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Tasmanian devil offers a whole new way to fight antibiotic resistance

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Scientists have discovered that Tasmanian devil milk contains an arsenal of antimicrobial compounds that can kill some of the most deadly bacterial and fungal infections known to science - including golden staph.

Tasmanian devils were found to produce six different types of these antimicrobial compounds - humans produce just one - and scientists were able to successfully synthesize them in the lab to test their effectiveness against a number of drug-resistant bacterial and fungal pathogens.

When tested against 25 different bacterial and six fungal strains, the six varieties of antimicrobial compounds were found to kill golden staph (Staphylococcus aureus) - responsible for food poisoning, pneumonia, and toxic shock syndrome - and Enterococcus, which can cause urinary tract infections and meningitis.

The compounds also killed Candida krusei - a rare yeast species associated with high mortality - and the deadly and hyper-virulent airborne fungus called Cryptococcus gattii.

Snakes in Suits

Big Pharma's greed in the politics of pain

“Big Pharma continues to not care about people, only about profit,” she told The Fix.
When it comes to campaign contributions, Big Pharma outspends even the powerful gun lobby. But despite the odds, heartbroken parents and addiction survivors continue to fight.

When Jodi Barber found her son Jarrod on the couch barely breathing, she rushed to call 911 while her husband administered CPR. The ambulance whisked Jarrod to the hospital where he was born, but it was too late. Nineteen years after they welcomed him into the world, Barber and her husband said goodbye to him in the same building.

The same year, three of Jarrod's friends also died from using Opana, a prescription opiate. In the six years since his death, Barber has watched many more young lives ended too soon by opiate addiction, and in her mind it is clear who is to blame.

"Big Pharma continues to not care about people, only about profit," she told The Fix.

Pocket Knife

Are you ready? Starting your preparedness journey

Regardless of what you think the future may throw at you there are some things that will put you in good stead whatever happens.

A crisis will fall into one of five categories:
  • Personal
  • Local
  • Widespread
  • National
  • International
  • Global
Each one of them is important if you happen to be the person living through it and dealing with the aftermath of it. The difference between making sure you have enough food in store to see you through the first few weeks after a job loss and having enough in store to see you through a global collapse just comes down to the amount you have in the pantry - the principle behind why there is extra food in the pantry is exactly the same.

Comment: What will the coming civil unrest look like?
According to a survey conducted by the Adelphi University Center for Health Innovation, 55 percent of Americans believe that the government will come to their rescue when the proverbial poop hits the fan because your big brother really cares. Literally, every alternative media outlet could show conclusive proof that an EMP was going to wipe out the power grid. We could conclusively prove that nuclear bombs were going off in 39 American cities in the most horrific false flag attack in world history and it would not make any difference to 55% of all Americans because of their cognitive dissonance.
In Part One of this series, I detailed how the present administration, through Executive Order 13603, is positioning itself to impose martial law and subsequently control all food and food production. Part One further pointed out that despots use the control of food, and subsequent starvation of millions, as a means to subjugate an unruly population.
Read more about the importance of being prepared for anything...


Natural herbal HPV "cure" discovered

Despite the widespread belief that HPV infection is a lethal force against which we only have vaccination and watchful waiting to defend ourselves, both ancient herbal medicine and our body's inherent immune defenses have newly been confirmed to have significant power against it.

A groundbreaking study published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, titled, "Clearance of Cervical Human Papillomavirus Infection by Topical Application of Curcumin and Curcumin Containing Polyherbal Cream: A Phase II Randomized Controlled Study," reveals that vaccination and watchful waiting are not the only recourse against HPV infection.

The study is believed to be the first of its kind to find an effective and safe therapeutic intervention for the clearance of established cervical human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Moreover, the study confirmed that HPV infection is self-limiting and clears on its own in 73.3% of the untreated placebo group within 37 days.

The researchers evaluated the effectiveness of two herbal interventions in eliminating HPV infection from the cervix of women who were determined to have HPV infection through Pap smear and HPV DNA tests (PCR), but whose condition had not yet progressed to high grade cervical neoplasias (i.e. cervical pre-cancer).

Comment: Are HPV vaccines worthless? Study: HPV infections not necessary for development of cervical cancer


Placebo pills work for chronic back pain even when patients are in on the ruse

It is conventional medical wisdom that placebo effects depend on patients' belief they are getting pharmacologically active medication. A recent paper is the first to demonstrate that patients who knowingly took a placebo in conjunction with traditional treatment for lower back pain saw more improvement than those given traditional treatment alone.

Joint senior author Ted Kaptchuk, director of the Program for Placebo Studies and the Therapeutic Encounter at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, says:
"These findings turn our understanding of the placebo effect on its head. This new research demonstrates that the placebo effect is not necessarily elicited by patients' conscious expectation that they are getting an active medicine, as long thought.

Taking a pill in the context of a patient-clinician relationship, even if you know it's a placebo, is a ritual that changes symptoms and probably activates regions of the brain that modulate symptoms."

Comment: The placebo effect is so...effective it should be used in medical settings everywhere.


Exercise triggers production of a molecule that repairs the brain

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Researchers at The Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa have discovered that a molecule triggered by running can help repair certain kinds of brain damage in animal models. They found that this molecule, called VGF nerve growth factor, helps to heal the protective coating that surrounds and insulates nerve fibres. Their study, published in Cell Reports, could pave the way for new treatments for multiple sclerosis and other neurodegenerative disorders that involve damaged nerve insulation.

"We are excited by this discovery and now plan to uncover the molecular pathway that is responsible for the observed benefits of VGF," said Dr. Picketts, senior author of the paper and a senior scientist at The Ottawa Hospital and professor at the University of Ottawa. "What is clear is that VGF is important to kick-start healing in damaged areas of the brain."

The team made this discovery while studying mice genetically modified to have a small cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance and movement. These mice had trouble walking and lived only 25 to 40 days.

However, if these mice were given the opportunity to run freely on a wheel, they lived over 12 months, a more typical mouse lifespan. The running mice also gained more weight and acquired a better sense of balance compared to their sedentary siblings. However, they needed to keep exercising to maintain these benefits. If the running wheel was removed, their symptoms came back and they did not live as long.

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Unhealthy relationships increase risk of infection in both mother and child

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Pregnant women dissatisfied in their relationship have an increased risk of infectious diseases. This also affects their children.

This is the conclusion in Roger Ekeberg Henriksen's PhD thesis, recently defended at the University of Bergen.
"My study does not prove that the first thing leads to the second. But those who report that they are dissatisfied in their relationship more often report illnesses during pregnancy. Their children are also reported ill more often during their first year."

"If you compare the group of pregnant women with the lowest satisfaction to the group with highest satisfaction in their relationship, the first group's risk of becoming ill is more than twice that of the second group."

Comment: For an in-depth look at the connection between chronic stress and physical health, we highly recommend the work of Dr. Gabor Maté, author of When the Body Says No: Exploring the Stress-Disease Connection. He has also authored and co-authored a number of other books and there are many YouTube videos of him speaking at length on a range of related topics, from ADD to addiction.


The dirty little secret of Obamacare and predictions that have come true

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Press reports indicate Obamacare is in a death spiral, because its structure is unworkable. Premiums are escalating beyond reason, insurers are opting out, and efforts to prop it up are at best a temporary fix.

But when has one of its failed programs ever stopped the federal government from pushing ahead? Increase the debt, fund the whole mess, task PR people to tell one lie after another.

There are hundreds (or more) satellite bureaucracies that have been birthed to support Obamacare, expand its reach, and develop strategies for bringing the whole nation under the umbrella of a national health care system. These "planners" are busy generating schemes for mandatory vaccination, increased psychiatric screening for children, lifetime tracking of patients, etc. The planners revel in devising systems (any systems) that corral huge numbers of people within one-size-fits-all solutions. If you told them there was a new federal program to identify all Americans who use the term 'individual freedom' and send their vital statistics to the FBI and the Pentagon, they would jump in with both feet, without a second thought.


New study links amylase-trypsin inhibitor, a protein in wheat, to inflammation of other immune-related chronic conditions

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Scientists have discovered that a protein in wheat triggers the inflammation of chronic health conditions, such as multiple sclerosis, asthma and rheumatoid arthritis, and also contributes towards the development of non-coeliac gluten sensitivity.

With past studies commonly focusing on gluten and its impact on digestive health, this new research, presented at UEG Week 2016, turns the spotlight onto a different family of proteins found in wheat called amylase-trypsin inhibitors (ATIs). The study shows that the consumption of ATIs can lead to the development of inflammation in tissues beyond the gut, including the lymph nodes, kidneys, spleen and brain. Evidence suggests that ATIs can worsen the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, asthma, lupus and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, as well as inflammatory bowel disease.


Why do joints crack & pop - is it bad?

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We've all had the experience of standing up and hearing a loud pop in our back or hip, or trying to tiptoe through the house only to have our foot make a cracking sound each time we take a step. So what's happening in our joints when this happens, and is it a bad sign?

What if we purposefully crack our knuckles? Will we get arthritis like our parents used to tell us?

The noise we hear when our joints pop is likely to be due to movement of the tendon over bone. Tendons attach muscles to bones and are a bit like elastic bands that stretch over joints. It is thought tendons can make a popping noise when they move quickly across a joint.

When a joint moves, the position of the tendon changes relative to the joint. Sometimes the tendon will shift its position slightly, causing it to make that popping sound as it snaps back to its normal place. This noise is quite normal whether it's loud or soft, or happens frequently or not.