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Racism: Harmful for the brain and body

Today, we are looking at the effects of racism on the health of the sufferer. According to Merriam Webster, racism is the prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one's own race is superior.

Especially in the United States, racism is a word some people would not want to hear. These people deny that racism exists. However, it now obvious that racism is not a perception in America, it is a reality. African-Americans and other minority groups in the country are constantly at the receiving end of racial bigotry.

But how does racism impact the health of the sufferer?

First, Sarah Zhang of the Wired News states that African-Americans face disproportionately high levels of diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease. She argues further that when it comes to mental health, studies show that reporting more incidents of racism is linked to more signs of depression and anxiety on the sufferer.

Eye 2

The future of warfare is viral: Department of Defense is creating virus-fighting viruses for outbreak emergency

The U.S. military is now creating its own custom-made line of viruses that it hopes can be used to neutralize a deadly virus during an outbreak by out competing with it and reproducing enough times to overwhelm a strain like HIV, Zika or Ebola.

But early research also shows that the lab created, genetically-engineered "dud" viruses could interfere with DNA and trigger cancer, and unlike other therapeutics, will be evolving as it courses through.

For now, it's future is still in the hands of military scientists. But the Department of Defense sees it as very promising.


Congress passed a new GMO Labeling Bill - so how will it work?

Confused about what the bill means and how it might change your shopping experience? Here's our explainer.

Last week, just before they adjourned for summer recess, Congress passed a bill that will establish national standards for labeling food containing ingredients which are genetically engineered (GE) also known as genetically modified organisms (or GMOs). President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law in the coming weeks.

Does this mean U.S. shoppers will soon see labels disclosing GMO ingredients on all food products? Not exactly.


Things you can do for a better brain

Reduce the mental decline that begins in mid-age by making moderate changes in your diet and lifestyle.

I can remember a survey I looked at years ago indicated that "maintaining mental sharpness" was the #1 health issue for 65% of the people questioned. I don't think much has changed. Brain health is a huge concern for many people, most likely because poor brain function equates to poor quality of life. There is no doubt that we live in a society that demands our brains work 100% - we constantly juggle facts, inputs, information, tasks, responsibilities, and process emotions. And at the same time, the statistics are showing us increased rates of cognitive decline and dementia are becoming some of the biggest health issues in the 21st century.

How can you prevent the mental downslide that starts in mid-age? You can buffer your brain against mild decline and even more severe reduced function with dementia by taking some steps in what you eat and how you live.


Holistic doctor deaths - over 50 dead on 1 year anniversary

Editor's note: VIDEO BELOW IS FROM MONTHS AGO, but I'll do an updated one with the nearly 50 doctors dead. A few aren't on the list yet and we'll get them all labeled for you.

Wine n Glass

Bye-bye booze! New study claims alcohol is linked to 7 types of cancer

© Tim Wimborne / Reuters
If you enjoy a good tipple after a hard day's work, you may want to put that glass down. A new study says that alcohol consumption is associated with seven types of cancer.

The study, published in the journal Addiction on Thursday, found an association between alcohol consumption and cancers in seven sites of the body: the oropharynx, larynx, esophagus, liver, colon, rectum, and female breast. The strongest link was between alcohol and cancers of the mouth and throat.

The research goes on to cite figures which suggest that alcohol led to around half a million cancer-related deaths in 2012, or 5.8 percent of cancer deaths worldwide.

Study author Jennie Connor, of the preventative and social medicine department at New Zealand's Otago University, said the study shows there is more than a simple link or association between alcohol and cancer, and that there is now enough evidence to prove that drinking is a direct cause of the disease.

Comment: Even if alcohol doesn't directly cause cancer, it's probably best to lay off the stuff:

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The Health & Wellness Show: Beyond the Pump: Getting to the heart of the matter

On this episode of the Health and Wellness show we will delve deep into the heart. Did you know the heart is more than just a pump? (Some would argue that it's not a pump at all.) It is made up of muscle cells and neurons, generating the strongest electromagnetic field of any organ of the human body. In addition to generating the strongest electromagnetic field, the heart has an intelligence of its own, which is why some neurocardiologists refer to it as the heart-brain or the fifth brain. With the knowledge of this electromagnetic heart-brain can we be tap into a different forms of intelligence such as intuition and wisdom? And what can we do to protect and strengthen this heart brain connection?

Running Time: 01:23:49

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Bacon n Eggs

The Keto Diet: Benefits beyond weight loss

Low-carb, higher fat/protein diets are nothing new in mainstream culture - chances are you've heard of the Atkins Diet or Protein Power or some other version of these weight loss plans. These diets are at their core high-fat, low-carb Keto Diets or KDs, so called because they put your body into a state where it runs on ketones, rather than glucose or glycogen (you can read more about the science behind the process here). But what you might not be aware of are the myriad medical studies that show how Keto Diets go far beyond weight loss. In all reality,the Keto Diet is common sense eating.

The following is a list of health issues and the way that the Keto Diet brings about positive effects in each of them. As always, speak to your doctor before beginning any new diet or exercise plan—I'm not a scientist or a doctor, but this list was compiled based on studies from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

Comment: For more on the low-carb or ketogenic diet see:


Ayurvedic amla for hair loss and dandruff

Antioxidant-rich amla prevents graying by fighting free radicals and cooling the pitta dosha. It nourishes hair follicles and increases blood supply to the scalp. Being anti-microbial, it also inhibits dandruff. Apply a paste of 1/2 cup yogurt, 2 tbsp gooseberry powder, 1 tbsp fenugreek powder, and 1 tbsp curry leaves paste on damp hair. Rinse after 20 min to get lustrous, durable tresses.

Aren't we willing to go to any extent to make our hair look lustrous? Of course our hair is precious to all of us! Hair fall is a major concern for many and should be treated in time. But little do we know that to have healthy hair is actually very affordable and simple, provided we choose the appropriate natural ingredients for our hair.

If you are one of those who want to give your locks a boost, here is a quick guide on how to get naturally healthy hair.

Bacon n Eggs

Watch out for these counterfeit food scams

The food industry scams its customers on a daily basis. The quicker you realize this, the faster you'll start to learn just which foods to look out for and how you can improve your diet.

Author of the book Real Food/Fake Food: Why You Don't Know What You're Eating and What You Can Do About It, Larry Olmsted, is a food journalist that explains how you are being fooled every day by the food industry. Olmsted has researched the approach that the food industry takes to food labeling and marketing. He is of the opinion that people are being fooled more often than they realize:
"Some of the adulteration — when they cut olive oil with other oils or substances, they cut honey with corn syrup — that is a violation of the law. But a lot of it is labeling issues that are unregulated. Like 'natural' would be the perfect example. You could slap 'natural' on pretty much any food product. It's meaningless."
Let's take a look at three common misconceptions used by the food industry to scam customers.

Comment: Further reading:

Food industry corruption: Almost everything we eat is fake