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Mystery illness sends 11 college students to Utah hospital

Mountainland Applied Technology College in Spanish Forks, UT
A mystery illness at a technology college in Spanish Fork shut down classes and sent 11 students to the hospital Monday.

The illnesses started to pop up Monday morning at the Mountainland Applied Technology College as students in the dental and cosmetology programs were getting underway.

According to a college spokesman the symptoms appeared to be carbon monoxide related but firefighters and the gas company could not find any signs of the gas or any kind of chemical leak.

"They weren't working with chemicals to make them sick so that's why it's more of a mystery of nothing was really happening to create that issue of passing out," said Mark Middlebrook college spokesman.

"I had a headache and I was feeling a little dizzy, felt like I couldn't really breath," said Harlie Meyer one of 11 students taken to the hospital and then released. "Then I started feeling like I was going to pass out." One student did end up passing out according to Middlebrook.


High schoolers create new light therapy device to treat seasonal affective disorder

An inventive team of high school students has created a new light therapy device that may provide relief for the millions of people who suffer from a seasonal form of depression.

As the days shorten and fall gives in to winter, bouts of the "winter blues" aren't uncommon. But a more serious form of winter depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) can make the colder, darker months a long period of misery for many.

What is SAD?

When the seasons change and the length of daylight hours varies, there is a shift in our circadian rhythms. This can cause our "biological clocks" to be out of sync with our daily schedules, and can have dramatic effects on our overall wellness. The most difficult months for SAD sufferers in the Northern Hemisphere are January and February, and younger people and women tend to be at higher risk.

Comment: Light therapy is more effective than Prozac in treating depression


Coca-Cola & Pepsi sponsored about 100 health orgs in 5yrs, primary interest of improving profit, at the expense of public health

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Coca-Cola and Pepsi aren't known for their nutritional values, but the two soda giants have managed to promote a positive image for their brands by sponsoring health organizations, making them "unwitting partners" to the cola agenda, a new study claims.

The study, conducted by researchers at Boston University (BU) and published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, found that the Coca-Cola Company and PepsiCo sponsored a combined total of at least 96 health organizations between 2011 and 2015.

That breakdown includes 12 organizations that accepted money from both companies, one which accepted cash from just PepsiCo, and 83 which only accepted funds from Coca-Cola.

Comment: Earlier this year, for instance, Barbara Bowman, Ph.D., former director of the CDC's Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP),left the agency unexpectedly, two days after her close ties with Coca-Cola were revealed.

Bowman reportedly aided a Coca-Cola representative in efforts to influence World Health Organization (WHO) officials to relax recommendations on sugar limits. Bowman, however, was not the only CDC official looking out for Coca-Cola.

See also: The FDA is BigPharma's lapdog, not a watchdog for the public


Vaccines - more scary than ever

According to a report by Tim Bolen, Hillary Clinton PERSONALLY Arranged For Chinese Vaccine Manufacturers to Avoid US Government Scrutiny..., there are going to be a lot more problems, it seems:
Chinese Made Vaccines are "Pre-Approved" by the World Health Organization (WHO). They Completely Bypass Any US Agency Inspections...
Why don't I have much faith in Chinese-made vaccines, or any vaccines? Well, the Chinese have a documented history of toxins and contamination in their products - anything from dry wall to children's toys and jewelry to farmed fish, including most products in between—and the foods they manufacture and sell globally.

In my 2009 book, Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking of Our DNA, A Probe Into What's Probably Making Us Sick, I devote an entire chapter to exposing the problems with Chinese-made goods. I titled that chapter The China Trade Debacle: Toxic and 'Made in China.' I only can imagine what will happen with vaccines!


Junk food alters gene expression leading to binge eating

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A new therapeutic target for the treatment of compulsive binge eating has been identified by researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM).

The study, which is published in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, reports the beneficial effects of the activation of a class of receptors, Trace Amine-Associated Receptor 1 (TAAR1), on compulsive, binge eating. TAAR1 discovered in 2001, is a receptor that binds molecules in the brain called trace amines.

Compulsive binge eating is estimated to affect approximately 15 million people suffering from forms of obesity and eating disorders in the United States. It is characterized by episodes of eating large quantities of food, often very quickly and to the point of discomfort. Binge eaters often experience a loss of control during the binge as well as shame, distress or guilt afterwards.

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Do you really need eight glasses a day?

Study challenges idea of mandatory water intake

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A new study showed that a 'swallowing inhibition' is activated by the brain after excess liquid is consumed, helping maintain tightly calibrated volumes of water in the body.
A multi-institute study led by Monash University has revealed for the first time the mechanism that regulates fluid intake in the human body and stops us from over-drinking, which can cause potentially fatal water intoxication. The study challenges the popular idea that we should drink eight glasses of water a day for health.

The study showed that a 'swallowing inhibition' is activated by the brain after excess liquid is consumed, helping maintain tightly calibrated volumes of water in the body.

Associate Professor Michael Farrell from the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute oversaw the work by University of Melbourne PhD student Pascal Saker as part of a collaboration with several Melbourne institutes.

"If we just do what our body demands us to we'll probably get it right - just drink according to thirst rather than an elaborate schedule," Associate Professor Farrell said.

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The Health & Wellness Show: When the body says, 'Whoah!': Rare diseases and strange ailments

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There are a number of people currently living around the world who are experiencing the weirdest, rarest diseases known to man. Some are genetic, some are caused by injury and practically all of them leave the most learned medical professionals scratching their heads in confusion. When the human body works as it should it can be a wonder to behold, but what about when things go wrong? Gustatory auditory synaesthesia, polydactyly, misophonia, fibrodysplasia ossificans progressive, hirsuitism and spontaneous human combustion are just a few of the conditions we'll talk about. What causes these strange ailments? A cruel mishap in the genetic lottery, karma, poverty and malnutrition, a disturbance in the morphic field?

Join us on this episode of the Health and Wellness Show as we discuss these rare diseases.
Stay tuned for Zoya's Pet Health Segment where the topic will be strange animals.

Running Time: 01:25:38

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Pets on pot: Medical marijuana has a new customer base

When Lisa Mastramico needed relief for her ailing tabby, Little Kitty, she turned to an unlikely source: marijuana.

At 12 years old, the cat had arthritis. For a long while she spent her days hiding in a closet, where Ms. Mastramico had built her a bed of plush blankets. After trying various supplements that proved ineffectual, she went to a meeting for Women Grow, an industry group for cannabis entrepreneurs.

She was not sold on the idea right away. "My concern was that it's not my place to get my cat high," said Ms. Mastramico, the director of a public access television network in Long Beach, Calif.

But with Little Kitty becoming increasingly isolated, it was time to give it a try. She got a medical marijuana card and purchased two edible oils made for pets and derived from cannabis that she squirts into her pet's mouth.


Clinical trials underreport harms of antidepressant medications

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A group of researchers recently found serious bias in the reporting of harm due to adverse events in antidepressant medication clinical trials. They report that although dropout rates from studies for both drug and placebo groups were comparable and well reported, participants who were randomly assigned to receive the drug were 2.4 times more likely to leave the study due to adverse events.

More strikingly, serious adverse events were very poorly reported in journal articles. Even when they were reported, discrepancies were often found between data submitted to the FDA and those reported in the published literature, which is a form of "spinning data" or a way of using language to report results in a way that shows favorable outcomes for the drug while minimizing its negative effects.



5 NYC moms win second court case against mandatory flu vaccination

A group of persistent moms claimed victory Thursday over the Health Department, when an appellate court continued to smack down a 2013 Bloomberg initiative that required mandatory flu vaccinations for preschool-aged kids in city-sponsored day care.

The flu-shot requirement is illegal, the Manhattan Appellate Division ruled, because the city "impermissibly crossed into the legislative sphere" when it decided pre-school and kindergarten-aged children must be injected — or be barred from attending the programs.

A group of five moms brought suit in Nov. 2015, contesting the policy.

Thursday's decision upheld a lower court's ruling but cited different reasons.

State Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez ruled in December 2015 that the Department of Health had faltered in adopting the rule because state law gives the state Health Department power over which diseases it decides require mandatory vaccination.

Comment: Congratulations to these moms. Considering the ill effects of flu vaccines they had every reason to take their case to court.
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