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Brown eggs, white eggs. What's the difference?

Egg production in the U.S. is pretty impressive: 50 billion eggs per year, but unfortunately that large number is achieved through the use of industrial agriculture, namely concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).1

About 70 percent of the eggs produced are sold as is, while the rest have their shells removed for conversion into both liquid and dried egg products, sometimes with just the whites (as the yolks have been touted as causing heart disease).

Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana and California are the biggest producers, and the U.S. is the largest egg-producing country in the world.

Some people say brown eggs are better for you because they contain more nutrients. Others are convinced they're better for cooking fluffy things like quiches, while white eggs are better for baking cakes. Then there are those who believe just the opposite.

What's the real difference between brown eggs and white eggs? One expert says that there's no difference on the inside, nutrition-wise, whether the egg is brown or white (although the way the chickens are raised can change that).


Herd immunity is a myth: Why un-vaccinated children are not a threat to others

When speaking about big and powerful pharmaceutical companies, one of the first things that should come to mind is scientific fraud, instances of which emerge with alarming frequency. A recent corruption leak, for example, was exposed from a study that was published in the British Medical Journal by researchers at the Nordic Cochrane Center in Copenhagen. The study showed that pharmaceutical companies were not disclosing all information regarding the results of their drug trials. This particular study dealt with antidepressants, exposing multiple dangers associated with these drugs. (source)

Comment: For more information on the nonsensical notion of "herd immunity" see the following:


A wish for a GMO-free Thanksgiving

As we celebrate the wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and all we have to be truly grateful for, one thing that takes center stage at Thanksgiving is food—glorious tasting food of all kinds, flavors and recipes. However, today's food is not what food was prior to the 1990s. Food now contains genetically modified organisms which are harming the human gut, microbiome and immune system.

My Thanksgiving wish for all readers is that society everywhere can come to the realization that food really is medicine for the body, mind and even our spirit. Eating wholesome, clean, non-GMO foods is the best thing we can do to maintain our children's and our own health and wellbeing.

The Institute for Responsible Technology produced the following 4 minute video which ought to impress upon everyone the importance of a non-GMO diet and lifestyle.

Comment: More on GMOs:


What is "Thunderstorm Asthma"?

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Hundreds of people in Melbourne, Australia, experienced breathing problems during a recent storm, in what's being called an outbreak of "thunderstorm asthma." But what's behind this rare phenomenon?

On Monday (Nov. 21) evening, the ambulance service in Melbourne, called Ambulance Victoria, received more than 1,800 calls during the storm, which is about six times more than usual, according to the BBC.

About 200 calls were for cases of asthma, and 600 calls were for people with breathing difficulties, Mick Stephenson, executive director of emergency operations at Ambulance Victoria, told the BBC. "A lot of people who called last night had never had asthma before," Stephenson was quoted as saying. There were also two deaths from asthma during the storm.


Varicose veins and hemmorhoids aren't just ailments of the elderly anymore

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Bad posture and sedentary lifestyles have been blamed for a rise in the number of young people seeking treatment for conditions traditionally associated with old age.
People in their 20s and 30s are being treated for varicose veins, knee joint problems and other conditions usually associated with old age.

Bad postures and sedentary lifestyles have led to a rise in the number of younger people experiencing complaints such as back pain and haemorrhoids, according to analysis by Bupa.

Data from more than 60,000 medical procedures in 2015 was compiled by the private healthcare group.

It found treatment traditionally offered to older generations was increasingly being sought by younger people, aged mainly between 25 and 45 - a shift it attributed to time spent sitting at desks, watching box sets and using smartphones and tablets.

Removal of haemorrhoids and varicose veins were two of the most common procedures in the heart and circulatory diseases category for both 26 to 35-year-olds and 36 to 45-year-olds.


Healing histamine: Are you allergic to candida?

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Research shows that Candida triggers histamine release, but did you know you can be allergic to candida, causing repeated, longer lasting or more intense infections? Or that those with chronic candida are 70% more likely to have a history of family allergies and allergic rhinitis? There's really exciting news though - Tufts researchers have made a discovery that will rock our world!

While I personally believe candida to be a catch all diagnosis that is often incorrect, especially when self diagnosed, it is something that comes up frequently when I meet people.

Are candida and histamine a related issue?


Will treating Candida help resolve histamine intolerance/excess histamine/mast cell activation?


Are there natural treatments available?

Comment: Learn more about Candida and what you can do to heal it naturally:


Light therapy alleviates Alzheimer's symptoms

Around the time he was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer's disease, 55-year-old Brian Leblanc spent all day "just doing nothing." The former marketing and public relations executive dozed in his recliner, often for hours at a time. At night he felt restless. He awoke at 3:30 every morning, unable to fall back asleep. He forgot to eat and shed more than 50 pounds. One day, unable to recall whether he had eaten lunch, Leblanc made a decision. "I didn't want to go down that hole any longer," he says. "I decided I'm going to do something each and every day to make a difference."

Now, Leblanc tries to stay active in the daytime, fending off drowsiness by riding his bike around Pensacola, Florida,and playing with his dog Dallas, a 10-year-old Chorkie (Yorkshire terrier/Chihuahua mix). A member of the Early-Stage Advisory Group for the Alzheimer's Association, he gives presentations a few times a month to raise awareness of the disease and advocate on behalf of patients. In the evening, he dims the alarm clock and cable router lights in his bedroom. Now he sleeps soundly. When he awakens, his mind feels sharper, his mood brighter. Spending time in the sun makes him "come alive," he says. "It gives me a new outlook on the day."

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

Life Preserver

How exercise keeps depression at bay

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Exercise may be an effective treatment for depression and might even help prevent us from becoming depressed in the first place, according to three timely new studies. The studies pool outcomes from past research involving more than a million men and women and, taken together, strongly suggest that regular exercise alters our bodies and brains in ways that make us resistant to despair.

Scientists have long questioned whether and how physical activity affects mental health. While we know that exercise alters the body, how physical activity affects moods and emotions is less well understood.

Past studies have sometimes muddied rather than clarified the body and mind connections. Some randomized controlled trials have found that exercise programs, often involving walking, ease symptoms in people with major depression.

Comment: Combining aerobic exercise with meditation can reduce depression & heal the brain


Omega-3 fatty acids stimulate brown adipose tissue metabolism

Omega-3 fatty acids are able to stimulate the activation of brown and beige adipose tissues, a discovery that would promote the development of new therapies for obesity and other metabolism diseases, according to a research study published in the journal Nature Communications under the supervision of Professor Francesc Villarroya, from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biomedicine and the Biomedical Research Center Red-Fisiopatología de la Obesidad y Nutrición (CIBEROBN) of the Institute of Health Carlos III.

In the new study, carried out in laboratory animal models, the research team noticed that Omega-3 fatty acids (n-3 PUFAS) stimulate the activation of brown and beige adipose tissue through a specific receptor (GPR120), which enables the release of the hormone FGF21 (21 fibroblast growth factor). This hormone, built by the adipocyte, is a molecule that regulates lipid glucose and metabolism and therefore, it is an effective target for the action mechanism of Omega-3.

"This discovery has implications in the understanding of the positive effects of n-3 PUFAS on the control of metabolic diseases and other aspects regarding the treatment for obesity and type 2 diabetes," says Professor Francesc Villarroya, member of the Institute of Biomedicine of the University of Barcelona (IBUB) and head of the Research Group in Genetics and Molecular Biology of Mitochondrial Proteins and Associated Diseases.

Comment: See also:


Medical tyranny: Australia proposes rules to force unvaccinated students to stay home during disease outbreaks

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Unvaccinated Year 12 students in NSW could be forced to stay home for two weeks during disease outbreaks under proposed changes to the Public Health Act.

If accepted, the proposed changes would force all school students from kindergarten to Year 12 to provide their school with a certificate showing they were vaccinated.

Students who failed to provide the information, or were not vaccinated, could be forced to stay home for up to two weeks if there was an outbreak of a serious disease.

Dr Vicky Sheppeard, director of communicable diseases with NSW Health, said the proposed rules would only apply on "very rare" occasions.

"The last time it happened was in 2012 when we had an outbreak of measles affecting high schools," she said.

"At that time, we didn't have powers that enabled us to exclude unvaccinated children to help control the outbreak."

Comment: The pharmaceutical cartel's undue influence on local governments is stealthily removing the rights of parents to protect their children from the potentially devastating impact of vaccines, despite overwhelming evidence that the vaccines themselves spread disease: