidemic that has escalated the number of injection drug users, the bucolic county has become acutely at risk from another public health problem.

Wolfe County tops the list of places that are most vulnerable to an HIV outbreak.

Syringe

'Why our children should hate us': Read the Lance Simmens article banned by the Huffington Post

Although Lance Simmens has been intimately involved in public life for several decades, you've probably never heard of him. As such, a little introduction is needed.

As mentioned, Lance Simmens' career was spent in public policy. Specifically, he worked for two U.S. Presidents as well as a couple of senators and governors. Since retirement, he's been a prolific writer, publishing 180 articles at the Huffington Post over the past 8 years. As such, it came as a great shock to him to discover that one of his recent articles was removed by the Huffington Post shortly after publication. It was the first article ever rejected by the online publication, and the unacceptable subject matter was nothing more than a positive review of the banned everywhere documentary VAXXED.

Health

Zika virus could affect up to 10,000 pregnant women in Puerto Rico this year

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The Zika virus could affect up to 10,000 pregnant women in Puerto Rico this year, putting hundreds of babies at risk of catastrophic birth defects, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Zika is spreading so quickly on the island that it's likely to infect one in four people by the end of the year, CDC director Thomas Frieden said. The greatest danger from Zika is microcephaly, in which infants are born with abnormally small heads and incomplete brain development, he said.

"That's horrifying," Frieden said. "This is a silent epidemic that is rapidly spreading through Puerto Rico."

About 41% of pregnant women in Puerto Rico with symptoms of Zika — such as a rash, fever, joint pain, pink eye, headache — tested positive for the virus, Frieden said. But just 20% of people with Zika develop symptoms. About 5% of pregnant women without Zika symptoms also tested positive for the virus, according to a CDC report published Friday.