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The Health & Wellness Show: Greatest Hits: Timely topics revisited

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On this episode of the Health and Wellness Show we give updates on some of our favorite previously covered topics. Supplements are back in the news but not in a good way. The FDA is cracking down and guess who will benefit? The UK is experiencing a resurgence in diseases that were common in the Victorian age. Why? Does it have anything to do with diet? Speaking of diet, we revisited our old friend gluten (it can make you crazy, you know) and re-explored the wonders of the ketogenic diet in case you forgot. We rounded out the show with the virus psy-op of the year: Zika.

Stay tuned for Zoya's Pet Health Segment on pet allergies.

Running Time: 01:25:56

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Not just bad for your teeth and brain: Fluoridated water is linked to diabetes

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Hey! Did you know that the fluoride American cities gleefully add to our drinking water is actually hazardous waste? If that isn't enough of a reason to keep you from drinking it, how about this: A recent study examined links between water fluoridation and Type 2 diabetes, and you aren't going to like what they found out.

Published in the Journal of Water and Health, the research found that fluoridation with sodium fluoride could be a contributing factor to diabetes rates in the US, as the chemical is a known preservative of blood glucose.

Kyle Fluegge, PhD, performed the study as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

The press release describes the method and findings:

Comment: Fluoride: No such thing as a safe level of exposure


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Some of the many ways exercise can improve your life

For most people, exercise plays a huge role in weight control and fitness level. Men and women who successfully maintain a healthy weight after losing weight, or who never really have a problem with their weight, tend to be people who are physically active. Regular exercise empowers you to improve your weight status and fitness level because it uses up excess calories that otherwise get stored in your body as fat. But that's not all exercise does. Exercise can also:

Build muscle. Weight-lifting and weight-bearing exercises (pulling, pushing, pressing, pumping) strengthen your different muscle groups.

Boost your energy levels. Aerobic exercises, including fast walking, swimming and bicycling, build up your cardiovascular endurance, while push-ups and other weight bearing exercises build up your muscular endurance. More endurance means more efficient and sustained delivery of oxygen and nutrients to every cell in your body.

Improve your mood. Exercise, particularly at a level of intensity that you prefer, has been shown in studies to improve mood, even after just 15 minutes of physical activity.

Suppress your appetite. Active people have better control over their appetites, at least in the short-term, than sedentary people.

Reduce the effects of stress. Exercise has consistently been shown to improve resilience to stress and protect against the harmful effects stress can have on both physical and mental health.

Comment: More benefits of exercise:


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Acupuncture found beneficial for treating symptoms of complex diseases in children

It appears that acupuncture may be a viable option for pain management when it comes to complex medical conditions, according to new research published by Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The study found that a significant portion of children who have chronic care conditions -- many of whom are already on numerous medications -- might benefit from the use of the low-risk and non-toxic benefits of acupuncture. The study was published in a recent edition of Medical Acupuncture.

Contemporary Medical Acupuncture is a precise peripheral nerve stimulation technique, in which fine solid needles (acupuncture needles) are inserted into anatomically defined neurofunctional sites, and stimulated manually or with electricity for the therapeutic purpose of modulating abnormal activity of the nervous system and/or the endocrine, exocrine and immune systems, in pain syndromes, functional problems, and any diseases in which these modulatory mechanisms are available.

Comment: More on how acupunture works:




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New concerns arise about mental health of college students across the country

New concerns arise about the mental health of students on college campuses all across the country.

Dr. Gene Beresin, a psychiatrist and Executive Director of The Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds at Massachusetts General Hospital, says 50% to 60% of college students have a psychiatric disorder.

"What I'm including in that is the use of substances, anxiety, depression, problems with relationships, break-ups, academic problems, learning disabilities, attentional problems," says Dr. Beresin. "If you add them all up 50% doesn't seem that high."

Comment: See also: A medical medium speaks about the stages of Epstein-Barr virus and chronic fatigue syndrome


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Psycho Martin Shkreli: Lifesaving EpiPen a 'bargain' even after 500% price hike

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Former drug executive Martin Shkreli.
The "most hated man in America" has defended a 500 percent price hike of the lifesaving device EpiPen. Martin Shkreli said the emergency allergy treatment was a "bargain" after the price increase, describing it as a commodity akin to an iPhone.

The former Turing CEO defended Mylan Pharmaceuticals, the company that owns EpiPen, in an interview with CBS News. Shkreli claimed Mylan made a measly 8 cents for every dollar they sold and were entitled to reap the benefits when they had a hit product.

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Whiten your teeth safely and naturally

Traditional whitening practices have proven to be quite harmful to the longevity of our teeth.

Dental specialist Linda Greenwall has thoroughly investigated the harmful use of teeth whitening treatments, especially ones which include chlorine dioxide, and argues "these chlorine dioxide treatments are advertised as safe for teeth. It is certainly not the case."

It remains difficult for people to find an effective and safe alternative to traditional teeth whitening practices — practices that cause serious and irreversible damage to our tooth's enamel, which is what protects it to begin with. Greenwall explains that chlorine dioxide whitening treatments can cause serious damage, including: etching of teeth, loss of tooth luster, teeth appearing more discolored, teeth absorbing more stains than before (due to loss of protective enamel), teeth feeling rough, and increased sensitivity (sometimes permanent).

Comment: For more on natural dental care listen to this episode of the Health and Wellness Show.


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Hormone replacement therapy's link to breast cancer has been greatly underestimated

Women who take a common form of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) are nearly three times as likely to get breast cancer, a major study has found.

Scientists at the Institute of Cancer Research in London say the risks of taking the pills have been underestimated for years - and are actually 60 percent higher than thought.

The findings, based on a study of 39,000 British women tracked as they went through the menopause, will re-ignite a 20-year-old debate about the benefits and risks of taking HRT.

The research found women who took the combined form of HRT - which contains both oestrogen and progestogen - were 2.7 times more likely to develop breast cancer over five years than those who did not take the treatment.

Comment: More on the dangers of HRT:


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Animal model suggests that exposure to frequent social disruption induces structural changes in the brain

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A Princeton University and National Institutes of Health study suggests that our response to stressful situations originates from structural changes in our brain that allows us to adapt to turmoil. Adult rats with disruptions in their social hierarchy produced far fewer new neurons in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for certain types of memory and stress regulation. They also reacted to the disruption by favoring the company of familiar rats. Their behavior manifested six weeks after social disruption, during which time brain-cell growth, or neurogenesis, had decreased by 50 percent. The photo shows adult hippocampal neurons that are less than two weeks old.
People who experience job loss, divorce, death of a loved one or any number of life's upheavals often adopt coping mechanisms to make the situation less traumatic.

While these strategies manifest as behaviors, a Princeton University and National Institutes of Health study suggests that our response to stressful situations originates from structural changes in our brain that allow us to adapt to turmoil.

A study conducted with adult rats showed that the brains of animals faced with disruptions in their social hierarchy produced far fewer new neurons in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for certain types of memory and stress regulation. Rats exhibiting this lack of brain-cell growth, or neurogenesis, reacted to the surrounding upheaval by favoring the company of familiar rats over that of unknown rats, according to a paper published in The Journal of Neuroscience.

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EpiPen offers 50% discount after 500% price hike, Killary gets the credit?

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Heather Bresch, chief executive of Mylan, Inc
Makers of the EpiPen auto-injector said they would offer a 50 percent discount after public outrage over a 500-percent price hike. Hillary Clinton was among those calling for the price reduction - and her supporters were quick to give her all the credit.

EpiPen administers a quick dose of epinephrine to counter a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. The easy-to-use injector is made by West Virginia-based Mylan Pharmaceuticals, which bought the rights to it in 2007. Since then, the price of the EpiPen has skyrocketed, going from $100 to $600.

On Thursday, Mylan announced that it would introduce a savings card that will cover up to $300 of the cost of the EpiPen 2-pack for patients previously paying list price, which "effectively reduces their out-of-pocket cost exposure by 50 [percent]." The company is also increasing the eligibility for its patient assistance program, which will"eliminate out-of-pocket costs for uninsured and under-insured patients and families as well."


Comment: Offering a discount is just a clever way to do damage control, if they actually cared they'd simply reduce the price to something that is reasonable. Killary getting the credit is also patently ridiculous, especially considering the amount of donations she gets from pharmaceutical companies. Heck, Mylan was a donor and partner during the period of extreme price hikes, which means Killary directly benefited from dollars gouged from those hikes.


"We recognize the significant burden on patients from continued, rising insurance premiums and being forced increasingly to pay the full list price for medicines at the pharmacy counter. Patients deserve increased price transparency and affordable care, particularly as the system shifts significant costs to them," Mylan CEO Heather Bresch said in a statement.

Comment: Basically what we have here is Killary using her friends to outrage the public and then pretending to care by advocating for some 'discount offer' which really does nothing but act as a placebo. Even with the discount, the price is still inflated and the profits continue to flow to the 1%