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Can you really call lab-grown meat 'clean'?

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What do agricultural giant Cargill Inc. and billionaires Richard Branson and Bill Gates have in common? They're among a group of investors who have given, so far, $17 million to Memphis Meats - a startup company that's growing meat (beef, chicken and duck) from animal cells. No actual animals are involved, just their cells, so the idea is that one day environmentally (and ethically) devastating concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) could become a thing of the past.

Branson is so confident about Memphis Meats' future that he told Bloomberg News, "I believe that in 30 years or so we will no longer need to kill any animals and that all meat will either be clean or plant-based, taste the same and also be much healthier for everyone."1This so-called "clean-meat movement," also known as the cultured protein market, has struck a chord with many, from animal rights groups and vegans to environmental groups and media outlets.

Comment: The Health & Wellness Show: Meet the Meat You'd Never Eat!
On this episode of the Health and Wellness Show we look into the future of food, where the science is going and what we can expect in the coming years. In the food science world it is not what can be created but what will be accepted. New high tech foods are easy to create in a lab with enough financial backing though the trouble the industry is having is getting the consumer to overcome the 'yuck factor'. Artificial meat research, genetically modified animals, cloned meat, lab grown-test tube meat, bleeding veggie burgers -- nothing is too far out for big corporations looking to make a profit off of the notion that consumers want save the Earth while eating 'healthy clean meat'.


Leading sleep scientist warns that lack of sleep in modern society is killing us, has 'catastrophic' effect on health

got sleep?
'I take my sleep incredibly seriously because I have seen the evidence,' says Professor Matthew Walker

A "catastrophic sleep-loss epidemic" is causing a host of potentially fatal diseases, a leading expert has said.

In an interview with the Guardian, Professor Matthew Walker, director of the Centre for Human Sleep Science at the University of California, Berkeley, said that sleep deprivation affected "every aspect of our biology" and was widespread in modern society.

And yet the problem was not being taken seriously by politicians and employers, with a desire to get a decent night's sleep often stigmatized as a sign of laziness, he said.

Comment: More on the science and importance of sleep:

Book 2

'How is this not genocide?' - Farmer Charles Massy wants a revolution

Health comes from the ground up, Charles Massy says - yet chemicals used in agriculture are 'causing millions of deaths'. Susan Chenery meets the writer intent on changing everything about the way we grow, eat and think about food

The kurrajong tree has scars in its wrinkled trunk, the healed wounds run long and vertical under its ancient bark. Standing in front of the homestead, it nestles in a dip on high tableland from which there is a clear view across miles and miles of rolling plains to the coastal range of south-east Australia.

Charles Massy grew up here, on the sweeping Monaro plateau that runs off the eastern flank of Mount Kosciuszko, an only child enveloped by the natural world, running barefoot, accompanied by dogs and orphaned lambs. Fifth generation, he has spent his adult life farming this tough, lean, tussock country; he is of this place and it of him. But when his friend and Aboriginal Ngarigo elder Rod Mason came to visit he discovered that a lifetime of intimately knowing the birds, trees and animals of this land wasn't significant at all.


Devastating toll of junk food: Big food corporations like Nestle are aggressively making people fatter across the globe

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Some of the Nestlé products on sale at a store near , Brazil.
Developing countries are a hot market for Big Food's high-calorie junk food.

There are now more than 700 million obese people worldwide, 108 million of them children, reported the New York Times recently. In Brazil, food giant Nestle sends vendors door to door hawking its high-calorie junk food and giving customers a full month to pay for their purchases. Such a deal. Nestle calls the junk food hawkers, who are themselves obese, "micro-entrepreneurs." Right.

Big Food is increasing targeting poor countries as "emerging markets" to please shareholders, supplanting their indigenous diets with fast food, packaged goods and soft drinks. In addition to creating obesity, diabetes, heart disease and chronic illnesses, the junk food supplants subsistence agriculture crops with sugar cane and GMO corn and soybeans. Even philanthropic groups like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have drunk Big Food's Kool-Aid about GMOs "feeding the world." Actually, GMOs drench the fields of poor communities with toxic pesticides and pollute their waters.

Take 2

Treatment of epilepsy: Ketogenic diet often better than drugs

This year marks the 20th anniversary of First Do No Harm, a film directed by American movie director and writer Jim Abrahams. Based on real-life events, the film relates the successful treatment of one boy's severe case of epilepsy using a ketogenic diet. Prior to the fictionalized family's discovery of the diet, their youngest son, Robbie, was given many pharmaceutical medications, some of which caused constipation, fevers, rashes and other harmful side effects, including at least one near-death episode.

Aspects of the storyline mirror Abrahams' own experience with his infant son Charlie, who makes a brief cameo appearance in the film as one of Robbie's playmates in the hospital. Charlie was diagnosed with epilepsy when he was just 11 months old. Similar to the mother in the movie, played by Meryl Streep, after Abrahams watched his son suffer through multiple daily seizures, the accompanying accidents and injuries, and a slew of pharmaceutical drugs, he became aware of the ketogenic diet through personal research.

Comment: Ketogenic diet: Role in epilepsy and beyond


Dr. Chris Exley: Aluminum toxicity expert

Below is a great lecture given by Dr. Chris Exley, who is one of the worlds' leading experts in the subject of aluminum toxicity, and, as he points out in his lecture (2nd video below), which was spoken at a vaccine safety conference, aluminum has absolutely no place in Earth's biota. Sure, a portion of the Earth's crust is made from it, but it does a great job of keeping it (aluminum) completely separate from living things, it cannot penetrate up to where life thrives, until we started using it. Aluminum has no place in the exterior world, biochemically speaking.

Since this lecture was given, multiple studies have surfaced showing that aluminum, from vaccines in particular, does not come into the same methods of excretion as it does when we ingest it from other sources. Injectable aluminum is different because it's used as an adjuvant, which means "helper" and without it the vaccines are pretty much useless. Injectable aluminum is meant to stick around, and eventually it finds its way to the brain.

Comment: Read more about Aluminum toxicity:


Health problems confirmed with Corexit oil dispersant chemical

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Back on April 20, 2010, a major environmental catastrophe occurred in the Gulf of Mexico when the Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig exploded and 4.9 million barrels of crude spilled into the Gulf waters creating a problem that was not 'fixed' until July 10, 2010 when the rig finally was able to be capped.

One of the approved emergency methods to control the oil spill was the use of Corexit™, a chemical dispersant sprayed from aircraft. According to a report about the health issues related to that chemical "Respiratory, Dermal, and Eye Irritation Symptoms Associated with Corexit™ EC9527A/EC9500A following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Findings from the GuLF STUDY," we learn in the Introduction,
As part of the oil spill response and cleanup (OSRC), approximately 1.8 million gallons (6.8 million liters) of oil dispersant was applied both to the sea surface [1.07 million gallons (4.05 million liters)] and directly into the stream of oil leaving the wellhead 5,000 feet (1.5 km) underwater [0.77 million gallons (2.9 million liters)] (United States Coast Guard 2011).

Comment: Gulf Still Suffering Consequences of Dispersant Use


How flying seriously messes with your mind and body

Travelling by plane has become an everyday activity - but our bodies and brains are still affected by it.

With the tiny screen bouncing around in front of us, tinny sound quality and frequent interruptions, watching a movie during a flight is hardly an immersive experience.

Yet, frequent fliers may have found themselves - or at least witnessed others - welling up at the most innocuous of films while on a long airline journey. Even lighthearted comedies such as Bee Movie, Bridesmaids and The Simpsons can trigger the water works in passengers who would normally remain dry-eyed if watching these on the ground.

Physicist and television presenter Brian Cox and musician Ed Sheeran have both admitted they can get a bit over-emotional when watching movies on aircraft. A new survey by Gatwick Airport in London found 15% of men and 6% of women said they were more likely to cry when watching a film on a flight than they would if seeing it at home.


Yet another study done that links autism with aluminum found in most vaccines

A peer-reviewed study conducted by scientists at the University of British Columbia, has established a link between a popular aluminum vaccine and autism.

It is no question that the subject of vaccines is profoundly controversial. On both sides of the argument exists truth and lies that can hinder the ability of some to make rational decisions.

While we have everyone from attorneys to biologists, to political scientists who write for the Free Thought Project, none of us are doctors, so we do not make recommendations about what you and your family should do in regards to vaccination. That being said, when we see critical information about vaccines that fails to be covered in the mainstream media, we will cover it every time.

This is one of those times.

Comment: Sorry you bought-and-paid-for, Big Pharma-shilling authoritarian and fascistic Vaxxers. The world of good science and free-thinking people have - and will - continue to challenge your lies for as long as possible:


Southeast Asia sees rapid spread of a 'super malaria', resistant to the most effective anti-malaria drug

Malaria is caused by a parasite spread by blood-sucking mosquitoes
The rapid spread of "super malaria" in South East Asia is an alarming global threat, scientists are warning.

This dangerous form of the malaria parasite cannot be killed with the main anti-malaria drugs.

It emerged in Cambodia but has since spread through parts of Thailand, Laos and has arrived in southern Vietnam.

The team at the Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok said there was a real danger of malaria becoming untreatable.

Prof Arjen Dondorp, the head of the unit, told the BBC News website: "We think it is a serious threat.

"It is alarming that this strain is spreading so quickly through the whole region and we fear it can spread further [and eventually] jump to Africa."

Comment: Phytomedicine: Critically ill patients with drug-resistant malaria cured using dried leaves of Artemisia annua plant