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The making of American stupid: Agricultural chemicals found to lower children's IQ

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If you're expecting a baby or considering starting a family soon, you've probably been reading up on how to give your child the best start in life. You probably wouldn't dream of lighting up a cigarette or getting drunk while you're pregnant, but you could very well be doing something that can be quite harmful to your unborn child if you're being exposed to pesticides.

This isn't a warning that only applies to farm workers; 33 million pounds of organophosphate pesticides were used in the U.S. in 2007 alone, putting countless people at risk.

Three studies that examined children from very different backgrounds all reached the same conclusion: Prenatal exposure to these pesticides can have a significant long-term adverse effect on a child's brain health, and it doesn't matter if that exposure came from crops or cockroach control products. We're not talking about a small difference, either; the exposure lowered children's IQ by as many as seven points!

Comment: Because the EPA is complicit in the unmitigated prevalence of pesticides in the US, the individual has little recourse but to do what they can to avoid exposure. It's a toxic world, and unfortunately we all need to be looking out for number one.

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Screen time overload is making kids moody, crazy and lazy

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6 Ways electronic screen time makes kids angry, depressed and unmotivated.

Children or teens who are "revved up" and prone to rages or-alternatively-who are depressed and apathetic have become disturbingly commonplace. Chronically irritable children are often in a state of abnormally high arousal, and may seem "wired and tired."That is, they're agitated but exhausted. Because chronically high arousal levels impact memory and the ability to relate, these kids are also likely to struggle academically and socially.

At some point, a child with these symptoms may be given a mental-health diagnosis such as major depression, bipolar disorder, or ADHD, and offered corresponding treatments, including therapy and medication. But often these treatments don't work very well, and the downward spiral continues.

Comment: Read more about what screen addiction is doing to your children:


Another shocking opioid statistic - study shows the epidemic is outpacing the resources devoted to it

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A funeral march to demand action on Overdose Awareness Day in 2017
Despite everything I read as a health reporter, some statistics still floor me. Last year, it was the news that half of all murdered women are killed by their romantic partners.

Here's another: A fifth of all deaths among Americans aged 24 to 35 were due to opioids in 2016, a new study finds, up from just 4 percent in 2001, before this latest opioid epidemic began. Granted, 20- and 30-somethings are not a group that is very prone to death. But the study, published today in JAMA Network Open, found that the percentage of deaths attributable to opioids in the United States increased overall by nearly three-fold between 2001 to 2016.

Top Secret

Leaked documents reveal the secret finances of a pro-industry science group - American Council on Science and Health

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The American Council on Science and Health defends fracking, BPA, and pesticides. Guess who their funders are.

The American Council on Science and Health bills itself as an independent research and advocacy organization devoted to debunking "junk science." It's a controversial outfit-a "group of scientists...concerned that many important public policies related to health and the environment did not have a sound scientific basis," it says-that it often does battle with environmentalists and consumer safety advocates, wading into public health debates to defend fracking, to fight New York City's attempt to ban big sugary sodas, and to dismiss concerns about the potential harms of the chemical bisphenol-A (better known at BPA) and the pesticide atrazine. The group insists that its conclusions are driven purely by science. It acknowledges that it receives some financial support from corporations and industry groups, but ACSH, which reportedly stopped disclosing its corporate donors two decades ago, maintains that these contributions don't influence its work and agenda.


BigPharma's elephant in the room: The link between soaring antidepressant use and America's suicide epidemic

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This week two celebrity suicides rocked the nation, and neither of them seemed to make any sense. Kate Spade's handbag designs had taken the fashion world by storm, and she was supposedly living the kind of lifestyle that millions of Americans can only dream about. And Anthony Bourdain was one of those rare journalists that was greatly loved by both the left and the right. His "Kitchen Confidential" book is currently the #1 best seller on Amazon, and his "Parts Unknown" series was one of CNN's most popular shows. Why would people that seemingly have everything going for them decide to kill themselves? Well, by the end of this article you will learn some things about suicide and depression in the United States that the mainstream media definitely does not want to talk about. And all you have to do is to follow the money to discover the very disturbing reason why the mainstream media does not want to talk about them.

On average, 123 Americans commit suicide every single day, and now suicide has become the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.

But among Americans between the ages of 10 and 34, it is now the second leading cause of death.



The many incredible healing benefits of coffee enemas

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Autoimmune sufferers and health nuts swear by coffee enemas. If the idea of pumping organic java up your rectum is off-putting to you, consider that this treatment has been around for a long time, and is one of the best ways to remove toxins.

In fact, the earliest known documentation of the treatment is in the Edwin Smith (circa 1600 B.C.) and Ebers (circa 1550 B.C.) papyri, ancient Egyptian medical texts. Since the coffee enema's earliest days, many healthcare practitioners across the globe have considered the practice to be a staple treatment for their patients.

Coffee enemas have historically been used to treat ailments ranging from cancer to depression. They have also been cited to:
  1. Detoxify and improve glutathione levels
  2. Ease PMS symptoms, such as cramping and bloating
  3. Reduce anxiety
  4. Improve digestion
  5. Banish Candidia
  6. Boost energy
  7. Contribute to hormone regulation
  8. Improve mental clarity and focus
  9. Reduce chronic pain
  10. Improve skin health

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Boosting brain health and reversing neurological disease without drugs

Your brain is a really important part of your body. I'm sure no one would disagree with that. In this interview, Dr. Lee Cowden, cofounder of the Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine (ACIM), discusses some really simple and inexpensive strategies that boost brain health and support neuroregeneration. This is also the topic of this year's ACIM conference, which will be held in Orlando, Florida, in November.

The Academy of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine was founded in 2008 with the vision of educating integrative practitioners around the globe, for the most part online. "Many practitioners are so busy that they can never take the time to go to all of the meetings they need to go to, to learn what they need to learn," Cowden says, "so we decided to start putting educational courses online."

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Dr. Tim Noakes exonerated in low-carb, high-fat hearing

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The Banting diet guru Prof Tim Noakes has won his case at the Health Profession's Council of SA (HPCSA)' four years after he tweeted a response about a mother weaning her baby onto a low-carb, high-fat (LCHF) diet.

He told TimesLIVE: "The predominant feeling at the moment is one of intense relief. Relief that it is finally over and that the appeal judgment was again 100% in our favour, as was the original judgment. This chapter is finally closed. I just hope that all the effort put in by myself and my team will help move the dietary guidelines forward to the benefit of the health of all South Africans."

In February 2014' the mother' Pippa Leenstra' tweeted: "@ProfTimNoakes @SalCreed is LCHF eating ok for breastfeeding mums? Worried about all the dairy + cauliflower = wind for babies??"

The complaint against Noakes was laid with HPCSA by dietician Claire Strydom' who was then chairwoman of the Association of Dieticians of SA.

Noakes won his case in April last year but the HPCSA appealed the ruling and a new appeal committee' including a doctor and a lawyer' was established.

Comment: For more on this case that never should have happened in the first place see: This is what happens when you speak out against processed carbs: Big Food vs Dr. Tim Noakes

Bad Guys

Gary Null: Medical Despotism, the AMA's and Wikipedia's offensive against Chiropractic

"Chiropractic is a form of alternative medicine mostly concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, especially the spine. Proponents claim that such disorders affect general health via the nervous system, claims which are demonstrably false.... Its foundation is at odds with mainstream medicine, and chiropractic is sustained by pseudoscientific ideas such as subluxation and "innate intelligence" that reject science." - Wikipedia
With tens of millions of Americans suffering from discomfort and chronic pain, particularly musculo-skeletal and lower back pain, it would seem reasonable to look for non-opiate therapies. One of the most popular websites to access quick information on health is Wikipedia. However, based upon Wikipedia editor's entries on Chiropractic and other modalities of natural health, it would be reasonable for a person with chronic pain to continue searching for relief and/or continue relying upon non-steroidal anti-inflammatory or opiate drugs. We are now certain about the life-threatening risks of opiates. So at a time when more people are dying from legal opiate use than from gunshots and automobile accidents, any proven, non-invasive and non-pharmacological approach can be lifesaving. Therefore, the accuracy of Wikipedia's editors needs to be seriously questioned as well as their motivations for posting gross unscientific misinformation. And this is why.

Alarm Clock

CDC: Autism rate is going up in the U.S. explanations vary


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A report released by the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in April 2018 revealed that in 2014, one in 59 eight-year-old children across 11 communities in the United States were identified as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD).1 This latest official CDC estimate for prevalence of ASD among children is higher than for the years 2010 and 2012, when one in 68 children the same age were identified by CDC officials as having ASD.2,3

The CDC's latest autism prevalence estimates are based on data collected in the agency's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network (ADDM) - a tracking system that is used to calculate the prevalence of ASD among 300,000 eight-year-old children in 14 U.S. communities.4 ADDM is an autism tracking system that was created after authorization and funding by Congress in 2000 and is operated by the CDC using health and education records.3,5