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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy could relieve symptoms of opiate withdrawal

Washington State University researchers have found that treatments of pure oxygen in a high-pressure chamber can relieve the symptoms of opiate withdrawal.

Ray Quock -- a pharmacologist and Washington State University psychology professor -- gave morphine-addicted mice pure pressurized oxygen before they began withdrawal from the drug. The mice had far less severe withdrawal symptoms than addicted mice that did not receive the treatment.

Outwardly, said Quock, the treated mice appeared "much calmer. You can tell the difference."

Writing this month in the journal Brain Research, Quock and his colleagues say implications of the discovery are of "profound importance." While current therapies for treating heroin addiction can provide relief from withdrawal, they themselves can be addictive. Moreover, the finding comes amid a national heroin epidemic in which use of the drug has doubled among young adults over the past decade, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Meanwhile, withdrawal symptoms can be so severe that some addicts will continue taking the drug to avoid the process, said Quock.

But while the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved using hyperbaric oxygen therapy for 14 specific indications -- including carbon monoxide poisoning, decompression sickness and wound healing -- it is not approved for drug withdrawal. A physician could administer the therapy for such an off-label use, said Quock, but it would not be covered by medical insurance.

Comment: Read more about the benefits of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT): The Most Overlooked, Effective Prescription Drug


Pepsi agrees to monitor the amount of carcinogen in its soda, but don't worry, it's still safe to drink

In 2013, The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) went public with test results and allegations that PepsiCo was intentionally covering up the fact that their uber-popular soft drinks contain elevated levels of 4-Methylimidazole (4-MeI), a known carcinogen formed in the manufacturing process of caramel coloring.

PepsiCo, of course, denied these allegations, claiming at first that 4-MeI is safe to drink and that they had furthermore removed this chemical from their products, and has since been fighting to avoid having to put a cancer warning label on their popular Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, and Pepsi One products in California.
"Pepsi claims that the 4-Mel chemical is safe, noting that the FDA and other regulatory agencies have not deemed the chemical unsafe.

According to USA Today, the Food and Drug Administration says a consumer would have to drink more than 1,000 cans of soda a day to reach the doses administered that have shown links to cancer in rodents. But, after a study on mice and rats linked the coloring chemical to cancer, California added 4-Mel to its list of carcinogens." [Source]



Researchers inch closer to a Zika 'solution' as Big Pharma readies itself for big profits

The long established entirely benign Zika virus turned suddenly deadly by Western mainstream media in 2015 has been morphing in its alleged characteristics at ISIS-like speeds. The virus suddenly was claimed to cause microcephaly in Brazil in 2015. And when that was debunked by doctors in Brazil who exposed the pesticide-newborn malformation connection the media, the WHO, the UN and the politicians involved in this psychological operation decided to ignore the reality and the evidence and falsely continued to claim that Zika virus causes microcephaly when they know damn well it does not and never has.

Not letting facts, reason and logic get in the way, the Zika virus apparently took matters into its own hands and then magically started doing more things it had never done; it became a "sexually transmitted" disease before our eyes and packed its bags and started conveniently traveling the world like a seasoned traveler on vacation recently arriving in Florida and now triggering what will soon be an avalanche of profits for the pharmaceutical industry as their "researchers" work overtime to get the money flow going.

Comment: The Health & Wellness Show: The Zika Virus: Hype vs. Reality


STD infections have become a major health problem worldwide as antibiotics fail

Chlamydia trachomatis inclusion bodies (brown) in a McCoy cell culture.
Growing resistance to antibiotics has complicated efforts to rein in common sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhoea, chlamydia and syphilis, the World Health Organization warned Tuesday as it issued new treatment guidelines.

Globally, more than one million people contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD) or infection (STI) every day, WHO said.

"Chlamydia, gonorrhoea and syphilis are major public health problems worldwide, affecting millions of peoples' quality of life, causing serious illness and sometimes death," Ian Askew, head of WHO's reproductive health and research division, said in a statement.

WHO estimates that each year, 131 million people are infected with chlamydia around the globe, 78 million with gonorrhoea and 5.6 million with syphilis.

More than one million people contract a sexually transmitted infection (STI) every single day, WHO medical officer Teodora Wi said.



Mystery illness continues to spread at Kansas high school; 67 afflicted

Manhattan High’s West Campus in Kansas
The number of students being sent home at a local high school due to an illness continues to increase daily.

KSNT News contacted USD 383 Tuesday afternoon who says another 10 students have been sent home since noon by the school nurse making the total number of people sent home sick 67.

KSNT News spoke with Riley County Health Department Director Jennifer Green early Monday afternoon. She said there are now 54 reported cases of students sick with vomiting and nausea symptoms. These cases were reported from Manhattan High's West Campus and illnesses were reported last week. Three faculty members have also been sent home sick.

Manhattan High School Principal Greg Hoyt says sending this many students home in one week isn't something you'd see even during the flu season.

Riley County Health Department is asking parents of sick students to provide samples to the health department, located at 2030 Tecumseh Rd. in Manhattan. The number is 785-776-4779. Green said her staff has also contacted several other area school districts but no other similar cases are being reported.


San Antonio district attorney states 'Vaccines cause autism'

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District Attorney Nico LaHood, father of son with vaccination-caused autism
Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood said Monday he's ready for the backlash to his public comments that vaccines cause autism. The father of a son with autism, LaHood voiced his opinions about the long-running issue for the documentary "Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Catastrophe" posted on the Autism Media Channel Facebook page. Sitting in his office, LaHood introduces himself as the D.A., then said, "I'm here to tell you vaccines can and do cause autism."

The theory has been debunked in the medical world, but many parents looking for answers, remain skeptical. LaHood said he and his wife noticed a change in their son after he received his 18-month vaccination. "We had a very different child," he said.

Asked whether he should be voicing his opinion due to his political office, LaHood said, "My opinions are just my opinions. As a daddy, as a husband, who happens to be the district attorney. People are allowed to have a First Amendment right to an opinion. I know this is not a politically correct opinion." He said both President Barack Obama and former Gov. Rick Perry have publicly supported childhood vaccines, so he has the same right to speak out against them. LaHood said, "I'm not forcing my opinion on you. I'm giving you my opinion and I think I'm entitled to it."

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, who saw a preview of the film, said he agrees. "He's a terrific father. He's concerned. He has a son with autism. I have a nephew with autism. I know what it's like," Wolff said.

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Exercise is beneficial at any age: Elderly who engage in moderate physical activity have much lower risk of cardiovascular events

Moderate physical activity is associated with a greater than 50% reduction in cardiovascular death in over-65s, according to research presented at ESC Congress 2016 today. The 12 year study in nearly 2500 adults aged 65 to 74 years found that moderate physical activity reduced the risk of an acute cardiovascular event by more than 30%. High levels of physical activity led to greater risk reductions.

"The role of physical activity in preventing cardiovascular disease (CVD) in people of working age is well established," said Professor Riitta Antikainen, professor of geriatrics at the University of Oulu, Finland. "But relatively little is known about the effect of regular physical activity on CVD risk in older people."

The present study assessed the association between leisure time physical activity and CVD risk and mortality in 2456 men and women aged 65 to 74 years who were enrolled into the National FINRISK Study between 1997 and 2007.

Comment: Some of the many ways exercise can improve your life:


Survey finds many using their pet's medications

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Some of us may be sharing a little too much with our pets.

Sure, people share their dinners with their dogs, and some share their beds, but that kind of closeness generally isn't as much of a major danger to human health as this new kind of closeness uncovered by unsuspecting scientists. There is now scientific evidence that some people may be sharing their pets' medications.

The use of pet meds was so unexpected, the scientists didn't even ask about it in their survey about unprescribed antibiotic use. But people must have done it frequently, as they actually wrote it into their answers, saying it is one way they get off-prescription antibiotics.

The study ran in the recent edition of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. Of the 400 demographically diverse adults surveyed, far too many people shared that they used antibiotics without a doctor's supervision, according to the co-authors, who are doctors in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the Baylor College of Medicine.

Of the randomly selected adults in Houston, 5% reported using antibiotics without a prescription in the past 12 months, 14.2% stored them at home in case of an emergency, and a whopping 25.4% said they intended to use antibiotics in an unprescribed manner at some time in the future.

Comment: The important question is, why did those surveyed even feel the need to keep a stock of antibiotics around? Could it be that access to medical care is so difficult and expensive that they'd rather look after themselves? Others indicated they kept extra medication around for emergencies. Being educated about the substances being stored and thier effective uses is critical. There are many resources on the internet to get such information.


Richmond, Va: Contaminated smoothies cause Hepatitis A outbreak

Virginia health officials say there are now 40 confirmed cases of Hepatitis A that are connected to frozen strawberries used at Tropical Smoothie Cafe locations across the state, up from 28 cases less than a week ago.

The Virginia Department of Health said in a news release Monday that about 55 percent of the infected residents have been hospitalized.

There are more than 500 of the smoothie franchises across the country, and Virginia is not the only state affected


Positive and negative emotions and their effects on physical health

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The existence of the mind/body connection was once completely shunned by mainstream science, with many dismissing it as mere pseudoscience. Fortunately, the conversation has shifted in recent years, thanks in large part to new scientific publications that have made it quite clear that our thoughts, feelings, and emotions play a crucial role in regulating our overall health and biology.

There are several examples from different areas of science that prove this. Going through all of the evidence showing the strength of this connection can be a daunting task, which is why this article will provide just a few examples to get you started. It should serve as a good introduction to the unfortunate reality that much has been overlooked when it comes to the business of healing and medicine.

The HeartMath Institute

Some of the most intriguing research in this field comes from the HearthMath institute. Their research has shed light on a number of fascinating discoveries about how our emotions can impact our health. Through their work (and the work of others), we know that positive emotions create physiological benefits in your body, and negative emotions do the opposite. You can simply boost your immune system by conjuring up positive emotions. The heart actually has a system of neurons which have both short term and long term memory, and these heart signals are sent to the brain, which in turn affects our emotional experiences.