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The world of chemical exposure - Polytoxicity

Have you ever wondered how many chemicals you're exposed to on any given day? How about your kids? It's really anyone's guess. The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) compile and keep a current list of chemical substances manufactured or processed in the U.S.

That list includes about 85,000 chemicals,1 but even the EPA is largely in the dark about what that actually means for people's health and the environment.

As noted in Chemical & Engineering News, "The agency is struggling to get a handle on which of those chemicals are in the marketplace today and how they are actually being used."2

Very few chemicals on the market are tested for safety, but even those that are, are not necessarily safe. Part of this is because safety testing is typically done on just one chemical at a time, and under laboratory conditions.

The way you're actually exposed to chemicals — in combination and under countless different real-world scenarios — may increase their toxicity exponentially.

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Precision addiction medicine - A Brave New World in medical techniques?

Fix the brain, fix the problem?
New medical technologies and computer-driven algorithms are combining to create entire paradigm shifts in the diagnosis and treatment of many diseases, which is unalloyed good news for people suffering from a variety of serious medical illnesses. And clearly these technologies will have a significantly positive impact in the realm of behavioral health as well. But in the behavioral health arena, and specifically where addiction is concerned, where motivation, behavior, stigma and questions about the true nature of addiction-as-illness are always part of the clinical presentation, these developments need to be incorporated mindfully. Kathy Jean Schultz describes the available technologies and advises caution regarding their implementation....Richard Juman, PsyD

Moneyball is a story about discarding old-fashioned ways to assess athletes' skills, in favor of modern statistics. In the plot, new math spawns serious athletic wins, along with the question: Is there any place it can't do the same? According to its author, Michael Lewis, "If the market for baseball players was inefficient, what market couldn't be? If a fresh analytical approach had led to the discovery of new knowledge in baseball, was there any sphere of human activity in which it might not do the same?"


Proof modern life really does kill as remote Amazon tribe have healthiest arteries ever studied

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Modern life really does kill after a remote tribe living deep in the Amazon were found to have the healthiest arteries ever studied.

A new study estimates that an 80-year-old from the Tsimane has the same vascular age as an American in their mid-fifties.

Heart rate, blood pressure , cholesterol, and blood glucose were also much lower, probably as a result of the tribe's lifestyle, according to the researchers.

The indigenous Tsimane people, who live in the Bolivian Amazon, have the lowest reported levels of vascular ageing for any population.

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Scarlet fever is back and every parent needs to watch out for these warning signs

When our children are struck with an illness we are eager to find the right solution to bring them back to normal. When Scarlet Fever strikes, characterized by its rash, the itch, and sore throat, we rush into a frenzy to try anything to stop it. This frenzy has become more common since 2015 as there was a huge increase in scarlet fever cases, caused by a new aggressive strain. [i] Luckily, we've come a long way since the pre-antibiotic middle-ages and have developed ways to treat both the symptoms and cure the infection.

Comment: While irritants in general are good to stay away from, here is some relevant info on smoking:

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5G networks will use the same frequencies as pain-inflicting crowd control weapons

No part of the country will be safe from ultra-high frequency signals.
We previously noted that the Internet of Things (IoT) is a scam ... being pushed so that Big Brother can spy on us.

Believe it or not, IoT may also pose health and safety risks.

Devra Lee Davis - Founding Director of the Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology of the U.S. National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences, Founding Director of the Center for Environmental Oncology, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, who has taught at the University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley, Dartmouth, Georgetown, Harvard, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and other major universities, and has had articles published in Lancet, Journal of the American Medical Association to Scientific American, the New York Times and elsewhere - says that the 5G wavelengths used in IoT have never been tested for health effects, and may adversely impact our skin and sweat glands:

Comment: Beware 5G technolgy
The implications of 5G on consumer well-being and safety do not look good for one reason: devices that will operate within the 5G electromagnetic spectrum will use antennas that are physically small i.e. from a few millimetres to a centimetre in length. This means that industry will produce a variety of different antenna systems to do different things. The weird fact of operating within this very high frequency range is that signals are mostly line of sight or they are easily reflected, refracted or 'lost' within the differing build composition of urban environment structures. In other words, without careful antenna design and recognition of many of the pitfalls trying to propagate microwave signals within urban environments, the signal can be easily degraded or completely lost. In response to these challenges, the advantages in using very small physical size antennas in the millimetre wavelength is you can feed many antennas in various configuration arrays e.g. vertical or horizontal arays, waveguide, coned or highly directional beam type designs. These types of antenna designs focus most of the transmitted power into specified directions. This is bad news for consumers because these very small physical size antennas will pack a mighty punch to our biological systems if we step into them.

Getting back to consumer safety and well-being and all things microwave, it is clear that the latency period for adverse biological effects from devices using microwave frequencies from say 1 GHz to 5 Ghz is approximately 10 - 20 years. In 2016 there are now many thousands of peer-reviewed medical and epidemiological studies that show, illustrate or correlate, adverse biological effects with use of mobile phone technology or WIFI. Using frequencies even higher than 5 GHz (and up to 100 GHz) will compress the timeframe in which cancers and other biological effects show themselves within society. It is anyone's guess on what might happen in terms of biological safety yet it is clear to see that the pulsed nature of these high frequency, high signal intensity signals do not harbour good news for humanity, particularly in relation to the functioning of our DNA.
See also: Drowning in a sea of microwaves: Wireless pollution 'out of control' as corporate race for 5G gears up


Cancer radiation treatments are the equivalent of standing in front of a nuclear firing squad

One of the worst consequences of radiation therapy is the development of a secondary cancer because increased radiation exposure leads to more incidences of cancer.
Doctors, specifically radiologists, are more than ready to line up their patients against a wall (actually a table) and fire nuclear projectiles at their bodies in massive quantities. No, you will not drop dead as fast as rifles loaded with lead but on a cellular level the death and devastation can be as great. Radiotherapy can leave patients with a lifetime of suffering with life expentacy severely shortened. The New York Times said, "These interventions can be just as brutal on the patient as they are on a tumor."

Thousands of cancer survivors have developed terrible conditions as a result of the radiotherapy treatment that helped save them. Radiation treatments do, in the short run, save people and children's lives yet often at a terrible cost in the future. What is unforgiveable is that they do not try safer things first.

One of the worst consequences of radiation therapy is the development of a secondary cancer because increased radiation exposure leads to more incidences of cancer. The cancer epidemic is getting worse but it is a survivable disease; yet the treatments cause considerable collateral damage - including initiating new, second cancers, terrible burns, and a long list of other problems depending on the target area of treatment.

Comment: What most doctors never tell their patients is that there ARE effective and far less dangerous methods to treat cancer:


The criminality of the global pesticide industry

The agrichemicals industry wallows like an overblown hog in a cesspool of corruption. With its snout firmly embedded in the trough of corporate profit to the detriment of all else, it is most likely responsible for more death and disease than the combined efforts of the tobacco companies ever were. It indulges in criminality that hides behind corporate public relations, media misrepresentations and the subversion of respectable-sounding agencies which masquerade as public institutions.

Dominated by a handful of powerful parasitical corporations with a global reach, the message from this sector is that its synthetic biocides are necessary to feed billions who would otherwise go hungry. Often accompanying this public relations-inspired tale is the notion that organic agriculture is not productive enough, or is a kitchen-table niche, and that agroecology is impractical.

Of course, as any genuinely informed person would know that, as numerous high-level reports have suggested, organic farming and agroecology could form the mainstay of agriculture if they were accorded sufficient attention and investment. Unfortunately, big agribusiness players, armed with their chemicals or GMOs seek to marginalise effective solutions which threaten their markets and interests.

Armed with a compulsion to dominate and to regard themselves as conqueror and owner of nature, they require more of the same: allegiance to neoliberal fundamentalism and an unsustainable model of farming that is so damaging to soil that we could have at most just 60 years of farming left if we don't abandon it.


The ignored pollutant: Noise

© Cyrus Mower
The Rollright Stones in North Oxfordshire, not far from Paul's home town of Banbury.
The sonic backdrop to our lives is increasingly one of unwanted technospheric noise, writes Paul Mobbs. And as it eclipses the sounds of nature, it's taking its toll on our health, wellbeing and quality of life. So as well as campaigning for more trees, and quieter cars, trucks and aircraft, what's to be done? Let us seek out calm moments of quiet tranquillity - and listen to the birds.

A few days ago I went for a walk, well before the dawn, in order to listen to the 'dawn chorus'. It's something I like to do a few times a year, especially in the early Spring when the birdsong is at its loudest.

I've been doing these walks since before my teens. Over that period there's been one inescapable change in the countryside around my home town of Banbury - noise.

In many ways the modern urban-dweller has become immured to noise; we exclude it, and bar it from our thoughts - a process even more challenging since the advent of the personal stereo and the mobile phone. But we never truly escape it.

For those who like to enjoy the natural environment, noise is something to be escaped from within the relative sanctuary of the landscape. These days that's getting harder and harder to accomplish.

That's not only because of noise from all around - in particular from urban areas, roads and the increasing mechanisation of agriculture - but also due to the increasing level of air traffic overhead.

Comment: Silence: Why it is so good for your brain
In silence, we can tap into the brain's default mode network.

The default mode network of the brain is activated when we engage in what scientists refer to as "self-generated cognition," such as daydreaming, meditating, fantasizing about the future or just letting our minds wander.

When the brain is idle and disengaged from external stimuli, we can finally tap into our inner stream of thoughts, emotions, memories and ideas. Engaging this network helps us to make meaning out of our experiences, empathize with others, be more creative and reflect on our own mental and emotional states.

In order to do this, it's necessary to break away from the distractions that keep us lingering on the shallow surfaces of the mind. Silence is one way of getting there.

Default mode activity helps us think deeply and creatively. As Herman Melville once wrote, "All profound things and emotions of things are preceded and attended by silence."


How gentle touch can shape babies' brain development

For newborns, skin-to-skin contact with parents and caregivers may help shape how their brains respond to touch, a sense necessary for social and emotional connections, a new study suggests.

Plenty of previous research has linked skin-to-skin touch with developmental benefits for both premature and full-term babies, ranging from improved growth and sleep to better motor development.

Research has also tied breastfeeding and other forms of supportive touch to less discomfort during needle sticks and other painful medical procedures.

In the current study, researchers tested how 125 premature and full-term infants responded to gentle touch. Overall, the preemies were more likely than the full-term babies to have a reduced response to this contact, the study found.

But preemies who had more gentle contact with parents and caregivers had a stronger response to touch than the preterm infants who didn't get this type of support. The preterm babies who had more exposure to painful medical procedures also had a reduced response to touch.

Comment: Kangaroo care and premature infants: Keeping baby closer is better for everyone


Fillers lurking in some supplements may compromise your health

Supplements all use some form of filler. However, which fillers are used and the quantity of fillers used can make a huge difference in the final product. You can find a complete list here, but we want to focus on Dimethicone and Magnesium Stearate/Stearic Acid.

Dimethicone is a silicone emollient which coats the skin, not allowing toxins out. It may promote tumors and accumulate in the liver and lymph nodes. It is commonly found in lotions and creams.

Magnesium Stearate/Stearic Acid may contain phosphatidyl choline, which collapses cell membranes and selectively kills T-cells, which breaks down the immune system. It is an execeptant that is used to bind medicinal tablets and make them smooth; it is also used in pharmaceuticals, foods, talcum powder, ammunition, and as a drying agent in paints.