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How sugar, alcohol and caffeine affect inflammation

We know by now that chronic inflammation is a culprit for almost every single disease on the planet. Even though there are many factors that drive inflammation, the food and beverages we have each day are some of the biggest culprits. Chronic inflammation affects the gut, but eventually, it also becomes systemic, which means that it affects almost every organ in the body.

Many people start their day with caffeine (stimulant) and end their day with relaxants (such as wine, beer or other comfort foods). People believe that this will help them to cope with stress, help them to get through their day and they, therefore, repeat the cycle over and over again. We also tend to have more and more sugar throughout the day, often included in sneaky sources such as ketchup and sweetened almond milk. These things all have a cumulative effect on inflammation-let's look at the three major foods/beverages that cause inflammation: alcohol, caffeine and sugar

Comment: Chronic inflammation 101 - Everything you need to know


Study finds: Early puberty in girls linked to cosmetic chemicals

Just when girls start getting interested in makeup, studies have found hormone-disrupting chemicals inside everyday cosmetics are linked to early puberty. So if you are pregnant and don't want your children to suffer the physical, socio-economic and emotional impacts of having puberty come early, pay attention, because this study was created by following exposure from utero. Could this be impacting your family? Possibly. But never fear, Mamavation will break it down for you and give you ideas on better brands and DIY recipes you can try at home to solve this problem. You've trusted Mamavation to bring you topics like simple steps to avoiding dangerous personal care products, which shampoo & conditioner brands to avoid and buy, & safest sunscreens on the market, now join us as we take you through the study that links cosmetic chemicals to early puberty.

Comment: Precocious puberty in girls is epidemic and getting worse


New research shows marijuana can alter DNA in sperm

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New research shows that THC affects epigenetics, triggering structural and regulatory changes in the DNA of users' sperm.

As legal access to marijuana continues expanding across the US, more scientists are studying the effects of its active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), in teens, adults, and pregnant women.

The new study suggests men in their child-bearing years should also consider how THC could affect their sperm and possibly the children they conceive during periods when they've been using the drug, much like previous research that has shown tobacco smoke, pesticides, flame retardants, and even obesity can alter sperm.

Comment: With the push towards legalization of marijuana, many have been insistent that the drug has no negative repercussions. But people need to be sensible about this and look into possible side effects. Yes, there are medicinal benefits, but this doesn't mean it's harmless. Anyone wishing to conceive who indulges in marijuana use should weigh the costs and benefits appropriately.

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Vaccine shot killed famed cancer doctor in minutes from "total organ failure", state-run media desperately tries to cover it up

Dr. Martin Gore

Dr. Martin Gore
Dr. Martin Gore, a widely celebrated cancer doctor credited with "saving thousands of lives" died from "total organ failure" just minutes after receiving a vaccine shot yesterday. Dr. Gore was a professor of cancer medicine at the Institute of Cancer Research based in London. He "died suddenly yesterday after a routine inoculation for yellow fever," reports The Times (UK).

"His death highlights the increased risks associated with the vaccine for the growing number of older travellers visiting exotic destinations," the paper explains.

It also underscores the horrific price of believing in Big Pharma, chemotherapy and vaccines. Throughout his career, Dr. Gore oversaw the harming of tens of thousands of children who were subjected to toxic chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Ultimately, he was killed by his own false belief in the safety of vaccines, another weaponized form of toxic medicine. Live by the sword, die by the sword.

So far, the U.S. media has completely blacked out the story in yet another effort to silence any truth about the deadly dangers of vaccines. There isn't a single establishment news outlet in the United States that has accurately reported on this vaccine-induced sudden death of a cancer doctor. In truth, vaccines kill people, yet the CDC-directed U.S. media pretends no one ever dies from vaccines in order to deliberately mislead the public, resulting in more people being killed by vaccine injuries.


Damage control: Newsweek Op-Ed absurdly lies that vaccination entails no health risks


A Newsweek propaganda piece absurdly lies that vaccination entails no health risks - and that anyone who knows better has no "faith in science"

There's a Newsweek opinion article making the rounds on social media this week that shamelessly lies to readers by communicating the message that getting vaccinated does not come with any health risks.

The very title of the piece reveals that it's nothing more than mindless vaccine propaganda: The Anti Vaxxer Movement Is Growing-We Need to Restore Faith in Science.


Straight out of an Orwellian playbook: USDA makes GMO labeling disappear

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It's official: the "mandatory" GMO labeling rule will obscure more than it makes transparent.

The USDA has released its final GMO labeling rule, and it's not good. As we feared when the agency released its proposal earlier this year, the so-called GMO labeling law will apply only to a narrow set of foods. Congress and the USDA have offered a number of loopholes and exemptions to food companies, undermining any semblance of a consumer's right to know. It's as if the USDA asked the food industry to write the rule themselves.

The problems start right at the foundation. The agency has decided to use the term "bioengineered"-a term many Americans may not be familiar with-rather than GMO. When the proposal was released, we pointed out that this is straight out of an Orwellian playbook. Many Americans know the term "GMO" and can connect it to the labeling debate-so the government decides to use a different term that sounds more innocuous. If the government was actually concerned with communicating information clearly to consumers, they would simply use the term "GMO" and not other terminology with which Americans may not be familiar.

Comment: Bioengineered: Proposed labels for genetically engineered foods aim to put smiley face & sunshine on bad technology


Kelly Brogan: Why I put down my prescription pad

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When I talk about medicine and mental health to large audiences, I often start with the following imagery and facts: think of a woman you know who is radiantly healthy. I bet your intuition tells you she sleeps and eats well, finds purpose in her life, is active and fit, and finds time to relax and enjoy the company of others. I doubt you envision her waking up to prescription bottles, buoying her way through the day with caffeine and sugar, feeling anxious and isolated, and drinking herself to sleep at night. All of us have an intuitive sense of what health is, but many of us have lost the road map to optimal health, especially the kind of health that springs forth when we simply clear a path for it. The fact that one in four American women in the prime of their life is dispensed medication for a mental health condition represents a national crisis.

Humans have used mind-altering substances to try to dull and deaden pain, misery, sorrow, and suffering since time immemorial, but only in the last few decades have people been persuaded that depression is a disease and that chemical antidepressants are the remedy. This is far from the truth. Many of my patients have been to multiple doctors, bumping up against the hard ceiling of what conventional medicine has to offer. Some have even tried integrative medicine, which aims to combine both traditional medicine (i.e., prescriptions) with alternative treatments (e.g., acupuncture). After all, they are told that there are great natural complements to all the wonders pharmaceutical products have to offer. But the reason they can't find a solution is because nobody has asked why. Why are they unwell? Why are their bodies creating symptoms that manifest as depression? Why didn't they stop to ask this important and obvious question the first time they experienced a flat mood, anxiety, insomnia, and chronic exhaustion?


Foods infused with artificial colors

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Natural food colors are super important to consumers when shopping for fresh food and quality food, so the richest companies and corporations in America create illusions to steal your hard-earned money and convince you to purchase aging, cheaper food at "quality pricing." You've heard of Kellogg's and McDonald's right? These two companies are constantly trying to win over customers with their latest "health claims" - consumers who realize most of what these Big Food giants manufacture and sell is processed, genetically modified, and causes health decay.

The latest claim these junk-science giants propagate is that they will purge artificial coloring from their sales tricks, thus admitting to fraud and false advertising in the process. Did you know every burger at McDonald's was artificially colored up until a few months ago? Yep. You probably also know that most kid's cereals are jacked up with artificial coloring from petrochemicals, but we won't bore you with all that old news. Let's get to the fake, juicy stuff you probably don't know about.


Life lessons: A farm built from illness

How it all began

September 2014 was a time in my life when I learned one of life's hardest lessons of my life. This lesson came with consequences that I continue to live with even to this very day. I woke up one fall morning with a horrendous sore throat plaguing me. I quickly called my physician to setup an appointment to rule out strep throat, which I typically caught a few times a year. The test was gratefully negative but the Doctor decided it was tonsillitis and required a prescription for Amoxicillin. Oh - If I only knew then what I know now, I would have done things so differently.

Within three days of beginning on those antibiotics, my life changed forever. Antibiotics changed my life? Yes, they did! We live in a society where we expect easy fast solutions to just about everything. A sore throat that likely only required a few days of rest and maybe the addition of some soup, popsicles, and Advil was instead treated with Dexamethasone and Amoxicillin. My stomach began to ache on day three of the 10-day course. By day five I could no longer keep food in, within seconds of eating, the food and it's nutrition was lost down the drain. As day seven rolled around I stopped taking the prescription, I could not take it anymore! Now everything should have gotten better right? Not even close!

Round One

I downed Imodium (anti-diarrhea medication) as if it were candy, taking the maximum allowed dosage for weeks, hoping my body would return to normal. Leaving the house was no longer an option, a five-minute trip to town could end in embarrassment and anguish. After a month of dealing with the extreme diarrhea it was time to call in the cavalry. It took only one phone call to the doctor to prompt a bit of panic. I left a message for the doctor who quickly returned my call instructing me to do a fecal sample that day. She had a bit of urgency in her voice, which scared me a little. She stated the results would be back within forty-eight hours. The sample was taken to the hospital on Friday at four and I received a call Saturday at nine in the morning. The nice doctor on the other end explained she was the on-call emergency doctor for the weekend and she needed me to listen very well. That I had contracted C-diff (Clostridium difficile) and was terribly infectious.....what?I had never heard of C-diff up until this point. She called in some medications and nicely told me to stay home and follow up with my family doctor Monday morning. Ok let me get this right, an illness brought on by antibiotics required more antibiotics?

Comment: See also: When an FDA ruling curbed fecal transplants, I performed my own

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The Health & Wellness Show: Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture: Interview With Linnéa Snyder and James Lovinsky

Today on the Health and Wellness Show, we welcome back to the show Doctors of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine Linnéa Snyder (L.Ac. MSTCM) and James Lovinsky (L.Ac. MSTCM).

Linnéa was first drawn to acupuncture after receiving it as a teenager and noticing its widespread effects. Most notably, she loves the way it balances one's nervous-system and can clear emotional build-up without the necessity of attaching or sharing about the feelings or pain. Linnéa is interested in women's health, psycho-emotional disorders and stress induced illnesses. James came upon acupuncture during a very stressful period in his life. After trying several modalities to treat his own stress-induced health concerns, he settled on acupuncture. Upon changing his career and beginning acupuncture school he realized that Chinese medicine offered many treatments that could give patients an alternative to drugs and surgery. James is interested in pain management, digestive disorders and psycho-emotional health.

Linnéa and James practice at their clinic, Opus Total Health, in West Greenwich, RI (Opus Total Health - Its your life... live it in health!). They treat patients from all walks of life with acupuncture, bodywork, Chinese herbal medicine and diet and nutrition therapy.

Join us for a fascinating discussion about acupuncture, Chinese medicine and somatic therapy. And stayed tuned for Zoya's Pet Health Segment where the topic will be human history from a cat's perspective.

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