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The hazards of too much work and not enough sleep

"Back in the 1940s people were sleeping on average just a little bit over eight hours a night, and now in the modern age we're down to around 6.7, 6.8 hours a night," says Matt Walker, professor of neuroscience and psychology at the University of California, Berkeley.

"So that's a staggering loss of sleep within the space of just 70 years, we're now almost at the stage where we've lopped off 20% of that."
For adults, the modern world is full of things which reduce sleep. Caffeine, which keeps us awake. Alcohol, which fragments our sleep and suppresses dreaming. And although we've improved the conditions for sleeping, with everything from better mattresses to smoke-free homes, our controlled environment may also have created problems, Walker says.

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Consensus science on cell phone use?

What is consensus science?

As a researcher, I've come to regard the word "consensus" as equivalent to "conspiracy-like" insofar as one segment of science research agrees either to accept or not to accept research that is either favorable or unfavorable to their specific vested interests.

Therefore, we find a dogmatic use of "consensus science" in medicine, specifically regarding vaccines, but moreover, in microwave technology, which doggedly contends there are no such electromagnetics as non-thermal radiation waves, which damage human health and wellbeing. However, such studies go back to the 1930s!

Updating microwave science to make it safe would require costly improvements, which would not fit in with the U.S. military agenda and microwave tech industries cost analyses.

Comment: Cell phone radiation is not only dangerous, but can be downright lethal


How does sleep affect your waistline?

About 1 in 3 Americans are getting less than seven hours of sleep a night, and an estimated 83.6 million adults in the U.S. are sleep-deprived.1,2 If you're trying to lose weight, you may be surprised to know the amount and quality of sleep you get might be as influential as your choice of diet and exercise.

Research continues to confirm that sleep is an important factor in helping you avoid diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and obesity. Notably, sleeping in on weekends — a practice quite common among teenagers — may be more beneficial for adults than you may have imagined. In fact, it may not be simply what your body wants, but also precisely what it needs.

Weekend 'Catch Up Sleep' Shown to Decrease Body Mass Index

A study published in the journal Sleep3 involving 2,156 adults aged 19 to 82, indicates sleeping in longer on weekends — also known as "catch up sleep" (CUS) — may positively impact your weight.

On average, the group of participants who slept up to two hours longer on weekend days than weekdays had a significantly lower body mass index (BMI) than the non-CUS group. Researchers observed that every additional hour of weekend CUS was associated with a 0.12 decrease in BMI. Lead author Dr. Chang-Ho Yun, department of neurology, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, told Reuters:4
"Short sleep ... is a risk factor for obesity, hypertension and coronary heart disease, as well as mortality. If you cannot sleep sufficiently on workdays because of work or social obligations, try to sleep as much as possible on the weekend. It might alleviate the risk for obesity."
Yun cautioned that using weekend CUS while sleeping far below the optimal amount during the week would, at some point, result in diminished benefits. He also noted that sleeping in on weekends is preferable to napping because it is more likely a deeper sleep and follows your body's sleep-wake rhythms.5 Jean-Philippe Chaput, assistant professor, Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research Group, University of Ottawa, who was not involved in the study, commented:6
"Short sleepers tend to eat more meals per day, snack more, engage in more screen time and may be less likely to move due to increased sensations of fatigue when not rested."


WHO warns of spread of untreatable superbug gonorrhoea

At least three people worldwide are infected with totally untreatable "superbug" strains of gonorrhoea which they are likely to be spreading to others through sex, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Friday.

Giving details of studies showing a "very serious situation" with regard to highly drug-resistant forms of the sexually-transmitted disease (STD), WHO experts said it was "only a matter of time" before last-resort gonorrhoea antibiotics would be of no use.
"Gonorrhoea is a very smart bug," said Teodora Wi, a human reproduction specialist at the Geneva-based U.N. health agency. "Every time you introduce a new type of antibiotic to treat it, this bug develops resistance to it."


New study shows sweating removes deadly chemicals from the body

A promising new study confirms that the simple act of sweating may go a long way in removing dangerous industrial chemicals from our bodies.

In a day and age where chemical and radiation exposures from industrial pollution are ubiquitous and virtually unavoidable, it behooves us all to find ways to minimize exposure to them as well as to reduce their complex toxicities.

But how do we begin the process of detoxifying vis-a-vis exposure to tens of thousands of novel new synthetic compounds that have been introduced into the environment over the past century, and by virtue of that fact, have been accumulating in our bodies since we've been in the womb?

Just so the reader gets a sense for the true magnitude of the problem, I will refer back to an article I wrote in 2012 entitled, "Crude Awakening: Mineral Oil Contaminates Everyone's Bodies," wherein I reported on how petroleum-derived ingredients in cosmetics and even foods are accumulating in our bodies and causing profound adverse health issues:


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The Health & Wellness Show: Suicide and Euthanasia: A valid choice or the easy way out?

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According to the World Health Organization a person commits suicide every 40 seconds and it is the leading cause of death in 15 to 29 year olds. There is a high rate of suicide among veteran and active service members and the mentally ill, whether severely depressed or psychotic, are at greater risk. Suicide and suicide attempts are still considered criminal acts in many countries and continues to be stigmatized and spoken about in hushed tones.

To many, suicide goes against a human being's innate sense of self-preservation while others claim that it is the ultimate act of freedom and taking control of one's own fate (as in assisted suicide). On this episode of The Health and Wellness Show we'll discuss the factors that could cause a person to take their own life, suicidal clusters, live-streamed suicides and whether, for some people experiencing extreme emotional of physical pain if suicide is, indeed, a valid choice.

Stay tuned for Zoya's Pet Segment where she shares her thoughts on euthanasia from a veterinarian's perspective.

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Antibiotics: Side effects & alternatives

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We use a lot of antibiotics. For coughs, cuts, urinary tract infections, and many times "just in case." You could be considered reckless or ignorant if you opted to not use them. "But you could die of a deadly infection that could kill you!" chants the choir of voices entrained by a system that sees dangerous enemies lurking behind every life experience.

What may surprise you is that the real danger could lie in assaulting your body with an "anti-life" (the actual meaning of the word!) chemical that could very well be a Russian Roulette of unintended harms. Some of these harms are so significant that they could change the course of your entire life as you know it. Given that, I bet that if you knew that there were effective, safe "alternatives," you'd seriously consider them.

To make your own decisions about health, you must inform yourself. Informed consent around medical interventions involves exploration of the risks, benefits, and alternatives. In our reactivity, however, we are accustomed to focusing only on the promise - knock that infection out and feel better quick! - without any meaningful information around the full breadth of scientifically-evidenced risks and treatment options.

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Vaccine tyranny: France to instigate mandatory vaccines in 2018

Parents in France will be legally obliged to vaccinate their children from 2018, the government has announced.

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said it was "unacceptable" that children are "still dying of measles" in the country where some of the earliest vaccines were pioneered.

Three childhood vaccines, for diphtheria, tetanus and polio, are currently mandatory in France. Others, including those against hepatitis and whooping cough, are simply recommended.

Announcing the policy, Mr Philippe evoked the name of Louis Pasteur, the French biologist who made breakthroughs in disease research and developed the first vaccines for rabies and anthrax in the 19th century.

Comment: Measles: A rash of misinformation
What about the possibility of vaccine-induced disorders not typically associated with a measles infection? Wild measles exposure occurs through contact with the human respiratory tract. The measles vaccine introduces a lab altered, live-virus through an unnatural route of exposure. This weakened, man-made virus can bury deep into the tissues and create a slow infection in practically any area of the body including the gastro-intestinal (GI) tract and central nervous system (CNS). The consequences of these vaccine-induced infections may not show up for months, years or decades later.

The fear surrounding measles stems from ignorance. In a well-nourished child with a properly functioning immune system, viral infections are typically subclinical or exceedingly mild. Certain infections, such as measles, even appear to provide long-term health and immune system benefits.
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New research says chemotherapy may spread cancer and trigger production of more aggressive tumors

The world spent over $100 billion a year on cancer drugs in 2015, a year in which the world's highest paid CEO made his killing from cancer patients. Much of this is spent on chemotherapy, which is well-known to weaken patients, sacrifice their immune systems and make them susceptible to co-infections, diseases and other complications.

In addition to these side-effects, it has now been discovered that while chemotherapy does kill cancer cells, it can also trigger cancer cells to disperse throughout the body triggering more aggressive tumors to develop in the lungs and other vital bodily systems.

A new research study conducted by Dr. George Karagiannis of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York explains how this works. Entitled, Neoadjuvant chemotherapy induces breast cancer metastasis through a TMEM-mediated mechanism, Dr. Karagiannis' study focused on breast cancer patients, looking at the unintended consequences of chemo.


Hunter-gatherer diet changes gut microbiome in just three days

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The Hadza people live in a remote part of Northern Tanzania. They have lived in the area for thousands of years, and represent on the the oldest lineages of mankind.
Mounting evidence suggests that the richer and more diverse the community of microbes in your gut the lower your risk of disease. Diet is key to maintaining diversity and was strikingly demonstrated when an undergrad student went on a McDonald's diet for ten days and after just four days experienced a significant drop in the number of beneficial microbes

Similar results have been demonstrated in a number of larger human and animal studies.

Your gut microbiome is a vast community of trillions of bacteria that has a major influence on your metabolism, immune system and mood. These bacteria and fungi inhabit every nook and cranny of your gastrointestinal tract, with most of this 1kg to 2kg "microbe organ" sited in your colon (the main bit of your large intestine).

We tend to see the biggest diet-related shifts in microbes in people who are unhealthy with a low-diversity unstable microbiome. What we didn't know is whether a healthy stable gut microbiome could be improved in just a few days. The chance to test this in an unusual way came when my colleague Jeff Leach invited me on a field trip to Tanzania, where he has been living and working among the Hadza, one of the last remaining hunter-gatherer groups in all of Africa.