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Protecting children from the "global, silent pandemic of neurodevelopmental toxicity"

Having a child is often considered to be one of the most joyous moments in a parent's life, but it can also be one of the most stressful. One common stressor is the risk of your little one coming into contact with harmful toxins. Many new parents, in fact, rate this as the biggest source of concern in the first few years of having a newborn.

Exposure to harmful toxins can happen in many ways. Some toys, even though they are specifically designed for babies, can contain toxins. Equally, a lot of processed foods can contain obscure chemicals and additives.

A recent Forbes article points to research that suggests chemicals in toys and food may be contributing to what scientists are calling the "global, silent pandemic of neurodevelopmental toxicity."

Limiting exposure to toxins is especially important for babies because they are still developing. As such, their immune systems are less able to fight potentially damaging toxins than a fully grown adult's. And while you may be able to limit your own exposure to toxins by being careful about the products you use, the fact that children put everything in their mouths means that everything they are close to needs to be safe!

Comment: Poisoning our children - beginning in the womb


Health

Suffering from back pain? Try the Alexander Technique

Back pain is incredibly common, affecting about 80 percent of U.S. adults at some point in their lives. At any given time, it's estimated that 31 million Americans are experiencing low back pain, which is also the leading cause of disability worldwide.

While serious underlying conditions, such as fractures, infection, arthritis and cancer, can cause chronic pain in your back, most back pain is the result of mechanical problems that have resulted from years of repetitive movements, poor posture and other physical (and even emotional) stresses.

Americans spend at least $50 billion every year on back pain, including on medications, surgery and other treatments that often do not relieve the pain. An alternative therapy that's been growing in popularity, and for good reason, is the Alexander Technique.

It's got a devoted following of people because it's remarkably simple and non-invasive — and, most importantly, it works.

Comment: Acupuncture and Alexander Technique found to reduce chronic pain by more than 30 percent


Padlock

The Deadstream media is ignoring damning GMO Studies - again!


Despite new research indicating health concerns and conflicts of interest related to Genetically Modified foods, the corporate media has, once again, remained silent.


In late December, a series of studies and news stories went largely unreported and ignored by the corporate, deadstream media. These reports covered blatant conflicts of interest between the biotechnology corporations promoting genetically modified or engineered products and the researchers and politicians guiding legal policy. There was also the issue of a new study that shows negative health affects with rats who ingest genetically engineered food.

This study, Effect of genetically modified corn on the jejunal mucosa of adult male albino rat, which was published in the journal Experimental and Toxicologic Pathology, showed that rats fed GM Bt corn MON810 suffered serious damage to the surface mucous membranes of the jejunum, an important part of the small intestine. The signs of damage were apparent after only 90 days, according to the researchers.

Comment: Rampant conflicts-of-interest: Report shows "respected" National Research Council scientists bound to Big Ag


Health

Black Seed oil puts deadly asthma meds to shame

The powerful black seed known as nigella sativa strikes again! This time proving that food can be a powerful asthma medication alternative.

A new study published in the journal Phytotherapeutic Research reveals that a powerful little black seed known as nigella sativa -- once referred to as 'the remedy for everything but death' -- may provide a powerful alternative to pharmaceutical medicine in the treatment of asthma. This is extremely promising for the millions of chronic asthma sufferers who are still taking medications like long-acting beta agonist which the FDA warned back in 2006 actually increased the risk of dying from asthma.

The new study entitled, "Nigella sativa Supplementation Improves Asthma Control and Biomarkers: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial," was a placebo-controlled RCT performed on 80 asthmatics, with 40 patients in each treatment and placebo groups. The researchers pointed out that "Nigella sativa oil (NSO) is used traditionally for many inflammatory conditions such as asthma." NSO capsules were administered 500 mg twice daily for 4 weeks. The placebo group received an equal dose of olive oil.

The patients were monitored and measured for the following outcomes:
"The primary outcome was Asthma Control Test score. The secondary outcomes were pulmonary function test, blood eosinophils and total serum Immunoglobulin E."

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Health

What Happens To Your Brain On No Sleep

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Bedtime is one of the most important parts of the day for the brain. The latest studies show that when we slumber, the brain performs important housekeeping tasks that clear away the debris of the day's work and help reset and restore nerve networks so they are ready to operate again at full capacity when we wake.

But a lack of sleep deprives the brain of this essential rest period, and our ability to get through the day might be compromised. In a small study published in the journal Radiology, a team of Chinese and European researchers report a more detailed analysis of how insomnia can affect specific types of brain nerves in parts of the brain that regulate cognition, emotion and sensory processes.

The researchers compared the brain images of 23 people with insomnia and 30 healthy controls. They specifically focused on white matter volume, which represents nerve cells that are coated in a special protein called myelin that improves their ability to send signals to one another. Earlier brain imaging studies had suggested that people with insomnia have differences in certain parts of the brain that could be connected to inadequate myelin. So Shumei Li from the Guangdong No. 2 Provincial People's Hospital and her colleagues compared white matter function among people with insomnia and those who slept well.

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Attention

85% of tampons, pads and other feminine care products contaminated with Monsanto's cancer-causing, endocrine-disrupting glyphosate

Typically we take for granted the safety of cotton products such as gauze, bandages, swabs, pads, wipes — and even feminine products, like tampons and sanitary pads. But a 2015 Argentinian study should give us pause for thought.

As it turns out, researchers from the University of La Plata found that a vast majority of these products contain glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's wildly popular Roundup herbicide and the same chemical that's considered a "probable carcinogen" by the World Health Organization.

If that's not enough to get your attention, glyphosate is also associated with IQ loss/intellectual disability, autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, obesity (both child and adult), diabetes, infertility and cardiovascular disease. Needless to say, this isn't the kind of chemical you want absorbed by wounds, or worse, through the vagina.
"Chemicals absorbed through the vagina are easily and effectively distributed throughout the body, without being metabolized. for example, when estrogenic drugs are administered vaginally, the resulting systemic levels of the drug in the body can be 10-80 times higher than when the very same dose is given orally." [source]

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Info

Vitamin C update - Recent study

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Of course, I am always - ahem - ahead of my time, but I just noted this study that came out very recently. It demonstrates that if you give Vitamin C (along with hydrocortisone and thiamine) for just over two days in patients admitted with sepsis (blood poisoning) the mortality rate falls from 40% to 8.5%. The mortality rate in low income countries is normally around 60%.

Now, this was a small study, but it seems robust. It represents an almost five-fold reduction in mortality, but I think it provides some pretty strong support for the benefits of vitamin C. The conclusions of the study, repeated below were that.
'Our results suggest that the early use of intravenous vitamin C, together with corticosteroids and thiamine may prove to be effective in preventing progressive organ dysfunction including acute kidney injury and reducing the mortality of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock.'
Hydrocortisone, Vitamin C and Thiamine for the Treatment of Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock: A Retrospective Before-After Study

Paul E. Marik, MD, FCCM, FCCP; Vikramjit Khangoora, MD; Racquel Rivera, Pharm D; Michael H. Hooper, M.D., MSc; John Catravas, PhD, FAHA, FCCP

Chest. 2016. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.11.036

Syringe

To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? That is no longer the question

Breaking News: a Polish colleague, renowned naturopath Jerzy Zieba, just sent through a complete game-changer piece of information on exactly the subject I am endeavoring to write about. This is it "Judges at the German Federal Supreme Court have confirmed that the measles virus does not exist and that the measles vaccination may have been injected into millions of unsuspecting German citizens for sinister reasons." This really is a bombshell, because although many vaccine sceptics have, for many years, expressed grave doubts about the veracity of vaccination programmes, this is the first time a High Court has ruled on the issue.


The seriousness of this expose is beyond question. Millions of children worldwide have been immunized against a virus that does not exist. It is surely the medical scam of the decade. What substances have been transferred into the veins of these innocent children?

Please read this dynamite report for yourselves here.

So, where to go from here. I would like to open up the whole subject for wider scrutiny, exploring the bigger picture issues that hover just under the surface of the status-quo's giant propaganda exercise to sell conventional pharmaceutical medicine as the only reputable road to protection and cure of known diseases.

After some 40 years as an organic farmer who shunned the use of all the pharmaceutical 'cures' recommended by non-organic practitioners and vets, I can say quite categorically: a natural diet and living conditions that express and promote the psychological and physiological needs of sentient animals (and plants) go at least 90% of the way to producing a disease-free life.

Evil Rays

Microwave EMF science: Deliberate misinformation?

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What would you think or say if I were to tell you black is white; up is down; Planet Earth is square, not spheroid in shape; and night is day? You probably would say I'm off my rocker and really don't know what I'm talking about. Do you think that some segments of vested scientific research are capable of being equally outrageous?

I propose that very sort of scientific mischief and outrageousness is going on within vested-interest microwave technology sciences so as to keep you, the gullible and enthralled technology 'smart' device consumer, confused into believing there are no adverse health effects from microwaves EXCEPT what's acknowledged and called thermal radiation, which can heat skin.

If smart technology gadgets don't heat your skin, then they are safe, which is the standard "tobacco science" pap disseminated by industrial professional societies such as IEEE, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the National Council of Radiation Protection (NCRP) and the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), who fund and/or perform the studies the World Health Organization and global government health agencies cite as 'factual' science.

Pills

Fish oil may not be such a cure-all: Should you really be taking it?

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Fish oil might not be the cure-all it's often advertised to be, and in some cases, it may even cause problems.

Fish oil supplements continue to gain in popularity, but the research supporting their efficacy is shaky.

For over a decade, fish oil has been touted by doctors, nutritionists, and armchair health enthusiasts alike as a near cure-all for health. Whether you have heart disease, depression, diabetes, or joint or skin problems, or you just want to stay healthy, somebody has probably told you to take a fish oil supplement.

The general notion was that it might help, and at the very least, it couldn't hurt. Unfortunately, that isn't necessarily the case.

Does fish oil really prevent heart disease?

It's safe to say that the benefits of fish oil supplementation for heart health have been significantly overstated. As I mentioned earlier, studies initially found that fish oil was beneficial for heart disease, particularly over the short term and for secondary prevention. (1)

But a majority of the evidence available now suggests that fish oil provides no benefits for preventing or improving heart disease.

For example, two randomized controlled trials (RCTs) published in 2010 found that in adults with preexisting heart disease, long-term supplementation (three-plus years) with fish oil had no significant impact on cardiovascular end points. (2, 3)

A few other trials looked at the effect of short-term fish oil supplementation on atrial fibrillation, and none of them found that fish oil improved patient outcomes. (4, 5, 6)