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Too little too late? FDA to impose 'tougher doctor-training rules' on opioid makers

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The Food and Drug Administration will step up efforts to combat America's opioid epidemic by forcing opioid manufacturers to teach physicians and other health care professionals more about prescribing the addictive medication.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb delivered the opening remarks for a two-day public meeting on opioid abuse on Monday in Silver Spring, Maryland. He said that the FDA will seek to require the makers of immediate-release opioids give prescriber training to medical professionals who handle the drug.

"America is simply awash in immediate-release opioid products," Gottlieb said, according to the documents, according to the Washington Post.

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Red Flag

The GMO agenda takes a menacing leap forward with EPA's silent approval of Monsanto/Dow's RNAi corn

Without much more than a whisper from the mainstream media, Monsanto's newest Frankenfood has received full EPA approval and will be arriving on dinner plates by the end of the decade. The implications of this are harrowing, to say the least.

While you may not have made up your mind on the dangers of GMOs, you likely feel entitled to know when you're consuming a food that is the product of laboratory research. For this reason, I am reporting on Monsanto's latest food technology, unfortunately, already in the pipeline. And quite silently so. I write this with a certain degree of solemnity, if not also a tinge of regret, because, for three years, I have heard rumblings of Monsanto's next project - RNA interference technology. It was actually the late Heidi Stevenson, my friend, colleague, and founder of the platform Gaia Health, who first alerted me to the dangers of RNA interference-based tinkering with our food supply when she reported on the near disastrous approval of GMO wheat using RNA interference technology in Australia. Thankfully a few brave scientists and informed public stood up and, together, averted the disaster. But since then, both the dangers and the breakneck speed of development of this technology have gone largely ignored, even among activists deep in the non-GMO movement. In order to truly appreciate the gravity of the situation, and why the EPA's approval of RNAi corn intended for human consumption, is so concerning, it will first require a little background information on the fascinating topic of non-coding small RNAs, and their formidable relevance to our health.

Alarm Clock

This ain't normal, folks: Cancer now more common than getting married and having a baby

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More than 350,000 cancers are diagnosed each year compared with 290,000 marraiges.
Developing cancer is now more common than getting married or having a first baby, research suggests.

Analysis by Macmillan Cancer Support shows there were 361,216 cancers diagnosed in 2014 in the UK, the most recent figures available, compared to 289,841 marriages.

New cancer cases are also as common as graduating from university, and more common than a woman having her first baby.

There were 271,050 babies born to first-time mothers in England and Wales in 2015, compared to 319,011 new cases of cancer.

The data also showed that, over the last decade, more than 1.2 million people have been diagnosed with cancer under the age of 65.

Comment: Despite the resigned tone of the article, cancer is not something one should come to expect. More on cancer prevention and treatment in the following articles:


Alabama health officials warn of flesh-eating bacteria throughout the state

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A scanning electron microscopic image showing the Vibrio vulnificus bacteria.
Health officials in Alabama are warning residents of a flesh-eating bacteria found in bodies of water throughout the state.

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on Friday warned residents that Vibrio cases have been reported along Alabama's Gulf Coast.

In a statement, officials said that Vibrio can only be contracted in brackish or salt water. It can also affect people who eat contaminated seafood and those with open wounds exposed to seawater.

Dr. Karen Landers, the department's assistant state health officer, told CBS News that she hopes the warning educates "the general public about wounds and water, safe swimming, and safe consumption of seafood."
"At this time of year, the ADPH receives increased calls regarding skin infections related to wounds and water as well as the occasional, rare instance of necrotizing fasciitis," Landers said. "Sometimes, people contract Vibrio in the coastal region and do not become ill until they return to their county or state of residence."


California lists Monsanto's glyphosate as a carcinogen

In an action with national and global implications, today California officially listed glyphosate, the key ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller, as a chemical known to cause cancer under the state's Proposition 65 law. EWG applauded the action, but urged the state to go further and set much lower exposure limits to protect the health of children and fetuses.

Roundup, the most widely used herbicide in the world, must now carry a label warning California consumers that it can cause cancer in people. This marks the first time a governmental authority anywhere in the world has issued a regulation based on Roundup's potential carcinogenicity.

Comment: Surprise! Monsanto CEO lying through his teeth: "Roundup is not a carcinogen"

Life Preserver

GAPS nutritional protocol: Neurologist & gut specialist claim to possess cure mainstream doctors don't want you to know about

Over 2,000 years ago, Hippocrates, the founder of medicine, came to the conclusion that "All disease begins in the gut."

It's a statement neurologist Natasha Campbell-McBride applies specifically to brain health, a concept dubbed GAPS (gut and psychology syndrome).

Campbell-McBride has detailed protocol for GAPS in her new book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Depression and Schizophrenia, and gives lectures on the connection between gut and brain heath worldwide.

Comment: Read more about Dr. Natasha Cambell-McBride's GAPS nutritional protocol:


Overcoming the chair-loving lifestyle: What to do throughout the day to keep sitting from 'killing' you

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We've all heard the bad news that sitting will kill you. That might be a slight exaggeration, and hey, we're all going to die someday, after all. But our chair-loving lifestyle isn't helping us live any longer, that's for sure. It's associated with everything from cardiovascular disease to type 2 diabetes and even cancer.

And if you think you're compensating for your sedentary desk job by exercising, well: your high-intensity workout is good for many things, but it doesn't give you leave to be a desk potato the rest of the day. A 2014 study found that moving frequently throughout the day is a more effective antidote to sedentary work than an hour's worth of fitness. Think of it like how studying intermittently for a week for a test works better than cramming the night before.

How Much Do You Need to Move?

We asked Roland Denzel, wellness coach and author (with Galina Denzel) of Eat Well, Move Well: 52 Ways to Feel Better in a Week. He began his movement journey when he started getting aches and pains from his desk job. That's when he discovered the Pomodoro productivity technique, which uses 25 minutes of work time followed by a 5-minute break "to refresh the brain and renew concentration."



The best DIY remedies for poison ivy

Poison Ivy
Poison ivy, oak and sumac are closely related plants, and may be found growing in similar environments. In fact, all three grow throughout the U.S. except Hawaii, Alaska and parts of Nevada.1 Poison ivy is found throughout the U.S.; poison sumac is distributed mostly on the East Coast from Maine to Florida; and poison oak is found along the West Coast and the south from Texas to Florida and as far north as Illinois.2

While irritating and uncomfortable, poison ivy is not usually dangerous, unless the oil is aerosolized from burning. Inhaling the fumes can trigger an allergic reaction in your lungs. Nearly three quarters of the population of the U.S. will break out into a rash when exposed to the plant leaves. Only 25 percent appear to be resistant to the contact dermatitis that results from exposure to the oil in the plant.3

The rash can be unbearably itchy if left untreated. However, while your primary care physician may want to prescribe a corticosteroid to address the symptoms, there are much safer treatments you may begin at home that don't come with a slew of side effects. Steroids are commonly prescribed for a number of different conditions, including contact dermatitis, asthma, ulcerative colitis, cancer and arthritis.

They can be given topically, by injection, through inhalation or by mouth. In each case the medication is linked with significant side effects, including fluid retention, elevated blood pressure, osteoporosis, mood swings and increased risk of infection.4 In other words, these are drugs you want to steer clear of as much as possible. Learn to recognize the plant (as prevention is the best medicine) and the treatments you can use at home to alleviate the symptoms as your skin heals.

Comment: Itching and scratching? Natural remedies for hives


It's business as usual with Trump's vaccine appointees

Trump has made two key appointments in the area of childhood vaccination. The first was Scott Gottlieb, the director of the FDA. What does Gottlieb have to say?

From fiercepharma.com:
"...antivaccine activists were disappointed with Trump's appointment for FDA head, Scott Gottlieb, who has said any theories of a link between vaccines and autism have been 'thoroughly debunked'."
Trump's second key appointment has now been revealed. Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald takes over as the head of the CDC.

Georgia Department of Public Health:
"'Immunizations are the best way to protect infants and children from childhood diseases, like whooping cough and measles that can be life-threatening at young ages'," said Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D., commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health [before her appointment to lead the CDC]. "It is critical for parents to talk to their child's doctor to ensure they are up-to-date on immunizations, because no child should have to suffer a vaccine-preventable illness'."
In 2014, Dr. Fitzgerald wrote an op-ed in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
"I've heard all the arguments against vaccination. All have been debunked..."


Park prescription: Microdosing on nature can help with stress

© Merla / Shutterstock / Teddy Kelley / Quentin Dr / Noah Silliman / Abigail Keenan / Unsplash / Katie Martin / The Atlantic
On first glance, it looked like a two-hour walk in the woods. Our guide had already tackled the hard part of finding a trail with minimal elevation gain and limited poison oak along its flanks. This wasn't a hike, we were reminded. A hike usually involved clear endpoints and physical exertion. We were invited to walk slower than usual, perhaps a quarter of our normal speed. To pay attention to the different shades of green we encountered, the snapping of twigs beneath our feet, the sudden vaulting of winged life—nothing was ornamental. Everything was in its right place, including us. The forest bathers and I had come to the woods in search of peace. All of us were to be present, focused solely on the moment. Our immersion in the natural world would act not only as a balm to everyday stresses but a catalyst: According to the event description, we had gathered outside that day to emerge, as flowers might after a long winter.

Comment: Researchers find that walking in a forest optimizes natural immunity