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Hidden epidemic: We are as dream-deprived as we are sleep-deprived

At the bottom of many of the health issues attributed to sleep loss lies a hidden epidemic of dream loss, according to a newly published review of data.

The paper, by Rubin Naiman, PhD, a sleep and dream specialist at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, describes the diverse factors that cause rapid eye movement (REM) sleep and dream loss.

Usually sleep follows a pattern in which deeper, non-REM sleep is prioritized by the body. Only later in the night and into the early morning do people experience dreaming, during REM sleep.

Comment: Some helpful information to improve sleep quality:


Life Preserver

Can Wim Hof's breathing methods give us superhuman abilities?


The Iceman, Wim Hof
Take a deep breath. Feel the wave of nitrogen, oxygen and carbon dioxide press against the bounds of your ribcage and swell your lungs. Exhale. Repeat.

Before consciously inhaling, you probably weren't thinking about breathing at all. The respiratory system is somewhat unique to our bodies in that we are both its passenger and driver. We can leave it up to our autonomic nervous system, responsible for unconscious actions like our heartbeat and digestion, or we can seamlessly take over the rhythm of our breath.

To some, this duality offers a tantalizing path into our subconscious minds and physiology. Control breathing, the thinking goes, and perhaps we can nudge other systems within our bodies. This is part of the logic behind Lamaze techniques, the pranayamic breathing practiced in yoga and even everyday wisdom - "just take a deep breath."

These breathing practices promise a kind of visceral self-knowledge, a more perfect melding of mind and body that expands our self-control to subconscious activities. These may be dubious claims to some.

For Wim Hof, a Dutch daredevil nicknamed "The Iceman," it is the basis of his success.

Comment: Read more on The Science of breathing:


Pills

Scientists unveil new arthritis wonder drug claiming it halts bone loss, increases cartilage

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An arthritis pill believed to disable bone loss and damage is being hailed as a new treatment
The new drug has excited scientists after trials showed that after just six months it reduced bone damage around knee joints and also maintained cartilage thickness.

It is the first time a drug has been shown to tackle underlying bone structure changes in diseased joints.

Current treatments have aimed only at helping patients manage pain symptoms.

The pan-European study was carried out over six months with 244 patients aged between 40 and 80 with osteoarthritis in the knee.

Lead investigator Philip Conaghan, Professor of Musculoskeletal Medicine at the University of Leeds, said: "These results are enormously exciting.

Comment: Very often so-called wonder drugs fail to provide the benefits proclaimed in initial studies and unintended side-effects are eventually uncovered - it will be interesting to see if this latest "cure" fares much better. In the meantime, some helpful information:


Health

Symptom of dementia: Researchers link inability to smell peppermint with Alzheimer's disease

Mental confusion, sleeplessness and mood swings are all symptoms of dementia. Now scientists are linking the inability to smell peppermint to the disease as well in a new study.

Researchers from the University of Chicago Medical Center recently conducted an experiment, published in Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, to determine how sense of smell can affect the memory-loss illness.

To do so, they examined 3,000 people, aged 57 to 85, testing their ability to smell five different scents: peppermint, fish, orange, rose and leather.

About 78 percent of subjects correctly named at least four out of five scents, about 14 percent could make out three out of five, five percent could recognize two scents, two percent could single out one, and one percent were not able to identify any.

After five years, they found that almost all of those who could not identify any of the items had been diagnosed with dementia, and nearly 80 percent who could only smell one or two had dementia.

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Beaker

Deadly Immunity - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. exposes the government cover-up of the Mercury/Autism scandal


KEEPING UP THE PRESSURE – RFK, Jr. addressing the media during a February 15 press conference in Washington, DC on the ongoing vaccine science corruption within our government agencies. In the 12 years since the publication of “Deadly Immunity,” Mr. Kennedy has remained steadfast in his insistence that when it comes to vaccine safety and protecting the health of our children, we must do better
World Mercury Project note: With the ongoing mainstream media blackout on questions regarding vaccine safety, we want to remind our followers of the publication-and subsequent retraction-of Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s 2005 article Deadly Immunity in Salon. The history of repression of crucial vaccine safety data runs deep. The article laid out the scientific link between thimerosal and childhood neurological disorders and published explosive excerpts from the transcripts from the CDC's secretive June 2000 Simpsonwood conference which brought together government public health officials, vaccine manufacturers and professional medical associations. The article was groundbreaking at the time and received lots of media attention for uncovering the cozy relationship between government and industry at the expense of children's health. Even though a dozen years have passed, the article's facts have stood the test of time. An important read for people new to the movement and long-time advocates alike.

Question

Is your multi-vitamin going to kill you?

What comes to mind when you think of toxic waste disposal? Biohazard suits, lead-lined vaults, and burial deep underground? You might be shocked to learn that a dumping ground for these chemicals is a product that many people consume daily to ensure good health - and it may be in your medicine cabinet.

When it comes to dietary supplements, all products are not created equal. A label can identify the presence of a specific ingredient without indicating if it's from a natural, bioavailable and biocompatible source, or from a synthetic, inorganic source. This is despite the fact that our bodies may not recognize these synthetic ingredients as food.

Bacon n Eggs

Psychosis, mood, and diet: Low-carbohydrate diet superior to antipsychotic medications

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A Cutting-Edge Conference

This summer, I was fortunate to participate in the groundbreaking
International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research(ISNPR) conference held in Bethesda, Maryland. The meeting was truly inspiring and exciting to those of us who believe that nutritional approaches are the way forward in the treatment of mental health disorders. While the majority of the presentations at this conference were focused on omega-3 fatty acids, microbiome research, micronutrients, and the Mediterranean diet, there were a few small breakout sessions exploring the potential benefits of ketogenic diets. Ketogenic diets are special low-carbohydrate diets that have been used to treat epilepsy for almost 100 years and show great promise in the management of a wide variety of other brain disorders.

Comment: Read more about the mental health benefits of a Ketogenic diet:


Syringe

Dissolving illusions: Hard truths about vaccinations the corporate media refuses to acknowledge

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The mainstream media is largely funded by drug companies and vaccine manufacturers, exhibiting extreme conflicts of interest in their reporting. Perhaps that's why they refuse to report the following ten shocking facts about the vaccine industry that are all provably true.

Comment: Mainstream media insults the public's intelligence on vaccines


Health

7 sneaky signs that you may have diabetes

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Here's a scary stat: More than 29 million people in the US have diabetes-a condition that occurs when your blood sugar is too high-but around a quarter of them don't even know it, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

That's bad news. When left unchecked, the condition can lead to serious complications like heart disease, kidney damage, nerve damage, and vision loss.

One of the reasons why so many people end up going untreated is because the symptoms caused by high blood sugar are sneaky. They tend to develop gradually, so you might not realize that you're sick, says Joel Fuhrman, MD, author of The End of Diabetes. And even when you notice something is off, the signs can be vague, so you might not make the connection to diabetes.

That's why it's important to know what to watch for. Here are seven unexpected signs that your blood sugar levels might be too high. How many do you have?

Comment: Try a low-carbohydrate, high fat, moderate protein diet for best results.


Health

Plague spreading rapidly in Madagascar warns WHO

© FILE - A person is treated, at a public hospital in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
The World Health Organization warns a highly infectious, deadly form of pneumonic plague is spreading rapidly in Madagascar and quick action is needed to stop it.

Pneumonic plague, which is transmitted from person to person, has been detected in several cities in Madagascar. This worries the World Health Organization as the disease is highly contagious and quickly causes death without treatment.

Plague is endemic to Madagascar resulting in around 400 cases annually. Most are cases of bubonic plague, which is spread by the fleas of rats and other small rodents. The disease is usually confined to rural areas, but this year it has spread to large urban areas and port cities.

WHO spokesman, Tarik Jasarevic, says cases of bubonic, as well as the human transmissible pneumonic plague have been found in the capital Antananarivo and the port cities of Majunga and Toamasina.

"So far, 104 cases of plague were reported since the first case has been identified that was dating from the 23rd of August," said Jasarevic. "So, from the 23rd of August to 28th September, 104 cases that have been reported, including 20 deaths."

Jasarevic notes the fatality rate is more than 19 percent. He tells VOA this outbreak is very dangerous and must be brought under control quickly.

Comment: There is research out there supporting the idea that plagues coincide with cometary bodies in our atmosphere. From New Light on the Black Death: The Viral and Cosmic Connection,
According to the late Sir Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe of the University of Wales at Cardiff, viruses can be distributed throughout space by dust in the debris stream of comets. Then as Earth passes though the stream, the dust and viruses load our atmosphere, where they can stay suspended for years until gravity pulls them down. They compare numerous plagues throughout our history which coincide with cometary bodies in our skies. These researchers are certain that germs causing plagues and epidemics come from space.