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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


Sally Fallon Morell: How do animals feel about being killed for meat?

I am reminded of a letter from a chapter leader, Elizabeth Benner, about the nature of animal sacrifice, which we published in Wise Traditions some years ago:
"It is crucial to understand and accept the gift of sacrifice from our animal friends. Otherwise an individual can really struggle with the eating of animal foods that are so important in developing the will and the physical body to do one's calling here on Earth. This mystery was understood in all ancient cultures and is still found in the indigenous cultures. Living here in Kansas, I find that American lore is full of the esoteric mysteries on the great sacrifice of the buffalo. I am always moved by the stories that they tell. When the tribal community was in need of buffalo, they always performed a great ritual of prayer and ceremony. Deep was the appreciation and understanding of what this buffalo was going to offer them. The tales are told repeatedly of how, after the prayer and ceremony, one buffalo always separated itself from the herd to offer itself up.


The government ignores the truth: Opioid use plummets in states with legal cannabis

Yesterday we reported how Congress' "opioid bill," or Comprehensive Addiction & Recovery Act (CARA), was a hollow achievement, as it ignored medical cannabis alternatives and said nothing about the role of Big Pharma in the opioid abuse epidemic.

Among the information missing from the conversation was an eye-opening study done last year. A JAMA Internal Medicine study looked at ten years of data in all 50 states, concluding that states with medical cannabis laws had significantly lower rates of opioid overdose mortality.

Comment: The opioid epidemic: What big pharma does not want you to know


Scary study shows virtual reality games could be used as pain killers

© Eran Fowler
Not so far in the future, your doctor might prescribe playing a few games in virtual reality to ease aches and pains, rather than popping a pill.

That's Matthew Stoudt's hope, anyway. He's the CEO of AppliedVR, a startup that's building a library of virtual-reality content for alleviating pain and anxiety before, during, and after medical procedures. The company is working with hospitals and doctors to get patients using the technology on Samsung's Gear VR headset and to study its effectiveness as well.

So far, the company has created three different virtual-reality pain applications, as well as one for reducing anxiety, Stoudt says, and it's using some third-party content, too. Headsets running AppliedVR's platform are being used in hospitals, doctors' offices, and clinics for things like drawing blood and administering epidurals, as well as for pain management after operations.

Comment: While there are noted benefits to this 'therapy' which include the ability to making surgery less stressful and reduce pain, it's important to remember that video games used in this way are basically facilitating the dissociation from your current reality. It's unclear whether this disconnect from what is happening to you while you are 'in another world' could have serious psychological impacts, especially for children.

And could these findings also suggest why there are now hoards of people engaging in the pokemon go craze, is it to numb the psychological pain that humans are going through at this moment in time?
  • Pokémon Go and mass dissociation: Anchoring the frequency of chaos and destruction
Guided meditation sounds like a healthier and psychologically safer approach, see our Eiriu Eolas website for more information and testimonials on the benefits of meditation