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Holy basil: Plant based radiation protection

Rama Tulsi (Holy Basil Plant)

Rama Tulsi (Holy Basil Plant)
It's a radioactive world

Radioactivity is a natural part of our environment and everyone is continually exposed to ionizing radiation from a vast array of natural sources such as the sun and radioactive elements within the earth. However, since Henri Becquerel and Madame Curie first described radioactivity at the turn of last century, humans have continued to concentrate natural radiation sources and use them for medical diagnosis and therapy, food preservation, power generation and the production of nuclear weapons.

Concentrated sources of ionizing radiation are relatively new on earth, yet all living systems have had to deal with low levels of radiation. Thus, many plants contain a range of protective phytochemicals and this protection may be conferred to animals that eat them. Perhaps the most potent plants in this regard are the 'adaptogens' such as tulsi (Ocimum sanctum or holy basil), which confer protection against a wide range of environmental stressors. Tulsi has been celebrated within Ayurveda for generations as an 'elixir of life', yet it seems likely that the use of tulsi and other adaptogenic herbs will become even more important as the extent of global toxicity becomes apparent.

Comment: Read more about the Panacea Called Tulsi


Only 12 percent of American adults are metabolically healthy, study finds

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The prevalence of optimal metabolic health in American adults is 'alarmingly low,' even among people who are normal weight, a new study finds.

According to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Gillings School of Global Public Health, only 1 in 8 Americans is achieving optimal metabolic health, which carries serious implications for public health. Poor metabolic health leaves people more vulnerable to developing Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and other serious health issues.

The study presents the most updated United States data on metabolic health, which is defined here as having optimal levels of five factors: (1) blood glucose, (2) triglycerides, (3) high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, (4) blood pressure and (5) waist circumference, without the need for medications.

Comment: These statistics, while shocking, aren't really that surprising given the state of health for the American populace. In this day and age, it takes determination and fortitude to remain healthy in diseased environment.

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Objective:Health #13 - The Anti-Human Agenda and the Children of the Quorn

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Does "extinction rebellion" ring a bell? It should because this "rebellion" is not against - but for - the extinction of humanity. Sound crazy? That's because it is.

We've just come through International Workers' Day, a holiday with leftist origins meant to celebrate the work of the working class, the unsung heroes who keep society functioning despite the constant threat of exploitation.

Yet it seems the left has moved away from protecting the little guy toward oppression from the top down under the globalist guise of 'saving the planet'. Environmentalism is now the most important issue, stopping climate change its new rallying cry, and the oppression of the lower classes in order to reach environmental goals - no matter how misguided - is the order of the day.

Whether its AOC or Bill Maher expressing anti-natalist sentements, French President Macron trying to impose austerity measures against the people's wishes to save the environment, George Monbiot telling everyone they need to become vegan and stop air travel (and overthrow capitalism) or a little autistic girl, child of the Quorn Greta Thunberg, telling everyone it's too late and leading a rabid movement into panicked actions, the Anti-Human agenda has worked its way into the mainstream.

Working towards a better life, "abundance for all", is now considered a bad thing - we need less abundance, less freedom, less wealth, more austerity and more restraint. As Monbiot cries out - "Bring on the recession!"

Join us for a lively discussion on the origins and character of this anti-human sentiment and how it shapes our current thinking and discourse.

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The illusion of food 'choice'

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When María (a pseudonym) was diagnosed with gestational diabetes during her first pregnancy, and again during her second, some might have blamed it on her food choices or lifestyle. She blamed it on her broken heart.

Having migrated to the Bronx in the mid-1990s from rural Puebla, a state in Mexico, María was separated from her mother back in Mexico. Immigration status kept them from being able to see each other. She knew that if she had been in her hometown, her mother would have lovingly nurtured her throughout her pregnancies, preparing home-cooked meals and drawing on a wealth of remedies for every ache or pain. Instead, María suffered in silence. Sadly, her mother was also suffering: She, too, had been diagnosed around 2010 with the initial symptoms of diabetes. But within a few years, the disease would rage out of control, causing her kidneys to fail, her leg to be amputated, and, within a decade, her death. Lacking any known genetic predisposition to diabetes, María and her mother saw the disease as a product of their estrangement.

Global health experts are clear that noncommunicable diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disease, are a critical threat to humanity, causing 72 percent of premature deaths in 2016. Conventional wisdom tends to blame these "diet-related chronic diseases" on individual behavior, specifically food choices and exercise. Even some who suffer from them tend to blame themselves, imagining that if they had more discipline, ate better, or were more active, their health would improve.

While we all have the power to make changes that can improve our lives, the facile pointing of fingers at the victims of chronic disease overlooks all the important factors that are not directly under our control to change: our food system and the larger social, political, and economic landscapes in today's globalized society. Human appetites and exercise have changed less in the last quarter century than our food systems and economic arrangements. Globalization has enabled a near total diffusion of industrialized and processed foods into the most economically and socially marginalized places in the world, while also disrupting agrarian ways of life and small-scale agriculture.

More people than ever are on the move globally-like María, they are often displaced from their home communities, their land, and their extended families, and impeded by borders. These changes not only wreak havoc on eating habits, they also generate stress and trauma, which have been shown to play major roles in the onset and progression of chronic diseases.

Blaming personal behavior is just a convenient evasion. The mismatch between "bad" foods that move freely-and people who cannot-is the real culprit behind a global health crisis.

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Lion's mane mushroom: Boost immune function & fight oxidative stress

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What would you think about eating a mushroom that looks a little like the scruff of a lion? Not totally convinced about lion's mane mushroom? What if I told you that it's associated with major brain repair, potential cancer-fighting power and is undergoing research on dozens of other health benefits?

Lion's mane mushroom is a nootropic food very popular in traditional Chinese medicine. A large body of research has focused around this brain-boosting mushroom in the last few years, and the results are nothing short of astounding.

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Bubonic plague feared on Mongolian flight as sick couple found dead in departing city

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Eleven terrified passengers were rushed from the airport for hospital checks as paramedics in hazmat gear boarded the flight from provincial outposts in west Mongolia.

A Mongolian domestic flight was intercepted at Ulaanbaatar airport as emergency workers wearing hazmat suits rushed to board the plane the instant it landed, acting on reports of a husband and wife dying of Bubonic plague in the region where the flight originated.

The man named Citizen T, aged 38, died after hunting and eating marmot meat; his pregnant wife, 37, died soon after, reported The Siberian Times.

Some 158 people were placed under intensive medical supervision in Bayan-Ulgii province after coming into contact directly or indirectly with the deceased couple.

According to the World Health Organisation, Bubonic plague can kill an adult in less than 24 hours unless timely treatment is at hand.

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Cruise ship in St. Lucia quarantined over confirmed measles case

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A cruise ship with nearly 300 passengers and crew was ordered quarantined in the Caribbean port of St. Lucia after a case of measles was confirmed on board, island health officials said Wednesday.

One female crew member has a confirmed case and St. Lucian authorities said they've been working in close consultation with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA).

The ship has been under quarantine since Monday morning, officials said.

Comment: For more on the measles hysteria, see: And check out SOTT radio's: Objective:Health #12 - The New Red Scare - Freaking Out About the Measles


Researchers discover how eating affects the circadian body clock

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The Medical Research Council (MRC)-funded study, published today in the journal Cell, is the first to identify insulin as a primary signal that helps communicate the timing of meals to the cellular clocks located across our body, commonly known as the body clock.
New research has found it is not just what you eat, but when you eat that is important, knowledge which could improve the health of shift workers and people suffering from jet lag.

The Medical Research Council (MRC)-funded study, published today in the journal Cell, is the first to identify insulin as a primary signal that helps communicate the timing of meals to the cellular clocks located across our body, commonly known as the body clock.

The team behind the research believe this improved understanding may lead to new ways to alleviate the ill-health associated with disruption to the body clock. These could include eating at specific times or taking drugs that target insulin signalling.

Comment: It's rather amazing that the body works with such precision that something as small as meal timing can have major effects downstream. It's been said for decades that eating late at night is unhealthy, yet the reasoning for this always seemed illusive. But what was simply a myth in the past actually has scientific evidence accumulating and this new focus on insulin may prove to be the key.

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WiFi may interact with signaling pathways in the brain, causing irreversible damage

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The effects of repeated WiFi exposure on human health have been widely debated. A recent study reviewed evidence from 23 controlled scientific studies which investigated the health effects of WiFi on animals, human cell lines, and humans to determine once and for all, whether WiFi has a detrimental effect on human health.

WiFi or a wireless network consists of an antenna that is connected to the internet and several wireless devices, such as laptop, phone, etc. The electromagnetic frequency of WiFi is pulsed rather than continuous. This is a critical issue, as pulsed electromagnetic frequencies have a larger biological impact.

A 2015 study argued that more pulsed an electromagnetic frequency, more harmful they are for biological specimens. Researchers have also tried to determine the dose relationship between WiFi exposure and biological effects, and found that a specific intensity range of electromagnetic pulses may produce maximum effects, and this may drop off at lower and higher intensities.

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The carnivore diet can be good for mental health and more

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Carnivore Curious?

Last month, I had the pleasure of participating in the Boulder Carnivore Conference, the world's first meeting dedicated to the potential benefits of plant-free diets. For this special event, I created a new presentation exploring the nutritional differences between plant and animal foods, and summarizing the scientific arguments in support of all-meat diets for optimal brain health. Skeptical? You should be. This seemingly strange and extreme way of eating flies in the face of every piece of conventional nutrition advice we've been given, yet a growing number of people report remarkable benefits, including resolution of serious, chronic psychiatric symptoms. If you are curious about how this diet might help to correct chemical imbalances in the brain, please watch this video to learn more.

If you are completely new to the idea of all-meat diets, allow me to provide a bit of context, along with some additional links and resources should you care to dive a little deeper.

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