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Over 1,000 antidepressant users describe how their personal life has been affected

Survey examines adverse personal and interpersonal effects of antidepressants and the impact of polypharmacy

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“Holding onto sanity” by Autumn
New research, published in Psychiatry Research, features personal accounts of antidepressant users and their experiences of negative side effects related to sex, work, socializing, and physical health. John Read and a team of researchers in the U.K. further explored informed consent and the impact of polypharmacy.

Staggeringly high rates of antidepressant prescriptions continue to climb. In England, prescriptions have doubled since 2005. Similarly, antidepressant use doubled in Australia between 2000 and 2014 becoming the most commonly used medication taken by 1 in 10 Australians each day. By 2005, antidepressants were the most widely prescribed drug in the United States, and by 2012, one in eight adults had incorporated their usage into their daily routine.


Stressful life experiences can age brain 'by years'

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Child's death, divorce or job loss linked to poorer cognition in later life, study finds, with African Americans more susceptible.

Stressful life experiences can age the brain by several years, new research suggests. Experts led by a team from Wisconsin University's school of medicine and public health in the US found that even one major stressful event early in life may have an impact on later brain health.

The team examined data for 1,320 people who reported stressful experiences over their lifetime and underwent tests in areas such as thinking and memory. The subjects' average age was 58 and included 1,232 white Americans and 82 African Americans. A series of neuropsychological tests examined several areas, including four memory scores (immediate memory, verbal learning and memory, visual learning and memory, and story recall).

Stressful life experiences included things such as losing a job, the death of a child, divorce or growing up with a parent who abused alcohol or drugs. The results showed that a larger number of stressful events was linked to poorer cognitive function in later life.



Most boxed mac and cheese contains chemical used to soften plastic

Lovers of boxed mac and cheese, prepare to take a hit. According to a recent test conducted in a lab in Belgium, if you're eating the powdered cheese that comes in the box, you're probably also eating a group of chemicals called phthalates that are used to soften plastics.

The Coalition for Safer Food Processing and Packaging bought 30 different cheese products from store shelves in the U.S. — 10 different kinds of mac and cheese with cheese powder, five different types of processed sliced cheeses, and 15 varieties of natural cheese — then shipped the package to the Flemish Institute for Technological Research. The institute did not list the brand names of the products they studied.

Nevertheless, they tested each sample and found significant levels of phthalates in all but one of the products. On average, phthalate levels in the powdered cheeses were found to be twice that found in sliced cheeses and four times found in the natural varieties.

Unlike the European Union and countries like Japan and Argentina, which have banned phthalates entirely, U.S. restrictions on the use of the chemicals are limited. As such, phthalates are in the plastic materials, like tubes and pipes, used to process the cheese, and are found again in the product's packaging. The phthalates simply leech into the food.


Hair dyes, relaxers and conditioning creams linked to breast cancer

For years, women have been told that cancer is simply a spontaneous occurrence based on predisposed genetic traits which increase or decrease your likelihood of acquiring cancer. The biggest secret of the cancer industry is the fact that in truth, environmental exposure to carcinogenic toxins such as pesticides, heavy metals, radiation, and even certain chemical beauty products are some of the largest contributing factors in acquiring cancer.

Ask any scientist and they will tell you that throughout the many thousands of years that humanity has been on the planet, evolution has produced a species which is aptly able to survive in and adapt to their environment. The secret here is that tens of thousands years of evolution did not create humans who are "naturally" pre-programmed to acquire breast cancer. There is almost always another factor, or varying factors, which contribute to the acquisition of breast cancer and come from outside the realm of of human genetics.

For example; smoking, aluminum-based deodorants, having an abortion, and many more environmental factors can contribute to an increased risk of varying forms of cancer. According to the National Cancer Institute, about 12% of women develop breast cancer at one point throughout their lifetime, affecting around 220,000 new patients each year and killing about 40,000 (about 400 of which are men).

Comment: Could Your Hair Dye Kill You?


What happens when you don't brush your teeth properly?

Brushing your teeth twice a day is an indispensable health habit that affects more than just your teeth. The state of your oral health most definitely plays a role in optimizing your overall health and well-being. Regardless of your age or the number of years you've been using a toothbrush, it's a good idea to make sure you are addressing the important aspects of dental hygiene.

Bad breath, plaque, yellow teeth, tooth decay and other health problems are easily avoidable when you adopt an effective oral-care routine. I hope you will take a few minutes to learn what happens when you don't brush your teeth, or don't brush them properly.

What Can You Do About Bad Breath?

If you've ever overlooked brushing your teeth before leaving the house for the day, you have probably already experienced the most common side effect of ignoring your oral health: bad breath, also known as halitosis. Without brushing, food odors will linger in your mouth, causing foul odors to emit as you breathe and speak. Some food odors may be mildly tolerable, like coffee, while others are downright obnoxious, like garlic or fish.

To prevent bad breath, not only is it important to brush your teeth twice a day, but also your tongue. Since it is actively involved in the chewing and swallowing process, food particles and odors can easily remain on your tongue after you brush your teeth. You can brush your tongue using either your regular toothbrush or an instrument designed specifically for tongue brushing. If you are prone to foul breath and have not seen improvement through changes in your oral hygiene routine, you also may want to address:

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Irish Philanthropist Jonathan Irwin - vows to stand up for Gardasil-injured Girls

“I cannot believe in this tiny country (Ireland) there are 400, maybe 500 families so badly affected, their daughter completely wiped out, and the reaction of the Health Service and particularly the Minister and a lot of other politicians and professors and doctors, all saying that they’re absolutely disgraceful.” — Jonathan Irwin
Jonathan Irwin is a former stud owner and racetrack executive who, in his mature years, devoted his life to a foundation he set up with his wife Mary Ann called the Jack and Jill Foundation. He set up the foundation in 1997 to provide in-home nursing care for severely disabled children, or babies born with life-threatening, debilitating conditions, whose parents would otherwise be unable to afford such services. The Irwins set up the foundation in response to a tragedy which befell their own family in 1996, which would change the course of their lives.

Jonathan Irwin's son Jack was born healthy, but for an unknown reason, he developed severe brain damage due to complications which occurred two days after his birth. According to Jack and Jill's website, "While history does not reveal the immediate aftermath of this drama, it is probable that he died and was resuscitated. Certainly from that moment on, Jack could not swallow and was probably blind and deaf." The doctor treating Jack advised the Irwins to leave him at the hospital so that he would not be a burden on his family and moreover, this would be the only way the state would be forced to provide care for him.

Comment: Gardasil: Medical torture and child abuse by Big Pharma
There is something deeply wrong with a giant pharmaceutical company spending hundreds of millions of dollars to manipulate women and influence legislation in order to generate a revenue stream of billions of dollars a year for itself at the expense of a gullible public. Because what is wrong with Gardasil isn't just that it is unnecessary. Gardasil is possibly the most dangerous vaccine on the market, with the potential to injure, maim, or even kill the children who receive it. The program of coercion to vaccinate every 11- to 26-year-old girl with Gardasil is relentless. This vaccine is given not just in doctor's offices, where doctors have been known to "fire" noncompliant patients, but in schools and colleges, where the pressure on girls and their parents to conform can be extreme. These institutions all have quotas - sometimes including financial rewards - and they are anxious to prove high rates of compliance.8 But there is no informed consent prior to vaccination, so most of these girls and their parents have no idea what they are risking by agreeing to vaccination with Gardasil. While Merck, the FDA, the CDC and the medical establishment all deny that there have been serious, life-altering adverse events associated with Gardasil, the fact is that compared with the mandated vaccines which are given with greater frequency, Gardasil still has the most adverse events reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) of any vaccine. And since reporting of adverse events is not mandatory in the US (although outbreaks of so-called vaccine-preventable illness are), it is likely that only 10% even get reported!9


Big Pharma's development of a 'clinically viable heroin vaccine' - paid for by U.S. taxpayers

Many of us just pay our taxes on a yearly basis and have absolutely no idea where they're going. Are they funding new medical research? War? The elite's agenda? The reality is that your taxpayers' dollars support all of these things and more, despite the fact that you may not knowingly support them yourself.

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society titled "Development of a Clinically Viable Heroin Vaccine" has been making recent headlines, hinting at fewer heroin users in the United States. The irony here is that taxpayer dollars are being spent to develop a vaccine against drug users supporting the very drug trade the U.S. government and the medical industry have so heavily invested in maintaining.


Personal debt takes its toll on mental health

Is our relationship with money bad for us? Recent figures suggest that the average household now owes about £13,000 - not including mortgages. Low interest rates mean that credit is relatively cheap and freely available and, as a result, borrowing has become the way many of us are able to afford the expensive things in life.

That's where greater knowledge of finances is required - both in terms of people knowing what they're letting themselves in for in the first place and also with an understanding what help they have available to get themselves out of trouble, with options such as debt management plans also known as DMP.

Impact of debt

Much has been said about the potential economic impact of debt. Indeed, the Bank of England recently expressed its alarm over an apparent consumer spending binge. There's a fear that if we overstretch ourselves then we'll be in a bad position to withstand an economic storm if one were to arrive.

But the impact of debt is felt far beyond the figures on a spreadsheet. Carrying more and more debt brings as much of an emotional burden as it does a financial one, and that is taking its toll on a large number of people across the UK.

Comment: High personal debt also negatively impacts physical health:
Among the people reporting high debt stress in the new (2008) poll:

27 percent had ulcers or digestive tract problems, compared with 8 percent of those with low levels of debt stress.

44 percent had migraines or other headaches, compared with 15 percent.

29 percent suffered severe anxiety, compared with 4 percent.

23 percent had severe depression, compared with 4 percent.

6 percent reported heart attacks, double the rate for those with low debt stress.

More than half, 51 percent, had muscle tension, including pain in the lower back. That compared with 31 percent of those with low levels of debt stress.


Hold your horses! Virologist resurrects horsepox virus in hopes of developing a new smallpox vaccine

Beware the horsepox virus, resurrected from the dead. Symptoms may include a desire to neigh, snort, and gallop with the herd. But seriously...

This latest lab-created horsepox virus is said to be the cousin of the smallpox virus, which health authorities claim was formally eradicated from the planet in 1980. Why eradicate one "deadly" virus only to revive its cousin? What is the purpose in that?

Molecular virologist, David Evans, at the University of Alberta, Canada, told the Washington Post that his efforts to create a new virus are aimed at developing cancer treatments and vaccines, especially since the current smallpox vaccine has some serious adverse side effects, including death.

A Short History of Smallpox

The introduction of smallpox vaccine shaped human history by killing countless thousands of people when it was introduced by Dr. Edward Jenner in the late 18th century (1796). Jenner's idea was born after he noticed milkmaids exposed to cowpox appeared to be immune to smallpox. He tested his hypothesis by inoculating a boy with cowpox pus and subsequently challenging him with smallpox. Jenner wrote a paper describing his theory and identified 13 other individuals who had contracted either horsepox or cowpox before being exposed to smallpox.

Comment: Ominous milestone: Scientists form synthetic version of extinct horsepox virus in lab


Seeing the light: Could it be we have been wrong about what causes melanoma?

For decades, public-health officials have been warning that exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun increases your risk of developing melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer.

But something doesn't quite add up with this generalized warning, because an epidemic of melanoma has broken out among indoor workers. In fact, indoor workers get three to nine times LESS solar UV exposure than outdoor workers get, yet only indoor workers have increasing rates of melanoma - and the rates have been increasing since before 1940.

So what's really going on here with melanoma causes?

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