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Vaccines and poor gut flora increase the risk for autism

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There is not one single medical doctor in the United States of America who talks to their patients about good gut flora. Likewise, no oncologists or pediatricians dare speak about good gut bacteria, or they would immediately be contradicting the effects of the very medications they recommend and prescribe on a daily basis.

There are eight major destroyers of good gut flora: chemical pesticides, prescription pharmaceuticals, antibiotics, fluoride in tap water, bleach in foods, phosphoric acid in soda, chemotherapy and the heavy metal toxins in vaccines (including flu shots). Since the early 1900s, the American Medical Association (AMA) has removed nutritional education almost entirely from medical college curricula, replacing it all with chemistry classes so that medical doctors could learn to juggle multiple prescription medications for their patients, and not be sued for malpractice if someone dies from mixing the wrong ones.

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Researchers find men with more muscle mass don't need as much protein post-workout as previously thought

Sports nutrition recommendations may undergo a significant shift after research from the University of Stirling has found individuals with more muscle mass do not need more protein after resistance exercise.

Health and exercise scientists from Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence found no difference in the muscle growth response to protein after a full body workout between larger and smaller participants.

Kevin Tipton, Professor of Sport, Health and Exercise Science in the Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport, said: "There is a widely-held assumption that larger athletes need more protein, with nutrition recommendations often given in direct relation to body mass.


Necessary partners: Our microbial menagerie plays a critical role in energy metabolism and immune function

Microbes live inside all of us. The idea of a "microscopic menagerie" teeming and thriving in your cells, your intestines and your brain might make you a little uncomfortable, but this is good news, according to the latest science.

U.K.-based science writer Ed Yong's new book, "I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life," says microbiomes — the fungi, bacteria, viruses and other minuscule critters — are necessary "partners" for the betterment of our immune systems.

Your microbiomes change constantly, and what you eat makes a big difference in the kind of microbes your body contains. When people begin improving their diets, the number and integrity of their microbes improve. In fact, through your diet, you can, to a degree, switch them out, Yong asserted:
"It seems that dietary fiber is a really important driver of microbial diversity in our bodies. Fiber consists of large numbers of different carbohydrates — many we can't digest, but our bacteria in our guts can. If we eat low-fiber diets, we narrow the range of our microbial partners.
Simple measures like probiotics — adding a few strains of microbes in the hope that they will take hold and remedy health problems — have been largely unsuccessful. It will take more
... If we want to add microbes to our bodies, we'll need to think about whether we need to eat certain foods to nourish the microbes we're taking."1
Human gut bacteria may have existed for millions of years, maybe before the evolution of people.

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Now, men are starting to fall for the plastic surgery fad

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Mark Zuckerberg once said, "If you're over 30, you're a slow old man." Let's just say that this seems to have stuck in the mind of many men. These days, time moves at light speed, and the quest for the fountain of youth has people hunting for a competitive edge.

Google has invested millions in research on aging and biomedical research. Larry Page has said he wants to live forever and has donated more than $30 million to anti-aging research. Likewise, billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel, who recently appeared at the Republican National Convention looking very tight in the face, has funneled millions into startups that develop anti-aging medicines and therapies.

Men are not immune to the pressure of keeping up their appearance and getting aged out, and thanks to advances in non-invasive cosmetic procedures, there are many options open to them.

Comment: In an increasingly shallow society more people will join the cult of the body.

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The Health & Wellness Show: Pain, pain, go away

Overdoses from opioid abuse has hit an all-time high. In 2014, more than 47,000 people died from a drug overdose. Heroin use jumped 63% in an 11 year span. Prescription drugs like Vicodin and Percocet cause 17,000 deaths per year. Why are so many Americans turning to drugs and why are they in so much pain? On this episode of The Health and Wellness Show we spoke about the hidden hands involved in the rise of drug use and abuse in the US and why pain management is such big business. We also spoke about chronic pain and it's causes, traditional and not-so traditional methods of treatment as well as drug-free alternatives.

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Gluten makes you crazy

"Gluten Free": No it's not a wellness fad. And its elimination may very well be the key to resolving what would otherwise be a chronic and disabling psychiatric condition.
Maybe you've heard of the books Wheat Belly or Grain Brain. Maybe you've chatted with friends about a NY Times editorial claiming that gluten free is a fad. Maybe you've been raised, as I have, in a cultural consciousness that says, yeah food matters, but not that much.

I'd love to tell you a story I read about in the primary published literature that seems to suggest that yes, gluten is an issue. No it's not a wellness fad. And its elimination may very well be the key to resolving what would otherwise be a chronic and disabling psychiatric condition.

A Case Report

Adult-onset psychosis.

She was 37, studying for her doctoral degree, under some degree of stress related to this, when she began expressing beliefs that people were talking about her. These beliefs progressed to paranoid accusations when she was burglarized a few months later and accused her parents of complicity.

She was hospitalized at a state psychiatric facility and labeled with psychotic disorder, treated with risperidone and sertraline and discharged after one month.

She was ultimately diagnosed with Hashimoto's as well as Celiac disease which accounted for her multiple nutrient deficiencies, weight loss, and inability to absorb thyroid hormone medication.

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'Gluten brain': Wheat cuts off blood flow to frontal cortex
If wheat consumption, through some as of yet unknown mechanism, interferes with blood flow to the brain in susceptible individuals, and as a result disrupts the executive functions of the brain, abstaining from it should be considered a reasonable precautionary behavior, assuming we wish to retain these critical functions related to morality, cognizance, and social responsibility.


Zika: 6 things that we know so far

Anyone who is a regular reader knows that if there is a scary pandemic out there we should be worried about, I'm the head engineer on the worry train. (This book is front and center on my bookcase. Obviously, I spend a fair bit of time thinking about pandemics!)

There are many viruses that would wreak terrifying havoc if it were to spread, and since the beginning of this, I haven't been convinced that Zika is one of them. The "cure" as officials race to "stop Zika" - that, I'm worried about. Predictions are that soon 1 in 4 Puerto Ricans will contract the virus. But is it really that big of a deal? Here are six reasons why I ask that question.

Here's what we know about Zika.

Let's examine what we know so far.

Comment: Zika is a hoax designed to scare people, field test GM mosquitoes and create a buzz for an upcoming vaccine.


The connection between our immune system and social preferences

Most of us enjoy, if not even prefer, spending time with others rather than spending all of our free time in social isolation. Some studies even suggest that social connectivity plays a significant role in our overall health and well-being (1, 2). So what is it then that drives this preference to be with others, and similarly, what contributes to the social indifference or even social aversion seen in some neurologic disorders like autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia? It looks like, at least in part, it's pathogenic microbes like bacteria and viruses.

Exciting new research suggests that our immune system may drive our preference for social interactions, and these new findings raise fundamental questions about human behavior. There's a quote that's been circulated widely among researchers studying the interactions between microorganisms and humans that I read in an interview with Justin and Erica Sonnenburg: "Humans are elaborate culturing vessels that have evolved to propagate and pass on these micro-organisms," and this new research, published last month, suggests that even our behavior may have evolved as a means of supporting the spread of microbes.

There are a few reasons this research is so significant.

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Texas pregnancy related deaths soar after funding cuts to women's health programs

The rate of pregnancy-related deaths nearly doubled in Texas from 2011-2012, a trend researchers found 'puzzling'

Texas showed the sharpest increase of maternal deaths of all U.S. states between 2000 and 2014, with that rate doubling in the two-year period after the state slashed funding for Planned Parenthood and women's health programs, according to a study to be published next month.

The analysis (pdf), forthcoming in the September issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology, found that after a "modest increase" in maternal mortality in Texas between 2000 and 2010, the rate of pregnancy-related deaths nearly doubled in 2011 and 2012—a trend the researchers found "puzzling." They point to everything from revisions to Texas' death certificate to data processing and coding changes to the closing of several women's health clinics as possible reasons for the jump.

"Still, in the absence of war, natural disaster, or severe economic upheaval, the doubling of a mortality rate within a two-year period in a state with almost 400,000 annual births seems unlikely," the authors write. "A future study will examine Texas data by race - ethnicity and detailed causes of death to better understand this unusual finding."

However, as Sarah Wheat, a spokeswoman for Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas, told the Dallas Morning News, many of the family planning clinics that lost funding or closed were an "entry point into the health care system" for women—leading to a ripple effect of difficulty obtaining care.

Comment: Giving birth in the U.S. costs more than anywhere else in the world, mirroring the cost of U.S. healthcare in general, yet health outcomes are far worse than in any other developed nation proving that the U.S. is truly 'exceptional' in a myriad of abhorrent ways.


Feelings of awe decrease inflammation and boost the immune system


The field of positive psychology is providing valuable insights on exactly how our emotions influence our physiology. One are of body function that is very closely tied to our emotional experiences is the functioning of our immune system. Our emotional state not only influences how well we are protected from infection, but also the degree of inflammation that we may suffer from. Two new studies have found that the most powerful emotion in fighting inflammation is the feeling of awe.

Background Data:

While there have been a lot of studies on the impact of emotions on physical health, in general, these emotions are most often all lumped together. Negative emotions like grief, sadness, shame, fear, and anger are all viewed as having pretty much the same effects. The same is true for all positive emotions grouped into the general category of optimism or positive mood. What needs to be answered is if all positive emotions are created equal, or is there a way to boost certain body functions by focusing on experiencing more of a particular positive emotion.