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Depression or anxiety strikes one in three teenage girls

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The study, undertaken by the Department for Education, involved in-depth interviews with thousands of teenagers aged 14 and 15

More than one in three teenage girls now suffer from anxiety or depression.

A study of 30,000 pupils found the number of girls with poor mental health rose by 10 per cent in the past decade - and they were twice as likely as boys to report symptoms.

The research also found teenagers from more affluent backgrounds were more likely to suffer from anxiety or depression than the less well-off.

Experts called for action to help pupils, saying the figures were strong evidence of a 'slow-growing epidemic' of mental health issues in schools.

Some suggested global recession could be making youngsters more stressed.

Many pupils said that pressure to achieve was hitting their self-confidence, and that they did not feel in control of their own futures.

Other experts pointed to social media for the rise in depression and anxiety, saying it stopped children 'switching off' after school.

Comment: People who suffer from depression, both women and men would benefit greatly from daily meditation.

To discover the many benefits of meditation for yourself, visit the Éiriú Eolas breathing and meditation programme HERE.

For more information on benefits of meditation, read:

Mindfulness Meditation May Ease Fatigue & Depression in Multiple Sclerosis

Antidepressants or Meditation for Depression Relapse?

Red Flag

The WHO's condescending tips for EU healthcare workers to convince informed patients that vaccines are safe

Vaccines are taking a big hit on the refusal side from more and more people doing their due diligence and becoming more fully engaged in knowing what supposedly 'safe' vaccines really are about: Fraud and deceit on the part of the U.S. CDC and FDA, plus vested-interest 'tobacco science' from Big Pharma and vaccine manufacturers publishing falsified research and data, who 'export' their brand of pseudoscience. Nothing confirms that more than the documentary movie VAXXED[3] currently making the rounds in local movie theaters and on the Internet.

In view of the all the developing negative vaccine research and adverse health issues, the World Health Organization (WHO) apparently is trying to come to vaccines' rescue by publishing the 44 page 2016 document, "How to respond to vocal vaccine deniers in public."

Comment: If vaccines were so safe all of this convincing and cajoling would hardly be necessary. The products would speak for themselves.


Viral infections respond to circadian cycles and can be prevented by proper sleep

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Could an infection hit you hardest if you're exposed at certain times of day? New research suggests circadian rhythm affects the immune system.

Most of us have noticed that we are more likely to get sick at certain times of the year. The winter flu, spring allergies and summer cold seem to come like clockwork. However, timing can affect your illness risk in another key way. New research suggests that we are more likely to become ill when exposed to viruses in the morning than when exposed later in the day.

Comment: Instead of relying on pharmaceutical companies to create synthetic drugs which aim to mimic the beneficial effects of sleep, it would be much easier to just get in-tuned with your circadian rhythm by minding artificial light exposure at night time and going to bed earlier.

Below is some more information on the importance of sleep and the circadian rhythm:


Vaccines and poor gut flora increase the risk for autism

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There is not one single medical doctor in the United States of America who talks to their patients about good gut flora. Likewise, no oncologists or pediatricians dare speak about good gut bacteria, or they would immediately be contradicting the effects of the very medications they recommend and prescribe on a daily basis.

There are eight major destroyers of good gut flora: chemical pesticides, prescription pharmaceuticals, antibiotics, fluoride in tap water, bleach in foods, phosphoric acid in soda, chemotherapy and the heavy metal toxins in vaccines (including flu shots). Since the early 1900s, the American Medical Association (AMA) has removed nutritional education almost entirely from medical college curricula, replacing it all with chemistry classes so that medical doctors could learn to juggle multiple prescription medications for their patients, and not be sued for malpractice if someone dies from mixing the wrong ones.

Comment: See also:


Researchers find men with more muscle mass don't need as much protein post-workout as previously thought

Sports nutrition recommendations may undergo a significant shift after research from the University of Stirling has found individuals with more muscle mass do not need more protein after resistance exercise.

Health and exercise scientists from Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence found no difference in the muscle growth response to protein after a full body workout between larger and smaller participants.

Kevin Tipton, Professor of Sport, Health and Exercise Science in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, said: "There is a widely-held assumption that larger athletes need more protein, with nutrition recommendations often given in direct relation to body mass.


Necessary partners: Our microbial menagerie plays a critical role in energy metabolism and immune function

Microbes live inside all of us. The idea of a "microscopic menagerie" teeming and thriving in your cells, your intestines and your brain might make you a little uncomfortable, but this is good news, according to the latest science.

U.K.-based science writer Ed Yong's new book, "I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life," says microbiomes — the fungi, bacteria, viruses and other minuscule critters — are necessary "partners" for the betterment of our immune systems.

Your microbiomes change constantly, and what you eat makes a big difference in the kind of microbes your body contains. When people begin improving their diets, the number and integrity of their microbes improve. In fact, through your diet, you can, to a degree, switch them out, Yong asserted:
"It seems that dietary fiber is a really important driver of microbial diversity in our bodies. Fiber consists of large numbers of different carbohydrates — many we can't digest, but our bacteria in our guts can. If we eat low-fiber diets, we narrow the range of our microbial partners.
Simple measures like probiotics — adding a few strains of microbes in the hope that they will take hold and remedy health problems — have been largely unsuccessful. It will take more
... If we want to add microbes to our bodies, we'll need to think about whether we need to eat certain foods to nourish the microbes we're taking."1
Human gut bacteria may have existed for millions of years, maybe before the evolution of people.

Comment: More information on the vital importance of microbes in maintaining health:


Now, men are starting to fall for the plastic surgery fad

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Mark Zuckerberg once said, "If you're over 30, you're a slow old man." Let's just say that this seems to have stuck in the mind of many men. These days, time moves at light speed, and the quest for the fountain of youth has people hunting for a competitive edge.

Google has invested millions in research on aging and biomedical research. Larry Page has said he wants to live forever and has donated more than $30 million to anti-aging research. Likewise, billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel, who recently appeared at the Republican National Convention looking very tight in the face, has funneled millions into startups that develop anti-aging medicines and therapies.

Men are not immune to the pressure of keeping up their appearance and getting aged out, and thanks to advances in non-invasive cosmetic procedures, there are many options open to them.

Comment: In an increasingly shallow society more people will join the cult of the body.

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The Health & Wellness Show: Pain, pain, go away

Overdoses from opioid abuse has hit an all-time high. In 2014, more than 47,000 people died from a drug overdose. Heroin use jumped 63% in an 11 year span. Prescription drugs like Vicodin and Percocet cause 17,000 deaths per year. Why are so many Americans turning to drugs and why are they in so much pain? On this episode of The Health and Wellness Show we spoke about the hidden hands involved in the rise of drug use and abuse in the US and why pain management is such big business. We also spoke about chronic pain and it's causes, traditional and not-so traditional methods of treatment as well as drug-free alternatives.

Running Time: 01:31:25

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Gluten makes you crazy

"Gluten Free": No it's not a wellness fad. And its elimination may very well be the key to resolving what would otherwise be a chronic and disabling psychiatric condition.
Maybe you've heard of the books Wheat Belly or Grain Brain. Maybe you've chatted with friends about a NY Times editorial claiming that gluten free is a fad. Maybe you've been raised, as I have, in a cultural consciousness that says, yeah food matters, but not that much.

I'd love to tell you a story I read about in the primary published literature that seems to suggest that yes, gluten is an issue. No it's not a wellness fad. And its elimination may very well be the key to resolving what would otherwise be a chronic and disabling psychiatric condition.

A Case Report

Adult-onset psychosis.

She was 37, studying for her doctoral degree, under some degree of stress related to this, when she began expressing beliefs that people were talking about her. These beliefs progressed to paranoid accusations when she was burglarized a few months later and accused her parents of complicity.

She was hospitalized at a state psychiatric facility and labeled with psychotic disorder, treated with risperidone and sertraline and discharged after one month.

She was ultimately diagnosed with Hashimoto's as well as Celiac disease which accounted for her multiple nutrient deficiencies, weight loss, and inability to absorb thyroid hormone medication.

Comment: For more information, see:

'Gluten brain': Wheat cuts off blood flow to frontal cortex
If wheat consumption, through some as of yet unknown mechanism, interferes with blood flow to the brain in susceptible individuals, and as a result disrupts the executive functions of the brain, abstaining from it should be considered a reasonable precautionary behavior, assuming we wish to retain these critical functions related to morality, cognizance, and social responsibility.


Zika: 6 things that we know so far

Anyone who is a regular reader knows that if there is a scary pandemic out there we should be worried about, I'm the head engineer on the worry train. (This book is front and center on my bookcase. Obviously, I spend a fair bit of time thinking about pandemics!)

There are many viruses that would wreak terrifying havoc if it were to spread, and since the beginning of this, I haven't been convinced that Zika is one of them. The "cure" as officials race to "stop Zika" - that, I'm worried about. Predictions are that soon 1 in 4 Puerto Ricans will contract the virus. But is it really that big of a deal? Here are six reasons why I ask that question.

Here's what we know about Zika.

Let's examine what we know so far.

Comment: Zika is a hoax designed to scare people, field test GM mosquitoes and create a buzz for an upcoming vaccine.